Welcome to a fun blog hop! The October release by Altenew is out and we celebrate with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways. Join us to see all the new products in action and get inspired! Scroll all the way down for the complete blog hop list!

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

penguin card

For my first card I used the mini stamp set just to demontrate not to underestimate those tiny ones! They can create quick and easy cards that are super adorable.

With a little bit of inking I created my ocean and sky and then to ground the penguins I needed an ice floe… so I just draw one and cut it out. It’s not perfect but it does the job!

simple roses card

Altenew is famous for their amazing flower stamp sets they release every month. And this one goes on my all time top favorites!

I used my watercolor brush markers for a watercolor look and feel. So  much quicker than using alcohol markers and so much easier too!

A few clear bubbles on top of the petals make them look so fresh as they look like water droplets and provide the perfect finishing touch.

supplies & free gifts

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Warm Heart Stamp Set
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Simple Roses Stamp Set
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Hello Hydrangea Stamp Set
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Sweet Flowers Stamp Set
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Friends Forever Stamp Set
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Birch Forest Stamp Set
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Chipmunk & Squirrel Stamp Set
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Autumn…
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring…
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Winter…
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Watercolor Paper Set (A2 loose sheets)
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Ultramarine Crisp Dye Ink
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Iceberg Crisp Dye Ink
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Crafter’s Essential Ink Blending Tool…
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Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Non-Stick…
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Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
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Crafter’s Companion – Gemini -…
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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 $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/11/2020 for a chance to win.

  • Altenew 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 Winners Page on 10/14/2020.

blog hop order


  1. What cute idea! Love those little penguins. That sweet card would warm any heart. You always have such beautiful inspiration for Altenew products.

  2. The Simple Roses stamp set is simply beautiful. I love the colors you used, the roses are simply bewitching. The penquins are so cute and the card actually looks cold!!

  3. You’ve done a beautiful job of showing us these two sets. The penguins are adorable and the roses are just lovely.

  4. Both cards are awesome. It’s amazing how such a little add-on like the heart or the splashes add so much!

  5. love your penguin. unique ice flow that I will have to consider when I get my stamp/die. Thanks.

  6. The penguin card is so cute and the heart on the baby goes so well with the sentiment. The ice looks so much easier to do than I could have imagined!! Thanks for the idea. And you always do floral cards so well. Thank you, Vicky.

  7. Oh Vicky, your adorable penguins stole my heart! I love them! The Roses are another must have for me. Fabulous cards!!

  8. I always love your floral card designs! This tutorial was helpful to me with the instruction to blend inks a little at a time to achieve the smoothest result. I shall keep practicing!

  9. Don’t you love the realism of the penguins?!? Thank you for demonstrating the background and making the iceberg look so much easier than it would be for me! I struggle with making the backgrounds contiguous and it doesn’t occur to me to add a horizon! Thank you for this reminder! And the blending above the horizon is perfectly light and leaves a glow for your focal image. Thank you, Vicky!

  10. I can see why you love the Simple Roses set Vicky. Your card is stunning. The penguin with the chick touches ones heart & the sentiment is perfect for it.

  11. I love the realistic look of the penguins. The ice floe was the perfect grounding element. The simple rose card is stunning.

  12. Lovely cards, the floral design is very pretty and cheerful and the sweet penguins are sure to warm anyone’s heart. Thanks for the inspiration Vicky!

  13. Beautiful cards! Love the penguins, the sentiment is touching. The Floral card is very pretty, great colors!

  14. Wonderful cards. I love that sweet penguin card — the sentiment is perfect. And the Simple Roses set is definitely one of my favorites from this fantastic release.

  15. Great cards! Your ice floe is perfect for your penguin card. I’m sometimes afraid to add my own drawing on my cards, but you’ve inspired me to do it!

  16. Two awesome cards! The penguins are super cute and your ink blended background looks great. LOVE the beautiful floral card!! Lovely water coloring and composition. Thanks so much for posting your video too. They are always fun and helpful.

  17. I love both of your cards, Vicki, and giving the penguins a chunk of ice to float on made sense and looks great.

  18. The penguins are adorable. I love how you coloured the sky and ocean and even made your own ice floe! And the roses card is beautiful!

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