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!

Large Title Scrapbook Layout and DIY flower embellishments

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Today I have a layout to share inspired by the sketch on Scrapbook Challenges.

Sketch 475 March 21

I scrapped an older photo from my childhood with this sketch.

Wonderful Scrapbook Layout

I just love the journaling card with coordinating transparency from Basic Grey. Instead of using it for journaling, I used it as a photo mat and photo overlay. The colors matched the warmer tone of my vintage photos perfectly. I attached the transparency with gold staples. I added paint splatters with distress inks. I am beginning to find that distress inks can create lovely effects of splatters.

If you follow my blog, you will notice I am a big fan of paper flowers and making my own embellishments. This time, I created these flowers from Dylusions stamp. I stamped them and colored them with distress inks. Then I fussy cut then and layered them. I added brads to the center of the flowers. I probably could have cut them out with the Silhouette PixScan mat but I decided to fussy cut them instead. Fussy cutting sometimes can be pretty fun!

Then I created the large title with my Silhouette Cameo. I cut them out with 2 layers of cardstock and 1 layer of patterned paper to give a raise dimension. Sort of like a DIY Thickers. Lots of possibilities in the future to create big titles with my Cameo.

Wonderful Scrapbook LayoutWonderful Scrapbook Layout

Supplies: Cardstock: Craft Smith     Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found      Inks: Distress Inks: Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, Forest Moss,  Ranger Archival Jet Black   Brad: Recollections      Art Supply: Strathmore 300 mixed media paper     Journaling card: Basic Grey    Stamp: Dylusions    Punch: American Crafts notepad border punch, EK Success medium Corner Rounder

I loved how this layout turned out for a vintage photo layout. Hop over to Scrapbook Challenges to check out what the other design team members had created. Hope you will play along with our challenges. We would love to see your creations linked up.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!


Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch#69 : 2 cards with 1 sketch

Hello everyone! I hope you are playing along with our March sketches and having fun! Today I have not one but two cards to share with inspired by the card sketch designed by Kelly on the Sketch N Scrap blog.

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #69 march 5th

St Patrick’s Day is coming – and this sketch is absolutely perfect for it but I made cards for different occasions instead lol I am trying to make more birthday cards so I have them ready instead of rushing for one when I really need one.

I made two cards – one requiring more time and effort and another card really quick and simple.

Card #1: Birthday card

Birthday Card

  1. I started with a white cardstock that is slightly smaller than an A2 standard card size. I cut a 4.125′ circle with my circle cutter to use as a mask and place it in the middle.
  2. Then I took a circle stencil that has different size of circles and pick 3 Distress inks. I used Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry and blended them to create an ombre effect.
  3. Then I diecut the white cardstock of my background with Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles with the largest die. I also diecut a small label with the smallest die for my sentiment.
  4. I had a 3×4 pocket card from MAMBI that has the colors that matched my background and diecut it with fourth die from the largest.
  5. I took a piece of pink vellum and stamped a script stamp (from Heidi Swapp) with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
  6. I stamped “Happy Birthday” onto the label diecut. The ‘happy’ is from Hampton Art and ‘birthday’ is from Hero arts. (I find that being able to mix different stamps sets on one card gives me great satisfaction lol)
  7. Then I found a piece of banner scrap piece of patterned paper of cupcakes and added it to my card.
  8. I adhered all the pieces together and mounted the panel onto red card base. To adhere the vellum piece I used tape runner on the parts where it would be covered by the strip of cupcakes and my sentiment label. I also added a little bit of wet glue at the embossed script area because all adhesives will show through vellum.

Here are some close up pictures:

Birthday CardBirthday Card

Supplies: Cardstock: (white and red) Recollections, (pink vellum) Recollections   Patterned Paper: Pressed Petal, MAMBI                Stamp: (birthday) Hero Arts, (Happy) Hampton Art, (script) Heidi Swapp   Inks: Distress ink – Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked raspberry, Versamark   Die: (stitched rectangles) Simon Says Stamp   Stencil: (circles) Plaid

Since I already made one card and saw through my pile of papers I made another card really quickly.

Card#2: An all occasion card

My favourite card

Supplies: Cardstock (white) Recollections  Patterned Paper: Pressed Petals, 3×4 pocket card MAMBI

I spritzed some teal homemade spray onto a white A2 card. Then I cut a 4.125′ circle with my circle cutter and a 2′ x 5′ strip and cut it to a banner. I added a pocket card from MAMBI and adhered all the pieces onto the card. I added some leaves sequins just for some interest on the card.

