Monday, July 30, 2018

Stamping on Kraft Cardstock

Hello friends!

Hope you are having a fine day so far.
I want to share my stamped project this is lovely stamp called Garden Gem.

With the Distress Oxide, it is easy to stamp on kraft card stock.
The great thing about using Oxide is that they blend and mix so nicely with similar tones /colors. 

Best wishes to you

I stamped each image numerous times to ensure the colors will be prominent and bright.

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Once I am happy with the inking, I took out the Embossing Buddy and clear-emboss part of images.
With Embossing Ink like this ( or this you can easily emboss and add gloss and shine.
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This is a good chance to use the chunkier, grainy type of clear, textured sparkle Embossing Powder, such as this.   Hope this post prompts you to create something colorful with kraft card stock.

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By the way, I did bite the bullet and ordered all the Distress Oxide and Alcohol Lift Ink.
I can't wait to try them out this Fall.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Virginia's Stencil Sunday #3

Hello friends!
Welcome to Week three's  Stencil Sunday!
Stencil Sunday

This week, I am featuring this fun and creative stencil with a mod vibe!
Molded Lines Stencil
Molded Lines Stencil

I am also using this lovely stamp set "Sweet Peas" for the focal image.

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A little bit of soft ink-blending goes a long way.
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 I silver-embossed the image and then cut out the only the flowers and popped them up.

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 The blue in the Sweet Peas were lightly water-colored with Altenew Cool Summer Ink-Spray!! Easy PEAsy!😁

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The Creative Edges: Lace Die is just the touches that I was looking for.
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Altenew has a wide selections of stencils, you can find them here.

Altenew Promotion: shop Timeless Floral
 Here for a  free gift.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sales and Promotion!

Hello friends!
I have gathered some information about some new release , sales and promotion in the following. 
Be sure to enter my Summer Giveaway if you happen to use any of my affiliate links for your shopping (located at top side bar).
Altenew  (7/26/2018 through 7/28/2018)
* 3 Days only: 45% off--->Cityscape Cover Die

* Get Celebration You Kit for 25% off ---> get a FREE gift

* Save 20% off on the Nursery Zoo Kit

Simon Says Stamp's new release "Friendly Frolic"! 
however, you can still use the code to get a FREE GIFT if you order from Simon Says Stamp
( valid till July 29th )! Use code : FREEG


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Friday, July 27, 2018

Use a Cover Die with Vellum

Hello friends!
Simon Says Stamp has a NEW release called
edited: this post is not part of the blog hop, however, you can still use the code to get a FREE GIFT if you order from Simon Says Stamp (two days only)! Use code : FREEG

This new collection is full of fun and lovely stamps and dies...and more.
You can find it over Simon Says Stamp Store here
FOLK DANCE Wafer Dies sssd111856 Friendly Frolic
FOLK DANCE Wafer Dies sssd111856 Friendly Frolic

from: Simon Says Stamp

I am lucky to have receive this gorgeous cover die called   "Folk Dance"!

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This cover die is really beautiful with the Nordic floral.
i am thinking of you today

I decided to create a colorful piece of vellum paper with Alcohol Ink and used it as an underlay for the cover die.
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If you are not comfortable using tons of Alcohol Inks, this is a great way to use it in a subtle and creative way. Yes, alcohol ink projects can be soft and pastel! 😊

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This is a great way to showcase the intricate cover die without taking too much attention away from it. Also, it is FAIL-PROOF!

The white-embossed sentiment is from EveryDay Message.
I am thinking of you
Hope you find my idea on using the Cover Die "Folk Dance" useful and interesting.

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

FOLK DANCE Wafer Dies sssd111856 Friendly Frolic

You can find it over Simon Says Stamp Store here


Use code CJ3NW to get 30% off Christmas items. 
(valid till July 29th, 11:59pm EDT)

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Spellbinders Winner Announcement and a VIDEO!

Hello friends!
I am popping in to announce the winner of yesterday's Spellbinders "Cut and Emboss" Blog Hop
And Guess what!!? I made a video yesterday! 
Your SWEET comments and POSITIVE feedback made me DO IT!  πŸ˜‡

I am so rusty with You Tube video. It's been  a year and half since I made a video! SO many things have changed and this old brain just can't process fast enough.
Please excuse that there is no proper intro and ending...( I made them, but don't know how to add them). So I am just showing the most important part of the video.
On the plus side, it is only over 3 minutes!  😁
Please give this a thumbs-up πŸ‘ if you like to see more!
I think I will just create YT videos under 5 minutes from now on! LOL

Enough of my babbling....

