Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hero Arts Holiday Challenge - White Out

Hero Arts has a Holiday Challenge with four different categories to enter. Below is the challenge photo:

I decide to pick the "White Out" category and make a Christmas card with the new stamp set "Christmas Crystals" I just got. Here is the card I made:

For the white background, I used Hero Arts background stamp and white embossed on the white cardstock. Then, I applied the matching Sizzix embossing folder to make the white embossed stamp image popping out. I used a circle die and cut a circle on the background. For the crystal ornament, I white embossed it on the watercolor paper, then colored with water brush and Distress ink pads. After the ink dry, I colored the whole crystal ornament with the Wink of Stella pen to make it shinny. Then, I cut out the crystal ornament and attached in the middle of the circle, I also cut a small piece of gold thread to "hang" the ornament. I put foam tapes on the back of the background and attached on top of the crystal ornament. For the greeting of "JOY", I white embossed the wood veneer letters and glued on the background. Below is a closer look of the "JOY":

Cardstock: PTI, watercolor paper
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink Pads: Versamark, Distress ink pads
Others: embossing folder, white embossing powder, wood veneer, Wink of Stella pen, foam tapes, circle die, gold thread

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge - Oct 5-11

Here comes Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge for Oct 5-11. Below are the challenge photos:

I decided to make a colorful Christmas card and here is the card I made:

The background was made by different colors of Viva Decor's Inka Gold. The colors are very yummy and have pretty shimmering metal finish. The little houses and trees were stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers, then I cut them out and attached on the background. I die cut happy Christmas with black cardstock and use black enamel accent to dress up the "i" in the Christmas.

Cardstock: PTI
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink Pads: Memento
Die: Paper Smooches
Others: Inka Gold, Copic markers, black enamel accent

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Copic Markers - Online Card Classes

I attend the Copic Markers for Card Makers online class currently. This is one of the best classes at Online Card Classes I have so far. The class is still going on. The first two weeks of the classes are fabulous - the content includes all aspects of Copic markers. All of the tricks and techniques can be learned from this class. Below are some samples I practiced on the practice sheets. 

Feathering Trick:

Tip-to-tip Trick:

Gray Shading:

Light Source & Shading:

I have so much fun coloring on these practice sheets. I also learned some new tricks on the Copic markers. This is really a great class.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

ATC Exchange - Fall Leaves

Mandy invited me to join her ATC exchange and the topic is "fall leaves" this time. I have many leaf stamps and take me a while to pick this Hero Arts leaves set to make my ATC. Here is the ATC I made:

I used Distress ink pads to color both leaf stamps and use water brush to brush some dark colors on the stamps, then I stamped the leaves on the ATC. So, both leaves have some shading on the edges and stems. After the leaves are dry, I stamp the text background with black Archival ink pad on the upper left and bottom right corner. Then, I brushed some Antique Linen Distress ink pad on the upper left and bottom right corner as well. The final touch is I spray the Tsukineko frost sheer shimmer spritz onto the whole ATC to make it a shimmery and frosty look. It's very pretty once you see it in person. It gives me the frosty leaves look. Below is the photo of ATCs I made (I made total 20 ATCs):

Hope all the people who joined this ATC exchange will love my work. 

Cardstock: PTI
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink Pads: Distress ink pads, Archival ink pad
Others: frosty shimmer spritz, water brush

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crystal Lilac Shadow Bracelet & Earrings Set

Here is the beaded crystal bracelet and earrings set I made using Swarovski Crystal Lilac Shadow bicones and mauve color pearls. Lilac, lavender, and purple are my favorite colors. So, I will definitely wear this set very often. Here is the finished set:

And below is a closer look of the earrings:

Then here is the closer looks of the bracelet:

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Welcome Autumn - Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

Paper Smooches has the Anything Goes challenge for this week. Autumn is always my favorite season of the year. So, I decided to make an autumn look card to attend the challenge. Here are the challenge photos:

And below is the card I made:

The background gradient color stripe was made with masking technique and different colors of Distress ink pads. I die cut the maple leaf and colored with Distress ink as well. Then I use the clear foam adhesive (Kool Tak) to attach the maple leaf on top of the gradient color stripe. It creates a dimensional and tone-on-tone look. Love it. Finish the card by stamping the "welcome autumn" text and a little leaf from the Autumn Groves set. Here is another look of the card:

Cardstock: PTI
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink Pads: Distress ink pads, Memento
Dies: Paper Smooches
Others: clear foam adhesive, masking tape

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Foxy Foxes Challenge - The Moxie Fab World

When I saw this Foxy Foxes Challenge, I know I have to show this faux cross-stitched card to attend this challenge. I got this fox cross-stitch pattern from internet and I used the little "x" stamp in the "Needle Little Love" set of Paper Smooches to stamp the stitches. Below is the fox pattern and the stamp set.

And here is the finished card:

The background stamp is from Hero Arts and I stamped with white ink on the kraft cardstock background. I die cut the stamp stitched fox and the greeting with two different sizes of hexagon dies. Brushed the two hexagon borders with orange and brown ink. Attach some enamel dots to finish the card.

Cardstock: PTI
Stamps: Paper Smooches, Hero Arts
Ink Pads: Stampin' Up, Memento
Dies: MTF
Others: enamel dots, foam dots, cross-stitch pattern

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beaded Jewelry Gifts

I started to do beading about one year ago. I think the hand-made gifts are the best gifts for friends (hope my friends also think the same way). Below are the finished beaded jewelry gifts I made and sent to different friends. 

The first one is a beaded pendant made by Swarovski 6mm crystal bicones. Love the different shades of blues. 

The second one is a beaded bracelet made by Swarovski pearls, bugle beads, and Swarovski crystals. The blue crystals were caged in the beaded bugle cages.

The third one is a beaded snowflake pendant made by Swarovski crystal bicones.

Next one is a simple and metal look bracelet made by SuperDuo and bugle beads.  

Below is a bracelet made by Tila beads annd Swarovski bicone crystals. 

This is a bracelet and earrings set made for a friend who received baptism a few months ago.

Below are two beaded strings I made for my Mom and Mother in law for their glasses. I am glad that both of them like it.

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