Hello there! Hope you are having a great first month of 2017 so far. I am so excited to be sharing projects and new products with you today, especially because I’ve been waiting to spill the beans for so long!!ย 

Altenew just released a bunch of hot and fresh stamps, dies, and inks – and TWO of the stamps are designed by me! Woo Hoo!

If you know me well and follow my Instagram – you already know I am a planner lover. I’ve been searching for the perfect planner stamp in the market and couldn’t find anything that really spoke out to me. What a girl to do? I went and designed not only one, but two!

This Basic Headers stamp set (on the left) focuses on very simple and basic things you would use in a planner. I thought really hard to create something clean so it can be used on all sorts of planners, journals, notepads, and diaries. Also, these designs fit any hand-writing styles perfectly! I will share a planner set up video soon (once I get over this horrible cold) so you can see this stamp set in action!

The Basic Borders stamp set (on the right) is not only great for marking multiple days in your monthly calendar (like vacations, business trips, special days, etc) but also great for scrapbooking and cardmaking.

This card was made using the Basic Borders stamp set along with the Label Love stamp set. I partially stamped the heart border image to create a focal point. Some hearts are even upside down to create some interest. These images were stamped using the new ink colors, Sunkissed, Bamboo, and Limestone.

Then I stamped the “Love U” sentiment from the Label Love stamp set using the Dusk crisp dye ink, cut it with some white border and mounted on the card layer with foam tapes. To add some fun final touches, I added a natural twine, clear sequins, and clear droplets.

See those blue splatter in the background? I used the Dusk re-inker and clean water and splattered it over the card layer. So much fun!

This card was created using the Basic Header stamp set. Yes, you can use the planner stamp set on a card! Isn’t this so cute? I paired it with the Coffee Love stamp set – mixing and matching different stamps can certainly maximize the use of them. I just love how this turned out!

Using the circle mask on the card layer, I first stamped the coffee mug image with the Coffee Break ink set to give a various shading effect.Then I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment using the Jet Black crisp dye ink. I also added some gray splatter for a coffee stain look.

I hope you enjoyed checking out these projects using my very first stamp sets! It was nerve-racking trying to figure out how to make my ideas come to life, but I am so happy with these. I hope you are as well, and I cannot wait to see what you create with them.


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, orย AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!


Giveaway #1 — Enter for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate! Leave me a comment below by sharing your excitements on this new release! I will announce a lucky winner on Feb 4th, 8am EST.


Congrats, Nandini!!! You are the lucky winner of the giveaway! (And thank you for your lovely comments!) Please email Altenew at winner@altenew.com with a subject “January Release Blog Hop Winner From Nicole’s Blog” to claim your prize!

Giveaway #2 — To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, February 2nd at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Saturday, February 4th.


I am participating in a special blog hop to celebrate this fun release!ย Next stop on the hop is the amazing Marika, and you can check out the full blog hop list below.

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  1. I really appreciate the simplicity of your cards! The sentiment is on the spotlight then! Gorgeous work!

  2. You know when I seen these stamps I could not get a grip on them, you have help me see them in a different way thanks.

  3. Cute and fun cards!! Love how you created backgrounds with the small stamps. Something I always forget to try and do!! Great inspiration.

  4. So fun to see what you can do with these two stamp sets. I didn’t have a clue, so thanks for your ideas!!

  5. Congrats on the two new Stamp sets, they’re fabulous. I especially love the new border set and can see lots of designs with it!

  6. Congrats! Love both your sets. Though I don’t use stamping in my planner, I love your Basic Headers set since it has a beautiful font, really useful words and very cute smaller images which will be great for creating backgrounds. This is such a practical set that I might actually start using stamping in my planner! I loved the Basic Borders set too since it has the perfect elements for creating lovely cards and tags. I loved the cards Erum has created on the shop page. Congrats again for designing such lovely sets. I hope you are planning many more in the future!

  7. Love the clean simplicity of your cards! They look quick & easy – still pack a punch. Love the little coffee cup background & the teeny hearts. Both cards are always awesome!

  8. of course I am totally excited about the new release!! I have only recently discovered Altenew and am in love with the designs! Oh to have to choose…because these wonderfully designed sets are a must have too-whether for a planner or creative cards like yours.

