Just Saying Hi

on May 08, 2012
Just saying Hi~ :) Today I am sharing a card using a loop border to create a frame:) I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me connect the two ends together :) The sweet patterned paper is Bubblegum from Sweet Tooth collection by GCD Studios. nina-yang-hampton-art-just-saying-hi.jpg I stamped the word bubble and heart on some scrap and cut out. You can find more details on this card over on Hampton Art Blog. We have a very versatile team this year, why not check it out? Happy Crafting!

Glittered Hello Dog Card

on April 29, 2012

Today I am sharing another card I made for Joy's Life. This dog silhouette just makes me happy!

4 29 Hello Dog

One of the reasons I like Joy's Life sentiment sets is that they are so versatile! "Happy", "Day" and "!!!" are all from Holiday Occasions Set and they fit perfectly in the EK Success Photo Captions Punch! :)

You might also interested in my previous post: 5 Ways to Use Banner Tabs! :)

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!


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5 Ways to Use Banner Tabs

on April 26, 2012

Do you know that besides the monthly releases (march, april), Lifestyle Crafts also has their Core Collection Dies? Fancy Envelope Tabs is one of my all time favorite! Here are 5 fun ways to use the banner tabs die:

1. Use the tabs to make a party decor! (details here)


2. Use a tab to highlight the sentiments on your card. (details here)

Lilypad 1 year

3. Gift Wrapping

Tabs for gift wrapping

4. As a tag (details here)

Tab for tag

5. Labeling your storage boxes with the tabs. 

Tabs for labeling

Fun, right? :) I like how the dies are in pretty big sizes for some creative possibilities:) My blog readers can use promo coupon code WAFFLE  at Lifestyle Crafts for 20% off your entire order. Lifestyle Crafts is providing Free Shipping on all orders over $25 :)

Free shipping

And you can still get the Revolution die cut machine for 40% off with my coupon code.

Revolution Sale Coupon Waffle Banner

Please feel free to link your banner tabs projects in the comment:) Happy Crafting!

Criss Cross Gift Wrapping Tutorial - Teacher Gifts Blog Hop & Giveaway

on April 21, 2012

Welcome to Joy's Life April Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaways! I'm so glad that you joined us! If you came from Julie's blog Cricut Chick, you are right on track!

Joy's Life April Blog Hop

This month we are challenged to create something that could be given to a teacher as a year end / thank you gift. How about a nicely wrapped journal or book?

Nina Yang Teacher s Gift

I used "teacher" from Everyday Occasions and "thank you" from Tag You're It Set One by Joy's Life.

Nina Yang Teacher s Gift Closeup

The journal I used is 5-1/2" x 3-3/4" x 1/2" - a piece of thin 12" x 12" paper is perfect for wrapping it in! And here is a little tutorial I put together:

Criss cross wrapping

I used the glasses and bow-tie to create a little guy for the Spectacular Spectacles Challenge over on Moxie Fab World. Some great inspirations there, why not check it out and give the challenge a try? ;)


Did you enjoy the Tubes week over on the Design Team Blog? Fun, right? :) I have a dozen tubes to giveaway today! Enter by leaving a comment to this post telling me your favorite treat! :) Mine is ice cream - too bad that it cannot be put into tubes :) I will draw a random winner on April 29th:)

Your next stop is Jennie's blog Earthy Scrap! If you get lost along the way, please head back to Joy's blog for the full list of blogs! :) Enjoy the hop and the giveaways! Happy Crafting!


Big Top - Lifestyle Crafts April Release

on April 11, 2012
Happy Tuesday! I am so excited to share my projects with Lifestyle Crafts April Release. Aren't they just fun? This is also the first release I designed as a trail design team member:) You can find more dt projects here!  I am sharing some new projects here today and some of my favorites with instructions :) L april release snapshot Circus theme is perfect for parties in Spring and Summer! And the Dress Up die is great for any masculine projects! I cannot help but use the Basic Party Picks I won from Paper Crafts Magazine for my last party project :) Scallops are cut with Scallop Punches Die These invitations are easy for mass production, using Tent and Ringmaster dies. Invitations Place Holders like these will sure bring a smile on a face :) Put the cutting plate at the edge of the feet level to get this partially die-cut look! :) Score and fold the holders after die cutting to avoid lines across the elephant  shapes. Using Elephant Cracker and Ringmaster Dies. Elephant place cards Party favors? Score and fold the Tent at top to get this 3D look. (the rectangle box die is a perfect match!) Big top They can be in the wild and for ladies too! Love how perfectly baby elephant is holding on to his/her mother's tail! (They are from Africa where female elephants have tusks too! Wink!) Using Elephant Cracker, Animals and Ringmaster. Mom Or some simple note/photo holders: Adhere two small craft pins on the back of the lion face:) I painted the pins with some acrylic paints. Using Animals Die Lion note holders Or to frame a photo? Ok, maybe just for boys ;) The bow-tie is from the Dress Up Die. How much fun will it be on scrapbook pages? Make multiples and form a border? Maybe I should start scrapbooking? LOL Using Animals, Dress Up and Ringmaster. Lion Small note cards (3" x 3") to go into a sweetie's lunch box? Using Concessions and Ringmaster. Gno  you re sweet Graduation cards? We have one! :) I cut the balloon three times on different cardstocks, layered them and added some machine stitches in the middle. The quote mark from the Ringmaster Alphabet die is so cute that I had to use it! Some other fun sentiments can be "What's Up?", "Love is in the Air", "Thank you for the Lift!" etc. No wonder hot air balloons are popping up everywhere, right?;) Using Hot Air Balloon and Ringmaster. Up up  away I think my favorite in this release is the Tent. So versatile! Bend it slightly to get this 3D look! Also using Carousel. Enjoy the ride I've found the perfect background for it! Sunburst from Splendor printing plates set: Letterpress sunburst I am in love with the L letterpress look! You can find the tutorial videos here! I used the leftover inks to make several gift tags all at once! So quick and easy! Letterpress gift tag Whew! That's all for today! I hope that you can be inspired to create some projects yourself! Have fun! SUPPLIES (coupon WAFFLE for 20% off Lifestyle Crafts April Release as well as SALE Items) While you are there, why not check out the super awesome deal on Core Collection Dies? Use code WAFFLE to save 40% on the Rectangle Box and Splendor printing plates and much more! Have fun!

Resolution Die-cut/Embosse Machine for $47.99

on April 06, 2012
If you are here for the Lawnscaping Spring Blog Hop, Click Here! If you are here for the Lilypad Cards Birthday Blog Hop, Click Here!   Just popping in quickly to share the new sale at lifestylecrafts.com. Revolution Sale Coupon Waffle Banner Easy-to-use and compact, Resolution is similar to Epic in that it die cuts and embosses. It has a 4" magnetic platform, so when you put your metal dies on the platform, they hold tight and don't slide off! It works with dies and embossing folders that are 4" or smaller. This is good for most of my die-cutting needs, i.e. the dies I used for this project all fit in it. (Paper Crafts Magazine Party Ensemble Grand Final Prize Winner! ;) And I just love the magnetic platform! Party Ensembles It is a perfect compact die-cut machine that dose not take a lot of space. Please note that If you want to use L letterpress, you will need to get the Epic tool. While you are there, don't forget to checkout the new embossing folders (shipping now)! You can also use coupon code WAFFLE for 20% off them too!


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Have a great weekend!

Easter Chickie

on April 04, 2012

Hello Everyone, Nina here with another Joy's Life Design Team project. This week Joy challenged us to create something Easter or Spring related. I have this tulip die that I wanted to make into a chickie foot the moment I saw it:) So I created this chickie:

4 4 Easter Chicken

I used a scalloped circle punch for the chick body and free hand cut the nose and comb. Sentiment from Holiday Occasions Set by Joy's Life. It fits perfectly in the Photo Captions Large Punch by EK Success :) Love my sentiments fit into my punches:)

4 4 Easter Chicken Closeup

Do you know that the hearts in the new release set fit perfectly in the Marvy Extra Jumbo Heart Punch (The yellow one) ? I did a little happy dance myself:) You can still get 10% off when you order all four sets and get free shipping, details here!

Joyslife new release

Don't forget to check out Joy's Life Design Team Blog for more cool projects! Happy Crafting!