Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June's Show & Share Winner Announcement AND a Tag

Hello friends!
It gives me great pleasure to announce June 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 first lucky winners of June is ...
from this post:  
conil said...
June's Show & Share is a huge success!
 I had so much fun checking out everyone's creation and left each participant some blog love!
👉👉👉The next one will start on July 9th (mark your calendar and start creating!)
The lucky winners of Show & Share is ...

#60 Cindy C.

Congratulations, Coni and Cindy C. please e-mail me at virginia@altenew.com asap to claim your prize! BIG thanks to those who entered Show and Share.
Thank you for visiting this blog and shop through my affiliate links (located at my side bar).
I appreciate your support.
I totally enjoyed seeing your creations and be sure to come back for more on July 9th.

Last but not the least...here is a watercolor tag that I created

I die cut the watercolor paper with the new Altenew Terrific Tag Die Se. Once dry, I stamped it with Bird of Paradise and that's it. Creating tags doesn't take up a ton of time.
bird of paradise
I really enjoy a few minutes of tagging.

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I can't beleive 2020 is half over. Let's hope the next half is a better one
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Monday, June 29, 2020

Mini Delight: Victorian release Instagram Hop

Hello friends!
I’m joining a fun Instagram Hop with Altenew today to celebrate the release of Altenew’s Mini Delight: Victorian! 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 lovely yet intricate Victorian Stamp Set.
Altenew-MD Victorian-Nesting Labels Die #1
The style of these Victorian houses reminded me one of the most iconic Painted Ladies in San Francisco.

About Painted Ladies (source: Wiki):  In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings repainted, starting in the 1960s, in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies: San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians. Although polychrome decoration was common in the Victorian era, the colors used on these houses are not based on historical precedent:
Since then, the term has also been used to describe groups of colorfully repainted Victorian houses in other American cities.

Altenew-MD Victorian-Nesting Labels Die #2

I stamped the Victorian houses in warmer tone and colors. They are easy to line up and was not hard to stamp at all. Once I stamped 3 in a row, I cut and popped up the piece.
Altenew-MD Victorian-Nesting Labels Die #3

I then added a stripe of paper with the smallest Nesting Label Die and stamped the sentiment.
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

DIY Sentiment with Thickers

Hello friends!
Hope you are doing well. I am sharing a quick card with the Spellbinders June Card Kit. 

Today's card is composed of the leftover pieces from previous projects. I am sure you have your share of leftovers. Sometimes I tossed them, sometimes I save them.

After all the cutting an d trimming, I was left over many strips of paper. I decided to make a ribbon flowers along with the die.
Hola -001

With the ephemera  in the kit, it was easy to come up with the theme. Then the sentiment Hola seems perfect in this. I don't know much Spanish, but I do know a few words. Hola is one of them.

Much like songs that you evoke feelings and memories, cards can do that, too!
This card reminded me of the "It's a Small World" ride in Disney World and Disneyland.

Hola -002

I hope toady's post put a smile on your face. Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

StretchThat Border Die (Part 2) and Spellbinders Winner Announcement

Hello friends!
I am back to share my 2nd take with the Floral In "N" Out Border Die.

Here is my 1st take on this die. You can definitely compare with today's version.
thank you

Now you can see how easy it is to flip both ways and the card still "makes sense"!
thank you -001

To keep the design simple, I only added a piece of Washi Tape. The sentiment stamped white embossed and die cut.

thank you -002

I wanted to show off the gold, white and kraft colors.
Therefore, the sentiment's color became quite prominent.
thank you -003

The beauty of this border die speaks for itself and you don't need to do a ton. However, that doesn't mean it's boring because I have MORE ways of using it. Hope you like this version!

Last but not least, I have a Spellbinders Winner announcement from the blog hop. The lucky winner gets to enjoy $25 Spellbinders store credit!
It is..... ( 🥁drum roll please🥁)....
Congratulations, Sue D. Please e-mail me at becr8ive2@gmail.com ASAP
You must claim the gift certificate with Spellbinders by July 4th.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Altenew + Pinkfresh Studio “Celebrate” Collaboration Blog Hop Details + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: Super-heavy photo post 
It's a VERY special collaboration blog hop from Altenew and Pink Fresh Studio.
I am super excited to share 3 projects with you.
If you arrive from the blog of Erica Thompson, you are in the right place!

