Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Crafty Announcement!!!

Hello friends!
Today is a SUPER exciting day for me! 😍
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 I can finally share my crafty news that is happening in 2017.
You see, back in November, I got this happy e-mail inviting me to join the Altenew Card Design Team (wh-aaa-t?)!! See announcement here! I literally did some silly clapping and a happy little dance! I also got Dr. John to read the e-mail and made sure I was not day-dreaming.....Well, I will spare you the visual details. LOL.πŸ˜‰

I have been a fan of Altenew since its first launch in 2014 and have loved all the innovative designs and trends that this stamp company brings to stampers/card-makers all around the world. Altenew's "Act Local, Think Global" approach in their products and marketing is very inspiring. Working for this amazing stamp company definitely is a dream come true.😊

For the announcement post, I am sharing a new project with you.
I Adore You


I always love using vellum in my project. For this card, I actually made my own color vellum paper with the Altenew Cool Summer Inks by swiping a few ink pad over regular vellum paper.
You can control the depth of blue (or any color) and create interesting gradient of colors, too!

edited: the vellum took about 5-10 min. to dry. I dabbed it on paper to make sure they would not bleed/contaminate the paper. That's it.

I adore you #2

Once dried (the hardest part), I white-embossed the images and fussy cut them out. The details from the stamps makes this card a stand-out.

I adore you #3


 2017 is looking very bright to me in my crafting world. I can't wait to share my Altenew creations with you (the upcoming new release is absolutely splendid!!). To celebrate this special occasion, I have a $15 Altenew online store gift card to give away. One of you who leave me a comment here in this post AND the Altenew blog will get a chance to win. So, please be sure to leave me some love in BOTH blogs (here in this post and my Altenew announcement post). Please comment by midnight 11:59pm, EST Jan. 24th, 2017. I will announce the winner on Jan. 25th.

Thank you once again for your amazing feedback and support.

134 comments:

cm said...

Wildly cheering and applauding this fabulous news, Virginia! Congratulations! Your card...stunning! So excited to see you create yet more magic with Altenew!
Hugs~carol

Betty Keefe said...

congrats on joining the Altenew DT - well desereved - and your card is gorgeous!

Mel said...

Beautiful card, and I love your use of vellum. it is a great technique to highlight the beautiful stamps.

Blog Voyage said...

Congratulations, Virginia! What an honor to be part of the Altenew Designers team! Love your beautiful card!

Karen Mills said...

Congrats Virginia, excited for you and looking forward to all you will share

A Crafty Person said...

Congrats on your AWESOME news! I truly love the blue vellum paper you made and plan to try this technique ASAP. Looking forward to great Altenew posts.

Earline said...

This card is beautiful

Sheila H said...

Congratulations, Virginia! I look forward to seeing your projects. You are an excellent choice for the Altenew team (or any design team for that matter). This card is gorgeous.

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Donna said...

Gorgeous card Virginia, congrats on becoming part of this talented design team!

Betty S said...

Sooooo pretty! Congrats!!

Peggy Pride said...

So glad to see you again stamping in your usual grand style! Looking forward to your creations!

Milka Gubo said...

Wohoooo!! Congratulations Virginia!!! You make GORGEOUS cards and I'm happy for you that you've been invited to Altenew DT. Super cool!! :o)
Today's card is breath taking!! Love it! :o)
Thank you for the giveaway! You're very generous. :o)
Big hugs! :o) xx

Purple Princess said...

So pretty!! I want to try coloring vellum

Earline said...

This card is beautiful

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Carol Hintermeier said...

Congratulations to you!!! Your cards are always awesome and Altenew is one of my very favorite companies! Can't wait to see what you create!!!

Cindy Martin said...

Congratulations on your DT appointment. You are truly a gifted artist. Your card is gorgeous, as are all your cards.

Karen B. said...

Yay yay yay! I cannot think of anyone more talented and deserving!

Tami Babcock said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card!! Congrats on your news! Can't wait to see more of your Altenew creations!

Joan said...

Congratulations Virginia! You are an amazing inspiration and your colorful style is a great fit with Altenew.

Kim B. said...

Congrats on joining Altenew!!! Your card is simply beautiful!!!!

Kim B. said...

Congrats on joining Altenew!!! Your card is simply beautiful!!!!

Joyce said...

Altenew stsmps are wonderful. I really like your technique on using vellem. Beautiful card. Congrats to being on design team.

Sheri said...

Congratulations! I love your work and your card today is stunning!

Sharman said...

Congratulations Virginia. I truly enjoyed reading your Bio. I loved your card the first time that I saw it . I am not very good at all with using vellum so this year I will be trying to improve on it. Again, Congrats..... I was laughing so hard when you said that you had your husband read the news to you. I totally understand... lol....

Stacy Sheldon said...

Congratulations Virginia, this card is absolutely beautiful :)

StampinLouie said...

Looking forward to seeing more beautiful creations like on your blog today. GORGEOUS CARD!

Kathy Thisted said...

Great card! love the colors and the idea of coloring vellum is awesome. How long did it take to dry? Fantastic results!

Clemente Batan said...

Congratulations, Virginia! So happy for you! I am looking forward to your Altenew creations.-Maria Giselle

Colleen said...

Congratulations! I was immediately drawn to those translucent flowers! They are gorgeous!!

crane1 said...

that is an especially lovely card. i am particularly impressed with the way you used the vellum.

Harriet said...

Yeah for you Virginia. Altenew is my favorite company. Not only do I love their stamps, dies, inks--but--this company is young women. Love that. Your lovely blue card is gorgeous. I look forward to your unique style and down to earth creations featuring Altenew.

Chris Handy said...

Congratulations on being a designer for Altenew, my favorite stamp company. Love your card and looking forward to seeing what you create.

Shelly Lowery said...

As always, your considerable talent has once again produced a stunning card. What I like most about your cards is the fact that we ordinary card makers could follow the design and come somewhat close to also producing a lovely card. Thank you.

Janelle said...

Congratulations on 'making the team' at Altenew. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
This card is Just Lovely! I am inspired to try coloring on vellum for airy, light florals. Thanks for the inspiration.

donna mikasa said...

Congratulations, Virginia!! I'm so happy for you and I know that you'll rock Altenew's stamps (and dies, and inks, and markers....) Way to go, girl!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Huge congrats to you, Virginia! Looking forward to seeing more of your Altenew cards! Love today's vellum creation with those gorgeous blue flowers!

Bobby said...

Congratulations on your new DT assignment, Virginia. You've gotten off to a wonderful start with this beauty.

Migdalia said...

Congrats! Woohoo!! I love the pretty blue and beautiful flowers!!Gorgeous card!

Donna Knipfer said...

Congrats Virginia....I love working with vellum also. I'm not good at fussy cutting but I'm getting better. Beautiful card. The blue is gorgeous on these flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Such a gorgeous card and I'm so happy for you, my friend! Big congrats!!! ♥

Martha Herrera said...

Congratulations, Virginia!
Oh, and I do LOVE your gorgeous card!

Rebeca Martinsson said...

Congrats and well done!!! You deserve it. This card is stunning and colouring the vellum is a brillant idea

Satori said...

Congratulations! Love the depth of colour achieved with vellum and ink on the beautifully designed card!

kacee said...

Yeah, Virginia . I love your work and always watch your videos with enthusiasm. I am happy you are with Altenew, they are quickly becoming my favorite stamps and ink. Welcome

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! This card is gorgeous!! Love how you colored the vellum, stamp embossed and fussy cut...Fabulous!!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow! Congratulations! That is incredible, they are one of my favorite stamp companies and I can't wait to see what you'll create!

Lin said...

So excited for you, little sis!! You and Altenew will make a fantastic team! Big hugs and congrats!

sodell said...

Congratulations, Virginia, on joining the Altenew Design Team!! I love your enthusiam, and also your wonderful creativity with the beautiful card you made. Best of luck to you!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

Congratulations! Very exciting crafty news. I will have to play with vellum soon, I just remembered I got some for Christmas and haven't gotten it out yet! Thanks for a fun idea on how to use it. :)

Unknown said...

