Sunday, July 15, 2018

Virginia's Stencil Sunday #1

Hello friends!
I have done Stencil Sundays Series in the past.
Since summer is here, I am taking blogging a tad slower.
 Hopefully, with the Stencil Sunday, you can still find joy and inspiration in my less -frequent posts.

Welcome to Week One 's Stencil Sunday!

Stencil Sunday


This week, I am featuring

Mega Hydrangea Stencil
Mega Hydrangea Stencil

from: ALTENEW

This stencil has very fine detailed outlines. I love that it can be used as a background along with part of a stamped design. I decided to create a colorful background with multiple colors.

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Thanks to the large open space of the hydrangea, the ink-blending was super easy. Once I did that, I took out the die from Winter Roses Stamp/Die Bundle and made the die cut.
Winter Rose Stamp & Die Bundle
Winter Rose Stamp & Die Bundle


I then stamped the images in darkest brown and then stacked two underneath.
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 This helps the stamped image to pop up and also gives a fine finish.
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I don't usually use these colors (especially purple) together.
However, I love how this striking color combo turned out. 

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I hope that you will enjoy the Stencil Sunday Series.

Altenew has a wide selections of stencils, you can find them here.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

"Cut and Emboss" from Spellbinders

Hello friends!
I am popping in to share a fun series of Cut and Emboss Folders from Spellbinders. 
Around 10 years ago, I discovered die-cut machine (namely, Cuttlebug) and the first thing that I love was dry-embossing. That love is still alive and well.
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The new die series from Spellbinders (partially) cut and emboss!
CEF-006 Spellbinders BLOOMING SPRIGS Cut and Emboss Folder
       

  I am listing more products at the end of this post for your reference.


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I love dry-embossing and the images really pop in this one.

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Noticed the 3 flowers in the folders? The white parts of the flowers will be cut once you run them through the die cut machine. It works like how you normally do with embossing folders.

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You might be wondering how I did all the coloring? Well, it is easier than you think.
The secret? Double-sided craft foam on the acrylic blocks!

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It takes some practice to get the colors on the images without smearing the ink to the background. I find it relaxing and fun. I will have a few more examples on these awesome Embossing folders.

You can find them over Spellbinders here and some GREAT deals on embossing folders here

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop

Hello friends!

I am excited to be part of the Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop.
A you may know already, coloring is a great stress relief and therapy in this modern day!
I enjoy all sorts of color medium, particularly watercoloing and now Altenew Artist Markers!
For the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog.
If you arrive from the blog of Dana Gong, you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun and inspiration.

I am happy to share my color project with you.
For this project, I used Starry Flowers Stamp/Die Bundle as the flowers are perfect in size and details for easy-coloring.
Starry Flowers Stamp & Die Bundle
Starry Flowers Stamp & Die Bundle


I am no coloring expert, but I do know that with practice and patience (and great markers), you can achieve a good result. My project is the example of just that.

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 I used all 3 sets of Altenew Artist Markers for my project.
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I did the usual 3 shades for each color. I did stamp and color a few extra flowers and cut them out for added dimensions.
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To add a subtle interest, I dry-embossed the oval die from "Create a Wreath" with tan embossing mat.

Create-A-Wreath Die Set
Create-A-Wreath Die Set


Once I finished coloring the flowers, I thought it was "done". Somehow I felt compelled to add a shade of gray all around the colorful flowers. I was worried that I would ruin my coloring, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised the depth that the color gray added!

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To accentuate the flower center in white, I used Pico Embellisher and it works like a charm.
I hope my project inspires you to do some coloring.

Prizes : Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 18th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/22/2018.
Giveaway: be sure to leave a comment as a randomly selected winner will receive a $20 gift certificate. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 16th right here in this blog.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Spellbinders Blog Hop--Indie Bloom

Hello friends!

I am excited to be part of the Spellbinders Blog Hop for the Indie Line Collection.
This collection of dies evoke anything and everything tropical.  The Exclusives collection is only available at select online and local independent retailers ( see list here). 

 For example, you can shop at Scrapbook.com here

πŸ‘‰LIMITED in stock ---->Simon Says Stamp here
S5-360 Spellbinders LAYERED BUTTERFLIES Etched Dies
S5-360 Spellbinders LAYERED BUTTERFLIES Etched Dies

from: Simon Says Stamp
(Do get them while supplies last. The butterflies will sell out FAST)

Hope you will enjoy today's post as I used all bright and happy colors!

First up, it's the Layered Rose (color-layering) and Layered Butterflies (for dry-embossing)
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I used Kuretake Tambi Watercolor to color the die cut pieces with Bristol card stock.
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For the background, I used Tan Embossing Mat to emboss the "Layering Butterfly" for the background. This gives subtle dimensions and interest to the white background.

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For extra shine, I applied Nuvo Gold glitter. It really doesn't take much to add glam!
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My 2nd project involves pineapple!
With the SAME design ideas and techniques, I created this SWEET card!
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For the background, I used the Swirl Frame Die and again, dry-embossed the edges.
Shapeabilities Swirl Frame Etched Dies On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink
Shapeabilities Swirl Frame Etched Dies On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink


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I used the sentiment from Altenew's Folksy Flowers as it is perfectly fitting for this design.
You can find this lovely Tropical Pineapple Die here at Simon Says Stamp.

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My 3rd project (previously share in my post here) is this gorgeous Layered Butterfly (also used in my 1st card)! If you love butterflies, this is a MUST-HAVE!

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The layering is super simple and the dimensions are amazing, as you can see.

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I hope my post gets you a juicy dose of tropics and sweetness!

GIVEAWAY:  Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, July 15th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My Giveaway: Spellbinders offers one of the commenters in this post a chance to win a $25 Gift Card to Spellbinders store. I will announce the lucky winner in my blog on Sunday, July 15th. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, tax and duties.

Today's Blog Hop:
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