Just for You … with Altenew

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I will pop the TV on to take a gander at Create and Craft (UK) now and again when I’m crafting up a storm in the craft room, and sometimes spot things that I’ve not seen before. This happened recently when they were showing some new stamps called ‘Altenew’.  A lady was on-screen demonstrating these new stamps (new to me) which I’d not seen before so I watched to see what they were.

If you’ve ever stamped with Card-io stamps then these are very much similar to those – although they’re bigger.  But the idea is the same, being that you use a variety of stamps in order to build up a unique picture or scene.  The postage and packaging charges push the prices up of anything bought on C&C so I looked around on the internet to see if I could find the stamps anywhere else at a cheaper price, and as luck would have it I found a small craft shop not far from where I live, called My Mums Craft Shop  ~  link: www.mymumscraftshop.co.uk  ~ who sell Altenew stamps.  They didn’t have the stamps I wanted in stock one the day I phoned, but they were waiting for a delivery, and the (really lovely) lady on the phone told me that they would be there within about ten days, after they’d made it through customs in our country, so I asked to be notified when the stamps were available for sale, and as promised I was emailed just over a week later.  (I can’t quite remember how much this craft shop charges for postage and packaging, but I know it impressed me and I vowed that I’d shop there again).

At the same time as buying a selection of the stamps I also bought two sets of Altenew stamp cubes.  And this post is how I got on with the stamps and stamp pads on my first use and sharing the card I made using the stamps.

I wanted to play with the Vintage Roses stamps, so decided that I’d just do some happy stamping to start with, in order to get a feel for the stamps and see how well the ink pads worked.  The following four photos are images stamped onto some scrap card out of my scrap drawer.  I perhaps should have chosen something a little better, as the ink wanted to bleed on this card, hence the smudgy outlines of the different colours.  But .. I was only playing so wasn’t overly bothered  ….

b1 Roses in red

This ‘2 rose’ image was made using (for each stamp) 4 different stamps.  If we just look at the bigger of the two roses – you might just be able to see that there are actually  4 colours used.  Very pale pink;  a rosy pink;  a deep pink with a tad of purple added;  and finally an almost vintage style red.  All these different colours go onto 4 totally different stamps, (one colour per stamp) which will, when stamped, make up all the layers of the petals of the rose, and add the shadows and hi-lights.

b Roses in red

I added a third rose, a rose bud and some leaves, all stamped with Altenew stamps in the same Vintage Roses stamp set.

a Roses in blue

Same stamps, this time using a selection of 4 different blue inks – from the Altenew Stamp Cubes.

c Roses in Yellow

The same roses –  only this time in Yellow.

By this time I’d got the idea, so decided to make a card and this card was the result:

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Card made using papers from the Floral Muse range from Dovecraft plus  a sentiment “Just for You” from the same Floral Muse range,  and stamped images using the Altenew Vintage Roses.

I stamped the rose images a few times, so that I could fussy cut them and create a 3D decoupaged image of the roses, building up certain parts more than others, in order to give it the right ‘feel’.

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Taken from an angle so that you could see the ‘layers’ of the 3D decoupaged roses.  If you look carefully you’ll just about be able to see the little foam pads between the layers.

I carefully dragged a glue pen around the rose petals and over some parts of the leaves, and sprinkled them with glitter dust, to give them a magical twinkle.

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The Butterfly was stamped using an image from a set of stamps in the Floral Muse range, by Dovecraft.  I stamped it using a quick dry fluid chalk ink pad in a colour called ‘Rusty Bucket’.

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The wide, pink Organza ribbon was wrapped all the way around the front of the card so that it continued onto the inside.  Added to the top of the ribbon inside was a sentiment stamp using the same ‘Rusty Bucket’ chalk fluid ink pad, – the sentiment stamp is from a small collection made by Jayne Nestorenko.

It needed a box, because I feared that the roses would get crushed in the post, as this one is going to the other side of the world, so a box was called for…

7 Just for you card and box

I made up a white 6×6″ box, but then sprayed it using some Lindys Stamp Gang sprays in two different colours, which matched the papers on the card really well.  I stamped another rose and some leaves this time using a different set of Altenew rose stamps, and once I’d cut the images out, I attached them to the top of the box – only this time the rose and leaves are flat against the box lid so making wrapping and posting easier and safer.

