Saturday, October 25, 2014

Using a Delicate Die with Vellum!

Hello! I am popping in the share another creation with the NEW Penny Black die called Gossamer.

With an intricate die like this, you can't really go wrong however you use it.
I decided to use vellum! It was all because my B plate in my old Cuttlebug does not make a clean cut any more. I need a new one! So I proceeded to use vellum instead. This is the result.
Let it Snow

I stamped and embossed the snowflakes and sentiment from Snow Dancer. With the delicate diecut from the vellum, this card took little time to create. If you have an excellent die cut machine, I highly recommend this for making multiple cards.

 Lastly, I am sharing how I used up my turkey leftover..
I love making pies, turkey pot pie is really easy. I always make my own pie crusts. I also add some special French herb to add the flavors.
Here is what you do if you want short cut: get frozen pie crust and add a can of Campbell Cream of Chicken to the filling. Easy peasy!

Lastly, don't forget to comment here to win a spot to take this awesome card class!
 For all the details about this wonderful class, you can find out here
If you are a StampNation Member, you will get $10 discount on the class (see here)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Win a Spot in A Very Trendy Holiday Class!

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Are you interested in signing up for A Very Trendy Holiday class from StampNation?
 Well, today I am giving a spot away for the class! The class fee is $27! If you have already signed up, you will get your money back if you are the random winner!

 A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 consists of 18 video tutorials & over 50 samples. 
For all the details about this wonderful class, you can find out here
If you are a StampNation Member, you will get $10 discount on the class (see here) 
  I am thrilled to have contributed a few projects to this class. It is packed with inspiration and will sure get your creative juices flowing! 
Here is a beautiful sample of the DT's work.
 Here is a card that I created yesterday. It has one of the many trends that are covered in the class--stencil!
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 This giveaway will stay open till  October 30, 11:59pm Eastern Time.
 Please leave me a comment in THIS post for a chance to win.
Thanks for stopping by!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit

Hello friends!
I had the pleasure of getting this November Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.
This set comes with a lovely stamp set and Lawn Fawn pattern paper.. ( see details here).
 I did some stamping of the tree image with 3 shades of green. I absolutely adore the embellishments in this set. The gold tree was stamped in Delicata. I love the subtle shimmer of the tree!


See that enamel bow ( from My Mind's Eye)? Yum! The only thing I added was the gold string behind the bow.
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Lastly, if you are interested in signing up for A Very Trendy Holiday Card class from StampNation, you can find out here
If you are a StampNation Member, you get a $10 discount on the class (see here)
 I am part of this class, so perhaps I will see you there?
Thanks for stopping by!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 286

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

This week the challenge is...

GET CRAFTY AND USE KRAFT


 We are using one of my favorite brands--Hero Arts 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 project, I used  Retro Frame and Lil Hoot . I am sharing 10 tips about "how to use kraft card stock".  Please make sure that you check them out!

  so proud of you

It's always fun to create a little "scene" by combining stamps. With the kraft card stock, it is a good idea to use pattern paper! The colors and pattern look especially sharp with the kraft card stock. First I embossed the Retro Frame in white. Then I paper-pieced the images with Fresh Cut (Basic Grey). I also cut out the leaves from the owl image in this set to add interest to the design. I hope you like it!
 

Ding---> What can you do with kraft card stock?

1. Paper-piecing proves to be a fun and creative way to use up your stash of pattern paper
2. Color the stamped/embossed image with color pencils and blend it with mineral water
3. Emboss the images ( the ones with outlines) in a few colors of embossing powder
4. Kraft card stock makes colorful images POP ( see here
5. Break up your stamped image with kraft card stock to add interest (see here)
6. Kraft card stock makes a wonderful background (see here)
7. Try stamping AND embossing on kraft card stock! (see here)
8. Kraft card stock can add textures to your design (see here)  
9. Kraft card stock makes the best TAGS (see here and here)
10. Experiment with (white) chalk ink and stamp (see here)
 
