Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Moose & A Penguin

I love Thanksgiving week. The traffic is so much better and the short work week is always something to look forward to. I feel like knowing that I only have to work 2 and a half day makes me feel more energized. Hah...

Do you have any big plans for Thanksgiving? I am going to cousin's place for brunch and my SIL place for dinner. I have no plan to battle the Black Friday crowd. I find myself has no patience to hunt for parking and battling people. Online shopping in your pj is so much better. Besides, sometime I like to do things last minute. Christmas still a month away, what's the rush, right. LOL, this got me in trouble quite a few time.

Speaking about last minute, that's what happened with today's card. For Riley & Company they have recipe challenge this week. 3 patterned paper, 1 ribbon and 1 embellishment. When I saw that, I cringe. I don't use 3 pp on 1 card. So, naturally, I waited till the last minute to tackle this and came up with this card.

moose, penguin, riley & company

Yes, there's ribbon on this card. See that tiny silver ribbon tied on the button? I admire my friends who could do layers beautifully. Me, I am a simple & clean girl at heart. I personally prefer the card with 1 pp. ;) If you think, you're up for this challenge, please join us at Riley & Company challenge HERE.

Thanks for swinging by here and I'll be back tomorrow with some card drive updates. Cheers....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Bells

Ahh... weekend! How do I love thee. You got any bog plan for this weekend?

I plan on having a productive weekend. As of today, I have received 3170 cards for Caring Hearts Card Drive. All in all between all the girls in the States, Canada and Australia we collected almost 7000 cards so far. There's still a few days left for the card drive and who knows what our final number will be.

Again and again, the card making community surprise me with their generosity. Every year, I am worried that I won't have enough cards as the list of nursing  homes we supported also grow and ever year, I am blown away by the support.

Your generosity makes all the paper cuts I got on my fingers from stuffing all the envelopes worth it. Hah... Who would have thought card drive can be dangerous, huh? ;)

All kidding aside, thank you!! And, since we're still on the spirit of giving, I want to share this simple beauty I created using Wplus9 Silver Bells set.

Christmas; bells
Wplus9 Silver Bells stamp setWplus9 Silver Bells dies
Simple Stories 24/Seven 6x6 paper pad

Sometime, classic style is the way to go, don't you think? All the supplies are available at i {heart} papers. And.. psst... get ready. i {heart} papers will have some awesome Black Friday deals coming next week!

That's all for me today. I have boxes to package! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Embrace The Moonlight

With the news of PC closing down soon, I was feeling melancholy and spent some time browsing through my submission folders. And, looking through some of my submission stuff, I realized that I never shared any of my project from PC Cool Tools 2014 edition. Of course, I have to correct that, right?

Here is my favorite project in this fun issue. I just love the way the red popped against the blue background. And yes.. of course.. the birds. I love projects with birds. :)

BTW, have you send in your cards for Caring Hearts Cad Drive? If you haven't, please send them ASAP. You have till November 28th! Wanna see some of the cards that have made it? 

Here's a peek into the pile of almost 3000 cards on my dining table. We rarely use our dining room as hubby and I usually just use our breakfast table for dinner, so... dining room turned into mailing room.

There are tons of gorgeous cards! I think whoever got these cards will be smiling ear to ear when they open it. It truly warms my heart seeing the support that you all pour into this card drive. Thank you so much for supporting us. 

I am sure, by this evening the collection number would change. Every day we received lots of packages. My goal is 6000 cards as I am hoping to support over 40 nursing homes. We can all dream big, right?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SSS Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog  

Hi y'all and happy humpday! I am back a with a new card for Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge. This week or theme is Thanks or Thanksgiving.


For my card I used this beautiful Simon Says Stamp & Clearly Besotted collaboration set .

Thanksgiving card
Supplies; Simon Says With Clearly Besotted Autumn Blessings
ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Enamel Dots Record It

I love the sentiment's font. It's so pretty and feminine. I think I'll be giving this card to my SIL who always host our Thanksgiving dinner.

Do you give out or mail out Thanksgiving card? I guess, on my side, because it's not a tradition that I grew up with, I don't normally give out or mail out card for Thanksgiving. And.. this helps when it comes to eating as well. I never got into eating turkey, so I never got to eat too much during Thanksgiving dinner. Hah...

I do love the get together part of Thanksgiving. I think it's a lovely tradition. I just wish my family is here. For me, nothing beats my family time. Our family get together always filled with lots of laughter & goofing off. For this, I am always thankful for my family.

As you're getting ready for your family get together, I hope you will find time to play along with us! Cheers...


Simon Says Stamp

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wishing You Blessings

Hi everyone and happy Monday. How was your weekend? Ours was pretty laid back. It was a cold, gloomy weekend. And, for the 3rd time in a week, we have a fuse blown that thrown all 37 houses in our neighborhood into darkness for a few hours.

I guess, good thing it's winter at the moment. To have no power in the summer in Texas even just a few hours would be unpleasant. And, our winter is not bad like winter in the north. So, we bundle up with dogs and went to bed early, since there's nothing we can do.

Oh, we did do something fun. On Saturday morning we went to the Indonesian consulate and found out that in the afternoon they're hosting a Culinary Festival. So, I attended my girlfriend baby shower and then dash home to go straight back to the consulate again. The thought of a bunch of vendors selling good Indonesian food was dreamy!!

Lucky for me, hubby is just as excited. He keep asking me what was that, what about that one, etc. Then while walking around, I heard someone calling my name. I ignore it thinking I don't have any Indonesian friend in Houston. Well, turned out it was my friend from 9th grade!! What a small world! LOL, I thought the only Indonesian people I know in Houston are my cousins.

To complete my weekend, I also play with some new stamp of course. I recently won this gorgeous MFT set from Lisa Johnson. Pretty rare where I do fall cards, but I love the shape of the leaves on thi set. 

Thanksgiving, blessings

And, I chose a brighter colors as I just couldn't do dark or jewel tone fall colors. I like bright, happy colors. Don't get me wrong. I love fall colors in nature, jut not on cards. ;)

By the way, have you send your cards in for Caring Hearts Card Drive? 2 more weeks to go before it ends. I hope you will send in some cards. Right no we have about 35 places to support and I sure would love to able to cover all the nursing homes on our list.

Thanks for stopping by here and may your week starts off wonderfully!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paper Crafts Reflection Time

Let me just warn you right away. This is going to be a long post. Lots of personal feeling here. By now, I am sure many of you my fellow card maker have heard the news that Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking is closing down. February 2015 will be their last issue.

When I found out this afternoon, I was speechless. I was like, no it couldn't be!! It's a joke! I mean, this is what in my opinion is the best card making magazine out there. They are one of the reason I like to make cards. They make me challenge myself to create better, to be more creative and they gave me the confidence that I needed when I started my creative journey.

I used to think I wasn't creative enough. My younger brother said once that he thinks I should pursue career in graphic design and I balked at the idea, because I didn't think I was creative enough. But, when I made it to Paper Crafts Gallery Idol back in 2010 and soon after have my cards accepted regularly for publication and made it to other PC contest, I finally see what  my brother sees in me.

Then, I met the PC  team. They are so warm, encouraging & so positive. Susan, always the cheerleader, help me believe in myself. I am so grateful that I get to hang out with some of them at CHA. These moments are short, but I cherish them. Most of all what Paper Crafts means to me beside being an amazing creative outlet: they means friendship.

Because of PC, I got interested to attend CHA and that has opened so many friendship doors that I otherwise would have missed. Priceless, priceless memory. Lots of amazing girls that I just adore. Many I met and many I have not, but feels like I  know them through blogging, chatting online, etc.


This pic below was from one of the most memorable night at CHA for me. We all just kicking it back, laughing hard, sharing story. This was the CHA that brought some amazing girls to my path, who become so dear to me.

I honestly have no idea where my post going with this. I feel such loss. I know, some people will probably just say, oh it just a magazine. But to me, they are more than that. They are friends, amazing people. My heart hurt for the people that loss their job. My heart also hurt for the loss that our community is now experience.

All I can say is that I hope the friendship I gained through the door that PC opened, will continue to flourish despite this setback. I plan on maintaining the friendship and I pray that all the PC team will find new jobs. 

With that in mind, I want to share this card that was accepted for Card Creations Vol. 13 that now we sadly won't see. 

We all, at one point of our lives facing changes, the unknown. I know I did and will face more as it is part of live. Each time, I got scared. And, my mom always said have faith that things will work out the way they should be.

Tonight I mourned my loss, our loss. It's okay to mourn. Any loss is hard to accept. Sometime they are hard to digest. But, like I told Susan, sometimes bad thing must happen, so bigger, better thing could happen. We just have to allow faith to be our guide...

Thank you Jennifer, Susan, Stacey, Holly, and everyone at PC for the fun journey, for the friendship, support and joy you have brought us paper crafters. Just thank you. <3

Joy To The World

Hi all. Happy Thursday. I don't know about you, but the time change and the colder weather makes me sluggish. After work I find it hard to resist the sofa when it called my name. Especially when two pair of eyes with their wagging tails look hopefully for some snuggle time.

However, I did manage to resist the temptation and made one card before I comply with the doggies request for mommy time. Hah...

Here's a Christmas card that I made. 

Supplies: Chickaniddy Jolly Good 6x6 paper pad,
Wplus9 Stag Trio die, Hand Lettered Holidaydies,
Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set

I have to admit, now & then I still find it hard to use lots of patterned paper on my card. But, I think this card turned out okay.

Well, short post. Doggies whining and it's my duty to keep them happy. :) Cheers....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Seeing Star

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog  

Hi y'all. I am back with a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. This week our theme is "Seeing Stars". Hah... I freaked out a moment when I realized that I really don't have stars set. I have to dig my stash to see what kind of stars I have. Thank goodness, a couple of the sets have some small stars that I can use. ;)


And, here's my card:

Supplies: Mama Elephant Arctic Penguin , Mama Elephant Make A Wish , Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons , Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings

Gah.... I just adore this penguin set. They are just too cute. For the ice, I stamped it on vellum to create the icy look. And, finally... I get to use this SSS Christmas dies that just been sitting there on my desk waiting to be used. Of course, if I just use the word Christmas it doesn't look finish. So, more digging and I thought the word wishes from SSS Birthday Balloons set would work.Hey... way to expand the use of your stamp sets, right? Mix and match, baby!

I hope you will play along with us. Can't wait to see what you create! Thank you for swinging by here.


Simon Says Stamp

Monday, November 10, 2014

Caring Hearts Blog Hop Winners

Hi everyone! Just a quick post to announce all the winners from Caring Hearts Blog Hop. Ladies, I will email each of you and thank you to everyone for participating in this hop. We really appreciate you all.

We have 3 winners for Online Card Classes. Ladies, you each get to pick 1 free class of your choice. And the winners for Online Card Classes are:
1. From Laura Bassen's blog: Melissa Friedrich
2. From Ellen Hutson's blog: Lucille K.
3. From Latina Crafter's blog: Emily Lauritzen

Winner of Simon Says Stamp $50 GC is from Kristina Werner's blog: Lisa Petrella

Winner of Inspiration Emprorium $25 GC is from Chaitali Narla's blog: Janet Trapp

Winner of Verve Stamps $30 GC from Sarah Gough's blog is: Barb Schmidt

Winner of Latina Crafter $15 GC is from Paper Crafts blog: Lynnea Hollendonner

Winner of 2 rolls of May Arts ribbons is from Kathy Martin's blog: Becca Cruger.

Winner of  one year of free subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine is from Vera Yates' blog:  Connie Cox

Congrats everyone!!

CASEing Genius

                   ** For Caring Hearts Card Drive details please click HERE on click the badge on the left. **

Hi all! Recently, a dear friend of mine, started this new feature on her blog every Monday called CASEing genius. And, I am so honored that she has chose to feature me this week. I hope you will go to Kelly Latevola's blog today and check it out. 

Kelly, thank you so much for featuring me. 

Kelly had asked me to share 3 of my favorite cards for her to CASE. And, I can't wait to see her beautiful creation!

That's it for now and I'll be back with another post with the winner announcement for Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop. Stay tune!


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