Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Simple Chinese New Year Decorations

I focus so much on the American holidays that the one important holiday in my culture, Chinese New Year, always get bypassed in my household.  I didn’t make any special Asian dishes to celebrate, until recently.  So, never mind decorating for Chinese New Year.  Yes, I am Americanized, through and through.  As a matter of fact, I remember getting questions like, “What are you?” and the first thing that pops in my head is, “What do you mean?!  I’m me…Linda”.  Honestly, that question should not even be asked in that form but I have gotten it so much that I gotten used to it.  Anyway, it seems so easy to celebrate the American holidays for me; even though I grew up celebrating the Asian holidays.  Through my mother and family, my boys got exposed to the Asian culture and cuisine, so I never bother putting much effort into Chinese New Year.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to celebrate Chinese New Year at my house, and it was mainly because I had a funny conversation where the boys vehemently denied that they had Asian heritage.  It was too funny, since I actually had to ask, “Am I your Mommy?”  :-D  I felt that I better expose them more to the Asian culture and right away.  To start, I read the book, Dumpling Days,by Grace Lin, which lead to the whole series.  This really helped my boys appreciate the Asian culture and cuisine.  Anyway, since I don’t live near a Chinatown, I felt I should try to make some Chinese New Year’s decorations with my Silhouette Cameo.  Since it is the year of the horse coming up, I wanted a horse in my decorations; as well as some Asian characters.  Just in time, since Chinese New Year is on Friday.  I know, I am cutting it close. Happy Chinese New Year!

I drew a circle and offset it so that it fit a 12x12 page.  I made circles a compound path so that it can weld the horse from Silhouette Online Store and sentiment together.  The font I used for the sentiment was Wonton.  I know... seriously, wonton.  J
The pictures below were challenging to take since everything was reflecting off the paper.  They look a lot better in person.

 For the Chinese characters, I wanted them to hang vertically.  I wanted red with gold and this mirror gold paper was perfect for this project.  In fact, these signs look like the kind you would find in an Asian market.  Love, love my Silhouette!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunny Sunflower Birthday Card

I love sunflowers!  So I wanted to feature them in a big way.  This is my weapon in dealing with the snow and cold weather that we have been getting.  When I saw the "Our Friendship Grows" stamp set from Lawn Fawn, I knew I had to get it.  Yes, it has taken me this long to use it.  You got a taste of it last week with this card but I wanted more.  Here it is, in your face.  Happy and sunny!  I feel the warmth already.  
Lawn Fawn's Our Friendship Grows Sunflower Birthday Card
All the pattern papers are from Basic Grey Fact and Fiction 6x6 pads.  I layered the pattern paper onto the white card base along with a strip of chevron pattern paper that I cut a ribbon tail.  I rounded the corners of a blue pattern paper and stamped the sentiment before adhering it to the card.  I drew white dashed lines around the blue paper before adding sunflowers and leaves that I stamped, colored and cut.
I doubled up the foam adhesive on the big sunflower to pop it up even further.  For a finishing touch, I added a heart from Simon Says Stamp die that I used Wink of Stella pen and Crystal Lacquer on.  I love the way this card came out, it looks like a bouquet that I would love to receive.

This is entered in Freshly Made Sketches and Lawnscaping Inspired By challenge.

UPDATE: I got Honorable Gnome for this card!  Yay!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

FANtastic Maculine Pop-up Birthday card

I love making cards with flowers and tend to gravitate toward feminine cards.  So I thought I make a masculine birthday card instead, since I have a list of birthday cards that I need to make for this year.  I find myself collecting quotes or some puny statements to match either a stamp or pattern paper I have.  So of course, I had to get this 6x6 pad from Echo Park when I saw fans in it.  I had to get it, simply for my son who loves fans.  I had to give him one sheet of it, as soon as I showed it to him.  I knew he would love it.  I thought this pad had pattern paper that were perfect for a masculine card.  I'm trying to use up most of my stash before I add more, another New Year's goal of not hoarding paper or supplies.  So far, it has been fun challenging myself to do just that. :-)

I'm using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for this card.  These challenges are fun and they expand my repertoire of card designs.  Love that!
All the pattern paper is from Echo Park and I have to admit that seeing all the new paper from CHA 2014 is making me so ready for more paper pads.  I know.  Must remember my New Year's goals...for now.  ;-)  I layered the card base with pattern paper first.  Then I cut the label and the word, "fantastic" on my Silhouette Cameo.  I used Lucinda Handwriting font for the sentiment and I love the way it came out.  I often draw an A2 size (4.25x5.5) box to help with sizing an element for a card.  I cut the sentiment twice since I wanted it to pop out a little.  Love this effect...it's fantastic!  LOL!  I used Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages stamp set to complete the rest of the sentiment.  I love this stamp set; it's my "go to" birthday stamp set.  Since it is a clear stamp set, I cut it up to change the sentiment to suit my card, like here.  I cut two strips of pattern paper and cut ribbon tails on both of them.  I adhere just the top of the flags and curl up the bottom.  I like the stitching in my last card with flags so I thought I do it here too, except I hand stitched it here.  It went a lot quicker than I thought, especially since I used Stampin' Up paper piercing essential pack guide to pierce the holes.  I stamped the birthday sentiment  in black Brilliance ink and used a black glaze pen on the word, "birthday" to make it even darker.
I used foam adhesive to pop up the label.  Since I am really into pop-up cards, I had to add my birthday cake inside.  Inside Silhouette Studio, I drew a rectangle, 10.5x3.75 and took the inside of my birthday pop-card that I got from Silhouette Online Store and center it on this rectangle.  
I ungroup everything and took just the portion that creates the pop-up cuts and deleted the rest of the cuts I did not need.  It was quick and easy.  I cut out the cake in pattern paper and adhere everything on and stamped another sentiment on top of the cake.  The stamp was part of Studio Calico Blue Note kit and I love this set too.  I can't wait to play with it some more.  Until next time...  :-)   

