Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) : On to Level 3!

Yay!I successfully completed my level 2 challenge for the Altenew Educator Certification Program and am soooo thrilled to move on to Level 3!

Below is the Level 2 Honour Badge:

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Celebration: Stencil Techniques

A beautiful anniversary card for a special couple. I love stencils as I find they’re easier to control colour on for me. For some reason I’ve been hesitant to try new things with stencils, however as a part of Altenew’s Celebration: Stencil Techniques class I’ve been pushed to try more. I’m very glad I did!

I started off with Altenew’s Floral Garden Stencil. A unique component of this stencil is that. It layers and lines up perfectly to make colouring very easy. I taped down the stencil to my panel and stenciled the first layer using Altenew’s Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink.

After completing the flowers, I rotated the stencil and brushed on the second layer of the leaves using Forest Glades. To ensure that I didn’t brush the green on the stamens I taped over those portions first. After completing the leaves, I removed the tape and used Citrus Burst for the stamen.

After completing all layers of the stencil I let the ink completely dry. Then I places the stencil back to line up with the flowers. Using Tonic’s silicone spatula and Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste in Moonstone I covered the stencil and smoothed it out, returning any extra to the bottle.

I removed the stencil, washed it and. The Spatula with warm soapy water and allowed the panel to dry fully. I trimmed the panel down to 3.75 x5 inches.

I used Altenew’s Geometric Frames Die and cut a frame out of Gold Foil Cardstock and the panel portion from Simon Says Stamp’s vellum.

I treated the vellum with an anti static powder bag and then heat embossed Happy Anniversary on the vellum using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder and Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink.

I adhered the gold frame to the sentiment panel and glued it to the floral panel. I cut a panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Cotton Candy to 4×5.25 inches and used it to back the floral panel. I attached everything to an A2 card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches. I decorated the envelope to match the card and its complete.

Altenew Stamps/Stencil/Dies:

Floral Garden Stencil

Cake Love Stamp Set

Geometric Frames Die

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Coral Bliss

Citrus Burst

Forest Glades

Enchanted Gold

Other Supplies:

– Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste – Moonstone

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder

– Recollections Gold Foil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue


– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Tonic Silicone Spatula Set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Irresistible Inking Techniques

I love watercolor. Am I really great at it? No.. But i love it! I was excited about Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class as it had a few examples using water ink.. LOVE!

I have quite a few September birthdays so I’m focused on getting those out the door. I knew I wanted to do a floral with an acrylic block inked background. I’ve tried it before and it didn’t quite work out, but this time I’m liking it.

I started off measuring out my piece by placing the image from the Engraved Flowers stamp set to the back of the acrylic block. This allowed me to see exactly how much of the block to ink up with each colour.

I inked the bloom portion of the block with Altenew’s Rubellite ink and the section with the leaves and stem with Bamboo.

I spritzed the block with a bit of water and pressed it down unto my card panel.

After letting the ink dry, I cleaned the block, flipped it around to the side with the stamp and inked it up with Versamark Ink ad stamped down into the coloured section. I heat embossed the image using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder.

I wanted to add a bit more depth. To the flower so i smooshed Altenew’s Razzleberry and Parrot inks onto my craft mat and using my Jane Davenport water brush I added some of each of the darker colours in certain sections.

Essentially I followed the grooves from the stamp and added colour for highlighting.

After drying the image I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp. Set. Then I trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to a gold foil Cardstock panel. Measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches.

I adhered everything to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. I wanted a bit of bling so I added some of Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals.

All done!

Altenew Stamps:

Engraved Flowers

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:





Jet Black

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Craft Foam


– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Jane Davenport’s Waterbrushes

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

Monthly Mystery Box Giveaway!!!

Monthly Mystery Box Giveaway Alert!

Alright ladies and gentlemen…. I am still working on my MASSIVE craft room cleanup and have come across several items that I will not be using. As mentioned in my last giveaway I will be selling some of the items in my Etsy store to help finance my habit and have decided to do MONTHLY giveaways until my overflow pile is gone (I already have 4 more boxes ready to go).

So… Once again In the spirit of all things crafty I will giving away a mystery box this month with brand new and some slightly used stamp sets and crafting supplies. Please note there will be both branded (ie. Altenew, Flora and Fauna, Simon Says Stamp etc) and unbranded items (some just with no packaging and some generic brands) in each box. The retail value of the box will always be at least $100USD (July’s box was worth over $250).

All I ask is that the recipient pay actual shipping costs for the box (psst… I’m in Canada). Interested in getting your hands on this month’s mystery box? Here is how to be considered:

1. Follow my Instagram page @rosedawsondesigns_cards

2. Comment in thr Instagram post letting me know what you’re hoping for (ie stamps/sequins/etc) and what you’re planning to make.

I’ll close the giveaway in 2 weeks, August 29th @11:59pm EST and will announce the winner on August 31st. *Please note image was for July’s box and this month will contain different items. Questions? Ask away!

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AAA Cards Game #145 – Hope

I’ve developed a love for the look of a clean and simple card. Do I struggle every time with keeping things clean and simple? YES!

However, this week’s challenge from AAA Cards Game #145: One Image with Optional twist as positivity was simple for me. The very first thing that popped into my head was ‘survivor’. In particular my mother as a breast cancer survivor and the message of hope to anyone struggling with this terrible disease. I lost my Aunt to the disease, my Grandmother struggled with it, my Uncle struggled… Even two of my cousins’ baby girls struggled with cancer.

So this is something that really hits home for me this week. Extremely personal? Yes… But if this post motivates, inspires or just gives someone a smile… Then I’ve succeeded and am happy.

Here is this week’s challenge :

Here is my submission :

I kept it super simple. I used stamps from Impression Obsession’s ‘Survivor’ stamp set Catherine Pooler Dye Ink in ‘Its a girl’ for the ribbon to symbolize breast cancer in particular. I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the same set.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Border Die to cut down the panel then adhered to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5″.


– Impression Obsession (IO) Clingables: 3201-LG Survivor

– Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Die

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye ink – Intense Black

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Candy

Some More 3×3 Note Cards.. Just to say ‘Hello’

Creating some cute 3×3 note cards. I absolutely LOVE this patterned paper. These are simple yet stunning (IMHO).



– Miss Ink’s ‘Magnolia Sympathy Stamp set

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye ink

– Poppy Stamp’s ‘Art Deco Frames and Phrases (cl472)

– Recollections’ ‘ Faith Filled’ paper pad

Cardstock stash expansion!

So.. I LOVE paper… Cardstock in particular. I love having a million different colours and i use most of them. But i was finding that i didn’t have the range of colours i was looking for. In comes my Simon Says Stamp’s monthly card kit. Every month they include a few sheets of their brand of cardstock and some envelopes. Now i don’t usually buy coloured envelopes (trying to save a little cash) but i can say they are lovely envelopes.

But the cardstock… Ohhhhhh the cardstock! The colours are AMAZING… I was in LOVE! The paper is a wonderful weight and thr colours match most of my Simon Says Stamp’s inks. So I ordered some… I started with the variety pack and picked up extras of Colours that i found i was really using. I also had heard great things about the Gina K Designs cardstock.. So i ordered some of those as well. I ordered from both the Gina K website as well as from Simon Says Stamp (SSS).

Having both the Gina K and SSS cardstocks expands my collection beautifully. There are a couple of colours that close in both lines that i consider to be overlapping, but otherwise the collections complement each other perfectly.

I also picked up a few colours of Lawn Fawn paper to try.

Simon Says Stamp Collection :

Gina K stash (not sorted yet) :