Friday, August 1, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge # 6

 Happy August!
August 1st also means it's time for Virginia's View Challenge!
This month's challenge is fun and creative one! Since we are in the middle of summer, why not get in shape to fit into that bikini outfit...yes, we are talking about SHAPE cards!
For this very special occasion, I made a VIDEO for you (see You Tube)!
 I explained the whole process of making this card. AND there is a special guest appearance of someone famous....hmmm....
I explained the whole process of making this card. AND there is a special guest appearance of someone

It's time to get creative with your die cut, Silhouette, Cricut....or any hand drawn shapes that your heart desires! Please give a thumbs up over You Tube if you like to see more videos from me!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #274

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Emboss It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)
This week the challenge is...

Anything Goes  

We are showcasing CAS-ual Fridays and Technique Tuesday Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used :-)

I made my card with CAS-ual Friday's In the Cards, Shuffle Fri-Dies,
follow your heart

About this card:
I loved creating a pocket with these Fri-dies. The heart  and card from Shuffle Fri-Dies are perfect for this.  This card is great for encouraging someone to follow their heart! I added the paint splatter to compliment the colors of the sequins and heart. The process is much like creating a shaker card, except you use flat double-sided tape (see Therm O Web). It's really easy and fun to do. AND the card stays flat and makes no mess--BONUS!!
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $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 so you don't miss out 

You have until Wed  8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Collage Style Stamp and Pattern Paper...

Collage style stamp and pattern not mix, right?

Somehow I had this "idea" that perhaps I can use
this stamp Garden Letter
and this awesome pattern paper DCWV Twinkle Glints
to make "something"?

My result
As you can see, stamping this card was super easy... I merely took the butterfly (from the top of the stamp) and used it as part of the embellishments. And oh...the big curve die from Avery Elle's Custom Panels came in handy!  It sure is fun to "mix it up" and break the rule (if there's one?)!

Thanks for stopping by!
Notice: If you joined the Beach Vacation blog hop for StampNation, you can check out the winners at Catherine's blog.  I am thrilled to see one of the winners commented in MY blog (congrats, Cindy C.!).

Monday, July 28, 2014

Embossing on Kraft

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is still going on. Have you tried the Emboss It Challenge? You can see the details here. There is still lots of time to enter!
I thought I would share a card with embossing on kraft card stock. This time, I used the new Penny Black Stamp set "Dazzler". This set is full of potential! The delicate doily and details make you stamp like an expert! I had made quite a few projects for StampNation with this set and I have found so many possibilities...
hearfelt thanks
 I started with the white embossing and then I stamped the rest of the doily images in Cup o' Joe (Hero Arts). I then stamped a few smaller doily images in Pale Tomato (Hero Arts), cut them out and added them with pop dots. Adding a dotty pattern paper for the background brings out the colors even more!

Hope you are having a great day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

More Alcohol Inks and Die Cut

Today's card is a colorful result from playing with Alcohol Inks and Die Cuts. This card is completely FLAT. Keeping the card flat takes a bit of planning and die cutting. But it really is worth the effort.

At the time of posting this, I noticed that my card will fit into the challenge for Avery Elle's Challenge # 12 (Die Cut).
I am here for you
 I started out with making the umbrella die cut on the card stock. Then I created the umbrella die cut with alcohol inks. After running through the Cuttlebug a few times, I basically assembled the dies and fit the pieces into the design like a puzzle.

 It was not hard to line up the umbrella images. For the background, I actually messed up on stamping some raindrops (that come with the set). I decided to use a darker colored blue card stock to make a different background. I think it worked! See? I ALWAYS end up with something unexpected simply because I had made some blunders! Love those happy accidents!
Lastly, I am sharing a sneak peek of my feature over StampNation "Virginia's Stamp Clinic". We are exploring the possibilities of Border/Background stamps.

You can find out the details here
Click Here for Membership Details and Benefits
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

A VIDEO and a New Challenge

Hello, I am sharing a new project that I made for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #2 . This new challenge is run by two talented blog friends-Donna Bowman and Rachel Kleinman

About this month's challenge: All skill levels are welcome and you can make anything such as a canvas, card, scrapbook page, altered item, journal page, etc... You just have to use more than 2 art mediums. Our challenge for July is to use something around the house in your project. You can stamp with bubble wrap, mask with rubber bands, or use old book pages in your background. Just use something you can find around your house someway in your project.

As you may know already....I love using household items for my paper-crafting, so this theme is really my type! I took this chance to get a start on a mini album that I bought recently by incorporating two household items (parchment paper and bubble wrap). My art mediums are : Gelatos, inks and watercolors. While I was creating, I thought it would be fun to share a video...

You can see the You Tube video here.

You may see some redundancy (around 4:20) in my video...I think I missed editing that part! Sorry about that! 

my mini album page
mini album page
and card (with Altenew Magnolia set)
thank you
 I hope you gives me a thumbs up over You Tube if you enjoyed the video! I am still learning and improving on how to make better You Tube videos....thanks for the patience and feedback!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 273


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

This week the challenge is...

Emboss It

 We are using embossing technique  this week. You can dry emboss, heat emboss or even use embossing paste!

I did all three types of embossing. Have you tried embossing on vellum? It is so satisfying! The vellum gives such a floating feel to the design. I love using them on butterfly and flowers images. Choose an intricate stamp and emboss! You don't even need to color them if you use colored embossing powder. The embossed images speak volumes! 

 edited: I used TWO different embossing powder for the flowers.
Dry embossing: Lifestyle embossing folder
Heat embossing: Zing Powder by American Crafts (Mustard, Apricot )
Embossing Paste: Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil and White Embossing Paste by Wendy Vecchi
Supplies: Altenew Hennah Elements

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 :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Feature-- a VIDEO!

