Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Early Bird SALE!

Hello friends!

The exciting Black Friday shopping is nearly here. 
This Early Bird special will last 24 hours only!!

 Use code: THKS985 
If the order is over $100, you get a FREE gift! 

Simon Says Stamp is offering 30% off and is for ONE Day only!
If you have any Simon Says Stamp Exclusives on your wish list, this is THE time!

Click photo or HERE to shop.
The shopping text links are highlighter in colors like this. 
Shop early before the items you want is out of stock....

The following are a few of my cards with Simon Release.

Merry and Bright
just for you at Christmas
Happy Christmas

you make life beautiful

Well, you get the idea.
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Run, hurry. shop HERE

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #448


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

This week the challenge is

 Food an/or Drink

 We are using Mama Elephant 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 used the following stamp set.
(for more info,  click on the products are highlighted in color)

My family are Dim Sum it totally makes sense to have this stamp set.
Dim Sum

I did some masking with the bamboo basket and lightly colored them with Altenew's new markers! (Set B and Set C! I also cut out the little soup dumpling. However, I did keep the design for mail-friendly! It's always a plus to have flat cards for me since I mail out a lot.

This is not my usual photo setup, but it totally works, right?
Does this makes you hungry? ...a little bit?😋

(for more info,  click on the products are highlighted in color)

Supplies used in this project:

 Mama Elephant Clear Stamp DIM SUM FUN

DCWV Metallic Glitter and Foil Washi

  Altenew Artist Markers Set B and Set C.

(limited in stock!)
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Altenew Artists Markers SET B ALT1782
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Altenew Artists Markers SET C ALT1783

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, November 21, 2017

Gardenia Stamp/Die and SALES!

Hello friends!
I just want to pop in with a reminder
that Gardenia is now back in stock over Simon Says Stamp.

These are my two cards that made with this stamp/die set.
Altenew_BAF_Gardenia_Virginia #3

my 2nd card with alcohol ink
blessed to have you in my life

One of the readers asked me how I did the alcohol-inked Gardenia. I actually made a video last year and it is nearly exactly the same process.  Here is the You Tube video, in case you miss it.
By the way, I apologize for not keeping up with You Tube videos this year.
It's been challenging to keep up with DT assignments and keep things fresh and new in this blog.
Something's gotta give!!  😉

 The Altenew markers are also available over Simon Says Stamp.
They are in limited quantity. If you like to get them, you'd better hurry!
 Don't forget to use code "HARVEST" to get $5 off.

👉--->I have an Altenew post about using these markers (other than coloring) on Friday!!
Limited in stock!!

Altenew Artists Markers SET C ALT1783
I saw it on ALTENEW

Artist Markers 36 Color Set

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 In other stamping news...
Spellbinders has some awesome new arrivals.
Check it out here.

(click on banners to shop)

HALF OFF ($69.50 now)

Grand Calibur Die Cutting & Embossing Machine

I am loving the SALES items here.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Altenew Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
It's an exciting day over Altenew because we now have more MARKERS
This January, Altenew came up with Artist Markers Set A.
It was so popular! I know many of you are anticipating more MARKERS!

These markers are alcohol-based, allowing you to beautifully blend colors to any stamped images.
You can find out all the details in Altenew Scrapbook Blog and Card Blog.

If you come from the lovely Nina-Marie Trapani, you are in the right place.

I took some photos of these awesome Artist Markers in case you want to see them up close and personal. Aren't they lovely?

Click photo to shop Set B
Altenew Markers_SetB_Virginia#1

and Set C
Altenew Markers_SetC_Virginia#1

You can get them all here.

Altenew markers are ergonomic and user/color-friendly!
 For my coloring, I chose to use this stamp set

Hibiscus Bouquet Stamp Set
Shop Altenew (Hibiscus Bouquet Stamp Set)

(shop Simon Says Stamp here)

Amazing You Stamp Set
Shop Altenew (Amazing You Stamp Set)

(shop Simon Says Stamp here)

 I love that you can easily blend two or more colors without using a blender marker!
To me, that is a huge plus! The "color-blending" is amazing! For someone like me (who is not patient to do detailed coloring), I am stopping my collections of Copic markers. THESE Artist markers will be my go-to from now on. I also noticed that the price is much more affordable.... and they come in the cute container for easy display and portability!
Need I say more?
Altenew_Markers B&C_Virginia #3

The brush nib has just the right amount of surface. I used the smaller nib to add the dotty details.
And one more thing ... I already know the Altenew Ink colors well, the markers are made to MATCH the inks! No more guessing.  Hallelujah! 😇
Altenew_Markers B&C_Virginia #1
 I had a FABULOUS time coloring the images. In the end, I use Heat Wave Pen to add the gold dots with the help of Tiny Bubble Stencil. It may not seem obvious that I used a stencil for the dotty background. I carefully use the Heat Wave Pen one little circle at at time (Partial/Selective Stenciling).
Altenew_Markers B&C_Virginia #2  
 Prizes: To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, November 27th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Wednesday, November 29th.

Giveaway: Please leave a comment in this very post for an extra chance to win a $30 gift certificate. Winner will be announced on Nov. 25th right here in this blog.
 I also used
Building Blocks Stamp & Die Bundle
Shop Altenew (Building Blocks Stamp & Die Bundle
) to create my color swatch.
Altenew Markers_SetC_Virginia#3 (2)
Congratulations as you made to end of this post (the final one for the hop)
👉If you are starting the hop, just go right in and join the fun here
💛----->Virginia Lu<-----💛
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Altenew Build-a Flower Comment Winner Announcement

Hello friends!
Please forgive me ...
I forgot to announce the Build-a-Flower comment winner (see post here)....oops, two days late!
There are 47 comments in total.
The winner gets a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew shop.

Random. org picked #20

The winner is....

Mary said... Yes, Virginia, when it's a white flower - one must choose another color to accent the "whiteness". I love what you've done with this Gardenia stamp!
I just cannot figure out where you have used the half-tone stencil?

Congratulations, Mary! 😍 Please e-mail me for your prize (

Today is also the last day for 

 See Altenew Sales here.
 Did you see the NEW Altenew Markers Full Reveal?
Those markers photos were taken by...."yours truly"!! 😀
Don't forget to comment on this post for a chance to win the new Artist Markers! 

Be sure to come back on Monday at Nov. 20th at 9am, EST, for more inspiration! 

With the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I will be updating sales info as soon as they are available. I truly appreciate that you check my blog posts and shop through the product links.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Another Take on Build-a-Flower (Gardenia)

Happy Saturday, friends!
I am popping in with another take of Build-a-Flower Gardenia.
this is back in stock now

Altenew BUILD A FLOWER GARDENIA Clear Stamp and Die Set ALT5274

Altenew_BAF_Gardenia_Virginia #2
Instead of keeping it white/grey-ish like I did last time, I took a more colorful approach.

blessed to have you in my life
Instead of using ink, I used one of my favorites- Alcohol Inks.

Steps I took to create this card (products are highlighted):
~apply Alcohol Ink(see here and here) on Bazzill Vellum
~emboss the Gardenia in Antique Gold
~make the die cut and adhere them to Pale Gray card stock
~stamp the leafy background in Seashore
~embellish with Gold Glitter Tape and Pretty Pink Posh sequins  

blessed #2

By the way, this set can be purchased as a bundle like the following.

Don't for get this promotion....

Meanwhile, in other stamping news.... 😁

 Spellbinders has some AMAZING deals/clearance HERE.
These DEEP discount with an EXTRA 10% off are hard to pass up.
If you are starting out in card-making with metals dies, this is a great chance to start a "collection"!!
 Click here to start!

" Save up to 70% off Spellbinders Clearance products. Find amazing savings on dozens of last-chance products including one of a kind items, over-stocks, and closeouts. New clearance products are continually added and quantities are usually very limited so don’t miss out before they are gone."
Thanks for stopping by!