Saturday, June 24, 2017

Have a Chill Summer!

Hello friends?
How is you summer going? I said that I would slow down in blogging.
 Well, starting NEXT week, there will be just two posts a week: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and Stencil Sunday @ Virginia's. Hope we can "handle that"! 😁

Don't forget the Summer Blog Party going on (see my top right side bar or click here). 
Be sure to link your summer creations up and share with the world!!

Okey Dokey, let's get to today's card.
have a chill summer

Steps I took to create this project:
~stamp the background: white-emboss the Popsicle
~multi-color stamping: the Popsicle come with assorted colors. MISTI is a must for this.
~stamp the border: the stamp set comes with the long border stamp. I took the opportunity to ink and color the Popsicle with Distress Oxide.

have a chill summer

For the border stamping, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops to simulate the "ice".

have a chill summer

Hope you find this card "cool"!!

 you can find "one of a kind"---->here
👉 Be sure to use the code "Cheery" to get $5 off from your order...
The Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit is out also--->here
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Today's project supply list

Friday, June 23, 2017


  Hello hello!
I want to share some UBER happy crafty news with you!

That is...
 one of my never-seen-before project is published in Scrapbook & Cards Today.
Today is the release day!

The Summer issue will be available on June 23rd - in stores and online!

Brimming with inspiration, the Summer 2017 issue includes:
120 sizzlin' ideas for summer
hot trends spotted - see what's on trend for the season
the coolest card ideas - charming scenes & interactive elements
make it mini - save summer stories on a smaller scale
terrific titles - cool ideas from Lisa Dickinson
meaningful journal & photo ideas ▪ free online downloads ... and an inspiration gallery that is full of stunning projects!
 You can simple click on the photo to enjoy the entire magazine! 
(you are welcome! 😍)

(supplies that I used in this published project are at the end of this post) 

Don't forget that Simon Says Stamp has a Copic Sale that ends on June 25th.


 Click photo or here to shop.
Use code: HUE247

 Lastly, I am sharing a happy family photo that took place last Saturday. My son received his Bachelor Degree in System Design Engineering. He is looking forward to taking on his first full time job as an R & D Engineer this late summer!
We are immensely proud of David and his achievement.  Who knew the so-called "difficult child" turns out to be well-adjusted, pleasant and responsible adult!? We are very blessed!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New release from Simon Says Stamp

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a project with the new release from Simon Says Stamp.
The entire "one of a kind" collection can be found---->here
So Cool
This new stamp set is absolutely darling!
I love that it has a bit of everything--solid, outline stamps and add-on detailed stamp...and perfect sentiment! What's NOT to love?
you are my favorite flavor

This card is a one layer.
It involves ink-blending, masking and multi-color stamping (in chronological order).
My secret weapons?
You probably know this by now.... 😉
 Distress Oxide and Wink of Stella (clear).

my favorite

Well, the multi-color stamping is not nearly perfect, but that's OK!!
This card makes me (and the receiver) happy!

my favorite

Well, I hope this post starts and ends with a SWEET note!
Again, you can find "one of a kind"---->here
Be sure to use the code "Cheery" to get $5 off from your order...
btw So Cool also comes with matching dies!!
Thank you for stopping by!

Today's project list

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #426


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

This week the challenge is...

Use the Patterned Paper

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

For my project, I am using Cream and Sugar Paper Pad (6x6) collection. 

Happy birthday

 I love paper-piercing with images like Layered Cupcake...the fun pattern paper, really made a huge difference. 

Happy Birthday #2

I also used Scallop Borders 2 to jazz it up a bit. I also used Nuvo Crystal Drops to add dots to the pattern paper.

Happy birthday #3
This makes such a happy and festive birthday card.

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 :-)
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, June 20, 2017

Share Your Summer Creations and Win a Prize!

Hello friends!
As we are into the summer season here in North America, more of us are taking summer vacation/holiday. I am going to post less frequently in the next few weeks to come.
( 😉YAY if you are tired of following my incessant creations and posts!! 😀).

I have a few things planned, family and relatives to visit....big travel plans! It's time for me to rejuvenate and get on with my life plans/bucket lists...whatever you call it.

I want to continue to interact, engage and have fun with my blog followers and readers.
Basically, I don't want to ignore my blog friends and followers during this time.

So, I have a little fun event and I hope that you will come join the blog party !

Let's do this:

*Please link up ANY of your summer creations (3 is the limit) and share with me and our fellow 
card-makers/stampers with the following Inlinkz.

* (edited) THREE winner will be chosen for my blog party event: it could be from my Top Favorite OR the winner will be randomly selected by Inlinkz. Internationals are welcome.

*ONE winner will receive the prize package that is worth well over $75 (products from Altenew, Penny Black and Simon Says Stamp... and many many more) 
* TWO winner will receive my (June and July) Altenew $15 Gift card to Altenew Store.

*This event will last two months and will allow you plenty of time to play

*Please include this banner and mention Virginia's Blog Party with a link to this post

Winner will be announced at the end of August.
Whether you are novice or advanced in your card-making, you are most welcome to enter.
Meanwhile, I appreciate that you continue to shop through my affiliate links (at no additional cost to you), so we can have more events like this. 

Shop Simon Says Stamp here
use code "Cheery" and get $5 off when you make your purchase over $5

Shop Altenew here
use ode "SHIP7OFF" to get $7 off with orders over $100

Shop Concord & 9th here

Thank you so much for your support. I appreciate it immensely.
This post link will now reside in my blog (located at top right side bar for easy access).

To keep the inspiration going, I am starting a "Stencil Sunday @Virginia's" Series on Sunday June 25th. I will share some stencil fun with you right here in this blog.

I hope you will come back to check it out.

Let's get the blog party started!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Altenew Card/Promo and Winner Announcement and

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a card from the awesome Altenew Build-a-Flower set!

There is also an Altenew promotion (details at the end of this post) 

Isn't this set amazing? You can find out all about it here.

Here is my 3rd take on this stamp and die set.
be a rainbow

It is nearly one-layer except that I did pop up the ranunculus pop with double-sided tape.
be a rainbow #1
The details from the layering stamps are amazing.

be a rainbow #2
 Lastly, I am also announcing the winner of the Altenew Stencil release blog hop winner.

The Altenew Blog Hop winner (of all 151 comments) is

#13 Blogger Joy Meadows said....
"Gorgeous cards, Virginia! You always come up with stunning designs."
Congratulations, Joy! Please contact me at
and I will give you the info to redeem $30 to Altenew online store!  

(edited: if you place and complete any order over $100 through my links, please e-mail me at and I will send you today's card--first come , first serve).

Altenew promotions:
Save 20% on the New Day Card Kit & Artist Marker Set A Bundle 6/19 through 6/21 at 11:59 pm EDT. No discount code needed to enjoy this deal! 

Save $7 on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF at Altenew here

Save 25% on the Bamboo Rose Stamp & Die Bundle 6/19 through 6/21 at 11:59 pm EDT. 
No discount code needed to enjoy this deal! 

NEW items HERE and SALE items HERE
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Flower Lantern Cling Stamp

Hello friends!
How are you? 
I have the pleasure of playing with this stamp "Flower Lantern Cling Stamp" and thought I would share what I made with it! 

you are wonderful

This card may look rich and textured, but it is completely flat. 
 I really enjoy stamping images like this with Distress Oxide.
Why? With repeated stamping, you may get ink mixed and the image may appear brownish....
However, with Distress Oxide, the colors blend and they become one.

you ae wonderful #2

You may be able to see the shine from clear-embossing in the following photo.
you are wonderful #3

I also mixed the embossing paste with Cracked Pistachio. That way, the stenciled corner look more cohesive with the stamped design. 
you are wonderful #$
 I truly enjoy the process of making this card. Each step is gratifying and relaxing.
I hope that you are inspired to try out stamps and inks like this.

 Now, speaking of Distress Oxide....
This set is now $71.99  $57.59 ($ 14.40 in saving)
(click the photo and get them ASAP)


 Use code: RGTW7 
Stock up the Distress Oxide if you have not done so (valid till June 18th)

 I would appreciate you use my links to start AND finish your shopping.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Watercolor Frame --- 2 Ways or 3!

Hello friends!
It is my turn to share projects with you over Altenew Card Blog.
 It's time to highlight the background stamp like  Watercolor Frame.
This stamp may look abstract, but it really is easy to use.

(all the supplies are listed at the end of this post)

                                                                     Watercolor Frame 
 (shop Simon Says Stamp)

Under the Cherry Blossom 
(shop Simon Say Stamp)

Card #1
This simple one layer is truly easy to create.
Once I had the idea to stamp the water-colored circle as the sun,  it takes little time to stamp.

Altenew File

I often started with the lightest shades to the darkest. This way, I find it easier to control the depth of colors and correct the shades when necessary.

Altenew File1

Like any story-telling, there is "the beginning, the middle and the end".
I like to revise that for card-making..."there is "the top, the center and the bottom". This card clearly illustrates just that.

Altenew File2

My 2nd card uses the background circle in a slightly different way.
Rather than just serving as a background, it is now a wreath/frame!
I selected a few ink colors and proceeded to stamp a simple wreath.

Altenew File3

Again, a card like this doesn't take much time. 

Altenew File4

The card appears to be a bit flat after my stamping. I decided to add a small flower and popped it up. I also stamped two stripes underneath the sentiment. It looks so much more balanced, too!

Altenew File5

My take-away lesson from this card? Don't be afraid to experiment with colors. I normally would not stamp two different types of green in the same design. However, when you stamp Sea Shore and Tropical get this gorgeous and bright colors. In a way, you do get the best of BOTH worlds.
Here's a look at the three cards I created with Watercolor Frame.

Altenew File6

I truly hope that this post with simple stamping inspires you. I would very much appreciate that you leave me a comment over Altenew Card Blog. Remember that one of you will could win an $15 Altenew Gift Card every month. It is based on the comments that you made in all of my Altenew posts.
Also, the entire release of the Altenew stencils are available now.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Here are the supplies that I used for today's projects.