Thursday, May 24, 2018

Altenew May Blog Hop Winner Announcement and SALES

Hello Friends!
I am popping in with some Memorial Day sales info (see the end of this post)
and winner announcement.

 Thank you for your amazing feedback and comments over Altenew May Release Blog Hop. So many of you took time to write me detailed and thoughtful comments. I thoroughly enjoy reading each and every one of them.

Here are the projects (and more) that I did for this hop.

Altenew-StarryFlowersStampDie-Virginia#1 Altenew-BotanicalYouStampDie-Virginia#1
Altenew-GardenSilhouetteStamp-Virginia#2happy birthday

If you like the details about the card, simply click on the photo and you will find the post link.
 The winner of this blog hop will receive $30 Altenew Gift Certificate.
The picked...
Liz Ford said...
Virginia, all of your cards are wonderful and I like how in your first card, your background is only on part of the back; it catches your eye and then the YOU is not perfectly cut out (as you mentioned) but it works! And it shows us that even experienced card makers like yourself, can still make a not so ideal craft creation WORK. Whether it was a mistake or not, it is beautiful and brings the card together perfectly! I love the brightness of your mason jar card and the starry flowers card softness (the starry flowers for some reason, remind me of my parents azalea bushes growing up). Not sure why but I associate them with fond memories. Thanks for sharing!
Congratulations, Liz! Please e-mail me at to claim your $30 prize!

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Valid till May 28th
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  • Offered worldwide
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Coloring the image with Distress Oxide.

Hello friends!
I am popping in with a quick post about a bird card that I created with Penny Black Cling stamp.
Penny Black - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps - Flower Perch
Penny Black - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps - Flower Perch

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 I did the coloring with Distress Oxide and did my own experiment to add colors to the image.
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I love how the colors blend with the Distress Oxide. They are not expensive and can last a long time.
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I worked on one area at a time and use the MISTI to do the coloring layering.
I love using paint brushes to add details to the stamp.

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Penny Black - Creative Dies - Stitched Stackers
Penny Black - Creative Dies - Stitched Stackers (

Once I finished coloring, I used Stitched Stackers to add the border details.

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I wish you a beautiful day!
edited: the Altenew blog hop winner will be announced in my next post.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LATEST Sales and Promotion

Updated on May 24th, 8:40pm EST
I am posting the latest sales and promo in this page
This shall be posted on my blog side bar located on the right for your convenience.

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰This page will be continuously updated. There will be occasional giveaways on this page, so be sure to check it out regularly!

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From Altenew May 21st release
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FREE TulipLabel Dies with every $60+ order (or more) placed between 5/9//18 at 9amMT through 6/8/18 at midnight


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  • Must enter C9MEMORIAL15 at checkout for 15% off your entire order, including sale items
  • Sale price not honored prior to, or after, Memorial Day sale date timeframe
  • Orders of $60+ will still receive our Tulip Labels dies while supplies last
  • Offered worldwide
  • Wholesale not included

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More Starry Flowers!

Hello friends!
 It's not too late to join the fun and comment!
The comment-to-winner of $30 Altenew GC will be announced on May 24th, Thursday right here in this blog! You can check my previous post, so you won't miss anything (and the prize, too!)!

As mentioned in that post, I have more Starry Flowers to share.

This stamp /die set is truly lovely. The shape and masked floral details are simply gorgeous. Regardless of the coloring level, this set makes you feel like a WINNER!
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I used Altenew Ink Spray Mist to create some colorful paper. You can do so with any water-soluble ink/crayons (such as Distress Ink/ Distress Oxcide), too!

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This card truly is all about the layering! I built up the background first with a simple layer of stamping. I then added my white-embossed floral images and arranged them as best as I can.

