Friday, December 31, 2021

Die-namic Creations in 2021

 Hello friends!

I am sharing the very last post of 2021! How did we get here? I am asking myself that question more and more.... Covid put the world to a stop in many ways and it forces us to stay home. More on that at the end of this post.

  Today's post is highlighting a few of my creations with dies.  Please join my on a trip down the memory lane.

This Spellbinders Hyacinth Die is definitely one of a kind. Never have i made a card with SO many small pieces of die.  With a little bit a lot of patience, the result sure paid off.

thank you

It was amazing to see a flower "bloom" right in front of your eyes!thank you

The white Hyacinth  can be just as captivating as the colored one.


The next one is all about landscape. With the right die, this card was super easy to piece together.

Small Die+Card Kit+Clear Stamp -001

Slimline designs are all the rage in 2021. Here is a perfect fie for that purpose.Small Die +Card Kit (Virginia Lu)  - Copy 

for you 

If you are stitched-challenged like me, this die will make you think you can be a stitching expert.thanks -004

 Like millions, I miss traveling and seeing friends and relatives. Despite the challenges we face, 2021 is a transitional year for my personal life.  These were the happenings: The graduation of David (UC San Diego) in Spring and relocating to the Bay area with his dream job, the passing of my father-in-law in July, the new home ownership of our daughter and son-in-law in Fall.... Dr. John's and my milestone birthdays. That is what 2021 is about for me. I am grateful.

I wish that 2022 will bring us all good health, peace and stress-free!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you in 2022!

Thursday, December 30, 2021

My Favorite Cards: Dry-embossed

Hello friends!

I have a fun post to share..... 

As 2021 is coming to a close, I take this chance to look back on some of my cards and grouped them into categories and perhaps you will get inspired from them again. In case you miss seeing them, this is a good chance to view them from fresh eyes. Let's get started, shall we? 

1. Embossing folder may not be the focal point in a design and yet it can elevate the theme to the next level. In this case, the balloons are super fun and allows the right surface to have a sentiment, too!

Altenew-Celebrate With Cake Die Set-Bunch of Balloons 3D Embossing Folder-Altenew Blend Paper Pack (4)
2. This one has partial dry-embossed textures. You do not need added paper. Simply turn the embossing folder in an angle and run with it.


3. Part of the embossing folder has the dots....why not go with the flow and add COLORS to it?

keep on shining

4. This special Modern Birthday Embossing Folder has a sentiment. Here is one that you use in the background

Altenew-Our Frienship Blooms-Modern Birthday Faux Letterpress Debossing Folder (2) .  

With the same dry embossing folder, you turned it upside down and you just show off the flourishes.
Altenew-Gold Band Lily Layering Die Set-Mega Stamp Frames Die Set-003

6. Here is the same embossing folder to show how it is "properly used". Stamping some simple outlined floral makes this card extra special.

Altenew-Modern Birthday Faux Letterpress Debossing Folder-Our Friendship Blooms Stamp Set-003

 7. Remember ti tilt/move/turn your embossing folder. Here's the Window Slats Embossing Folder.

Altenew-PAF Sweet Pea -Window Slats 3D Embossing Folder-Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set  -001

  I find it liberating to turn it side ways and then used only part of it without added textured paper.

8. Use the embossing folder AS IS. The white dry-embossed textures can't be beat.

Altenew-PK Elegant Motifs
9. Let the Simple Frame Embossing Folder be your unsung Hero! love you -001
10. Just go with the groove! Let the design of the Linked Ovals Embossing Folder takes you places! For example, I simple gold-embossed the groove and let this be an Art Deco style! Altenew-Linked Ovals 3D Embossing Folder-All About Thanks Die

Thank you for stopping by! 


Lastly, the Altenew Year-end Warehouse sale is on till the end of 2021. I have listed the sales items that I would recommend. Have fun shopping and check out HERE.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Altenew: A Year In Review Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!

Can you believe that 2021 is coming to an end? I am delighted to take part in Altenew Year End In Review Blog Hop. For all the info about this hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog.

