Welcome to a fun blog hop! Altenew has released a new Paint A Flower stamp set and this time it’s Iris! Love it and I just had to use it for my alphabet flower art journal. A new watercolor set along with watercolor paper pads have also been released and we celebrate with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

For today’s art journal page I used watercolors and the new Iris stamp set. Remember anything works for an art journal and watercolor is perfect! Check the video above for a step by step tutorial on how I made my page. Here are some close – up photos on different areas of the layout!

supplies & promotion

2 days only! Receive a FREE Watercolor Brush – Large(value $4.99) with every order of Watercolor Essential Set from 3/22/2020 at 12:01 am EDT until 3/23/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically.

Links to multiple online stores linked below. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.

Full Release
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Paint-A-Flower: Iris
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Watercolor Essential 12 Pan Set
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Watercolor Paper Set (A2 loose sheets)
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Watercolor Paper Pad (9″x 12″)
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Positivity Washi Tape
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Morning Glory Palette Washi Tape
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Gold Foil .5 inch Washi Tape
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Embossing Ink
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Classic Alphabet Die Set
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Wavy Grid Stencil
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Embossing Paste
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TYPOGRAPHY…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology BIG CHAT…
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Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Mini MISTI – Most Incredible Stamp…
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Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz -…
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Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Non-Stick…
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Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
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Permanent Black Crisp Ink
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There are many ways to win prizes:

  • To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win.

  • They will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 03/31/2020.

blog hop list

Altenew Card Blog
Vicky Papaioannou
Virginia Lu
Nathalie DeSousa
Ashlea Cornell
Caly Person
Therese Calvird
Norine Borys
Lilith Eeckels
Emily Midgett
Laurie Willison
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Svitlana Shayevich
Nicole Watt
Maryam Perez
Amber Rain Davis
Mindy Eggen
Sveta Fotinia
Jaycee Gaspar
Kymona Tracey
The Hedgehog Hollow
Agnieszka Malyszek



  1. I love this video. I’m just learning to watercolor and not an artist but you do such a great job showing us how. Thank you.

  2. Wow! Beautiful! I love the textured background and all the gorgeous colors! Thank you for the watercoloring tips!

  3. Just watching you paint is a mini-watercolor class! This Iris set is gorgeous and your journal page is so beautiful.You were the one who inspired me to order the disc punch for creating the disc bound journals and I love it. I have the 36 pan watercolor set from Altenew and it’s a favorite go-to for creating watercolor cards. I love the texture on this page and I was curious how it would hold up with watercolor. Obviously it’s fine. 🙂 Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. What a beautiful background! The pastel colors with the texture paste give such a soft spring time effect. And that Iris!!!! Beautiful color! I have an iris stamp that I’ve worked with using pencils and it is SO challenging to color. As I was watching you paint, I realized it might be easier to emboss and paint it. Will have to give it a try. Thank you so much for the video. Crafting is helping to save my sanity during these challenging times. May you stay healthy and safe. P.S. Thank you for leaving in all the painting. Watching you paint was relaxing to me!!! Thanks for helping to lower the anxiety I’m experiencing!!!!!! Better than medication!!!!!!!

  5. Hi Vicky! Your art journaling pages are some of my very favorite creations that you make! You’ve introduced me to several new products on this one. I love this floral image and the texture from the paste and stencil add a lot! So very pretty!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to my subscription to arrive! As always, the texture that you use always inspires me to experiment with my supplies!

  7. Another great project Vicki. Love your Iris and your monthly flower journal pages. Such a wonderful idea. Thank you for brightening my day.

  8. Gorgeous, as always. All of your videos are fantastic but I especially enjoy the journal videos! Thank you for the inspiration and education!

  9. Thank you for such good ideas. Love mixed media and will add to some of my projects. Love the new set and your use of it.

  10. Beautiful page Vicky. Absolutely love this new stamp set and the amazing tips and techniques you share with us. So many great ideas to try. Thank you.

  11. My deep purple iris bulbs are blooming in my front yard now. They are over 50 years old, coming from my childhood home, planted by my mother. This watercolor page is lovely and I definitely see this set in my future.

  12. This is so beautiful!! The irises are gorgeous and the layout/background you created show them off perfectly!

  13. What a Brilliant background! I Love the Iris Paint a Flower set!! Watercolours & Iris=Absolutely Gorgeous!! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

  14. Gorgeous Texture in your background & lovely colours! I Love the Iris Paint a Flower set!! Watercolours & Iris=Absolutely Gorgeous!! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

  15. Your video was a welcome addition to my StayAtHome Day. Although there was more cleaning I could have done around the house I was totally uninspired with drudgery and so happy to watch you add to your art journal. Thanks so much!

  16. Wonderful use of the stamp to create another page. I will have to look through the post for the start of the flower book series.

  17. The Iris is the perfect addition to your year in flowers journal. Love the textured background with the color of the irises. Love to watch you watercolor !

  18. I adore all your art journals but especially the flower series. Would love to try this new watercolor palette!

  19. Beautiful iris journal page, love the background with the texture paste too. Love watching you paint, thanks for your inspiration.

  20. I love your art journal! What a beautiful way to catalogue gorgeous flowers! I hope you don’t mind if I copy your idea!

  21. Beautiful Iris, Purple and Yellow is my favorite color also?❤ My Grandmother had the same color Iris planted all over her land, you could see Iris’s for miles just like you have painted. Thank You so very much for bringing back a wonderful Loving Memory of mine as a little girl, and I’m 61 now, so Thank You Vicki. I really Love the color palette that you have chosen, it really makes your page pop with Piazzas. I never knew that they had that grid cancel I will have to get it when I order the irises stamp I can picture now how I will make my card what’s a beautiful Iris as you have painted it. Thank you so very much for sharing Vicky. Oh by the way I love your name????????❤❣

    1. Oopsie sorry I don’t know how to fix my Boo-Boo??????* correction I meant to type gred stencil not cancel….

  22. Your journal page is gorgeous. Every time you post journal art I’m inspired to start one (I even bought a journal). Maybe this would be a good time to start. That iris is beautiful.

  23. The Iris is one of my favorite flowers, so I was so excited to see it as the a Paint a flower choice this month!

  24. Watched your video and it was wonderful. I loved what you did to the background. Going to give that a try for sure. Your project was one of my top three favorites. (on this blog hop, I started at the end and worked to the top) And boy, oh boy, this is a really fun challenge. Love this stamp set..good job ALTENEW!!! Staying home, crafting and staying safe! Take Care 🙂

  25. Beautiful video! I was so relaxed, listening to the music and watching you color. Wow! I have discovered I really enjoy watercoloring, and now I know an art journal I can do! How cool is that! Thank you for sharing!!

  26. I loved watching your video. So many fun elements, from the partial stenciling, the stamping with ink and clear embossing powder, to the beautiful watercoloring. And the sentiments were so varied and fun!

  27. I love how this turned out. The mixed media elements really help give it dimension. What a great inspiration!!

  28. Following my “wow” reaction to your post and video I had to buy that stamp when you originally posted this. I’ve used it so much, it is fun to just color the images. Your project inspired me to do my own take on it. It’s only paper and coloring materials, I needed to just do it. I’m so glad I did. I loved how it turned out and others were also very impressed. I have to thank you for your wonderful inspiration and instructions. Your video to see how you did this, along with fantastic instructions made it easy for me, a beginner, to create something I’m quite proud of. I recently made several cards (one for a 100th birthday) using this same inspiration and the recipients were also delighted with the images. I know I’ll continue to turn to this as a favorite stamp and techniques. THANK YOU for inspiring and encouraging so many of us.

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