Monday, May 19

Remember Moments

The good news is, my desk is clear.  Well sorta.  But what's important is that it looks much better.  During the process, I couldn't help but make a quick card.  With this card, I gave the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers another try.  

My first try on this tool wasn't a success.  Because I didn't read the instructions carefully, this is what happened:

I haven't touched them since.  But this weekend, I gave it another shot.  And I was happy with the result.

I bought a similar diffuser set, this time by Darice some time last year.  Now I'm not hesitant to use them anymore.

'Til next blog!

Saturday, May 17


A co-worker asked me to make a card for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary.  That was a perfect chance for me to use my latest Our Daily Bread Designs purchase "Anniversary Blessings".

For cards like this, I always turn to Martha Stewart dp.  This one is from the Elegant Paper Pad.  The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.

The sentiment inside is from "Bookmarks Scripture" by Our Daily Bread Designs.  Below that is a mix of sentiment stamps by Verve (Happy Anniversary) and Technique Tuesday (Mom and Dad).

Hope you had a wonderful Saturday... 'til next blog!

Friday, May 16

Everything Recycled P4

Last month, I started a series of Everything Recycled cards made from leftover Unity stamp packaging:

Listed below are the links to the first three sets:
And here's another glimpse of the box that I made for these cards, all made from recycled materials:

And finally, the last of the bunch of the 24 cards, again using a different but similar style DP.

 TGIF crafty friends... 'til next blog!

Thursday, May 15


One of my co-workers retired a few weeks ago.  Although it was a last minute thing, I volunteered to make a card for everybody to sign and give to him.  I had a couple wood grain embossing folders that were perfect for this card, since the company I now work with is in the lumber business.  There was also some other embossing designs I was able to use that could go with the theme.  The size is 5.5 x 11 inches, so there's lots of room for everybody to sign.

The sentiment in the front is by River City Rubber Works.  I find their sentiments unique and I try to avoid visiting their website because I tend to splurge when I do.

The sentiment on the inside is from one of my favorite Stampin' Up sets.  I tried to look for it in the website, but couldn't find it.  Maybe it's retired too.

See the inside trim in the bottom?  It's actually a remnant of a wall paper sampler, also used from the Valentine goodie chest a friend and I made in February (click here to see). 

I'm relieved that my co-workers liked the card.  I hope the recipient did too.


Saturday, May 10

You're Invited

Happy Saturday, crafty reader!  Earlier this week, I mentioned about a project I've been working on.  Well, I finished it just a few hours ago.  I made 30 birthday invitations for a special girl who loves horses.

The stamp used in the front is from the "Easier With You By My Side" set by Unity.

The sentiment is a dollar stamp by Imaginisce.   I'm not sure if this is still available from the market, but this is one of my favorite invitation sentiment stamps because it goes well with almost any Spellbinders die.

For the inside, I used the image from "And For A Moment" set by Unity.  I used Photoshop Elements to print the party details.

I also put a pink punched paper piece in the bottom right corner for the celebrant to write her name to personalize the card (not shown).

The invitations are now in the hands of the celebrant.

Have great weekend.... 'til next blog!

Tuesday, May 6

Hi There!

I have mentioned time and again that I have a hard time letting go of my leftover stash - from die cuts, negative cuts, to RAKed images.  And no, I won't be singing "Let It Go" from the Disney movie "Frozen".  But believe me, I'm trying really hard.  I have been trying to condition my mind of which ones to actually let go.  And while I was in the process of doing that, I picked ones that would work together to form "sentiment layers" like the ones below:

I plan my design and layout around them, which is perfect for making quick cards.
Here's one I made with that concept.

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  DCWV, leftovers
image/sentiment:  RAKed
tools:  Martha Stewart punches, Spellbinders, corner rounder
embellishment:  rhinestones
adhesive:  Scotch

The design stemmed from the sentiment layer "Hi There", picking DPs that will work with.

I find this system really good especially when I need a starting point.  Once the card is done, who would think they are just leftover materials from previous projects, right?

'Til next blog!

Monday, May 5

The One That Wasn't Chosen

20 days??!?  I can't believe I wasn't able to post for 20 days.  Real life sure gets in the way of craftiness.  But that doesn't mean I have neglected my planet.  I have been busy with some projects actually.  Just didn't have the time to share them online.  I have had some fun hauls also, even though I promised not to buy any more craft stuff.  But I how can you resist some really good deals, right?

I am proud to say though, that most of the house is clean.  Yeah!  My planet was too, until I started working on this latest project.  It's a set of birthday party invitations for a special girl who just turned eight.  Her name is Brooklyn and she loves horses.  When I was asked to make her invitations, I already knew what stamp to use.

When I make birthday invitations, I try to make them as simple and clean as possible.  I also don't put too many layers, taking into consideration the possibility of the invitations being mailed.

I originally made two designs.  The card I will share with you today is the one that was not picked, which I converted into a birthday card to give to Brooklyn.

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Georgia Pacific, leftovers
image/sentiment:  Unity, Stampin' Up
ink:  Tsukineko
tools:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinders
embellishment:  rhinestones
misc.:  Ranger embossing power
adhesive:  Scotch, mounting tape

As for the invitations, I just finished the first prototype last night.  And if that passes quality inspection, I will be making 30 of them.  I can't wait!  My last big project was the wedding invitations I made for my best friend's wedding last year (click here to see).
Well, that's it for now.  'Til next blog!