Saturday, April 21, 2018

Folksy Card and Altenew April Release Winner

Hello friends!
This is my 2nd post for the day. For Michele's 50th birthday blog hop, please click here.
I am popping in with a colorful card created with this lovely stamp set and winner announcement.

(all supplies and source are listed at the end of this post)

I took out my Altenew ink and started to do simple stamping.
It's almost like child's play!

I used the Peach Gold Washi Tape and wood paper to ground the flowers!
They work like a charm! As you can tell, I had fun stamping the sentiment in various height and color.

 If I am ever stuck on an island, this is the kind of stamp set that I want to take as the possibilities are endless.

Lastly, the announcement that you have been waiting for....
Altenew release blog hop winner (from this blog) is...
Barb Ghig said...
As always, you have showcased the newest goodies beautifully, Virginia! I love how you played with the Antique Gold Spray with those gorgeous blooms...WOW! Great job with the new Gradient Stripe Die, too...I can see myself having a lot of fun with it :)
Congratulations, Barb, please e-mail me at to claim your $30 Gift Card to Altenew Shop. Please contact me before April 25th, or another winner will be randomly selected.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SALES INFO~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Simon Says Stamp has some items that might interest you.
You can still use code SPR5F to get $5 off.
Click here for SALES!
πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰if you use the code for $5 off, this set will only cost you $5.49!!!!
AND Sewn With Love, too! 
(click photo to shop)
only $10.49 (limited quantity!!)

Altenew CROSS STITCH FLOWER (while supply lasts!)

Scrapbook. com has 15% off on Mixed Media items.

Click here for details
(sale ends on Apr. 22nd, Sunday)
Altenew's Best Dad Stamp and Die Bundle is 35% off now till April. 23rd..
Click here for SALES item.

35% off!

Best Dad Stamp & Die Bundle


I am listing the latest April release below.
Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Michele's 50th Birthday Blog Hop

Hello friends! 
Today is a special day....
it is the creator/owner of CAS-ual Fridays Michele's 50th birthday celebration.
All 3 teams of Girl Fridays AND a few special guests (like!) are joining the fun hop!
I once was a Girl Fridays and will always be a Girl Friday!
 It is my absolute delight to be part of these festivities.

Here is the details for this hop:
Hop will run through April 23rd at 11:59 pm for commenting.
*Theme: birthday ( of course, big surprise!) πŸ˜€
*Michele's got 5 $50 gift codes for the big giveaway!!
1 from CAS-ual Fridays company blog and 4 random from the hop to encourage commenting on all the blogs.

If you come by the lovely Lisa Lahiff's blog, you are in the right place. 
Let's get the hop started!
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For my birthday card, I used this set Floating.Isn't it lovely?
Instead of using the hot air balloon, I decided to use only part of the stamp and created a border.
CAS-ual Fridays FLOATING Clear Stamps CFS1710
CAS-ual Fridays FLOATING Clear Stamps CFS1710 

from: Simon Says Stamp
wishing you love

What can I say about Michele? 
Michele is one CLASSY and SWEET lady!
 I am so lucky to know her in my earlier days as an inexperienced design team member.
Under her gorgeous face, Michele is a fighter that is strong and brave. Her Calling All Sistah's blog reminds us ladies to do monthly self-check. Michele continues to be an inspiration in paper-crafting community!
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Prizes: Michelle has a huge heart and is giving 5 $50 gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays Shop. The winners will be randomly selected: 1 from my company blog and 4 random from the hop.
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Your next hop is Kim Hamilton's blog

πŸ’–Happiest birthday, Michele! πŸ’–

Thanks for stopping by!
ps: I will be back later with the Altenew April Blog Hop Winner announcement. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fun and Easy Die Cutting!

Hello friends!
 First of all, I want to pass on a good sale over Altenew.
(click here to shop. For more details, please see at the end of post)
Regular price $102

It is now 40% off---->$61.20!

Back to the regular schedule of program....

