Happy 2015!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, where did the time go?!?! Before you go on reading, I want to thank all of you who has been following my blog. It means a lot to me to know that somewhere out there somebody is reading, or skimming, through my posts. It makes me feel a bit sane thinking that I haven’t been talking to myself all these years ;) For those new to my blog and coming via the blog hop, welcome!! I hope we can get to know each othis this 2015! You can read a bit about me and if this blog is something to your liking, do feel free to follow me! You can see all my social media links on the right or later on this post!

A bit of reflection… Last year has been quite good to us. We were given time, health, laughter, friendship, adventure and many many fantastic memories. A few highlights from 2014 were:

Our trip to Malta. What a beautiful country with a lot of history and things to see and do!!! Loved every minute of our time there, even though it wasn’t as hot as we’d like it to be (we were just a bit greedy and wanted the temp to be mid 80s instead of love 70s :D). We rented an apartment in the middle of fantastic restaurants, public transport and shops and spent many hours just sitting around drinking and eating.

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A visit to see hubby’s family and a surprise stop at Disneyworld! The girls thought that was THE BEST week ever and they cannot wait to go back! Before Disneyworld, I was not a fan of amusement parks. But this trip changed me. We all loved being there and having a five-years-old who still truly believes in fairies and magic with you made the experience extra special. The experience was not cheap (although the military rates sure helped) and worth every penny!

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This was Jovie’s highlight. We saw these ladies at rope drop, this parade, the sing-a-long, and a fast pass personal meet and greet moment. You’d think those were enough but no, we had to come home with a few Elsas, Annas and an Olaf!

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2014 was a great year for M’s gymnastics. She won a few medals and acquired many new skills. She’s now training for UK level 4, more less USAG level 7, and looking forward to another great competition year! Jovie also started training last October and while loving it, we have no idea how far she’ll go. Stay tune on this one. It’s not due to lack of talent, she’s got plenty of it, but she’s one to change her mind just like that.

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We did a bit of traveling in England too. The oh so beautiful Cotswold.

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And maybe one of my most favorite town: Whitby. Just a gorgeous coastal town that inspired many authors, Bram Stoker being the most well known.

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Then the most fabulous craft fair that I have been lucky to be a part of: Sophie’s Christmas Fair. This year we made a bit over £3000 and all that money went into the Brain Tumour Charity. Besides organizing, a couple friends and I also made a few things and had our own stall. All profit went into the charity and one special craft friend, Amy Tsuruta, donated a big box of cards to sell also!!

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So that’s that. Our quite lovely 2014 and we look forward to what 2015 has in store!!

Anyhow, if you came here via the blog hop, I don’t have a giveaway for just one person to win. Instead, I have created these few bits of graphics images for you to use this coming Valentine’s day or for just because I love you day.  I hope you love what you see here and if you ever create something, please link up to me or message me. I’d love to see what you create!

IF you want to follow my blog and see what other freebies, tutorial, or just random European adventure that I may post, feel free to follow me via

And without further ado, here is the link to download the files.

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When printing, if images are going off the paper, just select something that more less says “fit image to paper” and that should do it. After printing, you can use the printables as is or you can do a bit of embellishing like my examples below. Have fun and thank you so so much for stopping by!! Next stop: Savannah O’Gwynn

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Complete hop list:

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Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

