Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pearl Snowflake Card

Hi everyone, I was inspired by Sarah Moerman's card here and I have been wanting to make something similar.  And I finally did it. 

For this card, I first die cut the card base using Hero Arts Frame Cut Big Snowflake.  Then I use the small snow flake stamp from the Hero Arts Stamp It: Winter set to stamp the background with Broken China distress ink.  Dry embossed the die shape using Snow Flyrries embossing folder from Sizzix, apply Pearl Arylic Paint to the raised area, and finally tie a snowflake brad (dabbed with Pearl Arylic Paint) with blue twine.

I am going enter it the current Tuesday Trigger - Shimmer & Shine challenge.  Also I'd playing along for a Flickr challenge hosted by Barb Engler.  See details here.  Oh one more and that's the current Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Snowflake.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Knotty Pearly Wreath

Hi everyone, I am so happy today I've made the following card.

As soon as I found out the theme of current CAS-ual Fridays' challenge - Create a Clean And Simple project that features a knot or knotsI know what I want to do, it just took me a little time to finish the card.  And I thought the pearls are shiny enough to enter this current Tuesday Trigger: Shimmer and Shines challenge over at Moxie Fab World.

I trimmed very thin green cs strip (in three shades), tie a bundle of three into knots, and glue them down in the shape of a round wreath.  Then embellished with white pearls, and red twine bow.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

50 Shades of Basic Grey

Hello my craft friends, how are you?  December is here and everyone is getting very busy!  Hope that you have some time to yourself and destress!

I made a card using some Basic Grey products and am entering it to this challenge.  Have you heard of a challenge blog name Paper Issues?  Find out more here.

Sentiment and pearls are from Hero Arts.  Both pattern paper and rub-ons (flower and leaves) are from Basic Grey - The Little Black Dress collection.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

CFC78: So Torn

Hi there:  Are you enjoying your day?  How about a quick share?   A card made for the current CAS-ual Fridays' Challenge - Create a CAS project with something torn on it.  It's a matchbook card.

Thanks for stopping by.   Bye for now.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

PPC #91 - Happy Anniversary

Hi, a quick post to share a card for the Playing in Paradise Challenge - Happy Anniversary.  I have been trying to use up existing CS, so I picked up a piece pink one and continue from there.

Embossing folder (Cuttlebug 37-1153 Textile).  I dry embossed the CS and then sand it down a bit, then rub Archival Brilliance (Moonlight White) on the raised area.  Die cut window with Hero Arts Frame Cut (DI006).  I cut very thin white and green CS strips and bundle them as shown in place of leaves for the homemade paper flower.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Simon Says ..... Thinking of You / Sympathy

Happy Wednesday everyone, today I want to share a Sympathy card made for the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge.


All stamps from Hero Arts (CL477, CL574).

Thanks for looking and keep save!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hero Arts November challenge

Happy Monday friends.  Where the time goes, we are back to standard time, and it's November already!!  Yikes!   Only 6 more weekends to Christmas, so obviously Christmas cards has high priority on my 'to do' list.  And when it comes to Christmas cards, snowflakes always comes to mind.  I made two cards for the Hero Arts November challenge - Bring on the Bling


I used the Dazzling Snowflake (Hero Arts S5605) for both cards.  The first one stamped with Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), and embellished with Platinum Stickles.  The second one I stamp the snowflake on white CS with Broken Chine (Ranger Distress) multiple times and die cut with Big and Small Snowflake frame cut.  The one on the card front is embellished with Diamond Stickles and gems.  I glue three other snowflakes together to attached them to the inside of the card so it gives a 3D effect when the card is opened.  The glitter is not showing up on the photo, but I promise you, the cards are very glittery in real life.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Birthday, Kraft On & Alphabet Stickers

Good day crafty friends:

I hope you and your family are well.  Today I want to share a card I made for a mini blog hop organized by a sweet crafty friend - Virginia Lu to celebrate the birthday of an equally sweet crafty friend - Barb Engler.  You could find all the details here.  Belated Happy Birthday Barb!

At the same time I thought I enter it to the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge - Create a CAS project using Kraft, and the Alphabet Stickers Challenge over at MoxieFabWorld.


Looking forward to you coming back to visit, and have a lovely day!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #3

Happy Sunday all:

I hope everything is well with you given that the 'super storm' Sandy is lurking outside.  Got some birthdays coming up next month, and I really like this sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and I couldn't resist but to play along.