That's such a clever technique and results are SO pretty! I can't wait to try it myself. Congrats on joining the Altenew design squad!

GeeCee said...

OH WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Congratulations to you Virginia!!! So happy to hear and read about your wonderful news. I'm looking forward to seeing all your beautiful works. You rock!

Renita Wynn said...

I love this card. I'm excited to learn new techniques from you, like this one. I was writing 'blue vellum' paper on my weekend shopping list and read this blog, WHAT, run an ink pad over the vellum?!! Who knew. πŸ˜‰

Leslie Davis said...

Welcome to their team. I love your work!

Kathryn said...

What a splendid card. I never thought of coloring the vellum like you did. I always just colored on the back of the images! Thank you for the new idea and I am looking forward to your future card ideas and projects!! Congratulations!

Cathy Lenda said...

Love your card and look forward to seeing more of your creations..

Dotty Jo x said...

Great card! So happy for you, Jo x

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Oh, happy dance here on my snowbird vacation to Arizona and San Diego! Pleased that Altenew recognized your creative spirit!

Patt H. said...

A truly beautiful card! Thanks for the tip on coloring vellum. A great idea for those gorgeous flowers!

Patt H. said...

A truly beautiful card! Thanks for the tip on coloring vellum. A great idea for those gorgeous flowers!

Robin said...

This is the most beautiful card I've seen in a while - and that's saying a lot!

Keti's Projects said...

Congrats. I'm sure you were excited with this news. I love your card and looking forwad too seeing your projects again soon. Hugs, Keti

Susanne Vargas said...

This is indeed exciting news! Congratulations! Altenew is an awesome company and with each new release my wish list grows... Beautiful card, love those vellum flowers!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Congratulations! Your amazing talent will be perfect for the Altenew Team. Love what you did with the vellum & the card is beautiful. Thanks!

Late Blooming said...

Oh goodness...it is going to be fun watching your creations. Thanks and congrats to you

Sue - said...

Congrats on your DT post. You have created a beautiful card for your debut appearance, the vellum flowers are gorgeous.

Lin said...

Welcome to the Altenew crew. Your card is beautiful, I look forward to seeing more of your card ideas. Congrats to you!

Sally Greiner said...

I love your beautiful card! I never thought about inking vellum. Cool! I look forward to more great cards and ideas from you! ;)

Handmade Cards by Archana said...

Love your beautiful card and especially vellum. Congrats on your DT post.
Hugs
Archana

Diane Bakehouse said...

Congratulations! I discovered your blog last year when I was looking for ideas. I've found your cards to be gorgeous and inspiring. You and Altenew seem to be made for each other.

conil said...

Many effusive congratulations on this honor. Altenew is one of my favorites, too so I can just visualize your happpy dance. I'm surprised you're still not dancing. Anyway, for your first card you completely knocked it out of the proverbial park. This is a glorious use for this stamp set.
By the way...I think Altenew has excellent taste in DT members.

Greta said...

No surprise at all, Virginia--big congrats! I love vellum, but seldom think to use it for anything but a sentiment strip--thanks for the inspiration!

Judith said...

Congratulations to a fellow Canuck! You're very talented. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Michelle said...

Congratulations! How fun! I adore your card - so pretty!!

Judy1223 said...

Wow, Virginia, this is amazing news! Congratulations! Based on this beautiful card, I can see why they asked you to join the team! You make stamps shine, and I can't wait to see what you make with Altenew's amazing products in the coming year!

Kara Stainbrook said...

So gorgeous and congratulations!!

foleysfriend said...

Congrats Virginia! It's so great that your talents are recognized. WOOHOO!

sue

Kleri F said...

Congratulations on your DT post!Well done!
Fantastic card :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Congrats on joining the Altenew team, Virginia - so well deserved! I just love your gorgeous vellum flowers!!

Sandy said...

Congratulations Virginia - you will be a great addition to the design team. Can't wait to see your projects. I love this card, it is so delicate.

