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Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve 2016

It's hard to believe that I am entering my 5th year blogging about my so-called life and my love for handmade cards. I usually like to share a valuable lesson that I learned the past year. Right now, I am at a loss for words. The year went by way too quickly. I think even much quicker than the previous years. Oh well, getting older is definitely not for the faint of heart. Let me back up, getting older while watching your children get older is very challenging. Trying to educate while learning to let go? Definitely not for sissies! I am so fortunate though, to have such amazing kids. Sometimes, it surprises me that they are mine. Haha. Being with my son and listening to him talk about his passion for dance and self-expression is definitely very inspiring. His dream is for schools and society as a whole to recognize dance as a form of art and include it in their curriculums. He explained to me that he is not a dancer. He is a choreographer, a teacher and a motivator. This kid hustles like you won't believe to make his dreams come true. He truly makes me proud every single day. He definitely has a lot to learn about life, but I personally think he is on the right track. 

My daughter loves music. She loves musical instruments and she tells me all the time that being in Marching Band and Drum Line are the two things that get her up every morning to go to school. I wish she'd love school more, but to have that kind of passion for music at an age when it's so easy to just go online is very inspiring. Practices and competitions for band are very rigorous. Yet, she shows-up every single time while making sure she has good grades.  

I don't believe in resolutions anymore. I believe that when people want to change something about themselves, it's irrelevant when or where they want to make it happen. However, this year I will do my best to hustle more, to create more and to inspire more people to be creative. 
I CASED this calendar from my Upline, Karen Flores. I just changed the colors. I love red and black, don't you? We made this in our Giftables class and everybody loved it. 
Well, this is it - my final blog post for 2015. I wish you all the best of everything in the coming new year! 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Late Christmas 2015

I meant to post on Christmas morning, but I got up a little later than usual. I also cooked brunch for my family, since my son was home for a few days. It was wonderful to eat together and my kids enjoyed french toast and bacon. Then we went to see the new Star Wars movie and that was that...our Christmas was over. It was an awesome Christmas - just to wake-up that morning and find my children asleep in their room was priceless. I want more days like that. 

I took the day off today and so I have all day to putz around the house and be a complete bum. Actually, I started early by updating my planner and also starting a brand new Address Book. Oh yeah, I keep an Address Book - religiously! They still do exist just like my planner. I am very particular though. I only use the brand/artist, Lang. My old one was twelve years old. It was still in good condition, but it really bothers me when people move and I have to cross their old addresses. It makes me look sloppy, and I sure don't want that. So, this way - it's clean and on to a new year, right? Yep, I have issues. Smile.

I want to share this adorable goodie bags I made for my co-workers. I used the Gift Bag Punch Board (135862) to make the smallest bag. I was able to fit in a few Ghirardelli Squares inside. I also tried and you can put EOS lip balm and even a mini sanitizer inside. What a cute idea, right? And oh so simple to make. I think for Valentine's Day, I can use the same concept and just change the colors. 

Well, that's all for today...back to my recorded Hallmark movies. Thank you for stopping by.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Catching Up to Christmas

I apologize for being MIA the past month or so. This is my favorite time of the year and also my busiest. Every year I make it a goal to be more prepared. But no, it never happens. I am exhausted, yet I cannot afford to slow down. I was somewhat under the weather for a few weeks and just self-medicated in order to keep chugging along. I am so ready for a few days off during the holidays.

I must admit that aside from being preoccupied with work and holiday stuff, I'd been feeling a little bit melancholic. I made a conscious decision to step away from Facebook. It was draining away my diminishing strength and I thought I'd try to disconnect. It has been a month since I logged-out and I have not missed it at all. My birthday came and went very quietly. I've never been one to make a big deal or to fret over getting older. However, I noticed that as I was approaching my recent birthday, I just had this dark cloud over me. I was easily irritated, bitter and just plain sad. I didn't much mind turning forty-five, but the thought of turning fifty in five years just made me feel crappy. 