I rotated the sketch 90 degrese counter clockwise, and used a piece of pp from "3bugsinarug" that I've hoarded for, oh I don't know, three four years!?  The English greeting is from Hero Arts, the Chinese one is computer generated.  Cupcake stamp is from Hot Off The Press.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of the weekend!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New line of stamps

Happy Sunday everyone!  

Just want to share some news with you stamping/blogging friends out there today.  Have you heard about CAS-usal Fridays' little sister - CAS-ual Fridays Stamps? 

Yes Michele Gross, owner of the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog started her own line of stamps.  Go over here to check out the sneak peeks!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #2

CAS (clean and simple) card design seems to be all the rage in the card making world lately.  And I am liking it, a lot!  Here's a card for a new challenge block CAS(E) this Sketch!  This week's sketch is:

I used clear stamps (studio G, VC0015) for this square card.  I stamped in black and then addesd some colours using coloring pencils, and embellished with gems.  I used Liquid Pearl for the white mistletoe berry.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blue snowflake

Second post of the week yay!!

Yup another attempt making CAS card, using my new favorite stamp and matching die.

I am entering it to the current ABNH challenge - Clean up your act; and the current Die Cut Divas challenge - Favoirte Die Cut Shape


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wedding cake and hearts

Welcome back.  It's Cindy here.  Today I am sharing a card I made

1) to help celebrate a fellow stamper - Cathy Fong's upcoming wedding, and
2) to enter the current CAS-ual Fridays' challenge - CFC74 put your {heart} into it, and
3) to enter the current Playing in Paradise challenge - PPC#88 Is there an Echo in the post, and
4) to enter the first challenge of a new challenge blog CAS(E) this Sketch, but sadly I missed the deadline of this one.

For my card I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:


Here's my card:

The hearts are punhed from pink card stock.  The wedding cake stamp is from Stampin' Up, I stamped it in black and sponged Spun Sugar (Range Distress) ink over it; and used glossy accent to add shine.  I am still learning how to make a CAS (clean and simple) card, I like this one, but then I start to wonder if it is not finished!  LOL  Anyway I should not overthink it right?!  :)

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of the week!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hanging Snowflake

Happy Friday to all! 

I am so excited to share a project today, I got a new stamp - Dazzling Snowflake from Hero Arts and the matching frame cut; and I've got some time to play with it!  I stamped it on acetate with white StazOn, die cut it and hung it in in/on an open card frame with twine and jump ring.  Ta da....

On the inside of the card I stamped a greeting (also from Hero Arts) with Frost White ink (ColorBox).  Card measures 5 x 6 inches.  I am going to enter it to the current Hero Arts monthly challenge - Make a Holiday Card

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, October 5, 2012

GD for Playing in Paradise Challenge 87

Happy Friday and welcome back.

It's Cindy here, and today I am guest designing over at Scrapbooker's Paradise's Blog.  My Tea Cup card was picked as weekly winner last week.  The new challenge is a sketch challenge:

 Here's a little peek of my card:

Do you see a few things going on there?  :)  You could see the whole card here.  And I hope you'd join in fun and play along with us.

Have a great weekend!  And to my fellow Canadian stampers, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Give yourself a Challenge

Happy Friday everyone:

So excited to share this little card with you today!  As you may have noticed I am taking the Kick Start online card class over at Online Card Classes, one of the lessons' challenge is to team up with a fellow stamper to make a card using the same stamp!  Isn't it fun?!  So I teamed up with the talented Barb Engler whom I got to know from the Hero Arts flickr group, we've decided to use the Large Flower Background stamp from Hero Arts.  You could check her blog here and her Flickr photostream here.  So here's my card:

I stamp the Large Flower Background on acetate with StazOn (Cotton White), then coloured the flowers with glaze pens and adhere to mustard yellow cs as shown.  The faux Washi tape on the bottom is stamped with the same stamp with Distress ink (Wild Honey), and the ink used for the sentiment on top. 

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Enjoy a cup of tea (PPC85)

Good day everyone, I am so excited to share this card today.  You see I am taking the Kick Start online card class over at Online Card Classes right now, needless to say I am having so much fun, I have learnt to look at things differently too.  Long story short I used one of my stamp which has never been used on a card before, it really need some love, and I was inspired by this photo found here.

My card:

And I am going enter it to the current Playing in Paradise #85 - have a Cuppa challenge.

