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When a card doesn’t go to plan! | Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)

 For today’s post I have used some of the new products released on Monday to create these cards. But I’ll let you into a secret, they didn’t go to plan! So what do you do When a card doesn’t go to plan! You carry on and make two instead!

These cards are part of the Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog hop – a 4 day fun filled hop and you’re on day 2! It is amazing that Altenew has reached their 7th birthday! They’re such a fantastic company, and I absolutely love their products – they have some many fabulous designs. Check out the end of the post for more details on the hop.

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When a card doesn't go to plan!

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When a card doesn't go to plan!

When a card doesn't go to plan! - Card 1

Make sure you check out the video to see the process on how my cards didn’t exactly go to plan and how I ended up with these two designs. 

When a card doesn't go to plan!

For this card, ink blend yellow inks from Pocket Full of Sunshine ink set with an ink blending tool. In addition, smoosh some ink down onto an acrylic block and spritz with water. Add a few ink splatters to the blended background.

Next, trim down a piece of blue paper from the A Love for Stripes – Set D paper pack and foam mount onto the card. To create the ‘sun’ die-cut the Mid-century die out of white card and adhere onto the card. 

When a card doesn't go to plan!

Add a heat embossed sentiment from the new Folk Art stamp set and embellish with a few Glacier Caves Enamel dots. Lastly, draw with a black pen a few birds flying off into the sunset. 

When a card doesn't go to plan! - Card 2

For this card, heat emboss the Teapot and Cup from the Tea for Two stamp set onto yellow and pink card. To add a little depth, ink blend yellow and pink ink onto the corresponding card to add shading. 

When a card doesn't go to plan!

You can either use the coordinating dies to cut the out, or fussy cut these out. Trim down a couple of pieces from the A Love for Stripes – Set D paper pack and add to a card panel. These will help anchor the Teapot and cup down.

For a bit of contrast, and to tie in with the heat embossed sentiment, I used a black pen to colour in the decoration on the teapot and cup. These were foam mounted onto the card. 

When a card doesn't go to plan!

Lastly the card was embellished with a few Cherry Blossom Enamel dots

When a card doesn't go to plan!


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When a card doesn't go to plan!

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This post was produced as part of my Guest Design work for Altenew  I have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Altenew to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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224 thoughts on “When a card doesn’t go to plan! | Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)”

  • Hi, from Gainesville, FL, USA. I love both of your cards! I love seeing your process. Thanks for sharing all of your thought processes!

  • Hi from Nebraska, US! Thank you for sharing your talents! I really am thankful you put in your thoughts on why and where you went with these cards. Its informative to hear the direction of an artist’s thinking.

  • Hello from Ohio, thank you, thank you and thank you for sharing “ how to save a mess up” or when things don’t go as planned. Omg, such a beautiful mess up!

  • Hi from Ontario, Canada. Interesting topic Verity because I sometimes have the same problem. You handled it like a pro and produced two amazing cards. I really like them both. ❤️

  • Love to see your thought process and your final decisions. It was keeping it real! I love your final teapot card with the light strips and the touch of the darker one. Congratulations on being a part of this amazing craft company.

  • Instead of giving up when it didn’t go according to plan you persevered, and ended up with not one but two great cards!
    Thanks for sharing the process with us.

  • Ontario Canada here….very pretty cards I think we all have cards that at some point haven’t gone as planned. But there are never bad creations

  • Hello from Virginia! You got two great cards for the effort of 1. Thanks for the video on how to rescue a card which doesn’t go according to the plan you made!

  • Hi from Houston. Very pretty cards! Two for one, both with Vibrant colors….I love the teapot & tea cup. Happy Altenew 7th Anniversary!

  • Hi from IGH, MN! It’s raining and gray here today, so your beautifully cheery cards are just the lift I needed. TFS!

  • Hi from Memphis TN! What’s in my head usually doesn’t make it to the card. I’m always changing my designs. I love the cards!

  • Hi from the Florida Panhandle. Gorgeous cards! Love the awesome colors…
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi from the Lilac Capital, Rochester, NY, USA!! What creative inspiration and your project(s) are wonderful!!

  • Hi from Orange County,CA. The sun die is so cool. I also love the “sun spots” you added 🙂 And the tea set is so pretty. I like that you are a real crafter who doesn’t mind saying she isn’t perfect 🙂

  • Hello from US, Kentucky. Happy Birthday! I saw this earlier on YouTube both are so beautiful but the tea cup is adorable!

  • Hi from Wilmington, DE! It was fun watching the evolution of these beautiful cards! i can identify with your process for getting these cards to the finish line!

  • Hello from Arkansas, USA. I have to tell you how much I love your cards and the colors you chose. They are my favorite so thanks for sharing a great way to use them.

  • Hi from Millstadt, IL. Love the division of the
    card fronts. The first gives the illusion of
    water with the beautiful sun shining over it.
    Wonderful cards. thanks for sharing

  • Hi I am from Alberta Canada…I live the sunshine card…but I am loving the teapot and cup as well..such cute stamps…

  • Hello, Verity, from Texas. I so enjoyed watching your process in creating your 2 cards. I adore the end result of both cards. love the tea pot stamp and added it to my wishlist. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and creativity.

  • Hello from Western Washington, USA. I enjoyed your video and creative process! My favorite card is the sunrise or sunset! Perfect combo and great for a masculine card (I am always in the market for these). I love the die cut, stamps, and blue striped paper.

  • Two beautiful cards. I loved the video. It enabled me to see your design process.

  • Hello, from central Pennsylvania. I like the sunset card best. Really great turn-around after the “boo-boo.” Thanks for sharing and happy anniversary!

  • Hi from northwest Alabama! Well even if your original design concept didn’t go as planned, you still created two lovely cards! So good work on that accomplishment! Love the newer Altenew products you used too. 🙂

  • Hi from Ohio! I do change my mind, sometimes, when making cards. I have one idea in mind and it goes into an entirely new direction! Your first card with the sunset is my favorite, although I love the teapot card, I am an avid tea drinker too!

  • Hi from St. Paul, MN! I often have things not go as planned but, like yours, they turn out to be happy little accidents (as Bob Ross would say)! Beuatiful cards.

  • Hi from the Texas Gulf coast, Verity! Really enjoyed the video and your creative process. I do the same thing and frequently end up with something altogether different than I first envisioned. Both your cards are fab, but love the “sunrise” card and have added that die and that paper to my wish list! Thank you for sharing!

  • Hard to tell either was an Oops!!! Both are quite beautiful. Hello from Sacramento, CA.

  • Hi from Cedar Hill, TN!! Simple but stunning! Love the way they both worked out!

  • Hi, I’m from Mauritius. Sometimes cards have their own minds! But you’ve made 2 wonderful cards in the end! Bravo!

  • Hi from Seattle, Washington the Evergreen. Your cards are amazing!!! You are very talented.

  • Hi from Germany, you know Iam a big fan of your art. You are sooo super talented ❤️

  • Hey there from lovely West Cape May, NJ (USA): I like your projects today – totally like your find of a sunshine out of the Mid-Century Frame, and actually liked both ways the frame on top and then behind the striped paper – and that one kinda looks like the sun setting process – which we love here in West Cape May (watching the sunset off the beach – we actually have a ceremony nightly during the summer). The tea pot and cup you nabbed it with the lighter stripes – looks great! Thanks very much, Denise

    • Hello from Rhode Island! Absolutely love the first card. It’s too cold still so I’m missing the beach and this card brightens me up!

  • Hello from BC Canada! Really enjoyed your video bc often things don’t go as planned but it’s nice to see someone work through that 🙂 I loved the lighter coloured stripes right from the beginning so it was fun to see you use it in the end with the tea pot and cup! Both cards are just lovely! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • I love Altenew’s flowers–they are some of the very best! But, it’s also good to see some non-flower cards. I often struggle to come up with a design that doesn’t include flowers and these are great examples! Thank you.

  • Hello from ME! Thank you for this very inspiring video, it reminded me of all those times I was not quite satisfied how my card was coming along. Your cards came out lovely!

  • Hi from Colorado! Your video really helped me realize that it’s not just me who sometimes struggles with the look of a card. Thank you so much! Your cards are both beautiful.

  • Hi from Michigan! Even though things did not go according to plan, you ended out with two great cards!

  • Howdy from Austin, Texas. I love, love, love these cards. That new tea set is adorable.

  • Hi from New Zealand. Your cards are fabulous and I know for absolutely sure I’ll be making regular visits to your website! So much inspiration!

  • Hello from Pelham,Ontario
    Both cards turned out brilliant. I like where you placed the enamel dots just above the teapot. Looks like they came out of the teapot.

