Heat embossed holiday card

Hello everyone! Christmas time is coming soon and I can’t wait to be home with the family!

I have a card to share today inspired by Sketch N Scrap card sketch. It’s the last card sketch for this year and looking forward to next year sketches.

My card somehow went in a different direction as I was making it. I guess often that happens in creativity 🙂

This is the sketch designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap:


My card:

Heat embossed Holiday card

I stamped a floral border background (from TheTonStamp) and heat embossed it with Hero Arts silver embossing powder. Initially my plan was to add patterned papers and ribbon as inspired by the sketch after I heat embossed it, but that plan didn’t go very well. I just love the background too much and I didn’t want to color it either. So I kept it simple and added a heat embossed sentiment (from TheTonStamp Sending Peonies) with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder which is a slightly warmer silver color.

Although it was a simple card but it took some time with decision making lol I am such a slow crafter! Anyways, I hope you would hop over to Sketch N Scrap to check out what the other design team members had created and join us with our challenges! We would love to see your creations!

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and Happy holidays! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!



‘Noel’ Scrapbook Layout

It’s almost Christmas time – how exciting! Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you with Sketch N Scrap layout sketch.

The sketch was designed by Mandy on Sketch N Scrap:dec-15th-sns

Here is my layout:

Noel Scrapbook Layout

The beauty of winter is quite memorable! I just scrap a single 4×6 landscape photo instead of 3 photos. I wanted my title and embellishment in silver so I made my own since I didn’t have anything silver in my stash. I diecut the title and some stars with my Cameo and heat embossed them with silver embossing powder. Then I added some silver splatters with silver metallic watercolors.


There is it a simple holiday-themed layout. Hop over Sketch N Scrap and check out what the other team members had created and hope you would join us with our challenges! 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!

Sketch N Scrap Layout Sketch #102: Wonderful Summer

Hello everyone! Happy Spring – Welcome to another sketch layout on the Sketch N Scrap. I hope last month you enjoyed our sketch celebration month! Although it’s spring, I am scrapping a photo from last summer. Yesterday, I shared a summer scrapbook layout as well. I guess usually in the summer there are lots more going on  so I had a lot more summer photos. Talking about summer, I am looking forward to it already! 🙂

This is the sketch designed by Heather on the Sketch N Scrap blog today.

Here is my layout:

Wonderful Summer Scrapbook LayoutSupplies:    Cardstock: American Crafts      Patterned paper: Pressed Petal Paper pad, Dear Lizzy Serendipity      Art supply: Gel matte medium, Versamark Ink, Judikins Black Opal Embossing Powder    Tools: American Crafts Notebook border punch, Silhouette Cameo, Martha Stewart Heat Tool

I changed the sketch up a little bit. I changed the banners from the sketch to mini banners on the top of the layout and towards the bottom of the scrapbook layout. Ice-creams and lemonade-themed papers seemed perfect for a summer layout.

Wonderful Summer Scrapbook Layout close up

The XOXO red patterned paper I actually imprinted a transparent layer of gel medium with a floral stencil for added interest, but it does not show up very well with the pictures. But I was going for a more subtle, added interest to the page.

Wonderful Summer Scrapbook Layout close up

I die-cut the title with my Silhouette Cameo with plain cardstock but I die-cut it 4 times and layered them for added dimension. Then I decided to heat-embossed them with my “Black Opal” embossing powder which gives the shiny gold black kaleidoscopic effect. It’s my version of DIY thickers – which is pretty fun and messy to make. But there are just so many possibilities to DIY alphabet stickers.

I hope you will stop by Sketch N Scrap blog and check out what the other design team members had created! I hope you will join us this month with our sketch challenges and I would love to see what you have created!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Altered chipboard embellishments on “Friends” Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Today I have another layout to share.

Friends scrapbook layout

I had some raw Bazill arrow chipboards for embellishments. I painted them with some aqua paint. I heat embossed it with snow embossing powder which changed the appearance of the chipboard. I prefer a glossy finish to the embellishments which I painted over. Then I added some sequins as the finishing touches. I added another 3×4 pocket card for embellishment and to make a small caption for the photo. I like pocket cards that has sayings on them.

altered chipboard

The altered chipboard is inspired by Challenge #3: Altered embellishments over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by & Happy crafting! Stay tune for tomorrow as I shared the final layout using my July Kit. I can’t believe it the end of July already!

