Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Bauble

I am currently decorating my Christmas tree. Apart from a set of Santa's Belly baubles, I plan to do the others by myself using the empty glass baubles I purchased from Michael's.

A few days ago I received a stamp set from Kanani. She's the talented designer that designs the photopolymer stamps sold at studiol2e. I really can't wait to get the other stamp sets.

I decided to use the above stamp set to make a Christmas bauble. Here is the picture of the bauble.

I used some brown Stazon ink to stamp the "December Documented" image on the glass bauble. I added some artificial decoration that I got from Michael's. It was not easy to stamp that image on a glass. If you have a trick to make stamping on glass less painful, please let me know :D.

-Glass bauble, pick, snow flakes (as bauble filler) from Michael's
-Studiol2e Documented:Months set
-Brown Stazon ink

Project Travel Central Europe (Part I)

I had a lot of pictures from our vacation trips. There is no way that I can make layouts for every single photo from the trips. I decided to make an album similar to Project Life (except that this is only for my travel pictures). I'm sorry for the crappy pictures, I will have to try to take pictures without the glare of the page protector next time.

I actually like this kind of project. It's a good way to kill your supplies and you get to include a lot of pictures, too.

- Studio Calico Roller Rink/Crack the Whip kits, as well some bits and pieces from Central High kit
- EK Success corner rounder
- Alphabet stickers from Pink Paislee, Webster's Pages
- Making Memories magnetic stamps
-Hey Project Life stamp set from 2peas/Studio Calico

Christmas Cards

These Christmas cards were made for Maile Belle's challenge, posted at SC blog a few weeks back.
I used the Stylish Sentiment set from Papertrey Ink (I fell in love with this set when I saw it). These cards are easy to make and I think they look elegant too.

*Note: I did not make the card topper myself. This Poinsettia card topper was sent by Kristi :).

-DCWV Card base
-May Arts Chevron Ribbon
-Jolee's sticker
-PTI Stylish Sentiment set
-Basic Grey ribbon
-Miscellaneous cardstock.

Post Wedding Photo Shoot

This is another layout I did using Studio Calico's Roller Rink/Crack the Whip kits. This was done as an entry to the Layout Recipe challenge posted at SC Community forum.

-Studio Calico Roller Rink/Crack the Whip kits
-Mistable Thickers
-Freckled Fawn Arrow washi tape
-American Craft Journaling pen
-Embroidery floss
-Wood grain card stock (you can get it from here)

There is A Way Out

Here is a layout I made for a picture my husband took in Berlin. It is actually a picture of the line of concrete slabs at the Holocaust Memorial.

I used the Studio Calico Crack the Whip/Roller Rink kit as well as some "upcycled" packaging from the SC kit.

-Studio Calico Crack the Whip, Roller Rink kits
-EK Success border punch, circle punch
-Versacolor ink.

15 Things I Love/Hate About Paris

These pictures were taken quite some time ago, when I was still living in Paris. I mostly used the items from Studio Calico Roller Rink kit, but I also used some small items from previous SC kits as well as other embellishments.

-Studio Calico Roller Rink kit
-DIY thickers and Martha Stewart glitter
-American Craft flair
-Shipping tag

Hello Again!

Hi All,

It's been a long time since I last updated this blog. I've been busy with personal matters but I still did some crafting. I am going to post a bunch of projects today, so keep reading :D.

As a start, below is a picture of the bag of treats that I prepared for the kids on Halloween. It turned out that... no one knocked at my door!!! I ended up asking my husband to bring most of these bags to his office. At least some adults were happy with the sweet treats :P.

I used an old Stampin' Up set to make the round tags. As for the tickets, they are Knock Knock tickets. I covered up the "Stiff Drink" phrase printed on the ticket with "bag of treats"

-Glassine bag
-Stampin' Up Batty For You set
-Divine Twine Halloween Twine
-Fiskars rectangular hand punch
-Colorbox chalk ink, Versafine ink

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Growing In Unity Winner

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your nice comments on my projects this week. I picked a lucky winner who will get two Itty Bitty stamps of her choice. The winner is...

Sharon G

Congrats! Sharon, please give me your e-mail address and I'll forward the information to Unity.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Growing in Unity Day 5: Set Me As a Seal on Your Heart

For this last day of Growing in Unity, I'm sharing with you a layout I made using some Unity stamps as well as the Roller Rink scrapbook kit from Studio Calico.

The pictures on this layout are my wedding pictures. The title of this layout as well as some quotes were taken from a song that I used for my wedding entrance at the church.

Stamp sets used in this layout include the heart stamp from You Stole My Heart set, the "Us" and journaling spot stamps from Life is a Journey set and the Quatrefoil background stamp.

Thank you for joining Growing in Unity this week. Come back tomorrow to check the winner of the two Itty Bitty stamps.

-You Stole My Heart Life is a Journey and Quatrefoil stamp set
-Studio Calico Roller Rink scrapbook kit
-Potty people paper clips and transparent alphabet stickers from Studio Calico Central High kit
-Vellum sticker sheet
-White embossing powder
-Heidi Swap Tinsel, Primrose Color Shine
-Studio Calico Boss Lady Mister Huey
-Sakura white glaze pen
-American Crafts black marker
-Versacolor, Versamark ink
-My Mind's Eye washi tape

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Growing in Unity Day 4: All You Need is Love

Hi All,

For Growing in Unity Day 4, I want to share a one-layer card that I made using some stamps from August 2010 Kit of the Month ("All You Need").

I first stamped the sentiment "all you need is" and "Love" on a white card base. I masked the sentiments before stamping and heat embossing some heart images.

Keeping the masks on the sentiments, I sprayed the front of the card with Studio Calico Boss Lady Mister Huey, Heidi Swapp Primrose and Sweet Cherry Color shine. Once it dried, I buffed the embossed image to reveal the hearts.

To embellish the card, I outlined the sentiments and added a red heart-shaped flatback pearl.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Unity August 2010 KOM
-Versamark, Versafine Satin Red, Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist
-Mister Huey in Boss Lady, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Cherry and Primrose
-Flat-back pearl
-Card base

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Growing in Unity Day 3: Birthday Card

Today, I'm going to share with you a fun shaker card I made using the cool jar stamp from Jar of Sunshine stamp set.

Most of the pattern paper used for this card comes from Basic Grey's Shine On line.

To make this shaker card, I stamped the jar image on a white cardstock and fussy cut it. I then traced the cut image on a piece of transparency as well as on a piece of pattern paper. The transparency and the pattern paper were then cut along the traced line.

Using a precision knife, I cut out the middle part of the white cardstock. I then adhered the transparency piece behind the white cardstock. After putting some confettis on the pattern paper piece, I adhered the transparency piece to the pattern paper piece with some foam squares.

The confetti consists of some cup cakes that I fussy cut out of a piece of pattern paper as well as some stamped images create using the sentiment stamp from the Hip Hip Hooray set.

Also, the sentiment for this card comes from A Little Party set.

Thanks for looking. Please leave a comment to get a chance to win two Itty Bitty stamps of your choice.

- Kraft card base from Michael's
-Basic Grey Shine On pattern paper and star chipboard sticker
-Unity Jar of Sunshine, Hip Hip Hooray and A Little Party sets
-Versacolor ink
-American Craft black jute string

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Growing in Unity Day 2: Christmas Card

Today's project is still related to Christmas. I made a card with a "door" that opens to show a Christmas tree. I used some stamps from the Simple Christmas set as well as some stickers that I have in my stash.

The creases on the red cardstock were created with the help of Scor-Pal. To close the "door", I used the small magnets from Basic Grey, one part is placed behind the holly border and another is placed behind the Christmas tree die cut.

I also used some red masking tape to join the "door" to the red frame.


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to comment to get a chance to win two Itty Bitty stamps of your choice. See you tomorrow.

-Kraft card base from Michael's
-White woodgrain and red cardstock
-Unity Simple Christmas stamp st
-Christmas tree die-cut (made using PTI's die, thanks Kristi!)
-Jolee's stickers
-Baker's twine, red masking tape
-Basic Grey's mini magnets
-Versafine Spanish Mosh, Crimson Red
-Red Spica pen

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sorry to Hear You're not Well

I created a "get well soon" card for a friend. This is my second attempt in coloring with Copics. I still need to learn and I think I need to get some new colors too :).

The stamp I used here is a Fizzy Moon stamp.

-Copic markers
-Fizzy Moon stamp
-Sassafras Lass and Fancy Pants pattern paper
-Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Large Labels.

Growing in Unity Day 1: Holiday Gift Labels And Ornament

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to be the Growing in Unity (GIU) girl this week. Every day this week, from Monday to Friday, I will show a project done using some Unity stamps.

At the end of this week, I will randomly draw a winner from those who comment on my posts. The lucky person will receive TWO Itty Bitty stamps of their choice from Unity Stamp Company. So, don't forget to leave some comments on my posts this week.

If you are not yet a follower of my blog, I would be happy if you become my new follower :).

Today, I want to share the holiday gift labels and a Christmas ornament that I made using a cute wreath stamp from July 2010 Kit of the Month and the Time & Seasons number stamps.

Holiday Gift Labels

Using the Silhouette machine and the trace feature of the Silhouette software, I die cut the red wreaths, the cream cardstock and the number banners. I then stamped the wreath image using some Versamark ink and heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.

For the number banners, I just stamped the images with some Versafine ink in Spanish Moss. I then assembled the pieces together.

Christmas Ornament

For the ornament, I made a 3-D Christmas tree using a stamp from the Gingham Christmas Greetings set. I stamped 3 images, fussy cut and glued the 3 pieces together to wrap a piece of baker's twine.

I glued the top part of the twine to the back of the wreath die cut. To hang this ornament, I used some red/white baker's twine and glued it to another wreath die cut. I then stacked the wreath die cut with the embossed image on top of the other wreath die cut with the help of some foam squares.

Using EK Success Christmas Cookies edger punch, I made those tiny stars, gingerbread men/women and trees that you see on the wreath.

Don't forget to leave a comment. See you tomorrow!

Supplies & Tools:
-Unity July 2010 Kit of The Month, Time & Seasons  and Gingham Christmas Greetings sets
-Red, white and cream cardstock
-Hero Arts white embossing powder, embossing gun
-Stickles, Versafine Spanish Mosh
-Silhouette machine
-EK Success Christmas Cookies edger punch

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wishing You Joy & Happiness

For this card, I had to color the stamped image (Have a Lovely Day). I decided to stamp the image to a piece of hexagon wood veneer (from Diana McRae) and colored the image using Copics.

The hexagon frame was made using the Hexagon Nestabilities from Spellbinders. As an embellishment, I added some May Arts' chevron twill ribbon in pink.

-DCWV and My Mind's Eye Lost & Found II pattern paper
-May Arts' Chevron twill ribbon in pink
-Sentiment stamp from July 2010 KOM
-Wood Veneer from Diana McRae.

Fall Autumn Day

This time, I had to use cream, brown, olive and pumpkin colors in my card. So here is the card that I came up with.

I used the sun stamp from the Jar of Sunshine set as well as a house stamp from the July 2010 Kit of the Month. Most of the paper comes from Studio Calico's Central High Scrapbook kit and the green grid washi tape comes from Crack the Whip Scrapbook kit.

-Jar of Sunshine and July 2010 KOM
-Studio Calico Central High Scrapbook kit
-Ranger embossing powder
-Washi tape from Studio Calico Crack the Whip Scrapbook kit
-Tonic Studio tag punch
-EK Success Zig Zag Stitch punch
-Versafine and Versacolor ink pads

Love Every Inch of You

This card is probably slightly shabby chic, well I don't know the style, really :P.  I used the Love Every Inch stamp set to make the background image as well as the sentiment.

I die cut a dress form out of a corrugated cardstock using Tim Holtz die. Using the "negative" part of the die cut, I used some Glimmer Mist to make the shadow of the dress form.

The photo frame pattern paper is actually a scrap (with a circle hole on it) that I decided to put on the card because it fit the style. This paper is from Kesi'Art and is part of the Studio Calico's Central High Scrapbook kit.

I made some pleats using washi tape and May Arts' black chevron twill ribbon. Also, as an embellishment, I put a small fabric rose on the dress form.

-Love Every Inch stamp from Unity Stamp
-Washi tape, May Arts' black chevron twill, jute string, brad
-Corrugated cardstock, Kesi'Art pattern paper
-Glimmer Mist


Here is a purple Christmas card :). This card is also done for the WCMD challenge at Unity Stamps blog. I used pattern paper from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses line.

For this challenge, I made a border out of single Christmas tree stamp. I assembled the "border" strips using some dimensional dots.

I stuck some alphabet stickers to a piece of stamped cardstock to make the sentiment "Noel"

-Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses patern paper
-Christmas tree stamp and Season's Greeting background stamp, both from a grab bag.
-Jute string
-Green pattern paper from Fancy Pants.

You Deserve Happy

I made this card based on a layout for the WCMD challenge at Unity Stamps blog. The semi circle that we have to add on the card gave me an idea to make a pocket in front of the card.

All the circles on this card were made using Spellbinders Nestabilities. I used the small magnets from Basic Grey to close the pocket.

-Basic Grey Konichiwa and Cosmo Cricket Twenty-Three pattern paper
-Maya Road red pom-pom trim
-Basic Grey magnets
-PTI die cut (thanks Kristi!)

Happy Birthday

I want to share a card I made using the Fizzy Feeling stamp set from Unity Stamp. The image of the soda bottle and the glasses were heat embossed in red. They were then colored using Copics. I chose bright colors for the images to match the cheerful background paper (from Basic Grey Shine On line) that I chose.

For the sentiment, I used some alphabet stickers from Basic Grey Shine On line to create a "Happy Birthday" phrase.
-Basic Grey Shine On paper and alphabet stickers
-Unity Stamp Fizzy Feelings
-Die cut in PTI cardstock (thank you Kristi!)

Happy Fall

Here is another card I made for Unity WCMD challenge. The challenge is to make a card with a fall theme.

For the background of the card, I used Fiskars texture plates to emboss the card. I then colored the raised surface with a brayer and Foliage Big & Juicy Rainbow ink pad from Rangers.

I used strips of orange glitter cardstock to create a frame on the card.  The tree in the center of the card is a simple paper piecing made using the Tree Love stamp. I used a lot of scraps from my Studio Calico Central High scrapbook kit.

-Unity Stamp Tree Love
-Studio Calico Central High Scrapbook Kit
-DCWV Glitter Cardstock
-Fiskars texture plates, rubber brayer
-Foliage Big & Juicy Rainbow Ink pad from Rangers

Thinking of Who?

This is a card I made for Unity Layout Challenge. The challenge is to use banner/pennants in the card. I decided to use the Dear Lizzy pennant ribbon for this challenge. In this card, I used the typewriter stamp from Echo Writer set. The sentiment stamp is from a stamp grab bag.

After I stamped the typewriter in pink, I colored the top part with a black Copic. I then wrapped some jute string around the typewriter and stuck it with dimensional dots to the layer of pattern paper.

I stamped the sentiment on a white cardstock and punched it out using the Photo Captions punch from EK Success.

-American Craft JustWrite card
-Dear Lizzy ribbon
-My Mind's Eye Lost & Found II, Sassafras Lass, My Mind's Eye Fly A Kite and Basic Grey Konichiwa paper
-Jute string
-Copic, Versacolor ink pad
- EK Success Photo Captions and Binding Edge punches, Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Happily Ever After

Here is a card that I made for a Unity KOM Challenge.

I used the July '10 Kit Of the Month ("Happily Ever After"). The circles were created using Spellbinders Nestabilities. I stamped the birds image on a vellum sticker and then stuck the sticker to the pattern paper.

-Unity KOM July '10 ("Happily Ever After")
-American Craft JustWrite card
-My Mind's Eye Lost & Found II Blush pattern paper
-PTI cardstock (Thanks Kristi!)
-Flat back heart pearl.
-Spellbinders Nestabilities

Friday, October 12, 2012

You're the Light of My Heart

This is a card I made for WCMD challenge at Unity Stamps. The challenge is to make a card with a shape (no regular circle or rectangular cards are allowed). So here is my take on the challenge.

I used the large envelope stamp from Unity Stamp and stamped it on a piece of pattern paper from Basic Grey's Kissing Booth collection. I cut the image and glued it to a piece of folded kraft card.

Once I cut around the envelope image, I made a slit in the middle to make a pocket. I put a red pattern paper from Cosmo Cricket as an "envelope liner".

The shipping tag in the envelope can be used to write some notes. I stamped the dandelion image using a Unity Stamp.

-Unity Stamps (Scripted Envelope, Dandelion and sentiment)
-Basic Grey Kissing Booth and Cosmo Cricket pattern paper
-Twine, seam binding, shipping tag, washi tape
-Spica marker, Versacolor ink, black marker

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Giveaway at Playing with Paper

There is a giveaway at Playing with Paper. Julie had a great birthday and decided to share some joy with her blog followers. She'll give $25 voucher to an online scrapbook store of your choice. To be entered in the drawing, go to her blog and follow the instructions. Good luck!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2 Become 1

Here is a layout I made as an entry to Studio Calico Sunday Sketch from 09/23. The photo was taken on my wedding day, in 2009.

I stamped the Road Show background stamp on a piece of card stock. I then used the card stock as a layer behind the picture. I also used a Unity Stamp from "A Simple Christmas" collection to make the photo frame.

I colored the bird chipboards using some Studio G white ink and drew some line using a black Spica marker. I added some roses from Aarti's rosette trim as well as a jute twine and a heart flat back pearl.  I glued all of these together and put it at the bottom of the picture. I also used the gorgeous seam binding from Anna Zuniga as an embellishment.

I also used a page from Making Memories Noteworthy Journaling book as a place to put my journals.

As a background for the title I die cut a circle using the Nestabilities from Spellbinders and then embossed the paper using a beehive texture plate from Fiskars. I then rubbed some Worn Lipstick Distress ink on the raised part.

-Studio Calico Central High and Road Show kit
-A Simple Christmas stamp set from Unity
-Big Circles Nestabilities, Fiskars Texture Plate
-Seam binding from Anna Zuniga
-Shabby chic rosette trim from Aarti
-Making Memories Journaling Book

Monday, September 24, 2012

Angkor Wat

Here is a layout for an old picture that I took in Cambodia.

I used several pieces from different paper of Studio Calico Central High and Road Show kits and glued them together on a piece of white paper. I used some stitching to keep the pieces together.

-Studio Calico Central High and Road Show kits
-Studio Calico Camera mistables, rub-ons, star wood veneers
-Washi tape, felt die cuts,buttons, doily veneer from Diana McRae


Here is a layout I made for a couple of pictures of myself and my sister.

I pulled up some items from my stash and put them in this layout. I forced myself to use the items that I rarely use. 

-Paper from Sassafras Lass, My Mind's Eye
-Embellishments from Studio Calico, Making Memories, American Crafts
-Seam binding from Anna Zuniga

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hello Real Life

The picture in this layout dates back to 2003, when I worked full-time as an intern.

I used the stencil paper as a background and covered the back of several letters (R,E,A,L) with some background paper.

I stitched some part of the layout and punched the edge of the blue paper.
The journaling spot is tucked behind the photo to add an additional layering.

In Troyes

This is a layout I made for an old picture that I took in Troyes, when I did a summer program at UTT, a university in Troyes, France.

In this layout, I flipped the stencil 12x12 paper and used it as a mask to create the background. I also used the background stamp from Studio Calico's Road Show kit to make a layered piece.

The glassine bag behind the picture serves as a photo mat as well as a pocket that contains my journaling.

Toi et Moi

This is the second layout I made using the September Kit from Studio Calico. This is a scraplift from Jen Jokisch' layout for SC Pop Off the Page class.

Since I do not have a Starburst mask, I decided to do the misting manually, using a protractor, a ruler, a pencil and 2 pieces of paper.

I started out by marking the center of the starburst, for me it's near the bottom left corner. I then started to make a mark for every 20 degrees using a pencil and a protractor. I extended the mark up to to the edge of the 12x12 paper with the help of a ruler. I misted the paper with Mister Huey's white.