  • Hi from Reno, NV! I absolutely adore this bright, cheerful, sunshine card! The birds are so fun ❤️

  • Hi from Melbourne, Australia! Thank you for creating such beautiful cards for our inspiration!

  • Hello from Matthews, North Carolina! Your cards are very inspiring, thank you for sharing your creativity!!

  • Hi from Georgia USA! Beautiful cards!! Bright and cheerful!! Things don’t always go as planned, but I always find I get some of my best cards that way.

  • Hi from Arkansas! Beautiful project! Love the Altenew products! Happy 7th Birthday Altenew!

  • Hi From Wisconsin – Love your card – love how they worked out – thanks for sharing

  • Hello from Oregon! Beautiful cards! You’re so right, the sunrise looks so beautiful with the stripes. Thanks for sharing! I’ve ended up with cards I don’t like. Next time I’ll try to change course!

  • Hi from Northern Kentucky!! Love how your cards turned out!! It was fun watching your process of thinking in the video. I was agreeing with your comments the whole time lol!! I need to play around more when I’m trying to create a card just like you did instead of giving up!

  • Hello from Indiana! Thanks for sharing your sweet cards and congrats to Altenew on seven fabulous years.

  • Hello, from Sacramento, California. Love what you did with those cards Your mistakes are very pretty, btw!. Best wishes to Altenew for continued success. We love your projects and products.

  • Hi from Delaware. It’s amazing what one can do with a uh-oh, and your cards are great! Thanks for sharing and keeping cardstock out of the recycling bin.

  • Hello from southern Indiana, USA. Love the bold color pallet and great designs in both of your cards. Well done! I’ll be back to watch your process video… thanks for including.

  • Hi from the Chicago suburbs! Beautiful cards! Thanks for showing how to figure things out when they don’t go as planned.

  • Hi from Oregon. May not gone as planned but beautiful. The stripes just make it all pop.

  • I like the designs. Interested in watching the video to see what happened. Will do so a little later.

  • Hi from germany ! Finally something else than flower cards on this blog hop 😉 Love your cards.

  • Hi from Russia! Both the cards turned out great! My cards rarely come to plan, and I think it is an absolute norm for a creative person. I enjoyed watching the process. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is always valuable to hear the way other crafters make decisions while creating.

  • Hi from Arlington, VA! We always have those cards that don’t do what you expect them to. Love how you adjusted these!

  • Hi, I’m from from Cape Cod, ‘living on the elbow’ Happy Anniversary, Altenew! Beautiful cards, love the colors and your fun designs! I think a card starts out one way in my head and then veers off in it’s own direction, I’m just along for the ride lol

  • from OHio. I love that you shared what we can do when the first card didn’t meet your expectations. Great inspiration.

  • Hi From Amite, LA. Happy Anniversary AltEnew. Thanks for 7 years of amazing inspiration and products.

  • Hi, from Sandy in Frankfort, KY. Such lovely cards! Thanks for participating and inspiring us all!

  • So pretty! I love the combination of yellow and blue but I always seem to forget about it when I’m crafting! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Hi from Lititz, PA! Love watching and listening to you design and re-design these two beautiful cards! Love those new stripe colors. And as I also love my tea, I must be getting that stamp set! Thanks for your inspiration, and Happy Anniversary to Altenew!

  • Hi from Elk Grove, CA!! Thank you for making beautiful products for us to enjoy!!! Congratulations Altenew on your anniversary!

  • Greetings from Illinois. The struggle is real, but worth it when the result is TWO cards! Great job!!

  • Hello from Minnesota! Thank you for reminding me that every card does not have to go as planned! I have many that do not, and also need to find a way to make it work!! Beautiful cards; so bright!

  • Hi from Waukesha, Wisconsin! I love all of the sweet projects I am seeing. Altenew is also one of my favorite companies for sweet images! Thanks for the opportunity to win some awesome prizes

  • Hello from NC! Like the blue and yellow together. Great tips for making adjustments.

  • Hi, I’m from Dallas, TX. Loved seeing your process. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Hi from Texas! I love how both of your cards turned out! Similar color schemes but totally different designs. Nice job!

  • Hello from New Jersey! Considering your card plan went awry you certainly crafted 2 beautiful cards! Thank you! I love your name, makes me think of Verity on Poldark, lol

  • Hi from Kalamazoo, Michigan . LOVE Altenew products, can’t believe it’s been 7 years. Wow!

  • Your cards are lovely and when one of my cards don’t go as planned, I toss it….next time I will try your way. LOL. P.S. Happy Anniversary Altenew!

