Wednesday, September 28, 2022

How to Make Set of Cards In Minutes

Hello friends!

If you read the title, you are in for a quick treat! You might think it's misleading....nope, you really can make a set of cards (say 4 or 6) in minutes! 

If you are going to give out sets of cards as gifts, you can easily find inspiration in today's post. 

Cathy Holden Christmas Pines Miscellany Printed Die Cuts -002

First up, get a set of embellishments like the Cathy Holden Christmas Pines Miscellany Printed Die Cuts.

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Secondly, find the focal point and start adding.... more stamping, more die-cutting, more embellishments etc. 

 Cathy Holden Christmas Pines Miscellany Printed Die Cuts -001

 Thirdly, examine the card-stock you want to use and put them together. Don't be afraid to ad some colors in the background or around the images.

Christmas Pines Miscellany Printed Die Cuts

Can you find the stamping that I did with some of the image? Cathy Holden Christmas Pines Miscellany Printed Die Cuts

Last but not least, dress them up as best as you can. Add embellishments such as sequins or gems.

What do you think? I hope that you find today's post helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Subtle Textured Background

Hello friends!

Hope this post finds you well. I am popping in with a textured card.  

The Holly Flourish Embossing Folder is from the Christmas Flourish Collection by Becca Feeken. The folder adds texture and dimension of flourish design accented with holly berries and leaves covers the background. It can emboss various card size formats from A2, Slimline, 5 x 7-inch and more. For a letter press look, apply ink on one side and emboss. Lightly swipe the ink pad across the design to highlight its embossed design.


Christmas Flourish have hints of flourish designs throughout its collection. Everything you’ll need to make a holiday greeting from thin metal cutting dies to a sweet embossing folder. Mix and match to create amazing card creations!

Approximate Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in./13.97 x 21.60 cm

Nordic Ornaments #1

With this gorgeous embossing folder, I am using Nordic Ornaments as the focal point.

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I love everything about the Nordic Ornaments Dies as they are so neat and fit together beautifully.

Virginia Lu-Holly Flourish 2D Embossing Folder -Nordic Ornaments Etched Die -001

The subtle textured flourish background truly elevates this card.

Holly Flourish 2D Embossing Folder -Nordic Ornaments Etched Die

Here are my two cards with Nordic Ornaments.ornaments

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Winner Announcement-Altenew Gift Certificate

 Hello friends!

It brings me a great pleasure to announce the TWO lucky random commenters! 

Every month, Altenew offers two giveaway to my followers/readers. I am thankful for your frequent visits and that you take some precious time to leave me a comment. Your feedback and comments are the energy boost that keep me going. Your use of my affiliate links (any store links in this blog) are much appreciated. Without further ado, here are the two winners. 

From THIS post:

Vikki H said...Your color choices are striking and dramatic, Virginia! 10 years ago I would never have believed gray leaves were pretty but times change, thankfully.

 
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Saturday, September 24, 2022

An Ornament Card and Fall Warehouse Sale

 Hello friends!

Hope your weekend is going well. I am sharing a project with Sugarplum Tweets Etched Dies. All products used are linked at the end of this post.

The Sugarplum Tweets Etched Dies are from the Christmas Flourish Collection by Becca Feeken and has 20 thin metal cutting dies. The set includes two detailed cardinals, along with holiday sentiments that cut into the paper. In addition, there are holly berry and leaf, flourish accent and a hat for the birds!

We wish you

 These two sweet birds have lovely elements which make them extra special.

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 By using the Scrapbook.com Paper Pad, it was easy to assemble the birdies. I predominantly used Inlaid Die-cutting for the tiny pieces.

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 Those tiniest bits do matter. For example, the gold pieces on the birdie from the right were inlaid! 

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 I usually saved the bits (not poking them out) and directly pushed the pieces back to where they were meant to be. Voila. It works like magic this way.

 we wish you -001

 I did the same thing with the sentiment (also inlaid). It was such fun to create this card. Lastly, here are some info about the Spellbinders Warehouse sale. Do take a look at the awesome deals HERE and check out HERE

The Semi-Annual Fall Warehouse Sale feature clearance deals from $1, $2, $3, $5, & $10+. This sale also features past clubs, holiday, and bestsellers up to 40% off. And our biggest discount on machines to date! The Fall Warehouse Sale is now available until Friday 9/30/2022

 Edited: I also added the STAMPtember and Tim Holtz collaboration item (listed as first) in case that you are interested. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 23, 2022

It's All About the Details!

Hello friends!

As mentioned in my previous post, I am back to share another project with Enchanted Winter release. Not This release is all about embossing folders, stencils, hot foil AND enamel dots! 

