Monday, June 26, 2017

Create a CAS Card with Big Impact

Hello friends!
I know that I am supposed to post less, but here I am with another...Lol.
Currently I am traveling with my son David in Taiwan. It has been hot hot hot!!!
It's a luxury to travel as mother and son together as we know that young people these days are "busy".    I am constantly reminded how blessed I am as David is quite the perfect companion. His keen sense of directions and navigation (and patience) save me ( I am totally clueless with directions) from all the stress. I am savouring the time and will be cherishing the memories in years to come.

Don't forget to check the sales item over Altenew(see HERE)
Also, you can now order the NEW Distress Oxide HERE ---All 12 New colors!!!
Ps: I am editing the post with my IPad as it can be a little challenging....

And now, I am popping in to share a quick and easy card hope you don't mind.

There are just 4 ingredients in this.

2. A stamp set with outlines like this Best Bud (SSS), Best Bud (Altenew


3. Embossing Powder ( I used white)

 Shop Altenew here, Simon Says Stamp here

4. Pattern paper 
such as New Day Card Kit (SSS, Altenew)
You can use ANY type of pattern paper.

thanks (2)

The trickiest part of this project is the embossing on the heat-resistant acetate.
 To prevent the stray embossing powder is to use an embossing power bag or EK SuccessPowder tool. Mine is not perfect, you can still see tiny bits of white embossing powder...
but hey, isn't that a great "artistic touch"?


 All the supplies that you need to create this project are color-highlighted
 I hope that you find this post helpful.
As usual, I appreciate that you use my affiliate links to do your shopping at no extra cost to you.
Thanks for stopping by!

PS: If you have not checked out my new "Stencil Sunday @Virginia's" series, please scroll down to the previous post.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stencil Sunday @Virginia's #1

Hello friends!

 I hope that you are enjoying your Sunday!
 Since summer is finally here, I decided to post less frequently in the next little while.  
We all need to unwind and enjoy outdoor more whenever possible.
 What you will see regularly are:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 
Stencil Sunday @Virginia's 

This feature is FREE for all you to enjoy!
In return, I do appreciate that you use my affiliate links for your craft purchase.
There are a few organizations that I donate regularly.  The source of earning will be allocate to the charities that I support: Red Cross,World Vision, PBS and TV Ontario.
 A heartfelt thank-you for your support.

So, that brings to today's new feature!
I will be sharing stenciled cards with stamps and inks every Sunday during this summer.
I hope with quality posts, you will still get a dose of stamping fun during the summer.
Don't forget to link your summer creations (at the right side bar) for Virginia's Blog Party!
 Let's get right to STENCILS!


My first card features the Grid Stencil.
I started with spraying inks over the stencil.
you are amazing by Virginia Lu

It did a little blotchy, but I think that makes the card more original and artsy!

you are amazing

Once the paper is dry, I stamped and die cut the Build-A Flower Magnolia (shop Altenew, shop Simon Says Stamp).

you are amazing (Stencil) (2)

Since the background is so bright and colorful, it seems like a good idea to stamp the magnolia to tone down the colors and also it provides a better color contrast!

you are amazing (stencil)
And there you have it- a stenciled card created with dies and stamps.

 You can find today's supplies
at Simon Says Stamp, click here. 

at Altenew Shop, click here and here.

Today is also the LAST day to get 25% off for Copic products (click here)

 Please shop through all my highlighted links.
Thank you so much for your support.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Have a Chill Summer!

Hello friends?
How is you summer going? I said that I would slow down in blogging.
 Well, starting NEXT week, there will be just two posts a week: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and Stencil Sunday @ Virginia's. Hope we can "handle that"! 😁

Don't forget the Summer Blog Party going on (see my top right side bar or click here). 
Be sure to link your summer creations up and share with the world!!

Okey Dokey, let's get to today's card.
have a chill summer

Steps I took to create this project:
~stamp the background: white-emboss the Popsicle
~multi-color stamping: the Popsicle come with assorted colors. MISTI is a must for this.
~stamp the border: the stamp set comes with the long border stamp. I took the opportunity to ink and color the Popsicle with Distress Oxide.

have a chill summer

For the border stamping, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops to simulate the "ice".

have a chill summer

Hope you find this card "cool"!!

 you can find "one of a kind"---->here
👉 Be sure to use the code "Cheery" to get $5 off from your order...
The Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit is out also--->here
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Today's project supply list

Friday, June 23, 2017


  Hello hello!
I want to share some UBER happy crafty news with you!

That is...
 one of my never-seen-before project is published in Scrapbook & Cards Today.
Today is the release day!

The Summer issue will be available on June 23rd - in stores and online!

Brimming with inspiration, the Summer 2017 issue includes:
120 sizzlin' ideas for summer
hot trends spotted - see what's on trend for the season
the coolest card ideas - charming scenes & interactive elements
make it mini - save summer stories on a smaller scale
terrific titles - cool ideas from Lisa Dickinson
meaningful journal & photo ideas ▪ free online downloads ... and an inspiration gallery that is full of stunning projects!
 You can simple click on the photo to enjoy the entire magazine! 
(you are welcome! 😍)

(supplies that I used in this published project are at the end of this post) 

Don't forget that Simon Says Stamp has a Copic Sale that ends on June 25th.


