Sunday, June 30, 2013

More Dream Pop

Today marks the end of the first half of 2013.  I can't believe that time flies this fast. 

As we are approaching the second half of 2013, I am certainly very excited to welcome the new Close to My Heart Idea Book, but I am conscious that I should be actively using the existing products to make room for the new goodies!

So I'm making a quick card using the Dream Pop paper and the sketch from Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge:

My birthday card looks like this:

Really like the vibrant colors for this hot summer.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another birdie

Today I'm sharing a card using another birdie image from the same stamp set I used yesterday.  Here you go:

Totally in love with the image.  Elegant and versatile.  I got the sketch from Retro Sketches:

See how I use color pencils to outline the image?  It was a lot of fun and I like that it adds some colors subtly to the image.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

One card one stamp

Do you know that Close to My Heart has some A-sized stamps where they are rather big images and after you stamp it on a 3x3 (or even larger) card, your card is basically finished?

I like using those stamps for quick cards, but today I am sharing a card that I only have one stamped image on it but the stamp is not one of those A-sized stamp sets.

At first I thought it might be boring if there is only one stamped image on the card, but after adding some colors to it, the image really pops.  Together with the doily cut by the Artiste cartridge, the card comes together quite nice.

To tell you the truth, I was inspired to use this stamp by this sketch from The Deconstructed Sketch:

And to tell you some more, I was inspired by the Close to My Heart Idea Book on how to use this stamp.  The Idea Book showcased a card stamped with this image where the bird and the flowers are slightly colored.  This is an awesome idea and I'll employ this technique more often!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I've made a quick birthday card for the challenge at Seize the Birthday.  I just love this stamp so much from the For Always cardmaking workshop on the go!  It is good for a million occasions!

I think it goes really well with the You Rock paper and so I just naturally reached for that paper pack.  Isn't it a good one for a guy?

The original sketch is posted for your reference:

After trying constantly to make masculine cards I think my stash is getting fatter.  Perhaps I can take a break and go back to my feminine cards.  Yay!

For the coming wo days I'll share my new love with you - birds.  Stay tuned.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

A wedding card

I was asked to make a wedding card and I am very happy to oblige.  I dug through my stash of paper to seek the perfect one for the card and it was a tough decision making process.  Of course I started with the For Always paper packet but then I went on and on and spent perhaps more time on picking the paper than making the card.  Finally I settled on the retired Veranda paper pack and I think it was a good choice.

Veranda is one of my favorite paper packs of all times.  I like the elegant pattern and the color combo - it is just perfect for a wedding card.

The card is based on the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday:

See how much the Close to My Heart cricut cartridges have helped me?  Wouldn't be able to cut the "Congrats" without them!  My card is entering the challenge at Heart 2 Heart challenge - Tool Time and that at 4 Crafty Chicks - Sentiments Only.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

A late post

Just in time to get this card to enter the challenge at Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  I think this sketch gives us a lot of possibilities and I've chosen to use a new stamp set for a masculine card:

The sketch looks like this:

Try it out!  It's so fun and I'm about to try it on a girly card.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy Saturday!

I'm enjoying a peaceful Saturday morning.

What's better than crafting?

I've made a birthday card based on the inspiration photo from Heart 2 Heart Challenge and a sketch from Sketchbook Saturday Challenge.

My card made a visit to the retired Florentine paper:

How was I inspired by the inspiration photo?  To use the stamp from Hello Tweety set.  I have had this set for a while but haven't got a chance to use it.  So glad that it has seen some ink.

Please see the original sketch for reference:

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Saturday!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Another Attempt to Conquer Hexagons

I mentioned last week that even though I love the look and feel of hexagons I am not a pro in incorporating them in my projects.  Well, in that case I'll keep challenging myself until I become comfortable with them.

I've made another card using hexagons:

I think this one is better than the last one I made.  I like it!

The card is made based on the sketch from Sketch Saturday:

With all those hexagons it is entering the challenge at Less is More - Hexagons.

And this card is entering the challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare - Honey.  I've used Cocoa, Cashmere and Honey.  No other colors.  I had never tried this combo before but I started with confidence that I could use the color palette from Buzz and Bumble paper packet by slightly changing Sunset to Honey.  It worked well.  Don't you think?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013


CAS in today's card has double, or perhaps triple meaning.  Check this out:

Looks familiar?  I'm CAS-ing myself from the card here.  For this one I've used a different sentiment and tried something new - diffusers.  By using them the circle in the middle is not embossed so it gives me a flat surface to stamp on and stick the onesies. 

I made this card with a purpose of improving the old version of it and guess what?  I do like this one better!

My card is entering the following challenges:
1.  The Play Date Cafe - Black, White and a Splash of color:

2.  The Paper Players - CAS with bling:
3.  CAS on Sunday - BLack, White, plus one.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dream Pop Birthday Wishes

I saw this sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping and immediately thought of the Dream Pop paper:

Using the Dream Pop paper I've transformed the sketch into a lovely birthday card:

It has been a while since I last made lollipop flower so I wanted to create one with the colorful Dream Pop paper.  It works perfectly with the sketch!
The card is also entering the Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS.
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Monday, June 17, 2013

You Rock

Do you remember the paper pack called You Rock?  It wasn't my favorite at that time but as I was searching for some masculine paper with contrasting colors, I think it is perfect.  Why was I looking for such kind of paper?  I wanna give a try to use the stamp from For Always Workshop on the Go a new look.  Check this out:

What do you think?  This kind of stamp is so popular right now and I'm so glad that I got it from the For Always Workshop on the Go Kit.  The stamp does not give you any wedding feeling, right?

I've adopted the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge:

My card is also entering the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown - You're the Man, and Dream Valley - Father's Day/ Male Theme.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tried something new

I think we all like to get more mileage out of our craft tools and supplies.  When I looked at my Memory Box Honey Blossom Frame die sitting in the "new supply box" I was so guilty that I had forgotten about it.  It had been sitting in the box for four months without getting some love. 

This die is big, it is 4" x 5.1" so it can pretty much cover the face of a standard A2 card.  I made a slight change in the use of it and I made it much smaller:

Just made it small enough for the sketch at Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge:

And my card is entering the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More- CAS and Paper Craft Star - Picture challenge.

Have a great Sunday!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

Sometimes when my creative juices are flowing I just don't need to spend much time or effort to complete a project.  I wish I could predict when I'm in that creative mode!

Even though I couldn't predict, I had that vision of a card in my head when I saw the sketch at Deconstructed Sketch:

I was able to finish this card in about 30 minutes - quite a record for me!

Let me see if I still have any creative brain cells left and move onto another project.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bright Colors Part III

Warning!  Wear sunglasses before proceeding to read the post.  Warning!

Glaring bright?  I like the vibrant colors.

The starburst circle die has been sitting in my drawer for a long tme.  I just couldn't figure out how to use it.  When I was playing with the bright colors for Tuesday's and yesterday's card, I thought the bright colors should be used together with this die.  I am glad that the bright colors go along very well with it and of course the fact that I've finally used the die justifies my impulse purchase!

The process of making this card tested my patience.  I first cut out a template with the die for coloring purposes then cut the one that's actally for use.  To line them up is one of the most difficult task and while the rings of circles sit so closely together, coloring within the "lines" was tricky.  Gluing two pieces together is another test for my patience as slight offset could result in shift in colors.  I them stamped the greeting and pop it up with foam tape, added some baker's twine and mounted it on Sunset cardstock to finish it up.

I am not going to count the number of circles but I am entering this card to the challenge at Addicted to CAS:

And it is entering the challenge at Bearlymine - Anything Goes.

That concludes the trilogy of bright colors.  I have enjoyed them a lot and thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bright Colors Part II

Let's continue with the second part of the trilogy of Bright Colored Cards.

Today's card made use of Creme Brulee, Sunset and Cotton Candy.  They are shades of yellow, orange and pink in the Close to My Heart palette and I tried this color combo out as I was inspired by the challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare!  It's asking us to use yellow, orange and pink in a project.  Frankly it is not a color combo that I would normally use or even think of.  Are they too bright? 

Maybe not.

What's better than using them on flowers?  The card is based on a sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping:

I love that the flowers can be cut with Cricut Artiste cartridge and thus they are cut and stamped and finished within seconds! 

Tomorrow we will finish the Bright Color series.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bright Colors Part I

As mentioned, I've made a couple of cards that are glaring bright.   Have your sunglasses ready!

The first one I am sharing made use of the oh-so-popular hexagons:

I think hexagons and I have a weird relationship.  I love hexagons but I often find it/them challenging to use on m cards.  They appear to be easy to line up for a background but when I actually do it something became crooked and the whole project has to be trashed.  The Honeycomb stamp set from Close to My Heart was the one I bought when I first saw it.  I tried to use it but all those projects were ripped and trashed.  I think finally I have made something that is not too embarrassed to share.  There are just so many failures behind this card that I do not want to count.

This card made use of the color scheme at Sunday Stamps!

And the card is entering the challenge at Friday Mashup - hexagons and girly project:

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