If you arrive from my dear friend Vicky Papaioannou's blog,
 you are in the right place. If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration.  
Since I actively create with Altenew products, it is hard to pin down what are my favorites. With that, I chose one card for each month and this gives you a summary of my creations this past year.  
~~~~~~ All products are listed at the end of this post~~~~~

January: A Little Bit of Love, Dotted Lines Cover Die, Craft-a-Flower SnowDrops, 
Enjoy the Ride Paper Pad
01242021-A Little Bit of Love-Dotted Lines Cover Die-CAF CAF SnowDrops-Enjoy the Ride Paper Pad

February: Flower Bunch Simple Layering Stencils
Flower Bunch Simple Layering Stencils

March : Gradient Cardstock Coffee Break, Gradient Cardstock Red Sunset, Leaf Mix Die Set, Linear Pathway Alpha Solid, Linear Pathway Alpha Outline Die
Altenew-Gradient Cardstock Coffee Break-Altenew-Gradient Cardstock Red Sunset-Leaf Mix Die Set-Linear Pathway Alpha Solid-Linear Pathway Alpha Outline Die

April: Mini Flower Cluster Layering Die, Slim Sentiments Die, Poured Acrylic 6x6 Paper Pad
Altenew-Mini Flower Cluster Layering Die-Slim Sentiments Die-Poured Acrylic 6x6 Paper Pad -001 
 May: Craft-A-Flower Buttercup, Green Meadow Gradient Card Stock, Summer Afternoon Gradient Card Stock, Sphere Stencil
 Altenew-CAF Buttercup-Green Meadow Gradiant Card Stock-Summer Afternoon Gradiant CArd Stock-Sphere Stencil

June: Craft-A-Flower Peruvian Lily, Simple Frame Mask Stencil, Frosty Pink Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Altenew-CAF Peruvian Lily-Simple Frame Mask Stencil-Frosty Pink Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray  (2)

  July: Watercolor Extravaganza, Simple Frame Mask Stencil
07272021-Watercolor Extravaganza-Simple Frame Mask Stencil-001
  August: Tropical Leaf Mix Die Set-Floral Drape Stencil, Simply Spring Stamp Set
Altenew-Tropical Leaf Mix Die Set-Floral Drape Stencil-Simply Spring Stamp Set
 September: Flowing Foliage Die Set, 24Artist Pan Set, Bird of the Wood Stamp Set
 Altenew-Flowing Foliage Die Set-24Artist Pan Set-Bird of the Wood Stamp Set

 October: Craft-a-Flower Sweet Violet, Sentiment Strip Stamp Set
Altenew-CAF Sweet Violet-Sentiment Strip Stamp Set (2)

 November: Simple Shape Cover Die, Painted Blooms Die Set, Paint-a-Flower-African Daisy
 Altenew-10232021-SimpleShapeCoverDie-Painted Blooms Die Set-PAFAfrican Daisy-001

December: Gold Band Lily Layering Die Set, Mega Stamp Frames Die Set
Altenew-Gold Band Lily Layering Die Set-Mega Stamp Frames Die Set-001
 All paper and envelopes are now 35% Off. Check it out HERE.
All products links are listed below. Affiliate links are applied at no additional cost  to you. 
Thank you for your support. 

Giveaway Prizes: To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/06/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 9 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/08/2022.

EXTRA Giveaway: Guess what!? I get to give away one $10 Altenew Gift certificate to one of you who commented in this very post. I will announce it on January 7th, 2022 right here in this blog.

Your next stop is the blog of Yasmin Diaz
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Spellbinders in Review and Christmas Blowout Sale

πŸŽ…πŸŽ„MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friends!πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

Hope your Christmas Eve was a happy and relaxing one.

SALES EXTENDED to December 29th, 2021

I am back to share a few past Club Kits from Spellbinders as they are having a Christmas Blowout sale. Based on the order of my projects, I listed all the products at the end of this post.

sending love -003

thank you -001


Spellbinders March Club 2021

Spring -004

life is better with you -001

hello you

Small Die of the Month 

best wishes -003 

grateful -001 

Merry Christmas -003 


I am spending my Christmas day cooking turkey and spending time with my family. I hope Santa is good to you.... I think I was NICE this year! Wish you a BEAUTIFUL Christmas Day!

SALES EXTENDED (edited on Dec. 26th)
Shop Christmas Blowout Sale and check out HERE

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