It's my turn to share a fun project with you over Altenew blog
 Are you loving the April release? Many of you mentioned that you adore the Happy Heart Stamp & Die Bundle(currently on sale!!). Like you, I am a huge fan of this set, too! The delicate hand-drawn details are absolutely amazing. You can apply this stamp set with any types of coloring medium! This time I am sharing how I used it with the patterned paper from Reflection Scrapbook Collection. Please know that you can also get just the scrapbook paper here (without the kit).

Altenew_HappyHeart_Stamp/Die_Virignia #2

This card was made easy as the patterned paper has so much to offer. I simply stamped the images on the patterned paper. This proves to be a quick ad easy way to create multiple flowers.

Altenew_HappyHeart_Stamp/Die_Virignia #1

The inks I used are Volcano Lake, Lagoon, Ruby Red, Persian Blue and Just Green.
With the matching dies, I can easily cut the stamped pieces with my Mini Blossom Die Cut Machine.

Altenew_HappyHeart_Stamp/Die_Virignia #3

 I created a small panel with the Dotted Washi Tape  with the Cube Cover Die! Notice that I only use PART of the Cube Cover Die? In my view, this is another great way to stretch the cover dies! The Parchment Cardstock is perfect for pulling all type of mixed elements together.

Altenew-Happy Heart- Die
I love using splatter to add interest to my design. The tiny droplets from Pure White Ink Spray give this card some needed oomph!

Would you know that I actually use the scraps after cutting out some large floral images from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection !? I cut out the images to decorate our Altenew booth during the ScrapFest last week. See the THREE large floral images? I used the leftover EDGES for today's project.

Yeah, this is the best part about paper-crafting! We CAN reduce, reuse and recycle!
I hope that you love this idea and get inspired to use your scraps with stamps and dies!

Please kindly leave me a comment over Altenew Blog and/or here in my post.
You are eligible for my monthly Altenew $15 gift card giveaway

SALES alert!
This Rainbow Rose Stamping Kit is now $102--->$61.20.
Check out the great deals up to 40% off on selected items in the Sale collection 
Check out our April 2018 stamp/die release  

$7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF 
  • FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $200 with code SHIPFREE
Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spellbinders April Blog Hop

Hello friends!

I am delighted to be part of the Spellbinders Blog Hop today!
I hope that you get inspired by the participating guests as the shared projects are die-namite!

If you arrive from the blog of Susie Lessard, you are in the right place.
If not, come and join the fun hop for ideas and inspiration!

I have two projects to share with you with the Spellbinders dies from the following collection: 
Sharon Sowell Collection:
This die is pretty much one of my favorite silhouette dies...ever. I decided to use alcohol inks to create a colorful image and background.

sending warm hugs

There are two layering parts in this design: vellum paper and Yupo paper.
All products used are linked below (affiliate links applied at no cost to you).
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I also stamped the same colors with Sewn With Love (Altenew). At the end, I decide to add tiny bits of sequins to the bottom as  the images appeared to be magical to me!

sending warm hugs (2)
Hope you get fancy and free feeling!

 My 2nd card features this lovely die. I thought it is perfect for celebrating a new baby or a son's birthday....
Shapeabilities Little Boys at Play Etched Dies Little Loves by Sharyn Sowell
Shapeabilities Little Boys at Play Etched Dies Little Loves by Sharyn Sowell

from: Spellbinders
happy birthday to our son

There are a few techniques involved in this card, namely, Emboss Resist and Inlaid Die-cutting.
Happy Birthday (Spellbinders)

The rainbow colors depict a lively and happy scene: a growing boy and a dog. 
What could be more perfect!? Noticed the white-embossing with Script (Penny Black)?
Happy Birthday 
 I encourage you to try out these awesome silhouette images if you have not have any dies like these.

 Previously, I also shared my take with this die from the same collection.
Shapeabilities First Adventure Etched Dies Little Loves by Sharyn Sowell
Shapeabilities First Adventure Etched Dies Little Loves by Sharyn Sowell

from: Spellbinders  
You can read all about this project here.
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They really are fun and versatile to create with! 
(Affiliate link are applied at no additional cost to you! )

Giveaways : To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, April 22nd 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes. 