Before Thanksgiving last year, I was very restless and anxious. I just needed to change something in my life. It felt like I was in a rut and I didn't like feeling that way. So, on one ordinary Saturday morning, I walked in to my hair stylist's salon and told him to chop off my hair. Just like that. He shook his head at first and asked me a couple of times if I was sure. I said, yes. I want it gone. I don't want to feel it on my neck and on my face. An hour later, I had this what's called "pixie cut", aka boy's cut. I enjoyed the ease and freedom for a few months. Then decided to grow it all back. So for the past year, that was the goal - grow my hair back long enough to be able to put them up. Because being in a rut is something I'd gotten good at. I don't know why I even try. Aughh!

For a few months I contemplated on leaving my job. I received a good offer from a bigger company with an almost comparable pay to my current one. Although I knew it was not a great offer (not one I can't refuse, so to speak), it didn't matter. I was so excited for a while about the thought of the unknown. The possibility of a new adventure gave me butterflies in my tummy. I was nervous, but in a good way, you know? In the end, after weighing my pros and cons, I stayed. I only allowed myself three days to mope around and sort of regret not leaving. After that, I focused my energy on our Company Holiday Party. That was when and where I realized why I am still here after eleven or so years. More than anything, I truly work for my employees. They are the reason why I do what I do. I work with such an amazing group of people. They are dedicated, hard workers and good-hearted individuals. I am so fortunate to know them. 
I CASED this card directly out of the Holiday catalog: Flurry of Wishes stamp set and coordinating Snow Flurry punch, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White cardstocks 

I CASED this card directly out of the Holiday catalog: Your Presents stamp set and coordinating Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstocks.
Kissing Technique - learned from 2015 Stampin' Up! Convention

It's Christmas Eve and I still have lots of gift wrapping to do. I am so excited to see my son tonight. I have not seen him since July and I have really missed him. 

Well, thank you for stopping by. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 2015 Paper Pumpkin


One of the things I love about Paper Pumpkin is the element of surprise. It's like Christmas every month waiting for it. So far, I have always been pretty happy with the kits. This month's kit though...I really LOVE and wish Stampin' Up! would make the refills available to order soon.  



I hope you are already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. If not, it is never too late to join the fun and creativity in a box. 

Please subscribe by January 10th in order to receive next month's kit by going to mypaperpumpkin.com and please remember to choose me as your Demonstrator: Melinda Pascual.


Thank you for stopping by!
Friday, November 20, 2015

November 2015 Paper Pumpkin

Just when I was starting to worry that I am behind in making my handmade Christmas cards, my November Paper Pumpkin kits arrived to save the day. I just love the simplicity and beauty of this month's kit. 


I hope you are already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. If not, it is never too late to join the fun and creativity in a box. 

Please subscribe by December 10th in order to receive next month's kit by going to mypaperpumpkin.com and please remember to choose me as your Demonstrator: Melinda Pascual.


Thank you and have a nice weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thankful Forest Friends

Thank you to all the brave Veterans for their service in keeping us all safe and fighting to keep our freedom. I am also very grateful for this mid-week holiday when I can stay in my pajamas all day and take it easy. What a special treat! I will try to ignore that gnawing reminder that come tomorrow I have to be back to work. Smile.

Today, I want to share a card that is very appropriate with giving thanks to Veterans and Thanksgiving month. I adore this stamp set called Thankful Forest Friends from the Holiday Catalog. The animal images are so cute, plus the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a total "must hoard" item. Haha!



Thankful Forest Friends stamp set

Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (139586)
Well, that is all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Every Blessing

Surprisingly, I had to turn on the heat in my car for the first time this season yesterday. Colder weather is finally here. Yay! It was raining and it took every ounce of my courage not to call-in sick for work. As soon as I got up and heard the rain, all I wanted to do was go back to bed. If you are one of very few people who knew me, you'd know this does not happen often. Oh well, after a few minutes of arguing with myself, I got ready and went to work. It would have been a different story if my daughter didn't need to be driven to school. Sigh

Anyway, I want to share a pretty simple Christmas card with you that we created in class a few months ago. The photo does not do it justice. It's really very beautiful in person and to think I only used very few products. I just love monochromatic stuff. The simplicity of its color scheme delivers more punch sometimes than colorful cards. 