Barbara Thompson said...

Congrats Virginia!!! You deserve this!!! You work so hard!

Cheryl O said...

Congratulations Virginia, what a great honor! Your card is just beautiful, love the delicate look you created with the vellum. I happen to be visiting family in Taiwan for Chinese New Year! I always enjoy visiting your home land. 😊

Laraine R said...

Congrats! Fabulous card! I can't wait to see more with Altenew stamps!

Barbara Tobias said...

Beautifully done card. Congratulations on the new position with such an exciting company. Hope to see more of your fantastic talents in he months to come.

Kathy Mc said...

Virginia, I have been stalking your blog for quite some time so this is a perfect match - you + ALTENEW. I love your card and your style. ( I inked up vellum one time but failed to let it dry long enough and ended up with inky fingers. Congratulations on this new assignment!

Suna Stirk said...

Virginia I am so happy for you! I love the card you made. I have never used vellum so am going to try some soon.

Cathy Montoya said...

Beautiful card. I have followed you for a while and love all your creations. Altenew has some awesome stamps and you will do great with them. Congrats.

Judy said...

I think this card is stunning! I use vellum a lot and have colored my own with markers. I'll be trying the swipe with ink pad method next time. Thanks for the idea. Your creativity is awesome!

April Rogers said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for teaching me another fine way to use some of what I have.
xo Nana

Brenda Lilley said...

Congratulations! I absolutely LOVE your card using the Adore You set. I wouldn't have ever thought of coloring vellum. Looking forward to more of your ahhh-mazing creations! :-)

Suchi said...

Congratulations!!! You are amazing Virginia!! :)
Suchi xx

graham Brand said...

Your card today is beautiful!
So pleased for you with your good news. You are a perfect
match for Altenew produts!

Teresa Doyle said...

CONGRATULATIONS VIRGINIA!!!! YAY for YOU!
Your card is so beautiful, as ALL of your cards are! Altenew is a wise company so I am not surprised they wanted you on their team! Good for you!

Elaine Thompson said...

Congratulations to you Virginia- and also to Altenew for adding you to the team! I'm looking forward to seeing your many beautiful Altenew creations.

Rose said...

Love the look of the vellum flowers and the technique of coloring your own.

artful-notions said...

Hooray! Love your beautiful work, and this card confirms. Gorgeous with the colored vellum. Can't wait to see what you and Altenew do together. Congrats!!!

Susi K. said...

Congratulations, Virginia - very exciting news and am looking forward to seeing all your lovely Altenew projects!

Erin said...

Stunning work! That's such exciting news to see that you will be collaborating with Altenew!

Elaine Cook said...

Congratulations Virginia on joining the Altenew team!! I'm not surprised, as your cards are always so beautiful and classy.
Love the vellum flowers!

Carrie R. said...

Congratulations Virginia! I always love your stamping creations and look forward to seeing your cards. Altenew is my favorite stamp company and they have an incredibly inspiring design team. I look forward to seeing more of your creations at Altenew.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations! I first heard the news from Altenew and now you have confirmed it with this blog post. I am so happy for you, Altenew and for all of us who love your work. And, I love the card you created and using vellum really makes the design gorgeous. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful artwork in the months to come.

Ak John said...

Congratulations. Your work is beautiful and I hope to learn a lot from you. Keep up the good work.

Susan Wallace said...

I love Altenew stamps and love all that you do with them! I look forward to so much goodness and beautiful projects with you on their team!

Sue Denoncour said...

Congratulations, Virginia. How exciting!!! I look forward to seeing your future Altenew creations. Love the card above. When I first saw it I thought, "Ill have to find me some pretty colored vellum to emboss on". I never thought to make my own, but will certainly give it try now. TFS all your talent, creative ideas, and your wonderful inspiration and encouragement to your blog followers!

VARedGem said...

Congratulations Virginia, it is about time you were recognized for you fabulous talent. I love visiting your website to get some inspiration and I'm never disappointed!

Kari D said...

