Handmade and Personalized Gifts

Hi everyone! I just love giving handmade gifts. It tells the recipient that the gift comes with so much heart because you spent time and effort creating them. It’s something very personal and no two items are the same. Each is unique since they’re individually handmade.

Stamp and die are from Altenew

It also tells the receiver that you have thought about him/her– color preference, style, hobbies, etc. — something specifically created for the recipient.

This was made for Brad, the trainer of our dog Monty using background and letter dies from Altenew.
This is our baby, Monty!

It’s significant to know the age and style preference of the recipient as well. Is it whimsical? Is it clean and elegant? Is it fun and quirky?

Packaging is also very important. It shows that you went a step further. It makes it more exciting for the recipient to discover what’s inside.

Stamps are from Simon Says Stamps , Mama Elephant Altenew and Papertrey Ink
Stamp set is from The Stamp Market alphabet die is from Altenew

Some people wonder why handmade crafts are more expensive than mass produced products. It takes a lot of time to come up with a finished product– designing the layout, die cutting or hand cutting the paper, prepping the paper, inking, stamping, water-coloring, coloring, applying mixed media, redoing the item if the outcome is not right (thus wasting materials), pasting, embossing, packaging, adding little details to make it look more presentable etc. etc. etc. times the number of cards you make. It is really time consuming! So I truly appreciate the people who value handmade craft.

Some of you have requested for me to sell handmade cards for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Will be posting some of them soon. Again, thanks for appreciating handmade goodness. Happy Friday everyone!

Altenew Sketch Challenge #13

Hi everyone!!! Welcome back to my blog. This is the first time I’m joining the Altenew Sketch challenge. I’m not sure if you have to follow the sketch exactly or if you can use it as a reference. I did my own take on the sketch and moved the circular arrangement to the lower left. I love this sketch challenge cause it made it easier to come up with a layout since you already have a sketch to follow. It also helped me get back to scrapbooking again so that I can continue to document the lives of my children!!! <3

The following were the materials used:

  • Altenew Handpicked Bouquet
  • Altenew Rose Flurries 3D dies
  • Altenew Cap Bold Alpha dies
  • MFT Bottlecap alpha dies
  • Distress oxide inks
  • Webster’s Pages paper
  • brads

I look forward to joining other sketch challenges in the future. Thanks for dropping by!


Every year, I get a chance to make a special card for someone very close to my heart. She has been my inspiration to be a better person in all aspects of my life. She’s a devoted wife, a selfless and loving Mom, a sincere friend, a doting Lola and a devout child of God. She gives so much of herself in anything she does. She’s humble, full of life, has amazing foresight, easily cooks mouthwatering dishes and so much more. Happy birthday, Ma! Wishing you continued good health and happiness always!!! I love you!!!

For this card, I used the beautiful Build a Flower Magnolia stamp and die set, Birthday Inside stamp and dye inks from Altenew. The mom die cut is from My Favorite Things Stamps.

I wanted it to be an interactive card so I thought of using the Double slider Surprise die set from Lawn Fawn.

Here’s a short video on how the double slider card works.

I also created a pocket using Papertrey’s Monthly Moments Journal pocket 2 inside the card so that I can insert multiple cards for my husband and children to write on.

Hope this card inspires you to create something special for your loved ones! Thanks for dropping by!