Monday, August 23, 2010

Thinking of You...sending you warm hugs ang kisses

Hello friends! 
It's Monday once again.  I woke up at 430am as hubby prepared to leave for work.  I couldn't get back to sleep so i decided to make something creative ☺♥☺.
I made this card using HeroArts F5030 Long stem blossom woodblock stamp.  I masked and stamped the image on a metallic dark blue cardstock and embossed with Ranger's gold embossing powder.  I added a punched out vase.  I used HA "Thinking of you" and "sending you warm hugs and kisses" sentiments.  I stamped these sentiments on a white paper that i distressed using Ranger's walnut stain distress ink.  I added brass flower brads for accent.
I matted the stamped images on a white cardstock and finally placed it on a blue cardstock.
I love how the card turned out.  It's simple, neat, formal but definitely filled with warmth.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Friends truly care

Hello friends! 
Here is another card that i made using the HeroArts Friends background.  I like this stamp very much.  The details/words are so fine and crisp.  I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's HA embossed card background and here's my take on that.
I stamped HA butterflies from the Thinking of you collection, cut them out, applied Ranger's glossy accents and added them to the card.  The sentiment is also from HA.
I hope you like it.  It's so cheery!
Thanks for looking.  Blessings!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Friends who truly care

The August 2010 theme of the Hero Arts blog was to create anything about:  "Back to school, keeping in touch or a stationary set".
I love this theme.  Mainly because i love sending cards or letters and just keeping in touch with my family, loved ones and  friends.  Last Aug. 13, i bought a couple of stamps from a new store, Craft Fancy.  I bought a HA "Friends background" stamp (G2991).  I was so excited to use it and also try to add distress ink on it.  As i always do, i added a quilled flower.  I placed the Friend stamp off center to give a little bit of dimension.  I added sentiments from HA clear stamps:  "Thinking of you" and "i hope you know..."

I am feeling quite lonely today.  I miss my family and friends in Manila.  I miss my life, being able to drive myself around town with my mom and dad, chatting with friends and people from the hospital where i work at; i miss my colleagues, my fellow doctors and clinic office buddies, Philippine food, etc.  My life in America for now is more than laid back - a little housework here and there and that's it.  I miss interacting with people besides my family.  Crafting and making cards make me happy here - though it is really costing me, my husband actually, quite a lot of money.  Heck...  it keeps me sane  ☺.

Take care, my friend and know that i truly care for you.
Thanks for reading.  Blessings!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

DeNami Design Product Challenge: Glitter. Cards # 2 & 3

Here i am once again. 
For this card, i made a "modified gate-fold card" using a pink cardstock that i stamped with
DeNami Vines rubber stamp using Memento Rich cocoa ink.  I used the same ink to stamp the DeNami Tree branch and filled in the branches with a brown watercolor pencil.  Sakura quickie glue pen and WHITE Fine Glitter were added to the leaves.  I then used Fiskar's scallop punch. 
I layered brown metallic cardstock and positioned the scalloped tree branches. 
To finish the card, i placed a tiffany blue ribbon.
The sentiment was stamped inside the card: 
 "The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. 
 They must be felt with the heart. - Hellen Keller."

I made a third card that is also a modified gatefold that shows a mixture of different papercrafting techniques.  The card base was yellow green which i layered with 3 blocks of white paper inked with Memento Rich cocoa and stamped with DeNami Vines.  WHITE Sparklets were added as accents.  During the CHA, i was able to buy brass stencils so i decided to give it a try and add it to my card - i added Sparklets in lime green and blue on the flowers.  To assemble the card, i placed an MS edge punch in mustard cardstock; cream ribbon was added and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment:  "i hope you know how much i care".   Finally, i added a fringed flower to
show my love for paper quilling.  It's a cheery, summery card.  I lahvet! 
Thanks for stopping by.. i hope you know how much i care.  Blessings!  ♥

DeNami Design Product Challenge #3: Glitter

Hello friends!
I mentioned in my previous blog that i bought new stamps from DeNami Designs.  I super love the stamps because they are so pretty and dainty.  For the first time, i checked out the website and voila!  They have a product challenge using Glitter!  I said to myself, "This is my day to craft!"  So, with my craft juices flowing, i got to work and made cards!
This is my very first card using DeNami Design stamps (red cardstock with orange scallop and flower):
I used a red cardstock and placed an embossed yellow cardstock.  I stamped DeNami Designs' Vine stamp and used Sakura quickie glue pen to the vine and added Sparklets extra fine white glitter.  I then stamped the DeNami Design scalloped flower using Memento Rich cocoa ink and colored with my Tombow ABT markers and added extra fine sparklets in white.  I cut the paper using Fiskar's 2" scallop punch and colored it orange.  I placed an orange ribbon and for the sentiment, i used the vine stamp and stamped "Thinking of You" in black and embossed it.  There you have it... my first card using DeNami Design stamps.  Cuteness!
Thanks for looking.  Happy crafting!  Blessings!
♥ My very first card using DeNami Design stamps  ♥

DeNami Stamps and stuffs ☺♥

Hello friends!
I attended the CHA Supershow in Rosemont, Illinois last July 31 with my MIL and SIL's.  It was my first time to hear about a stamp company called DeNami stamps.  I loved their stamps and was totally swamped by the variety of collections that they had.  Their booth was well organized and the cards that they displayed were awesome!  I liked how they used the stamps in their cards and added sparklets to it.  Very pretty!
It was nice to meet and see Ms. Nami demonstrate how she made cards.  She was so creative!  Thank you for your tips and patience in answering my questions (me being relatively new to this hobby).
I bought a couple of rubber stamps:  Christmas chickie, some vines and scalloped flower and of course, sparklets.  I lahvet!
Here's a photo of my buy-and-take from the DeNami Design Stamp booth.    I can't wait to get more of those stamps and other stuff.

Friday, August 6, 2010

July 2010 cards for Hero Arts

Hero Arts July 2010's theme was food and travel, plus bookmaking techniques. It was quite challenging for me because i thought i had a "craft brain block". You know... there are days when i get dehydrated of my creative juices. Does it happen to you too? I stare at my cardstocks, paper, stamps, ink, paper trimmers, scoring pad, ruler and scissors and i just go
B-L-A-N-K. It must probably an episode of absence seizure were one just stops and stares unconsciously into nothing.
After hours that turned to days of thinking, these are what i came up with. Not exatly the best work. I used Muffin polyclear stamps and Sweet wood stamps that i bought from a craftstore in Galena. I added paper quilling in one of the cards - i loved how it turned out.

Thanks for looking, friends. Blessings!