Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Frosted Garden (Go with the Flow) & Blog Hop Winner Announcement

Hello friends!
I have one more card to share from the latest Altenew Release.
AND I am announcing the winner of the December Blog Hop. (see it at the end of the post).
I saw it on ALTENEW

Frosted Garden Stamp & Die Bundle

Frosted Garden Stamp and Die Bundle is absolutely awesome!
 This stamp set provides you lots of possibilities.

You can purchase the stamp set here, the die here over Altenew Shop.
Here in my first take, I used the largest stamp from this set.
In case you are wondering how I came up with the design (see post title)...

 I basically watch how the images F-L-O-W.
Ding---> Paper Crafting can be very flat, still and quiet. 
Sometimes, if I can, I like to add some "movement" to the designs. Using splatter is helpful with create a movement/ a sense of motion. With a few droplets of colors, you draw the viewer's eyes to the focal point.

I love stamping multiple shades and colors. This set is a cross of solid and outline stamps.
There is no lining up...all you do just jut stamp.

I love the Splatter Effect and used quite a bit in this card design.
I saw it on ALTENEW

Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine

 I am now using Mini Bloom for my intricate die cutting.
It is very handy to use on the my craft desk.
hello -001

 I love the gold foil paper and use it here as the underlay for the flowers.
Gold Foil Cardstock
Gold Foil Cardstock 


Of course, you purchase the Frosted Garden Stamp here, Die here, over Simon Says Stamp.
 Use code : MERRY573 to get $5 off
Shop Simon Says Stamp here
 Copic Sale here


Last but certainly not the least,
the $30 Altenew Gift Card winner of Altenew December Release Blog Hop is.....

 #2 Linda BL said...
I love all the pictures you include with your posts! I especially like the floral wreath card and the first one with the bamboo.
 Congratulations, Linda BL, please e-mail me becr8ive2@gmail.com to claim your prize!
If the prize is not claimed by Dec. 17th, another winner will be selected.
If you didn't win, do not despair, here are TWO gift cards to be won. Go and enter a comment!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Working with An Intricate Die

Hello friends!

you are my home #2

I love the ornate details from this Spellbinders Die and I know I would love to create with it.

Spellbinders has really awesome sale here, great deals here.
I recently signed up to purchase Grand Caliber as the first time buyer and got an extra 15% off 
(see here). FREE US shipping with orders over $75.

Since the Lavender Swag die is so detailed, I only needed to add colors to it.
I used a combination of Zig Clean Brush Markers and Zig Gansai Tambi Silver to color the swag.
you are my home

In my design, I want to create a elegant, rustic and lovely feel....much like the French country side.
Not sure if you noticed the sprayed mist in Mint color, I used We R Memory Keepers AirBrush Tool.  I love the price of this tool (only $14.99) and it does the job just fine.

Only 2 Left!

We R Memory Keepers MARKER AIRBRUSH Tool 660081

(you must hurry if you are getting this tool)
 One note though, this Airbrush Tool holds only the smaller size markers (like Zig Marker, Distress Markers...). I only wish the opening is large enough for Copics and Altenew Artist Markers.
Like I said, you can't beat the price.

you are my home

I love the glitter strip from DCWV. It really "ties up" nicely with the DMC Gold String.
You can also purchase this die from Simon Says Stamp
from: Simon Says Stamp
 Use code : MERRY573 to get $5 off
Shop Simon Says Stamp here
 Copic Sale here

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It's 9th day of the month....(A Birthday Giveaway!)

Hello friends!
It's 9 pm of  9th day of December ....do you know what that means?

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa....and you get to have your cake and eat it , too!

To celebrate my birthday, I am giving away 

$15 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card
$15 Altenew Gift Card (monthly)

Please leave me a comment in this very post (only this post's comments count!)
AND if you do shop through my post links today and/or in the past, you can leave up to 2 comments!
You comment can be anything you care to share.

Here are some of my fun traveling photos that I share over the years.
I consider myself an optimistic person with a fun and easygoing personality.
Maybe it has to do with my birth order (child #3 of 4)....?