I hope that I didn't overload you on jump-starting your Get Crafty project :) 

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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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 :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Add a Little Dazzle + CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Hop

Hello, hello! 
I am popping in to share two projects that I created for the blog hop.
It's a joint hop for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Add a Little Dazzle!
Merry Christmas
Supplies: Pinecones,  Sleigh BellsShuffle Fri Dies, Momento Inks (New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves)
Perfect Peacock,  silver, purple and red (Add a Little Dazzle), Liquid Pearls, silver thread (Michael's)

About this card: 
~score the outlines and use thin copy paper to mask the border
~create the Christmas tree by stamping the pine cones
~die cut diamond (Shuffle Fri-Dies) and small circles (Sleigh Bells) with the metal sheets for the "ornaments"
~embellish with silver strings and Liquid Pearls
My 2nd card is a super easy one! I created a large bow for the "gift" by using the 4 Petal Fri-Dies and Shuffle Fri-Die.
Season's Greetings
 Supplies: Shuffle Fri DiesPinecones,  4 Petals Fri Dies,Martha Stewart ribbons, Momento Inks, Add a Little Dazzle metal sheets (red), white embossing powder, gem
 These metal sheets really are fun and versatile to use! I think they do "Add a Little Dazzle" to your project that needs a SHINE! I am loving how my cards turned out and will definitely use the metal sheets in my future projects!

You should hop along to check out what we have created for you. AND remember to leave a comment in each hop for a chance to win a FABULOUS PRIZE!

 CAS-ual Fridays Blog
                            Virginia Lu <---you are here
Cathy Parlitsis
 Marci Sharp
Lee Ann Barrett
 Kate Capper
 
You can find out all about the hop at CAS-ual Fridays and Add a Little Dazzle.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Watercolor Fun!

There is no doubt that water-coloring is the biggest trend in the world of stamping in 2014.
Virginia's View Challenge's first theme was on watercolor and had the most entries--359!
On line Card Class has one class specifically on (and more to come) water-coloring....
You can sign up for A Very Trendy Holiday here (more water-coloring!!)
    You see water-colored cards in card-making blogs every. single. day.

I can see why the trend continues. I am always too impatient to color images with copics and color pencils. But with water-coloring, the result is immediate and full-filling!
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Today's card was easy to do. Water-coloring two large poinsettia images is not as hard as it looks!
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Supplies: Sparkler (Penny Black), Peerless Watercolors, gold embossing powder, sequins

Here is my humble soup made from the Canadian Thanksgiving leftover turkey. I have more turkey in the freezer and I will share what I do with the rest.
Tip: do not throw the turkey bones (after carving) away. I often scrape off the leftover juice/sauce from the pan of the roasted turkey. Boil and simmer the bones/scraps for at least 2 hours and you've got a yummy soup stock! After sifting, you can put the soup in the fridge for a few hours. Then skim off the fat on top of the soup stock. In this soup, I added some ham for extra flavor. You can omit that, just add root vegetables and you are good to go.

Hope you have a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Cute Card with Masking!

 Happy Sunday!
 I do not normally make cutesy kind of cards...but the darling images from this Penny Black set had me intrigued. 

 After stamping a few on paper, I found that the outlines are so fine and detailed. They are quite fun and whimsical. I chose the little bunny with the presents and got right to work. I decided that it would be cool to have the bunnies sitting on a few boxes of presents. This is the result.

Merry Christmas
I colored the images with Distress Inks and Peerless watercolor. The stripe at the bottom was done with this stamp from Textures. I also altered the sentiment from Wonderful and Jolly. I added some silver strings and sequins for the extra touches!

I am only touching the "surface" since I only used one of the 10 stamps. 
There is SO much potential with this stamp set! I am sure I can make 10 cards or more if I am at it!

