Sunday, January 31, 2010

Money envelope

Hi there! How about a hand-made hand-stamped money envelope for Chinese New Year? I made one this weekend and like the result of what I think is east meets west style. Scrapbook paper and stamps in traditional Chinese New Year color of red and gold.

I have been thinking about money envelope for the last week or two and finally decided of actually making an altered envelope, as opposed to making one from scratch. The envelope is a regular office supply coin envelope. I covered it with the Raspberry Tart DSP, framed with Real Red card stock.

Here is a detailed shot of the sentiment. I embossed the Curly Label with my new SU! Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder (available in the Occasions Mini catalog).

For those of you who are not in this part of the world, Chinese New Year is the celebration of the lunar new year. This year, it will fall right on Valentine's Day on Feb. 14. On that day, little children get money stashed in a red envelope. I have a whole bunch of little nephews and nieces. So I had better get busy making some more red envelopes :) This one will be for my parents.

Thank you for stopping by. What are you making this weekend?


Recipe: (all by SU!)
Card stock and paper: Real Red, Raspberry Tart DSP (ret.)
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Gray
Tools: Curly Label, Modern Label punches, Big Shot machine, SU! Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder
Everything else: Gold cord, gold brads, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wall Art 2

Hello! Here is more wall art :) I made 4 of these altogether.

Love that sentiment: Follow your heart. I added a little Rose Red heart mounted on Dimensionals with my new punch.

Here is another one, simply cut from that Sweet Pea DSP and added the sentiment with a marker (I omitted the word "small". The sentiment says "small wonder") and mounted on dimensionals.

And this is all 4 of them together. They look so cheerful :) Now I have to decide which wall it is going to be :)

Recipe (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Sweet Pea DSP, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Rose Red
Stamp set: Whimsical Words
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools: Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Wide Oval, Curly Label, Small Heart punches
Everything else: Stampin' Dimensionals, brads

Wall Art I

Happy Saturday :) I have been thinking about wall art projects for a long time, so glad to be able to work on it :)

The new Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper in the Occasions Mini Catalog is so sweet. I have been admiring it, when I thought, why not display it :) I love the cute little bird above. All I did was add a button and linen tread on the largest flower. Here is another one below:

The sentiment is from one of the Sale-a-Bration sets, Whimsical Words. And then, I added the bird and branch from the new bird punch.

Here is a full picture.

Recipes: (all by SU!)
Paper and cardstock: Sweet Pea DSP, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Pupmkin Pie, Rose Red
Stamp set: Whimsical Words
Ink: Whisper White
Tools: Wide Oval, Curly Label, Extra Large 2-step Bird, 1" circle punches
Everything else: Stampin' Dimensionals, brads, linen thread, Kiwi Kiss button (ret.), Button Latte, Ikea frame

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Where I create... (part 2)

Hello, everyone! Thank you for stopping by for a little tour of my crafting space. I have some more pictures.

These white bins are from Sogo grocery store. They are Japanese. I am a fan of anything Japanese! I think they have an eye for cool design. These bins also remind me a bit of the Container Store :) (hi, Huey!) I have picked up a bunch more to organize things around the house.

My ink pads fit into these bins and they are within reach whenever I need them :)

I find that I tend to use things when I can see them, so I try not to put them hidden away. Out of sight, out of mind and all that.

I ran into this little decorative bird cage on our last trip to Bali. My friend, Elice and I spent an afternoon shopping the artsy boutiques along Seminyak. Love that area! Definitely want to go back :) Anyway, I saw it, I fell in love with it, loved the reasonable price, knew exactly where I was going to put it, and I hand carried it home! Crazy, I know but I think it is a good buy :)

I have been trying to upload more photos but somehow it is not working out. It takes forever to upload and after retrying several times, I leave it as it is now.

It is late at night for me here :) Enjoy your weekend, everyone!


Where I create...

Happy Thursday! May I take you on a little tour of my crafting room? This is a room that I had envisioned in my head for the longest time so it is really exciting to see it come to life :)

I have graduated from having part of the kitchen table, a corner of the study, a corner of the dining room in Beijing to a corner of the living room in DC to a proper room for all my stash, tools and supply :)

When we got an email of the layout of our future Jakarta apartment, I picked this room. I had imagined plenty of natural light of the room as it is facing east and I am glad it is. I love it in the morning with plenty of sunshine :)

We made a few trips to Ikea before we headed out to Jakarta and I am glad we did! :) Love these square bookcases and especially because it is the perfect size to store 12"x12" paper and card stock. I love arranging and rearranging the cabinets so this is still an ongoing process until I find a system that works for me.

