Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Halloween

My first Halloween card this year, altho, I forgot to post, and now I'm posting it, after already posting 3 Halloween cards! Sometimes, you forget that it's a "draft" and hasn't "published" it yet...haha... 

I did shaving cream technique, to make a a "spooky" background. The sentiment is elevated with foam adhesive, and heat embossed. I used the wink of stella on the spiderweb to give the shimmery look. I used Uni gold pen on bat's eyes. Another "spooky" details. 😉 

Happy Sunday evening, everyone! 😊


"Embossed Impressions" experiment

I watched this video clip of Embossed Impressions by Jennifer McGuire and wanted to try it out. I learned a couple of things. 

I used different papers. Both are for watercoloring (heavy weight) but not Tim Holtz' which was used on the video by Jennifer McGuire. Far left with the maple leaves and the 2nd from the right of the oak leaves, I used the watercoloring paper with texture, and other two are Strathmore Bristol smooth finish papers. I used Tim Holtz distress inks, the same colors as she used, but I used waterbrush, instead of using a brush and water. The regular textured watercolor papers didn't give the good result on blending the colors on the images compared to other two on Strathmore Bristol papers. So, I also tried what she did; flicking some water on the paper, sprinkling some gold embossing power while the water is still wet. It took much longer to heat emboss because the water was underneath it. I liked how those gold splatter on the paper turned out. Especially, on those textured papers which I thought they didn't look great, but with those gold splatter, they look nicer. 

For the envelopes, I did exactly what she did on the video. So, you get the debossed side on the surface of the envelope. I really like this idea. 

If you have any questions, please ask either Jennifer on the top link, or me, who "experimented" it. 

Hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday evening... 


Hello, Pumpkin!

Not like the last year, time allows me to make more Halloween cards this year 😊. I'm entering this card to My Favorite Things 2017 Card design Superstar contest, in CAS category. 

I stamped the pumpkin and the stem first on the white cs. Then I stamped the face on pumpkin . And I used clear EP to emboss the whole "carved" pumpkin. Then I used the distress ink, masking the pumpkin to give a bit of a "fall" look, instead of having a plain "white" background. Then I used stencils over the "distressed colored" cs, using a bit of darker color distress ink. I stamped two faces over the stenciled background. I cut this front panel out using the frame die from Blueprints 20 die set, attached to black cs. I used the banner die from the the same die set, stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set. The banner was a bit long, so I cut the right side, and ran the edge of the banner with the frame die to give "the stitches" to match. I wrapped the ribbon (from my stash, years ago.. probably Michaels or Joann..) and adhered the sentiment banner with foam adhesive. I used Nuvo Crystal drops for the finishing touch.

To be qualified, we have to use MFT Stamps, Dies, Stencils & Patterned paper. (Non-MFT CS, inks, embellishments are  allowed to use, according to MFT on FB.) So I used, 
Stamps ~ Spooky Sweets
Stencils ~ English Brick Wall
Dies ~ Blueprints 20

Hope you all are having a great weekend!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Trick or Treat!

I've been wanting to use this stamp and finally the time has come!  
When I saw the title of the challenge which is "I can see right through you", I thought of shaker card right away, looking something "through" the opening in the card. I love making shaker cards, even I'm not really into "interactive" cards which has been a trend these days in the card making world, except, the shaker card! I'm submitting this to the House Mouse challenge #249. 

It's kinda self explanatory but the story is "Muzzy thinking Mudpie ate all the candies in the trick-or-treat bag, having his footprints coming and going out. Of course, Monica in that hat may have one or two hidden her mouth".😁 I didn't color Mudpie cuz he is in Muzzy's thought, except the pink tongue I drew. I tried to show "deliciousness" with that pink toungue! 😄 Since candy corn buttons had more "height" even after removing shanks, I had to attach two foam tapes together to give more height than usual height of just one, for the front panel to attach. I usually place more shaker pieces but since I wanted to show Mudpie's image more, I didn't, but when I shake it, those all pieces shows 😊 The Bats image is from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiments are in one red rubber stamp, from Uptown Rubber Stamps/Holly Pond Hill, but inked them, used them separately. The company is long gone but I've had this stamp for more than 12 years :) I still love it! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Happy Haunting"!

A little early but Happy Halloween! ;) Well, I've been dying to use my new addition, which is Lawn Fawn's "shadow box" die set! Usually my mind doesn't get ready for the "occasions" early enough but not this year. lol I think that part of it was contributed to make "Christmas in July" card! lol Anyways, so here it is. I'm sending this to my Godmother's daughter who gets excited about Halloween. Hope she will like it. I'm also submitting to Lawnfawnatics challenge #12, "Create a scene". 

I used a sheet of acetate to attach to the 2nd hillside cutout so that I could stamp ghosts and bats and looks like "flying & floating". I used a little moon die from Lawn Fawn's winter village set. I love that stamp set and bought the die set also. Perfect shape and cut out, no stamping, and attached to the back "wall" of this shadow box. 
Spider web got the shimmer from the wink of stella :) So, can you (Lawn Fawnn fans) guess which stamp set I used for this trick-or-treater in ghost costume? I don't have"trick-or-treater" stamps. So I used a "snow penguin" stamp from "Snow Cool" (penguin's) set. 1. I used "mirror stamping technique" because I already placed the tree on the left (lol!). 2. I didn't ink the "carrot nose" from the original image. 3. I used a trick-or-treater bag from Penny black stamp set and cut that out, and attached to the "snow penguin's" hand! lol I thought it worked out pretty well ;) 

Weekend is almost here. Have a great one! 


Update : These are the sides of this shadow box. The stamp I used is "A muse art stamp" , and woodmounted red rubber stamp. I've had this for more than 12 years. Still comes in handy when the Halloween is near 😃 I don't think this company is no longer in business tho. I found this nice designed paper from my stash, and distressed them, to coordinate with this shadow box. I'll write the message on the back, in the oval die cut out, in lighter color. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

New school year has started...

I was inspired by the video I watched while I had been thinking of making a bookmark for my new book. I hardly make anything out of paper to myself but decided to make this for myself, and rather quick. It took less than half an hr to make this from choosing the right stamp (both the image & the size) to finish. When this stamp set from Lawn Fawn came out, I was so happy to get one, because I once lived in Australia. They have many different kinds of "cirtters", and this stamp set was perfect! But I hardly have the chance to use these stamps...even this "famous" Koala bear "downunder", this was the first time to use it. I've been really liking "shaker" cards since it became popular several years ago because it just makes me happy and hope it would, for the recipients, too, and this case, myself! 😉

I tried to imitate the designs of Aborigine's boomerang, using white gel pen. I made this quick, no foam tape, just strong adhesive, so it's pretty flat, great for the bookmark. These days, there are different ways of making "shaker" mechanism, and  many different kinds of contents you can place inside the shaker window. 

Since Lawn Fawnatics is having a challenge; cards for kids, I'm submitting this. School has started, and Lawn Fawn's "critter" stamps are also appropriate for kid's cards, incld. myself, "kid" at heart! 😉

Hope y'all are having a relaxing Sunday evening...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Christmas in July!

ok, so July has come and gone, and now it's already August!...but I started to make this card IN JULY :)  And I'm submitting this to HMFMC#246  which started in late July, which gave me an idea, because I was planning to send this friend a little gift, hoping for her to make a use of it for her fav. day coming up. And her birthday is Dec.24! 

For both circle frames were given elevation as well as the sentiment and "Chef Amanda" mouse with the foam tape to give some dimension. The sentiments in both circles frames were adhered without the foam tape.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a nice evening! 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Altenew July & #3 challenge

I made this card, trying to combine both challenges at Altenew this month; July 2017 Inspiration Challenge and Sketch challenge #3 for scrapbook page. I used the rose, and the three main colors on this inspiration photo, and for the sketch challenge, I used the sketch part. Sketch challenge also allows "other project" than just scrapbook page. The color combo is also similar this month.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
Have a nice evening! 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Happy Birthday #2

I made this card to my best friend from college. She is always super busy with work & at home. I thought these "herb" stamped images were great to relax her mind. :) 

The whole front panel is elevated with the foam panel underneath. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you all are having a nice weekend.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer time fun!

