Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge #14

This is my 2nd post for the day. For Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, please click here.

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Time for another Virginia's View Challenge! We are into our 14th challenge! Woohoo!
It's all about Layers and Dimensions. There is a minor change for this challenge. Instead of one month, we are stretching it into two months.

Here is my card for this layering.
on your wedding day
I love the alluring look that vellum gives! And so that's what I did with vellum. Use vellum, lots of them. I did the gold embossing, then colored the flowers carefully on the BACKSIDE of the vellum. That way, the gold embossing still shows. I definitively would love to make more cards like this one! Who knew that adding layers can be this FUN!?
 
My card for dimensions

Well, there is not a lot to say about this Easter card. I just had fun creating dimensions with the Pretty Pink Posh border dies. If you have some border dies lying around, take them out and play! You might be surprised what you can come up with...
 
 Please visit Virginia's View for more details and instructions about this challenge! The deadline is extended to May 18th (instead of April 18). My family is going to be super busy this month since Dr. John and Stephanie are celebrating their birthdays. We could use a break from judging the entries. I hope this also gives you time to work on something fun and exciting.

All my supplies are listed below via Inlinkz. You can click on the photo and find where I got them from. Thanks for stopping by!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #310


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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...

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

 From Simon Says Stamp: "please make a happy birthday celebration creation !
We are celebrating our 6th Birthday ! WOO HOO ! Our 1st ever challenge was on Wednesday 1st April 2009, hasn’t time flown ! We would like to take this opportunity to thank YOU all for joining in with the challenges !"

Here is the important part: 

To mark this special occasion Simon Says Stamp will be giving away not 1 but 6 $50 vouchers to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store !

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For my project, I am using the Balloon Bouquet (one of my favorite Simon Says Stamp dies).  You can actually see two of my cards at this link. I started out with a colorful water-colored background that I created. Then  I made several die cut. I layered  and stacked them and added as many balloons as possible.
wishing you happy birthday
For the sentiment, I stamped it with Sending and Wishing stamp set with various ink pads that I have (matching the colors of the balloons). I actually used MISTI for this purpose and did it one letter at a time. It's worth the effort!  You can totally do it without MISTI. But this ultimate stamp positioner sure makes it easy and fool proof for stampers like me! 

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.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
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, March 31, 2015

Stamping Patterns with MISTI--take 2 with a Video!

Hello friends! I have 3 cards and a video to share today!
 Previously I made this geometric card (see here) and was asked if I have a video to share. Today's projects are the result of playing more with MISTI and Rectangled and Triangled.
I actually managed to make a video yesterday and you will get the idea how I stamped these patterns. I apologize for the poor explanation and use of grammar.
You know that English is my 2nd language-wink!


Card #1 (from the video)
you are amazing

Card #2
thanks-001
 Card #3
thanks
Note: all supplies are listed below via InLinkz. Click on the photo and it will take you to my favorite store.
Hope you enjoy seeing my creative process and get inspired.
I would appreciate it if you can give my video a thumbs-up if you find it helpful :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 30, 2015

An (almost) Interactive Flower Card!

Hello friends,

I am excited to share this card. It has a bit of an interactive feature, but it sure is easy to create. Enter Pretty Pink Posh Pick-a-Boo die!
I decided to use double-sided (American Crafts)  pattern paper to make it like a flower...I did stamp the flowers and stems (Penny Black).
 I stamped the sentiment on paper with Waffle Flower's "in Every Way".
 This is what happens when the flower opens up..
don't forget to be awesome
Supplies: In Every Way (Waffle Flower), Peek-a-Boo metal die and sequins ( Pretty Pink Posh), paper (American Crafts), flower/stems (Penny Black Stamps).

I think you can insert a child's school photo or a message in it. That sure makes a great keepsake!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stamping Geometric Patterns with MISTI

Hello friends! 
Geometric patterns can be all fun and artsy on cards, but to me, they can be a bit tricky to stamp.
Well, fear not, here comes MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) to the rescue! 
Normally, I would not be attempting to stamp a design that is too complicated. The sheer frustration and waste from stamping crooked lines would have taken away the joy of stamping!

I don't use enough of this stamp set called
 Rectangled and Triangled (Winnie & Walter).
 I took the solid row of triangles and created this card. Yeah, just one solid row will give you this....
don't forget
  I thought the sentiment from In Every Way (Waffle Flower) is perfect for this. The handwriting in the sentiment was easy enough to be stamped in multiple colors because the letters are pretty spaced out. I do not like to have interruptions when stamping this type of cards. Thankfully I could do it all in one sitting without wasting any paper! Edited: the inks that I used in this card are predominantly from Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts.
Those 3 silver solid triangles were embossed without using MISTI (yay)! Also, to keep the triangle theme going, I added 3 sequins-no more, no less.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Create a Nature Scene

Hello friends!
I have a few lovely floral and nature type of Penny Black stamps. 
 
                                         You and Me                                           Sprigs
I decided to be the match-maker in creating a nature scene.
Mr. & Mrs.
Again, I used MISTI when I created this card (SORRY... to those who don't have MISTI). You can totally do it without the MISTI. BUT it sure is fun to play with this so-called Cadillac version of a stamp positioner! Notice the selective stamping and color layering (the birds, flowers and sprigs). After all the stamping, I embossed the Mr. & Mrs. in silver and added sequins and ribbons for the final touch. After all, it's a wedding card and we need to dress it up for this monumental occasion.

This card is going to a young couple who are getting married in May! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Soft and Feminine

Happy Thursday!
I am popping in to share a birthday card that I made when I first got my MISTI earlier this month. I was beyond excited to use MISTI and did the multiple inking on the blossoms.
The inking was not perfect but I like how I layered the images. The look is soft and feminine..., plus it has some sweet elements (lace and sequins). Do you like the stamping on the card stock with the Delicata Gold? I kind of like it!!
fabulous birthday
Supplies: Delicate Blossoms, Heartfelt (Penny Black), Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), lace (Doodlebug Designs), sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Delicata (Tsukineko)

Since it's Thursday, I am having a little Throwback Thursday share. This video shows how exciting it was to play with a Cuttlebug for the first time! Back in 2009, I visited my dear friend Karen in Michigan and I showed her how to work the machine...  and Dr. John was being helpful.
Hope this video makes you smile.
 Do you remember how amazed you were when you first got a die cut machine...
or any of your first BIG toys? As they say now, it's a game changer!
Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #309

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

This week the challenge is...
Anything Goes

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

Since my card is all about coloring, I thought I would share this timely and interesting article "Color Therapy" with you. Coloring IS relaxing

"...Colouring, claim the publishers, can lower anxiety, stabilize mood, increase attention span and serve as a sleep aid..."

  So you can see why we stampers love coloring...For my project, I used Spectrum Aqua (Primary and Essential) to color. I used this lovely stamp set "Potted" from Waffleflower

It is perfect for coloring!  

Enjoy!
 I first embossed the image in white, then I colored the image like how I would with watercolor pencils/distress markers. I then used my TH Detailer Water Brush to go over the colors and add shading. These Spectrum Aqua markers are really fun to use as they are super juicy. So, that makes applying/blending the inks easy!

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.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
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!