Hannah normally puts her stuffed toys here but I love to sit on this Ikea arm chair and browse at craft magazines.

My cutting station :) A kitchen furniture from Ikea which was the perfect height for me to stand and crank on the Big Shot machine. This little table has wheels so it can easily rolls to other parts of the room and it comes in handy when friends visit.

This is a full view of one side of the room. My work table is on the left side with the white chair. The walls are still bare- this will be an ongoing project as well :)

I will have more photos tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by and taking this little tour with me. It is a special place for me :) If you have any ideas or thoughts, feel free to leave a comment. I am always on the lookout for organizational ideas.

Have a good day, you all.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fox & Friends baby card

Happy Sunday! This is one of the new stamp sets in the Occasions Mini catalog, called Fox & Friends. Super cute! And the new border punch that I got from Sale a Bration. I made this for a friend who is expecting a new little one :)

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Welcome Neighbor DSP
Stamp set: Fox & Friends, Short & Sweet
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray
Tools: Circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Scallop Trim border
Everything else: Silver brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

Enjoy the rest of your weekend :) We are heading out to the door to church now.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

New goodies

Hello! Where has the time gone? A week has flown by! Hope all is well with you all there. I have new goodies to play with :)

New punches! They snap shut and store flat when not in use. I can just picture them lining up on my work table. And these new clear stamps! They store flat in a DVD case. I lined up the little I have now on my work table. Lovely!

New Designer Series Paper to play with as well! Just opened these at random. Really pretty! I am still admiring them...

I am signing off now. Have a good rest of the week, you all.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hannah :)

Hello :) Today my little Hannah is 4 :) She was so excited about celebrating at her preschool. Pak Medi, our cook, baked a chocolate cake yesterday and this morning she woke up way too early, ready to "help" decorate the cake.

I stamped "Happy Birthday" on scrap paper for the cake :)

We made these little goody baskets for all her little friends at preschool. She loves cranking that Big Shot machine. I am just using left over patterned paper for this project. The baskets look good with double sided patterned paper.

This morning, my husband explained the meaning of "blessing" and "to bless" to our children. Happy blessed birthday, little girl.

Thank you for stopping by.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Hello! CAS stands for Clean and Simple. A quick, cheery card for CAS49 over at SCS today :) Love the combo of red polka dot on soft blue :)
Hope your week is a good one. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, January 11, 2010


Hi! I made these cards for Color Challenge 252 over at here which is:
Handsome Hunter, Certainly Celery, Bermuda Bay, and a neutral of choice (mine is Basic Gray). I cut my Top Note panel on the long side of it and stamped the tree from Pendant Park set.

And then, I made another one with the Top Note panel cut on the short side of it. This one is a graduation card for a friend who had been going to night school for the past couple years. He finally got his degree last weekend!

I hope you week is off to a good start. My son starts school today and I am back to normal routine after the Holidays. Take care!

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
Stamp set: Pendant Park, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools: Big Shot machine, Top Note die, 3/4" circle punch, 3/16" corner rounder
Everything else: Certainly Celery ribbon, brads from Marlene, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #21

Hi! When I saw Dawn's color challenge here yesterday, I was immediately thinking of a baby card :) Soft yellow works for both baby boy and girl. Here is what I came up with. The layout comes from FTL71 here.

My color combo is So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip.

I dry embossed the Chocolate Chip circles and then pasted them under the Bermuda Bay panel to make large scallop edge.

This baby elephant is colored with dabs of So Saffron markers. I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, October Afternoon dp
Stamp set: Out of the Box, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron marker
Tools: Big Shot machine, Finial Press Textured Impressions, circle punches, Scallop Circle, Modern Label punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Edge punch.
Accesories: Bermuda Bay ribbon

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Red, white and blue

Happy weekend :) Here is a card that I want to keep when I need a masculine birthday or a card for someone who is serving the country.

I embossed the star punch with SU! Finial Press.

Thanks for stopping by!


