Monday, October 20, 2014

Watercolor Fun!

There is no doubt that water-coloring is the biggest trend in the world of stamping in 2014.
Virginia's View Challenge's first theme was on watercolor and had the most entries--359!
On line Card Class has one class specifically on (and more to come) water-coloring....
You can sign up for A Very Trendy Holiday here (more water-coloring!!)
    You see water-colored cards in card-making blogs every. single. day.

I can see why the trend continues. I am always too impatient to color images with copics and color pencils. But with water-coloring, the result is immediate and full-filling!
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Today's card was easy to do. Water-coloring two large poinsettia images is not as hard as it looks!
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Supplies: Sparkler (Penny Black), Peerless Watercolors, gold embossing powder, sequins

Here is my humble soup made from the Canadian Thanksgiving leftover turkey. I have more turkey in the freezer and I will share what I do with the rest.
Tip: do not throw the turkey bones (after carving) away. I often scrape off the leftover juice/sauce from the pan of the roasted turkey. Boil and simmer the bones/scraps for at least 2 hours and you've got a yummy soup stock! After sifting, you can put the soup in the fridge for a few hours. Then skim off the fat on top of the soup stock. In this soup, I added some ham for extra flavor. You can omit that, just add root vegetables and you are good to go.

Hope you have a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Cute Card with Masking!

 Happy Sunday!
 I do not normally make cutesy kind of cards...but the darling images from this Penny Black set had me intrigued. 

 After stamping a few on paper, I found that the outlines are so fine and detailed. They are quite fun and whimsical. I chose the little bunny with the presents and got right to work. I decided that it would be cool to have the bunnies sitting on a few boxes of presents. This is the result.

Merry Christmas
I colored the images with Distress Inks and Peerless watercolor. The stripe at the bottom was done with this stamp from Textures. I also altered the sentiment from Wonderful and Jolly. I added some silver strings and sequins for the extra touches!

I am only touching the "surface" since I only used one of the 10 stamps. 
There is SO much potential with this stamp set! I am sure I can make 10 cards or more if I am at it!

One last thing that I want to share is that StampNation  is releasing a new class! I am thrilled to be part of the class.
<A HREF="http://www.cartville.com/app/?Clk=5275152" > A Very Trendy Holiday</A>
 With FIFTEEN video tutorials, written tutorials and more than 50 samples to inspire you, this class will have you running to grab your ink and stamps and get started right now on this year’s holiday cards.
The doors to A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 opens on Wednesday, October 22nd to StampNation Members with a $10 off coupon code.  Not a member yet? You can sign up here
You can sign up A Very Trendy Holiday here
  
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

STAMPlorations Guest Design-Take 2!

This is my 2nd post of the day. For my CAS-ual Fridays project, please visit here.
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I am sharing my 2nd card for the guest design over STAMPlorations.

http://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/VIGNETTE-Trendy-Feathers-P4932214.aspx

I used this lovely set called Trendy Feathers.
Thinking of you
In this card, I used two types of embossing powder (white and gold). I then stamped more feather images in orange dye ink. The orange card stock is from Grand Bazaar (Basic Grey). I split the panel to add dimension for the sentiment.  Hope you like what I created for my guest design.  It will be awesome if you can join the STAMPlorations challenge. You can check out the challenge guideline here.

I hope you are enjoying the lovely fall days...
Thanks for stopping by!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Feature


Hi there! It's my turn to share some projects over CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog

For the complete list of supplies and details, please visit here.
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Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Share

 I must confess that blogging has compelled me to share.
I feel like I am a little kid who can't stand delayed gratification. I can't and don't want to wait for the candy that comes a few hours late. I want them NOW.
I guess that's just ME. What's wrong with me?
I must learn to


wait for it.


wait for it...


 I can't!


So here it is. LOL.
Fall scene in my backyard
 This is the Fall card I made this morning. I just wanted to stamp and emboss. You know, the basics.
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 I just got the Penny Black stamp "Nature's Gift" yesterday, by the way! 
Yesterday's leftover lunch 
Ingredients: sliced turkey, carrots, zucchini (both boiled and sliced), crushed peanuts, Pad Thai sauce ( Hoisin sauce is another good alternative), glass noodles (Spaghettini is a good substitute), Vietnamese rice paper.
 Have a lovely fall day.

PS: In the last two months, I have been asked to do a Creative Blog Hop share from a few lovely friends-Alexandra, Leigh, Annette and Piali. I didn't think I should do it because I share all. the. time. The last thing you need to know are MORE details from me.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge # 285


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

This week the challenge is...

COLOR COORDINATES

 We are using Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 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 the very versatile Alphabet Background cling stamp from Simon Says Stamp.
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 I did some "alterations" to the stamped image. I merely embossed an extra "O" and added it to the sentiment. This way, you get an extra way of creating a Halloween card by using a regular stamp! It's a great way to stretch your stamp! I also used the Moonshine sequins.
 I must tell you that these sequins are the shiniest sequins that I have ever come across! If you like bling, you will LOVE these sequins! They also come in 3 sizes! If you are seeking good quality sequins, these are a must-have!

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, October 14, 2014

Today's Special

 Let's start with a card I made a long time ago, but I never shared it till today.
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 It was my early attempt of making a card with chalkboard effect. Yes, there are green chalkboards and you can see them here and here. The rolled-up paper at the bottom right were supposed to be "chalks"! LOL...you get the idea!

