Friday, July 31, 2009

a match box + a tag

Hi all! I am back with the project that I was talking about yesterday ! Here is the final product:

I started with this Japanese green tea flavor soft candy box:

I was going to throw it away and started to flatten the inside box/tray by opening it at the connected areas then it came to me... What if.... What if I use it as a template to make a box out of some of my patterned papers, wouldn't it be a great gift box?

And that was exactly what I did.

With the help of Photoshop, I resized and randomly placed the Sketch Tulips on the canvas. Since I already made the tag the night before (some scraps from my last card ), I knew I would need to lower the opacity of the background tulips so that they don't over-power the tag. I then printed it on a piece of cardstock, traced the prototype box on it and did some more cut + paste.

It opens just like the original box with a inside tray, I just forgot to take a picture of it before I tied the hemp on...

Hummm... will I make it a Hero Arts hybrid project trio...

cardstocks: Papertrey Ink
stamp: Hero Arts
digital kits: Hero Arts Digital
eyelet: Making Memories
ink: VersaFine
die: Spellbinder Nestabilities Labels Four
hemp: Michaels

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

hybrid tulips..

This is my first hybrid card using one of Hero Art's free digital kits that were released a few days ago. You can find them at Two Peas in a Bucket.

I used the Friendship Definition brush to create the background on the light green/moss cardstock. The Sketch Tulips kit is my favorite, I love the hand-drawn image and the spring-y coloring. After resizing it, I stamped them side-by-side.

I really had fun playing with those digital kits. Hopefully I can finish the project that I am working on and post it tomorrow if all goes well!

cardstocks, patterned paper, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamp: Hero Arts
digikit: Hero Arts Digital
pearls: Michaels
ink: VersaFine

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

tags, tags, tags!

It's all about tags this week at Hero Arts Blog's weekly challenge. I made these birthday favor bags + tags for the challenge. While I was coloring the cute cupcake images with my markers, I was really hoping I had an orange one or a shade of it... Just think orange will probably make it more interesting color-wise.
I hand-drew the confetti on the blue and yellow pps from American Crafts since I don't have any confetti stamps and really wanted to have a background for the cupcakes. These tags are not big, it's just that the paper bags are small. They are made of standard card size envelopes (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") that you can get from office supply stores, so they are about 4 1/8 inches high, 3 1/2 inches wide and the depth is almost 1 inch. The tags are about 2 1/2 inches. I just used Spellbinders Nestabilites Blossom dies for those.

A bonus photo of a lovely squirrel eating with my party favors!! We went and fed some of our super-best squirrelly friends and one of them just had to come and check out my creations... and of course the peanuts.

stamps: Hero Arts
card stock: Papertrey Ink
patterned papers: American Crafts
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilites Blossom
punch: Stampin' Up
ink: VersaFine
markers: Copic, Prismacolor

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Hero Arts Goes Digital!!!

I knew that would be a big announcement at Hero Arts blog today since one of Hero's awesome artists Shari Carroll has been leaking bits of hints. When I first got on the blog and saw that Hero Arts is going digital , I was having mixed feelings to be honest...

I know digital scrapbooking has been very popular for the past few years, but I never had the desire to try it. It's because the reason that I started scrapbooking and making cards is that I like tangible things. I think scrapbooking is the single best way to turn the intangible memories into tangible treasures. After I started making cards, it became my tangible way to express my gratitude, joy and friendship to all my friends and I love it.

But I looked at things at a different way today with Hero Arts going digital, I am going to open another window for my creativity with this announcement. I will use Hero Arts' beautiful digital elements as well as their physical ones in my card making, I will start trying hybrid card making.

Thanks to Hero Arts for helping me widen my creative horizon!!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Caardvarks Creative Cuts & More challenge

I made this baby card for Caardvarks Creative Cuts & More challenge. I love this cute Animal Train baby stamp from The Cat's Pajamas.

I never thought about picking up a baby stamp since I didn't think I'd ever use them... Now with my brother and his wife expecting their 3rd baby later this year, I started to pay attention to all thoes cute baby theme stamps. This one I just love, it's so cute and great for both genders.

cardsocks: Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up
patterned papers: Papertrey Ink
stamps: The Cat's Pajamas, Stampin' Up
punches: Fiskars, Stampin' Up
ink: VersaFine
markers: Copic, Prismacolor
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Monochromatic alcohol inked card and a layout

I had so much fun making this card (after all, Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking classes at 2Peas are all about having fun creating!!).

I used the combination of Red Pepper, Butterscotch Alcohol Inks and some of my beloved Pearl Mixatives to create the card base, and just for fun I dripped some Alcohol Blending Solution on it... Love how that came out, the Blending solution gave it a dreamy (I think...) look!!

Both flowers were inked with some alcohol inks and covered with White Opal Liquid Pearl. I smeared Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Stickles all over the brown cardstock under the emboss resist piece - love the bigger mica pieces in it!

Thanks Jennifer for all the fun classes!!

stamps: Hero Arts
cardstock, twine: Papertrey ink
inks: VersaMark, Versafine, Alcohol Ink by Ranger
flowers: Prima
button: Making Memories
glitter: Tim Holtz Distress Stickles by Ranger
pearls: Liquid Pearls by Ranger
clear embossing powder: Stampendous

And a layout...

I am not sure why I have never tried making a layout for the Hero Arts challenges since I started with scrapbooking...

Anyhoo, this was my first try. I received my prize for my Honorable Mention of the Hero Arts photo challenge with this card . It is a yummy clear set called Favorite Journey (CL147). I think it's perfect for this layout since it is one of the most memorable and favorite journeys of mine.

Stamps: Hero Arts
cardstock, ribbon: Papertrey ink
patterned paper: Chatterbox
inks: VersaFine, VersaMark
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities
pen: Zig

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Friday, July 24, 2009

I ❤ Hero Arts Blog Hop!!

Being a HAA (Hero Arts Addict), I honestly don't remember when was it that I purchased my first Hero Arts stamp... I think I just really liked the designs of Hero Arts stamps when I saw them at a local scrapbook store. After I purchased my first sets of stamps, I think I was curious enough to check out the Hero Arts website and then I found their fabulous blog. I was hooked since then...

After I started participating in more of Hero Arts Blog challenges, I found that the Hero Arts group at Flickr is such a warm and welcoming place for inspiration. I've seen and participated in card drives for members' weddings, birthdays and for various events and causes. It's one of the best and most talented groups that I have ever seen and experienced.

I have to say my big THANK YOU to Hero Arts for being such a great host of this wonderful group. The Hero Arts Flickr group always gives sweet and lovely comments and lots of love to my projects. Also all the friendship that I have established through the group is so heart warming and precious to me. This experience is priceless.

stamps: Hero Arts Swirl with Flowers (K5133), Thank You Flourishes (CL286)
card stock: Papertrey ink
watercolor paper: Canson
inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger
pearls: Liquid Pearls (White Opal), Ranger
ribbon: Creative Impressions
button: Making Memories
string: DMC

The wonderful Beverley is giving away some yummy blog candies, go check it out!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

created for Lucy

Thanks to Kristina Werner's blog post here for her fabulous Homemade Notebook (for a video on how to make the notebook) that gave me the idea of making a sketch notebook for my friend Lucy as her wedding gift. I know Lucy will be on her honeymoon to Greece soon (lucky you, girl!!) and won't be able to make cards, but a sketch notebook will help her quickly record any inspiration that comes to her on the trip.

Since the notebook will probably be tucked in a backpack or hand bag, I think a one layered cover will be the best just in case any sticker or embellishment might fall off or get caught on something else in the bag.

I also made one for myself:

For Lucy:
stamps: Studio Calico (letters), Hero Arts (Sending Happy Thoughts CL305)
card stock: jillibean soup (yummy kraft pps!)
ink: CTMH

For myself:
stamps: Studio Calico (letters), Hero Arts (Sending Happy Thoughts CL305, Balancing Owls H5144)
card stock: jillibean soup
ink: CTMH
pen: uni-ball Signo white gel pen

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My Little Bragging Spot

Current Design Teams:
Purple Onion Designs Design Team (May 2011 - Current)
Inspiration Emporium Inspiration Team (Apr 2011 - Current)
Mo's Digital Pencil Dream Team (Jan 2011 - Current)
CAS(E) This Sketch Design Team (Sep 2014 - Current)
MFT Challenge & Inspiration Design Team (Jan 2015 - Current)
Stamping Bella Design Team (Apr 2015 - Current)
Paper Smooches Die Team (Jul 2015 - Current)

Past Design Teams: 
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Girl Friday (Mar 2013 - Feb 2014)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Krafty Girl (Jan 2012 - Jan 2014)
Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Blog Design Team (June 2013 - Nov 2013)
Mama Elephant Design Team (Oct 2012 - Aug 2013)
A Day For Daisies Design Team (Feb 2012 - Feb 2013)
Whiff of Joy Stamps Design Team (Jan 2011 - Dec 2012)
Krafin' Kimmie Stamps Krafty Guest (Dec 2011)
Sparkle Creations Design Team (
Jane's Doodles Design Team (Nov 2009 - Jun 2011)
Sweet November Sweet November Gal (May 2011)
Lily Pad Cards (Apr 2011 - Jul 2011)
The Craft's Meow Design Team (Mar 2011 - Dec 2011)
PaperWorks Co. Design Team (Jan 2011 - Dec 2011)
Poppy Stamps (Jan 2011 - Aug 2011)
Bells 'n Whistles Guest Designer (Oct 2010 - Dec 2010)
La-La Land Crafts Guest Designer (Oct 2010 - Dec 2010)
Chi Chi Memories Guest Designer (Oct 2010 - Nov 2010)
Squigglefly 2010 Design Team
Club Anya & Friends Guest Designer (September 2010)
Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Mischief Makers (Aug 2010 - Mar 2011)
Practicing Creativity (May 2010 - Jul 2010)
Boutique Cute Doll Design Team
Digichick Hybrid Chic (
My Cute Stamps (Mar 2010 - Jul 2010)
2 Sketches 4 You Design Team (Feb 2010 - Jul 2010)
Two Peas In A Bucket Digital Creative Team (Nov 2009 - Nov 2010)
Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge Sketch Crew (Oct 2009 - Nov 2010)

Hero Arts Challenges
Love & Lace and a sketch challenge February 2013

Caardvarks Challenges

Color Inspiration Challenges

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge In The Spotlight

Cards Blog Challenges

The Greeting Farm

Club Anya & Friends
Magazine Monday - January Gallery Challenge Winners!
Featured in Introducing 75 Creative Card Challenges
2013 Stamping Royalty Honorable Mention
Featured in Crazy for Chalkboard! post
2013 World Card Making Day Card Contest Winners: Hello/Thinking of You
Featured in Card Creations for Him: Casual & Playful
Featured in Card Creations, Vol. 12 Designer Blog Hop
Featured in The Talented Ms. Alice Wertz

Paper Crafter's Library:
Featured Artist/Designer: Alice Wertz
Featured in Trendy Tuesday - Pretty Paper Doilies
Featured in Trendy Tuesday - Stencils
Featured in Trendy Tuesday - On an Angle
Featured Artist/Designer: Alice Wertz

just love you...

I made this card with our first anniversary in mind and also for the Hero Arts monochromatic challenge this week.

I love the look of red on kraft. Red is also a traditional happy and lucky color in Chinese culture, so I thought that I'd use red plus a little pink.

Materials: card stock, ribbon: Papertrey ink; stamps: Hero Arts, Technique Tuesday; pearls: Liquid Pearls by Ranger; inks: VersaMark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; punch: Fiskars; clear embossing powder

The First of All...

I have been making cards and scrapbooking for about three years now and thought that I'd share some of them here. There might be some things about our two lovely cat children and other random things, too. Hope you will have fun with me in my little wonderland!


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