I hope you would give this sketch a try and make some cards. It can take some time or no time at all depending on what kind of cards you like to make. Remember to stop by  Sketch N Scrap for more design team inspiration. Hope you would play along the sketches and I would love to see your creations linked up.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #66

Hello everyone! Today I have a card to share with you – It’s a valentine’s day themed card since February 14th is not too far away! Anyone started Valentine crafting projects yet?

My card is inspired by a beautiful sketch designed by Lisa on the Sketch N Scrap blog.

Sketch N Scrap #66

Here is my card:

Sketch N Scrap #66 card

I used a heart stencil from Plaid with distress inks. I chose Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry and blended it together. Then I added a strip of hearts washi tape. I added a valentine themed pattern paper as the tag. I punched a 2 inch circle of the strip of hearts that I stenciled in and adhered it with foam tape for more dimension. Then I stamped the sentiment ‘LOVE’ and fussy-cut individual letters and pop it up with foam tape. I just love the added dimension of this simple card.

This sketch is really fun to use for various occasions. I hope you will give it a try. We would love to see what you create. Check out the Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration from the design team!

Sending everyone hearts – thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

3 wedding scrapbook layouts

Hello! Today I have 3 wedding scrapbook layouts to share. I am getting there scrapping my wedding album. Still loads to go, but one day at a time!

I decided to create a cover page for my album. So this is the layout:

The wedding day cover scrapbook layout

It’s actually the picture of a pair of bedroom slippers with the Chinese word used in weddings – “Double Happiness”. I fussy-cut the flowers from a floral paper from Crate Paper Flea Market collection as embellishments. I inked the white alphabet stickers from American Crafts Thickers with Worn Lipstick distress ink just so it stands out more on the layout.

Next layout:

Transformed scrapbook layout

For this layout, all supplies used are from the same Crate Paper Flea Market collection. In this photo, I journal straight onto the photo because there was white space of the wall. It was a great photo of my dad captured when he came in to check on me; his one word of “Transformed” when he saw me after I had my makeup done was just so funny and precious.

The final layout for today:

backdrop beauty scrapbook layout

I just love the backdrop! Don’t you just love the gigantic paper flowers? The wedding planner did a great job! For this layout, I did some stamping. I stamped my photo mat using Waffle Flower Crafts “Lotus” stamp set. The I did a color wash with Tattered Rose distress ink. Loved how this layout turned out!

That’s all for today, thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!

Autumn Theme – “Happy Birthday” card

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend. So far the day has been rainy and cloudy, but I am enjoying it. It means more time spending indoors to craft! Today I have a card to share. It’s almost autumn now. So I made an autumn theme card for a friend’s birthday coming up soon. I still like to call it “autumn” instead of “fall season”. That’s how we are used to it in Malaysia; same goes for “boot = trunk”, “lift = elevator”,  “lorry = truck”. My husband (from Canada) sometimes can’t get used to it. lol Well I digress…

Here is my card:

happy birthday card

How I made my card:

  1. On a white cardstock cut to 4″x5.25″, I took a gelato – Margarita Mix and mix it with water on a packaging and ‘smoosh’ it onto my background.
  2. Then I use a Dylusion stencil (Floral Flourish) for my vine image. I used a mixture distress inks – Crushed Olive, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. I just blend the colors together till it look “autumy”.
  3. I used Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut set and stamped my sentiment in Ranger Jet Black archival ink.
  4. Using the same Dylusion set, there was a leaf stamp which I used to stamped with Ranger Jet Black archival ink.  I used the same Distress inks- Crushed Olive, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral and watercolored the leaves. Then I fussy cut them with scissors and adhered it to my card with foam tabs.
  5. I mounted the white panel card onto a black card base. I added sequins to decorate the card as finishing touches to the card.

It was a really quick and simple birthday card. This card was inspired by a challenge over at A Blog Named Hero. Their latest challenge is a “Happy challenge”- using the word Happy in the project or a project that makes you happy. How fun! Check out their blog to see beautiful projects shared and for more inspiration.

Hope you will make some crafty projects using autumn colors! Check out my Instagram (link in the sidebar on the right) to see some other crafty projects! 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.

