Monday, October 31, 2011

SOG Nouveau Girls Blog Hop

Welcome one and all to our Nouveau Girls Release Hop! There has been alot of excitement building up to this event but not only do we have this new line to share with you, we also have some other fun, new things too!

Along the way you'll see some fabulous project by our Odd Girls who have just had so much fun with this new line and have been bursting at the seams to share! We're bringing you 3 Clear Stamp designs that we hope will knock your socks off and you'll love for all sorts of projects.

Here's one of my card for this new releases. You can check out all my cards for this new releases at SOG Nouveau Girls site. Yes... you read it right!. The Nouveau girls will have their very own web-site. :)

CAS-ual Fridays - Sketch
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge - CAS Anything Goes

Isn't she so  gorgeous & very diva looking? I have so much fun coloring and playing with these new sets. I am sure you will love all 3 sets!

Wanna win them for yourself? Then you want to hop along and leave comment on each DT blog.

Here's the hop order...
Old Some Odd Girl Blog 

Vera <------ YOU ARE HERE
New Some Odd Girl Blog
Nouveau Girls Site

We are hopping October 31 - Nov 1 with some special projects on the Nouveau Girls Blog the rest of the week. You have thru Nov 1st (midnight EST) to make sure and comment on every stop to be entered to win all three designs from the release! See you at the very end for the full reveal!

Hope your week starts off great! Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Brad, Button, or Bow

Hi all, happy Saturday. We have a new challenge for you at Wee Memories. This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Jay Gee's Nook and our challenge theme is brad, button, or bow. You don't have to use all three on your project, as long as you use one of them.

And, here's my card for this challenge.

Actually, this card is one of my publication reject, but I still love it. Check out what the DT created for this challenge HERE.

And, I want to say a quick thank you to those who already started in sending their cards for Cards That Care. You are awesome and Jennifer and I really appreciate your support & generosity. I updated the post as prizes coming in, so check it often. Wishing you all a super duper fun weekend!

Friday, October 28, 2011

May Arts & ADFD

Have a couple projects to share with you today. First is a mini memory keeper I made for May Arts. This week May Arts is teaming up with Creative Imaginations and the DT get to play with gorgeous papers and Luminarte paints.

This was  my first time playing with Luminarte and I love them! You use them just like you use watercolor paint and when dry they have this gorgeous shimmering finish. Here's a peek at my album cover. For  the rest of the pages and the tutorial, please check out May Arts blog. And remember, when you leave comments there you get entered for the giveaway.

Granted, this is not my typical clean style, but I sure had lots of fun making it. The coloring process is relaxing for me and the result made me feel so artistic. :)

Now, next is a CAS card. No shock there, huh? For this card I used the latest releases from A Day For Daisies. I used metallic ribbon for this card as that's the them of the new ADFD challenge "use something metallic".

And, I want to do a quick shout out for my dear friend, Trinh, for being one of the lucky girl that get picked as Paper Crafts WCMD winner! Congrats, Trinh!

Have a blessed Friday everyone!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Audio Book

Recently, I really get into listening to audio book. And, I found out I can focus and follow the story while I am making cards. What a perfect combination. I love it when I can do two things that I love at once. :)

Right now, I am listening to Rick Riordan "The Lost Hero". I am sure many of you with kids, know the Percy Jackson series and this is a continuation of it. I love Greek mythology, so even though this book is aimed at teenagers/young adults, I really get into it. It's fun to read Greek mythology being weaved into current year. And, I found myself laughing out loud a few times while listening to it.

Pretty much I go through 1 audio book a week. Sometimes 2, as I listen during my drive and then continue at home while making cards. I simply love books. It takes me to many wonderful places in my mind.

Now, that I have shared what I am loving at the moment, how about a card I made while listening to the book? :) I made this card using one of my favorite image from Some Odd Girl, "Kimono Kaylee". Yeah... I have several favorites. Can't help it.

