Thursday, November 20, 2014

Conscious Coupling...

Conscious coupling....
No, I am not trying to convince Chris and Gweneth to get back together...like ever.
Nor am I attempting to get Martha and Gwyneth to become BFF.
I am only sharing an example of pairing up two different stamp sets and creating a unique design. 

 
                                               Friendly Flowers                          Persian Motif
Ding---> solid stamps+outline stamps = the perfect odd couple!

When you see the following photos, you'll know what I am talking about...

I stamped the outline stamps to cover the entire card front. Then, selectively, I stamped the solid images over the outlines...
thinking of you
Creating your own background paper is easier than you think. Hope you are inspired!

Lastly, here is the sneak peek for this week's challenge over StampNation

If you are interested in joining StampNation, you can check it out here . I will be conducting a Stamp Clinic over StampNation in early December. It's going to be fun!
 Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 291

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

This week the challenge is...

Thanksgiving

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

For my project, I used Giving Thanks and Swirls and Dots
Giving Thanks
First of all, I did the die cut and trimmed the size down a little. Then I made the die cut with pattern paper and then pieced the two together. I also used the partial stencil and created the subtle background with white embossing paste. As for the sentiment at the bottom, I took out the Many Thanks and stamped the smallest sentiment.
 
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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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!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter is Here!

It's a freezing cold and windy kind of day here... winter sure has arrived with a vengeance since yesterday!

I thought it would be fun to "share" some comfort food photos.
Here are some pancakes-Virginia style!

These were made from Chinese dumpling filling leftover (ground pork, chives, lettuce, ginger), egg & flour.
edited: at a blog friend's request, I was asked to share the "recipe"
~1/4-1/2 cup lean ground pork
~one cup of Chinese lettuce (Napa cabbage)
~1 tbs minced ginger and green onions, (optional)
~one egg
~ 1/2 cup all purpose flour 
~1/4 cup of water

Do make sure the mixture is not too dry and not too wet. Pan fry them with a small amount of oil.  I'd say medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Bon appetit!

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Stay warm now if you are like me, living in the cold parts of North America...
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

DIY Metallic Element

I love it when I play with my stamps....(surprise!!)
Today's card was a result of my "playing".

I wanted to create a card with the largest die from Lawn Fawn
 Stitched Snowflake.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=304990
  I didn't quite have a plan when I made the card. So, I started out with embossing the snowflake with two different embossing powders--Ranger's Watering Can and Michael's Sparkle. These are the two types of silver embossing powder that I own. I am in the process of acquiring a 3rd one....they can be addictive! I think it's possible a 4th one is on its way, too!
Season's Greetings
After embossing the snowflake around 4 times, I popped it up with the backing of deep blue card stock.When it came to angling the snowflake, I deliberated for a long time and finally, I took a BOLD move and made it an asymmetric design.
 I think the silver hot mess looks kind of nice!!?
Do you have a preference as to how you position the focal image? Do you like the traditional setting (the image lies squarely in the middle) or more of a free style composition?
I can't decide...at least not today.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Blog Named Hero Guest Design

Hello, my friends! It brings me great pleasure to share my project with you today. I am part of the Come Celebrate Christmas with A Blog Named Hero.
BE MERRY
My challenge is to make a Christmas card with non-Christmas supplies and stamps.

About this card:
1. choose a pattern paper, mask the triangle pattern stencil with Washi tape
2. apply white embossing paste mixed with green distress inks
3. create the alphabet "BE MERRY" with gold embossing paste and letter dies, let dry
4. stamp the red postal border ;  add confetti, gold strings and small gemstones
close-up
Supplies: Collage Postcard Cling Stamps, Triangle Pattern stencil, Alphabet dies by Hero Arts, Fancy Pants pattern paper, Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste (white), TH Distress Inks (Pine Bough, Mowed Lawn) by Ranger, confetti by Simon Says Stamp, gemstones (Michael's)

I hope that you are inspired to create holiday projects with non-holiday supplies. You will be amazed at what you can come up with. There are PRIZES to be won over ABNH. TWO gift vouchers from Simon Says Stamps and a prize package from Hero Arts are being given away to random commenters on the blogs and A Blog Named Hero. Be sure to leave a comment and enter your name !
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Glitter Paper

Oh glitter paper, how I love you....

A few years ago,  I probably would not know what to do with you. Now that I am a little wiser after a few years of paper-crafting, I think I finally know how to work with your awesomeness.

 You work so faithfully and just let yourself SHINE, no matter where I place you.

Supplies: Let it Snow, Snow Dancer (Penny Black), Twinkle Glints (DCWV), Snow Day Lawn Fawn pattern paper, snowflake sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Lastly,  StampNation, where I share tips about Proportion Matting, is having a new challenge. Here is a sneak peek about the challenge. 
You can find out all about it here

Edited: After getting the e-mail about Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking's closing its door, my heart got heavy and I am feeling sad. My heart goes out to the wonderful and encouraging staff behind this publication company. The publication calls changed my crafting life and made me a much better card-maker. What are we going to do without this amazing publication in the future? I don't know.
All I can say is, keep calm and craft on.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Feature!

