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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sparkly Hello

I am meeting a friend for lunch tomorrow and I wanted to make her a happy card. This is perfect for me to try the sparkle embossing power I bought a while ago. I had no idea what it would look like, but I was happy after I heat embossed it. I hope my friend will like the card I made for her.

I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #215 as my inspiration to make the card. The pretty rose was heat embossed with the sparkle embossing power. I added little dots using clear stardust Gelly Roll pen on the background. The sentiment "hello" was first die cut then highlighted using the clear stardust Gelly Roll pen and Glossy Accents. Since the card has sparkles all over, it was so hard to photograph, especially those little sparkles on the background. Making the card was quick, but I ended up taking tons of photos until I took this one, and I was finally happy with it.

You can see more sparkles on the background from the close up. The sparkles are more colorful on the actual card and they show different shades of sparkles from different angles. Unfortunately, all the pretty sparkles and colors got lost from the photos.

I am playing along with this challenge: CAS(E) this Sketch #215.

And this challenge: CAS Game #87 - Shiny Spring. Hello spring!!

Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Stripe Squares Bday

I made two cards with squared backgrounds. This is the second card. Click here to see the first card. This time I painted lavender/purple watercolor stripes instead of solid colors.

For the sentiment, I die cut "happy birthday" three times using the pool/aqua color and glued them all together then hid underneath the real "happy birthday" die cut. You can see the color peeping out from the sides on the close-up.

I am playing along with Cupcake Inspirations the 400th Challenge Birthday with a Twist. They wanted us to combine a birthday theme project with a past Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. I am combining #400 with #262. 

I am also playing along with The Card Concept #70 "Purple Haze". I was inspired by the purple and the aqua and made this card into the clean and graphic design.

Colorful Squares Bday

I made two birthday cards to celebrate Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #400. I painted simple squares using watercolor to create backgrounds for the cards. I then die cut "happy birthday" three times using white paper and glued them all together and hid under the real "happy birthday" die cut from the squared backgrounds. The squared backgrounds are so easy to make but so pretty.

This is the first card. Click here to see the second card. I painted the squares using colors from the challenge #362 cue card and some other colors. 

Here is a close-up.

I am playing along with Cupcake Inspirations the 400th Challenge Birthday with a Twist. They wanted us to combine a birthday theme project with a past Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. I am combining #400 with #362.   

Friday, March 17, 2017

Green Heartfelt Thanks

Green is a color that is so outside of my comfort zone. BUT, I am willing to give it a try for the spring!!

I first painted the background with different shades of green watercolor then I sprayed the paper with alcohol. I like how the background turned out once it dried. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches's heartfelt thanks die. I added white dots using a white gel pen on the sentiment to make the sentiment pop a little more. I also added a vellum heart underneath. The tiny hearts dies are also from Paper Smooches. 

Here is a close-up where you can see a little bit of the added green foam underneath the hearts. The hearts were colored using a glitter pen.

Hope you like the card. Thanks for visiting.

I am playing along the following challenges.

Paper Smooches March Challenge: GREENERY (Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year)

The Paper Players: PP335 - A Color Challenge from Jaydee

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Bit O’ Green