Sunday, February 28, 2021

Add Shine with a Border Die

Hello friends! 

I don't know about you, but sometimes a certain product prompt to  to get creative. 


The floral stamp is the latest smaller set form Penny Black's Daydream Collection. I find this stamp set's lovely image easy to color. you brighten my day

I colored the images with my one set of Karin Markers. You can use any coloring medium.
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After coloring, I thought to incorporate this geometric border die. At first, I only thought to use a black border die. At the end, I added two squares of gold glitter paper as part of inlaid die-cutting.

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The sentiment from Rain or Shine seems to be perfect.
  To top that off, I added a few sequins and call it a card!
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The Geometric Frames is full of potential and promise.... I hope to create more with it. 
Hope your day is lovely and bright!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

2nd Take with a Corner Die

Hello friends! 

I hope this posts finds you well. I am sharing my 2nd take with the Spring Blooms Corner Die from Simon Says Stamp. 

This was my 1st take. I think most of you really like it!You are the Bestest

 For today's card, all you need is color card stock, the die and sentiment. 

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This simple version is easy to create.

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 This one requires die-cutting twice and that's it. hello -007

This card is all about details, isn't it?

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Here I used assorted sequins to make the card shine!

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 If you do shop over Simon Says Stamp, be sure to use the code RSE542 and you will receive a FREE STENCIL (Rose Trio 6"x6").

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Altenew Certified Educators Instagram Blog Hop

 Hello friends!

As one of the coordinators of Altenew Educators Certified Program (AECP), I am joining a fun blog hop where all Educators will be sharing our love for Altenew through our handmade goodness/creations! The hop starts from @altenewllc so make sure you start from the beginning! 

For my project, I am taking out my latest favorites and put them all on a card! All products are highlighted in grey and are listed at the end of this post.

Altenew-Our Friendship Blooms Stamp & Die Bundle-Ornamental Feature Embossing Folder-NavyGoldTrim Washi Tape 

 The bouquet from Our Friendship Blooms Stamp, Stencil  & Die Bundle was easy to create thanks to the stencils. I gold-embossed the entire image to give it a rich look! 

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I decided to add Versatile Vase 2 for the bouquet. To achieve the look of the glass vase, I used a piece of vellum  (colored in alcohol marker) for the front of the vase. 

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 This card is meant to be mail out in a letter-size envelope. You can use the Nesting Slim Rectangles Die. I simply measured the letter size envelope and cut it to 3 1/2" x 7 1/4"

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 For the finishing touches, I partially dry-emboss the card front with Ornamental Feature Embossing Folder. I then added a piece of Navy Gold Trim Washi Tape for the extra interest.

Altenew offers 45% off on all mystery Bags!


After selecting your mystery bag, please click HERE to check out.

For the IG hop: Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow@altenewllc and _on my Instagram (yesvirginialu) and leave a comment by 3/3/2021Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this Instagram hop and announce the winners on Altenew’s Educator Instagram hop post on 03/05/2021. Meanwhile, please also follow me on my Instagram (yesvirginialu)

Spellbinders has a new deal and is offering up to 25% off select machines and tools, plus 50% or more off clearance tools. The deal is available until Monday March 1st, 2021.   
You can visit HERE for all the excellent die cut machines and tools. 
February New Arrivals are now available including a "want it all bundle" for the Make a Scene Collection and a Project Kit for Yana's Blooming Birthday. Check these out HERE

Thursday, February 25, 2021

TWO $15 Gift Card Winner Announcement

  Hello friends!

It's time to announce the monthly giveaway. Please scroll down to find out! 

I'd like to share a simple and sweet card with your first.
Altenew-Mini Crepe Cake Stamp & Die Bundle 

This crept image is so yummy, I think less is more, right?

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If you enjoy food and light coloring, this image is definitely for you. 
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Guess what!? It's FREE today ( last day today!)


Receive a FREE brand new Mini Crepe Cake Stamp Set($4.99 value) with *every order from 2/24/2021 at 12:01 am EST until 2/25/2021 at 11:59 pm EST or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. 


Be sure to check out  the link HERE once you are ready to check out!

Last but certainly not the least...It brings me a great pleasure to announce the TWO lucky random commenters!

Every month, Altenew offers two giveaway to my followers/readers. I am thankful for your frequent visits and that you take some precious time to leave me a comment. Your feedback and comments are the energy boost that keep me going. Without further ado, here are the two winners. 

From THIS post:

#4 Beverly S. said...

I have stars in my eyes after seeing your pretty cards using the layering stencils! These are definitely going on my wish list! Love all the new Altenew products!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Simon Says Stamp New Release "Hello Beautiful"

Hello friends! 

I have a super fun and simple project to share!

 This time, I am using Simon Says Stamp's new release products called "Spring Blooms Corner Die".

 I had a lovely time playing with this corner die. you are the bestest 

There are a few ways to approach a die like this. I opted for a simple and visually-appealing way. I used Alcohol Pearls Ink for the background.

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 The colorful sentiment was an after thought after I adhered the colorful panel. I always keep the alcohol inked-paper around until I use up the last bit of scraps.

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The sentiment is from Magnolia Cottage (another sweet set).
 I hope that you like today's card!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Stretch Your Frame Die

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a card featuring the Frame Die. You must already have a few basic shape dies in your stash. Today's post is a reminder on using it other than die-cutting.  

Isn't this stamp lovely? I started out with coloring the Rose Dance Clear stamp.
Coloring the image with Distress Oxide was easy. I decided to add more interest with the frame.
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This set of rectangle dies has some amazing and intricate details.

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By dry-embossing, I was able to make an impression on the paper without too much distraction from the die-cutting. Be sure to use an light brown embossing mat included in this machine. 

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As usual, I like to add some gold accent to the design. You can see the use of gold glitter, gold Washi Tape and gold sequins. hello -001 
After all, why not make it shine after all that work!? Thanks for stopping by! offers FREE GIFT: Metallic Gold Ink Pad

For a limited time, grab this FREE add-on Metallic Gold Ink Pad!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Clematis & Artist Alcohol Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!

It's time to share another exciting Altenew Paint-A-Flower with you.
We are celebrating this month's Build-A-Flower Clematis with a blog hop!
If you arrive from the blog of Terri Koszler, you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration. 

This image is not like the other... this time, there is a lattice background in the mix!

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I decided to color a small portion of the image and used a heart die.
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I used Woodless Color Pencils for this task. They are easy and precise for smaller areas. The NEW Artist Markers will be fantastic for coloring this image as well. At the time of creating this card, I have not received the new Artist Markers, so I used Woodless Color Pencils instead.

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  I added a piece of vellum underneath to make the focal point stand out even more.
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Giveaway Prizes$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 02/28/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 11 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 03/02/2021.

Your next stop is the blog of Tina Smith
Thanks so much for stopping by!