Colored Pencils

Today I got these Staedtler colored pencils sharpened in preparation for some coloring. I bought some stamps recently and would be good if I used these pencils again for some practice.

I used this medium in the past but haven’t really explored how well they can be used in different papers like Kraft cardstock. I saw some cards with colored images using colored pencils and they looked amazing. I should see for myself how it goes and will share here when I’m done.

Here are my new crisped tips ready for use

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I have a set of 24 which I think is enough to begin with the exploration.

I remember when I started card making, I used colored pencils and watercolor pencils to color digital images. That worked for me at the time but as I later get hold of other coloring materials like alcohol based markers, watercolor and lately distress ink pads, I seldom use these pencils as much as before which is a shame. I used to love them a lot and I want to use my supplies more rather than stowing them away. Good plan right?🙂


Until then and I’ll share some of the colored stuff soon🙂

Craft Haul

I don’t have a card creation today but am sharing a craft haul that I recently purchased online.

Simon Says Stamp offered a 25% discount last month for Ranger products and that’s that the best chance for me to take more of the mini distress ink pads. I only have a few and if I say few, I can easily count them on the two hands🙂 I used the ones I already owned in this Christmas Card and I love how they blend well for backgrounds.

So here’s what I got from Simon Says Stamp. You can click on the photos for a bigger view


Well I said the Ranger products were on Sale but I added two stamp sets in my order which I’m drooling about since I saw them. First is the cute BB Hog Heaven from My Favorite Things. How cute are those hogs? Color them with light pink and make a simple scene using the fence and flowers and it will look great🙂  They are one of the cutest hog illustrations by far that I see in card making.

Another sweetie patootie is Clearly Besotted’s Trouble in a Tutu. It will be very cute for a girl’s card. I saw several card samples using them and it just makes me smile. Looks so fun🙂

Both stamp sets comes with a coordinating dies but I’ll get them later when the next budget permits.

For my next haul, I got them this time from Butterfly Reflections Ink. Its my first time ordering from Vanessa and I’m so glad I did as it ships very fast.

A quick look on what I got. I order mini stamp sets from Altenew and one from Hero Arts.


I also ordered a stamp set from Wplus 9 called Get Well Gang and its coordinating die. I don’t have a get well stamp set and this will be a perfect set for that. I can also use them in non-get well card, say Missing you card and the top 2 images for Thinking of you card.

The fishes are from Avery Elle That Bites stamp set and coordinating die too. I saw some inspirational coloring using these stamps and all of them were so beautiful in every way.

I also got a small bottle of glitter embossing from Wow as I plan to do my Christmas cards with glitter. A little sparkle would be great right?

I do craft hauls once in a while and its great to get hold of such great products to play with. There are a lot of new products that were release these past weeks and again I wish I could have them all. However, I do keep a budget when buying supplies online and at often times I will let some time past before I buy. That will give me some thinking if that is something that I really need?

How about you fellow crafters, how do you plan or budget your crafting hobby? Let me know your thoughts.

Until then!

Shine Bright


Just checking in quickly to share my take in Cupcake Inspirations Challenge # 371, Shine Bright.

I used a diamond diecut from Ellen Hutson to represent the bright theme. I also used a perfume packaging that has this cool shiny finish to diecut the diamond. I think that both reflects the theme eh? I also added a vellum behind the diecut to show some see-through feel in its sparkle🙂

For my cupcake I colored it using watercolor. Then I added a striped vellum on the sides and some sequins for some more shine & brightness.

My card sketch inspiration is from CAS on Sunday: Challenge # 89.




A closer look at this diamond diecut sparkle


Also entering this challenge to Tuesday Throwdown, Challenge # 307, Anything Goes.

More watercolor play


So glad that I had some time playing along in card challenges. I haven’t bought crafting supplies like newly released stamps and dies so I used whatever I have on hand.

For my background, I did some watercoloring using distress ink pads. I then white embossed the skyline stamp from Altenew and stamp another sentiment at the bottom from Mama Elephant. The little girl is also from the same stamp set. I colored her with prormarkers too, one of my favorite coloring medium.

I added a printed stripe vellum on the side also with few sequins.

I want to depict a scene of missing someone so I used the skyline to show a place and someone thinking about it🙂 Cheesy right?

