Monday, August 3, 2015

My Anniversary Card

Hello friends!
Yesterday was my 29th wedding anniversary...
Yup, I am old.
But that doesn't mean that I stop giving card to Dr. John :) 
Here is the card  that I made for him. 
I love you deeper than the ocean
Does this card put you in the beach mode? I am seriously thinking that I want to frame this card...
It takes me to a happy place, don't you think?

 The burlap from DCWV provides an excellent backdrop for all things from the sea.
The seashells were made with Direct to Paper technique.
Namely, ink up the white card stock ( I used distress ink applicator), then stamp , then make the die cut. This photo might help you see the process. You might ask....why doing this?
This way all the colors will BLEND and MATCH to your heart's desire.
After I had done all that, I clear-embossed the pieces 3-4 times.
By doing this process, it would help to add extra shine and make the elements thicker. It's like creating your own chipboard embellishments. And speaking of embellishments, do you know that the latest Virginia's View Challenge is calling for "All Things Embellished"? Check out the details here if you like to play!

I also add blue distress ink around the sentiment, so it will not be lost in all the elements around it. I added the teal gemstones to highlight the colors.

And so this is what age do to you after 29 years....
(1985 and 2015)
Can you tell 30 years just went by?
Thanks for stopping by!

PS: Thanks for the blog love from yesterday's post. It will take me another while to make a You Tube video again. Your positive feedback and encouragement are always appreciated. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study #11 (...and a video!!)

Edited: This might be the last Stamp Study...We'll see :)
Hi there!
Welcome to my Monthly Stamp Study. This is my 11th month of doing this series. Every first Saturday of the month, I choose a stamp set and make different designs. 
Flip Flop Season (Simon Says Stamp)
Since this stamp set is part of the August Card Kit, I utilized almost all the pattern paper and supplies from this card kit.
So here we go!

Card #1
By using paper-piecing, I created a pair of fun flip flops.
hello sunshine
I also did an inlaid diecut for the word "sunshine" which was included in the card kit.

Card #2
I wanted to create a watercolored sentiment. I first embossed the sentiment "HELLO" in white on watercolor paper. I then applied watercolors with Spectrum Aqua Markers.

Card #3 
Since this card kit comes with so many yummy pattern paper, I wanted to use these fun images. I only had to stamp the flip flops and added the burlap for texture.

Card #4
I actually made a video for this card, to my own surprise. I felt bad that I have not been posting any videos and every day, I get some e-mail notices telling me that I have NEW subscribers!! What!? So, I got brave and made one! You can watch it here.

(to be honest, I am a little scared about posting a video, please be gentle )
life is better with flip flops

Card #5 (shared previously in this post)
I hope this happy summery post adds some sunshine to your day!
 Thanks for stopping by!
edited (on Aug. 2, 10:45am): Thanks for the love, everyone! Your comments make a huge difference. This morning, I got a thumb-down on the video (out of 11 thumbs-up), I just changed the setting of my video. Sometimes it hurt less not seeing the "truth". This might be the last Stamp Study, given the few/poor response and comments I get. It's been a good ride. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge

 This is my 2nd post for the day. For Virginia's View Challenge, please click here or scroll down.
 A new summer challenge for the kids in your household. Read on!

Hi all and welcome to another of our annual Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge where we host a special challenge dedicated to our young designers.


It is time for all you crafters to let your children loose in your crafty corners for a few hours. Just close your eyes and set them free to explore their creativity :-) You are allowed to hide your Copic Markers and extra special papers and you are allowed to help just a little bit if necessary, but we really want the children to 'DO IT' themselves as much as possible :-)

This challenge is open to all children aged between 2 and 16 inclusive.

We have not 1, not 2 but  3 surprise parcels of crafty goodies, hand picked by Simon

So now it's YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge
Simon Says Stamp
You have until August 31st 6pm Ohio time. 11pm UK time, 12 pm CET to join in
You can enter as many times as you like :-)
When you linkup here, please add the age of the child to the linky, thanks xx
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Virginia's View Challenge #17

Hello! It's another exciting challenge over Virginia's View Challenge!
This month is a Fun one. We are talking about "Embellishments".

Definition of embellishment:
~ a decorative detail or feature added to something to make it more attractive.
 ~a detail, especially one that is not true, added to a statement or story to make it more interesting or entertaining. 
 ~ the action of adding details or features. 

Embellishments wanted: ribbons, buttons, trim, lace, sequins, gemstones, twines, pearls.... Decorate, decorate and decorate: we want to see embellishments as the STAR of your cards. You can use any types of embellishments on your project. Even better, Do-It-Yourself embellishments are strongly encouraged! Please get as creative as you possibly can. Do not be shy on using recycling materials, too. In fact, brownie points will be added if you can recycle your stash! 

Due to summer vacation/blog break, there are a few things I  am doing differently this month:
1. today's post is the only post for the entire month of August. 
2. the Spotlight feature (for Top 10 favorites and HM) will be posted in early September.  
3. we have a few talented guest designers who are sharing their talent with us today. AND they are the acting judges for this month's challenge! Dr. John, Virginia (me) and Stephanie are taking a month off from judging. Your "destiny" is left in the good hands of our guest designers!

My take on this challenge: Embellishments are little things. They can be really small, but they can have a huge impact. For my project, I used some random circles (leftover from the word die Smile). I grouped a few of them, added the stamped sun and clouds, and used colorful sequins to emphasize the rainbow colors.
you make me smile (V V #17)
 It's a SMILEY card. I sure hope that you get your thinking cap on and start creating with embellishments in mind! The guest designers and I can't wait to check out your creations.

I will be back later today for a new fun challenge from Simon Says Stamp
and my monthly Stamp Study.
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