Always Be Strong

Hey everyone! Today’s card is an entry for the 10 Minute Craft Dash over at Paulina’s blog – Pretty Pink Posh.

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Normally there is a color palette to follow, but this time the card needed to incorporate buttons in some way. So here is my card —

Always Be Strong

 

It took me 8 minutes and 37 seconds to finish this card.

I started this card with some Natural card stock from Neenah cut to a landscape standard size card. I cut out the heart image from a 12×12 sheet from ColorBok’s Sweet Memories collection. I used some maroon ribbon and attached it to the hearts. I also accented each heart with buttons. I attached the hearts to look like they were hanging from somewhere.

For the sentiment, I used the Be set from Simon Says Stamp. For that set, you can mix and match sentiments and I picked “Always Be Strong”. I stamped the first and last line of the sentiment with some Rich Cocoa ink and for the “be” part, I used Rose Bud both from Memento.

To finish the card, I embellished with some matching sequins for added interest.

SUPPLY LIST:
1. Natural cardstock from Neenah
2. 12×12 sheet from ColorBok’s Sweet Memories collection.
3. buttons and ribbon from Walmart
4. Simon Says Stamp Be sentiments
5. Memento inks in Rich Cocoa and Rose Bud. 
6. assorted sequins

 

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading.

 

Flying By To Say Happy Birthday

Hey everyone! Today’s card is an entry for the Lawnscaping Challenge sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

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The theme for the challenge this week is —- MY FAVORITE THINGS. Which means that to make the card, we needed to use some of our favorite crafting tools. I picked the following  – Lawn Fawn stamps (of course), Kraft card stock, alcohol markers (I used American Crafts Chromatix markers) and distress inks.

Here is my card —

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I started with some Kraft card stock cut to a landscape standard size card. Then I used some Neenah Solar White card stock and masked off the bottom area to make the blue part. I used Broken China and Salty Ocean distress inks for the sky and Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint for the grass. Then for my scene, I used 2 Lawn Fawn sets. For my paper airplanes, I used Flying By and for the cupcakes, I used Bake Me A Cake. I colored the cupcakes using the American Crafts Chromatix markers and paper pieced the paper planes. I wanted it to look like the planes were flying by to drop off birthday cupcakes, so I drew black swirly lines to look like strings with a Pilot GTech pen. For the sentiment, I used the stamp from Flying By and combined it with the sentiment from Year 2. I stamped the sentiment with ColorBox Chestnut Roan ink.

I know that we were only supposed to use our favorite crafting products, but it doesn’t hurt that I love cupcakes as well. 🙂

SUPPLY LIST:
1. Neenah Dessert Storm card stock
2. Neenah Solar White card stock
3. Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters
4. Lawn Fawn sets  – Flying By, Bake Me A Cake, Year 3
5. ColorBok Beach House Collection patterned paper (paper pieced paper planes)
6. American Crafts Chromatix Markers
7. Memento Tuxedo Black ink
8. ColorBox Chesnut Roan ink
9. Pilot GTech pen
10. Tsukineko sponge daubers

That’s it for this card. Thanks for reading.

You’re a Hoot

Hey Everyone! 🙂

I’m here today with a card to inform everyone about the Paper Smooches August DT Blog Hop. Paper Smooches is releasing a new line of stamps and dies which will be on sale starting September 1.

I decided to make a card using some of the awesome free digis you can download over at their website.

Here is my card —

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I started with a card base measuring 3 1/2 by 5 1/2. I adhered a piece of patterned paper from ColorBok’s Hootenanny collection. I printed the digital images on some Neenah Solar White card stock. I colored the owl and branch image with some American Crafts Chromatix markers. I rounded all four corners of the panel and drew stitching lines with the Sakura green metallic gel pen. To finish the card, I adhered the panel on the base and rounded the side corners.