Anyhow, I used a card sketch from Sketch Saturday  # 425.




Also entering this card to CAS-ual Fridays CFC #154, Time to Color challenge.

And Great Impressions, August Challenge- Anything Goes.

and Markerpop Challenge #101, Embossing.


Icy die cuts

Hello there!

It’s only August but I’m starting to do a bit of holiday cards in preparation for the Christmas season. That’s months ahead but you know how fast time goes and before you know it, Christmas is already there and its time to send the holiday cards to your loved ones overseas.

OK so for my card today, I used the leaves die cut from Simon Says Stamp. I was going through my paper stash and found this foil like carton, shining in icy blue, would you believe it’s from a perfume bottle-Davidoff Cool Water for Woman.

Sometimes there are materials that we might just ignore but with a little imagination, we can use them in a project like this card where I used them as some form or frosty/icy leaves.

I also added a die cut ribbon using Mama Elephant dainty bow die and the oval die from Pretty Pink Posh. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I used a card sketch inspiration from CAS Colours & Sketch, Sketch Challenge # 186.

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I’m also entering this card to Crimbo Crackers, Challenge # 113-Blue Christmas.

And Sasayaki Glitter August Challenge, Use a Die cut.

Happy Birthday

I found this card sketch at Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog, Sip and Share.  And knowing me being a coffee drinker and card sketch lover must case the sketch.

I have this polka dot printed vellum and washi tapes on my stash so why not make use of them this time.

My stamp is from Simon Says Stamp while the sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I colored the goat with promarkers and die cut the same with its coordinating die. For the strings, I added an embroidery thread behind the goat, great to add texture, also some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.




I’m also entering this card to Seize the Birthday, Anything Goes challenge.

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Also in Creative Corner Challenges, Your Favorite Color Combo. My favorite is pink, turquoise and yellow🙂

And Simon Says Stamp challenge, Lets Go Wild.


Happy Friday!

I have been playing with simple watercoloring for this stamped imaged from Some Odd Girl.

I have a very small collection of distress ink pads and I used them to do the watercoloring. I’m excited though to get more of those inks soon in the mail🙂 There was a recent sale online and got the chance to grab additional ink pads for coloring.

For this card, I used the card sketch from Sketch N Scrap Sketch # 79.

For my background, I embossed the lighter cardstock  with circle design, it also mimics the pattern in the washi tape I used in the strip which was coincidental. Love that when it happens.

I also stamped a tiny part of the kraft card base with doily design, very small part shows in the left but the design almost looks like the same as the flower pattern in the washi tape.




I’m also entering this card to Addicted to Stamps and more, Challenge #206, Anything Goes.

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Also in Through the Purple Haze, Challenge# 106 Anything Goes.


Super card

Hi there!

It’s another card today using stamps from Paper Smooches.

I stamped the building silhouette in three different ink pads and arranged them behind to create a background scene. I also added the car silhouette too to put in the front.

For my superhero I colored him with promarker.

I’m entering this card to Paper Smooches, August challenge – Friendship. This card will be great to cheer up a friend isn’t it?

I’m also entering this to Paper Smooches, September Guest Designer Search. Always love Paper Smooches🙂



Also entering this card to Tinker-Dream #43, Anything Goes.

And Paper Creator Challenge #50, Keep it Simple.

Always CAS


Popping in today to share my take in CAS(E) this Sketch # 184. I used to join in this challenge blog and happy to be able to join this week.

I always love clean and simple (CAS) cards and it makes me smile to do something clean yet cute in a way.

I have this “You”stamp set from Simon Says Stamp for sometime, finally use them in today’s card. I love the clean lines of the fonts and the combination of stamped heart and die cut hearts. The image is from Mama Elephant🙂  colored him with promarkers




Also entering this card to Lemon Shortbread # 21 Anything Goes Challenge.

And in Retarte #82, Anything Goes challenge.

Birthday wishes


I’m joining in this week’s card sketch at Match the Sketch # 136. Just perfect to use some of my patterned papers.

I used the panda stamp from Mama Elephant while the sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I added some sequins too to add some texture and pop of gold and magenta colors. A quick and easy birthday card🙂

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I’m entering this card also to Seize the Birthday, Anything Goes.

And Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge # 343 Birthday Wishes.