Monday, May 17, 2021

Create that Light and Airy Look

Hello friends!

I am still so in love with the Penny Black background stamp and I can't stop stamping.... 

I have another card with this stamp "Enlightened". 

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 I picked out my three new and favorite Distress Oxide and inked up each area with various color. These colors are Kitsch Flamingo, Rustic Wilderness and Mustard Seed.


 For stamping a large background like this, I suggest that you use a larger piece of cardstock. You CAN always trim it down in size with a die such as Sew Stackers Die Set.


 Now that the background was stamped, I deiced to add a piece of Viridescent Die along with the sentiment. The sentiment die turned out to be a good choice as you can hid the glue between the velum and cardstock.

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With this design, I was able to show off the gorgeous background. I hope that you like this light and airy look.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Another Take with Build-a-Flower Indian Lotus

Hello friends!

I am popping in with another take of Indian Lotus.

 This Build-a-Flower has some lovely design features. What I love about this set is that it comes with the lovely leaves! I did have a leftover Lotus flower and wanted to use it up (without stamping more leaves!). Please know that I do not pretend to be an expert in card-making.  I share what I do--good and bad (wink!).

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I decided to take a "grey approach" with the leaves.  Here I took out some Marsh Land Wide Washi Tape for the bottom of the card.


To bridge the gap of the Washi Tape and Lotus (stamped and die cut), I colored it in grey with Altenew Artist Markers.

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These are my two versions with this stamp set.


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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Altenew Mini Delight - Winsome Instagram Blog Hop

 Hello friends!

I’m joining a fun Instagram Hop with Altenew today to celebrate the release of Mini Delight Winsome. Feel free to start the hop over at my Instagram (yesvirginialu)

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. Meanwhile, please also follow me on my Instagram (yesvirginialu)

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This is a lovely stamp set. I love the ease of layering and come up with as many flowers as I can.

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I love working with small stamps as they offer so much flexibility to the designs.

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 I love the floral arrangement of small flowers and that's what I did.

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I hope you like my take on this stamp set. 

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Get Inky with The Background!

Hello friends!

I am delighted to share a fun inky card with you today. I think I have found a new favorite cling stamp.

As you can see, the cling stamp has some detailed etched design in the background. Those tiny lines and dots make this stamped design a dreamy one.
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 I inked up each part with various colors of Distress Oxide Ink.
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 It was really fun to see part of the background come to life as I stamped. Once the background was stamped, I stamped one of the images  (from Thriving) and made it the focal point. 
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The hydrangea was also colored in Distress Oxide Ink. I then mounted onto the Sewing Stackers.
To make the images more defined, I added Faux Stitching around the panel. 

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The sentiment from Family Ties fit in perfectly. I hope that you love seeing how I used these Penny Black goodies! offers

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Be Bold....and Beautiful!

 Hello friends! 

I am sharing a very bright card. Each element was all leftover from previous projects. 

 Monstera 3D Embossing Folder

They are beautifully die cut, layered and assembled. I deiced to create a very vibrant background to showcase them. 

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๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰When it comes to Embossing Folders, I'd like to think that they are "blank canvas" with prints. They can be completely plain, whit or colored.  It all depends on what you wish to convey in your designs. The use of embossing folders can be soft and subtle or bright and happy...! I can see whey they have made a huge comeback.

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For today's card, each element is "loud". In order to make sense of the design, we need a strong background to pull in all the elements.

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For the dry-embossed background, I used piece of white card stock and applied ink to the surface of the embossing folder with light minty green. I repeated with each inking (to the embossing folder) a few times. I heavily applied more green with ink-blending tools. 


The flowers and embossed background were inked. I used Gradient card stock for the leaves. How do you like this bold design? After all, it's a celebratory card with bold and happy colors, right?! 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Playing with Triangles

 Hello friends!

Today's card is graphic and colorful. 

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I set out to create a few pieces of colorful paper with Distress Oxide.  Once dry, I die cut the pieces and started assembling.


I do not have a specific rhyme or reason how this design came about. In fact, I did this while I was up in the early morning. And... I was not quite awake. 

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 After gluing down the pieces and made it somewhat sensible, I went back to sleep.

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 You can say that I am a "mad" card-maker!  This card will be great for a male or female and good for any age. Mission accomplished.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Die-cutting with Color Cardstock

Hello friends!

I am popping in with a post about using pattern /color paper.  I do like to make my own color paper, but once in a while, the readily available color card stock offer such a great alternative.


 I used the two collections of Gradient card stock (all listed at the end of this post).

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 The guide on the Craft-a-Flower is easy to follow. This Craft-a-Flower Cistus was super easy to layer.

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If you have dies like this set, perhaps it is time to look into your paper stash and see what you can come up with.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Simple Watercoloring

 Hello friends!

Lately, I have been following/watching/ observing/stalking the bird nest just outside my craft room. After over a week, I watched anxiously and waited to find out how the baby birds are doing. I know that the Mama Bird flew away with the babies. It was such a relief.thank you

 I created this card with some water-coloring.

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 With the Sewing Stackers Dies, all the edges and corners were trimmed. It elevated the card to look neat and polished. thank you -003

  I colored the bird with bright colors. After all, it is the bird that makes the card sing...

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