Masking and watercolor

Happy Sunday!

I did some more watercoloring this time using My Favorite Things stamps. I cut a rectangular piece of watercolor paper and did some stamping using the fence then masked it to stamped the wooden base. I then stamped the pot of flowers then watercolor them all.

I had a gnome that I already colored in the past and used it this time to complete my little garden scene.

I then added some flower gems from Hero Arts and a purple washi for my side banner.

My card sketch inspiration is from My Favorite Things, Wednesday Sketch Challenge #295.



I’m also entering this card to Happy Little Stampers August CAS challenge, Masking.

And Creative Corner Challenges, Too Sweet.

Spreadin’ a little love

Hi there!

Checking in quickly to share this watercolor card project that I colored previously. I gold embossed the succulents and colored them with my distress markers. Loving this medium ūüôā

I added a die cut heart in between the two succulents to connect them in a way.

I used Hero Arts Stamp your Own Succulents and sentiment from Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings.

My sketch inspiration is from Sketch Saturday Week # 369.


I’m entering this card to¬†CAS-ual Fridays: CFC 141 Embossing challenge.



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Also entering in A2Z Scrapbooking July Challenge.


Merry & bright

I’m playing along Fusion challenge (Merry Christmas), the last challenge for the year.

It’s not that they’re closing the challenge but¬†they will be back again for 1st January for a brand new challenge.

For my take, I used the sketch as the inspiration on this card plus the red and white checks as an accent color.

For the background, I stamped the Christmas tree from Jaine Drake special edition stamp set using Versamark. I then die cut the stars using Sarah Hurley papers and added one more vellum layer for added dimension.

In the stars, I also stamped it with Bookmark background stamp then clear embossed it.

The sketch inspiration..


My take in the sketch..


and some of the details here…


I’m also entering this card to Simon Says Stamps, Christmas/ Holidays challenge.

This is it for today, I’ll see catch up again soon!

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Have a super day

For today I’m breaking from the Christmas card project and doing one general card using a sketch from Addicted to CAS “Sketch”¬† and stamp set from Paper Smooches.

As you know, I love sketch challenges and I can’t miss out this one from Addicted to CAS.

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I colored the superhero with promarker and die cut him with its coordinating die. I was trying to get depth of color on his clothes but can’t seem to get that here..anyhow, I’ll get that soon through practice ūüôā

I’m also entering this card in Paper Smooches November 16-22 Anything Goes (wk3) challenge.



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My door is always open

I recently got this Bitty Bungalow stamp set from Paper Smooches. I’m entering this card in the current Picture Perfect challenge, June 8-14.¬† I used the colors in the photo as my inspiration, fun, happy colors.



I initially colored the bungalows with watercolor but later decided to paper pieced them instead. I have a pack of small piece papers that were left from previous projects which I keep. It may only be me but I just can’t just toss all those pretty papers in the bin as they can still be use in small projects like this (well not all those pieces but a good size ones that I think will still work).

I used the Notebook basic die to frame my bungalows.

For my card  layout, I used Fusion Card Challenge sketch, and they also have those bright, happy colors as inspiration. I also have twine to match the strips in the sketch.

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I’m also entering this card to Through The Craft Room Door, Anything Goes challenge.

Felt crown for the little boys

I did this handmade felt crown for the little boys. It’s been pending for a while but so glad I¬†finally made it. I have a girl version of this that I also did here¬†for KC.

I used die cut stars and circles of felt as embellishments plus the glitzy buttons¬†to add a feel of¬†royalty ūüôā I also added my favorite ribbons and colored pompom ribbon.

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I’m back + challenge winner

Hey there! It seems forever since I last blogged. This post should have been live last night but I was feeling so sick again and haven’t had the chance to finish the post. I came back almost a week now from a short break with family. It was short yet so sweet. Had the chance to play again with my little munchkins, KC, Abiel and Aidan.¬†Miss them all already.

Sadly, I got sick the day after my return to Doha.¬†This cough and cold¬†is¬†giving me a hard time.¬†I should be¬†in my normal self hopefully in the next days ūüôā

Anyhow,¬†it’s so good to be back.¬†I’m sharing today Sketch-N-Scrap card sketch # 4. The flower stamp is from Hero Arts which I colored in with Promarkers¬†with a combination of Inktense¬†pencils. I love the vibrant color of both mediums. I then die cut the circle as well as the circle outline border, added a button and the some string. The background is partially embossed and I also embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Sentiment sampler.

You can visit the Sketch-N-Scrap blog for more inspirations¬†ūüôā


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And now, the winner of the die cut challenge. So sorry that the announcement took too¬†long.¬†¬†With the preparations before¬†my leave and the¬†sickness, I¬†haven’t had the¬†opportunity to really sit down on my computer. Thanks so much to all of you ladies that played along. Your works are all amazing and I hope that I’ll see you all again in the¬†next challenge.

And the winner of the die-cut challenge is…..Elena Dlima¬†¬†woohooo!!

Congratulations Elena! Please drop me an email with your mailing address to:   info at heartforhandmade dot com



My schedule over the weekend was so packed and I haven’t had a chance to¬† do any card project ūüė¶¬† I’ll be on holiday beginning 1st June so there’s a long list of things to do before I go.

Anyhow, I’m not used to not do any card in the weekend¬†so today, I’m sharing a card that uses¬†a die cut sentiment using cork.

The letter die is from Papertrey Ink and the stamped butterfly is from a previous stamp set from Amy Butler.

Note that I’m also hosting a die cut challenge until end of May¬†so there’s still time to play if you’re in the groove for die cut project.

I’m entering this card to Fusion Card Challenge # 7 using Jackie’s sketch.

And also to Paper Issues Lifestyles To “Die” For challenge.




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Happy Saturday!

I am just thrilled to share my projects today ūüôā¬†If you came from the Sketch-N-Scrap blog, I‚Äôm so glad that you visit me in my small nook.

May is a birthday month for Sketch-N-Scrap and the celebration continuous until end of May. There are challenges and inspirations plus a lot of amazing prizes in store for the month-long celebration so be sure to check Sketch-N-Scrap  everyday to see what’s being offered on the day.

So now, I’m here to share with you the way I use and combine die cuts into a card. This is the first time I tried doing a shaped card using my Spellbinder Nestabilities, circle and labels 19 dies. I used both shapes as the card base then later added a selection of dies that are mostly from Papertrey Ink.

For my circle card, I cut a label die and arranged an ‘I (heart) you’ dies over it to cut again. I put a different colored paper behind¬†the cut letters & shape for contrast. Noticed that I cut the heart shape only by half? I did partial die cutting, a technique I saw online.

This circle card is not too big so I did minimal embellishment so even if I put this to mail, it will not be too bulky either. I used die cut cork + heart and finished it off with buttons and ribbon. Faux stitching too on top and below the card base.

For the Labels shaped card, I did random die cut elements using different materials. This is just to show you how other materials would work well on your dies and not just only¬†paper. I used most dies¬†from Papertrey Ink. The word¬†‘i heart you’ was from the negative of my circle die.

I did minimal stamping in my card base too, see the musical stamped background? My die cut materials are a mix of paper, cork and felt. I added some texture in my felt heart by stitching along the same heart shape, then added ribbon and a button. I love buttons too!

Faux stitching it is to finish off the card.

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I would also love to see how you use your dies.¬†As part of Sketch-N-Scrap’s birthday bash, I’m giving away a pack of embellishments to one lucky winner ūüôā who will join in the challenge . The pack will include¬†die cut piece embellishments, birthday stamp, rub-on, stickers and ribbons.

So grab your die cuts now and create one to enter the challenge. You can add your project using the inLinkz below. This is my first time using the InLinkz tool so if you happen to encounter any problem linking your project in, please let me know immediately so I can look into it.


The challenge is open until 31st May and I will be announcing the winner by the first week of June.

Please note of some simple guidelines though

The rules:

1. Be a follower of my blog (if you are not yet one)

2. A project must be made after this challenge on the time this challenge went live

3. You must have a working text link to Heart for Handmade Die-cut challenge to be in your blog to be eligible for a win. You can also link to Flickr or other online gallery if you do not have a blog.

4. And the most important one, you must have FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!