106 posts categorized "Trina Pham"


Sun 16

Blossom Birthday Wishes
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Sunday, everyone.  I have a simple birthday card to share today featuring the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral die from the 2022 Valentine’s collection.

The flower layers were die cut from Bristol paper and two shades of the Vibrant Violet paper.  The leaves were die cut from two shades of the Lush Green paper.  Added clear shimmer to the entire flower for some sparkle.


Next, white woodgrain paper was trimmed to 4.25”x5.5” (A2 size) and the Double Stitch Loving Heart was die cut from it.  Die cut the heart again this time from the same color paper as the flower center. Ran this heart cutout through the die cutting machine with the Pinpoint Burst Plate to give it the burst detail before inlaying it into the woodgrain panel opening.  The sentiment from Birthday Blowout stamp set by Poppy Stamps was initially white heat embossed directly on the heart, but the pinpoint detailing made it look splotchy… so it was heat embossed on the same plain color paper, fussy cut out and adhered over top. 



A few clear Fairy drops finished off the card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week. 






Sat 08

Not Just an Old Lamp Post
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Hope your first week of the new year is off to a good start.  Mine pretty much picked up where 2021 left off, so I’m hoping for a better year! 🤗  Anyway, it may be a new year, but I’m still playing with products from the Holiday collection last year.  I didn’t get a chance to use the Old Lamp Post die yet, so I stretched it into a birdhouse for a love/Valentine’s card.

Started by die cutting the lamp post, heart frame, branch and birds from Bristol paper.  The heart frame was die cut twice and stacked for dimension.  This also resulted in two cutouts of the inside heart.  Took one of them and blended gray and black dye inks on it… it will be inlaid later on.  Next, traced the lower portion of lamp post onto white woodgrain paper and fussy cut out, forming the background layer.   Used a finger blending brush to apply Picked Raspberry distress ink (DI) to it and the birds.


Since there was leftover white woodgrain paper, the letters were die cut from it and then ombré colored with Picked Raspberry DI as well.  Adhered and assembled the pieces onto a gray panel then mounted it onto a white card base.  Dotted in the birds’ eyes with a fine black pen to finish.


So as I was completing my card, I saw something else I could stretch this lamp post to.  😉


It makes an adorable coffee cup, don’t you think?  I decided to make a masculine birthday card this time.  As you can see, the top of the lamp post was cut off.  The other heart cutout from the first card was colored with Candied Apple and Black Soot DI.


The cup sleeve was embossed with the Ringadings 3D embossing folder, then a light brushing of Black Soot DI was applied to help the pattern show.  A punny sentiment finished it off!


And that is it from me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.





Sun 26

New Year’s Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Boxing Day!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.   Now that Christmas is over, my card today focuses on the next big celebration.  And since the edge-to-edge or infinity or pocket or frameless or flat shaker card (yes, it is known by all these names!) is so popular right now, I thought they pair well together.

3 things come to mind when I think of new year’s - glitz, glam and gold! 😉  Started by creating a golden bokeh background on watercolor paper.  Using the wet-on-wet technique, applied clean water to the entire watercolor panel, then randomly dropped in various colours of yellow
from my Gansai Tambi" watercolor paints.  Once dried, used DIY circle stencils from my stash to add white pigment ink and white gouache paint with a sponge dauber through these stencils.   Trimmed the panel down to A2 size and spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle.


Next, a piece of clear plastic was trimmed to slightly larger than A2 size.   Added strong double-sided tape along the four sides on the back of the panel.   Remove the release paper from three sides and fold the plastic over and secure.  This will create a pocket with the opening on one end.  Add in the shaker bits , then close off the final side. 


Mounted the shaker panel to a white card base.   Die cut the letters from gold glitter paper, then adhered on top of the plastic to finish.


Thank you for joining me today.  Have a safe and happy new year!  See you next year!





Sun 12

White on White
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I am still working on my Christmas cards due to a miscount on my part… oops. 🙈   So for today’s card, I created a super quick and simple white on white Christmas card using products from the 2021 Holiday collection.  

Started by die cutting the wreath and candle three times each from thick white cardstock, then stacking them.  The “melted wax” (a separate die) and the candle flame were then die cut from white glitter paper.  Added shading on the candle just below the melted wax piece before putting the candle together. 


Adhered the wreath and candle onto a white woodgrain A2 size panel, then mounted the panel onto a white card base.  Heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder onto Bristol paper to finish.  


Before I go, I want to wish you a merry Christmas for those who celebrate… and happy holidays to those who don’t!  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.




