Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Masculine Card ....Made from Scraps!

Hello friends! Have you wonder what makes a good stamper? And what is the difference between card-makers and those who stamp and make cards... I sometimes wonder what to call myself. A stamper? A Card-maker? I guess I am kind of both. 
For today's card, I think I'd like to call myself a card-maker. Because only a little bit of stamping was involved. Take a look and you'll know what I mean...
There is actually more about design (and less on stamping skills) in this card. I first saw the negative dies and realized that it was too wasteful to throw them away. But if you arrange them and add some finer details, these negatives are actually really neat on a card!

 Updates on the Lu Bird family...
(Stretch was fluffing its wings and prepared to take flight--should be any day now!!)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 6, 2015

PageMaps with Penny Black Stamps

Hello friends! Are you a fan of sketches?
I must say that doing sketches are always challenging for me since I like to do the design "my own way". But when there is a challenge, I love to get myself out of my comfort zone. 

I was honored to contribute a card along with some talented Penny Black artists to PageMaps. The above was the sketch that I was assigned to. This was my result:
HB2U (take 2)
I chose to stamp the colors and followed the sketch as much as I can. With the help of MISTI, I was able to stamp from the lightest shade to the darkest. The added ice cream cone was from Doodlebug Designs. All the products are from Penny Black (listed below).

Please check out PageMaps and get inspired!
Here is the update from The Lu Bird Family. Well the nest is getting very crowded.
 Can you tell which one is Stretch (the one with the longest neck), Middle and Snuggle (the baby)?
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

You Are a Lifesaver

Hello friends!
"You are a Life Saver" is the sentiment for my cards today.
I can't stop playing with this kit! That's what happens when the goodies are SO fun. Today's cards are both from Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit.

I stamped the lifesaver from the stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then I colored it with copics. For the small striped banners on top, I used Stitched Rectangles and a diecut for the V shape. You should try that with your square/rectangle dies if you are not comfortable cutting a fishtail yourself (like I do here).
you are a life saver 
 To add dimension to the lifesaver, I applied Glossy Accent for the the 3-D effect and shine.
I stamped the "waves" in overlapping form with various blue inks. I also added some silver confetti to add some shine.

 My 2nd card.
life saver
 Basically I planned the design with the pattern paper that also comes with this kit. Only some simple stamping is required.

That anchor makes it easy to design. I added some splatter for the background. Those little droplets make the design more ALIVE!

Here is the latest about the Lu Bird family--
Presenting...Stretch (loves to stretch its neck and has the longest neck)
Middle (just the average of the other two)
 Snuggle (the baby who got hatched the last and is always behind in all things...).
I am thankful for many lifesavers in my life...most of all, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study

Happy 4th of July, my friends in the USA!
Today happens to be the first Saturday of the month. It's time to share my blog series called "Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study".  This is when I pick a stamp set and do a few cards with the same set. I am proud to be able to continue with this series. Because you know, life gets busy sometimes. :) 
Without further ado, here is the stamp set that I chose to feature. 
Enamor (Penny Black)

If you like a good floral stamp set, this could be the one to try. I love a stamp set that has both solid and outline images. In this series, I used different mediums to stamp the designs. As you can see, each one varies so much to the next. That is a sign of how versatile this stamp set is...

Here is my first card.
thank you from the bottom of my heart
About this card:
~the flower images were colored with Spectrum color pencils. I then blended them with mineral spirit and white pencils.
~the images were cut out and popped with the pop dots
~I stamped the flowers tone on tone in the background on pattern paper
~the sentiment is from SRM Stickers
~I used Pico Embellisher to add the white dotty details

My 2nd card.
have a great day!
About this card:
~ I used MISTI to position the flower stamps
~to add the Wow factor and highlight the yellow, I added the yellow ribbons and punched out the circled stamped sentiment.
~Pico Embellisher was used to add the colorful dots in this design.
3rd card.
you are beautiful
About this card:
~I first created a colorful background with Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution
~the images were stamped with Cup O' Joe  (Hero Arts) 
~the sentiment was embossed in white on black card stock. I cut it out and popped it over the design.

4th card.
you mean the world to me
About this card: 
~I first embossed the flower images in white on watercolor card stock (Strathmore)
~I then added watercolors with Spectrum Aqua and water
~the sentiment was stamped in black, then clear-embossed on vellum
~the white dotted details were added with Pico Embellisher

This one was previously shared in my blog. For more details, please click here.
have a great day

 Well, I hope that you are inspired by this post as I share 5 different cards from the same stamp set.
one stamp set, 4 cards
Lastly, there is a 4th of July class sale at Craftsy( see here
--->Unwind with deep discounts on select courses and supplies during July 4th weekend!
Offer begins 7/3 at 3pm MT and ends 7/5 at 11:59pm MT.

Here is the update from the Lu Bird family.
Those baby birds are not so small any more... We expect them to leave the nest in less than a week! For now, we are still very much amused from watching them grow daily.  
 Thanks for stopping by!