Hi Ya

Hello and happy new year!  I hope 2017 brings you lots of lovely memories, fabulous friends, and crafting goodies.

So for the first card of 2017, I went a bit crazy, Usually my cards are very clean and simple, minimal supplies and tools and lots of white/empty space.  But for today’s card, man, I pulled out so many different tools, and spent over an hour to finish it – that’s way out my comfort zone.

Anyway, here is the card.

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And a closer look:

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To start with, I used different distress inks to make a night sky.  I didn’t mind it wasn’t a nice smooth blend, because I wanted to add other elements on top.  However I’m very bad at blending, as you can see in the photo, definitely need to work hard on it.  So if you have any blending tips, do let me know. 🙂

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I have this city skyline die from Clearly Besotted (retired now), and I die cut it from a light grey, a dark grey and black cards a few times so that when I layered them up they don’t look the same.  The two grey layers I just glued them onto the card base directly, but with the black one, I put foam adhesives at the back, so it pops up a bit.

For my focal point,  I chose Mama Elephant Tiny Ninjas stamp set, aren’t those ninjas adorable?  I just can’t resist them.  I stamped one ninja using my misti, and stamped a few time to achieve a dark and better result.

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To finish off the card, I brushed some Perfect Pearls in the shade Pewter all over the night sky then set it with a mist of water, and that also leaves a nice texture to the sky.

I then trimmed the panel just a little bit smaller than my card base then glued the two parts together.

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That’s my card today, hope you like it.  I’m off to do some more blending.  Again, if you have any tips on how to achieve a nice blended background, do share it with me.

Ta.

Yiming x

Challenge:  Seven Hills Craft Monthly Challenge:

A Red Bird Christmas

Hello again.

Today I’m back with a Christmas card (well, actually two, just different background) that is inspired by the cover of my favourite Christmas book – A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.

I loved the cover picture as much as I loved the story, and I always wanted a cardinal stamp so I can create a card or something similar like the cover.  So when Hero Arts first brought the cardinal stamp set out, I bought it straight away.

So here is my card/cards:

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I was able to make 8 cards in 2 hours thanks to my new love – misti, without it, I would have spent a few hours trying to line up the layering stamps carefully.  I could have added a few more details: like gold embossing the third layer – the feathers, I thought it would look really nice, or adding falling snow using stencils, or doing a light grey washed background, but in the end I kept it simple as I’m going to mass produce this design.

I’d like to submit this card to the current Seven Hill Crafts Monthly Challenge, and A blog named Hero.

Thank you Hero Arts for bringing out such a wonderful stamp set!  And thank you for dropping by.

Love,

Yiming

Using Negative Die-cut Pieces on Your Cards

Hello!  Today I’m going to share a set of cards with you that I used negative die-cut piece as my card front.

I bought Seasonal Sentiments Die set from Wplus9 last year (or you can get this set from Seven hills craft if you are from the UK), and made lots of Christmas cards using the die cut words, they are just the perfect size for me to work with, and they are just big enough on the card front as is, and your cards would still look stunning.  But this year I don’t want to make the same/similar cards again but I still want to make something with the set.  So here is what I came up with:

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So I used 5×5 size cardbase (this size is currently my favourite size to work with) in deep red, deep green and navy, and trimmed some white/off white/cream cards to be just slightly smaller than the cards, and I positioned the dies in the upper middle part of the card pieces then ran them through my big shot.  Make sure you keep all the pieces.  I saved the words for other projects, but only used the negative pieces for the cards.  I also used the heart die that is included in the set and cut 3 times on some glitter card.  Then I assembled all the cards together with some glue and foam pads.  Quick and easy, perfect for mass-producing.

So that’s me today, I hope you like the set, and I will see you soon.

Take care.

Yiming

xx

Let your dreams soar – share handmade kindness week 2

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the 2nd week of Share Handmade Kindness challenge.  Today I made a card for my son’s nursery teacher – she is just lovely and kind, put her heart and soul in the class and children.  She really is the best, and I’m just delighted that my son has such a wonderful teacher.  So this is for her.

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I’m also going to get a frame and frame it, then give it to her as a thank you gift.

The clouds, the kites and the sentiment are from Clearly Besotted.  I white embossed the clouds on vellum and cut them out, and stamped the kites on some scrap patterned paper and glitter paper then cut them out, same with the sentiment, white embossed on black cardstock.  For the background, I cheated by using a patterned paper from Crete paper.

Hope you like what I made, and see you soon!

Yiming x

Inlaid die cutting cards

Hello!  It’s awefully dark and rainy here today, but I’m going to share a few happy cards to bright up your day.  All these cards share one technique – inlaid die cutting.

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I like using patterned paper as my card front, but sometimes the pattern is too busy or too bright that is hard to make a focal point for the sentiment.  When this happens, 2 things I like to do most: using vellum layering on top, or inlay die cutting.  Today I used the second technique.

Sorry about the weird lighting of these photos.  These four cards will be going in to the mail box this afternoon for my lovely extended family.

See you soon!

Yiming x

A brand new blog sharing handmade kindness

Hello!  And welcome to my new home!

To celebrate my new blog, I’m joining Jennifer McGuire and her share handmade kindness challenge, to send cards to my lovely family and friends this week.

Actually I send lots of cards, but mainly birthday cards or thank you cards, I rarely send thinking of you cards to people, sometimes it’s just easier to send text messages.  But it IS such a wonderful feeling to receive unexpected cards from your friend/family saying that they miss you.  So I’m going to challenge myself this month to send all the cards that I made this month, and let them know that I think of them and appreciate them.

So without further ado, here are the cards that I made on Monday night.

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So for the anchor cards (the first two), I simply silver (Hero Arts super fine) embossed the sentiment on vellum, and added some details around the edges using Lawn Fawn border die.  For the background, I stamped my own using Clearly Besotted Basic Stripes stamp set on some Neenah 80lb cardstock.  Then used a little bit liquid glue adhered the vellum piece onto the cards.  Super quick and simple.

For the 2 coffee cards, again the mug and the sentiments are from Clearly Besotted, I randomly stamped the mug all over the water colour paper then white embossed them.  Then loosely watercolored them using Inktense pencils (out of my comfort zone), then embossed the sentiments on black cardstock and cut them out.  The 2 friends that I’m going to send these cards to have exactly that same mug!  I hope they like the cards!

For the happy mail card, both sentiment and envelope stamps are from SSS sending and wishing set.  Love the set, all-time favourite!

My last card, I stamped my own plaid background using Basic Stripes from Clearly Besotted. But the sentiment and the sending die cut are from SSS – didn’t I tell you, that set is my all-time favourite! The plaid colour combo is inspired by one of Kristina Werner’s cards, click here to check it out.

That’s all for today.  I hope you are also making lots of cards and sending them to your loved ones.

Have a wonderful week and see you soon.

Yiming x