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 🙂



[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 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.

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Thanks for looking.




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!



[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.



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.



[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!



[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