Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

Hi'ya everyone! Happy 2020!! I wish you all a very happy New Year and may this year be a blessed, fantastic year for all of us filled with good health, prosperity and many things that makes you happy.

Welcome to the 8th annual Seasons Givings Blog Hop. What's fun & unique about this hop is every single blog that participate has giveaways. So, grab your cup of coffee or tea and browse around. Stick around and you'll see my giveaways on the bottom of  my post. :) And, big thank you to my dear friend, Latisha Yoast who organize this hop.

2019 had been quite a year for me. Creativity wise, I continue designing for SugarPea Designs, The Ton Stamps & Honey Bee Designs. I love designing for these companies & am very blessed that I get to work with them. And, thanks to Sugarpea, I had my very first illustration being made into a stamp set. You can check it out HERE. Yay!! Now, I am totally slacking in my goal to practice more on my floral watercolor. Hoping that I get to do this more in 2020.  

Caring Hearts Card Drive reached 10 year milestone & had another successful year as we collected 33,345 cards and send to over 350 nursing homes throughout the US, Canada & Australia. To some people, delivering cards for Caring Hearts has become part of their family tradition & I am so honored and humble for this.

Personally, 2019 was quite a rocky year. Hubby and I went for a vacation in May and came home to news that rock our world. The moment we landed our phone was filled with messages. My MIL had cardiac arrest and was in the ICU. And after a month battle, she passed away. This was a shock for the whole family as she was healthy and just went in for knee surgery. Wasn't expecting any of this.

Great update on my niece, Shakira, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2018. She's been doing better. She's still going through treatment and we're optimistic that hopefully by mid 2020 she can finish her treatment. Her hair starts to grow back and she can't wait to have her long hair back. I love that she interact with me more and more, though. Every time we video call, I treasure these moments. And, I love that she has such a unique name for me. 

There are many other stuff going on as well, but hey that's life, right?

My plan for 2020? I have no major goal. I just want things to be normal, to be able to find gratitude every day. Learn something new whenever possible and just enjoy & continue loving on my family.

Now, as we started the new  year, I look back and want to share my favorite projects from 2019. Seems to me that I didn't craft as much as the previous years, but that's okay. I am trying to be better at balancing family time, work and crafting time. :) 


I love purging through my stash. I've been trying to be more selective in adding to my collection and try my hardest not to hoarding craft supplies because I have limited space. So, this past month I've been cleaning up my stash and I have 2 packages to give away. One is a SugarPea Designs package and the other one is a mix package. Granted the SugarPea ones been gently used, but as you can see they still look great and works great. 

To enter the giveaway, simply follow me on Instagram HERE and comment below that you've done so. If you're already a follower, thank you and you could just mention it. And, since I love doing random act of kindness, I'd love to know what random act of kindness have you done for others lately. I feel like we all can  use some good news. :)

SuagrPea Designs Package

Mix Companies Package

Well peeps, that's all from me today. As this post go up, I would be in Jakarta visiting my mom and enjoying some much needed family time. I will be back in the States on January 9, so please bear with me. I will announce the winners on January 5, 2020, but won't be able to ship them till I come back.  
Edited to add: my trip was cancelled as I got turned around when I was trying to check in for my flight. Apparently since my passport going to expire in less than 6 months I’d get denied entry. So, had to cancel my trip for another date. Saddened by this, then I found out Jakarta is experiencing one of the worst flooding in history. Maybe this is divine intervention. I am praying for everyone that got affected by this massive flooding.

Now, grab your favorite drink and hop along. Thank you for stopping by here and I wish you all the best for 2020. May the coming year brings you luck, joy, good health and prosperity. Cheers....

Queen & Company 
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Friday, December 13, 2019

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 5

Hi everyone. Happy Friday and welcome to SugarPea Designs release day. This whole week we've been sharing projects showcasing the new release sets and today all the sets you've seen will be available in the store at 6pm EST.

Before that. let's get on to today's sets. Introducing Heart Prints & Simple Heart SugarCut.

I started by diecutting the panel using SugarCut Postage Stamp. Then, I partially covered part of the stencil and stencil in the background. Adhere panel  to the card base. Stamp, diecut and adhere the heart with foam adhesive. Finish by stamping the sentiment and adding some mix size dew drops. Clean & simple. :)

Of course, no new release is complete without a giveaway. Would you like to win a $15 Gift Certificate to our store? Leave a comment on SugarPea blog. And, for extra chance, leave a comment here as well as my teammates blog. Winners will be announced on Sunday, December 15th.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 4

Hi there. We're continuing with day 4 of SugarPea Design sweet peek week. We have a super adorable sets today that will make your heart beeps! Introducing the sweet Love Machine set.

I mean, how cute is this robot? And, it has a robot dog, as well!! You know, I can't say no to dogs. As soon as I saw this set, I knew right away I'll have to use the cute dog.

For the background, I used the new English Bond Brick Wall Stencil. The card panel was die-cut using SugarCut Postage Stamp . Makig this card, I just realized how are it is for me to use kraft cardstock. Most of the time, I forgot I even have them. Glad, I finally give it some love. :)

Below is a peek at the new sets. Beep, beep...

Would you like to win a $15 Gift Certificate to SugarPea store? Leave a comment on SugarPea blog and for additional chance leave a comment here as well as my teammates blog. You have all week to comment! Winners will be announced on Sunday, December 15th. Thanks so much for swinging by here.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 3

Hi all. Welcome to day 3 of SugarPea Design sweet peek week. Today, we are sharing some sets that would be perfect for Valentine or just simply to show your loved ones how much you love them.

For my card, I am using Dangle Hearts Cover Plate, Love Word w/Shadow, and Sentiments of Love.

Before die cutting the panel, I first inked it up with various ink colors. Adhere the cut panel to the card base. For the sentiment, I die cut the word love from cardstock and the shadow part from vellum. I layered the word love three times and then add color gradient with Copic marker. Finished by stamping the word Sending You from Sentiments of Love set.

Here's a look at the sets that I am using today.


So, what do you think of these lovely sets? I hope you love all the sweet peeks we've been showing you. Now, how would you like to win a $15 Gift Certificate to our store? Leave a comment below. You have all week to comment! Winners will be announced on SugarPea Blog on Sunday, December 15th.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 2

Hi all!! Squeallll..... Today is the day that I finally able to share my excitement over my love of pugs. I have a set that I originally did as a painting made into a stamp set!!

Over a year ago, I attended a watercolor class where we're supposed to do a Corgi. But, as many of you know, I am super partial to Pug. So, while everyone else doing Corgi, I created my own Pug. I was very happy with the way my Pug turned out that I draw it again at home and sent it to Wendy and asked the possibility of turning it into a stamp. And, she graciously did!!

Below is my original painting.

I was so in love with Pugs, that I keep painting them in different way. This one below I made it with rainbow balloons. This one I made it on 8.5 x 11 size cardstock & its on display in my craft room & the inspiration for my card.

For my card, I started by die-cutting the panel using Card Front Element Builder & stencil the background using the new brick stencil (more on this on Thursday). Stamped, colored & fussy cut the pug as I want to change the tilt of the Pug. And since the work space is smaller then my original display, I only did 3 balloons. :)

This totally made me think of my Pug, Milo whom I lost back in December 2004. He had a long tongue that always sticking out. I love that boy so much, my heart still hurt when I think of him. He'll forever have a special spot in my heart.

I also covered the balloons with glossy accent and add sentiment to finish the card.

Make sure you stop by SugarPea blog to enter the giveaway and also leave a comment here and on the team's blogs for additional chance. Thank you for allowing me to share my excitement and I hope you love this set. Thank you so much for stopping by here. Have a lovely day!

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Monday, December 9, 2019

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 1

Hi all and welcome to day 1 of SugarPea Designs sweet release week. I am super excited for this release as we have some super cute & lovely sets to share with you.

For today, we are introducing Cheers to You stamp set and Cheers Word w/Shadow dies set, which are perfect for birthday or New Year celebration or any kind of celebratory occasion.

For my card, I go with clean and simple design. I cut the panel using the previously released Postage Stamp dies. Then I stamped the word Cheers three times with various ink color. Next, I stamped the sparkles and the drink. Adhere panel to the card base.

Finished by adding clear glaze to the drink. Looks like real mai tai, no? I like drinks with pretty color. Hah! Well, I like things in pretty color in general.

Now, giveaway time. Would you like to win $15 Gift Certificate to our store? Leave a comment below. You have all week to comment! Winners will be announced on Sunday, December 16th on SugarPea Blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by here and please come back tomorrow as I have something that I've been so anxious to share. See you tomorrow.

Thinking of You Always

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