Thursday, July 1, 2021




Today I am joining with Altenew and their release of the Build-A-Flower: Bearded Iris.

If you are looking for the most elegant and realistic iris, you are in the right place! This stamp set prominently features a gorgeous bearded iris outline with four additional coloring layers, along with its stems and leaves. You may use the other iris outline as background foliage, or simply add it to floral arrangements stamped as is or colored in with your favorite coloring medium.

You should have come from Keren Baker.

I have created two cards for this hop. The first one I started by ink blending the background on a panel of Neenah solar white cardstock.  I used Altenew Sunkissed, Autumn Blaze, Cloudy Sky, and Dark Night Crisp Dye Inks with Altenew Blending Brushes.

I then Stamped the Iris and the leaf with Altenew Permanent Black Ink, and added the layers with Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Misty Morning, and Nimbus Crisp Dye Inks.

I stamped the sentiment in Permanent Black Ink and cut it down. Then I rubbed the edges with some of the inks and used an Altenew small blending brush to blend it across the strip. I adhered the panel to an orange one that I dry embossed a frame onto it. Then I adhered that to a white card base.

Finally I used some Altenew Gold Sequins to the card.

For my second card, I started by using Alcohol Inks in Buttercream, Sapphire, and Desert Night on Yupo paper. I used some alcohol and blending solution to move the inks around on the paper.

I used an anti-static powder tool and then stamped the flower and leaves onto some velum with Altenew Embossing Ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder, then I cut them out. 

I used Altenew's Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets to adhere the velum to the alcohol inked panel. These sheets are amazing! Just wish I had thought about using it before I had cut the flowers out. So I had to cut them out again once the velum was applied to the adhesive sheet.
I made the sentiment strip in the same way as the first card, but with colors that would go with this one. Used a rectangle die to dry emboss the blue panel behind the first. And adhered them to a white card base.

Thanks for visiting. Make today amazing!

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/07/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/09/2021.

Next Up on the hop is Nenette.


Altenew Blog

Jaycee Gaspar


Tenia Nelson

Jenny Colacicco

Emily Midgett

Amanda Baldwin

Virginia Lu

Michelle Short

Verity Biddlecombe


Carol Hintermeier

Dana Joy

Nathalie DeSousa

Sandhya Iyer

Daniel Diaz

Bridget Casey

Justine Hovey

Keren Baker

Linda Westfall  (you are here)

Nenette S. Madero

Svitlana Shayevich



  1. Love the simple images on stunning backgrounds. So nice

  2. Beautiful backgrounds - love your cards!

  3. Gorgeous cards. The second card is my favorite.

  4. Gorgeous cards!!!! Really like them both.

  5. These are beautiful - I really love the second arty one- your alcohol inking is gorgeous x

  6. The iris is lovely but I think your background is low-key vying for the spotlight. That dark blend...ehm...irising.... inward is really cool looking.

  7. Both of these cards are beautiful. You encourage me to get my oranges out and play with them

  8. Marisela Delgado said: So beautiful.

  9. Beautiful! I love the orange iris. Stunning!!

  10. I love your backgrounds and especially the orange one!

  11. Gorgeous cards! I love the backgrounds.

  12. Love the backgrounds, gorgeous.

  13. Both cards are great! Backgrounds are great, thanks for sharing!

  14. Love your backgrounds and your cards!

  15. Beautiful cards with gorgeous color combos, Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. So so pretty! I am crazy about the first card with those gorgeous colors of the Iris and background. Perfect!

  17. I love both cards, They are awesome, the coloring is stunning on both very different cards, they really inspire me, thanks for sharing your talent!

  18. Oh, I LOVE your first one. The colors are gorgeous---the whole card!

  19. Painted or not, the iris stamp is just lovely and so dramatic. Thanks for two awesome ideas using it.

  20. I need to try the adhesive sheets. Beautiful work.

  21. Wow! Beautiful color combinations on both! I love the backgrounds!

  22. Wow!! What beautiful cards with the bearded iris and loving the marbled bg!!

  23. Beautiful cards. Love how this set allows the uses of just the outline image.

  24. Beautiful backgrounds!! Your cards are amazing!


  25. Beautiful cards. Your coloring is amazing and those backgrounds -- stunning.

  26. Truly gorgeous backgrounds on both these beauties! This stamp set is a must have!!

  27. Beautiful color combos on these lovely cards! I love the colored frame effect for the edges! The iris flowers are just beautiful!

  28. Great color shares. I like the combination of the first card.


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