ODBD May New Release Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello everyone……May is here! This coming May 5th is the National Teacher Appreciation Day. Teacher is a special calling. They give their time to teach, tutor and help our children to grow. My daughters are blessed with amazing teachers at school and church. We are so thankful for teachers!

Today, Our Daily Bread New Release Blog Hop theme is Teacher Appreciation. I created a side step card with the new release stamps and dies: Class Act stamp set, Notebook Paper Stamp/Die Duos, A+ Apple DiesClipboard Set Dies, and Side Step Card Die.

I watercolored the stacked book with apple image, glue bottle and also the pencils using watercolor pencils and watercolor brush small round. I had so much fun putting this set card together. The die cuts are great for this month theme and for more school/education theme projects, as well.

Here are some close ups:

My second card is an appreciation card for school bus driver. I am so very thankful for our school bus driver, especially they did drive extra miles to pick up and drop off my daughter because of the new highway construction!

On this second card I use the new School Bus Driver stamp set, Lattice Background Die, Pennant Flag DiesPierced Rectangles Dies. I colored the image with watercolor pencils as well.

Here are some close ups:

For more information on the May New Release products, money saving bundles, and to see more inspirations from the team, please visit ODBD Blog today!


Celebrating this new release, Our Daily Bread Designs offers a fabulous giveaway! Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website just for commenting on the Design Team cards! You have until May 2, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win! The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on May 3rd so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Here are the Design Team:

Cathy * Kathy * Dawn *Sandee * Angie * Julie * Lisa

Chris * Diana * Robin * Sabrina * Helen * Lori

THANK YOU so much for stopping by my blog and hoe you all will have a fabulous blessed day!

HLS Watercolor Challenge: Guest Designer

Hello everyone… I love watercoloring with any medium. And today I am a guest designer at Happy Little Stampers – May Watercolor Challenge.

I created a CAS, Watercolored card for Mother using Joy Clair stamps: Spring Time Flowers and Hello Sentiments

I added some white splatters on the background with Koi Watercolor Paints. And set it aside to dry.

I stamped the sentiment with Mini MISTI to created the shadow on the word Happy. First I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad and then slightly moved the paper to the right and below, and I stamped again with Memento London Fog Dew Drop ink pad. I used micro-tip scissors to cut out the sentiment. The rest of the sentiment, I stamped them on a white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and cut them into word strips.

Then I stamped the flower on a watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink pad. I added some of the Imagine Crafts – FireWorks Rose Bud spray on my craft mat and then pick it up with watercolor brush to color the flower. Once it dried, I added some glitter using Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen for extra sparkle on it.

I added the flower on the card base with 3D foam tape, then added the sentiment on in with 3D foam tape also. And I added the word strips under them with Tombow mono permanent adhesive runner.

I finished the card with some peal gems. and it is done. I hope you like it and inspired to create your own handmade cards for Mother’s Day.

It is your turn to create and show us any watercolor projects at Happy Little Stampers – May Watercolor Challenge. By linking up, you have a chance to win the $20 coupon gift card to spend at Happy Little Stampers store. Check all the details here.

THANK YOU for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

STAMPlorations Things With Wings Blog Hop & Linky Party Week 4

Welcome back to my blog…. Today is Final Week of the STAMPlorations Things With Wings Blog Hop & Linky Party! It is a 25 Days of celebrating Spring. The Design Team has created gorgeous Spring Themed projects to share with you on this final week. Check them all here!

This blog hop starts at STAMPlorations Blog. Also, you are invited to the the Linky Party, too. More fun to have a party with prizes, right? Find out how you can win one of the prizes and special discount code, please read till the end of this post…

Here is my project to share with you today

STAMPlorations Thing With Wings Week 4

On my card today I used the Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies – CUTplorations to create the background. I simply cut out the base butterfly die out of white cardstock and added them on the white card base.

And then I sprayed and splatted some of the FireWorks! Angel Pink, Rose Bud, and London Fog Sprays on it. I love how they also give the pearly-sparkly look on the card.

STAMPlorations Thing With Wings Week 4

The sentiment is from Fond Expressions – Shery Russ Designs that I stamped with Memento Rose Bud and Rhubarb Stalk Dew Drop Inks on a white card stock. I cut out the tail on the sentiment banner, and added on the card along with the pink twine and mini clothes wooden pin using 3D foam tape.

