Thursday, May 26, 2022

Easy Layering: Layered Daisies Etched Dies

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a simple layering die set. This Layered Daisies Etched Dies is one of Spellbinders April release.  

Thanks to the deep etched design, you can easily shows off the details without a lot of effort.
 
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 I decided to use Mirror Gold Cardstock since this paper is very pliable and easy to die cut.

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For the stems and leaves, I used the ink-sprayed paper that I previously created.

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To counter balance the simple and yet striking color combo, I used a floral and wood-grain pattern paper.  The sentiment and tiny hearts are from May's monthly club kit.

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Thanks for stopping by!
 
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

How To Color a Large Image Without Coloring (& Winner Annoucement)

Hello friends!

 
 
I am popping in to share a fun and easy project. Previously, I used this Craft Your Life Project kit to create this shape card.
 
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However, I love this kit so much that I decided to have another go and came up with another idea.

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This time, I add tons of colors without having to color the image. The title of this post is misleading (yeah I know-...sorry!). 

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But the truth is, I did color the image with ink-smooshing. The result is usually gorgeous and organic. The more you do, the easier it gets. 

A few things to keep in mind:

1. pay attention to the space 

2. controlled use of water

3. avoid using multiple colors at the same time (this can create unwanted muddle)

4. color-layering is a good thing 

5. select your stamp/die wisely: outline stamps are generally ideal for this

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The thing is EVERYONE can do ink-smooshing. The tricky part is how not to look like a hot mess. If you can make your ink-smooshing look "intentional", you definitely are above the crowd.

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I am listing a few other Project Kits that are also suitable for ink-smooshing.  

Last but certainly not the least..... It brings me a great pleasure to announce the TWO lucky random commenters! 

Every month, Altenew offers two giveaway to my followers/readers. I am thankful for your frequent visits and that you take some precious time to leave me a comment. Your feedback and comments are the energy boost that keep me going. Without further ado, here are the two winners. 

from this post: 

Blogger Dawn T said...Awesome background Virginia. You really have made such a beautiful card.
May 21, 2022 at 2:02 AM Delete

from this post: 

Maura said... Lovely, I especially love the text bg!!! May 20, 2022 at 11:06 AM 
 
Congratulations, Dawn and Maura! Altenew will contact you for the GC. Enjoy your shopping. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Receive a FREE brand-new Happy Sentiments Stamp Set($4.99 value) with *every order from 05/25/2022 at 12:01 am EDT until 05/27/2022 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. *Not valid on online class, workshop, gift card, and monthly subscription plan orders.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

CAS Stitched Alphabet

Hello friends!

 I am popping in to share another simple stitched card.

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 Here's my previous project with the letter A.

Stitched b Etched Dies from the Stitched Alphabet Collection

 I happened to have thread that is close to the color of Glitter Foam Sheet that I have. The Mono chromatic theme will totally work in this.

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 I placed a piece of vellum as an extra layer and buffer. It works for me!

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 A note about using the affiliate links... all of my product links are affiliate links. If you happen to shop through my affiliate links, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you. Simply use the link before you check out/make payment. I truly appreciate your support.

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Altenew May 2022 Lovely in Lace Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

 Hello friends!

Warning: photo-heavy post


Welcome to Altenew Lovely In Lace Collection Release Blog Hop! I am excited to share one project with you other than the one in Altenew Card Blog.
If you arrive from the blog of Carol Hintermeier , you are in the right place!

All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog 

Feature products #1: Mariposa 3D Embossing Folder, Sentiment Strip Stamp 3, Metallic Watercolor and Brushes Bundle

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This Mariposa 3D Embossing Folder is impressive, isn't it? I only used 2/3 of  the butterfly and it looks absolutely amazing as is.

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I took out the Metallic Metallic Watercolor and gently colored away. It requires little paint and water to color the image, so I used regular 110 lb cardstock and it worked just fine.

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 I also shared two other cards over today's Altenew Card Blog. Now that it's springtime, this
 
Feature products #2: Hosta 3D Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Branches Die Set , Fancy Congrats Die

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This gorgeous embossing folder is any plant lover's dream. I started out by inking up the background in assorted green inks. I then ran the Classic White Solar White Cardstock with the Hosta 3D Embossing Folder. 

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I added a strip of vellum along with the Congrats Die Set. This square card is now perfect for any congratulatory occasion!

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With the Altenew ink blending tools, I was able to highlight the Hosta leaves beautifully. Once it's trimmed to 4 1/2" x 4 1/4", I added the watercolored Itty Bitty Branches Die Set for colors and accents.

Feature products #3: Cherry Plum Blossom 3D Embossing Folder-Golden Trim Washi Tape

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Cherry Plum Blossom 3D Embossing Folder really got me inspired! This card proves just how versatile that embossing folder can be.

