Key To My Heart Shaker Card

Valentine’s Day is only 3 days away. And today I have a card to share with you, Key To My Heart shaker card.

When I saw the center panel step card, I was wondering if I could make a step card with shaker window as the center panel with a polaroid frame and the filler is not only sequins but also with die cut confetti. So, I went through my Silhouette library and AH-HA! I have them already, the step card, polaroid frame with love saying on it and love theme confetti. After that I went digging through my scrap stash to find the papers, cardstocks and everything to fill the shaker window.

And here is the card:

Key To My Heart Shaker Card by Helen Gullett | #livingmygivenlife #creatingjoyfully #ctmh #jrlcreativechallenge #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #thecutshoppe #loriwhitlock #sophiegallo #shakercard #stepcard #handmadecard #valentinecard #bakertwine #flairbutton #sequin #confetti

This shaker card is super easy to make using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software.

Key To My Heart Shaker Card by Helen Gullett | #livingmygivenlife #creatingjoyfully #ctmh #jrlcreativechallenge #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #thecutshoppe #loriwhitlock #sophiegallo #shakercard #stepcard #handmadecard #valentinecard #bakertwine #flairbutton #sequin #confetti

First, I open Lori Whitlock’s Center Panel Step Card on Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. I ungroup the cutting files. I did not use the artisan shape from the file. Replace it with the polaroid frame. Then I arrange the shapes and color them with the colors of the papers I want to cut. It is easy to remember which patter paper for which shape with colors. The pattern paper I used on this card is Heartstrings Paper Packet. I only used 1 paper because it is double-sided paper with cute pattern perfect for Valentine’s Day theme card. After I arranged the papers on the cutting mat, then I sent it to cut.

Then I put cut the card base, frame, keys and hearts.

Key To My Heart Shaker Card by Helen Gullett | #livingmygivenlife #creatingjoyfully #ctmh #jrlcreativechallenge #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #thecutshoppe #loriwhitlock #sophiegallo #shakercard #stepcard #handmadecard #valentinecard #bakertwine #flairbutton #sequin #confetti

I used one of the polaroid frames from The Cut Shoppe, resized it to fit on the front panel card. And for the shaker fillers, I used only the keys and hearts are from Sophie Gallo’s Love Confetti. I also resized the small enough to fit in side the shaker. For these shapes, I used White Daisy cardstock.

To create the shaker on the front panel, I used acetate plastic I saved from left over packing 🙂 This is one way of reuse or recycle boxes. I cut the plastic a little bit bigger than the inside rectangle of the polaroid frame, then I glued it on the frame using Tombow liquid glue. It dries clear and strong. And then adding some 3D foam around the rectangle to create the shaker.

When I added the keys, hearts and gold sequins in side the frame, I found out that I have put the acetate plastic and foam tape on the wrong side of the frame. There is no way to pull them off unless cut a new one. So, I added some Cranberry Baker’s Twine (retired) and a flair from Heartstrings Assortment to cover the mistake on the polaroid frame. And kindda like it this way, the flair looks like having a dove tail cut out 🙂

Key To My Heart Shaker Card by Helen Gullett | #livingmygivenlife #creatingjoyfully #ctmh #jrlcreativechallenge #silhouetteamerica #silhouettecameo #thecutshoppe #loriwhitlock #sophiegallo #shakercard #stepcard #handmadecard #valentinecard #bakertwine #flairbutton #sequin #confetti

What do you think? I hope you’ll like this 🙂 Can’t wait to give this card to someone we love!

This card I link up at:

Stuck On You Sketches Die Cut Challenge

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Warm Wishes

Today I am sharing my project with Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut Challenge, Warm & Cozy.

The first thing pop up in my mind when I read the theme of this challenge was mittens. Last week free cutting file at Silhouette Design Store was these cute pair of mittens.

Warm Wishes - SOUS Die Cut Challenge

I used Lori Whitlock’s pennant card base for the front card. Using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, I created the top layer of the pennant.

First I weld both mittens, then I dragged them in the middle of the pennant. Then Cut. This is how it looks when I sent it to cut:

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I added some stitching at the top border, Silver Shimmer and sentiment. And I added the mittens using 3D Foam tape to give some fun dimensional looking 🙂 And I save the hearts from the mitten for other project.

Warm Wishes - SOUS DC Challenge

I hope you’ll like my card and join Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut Challenge this week. You can use any die cut machine you have to create any kind of projects that show us your interpretation of this week theme, WARM & COZY. You have until Thursday, 2/5/2015 by midnight to link up your project HERE.

THANK YOU for visiting today 🙂


Snow Thank You Card

Today is my day sharing my project at Stuck On You Sketches Blog for their new Die Cut Challenge. This time theme is to use any SNOW die cuts on your projects. Don’t forget to link up your project (s) here.

And I decided to make a card for a friend 🙂


I used a A2 card for the base. For the mat, I cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock (3.75″ x 5″) and then I embossed it using Chevron embossing folder. I added the felt snow flake die cut on the card. The thank you banner is from For A Friend stamp set that I stamped on a piece ofWhite Daisy cardstock using Crystal Blue and Glacier Exclusive Ink Pads.


Thank You for stopping by today!

Year In Review To Move Forward (+ DIY Sketchbook Journal Cover)

It is New Year’s Eve!!! WOW… can you believe that we are on the last day of 2014?

I am thankful for 2014.

Looking back for what we’ve been through this year, I am thankful. As family we learned so many things together. The big girl started her Kindergarten this year. The little girl can say her ABC and counting 1-20, although she always says, “1, 3, 2, 4, 5,…” LOL!!! Both girls love dancing, singing and crafting, too. I am one happy Mama who can craft with her girls 🙂


As parents, Dave and I grow in learning to be parents, keep asking God to give us wisdom to teach them the truth and walk in love. We went through tough days but He was there to help us.

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it (Proverbs 22:6, NLT).

We love love love camping out in the Spring, Summer & Fall! That the best thing we found out our daughters LOVE being out in the nature because both my husband and I love outdoor activities.

As husband and wife, we celebrated our 6th Anniversary and this year was our 7th Christmas together. Each day we grow to love each other more and more… I am thankful for my amazing, loving and supporting husband. Dave is an answer to my prayer!

There was a bit change in our ministry. In January we resigned from Wycliffe Bible Translators. We were so discouraged and kept seeking God for answers. Dave and I felt in our hearts that God still want us to go to SEA* as missionaries. So, we went to a mission conference focusing on that particular country. There we learned so much important updates, talked to some people and meeting with some friends we knew before from the country. We were looking for an new opportunity to serve. Then couple days after we came back home, we got a call from the area director of Wycliffe Associates (it is a partner organization with WBT) and a director of a mission agency in the country offering both of us opportunities that we never thought of before. These new opportunities are perfectly fit for each of us. We were surprised by God and how He worked again and again! So we started our journey in September and right now we are raising support to go to SEA* serving with Wycliffe Associates as supported volunteers in 2015! We have some works to do remotely from home and cannot wait to work with the mother tongue translators & local churches directly soon to help them bringing the Good News to the 450+ Unreached & Bibleless People Groups!

If you would like to know more details, we would love to share with you more 🙂 You can sign up for our ministry newsletter & prayer update HERE. Please pray for us daily in our preparation to go and also please be prayerfully to consider to support us to go here. Your prayers & partnership end the Bible poverty in SEA*, because of your partnership those people can have God’s word in languages they can understand best in their hearts so that they may come to worship the one true living God through Jesus Christ through the works we will be doing there with the team.

We are thankful for our families, friends, church, and all new partners God has brought into our lives in 2014. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

This year has been amazing for me personally. I learn a lot. Through personal quite time with the Lord, He help me to keep my eyes on Him and have faith in Him. Also, through group devotional time with our small church prayer meeting group & HelloMornings group, I learned so much of God, His love & truly He listened to our prayers.


In August, again, I was able to attend an amazing women blogging conference, Declare Conference, in Texas. I reconnected with blogging & online friends, met new “internet” friends I met in real life & even God led me to new connections with some friends. This was my second conference and He has blessed me tremendously! I am praying and hoping to go next year if we’re still here 🙂 You should check this conference and pray about going! They have limited seats for 2015!

In October, a scrapbooking friend introduced me to a group on Facebook, Journaling Bible Community, where I find lots of inspirations how to illustrate our faith and love for God in creative ways.

In that group, a lot by a lot of crafty friends inspire to learn more of this illustrating God’s word in creative ways. When we went out buying Christmas gifts, I found a big sketch book at Barnes & Noble for only $8.99! So I grabbed it and plan to use this sketch book for my 2015 Bible Study creatively 🙂


I decorated the book cover with some paper doilies, washi tapes (CTMH), gold sequins assortment (CTMH) and mini stapler (CTMH)

For the big year title, I cut the 2015 with my Silhouette Cameo using DCWV glitter cardstock and the triangle border I cut the glitter cardstock using the Triangles Cutting plate from Taylored Expressions.


The white polkadots is very easy to do. I trace the numbers, and then start stamping the dots using the eraser of my daugther’s pencil. I used CTMH White Archival Ink. I heat set it for a quick dry. Then I glued the numbers and triangle border.

Today I am sharing my project at Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut new challenge, Anything New Year. Check it out here!

Hope you can play along with us this week 🙂 Click here to link up your project(s).

I wanna take this day to THANK YOU ALL for all your love, prayers & supports in 2014 for me and my family! Thank you for inspiring me!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family.
God bless you abundantly in 2015!


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The Pretty Pintastic Party #35

SOUS Die Cut Challenge – Anything Christmas

There are many ways you can decorate or dress up a plain paper gift bag. And today I am sharing my project at Stuck On U Sketches, Die Cut Challenge – Anything Christmas. Check out the project there and how I created this gift bag.

You still have time to come and play along with us this week! Link up your projects here to share with us! I am looking forward to see them! Have a Merry Christmas!


Thanks for visiting!

Peace – SOUS Die Cut Challenge

Today is new challenge at Stuck OnU Sketches – Die Cut Challenge. This week new challenge theme is Into The Woods. You can create any projects that use die cuts like: woods, trees, deers, hunting, camping out, etc. As long as they are showing the theme and die cuts.

Here’s my card I made for this challenge:


The watercolor paper itself is thick and curled when I colored with, so I added on my card base using strong adhesive to keep it laid flat well.

I cut the wood using my Silhouette Cameo. And then I attached it on top of a piece of watercolor paper using 3D Foam Tape.


For the sentiment, I cut these words – Peace, Joy, Hope – all together using Watercolor Paper with my Silhouette Cameo. I used blade 6, Speed 3 and Thickness 33, double cut for the cutting setting.

Before I peeled them off from the cutting mat, quickly and lightly I added some watercolor paint on them. Let them dried for few minutes and peeled them off.


Then I added the word Peace on my card using Liquid Glass, it is a strong and dries clear liquid adhesive from Close To My Heart.

Now, it is your turn to show us what you create for this challenge 🙂 Get your die cut machine to work this week and link up your projects here at Stuck OnU Sketches – Die Cut Challenge.. While you are there, check out the projects that the SOUS Die Cut Team have created for your inspirations 🙂

I cannot wait to check on your projects!

No Trick, Only Treat

We are the end of October! Can’t you believe that? Tomorrow is November already!!! Time flies so fast and one thing we can be thankful for is that God gives us enough time every day to enjoy His blessings.

One of those blessings we have in October is our little neighborhood. They have a fun tradition celebrating Halloween with Trick-or-Treating. This is our 5th Trick-or-Treat with friends. And this year, we had it on yesterday (it is almost always on the Thursday before Oct 31st, unless we get snow or rain then they will postpone it). It was fun day for the kids and super cold for me!


The Big Girl wanted to be a Cheer Leader once she saw that costume at TJMaxx about 3 weeks ago. We had another plant for the Little Girl, she fit perfectly in this princess costume we got 4 years ago for her big sister. This is a sweet memory to remember…


After going around our neighbors for Trick-or-Treating, our friends always held a little party at their house. They have potluck food and as always they cook yummy soups! Also, the kids can check what they got. The little girl kept showing me her stash on the way from one house to another. She was super excited to get CANDIES!


For them, I made some treat boxes for the kids at our friends’ Trick-or-Treating party at their house. I love this cute Jack-O-Lantern pillow box from Pebbles In My Pocket. I made 9 boxes in less than 10 minutes, including gluing and filling the boxes with candies. All you need for this project are Silhouette Cameo, cutting mat, blade, cardstocks, velum paper, glue, and candies. The machine cut 3 boxes at one time. I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to adhere the velum on the window and assembled these boxes. I made them simple and easy for the kids to open these boxes.


Stuck On U Sketches has a new Die Cut challenge today with theme: Trick-or-Treat. This boxes are perfect for this challenge 😀 Create a project using any kind of Die Cut machine with anything Halloween theme on your project. You have 14 days from today to link up your project here. Come and play with us this month with 3 challenges we have. See you there!