Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Stamping on Kraft Card Stock (and a Winner Announcement)

Hello friends!
It is time to announce the lucky random commenter on my February Altenew posts. 
I randomly selected one comments from this month and....

The winner is....
Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...
Just love your hand stitching, Virginia - adds the perfect touch to both cards!!

Congratulations, Linda W. (ScrappinBari), please leave me a comment with your e-mail address, so I can set up the prize ($15 gift card to Altenew store) for you. If the prize is not claimed by March 6, 11:59pm EST, another winner will be selected.

Of course, I can not part a post without sharing a card. LOL.
you are amazing #1

I have been itching to use this new (to me) Plaid stencil (Carta Bella).
I took a short cut by applying Altenew 4 Scoop Oval (also comes in Altenew 4 Scoops Mini.) over the stencil. With the partial stenciling, the Hibiscus Bouquet pops even more.

you ar amazing #2

As always, thank you for your ongoing support (comment, like over Facebook and Instagram, use my affiliate links (such as Altenew, Simon Says Stamp and Concord & 9th)!  Other than the monthly $15 Altenew giveaway, I hope to give out more prizes (such as this one here) very soon again.

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, February 27, 2017

One Layer Card with Symmertry

Hello friends!
Floral Frame

I am sharing a one layer card with you today!
This one layer was easy to line up since the set comes with two symmetrical stamps. 
With the help of MISTI, I came up with a simple design.

birthday wishes

Why symmetry, you might ask....
In the past, I had shared how symmetry draws our eyes and we find it attractive to look at. This time, I am quoting from Wikipedia:

In aesthetics The relationship of symmetry to aesthetics is complex. Humans find bilateral symmetry in faces physically attractive; it indicates health and genetic fitness. Opposed to this is the tendency for excessive symmetry to be perceived as boring or uninteresting. People prefer shapes that have some symmetry, but enough complexity to make them interesting. 

So... with that in mind, my card is not perfectly symmetrical. With stamping, you can achieve that easily with the smaller stamps and embellishments. I personally love to dd my own touches and find the process to be very freeing.


In case you wonder how I stamped the images in colors, I did one stamp at a time. It is even easier with mini Cube Stamps like this and this and this. After stamping, I colored them in Altenew Artist Markers (set A).  I did re-stamp the large floral image (with MISTI, still in place). I find the last stamp to be very effective.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Set of Cards with HEARTS

Hello friends!
I am sharing a set of cards that I made a while ago. 
This card set was made as a gift to friends. 
Line of Hearts by Penny Black

I decided to share my process photo and you can easily get an idea how I did it.
Basically I created my own rainbow colros with Distress Crayons

set of cards

You can use Bristol paper or watercolor for this purpose.
Heavy smooth card stock like Simon Says Stamp white card stock or
Neenah will work beautifully as well.

DIY paper with Line of Hearts die
I know Distress Crayons may not be for everyone. But the vibrancy and the fun factor of these crayons keep me coming back for more... I like to use my finger when spreading the crayons with a dab of water. I tried using paint brush and ink applicators, but it seems to me that good old handy dandy fingers are the best tool (they are free, too!).

One you have the paper, the rest came together easily.
set of heart cards

I know there are more ways of using this fantastic Line of Hearts by Penny Black.
I decided to leave the sentiment out for now and shall customize for the receiver when the occasion comes up.

I am visiting my aging in-laws this past weekend as they live 6 hours away from us. We spent some qulity time with them...mostly, we helped with bank stuff and took them out to eat every day. My in-laws insisted to live on their own. It is getting to be very challenging. We can only honor their wish and let them be as long as they can.

I miss making cards in the last few days and can't wait to dive back in. There are a ton of fun stamping events in March and I can't wait to share them with you! My Distress Oxide is on their way to me...I can't wait to try them out. Have you ordered yours?
(click on the top right side bar of Simon Says Stamp and off you go...)

Thanks so much for stopping by!