So thrilled that you will be part of the Altenew Team! I have watched your YouTube channel for the last year and love learning new techniques with you. Can't wait to see what you do next!

mandalj said...

Heartfelt congratulations to you! I look forward to seeing your creativity with Altenew's products!

Daria Z. said...

Huge congrats, Virginia! Love your card - the color combo is fantastic. And, thanks for the tip about swiping an ink pad to color the vellum. I've only tried using Copic markers to do that - and ink pad would be easier.

Karen L K said...

Congrats to you! Altenew is a great company! That is one beautiful card!!

Lisa Elton said...

YAY!!! Congrats to you sweet Virginia, so well deserved. Your card is gorgeous!!

Rose W said...

Your card is soooo beautiful. And directions are easy to follow! Great job. I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Samantha Coleman said...

Your card is absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to you for making the AltNew design team. I can't wait to see more inspiration ideas from you.

Glennis said...

A beautiful card, well done on your new role

Stef Perry said...

Well done and well deserved! Your creations are fabulous and I look forward to seeing them as part of the Altenew design team in the future.

Helen Gullett said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Virginia! You are perfect addition to the Altenew Team. This card is so gorgeous and beautiful. The blue flowers on dark colored card base are just fabulous and pop! THANK YOU so much for the inspiration and so looking forward to see more of your creations with Altenew!

Angela said...

Virginia, this card is beautiful! You will make a wonderful addition to the Altenew team. I look forward to seeing your creations with their beautiful products!

Barbra said...

Your card is simply lovely. My favorite colors! Love the new markers!

Angela Orum said...

Congratulations, Virginia. Your card was stunning. I have some Altenew stamps that I have not used. You are inspiring me to try.

Judie said...

Awesome news!!! Looking forward to seeing your Altenew work!!!

Mom and wife. said...

You deserve it. I love your card design and colouring. Wish you all the best.

Lorraine Kleeman said...

...your passion for cardmaking, art, sharing and life radiates from your creative blog. It's no wonder Altenew recognized your heartfelt talent with a partnership on their design team. Congratulations!

Marlena M. said...

That is awesome news Virginia! Congratulations! Your card is stunning too, btw :)

sdonn said...

Virginia......so excited for you. You deserve the recognition. Your work is always beautiful.....and your email is always the first I open. I always have a smile on my face when I see what you have done. And I love your instructions very easy to understand and follow. I look forward to your work with Altenew as they have the beautiful stamps.

Becky said...

Congratulations on joining the Altenew team. Love your card and the idea of making my own colored vellum.

Miriam Prantner said...

Congratulations Virginia! What a fantastic team! I am loving those blue vellum flowers too!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Huge congrats! Stunning card!

Misty Elam said...

How did I miss this?!!? I don't think I'm getting notified of new posts from you.... I'm gonna have to work on that. Anyway... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! YAAAAAY!!! I'm SOOOO excited for you, Virginia!! Couldn't have happened to a more deserving woman. Your work is absolutely stunning and anyone would be so very blessed to have you on their design team. I've gotten to know you a little now, and you are just as stunning on the inside as your artwork is on the outside to all of us. I'm so happy for you!!!

DSW said...

Altenew has beautiful stamps and dies and they are fortunate to have you on their talented design team! Congratulations! Your cards are inspiring and I've learned a lot from your posts. Your vellum cards are beautiful.

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Congratulations and Altenew is lucky to have you! You've been inspiring us for years and this card is one of them! Best news is tha we will see even more of you!

Brenda said...

Oh Virginia, this is such great news and so well deserved! Your card making talent has grown exponentially since I first met you online many moons ago! I love your style and the colour palettes you choose! Wishing you all the very best for 2017!

D.Ann C said...

Huge congrats! I saw a sneak peek of some of the stuff they had at CHA and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it! This card is soooo beautiful!!

Carol Hughes said...

Your work is beautiful. I'm looking forward to your next "beauty".

Constance Hildebrand said...

Well done and congratulations on joining the ALTENEW team! Wishing you all success...you are clearly very talented.