Your Gifts Matter


One of the best books I read last year was Stretched Too Thin by @jessicanturner. I needed to learn “how working moms can lose the guilt, work smarter, and thrive” and ended up with so much more. It was gifted to me by my friend @elisejoy at a time when I was truly struggling. This is one of my favorite quotes from the book, which through the 12th is just $1.99 for the kindle version. What makes you unique? Please share ❤️🧡💛💚💙 

A Year In Review Blog Hop | Altenew


Happy Holidays Crafty Friends! Welcome to yet another amazing blog hop. Not only will you get to see projects from me and so many other members of the crafting community, you’ll also have the opportunity to win some incredible prizes from Altenew! If you’re coming to this blog from Kathleen Graumüller welcome. The next stop on the hop is Lilith Eeckels. But before you head over to the other posts, be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to see all the blogs that are participating in the hop and learn how to enter into a big giveaway opportunity. 


In celebration of the end of 2018, I wanted to share some of my projects that you haven’t seen from the past 12 months using one of my all-time favorite brands, Altenew. I first fell in love with Altenew products at Creativation and I’ve been hooked ever since. Their lines are always unique, interesting, and fun to use.


This year, there were a ton of fun projects I worked on using Altenew. We even used some of their giant washi tape at Jack’s 5th birthday party! But I wanted to share a few specific projects with you. Earlier this year, I attended Queen Bee Market in Las Vegas to teach a workshop (you can watch the YouTube video here) and run a booth with my mom. While I was there, one of the projects I taught was to make a blank notebook into a work of art using Altenew products. This project was especially fun for me. I was able to decorate the front of a fabric cover blank notebook using the awesome layering dies. It gives the cover a multidimensional look and feel. I added some embellishments including some of the gorgeous washi tape.


It isn’t just me. I recently hosted a workshop on intention setting and brought Altenew watercolors for people to use in the group crafts. Everyone loved using them. Not only are they beautiful and pigmented, they also help people feel excited about the projects they’re working on. They are fun, easy to use and it can be reassuring for people who are venturing into crafting or painting for the first time, especially in a group. 

For more ideas and specific instructions for how to achieve this traveler’s notebook spread using Altenew products, check out my  blog post  from earlier this year.

For more ideas and specific instructions for how to achieve this traveler’s notebook spread using Altenew products, check out my blog post from earlier this year.


For more ideas and specific instructions for how to achieve this Family scrapbook spread using Altenew products, check out my blog post from earlier this year.  

Hopefully you’ve gotten some inspiration or bright ideas from this blog post but the fun isn’t over yet! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for more information about a giveaway and holiday sale featuring the awesome Altenew products (and more) mentioned in this and other posts. If you’re in search of even more inspiration and crafty fun, other stops on the blog hop include:

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Laurie Willison

Kymona Tracey

Nina-Marie Trapani

Therese Calvird

Olga Moss

Erum Tasneem

Nathalie DeSousa

Virginia Lu

Missy Whidden

Laura Jane

Zinia Redo

Yoonsun Hur

Reiko Tsuchida

Vicky Papaioannou

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Sandra Dietrich

Debby Hughes

May Sukyong Park

Kathleen Graumüller

Amy Tan (here!)

Lilith Eeckels

Svitlana Shayevich

Lisa Fonseca

TaeEun Yoo

Kristina Pokazanieva

Sveta Fotinia



Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 1/3/209 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/6/2019.

Save up to 50% off on the Warehouse Sale collection of more than 250 items including stamps, dies, inks, ink sprays, bundles, embellishments, and more. Shop here --> Valid now through 12/28/2018 at 11:59 pm EST.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED: WINNER IS MEGHAN! - CONGRATS! A $20 Gift Certificate is also being given away here. Leave a comment and a winner will be chosen and announced on this post. Good luck!

Intention Setting Workshop Photography by Ographr.


Zinia’s Custom Shine On Cards

Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’d like to show you how I customized the already amazing cards from the Shine On card kit to  take them to the next level.

I actually only used a couple of products to embellish these cards and the item I used the most was certainly the Shine On sticker book. I really love that this sticker book has a ton of amazing clear stickers that can layer beautifully on top of existing patterns.


The three cards I picked out of the box were the heart, the camera and the “yay” designs.

For the “yay” card I kept things very minimal as I didn’t want to make it too overwhelming that it’s hard to read. I just picked a few clear stickers of delicate leaves in black color and adhered them on both “Y”s of the design. I added a couple of chipboard stickers across the exclamation mark and then just finished the card with a few white enamel drops.


For the heart design, I basically filled the rest of the empty space following the same pattern. I picked small floral stickers in gold and white finish and covered all the solid parts of the card. To cover the areas that were too small to fit a sticker but still too large to leave empty, I added a couple of gold metallic enamel drops.


Last but not least, I added some embellishments on the camera card. I used a bunch of puffy hearts to surround the camera lens and again I used the beautiful floral clear stickers around it.


I really loved this card kit from the moment I got it but I never imagined how fun it would be to embellish these cards even further. I really hope you got inspired from these ideas to create something beautiful, until next time, happy crafting.

348255 Shine On - Puffy Stickers – Heart, 348249 Shine On - Thickers Miscellanea, 348254 Shine On - Sticker Book, 348262 Shine On - Card Kit

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Happy Holladays to All


The holladays are here! It’s our last full week in the studio and we’re working away on some super cool projects. Even Buster wants in on the fun. I am still enjoying how beautiful the Dreambox looks even though the rest of the work desks and tables aren’t quite as picturesque. It’s great that one thing in the studio always looks amazing and super organized when the rest is caught up in seasonal chaos. Even then, it’s still a bit of a work in progress… I’m still not sure what to put in the jars on the left door. Any suggestions?  

Holiday Happiness


The great thing about happiness is that, unlike holiday lattes and music, it is acceptable and available year round. There’s no “season” for happiness except the moment you’re living in right now. There’s also no expiration date on it, either. It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hype and prioritize giving and receiving instead of stopping to truly savor the special moments we have with loved ones. Honestly, what we remember most in our lives isn’t actually things– it’s the people, laughter, and love shared together. 💛