Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start. In case you need a bit of mood booster for Monday blues, I have a quick project to share with you. We are celebrating a brand-new release for May and you are going to love it!

Altenew just released a new set of stamp sets and die sets. Some are coordinating dies and some are stand-alone dies! You are going to find at least 1-2 products that you fall in love with, so make sure to check out the full release HERE.

I am joining a fun release blog hop to provide some project ideas using the new release products. For those that love clean and simple cards, today’s project would be right up on your alley!


There are various ways to color in the outline stamp images when creating projects. Colored pencils and watercolors have been so popular in cardmaking world, and I wanted to try something different. Not to long ago I came across a new-to-me coloring medium, pastel pencils.

Patel pencils allow us to create a well-blended look effortlessly. You can press the pencil as hard as you want, or as light as you like to add a various degree of textures and lines. I find it much easier to blend colors if I lay down all of them at once and blend them together. But, you might find that different methods work better for you. So I encourage you to practice and try variations of blending when working with this medium.

Today’s card features one of my favorite stamps from the release, Crown Bloom. The large petals of the flower make it so easy to create focal points. You can easily layer the images together to create a cool flower arrangement, or color the outline images like I did here.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project I prepared to share! Join me in the conversation below – have you ever used pastel pencils? What do you like and don’t like about them? If you are new to them, would you want to give them a try?


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, 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!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away SIX $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
  2. I am also giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by May 25th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 26th. Good luck!!


Congrats, Beverly! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 6/10/2018 with the subject line Altenew May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!


We are celebrating the release with a very fun blog hop!

Next stop on the hop is Nina-Marie Trapani! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. So beautifully done with the colored pencils!! Truly a stunning new blossom to add to Altenew’s already huge arsenal of blossoms! Am in love with the ethereal look of your image colored in this way! Gorgeous!

    • Congrats, Beverly! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 6/10/2018 with the subject line Altenew May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!

  2. Your use of the pastel pencils is so beautiful. I haven’t tried them yet, but definitely interested now. Thank you for sharing your tips!

  3. Very pretty card! And the splatters give it a special
    detail. I have never used pastel pencils (but I don’t
    color very much either).

  4. This is so pretty and I’m totally inspired by the technique you chose, it’s something I’ve never done before.

  5. Iโ€™ve seen many of your creations and have learned something new everytime. They all are just so pretty.

  6. Beautiful card! Don’t have any pastels, but I can see that they do a wonderful job.

  7. So pretty! I haven’t used pastel pencils, but I love the look and I’m going to have try these!

  8. Really pretty! I will have to try these pencils – always looking for new mediums!

  9. so many great products and ideas with this release. thanks as always for sharing.

  10. This is lovely. The pastel pencils look interesting and I do love the soft look you achieved on this beautiful card.

  11. I love this new release. Your cards are stunning, thanks for sharing the video

  12. So very pretty how you have blended your crown bloom, don’t think I’ve ever used pastel pencils, I may have to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Oh.. your added texture from the colored pencil is really pleasing! Love the look! Thanks for the idea.

  14. Beautiful! Thank you for using something different. Wonderful to see the results of pastel pencils…and it turned out fabulous โ™ฅ

  15. Hi Nicole, I love your beautiful card, nice watching you colour in the flower, I like flowers on cards, and I find pencils are nice to use for colouring, TFS, Cheers Anna.

  16. Your card is very pretty. I love coloring with colored pencils. Sometimes markers smear on me. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Lovey card Nicole. The coloring looks wonderful! I don’t have pastel pencils, but it’s always nice to see different mediums used… the spackled background is perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I like the softness of the flowers, that is conveyed thru the pastel pencils coloring. It is a very pretty and elegant design and I really like that you showed us a new medium! Thank you for sharing your take on this, it is lovely.

  19. Gorgeous card! Love the pastel pencils, you’ve blended them beautifully and they add such a lovely texture. I might need to give them a try.

  20. Great card! Iโ€™ve never used pastels but I love the result. Such a gorgeous stamp an beautiful coloring.

  21. Love the look of the colored pastel pencils, I have used them in the past but not with your depth and shading, look more like a painting to me- thanks for the inspiration

  22. This is another fabulous release with some unique florals and more spectacular layering stamps again. Love the thin alphabet dies as well. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

  23. Beautiful job with the pastel pencils. I have not used them yet but would like to try them.

  24. I love the Crown Bloom set when it is colored so simply like this. Lovely pastel coloring.

  25. Nicole I love it that you chose to work with pastel pencils…you’ve exposed me to a new medium! I’ve used oil pastels and found them somewhat frustrating…lack of control. I just may have a go at these. Variety is the spice of life ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the way you kept it clean and simple to allow the medium to shine!

  26. Such a lovely card! I’m not familiar with the pastel pencils you used but they seemed to blend quite nicely. I love the colors you chose for the flower.

  27. I might like to try pastel pencils someday. Right now I have my hands full trying to achieve worthy results using markers and watercolors. I have a long way to go and appreciate learning so much from the designers on blog hops such as this one. Thanks so much!

  28. Beautiful CAS card, love these colors. I have never used pastel pencils, but I think I would like to explore them.

  29. Absolutely gorgeous card Nicole and I have never tried these pencils but def. want to now. TFS!

  30. Very pretty card, Nicole! It looks like you don’t have to “set” the color with these pencils. If I remember correctly, with regular pastels, you needed to spray it so it wouldn’t smear.

  31. Thanks for sharing your colouring process with the pastels. Love the results – another medium to try perhaps!

  32. Lovely card Nicole. Wonderful stamped image. Thank you for showing me yet another coloring medium I feel the need to try. I love the ease of blending with these pencils! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Very pretty… love your unconventional color choices; tfs info on a new coloring medium. The results are lovely.

  34. I am not familiar with pastel pencils, so I appreciate you showing us a medium that is new to me. The flower looks lovely and soft. Thanks for sharing with us!

  35. Your soft pastel pencils really bring the Crown Bloom flower to life. It’s so elegant. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas!

  36. I find coloring with pencils hard. You make it look easy enough though. back to more practice I guess

  37. What a pretty card! Funny you chose this design because the Crown Bloom is my favorite item from the release. Thanks for the chance! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Your card is gorgeous, Nicole! I love the look you achieved coloring the Crown Bloom with those pastel pencils…really beautiful shading! I am going to give that a try!!