Sunday, November 24, 2013

ATC Advent Calendar 2013

Hi, Simon Says Stamp friends, it's time to play our new challenge again. This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we are playing the holiday countdown. Whether you're working on December Daily, doing an advent calendar, creating home decor with numbers, or perhaps just making holiday cards and counting down how many you have left to make, we want to see how you count down to the holidays this week.

I was inspired to create an ATC advent calendar with non-traditional Christmas color scheme.

This is my 3rd ATC advent calendar since I made the first one in 2011. I used this calendar to count down to Christmas and document something I learned or was important to me that year.

All these ATCs are 3.5" X 2.5" with .5" excess on the top with two punched holes to hang on the burlap canvas for displaying.  The numbers on the calendar were stamped, punched out, distressed and pasted on the ATCs using foam squares.

I used the pigment ink pad to distress the edges of these ATCs. We had some traveling and vacation this year, so I attached some transportation wood veneers on some ATCs.

I also attached one word that inspired me from the Tim Holtz Chitchat Stickers on each ATC. All ATCs were made using Prima Flower Printery Paper and decorated with Prima Flower embellishments.

Supply List:

Please join us for counting down to the holidays by making your countdown project. As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator.  And you might be on the Designer Spotlight on our Friday post.  
Thank you for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holidays.

Happy crafting!

Meihsia ^_^

Friday, November 22, 2013

Oh My ! Christmas Cards

Are you ready for the holidays? Hi, my dear blog friends, today, I'm so happy to share some projects with you. Two of them are holiday cards and one is a very colorful tag featuring my recent favorite blending tool - the Art Dauber.

I made the first card for the Paper Bakery using the Paper Bakery Capture 365 Kit. I love the beautiful October Afternoon patterned papers in this kit.

The tag and mistletoes were cut out from the October Afternoon papers in the Capture 365 Kit. They are just perfect for the holiday cards or gift bags.

I combined the Mixed Media Kit and Capture 365 Kit from the Paper Bakery to make my second holiday card. 

I applied the gold crayon which is included in the Mixed Media Kit directly on the wood veneer to make the color cordinate the project scheme. I also applied the Viva Modeling Cream on the veneer with a stencil to make the beautiful dimension.

Be sure to check the November Mixed Media Kit and Capture 365 Kit from the Paper Bakery Shop, and make some beautiful projects for your holidays.

The third creation I'd like to share is this colorful tag using my favorite blending tool - the ColorBox® Art Daubers from Clearsnap.

I just had so much fun playing these Art Daubers since they are so easy to blend and add the colors on any project.

On this tag, I first embossed the background with Rollagarph Design Wheel and Petal Point pigment ink, then stamped and embossed the tree. The birds and speak bobble were stamped and die cut using Sizzix die and stamps.

To blend the background colors, you can easily fit your fingertip in the art dauber and apply the Petal Point pigment ink directly on the tag with circular motion. I also try Art Daubers to do the stenciling on some other projects and they are very easy to work on small areas.

The ColorBox® Art Dauber is also available in bulk packages so you can use one dauber per color for the best result.

For the full supply list of this tag, you may click here

I hope you enjoy my projects and are inspired to make something fun. Love to have your comment love and see what you've been creating for the holidays. 

Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kids Fun Card

Few weeks ago, I received lots of fun and awesome goodies from Clearsnap and my kids have been having so much fun playing with those goodies since then.

One of the projects we made is this card which needed some basic card making techniques and they love making this simple card! So I think I'll share this card and a quick video to show you the fun.

Since this is a project for kids, I am not worried about cutting very straight lines or coloring the images perfectly. That's the fun part of this project to me. 

I love the cute stamps and the beautiful color of Izink pigment ink. The Colorbox preprinted card makes the great card base.

You may check Clearsnap blog if you are interested in more information about the supplies I used on this project.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Meihsia ^_^

Happy Journal

Hey, friends!

Can't believe 2014 is almost here. I start organizing my craft room (again ^_^ ) and try making something out of those scraps and embellishments I thought probably I wouldn't use anymore. Today, I'd like to share a simple journal and a calendar I made using those random stuff in my craft room.

The papers I used here in my journal are from Studio Calico Here + There collection. I love the beautiful drawings and colors in this collection.

I've added a layer of transparency (that I bought at local office supply store) both on the front cover and back to protect the journal, and a layer of vellum on the front cover for the letters and flower embellishments.

The inside pages are random shapes and patterns. I also attached some watercolor papers for mixed media works.

The second project here is a calendar contains 12 3" X 6" tags I made using Crate Paper Fourteen collection. I also used the transparency and vellum on the covers and many left over embellishments from my other projects to decorate each page. 

The 12 months calendar was printed out from the MS Word on the vellum, cut into 12 pieces according to the month, and paste on each tag. 

I've included most of the supplies I used on these two creations. Check here:

I am so happy to use these scraps and hopefully will make some more projects. Hope you are inspired and make something for the coming new year as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day! 

Meihsia ^_^

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mysterious Mixed Media Wooden Box

Hi, my dear blog friends, welcome back to my blog. This week, we have a very fun challenge - It's a MYSTERY.

You could interpret the theme however you want. From Nancy Drew books to techniques that are hard to figure out just from looking at a finished project, You may embrace your inner Sherlock Holmes or mystify us with your technique prowess. You may also simply mysteriously be unclear on how exactly it fits!

I was inspired to alter a wooden box with my favorite mediums and created some mysterious goodies with Susan Lenart Kazmer's bezel and ice resin for my daughter Natalie since she always loves my creations.

