Floral Birthday Card

Hello! I created a floral theme scrapbook layout in my last post, using layering stamps and I loved it. So today, I thought I share a floral themed birthday card that I made.

Birthday card using Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted butterflies stamp set

I created the background stripes using distress inks (Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) I masked off the stripes using washi tape and placed them in different widths for interest. Then I diecut the panel and the frame of patterned paper using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

I stamped the flowers and butterflies from Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies. It gives a very artsy look to the card. The butterflies were stamped in Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool ink and outlined with Altenew Jet Black ink. The flowers were stamped with Altenew Mango Smoothie and Peach Perfect ink and outlined with Altenew Jet Black ink. I colored the leaves with my Prismacolors color pencils. (PC 989 and PC 1005). I stamped a lot of the flowers and three of the butterflies and then fussy cut them out with scissors. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” from Waffleflower lotus stamp set with the same Jet Black ink.

My card was inspired by Altenew April Inspiration Challenge. I just love the color scheme!


Here is a close up – I did add a lot of foam dots to add dimension to the flowers and butterflies.

Birthday card using Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted butterflies stamp set

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Stamping and scrapbooking

Hello and Happy Easter! Today I have another scrapbook layout to share with you, it’s a wedding layout. I used a floral layering stamp set to create flowers on this layout; it’s a lot fun and the effect was pretty cool.

Stamping and scrapbooking

My layout was inspired by Altenew Sketch Challenge #1 and its color scheme.


I used Altenew Majestic Bloom stamp and die set to create the flowers and leaves. I love how layering stamps makes the image so realistic and pretty. For the leaves, I only used two of the layers and skipped the solid leaf stamp.

For the flowers, I stamped with Altenew inks – Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry and the outline image with Ruby Red. I started stamping with the solid image first then the layers and stamped the outline stamp last because I wanted the flowers to have more definition. For the leaves, I stamped with Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades.

Then I die cut all the flowers and leaves and adhered them like the arrangement of the circles in the sketch. I added two doilies as the starting point of my layout. I added some gold thread behind the flowers and gold strip to frame the layout for extra interest and texture. I used some sentiments from the Label Love stamp set for my title and added some Tim Holtz word stickers as well. Then I finished off with some gold sequins. I love the elegance of the gold.

Some close up pic:

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

This was really a fun layout to make. I love how stamps can be used to make the focal point or embellishments for a project. That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping 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 Card Sketch #72: You are the best

Hello everyone! This month I created a few summer-themed scrapbook layouts so I created a summer-themed card today. I just had tons of scraps leftover from the layouts. I realised the best way to use up scraps is to make a card straightaway after a layout is completed. That way I won’t forget the papers I have and the scrap pile will not build up. (well not really, my scrap pile is still mountain high, but at least I am trying lol)

Today on Sketch N Scrap is a card sketch designed by Heather. Such a fun sketch to work with.

I created a summer-themed card for an everyday occasion card inspired by this sketch.

#youarethebest cardSupplies:  Cardstock: American Crafts Textured, Recollections     Patterned Paper: Pressed Petal     Tools: Silhouette Cameo, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles   Stamp: Heidi Swapp     Ink: Ranger Archival     Art supply: Liquitex Iridescent Antique Gold paint marker, DIY Perfect pearl mist
  1. I diecut a black cardstock with my stitched rectangle die.  I spritzed some perfect pearl mist to make it shiny. Once it’s dry I adhered it to my white card panel. Then I added a strip of diagonal striped patterned paper onto the top of the card.
  2. I cut the banner with white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. I left the triangles (banner) white but colored the string with gold paint pen marker.
  3. I had a piece of patterned paper with different border patterns on it that is about 2inches by 12 inches. I just cut them up and use them separately as embellishments usually.
  4. I fussy cut the blue polka dot pennants from the patterned paper and layered it on top of the triangles for added interest.
  5. Then I just cut out some tickets from the same patterned and added the different strips of patterned paper from my stash.
  6. I finished the card as I stamped the sentiment “#youarethebest” for my card. This card I think can be used for an everyday occasion card with a summer theme.

I hope you will make a card with this sketch and join us on Sketch N Scrap for more sketch challenges.We would love to see what you have created. Hop over to Sketch N Scrap and check out what the other design team members had created!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap Throwback Thursday : Wild Bloom Scrapbook layout

Hello everyone! Today is the last sketch layout of the month on Sketch N Scrap Throwback Thursday. I hope you had lots of fun with Sketch N Scrap sketch celebration month and enjoyed the inspiration shared from the design team members.

Today’s sketch layout was chosen by Brandy, designed by Kelly back in 2013.

March 31st

I just love the simplicity of the sketch and also the fun diagonal strip  border.

Wild bloom summer scrapbook layout

I created this summery layout since spring just arrived and nothing around me is in bloom yet. These are photos from my summer hiking pictures last year. The wild flowers along the trail to the waterfall were just so beautiful.

It did cross my mind to add some circle stitching, but opted for circles with the fun summer themed patterned paper with my circle punch instead. Then I added some flower-shaped sequins for the finishing touches to the layout.

Wild bloom summer scrapbook layoutSupplies:  Patterned Paper: Pressed Petal, Crate Paper    Stickers: American Crafts Thickers Amy Tan – Taffy      Stamp: My Mind’s Eye He said    Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black     Tools: American Crafts Knockouts Border Punch, Recollections Circle Punch

Hope you will join us in our sketch challenges and hope you will stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog and check out what the other design team members had created!

Thanks 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!


Gelli Print Fridays – Framed Art

Hello everyone! Sorry my Gelli Print Fridays is a day late – today is Gelli Print Saturday! lol

I saw a blog post two weeks ago on GelliArts on using rosettes on the gelliplate and I knew I had to try it! I make paper rosettes all the time for cards and scrapbooking but had never thought about using it for texture on the gelliplate. I had several leftover in different sizes in my stash. It makes the most fun starburst effect on the gelliplate.

Gelliprinted with Gelliplate with rosettes

I used these rosettes like a stamp or I just twisted it down the plate for a deeper effect. Different sizes rosettes create different lines and effect.  I also used some stencils and corrugated cardstock for some different texture effects.Some of my favorite prints –


I wanted to make a framed art piece with one of the geliprints. I chose this print –

Gelliprinted with Gelliplate with rosettes

Butterfly free Framed art decor

I wanted to make something 3D mixed media art, I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut some butterflies. It s a free cut file from Silhouette Design Store. I cut it out with some black cardstock and heat embossed it with some snow embossing powder after I stamped the butterflies with a script stamp. Then I stamped the butterflies again with a different texture stamp and heat embossed it again with some sparkly gold embossing powder. It created an interesting effect and dimension. You can see it better on the sentiment ” FREE” which I cut out with my Cameo as well. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment the same way. Butterfly free Framed art decor

I stamped the gelliprint with texture stamp as well to create some interest. Before I adhered everything, I added some metallic yellow thread for extra texture.

Butterfly free Framed art decor Supplies: Paper: Copy paper, yellow copy paper    Cardstock: Recollections      Embossing Powder: Recollections Snow, Judikins Black Opal      Paint: DecoArt     Stencils: DIY stencils  cutter  Stamps: Kaisercraft Triangles, Dictionary Meaning     Ink: Ranger Archival, Versamark     Tools: Gelliarts  8×10 GelliPlate, Silhouette Cameo, Martha Stewart Heat Tool, Martha Stewart Multipurpose Heat Tool (DIY stencils)

I decided to make a framed art as I was inspired by a challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – to make your own background. I think for my first framed mixed media art, it turned out pretty cool! I just love the dimension! I have to say, with the gelliplate it really enable me to create the most awesome backgrounds!

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #65

Hello! Hope everyone is having a great start in 2016!

Today I want to share a birthday card inspired by a card sketch over at Sketch N Scrap designed by Kelly.

sketch n scrap #65

I just love the cute snowman in the sketch. I created a birthday card with a cute snowman for a wintry birthday celebration.

Happy birthday card

I have a patterned paper with a snowman from Pressed Petal paper pad. I diecut the sentiment “happy” from Hero Arts Stamp& Cut Happy set and stamped the sentiment “birthday” from the same stamp set. I added shaped sequins because it reminded me somewhat of the snowflakes.  There – a very simple card for a quick birthday card.

I hope winter is not too cold for some of you. Keep warm! Do join us and play with us over at Sketch N Scrap and give these sketches a try. Hope to see your lovely creations linked up. Hop over the Sketch N Scrap blog and check out what the other design team members had created!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Gelli Print Fridays #4: Gelli prints gift boxes

Hello everyone! Happy American Thanksgiving! Hope you are spending a wonderful time with your family  this weekend and maybe having a blast with Black Friday shopping!

Christmas is coming – in 27 days actually! I decided to make some gift boxes for some Christmas treats ie chocolates to give away to some of my friends These boxes can most certainly be used for any occasions or be used for small presents!

I wanted to create the gift boxes by using unique patterned paper – gelli prints. There is such satisfaction from making your own paper. I found this tutorial by Pootles: Sam Donald. She creates the best gift boxes ever.

Gelli plate printed milk carton gift box

Gelli plate printed milk carton gift box

They are really cute! They are gift boxes that resembles a milk carton box and the lids can be taken off.

Gelli plate printed milk carton gift box

I decorated it with some ribbons and washi tape. I diecut some tags and stamped and heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on the tags. I attached the tags with some clothes pegs.

Just a short post today – hope you will try making your own gift boxes this year! 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!