Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mix It Up

Hello friends!
Thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm and checking out my blog. 
Today I have a fun and romantic card with assorted stamps and dies.

I started out with a piece of white card stock. The background images first dry-embossed with this gorgeous "Embossing Textured Plate" (currently out of stock). The textures are so fine that you can continue to do your stamping...and that's exactly what I did.
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I don't think we stampers use enough geometric stamps as we tend to reach for something floral and something visually appealing. Geometric shapes can be hard to use....you think?

Well, I challenge myself to use this new stamp set "Building Blocks"  by Altenew.
shop Altenew here, shop Simon Says Stamp here

The geometric background may look random, but they really are not.
My light bulb moment

Ding---> Create an "invisible frame" with masking paper/post-it note and stamp inside the borders. This is a good way to control the "chaotic" element. This will draw our eyes to the focal point (in my view).
you got this

Once I stamped the background, I stamped the small flowers and leaves. Then I stamped the sentiment with lightest grey to the darkest in Rock Collection(shop Altenew here, shop SSS here). By the way, GREY is in, if you don't own any good grey inks... Rock Collection is it!

you got this

And of course, it really doesn't hurt to add the Layering Flowers Dies such as Floral Fantasy
 (shop Altenew here, shop SSS here) .

Lastly, I want to highlight this STAMPtember "You Got This" from Simon Says Stamp.
It has so many wonderful and uplifting message and is perfect for encouragement cards.

 All the supplies I used are shown in the product photos and highlighted in text like this for your easy reference and shopping (affiliate links are applied whenever possible).

See all the STAMPtember Collaboration Exclusives here
See the latest over Simon Says Stamp here

Don't forget, every month, I also give $15 Gift card to Altenew Shop, so please feel free to comment on any of my Altenew posts for a chance to win! This month's winner is still up for grab!
Thank you once again for your ongoing support and feedback.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose!

Hello friends!
The long wait is over...
 Altenew has been coming up with Build-a Flower monthly sets and that time is here!


"This month, our Build-A-Flower series is honoring the rose! Roses are heart-stoppingly beautiful, and their aroma is equally show-stopping. With such an impressive presence, it is no wonder that roses have symbolized some powerful elements throughout human history. We tried to capture the timeless beauty of this flower by giving it extra depth with six layers. Achieve a realistic look with this Rose set which is a must-have for every flower lover!"

This set has it all--the etched details and excellent layering....
What more can one want?  

I had a blast stamping with this Build-A-Flower: Rose !
Can you tell there are 6 layers!?
Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #1

I followed the guides/instructions on the package and it really helped me to align the stamps.
Notice the dry-emboss details? I used the matching die along with Tan Embossing Mat.
This mat may not look like much, but when you do dry-embossing with it, the difference is HUGE.

Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #2

Instead of stamping leaves in green, I decided to stamp them in grey with Rock Collection
(shop Altenew here, SSS here). I stamped the rose in Rose Dye Ink and Cherry Blossom.
For the small flowers, I colored them in Altenew Artist Markers

btw if you don't have any GREY ink in your collection, you MUST get
Rock Collection(shop Altenew here, SSS here). 
GREY is also very trendy if you have not noticed lately.... 😊

Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #3

For my 2nd card, I did some embossing with one of the sketchy stamp.
The Golden Peach Embossing Powder  (shop SSS) really enhances the overall design.

Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #4

I stamped the yellow rose in Pocketful of Sunshine (shop Simon Says Stamp) and Warm and Cozy (shop SSS) Collection. The leaves were stamped in Seashore (shop SSS) Collection.

Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #6

 I also utilized Watercolor Stencil  (shop Simon Says Stamp)with the  Rock Collection to create stripes! Love love the gradient!

Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #5
 For all the details and inspiration, please visit Altenew Card Blog.