All the details about this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog 

Feature products #1: Celebrate Us Stamp, Celebrate Us Die, Celebrate Paper Pack
Altenew-Celebrate Us Stamp-Celebrate Us Die-CelebratePaperPack#1

This card depicts the sample that pattern paper and stamped water-colored image CAN co-exist.
Altenew-Celebrate Us Stamp-Celebrate Us Die-CelebratePaperPack#2

Can you believe that the background are from the Celebrate Us Pattern Paper? With the "thankful" (for you) die in white and gold card stock, this card was easy to create.
Altenew-Celebrate Us Stamp-Celebrate Us Die-CelebratePaperPack#3

Feature products #2: Celebrate Us Stamp, Celebrate Paper Pack, Celebrate Ephemera Set
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This card pretty much made it itself. I only need to stamped the image and used the gorgeous ephemera in the pack and that's it!
Altenew-Celebrate UsStamp-CelebratePaperPack-Celebrate Ephemera Set#3

The stamped flower was stamped in medium brown to compliment the embellishments.  
Altenew-Celebrate UsStamp-CelebratePaperPack-Celebrate Ephemera Set#2

Feature products #3: Celebrate Today Stamp, Celebrate Today Die, Celebrate Paper Pack
Altenew-Celebrate Today Stamp-Celebrate TodayDie-CelebratePaperPack#1

This card is all about the stamped image and coordinating die.
It serves as the focal point for this design.
Altenew-Celebrate Today Stamp-Celebrate TodayDie-CelebratePaperPack#4
By stamping it in non-traditional colors, I find that the image is more fun and playful.

Altenew-Celebrate Today Stamp-Celebrate TodayDie-CelebratePaperPack#2

I seriously adore the ephemera as the details really make a card so much more refined and detailed.
Altenew-Celebrate Today Stamp-Celebrate TodayDie-CelebratePaperPack#3

Here are my 3 projects in today's blog hop.
Altenew-Celebrate UsStamp-Celebrate Today Stamp-CelebratePaperPack-Celebrate Ephemera Set#4

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There are TWO grand prizes(entire collection worth $85.5) from Altenew and Pinkfresh Studio up for grabs. Two winners will be picked randomly from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below. Please leave your comments by 7/2/2020 to be eligible to win. 

Extra Giveaway:  
Altenew/Pinkfresh Studio will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate in each designer's blog (such as my/this blog ). All winners will be announced on Altenew Card Blog and Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page on July 8th, 2020.
Your next stop is the blog of Kelly Lunceford
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

How To Create a CAS Card with Mixed Media

 Hello friends! 
I am excited to share a project with you over Altenew Card Blog. 

 Mixed Media is all the rage, but do you know that you can create CAS (Clean and Simple) cards with these versatile supplies? Altenew offers wide range of Stencils, Ink Sprays, Washi Tape, Watercolor Sets/Markers... and Embossing Paste.  Pairing these with your favorite stamps and dies will stretch your supplies and creativity.  Today's CAS card will show you how to create with Mixed Media. I hope you will get creative and play!

Let's examine the 3 key elements in this CAS card : Geometric, Floral and Background. You can apply these 3 key elements as a formula in all of your designs.
Geometric: I started out with ink-spraying in the Watercolor Paper and let dry.  The Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray I used are Sunkissed, Warm Sunshine and Orange Cream. After running Gem Frame Die Set through Mini Blossom (with Metal Shim), you will get this lovely piece of die. I kept the middle piece in tact with a dab of glue.

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 Floral:  After stamping the outline images with Just Jasmine Stamp Set in Delectable Delights Ink, I die cut the images.  I stamped the center of the Jasmine flowers in Antique Gold Pigment Ink.

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 Background: With the Ink-Blending Tool, I inked up the bottom  of the card front in Milk Chocolate. I took out the Milky Way Stencil and applied Embossing Paste over it.  Once dried, I assembled all the die cut and stamped pieces.
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 It is always fun and exciting to use Mixed Media on cards. I hope that you are encouraged to try out the 3 key elements in your designs. I would also appreciate if you can leave me your comment over Altenew Card Blog. 

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