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! 

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!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Multiple Stamping and My Camera Setup with Lego

I am sharing a quick video about my camera set up with Lego. Since it is now a moveable structure, I thought it would be fun to share a video ( see here )

......and now onto a quick card.
 These days there are more new stamps that require multiple stamping.
You wouldn't think to use a stamp like this one to stamp multiple times, right?
floral tapestry picture
Today's card is the result of using this very large and detailed stamp by stamping it multiple times in various inks.
 I love the happy stamping accidents. The background is much like a vintage pattern paper. Can you believe that it's entirely stamped? I sort of took the "Velveteen Stamping" approach and did something different with my mistakes. If you would like to see a video on this, perhaps I can make it work, especially now that I have a great camera set up with Lego :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Challenge #272--Spots and Dots

Hello, I am super excited for my FIRST Simon Says Stamp DT assignment today! Thanks in advance for checking it out!


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

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


We are showcasing  Paper Smooches 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.
 Here is my take with this week's challenge!
add colors to my life
I made a one layer card! And I loved how it turned out.
I used the two small dots and the paint brush from this set ( I heart Art). First I stamped the dots from the larger size to the smaller size and applied the Generation Stamping technique.
That way you get a bokeh effect. Lastly, I used Liquid Pearl  and Smooch to add all the fine dots and shine. And of course, adding the sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) was part of the fun. 

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 Tim to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work and that you like my dotty card...
I can't wait to see what you create!! Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Number Die from Penny Black

I never ever had a number die before.....well, now I do. 
Introducing Penny Black's
By the Numbers

by the numbers picture
This die makes it an interesting challenge for me to use! It's not the type where you can just cut up the number.....well, you could. But for now, I like to use it in one piece.

Here is my first take
happy birthday
I decided to create a tone on tone background by using two light blue dies.  I love the interesting background the number die gives. The watercolor strip was a leftover piece from another project. I embossed the sentiment in blue to accentuate the design. What do you think? I will share another card later this week using exactly the same's that?

Last but not least... thank you (x million) for the overwhelming response to my 2nd You Tube video and the Lego structure camera setup.  I didn't anticipate so much attention and love! I promise to do more videos...In fact, yesterday I made another one with the Lego camera structure. It is structurally SOUND, stable and easy to use!

Here is a closer look of the Lego structure (if anyone is interested)
 I almost never rarely praise Dr. John, but for this effort (he said it was really EASY), he sure is like a genius!  Shhh...let's hope that this will not go his head!

Announcement: for my summer giveaway, InLinkz has selected two winners!
They are Miriam Prantner (prize package) and Donna Idlet (one month FREE StampNation Membership). Congrats!! Please e-mail me for the prize!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Video on Emboss Resist and How I Filmed My Video!

 Yes, there is a video for you today!
 But first I must tell you that I did NOT have the proper set up when I did my first video ( see here).
 I had the camera stationed with a Gorillapod on a tripod...It was a good setup, except I had to sit BEHIND the tripod when I made the video. Needless to say, it was hard to see what I was doing....
 After complaining to Dr. John about the technical difficulty of filming a little You Tube video, he came up with an outlandish idea. He suggested to make a structure with Lego!! I was, of course, very skeptical...I was thinking: " Yeah, right, there you go, Lego again?  You've got to be kidding (LOL)".

And then this was what he came up with.
Shall I say it works like a DREAM!!? Not only is it portable, it keeps the camera steady and I can zoom in when I need to. It's FREE ( except for the bricks) AND... I can see while I create for the video! SCORE!  So You can be sure that I will keep at it and hopefully I will make better videos!

Here are the two cards that I created for my 2nd video.
 You have been very kind and encouraging about my first stamping video. I felt so encouraged!
 Here is my first card.
heartfelt thanks
  Yay, go, me! Well, this video is nothing too spectacular, but I took this as a chance to learn and try something new for myself.
You can see the You Tube video here
 For the video taping:
001-4:34 -- tripod (before photo)
4:35- 5:25--Lego (after photo)
I hope that you understand my broken English and rambling tutorial on "Emboss Resist"...I promise to improve as I go along. Just bear with me, OK?

The is the card I made during the video. 
you are amazing
I am still digesting...soaking in this BIG announcement
my happy dance
 Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What Is Dr. John Thinking?...and One Stamp, Two Cards!

Time for a segment of "What is Dr. John Thinking?"....

On my recent loss of a follower:
Dr. John: Hey, you lost a follower? (looking at my blog)
Virginia: Oh... who cares....followers come and go, but my husband is here to stay (winking at hm)!
Dr. John: Yup...for now
Virginia: ...!!!

On my recent gain of new followers:
Dr. John: You seem to have lots of new followers these days...
Virginia: Isn't that a good thing?
Dr. John: Just don't lead them off a cliff! 

Back to today's cards...I have used the same stamp Floral Tapestry (Penny Black) to create two cards. They look totally different!

Card #1: Distress Inks, water, pattern paper, embossing paste (see bottom part of the card), Heidi Swapp stencil, strings and sequins
you are amazing

Card # 2: Kind Words (Penny Black), alcohol inks, glossy paper, Cup O' Joe (Hero Arts), white embossing powder (Stampendous, detailed)
This "dramatic-looking" card was easy to create! It's quite different, huh? I applied the same approach of my previous You Tube video (see here). I think I will call it "Blind Stamping". Basically, you apply the alcohol inks BEFORE you stamp. A little unpredictability makes it a fun and exciting card to make!

I hope today's post make you smile. If you like this stamp, well, I have a video for you tomorrow! Yes, a video...and I have a speaking part this time :) 
Thanks for stopping by!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~BREAKING NEWS!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here is the BIG crafting Announcement 

It's definitely a dream come true for me!
Thank you, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge DT for believing in me!
Yay! I am thrilled and shocked :)