SUPPLY LIST
1. Neenah Solar White card stock
2. ColorBok’s Hootenanny paper collection
3. Paper Smooches owl, branch, and setiment free digi
4. American Crafts Chromatix Markers 
5. Sakura Green Metallic gel pen

I guess that it! Don’t forget to head over to the Paper Smooches blog to see all the wonderful inspiration from the blog hop.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Thanks Friend

Hey everyone 🙂

Todays card is an entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The theme for the challenge is …  ANYTHING GOES!

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wed-newchallenge-headerI made this card a while back and put it on my list of “cards to be blogged about”. But unfortunately, time and personal commitments did not allow for me to focus on my blog for a few months.

I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire during the Pattern Play Online Card Class. Her technique was stamping on patterned paper or the Emboss Resist technique.

Here is my card  —

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I started with card with some Bazzill Basics card stock in Licorice Twist folded on top to make a standard size card. I used a green tone paper from ColorBok’s Flea Market paper collection and I stamped the Stampabilities Tapestry Fabric background stamp in VersaMark ink. Then I embossed the entire piece of paper with the Martha Stewart clear embossing powder. I used some Broken China distress ink from Tim Holtz and covered the entire paper for the embossed image to pop. The places that had embossing powder resisted the ink and the places without, got covered in ink (thus the name – emboss resist). I attached a tiny heart punch from some shiny pink paper from the same ColorBok paper collection. I rounded the bottom corners of the panel and adhered it with Scrapbook Adhesives. For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Studio G and embossed it with white embossing powder from Martha Stewart. I also used some square gems from Studio G on both sides of the sentiment. To finish the card, I rounded the bottom corners and drew white faux stitiching lines around the patterned paper panel.

SUPPLY LIST:
1. Bazzill Basics Licorice Twist card stock
2. ColorBok’s Flea Market Paper Collection (main panel and punched heart)
3. Martha Stewart Clear Embossing Powder
4. Martha Stewart White Embossing Powder
5. Studio G Thanks Friend stamp set
6. Stampabilities Tapestry Fabric background stamp
7. Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China
8. VersaMark ink
9. Studio G square gems
10. Hampton Art mini heart punch
11. Sakura white gel pen
 

Thanks for reading 🙂

 
 

Flying By To Say Hi

Hey everyone. Today I’m sharing a card I made a while back for a friend but never blogged about it. This was a technique that I learned from Kristina during the Pattern Play Online Card Class. The topic was on how to make the most of large patterns. This was an idea Kristina shared for her card which I really liked.

Here’s my card —

Flying By To Say Hi

I started this card with some Neenah Dessert Storm card stock as the base for the card. This is a standard size landscape card with the fold on top. For the patterned paper, I used a print with large butterflies from ColorBok’s Miso Pretty collection. I cut the paper to 4 x 5 1/4 and then further cut it into triangles. I adhered each piece with a small  gap between them to give it a panel look. Then I cut a piece of clove card stock from Neenah into a 3/4 inch strip. I used the stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Flying By To Say Hi as the sentiment for the card with Versamark ink and the Martha Stewart white embossing powder. I also accented the strip and made a ribbon edge. I choose a butterfly die cut from the ColorBok Miso Pretty 12×12 collection and adhered that with foam adhesive. I finished off the card by rounding the bottom corners.

SUPPLY LIST:
1. Neenah Dessert Storm card stock
2. Neenah Creative Collection Clove card stock
3. ColorBok Miso Pretty patterned paper (butterfly paper and butterfly die cut)
4. Lawn Fawn’s Flying By To Say Hi (stamp (sentiment only)
5. VersaMark Ink
6. Martha Stewart white embossing powder

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading! 🙂

Celebrate Banner – Card #2 10 Minute Craft Dash

Hey everyone! I’m back today with another card for the 10 Minute Craft Dash from Paulina at Pretty Pink Posh

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Here is my card —

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I finished this card in 8 minutes and 49 seconds. Yay —- new record for me 🙂

This card was inspired by this video by Kristina Werner. I loved the idea of this card so I used her card as a sketch and CASE’d it.

