Sunday, January 26, 2020

Keeping It Light and Fresh

Hello friends!
 I am sharing a happy and uplifting card.
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Today's post title is one of the things that I remind myself when I started stamping back in 2009.
At that time, my daughter Stephanie was in university, Back in those days, I asked her advice about what kind of cards that will appeal to her. She told me to stay away from "old ladies' cards".

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I didn't know what she meant what "old ladies' cards" meant and asked her to elaborate.
She said to keep the design "light and fresh" and not to pile on all kinds of "stuff" on it.

I took notes on that and ever since, I have tried to do just that.

Ding--->About the stamp set Beloved View, you can use the heart balloon with the scene stamp (like I did in this post). OR you can use them separately! For the balloons, you can stamp multiple balloons for Valentine's Day, Love/Anniversary, Thinking of You, Congratulations ...etc.
If  you have never tried scene stamp like this, I highly recommend this one! Imagine all the cool sky background (beyond the fence) that you can create.... ?


For this card, I colored it all with Distress Oxide Ink. 
With this type of card, it definitely helps with a MISTI. The repeated stamping helps a great deal when you can go back to stamp the same area  with various colors.
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I hope that you like this light and fresh approach and my idea on using this cling stamp set in many very creative ways. Thanks for stopping by! offers an EXTRA 8% Off SITEWIDE! (Code: JAN2020)
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Stamp Focus: Mod Vases

Hello friends!
Warning: photo-heavy post
It is my turn to share Stamp Focus with you over Altenew Card Blog.
Are you loving the new release yet? I am excited to share some in-depth projects with Mod Vases from yesterday's release. Altenew is well-known for stunning floral stamps and the new Mod Vases are your new must-have for all of your floral designs.
I love that this set offers so many shapes and sizes of vases. The designs and shapes are absolutely modern and trendy! All products used are affiliated listed at the end of the post.

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With my projects, I hope that you will see how VASE-rtile this stamp & die bundle is! I am using the lovely complementary Vase Fillers Stamp Set for all of my sample cards.


Let's start with the larger vase in this set. I love the two-tone option (Mountain Mist and Sea Glass) from the stamp set and created a colorful vase.


To take it up a notch, and I stamped one of the fern stamp in Tide Blue (Vase Fillers) onto the vase. I then stamped the fern over the vase. This is the so-called "Stamp-kissing".


You can, however, stamp a floral image directly over the vase and will still achieve the similar result.

 The popped-up flower arrangement look fabulous over the stenciled background (Feeling Dotty Stencil).
My next card is all about the masking. With the coordinating masks from Mod Vases, I applied Silver Stone first and then Sunray, Wisteria and Arctic.

Next, I stamped the flowers over the tall vase and this was easily done thanks to the masks. When stenciling, do take the advantage of the positive AND negative side of the masked stencils. To add some shine, I decided to emboss the the edges of the panel in Antique Silver Embossing Powder. 

 The sentiment from the dainty Framed Thanks Die is perfect for this!


For my 3rd interpretation for the Mod Vases, I created a delicate vase by using the new Ornate Cover Die.


I started out with inking the vase with a gradient of blue. I placed the Ornate Cover die over the vase and ran the vase die through the Mini Blossom Die Cut Machine.Voila! A blue delicate vase was created!
With this intricate vase, I arranged all of my stamped and die cut pieces from Vase Fillers.

For the background, I added vellum over the fern to simulate pressed leaf effect. Isn't this fun?


 As you can see, I can go on and on with the Mod Vase Stamp & Die and Mask Stencils. I have included one extra card that I created for yesterdays' release. The Tartan Background Stamp compliments the stamped floral design so beautifully.

I can't wait to see your versions of floral arrangements that you come up with! I would really appreciate that you leave me your comment over Altenew Card Blog if you have a chance!

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Altenew January 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: Super-heavy photo post 
Yay, it's January Release Blog Hop from Altenew!
I am super excited to share 4 NEW projects with the new products with you.
If you arrive from the fabulous Isha Gupta's blog, you are in the right place!

All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog

First up, I am sharing my absolute favorite stamps in this release. 
For your easy reference, the cards are listed and based on the products.

Card #1 product feature: Tartan Stamp Set, Watercolor Halftone Stamp & Die Bundle


 Let's start with the background.... it is 100% stamped. I chose the grid stamp from Tartan and inked up the edges. The background looks absolutely AMAZING!

I created the focal point with Watercolor Halftone Stamp & Die Bundle 


Isn't it gorgeous? After stamping it in various colors, I die cut a few more and stacked them up. Basically, I was creating my own chipboard.
All I can say is that this card is lovely and sturdy (thanks to the stacked dies)!

