Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #422

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

This week the challenge is...

Furry Friends

 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 :-) 

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For my project, I am using Courteous Cuties. The pattern paper that I use is Illustrated Faith (You Are Loved) Paper Pad 6x8.

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Before I talk about today's project, I have a confession to make....
It's a real struggle for me to color animals. 😏
Yup, there...plain and simple.
Thus, paper-piecing come to the rescue!
Plus, I have WAY more pattern paper than I know what to do with them.
So, I stamped a whole bunch of images on pattern paper and cut them while I watched my TV shows.😍
Need I say more?

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I had so much fun piecing the design together.
That torn edges for the foreground is fun and easy to do.

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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!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dry-Embossing with A Die

Hello friends!
I am popping in with another fun card share today.
Recently I fell in love with the look with the letter press/dry embossed background. I love the ease and design by using a stamp/die. The following card is a good example.
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Of course, back in the day (circa 2009) when I started stamping, using dry embossing folders was all the rage! Remember those days? I was constantly on the look out in collecting every embossing folders (Cuttlebug's especially) that came in my way. These days? I still have them, but I have now used them way less and shifted my love in using dies for the dry-embossing.
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Today's card was created with Altenew's Extra Special.
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With the dry-emboss mat, such as Tan Embossing Mat, creating a letter press look can not be easier.

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The order of my Cuttlebug plates (from bottom to top): C plate, B plate, Tan Embossing Mat, stamped images on paper (with paper facing you and die facing down), Matching Die and B plate.
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I did all the stamping before I run and die and embossing mat. I also kept in mind about how I would run through the die cut machine and came up with this seemingly complex design.

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We card-makers love this type of subtlety, isn't it?
I hope that you find my post helping and inspiring.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Creative Use of the Cover Dies (sort of)

Hello friends!
I want to share more possibilities of using two amazing cover dies from Altenew.
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If you follow my blog regularly, you know I like to do many versions of one particular stamp or dies...well, today's post is one of those.  
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Shop Simon Says Stamp: Plate A and Plate B
Shop Altenew Cover Plate here

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I did a few things a little differently with this design:
~use Neenah kraft card stock for the Plate A
~emboss in Antique Gold with Stampendous Boss Gloss for Plate A
~add colors with Distress Oxide with Plate B
~trim off all borders and adhere it to white card stock
~add a small strip of gold glitter tape (from Altenew Card Kit) with the white-embossed sentiment

Note: if you want to go for a complete smooth golden sheen, opt for Gold Foil Card Stock (it does not disappoint!) for Plate A.

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The sentiment is from stamp set from Altenew Card Kit

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Wedding season is here. This will be perfect for that very special occasion.

Here's my previous versions with the same dies.
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