Monday, May 16, 2022

Masking With Stripey Background

 Hello friends!

I am sharing a stamped project with stripey background. It is always a delight to incorporate two stamp set in one design. 

This Graceful Blooms is part of the May release from Spellbinders. I paired it up with the stripey background from Simple Stripes Stamp Set (also part of the May release).


Stamping an image like this seems complex. However, with a few simple steps, you will really enjoy the masking process.

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As usual, I started with stamping the main floral image. I then cut a mask and carefully covered it.

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I then stamped the Simple Strips over. The coloring are done with ink-smooshing respectively.

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I used Distress Oxide for the coloring and stamping.

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 With the Spellbinders Glitter Foam Sheets, sequins and gold thread, I popped up the sentiment. This was a really fun and relaxing card to make.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Mini Delight-You're a Classic

 Hello friends!

It's my turn to share a project over Altenew Card Blog today.
  I am excited to kick off the Mini Delight: You're a Classic Stamp and Die Set Release Instagram Hop + Giveaway
Father's Day is just around the corner. This set will definitely make masculine cards fun and easy to create! Do hop over to Altenew's Instagram Page HERE for the Instagram Hop. You will be wowed by the wonderful projects our designers and guest designers shared featuring this new set!

The Mini Delight Stamp and Die Sets are part of our fast-growing selection of paper crafting products, and the You're a Classic Set is the latest in this exciting new collection. Let's take a quick look at the new set.

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 Project Inspiration with You're a Classic Stamp and Die Set

I stamped the classy car in Velvet, Heart Beat, Mocha, and Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink. You see the car coming to life right in front of you with each step.

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To showcase this wonderful classic car image, I find it helpful to use frame dies. I created frames with Fine Frames Square Dies. Next, I die-cut all three sizes of the fine frames die with Velvet Cardstock.

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 I then die cut the smallest square frame with Gold Mirror Cardstock. Then, I inserted the solid gold square into the frame (so-called inlaid-die-cutting).
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 Before adhering the frames and card onto the card base, I inked it up with Warm Sunshine and Honey Drizzle ever so slightly with some Ink Blending Tool (Small). Finally, the sentiment was die-cut in gold, and this card was complete.
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I hope you enjoyed my card inspiration using the You're a Classic Stamp and Die Set. How much do you adore this new set? Let me know in the comment section over Altenew Card Blog
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $25 gift certificate to 4 lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and leave a comment on each stop on this Instagram Hop by May 21st, 2022. Meanwhile, please also follow me on my Instagram (yesvirginialu)

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Get Creative with Mini Petals Etched Die

 Hello friends!

I am delighted to share a new project with Color Block Mini Petals Etched Die. Playing with geometric dies may seem daunting and boring. But it really is quite the opposite. If you are not comfortable using simple geometric dies, you must check out today's post.

 I am listing the steps in the following and you will definitely get a good idea how this was created.
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1. Pick out a few (5 colors in this case) colored card-stock. Use your favorites whether they are contrast or complimentary colors. They all work.

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2. Die cut as many as you can. Then start rearranging, playing and experimenting the shape and orientation. Virginia Lu-Color Block Mini Petals Etched Dies-April 2022-001

 3. Design how you like it! Yes, it's that simple.

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4. Decide on the theme: would like like to make it graphic? Or masculine? In my case, I took a floral/feminine approach. I added pattern paper and embellishment. Geometric design can be anything you want. 

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5. Add a little BLING (optional). Notice the tiny diamond in the center? I used the Spellbinder Glitter Foam Sheet (Painted Desert) and diecut the diamond as part of the design. 3 cards

 What do you think? I hope you enjoy today's post. Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Spellbinders May Club Kits Blog Hop

 Hello friends!

πŸ‘‰ For Altenew Craft Your Life "Florescence" Blog hop, please click here or scroll down. 

I am super excited to be part of the Spellbinders May Club Kit Blog Hop.

1 Featured products: stamp set, paper pad and embellishments from May Monthly Card Kit

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This stamp set from the "Koala Smile" is absolutely gorgeous. It has such a delicate and beautiful feel. So, I decided to white embossed the image on vellum. 
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I colored the backside of the vellum and the colors really popped behind the vellum. To make the card more interesting, I stamped the sentiment around the white card base.

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The ephemera "Hello Lovely" from the card kit provide the sweet touch.

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2 Featured products: Clear Stamp and Coordinating Die

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I chose two main colors and started stamping the entire background. I die cut and added sentiment and thread around the "Cardboard Floss Bobbins" (I had to look that up to see what it's called). I then looped two colors of thread and popped it up. How cool is that!?


 3 Featured products: Embossing Folder of the Month

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 This embossing folder can be used as a guide for stitching. I have yet to try that. However, I find it beautiful just to add colors over it. 
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I used Distress Oxide (Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose and Peacock Feather) for the shades and colors.

 The ephemera made this deign extra dreamy, don't you think?

 Honestly, these kits are amazing to get your creativity going. I know that once I made a few, I can't stop.... the kit pretty much made itself!

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $25 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog Giveaway closes on Sunday, May 15th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this blog hop post the following Wednesday. The winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties, and taxes.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases

Today's Blog Hop

 Spellbinders Blog
Bibi Cameron
Becca Feeken
Sandi MacIver
Yasmin Diaz
Kelly Taylor
Jennifer Kotas
Jean Manis
Jill Hilliard
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Carrie Rhoades
Sandra Nagel
Alanna Moses
Ilina Crouse
Linh Van
Hussena Calcuttawala
Rosemary Dennis
Birgit Norton
Michelle Short
Melody Rupple


Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Florescence Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

 Hello friends!

It's time to share another exciting Craft Your Life Project Kit with you.
We are celebrating this month's CYL Florescence with a blog hop!

If you arrive from the blog of Mindy Eggen , you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration. 

Like all the previous Craft Your Life Project Kits, each kit is full of design possibilities!If I am ever stuck in an island, all I need is the CYL monthly subscription and that will make me a very happy crafter!
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My project today uses all of the project kit: embossing folder, stencil, stamps and dies!

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There are two main component for this card-the stamped and die cut image (on the left) and the vellum underlay dry-embossed piece (on the right) with alcohol ink.

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I absolutely love how the die was designed. It allows you to create a side panel or a large piece or multiple panels....however you like it. 

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Of course, the embossing folder is such a great addition to the set. I dry-embossed the vellum first. I then created a colorful background by dabbing alcohol ink with alcohol blending solution.

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 The two elements (diecut piece and vellum) came together nicely and they make quite a sophisticated look. I hope that you check out each stop of the release hop. You will be amazed how each designers come up with very creative ideas!

Giveaway 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 05/18/2022 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 05/20/2022

Your next stop is the blog of Cheryl Espie
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Change Up The Scene

  Hello friends!

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(my first Koala bear card)

I am sharing my 2nd Koala card from this month's Card Kit from Spellbinders.

The May Club sign up window is now open. Sign up now through May 24th and receive the pictured kit. This month's "Koala Smiles" Card Kit includes a 6x6 paper pad, clear stamps, an adorable die set, tons of embellishments, and more!

Sometimes,you just love using the same die over and over again. In this case, it is about the cute Koala bear die! This time, I changed up the background and pattern paper.

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 I also added an extra branch and this gives the entire design another dimension and interest.

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 I also added more ephemera and embellishments.

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 You may not alter the actual die (especially if it's an animal) to make various versions. However, you can always change up the background and give the die another different look/style! Hope that you like today's Koala bear cards. 

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