Welcome to a fun blog hop! The July stamps/dies release by Altenew is out and we celebrate with a fun blog hop. Join us to see the new products in action, to get inspired and to win prizes.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

Today I am sharing a quick an easy way to create mini slimline cards and use up those 6×6 paper pads you have been hoarding. If you fold a 6×6 patterned paper into half you end up with a mini slimline card base. Then follow my tips to bring together cards in no time using any stamp set you have in your stash. Today I demonstrate my examples using the latest products by Altenew so you can see them in action too.

When using subtle backgrounds:

  • pick colors from the background to use on your focal points, to help everything come together

Here is an example where I used greys and light browns for the TV, trying to match the circles at the patterned paper

Here is one more example where I used pink for the wheels to match the background color

When using busy backgrounds:

  • keep your focal point black and white to help it pop

Here is an example where I have both the flower as well as the sentiment in black and white.

Here is one more example using a busy patterned paper where my focal point in plain white and the sentiment plain black

And here is one more example where I kept the focal point monochromatic jus tto so you that you can work with some color… adding a color that I picked from the background in the focal point did the trick here. I did’t even bother to color it completly and made sure I have imperfections for a more artistic look. It’s one of those “embrace imperfections” cards that I love so much!

When using backgrounds with no color:

These are the easiest patterned papers to work with, when they are grey or black and white. No color on the background means you can go wild on your focal points. Anything works here and in my next two examples I went with flowers


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

Dreamy Sunset 6×6 Paper Pack
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Poured Acrylic 6×6 Paper Pack
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Essential Rock Collection 6×6 Paper Pack
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Vintage Vibes Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Vintage Vibes Die Set
[ ALTN ]
Watercolor Extravaganza Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Watercolor Extravaganza Die Set
[ ALTN ]
Gardenia Duo Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Gardenia Duo Die Set
[ ALTN ]
Adore You Add-On Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Adore You Add-On Die Set
[ ALTN ]
Just a Number Die Set
[ ALTN ]
Feathered Friends Die Set
[ ALTN ]
Enjoy Your Journey Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Enjoy Your Journey Die Set
[ ALTN ]
All About You Word Die Set
[ ALTN ]
Anywhere With You Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Say Yes Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Cherry Blossom Enamel Dots
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Bearly Art glue – fine tip
[ SPL | SSS ]
MISTI stamping platform
[ SBC | SSS ]
Dress My Craft – Mini Score Board
[ SBC ]
Spellbinders – Platinum 6 – Die…
[ SBC | SSS ]
Paper Comfort Trimmer
[ SBC | SSS ]
Glass Media Mat
[ SBC | SSS ]


$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/11/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/13/2021.

next stop

You can start the blog hop here: Altenew Blog

Your next stop is: Norine Borys



  1. I love all of your cards, Vicky! The shaker card though, is my favorite and too cute for words!

  2. Thank you for this tutorial, Vicky! I love all your cards. This is a fun release! Great tip using the 6×6 papers!!!

  3. Wow, Vicky!
    All of these cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for showing how to use the very busy backgrounds! I love that paper!

  4. Love the vintage TV & skates. Takes me back to my childhood in the 70’s.
    The patterned paper ideas are great. Now I know what to do with all of my paper pads.

  5. These are beautiful and I thank you for showing how to create something special from all the patterned paper in my stash. I love the mini slimline card size and think your ideas are great.

  6. Such a beautiful array of designs! So many wonderful products to play with ? Thanks for the inspiration and all the tips Vicky!

  7. I thought you were supposed to be relaxing on your vacation! You have been working very hard to bring us these cool card ideas! I had no thought of buying the vintage vibes set, but now I see how perfect it is to make guy cards. And love your ideas for using up some of my (hoarded) busy patterns! This size of card is just my style, and I am going to introduce it to my card class next month! Thanks for all your great ideas!

  8. Wow – I love all of these cards. I have tons of 6 x 6 paper that I could use to get creating. Enjoy your vacation.

  9. What great ideas to use up pattern papers. I love them but then struggle with ideas on how to use them.

  10. Awesome and inspiring cards from this release!! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  11. Great Tips & Love your cards! Have sooo many patterned paper packs that I could use. Thanks!!!

  12. Gorgeous cards!!! Thanks for all the great ideas!!! I have Sooooo much 6×6 paper!!!! lol

  13. Wow, awesome array of cards! Love the vintage TV card. My Mom had a TV just like it (minus the legs) up until about 6-7 years ago. It was 50% furniture! lol Love that bird card, too, and the pretty pattern paper you used.