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I thought the watercolor look will be beautiful with this Cherry Plum Blossom 3D Embossing Folder and that's what I did. All you need are Soothe and Smooth Watercolor Paper and Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set.

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To enhance the details, I highlighted the dry-embossed ridges of the blossoms with the Fine Liner Pen Set (size 01) and Metallic Watercolor 14 Color Pan Set. The Gold Trim Washi Tape-highlighted sentiment (from Victoria Greenhouse) completed the card.

You can get the entire release HERE


Prizes: $300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/29/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/31/2022.

 

Altenew Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Mindy Eggen

Jenny Colacicco

Angela Brennan

Tenia Nelson 

LauraJane

Nathalie DeSousa

Carol Hintermeier

🌷🌹🌼Virginia Lu🌹🌻🌷

Nenette S. Madero

Terri Koszler

Katrina Howe

Reiko Tsuchida 

Linda Westfall

Bridget Casey

Ann Taylor

Colleen Balija

SathyaKala Sankaran

Eva Bussom

Natasha Davies

Sande Woodson

Susan Stagno

Nichol Spohr 

Hussena Calcuttawala

Nandini Karmarkar

Preeti Chandran


Your next stop is the blog of Nenette S. Madero. Have fun hopping! Thanks for stopping by!   

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Magnolia Rustica Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Hello friends!

It's time to share another exciting Altenew Paint-a-Flower with you.
We are celebrating this month's Paint-A-Flower Magnolia Rustica with a blog hop!


If you arrive from the blog of Nenette S. Madero, you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration over Altenew Card Blog. 

Featured products: PAF Magnolia Rustica Rubra, Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set, Watercolor Paper Set (A2 loose sheets), Glitter Cardstock Set - Gilded 

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This image is rather large and easy to color.

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I often start coloring the image and then the background. I don't think it matter what order you take, it's just a matter of preference.

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I was inspired by the Magnolia that I saw in my neighbor's yard.

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I hope that you enjoy today's blog hop.
 
50% off Nature's Views Artist Alcohol Markers & Alcohol Ink Bundle (24 Colors) from 05/22/2022 at 12:01 AM EDT until 05/23/2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.  Not valid on previous purchases.

Giveaway Prizes: $200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/28/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/30/2022


Your next stop is the blog of Natasha Davies
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

A Colorful Butterfly Card

Hello friends!

I am fluttering by with a butterfly card today. Expressing through colors is sort of my thing to do. That's why my butterflies are super colorful. This butterfly stamp is FREE today only (details below).

Altenew-Hope Butterfly Stamp & Die Bundle

I created a large sheet of watercolor paper with the Watercolor Brush Markers. Once the paper was dry, I stamped and die cut 8 butterflies

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Based on the colors, I arranged two cut out into one butterfly. Therefore, you get the dimensions.

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Basically, I let the images and colors to speak for themselves. There is little else to be done.

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A simple Hello card is well.... simple to create! I love this butterfly image!

A note about using the affiliate links... all of my product links are affiliate links. If you happen to shop through my affiliate links, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you. Simply use the link before you check out/make payment. I truly appreciate your support.

Receive a FREE brand-new Hope Butterfly Stamp Set ($4.99 value) with *every order from 05/20/2022 at 12:01 am EDT until 05/21/2022 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. *Not valid on online class, workshop, gift card, and monthly subscription plan orders. Shop and check out HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Background Check

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a card that I created for Altenew Educators IG Blog Hop. I had the idea of doing this "Background Check" theme and everyone in the hop seemed to like the idea.

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 I will point out the special feature/techniques in this project in the following highlights.

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1. text background: you do not need a background stamp to create a text background. 

2. keep the focal point simple: here I stamped and stenciled the image from Be Kind Stamp Set.

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3. Add Textures: it's easy to use embossing folders to add textures! You can add part of the dry-embossing into the design. You can dry-emboss directly, or just add a strip of dry-embossed image, it really makes the background more interesting.

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 A note about using Embossing Folders.... you can use any nonseasonal ones. Here I used Eggcentric Embossing Folder for the top and bottom. Embossing Folders like this is not limited for Easter only!

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4. Spare no glitter and splatter: adding a touch of glitter and splatter make the project look artsy. It requires little effort!

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Thanks for stopping by!  

A note about using the affiliate links... all my product links are affiliate links. If you happen to shop through my affiliate links, I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you. Simply use the link before you check out/make payment. I truly appreciate your support.

Receive a FREE brand-new Hope Butterfly Stamp Set ($4.99 value) with *every order from 05/20/2022 at 12:01 am EDT until 05/21/2022 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. *Not valid on online class, workshop, gift card, and monthly subscription plan orders. Shop and check out HERE