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes

The background paper is from Basic Grey. I think it matched the image well. And, hint.. hint.. Some Odd Girl will have a new series of stamp releasing next week. 

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PTI Blog Hop

Quick post before I go to work. :) This morning I was able to make a quick card for Papertrey Ink blog hop. This month we're to make project inspired by this pic.

Inspired by the polka dots pattern and the colors, I made this thank you card with fall colors. It's always good to have thank you cards on hand, don't you think?

I can't wait to see what the others create for this hop. I always find so many cool inspiration during a hop. Thank you for stopping by here. :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

I am squeezing a last minute entry for Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger. I've been planning to enter ever since I saw it and finally able to make the card, even though it's so  close to the end. Here's the inspiration pic.

I love the color and the motif on the dress. For my card I stay with the teal and gray combo, although I went with a lighter tone and make this simple and unconventional Christmas card. 

I think from here on I'll be making quite a bit of Christmas cards as I plan on making quite a few cards for Cards That Care. In case you don't know what I am talking about, Jennifer McGuire and I are collecting Christmas/Holiday cards for the elderly that lives in nursing homes. It's our goal to bring joy and brighten the season to as many nursing homes as we can. I hope you can join us. For more details on this card drive you can click on the Cards That Care badge on the upper right corner of my blog. :)

Thanks so  much for stopping by here. 

Swimming For Katie

Many things makes me feel grateful  to be part of the card making community. One of them is the thoughtfulness of many of the members. I am sure many of you have heard about Katie Renz and her battle with cancer. And many of the card makers band together to help raise fund and offer support for Katie.

Ashley Nguyen Newell is showing her support by running a challenge on her blog and I know I just had to join.

And here's my card using the Octopus from i {heart} papers. I didn't add any other sentiment as the banner that the octopus hold says it all. "Keep swimming", which a saying that I often try to remember myself.

Thank you, Ashley for doing this. And, Katie, I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. Have a blessed day everyone.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

WMC Free For All

It's  time for a new Wee Memories challenge. This week our theme is "Free For All" otherwise known as anything goes. And we are sponsored by Annabelle Stamps.

Here's my card for the challenge.

Check out the challenge details and more inspirations from the DT at Wee Memories. Sorry for the short post, I just don't have words at this moment.

Thank you for stopping by here and hope you'll join us for this challenge. Have a blessed day everyone.

Friday, October 21, 2011


My heart is heavy tonight. I just received email from my sister-in-law in Jakarta saying that most likely they will have to put their dog, Barney, to sleep. Barney been with my brother and SIL since they started their married life 16 years ago. She's such a loyal dog and she adores my brother, Jeff so much. And even though she's a small dog, she's a great watch dog.

Please keep my brother and my SIL, and Barney in your prayer. I know many of you are dog lovers, so you know how dog is part of the family. To Jeff and Gina, I really wish I could be there with you, right now.

This is so hard. No words.

Updated: Barney has gone to doggies heaven and is with her sister Becky. She's such a loving dog. Very expressive, too. She's like a little human. :) I know my brother, Jeff, is feeling the lost right now. I feel the lost as well. Hugging my brother in my heart.

I think for every dog in your family, when they're gone, they took bits of your heart with them and they'll be waiting for us on the other side.

Rest in peace, Barney girl. You've been an amazing dog. We love you.

May Arts & Core'dinations

Hi peeps! Today I have a couple tutorial to share with you at May Arts. This week May Arts is teaming up with Core'dinations & Petaloo and of course there's fun giveaway also.

Here's a look at one of the card:

Check out May Arts blog for the other card and the tutorials. Thanks so much!

Mama & Baby Duck

Yesterday, I mentioned how I've been working hard on submitting for publications and today I am so thrilled to announce that 7 of my cards get picked up for publication. So very thankful. Can't share for what magazine it's for, yet (I am such a tease, aren't I??), that you'll have to wait. :)

I am just so excited that my hard work paid off. And, I got invitation to guest designing for Avocado Arts!!
Simply grateful for all these opportunities. I appreciate them all.

