Sunday, October 17, 2021

A Touch of Elegance

Hello friends!

It's time to share one more Craft Your Life Project with you
This month's CYL Project Kit Garden Rose is absolutely fab!!

After years of card-making/stamping, I can say that I sort of have a formula for creating elegant cards. Today's card seems to fit the formula! 

Altenew-PK Garden Rose-Antique Gold Embossing Powder

 Textures: dry-embossing folder nowadays offer so much depth. It is effortless to add colors.

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Gold-Embossing: Anything that's gold-embossed nearly guarantee a touch of elegance.

 Altenew-PK Garden Rose-Antique Gold Embossing Powder 

Vellum: the nearly see-through paper gives an illusion of hidden beauty. 

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A touch of grey: this is a recent favorite of mine. I simple add some grey color in the mix. Nearly every time, the colors just get more interesting.

 Here's my project with the SAME project Kit.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Altenew Inky Time Pigment Inks Blog Hop + Giveaway

  Hello friends! 

Welcome to Altenew Inky Time Blog Hop. Altenew is well-known for the gorgeous ink color and superb quality. The Altenew Mixed Media Ink are the Pigment Ink. You can read all about it here.

If you arrive from the blog of Erum Tasneem, you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration. 

Let me tell you one big thing I love about these colorful pigment inks. They BLEND.

Altenew-Summer Fun Pigment Ink Bundle -Henna Square Stencil -BAF-AfricanDaisy-Nesting Slim Rectangles Die-001

Because these Pigment Inks are so juicy, they blend like butter. In fact, you can see that the colors mixed so well that they became a different color/hue!

Altenew-Summer Fun Pigment Ink Bundle -Henna Square Stencil -BAF-AfricanDaisy-Nesting Slim Rectangles Die

If you struggle with ink-blending, you will not disappoint with these Pigment Ink. It didn't take me long to ink up the background with Henna Square Stencil.
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On a side note, here is a tip about using Slimline Rectangle Dies! I die cut the one of the rectangle die and it is great for getting the piece cut exactly. You know how tricky to it can get with cutting vellum. There is one more "reason" to get the Slimline Rectangle Dies!

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 I stamped the sentiment (from Paint-a Flower  African Daisy) in Obsidian Pigment Ink
and clear-embossed it. Yes, you can clear-emboss the image right after you stamp with Pigment Ink.

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I added a few gold sequins and this card is complete.  Altenew-Summer Fun Pigment Ink Bundle -Henna Square Stencil -BAF-AfricanDaisy-Nesting Slim Rectangles Die-003
 
I am sharing a few examples that I did with The Altenew Pigment Ink and Embossing Folders. 
They work fabulously together
 
always in my heart
 
 (Gel Plate and Pigment Ink)
 
Altenew-Modern Wishes 3D Debossing Folder Modern Wishes
Embossing Folder and Pigment ink
 
Altenew-BlossomingBranches 3D Embossing Folder-Rose Tea Stamp Set-Talltale Bookmark Die (2)

Altenew-Rose Boiuquet 3D Embossing Folder-Woven Stripes Stamp Set-Glacier Cave Mixed Media Ink Bundle 
 
I hope that my post is helpful and inspiring.  Be sure to comment to win! 

 
Get 30% off ALL Pigment Inks with code INKSALE30 at checkout and receive a FREE Pigment Inks eBook(worth $2.99) from 10/13/2021 at 12:01 AM EST until 10/19/2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Free gift will be added to cart automatically with all pigment ink orders

Giveaway Prizes: $200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/21/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 6 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/23/2021.

 
Today's fun hop: 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Altenew Mini Delight: Birthday Banner Release Instagram Hop

 Hello friends!

I’m joining a fun Instagram Hop with Altenew Mini Delight Birthday Banner Release. Feel free to start the hop over at yesvirginialu
(all products re linked at the end of this post) 
 
I started out with creating a frame with Mix & Match Frame Die and Rainbow Blots Paper.Altenew-MD Birthday Banner-Mix & Match Frame Die
 I took the colors from the paper stamped the Mini Delight birthday Banner accordingly.
 
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 I stamped each sentiment in various colors. This really makes the entire design more cohesive.
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 I love that you can use the tiny notes die. The music notes make such lovely embellishments.
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To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $25 gift certificate to 4 lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and leave a comment on each stop on this Instagram Hop by Oct. 21st. Meanwhile, please also follow me on my Instagram (yesvirginialu). Altenew will announce the winner on 10/23/2021. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Snow Magic

Hello friends!

I am back to share a snowy project. 

 
The  simple Dancing Snowflake Die Set comes with 5 intricate snowflakes. You can use each one individually or you can stack them up however you like it.

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 I started out with creating a blue artsy background. Before bed, I sprayed some Distress Oxide Ink Spray on watercolor paper. The next morning, I got myself a inky sky on my paper.
sing a song

I love using vellum and metallic paper. The snowflakes seem to fit perfectly .
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 I layered each snowflake with 2-3 pieces of die.
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This is truly fun when you do not have to overthink it....just layer them up.

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With a few sequins and splatter, this card is complete!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Garden Rose Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

 Hello friends!

It's time to share another exciting Craft Your Life Project with you.
We are celebrating this month's CYL Project Kit Garden Rose with a blog hop!

If you arrive from the blog of Sandhya Iyer, you are in the right place.
For the ideas and inspiration, please visit Altenew Card Blog
 
This kit features a stamp including two beautifully drawn roses with three layers each and four leaf outlines. Leave these unfilled, or add color with the stencil set! One stencil acts as a coloring/mask stencil, one includes bold stripes, and the third contains three words that go with the sentiments in the stamp set. Finally, add texture with the 3D embossing folder for a stunning project!

What can I say? This is another STELLAR kit that will make you want to create all the time. I took out all my favorite part of the kit and stamped away.....

Altenew-PK Garden Rose-Glitter Cardstock Set - Dazzling Diamond
 
 For stamp-layering, these roses are fairly easy to stamp and the depth and details will not let you down.

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Another huge bonus from this kit is the stencil! I created a stripey elements to compliment the colorful roses. To add some shine, I pieced the glitter card stock and stenciled paper and popped them up.
 
Altenew-PK Garden Rose-Glitter Cardstock Set - Dazzling Diamond -001 (2) 

I love partial dry-embossing and thought it was neat to do that with the white card stock. 
Altenew-PK Garden Rose-Glitter Cardstock Set - Dazzling Diamond -001 
 
What do you think? If I am ever stuck in an island, I would love to have a kit like this with me! 

Giveaway 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 10/18/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 1- random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/20/2021.

 

Your next stop is the blog of Seeka.Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Golden-Inspired by The Stamp

Hello friends!

Autumn is likely the most colorful season in my card world. I am back with more Fall-inspired projects. 

This time, I am using a large cling stamp called "Golden". The name of the stamp prompted me to use anything GOLDEN. So, I used as many as gold color/elements as possible.

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I took out the Gansai Tambi Watercolor. I used the fall colors (pink, red, orange, yellow, brown and field green, moss and hunter green). I then colored most of the wheat in metallic gold.

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I purposely do some loose watercoloring and let the water does its thing for mixing and blending.

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Noticed that I also colored the leaves in gold? Why not!?  Once I was happy with the coloring, I then die cut it carefully with Zig Zag Stacker Die.

Happy Fall

More gold elements in this: gold metallic strings, gold droplets/splatter and gold sequins. 

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Thanks for stopping by!