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Showing posts with label hugs in a card. Show all posts

Handmade Cards: Night Sky and Stars

Saturday, September 11, 2021

This weekend's handmade card is all about night sky and stars. It's an easy background that's versatile. What I love about this style is the color scheme: the dark blue makes almost any other bright color pop thus it's perfect for lively scenes.

Easy starry night background for cardmaking

I decided to use my old Love Cynthia stamps for this theme. The first 2, I created a dreamy scene using the girl from Find A Reason To Smile stamp set, except that I cut out the lollipop she's holding and placed her on an interactive swing hanging by a cloud.

Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards

I used a cloud die cut for the upper and bottom part and stuck them onto the front panel with a foam adhesive for dimension. The strings of the swing were stuck behind the clouds and the foam adhesive allows the swing to move a bit.

Here are 2 versions of the card with the same format:

Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards

Love Cynthia has a stamp set with an image of a girl on a swing and that would be perfect for this theme. The stamp set is called Be Awesome Today, but I think any Love Cynthia Happy Girl image would work well because they're all too cute!

For the other card, I decided to make a friendship one. I was just reminded of the really nice quote about friendship and stars:

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them but you know they're always there.


Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards about friendship

This stamp set is called I'm Always Here For You and this image is perfect for this setting. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I chose the sentiment because the girls give me the impression of 2 besties feeling blessed to have each other's company.

Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards about friendship

Now the secret behind these glittery stars is that they were made from recycled party banners 😁 When my baby turned 1, we had a mermaid themed party for her. One of the party decors I used was this silver bunting banner and you could see it in one of the pictures on my previous post about my baby's birthday party celebrations.

Use recycled bunting banner to make glittery stars

After the party, the bunting banner was unscathed and I decided to keep it. It hasn't been used for the next parties because it didn't fit the themes. While I was decluttering one time, it just hit me that I could use the glittery bunting banner for stars and these cards were created.

Easy starry night background for cardmaking

As for the decluttering, it had to be finished at a later time hahaha 😂

This design is very easy to make, just like with all my cards. I just used a midnight blue cardstock and blended some black ink around the edges with an oval make-up brush. Then I glued on different sized stars. 

The big ones were punched out from the bunting banner while the smaller ones were from a glitter-shaker set I bought from Kmart a while back. I then added some speckles of white poster paint and also some rhinestone embellishments to complete the starry night effect.

Easy starry night background for cardmaking

It was fun to make these cards and here's another one I created for our anniversary back in April which also happens to be my toddler's birthday.

Interactive double-slider anniversary Over The Moon For You card

I decided to step it up a bit with this one so I created an interactive double-slider card using the same starry background. Up front, it just looks like a simple moon in the sky with clouds and stars. 

Interactive double-slider anniversary Over The Moon For You card

But once you pull out the tab at the bottom, this cow with dreamy face pops out. Indeed, so over the moon for my hubby, my best frenemy! 😍 The cow is an image from the Over The Moon stamp set, which is a retired stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Interactive double-slider anniversary Over The Moon For You card

And that's it for now, my handmade cards using the starry-night background using a recycled bunting banner!

Starry night background for cardmaking

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Hello September!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

They say no winter lasts forever and today just marks that. Spring time again here down under! Not that I hated winter. To be honest, I really enjoyed this year's winter season, lock down and all. 

We were supposed to go to a snow trip in July with family friends but that's got cancelled because the COVID cases increased again from the end of June. Today, we have about 1000 plus cases in a day. 

The lock down brought changes in the community and has affected business and individuals alike. Our job has changed too. I am not doing compliance at the moment and I find our current work tasks to be overwhelming for my introvert self. 

Yes, I am an introvert to a fault. There are times (extreme times) when I want ZERO human interaction. Not even from my family. But don't worry, I'm not a loner as I may sound to be. Just an hour or so to be alone and in touch with myself is all I need to recharge. 

I don't know why but over the years I figured out that ALONE time is a necessity for me and lately, because of too much interaction at work, I find myself needing this ALONE time much more that I usually do.

So yes, winter had been very challenging but I'm not lying when I said I enjoyed this year's season. Firstly, our new house gets a lot of sun and it keeps my working area very warm in the day. Really thankful to have moved to this house. Winter used to be a torture for my tropical self but it's much more than bearable now.

Next, I was able to make lots of winter cards and that's what I wanted to share in my post here today. It's a day late, I know, but August had been very busy at work. Anyway, I don't want to dwell on that. I don't want to seem ungrateful for having a job amidst this crisis. But sometimes, you just have to address the stress factors too. No to toxic positivity!

Anyway, if you want to see my previous winter cards, you can view the June ones and July ones by clicking on the link. Here are the ones I have subsequently made:

Winter themed handmade card cozy wishes from our house to yours

This unbranded stamp set has some really great sentiments but I used a different one for a homey and cozy feeling, which is what I would want the recipient to get when she sees this (whoever she might be 😉).

