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.
http://shrsl.com/1o506
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.
👉👉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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I hope you like this simple yet detailed design with a polished look.

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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!
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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.
http://shrsl.com/1o379
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.... 
on PAPER!
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. 
http://shrsl.com/1nxpc
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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I hope that you enjoy today's post!
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Create with Virginia Rose 3 D Die

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a quick post about using 3 D dies.
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From yesterday's feedback, many of you show a lot of interest with the Virginia Rose 3D Die !
 I am not saying that because it has my name...  😁
but the layering and details of the die are just awesome!
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Before I start, I want to stress that it is VERY helpful to have this following tool.

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I am pretty cheap thrifty when it comes to acquiring tools.
However, this Spellbinders magnet tool is amazing when you have more than 12 pieces of dies in one set. You may have experieced losing small dies, but this tool will keep dies in place.
The Virginia Rose 3 D Die Set has 13 pieces.

 I use this tool to keep track which dies works together and group them accordingly.
Once the task it done, I move on to the next set of dies.
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For my project, I used may own color paper. You can color each layer at you go, or you can use pattern paper. I would suggest to layer one or two first before you decide what works for you.

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I find that it is best to start from the base layer and follow the guide step by step.
Once you make one, it gets really easy.
If you have not commented on yesterday' blog post, it is not too late. You just might be the lucky GC winner ( from$20-$50!!).
reminder:
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Altenew June 2019 Stand-alone Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: Super-heavy photo post
Welcome to Altenew Stand-alone Die Release Blog Hop!
I am super excited to share a few DIE-namite projects with you.
If you arrive from the blog of Jaycee Gaspar, you are in the right place! All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog

First up, it is my favorite die of this release...  it has MY name on it!

1. Virginia Rose 3D Die
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First of all, the Virginia Rose is the bomb! I created my own color palette by using Watercolor Brush Markers. It was not difficult to assemble the rose once you get to know the pieces.
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Extra products used: Illusion Spiral Stencil, Summer Garden Paper Pack 6x6 , Fancy Greetings
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It is very effective to use just part of the stencil.
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I use only the upper portion for the flower and I love how this turned out.

2. Nesting Label Dies, Star Flowers Pop Up Die
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First of all, I am super excited about the nesting Label dies.
They are fun, easy and versatile! I am glad that Altenew has its own nesting dies.
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I colored each piece in various colors and did the inlaid die-cutting.
Literally, I nested each piece and you've got an very impactful focal point.
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Wait...the Star Flower Pop Up Die stole the show!

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Aren't they beautiful with the partially-cut petals?

3. Color Wheel Die This large circle die is absolutely amazing!
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You may have seen other versions with this die in this blog hop.
You can simply create your on color wheel with your inks! How cool is that?

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I used half of the Color Wheel and created a colorful card. Love that Sentiment Strips Stamp Set!

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4. Delicate Mandala Die

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This largest die is absolutely exquisite!
I made the die cut with the pattern paper from "Live Your Dream" Paper Collection.

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I then topped it off with a small gold-embossed vellum frame (the Fancy Frame Die).

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The card was completed with sentiment, enamel dots and splatter!
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I hope that my post gives you some good ideas about this release and perhaps some inspiration.
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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 June 24th for a chance to win!

Extra Giveaway: Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate in each designer's blog (such as my/this blog ) in this release. All winners will be announced on June 27th, 2019.
Your next stop is the blog of Nathalie DeSousa
Have fun hopping! Thanks for stopping by!