Thursday, March 22, 2018

Altenew March 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
Warning: Photo-heavy post
If you stop by from the blog of Marge Yoon you are in the right spot.
If not, hop on it and come join the inspiration and fun.
For all the details of this blog hop, please visit Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog.

There are so many fabulous stamp and die designs in this release, let's get to it!

My first card is a subdue yet elegant kind of design.
This Pegboard Die can be whatever and however you want to use it.
You can use it to stitch a pattern or use it as a background...OR

 do what I do....stamp on it!
I did Partial Die-cutting with the Pegboard Die. 
I applied a piece of Monochrome Washi Tape on the backside to prevent the bits from falling out.


I then did Generation/Color-layering Stamping with Wild Flower Garden.

This card has textures, colors and depth.....yet it is nearly flat! I love that it is mail-friendly!


The 2nd card is my CAS take on a simple die "Miss You".
Altenew-MissYou WordDie_Virginia#1

Two very simple scripty words Miss You...but they sure are so beautiful and powerful!
I stacked the die with Washi Tape and black card stock to make it more prominent.
In Asian culture particularly, white color depicts the feeling of emptiness and loneliness very effectively. And that is how I came up with using white "miss you"  repeatedly.

Altenew-MissYou WordDie_Virginia#3

As an after-thought, I decided to highlight the sentiment with the Halftone Heart Die.
It may be too subtle to be noticed, but I did add some splatter with Pure White Ink Splatter.

Altenew-MissYou WordDie_Virginia#2

The last card is a super bright and cheerful design with the Crossed-Stitched Flowers Stamp/Die Bundle!
I had lots of fun mixing the colors of the stitched flower!


I highly recommend getting the Cross Stitched Flower Die if you are getting this stamp.
This stitched look seems to be complicated, but it really is simple to do when you've got the GOODS!! πŸ˜€

The stitched look is amazing, isn't it?

I added some golden touches with glitter tape, gold sequins and Antique Gold Metallic Ink Spray.
Hope you like my 3 cards for the hop.

Prizes:To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 29th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2018.

Giveaway: Would you like an extra chance to win $30 Gift Card to Altenew Shop? Comment in this very blog post and I will pick a winner and announce it on Monday, March 26th right here in this blog.

Today's Blog Hop order:

March 2018 Stamp & Die Bundle
March 2018 Stamp & Die Bundle

You can purchase the products showcased today here
use code SHIP7OFF on order over $100
use code SHIPFREE on order over $200 for FREE US shipping

Your next hop is blog of Justine Hovey
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Altenew March Stamp/Die Release

Hello friends!
Altenew has a new release for Stamps and die!
Have fun browsing (and shopping)!
I will be back with the Altenew team and guest designers for a blog hop at 9am, EST, March 22nd

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #465 (My LAST!!)


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

This week the challenge is..

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

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰IMPORTANT announcement at the end of this post

For my project, I am using Altenew's Build-a-Flower Peony Blossom, Shattered Triangle Die and Sewn With Love (sentiment).

 because you are special 

This card is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. create a background with the Shattered Triangle Die and dry-embossing tan mat. 

because you are extra special

2. stamp the flowers from the set and make die cut. Layer it all and make it 3D! 

beacuase you are extra special  

3. embellish with glitter tape and stamp the sentiment.  Add sequins.

because you are extra special-001  

See, once you have a plan, it's easy as 1-2-3! 

πŸ’₯πŸ’₯ Last but certainly not least,  I want to announce that this is my LAST Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge DT post. After being on this amazing team for 4 years ( I know, I can't believe it!!), I decided that it is time to step down.  I find it challenging to balance my time and commitment in the last half year. Thus, the difficult decision has to be made! πŸ˜”

πŸ‘I want to give my big thanks to Simon owner Heidi, director Stephanie and DT coordinator Lols. They are such wonderful and dedicated people. It has been a dream to be part of the Simon Family!!  

Thank you, my dear readers and followers, for the support of my DT every Wednesday 

and every day!! 

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, March 20, 2018

Stamp a Large Wreath

Hello friends!
πŸ‘‰Technique Tuesday will resume next Tuesday!

I am popping in with a quick post about a 100% stamped card.
Simon Says Clear Stamps BOLD FLOWERS sss101811 Best Days
Simon Says Clear Stamps BOLD FLOWERS sss101811 Best Days 
from: Simon Says Stamp

I am all for stamping and this card says it all.  
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All inks are from Simon Says Stamp. The supplies I used are listed at the end of the post.
Ding---> For stamping the wreath, I used a circle die cut and traced around it.
I then stamped around the pencil-marked circle and that's it!
you are kind of amazing

 I highly recommend you to try it as the process is totally therapeutic.
I kept the embellishments very minimal and just applied a few Nuvo droplet.
The sentiment was altered, too! No, I didn't cut up the sentiment stamp...
Simon Says Clear Stamps KIND FLOWERS SSS101712
Simon Says Clear Stamps KIND FLOWERS 

 I just stamped it how I liked it strategically. 

you are kind of amazing-001

Don't worry if the wreath is not balanced and looking the way you want.
Noticed I stamped with smaller stamps? They are the "filler stamp" and really makes a difference. 
And oh... one other thing....
Practice makes perfect! 
(Mine is not perfect, but  like it!)

To shop over Simon Says Stamp, use code SPR5F to get $5 off  of $5 or more with your order.

Altenew promotion! 
(less than TWO days!)

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰---->Place an order from the Dies Collection before l 3/21/2018, and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a big prize! Shop here

One lucky winner will be chosen to win a prize pack valued at over $120 including following products: Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine, Floral Shadow Stamp & Die Bundle, Rainbow Prism 6 Mini Cube Set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Use a Die with Mixed Elements

Hello friends!

πŸ’–Spellbinders Blog Hop Winner is announced at the end of this post πŸ’–

The title says it all...maybe? 
I am sharing a card that use a die with many types of elements
This card includes pattern paper, color card stock, vellum, alcohol inks, sticker and dry-embossing
you are amazing  
 ...and sequins!
Shapeabilities Hearts and Butterflies Borders Etched Dies On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink
Shapeabilities Hearts and Butterflies Borders Etched Dies On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink 

from: Spellbinders

This die is only available over Spellbinders.
you are amazing-001

Isn't that a LOT? However, it kind of looks OK with so many mixed elements, riiiight?
I relied on the die (stacked with black card stock and alcohol-inked vellum) and made it as a focal point. Underneath, I used the die for dry-embossing and the pattern paper for textures and added shine.
you are amazing-002

The shine and textured look derive from Alcohol Ink Gold Metallic Mixatives are unexpected and organic! 


I am listing a few other Spellbinders that I have showcased.
You can find various designer collections here 
The NEW arrivals here
GREAT sales here

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰The winner of the Spellbinders Blop Hop gets $25 gift card to Spellbinders online shop.
Hi Virginia, I adore both cards, I have had my eye on the die that you used in your 2nd card but now that I have seen how you colored that 1st die I have fallen in love with that die, you did such an amazing job on that first card I feel like I just have to have that now, you are so creative, I would of never thought to do it like that, I guess that is why you are the designer and I am the one reading your blog everyday, LOL. Thanks for all your creative ideas, I really appreciate it.
Congratulations, #71 Tracey Magner, please e-mail me to claim your prize by March 25th

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Virginia's Stencil Sunday #1 (Scene-Building)

Hello friends!

If you like stencils like I do, you might want to check out today's (and every Sunday's) post!
Last summer, I did a series of Stencil Sundays and everyone seemed to enjoy the series!
I had fun creating and shared, you commented and you liked... 😊 What's not to love, right?

Well, I am back at it again. From this week on, I will be featuring at least one of the stencils (from Altenew) on Sunday and will continue to do so until my time or idea runs out! πŸ˜€ 

Altenew SCALLOP BUILDER Stencil ALT2194

from: Simon Says Stamp

Scallop Builder Stencil


I am using Scallop Builder Stencil as my example.  
This stencil can be used in so many creative ways. Art Deco, scallop border and clouds are one of a few that I can easily think of. This time I used this stencil as the wave and created a scene!

thank you for being my candle in the water

I used the stencil in two colors and used only portion of the stencil. This creates a misty illusion and also does not overpower the overall design.

thank you for being my candle in the water-001

The magical part of this card? In my humble opinion, it is the mixed color of the splatter!
Can you spay white, silver and blue
I used various ink sprays for the spatter effect.
Altenew BE A LIGHTHOUSE Clear Stamp Set ALT1499
Altenew BE A LIGHTHOUSE Clear Stamp Set ALT1499 - $14.99

from: Simon Says Stamp ($6.99 with the promotion)
thank you for being my candle in the water (3)

I stamped the light house image from Be A Lighthouse and cut out the images. 
thank you for being my candle in the water (2)

 I am going to try posting more stenciled cards and hope you will enjoy Stencil Sunday's Series!

Today is the LAST DAY for 20% off from 50 brands!
It a good chance to get some Altenew products over Simon Says Stamp...
as they are 20% off .

 For example,
Only a few left in stock! This 3D stand-alone set doesn't require using any stamps!

Altenew ROSE FLURRIES - $39.99

from: Simon Says Stamp
with the promotion, this die set is now $26.99 
>Altenew BUILD A FLOWER CHRYSANTHEMUM Clear Stamp and Die Set ALT2183

When you check out, use code LUCKY777, it is now $22.99


πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–--->spend $5 or more and take $5 off
πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š PLUS 20% off over 50 mystery brands!
Make your orders over Simon Says Stamp.

There are 50 brands that are 20% off till 11:59pm EST today!
Those brand include my favorite:  Altenew, Penny Black, Hero Arts,
 Wplus 9, Neat & Tangled, Spellbinders
Ranger... and 43 more brands! 
Some dies are expensive but worth considering/getting-->check this out here.

Altenew promotion!
Place an order from the Dies Collections from 3/15/2018 until 3/21/2018, and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a big prize! Shop here.
One lucky winner will be chosen to win a prize pack valued at over $120 including following products: Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine, Floral Shadow Stamp & Die Bundle, Rainbow Prism 6 Mini Cube Set.

A winner will be announced on March 22nd on the Dies Collection page. 

Please feel free to enter your comments as you might be the lucky winner of my monthly Altenew $15 Gift Card!
Thanks so much for stopping by!