Hello Bluebird Cocoa Party Stamp Set & Birch Tree Die Cuts
Feat Hello Bluebird Cocoa Party Stamp Set and Birch Tree Die Cuts

Hello Bluebird O Christmas Tree Stamp Set and Birch Tree Die Cut
Feat Hello Bluebird O Christmas Tree Stamp Set and Birch Tree Die Cuts

Then I decided to put the Birch Tree Die Cuts to use by creating these cards with a simple layout - just a midnight blue cardstock with snow falling in the background. I used a chalk pen for the snow fall and a white glitter foam sheet for the snowy ground. 

I wanted these cards' theme to be cherishing friendships and life's simple moments. Because really, in the middle of all the crises that's happening all over the world, family, friends and the everyday moments we have with them are the most valuable things we can hold on to for now.

Next, I decided to pull out my window die cut again and coupled it with Stampin' Up!'s Pine Wood Plank Embossing folder to create this luminary tea light cards. 

Luminary LED tea light cards - cozy windows
The cards open into a box structure and when you put the LED tealight inside, the houses glow as if from the fireplace inside 😍 I really love how cozy they look especially when you use them in the dark.

Luminary LED tea light cards - cozy windows with charms

The cards fold into a card that fits perfectly into a C6 envelope, so it's not a hassle sending them to friends. Only trouble is, they'll have to use their own LED tealight candles which are very cheap and can be bought anywhere from Kmart to Asian stores, etc.

Luminary LED tea light cards - cozy windows with charms

Finally, I am also sharing my daughter's creation. I'm really proud that she gave cardmaking a go out of the blue and came up with this original idea.

A winter-themed shaker card with cozy wishes from our house to yours! And because a photo won't do it justice, I am uploading a video of the card below.

And there you have it, all of our winter themed cards for this year's season. I hope you enjoyed all of them and if you wish to be part of my happy mail recipients, you know the drill. If you're new to this blog, please read about my Hugs in a Card mission.

August 2021 Happy Mail for Hugs in a Card project
August 2021 Happy Mail for Hugs in a Card project

Wishing you all a happy spring here from down under or happy autumn if you're in the west or just a happy any-season wherever you are in the world 💗

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July 2021 Happy Mail!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

It's almost the end of the month and I'm excited to announce our 4 happy mail recipients for July 2021!

  • Sis Cherielynne Rae
  • Sis Nilda 
  • Sis Cecil
  • Rosemarie

And because it's the end of financial year here in Australia, I'm also giving them some gifts - some of my favourite Atomy products - for being my beloved repeat and loyal customers/members. 😍 

Thanks to my lovely friends for your support 😊

It's still winter here and while our snow trip had been cancelled due to lockdown, I make myself occupied with reading books/listening to audiobooks, crafting, and some wellness activities like exercising and skin care. I will be sharing some of the books and audiobooks I have finished soon as well as the minimalist skin care I have established for myself. 😌

Meanwhile, here are some my card creations for this month - additions to my #hugsinacard mission!

Stampin' Up! From Our House To Yours simple handmade card
Inspired by my last winter mail art

If these cards look familiar to you, that's because they are hehehe. I created them based on my last winter mail art which was an idea given to me by my dear mom-friend, Eli. Thanks momshie!

These cards were made using only stamps, and this one in particular was from Stampin' Up!'s stamp set called From Our House To Yours.

Using Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush, I added glitters to the house roofs, hearts and snowflakes and this is how they look up close:

Stampin' Up! From Our House To Yours simple handmade card

Stampin' Up! From Our House To Yours simple handmade card

Because they were easier to make, I made 7 cards in one go hehehe. I used a stamping tool for the houses, made the job a whole lot quicker.

The next card I'm going to show you is a little bit more tedious to make. This one is already reserved for a certain friend who is also a June baby and we previously worked in the same team. We haven't seen each other for more than a year since covid but we are just as close as sisters. 💗

MFT you are mermazing shaker card
A mermaid shaker card!

I tried to steer away from winter this time hahaha! It's a shaker card and I used a combination of pinks, greens, purples (and orange for the hair and fishes) for a more colourful effect.

And here is a video of the card in actual 😀

And that's all from me... hope everyone is keeping safe wherever you are! 💗 See you in my next posts.

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Winter Mail Art

Monday, June 21, 2021

It has been a really busy month (sorry if it seems like every month is busy 😂). But finally, here is my mail art for the month of June 2021. I will be posting these 3 handmade cards this week. 💗

The mail art was created using From Our House To Yours stamp set from Stampin' Up! And balmy blue ink on the edges.

The names and addresses werw handwritten with a brush pen 🥰

Mail art Stampin' Up! From our house to yours
#hugsinacard for June 2021

The theme is winter because June is officially the start of winter season here down under. And the three recipients of free handmade cards this month are:

Mylene Pecjo

Winter snow mail art handmade card

Tricia Angelique Roldan

Winter snow mail art handmade card

Ronna Joy Morallos

Winter snow mail art handmade card

Thank you all for being part of my hugs in a card project! 💗

Do you want to receive a free happy mail too? Simply fill out this form and be part of my #hugsinacard mission. 🥰

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Winter Interactive Cards - Sliding and Floating Stamped Images

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

It's good to finally have the time to make this post - introducing, my interactive winter-themed cards for this year! I got these cute stamp set after winter last year and I had to wait almost a whole year to finally use them. 

This year, the cold came really early. In fact, we hardly complained about the heat during summer either. It's a comparatively colder year in 2021. As early as the last weeks of May, I was already brainstorming and voila!

Winter interactive card ideas
Foxy on his sled on a couple of cards (using slider technique) and Twinnie Penguins bobbing on another card (using floating image technique by Jennifer McGuire).

The stamp set features a fox on a sled, a penguin with scarf and some really nice sentiments. They make cold look cute.

But unlike Elsa though, I don't like the cold, it bothers me a lot hahaha. Still, I find winter to be a beautiful season with it's glistening snow and tinkling icicles. I wish I was more like cute Foxy and Penguin so I could enjoy the snow too!

Fox in sled interactive winter themed card
Foxy slides through the snow when you move the card!

I looked at my stash to see how I can make these cards. You see, I try to limit my craft supplies spending now. Whenever I have a project in mind, I make sure that I can do it with what I have on hand.

Creating a snowy background cardmaking

Fortunately, I have 3 shades of blue inks and my ever handy brush makeup applicator to create the background. Then, using white poster paint ($2 from Kmart) and a fine point paint brush, I added the snowfall effect. Just looking at the background already makes me shiver in cold! ⛄

Snowy background cardmaking

I can't not use cute Penguin either. With one of its feet in the air, it looks like it's dancing so why not make 2 cute dancing Penguins on the snow? 

To make them "dance," I used the floating image technique by Jennifer McGuire

Here they are, dancing with their Happy Feet!

Cardmaking dancing penguins
Shake the card to make the Penguins dance 😄

Dancing Penguins winter cards
Close up of the bobbing Penguins

Close up of Foxy on sled

Winter has just started and God willing, I will come up with more winter-themed cards to make while the snowy season lasts. 😄Happy winter!


June 2021 #hugsinacard recipients are:

  • Tricia Angelique Roldan
  • Mylene Pecjo
  • Ronna Joy Morallos
Comment down below if this is you 🥰💗

Do you need some encouraging words? Do you think you can do with some kind thoughts today? Or do you just want to receive a free happy mail?

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Weekend Crafting - Interactive Cards with Secret Messages

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Hello friends! I hope you are doing well! It's already halfway through the month. I realised that I haven't been blogging much lately. 

Not to worry, all is well. Just busy with work and family life as usual. So much going on behind the scenes but I hope that wherever you are right now, you're also doing well. ☺

Anyway, just sharing a couple of cards I made over the weekend: interactive cards using Stampin' Up!'s Build A Bike stamp and die set. 

Both cards have secret messages on them. The first one I made was the bottom card which was a pull tab card. 

I used pink and green colours and this particular message because I want to send sunshine and warmth just before it gets really cold this upcoming winter.

The card has a pull tab on the right which reveals a hidden message once you pull it.

The next card is my first slim line card. I decided to try this size so the bike has more room to move. Also, I used autumn theme for this one. Probably the last autumn themed card before this season ends officially.

When you slide the bike to the right, a message is revealed.

I also used Wink of Stella clear brush to make the leaves glisten. It's simply beautiful, isn't it? I just love autumn.

Until my next post! Have a lovely day everyone. 🍁🍂🚲

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Floral Cards in Various Colours

Friday, May 7, 2021

Just sharing some quick cardmaking projects in between work and planning Darla's birthday party

Which one is your favourite colour? :) 

Sky is the limit in choosing which colours to use 💙💚💛💜💗 

Coral pink

Pale yellow

Mint green

Orange - I didn't expect this to turn out nice but I like it as much as the rest 😀


If you're keen to mark and try this project, you can read about it here. The Hugs In A Card blog is solely for my cardmaking and you can follow it to be in the loop about tutorials and latest projects.

That's it for now! Next week, God willing, I will be posting the recipients of this month's #hugsinacard! Stay tuned for more happy mails. 😍

PS: Register your interest to be one of my happy mail recipients by filling out the form below:

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Free Hugs In A Card April 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Finally, the highlight of the month! Happy mails for April would just be right on time. I will be sending these paper hugs on Thursday, God willing. 💗

April 2021 hugs in a card for sending 

If you'd also like to get a chance to receive a handmade card, just fill in this form or click on this image on the right-hand sidebar. Hugs in a card is open for everyone 🥰

Such a hectic, hectic month April is! One minute it was just starting and the next it's past the middle of the month!

Nice day at the beach

I guess it went really fast because there were so much that went on from the beginning to now: celebrating the 2021 1st quarter Special Thanksgiving, going out with friends here and there to make use of our dine vouchers and to squeeze in beach hopping before it gets really cold, but mostly going out with the kids while it's school holidays.

School holiday family bonding 

In between those events, there was illness too starting from Daisy and then Darla. Been fighting off getting sick myself so I've been taking lots of HemoHIM and supplements. But everytime Darla gets sick (even for just a little bit), she'd be cluster feeding like an infant but 10x stronger. Alas! I think my body is about to give in... please no!

Anyway, I will share more about our escapades on my next post. Fingers crossed I could find ample time to write them down... 😁

Kiama adventure with friends

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