Sunday, July 12, 2020

How to Use a Circled Greetings Love Die

Hello friends!

Here's post about the July Release Blog Hop from Altenew!
I am delighted to share one project with you from this release.
The format of the release is a video hop from now on.
  Since I am rusty on making videos, I am not part of the hop. πŸ˜”
 πŸ˜€That doesn't mean you can't get inspired from my project and shop through my links! πŸ˜†

This post is about using a die like Circled Greetings Love Die.
Altenew-Circled Greetings Love Die#2

πŸ‘‰There are a few ways of using it: 
1. use just the word "love" only
2. use just the circle only
3. use the die as is (such as my card here).
4. use the negative pieces of the die to add colors
5. inlaid die-cutting
6. Based on 1 & 2, you can stack the dies to create more dimensions

I started out with placing a piece of Gold Spaltter Blush Washi Tape over the die and made the die-cut.
Altenew-Circled Greetings Love Die#3

Once I have done that, I started stamping within the circle on white card stock.
The Bergernia Builder is absolutely amazing to stamp with. 

Altenew-Circled Greetings Love Die#1

I kept the color scheme simple since this Circled Greetings Die is so fun to use!
Altenew-Circled Greetings Love Die#4

Here is my previous version of the SAME die and stamp.
I hope this post is helpful in giving you ideas on using this die.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

3 Tips for Using Geometric Elements to Create Cool Cards

Hello friends!
WARNING: photo-heavy post
It is my turn to share multiple projects with you over Altenew Card Blog.
Have you checked out the new release yet? Here is my post from yesterday if you miss it.
I know it is a lot to take in since there are SO many fabulous stamps, dies and stencils! Today we focus on stamping on Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Bundle in 3 cool ways.  I hope that you will want to get creative after today's post.
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die  Set #4

 Idea #1: Stamp and/or emboss. When you first get a stamp set like Geometric Element,  simply just stamp or emboss to get the creative juices flowing. The first thing I did with this set was to white-emboss all the images and watercolor them.
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-ArtistWatercolor 24Pan Set-FancyGreetings#1
 With the Altenew Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set,  I had so much fun watercoloring the white-embossed geometric pieces. If you ever want to do swatches with your coloring, I would recommend this set as well.
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-ArtistWatercolor 24Pan Set-FancyGreetings#3

Once the pieces were dry, I ran them with Mini Blossom and you have colorful pieces to work with.  Based on the colors and shapes, I kept them as streamlined as much as possible. I then stamped the sentiment with Fancy Greetings in Antique Gold Pigment Ink.
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-ArtistWatercolor 24Pan Set-FancyGreetings#2

The colorful geometric shapes do speak volumes. All you need are  just a few Satin White Sequins to embellish.
Idea #2: When in doubt, repeat the patterns. 

07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-ArtistWatercolor 24Pan Set-#1

In my 2nd card, I embossed the geometric hearts in Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder on Vellum Translucent Paper.
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-ArtistWatercolor 24Pan Set-#2

I decided to use the backside of the vellum because it looks like those fancy design paper. I then positioned the water-colored heart piece over along with the stamped sentiment.  The card would not be complete without Antique Gold Thread and Sequins!
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-ArtistWatercolor 24Pan Set-#3

With this design, you can totally create various themes such as Love, Valentine's Day, Anniversary, Hello, Thank-you ...and Congratulations cards.

Idea #3: Stamp a frame with Geometric Elements!
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-BAFPrimrose-DelicateFlowerBed-#1

 With the triangle stamp, I created a frame by stamping at each corner. Adding floral design (Build-a-Flower Primrose) really softens the touches.  The inks I used for the Primrose are: Hazelnut, Sunray, Marigold and Razzleberry.
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-BAFPrimrose-DelicateFlowerBed-#3
 For the focal point, I gold-embossed the gem-like shape and colored with it Watercolor Brush Markers (Spring Garden).

07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-BAFPrimrose-DelicateFlowerBed-#2
The sentiment from Delicate Flower Bed Stamp Set seem perfectly fitting with the design. They were stamped in Celebrate Paper Pack (6x6) and cut out.

07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-BAFPrimrose-DelicateFlowerBed-#4

 I added a touch of glitter and it really shines like a diamond! It's amazing what stamps and dies can do! I hope this post provides some helpful ideas with Geometric Elements Stamp Set.
07112020-Geometric Elements Stamp & Die Set-#4
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Friday, July 10, 2020

Altenew July 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Ink Release

Hello friends!
Here's post about the July Release Blog Hop from Altenew!
I am delighted to share one project with you from this release.
The format of the release is a video hop from now on.
  Since I am rusty on making videos, I am not part of the hop. πŸ˜”
 πŸ˜€That doesn't mean you can't get inspired from my project and shop through my links! πŸ˜†
For this release, I made at least 4 projects for the blog hop and sadly, I can't show them off at the video hop release.Therefore, I am going to share one in each post in the next few days.

Feature products: Nature's Blossoms
Altenew-Nature Blooms Stamp Set-Mask-Mega Label Love StampSet#1

With the coordinating mask, I was able to mask the flowers and background.
I am recently inspired by many fabric print that I see over Social Media.
I am so intrigued by the bold colors and color contrast.

Altenew-Nature Blooms Stamp Set-Mask-Mega Label Love StampSet#3

If you love masking and stamping, this set is definitely right up your alley! 
The new Mega Label Love Stamp set is much like the popular original Label Love Stamp, except it is larger in size obviously.

Altenew-Nature Blooms Stamp Set-Mask-Mega Label Love StampSet#2  

As you may noticed that I didn't use the solid stamp set for the leaves. Somehow I wanted to show off the details of the leaves and purposely left them out.
Altenew-Nature Blooms Stamp Set-Mask-Mega Label Love StampSet#4

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Concord & 9th NEW Color Inks!

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πŸ‘‰For the Show & Share post, please scroll down or click HERE

I am popping in with a quick post about Concord & 9th new ink colors!

Yes, they now have new inks and paper!
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Concord & 9th’s custom color palette is 22 colors (plus black and white) that provide you the ability to create with greater ease and coordination than ever before! The color assortment not only contains a mix of classic and contemporary shades, but also blends beautifully as a single collection.
Throughout the entire collaborative process, the team always kept your creative needs in mind, remaining intentional in our choices, conscientious of how each color affected and was affected by the next. We think you’ll agree that the result is a stunning addition to the Concord & 9th family of products!

The Ink
Our premium dye ink uses the latest in ink formulations for vibrant, fast-drying color; our pads and cubes use extra firm foam pads, resulting in crisper images with more even coverage. All of this adds up to stamping fun instead of stamping fails! In addition, Concord & 9th’s ink products are acid-free and made in the USA. And we’ll have side-of-case labels available for purchase that makes identifying the color of your ink pad or cube easier than ever! Available in 22 colors; not available in black and white.
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July's Show & Share

Hello friends!
It gives me great pleasure to start the July's Show & Share for
I am amazed at the responses and would love to continue this monthly feature.
The main goal is to challenge you to create and share with our fellow card-makers.
I am hoping that all participants in this monthly feature can give each other some blog love, offer encouragement and get inspired! Are you gamed!?

This is how it works:
Each month, I will post the link on the 9th day of the month and it will end on the 29th day of the month. On the last day of each month, ONE winner will be announced.
To participant in this monthly feature: 
1. link up your new creation(s) and share it here in the gallery. You can use Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest... or blog for your projects.

2. you are most welcome to use WHATEVER in your stash to create. Old or new products are all welcome. You do not need to purchase new products to play. Use what makes you happy.

3. try out new techniques ,styles and products! This is your chance to show off what you make!

4. please link to my blog and mention that you are taking part in Virginia's "Show and Share" and use the blog logo if you can. I hope this will help spread the joy of "show and Share" with more card-makers!

5. please share no more than 4 projects within a month. Basically one project a week is good if you want to link as many as you can.

You can now find this monthly feature link at my side banners. Simply click on it and you can find this very post. I chose 9th day of the month as a cycle because I was born on Dec. 9th.

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰For inspiration, I am sharing a card with non-white card stock. White card stock are readily available and easy to create with.

thinking of you -001 
However, once in a while, we need to change it up a bit and create our own colored card stock. 

thinking of you -003
If you have not tried creating with your own DIY color card stock, I encourage to try it!

thinking of you -005
The challenge is optional. You can post whatever strikes your fancy!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Etched Flower Buds Die

Hello friends!
I am popping in with a quick post about Etched Flower Buds Die
This lovely die is from Simon Says Stamp's latest release "Send Happiness".
I had previously sprayed a batch of colored paper with Distress Oxide Spray.
 It took me little time to create this card.

I miss your face
The beauty of this die is all those etched details. 

I treated the buds as flowers. However, now I looked at the die some more, you can also use more green around the buds to make it look more like real buds.
miss your face

As I created this card, I thought of other possibilities of using this die and came up with two more versions. I hope that you will be exited to see my next take!

I really miss your face

 I have listed a few more additional similar dies/stamps from this release.
This month's Show & Share will go live on July 9th at 6am EDT.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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TWO Cards from Spellbinders July Card Kit

Hello friends!

I am popping in with TWO cards from Spellbinders July Card Kit.
The July kits are now here! While supplies last for new members. US shipping included in cost. If you sign up in July you will receive the July kit. (Pictured.) Available July 1-31st (AZ Time.) 

This month's "Vintage Mementos" Card Kit includes a 6x6 paper pad, clear stamps, an adorable die set, tons of embellishments, and more! This month's Spellbinders July Card Kit is full of whimsy and vintage. With the dies, stamps, ephemera, embellishments, pattern paper, card stock, foam tape, envelope and scored cards. You can simply take this card kit and create to your heart's content.

My first card has more stamping and die-cutting. 
 Have you ever tried stamping AND embossing on pattern paper? 
I created a background with 2 strips of pattern paper. 
I then stamped the image on top and gold- embossed the image at the bottom.
so many smiles -001
The die cut edges were added on the side for extra interest.
 My next card took little time to create. All ephemera and card stock are all part of the card kit.
celebrate today

 I did add the white die (lace under the frame). It's amazing that little bit of extra make the entire design pop.

The pattern paper and butterflies are perfect in this.
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The content of this kit is massive. I simply could not just make one card with the kit. 
Today's post is my hope to address that issue.

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