Thanks for your friendship

Hey friends!  Today I have a card that I made to help a friend celebrate 1000 followers on instagram.  I’m taking part in Coralynn’s (@picturethis74) thankful-themed instagram hop.

Here’s what I created:

ahsang thanks friendship

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Thanks stamp & cut:  BRI

Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set:  SSS

Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set:  BRI

Ranger gold embossing powder:  BRI

Copic markers: BRI

American Crafts Christmas foil 6×6 paper pad:  AMZN

Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen:  BRI

Pretty Pink Posh springtime mix sequins:  PPP

Pretty Pink Posh lilac garden flower sequins:  PPP

Don’t forget to check out this fun instagram hop!  Thanks for stopping by, and happy Monday!

Caring Hearts Card Drive

Hey guys!  I’m sharing some of the cards that I made for the caring hearts card drive 2015.  This card drive collects handmade holiday cards to send along to those living in nursing homes.  You can read about it on Jennifer McGuire’s blog or on Vera Yate’s blog.  I recently sent 30 cards, and I am going to be sharing some on my blog here today.  (I will post links to supplies I used at the bottom of this post)

These 6 cards feature Lawn Fawn’s recent release.  I used Toboggan together and Ready, Set, Snow.  I did a lot of copic coloring, distress ink skies, and snow using the Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil.

ahsang CHD 1

For the next 6 cards, I used Wplus9 Holiday Boughs stamp set, Hero Arts Family and Friends stamp set, and Essentials by Ellen Mondo Poinsettia by Julie Ebersole stamp set.  I did more copic coloring and lots of gold embossing.

ahsang CHD 2

For the next 6 cards, I used Mama Elephant Merry Script creative cuts, Mama Elephant Charmed stamp set, Simon Says stamp & Clearly Besotted collaboration Holiday Banners stamp set, and Tim Holtz Holiday Knit layering stencil.

ahsang CHD 3

The last 4 cards I have feature Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin stamp, Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows stamp set, Lawn Fawn Love you a Latte stamp set, and My Favorite Things Fall Florals stamp set.  (I hand painted that red & black plaid background after seeing Kristina Werner’s card here.)

ahsang CHD 4

I hand wrote a holiday message inside each card, signed my name, and included my state with a gold sharpie marker.

ahsang CHD 5

Have you participated in this card drive?  You still have time to get your cards in!  You have until Nov 27 to send in your cards, whether you decide to send 1 or 50.

If you have any questions, leave them down below!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Thursday!

Links to some of the supplies mentioned:

Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together stamp set:  BRILF

Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together lawn cuts:  BRILF

Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow stamp set:  BRILF

Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil:  SSS

Wplus9 Holiday Boughs stamp set:  BRI

Hero Arts Family & Friends stamp set:  BRIHA

Essentials by Ellen Mondo Poinsettia by Julie Ebersole:  EH

Mama Elephant Merry script creative cuts:  ME

Mama Elephant Charmed stamp set:  ME

Mama Elephant Charmed creative cuts:  ME

Clearly Besotted & Simon Says Stamp Holiday Banners stamp set:  SSS

Tim Holtz Holiday layering stencil:  SSS

Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin stamp set:  BRILF

Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows stamp set:  BRILF

Lawn Fawn Love you a Latte stamp set:  BRILF

My Favorite Things Fall Florals stamp set:  BRIMFT

My Favorite Things Fall Florals Die-namics:  BRIMFT

Avery Elle Sweet Scallops Elle-ments die set:  BRI

Distress inks:  BRISSS

Hero Arts gold embossing powder:  BRIHA

Gansai Tambi water color set:  BRI

Copic markers:  BRI

Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins:  PPP

Lucy’s cards sequin shaker selections in gold dust:  BRI

gold sharpie marker:  AMZN

Share handmade kindness & tips for using My Favorite Things “closed” dies

Hey guys!  I’m here to share some handmade kindness.  If you haven’t heard about Jennifer McGuire’s Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, you can read about it here.


The challenge for week one is to send something handmade to family and/or friends.  Here is what I created for a friend who’s having a stressful week:

ahsang fall bouqet

I made this card using My Favorite Things Fall Florals stamp set and matching die-namics.  I also used Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pads in Light Ruby to Royal RedButter to Orangepink to red.  The sentiment is from Stampendous Bouquet for You stamp set.  I also used Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies and the oval is from Avery Elle’s sweet scallops elle-ments die.  I finished things off with a twine bow and enamel dots!

I have a tip (in pictures) for you when using My Favorite Things die-namics “closed dies.”

ahsang mft dies how to

I believe with this particular company, you’re supposed to stamp the image after you die cut it first.  I like to stamp my image first, and then die cut my images.  I am not that great at lining up my stamps, so I had to figure out a way to make these dies work for me.  I had seen a few card makers cut the die out of cardstock to use as a template.  I was doing it that way too, but got tired of making that template every time I used the dies, and having to throw them away.  I decided that I needed something more sturdy.  I grabbed one of my daughter’s plastic folders brought home at the end of the previous school year, and die cut all the fall floral die-namics.  I cut a little slit in one side, so I could pull it away after fitting my die in place.  As long as you hold the die firmly in place, you should get a great lined up cut!  For storage, I put all my dienamic templates in a little ziplock bag, and labeled it at the top!  I hope that make sense.  If not my words, maybe my pictures will help you out!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you join in the share handmade kindness challenge!

Happy Thursday ya’ll!