Oh well, this is going to be a very quick post. Happy Tuesday, everyone and thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween Goodies

I took a couple of days off work to do stuff around the house such as clearing out my closet, pantry, organizing my crafting supplies and doing some major overhaul of clutter. Well, guess what I have been up to? I put together all these Halloween goodies for my kids and nieces and nephew. My daughter loves those Starbucks Mocha drinks and I have been hoarding the empty bottles hoping I could one day turn them into something...up-cycling, you know? Well, once I got started I could not stop. So, here they are. Aren't they so cute? I found the Dove Eye Balls Milk Chocolates from Target. I used my stash of retired Designer Series Paper and retired Halloween stamps. 


The Mini Treat Bag Frame lits are so amazing and easy to use. 
Well, that is all for today. I am going to try and do something from my check list and stop playing hooky. Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Some of the current items I used are below. 
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 2015 Paper Pumpkin

I am so excited about this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. It is such an amazing kit and knowing in some small way I am able to contribute towards the fight against breast cancer just makes this kit even more special. I think I need to write "kit" one more time. Haha!



I hope you are already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. If not, it is never too late to join the fun and creativity in a box. 

Please subscribe by November 10th in order to receive next month's kit by going to mypaperpumpkin.com and please remember to choose me as your Demonstrator: Melinda Pascual.




Sunday, October 11, 2015

Versatile Hardwood

One of the things I love about rubber stamps is its ability to alter a piece of plain paper or fabric and transform it into something completely different. Background stamping is absolutely one of the easiest ways to start if you're new to card making or paper crafting. Lately, I find myself a little obsessed over this single stamp called, Hardwood (Wood 133032 Clear 133035). 

I love old-fashioned things made of wood. I would like to attribute this to my father's business in the Philippines when I was growing-up. This was way back when furnitures took weeks to build. My father used to custom draw each piece according to his client's wishes. Then, he and his team would create these amazingly beautiful furnitures all individually handcrafted, elaborately hand-carved and hand varnished. I grew up hearing Narra this, Narra that. That was how most of the high quality ones were made out of - Narra trees. I can still smell the sweetness of its wood shavings, which my younger sister and I used to collect to fire-up our stove for cooking. I used to also help around the "shop" sanding, sweeping or serving the guys bland coffee in recycled Nescafe jars.  I have many memories of just hanging-out with my father's crew aka "trabajadors" majority of them were relatives and watching them work. I remember being in awe to witness pieces of wood come in and slowly be transformed into beautiful masterpieces. Oh, and when they put in those "imbute" or Carabao bone inlay and turn penciled sketches on wood into amazing designs? It was pure talent. The process of it all was just magic to a little girl like me. Perhaps that is why I like arts & crafts and anything handmade. 

Anyway, check out below these two different cards with the same Hardwood background. What a versatile stamp and a must have to add to your collection. It is also perfect to use on masculine cards. 




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To order products used to create the adorable card above, please click below. You can even print-out the supply list simply by clicking the Supply List on the bottom left corner. 

That's all for now. Thank you for stopping by.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sheltering Tree

It just occurred to me that today marks our 26th year here in the United States. Coincidentally, today is also my 10th year anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. It's a special day to celebrate and also to give thanks. If there's anything I have learned in my 26 years here in United States, it's to be grateful and to always remember my blessings. Our first ten to fifteen years here were very challenging, and that's putting it mildly. There were many times I seriously thought going back to the Philippines would have been easier. As I am typing this while recalling our past experiences, I am giving myself a high five because I did not quit. I did not give-up trying and I did not stop believing that life does get better. There are so many things I am thankful for. Really, it would take all day. However, today I am truly thankful for the US of America - what a beautiful and generous country! It's been an honor to be here. Someday, when I am old and gray, I will be proud to say that I did not waste the opportunities United States graciously tossed my way.  I am also thankful for Stampin' Up! I remember ten years ago when we had just moved to California from Alaska and I was so lonely here. I didn't know anyone other than a few people from the office. Then my co-worker Emily showed me her Stampin' Up! catalog and introduced me to my upline, Karen Flores - my life changed just like that. It was love at first sight of the catalog. Smile. Stampin' Up! helped me cope, it kept me busy and gave me this wonderful world of rubber stamps, ink and paper. Creativity has been a healing tool for me, my escape or refuge for when life gets stressful and overwhelming. I am so thankful today and I love this life.  
I love all the colors of fall, don't you? 
Well, that's all for today. Have an awesome Tuesday, everyone!

