Impossible Is Nothing With Sizzix :)

It is such a great feeling to do the impossible and I have to thank Sizzix for always being a trustworthy companion in such events of my life. Here's the story... 

Today is Children's Day here in Singapore and I only realised it yesterday when I saw a fellow mom, post her DIY sneak peek for children's day. I was instantly in panic mode because I know how much task I needed to finish yesterday and today.. There was totally NO TIME for a single card. What more for 34 cards? *collapse* 

So last night, I cancelled one meeting for this. I had no choice. Mommy duties always come first. And then, it was  time to use those mommy ninja moves! I wanted to create something quick and simple but spells "HAPPY" so I picked this all time favorite of mine, the Sizzix Originals Happy Phrase Die and all the sunshiny yellow cardstocks I have. 

Most of the time, I do not plan when I create. I love it the most when I do it that way. So there I was, mass producing the word "happy" without really thinking what to do next! Oh my!

"happy" x 34 :) I'd like to tie each die-cut with a baker's twine, but that didn't feel right :D so I looked around my scraproom... 

... and found my old  project life cards that have been gathering dust. Picked the ones with colors that are perfect for the sunny happy die-cuts. I love it! I was able to glue the words on 34 cards in minutes!

Just needed a little stamping.. and it's done! Instant cards for 34 kids that they can keep, paste on their notebooks, or use as bookmark.

Because a gift doesn't need to be complicated and extravagant... as long as it is made with sincere love :) Happy Children's Day! Not just to our kids but to us too.. because it is nice to continue to be childlike... and have a childlike faith. Peace and love to everyone! 

Sizzix Bigshot machine
Sizzix Standard Cutting Pad 
Sizzix Originals Happy Phrase Die
Assorted Yellow Cardstocks 
Project Life - Midnight
stamps - American Crafts
Archival Ink - Ranger

Have I told you ...

That I have a tutorial over at Sizzix? Check it out HERE =)

Tea Time! :)

It's a quite afternoon here at my craft room now. Perfect for a cup of tea and a card to brighten up your day. How are you all doing? :) 

This card is made using my Sizzix Bigshot machine, Teapot Stamp Framelits Set ( I only used the stamp from this set, and yes, Sizzix has got lots of really cute stamps!), Sweet Girl Thinlits Die Set and other supplies listed after this post.

Making cards with Sizzix is easy as 1, 2, 3! After preparing the card base which is basically just cutting 6x5 inch cardstock and fold it in half, go ahead and do the Sizzix magic!  Prepare the shapes by die-cutting using the Sizzix Bigshot. This wreathe for example, was from a thinlits die, and to cut thinlits you just need to assemble the "sandwich" which is composed of:  Sizzix magnetic Platform + Sizzix standard cutting pad +paper + thinlits dies facing down + cutting padRoll the sandwich through the machine and you will get the die-cut in seconds. I cut two of the same shape and layered it with foam dots for dimension. Added stickles as accent.  The sentiment stamp "you're my cup of tea" fits perfectly inside the wreathe. Love it. 

Using the same steps I mentioned, I made this tea set and tea cup. Then whitewashed it with pigment ink. So pretty, isn't it? :) 

Hope I inspired you today. See you again soon!  --- Gen 

Sizzix Bigshot machine
Teapot Stamp Framelits Set
Sweet Girl Thinlits Die Set 
patterned paper - Crate Paper 
white pigment ink
foam dots

Best Husband Award

Last Sunday, Benjo and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and I thought, he very much deserves an award for loving me despite my being a difficult wife sometimes if not always heheheee. So I gave him a trophy! 

That's not the trophy. That's the Sizzix Trophy die I used to make the trophy lol. How cool right? I don't need to think of what to give him year after year... I can just make! Maybe just vary the color every year. Hahaha... okay enough of my lame jokes let's move on... 

I wanted to make a card even though this die is not a card die. To do that, I folded the white 12x12" cardstock in half and position it over the die, making sure that the folded side should be inside the blade so that instead of cutting two separate pieces of trophies, you will have one card!  (I Hope I am making sense? I have another tutorial using this technique here)

The Sizzix sandwich for this: (from bottom to top): Sizzix standard cutting pad  + die + paper + cutting pad. Then I rolled the sandwich through my Bigshot machine. Quick and easy! 

