Hug in a Mug

a2z Scrapbooking, Cards, digital stamps, Sugartree Stamps

Hi all. I’m sharing a card I made with Sugartree digital stamps over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog today. This image is only one of 13 images and sentiments that can be found on this digital stamp set.

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Interested to see how I got it so shiny? I tell on in my post over at a2z Scrapbooking so I do hope you’ll pop over.

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Looking forward to seeing you over at a2Z Scrapbooking and find out how you can get 15% discount on this digi stamp and on all products in the shop too!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!


The Sisterhood of Crafters – Hot Air Balloon

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Zig clean color real brush


Hi all, I’m here today to share a new challenge we’re having over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and for the next two weeks, our top sistah Darlene has chosen the theme “Something you might find in the SKY”. When I saw this theme, it was a no brainer for me and I reached straight for my hot air balloon stamp from CASual Fridays stamps “Floating” set.

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As I was going to do no line water-colouring, I first stamped my balloon with Mustard seed distress ink on watercolour paper that I had previously cut with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitch, but never used. I wanted to create a soft watercolour look for the flowers but my Zigs clean color brushes are so vibrant that it came out stronger than I would have liked, but I’m still quite pleased with the results.

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The sentiment tag comes from My Favorite Things blueprint 20 set which I found in my scrap box & the sentiment comes from the same CASual Fridays set and I think it would be great for a graduation card. I also love the thought that whimsy little flowers can float you up into the air and bring you to greater heights, there’s something feminine and powerful at the same time in that image for me.

Well I hope you liked my simple card and that you’ll pop over to “The Sisterhood of Crafters” blog and leave my “sistahs” some love.  Have a great day!


I’m sharing this over at:

addicted to casAddicted to CAS – Girl Power

less is more Less is More – My watercolour card panel and the sentiment tag comes from my scrap box

Calling All SistahsCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge – I was inspired by the flowers.

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes



Unoriginal artist

Blog, Cards, Stamplorations, Twofer card challenge, Watercolor

This is going to be a very heavy post, loaded with photos and results of some soul searching. So you have now been warned and you continue at your own peril!

First, the cards I made for the Twofer card challenge, where I had to think up of different ways to incorporate the same butterfly on my cards. I say it each time but I LOVE this challenge! I made a photo tutorial instead of a video because I’ve lost my voice after a bout of tonsillitis…and talking too much while my voice was already strained… It’ll hopefully come back very soon but my hubby is enjoying the quiet I think, LoL!

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So for the first card, which is a Graduation card, I used the same Stamplorations “Happy Flowers” stencil and the same Cutplorations “Layered Butterfly” dies which I used on both cards. I first created the butterfly before stencilling in Momento’s “London Fog” dye ink through the flower stencl as I wanted the butterfly to stand out.

So I first drew the outline of the butterfly using the full die and watercoloured large spots with my Zig clean color real brushes. Using my Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen, I blended the colours a little before I diecut it using the 2nd detailed die. I then coloured the bottom full die with Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker nos CT2-Sunshine and CR11 Flame Red in the middle & around it. I wanted more shine & texture so I added Lukas’s Crystal gel on both butterflies and let them dry.

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My 2nd card was influenced by Mayline’s beautiful pop up peony card but I used a butterfly instead and the colours from the photo inspiration at The Card Concept. I first sponged in Abandoned Coral distress ink in the middle of the two flowers on the left and then added Mustard Seed to the rest of the flower. The stems were coloured with Twisted Citron distress oxides. I then spritzed water on it to blend the colours a little more. The flowers on the right were coloured using the same method but with Seedless Preserves in the middle and Picked Raspberry distress Inks. The sentiment in the middle from the “Hashtag authentic” Bold sentiment stamp set was stamped with Versafine ink.

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So the theme at Twofers is butterfly, so where is the butterfly on this card? Yes, its on the inside of the card! To create this butterfly, I just diecut the detailed wings die and covered it with Lukas gel again and dusted some Wow Embossing glitters on it. To make sure no glitters would fall off, once the gel had dried, I went over it again but this time with a clear glue/lacquer from Marabu that dries non sticky.

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The full butterfly diecut was cut from some watercolour scrap I used to practise my blending (waste not want not!) and the sentiment from Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies stamp set was stamped with Versafine too.

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And these are all the products from Stamplorations I used to make both cards.

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I’m actually quite relieved I can’t post another video yet, as I had an awful experience afew days ago, when someone on a crafty Facebook group accused me of stealing ideas for my own profit. This was after I posted a video I made on ink blending. It was all unfounded and a company rep even came to my defense, but I find myself still affected by this incident a week later and I’ve been asking myself why.

It is probably that deep down, I do feel guilty of the fact that I rarely come up with original ideas and all the techniques I use have been created by someone else, so whatever I share, is not really “mine” to share. Even the rare times when I think I’ve discovered a new technique, I realise later that someone already thought about it.  I am always influenced by someone else’s card, whats on Pinterest, a painting, or even the theme of a card challenge. Being relatively new to this craft, I have learnt everything I know from someone’s blog, video, card-making classes and I do give credit when I remember where its from, so I always have the feeling that my work is not original. I wonder if others feel this way?

Anyway, my remedy for fear is to get back onto the saddle so hopefully I’ll be posting a new video soon when my voice comes back. My guilt will not stop me from sharing what I do as this is my way of giving back to the community that has taught me so much. I think my Asian sense of “payback” is stronger than my Christian sense of guilt…or they might be linked – do we give back due to our sense of guilt for taking? Ok… I think thats too much philosophy for one day. LoL!

Anyway, sorry for the ramblings and bravo to those who made it this far! It always helps me to write about my troubled thoughts, and I feel better already! As always I do appreciate your little hugs of encouragement through your comments, and I wish you a great day!



I’m also sharing the 1st card at:

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolour Challenge – Rainbow

stamplorationsStamplorations Cutplorations challenge

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Stencil It

and the 2nd card at:

stamplorationsStamplorations CAS challenge – Things with Wings

Wow embossing powder.jpgWoW Embossing Powder Facebook challenge

AAAcards.jpgAAA Cards – Inspired by Nature

card concept.png The photo inspiration from which I got the colours for the 2nd card.



The Sisterhood of Crafters – CAS

Card Challenge, Cards, Stamplorations, The Sisterhood of Crafters

Hi All! Its time for another challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and the theme this month, chosen by our Sistah Nancy, is a favourite of mine, Clean and Simple or CAS! Most of the cards I make are relatively clean looking without much layers, but they are rarely simple to make…at least for me anyway! I love a challenge of a new to me technique, so today’s card will be no different.

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I wanted to try a technique called “Faux Enamel” which I first saw on Marcia’s beautiful card here. Unfortunately mine didn’t turn out as well, but I wanted to share it anyway. I still don’t really know where I went wrong but i must give it another go as I love the final result when done properly! All you do is pour loads of embossing powder, I used Wow embossing powder, on a piece of chipboard and melt it under a baking sheet. Once it melted and it was still warm, I pressed the die cut flower onto it so that it would stick and also have some molten powder bulge through to have a sort of 3D effect to the petals.

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I also added some sparkly powders and hopefully you can see it sparkle here, but its really nice in real life. I used the Layered Flowers & Hugs dies and the Crazy double running stitched rectangle die from Stamplorations on my card today.

Well I do hope you’ll join in the fun and hop over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog and leave some love to my sistahs there too! Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you think of my card.


I’m also sharing this card at:

AAAcards AAA Cards – Use dies

STAMPlorations-anythinggoes Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes challenge


Paper Piecing with Background die

Cards, Die cuts, Sizzix

I’m getting back in to my groove now, crafting almost everyday and blogging more often, and learning new techniques! Its been awhile since I’ve come across a new to me technique and I found this one over at The Flower Challenge blog, where this month’s theme is Paper Piecing. I’ve never heard of it and I still didn’t quite understand what it is so I hope what I did corresponds! It was also a good opportunity to use my stack of patterned paper which I NEVER use!

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From what I understood, you just have to put patterned paper or paper you coloured, over part of your image…so I did just that. I first took a card base I prepared from an A3  card stock and die cut the front of the card base, by running it through my Big Shot Plus with Sizzix’s Floral Panel background die. I inlaid the die cut panel back onto the card base by gluing it onto the bottom part of the card base.


I then sprayed it with a soft pink glimmer spray, and while it was drying, I die cut a designer paper from Folio, using the same background die. As its a very detailed background die, I find using the Sizzix Brush and Foam pad essential for cleaning out all the small pieces of excess paper. You just put your die together with the die cut panel onto the foam pad and roll the brush over it and when you lift your die, the unwanted pieces stay on the foam!

I proceeded to fussy cut certain parts of the designer paper die cut panel, which I glued on top of the first panel. The whole panel was then glued onto a red card base and to finish, I added the Hugs die cut from Stamplorations.


So is this Paper Piecing? In any case I had fun fussy cutting and piecing it back onto the card and I hope you like the card.Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always so encouraging to me.


I’m also sharing it over at:

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – Old Fashioned love. I think my style here is Clean and layered

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies challenge

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Paper Piecing

crafty hazelnut.pngCrafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Anything Goes with patterned paper

ssswchallengeSSS Wednesday challenge – Add a die cut