My Favorite Things Color Challenge 18

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hi there!
I am again playing along with My Favorite Things Color Challenge!

I used Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, and Soft Sky.
And here is my card!

When you play MFT Challenges (they have sketch and color challenges), you enter for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate, and extra $5 if you use MFT products. 
I only own several dies, so it is pretty limited to make many different cards. 
When I saw the colors, I knew I wanted to use this adorable ducky from the Spring Showers set from Newton's Nook. Then I looked through my MFT collection, the Musical Notes dies were it!

I stamped this little cutie on the watercolor paper and colored him with Stampin' Markers and the blender pen. Then I stamped the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp on the Soft Sky cardstock with White Stazon, stamped the umbrella and the boots on top,  cropped them out, then glued them down on the images on the watercolor paper. 
 I thought the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder would look like rain drops behind the ducky.

So there he is, my little cute ducky singing in the rain:-)
It was stamped with the very first photopolymer stamp set from Stampin' Up! Designer Typeset. Those teeny tiny alphabets are just so cute!

My notes...

Stamp: Newton's Nook Spring Showers, Designer Typeset Photopolymer set
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Black and White Stazon, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze Stampin' Marker, Blender Pen
Tool: My Favorite Things Musical Notes Die-namics, Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallops Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Hope you enjoyed it!

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge 248

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hi there!
I am playing this beautiful challenge that my challenge patrol Nina found, The Shabby Tea Room Challenge! 

Isn't this photo just beautiful!?
I LOVE shabby chic, but unfortunately, I don't really know how to make shabby chic cards:-( When I try, I think they come out just messy... BUT I had to play this challenge, this inspirational photo was giving me so many ideas!

So here it is...

I loved the pennants, a basket full of flowers, distressed wood....
I tried to capture all the elements in the photo, plus some.
That beautiful chair with the basket of flowers is from the retired set, Cherish Friendship. I stamped the image on the watercolor paper, colored it with Stampin' Markers and my trusty Blender pen. I actually colored the chair with the White Stampin' Chalk Marker, I thought it would look like old matte paint, but you really can't see it.

This gorgeous seam binding is from Paper Sweeties. I just love the way it is wrinkled and twisted! This color is called Oatmeal, it's a soft white with a hint of tan, I'd say it's between Stampin' up! Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. I am going to need to order more colors along with their flower sequins that I am totally in love with!

The basecard is the Naturals Ivory cardstock, which is perfect when I try to make a vintage or shabby chic card. It's got a rustic feel to it. 

My notes...

Stamp: Cherish Friendship
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Stazon Black, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Strawberry Slush Stampin' Marker, Blender Pen
Accessory: Venetian Crochet Trim, Paper Sweeties Oatmeal Seam Binding
Tool: Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Doily Die (Retired), Your Next Stamp Scripty Words Die Set, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sponge, Glue Dots

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Pals Paper Arts 245

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hi there!
It has been ages since I last played PPA!
When I saw this sketch, my new stamp set from Newton's Nook screamed at me to be played with, so I did!


Isn't this sketch so fun!?
Here's what I came up with...

Newton is a cute little cat, and Newton's Nook has many sets with him. This set doesn't have Newton, but I just loved it so much, it went right in my shopping cart! The funny thing is, I don't even like cheese that much...LOL 

I'll say, this is one stinky card! 
Aren't they just adorable!? 
That teeny tiny heart is punched out with the Confetti Heart Border Punch.

I love this sentiment... "you're grate"
It makes me giggle! 

Yellow and gray combo is one of my favorites, and it was just perfect for this card! This was super fun making, but super easy too! 

My notes...

Stamp: Just Sayin', Newton's Nook Just Say Cheese
Paper: Very Vanilla, Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tool: Word Bubbles Framelits Die, Confetti Heart Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hi friends!
 Are you ready for another Double Dare Challenge!?
We have a very sparkly challenge this week!

So here are our picks...


Glimmer Paper

So Nina and I are a bit obsessed with sequins lately... She got me into this sparkly mess, and this is exactly why I call her my "partner in crime"! LOL 

Do you see those delicate, beautiful flower sequins!? They are from Paper Sweeties, and just simply adorable! The Thanks you die is from W plus 9, isn't it fabulous!? After adhering the sentiment, I embossed the Whisper White piece with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder. 

These gorgeous gold confetti are also from Paper Sweeties, so sparkly and pretty, I had to sprinkle all over my card! My little gold Glimmer Banners are punched out with the Banner Punch. 

My notes...

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Glimmer Paper
Accessory: Paper Sweeties Sequins, Gold Circle Confetti
Tool: W Plus 9 Thank You Die, Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Banner Punch, Glue Dots

Now who wants to head over to Nina's blog and check out her always beautiful creation!?

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed it!

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 302

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hi there!
I am playing another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!

