Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who live in the US!

I love Thanksgiving.  I love showing gratitude.  Yesterday I gave a card to my co-worker F to thank her for being so awesome.  I couldn't believe that she burst into tears and we gave each other a hug.  Not that I have any plans to leave my current position, but if things happen, I would regret not telling her how much I appreciate her.  F is not a emotional person so her reaction was a bit of a shock to me.  Nonetheless I'm glad I showed my gratitude and I encourage you to do the same.

This was not the card I gave F, but the sketch of her card was the same.  I love recycling.  :P

This card is entering the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Give Thanks
Sassy Studios - Happy Thanksgiving

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mission Accomplished

Last Sunday I reported that I wanted to send 75 cards to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  I have been working hard last week and yesterday I finished another batch so I have 100 to send to the Card Drive!

I just went to the post office and put my cards in a priority box.  They will arrive in Texas in two days.

I feel so good about sending cards to those in need.  The thought that my cards will bring a smile to someone warms my heart.

There's still little time to send your cards to the Card Drive.  I encourage you to spread the joy of the holiday season.  If you can't make it, send your cards to local senior centers or hospitals.  I'm sure they will appreciate it.

Now that this mission is accomplished, I'm off to making cards for my family and friends!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Caring Hearts Card Drive!

I am so happy that I'm participating in the Caring Hearts Card Drive this year!  In previous year I meant to join but either procrastination or other things blocked the way.  This year, I was determined to do it and I've already got 58 cards.  This is part of them:

I am hoping to send 75 cards so I have 17 to go.  Nonetheless I'm happy I have at least 58 ready.

I'll admit that my signature on the bottom of the card got more and more illegible towards the end of the pile.  But whenever I think of the smile on the recipient's face it brings a smile to my face too!

Want to join?  Click here to see all the details!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Love You A Latte

Happy Hump Day!

I have been having a productive week at work and almost forget to put a post here.  I have a simple card to share today:

This card was created to satisfy my craving card-making.  :P  I didn't have any purpose in mind, nor did I have a recipient in mind.  In fact, I just wanted to make a card using this Lawn Fawn set Love You A Latte that I bought at least a year ago.   I admit I'm guilty to realize this stamp set has been waiting to be inked for a year.  The good news is that I finally broke it open and used it.

At the time I bought it I  was hoping to use it to make cards for my co-workers.  Many of them were coffee-lovers.  However, starting Spring this year, many of them stopped drinking coffee for various reasons.  This was perhaps the reason this stamp set was forgotten.

Nonetheless, this stamp set has many other fun images I could use for non-coffee drinkers.  There are images for tea, for instance, and the sentiments are just so great.  Now that it is on my desk, I will use it on several projects before I put it away!

My card is entering the following challenges:
Fresh Brewed Designs - Lots of Latte
Fab "n" Funky - Clean and Simple
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut - Use patterned paper

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness

Jennifer McGuire has a Share Handmade Kindness challenge on her blog and it came at the time where I am about to make a Thank You card to my friend.

I want to make this Thank You card more special - one without the phrase "Thank You" on it.  This is what I've made:

She is indeed one of a kind and I can't tell how she can manage everything so well in her life.  She has a full time job, two small kids, leads an important role at church and spends time with her girlfriends (including me) and lends a hand to us without us having asked.

I was inspired by Kristina Werner's card here to make my own (speaking of that, I wanted to leave her a comment about her inspiration but I couldn't find the comments section of that blog post.  If you happen to know how to do that, please let me know!)  I do have the stamp sets that she used, but I love the new Close to My Heart Diamonds are Forever stamp set and thought I could make a card full of diamonds.

I stamped the diamonds with the following colors: Poppy, Sunset, Goldrush, Honey and Canary.  I like these colors!  After making this card, I like it so much that I also made a masculine version:

This one made use of Pear, Lagoon, Crystal Blue.  I love them both. :)

My feminine version is entering the following challenges:
Share Handmade Kindness
Simply Create Too - Give Thanks
Simply Papercrafts - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Holiday Greetings!

I'm sharing a super quick and simple Christmas card today.  Even though I no longer mass produce cards, this will be a good one if you need some inspiration.

Some crafty friends try to avoid patterned paper because of the huge stash at home.  They'd like some ideas for making cards using cardstock only.  I didn't use any patterned paper on this one but I think it is just as nice.  :)

The images come from Miracle of Christmas Holiday, a very cute Christmas stamp set that I knew I "need" it when I first saw it.  It has some cute animal images but also some sentiments written in an elegant font.  It just has something for everyone.  You can see all the images here.  The ornament was cut from Artistry cartridge.  If I were mass producing this card, I'd load a full sheet of cardstock to my Cricut and ask it to fill the page.  I found some gold thread in my stash and use it to tie onto the ornament.  We could all use some gold on Christmas cards, right?

My card is entering the following challenges:
A Snowflake's promise - Christmas
City Crafter - Getting Ready for Christmas
Papertake - Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 2, 2015

November Specials

I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend.

Now that we are in November, I'd like to share the great promotions offered by Close to My Heart this month.

First up is Cheers 2016, which is the Stamp of the Month for November.  You can see all the images of this stamp set here.  It is a great set with images for you to set goals or resolutions for 2016, or just great images for journaling in general.

The next promotion is Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking.  If you haven't tried the Paper Fundamentals, it will be the best time to do it!  During this month, if you purchase the Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop bundle, you'll qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors for free!  That's a savings of $19.95!  Wondering what's in the bundle?  It includes on Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock.

There is a scrapbooking worshop specifically designed to use this bundle and you'll create beautiful layouts quickly and easily.  If you want to know more about this promotion, you can find more information here.

Thanks for stopping by!