  9. Love the Love U card. So sweet! And thank you for designing those to-die-for planner stamps! They are wonderful

  10. What a clever girl you are! I haven’t broken into the planner scene but I love the stamps you designed. They work beautifully for cards as you have proven here!

  11. Nicole, your cards are amazing and of course I love the new stamp designs!

    I already miss seeing you girls and I can’t wait ’til the next time we can get together ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This is my first time going through all the bloggers for this blog hop and I’m so glad I did! Ideas are racing through my mind now! Only downside is: now I want ALL the stamps! Such a great idea using the planner stamps with cards!

  13. Clean and simple conveys so much. Love these cards. Keep up the great work. Thanks for the ideas!

  14. Love the CAS designs on these cards. Wow there are so many gorgeous stamps and dies in this new Altenew release – I am so excited and inspired by all the wonderful creations the DT have made with them

  15. Wonderful BG using the tiny coffee cup image. The small scale of these images really make them quite versatile.

  16. Congrats on your stamps that you designed! What fun. Your cards are really cute, too! This release from Altenew is fantastic and the blog hop has been filled with lots of inspiration. Thanks!

  17. Loving these two cards – the coffee one is so cute! I love the simplicity of the first card – everything on the card is just enough it looks so fresh and modern!

  18. Love your cards Nicole! I am excited about the whole product release, my favorites are the floral designs, they are so pretty, but all honesty I wish I can get them all! Thanks for the inspiration, have a lovely day!

  19. Congrats on your first stamp release! You did good! Thanks for sharing your cards and for the inspiration.

  20. Congrats on your 2 stamp designs! Really love your Basic Borders set & the matching card! This is such an amazing release & there is so much I’m adding to my wishlist!

  21. I love your cards, they are so cute. I love the way you used the different stamp sets, and congratulations on your designs. I really like them and just might have to put them on my must-have list!

  22. The tiny stamps are sure versatile and of course they are great for planners! Love what you’ve done with them on the cards.

  23. Thank you for sharing your cards! Your cards were easy to replicate and I love that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Simply awesome cards!! This release has so many awesome elements to it and i need most of them! LOL TFS!

  25. So lovely!!I love the elegance of adding a simple sentiment and allowing the background to speak volumes. Who knew a planner themed set could add so much to a card?! I haven’t gotten into the planner craze as I still use my Filofax and keep it simple. LOL This Altenew release has been so fun seeing all the different ways to use the release and adding to my wish list! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your inspiration and opening my eyes to different ways to use stamps. Thank you also for the chance to enter your giveaway!

  26. Congratulations on your two stamp set designs! Great cards with gentle, soft backgrounds that focus on the sentiments!

  27. Great cards!~ This is such a great release by Altenew! I just love to start my weekend off with a great blog hop like this one! Thanks for sharing your talents and inspiration!

  28. What cute cards and know you must be pleased & honored that 2 of the new stamp sets are your designs. Congrats!!!!

  29. I would love to see them used for their purpose for a planner but it’s fun to see them used for cards…with many other possibilities. Can’t wait for the planner set-up video.

  30. The elements in these cards are so simple but you have used them so creatively. You’ve given me some great ideas. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  31. I really love the Halftone Circle Stamp Set. I just keep going back to it. I love your masking and heart stamping techniques. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Awesome cards! Love your pretty color combo on the first one and the fun Coffee Love designs on the second!

  33. It’s nice to see designs that are simple and elegant. I like so many of the new release sets and think you did a great job highlighting how they can be used.

  34. This is yet another fabulous release from Altenew with something for everyone. The sets you designed are great and really versatile. I’m looking forward to seeing your upcoming video.

  35. I love this new release from Altenew. I hadn’t thought of using the planner stamps as a background for a card. So neat with the coffee background and then one with the hearts. Thanks for the inspiration.

  36. Wow.. Stunning cards. super loved them. its a great release.. each product is a piece of awesomeness.. Thank you so much for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win

  37. Congratulations! These are such great sets. I love that you showcased the borders set, but stamped just portions of it…that shows so much versatility (and I probably wouldn’t have thought it it!) Beautiful work!

