Altenew Build-a-Flower: Japanese Mum Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, friends! I’m part of the Altenew Build-a-Flower: Japanese Mum Release Blog Hop today! I created a messy watercolor card for you. You can find all the details for new products and giveaways below.

You should have arrived from the talented Zinia Redo’s blog and the next stop on the hop is Patricia Roebuck’s blog. If you lose your place or need more information, you can begin on the Altenew Card Blog.


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My card was so fun and easy for me. I enjoy a bit of messy watercoloring as I don’t have to worry so much about depth and shadows. I started off by stamping the florals and leaves with a black dye ink. I die-cut them with the coordinating dies that come in the Build-a-Flower set. I used Altenew watercolors to color them loosely and once dried, I finished off with some black and white paint splatters.

I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock with clear embossing ink and heat-set with white embossing powder. How lovely is that sentiment! I trimmed it down and mounted the flowers and sentiment onto my top-folding A2 cardbase.

I hope that inspires you to get creative today!

All products are linked below.


Check out the new release here! You can also find it at Simon Says Stamp or Ellen Hutson.

NEW: Altenew is now offering the Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription PlanThis is a monthly subscription plan for the Build-A-Flower set. When you sign up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price of $29.99 instead of $35.00! 


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on February 9th.

Optional Giveaway: Altenew is also offering my readers a chance to win a $20 gift certificate by leaving a comment on my blog post. I will announce the winner here by February 6th (list of giveaways/winners can be found here as well).

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  1. Kathleen C.

    February 5, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Ruby, this is a wonderful card made by a wonderful new Altenew release! I love your color selection and technique. Truly stunning.

  2. Linda R

    February 5, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Beautiful card. I love the colors you chose for your watercoloring. You really have a knack for this. It turned out so very well.

  3. scraphousemom

    February 4, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I wish I could watercolor as easily as you describe it! It would probably take me hours to do what you did & it still wouldn’t look right!

  4. Marisela Delgado

    February 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    So pretty

  5. Carol Rossouw

    February 4, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    This is such a beautiful flower with some lovely sentiments as well. Another BAF beauty! Love the card inspiration too!

  6. Stacey Kowbel

    February 4, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Fabulous card! I love the paint splatters over the flowers!

  7. Ruth Gauss

    February 4, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Wonderful!!!! I love the colors you chose and the fabulously relaxed vibe you created with how you painted the flowers! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Pat H.

    February 4, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Love the design & those fabulous Mum’s! The sentiment is wonderful & a great size.

  9. Connie Hinkle

    February 4, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Beautiful card and colors 😍

  10. Heidi Rees

    February 4, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Such beautiful watercolors! I so LOVE this BAF set! It’s my favorite!

  11. Dana M

    February 4, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Stunning card! Gorgeous watercoloring and design. Love your color choices.

  12. Jenny

    February 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    The stamp set is wonderful. Love the colors and your design is beautiful!

  13. cyndi morris

    February 3, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Your card is gorgeous. I love the colors and the layout is beautiful.

  14. Shelly

    February 3, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Hello, GORGEOUS! Love this!

  15. patty4wp

    February 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    The flowers are beautiful. Coloring great.

  16. Johanna T.

    February 3, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Beautiful card! I love the messy watercolor look!

  17. Dawn Jones

    February 3, 2019 at 8:16 am

    What a fun and lively card. The loose watercolorinvv is perfect and adds lots of movement to visualize. Beautiful.

  18. Mindy1414

    February 3, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Your messy watercoloring on this is stunning Rubeena!! I’m still learning how to watercolor (messy or otherwise lol) so your cards always give me great inspiration. I agree – that sentiment is awesome (and going to get a lot of use this year :)). (

  19. VJ T

    February 3, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Such a beautiful English garden look. Simply lovely.

  20. lisascreativeniche

    February 2, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    This is stunning! Love the depth of colors on these!

  21. Annalisa

    February 2, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I really like all the different dark hues you put into your flowers. It makes them extra interesting (though really, your watercoloring is always interesting). Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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