Monday, December 17, 2018

"Party with Penny" Blog Hop

Hello friends!
I am thrilled to be part of something fun today--a Penny Black Blog Hop!
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It’s a “Party with Penny! !
 You’re invited to join in the fun over the next several days as Penny Black reveals their newest collection of stamps and dies, Happy Heart Day. 
Penny Black is kicking off the party with a blog hop!

You should have arrived here from the talented Birgit Edblom’s blog.   If you want to start the hop from the beginning, you can go to the Penny Black blog for a complete list of all of the blog hop participants.  

 I have two projects to share! Let's start with this very bright and happy design.
The background was white-embossed with Key to my Heart (product no: 30-523) onto an Alcohol-inked background. This stamp set Key to My Heart is packed with lovely and versatile images.

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The tiny Rose Gold hearts were die cut from hearts Hearts Galore (product no. 51-492)

I stamped the critter from the Lovable Stamp set (product no. 30-529) and the matching Loveable Cut Out
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I used Distress Oxide Black Soot to color the Lovable Critter (how aptly named!)

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I popped up the critter and stamped the sentiment from Key to my Heart
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Next is a very colorful one with a modern vibe!
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I inked up the paper with Distress Oxide Ink.
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And then I ran the "Strings of Hearts (product no. 51-496) through the die cut machine.

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I purportedly added a gold heart to the mix for the extra interest.As you may noticed that I stamped one of the images from Key to My Heart on top with Delicata Gold Ink.


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The "Strings of Hearts Cover Die offers a lot of possibilities. 
I hope to share more creations with you on this cover die.

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And it wouldn’t be a party without a giveaway; right?  Penny Black is giving away a $50 shopping spree to the Penny Blackonline store to THREE lucky winners.  To enter, leave a comment on any blog hop post (this one included). The giveaway closes on Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 PM PST and winners will be announced on the Penny Black blog on December 31.


 Blog Hop Order

πŸŽ„------ >Virginia Lu <------πŸŽ„

 
Your next stop the fabulous Mayline Jung's blog 
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Winner Announcement of Altenew December Stamp/Die Blog Hop

Happy Sunday, friends! 
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Thank you so much for your blog love during the Altenew December Release.
It is time to announce the winner of this blog hop.

The $30 Altenew Gift Certificate goes to......

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#33Blogger TrainWithMeghan said...
I love the color combos you used... especially the pastel on the first one with the delicate die! BEAUTIFUL
December 13, 2018 at 4:12 PM

 Congratulations, TrainWithMeghan, please contact me at virginia@altenew.com to claim your prize asap. Do not depair if you didn't get picked this time. I also have TWO monthly $15 Altenew Gift Card giveaway EVERY month. Be sure to stop by and leave me a comment in any of my Altenew card posts.  The more you visit, the more chance to win! 

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Create a Background with a Small Stamp

Hello friends!

I am sharing a super simple card by using the smallest stamp set in the latest Altenew release.
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Bed of Roses Stamp Set 

I started out by stamping a gradient of color with the stamp.
You can see the shades of colors with each color.

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Once I created the background, I decided to add a simple focal point.
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 I thought the "Thank You" sticker from the Sticker Bundle will be great for this. 
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However, in order to have some dimensions and interest, I die cut a piece of vellum and popped it up on the back. Easy!
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I hope that you enjoy seeing this post.

Highly recommend: Nature Snippets, Delicate Primrose Stamp& Die Bundle 
 Ruffled Flower Stamp& Die Bundle (sold out)
You can see the entire release HERE.
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Another Take on "Nature Snippet"

Hello friends!

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I am popping in with my favorite stamp set of the latest Altenew Stamp/Die release.
If you miss the release blog hop, it is definitely not too late to join the fun and comment and...perhaps win an $30-$50 Altenew Gift Certificate!  Check it out here!
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Nature Snippets 

Descriptions of this stamp set : This is one of our latest one-of-a-kind sets where you can stamp beautiful nature scenes enclosed in a circular frame. Each scene consists of a background shadow layer, branches & leaves layer, and a flower center layer. The flower center layers aren’t always clustered together, but there are plenty of ‘dots’ to fill all the flower centers! You can get creative by using different color combinations and layouts. The loosely painted style of these images makes stamping quite forgiving, and there is no ‘wrong’ way to stamp them!

Here is my very first card with this stamp set.

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 I purposely use the gray ink to help convey the sentiment. 
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It really was easy and fun to stamp the images. I added some interest by stenciling it with Feathered Stencil.
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My images appeared to be a tad darker. That is because I clear-embossed all the images after stamping. The sentiment "thinking of you" was stamped on "Rustic Linen"

You can see the entire release HERE.
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: Super-heavy photo post 

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Yay, it's December Release Blog Hop from Altenew!
I am super excited to share 4 projects featuring 5 NEW stamps, dies and paper.
If you arrive from the blog of Laura Jane, you are in the right place!

All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew's Card Blog


 Project #1: Engagement Wishes
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 The large blooms allow you to do simple coloring and you are PROMISED to have an outstanding result without much effort!
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 I wanted to highlight the significance of the occasion, thus, I placed the sentiment at front and nearly centered. The Creative Edge Lace adds that extra detail and a touch of romance to the design!


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Side note: my daughter just got engaged in late October and I created this card with her favorite color (lilac) in mind. I think Stephanie and Greg will like it! 😍

Project #2:  Delicate Primrose Stamp& Die Bundle

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I love stamping with Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers
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To compliment the gold-embossed glories Primrose, I added Dotted Washi Tape and Sunburst Stencil (with white embossing paste) to the background. 

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I added just 3 enamel dots and that seem sufficient!? πŸ˜€

Project #3 Nature Snippets
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I must say that this stamp set Nature Snippets is not like the other....
 it is easy and fun and oh. so. on. trend! 
 

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I had a wild fun time inking up each layer with various colors.
Once I stamped the  3 images, I decided to add a touch of blue to the bird with Artist Markers.


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Of course, Gray Card Stock makes everything great.

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Project #4: Wispy Begonia Stamp& Die Bundle and Enchanting Washes Paper Pad
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You may think this card take some time to create!? Not so.
I relied on the new gorgeous Enchanting Washes Paper Pad and the result is fabulous!

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Much like my previous card, I added Dotted Washi Tape and Beveled Squares Stencil (with white embossing paste) to the background.
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Are you still with me!? I hope that you enjoy seeing these new stamps and my cards do them justice!
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You can see the entire December release HERE.

My favorites: Nature Snippets, Delicate Primrose Stamp& Die Bundle and Ruffled Flower Samp& Die Bundle

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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 Tuesday Dec. 18th for a chance to win! 6 winners will be announced on Altenew blogs on 12/22/2018. 

Giveaway: please leave me a comment (and tell me your favorite project/stamp/die) in this very post for chance to win a Altenew $30 Gift certificate. The winner will be announced on Dec. 16th right here in this blog.  

I will be back with more creation with: Nature Snippets and Ruffled Flower Stamp& Die Bundle
Your next stop is the blog of  Kathleen GraumΓΌller
Have fun hopping! Thanks for stopping by!   

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Card with Layers!

Hello friends!
A while a go, I did an impromptu card-making session over my Instagram. 
I challenge myself to create a quick card with several elements. 

Since it is a quick card, It did not turn out the way I had envisioned.

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I wasn't going to share it here because the standard is not quite up to par....

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In the end, I decided that I would share in case you like to see how the products were used.
I must say that  Bountiful Branch (Altenew)is a  very cool and fun set to have!


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I am keeping this post short and sweet.



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