MORE Giveaway: I get to give away $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders blog! Please comment in this blog post by April 24th and the winner will be announced on April 25th right here in this blog. 

Today's Blog Hop--->Spellbinders Debby Hughes Kay Miller Julia Altermann Laurie Willison Miriam Prantner Emily Midgett Yana Smakula Nichol Spohr Sharyn Sowell Melissa Phillips Susie Lessard Virginia Lu (you are here) Nina-Marie Trapani May Sukyong Park Rubeena Ianigro Zsoka Marko Helen Salo Sandra Nagel Janette Kausen Kittie Caracciolo Olga Direktorenko Svitlana Shayevich Mayline Jung

Your next hop is the blog of the fabulous Nina-Marie Trapani!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ScrapFest 2018 ( a Recap)

Hello friends!
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NEWS FLASH: this week's Technique Tuesday is postponed to next week! 
 Don't forget to check out yesterday's Altenew April Release Blog Hop-->HERE

As you may know, I have been super busy with the ScrapFest that took place in Kitchener, Ontario from April 13-14.  Before this event, I prepared for the workshop and spent two days there and am still recovering.... :)

Despite the crazy ice storm we had, I consider it a success! 😊
Scrapfest photo #3

 This was the card that I taught in the workshop.

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The highlight of this event is that I got to meet some amazing people in my stamping life.

(Altenew CEO and Founder: Tasnim and Nabil, Michele Ferguson and Karen Dunbrook)
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I had fun doing "Make and Take" with the attendees and everyone did a great job doing the color-layering stamping.

sending lots of love

Class material are listed below along with the April Release. has a clearance sale up to 70% off!
(click here or banner to find out details)

Please use the following links for details and shopping purpose.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Altenew April 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
WARNING: photo-heavy post
It's that exciting time of the month...Altenew has a new stamp/die release! 
If you stop by from the blog of Debby Hughes, you are in the right place. 
If not, come right in and join the hop for ideas and inspiration. 
For the BEAUTIFUL ideas and inspiration, please visit  
Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog.

My first card features Happy Heart Stamp/Die Bundle
Happy Heart Stamp & Die Bundle
and Gradient Stripe Die Set.

I decided to create a gold background with the new Antique Gold Spray with Bristol paper.
Once dry, I made the die cut with Gradient Stripe Die Set.

I popped one of the die cut pieces up with the sentiment.

The fine-lines and details of the Happy Heart Stamp Set makes you really feel like an artist!
The best thing about this stamp set is that the images are beautiful with the hand-drawn details. You can use any types of color medium. They look amazing no matter how you use them.

In this card, I sponged the Altenew ink very lightly and they are GORGEOUS, as you can see!

My next card also uses Gradient Stripe Die, except this time I flipped it upside down.
The panel was done with ink-blending with a splash of water droplets.
Folksy Florals Stamp Set
Folksy Florals Stamp Set

 I then stamped Folksy Floral Stamp in various colors.

I love how the folksy images peeking through the panel.

In My Thoughts Stamp & Die Bundle
In My Thoughts Stamp & Die Bundle

from: ALTENEW  
My 3rd card features In My Thoughts Stamp and Die Bundle.

The tree may look hard to stamp, but it really is not!  It comes in 3-step stamping and is super easy to line up. This is a MUST-HAVE if you love tree images! 


To make the image pop, I stamped a subtle blue background with the text (that comes with the stamp set "In My Thoughts"). This gives interest and depth certainly CONVEYS the thoughts even 
more aptly. 
To ground the tree, I added the Watercolor Washi Tape 
It provides pops of color and subtle dimensions, too! 
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I love the splatter from Altenew Ink Sprays. I had to use a couple spray bottle to complete the design. I hope that you love seeing how I used these stamps.
πŸ‘‰I would love to know which card/stamp set "speaks" to you.
πŸ‘‰ Don't forget to leave me a comment! 
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 Saturday, April 21st for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 4/22/2018.
Giveaway: Guess what!? I get to draw a draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate! Yay, do not forget to comment in this very post. The winner will be announced on April 20th right here in this blog.
Your next stop is Laurie Willison's blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by!