Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas card #1

Lawn Fawnastics is having a challege #16; Use your oldest Lawn Fawn stamp. "Critter in the snow" is my oldest stamp set which I bought in the fall of 2010. Lawn Fawn opened for business in March 2010. 6 months after the opening, I decided to buy some of their stamps for the first time. This is my first Christmas card this year. 

I use VersaMark dazzle on black card stock, swiped with my faves, perfect pearls in 3 colors; interference green & red, Sparkles, to give more Christmas feeling. The "dull silverish gold" color heavy weight paper behind the front panel is from the "wrapping box" of cookies from Japan. It's not gold nor silver and I really liked the color behind the front image, showing stars to be that color. 
These are the stamps and dies I used. All Lawn Fawn

Critter in the snow (2010)
Santa's hat ~ "Hats off to you" set (2010)  Actually this stamp set was the oldest stamp among Lawn Fawn products I have but I didn't buy that set until some years later.      
Speech bubble ~ the coordinating die set of "A birdie told me" stamp set but I only bought die set (2012). 
The sentiment and the sparkles ~ "Merry Message" set (2016)
Starry skies die (2017)
Stitched hillside border dies in shadow box die set (2017) This set has two small stitched hillside in a package and I used both to make a larger hillside border, for the larger space, and cut the shimmery white paper. It worked pretty well 👍

I'm also sending this card to a card making friend in Norway. My first time, mailing something to Norway! 

Hope y'all are having a nice weekend! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving #2

My 2nd Thanksgiving card this year. I used this SU! stamps which I never used til now... the box says 2000 release, so, I probably bought it around that time. It's a stamp set and comes in a plastic container. The container was yellowed after 17 years of the release, but the wood mounted red rubber stamps are intact! These are the kind of stamps I just love to "decorate" my craft space with. 😊

Water coloring has been a trend for a while, and like this, background brush strokes. I combined old with the new, and this is rather clean card I made for my non stamping friend. All leaves are heat embossed in gold over the background coloring. Since these leaves are beautiful as the way they are, I wanted to show the stamped images as much as possible, and came up with the idea of using vellum for the sentiment, and used the short sentiment, too, to not distract the whole image. That's also the reason I used thin colorless twine on the bottom. Same reason for only two sequins. I used a MFT's stitched banner die, to give just a little bit of interest. I used "Rose Gold" embossing powder for the sentiment. It's kind of the thing at the moment, and several stamp companies released this beautiful color for EP. 

I'm submitting this to SimonSaysStamp Monday~Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge

Have a nice day! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! #1

Update : This card was shown on Lawn Fawn's Fawny Flickr Friday blog. 😊

Finally I had a chance to use this Lawn Fawn's new set, which I bought back in August when they released many amazing stamps and dies. I hadn't had new stamps for Thanksgiving for some years, and this was the perfect for my card I envisioned! And the set was meant to make this "feast table", which I miss, every Thanksgiving with my godmother and her family in VA. Beautiful sky and so many colorful leaves in the scene of Thanksgiving day. This is def. my Thanksgiving day with them, in Virginia! And my most fav. holiday of all.😊 

I fussy cut all the stamped images, colored them all. The most tiring process was the leaf! I used one of Lawn Fawn stand alone leaves die set from a couple of years ago, the smallest leaf. I ran through cuttlebug 36 times (to get 36 leaves!) from different "pearlized" card stock I "hoarded" for several years (from Joann or Michaels...can't remember). 6 different colors. The hardest (time consuming) was to place them in the perfect position. The tree stump ("feast table"), mushrooms "chairs", and animals are attached with foam tape, to give a bit of dimension, so leaves had to have foam as well but not all of them. 
First, I placed them, took the picture on my cellphone, and started to build up. I used Xyron sticker maker, Ranger's multi medium matte finish liquid adhesive and foam tape, depending on where to place them. In the middle of the process, I changed some positions of leaves. I'm content with how it turned out. The perfect image of my Thanksgiving Day in VA 😊 🍂 🍁🍃🍂🍁🍃
The sentiment is the new die from Lawn Fawn, too. I made it into a banner, making it looks like tying to the trees 😊 Of course, I had to have a cardinal in this scene. I miss seeing the cardinals, too... 

I'm submitting Simon Says stamp/Monday challenge. Also uploading it in Lawn Fawn's Flickr Friday. 

Hope y'all are having a nice week! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Let's toast!