Cardstock and paper: Very Vanilla, October Afternoon dp
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot machine, Finial Press textured impressions, Circle Scallop, Large Star punches, ribbon, button, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sale-a-Bration is here

Good morning! The annual Sale-a-Bration or SAB is here! (Note: US addresses only).

The details:

Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!'s biggest event of the year, means friends, fresh ideas, and free products! And with three ways to earn exclusive Sale-A-Bration products, there's something for everyone.

  • Spend: Buy $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!
  • Host: Host a $300 workshop, and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!
  • Join: Become a demonstrator, and get a FREE stamp set (up to a $47.95 value)!

This promotion ends March 31, so contact me today to spend, host, or join! Or click here to see the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Click here for all the current Stampin' Up! catalogs.

Happy browsing!



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Monogrammed Note card set

Hello! I cranked up this set of note cards with the Manhattan Flower textured impressions folder for my neighbor, who I hope will enjoy this :) The sweet idea comes from Mary Fish's post here.

I love this alphabet stamp set, really handy for personalized gift :) The monogram was stamped in Soft Suede and then popped up with Dimensionals.

This one is in Kiwi Kiss.

And here is a group photo.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Pink Passion, Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede
Stamp set: Lovely Letters Alphabet
Ink: Soft Suede
Tools: Big Shot machine, Manhattan Flowers impressions folder, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle punches, Eyelet Border punch
Everything else: brads from Marlene, ribbon from my stash, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by.


Monday, January 4, 2010

For the newlyweds

Hello! One of my husband's colleague is going to have a wedding reception this weekend. I was asked to make a wedding card that is big enough for the whole section to sign :)

When I looked into my stash, I found an accordion Baja Breeze card base left over from a past project last spring, so I started with that :) The extra panels will provide enough space for everyone to sign. I dry embossed the Basic Gray cover with Stampin' Up! Manhattan Flowers Embossing Folder.

I spritzed Basic Black marker with the Color Spritzer Tool on the right hand corner to add some texture, and tie Whisper White Organza Ribbon to close the panels.

Here is the panels opened.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless noted)
Cardstock and paper: Baja Breeze (ret.), Basic Gray, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss (ret.), Urban Oasis DSP
Stamp sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Fifth Ave. Floral, Noteworthy (ret.)
Ink pads: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black marker
Everything else: Eyelet Border, Scallop Edge, Large Oval, Modern Label punches, pearls from my stash, Stampin' Dimensionals, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Color Spritzer tool, Big Shot machine, SU! Manhattan Flowers embossing folders

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your week.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

A trio of hearts

Happy Sunday! Here is a trio of hearts that make me happy :) using FTL73 sketch below. Love how simple it is :)

Here is an individual one, using the sentiment from Season of Friendship stamp set.

Here is a detail shot of the 3 hearts. My color combo comes from the sliver of October Afternoon DP that is scalloped next to it: Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay and Very Vanilla. I poked a brad in the middle heart, just to break up the monotony a little bit.

Recipe: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock and paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo. October Afternoon DP
Stamp set: Out of the Box, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
Everything else: 3/16" corner rounder, 1" circle punch, Scallop Edge punch

Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Friend to Friend

Good morning! A quick card today... Love the vibrant colors. Card base is SU! current In Color Crushed Curry.

A shot of the ribbon treatment, just something a little different. Tab is made from Curly Punch, folded in half.

That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend...


Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Happy 2010! I hope yours is off to a good start and that 2010 is what you would like it to be :)
I just want to give you the exciting news that the annual Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration is coming on January 5, 2010.

The way it works is that:
1. For every $50 you purchase, you get to pick from a selection of stamp sets, Designer Series Paper or a new punch! And new this year, you also get to pick free stamp sets from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog that is $15.95 or below.
2. Or if you sign up to be a demonstrator during SAB, you get to pick a free stamp set (any value) from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.
(Note: US addresses only)

If you would like a SAB booklet, please email me.

On today's project, I made the card above for Sketch Challenge SC261 (details here) and Color Challenge CC251 which are Barely Banana, Dusty Durango, Basic Gray and a neutral of choice (which is Whisper White for me) over at

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock and paper: Basic Gray, Barely Banana, Dusty Durango, Whisper White, Basic Gray patterned paper from Patterns Pack II
Stamp set: Of the Earth
Ink: Dusty Durango, Barely Banana, Basic Gray
Everything else: Basic Gray corduroy button, Scallop Edge punch, brads from Marlene Lo, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by!