  38. Love clean and simple cards and yours are show-stoppers! I haven’t gotten into planners yet but the stamps look very versatile for many projects. The new inks and stamps are amazing in this release. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Great cards, Nicole. I love how the blue sentiment on the first card really pops it from the rest of the elements. The first and second stampings of the coffee mug really give the card some depth. Clean and simple but also lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Beautiful cards, love the clever ways you used the heart border on one and the cute coffee mug on the other card!

  41. I really like your planner stamp sets! I can always use a set of planner stamps. I like how you used them to create cards with – thinking outside the normal box for the stamps. The colors are fun as well. I’m definitely adding these sets to my list!

  42. I just love those little hearts! They are great for Valentine’s Day! But I have to say that those little coffee cups are just to cute. It’s been said that instead of blood I have coffee flowing through my veins. So super cute!!! : ))

  43. love the way you’ve utilised the planner stamps for cards! thats so cool .. well done and thank so much for sharing your ideas with us all

  44. I love how you used the heart border stamp in your first card! I never would have thought to stamp them in a pattern going different directions like you did. Both of your cards are super fun!

  45. Love your planner stamps and I hadn’t thought about using them for cards as well! Thank you for the inspiration.

    Your stamps are so much fun, your cards ever-so pretty!
    Thank You for sharing and inspiring … it’s great to see planner stamps stretching their limits for cardmaking, giving us even more reasons to need them ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Love your cards- I would have never tho’t of using the stamps in this way. I think I especially like the hearts. So pretty, beautiful colors!

  48. Fantastic cards! I really adore your first card, it is so simple but beautiful and sweet too, I love your design.

  49. I love all of it and am having a very hard time deciding what I have to have (vs. what I just want).

  50. Congratulations on the release of your stamp designs – brilliant! Thanks for sharing your fab cards. I particularly like the first card – clean, simple and lovely. Love the versatility of your new Basic Borders set – so many uses!

  51. Such a gorgeous release and such stunning series of stamps and cards you have created. Loved them..Thank you for inspiring and for the opportunity to win

  52. When I first saw your cards I thought I had the wrong blog post! No one used the stamps you did which is why. I like what you used. I love tiny hearts and I have a bag of them. Mine are shiny and shimmery but I love yours, especially the bright yellow ones. My mom is a coffee drinker and she has it almost every morning. I do know she loves my dad more then coffee though. I really like both cards and thank you for giving us a chance to win something!

  53. What a fun release! I am not into coffee, but if I was, I would totally love receiving that card. By the way, I think everyone I know has some type of cold. Mine keeps traveling!

  54. beautiful cards ๐Ÿ™‚ such cute images on the new stamp sets, totally loving them !
    those lil hearts are darling

  55. Congrats on designing your very own stamps. I am so not a planner, but I love that sweet cup and the way you used it to create your card. Also love the fun border stamp set. And of course, I also love the new and amazing floral stamp sets and the new inks. My wish list is growing…

  56. So excited for these stamps. I just got my first planner ever and these stamps are just perfect!!! Can’t wait to get them!!!!

  57. Yes! Those background stamps with the borders are PERFECT for planners. Stickers can make my planner too heavy at the rate I am going. I have an 18-month one, but may have to start taking a few months out. I love that I can use these stamps as backgrounds as well for cards and pocket pages. Brilliant!

  58. Altenew always has great products, and this release is no exception! A clever use of the stamps, and I love the coffee sentiment. I shared it right away with a dear cardmaking and coffee buddy of mine. Thanks for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

  59. Sweet sweet cards – love them! This release is so full of goodies it’s overwhelming! Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs ^_^

  60. I’m so excited about the Basic Borders stamps set. I’ve been looking for border stamps for a while, and this is perfect.

  61. I love these cards. They are so different from the others I have seen in the blog hop so far. The hearts are fantastic.

  62. I absolutely love the simplicity of your cards. The love card is right up my alley. thank you so much for sharing!

  63. WooHoo! Lovin’ this release! Such awesome examples of techniques and inspiration! You rock!
    ~God bless~

  64. I love your clean and simple design style, it really creates a fabulous visual impact and draws attention to the awesome sentiment. Nicely done!
    I love the picture of your corgi! We have one also, he is a Cardigan but probably needs a Pembroke as a companion ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. How cute your cards are great for 2/14!!! Your blog is very nice will be back! Thank you for sharing!!!

  66. I’m so excited about these tiny (to me) stamps. I think you showed that they can be versatile the same as bigger stamps.