 I design for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!
Hello! It's my turn to share some projects with you over CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. I am super excited about this feature...because I made a video for this special occasion!  

Ever since Dr. John made the Lego structure for my You Tube video taping, I began to love making videos! I once swore that I would never make videos....Well, as you know, never say never!  I mean, I am really terrible not good at it...but I figure the only way to improve is by practicing! Once I got 
 on the You Tube learning frenzy, I learned a bit more about editing and speaking more clearly. I tend to mumble when I made cards...I need to work on that. Well, this is it! My longest video yet at just over 10 minutes! Hope you like it! 

You can see the You Tube video here
Card #1
you are brilliant

Card #2 ( the one in the video)
you are so awesome
 I hope that you will stop by CAS-ual Fridays to leave me some love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

StampNation Beach Vacation Blog Hop

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Today we are kicking off the StampNation Beach Vacation event with a Blog Hop.
Each of the StampNation Dream Team members, along with some of our crafty friends, are hopping along sharing cards inspired by our first challenge, "Beach Style", as well as a peek at our favorite projects from the event!

Here's my card for the first challenge
About my card: "By using the backside of the flip flop stamp, Virginia created 4 pairs of colorful flip flops. She stamped the flip flop images over the inked area and then cut them out. The "waves" on top were created by using a small circle punch".

Supplies: Life is good (Lawn Fawn), sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Inks (Hero Arts), small circle punch (Marvy), Liquid Pearl Droplets (Ranger), 3 D Pop Dots (EK Success)

It's time to hop along now. Make sure you leave comments at each of the blogs listed below to be eligible to win...
One of THREE one month StampNation memberships
Lawn Fawn (choice of  Lawn Fawn Stamp Set & Let's Polka 6 x 6 Pad)
StampNation Members – look for your 15% off coupon code ONLY for you this week!*

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- See more at: will have have until 11:59 pm EST on July 27th to leave a comment. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be announced on Monday, July 28th on Catherine's blog.
We hope you'll join us for the fun event. Here's a peek at another project I have coming later this week...
 What do you think? Here is a sample of what the DT has created
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 You can find out more  here. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me and I will be happy to answer! Hope that you are enjoying what summer has to offer! Your next hop is the talented Iwona Palamountain. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Word Dies Challenge

Hey there! I am just popping in to share a card for Word Dies Challenge over Moxie Fab World. I had this idea in my head for a while....and I am glad that I finally made it before the deadline!
I used Altenew (Sketchy Cities America) and Lawn Fawn( Scripty Thanks) to make this design.

Basically, I made a chipboard (with 5 layered dies) and stacked the dies on top of the die cut image. I colored the sentiment with Distress inks and a bit of water. I think it looks quite awesome with the skyscraper image because of the height from the word die.... :)
edited:  In order to get a clean and crisp image, I  embossed the cities in the was tricky because black embossing powder is not something that you mess with! It took me two tries to get it right. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Number Die ( Take 2!) and StampNation Beach Vacation

 Hello! I am sharing my 2nd take with the new die from Penny Black. 
by the numbers picture
This die is so easy and fun to use...I am really liking it! I made two die cuts--one light blue and one on watercolor paper ( that I previously made with water and Distress Inks). 
For the water-colored die, I first created a colorful background on watercolor paper, then I made the die cut. By slightly overlapping the two dies, it makes a great visual statement. I simply embossed the sentiment on a piece of light blue vellum.  Add strings and sequins....done!

 What do you think? Do new products make you think outside the box a little? It sure does for me!

 Lastly, I want to mention that the StampNation Beach Vacation is almost here!
There will be plenty of prizes from our amazing sponsors...
Lawn Fawn
Ellen Hutson
Pretty Pink Posh

  There will be daily challenges, videos, and dream team inspiration. We also have some fabulous guest designers joining us for a blog hop on July 20th. That's tomorrow! Also, I am hosting a "Virginia's Stamping Clinic" in the Classroom section over SN as well.
Click here to join the fun and learn more about the membership benefits 
  Hope to see you stamping and hopping along with us on our StampNation Beach Vacation.
All are welcome!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mixed Media Tag Card

Hello! I am sharing a tag card today. It was prompted by a new challenge called The Mixed Media Challenge started by the talented Shery R. I "met" Shery through Virginia's View Challenge. Shery wowed me with her many mixed media creations and videos.  When I found out that she started this challenge blog, I knew I should join the fun! 
For this challenge, we were asked to create a Mixed Media Card (see Mixed Media definition here).
Based on the theme, you can create a TAG card with the theme "nature"

I made this tag card with all my favorite supplies and techniques.
Supplies: Poppy Trio, Amazing!, Hexagon background ( Penny Black), Distress Paint (White Picket Fence), alcohol inks, stencil (Studio Calico), embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi), Wink of Stella (green), Distress Inks
I also added some Perfect Pearl Liquid Droplets for extra details on the poppies.
The best thing about a Mixed Media project is that there is no absolutely right or wrong pretty much can layer your creations however you want. I find it super relaxing!

For most people, Mixed Media seems a bit challenging, but in reality, most card makers have all these stamping supplies. You can readily get the products out and just see what you can create.
Hope you check out the Mixed Media Challenge and just PLAY.

Thanks for stopping by!