Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Altenew Educators Blog Hop +Giveaway WINNER

Good morning! I am popping in to announce the blog-hop winner of the $15 gift certificate from the Altenew Educator Blog Hop and giveaway.
and the winner is...

Denise please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 1/31/2019 with the subject line Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop Winner from Michelle Murray’s Blog. 

Thank you all for your very kind and encouraging comments, they truly put a smile on my face!

Crafty Hugs,

Friday, January 18, 2019

Altenew Educators Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Friends! Welcome to the Altenew Educators Blog Hop!
If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Kelli Cool's blog. If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog as well as at the bottom of this post.

As Altenew-Certificated Educators, we were asked to share our favorite techniques, style or Altenew supplies. I can’t pick only one particular stamp set or ink color or even technique, but certainly Altenew’s floral layering stamps are my absolute favorite of all time. Combine those with any of the gorgeous Altenew ink families and you have the main ingredients for a beautiful card.

About the Certification Program:

I have been an Altenew fan since I started cardmaking in mid-2015 so when Altenew started the AECP my decision to join was a no-brainer. I learned new techniques, but I also learned to use some of my standard techniques in a more efficient and precise way. I was able to glean something new from every instructor AND I did it at my own pace, on my own time, from wherever I wanted! Also the student galleries are loaded with inspiration. However, what I did NOT expect from the academy is that it would s-t-r-e-t-c-h my creative skills far beyond cardmaking! Because of the academy I challenged myself to learn how to create a YouTube channel, record a “how-to” video and a voice-over, even conduct a workshop. This new knowledge can be useful for different areas in my life. I started the program in January 2018 and I completed it in September 2018. If you are considering joining the program (just do it!) or are already on your way through, I wish you the best and most importantly- HAVE FUN! Click here to see all available classes at Altenew and to learn more about the certification program.

My Card

On to my card for today. As I stated earlier my favorite stamps are layered stamps. I’ve always loved to do puzzles and I think my brain views lining up some of the more complicated stamp sets this way. I am not a painter or drawing artist so shadows and shading and all of that process to make an image look real is a little over my head (although I’m practicing with alcohol markers)! With layered stamps, the guesswork is done for you. All that is required is various shades of ink and a good eye for lining up the images. That’s a win in my book! For today’s card I used the Life is Awesome stamp set:

How To:

  • Cut rectangular mask (I used the second largest frame from the Fine Frames Rectangles dies set) and place in center of white cardstock panel with removable adhesive (I used 80# Nenah Solar White for my panel and 110# for my base).
  • Stamp floral images (Tip: I used my MISTI to line up all layers of my images) with your choice of ink colors, I used sets Tea Party, Red Cosmos, Warm & Cozy, Green Meadows and Jet Black 
  • Remove mask.
  • I die cut the Fine Frames-Rectangles from gold cardstock and selected one to fit just inside my masked area. Glue the frame in place.
  • The sentiment comes from the Oriental Orchid stamp set.
  • For a final touch I added tiny dots of liquid glue to resemble splatter around the flowers. Once the glue dried sticky I added foil to match the frame. See below


  • Altenew is giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by January 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 1/25/2019.
  • I will also be selecting a random winner to receive a $15 Gift Certificate. Just leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win. I will announce the winner on January 22nd, be sure to check back here on my blog (this is important as not all blog posts allow me to reply back directly!) 

I appreciate your time in checking out this post, your next stop is the talented Terri Koszler. If you get a broken link you can start at the beginning, here is the list.

Altenew Card Blog
Michelle Ochoa Murray  <<You are here
Terri Koszler
Maryam Sharara
Amber Rain Davis
Irina Fonina
Francine Dodwell 
Teri Wilson
Patty Mello
Nenette S. Madero

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, it makes my day! Michelle