Card #2 product feature: Frame Thanks Die and Tartan Stamp Set

I took the full advantage of the Tartan Stamp Set and stamped in mint green and blue combo. 


Once I am happy with the pattern, I added the  Frame Thanks Die 
For  the sentiment thanks, I adhered a piece of gold foil die over and that's it.
This is now a very proper thank-you card for any gender.

Card #3 product feature: Ornate Cover Die and Watercolor Halftone Stamp & Die Bundle 


I started out applying inks all over the paper and made the die cut.

By following the came colors,  I stamped one of the image from Watercolor Halftone Stamp & Die Bundle.

 This card looks so intricate and dainty, but it's the the dies that are doing all the work.
Ornate Cover Die is certainly unique and well... ornate! 

Card #4 product feature: Mod Vase Stamp & Die Bundle and Vase Filler Stamp & Die Bundle.
 Warning: the Mod Vase Stamp/dies/mask stencil are super popular! Act fast before they are sold out.

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I stamped the Tartan Stamp Set over the gray card stock. Next comes the fun part...
Stamp your own vase and flowers for the vase.
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I am amazed at the combinations that you can come up with various vases and floral designs. I even kiss-stamped the floral onto the vase. I have 3 MORE projects with this set coming up next. 
Be sure to come back to check them out here in my blog.

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I hope that you love what I created with this release.

Prizes: to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Jan. 30th for a chance to win!

Extra Giveaway: Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate in each designer's blog (such as my/this blog ) in this release. All winners will be announced on Feb. 2nd, 2020.

I will be back with MORE Mod Vases next! 
Your next stop is the blog of Svitlana Shayevich
Have fun hopping! Thanks for stopping by!   

Altenew January Release

Hello friends! 
The following are the products from Altenew January release.
In this release, there are stamps, dies, masked stencils and metal shim for the Mini Blossom.
This release is bold, versatile, and has a few slight references to the 1950s -1960s aesthetic! You will love the unique florals and innovative dies, which include layering and coordinating options, as well as a beautifully detailed cover die. 
Find a thing or two for your crafting stash!
 Limited Time Only! Get a FREE Mini Inspiration Guide with every order now through 1/26/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. The FREE gift will be added to cart automatically. While supplies last.

I will be back for the new release blog hop starting at 9am EST, Jan. 24th, Friday 2020.
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Another Play with Paint-A-Flower

Hello friends! 
I am popping in with a quick post.
If you have not joined the Altenew Paint-a flower Poppy Blog Hop, please click here .
Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win $15-$30 Altenew Gift Certificate.

I am sharing another take with Paint-a-Flower Poppy. 
This time, I went for the metallic approach and use Altenew Metallic Watercolor.

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I find that it is great to use Metallic watercolor along with the regular watercolor. 
You will then get best of both world-not too metallic and grainy and yet you still have that softness from the watercolor.

If coloring/painting is part of your artistic goal, the new Paint-a-Flower program is the way to take your skills to the next level. The images are perfect for simple to advanced coloring.

Altenew has a special coloring bundle and today is the last day for 35% off deal.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Poppy Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, friends!
I am excited to share a new and exciting new feature from Altenew....
introducing Paint-A-Flower.
We are celebrating this month's Paint-A-Flower Poppy with a blog hop!
This new feature product is similar to the Build-a-Flower except it is at a lower price point.
Paint-A-Flower: Poppy is a monthly subscription plan for our Paint-A-Flower. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly Paint-A-Flower releases and will receive a set
each month - at a specially discounted price! ($15.99 →$12.99)

About Paint-A-Flower stamp sets: this monthly release celebrates the beauty of a
wide variety of flowers! Each stamp set features an outline image of a gorgeous floral arrangement, just waiting to be painted or colored with your favorite medium. There's no need for you to spend time layering and masking images, as we have designed these sets to allow you to stamp once then color! We can't wait to see what you create

If you arrive from my fabulous friend Kelly Griglione's blog, you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration. 

Here is my take with Paint-A-Flower: Poppy

As you may know, you can have many ways of painting the flowers. I took an interesting approach of painting the poppy. I stamped the image and cut out the flower. I then use the negative side of mask and placed it over the stamped poppy.

 I then took my Air Brush Marker Tools and sprayed colors with Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers.  I think the "blotchy" specks of colors are very cool!

I colored the leaves with Watercolor Brush Markers and inked up the edges.

The sentiment was stamped in Antique Gold Pigment Ink (my favorite!).


All products links are listed below. Affiliate links are applied at no additional cost  to you. 

Prizes: to celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win by Jan. 28, 2020.
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 Jan. 30th, 2020.

Your next stop is the blog of the lovely Maryam Perez

All products links are listed below. Affiliate links are applied at no additional cost  to you. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!