  14. So many great examples of a simple technique. You gave us lots of tips on how to combine embellishments with busy backgrounds to create a cohesive card. Thanks, Vicky!

  15. Such fabulous cards! I love how the paper can stand alone for the background – makes the paper and stamping stand out!

  16. Vicky, these are wonderful ideas! I confess I have some very old 6×6 paper pads that I have committed to using up, but some of them, being old, I bought for scrapbooking, not for card making, and I have been struggling to find ways to use them in card making — these ideas are perfect! Thank you!!

  17. Love your cards & the pattern papers! Thanks for the great idea of using 6×6 pads for the so popular mini slim cards.

  18. I’m always looking for ways to add patterned paper to my cards! Thank you for this post – and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this Altenew release!

  19. I really love the “Vintage theme” of your cards and I love that they are so “chunky” too! Good job.

  20. Wow Vicky, you always impress with your designs! I’m liking this release, so many cute products and I cannot wait to sit down and watch your process video.

  21. During the pandemic I spent many long hours “decluttering” my craft room. Since I seldom use patterned papers I seriously considered tossing those 6×6 pads. Thankfully I stopped myself! I’m going to pull them out (praying I can remember where I put them!) and make some mini-slimline cards! All your cards are wonderful!

  22. Hi Vicky, Hope you are enjoying a much deserved vacation!
    Love these little cards. I have quite a few of those sized paper pads and this makes them even more usable. One question though, what about envelopes? Do they make them to fit these cards? Or, do you make your own somehow? Is there a die for them?
    Thanks for all your creative ideas!

  23. Thanks for the video and blog about using these gorgeous PP on slim line cards along with Altenew’s latest new products! The cards are gorgeous!

  24. Beautiful! Love all your clever ideas, Vicky. They can be used in so many different projects.

  25. Thank you for all the inspirations, and tips when using plain versus busy paper. I love all your cards! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Hi Vicky What a great idea…totally love these cards..I have some boy papers that I’ll try this idea with..thankyou for sharing your talent..hope you enjoyed your holiday..???

  27. Thank you for this fantastic idea! I have lots of 6×6 paper pads to look through! Your cards are gorgeous!

  28. Love all your makes Vicky, especially the card with the Feathered Friends die cut. It’s really elegant.

  29. What a wonderful set of cards Vicky! I love the way you used the DP in the background!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  30. Thank you for the design tips as well as the beautiful cards. You’ve just made my creative life so much easier!

  31. Beautiful cards and wonderful ideas, Vicky! Looks like I better be flipping through those paper pads of mine!

  32. very clever way to use those 6 x 6 pads! love each of your cards! thanks for the wonderful inspiration! you never fail to make beautiful projects and provide exceptional tutorials.

  33. I had never considered using a folded 6×6 paper for a slimline card, but it is a fantastic idea, especially since the Altenew pads are made of such a good quality weight. Your cards are simple, but delightful. My favorite is the vintage television card. I’d love to make that birthday card for friends and family.
    Enjoy your vacation!

  34. I just love your videos and your 6×6 pattern paper card idea is just so fun to try. I am always looking for new ideas to try! Thanks for the inspiration! I love the the retro TV, brings back so many fun memories!!

  35. I love your work! You are so talented. I have made a couple of your 3d flowers. I am a newbie and your instructions are super easy to follow.

  36. Hi, Vicky – All these cards are superb! Love the use of the patterned paper.
    Your friend in the US –
    Lori S in PA

  37. I loved these simple cards. I was just looking at my stash of 6×6 papers. My favorite card with the one with the skates. Brings back memories from my childhood.

  38. Wonderful ideas on how to use up paper pads. I had not thought of using them for card bases. Thank you for the inspiration!

  39. Your cards are absolutely fabulous! I am in search of ways to use patterned paper and you helped tremendously. Thank you.

  40. Fabulous cards! I love the stamped images, and I LOVE the patterned paper. Since I am “vintage” I really like that TV stamp- we had those kind of TV’s when I was VERY young LOL.

  41. I love the coloring on the suitcase—the card feels like a retro ad in a magazine from the 60s! And that tv is fab!

  42. Beautiful cards! You just popped up randomly on my feed! Being a card maker, I’m always looking for new ideas so I watched your video. Now I’m a subscribe!?
    Loved the vintage cards and the adventure card and the black & white. ..well, I just lived them all!

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