2019/06/08

Happy Birthday


Hi Artsy Friends,

I seldom watched TV. Instead I enjoy taking online art classes in my leisure time. I must confess I am not a good student. Most of the time I just enjoy getting inspirations as refreshment or relaxation without taking real actions to make cards. It is ridiculous, I know.

But today, I made one. Yay! This card was inspired by Laurel Beard’s Stenciled: Multiple Ways, Lesson One- Masked Stenciling as well as Altenew June Inspiration Challenge hosted by Virginia Lu. I like how the card turned out to be. Hope it is eye-pleasing to you too. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.


Card Details

Stencil, stamps (flower and texts) and dies are all by Altenew.


Challenges to Enter

   Altenew-June2019-Inspiration
  
 
 
 
    

2019/06/07

Joy Love Peace


Hi Artsy Friends,
It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) ATC (Artist Trading Card/Coin) Challenge again. The June Challenge Theme is Christmas. For Challenge Rules and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog.


 I must confess that I have never made any Christmas cards or ATCs in June before. Ha! I’m glad I gave it a try! Please do join us for the fun.

It’s very hot in Taiwan now. These snowflake ATCs are eye-pleasing to me and cool me down. Hope you feel the same. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.

The following are how I made these ATCs.

ATC Details


1. Apply Direct-to-Paper technique using various Distress Inks to a watercolor panel.
2. Spritz water to blend Distress Inks.
3. Stamp text (Hero Arts) with Black ink on watercolor panel.
4. Apply Nuvo Glimmer Paste over Snowflake stencil (Memory Box) on watercolor panel.
5. When dry, cut watercolor panel into ATC size.
6. Mount the watercolor ATCs to white ATC panels. Stamp texts (Hero Arts) in black on white scrap and in VersaMark and heat emboss in white on black scrap, respectively. Adhere sentiments on ATCs.
Challenges to Enter


  
  

2019/05/07

Hello Friend



Hi Artsy Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) ATC (Artist Trading Card/Coin) Challenge again. The May Challenge Theme is Hello.

For Challenge Rules and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. ATC is easy to manage in terms of size (3.5 inch x 2.5 inch) and “Hello” is such an easy theme. So please do join us for the fun.

The following is how I made these ATCs.

ATC Details


1. Spray DIY Pearlized Distress Mist (Mustard Seeds) randomly on watercolor paper.
2. Spray DIY Pearlized Distress Mist (Fired Brick) over flower stencil on watercolor paper.
3. When dry, cut watercolor paper to ATC size. Stamp text background (Hero Arts).
4. Heat emboss texts (Simon Says Stamps) in black.
5. Die cut butterflies (Memory Box) and apply Distress Oxide Inks (Worn Lipsticks).
6. Adhere butterflies to ATC panel.

2019/04/29

Hello and Hugs

 
Hi Stamping Friends,
 
Inspired by Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge (color scheme and non-floral theme), I quickly made this postcard which will be for a stamping friend.

It is not my usual style but it’s kind of fun and playful to try the cute style. Hope you like it too. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day ahead.

Card Details
1. All stamps are by Altenew.
2. Embossing Powder is by Wow.
 
 
Challenges to Enter

    

 

2019/04/21

You Are Loved

Edited on 5/11/2019
I’m so glad that this card was pick as a Winner by Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge 195. How wonderful. Thanks, DTs.

Hi Artsy Friends,

Watercoloring is not something I’m good at. Yet I’m happy to challenge myself and finish this card before the weekend. Yay!

Hope you like this card. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day!

Card Details
1. Poppy stamp and die are by Penny Black. Boy, I’ve had them for many years and it’s a shame that I waited until now to use them.
2. Texts are by Simon Says Stamps. Leaf frame cover die and grid stencil are by Altenew.
3. Color the Poppies stamp by red and green Distress Markers. Spritz water, then stamp at watercolor paper.
4. Stamp Distress Inks on Craft Sheet. Apply wet paint brushes to pick up Distress Inks to color the poppies. When dry, die cut the poppies.
5. Spray Distress Mist over Grid stencil on a white panel and let dry.
6. Die cut Leaf Cover die from a white cardstock.
7. Assemble the card as shown.


Challenges to Enter


  

    
     
    

2019/04/09

Thinking of You When I Made This Card

Edited on 5/11/2019
I am thrilled that this card won the following awards.
This indeed is triple excitement!
 

Hello Artsy Friends,

I love playing stencils and I love playing with embossing pastes as well. I’m happy when I finished this card. Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day ahead. 