  • Hi from Sacramento, CA – the cards turned out lovely and no one would know that they weren’t your first design choices. I’m off to watch the video!

  • Love the care and sometimes our plans don’t work out but come up with good one despite it. Thanks from Montana

  • Hi from Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. I like how you persevered through your card design. Both cards are lovely.

  • That was an amazing process you showed in your video. Wasn’t completely onboard with the teapot card until I saw the final version with the details colored in. That totally made the card.

  • Hi from Boston! It was helpful to see how you worked through the design process. I also like seeing these new sets which I missed in the latest release. Hard to keep up with all the Altenew products!

  • Hi from Snohomish Washington. I love your attitude about changing your ideas. They both turned out wonderful.

  • Hi from Washington! I would have never know that these were not the cards you planned. Thanks for sharing these are beautiful cards.

  • Greetings from Arizona! Always challenging when a card doesn’t go the way you planned! Thanks for sharing.

  • Hello from Brisbane, Australia. I love these sort of videos because this happens to me often. I get frustrated and throw my half done project on the ‘to be reworked one day’ pile. I really like your final teapot card. It is so well balanced. Thanks Verity for sharing your creative process.

  • Hello from Cleveland, Ohio!!. Such beautiful cards!!. I love both and I am an expert at when cards don’t go as planned lol. Thanks for inspiring.

  • Hi from Ohio. Love that you showed your “thought process”; been there but not quite done that! Next time I’ll try your thought process.

  • Hello from Tucson, Arizona. Love how you shared the how you arrived at your final cards. No, everything does not always work out as we had at first planned!

  • Hi from Australia! What a stunning mistake!! It’s so good t see how others face the issues of things not working quite as you imagine!! This process certainly worked out for 2 cards in the end! Thanks for the video showing the process and the inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  • Hello, Verity, from Rochester, NY.
    I always learn much from your videos. As I watched the one today, I thought to myself “Gosh, would I even know if my idea wasn’t good.” Now I will look at my cards with more awareness.
    You are much appreciated for the hard work you put in to inspire and teach so many of us.

  • Hi from the Hill Country in Texas! Love the persistence and way you’re honest about changing plans 🙂

  • Hi from KY, Love these but if i had to pick one i’d say the “never give up” card is my fave.

  • Hello from Denver, CO…I absolutely love that you showed us your process for making choices…changing your mind…and ending up with 2 delightful cards! Thank you!

  • We all have those cards we change up. I love how it came out!❤️ With Altenew products anything can be fixed!

  • I love your ideas for saving a card that did not go as planned! And I LOVE the teapot/cup card!! No one would know that is not what you planned, they are beautiful

  • Hello from New Hampshire! Happy Anniversary to Altenew! Such prety cards Verity. Love the blue and yellow together. Thank you for the inspirations!

  • Hi from Beaver, UT! Congratulations to Altenew on their 7th anniversary! I never would have guessed your card wasn’t exactly as planned! The tea one was my favorite. Thanks for sharing! ?❤️

  • Hi from San Francisco, California! Happy 7th Anniversary, Altenew. Thank you for sharing your art. Wow…amazing cards.

  • Hi from Vienna, Austria. Lovely cards. It’s fun seeing how other people recover from issues in the creative process. It happens to all of us.

  • Hi from Bangladesh, both your cards are beautiful, sometimes not going with the plan results in beautiful creations!

  • Hi from Germany! “Never give up when things don’t go to plan.” Cuz in the end you get two great things out of it 😉

  • Hi from Ohio! I like how you made two cards in the same color scheme! And I especially like the one that looks like sun over water! Happy 7th Anniversary, Altenew!

  • Hi from the UK 🙂
    I am definitely a tea addict so I love this. I really like the way you show your thought process in your video not just the make.

    Huge hugs

    Amy xx

  • Hi from Toronto Canada!! What nifty tricks to save your cards! Happy 7th Anniversary Altenew!

  • Hi from Taipei, Taiwan. Congratulations and Happy 7th Anniversary to Altenew! As years go by, I’ve become addicted to Altenew stamps, dies, stencils, even embossing folders,…and even Altenew Academy classes. They are so well designed. And I like all the inspirations you’ve given using Altenew products.

  • Hello from Maryland! Thank you for the fantastic and encouraging video! It was really helpful to watch your thought process. The sunrise card, though unplanned, is my favorite.

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