Monday, September 25, 2017

Playing with Blocks....

Hello friends!
Here is a GREAT sale that you might want to look into.....

48 hours only! 
Save $30 on the Coloring Starter Kit A (regular price: $80.98, it is now $50.98) from 9/25/2017 through 9/26/2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. No coupon code needed! 
 Shop HERE

Get your coloring on! This bundle is a great set for anyone to start coloring using our Artist markers and stamp. It has everything you need to get started at a great price! This also makes a great gift for your friends and family who want to try out coloring.


Next, I am popping in with a simple post.
This stamp set was part of the Altenew Scrapbook release last month.
(shop Altenew here, shop Simon Says Stamp here)
I wanted to challenge myself to create a card using JUST this stamp set.
happy Anniversary

After stamping and embossing, I added my signature strings and sequins.
This card is complete and....HAPPY!

 You can find...
The STAMPtember release here
STAMPtember Collaboration Exclusives here
 Concord & 9th New Release here
Altenew SALES here

Pocketful of sunshine (Altenew, Simon Says Stamp)

Antique Gold Embossing Powder ( Altenew, or Simon Says Stamp )

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On a personal note: Dr. John and I are visiting our son David in Ann Arbor, Michigan this past weekend. Over 20 years ago, we would drive across the Canadian/US borders to do serious outlet shopping in Michigan.  Back in those days, we didn't have stores like Old Navy (imagine that!!), Gap, Osh Kosh, Carter's Canada. I always felt like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory whenever I shopped in the USA. Chuck E. Cheese was always the highlight for David since there was nothing like it in my part of Ontario. Getting Stephanie cute (and cheap) dresses were such a thrill! Once we had to stop to calm 3-yeard old David down during the car ride because David could not cope with the ride (only 4 hours!!). It is kind of funny now to see David holding down a full-time job here in this side of border. He is doing fine and settling well....
Time has certainly changed.

Thanks for the visit here today!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ornamental Branch Die

Hello friends!
Ornamental Branch Die (Penny Black)
I am popping in to share a simple project with you. 
What can I say? This die has EVERYTHING you want in a set.
Gorgeous images and sentiment.

I took a simple approach and created a fairly clean and simple card.
merry & bright

You might be wondering how I came up with the color palette...
To be honest, I GUESS-TIMATED the colors and swipe Distress Oxide onto the card stock.
Once dry, I die cut the pieces accordingly.

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Noticed the green inky part in the background? 

My light bulb moment 
Ding---->SAVE the negative die and use it as a stencil. I know I mentioned this many times before, but this is a reminder in case you haven't done so. Those little touches add so much textures and interest doesn't cost any extra money! 😊

merry and bright

Supplies used in this project: Festive Snippet Clear Stamp by Penny Black, Delicata Ink (Gold), Distress Oxide (Feathered Peacock, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Lucky Clover) , Wink of Stella (Green), MISTI 
I took a photo of my "before" and "after" photo and this should give you the visual "how-to".

before and after

I hope that you are inspired and perhaps pick up a few small tips and techniques from visiting my blog. If you are interested in this Penny Black product, you can find it here over Simon Says Stamp.

 All the supplies I used are shown in the product photos and highlighted in text like this for your easy reference and shopping (affiliate links are applied whenever possible). 
For this post's metal dies----> Ornamental Branch Die (Penny Black)

See all the STAMPtember Collaboration Exclusives here
See the latest over Simon Says Stamp here 
Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bright Roses!

Hello friends!
 If you don't know yet,  this new Build-a Flower Rose set...
 is rocking the stamping world!


 (shop Altenew here , shop Simon Says Stamp here)

I urge you to get it asap because they will be selling out soon.
Hope you got sun glasses ready because you are about to see BRIGHT and GLITZY roses.

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I was too lazy to do masking, but I do enjoy stamping these roses. There are three smaller stamps just to layer the rose bud.  The process is very straightforward.

So, that was what I did. Just stamping.
Noticed the sentiment? Yeah, it's a goodie!


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 The 6-layer rose stamping is systematic and as you give a try or two, you will be HOOKED! 
 (remember that I told you so!). Even if you just stamp two layers, the rose will look GREAT already!

I don't rely on any special formula for color-layering!
Getting Altenew's Ink really helps to make the color decisions.
You can see my previous post about Build-a-Flower posts here here and here.

 Altenew: Gold Glitter tapeGreen Fields Oval/Mini, Rose Petal
Warm & Cozy, Cherry Blossom Orange Cream Card Stock  and MISTI

 Shop Simon Says Stamp here
Shop Altenew SALES here
For Waffle Flower product,  please use code "WFS7954" to get 20% off

For Pink & Main, please use code "PAMS357" to get 20% off

Don't forget to Build-a-Flower Rose, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Means....Fallen Leaves!

Hello friends.
It's that time of the year...Fall.
I am blessed to live in a tree lot. However, our neighbor has two huge mature trees right at the border of the two houses. So when leaves fall, the leaf situation can get a little out of hand. 😐
I love everything about Fall... just not the leaf-raking part.
This stamp called Poetic is finally back in stock!
It is enough to cover the entire card front and has etched and detailed grooves.

Let's look at a leaf card now.

I love adding textures to my designs. It seems fitting to use Dreamweaver Wendi Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste along with TH WoodGrain Stencil. 

I love how the leaf itself turned out. I did some inking with Distress Oxide. Each time I stamped, I misted the stamp with a spritz of water.

thank you for being a great friend

I also stamped the background with Script. It's such a great stamp for background and adding details.
Of course, all this was stamped with the help of MISTI


Last but certainly not the least....
All the products used are highlighted in my affiliate links.

You can find the latest Penny Black stamps here.

I will be featuring Snowy Perch and Berry Speckled very soon.
Perhaps you will get them and we can stamp together?

Thank you for being my loyal stamping friends and followers.

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I appreciate your stopping by!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Build-a-Flower Rose

Just an FYI
The Build a Flower Rose is back in stock over Simon Says Stamp here!
It was sold out as soon as it was released! 

It is still available over Altenew here.


Here are my 3 takes on this stamp set and I have one more to come....

(click on the card photo for more details)
Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #3

Altenew_BAF_Rose_Virginia #5


Altenew sale here
 (click photo to shop papers and envelopes)
Over Simon Says Stamp...
Use code : HASS623 for 15% off Hero Arts Brand

(click banners to shop)

This set and this set are FABULOUS!! Love them!
Thank you for looking! 
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Use Bold Alphebet Dies with ROSE Stamps (Altenew Post)

Hello friends!
Hope you are having a great day so far...
Today's my turn to share a project with you over Altenew Blog.
I really want to utilize the this Bold Alphabet Set. 

Previously, I made celebratory banners with this great die set (see here) for my daughter's successful defense of her PhD thesis!
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This time I want to do something a little different. 


(shop Altenew here , shop Simon Says Stamp here)

 Enters this new Build-a Flower Rose set...

 (shop Altenew here , shop Simon Says Stamp here)

and you put them together....
you get this.

I love creating fun and personalized sentiment. I though it would be cool to use the letter "U" and "R" and combine them with "simply amazing " from "More than Words"(shop Altenew, shop SSS).

So, how do you do this if you are wondering?

Here's the break-down of my creative process:

1. stamp the images (like you normally would). In this case, I stamped the rose and leaves. 
2. plan out your placement of sentiment and spacing of the dies, line up the dies with a ruler (if necessary) . Use Washi tape to secure them.
3. die cut and punch out the image (don't freak out here!!). Die cut some more with white card stock/scrap pieces.
4. stack and adhere 3-4 pieces and position the dies back to where they were.
5. embellish.


Do you like the "hidden" letters?
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It's simple yet impactful.
Hope this gives you some inspiration and that you find it helpful.


Altenew Warm and Cozy Ink (shop SSS), Altenew Green Fields (shop SSS), Warm Sunshine Envelope, Sea Shore Oval (SSS), Jet Black (shop SSS), Caramel Toffee Shimmer (for splatter),

For the details, please visit Altenew Blog.

 Lastly, I want to mention that Altenew is having a Paper and Envelope promotion. 


Use code "HAPPYFALL" to get 15% off your paper and envelope purchase.
 click here to shop.
I also want to remind you that I give $15 Altenew Gift Card every month, so please feel free to comment and you are in it for a chance to win!
Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #439


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

This week the challenge is... 

"Pop It Up"

 We are using "Lawn Fawn" products 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 am using Fab Flowers Clear Stamp, Little Town Border Lawn Cut, Happy Birthday Border Lawn Cut, Everyday Pop-Up, and Gingham Backdrops Clear Stamp.


 Obviously, to pop-up is made easy when using the Everyday Pop Up Die. There is nothing quite  like it. I inked up the houses with Distress Oxide.


I built up the height of the pop ups and then positioned the "hills" over it.

happy birthday to you

 This pop-up card was entirely stamped. You can totally use pattern paper such as Perfectly Plaid.
And of course, I have to stamp the card front with Fab Flowers. 

The details were added with some DMC Strings, a touch of Nuvo Drop (Carribean Gloss) and Pico Embellisher (White).


 I hope that you are inspired to create something that POPS! 

All the supplies I used are shown in the product photos and highlighted in text like this for your easy reference.

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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!