Friday, November 30, 2012

My favorite shades....

My card today is using some of my favorite shades

from the Ribbon Girls Challenge Blog

if you love lilac and all shades of purple, go check it out

The ribbon girl blog november color challenge

and you know what, they are also have a giveaway

how fun is that, and this is reason #2 that you must pop over to The Ribbon Girls Blog right now!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Happy Book

My daughter Clare used to room-mate with a Korean Girl last year, she is such a sweet girl, when she went back to Korea for summer break, she always bring candies back for me.
The project next is my present for her, called "My Happy Book"

"My Happy Book" is a book where you could write down your happy thoughts, paste your favorite photos, doodles or even a jotter book...

in this Happy Book, you'll also find some positive quotes....

and since I make more than one, I put the rest on my Etsy Shop, check it out if you would like to get one.

I am linking this project to

Whatever you want Wednesday

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dolce = Sweet

When Dolce was young, she doesn't like her name, she said no one can pronounce her name correctly, even the teacher at school

but I told her, she is so sweet that is why I named her Dolce

I guess she is getting used to her name now at age 17, no more complains, LOL!!!!

I am linking this layout to the challenge over at

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 137 ~ Christmas Easel

Happy Tuesday, and you know on Tuesday, the project is always for City Crafter's Challenge right?
This week, Linda is our lovely host, she first introduced us to Easel Card in April 27, 2010, that was week 2 of City Crafter Challenge Blog, can't you believe we are in week 137 now?

This week, Linda want us to make another easel card, what a great idea, I can tell you that since that first easel card I made in 2010, I think I make only one more after that, so this is a good opportunity for me to try another one, this time, it has to be a holiday easel card.

please stop by City Crafter Challenge Blog to see the beautiful creation done by our Guest Designer as well as our fabulous design team

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Candy Cane and Vellum

Today's card was inspired by


I used PTI bloom builders #3 die with light yellow vellum paper to make the flower, add pink glitters and then top with PTI white and cream mixed vintage buttons

I used the same yellow vellum and layered it over my patterned paper

before I stitch them up, I throw some of my pretty flowers in there

can you see them? the vellum kind of tone down the patterned paper and give a softer look, I like it

I love this vintage image, girl in candy cane costume holding candy cane, how sweet

There is a video tutorial by Melissa Phillips on Layered Vellum Die Cuts, check it out HERE

Glitter flowers - PTI Bloom Builders #3 die

Tokyo, Japan

There are a few cities/countries in the world that I've been to and wish to live there someday soon in this life time. Top of the list is Paris and Japan. Just last month, we got a very short notice that we can be in Tokyo for a few days, we  I jump right to it. So here to share some photos from the last trip to Tokyo, Japan.

We stayed at The Westin at Meguro, this is the view on the 17th floor executive club where I had breakfast and check my emails every morning

I took public transport in Tokyo almost everyday when Randy is at work, The Westin is very close to Ebisu Station, and it is only 4 stops away from Shinjuku, there is this little florist at Shinjuku station, I just want to take everything home if I am allowed to

My friend Airi and I had tea at Pastel, they are famous for their custard, I had one and it was great.

Meji Jingu (Meji Shrine) located in Shibuya, Tokyo, I love these barrels of Sake wrapped in straws at the entrance

especially these few.... aren't they pretty?

In Japan, visitors supposed to rinse your mouth and wash your hand before entering Shrine or temple

I make my husband do this again and again until I get a good shot.... LOL
These wooden plaques are called EMA, worshippers will write their prayers and they will be hanging up at the shrine where the Kami (spirits or gods) receive them. In Japan, the common reasons for buying a plaque are for success in work or on exam, marital bliss, to have children or health.

next stop is Ginza.... where we ate the most delicious tempura meals

and found the yummiest dessert
one of the weird thing we do when we travel, is to visit grocery store, LOL, well, we are just checking out and prepare for our move here someday soon

after Ginza, the driver took us to Shibuya

this place was such an amazing mish-mash of shops, styles and people

the other weird thing other tourist won't do is walk deep into the neighborhood where you see only locals.

We found this very European local restaurant, that reminds me of Kiki, my favorite Japanese cartoon, Kiki is a witch in training, she left home at age 13, and everything is that cartoon is just so European

space is so limited in Japan, just look at this botanical parking space, 

and we still wondering how they get that smart car into that space

I have more pictures to share, hope I get sometime to work on them soon

thanks for stopping by

Movie night

 We went to watch Lincoln the other night, great movie.