To order products used to create the adorable card above, please click below. You can even print-out the supply list simply by clicking the Supply List on the bottom left corner. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Autumn Gift Set

Happy Friday, everyone! I meant to post this last Wednesday to welcome the autumn season, but you know how it is. Oh well, I want to share with you what I made for my mom on her birthday. Her birthday almost always fall on the first day of fall, so I thought I'd use fall colors. 
The Designer Series Paper I used was from last year and has been retired. Sorry :-( 
I just love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. I put two pieces of fun size candy bars in it.
CASEd from a demo (Linda Persoon) swap I received at Convention. Isn't that Ronald McDonald's stamp set, Sprinkles of Life just too darn cute...and versatile? I am loving the Fringe Scissors.

I got the idea to create this adorable mini coffee cup (with Hershey kisses) in it from my upline, Karen Flores. I am really liking that Ronald McDonald's Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  
Corner Bookmark
Back of the Corner Bookmark
Make a Difference and buy Sprinkles of Life stamp set to support Ronald McDonald's House Charities
The coordinating Tree Builder Punch (138295) makes it all easy to create.  

I had so much fun creating all of the above. I think I will incorporate them in my upcoming Christmas/Holiday Giftables in November. I hope you can join us. 

Thank you for stopping by. Have a nice weekend, everyone!
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Monday, September 21, 2015

September 2015 Paper Pumpkin

I can't wait to play with my September Paper Pumpkin kit. I am set for my Halloween goodies. What an awesome idea to have Stampin' Up! do all the hard work and I just watch the video and put everything together. 
I hope you are already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. If not, you can participate by supporting a very good cause.

Stamp Out Breast Cancer with Paper Pumpkin.

Stampin' Up! is showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they are going PINK . . . or at least their October Paper Pumpkin boxes are! And because they know subscribers want to share the love too, they will be making a donation on your behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Stampin' Up! will donate $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber. Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.
Together, we will make a difference!

Here's how you can help: 
Subscribe by October 10! If you're new to Paper Pumpkin, go to paperpumpkin.com and click join to get started. Please remember to choose me as your demonstrator: Melinda Pascual.

Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you'll want to hold onto forever-and we'll donate $2 because you're new!
Stay active if you're a subscriber so we can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.
Spread the word! Help us get as many new subscribers as possible. Every current subscriber adds $1 and for new subscribers it's doubled, so let's get the word out and raise as much as possible.
Remember, those who get the October kit will not only be donating to a good cause, but they will also get a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box! No one will want to miss it. Promise.
Thank you and have a wonderful week, everyone. 
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Haunt Ya Later

I am going to take a break from Christmas cards to share with you my first Halloween card of the year! As soon as I saw this stamp set, Haunt Ya Later in the 2015 Holiday Catalog, I knew I had to have it. I couldn't resist and CASEd the card straight out of the catalog. It is so darn cute and any opportunity to watercolor? Yes, please! This cute little Dracula reminded me of my nephew, Max. He is the only kid I know who could totally pull-off a handsome Dracula. Another item I am crazy about recently is the Handheld Stapler. I just love how it's so efficient and easy to hold. 

CASEd directly from the Holiday Catalog
Haunt Ya Later (Wood 139696) Clear (139699)
Handheld Stapler (139083) Silver Mini Staples (135847)
Well, that is all I have for today. My chores await. 

