Monday, October 15, 2018

Fun ways to use Banner Dies and Washi Tape (& Winner Announcement)

Hello friends!
I am popping in with post about using 
Party Banner Die Set
Party Banner Die Set


(The Altenew October Stamp Die release blog hop winner is at the end of this very post)

If you don't mind  the fussy cutting, the Washi Tape will be great for that.
I chose the wreath image I want and applied it to a piece of thin card stock (80 lb is good).
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I fussy cut it out and it is GORGEOUS!

For Party Banner Die,  I applied  a strip of Painted Orchids Washi Tape
and then ran it through the die cut machine.

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This extra step makes the design more cohesive and adds an extra element to the banner die.
I love that the banner dies has that beautiful edge details....just lovely!

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The white-embossed sentiment (on black card stock) helps to draw the eyes....
Also, did you noticed the extra sparkle? The Gold Stickles is a good old stand-by!

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I tied it up with DMC Gold Strings and added some sequins. A happy card is born! 

 Passing on a promotion from Altenew....
48 hours only! 
Save 15% Off on Stencils and Ink Sprays!
 Shop here

I am listing today's supplies and my favorite stencils and ink spray, if interested.

Last but certainly not the least.... 
The winner of $30 gift certificate from the Altenew October Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop is 
As always, I love all your cards and my fave of this bunch is the first one with the water colored potted plants and the washi tape “floor” - brilliant use for washi tape (I cannot stop collecting!).

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Celebrating 92nd Birthday!

Hello friends!
We are celebrating a birthday ...nope, I am NOT turning 92.

It's my Father-in-law Benjamin.
Shapeabilities Miss You Swirl Etched Dies Special Moments Collection by Marisa Job
Miss you Swirl Etched Die from Spellbinders

I want to created a photo frame card for my dear Father-in-law to remind him of our love for him.
He has dementia and no longer recognizes who we are.
I hope this photo card will makes him smile.
love you 

Despite his dementia, he continues to be the nicest person and is always so content and pleasant. 
 The retirement home staff truly adore and love him!
 We are continued to be amazed by his grace and manners.

In addition to his photo card, I also made a birthday number card.
This is reminding him how old he is.

Every time, we tell him how old he is, he always answers:"What...THAT old!!? ME? (pointing to himself)" and then he would laugh and laugh...
And 5 minutes later, we will repeat the same Q&A.

birthday cards

We find it helpful to write things down, so he can read slowly over and over again.
I am glad that I put my supplies and skills into a meaningful use today.
Here is a recent photo of me and my daughter visiting Ye-Ye( Grandpa in Mandarin).
I have listed all the supplies below with the affiliate links, if interested.

Spellbinders has a promotion--buy one get one free!
Today is the last day for this promotion.

Click here for more info.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, October 12, 2018

More on Potted Plants

Hello friends!
I am popping in with a post about "Potted Plants"!
( now say that 3 times fast!..... lots of "p", right?) 😁
Potted Plants Stamp & Die Bundle
Potted Plants Stamp & Die Bundle


My card today was created for the October Blog Hop and then I decided to share the circle card for the hop.  It may be TMI for one post with two potted plants cards!!?

So, here is the "leftover"---still a goodie, I promise!😉
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Like my circle card seen in the Release Blog Hop, I used the same approach for the watercolor stamping. Be sure to comment to win in the blog hop post, a lucky $20 Altenew Gift Card winner will be announced on Oct 15th right here in my blog!
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The watercolor mix is something that gets me every time.
You just never know until you make it! When it comes to color-mixing, the colors sometimes has a mind of its own. No color-mixing will ever turn out exactly the same or what you originally have in mind. But I guess that is the beauty of watercoloring.
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To go with the bright colors and sentiment, I thought it is most appropriate to use the Warp Speed Stencil for the background. SO easy to do and SO effective! Wouldn't these images be perfect for making book marks? The stamp set comes with such a nice and encouraging sentiment!

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I added two strips of Washi Paper ( Dots in Maple and Leaf) which really grounded the image.
The Washi Tape also provided some extra burst of colors and interest.

And the way, I did cut a small slit with an Exacto knife at the edge of the pot.
That way, I can "insert" (or shall we say "grow"?) the plant properly! 
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The sentiment is embossed with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.
Gotta go with the shinny theme, right?
I know this Potted Plant is super popular, get yours before they are gone!

48 hours only! Receive a FREE Reflection Collection Paper & Sticker Sheet Bundle (value $19) on orders over $100 from 10/13/2018 at 12:01 am EDT until 10/14/2018 at 11:59 pm EDT. 
It will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders. While supplies last! Shop here


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Altenew October 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: heavy photo post
Yay, it's October Release Blog Hop from Altenew!
I am super excited to share 3 projects with you.
If you arrive from the aMAYzing blog of  May Sukyong Park, you are in the right place!

For details about this awesome blog hop, please visit Altenew's Card Blog and Scrapbook Blog.

"Potted Plants" has many lovely images, especially the pots!
I started out with stamping with the Watercolor 36 Pan Set.

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The color are so rich and gorgeous! This bundle are truly awesome for creating clean and simple cards. To ground the image, I applied a small piece of Nebula Watercolor Washi Tape
Easy and effective!

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Aren't these plants so green and healthy!?
 I decided to use the circle die from "You are Sew Amazing Hoop Die"

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The Fine Alphabet Die provides the lovely sentiment for this circle card.
TIP: this is a great chance to use the circle die set like "You are Sew Amazing Hoop Die". When you purchase a die set, look beyond the actual use and you will get a lot more out of it!

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The Blooming Branches Stamps and Die Bundle are so dainty and fine.

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The stamp design makes it easy to emboss and add colors! 
It just took three steps (stamp, emboss and die cut) to create these intricate branches.  
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The sentiment "sending lots of love" reflects the on the volume of these branches.

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 TIP: use the color trend and let it reflect on your creations. Navy Blue and copper are the hottest trendy combo. In my card, I used Copper Embossing Powder and darkest shades of blue. 

My last project is the inkiest one!
I started out with white-embossing the snowflake image from "Peace, Love Joy".

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I then applied generously with the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers.
Boy, it took no time to do that part of Emboss Resist. The Brush Markers are truly remarkable!

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After it dried, I die cut the paper with the Classic Alphabet (it is a GORGEOUS alphabet set!).
I took out JOY from the set and cut it from silver glittery paper.

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I then did the "Inlaid Die Cut" and assembled JOY without any problem.
Classic Alphabet is a timeless font that you can use it over and over again all. year. round.

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TIP: Create "snow" with "Pure White Ink Spray" simply by flicking the droplets onto the paper. Gently tap the nozzle and add splatter!

Prizes: to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Card Blog and Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, Oct. 17th for a chance to win! 6 winners will be announced on Altenew blogs on 10/20/2018.

Giveaway: please leave me a comment (and tell me your favorite project/stamp/die) in this very post for chance to win a Altenew $30 Gift certificate. The winner will be announced on Oct. 15th right here in this blog. 

You can find the entire release here.
FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $100 with code USFREE

edited: 2 days only
  • Receive a FREE Reflection Collection Paper & Sticker Sheet Bundle (value $19) on orders over $100 from 10/13/2018 at 12:01 am EDT until 10/14/2018 at 11:59 pm EDT. It will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders. While supplies last! Shop here

I will be back with another creation with
"Potted Plants"and"Classic Alphabet". Please stay tuned.

Today's Blog Hop Order:
💙------------>Virginia Lu<------------💙 
Your next stop is the blog is Kristina Pokazanieva
Have fun hopping! Thanks for stopping by!   

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Fun and Festive" Release from Simon Says Stamp

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a Christmas card for Simon Says Stamp release "Festive and Fun".
Lucky for me to get a hold of this darling Dancing Deer Die.
Christmas Blessings

This die will cut the both negative and positive side and leave the deer a defined thin strip. I spent some time getting the deer just right. For the background, I took an easy route!

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 I applied the Washi Tape for the background and it worked like magic!
 You can actually emboss on the Washi Tape! How cool is that!?
The stars and sentiment are from the Christmas Ornament stamp set (please see the link).
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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Concord & 9th October Release

 Hello again!
It's the 9th day of the month....
Concord & 9th has some awesome release listed below for your reference.

What I love most is in this release is that there is a Calendar Set 
and it allows you stamp your own designs! 
from: Concord & 9th

I also have a thing for birds...
This SongBird is absolutely so tweet!
Got get yours before they are sold out! 
Thanks for stopping by! 
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