Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wee Memories Get Sketchy

Hi all. Happy Satuday. It's time for a new challenge at Wee Memories. This week we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

All you need to do is create a project based on the sketch above. From this challenge, the Design Team will select 1 Winner, Fab 4 and Honorable Mentions. The winner will be posted Sunday along with the Fab 4 designers. One winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Simon Says Stamp Store!

Be sure to visit Simon Says Stamp online store here and check out the DT fabulous creations HERE.

BTW, you will also have another change to win goodies if you upload your cards to Wee memories Flickr group as well.  And, last but not least, you can follow us on Facebook and you never now, sometime we throw goodies over there, too.

Okay peeps, enjoy your weekend!! Hugs....

Friday, January 28, 2011

Remembering My Dad

Growing up, I was totally daddy's girl. Even though I am much closer to my mom after I hit my 20s, to my dad, I am always his little girl. When I first moved to the States, no one could mentioned my name without making him teary eyed for having his girl so far away. 

Well, yesterday, was the 9th anniversary of the day my dad passed away. 9 years ago when I got that call that no one wants to get. My dad passed away from massive heart attack. My mom called me and I flew back home right away in a daze.

When I arrived, my brothers wouldn't leave my side, that I ended up wondering what's going on. Bless their heart, they were afraid I was going to faint and they want to be there to catch me. I'll never forget when they said that, because that simple act made me realize that my brothers would always be there for me. Without this strong bond of family love, I don't know how I'd have handle the whole thing. And I stayed with my mom for about 2 months. I needed to be close to her, to be at home.

I still miss my dad a lot. On our wedding day, I wish he was there. During the ceremony I chose the song "I Loved Her First" by Heartland to remember him and according to one of my friend, she noticed this soft misty sprinkles behind us during the song and it stop as the song stop. She felt it was as if my dad's way of acknowledging us and I did feel his presence in my heart strongly that day.

A few weeks ago, Tammy from A Day For Daisies offered the DT gals to make a sketch from our favorite pic. I know right away what pic I'd choose. I chose a pic of me and my little brother, Jerry, that's my mom and dad's favorite pic of us.

My li'l brother & me, about 4 & 5 years old.

When I see this pic, it reminds me so much of my dad. He always had this picture on his office desk. It reminds me what a great childhood I had, that I love my brothers tremendously, that I still keep my dad close to my heart, and how thankful I am for my mom. She helps me staying strong, always. I'd have fell apart without her guidance.

This sketch is a surprise for my mom and I can't thank Tammy enough for this beautiful sketch. I like to think that from UP there my dad is also smiling looking at this picture. This sketch come at just the right time. 9 years has passed, I still miss my dad, I still pray for him. When we were all together this past Christmas, he was definitely missed. We miss his big laughter, his hugs, his jokes, we simply miss him.

I want to mention that A Day For Daisies, is offering this "Custom Photo Stamp" starting today and THIS WEEK ONLY, when you buy a custom photo stamp design, you'll get a free 5$ coupon to use at the store! You can check out all the DT gals creations HERE.

Before, I leave, here's the song that I mentioned above. Have a great Friday everyone and don't forget to tell your love ones you love them every chance you get! :)

A Couple Love Cards

I have two post for today as I have quite a few cards to share. First, is my card for Mami Doodles "Magic of Love" challenge. I shocked myself. There's 3 layers in this card. And just yesterday, I mentioned how it's not often I do bunch of layers. :)

Fab 'n' Funky - use a digi
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Love is in the air

Check out Mami Doodles DT creations HERE for more creative ideas and please join us for the challenge!

Next, is a simple card I made for Jehanne at Just Some Lines. I do love the simple look of this card. It's straight and to the point.

A Spoonful Of Sugar - Valentine's
Challenge Up Your Life - clean & simple

My other card is on the next post. Thank you all for stopping by!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Paper Play Layer It Up! Challenges

Yay, Thursday.... My favorite day of the week, besides weekend. :) Last night, I was in card making mode and I actually completed 3 cards, all for design assignments. Granted my desk looks like a ship wreck, covered with stuff, but oh well, what's new. Hah... Little price to pay for some creativity, right?

Today at Paper Play we have new challenge for you. Layered it up! We want to see cards with some layers. Here's the card I made using FTL 124 sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping. I am not one for bunch of layers, but this card does have layers. 

