Thursday, November 21, 2019

Traditional Colors with Noel Die

Hello friends!
I must really love this Star NOEL Die (Penny Black)....
 because I kept thinking about it and getting ideas on using it.
Today's card was one of those. This time, I use more traditional colors for this festive design.

I started out with stamping the wreath from Winter Whimsy and then made the die cut. 
 I added extra piece of Noel Star die underneath with the inlaid die-cutting.

The metallic gold watercolor was heavily emphasized in this.

It was a bit time-consuming with the word Star Noel Die. But I find it relaxing to do these little steps. My craftsmanship is not perfect in this, but I like how this turned out. offers extra 10% Off for the Pre-Black Friday Sale.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

All About the Metal Dies!

 Hello friends!
I am popping in with a quick post about the dies. We all love how easy and fun to create with dies. 
Stand-alone dies are most versatile, such as Mid Century Frame Die.
Here I used it to highlight the sentiment and partially covered up the busy background.
I also love to change up the dies. Here I die cut it with Halftone Heart Die to create my own textured hearts. The textures of the heart came from Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die.
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I am sharing a few samples of my favorite from the last few months' creations. Please know that it is impossible to list all my favorite dies from Altenew. This Mega You is absolutely gorgeous.
you rock

 Here is another use of Mega YOU.

 I love using cover dies for dry-embossing. The Circle Quilt Cover Die is perfect for this.

I also love to use part of a large die for background. Here I used Mandala Die Set
to elevate the focal point (from Simply The best).
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Last, but certainly not the least. It's the 3D Dies.
 The Rose Flurries 3D Dies comes with.... 27 pieces. That seems daunting, but the size of the rose die are the same and this makes it easy to layer. Once you know the sequences, you will not have any trouble lining them up.
If you like the die sets like me, today is a good chance.....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Frosty Hello

Hello friends!

I am so inspired by the first snow here that I created another TWEET card with one of the new release from Penny Black.  Here is the first one from my previous post.
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This "Misty Melody" Cling Stamp may look simple, but it has delicate fine hand-drawn lines that makes any design look whimsical.

I love doing water-coloring as they are fairly risk-free and manageable. All you need to make sure is that you have the right card stock-use Bristol paper or any watercolor card stock will do.
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The entire image and frame are all water-colored. I used quite a bit of gold because I really think it is underused in my watercolor set.

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As you can tell, my branches have some heavy snow. I used the Marvey Snow Marker.
The Snow Maker has been around for a long time. I remember being fascinated by this marker when it was demonstrated by my local stamping store.
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About Marvey Snow Marker: simply apply the white sticky liquid from the pen to the desired area and heat it with the heat tool. Poof..... snow appears just like the "popcorn-like" white snow!

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I also love White Pico Embellisher. This is one white embellishment that I recommend. The nozzle makes it easy to control the flow and you can use as much/little as you like. Once dry, you are left with white glossy dots. It is awesome as "snow" or any white highlight. offers extra 10% Off for the Pre-Black Friday Sale.

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Forever In Love Stamp & Die Bundle

Hello friends!

I am sharing an Altenew promotion that is for today only. 
Previously I had created a few projects. I thought you might like to see them since there is a sale on.

1. pattern paper makes it easy to work with a stamp /die 

2. stamp a graphic background, 


emboss and die cut it!
3. Did I mention pattern paper?
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Altenew + The Daily Marker Color Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello friends!
I am delighted to be part of the Altenew + The Daily Makers Color Therapy Blog Hop! 
Whether you are into coloring or not, a little bit of coloring every day is good for the mind and soul. 

Altenew is collaborating with the amazing Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker to inspire crafters to find joy through coloring. Kathy is celebrating her 14th 30 Day Coloring Challenge until the end of November 2019. There is still lots of time to participate in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge by coloring something and share it on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day.

If you arrive from the uber fabulous Vicky Papaioannou, you are in the right place!
All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog.

For my project, I used the new release stamp called "It's a Feast"

This sweet and whimsical image is ideal for coloring.
It didn't take long to color the tiny details. I spent most of the time decorating the table cloth.


Starting from the left, I used three stencils to add the pattern. The yellow dotty details were stenciled with "Feeling Dotty",  Doily Frame Stencil" and Buffalo Plaid Stencil.

I then added a strip of pattern paper from "Rock Essential" Collection. This completed the card.
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Extra Giveaway: Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate in each designer's blog (such as my/this blog ) in this release. All winners will be announced on Nov. 24th 2019.
My blog is the last stop for this blog hop. I am glad that you've made it!
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Coloring with Distress Ink

Hello friends! 
Have you played with Distress Ink lately?
I am sharing a bird card that I created with Distress Ink.
I must confess that I have not used Distress Ink for ages ever since Distress Oxide came along.
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This time, I chose Distress Ink to color the images because I wanted the smooth and non-chalky colors.
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The winter scene calls for a COOL color scheme. In this photo I changed up the background into off white. I thought Distress Ink are great for conveying the wintery mood.
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AND it did not disappoint.  

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I definitely should use Distress Ink more! This is such a great exercise for picking up the old favorites!  If you have not touched Distress Ink as of late, then... it's time! offers 20% off on Tim Holtz items.
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Stamping with Cabbage (or anything)

Hello friends!

A little while ago, I share my stamping with cabbage with you.
If you miss the post, you can take a look here.

For today's card, I used the same cabbage in different inks! 
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I took a bright, bold and colorful approach this time. After stamping the cabbage with the last two cards, I trimmed off some more of the stalk and stamped in various inks. 

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I stamped around the background with the 3rd darkest shades in pink and ornage
 (ink colors are linked at the end of this post).

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I ink-blended the label die and stamped the sentiment in Antique Gold Pigment Ink.

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 Hopefully this post inspires you to look at your everyday objects with fresh eyes. Perhaps you will give this a try?  If you do, please link up to "Show and Share" (located at the top right side bar).
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