I used a blue and yellow glaze pen on the candles to finish the card. 

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentine's Day Bookmarks

For Valentine’s Day, the boys usually have to bring in some valentines for their school friends.  Every year we try to think of something fun for them to do.  This year I knew I wanted to do something with my Cameo.  I thought to try the print and cut feature out.  I just watch this quick video of what to do and I was all set to go.  YouTube is a wealth of information and ever so helpful in teaching me how to use my Silhouette Cameo.  Love it!  I created bookmarks that matched the boys’ interests using Silhouette Studio.  They came out so awesome!  The boys did all the stamping and putting the finishing touches on the bookmarks.  Now that I played a little with the print and cut feature of the Cameo, I feel the possibilities are endless, even more so than before.  

I used the stitching bookmarks from Silhouette Online store and removed the shapes on them.  I used the font penmanship and wrote out the sentiment.  I created them separately so I can color them different colors for each line of text.  I measured the stamp I was going to use for each bookmark and size the bookmark to fit the stamps.  I clicked on the scissor icon to make sure that only the bookmark is cut and not my sentiments.  Also, I made sure the registration mark was checked, and that my bookmarks were well within the marks before I printed the bookmarks out.

The owl stamp is from Stampendous and the fan stamp is from Studio G.  After cutting them out, the boys just went to town and stamp everything.  Then it was time for ribbons.  I love the way they came out!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sunny Sunflower Celebrate Card

I had to create another card with embossing paste and my new stencil.  This was the first post where I used both.  Inspired by my other card, I wanted another card with a flower and sentiment.  Since I'm really into yellow lately, Lawn Fawn's Our Friendship Grows stamp set was perfect for what I wanted.  I love sunflowers.  They remind me of summer days and they are just so beautiful.  I found a field of sunflowers not too far from my house last year and they look so glorious basking in the sun. 
Using a stencil I scrap embossing paste on it to create the background.  I created the sentiment in Silhouette Studio by using the offset of a line that I drew and welding it with my sentiment.  The font that I use was Times New Roman.  Then I used my Cameo to cut out the sentiment in American Crafts Smooth pink cardstock and placed it on the card.  Excellent paper to use with the Silhouette Cameo and it's smooth.  It cuts like a dream!  

I stamped the sunflower and leaves from Lawn Fawn's Our Friendship Grows stamp set in Memento black ink and colored them with markers.  After I cut them out, I use foam adhesive on the flower and leaves to place it on the card.  I placed the whole card on a pink card base.  I also layered the inside of the card with white cardstock that has a line of embossed hearts at the bottom to finish the card.    

This card is entered in Simon Says Stamp...Emboss It Challenge.
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Butterflies Birthday Card

I started to dive back into the paper crafting world last year after a 9 year sabbatical.  It has been exciting to see all the new products and the large array of companies out there, including my favorite ones still in business.  Well, since I started paper crafting 22 years ago, there has been spurts of visits to stamp stores.  I remember looking up local stamp stores when I visit a city for work or vacation, and of course, I had to help the local economy.  ;-)  No one can ever say that I am not doing my part.  LOL!  Anyway, over the holidays, I noticed people using embossing paste on their cards and loved the way it looks.  In other words, I want it!  :-)  One night as I was crafting, I found myself thinking about embossing paste and a vague memory came up of purchasing it.  Lo and behold, I found a brand new jar of Dreamweaver embossing paste in one of my drawers.  From where, I haven't the faintest idea.  I know, I got problems.  :-)  Anyway, it was not dry or crusty at all after so many years; probably 12+ years old!  Wow! 
I couldn't wait to use the embossing paste, but after I creating this stencil below, it was a no-brainer to use it.  Yes, I actually created the hearts and the design on this stencil all by myself.  I know it is just some hearts, but I was fascinated by what you can do in Silhouette Studio.  I feel like a kid again saying, "Look at what I can do".  :-)  Anyway, I used a thin plastic folder to cut my design on.  My very first stencil!  Yay!  I have to say it again.  Love my Silhouette Cameo!  If you want to create your own stencil, click here to download the studio file at my other site.
To put the card together, I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I'm loving these sketches!  
I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts in Brilliance black ink and clear embossing powder on the pattern paper from My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline 6x6 paper pad.  After I adhered the pattern paper to the card base, I adhered the blue cardstock from Fancy Pants to the card at an angle.  Then I created the embossed hearts on white cardstock by spreading Dreamweaver embossing paste on my stencil.  It's hard to see from the photo since it is so subtle, but neat nonetheless.  Love it!
I placed the embossed card at an angle on top of the blue cardstock before placing a strip of dark pink cardstock with ribbon tail that I stamped with Hero Arts Dots cling stamp, on top.  I ran pattern paper with a Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings embossilit die through my Fiskars Fuse to create some butterfly die cuts.  I placed them on the card and finished them off with some bling.  

