Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scrappy Saturday Challenge #20

I think it's time for some happy cards, don't you? My last post of the ice cream cards won the last Scrappy Saturday Challenge (see here). Yippee! I'm getting some new May Arts ribbons! Sorry to say I have none since I don't see these gorgeous ribbons selling here in my area! So I'm looking forward to some ribbon goodness! I made this card for the current Wee Memories' Challenge (In the Forest).
I used the lovely Sizzix diecut (see frog w/flower) that my special friend Leesa sent me. This really makes the card easy to put together. I also used the SRM Stickers to finish off the sentiment with the butterfly.
love to you
Lastly, I am leaving you a simple card I made over the weekend.
Hope you have a great week ahead! This is last week for my DD Stephanie at home as she is heading back to college after the Labour Day weekend. Where did August go?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

TV and Manly Cards!

One thing I (or maybe you, too?) find it hard to do is to make manly cards. I'm loving the FREE digie from Tiffany Doodles (TV set). I asked my DD Stephanie what she would do with that image, she told me a few ideas and I thought they are quite cool. With her permission, I took her ideas and made these two cards. In the first one, the versatile SRM Stickers are just perfect for the clean look that I want for the manly cards. I covered the sticker over the stamped image. Love that!
eat cake!
Here's another one from Stephanie's suggestion.
I cut up the SRM Sticker sentiment and put one word in each TV screen. Aren't these TVs fun and fabulous? What would YOU do with the TV image? I'd love to know/see if you create something! While I am talking about TV here, I may just go watch some TV !!  Sunday is my perfect TV day. It was Desperate Housewives, now it's Masterpiece Theater and Mad Man! Drama, Drama :)
Also I'd like to share a little piece of happy news. I was awarded the Audrey Award from Cinema Saturday (see here) thanks to the Napoleon Dynamite Challenge (see my entry). I will be guest designing for the next Challenge ( You have to check out the featured movie next Saturday here!). Hope you can join the fun! 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Etsy Inspired Challenge # 103

Join us for a brand new Etsy Inspired Challenge.
 The Caged Fairy  (see here) sells vintage items, handmade jewelry, jewelry supplies, jewelry kits, fairy items, vintage costume jewelry and vintage belt buckles. 3 Winners will be chosen : one item from The Caged Fairy and two imags from our sponsor: Your Next Stamp (see here) .These are the images that you can win!
This is the image that inspired me.
I was intrigued by the pink owl. The details and craftsmanship are simply amazing. I came up with a small pink owl card.
Emily B. branch out designs
Emily N. Emmie-Lou Who Stamps &You
Joy  Crazy for Daisies
Kerry Capturing Creativity (away)
Savannah  Savannahland 2
Stephanie Ingenious Inkling
(August Guest Designer), Julie Ranae Julie's Open Window
Virginia Yes, Virginia... (me)
Please link back your project here .

Thursday, August 26, 2010

MORE Ice Cream, Please!

I can't get enough of ice cream...so I'm making some more....cards, that is. This digital image from Kathy Martins' at Two Peas (see here) is just too addictive! I can think of many more versions (or shall we say flavors?) to make. This is definitely one of those guilt-free pleasures in life without the calories!!
I added some glitter on the ice cream! Don't they look yummy?
And oh just so you know... I'm not done with ice cream cards yet, there's more to come next week!

I'm entering this card for the Wee Memories challenge (see here). My fellow Canadian friend Anita has a giveaway on her blog (see here). Please go check out her awesome creations! Finally, here's a fun episode from the Lu household that Stephanie posted on her facebook.

It's 10:30 PM. The Lu family is gathered around the kitchen island having just finished dinner. David swings his chair around to open the freezer door to pull out a box of ice cream sandwiches.
David: Look at what we bought today!!!
Stephanie: Ugh, what are you trying to do to me?! *facepalm*
Mommy Lu: Yeah David went grocery shopping with me today.
Daddy Lu: So unhealthy David. *looks disapprovingly*
Mommy Lu: Fine, if you don't approve then don't eat them.
*long pause*
Stephanie: Sandwiches are nutritious.

...maybe you had to be there, but this made my day.

Treehouse Thursday Challenge #64

Can you believe that it is the end of August? Yes, we are thinking of Fall colors here at Treehouse Thursday's Challenge brought to you by Neva (see here).  What are fall colors to you? To me, it's purple, green, pumpkin yellow and orange. You can shop the latest Treehouse stamps here.
I just love the image called Ghost Kid. Isn't it adorable? I re-sized the images and flip one over....here's the result. I paper-pieced the ghost kind with white paper . I'm entering this for the Simon Says Stamps Challenge Blog (paper-piecing).
I remember vividly how my kids used to drape themselves over to pretend to be the scariest ghosts! Before you know it, Halloween is around the corner!? I made good use of my leftover felt flowers with shirt buttons from previous projects, the colors are just my kind of fall colors!
Thanks for dropping by. Now you can check out the DT's fabulous work for more inspiration (see here).
One more exciting thing to share with you all, is my super lovely and uber talented stamping friend Kathy Racoosin can be seen at here at Penny Black! Congrats Kathy!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

2 Sketches 4You and ...Wee Memories Challenge...

I came across with this sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You and I was loving it so much, so I plan to give it a go. What I didn't realize was that I would make two cards from the sketch! I started with this adorable image from Kathy Martin's Make it Double at Two Peas. The great thing about digital image is the resizing. I almost always re-size them every time I used digital images (and yeah, flipping the images is fun,too!). I turned the sketch clockwise in 90 degree and made a card based on that.
Not only I made the scoops double,  I made the ice cream "quintuple"! The green strip of paper is from Basic Grey and I added some white dots and stamped some hearts to finish the look. This time I resisted not to add Glossy Accent and glitter. I thought I would just let the colors "shine".
 It was a lot of fun to color the images with copics. When I colored, I imagined all the flavors of them...YUM! Added note: I'm entering this for ...Wee Memories Challenge... thanks to my blog friends' tips. The 2nd card was easy to put together as I had all the pieces laid out in front of me. The flower image is from Treehouse's fall new release (Bountiful Blessings). I distressed and colored the flowers with Prisma pencils and blended the colors with mineral spirit. I was amazed with the Japaneses tape (the brown lace) that my daughter Stephanie bought me! No wonder that it's such a hot item!
 Thank You
The green section of the paper is stamped with Scroll Vine from Hero Arts (see here). The sentiment is from SRM Stickers. I just loves the ease of using stickers and tape!! Hope you enjoy these two cards from one sketch. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Cinema Saturday...and a little "movie review" !

I always love seeing what's up at the Cinema Saturday's Challenge (see here) . If you haven't, go check it out. This challenge is another great way to stretch your creativity and brain power! So when I found out that Napoleon Dynamite is selected as the feature movie for the inspiration, I got all excited. This 2004 movie won 10 awards including a Grammy. I remember back then, my DD Stephanie (who was in high school at the time) told me about this cult teenage movie and how funny it was. We had to see the movie together. And boy! HOW hilarious and funny the characters and stories are.
The challenge requirement is to create a card with a pocket or a container card. I got right down to work once I decided to give it a go. I sure had fun doing this little project. I ended up making two items- a little note book makeover and a card. Both has a pocket for book mark and  gift card! This is the original notebook .
I had one leftover from my previous notebook make over (see here). So here are the result.
Note book and card (with pockets)
I used the movie's theme colors ( yellow, blue and red) as the backdrop. I didn't have the exact colors, so I distress the colored paper with Tim Holtz distress inks. And then I stamped them with Hero Arts (Just A Note) to make my own pattern paper. Add some pockets, faux stitching, buttons, ribbons and stickers.
Some more closer-ups. I purposely stapled the pockets to give to a real feel of the school theme...and I think a cool dude like Napoleon would have done something like that :)
card with a pocket
That book mark was fun to make. I stamped one pencil at a time and then colored them with copics. I also added glitter on the joint part of the eraser.
Note book with a pocket
And oh...the highlight of my Sunday was to see the movie " Eat Love Pray" (see clip here). My friend Colleen and I thoroughly enjoyed it! We seriously jokingly thought about calling home and planned to tell our hubbies :"Darling,  we are a little late...we are heading to the Toronto Airport to catch a flight to Bali"! Give us two years to find someone like Jarvier Bardem ourselves! All jokes aside, I think this movie is about self-discovery in the midst of chaos and it does makes me want to stop and smell the roses! I definitely see this movie in the future challenge in Cinema Saturday! Thank you for reading this long post. I want to say the same sentiment to you :"U R AWEOME" and "U ROCK"!
Do you think Napoleon fancy my to-do list?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

EBTKS Challenge # 21

I love a simple sketch from the Everything But the Kitchen Sink Challenge #21 like this because the possibilites are endless. I looked into my drawers and picked out the stamps that have been neglected for the longest time. So this is what came up.
Brads and Buttons
I am not sure what buttons (here) got to do with the froggie ( here)... but this stamp combo sure makes me happy. Hope it does that for you. I also entered this caard for Wee Memories #18. I made the deadline in the last few hours! The theme is to use bards, blings and brads (all or any of the items). I paper-pieced the frog with Basic Grey paper and added the tinies brads that I have. The sentiment is from Happy Animal(here). What's you plan today? I'm heading to see "Eat Love Pray" by Julia Roberts with my girlfriend Colleen. I know the review was just OK, but I need a guilt-free pleasure :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

EtsyInspired Challenge #102

Welcome to another fabulous week at Etsy Inspired Challenge! Our shop this week is Global Child Connection (see here)! You must check it out as the work is so very inspiring! The shop's statement:  HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR THE GULF BY PURCHASING OUR "PROTECT OUR WATER" PRINT. 50% of proceeds will go to the National Wildlife Federation's Gulf Restoration Fun
Winner - 8x10 print of their choice
Sponsor: Digi Doodle (shop here)
Winner - $10 Gift Voucher towards anything but custom blog work.
Here's the (8x10) Forest Collection Trees Recycled Collage Print
 from Global Child Connection that inspired me
Here's the Three Tree card I made. Noticed the Starbucks coffee sleeves?
Since Global Child Connection is such a Eco-friendly themed company, I want to share one project that my daughter Stephanie had made. Stephanie is going into 4th in Environmental Studies in university. She strongly advocates on preserving the water, electricity and all environmental causes. All this echos her belief in her school agenda book. She reused some old paper scraps for the cover and used my Hero Arts monkey stamps for this makeover of her agenda book (it was all black in its original form).
here's a close-up
Lastly I made another card from this inspiration

hey you!
Please check out our FABULOUS design team's work (see here) and remember to link your projects/cards to the blog (here). Have a great weekend, my friends!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Handmade Flowers

I am sharing two cards with my handmade flowers. There are so many styles of handmade flowers, some are made of ribbons, paper, tissue paper...and now I have seen them even with zippers! I was actually inspired when my daughter Stephanie bought this pair of Anne Klein shoes two weeks ago. It was a STEAL ( only cost $45 US!) .She can't wait to wear them for the new school year!
Now I'll be on the hunt for colorful zippers! Do check CARDS blog  if you haven't already. So much inspiration! The following card was also featured in CARDS blog. I used dictionary paper and Basic Grey paper and run them through my Spellbinders.          
 just saying hello
Here's another one I made a little while ago.
 Just saying hello
 Happy Friday! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for Etsy Inspired Challenge. If you like environmental  or nature theme, this challenge is going to be a fun one!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Treehouse Thursday Challenge #63

Summer is not over yet, so let's enjoy the sea scene a little longer... this week's Treehouse Thursday Challenge theme is "Under the Sea". Here's the stamp images (Sea Babies ) from Treehouse.You can shop for all the digital stamps here.
I used my Hero Arts Heart Flourish for the background and created this sea scene.

I am also sharing a simple birthday card that I made with the crab from the Sea Babies set.
We hope you join in on this fun challenge and make sure to include THT061 in your keywords when you upload to Splitcoast.  So that the drawing remains fair to all we do have a few rules to follow to be entered in the drawing for the weekly challenge winning of a free digital set from Treehouse. You can also shop here.

Rules for the challenge: use the challenge as it is listed, provide a link below to your blog post, not your blog, project must be new, not back date, mention on your post that your project is for the TREEHOUSE THURSDAY CHALLENGE and what the challenge is (ie: Under the Sea, Sketch....,etc)
provide a link back to the Treehouse Thursday Challenge on your blog post ,
have your entry posted by noon on Wednesday 8/25 .
Please check out the DT's work to get inspired (see here)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scenes from the August Wedding...

 It's been a long while since I was at a wedding. This trip to our nephew's wedding near Philly was just LOVELY in every way! The ceremony, setting,  reception and of course, the food were all feast to the eyes ( and stomach). Thought it would be fun to share some here...
Look at the handsome couple- Grace and Stephen
Since the wedding is garden-themed, the neat display of the seating place cards at the reception was such a lovely touch. Can you spot my name?
Our table centrepiece was a tall vase that held different types of fruit at the bottom. Ours were the grape tomatoes.
This was the cocktail fruit before the big meal...and the party favor in my hand. The French Macrons were hand made (is she gifted or what?!)  by my uber talented sister-in-law Florence.
She PERFECTED a few types of the flavors (Black Sesame, Chocolate Coffee, Pistachio, Peach, Rose with Raspberry ). These yummy treats were beautifully packaged in these lovely clear containers.

Onto the feast...I had fish fillet with grilled breaded crab meat on top. YUM!
Dr. John had to have his steak and potatoes...they were delicious, as I was told. I was too full to try his!
Last but not least, the CAKE! I had several pieces of them...so yummy!
This is what's on top....the assorted orchid and flowers.
My family and the newly-wed.
Thank you for partaking with me to this fabulous life event. I sincerely wish Grace and Stephen all the best in their bright future together!! xoxo