Meanwhile, you can help me celebrate by shopping through my links.
This year, I have made donations to various charity (PBS, TVO, Red Cross).
 Your shopping have enabled me to donate more.
For that, I am so very grateful.

You can find out all about the affiliate links here.
I am affiliated with the 4 following companies.
(click store logo and shop)
For shopping ideas, please click here.
 Use code : MERRY573 to get $5 off
Shop Simon Says Stamp here
 Copic Sale here

For shopping idea, please visit here.

For shopping selections, please click here.
The latest releases is out today... on the 9th, of course!

Check it out here.

I saw it on Concord & 9th

Love You So BUNDLE — $40

Bundle of Love You So stamps & dies

For shopping selections, click here.

I saw it on Spellbinders

Texture Plates Art Deco - Deco Squared
$19.99 now (was $64.95)

Holiday Sentiments Bundle

I truly appreciate your support and your help to keep me blogging.
πŸ’“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.πŸ’“
I can't wait to read your comments! 😊
The winner announcement will be made on Dec. 16th.

Altenew Stamp Focus

Hello friends!

 Have you done the Altenew Release blog hop yet?
If not, get on the hop and find out what the new release is all about.
You can see the entire release here.
It is my turn to share some projects with you over Altenew.

Super -heavy photo post (sorry!)
This time, I am doing Stamp Focus. 
That means I am showcasing a few designs with the same set of stamps and dies.

(click photo to shop at Altenew)

 I am sharing the 3 cards in chronological order. That way, you can truly see my thoughts in the creative process.

 card #1
Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #1

I find that when you first receive a new set of stamps, it's best just to stamp out the images and see what you like about the images. This is always a good idea as a starting point. And that is exactly what I did with card #1.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #2

To create a little WOW factor, I stamped the bee first and then ran the die with a tan embossing mat in my die cut machine. This leaves a dry embossed image around the bee. With the die still in place, I took out Altenew Tropical Green and carefully sponged around it.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #3

The sentiment "hi" from ASL fits right in!  I also decided that leaves and stems do not always have to be green and used Rock Collection instead. I think I like it!

Now with Card #2...
With the stems so slender and tall, I thought it would be good idea to create a bouquet.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #7

I didn't try too hard to line up each and every layer...because that is not the point. I want to evoke a rustic and carefree feel in this design.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #8

Once I stamped and made the cue cut pieces, I arranged the stems first and then adjusted the heights of each stems. After that, I arranged the colors and size of each flower accordingly.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #9

The Thicker from The New Day Card Kit are the easiest way to complete this design.

And then there's Card #3
This is when I thought to myself...I need to get a little more creative!
Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #4

I took out the heart die from Halftone Heart Die Set and use the heart shape as the mask. I chose just two detailed images from the stamp set and stamped around the heart.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #5

 The silver embossed flower left a gorgeous shine and served as a great focal point
At the end, I was very temped to add some colors to the dandelion. but I kept it CAS and left it as is... The struggle was real! LOL

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #6

So, there you have 3 different takes with one stamp set.
Hope this inspires you to try out stamp set like this...
or better yet, get this set and try it out for yourself.

Altenew_WildAbout You_Virginia #10

 For all the details and instructions, please visit Altenew Card Blog.
You can see the entire release here
I saw it on ALTENEW

December 2017 Full Release Bundle

By the way, did you know Altenew's Mini Bloom is amazing?
It is super handy that it now takes up a tiny spot on my craft desk.
I saw it on ALTENEW

Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Altenew WILD ABOUT YOU Clear Stamp Set ALT2002

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Altenew WILD ABOUT YOU Die Set ALT2022

 Thanks so much for reading this long post.
I will be back with this stamp set and die next.
I saw it on ALTENEW

Frosted Garden Stamp & Die Bundle

I also appreciate that you shop through the affiliate links that I post today.
I have a GIVEAWAY coming up shortly today!
Happy Saturday!