Monday, April 30, 2018

Another Take with Stamp and Dies (edited: Altenew Monthly GC Winner)

Hello friends!
Altenew-Happy Heart- Die
(edited: Altenew Monthly $15 gift Card Winner is announced at the end of this post)

Today's post is another follow-up on my previous post about creating multiple flowers.
 As you can see, I did have lots of flowers cut out from the matching dies and pattern paper. 

I came up with another simple design. This time, I am using the Watercolor Dots for the background. 
from: Simon Says Stamp here


This background stamp is so lovely that I can see myself reaching for it again and again. 

This is such a simple design, especially with all the inks and pattern paper that are perfectly coordinated.

Recently, I am addicted to using Rock Collection (Gray) color for sentiment. The gorgeous colors from the Dots are stamped with Volcano Lake in Sea Shore Collection.

I hope that you have a beautiful day!
edited: The Spellbinders sales ends TONIGHT!

edited---> One of the perks being on Altenew Card DT is that I get to give away $15 Altenew gift card to one of my readers/followers every month. The more you comment, the more chances to win. It doesn't matter that you had won before, everyone has an equal chance to win each month.

 I picked yesterday's Altenew post (Stencil Sunday) and let Random. Org did the rest.
 This month's winner is
Linda BL said...
What a cool way to brighten up a vanilla cupcake!!
 Congratulations, Linda BL! Please contact me to claim your prize!
 Thank you so much for your support!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Virginia's Stencil Sunday #7

Hello friends!
It's time for Stencil Sunday Series!
This week, I am featuring

 I used part of the stencil and created a colorful border on top.
for my sweet friend (2)

This can be easily done with a cut out paper as mask from the stencil.
I used the mask in one small section at a time.
With the colorful border, I thought this goes well with a birthday/celebratory theme.
The Layered Cupcake Stamp Set is perfect for this.
for my sweet friend (3)

I really want to show off the colorful border, so I kept the cupcake image sweet and simple.

for my sweet friend (1)

The only thing I did was to dress up the cupcake image with some thick Glitter!
You can apply the idea to other stencils by partially stenciling them.

btw I posted some sales info yesterday, click here to find out.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 Here are the last 6 week's stencil series.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Wplus 9 (25% off) over SSS and Other Sales!

Hello friends!
I saw some good deals and thought you might be interested...

All the WPlus 9 are 25% off. This one is a BEAUTY and are still available.

Use code: WP9427

To get $5 off, you can still use SPR5F, however, it can not be combined with WP9427.
Many of them are out of stock, so you have to act fast if you like need them! 😉

Altenew 10% off Ink Sale is ending today!

Click here.

I recommend the following---> my favorite GRAY,  TEAL, BLUE, PINK/CORAL, YELLOW

or get them all HERE

Spellbinders sale here
Huge markdown here.

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I will be back tomorrow with Stencil Sunday!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Create a Scene with Parts of The Stamps and Dies

Hello friends!
Creativity strikes me when I have a new die!
Today's card is just about that.
I had this new die for a while now and I was wondering how to approach it.
I took out this cling stamp and decided to use it as well!

As you can tell, I did not stamp the bottom part of the stamp (with people holding umbrellas)!
chase your dream

Instead, I added some flowers in the foreground with Blossom Branch
by using the TIP of this large cling stamp. 

Have you ever done that? EVERY bit of a stamp is precious, in my eyes!
Penny Black - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps - Blossom Branch
Penny Black - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps - Blossom Branch 


Not only the floral stamping gives the design some pops of colors and it also adds some interest. 
Chase your dream-001

This die is does all the work! I did just die cutting and added a piece of silver glitter paper in between a piece of thin card stock. Easy and cool!

chase your dreams

The sentiment was stamped in two colors and I love how it compliments the entire design.

chase your dream

I want to thank you for leaving kind feedback  in your comments.
I truly enjoy reading each one of them.
You can find the latest Penny Black Stamps and Dies 
Here at 
Two days only-->the school and Grad-themed products are 15% off here.
 here at Simon Says Stamp 
I will be featuring some of them very soon.
Looking for a die cut machine? Scrapbook. com has a Platinum sale here.

Spellbinders SALE!
 HUGEST markdown here.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The JOY of Fussy-Cutting

Hello friends!
Have you done any fussy-cutting lately?
I have a fun and easy card with lots of fussy cutting.
Why fussy-cuttin, you ask? Well, it's a no-brainer to me.
When I am stuck with ideas or lack of mojo ( you know we all have one of those days....), it's time to just cut things away in front of my favorite TV shows.

