Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CAS card with Minimum Coloring

Hello friends!
If you are here for Nina-Marie's 1000 You Tube Subscriber's Blog Hop, please click here.
I am sharing a quick card that requires minimum effort in coloring and yet it yields to a decent result. This hydrangea image from Altenew's "Hello Beautiful" has beautiful details. It is the kind of stamp that you can get away without much coloring. 
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I took out my ink dabber and sponged the center of the flowers lightly and that pretty much was it!! For the leave, I used tiniest bit of water and ink! I did stamp the Basic Stripes for the interst and layer the silver DCWV paper over with sequins and thread. Sometimes it's good just to make a quick card that has an impact but with minimum effort.

Here's my previous card with the same stamp set.

(click on the photo and it will take you to the post)

Lastly, to celebrate their1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly 'wishlisted' classes!
 That class you have had your eye on for a while might just be on sale. Why not see for yourself and browse these deals before they're gone? Hurry, the offer ends Thursday (click here)
Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Nina's 1000 YouTube Subscribers Celebration hop

Hello friends! 
I am excited to be part of a super fun blog hop.
You see, my sweet friend Nina-Marie Trapani has passed the 1000 subscribers mark on her YouTube channel. Nina-Marie is a young and talented paper-crafter. Her cards are always detailed and beautiful and she has been designing stamps for companies like Simon Says Stamp.

You can find out all about Nina Marie's work here.
Blog: Nina-Marie Design here
Facebook page here.
You Tube Channel here 

For this celebration, I decided to create two cards with a HEART.
 Flower Heart Thin Die (Penny Black)
Today's card is a bit a of an "interesting" combo--foil paper and watercolor.
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I love the negative part of the watercoloring from the die cut. The background was the result from smooshing the watercolors (with Spectrum Aqua Markers).
love you to bits
I kept the color scheme simple and incorporated a die cut from foil paper.  The copper paper seems to be a good match for this color combo.

My next card is all about using a music stamp, pattern paper and a touch of foil.
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With the help of MISTI, I stamped colorful music clef from  Happy Hearts. 
The heart was colored in Wink of Stella (gold).

I love Nina for creating this special blog photos for us participants....
Nina is ROCK STAR, I tell ya!
Here is the hop order
Ruby Naz     
you are here---->Virginia Lu<----you are here


~comment to win: Neat & Tangled ($25), Newton’s Nook ($20), and Pretty Pink Posh ($25)
~ please leave a comment on any of the blogs participating in the hop (and of course, the more you comment, the more chance to win! )
~winners will be picked at random from the collective blogs on the 12th (Friday) and notified by email. 

Have fun hopping!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

De-Construct a Large Stamp

Hello friends!
I have a fun share today with the new Penny Black "Love Always" stamp set.
 I used the biggest stamp from this set and did some de-construction.
What to do when you work with a very large stamp? For me, it is divide and conquer.
I took it apart and add colors and inks with the help of MISTI.

Here is my rendition.
I did some masking with the heart and kept it nearly one layer. For a change, I stamped the sentiment inside the heart. For the embellishments, I added the heart die from "All My Hearts" Thin Die.

Lastly, on a random note....remember I said that I should exercise more in the New Year? Well, I am trying to be more active. This hobby of ours is not helping.... :) 
I always keep an exercise journal and this year is no exception. The sight of my activity journal is not stellar, but it keeps me in check. When I see too many blank space, I know it's time to do some more. It's nothing drastic or terribly hard, but it is working! Happy to say that I had lost 4 lbs so far since Fall.  It's not a lot (I am just over 5 ft), but it is at least going in the right direction! I encourage you to keep an activity journal if you are trying to exercise more like I do. I am old-school here, but using your app on the cell phone is another great way, too.

We need to take good care of our body (exercise and eat well) and soul (create, pray, meditation).
With that, I hope your day is full of love.
Thanks for stopping by!!

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