Monday, January 22, 2018

Alcohol-Inked Die and Spellbinders Winner Announcement

Hello friends!!

I have been a fan of alcohol ink for many many years...that is,
before it became popular again as of late.
There is a re-surge of energy and enthusiasm for more alcohol ink creations.
I had collected a few items in the last little while, namely,  silver and gold mixatives and alcohol ink markers. Today's card doesn't require anything fancy. All you need is.....well, alcohol inks.


I created a piece of colorful card stock with alcohol inks (listed at the end of the post).


Once I made the die cut, it was easy to arrange it on card stock and add the sentiment.


The vine image is from Mosaic Vine Etched Die
shop Spellbinders here
shop Simon Says Stamp here

The sentiment is from
 Spellbinders Blessings Vine Frame Etched Die
shop Spellbinders 
shop Simon Says Stamp
You can use any type of ink with the die, that is the beauty of using dies.
I do love the organic and unexpected element in alcohol inks.
It's time to announce the Spellbinders January Blog Hop Winner!
Spellbinders offer to give my blog readers a chance to win $25 Gift Card to their online store
And the winner is.....
Sue D said...
Wonderful creations. I really like the first card with the ink blended background and kraft card stock for the die.
Congratulations, Sue! Please e-mail me at to claim the prize.
 In other stamping news....

 Spellbinders also offers FREE Die D-Lites for orders over $60.

 (including Spellbinders Blessings Vine Frame Etched Die and Mosaic Vine Etched Die)

In other stamping news....

Altenew has 25% off HERE

Save 25% on the Way Too Sweet Stamp & Die Bundle from 1/22/2018 at 12:01 AM EST through 1/25/2018 at 11:59 PM EST. While supplies last. No coupon code needed to enjoy this deal! Shop here

Here is the list of other promotions worth checking out: Sale collection 
Ongoing promotions: 
 $7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF
 U.S. shipping on orders over $200 with code SHIPFREE

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Die Cutting in TWO ways!

Hello friend!
I have a card with inlaid die cutting and dry embossing to share!
Rose metal Die (Penny Black)
(only 2 in stock)


I used two die cut techniques:  inlaid die cutting, dry-embossing with dies.


For each section of the Rose and background, I applied Distress Oxide and then once I finished coloring, I put the pieces back like a puzzle. Do you like the dry-embossing on the white card stock?

I am keeping this post short and sweet.
Happy Sunday!!

Something to check out:
I know I definitely want some, if not all.
Check it out here
Spellbinders has some nice clearance sale here
Today's deals can be found here
Altenew's sale is over here.
My favorite floral Fantasy Die is on sale here.
Click here to see the January bundle from Concord & 9th!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Card with Layers!

Hello friends! 

Today's card has a lot of layers with embossing and stamping.
I am not sure if you can see a piece of vellum...
But I tried to add that extra piece of element.
Card #3 I puffy love you

It's hard to believe how many products that I used to create this little card.

I am sharing a family photo while in Epcot (Disney World) from last week.
We had a great time getting away from the bitterly cold winter weather in Ontario, Canada.
Our grown children still love the theme parks and took every thrilling rides that they could.
Stephanie and David loved hearing me SCREAM when I rode on the roller coaster, such as Space Mountain and Tower of Terror. As I get older, my screaming during the rides seems to get louder and more prominent.... 😁😆

 Something to check out:
I know I definitely want some, if not all.
Check it out here
Spellbinders has some nice clearance sale here
Today's deals can be found here
Altenew's sale is over here.
My favorite floral Fantasy Die is on sale here.
Click here to see the January bundle from Concord & 9th!

Hope you are having a great day!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Use a Cover Die for Subtle Background

Hello friends!

Today's my turn to share a project over Altenew Blog.

You may know this fun technique already...
That is, use a cover die to create a subtle textured background.
I am using one of Altenew's latest dies as an example.
Altenew Cube Cover Die
Combining a Metal Die and a Tan Embossing Mat is a great way to stretch the cover die.
Adding layering effect is easy to do when you use the pattern paper. 


 I chose the paper from Our Family 12x12 Pattern Paper 
which is absolutely amazing. Each piece of pattern paper has so much to offer. 


I took a bold move with the and TORE UP the bottom part of the watercolor pattern paper. 


I must admit that I hesitated a bit at first, but I sure was glad that I did.
The torn edges give the card design an extra oomph.
I added gold glitter Washi tape underneath the torn edges.


The Peony image was left nearly uncolored. I only took the shimmer pen and lightly colored the petals. This card may look complex, bu it really is not. 
I hope that you are inspired to try a layered look with minimum effort. 

Don't forget to leave me a comment over Altenew Blog for an extra chance to win the $20 monthly giveaway of Altenew Gift Card.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Create a Wreath and Hop Winner Announcement

Hello friends!
 I am popping in with a project created with one of the new Altenew January release.

thank you for being amazing
This card was a delight to create.
I have simple fool-proof/ no-fail formula for you.
 Anyone can do it....! 

