Thursday, August 16, 2018

Altenew August 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: photo-heavy post
Yay, it's August Release Blog Hop from Altenew!
I am super excited to share three projects with you.
If you arrive from the blog of Meghann Andrew,  you are in the right place!
You can see entire release here.
All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew's Card Blog and Scrapbook Blog.

For my first card, I combined my favorite products from this release.

I started out by stamping "Floral Art"with blue ink and teal.

Once I did all the stamping, I decided to create a window with "Geo Frames Stamp/Die Bundle".

What possessed me to die cut a shape within a detailed stamped floral design!!!?
 I do not know...
I knew it might looked kind of "cool". So, I went for it!
Well, I am glad that I tried because the visual effects are so pleasing to the eyes!

First, I did the die-cutting and the diamond shape frame was embossed in Antique Gold Embossing Powder. 
Then I adhered clear acetate and foam tape to create a shaker element. 
 I picked the sequins from assorted mix to match my stamped floral images.


This card make look complicated, but it is easy once you decide on the elements that you want to incorporate.  I think this card will make the receiver very happy!

For my 2nd card, I created this personalized card (Mega Number 2 and Mega Number 4) for my son David's 24th birthday earlier this month.
Mega Number Die Bundle
Mega Number Die Bundle


you can find this Mega Number set here ( a MUST for creating with numbers!!)
I created an alcohol-inked background and then die cut the Mega Number.

You may notice that I also stamped a simple border with Halftone Square Stamp.


If you are challenged for masculine/teenager birthday cards (like myself), this Mega Number Die Bundle IS THE ANSWER! All you need to do is die cut the Mega Numbers and add some personalized elements (such as shape, pattern, floral, textures and images), you are all set!


I know this card will be perfect for my son. It has numbers (check!), bright colors (check!), patterns  (check!), birthday sentiment (check!)...YES! 😊

For my 3rd card, I also stamped the Halftone Squares in 3 shades of Gray. 
Altenew-HalftoneSquareStampDie-WildFlower Die-Virginia#1

I then die cut it with Halftone Square Dies and created a square "vase" for my bouquet.
 I also stamped a very faint blue with Halftone Squares Stamp Set. 

Altenew-HalftoneSquareStampDie-WildFlower Die-Virginia#2

I stamped the flowers with Wildflower Garden and  took advantage of the
new Wildflower  Garden Dies. I love how neat and tidy the die-cutting makes!  
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What can I say? This design is so fun to create for anyone who loves stamping and die-cutting.
I hope that you are having fun blog-hopping and getting inspired!

Prizes: to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew's Card Blog and Scrapbook Blog by August 22nd for a chance to win! 6 winners will be announced on Altenew blogs on Aug. 26th.

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 August 21st right here in this blog.  

You can get the ENTIRE release bundle here.
August 2018 Premium Release Bundle
August 2018 Premium Release Bundle

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Die with Many Uses

Hello friends! 
I am sharing a simple card with an embossed sentiment from this die.
The die set that I am talking about is

After today's  post, I hope that you will find this die set sew amazing.
For die set like this, you can simply use it in a few creative ways.

For the hoop, you can treat it like a circle die with an opening. You can add flowers where the opening is. You can simply use the circle frame and stamped images around or inside it.
Circle Embroidery Hoop Die Set
Circle Embroidery Hoop Die Set

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Of course, you can use it as is, that is creating a Embroidery Hoop.
Embroidered Blooms Stamp & Die Bundle

you are amazing
I stamped one of the images from Embroidered Blooms 
and created a simple background.

The stamping was super easy.  I decided to add the extra dies in the foreground, so I did. After that,
I realized I needed to run sentiment "you are sew amazing"  and the paper through the die cut machine!

That was what I did. You see the images from the dies are just slightly flat...
In hindsight, I should have glued the dies as the last step. Oh well. no harm done.


I did, however, redeem myself by added droplets of Liquid Pearl, so the card is not completely flat. 
As you can see, I only took one of the elements from each die and stamp set.
Imagine the possibilities!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Layered Butterflies!

Hello friends!
S4-920 Spellbinders LAYERED MONARCH Etched Dies
S4-920 Spellbinders LAYERED MONARCH Etched Dies

I am fluttering by with a quick post on the Layered Butterfly Dies.


These dies are beautifully designed and they make creating an easy task to do.

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I simply used pattern paper form Altenew Reflection  Scrapbook Collection and die cut them.


It was so fun to assemble the butterflies once you have all the die cut pieces.
To go with the theme and colors, I stamped some leaves and hearts from Cherished Memories in the background.

 The sentiment and hearts from from Watercolor Dots Background.

I love it when it's so effortless....
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Giveaway

Hello friends!
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Prize 1: Happy Mail package valued at $75 (within North America)

Prize 2: $15Altenew Gift Card ( August)


Prize 3: $15 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card 

The 3 randomly selected winners will be announced on August 31st, 2018.
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Virginia's Stencil Sunday #5

Hello friends!
Welcome to Week Five's Stencil Sunday!
Stencil Sunday

This weeks' stencil is

Altenew - Stencil - Spring Garden
Altenew - Stencil - Spring Garden

What can I say? This stencil is gorgeous!
You can stencil it with one color or apply various inks like I did here today.

to you my sweet friend

I am dissecting this card into the following elements:

1.stenciled background: with various ink colors and help of Washi Tape, you can create a colorful stenciled background.
2 textured vellum: vellum? Always a good idea. Clear-embossing with Rustic Linen? Yes, please!
3 sentiment with glitter Washi Tap: the Fine Alphabet Die are so versatile. I jazzed it up with a touch of Washi Tape.


I love that this card is rather flat, yet it has textures and depth.


Enamel dots serve two purpose in this: it adds pops of colors AND it hides the glue on the vellum.
I hope that you enjoy seeing today's stencil feature.

Altenew has a wide selections of stencils, you can find them here.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss-a TWOfer!

Hello friends!
I am popping in with another "Cut and Emboss" project.
Previously, I had shared this very card with the same Embossing Folder.

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from: Spellbinders
(all products are listed below with LinkDeli)

I shared how I applied the colors in my video.
Here it is again, in case you miss seeing it.

I decided to take a different color combo. Also, this time, the 3 pink colored flowers were CUT through. The bright pink you see are from a piece of bright paper underneath.

thinking of you

Again, I used double-sided white foam tape (on an acrylic block) to color the images. 
The white foam are great with Distress Oxide. 
thinking of you

as I was coloring the dry-embossed image, I thought to myself...I am NUTS to color the small bits.
However, perseverance is the key. It is very do-able and relaxing.

thinking of you

I did mess up a few spots. But you will never know because I covered them up with Liquid Pearl (Mint Green).

thinking of you

I stamped the sentiment AFTER I did all the coloring. It is not perfect, but it will do.
Here is photo of the two cards with the same embossing folder.

two cards

I love that these embossing folders allow you to have a very detailed design and yet it has textures and very very flat.

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