Friday, March 6, 2015

MISTI Is Here!

So, here is another impromptu post from me. It's for a good reason.
Well, the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented (MISTI) arrived in my house yesterday!
You may have heard about this "new kid on the block"--MISTI. You can buy it directly from the source here or order one from Simon Says Stamp Basically it is the best stamp positioner that I have ever come across. What this allows you to do is stamp however you like without making any mistakes!

Well, I wasted no time and got right down to play. No doubt, this gadget is GREAT for mass producing, but it is even better for adding colors and extra images.
I used this stamp "Sweet Visit" from Penny Black
This stamp came as a Cling Stamp so it works with MISTI. Yeah, wood stamps will NOT work with MISTI, only clear and cling stamps will.  I have been taking a hiatus form making videos; hopefully, I will get back to it and show you how I used my MISTI with adding colors and images.

Without further ado, this is the result.
happy anniversary
I was amazed how easy it is to add colors. Basically I stamped one color at a time (with Memento Ink Cubes). After I stamped the entire design, I decided to add another humming bird ( the purple one on top). Normally, this would take a lot of guess work just to stamp at the right spot. But I managed to stamp the bird multiple times in multiple colors in one go!!
No waste, no frustrations...I literally killed two birds with one stone! LOL.
Isn't that amazing? So, yeah, for me this is revolutionary!
I know there are tons of applications with this stamp tool. I think I just scratched the tip of the iceberg. 

I will be back for my Monthly Stamp Study tomorrow (March 7th) at 10am Eastern Time.
See you then!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Another Take on Camellia Dies

When my kids were little, we went to a lot of music lessons, and I mean A LOT of lessons. Both Stephanie and David took extensive piano and cello lessons for over 10 years.  They learned that "Rome was not built in a Day" , "Practice Makes Perfect"....and that Delayed Gratification would help them go far in their future. They have certainly learned discipline and now they can actively serve the church and play at wedding functions with their instruments.

Delayed gratification for me? Not so much
What I love about the on-line stamping community is the INSTANT gratification.
You make a card, you share in the blog...you feel the love right away!
People in the card-making community are giving and caring and they are so generous with their comments and love. I am sure you'd agree?

Oh, enough of my silly talk...back to the card that I whipped up yesterday.
Penny Black's Camellia dies make me feel like a PRO.  
Here are my two previous cards with these dies.
This is the latest...
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First I created an intricate background with the fine detailed die. Then I made a few splatter with blue spray ink (to create a little "drama").
enjoy yourself
I used Distress Inks (Broken China, Chipped Sapphire and Weathered Woods) to create my own blue color paper. Then I made the solid flower die cut and added the splatter with a few small droplets of water. Lastly, I added the final touches-silver strings and sequins. The sentiment was embossed in silver (by Ranger, silver).

And since it's Throwback Thursday over Facebook, I 'd like to share my daughter Stephanie's OLD birthday photo. As Stephanie wanted to be Belle ( Beauty and the Beast), my friend Linda made her a Belle cake for her 4th birthday. Time flies!

edited: it's not Stephanie's birthday yet...not till April :) 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #306

This is my 2nd post of the day. For my guest design over The Card Concept, please click here

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

This week the challenge is...

Special Lady/ Girly

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

With these supplies, I created a bouquet of flowers! This card took little time to create! I think they will make great TAGS as well. I did add a strip of burlap to ground the design. 
xoxo
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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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.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Guest Design over The Card Concept (Part 1)

Hello, friends!

It is my absolute pleasure to share my guest design work with you over The Card Concept.
About The Card Concept
 "Each week we offer up a challenge for you to try, and we hope that you will create a card in one of the styles we have offered here.  The team is divided into the different styles and each designer explains how they were inspired by the challenge!  So come and join us and try your hand at a brand new "style" of card making or work in your comfort zone, it is totally up to you!"

The style in March is "Classy and Elegant". I created a card that was inspired by the inspiration photo in the style of Classy and Elegant.

Here is my take:
thinking of you
I decided to create a vase based on the inspiration photo.
 First, I cut out a small piece of white card stock in the shape of a vase. I then used Swirls and Dots stencil and white embossing paste to create the textures on the "vase".

For the flowers, I used the smallest stamp from Whimsical Flowers (Altenew). The yellow "branch" is from Simon Says Stamp's "Songbird". When I was young and growing up in Taiwan,  I remember that my mom used to take Ikebana (aka Japanese Flower Arrangement) classes...this card reminded me of her flower arrangement! I remember they are were kind of bare and very Zen-like...

