Sunday, 22 January 2017

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.

And a closer look.

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. :)

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.

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.

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.


Yiming x

Challenge:  Seven Hills Craft Monthly Challenge:

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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:

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.


I'm currently out of town, if you want to contact me, please email:  Thanks.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Using negative space as your card front

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:

So I used 5x5 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.


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Lots has changed

Hello my friends, hope you are well and feeling crafty  ;)

I haven't posted anything for about a year, mainly because a.) I had a problem with Blogger, and couldn't upload photos at all, so I started another blog elsewhere and b.) although I have been making cards and sharing them on my Facebook page and Instagram, I just didin't have time to write blog posts about what I have made.  Life gets in the way, being a full-time mum, there are so much to do during the day with the kids and housework, and every night after the kids have gone to bed, the few hours of free time I just don't want to spend on here (not that I don't love you, lol).

But my younger daughter just started nursery two mornings a week, I feel that I have just enough free time during the day to post something and fiddle with my space here and to connect with you lovely crafters.

So here are just a few cards that I made fairly recently, and I hope you like them.

It's my bedtime, so I'll say night night to you all, and hope to see you soon.

Friday, 4 September 2015

A nautical themed card

Hello!  This is my second post today and also my second card for this month's Virginia's View challenge which is about geometric pattern.  So here is what I came up with:

This gorgeous stamp is from Neat and Tangled and I heat embossed with Hero Arts silver embossing powder, oh my, first time used it and absolutely love it.
After I made this card, I thought maybe I could use a red embossing powder, so I made another one, but I think the silver one stands out more.

Hope you like these two cards, and have a great day!

Yiming x

One of a kind

Hello!  It's been months since last time I posted, so I better kick off with a card that I made last night, totally inspired by this month's colour challenge over at Make the day special, and over at Virginia's View Challenge which is all about geometric patterns.
So here is the card:

For the background, I used Neat and Tangled background stamp on a piece of watercolour paper (was going to do a loose watercolouring, but changed my mind) and coloured in with my spectrum noir markers in 2 shades of grey, and stamped the sentiment on a piece of yellow card then adhered that onto the card.  Very simple but took me a while to finish, A LOT to colour, but I had great fun!

Hope you like it, and have a good day!


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

All time favorite Hero Arts flowers + SSS + Clearly Besotted

Hello!  Eventually it's summer time in Scotland, the sun was out today and it was HOT, and everyone was happy, so I thought I'd share a happy card with you using all my favourite supplies.  So here are the photos.

The flowers and leaves I used on this card are from my all-time-favourite Hero Arts set, it's a very old set, I have had it for 4 or maybe 5 years now, and do you what, I still use it all the time.  Anyway I white embossed the images on some extra thick vellum and cut them out.  The 'you' die is from SSS, it's another favourite - when I first bought it, I didn't think I would use it so much, but now hey, I use it A LOT, it's so useful, simple but add a lot of interests on the card.  The sentiment 'are amazing' is from Clearly Besotted (again another favourite stamp company).  I splattered some blue and white ink on my card base, and adhered everything down.  To finish the card off, I also added some sequins from SSS - love love LOVE these sequins so sparkly and clear, can't recommend enough.

Anyway, I used all my favourite stuff and made one of my favourite cards, I really like it, hope you do too.

Challenge: A Blog Named Hero.