Happy Birthday, Blow Out The Candle!

It is Friday.  And it’s time for new die cut challenge and reveal day at Stuck On U Sketches! And we have a themed challenge for you today.

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We challenge you to create any project that has any die cuts on it that has to do with a party. It can be a card, layout, invitation, banner, etc.. So many amazing projects to choose from. When you link up your projects here for Die Cut Challenge (or any challenges during this month you link up) – that follows all the requirements, – you will be entered to win the blog candy this month from:

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I was in need of a masculine birthday card to send overseas. I went with simple colors and clean style. Here’s my card I created this card for using Silhouette Cameo:

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The cutting file I used for this card is 3D Standing Birthday Card from Lori Whitlock. I cut the card base using White Daisy cardstock. I added velum for the window and added another layer to make like a pocket and filled it with silver and gold sequins. For the scallop frame I cut a piece of Cocoa cardstock.

I colored the balloons with my Sharpies markers. The sentiment I used is from Banner Wishes stamp set and the banner is from For A Friend stamp set. Both I stamped using Cocoa Mini Pigment Ink Pad on a White Daisy cardstock, added some glitter embossing powder, and heated it with my Craft Heater. When it was cold down, I fussy cut the banner sentiment using Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors. Then I added it on the card using 3D foam tape for some dimension.

Here are some close up pictures:

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Thank you for stopping by today and don’t forget to check on the Design Team inspirations on the SOUS Blog :) Have a great weekend!

The Power Pack

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It’s been an adventure to get my daughter ready for her Kindergarten. This is her first time going to school! She is super excited about it, on the other hand, I am excited and worries at the same time. I think this year is going to be awesome :)

She has her own To Do list, like gotta go get her lunch box and school supplies at Target, specifically that store. I came back from a Dallas on Sunday (8/10) afternoon and we went to Target straight from the Airport. She likes to get the washi tape but it was not on her list. So she asked if she could just play with them… LOL! I just love this Kindergarten kid!

Once we got everything on the list, she said, “Now, I am ready to go to school because I have my lunch box.” Having a lunch box is a big deal for her!

And the baby sister is also ready to go to school just like her big sister. She says, “Mama, Backpack. Backpack!” She calls all the stuff she has on her shoulders are backpacks.

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And I have my own To Do list to getting myself ready for school day, such as… I need to get my driving license, yes, I cannot drive yet. I have been putting it off for a long time. I think I cannot escape this time. And making Breakfast and lunch list for the pickiest kid on the block. She says, “Mama, I want apple, Graham crackers and square cheese in my lunch box.” Well, I am worry that she’ll be hungry and will ask for snack in the middle of class.

I need more that just what I wrote on my To Do List… I need a Power Pack! This one power pack is not what you can get at grocery store. This amazing Power Pack is from the HelloMornings new resources for every mom! Kat Lee stars this community to encourage women and moms to maximize our morning through this HelloMornings challenge.

GOD – seeking His face first thing first in the morning before our days start

PLAN – planning for the day, one day at a time

MOVE – moving, exercises is one way to take care of our body, God’s temple, and a way to glorify Him

You’ll start your mornings differently… 

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This Power Pack is only $4.97 and you can get it HERE today! In this package you will get:

Gorgeous – Psalm 143:8 printable designed by Emily Thomas
Immersed Bible Study book, digging deeper into the book of Jonah, written by Katie Orr
Planning Printables (great planning!) designed by Kat Lee from Inspired To Action
God Day, a theme song, wrote and sung by Jen Stanbro
Intro to Running Tutorial Video by Kat Lee and Aubrey Barela

I hope this Power Pack will be a blessing to you all, too!

DIY Embossed Felt Business Card Wallet

I went to a blogging conference, Declare Conference, in Dallas this weekend. It was amazing conference for women. I got to meet some of my friends I met on Social Media groups (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogging) IN PERSON!! We got to spent time together and I share hotel room with 3 of them. I will share some pictures later this week :)

So, when I found out that I would have roommates, I started to look for inspirations. I decided to make a business card holder/wallet for them because we were suggested to bring business cards to swap with others there. So, Pinterest where I went for more ideas. I found so many tutorials using sewing machine and they said that it was for beginner. I told myself, “Helen, this is the time to learn and try using your new sewing machine.” I tried. But failed. It was not because of their tutorials, but it was because of my lack of ability of using this machine! Check these sewing tutorials if you want to try :)

I still have LOTS of felt leftover from our craft making party last year and why not using felt and hand stitching, I talked to myself. And there went I tried. Adapting from this sewing tutorial, I made single card wallet/holder with felt. And I wanted some textures on my felt, not just plain felts. I remembered this embossed felt tutorial from Becky Fleck and decided to try when I made these business card wallet.

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Supplies you will need to make this business card wallet/holder:

  • Felt
  • Iron
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Pinking shears
  • Ruller
  • Spray bottle and clean water
  • Rubber stamp of your choice
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my ruler is too long for this picture… sorry.

You will need 1 of 4″ x 2.5″ rectangle and 1 of 3″ x 2″5 rectangle. I cut my felt using my rotary cutter and quilt ruler, quick and easier than using regular scissors.

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Lay the felt on top of the stamp that you want to use. For this first one, I laid my smaller felt on top of one of the butterfly rubber stamp from Denami Design – Fancy Flutters stamp set and using my spray bottle I sprayed the felt lighty with water.

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The iron I used is a tiny one I found at Walmart (or you can find at any craft store). It is not too hot for craft projects. So, I press the felt on the rubber stamp with my iron for about 15 seconds. Don’t be too long. But if the impression is not what you want, you can press again for another 10-15 seconds.

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Here’s what the embossed felt look like after the ironing:

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Then last step is to put them together. Lay both felt on top of each other and stitch. I used blanket stitching to make the pocket. You can use the pinking shears before or after the stitching together for the decorated border top.

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Here’s another one I made using one of the rubber stamp from Taylored Expressions – Sky’s the Limit stamp set.

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And this one I decided not to embossed the felt but added a crochet doily on it. The pink is just fit with the dark and light chocolate :)

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So that’s the simple project I made for my conference roommates :) Thank you for visiting my blog today! Have a fun crafty day!

Just Smile

It is time for new die cut challenge at Stuck On U Sketches! This week challenge theme is Lights, Camera, Action! You are challenged to create any project that use any of these die cuts: camera, film reel, clap board, and/or film strip.

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When you link your project at any of Stuck On U Sketches challenges this month of August and meet all the requirements of any of these challenges: Sketch Challenge, Project Life Challenge and Die Cut Challenge, then you are eligible to enter to win this month blog candy from Lime Citron that has generously provided a pack full of their amazing product valued $60! The link up to SOUS Die Cut Challenge is open until August 21, 2014.

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Now… my project… This is an interesting challenge for me too! I love Instagram :D and I thought that it would be interesting if I can make a card with Instagram camera logo and has shaker window. Here’s my card:

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I used 5.75″ x 5×75″ white card base and punched the bottom of the card using my Scallop Border Punch. For the Instagram camera, I cut Lori Whitlock’s 3D Instant Camera Box cutting file using my Silhouette Cameo. I resized the shapes first. Cardstock I used for this camera are: Black, Cashmere and Cocoa (Basic Combo Pack), White Daisy, Cranberry and Honey (Adventure Combo Pack), and Indian Corn Blue (Enchantment Combo Pack).

The sentiment I used Oodle of Doodles from Close To My Heart. I stamped it using VersaMark ink pad and added some Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder and heated it using my Craft Heater. After that, I added a little bit of White Daisy Exclusive Inks Pad with sponge dauber to give some chalkboard effect on the stamped black cardstock.

And for the shaker window, I cut the white circle 3 times and glued them together so they will be thicker. I added clear plastic and then I used 3D foam tape to add on the base. I used some of silver and gold sequins I had in stash.

Transforming from a 3D box into a card… is a success! :D Thank You so much for stopping by today and hope you like my card.

Things About Me (You Might Wanna Know or Not)

Less than 2 days….

I am going to Declare Conference in Dallas on Thursday morning, leaving my husband and 2 daughters at home for 3 and half day (I think…LOL!) But this conference had been a great blessing to me last year (we all got to go last year!). I learned a lot about blogging, writing and social media. And even more than that, I got to meet my friends that I met them first on internet world. It was just so different. And this is going to be another adventure with God who has called me and provided for me to go.

Few days ago, the hosts has started a link up for getting to know all attendees. I kept postponing to write about me. But today I decided just to write the 4 things about me…

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4 Things About Me:

  • I am an Indonesian, has mix-culture background.
  • I am forever thankful that God the Father call me as His daughter, saved by grace and love by Him.
  • I am a wife to amazing husband and a mom of 2 daughters.
  • I can speak 4 languages and Mandarin is on my next list to learn.

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4 of My Endearing Quirks:

  • After spending 7 years learning English at collage, and got married to a husband who speaks English and now we live in States for over 6 years, I still make a lot of mistakes. I often say “He” when I meant “She” or vice versa. So bear with me, English is my 4th language!
  • I am clumsy when it comes to sharp things. I cut myself a lot when I do craft projects or cooking.
  • I have a mom who is a cook and cater, but this girl just don’t like cooking at all. But when we moved to States, I don’t have my mom with me, so when I want to cook some Indonesian or Chinese food, I call her or Skype with her.
  • I am a flipflop and show lover, especially Convers a.k.a. Chucks and flat shoes. LOL! And my 2 daughters are showing it too right now! My husband has to watch out for us when we go to store, especially Target or shoe store…

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4 Things About My Blog & Writing:

  • I started blogging back in 2006 when I was at collage. I did that because some of my friends showed me their blogs and I used Blogger (free!) as a start. I used Indonesian on my blog in 2oo6, then started using English 2007 because I realized that it was a good way of practicing my English.
  • At the beginning, I wrote a lot about what God had taught me through my Bible Study and then it developed. Not only about what God has taught me, but also my experiences with Him, journey, family and mobilization topics.
  • I am super THANKFUL I met Denise Hughes at Declare Conference 2013! When I went back home, I bought her book, On Becoming A Writer, I have been learning a lot since I read her book. As a English major graduate who has to use her English every single moment, writing is my other weakness. But I ask God to give me wisdom and ability to keep improving myself in this area.
  • Now, my blog is about Mission and Crafting. I write about Mission and needs of God’s word in languages that people can understand best in their hearts, who do not have one single verse right now. We are serving God with Wycliffe Associates now and preparing to go to SEA* There are a lot of needs there. We cannot wait to be there. And I also write about DIY, craft, scrapbooking and card-making projects. I create projects with a mission, to declare God’s glory though my handworks.

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4 of My Favorite Things:

  • I love love love to spend time with my family. My favorite thing to do every day! I cannot imagine when I am not with them. I’ll MISS them so much!
  • I love dark chocolate :D
  • I love dark roast coffee with half-n-half and teaspoon full of sugar.
  • I love my husband’s cooking!

(I wish it is not limited to only 4 things… I could go on and on… LOL!)

I am super duper exited to be at the conference, to see again some friends I met last year and to meet new friends. I see y’all there on Thursday – Sunday! WooHoo!