Fri 03

Santa’s Sleigh
by Trina Pham


Happy Fri-YAY everyone!  It’s crunch time as Christmas is fast approaching!   So today, I’m sharing another easy Christmas card featuring the Gilded Sleigh die from the 2021 Holiday collection.

The sleigh was die cut out of leftover red paper from the Berry Red paper pack.  The trim and runners were each die cut from Bristol paper twice.   Put the sleigh together with just one of the trim and runner pieces, then added shading to the sleigh with red Copic markers.   The other trim and runner were then stacked on top to cover up any markings that may have gotten on the first pieces.   And it gave lovely dimension, too.


The gifts and candy canes were created using the Gingerbread House Frame die.  The candy canes were die cut from white Copic-friendly cardstock.  On the solid cut-out, red lines were hand drawn in using a red Copic marker.   The gifts were trimmed to size with a paper trimmer and on the white ones, a ruler and Copic markers were used to draw in those stripes.   The “ribbons” on the gifts were made by die cutting the door and window, then cutting away the unwanted parts with scissors.   Each Bennet Alphabet letter was then die cut twice from Bristol paper and once out of white glitter paper from the Festive Glitter pad, then stacked (with the glittery letter on top) for dimension. 


The dark gray background panel was die cut with the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and Black Soot distress ink applied to the bottom with a blender brush.   Adhered the sleigh ensemble to the bottom before splattering with diluted white gouache paint and adding full strength white gouache paint to the ground and bottom of the sleigh for snow.  Mount the panel onto a white card base, then added the “ho” letters to finish.

Once again, my card was inspired by this month’s Snow challenge.   Hope to see you play along.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend!





Fri 19

Hollyday Greetings
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Fri-YAY everyone!   This will be a quick post because I have a very easy clean and simple Christmas card to share today.

The Holly Branch was die cut from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock and the berries colored in with Copic markers R24, R46, R89.  The punny sentiment was die cut out of red Polished Foil paper using the Twiggy Alphabet die set.   “Greetings” from Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set was stamped on white cardstock with Barn Door distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


The Fresh Aqua paper was then trimmed to 4”x5.25”.  Salvaged Patina distress ink was then applied to the top with a blender brush before lightly splattering it with white gouache paint.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.


Easy-peasy… and that’s it for today!   Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Sun 14

Nativity Pop Up Slider
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Sunday.  I was playing with more goodies from the current Holiday release to create a fun interactive pop-up slider card.  

To allow the nativity scene to fit nicely on the card, I  made my first A6 size (6.25”x4.5”) card.  To begin, two pieces of cardstock, one white and one black, were trimmed to A6 size.  The white is the front and the black is the back, essentially forming a closed pocket card.  On the front piece, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Black Soot distress inks (DI) were blended on.  Stars were added with a white gel pen.

Next, used the 2.5”x7.5” Slim Basic Rectangle die and partial die cut the slider channel, leaving the top uncut across.


Score between those two ends.


Took the open cut end next and fold in half up to the score line.  The arrow points to the area in which the pop-up element will adhere to.

Next, traced the slider channel opening onto the back black piece so that the sentiment can be white heat embossed within that area and show when the tab is pulled.


For the pull tab, a piece of white cardstock was trimmed to 3.5”x6.5” and scored at 0.5” on one end.  Used a pencil to mark 0.5” in from each side, then cut away the two outside squares with scissors.  Could have left it white, but in keeping with the design, ink blended the same colors on it. 


All the pieces (except for the star) from The Nativity House Frame were die cut from black cardstock.  The star was die cut from white glitter paper then colored with a Y000 Copic marker. 


The House Frame Background piece was die cut from white cardstock, then Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw DI were blended on to give it that glow.  With all pieces ready now, the card was assembled to finish. The star was suspended above the house by a piece of acetate.


Here’s a side view.


And that’s it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.





Wed 10

Peace Love and Joy
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.   I’m in full Christmas card making mode and am counting down with the Hallmark channel as they play Christmas movies 24/7 till then! 😆   So I have a mini slimline Christmas card to share today created with many products from the current Holiday collection.  

Started by die cutting the Serene Bird from alcohol marker-friendly paper and colored it with Copic markers.   The pine needles were die cut out of green paper from the Lush Green paper pack.   Shading was added to them using a finger brush and Rustic Wilderness distress ink (DI).  The pine cones were die cut out of brown plaid paper from the Woodsy Plaid paper pack.   I thought the bits of gold in it tied in nicely with the sentiment.   White gouache paint was added to the ends of each of their layers with a sponge dauber. 