My 3 creations with the Cut and Emboss collection (so far, more to come).

Card #1
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Card #2
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Card #3
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The random winner of the Spellbinders Blog Hop is
Blogger Teri Smith said...
Virginia, we can always count on you to come up with beautiful inspiring cards! I wondered when I first saw your colouring using inks on the raised portions how you did it so well, as if I was using a blending tool, even a finger dauber, I'd have ink in places it was never intended to go. What a great tip you gave!! Not to forget to mention the awesome looking envelopes you created. You are truly talented!
July 25, 2018 at 5:29 PM
Congratulations,  Teri Smith, please contact Spellbinders at by the 08/05/2018 with the subject line "Spellbinders Cut & Emboss Folders Blog Hop Winner from Virginia’s Blog". You MUST include this blog link, 
or it will not be valid.  The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

If you do make a purchase through ANY of my affiliate links, please enter my Summer Giveaway (see details HERE

I am linking the Cut and Emboss products from Spellbinders for your reference.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Blog Hop (with a Video)

Hello friends!
I am absolutely delighted to share some projects with you.

I love these Embossing Folders as they leaves such a clean and crisp embossed image.
Even better, these folders CUT the paper through part of the embossing!

 You should be arriving from the blog of  Jennifer Gallacher .
If not, come on in and join the fun and inspiration.
You can find all the details about this hop over Spellbinders .

For my first project, I am using 
Floret Cluster Cut and Emboss Folder
Of course, you can use white or color card stock with this embossing folder and you are good to go  either way. I also love the idea of cutting the dry-embossed images out and embellish however you want. Sky is the limit!
So thankful for you

I love adding colors to the dry-embossed images with Distress thankful for you-002 

There may be other ways of coloring the images, but I find this method easy and effective.
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Since I don't have This Blending Tool, I thought of using the following method.

πŸ’‘Ding--->  1. use white foam, cut two pieces out and glue 2-3 pieces together
                    2. adhere the white foam onto acrylic blocks  (use clear adhesive tape, if necessary)
                    3. ink up edges with Distress Oxide to add colors
                    4. use more foam for various colors as desired
                    5. peel off the foam tape from the acrylic block when finished
                    6. discard/save foam, clean acrylic blocks

Note:  I thought of this "method" myself. 😁
I find it easy to do and inexpensive. Hope you can give this a try!

With the soft foam on acrylic block, I was able to to add colors to the ridges.

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 Here is another version of the same technique with a different Embossing Folder.

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In this close-up, you can the the embossed details with the shiny copper paper.
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The sentiment is part of the dies from "Miss You Swirl" Die.

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It takes some practice to color the small images with the foam tape.
I did all the coloring in front of TV and that worked out so nicely!  πŸ˜€
Be patient, too. If you make some unwanted smudges, cover the spots with sequins and drops (like I did here!). NO one will ever know.
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I also did some embossing with the envelopes. It is the EASIEST thing to decorate your envelops. Imagine all the personalized touches with the wedding invites!!?
You definitely will get your money's worth!

Cut and Emboss (Spellbinders)

I simply put the flaps in between the die cut plates and voila!

 I hope this post gives you some ideas on these amazing embossing folders.
EDITED!! I MADE A VIDEO (uploaded at 10:45pm, July25th)
I am SO rusty with YT has been over a yer since I mad video, please excuse my poorly-made video! SO much has changed since.

GIVEAWAY: To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, July 29th  11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

EXTRA Giveaway here:
Please leave me a comment for a chance to win $25 Spellbinders Gift Certificate. The winner will be responsible for shipping and duties and taxes (if applied), The lucky winner will be announced TOMORROW ( Yes, you read that right -->July 26th) at 6 PM, EST right here in this blog.  If you like the chance, you must comment before 5 PM, July 26th.

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰You can easily find the embossing folders in the following shops/links below.

Spellbinders Shop 

Simon Says Stamp
(Shop early for best selections)

Today's Blog Hop Order: 

 Nichol Spohr  
Tina Smith  
Desiree Kuemmerle  
Sandra Nagel 
 Gemma Campbell 
 Jennifer Gallacher  
πŸŽ€------------>Virginia Lu<------------πŸŽ€
 Janette Kausen 
 Jeanne Jachna  
Alicia Havranek  
Rubeena Ianigro  
Yana Smakula

Your next stop is the blog of Janette Kausen.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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(with $75 purchase) click here 
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