Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Cow & A Flamingo

I can't believe it's Thursday already. With day off on Monday, this week sure flies by. Well folks, it's time for MFT new color challenge.




As much as this color combo makes me think of Halloween, I was determine to make a non Halloween card with it. Instead, I came up with a birthday card. Let's party till the cows come home, shall we? :)




Also, just for fun, I made an extra card. I can't believe it that I made a card where the only stamping here is the sentiment. The rest simply using dies.





Well, that's all from me today. Check out what the design team has created for this challenge at MFT Challenge Blog. Can't wait to see your creation!

PS: I still haven't heard from the winner from my Purple Onion Designs giveaway. If I don't hear anything back from her by midnight Friday, I'll pick a new winner on Saturday. 




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fabulous Is A Frame of Mind

Goodness, yesterday was a day full of water. So many area in Houston were under water. In Fort Bend county, my neck of the wood, we got about 11" of rain. We had water coming up to our driveway all the way to the front tire of my car, but luckily the rain stop not long after that point.

My thoughts and prayers are with those in Austin and San Antonio area as well. Lots of people are affected by this crazy amount of rain. And, they predict more rain this week. Please stay safe.

On a more cheerful note, it's time for new My Favorite Things sketch challenge. Here's the fun sketch:


And, I am going flamingo with this sketch.




This flamingo dies is so fun to play with. For more inspiration for the sketch challenge, please check out MFT Challenge Blog. Thank you so much for stopping by here.





Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hogs & Kisses

Sometime, I love doing fancy card, but deep down, I am a CAS girl at heart. And, today's card is totally CAS & totally makes me happy.

For today's card, I am playing with My Favorite Things Green Pastures & The Whole Herd



See the plaid shirt on the girl? Kind of proud of the shirt. Made the pattern using markers. :) 

I also want to do a quick shout out to my li'l brother who's turning 39 today. Happy birthday, Jerry Aurum Wirianta! Wishing you a fantastic year filled with lots of happy & blessings. I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. And, thank you for giving me the most beautiful gift, my niece, Shakira.



Monday, May 25, 2015

Hugs & Kisses

** This is my 2nd post for the day. For SugarPea Designs challenge & post about our Italy trip please scroll down.**


Yay! Today all Stacey Yacula's stamps for Purple Onion Designs are available for purchase at the store.

To celebrate the new release, there is a discounted set price for a limited time. You can purchase the entire collection (25 stamps and 20 piece sentiment stamps) for $100.00. This is a discount of 30% and will only be available until Sunday, June 7, 2015).

Today, I want to highlight "Heartfelt" the sweet mouse.




And, here's a close up of Heartfelt.




Such a sweetie, right? 

Now, I have a winner to announce. Tan... tan... ta... da... da... The winner from my POD blog giveway is "Starqueen". Starqueen please email me your mailing address and POD will mail out your goodies right away.


Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and I hope you love the new release as much as I do.

SPD Color Challenge & Italy Part 3

Hi all. Finally, I get to start sorting out the pictures from our Cinque Terre part of our Italy trip. This place totally steal our heart. I pray that someday we get to come back to this place again.

But, before we dive in to the pictures, I want to share a sweet project that I made for the newest SugarPea Designs challenge.




Starting this month, SugarPea Designs is changing the last challenge of the month from sketch challenge into color challenge. For our first color challenge, we have this sweet color combination for your inspiration.

I haven't got a chance to play much with the stork from this month's release, so, this challenge is the perfect time to play with it.




Love playing with the baby letter block. Simply by changing the color, you could totally change the mood of the card. Hope you'll play along with us. You could win a GC to the store. So, check it out & get creative. :)

Now, we can dive in to vacation pics. While planning our Italy trip, Cinque Terre is the major part of it. It's one of those place that I dream about. I've been wanting to visit this place ever since the first time I saw it online. I am obsessed with this place. We took so many pictures here, I have to split my review of Cinque Terre in 2 posts. Here's the 1st one. The 1st art of our Italy trip can be find HERE and 2nd part HERE.

