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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 

Supplies: 
Sizzix Bigshot machine
Teapot Stamp Framelits Set
Sweet Girl Thinlits Die Set 
cardstock
patterned paper - Crate Paper 
white pigment ink
stickles
adhesives
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.

Supplies: 
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!

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

Charades


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! :) 

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




Tinker Bell Invite for Sizzix

Check out my Sizzix inspiration post using the Sizzix dress form die HERE :) enjoy! 




Good Stuff | Project Life for Made With Love

Hey there project lifers! Here's a 2-page spread for you! I used these old photos when the two boys were still small and much cuter. I miss them like this but I tell myself to enjoy them NOW. Because soon, I will also miss how they are today. Live in the moment.  And take lots of photos! haha.


I made these pages using a couple of white cardstock and JUST. ONE. PACK. of these Insta Square from Simple Stories. Available at Made With Love


It's amazing how much cool stuff this little pack can contain! The square designs are cute and cool at the same time. Perfect for the B&W photos I printed in different sizes. 


When I do project life, I also have these regulars: washi tapes, wood chips, die-cuts, pins, adhesives and my scissors. 


Here are the few simple steps I do when I create project life pages: 

1. Cut the white cardstock according to shapes and size of my page protectors.
2. Arrange my photos and try to distribute these around the page.
3. Fill the rest of the cards with the Insta Squares. I try to have balance when I distribute the colors.
4. Add washi tapes, pins, wood chips, buttons... etc.
5. Write thoughts and sentiments on the cards. 


It's fast and easy because when you use papers and embellishments from one collection, and in this case, from JUST. ONE. PACK... the colors are all coordinated :) Life becomes easy peasy! Because that's what scrapbooking should be. Fun and stress free. Right?





Look how much stuff I still got after finishing the 2-page spread! Maybe I can still make a mini album out of it :)



Flower Hair Band Tutorial

While there are so many urgent and exciting things going on at my side of the world right now. I feel so blessed to still find time to make pretty things. Thanks to Benjo for telling me to never ever stop scrapbooking and crafts (I bet he did that so I won't stop him from his biking too haha!). So this morning, before I left home for a very important task somewhere in Orchard, I spent about 30 minutes making this hair band. 


Yes that's how easy it is. As long as you have all the things you need + the 30 minutes, you're good to go! 


So the things I used for this are my Sizzix Bigshot Machine, Sizzix Cutting Pad, scissors, Sizzix  Flower Layers and Leaf die, felt, buttons, adhesive and a headband. 


If you take a closer look at the Sizzix flower die, you will see the shapes. Cut the felt according to the size of these shapes. 


And since the Sizzix Bigz dies can cut thick materials (chipboards, magnet, fabric, and a lot more!) you can actually layer the felt cut-outs like this and cut all the shapes needed at one go. 


Layer the sandwich in this order from bottom to top: Sizzix standard cutting pad  + die + felt + cutting padRoll the sandwich through the Bigshot. 



Layer the flower and leaves die-cuts with Beacon's glue and add button. You may glue or sew the button to the flower.  I prefer sewing because it adds a nice touch. Some felts may be soft so what you can do to stiffen it is to spray it with your hair spray :) it works!

See I told you it's easy :) I hope you like my simple project! Until next time :)

Love life and live it!
Gen :)

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