Today's card is about the Tulip 3D Embossing Folder. This embossing folder is not new, however, the coordinating stencil is. This new stencil set allows you to color the tulips with ease.

Altenew-Tulip 3D Embossing Folder-Fall Harvest Enamel Dots-Green Valley-Lapis Lazuli-Red Sunset-Rose Petal -Summer Afternoon -Warm Gray

You can color all the tulips in one color. However, I decided to add various color and shades to the tulips.

Altenew-Fall Harvest Enamel Dots-Green Valley-Lapis Lazuli-Red Sunset-Rose Petal -Summer Afternoon -Warm Gray

 Much like alcohol marker coloring, I usually use 3-4 shades of ink for each petal and leaf.

Altenew-Tulip 3D Embossing Folder-Fall Harvest Enamel Dots-Green Valley-Lapis Lazuli-Red Sunset-Rose Petal -Summer Afternoon -Warm Gray

 Last, but certainly not the least.... it is all about the details. After ink-blending and stenciling, I trimmed the image to fit. I thought it would be lovely to add the heart enamel dots. I took out the new enamel dots and applied heart shape ones along the stem.

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It is kind of cool to see that string of enamels dots which made the design much more special and heartfelt.  Do you find the enamel dots help elevate the overall designs? 

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Receive a FREE brand-new Stacked Snowflake Stamp Set ($4.99 value) with every* order from 09/23/2022 at 12:01 am EDT until 09/24/2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Altenew September 2022 Enchanted Winter Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

 Hello friends!

Warning: Heavy photo post 

Welcome to Altenew Winter Magic Collection Release Blog Hop! I am super excited to share 3 projects with you. If you arrive from the blog of Jenny Martin , you are in the right place!
Are you loving this Gentle Butterfly Bundle? The coordinating stencils really make coloring an easy and pleasurable task. 

Altenew-Gentle Butterfly Simple Coloring Stencil Set (3 in 1)-Gentle Butterfly 3D Embossing Folder-Essential Sentiments Die -002 
 
As you can see, the ink-blended colors make the image pop and stand out. You may also wonder how I added the dark details on the butterfly's antenna and wings?
 
 Altenew-Gentle Butterfly Simple Coloring Stencil Set (3 in 1)-Gentle Butterfly 3D Embossing Folder-Essential Sentiments Die 
 
I took out Altenew Fine Liner Pen Set and carefully traced the ridges of the embossing folder. It is kind of amazing to add these details onto the embossing folder!
 
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 The size of embossing folder is so large that you can use however you like it, slimline, square or A2 size.  This card measures 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".
Altenew-Gentle Butterfly Simple Coloring Stencil Set (3 in 1)-Gentle Butterfly 3D Embossing Folder-Essential Sentiments Die -004
 
 
The Pine Forest Embossing Folder is such a great design for masculine and holiday-themed cards.

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For the inking of the tree and background, I simply swiped the Ultramarine, Azurite and Moss dye ink across the embossing folder prior to running it through the die cut machine. For the sentiment, I inked up the Happy Holidays 3D Embossing Folder with Obsidian Black Pigment Ink.  
 
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I then cut off just one strip of the "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" and added a piece of Brushed Silver Metallic Cardstock to the sentiment.
 
   
Inspired by the look of  dymo tape, I set out to create a gold dymo tape sentiment.
 
Altenew-Happy Holidays 3D Embossing Folder-Poinsettia and Berries Stamp & Die Bundle-Brushed Gold Metallic Card Stock-001
 
Have you tried using metallic cardstock with embossing folders? Well, it's so simple and yet so effective. I cut up a small panel of "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" into strips and this resulted such a gorgeous sentiment!

Altenew-Happy Holidays 3D Embossing Folder-Poinsettia and Berries Stamp & Die Bundle-Brushed Gold Metallic Card Stock-002 
 
 
 Altenew-Happy Holidays 3D Embossing Folder-Poinsettia and Berries Stamp & Die Bundle-Brushed Gold Metallic Card Stock-003 
 
 What do you think? Are you loving these new products? You can get the full Enchanted Winter release HERE.  Due to time and space, I have one more project created with the NEW enamel dots and embossing folder and I will be sharing in my next post.  All products links are listed below. Affiliate links are applied at no additional cost  to you.  Thank you for your support. 
  
Receive a FREE Baroque Frame 3D Embossing Folder ($8.99 value) on orders over $69 from 09/21/2022 at 12:01 am EDT until 09/22/2022 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop the entire release here
 

Prizes: $300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 09/28/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/29/2022.

 
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