Masculine Birthday card

Hello! Today I have another birthday card to share. It’s been a long time since I made a card without any patterned paper. So it was a lot fun just with inks and stamp and a cup of ice water to make my card.

Firstly, I was inspired by this card sketch designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap.


I was really inspired by the drips and circular rings. So I wanted that to be the main background of my card. First I blended some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink onto the card front. Then I had a glass of ice water that had been sitting for a few minutes on the table and put in on my card for a few seconds. Then I just moved the cup to a different position where I want the ring next. It’s just really cool how distress inks works with water.

cup drips stain rings

Then I make some splatters by dropping some water droplets onto the card.

cup drips stain rings

It was really fun and easy to make. Then I stamped my imaged and colored it with Distress Inks as well.

masculine birthday card

I think it worked really well for a masculine birthday card. Super fun and simple birthday one layer card.

Hop over to Sketch N Scrap to check out what the other design team members had created. We would love to see you play along with our sketches too! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

“Photo ready” Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Today I want to share a scrapbook layout inspired by the layout sketch on Sketch N Scrap. The sketch is designed  by Mandy –


I created the layout with a black and white photo with really colourful patterned papers.

photo ready scrapbook layout

I coloured the fabric thickers with gelatos to create an ombre effect by mixing peach & mango colours together. I chose those colours that would match my floral patterned paper from Dear Lizzy. I did add white paint to the floral paper as a base for thickers to pop up more.

DIY colored fabric thickers with gelatos

DIY colored fabric thickers with gelatos

The fabric thickers came frayed slightly but I think it adds character and texture. But I love that I can coloured it to any colours that I want to match my layouts.

Hop over to Sketch N Sketch and check out more inspiration. Hop you will join us this month with our sketches. We would love to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!



Birthday Card with Sketch N Scrap

Hello! It’s another card share today on Sketch N Scrap! We are celebrating every Friday of the month with cards in honour World Card Making Day.  I created a simple birthday card using some scrap patterned paper. It really is my aim to make cards using scraps, mainly because I love the papers too much to throw away even the most little tiny pieces.

I was inspired by this sketch designed by Mandy on the blog:


My card:

birthday card SNS

I have a paint splatters stamp (Recollections from Michaels) which is perfect for the card inspiration. I just stamped it with the color (Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe) which matched my patterned papers and cut out  some squares with my papers. Then I added a sentiment in the middle square to highlight my sentiment. Then I cut out the little cameras and pop it up with some foam tape to embellish the card. A really quick and simple card to make.

I seemed to need birthday cards more than any other cards yet I do not make enough of it. So hopefully I can remember to make more of it lol

We are highlighting Susan Renshaw (past DT member of Sketch N Scrap) on the blog today, so hop over and check out her card design as well as other great inspiration from the design team. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Birthday card – Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #83

Hello! Hope everyone had an enjoyable “Card Making Day” last weekend. Today I have a simple card to share. It’s inspired by a sketch designed by Mandy on Sketch N Scrap. sns-oct-5th-2016

I created a birthday card –

Birthday card

I used patterned papers from Shimelle True Stories and diecut  a colorful piece with my stitched rectangle die. I trimmed the balloon card from the cut apart sheet and stamped a birthday sentiment on it with Waffle Flower stamp lotus set.

A really quick and easy card and super fun birthday card that is suitable for everyone. Hop over to Sketch N Scrap and check out more inspiration from the design team. Hope you will join us and play along with our sketches. We would love to see your creations.

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #114

Hello! It’s the first of the month of October, it’s so nice to feel the autumn air! Today I have a layout to share inspired by a sketch designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap.

Sketch #114

1st-oct Sketch N Scrap

I created this layout with photos  of the lavender farm.

Beautiful lavender scrapbook layout


I actually wrote a lot of journaling for this layout – mostly about what I love about lavender and what you can use it for.  I also created a hidden journaling on a tag to write more of my experience on the farm. I took a piece of rectangle patterned paper with a heart on it, I put a strip of the bottom and it holds my tag really well.

hidden journaling scrapbook layout

I added some diecuts from Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills and since the colors were the olive green, I mixed up some paint splatters that match and splatter away and colored my heart to add color.

all smiles here (pinkfresh studio indigo hills) with stitching

I added some hand stitching, it’s actually a metallic purple thread but somehow it was a little thin so I couldn’t thread it to my sewing machine. It breaks really easy so that’s why I need to hand stitch it.

I hope you will stop by Sketch N Scrap blog and check out what the other design team members created! Today is also World Card Making Day, so check out the Sketch N Scrap Facebook for fun challenges and inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

A simple life – scrapbook layout

Hello! I realised I didn’t get to blog about some of the layouts I created. Sometimes I managed to share in my Instagram or Facebook. But I try.. anyways..

Today I wanted to share a layout using some diecuts and stitching inspired by a sketch on Stuck?! Sketches. It’s the September 1st 2016 sketch –

Stuck Sketches September 1st 2016

I created this fun colorful ‘mixed media layout’ – well  maybe not mixed media if you consider splatters lol

mixed media scrapbook layout - the simple life

I managed to add some stamping to the background (Heidi Swapp Script background stamp). I always feel some sense of accomplishment if I use a stamp on a layout. Really.

splatters and stamps on scrapbook layout

After the patterned papers were adhered, I machine stitched the borders for interest.  Then I diecut the wreath from Clique Kits (it was a free cutfile) and it’s so pretty! I backed the leaves with some scraps from Dear Lizzy Documentary collection that was in the olive green color. So I mixed up some olive green splatters from my acrylic inks and splatter away.  Then I found diecuts from Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills had some pretty fun diecuts and puffy stickers that matched my color scheme pretty well. I also added the puffy hearts from Shimelle collection.

pinkfresh studio diecuts and shimelle puffy stickers

tim holtz stickers

I didn’t add any journaling, so I added the Tim Holtz stickers to express some of my emotions. The small talk sticker book from Tim Holtz is really fun and has a lot of sayings I want to convey in my layouts.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!


Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #82

Hello! I want to share a card I created for today’s card sketch on the Sketch N Scrap blog. It’s a very cute and versatile sketch- it can be used for all occasions.

This sketch was designed by Lisa on Sketch N Scrap:


I created an encouragement/thinking of you card using patterned papers from Dear Lizzy and Crate paper and  Tim Holtz stickers for the sentiment.

Encouragement hello card

I just fussy cut the flowers and added silver thread behind the flowers to add some texture. I did use foam tape to raise the sentiment a little bit more so that the sentiment can be more obvious.

Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more design team inspiration and hope you join us in playing with our sketches!

Please do check out my Instagram/Facebook for more projects that I have created! Thank you for stopping by and Happy crafting!


Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #113

Hello! Today I have another layout to share on Sketch N Scrap. My layout was inspired by this fun sketch designed by Lisa on Sketch N Scrap.

sept 15th SNS

I created this layout with lots of diecut words instead of journaling. spelunking scrapbook layoutCave exploration is indeed a super fun adventure. We went to Warsaw Caves and it was truly an experience. My tip is don’t forget the headlamps! We used flashlights but really it would be better to have your hands free holding the walls as you climb the caves or as you crawl through tiny passageways.

Anyways, for my layout, I diecut the words with my Cameo like captions for my experience.

spelunking scrapbook layout

sewn banner spelunking scrapbook layout

A closeup of the cute little banners which I added some hand stitching for fun.

Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration! We hope you would join us in playing with some of the sketches. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap #112 Layout Sketch

Hello! It’s already September! Hope everyone is doing well!

Today I would like to share a layout inspired by a beautiful sketch designed by Lisa on Sketch N Scrap:

sept 1 sns

Perfect sketch to kickstart your inspiration to scrap some fall photos maybe or any photos really. For my layout, I started with layering some of the patterned papers and love how it turned out.

Better Together Scrapbook Layout

Then I added some leftover diecuts I previously cut before with my Cameo and some stickers.

Better Together Scrapbook Layout1-IMG_5133

A short post today – remember to hop over to Sketch N Scrap and check out what the other design team members inspiration! We would love for you to join us this month! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members Blog Hop

Hello everyone! It’s time for August Counterfeit Kit Challenge (CKC) Members Blog Hop. You must have arrived from Leslie’s blog!

Every month they have challenges to inspire you to create your projects. The challenges this month are:

For today’s post, I want to share the layouts and cards I created with my August kit. I created a coordinating page about my puppy which I previously created (you can check it out here) with my forgery paper. I found another photo of him taken on the same day which is clearer actually.

Today was fun Scrapbook layout

I used versamark ink with the same plus sign stencil I used on my previous layout. I just wanted the subtle marks on the background of the cardstock. I added some alphabet stickers and some diecuts I cut out with my Cameo. I also used some numbers thickers to document the date of the photos were taken.


I just love using my border punches. Love the look and I figured I must use it more on my layouts to get my investment worth😉


I made some cards too with my kit. IMG_1186

The patterned paper was one the top corner of a 12×12 which I found it hard to use on a layout, so I just trim it down and put it on a card front and stamped a sentiment on it.


The next card, I used the leftover forgery paper I made and made a card with it. I layered some papers and added my stamped sentiment.

Then I also used some bits of paper and a cut apart card from my never ending scrap pile and leftover bits of one patterned paper from the kit as mats to create a simple layout inspired by Challenge #3 – Sounds Foreign to Me.

Delighted Challenge #3 CKC Scrapbook LayoutDelighted Challenge #3 CKC Scrapbook LayoutDelighted Challenge #3 CKC Scrapbook Layout

I scrapbook a photo of a B&B place I stayed in when I was visiting Montreal. I am not even sure how to pronounce it.  It was such a lovely place. I included a brochure of the place too since it had all the information and pictures in it. I used my sewing machine to add some stitching for some interest.

It has been a small kit this month, so I took some bits and pieces from my scrap pile for the projects.  And it’s great because the aim is to use up the stash build up right🙂

As you all probably already know, I am the guest designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for August. It’s been really exciting and fun. I can’t thank them enough for the wonderful welcome and support that they have given me. Thanks so much CKC!

Hop over to Tara’s blog next and enjoy the rest of the hop! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Here’s the complete order for the Blog Hop in case you got lost:
Karen    (you are here)