4 Cards from 1 A4 sheet…


I have found myself with a little extra crafty time this week. That meant I could a) watch a youtube video or 2 b) actually follow through with one of those newly acquired crafty “must try” techniques that I plan to do however rarely complete!

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*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

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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.