A Birthday Card

Hello, friends

It's been quite some time not making any cards. Today is the birthday of a favorite person of mine. Hope he has a wonderful birthday today. He's been a good friend in supporting me to do my own business. Though we rarely met in person, we know that we carefor each other. There is a saying for a good friend: Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you. And, there he is....

I used the patterned paper, I think, from Gypsy. It' a lovely pattern for a card for a man.

Hope he likes this card. Oh, by the way, he is 72 years young today.. 😁















Will You Be Mine?

Hello friends,

Happy Valentine's Day.

February 14 is the love day, we may say. Some people specially celebrate it with the loved one(s). Some just make cards or creations about love. This year, as the pandemic continues, it is not easy for us to get together in the restaurant. Most of us spend the day with the family at home. We also do. We do some sports together, and eat our favorite food.

For me, love is not only on Valentine's Day. It should be every day in our lives. We need to love our friends and woes. No matter who the person is, the gender or even the preferences.

This card was made last week and joined the challenge my friend made. The idea was to gather again the Indonesian card makers, to encourage all of us to create the beauties through cards or ATCs. This time there were 2 choices: CAS or Mixed Media. I chose CAS, as it is my favorite style.

I love the hedgehogs from Penny Black to be on my card. Just simply stamped it and colored it. The scene was so cute, as the sentiment went along perfectly. The pattern paper, on the left was under the white cardstock, was to make it a little bit alive, with the coordinating colors with the image's colors.

I enter this card to join: Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes, Cute Card Thursday #673 - CAS, and Daring Cardmakers - Share The Love

Hope you enjoy the card.



Cards to Comfort

Hello friends,

I hope everyone stays safe and healthy. This pandemic season, whatsoever, needs us to take care more of ourselves. We need to pay attention to the intake: food and drink. Even, we need more vitamins than ever. And also not forgetting the to have sports every day. 

Well, yesterday, four people passed away because of some diseases, heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. I was so sad because one of them was the hubby of my friend. He was quite young to go to heaven. They live quite far from my place. So I decided to send the condolence cards.

I used pattern papers from Kaiser Crafts. The feather die cut is from Quickutz. I also used some punches from Stampin Up. Well, for so many times, punches are easier that die cuts. But I love die cutting as well. 

I do hope my friends will feel loved receiving the card from me.

I enter the card to join the challenge: Love To Craft Challenge Blog LTCCB #55 - Anything Goes, and DL.ART: February Challenge - Anything Goes.

Hope you enjoy my cards.



Color Challenge

Hi friends,

Today is the 9th of February. How February flies so fast. The weather is not so friendly these days. Usually in February I catch flu. This time, I need to be more cautious, to be more attentive to my health. Well.. hope you all stay safe and healthy.

I made this card based on the color challenge of MFT Color Challenge 159: Lemon Chiffon, Sour Apple, Grapesicle and Gravel Gray. For me, the names of the colors are not so familiar. I needed to check several time the papers that I have with the color appeared in the MFT Blog. ;))

Here is my card. Yes, I know, it is an old image. I mean, it was published long time ago. It's been a couple years that I don't buy MFT stamps, due to the high amount of money for the Customs that I should pay when I buy stamps from the USA. So, I keep using the stamps that I have in my drawer.

And this is the colors that I need to follow.

It's quite interesting to make a card based on the colors given. It is really challenging. Before that card, I used the gray background as you can see in the card below.

Which one looks good in your eyes? ;))

Thanks for viewing my card.



Love Is In The Air

Hello friends,

February is quite well-known as the month of pink, red, and love. I love making cards this month, because I can use the heart die cut and the love sentiment stamps that stay quite long in the drawer. ;))

My card base is red, then I added the white cardstock which was embossed, then I adhered the heart die cut from Impression Obsession (Floral Lace Heart). I stamped a round sentiment: Love is in the air Ferbuary 14 from MFT. I die cut love which was actually from lovely die cut of Heidi Swapp. Then finally I added several red hearts that I cut from a background die cut.

Here is the closer look on the sentiment stamp:

The love die cut on black cardstock:

The Floral Lace Heart die cut from Impression Obsession:
And the love from lovely die cut of Heidi Swapp:

I enter this card to join the challenges: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, DRU Challenge #162, and Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Mainly Red.

Hope you enjoy my card.


Feel Better

Hello friends,

In Indonesia, February is known as the rainy season. Almost every day, the rain is falling. And in the city where I live, these days, it is windy and cold. Especially in the morning. 

And as you also know, the pandemic is still here. My friend got the virus, as well as her hubby. Both of them are still hospitalized in the capitol city, 3-hour distance from my city. They just lost the mother of the hubby. So sad.

To comfort her, I made this card. I used MFT stamp. I colored the image with Copic markers. I am going to send it on Monday. 

I did a paper piecing for the umbrella. I stamped the umbrella on a pattern paper, cut it and adhered it on the image.

I love how the ground turned out. I used Copic markers.

I enter this card to join Cute Card Thursday Challenge #672

Hope you enjoy my card and the details.



Embossed Background

Hello friends,

Today I was making this card. I used a sketch from CAS (E) Sketch .Challenge #405. So I grabbed three embossing folders to make a little 'crowded' ambiance. Hehehe.. what do you call it? A little crowded? ;))
The embossing folders were from Cuttlebug and Sizzix. Well, I collect tons of embossing folders and die cuts and punches. Those tools really enable me to make cards efficiently. I save my time.

And the color scheme, I took it from Sunday Stamps Challenge 249. Such warm colors.

Here is the card.

 I used stamps from Simon Says Stamp for those marching band kids. So cute. I colored them with Copic markers.

Here is the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #425:

And the color scheme is from Sunday Stamps Challenge #249:

I hope you enjoy my card.



Square Background

Hello friends,

Today I played with the embossing folder from Cuttlebug. A square one. And again, I tried the new die cut that I have. Actually it is not new because I bought it in 2018. But it is the first time I used them. It is a set from Altenew.

Here is my card.

I enter this card to join Daring Cardmakers challenge: You're so Square. Since it is a birthday card, I enter this to join the challenge by Cute Card Thursday Challenge 670 - Birthday

This is the closer look of the flower.

It is from this set from Altenew. What we need are only several cardstock. For one rose, at least we have 3 gradual colors. So is for the leaves.

Hope you enjoy my card. 



ATC Leaves and Sentiments

Hello friends,

Here I'm back after more than a hectic week doing this and that.
My friend conduct an ATC swap. Each of us has to make 5 ATCs. I used Simon Says Stamp Nature Stamps to make the leaves. I stamped them with Versamark ink and poured the embossing powder and heated them. I die cut them one by one using Simon Says Stamp die cut set called Nature. And then I did my adorable activity: watercoloring. I used Tombow dual brush, applied the ink on an acrylic pad, then I used the small brush to apply the color to the images. Love it. The sentiments are from Altenew.

Here they are, one by one:

This is the set of the stamp and die cut from Simon Says Stamp. They are versatile to use in any occasions.
I enter this to join the challenges: Incy Wincy Design Challenge - Anything Goes and Dies R Us Challenge DRU Challenge #161.

Hope you enjoy the beauty of these ATCs.



Thought of You

Hello friends,

Today I craved the stamp storage for Penny Black. I found several new slapstick stamps. Most of them were flower stamps. I bought them 2 years ago when I travelled to Singapore. No Penny Black stamps sold in my country. 

Then I thought on how to use them. I grabbed the watercolor markers, colored the stamp and the result was not satisfying. Then I took another cling stamp, just trees and two love birds. I used the green watercolor markers for the tree and the red one for the birds. For this kind of stamping, I always use watercolor paper from Canson. Quite thick, 300 gr. The sentiment is from Altenew, punched with Stampin Up oval scallop punch. Here is my card. 

It is very simple. I know. I still need to find the best mojo in me to make a little crowded card. :)

Here is the closer look on the colors.

I used the stamp below.
A Little Secret Stamp

It is just a simple card. Yes, I adore clean and simple card. I enter this card to join the challenge Anything Goes or Something New in this month challenge in Penny Black Saturday Challenge.
And also to enter Addicted to Stamps Challenge with the theme CAS for Any Occasion. 

I shall try again with other Penny Black slapstick stamp some other day. It needs a little patience, I guess. ;))

Hope you enjoy my very simple card.



Key To My Heart

Hi friends,

Now it is a chance to visit My Favorit Things. It is one of the brands that I adore so much. I visited the blog last weekend and found there has been still a challenge. It is a sketch challenge. Well... after so many years, joining a challenge with a sketch is really something. At first, I wanted to die cut several cardstock to form the rectangles. But I couldn't find the rectangle die cut in its place. Then, I searched the rectangle stamps. I think I forgot how it looked like. ;))

Finally, I used the dual brush watercolor marker. I used a brush to paint the rectangles in 2 colors. While waiting it to dry, I stamped this pretty lady and colored it with Copic markers. Wow... it took some time to imagine the colors and how to color it. Here is the card.

And this is the sketch from Wednesday Sketch Challenge in MFT.

I pictured the card from the front and the closer look of the pretty lady.

Hope you like the card.



I'm Lucky To Have You


Hello Hero Arts. Long time no see. Here I'm back again, after soooo long. Hero Arts was the first brand that my friends and I adored for the stamps. It was the era of Flickr. I had plenty sets of stamps, mostly the old ones. But, I think, the stamps are versatile, and not out-dated.

Yesterday, I checked all the blogs I saved here, and found Hero Arts blog. Then today I saw the monthly challenge. So, why not? ;)  I wanted to join, but what I have is only one heart die cut and stamps. I tried to use them as the theme for the challenge is Include A Heart. I made this card. I cut the heart, but I still kept several pieces of the negative of the die cut. I embossed the white cardstock with Heart theme folder from Cuttlebug. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant, and the die cut You is from Papertreyink.

But before that card, I remembered I have the butterflies stamp set. It is an old one. Do you still have this?

I stamped 4 butterflies on the white card with Versamark, and gave white embossing powder and heated. Just an ordinary technique. I die cut a white heart and the rest is the same. This is the first card.

I was not really fond of it, so I made the one on the top. ;) The butterflies seed too crowded as the background.. hehe.. 

Well, anyway, it feels good to be back on the blog. I do hope I can maintain my wishes to continue my journey as a card maker. 

I hope you enjoy my cards. Stay safe and healthy.



Sending Hugs

Hello friends, It is 2021. Happy New Year to you all. Hope it's not too late to say that. Well.. I challenge myself to continue my journey as a card maker. I came across to this challenge and would like to join the challenge. This is my first card of this year. I need to send one to a friend who just lost her daughter. For the card, I used Altenew 3D Rose Fluries die. It is not the newest die cut of Altenew. I had it two years back, and I just got a chance to use it. I needed to use several colors of pink to make the roses. Here is my card.
This is the closer look on the flowers.
And, for this year, I want to start joining card challenges again. Wow.... it's been years that I didn't join any card challenges. Many things happened along the way. I even posted only once for three years in a row. :) The last time I did write in my other blog, perhaps, in 2014. The blog of the journey of teaching at school. I finished teaching at school in 2017.

For this time, I enter this card to join the CTS #403 from Case(e) This Sketch. It is Donna Mikasa's turn.

I also enter this to the Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes.

Yes, I adore clean and simple cards. I made many simple cards these past 4 years, but didn't upload in this blog. Oh.. I miss blogging. I wish to be able to continue joining card challenges, and do writing in this blog. Good to see you all, again.

Hope you enjoy this very first card of the year 2021.. ;) 



TUTORIAL: Mini Book Cover

Hai.. it's been almost a year that I didn't post anything here. Hope all of you are in good health.

Today, I want to share a tutorial about making a mini book cover. It is very easy, and I hope you can follow the instructions.

1. Sticky Notes, any size.
2. Chipboard or a think board: 2 pcs the same as the size of the sticky notes, 1 piece the same as the thickness of the sticky notes.
3. 2 different Chirimen paper or a cloth or a pattern paper. I use chirimen paper.
4. A thin foam
5. Glue

1. Glue the foam on 3 chipboards

2. Glue the foam part as in picture 1 and then adhere on the pattern paper, as you see on picture 2.
The pattern paper's size: add 2 cm on each side.

3. Glue each side. And adhere another pattern paper on top of it.

4. Finally, glue the sticky notes. Done.

I hope this tutorial makes sense and you can make it yourself. Enjoy...