Thursday, May 13, 2021

Be Bold....and Beautiful!

 Hello friends! 

I am sharing a very bright card. Each element was all leftover from previous projects. 

 Monstera 3D Embossing Folder

They are beautifully die cut, layered and assembled. I deiced to create a very vibrant background to showcase them. 

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๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰When it comes to Embossing Folders, I'd like to think that they are "blank canvas" with prints. They can be completely plain, whit or colored.  It all depends on what you wish to convey in your designs. The use of embossing folders can be soft and subtle or bright and happy...! I can see whey they have made a huge comeback.

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For today's card, each element is "loud". In order to make sense of the design, we need a strong background to pull in all the elements.

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For the dry-embossed background, I used piece of white card stock and applied ink to the surface of the embossing folder with light minty green. I repeated with each inking (to the embossing folder) a few times. I heavily applied more green with ink-blending tools. 


The flowers and embossed background were inked. I used Gradient card stock for the leaves. How do you like this bold design? After all, it's a celebratory card with bold and happy colors, right?! 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Playing with Triangles

 Hello friends!

Today's card is graphic and colorful. 

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I set out to create a few pieces of colorful paper with Distress Oxide.  Once dry, I die cut the pieces and started assembling.


I do not have a specific rhyme or reason how this design came about. In fact, I did this while I was up in the early morning. And... I was not quite awake. 

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 After gluing down the pieces and made it somewhat sensible, I went back to sleep.

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 You can say that I am a "mad" card-maker!  This card will be great for a male or female and good for any age. Mission accomplished.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Die-cutting with Color Cardstock

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a post about using pattern /color paper.  I do like to make my own color paper, but once in a while, the readily available color card stock offer such a great alternative.


 I used the two collections of Gradient card stock (all listed at the end of this post).

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 The guide on the Craft-a-Flower is easy to follow. This Craft-a-Flower Cistus was super easy to layer.

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If you have dies like this set, perhaps it is time to look into your paper stash and see what you can come up with.

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 Altenew is releasing a special stamp set called Majestic Bouquet. I am not taking part of the blog hop, however, I will be featuring this set in the near future. Check the link below for details. 

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Simple Watercoloring

 Hello friends!

Lately, I have been following/watching/ observing/stalking the bird nest just outside my craft room. After over a week, I watched anxiously and waited to find out how the baby birds are doing. I know that the Mama Bird flew away with the babies. It was such a relief.thank you

 I created this card with some water-coloring.

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 With the Sewing Stackers Dies, all the edges and corners were trimmed. It elevated the card to look neat and polished. thank you -003

  I colored the bird with bright colors. After all, it is the bird that makes the card sing...

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Clear Stamp of the Month

 Hello friends!

It's time to highlight the Clear Stamp of the Month from Spellbinders. 

This month's "Borders & Sentiments" Clear Stamp Set is perfect for making cards, decor, and more.

I love the font in this stamp set. Here I used the ephemera pack from the Monthly Card Kit with the sentiment.
I miss your smile
 I had extended the gold "chain" (from the Small Die) and incorporated it into the design.
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 Here are my cards for this month's kits.Spellbinders May 2021

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Exotic Parrot Stamp (FREE with Every Order)

 Hello friends!

 I am popping in with a very colorful and exotic parrot card! Let's start with the use of Altenew Floating Foliage 3D Embossing Folder.
You may already have lots of ideas on using embossing folders. 
Altenew-Exotic Parrot Stamp & Die Bundle-Floating Foliage 3D Embossing Folder 
My example here is just one of the many. I like to customize the colors of the embossing folders and hopefully, it will elevate the design.
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Once I finished coloring the parrot with Artist Markers, I chose a few ink colors for the Floating Foliage 3D Embossing Folder

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With that, the parrot does look exotic thanks to the background.

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 I hope this card delights your day! Thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, May 7, 2021

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Buttercup Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

 Hello friends!

It's time to share another exciting Altenew Craft-A-Flower Buttercup with you.
We are celebrating this month's Craft-A-Flower with a blog hop! All details about this hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog.
If you arrive from the blog of LauraJane, you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration. 

This die set is so easy to use. I decided to use the Gradient Card Stock, so there's no guess work on the color-layering.
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For the leaves, I used as many shades of green and this really, to me, made a difference.

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I sometimes wish I am florist.... because they would know how to arrange the flowers. 
Well, I tried my best to channel my inner florist and this was my arrangement. When you have multiple flowers and leaves, it is best to group them as tightly as you can.

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I also keep the weight of the flowers in mind. That way, you can sort of figure out the movement.

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I also took on inspiration from Pantone's Color of the Year. That's how I decided to use all shades of grey for the Buttercup background. It looks like that it worked splendidly!

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There's so much inspiration in this blog hop. Be sure to stop by the designers' blogs and leave your comments, too! You can all of the supplies in the links below.

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 05/13/2021 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 05/15/2021.

Your next stop is the blog of Terri Koszler.
Thanks so much for stopping by!