Monday, August 31, 2009

a card for Farm Fresh Friday Sketch6


I decided to play with The Greeting Farm Farm Fresh Friday's sketch challenge for the first time.

Here is FFF Sketch 6.
I am new to The Greeting Farm's adorable stamps, but I am really having fun coloring them with Copic markers. I think their designs with big open areas are perfect for practicing coloring and the cute images don't hurt either!

ingredients used:
cardstocks, button, twine: Papertrey Ink
patterned papers: Sassafras
stamps: The Greeting Farm (hot air balloon), Hero Arts (sky with clouds), Papertrey Ink (sentiment)
inks: Memento, Hero Arts Shadow Ink
markers: Copic
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

a snowman Christmas card

It's been so hot here in the Bay Area for the past few days I have to post this card just to make myself feel a little cooler... =)

This card is for Hero Arts blog "color it" challenge this week and also for Moxie Fab World's Stretch Your holiday Style with a Stamping challenge.

The background is colored with chalk again and I am really loving the soft look. I have had this stack of chalk from EK Success since I started scrapbooking and card-making about 3 1/2 years ago and rarely used it. Now it's like a rediscovered gem to me and I am sure I'll use it more often!

The snowman is colored with Copic markers. Okay, I know snowmen are not supposed to have flesh colors on them, but I was having a lot of fun coloring...

The sentiment is stamped with black in first then traced over with Diamond Stickles.

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
stamps, gems: Hero Arts
inks: Memento, VersaMark
markers: Copic
white gel pen: Uni-ball Signo
chalk: EK Success
glitters: Stickles by Ranger

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

a card for Tiffany

I made this card for the lovely Tiffany. I met her through the Flickr Hero Arts Group. She is also one of the Hero Hostesses. So she is good.

I made this card with Tiffany in mind and it is definitely influenced by her elegant style.

I love the soft look chalk gives to intricate and beautiful images like this background stamp from Hero Arts. I was just in awe when I was covering the image and thought "Wow! This is so pretty!" I wasn't talking about my card, but this pretty stamp!! I love it!

The edges of the die cut piece were also colored with chalk. The flowers were colored with Copic markers.

ingredients used:
cardstocks, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts, Close To My Heart (sentiment)
inks: Memento, VersaMark
markers: Copic
pearls: Michaels

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

a card for Kate

The lovely Jennifer McGuire is having a heartwarming card drive for Kate and her family. Please go to this post for the details. I made this little card for Kate.

I love it when making cards is not just making cards for the people that I know. I love it when my cards can help cheer up a family when they are going through a hard time. I love it when my card can make a little girl smile. I love it when it warms people's hearts.

Thanks for doing this Jennifer.

ingredients used:
cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: Memento, StazOn
markers: Copic
others: acetate, Glossy accents by Ranger

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

a card for RSCC #15


I made this for Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #15. These colors are so yummy!

I very rarely make a card with the "ingredients" all from one company since I love mixing-and-matching different products from different brands. This is something I probably haven't done in a long time.

I just couldn't wait to play with my yummy goodies from PTI that arrived today. After trying out the Vintage Cream Perfect Match Hybrid Ink I am so in love with it! It gives such a nice coverage on the stamps and the images come out perfectly!!

All ingredients are from Papertrey Ink except for the embroidery floss used to sew the buttons in place and the pearls are from Michaels.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

a card for Caardvarks myStampBox challnege



I made this card for Caardvarks' challenge.

The challenge is to make a card with black, white and hot pink. I have to admit that hot pink isn't exactly my "go to" color, but I tried.

I used the accessories in the Oh Baby set from the Greeting Farm. I stamped them on the pink cardstock randomly then white embossed.

ingredients used:
cardstocks, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamps: the Greeting Farm
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
dies: QuicKutz

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

one more simple card



This is one more simple and quick card for this week's "Mail it" challenge at Hero Arts blog. I have this stamped piece sitting in my scrap stack from this card and think that it's perfect for a quick and easy card.

Did I mention that I love the look of this beautiful pool color from Hero Arts Shadow Ink? I love the subtle and mellow color on either white or cream, especially with this Flower Outline Pattern stamp!

I printed the free Friendship Definition on the kraft background. I meant to print it with brown for the subtle and mellow look. Then I found out that my printer ink was running low, so it came out lighter than I wanted it... In the end, I think it worked out just fine.

ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts
digital stamp: Hero Arts Digital
inks: Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Color Box
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
punches: Fiskars

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

a card for 2 sketches 4 you


I made this card for Kazan's Sketch 33.

This is another stamp from the Greeting Farm. It's in the Oh Baby set. I think she is super cute in her flower hat!


ingredients used:
cardstock, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
patterned paper: Crate Paper
stamps: the Greeting Farm
inks: Memento
markers: Copic
scallop circle punch: Stampin' Up
decorative scissors: Provo Craft
corner rounder: Fiskars

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Friday, August 21, 2009

a belated birthday card and a blog candy


I made this card for a dear friend in Taiwan. Of course I only remembered her birthday after it had already passed... Sorry girl...

This is a digital stamp from the Greeting Farm called "Alice Anya" (and I swear I just got it in the past 10 days and I couldn't find it anymore on their website!?). I definitely had fun coloring her and am still learning...

For the background, Kristina Werner made a video on how to make "Diagonal Rays" using patterned papers, and I decided to try it on this card. It is such a fun effect and I am sure I'll use it again and again.

Now, here is a fun blog candy from Stephanie! Please check out her blog, she is so talented!


ingredients used:
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
patterned papers: Basic Grey
stamps: the Greeting Farm(Alice Anya), Hero Arts(cupcake & flower), Hampton Art(alphabets)
inks: Memento
markers: Copic
pen: Zig
pearl: Michaels

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

another quick card


This is another quick card for this week's "Mail it" challenge at Hero Arts blog.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink with watercolor paper and the watercolor effect Jennifer McGuire has taught in her Thinking Inking class on the Silhouette Flower stamp.


ingredients used:
cardstocks, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Memento
punches: Fiskars
pearls: Liquid Pearls by Ranger

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

a single layer card


I made this card for Sally's "mail it" challenge at Hero Arts blog.

The inspiration of this card is from Kristina Werner's A Year in Cards on single layer cards. She has a neat video on making three single layer cards.

This is really easy and quick to make. I had to trim the card a little narrower since I didn't want a half stamped image on the card. The size is 3 3/4" x 5 1/2".


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: Color Box
pearls: Liquid Pearls by Ranger
white gel pen: Uni-ball Signo

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

a card for TESC #78

I made this card based on TESC #78.

I almost abandoned this card after I finished cutting and deciding where the elements would go because I didn't have any idea what to put on the pink patterned paper as the focal point...

Then I was at Michaels on Saturday and I saw Tim Holtz's lovely stamp collection. I started to think... "well, what if I use this stamp and that one this way..." That was the first thing that I tried when I got home since I already had the stamp set that inspired me.

Here it is. My attempt on shabby chic. I admire anyone that can do shabby chic, because it isn't my style and I am not elegant that way. I guess I can say that I am pretty happy how this came out!

ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink
patterned paper: BasicGrey
stamps: Hero Arts, Tim Holtz
inks: Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
ribbon: Creative Impressions
pearls: Michaels

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my first blog award!!!

I am very happy to find out Kristina at Cards for Life... gave me this blog award.

It's called the "Eye Like Your Style" award from Janis at Pause, Dream, Enjoy. One of her talented daughters created this beautiful art and Janis turned it into this meaningful award for blogs that she likes.

Here are the rules:
1. By accepting this award you recognize that the giver "LIKES YOUR STYLE."
2. You agree to display this award proudly on your site, and include a post linking back to the giver.
3. And because there are so many blogs out there which you like their style, you will share this award with them... however many that may be.

Now that I have had the honor to receive it, I want to pass it on to four talented ladies whose styles I admire. Here they are:


They all have their distinctive styles and I greatly admire all of them. Please go check out their work!

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