Monday, November 19, 2018

One Layer Christmas Card!

Hello friends!
Before we start today' card, I want you to keep an open mind.
Anything Goes!
Leaf Medallion Stamp Set

My inspiration started with the Leaf Medallion stamp set.
After stamping the greens, I thought why don't I turn this into a Christmas card?
Thus, this design came along...

wishing you

The inspiration started with the leaf stamp set.
wishing you-001

I stamped the leaves all in the latest green ink pads from Altenew.
Once I stamped 3 sizes of leaves, I stamped the 2nd layer of Holiday Bow right in the middle. 
To cover part of the un-inked area, I colored the open space with Artist Makers.
wishing you

Finally, I gold-embossed the center with Antique Gold Embossing Powder
wishing you

Add Nuvo drops and sequins.
This card is definitely unique and different.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Spray-painting a Large Die

Hello friends!
I have a fun project to share today.
As Christmas is drawing near, I realized that I need to make a few quick and festive cards--fast.

This poinsettia die is quite large and can be popped up with foam tape with foam tape.
I took out my Distress Spray Paint and started to create my own Poinsettia paper.

I used Bristol Paper for this purpose. You can also use Watercolor paper.

Once the paper was dry, I die cut them and put them into my card design.

I also use Christmas Arrangement Cling Stamp and Rows of Stitches. and came up with 3 cards.

Merry Christmas -001

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas-002

Once I did all the stamping and adhering the dies to the card front, I then decided to add the stitching details! I know, right? So much for planning ahead!

merry Christmas

I can partially die cut at an angle and stamped the sentiment "Merry Christmas". 

set of cards

I hope that you enjoy today's projects. Here is a video (from my FB page) as well.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Stamp Focus: Kind confetti (and Blog Hop Winner)

Hello friends!
Warning: photo-heavy post
It is my turn to do a Stamp Focus Feature over Altenew Card Blog today!

This time, the stamp set "Kind Confetti " is featured!
(you may think they are just dots...but they are much more than that! 😁)

 I am delighted to share 3 projects with you. The background stamp set "Kind Confetti" from our November release proves to be one of the most fun and versatile stamp sets. No matter what your style of card-making is, this set is sure to add that extra something! I call it "magic dust." With the various designs, you can get an overview of how this stamp set can take your cards to the next level!


 My 2nd card features the Dandelion Wishes Stamp/Die Bundle. I followed the insert and stamped the most basic way with the Dandelion.


 To create a dreamy background, I stamped the Kind Confetti with various colors: Ruby Red and Ocean Wave. Here comes the magic. I embossed the 3 layer in Antique Silver Crisp Embossing Powder.

 And just like that, the silver shine really comes through, especially under the light! Before adhering the card, I applied a piece of Watercolor Strokes Washi Tape on the card stock and popped it up with a large piece of foam tape.


My 2nd card really shows how Kind Confetti evokes the celebratory and festive feel to a birthday card.


To create light colors for the background, I used the lightest shades from the ink pad combo. Then I embossed a piece of card stock with Caribbean Sky and Florescent Green. I placed a piece of Golden Edge Washi Tape on to the embossed card stock. Finally, I applied the Halftone Squares Dies to the card stock using the Mini Blossom.

 For good measure, I even stamped Kind Confetti to the cake! Adding that sentiment from Cake Love Stamp/Die Bundle was icing on the cake!


My 3rd card, with Engraved Flowers Stamp/Die Bundle, shows that ANY floral design can be enhanced by a background stamp such as Kind Confetti.


The Engraved Flowers were embossed in Antique Gold and colored with Watercolor Brush Markers.

 Then I cut the card stock at an angle and popped the flowers over Parchment Cardstock to show some contrast. Lastly, I sprinkled my magic dust by stamping Kind Confetti with grey ink from Rock Collection. I added more shine with Stickles.

 I hope today's Stamp Focus provides you with some inspiration and design ideas! I can honestly say that Kind Confetti is the BEST kind of confetti without having to clean up the mess!

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Limited Edition (Simon Says Stamp Card Kit)

There is a new holiday kit in town.... 

Simon Says Stamp 2018 Holiday Edition is now available.
Comfort and joy offers classic colors of red and green, rich plaid, poinsettias, classic Santas, Victorian snowflake, and more! 
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If you are a subscriber, you must purchase this kit separately.

Due to limited supplies, they do sell out very quickly!
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Inky Session #2

Hello friends!
 Welcome to another Inky Session!
Your positive comments and feedback made this inky lady very happy! 

A few of you showed interest in this stamp set, so I am sharing more!
Merry Christmas

First, you may want to ask ... how did you come up with the idea?
It all started with the ornament.

I was feeling CREATIVE over the weekend and decided to pour some alcohol ink along with the Rose Gold Mixative  onto the Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper. 

Merry Christmas

It turned out that I was too heavy on the mixative and the paper got really really murky! Yikes!
Here I thought...I just wasted a piece expensive Yupo paper!

