Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Creative Ways of Combining Stamps (4 Ways!)

Hello friends!  

I am popping in with a quick share about combining two unlikely stamps together.

Previously, I made a few stamped background with Enlightened (Penny Black)
1 in stock over Simon Says Stamp, 9 in stock over Scrapbook. com (as of posting time)

I  really love how this background turned out. But I was left with a "now what!?" question in my head. I did used the same background stamp to create....

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 just for you





So..... this time, I paired it with the Companions (aptly named) 

You get this result. 


Isn't this cling stamp amazing?

thanks (4)

I used Distress Oxide for the background as usual.

thanks (2)

 I then stamped the rose outlines at both corners with Versamark.  Thanks to the colorful background, this card took very little time to create.

thanks (3)

The sentiment is part of the Thanks & Hello Die.


The last few days have been emotional and  stressful. My 94-year old Father-in-law is gravely ill. I share some of the latest pictures over my Instagram My Story. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful messages.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Spellbinders Jane Davenport Project Inspiration Blog Hop

Hello friends! 

I am honored to be part of the Spellbinders Jane Davenport Project Inspiration Blog Hop.

About Jane Davenport’s newest collaboration with Spellbinders, features gorgeous art supplies and tools that are not just pretty on the outside but a powerhouse on the inside. This collection includes die cutting machines, dies, stamps, inks, stencils and more. Be endlessly inspired and create your own expressive, meaningful art!

1. Featured products: Magic Wand Colored Pencils Art Essentials and Sending Love

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 This card was colored in color pencils. I have other color pencils and this one is great surprisingly!  The reason that I said "surprisingly" is because the price is so good!  So good that it is too good to be true!

sending love

The Sending Love Stamp Set can be used all year round and great for coloring. The colors do blend well, especially if you use Gamsol Blending Solution

Magic Wand Colored Pencils ArtEssentials (Virginia Lu)

 You can see the difference: with blending (the top 4 hearts) and without blending (bottom right pink hart). I love how easy they are for my fingers as they are not strenuous to work with.

2. Featured products: Aqua Pastels Watercolor Crayons from Art Essentials

AquaPastels Watercolor Crayons from Art Essentials (Virginia Lu)

These crayons are water-soluble and are easy to apply the colors!

sending you love

The crayons can be blended (see as in the hot air balloons) and un-blended (see the blue/purple streaky background).nDSC_0040

3. Featured products: AquaPastels Watercolor Crayons from Art Essentials and Magic Wand Colored Pencils Art Essentials

AquaPastels Watercolor Crayons

The coloring pencils are wonderful to color with. This bunny is darling! I used the Crayons to color the rainbow border.

a happy hello

Here are my 3 super colorful projects for this hop. All stamps are from Spellbinders past Monthly Club kits. 3 cards

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Giveaway:To celebrate this event, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 4th 11:59 pm EDT. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post the following Wednesday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

 Today blog hops:

  Spellbinders Blog
Annie Williams
Marie Heiderscheit
Ilina Crouse
Jennifer Snyder
Linh Van
Deborah Jenkins
🌺🌻🌼Virginia Lu🌺🌻🌼
Jessica Vasher
Rosemary Dennis
Heather Hoffman
Jennifer Kotas
Natasha Vacca
Norine Borys

Monday, June 28, 2021

"Anything But A Card" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

 Hello friends!

I am delighted to be part of the Altenew Educator Blog Hop. My current role in the Altenew Educator Program is overseeing the last workshop and help with the final certification. It has been a joy to certify over 40 Educators. Each time is just as exciting as the first time!
 The theme of this hop is "Anything But A Card"!
We are celebrating this month's Build-A-Flower with a blog hop!

If you arrive from the blog of Nancy Souza you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration. 

 For this blog hop, I decided to make it practical and keep it simple. I also incorporated a bit of recycle element.  After all, we all have some store paper bags around the house. Why not use it instead of buy gift bags!?
Atenew-Wildflower Collection Paper & Ephemera Bundle -Many Dots Washi Tape

If you look closely, you can see the Banana Republic logo underneath the dotty Washi Tape! I took out the Wildflower Collection and decorated the kart gift bag.

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However, with the right paper and creativity, all is transformed!

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To make it natural and organic, I added black splatter on the bag.

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Thank you for your support. 

Receive a FREE brand-new Bold Heels Stamp Set ($4.99 value) with *every order from 6/28/2021 at 12:01 am EDT until 6/29/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically.

Giveaway Prizes: $200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $35 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 07/04/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/06/2021.


There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Anything But A Card” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

 Congrats, you've made it to the end of this hop as this is the last stop.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Stamp & Die & Stencil Bundles

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share some examples of Altenew Stamp & Die & Stencil Bundles. You see, they are on sale for today only--15% Off

 I am sharing my card and listed all the products at the end of this post. Please use Inlinz for your shopping. If you have any questions about this post, please e-mail me at

Tall Foliage Simple Stamp & Die & Coloring Stencil Bundle


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Mod Vases Stamp & Die & Mask Stencil Bundle

Altenew-Our Friendship Blooms Stamp & Die Bundle-Ornamental Feature Embossing Folder-NavyGoldTrim Washi Tape-003

Spotted Orchid Stamp & Die & Mask Stencil Bundle


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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Soft Coloring with Distress Oxide and More

 Hello friends!

I am sharing a cute and sweet card today. The other day, I felt the need to do some light coloring.

This darling stamp "Fur and Feather" from Penny Black has been waiting for me. 

much love to you

I colored lightly entirely with Distress Oxide. I like the chalky texture from the Oxide. I must admit that I have neglected my Distress Ink ever since the Oxide came to the market!

much love

Since this image is rather detailed and elaborate, I kept the colors soft and pastel. I did, however, emphasize the bright colors of the flowers.

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I took out a few Zig Clean Color Markers and colored the tiny flowers directly. This proved to be very effective and easy! 

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The bright colors really make this card shine BRIGHT. Thanks for stopping by! 

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Friday, June 25, 2021

June's Altenew GC Winner Announcement

 Hello friends!

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: