Thursday, October 19, 2017

Come Let Us Adore HIM (metal die from Penny Black)

Hello friends!
I ADORE this awesome Christmas die and I am happy to share my takes on it with you today.
edited: it is out of stock ...again.
This die is just back in stock over Simon Says Stamp now!
Don't miss it again if you like this ,  get this die now.
(click on photo or highlighted link to shop)
from: Simon Says Stamp

I started out with the die and colored/sponger it with Distress Oxide.

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Once I inked up the die, I inserted it back to the card stock with the largest
Snowflake Frame.

I added a piece glitter card stock from DCWV Twinkle Glints Glitz  underneath and completed the inlaid die cutting.
come let us adore him

I hope that you have fun seeing how simple this card is. 
And yet it is so detailed thanks to the design of the die.
Use code HARVEST and shop here

Find the latest Penny Black stamps/dies here
See the latest over Simon Says Stamp here.

Also, have your seen the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit?
(click photo to shop)
Stamp set alone costs $24,99! Get the kit!

Card Kit of The Month NOVEMBER 2017 KIND FLOWERS

This is one of the kits that provides MOST VALUE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #443

If you are here for Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop, please click here.
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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Thinking of you Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Photo Inspiration

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

Paper Smooches FALL SAMPLER Clear Stamps OCS273
Paper Smooches FALL SAMPLER Clear Stamps

Paper Smooches CUTE CLUSTER Wise DIe M1D311

For my project, I combined the stamp and die and came up with a unique design. 

 thanksgiving blessings
I started stamping a circle with leaf stamps. I then dry-embossed the Paper Smooches CUTE CLUSTER Wise Die with Wizard Tan Embossing Mat.

thanksgiving
If you see the gold, it is because I did some gilding with Nuvo Gilding Flakes.

Tonic RADIANT GOLD Nuvo Gilding Flakes 850N
Tonic RADIANT GOLD Nuvo Gilding Flakes

Isn't it a lovely effect?


Thanksgiving Blessings (2)

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 !!
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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.

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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!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!

 I am excited to be part of the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop today!
If you arrive from Joni Nina Andaya's blog, you are in the right place. 
I want to mention that thanks to knowing crafty friends, my world travel is even more exciting. 
Over the last 8 years, I had met awesome crafty friends from all over the world...
from Amsterdam, Copenhagen...to Chicago, London, Santorini and most recently, Liverpool! 


Recognize a few faces? Just to name a few....
💙Vicky P. in Greece (top left), Laura Bassen ( bottom left), Taheerah, and Lydia Evans (top center)....etc.💙 they are all part of this blog hop/Altenew crew!
I enjoy meeting crafting friends on line and in real life!

 Onto my project for this hop....
When I designed a card with this hop in mind, I pulled out my two recent favorites.

Crafty Friends Stamp Set
Crafty Friends Stamp Set
ALTENEW
shop Simon Says Stamp here
and
  
 

Winter Rose Stamp Set at ALTENEW
 
shop Simon Says Stamp here
(use code HARVEST to get $5 off)

I came up with a subtle color combo with these two stamp sets and added my own spin to it.
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If you love the loose, artsy stamping, Winter Rose will definitely not disappoint.
Just  follow the instructions about stamping these roses, you will yield to gorgeous result. 
My stamping on this Winter Rose card was not exactly precise and perfect...which is why that it is awesome. The stamp set is just very... forgiving, you know what I mean?

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I used two of the roses in this stamped design. After stamping, I realized that it needed "something".
We R Memory Keepers HEATWAVE PEN Tool Starter Kit 662586
We R Memory Keepers HEATWAVE PEN
from: Simon Says Stamp  I took out my We R Memory Keepers Heatwave and did some foiling with  

Halftone Stencil
Halftone Stencil

along with
Inline Alpha Die Set
Inline Alpha Die Set


Those tiny silver dots and the sentiment "hi" are from foiling.
I used the alphabet negative die as my stencil and covered the area with my foil pen.
I love the shine that the foiling gives. Altenew stencils are also the BEST! 

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Altenew's color-layering inks make it super easy and fun. I have listed them below for your reference.
(affiliate links are applied at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
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 Altenew: all inks are from Altenew (see here), see my favorites here and here. 

Simon Says Stamp: Rock Collection Mini Cubes
, Tropical Forest Mini Cubes, Deep Blue Sea Mini Cubes 48 Mini Cubes,
I hope that you enjoy this awesome crafty friends blog hop.

Prizes
Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of 3 Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines

Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1 year subscription



Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.


Giveaway: a winner will receive a $20 gift certificate in this blog post. Please leave me a comment for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on Oct. 22nd right in this blog.


Blog Hop Order:
💙----->Virginia Lu<-----💙
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FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout
Your next stop is my favorite ---> Simon Says Stamp!
Enjoy your hop, my crafty friends! 😘

Monday, October 16, 2017

Create a Frame with a Large Cling Stamp

Happy Monday, friends!

I know it's not the first time I used the same title. Today's post is one of those.
As you may remember my first take with Berry Speckled (see here).

This time I had another go with this stamp and did something a little differently.

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I started by stamping the tip of  BERRY SPECKLEDand positioned it in my MISTI whenever I can. I must say this likely would only work on the regular size MISTIor Tim Holtz Stamp Positioner The mini MISTI may be a bit too challenging to maneuver such a stamp due to its size.


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I still love Spectrum Aqua Markers...

spectrum aqua at
spectrum aqua 

(comes with 4 sets: Primary, Nature Floral, Essentials )
 The color choices, functionality and price were more than enough to get me on board.
Every time I use these Aqua Markers, I never disappoint.

Let's face it....stamps and dies are not cheap. This stamp will give your money worth if you maximize its use. You can stamp it straight on (as it is intended) or just use part of the stamp to create a frame...

be filled with wonder...

I remember when I started to get back stamping in 2009. I had VERY minimal stamps and supplies. Back in those days, I would crank out a dozen cards with one little stamp....! 
I am truly thankful that I now own a lot of stamps and often get to create with the latest release. 
Thinking back, I realize how creativity can rise above even when you have limited supplies.
You can relate to what I am saying, right? 

be filled with....

Penny Black has come up with their latest release Peaceful Winter
 I will be blogging about the new stamps and dies. If you see your favorite in stock, you should act soon. Some of the popular ones are out of stock already! All products I used are highlighted. Just click and shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

(shop at Simon Says Stamp with code "HARVEST" to get $5 off)
Do check out my previous post about deals and promotions here.

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Accessories: MISTI, Champagne Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Deals and Promotions

Hello friends!

I popping in with some specials and promotions. 
Altenew is having a 15% off on ALL KITS and COLLECTIONS.
Today is the last day!
with code  TAKE15OFF

Shop here or click on photo 
Use code" TAKE15OFF"
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This month’s card kit is awesome!
You might want to get it while sullies last!

(not valid with coupon)

You can use code  HARVEST to get $5 off.  
See the latest over Simon Says Stamp here
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October 2017 Release BUNDLE

You can find out the new release from Concord & 9th  here!
I love the versatility of this bundle!
It is  $174 value.
When you buy this one-click BUNDLE, you'll earn the FREE Merry die too! 
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With order over $60, this Merry die is FREE!  I appreciate your support by using these affiliate links for your shopping!
Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Virtue of Embossing

Hello friends!
Do you love Embossing? If you do, come on in!

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 Just Because 
(shop Altenew here, shop Simon Says Stamp here)

This stamp set is gor-ge-ous ....
it involves some coloring if you want to go for that.

I decided to explore the intricate stamp and do white-embossing.
Just Because

You can use any kind of white embossing powder,
preferably the fine and detailed ones, such as this or this.

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After the initial embossing, the grey card stock looks a bit faint against the white embossing.
I then took the darker shades of Warm Gray Oval Ink Pad(shop Altenew here,  Simon Says Stamp here) and applied ink to all the corners. I love what I saw as the contrast is more prominent and defined.

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Do you like the colorful sentiment? All inks are from Altenew (see here).
The white splatter? White Pico Embellisher.
I am quite pleased how this card turned out. I love this sentiment as it serves all kinds of occasions.
I hope that you like it, too.
One more thing I want to mention is that linking products to stores takes time and I do appreciate that you find them helpful. If you do make a purchase through my links, I am very grateful.

Lastly, Altenew is having a 15% off on ALL KITS and COLLECTIONS.
with code TAKE15OFF
This deal is for 48 hours only (till Oct. 16th)
Shop here or click on photo 
Use code" TAKE15OFF"
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(click the image to shop)

(not valid with coupon)
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Card Kit of The Month NOVEMBER 2017 KIND FLOWERS CK1117


You can use code  HARVEST to get $5 off. 
I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Altenew JUST BECAUSE

I saw it on ALTENEW

Just Because Stamp Set

Saturday, October 14, 2017

FUN Ways to Use a Border Die

Hello friends! 
I am popping in to share a project with you. 

 You can check out the entire release "Make Spirits Bright"  here.
I just got this die in the mail the other day.
While creating, I found a simple yet sophisticated  approach with the die.

I ran the die through my old Cuttlebug twice to create more than just a border.
You can even create an entire panel with this die...that would be cool, too!
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For the berries, I added Red Sequins to the larger dots and applied Nuvo Pink Champagne.

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 The sequin berries instantly lighten up the card and add pops of colors! Because it is so simple, I colored the die cut berries and leaves and adhered them near the sentiment.

happy Christmas

And oh...the sentiment is from this darling set.

Simon Says Clear Stamps MERRY AND BRIGHT SSS101781 Making Spirits Bright
Simon Says Clear Stamps MERRY AND BRIGHT


I saw it on Simon Says Stamp

Card Kit of The Month NOVEMBER 2017 KIND FLOWERS CK1117
 
*coupon code is not valid for card kit
Act fast if you do not subscribe, this kit is going to be popular!

Use coded "HARVEST" to shop
  "Make Spirits Bright"  here.
see the latest here.

Also, it's the last day to get 15% off Stencils and Inks Sprays!
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Code: SAVE15

 Thanks for stopping by!