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Floral Celebrate Card

With the warm weather and the sunshine that we have been getting, I was inspired to bring in some flowers and something "sunshiny" yellow into my craft room.  Around this time of the year, I am looking forward to spring and seeing flowers.  Hopefully my indoor bulbs will bloom soon, so I can get a taste of that.  Anyway, making this card was a little tough since I am picking colors that I normally don't use together but I wanted to test it out.  I'm still trying to explore more color combinations as well as designs.  The design was the easy part since I am using the sketch this week from Freshly Made Sketches.  I like the card that one of their designers made so I thought I make one similar.

I embossed the cardbase with a Sizzix dot embossing folder and my Fiskars Fuse.  Then I used pattern paper from Authentique to place on the cardbase after layering it on yellow cardstock.  I ran Spellbinder carnation dies and yellow cardstock and pattern paper through my Fiskars Fuse to create the flower.  I used a brad to bring all the flower pieces together.  

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the sentiment.  After drawing a line and offset it, I used my favorite font Lavenderia to write the sentiment.  Then I weld the sentiment and the line together for it to look like this image below.  I shared the studio file on my other site, click here to get it.
I adhered the sentiment and flower onto my card.  To finish the card, I used my Wink of Stella pen on the center of the flowers on the pattern paper to give it some shine.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pictural Debut

I finally decided to post a picture of myself.  In general, I tend to be a private person and wanted to be anonymous, but after visiting many blogs, I find that I really enjoyed seeing a picture of the author.  It made it more personable for me.  I'm very camera shy, which is unfortunate for my husband who loves to take pictures.  Yes, he took this awesome picture of me below, if I do say myself.  ;-)  Even though it has been many years, I am still getting used to getting my pictures taken.  It's really from making scrapbook pages that I realized how important it is to document not only moments, but the people too, and that includes me. One of my new year's goal is to take more pictures, even of the everyday mundane things, especially since that changes quickly with kids.  Yes, that includes selfies.  :-)  So here I am, hello there!


Simple Valentine Decor For the Window

This past weekend was the meeting of two holidays in our house, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  I was in the middle of taking down the Christmas decorations when I took a break in my craft room.  I started cutting these cute hearts to hang up on my window.  I love the way the ornaments looked on my window for Christmas, if you recall from this post.  I wanted hearts to replace them to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t think it was going to be all in the same day but hey, I might as well do it when the mood strikes or it might not happen at all.  You know how it goes with kids and activities.  :) I recently got this spurt of energy that came out of nowhere.  Maybe it’s guilt from doing nothing over the holiday break or my new year’s goals.  Whatever it is, I’ll take it, for sure!  It’s nice to get some things done since my to-do list is quite long.  :)

First, I enlarged the doily lace heart to fit a 12x12.  It took a while to cut, but it’s beautiful.
I punched a small hole and used fishing line to hang these hearts up.  I used Bazzill Smooth cardstock and it cut beautifully.

I wanted a sentiment to decorate my window, so I designed the heart with the sentiment by using a heart that came in the love you speech bubble that came with the Silhouette Cameo .  Then I offset the heart to get a thicker outline of the heart and make both hearts into a compound path.   I used the font Lavenderia to spell out the sentiment.  This is one of my favorite fonts and soo lovely.  I absolutely love it!  It’s perfect font for Valentine and Christmas.  It’s a classic to me, and reminds me of chocolate and traditional candy boxes.  Anyway, I resized and moved some of the letters around so that it weld better.  I also created a rectangle to connect the dot to the letter ‘I’.  I also cut out a pink heart for the backing to make the letters and heart pop.  I have to say, I really love the way this came out.  I love my Cameo more and more as I play around with it.

I love the way this looks on my window!

This post has been entered in the Silhouette Weekly Challenge.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Simple Nordic Thank You Card

Did I wear out this Holiday Border stamp set from Simon Says Stamp or am I wearing you out with the same set?!  :-)  There were just too many fun, versatile stamps in this set to use that I just could not help it.  I had to pull out this nordic snowflake border stamp again.  I love it so much that it had to be done.  Anyway, here is another quick card to add to my stash.  Love that!
First, I stamped the snowflake border in Encore blue metallic ink diagonally on a white cardstock.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Thanks set in black Brilliance ink.  Love Kristina Werner's handwriting!  I rounded the corners of the card, the navy cardstock that I layered it on and then the white card base.  I used foam adhesive on the decorated card to place it on the navy cardstock.  Easy-peasy and all set to go!

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