Playing with die cuts

One thing  I love about crafting is that it keeps my mind off some not-so-good feeling like I felt today. I’m thankful that I discovered this hobby as it keep my mind of the negativity some people sometimes bring.

So, on to the good side, I created a quick birthday card for Dad. His birthday will be coming up soon and I’m getting ready to mail this card early.

It’s a chance for me to use the die I bought before from Lil’ Inker Designs. They now have the first challenge called Monthly Meet Up Challenge and I’m glad to play along.

My card sketch inspiration is from Fusion Card Challenge and color inspiration Orange, Teal & Brown.

The sketch

Orange, Teal & Brown

and my take to the challenge




I made 4 layer die cuts of the word Dad for extra dimension, looks like chipboard in real life. Love that.

That’s it for now and happy weekend!




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!

Supplies used



Have a great day + discount code

Today is the day for the month’s (August) challenge over at A2z Scrapbooking blog!

The theme for the month is Encouragement so I created a light colored card to lift someone’s spirit, the sentiment to match a great day ahead.

I love the bicycle from Hero Arts stamp & die set, just brings so much fun memories when my brother & I used to bike around the school ground when we were just kids, or sometimes hop on with my cousin’s bike to go around our area 🙂 Helmets were non existent at the time and I remember my grandmother restraining me to go biking with my teenager cousins who used to take me for a ride on evenings, I was the younger kid then.

So here, I used the bike as my main image for today’s project share.

I stamped the background with Hero Arts and added a twine for some additional texture.

My card sketch and color inspiration is from Fusion Card challenge, July 31st (The Beach House).

I’m also entering this card to Simon Says Stamp, Anything Goes challenge.

Beach House (1)

My take on the challenge

aug 1 challenge

card detail

You can stop by at the A2Z Scrapbooking blog to see what the rest of the talented ladies take on the challenge.

In addition, as a reader to my blog, A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store.

Just use the code RIA15 at checkout. No limit at this time to use the code so go visit the A2Z store for more Hero Arts products. How great is that?

ria15 disccode


Happy shopping and have a great day!


Supplies used

Make a wish

Playing this time with Sarah Hurley A Few of my Favorite Things April- Happy kit. My inspiration is CAS(E) this Sketch # 81 challenge and Fusion Card Challenge. Both challenges are teaming up this week and I’m glad that I got the chance to play along with two of my favorite card sketch challenge blogs at the same time.

I used the main image butterfly as my focal point and gold embossed it twice in vellum. The butterfly stamp and sentiment is also from Sarah Hurley.

I then fuzzy cut them and placed on top of each other for dimension. I added some flat gold sequins that I bought some weeks ago in the local store.

June 19th with CASE this Sketch



Also entering this card to CAS-ology Week 100: Celebrate. This card is birthday card though with a different sentiment can also be a wedding or engagement card.


Black, white and yellow

Joining in again this time at Fusion Challenge (black, white & yellow with the sketch and flowers).

The challenge is just so timely too as I recently got A Few of my Favorites Things scrapbooking kit  from Sarah Hurley that matches the color combo in the challenge.

Love those flower elements and the pattern papers on this pack, just so beautiful. I love putting the elements together to create a different card.  I also used the black satin ribbon and the flower sequins which are also included in the kit.

So, here goes my take..

may8 - Copy



Just a reminder, there’s an ongoing Anything Goes Challenge at the Sarah Hurley365 blog. So check them out too.

I’m also entering this card to:

Just Keep on Creating, Anything Goes.

Sister Act Challenge # 57, Anything Goes.

# awesome

I got some sequins from a local craft store when I went there to just look around over the weekend. What better way to use them than add some glitz on a card.

I used a card sketch from this week’s Fusion Card Challenge  and added those sequin on top and below the oval shape of the  frame. I then added some feathers and heart that I fuzzy cut from Sarah Hurley’s Be Mine scrapbooking kit. All papers I used are all from the same kit.

For my hashtag, I also used my favorite Outline alpha stamps from Sarah Hurley. I just added some lines to mimic a sketched look.

I added selective  stitching in the arrows below to add some texture and dimension. This is just fit for Sarah Hurley’s April challenge, Real or faux stitching that I’m also hosting this month.






I always love stitching crafts and applying them also into cards is just great. I love both real and faux stitching but find the real stitching adds more character to the card itself, a more handmade feel.

I’m entering this card also to As You Like it Challenge, Favourite Style of Stitching.

And My Mum’s Craft Shop Challenge 16, Anything Goes Challenge.



This month I’m hosting the April challenge at Sarah Hurley 365 blog, the theme that’s close to my heart – stitching.

The challenge is to apply stitching in your project, faux, hand or machine stitched, in any way you would like.

For my take, I stitched the three bokeh hearts in one of Sarah’s journaling piece to give it more emphasis. I also die cut a tag with stitching details at the background of my Doodle doll.  For her dress, I paper pieced them using Sarah’s Be Mine scrapbooking kit.

The design team did a great job in their challenge take too so be sure to head over to the challenge blog for more inspiration.



Supplies used:

Embossing folder
Tag die cut
Enamel dots
My sketch inspiration is from the Fusion Card challenge and I’m entering this to their Fusion # 7 challenge.

Birthday card

I have a camel & zebra stamped and colored from Paper Smooches, they were supposed to be used in another project but have later changed my mind so I ended up keeping them for later.

I had some time over the weekend to whip up another card and it just such the right time to use both images. I used the bubble speech from Sarah Hurley and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink. I added some buttons, ribbon and patterned papers and voila! a happy birthday card.

I decided to play along with Fusion Card Challenge, FUSION #17 using their card sketch and Simon Says Stamp, Animal Antics challenge.



Fusion Challenge Sketch # 17




My schedule over the weekend was so packed and I haven’t had a chance to  do any card project 😦  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.