Masculine card

I always had a hard time making masculine card. So today I want to share a card I made yesterday with some leftover scraps of patterned paper from my scrapbooking. My scrap basket is really full at the moment. I need to do some layouts and cards focusing on them. But we shall see if I am successful. (lol)

Together is a wonderful place to be

All the patterned papers are from the Heidi Swapp No Limits collection. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft Antique Bazaar Stamp set. I heat embossed it with Judikins Denim embossing powder. I really like the two tone blue.

A closer look of the mixture of two tones of blue of the sentiment.


This card is inspired by a card sketch designed by Julee Tilman over at Mojo Monday Blog.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

“Happy wedding day” mixed media card

Hello, I have a wedding card that I made to share today! 

mixed media happy wedding card

I wasn’t too sure about using texture paste on wedding cards but I think it adds to the uniqueness of a handmade card. Not only that, I am adding a large flower embellishment on it as well. Definitely an interesting card to receive! I will have to make a boxed envelope for this card using my envelope punch board for sure. This card will be hand-delivered to the couple personally so it is okay for the card to be so dimensional.

Supplies used:

  • Ink: Ranger Distress inks: Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick
  • Stencil: Hampton Art – Mod greetings
  • Die: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
  • Stamp: Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Happy
  • Cardstock: Recollections, Pink vellum
  • Others: felt, texture paste, iridescent sequins, white embossing powder, gold glitter ribbon, gold thread

I am playing along at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Paste it and Hero Arts tic-tac-toe challenge (horizontal line: watercolor, tag, favorite color – pink)

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.

“Thinking of you”multi-colored card share

I was inspired to make this card after I saw Kristina Werner’s “Rainbow Strokes with Flowers -Make a card Monday#276”. She is one of my favorite papercrafting guru; Visit her blog for more ideas and techniques and inspiration. She is a great teacher and she is so talented.

This is my card:

pink paislee color wash brush stroke thinking of you card

I first stamped the brush strokes from Pink Paislee Color wash stamp set; one at a time with the colors of the rainbow with the Waffle Flower inks.( Remember to clean the stamp well after each color so the colors do not mix.) Then I stamped the images with Versamark ink onto my white cardstock. I aligned all the stamps on my Fiskars stamp press and stamped it all at once. Then I heat embossed with my heat tool. Then I mounted the white panel onto teal card base with foam tape to

give the card more dimension.

Supplies used:

  • Waffle Flower Petal Point Inks – Spring & Summer Blend( #6,#7, #15,#1,#12,#10,#4)
  • Recollections Flowers for you Stamp set
  • Recollections Thinking of you stamp set
  • Pink Paislee Color Wash stamp set
  • Hero Arts white embossing powder
  • White cardstock/Teal cardstockskars
  • Fiskars stamp press
  • Martha Stewart Heat Tool

I will also enter this card to Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday May:Rainbow

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Later on today I will have another card share post coming up! So, stay tune! 🙂

Ombre Greytones/Black chalkboard card

I love coffee! My friends love coffee too.. such an enjoyment.. So I made a card that goes with the coffee I bought to gift to a friend.

hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee card

I used the Hero Arts Need Caffeine stamp set, and it was so perfect for coffee lovers!

hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee card

  1. I actually used most of the stamps as a background to create like a chalkboard art. I arranged how I like it on the card and stamped it on with my Fiskars stamp press. I loved how these stamps are created to give the distressed look.
  2. I inked the stamps with VersaMark ink which is a sticky ink for my embossing powder to stick. Before stamping, I run the EK Success powder tool to remove any static or dirt on my white cardstock.
  3. I used Hero Arts white embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool.
  4. hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee cardI die-cut the part where the “enjoy” is because I want that sentiment to pop-up and stand out from the rest. I used Spellbinders Labels Five – the 4th die from the largest which fit perfectly for that sentiment.
  5. hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee cardI used Distress Inks – Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone and Black Soot to create my ombre grey tones inspired by the Hero Arts Grey to black tones ink pad which I have not got a chance to get. The heat-embossed background will resist the ink. Rub excess ink off with a paper towel. Then I spritzed some DIY sparkling mist (some perfect pearls mixed with water) onto the panel to give it some shine.
  6. I mounted my card on white card base and pop up my diecut with foam tape.

Here is a close up picture:

hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee card

This card was created based on a challenge over at Hero Arts blog:


-I used the last vertical row: heat embossing, die-cutting and my favorite color (in my case its was grey tones). It was a lot of fun playing the tic-tac-toe challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!