Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy Easter!

I'm rushing to get this post up as the challenge is about to close.  I'm sorry if you see typos and mistakes everywhere.

One exciting thing I'd like to share is that my nephew was born at the wee hours this morning.  Yay!  And I guess you could tell why my crafting schedule was off this weekend and why the rush here.  Nevertheless I'm very excited to have a new family member!

I realize that I still need to send out a few Easter cards.  Here's one that I made this evening:

I was inspired by the sketch at Atlantic Sketch Challenge:

It has been a long time since I played along and I can't tell you how much I miss sketch challenges!  I'll sure play more frequently!

I'm entering my card to:
Robyn's Fetish - Easter
That Craft Place - Easter/Spring
Challenge Up Your Life - Easter
My Time to Craft - Easter Animals
Atlantic Sketch Challenge - see above sketch

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Love You

Early this year I bought the 6x6 Kiss Kiss paper pack from Crate Paper.  I made my V-day card then it has been sitting alone (collecting dust as friends as well).

I'm so glad to have learned a new way to use patterned paper with die cuts:

I learned this technique in a recent online card class and am in love with it!  I just have so much patterned paper that needs some love.  A new technique = an incentive to use my paper stash.  Yay!

I am linking my card to the following:
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Doors - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Creativity booster


Yes, I think mistakes do push me to be more creative.  At least in this occasion.

I learned a new trick to use dies in a recent online class.  I tried it out to make a background for a card and liked it a lot.  But when I put everything together to become a card.......................omg, I trimmed it a bit too small.  It was originally a 4.25 x 5.5 panel, so I did have some wiggle room.  No big deal, I thought.  The next thing I knew, I messed up the stamping.  Oops.......Now I gotta trimmed it even smaller to be a square.  So what you saw above was just part of the background I made, due to mistakes.

I know some people have no problem sending the not-so-satisfying ones to trash but I usually become so obsessed that I didn't want to throw it out immediately.  I want to salvage as much as I could.  In this occasion, I think it looks fine. 

Of course, I wouldn't be able to not try out the technique again:

I've made it a landscape card this time and I think it is equally pretty.  Love this technique!

I'm entering my card to the following:
Crafting from Your Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Get Creative - Die Cuts

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Miss You

Happy Wednesday everyone!

My throat has been sore since last night.  When that happens I know that my body is "on strike" as it has been working too much overtime.  I meant to take as much as possible but I couldn't until I've finished this card:

I have had much fun with Copic coloring but this time I decided to paper piece!  Just as fun!  I honestly don't think I can color the elephant well as it has a big area for coloring and I'll save it for some experts.  Giving it color by stamping it on color cardstock is pretty cool, anyway.

I'm linking my card to the following:
Addicted to stamps - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps - Use a Die Cut
Kraftin' Kimmie - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Alright it's really time to take some rest.  I figured that that's the best medication I can give my body.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I made this card just in time to share with you.  I've repeatedly mentioned that masculine cards and sympathy are difficult, and I'm going to add St. Patrick's Day cards.  I probably do not make enough of them so after a lot of modifications I still feel that the card was missing something or something just didn't feel right.

On the eve of St. Patrick's Day I have to stop obsessing and here's the final product:

I have a feeling that until I give it out tomorrow I may continue to play with it and modify it.  Truth be told I've taken pictures of its predecessor and was ready to put it on my blog and you know what happened.  LOL.  Is that OCD or would you rather describe it obsession for perfection?

I'm linking up my card to the following:
Crafting from the heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps - Green
Get Creative - Green
Opus Gluei - St. Patrick's Day

Thanks for stopping by and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Oh Happy Day!

Happy Friday!

I'm very excited about this weekend as I'll be meeting up with my aunt and my cousin.  It has been a long while since I last saw them and they happen to be here for a weekend.  We plan to have some Korean food and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun!

My card today is also a lot of fun.  It's one of my favorites - window card, and to make it very special I've made it interactive where the swing image could indeed swing back and forth:

The card front shows a bit of what's inside the card - basically a background of  a park:

The interior is full of spring energy:

My card is entering the following:
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Stempelsonn - Anything Goes
Houses that Stamps Built - Die cuts and stamps
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Cute Cute Cute
Creative Moments - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Happy Wednesday!

As I use this blog as my craft diary, I rarely share any scrapbook pages here.  Today is an exception:

I learned this sketch from an online class taught by Kelly Purkey and I was completely drawn to it! I knew that I had to try it out myself!  This is probably the first time that I have such a large area for the title of a page.  It's probably my first time to cut the pictures into circles too.

It's fun and I think I'll use this sketch again!

My layout is entering the following:
Craft My Life - Anything Crafts
Crafty Boots - Anything but a card
Bimini Moose - Any Scrapbooking, twist: lots of green
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything but a card

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Smile in the Jungle

It's Monday and I'm afraid this post has to be short.  I finally broke open my Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle set and had some fun coloring the images with Copic markers.  I wish I had more markers! (Don't we all wish the same?) I didn't have a card planned out but just stamped the images in black on white cardstock and colored away.  I cut out the pieces using the coordinating die set then started to arrange the pieces to make a card:

I do not make many cards with a scene and it was challenging to give the sentiment a home.  I put the sentiment in one of the flirty frames and put it in the middle of the card.

My card is entering the following challenges:
Lil patch of crafty friends - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspiration - Anything Goes with a twist of green
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I'm stuck..........on you

Plants such as succulents and cactus are very popular in the stamping world.  I didn't jump on the bandwagon until I saw the set from Lawn Fawn.  I made a card with it immediately:

I've used different shades of green of each cactus and then to make it more interesting, I put a hat for the middle one, also some smiley faces on the pots.

My card is entering the following:
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie - Anything Goes
Scrap Creations - some green
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lucky Charm

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  Or, do you make cards for those who celebrate?

I'm sharing one that could be used for St. Patrick's Day, or any time of the year for someone that you are thankful for.  It's a window card:

and when it's up right:

I love this image of Maneki-neko (Japanese beckoning cat, or fortune cat as I call it) and I wanted it so badly when I first saw it.  Isn't it cute?

I used the partial die cutting technique to cut the circle/window out from the top panel, then the same technique to cut out his upper body.  I would call it complete but thought a circle frame would make it nice.  And yes, it does give the window some more definition and I like it.

I'm entering my card to:
Sentimental Sunday - Anything Goes
Open Minded Crafting - Luck
Simply Create Too - St. Patrick's Day/Green
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Recycling a card sketch

I have copic-colored a few images from Lawn Fawn sets an die cut them out.  But then I wasn't sure how I wanted to use them on a card.  I went back to this card and recycled the sketch. 

I'd like to make a card for a little girl because her mom is temporarily away on a trip.  The little girl has been brave and good while her mom is away.  It will be another two weeks before they get to see each other so I thought a little card like this will cheer her up.

I had a lot of fun coloring the critters as it has been quite a while since I last did copic coloring.  I do need to brush up my skills!  (Yes, it also gives me a good reason to ask for more copic markers!)

My card is linked to the following:
Come and Get it Challenge - Emboss it
We Do Doobadoo - Spring Greens
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' - Emboss/Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!