Welcoming May With Flowers & A Challenge

The first time I heard this quote “April Shower Brings May Flowers” was from my husband when I experienced Spring for the first time in 2009. I did not quite understand at the first time, but after rainy days, I then understood. And also it from one of the stories about a boar named May Flowers.

In th last couple of weeks my daughter who is at Kindergarten told me about how she learned planting flowers at school and told me about the quote she learned. 2 weeks ago she kept asking her Papa to take her to store to buy Sun flower seeds so she can have a Sun flower garden this year, so they did. the planted at least 3 kinds of Sun flowers.

Sun flowers is low maintenance plant. And we hope to see the flowers and enjoy them when we come back from our Summer Mission Trip.

This month theme challenge from Scrapping Everyday Miracles is Time For May Flowers. There are 3 challenges this month:

  • Layout Sketch Challenge
  • Card Sketch Challenge
  • Bible Verse Challenge

You can create any new projects to enter thoses challenges. You have until the end of May to play with SEM challenges. Please link up yoir projects here.

This month, I created a card base on the skecth challenge:

The color combo from this Blossom collection is so beautiful, just perfect from Spring and Mother’s Day projects.

Supplies from Close To My Heart:

  • Cardstock & Papers: Blossom Paper Packets, White Daisy cardstock
  • Stamp sets: Shower Flowers, Flower For Mom, Brushstrokes
  • Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads: Cananry, Honey, Pear, Crystal Blue, Juniper, Smoothie.
  • My Acrylix Blocks: 1×1, 1×3 1/2, 2×2, 3×3

Others:

  • Sparkle gems
  • 3D foam
  • Adhesive runner

Thank You so much for visiting today and hopefully you can play with the challenges this month. If you need inspirations, the team have created beautiful projects for you here.

Easter Card Set 2 and SEM Challenge

We make it to April. WOW! Spring finally arrive in our town. Our daughter is playing Spring soccer with her little team and she loves it a lot!

Today, Scrapping Everyday Miracles has a new challenge up on their blog. They have Verse/Theme challenge, Layout Sketch Challenge and Card Sketch Challenge. Also every day the team will post tutorials, inspirations, and encouraging posts sharing God’s word and thoughts on His word. Check them out and hopefully you will play along with us this month!

Here’s the card I made base on the Verse/Theme of this month:

With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all (Acts 4:33)

hmg-easter-card1

hmg-easter-card2

hmg-easter-card3

Supplies:

  • Colonial White Cardstock (CTMH)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (CTMH)
  • Yuletide Carol Paper Packet (CTMH)
  • Black Glitter Cardstock (DCWV)
  • Exclusive Ink Pads: Black, Slate, Champange (CTMH)
  • Watercolor Pencils (CTMH)
  • June Bug Puffies (CTMH)
  • Gelly Roll Black Pen (Sakura)
  • 3D Foam Tape (Scrapbook Adhesive)
  • Adhesive Runner (Tombow)

THANKS for visiting today! Praying God will bless you as you meditating His word and works during this Holy Week.

Scrapping Everyday Miracles – January 2015 Challenge

Welcoming the New Year, Scrapping Everyday Miracles has 3 new challenges on their blog for this month. The Design Team have created lots of inspirations for you to play along with us this month, check them out here. And every day, the team also will be sharing some tips, techniques, and encouraging posts on the blog.

You have until the end of January to play along with their challenges, read all the challenge rules and link up your project here.

The Layout Sketch Challenge

The Card Sketch Challenge

The Bible verse Theme Challenge – 2 Corinthian 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.”

And this month, I play along with the Card Sketch challenge. Here’s the card I created:

IMG_4368

I embossed the card based using my WRMK Evolution Advanced and CTMH Quatrefoil Embossing Folder. Using Watercolor brush, I pick some Hollyhock Exclusive ink from the ink pad lid and splatter it on the card randomly while I squeezed the water out. Have to be very careful to do this because you do not want the water to flow too much out of the brush and will soak your card.

Then I let the card based dry on the side. While it was drying, I cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock for the tag using my Silhouette Cameo and punch the bottom of the tag using Scallop Border Punch. Then tie up a piece of Baker’s twine I had in stash (I forgot the color’s name of it… sorry! But it is grey and white).

IMG_4369

For the flowers, on White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the flowers from The Big, The Bold and Extras set from Winnie & Walter using Hollyhock and Blush (retired, replaced with new pretty color, Pixie) Exclusive Ink Pads, then the leaves using Pear and Topiary Exclusive Ink Pads. Then I cut them using micro-tip scissors. I arranged them on the tag and glued them using glue pen. Then added some Sparkle Clear Assortment gems. From the same stamp set, I stamped the banner and sentiment using Black Exclusive ink pad. I added the banner on top of the flower cluster using 3D Foam Tape.

Before adding the tag on the card base, check to make sure the splatter ink is dry completely, if not, you can use any embossing heater to dry it, like I did using my Craft Heater. When it was completely dry, I added the border paper and arrow that I cut out from Heartstrings paper packet (lovely paper for this theme). Final step is to add the tag on the card. I glued the twine using a little bit of Liquid Glass (all-purpose liquid glue, dries clear, strong – best glue I ever used!) so it stays on the card, not flapping around. And my card is done 🙂

THANK YOU so much for visiting today!