Jay Gee's Nook Challenge 3 - color inspiration
Woodware USA - Anything Goes

The DT has created some gorgeous samples for your inspirations. Go check out their fabulous creations at Paper Play Challenges. And, please join us for the fun!  It's almost as easy as anything goes challenge since many of us always use layers for our cards. :)

Don't forget that you also still have one more day left to enter Wee Memories Free Your Creativity challenge. You can follow us on Facebook as well. I am the Facebook coordinator for Wee Memories, and would love to have you follow us there.

Have a great Thursday and tomorrow, I will share a card for A Day For Daisies that showing something that close and dear to my heart. See you then!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


If you're looking for my Thank You Giveaway post please click HERE to enter. I'm giving away 150 sheets 6x6 of mostly Basic Grey patterned papers.

Today, I have cutesy card to share using Lawn Fawn stamps and this neutral color combo from Moxie Fab Card Makers Week Neutral Color Challenge, again. Hah. I can't get away from it. I think because of the blue. I do love this kind of blue. You can see my post from yesterday to see the card I  made using the same color combo.

Lawnscaping - Casing Kelly's card HERE
Fuzzy Wuzzy - animal, anything goes
Stamp Something - cute somethings
Stampin' B's - use a banner
Simon Says - animal antics

I am sending this card for Winter's St. Jude Card Drive. Well peeps, short and sweet again today as I don't have much to tell. Things been quite on my neck of the wood. :) Hope you enjoy your visit here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Hi peeps. As promised, to celebrate all the lovely people that follow my blog, I am doing a giveaway. I just passed the 200 followers and I want to thank you for choosing to follow my blog. I am so excited and happy to have you here and I hope you'll continue enjoying your visit to my corner of happy place. I really appreciate you all.

including papers from this collection:
Basic Grey Curio
Basic Grey Bittersweet
Basic Grey Patterned Paper
Basic Grey Indian Summer
Making Memories

You will receive at least 150 sheets of  6x6 papers. Now, you probably end up with more papers and some extra goodies sneak in there. I like to add stuff to my goody box. :)

To win this, there's several ways to enter:
1. Simply leave a comment. Tell me how did you find my blog, or why you choose to visit here or what improvement would you like to see, etc.
2. Post about this giveaway on your blog or your blog side bar (you can choose to post one of the pricture above) and let me know you did that by leaving me another comment here on this post, with a link to your blog.
3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook and leave me

The giveaway is open till FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Winner will be announced on February 11.

And that's it. Easy peasy. You don't have to follow my blog in order to enter the giveaway, cause I want you to follow my blog because you want to and not because you have to. :) If you choose to follow, thank you so much, I really appreciate it. Please do let me know if you're a new follower, so I can stop by your blog as well. Good luck!

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop

Welcome to Papertrey Ink blog hop! This month the challenge is to use any Papertrey Ink that you haven't use for a while or maybe even one that haven't been inked at all. I missed a couple of the Papertrey blog hop during the holiday season, so I am glad that I get to play and join the hop again this month. For complete list of the participants please go to Papertrey Ink blog.

For my card, I decided to combine several sets that I haven't been using as much. Asian Fusion, Round & Round, and Just the Ticket. The color combo was based from this color combo from Moxie Fab Neutral Color challenge (for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week).

Let's Ink It Up  - NO DIGI and Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - keep it sweet & simple

As always, when I do used this set, I like to do the french knot for the center of the flower. Here's a close up of the french knots. Sorry, the color look a bit washed out. I didn't remember to take the close up pic till it's already way late at night and didn't have thebest lighting.

I'll keep it short and sweet, since I know you have lots of blog to hop to. Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you enjoy your visit here. Please leave a comment to let me know you stop by. Have a great day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Wishing You Love & Laughter

Well, it's a dreary day in Houston. It's going to be gray all day long with drizzles through out the day. LOL, hubby wouldn't let me forget that at one time, I forgot the word drizzle ar sprinkling, and I used the word "droplets" to describe the rain. Now, whenever it sprinkling, hubby would joke and said oh, it just droplets. :)

What can I say, English is my second language. Every now and then, I do forget words. Or, sometime I switch language in the middle of a sentence without realizing it. My clue would be when hubby has this look on his face like "I-have-no-idea-what-you-just said" or when he replied in a made up words.

There I went drifting all over the place with my post. Back to earth. With the gray looking weather, I have this card inspired by Moxie Fab "Gray is the new black", that I sure hope can brighten anyone's day. Really loving the doily a lot lately.

I stamped the music note to the middle of the doily only and rubbed the outer part of it with chalk. The butterfly was stamped with old scriptures.  I forgot to take pic of the inside. I finished the inside by stamping music note on the bottom part and added a small butterfly.

As I promised last week, I'll do a giveaway  to celebrate my blog followers. 201! Thank you all. I will post the giveaway detail later this afternoon or the latest tomorrow morning. Hope your week start off in a great way! 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wee Memories Free Your Creativity

My weekend started off in a wonderful way. Yesterday, I received the notification that 3 of my cards has been selected for Scrapbook News & Reviews February publication, coming out February 13, 2011. So excited! Then I found out that I won a giveaway from Bella Blvd! I will receive a set of pretty papers from their CHA new release. You know how I love pretty paper. :) Pretty papers makes me happy like a kid in a candy store. 

Okay, on to card. We have new fun challenge for you at Wee Memories sponsored by iCopic. The theme is "Free Your Creativity", which translate to anything goes. Any project you created can be enter for this challenge. Easy peasy.

And... here's my card and I also want to give a special birthday shout out to Wee Memories DT girl, Jinny Newlin! Happy birthday, Jinny! Sorry that my birthday card will arrive late on your door step, but it's on it's way. Hope you have an awesome birthday.

Lawnscaping - CASE-ing Kelly Marie's card
Fuzzy Wuzzy - animal, anything goes
Stamp Something - cute somethings
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - anything goes
Stampin' B's - use a banner
Fab 'n' Funky - animal magic

Go check  out the DT fabulous creations HERE to get your mojo going and hope you will join us for the challenge.

I love the atmosphere of weekend. Everything just feel laid back and I have a whole 2 days to fill out doing things I love. Which I am hoping to include some scrapbooking this weekend. I want to work on some pics from my recent trip. Thank you all for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

ADFD Fairies

Happy Friday! Today I have a couple fairy cards for you. As usual, Friday is a new release day at A Day For Daisies. You can go to Just Picked section of the shop to find all the new images that are released today.

Here's the first card that I made using "Tiny Bee Child" for the "Organic Soul" challenge at ADFD Challenge blog. Basically create any project using something organic. Not quite your typical challenge, but that's what make it fun! :) For my card, I used the fresh "Foxtail fern" that I picked from my front yard. See those greeneries under the flower? Yep, fresh from the garden peeps! Sigh... if you use jasmine or lilac can you imagine how nice the card would smell as well?

CASE Study Challenge - Case Mercy's card
Crafty Cardmakers - color with Pencils
Karber Weekly - Digi Stamp and Ribbon
Crafty Pad - Something New
Pile It On - Anything Goes

My second card is using another new release image called "Dandelion Delivery". This sentiment is one of my favorite sentiment. I probably should have used gray or brown for the sentiment, though instead of black ink, as I think the black colored sentiment is too strong for this card. But, I didn't feel like redoing the card.

Stampin' Royalty - anything with wings
Die Cut Dreams - Use a Digi and a Rubber stamp together
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Things with wings

So, what do you think? Two totally different style of cards. Which one do you prefer? The darker, vintagey looking one of the light pastelly color one?

Here's a peek at some of the image from this new releases at A Day For Daisies:

Thank goodness it's Friday!! Yay! I am looking forward to the weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

OTWC Guest Designer

This week, I have the honor to be guest designer at Off The Wall Craftiness. Thank you, Kim, for this opportunity. The challenge is sponsored by Inspired Stamps and here's the color inspirations for this week.

And here's my card that I also entering for Oldie But Goodie Challenge  (bright & cheerful).

Recently, two of my blog gals gave me this Stylish Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Ren-Yi & Jehanne for your kind words.  

Rules that accompany this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this.
2. Share 8 things about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to bloggers that you have recently discovered.

8 things about me:
1. I love boxes and drawers. I inherit this from my mom, who's one of the most organized person I know. We could spend hours browsing at The Container Store or IKEA.