I started this card with some cream card stock from Neenah. On the bottom of the card, I stamped the Stampabilities Quatrefoil background stamp with ColorBox Chestnut Roan ink.  Then, I created a patterned paper panel using strips of paper from ColorBok’s Miso Pretty Collection. At the bottom of the panel, I stamped a sentiment from a Studio G birthday stamp. Using another Studio G set, the stamped the banner, cut it and adhered it to the top portion of the card. To finish it off, I added some natural twine from Lawn Fawn and rounded the outside corners.

SUPPY LIST
1. Neenah Creative Collection Natural card stock
2. ColorBok Miso Pretty Patterned Paper Collection
3. Stampabilities Quatrefoil background stamp
4. ColorBox ink in Chestnut Roan
5. 2 Studio G Stamp sets (one for the sentiment and the other for the banner)
6. Lawn Fawn Single Natural Cord

 

Thanks for reading ! 🙂

Wish Big – 10 Minute Craft Dash

Hey everyone! 

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Today I will be sharing a card I made for the 10 Minute Craft Dash over at Paulina’s blog (Pretty Pink Posh) The 10 Minute Craft Dash is celebrating its 1st birthday and Paulina has created an amazing bloghop for this. Along the way, there will be prizes for comments made throughout the bloghop. As I was blog hopping, let me tell you the inspiration was just sky high. Thanks Paulina for an amazing event – I am officially in love with chickies 🙂 🙂

As I was about to start this card, I got my supplies ready. I decided to use some circle and scallop punches and I also decided on which pattered paper I wanted to use. I also prepared my card sketch. I honestly thought that this would be a piece of cake.  I did get a giant wake up call about how challenging creating a card in 10 minutes would be. 

So here is my card 

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I finished this in 9 minutes and 51 seconds.

I started with a cream card stock as base and to that I adhered a piece of yellow pattered paper from ColorBok’s Beach House Collection to cover the entire front of the card. For the images and sentiment, I stamped a mini set I got from Hampton Art. I colored the owl and sentiment using the American Crafts Chromatix markers. I cut them out using 3/4 inch circle punch. To add more color, I punched out 3 1-inch scallops from some red tone on tone plaid paper from the same ColorBok collection to back the circle pieces. This was all done at the 7 minute mark. At this point, I knew the only thing I had to was to tie some twine on the left side of the card and I would finish this in approximately 8 minutes. 

Then things got a little crazy – I realized that I didn’t like the twine so much and maybe a border strip would look better. So I rummaged through my drawer and looked for my Martha Stewart Lattice Edge punch and I was in fast forward mode. I punched both ends of the red paper and glued a strip of the yellow paper at the center for some contrast. And that was it – as I pressed stop, I had 9 seconds to spare. Whew!!!! That was a close one. 

SUPPLY LIST
1. Neenah Creative Collection Natural card stock
2. ColorBok Beach House Collection patterned paper
3. Hampton Art Birthday Owl Mini Set
4. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
5. American Crafts Chromatix Markers
6. The Paper Studio 3/4 cirlce punch and 1 inch scallop punch
7. Martha Stewart Edge Lattice Border punch
 

 

 

Mustache Birthday

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I started this card with some water color paper from Strathmore. Normally I never use watercolor paper in place of card stock, but I really liked the texture and color of the paper so I decided to use it. On the top and bottom of the card, I used a sheet of patterned paper from ColorBok’s Nightingale collection. For the sentiment and design, I used 3 sets from Lawn Fawn. For the mustache, I used the stamp from the Dad’s Day. I also stamped the small party hat from the Hats Off To You set and colored it in with Bic Mark It markers. For the sentiment, I stamped the happy birthday greeting from the Year One birthday set. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for all the stamping. For the finishing touches, I punched a small heart on blue card stock and accented it with Ranger Stardust stickles then I used a black gel pen to create faux stitching lines around the edges.