https://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog

Lawn Fawn

http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com

Spellbinders Paper Arts

https://spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx

Reverse Confetti

www.reverseconfetti.com/blog

Clearsnap

blog.clearsnap.com

Ice Resin

iceresin.com/icequeen

My Favorite Things

http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/

Technique Tuesday

http://techniquetuesday.typepad.com/

Paper Smooches

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com

Sweet & Sassy Stamps

http://sweetnsassystamps.blogspot.com/

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Avocado Arts

www.avocadoarts.blogspot.com

A Jillian Vance Design

http://blog.ajillianvancedesign.com/

Latina Crafter

http://latinacrafter.blogspot.com

Die-Versions

http://www.die-versions.com

Unity Stamp Company

http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com

Splitcoast Stampers

www.splitcoaststampers.com

Verve Stamps

www.vervestamps.blogspot.com

Latisha Yoast

http://crafteebee.blogspot.com

AJ Otto

http://thewillowgarden.blogspot.com

Vera Yates

http://lingshappyplace.blogspot.com

Julia Stainton

www.juliastainton.com/blog

Judy Hayes

http://judyhayesdesign.blogspot.com

Kim Watson

http://kj-starre.blogspot.com/

Yana Smakula

http://www.zrobysama.com.ua/?lang=en

Chari Moss

www.mossymade.com

Taheerah Atchia

http://littlemisst-papercraft.blogspot.com/

Shemaine Smith

http://shemainesmith.blogspot.com

Emily Spahn

http://justem.typepad.com/

Kimberly Crawford

http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/

Lee Murphy

http://www.luvleestamper.blogspot.com/

Lovely Linda

http://lovelylindascraftcentral.blogspot.com.au/

Laura Williams

http://www.lauralooloo.blogspot.com

Lori Tecler

http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com

Chaitali Narla

http://cutscropscreativity.com

Darsie Bruno

http://craftingwithdarsie.blogspot.com/

Lydia Fiedler

http://understandblue.blogspot.com/2014/12/one-last-gift-for-2014.html

Giovana Smith

http://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/

Teri Anderson

http://terisplace.wordpress.com/

Beth Pingry

http://bethpingry.com

Dina Kowal

http://mamadinis.blogspot.com

Daniela Dobson

http://danieladobson.blogspot.com

Lisa Adametz

http://papergrace.com

Piali Biswas

http://touchofcreation.blogspot.com/

Kelli Green

http://cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Keri Lee Sereika

www.pinklemonade.typepad.com

Jocelyn Olson

http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/

Julee Tilman

http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Michelle Woerner

http://stopandstamptheroses.blogspot.com/

Lori McAree

http://smilingwhilestamping.blogspot.com/

Theresa Momber

http://craftingtheweb.blogspot.com

Anita Autore

http://cardsandcoffee.blogspot.com/

Melody Rupple

http://apapermelody.blogspot.com

Sean Fetterman

http://fettermandesigns.blogspot.com/

Bunny Vance

http://www.bunnyrunswithscissors.com/

Tricia Traxler

http://simplystamping.blogspot.com/

Lisa Arana

dahlhouse-designs.com

Lorena Cantó

http://paperella.typepad.com

Amy Tsuruta

http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com

Jodi Collins

www.stampingalatte.blogspot.com

Tenia Nelson

Http://jazzypaper.blogspot.com

Kelly Klapstein

www.kellycreates.ca

Jill Cornell

http://jillcornell.blogspot.com/

Emily Leiphart

http://www.leiphartonart.blogspot.ca

Becky Williams

http://onescrappinmama.blogspot.com

Margie Higuchi

http://www.margieh.blogspot.com/

Lee Ann Barrett

www.greytpapercrafts.blogspot.com

Lisa Hoel

http://creativejuicefreshsqueezed.blogspot.com/

Heather Campbell

parkermolly.blogspot.com

Lisa Henke

http://mylittlecreativeescape.blogspot.com

Sheri Holt

http://www.myshericards.blogspot.com

Michele Kovack

http://chelemom.blogspot.com

Ashley Harris

ashleyharris.typepad.com

Sharon Harnist

http://paperfections.typepad.com

Lori Craig

www.loricraig.com

Nicole Nowosad

www.justnicks.blogspot.com

Laurel Beard

www.laurelbeard.org

Michele Boyer

http://papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Christiana Reuling

http://christygetscrafty.blogspot.com/

Laurie Schmidlin

www.justgivemestamps.typepad.com

Jennifer Priest

Hydrangeahippo.com

Stacey Schafer

http://stampinwithstacey.blogspot.com

Heidi Blankenship

http://embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/

Heather Pulvirenti

http://heatherpulvirenti.blogspot.com

Anita Madden

http://www.anitasdesigns.blogspot.com/

Gloria Stengel

http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

Sarah Gough

www.thinkingstamps.com

Rachel Kleinman

www.rwkrafts.com

Natalie Dever

www.dougnat.blogspot.com

Lorine Mason

www.lorinemason.com/blog

Loretta Lock

http://lovetocreate.blogspot.ca/

Meihsia Liu

http://meihsia.blogspot.com

Sarah Martina Parker

www.sarahmartina.com

Angeline Choo

http://scrappyscrappy.blogspot.com

Christine Emberson

hope-chances.blogspot.co.uk

Karen Hightower

http://karenscreativemess.blogspot.com

Sabrina Alery

www.sabrinaalery.com

Debbie Seyer

http://www.debbieseyer.com/my_weblog/

Dana Joy

http://www.gotjoycreations.blogspot.com

Cat Tidwell

http://catdidit.blogspot.com/

Deborah Saaranen

http://deborahlynnesdreamincolor.blogspot.com

Ceal Pritchett

Simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com

Lisa Lara

http://lisaslifelines.blogspot.com/

Colleen Schaan

www.distinctivetouches.com

Anabelle O’Malley

www.anabelleom.blogspot.com

Megan Hoeppner

http://www.meganhoeppner.com/blog

Monika Davis

www.stampnmad.typepad.com

Marisa Ritzen

http://rosemary-reflections.blogspot.ca

Wanda Guess

http://www.ablogcalledwanda.com/a-blog-called-wanda/

Jenny Peterson

http://mylittlestampinspot.blogspot.ca

Annette Allen

http://myclevercreations.blogspot.com

Gracie Chavez

http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

Christina Griffiths

http://flowersribbonsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

Niki G.

http://notjustgreetingshawaii.blogspot.com/

Kristi Schurr

http://kristispapercreations.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Ingle

http://justjingle.blogspot.com

Karolyn Loncon

http://www.karolyns-paperkraft.blogspot.com/

Camille Robinson

http://cammierobinson.blogspot.com

Lindsey M-P

http://bashfulblogging.blogspot.ca

Kathy Clement

http://www.kathybydesign.com

Maria Levine

http://riacreations.blogspot.com

Savitri Wilder <—– YOU ARE HERE!!

www.scrapbit.com

Savannah O’Gwynn

www.savannahland2.blogspot.com

Teresa Horner

www.victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com

Laurel Seabrook

http://want2scrap.blogspot.ca/

Libby Hickson

http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2014/12/seasons-givings-blog-hop.html

Yvonne Van de Grijp

www.phoebeez.blogspot.com

Alice Wertz

http://aliceslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

Leigh Penner

www.leighpenner.blogspot.com

Lisa Lee

http://inchiearts.typepad.com/_

Tina McDonald

www.tinamcd-mysanity.blogspot.com

Nina Yang

Http://waffleflower.com/blog

Angel Johns

www.mywholestampinworld.com

 

Freebie: Fashionista and Disaster House!

Well, our house is still a disaster. The tree is up but that’s about it. On top of that everybody but M is sick (I’m not sure how this happens since it’s usually her giving us the cooties). We haven’t been sleeping and eating well during our Thanksgiving break. We don’t have a weird diet but we eat well (well doesn’t mean expensive, well means fresh ingredients to us). Pizza night takes 2 hrs to prep because I have to get the dough going, spaghetti takes a few hours too because I have to make the sauce, and so forth. Veggies are either fresh or frozen and we don’t overcook them. To me that’s just how cooking should be. I’m from Indonesia where you grocery shop almost everyday and herbs are abundant and fresh. Cooking is a way of life and that’s what moms and girls do everyday. Most everybody I know back home is a foodie. My husband I had to train. The guy who use to eat cold soup out of a Campbell can now loves freshly prepared meals.

Last week the only fresh thing we ate were the tortilla soup (it’s my own recipe… I should write it down next time and share) and sauteed green beans.

On sleeping… we have a sleep number and so we kind of got used to that although if we have the extra money I wouldn’t mind getting rid of it and get us an organic bed. That thing seems divine!

I don’t have a card to share today but I have this sentiment that I made a while back for an Embellish challenge. It was the all pink one with a nice pair of hot pink wedding shoes that Ashley Newell shot. I didn’t do the challenge. I never got the time to sit down and actually make a card to go with the sentiment. I might make something one day but for now, I hope you find more use to it {::SMILE}.

To download, just right click on the images below and save image to your computer. The second file with just “fashionista” will give you a bit of freedom to add your own text. You can do this in Word even. If you want to know how to do this in Word or how to recolor the image go to my tutorials in the card/hybrid tut section. I have two files here. Have fun!

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Freebie: You Did It

I have no personal projects aka a card/scrapbook page but I have a little handwritten set to share. I created this set last week for a friend. There were a few in that set but I thought I’d share a few of it here today. I also want to share this website of handwritten fonts that I found last week. Really fun stuff and I think you all should check it out!!

Here’s my handwriting: You did it <– the zip file with the below in separate .png files! If you just want the .jpg file, just right click the image below and save it to your computer.