Scrapping Everyday Miracles October Challenge

We had a fun Mini Crop Challenge last 3 weeks and the entries are gorgeous! Thank you so much for participating with our Mini Crop Challenge! And don’t forget to check out the Winner on the SEM blog in the couple of days 🙂

Scrapping Everyday Miracles October Challenges is now open until Oct 31, 11:59 PM for you to link up your projects. We have 4 challenges! This month I participate for Card Sketch Challenge and I also incorporate with the Theme/Scripture for this month from Matthew 11:28 (you can use your favorite version of the Bible.):

“Then Jesus said,  “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Here’s the sketch I use from one of our DT member, Bev:

My card I used Pathfinding paper packet for the pattern paper underneath the chevron die cut from Winnie and Walter. I added the chevron layer on the card using glue pen.

sem-oct14-card-1

I stamped the verse from Look To The Light stamp set (B1428) with Barn Red pigment ink pad. And then heat set with Craft Heater for quick drying. Then I added some Gold Sequins (I love these sequins comes with 3 gold colors and back adhesive!).

sem-oct14-card-2

The inside of the card, I stamped the message from Card Chatter set (D1476, retired) with Barn Red and Autumn Terracotta exclusive inks stamp pads using tissue papers. This is an easy technique. Tap couple times the tissue paper on the ink pad. Add the lighter color first and the darker color. Then stamp. You have 2 tone colors sentiment 🙂

sem-oct14-card-3

Mini Crop With Scrapping Everyday Miracles

sem-mini-crop-card-2

Hey all… today I am up at Scrapping Everyday Miracles for their Mini Crop Challenge today. This mini crop as a kick off to relaunch SEM Challenge Blog! Each Design Team member will post their challenge every 15 minutes starting 8 A.M. EST.

My challenge is Color Inspiration, Mini Crop Challenge #5. Visit SEM Blog here to read the full post about this challenge, and to link up your project/s. While you are there, check out the other Mini Crop Challenges and the team inspirations 🙂

Here’s my first take on this challenge using Bev’s Sketch, I tweak a little bit from the sketch:

sem-mini-crop-color-inspiration-sketch

I used Pathfinding WOTG Scrapbook Kit to make this card. I used Woodgrain Embossing Folder to emboss the background:

2014-09-11-sem-minicrop

And one more… I created a digital scrapbook layout using Jen C Designs new collection kit, My Story September and Memory Makers Template Vol.11

2014-09-10-teacher-classroom-jcd

So what does come in your mind the first time you see this color palate?

sem-mini-crop-color-inspiration

I cannot wait to see your projects. With you playing with us, this Mini Crop is SUPER FUN! 🙂 Thank You for visiting and joining our Mini Crop Challenge!

=======================

Additional Supplies:

Scrapping Everyday Miracles: New Challenge

New month, new challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles, a challenge blog where we are challenged to share God’s miracles and blessings in our lives. It is one way of sharing how gracious and kind God has been to all His children.

This month theme challenge is Create / Creation. The inspiration is from Isaiah 45:18

“For this is what the LORD says — He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— He says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”

You may apply this theme in any way you can imagine, create anything you want to, a layout, card, journal page, off the page project, anything. You have until July 17th to post your entry at SEM Blog (link on the right sidebar using the link tool, please link up directly to your blog post or your project).

Here’s my layout for this theme challenge:

The verse I used for the journaling. Our friends were on the way to their new home and passed Ohio. They stayed overnight and we had so much fun. The next day, they gave us these Tiger Lily flower. One had bloomed, one was not yet. My oldest was so excited to see the process of the flower blooming. This remind me of the verse clearly saying the The LORD is the creator, the only one who made the earth, formed it to be inhabited. He created the flowers!

I hope you will join us at SEM Theme Challenge!

A God’s Gift

Welcome to June! WOW… can you believe that Summer is getting closer? Well… here we actually already have our “Summer” weather. SO LOVE IT! My husband and I have planned for our Anniversary + Family Vacation later this month. We are just so thankful for God’s blessings in our life and enable us to have our first family vacation, real vacation just us and the girls! That is one of the activities we have in our Summer bucket list. What about you? What’s your Summer bucket list?

This new month, we also have fun new challenges at Scrapping Everyday Miracles:

Main Theme Challenge: you can create any projects with the main theme challenge “Each New Day Is A Gift.” Or you also can use the inspiration verse from James 1:7, “Every good and perfect gift is come from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Layout Sketch Challenge:

 

Card Sketch Challenge:

 

I made this necklace using CTMH Base & Bling Wearable Crafts collections (only $15 for the whole necklace supplies). This is a reminder for me that every day is a gift from God because He will fulfill His purposes in my life because He is my God who endures forever. Knowing God’s promise in our lives is a gift, forever gift!

DIY Gift for A Friend - CTMH Base and Bling Wearable by Helen Gullett #diy #necklace #closetomyheart #ctmh

And here’s my take on the Card Sketch Challenge. I used Create Paper Pad and the stamp set is from CTMH Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop Kit (D1586) and I wrapped with the hemp cord I got from a store a while ago. I made this card for a friend… she is one of God’s gifts in my life.

SEM June Card Sketch Challenge - Life Is Better With Friends by Helen Gullett #closetomyheart #ctmh #cardmaking #handmadecard

You can link up your projects as many time as you want as long as they are following our challenge rules and themes. There are goodies to win!