Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hambly Love,



Hola folks!

A couple of my colleagues got married (to each other) and I made this card for my unit to sign & give to them. The colors are done with their colors in mind, which are purple, black and silver.

The stamp is my favorite couple stamp of the moment - Some Odd Girl's 2 Hearts Kody & Mae. You can't tell here but that giant dandelion is a transparency/ overlay that covers the whole front and is from Hambly.

And speaking of Hambly, I was able to go to the closed-out sale and stocked up on some of their overlays. Am planning on selling some soon. Just gotta do my research of how much to charge and the best way to package. Drop me a message if you'd be interested. I may also do a give-away so stay tuned!


Have a great week!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

No Stamping Allowed!




With all the new Christmas products I've been spotting at this year's CHA, I am getting quite excited about making Holiday cards! (for you non-scrapbookers/ non-cardmakers, CHA is the Craft & Hobby Association - it is held twice a year and features new and upcoming products).

I hope you can join in on the fun for this week's Christmas Card Challenges # 35. The goal is to make a card using no stamping! That is both hard and easy for me!

It's difficult because I'd love the card better if there was a stamped image in there and some coloring. But it is also easy because it was quick to do...just slap some stickers and bam~! Hee hee!

Hope you can join the rest of the DT and me! Remember that you don't have to participate in the challenge, just make a new Holiday or Winter card.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Home Sweet Home.



Hiya peeps!

Thank goodness it's Friday! Too bad it's my weekend to work but hey, I'm just glad I am off today and able to share more cards with ya!

My card features the cute little bee from Gwen In Bloom from SOG.

I planned on this being a longer post, but a new set of stamps caught my eye as I'm browsing the web! :). Off to shop!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 23, 2012




A quick card featuring more of Cathy's felt flowers! Aren't they so cool? These particular ones are adhered by just some glue dots. Please click on the link above for more deets on the giveaway I'm hosting.

Cathy is giving away some felt flowers similar to what's shown above to the winner. If you haven't seen her shop, click here for the felt flowers section. **SWOON!**

(Stamp is Hey Kaylee from SOG).

Sorry to post and run. It's dinner time, and the little one is cranky from teething!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Window Cards.



Good morning, everybody!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far! I am off so I am all smiles! We have a new challenge for you at Christmas Card Challenges! This week, make a card with a window!

I originally wanted Tilda to be on the other side of that window. But, hey, why not make a scene where we are looking outside the window instead of in? I'm telling you, sometimes, I like to stand out from the crowd and differentiate myself from the other people -- hope you go to the CCC blog and view the other DT's examples. Remember that the challenge is totally optional...as long as it's winter-themed or Holiday-related, your card entry will be fine! Hurry and start making those cards...there are only 155 days till Christmas! :)

So I was on Facebook the other day, and some one asked, "Which stamping image brand do you not like or care for?" Some people actually said Magnolia. I know that not everyone likes the same stamps but people were saying that they were potato-faces! Uggh! So mean, huh? I think Magnolia stamps are so cute and darling! And then people said they didn't like The Greeting Farm or Some Odd Girl. ****GASSSSSPPPPP** I nearly fell off my chair! He he he! I love both but to each her own I guess! :)


Friday, July 20, 2012

Yellow and Gray...I love you!

****Please go HERE for my CatShy Crafts felt flowers GiveAway.****


Hi peeps! How are y'all?

For my card today, I did bridal shower creation for a colleague. Her wedding colors are gray and yellow (one of my current fave combos by the way). Pardon my coloring. I colored her late at night, under poor light, and need to refill my E00 and E000.


On the bottom right, I used another one of Cathy's felt flowers. They are hand-sewn and designed specifically for paper crafters. They are really very beautiful and intricately-made. Don't forget that I'm hosting a give-away of her lovely goodies here.

Thanks also for stopping by and leaving comments during the SCRS Anniversary blog hop. So much fun! Aren't Sparkle's new stamps cute?

See you soon!

Monday, July 16, 2012

My Second Card Pub.

***Please click here for the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop!***

****Please go HERE for my CatShy Crafts felt flowers GiveAway.****

It's been a month since the magazine came out so I am allowed to finally make the announcement! The June/ July 2012 Designed to Color magazine featured one of my cards!!! Woot woot!

I turned in a card for their Trends section on Washi tape and I got my second publication!


Washi tapes are so much fun to use! I love how they come plain or patterned and that you don't need scissors or adhesive to cut or paste them. For this card, I layered and lined them up to create my own background! It came out very festive and bright, which I wanted for this Some Odd Girl image: Spectacular Soiree


I added some wash tape to the corners of the image- don't they look like confetti? And sequins sewed in finished up this party!!

Have a wonderful day!

Please visit my last three posts for my Christmas Card Challenge card, Sparkle Creations Anni Blog Hop, and my felt flowers giveaway!!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Emboss Resist (Gone Bad).

***Please click here for the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop!***

****Please go HERE for my CatShy Crafts felt flowers GiveAway.****

Hola! Our project for Christmas Card Challenges this week is Emboss Resist.

If you're like me, you ask "Huh?"

I did not know what Emboss Resist was. Here's a tutorial that I found on SplitCoast Stampers.

But what I did was this:


Which, unfortunately, came out bad.

Reasons why:
1. The embossing powder was old. I tried three different stamps, and the powder just wouldn't stick. I couldn't work with my images! The only way I made it stick was by embossing the whole ink pad!! *shakes head in shame*

2. The embossing powder was not clear. Which really defeats the purpose. Emboss Resist is like creating sort of a negative space.

Please go to the CCC blog to see the other DTs' cards. Too bad I didn't have enough time to buy new powder or redo a card. But that's what's good about CCC. You only need a NEW Christmas or Winter-themed card! See you soon!

Friday, July 13, 2012

SCRS 2nd Anniversary Hop

****Please go HERE for my CatShy Crafts felt flowers GiveAway.****

Hello and Welcome to the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps 2nd Anniversary Hop! Not only are we here to help Sparkle celebrate 2 years of SCRS, but we are also officially releasing 4 new SCRS images this month -- Birthday Cake Emily, Festive Rin, Party Time Oliver, and Your Highness Lucy. They are ALL available in the store NOW!

We have assembled an all-star lineup consisting of our Current Design Team, DT Alumni and Guest Designers. If you happened here by chance, you are in the right place...the hop starts HERE -- please see the complete list below.

What's a hop without prizes? We've hidden TEN single stamp prizes along the way and one lucky winner will win the ENTIRE July release! All you need to do is leave some love at every stop along the hop. You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday to leave comments for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on the SCRS blog on Monday. Good luck to all and Happy Hopping!

I was so excited to be a part of these new stamps that I made not one, not two, but three cards!

Festive Rin:


I was invited to my first and only (Eastern) Indian party last year, and I was so severely underdressed! So I vowed that I will be getting a sari if I'm ever invited to one again. I love how bright and colorful saris are. How they are both classy and sexy at the same time! Rin looks awfully lovely in this outfit! I wanted the colors to be lively so I chose a lot of pinks and oranges.

Birthday Cake Emily:


So I don't know about your neck of the woods, but it seems like the trend around my side of the country is ombre-colored hair. Y' know, darker on top and it lightens on the way down. I would love to try it out but my hair is already prone to split ends so I don't know if it can tolerate getting blonde (aka bleached) ends. So I thought I'd try it on Emily here. :) I actually like how it came out! I went with a fresh color palette here of pinks and greens.

Your Highness Lucy:


For Miss Vivacious Lucy here, I wanted a card that would grab your attention. I mean, doesn't she look like she'd be the center of attention at any party? I wanted a 'pop-py' DP but also one that was serene as Miss Thang is relaxing here, LOL! I went with a bold color combo of turquoise and purple. And I just love LOVE the sentiment here! It's my favorite!

And if you noticed, I've got felt flowers galore on these cards! They are so beautiful and very intricate. They are such stunning embellishments to any crafting project.




They are from CatShy Crafts, and I'm hosting a giveaway here.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A CatShy Crafts GiveAway.

**This Give-Away is now CLOSED.***

Hi all!

I'm ecstatic to announce that I am hosting a CatShy Crafts Giveaway in my l'il ole blog!!

For those of you who don't know about Catshy Crafts, it is an Etsy Shoppe that is run/ designed/ and made by Cathy Pascual.