2. I am organized and scattered at the same times. I love having a place for everything, I labeled & organized all my supplies, yet if you look at my desk, it always look like hurricane just passed by. But, I know where everything is.
3. By nature, I am a shy & quiet girl, until you get to know me. Then I can be a chatter box. :)
4. Besides crafting, my passion is travelling. One of my dream is to be able to do some serious country hopping. In my bucket list, Greece, Paris, Switzerland, basically Europe in general. I love historical places and I've always want to explore Europe.
5. I believe firmly in karma and being nice to others.
6. I practice Reiki. But, I am not good at meditation. I always fall asleep halfway.
7. Growing up, I wanted to be a fashion designer or a journalist.
8. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. :)

I'd like to pass this award on to the following people:
Trinh - who I met through HA Flickr and we hit it off right away. We have met in person & when we get together, felt like I've known her for a long time. I love it when I get to hang out with her.
Amy Tsuruta - I love Amy's fun design and she's such a thoughtful person. She sent me pretty card to cheered me up when I was down and she's always so supportive.
Heather Pulvirenti - I love her style of card making. Her creations are so inspiring.

Phew..... that's a long post! If you read all the way through, thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yummy Desserts

I almost forgot that I promised to post some dessert pictures from my trip to Jakarta. LOL, for those that know me,  they know I love my dessert. :)

But, first thing first. Here's a card I made for Just Some Lines using "Cat Love 1". Go check out Just Some Lines to see more cute digi stamps. 

Promarker Challenge -All You Need Is Love
Tuesday Throwdown - Valentine
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Love is in the air
Die Cut Dreams - Use a Digi and a Rubber stamp together
Paper Playtime - Use the word 'Love'

Now, you're ready for more food stories? Seriously, my trip home always involved food. The first picture is not dessert, but I just want to share it, cause I simply love the  pic. See how they shaped the rice like a cone and the banana leaves underneath? For me, this is sooo Indonesia.  Love eating this way. I guess the banana leaves brings back childhood memory. For to go food, they often wrap the food layered in banana leaves.

Now, this, isn't it look pretty? See, I don't feel guilty in having dessert after most of my meals in Indonesia. Cause most of them are made of fruit. This was made of strawberry, lychee, and I forgot what they called those seeds. But they are good for you, especially during hot weather, they help cool down the body.

This one was made of grass jelly and lychee. Both desserts served with a little bit of sweet juice on the bottom and best served cold. The grass jelly is also another thing that's great to help cool down the body. I love eating this in hot weather. Oh yeah,the name may not sound appetizing, but they are sweet & yummy (but not super sweet, which is great). Sprinkle a bit of lime.... Sweet & fresh!

Hmm... writing about dessert on my blog may not be such a good idea. It makes me hungry and homesick. Sigh... this is one of my favorite. We call it "cendol". Lots of shaved ice, coconut milk, liquid brown sugar, those green worm looking thingy (LOL, they're made of flour and something, have kind of like thick jello texture), and if you're in Medan where I grew up, they usually add "tape" (made of soybean). Sometime they add black or red beans, too. The texture, the flavor... heaven! 

Another healthy snack that I love, love, love is "rujak". It's basically mix of fruits served with spicy sauce. There are many different way to make the sauce. I love the one where they used "Stone Banana" as it added some crunchiness to the sauce. Traditionally to make the sauce, we use stone grinder, put the palm sugar, the stone banana, peanuts, fresh chilly peppers, etc. and grind it using a small oval stone. For the fruit, typically you used guava, young papaya, mango, pineapple, jicama, and cucumber. I used to have this as an afternoon snack.

I guess that's why I am not big into warm served dessert. I like my dessert cold or super cold. :) Now, I am super hungry and craving some Indonesian dessert big time. I guess it's time to stalk the Indonesian consulate again and see when they will have this available. Every Saturday the Indonesian consulate in Houston sell different Indonesian food and snack; and hubby and I would go there to get me some stuff, so he doesn't have to listen to my whining how much I miss my Indonesian food. :) And yes, I savor those food to the last bite!

Hope you enjoy the pics. Have a great hump day, peeps!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Butterfly & Doily

Last night, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and trying a more elegant look for my card. As those of you who regularly visiting my blog knows, my style is usually clean & simple or cutesy. Well, I decided to give elegant a try. And, I am even more pleased that I actually like the result.  

Let's Ink It Up - NO DIGI and Anything Goes
Pile It On - Anything Goes
BasicGrey  - BG ITEM and dots & spots

I made the card based on one of the skecth that I saw from Lucy's blog. I thought it was part of her week long sketch challenge. Wrong!! LOL, but it was one of her sketch, just not part of the sketch week challenge. Oh well...

I think the card still has my clean look somehow. I couldn't bring myself to add more stuff. I love the white space or in this case the blank space. And that doily... now I can see why people love using them in their card. It does add instant elegance to a card. I see myself playing with more doily and do more distressing.

