Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Myth of Alcohol Ink...and 2 Winner Announcement

Hello friends!

Thank you for choosing part of your day to visit my blog.
I am recently just slightly obsessed with alcohol inks and vellum, so here we go again!
Golden Feather Stamp & Die Bundle
Golden Feather Stamp & Die Bundle

 Shop Simon Says Stamp here (stamp) and here (die)

 Today's card is a combination of my favorite things....
Multi-color stamping, Alcohol Ink, vellum, dry-embossing, white-embossing and stitching.

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Today's card "lots of love" was my inspiration for THIS card.
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(products links are highlighted in colors like this)

Here is the break down of the techniques I used:
Multi-color stamping: with the help of MISTI or TH Stamp Positioner, you can stamp each image multiple times in various colors.
Alcohol Ink: You can lighten up the colors by using more Alcohol Blending solution. Here is the great starter kit if you do not have any alcohol inks yet.
Vellum: I like Bazzill 40 Lb. Vellum. It is heavy enough to withstand any heat embossing.
Dry-embossing: This is when your matching dies come in handy. I used the die (SSS, Altenew) and Tan Embossing Mat
White-embossing: white embossing powder is my most used EP. I love SSS and Altenew White.
Hand-Stitching: the Silver DMC Thread can add so much details.

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Alcohol Ink is not all about vibrancy, grunge and splotches, swirls.
Well, they are all that AND more.
Alcohol-inked cards can be soft, artsy, light and gorgeous.

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 The more you try, the more you will find out what makes the inking so unique and special.

As Forest Gump's mother would say....
"It's like a box of chocolate..."
You never know how your alcohol inked creation will turn out until they appear on paper!
 I hope that you like this card! I had fun creating it!

And now the moment you have been waiting for....
I have two winners to announce.
My Monthly $15 Altenew Gift Card
 goes to....
Marjorie DUMONTIER said...
Wow !! The result on vellum is so beautiful ! These feathers are simply amazing !
The $10 Concord & 9th Gift Card from this post
goes to.... 
Dawn Turley said...Gorgeous. I am on my second Cuttlebug. It suits me as it's a good size for my room/space.

Congratulations, Marjorie and Dawn! Please contact me to claim your prize!

Simon Says Stamp ha a NEW Holiday Tag Kit! SOLD OUT~

Check it out below!

UPDATE!! I bought the die cut machine!!
I bought it!!!!!!!!!!

I got extra 15% discount for first time buyer!

Spellbinders HOLIDAY SALE has been extended!
LOTS of good deals!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #449


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

This week the challenge is... 

Anything Goes

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

I used TWO of Tim Holtz's famous mediums: Distress Oxide (for the background) and Alcohol Inks(vellum flowers). 

you make life beautiful

Previously, I made some colorful vellum paper with alcohol inks. I decided to make good use of the leftover velum. I then proceeded to white -emboss the images and fussy cut them out.
Along with the Blending Alcohol Solution, I also used
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Set GOLD SILVER Metallic Mixatives Ranger Adirondack TIM21247
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Set GOLD SILVER Metallic Mixatives 

for the shine.


My favorite Distress Oxcide color is Cracked Pistachio.
I did some ink-blending for the background. You can instantly create a colorful backdrop for your focal point. If you have not tried that, you should!

The detailed image from Altenew's Striped Floral are absolutely lovely!

Altenew STRIPED FLORALS Clear Stamp Set ALT1016
Altenew STRIPED FLORALS Clear Stamp Set ALT1016

The sentiment is from You Got This.
Simon Says Clear Stamps YOU GOT THIS SSS101782 STAMPtember
Simon Says Clear Stamps YOU GOT THIS

It offers so many great sayings and messages.
I hope that you are inspired to use try some of TH products to create!!

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!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Use The Glitter Paper and a little Giveaway!

Hello friends!
Only a few hours left....
You definitely do not want to miss checking/getting the promotion over

 Altenew here (details in this post)

20% off Concord & 9th, Last Chance---->here , Bundles ----->here

Spellbinders has some awesome deals here.

I have a gift card to giveaway...please see details at the end of this post.
Onto today's post....
Are you one of those people that hoards glitter paper and not using all.?
I am using this following stamp set as an example.

Clearly, this cute Christmas Squad set is made for coloring...
(click photo to shop)
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Clear Stamps CHRISTMAS SQUAD sss101713

However, I thought of a way not having to do any bit of coloring.
 Simply stamp on pattern paper and glitter paper!
from Our Squad to Yours, Merry Christmas
Wait..... stamp on glitter paper?
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that to stamp on the BACKSIDE of the glitter paper. 😁
Since the stamp is Christmas tree-shaped and symmetrical, you can do this without any fanfare. 

from ours to yours

The glitter paper you see here are:
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Tonic SILVER SCREEN A4 Glitter Card 9941e

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Tonic CANDY FLOSS A4 Glitter Card 9951e
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Tonic TROPICAL TIDE A4 Glitter Card 9950e

I stamped the sentiment in Delicata Rose Gold.
It is lovely and is much like any of the Delicata Ink series.


For Simon Says Stamp Cyber Week, this Otterly delightful stamp set is the feature.
Shop Simon Says Stamp HERE!

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Lawn Fawn Cyber Week Exclusive SET LF17SETFVR FRIENDS FOREVER Limited Edition Clear Stamps and Dies

 Lastly, I am very tempted to order this following die cut machine as my Cuttlebug is in its 8th year!😬! I think it's gonna die any time as the cranking handle is getting loose.
It is getting harder to cut large intricate dies.
 Do you have a favorite?
I want a mid-large size machine that can handle cutting cover dies. What do you think?

I saw it on Spellbinders

Grand Calibur Die Cutting & Embossing Machine

The price itself is hard to beat--only $69.50!
I know I share this sale many times with you here, perhaps it's time for ME to put into action!!?
Please leave a comment in this post and tell me what die cut machine do you have and how do you like it?

I will draw a random commenter to receive a $10 Concord & 9th Gift Card.
Thank you for shopping with me in the last few days and admiring putting up with my incessant sales ad! I appreciate that you use my links and that you find them annoying helpful.

I will announce the gift card winner on Thursday's post, I promise.
The sun is shining and the air is a little chilly, but it is beautiful out there!
Thank you for stopping by!

edited: on Nov. 28th, Tuesday (click photo for details)

Altenew Cyber Monday Sale

Hello friends!
Here is the LAST chance to get the sales that you missed in the last few days!

24 hours only!
(click photo to shop)

Shop early for best selection!


Save up to 50% on 2017Cyber Monday Sale Collection of
171 items including stamps, dies, inks, stencils, ink sprays, bundles, and more! Valid 11/27/2017 at 12:05 AM EST through 11/27/2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • 50% off Lovely Lotus Bundle ($60 -> $30) while supplies last
  • 32% off Stamping Starter Kit 2 ($102 -> $69)
  • 50% off Reflection Scrapbook Collection
  • 50% off Celebrations Stamping Kit
  • 50% off Thank You Stamping Kit
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Painting on Watercolor Prints (NEW!)

Hello friends!

I am delighted to share some new projects with you. 
Watercolor Prints (Christmas Classic)

Today Simon Says Stamp is unveiling a set of new wonderful watercolor prints!
They are beautifully hand drawn by the Watercolor Artist Suzy Plantamura.
You can find all of her work in the past here.

(click photo to shop)
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Suzy's CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS Watercolor Prints szwcc17

This set of watercolor prints  Contains 12 unique high quality prints just waiting to be colored! 
Approximately 4.25 x 5.5 inch prints on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.

These cards contain fun, cute, and inspirational sentiments and hand drawn images by Suzy Plantamura!

Watercolor Prints

I am just an average color-er and I would never pretend to be amazing....
So, while catching up on my favorite TV shows, I did some mindless coloring.
I also used the Daniel Smith Watercolor released by Simon Says Stamp (seen on right side of the photo).

You can use any of the Gansai Tambi Watercolor for the coloring. 
 For the extra shine, I water-colored lightly the images with these shimmery watercolors.

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi STARRY COLORS Set of 6 MC20SC

For someone who is an average color-er, these aren't bad so far, right?

Watercolor Prints (2)

Here is the link to these wonderful watercolor Prints.
Suzy's CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS Watercolor Prints szwcc17
Suzy's CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS Watercolor Prints szwcc17

 Also, Altenew Saturday Sale continues today!


 20% off store wide now till Cyber Monday

👉👉A sale offering 20% off the entire shop, except NEW items! The BUNDLE prices will be an extra 10% off their everyday 10% off pricing and LAST CHANCE items are discounted even further!
This August 2017 Bundle will have extra 10% taken off the mark down.
This Butterfly Beauty Bundle is a goodie!

 Spellbinders-----> shop here

It's now &19.99 ( was $64.95)

Holiday Sentiments Bundle

Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

CAS Card, Blog Hop Winner Announcement and More Sales!

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a very simple card today.
When you have the right element, it is up to you to "put them together".

At least that's how I felt about this card.
xoxo-003 Story of Us Stamp Set

Story of Us Stamp Set (Altenew)
Shop Simon Says Stamp here

FOREVER AND A DAY Shop Simon Says Stamp  
 ( shop Simon Says Stamp here)

The delicate twigs from Forever and a day really make this card interesting.

The matching die of the twigs are handy, but you can totally fussy cut them.
In order to strengthen the twigs, I embossed the twigs with Clear Embossing Powder.


I did very little stamping with the flower and I love the simplicity in this.

There is something about this clean and simple design... it makes me calm and happy.

Next, the winner of the Altenew Artist Markers Blog Hop is....
(drum roll please...)
The $30 Gift Card goes to.... #44
Sue LD said...
Beautiful coloring. You have convinced me that I should try these markers.
Congratulations, Sue LD. (edited: Sue already claimed her prize! Yay!)

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To my Canadian readers/followers: this is a GREAT deal if you have not ordered from Simon Says Stamp before.
Shop Simon Says Stamp here
Use code: SH257 
Use code: TAKEFIVE

Saturday Sale over Altenew!
Today is It’s Small Business Saturday! 
 “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance:.

Super Saturday Sale: November 25th 12:05 am - November 26th 11:59 pm EST
Check out the the Sale Collection 
Shipping promotions 
$7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF
FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $200 with code SHIPFREE


 20% off store wide now till Cyber Monday

👉👉A sale offering 20% off the entire shop, except NEW items! The BUNDLE prices will be an extra 10% off their everyday 10% off pricing and LAST CHANCE items are discounted even further!
This August 2017 Bundle will have extra 10% taken off the mark down.
This Butterfly Beauty Bundle is a goodie!

 Spellbinders-----> shop here

Thanks for stopping by!