Chinese New Year card – Ticket to Celebrate

Counting down to Chinese New Year 2011 for 3 more days, I will be showing you more Chinese New Year cards. A red Chinese New Year card from me to you! It’s a commissioned work for a sweet lady. A family of owls – i love this stamp from Unity . It’s so ooo cute :) i create the background using dot spot. Making it look like fire works in the background. I have used the label Ten Spellbinders to cut a red  pure poppy cardstock and heat embossed it using white embossing powder. Lastly die cut the ticket die and stamp on just the ticket from papertreyink with the sentiment – Ticket to celebrate. I have also stuck some lettering , Happy CNY to the card :)

Hope you like the card.

Enjoy your Sunday :)

Love,

Gladys

[Ticket to Celebrate card Supplies]
Paper: Vintage Cream , Pure poppy cardstock
Stamp: Dot Spot. Just the ticket from papertrey , Vintage label 1 waltzingmouse stamps
Ink: Versafine Satin Red, White embossing powder, Versamark, antique linen distress ink, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Others: Rustic Twine, copics markers, Adorn it lettering stickers

GS#72 – Happy Valentine Day!

Hello TGIF everyone! Today’s Get Sketchy #72 for you t o play with! I have actually made 2 cards using this sketch. I did a very simple card using heart shape which I LOVE most instead of the flower shape. Come and play with us and win  hand crafted belt buckle  sponsored by BMused Etsy shop.

As I said I have made two cards using the sketch above, a red and pink Valentine Day card! What do you think? I used all my red and pink buttons to create these two card. I die cut the window and place on top of the button base.

Here is the up close photo For the red valentine day card – Love you forever, I used the base red cardstock and place red button before I adhere the top cream cardstock and stamp on my sentiment.

Here is the pink valentine day card -  Happy Valentine Day. I decided to do something different and die cut the scallop heart shape and place the regular heart shape inside. It will create a scallop heart shape border. How cute! Love it!

Thanks for looking everyone!

Enjoy your weekend.

Love,

Gladys

[Love you forever card Supplies]
Paper: Red Poppy Cardstock, Vintage cream from papertrey
Stamp: Heart Print from papertrey
Other: Red Poppy Buttons, Heart shape and scallop heart shape Spellbinders
 
[Happy Valentine Day Card Supplies]
Paper: Sweet Blush , Cream Vintage Cardstock from Papertrey
Stamp: Heart Print from papertrey
Other: Sweet Blush Button, Heart shape and scallop heart shape Spellbinders

SSD61 – Happy Holidays

It’s the last Tuesday of Jan 2011… How times flies… Going to be end of Jan!! This is the last SSD 61 Sketch from our January Guest Sketch Artist, Amy Sheffer.

For today’s card – Happy Holidays is based on Moxie Fab World: Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week : The Jewel Tones Challenge.:

This color is so different from what I used to pick and some colors I do not even have.  So based on the sketch and color, here is the card I have made. I have used the banner based on the 3 colors. Really love the banner builder stamp set! And I added flowers in between them. Love how its turn out!

As for the focal image, I stack up the crown circle, lacey circle from spellbinders and circle. I stamped the Sentiment Frames from Skipping Stone Design. Love how the frame is so universal and stamp on the sentiment Happy Holidays. As for the background, I used the Grunge background stamp.

Don’t forget to leave some love to the rest of the Designers Team and Guest DT!!! Skipping Stone Design is having FREE Shipping to both US and International customers as well! Hurry and do your shopping here.

Thanks for looking.

Love,

Gladys

 

IB#64 – Xoxo and White flower lace

It’s Monday again to a brand new week! I love Inspired blueprint sketch #64! Be it you are a scrapbooker or card marker, this sketch is something which will help you to kick start your thinking process. It’s scallop and lots lots and lots of it!!! I am really having so much fun with scallops!

How fun is this card? This is my first card ” xoxo”  created for valentine day. I started with my plum pudding purple cardstock and started die cut a lot of scallop strip from vintage cream cardstock. Then I started my stamping on each of the scallop piece and place them together . Oh how I love seeing it place on top of each other. It’s so pretty isn’t it? As for my focal image, it’s from one of the tags which I have made here.  Tied a purple ribbon across and add yellow thickers to it! The color scheme is from Mona’s cupcake challenge here.

Onto my next card, it’s inspired by the Moxie Fab challenge on Tuesday Trigger: Winter White. I have never done a white on white card before. It’s getting crazy with my favorite material – Hambly! Love them to bits! I have made several strips of scallop from the silk screen print doily decor from Hambly. And gather them together. I have also made some swirl lace flower and top it up with a rhinestone. Adhere the Say it in crystal swirl. A simple and elegant card for wedding! Love how it turns out!

Please also join in the fun in Practical Scrapper too in different border punch here.

Thanks for looking!

Have a good week ahead!

Love,

Gladys

[Xoxo card]
Paper: Plum Pudding, Cream vintage
Ink: Versamagic Turquoise Gem, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Stamp: Banner Builder from papertrey, Heart song from Skipping Stone design
Others: Doilies, Flower,leave, thickers Vera from AC, crochet, pearls, purple ribbon
[Flower lace white card]
Paper: Cream vinatge, silk screen print doily decor from Hambly
Others: lace . rhinestone clear, Say it with crystal from prima

Chinese New Year Tags 2011

Hello all, thank you for your sweet comments ladies. I have got this sweet customer asking me to customise some Chinese New Year tags for her. It got me thinking how to incorporate this USA scrapbooking materials into something Chinese for her. Here I am presenting you these Chinese New Year tags which has ‘Fu’ word on each of them. I have gotten the paper from KCK – Glittering Glamour. Love the Chinese paper which is so appropriate for this event :) ‘Fu’ means that Fortune or wealth.

As you know, Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival) doesn’t begin and end on a single weekend. Instead, it runs from the middle of the last month of the previous year (based on the Chinese calendar) to the middle of the first month of the new year. By the time the New Year arrives, families have already spent several days preparing for the big event; cleaning the house, buying gifts, and cooking festive foods.

Here are some of the ways you can celebrate Chinese New Year (the New Year begins on February 3rd in 2011. It is the Year of the Rabbit):

  • Clean House – Before the New Year arrives, the Chinese consider it very important to give the house a thorough cleaning, sweeping away any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year. (Yes! We will donate or dehorde those we don’t need and giveaway. And have a major clean up of the house!!)
  • Decorate! – Doors and window panes are also often painted red, considered to be a lucky color. In addition, people like to hang papercuts on doors and windows. (Paper cutting is an ancient Chinese art form dating back to the Han dynasty). (Red is the most lucky color for Chinese!)
  • Don’t clean for the first few days of the New Year – if you do any sweeping during this time, you risk sweeping away your good luck. (I am not sure how true but it’s an excuse for not doing housework!!! Haha)
  • Offer a Sacrifice to the Kitchen God – Many families have a poster of the Kitchen God in their kitchen. The custom is to offer a ceremonial sacrifice to the Kitchen God, to make sure that he gives a good report on the family’s behavior when he returns to heaven. Sticky Cake (Nian Gao) is popular, or children may rub honey on him.
  • An important tradition on New Year’s Eve is for families to gather together and spend the evening preparing Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi). According to Chinese Culture Guide Jun Shan, it is common to hide a coin in one of the dumplings. Whoever gets the dumpling with the coin will supposedly have good luck in the coming year. (This is very traditional, nowadays we just have steamboat at home to gather together as a family)
  • Give out money packets – On New Years day, children receive leisee – red packets decorated with gold symbols and filled with “lucky money”. (Yes those who is married will need to give red packets the children)
  • Serve festive foods – Throughout the New Years season, certain foods are served because they symbolize abundance and good fortune. Besides preparing special dishes, tangerines and oranges are often passed out to children and guests, as they symbolize wealth and good luck.
  • Prepare a Tray of Togetherness – This is a circular or octagon-shaped tray with eight compartments, each containing symbolic foods such as lotus seeds and lychee nuts, that provides a sweet beginning to the New Year.(code from here)

Thanks for looking :)

Have a good weekend.

Love,

Gladys

GS#71: Happy Chinese New Year!

Hello… Sweet blog friend… the week just passed by  so fast!! It’s friday again for another Get Sketch #71. Here is the sketch:

Can you see my focal image stamp? So so cute! Love it. It’s sponsored by the Pink Cat Studio!! How generous! Look out at their website for more digital images. They are all so so CUTE!! I have fun coloring them using copics markers. I am still practicing my coloring. Not really good at it! I will keep trying and have fun with it! :) I die cut the shape from spellbinder, stamped my background with hero art clouds background stamp and then impressed it with sunshine papertrey impression plate.  I have pop up some of its hats and nose of the owl. Die-cut the tag and hand written the sentiment ” Happy Chinese New Year” and tie to the hand of the owl. Isn’t it so cute?

Since Chinese New Year is around the corner in next 2 weeks, I thought I will share on the blog what’s Chinese New Year meant for Asian in Asia. Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is the most important event in the social calendar of ethnic Chinese around the world. It’s usually fall in Jan or Feb. Each year is represented by one of the 12 zodiac animals. 2008 is year of the Rat, the start of a 12 year cycle. 2009 is the year of the ox. 2011 is the year of Rabbit.

The Chinese New Year celebration last for 15 days but in most countries, the first and usually the second day of Chinese New Year is designated as public holidays.

The major celebrations during the Chinese New Year are New Year eve reunion dinner 除夕团年饭, visiting on New Year’s Day 拜年and the yuanxiao 元宵the 15th  day and the last day of the new year.The Chinese New Year celebration is a colorful, symbolic and joyous time for gathering, visiting friends and families.

I will be back tomorrow to share more about Chinese New Year and share with you some Chinese New Year tags which I have made for a customer. :)

Thanks for looking.

Love,

Gladys

[Happy Chinese New Year Card Supplies]
Paper: White cardstock
Stamp: Unicycle Clowns from Pink Cat Studio
Ink: Aquatic Splash Versamagic
Other: Black pen from prismacolor, sunshine impression plate from papertrey, Label ten spellbinders, Clouds background stamp from hero arts, copics markers

SSD#60 – Birthdays are like purses

Hello sweet blog friends, it’s Tuesday again!! I am here to show you another card made for Skipping Stone Design using the new release stamp set called Birthday purse set. It’s so stinking cute!! I LOVE LOVE this stamp set! I really have so much fun playing with this set. This week’s sketch is from  Amy Sheffer as our Guest Sketch Artist for the month of January:

And the color combo is from color Q here. As you know I love colors a lot and based on it for my inspirational. If you know of any website colors challenges, do let me know. I would love to join :). Thanks!

Ok. Back to my card – “Birthdays are like purses”, as I said that I really enjoy embellishing my purses on the cards. Can you see each different purse? First I stamp my images onto white cardstock using memento ink. Coloring them using my copics markers. And start my favourite part which is to add pearls, flowers, buttons, rhinestone and I have tied a plait with orange twine attached to the bucket purse with colorful stripes! It’s so so fun!!! So which purses do you like most? :)

This card base is using Raspberry Fizz which is a shocking pink and I have stamped the various purse stamp as my background pattern. Next I tied an orange ribbon at the side with a stripe pink orange stripe. I love how cheerful this card is. Another detail which I used a clear button and paste the coordinating pattern paper to it and tied an orange twine to it.

Hope you like this card and let me know what you think?

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Love,

Gladys

[Birthdays are like purses card supplies]
Paper: Raspberry Fizz Cardstock, ocean tides bitty bit dots, vellum
Stamp: Birthday purse set from Skipping Stone Design, heart target peg
Ink: Memento, Versamark
Others: Orange and Laugh Everyday premium ribbon from AC, button, flowers, Aqua pearl, rhinestone orange, copics, Lacey circle spellbinders, clear button, Orange Twine

Flowers in a Bottle – Valentine Day Tag Series 3

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Hello everyone!!! Hope your Monday is good so far! I am excited to pop in to share with you my another creations for Valentine Day! I have this idea in my mind and was very excited to start creating! Can you see those swirl flowers that I love making here! I have made a smaller version of those and stamp my favourite papertreyink - Friendship Jar. First I punch out a heart shape of the coordinating flower and added those swirl flower on top to create my focal image. I have used pure poppy, Sweet blush and Sorbert Berry!

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Here is the up close image of the red flower in the bottle. Isn’t it so sweet and cute? I love it! The label is punched and string with twine at the top of the bottle. These tags can be sent together with the gifts for all type of occasion – Valentine, Birthday, Anniversary or even Mother day too!

Thanks for looking and your sweet and lovely comments to me!

Have a good week ahead!

Thanks,

Gladys

 

GS#70 – There’s nothing better than a true friend!

Hello Happy Friday!!! Today I have a card for you based on Get Sketchy #70. I am lack of mojo these few days so I go for simple and easy to do cards which you can try them out yourself too! I love embossing – be it dry or heat. Its just give the card its texture and interest to the card.

Here is my card” There’s nothing better than a true friend!” I have used the in bloom papertreyink impression plate to emboss my card front. Love the details on the cards. I have die cut several flowers from the in bloom set from pattern paper from cosmo cricket -pixie-licious. Then stamp on versamark and pour silver embossing power and heat set it. The color combo is drawn from my play date cafe here. Lastly stamped my sentiment with white fresh snow ink.

Thanks for looking.

Love,

Gladys

SSD January Release Blog Hop – You made my heart sing! + Valentine Tags Series 2

Welcome to the Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop to celebrate the release of two new sets, Heartsong and Purse Birthday! Today the DT and Guests of SSD will be featuring cards using Heartsong. If you’ve just happened upon my blog today, make sure to start from the beginning at Skipping Stones Design. You should have arrived here from Jen del Muro’s blog.
 
Combined with the blog hop today, it’s also Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday which means we’re showcasing another great creation from our Guest Sketch Artist this month, Amy Sheffer. We’d love for you to play along with the sketch and link your card at the Skipping Stones Blog. A lucky winner that joins our sketch challenge will win either a free stamp set or half off any stamp set in the store!

Here is another valentine card called “You make my heart sing!” which I made from heart song stamp set. Love this set!! I used the bird image to create my focal image, color it with copics pink lightly and added one pink rose to it and one pearl as its eye. The pearl I have color it with my black copics marker :) I have also added the musical note with heart shape and put glossy accent on it. What do you think?

I have used the Hambly – Teal High tea for the jar and die cut them using my Big Shot machine. I have stamped musical note outside the jar as if it is coming out from the jar. I added some decorative border at the bottom with felt and added red heart shape to each of the circle . Lastly insert my sentiment label. Hope you like the card that I have share with you! That’s not all! Remember I told you I have used this stamp set for some valentine tags?

I have an overwhelming response from my previous valentine tags here. I am so grateful and thankful for all your sweetest and lovely comments! Thank you so much. I am so glad that you love those tags. I am addicted to making those tags :) This time round I used paper doilies as my background and use the limitless layer circle die to cut some coordinating color circle. I have stamp those images from heart song – butterflies, bird and musical notes. Next I punch or cut out the image using circle or heart shape and start my decoration using pearl string (my favourite!), flower, brad and felt. Which one is your favourite? :)

Don’t forget Skipping Stone Design is now having a sale: BUY 3 and GET 1 FREE!!! Just enter “1free” at check out to take advantage of this great offer!!! Starting today and going through next Tuesday at midnight!!! Hurry!!

From here you’ll want to head on over to Brenda Weaver‘s blog to continue the blog hop. If you happen to lose your way, just head back to Skipping Stones Design for the master blog hop list.

Thank you so much for looking!

Have a good day ahead everyone!

Love,

Gladys