 Click photo or here to shop.
Use code: HUE247

 Lastly, I am sharing a happy family photo that took place last Saturday. My son received his Bachelor Degree in System Design Engineering. He is looking forward to taking on his first full time job as an R & D Engineer this late summer!
We are immensely proud of David and his achievement.  Who knew the so-called "difficult child" turns out to be well-adjusted, pleasant and responsible adult!? We are very blessed!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New release from Simon Says Stamp

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a project with the new release from Simon Says Stamp.
The entire "one of a kind" collection can be found---->here
So Cool
This new stamp set is absolutely darling!
I love that it has a bit of everything--solid, outline stamps and add-on detailed stamp...and perfect sentiment! What's NOT to love?
you are my favorite flavor

This card is a one layer.
It involves ink-blending, masking and multi-color stamping (in chronological order).
My secret weapons?
You probably know this by now.... 😉
 Distress Oxide and Wink of Stella (clear).

my favorite

Well, the multi-color stamping is not nearly perfect, but that's OK!!
This card makes me (and the receiver) happy!

my favorite

Well, I hope this post starts and ends with a SWEET note!
Again, you can find "one of a kind"---->here
Be sure to use the code "Cheery" to get $5 off from your order...
btw So Cool also comes with matching dies!!
Thank you for stopping by!

Today's project list

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #426


Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Embossing Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Use the Patterned Paper

We are using Doodlebug products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them use :-)

For my project, I am using Cream and Sugar Paper Pad (6x6) collection. 

Happy birthday

 I love paper-piercing with images like Layered Cupcake...the fun pattern paper, really made a huge difference. 

Happy Birthday #2

I also used Scallop Borders 2 to jazz it up a bit. I also used Nuvo Crystal Drops to add dots to the pattern paper.

Happy birthday #3
This makes such a happy and festive birthday card.

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.

You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Share Your Summer Creations and Win a Prize!

Hello friends!
As we are into the summer season here in North America, more of us are taking summer vacation/holiday. I am going to post less frequently in the next few weeks to come.
( 😉YAY if you are tired of following my incessant creations and posts!! 😀).

I have a few things planned, family and relatives to visit....big travel plans! It's time for me to rejuvenate and get on with my life plans/bucket lists...whatever you call it.

I want to continue to interact, engage and have fun with my blog followers and readers.
Basically, I don't want to ignore my blog friends and followers during this time.

So, I have a little fun event and I hope that you will come join the blog party !

Let's do this:

*Please link up ANY of your summer creations (3 is the limit) and share with me and our fellow 
card-makers/stampers with the following Inlinkz.

* (edited) THREE winner will be chosen for my blog party event: it could be from my Top Favorite OR the winner will be randomly selected by Inlinkz. Internationals are welcome.

*ONE winner will receive the prize package that is worth well over $75 (products from Altenew, Penny Black and Simon Says Stamp... and many many more) 
* TWO winner will receive my (June and July) Altenew $15 Gift card to Altenew Store.

*This event will last two months and will allow you plenty of time to play

*Please include this banner and mention Virginia's Blog Party with a link to this post

Winner will be announced at the end of August.
Whether you are novice or advanced in your card-making, you are most welcome to enter.
Meanwhile, I appreciate that you continue to shop through my affiliate links (at no additional cost to you), so we can have more events like this. 

Shop Simon Says Stamp here
use code "Cheery" and get $5 off when you make your purchase over $5

Shop Altenew here
use ode "SHIP7OFF" to get $7 off with orders over $100

Shop Concord & 9th here

Thank you so much for your support. I appreciate it immensely.
This post link will now reside in my blog (located at top right side bar for easy access).

To keep the inspiration going, I am starting a "Stencil Sunday @Virginia's" Series on Sunday June 25th. I will share some stencil fun with you right here in this blog.

I hope you will come back to check it out.

Let's get the blog party started!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Altenew Card/Promo and Winner Announcement and

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share a card from the awesome Altenew Build-a-Flower set!

There is also an Altenew promotion (details at the end of this post) 

Isn't this set amazing? You can find out all about it here.

Here is my 3rd take on this stamp and die set.
be a rainbow

It is nearly one-layer except that I did pop up the ranunculus pop with double-sided tape.
be a rainbow #1
The details from the layering stamps are amazing.

be a rainbow #2
 Lastly, I am also announcing the winner of the Altenew Stencil release blog hop winner.

The Altenew Blog Hop winner (of all 151 comments) is

#13 Blogger Joy Meadows said....
"Gorgeous cards, Virginia! You always come up with stunning designs."
Congratulations, Joy! Please contact me at
and I will give you the info to redeem $30 to Altenew online store!  

(edited: if you place and complete any order over $100 through my links, please e-mail me at and I will send you today's card--first come , first serve).

Altenew promotions:
Save 20% on the New Day Card Kit & Artist Marker Set A Bundle 6/19 through 6/21 at 11:59 pm EDT. No discount code needed to enjoy this deal! 

Save $7 on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF at Altenew here

Save 25% on the Bamboo Rose Stamp & Die Bundle 6/19 through 6/21 at 11:59 pm EDT. 
No discount code needed to enjoy this deal! 

NEW items HERE and SALE items HERE
Thanks for stopping by!