I finished the card with some of the white pearl gems. I hope you all like it and be inspired to create you own handmade card today and link up with us!


Blog hop starts at STAMPlorations Blog. Visit and leave comment at STAMPlorations blog and at each designer’s blog from April 5th through April 30th, 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time.

Winners will be announce on May 10 in the April Challenge & Hops winner post at STAMPlorations Blog. There are many prizes to win!!!

Now it is your turn to get crafty and join the party. By linking up you also have chances to win the prizes. Here’s how to play along:

  • Create a new winged-themed spring project project (any kind!).
  • Post it on your blog or online gallery (like Flickr, Instagram, SCS gallery, etc.) and then link up here.
  • Display our event graphic in your blog post and link back to this post to qualify for the prizes.
  • You may enter as many projects as you want, but each project must be in its own post (1 project = 1 blog post = 1 entry)
  • Use whatever product(s) you have; STAMPlorations products are not required.
  • Link up by Sunday, April 30, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-7).

And if you use any of STAMPlorations stamps, dies and/or stencils, make sure also to link it up at STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Before you go… I have a special code for you to use to get 20% off on all regular and sale-priced items STAMPlorations stamps, stencils, and dies by using this code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out (please copy and paste the code). Code can not be combined your code with any other discount codes.

THANK YOU for stopping by today and I hope you all have a fabulous Spring!

Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial

Hello everyone… Today, I have 2 blog posts to share with you. And the first one is a shaker card tutorial to share with you all. If you like to see the full tutorial with pictures, please visit my post at Joy Clair blog.

I created my card today with Doodle Flowers stamp set and Hello Sentiment stamp set. First, I cut out a white cardstock into 4″ x 5.25″ and then using a circle die I cut out the circle window in the middle of it.

Joy Clair Doodle Flowers and Hello Sentiment

To create the wreath around the circle, I started to stamped the flowers and branches from Doodle Flowers stamp set with Versamark ink pad and added some of the color embossing powder from WOW! I heat-embossed the images twice for extra bold look.

I added a piece of heat-resistant acetate plastic on the back of the panel with some adhesive glue. And then using my Mini MISTI, I stamped the sentiment from Hello Sentiment stamp set with Black StazOn ink pad. I used my craft heater to speed up the drying process. But, if you use a non heat-resistance acetate plastic, it is better to let it air-dry on the side to avoid wrinkle or melting.

I added lots of 3D foam tape on the back of the panel. And I added some silver assortment sequins on the card base. And gently and steady I added the top panel on the card base.

Look at the shiny, sparkle and glittery on the card…

Joy Clair Doodle Flowers and Hello Sentiment


That’s my card to share with you all today. I hope you like it and be inspired to make your own handmade card to share the joy with your friends and family! Check out Joy Clair store for new release stamps this month.

THANKS A BUNCH for visiting today! Have a fabulous day.

I play along at:

WOW! Embossing Powder April Challenge

Challenge #280-281 – Anything Goes

Simon Says: Anything Goes

Work It Wednesday April 2017

Praying For You

Hello everyone… It is Saturday… YAY! Today I have an updated and a card to share with you all.

We all need prayer. In the last couple of weeks, I requested prayers for my dad who had another major surgery in Indonesia. It was his second time in 3 months. Every day I called my parents, my mind split into two continents, and always wish I could be there to help.

But I am so very thankful that I always can count on my living and powerful GOD who always there for them and be with them to go through it all. I am so thankful for all family and friends who also covering them in prayers. For sure, all of your prayers were answered. My dad is going home soon. He is eating better and getting his strength back to sit up and even standing up. My mom stays healthy even though she is tired.

I created my card using Lovely Flower Clear Stamps, Fancy Fan Die, Lattice Background Die, Shabby Rose Collection Paper Pad, and Pastel Paper Pack.

It is simply stamping and die cutting.

  • Add one of the patterned papers from Shabby Rose Collection on the card base with adhesive.
  • Die cut the Lattice Background out of one of the Pastel Paper Pack.
  • Add another patterned paper from Shabby Rose Collection on the back of the Lattice Background die cut, and trim the extra.
  • Add the Lattice Background in the card base with adhesive.
  • Stamp the flowers and sentiment from Lovely Flower Clear Stamps set with black ink pad.
  • Die cut the flowers with the matching Fancy Fan Die.
  • Trim off the fan handle for the sentiment only.
  • Put the fan together with a small brad. Spread them and add on the card with glue dots.
  • Add some silver thread on the fan.
  • Add the sentiment on it with 3D foam tape.

