1 Sketch, 2 Christmas Cards

Last weekend I went out with my friends to Hobby Lobby and I found this Stampabilitties rubber stamp that has Christmas verse on it for only $3! I love the verse from Luke2:11. This is what Christmas trully means.

Today I am sharing 2 Christmas cards I made using 1 sketch from Mojo Monday 428.

The tags I created using Canson waterolor paper because I painted the backgrounds.

Luke 2:11 , caed by Helen G. http://wp.me/p1DmW0-26m | #cardmaking #handmadecard #christmascard

For the first card I used the old hymnal music sheet for the background paper and the border strip is from CTMH – Sparkle and Shine paper packet. I heat embossed the sentiment using AC Black Glitter Finish Embossing Powder. Then embellished it with twine bow and a glitter holly leaves and red sequins.

I also link this card at Virginia’s View Challenge #21 – All About Glitter.

Luke 2:11 , caed by Helen G. http://wp.me/p1DmW0-26m | #cardmaking #handmadecard #christmascard

This second card I used the same sketch from Mojo Monday 428. On this card, I created that cute bow using WRMK Envelope Punch Board. It is very easy to do that. I followed this tutorial if you want to try 🙂

I watercolored the tag background using Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Mini Ink Pads and wet them using Aquash Waterbrush. It was fun watching the colors blended and mixed together and how they react with water.

I also enter this card at:

2 cards are done today and I only need 15 more to make for our church friends.

THANK YOU for stopping by today and have a blessed week!

Sending A Good Cheer

Christmas season is the season when we can send someone a good cheer. I know for sure that this will bless them and brings joy to them.

Today I am sharing a Christmas card using STAMPlorations stamp set and Paper Smooches.

Sending A Good Cheer by Helen Gullett | Blog at http://helengullett.com/?p=8043 | #handmadecard #cardmaking #christmascard #stamplorations #holidayclh

I created a triangle stencil and coffee cups from a Post It notes and used it to create that tree of cups and hearts from STAMPLorations – Sketchy Coffee Cups stamp set 🙂

First I added the Post It stencil (or mask) on a 3.25″ x 5.5″ White Cardstock, make sure it sits in the middle of the cardstock and then I stamped them using CTMH Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Cotton Candy, Honey, Pear, Lagoon and Gypsy.

I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches – Christmas Sampler stamp set using Pear Exclusive Inks Pad as the tree trunk.

Sending A Good Cheer by Helen Gullett | Blog at http://helengullett.com/?p=8043 | #handmadecard #cardmaking #christmascard #stamplorations #holidayclh

When the images dried completely, I put the tree stencil/mask again and added some sparkle and shine on it using Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush. I generously brushed the glitter all over and look at that sparkle!! 😀

I finished the card by adding some small gold sequins I got from Hobby Lobby and a star wood chip from Frackled Fawn on top of the tree. Then final step is to add the finished panel on the card base where I had some American Crafts Glitter Ribbon on the sides. I used some thin 3D foam tape.

So that is my finished glitter and sparkle tree of cups of good cheer to share with you today.

I link up my card today at these link ups:

And I join these challenges:

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Thank You for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!!

Merry and Bright: Recycled, Glittered Christmas Card

I found a cute sample card on Martha Stewart magazine. I love the cooper leaves border and I thought it can be recycled of throwing it away 😀

Merry & Bright: A Recycled Christmas Card by Helen Gullett | Blog at http://wp.me/p1DmW0-25K | #handmadecard #christmascard #diecutting #watercoloring #recycling #cardmaking #justnick #silhouettecameo

I cut a piece of DCWV Glitter Cardstock Matstack that match the border color and glued on top of the commercial in the middle of it.

Then I cut the Merry & Bright from Holiday Sentiments cutting file from JustNick out of Canson watercolor paper, then added some mint color from Pearlescent paint, let it dry and then added on the glitter cardstock. While drying the paint, I accidentally blew the dot for letter i, so I replaced it with a clear gem 😀

Last step is add the finished panel on the card base. And it’s done.

I love how we can be creative by turning a commercial card into a handmade card. It’s a way to recycle.

Today’s card I link up at Virginia’s View Challenge #21 – All About Glitter. This is her last challenge this year and she will take a break. You can read more about it on her blog post. I know many cardmakers love her challenge. I hope you’ll join her last challenge this year and have fun!

Also, I join Muse: ChristmasVisions 31The Muse this week is from Kimberly Wiener:

Thanks for visiting my blog today 🙂 Have a blessed day!

A Giftcard Holder on A Card

A happy mail arrived today from Neat and Tangled that I ordered on Black Friday. And I just cannot wait to make something with the Box – Nice and Neat Die. This die is fresh out of the padded envelope and straight to my Evolution Advanced diecutting machine 🙂

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I diecut the box out of Kraft cardstock and it is very easy to put it together (and fun!) Danielle showed how to create the box in a video here.

The background papers are from Old Hymnal Book and one of CTMH retired Christmas paper packet, Sparkle and Shine. I added some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink on the edges. I finished the card with wrapping it with White Ribbon Twine from American Crafts and a Star wood chip from Frackled Fawn.

A simple card for a joyful giving this Christmas.

So, do you give giftcards or prefer actual gift for Christmas?

Thanks for visiting today and have wonderful day!


I link up my card at:

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day from our family to yours. May this season will brings glory and honor to God through our thanksgiving.


“Then I will praise God’s name with singing,

and I will honor him with thanksgiving.”
‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭69:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

I personally Thank God for the life I am living in and with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am thankful for His guidance and wisdom through the work of Holy Spirit in my life and my family. This year, I am thankful for His provision for us to go serving Him with a Wycliffe Associates in Pasific area.

We are thankful for ALL of you, who have been part of our life and journey.

God has done many things in and through our lives and for those, we sing praises and honoring Him with thanksgiving.


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First Mixed Media Project: Thank You Gift Tag

Mixed Media is something new that I discovered among papercrafters. It is a new technique that I would like to explore and learn.

According to Wikipedia, Mixed Media is a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. In other word, mixed media is an art work that made by more than one medium.

But Mixed Media Artwork is not the same with Multimedia Art. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media art, but not multimedia art.

I watched some tutorials on YouTube and I think it is something that I will enjoy creating. In those videos, I found out two of the main supplies are Gesso and Modeling Paste. Honestly, I still do not know yet the different betweet them since I have not yet seen them or used them in any of my projects in the past. Next time I make a trip to a craft store, I will get them just  to make sure I know the different 🙂

But for a start, I found couple tutorial how to make homemade Gesso and Modeling Paste.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: http://helengullett.com/?p=7939 | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I tried this tutorial to make the homemade modeling/texture paste that using baby powder and here’s the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cup Baby powder (it makes the paste smells so good!)
  • 1/2 cup of White acrylic paint / white acrylic gesso (you can also use black or color gesso/paint)
  • 1/4 cup of Mod Podge (matte)

I used baby powder from Target brand and I ended up adding a little bit more acrylic paint to make it softer to mix. It was a bit hard to mix. She suggested to start with the liquid first, then the powder to avoid lump. And store the paste in air-tight container.

And I also followed this tutorial and recipe that using baking soda for my first homemade gesso:


  • 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
  • 3 tablespoon White Glue (I used Mod Podge)
  • 2 tablespoon White Paint

I ended up to add a little bit more paint to make more consistency like on the video. I think what make the difference is that the brand of supplies we use. So if you wanna try this, I would suggest to start with the recipe and see if you like the result, if not then you can add more of the ingredient to make it better consistent to meet your need.

My oldest daughter was at home for Thanksgiving break and she helped me with mixing them. We had fun doing it together and messy for sure 😀

The best way to store the oaste is in an air-tight container and according to them, one batch can last for 6-10 months.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: http://helengullett.com/?p=7939 | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I did a test right away. So, I cut a tag out of Canson watercolor paper (140 lbs). To create the background, I added some Gelatos on it and blended them with my finger and then using baby wipe I blended them more to give the watercoloring look. I speeded the drying with Craft Heater.

When the background tag dry completely, I added the modeling paste on it using a palete knife over Retro Circles – ARTplorations Stencil. It took a while to dry.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: http://helengullett.com/?p=7939 | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I stamped the stacking cups (Sketchy Coffee Cups – STAMPlorations) and sentiment (Literary Caffeine-anations – Big Grind by Becca Cruger, STAMPlorations) when the background completly dry.

My first mixed media project: Thank You Gift Tag. More about it on my blog: http://helengullett.com/?p=7939 | #mixedmedia #stamplorations #artplorations #fabercastell #gelatos #ctmh #cansonwatercolorpaper #watercoloring #stamping #coloring #gifttag #thankyoutag #thanksgiving #handmadE #diy #coffeelovingpapercrafters #coffeelovingcardmakers #homemadegesso #homemademodelingpaste

I colored and added some shadow to the cups using the Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brushes. I love the finished tag and really enjoy the process of making it.

I still have a lot to learn but this is a fun technique, making pretty mess for sure.

This tag I link up at:

Thank You for visiting and have a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING EVE!

Stay Warm With A Cup Of Hot Drink

We got our first snow flurries this morning and the girls were super excited that it finally snowed. They love snow for sure. I my self love snow but not the cold 🙂

In the winter season, I keep myself warm enough. My favorite hot drinks are coffee, hot chocolate and green chinese tea. And it is the time to have them.

Today I like to share some cards I made in cold morning 🙂


This first card I created to enter:

On a piece of watercolor paper, I stamped the mugs from Mugs & Mittens stamp set (Concord & 9th) using Peacock Feather Mini Distress Ink. Then using slightly wet brush, I pulled the color from the lines. When they all dry completely, I stamped the decor on the mugs and sentiment from the same stamp set using Black Archival Ink.


I added Snowhaven paper for the background card and then added the stamped watercolor paper on it. Then I thought it still needed something, so I heat embossed the heart with Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder and fussy cut them. I added them on the mugs with 3D foam tape.


And the second card is pretty simple to make. I used the printable from Paper Issues. The pattern paper is from a fall team pad I found at Walmart. Then I added some twine with mini wooden clothespin.

I give thanks for hot drinks for sure! This card I link up at Paper Issues Link & Win – Let Me Espresso My Gratitude.

I hope you like my cards today and thank you for visiting 🙂