Thursday, June 27, 2019

Dainty Blooms Cover Die

Hello friends!! 
I am popping in to share a colorful card with the Altenew Cover Die

This card may seem like it takes a while to create, but it really was easy since I took some short cut.
Basically I am sharing how easy it is to hack a cover die! 
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hack #1: pattern paper:
Altenew "Live the dream" Collection was my way out. It has some gorgeous color paper. I decided to cut a piece and ran it through the die cut machine. Easy, but then...what next?

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hack #2: ink sponge through the cover plate

I took the inspiration from the color of the paper and applied inks through the cover die
With the cover die in place over the white card stock, you can add more intense color.
I used ink sponge dauber for this purpose and they work like a charm!

On a side note about ink-blending tools, there have been so much hype about fancy and colorful ink-blender..... Would I love this or this? Absolutely! 
 While I may drool over them, but honestly, I find that I am quite content with regular  ink sponge dauber and Foam from Ranger. 

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But then.....I digress.
My ink-blending job is not spectacular, but my humble songes will do.

hack #3: add glitter and shine
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Adding glitter and shine is the easiest way to highlight the colors. I want to let the colors come thought the cover die, so a little of shine goes a long way.

Now that summer is here, I am finding it hard to do a daily post.
I love to keep up with my garden/yard and run/walk in my neighborhood.
You can may me posting lots of flower photos over my IG (my story). 🌸🌷🌼🌻
 If you see my less frequent posting here, that is because I am being outdoor and enjoying the fine weather while it lasts.... I hope you do the same, too!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Altenew Ultimate Script Word Die Bundle Sale

Hello friends!

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I am having a quick post about Altenew Script Word Die Bundle promotion.
You may have a few of word dies already; if you don't own any, no problem! Word dies are more than just pretty words....they can be part of the background; they can also be the focal point of your designs. It all depends on how you use them. Word dies will always stay true to their form and will not warp or change in shape or become discolored! They truly are the lean and mean paper crafting must-haves!

The following are a few of my cards with the Scrip Word Die.
Here are some ideas for using word dies: 
1. use script die for a text background
2. mix and match your word die
 ( I mixed love and u from different sets)


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3. Inlaid die cutting makes a design look oh. so. neat. and polished! 
Cards with inlaid dies are perfect for mailing!
4. use a different medium for word dies! Other than plain white card stock, use other types of paper/medium to add an instant WOW factor to your designs.
5. use positive and negative part of the dies
6. stack the word dies: by stacking a few, you are creating your own chipboard. You can even FRAME it along with your art! 
7. they make QUICK gift tags! Need a gift tag in a jiffy for baby shower? Christmas tag?  

 I hope this give you some ideas about Altenew Script Word Die Bundle promotion.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Die Cutting with a Twist

Hello friends! 

I have been wanting to use this darling "Golden Dance" set from Penny Black.
Over the weekend, I finally got around to it.
The focal point was easy to figure out. You just need to stamp, color and use the coordinating die.
I colored the flowers and pot with my Zig Markers.

(all highlighted text are listed at the end of this post)
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 I must say that this stamp is coloring-friendly
All the images were super easy to color and it was really satisfying to once again use my limited Zig Markers.  The great thing about Zig Markers is that the markers' color never disappoint.
They are easy to add/blend shades thanks to the super fine tips of the Markers.
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Once I colored the images, I decided to use the Square Frame Die for the background.
To achieved the dry-embossed look (here's for you, Coni), I sandwiches the die with the tan embossing mat and ran it through the Platinum 6 Machine.
πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰So, here is the "twist".
Once the die was dry-embossed, leave it as it (do not remove the die).
Ding---> with the frame die in place, I sponged the area inside the frame with Distress Oxide. This is an easy and effective way to add color within the die frame. Not only that this is easy to do, you are also left with a prefect frame within your die!

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 I then decided to add the white-embossed birthday sentiment with a small string.
I pierced a small hole and tied it around the potted flowers.
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Turn Scraps into a Design Element

Happy Sunday!
(peonies from my yard)
I am popping in with a quick post about how I used my scraps and turned them into a design element.
sending lots of love

This Spring, I helped with Altenew with the ScrapFest. 
With the preparation for Make and Take, my helper Kiran help me cut up strips of paper.
We had a lot of fun creating, but we also had a LOT strips of pattern paper left.
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I stored them in the plastic bag and didn't want to throw them away. 
This past Friday, I deiced to weave the paper!

Over my Instagram, you can click on "paper-weaving" and see the process photos here.
I used Altenew's Label Die to create the focal point.
I placed a piece of thin copy paper before I started the paper-weaving process.
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In my card, I used "Forever in Love" to stamp around the card stock.
The sentiment is from Needle Work Motif Stamp Set
This lovely set also comes with small sentiment which is perfect for my design.
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

No-line Coloring

Hello friends!

I am sharing a card with no-line coloring
As you may already know, I am not a confident color-er. 
However, we all need to push ourselves to try and do something different from time to time.
But first, I want to mention this new Heart-Builder Stencil stencil from Altenew.
My sample today show a softer and more subtle version of it.

you complete me

The best things about stepping outside of your comfort zone is that you always pick up a few things that you would do differently next time. That is progress!
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About the focal point, I used Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers to color. The new stamp set "Forever in Love" comes with two large collage and coordinating dies.
If you love coloring, this is a must-have!
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As for the stenciled background. I highly recommend that Heart Builder Stencil.
I inked up the edges of the card stock by covering up the Altenew Oval Ink Pad in the middle (as a mask)! I really love the soft edges of the stenciled background.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

DIY Bird House on a Card

Hello friends!
I don't know about you, but it is really fun to create something that you have always wanted.... 
Rustic Birdhouse (Penny Black) 
I adore birds and bird houses in real life, therefore, the theme also extend to my paper-crafting.
Here is my latest projects with bird/birdhouse. 
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There are a few key ingredients in today's project: 

With the right stamps and dies, this card was so fun to create.

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2. Pattern Paper:  I recently bought Wolf Pack 6x6 paper pack because I find that I am lacking masculine and nature type of paper.
It turns out this paper is GREAT for creating nature theme card.
The paper turns out to be perfect for constructing the birdhouse and provided a subtle lined background.
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3. Distress Oxide: I stamped only the upper portion of the "Bunches for You"with Distress Oxide.

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I used the small flower die and added multiple flowers up and around the birdhouse pole.
For the extra shine, I used Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter (Garden  Grove) with Glossy Accent.

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