Friday, September 4, 2015

New Release From The Ton Stamps

Hello friends!!!
I am super excited to be part of The Ton Stamps Fall release blog hop! 
The Ton Stamps design team (Ruby, Jess, Mayline) and a few guests (including me) are in the hop. Here is the order:

                           Virginia Lu -->you are here

In this release, there are so many unique and gorgeous sets. It was hard to pick just one set to create with. But the Leaf set "Autumn Foliage" really caught my eye!
I made not one, but two totally different looks with this stamp set. See the possibilities?

My first card was inspired by a photo that I found in an old issue of Martha Stewart magazine. I first stamped the layers for the leaves on a piece of white card stock.  
Happy Thanksgiving
 I then stamped an area and used more intense colors and used a small rectangle die. After popping it up with foam for added dimension, I inked up the edges with a darker shade of green

 I guess you can say this is the "Faux Spotlight Technique". I love the rich and vibrant colors from the foliage
 My 2nd card is more rustic and has a lot of details.
happy T. #1
With masking in the mid section, I loved stamping deep and dark colors on kraft card stock. It looked horrible at first. But with the white layered details (from white chalk ink), the details from the white inks really came through.  
I stamped the sentiment on a piece of ribbon. It is not as clear, but you can still make out the sentiment. I think this gives it a rustic look and it is perfect as a Thanksgiving card. I added dotty details with Liquid Pearl droplets. I decided to stitch on two little buttons that I had been hoarding. 

 My 3rd card is a colorful one with the clear stamp set "Large Peony". Isn't it gorgeous?
With the help of MISTI, I stamped the peonies in various colors of inks. I then colored the main image with Spectrum Noir color pencils. 
hey my bestie
I loved the sentiment is this set, too. To give this stamped design more interest, I added a folded strip of polka dot paper, sequins and gold Stickles.

  • Please leave a comment on all 8 stops to qualify for the giveaways. One random commenter/winner from each of the DT members and guest blogs will win one stamp set of their choice from the new release. One random commenter/winner will win three stamp sets of choice from the new release. 
  • Comment period will close on Sunday, September 6 @ 11:59pm (EST).
  • Winners of the giveaways will be announced on The Ton Blog on Tuesday, September 8
I hope that you enjoy this blog hop. Please check out The Ton Stamp and all the hop info here.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

STAMPtember New Release

The new release from Simon Says Stamp is here!
I am always looking forward to STAMPtember at this time of the year.
The new release has some really awesome designs (see here). 
I was lucky to have a few goodies waiting for me upon my return from the cruise to Norway.

 One of the dies in this collection is Nadine Snowflake Wafer Die.
 I have a few snowflake dies by now, but I find the simplicity of this snowflake die speaks volumes.
snowflake (square card)

I created my own watercolor paper with Spectrum Aqua Markers and made the die cut. I kept the design super simple and only added strings and sequins to complete this 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card.

My 2nd card is a bit more elaborate.

I made the die cut on a piece of thin paper and used the negative image as a stencil. Then I used pattern paper (with music notes) from My Mind's Eye and made three snowflakes. 
season's greetings

I am not ready for winter yet. But this dies sure reminds me the beauty of winter wonderland.
Hope you are having a fabulous day! I am getting over the jet lag and am feeling almost back to normal! Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #332


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

This week the challenge is...

Make It Colorful

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

Previously, I shared this card by using only the circle parts from this Smile die.
you make me smile (Virginia's View Challenge #17)

Ever wonder what happened to the SMILE sentiment?
Well, you know me, NOTHING goes to waste!  
wishing you lots of smiles
I love it when the intricate word die does all the work for you!
If you are not into word dies, think again :)  

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 :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!