I made this card for my friend's birthday, who moved to CA, far away from here... 😢 

I really like this Lawn Fawn's stamp set. Well, I love "roasting marshmallows" (or just marshmallows! 😊 ) "Roasting marshmallows" remind me of "fall" in western PA. To me, it's a "Fall" thing. 🍂🍁
The leaves are also from Lawn Fawn. I used the clear nuvo drop for dew on the leaves. 

Congratulations to Astros fans. I don't follow MLB but I know how you feel, a little, being a die hard fan of a sport team, and they won this year (but we won last year, too... ) 55 years is a long wait.... Enjoy the celebration! 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oct.31, 2017 Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat #3

"This is probably my 2nd time to buy A Card Kit in my over 25 years of stamping. I don't find interesting to use a kit when I'm creating, but this one, as soon as it was released, I placed the order! 😊 Except the big sheets of holographic stickers, I love them all, and I knew I could use them all. "
This is a card, made of different company's stamps, but the haunted house, spiders, and those little Nuvo Glow Drops, both apple sour and banana split are from this kit!  What inspired me for this card is those trick-or-treater image, already colored, I found it in my very old stash. It's SU! from early 2000s'! Wow, over 15 years ago! ... On the envelope, you can see the whole stamped image but I didn't stamp on the 3rd floor. No space for this already prepared regular card front size. I masked the house and the trick-or-treaters, and used a Stamp Camp back ground stamp, using a couple of Tim Holtz distress inks, splitzed with the water on the stamp. I found a spooky looking tree and bats from Lawn Fawn Halloween set, and I'm not sure what company but found the sentiment stamped and heat embossed already in my old stash. I used MFT stitched banner die for the sentiment, attached with the foam tape for the dimension. I found a little ghost plastic embellishment from my stash, and "painted" with "Nuvo Glow Drops Apple Sour". I also used "Nuvo Glow Drops Banana Split" on all the windows of the house.    

And this is how it looks in the dark...Spooky... fun! I really love these "glow in the dark" drops!  

I'm submitting this to Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge (Wed.version) and Simon Says Stamps Limited Edition Halloween 2017 Card Kit gallery. This isn't a challenge, just a gallery. 

Happy Halloween, Everyone! Have a safe & fun evening! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Trick or Treat #2

"This is probably my 2nd time to buy A Card Kit in my over 25 years of stamping. I don't find interesting to use a kit when I'm creating, but this one, as soon as it was released, I placed the order! 😊 Except the big sheets of holographic stickers, I love them all, and I knew I could use them all." 
Another card, using this kit, and for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Photo inspiration. 

I love candy corn. My October tradition is to buy a bag of candy corn, and nibble them throughout the month of October. I love the Original flavor!

I used "Nuvo Glow Drops Banana Split" to "paint" over the yellow water coloring.  I used "Nuvo Glitter Drops" on all candies, and glossy accents on the caramel part of the caramel apples. 
This is how it looks in the dark, cool, huh? I like it a lot! 

I'm submitting this to Simon Says Stamps Limited Edition Halloween 2017 Card Kit gallery. This isn't a challenge, just a gallery. And, to Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge~Photo Inspiration. 

Hope you all are starting a great new week! 


Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Fall Color" Birthday card!

The birthday of my friend in House Mouse group is coming up. I checked with HM challenge. One of DT at House -Mouse & Friend Challenge made a birthday card in fall color, and I decided to do the same 😊

I chose this image, as if those mice are heading to my friend's birthday party! 🎂

I used Lawn Fawn's background die to make the swirls on the background paper. Fall can be very windy, sometimes! I used LF's birch tree die and stitched leaf dies, cut them out, and distressed them. I wanted to give a bit more texture on the leaves, so I heat embossed, using the clear EP. I love the way they turned out 😊

This is the inside. I used this stencil, just inking the "plate" and "chocolate cake", added white embossing to the icing and candle parts, and used stickles for the flames. I used the wink of stella to give shimmers to all the confetti and ribbon but it's hard to tell on the picture. This mouse is also heading to my friend's birthday party! 😉 I stamped "party mouse" on the envelope, gave the shimmer to the hat also. It's now ready to be mailed! 

I'm submitting this to House Mouse challenge #252

Hope you all had a relaxing weekend! Thank you for stopping by my blog today 😊


Monday, October 9, 2017

Nature's beauty...

I love seeing deer. Although deer can be seen all year around, even on the tropical island of Guam which I've never seen, but then, I've never seen the infamous brown tree snakes (knock on wood), I l love seeing them in snowy winter... and I hate winter and snow, to live! lol.. .maybe I'm missing this scenery from western PA.. 

Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge, featuring Penny Black.  CAS & could be a card to a "male" friend. I could add more but on this, I didn't want to. Penny Black makes beautiful stamps, and you don't have to add much. ...only to make a beautiful background, trying to match these beautiful stamps. 😊 I didn't have acrylic paint nor reinker in white, so I used Uni ball white gel pen, to add those snow flakes. I even didn't want to use snow flakes stamps which I have because the tiniest one was still big to this scenery... 

But, I had to add something.. lol so, I added craft foam pad underneath of the front panel, to give a bit of dimension. 😊

I love this stamp set. I love the nature. I love the animals.

Also submitting to the Penn Black Holiday head start challenge which is running from July 31 to Oct.29. 

Hope you all have a great long (in US) weekend. 


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Little Critters!

Update ~ This card was featured on the challenge, and I received this badge from the challenge. woohoo! 

This stamp set was released in summer, 2014. Ever since, I'd been wanting it esp. when the fall came, last 3 years. Finally I got it, and found the time to play. 😊 "S'more" is American invention which I love, although its real origin is unknown, but has been very popular at camp sites in US, since 1920's according to Wikipedia.You can have S'mores throughout the year, but to me, it's a "fall" thing. 🍁

I made this card for my friend's birthday. Also, I'm submitting to Lawn Fawnastics Challege #14 ~ Happy Little Critters. I love animals, and Lawn Fawn's critters are my favorites! 

Hope you all are having a nice Sunday evening.


Happy World Card Making Day 2017!

Yesterday was World Card Making day, and one of my fav. brands gave us four challenges. I finished the second challenge, which is to use their dies only, no stamping; MFT Die-namics designs.  Some months ago, I bought their Blue Print die set #20. It's amazing. I used to sew a lot, and found the "quilt printed" paper in my stash. This paper must be from over 10 years ago.. The camera doesn't catch the color of the heart which looks like silver, in the middle, but it's "dull gold".. I kept it from the package of something. hahaha. I often do, to cut out the beautiful part of packaging, keeping them in my stash. 😊 I placed the larger heart cut out from vellum underneath. I found a left over yarn from years ago, too. Recently I've been organizing my craft supplies, and finding so many things from "years ago", which I can use on my cards. 😊

Hope everyone had a great day, making a card or two 😉


Saturday, October 7, 2017

It's Meow-lloween!

This is probably my 2nd time to buy A Card Kit in my over 25 years of stamping. I don't find interesting to use a kit when I'm creating, but this one, as soon as it was released, I placed the order! 😊 Except the big sheets of holographic stickers, I love them all, and I knew I could use them all. 

I used WOW "Glow in the dark EP" for the 1st time. Fun! The "fun swirly night sky background paper through the window" had a price tag on the back of this paper and the name of the stamp store. It was the store which closed over 13~14 (?) years ago, and the price was 75 cents for 12 x 12. Never used it, just "hoarded"! hahaha It was time to use! 😊 Some people don't like the black cat, so I used medium grey paper for a kitty. A kit comes with the die for this image 😊 I found another "oldies", the little witch shaker piece. It was the perfect size! I also bought a pack of Halloween postal stamps (the real one from USPS) and didn't use it at all last year, but this year, I'm using them! 
And this is how it looks in the dark. You can see a bit of stamped image in the natural lighting on the card. Cool, huh?! I love it!

I'm submitting this to Simon Says Stamps Limited Edition Halloween 2017 Card Kit gallery. This isn't a challenge, just a gallery. And, to Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge~A Walk on the Dark Side. 

Just realized. In US, it's a long weekend! (Columbus Day). Hope everyone is having a relaxing (& long if you are in US) weekend. 😊


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee, anyone?

"Little bird" told me about this blog hop, only two days ago. Theme is "FALL". I decided to participate. 

Here is my card. 

I love dark hot coffee, no sugar nor cream, in chilly morning in the fall, in the east coast of US. I used stitched edge dies, stitched line border die, "next level" embossing folder, to give the warmth and cozy feeling to my card. This card is made of all different companies' products! Water coloring has been a thing for a while, and I just brushed the background to color white card stock. I made so many "coffee sleeves" from all yummy designer's "fall theme" papers, because I had a hard time choosing! I have so many trimmings, and this textured ribbon is one of them, from years ago. There is a bit of gold shimmer on it. I thought it would look great on this card. 

I used to drink DD coffee on my way to work but now, I brew Starbucks coffee at home every morning 😋 

Have a beautiful day! 

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!


Update ~ now time to mail this card, and I decorated the inside 😊 Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Trick or Treat!

Update : I won the challenge with this card. 😄

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.


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