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After using these new stamps, how do I feel about them?   Well actually I quite like them.  They give me the opportunity to make something unique and to make it personal, and gear it towards the person I’m making it for.  And … it stops all that fiddling about trying to get different colours of ink onto different parts of a stamp.  With this design it makes everything simple!

The ink cubes …  well the colours are nice…  and they’re VERY juicy, but to be brutally honest I did question if they perhaps had been used before.  The edges of the stamp pads were a bit ragged, as if they were old(ish).  After using them I concluded that they were so juicy they couldn’t possibly be old because they weren’t dried out at all, but I was disappointed on how ragged they were around the edges of the pad bit of the ink pad.  However .. they worked in the right way and they did what they said they’d do on the pot.

The blue roses were made using the Altenew Stamp Cubes.  The Red (pinky) roses and Yellow roses were made using Dew Drops ink pads in four different colours, and all the leaves were stamped using Dew Drops.  So if you have the colours already I think I’d say that you can use your own colours of pads – but make sure you have the right amount of different shades so that you can make the rose … or any other of the stamps which Altenew make.  (and they make quite a lot!)

May I just take a moment to say that I haven’t been paid money or given any crafting goodies for sharing my experience of Altenew Stamps or Stamp Ink Cubes.  Neither have I been encouraged, paid money, nor promised products or discounts to share my experience of the craft shop where I found the stamps I bought.  I don’t work for either of these companies.  I’m just a crafter who’s happy to share experiences with other crafters in order to make our crafty lives happy. 

I’ve really enjoyed playing with these stamps and like the card I made for my friend.  I think she’ll like it too.  There’s nothing so lovely as receiving a hand-made card from someone.

Well, Summer seems to have arrived – although we did have some spectacular thunder and lightning storms a couple of days ago, which scared me half to death and had two of my cats hiding under the furniture, and the dog barking her head off.  It sounded like a war zone … or what I imagine a war zone to sound likeBOOM.  BOOM! …  rumble … rummmmmmble. (rain starts)  BOOOM ~~  KerBOOM  ~~  BOOOOOM!  I darn near joined the cats under the sofa, I’m telling you!

It’s also very hot herehumid and sticky and tiring.  I keep yawning – and I actually fell asleep in the chair on Monday afternoon!  I think I need to think like the Spanish and take siestas during the summer.  Ahhhh… just the thought is making me smile.

Well, that’s me done and dusted.  I wish you a very happy Tuesday and leave you with a few words to make your smile a little wider ….

Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that have passed away
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

Have a truly blessed day all.  Remember to stop at some point during your day and smile as you make a memory.

Heaps of love and Cobwebby squidges . . .

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9 thoughts on “Just for You … with Altenew

  1. I have been intrigued by these stamps. They look great and your card is lovely. I often find myself looking at create and craft but the p&p charges are just too high plus I much prefer to support smaller shops when I can.

    Siesta sounds lovely……………. Hannah x

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    • Helloooo Hannah! 🙂
      nodding emphatically about the postage costs for Create and Craft. This is what put me off from buying the Altenew stamps from them. I wanted three items; two sets of stamps and some of the ink cubes – but buying three items meant that it took the postage charge to £6.99 ($10.25 US Dollars for readers in the USA) – which is a ridiculous price. I notice on some other TV shopping channels that they only charge a fee of £2.95 – for the WHOLE DAY. So you can buy various items throughout the day and still only pay that one postal charge.

      Sadly, Customer Services is very poor with C&C too. Their call centre is (I think) in India, so there can be a language problem when calling, and, they charge you a high rate call to speak to them. Even if you want to place an order because their website is down or throwing a wobbly. You have to pay a huge call cost to spend money with them. All this (and more) has sadly dimmed the C&C site for me. So now, if I happen to see something on there which I’d like to buy, I ask Google to find it for me and will then shop around the net to find the item(s) at the best price, with the best P&P charges. That’s how I found the craft shop mentioned in the post.
      …. A siesta … yes. Just after a long, cold something with ice. Ahhh. Perfick. (Hope you know of Pop Larkin, or you won’t know that ‘perfick’ – lol)
      Love ~ Cobs. x

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      • Ah Pop Larkin – Darling Buds of May was my favourite programme 😀

        I used to buy some craft things off qvc but their postage was high too. Probably did me a favour when they stopped selling craft stuff. I was put off buying from C & C as I heard some bad reviews. I tend to shop around now but have always been pleased with the service from Joanna Sheen.

        Hannah x

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        • My favourite programme too.

          I didn’t know that QVC no longer sell crafting things. What a daft move for them. I know they used to sell some quality items, I have some remainders in my craft room from things I’ve bought from them some time ago.

          Joanna Sheen … Ohhh YES! Such great service and some really fabulous items. I’m transfixed by her dies which she stocks. I have a wish list of about £55 worth of dies which I desperately want, but I’m trying to be a good girl and not buy so much crafty stuff. (I wish I’d never said I’d spend less on crafting. Losing weight would be easier than not buying crafty things. Booooo!!)
          ~ Cobs x

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  2. Thank you for sharing your experiences Cobs, especially the ink cubes. I have looked several times but decided for some strange reason against buying, and like you, I have the full set of dew drops, and I must admit I love the colours, so glad I didn’t buy the Altenew ones. I have 4 different stamps of their’s too, one of which is the vintage roses, and I have the lily, and I love that stamp. Do like the idea of building the layers too. Beautiful card my friend 🙂 x

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    • Ohhh thank you Kim for your lovely comment. I’m very grateful for the time you take to leave a ‘footprint’ behind when you visit. It lets me know who’s been and allows me to chat away with other bloggers – which I just adore, especially so if they’re fellow crafters as I don’t have anyone in ‘real life’ who crafts.

      Dew Drop stamp pads … like you, I have a full set too, and I love them to pieces. I’ve had them for years and not one of them has dried out or miscoloured. I love them to pieces and use them lots. You’re inner voice was obviously advising you when you considered buying something different. I’m so glad that you listened.

      Hope your day has turned out to be filled with love and smiles, and many blessings. ~ Cobs. x

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  3. I have some of the Altenew inks and stamp sets. My inks are a bit fuzzy at the edges too! I am finding them good generally, although the ‘warm greys’ I bought were grey when I stamped them then went green overnight (really!). I haven’t tried them again since. Generally I really like them because they seem a bit of a mix between dye and pigment ink and the colours are really good. So nice to read what others think! I love your card – the paper twists are such a great touch.

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    • Hello Chicken 🙂
      (Well your ‘name’ tickled the heck out of me when I typed it just then, because that’s what my dad used to call me, ‘chicken’. Not because I was chicken, but more in the meaning of a fuzzy, baby chick. lol).

      Thrilled to read that you too have Altenew stamps. It’s so nice to share experiences, and to hear about your inks too, and glad that it’s not just my ink cubes which are fuzzy around the edges. The Greys which turned Green overnight?!!! What the heck is going on there?! I wonderif it could have been a re-action to something in the cardstock? … Have a go at stamping on some other cardstock (and scrap papers) and see if it happens again on those. If it does, contact the sellers and they should replace them for you, because if it happens on different papers then it HAS to be the inks which are faulty.

      Like you, I like the colours, and also like that they ‘team’ the appropriate colours together for optimum light/shadow effect. But … if a crafter already has colours which work together then crafters mustn’t think they need to buy the stamp pads because of some ‘magical quality’.

      It’s really lovely to meet you Chicken, thank you so much for the fabulous comment. Thrilled that you like the card. The paper twists are easy to achieve: just wrap the paper around a pencil and hold it there for a few seconds. The warmth of your hand seems to ‘set’ the curl.

      Don’t be a stranger now! It would be such an honour to see you here again.
      I shall be popping along to your blog later to share in the joy of crafting. I’ll let you know I’ve been. I’ll leave footprints all over the place! 🙂 (nice ones of course!)
      Sending crafty hugs ~ Cobs. x

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      • Nice to meet you too. I won’t be a stranger – I love visiting other blogs to see what people are creating! And I look forward to being trampled over! Re the grey-green inks, I also thought it might be the card I used, although other inks worked fine on it, so I need to find my proper stamping card and try again. It’s true you don’t need to buy the inks if you have three shades that work. In fact I only had two yellow/orange shades so I used a water-based marker as the third and it worked just fine.
        Thanks for the tip on the spirals 🙂

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