Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Happy September and happy Labor day! To start this month I am participating on a fun hop. Last Monday, a creative friend and fellow Gallery Idol gal May Sukyong tagged me in her post HERE to take part in the Creative Blog Hop. It is a never-ending blog hop which takes place on Mondays. Each blogger answers four questions about themselves and afterwards they tag two to three other creative bloggers. How fun is that! So, here we go.

1. What am I working on now?

I am currently working on submission call for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Card Creations Vol. 13 and on various different team assignments. I’ve been blessed with some opportunities to design for various companies and right now am designing for one of my favorite online store, i {heart} papers, A Jillian Vance Design, Riley & Company and another company that I literally just accepted the invitation to join their team this past week. The announcement will be made soon. Hint: they have cute stamps that are totally my style. Being on these teams means every week I always have something to work on.

This is where I do  my work. And, no, that desk rarely look clean like this. 99% of the time it's covered with stuff.



2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

According to my friends, they can always tell which one is my card just by looking at them. So, I guess that means I do have a certain style. J I love making clean and simple cards. For me, white space is a must. The same goes for when I am scrapbooking. As for cute, what can I say, I love cute stuff. From when I was a toddler, I love everything cute, from stuff animals to stationary. And my love of cute stuff totally shows on my projects, especially when I work with critter images.  

Cheerful and bright is other words that often used to described my work. When I make my cards, I make it with the hope that it will brighten the day of whoever receives it. It actually took me a while to realize I am a bright color person. I used to think I am a pastel color kind of girl, but not anymore. I love colors and now I embrace that and yep... cheerful & bright would be the way I described my style.

Here's one of my card. Pretty  much captured those descriptions, right?




3. Why do I create what I do?

Simple, I do what I do because it makes me happy. I always love pretty papers. When I was in elementary school, I collected cute stationery. In junior high I started doodling and trying to do stuff with my pictures. And, soon after I moved to the States I found the joy of scrapbooking. Pretty much scrapbooking and card making are the only hobbies that stick with me. With scrapbooking I enjoy it because whenever I work on it, I am looking at stuff that makes me happy. My family, my dogs, my friends. I love preserving my family memories. But, I am a slow scrapbooker as I like to take my time when I am working on them.

Card making is my day to day creative outlet. I have a pretty fast pace and demanding job. I find making card relaxing. It helps me wind down and whenever I completed a card it gives me a sense of accomplishment, beside the fact that I just made something pretty that can make others happy (when they receive it).

4. How does my creative process work?

Very random. Depends on what I am working on. For design team projects I usually start with the stamp set and go from there. For submission projects, I tend to plan more. I usually would start with some sketch or written down idea on what I want to create and how I want to do it.

Pinterest is my favorite source of inspirations. Most of the time colors would get my attention first. Then pattern. But, many times I work with no idea whatsoever what I want to make. I just go with the flow. Oh... and I have to have audiobook on the background. I can’t create effectively when it’s quiet. Can’t do music either. I have to have good story going on while I am creating. Somehow it helps me focus. And,  yes, I can follow the story as well. Thank goodness for the library. I borrowed tons of audio book from them. 

Well, that's a little bit about me. I hope you  feel like you know me a bit better from this question & answer. And, now I'd like to introduce you to two of my creative friends.



Tiffany is the talented girl from iheartartblog.com! She's an Army wife and mama of 3 stationed at New Orleans, LA. She loves all things paper and ink, but have fallen madly deeply in love with mixed-media and anything die-cutting related! In her free time, she love to hit the gym or go for a run. 



Next, is Chaitali Narla from Cuts, Crop & Creativity. She's a Sr. Software Engineer in Test for Google (yes, THAT Google). She's a double whammy. Smart and creative. She also one of the stamp designer for Verve Stamps.

You're still with me to the end of this post? Awesome and thank you. Am really looking forward  to Tiffany & Chaitali post next Monday. Thank you so much for stopping by here. Hope you have a great Labor day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Mini Thank You Card

There's something about mini cards that I just love. They're fun to make and I love the small space. Also, my SIL in Jakarta who owns a bakery shop, loves to include mini card with her customer's order. She always ask for more mini cards and I am happy to oblige. It's nice to know that my card is going somewhere and not just sitting on the shelf. :)

Here's a mini card I made using some Purple Onion goodies.




I used OscarCharlotte and Blooms (it's peeking from behind Joey). In making this card, I also reminded how fun it was to play with embossing paste. I am the type, that if I don't see it in front of me, I tend to forget. So, in order for me to remember to use the embossing paste, I have it out on my desk for now. Hoping to have creative time this weekend with a friend.

You have 3 more days left to take advantage of Purple Onion Designs anniversary sale. Everything in the store 25% off till August 31, 2014.

Have a good Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CASE Study Challenge

Hi all. Quick post here as I want to play along with CASE Study 4th Anniversary week 3 challenge. I was so inspired by Julie Ebersole's card, which was inspired by Aga's card.

Here's Julie's card:

                                                       case_study_je_aug2014

And, here's my card:



That's it from me. Hah... I think I have an hour left before the challenge close. Cutting it close... :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wishes Come True

Quick post for today. My internet been acting up and connection kind of spotty today. I have another Purple Onion Designs card to share. I simply love their cute style. You know me, I love cutesy stuff like I love cheesecakes. Here's my card using Tree Line and Chloe.




Right now, everything in the STORE is 25% off. So, if you've been wanting to expand your Purple Onion Designs collection, now is the time. :) That's my enabling for you. Through out this week, I'll share more Purple Onion Designs cards as we celebrate their anniversary. The sale is going on right now till August 31.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Verve Birthday Bloom

Look ma... there's flying pig above us! LOL, yes, I am convince it's pig flying kind of day!! Why? Because I have two posts in 1 day. Yep, it's happening and I am shock. Hah... I can't remember the last time I did two posts in 1 days.

Anyway, I've been wanting to play along Verve Stamps' 7th birthday celebration and finally, last night I came up with a card after seeing the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.



And, here's my card using Verve Stamps Bloom & Grow and Hope Blooms set.


I love the way this card turn out. So girly and feminine. 

Well, that's it from me for today. Seriously... as I can't imagine doing 3 posts. Unless I see a purple flying pig!! Hah... Happy Friday!

Purple Onion Designs Anniversary Sale

Happy Friday! I am soooo ready for 5pm Friday to be here. Hah... Work been a bit hectic this week, so am looking forward for a bit more laid back weekend. Although I have quite a few things I want to accomplish, so not sure how relaxing it's going to be.

Thank goodness that I consider card making as relaxing. Sometime my mind just go haywire inside and playing with pretty colors helps slow my mind a bit, so it doesn't feel like a race. 

Speaking about playing with colors, I have lots of fun making this card for Purple Onion Designs. I simply adore their cute critter stamps from Stacey Yacula. This card also one of my homework from Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamp 2 and am also entering this card to Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.



The one I used here is Willa combined with Blooms. I also stamped and trim an extra bloom so I can put it in Willa's little paw. Also added fine glitter to highlight the bloom and used distress ink sprayed with water to create the grassy hill area.

Now, it's enabling time. You see that coming, right? If you love cutesy stamp, then you want to check out Purple Onion Designs as they're having their anniversary sale. Everything in the store is 25% off till August 31st! Great time to stock up. ;)

Thanks so much for swinging by here. Hope your Friday be a good one.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thank You Tag

Hi everyone. Happy Thursday. I have really been enjoying the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamp 2 and today I have a project for i {heart} papers that's also inspired from the class lesson.

Instead of a card, I decided to make tag this time using Avery Elle Simply Tags: Love Notes Pocket Dies to create the shape on the top of the tag. 



This tag is super fast to complete thanks to the pretty flower cluster from Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds and some distress ink. I've been using this flower cluster quite a bit lately. The pretty sentiment is from Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks set. 

BTW, if you haven't stop by i {heart} papers lately, you might want to check them out. They're back in full swing and have tons of new goodies coming in, including Winnie & Walter products.

Well, that's all for me today. Have a ton of to do list at work and at home. Hah... I am in cleaning & organizing mode. I am itchy to purge my craft room & closet. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend. Enjoy your day, peeps.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dream of You

Real quick post.It's time for a new challenge at Riley & Company. This week, I host the challenge and I chose to do one layer card. LOL, I think I got quite a reaction to this decision. {wink} It can be quite a challenge to do one layer, but it can be very fun! Here's my card.



So, are you up to enter  the challenge? Check out the challenge detail and enter the challenge HERE. Hope to seeing your creations.

Monday, August 18, 2014

ME Watercolor + Birthday Challenge

Happy Monday! How was your weekend peeps? Saturday, I am so excited that I get to spend my day being crafty with Lisa Alonzo from Paper Moonpie. We live about half hour away from each other, yet most of the time we only  manage to get together once a year. Crazy, right? LOL, we keep saying we need to do it more often, but what can I say... life happens. :)

We had lots of fun catching up and being crafty. I actually finished a couple cards and half finished a couple more. Sunday, I was in chillin' mode. Hubby and I went to see The Expendables 3. Hah... What can I say I love the oldies! Every time I see Sylvester Stallone movie it makes me think of my dad. He loved action movies and many of the actors in The Expendables series were his favorites.

So, yeah, I see all 3 of The Expendables movies and I actually enjoyed them. Easy & fun entertainment. I finished each movie with a thought that my dad would have loved this. The rest of the day... good grief... I was a lazy bum! I had "Leverage" marathon and snuggling with the doggies all afternoon! 

Last week, I was busy creating though. So, I do have a card to share. I made this one for Mama Elephant Watercolor + Birthday challenge.

I made the background based on the faux watercolor stamping lesson from Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamp 2. Pretty fun background, right?

Well, that's it for me for this Monday. Hope your week starts off wonderfully.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hummingbird Beauty

This week, I really have lots of fun playing along & applying the technique I learned from Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamp 2.

I made several cards that I just love. On top of the inspirations I gained from the class, I also have some goodies arriving from i {heart} papers, so my mojo is happy.

Today, I have a card that I made for day 6 homework, which is to use outline stamp. Tadaaa......


I love using bird image on my stamp. When I saw Wplus9 coming out with a gorgeous hummingbird stamp, I know I want to have this set! This gorgeous hummingbird is from Wplus9 Flora & Fauna 2 and the sentiment from Hand Lettered Thanks set. 

I am entering this card to Simon Says Stamp Summer Fun Challenge because after all the hummingbirds always flying around in the summer.

Yesterday, I have another card using similar technique that I posted on i {heart} papers blog. Here's the card in case you missed it:


Well,  that's all for me for today. Thank you for stopping by here and happy Thursday!

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