Friday, April 28, 2017

Create a Frame with a Large Cling Stamp

Hello friends!

I love using MISTI and I love Distress Oxide.
When you have a stamp like this...

Spring Blossoms (Penny Black)
what do you get?

happy happy wishes

I gradually built up the frame by positioning it as far as the MISTI allowed me to. You need regular  MISTIfor this large stamp. I used just a few colors and was able to ink up different colors in each small area. Now that I really wish Ranger will come up with Mini Distress Oxide! It would be so much easier to do multi-color stamping. 

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Since it's stamped in Distress Oxide, I was able to clear-emboss it with Clear Embossing Powder without using Versamark. 

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since it's stamped in Distress Oxide, I was able to color the small petals with a Small Watercolor Brush with the inks! Very cool, right? I truly had a great therapy session with stamps and inks! 
 By the way, for the two tiniest pink hearts, I used Bird Abode Metal Die and Nuvo Pink Embellishments Mousse. Very cool, right? 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Altenew Promotion and Blog Hop Winner

 Hello friends!
I want to pass on the Altenew promotion in case you are interested. 
Two days only!
Buy 1 Reflection Scrapbook Collection & Receive 1 FREE Northern Lights 6 Mini Cube Set 

Offer valid 4/27- 4/28 at 11:59 PM EDT.  No coupon code needed to enjoy this deal. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous purchases. Shop---> HERE

  I have a favor to ask...
if you use the following affiliate links to ANY product that you purchase (Simon Says Stamp, Altenew, Concord &9th , please e-mail me your order number/the company ( and I can verify that my links are working. I will send you one of my cards and a die as a small token of thanks. The testing period is valid till 11:59 EST April. 30th,  Sunday,

Lat but not least...the Altenew Celebrating Parents Blog Hop is....
Teresa Doyle said...
These are great Virginia. I always need ideas for masculine cards, sadly this is my first father's day without my Dad but (like you) my husband and brother/BIL's would appreciate them as I am sure your sister in law will as well! TFS! {{{HUGS}}}
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #418


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

This week the challenge is... 

Anything goes

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

For my project, I am using Love and Chocolate Clear Stamp
I love the fine lines of this stamp and it is super easy to color. I had a lot of fun creating this sweet scene with some masking. Since the chocolates are small, it takes little time to do the masking and stamping.

I took out my favorite Gansai Tambi and add my own watercolors.


The sentiment is so right and fun! I'll take chocolates and friends at any time of the day!
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, April 25, 2017


Hello friends!
I hope that you find the post title intriguing enough to check out today's post. 
Let's get to the the definitions first as it will help you understand what it means to "deconstruct" the use of a metal die.
Definition of deconstruct (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
1 :  to examine (as a work of literature) using the methods of deconstruction
 2 :  to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition of often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies
3 :  to adapt or separate the elements of for use in an ironic or radically new way uses his masterly tailoring skills to deconstruct the classics — Vogue

The following card was created with the metal die in multiple creative ways.
live every moment

As I was grieving of the loss of my mother-in-law,  I went back to my craft room as it is the most normal and familiar thing to me. I realized that I only use this Penny Black die just once... and that's not acceptable.

 In the darkest hour, I came up with this idea and I am sharing with you now.
You see the Penny Black die is such a lovely one. However, with the frame in the design, it seems rather restricted as to what you can do with it. In a way, I am just trying to "justify" the cost of getting a metal die like this.


Highlights of this card:
1. use the Birds Abode  die as a stencil (a piece of thin paper was used as mask)
2. trim off the frame from the die cut paper (so it's border-less)
3. use Distress Oxide for the ink-blending ( Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Broken China)
4. die cut the bird house with a different card stock (Cherry Wood paper was used)
5. with the metal die in place, a very small amount of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (pink)was applied to the tiny heart
6. spritz water (or use Wink of Stella Clear) onto the inked background
7. apply/adhere Nuvo Crystal Droplets ( white and teal were used)

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 I hope today's post prompted you to examine your stash of dies with fresh eyes!

This card is going to a friend of my mother-in-law's.
 I know her friend will feel comforted and loved with this card because that's what my mother-in-law would say to her...
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