For the background, mixed media paper was trimmed to 3.25”x6.25” and put through my die cutting machine along with the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate.   Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were then ink blended on with blender brushes.   Arranged and adhered the bird, pine needles and pine cones to the panel next before splattering with white gouache paint for a snowy effect.


The Bennet Alphabet letters were die cut next out of gold glitter paper from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad and their shadow from scraps of Bristol paper.   Heat embossed ”love and joy” from the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with white embossing powder on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white 3.25”x6.25” card base to finish.

And this does it for today.   Thank you for joining me.   Have a wonderful day.





Fri 22

Oval Snowman Tunnel Card
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have a fun Christmas card to share today.  When I saw the Oval Snowman Collage die from the Holiday release, I thought it would make a great tunnel card, or now commonly known as a center picture window card.


As you can see, I kept the front of the card super simple.  For a bit of dimension and texture, an A2 sized piece of white cardstock was dry embossed with the new Ringadings 3D embossing folder.  To keep the card shut when closed, a belly band was created using Circle Basics dies, the new Let It Snow Posh Script die, the new Woodsy Plaid 6x6 paper and black cardstock.  The script sentiment was die cut from Bristol paper 3x and stacked.  A 1.25”Wx8.5”L strip was then trimmed from black cardstock and wrapped around the card (not too tightly) and the ends hidden and sandwiched in between the plaid and black circles.  When the belly band is slid off, the fun begins!  *lol*😂


The snowman layer is Bristol paper cut to the same size (5.5”x8.5”) as the card base.  Ink blended Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) on the top portion, splattered with water and blot with a paper towel.  Score down along the long side at 2.25”, 4.25” and 6.25”, then use these scored lines as guides to die cut the Oval Snowman Collage in the middle.  Next, valley fold, mountain fold and valley fold the score lines to get this.


A quick note… after taking the process photo above, more ink was added to the top portion in the final card.  Now onto the second layer beneath.  Started with a piece of Bristol paper measuring 5.5”H x4”W.  Scored vertically on each side at 0.25” and down the middle at 2”.  Used these scored lines as guides to partial die cut the Evergreen Sky Collage that was released last year.  The opening of this die is larger than the snowman one, so partial diecutting was needed to bring the trees closer together behind the snowman. 


Used scissors next to cut out at the top.  It doesn’t matter what this looks like because it’s going to be hidden behind the snowman layer anyway.


On the white card base, ink blended Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass DI, then splattered with white gouache paint.  This is what will show through the “tunnel” when completed.


Began assembling the card, starting with the back layer.  The middle score lines make it super easy to line up.


The deer is from last year’s Snowglobe Backer die and was a leftover piece in my stash.  I should mention that all colouring/shading were done with Copic markers.  Drew in the snowman’s eyes and mouth with a fine black marker.


The Oval Snowman Collage die does come with a top hat/scarf combo die.  I just thought a plaid beanie/toque would look cuter and more suitable, so I used the second smallest circle die in the Circle Basics set to partial die cut his hat from the plaid paper.  


I’ve been fighting a cold, so I hope I made sense. *lol*😂  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.  And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your weekend.





Wed 13

Non-traditional Purple Poinsettias
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  It’s a quick 2-in-1 post for me today. 😉  I was the August challenge winner at Christmas Craft Creations (CCC) and was invited to guest design for their October challenge starting today.  As you can see, this is also my day to post here, and since the challenge here this month is Holidays, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to combine them in one post.  The challenge theme at CCC is Black and White plus One.   You know I love non-traditional color Christmas cards, so I chose purple for my color. 

The poinsettias were die cut from Bristol paper using the Layered Poinsettia die.  Colored each cutout with Shaded Lilac distress ink (DI) then applied Wilted Violet DI at the center and tips.  Attached two of them together and shaped the petals with my fingers before spritzing them with a shimmer spray for some sparkle.  Set aside to dry.


The pine needles and sentiment were also die cut from Bristol paper.  The sentiment was die cut 3x and stacked for dimension, then mounted onto its black shadow piece.  Adhered the pine needles directly to a black A2 sized panel and popped up the poinsettias with mounting tape (except for the petals underneath the sentiment).  Covered the upper portion of the panel next and splattered the bottom half with white gouache paint.  Attached the panel to a black/white split card base, then added the sentiment and clear Fairy drops to the poinsettia centers to finish.


Create your own black and white plus one Christmas card using at least one Memory Box product and you can enter in both challenges!  And that is it from me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a great day.