Saturday, May 28, 2016

Killing Me Softly with Distress Crayons

  Hello friends!
I am popping in to share a soft and delicate card. As you may have noticed that I am enjoying the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit. However, you might think that most cards made from the kit may start to look very similar...
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Well, I do like to challenge myself to do something a little differently from my previous 2 cards (see here). I do not enjoy making the same kinds of cards over and over. Who does, right?
I opted to take a softer approach with Distress Crayons. However, the crayons are known for their bold and bright colors.  This time, I want you to see that they also have the gentler and kinder side.
(Donald Trump, are you listening!!?)....

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 You may have seen this already... white-embossing on one side of vellum and coloring on the other side.  The small flowers form the stamp set from "Look for the Miracles" are perfect for this. At first, when you color the backside of the vellum with Distress Crayons, it would look AWFUL (do not panic)! But once you turn it over...... it's a "MIRACLE"!! 
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See? Distress Crayons do have a softer side!! 
 Thank you for stopping by!
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 In case you are shopping, the code for Simon Says Stamp is "Breezy".
It will take $5 off for purchase over $5 or more (valid till June 15)!  

Want to get Distress Crayons
Good chance to stock up on Ranger products! Use "RANGER20" to get 20% off.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Virginia's Die Hard Series Part 3

Hello friends!
It's time to reveal my 3rd take on this Tree die from Penny Black.
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  Serenity Thin Metal Die (Penny Black)
The banner photo shows my first and this was my 2nd take.
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This week's project is to change the look of the tree and make it work. 
 I have created two cards based on the same design idea but with different supplies.

Card #1
HELLO

First, I created colorful paper with alcohol inks on vellum.  Then I arranged two tree dies in creative ways. The card looks intricate, but it really is easy to create if you just let the die do its work.

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With the right amount of embellishments, this card is done! If you are new to alcohol inks, the Tim Holtz Summer Blending pack will be ideal to start. If you want to save money on getting Ink Applicator, you can use felt (preferably white) to substitute.

Card #2
you're so special
With watercolor paper (sprayed with paint), this card is quite organic. I added a piece gold glitter paper and stripe to draw the eyes to the sentiment. The sentiment was embossed in Platinum (Hero Arts).

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With the two mediums (alcohol inks and sprays), you can create something pretty and unexpected with your existing dies. 

What do you think? Hope you think that I do the tree die justice! In case you do not get enough of this Serenity die, here is an awesome post and video from Penny Black artist Jill Foster.  Enjoy!
There will be one more version to come next week. Hope you stick around.
Thanks for stopping by!
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 In case you are shopping, the code for Simon Says Stamp is "Breezy".
It will take $5 off for purchase over $5 or more (valid till June 15)!  
Good chance to stock up on Ranger products! Use "RANGER20" to get 20% off.
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Here are what's on sale. 
 Here are what's new.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Look For the Miracles" Stamp Set

Hello friends!
It's that exciting time of the month ....
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Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit  arrived in my house this past Tuesday!
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I am particularly excited about this monthly kit because of the stamp set, pattern paper and the extra pens ...well, everything.
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 The Doodle style flowers are so fun and whimsical. The sentiment is uplifting even though some may think it has a strong religious tone, but really, it makes such empowering encouragement cards!

I got right to it and whipped up a few .... here are the first two.
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This card is all about white embossing and fussy cutting. I took the short cut with pattern paper! You see, one of the paper paper from the kit is all about rainbow colors.  I strategically embossed the images with the flowers and leaves/vines. I double-up the sentiment to make the colors pop. I also added some Glittery Clear Stickles (a must-have in any craft room) onto the embossed flowers. That die "dream" is also included in the kit....isn't it awesome or what!?

With the same idea and pattern paper, I used the leftover flowers with the black card stock (also included in the kit). I created a frame with Stitched Rectangles.
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I added tinny dots with the Kaiserkraft Gel and Glitter Pens (from the kit). They are super bright and sure add some interest to the white-embossed sentiment. Kaisercraft Color Gel Pen Set comes in 12 colors.

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Besides the stamp set and all, I also highly recommend the Bo Bunny 6x6 Believe Paper Pad. This pattern paper will make a great addition for any floral stamp sets that you may have. 
Think emboss and fussy cut--how fun is that!?


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 Virginia's Die Hard Series Part 3 is coming up next.
Here are Part 1 and Part 2 (in case you miss them).
See you then!
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 In case you are shopping, the code for Simon Says Stamp is "Breezy".
It will take $5 off for purchase over $5 or more (valid till June 15)!  
Here are what's on sale. 
Here are what's new.