Cupcake Birthday Card

Hello, I have another fun and simple card to share today. This weekend was a fun card making weekend! I created a birthday card.

Birthday Cupcake Card

I stamped a cupcake and a candle and pieced them together. The I adhered them on a small piece of yellow striped patterned paper.  I used a notebook border punch to create interest on the top of it.  I created layers with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die with grey cardstock and a colorful patterned paper and adhered everything together.

Birthday cupcake card

I added some flower sequins on the cupcake for embellishments to resemble cupcake sprinkles for added interest.

I am playing along Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. It’s their Wednesday Challenge blog 8th birthday this week – how fun! Happy birthday!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

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Mixed Media Thanks So Much Card

Hello, today I want to share a card I made today.

Thanks so much mixed media card

I want to share a technique that is new to me on how I made my card. I have used stencil with texture paste in making cards before, but I never tried making cards with a stencil that is made out of paper. I have this new stamp set that I wanted to use as well from Kaisercraft Dictionary Meaning texture stamp. I also tried a new technique which is a splatter embossing effect on my die-cut label.

Here is how I made my card.

step by step tutorial mixed media card

  1. I prepared a 4″ x 5.25″ mixed media paper from Strathmore series. I taped it down with washi tape so it will not move as I am working on it with the stencil and it also helped reduced the warping of the paper. (Washi tape works the best for me, you can try painter’s tape or masking tape but it always tears my paper no matter how careful I am) I stamped the Dictionary meaning stamp from Kaisercraft with Ranger Watering Can archival ink.
  2. I used my homemade texture paste and colored it with some gold paint from Ranger. I mixed the paste onto some old packaging so it is easier for me to clean up. (I just throw it out after I am done)
  3. I have the ‘paper stencil’ in my stash from my earlier project when I made my shaker card. (The story is, I bought the Tim Holtz Mixed Media die and I was test-cutting it. But it did not have a clean cut with my Cuttlebug and there was an area that just did not cut at all. So I was experimenting with different layers of shims and kept trying and trying.. until I got a tip on using dryer sheets. The dryer sheet was perfect. Just fold it in half, one layer of shim and the usual cutting sandwich then it die-cut perfectly. Well, from my experiment, I had like 5 pieces of cardstock with incomplete cuts. Of course, I cannot just throw it out so I saved it without knowing what I can do with it. So today, I thought I could try to use it as stencil)  
  4. It actually worked really well and I did not have any problem at all and I did not even need to clean it. (Just use it then throw it out)
  5. I die-cut my sentiment Thanks from a black cardstock and stamped the sentiment “so much” from the Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Thanks set. (Remember to save the negatives from the die-cut) I also die-cut a label, the third one from largest label from Spellbinders Labels 24 with a white cardstock.
  6. I die-cut another label, the second from the largest die with a black cardstock. Here I tried a new technique, to create a splatter embossed effect on the label. ( I saw this technique from youtube but never tried it before) I used the Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer and a Ranger embossing pen and just spritz some ink onto the label. The I used Judikins metallic bronze embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. It turned out pretty cool. I loved how shiny it is.
  7. Then I assembled my card panel to a black cardstock base and stamped the stars from the same Hero Arts stamp set.

mixed media thanks so much card

Here are some close up pictures:

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Remember earlier, I mentioned to save the negatives of the “Thanks” sentiment diecut. I made another card using the same design.

mixed media thanks so much card using the negative 1-IMG_3059

I added a pink ruffled ribbon as a border and added some pink mist splatters.

I am entering the card for two challenges which helped spark the idea for the card.

That is all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

You are my fave!

I am really in the mood to create cards these days! I need to catch up on my scrapbooking once I get my photos printed! I have got lots of photos to document my stories. But today, I have a card to share. I am still crazy about making shaker cards! I discovered that making shaker cards is so much easier with my Walnut Hollow Hotmarks tool. I just used old packaging to make the shaker pouch.

I drew inspiration from two websites to make my card. First is from Simon Says Stamp Inspiration Color Swatch, I just loved the colors. may13-color-inspiration-2

Second is from Sparkle and Shine blog, I just loved the pretty the rose is in the sequins-filled vase. Super lovely!

Here is my card.

crate paper You are my Fave shaker card

This is how I made my card.

step by step tutorial crate paper You are my Fave shaker card

  1. I used Tim Holtz Mixed Media thinlits die and diecut on a white cardstock panel with my Cuttlebug.
  2. Heat the Hotmarks tool with the mini flow point tip attached. ( It heats up really quickly, about 5 mins)
  3. Then I put the diecut white cardstock under an old photoframe glass. I took an old packaging and placed it on top of the glass to see where I need to cut for my shaker pouch. I cut the pouch slightly bigger than my window shape of the diecut. I then filled the pouch with some blue, pink and white sequins and some blue beads.
  4. I used Thermoweb Sticky Dots to adhere my diecut and the pouch together and adhere to my blue cardstock base. It is so easy to add adhesive to such an intricate diecut with the sticky dots.
  5. I die cut the flower from the Crate Paper Confetti die set with some pink foil cardstock and pink cardstock. I also diecut some leaves from the same die set.
  6. Then I cut out my sentiment ‘You are my fave” from the one of the patterned papers from Crate Paper: Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection.

Some close up pictures of the card.

crate paper You are my Fave shaker cardcrate paper You are my Fave shaker card

I think you can make any kind of shapes of shaker card. The possibilities are truly endless. I really liked how this card turned out. I need to send this card to my bestie and tell her that she is indeed my FAVE!

I will be entering this card for the 1)Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Inspiration Color Swatch

                                                    2) Sparkle And Shine Challenge 

Check out their blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Card challenge #3: You are Awesome & Beautiful (mixed media card)

I have a card to share today! I think it is nice to send a card to a friend or a family member to say Hello, and also to say how awesome and beautiful that person is! It would brighten their day, don’t you think?

You are Awesome & Beautiful card with texture paste

         I started with a watercolor cardstock. For the background, I took a stencil from Martha Stewart’s Arabesque stencils and used it with texture paste. I love how it gives the card dimension. The I used Ripe Persimmon distress ink which is a ‘red/orange/coral-ly’ ink to give it some color. Then I mixed up the ink on some packaging and “smoosh” it onto the cardstock to get the splat effect.

Stamp sets used :- Hero Arts Stamp&Cut ‘Thanks’ and My Mind’s Eye ‘Beautiful’. I stamped the sentiments on two labels and pop it up with foam tape for extra dimension.

I found some coral colored embroidery floss and loops it around and use it as a focal point for the card. I added clusters of sequins for the finishing touches to the card. I then mounted the card onto a grey card base.

Close up pictures of the card. You are Awesome & Beautiful card with texture paste and floss

You are Awesome & Beautiful card with texture paste and floss

I actually made this card using a sketch by Winnie&Walter iNSD2015 and I am entering it for the Card Sketch challenge  and also for Winnie&Walter iNSD 2015 with Pinkfresh Studio:Product Challenge – Sequins

w&w card sketch

I am also entering this card for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge : Don’t abandon the coral & Wednesday challenge: Let’s get sentimental.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

Card making Challenge #2: You are so Lovely

Have you ever tried making a card based on a sketch? Well this is my first time using a sketch for card-making. Sketches usually provide a baseline of how the general composition of the card, and it is up to the crafter to make the card to their own style.

Today I use a sketch by Cardabilities sketch #122

Here is my take on the sketch and created this card.

 MME Beautiful stamp :You are so Lovely  front view

 Close up view MME Beautiful Stamp You are so lovely

MME Beautiful stamp :You are so Lovely  flat view

I started with a watercolor cardstock. I used Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet distress ink to color in the background. Then spritz some DIY Perfect Pearl Mist to give it some shine and for the colors the blend more. It also has some water spots mark when distress ink reacts with water (which I love). Then, I stamped some stitched line to create the vertical effect then I added some lilac embroidery floss to make the circle. Then I die cut a star-bordered circle and added some diecut leaves.

I combined the use of two stamp sets for my sentiment. Hero Arts Stamp&Cut ‘Thanks’, where I use ‘you are‘ and masked of the word ‘amazing’, and also use the stamp ‘so‘. Then I used the sentiment Lovely from My Mind Eye’s “Beautiful” stamp set. I inked the sentiments with #4 Sweet Lilac with Waffle Flower Petal Point ink. The sentiment ‘LOVELY’ was stamped on a piece of tag for extra interest. Then I added lilac sequins to balance the vertical line of the card. I finished off my adding a fabric purple flower to add to the softness of the card.

I am also submitting this card for:-

Do you use sketches for card-making? Leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

Card making Challenge #1: Thanks for everything

Today I have a card to share. I decided to participate in a couple of card challenges. It is really fun to do a challenge because challenges on a blog usually gives me a theme or a cue word to ‘jumpstart’ my creative process.

Hero arts thanks for everything card

o Arts thanks for everything

o Arts thanks for everything close up

I used American Crafts Knock Outs border punch system – Kit 1; the hearts and and the scallop cartridges to punch the sides of my card panel for interest. I really like this system because it has 6 interchangeable cartridges, way more economical than to buy 6 different border punches. Hence with the borders on the side, it created a shaped card panel. I used the Hero Arts Stamps&Cuts ‘ thanks’ set for my sentiment. I also added a tag from Crate Paper –  Flea Market paper pad for extra interest. I finished off by adding sequins for the extra bling to my card. *note my sequins are flower shaped* 🙂

I am entering this card for the CASology Week 145 : Shape Week 145 - Shape

and also for Winnie and Walter iNSD 2015 with Pinkfresh Studio-Product Challenge: Sequins

Do you like working with challenges on crafting blogs? Leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting.