Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag

Joy Clair

Hello everyone… Mother’s Day is a special day when we can celebrate a special MOM in our lives. It is one of my favorite days! I like making handmade card and gift and I have a Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag to share with you today.

Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag with Joy Clair clear stamps, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, and Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils

I am joining the Joy Clair team for their Special Mother’s Day Event where the design team sharing their projects for moms.

I created a matching card and gift bag with Joy Clair clear stamps, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, and Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils. They are easy to make for sure…You can make these for your special Mom/Grandma or even girl friends to show them some love through handmade gifts.

So… Let’s get started!

Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag with Joy Clair clear stamps, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, and Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils

First, let’s make the card. It is a clean and simple card with stamping and watercoloring.

I choose one corner of the watercolor paper to stamped the flower from Bandana Bits stamp set with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink ink pad. It is a pigment ink, very juicy! So, before coloring I dried the stamped images with Craft Heater.

After that, I colored all the flowers with the Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils at the middle of the flower, and then using watercolor brush with some water, I pulled the pigment to color all the petals. You can see, with this way, you can get the ombre look on the flowers. I dried them with Craft Heater, too.

And then I added the some watercolor splatters on the card by flicking the pigment directly from the pencil with watercolor brush. And dried it again with craft heater… Oh  I tell you… I am loving this new Watercolor Pencils!

I trimmed this watercolored panel to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and added it on a white card with dries-clear adhesive glue.

Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag with Joy Clair clear stamps, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, and Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils

Next step is stamping the sentiment. I arranged the sentiment phrases from Hello Sentiments stamp set on the card, and I picked them up with the Mini MISTI lid and stamped it with VersaFine Nocturne ink pad. Love the bold sentiment I get from couple stamping.

Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag with Joy Clair clear stamps, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, and Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils

I finished the card with some pink sequins on it.

Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag with Joy Clair clear stamps, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, and Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils

For the matching bag, it is simple. I used mini muslin bag for this. Make sure you have a piece of cardstock or cardboard inserted inside the bag to prevent the ink get transferred to the other side of the bag.

I put the bag on a fun foam that I used as stamping pad. Then I stamped the flowers from Bandana Bits stamp set with VersaFine Charming Pink on it. Pigment inks works well on fabric, too!

Mother’s Day Card and Gift Bag with Joy Clair clear stamps, VersaFine Clair Ink Pads, and Leisure Arts Watercolor Colored Pencils

Look at how crisp and pretty those flowers on the bag! I will make more gift bags in the future 😀

That’s my Mother’s Day projects to share with you today. I hope you all are inspired and get some ideas for handmade gifts. For more inspirations, head over to Joy Clair blog to see the design team projects!

***GIVEAWAY***

To enter this Mother’s Day Event Giveaway, just leave a comment on the Joy Clair blog and all participant designers by Saturday, April 21st for a chance to win. One winner will be announced on the Joy Clair blog on April 30, 2018.

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Mixed Media Pocket Tag and ATC Card

Hello everyone… Today… apparently it is not Spring, it is Winter again! We got some snow! I hope… the Spring will be here and stay… 🙂

I spent part of this cold day in my craft room and work on some projects. One of them is dressing up one of these mixed media tags.

I have been learning some mixed media technique at Stamp Nation Class: Eat, Sleep, Create – Mixed Media for Cardmakers. If you are not a member yet, you might want to check this forum out!

I created a pocket tag for ATC card. Started with adding some White Gesso on the tag and let it sit to dry while I was sewing some of the scrap patterned papers.

I cut the paper diagonally to create the pocket. Then I added it on the tag with ScorPal tape. I trimmed the extra paper with scissors. Then using my finger, I added some White Gesso on that pocket for extra texture.

I added some White Gesso on a watercolor paper, then dried it with craft heater. After that, I added some of the purple and blue Gelato on it and blended them with baby wipes.

I use Retro Circles ARTplorations Stencil to add the homemade texture paste, dried it with craft heater and then on top of the card, I stamped the sentiment from STAMPlorations Literary Caffein-ations stamp set with Black Archival Ink Pad.

I stamped one of the cup image from STAMPlorations Sketchy Coffee Cups stamp set with Black Archival Ink pad, colored it with Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. I also use Faber-Castel Black Brush Pen to trace the cups and added some shadow with Faber- Castell Grey Brush Pen.

I trimmed the card to ATC size – 2 1/2″ x 3 12″, insert it inside the pocket tag and add this tag on my Mixed Media Tag Ring 🙂

Before you go… There is a special sale at STAMPlorations Store! All of the stamps and dies are 10% OFF, including all new release — no coupon needed — The discount is automatically applied in the shopping cart! You can even snap them up at an extra 20% off if you use my discount code: STAMPGIRLHELEN (copy paste the code when you check out). Enjoy shopping and saving!!!

I hope you enjoy this post and keep creating! Thank you so much for stopping by!


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DIY Painted Wood Burning Sign With Digital Stamp

Graciellie Design

DIY Painted Wood Burning Sign With Digital Stamp

Hello everyone… Spring is coming soon in 3 weeks… I hope… 😀 Today I have a tutorial how to create a Painted Wood Burning Sign using digital stamp set, freezer paper, and inkjet printer. I hope you all can enjoy this post!

The digital stamp I used today is the Graciellie Design – Happy Moments, the one of the new digital stamps at Gracie’s Etsy shop. Working with digital images give you some options to resize the images to meet your needs for your projects.

I am super happy to find out that I can transfer the image printed with inkjet printer with freezer paper! Thankful for those crafty people on YouTube 😀

So, I open the flowers in jar image from the Happy Moments stamp set with my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. I resized it to fit my medium size Walnut Hollow wood slice.

I cut out a piece of freezer paper into 8.5″ x 11″ (letter size paper) and put it in the paper trey on my printer. Some image you need to reverse before printing, but this one, I can go with both reverse or as is. I printed the the image on the shine side of the paper.

You need to be very careful not to touch the printed image because it is wet.

DIY Painted Wood Burning Sign With Digital Stamp

You can plug the wood-burning tool now to pre-heat it while getting the image transfer to the wood.

I trimmed the paper smaller with scissors. I taped the image on the wood. Centered the image before you really put it on the wood.

The next step is transferring the image. You need a big spool or wooden spatula. Using the back of the wooden spoon, gently rub over the image. By lifting up the paper, you check underneath the paper to see if the image get transfered all or not yet. If the image not all transfered yet, you put the paper back, tape it, and rub again with the spoon.

Once you are happy with the image, you can start trace the transfer imaged with the tool. I like to use the fine point when tracing images on wood.

DIY Painted Wood Burning Sign With Digital Stamp

When the tracing is done, you can leave it as wood-buring sign or you can continue to paint it with acrylic paints like I did on mine 🙂

DIY Painted Wood Burning Sign With Digital Stamp

To paint this wood, I used FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paints, Matte Gel Medium, Fine Detail Paint Brush, and Foam brush.

First, I painted the flowers and jar. Then, I painted the background with teal color and then when the first layer is dry, I painted again with the white.

Last step, I traced the image again with my wood-burning tool on every spot that got some paint, just to make sure the burned lines look good 🙂

The sign is done. I hope you all can enjoy and be inspired to create with digital stamps! Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!


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Life Is Much Better With Friends

Joy Clair

Hello everyone…. MARCH IS HERE! New month is here and I hope you all can have another fresh start… One of the things that I am thankful is friendship. This life is much better with friends… Don’t you agree?

Today we have a new challenge at Joy Clair Blog. It is Anything Goes challenge and here’s the inspiration photo for you 🙂

Joy Clair March Challenge - Anything Goes

Joy Clair March Challenge – Anything Goes

I made a clean-and-simple card that is inspired the colors from the image above. I used the one of the Joy Clair New Arrival stamp sets, called Best Buds. This stamp set is just super adorable!!!

Life Is Much Better With Friends - March Challenge

Making this card is super simple! First I stamped the image and sentiment using Mini MISTI using London Fog Memento Dew Drop Ink. I stamped them twice to get the solid and crisp result, and with MISTI, this can be done without errors or out of line.

Life Is Much Better With Friends - March Challenge

Next step is to color the bunnies. I keep my stamped cardstock on the Mini MISTI and have the bar magnet to hold it while I coloring it. It is pretty handy stamping tool!

Life Is Much Better With Friends - March Challenge

First I colored the bunnies with Grey Arteza Woodless Watercolor Pencil, and then I used Tombow Blender Brush Pen to blend in the color.

After that, I fussy cut the bunnies with micro-tip scissors and I used one of the ODBD Mini Labels Dies to cut the sentiment.

I used patterned papers from my stash as the background and the ribbon banners. I added the bunnies and sentiment on the card with 3D foam tape. Next, I added some soft pink sequins that I have in my stash to embellish the card.

Card is done! I hope you enjoy it and be inspired to play along with Joy Clair March Challenge. You can create any type of projects using any stamps you have, but if you have Joy Clair stamps, we would love to see how you use them 🙂 There is no limit to link up your projects as long as they are new and on separate blog or open gallery link. The more you link up, the more chance you have to win the $25 gift certificate to Joy Clair Store!!! For more inspirations, visit Joy Clair Blog!

And… one more… ALL MONTH LONG… Joy Clair team is collaborating with My Sweet Petunia team! Come over and join the party at their blogs during the month of March to see projects from both teams!!! You will have fun and be inspired!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing week!


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Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

Hello everyone… I am back today as the Growing In Unity Girl. For the next 5 days, I will be sharing with you projects featuring stamps from the Unity Stamp Company. And for this Growing In Unity Day 4, I have a hot cocoa mixed media one layer card to share with you.

And if you have not yet seen the other projects, you can check them out: Unity GIU Day 1, Unity GIU Day 2, and Unity GIU Day 3. Don’t forget to leave comment on each day blog post to have chances to win the giveaway!

Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

I use Unity Kit Of The Month: January 2017 and October 2017 to create these one layer cards today. And the background die is from Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies – CUTplorationsBoth Unity Stamp Company and STAMPlorations are Super Sponsors for the Coffee Lovers Winter 2017 Blog Hop.

First I cut the Arteza Watercolor paper 12″ x  9″ into 4 card background panels. Then, I stamped the hot cocoa cup and sentiment on those panels, with Versafine Onyx Black using Mini MISTI, such a great tool to do multiple stamping!

Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

I colored the edge of the cup with Arteza Real Brush. This brush pens can be use just as is, but also can use them as watercolor brush. One of my favorite coloring medium right now 🙂

Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

You can just use regular watercolor brush to pull the pigment out, but on my card, I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pen to pull out the pigment. This technique is fun for watercoloring, you’ll get a beautiful sparkly glittery watercolored image 🙂 Check it out:

Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

Then I squeezed some of the Snow Write On – texture paste on my craft mat and using the Pick Me Up tool, I added the snow texture paste on each of those marshmallow for puffy texture on them. This fake snow texture dries pretty quickly.

Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

You can stop here by adding the panels on card bases with strong glue and leave them as they are. And you will have a set of one layer sparkle cards. Or you can continue to the next step how I finished my cards.

Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

I added some watercolor splatters on the background using Blue My Mind Inklingz from Shimmerz Paints with fan watercolor brush.

When the watercolor splatters dried well, I run each panel through my diecutting machine with the largest die from Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies – CUTplorations. This die trim the panels into 4.25″ and 5.5″ front panels. I added them on card bases and tied them up with Blue Twine from Doodle Bugs – Christmas Twine Set.

Growing In Unity Day 4: Hot Cocoa Mixed Media One Layer Card

***GIVEAWAY***

Before you go… From today until December 8th, every time you leave a comment on each of my Unity Stamp blog post, you have a chance to win the the giveaway prize! You have until Saturday, December 9th, 12 PM (NOON) EST to leave comment to every blog post. There will be 2 (two) winners who will receive 25 random stamps grab bag from Unity Stamp Company. The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted for confirmation.

And…kindly follow me on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And… to sign up for blog newsletter, you and fill in the MailChimp form (or form on the side bar), also you can follow my blog on Bloglovin’ and NetworkedBlog. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I appreciate your supports!

And… for all those who are coffee loving cardmakers and papermakers… you are invited to this special blog hop event at Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog:

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Date: Friday, Dec 8 – Friday, Dec 15

When: 6:00 am Pacific (9:00 am EST)

Special Events:

December 13th – National Cocoa Day

December 15th – International Tea Day

Let’s gather all your coffee/tea/cocoa supplies and get crafty for this fun blog hop and link up party. It will be so much fun, lots of inspirations, and also… TONS OF PRIZES to win!

I hope these cards today inspire you to create with Unity Stamp Company today! Come back again tomorrow. Thank you so much for stopping by today and may you all have a fabulous day!


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Growing In Unity Day 3: Mixed Media Shaker Card

Hello everyone… I am back today as the Growing In Unity Girl. For the next 5 days, I will be sharing with you projects featuring stamps from the Unity Stamp Company. And for this Growing In Unity Day 3, I have a mixed media shaker card to share with you.

And if you have not yet seen the other projects, for the Growing in Unity Day 1, you can go here and for this Day 2, you can go here. Don’t forget to leave comment on each day blog post to have chances to win the giveaway!

Growing In Unity Day 3: Mixed Media Shaker Card

On my card today, I used the girl image from Dream of Being stamp set and sentiment is from the Kit Of The Month – October 2016.

First, I created the background with Color Burst – Turquoise Powder. I used smooshing technique for this. I dried the background with craft heater, then I sprayed with some water for extra texture, and  then I added some platters on it with Heidi Swap Color Shine Spray Citron and Pink. I dried it again with craft heater. I die cut the background panel with ODBD Pierced Rectangles Die. I added the panel on the white base card with liquid adhesive.

I created the square frame by cutting the largest ODBD Squares Die 4 times and stacked them together with liquid glue. I added a piece vellum paper on the frame.

I added some Christmas theme washi tape on the background panel. And then added some mix shaker filler on the pannel and then I added the frame on the panel.

{Growing in Unity} Girl Day 3

For the image, I stamped the girl on a white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and I colored it with Arteza Real Brush Pens: 2 shades of green for her sweater, and 2 shades of brown for her hair. I added some sparkle on her with Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen. And I also added a hair bow on her using the Christmas theme twine from Doodle Bug.

{Growing in Unity} Girl Day 3

For the sentiment, I stamped it on a white cardstock using Peacock Feather Distress Ink that actually close match with the background color 🙂 I cut it into banner strip and added it on top of the shaker frame with liquid adhesive. I found a color burst watercolored paper strip in my mixed media stash box that left over from last project, I cut it out into banner and tucked it under the sentiment banner. And then I added the girl on it with liquid adhesive too.

I finished the card with some teal/turquoise sequins on it. And the mixed media shaker card is done 🙂 I hope these cards today inspire you to create with Unity Stamp Company today!

***GIVEAWAY***

Before you go… From today until December 8th, every time you leave a comment on each of my Unity Stamp blog post, you have a chance to win the the giveaway prize! You have until Saturday, December 9th, 12 PM (NOON) EST to leave comment to every blog post. There will be 2 (two) winners who will receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. Winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted for confirmation.

And…kindly follow me on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And… to sign up for blog newsletter, you and fill in the MailChimp form (or form on the side bar), also you can follow my blog on Bloglovin’ and NetworkedBlog. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I appreciate your supports!

And… for all those who are coffee loving cardmakers and papermakers… you are invited to this special blog hop event at Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog:

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Date: Friday, Dec 8 – Friday, Dec 15

When: 6:00 am Pacific (9:00 am EST)

Special Events:

December 13th – National Cocoa Day

December 15th – International Tea Day

Let’s gather all your coffee/tea/cocoa supplies and get crafty for this fun blog hop and link up party. It will be so much fun, lots of inspirations, and also… TONS OF PRIZES to win! And… Unity Stamp Company is one of the generous Super Sponsors!!!

Come back again tomorrow to see more projects with Unity Stamp Co! Thank you so much for stopping by today and may you all have a fabulous day!


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Challenge #312-#313 Anything Goes

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Growing In Unity Day 2: More CAS Christmas Cards

Hello everyone… I am back again today as the Growing In Unity Girl. For the next 5 days, I will be sharing with you projects featuring stamps from the Unity Stamp Company. And if you have not yet seen my first project for the Growing in Unity Day 1, you can go here. For this Day 2, I have more CAS Christmas cards to share with you.

Today, I made 2 card sets with 1 design. They are easily mass-produced for Christmas cards. On this card I used this preview Kit Of The Month – October 2017:

Unity Stamp Company KOT October 2017

The first card set, I used the 3 snowflakes and one sentiment on my mixed media cards:

I created the background using heat-embossing resist technique with Color Burst Powder. If you do not have Color Burst Powder, you can also use watercolor paint for this technique. Since we are working with lots of water, I prefer using watercolor papers. Heavy weight 110 lbs cardstock can handle water, but not as good as watercolor papers.

First, I stamped all backgrounds with Versamark ink pad using Mini MISTI. Then, I added the mixture of White embossing powder and Hologram embossing powder on them and heat set them with craft heater. Snowflakes are white and sparkly!

Then I sprayed the panels with some water, sprinkled the Color Burst Turquoise Powder on each of them. And watched them spreading and covering the panel by tilting the paper in random directions… One very little sprinkle can do the magic! I used small round watercolor brush to help some of the color to spread.

I dried them with craft heater, and I added some sprinkle of white paint on each panel with fan brush. I love how each of them turn out different to each other. Just like snowflakes, none of them ever the same!

And then… I dried them again with craft heater and trimmed the paper into 4″ x 5.5″ for the background panels. I added them on the black cards with Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive runner.

For the sentiment, I cut out white cardstock into paper strips and stamped the sentiment on each of them with Memento Dew Drop Summer Sky. Then I cut them into banner shaped.

I found out that I run out of 3D foam tapes! But I have some white fun foam in stash so I used them as replacement for 3D foam tapes 🙂 I simply cut the fun foam into smaller sizes than the sentiment banners, added them on each back of the banner with strong liquid glue. Once they all dried, I added them on the cards.

My first card set is done.

And for the second card set, I simply stamped the image directly on the white cards with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I decided not to color them.

Then I stamped the sentiment on light purple cardstocks with the same ink pad, and trimmed them into banner shape.

With the same step on the first card set, I added the fun foam on the back of the sentiment banners and added them on each card with the same glue.

I finished these cards with some purple sequins for extra sparkle on them. Card set 2 is done.

I hope these cards today inspire you to create with Unity Stamp Company today! And I entered these cards for the UNITY {show & tell} Facebook Group – Holiday Card Challenge. This week theme is No Red No Green! How about that? Challenging right…creating Christmas cards with no red and no green on them 🙂

***GIVEAWAY***

Before you go… From today until December 8th, every time you leave a comment on each of my Unity Stamp blog post, you have a chance to win the the giveaway prize! You have until Saturday, December 9th, 12 PM (NOON) EST to leave comment to every blog post. There will be 2 (two) winners who will receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. Winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted for confirmation.

And…kindly follow me on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And… to sign up for blog newsletter, you and fill in the MailChimp form (or form on the side bar), also you can follow my blog on Bloglovin’ and NetworkedBlog. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I appreciate your supports!

Come back again tomorrow and may you all have a fabulous day!


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