Determined not to give in, I salvaged a part of the paper.
I then white-embossed the bauble it in white! This card was born.

Merry Christmas
To go with the color of the bauble, I stamped the small solid images to match the bauble.
The Silver Delicata Ink is a life-saver as well. The sparkling snowflake adds interest, too!
I highly recommend the Silver and Gold Delicata! 

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!"
So true! 
Merry Christmas -002

Hope you enjoy today's Inky Session.

By the way, is having a Ranger product sale.
 Their Distress Oxide sale has by far the best price.
I had ordered my craft supplies and had them shipped to Michigan (where my son David works).
The delivery is super fast (in US).!


 If you are considering getting Alcohol Ink Mixative, I'd suggest Gold and Silver Pack, Pearl, Snow Cap and Rose Gold.

Until next time...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Watercoloring a Large Image!

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a project for the Altenew November release blog hop.

Here is my 10-second view of my 5 cards for the blog hop.

If you have not commented in the hop, there is still time to comment and you can possibly win yourself a $30-$50 Altenew Gift Voucher. I will be announcing the winner on Nov. 17th, Saturday, right here in this blog.

  Since I already shared 5 cards, I saved this one for today's post.
I didn't want to overwhelm my readers/followers! LOL

So, here is card with Inked Rose.

This image is so large that you can just stamp the rose and call it a card.
I took a very bright approach and colored the images with Watercolor Brush Markers.  
Since the entire image is so bright, I thought to tone it down with piece of vellum (white-embossed sentiment from the set).


My previous version with the Inked Rose if a monochromatic one.
What a contrast, right?

Hope this post gives you more ideas on Inked Rose Stamp Set.
Here is the entire list of the November release.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Altenew November 2018 Stamp/Die/Ink/Sticker Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning:  Super- EXTREME heavy photo post 
Welcome to the November Release Blog Hop from Altenew!
I am super excited to share 5 projects (yes, I know!!!!) with you.
Go grab a cup of coffee or tea and scroll through the projects that I created.  πŸ˜€
If you arrive from the blog of Reiko Tsuchida , you are in the right place! Aren't her layout gorgeous?

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

First up, it is my favorite stamp of this release

Project 1:  "Handpicked Bouquet" featuring the NEW ink "Enchanted Garden":
and Gentleman's Grey

This floral stamp set/die bundle is amazing! Not only the entire floral stem/branch will cover the entire card front, the die cuts through every bit of the stamp.

I didn't do anything too fancy except following the guide from the insert.
I did, however, use the new purple ink Enchanted Garden.

The purple inks are gorgeous in blue-ish tone and they are different from the older ink "Shades of Purple".  If you love all shade of purple, this is a MUST.

The Tiny Bubbles Stencil has just the right amount of details for this design.
The Gentleman's Grey Ink is a true grey!


 Project 2: World Map

How amazing is this World Map Stamp!?
 It comes in two images and each in one piece.
I chose the tiny squares and inked up in assorted colors.

I also inked up the "ocean" with "Ocean Wave" (of course)

Just when I thought the stamped images lacks something something.... 
The Nebula Watercolor came to the rescue!

 The sentiment from "World Map" set has such a modern vibe! Love that!

Project 3: Sketched Rose featuring the NEW INK "Delectable Delights" Collection

This card really showcase all the brown tones from "Delectable Delights"

I don't think there are any stamp quite like "Sketched Rose"....
It is L-A-R-G-E and has so many fine etched lined details!


With MISTI, I was able to do repeated stamping and made sure the center of the rose was deep and rich in "Delectable Delights".
I added the accent with the much sought-after "Golden Edge Washi Tape".
 The leaves were loosely colored in Limeade from Watercolor Brush Markers.
Project 4: Leaf Medallion die
  My next card looks very dramatic....

Altenew-Leaf Medallion Die-Virginia#1

First, I created a multi-color paper with Watercolor Brush Markers.
Then I made the die cut this gorgeous Leaf Medallion Die.

Altenew-Leaf Medallion Die-Virginia#2

The "Galaxy Washi Tape" 
happened to be the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous Leaf Medallion Die.
Altenew-Leaf Medallion Die-Virginia#3

Alas.... my last card for the hop (hope you are still with me!!!)
Project 5: Engraved Flower with Kind Confetti

Need I say more? That Kind Confetti goes with EVERYTHING!

I grounded the image with Leaf Washi Tape.

So, what about the Engraved Flower
It was white-embossed onto my DIY paper with Watercolor Brush Markers.

The matching die of Engraved Flower made it super easy! Done!

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰I have many more cards with Kind Confetti to come. I sure hope that you come back for more! My next post will be featuring Inked Rose (a complete different take from what you see today).

Prizes: to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Saturday, Nov. 18th for a chance to win! 6 winners will be announced on Altenew blogs on Nov. 21st, 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 Nov. 17th right here in this blog. 
You can find the entire release here.
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