Stamps:  Hot Off The Press (Fancy a Cuppa  HOTP-1042); Paper Parachute; Technique Tuesday (Simple Sentiments)
Inks:  Hero Arts Chalk (Iris), Heritage Dye (Old Gold), Memento Dye (Tuxedo Black)
Copics: RV63, RV66, YG00
Others:  glossy accent

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Entry to MFW TT and SSS

Hi there, welcome back! 

Are you enjoying your day?  Today I review the lessons from the Kick Start class, did a mini reorganization and clean up my craft space.  And made a few cards.  If you would like to check them out, click on my 'homework' page. 

And one of them I am entering to the Tuesday Trigger - Envy Becomes You over at Moxie Fab World and to the current Simon Says - Emboss It challenge.  So here it is:

Stamp from Hero Arts (C2155 Calligraphic Thank You)
Embossing folder from Cuttlebug (37-1153 Textile)
Ink: Ranger Distress (Peeled Paint)
card stock: white, green, and baby blue

Thanks for looking.  Enjoy the rest of the day.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Home Work

Happy Monday everyone!  Yeah I know it's a little late to use this greeting, it's very close to Tuesday... but I had a great day today. 

It's the first class of the Kick Start Online Card Class, and I've learnt so much about gathering inspiration, and cataloging them.  To take notes or catalogue the ideas/inspiration I made a little note book from a "Nothing Book" I bought a long long time ago.  I used some pages to write (eh hem..) poems, but that didn't last long, and the rest of the pages has been left alone for the longest time.  And finally today I found a purpose for it, thanks to my teachers Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.  So I altered the covers, and bind them and the empty pages with a book ring.

 Before:                                                                    After:

Thanks for looking.  Come back again to see more of my home work.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Faux Washi

Hi, a quick card to share today.  I use some faux Washi Tapes (made by moi), and the colours from the Hero Arts September challenge.  I made it for the Hero Arts September colour challenge and the Simons Says Stamp - Put a stamp on it  Challenge.

Photo taken with artificial light

Photo taken with natural day light
Are you wondering why 2 photos, I can't decide which one is clearer.  What do you think?

All stamps from Hero Arts:

LL673 Small Leaf Impression
LL764 Playfull Lowercase
CG405 Leaf & Floral Background
CG192 Floating Garden
CG269 Happy Definition

Thanks for stopping by, have a fab day!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Folding card

Hi, welcome back! 

Today is the birthday of my little guy and I've made him a 'never ending' card!  He likes to fold paper, a lot ... a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll show you what he made for me for Mother's day, and you'll see what I mean.

Mother's Day 2012

He used lined writing paper, torn, folded, coloured and assembled to make this 'pointed sphere'!  So I made this card for him.

'Front' of card

after open vertically

flip horizontally
flip veritcally, flip again you're back to the 'front', and you start over...

open flag to reveal secret messages

view of half open card

This card is really fun because you could just flip and flip and flip; thus the name.  If you want to make a 'never ending' card, just so a search on the web.  There are many sites/blogs that provide instructions of the 'how to'.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Welcome back, hope you're having a great day, and able to find time to relax.

This week at CASology, the cue word is Relax.  My way to relax is curl up on a pillow and read.  I hope my card convey this. 

Stamp used: Hero Arts (ST506 I Love Books)

I am also entering it to the Hero Arts Auguest challenge - Clean and Simple.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday madness (3 challenges)

Okay I am sure you are familier with this phase  'so much to play and so little time'?  Yes? :D

If you are here to see the card for ABNH, please scroll down.

I will be taking a few days away from the computer, so I am trying to get some cards done, there are so many challenges I want to try but there is so little time!  Last week I didn't get to finish my square card on time for the CAS-usal challenge so I am determine to get one in this week.  So here's the entry to this week's CAS-ual challenge - Splish Splash (create a card or project featuring something you might see in or at the ocean.

Next up a square card for both ABNH - Challenge #10 - The Kraft Crafter and Hero Arts Auguest Challenge - Technique: make your own embellishment.  I am loving the white on kraft look, so why is my flower orange?  It was too pale when I left it in white! :(  And I made a butterfly button using some ultra thick clear embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Hi all, TGIF!!

I did something real fun today, I hosted a 90 min scramble challenge at Hero Arts flickr group!  The challenge is to create card or project using a theme chosen by the host (aujourd'hui c'est moi) within 90 minutes.  And to play host I also provide a couple of sample cards!  Here they are:

To check out the details and what the other players created, click on this flickr link.  Enjoy!