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To keep the design in balance, I added some gold strings on top. By the way, I did NOT intend to add the sentiment at the lower bottom left...
 When I added green splatter, a HUGE drop/ streak landed right on it! 😨


Needless to say, I nearly freaked out 😱because I already finished stamping and layering all the elements...., then that happened!
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Well, cover-up did work beautifully! So, this card has a happy ending. πŸ˜‡

You can see the entire release here
Get the Starry Flowers before it's out of stock! 
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Altenew May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: photo-heavy post
Yay, it's May release Blog Hop from Altenew
 I am excited to share some projects with you today.

 If you arrive from the talented Paige Evans, you are in the right place! 
If not, please come and join the fun hop! All the details about this blog hop can be found in Altenew's Card Blog and Scrapbook Blog
 You can see the entire May release collection here.

My three projects feature all about flowers. After all, it is May, right?
First up, it is a very cool, trendy and lovely set called "Botanical YOU".

I inked up the bright pink and orange color in Razzleberry and Orange Cream. I followed the instruction guide which makes it easy to do. Love  this simple multi-step stamping.

The one step I did differently is that I embossed the last layer in Rose Gold. Not only this gives fine subtle textures, it also adds a lovely shimmer!

The gorgeous background paper (from Reflection Scrapbook Collection ) provides the perfect backdrop for the pop-up die "YOU". Mine are not perfectly lined up, however, I do like the white edges showing through! It is VERY forgiving! 😁

My next card features this gorgeous Stamp/Die Bundle "Starry flowers" which is my absolute favorite in this release! This is the little stamp set that could! Trust me on this one! πŸ˜‰

I stamped the images on watercolor paper and highlighted the black with all the flower center.

Since it is a thinking-of-you card, I thought a touch of black fits the theme more aptly.
I actually painted the flowers with Altenew ink for the watercoloring. It really worked beautifully! 
The matching dies make it an easy task to frame the images. If you love seeing Starry Flower Stamp/Die, I have MORE to share in the next few days!

My 3rd (last) card was created with lots of love (and colors!).
Introducing.... Garden Silhouette and Rustic Linen (background stamp).

This card is a bit more complex and has a few extra elements.
However, it surely was so fun and satisfactory to create.

Technically, there are two parts to this design: stamping Garden Silhouette (on paper) and embossing "Rustic Linen" ( with vellum).

I stamped a bouquet of flowers one flower at a time and envisioned how my bouquet as I stamped. The vase/glass jar was embossed in Antique Silver. The new background stamp "Rustic Linen" 
is a must! I  embossed it on vellum with Antique Gold.

I don't have a green thumb in my garden, but apparently I do with my flowers and bouquet on my cards! I hope that my projects bring you a SMILE!

Prizes: To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky
winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by May 26th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 5/27/2018.

Giveaway: One of you who comment in this blog post will receive a $30 Gift Certificate! The winner will be announced right here in this post on Thursday, May 24th.

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Do you have a favorite from my post?  DO share with me in your comment and you will have a chance to win $30 Altenew gift Certificate!

Your next stop is Simon Says Stamp Blog! 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deconstructing a Stamp and a Die

Hello friends! 
I have a fun post to share. You know how I like to add my own twist to stamps and dies.
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I am using Penny Black's stamp and die as my example (all inks are listed at the end of this post).
Penny Black Cling Stamp GARDEN GEMS Rubber Unmounted 40-591
Penny Black Cling Stamp GARDEN GEMS 

from Simon Says Stamp

I stamped the images in 3 parts and stamped in a different angle each time.
Starting from the bottom, I stamped the largest bloom first.

I love adding multiple colors and this was made possible with a stamp positioner, such as MISTI.
Happy Birthday 

Ding-->when stamping multiple images, always start with the main/largest image first!
That way, you are able compose and design more aesthetically. 

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Once I stamped the largest flowers, I stamped the top part. I then worked around the border one little bit at a time. The die and stamp are of the same design and yet, they are not in matching size!
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In order to add embellishment with the die, I chose vellum. I find that by using vellum, the beautiful stamped flowers can still come through.
 I took great pride in this card and couldn't stop taking photos of it. 

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