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The fun font site… check these out from Kevin and Amanda:

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Aren’t they FUN? I don’t have a software (and it’s not worth the money for me to buy it either) to make my handwriting a font but maybe when I get motivated I might ask them to do that for me (the site owner said she’ll do it for free) so that I can use my handwriting on e-forms and share with you too. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Just a little tip, if you look on the right hand column after you get into the font section you’ll see a little button that says “download all.” Very cool since Savitri doesn’t have time to go through them all. Here’s the silly part… I downloaded the fonts but I have no idea which computer I downloaded to and obviously I haven’t installed it. So, is anybody I know handwriting going to be posted there?

Have a great one!!

Tut+Freebie: Recoloring in Word 2007

Ok peeps, I’ve been on Splitcoast this week and it seems like people are getting more and more into digital stamps (I don’t get on SCS much cause when I do I tend to shop more… the Tools and Products section ALWAYS gets me). This is great, more options for you AND quicker access! If you’ve been visiting my blog you probably know I have a video on how to print a digital stamp/image in Word. A few posts ago I posted my handwriting with a Word (.doc) file in case you want to just quickly print the file out for your card.

Today I am adding this to my video file. How to recolor a digital image/stamp (or clip-art) in Word. Quite easy and even though the options are a bit limiting if you’re creative (and I know you all are) you can get something close to what you want.

In case you want a copy of “yeah” the file is below. Just right click and save as the .png file. You should be able to open it in Word or any other graphic imaging software. Have fun and if you do use my handwriting, please let me know so that I can see your creation (via linking to your post orphoto gallery or emailing me a sample). I’m new to sharing my stuff and would just be tickled pink if somebody actually uses it {::SMILES}.

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Have a great one and again I hope you find my tutorial useful!

Freebie: Happy

First of all, this note’s for Amy: You happy now? You kept nagging me about this {::SMILES}.

Second, this is a hybrid card with paper my Fee Jardine, Fly Little Birdie, at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I used some left over strips from this mini book that I’ve been working on (it’ll never get done it seems!). I did some sewing too and the sentiment is my handwriting. At least the “happy” part. The best part of this whole post… I am SHARING my handwriting with you!! See, Amy, I am doing something with my handwriting {::GRIN}. I can’t sell it… who’d buy it… but it’s a nice first try. It was fun doing it and I hope you all like it — especially Amy {::SMILES}.

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I did the sentiment arranging in Microsoft Word. If you haven’t seen it, in my card/hybrid tutorial link above there’s a video on how to do this. If you noticed, my original file is a red “happy” but my printed one is black. Even though I did print it on a b/w printer in Word I changed the color to black. Word is capable of changing colors. If you have a digital stamp (btw, MFT has a free digi stamp this weekend), you can easily change the outline color to something else besides black. Try it out and if you can’t figure it out, let me know and I’ll make a video for you. The Mac version has this change color feature too!

So below is the file, just right click and save as. Below this image is the Word document where I placed the “happy birthday” on my paper. The “birthday” was typed in a textbox, this way I can easily float/layer it wherever I want. The “happy” I sent to the back. My video will clarify this. If you’re wondering why I’m only providing “happy?” It’s because the other part you can type yourself. When I did this in Word I just did an insert image, move “happy” where I want and then created the textbok so that I could write birthday on it. BUT, for you, instead of birthday it can be anniversary, new year, etc. etc. etc. You can also type the “birthday” for example seperately and then trim it to size and adhere it with dimensionals on top of the “y” tail. Lots of options!

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Well, have a great weekend!!! I have a few more handwriting stuff that I saved but I haven’t made any cards with them yet. So until then, they’ll just be on my computer… I also worked on two items for the die-cut machine but they’re still being tweaked. I’ll share soon!

Oh, let me know how my little “happy” prints out. It’s my first and I made it fairly quickly in Adobe Illustrator. I always assume if it works for me it’ll work for you too he he… A little tip… since it’s a digital image, you can resize it. I always resize my digital image in Word or in Photoshop where the paper size is 8.5×11 and I put a divider in the middle so that I can see how big my digital image is going to be compare to the paper. Also, when you print, unless your printer can do a bleed print (prints all the way to the edges), make sure you leave about a quarter inch from each side to prevent the image to be prematurely cut. I always suggest printing first on regular paper, fold it like how you would your card and see how you like it. Then print on the real deal once you’re happy with the output! Have fun and if you use the above happy I’d love to see your work!