Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wedding Party Invites

Hello friends!
I am popping in with a post about the customized cards that I made for a newly engaged couple. These cards are meant for the wedding party. The sentiment are requested by the bride and groom. I thought that they are original and personalized.

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So I took out the SSS Flower Medallion Cling Stamp and did some silver-embossing. I wanted to have some white space and did some coloring. Since I planned to make two cards, I kept the designs simple. This ornate stamp truly speak volumes!

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With Penny Black's Stitched Flower Clear Stamp, I made one for Maid of Honour.
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 I did multi-color stamping to show off the details of this stamp (the top one). 
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I am pleased to say that the bride and groom were happy with my customized cards. The hardest part of making this card is to stamp each and every letter with the right spacing and colors! I used this handy dandy Avery Elles "Alphas" Stamp.

Here's my random vacation photo share
Titanic Belfast: During our British Isles cruise, we spent 4 hours at the world's biggest Titanic Museum while we were in Belfast. And boy, it was titanic....and amazing. It even has a little ride similar to the Disney ones!


.... The building's design is intended to reflect Belfast's history of shipmaking and the industrial legacy bequeathed by Harland & Wolff. Its angular form recalls the shape of ships' prows, with its main "prow" angled down the middle of the Titanic and Olympic slipways towards the River Lagan. Alternatively, it has been suggested that the building looks like an iceberg, and locals have already nicknamed it "The Iceberg"...."
 
I hope today's post makes you smile!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Simple Stamping and Embossing

Hello friends!

Do you get overwhelmed by new techniques, new products, new gadgets, new tools....
new everything?
As a mother of two adult children, I used to tell the kids to make new friends when the new school year came along. The kids always looked at me...like.."Making new friends is not that easy!" So often times, they just loved hanging out with their old friends. Can you blame them? 

Today's card is just that--revisiting our first love of card-making: 
stamp and embossing, nothing more.
There is no fancy technique (such as masking) involved, either.
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This is one of the 4 cards that I created with the latest "Build-a-Flower" Anemone stamp set without using the matching die (included in the kit)!

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Shop Simon Says Stamp here
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The delicate outline images were embossed with Golden Peach Embossing Powder 
(shop Simon Says Stamp here). Once the flowers were embossed, I applied Maple Yellow Crisp Dye Ink (shop SSS here).
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Hope this post makes you want to get together with your old fav--stamping and embossing.

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Use code "DIELOVE"
Shop Altenew here

Thank you for stopping by! 

PS: thank you for entering "Virginia's Summer Blog Party"! I appreciate each and every entry!
The winners will be announced in this blog on Aug. 27th.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Altenew Promotion (DIES are 20% off)

EXTRA EXTRA....
Altenew's Dies are 20% off!
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Click photo or HERE to shop.

Use code "DIELOVE".

I hope you check out yesterday's post about Layered Blossom Cover Dies.
If you are considering getting the Cover Dies (or any dies), this is a GREAT time to do so.

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You can check out the Altenew DIE sale HERE
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Wish you a Happy Sunday! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Altenew Post--The Versatility of Layered Blossom Cover Dies!

Hello friends!

warning: heavy photo post

After taking a break from my traveling, I am happy to be back over Altenew Card Blog to share my latest creations!

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You can also purchase these dies separately over Altenew here and Simon Says Stamp here

This set of cover dies have just the right amount of space and opening. If you can do simple die cutting, you will not be disappointed with the results that you achieve. Like most Altenew Cover Dies, you can use each cover die (whether it's A or B) alone or both. My examples will illustrate and help you see the versatility of these cover dies. 
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For my first card, I used the Cover Die A and Cover Die B. To get the colors to my liking, I inked up each small area with a small sponge. I love color-blending with Altenew Inks.  The inks I used for this card are Pocketful of Sunshine Oval Set, Warm and Cozy Oval Set, Tropical Forest Oval Set and Sea Shore Oval Set.

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 To prevent the colors getting into the other unwanted area, I used some small scrap paper to cover up as I sponged along. This may seem tedious, but it really is well worth the effort. Can you believe that this card requires zero stamping? The sentiment are from the Inline Alphabet Die Set and Script Words Die Set. I even took a short cut and used the 6x6 Reflection Paper Pad for the word "love".

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My Next card shows how you can use the delicate Layered Blossom Cover Die A to create an intricate design.
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To keep the color scheme simple and elegant, I applied the new Deep Blue Seas Oval Set and used each shades of blue to its full potential.
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 I also took some drastic cut and trimmed off a few sections and edges off the Cover Die A. The sentiment from Crafty Friends seems perfectly fitting.

My last card is all about the Layered Blossom Cover Die B.
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You may not see it clearly, but I did use the Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder. Not only it makes this project shine, it also blocks off the pink/orange and blue. Again, there's no stamping involved. The "thanks" sentiment is from The New Day Card Kit.

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I truly hope these 3 cards give you some inspiration and that you can maximize the use of each/both cover dies. Thank you for reading this long post.

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If you can visit Altenew Card Blog and leave me some love there, it will be much appreciated.
See you soon again!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Build-a-Flower Anemone (Take 3)

Hello friends!
I am popping in with a quick post. 
You may know that Altenew's releasing Build-a Flower every 15th of each month.
This month's Anemone is simply exquisite.
Previously I made two versions with the set (see here). 

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You can purchase this
over Altenew store here. 
and Simon Says Stamp here 
(you can use code "Cheery" to get $5 off from SSS)

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For this design, I used only the outline stamp and did some water-coloring. I set out to do some serious masking (not really) and once that was inked up, I used all Altenew Inks for water coloring.

The sentiment is from Altenew Script Word Die 
(shop Simon Says Stamp here, shop Altenew here)

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Since there are quite a bit of black in this, I balanced it with some small droplets and highlighted the center of each Anemone with Faber-Castell Black Pit Fineliner Pens
Do you like the color contrast? It was truly fun to create this card.

You can find the Build-a Flower collection

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at Altenew here.
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Scrapbook Collection is 20% off for two more days. Click photo or here to shop.

and at Simon Says Stamp here. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

You Did It!

Hello friends! 

Today's post is not so much about card-making. Instead, I am sharing some easy banner die cutting.
The moment finally came when my daughter passed her PhD thesis defense!

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Like any PhD students, Stephanie worked long and hard for the last 4 years. The PhD degree is made of lots of perseverance, patience, hard work, sweat, tears (!!!), ice cream and "hair loss" (according to Stephanie).

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 Shop Simon Says Stamp here

AND I happen to have just received this awesome Alphabet Die from Altenew.
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 I created a the banner with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banner Die
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I then dressed it up with Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Border Die.

you did it (got her PhD!!)

Here is a close-up of Stephanie. According to her, she was feeling/looking really tired in this picture with little sleep from the previous night, 3-hour long defense and...
 finally...she is done!
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It has been quite a journey. Stephanie traveled quite a bit for her field work/research in South Africa, Dominican Republic and Uganda. Congratulations, Stephanie, on your PhD degree in Public Health & Health Systems from University of Waterloo! We are immensely proud.
Thanks for reading this more personal post. I appreciate that you stop by!

EXTRA EXTRA:
Altenew's Scrapbook Collection is 20% off. Click here or photo to shop (code: SCRAPBOOK)
The updated sales can be found here.

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ps: Concord & 9th is having this birthday promotion till Aug. 31st. Details here.
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 Click here to for sales item, click here for latest items.
If your order is over $60, this stamp is FREE!
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #434


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

This week the challenge is...

"Add a Sentiment"

 We are using "Impression Obsession" products 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 am using "Dream In" cling stamp. I decided to create a color swatch with Distress Oxide. It really is easy to do if you line up all the colros that you want. 

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 First I did some color-blending and then I let the colors "sit"....meaning that I let the paper dry completely. This is a crucial part especially I wanted to do white-embossing on the paper.

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After embossing,  I went back and splashed a few tiny drops of water....that's it!
This is a great way to customize your own color palette.
What do you think? Hope you can join this fun challenge!

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 !!
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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.

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You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Altenew Build-a-Flower Release

Hello friends!
It's the 15th day of the month and that means Altenew's Build-a-Flower feature is here again! For details, please visit Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog. 

This month's flower is Anemone
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About Anemone here
See images here (Pinterest)

I had tons of fun playing with this set and I actually made a few cards.
In the end, I decided to share just two of the cards I made.

For this card, I tied stamping on light card stock from Altenew's Lavender Field.
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As you may know already, Altenew's ink are formulated to do color-layering. By using light color card stock, I find that it adds another layer of color! 

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The stamping with this Anemone set is very straightforward. For extra details, I stamped the solid circle dot (that was meant for the center of the flower) to create a simple background. I then added a bit of sparkle with the Nuvo Droplets (Silver Moondust).

 My 2nd card involves stamping, dry-embossing (with the matching die) and ink-blending.
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The result is striking and the colors really pop. Like the first card, I also stamped the sold circle stamp to create a subtle border. This is a great way to use those tiny stamps! 
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With a bit of planning ahead, this card really took little time to create.

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  I hope you enjoy seeing this Build-a-Flower feature.
You can purchase this over Altenew store here. 
You can also purchase it over Simon Says Stamp here .

Please visit Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog for more inspiration.
While you are there, be sure to comment for a chance to win a $30 Altenew Gift Card.

Lastly, I want to mention that Altenew is having a special promotion with The New Day Card Kit.
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Thanks for stopping by!