Saturday, July 4, 2020

Easiest Way to Stamp Faux Watercolor Cards

Hello friends AND Happy 4th of July to my American friends/readers!
Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #7
I am excited to share a project with you over Altenew Card Blog.
This time, I have created 3 cards with Faux Watercolor cards. Do you love the look of watercoloring and yet,  you prefer the ease of using your beloved Altenew inks? I am here to show you the easiest way to stamp faux watercolors cards with your favorite Altenew inks and stamps!
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Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #3

Let's start with applying Grand Stream Washi Tape to Classic Crest White Card Stock (80Lb). Next, I took out Spring Rose Die Set over the card  stock and die cut. I used at least half piece of card stock and leave some edges in between each die. You now have 3 pieces of gorgeous dies with Washi Tape. The next step is the important part!  SAVE the negative part of the card stock after diecutting. This is the MASK for the stamping.
Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #4

Before you start stamping, you need to decide where you'd position the die. Then, you use the negative part of the die as mask and cover the area. I used one of the stamps from Watercolor Frame Stamp Set and started stamping the area within the mask. The colors that I used for the first card are Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubillite and Sunray.
Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #1

The key is to stamp as much as you can to fill up the floral images. Once you inked up nearly all the edges, you can then remove the mask and apply your die. Voila! I added more colors ( Limeade and Hazelnut ) into my stamping for the 2nd and 3rd card.

Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #2
 To add some textures, I dry-embossed the Spring Rose Die Set with my tan embossing mat (comes with most larger die cut machine).  The sentiment, paper and embellishments are from  Celebrate 6x6 Paper Pack and Celebrate Ephemera Set.
Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #5

For that extra watercolor effect, I added splatter from Antique Gold Metallic Ink Spray. This set of 3 cards didn't take me long to create.

Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #6

You can also turn them into any celebratory type of cards.
Altenew-SpringRoseDieSet-WatercolorFrameStampSet #8
 It was really fun for me to create the faux watercolors cards. I hope that you are inspired to try this.
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Friday, July 3, 2020

Spellbinders Large Die of the Month

Hello friends!

I am delighted to share another month;s of new inspiration from Spellbinders.
The Large Die of the Month is really AWESOME! 
This time , it is all about alphabet dies and some!

This set of alpha dies are like no other. They are slim and tall and are super easy to line up.
Also, they make great longer sentiment as the letters do not take up as much as as other alpha dies.

The July kits are now here! While supplies last for new members. US shipping included in cost. If you sign up in July you will receive the July kit. (Pictured.) Available July 1-31st (AZ Time.) 
This month's "Does Your Garden Grow Alphabet " large die set is perfect for making cards, decor, and more.
Membership Includes:
Exclusive Larger Set of Versatile Dies that cut, emboss, deboss and stencil. Double the size of the Small Die Set! $40 Value

the July club designs are here and available for purchase. We are also offing an exclusive coupon code for affiliates to share. 
The code is "JULY" and is 10% Off the first month for new subscriptions.

Select VIP Value Club members will receive ONE Free bonus goodie bundle from the A Gilded Life collection with July Club subscription shipments. Participating clubs include the Kit & Caboodle, Glimmer Groupie, and the Works Value Clubs. Gift will ship with July kits.  Offer only available July 1 - 31, 2020. While supplies last.
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 I would recommend the mini ink cubes: Cerulean SkiesPretty in Peach, Northern Lights
Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Spellbinders July Card Kit

Hello friends!
It's always exciting to share a new Spellbinders card kit with you.
The July kits are now here! While supplies last for new members. US shipping included in cost. If you sign up in July you will receive the July kit. (Pictured.) Available July 1-31st (AZ Time.) 
This month's "Vintage Mementos" Card Kit includes a 6x6 paper pad, clear stamps, an adorable die set, tons of embellishments, and more!
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  • A Monthly Card Kit Containing: Dies, Clear Stamp Set, Die Cut Shapes, Paper, Envelopes & Embellishments. Contains at least 200+ pieces and will create 10+ complete cards. $60 
This month's Spellbinders July Card Kit is full of whimsy and vintage. With the dies, stamps, ephemera, embellishments, pattern paper, card stock, foam tape, envelope and scored cards. You can simply take this card kit and create to your heart's content.
thinking of you  

For my design, I did just the die-cutting part. You see the die on the top left and bottom and sentiment are all of of the die set included in the kit.
thinking of you

I love the lacy details so much that I doubled up with two colors. The pattern paper from the kit takes the guess work out of designing the card.
July Card Kit (Virginia Lu)  - Copy

I popped up the sentiment with silver thread to make it stand out more.

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I will be back with a lot more Spellbinders new dies and card kit!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Primrose Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Happy July!
 AND Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends!
It's time to share another exciting Altenew Build-A-Flower with you.
We are celebrating this month's Build-A-Flower Primrose with a blog hop!

If you arrive from Altenew Card Blog, you are in the right place.