And, I have a sweet card to share with you today. This cute mama & baby duck is courtesy of A Day For Daisies. I know I want this image the moment I saw it.

The baby duck with the big bow stole my heart. She's just too cute! I used Copic marker and Faber-Castell color pencils to color the image. I am entering this card for CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #25 to use color medium.

Wants to see more cute images? Please check out A Day For Daisies for more new releases and fabulous samples by the DT. Have a blessed and happy Friday!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

SOG Black & White

After went through a period of creative slump, things finally turned around and for a week or so, I was on a roll. I made about 40 cards. Most were for submission (thus the reason for empty blog) and some were DT works. 

Crossing fingers that I can have quite a few projects get picked up. The way I look at it, the harder we work to achieve something, the more satisfying the payoff when it happened, although on the flip side, the chance for heart break could also be higher. But, hey... for anything that worth having you have to work for it, right.

The good thing about the whole thing is that I am loving what I am doing. At the worst, the one that didn't get pickup I can always submit to different magazine and I have cards ready for the blog for when I need it. So, it's kind of win-win situation. 

Anyway, one of the card that I  made is this card for Some Odd Girl black and white challenge. You can use colors on your project, except for the image. Honestly, I freaked out a bit when I found out about this challenge. I was intimidated by black and white only coloring. Thank goodness, I have fabulous team mate who has amazing coloring skills, so I can learn from them. :)

I used Sweet Thinkin' Mae and I think for my first attempt, I did pretty good . LOL, yes.. I believe in cheering on myself... its' better than beating on myself. ;)

Check out what my team mate make for this challenge HERE. Don't forget, today is the last day to sign up for Cards That Care blog hop. If you want to get involve email me today. Gotta go. Today I am hanging out with my awesome sister-in-law. Cheers...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stamps For Sale

Hi, I have these stamps for sale. They're still brand new, never been used. Price including shipping (inside the US only). If you're interested please email me. Thank you.

Christmas Express $12.00
It's Your Day $12.00

Best Day Ever $12.00

Winter Wonderland $12.00

Paisley Outline 8.50

Merriment $8 (I have 2)

A Great Surprise $10.00

Simply Ornamental $10

Fashionably Wrapped $10

La Soiree Sale $10

Mixed Media $9.00 

Words Like Flower $9.00

Market Street Stamp Anniversary

Hi all. How are you all doing? Today, I decided to join Market Street Stamp anniversary celebration. I love their stamp and I cannot resist the temptation to play along. :)

So, here's my card using my favorite Market Street Stamps called Slow Movin'.

I actually hand-stitch the snail's body and cover the shell with fine glitters. Here's a close-up of the snail.

Isn't this snail has the sweetest smile? The row of mushrooms were cut using Silhouette.

Now, let's see what else is going on with me. Well, I am doing the Cards That Care card drive. Hope you join me on this. We have lots of prizes available. Check out the post HERE. Then, I am sure many of you have found Pinterest. I am obsessed with it. Gosh... you could find so many interesting thing there.

From cleaning tips, idea, to word of wisdom. One of the pin that I found today is this. And, I just have to post it here. Hubby, this is for you, for always making me feel special and for all the little things you do. I am so blessed to have you.
Have a beautiful day everyone!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cards That Care Blog Hop Sign Up

Hi everyone! Hopefully by know you are aware that Cards That Care card drive is already started. We truly hop to be able to reach more nursing homes this year.

To help promote the card drive, I'll be hosting a card drive on Friday, November 4th. The theme for the hop is "Christmas or Holiday" as after all this hop is to support the card drive. I have Lawn Fawn, May Arts, and The Crafts Meow donating prizes for this blog hop. I'll also gather some supplies for prizes.

