Thursday, April 30, 2009

Butterfly and Black

This is for today's Way to Use it challenge over at SCS here - using Basic Black. Not a color I normally use so this is a good practice for me. This is literally a 10-minute card. Gotta love those! No stamping. I cranked up the Basic Black card base with Harlequin Texturz Plate. Rounded the corners. Tied up this pretty black ribbon that I picked up from the fabric market in Beijing. I cranked up more butterflies with the pretty Slumber Party DSP. Love these butterflies!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like this.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Basic Black, Slumber Party DSP
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): ribbon, Big Shot machine, Beautiful Buttterflies die, Button Bouquet, hemp twine, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Mini cards

These mini cards (3x3") are going to be attached to the flowers for my son's preschool teachers. This was my first time making these mini cards, o... it was so fun!! This is fast, easy and the butterflies are super cute. I can just see myself making more of these :)
Really, this is literally under 10 minute card. You should try making these 3x3 cards. It will make cute gift card or to dress up any gift bag or presents or flower bouquets :) Let me know when you make these, ok?

The butterfly die makes 6 butterflies in 4 different shapes at one time. So I cranked up a few and have them sit by my desk- ready to go anytime. You can layer them easily in any color combo.

Thanks for stopping by- have a happy creating day :)

Recipe for pink butterfly card: (all by SU! except mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Tea Party DSP.
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp set: Short & Sweet
The sweet stuff: Big Shot machine, Beautiful Butterflies die, buttons (from Marlene and my stash), linen thread, dimensionals, scallop edge punch, paper piercer and mat pack.

Recipe for green butterfly (all as above except): 
The sweet stuff: Button Bouquet, hemp twine.


This is my take on today's sketch challenge over at SCS here
This will be one of the thank you cards from the whole class for my son's preschool teachers. Teachers Appreciation Week is May 4-8.

I picked my color combo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and Barely Banana. I started with a Pacific Point card base, layered it with Whisper White and patterned paper.
I then followed the sketch. As the focal point, I made a tag. I couldn't find my tag corner punch so a corner rounder will have to do :) I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black. The flower on top of it was stamped off once on scrap paper to make it a little lighter in shade. I added a Kiwi Kiss circle scallop and a stamped heart on it. A little flower was added as a final touch, mounted on dimensionals. I tied linen thread over the cinched ribbon to finish off the tag. The whole tag was also mounted on dimensionals.

I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Barely Banana, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper.
Stamp sets: Polka Dot Punches, Short & Sweet
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories and tools): Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, brad, scallop circle, Full Heart, scallop edge, Boho Blossom, 3/4" circle punches, paper piercer and mat pack.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


CAS12 over at Splitcoaststampers today is using bits of ribbon. I had a little time to play today so here is what I came up with. The flower fit inside 1 3/4" circle punch which makes it a super fast card. Perfect as I want to make some note cards for my husband's coworker. A sweet lady that I met last week. A little later tonight I am going to mass produce this for her. It will be a little surprise :) 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like this.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Kraft
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip
Stamp sets: Petal Pizzazz, Best Yet
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): corner rounder, 1 3/4" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, button (from Marlene), Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain ribbon.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pink Pirouette Rose

We made this card in last week's class at my friend Coline's place. This is a technique card, I call it "coloring with sponge daubers"- a fun technique I learnt back in Beijing at Lorraine's house. The rose was stamped with Chocolate Chip and then colored with a sponge dauber. Just take a sponge dauber and rub it on an ink pad and then rub it where you want it to be on your project. It gives that soft look- really pretty.
Just remember to keep one sponge dauber for one particular ink pad color/ something close to it. For example: Pink Pirouette and Pretty in Pink. I find that it is OK to do that.

If you try this technique, leave me a note here, I would love to see your projects :)
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you like this.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Candy Lane DSP
Stamp sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Fresh Cuts (sentiment)
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Tools and accesories: sponge dauber, gold brad, 1" circle, eyelet border punches, Stampin' Dimensionals.


CAS stands for Clean and Simple. It is a fairly new weekly challenges at SCS but it already has a growing fan (including me!). Find CAS11 here
My inspiration piece for CAS11 is here
Cards under CAS would be great to mass produce which would be fairly simple and fast to whip up a batch or two. These make great gifts but also think other options: invitations, thank you cards... any occasion you need cards en masse, keep these CAS layouts in mind :)

This particular batch is for my neighbor Amy who has been in and out of the hospital since last fall. This week I get to know her and her family better and what a blessing it has been.

Hope you like these.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Baja Breeze, Barely Banana, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Making Memories paper.
Stamp set: Cute & Curly
Ink: Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Curly, Scallop edge, Boho Blossoms punches, Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, buttons.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Today's color challenge over at SCS is Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, and Basic Gray

I started with a Pink Pirouette card base, Basic Gray card stock punched on both sides to make the border. Layered it with Basic Gray patterned paper.
Those beautiful butterflies were die cut with my Big Shot and the Beautiful Butterfly die. The die comes with 4 different sizes of butterflies so you can layer them.
I finished off with Rose Red button, a sliver of Basic Gray card stock "thread" and ribbon. The sentiment was mounted on dimensionals. All in all, pretty simple. This would make a great Mother's Day card too by changing the sentiment.

I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Raspberry Tart DSP, Tea Party DSP, Patterns Pack 2 (hostess level 1), Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Whisper White.
Ink: Rose Red
Stamp set: Trendy Trees
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Big Shot machine, Beautiful Butterfly die, eyelet border, word window punches, dimensionals, Fresh Favorites 2 button, Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon

Friday, April 17, 2009

SC224 at splitcoaststampers

This is for the weekly sketch challenger at SCS here
Main panel is from Pink Flamingo DSP that I cut and layered. I kinda regretted putting the sentiment up there but oh well. I will leave it as is. 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it.

Recipe: (all by SU! except where noted)
Cardstock and paper: Tempting Turqoise, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Pink Flamingo DSP
Stamp set: Fresh Cuts
Ink: Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): KI Memories brads, dimensionals, eyelet border, 1 1/4" circle punches

Card set + envelope

Here is an idea for all you scrapbookers out there, you surely have a selection of alphabet stamps. Use your alphabet stamps to personalize a note card set! It surely will bring a smile to the recipient to see their name's initial there :) I whipped up a set of these note cards and envelopes for my husband's old pastor and his wife who we are going to meet for dinner this weekend. I always have a stash of these Top Note die cuts on my desk in Whisper White and Very Vanilla, ready to go whenever I need a quick focal point.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Holiday Treasures DSP (retired)
Stamp set: Very Versatile, Taffy Alphabet
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Curly, 1 1/4" circle punches, Dimensionals, buttons

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Matching basket and card

This is where I found the basket at Jan Tink's blog, aren't they cute? This is made from 4 scalloped envelopes die and the Big Shot.And then embellish as you wish. Those white buttons are a gift from Marlene (her blog is on my side bar). How fun and easy. And especially with double sided patterned paper, it looks pretty inside and outside. The scalloped envelope die was on my list originally to make my own envelopes and mini cards but now I found out it makes a basket, too!! Yay~~

So after the basket, I decided to make a matching card and envelope with left over scrap patterned paper. The sentiment for the card comes from the new Oval All stamp set and its matching scalloped oval punch. And I scallop edge the envelope after I adhered the patterned paper to the back flap of envelope. 

I hope you are as excited as I am with this basket. LOL :)

Recipe: (all SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Washington Apple DSP
Stamp sets: Oval All
Ink: Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Scallop edge, eyelet border, large oval, scallop oval punches, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Soft Subtles button (retired), Dimensionals, Big Shot machine, Scallop Envelope die.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Praying for you...

This is my contribution for CC214 over at SCS (Bordering Blue, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip). I love this Very Versatile stamp set, very appropriate name :) 
My layout is cased from Dawn's blog here:

I distressed that piece of Pink Pirouette patterned paper with the blade of my scissors to give it some interest.  And again I am using my new scalloped oval punch that is featured in the Occasions Mini catalog. The Chocolate Chip button is from Button Latte pack.

I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP
Stamp set: Very Versatile
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): So Saffron grosgrain ribbon (from SAB 2009), Stampin' Dimensionals, Button Latte, linen thread, large oval, scalloped oval punches, Big Shot machine, Top Note die.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Day to Remember...

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by...

I made this card because I wanted to experiment making a row of "medalions" from the Sweet Sampler stamp set. I like the result. I think I can make it longer and wider next time as my DIY patterned paper. I started with a Chocolate Chip card base. Cut a Baja Breeze polka dot textured patterned paper (from Parisian Breeze DSP) slightly smaller than my card base. Scallop the bottom edge. Tied Chocolate Chip ribbon around. So that makes my color combo as: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla.

I stamped a row of medallions on Very Vanilla cardstock with the help of Stamp a Majig. Double matted it with Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze for contrast. Note: cut the Baja Breeze cardstock slightly wider to allow for eyelet border. I added 2 brads on the right for interest. Mounted the whole panel on Stampin' Dimensionals. I then finished off with a sentiment punched with large oval and scallop oval and mounted on more Stampin' Dimensionals for a 3D look.

That's it. I hope you like it.

Recipes (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Parisian Breeze DSP
Stamp sets: Sweet Sampler, Very Versatile (sentiment)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, brads, eyelet border, scallop edge, large oval, scalloped oval punches, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, April 13, 2009

You're so sweet

Just whipped up a quick set of cards as a "just because" gift for a friend. I thought these will come in handy for her to write notes with. This kind of design would be fast, quick and easily mass-produced. Notice the envelope liner? That is the first time I did this. A great way to use up left over scraps and a nice way to tie the designs together. Just cut up a rectangle of patterned paper slightly smaller than envelope's width. Tuck it in. Burnish the crease with bone folder. Attach it to the envelope's adhesive. And you're done. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like the envelope idea :)

Recipe (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Soft Sky (retired), Very Vanilla, Making Memories Hullaballoo paper
Stamp set: Goody Goody Gumdrops
Ink pad: Chocolate Chip
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Eyelet border, 1 3/8" circle punches, Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

To You from Me in Parisian Breeze

This beautiful textured patterned paper is called Parisian Breeze. I have been admiring it and thinking of how I can layer the different patterns in the pack for a while after I got it. So I finally was able to. Here it is. The half circle was cut with my Big Shot and the large scallop circle die. The swirl stamp is from Season of Joy set. I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp sets: Season of Joy, Best Yet (retired)
The sweet stuff: Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Button Bouquet, linen thread, 1 1/4" circle, eyelet border punch, 3/16" corner rounder, Big Shot machine, large scallop die, dimensionals.

Forest Friends

This cute stamp set is called "Forest Friends" and you can find it in the Mini Occasions Catalog that debuted in April 1. I have just finally got around to playing with it. The look that I wanted to achieve is some kind of patterned paper featuring these little critters and the tree (kind of like those fancy patterned papers you see in the stores :)

I picked my color combo: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Basic Gray. Then started with a Whisper White piece of cardstock. I stamped first a Polka Dot background on it in Pale Plum. Then I stamped the different images in the different colors I picked. I started with the largest image first (the tree) to the smallest. The smallest image would be perfect to fill in the empty spaces. It took me 3 tries to get this right * wink* but I love the look it achieved when I got this right. I stamped a larger piece of cardstock for this so you might see this again in the future. (Click on the photo for a more close-up look).

I then finished off my card by layering my DIY patterned paper with a Perfect Plum cardstock. Scalloped the edge. Poked holes in each scallop with my Mat Pack. Mounted it on a Kiwi Kiss card base. Tied ribbon. Created the sentiment cluster by stamping the bunny and sentiment. Punched in 1 1/4" circle. Mounted it on Kiwi Kiss curly punch. Button Bouquet with linen thread finished the look.

I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe (all by SU!):
Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss
Stamp sets: Forest Friends, Polka Dot, Noteworthy (retired)
Inks: Pale Plum, Kiwi Kiss, Perfect Plum, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Curly, Scallop Edge, 1 1/4" circle punches, Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Button Bouquet, linen thread, dimensionals, Mat Pack.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bright Garden Greetings

Still playing with my friend Serena's stamp set :) This time in bright colors: Real Red, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie. I made a note to play more with the Bold Brights color family which is not normally my go-to colors.
This one came together easily, I already made a stash of Whisper White top note die on my table. (My kids like to help me crank that Big Shot machine...) So every time I need a quick focal point, it is there. I stamped this top note with the different sizes of the flowers. Added sentiment. Buttons. Punched a tiny hole, knotted ribbon through. Done.
Hope you like this. Thanks for stopping by.
Recipes: (all by SU! except where mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Real Red, Whisper Whiste cardstocks, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Inks: Real Red, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray
Stamp set: Garden Greetings
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Walmart buttons, Big Shot machine, Top Note die.

Happy Butterfly

Today's weekly sketch at SCS 223 is this
Fun sketch, but it took me so long to come up with this card :)
I wanted to play with a color that I am not normally using, like Pink Passion! (this card by Angie Tieman inspired me to use this color and use my new Beautiful Butterfly die somehow :)

I made my own patterned paper again with a piece of Pink Passion cardstock. Stamped polka dot punches in white then over stamped butterflies in Pink Passion. Layered with white eyelet borders. For the focal point, I stamped the sentiment and little flowers. Double matted it. Die cut the butterfly with my Big Shot machine. Stamped white polka dots on the butterfly. Topped it with button and linen thread. Tied ribbon and mounted the whole panel on dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it.

Recipes: (all supplies by SU!)
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Stamp sets: Flight of the Butterfly, Polka Dot Punches
Ink: Pink Passion, Whisper White, Basic Black
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Big Shot machine, Beautiful Butterfly die, Baja Breeze striped grosgrain ribbon, eyelet border, scalloped square, 1 1/4" square punches, Button Bouquet, linen thread, dimensionals

Raspberry Suite color challenge week 3

I made this next card last night while watching 24. When I saw pink, red and kraft, I gotta give it a try :)

I interpreted these as: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Kraft and Cameo Coral. I was thinking of Pumpkin Pie but I read Dawn's description as more pink than orange so I took that as Cameo Coral...

Still playing with Garden Greetings set... I started with a kraft card base, layered with Riding Hood Red cardstock, pieces of patterned paper from Sweet Bella DSP. I cut a large scalloped circle with my Big Shot machine and die. Stamped my circle in the different flowers and colors to make my own "patterned paper". (This is what I enjoy most about stamping: the versatility to create your own patterned paper, in whatever color and images you want to play with). Cut it in half.

I finished by tying the ribbon, topped off with Pink Pirouette button. Mounted the half circle on dimensionals. Added sentiment, mounted on dimensionals.
I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.
Recipe (all bu SU!)
Cardstock & paper: kraft, Riding hood red, very vanilla cardstocks, Sweet Bella DSP
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Cameo Coral
Stamp: Garden Greetings
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Big Shot machine, large scallop die, large oval, scallop oval punches, dimensionals, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, Button Bouquet, linen thread.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Garden Greetings friend

This cute stamp set is called Garden Greetings and it had caught my eye ever since the Spring/Summer SU idea book & catalog came out. My friend Serena kindly let me play with hers this week, so I have been playing with it :) This time I paired Pink Pirouette with Garden Green, and I like it. But then, any combo containing pink and green always appeals to me :)

I started by layering Garden Green DSP from Prints Pattern Pack 2 (hostess level 1) and tied it with this oversized Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon. I made the focal image by stamping flowers in pink pirouette and garden green. Topped off the smaller flower with one of the buttons from Button Bouquet. My green "thread" comes from a tiny sliver of Garden Green cardstock that I tied on the button, love that look. I learnt it here stamped the sentiment, double matted and mounted on dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like it.

Recipe (all by SU!)
Stamp set: Garden Greetings
Cardstock and paper: Pink Pirouette, Garden Green, Whisper White, Prints Pattern Pack 2
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Garden Green, Basic Gray
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): Button Bouquet, Pink Pirouette 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Little birdie thank you...

Today's weekly color challenge over at SCS is this
CC213: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa.

My friend Maria came to visit over the weekend and she gave me this new paper, so of course I want to play with it :) I layered floral light blue paper over the Bashful Blue card base. Then I used my Big Shot machine and Top Note die (a must have!) to cut this cute yellow paper. Aren't these papers fun to play with? (Thanks, Maria! I love it!) I then stamped this little birdie from my Cheep Talk set. Punched it and layered over Curly Punch and mounted on dimensionals. Finished off with sentiment, So Saffron button, and So Saffron grosgrain ribbon (from SAB 2009).
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it.
Recipe (all supplies are SU except where mentioned):
Cardstock and paper: bashful blue, whisper white, close to cocoa cardstocks, DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies Stack
Ink: Close to cocoa
Stamp sets: Cheep Talk, Short and Sweet
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): So saffron button, linen thread, dimensionals, 1 1/4" circle, word window, curly punches, So Saffron ribbon (bundle from SAB 2009), Big shot machine, Top Note die.

Flight of the Butterfly

Made this last week for SC222 (a weekly sketch) over at SCS. I picked out my stamp set, Flight of the Butterfly and then picked a patterned paper and decided on my color combo. I thought it would be fun to pair rose red with certainly celery. So I went on working to follow my sketch. Stamped the focal image, matted it, and popped it up with dimensionals. I added 3 little white buttons to finish off, a gift from my friend/ stamping buddy, Marlene (her blog is on my side bar). Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it.


Carstock and paper: certainly celery, whisper white cardstock, delicate dots DSP (from SAB 2009), Raspberry Tart DSP

Inks: rose red, certainly celery, choco chip.

The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): button, eyelet border punch, certainly celery grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.

Easter Wishes

Spring break and Easter week is here. I am showing you a couple of cards I made for Easter.
This was using Polka Dot Punches set from Sale a Bration 2009. After deciding on my color combo (kiwi kiss, pale plum, perfect plum), I made my own patterned paper. Stamping the different images with different colors. Then I matted my DIY patterned paper on pale plum cardstock and mounted it onto my card base. It is finished off with kiwi kiss ribbon and kiwi kiss button next to the sentiment combo.

Recipe for this card:
Cardstock: whisper white, pale plum, perfect plum
Ink: kiwi kiss, pale plum, perfect plum, basic gray
Stamp set: Polka Dot Punches, All Holidays (sentiment)
Sweet touches: kiwi kiss grosgrain striped ribbon, button bouquet, linen thread, 1 1/4" circle, eyelet border punches, dimensionals, curly punch.

This was made for CC211 (a weekly color challenge over at and CAS07 (Clean and Simple cards here

The focal image is from Very Versatile set which is in the SU! Occasions Mini catalog. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like these.

Cardstock and paper: baja breeze, whisper white, pretty in pink patterns pack (retired SU hostess set).
Ink: basic gray, kiwi kiss
Stamps: All Holidays (sentiment), Very Versatile
The sweet stuff (aka. accesories): eyelet border punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, dimensionals, baja breeze striped grosgrain ribbon, button bouquet, linen thread.