I strongly encourage you to visit the Altenew Card Blog and get inspired.... 
Altenew is giveing THREE $30 gift certificate! So, don't forget to leave a comment there


Altenew promotion: 
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Don't forget that I am giving away $15 Altenew Gift Card every month, so feel free to leave me some love, too! πŸ˜‰
Thanks for stopping by!  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Halloween Card Kit "Creepy Cute" (Limited Edition)

Hello friends!
I am happy to share some CREEPY CUTE projects with you.
You see, Simon Says Stamp is releasing a s-BOO-tacular Halloween Card Kit today.
It is now available here.
Last year's Halloween Kit were sold out in a few HOURS....
If you want the kit, you have to act NOW (just a suggestion!!)--->click here.

Lucky for me... I got the chance to create a few projects with this kit. 
 First up, it is this super cute goodie box!
Trick or Treat #2 (V. Lu)

What a I love about this box is that it is all pre-scored and once you are ready to put it together, it is easy to fold and there is no fiddling involved!

Noticed the bow and  twines? I thought these two go really well together, so I created a bow with strings hanging down, much like a spider...at least that's what I was going for.

Trick or Treat #1 (V. Lu)

The decorating part was a cinch, even a small child I can do it! This kit comes with puffy stickers, labels and lots of fun images. There is no thinking required πŸ˜‰!

 I came up with two cards from this kit.
The stamp set Creepy Cute  is  just .... well, creepy cute.
you are creeepy cute (V. Lu)

This creepy cute card has some sequins inside the cat! The kit comes includes a stamp set and a cat die. It's puuuurfect to incorporate the shaker card element into it.

For the eek factor, I stamped the spider and added the pom pom like black strings. LOVE it!

My 2nd card is highlighting the WOW GLOW-IN-THE-DARK embossing powder! My mind was BLOWN when I heat-embossed the house image....because they did GLOW!
BOO! (V. Lu)

Seeing is believing---BOO! A pack of googly eyes are also included!

Halloween Cards

 Hope you like my 3 projects from this awesome Halloween Kit.
Forgot to say...chocolates are NOT included. 
I love my Lindor Chocolate. LOL
Halloween Kit

I highly recommend this to parents and kids...imagine all the fun when you use the kit together!!?

If you are interested in getting the Halloween Kit, please click here and act asap. 

In this kit: Witch Cat Wafer Die, Creepy Cat Clear Stamp, Halloween Trimmings
and many many more. 

Thank you for your feedback and ongoing support!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Enjoying "Heat Wave"!

Hello friends! 
Today's post is about "HeatWave"
It's not the heat wave (weather -related) that I am talking about.

The "Heat Wave Pen Tool Started Kit" is a little nifty gadget that allows you to add foil to your project. This product was introduced in 2015. You can see the intro video here.

About this tool: Easily apply foil to cards, scrapbook pages, home decor projects, and more! Use the Heatwave Pen with stencils to apply foil designs or create your own. This precision foil applicator pen is battery powered so there’s no cord to tangle with and a protective storage lid is included. You can easily see the project you’re working on using the handy light guide. The starter kit includes a battery operated Heatwave Pen tool with a lid for safe storage and (20) 4 x 6 inch sheets of foil in pink, gold, blue, red and silver. You can buy the foil paper separately here.

This kit by We R Memory Keepers is $29.99. Remember a while ago, Simon Says Stamp has a few flash sales??? Well, this item was one of them and I got it for $9.99! What a steal! See, this is something that I watch out for when there is a good sale and forgive me for being an enabler!

I decided to try it out with the new STAMPtemebr Damask stencil.
Perhaps this is not the best stencil to try out with the new "Heat Wave Pen Tool"
 because the stencil is so very fine and detailed. I could not get my gold foil lines quite perfectly.
However,  I think it turned out pretty nicely!

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This card is formal and straightforward.
First of all, I applied Distress Oxide over the stencil and once it's dried a bit, I started to trace the lines in between the STAMPtemebr Damask stencil.

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After all that, I STILL want to use the "Heat Wave Pen Tool Started Kit. So, I followed the Watercolor Stencil (Altenew, SSS). You now see those fine lines at the bottom of the cards. 

big thanks


Since this post is about Damask...guess what!?
the latest STAMPtember Collaboration Exclusives (Pretty Pink Posh) 
is....Damask Stamp.
I really dig this Damask Set!
You can find all the latest over Simon Says Stamp here.

Altenew is giving the 2017 stamp set for free with any order. 
(click here or photo to shop)
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Add/Alter Details to a Large Cling Stamp

Hello friends!
I have something fun to share today.

Red Star (Penny Black)

Now take a look at this stamp, you would likely make a card like this?

Season's Greetings

 (see my previous post about this card here)

After my first card, I must say I see "potentials" of this stamp....
so I got inky and created a very vibrant card.
Season's Greetings -001

 My Light Bulb moment
Ding----> Use PART of the stamp to create something different. Instead of using the entire stamp, I used part of  it around the edges. Take a good look at your stash, I bet you can come up with something new and different.

Stamp-postioning tool such as MISTI is a game-changer.
Now with the " new kid on the block"....Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, it proves to be vital to use these type of tools to create this kind of design.

Season's Greetings-002

I used Zig Markers for this application (re-inking each time and stamping in various colors).
You might ask...how many Zig Markers should one have?
That all depends on your budget and obviously,.... the more, the merrier.
With that said, I think for a starter set like set of 12 Markers or 24 Markers is ideal.

Season's Greetings
Also, notice that I altered the positioning of the sentiment? No worries, no stamp surgery was performed during this change. This one layer fills me with delight as I create! A stamp like Red Star is more versatile than it looks!

Accessories used in this project: Sweet 16 Sequins (SSS),  Nuvo Golden Sunset Glitter Drops,

You can find the new Penny Black Stamps here.
Here are the latest over Simon Says Stamp.
See STAMPtember release here.
Find Collaboration Exclusives here.

 I hope this post gives you some (stamping) food for thought.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lotus Card--One Layer!

Hello friend!
I am popping in with a quick post with a One Layer Card.
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I must tell you that this card took very little time to create...
The etched details on the layering stamp make it so easy and fun to create.
Mind you, I did have to think not very hard a little bit before I stamp. 😁

Ding---> use Matching Die Cut as the mask! No need to stamp AND cut out the image for masks!

simply amazing

I started out with the largest lotus and then I use Lotus die cut as a mask ( this saves time and effort!!). I then stamped the leaves, 2nd largest lotus and lastly, the standing lotus.

And guess what!?  Lotus Stamp and Die Bundle.... is now 35% off!

Shop Altenew here.
More sales can be found here.

edited: Receive a FREE 2017 Stamp with every purchase from 9/15/2017 at 12:01 AM EDT through 9/17/2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. It will be added to cart automatically. Limit one per customer. Not valid on previous orders.
It is now $42 $23.70

Valid from 9/13/2017  through 9/15/2017.
 No coupon code need.
Have you seen the latest Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit?
The Brush Stroke Messages Stamp set is a goodie! I can't wait to try it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #438


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

This week the challenge is...

Clean and Simple/CAS

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

For my card, I am using CAS-ual Fridays Floating Clear Stamp set. This is such a darling set that the stamp does speak volumes....

All you need is a little bit coloring (if you wish) and you got a lovely card made!

a little note

 I wanted to make the small floral design a real stand-out, so I took out my Distress Crayons. Why, yes, you can use Distress Crayons for small images!
 You can use ANY of the Distress Crayons (see here) for the coloring. I finished the background with a touch of blue by using Metallic Accents

a little note (close up)

Then the Liquid Pearls really come in handy for adding tiny accents on the flowers.  

πŸ‘‰Lastly, have you check out the STAMPtember release? See here.
πŸ‘‰The latest STAMPtember Collaboration Exclusive can be found here.

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!