Saturday, October 21, 2017

DIY Wreath Card ....Oh Deer!

Hello friends!
The title says it all...

 Here is my inspiration....
my dear daughter Stpehanie.
So...that beings to me.... What do you get when you put
happy Christmas #1

I started with creating a wreath in mind at first. I proceeded to use Alcohol Inks and Silver Mixlatives to create my own paper. 

Happy Christmas

Due to the size of the pine needle die, I had to manipulate and bend the pine needle a wee bit. Working with a circle die (not shown) as a guide, I could line up the pine bough around the circle much more easily.

Happy Christmas -001

For the deer's scarf, I stamped the pattern with Grid Play Cling Stamp.
Simon Says Cling Rubber GRID PLAY GRID SSS101797 STAMPtember
I added the pink to the mix.  This card is certainly not something that I would mass produce, but it surely was fun to add each little piece to the design.

Happy Christmas -002

I took a photo of my left over pieces and that gives you an idea....perhaps?

alcohol-inked die cut pieces

If you don't have the deer image, you can use one of the kids school photos to make photo cards! That will make beautiful keepsake for Grandparents.

happy Christmas
I hope this post makes you smile!

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Simon Says Clear Stamps MERRY AND BRIGHT SSS101781 Making Spirits Bright
Simon Says Clear Stamps MERRY AND BRIGHT

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By the way, this happened yesterday....
 my dear daughter officially received her PhD in Public Health at the convocation.
 So proud and happy for her! Stephanie now works as a researcher with one of the largest Family Health Team in the region. Many of you have seen my kids growing up through my blog....
I want to thank you for accompanying us with this amazing journey.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Altenew Post: Add Depth and Textures

Hello friends!
It is my turn to share a project over Altenew Blog today!
This time, I decide to talk about creating cards with depth and textures.
I am using Night Before Christmas for my project.

Shop Night Before Christmas over Simon Says Stamp here.

First let's check out the stamping of the Christmas tree.
Altenew File4

I took a colorful approach and did some multi-color stamping. This can be easily done with stamp positioner like MISTI or Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. However, you can still achieve this look simply by inking up the stamp on the acrylic block one color at at time. 

Next, let's talk about "depth". To me, stacking a few dies under the stamped die cut is the easiest way to achieve new height and add dimensions.  If you do get the die, you may as well make it "worth it", right?

There is an unsung hero in this is
Halftone Stencil
Halftone Stencil

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Once I decided on the area that I want to cover, I applied white Embossing Paste over the stencil and let it dry.
Altenew File5

At last, it comes to the exciting part...decorate the tree! 
For the "snow", Silver Moondust Nuvo Glitter Drops and Tonic White Blizzard Nuvo were dusted and sprinkled...Topping off the tree with a silver DMC String bow and sequin was fun, too!

Don't forget that I get to share some extra tips and give away a $15 Gift Card to Altenew Shop every month, So, please feel free to leave me a comment for a chance to win!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall into Savings from Altenew

Hello friends!
Altenew is running a FREE US shipping promotion
Between Oct. 17 to Oct. 19th. 
LAST day today

FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY 
 $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Two days only! Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. 
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This kit is still available...did you know the stamp set that comes in this kit is $24.99?
It's definitely worth getting this kit!
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Come Let Us Adore HIM (metal die from Penny Black)

Hello friends!
I ADORE this awesome Christmas die and I am happy to share my takes on it with you today.
edited: it is out of stock ...again.
This die is just back in stock over Simon Says Stamp now!
Don't miss it again if you like this ,  get this die now.
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I started out with the die and colored/sponger it with Distress Oxide.

come let us adore HIM-001

Once I inked up the die, I inserted it back to the card stock with the largest
Snowflake Frame.

I added a piece glitter card stock from DCWV Twinkle Glints Glitz  underneath and completed the inlaid die cutting.
come let us adore him

I hope that you have fun seeing how simple this card is. 
And yet it is so detailed thanks to the design of the die.
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Also, have your seen the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit?
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Stamp set alone costs $24,99! Get the kit!

Card Kit of The Month NOVEMBER 2017 KIND FLOWERS

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #443

If you are here for Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop, please click here.

Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Thinking of you Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Photo Inspiration

 We are using Paper Smooches products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-)

Paper Smooches FALL SAMPLER Clear Stamps OCS273
Paper Smooches FALL SAMPLER Clear Stamps

Paper Smooches CUTE CLUSTER Wise DIe M1D311

For my project, I combined the stamp and die and came up with a unique design. 

 thanksgiving blessings
I started stamping a circle with leaf stamps. I then dry-embossed the Paper Smooches CUTE CLUSTER Wise Die with Wizard Tan Embossing Mat.

If you see the gold, it is because I did some gilding with Nuvo Gilding Flakes.

Tonic RADIANT GOLD Nuvo Gilding Flakes 850N
Tonic RADIANT GOLD Nuvo Gilding Flakes

Isn't it a lovely effect?

Thanksgiving Blessings (2)

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.

You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!

 I am excited to be part of the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop today!
If you arrive from Joni Nina Andaya's blog, you are in the right place. 
I want to mention that thanks to knowing crafty friends, my world travel is even more exciting. 
Over the last 8 years, I had met awesome crafty friends from all over the world...
from Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Santorini and most recently, Liverpool! 

Recognize a few faces? Just to name a few....
💙Vicky P. in Greece (top left), Laura Bassen ( bottom left), Taheerah, and Lydia Evans (top center)....etc.💙 they are all part of this blog hop/Altenew crew!
I enjoy meeting crafting friends on line and in real life!

 Onto my project for this hop....
When I designed a card with this hop in mind, I pulled out my two recent favorites.

Crafty Friends Stamp Set
Crafty Friends Stamp Set
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Winter Rose Stamp Set at ALTENEW
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I came up with a subtle color combo with these two stamp sets and added my own spin to it.
Altenew File4

If you love the loose, artsy stamping, Winter Rose will definitely not disappoint.
Just  follow the instructions about stamping these roses, you will yield to gorgeous result. 
My stamping on this Winter Rose card was not exactly precise and perfect...which is why that it is awesome. The stamp set is just very... forgiving, you know what I mean?

Altenew File5

I used two of the roses in this stamped design. After stamping, I realized that it needed "something".
We R Memory Keepers HEATWAVE PEN Tool Starter Kit 662586
We R Memory Keepers HEATWAVE PEN
from: Simon Says Stamp  I took out my We R Memory Keepers Heatwave and did some foiling with  

Halftone Stencil
Halftone Stencil

along with
Inline Alpha Die Set
Inline Alpha Die Set

Those tiny silver dots and the sentiment "hi" are from foiling.
I used the alphabet negative die as my stencil and covered the area with my foil pen.
I love the shine that the foiling gives. Altenew stencils are also the BEST! 

Altenew File6

Altenew's color-layering inks make it super easy and fun. I have listed them below for your reference.
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Simon Says Stamp: Rock Collection Mini Cubes
, Tropical Forest Mini Cubes, Deep Blue Sea Mini Cubes 48 Mini Cubes,
I hope that you enjoy this awesome crafty friends blog hop.

Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of 3 Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines

Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1 year subscription

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.

Giveaway: a winner will receive a $20 gift certificate in this blog post. Please leave me a comment for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on Oct. 22nd right in this blog.

Blog Hop Order:
💙----->Virginia Lu<-----💙
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Enjoy your hop, my crafty friends! 😘