Monday, June 29, 2009

Happy Monday...

It's Monday and it's 4 days work week! I love short work week, cause that means I have long weekend. Not that I am planning anything for this weekend. I'd be happy to just have some time to lounge around and make some cards or scrapbooking a bit.

Beside, I really could use the long weekend as it seems like this past weekend just flew by. Yesterday was my birthday and my dear friend Joy, threw me a bday party. Loved, loved her! My bday party was fun, except for the fact that at the end I got a bit sick.

Yeah, learned real quick, me and heat do not get along. What was the heat index?? 105?? I was only outside for 5 minutes and I just felt my head gets really hot and I had to excuse myself. Went inside and guessing from super hot and bright to the cold AC temp in the house, just shocked my body. Long story short, almost passed out and I ended have to keep pressing the cold 7up can to my face and neck just to keep me cool. So lame.... I know. :)


On the bright side, my other dear friend, Leslie, brought this awesome tiramisu cake from the Cheesecake Factory. OMG... sooo yummy. And on top of that, she surprised me by dedicating her blog to me for that weekend. She wrote the sweetest thing and made me cry. I am so thankful that I have such loving friends. They are kind of crazy (I am the mildest one in the group), but very loving and thoughtful. Love you guys...

Okay, enough story. How 'bout some cards? I bought some new stamps, haven't get a chance to play with them yet, but will do soon. For now, here's a simple card I made using QK Silhouette. Enjoy and thank you for stopping by. Stay cool...

Happy Monday,
Vera




Saturday, June 27, 2009

The birthday girl...

Today, I am the birthday girl. Sooo wishing to have my family here. Miss you guys so much. Talked to my mom this morning and she gave me the best birthday present. She'll be here for Christmas. Woohooo... Happy dance!! :)

Agenda for the rest of the day? Heading out for dimsum, some shopping at Michael's (papers on sale, can't pass that now, can't we??), then head to Joy's home for a lowkey birthday party. Joy is one of my dearest friend and she is the sweetest, most thoughtful person I know and she's throwing me a birthday party. Love ya, Joy! She has this contagious loud laugh that you can't help but laugh, too when you heard her laugh. I am sure you'll hear more stories of Joy down the road.

Back to bday babbling, yesterday, hubby spoiled me by getting me a big cappucino blast from Baskin Robbins, flower bouquet that he said was my present from the doggies (including a card from them, hehe...), and a nice dinner at Italian restaurant where he got me my tiramisu. Gotta love a thoughtful husband! Thanks, honey.

Anyhoo, for today, instead of cards, I'll share my family page. I'm so blessed to have a loving family and want to thank them for all their loving supports. So, today's post dedicated to them, especially to my mom. Love you, Mom!!

Well, off to celebrate and you all have a great Sunday.

Cheers,
Vera


Birthday weekend...

Yep, tomorrow I'll be celebrating my birthday. So, this whole weeked is my birthday weekend. Why just celebrate on the day when you can celebrate the whole weekend?? :) Friday afternoon, my coworkers surprised me with cute cupcake cake. The whole cake made of a bunch of little cupcakes with colorfull daisy on top. Really thought that they forgot and just going to ignore my birthday. It was a super busy week after all. So, I was delightful and grateful that they actually remember. My boss was even let me and hubby go home early that day.

I love birthdays, but at the same time usually my birthday is the time I feel slightly sad, too. I am the only one in my family that live far away. Both my brothers and my mom lives in another country, so needless to say at my birthday I always miss them terribly. I am grateful that I have a loving husband and thoughtful friends, just wish that my mom and my brothers could be here with me.

Sorry for the melancholy mood. Always happen at every birthday since I moved to the States. Well, time to cheer up, right. Nothing cheer me up like Baskin Robbins cappucino blast or a good tiramisu. So, this afternoon I am gonna get myself a big cappucino blast and tiramisu for dessert tonight. :)

Oh yeah, beside sweets, I love cards. All card maker love cards, right? I get this love of card from my mom. Growing up she always have card handy for all occasions. And I grew up treasuring those cards that my mom gave me cause she always put some inspiring and loving notes in each of those cards. Even my hubby learns quick, that he could forget gifts, but never forget to at least get a good card. :)

Well, to all card lovers out there, here's some cutie cards for ya. That's all for now. Enjoy your weekend and wear lots of sunscreen, cause here in TX it's a 100 degree!!!








Friday, June 26, 2009

Birthday cards

Good morning everyone,

Quick post today. Here are some cards that I made for my coworker's niece and nephew. The girly one, I also enter for Stamping Bellas weekly challenge. Thank you for stopping by.

