Sunday, September 30, 2012

Orchard Harvest DSP (again)

Hi there, crafting friends...

I hope you have a relaxing weekend. Ours is a long weekend with the kids off from school, I guess this marks half way of the semester here. The weather has cooled down somewhat, not the relenting heat and humidity as when we first arrived so that's nice.

I wanted to find a couple more ways to showcase the Orchard Harvest DSP and I really like the idea of having a few of the patterns lined up next to each other, cut up as banners. Each banner width is 1.5" and I varied the length. So that was my jumping point, then I just finished the card with a colorful leaves background, a length of geometric paper, tied up with Pool Party Baker's Twine, more buttons from the Naturals Designer Buttons pack and simple sentiment.

My card base for this one is Cajun Craze. Very fall appropriate.

My next card is an Island Indigo card base paired with another colorful striped pattern from the same DSP pack. Love this happy stripey pattern :) Then I just slapped on the stamped tag.

I had stamped that shipping tag with the canning jar from the Perfectly Preserved stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog. Oo... it came out so cute, it made me so happy! I need to create some more with the set!!

I must have caught the Summer Starfruit bug, because I just *had* to finish the card with the Summer Starfruit bow :)

Enjoy... and thanks for peeking.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Orchard Harvest DSP

Hi there, crafting friends... Happy Friday!!

I have been looking for a way to showcase the Orchard Harvest DSP (in the current Holiday Mini catalog) when I saw this sketch posted this morning. Yay! Thank you, Natasha, this was a great jumping point for today's card.

This is my first time playing along in FTL since arriving in India with the craft room still *not* organized.. (sigh... I will get there. The upstairs part of the house does not come together as fast as I want it to, not sure how long it will take me at the rate I am going).

But, on to my card: the card base is Sahara Sand. The ribbon is the new In Color Summer Starfruit satin ribbon. The sentiment is from a stamp set called You Are Amazing (in the annual Catalog), cut up with the Apothecary Accents Framelits and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The buttons are from Naturals Designer Buttons, tied with Linen Thread and popped up with Dimensionals (cut to shape).

Enjoy! I am off to play with the kids, they are off from school today.

Happy stamping,


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Gently Falling

Hello there, crafting friends...

Though the weather is gentler and the breeze can be felt, it is not fall weather yet here :) But I did pull out the Gently Falling stamp set, which is a 2 step stamping set.

I basically stamped all the outer images with Chocolate Chip ink first, then filled in the inside images with the color combo of More Mustard, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake. Mmm... sounds delicious :)

Next, I finished off with the sentiment (from the stamp set Trust God, which is a new sentiment set in the Annual Catalog), Soft Sky Baker's Twine, rounded the corners and spritzed some More Mustard marker with my Color Spritzer Tool and call it done.

I sat down to make a batch of these for a new dear friend of mine :) What a joy to be able to do this.

Happy stamping to you, too...


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Adorning Accents Edgelits

Hi there, crafting friends...

I realized that I have not shared these cards with you, so here they are...

I made a home made patterned paper with this wheat and flower stamp set and for some reason, I reach out to Daffodil Delight a lot lately. I am just liking that it goes with either subdued colors or bold colors and it feels bright and happy.

I cut out the edge with the Adorning Accents Edgelits and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink, then finished off with a simple Rich Razzleberry bow.

Here is a pretty and girlie combo of Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade, a bow and a button :)

I hope you enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, September 23, 2012


Hi there, crafting friends...

This was a card that I made for my nephew Nathan's 7th birthday back in May.

I had accumulated quite a stash of these DSP Stack scraps in a basket on my desk, so I started working on making various sized banners with these. Hannah helped me decide which colors should go on Nathan's card :)

To finish off, I punched out these mini banners with the Petite Pennants Builder punch, Whisper White Baker's twine bows and his initial. Lastly, I rounded the bottom corners with the 3/16" corner rounder punch.

Thank you for stopping by today...


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Delicate Doilies Thank You

Happy Saturday, crafting friends...

I am going to my first bridal shower here today :) This is what I made for the bride-to-be, a stack of thank you cards in the wedding colors - Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry. I added Bashful Blue and Wisteria Wonder to the color mix.

I started with a Naturals Ivory card stock, pulled out the Delicate Doilies stamp set and started working on the batch.

To finish off, I added the Bashful Blue bow, the sentiment and Basic Pearls, and a spray of Bashful Blue marker with the Stampin' Spritz tool :)

Off I go for today...

Happy creating to you,


Monday, September 17, 2012

Ribbon Alert

Hello there, crafting friends...

Just want to mention this September specials :) just in case you have not heard of it. Yippee for new In Color ribbons!

Happy creating,


Delicate Doilies Trio

Happy Monday, crafting friends...

I hope your weekend was restful, as was ours. We pretty much just rested and recovered from the previous week's business (phew..) Enjoying some family time at home and of course, making some headway in the craft room :)

I created a trio of cards- all using the same theme. The stamp set is the largest image from Delicate Doilies, stamped with Soft Suede ink on a piece of shipping tag (picked up at an office supply store). On all 3 tags, I added a piece of Daffodil Delight polka dot DSP from the Polka Dot Parade DSP.

Then I chose my card base, Calypso Coral (which is one of the In Colors 2011-2013 collection), added a background of patterned paper from the Storytime DSP and added bits and pieces to finish off the cards.


I stuck a tiny paper daisy and a rhinestone in the middle of each doily stamped image.

I apologize for the photo quality- this was taken with my cell phone - until I figured out how to set up a photo stage and the DSLR! :)

I wish you a blessed week ahead!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Moving Forward (2)

Good morning, crafting friends...

I have another super simple sample of a different sample of another stamp in the Moving Forward set, which I thought is nice for a boy and a girl. This particular one will be my for my son's classmate's birthday party this weekend! So yay! I got that one already prepared :)

The background patterned paper is a new DSP in the annual catalog called Storytime. Since I have 2 kids in elementary school, this is perfect!

The ribbon is a new one in the Holiday Catalog called 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, which you can alter and personalize by stamping on it! Cool! I did just that by stamping the swirl on the ribbon, to also convey movement of the hot air balloon.

Lastly, of course, a large pearl is a nice touch.

Aha.. I have another photo to share. I have not explored much of this new home of mine, but last week I went out with a group of ladies and had lunch in this vegetarian restaurant. This is a picture of my first Indian thali. A thali is a tray with a sampler of the different things in it and the dome in the middle is called a dosa, a type of crunchy bread (reminds me of a krupuk in Indonesia). And the drink of choice in a hot afternoon is lime soda juice. It is supposed to be hidrating.

Okay... signing off now and happy stamping to you,


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Moving Forward

Good morning, crafting friends... (India time) haha... maybe night time where you are :)

Coffee in hand, I have a card to share- that I made while visiting my stamping mentor Lorraine's stamping room in Washington, DC. We had a fun evening meeting her and her stamping friends. I called Lorraine my stamping mentor because she had graciously and generously showed me different techniques, shared her precious stash and hunted the different markets in Beijing (where I first met her, because our families both lived there at one time).

The blue polka dot is Lorraine's patterned paper stash that I had used. Thank you, Lorraine!

The stamp set is a new one in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog (go to the very last page, back cover) called Moving Forward. It is the Ronald McDonald's stamp set, meaning that every set that is purchased, $3 will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I usually buy the Ronald McDonald's stamp set every year, as soon as it is being introduced. I just thought, why not, right?

I had added two blings on the bike tires (Rhinestones Basic Jewels. I travel with these when we were in transition between homes! Ha...)

I wish you a nice day today.

Happy stamping,


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Goodbye... and Hello...

Hi there, crafting friends... 

Four months have gone by!! The weeks are just flying by. In May 2012, our family packed the house (apartment, actually) to move to our next home in New Delhi, India. 

We departed Jakarta in June 2012 :( I will miss you all- my crafting friends and miss Indonesia, and the food and all the lovely people that I have met in our 3 years there. Those 3 years went by in a blink. That was a picture of my favorite room in the Jakarta home, all packed away!

After a summer vacation in the US, visiting family, friends and Disneyland- we arrived in India at the end of July.

A couple weeks later, our shipment from Jakarta was delivered to our new house and here is the truck :) I had to take a photo of that colorful truck, no?

We are still settling down, very slowly. Still organizing the house and unpacking boxes and hopefully not too long in the future, I will get my current craft room organized. I picked up a couple of pretty stuffs while in the US so I am looking forward to putting them to good use :)

I have not been crafting in weeks except for the here and there and a couple of occasions visiting friends' homes.

But here is a photo of a small gift for my new neighbor here:

Please know that I miss you all and I look forward to getting back to some creating.