Thank You Thursday

I would like to share one Thank You card on every Thursday. This is my first pilot post :D This is for ALL OF YOU, my readers!

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I go with clean, simple and monochrome. On a 4.25″ x 5.5″ Kraft Card, I use VersaMark watermark ink pad to stamp those roses and leaves from The Big, The Bold and Extra stamp set from Winnie & Walter. Then I add some Ranger Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. I heat them up with my Craft Heater and love to see they melt into pretty solid embossed white roses.

The banner is from the same stamp set, and the sentiment is from Big Bold You stamp set. I stamp both banner and sentiment using Black Exclusive Ink Pad. Then I fussy cut the banner and add on the card using 3D foam tape for some dimension.

I use Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add some color on the edges of the card.

I appreciate the time you spend to read and write comments on my blog, THANK YOU! This is specially for you :D You mean a lot to me!

One More Tag Card…

Today I made one more card with tags on it.

This card I also use Waffle Flower Surface Tag Starter Kit dies. I cut those tags using my Evolution Advanced die cutter and then I stamped them with the polkadot tag stamp from Waffle Flower Surface Tag Stamp Set using Close To My Heart Gypsy and Honey Exclusive Inks pads. Paper packet I used is Sarita from Close To My Heart (retired). I use the Stitch Guide and  to make the stitches and some coordinating color thread.

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The stitch around the card I stamped it from Stitch Wonder stamp set using Slate Exclusive Ink Pad.

Then stamped the sentiment using Close To My Heart Black Pigment Ink Pad and added some glitter embossing powder. I tied up a piece of Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic on the stacked tags.

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This card is inspired by Waffle Flower Sketch from their August/September challenge:

And I also link this up this week at:

Pretty Pink Posh – Cutting Edge Blog Hop

The Memory Nest – Crafty Creations no. 24

Thanks for visiting today! Have a wonderful week :)

Virtual Blog Tour

It is Monday. As I am preparing myself to start this new week, no matter what we will go through this week I am reminded by the Lord that He is faithful and there is hope only in Him for those who depend on Him and to those who search for Him:

The faithful love of the  lord  never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The  lord  is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The  lord  is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the  lord . (Lamentations 3:22-26)

A few weeks ago, my blogging friend, Ramona, invited me to join this Virtual Blog Tour. She is one awesome lady I met on blogging world who inspires a lot of her readers through link ups, reviews, inspirational posts, crafts and giveaways! Check out her blog here to see what she has shared with her readers.

Virtual Blog Tour is one fun blog-hopping to get to know each other and they have been doing. Each participant of this Virtual Blog Tour has to answer these 4 questions. And today I would like to share a little bit about me with you all :)

What am I working on?

As a stay home wife and mom who has a kindergarten aged daughter and a pre-schooler aged girl, I am busy with them every single day :) Right now, I am working on a lesson plan for my preschooler while the oldest at school.

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this picture was taken a few months ago… just a glimpse of what is happening in our loft almost every day :)

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I am also one of Wycliffe Associates volunteers working on a project for Pacific Area ministry. And I am a volunteer translator at YouVersion Bible App.

On my spare time, I blog, do scrapbook layouts, make cards, DIY, crafts with my girls and crafting with friends.

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

In the last few months, I have been taking some times to seek God and reevaluate what I do and how it aligns with what He has called me to do. Couple weeks ago, when I attended a women blogging conference, Declare Conference, God confirmed me what and why. I know that God has given me the ability to do what I do to make his name known among to others through my role as a wife, a mom and a paper crafter.

What makes it different is that I do this as a servant to my Lord, a ministry to others. That brings joy and satisfaction in my heart, not only because it is my hobby or just because I can do it.

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Why do I write/create what I do?

I realize that through all of these what I am doing here is a preparation for me and my family to go serving the Lord overseas, among the people in SEA*.

I write because God has called me to share the stories He is writing in and through my life and my family. I write because of my hope more people to know the needs of the Good News to be heard in the languages of the people in SEA*. I write because I want more and more people to stand in the gap between these people and God, to intercede for them because they cannot.

I write because I am their voices to you.

I am writing and creating with a mission for a mission.

taken by Daniel B., Wycliffe Vision Trip 2005

taken by Daniel B., Wycliffe Vision Trip 2005

How does your writing/creating process work?

I am inspired by a lot of people and learn from a lot of people. My writing process is not as easy as I write in my first language, but I am thankful for many times God helps me through a lot of friends and teachers, especially with my husband who has been a great help for me to improve my English, written and spoken.

First, I write my first draft which come from a lot of resources, for instance my quite time with the Lord, reading the Bible or reading a book, even every day life is full of inspirations to write :) Then after I get my first draft, I will go back to read it again and write more. Sometimes, I post after editing my second draft, but sometimes, I need to go back and edit again for the third or fourth time.

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And for my crafting process, I like to work with sketches. First, I will make plan. Right now, I am working with my daughters’ first year scrapbook albums. So I gather all of their pictures I want to put on the albums. Second, I will  find sketches or templates (for digital scrapbooking), then work on them as I can. For digital scrapbook layouts I created,  I want to make memory books for us to remember.

I love making handmade gifts and cards for family and friends. I make list what I want to make for who, search for inspirations and tutorials (from Pinterest, most of the time :D) and then I will work on them, sometimes I will ask extra time on the weekend to work on projects while my husband spend time with our daughters.

My church friends and I love to get together for craft night once in a while, for sure we always get together around October or early November to make hairbows and hairclips for Operation Christmas Child Show Boxes project.

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When I can, I take pictures of steps how I create my project to share here on my blog :)

Next stop of this Virtual Blog Tour is my creative friend, Padni. We met at Stuck On U Sketches Design Team. And the most amazing thing is that we come from the same country! She is a scrapbook maker and teacher, loves handmade craft, home living stuff and photography. Check out her blog on September 1 to get to know her and to see what she’s been up to :)

THANK YOU for visiting my blog today. Your visits brighten my day :)

Embossed Tag Shaker Card: Happy Birthday

Today I am participating at Paulina’s fun blog hop, Cutting Edge. She is one talented and creative card maker! Her blog, Pretty Pink Posh, is full of inspirations. She also owns a store where you get tons of gorgeous colorful sequins.

Now my card…. I found a new fun way of creating card using dies and die cut machine. For this card, I used Surface Tag Die – Starter Kit and Surface Tag Stamp Set from Waffle Flower.

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I cut a piece White Daisy cardstock for A2 card base. Then I used my Scallop Border Punch to punch the bottom scallop edge card. The I cut a piece of burlap ribbon (I got a spool of wide burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby few months ago) and using Liquid Glass to add it on the card. This amazing glue works the magic, clear and quick dry.

I stamped the stitch border from Surface Tag Stamp Set using Slate Exclusive Inks Pad and the “with love” with Black Exclusive Inks Pad. The sentiment I stamped it using VersaMark ink pad, added some Gold embossing powder and heated it up with my Craft Heater.

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On a piece of watercolor paper, I created the background for the shaker. I used CTMH Watercolor Pencils, added some water to blend the colors and then using my Craft Heater to dry it. I added a piece of velum on the window, then added some 3D foam tape (I double the foam tape for thicker foam) around the window of the tag, sequins and then added the watercolored background to cover the back. I took a piece of baker twine and tied it up on the tag. Using some Liquid Glass, I added the shaker tag on top of the burlap. The card is done and shaker-y :D

I had so much fun making this shaker tag  card :D I hope you like my card today. Thanks for visiting!

DIY Back To School Sign

Our oldest daughter is off to Kindergarten this year. She has been waiting for this for a while, talked about it for weeks!!! We are thankful to know that she loves the idea of going to school. Our prayer that she will experience what God has stored for her this year at school and He’ll show her favor and love through her teacher. We pray also that she’ll learn to share and love her friends. This Mama is thankful, happy and worry at the same time. This is not only a journey for my daughter but also a journey for me and my husband to put trust in God to take care and protect her while she is away from us.

In the mean time… I get to spend time our second daughter at home, start teaching her one on one and having fun while her big sister at school. She misses her big sister A LOT!!!

To celebrate her first day going to school, I made her a sign… It was a big surprise for her at 7 on Wednesday morning! She cannot stop giggling and reading what’s written on the sign :)

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I found a black foam display board at home and cut the shapes using my Silhouette Cameo. The cutting files I used are: the girl with backpack is from Patty Young Designs, the big titles “Off To Kindergarten” and stars are from PPbN Designs, and banner pennant is from Samantha Walker.

The alphabet for her name is from Basic Grey chipboard sticker. The butterfly on the girl’s hair, I punched it using Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch. I also added some sequins on the stars :)

Then I made a scrapbook layout also for this special moment. I used Pixelily Designs new Collecting Moment August kit (available on Ginger Scraps and Gotta Pixel):

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I pray for all of you, Moms! God is with your kids at school, fully protect and help them every single day at school.

Blessings!