Sunday, May 31, 2020

Another Quick Ink-Smooshed Card

Hello friends!

This is my 2nd post today. For "Show & Share" and winners announcement, please click HERE.
Recently I have been experimenting more with ink-smooshing techniques.
Yes, Virginia.... I am telling myself that there more techniques and tricks to it!
I took out Herb Garden and tried my hands at ink-smooshing again.
 I am slowing learning on my own and find it intriguing.

I tried to use the inks that are closest to the actual herb colors. Since I enjoy using herbs, over the years , I grew many many pots of herbs and they all ended up, well, ...gone.
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Playing with this iamge makes me happy. Because I can't grow healthy plants, but at least, I can keep the herbs on paper looking healthy and pretty!

One note about the parsley, I did use a color pencil to add more green.
 Because the leaves are so small, it is best to use a pencil to add more green to it. 
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I matched the colors of the pots with Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Rustic Hinge and Mustard Seed. All ink-smooshing were created with Distress Oxide.
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Show & Share AND Winner Announcement (Altenew, Spellbinders)

Hello friends!

It gives me great pleasure to announce May Monthly Giveaway.
Each month, Altenew offers TWO monthly giveaway to my loyal blog followers who comment and support me and my blog. It is the last day of each month and it's time to announce the winners.
The two lucky winners of May are....

from this post (as mentioned in the post):  
Linda BL said...
Love seeing all the cards from the May release together. I still have to say that my favorite is the card on kraft, Find the Beauty in the Small Things. I really, really like that card.
Blogger Verna Angerhofer said...I love all of the cards you made with this set. All so beautiful!
May 21, 2020 at 11:26 AM

 For the Spellbinders May Release Blog Hop

The $25 Spellbinders Store credit goes to.......
Barbie Jo said...
Hi Virginia, thanks for sharing. I get the small die club and so enjoy seeing how designers use these beautiful dies. Love both your posts!
Congratulations, Barbie Jo, Please contact me at ASAP 
because the prize has to be claimed by the 6/5/2020

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

This month's of Show & Share is a huge success!
 I had so much fun checking out everyone's creation and left each participant some blog love!
πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰The next one will start on June 9th (mark your calendar and start creating!)
 πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ the $10 gift certificate goes to....
Gift Certificates!

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Congratulations, Linda BL, Verna, Barbie Jo, lacartesilvousplait
please e-mail me at by June 5th to claim your prize!
BIG thanks to those who entered Show and Share.
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I appreciate your support.
I totally enjoyed seeing your creations and be sure to come back for more on June 9th.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Altenew Mini Delight: Birthday Love Release Instagram Hop

Hello friends!

I’m joining a fun Instagram Hop with Altenew today to celebrate the release of Altenew’s Mini Delight: Birthday Love Set! Feel free to start the hop over at @altenewllc!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners!
For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and leave a comment on each stop on this Instagram Hop. Meanwhile, please also follow me on my Instagram (yesvirginialu)

Here is my take on this simple balloon image.
With the outline, I stamped and die cut the pieces.

One note about the sequins
Do you know that you can color the Satin White Sequins
to any color of your choice? I used Artist markers!and they worked so beautifully. I highly recommend you to get White Satin Sequins.I then arranged the colorful balloons as a small flower.

It is whimsical and fun!
 Underneath the balloon, I applied some yellow ink with Bursting Dahlia Stencil.

Now please follow the balloon and head to my IG here and leave your comment. 

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Friday, May 29, 2020

How to Create A Photo Card in 3 Easy Steps

 Hello friends!
It is my turn again to share a project over Altenew Card Blog.
I hope that you stop by and check it out. As we approach our summer months in North America, that doesn't mean I have to stop my fun indoor projects! One of my favorite things to do during the summer is turning special photos into photo cards! It is a fun and meaningful activity to do with kids, especially. With the steps below, I hope that you will be inspired to create your very own special photo cards!

When the Whimsical Flowers & Quotes Stamp Set was released, I knew it was ideal for a photo card. It has an ornate and lovely hand-drawn borders with a fairly large opening in the center. Not only it is suitable for coloring enthusiasts, it is also ideal for creating a photo card! Here are my 3 simple steps:
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Step 1: Select a photo and theme: I chose my daughter and son-in-law's wedding photo from last fall. The design of Whimsical Flowers and Quotes Stamp Set pairs well with their elegant clothing. The white-embossing on Vellum Translucent Paper matches my daughter's dress and works well as a photo frame.
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Step 2: Fussy cut, trim, fit and arrange: after embossing the image (in Pure White Embossing Powder) on Vellum Translucent Paper, I cut around the frame from the inside. I trimmed off a few small parts of leaves and branches to make the photo fit in better. When cutting detailed images, I've learned to rotate the paper as I cut.

Step 3: Embellish: the Satin White Sequins are beautiful. I only needed a few of them for that extra sparkle.
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Photo cards are perfect for sending to relatives and friends who live far away. I think any of them would LOVE to receive this family photo card!

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Quick Card with Ink Smooshing

Hello friends!
I am popping in to share a quick card that I made a few hours ago.
This morning, I was itching to do some messy quick coloring.

The new Delicate Bouquet Stamp Set is just perfect for that.
I took out Crimson, Red Ruby Lagoon and Lime for the ink-smooshing.
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I find it helpful to add ink with one color at a time. This really helped me  to strategically add the desired colors to the intended area.

πŸ‘‰ For those who are not familiar with ink-smooshing: basically, you take out a piece of acetate  (any packaging will do) and ink up the intended colors and mist it with water. you then carefully ink up the area that you desire with the acetate.

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Be sure to have a piece of paper towel on hand, so you can quickly wipe away the brown splotches. I did have some, but it is not as obvious since I removed it as soon as they appeared.
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The key is not to stress about specific area if it doesn't go as planned. This loose watercoloring always give you that organic and unexpected result. That is what I find it so appealing.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Creative Curves-Revisit

Hello friends!
Hope you are doing well.
In today's post, I am doing a little recap of 5 cards that I made.
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Do you see what they have in common?
 Creative Curves from Penny Black Secret Garden Collection.
I love using dies for stenciling. This is another great way of stretching the die.
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The stenciling in this card adds colors, details and depth.
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My other favorite thing to do with a die is to leave bits of die in tact.

This card has that extra "drama" thanks to the extra die pieces.

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The die cut piece keep all the images grounded.

The last one is my "think outside of the box" card. I used it as a "fence".
I know there are more ideas out there.... sky is the limit.
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BTW the Layered Leaves are also back in stock over 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

DIY Metallic Embellishment

Hello friends!
I am popping in with a fun post to share.
It is about creating your own Metallic paper.
You can then use it for your focal point or embellishments!
Yes, metallic! It may seem complicated, but it really is not.
All you need is metallic watercolor ink and watercolor paper (listed at the end of the post).
 I am using Altenew Metallic Watercolor, but you can use any type that you may have on hand. I am listing a few more at the end of the post and they all work great!
I am using Wavy Outline Roses as my example.
Starting with my DIY metallic paper, I applied the red, gold and copper colors.
Once dry, I ran the die through the die cut machine .

I wish you all good things

To keep the die cut pieces in tact, I used extra paper and adhere the loose pieces with Washi.

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Then I worked on the background with Starburst Stencil.
For extra interest and dimensions, I added the Square Die.
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For good measure, I decided to add a piece of wide Gold Foil 1 inch Washi Tape. 
This seems to give the entire card a good balance, too!
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This is how it looks under the bright lights. I find the sentiment from Stone Mosaic Stamp Set is so suitable for a "thinking of you"/"congrats" themed cards.

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That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!