Sunday, January 30, 2011

Birthday Owlie

Good morning and happy Sunday, crafting friends... The sketch of FTL125 is up here and I have a request of an owl birthday card in bright candy colors for a little girl.

So I combined both the sketch and the request and came up with this:

I pulled out my owl punch which now I realized, haven't been used much (we shall remedy that...) and had fun paper piecing this owlie. I even polka dotted his vest :)

I had saved my paper scraps so I pulled out these bright candy colors of: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.

I thought my owl needed a "perch", so I added the Chantilly Lace ribbon there.

Simple and fun!! Not to say a sketch that will allow me to use up those scraps.

Enjoy your Sunday, crafting friends. Thank you for peeking.



Saturday, January 29, 2011

A sweet treat from a friend

Good morning, crafting friends...

My friend Elysa went to Taiwan during the Christmas holiday with her family and she brought back these Taiwanese yummies: milk tea and a box of tiny pineapple tarts. The pineapple tarts have a dollop of pineapple jam inside. Mmm... We all love it, they were gone in 2 days!! Thank you, dear Elysa for the sweet treats!!

Here it is before tea time :) in one of those pretty mugs from my days of poring the market in Beijing.
Which inspired me to make a mini 3x3" card with the Tiny Teacup single stamp.

I had cut up some time before, several blank Crumb Cake mini cards just to have on hand. This comes in handy when you just want to stamp right away. One 12x12" card stock yields 8 mini 3x3" cards with no waste.

I grabbed the new Baby Blossoms stamp set (in the Occasions Mini catalog) which have a bunch of tiny and feminine flower images (think Laura Ashley or those English garden florals) and just randomly stamped all over the surface. Rose Red ink for the buds and Pear Pizzazz for the tiny leaves.

And then the Tiny Teacup stamp punched into a large oval. Finished off with a Pretty in Pink button.
Here is another of those mini bud blossoms, they are so pretty. I only stamped the sentiment focal point this time. The background is a new DSP called Springtime Vintage.

Thank you for visiting today, crafting friends. Please think of the tea cup as some time spent together in my craft room.

Hugs and happy stamping,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sew Suite

Hello there, crafting friends... I am sharing a card that I made because I saw this Curtain Call Color Challenge over at Stacey's blog. What a fun combination, so I gathered my supplies for this one:
The challenge is closed now because of course, by the time I saw it, the time limit was over :) but, here it is, anyway.

The stamp set is called Sew Suite on the Occasions Mini catalog, that I had framed with the Framed Tulips embossing folders.

Just think of me as a seamstress wanna be :) A sewing machine is next on my wish list :) (Hello, Mikiko... !!)

Have you ever attempted to wrap a brad into the center of the twine bow? That's what I tried to do with the Sweet Stitches fabric brad above. I had cut the brad prongs with my Craft & Rubber scissors. I thought that's a fun touch.


Happy stamping,


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Get ready to Sale-a-Brate

Hello there, crafting friends... Sale-a-Bration 2011 is here! Check out all the fabulous items there. Until March 31, 2011.

Here is a banner that my friend Yoshe and I made together one evening with the Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper and matching Big Designer Buttons and Fabric brads. Love all those yummy combo together. Personalized with her initial.

Happy crafting to you all.


Monday, January 24, 2011

The gift of music

Good morning, crafting friends... there is something that I have been "wishing" for in my craft room (and my husband has been "listening")...

It came in the shape of this:
Yay!! So happy!! It has to be red, of course :)

Here is a quick thank you card for my husband's colleague who picked it up for me and brought it all the way here.
It has to be red, of course :) Poppy Parade card base. The pretty swirly stamp I used is called Elizabeth and it will be available as a Sale a Bration gift starting January 25 with every $50 purchase (US addresses only).

I dry embossed the Crumb Cake panel after I had stamped on it- I love the added texture that way. Marina Mist ribbon and Marina Mist button tied with twine are the finishing touches.

Thank you for taking a peek today, crafting friends. Happy stamping...



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nature Walk

Hello there, crafting friends... I hope you're enjoying your Saturday so far. Today is a day spent pottering around the house for me and I enjoy it :)

I am playing along with the latest FTL 124 sketch on Clean and Simple Stamping blog here:
and here is my version:

I have been making cutesy whimsical stuff lately, I am changing gear with this one. The stamp set is called Nature Walk. It is a collection of lovely nature images. My card base is Not Quite Navy and the patterned paper in the background is called Botanical Gazette DSP.

I added Chantilly lace, a Cherry Cobbler button (from the Regals designer button collection) tied with twine, a tiny flower that's bent up to show some dimension and a pearl in the center.

Pretty straightforward, really. Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up everything. I would be lost without those :)

And guess what I stumbled upon in the newsstand across the street the other day? Yes! The Martha Stewart Living Magazine in Bahasa Indonesia!! Of course, I got to buy it to check it out... Here is a story of the publication gone international.
I love poring through magazines.... :)

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit, crafting friends. Thank you for peeking in.