Card Details
1. Apply Distress Paints, Distress Inks and splitzed water over background stencil (The Crafters’ Workshop) to make the background panel.
2. Apply Glossy Black Embossing Paste over focal floral stencil (Tim Holtz) on background panel. When dry, the Glossy Black Embossing Paste shines amazingly pretty.

3. Apply White Embossing Paste over stencil randomly on white card base.
4. Heat emboss text in black. Mount the floral panel on card. Voila.

Challenge to Enter

  
     My style is Mixed Media CAS.
     I just played with flora.

2019/04/07

Hello, You Make Me Smile

Edited on 4/21/2019
I’m happy that this ATC was picked as a Top Three by Through the Craft Room Door Challenge out of 100+ entries, with the following remark:

Such a great idea to recycle scraps to make such colourful and striking cards especially in a climate where everything seems to be disposable and single use.

Hi Artsy Friends,
I’m so excited to become a member of Happy Little Stampers (HLS) ATC (Artist Trading Card/Coin) Challenge Design Team starting from April. I haven’t made ATCs for a long time. The DT role will surely enable me to make more ATCs in the future. Ha!


The APRIL Challenge Theme is PERTTY PAPERS.

For Challenge Rules and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Please join us for the fun.


Pretty Papers made me think about the scraps/leftovers of Mixed Media background papers that I’ve kept. The following are how I made my ATC.

ATC Details

1. Dig out my previously-made Mixed Media background paper scraps.


2. Apply Herringbone Technique to arrange the paper scraps to a panel.


3. Stamp text in black ink. Die cut texts from black card stock and adhere to Herringbone panel. (Texts and Die Cuts are by Hero Arts.) Mount the panel to a white ATC card base. Viola!


I hope these ATCs are eye-pleasing to you.



For my previous Herringbone Technique card, please check out here. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day ahead.

2019/03/24

Sending Hugs & Happy Thoughts

Edited on 4/4/2019
I am so glad that this card was chosen as an Outstanding Design by CAS Watercolor Challenge. Thanks DTs, you certainly made my day!
 


Hi Artsy Friends,

I’m so happy that I made this card right before the end of the weekends. Yay!
I’m sending hugs and happy thoughts to you, artsy friends. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.


Card Details,
1. Floral and text stamps are by Altenew.
2. Frame is created by two rectangle dies by Simon Says Stamps and background Plaid Cover die is by Altenew.

3. Frame is embossed by Wow embossing powder. It's really gorgeous.
4. White panel background is spritzed with Distress Marker (Tim Holtz Spritzer) to add some interests.


Challenges to Enter

  
  


2019/03/23

Choose Joy

Edited on 4/4/2019
Boy, I am so thrilled that this card won the following awards.
This indeed is triple happiness!

Hi Artsy Friends,

I’m happy to squeeze time out of my overwhelming busy schedule to make this CAS card. And, I’m also happy that I dug out some of my favorite old stencil, die, and text stamp for this card.

Spring is coming here in Taiwan with lots of flowers blooming. I hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.

Card Details
1. Flower stencil is by Hero Arts, die is by Memory Box and text is by Papertrey Inks.

2. Background technique is Ghosting or so-called Water Stenciling.

3. The entire background panel is covered with Clear Wink of Stella. The sparkling effect is really pretty.

Challenges to Enter

  
 
My card uses Centre Step + Cerise/Circles + Butterfly, e.g. Theme +  Colour +  Butterfly
I love using dies and stencils in my cards. If I can only choose one, I would choose stencils because they help to create awesome background, depth and textures easily, and they are generally inexpensive.

2019/03/07

Art Journal Page – Just a Note


 
Hi Artsy Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The March Challenge Theme is MUSIC.
For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme.

Starting from 2019, I decided to challenge myself to create art journal pages as my DT artwork for HLS MM Challenge. This is my third try. I love music, yet with this theme I found that I have very rare music-related stamps. I finally dug out this set of stamps (by My Favorite Things, retired) which is perfect for this challenge. Yay! The following are how I made my page.

Art Journal Details
1. Apply various Distress Oxide Inks on page.



2. Splash some water droplets on page for fade effect.

3. Glue tissue paper scrap on page and apply various Distress Oxide Inks over stencil on page.


4. Apply Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink over another stencil on page.


5. Stamp focal image, color the image by Copic, cut out and adhere to page. Stamp several texts on page.


6. Apply more Distress Oxide Inks over stencils and also sponge edges to create more visual effects.


7. Apply Embossing Paste over stencils on edges to create textures.


8. Stamp treble score and music notes to finish.


I personally like the quotes very much.
“A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.
Life is like a piano…what you get out of it depends on how you play it.
Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”


I hope my page is inspirational to you. Please drop me a note if you like it. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.


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