Friday, September 14, 2018

Spellbinders Blog Hop (and a Photo Tutorial)

Hello friends!
warning-photo-heavy post

It brings me great JOY to share a Christmas project with you.
Today's post is part of the Spellbinders Blog Hop.
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 As you can tell from the banners, we are featuring the collections from
 




My project is from the collection of "A Sweet Christmas by Sharyn Sowell"
If you come from the blog of Sharyn Sowell ( Gasp! ....the DESIGNER of the collection!!), you are in the right place!

I am using Die D-Lites Mistletoe Doily Etched Dies.
This die comes with 3 pieces and can be used for many purposes/occasions.


Die D-Lites Mistletoe Doily Etched Dies A Sweet Christmas by Sharyn Sowell
Die D-Lites Mistletoe Doily Etched Dies A Sweet Christmas by Sharyn Sowell

from: Spellbinders

I decided to create a super colorful Alcohol-Inked paper.


Merry Christmas

Once I created the colorful paper, the rest was easy.
I thought it will be extra cool to make this a shaker element and that is what I did.

Merry Christmas (2)

Can you see the light pink and white sequins?

Merry Christmas

Since it's a mistletoe, it is only appropriate to add a twine bow, right?
I finished it off with the gold-foiled sentiment from "Santa Parade"
Merry Christmas (3)

My next card shows you an easy and creative way to use a silhouette die like this one...
Shapeabilities Love & Cookies Etched Dies A Sweet Christmas by Sharyn Sowell
Shapeabilities Love & Cookies Etched Dies A Sweet Christmas by Sharyn Sowell

from: Spellbinders
(shop Simon Says Stamp here)

I took out the Altenew Artist Markers and  created a colorful background with gradient.
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As you can see from the photos, this card came along together very easily. 

love and joy

I took out the DCWV Glitzy Metallic Paper and added sentiment. I also stamped the background with "Halftone Squares"

love and joy (2)

Spellbinder's Die are made of high quality and great designs.
I hope that you enjoy the blog hop and got inspired.

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GIVEAWAY: To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.


Today's Blog Hop Order: 

๐ŸŽ…------------>Virginia Lu <------------๐ŸŽ„

Your next stop is the blog of Jennifer Snyder .
Thank you for stopping by! 

75 comments:

Jennifer Snyder said...

What a shaker card! Oh my goodness gracious that is exquisite. Love your photo warning.

Rai Guidone said...

Cute ideas!

Lynda Mellor said...

Happy days ahead๐Ÿ˜Š
Loopy Lyndax

mel h said...

Love how you made the papers for these die cuts. A super creative touch.

Cynthia Cole said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Joy Meadows said...

Love these beautiful cards, Virginia! Spellbinders dies are always so unique and so easy to use. Love this holiday release.

Karthikha said...

Fantastic cards!! They are so elegant and festive, I love the first one a lot! :)

Becca Yahrling said...

Beautiful and fun cards, Virginia. Love the wreath!

Quilt lady said...

That is such a cute shaker card. Great Christmas cards.

Clare said...

Your shaker card is fantastic!

bev p said...

the gradient look of the sillhouette is really interesting. Love it! thank you.

justMarie said...

Great color on your cards!

TrainWithMeghan said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the ombre of the red one! And such amazing colors!

cghundley said...

Lovely cards. I
Love the die cut
on the second card,
so pretty inked up.
Carla from Utah

Cindy Thick said...

I like the shaker card. Great cards.

Diane said...

Love your creativity! Making the papers that you used, incorporating a shaker in the first card. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Peggy said...

Your shaker card is awesome and your coloring of the second is cool!

SHartl said...

I love your beautiful and colorful cards, and the mistletoe doily design is awesome!

Dawn Turley said...

Your cards are incredible Virginia. Love the shaker card and your ombre card is just fabulous.

Linda BL said...

The mistletoe doily die is so delicate and when combined with your beautiful paper ithe card is amazing. Love the silver mixative--adds a special touch!

Sherri Little said...

Love the marker striped/blended background used for a silhouette image die.

Teresa Stevens said...

What a creative set of cards, Virginia! I love your use of the vibrant colors!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love silhouettes.
The way you colored the baking
group is a wonderful idea.
thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shirley Hutchins said...


Such a beautiful tag. Thank you for sharing your gift!

conil said...

Good heavens, Virginia, these are both so beautiful. Love the shaker, it's so festive and charming. And your lovely, homey diecut card is a pure delight. The way you colored the diecut is perfection.

Lillian Child said...

