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!

Thank you cards using embossing techniques

Hello my crafty friends! I want to share some cards with you today using a technique I haven’t use in a long time!

Today’s challenge on Scrapbook Challenges is to create a Thank You card using any of the three layout sketches.

Card Recycle It May 18th

Such a fun challenge! I chose the middle sketch, the one with the sunburst/rays as my inspiration and created my card.

Thank you card

How I made my card:

  1. For my background: I took an embossing folder (Sizzix Tim Holtz Rays), and rub on Distress Inks ( Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Festive Berries) on the debossed side of the embossing folder. I spritzed 2 spritzes of water and put my cardstock on it and closed the embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.
  2. After it’s dry, the embossed “rays” are slightly white, and I blended the same distress inks lightly. Then I diecut it with my largest stitched rectangles (Simon Says Stamp)
  3. I used my Cameo and diecut “Thank you”. I layered it 4 times so that it has that dimensional look. I adhered it in the middle of the right corner.
  4. Then I took my all time favourite Thanks stamp set (Hero Arts Stamp & Cut) and actually stamped all the sentiments with Versamark onto black cardstock and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder. Then I cut them into little strips like black label stickers.
  5. I adhered each label onto the rays like a sunburst effect. I adhered the panel onto black card base. Then I spritzed DIY perfect pearl mist on the card for extra shimmer effect!

Thank you card

It was a lot of fun so I made similar ones.

Thank you cardFor this card, I think I spritzed more water so the colors are more saturated.

Thank you cardThank you card

Thank you card

Then I decided make another one for a friend – which is more like a ‘hello’/encouragement card.Live Simply CardLive Simply Card

For this card, I use Wilna Furstenberg free cutfile and Tim Holtz small talks stickers. Pretty fun!

Hop over to Scrapbook Challenges and check out more design team inspiration! Thank you for stopping by and Happy crafting!

“Today is a good day”

Today is really a good day! A great autumn day – nice, cool sunny weather; leaves are slowly changing color and falling.. it’s so beautiful. Today I have a card to share; it’s a card you would want to send to a crafty friend!

today is a good day card

Isn’t it a lovely card to celebrate a good day and also to encourage a crafty friend to embrace creativity and create endlessy! How I made the card:

  1. Start with a white cardstock 3″x4″. I used the coffee cup stamp from the Tim Holtz Stamptember 2015 stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the image with Ranger Jet Black ink because it’s a waterproof ink.
  2. I colored the image with distress inks. I press them on my acrylic blocks as a palette.  It turned out pretty cool because I was mixing colors to get that effect. I used Cracked Pistachio mixed with Crushed Olive. For the cup, I used Fossilized Amber mixed with Walnut Stain. For the sleeve I used Abandoned Coral mixed with Worn lipstick. And the whipped cream, I diluted the leftover Walnut Stain ink to a very light brown. As for the base of the cup, I just add the left over brown color inks. It’s pretty fun to do, adding lighter and darker shades here and there.
  3. After the image is dry, I added Glossy Accents to the whole stamped imaged for a more glossy finish and added dimension. (It didnt show up on the photo sorry!)
  4. Then I used a scrap piece patterned paper with coffee cups from Shimelle Collection True Stories from American Crafts to add onto the cup. How perfect is that for the card!
  5. Then I cut the banner “embrace creativity” from the same paper collection and added alphabet sticks from October Afternoon to complete the sentiment.
  6. I adhered all the pieces onto a black A2 card base. Since I used white regular cardstock for the colored imaged, it was warped, so remember to put lots of adhesive to straighten it out.

I just loved this stamp set and am excited to be experimenting more watercolor techniques with it. This card is inspired by a challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Use a stamp. Check out the blog for lots of fantastic inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #58

Hello and Happy Sunday to you! Today I have a card to share with you – a card that has autumn colors;

This card is inspired by a card sketch designed by the talented Lisa Hidy over at Sketch N Scrap blog. It is a super cute sketch – perfect for any occasion.

Here is the sketch:

sept 20 card sketch

Here is my card:

you make me so happy card

How I made my card:-

  1. Cut a white panel cardstock to measure 4″x 5.25″. I used three different washi tape as the background.
  2. I took another white piece of cardstock  and die cut a label using Spellbinders Label 31. Then I stamped the owl in Archival Jet Black ink. I watercolored the owl with Peerless watercolors. Then I added Glossy accents for a dimensional gloss finish. After the Glossy Accents dried, I added the googly eyes for the fun and a little interaction when one shake the card.
  3. I die cut the frame behind the white label with Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle die. I die cut two rectangles from brown cardstock, then I cut both of them into half to layer to make a bigger square. Then I adhered the white label on top of it with foam tabs and you cannot see the seam where I joined the rectangles.
  4. I stamped the sentiment “you make me so” from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Happy set in archival black ink. Then I die cut the “happy” with white fun foam and adhered to the card.
  5. I adhered the card panel with a brown cardstock from DCWV as the card base. The finished card measured a standard A2 card. (4.25″ x 5.5″)

It was a cute kind of card and it was nice to use autumn colors.