Step 1. spray Metallic Mist on Watercolor paper before bed time
Step 2. have a good night's sleep (this will ensure the success of your project) 😀
Step 3. die cut the colorful sprayed-misted paper
Step 4. assemble and arrange your wreath the way you like it
thank you for being amazing -001

I used Altenew's Parchment Paper for the "wood wreath", but you can substitute it with kraft card stock to get the similar look and textures.  This die set really is amazing (just saying!!). 

thank you for being awesome

Can you believe how fun and easy this is?

thank you for being amazing
I can't, either!😀

Due to my recent vacation, I am a little late to announce the winner of Altenew January Blog Hop.


nonetheless, here it is!
Leni said...
Love the use of foil underneath the dies!
Congrats, Leni! Please e-mail me at to claim your prize!

In other stamping news....
Build-a Flower Sakura is also available as of today
You can find out all about it here.
Find Sakura stamp/die Set here.

Last but certainly not the least, Spellbinders had a great clearance!

If you happen to use any of my links to make a purchase over $50 (with your order no.), please e-mail me, and I will send you a card and a die as my small token of thanks!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #456


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

This week the challenge is...

Add a Sentiment

 We are using "Clearly Besotted"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 used Clearly Besotted Make a Wish.

happy birthday to a special friend

 In this card, I applied inks in multiple colors with the help of MISTI. I stamped it in the most pleasing way as best as I can to create a colorful background.

happy birthday (2)

I popped up the sentiment and applied green ink over white-embossed sentiment.
I hope that you like it!

happy birthday  

 This Clearly Besotted Make a Wish is so easy and fun to create projects with.  
Just think about the coloring possibilities...

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!

Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Card Kit and Altenew Promo

Hello friends! 
I was away to Florida for a week and just came back a few hours ago...

My family and I spent a week in Disney World's resort and we all soaked up some sunshine. 😎
It was GREAT while it lasted. 😏

I am catching up on sales and promos in case you are interested.

The Limited Edition Valentines Card Kits are still available.
Check it out HERE

February 2018 Card Kit is here now as well.

Find Tim Holtz latest and the greatest here.
Check out the latest products over  Simon Says Stamp here

  Altenew is also having20% off All kits and Collectives.

Last day today!
Here are the Altenew sales collcection 

Build-a Flower Sakura is also available as of today
You can find out all about it here.
Find Sakura stamp/die Set here.
Last but certainly not the least, Spellbinders had a great clearance!
Thank you so much for stoppping by!
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I will be back for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Spellbinders January Blog Hop

Hello friends!
I am super honored to be part of the Spellbinders Blog Hop today!
Ever since I started to get back to stamping around 2009, Spellbinders has wowed me with their awesome quality and designs. I must say that it makes me happy to be part of the blog hop today!

If you come from the talented Kimberly Crawford's blog, you are in the right place!
If not, please come join the hop for inspiration and a chance to win, too!
For all the details, please visit Spellbinders Blog.

Today's blog hop highlights the following products:

(warning: heavy photo post)
I have 3 projects to share. 
The first one is Shapeabilities Blessings Vine Frame Etched Die.

you are my favorite 

I love how easy it is to use the die for the entire card front. 
 Since I used kraft card stock for the die, I thought it would be a good idea to do some ink-blending for the background.
you're my favorite

You can see the etched details on the leaves and it does make the card shine!

My 2nd project was created with this Shapeabilities Just For You

Again,  this small box die does it all for you. I have no trouble folding the cute box as the die is a keeper. I also love that you can use it all year long.

just for you

Usually when I get an intricate box /pillow case die, I often question my ability in turning it into a box. Not this one. I also use the small die from Shapeabilities Mosaic VineEtched Die.
just for you-001

My 3rd project is all about pink, lace and love.
In this card, I used the small lace die from Shapeabilities Thinking of You Scalloped Rectangles Etched Die.
my heart belongs to you (2)

It may look intricate, but it is so easy to take it apart and layer however you like.
my heart belongs to you

I am also glad that I got my new Grand Calibur as the die cut machine does great job. No more fussing about bits not being cut. The small flowers are from Shapeabilities Just For You.
my heart

I hope my post gives you some inspiration and ideas about these Spellbinders Dies.

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, January 28th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.

AND.... Spellbinders offer to give my blog readers a chance to win $25 Gift Card to their online store. So, please be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on Jan. 22nd right here in this blog.

 Please check out the blog hop over Spellbinders Blog. I know you will be SO inspired!

Hop Order:

 Marisa Job  
Yana Smakula 
 Kimberly Crawford  
💛----->Virginia Lu <----- 💛
 Keeway Tsao 
 Amy Kolling  
Elena Salo

Your next stop is the lovely Keeway Tsao's blog!
Thank you so much for stopping by!