Masculine & Feminine Card Sets: AECP Level 1

Working through the Altenew Educator Certification Program, the directions for the Level 1 final challenge state I must choose any three of the lessons from the classes I have completed and create two card sets, one masculine and one feminine. I chose Easy Die Cutting Techniques, Let It Shine, and For the Guys. I also used […]

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Seasonal Scene Building: AECP Level 1

Continuing in my Altenew Educator Certification Program journey, the next session I completed was Seasonal Scene Building by Nichol Magouirk. It is listed under Classes/Monthly on the Altenew website. There are six lessons included in this block: Masking a Scene, Oversized Scenes, Background Building, Framed Scene, Window Scene, and Shaker Scene. I decided to do a framed […]

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clean simple cards

Clean and Simple Boutique Cards: AECP Level 1

Next up in my Altenew Educator Certification Program journey, I completed Clean and Simple Boutique Cards. There are six lessons in this block: Simple Styling, Stamped Backgrounds, Foiling/Metallic Details, Faux Letterpress/Embossing, Luxury Papers, and Envelopes/Packaging/Creating Gifts. It’s a wide range of techniques. I chose Simple Styling, as I sometimes struggle with this technique. Creating a Clean and […]

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Cityscape greeting card suitable for guys

For the Guys: AECP Level 1

Moving on in my Altenew Educator Certification Program journey, the next session I completed was For the Guys. It’s available on the Altenew website under the Classes heading. For many people, it can be difficult to create a card for the men in their lives. I am no exception! The lessons included in this class block are […]

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Hello floral greeting card

Irresistible Inking Techniques: AECP Level 1

Continuing in my Altenew Educator Certification Program journey, the next session I completed was Irresistible Inking Techniques. This module is all about the multiple ways and techniques to use ink pads. There are four lessons included in this block. Layered stamping, direct-to-paper inking, painting with ink pads, block inking for a shadow effect, and using a brayer […]

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Greeting card made with easy die cutting techniques

Easy Die Cutting Techniques: AECP Level 1

Next in my Altenew Educator Certification Program trek, I completed Easy Die Cutting Techniques taught by Yana Smakula (available under the Classes/Monthly Classes heading on the Altenew website). It’s filled with fresh ideas for getting the most out of your dies. There are six lessons included in this block: Stamps and Matching Dies, Stenciling with Dies, Negative […]

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Let It Shine

Let It Shine: AECP Level 1

The next session I completed in my Altenew Educator Certification Program journey was Let It Shine. This learning opportunity is available for $39.99 under the “Classes” heading on the Altenew website. Focusing on how to add elements to make creations shine, the course shows how to add sparkle, glitter and bling to projects. The lessons included in […]

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Altenew Craft Your Life Bouquet Bonanza

The last month has been challenging. I had cataract surgeries on both eyes, so crafting was off the table for a bit. This past Saturday, I participated in the Altenew Craft Your Life Virtual Retreat – Bouquet Bonanza 2022, focused on using one of their new stamp sets, Timeless Tulips, and pigment inks. The kit […]

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Jeep Card

To date, I have only used my Brother Scan ‘n Cut to scan images I’ve stamped and cut them, because I have a hard time fussy cutting due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Recently, I decided I need to try the different techniques available with this machine. To that end, I downloaded some files from This […]

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Day 4 – Emboss Resist with a Twist

Heat guns. Embossing powder. Background stamps. Layering stencils. Watercolors. This was a bit of a messy day for my craft area!

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