I hope you will stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog and check out what the other talented design team members had to share with you. I hope you will also play along with our sketches and can’t wait to see your fabulous creation! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Cards, Cards, Cards…

Hello! Happy 4th of July/weekend! Today I want to share several cards I made for fun; some inspired by some sketches and challenges. I realized I have not been making cards lately so I made a bunch over the weekend.. although you will see that some are similar in styles;


You made my day card

I made this card inspired by Virginia’s View Challenge:100% Stamped. I stamped the background with an EK Success floral stamp repeatedly with different colors of Waffle Flower Crafts petal point inks. (#16, #9, #6,#5). I stamped the sentiment “Single moments make great memories” with #14 petal ink then I stamped slightly offset with black archival ink for more interest. I used Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut for my sentiment “you made my day” to complete my sentiment of the card. I think it is a bright and colorful summer card.


Superstar card

I made the background of this card using texture paste which I colored with some turquoise paint. I diecut the flower from the Spellbinders Lotus Die. (Save the negative white cardstock panel for another project-Scroll down) I stamped the ‘superstar’ from a Heidi Swapp stamp set and added a clear epoxy sticker to make it pop. I then added some gems for some extra bling. I used a sketch designed by Kelly Hollifield over at Sketch~N~Scrap for my source of inspiration to make this card and also inspired by a challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:Let’s go Dotty.


Baby congrats card

I loved the blue polka dot texture paste background so I made another card with it. I made a baby boy card with similar style; finished with ribbon and gems. I heat-embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder on blue vellum paper. It is the Teeny Tiny stamp set from Fiskars. I stapled the sentiment with blue staples on to a white cardstock strip.


thinking of you card

I made the ombre background using watercolors. I used my Peerless watercolors – daffodil yellow, golden yellow, orange yellow and sepia brown. The colors blend much better with watercolor paper. I used Martha Stewart silkscreen stencil -English garden for the flower with Ranger black soot distress ink. I really like the silkscreen stencils. It gives a very smooth effect.


Happy Birthday card

I made a birthday card using Spellbinders Labels 24 die. I heat-embossed the flower from My Mind’s Eye ‘She said’ stamp set with white embossing powder. I added a brad for the center of the flower. I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Stampendous Birthday Wish stamp set on pink vellum paper and stapled it using pink staples. Unfortunately my colored staples are hard to photograph.


Superstar- You are amazing card

“Superstar-you are amazing” card is pretty similar in style as my other cards shared above. First I used the negative diecut piece of cardstock (from the “Superstar” card above). Then I die cut again with the Lotus die with a scrap of patterned paper in my stash and pop-up the diecut on the white panel with foam tape. I stamped the “superstar” from Heidi Swapp stamp with #6 Waffleflower ink. I stamped “you are amazing” from Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut set with the same color cardstock as my cardbase. I also added ribbon and red gems for finishing touches.


Last but not least, this card is made with the scraps of patterned paper I had leftover from my June homemade scrapbook kit. I punched out the circle “love this moment” from a Project Life card (Cinnamon Edition) as part of my sentiment. I stamped “you made my day” from the same Hero Arts Thanks stamp& cut set on pink vellum.  I did make my card using an inspiration from a sketch designed by Julee Tilman on Mojo Monday #404 blog.

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Seven cards to share this weekend! Hope you liked my cards. Check out the blogs I linked for more inspiration and maybe play along? Making cards is quite fun… I hope you will try making some! I sometimes make a bunch of cards and then see who I can send it out to brighten someone’s day. It is also a good idea to have some cards on hand for some “emergency” occasion. You never know when you need a card!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Bokeh-ful “I like you a Latte” card

Today I have a fun card to share. It’s a “bokeh” effect card. Pronounced as “Boh-Kay”, a photography term where the image is blur or an out of focus part of an image produced by the lens. I don’t have the special camera or lens, so I don’t really know how that works. But to put the bokeh effect on a card, it is really easy!

bokeh i like you a latte card

Here is how I made my card:

bokeh i like you a latte card

I used my EK Success powder tool against the white cardstock (3.75″x 5″) to remove any static since I am going to do some heat embossing. I stamped my mug from Hero Arts Need Caffeine stamp set, and also the sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Thanks set with my VersaMark ink. Then I heat embossed the image with Judikins Black Opal embossing powder.

bokeh i like you a latte card

I masked the mug image with Elmers rubber cement so the ink will not get onto the image. I wanted the foam and the phrase ‘I like you a latte’ on my mug to remain white. I used the following distress inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Dried marigold, Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters and blend the colors onto the card. I did start with the lighter colors first. I wanted to achieve the warm tones of evening sun colors.

bokeh i like you a latte card

This is the fun part. I use my Plaid circle stencils for the bokeh effect. I use a white pigment ink by Ranger and just dab the ink with the stencil around the card. This stencil is perfect because it has different size circles. If you don’t have a stencil, just punch different size circles on a transparency film or just paper to make your own stencil. Then rubbed off the masking from the Elmers rubber cement. It just rubs off with my finger. Then wipe off excess ink from the embossed area. Take a black cardstock, 8.5″ by 5.5″ and score it on 4.25″ on the 8.5′” long side to make the card base. I mounted my card panel with foam tape on the card base.

bokeh i like you a latte card

bokeh i like you a latte card

I am playing along:

Since I take my photos with my phone, there is an app called “Bokehful” which I use just to play with the bokeh effects. Mostly I just send these pictures to family and friends for fun. I have not tried printing these photos yet, so I am not sure what it looks like.

Here is a sample picture when I use the app:

bokehful pic

You can change the color scheme and shape too.

bokehful rainbow pic

Pretty cool and fun right? I am sure people had made really beautiful bokeh effects photos and not what I just showed you. lol I need more practice

Anyways.. thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting.