Monday, November 30, 2009

Making Christmas cards

Hello! Today some ladies from our church are coming to make cards together. Here are what I have prepared for them. It will be fun!

Thank you for stopping by. Now, I am off to prepare...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Altered book set

Hello! This blog post by Ingrid Danvers inspired me to make an altered book. When I saw her post, I thought, perfect, I have a "notes" stamp set :) This would make a lovely gift. Since I have 2 books at hand, I might as well altered both of them... he he. When I finished the project, I made matching cards with left over scraps.

Here are the whole set... I used SU! Parisian Breeze Specialty DP which turned out lovely because they are patterned and textured card stocks. Thick enough to make the books sturdy. I covered both front and back of book. And because it is textured, it has a lovely feel to it.

Here it is one by one...

Each flower was die cut twice and layered from SU! Blossoms Party die.

I layered Top Note die, Chocolate Chip ribbon, flower and "notes" stacked on it.
Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Parisian Breeze Special DP.
Stamp set: Note to Self, Fresh Cuts
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Everything else: Scallop Edge punch, 1" circle, 1 3/8" circle punches, Chocolate Chip ribbon, Kraft corduroy buttons, Top Note die, Blossoms Party die, Big Shot machine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, November 27, 2009

Check this out...

Hi! Notice my new fab background? I found it while reading Mei Tan's blog, she has this beautiful background from
Cool, huh? Just thought I would let you know.

Birthday cards

Hello! That was my little Hannah goofing around when I sat down making cards :) My friend Mirari snapped this and some other really cute ones of Hannah.

Just more birthday cards for my stash today...

This is SU! Butterfly punch that I had dry embossed with the SU! Filigree embossing folder to give it texture.

Love this color combo of Basic Gray, Teal and Pink. I think it comes out pretty.

Thank you for stopping by!!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

A merry wreath...

Happy Thanksgiving! It is rainy outside this morning. My husband has the day off, he is at the golf course :) It is not a school holiday so my son boards the school bus as usual...

Here is a card which I somewhat cased from Melissa Phillips's blog here. You know I go there often to ooh and ahh at her creations! When I saw this card, I thought that was an unusual background and color combo. The patterned paper does not match the card base but at the same time, it looks pleasing to the eye. So I just had to try it myself :)

And here are some mini cards that I made with SU! 3x3 ready made card bases.

Have a great holiday. Thank you for stopping by!


Recipe (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Riding Hood Red (ret.), Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Cosmo Cricket dp.
Stamp set: Berry Christmas
Ink: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red (ret.)
Everything else: Very Vanilla ribbon, 3/16" corner rounder, Modern Label punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, linen thread.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving sale...

Hello! Just want to mention the annual Stampin' Up! Holiday Online Extravaganza sale is here. It runs until Nov. 30, 2009. Click on my online store here for more info. (US addresses only.) Product bundles are 30-50% off. The striped ribbon and corduroy button above are some of the items that go on sale this week. Enjoy...

The stamp set is from the current Holiday Mini. Love the soft look of White Craft Ink on dark colored card stock.

Thank you for stopping by...

Recipe (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip
Stamp set: Berry Christmas
Everything else: Eyelet Border punch, Bashful Blue striped ribbon, Chocolate Chip corduroy button, 3/16" corner rounder

A present...

Guess what I received yesterday? A padded envelope filled with these YUMMY brads from my crafting buddy Marlene.

And this fabulous birthday card! I am the lucky recipient of this quilt card. I have always admired the quilt look but have never achieved one that I like. THANK YOU!

And finally, this jar of buttons that are mostly from Marlene, too! The jar graces my craft room permanently. This is what Mirari snapped the other day, it looks so yummy! Little hands like to dip in it :)

Thank you Marlene for the sweetest thought. Keepup spreading the joy! I am glad your love language is giving gifts :) Thank you all for stopping by. Good day to you all!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Homes

Hi! Created this set of cards with a single patterned paper yesterday as a gift for my husband's co worker. Loved these colorful homes :)

Here it is one by one...

Happy creating to all of you! I am off to clean up my desk :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Stash of cards

Hello! My friend Mirari snapped these photos (I love them!). As you see, I have made a stack of cards from the layout that I stumbled upon on this post, that somehow I love and I have gone through quite a number of different patterned papers and color combo with it. I think these are happy little cards :)
And this one is for Mirari's brother in law's birthday. I went along the nautical theme with light blue, kraft combo and the rope. Mirari is a doctor, studying to be a pediatrician. The hospital where she studies/works is very near our home so she gets to come by often. It is always a treat when we get to hang out, as you can see :)

Thank you for stopping by.


Recipe (all buSU!) 
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip. Paper: October Afternoon
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Everything else: rope, linen thread, button, Scallop Edge punch, Large Star punch

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas in a Shoebox

Hello! Today's post is about Shoebox :) I have been knee deep in these :) This is our church annual event where each child in each orphanage that the church sponsors will get a shoebox. The shoe boxes are categorized in gender and age and the gifts inside are age appropriate. For example, a 3-5 year old will get little toys, a little toothbrush, some toiletries, crayons, school supplies.

This is the finished boxes :) 500 of these...

Everybody has been so inspired, there were both money and toy donations. I have been placing orders for these gifts with my sister who runs a gift business who gives me a generous discount. (Thanks, Luc!) Boxes and boxes of stuff arrive in our apartment. My craft room is piled up with gifts :) (to the delight of my little Hannah). She picked out all the 3-5 year old girl gifts, pink water bottles, pink lunch boxes, pink this, pink that... most of the pink stuff above are all Hannah's pick :)

Last Sunday, a bunch of us got together to sort these boxes. Big helpers and little helpers. What a blast! We ate, we worked, and then we ate again before we cleaned up.

Lastly, that was me making cards in my craft room. My friend Mirari snapped this, looking like I am on top of the pile of gifts :) It is midweek already here, hope your week is a good one. Thank you so much for stopping by!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

A heart for Hannah

Happy Sunday! Bright and sunny here :) Here is a framed piece that I made for my daughter to put on her nightstand, next to her bed.

The heart is die cut with the SU! Hearts and Brackets. And then I went on digging for all kinds of embellishments to fill up the heart, layering some of them, and putting on different textures as well. (Note: this would be a good project to make after a major clean up when you find all kinds of treasures that you had forgotten about :) )

And then I placed the heart with plenty of Stampin' Dimensionals to make it pop up against its pink patterned paper backdrop. Stamped her initial on the corner. I finished with a length of Pink Pirouette ribbon on the frame.

Wouldn't this make a personalized and pretty hand made gift too for a little girl's birthday or a special friend? Just change the initial :) I need to stock up on these frames...

Recipe (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Frame: Ikea
Cardstock and paper: Chocolate Chip, Love You Much retired DSP
Stamp set: Taffy Alphabet
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Everything else: Pink Pirouette ribbon (retired), Hearts and Brackets die, Big Shot machine, Stampin' Dimensionals, various embellishments

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Hello!! I think this is a happy little card :) Love this layout and the cute patterned paper :) No bulky embellishment to make easy mailing come the Holiday season.

The way the mittens and woolen caps are arranged on the patterned paper, inspired me to make my own. After deciding on the colors, I started with a piece of 4X11" of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the different leaves on it in the same fashion. These are invites for my husband's office party in our house. I still some more to finish.

Hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
1. Make Merry card
Cardstock and paper:Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla, Holly by Golly dp by Cosmo Cricket
Stamp set: Best Wishes & more, Berry Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Everything else: Scallop Edge punch, 3/16" corner rounder

2. You're Invited
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp set: Falling Leaves, Birthday hugs & wishes

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Praying for you...

Happy Saturday! Hope your week was a good one :) I made this card for a dear friend whose sister is battling cancer right now, in a Singapore hospital. I have given the card away and now realize that my photo is crooked. Sorry...  The card base is Bashful Blue and I added a belly band of Kraft and ribbon to it.
Here it is with the belly band off. This was my first time using the Medallion stamp from the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 catalog. It is lovely. One big stamp does make an impact on any project.

The card comes without an envelope. It is going to be given with a basket of fruit.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a good weekend...

Recipe (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Kraft, Chocolate Chip
Stamp set: Medallion, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Everything else: Scallop Edge punch, wide oval punch, 3/16" corner rounder, linen thread, button