Now, if you're interested to sign up for the blog hop, please email me your name and blog link by October 20, 2011. Please put "Cards That Care" on the subject line. A few days before the hop, I will send you all the details and reminder for the hop. You can find my email on the left side bar. :)

Meanwhile, feel free to link up and post this badge on your blog if you'd like to support the card drive.

Thanks so much for your support. :)


Lawnscaping Paper Piecing

Good morning and happy Monday to you all! I know, it's Monday, but hey... we can always make it a cheerful Monday, right? I always try to start  my day with the right attitude, even on Monday. :)

Now, how about a new challenge from Lawnscaping? This time our challenge is paper piecing and we are sponsored by the fabulous Lawn Fawn.

And here's my paper piecing card with my pink snowman.

I kind of liking my unusual snowman. I think it looks cute with the pink color. The snow hill is made of sheer ribbon from May Arts.

Check out what the DT gals created for this challenge HERE. Later, I will have details for Cards That Care blog hop. So, come back later, will you. May your week starts off great!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wee Memories Holiday Challenge

Good morning and happy Saturday everyone! It's time for a new Wee Memories challenge and this time our challenge theme is holiday madness. Create any project for any holidays. And our sponsor is one of my favorite company, Lawn Fawn stamps.

At first, I want to make Christmas card. After all I have this Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum set that still in the package, never been used. LOL, the drum reminds me of my younger brother when he was a toddler (he was a super cute toddler) and he loves playing the cowboys & the Indians and that lead me to think of dressing up  the drum. What's the connection, right? I don't know... that's just the way my mind works. :) Anyway... I ended up not making Christmas card. I made Thanksgiving card, instead.

Do you recognize the feathers? Any guess?? Yep, that's from the Lunar Light set. Hmm... for the life of me, I couldn't think what's the English term for it. The string that hang from under the lantern??

Hubby likes this one. :)

I hope you will join us on this challenge. Need more inspiration? Then check out what the DT gals created at Wee Memories blog. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Hi all. If you remember, last year I did a card drive to collect holiday cards for the elderly that lives in nursing homes.Well, I am excited to announce that I am doing it again this year and I am teaming up with the fabulous Jennifer McGuire.

She's been thinking about doing this for awhile and since we have the same goal, I asked her if she'd like to team up and to my delight she said yes. Our card drive is called CARDS THAT CARE. We hope that many of you will join and help us to reach more nursing homes and spread more joy.

The holidays are about family, about kindness, and joy. The holidays are the times when many of the elderly who lives in nursing homes would really feel the loneliness or missing their family. Wouldn't it be 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.

We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing our creations can bring a smile to others? We hope that many of you will help and join us in our effort to spread joy & cheer.

We have some people that already agree to help us deliver the cards to selected nursing homes.

A few important details:

  • This card drive will be going on till November 30, 2011. We will need to receive your cards by November 30, 2011.
  •  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.  And please sign your name and where you are from.  
  • Please don't seal the envelope.
  • Please stick to just cards (all size welcome)
  • And please don't use any pins (safety reason).
  • You can mail the cards  to either one of us:
                        Jennifer McGuire                              Vera Yates
       P.O. Box 428612
                                P.O Box 17596
       Cincinnati, OH 45242                        Sugar Land, TX 77496

  • In each package, PLEASE include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and how many cards you sent.  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. :)

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


Hero Arts
Detail coming soon

May Arts
3 rolls of ribbon of your choice

Paper Crafts Magazine
Free 1 year subscription

$25 gift certificate

$50 gift certificate

$20 gift certificate

$25 gift certificate


2 Cling stamps of your choice

$25 Gift Certificate

$25 Gift Certificate

True Scrap April Classes

$25 Gift Certificate

 … more prizes is coming!!

If you have any question regarding the card drive, please feel free to email me ( or Jennifer ( 

Remember, you have until November 30 to send your holiday cards. Thank you so much and I hope all of us can make this card drive a huge success. Have a blessed day everyone!

Thinking of You Always

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