S U N . S A N D . S K E T C H .


Hello!  I am back from vacationing in beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida and want to share a few sketches that I did during the trip along with some beautiful island's finds.  I'll be back to sharing new card projects with you next week.  Since getting back I have been trying to catch up with e-mails as well working on finalizing the details for a very FUN blog hop (with 2 awesome prizes to win) that I have been planning out for the past few months just for you.  There will be eight amazing designers joining me on this hop of whom many are of no strangers to you.  So please mark your calendar for next Tuesday August 1st, 8 a.m. eastern time where the FUN all starts right here on my blog.  Hope to see you.

S U N . S A N D . S K E T C H .
Day 1 of our trip, my eyes caught sight of this beautiful white beach chair near the beach house and immediately I grabbed for my sketchbook and started sketching. It took me a few days to finished. But I really love how it turned out! The chair was so cleverly staged. Right at the edge, where the gravel pathway meets the soft, cool white sand. Oh the view of the Gulf of Mexico was just breath-taking and made one felt so small being there looking out at the endless body of water. How amazing and magnificent God's creation is!

We saw lots of sea birds.  One spectacular sight was watching a pelican plunged into the water to catch its meal.  But pelicans are beyond my artistic skill.  So I settled on something much easier in form.  I think this is a Sanderling.  Oh I don't know.  Maybe you can tell me in the comment below.  LOL.

We also enjoyed watching lots of sunset.  So I knew I have to get a sketch of one before I leave.  Now this drawing is actually based on what I have envisioned in my mind.

Finally, the day before we flew back, I managed to get one last sketch in.  This one was also based on what I envisioned in my mind.  Can you find the little person in the sketch?  Let me know in the comment below if you do :)

Okay.  I have to share this photo of my three kiddos having a blast jumping waves.  Oh we have so much FUN on our trip.  Lots of beach time and YES everyone tanned!  

If you ever have the chance to visit Sanibel Island, I urge you to check out the beach house rental at Shell Island Beach Club.  That where we stayed.  Got a gorgeous beach-front view and the place comes fully equipped with washer/dryer and kitchen.  It's like being at home but so much relaxer!  Kan's parents joined us and like any typical Chinese mom, my mother-in-law could not stay out of the kitchen.  So all the delicious meals were prepared by her :)

Now, time at the beach wouldn't be fun without go shell hunting and oh my goodness we collected A LOT!  Most was by my father-in-law though.  He just love spending time at the beach.  It was so relaxing for him and if he can stayed out there all day collecting shells, he would.  We are so glad that he and my mother-in-law could joined us on this paradise island.  

We also saw many other sea creatures that got washed up during low tides such as hermet crabs, horse-shoe crabs, starfish and LOTS of sand dollars! 

We also saw lots of the island's gorgeous plants.  I don't know the name of many of these flowers.  But if you do, please share in the comment below. 

We also ate a lot of mango!  That's the last photo on the bottom right.

Thanks so much for stopping by and check out photos from my vacation.  I look forward to getting back to crafting and sharing my first card project with you next week.  And don't forget!  I have a fun blog hop for you next Tuesday, August 1st, 8 a.m. eastern time.  So please join me.

May you have a blessed day!  Take care.

Ellen Hutson LLC Is Sponsoring Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive


Hello!  I am currently away on family vacation.  But I have very exciting news that I just could not wait until I get back to share with you!  Are you ready?

Ellen Hutson LLC has generously offer to sponsor the Cards for Little Hearts card drive!  I am so excited and so grateful for their sponsorship.  And here is their fabulous prize.  One lucky person will receive a $25 gift code to shop at their store!  Thank you so much Ellen Hutson!

That's not all!  Everyone that send in cards will automatically receive two sweet digital stamp sets, listed at the very end of this post.  The first set, "Hug for Your Heart" sentiment set was created and donated by my dear friend Donna Ellis.  The second set is the revised version of my "A Snowman's Heart with Winter Wishes Sentiment".