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Wilderness Awaits

When I was in fifth grade I had to live with my maternal grandparents in the province because my paternal grandparents who raised me went to Canada to visit my aunt. I remember this one particular afternoon when I came home from school after placing 2nd at an academic contest. I showed my grandpa the ribbon I got and as he was looking at my prize he got in front of my face and told me, "You know being second is good, but let me tell you what would be great...being first. First means you are ahead of everybody else. First means you're the BEST!" My grandpa was in politics so he was loud all the time. Not in a rude way, but he had this powerful voice that was both inspiring and annoying (at least to a twelve year old girl). Of course it was not his intention to discount my efforts but to challenge me. And boy, did I take that taunt like you would not believe. I was restless and annoyed at the same time. I had to prove myself. So, the next day I told my teacher I wanted to sign-up for the Spelling Bee contest. For eighteen months, I studied. I read day and night learning every word my mind could absorb. I watched my cousins play outside or in the fields, while I buried my head in the dictionary. I was obsessed. I had a mission and that was to prove I could be first. I won the Spelling competition 3x. As a matter of fact, I was the very first student our school ever sent to Regionals. I got that far. However, just like all things, my lucky streak ended and I eventually lost. I was so disappointed in myself. My grandfather with his very loud laugh told me, "Why are you sulking? You got the gold and you've made your point! Go out and play!" I had no idea at that time that those couple of years were going to be a defining moment in my life. From then on, each and every time I would doubt myself, I'd close my eyes and think of that twelve year old girl who got the gold because she worked hard and believed in herself. 

To this day I think one of the very few people who got me and knew how to push my buttons was my maternal grandfather. He teased and provoked me because he knew that I would get back at him by proving him wrong each and every time. He also knew that my obsessions usually had an expiration date. He knew that given enough time and once I got it out of my system, I'd lose interest eventually and that would be it. He gave my Spelling Bee obsession two years and he was right. I remember another time when I told him I wanted to become a fashion designer and instead of fighting with me, he just said okay. That fixation ended after eight months. I also dated this boy whom everybody said he and his family were only after our land. Our relatives told my grandpa to stop me from getting involved with him. My grandpa instead of getting angry and telling me to stop seeing the boy just grinned and watched it all end in a few months. He knew I am that way with things, people and hobbies. He told me one time that I would someday find something that I'd stick to simply because it will bring me joy like nothing else could. The other day as I was doing the dishes, it just hit me. This unexplainable ache and longing for him. I guess that's just how life works. No one really completely gets over a loss of a loved one. It could be a song, a certain smell or even a movie, a favorite dish, a particular month or date. It will just come to you at the most unexpected moment. How you wish you could get another chance to hear their voice, get a hug, see their smile or just hang out with them one last time. I wish he lived long enough to meet my children and to see how my life turned out. This post is for you, Tatay Mading. Happy birthday! I miss you every day of my life. 

Well, that's all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by. 

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cozy Christmas

Here is my second Christmas card post for 2015. I was really surprised how lovely this card turned out to be. I wanted to use this stamp set so much, but I could not decide on a layout. It's unbelievable the amount of time and paper I wasted trying to come up with ideas. I should have known the old adage, "less is more" works every time. I am so in-love with this stamp set. I want to live in this cottage and stamp all day. I won't even need a TV or internet. Just books, my arsenal of stamp supplies and maybe wine, coffee and chocolates. In that order. Smile


I used the 2-way Glue Pen on the cottage and trees then sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds
Well, that's all I have for now - have to go back and prep for my Fall Stamp-a-Stack Cards class next Saturday. Yesterday, I made 20 Christmas Cards. It feels great knowing I am ahead of my schedule and check list. Thank you for stopping by. 

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lots of Joy

Here it is, my very first Christmas card post for 2015. The countdown is definitely on with 116 days left before December 25th, 2015. This year, I will try to be ahead of the game (fingers crossed) and make sure I get all my handmade greeting cards and gifts done and mailed way before Christmas. We shall see... Smile.

I had such an amazing two Saturdays of Christmas Cards Stamp-a-Stack with my gals. They are all very pleased with our cards and that just made me happy. This is one of the five designs we made in class. 



Well, that's all for today's post. Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a wonderful week.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Best Thoughts

I meant to post earlier today, but I had errands this morning that took pretty much most of my day. Weekends are way too short. I swear, by the time I go to the grocery store and get a few loads of laundry done, it's Monday again and must return to the office. Well, the first week back to school for my daughter went smoothly. When I dropped her off to high school that first day, I had a déjà vu. It felt like not too long ago I dropped off my son to that same school. Here I go again, I thought to myself. It was sort of bittersweet thinking that this four years will be my last. My last high schooler. As I watched her walk away from me that morning, my memories took me back to her first day of kindergarten. I remember how she cried and did not want for us to leave. My husband who is such a big softie when it comes to his little girl, stayed around for awhile until I dragged him away. It seems to me the years went by way too quickly just like how weekends are. One minute they are little kids holding on to you begging you not to leave them and then they are teenagers who have time for everyone else except you. Yet, through all these and even many years later, your heart stays hanging on a thread ready to drop if something happens to them - no matter how old they become...or how old you get. 

Oh well, I want to share a really simple card today using a stamp set called Best Thoughts. This is one of the exclusive Host Sets.

To order products used to make the card above, please click below. You can also print the supply list by clicking Supply List on the left bottom corner. 

That's all for now. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week, everyone!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August 2015 Paper Pumpkin

I love this color combo! Pink, black, gold and white, oh my! Did I mention black chalkboard card stocks and it comes with white craft ink spot? 


I hope you are already a paper pumpkin subscriber. If not yet, and you'd like to give it a try, you can receive it at 50% off for the next two months. Simply click the link on the right. If you decide you are not happy with your goodies after the two months promo, you can simply cancel by logging in to your account. However, you must at least try, right? What an awesome way to celebrate the coming of fall by receiving "paper pumpkin". Smile.

Between now and September 10, first time subscribers can get your first two months for half price when you use the code "HALFOFF"  when you sign up.


Happy Wednesday! It's the first day of school, so I am up very early. We shall see if the student gets-up in time and without much fight. Smile
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Wild About Flowers and Petite Pairs

I was so happy to receive an order via My Online Store yesterday that I made a special card to thank my customer. Is it too obvious that I don't get very many online orders? Haha. I think I got too excited because I made more than I should have hoping I would get more online orders, so I can send more of this awesome card. For the month of August, all online orders will receive this thank you card. That's only if you leave your contact information when you check-out. If you order anonymously, I will have no way of sending it to you and I will also not be able to send you catalogs in the mail. 

I just love this photopolymer stamp set called Wild About Flowers. It's so versatile and simple. This is a two-step stamp set, but because it's photopolymer lining up the images are really easy. It contains some really good sentiments, but I used this thank you saying from Petite Pairs. Don't you just love Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Very Vanilla together? The color scheme is so soft and easy on the eyes. Less really is more. This layout can easily be used for any occasion, birthdays, sympathy or thinking of you card - just change the sentiment. This is why I think the Petite Pairs stamp set is a must-have addition to your collection. 


It's hard to see, but the brand new Fluttering Embossing Folder (139304) is so lovely.

Petite Pairs (Wood 128706, Clear 122497)

Wild About Flowers (138728)

It also comes in French - Fleurs De L’Âge (140176)
Well, that's all for now. It's our last weekend before school starts. Yikes! It will be challenging getting back to our new routine. It's been wonderful not to rush every morning. Oh well. Happy Sunday, everyone and thank you for stopping by. 

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Flowering Flourishes

Another type of cards I don't make often enough are Wedding cards. This was one of the cards we made in my All Occasions Stamp-a-Stack class a couple of months ago. For the longest time, I could not think of an idea or layout. Then I realized that it didn't really need plenty of colors or layers. Weddings are supposed to be simple and elegant. We did some heat embossing with embossing powder. I love this technique because it is such an easy way to dress up a card or project and the result is always stunning. I just don't like the clean-up. Haha. I am a firm believer of the Embossing Buddy (103083). I found this to be true each time that embossing powders stick better when I use it prior to stamping. It is so inexpensive and I suggest every card maker to have it and use it each time they heat emboss. It's one of those must-haves. 


Creativity does not sleep. To shop for products used to make this card, please go to My Online Store

Well, that's all for now. Happy Sunday, everyone! Thank you for stopping by. 
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Zoo Babies

I admit, I don't make baby cards often. It's probably because I don't know very many people that are having babies anymore. Most of my friends have older kids or have grandkids. However, whenever I get a chance to make them, I really enjoy it. This card was a good way to use my scraps of card stocks by punching out the different sizes of circles, gluing them on to the white just randomly and then running it on the Big Shot sandwiched in between the Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder. Tada! It's so easy and super cute. 

Creativity does not sleep. To shop for products used to make this card, order here: