Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Blue Happiness

I've always wanted to make a pretty "messy" floral background for my card. When I saw the challenge this month at the Flower Challenge is Focus on Background Stamping, I finally made up my mind to make the card.

I first water colored a soft subtle blue background on a watercolor paper, then I stamped varies floral images using different shades of blues overlapping each other and the music scores. To create the many different shades of blues, I stamped the floral images with first, second, and third generations of stamping until the inks were no longer visible. I also colored a couple of white floral die cuts with subtle blue inks before I glued them to the card.

This is a happy blue summer card! I am very happy with it!

I am entering the following challenges:


Monday, August 14, 2017

Safari Hi

I made some cute cards for a friend's boys. I made four cards in total, one monkey, one giraffe, one lion, and one turtle. Here are the cards.

I am entering the lion card for the following challenges.

CASology Wekk 261: Safari.

Simon Says Stamp Saturday Challenge: For a Child.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hi Bear

I made another card using the cute cute Kind Bear Die from Paper Smooches. The bear originally had a flower held in her hand, but I cut out the flower and let her held a balloon instead. I also let her sit on clouds and float in air. Isn't she just so cute?! I used a blue textured cardstock for the card and made the card a little taller and narrower.

This is a close up. I die cut the bear using kraft paper. I hope you can see I added some pink on her cheeks and some yellow and brown on her body, ears, and tail. I used colored pencils to do the coloring.

I am playing along with the following challenges. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thankful Bear

I made a CAS card using the new kind Bear Die from Paper Smooches. I loved the cute bear the first time I saw it and I had to have it! 

This is the first card I made with the kind bear die. I can see myself using it to make all kinds of cards in the future! How wonderful!

To make it more fun, I didn't die cut the bear. I used embossing pads for an embossed image. I then colored the bear using colored pencils.

Here is a close up.

Thank you for visiting!

I am playing along the challenge at:

Friday, July 28, 2017

One layer Balloon

I made a card for the current CASology challenge. They are celebrating their 5-year anniversary with balloon cards. I decided to make a simply one layer card with a chevron background and one single balloon. I used 3 different sentiments and added some Nuvo crystal drops to finish off the card.

Here is a close up.

I am playing along the CASology challenge with blog hop. It is such a fun way to get inspired and learn from all the talented ladies.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

For You

I am finally back from a long break. Here I am sharing a card made with a new stamp set from Paper Smooches. This is an older stamp set from them called Blossoming Bud, but I just got it and I can't wait to start making cards with the pretty flowers from the set!

A close up.

I first masked a section on the card base and stamped the flowers, then I used pearlescent watercolor paints to color the flowers and leaves. I also added lots of dots to fill in the entire defined area. The sentiment was also from the same stamp set. I used silver embossing power and heat embossed the sentiment to match the pearlescent colors. The color of the card base was actually dark grey, but it looked like black from the photos. I guess I am needing a major improvement on my photography skills.

I am playing along the following challenges. Thanks for visiting! 



AAA Cards CAS Game #94 - A Collaboration with Less Is More


Paper Smooches: July 2017 Challenge- Anythings Goes

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Love

I love to play with the flowers dies from Paper Smooches. This time I made a felt flower by layering difference sizes of flowers. I also used stamps from Reflections and A Holy Holiday. This is the Mother's Day card for my mom. I am so happy I get to visit her the day after Mother's Day this year. I am also glad I finished the card today... I can finally start packing for my trip. I can't wait to see her. Hope she'll like the card I made for her. Happy Mother's Day!!

Here is a close up from the side. You can see the layering from the picture. I also added gold thread loops and a pearl for the flower.

I am playing along with Paper Smooches May challenge: Flowers.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Blue Star Baby Card

A baby card was made for a friend. You can see it's a boy from all the blue colors on the card. 

I used a hero arts stamp set called precious baby boy with lots of cute boy images. The cute images were first stamped with very light gray ink, water colored, and fuzzy cut before mounted with foam tapes on the embossed polka dots card front.

 I also made a matching envelope with lots of stars for the card. 

Entering this card to "a blog named hero" April challenge: anything goes with Hero Arts.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Anniversary Celebration

- from my first post

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest to creating things new.


                                                                                                Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

Happy first anniversary!! It's been a year since my first post on my blog in April last year and my first card creation sometime in spring last year! I have learned so much from the card making community and I am very very grateful for all the talented ladies and gentlemen out there. 

On my early days of card making, I used the same butterfly stamp to made cards. To celebrate my first anniversary, I made another card with the same butterfly stamp. I used watercolor to make a soft background for the butterfly on a piece of watercolor paper. The butterfly was first colored using watercolor paint and stamped on the card. Then I used a darker purple to color the butterfly stamp partially and stamped again to add some shading.

Here are all other butterfly cards I made throughout the year. I am planning to use the same stamp to make more butterfly cards. Happy happy anniversary!!

I am playing along with TIME OUT Challenges #81- I was inspired by the butterflies.

And STAMPlorations Things with wings 25 days of celebrating SPRING!

And Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by!

Spring Smiles

Pink tulips are so pretty in spring!! They bloomed in time for Easter Sunday the past weekend!! They made me so happy while I had my morning walk that I wanted to make a pink tulip card! I watercolored a panel using green and blue on this one layer card I made using watercolor paper. After it dried, it became a very soft background for the grass and the tulips. I also colored the tulips and leaves with Gelly Roll glitter pens to add extra shimmer. I love spring, pink tulips, and green grass. They all make me smile!

Here is a close-up. Does it make you smile too?

The tulip card was actually inspired from this red flower card. I  always sometimes have half-finished cards sitting around in my "half-finished card box". Some are my experiments, and some are not so pretty, and some are half finished just like this one. I just couldn't decide which sentiment I'd like to use! So it was left there in the box without a sentiment. Now I finally took it out and finished making the card. (It was easy. I only stamped on the sentiment). I actually finished two cards at the same time!! Yeah!

The flowers also had shimmers added using a glitter pen.

The sentiment I used is from Penny Black called snippets. I love that there are many sentiments to choose from for any occasions. The grass and tulips were from a stamp set called Stamp-A-Birthday kit by Hugh Lauter Levin Associates I got from a garage sale many years ago. I think it was the first stamp set I have ever owned. It has many rubber stamps and instructions to make birthday cards. I finally put the stamps to good use in the last year when I started making cards.

I am playing along with the Less is More Challenge #324. The theme is spring walk.

And the CAS Watercolor Card April Challenge. Green & Pink.

Casology week 245: grow. My card reminded me of this nursery rhyme and I just can't stop singing it,"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?" If you want hear the song, click here. It's from "little angel" I found from youtube.