*Warning long post – challenge card at end*

As promised I am sharing my creations from the Altenew workshop I attended in Melbourne last Saturday where I got to meet in person bloggy friends after many years talking through forums and blogs.  I missed netball for the day for the first time in years.  My eldest drove me into the city – I didn’t want to risk being late with public transport. 🙂 On the drive in Ms E did say “If I’d known you not coming to netball was going to be so stressful I would have said no!”.  I think my repeated instructions for netball, dinner and the days movements was a little too much!  The girls did manage to coach, umpire and play without me driving and supporting them.  The thought crossed my mind they might win without me there.  You know Murphy’s law and all.  They didn’t! and dinner was cooking in the slow cooker when I got home.

I initially wasn’t going to share my creations as amongst the chatter and loads of laughter I didn’t do my best stamping, but I had a great day.  I would certainly recommend a workshop like this to anyone in the future (I’m not being paid to say that either it is just my opinion).  The products supplied by Altenew were great (I didn’t own any of their products until I attended the workshop).  The extra shopping and treats from Michelle and Robyn at Michelle’s Cards and Stamps was great.  It was also a great opportunity to chat to Michelle in a more relaxed setting.  I have been at craft shows where there is always loads of people and emailing is OK but sometimes you need a back/forth kind of discussion.

altenew workshop April 2019 (640x437)

We were given supplies of stamp sets, inks, markers, stencil, ink spray, craft mat and colour instructions at the beginning of the day as part of our workshop cost.  In our first session we made cards designed by Tasnim. My sentiments are a little fuzzy probably due to residue from my eraser I have decided I can share and fix them up later by restamping a sentiment and popping on top.  As they say there are no mistakes just opportunies to embellish! 🙂

altenew a study in watercolor workshop card 1 & 3 (469x640)

I’m not sure if I should have had a coffee instead of herbal tea in my flask to make this one.  It was a little bit of a challenge to get the puzzle bits in the right spot.  I think I did OK. Can you spot the one piece that I really didn’t stamp well? I’ll give you a hint I strategically placed a sequin!

altenew ornate foliage workshop card 2 tasnim (490x640)

We broke for a light lunch and some shopping and more chatter!  I did learn that what I thought was a pretty good collection of stamps and dies is rather small compared to the others on my table! Two ladies confessed to having over 4000 stamp sets each!

The afternoon session was designed by Therese.  I am embarassed to say my cards did not go to plan.  Sorry Therese.  I made a “rookie error” by over spraying the stencil on the first card due to not masking properly – but I’m going with an original design here.  If I don’t share Therese’s example you may never know. 😉

altenew a study in watercolor workshop card 1 & 3 (2) (493x640)

My second card I moved my paper when I went to re-stamp with my stampartus.  Result double stamped image! I restamped the effected images onto the card back, coloured and fussy cut.  I was kindly given a new card base to attach to my newly created card front.  I have an issue with whites not matching! Please tell me I am not the only one with this issue.  Luckily someone on my table had bought the most fabulous paper trimmer (a Dahle) – I was tempted to bring it home with me!

altenew ornate foliage workshop card 2 (503x640)

During the day there were various door prizes which were very generous for the lucky winners. Before the end of the day there was a group photo and Tasnim gave us all a mini set Carved Rose.

I used it here and am going to link this card to the current challenge at The Flower Challenge here


Here is my card for the challenge stamped with Aletenew inks

altenew carved rose (480x640)


I also purchased Altenew Garden Hydrangea which I have stamped with a mixture or inks.

altenew garden hydrangea (480x640)


After the workshop I did a little more shopping in the city of Melbourne.  Even though I live pretty close I don’t get in there that often especially on my own.  A quick visit to Morris and Sons (yarn/fabric/needles) and 0 purchases cause the needles I thought I needed for my next knitting project I already have! I also visited Gewurzhaus for a top up of spice & tea blends and found a little hand made soap shop in an arcade.

I would certainly try and make a workshop like this again.

Thanks for stopping and making it all the way to the end! Sorry it was such a long post.




12 thoughts on “Altenew…

  1. Your cards are fabulous, just like the day itself, there was a lot of talent in that one room! And how nice was it that we had time to chat to one another and shop too! I learnt a lot that day!

  2. it was so nice to meet you at the workshop Vicki and I hope we can meet up again. I am such a rotten photographer that my only photo of you turned out blurry (one way to avoid posting your photo on the net, bet you moved!!:) . I reckon we should try getting together with others once a year like they all do in America and England, eat, gossip and stamp our hearts out. It was fabulous and I love how your card with the black and white with spot light colouring turned out perfectly. I also love the card you made for our challenge at The Flower Challenge. Seems its a hard one with people being slow to link up.

    Take care sweetie and so glad we caught up x Hugs Aileen

    1. Thanks Aileen. It was awesome meeting up with you too after so long. Sorry about the pic – my kids are always telling me I can’t take a selfie! Yes I agree. I totally see why others plan catch ups all the time – it was so much fun! Until next time 🙂
      It was about time I took part in The Flower Challenge 😉

  3. Oh Yay wasn’t it the most fabulous of days and Yes I agree, it should happen every week…. maybe not, but definitely once a year. There was lots of talking and laughing and to finally meet people I have eknown for years is a dream come true. Your cards are wonderful Vicki, it’s not the easiest of conditions to stamp with a distractive group of papercrafters around you lol. and as for the Dahle… when I win the lotto I want one of those myself, now I just need to know what size and code number it was so I can at least price it…… Til next time, Hugs x

    1. Thanks Therese. Most do it again. Yes might have to win lotto to justify the price of Dahle! Not sure what model I used it didn’t look like anything I have googled 😦

  4. Well, you won’t hear me complaining about a long post, lol! Thank you for sharing your delightful day at the workshop, Vicki, and all the wonderful cards you created and the friends you got to meet in person! That’s such fun! And, no, you aren’t the only one who doesn’t like when whites don’t match!! Hugs, Darnell

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