I met Cathy about 8 years ago in the now retired scrapbooking forum/ gallery of SIS TV (anybody remember this?). I've always admired Cathy's creativity, her great design aesthetic, and her talent for layering digital embellishments! I've personally felt a connection to Cathy because of her children and her awesome eye for photography and mad party-decorating skills! You could read more about Cathy P. in her About Me section of her beautiful blog.

If you've been visiting my place of crafting bliss for a while, you may have seen a lot of Cathy's work. She specializes in felt, and I really love her flowers! She even takes the time to package her items beautifully!


Here are some of my older cards that incorporated her felt flowers/ leaves/ heart as the main embellishment.











Aren't they amazing? I love their textures & dimensions! They add so much to my cards! And they could be used for scrapbook lay-outs, altered projects, anything really!

An example of the giveaway, although her items may vary (pic from Cathy):

Now, the rules:

To enter the giveaway, you would need to visit Cathy's etsy shop and leave a comment on my blog on your favorite item in her shop.

For additional entries, you could Like her shop on Facebook or Subscribe to her blog or Tweet about the Giveaway. You could also blog about my giveaway and link it back to this post. The first pic on this post is meant to be shared publicly and is from Cathy herself.

So just to be clear, comment on your fave item from Catshy Crafts & tell me if you've done any of the other four items for additional entries. The deadline is August 18th at 12 AM PST. Stay tuned for new cards featuring more of Cathy's felt flowers in the next coming week. And make sure you come back tomorrow for something extra special! :)


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dare Me to Sparkle.


Hello, everyone.

Well, I've caught a bug from my son (& his preschool) that turned into laryngitis. I've got no voice, and I'm trying to rest my vocal chords. My sis even said she was told that whispering strains them so I have not been making a peep! And let me tell you, it's a bit hard. My mom has my kiddies right now but it's sad that I can't talk to them or comfort them by my usual words or singing :(. I can't even answer the phone or work. I am hoping that by resting my voice early enough, what happened a few years ago will be prevented! I had lost my voice back then too...for 2-3 weeks!!!! Yikes!

So, anyway, I have a card for you featuring The Deconstructed Sketch No. 59. I finally got to color up Glimmer Bean from TGF. She is so cute and so much fun! I just love her hair! I really do hope that someday I will have a daughter :). He he!


I hope you guys have a phenomenal day! I'm off to drink some tea!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

It's Sketchy time!

Hi folks! It's time for a Christmas Card Challenge! This week, we've got a sketch for you! Go to the CCC blog for more deets and inspiration from the rest of the Design team. Here's my take on the challenge:


I've used TGF's Princess Anya (No. 3). She's not a Christmas stamp, but I dressed her up in golds and a deep burgundy...she looks pretty festive in my book :). Especially with these Holiday papers and stickers.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone! And remember, you've only got 170 days till Christmas! LOL!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Fast and the Cuties.

Hi all!

My work week usually begins on Sunday and ends on a Saturday. So I tend to do all my schedules that way, including my blogging. My goal had been to post three times a week. I almost didn't make it as I was short one post and we had Oli's bday party today (& I AM BEAT!). But it's before midnight so I technically still have time to blog.

Here are a couple of fast cards I did during the past month. The photos were taken by my phone so they aren't the best quality.



I hope you are having a good weekend so far. We had a woodland theme for the party, and I'm excited to show you some pictures (but that'll have to wait!). *yawn**

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Smooches from Me to You!


Hi all!

I made this card a while back but I haven't posted it. It was for a dear friend who was having a tough time. I used Wryn and Friends with a Paper Smooches sentiment. And the beautiful felt heart was made by Cathy of CatShy Crafts.

Stay tuned! In the next couple of weeks, I'll be hosting a give-away from her amazing shop!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Monochromatic mood.


It's monochromatic time over at Christmas Card Challenges (Week 31)!

This past week, I was in Portland, and it was rainy over there. I got to make this card and it sorta matched the weather. Although I was grateful it was cooler as I did a lot of walking!


The images are from Gorjuss and I got them at ATS.com. Pls head on over to the blog for more inspiration! Remember that the challenge is not mandatory -- all you need is a new Holiday or Winter-themed card! And it's July 1st, so Christmas is here in less than half a year...better get started on your cards! :)