SUPPLY LIST
1. Strathmore watercolor paper
2. Nightingale 6×6 pad from ColorBok
3. Lawn Fawn Dad’s Day (mustache)
4. Lawn Fawn Year One (happy birthday sentiment)
5. Lawn Fawn Hat’s Off To You (small party hat)
6. Memento Tuxedo Black ink
7. Bic MarkIt markers
8. The Paper Studio blue card stock
9. Studio G heart punch
10. Ranger Stardust Stickles
11. Uni Ball black gel pen

My Secret…a hobby that keeps me busy :)

From my school days aside from English which was my favorite subject, Art and any sort of Home Economics class would come second. I always loved expressing myself creatively. I liked cooking, crafting, stitching, crocheting (recently started knitting-thanks to Helga), jewelry making and any kind of do it yourself project was my thing. I remember the time I got bitten by the crafting bug was in middle school when we were asked to make baskets from newspaper strips. I enjoyed myself so much that after I submitted my project, I went home and made more of those baskets in different colors and sizes to put around my room.

I decided to start a blog in April of 2011 when I was still living in Manila. The main focus of the blog was really food. I blogged about food trips and things I cooked. Even when I moved to the States shortly after that, I continued with the food theme until I started crafting again. Then I got introduced to card making. My love for card making was a surprise to me because I preferred going to a store and picking out a card. But something about it being handmade with a personal touch, just made me love it even more. So since I started making cards, that has been the focus of my blog. That doesn’t mean I wont be doing food related, DIY or craft posts anymore. There are plans for that eventually.

I have remained anonymous on my other twitter account and didn’t reveal my name, but I have finally decided to let my Oncer friends in on my secret. My personal twitter is mostly about Once Upon A Time and most of the friends I have made there is because of the show. And on my other account, I have mostly craft sites, crafting friends, chefs and people who I really don’t converse with.  So I decided after thinking long and hard that its best to let my Oncer friends know what I’ve been up to. I talked to many people about this (thanks Kat – @slaykatart) and decided that it would be best to share my craft with the people who know me (even just through the internet).

You can follow this blog by email for updates on future posts and also follow @mycraftkitchen on Twitter by either searching it directly on twitter or clicking the follow button on the right part of the screen.

For this reveal, I created a special card for all you Oncer friends (its meant to be a Happy Birthday card – and it has that greeting inside) but I made it whimsical just like our favorite show. Enjoy!

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I used some Bazzill Basics card stock in Night Mist and folded it to a standard size A2 card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4). I used a piece of patterned paper from ColorBok’s Flea Market paper collection and used it as a center panel. For the images, I stamped the critters from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Ever After set in Memento Tuxedo black ink on white card stock. I colored them in with Bic Mark It markers. I accented the castle windows, the crown and the star on the wand with some Glossy Accents. For the custom sentiment, I used the Making Memories Gold Diva Alpha Stickers. I couldn’t fit the dot of the “i” on the word time, so instead I used it to accent the frog’s crown.

SUPPLY LIST

1. Bazzill Basics card stock in Night Mist
2. ColorBok Patterned Paper Collection in Flea Market
3. Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After
4. Bic Mark It Markers
5. Glossy Accents
6. Making Memories Gold Diva Alpha Stickers
7. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink 
8. The Paper Studio white card stock 
 

I hope you liked the card and hopefully I get to share more with you! 🙂 🙂 Until next time dearies!

 

Pattern Play Day 1 HW – Happy Birthday

PP_participantI decided to join an Online Card Class that deals with pattern paper. I love pattern paper and have too much but I really don’t know how to use it or make it work in my cards. So, I was really excited to be a part of this class.

For Day 1, Kristina and Jennifer talked about how they make pattern paper work for them. Kristina in particular, said she goes by this formula – Large/Medium+Small+Solid. And with that in mind, I came up with this card.

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I used 3 patterned papers from ColorBok’s Miso Pretty 12×12 pad.  I chose three complementing patterns that I thought fit Kristina’s equation. I used a brown card base from The Paper Studio and to that, I adhered the 2 patterns on the card. Then I used the pattern paper that was considered as the “solid” one and stamped my sentiment on it using ColorBox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan. I used the Happy Birthday greeting from the Hero Arts OWH Year Round Sentiments. I then accented the sentiment strip with one of the glitter stickers from Martha Stewart. To finish the card, I drew white dash lines and rounded my corners.