This set of stamps comes with three different images of Primrose. It was not difficult to stamp-layering as each has a distinctive shape. The style of the flowers has a touch of whimsy and yet it can be elegant. It all depends how you want to interpret and define the style.

Altenew Build-A-Flower-GardenTrellis Cover Die-#2

Instead of pink, yellow and orange colors that I tend to choose,  I decided to stamp it the different color scheme and colors. Blue, grey and white look cool on kraft card stock, right?
Altenew Build-A-Flower-GardenTrellis Cover Die-#5

If there is one thing that I need to point out in stamping the layered flowers...
it is the Altenew Mini Ink Cubes such as THESE and THESE
These ink cubes are perfectly formulated to stamp layered flowers! It never fails me!
Altenew-BAF Primrose-GardenTrellis Cover Die#1 (2)

This Sea Shore Mini Ink Cube Set and Sweet Dreams Mini Ink were the ones I used in this card.
For leaves, I stamped them in various shade of grey and they fit perfectly in this color palette!
Altenew Build-A-Flower-GardenTrellis Cover Die-#4

 For the background, I am so enamored with Garden Trellis Cover Die and
I would find another way to use it and so, I trimmed off all 4 edges!
Altenew Build-A-Flower-GardenTrellis Cover Die-#3

I hope that you enjoy today's blog hop.
I know all the designers have made some amazing Primrose creations for you!
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Prizes: to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog for a chance to win.
AND Altenew will draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew Gift Certificate from the comments left on each designer's blog on the blog hop list (including mine!)! The winner will be announced on the Altenew blogs on July 11th, 2020.
Your next stop is the blog of Amber Rain Davis.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June's Show & Share Winner Announcement AND a Tag

Hello friends!
It gives me great pleasure to announce June Monthly Giveaway.
Each month, Altenew offers TWO monthly giveaway to my loyal blog followers who comment and support me and my blog. It is the last day of each month and it's time to announce the winners.
The first lucky winners of June is ...
from this post:  
conil said...
June's Show & Share is a huge success!
 I had so much fun checking out everyone's creation and left each participant some blog love!
👉👉👉The next one will start on July 9th (mark your calendar and start creating!)
The lucky winners of Show & Share is ...

#60 Cindy C.

Congratulations, Coni and Cindy C. please e-mail me at asap to claim your prize! BIG thanks to those who entered Show and Share.
Thank you for visiting this blog and shop through my affiliate links (located at my side bar).
I appreciate your support.
I totally enjoyed seeing your creations and be sure to come back for more on July 9th.

Last but not the is a watercolor tag that I created

I die cut the watercolor paper with the new Altenew Terrific Tag Die Se. Once dry, I stamped it with Bird of Paradise and that's it. Creating tags doesn't take up a ton of time.
bird of paradise
I really enjoy a few minutes of tagging.

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I can't beleive 2020 is half over. Let's hope the next half is a better one
Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Mini Delight: Victorian release Instagram Hop

Hello friends!
I’m joining a fun Instagram Hop with Altenew today to celebrate the release of Altenew’s Mini Delight: Victorian! Feel free to start the hop over at @altenewllc!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners!
For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and leave a comment on each stop on this Instagram Hop. Meanwhile, please also follow me on my Instagram (yesvirginialu)
Here is my take on this lovely yet intricate Victorian Stamp Set.
Altenew-MD Victorian-Nesting Labels Die #1
The style of these Victorian houses reminded me one of the most iconic Painted Ladies in San Francisco.

About Painted Ladies (source: Wiki):  In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings repainted, starting in the 1960s, in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies: San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians. Although polychrome decoration was common in the Victorian era, the colors used on these houses are not based on historical precedent:
Since then, the term has also been used to describe groups of colorfully repainted Victorian houses in other American cities.

Altenew-MD Victorian-Nesting Labels Die #2

I stamped the Victorian houses in warmer tone and colors. They are easy to line up and was not hard to stamp at all. Once I stamped 3 in a row, I cut and popped up the piece.
Altenew-MD Victorian-Nesting Labels Die #3

I then added a stripe of paper with the smallest Nesting Label Die and stamped the sentiment.
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

DIY Sentiment with Thickers

Hello friends!
Hope you are doing well. I am sharing a quick card with the Spellbinders June Card Kit. 

Today's card is composed of the leftover pieces from previous projects. I am sure you have your share of leftovers. Sometimes I tossed them, sometimes I save them.

After all the cutting an d trimming, I was left over many strips of paper. I decided to make a ribbon flowers along with the die.
Hola -001

With the ephemera  in the kit, it was easy to come up with the theme. Then the sentiment Hola seems perfect in this. I don't know much Spanish, but I do know a few words. Hola is one of them.

Much like songs that you evoke feelings and memories, cards can do that, too!
This card reminded me of the "It's a Small World" ride in Disney World and Disneyland.

Hola -002

I hope toady's post put a smile on your face. Thanks for stopping by!

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