Saturday, July 4, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study

Happy 4th of July, my friends in USA!
Today happens to be the first Saturday of the month. It's time to share my blog series called "Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study".  This is when I pick a stamp set and do a few cards with the same set. I am proud to be able to continue with this series. Because you know, life gets busy sometimes. :) 
Without further ado, here is the stamp set that I choose to feature. 
Enamor (Penny Black)

If you like a good floral stamp set, this could be one to try. I love the stamp set that has both solid and outline images. In this series, I used different mediums to stamp the designs. As you can see, each one varies so much to the next. That is a sign of how versatile this stamp set is...

Here is my first card.
thank you from the bottom of my heart
About this card:
~the flower images were colored with Spectrum color pencils. I then blended them with mineral spirit and white pencils.
~the images were cut out and popped with the pop dots
~I stamped flowers tone one tone in the background on pattern paper
~I used Pico Embellisher to add the white dotty details

my 2nd card
have a great day!
About this card:
~ I used MISTI to position the flower stamps
~to add the Wow factor and highlight the yellow, I added the yellow ribbons and punched out the circled stamped sentiment.
~Pico Embellisher were used to add the colorful dots in this design.
 
3rd card
you are beautiful
About this card:
~I first created a colorful background with Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution
~the images were stamped in Cup O' Joe  (Hero Arts) 
~the sentiment was embossed in white on black card stock. I cut it out and popped it over the design.

4th card
you mean the world to me
About this card: 
~I first embossed the flower images in white on watercolor card stock (Strathmore)
~I then added watercolors with Spectrum Aqua and water
~the sentiment was stamped in black, then clear-embossed on vellum
~the white dotted details were added with Pico Embellisher


This one was previously shared in my blog. For more details, please click here.
have a great day

 Well, I hope that you are inspired by this post as I share 5 different cards from the same stamp set.
one stamp set, 4 cards
Lastly, there is a 4th of July class sale at Craftsy( see here
--->Unwind with deep discounts on select courses and supplies during July 4th weekend!
Offer begins 7/3 at 3pm MT and ends 7/5 at 11:59pm MT.

Here is the update from the Lu Bird family.
Those baby birds are not so small any more... We expect them to leave the nest in less than a week! For now, we are still very much amused from watching them grow daily.  
 Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Guest Design at The Ton AND a most amazing bird video!

Hello! Have you heard...?
 There is a new stamp company named "the ton". 
About the stamp company:

Established in January 2015, The Ton was born out of a combination of one new crafter's passion for card making, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.  Our designs are inspired by haute couture fashion and modern decor. 
Our stamps are also made in the U.S. out of high quality photopolymer to ensure crisp, clean impressions.
I am so honored to be their guest designer!
If you love fashion, couture, and flowers...anything chic and fabulous, you are going to love their stamp designs!
Take this stamp set Wild Peonies for example! 
Aren't the details amazing?
 Here is my first card with this stamp set over The Ton's blog called "The Season"

Card#2
My 2nd card.
hello
 and my 3rd card. 
Card #6
 I have the FULL details and information about these stamps in their blog.
PLEASE go (yes, I am begging--LOL) and leave me some love here!

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Big thanks to the owner Effie for kindly having me today as the guest designer. Do stop by The Ton and check out their Blog (The Season) ...I know I said it already. LOL

 
Edited ( this was just taken today at 10:50am):
This is the MOST AMAZING bird video that I have even taken in my entire life!

You can comment over You Tube if you wish.
I am simply in AWE.
Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit

 Hello! It's now July and that means a new card kit is on the block...

 Along with the 5 sheets of card stock, this kit comes with Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Clear Stamp Set "Sailing, 12 Double Sided Designer Papers From Authentique's "Seaside" collection, 1 Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Wafer Thin Die "Sailboat", 2 Maya Road Anchor Shaped Paper clips, 1 yard of May Arts Twine and 7 Tim Holtz Souvenir Adornments (full package). The highlighted are my absolute favorites in this kit.

I was not sure if I could use this kit to its full potential, but I sure had a ton of fun playing with it. The pattern paper are simply awesome with the nautical theme. Here are my two cards that I came up with...

My first one is a clean and simple one. It is created entirely with the card kit.
thanks
I stamped the "waves" with 3 different inks and paper-pieced the sail boat (with the die) and clouds.

My 2nd card was created more with pattern paper.
sail away with me
I did the inlaid die cut for the sail boat. I also stamped the sentiment with MISTI. There was no guess work as the pattern paper will match with anything in this kit. I have made way more cards than I had set out to do.

Now about the bird family...It has only been a week. These photos were taken June 26 and July 2nd ( this morning). Do you see CHANGES? Wow!
 Today's photo of Mama bird and babies
BTW  Dr. John loves your feedback. Please feel free to comment :)

  I will be sharing some guest design projects with you tomorrow.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Virginia's View Challenge #16

This is a RE-POST of Virginia's View Challenge.
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Happy July! 
Are you ready to start another fun challenge? I am super excited about this one. Because we all love stamping, this challenge is dedicated to avid stampers!
For this challenge, please stamp your very own background, images and details. The theme says it all: "100% Stamped". Some use of dies, stencils, embellishments, dry embossing...etc are, of course, allowed. As long as your project is focused on stamping, then your project qualifies for the challenge.

Here are my examples:
This card is predominantly water-colored. However, I did stamp all the images and thus, it fits the challenge theme.



My 2nd card is a little more Clean and Simple. 
Hello friend
However, it is also entirely stamped.


Got a new stamp set or have an old favorite? It's time to get them out and play. You can stamp your own background, create a scene or simply stamp some borders and create a graphic kind of design...the sky is the limit! 

Please link up your creations over Virgina's View Challenge.
Here is the latest about the bird family (we are into Day 7 now).
 The Mama bird has some amazing captures (so were Dr. John's photo shots). As the baby birds get bigger, they are hungrier all the more!
video
I can't help taking another cute video :) 
Please feel free to comment on Dr. John's pictures :) 
Thanks for stopping by!