 If you visit my blog frequently, you know I blog about cards, cards and more cards...and occasionally, I blog about our family travels. Since our kids are now grown and I am into middle age, the best thing is life is to see the world with my beloved family. I USED to blog a lot about food. Because....I love to eat. In fact, it was suggested to me a while ago that I should start a food blog! Although my family LOVE and ENCOURAGE that idea (you wonder why), I never made it to fruition. Somethings gotta give...

This 16- lbs turkey was not huge, but it was PLENTY for a family of 4. 
My pet cat Alexia posed with the turkey.
We didn't have a fancy Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, we had all the essentials for a Thanksgiving dinner.
Hopefully, when I come up with nice turkey leftovers, I will share a photo or two.
Leftover #1
Turkey Vegetable Soup: a can of Campbell tomato soup, diced turkey, corn, celery, sweet potato, rice

Bon Appetit!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Power Bloghop

Hello, welcome to the Pink Power Bloghop!
Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread BC awareness. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with BC earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set for her mom with a lot of love. She is sponsoring this hop with the set for the hop guests. We also have some of the Verve DT playing in the hop today!
If you come from Julee's blog, then you are in the right place.  If not, you can simply join the hop from the list below.

I picked a theme from the master list over SplitcoastStampers where there are many challenges that you can be part of. Chaitali designed this stamp set Pink Power and you can purchase it here.


For my first card, I decided to use paper strips ( you have to strip off the bra for the mammogram, thus--strip) for the project and it's even better if you use pink

Never underestimate
Supplies: pattern paper from American Craft, sequins, Neon inks (Imagine Craft), sequins

Holding it together...or falling apart.
"When someone gets the diagnosis that they really didn’t want and hears that they have cancer, they can feel that their world is falling apart. Sadly many women who hear this news have families, and they have find that inner core of resilience to hold it together for their families."
For my 2nd card, I am putting together a card without your usual resources. No foam dots, no ATG or other tape, no wet glues or Glossy Accents, no glue gun...
You can use things like brads, eyelets, stitching (machine or hand), staples…

Fight like a girl
This card has no adhesive. The thing that "glue" everything together are 4 small pink brads and stitching.
Through this blog hop, we encourage you to participate in the SCS Hope You Can Cling To event and actually send their card for it. Here are the challenges from the master thread.
Your next hop is Amber.
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Berry Christmas--Take 4!

 Hello! Today's card is another follow-up on my Monthly Stamp Study.
Just when I thought three cards with the same stamp Berry Merry Christmas is quite enough already, I came up with another one! I know, I am obsessed that way.

This time, I knew I wanted to change it up totally.
I went ahead with the chalkboard effect, then paired it up with a teensy bit of patterned paper.  I added pops of colors to create dimensions.

I purposely left the berries a little offset for the "snow effect" and dimensions. 
Well, Now I feel better after making the 4th card with this stamp.



To my fellow Canadian friends, Wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Pumpkin pie has been made, I will work on the turkey, stuffing...

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thanks A Ton

Hi there! 
Do you ever create a special sentiment for your card design? I must confess that I rarely do that. But then sometimes you just HAVE to, right? It was simply that I did not have the perfect stamp to use for the sentiment that matched the images on my card.

Today's card is an example. 
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Over the weekend, I was taking part in all of the festivities over StampNation.We have different countries to be inspired by. I happened to love the image of S. Africa and this was what I did...
thanks a ton
Supplies: Ori-Kami (Altenew), Peerless Watercolor, Strathmore watercolor paper (110 lbs), Fancy Pants Stickers, gold embossing powder (Michael's), gold strip of paper.

I took out Fancy Pants alphabet stickers and made it work with the elephant images. This is a slightly larger card (measures 6" x 4 1/4"). Well, I didn't want to cut off more elephants' head or tail (that would be cruel!!). Also, the larger size makes the perfect statement for this heavy-weight design! 

Don't forget...
--> you can enter the watercolor challenge over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (see here)
--> you can also play Virginia's View Challenge "Clean and Simple" (see here). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Playing with Patterns

Over the WCMD weekend, Winnie and Walter Blog hosted a few fun challenges! One of them is Pattern Play with Shay
 I took this chance to ink up the set called Rectangled and Triangled  

After trying out a few designs, I came up with a retirement card. I know the graph chart is not the most original, but it is the easiest for me to do...
retirement

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge


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

This week the challenge is...

Watercolor 

You can use watercolor paints, pencils, crayons, gelatos, distress inks, whatever you can think of. You can create backgrounds, color stamped images or die cuts, or color a stamp, spritz with water and use the direct to paper technique.

I love watercolors so much, I actually made TWO projects to share. 
 First up, it's a fun and cute one. 

With Emboss Resist, I colored the I love Donuts (Simon Says Stamp) with
Peerless Pretty in Pink . Aren't the colors lovely? I also love the puny sentiment...

donut know how you do it...

For my 2nd project, I decided to make a 8x8 page layout for my mini album. I chose to use a Pinwheel Creative Die Penny Black).  

Basically I created my own watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolor. Then I made the die cut....since it's so easy to make multiples, I think it is perfect to embellish a layout. I also used the circle border from Textures to stamp the background. 

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  With this following photo, you can easily see how I created this project.

 Here is a close-up of the "pinwheels" (I used them as flowers)
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!