Sunday, May 3, 2015

Using Recycled Materials

Hi friends!
It has been a while since I used a recycled item for my card-making. I have been spoiled with new products and rarely use supplies like I used to. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE new craft supplies; but it is always fun to stretch your supplies and use what you already have.

When I saw the free digital stamp that Danielle over Neat and Tangled offered, I jumped right to it. I love that saying: "you got this!". It looks to me we all need someone to tell us: "you got this!" once in a while, especially when we are stressed or are faced with challenges. I wanted to print this stamp out on a piece of scrap paper first, so I looked through my recycle pile and found this brown wrapping paper...
And before you know it, a light bulb lit up in my head!
you got this!
I used the brown textured wrapping paper as my card base. As you can see, there is a bit of wrinkle in it....but I think it's got "character"! It tells you what it was for and it reminds you what gift was wrapped with this paper...

I stamped the borders with the Neat and Tangled stamp "on the Edge"with the help of MISTI. Because my laser printer is super cheap, I had to apply Glossy Accent over the sentiment, so the black ink won't smear.

In case you have never printed out a digital stamp, here's how I did it:
1. right click on the image and click save 
2. you can save it in your picture file
3. click on the file (that you just saved) and copy and paste it into your Word Document (I use "Microsoft Word")
4. you can resize it however large or small (mine is the actual size) by moving the cursor
5. Print onto your card stock (it depends on your printer as some will not take heavy card stock)

If you are having a tough time or face challenges, do remember this saying: "you got this!" 

Also, I am hosting the Stamp Clinic  over at Stamp Nation and the focus is all about "Word Dies".
You can sign up here
Here is a sneak peek of my work
Currently I am taking this class over Craftsy: Fresh Techniques for Artful Layouts 
(by Wilna Furstenburg). Oh, it's been awesome. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study #8

Hello friends! I am excited to share my projects with you for the Monthly Stamp Study. I have been busy with birthday celebrations and traveling lately and I didn't think I could do it...and I was thinking that it will be a no-go! LOL
Somehow I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it.... -yay! 
This month's SSS Card Kit came to the rescue! I thought it would be fun to showcase the kit as my monthly stamp study. As wedding season approaches, this kit is IDEAL to create wedding and any celebratory types of cards! I have quite a few requests from church friends, so the timing is awesome! The pattern paper and stamps are a perfect match made in heaven, so to speak.

Be warned: photo-heavy post 
(if you like to see the larger photos, just click on the photo and it will take you to Flickr site)

Card #1
This is the first card that I made with this kit. I had to make a card to go with the pattern paper. It's just that easy. I love the white Pico Embellisher (you can use white gel pen instead) to add the white dotty textures.
#1 Mr. & Mrs.

Card #2
This set comes with a stamp set called "Congratulations" and one of the stamps has a tiny dot background that I can see myself reaching for it over and over again. I cut out the diamonds from the pattern paper. I love how they work seamlessly with the paper I chose.
#2 Happily Ever After

Card #3
Can there be too many of a good thing? I think not. I love a lot of elements from this kit and with the help of vellum, I managed to pull the busy pattern paper, bright gold sticker, cut-out diamond, strings, sentiment and sequins together.

#3 Congratulations

Card #4
Sometimes it's just that obvious, the stamp itself gives you the idea what to do with it...I simply stamped and made a knot! 
#4 tying the knot
 
Card #5
For this card, I decided that the design needs a little "oomph", so I made a large bow with the pattern paper!

#5 Congratulations

Card #6
This kit is perfect to make a banner design. With all the pretty pattern paper and stickers, what's not to love?

#6 to th happy couple

Card #7
Ribbons...!? Remember those? And do you still know how to tie a knot? I nearly forgot how to. Thanks to this kit, I got to have a little bit of practice.

#7 tying the knot

Card #8
I love the large pink/gold polka dot paper and HAD to make a card with it.   
Again, vellum saves the day!

#8 Today is the day

Card #9
I can't resist the romantic and feminine pattern paper... and came up with my last design.

#9 congratulations

 Hello....are you still with me? 
Phew, that was a lot of cards in one post. But you made it! As you can tell, I had a "field day".... Now I know if I ever got stranded on an island, I know which kit that I should bring. :)

If you have never tried a card kit and would like a challenge (see how many you can make with one kit), especially if you need to make lots of wedding cards, this is a GOOD one. I still have tons of pattern paper that I don't know what to do with it...the plus side with this kit is that it comes with a new Simon Says Stamp Ink called Soft Pale Pink (yum!).
I hope that you enjoy this Monthly Stamp Study series.
Please check my previous post about taking classes over Craftsy (links to discount included here) if interested. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Craftsy Class (with a Discount Code)

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 Recently, I have been taking classes over Craftsy and am really impressed with the value and content that the classes offered! So far, I have taken Create with Dimensions, Fun with Mix Media, Vibrant Stamping and just signed up with the new one called Inventive Ink! Anyways, I got talking to people over Craftsy and they are offering a discount for my blog (I am now a Craftsy Affiliate) followers right here, right now (squeal)!
Craftsy

You can sign up for two classes with the discount code (which expires in 7 days)

Vibrant Stamping by my dear friend Laura Bassen here <----50% off 

Fun with Mixed Media by Ronda Palazzari ( a fab class!)  here <--- 50% off
Currently, I am taking this one: Inventive Ink Colorful Mixed Media Effects 
I am planning on taking this new class: Fresh Techniques for Artful Layouts
 
It is strongly suggested to sign up with the links (provided above) to get the discount.These classes are beautifully filmed and super well-organized. You can take it whenever you have some free time to sit down and enjoy.