BTW, I noticed that I almost reach the 200 followers point. Am thinking of doing a giveaway to celebrate. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy MLK Day

Hi peeps! How was your weekend? Hope you had a good one. Mine was pretty good. On Saturday we went to visit my SIL, Kristen and she made some yummy dinner. She was trying new recipes and she's a good cook, so we didn't mind being the guinea pig. :) And, it was great to see our niece, Maddy who grown up way too fas for me. She's already taller than me. Sigh... back to being the shortest one in the family again.

Anyway, here's a girly card I made that's perfect for the latest OTWC challenge. BTW, I'll be their guest designer this week for their new challenge coming this Thursday. So excited!

Gingerloft - Celebrations
Creative Inspirations - celebrate
Sew Many Cards - birthday
Stampin' B's - use a die cut

This shoe is courtesy of Silhouette. It's so cute & girly, don't you think? For extra glitz, I covered the curly top on the front of the shoes with Stardust stickles.

Hope your weeks starts off with a good start! And... Happy Martin Luther King day! Here's to world peace and tolerance. To accepting each other as equal human being. Hugs...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Last Minute Entry

I have the intention of playing ever since I saw this pic on Moxie Fab and with everything that's going on, I didn't get to create a card for this challenge till today. Here's the Tuesday Trigger pic. I love the mostly white atmosphere with a splash of cheerful color garland.

And... here's my card. Staying true to my style, simple and clean as I love those white space. :)

Other challenges:
Let's Ink It Up - NO DIGI and Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life - clean & simple

Short post as I am getting ready to watch the Golden Globes. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wee Memories Ribbon Challenge

Happy Saturday! It's time for the new Wee Memories challenge. This time it's ribbon challenge and we are sponsored by May Arts. If you love ribbon, you really should check out their store. Loads and loads of choice!

Here's my card using a very yummy aqua color grossgrain ribbon.
AiFactory - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - thank you
Stampin' B's - use a die cut

Check out Wee Memories blo to see what the DT gals has created for this fun challenge. I hope you will play along and I can't wait to see your creations.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Couple Cards

Aahhh.... Friday. :) Happy sigh. I have a couple cards to share with you  today. First is my card featuring the new releases from A Day For Daisies. The idea for  my card was a princess can nerer have too many dresses. I used sparkly felt for the background and vellum for all the dresses. Have you notice that I love cute fairy images??

Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - do it with Digis

Here's a look at this week  new releases.

You can get all of them at A Day For Daisies and there's also a freebie available HERE. While you're there, take a look at our current challenge and what the DT gals created using these adroable images. I'd love to have you join our challenge.

Second is my card for Mami Doodles new challenge which is "Mostly Blue". Create a project with blue as the dominant colors. And here's my card using "A Little Fishy" that you can get for free from Mami Doodles HERE. I am also sending this card for Winter's St. Jude's card drive.

Cute Card Thursday - monochrome
Karen's Doodles - monochromatic
Crazy Challenge - animals

I covered the fish with glossy accents and used blue vellum for the water. The color of the card actually look much better in person. Not very happy with the way the color look on my screen, it looks weird to me. But, I run out of time to fix it.

There a couple cards that I hope will inspire you to join the fun challenges. Enjoy your Friday!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Paper Play Cutie Patootie

Hi peeps... It's Thursday, which means at Paper Play we have new challenge for you. For our challenge this week, I chose the theme "Cutie Patootie", which mean create any project using cute images. We are sponsored by Whiff of Joy.

And, here's my card using a cutie fairy.

Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
Oldie But Goodie Challenge  - bright & cheerful
Cupcake Craft - Something New
Pollycraft - New Things

I finally used the felt that I got from Papertrey Ink. It's been sitting in my drawer for the longest time, still brand new in the package. Need more inspirations for the challenge, go check out the DT awesome creations HERE. I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge.

Another birthday related thing, is this pic from my mom's recent birthday. What I love about this pic? My mom's happy smile and my li'l brother goofy pose. That smile on my brother's face... that's his typical happy smile. He's a very happy go lucky person. Always enjoying life to the fullest. He enjoys being behind the camera and in front of the camera. LOL. One of this day, I'll share some sneak peek from his photography books. He has 2 books published so far.

That's it for today folks. Hope you have a great Thursday and thank you for all your support & lovely comments. I love reading them and I thank you for taking the time to do so. :)

Handmade Holidays

Hello. I am back with more cards featuring Spellbinders latest release, this time highlighting the Handmade Holidays collection. First up is...