PLUS!  You will also have a chance to win more prizes from the following fabulous sponsors as well!  So I hope you will join me in this heartwarming cause by sending in your beautiful handmade winter wishes and/or holiday cards my way to help bring some joy and smiles to the many children that will be spending time at Nationwide Children's Hospital Cardiac Unit as their second home this winter holiday season.

For the complete details about the card guidelines and where to send your cards,  please visit my Card Drive page.  I will update the page with Ellen Hutson's information when I return from vacation.  Please note, in order to qualify for these prize drawings and the two digital stamp sets, I must receive your cards by the August 25th deadline.  Thank you so much!  

Wishing you a beautiful day!  Take care.


July Digi Freebie: Paradise


Hello and happy Friday!  Here's a new digi freebie for you.  This drawing was inspired by our family vacationing in Cancun last summer.  I call it "Paradise."  I hope you like it.  And if you do create a card with it, I hope you'll share with me.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  Take care.

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Thinking of You Winter Hedgehog | Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive Winter-Holiday 2017


Hello!  I pray that your week is going well.   Today I'd like to share a winter wishes card, featuring the same Penny Black's Christmas Joy hedgehog from earlier this week.  I did not get a chance to do a video of this card.  But I am planning to do a Copic coloring tutorial of this little sweet hedgehog.  So stay tune for that video :)

This post is also part of the Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive.  I hope you will be able to join me in this heartwarming cause.  The current card drive runs until August 25th with winter wishes or holiday wishes theme.  For the complete details about the card guidelines (with lots of prizes to giveaway), please visit my Card Drive page. 


This little hedgehog is just too cute!  I couldn't resist but to ink him up again and make another card with him. 

I colored him the same as I did for the first card but changed the mitten's color.  Also, unlike the first card, I did not extend the snowy hill behind the slid nor did I coated the snow with the Nuvo glitter drops.

Instead, after finished coloring him with Copic and flicked on extra quills (with white gel pen), I brushed a thin coat of clear Wink of Stella all over his quills, presents, mitten, slid and the snowy hill.

Next, I used the Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Winter Wishes set to stamp on the "thinking of you" sentiment (in Black Licorice), the background snowflakes (in Soft Pool) and a candy cane stripe border (in Love Letter).  I absolutely love the beautiful font scripts and versatility of this Hand Lettered Winter Wishes stamp set!

I thought the card could use a little more sparkles.  So before adhering to the Easter Grass card panel, I brushed a thin coat of red Wink of Stella over the candy cane border.  Then mounted everything onto the A2 Neenah Solar White card base.

Here are the Copic colors I used.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  I appreciate and enjoy reading every single one of them.  May you have a blessed day.  Take care.

Challenges I would like to support:
ABC Christmas Challenge -N for New and O for Old (New stamp Penny Black Christmas Joy set/ Old stamp SSS Hand Lettered Winter Wishes set)
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - July ATG
CHNC Challenge- #341 Christmas challenge w/optional snowflakes
Crafting by Designs - July ATGCrafting from the Heart - ATG #167
TTCRD - ATG July 11th
Word Art Wednesday - ATG #290-291


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in today's project are listed below.  Click on the wording to redirect you to the product's page.  Compensated affiliate links used when possible, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  You can find the affiliate and product disclosure here.  Thank you for your support. All items were personally purchased and I only share of products that I absolutely love.

SSS Hand Lettered 

Winter Wishes
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Penny Black Christmas Joy

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Wink of Stella Clear

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Wink of Stella Red

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Sakura Gel Pen-White

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Copic Multiliner 0.3 Black

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Memento Luxe Love Letter

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Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Ink

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Sizzix Big Shot

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Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Gullotine Paper Trimmer

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Be Creative Tape

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Bazzill Easter Grass

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Neenah Cardstock - Solar White #80

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Copic Markers

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Scor Buddy Score Board

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