Friday, January 17, 2020

The Beauty of Dies

Hello friends! 

I am popping in with a quick post about Altenew Dies.

But first, I want to thank you for your amazing feedback in all of my blog posts.
When I share my work in this very blog,  I do not pretend that I am good at certain things (such as coloring) and you welcome me as I am. No judgement, only encouragement. 
For that, I am so very thankful for each and everyone who visit my blog and leave me some blog love!! I do not take your positivity for granted!
Currently, they are 20% off on all dies. 
I am going to break down the die categories and use my previous projects as examples.
I have added my own interpretations about these dies and hopefully, they are helpful to you if you are not familiar with the types of dies.
Altenew-Virginia Rose3D Die-Virginia #4
1. 3D Dies:  Die sets like these allow you to build up the 3d images with each piece. Often times, the flowers come in multiple pieces and can have up to 4-5 pieces of layering. 

2. Sentiment Dies: Sentiment dies can make a big and bold statement and rightfully so. You can always add your stamped images around it or have a play with the words and images.
happy birthday

3. Cover Dies: 
This type of dies COVERS the entire card. You can keep it simple and use it alone. You can use part of the cover die or dry-emboss them. They are more expensive, but they are definitely more versatile than you think.
Altenew-DottedSwirlsCover Die-Virginia#1

from our family to yours

4. Coordinating Die: These dies always comes with the matching stamp set and they will cut exactly around the stamped image. Depending on the intricacy of the stamps, the dies certainly makes it easy!

5. Stand-alone Dies: these dies can be used on its own or can be paired with other types of stamps and stamps.

6. Geometric/Shape Dies: 
These dies are your basic die arsenal. You can layer them or use them with your favorite stamp sets.
Altenew-NestingLabelDies-StarFlowerPopUp Die-Virginia#4

7. Layering Dies: These dies comes in layers. You can layer them up or use each one alone.
Thank you
This sums up my post. I hope that you find this post helpful when selecting the dies. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Coloring with Distress Oxide

Hello friends!
I am sharing a simple colorful card!
I don't know about you, but with my short attention span, I just don't have the patience to do detailed coloring with markers. After all these years, I think I am finally realizing THAT!  Mind you, I sill want to perfect my coloring skills with brushes and markers. 
Today's card though is just me..... simple coloring with inks!
Happy Valentine's Day -001

I have been enjoying using the  Detail Blending Tools  to do coloring with the Distress Oxide.


The bouquet images in this set are just the right size for coloring.
Happy Valentine's Day

I took advantage of the "Stitches of Love" Rectangle Dies and did some inlaid die-cutting. The blue color on the rectangle frame was done with Distress Oxide. I love the details and contrast of layered rectangle dies.

Happy Valentine's Day -002
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

More Triumph Tulip and Altenew Crafty Mystery Bags

 Hello friends! Hope you are doing well.
With the bleak winter in my neck of the woods, I find myself reaching more for floral images. Honestly, floral stamps are a must for all year round.  I am sharing another take on Altenew Build-a-Flower Triumph Tulip. All products are listed at the end of the post for your reference/shopping.
Triumph Tulip
Basically, I am using up all my stamped tulips from this set and this card is the result.
Do you have a favorite color for the tulips? I am really loving the blue tulips.
triumph tulips
Since this is a large bouquet of tulips, I decided to leave out the sentiment.
 I really enjoy putting bouquets like this since I am notorious for my black thumb.
For example, the poinsettia (gifted from my travel agent during Christmas) died a week ago.
Yeah,... I am not sure how that happened. I must have spent way too much time stamping instead of taking care of the plants!?
triumph tulips -001
The stamped plants are ALWAYS SAFE with me .

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If you do have some, you still might want to get them because the price is amazing!
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Combining Stamps and The Light Bulb Moment

Hello friends!
I don't know about you... 
But for me, the best part of stamping is to get to "play" with them.
When I say "play", that means, trying out and combining stamps and see what works.
Today's card is one of those results after playing around the stamp set "Wreath Whimsy".
be mine-001

I had the idea of stamping the two birdies facing each other on the wreath....

be mine (2)

So, I started out with stamping the wreath and then colored the flowers with the handy Detailing Blending Tool (Ranger). I love the ease of getting the Distress Oxide into the tiny spots.
It is great for ink-blending for smallest areas.
be mine

 I then stamped the birdies and I decided to split the sentiment
hug me, kiss me

.... and stamped the inside. It makes sense, right? 😉

be mine

After all that, I found that it is still lacking "something"
I used the largest rectangle piece from "Stitches of Love" and added the part of the die (with gold foil paper).  I then added embellishments (glitter, sparkle...).

Ding--->combine , mix, split the stamp image and make them work for your unique design. Make great use of the large rectangular dies. Remember you can also use just part of it (like I did for the gold stripe element).
be mine-002

I hope today's post is interesting and helpful to you. offers.....

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Small Die of the Month "Bold Love"

 Hello friends!

I am back with another take with the NEW Spellbinders Small Die of the Month!

The January kits are now here! While supplies last for new members. US shipping included in cost. If you sign up in January you will receive the January kit. (Pictured.) Available January 1-31st. 
This month's "Bold Love" small die set is perfect for making cards, decor, and more.

This is my 2nd take with this die.


If you think that this looks complicated, well.... it is not.
The following are the steps I took to achieve this look:

1. die cut gold foil paper
2. create DIP watercolor paper ( you can use pattern paper) and then die cut
3. assemble
4 add small flowers with the leftover watercolor paper
SOM (Virginia)  - Copy

I added gold splatter to create a bit of "excitement". This die did all the work and really, it is jsut a matter of "putting it together". Love that!

If you see these two cards I made, you can easily see what I mean.

Hope your day is stress-free and full of love.
Last but certainly not the least....check out the amazing sales over Spellbinders.
 Items are discounted up to 70% off from retail prices and quantities are limited and may be sold out when you place an order.
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shop January release here 
 Altenew Beautiful Thank Yous is 50% off (Jan. 11th only) click here.
Beautiful Thank You Creativity Set

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