Hello, it's my turn to share projects over CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog!
 I chose Must Love Snowflakes as the main feature.
must love snowflakes

I created another set of tags! This time I used  Add a Little Dazzle metal sheets.
ornament tags
You can emboss directly onto the metal sheets and they work beautifully! The Funky Round Tag Fri-Dies are perfect for this project. I tried to make them look like ornaments/baubles so I die cut a hole in the silver for the top.

I have an EXTRA card over CAS-ual Fridays.
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Please leave your feedback and comment over CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 290

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

This week the challenge is...

Seeing Stars

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

For my project, I used Brighton Pier (6x6 paper pad) and Plastic Die Cuts Stars (South of Market)
Dream.. then Do
 For the stars, I dabbed alcohol inks onto the plastic diecut and they worked really well. Since alcohol inks works best on a non-porous surface, it is a good idea to use plastic or acetate type of materials. I also added some gold splatter with Smooch and yellow sequins. The sentiment ( from one of my favorite stamps CAS-ual Elegance) was gold-embossed.


As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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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! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Venice-Inspired Card!

 I have been making so many Christmas cards lately, I thought it would be fun to take a break from Christmas cards and re-live my travel.
This is the card that I made with the stamp that I bought in Venice.
Grazie
Let's start our virtual tour where we left off from last time--Venice! It looks like I am forever stuck in Venice.....what can I say? I am still in love with that city!




And can you believe that I actually found some awesome stationary stores and even a stamp store in the middle of exploring!

This was the stamp store!
Can you imagine my surprise to see stamps? I ended up buying just ONE stamp.
 I was told by the store owner that these stamps came from Florence. Because of the high price (one wood stamp costs around $20 US), I chose the gondolier one.
with Rialto Bridge
My card and souvenir (Rialto Bridge).

 Dr. John was obsessed with the iconic Rialto Bridge, so we had lots of photos of the bridge from different angles...
Hope you enjoy the virtual trip and card. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Non-traditional Wreath

Hello! This past Saturday, I joined the Scramble Challenge over Hero Arts Flickr Group. My dear friend Lin Brandyberry was the host for this challenge. The theme was to make a wreath design under 90 minutes. You can see details here. It's time to get my wooden stamps out to play....
Textures and Shape
 Texture and Shape

Instead of a Christmas wreath, I decided to stamp with circles to create a Hello/Encouragement card.

I started by stamping the solid image and kept the color scheme light.  At the end, I embossed the solid circles and brushes in silver. The embossing powder is from Michael's. It has a mixture of white and silver. I am not terribly crazy about it, but I think it's fine in this one. I added silver strings, silver circles and sequins to complete the design. You can click on the photo to see the details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stencil THREE Ways!

 First of all, a BIG, HUGE, GINORMOUS thank you for commenting on my last post about the WCMD win. Your kind comments make me smile! I appreciate that you took the time to comment!

 Now, on to today's post...
As I look back at the paper-crafting trends this year, stencils are the one lean and mean tool that we simply can not ignore...

I recently got this Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil,
 
and as you can tell, I have been having fun with it.
Here is the first card with this stencil that debut on my blog.

Today I am sharing three more cards made with the same stencil.
The first one is a colorful one. I did some masking with the sentiment and kept it nearly one layer.
holly jolly Christmas
Since it has so many colors, I kept the design fairly simple.
For my 2nd card,  I went for the white and glitter...
Let it Snow (1)
With the simple color scheme and textures, I was aiming for the classy and elegant look.

 Here is my 3rd version. I used the non-traditional colors for this Christmas card. With the variation of embossing paste colors, this card is actually very easy to make. I think I like this one the best, so much so that I submitted it for the World Card Making Day Contest...but it was not the winning one.
Merry Christmas and happy new year

What do you think? Are you still loving stencils? 
Thanks for stopping by!  

Friday, November 7, 2014

World Card Making Day Contest NEWS!

http://www.papercraftsconnection.com/blog/2014/11/world-card-making-day-card-contest-winners-thank-you-2/
 A dream come true!
I received an e-mail last Friday evening ( it was Halloween )...
The e-mail was from Miss Holly Anderson over Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking:

"Dear Virginia Lu,
It is with great delight that I notify you that you (yes, YOU!) are a winner of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine’s 2014 World Card Making Day Contest! {Go ahead and scream!}....
Your card will be published in the April 2015 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine....."


What...? REALLY? Seriously....!? Oh.    my.    gosh.

  You can read the official announcement here.

After I received the e-mail, I screamed, shouted and danced.
My daughter Stephanie was upstairs at the time and she thought something earth shattering was going on as she felt such commotion in the house! Needless to say, my family members were very happy for me and all showed their love and support and swore to secrecy not to tell a soul...LOL

When I started stamping in 2008, I had NO idea where card-making/stamping will take me. It's been quite a few AWESOME years of my life. I have met so many kind and wonderful blog friends from all over the world. I have also improved my card-making skills over the years. And now to have this win? It's really icing on the cake!

I 'd thought I would share one of the cards that I submitted. I made one for each category.
This one was for the Hello category. 
hello
 
Big thanks to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking for picking my "thank you" card!

Congrats to Jill and Isha as well. These two ladies are very talented!
<------that's little me!
I am absolutely humbled and deeply honored....
To my followers, readers and friends: thank you so much for your wonderful support and feedback!
 Your kind and thoughtful comments always make me smile :)

Doing the happy dance now...
PS: If you are here for the 25 days of Christmas tags post, please visit here.