Altenew GRADIENT STRIPES Clear Stamp Set ALT2217
Altenew GRADIENT STRIPES Clear Stamp Set ALT2217 

from: Simon Says Stamp 

All you need are some gorgeous Washi Tape, a pair of sharp scissors, a background stamp, a few embellishment elements and that's it!
Floral Flurries Washi Tape
Floral Flurries Washi Tape

All of the supplies are listed at the end of this post.
For you

The hardest part of this card is coming up with the right color for the background stamp. 
Ding--->I tested out a few colors and finally set my sight on Peach Perfect.
The trick is to pick out a color from the piece that you use. I found that hint of Peach Perfect is just the ticket! Other colors might work are: Sage Green, Light Grey, Lilac...? Can you name other colros that I don't see? (please leave a comment below).

For you-001

Now how do you exactly cut a piece of Washi Tape? I think it is a good idea to use a light to medium card stock underneath the Washi for easy fussy-cutting.

Since the floral images are so detailed, it was easy to arrange them.
for you

You can definitely apply this idea with your pretty pattern paper
The sentiment "FOR YOU" is from "Watercolor Dots". This is another GREAT set if you love dotty background!  It also comes with fabulous sentiment! Love the font, too!

For You (2)

While we are on the topic of choosing the right ink color,
....Altenew is having a 3-day Ink Sale!
Use code INKSALE at check out and shop here

Looking for a die cut machine? Scrapbook. com has a Platinum sale here.

Spellbinders SALE!
 HUGEST markdown here.
(You definitely need to check it out if you love die and die cut machines...) 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spellbinders Blog Hop Winner Annuouncment and More Sales Info!

Hello friends!

In case you don't know, Concord and 9th is having a 25 hour flash-sale and it is ending in a few hours. 
Click here to get the 25% off! 

 from Tuesday, 4/24/18 at 11am MT through Wednesday, 4/25/18 at 12pm MT!
Code MUST be entered at checkout!
tick tock.... HURRY!
TODAY is the last day for the gift with purchase promotion!
Receive a FREE Carved Rose Stamp Set with every purchase (valid until 4/25/2018 at 11:59 PM EDT). It will be added to cart automatically. 
Not valid on previous orders. While supplies last! Shop here
Enjoy the great deals up to 35% off on selected items in the Sale collection , shop HERE:
Check out our April 2018 stamp/die release here

Spellbinders SALE!
 HUGE markdown here.

I also want to mention that I bought Grand Calibur during last year's Black Friday Sale and I have been using it like crazy! It is a bit bulkier than Cuttlebug, but it truly is a fine working machine! I am very pleased with the purchase. If you are looking for one, this is the price I paid last November.
Grand Calibur Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
Grand Calibur Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
from: Spellbinders (it is now 50% off---> $69.50)
 Scrapbook.Com also has a great selections of Platinum machines on sale here.
You can't go wrong with any of these machines, either! 

updated: Spellbinders Blog Hop winner is announced here!  
Berina RGA said...
Such beautiful cards Virginia! I love how you've used the silhouette dies.
 Congratulations, Berina, please e-mail me to claim your Spellbinders prize!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Technique Tuesday #7

Hello friends!
It's time for Technique Tuesday!
I share a technique (or two) every Tuesday with Technique Tuesday products.
You can find Technique Tuesday products here over

(all product links are listed at the end of this post)

I stamped the image with my MISTI and used the lightest ink ( Altenew's ink Limestone) I have on hand. Once I did that, I ran the image along with the Iris Matching Die through my die cut machine with the Tan Embossing Mat.
Iris Card

The dry-embossing left with an etched lined image and detail. This is even better for Watercoloring! The embossed letterpress line creates a barrier and was great for water-coloring! I really enjoyed coloring images like this. It is in the right size for novice colorists like myself.


Once I finished with water-coloring, I added Gold Stickles to the border with the help of a Tim Holtz Steel Ruler. A few droplets of Wink of Stella (gold) didn't hurt, either!


I hope that you get inspired by my use of Tan Embossing Mat, stamp-matching dies and water-coloring! I will be featuring Flowers for Her next Tuesday!

I saw it on

Technique Tuesday - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Flowers for Her — $13.87

Technique Tuesday - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Flowers for Her

Thanks for stopping by!
Here are the last few Technique Tuesday series.