That’s my card for today. Love the pastel/soft colors and how unique the fancy fan on this card. I hope you also like this card 🙂 For more inspirations and saving money bundles, visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog today!

THANKS for visiting me today and I hope you all have a great weekend!

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge Reminder

Hello everyone… We are third week of April already… WOW… Surely time flies fast, especially when we are having fun!

Today, I am sharing my last card as STAMPlorations Stamp & Theme Challenge Guest Designer. It’s been a fantastic 4 months creating with the team and sharing the projects with you all! Here are the theme and sketch for April Challenge:

Here’s my card I created inspired by the theme of this month challenge using the Trendy Butterflies 2 and this time I pair it up with Fond Expressions stamp set and Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.

I created my background using Imagine Crafts – FireWorks! Sprays (Angel Pink, Rose Bud, London Fog) that I sprayed and splashed on a canson watercolor paper. Then I run it through my die cutting machine with the largest size of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies. And then  I added the panel with Tombow Xtreme adhesive.

After that, I stamped the butterflies from Trendy Butterflies 2 with Versafine Onyx Black ink pad. And then I stamped the sentiment from Fond Expressions stamp set using Lollipop Ink Pad (Taylored Expressions) on a white cardstock and I cut it into a paper stripe with tail. I added on the card with 3D foam adhesive.

My card is done. I did not add any embellishment on it, becuase the spray itself already shiny 🙂

I hope you all are inspired to create your own project and link up with us at STAMPlorations April Theme & Sketch Challenge. Check out more inspirations from the design team on STAMPlorations Blog today. And when you play along using any STAMPlorations products, you always can also link it up at:

Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Things With Wings Linky Party

And before you got, I have a discount coupon code to share with you that you can get 20% OFF on all STAMPLorations regular and sale-priced stamps, stencils, and dies. Use this code: STAMPGIRLHELEN (copy paste the code) when you check out.

THANKS a bunch for visiting me today! Hope you all have a fabulous day!

CLC Thursday Coffee Break: Thanks A Latte

Hello everyone…Happy Thursday. I hope you all so far have a fabulous week. It’s been a rainy week for us, but we had some good day to enjoy the Spring outside.

Today, I am sharing a mixed media card for Thursday Coffee Break at Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. This project is also a CASE card inspired by our CASEing DT Link Up Party #12.

I created the background with Ken Oliver Color Burst Powder, Imagine Crafts – FireWorks! London Fog Spray, Broken Glass – ARTplorations Stencil, and Perfect Pearl Spray Mixture.

I added some of the Color Burst powder on the craft mat, spray with Perfect Pearl spray, and then smoosh in the canson watercolor paper in it to create the first wash. I dried in between blending and smooshing the ink. And then I added the stencil on the panel and spray the London Fog FireWorks! spray on it. I picked up the stencil right away to avoid the sipping under the stencil.

Once the panel dried, I run it through my die cutting machine with one of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies – CUTplorations. And added it on my card base with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.

I added a silver paper doily from my stash with one of the pierced circle die cut on it.

I stamped the Cup of Roses from A Cup of Roses stamp set – STAMPlorations on canson watercolor paper with Mini Misti and Versafine Onyx Black ink pad. Then I colored it with Koi Watercolors Paint and I added glitter with Wink Of Stella brush. After the paint dried, I fussy cut it with micro-tip scissors and I added it on the card with 3D foam tape.

Then I die cut the sentiment using Thanks A Latte Phrase Die – CUTplorations and pink cardstock and added it on the card with 3D foam tape.

That’s my card today. I like taking a break and coloring with any kind of medium. How about you?

I have a coupon for you to STAMPlorations store! They have great coffee/tea collection that some of them I used today on my card 🙂 You can get 20% off on all STAMPlorations regular and sale-priced stamps, stencils, and dies by using this code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out (please copy and paste the code). Code can not be combined your code with any other discount codes.

THANKS A LATTE for stopping today! Have fabulous Thursday!

I also link up at:

MMW#24: Anything Mixed Media Goes with a Twist

Challenge #278-279 Anything Goes

Simon Says: Showers and/or Flowers

Work it Wednesday April 2017