So very lovely!! Thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration with all of us!!

Sophia Vida said...

Such wonderful ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Michelle Byerley said...

I just love the colorful arrangement and love shaker cards Thank you for sharing.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

beautiful shaker card - love how you used alcohol ink colored paper.
loved the gradient color of the second card

Barb Housner

Adrianne Fane-Hervey said...

fab cards specially like the "ombre" style card

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such pretty holiday cards Virginia. Especially love the shaker. The alcohol ink paper is awesome! Love the look.

Rose Mary Smalley said...

Boy,there is a lot of talent along this blog hop....so awesome...and fun....
I loved your shaker card...and also your second card was lovely in the way it was presented.....thank you so much for sharing your projects....hugs

sharon g said...

The hombre bakers look great

DJ said...

That shaker is spectacular! What a beautiful way to use your backgrounds. TFS.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

QUITE LOVELY!!!!! Love these new goodies!

Cyndi Morris said...

Beautiful cards. I love the Mistletoe Doily. Your coloring is gorgeous.

Lynn Harrell said...

OMG the shaker card is gorgeous. Can't wait to give this a try once my dies arrive. Thanks for sharing with us.

Pam Young said...

Love the ombrรฉ used on the silhouette!! Great cards!!

Nikki said...

Awesome cards, love the colors.

happyhappyjavajoy said...

What a fabulous idea to make your own background paper for the die cut shaker card. Sometimes the simplest ideas elude me and then someone creative like you reminds us what to do!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Beautiful projects, Virginia! Especially love the mistletoe circle one - such a pretty color combo!!

Unknown said...

The colors on the first card really are beautiful.

Nancy-Anne Rockwell said...

Wonderful cards!!

Helen Budz said...

Virginia, these holiday projects are so lovely. The vibrant colors are so festive. tfs

Penny Walker said...

Great cards, love the alcohol inking. Thank you for sharing.

mindy1414 said...

I don't think I have ever seen such an elegant shaker card, it's stunning! Thank you for sharing both cards and the inspiration.

Unknown said...

The shaker card is magnificant! Thanks for sharing your inspiration. they are all truly amazing and cant wait to see what the Spellbinder line brings out next.

Balsam Ridge Crafts said...

Cool idea! very creative.

Birgit said...

What a great way to create an ombre effect. This is darling!

Darlene Christian said...

Great use of color.

Sheila said...

What bright and cheery cards. I like how you colored your paper before you cut it out. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

Love your homemade papers, they make your beautiful cards extra special.

Lori Podolsky said...

Your cards are truly lovely, colourful and simply awe-inspiring!

Mrsfish02 said...

All the ladies have wonderful products in this release. Pretty hard to pick a favorite. Love your mistletoe and a awesome shaker too. The colors are so gorgeous.

dewy said...

I love the alcohol ink background ..very nice!

Sue D said...

I like the papers you created and that the first one is a shaker.

Unknown said...

I love the alcohol ink and ombre shading. Very nice projects.
JackieA.

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards, and thank you for the Technic I haven't tried that yet.

Diane17Lynne said...

Great mistletoe shaker card. I like how you created your own colored paper. Great colors.

Denise Bryant said...

Love the shaker card and the beautiful silhouette! Getting in the mood to start some holiday cards with all this inspiration!

daffy said...

love your cards I think the Mistletoe card is my favorite

Dee Earnshaw said...

wow your cards are so pretty - LOVE the wreath!!!

Patti J said...

Very pretty! I'm enjoying this fun hop!

Purple Princess said...

Very pretty cards! I love the font of the letters!

Cynthia Koop said...

I really love the 1st card with the alcohol ink wreath. It is so simple and so pretty for the holidays!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Beautifully done!! Am always learning new things and remembering to use what I have!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Lynne Wilcox said...

Love the shaker!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great cards Virginia! Especially love the one with the paper you created using makers, great impact!

Nandini said...

Love the new collections. And the inspiration cards are really beautiful. My favourite is the first one. The colours are absolutely gorgeous!

Leanne said...

So pretty!!

Patti H. said...

Wonderful cards, Virginia! I especially love silhouette card.

Dana M said...

Stunning cards Virginia! I love your clean designs as they beautifully enhance the gorgeous coloring techniques you used. Your alcohol technique is stunning.

Jean said...

These are so creative!

Anna Rodgers said...

Your cards are very sweet! I love the alcohol inked shaker card made from the gorgeous mistletoe die! So pretty!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love the beautiful cut outs your paper created. Thanks for sharing