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!


Hi all. The weather is getting cooler and holiday time is right around the corner. We are back for the 6th year for our annual Caring Hearts Card Drive. The purpose of our card drive is to collect holiday cards for the elderly that lives in nursing homes. I started this card drive 6 years ago, in 2010 in honor of my mom. That first year, we collected 750 cards. And each year it continue to grow bigger. Last year we received over 17,000 cards and branched out to Australia!! It was such an amazing year.

Jennifer McGuire and I are excited to continue this journey and we really hoping that we can bring holiday cheers to many, many more nursing homes. 

We have a few ladies helping us in collecting the cards. Tina Schrof is working with Jennifer in collecting the cards. Since international shipping is expensive, those of you in Canada can mail your cards to Anita or Caroline and they'll distribute the cards. And, for those of you in Australia, you can send to Linda. :)

The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time many of the elderly who lives in nursing homes would really feel the loneliness or missing their family. Wouldn't it be so awesome if we can bring a smile to their face & brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten. That someone still thinking of them.

We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing our creations can bring a smile to others, right? Some helpful people already agree to help us deliver the cards to selected nursing homes.

A few important details:
  • This card drive will be going on from October 3 to November 27, 2015. We need to receive your card by November 27, 2015.
  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card, your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • All cards need to have a message in it (it can be stamped or hand written).  
  • Please sign your name and where you are from. 
  • Please include an envelope for each card and please don't seal the envelope.
  • Please stick to just cards (standard size A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2")
  • And please don't use any pins (safety reason).
  • This is totally optional. But, if you'd like to include $1 or $2 to help with shipping, it'll be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves, with no sponsor, so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously.
You can mail the cards to:
  • Vera Yates, 1314 Roy St., Houston, TX 77007                              
  • Tina Schrof , 185 W. Pugh Drive,  Springboro, OH 45066
  • Linda Langes, c/o Gilston State School, 588 Worongary Road, GILSTON QLD 4211, Australia
  • Piney-fine, Attn: Anita, P.O. Box 30,  Piney, MBR0A 1 K0, Canada
  • Caroline Bredeson, 7 Brown Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 1L9, Canada                
In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM.  This helps us in keeping track for prizes! For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances. 
To thank you for your generosity in supporting this drive, we have several PRIZES ready for several winners. There will be many winners and remember… the more cards you send the better your chances. :)

Also, if you 'd like to help us promote the card drive, whenever you're sharing your projects for Caring Hearts on social media, please use the hashtag #caringheartscarddrive . Hey, wouldn't it be so cool if we can make kindness trending?

I'll update the prize list as more prizes coming in. And huge thank you to all the fabulous, generous companies who support this card drive by donating awesome prizes.

Altenew - $30 GC

Avery Elle - $30 GC

a2z Scrapbooking - $25 GC

Clearly Besotted - £30 (approx. US $45) GC

Ellen Hutson - $50 GC

Hero Arts - $50 GC

Jane's Doodle - $75 GC

Jennifer McGuire Ink - 10 fabulous stamps from her favorite company

 Jennifer McGuire - Online Card Classes -  class of your choice - 3 winners

Latina Crafter - $40 GC

Litte Things from Lucy's Cards - 8 bags of Sparkly Shaker Selection

Mama Elephant - $25 GC

Neat & Tangled - $50 GC

Organize More - $75 GC

Paper Smooches - Two $25 GC

Pretty Pink Posh - Two $25 GC

Ranger Ink - $50 Prize pack

Reverse Confetti - $25 GC

Sarah Rigby (Stampin Up!) - $25 GC + $25 gift pack

Simon Says Stamp - $50 GC


SugarPea Designs - $25 GC

Technique Tuesday - You're So Sweet Stamp Set

The Ton Stamps - $25 GC

Tim Holtz - $100 prize pack

Verve Stamps - $30 GC

Waltzing Mouse Stamps -  £25 (approx. US $38) GC
Winnie & Walter - $50 GC

Wplus9 - $50 GC

I will update the prize list as I get more. :) Please feel free to share about this card drive. We really appreciate your support & generosity. Let's rock this card drive and bring Christmas joy to as many nursing homes as we can!! Thank you. 

PS: Thank you to Chaitali Narla for designing the badge. :)


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