I will be back for my Monthly Stamp Study (first Saturday in every month) at May 2, 12:01am Eastern Time. Here is a peak at my projects.
 
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CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release (Day 4)

Hello friends!
NEW!
We are into the last day of the new release from CAS-ual Fridays.
This set called Calm and Loving is soothing and calming. 
just thinking about you
 I used my trusty MISTI to stamp the colors of the heart trees. I love how they turned out!

Prize: there will be 1 random winner from one of the sneak peek days to win a $25 gift certificate to the store. All the stamps and dies will be released on May 1st
 
Please visit CAS-ual Fridays for the wonderful inspiration and details about this release.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release (Day 3)

Welcome to Day 3 of the CAS-ual Fridays new release! 
NEW!
Today we are featuring Mon Ami & Mon Ami Fleur (Fri-Dies)!
You know how much I love my MISTI and with these new stamps, wow....it's super fun to stamp!
I do not enjoy measuring lines, so I actually just eye-ball the stamping with MISTI! It's not super perfect, but I think it looks fine without measuring! 
Also, you do not NEED those new Ombre Inks if you have a MISTI (just saying). With multiple stamping by using a MISTI, you can stamp whatever colors you want.
my friend
And see the variations in colors? Well, I didn't do anything special, I just inked them up with two shades of colors with MISTI! 

My 2nd card is easy to create because the die-cutting makes it so neat and uniform! I colored the flowers with Prisma color pencil and blended them with mineral water.
you are amazing
  I love these sentiment and used them as stems! I added some small green sequins for good measure. I think it worked!

ALERT: there will be 1 random winner from one of the sneak peek days to win a $25 gift certificate to the store. All the stamps and dies will be released on May 1st

Please check out today's new release over CAS-ual Fridays.  I know you will love it!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #314

This is my 2nd post for the day, for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps new release post, 
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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Clean and Simple Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Anything Goes

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

Prima Flower Circular Lattice Stencil and Prima Flower Chalk Fluid Edger Set Ink Pad
wishing you both happiness
With the chalk ink and stencil, I created the background. Then I added the stamped flowers from Flowers on My Mind.
 
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.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
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!
 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release (Day 2)

Welcome to Day 2 of the new release over CAS-ual Fridays!
NEW!
Today we are featuring Fun-Fetti, Sassy Smiles & Whole Shebang. 
Let me tell you, these stamps and Fri-Die are super FUN!

For my first card, I used the Whole Shebang. This set comes with many fun and creative sentiments. I love the large font of the HB2U.
HB2U-001
I started out with creating a colorful strip of paper, then I white-embossed and used Pico Embellisher to highlight the letters. 

For my 2nd card, I combined the Sassy Smile and Fun-Fetti Fri Dies and created this shaker card.
smile
You can basically create your own confetti (with any colors or pattern paper of your choice) with these cute Fri-Dies! How cool is that! The rectangle element was from Shuffle Fri-Dies.
 
Please note that there will be 1 random winner from one of the sneak peek days to win a $25 gift certificate to the store. All the stamps and dies will be released on May 1st

I hope that you check out the inspiring work that my DT mates have created for you. Please head over to CAS-ual Fridays (see here) now.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release (Day 1)

 Hello friends! It brings me great pleasure to share my CAS-ual Fridays Stamps new release cards with you. Today is Day 1. Warning: this is a photo-heavy post.

NEW!
We are featuring two stamp sets (Lovely, Lovely Greeting) and one Fri-Die (Lovely Links). I made two cards with these sets. 
The stamps are super fun to play with. Notice the colorful borders? I had fun inking them up one color at a time with MISTI! I added a strip of black and white pattern paper. The white embossed sentiment is tres chic, don't you think?

 My 2nd card was created with some stamping and heavy gold-embossing of the links! I think I embossed it ...like 4-5 times!
thinking about You
Don't you just love the sentiment!? I know I do!

My 3rd card (my favorite!)....I think you can tell that I love love love these Fri-Dies ( Lovely Links). 
thanks so much
It looks like I spent a ton of time making it, but I really didn't! I happened to have this pattern paper and matched it up with the Lovely Links. The hand-stitching on the sentiment did take some time, but other than that, it was super quick and easy! I couldn't help myself by adding some colorful sequins...As you can tell, I just love colors and am all about FUN!

Please note that there will be 1 random winner from one of the sneak peek days to win a $25 gift certificate to the store. All the stamps and dies will be released on May 1st
I strongly encourage you to check out CAS-ual Fridays Stamp (see here) and find out what my DT mates did with these awesome new products.
Thanks so much for stopping by!