I LOVE these cupcakes!
I actually don't eat cupcakes, especially the frosting is just too much for me... but I certainly LOVE to see beautiful decorations on them! I even started a board for pretty cupcakes on Pinterest! I guess they're my eye candy...ha ha

So this is what I came up with.
This card is so not me, it just isn't!.
I wanted to use the new Sale-a-Bration freebie, For Being You. Isn't this big Thanks just so cute on the Daffodil Delight Polka Dots DSP!? 

I love the Stacked with Love DSP Stack,  so many cute designs!
And here's something I haven't used for ages, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder. I had forgotten how pretty they are!
That wide pink ribbon is I think from 2 occasions catalogs ago? I actually never used it til today! 

I do like playing all these challenges, I come up with different designs, or the colors that I would never pick myself... 

My notes...

Stamp: For Being You
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Stacked with Love DSP Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessory: Tea Lace Paper Doily, Candy Dots Brights and Neutrals 
Tool: Large Scallop Edgelits Die, Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Boho Blossom Punch, Glue Dots

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Hope you enjoyed it!

MFT Color Challenge

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hello there!
I have been trying different challenges and today's card is for My Favorite Things Color Challenge. 

Here are the colors!
I used Very Vanilla, Smokey Slate, Calypso Coral, and Island Indigo.

Isn't this chevron stripes die a lot of fun!? 

So here are my coral and indigo, I layered them for some depth and drama. 1-1/4" strip was added to break down the background. I love my new stitches die! And notice those pretty coral gumdrops? They're from Your Next Stamp and  I am very much in love with them!

It took some brainstorming to make this card, but I think it turned out to be a very fun card!

My notes...

Paper: Very Vanilla, Smokey Slate, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo
Accessory: Your Next Stamp Coral Glittered Gubdrops
Tool: My Favorite Things Die-namics Chevron Cover-Up, My Favorite Things Die-namics Many Thanks, Your Next Stamp Stitched Line Die

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Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks from Fhiona

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hi there!

It seems winter doesn't want to leave just quite yet, does it...
Well, cold outside or not, I have a spring colored card today!

So this is what I'm playing today, a fun challenge at Your Next Stamp.
The reason I'm playing this is, I was shopping on their site (their gumdrops and glitter pen are fabulous!) and they give away a gift certificate to a challenge winner! I could get more gumdrops!?

You can either use only the sketch or the color scheme (no need to use all the colors, you only need to use at least 3 of them), or use both inspirations. I chose both!


I thought this sketch was simple, but I don't usually have a lot of layers so I struggled a bit. It's good tho, because I want to have more layers on my cards, and get more different sketches as well! 

YNS Color Challenge 9

Lovely spring colors, aren't they!?
Don't they remind you of the In-Color 2013-2015?

This sentiment die is from the Scripty Words Set.
Oh boy, do I love them!!

Meet my itty bitty fairy, Fhiona. Isn't she just darling!?
I got a couple of mini stamps for $1 each (some of them are currently on sale) from Your Next Stamp. I thought I could use this lovely fairy as my tooth fairy when that time comes, but for this card, she was a spring fairy! 

I thought Memento Ink was alcohol based like Stazon, well, it turned out it wasn't...LOL 

My notes...

Stamp: Your Next Stamp Mini Fairy Fhiona 
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Sweet Sorbet DSP (Retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Blush Blossom (Retired) Stampin' Markers, Blender Pen
Accessory: 2013-2015 In-Color Sequins Assortment
Tool: Your Next Stamp Scripty Words Die Set, 1-3/4" and 2" Circle Punches, Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Green and Gold!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hi all !!
Happy St.Patrick's Day!

Today is also my bestie's birthday!
She was born on this lucky day, and her name is Megumi, which means blessing in Japanese. Pretty special, don't you think!? 

I wasn't planning on playing this challenge, I was partied out with them last week! LOL But, I needed a birthday card for Megumi, and I always tease her by saying Happy St.Patty's Day first instead of Happy Birthday, so this was perfect!

They do not celebrate St.Patrick's day in Japan, maybe some Irish immigrants do, but I did not even know about it until I came to the US.  So naturally, they don't make green beverages and food but I have told Megumi about green beers. 
On her card, I made green bubbly with the Gumball Green Emboss Powder (Retired). I love Gumball Green, it's the green Ms.Kate Spade uses! 

Those yummy gold bubbles are Gumdrops from Your Next Stamp, I am totally hooked!

I am obsessed with sentiment dies lately.
These two are from two different sets, but don't they look lovely together!?

I see a lot of cards with those skinny strings swirled up lately, and they're usually tucked in behind something. I love the look of them, and Nina gave me this beautiful gold one so I thought I'd give it a try. What do you think?

My notes...

Stamp: Embellished Events, Avery Elle Brushed
Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Gold Foil Sheets
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessory: YNS Gold Nugget Glittered Gumdrops, Gold Thread
Tool: heat Tool, Gumball Green Stampin' Emboss Powder, YNS Scripty Words Die Set

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Hope you enjoyed it!

Kids Birthday Parties

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Monday, my loves!
Today I wanted to share something different with you!

I threw a first big birthday party for my oldest son's 5th birthday 2 weeks ago.
if you read my previous post about the invitations I made, you know that it was at this party room that the fire station rents out for anyone. 

We were supposed to go inside and start decorating 2 hours prior to the party but they gave us a wrong code for the lock box, and we could not find the guy who was in charge of it until only an hour before the party started, so unfortunately, I didn't get to take the before pictures of a lot of things... but here are some that we did take!

Here is the cake table.
I taped the red, orange, and yellow streamers on the wall like it was on fire! 
Super cheap, super easy!
The banner was made with The Banner Framelits dies with the Very Vanilla and Summer Starfruit cardstock. I used the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die (Retired) and when everything was assembled together, I embossed them all with the Lucky Star Embossing Folder. 
To finish it up, I tied some white ribbons with black paw prints and plain black ribbon.

Sorry about the quality of this photo, I had to blow it up.
Red and yellow balloons as fire, and white with black dots as dalmatians. I stuck black circle stickers all over the white balloons to make those spots! The idea was found on Pinterest and it saved my life because I could not find them any where! I bought a dozen each and tied them onto stuffed dalmatians, and they sat so cute on the tables that were covered with black tablecloths. 

We had several fun games for the little ones to play, super huge thanks to my husband's aunt, Jube (her name is actually Judy but my son calls her that) and I made quick signs for them. This is the only picture we took. But as you can see, I coordinated them all with the Summer Starfruit cardstock and Basic Black letters. Those cute firefighter stickers were some of the leftovers from the little prizes that I put in small cellophane bags. 

Here is a really cute craft for the little ones.
We gave them small black circle stickers, and they got to give their dalmatian puppies their spots! No mess, but super fun!

We had these plastic fireman helmets for the little ones. I made this special badge for my son's. 

Favor for his friends.

I didn't think they were exactly the cutest puppies I've seen, so I gave them pretty SU ribbons and name tags. Don't they look better!?

Here are the name tags.

I found this cute little firetruck die on Etsy. 
I totally abused it for this party! LOL
That cute little alphabet stamp set is from Target's $1 shelf, this one was actually given to me by my lovely friend Nina because my Target did not have them! I LOVE the font, and how they mixed up upper and lower cases! So cute!

This particular pup has an Early Espresso ribbon because my son's favorite color is "Chocolate Brown" 

The kids had so much fun playing all the games and craft, but the biggest highlight of all was the tour of the fire station! 

My husband's little cousin (he was only 4 when we got married, and although he now is a proud firefighter and a college student, he is still a "little" cousin to me) is a firefighter at this station, and lucky us, all the trucks and ambulances were home! So we all got to look, get inside, even turn the lights one and stuff! It was our private open house! Now, what little kid would NOT enjoy that!? 

I don't post pictures of my kids on Internet, you just don't know who sees them and what they do with them...
Anyway, here's one that he was in one of the ambulances.

Now, here are a few pictures of his friend's birthday from this past weekend. It was at a pizzeria, I thought they were only going to sit and eat pizza...NO! They had a little tour in the kitchen and the kids even got to help make pizzas! (And my husband and I made a mental note... DO NOT ORDER from them on weekends! LOL)

The birthday boy loves Ninja Turtles so the kids wore green, and his mom made the turtle shells out of green plastic veggie platters, and felt Ninja Turtle masks! So cleaver!

And this is the card I made, and the gift wrapping.

So easy I don't need to tell you how I made them, do I !? LOL

I attached the card on the back of the present with that cute little red laundry pin that I had bought around Christmas at Target. I love their $1 shelves, but then, who doesn't !?

So that is it! 
My son's invited to 3 more parties the next 2 months, and there will be at least 2 more in summer! I will be making cards and cute wrapping, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading this long post,  I hope you enjoyed it!

One More Cupcake...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I hope you're not sick of me this week! 
Just in time, I am entering my 3rd and last card to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!

Have you seen this layout a lot lately?
I didn't really like it first but I found this card  below on My Favorite Things Facebook page, and I had to try it!

Isn't this just simply gorgeous!?

And look at these fresh, yummy colors!?
The layout and the colors went just so beautifully together!

Unfortunately, Stampin' Up! does not make chartreuse so I used Pear Pizzazz instead.

When I found these glasses die (it came with 2 pairs), I loved them but asked myself, what am I going to use them for? but I ordered them anyway just because they are so stinking cute! 
Well, I certainly am glad I did!!

This cute little hello came from my partner in crime Nina. 
She was sweet enough to die cut several for me, and she knows me so well, one of the colors she used was my favorite, Pool Party. It was like she knew I was going to need one!

Of course you have to have some blings, right?
I am loving those little sequins that Nina and I purchased together, just lovely!

My notes...

Paper: None-SU White 80#, SU Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz
Accessory: Rhinestone Basics Jewels, Sequins
Tool: None-SU Glasses die, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Glue Dots

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Hope you enjoyed it!