This trophy card will open up so I can write my thoughts inside the page.

Here's the trophy for husband dear! The trophy die comes with a decorative accent die and I used it to cut the black cardstock accent for a chalk board effect. 

A handwritten award which we eventually both laughed. How can he not be my best husband when he is the only one hahah!

But seriously, it also means he is my...
Best Friend
Best Coffee Buddy
Best Business Partner
Best Photo Taker
Best Confidante
Best Critique
Best Sugar Daddy jk! :D

So he definitely deserves the award and a cool gift :) 

... and a nice lunch :) 

Thank you BB for our 12 years. God is so loving. He gave you to me. I love you! 

And that's how we celebrated our day.. spent the whole day at home with the kids... and then at night, we went to the park. The couple shirts given by my sister Che-che were so perfect for the occasion :) 

Best things in life are the most simple things money can't buy.

Sizzix Trophy die
Sizzix Bigshot machine
others: cardstock, ribbon, white pen, adhesives

1 Flower Die, 2 Cards for Made With Love

Hi! A very quick but hopefully a useful one for you all! :)

There are more than one ways you can use a flower die and that's what I'm going to share with you today. I made two different cards using just one die --- The Sizzix Flower Layers & Leaf die.  

I took my vellum papers and started to die-cut many layers of flowers and leaves.  The first flower I made was super easy. I just layered the flowers using foam dots, and then curled the edges. I added a brad button at the center, and added the leaves behind. 

The 2nd card I made will be  a lot more dimensional...

Again using the same flower die-cuts, I started making peonies by folding the flower in half... 

... and I fold it again, and stapled it.

I made about 6 of it and glued it like together until it looks like a peony. I then used my fingertip to add stickles to it. 

I hope you like my simple flower tricks :) Have a gread day ahead!

Sizzix Flower Layers & Leaf die
Sizzix Bigshot Plus
paper - Authentique
brad button


This handmade gift I made for my friend, Anna, is inspired of that time when we had lunch at their place a few days after Christmas, her family and mine played CHARADES and laughed and shouted like there was no tomorrow. It's such a happy memory that both our families will never forget, for sure. 

So now that they are going back to the US for good, I wanted to give her something to remind her of our friendship... something the family can play with. And when they do, they will remember us. 

These are boxes are made using my Sizzix Bigshot machine and the Sizzix Mini Recipe Box & Cards Thinlits Die Set by Where Women Cook. 

Each box contains the family's favorite food, movies or memorable family events. (I asked Anna to give me a list of these things, and she trusts me enough to give the list to me without asking why. Only a true friend would do that.) I would then write all things on the mini cards and keep them in the cards accordingly. Here's how I made this Charades boxes... 

I usually start by deciding on which paper to use. I love this Poolside Paper collection from Crate Paper for its happy & cool theme. So I made my Sizzix sandwich that's made of Sizzix magnetic Platform + Sizzix standard cutting pad +paper + thinlits box die facing down + cutting pad. I then rolled the sandwich trough the machine to have these box die-cuts, scored and ready to be folded and assembled. 

Here are the boxes.. ready to be made and embellished! 

This thinlits die set comes with a decorative die which you can use to embellish the box. I die-cut 3 pieces of the patterned paper and anothe 3 pieces in yellow as a mat, using the same steps I mentioned above when I cut the box. 

Next, I adhered the accents to the boxes and added the Prima crystals. And now, to label the boxes, I picked a sticker sheet from October Afternoon. To make sure that the alphas are centered, I first stick it to a clear ruler ...

... and then transfer it to where it should be. I just saw this trick from the internet years ago and it has always been so useful!

Now that the boxes are ready, I can write the items on the cards! 

Charades game, prettified, is ready! :) 

Sizzix Bigshot machine
Sizzix Mini Recipe Box & Cards 
paper - Crate Paper, Poolside
crystals - Prima