Monday, July 24, 2017

Creative Use of Stamps and Dies

Hello friends!

I hope your summer is going swimmingly well...
Today's post title sounds a bit generic.
However, if you look at this card, you would understand what I mean.

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When I said "creative use of stamps and dies", that means....

1. use only part of a large stamp such as Flower Medallion for background effective
2. multi-color stamping can be done easily with the help of MISTI
3. to create a seamless look, simply make two dies in one piece
4. mist the Flower Medallion with water and stamp on the Distress Oxide
5. strings and small sequins make this design "flow"

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I am giving this card to a new couple who made a big order of personalized wedding cards from me.

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I used the glitter tape from Altenew. These tapes are awesome to have on hand as you never know when you strike GOLD!

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Don't forget to check out the latest HERE and sales HERE (if any) over Simon Says Stamp.
 I hope this post inspired you to try out a few new things if you have not done so.

My random Taiwan trip photo share:Tea time!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stencil Sunday @Virginia's #5

Happy Sunday!
How is your summer going? Fabulous, I hope.


Time flies...we are into "Stencil Fun @Virginia's" No. 5!
 
This feature is FREE for all you to enjoy!
In return, I do appreciate that you use my affiliate links for your craft purchase.
There are a few organizations that I donate regularly.  The source of earning/commission will be allocated to the charities that I support: Red Cross, World Vision, PBS and TV Ontario.
Affiliate links are applied at no additional cost to you.
A heartfelt thank-you for your support.

I will be sharing stenciled cards with stamps and inks every Sunday during this summer.
I hope with quality posts, you will still get a dose of stamping fun during the summer.
Don't forget to link your summer creations (at the right side bar) for Virginia's Blog Party!

Let's get right to STENCILS!

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Grid Stencil

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You can find Altenew's entire June stencil release here.

This stencil may look simple enough, but the details that it adds to the design is amazing.
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I did a Reverse Stencil Stamping...that means
---> spray ink onto the card stock to create this card
---> pick up the stencil carefully and flip it over
---> stamp another piece of white card stock with the leftover spray on the stencil
---> you now get this very subtle grid background  (no sprays/inks get wasted!!)

Once I got this grid paper, I set out to emboss the entire border with Hello Sunshine Stamp set.
I then colored the floral images and that's it!
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The embossed image can be done in one sitting with the help of MISTI. 
 I painted/water-colored the edges with Gansai Tambi Watercolor.

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I hope that you are inspired by my idea and simple execution.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
See you next Sunday!!

PS: remember to use "SHIP7OFF" when you make an Altenew orders over $100. The code will take $7 off. Please use my side banner with coupon code) for shopping over Simon Says Stamp.

 You can purchase all these supplies

at Simon Says Stamp, click here. 

at Altenew Shop, click here and here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Masculine One Layer (BONUS post for Stencil Sunday)

Hello friends!

I am popping in to share an extra stenciled one layer card that I created.
Today also marks the Altenew July new stamps and dies release (see here).
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Cube Builder (Altenew here, Simon Says Stamp here)

The entire release from June can be found here.

Since I am taking a summer break, I will not be part of this blog hop (wahhhh....I know).😐
However, I still want to share something with you from Altenew.
So, here we go.

Happy Birthday

 The "hardest" part of this card is using the stencil and create the background. 
 Be sure to use a piece of paper to cover the surface while you apply the inks. This way prevent you from getting smudges (ask how I know...). 

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Once that's all done, I gold-emboss the cactus from "Be Strong" and stamped the sentiment from Cake Love...done!

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Trendy? Check!
 Fun? Check!😀
Masculine? Check!
Sophisticated? Check! 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Don't forget to use the code "SHIP7OFF"(for orders over $100) to get $7 off.
Shop the release here
My random Taiwan trip photo share: hibiscus

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #430


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

This week the challenge is...

We're Seeing Stars

 We are using My Favorite Things 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 Stars Above

 This set comes with many lovely sentiment and I love that there are great for coloring! 

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I white-embossed the images on Neenah kraft card stock at first and added some colors with Distress Oxide. It didn't look like much at first. Once I applied more colors and added the popped up star, it begin to take shape.

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I applied Nuvo Silver Glitter Drops to the star with an old paint brush. To highlight the silver scheme, I silver-embossed the sentiment and added silver DMC strings.

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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 !!
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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.

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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, July 18, 2017

Altenew FREE gift with purchase

Hello friends!
Sales alert----> Simon Says Stamp Sales---> here
(this changes often...you may or may not find some fun items that you like)
 Use "Cheery" to get $5 off your order
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 There is a FREE gift promotion over Altenew (just in case that you are interested). 
Today is the LAST day!!
Also, the new Build-a-Flower is now available HERE

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  • Enjoy the great deals up to 40% off on selected items for a limited time. Shop HERE 

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    My random trip photo share: Taiwanese Shaved Ice 
    Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit (Take 3)

Hello friends! Hope you are having a great day so far! 
I am popping in with another quick post.
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This July Monthly Kit  is perfect for summer paper crafting.
If you like the various theme and surprises, it is a good idea to subscribe (see here).
That way, you will not miss out on getting each kit because they do sell out quickly.
The August Card Kit is now available HERE

This new kit is a versatile set as I can see many uses for it.

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This kit's Bikini Wafer Die is just too fun. You can also purchase it separately here.

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I love the two tone sentiment and this is easy to do with or without MISTI. 
The White Nuvo Drops really help create a lovely movement in the design.
Also, the Stitched Rectangles are handy when it comes to layering images.

My random Taiwan trip photo share: beach in Kenting
( It was a super hot day as my cat Alexia had to stay in the shade...)
Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stencil Sunday @Virginia's #4

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to my 4th installment to "Stencil Sunday @Virginia's"!

A note to you about altenew's NEW Build-a-Flower is now available HERE
You can also purchase it over Simon Says Stamp HERE
Since I am on summer break, I am missing out on creating with this gorgeous stamp set.

This feature is FREE for all you to enjoy!
In return, I do appreciate that you use my affiliate links for your craft purchase.
There are a few organization that I donate regularly.  The source of earning/commission will be allocated to the charities that I support: Red Cross, World Vision, PBS and TV Ontario.
Affiliate links are applied at no additional cost to you.
A heartfelt thank-you for your support.

I will be sharing stenciled cards with stamps and inks every Sunday during this summer.
I hope with quality posts, you will still get a dose of stamping fun during the summer.
Don't forget to link your summer creations (at the right side bar) for Virginia's Blog Party!

Let's get right to Altenew STENCILS!
Kaleidoscope A (Simon Says Stamp, Altenew)

Kaleidoscope B (Simon Says Stamp, Altenew)

Kaleidoscope A+B----> Altenew

 Can you believe that this is nearly an one layer card?
I only added a strip of gold Washi Tape from Altenew's New Day Card Kit.
You may not consider that as one-layer if you are a one layer purist.

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The depth that shows in this design is astounding, thanks to the layering Kaleidoscope Stencils.
I started out with inking up with the Layering A and then Layering B.

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I also added the pink embossing paste selectively with the center and tiny corners.
Normally it is nearly impossible to spread the paste into tiny space.

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Dina Wakley Media Tool 
However, I find this tool amazing and is a must-have if you love embossing paste with stencils.

For the embossing paste, I used Peony Pink Tonic Embossing Mousse .

You can find all the colors with this brand here.

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I purposely stamped the sentiment in grey (we are very happy for you) and in black (congratulations).  For good measure, I added gold splatter with Wink of Stella (gold). 

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I truly hope that you are inspired by my post.

 There is a FREE gift promotion over Altenew.
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  • Enjoy the great deals up to 40% off on selected items for a limited time. Shop HERE

 You can purchase all these supplies for today's project

at Simon Says Stamp, click here. 

at Altenew Shop, click here and here.



Friday, July 14, 2017

SSS July Card Kit (Take 2)

Hello friends!
Time to share my 2nd creation with the July Card Kit!
I didn't do anything fancy and keep the design simple. I made this card after getting back from Taiwan ( getting over the jet lag and a bad cold).

I decided to work with the pattern paper (from the kit) and it was super easy to put together once you have the idea.
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Steps:
1. stamp the sentiment in Versamark and heat emboss in white
2. stack a few dies to create a chipboard
3. add  Nuvo to the polka doe (on white only)
4. use fringe scissors to jazz up the pattern paper (add a happy factor, so to speak). I used an old Martha Stewart fringe scissors, but you can use any of these (see here)

Hope you find these steps helpful when it comes to kits like this.
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This July Monthly Kit  is perfect for summer paper crafting.
If you like the various theme and surprises, it is a good idea to subscribe (see here).
That way, you will not miss out on getting each kit because they do sell out quickly.

Wanna check out the latest kit that is out today? You can find it HERE
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The SALES items may still be available, do check them out HERE if you have not done so.

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by!

My random trip photo share: hibiscus