Cheers,
Vera


Die cut: QK Sihouette
Embossing: Cuttlebug
Patterned paper: KI Memories


Stamp: "Ketto" from Stamping Bella
Ribbon: Stampin Up!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Early present for me...

Yay...., yesterday coming back from work, a big box was waiting for me by the front door. My early birthday present. I told hubby, how I'd love to have a good photo printer. And he said go for it (thanks, honey). I did lots of research and compared sooo many different brands. You see, I'm the type of shopper who have to do some research before I buy anything big. Read a bunch of reviews, compared rating, etc.

Anyhoo, I decided to give HP a try. Previously, I had a couple Epson printers, but seems like my HP last longer. And I found this awesome deal on the HP that I want on Ebay, so of course I had to take advantage of it. I was still a bit worry, because I am very picky with the quality of my pictures. Well, long story short, I printed my 1st picture with my new baby, and I was deeeelighted!!! :) Happy dance...

The picture came out beautifully. Showed the picture to hubby and he thought I was showing him picture from the lab (I just received my 1st order from Scrapbook Pictures that afternoon, too). Which, I also highly recommend Scrapbook Pictures as the place to print your pictures. Their results is really good.

So, yeay, yeay, yeay... I am a happy girl. Haven't get a chance to play with the scanner, yet. Hopefully it'll be just as good.

OK, enough babbling, here's some cards for you all. I made these cards a while back, but thought I share it here.




Stamp: Hero Arts
Embossing: Cuttlebug



Stamp: Hero Arts
Embossing: Cuttlebug

Stamp: Hero Arts
Embossing: Cuttlebug

Cheers,
Vera

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More Stamping Bella cards...

Second day... So far so good. Able to update the blog. :) For me, blog is great place to find inspiration. Most of my scrapbooking & card ideas comes from various blogs that I visited. I do have a few blogs that I checked daily as these blogs have the most amazing & creative ideas.

One of my top favorite blog to visit is Jennifer's blog. Check out her site when you get a chance. Her works always inspires me and she's really nice, too. When I went back to school and took a business class, I had to do some reports and ask her to help with some input, she graciously answer all my questions. And she didn't even know me. Yeah, she's my scrapbook idol. :)

I also check Hero Arts & Stamping Bella blog regularly. Sometime it feels like I collect more ideas than actually making the cards. Well, I work full time, so I can only make cards when I have free time or when I don't feel lazy. ;)

This past weekend I was actually very productive and made a bunch of cards. Here's a couple more.


Stamps: Stamping Bella
Glitters: Stickles
Cardstock: Bazzills
Pencil color: Prismacolor



Stamp: Stamping Bella
Glitter: Stickles
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pencil color: Prismacolor

I love the bright cheerful color of the first card. And the second one, I actually hand stitched the border. Lost the cord for my sewing machine, so hand-stitched it is.

Okay, have to focus on getting some works done. Till tomorrow.

Cheers,
Vera

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Welcome...

Finally, I decided to start my own blog! This is a big step for me. I am new at this and any suggestions are welcome.:) I am hoping that I can maintain to update this blog regularly.

A little bit about me. I've been scrapbooking and stamping for about 13 years. But, as far as I can remember, I always love doodlings, making things, and organized my pics. Used to cut my pictures and try to arrange them creatively.

And, I love colors. No matter where I am, when I see a bunch of colors, I get excited. Colors inspire me. Colors makes me happy. Since I love colors, easy to say that I love papers and pens. Especially love, love the many shade of blue. When I am in a place where there's tons of colors my mind just start swirling with ideas. That's probably why I also like knitting... (hehe... my SIL get me into this recently and I haven't reach that point, yet where I can say love knitting). When I walk into yarn shop I think I am more excited by the wall to wall colors of yarns than the actual yarn itself. Well, I can honestly say I like crafty stuff as long as it involves pretty colors.:)

Scrapbooking & card making are on my top list, though. Scrapbooking allows me to preserve my family pictures while being creative at the same time. And I love card making for its instant gratification. Speaking of card making, recently I found the Ketto stamps from Stamping Bella and I fell in love with them the moment I saw them. They are cute, funky, and has loads of personality in my opinion. Very fun to work with. So, this past weekend I spent some time just making a bunch of cards. Here's a couple cards to start.



Stamps: Suzzette Ketto from Stamping Bella
Glitters: Stickles
Color pencils: Prismacolor
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug




Stamp: Ivy Ketto from Stamping Bella
Glitters: Stickles
Color pencils: Prismacolor
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug

Aren't these Kettos just adorable? Well, hope you enjoy them and thank you for stopping by. Will post more cards later.

Cheers,
Vera

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