A new release, an art journal page and a giveaway today!

This is part of a blog hop as we celebrate the new Build-A-Flower release by Altenew. This month the flower is just stunning, it’s a Torch Ginger!

Build-A-Flower subscription

You can get a monthly subscription plan for the Build-A-Flower collection. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99). You can get the set without being a subscriber but without the discount. This subscription always includes the stamp set and the matching dies.

There is also an option to get a 5% discount if you get the bundle that includes the set and the ink cubes.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

I have an alphabet flower art journal where I add a new page every now and then. The goal is to have a finished journal with one flower page for every letter of the alphabet. The Paint-A-Flower and Build-A-Flower monthly collections are perfect for this year round project so I keep using these sets and hope I will have a set for every letter!

Here are some close-up photos of the project that I made for today! Check the video above for a step by step tutorial on how I put together my layout.

For the background I used Altenew shimmer sprays and although it’s hard to catch on the photos, it’s shinny and gorgeous in real life.

The layers that you stamp one on top of the other to put the flower together really makes it dimensional but I also added some black sketchy lines with my marker and some white highlights. Details like that bring the whole project together.

For extra visual texture I used a stencil and sprays over it as well as stamping and splashing on the background.

I also added washi tape strips that always bring something extra on a page and I combines different colors and designs to make it more interesting.

On all my pages I add the name of the flower with the first letter big and bold, to make a statement. This is an alphabet art journal after all!


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

Build-A-Flower: Torch Ginger – Altenew
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Feeling Dotty Stencil
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Permanent Black Crisp Ink
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Cherry Blossom Oval Set
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Green Valley Oval Set
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Emerald Gold Washi Tape
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Positivity Washi Tape
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Graph Die Cut Tape
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Pure White Ink Spray
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Sunkissed Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Warm Sunshine Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Frayed Leaf Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Classic Alphabet Die Set
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Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology…
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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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Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
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Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – 8.5 Inch…
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Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
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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 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 Card blog on 04/09/2020. So make sure to leave a comment along the way!

blog hop order

Altenew Card Blog
Nathalie DeSousa
Vicky Papaioannou
Virginia Lu
Mindy Eggen
Maryam Perez
Kelly Griglione
Nicole Watt


  1. I know it’s going to be a good day when I open my email and see I’m going to have coffee with a video from Vicky! This may become one of my favorite flowers.

  2. This is the first time I have heard of a Torch Ginger flower,,,and your use of it is lovely.

  3. This is a flower that I know nothing about, but I will google it to learn more, It ‘s gorgeous as you used it here on your journal page. Looking into your flower journal is a good way to be inspired for the day!

  4. Vicky, your journal page is beyond beautiful in that mixed media style. The detail in this stamp set is brilliant. Just the glimpse I saw of your journal whet my appetite to try mixed media. I’ve always liked the look of it, but haven’t ventured into that field. I think that’s going to have to change after seeing your video. Thanks so much!

  5. Love your art journal page, Vicky! Thanks for the video. I have never heard of a torch ginger flower before, but it certainly is pretty.

  6. Vicky

    This stamped set is gorgeous and your flower art journal is inspiring. I have just started making cards and paper crafting about four months ago and enjoy this medium as an outlet for my creativity. I have been making cards for my entire team at work to celebrate their birthdays, anniversaries and accomplishments. I don’t own anything from Altenew yet but this flower set is on my list now. Thank you for sharing your ideas and art!

    Sincerely, Melanie

  7. Wow! Absolutely stunning!! You are so creative
    and talented. I’d love to do a journal like this.

  8. Oh how I love your videos – always a great way to start my morning or at the end of my day. Thank you so much for something to look forward to during this tough time. Stay safe. Be well.
    From the US – California

  9. Vicki, I’m always impressed by your art journal pages! I love the colors, layers and texture you create. Well done!

  10. I’ve never heard of a Torched Ginger so when I saw the subject line of your email I thought you were talking about your cat and panicked!!!!!! Whew! It’s a flower!!!!! I love your background and seeing you work on your flower art journal. Beautiful. This morning I continued working on a new mixed media project, threw my back out somehow and had to stop and rest. At least I can rest watching YOU create!!! Can’t wait to get back to my project — a home decoration (photos of myself as a little girl). Thanks for keeping me company for a little while!!!!

  11. Beautiful art journal page with your lovely work! Altenew’s BAF sets are so wonderful; this one was a new-to-me flower.

  12. I just love this flower. It is unlike any of the other Altenew flower sets. Your project is very artsy/cool.

  13. What a beautiful page! I always love to watch you add to your flower journal! I like how you cut letters out of the word strips- great idea!

  14. I just love watching you create your beautiful pages!!!
    So inspiring and relaxing. You are truly gifted.

  15. Like so many other viewers , I had not heard of Torch Ginger before. I do like and the colors you used were just perfect. Thank You.

  16. Your creativity is always inspiring. Love the journal idea. This flower is new to me as well. Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. Your page is so gorgeous and what an fabulous idea to make a journal with
    different flowers from A-Z on them. Love it x

  18. Love your journal pages with the BAF releases. Your beautiful flowers inspired me to subscribe to the Build a Flower. Thank you for sharing.

  19. I love your flower journal, such a unique idea and your art journal pages are some of my favourite. The dimensional look that you achieved with this flower is amazing. Thank you for sharing your awesome talent. Take care

  20. I LOVE your background and this beautiful Torch Ginger BAF for your flower art journal is one of my faves. Thanks for another awesome video!

  21. Love the beautiful journal page you made with the torch ginger Build-a-Flower set. The colors you chose are wonderful.

  22. This is so impressive. I love how you put everything together for this lovely page for your book.

  23. I have enjoyed watching you add pages of flowers to your flower journal. The Torch Ginger is one of the prettiest pages so far. Love the additions you made to the stamped image with the extra black lines and the white gel pen highlights.

  24. The page is gorgeous. the flower is so
    life-like. thanks for sharing

  25. This flower looks beautiful on your journal pages! I had never heard of a Torch Flower before now!

  26. Love this! I also really like the idea of using the alphabet as an art journal topic. I’m always looking for ideas because I have so many projects and ideas, but when I get to the point of sitting down to start, I don’t know what to do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. Great video. I loved watching you adding all the beautiful layers and details which created a beautiful scene for the gorgeous ginger.

  28. I’m enjoying the flower journal pages. Heading over to watch the video to see how it’s done.

  29. Vicky, another fabulous flower page to your journal! Love your creative process. Ever inspiring talented artist!

  30. Gorgeous! I love this beautiful Torch Ginger. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating — your posts always inspire me to start an art journal. This period of self isolation may be the perfect time to get started!

  31. This is a gorgeous page, and my first introduction to this company! I saw your YouTube video, then went right to the company website and started shopping! It’s all so great I can”t decide what to get, but for sure the washi tapes you used at least. I wish I could get it all!

  32. Beyond beautiful, Vicky! Love all the attention to the details, which makes this page extra special. Another gorgeous page for this fun flower book!

  33. Howdy Ms. Vicky, I love how you used all of the layers in Altenew’s Build-a-Flower – Torch Ginger stamp set. Your color choices are brilliant. Love your work.

  34. Gorgeous journal page! I love how the bloom pops on your page and the amazing details in the background.

  35. Yay!! Another page for the alphabet flower journal! I’ve SO enjoyed watching you build this! Thank you for sharing your talents! ??

  36. I just fell in love with the art journal! Beautiful. Need to learn about “splashing”. That flower is so beautiful, do love the added highlights! Thanks for the inspiration and please stay safe and healthy!

  37. Hi Vicky from Luxemburg, Wisconsin. I love your cards so much. You absolutely inspire me with the beauty you make. Thank You so much for sharing.

  38. Oh, wow!! This looks amazing!!! Love the giant “T” to really draw attention to the flower name.

  39. Enjoyed knowing your thought process of creating the page and loved you added white for shading, nice tip!

  40. I love you various journals and have the supplies to start one, but don’t know where to start! This flower journal has inspired me to start my own flower journal with all of the stamps I’ve acquired from Altenew. Beautiful work as always.

  41. Nice coloring! I like your idea of having a journal like that, and having the first letter of the flower name really big. Fun!

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