Thursday, October 8, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study #13

Hello friends!
Recently I was super inspired by one stamp set and made a few cards with it. I thought that
this would make a good Stamp Study series. So, here it is!
 Full Bloom Cling Stamp by Penny Black

As a child, I was poor at art and never thought that I could manage to do anything awesome in that regard. After all, I was a German major in college and languages were my strength. I learned English when I was in Grade 7 and now it is the language I use 95% of the time.

After my son was born, I discovered "stamping" and it has been a big part of my life since. Today's feature really shows how far I have come. WAY back, I probably could only do brush marker stamping: namely, brush the marker onto the stamps and stamp...done. There is nothing wrong with that and it is still a good tried and true method. But with all the latest tools and the skills I have acquired over the years, I've found out that there are so many more interesting ways to approach a simple stamp.
 With a little bit of creativity and imagination, a stamp can do so much!

This first card is a artsy fartsy one and I quite am proud of it!
Card #1 "Cherish the Season"
cherish the season
With the help of MISTI, I could stamp, clear-emboss and create a colorful watercolor background by smooshing the distress inks. I then silver-embossed the sentiment, added a doily, silver thread and sequins.

Card #2 "Wishing you Merry and Bright"
Merry and Bright
This one was done pretty much in the same manner as Card #1. I simply added gold embossing paste (using a partial stencil). Again, I could not have done this without MISTI.

Card #3 "Especially for you at Christmas"
especially for you
I loved creating this one! I used part of the stamp to do it in a creative way.  By using part of the stamp, you will be surprised what you can come up with. I embossed it in gold for that extra shine after stamping. Basically you are creating your very own design paper.

Card #4 "May your life be filled with LOVE"
love joy peace
 The fun thing about this card is alternating the colors as you go. I don't think all leaves have to be green. It's definitely good to break the rule! I also love the dotty Liquid Pearl Accent.
If you are into floral images, this Christmas Full Bloom is really a fabulous one to have!
 I hope you enjoy this series as much as I do. I hope to continue to do the stamp study every month.
If you do love the feature or love to see how I made any of these cards with a video,
you've gotta let me know :)

Dr. John's Norwegian Cruise (Part 2) is next!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #337


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...
CAS Christmas

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

 These are so many beautiful dies from Memory was hard to choose just one to create with. I settled for this dear deer image (....couldn't help it!).

Dashing through the snow-001
I actually embossed the deer image several times with gold embossing powder (Ranger Enchanted Gold). But because this type of embossing powder is more for the shine, I actually missed a few spots here and there. In the end, I used gold Wink of Stella pen to touch up all the imperfections.  
As for the background, I used a floral stencil (Modern Fantasy Flowers) to create the snowflake by using only a tiny part of it. I think it worked! Here's my previous card with the same stencil.

And oh...about that "hill", I just cut a piece of card stock and use it as a stencil and applied Spring Rain ink over it.  To match the colors, I stamped the sentiment with Spring Rain with the help of MISTI ( love my MISTI).

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!!
My Monthly Stamp Study is coming up next :) 
Thanks for stopping by!