This is the easiest "flower arrangement" that I have ever done :)
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Hope you join the fun over The Card Concept!
Big thanks to my dear friend Tracey M. and The Card Concept team for this lovely invitation!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Is Almost....Here!

http://shop.pennyblackinc.com/p/delicate-bloosoms/wood-mounted-rubber-stamp?pp=8
Can you feel that Spring is almost here?
Well, not really, not in my neck of the woods. 
Here's a look of my backyard and a corner of my family room TODAY...
 When I look out from my windows, it is completely, definitely and totally FROZEN.
We purposely put Mickey there to brighten up the corner :)
But, with my new stamp Delicate Blossom and we all feel LOVE is in the air, ...I FEEL Spring!

I inked up the stamp with the remarkable Spectrum Aqua Makers. I used them just like any markers. I then sprayed/misted the water 2-3 times (an arm's length away). I used a small cube of VersaMark and embossed the edges in gold.  Since Japan is famous for its Cherry Blossoms, this card is definitely Asian-inspired. Pink/red, gold and black colors help keep the color scheme in a good and harmonious balance.
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It took my a couple of sittings to complete this card. Sometimes you've got to let the stamp sit on your desk and see where it would take you...
The sentiment in this set is from Heartfelt (Penny Black). LOVE the sentiment and mixed fonts in this one!
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Well, hurry up, Spring, I am READY for you!
A reminder: My Monthly Stamp Study will take place this Saturday.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit

Simon Says Stamp's March card kit arrived a while ago...
I have been having fun with it.

 If you like rich colors, vintage, shabby chic and layering...or even Clean and Simple, this kit has it all. I have been trying to learn how to add layers to my design, so this kit is perfect for me to practice. I will be posting more...you know me, I don't just stop at making just one (LOL)!

Card #1
 my friend 
~stamping on text: I stamped a flower on the text paper.
~this set also comes with a small border die (small circles). I used it on journaling card, I then tied a bow with twines.
~I also covered up the sentiment on the journaling card with stamped flowers, stems and leaves.
~this kit also comes with black Liquid Perfect Pearl, I added to the flower center and added my own yellow Liquid Pearl.
~stamping part of the sentiment is a fine idea. I chose to just stamp "my friend" instead of the entire sentiment "happy you're my friend".

Card #2
happy you're my friend
~work around the long sentiment: I started out with the stamped sentiment and designed the elements around it.
~use dies to create an interesting background: the small circle border die in this kit is perfect for creating an interesting backdrop.
~to tone down the bright yellow, I embossed two flowers in white to keep the colors in balance.

Card #3
you;'ve been on my mind
~work with the pattern paper: I stamped the flowers on the upper right corner to go with the theme of Spring in Paris (pattern paper by Authentique).
~balance: I felt that this card needs a bit more black, so I layered a piece of vellum and chevron and added a gold-sequin accent.
~emboss: gold embossed sentiment makes the design SHINE
~little touches: adding a little piece of doily at upper right corner can soften the design.
 
I think #3 is my favorite! Do you have a favorite?
Hope you have a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #13

 Here is the same post over Virginia's View Challenge. I re-post it here for your viewing convenience.
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Welcome to the new March Challenge! This challenge is a special one...
Can you believe that Virginia's View Challenge blog turns ONE YEAR OLD today?

When I started this challenge, I didn't plan to go on this long because it is quite a commitment! Seeking best guest designers, commenting, posting updates and more commenting, choosing Top 10  Favorites...the tasks can be daunting!
But, with the amazing support and the avid participation, YOU make this all possible! 
For our 13th challenge, We are going rekindle the old flame in stamping. As you may have experienced, you fall in love in stamping because embossing rocks!
Well, let's get back to the basics--Embossing.

All Things Embossed ( please choose at least one)
~project using embossing powder in a creative way
~multiple embossing
~dry embossing with embossing folders (or dies or household objects, get creative). You can see dry embossing with a stencil (sample here)
~de-bossing (helpful link: here)
~any kind of embossing that you like to share

Here is my take on embossing (using two different bold embossing powder)
so very thankful

Here is a close-up

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Isn't embossing FABULOUS!!?
For all the details about this challenge, please visit here.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hello and welcome!
Today I am joining my fellow coffee-loving card-making friends in the fun event Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (Spring Edition). As I am typing this post, I am having a cup of coffee! Paper crafting/blogging and coffee play a huge part in my daily life.

For my Spring-themed coffee/tea design, I used the new Penny Blacks' You and Me Stamp set.
http://shop.pennyblackinc.com/p/you-me/transparent-sets?pp=8
I chose the coffee/tea cup image and applied "Kissing" technique. The blue cup is more obvious with the Kissing technique. For the other cup, I mixed orange and pink colors, but the "kissing" effect is more subtle.
The images on the cups are from the flower/tree stamp (see the very top of the stamp).  I also stamped the the same flower/tree image on the top border.
you+me
Does this card make you feel like you are enjoying a cup of coffee in a Parisian cafe!? No?

The linking ends on Friday, March 6th @ 11:55 pm. so there is still a lot of time to be part of this. AND there are some awesome sponsors plus prizes form FLASH Sponsors  (will be awarded during the week of the hop)! For all the details about this hop, please see here (my link no is 128).

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two More Flower Cards!

Perhaps it's the grey skies and freezing cold weather we are having....
I have been making cards with FLOWERS! 
Can you blame me? I think not.

The "culprit" is this stamp set "Artful Flowers" from Simon Says Stamp.
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 I took out a few colors that I love. These are mostly inks from Simon Says Stamp's ink collection. The tiny silver dots were stamped in Delicata. It's a quick way to add silver without embossing!
Thinking of You

I took a simpler approach for my 2nd card.
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The sentiment is from Flight of Fancy (Clearly Besotted Stamps).
Two things about this card--blue vellum and silver-embossing. Done.
it's your special day
I am keeping this post short and sweet! Hope you all have a fabulous day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dry-Embossing with a Stencil!

Hi there!
Am I the only one who has not yet tried dry-embossing with a stencil?
I have seen it done before. This video might help you to get the visual if this is unfamiliar to you. I finally made my first attempt to try it!
You might wonder what the benefits are in using a stencil to dry-emboss?

1. it's a great way to stretch your stencil supplies. Honestly, stencils are generally cheaper than the embossing folders (say, from Sizzix, Cuttlebug). They come in small sizes, too.
2. the background is subtle. It's clear that using stencils to dry-emboss the background creates a subtle imprint. I personally find that the dry-embossed background with the conventional folders can DISTRACT the overall design.
3. need I say more?

So, this is how I did it--sandwich the paper between the shim/embossing pad and stencil. Arrange the plates like you normally do with your die cut machine. I ran this 2-3 times just to make sure since my old Cuttlebug plates are being replaced soon. 
You do need a soft foam/embossing pad to add that pressure to the stencil and plates. 
I got some new Spectrum Aqua (Primary and Floral) recently. Those markers are remarkable!!
I actually stamped the sentiment AFTER the dry-embossing--NO problem!


I used Swirls and Dots stencil and Penny Black's new stamp Divine.
thank you for your kindness
 The texture from the dry embossing is so subtle yet it still adds a little something something to the overall design. Less is more....right?
 I hope this gives you some inspiration if you have not used stencil to dry emboss. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #305

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

This week the challenge is...

Anything Goes

 We are using Lawn Fawn 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 card, I used Scripty Love. I think I am addicted to the Lawn Fawn Word dies. I've got  Scripty Joy and Scripty Thanks. The next one for me to get is Scripty Hugs.

love love love
How did I come about the design? I simply created a colorful background with swipes of Distress Inks and then made the die cut accordingly. Noticed I also used a black die underneath the colorful ones? Yup, it's the little things..., right? 
I also used my favorite Stitched Rectangles.

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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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.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Watercolor with Sprays and Ink Dauber

Hey there!
This was one of the cards I made for the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop but I didn't think it was good enough to post (LOL)...but I changed my mind and I am sharing it today :) 
so very thankful
~Emboss the sentiment G6070 Thankful in Hero Arts white Embossing Powder
~Use a paint brush, water, Hero Arts Sprays and Ink Dauber to create a watercolor background
~Emboss the heart banner image from CL845 Papel Picardo Banners in silver

Time to post a food photo, too! 
A DIY Sushi Roll I made last Saturday. The fillings are store-bought salmon, pickled ginger, eggs and avocado. For the rice: I mixed the rice vinegar with some sugar (rice has to be hot). Glad that I took the photos because they were gone in 10 minutes!
 And that's how I roll.
Thanks for stopping by!