Home is where the heart is

Hello all!

Thanks for coming back.  Today I’m sharing a one layer card with you.  Quick and easy to do.

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You only need just a few supplies for this card, it did take some time as I had to cut out many masks for the houses, however these images are quite simple and easy to cut.

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I stamped these buildings (MFT London Mouse) onto some post-it notes and cut several layers at once to save time as I knew I would need quite a few masks.

Maybe more than a few…

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The best part was to lift up all the masks to reveal what’s behind…

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If I didn’t mess up with one of the masks, I would have left the card as is.  However, I forgot to put one mask down (the top left house and the middle left house) before I stamped the other image, there was a bit overlapping and it bothered me quite a bit (Usually this doesn’t bother me, however this was the second trial, as I made the same mistake when I made the first one! Unbelievable!).  So I had to cover it up by colouring in all the roofs with black prismacolor pencil.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Stamps, one of their early stamp sets, retired now (sorry), but there are similar ones on the market.

So there you are, hope you like it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Yiming x

 

 

 

 

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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:

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

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