In summer time, I love to go to the beach to gaze stars... from the sunset when I can spot the first star... I currently live by the beach, and summer is all year around... but never get tired of the scene... I made this card for Lawn Fawnatics Challege #8 "Summertime fun!". I'm going to send this card to my godmother who says, enjoying to receive my handmade cards... :) 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy Birthday! #1 my friend's high school daughter who is lucky enough to spend her birthday in Europe! 

I used the Hero Arts Ombre ink. I love those inks :) I found a multi colored ribbon in my stash :) I found a pearly paper in my stash, cut it with the sentiment dies. I love when I can "use up" the left overs from long time ago, to incorporate with the new things I got. I used the stitched edge circle die, to cut out the center. The whole front panel is elevated with foam panel underneath. This card will be waiting upon her return to US. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Let's get some berries!"

This week's challenge at HMFMC is "Let's get some berries". I have a friend in our House Mouse group, who's birthday is coming soon. I recently received a new stamp set from Altenew. I wanted to combine them all. :)  Here is my card. 

I wanted the strawberries to be the "present", so I "wrapped them with a ribbon"! 

Hope your week has started off well :) 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday!

It was another beautiful day wz nice breeze on the island. The birthday party was held on the beach. Only 5 mins. drive from where I live. My local friends' son's 1st birthday :) 

For some reason, the photo doesn't show it well... the clouds has shimmer, and the stars were in "Champaigne" color from Encore. 

These are some pictures from the party. 

 My fav.local food! Wz some grilled salmon / shrimp in a cream sauce. 

My fav. local sweet. Made of coconut. 

 Another local fav. Taro (purple yam) in coconut milk. 

 ONE year old! yay! 

 Enjoyed the low tide. I could walk far into the ocean! Water only came up to my ankles! 

 As usual, Guam's water is clear. Yes, my feet is in the water. 

 The birthday party was held in the middle of these three.

 After the party, I moved to The BEACH bar, next to it. 

Very quiet afternoon for The BEACH bar today... 

Very nice & relaxing Sunday...

Hope you all are having a nice weekend, too. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

... to all my friends in US. 

Hope everyone is having a great celebration! 


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

To my dad in heaven Love you always. 

Hope all the fathers (here on earth!) are enjoying their day with the family who love and appreciate them! 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Time is flying, and mother's day is almost here. Here are my 2 Mother's day cards. One is for my mom, and another one is for my Godmother who's been there for me ever since. 

For mom, 
I used Altenew stamps set, WeR memory keeper's embossing folder for the background, and those $1 stamp at Michael's for the sentiment. I wrote Happy Mother's day inside of the card. 

For my Godmother, 
I used TH's stencil for the focal image, hand-wrote the sentiment (I need a nice sentiment STAMP! ;) ), and used viva decor's pearl pen for the little white pearls. 

A little early Happy Mother's day to all mothers and godmothers.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

My best friend and her husband is celebrating 21 years of marriage :) 

I used TH stencil & embossing paste, colored the raised parts with markers. I used Lawn Fawn stitch die, old Penny Black sentiment stamp, and viva decor pearl pen. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Have a relaxing Sunday. 


It's a Girl!

My former roommates had their 1st baby. It's a Girl! 

I used Lawn Fawn stamp sets and background paper. I once lived in Australia, and I was very excited when Lawn Fawn made a stamp set, called "Critters in Down Under". Australia has many unique animals and birds :) I colored kangaroos with Zig watercolor brushmarkers, but used Prisma colored pencils for grasses.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Have a relaxing Sunday. 


Sunday, April 16, 2017

"belated" Happy New Year ~ 2017!

Caught up with uploading my 1st card this year ~ 2017. :) 

I used all stamps and a die from Lawn Fawn. I also tore a grey CS, after embossing with the clear shimmer EP, by hand. 

I just saw someone's posting a lot of snow STILL, but in Canada. ;) 

Hope you all are enjoying a beautiful spring day, wherever you are! 


3 New Valentine's day cards

Slowly catching up to post my cards. I made these 3 Valentine's day cards this February. 

I used Penny Black stamps mainly for all these cards. 

The background is stamped repeatedly by the Altenew, a small "tiny hearts background" stamp. Here is the inside of the card. I made these 3 cards at the same time, and did die cuttings on colored & designed CS. I didn't wanna waste those left over CS, so I kinda planned to use them for inside, die cutting accordingly, like you can see them below. Mixed and Matched :) "Ink bottle and the pen" stamps are from Lawn Fawn's stamp set. 

My 2nd card. I used Lawn Fawn's stitched die to make this card with a bit of interests, kinda matches with the stitches on the pillows this adorable cat is sleeping on :) 
And the inside of the 2nd card.

3rd card. The die for the saying is from Lawn Fawn dies set. 
Inside of the 3rd card. I used wink of stella to give a bit shimmer to the red heart. 

Thank you for stopping by to see my cards. 

Hope you are having a nice Easter Sunday! 


Happy "belated" St. Patrick's day!

I made this card before St. Patrick's day but hadn't had time to upload til now. So here it is.

I used an old Darcie's pot of gold stamp. Also the rainbow is from an old Darcie's stamp. I just love these stamps. Background is done, with sponging technique, using Lawn Fawn's cloud dies set, masking. Other stamp images are all from Lawn Fawn. 

Hope you all are having a nice Easter Sunday! 


Wish we could have some Coffee time together...

I miss chatting with my best friend from college. She is a successful career woman, works full time, mother and wife. Her daughter is still in high school, so she is extremely busy. I work full time, so I understand. I miss my college time when only thing we worried about was our grades. Besides studying time, we were rather free. And living half around the world away doesn't help, either. Usually I hear that after sending their kids to college, the parents would have more free time. So maybe someday soon... I made this card to that friend. 

I used Simon Says Stamp set and Lawn Fawn stamps set for the background. The little disposal coffee cup with the lid die is from Simon Says Stamp. I used this die, 3 times on different colored CS, so that I could get eyes, mouth, arms and heart :) I colored the lid and colored the coffee sleeves. Saying dies are also from Lawn Fawn dies set, and found the saying in stamps sets in different companies stamp sets. I always love to make "coffee" themed card, so I often buy the embellishments whenever I find, under the theme, and the ribbon was one of them. :) 

Hope you all are having a nice spring day! 


March Birthday card

I know, it's already April... but I've been making cards, and haven't had time to upload them, so little by little, I'm uploading those I've made and sent out. 

I used Hero Arts Stencil for the background. "Happy Birthday" saying die is from LawnFawn. This was sent to my friend in House Mouse group. It was a long way to get delivered but those little sequins survived on "rough mail ride"! 

And this is inside of the card. 
The image is from House Mouse designs, too but used their bear, Gruffies stamp. Saying is from C.C. Designs ("Birthday's"). Never heard of this company before, but when I was browsing's page online, I found it. They are red rubber only stamps set. 

Thank you for stopping by to see my card :) Happy Easter! 


April Birthday card

Happy Easter! 

It's for a male friend whom I sometimes call "funny monkey" (!! in a nice way. wz some love). 

I used Lawn Fawn stamps set and dies. I love their "critter" series. For the background, I used their "cloud" dies, to use them as "masking" to make a sky. I didn't buy the coordinating dies to this stamps set, so I used scissors but their images aren't intricate to cut. I used 3D foam tape to adhere some of the leaves, to give some dimensions. 

Hope you all are having a wonderful Easter. 


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Easter #2

Hello again. :) These are other Easter cards I made. I love making shaker cards :) 
I'm submitting this to Lawn Fawnatics challenge ~ Interactive cards theme. 

Happy Sunday! 
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