I was filled with giddiness from the moment we arrive. Our host met us at the train station in Riomaggiore and took us to our cozy & cute apartment that's facing a piazza. Not one to waste time, as soon as checked in, we started exploring.

When we first started walking, it was all up hill. In my head, I was getting worried, that may be I put too much expectation on this place. Luckily, as soon as we get up the hill  and get view of the ocean, all my worried was replaced by pure joy. The view of the ocean with the colorful houses is simply stunning. Maybe it's the atmosphere of the place, but every color seems to be more stunning. We spent our first night, just leisurely exploring every nook around Riomaggiore.


Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

This place literally 5 minutes walk from our aparment

The next day, we were going to take the easy trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola, but unfortunately, that trail close due to land slide. So, change of plan we're taking the hard trail from Monterosso to Vernazza.

Arriving in Momterosso, this flower vendor captured my attention right away. I mean, just look at the stunning color of these flowers!


Gorgeous flowers of Monterosso.

Then, we found the trail and start waking. LOL, I think after we climbed the first few stairs, we both like hm... you think we should do this? They said this is the hard trail and we were already huffing and puffing after just 10 minutes.

We decided to stay on the trail after we remind ourselves that everybody said the view from the trail is amazing. That it's worth the pain of climbing. And, sure enough, the view is amazing.


Vineyard on the hill looking down toward Monterosso.

We just took a lot of stop along the way. Granted, on many part the trail is very skinny and sometime you have to let people that coming from the other direction pass first. Not that we're complaining, because our knee were shaking from the climbing that every stop is appreciated. Hah!

Even though our legs were so tired, we can't help but  keep smiling every time we greeted with beautiful view. We're like, can you believe we get to enjoy this gorgeous view?




We passed lots of vineyard! Lot of beautiful wild flowers as well. The only thing that make me almost jump off the trail was the amount of lizard that we passed. I know lizard is not dangerous, but I just don't like them. Like the way people afraid of spiders, that's how I am with lizard. A couple times, I literally almost slip because a lizard suddenly ran in front of me or it was on the wall right where I passed and I just jumped.

I have to remind myself that I don't need to be in the news as the girl that need to get rescued from the cliff because she's jumping off to avoid a lizard! Lizard is a serious issue, people! :)


On the trail from Monterosso to Vernazza.

Then, as get closer to Vernazza, we get to see the view that everybody talk about. This view of Vernazza. Simply breath taking. Our picture really don't do justice of the beauty of this place.


View of Vernazza near the end of the trail.

What make it even more romantic (although being sweaty and knee buckling, it's pretty hard to be romantic)? As we get closer to the end of the trail we could hear a guy playing an accordion of classic Italian music. I love the sound of accordion. It's so original and beautiful. I mean, it couldn't be more Italian than that. Being welcome to a beautiful place by beautiful music? It's heaven on earth.


Vernazza

The weather was just perfect. I mean, it's truly a gorgeous day. We couldn't ask for a more perfect day. When I saw this view, I said a prayer of thank you to God. Thank you for this beautiful place thank you for His blessings that we get to be in this amazing place.

Hubby and I just fell head over heel with this region. You can see why. If you have travel bucket list, you definitely want to put Cinque Terre in that list. You won't regret it. Well, this is a pretty long post. I don't want to bore you, so I'll end this post here for now and will continue sharing more on a later post. 

Hope you enjoy the post. Happy Memorial Day and we honor and remember those who sacrifice their life for our freedom. To all my friends with family member in the military service, thank you for all that you and your family sacrifice. God bless.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

With All My Love

Quick post today as I want to share my Crafter's Companion Kimono project. I am playing with this beauty and combining it with their new release word dies and the Spectrum Noir markers. 

I love coloring this image with strong colors. It just seems right to me.


Crafter's Companion supplies: Kimono Lotus Flower,
Edge'ables All My Love, Spectrum Noir CR3, CR8, CR9, CR10,
CT3, CT4, FS8, IB1, IG1

I should try to color this image with soft color and see how I like it. Hm... maybe next time I should try to do this in water color. I really never know when I started a project what I am gonna do, until I actually sit down and start playing with them.

The sentiment was created using Edge-ables Word dies that should be available in store soon.

Thank you for swinging by here. I really do appreciate your visit. Cheers...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Yay, for long weekend! Sigh.... I sure do love long weekend. I guess, it would be pretty hard to find people who doesn't love long weekend, right? Whoops... never mind, I actually know one person who doesn't like long weekend. Hah!

Well, I plan on spending some time cleaning & organizing my craft cave & spending quality time with the four-legged babies. I feel guilty leaving them during the trip, so lot's of making up to do. 

Speaking about trip, coming home is also a sweet part of a trip, right? With that in mind, I want to share this Crafter's Companion, Home Is Where The Heart Is card.


Crafter's Companion supplies: Makey  Bakey Home Sweet Home,
Spectrum Aqua

Using Spectrum Aqua, I created the soft coloring for this card. Have to admit, it's hard for me to get good pic of this card because of the soft coloring. I think next time, I have to darken my coloring a bit more. I am no expert in water coloring. Still need lots of practice.

That's all for me today, peep. Have a beautiful weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sweet Occasions!


I am so excited, when I saw the latest Purple Onion Designs that are being released this week. They're simply adorable! Be ready for a bunch of cuteness.

To start the release party, on my end, I am playing with "Happy" the smiling bear and combine it with balloons & streamers and confetti on the background.




Here's the close up of my card, so you can see the soft purple color confetti that I stamped on the card base.




Now, nothing makes new release more exciting than some giveaway, right? Both Purple Onion Designs and Stacey Yacula are doing giveaway of the entire release on their blog. Go check out their blogs & you have till midnight Sunday, May 24 to leave comment to be entered for the giveaway.

On top of that, some of the DT girls also doing mini giveaway. Including yours truly. I am giving away Happy, Balloons & Streamers and Confetti. To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment here and let me know, which image is your favorite from this release. You have till midnight CST Sunday, May 24, to leave a comment. Winner will be announced on Monday, May 25,2015.

Hope you enjoy the new releases! Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Birthday Wishes From The Herd

I was going to share more pic from our trip on today's post, but I am behind on sorting the pics out. As you can imagine, hubby and I were snap happy during our vacation, so now I have to sort out and dwindle down the amount of pics we have. Only keep the good ones. :)

Am hoping to get that done by this weekend. Meanwhile, for today, I want to share this cute, CAS card featuring... what else.... the farm critters, of course! Hah... I hope you're not sick of them, yet.




What can I say, these cuties just pull me and ask me to play with them. :)And, I kind of obsessed with this MFT cross-stitched rectangle dies. I want to use them for every card. Maybe because I used to love doing cross stitched? Or maybe simply because it add just the perfect amount of texture & design? I just love them. Safe to say this become one of my favorite basic dies.

That's all from me today. By the way, tomorrow we'll be unveiling new releases from Purple Onion Designs. And... I'll be doing a giveaway as well. So, come back tomorrow. See you then. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Herd You Had A Birthday

If earlier, I have a them challenge from SugarPea Designs, now I have a sketch challenge from My Favorite Things for you. Here's the fun sketch:


And, here's my interpretation of the sketch. I switch the triangle with circle. I like circle better. Hah!




I sure do love this farm critters. How much you wanna bet that you'll see more of them. LOL. 

For more ideas and inspirations, please checkout what my team mates has created for this challenge at MFT Challenge Blog. Thank you for stopping by here. Since, I have 2 post today already I'll continue my Italy story on the next post. It's my favorite part, so I am really excited to share it with you.



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