Thank You For Everything, My Friend

Thanks For Everything, My Friend | by Helen Gullett #handmadecards #closetomyheart #ctmh #casualfridaysstamps

Thank You Card is one of the most cards we always need. Usually, I made A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) cards or square cards, but this time I went with 8.5″ x 3.5″ that fits in no.10 envelope. I used 2 embossing technique on this card: heat and dry.

First, I embossed 8.5″ x 3″ White Daisy cardstock using Chevron Embossing Folder from CTMH and WRMK Evolution Advanced. Then I used my Xyron Create Sticker Max to add adhesive at the back of the embossed cardstock. Then on the other piece of White Daisy 8.5″ x 1.5″, I stamped the flower border from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Wallflower Set, using Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. Then using Xyron 1.5″ sticker maker I added adhesive on the flower stripe and added it on the card.

Next is the tag, I cut out of watercolor paper to make the tag, then added some colors using CTMH Watercolor Pencils, basic colors and then I wet it with brush and water to create the gradient watercolor effect. Using my Craft Heater I heated it so it dried well before I stamped the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set, Wallflower Set with VersaMark Ink Pad and added some AC Zing! Black Embossing Powder, opaque finish. I heated it with my Craft Heater and LOVE the bold color on the watercolor tag! Then I stamped one of big individual flower from Wallflower Set with Honey Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, and cut it with scissors. I added on the tag with Liquid Glass and one of the Sparkles Clear Assortment.

I have this yellow and white baker’s twine I got from Pick Your Plum a while ago in my stash and this color just perfect match with the tag. I wrapped it around the card and then before I tied up the bow, I added the tag. I secured it with 3D foam tapes. Then I added the button and tied up the bow. To secure the bow, I used some very tiny drops of Liquid Glass glue under the twine.

Thanks For Everything, My Friend | by Helen Gullett #handmadecards #closetomyheart #ctmh #casualfridaysstamps

I am inspired by CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, CFC134: Tic Tac Toe. I pick the diagonal, chevron, white, twine. So sad to know that this will be their last challenge. But the good news is that Michelle said that the challenge will be back freshly in 2015.


And I also link up my card at:

Inspire Me Monday, Week 134

Creative Spark Link Party Week #13

SOUS Die Cut Challenge: Food & Beverage

I cannot believe that Summer is almost done!!! But I cannot complain, we just have been having so much fun this Summer. July is a month full of fun for us that we had awesome cook out on the fourth of July, fantastic weather for playing outside though we had some cloudy and rainy days, road trip, camping and next week we will have VBS at our church. We are thankful for Summer!

Every single moment is worth to remember. One way of remembering our memories is scrapbooking. I have been scrapbooking since 2009 after our first baby girl was born. Now she loves seeing her baby book :) I am working on our second baby girl’s book and hoping when she is bigger, she’ll love it too. Then I thought, well… I don’t have yet book about me and my husband. So, I started our first scrapbook album that record our first year memories as husband and wife. That is just the beginning :)

Today I would like to share with you one of the page I made for SOUS Die Cut Challenge this week.


This is one of our stories when we went to my hometown and had these local “must eat food” That was Dave’s second time visiting actually, but our first time visiting my family. Scrapping these pictures made me hungry and miss those food :D LOL!!!


For our album I used My Crush™ Bluebird Book and Memory Assortment from Close To My Heart. I added some of the Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes, Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape, Honey Triangles Washi Tape, and Silver Geometric Washi Tape.

The banner I embossed a piece of White Daisy Cardstock with Chevron Embossing Folder using my WRMK Evolution Advanced. I cut Cocoa Cardstock for the title using my Silhouette Cameo. I used this free font, Bira font worked well with die cut machine! Do you see that fork, spoon and knife? I found them at Silhouette Online Store designed by Megan Hardy. After I resized them, I cut them from a piece of Champagne Cardstock to match the color with the book page.



So, I have 6 pictures for this limited space and the solution is this awesome Memory Protectors™ Flip Flaps™ Small Assortment! They are Slide photos or other artwork into the pocket and attach the Flip Flap with its adhesive strip. 4 each of 2″ × 2″, 3″ × 3″, 3″ × 4″, and 4″ × 4″.



On this page I use only 2 of the 4″ x 4″ that holds 4 pictures and I added one more picture on the page, there I have 6 pictures on this 10″x7″ page! I added Bronze Shimmer Trim on to cover on the flip flap. I love this Flip Flaps pockets! :D

Hope to see your project link up with us at SOUS Die Cut Challenge and other challenges until the end of the month, you can win the blog candy!

Have a fun weekend with your love ones!

Don’t Be Afraid and Don’t Be Silent

Every time I read the book of Acts, God teaches me different things from the same book, He is unlimited source of knowledge and wisdom! He speaks differently to His children to meet their needs. Isn’t He the amazing Father?

God knew how to speak to the people Paul visited. He knew their hearts and how they would react to the truth that Paul shared with them. He knew that they would reject and oppose Paul and the message. But God had prepared Paul for all of these, he said to Paul clearly,

“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭18‬:‭9-10 NLT)

We all can read the result after that. Paul extended his staying for another 1,5 year just to continue preaching and teaching God’s word among the people.

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This portion of passage speak a lot to me this morning that there are many Christians here and in my home country have heard about Jesus, the Messiah, but they have no idea that they only know “about” Him, not knowing Him personally. We are sent to share the Gospel not only to those who have not yet heard of the Good News, but to those also who have heard but have not yet having relationship with the Father.

I grew up in a small where you can literally see a church in every one mile! But watching their every day life that did not show what they told others about Jesus or what the Bible says. They just tried to get people to go to church, but not never leading them to understanding that they need to repent and leave their old life style and have relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ.

As a non-Christian, I though, well then if they lived like that, what’s wrong with my life style? I could just go to church and not changing my life so people could see the outside.

That was sad. Sad because I got the wrong ideas of what being a Christian is. Sad because there was no one came to me and taught me the truth. Sad because I had to wait for 21 years of my life to finally came to know the giver of my life who loves me so much and even gave His so that I may come to life. Sad.

But this is truth I read in Acts 18 this morning confirmed what God has put in my husband’s heart and mine that we need to go to preach and teach the truth not only to the people who never heard of it but also to those who have heard of it but not yet understand the truth. It is not by our human wisdom, but by God’s wisdom. It not by our own knowledge, but by the knowledge of the Holy Spirit given to us.

It is only God can lead people to repentance and change their hearts. But He will use each of us – you and me – to go and tell them this Good News!

This can be hard. For this kind of ministry can be tough and we can be rejected, but important. Their lives mean a lot to God. He wants them to repent and walk away from their old lives. He wants them to walk in the truth, not just knowing the truth. He loves them too.

Let’s not forget them in our prayer today. Ask God that they may come to see His face, seek repentance and run back to His loving arms.


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Stuck On U Sketches, Die Cut Challenge: Going Somewhere

WooHoo! TGIF!!

Who doesn’t love Fridays? :D I know I love Fridays for so many reasons…weekend is here, we get to spend lots of time as family, creating memories, and we always always love to have our Papa home with all day on Satudays & Sundays. We love to drive around with top-off-Jeep on pretty sunny days. So we hope that tomorrow will be a sunny one.

And… it is time for a new challenge at Stuck On U Sketches, it’s the Die Cut Challenge time :)


It is a challenge for me to create a project that have something that going… what came to my mind when I read the challenge was gotta be related to things that move LOL! And I always in need of Thank You cards, so I created this one for a dear friend…


I found this cute scooter from Silhouette Online Store designed by Lori Whitlock. Cardstocks I used for the scooter are Black (from Basic Combo), Sky (from Whimsy Combo), Lagoon (from Adventure Combo), White Daisy. I cut the shapes with my Silhouette Cameo, all at once. Before I put them together, I stamped the diagonal stripes from In The Background (D1540) with Sky Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2194) on the layer of the scooter. I put them together using the glue pen.

On a White Daisy Card (X254), randomly I stamped the clouds from Lifting Spirits set (C1570) with Sky Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2194).

The banner I picked from one of the banners from Lifting Spirits set (C1570) and stamped it with Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2105). The sentiment on the banner is from Give A Lift (D1581) which I stamped with Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2170). I used the Piercing Tool Kit (Z1114) to poke the holes on the back of the scooter and the edge of the banner to tie up the thread. I added everything on the card using 3D Foam Tape (Z1151) for extra dimensional.

This card  is on its way to my friend’s house :)

This challenge is fun! I hope you all can join us at SOUS Die Cut Challenge: Going Somewhere this week! We have blog candy for the winner of the month. You are welcome to play as many as challenges you want over SOUS Blog every week to get more chances to win :)

Can’t wait to see your projects!

DIY Embossed Bow Tie Necklace

I was so excited when Rizzi at Thermomorph asked me to do a review about this amazing moldable plastic. Thermomorph is made out of polymorph that you can use in many ways you can think of. You can fix things, make things and even sculpt thing s with it. Yes the sky is the limit!

Today I would love to share with you what I did with Thermomorph. I made few things out of it… just having too much! It is very easy to work with this moldable plastic. First, boil a kettle of water. I used our electric kettle, just quicker and easier. I put the boiled water in a bowl and added a spoonful in it. I watched the plastic beads turning into clear plastic. I forgot to time it but it was not that long.


I used the spoon to get it out of the hot water and put on the table. It will be sticky, so don’t worry.  It gets cool quickly. While it was touchable, I started to work with it.


I used my daughter’s play dough plastic roller to flatten the Thermomorph on the CTMH Dot embossing folder, as thin as possible. Then I added Bowtiful Die Cut from Waffle Flower Crafts and secured it with a tape. Then I run it through my die cut machine, Evolution Advanced couple times.


It didn’t cut all the way, so I used my craft knife to cut the bow tie. Then I colored it using CTMH Cotton Candy Pigment Ink using small round sponge. I let it drying a little bit then I prayed it with Plaid Clear Acrylic coating. And when it completely dried, I added some clear glitter all over the bow. Oh I also poke 2 holes where I wanted to put the claps for the necklace chain, first I used the craft knife carefully and then used the biggest needle I had to poke the holes all the way through.


To finish the necklace, I added the cute button using E6000 glue and then claps for the chain.


And here’s my cute happy model… She has to have that necklace every single day! That smile on her face that makes my day! Both of my daughters are inspirations for me to create every single day! She even said, “Mama, I want to make something with your cool thing.” :D


And some extra pretty things I made. These flowers I used Modpodge molder that I got from Walmart the other day and colored them using Plaid acrylic paints (I stole my daughter’s paint set! LOL!). Once they all completely dried, I added some clear glitter glue to them. I used E6000 glue to add them on the clips, ring base and earring.


When  I was done with my project, I still have some left. One of the cool thing from Thermomorph is that the left over can be used again later. I store it back in the jar, close the lid and they are there until I want to use it again.


I want to thank Rizzi for sending me this product for free. I totally recommend you this for any craft projects, it is great for making embellishments for your scrapbooking and cards, or easy to use with any embossing folders or stencils for your mix-media projects. Like I said before, sky is the limit! You can get this product at Amazon.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

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Inspire Me Monday Link Up Week 131

Wednesday Creative Spark Link Party #10