One last thing that I want to share is that StampNation  is releasing a new class! I am thrilled to be part of the class.
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 With FIFTEEN video tutorials, written tutorials and more than 50 samples to inspire you, this class will have you running to grab your ink and stamps and get started right now on this year’s holiday cards.
The doors to A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 opens on Wednesday, October 22nd to StampNation Members with a $10 off coupon code.  Not a member yet? You can sign up here
You can sign up A Very Trendy Holiday here
  
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

STAMPlorations Guest Design-Take 2!

This is my 2nd post of the day. For my CAS-ual Fridays project, please visit here.
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I am sharing my 2nd card for the guest design over STAMPlorations.

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I used this lovely set called Trendy Feathers.
Thinking of you
In this card, I used two types of embossing powder (white and gold). I then stamped more feather images in orange dye ink. The orange card stock is from Grand Bazaar (Basic Grey). I split the panel to add dimension for the sentiment.  Hope you like what I created for my guest design.  It will be awesome if you can join the STAMPlorations challenge. You can check out the challenge guideline here.

I hope you are enjoying the lovely fall days...
Thanks for stopping by!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Feature


Hi there! It's my turn to share some projects over CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog

For the complete list of supplies and details, please visit here.
The comment feature in this post has been disabled.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Share

 I must confess that blogging has compelled me to share.
I feel like I am a little kid who can't stand delayed gratification. I can't and don't want to wait for the candy that comes a few hours late. I want them NOW.
I guess that's just ME. What's wrong with me?
I must learn to


wait for it.


wait for it...


 I can't!


So here it is. LOL.
Fall scene in my backyard
 This is the Fall card I made this morning. I just wanted to stamp and emboss. You know, the basics.
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 I just got the Penny Black stamp "Nature's Gift" yesterday, by the way! 
Yesterday's leftover lunch 
Ingredients: sliced turkey, carrots, zucchini (both boiled and sliced), crushed peanuts, Pad Thai sauce ( Hoisin sauce is another good alternative), glass noodles (Spaghettini is a good substitute), Vietnamese rice paper.
 Have a lovely fall day.

PS: In the last two months, I have been asked to do a Creative Blog Hop share from a few lovely friends-Alexandra, Leigh, Annette and Piali. I didn't think I should do it because I share all. the. time. The last thing you need to know are MORE details from me.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 285


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

This week the challenge is...

COLOR COORDINATES

 We are using Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 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 project, I used the very versatile Alphabet Background cling stamp from Simon Says Stamp.
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 I did some "alterations" to the stamped image. I merely embossed an extra "O" and added it to the sentiment. This way, you get an extra way of creating a Halloween card by using a regular stamp! It's a great way to stretch your stamp! I also used the Moonshine sequins.
 I must tell you that these sequins are the shiniest sequins that I have ever come across! If you like bling, you will LOVE these sequins! They also come in 3 sizes! If you are seeking good quality sequins, these are a must-have!

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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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 :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Today's Special

 Let's start with a card I made a long time ago, but I never shared it till today.
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 It was my early attempt of making a card with chalkboard effect. Yes, there are green chalkboards and you can see them here and here. The rolled-up paper at the bottom right were supposed to be "chalks"! LOL...you get the idea!

 If you visit my blog frequently, you know I blog about cards, cards and more cards...and occasionally, I blog about our family travels. Since our kids are now grown and I am into middle age, the best thing is life is to see the world with my beloved family. I USED to blog a lot about food. Because....I love to eat. In fact, it was suggested to me a while ago that I should start a food blog! Although my family LOVE and ENCOURAGE that idea (you wonder why), I never made it to fruition. Somethings gotta give...

This 16- lbs turkey was not huge, but it was PLENTY for a family of 4. 
My pet cat Alexia posed with the turkey.
We didn't have a fancy Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, we had all the essentials for a Thanksgiving dinner.
Hopefully, when I come up with nice turkey leftovers, I will share a photo or two.
Leftover #1
Turkey Vegetable Soup: a can of Campbell tomato soup, diced turkey, corn, celery, sweet potato, rice

Bon Appetit!
Thanks for stopping by!