Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #430


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

This week the challenge is...

We're Seeing Stars

 We are using My Favorite Things 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 Stars Above

 This set comes with many lovely sentiment and I love that there are great for coloring! 

I thank my stars

I white-embossed the images on Neenah kraft card stock at first and added some colors with Distress Oxide. It didn't look like much at first. Once I applied more colors and added the popped up star, it begin to take shape.

I thank the stars

I applied Nuvo Silver Glitter Drops to the star with an old paint brush. To highlight the silver scheme, I silver-embossed the sentiment and added silver DMC strings.

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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!
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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, July 18, 2017

Altenew FREE gift with purchase

Hello friends!
Sales alert----> Simon Says Stamp Sales---> here
(this changes often...you may or may not find some fun items that you like)
 Use "Cheery" to get $5 off your order
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 There is a FREE gift promotion over Altenew (just in case that you are interested). 
Today is the LAST day!!
Also, the new Build-a-Flower is now available HERE

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    My random trip photo share: Taiwanese Shaved Ice 
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit (Take 3)

Hello friends! Hope you are having a great day so far! 
I am popping in with another quick post.
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This July Monthly Kit  is perfect for summer paper crafting.
If you like the various theme and surprises, it is a good idea to subscribe (see here).
That way, you will not miss out on getting each kit because they do sell out quickly.
The August Card Kit is now available HERE

This new kit is a versatile set as I can see many uses for it.

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This kit's Bikini Wafer Die is just too fun. You can also purchase it separately here.

time to relax (2)

I love the two tone sentiment and this is easy to do with or without MISTI. 
The White Nuvo Drops really help create a lovely movement in the design.
Also, the Stitched Rectangles are handy when it comes to layering images.

My random Taiwan trip photo share: beach in Kenting
( It was a super hot day as my cat Alexia had to stay in the shade...)
Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stencil Sunday @Virginia's #4

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to my 4th installment to "Stencil Sunday @Virginia's"!

A note to you about altenew's NEW Build-a-Flower is now available HERE
You can also purchase it over Simon Says Stamp HERE
Since I am on summer break, I am missing out on creating with this gorgeous stamp set.

This feature is FREE for all you to enjoy!
In return, I do appreciate that you use my affiliate links for your craft purchase.
There are a few organization that I donate regularly.  The source of earning/commission will be allocated to the charities that I support: Red Cross, World Vision, PBS and TV Ontario.
Affiliate links are applied at no additional cost to you.
A heartfelt thank-you for your support.

I will be sharing stenciled cards with stamps and inks every Sunday during this summer.
I hope with quality posts, you will still get a dose of stamping fun during the summer.
Don't forget to link your summer creations (at the right side bar) for Virginia's Blog Party!

Let's get right to Altenew STENCILS!
Kaleidoscope A (Simon Says Stamp, Altenew)

Kaleidoscope B (Simon Says Stamp, Altenew)

Kaleidoscope A+B----> Altenew

 Can you believe that this is nearly an one layer card?
I only added a strip of gold Washi Tape from Altenew's New Day Card Kit.
You may not consider that as one-layer if you are a one layer purist.

congratulations (Kaleidescope#1)

The depth that shows in this design is astounding, thanks to the layering Kaleidoscope Stencils.
I started out with inking up with the Layering A and then Layering B.

congratulations (Kaleidescope#2)

I also added the pink embossing paste selectively with the center and tiny corners.
Normally it is nearly impossible to spread the paste into tiny space.

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Dina Wakley Media Tool 
However, I find this tool amazing and is a must-have if you love embossing paste with stencils.

For the embossing paste, I used Peony Pink Tonic Embossing Mousse .

You can find all the colors with this brand here.

congratulations (Kaleidescope#3)

I purposely stamped the sentiment in grey (we are very happy for you) and in black (congratulations).  For good measure, I added gold splatter with Wink of Stella (gold). 

congratulations (Kaleidescope#4)

I truly hope that you are inspired by my post.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

SSS July Card Kit (Take 2)

Hello friends!
Time to share my 2nd creation with the July Card Kit!
I didn't do anything fancy and keep the design simple. I made this card after getting back from Taiwan ( getting over the jet lag and a bad cold).

I decided to work with the pattern paper (from the kit) and it was super easy to put together once you have the idea.
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Steps:
1. stamp the sentiment in Versamark and heat emboss in white
2. stack a few dies to create a chipboard
3. add  Nuvo to the polka doe (on white only)
4. use fringe scissors to jazz up the pattern paper (add a happy factor, so to speak). I used an old Martha Stewart fringe scissors, but you can use any of these (see here)

Hope you find these steps helpful when it comes to kits like this.
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This July Monthly Kit  is perfect for summer paper crafting.
If you like the various theme and surprises, it is a good idea to subscribe (see here).
That way, you will not miss out on getting each kit because they do sell out quickly.

Wanna check out the latest kit that is out today? You can find it HERE
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The SALES items may still be available, do check them out HERE if you have not done so.

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by!

My random trip photo share: hibiscus

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sales Alert!

Hello friends!

I just want to alert you to check the sales items over Simon Says Stamp here.
They are out for a limited time only...
when they are gone, they are gone. 

Use "Cheery" to get $5 0ff
I just placed my order with this die and this die.
And I miss out on this one.

Also, there is a FREE gift promotion over Altenew (just in case that you are interested).

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    When you purchase Reflection Scrapbook Kit, you will receive a FREE gift (details here)
     
    Check out the sales items here.  (up to 40% off) 
     
  • (that was me in Alishan, Taiwan, July 2017)
    Thanks for stopping by! 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #429


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

This week the challenge is...

Using Plaid

 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 :-)

I am using Perfectly Plaid Paper Pad , Stitched Border Die, Fab Flowers Little Town Border Lawn CutHappy Birthday Border Die  for my design.

happy birthday

With these awesome products, it is only natural to create a scene like this. One thing that is hard to notice though is.... "where did you use Fab Flowers" ? Well, I used the flower to stamp the "sun"!


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 Lastly, do check out the amazing sales over Simon Says Stamp here.
 
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, July 11, 2017

Simon Says Stamp July Monthly Card Kit and My Taiwan Trip

Hello friends!
Forget about jet lag (from Taiwan, to Japan, then back to Canada)...
It took 28 hours to complete the trip yesterday.
Then..... I created this post this morning.
 Since I have been traveling so much lately, it's hard to squeeze in crafting time. I just got back from my 18-day trip to Taiwan. It was fun, amazing, yummy and very very hot! I am now happy to be home and am busy preparing for the next adventure!
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This July Monthly Kit arrived while I was a way. 
If you like the various theme and surprises, it is a good idea to subscribe (see here).
That way, you will not miss out on getting each kit because they do sell out quickly.

The July kit really brings out the summer! It has colors, theme and it is also hot hot hot. 
Today's card is a CAS one. I absolutely love the pattern paper that comes in the kit, so I did some inlaid die-cutting and it was easy and effective!
time to relax  

 There is just something about plaid that makes you happy!
time to relax


Noticed that I trimmed off the stamped borders (see below)?
Little details seem to make a big difference. I made this card 6 o'clock this morning! I was itching to get back to crafting as I have not touched my supplies for over 20 days!!😆

time to relax

Here are a few fun photos from my Mother and Son trip to Taiwan.
(that's ME in the silhouette in Kaohsiung harbor!!) 

This trips involves a lot of....
 sight-seeing 
(from Taipei, Hua-lien/Toroko Gorge, Taichung/Sun-Moon Lake, Alishan and the most southern part- Kenting)
visiting relatives ( seen here are my sister,brother-in-law, niece Erica and my mom is the one on the bottom right in plaid dress!!)

selfies, (my beloved sister and niece Erica accompanied us to Alishan Nationalk Scenic Area)
silly photos ( spent too much time on the trains)



and feasting/drinking (lots of bubble tea and Taiwan Beer for David!)
A ginormous thanks to my sister, brother-in-law and niece Erica for hosting. There are simply too many highlights and fun things to mention. This is certainly a trip to remember! I am so glad to have this chance with David to "find my roots" and discover more about my home country.

I have a few more cards with this kit and will share them in the next few days.
You can find all the latest from Simon Says Stamp here.
 edited: some amazing deals over Simon Says Stamp here.

Lastly, don't forget to check out the sales over Altenew (see here). 
If you spend over $100, do use the code "SHIP7OFF" to get $7 off.