Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Altenew Build-a-Flower Carnation

This is my 3rd post ....
For Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza, please click here
For Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, please click here
Hello friends!

It's busy day in my blog. Today is the reveal of Build-a-Flower Carnation.
Altenew's Build-a- Flower sets have always been amazing, this one is also no exception.
For more inspiration and details, please visit Altenew Card Blog or/and Scrapbook Blog.
(click photo to shop)

About Carnation:
This month's build-a-flower set features a beautiful carnation. The meaning of carnation includes fascination, distinction, and love, and its use in art and decor dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. With their ruffled appearance and classic beauty, these flowers possess a charm and allure that continues to captivate people around the globe. Alongside the multi-step carnation, we have included two-step leaves, berries, and a cluster of tiny flowers that can be used as filler images for your flower arrangements! The set also includes three kindness sentiments that are great for any occasion.

Thanks to Mother's Day, Carnation are the first REAL flowers that I got to know when I was little. It has a special place in my heart. It's funny how a certain type of flowers can evoke a special memory. I decided to stamp a blue-ish Carnation as they become more common in the last decade. 
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I started out with stamping and die-cutting the carnation. You definitely do not need many ink colors for this design.

Ding--->Remember "Generation Stamping"? You can use the lightest ink in the background to start with. Each time, you can stamp a stronger shade as you go. Practice makes perfect. Try stamping on a piece of scrap paper and see works.

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Stamping the carnation and background are equally fun and satisfying.
I enjoyed stamping the light and dark shades to create a nice backdrop for the flower.
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 I LOVE mixing colors. Here I mixed Sea Shore and Deep Blue Seas.
I saw it on ALTENEW

Build-A-Flower: Carnation

The small floral were colored with Altenew Artist Markers.
I hope you like my first rendition with this month's Build-a Flower.
I will be back with another version hopefully soon.

👉👉 leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or/and Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win one of four $30 gift certificates. Winners will be announced on December 20th. (Two winners chosen from the card blog post, two winners chosen from the scrapbook blog post)

👉👉 leave me a comment in this very post for a chance to win $20 Altenew Gift Card. I will announce the winner here in this blog on Dec. 17th. 

 Head over Altenew Shop and get this Build-a Flower Carnation while supplies last.
You can also get Build-a Flower Sets from Simon Says Stamp here
(Affiliate links applied at no additional cost to you. Thank you!)
Thanks for stopping by!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #451

This is my 2nd post today. 

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

This week the challenge is... 

Stitch It (Real or Faux)

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

I proceeded to stamp a colorful background with stars and added some hand-stitching for the sentiment.  All the inks I used are from Simon Says Stamp Ink.

be yourself
The stamps I used are:

 I followed the Grid Line with We R Memory Keepers Heatwave.

We R Memory Keepers HEATWAVE PEN Tool Starter Kit 662586
We R Memory Keepers HEATWAVE PEN Tool Starter Kit

(click photos or highlighted text to shop)

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I relied on my MISTI to do the Multi-Color Stamping.

I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

be yourself
I hope that you are inspired to do some stitching.
You can use white Gel Pen to do some faux stitching as well

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 :-)
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello friends!
I am so glad that you open that door over Taheerahs' Blog.... 
Yes, it's Virginia here!
I am so pleased to be part of Taheerah Atchia's Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’. 

I love the stamps and die from Concord & 9th, especially they came up with the following set last month. I knew I had to try it out.
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Concord & 9th DAHLIA TURNABOUT Clear Stamp Set 10293
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Concord & 9th DAHLIA Dies 10294

I created a one layer with this stamp set....sorry that it's not Christmas-themed!
edited ( my EPIC FAIL HERE) 😓
I could have used Christmas colors! When I created this card, I forgot about the theme ...
well, Christmas....duh. 😏
If you don't see me making appearance in next year's extravaganza , you'll know why. LOL😉

hello gorgeous

I chose to use 4 colors for this Turn About Stamp because in each turn you get to use one color. Easy!
With the matching die, I cut out some vellum pieces and adhere over and around the large bloom.

The inks I used are the following:
Simon Says Stamp: Cherry Blossom, Pocketful of SunshineDeep Blue Sea
and Warm and Cozy

For the shine, I used Altenew Emboss Ink and Translucent Clear Embossing Powder.
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I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Tsukineko Delicata ROSE GOLD Ink Pad DE000357

I love the Rose Gold Delicata which I used for the sentiment.
Of course, I had to stamp it with MISTI.
You can find all the Concord & 9th products over Simon Says Stamp here.

So, how about this extravaganza fun so far?
And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!
It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Concord & 9th so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! 
These are the latest from Concord & 9th!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Frosted Garden (Go with the Flow) & Blog Hop Winner Announcement

Hello friends!
I have one more card to share from the latest Altenew Release.
AND I am announcing the winner of the December Blog Hop. (see it at the end of the post).
I saw it on ALTENEW

Frosted Garden Stamp & Die Bundle

Frosted Garden Stamp and Die Bundle is absolutely awesome!
 This stamp set provides you lots of possibilities.

You can purchase the stamp set here, the die here over Altenew Shop.
Here in my first take, I used the largest stamp from this set.
In case you are wondering how I came up with the design (see post title)...

 I basically watch how the images F-L-O-W.
Ding---> Paper Crafting can be very flat, still and quiet. 
Sometimes, if I can, I like to add some "movement" to the designs. Using splatter is helpful with create a movement/ a sense of motion. With a few droplets of colors, you draw the viewer's eyes to the focal point.

I love stamping multiple shades and colors. This set is a cross of solid and outline stamps.
There is no lining up...all you do is just stamp.

I love the Splatter Effect and used quite a bit in this card design.
I saw it on ALTENEW

Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine

 I am now using Mini Bloom for my intricate die cutting.
It is very handy to use on the my craft desk.
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 I love the gold foil paper and use it here as the underlay for the flowers.
Gold Foil Cardstock
Gold Foil Cardstock 


Of course, you purchase the Frosted Garden Stamp here, Die here, over Simon Says Stamp.
 Use code : MERRY573 to get $5 off
Shop Simon Says Stamp here
 Copic Sale here


Last but certainly not the least,
the $30 Altenew Gift Card winner of Altenew December Release Blog Hop is.....

 #2 Linda BL said...
I love all the pictures you include with your posts! I especially like the floral wreath card and the first one with the bamboo.
 Congratulations, Linda BL, please e-mail me to claim your prize!
If the prize is not claimed by Dec. 17th, another winner will be selected.
If you didn't win, do not despair, here are TWO gift cards to be won. Go and enter a comment!
If you use the links to purchase the featured products, I'd say :" thank you!".
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Working with An Intricate Die

Hello friends!

you are my home #2

I love the ornate details from this Spellbinders Die and I know I would love to create with it.

Spellbinders has really awesome sale here, great deals here.
I recently signed up to purchase Grand Caliber as the first time buyer and got an extra 15% off 
(see here). FREE US shipping with orders over $75.

Since the Lavender Swag die is so detailed, I only needed to add colors to it.
I used a combination of Zig Clean Brush Markers and Zig Gansai Tambi Silver to color the swag.
you are my home

In my design, I want to create a elegant, rustic and lovely feel....much like the French country side.
Not sure if you noticed the sprayed mist in Mint color, I used We R Memory Keepers AirBrush Tool.  I love the price of this tool (only $14.99) and it does the job just fine.

Only 2 Left!

We R Memory Keepers MARKER AIRBRUSH Tool 660081

(you must hurry if you are getting this tool)
 One note though, this Airbrush Tool holds only the smaller size markers (like Zig Marker, Distress Markers...). I only wish the opening is large enough for Copics and Altenew Artist Markers.
Like I said, you can't beat the price.

you are my home

I love the glitter strip from DCWV. It really "ties up" nicely with the DMC Gold String.
You can also purchase this die from Simon Says Stamp
from: Simon Says Stamp
 Use code : MERRY573 to get $5 off
Shop Simon Says Stamp here
 Copic Sale here

Thanks for stopping by!