“Remember that..” card share

Sometimes I find it hard to craft; be it a card or a scrapbook layout. I feel that I have no idea or no inspiration. There are times where I just feel like I have lost my crafting mojo. I more or less craft everyday actually.So, sometimes it is a little bit hard for me to start on a project. Sometimes I just stare at the empty page/paper for a really long time before sometimes gets done. That is why I like sketches or draw inspiration from other fantastic crafty people when they share on their blogs, Pinterest and other social media. But really, just get started is my best tip.. just start cutting papers, or dab some ink, or bring out a bunch of stamps and play around. A great work of art will be created somehow.

As I was browsing for ideas, I clicked on a few blogs and I found website called Mojo Monday! (what a perfect name) It is a weekly card sketch challenge to get people to be inspired and get creative. This week is their #400 sketch designed by Julee Tilman. That is a lot of sketches ~amazing~!

Here is my card based on the sketch:

 distress inks background remember you are awesome card

This is the #400 sketch:

How I made my card:

distress inks background remember you are awesome card distress inks background re

Die-cut the largest star circle with Spellbinders Star Circles die at an angle of the side. Then inked the background with distress inks to create an ombre pink/purple background. Then spritz some DIY mist of water and Perfect Pearls for a more blended look and shiny background. I also loved the water droplets effect when water mixed with distress ink.

distress inks background remember you are awesome card distress inks background remember you are awesome card

Then I stamped the brush strokes stamped from Pink Paislee Color Wash with Waffle Flower inks on the die-cut circle. Then I sprayed some water on the leftover ink on the stamp, and paint the background with the same color to have a more blended look. I used different sentiments from Hero Arts Stamp&Cut Thanks & Happy set, My Mind’s Eye Beautiful stamp set. I used the dots stamp and the stitch line stamp to make bullet points for my sentiment. Then I used Glossy accents to add glitter to the bullet points.I sealed the glitter with glossy accents again so it will not rub off and also give a dimensional 3-D bullet points.

distress inks background remember you are awesome card

After that, I used We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Script template. I used black embroidery floss as I want to mount my panel onto black cardstock.

distress inks background remember you are awesome card

I added sequins surrounding the circle to make it stand out more as that would be my focal point of my card so I left the background quite simple. I adhered the background piece with foam tape and adhered the star circle flat on the card to give different dimension.

Here is a close up picture:

distress inks background remember you are awesome card

distress inks background remember you are awesome card

Supplies used:

  • Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender
  • Hero Arts Stamp&Cuts- “Happy”and “Thanks”
  • My Mind’s Eye Beautiful Stamp set
  • Pink Paislee Color Wash stamp set
  • Spellbinders Star Circles
  • pink sequins, pink glitter
  • Glossy accents
  • We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Script Template
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Watering Can
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls
  • Waffle Flower Petal Inks Spring& Summer blend : #16, #4, #5

Hope you can find time to make a card for a friend or two to remind how amazing they are in your life!

Although this is my first time playing over at Mojo Monday, I would love to be considered for their team.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

#RightNow Scrapbook layout

I went to a wedding 2 weeks ago, and we took a lot of pictures. Funny thing is we only managed to snap a few WITH the bride and groom! We definitely have way more photos of ourselves.

Here is my layout:

Instalove scrapbook layout

These are the group pictures of just the guys and one photo of the girls only. I did position the photos that way so they are all sort of focus in the center. (eg like how the angle they stood for the photo). I entitled the layout #RightNow to describe us right at this moment and subtitled it “InstaLove”.

I want to talk a little bit about the phrase “InstaLove”. I decided to use it because I have seen stickers that had “InstaLove” on it and thought it would be cool to handstitched it to my layout. Honestly, I did not really know what that means; I thought it was like “love this instant, or love instagram”. But it really means young adults love at first sight? Or was it falling in love very soon after they meet? Mostly for the girls part.. These days there are so many modern words out there now, or simple words/phrases are being used for other meanings; when you check urban dictionary on google, you can really find out pretty interesting stuff. Anyways, I am not bothered with urban dictionary meaning for that phrase. I am using “Instalove” for “loving this instant; loving this moment in time”!

I made this layout inspired by a sketch over at Sketch~N~Scrap. Check out their blog for more inspiration!

Here are some close ups:

Instalove scrapbook layout

Instalove scrapbook layout

  • Papers from My Minds’ Eye Lost and Found Christmas Collection and Momenta
  • Heidi Swapp Stickers
  • Mustard seed and Walnut Stain Distress Ink (for the ink splats.)
  • American Crafts Knockouts Border Punch
  • Red hearts gems and yellow gem stones (colored with a green Sharpie)
  • We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Script Template
  • Green embroidery floss

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!