Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Technique Tuesday Feature!

Hello friends!
I am sharing a NEW feature in my blog.
Recently I got a hold of some goodies from the friendly folks over Technique Tuesday.
I thought of this idea to feature their products and TT people loved it!
you have my heart

That is....
How about sharing a TECHNIQUE on a TUESDAY?
And because the TT folks are super nice, they offer to give out a prize to my readers/followers!!
That means YOU get a chance to play with TT goodies for FREE!
Cascading Border Die HERE (Technique Tuesday Shop)
 With that, I am sharing Die Cutting Technique.

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Technique Tuesday CASCADING HEARTS BORDER DIY Steel Dies 02615 — $14.99


Cascading Heart Border Die is simply one of a kind and can be used all year round.
you have my heart

Special features:
Inlaid die Cutting: the heart mesh with the border and inlaid die cutting provides a seamless border/transition
Partial Die Cutting: normally you will have to cut only part of the die with paper. In this case, this die does it all for you.  I only needed to choose the right paper!

you have my heart

Use paper creatively: the vellum and glitter paper are not BFF with each other. However, using them both sparingly, they can bring out the BEST of each other!

you have my heart  

Add a strip of something something...: in this case, I added a thin piece of striped design paper. It seems to help with the stamped sentiment!!? Yes? I like it!
Go with the flow: there is absolutely no movement involved in this. However, you can sense the subtle motion from the placement of sequins and hearts.

Technique Tuesday offers FREE US shipping with order over $75.

Check out the awesome sales HERE.

 You can find the Cascading Heart Border here.
you have my heart

I hope that you are inspired by some of the things I share. 
Be sure to stop by to see what technique that I use NEXT TUESDAY!
Please leave a comment for chance to win a prize from Technique Tuesday..
 I will draw winner after March 6th feature! 

The following is a listing of  Technique Tuesday products that will be featured.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Use a Large Die

Hello friends! 
I am popping in with a quick post about this very ornate and detailed die from Spellbinders.

Shapeabilities Floral Gatefold Etched Dies Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell
Shapeabilities Floral Gatefold Etched Dies Flower Garden

see Spellbinders Shop here

(click highlighted links for details)

This die measures 4.15 x 7.10 in. and is meant to for creating a Gatefold card.
It is more than plenty to cover entire card front. However, I decided to create a regular card with this large die. I took an easy way out and came up with a simple design.


I cut down the doily-like die cut and added a strip of foil. As usual, my low-tech foiling works like a charm! 
The sentiment is from 
Shapeabilities Blessings Vine Frame Etched Dies Thoughtful Expressions by Marisa Job
Shapeabilities Blessings Vine Frame Etched Dies Thoughtful Expressions 

from: Spellbinders
 (click highlighted links for details)
blessings -001

For the butterfly, it was part of the embellishment from February 2017 Card Kit.
 This gorgeous metal die does it all.

Lastly, I want to mention that Kit and Caboodle is still available for purchase----> here
You can check out the Card Kit Club here

sample photo #1
hello sunshine

sample photo #2
Feb. Card Kit (2)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Winner Announcement (Spellbinders and Altenew)

Hello friends!

Time to announce the winners of TWO blog hops.
First off, for the Altenew Build-a-Peony Blossom Flower Blog Hop
(The Peony Blossom can be found here)

 The $20 Altenew Gift Card goes to....

 Random.org. picked #44
Daria Z. said...
This Build-a-Flower set is my favorite! I love the different layers and that the flower can also stand alone. Your card is just gorgeous, Virginia! The design, the colors and I love the splatters. Just perfect.
 Next, for the Spellbinders Blog Hop winner.

The $25 Spellbinders Gift Card goes to....
you are always in my heart
(Bird on Cherry Branch can be found here)

photo frame

Floral Photo Frame can be found here

happy day-001

 Dimensional Floral Panel Etched Die can be found here.

Random.Or. picked #32
Barbara Baxter said...
Virginia, I love all three of your works of art! I love the bluebird set against the tan cutout. It really makes the bird stand out with its soft coloring. And your soft coloring leads to your other projects! You have such a light touch with color. The oval wreath is just awash with softness. I love the frame. (That's my favorite but maybe because your grand niece who is such a cutie!) Your work is just gorgeous!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

More Vellum Flowers!

Happy Saturday, friends!
Hope you are enjoying a great day so far...

happy birthday

I am popping in with another stamp and die combo.
Stunning Cosmo now has a matching die (Altenew shop)!

Stunning Cosmo Stamp/Die Combo


 I was in the mood for alcohol inks and took out some vellum and started inking...
Once I created my own vellum paper, I embossed the images and die cut a few.

happy birthday-001

The stems weren't stamped or embossed. I only used the dies to cut them out.
I love the natural and rustic look.

happy birthday

With the right products, ANYONE can create such dreamy cards!

You can also do exactly the same with the Happy Bloom.

All the supplies that I used are listed below.

Don't forget that Simon Says Stamp is having a 15% off STORE WIDE sale.
Make sure that you take advantage of this sale if you have things that are on your wish list!

The SALES items are great deals!

 I love this one, this one and this one.

 Use code HAPPY584 and shop here.

  Thank you for using my affiliate links to make your purchase (at no additional cost to you).

I am hosting a dinner party of 9 at home tonight. The menu? Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Italian Wedding Soup, Homemade Beef Pot Pies, Seafood Pasta, Apple Crisp and Ice Cream.
Do you think that is enough food? 😋

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Simple Shaker Card!

Hello friends!
 First  off....let's talk about the sale!
This is the sale you have been waiting for....


Use code HAPPY584 to save 15% at checkout!🙌
 Valid now till Feb. 18th, 11:59p, EST!
👉👉👉You MUST check out the sale here
(you get extra 15% off on them!!)
I am popping with a super simple shaker card!

I created this card with
from: Simon Says Stamp

This kit includes:
Sizzix Tim Holtz Gridlock Texture Fade Embossing Folder

With the help of Stitched Rectangles Die, it is easy to create a shaker card!
 In hindsight, I should have set the sentiment a little bit higher since the sequins are sitting all at the bottom. However, this makes a shaker card more fun. You have to shake, shake, shake! 😊


Here is the view from top. Hope you like it!
The latest kit is out now...

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Card Kit of The Month MARCH 2018 CHOOSE JOY ck0318
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

15% Off over Simon Says Stamp

 Hello friends!

This is the sale you have been waiting for....


Use code HAPPY584 to save 15% at checkout!🙌
 Valid now till Feb. 18th, 11:59p, EST!

Simon Says Stamp Sales Alert---> here

Please click the following link and do your shopping. 

Thank you!

Stamp Focus-Sewn with Love

Hello friends!

Photo-heavy Post

 First, I want to mention that Altenew is releasing


 Sunlit Flower Card Making Kit.
 You can purchase it here.

It is my turn to share a Stamp Focus with you over Altenew.
Stamp Focus basically features a specific stamp set. In this feature, the card designer shows off the same stamp set in at least 3 different creative ways. I REALLY love doing this kind of feature.
Sewn with Love (Altenew Shop)
Sewn with Love Stamp (Simon Says Stamp) and Die (Simon Says Stamp)

I am listing the key features in each card for easy reference. Here we go!

 Card #1 Sending lots of love

1. Solid stamps are the best for testing out the old and new inks.
2. The crossed-stitched hearts may look intricate and yet, they are easy to cut out as the edges are all in straight lines.
3. Pop some of the hearts up with foam tape for added dimensions and interest.
4. Inks used here (from left to right): Turquoise, Minty Mint, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Pinkalicious, Sunkissed and Cool Summer Night Oval Set.

Arranging these hearts was fun to do!

Card #2 Because You Are Extra Special

1. This card combines stamping with the Altenew Design Paper from Reflection 6"x6" Paper Pad.
2. Follow the pattern of the paper and stamp. The polka dots on the pattern paper served as my guide when stamping the hearts.
3. Embellish the design with Vellum Translucent Paper and sequins.
4. Embossing the sentiment with Antique Gold really dresses up a card.
5. Do not be intimidated by using pattern paper. The color palette are great source of inspiration, too!


3. Embellish the design with Vellum Translucent Paper and sequins.
4. Embossing the sentiment with Antique Gold really dresses up a card.
5. Do not be intimidated by using pattern paper. The color palette are great source of inspiration, too!
Stamping on pattern paper is really easy and fun!


Simple yet chic and stylish!!?


Card #3 I {heart} You
1. Parchment Cardstock is perfect for stamping, especially with darker inks such as Tea Party Oval Set and Green Meadows Oval Set.
2. Follow the die and trace the outer edge with a white jell pen.
3. The white-embossed sentiment (in Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder) helps bring out the contrast of colors


Tracing the edges is an effective way to highlight the image.


Card #4 Sending Warm Hugs


1. Altenew Inks are formulated for color-layering. Simply follow the guide (from the package) and you can create this intricate look without any problems.
2. The Sewn with Love Die Set serves as a great guide for stamping. I did the die-cutting first and then I only needed to line up the stamps with the pin holes.
3. Get extra millage with the stamps by using the smaller stamps. The "ground" was inked in Rock Collection Oval Set and stamped with one of the petal stamps.


4. Use a Silver Gel Pen to trace the edges after stamping.
5. Embellish the corner with a small piece of cut out from Creative Edges: Lace Die
6. Pierce the pin holes and make a bow with silver thread.
7. Glue sequins for extra shine and pizzazz!
8. Altenew Cardstock offer many fabulous choices. Dark Gray Cardstock is one of them!

These are many creative things you can do with this stamp and die set.
I am hoping that you are still here.... this is a super long post!


Lastly, these are the 5 cards that I made with this stamp set.


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As usual, you are eligible to win my monthly Altenew $15 Gift Card giveaway. The winner will be announced right here in this blog at the end of this month. 
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