Recent handmade cards

A custom handmade travel-themed card for customer whose family member was traveling to Africa this summer for a safari exploration!

Birthday card for family friend’s 25th birthday! There are 25 balloons on the card! Want this card? I can make you one!

Ladybug card for my gal pal who moved across the US!


diy+fyi: a snapshot of my olympics party

Hey hey! I know I’ve been a little MIA (boy, do I sound like a broken record!) but I’ve been busy crafting away preparing for my olympics party this past weekend! No joke, I’ve been planning this party for a couple months now…not serious spending-everyday-planning but doing it piece by piece, scouring pinterest for inspiration, and I was thrilled on how it turned out! :) [I’m sure my husband is jumping for joy in the background since now he’s free from my pleas for craft help or incessant need for moving house furniture around…haha!]

To me, the party begins at the front door so I thought I make a decorative yarn wreath, inspired by the many beautiful ones I’ve seen on pinterest, and mimic the London Underground logo. This simple project took a few hours and was super easy to make. Supplies needed: styrofoam wreath, red yarn, blue foam paper, and a silver marker.

The next photo shows two craft projects: the iconic Union Jack flag hanging as a centerpiece over the food table and Olympic medals. The flag was fairly simple although if you look at it with a critical eye, the “x” in the background isn’t quite aligned properly. Oh well, close enough! :) Supplied used: dark blue poster board, self-stick white felt, red felt, and craft glue.  And you can’t have an Olympics party without playing some games and we always play games at our house. I made the medals so that our friends could go home with a little souvenir. Supplies used: wooden circles, ribbon in red, white, and blue, hot glue gun, paint brush, and acrylic metallic paint in bronze, silver, and gold.

Onto my favorite decoration…the London skyline! This was a random idea that came to mind while I was at church (I promise I was paying attention during the service!) and I wasn’t sure how to do it but that’s the fun and beauty of creativity. I looked at images online and recreated the look with just three supplies: yarn, black paper, and tape. I’ve never been to London so its kinda cool to have it in my house!

Lastly, I believe every party must have food. So in the spirit of the Olympics, I asked my friends to make/bring a dish of their ethic background. It was quite the cultural feast! Nom nom nom! :)

Hubby and I had a really fun time at our Olympics party and I can tell our friends did too! So…shall I start planning for the 2014 Olympics?? ;)

diy: card for my faja

This card was made for my dad for Father’s Day…yes, I’m a little late posting this, I know. Anyways, my dad loves to cook and grill so I immediately thought of using the BBQ stamp for his card. Needless to say, he was quite happy and giddily proud (haha) when he opened the card! :)

Solid Card:
Recollections cardstock and DCWV cardstock
Paper: Recollections – Boy Plaid, DCWV – The Green Stack
Stamps: Ditto Clear Stamps, BBQ Stamp (unknown, came in a set of three stamps)
Other: Foam squares, Coptic marker in Pale Blue

diy: the less is more card

Happy Birthday Nick!

This card was given to my friend over a month ago. Life got busy (especially lately – sorry for the lack of posts!) and I thought this card was too simple to share so I held onto it until now. But I realized, sometimes, the simple understated card is just as good, too.  These type of cards usually are quick to make since I don’t spend a crazy amount of time over-thinking the card size, layout, etc. Just keep a general color scheme, jazz it up with a dimensional embellishment, throw in a punch line like “Hoot & Holler”, and you’re done!  Less is more, right? :)

Folded Card:
DCWV Textured Cardstock (White Core)
Paper: Sandylion – Slam Dunk
Rubber Stamps: Studio G alphabet stamp set
Embellishments: Recollections dimensional stickers – Owl
Other: Recollections round mini brads, Foam squares

diy: the big 3-0

Happy Birthday Alan!

My oldest friend (totally joking) has turned 30! We (a group of three married couples) frequently tease Alan for being an old man. Amongst all of us, he’s the oldest and I’m the youngest…we are 19 months apart! So, in the spirit of laughter, I made him a larger than normal card with large letters and numbers (aka “large print”)!


Folded Card:
Recollections Cardstock Paper – Black
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin, The Flora Christmas Collection, Silver Stripe
Solid Paper: DCWV Textured Cardstock (White Core) – The Fall Cardstock Stack
Rubber Stamps: Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps – Scribbles Numbers
Other: We R Memory Keeprs – Nonsense Designer Scrapbook Pad Paper Collection Chipboard Letters, Recollections round mini brads