Have a sweet day!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blog candies over at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Hey there, it's Saturday! 

Have you a chance to get inky and create?  Are you looking to add on to your supplies or get some inspirations?  If yes, perhaps you would want to take a look of the Scrapbooker's Paradise's blog. There's blog candies to be won, and tons of inspirations.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What's my style

Hello there, welcome back. 

CASE Study is turning two!  Happy 2nd Anniversary CASE Study!  This week they are having a special blog hop and a very fun challenge: create a card with our Signature Style.  So that got me thinking, what is my style?  Actually I think I am still looking for it! :D  But I revisited my past creations and I realised I am a 'one stamp girl'.  Majority of the times, I use only one stamp on one card.  So that's what I did here:

I stamped Hero Arts - CG431 Flower Table Cloth with ColorBox - Lilac on white vellum, then with ColorBox - Frost White on purple card stock, and one more time with Ancient Page - Primrose on pink card stock.  Cut out the parts I wanted (as shown).  Stamped sentiment Bonnidee - CL0111 French Greeting on white banner.  Assemble on white card base as shown and added a Hero Arts flower gem.  Voila!

For this new found signature, I am entering it to the both the current Hero Arts August contest - Clean and simple ,  the current ABNH challenge - Freestyle and the current Scrapbooker's Paradise challenge - Cup, Litre, Gallon.

Have a sweet day and hope you'd come back soon.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CASE Study Challenge #101

Whew this is close, just a couple hours before the dead line to submit to CASE Studay challenge #101, but to make things interesting, just as I was about to post, the power went out!!  Luckily it didn't last long.  So let's see what I did.

Enjoy the rest of the day!  :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Welcome back.

I'd like to remind you that there's goodies to be won over at Scrapbooker's Paradise, go check out the details here

Don't these goodies look yummy?!  Good luck!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Back to Black

When was the last time you used a black card base for a card?  Can't remember, go check out the wonderful cards by the DT over the CAS-ual Fridays.  This week's challenge is to use a black card base, here my card:

Hope to see you there too.

A little bird

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Did you know that CASE Study had reached their 100th challenge?  I saw an array of very lovely inspiration card there and couldn't help it but to play along.  Here's my card:

Won't you check it out and play along too?  Have a 'tweet' day!  :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Out of my comfort zone

Yup made a card for ABNHchallenge4, using colour combo that's out of my comfort zone.  The colours are Neon Yellow, Hot Pink, and Black.  So what do you think?  I am also entering this to the Moxie Fab World, the Hello Card challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Vacation

Happy mid-week!  Hehe ... if this greeting doesn't exist yet, I shotgun it!! :)

Is summer Vacation on your mind?  It is on mine, and it's this week's challenge theme at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  And Hero Art's July challenge theme is Summer Adventure, is relaxing under a sunny sky considered an adventure?  Hmm..  I am entering it anyway.  Here's my card, would you come and play too?

Stamps: Hero Arts (CL535), Memory Box (CS-101), Technique Tuesday (Simple Sentiment)

If you are heading out to your summer destination, may it be a great adventure!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Paper Flower

Welcome back to our blog, Cindy here.  Today I want to share a little project I had fun making - a paper flower.  Ever since I saw Shari Carroll's July technique and video over at Hero Arts' Blog, I want to give it a try too.  But I don't have the exact material so I came up with my own version, and I am going to enter it to Hero Arts July contest.  Here it is:

So how do you like it?  Below are photos of the material I've used to make it. 

So to do this I first stamp the Wood Grain flower (HA CL290) using Ranger Distress ink (Barn Door) on salmon pink card stock.  Next fuzzy cut the flowers, crinkle it and seperate the two layers of the card stock flower resulting in six layers.  Then I die cut some leaves in different shade of green card stock using (HA DI002), and one of the flower shape to be the base of the flower.  I made a crease in the middle of the leaves, and folder it to make leave vein.  Then a brad is used to thread all the flower layers together, then attached to the tip of the straighten paper clip.  Then I tear thin strips of green card stock, and use it like floral tape to wrap around the stem (the paper clip), adding leaves along the way.  Finally planted it in the wine cork.  Voila!   Here's a shot of the back/underside of the flower.

I hope it brings you a smile.

Thanks for stopping by.  And have a sweet day!