Monday, November 20, 2017

Altenew Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!
It's an exciting day over Altenew because we now have more MARKERS
This January, Altenew came up with Artist Markers Set A.
It was so popular! I know many of you are anticipating more MARKERS!

These markers are alcohol-based, allowing you to beautifully blend colors to any stamped images.
You can find out all the details in Altenew Scrapbook Blog and Card Blog.

If you come from the lovely Nina-Marie Trapani, you are in the right place.

I took some photos of these awesome Artist Markers in case you want to see them up close and personal. Aren't they lovely?

Click photo to shop Set B
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and Set C
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You can get them all here.

Altenew markers are ergonomic and user/color-friendly!
 For my coloring, I chose to use this stamp set

Hibiscus Bouquet Stamp Set
Shop Altenew (Hibiscus Bouquet Stamp Set)

(shop Simon Says Stamp here)

Amazing You Stamp Set
Shop Altenew (Amazing You Stamp Set)

(shop Simon Says Stamp here)

 I love that you can easily blend two or more colors without using a blender marker!
To me, that is a huge plus! The "color-blending" is amazing! For someone like me (who is not patient to do detailed coloring), I am stopping my collections of Copic markers. THESE Artist markers will be my go-to from now on. I also noticed that the price is much more affordable.... and they come in the cute container for easy display and portability!
Need I say more?
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The brush nib has just the right amount of surface. I used the smaller nib to add the dotty details.
And one more thing ... I already know the Altenew Ink colors well, the markers are made to MATCH the inks! No more guessing.  Hallelujah! 😇
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 I had a FABULOUS time coloring the images. In the end, I use Heat Wave Pen to add the gold dots with the help of Tiny Bubble Stencil. It may not seem obvious that I used a stencil for the dotty background. I carefully use the Heat Wave Pen one little circle at at time (Partial/Selective Stenciling).
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 Prizes: To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, November 27th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Wednesday, November 29th.

Giveaway: Please leave a comment in this very post for an extra chance to win a $30 gift certificate. Winner will be announced on Nov. 25th right here in this blog.
 I also used
Building Blocks Stamp & Die Bundle
Shop Altenew (Building Blocks Stamp & Die Bundle
) to create my color swatch.
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Congratulations as you made to end of this post (the final one for the hop)
👉If you are starting the hop, just go right in and join the fun here
💛----->Virginia Lu<-----💛
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Altenew Build-a Flower Comment Winner Announcement

Hello friends!
Please forgive me ...
I forgot to announce the Build-a-Flower comment winner (see post here)....oops, two days late!
There are 47 comments in total.
The winner gets a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew shop.

Random. org picked #20

The winner is....

Mary said... Yes, Virginia, when it's a white flower - one must choose another color to accent the "whiteness". I love what you've done with this Gardenia stamp!
I just cannot figure out where you have used the half-tone stencil?

Congratulations, Mary! 😍 Please e-mail me for your prize (

Today is also the last day for 

 See Altenew Sales here.
 Did you see the NEW Altenew Markers Full Reveal?
Those markers photos were taken by...."yours truly"!! 😀
Don't forget to comment on this post for a chance to win the new Artist Markers! 

Be sure to come back on Monday at Nov. 20th at 9am, EST, for more inspiration! 

With the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I will be updating sales info as soon as they are available. I truly appreciate that you check my blog posts and shop through the product links.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Another Take on Build-a-Flower (Gardenia)

Happy Saturday, friends!
I am popping in with another take of Build-a-Flower Gardenia.
this is back in stock now

Altenew BUILD A FLOWER GARDENIA Clear Stamp and Die Set ALT5274

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Instead of keeping it white/grey-ish like I did last time, I took a more colorful approach.

blessed to have you in my life
Instead of using ink, I used one of my favorites- Alcohol Inks.

Steps I took to create this card (products are highlighted):
~apply Alcohol Ink(see here and here) on Bazzill Vellum
~emboss the Gardenia in Antique Gold
~make the die cut and adhere them to Pale Gray card stock
~stamp the leafy background in Seashore
~embellish with Gold Glitter Tape and Pretty Pink Posh sequins  

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By the way, this set can be purchased as a bundle like the following.

Don't for get this promotion....

Meanwhile, in other stamping news.... 😁

 Spellbinders has some AMAZING deals/clearance HERE.
These DEEP discount with an EXTRA 10% off are hard to pass up.
If you are starting out in card-making with metals dies, this is a great chance to start a "collection"!!
 Click here to start!

" Save up to 70% off Spellbinders Clearance products. Find amazing savings on dozens of last-chance products including one of a kind items, over-stocks, and closeouts. New clearance products are continually added and quantities are usually very limited so don’t miss out before they are gone."
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Altenew Post (DIY Ornament)

Hello friends!
Today's my turn to share a project with you over Altenew Card Blog.

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I had an idea with using the Cover Dies and Shape Dies.
This is is how it started....
 shop Altenew here

shop Simon Says Stamp here

Altenew EMBOSSING Ink Pad ALT1979
Altenew EMBOSSING Ink Pad ALT1979

from: Simon Says Stamp
I took the process photos, so it's easier to for you to visualize the steps.

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Embossing supplies used here : Embossing Ink, Silver,, Platinum
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Embossing supplies used here: Rose Gold and Copper.
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I embossed it several times. This way, it strengthen the piece and adds volumes and shine, too.

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I also did a colorful version, too.
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I added some shine by embossing the piece with Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder.

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I hope that you love this idea and perhaps this inspires you to give it a try!

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I would really appreciate that you stop by Altenew Card Blog to leave me a comment. 

You can also find the Altenew supplies I used over Simon Says Stamp here.
(use HARVEST to get $5 off)

Don't forget that Altenew is running a promotion.
 This Winter Cottage Country stamp set is FREE when you make a purchase over Altenew.
 with every purchase from 11/15/2017 at 12:01 AM EST through 11/17/2017 at 11:59 PM EST. It will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders. No minimum purchase!

Shop here
Check out the SALE here (up to 40% off!) 
  7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF 
FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $200 with code SHIPFREE
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Layered Lily (30% off ) and See What I Bought....

I know it's not Black Friday yet, but I had some sighting of deals and sales...
click photo or HERE to shop.

Layered Lily is only $16.80 now.


Altenew also has this special going on right now....
 This Winter Cottage Country stamp set is FREE when you make a purchase over Altenew. It will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders. No minimum purchase !

Shop here
Check out the SALE here (up to 40% off!)  
$7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF  
FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $200 with code SHIPFREE
I did some shopping and thought you might like to see what orders I placed yesterday....!?
I ordered this!

We R Memory Keepers MARKER AIRBRUSH Tool 660081
I ordered this!

Concord & 9th DAHLIA TURNABOUT Clear Stamp Set 10293

and this.
I ordered this!

S4-839 Spellbinders LAVENDER SWAG Etched Dies
 I can't wait to see what I can do with these goodies....😊
Don't forget to use HARVEST to get $5 off when you shop over Simon Says Stamp.
Lastly, these are my version of  Layered Lily

thanks a bunch

(click photo for more details about the cards)
just for you

Now hurry over to get the kit before they are sold out...


Penny Black WE WISH YOU A Thin Metal Creative Die 51-403
Limited EditionHoliday Card Kit MINT WISHES Christmas 2017 Card Kit SSSMW17
*Limited EditionHoliday Card Kit MINT WISHES Christmas 2017 Card Kit SSSMW17

*simply click on photos of product and text link to shop

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