Saturday, 15 February 2014

For my Valentine!


How's your Saturday so far?! It was such a windy and rainy night, last night. I was worried that my roof might get blown away! ^_^ This morning the wind continued to blow hard and strong. One of our back fence panel has finally came down. Not good! :'( Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day yesterday. For those who are Chinese, or Taiwanese like me, I hope you also enjoyed the Lantern Festival yesterday and hope you all had those yummy sticky rice balls!!

So I am here today to share the Valentine's card that I made for my husband yesterday.
I thought of the card game that my daughters play sometimes. You have to shout out "Snap!" when you saw the same matching cards that have been turned over. (Is this card game just called 'Snap'?) It is quite exciting to play. The main fire on the log stamp image is from Lawn Fawn's Cosy Christmas set. The two little hearts above the cute fire is from Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends. It just shows that Christmas stamp sets are not just for Christmas. I then created a simple border on the top and bottom of the card by using the hollow and solid heart stamps from Summertime Charm set, also from Lawn Fawn. Sentiments are created by using the studio g- Alphabet Stamp set  Series 1, cART-Us clear alphabet stamps and Stampendous!- a la Mode Alphabet. Finally just added crystal Stickle glue on those small hearts for some shine.
Here are some more photos of the card.
I am not sure if this card is masculine enough for males but hey it's Valentine's day! It's got to have some sort of reddish colour, hearts and the feel of lovey dovey in it, right?! ^_^    
Oh! Just to mention that we, in the UK, are so lucky to have an internet shop called Make The Day Special. They stock and sell all famous U.S. brand stamps, dies and craft supplies, like Lawn Fawn, CAS-ual Fridays, Mama Elephant, Paper Smooches etc. If you also love these hard to purchase U.S. brands then you must check it out! Make the Day Special is currently running a romantic theme competition. You still have time to join, just enter it by tomorrow the 16th on their Facebook site. That is where I am going next!
Hope you have a nice weekend and I promise I will be back to share my daughter's birthday invitation and party goodies soon.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Happy 11th Birthday!

Hi Peeps!

Can you believe this? My little baby girl, Aimee, turned 11 last Wednesday. Time just flies (and too quickly)!!

I had a very busy weekend trying to get cupcakes and party bags ready for the birthday party on Sunday. According to my daughter it was the greatest party ever!! They all had fun and my preparations were worth it. ^_^

Although the birthday and the party are now over, I thought I should still share some crafty creations I made for this event. Today, I will show you the birthday card first.
Cupcakes are a must for birthdays these days. Don't those cupcakes look yummy?! The image is coloured by using Copic Ciao marker pens. The background cupcake pattern paper was two strips of offcuts from my snippets box. Then, I used "red ladder" washi tape to cover the joint. The scalloped oval shaped die cut is also a piece which was left over from making the invitations. All these bits and pieces of "scrap" just come in handy sometimes. I will be happily bringing this card with me to Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 111.
Here are the views from the side and close up.
To create some shine and interest, crystal Stickles is added to the image and blue Liquid Pearls is added around the scalloped oval shape.
For this card I have used the sketch from Seize the Sketch #13. If you are interested in having a go, here is the sketch. I have turned the sketch 90 degrees to the left for my card.
I will be back soon to share some other items I made for Aimee's birthday. Have a nice evening!


Saturday, 1 February 2014

Happy Chinese New Year

Hello all!

Happy Chinese New Year! ^_^

Oh My God! I can't believe what I just saw. My flip card has made the Top 3 Winners at crafts 4 eternity for the R#160~ Tic Tac Toe challenge. Woo hoo! I made it! This is the first time I've made it to the top 3 on a card challenge blog. I am so happy! Now this is a good start to the year of the horse! I hate to brag about it (as I bet a lot of you out there win challenges all the time) but I am just so excited and had to make a point of it!! Hee hee! So, from now on, this badge will be proudly displayed at the side bar of my blog.
Top 3 winner at Crafts 4 eternity challenge

Well, since it is Chinese New Year today, what about a Chinese new year's card?

No stamping on this card. The tree braches are done by blowing wet paint, through a straw. How many of you remembered this game as a child? Trying to create an image by blowing the paint around. You never know what picture you might end up with! Love it! I use flower punch for the cherry blossoms and hand drew the details. I also used Memory Box Meadow Leaf Die, by Poppy Stamps Craft, to die cut the leaves and then cut each individual leaf out to stick to the branch.

Here is a picture taken from the side.
Two lanterns were cut by free hand out of Japanese Washi paper. These papers are so beautiful! Black card strips were cut for the top and bottom of the lantern and then decorated with Liquid Pearls. Finally, I added the tassels and used 3D foam to prop them up on the card base. Here is a close up look:
The sentiment was typed and printed from my computer. So, what do you think? Hope you like it.
I will also be entering this card in this weeks challenge on crafts 4 eternity: R#161~ Oriental Theme.
Have a good weekend! 


p.s. For those of you from Taiwan or interested in Chinese, a step by step instruction on how to make this card, written by myself, is published in this craft book in Taiwan on October 2013.