Friday, October 9, 2015

Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop

Hi peeps and welcome to SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop! As usual, on our non release month, we are  showcasing more fun projects using the last release.

I was particularly taken by the cute squirrel from Nuts About You set, so I am using it for my card along with the leaves from SugarCuts Stitched Autumn Icon and frame from Polaroid Journal Card set.

Yep, definitely been enjoying mixing Copic coloring with water coloring. I love the contrast it created.

Now, to make the hop even more enjoyable, we're also doing a giveaway.

Simply leave a comment on each blog along the way and you could win a $20 GC to the SPD store. So, I am keeping my post short, so you can g ahead and hop along to see the fabulous creation of my team mates. Enjoy your Friday!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Birthday Peonies

I am so in love with The Ton Wild Peonies set, that I can't wait to share this card I made using this beautiful set.

Lots of masking going on here, but I absolutely love the way this card turned out. It is a good day, when you have an idea in your head that turned out just the way you want it when it comes to making it happen. :)

I guess, when it comes to flower card, my go to colors tend to be the softy combination. Yep, now I need to get all their peonies sets. Actually, make it all the floral set. They are that gorgeous!

I am entering this card to their World Card Making Day Challenge

That's all from me for today. Be back tomorrow with a Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop from SugarPea Designs. Cheers...

Thank You Kitty

So, since today is the 2nd Thursday of the month, you know what it means. It's time for a new color challenge from My Favorite Things.

With fall in the air, our color challenge definitely gear up toward the fall color combo. Dude... When I saw the color combo, I was like, oh crap... that's a toughie. But, you know what?? That's the beauty of a challenge. Out of it, came out this card that I would have never though to make in these colors if not because of this color challenge.

Gah..., I am really a fan of this English Brick Wall stencil. I added the steel blue color using an ink dauber and I think it helps create an old building color that really look super cool. I am really surprise at how much I ended up liking the way this card turned out.

Check out MFT Challenge Blog to see what the girls have created for this color challenge. Hope you'll play along. Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Caring Hearts Q&A

Hi peeps! First of all, I want to thank you all for your enthusiasm and support for this cause. We’ve received quite a few questions that I want to answer. Hopefully this will help clarify a few things.

Q: How do you determine which nursing homes receive the cards?
A:  Many of the nursing homes receive donations because crafters like you volunteer to hand deliver the cards directly to those homes. Perhaps the crafter works there, has a parent or grandparent living there, or visits for another reason. Basically, people e-mail us their recommendations, and we add the suggested nursing homes to our list.

Q: How do you decide how many homes to support?
A: Each year, we never know how many cards we will receive, so we never know how many homes we can support. We keep a list of the homes that would like to receive our cards but, again, it all depends on the amount of cards that people donate. The 1st year, we only received 750 cards, the next year we received 3,500, and last year we jumped to over 17,000. This allowed us to send cards to over 80 nursing homes throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. So, as you can see, the number of homes we support varies year by year.

Of course, we'd like to support as many as we can. I cannot guarantee that this year we'll receive over 17,000, so the honest answer is that I don't know how many homes we can support this year. I’ve learned that I can never predict the amount. I never know until the card drive ends. 

Q: Do you hand deliver the cards?
A: With the help of volunteers we are able to hand deliver most of the cards. But, for those crafters who have nominated a nursing home they'd like to support, but can't hand deliver the cards, we ship the boxes directly to the nursing homes with a note explaining who the cards are from, as well as our mission.

Q: Can we help collect the cards?
A: We appreciate your willingness to help collecting; however, to help us keep things organized, please send your cards to the 5 address listed. After all, just like any non-profit organization, we have a center where the donations are sorted, packaged, etc. 

We put a lot of thought into our box preparation. Having a centralized donation center allows us to sort the cards and make sure that each nursing home receives a good mix of cards with a variety of designs from different senders, etc. This helps make things a bit more personal…and more special for the recipients.

Q: Why do I need to sign the card with my name and where I am from?
A: The purpose of this card drive is to let the people who receive our cards know that someone is thinking of them. Your holiday note is what personalizes the card. It’s a small gesture that makes them realize, “Wow, someone is taking the time to write me a note”. And, judging by the thank you note I received, guessing where his or her card comes from is also big part of the fun for each recipient.

Q: Should I include an envelope or can I just send the card without envelope?
A: The envelope not only helps protect your fabulous work on the card, but also makes the recipient feel like they're opening a present. The little things do make a difference. :)

Also, I'd like to note that this endeavor is completely on a volunteer basis. None of the main people involved in organizing this get any kind of payment whatsoever. The first few years, Jennifer and I covered all the shipping costs ourselves. Only last year, we started to give people the option to send $1 or $2 to help with shipping costs.

We do this because we want to bring joy to others. And we appreciate all of you who support our card drive. It all happens because of your support.

I will update this post as more questions come in. 

Filled With Wonder

Hi everyone!! Are you ready for another fun sketch challenge from My Favorite Things? Here's the inspiration sketch.

And, here's my interpretation of the sketch. I stick close to the sketch and build my scene inside the rectangle. That open space in the rectangle gives so many possibilities, you could fill it with all kind of scene.

This Winter Wonderland set is such a fun set to use to build a beautiful, serene winter scene. Is this set on your shopping or wish list? If not, what's on your list? I am just being nosy since the new releases are now available in the store. :)

Now, to see what the team has created for this challenge, please check out MFT Challenge Blog. See you all later!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Hi peeps! I hope you see my Caring Hearts Card Drive post. In case you missed it, you can check it out HERE.

Now, with the card drive in full swing, that means time for me to get more Christmas cards done. Have you started yours, yet?

Now, I've been eyeing this cute bunny angel from Crafter's Companion for a while and I finally have this set to play with.

Crafter's Companion supplies: Bebbuni Christmas Angel, Spectrum Aqua: Slate, Gold,
Sunflower, Yellow, Bud Green, Tan, Topaz, Blossom

Isn't this bunny angel just the sweetest? When it comes to Crafter's Companion images, because of the large size of the image, I find myself prefer to color them with Spectrum Aqua, especially when it's for the bunnies. I can create the softer color with watercolor much easier than with the Spectrum Noir. I still need lots of practice to improve my coloring skill.

The funny thing is while finishing this card, I found myself really loving the design of the sentiment. I never paid attention to it before, and after I finished this card, I was like, hey, it's pretty fabulous sentiment.

Well, I hope my card today will inspire you to get some holiday cards done. And, if you're making cards for Caring Hearts Card Drive & sharing them on social media, please use #caringheartscardrive, so we can find you & your fab creations! Cheers....

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pretty Peony & Birthday Shout Out

I recently placed my very my first order from The Ton Stamps. Their stamps been on my wish list for a while. They have quite a few gorgeous flower sets that I just got to have!

So, this weekend, I dove right in and played with the 2 sets that I got. Large Peony 1 and Wild Peonies. 

Here, I stamped the large peony onto patterned paper and then add colors to it with Copic markers. For the background, I stamped the various peonies from Wild Peonies set directly on the card base and use the masking technique. I really love the way the background turned out.

After playing with these sets, I now want all their other flower sets. I think I just find myself a new favorite company. I am also entering to The Ton's World Cardmaking Day Challenge.

BTW, I have to do a quick shout out to my blue eyes Michigan guy, my hubby who is celebrating his birthday today. Since we're both so in love with our baby boy, Eli, for his present, I asked this talented artist that I found through a pug group in Facebook to draw picture of Eli. Here's the reference pic.

And, this is her drawing:

Isn't this amazing? I wish I have her drawing talent! I'd have drawn all the dogs in our family. I am waiting for it to arrive, soon. Karen Dimaio, the artist, sent this for approval before she mail the drawing. Hah... It was supposed to be a surprise to hubby, but I got so excited as Karen sent her progress and ended up showing it to hubby already.

I am grateful that I have a hubby who shares my love of dogs or animals in general. I don't think I could be married to someone who doesn't love animals like I do. Hubby is such a great dad to our babies. We are a lucky bunch to have him. Happy birthday, JJ!

That's it from me for today. May your week starts off wonderfully. :)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Card Making Day Celebration With SugarPea Designs


Hi peeps! I am continuing WCMD celebration with another fun & enabling post. Hah! This time, I am sharing my project for SugarPea Designs and guess what? We have WCMD sale-a-bratiion going on till Oct. 4, 2015. Use coupon code WORLD15 for  20% off everything at SugarPea Designs store.

For my card, I used thee cute dinos. And, if my cousin is reading this, yes, Julia, this card is for Conor or Aidan. :)

So, are you joiningthe WCMD celebration by crafting today? Or, do you exercise your wallet for some good deal purchase? Hah! If you're crafting, how about gettingcrafty with us. Link up your creations for a chance to win $25 SPD gift card. Just create ANY car and link it HERE.

BTW, if you want to know what my MUST HAVE from SugarPea Design, it is their magnetic card dies organizer. 

They're the best one out there in the market. And, I am not saying this because I design for them, but it really because they're sturdy and have strong magnet. I have lost dies before because the magnet sheet just didn't hold. SPD one is super strong and sturdy thanks to the cardboard backing. I use this for all my dies, even the ones from other companies.

Well, that's my enabling pitch for today. Enjoy your day!!

World card Making Day Celebration with MFT


Happy World Card Making Day from all of us at My Favorite Things!! We have lots of ideas to share with you today that hopefully inspire you and get your mojo going in full blast.

Through out the day, we're showcasing various projects using the new release sets as well as previously release sets on MFT Card Challenge Blog. And, of course, we couldn't do WCMD celebration without prizes, right? There's AWESOME giveaway on MFT Challenge Blog, which include  My Favorite Things holiday favorites from the past as well as brand spanking new products from the October release that will be available in store this coming Tuesday. 

Now, let's get right to the card. I chose to play with the new October sets, Santa's Elves set along with the Tag Builder Blueprints 4. But, see the cute bow? That's from Creative Clips dies set. Would you believe that this is my 1st time using this bow dies and I have had this since it came out.

Isn't this elf just so adorable?? I am not sure why, but in my head, elves loves pretty, sparkly stuff. LOL, I guess that's why I feel like shaker card filled with sparkly glitters is the right match for this elf.

Now, when you play with the Tag Builder Blueprints set, don't limit yourself to just use the matching shape. Like,on my second card, I combine the fish tail end shape tag with the circle from the inside of the circle tag. I actually really love the way this one  turned out. Not to mention the non-traditional holiday color combo that's going on here.

On the elf's hat and the stocking, I used white liquid applique for added texture. I love using it for holiday cards. It added just the right extra oomph.

Well, I hope you  have a fabulous WCMD celebration. I, myself, will try to squeeze in some crafty time, but we're doing a bathroom remodeling right now. So, depends on  how much help hubby needs, will decide how much craft time I got. I'll be back with one more post, though. Stay tune!


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