Before guessing what's inside what's inside the box, I'll tell you more about this box.
This was a 4.25" x 2.5" x 2" unfinished wooden box that I purchased at local craft store and I decorated it with Gesso, Color Shine, Gelatos, crackle paints, and Prima flowers. 

I love mixed media altered projects since there is always something unexpected even I was well prepared before starting the project. On the background of this box I intended to paste some stamped tissue paper scraps and spray various colors of Color Shine to make decoupaged patterns. But I decided to cover most of the stamped images and soften the background with Gesso after I found out the soft colors looked cute on this box.

I've included a quick video to show you how I altered this box.

So now, can you guess what is inside this box?

Natalie wears different earrings I made for her to school everyday. Since she already has many earrings, I wanted to make some bracelet and necklace for her. There are lots of cute charms by Prima Flower and Spellbinders at Simon Says Stamp Shop, so I chose Heart One Bezels and Finnabair Mechanicals to make a necklace and a bracelet.

I used Spellbinders Heart bezels and Ice Resin to make these pendants since Natalie doesn't like vintage stuff  too much so I tried to make these simple and fun.

The Susan Lenart Kazmer Ice Resin makes perfect jewelry since it's crystal clear and very easy to use.

After putting the photo which was cut out by the Spellbinders die, a key and a lock in the bezels, I poured the mixture of hardener and resin into the bezels. I let them dry for 24 hours.

After the pendants were dry, I added some cute Prima and Finnabair trinkets.

So, here are the mysterious goodies in the box that I created for Natalie. I am sure Natalie will love them! And I enjoy creating them so much! ^_^

Supply List: 

Please join us for this fun challenge becuause Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. You may also be on the Designer Spotlight on our Firday post at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Thank you so much for dropping by. Looking forward to visiting all your blogs.

Happy crafting!

Meihsia  :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November Day - Mixed Media Canvas

This week the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is a simple one – use ink! Whether it is ink spray or an ink pad, an ink refiller or maybe some India Ink pens – we want to see how you use ink this week on your crafting project.

I was inspired by the change of the seasons and created this mixed media canvas using Clearsnap Smooch Glitz ink and Smooch Spritz ink. 
I love the cool crisp air and the gorgeous colors of leaves because autumn is one of my favorite seasons.

To start this project, I punched out lots of leaves with various fall colors, and applied crackle paint on all leaves to make textures. Using ColorBox Pigment ink pad to distress the edges of the leaves.

To prepare the background of the canvas, I applied a layer of Gesso on and covered it with a piece of  tissue paper with wrinkles. After it was dry,  the distress stain and the Gelatos were applied directly on the textured background. 

The sentiment was cut out from the Tim Holtz Seasonal paper pad and pasted with foam squares to make the dimension.  

Now, here is the most fun part, on this canvas, I used Smooch Gold Rush Glitz Sparkle Accent Ink and Smooch Spritz Pearlized Accent Ink Spray to create the autumn themed color scheme. The Smooch Accent Ink is great for details and layering on the embellishments with the easy to use applicator. 
And the Smooch Spritz Ink Spray is perfect for creating the shimmering background.
I love these beautiful colors they've added on this autumn themed project.

Supply List:

Remember to bookmark Simon Says Stamp Blog if you haven't done so. As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator.   

Please stop by Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and check all the fantastic projects our design team members have created for you. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a great day!

Happy crafting! ^_^


Sunday, November 3, 2013


This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we challenge you to be inspired by patchwork. You could patch together a project with scraps, create a quilt-block type project, work with squares of fabric or perhaps make some mosaic work.

I was inspired by the patchwork to create this 12" X 12" holiday layout with sewing many pieces of Santa's image on the page.
I always love sewing and you can find the stitches on most of my creations. The patchwork inspired me to create this layout with many pieces of image sewed together.  

The background paper on this layout are from Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Pad. I layered the Santa's images that were cut out from the same paper collection qand sewed them in a quilt-like pattern. 

There are many holiday decorations on this page from Tim Holtz dies and embellishments attached.

The gold acrylic paint was added on the embellishments, images and background randomly as a final touch.

Supply List:

Please join us for this week's fun Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for winning the prize of a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You might also be on the designer spotlight on our Friday post. Good luck everyone! :) 

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

And happy crafting!

Meihsia :)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2013

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

I had so much fun creating two projects with the products from Walnut Hollow and I hope these two projects will give you some holiday gift ideas.

The first project I'd like to share is this wall decor using Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas collection and Clearsnap ColorBox Pigment ink.

All these images were carefully cut out from the papers in this G45 collection and the edges of these images were all distressed using ColorBox Pigment ink pad.

These images were also layered using square foams to make the dimension. 
Some red gems and a small pine cone were added as a final touch.

The second project I created is a mini hinged sign from Walnut Hollow with two cute stamped snowmen and many fantastic products from Clearsnap. I've made a video to show you how I created this project.

 Christmas is the best time to use all your glitters and make something fun!
Natalie wrote Happy New Year 2014 on the back of the hinged sign that was painted with two layers of chalkboard paint.
I really appreciate that you stop by and hope my projects inspired you to create something fun for this holiday.

A Rafflecopter giveaway

In case you missed any blog in the hop, here is the list for your reference:

November 2:
Craft Attitude
Donna Salazar Designs
Walnut Hollow
100 Proof Press
ICE Resin
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs
Graphic 45 – Romy Veul -
Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman
Sizzix – Tami Mayberry
100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell
ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards
Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo
Graphic 45 – Susan Lui
Sizzix - Lorine Mason
Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer
Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella
Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu