Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hero Arts and Altenew Collaboration

Hello friends!

I am excited to participate the Hero Arts and Altenew collaboration Blog Hop today.
Hero Arts is celebrating 45 years in crafting industry, this is one of the special hops to commemorate this huge milestone.

If you arrive from Svitlana Shayevich's blog, you are in the right place. 
For all information about this blog hop, please visit Hero Arts Blog.

As a design team member from Altenew, I am so happy to be part of this hop.
We are celebrating the release of this stamp set "we are better together" and share our work with this stamp set.  VERY cool, right?  I really enjoy watercoloring with the Altenew Brush Markers and that was what I did with this card.

Since the image is rather large, I didn't want all the outlines getting lost in the coloring. 
Once I finished watercoloring, I repeated the gold-embossing 4 times!


I love the bold outlines in this as they reminded me of the stain glass effect.
The "thank you" sentiment was stamped at the top corner and it is quite fitting with the entire design. 

3 prizes, drawn from comments left across the blog hop:
- One winner will receive the stamp set!
- One winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at Altenew
- One winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at Hero Arts

Please comment before Sunday, October 27th and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

 I'd like to thank Hero Arts for being THE pillar of the crafting community.
Thanks to Hero Arts, I am doing what I love today. 10 years ago, I started to participated in Hero Arts online Flickr Group challenges. Through the process, I learned so much from all the mentors from Hero Arts artist (Shari Carroll, Jennifer McGuire and Lisa Spangler...etc).  I have been a Hero Arts fan and will always be.
Today is such a special blog hop that brings me back to those fond memories.

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For the entire blog hop list, please visit Hero Arts Blog.
Your next hop is the talented Yana Smakula's blog!

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A Snowflake Card and Penny Black Feature

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a quick post about a feature today over Penny Black Blog.
A few of my projects will be highlighted and share in the PB blog.
I have a CAS card to share! This Snowflake die set comes with two sizes of dies.

I decided to create my own paper with watercolors.


To keep middle of the snowflake in tact, I adhered a piece of Washi Tape to keep the tiny pieces in place. I am linking the products that I use below for your reference.


This is such an easy project to create. I love how it turned out.

I would really appreciate it if you can stop by Penny Black Card Blog to leave me some love.
Penny Black has another upcoming release and they are winter themed and cute and fun images....
You can find them over Simon Says Stamp Blog here
and this one is coming my way! 

 Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Santa Tag and Last Day of Altenew Free US Shipping!

Hello friends!
Hope your day is going splendidly.
 Dot Art

 As you may know, I have many many circle dies leftover from my daughter's wedding program.
The other day, I was feeling inspired and created a cute tag with the circle die.
be merry

All products are highlighted in BOLD font and are listed at the end of this post.
 I started out with the stamped circle with Dot Art.
Then I did the stencil design on the String Art Tag (using the 4th largest one).

Before you know it.....
 Yes, Virginia....there is a Santa Clause....

be merry
 The sentiment is from "Festive Trees".
The border was partially hand-stitched and faux stitched.
Tags are super fun to create and all you need is just a bit of imagination and let it take over....

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Altenew Card & FREE US Shipping & More

Hello friends! 

 I am popping in with a post about using Altenew's "Grateful Heart".
This set has beautiful hand-drawn images. 
It can be used for color-layering stamping or colored in any medium.

 I chose to stamp the image with a few shades of blue and this was my result. 
birthday wishes

The layering in this set is easy to line up. One you can stamp one, the rest is easy.

birthday wishes -002  
You may be able to tell, I started with stamping with the focal point first. With a mask, I then stamped the small buds around the image. It seemed like a good idea to have two tone for the small flowers.

birthday wishes -001

Once I finished stamping, I ran the image with the largest die from String Arts Rectangles through die cut machine. I then added lines with Gelly Roll silver pen. Hence, you see the subtle "faux-stitching".
birthday wishes -003

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Watercoloring a Stamped Image

Hello friends!
I am popping in with a Christmas card. 
Cardinal images are quite common for Christmas cards.
 I am using Penny Black Stamp Ruby Trill as my example.
 I wasn't sure about coloring the image at first....
A merry wish 

After playing with the watercolor and stamping it, I was pleased how it turned out. 
A Merry Wish -001

Would you believe that at one point, I nearly trashed it?
Yup, I made a mistake by coloring the cardinal with too much black!
For my coloring, I used a bit of both--Distress Oxide and Gansai Tambi Watercolor (see links below).
A Merry Wish -002
I managed to finish it and mixed and added colors. 
My Cardinal may not be full-on red, but I think this one's got "character"!  😉😀

 To keep up with the regal feel, I added the gold frame.
Instantly, I think this card improves by 50% adding the gold frame "Stitched Loops"

A Merry Wish -003

I am really proud that I turned this card around and it is growing on me.

 The take away lesson? Do not trash your work too quickly..... 
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Friday, October 18, 2019

More Scripty Background

Hello friends!
A few days ago, I shared my light bulb moment post with creating your own scripty background.
Well, I am back with another card with a sentimental background.
I really like this darling image of Gnome and with the same color combo, I created another gnome card.

I am often inspired by pattern paper and in this case, I draw my inspiration from the paper and used blue, red and white. 
Merry & Bright

I stamped the background with various shades of blue. I then paired it up with a Kraft card stock with red scripty background.
merry and bright

If you do not care for small die cut pieces, this die set really is easy to put together. I think it will be great to get the little ones involved in putting the gnomes together. They will make GREAT tags!
Merry and Bright -001

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Die Highlight-String Art

Hello friends!
WARNING: photo-heavy post
 It is my turn to share projects with you on Stamp Focus over Altenew Card Blog.
This time, I am featuring "String Art Rectangles ".

I am super excited to share 3 projects with the versatile String Art Rectangles Die Set. You may think this die set is only for card-makers who can and love to sew and knit.  Well, not so!

 I hope that with my projects, it will help you see the endless possibilities of this die set.  As long as you can draw a line or sew a button, this set is definitely calling your name!

 Let's start with the one with the least strings.
In fact, there is no strings attached or sewing required.

 I started out with applying inks with the cool Liquid Marble Stencil. The inks I used are the mixture of  Baby Pink, Coral Berry and Sunray. I die cut the two largest String Art Rectangle Die and this left me with the beautiful pierced holes.

With a small fine black pen, I traced the line between each tiny holes and connected the dots, so to speak. This is your so-called "Faux Stitching". Totally effortless and cool!

 With Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers, I then inked up the same color palette on watercolor paper.  The Dotted Bloom Stamp & Die was stamped in Obsidian Black Pigment Ink and die cut.  To go with the flow of the design, I curved up the sentiment on the Acrylic block and stamped.

For the flower centers, I applied some adhesive glue and pressed foil over to add some shine.  I added a small pink Enamel Heart (Red Cosmos Enamel Dots) and gold strings for embellishment.

My next card has some fabulous textures and details, thanks to the String Art Rectangle Die Set. The Grateful Heart Stamp Set is so easy to line up, I couldn't help adding various colors with the floral focal point.

 To change up the color scheme, I used two lighter shades from Gentleman's Grey to stamp the leaves and floral details.  I then ran the entire stamped design through the die cut machine with all 4 largest dies from String Art Rectangle Die Set.

 I then added zigzag stitch pattern to highlight the sentiment. A little hand-stitching goes a long way, right?


As you can see, you can add strings and any types of stitching to add  refine details. To me, this is the reason why  String Art Rectangle Die Set is a winner!  I just love those tiny pierced holes in the background.
The last card "2020" has the most stitching. It took some time, but it was well worth it.

 I used the 2020 Stamp Set as my focal point. To add some colors, I applied inks with Liquid Marble Stencil in the center  (Misty Morning).

 With the two dies from String Arts Rectangles, I simply followed the lines and stitched and connected the corner.


 The 2020 was then stamped in Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink. I also stamped "happy warm wishes" from "Hello Winter Stamp Set". I am loving this card so much that I am thinking of framing it. It is perfect to give as a gift, too!

 I hope my 3 projects inspire you to create your very own string art! I thoroughly enjoy playing with this die and I certainly would not have trouble thinking up more designs.
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