Altenew June 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Altenew June 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop. I am honoured to be asked to join in on another release hop and I have one project to share with you today. If you have already been hopping along, you should have arrived here from Therese Calvird's blog!

For this blog hop I have played with a couple of new release products. The featured product being the new Climbing Clematis stamp set. This set teamed with the Our Family Scrapbook kit worked beautifully together. 

Keep reading to see my layout and also the two ways you can win gift certificates to spend in the Altenew Store

Before I begin you can see the entire June Release, click HERE. I have also teamed my projects with the 'Our Family' scrapbooking collection from the store.

Ok now lets get onto the making, here is the layout I created.

Here is a process video for how this layout came together:

I am documenting a beautiful gesture by one of my colleagues at work today. Sometimes a little act of kindness can change your whole mindset and set you back on the right track. To help the photo stand out as the feature for the layout I used the new Party Banner Die, but instead turned that into a tag and added some ribbon to the top. 

I stamped the Climbing Clematis stamp set onto white textured card stock and clustered those to the right of the photo. I stamped with pink and purple inks to coordinate best with my photo. 

Other embellishments on the page were from the Our Family kit, including the fussy cut florals cut from one of the papers in the kit. 

Here is a close up of the journaling, I used my typewriter to document this story. 

The textured card stock adds a subtle detail to the stamped florals that I like the look of. I also love the stamped florals when they have that white border around them, I think it really helps them to stand out. 

There are two ways you can enter this hop today!

1/ To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, June 20th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 6/24/2018.

2/ You can also win a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store by simply leaving a comment on this post! I appreciate all the lovely comments, thank you! I will announce a winner here on my blog by 6/20/2018.

Here is the June 2018 Stamp/Die Release hop order:

Your next stop is Yoonsun Hur - thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Build-A-Flower: Larkspur Release Winners

Congratulations to

Blogger Melissa Friedrich said...
Beautiful page layout, I love how you used those 3x4 cards on your page and the Larkspur flowers are so pretty and peaceful, just like the retreat looks to be! TFS your amazing project.

Please email Altenew at with the subject line "BAF: Larkspur Release Winner from Raquel's Blog" to redeem your $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store.

Congrats and enjoy your prize!!!

You're Pretty Rad - Boy's Rule by Cocoa Vanilla

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing my first layout featuring the amazing new boys collection ‘Boy’s Rule’. It is no secret that I just adore each and every boys collection of products that are released by Cocoa Vanilla, but I do admit, I think this has to be my favourite one by far!

Here is the layout that I created:

Of course I had to document my cheeky little man Jack, just look at that face! This photo was taken only a couple of weeks ago when I took him to a park. You can tell by the smile on his face hope much fun he had! The main design of this page is based around an exclamation mark cut file which I downloaded for free from the Paper Issues store. Since the cut file is circular in design our eyes are drawn to the central point of the circle. I knew that was where I needed to place my photo as I always like to have my photo as the main focal point on a scrapbook page.

Here are some close ups of the layout:

I wasn’t going to – but I couldn’t resist adding the crown to the top of my little mans head.

I hope this layout has inspired you today. I had a ball today using the Boys Rule collection and will be back soon!

Raquel xxx

Build-A-Flower: Larkspur Release - Altenew

Hey everyone, I am excited to be a Guest for Altenew today. Each month they release a new Build-a-Flower design and today I am sharing a project with the latest release called - Build-a-Flower: Larkspur.

Here is a look at the 6x8 stamp set:

Here is my completed layout using the set - Sit back and Relax

To create this page I used the 3x4" cards in the Our Family Scrapbook Kit. I am not a Project Life-r so using the cards on a layout seemed like the perfect solution to getting them used. I guess I really took a different approach to the usual with this kit as ideally these stamps are 'build a flower' and are meant to be layered. However, today I will be showing you an alternate way to use them.

To do this I took the outline of the flower stamp from the set and stamped that onto the concentrated colour area on 5 of the cards. I wanted a variety of colours so I made sure to choose ones that I thought would look effective in the floral shape. I then did the same with the leaves outline, but used the green toned 3x4" cards to stamp onto. 

These next two photos give you a good look at the finished floral pieces:

On this layout I am documenting a recent getaway I had to a crafting retreat. I do not 'get away' very often, certainly not without children so it was lovely to spend time with amazing people getting, getting cooked for and crafting the weekend away. It was the most beautiful tropical destination and I felt like this floral design complimented the photo well. 

The sentiments in the stamp set were also perfect for the moment that I was documenting. I chose to document this photo purely because I thought the florals would look nice with it, so it was a lovely surprise when I realised that the sentiments were a great match too!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. To celebrate the release of this stamp set Altenew are running a little giveaway.

There are two ways that you can win gift vouchers from the Altenew store today! Check out the details below:

1/ Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 6/9/2018.

2/ I will also be drawing a winner from my blog, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and one winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. I do moderate my blog, so do not worry if your comment doesn't show up right away. I will announce a winner by 6/6/2018 here on my blog.

Raquel x

A hoot of a Birthday! Card

Hey everyone, I'm here todayto share a new project for Sizzix Lifestyle. I have delved into my Chapter 2 collection of dies and am using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl (662587) to create a card for a special little man in our family. The owl die designed by Sophie Guilar for Sizzix Lifestyle is the perfect image for a baby boy card, or in my case a first birthday card.

To see more of how this card came together - including a video - check out my post on the Sizzix Lifestyle blog

Altenew May 2018 Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to

Rea' said...
I absolutely love ALL your projects, the colors are delightful! Love the layout and the sentiments on the layout; Bride tobe flowers just so pretty. And the card is so cheerful.
Please email Altenew at with the subject line "May 2018 Release Blog Hop Winner from Raquel's blog" to redeem your $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store. 

Congrats and enjoy your prize!!!

Officially amazing - A You Rock CVS layout

Hey everyone! 

Over the April holidays we went on a little family break to a coastal town. It is beautiful to see how happy the kids are when we are there and hows much they love the beach. I managed to snap this gorgeous shot of my little man while there, and yes, if you are wondering his t-shirt is totally appropriate (I kid you not!).

Here is the layout that I created:

For the main design element I found a sunburst style cut file that I loved in the Paper Issues store and shrunk that down to a little smaller than an 8.5×11″ size. I thought the sunburst design would compliment a beach photograph really well. I also knew that I would be able to draw out colours in the patterned papers that would work well and ended up choosing the woodgrain Plus One, blue Experimental, and pops of the yellow for extra rays using the Inline paper.

I placed the photo in the circular sun design as the 4×6″ size portrait was able to nestle perfectly inside it. Next to the photo is my main cluster of embellishments. I chose to use the ‘you are my world’ die cut as not only is the sentiment correct, but the colours work well and the face that it is a circle piece repeats the circular design of the photo. I find that repeating design elements such as shapes really helps achieve overall balance in a page design. I have also repeated the use of stars both in veneers and card stock ephemera on this layout.

To add some further detail to the page I added some machine stitching to the yellow rays before I stuck them down. I also backed the whole cut file on the woodgrain paper. It really helps it to pop off the page. The finishing touches were some accessory stickers and enamel shapes of course!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!