Guest Designer at Darlene’s blog!


Today is a very important day, for I am guest designing over at Darlene DeVries’s blog!

For those of you who haven’t heard of her, she is an incredibly talented card maker, and she makes great video tutorials. I learned most of my card making techniques from her when I was just beginning to design cards. In fact, I was inspired by her to start this blog in the first place!

So you can imagine what an honor it is to be guest designing on her blog 🙂

Here is a sneak peek of the card that I made:

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Head on over to Darlene’s blog to see the full card, as well as a video tutorial on how to make it.

Runway Inspired Challenge #65


I have a very simple card to share with you today.

This one is inspired by the new Runway Inspired Challenge:


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Isn’t that top simply stunning?! I would wear it any day! and I love how it looks paired with the soft yellow pants. Even though I almost always reach for a white card base, this time I chose to work with yellow.

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I white embossed the lace image from Altenew’s Lace Up set on clear vellum and cut around it leaving a thin border. The word thanks is from the Super Script 2 set, and I embossed it on white card stock using Pearl embossing powder. After embossing it, I colored around it using water based black marker. The Pearl embossing powder has some glitter in it, but I thought the sentiment needed more shimmer, so I went over it using Sakura stardust gel pen. You can see the shimmer a bit more clearly in the photo below.

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Alternatively, I could have white embossed the sentiment on black card stock, and used the Sakura gel pen the same way.

The vellum was adhered using Tombow Mono Multi glue, which dries clear, and the sentiment was adhered using foam tape.

This challenge is sponsored by none other than Altenew! and the lucky winner will receive two stamp sets of choice!

As usual, you can use any products to make your projects for the challenge entries.

Make sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog to see the amazing cards that the rest of the design team made!!



Winner of Stretch Your Stamps 2


I almost forgot to select a winner for the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class giveaway!

Well, here it is:

Through, and from the 15 comments left on my last post, the winner is…


Congratulations Vithya, I will pass your information to Online Card Classes, and they will set you up with the class 🙂

CASE Study Challenge #202

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A very quick and simple card inspired by this week’s CASE Study Challenge.




I was inspired to use the large flowers stamp by Hero Arts. I embossed it in gold on clear vellum, then colored on the back using Copic markers. The background was stamped using Delicata Gold ink, and the sentiment was embossed in gold.

On Online Card Classes news, I am thrilled to be invited as a guest artist for yet another class! Here is some information on the upcoming class:


Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.

SYS2 stamps from Online Card Classes on Vimeo.

Leave a comment here by Friday, and I will announce a winner on Saturday morning.



CASE Study Challenge 200

Wow! We are at #200 challenge at CASE study! and the challenge’s 4th year anniversary is just around the corner! Check out the blog for more details.

This week’s inspiration:


I love the colors and the layout of this card. And once again, I turned to my scraps to make today’s card.

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Just like in Shari’s card, I used an extra panel for the card front, and popped it on foam tape after I had splattered it with Heidi Swapp Gold mister.

  • The heart is punched out of maroon vellum with sticky back, and it was left over from this card:

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It was quite fun using all these elements from different projects from the past.

DSC_0954-001The sentiment is from Altenew’s Sohcahtoa set and it was stamped on clear sticker paper, cut to size and adhered to the card front.

Do stop by the CASE study challenge blog for some beautiful inspirational projects from the design team and our guest designers.

On a separate note, I did a guest post for Ellen Hutson at the CLASSroom yesterday. You may view the post and watch the video tutorial here.

Thanks for visiting today 🙂

Runway Inspired Challenge #64


There were some super gorgeous projects at last challenge’s entry! I was mesmerized looking from one beautiful card to another! You guys are awesome 🙂

We have a beautiful soft inspiration at Runway Inspired Challenge this week.




The light colored fabric made me think of vellum. A lot of ideas were running in my head, but I wanted to design something that would be quick and easy, yet pretty. These days I can hardly make time to design cards, but when I do, it gives me a thrill 🙂

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I started by stamping directly on to my card base using some light colored pigment inks. I used flowers from the brand new Altenew set (just launched yesterday) called Scribbled Flowers. After stamping, I drew the stems with a pencil.

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Next I cut a piece of vellum slightly smaller than my card front, and glued the sentiment strip and the hello die cut on top of it. The sentiment is from another brand new Altenew set called Quilled Elegance. Finally, I placed some adhesive behind the sentiments and little dots of glue around the perimeter of the vellum piece, and adhered it to the card base.

Sometimes, I like a card quite a lot even if it is not too glamorous, and this is one of those cards. Maybe I love the fact that I executed it in less than fifteen minutes 🙂

I hope you stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge for a peek at what the design team came up with. I tell you, they are drop-dead-gorgeous 🙂

Our sponsor for the challenge is the very generous Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to her online store.

CASE Study Challenge 199

We a have  a very interesting card for inspiration at CASE study this week:


I was inspired by the color combination, and to use a particular die which looks like a set of interconnected rings.

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I sprayed the front of my card base with Heidi Swapp Teal color shine. The rings were die cut out of white card stock and then pressed on to Versamark clear ink in order to emboss it with gold embossing powder.

DSC_0837The white piece of card stock and the rings were attached with glue, and the sentiment (Altenew Label Love) was adhered with foam tape.

Make sure to stop by the CASE study Challenge blog for more inspiration 🙂


July CASE Study


I am back with another card. This one was inspired by our July muse at CASE study challengeShari Carroll!!!


Great design, great layout, great colors, what’s not to love? 🙂 and here is an opportunity to do freestyle collage and layering, a style that I admire, but need much practice to do it well.

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Most of the elements in this card were fished out from my scraps box. The only new things were the golden circle and the sentiment strip.

close up The coffee colored textured piece is very thick, almost like chipboard. It’s not card stock, it is something that I up-cycled. Can you guess what it is?

We have two guest designers this month. These two very talented ladies are Amy Tsuruta and Tenia Nelson! Welcome aboard Amy and Tenia 🙂

Do stop by the CASE study blog to see how the rest of the team along with our guest designers were inspired. Thanks for visiting today.

A double CASE


I missed last week’s CASE study challenge, but I still wanted to make something, specially since the inspiration was pretty awesome, and it was Pamela’s last card. As I mentioned before, her cards are incredible, just look at this card:


I took inspiration from the busy background, the black and orange colors, and the layout.

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If you have seen my post here, this card may look familiar to you. Not only did I CASE Pamela’s card, I also CASE-ed a previous card of mine. I used the same two stamp sets by Hero arts,  Square Pattern background and Wish you were here set. For the armchair, I first embossed in gold on a white piece of card stock, then sponged on some Distress inks (Spiced Marmalade and wild honey).

The word “welcome” was stamped repeatedly in silver pigment ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will be back soon with a new CASE study challenge and a new muse!

Runway Inspired Challenge #63

Hello again!

I tried my hand at water coloring today, and it was so much fun! It felt like it has been ages since I made a card. The last card I made was over two weeks ago! The card I am about to share was inspired by the latest Runway Inspired Challenge:


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I simply loved the floral patterns, all the white space, and the angular geometric lines. My card is inspired by the colors and texture of the pattern on the bodice.

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To create the card, first I stamped some flowers and leaves on a piece of water color paper using a light colored ink. Next I did a quick water color blending the colors and not worrying too much about having defined lines. Once the panel was completely dry, I stamped the same flowers and leaves using black ink.

Since water color paper is quite thick, I didn’t want to attach the panel on top of the card base, so I cut the front of the card base at 1″ from the top, then cut off 2 inches from the piece that was sliced off. I trimmed the water color panel slightly larger than the 2″ gap, and glued it behind the two pieces, completing the front of the card. Finally I added a quarter inch wide strip of black card stock, and stamped the sentiment on top.

This challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamps, and the winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to their online store.

Do stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for some amazing inspirational project from the rest of the design team.

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Interviewed by Iron Craft


Have you heard of Chaitali and her Iron Craft? Iron Craft is a weekly feature where Chaitali invites a guest designer and they each create a project using the same crafty ingredients.  You can read more about it here.  Iron Craft is running it’s season two now, and what is fun and new in this season is that Chaitali is doing video interviews with the guest designers!

So yes, I am on camera! Yikes. It was fun doing the interview, but quite embarrassing watching it afterwards. Oh and there is one more exciting element about today’s particular episode. I will let you head on over to Chaitali’s blog to find out what it is 🙂

Before I leave, let me share the card I made for the collaboration. Our ingredient was the Simple Shapes stamp set from Altenew. Jen designed this set, and I love how versatile it is! This set naturally calls for creative geometric patterns, but I wanted to use it differently, so here is what I ended up with:

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As you can see, I stamped one of the parallelogram shapes randomly using pink (Memento pigment) and gold (Delicata) inks. I was going for a look where the shapes are cascading down from right to left. To finish the card, I used a sentiment from the Label Love set, stamped it on scrap paper, cut it, and then raised it with some foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to watch the interview, go on over to Chaitali’s blog 🙂

Runway Inspired Challenge #62


I am here with another inspiration from the Runway. I never tire of making a card for this challenge, I love it! 🙂

Here is this week’s look:




Isn’t this beautiful? At first, I thought I would use a stamp of birds, but then I decided to take inspiration from the colors; navy and white, with a hint of gold:


I used a 3 5/8″ x 5.5″ navy card stock for the card front, and splattered some Dylusion’s white linen ink spray on it. Next I used a stencil and some white embossing paste to create the damask image. Once it was dry, I adhered the sentiment strip on top using foam tape in places where there was no embossing paste. The sentiment is from Altenew’s Faux Veneer set, and it was stamped with Delicata gold ink.


If you haven’t already, do stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the amazing design team. They have created some gorgeous cards!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to her online store. Make sure to play along!

Coloring on Kraft paper

Hello and Happy Summer if you are enjoying the Sunshine 🙂

Yesterday there were about 20 of us family members gathered, and on of the aunts mentioned that this is only one third of the family who will be arriving by next week. Yes, my husband has a large family (not as large as mine though!) and every summer most of them come to New York. They are good people, and it is always fun spending time with them 🙂

In the early morning, before everyone arrived, I managed to make some time and enjoy a bit of card making, inspired by Pamela’s card At CASE Study Challenge this week:


Isn’t this card simply gorgeous?! I was inspire to stamp and color on Kraft card stock.

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I stamped and masked the two flowers from Altenew’s Hennah Elements set using Momento Cocoa ink. Next I colored them in using Prisma color pencils. I love the subtly effect they give! The sentiment is from Hero Arts’ Heyday sentiment set, and it was stamped on a strip of white card stock using the same Momento ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you haven’t already, do check out the amazing projects that the CASE Study design team has made!

Have a great day!

A new muse at CASE Study Challenge


It is already June! and that means we have a new muse at CASE Study challenge. She is none other that my previous Runway Inspired Challenge team-mate Pamela Ho. I LOVE her work, and I am so thrilled to be using her work as inspiration this month!

Here is our first challenge:


Isn’t this card simply genius?! I remember it won a Moxie Fab World challenge back when Cath was running the blog.

Here is my humble attempt at CASEing this card:

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For the center butterfly, I used a die by Memory Box. I had to die cut it twice, since the body and the wings come as two separate dies. The butterflies along the edges were cut using a Stampin’ Up! butterfly punch. I adhered a piece of pink card stock on to the card base covering the place where the center butterfly lies. I then popped the die cut panel using foam tape – after I had embossed the sentiment.

If you want to see more inspired card, stop by the CASE Study Challenge blog, and if you get a chance, do play along!