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Field Notes | My Travel Journal

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Hello Clique Kits Friends!!

Nathalie back with you today!   We are still unpacking our bags after a month long vacation in Ecuador.  The 5 week break from scrapbooking was hard for me (as i do it on a regular -almost  daily- basis),  but space was limited on the bags.  So instead i opted to bring with me my personal journal (aka TN), lots of stamps, watercolor palettes, stickers, and a pieces of the many different past Clique Kits.  Today i want to share with you some of the entries created while on vacation.




Every time there are small pieces of paper left  from any particular kit, i tend to trim them to fit into my TN, and store them back in the kit’s bag so i can always use it with the coordinated embellishments.   This is the case for one of the entries of my journal.  I had prepped the pages, before hand, by gluing the last piece of the “Pint Size Fun” paper from Shimelle’s Little by Little collection  featured in the PLAY kit to one of the TN’s pages.




I took all the alphas, and embellishments from the PLAY kit with me, so it was easy to add the details to the page while on the air.  To create the title, I simply aligned the alphas to the bottom of the page, and added a few die cuts to balance the spread.




One of the best things I packed for the trip was the HP Sprocket (best travelling photo printer!!!), so i was able to obtain prints on the spot, and use them on my TN.   For this picture, I layered the exclusive printables from the PLAY kit behind the picture, and added embellishments in a small cluster.  The Altenew stamp (which i picked up at the Clique Kits Store) came in handy to add the small detail on the picture.  The sentiment was typed with my grandfather’s type writer -which he has happily handed down to me, and is now living on my desk!!!!-  Here is final layout:




Love the final look of this page!  It is clean and simple, and was an ease to put together (though the sentiment came together upon arrival in Ecuador).


This next entry was created with the Clique Kits Spring Card kit (which I picked up on one of the Store sales), and a large photo .



After enlarging the picture to fit into a letter size page, I trimmed it and glued it to the TN spread (Yes, I packed photo paper with me, and used my cousin’s printer!).  I picked a photo with lots of white space on it, so i can easily embellish onto the picture.




All the MME embellishments included in the Spring Card kit happen to match the colors of some of the exclusive printables in the POOL PARTY  TN kit (which i purchase to take with me on the trip!) so it was easy to combine them to create clusters at the corners of the picture.  This spread was all about the picture, so a little embellishing went a long way.  Here is the final spread:




What can I say!.  Love how easy this came together with a few pieces from some past Clique Kits.  Sometimes it pays to rework your paper scraps into new projects, as well as to mix pieces from different kits to come with a new one that fits your needs.   If you would like to check these kits remember some of them are still available at the Clique Kits Store (take advantage of the July sale happening at the moment!!).  All the kits are beautiful and oh so versatile!.


I will be back to show you more of the entries of my travel journals,  but remember you can always contact me with any questions you might have on how this came together.


See you all soon!



Clique Spring Cards

Hello Clique friends!

Marcia back today to show you some of the things I have created with the awesome Clique Kits Spring Card kit. This kit features the oh so popular My Mind’s Eye On Trend 2, an adorable Waffle Flower Crafts bow die, and a fabulous Honey Bee Stamp Set that is only available now in our Spring Card Kit! Take a look …


I have to tell you those flamingos and pineapples are my favorites. They were the first things I used to adorn my cards…


My daughter’s Vet School white coat ceremony is Saturday!!! I made this card for her. The glassine bag will work perfect to stick a little gift card into. Just what my girl needs … a little $$ to make it through the next 52 weeks of her externships. Yup, I am one proud mama!

Check out this adorable bow! I love that Waffle Flower Crafts die!


My next cards make use of more of the dies in the ephemera die cuts pack. These dies make it so easy to put a card together fast! Can’t decide what paper to use … use 2 and cut them on a diagonal for a different look….





Yes, there was a fabulous Honey Bee Stamp set as well. I used it on this coffee cup I created from an SVGcuts Good Day at the Office digital cut file. It looks like the real deal, doesn’t it. I am going to fill it with chocolates for my office assistant who is retiring. It would make a great teacher gift too. I stamped the sentiment here with VersaMark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.


The butterfly was stamped on vellum and then embossed with a white embossing powder before I fussy cut it out.


If you like what you are seeing, then you better hurry and snatch up your Spring Card kit in the Clique store before they are gone!

Thanks for stopping by!



Spring Card Kit

Hello Clique Kits friends. Marcia here, I have a few more cards to share with you using the Clique Kits Spring Card Kit. This kit is amazing!!! Gorgeous My Mind’s Eye On Trend papers and die-cuts, gold stickers, sequins, and an awesome stamp set from Altenew, and exclusive Clique Kits flair buttons. Take a look…


I used the Altenew stamp set here for the Hello and then fussy cut it out. I LOVE that the set has small text as well. Combined, they make truly eye-catching sentiments on cards. This stamp set is quickly becoming my favorite!


I knew with all those pretty sequins, I would make a shaker card. I cut this gem with my Silhouette on gold cardstock. Using a couple layers of vellum to hold my sequins, I carefully stitched around the gem using gold thread. It sets off the gem pattern paper wonderfully!


A different Altenew sentiment from the same stamp set was used on this card, stamped and fussy cut out again. The kit comes with exclusive flair buttons and I used one on this card.


Everyone needs Birthday cards, right? With those gold My Mind’s Eye stickers in the kit, I couldn’t resist making a few birthday cards too.



One last card to share…. This time I used the Altenew stamp set to stamp on vellum and embossed it with gold embossing powder. The vellum softens the pattern paper beneath and really lets the sentiment shine.

I hope you enjoyed my cards. If you would like to purchase a Clique Kits Spring Card Kit for yourself, use coupon code Marcia10 and save yourself 10%! Trust me it’s well worth it.

Thanks for stopping by.



April Designer in the Spotlight – Tasnim Ahmed


Hello everyone!  We are so excited to bring you this months Designer in the Spotlight Tasnim Ahmen.  We had the privilege of meeting Tasnim at CHA Winter 2015.  We were walking along the show floor when we spotted her beautiful Altenew booth.  The booth walls were covered in this beautiful textured wall paper and it was so clean, simple and classic.  We instantly fell in love with her and of coarse her stamps!  We ended up adding two of her stamp sets to our kits this year and also added some to the Clique Kits shop.

Tasnim took some time to answer some questions for us today and also created some stunning cards using our Spring Card Kit!  So sit back, grab your beverage of choice and say Hello to Tasnim!


Tasnim attained her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. Even though arts and crafts has always been a part of her life, she only discovered stamping in 2011, and started her blog Cards & Bookmarks the following year. She soon realized that she had the potential to introduce designs/greetings relevant to cultures that were not represented in mainstream crafting space, and thus the research and planning for Altenew began. She is committed to bringing innovative designs based on lifestyles from around the world.

In addition to running Altenew, and being a full-time mom to her three year old daughter, Tasnim is a current student at Studio Arabiya, an online institute based in Cairo, Egypt. She also teaches weekly classes and leads the girls youth group at her local community center. Apart from card making and designing stamps, she enjoys hiking, running, and learning languages.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?

My creative thinking process has changed from the time that I started designing cards. At first I used to constantly deliberate about designs, colors, and how to come up with crafty techniques.  Then I discovered Pinterest, and instantly it became my go-to-place for inspiration. I remember spending hours on a card at times, playing around with my elements and figuring out how to arrange them. But now when I need to make a card, I take a quick look at my Pinterest Inspiration Board, and try not to spend more than half an hour in completing my project. Usually, a certain picture that I pinned catches my eyes, and I use either the colors, the design layout, the elements, or the general vibe from the picture, and go about translating that on to my card.

When I’m designing stamps, I first look for inspiration; it could be from nature, museum catalogs, fabric design, home décor, places I’ve traveled, or things that I want to make that do not exist in the market yet. Once an idea forms, I draw the designs on paper, scan it, and set to work on drawing in Illustrator, using my scanned images as a guide.

  1. Where and when are you most creative?

I think I am most creative when I am under the stress of having to meet a deadline! I feel like my best creations are always the ones I made last minute! During one of our Altenew releases, I woke up at 3am, and made six cards in the following four hours. The release was scheduled at 9am! Late nights are when my creative juices flow, and that is when I design Altenew stamps.

  1. What are some of your must have supplies?

Paper cutter, Score Board, micro-tip scissors, stamps, inks, foam tape and heat embossing supplies.

  1. Who are some of your influences?

In my card designing journey, the works of Darlene DeVries, Laura Bassen, Agnieszka Malyszek, and Debby Hughes, have influenced me greatly, to just name a few.

In the case of Altenew, Stephanie Wincott has definitely inspired me. I heard of her just days before the launch of “Clearly Besotted Stamps”. Back then, I was toying with the idea of starting a stamp company, but once I saw what she was about to embark upon, I was quite determined. I eventually contacted her and was able to ask her for advice. She was very helpful, and kindly shared her insight.

  1. 3 things people probably do not know about you.
  • I used to be a BIG Anime fan. I have watched so much Anime during one of my college years that I can now understand/speak a bit of Japanese.
  • I absolutely love Mathematics. Recently, I planned on allocating ½-1 hour daily to solve Math problems. Ahem, I still need to get started on that plan!
  • I have yet to learn how to swim, and ride a bike. Added to my long to-do list.
  1. Favorite:


  • Book

Agatha Christie’s detective novels

  • Movie

Howl’s Moving Castle, Marvel Movies

  • Candy

Fruit Roll-ups

  • Drink

Black tea

  • Color


  • TV Show

Running man (Korean variety show). It is a bit silly sometimes, but it makes me laugh, which is a good thing

  1. Who are some of your favorite designers in the industry?

Agnieszka Malyszek, Iwona Palamountain, Jocelyn Olson, Cristina Kowalczyk, Amy Gray among many others!

  1. What inspired you to design your first stamp set?

The first stamp set that I designed actually never made it to production. It was a set of Eid Greetings along with a geometric design. Both the greetings and the design element speak volumes about what inspired me to start Altenew in the first place. One of the themes in our stamp designs is drawing inspiration from artwork from the past, and that geometric element was based on a Persian Enamel design. As for the greetings, whenever I made cards for Eid, I wished there were stamps for this occasion, and the simple solution was to design my own set! J

  1. Where did the name of your company Altenew come from?

Our first choice for a company name was Now & Then. I liked how this name was related to the theme I just spoke of. However, it was decided that the name needed to be unique. Thinking on words related to ‘Now & Then’ I came up with ‘Old and New’ which then turned to Altenew. A little knowledge of German helped the process as alt is German for old.

Here is a look at what Tasnim created with our Spring Card Kit which is still available in the Clique Kits shop.  This kit comes with a full 4×6 stamp set from Altenew that you are just going to fall in love with!

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Wow!  Tasnim really went to town with our Spring Card kit.  The beautiful papers from the My Mind’s Eye On Trend collection go perfect with the Altenew Super Script stamp set.  The Spring Card kit is still available for purchase and you can grab yours today for 15% off with the code SAVE15.  This code is only available today so act fast!

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Tasnim thank you so much for being our April Designer in the Spotlight!  You can find Tasnim and Altenew at the links listed below!  Make sure you follow her blog and like them on Facebook to stay up do date with new releases, sales and events!

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Happy Spring! Clique Spring Card Kit

Happy Easter Clique friends! Marcia here today to share a couple of cards I created with the Clique Cards Spring Limited Edition Kit. This kit is GORGEOUS!!!! I am tripping on all things gold right now and this kit with the My Mind’s Eye On Trend papers is just a delight. I think you are all going to love it too. Take a peak…


All that elegance and gold is perfect for weddings. Do you know of a June bride? Since my daughter was recently married, I thought a wedding announcement would be just as perfect. Of course an announcement needs a photo ….


Being a photographer and a scrapbooker, I love including photos on my cards! Banners like this under the photo are a great way to use up your scraps.


There are lots of embellishments in this kit that work for birthday cards as well, and who doesn’t need birthday cards! The Celebrate sentiment came from the digital downloads exclusive for the card kit.




This last card could be used for a birthday or just a card to say hello to someone special. I used a Spellbinders die on the cardstock included in the kit and layered to pattern paper with the die cut cardstock. I just love that shaped enamel heart.



I think the receiver of this card will be instantly happy when they see this.


I hope you enjoyed my cards today. I promise to have some cards using the stamp in my next post. This kit is still available for purchase in the Clique Store, look under the Limited Edition Kits. Even though monthly subscriptions are sold out, anyone can still get their hands on these beauties. These are going to sell fast though so don’t wait too long.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.