Friday, January 21, 2011

Banner crazy

Good morning, crafting friends...

Remember my post on Sweet Stitches banner card here? Well, that card made me so happy, that I think wouldn't it be great to make a set of those cheerful bright colors as a set of cards.

So, here are 5 of them in Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise. Yummy... I just left them be on the counter of the craft room just to look at for now :)
Enjoy your Friday!!



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Concord Crush Valentine

Good morning, crafting friends... I have kept this FTL123 sketch in mind since last Saturday, but for some reason, nothing came out until this morning :) I wonder if that happens to you sometimes? Here is the sketch:

Here is what I came up with (with Hannah hanging out helping me and called the time we spent together this morning before I walked her to school as her "card making class" :) )

Card base color and the background patterned paper is Concord Crush. Pretty in Pink heart is die cut from the Hearts and Brackets die, embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder. Rose Red button is from the Subtles Designer Buttons pack. Twine and Pretty in Pink ribbon finish them off.

Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, stamped in Concord Crush ink.

Today, we are going to explore a glassware factory store- so I wish you all a great day!



Monday, January 17, 2011

Button, Button

Good morning and happy Monday, crafting friends... I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. My parents and sister's family came over to lunch at our house to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Hannah enjoyed playing with her cousins.

Here is a card that I had played with some time ago, those cute button images are from the Button, Button stamp set. I stamped them randomly over a Top Note die Crumb Cake card stock in various Brights colors :) Then, simply added the Daffodil Delight pom pom trim and a Glimmer Brad (in Tempting Turquoise color). All items are in the Occasions Mini catalog.

And lastly, check out my lovely flower soaps :) This bouquet is from my friend/ fellow crafter Lily. They are sitting on a shelf in my craft room right now. I really like how my craft room turns out, lots of natural light and all my favorite stuff in one place :)

Hugs and happy stamping,


Friday, January 14, 2011

Project Soaps

Good morning, crafting friends... My daughter turns 5 today and for the past week the wheels in the my head have been whirling on what to plan around that day :)

Hannah wants to celebrate the day with her preschool friends and teachers that she loves so much. This will be the last birthday celebration before she moves on to Kindergarten next school year.

We know we will have a cake to share with everyone at school and next I am thinking of what to give as little favors for her little friends and the teachers.

My first thought was a wrapped candy bar for her favor but then, I thought these kids' parents would probably prefer not to have more sugar for the children :) So, I am mulling it over again, until the idea of the bar soap came :) A ha!! A baby bar soap is easy to wrap and make pretty, yet useful and practical.

So I dubbed this my Project Soaps. I wrapped each soft smelling baby soap with the Sweet Stitches DSP. Then, I packed 3 of them together inside a plastic bag. A little hand-stamped tag with her initial and a Melon Mambo butterfly is the finishing off.

Here is a selection of them. These pretty papers make me happy! I make 25 of these packages so everything is kept pretty simple.

Next is these little packages for the teachers. 3 soaps stacked together, wrapped in Springtime Vintage DSP. Tied with 1/4" Rose Red grosgrain ribbon. Love these feminine soft colors together....

Finished off with hand stamped tiny little tags like this. Using the tiny blooms in Baby Blossoms stamp set and a "for you" sentiment.

And of course, while I was at it, I wrapped more little soaps for all the ladies in my prayer group. Ha!! So, here is what their breakfast plate looked like.

I think these bar soaps idea is quick, easy and pretty- this will probably be my go to idea when I need a quick something. And all with supplies already in my stash. The happiest part for me is to be able to use all these pretty papers.

My prayer girls loved these, so that makes me happy too :)

Thank you for peeking in today, crafting friends. I hope you enjoyed your visit.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sweet Stitches banner card

Hello there, crafting friends... As you can see, I am in love with banners!! LOL!! After making the paper banners here, I have been thinking how to make them into a card without much cutting...

So, finally, voila!! I used the 2 x 1 3/8" oval XL punch to punch out these colorful Sweet Stitches DSP (which gotta be my #1 love from the Occasions Mini Catalog), cut them in half, and it becomes my banner. I added the bling from Basic Rhinestones and linen thread bow to dress it up.

The polka dot Crumb Cake background is from Neutrals DSP Stack. I think it anchors the banner against the Melon Mambo card base nicely that way.

This card goes straight in the mail to a lovely girl who I need to send a great big thank you to.

Enjoy the rest of your day, crafting friends... thank you for peeking into what I made today.



Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Holiday Parade

Good morning, crafting friends... How's life in 2011 so far? School started for the children and I am slowly back to routine mode :)

I took pictures of the handmade holiday cards that I received to share with you today. So sit back and enjoy!! And thank you sincerely, from me.

From my downline, Lia P.

From my scrapbooker friend, Ira.

From my dear buddy and fellow blogger Marlene Lo.

A green card using recycled and repurposed materials from my fellow blogger Sheerah Teo. 2 thumbs up to you Sheerah for caring for the earth.

From my prayer partner, Annie.

And lastly, from my upline Kim Peck who lives 8,000 miles away. The card finally made it :) Created using My Digital Studio.

All the best to you for 2011.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Because I Care...

Good morning, crafting friends...

Here is one of the cards I was playing with last week, using the new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Framed Tulips- in the Occasions Mini. I embossed it on a piece of Baja Breeze card stock- it turned out to be really cool! After that, I was looking for a big image that will work inside the frame, hence my choice of the hydrangea from the Because I Care stamp set (hostess level 1). I stamped it in Not Quite Navy ink.

I then mounted it on a piece of patterned paper from Springtime Vintage DSP, added the Victoria lace trim, a Rose Red button from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection, threaded with linen thread.

This became a bigger sized 5x7" card.

Thank you for peeking to what I made today. Wishing you a happy crafty day.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sweet Stitches Love You

Good morning, crafting friends... Popping in real quick just to post what I had been tinkering around with the first CAS layout of 2011. FTL 122 here.

I have been playing with the Sweet Stitches DSP and still have them all laying out on the table so I looked out for little pieces of those scrap and cut mine into 2x2".
In place of the scallop edge, I glue dotted a length of pom pom trim. Sentiment is from Valentine Defined stamp set and the heart is punched out with the Heart to Heart punch. My card base is Early Espresso.

I still have a few more pieces of 2" squares scrap left over so I might finish this up into a set of note cards with matching pieces.

Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting!!



Friday, January 7, 2011

First paper banner

Good morning, crafting friends.... As you can see, I am too jumping on the banner band wagon that you see everywhere on the paper crafting world :) and wow, it is wonderful to create my own!

Click on the photo to make it larger, for I forgot to take individual photos of each panel :)

Mine is a simple rectangle shape. I had cut it to 4x6" size out of Designer Series Paper. First up there is one I made for the new baby boy next door. "T" is his initial. I pulled out the Animal Stories stamp set for this one and used a combination of Play Date Designer Series Paper and a retired DSP that is matching with the stamp set.

Next one is a banner that I made for a girl named Christina. Hence, the "C" in the banner.

Here is all of them together. This one is using goodies from the Occasions Mini catalog. Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper, matching Sweet Stitches Designer Big Buttons, Sweet Stitches Fabric Designer Brads, Pompom Trim. Click on the above photo to make it larger.

Here are the next 2 panels: Bold Blossom stamp set and Designer Big Buttons, stamped on a Crumb Cake piece of Scallop Square Duo die cut. This is where I got the idea of the buttons flowers above. Check out Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty blog for amazing inspirations.

Next panel is a simple doily and the "delight" definition which is from Define Your Life stamp set, mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

The main image of the girl silhouette is from Easter Blossoms stamp set which I had stamped in Tangerine Tango ink and added a Tangerine Tango pom pom trim. Die cut flower is from Blossom Party originals die (left over from previous projects).

Here are the last 2 panels. More pom pom trim and button flowers. Linen thread and 1/16" hole punch to connect each panel together. It had been a joy to create this. I packaged this into a Stampin' Up! tin and tied with Melon Mambo ribbon and made a matching little tag (which duh!! I forgot to take a photo of). I must be getting older :)

I wish you a good weekend ahead and a happy stamping day :)



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Occasions Mini is here...

Good morning, crafting friends... Occasions Mini is in my online store here from January 4 to April 30, 2011.

It has new Designer Series Paper, matching fabric, new ribbons and buttons, new punches with matching stamp sets. Oh my!

Happy browsing :)


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year, crafting friends!! We spent New Year's Eve as guests of our friends in the little mountain town of Trawas in East Java, near where I grew up as a child. Because of our mountain location, we had a beautiful display of firework on Dec. 31 :)

I had a wonderful week of stamping during the Christmas holidays that I will be sharing in the coming days.

First off is this set of note cards for a friend and neighbor.

The pretty flowers and butterfly are from a new stamp set that will be available in the Occasions Mini catalog (starting today, January 4, 2011) called Bold Blossom. They were stamped on a panel of Crumb Cake card stock with Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride ink pads on Blushing Bride card base. I did not put any sentiment as I wanted these to stay versatile for any occasion.

I finished off with little dots of pearls and rounded a couple of the Crumb Cake card stock corners. These were fairly fast to finish in one sitting.

This is how I wrapped the package. Brown rice paper from my friend Ariani, a band of matching Blushing Bride ribbon and a mini card stamped with coordinating images and colors.

Next up is a Valentine's card. As I already had the same supplies out, I just changed up the stamped flower image with punched hearts from the Heart to Heart punch, that had been run through the Big Shot machine with Vintage Wallpaper texture embossing impressions folders. Popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals and finished off with pearls.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and the patterned paper is from In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.

That's it for today... I am off to run errands now.

Thank you for peeking in.