53 posts categorized "Trina Pham"


Sun 21

You’re the Best
by Trina Pham


Happy Sunday.  And happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures out there.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) card that I made for my dad to share today.  Unfortunately, he’s going to receive it late. 🙈  

Anywho, a very easy card today.  Started by ink blending Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (di) with sponge daubers through a DIY circle stencil on a Bristol panel to create the sun.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel to give it texture.


The lighthouse, waves and letters were all die cut from Bristol paper three times and stacked for dimension.  Blended Black Soot di on the top letters for an ombré look.  White heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock then trimmed into a strip.  Assembled the card and mounted the panel on two pieces of black cardstock to finish.


And that was all there was to it.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.







Wed 17

Another Garden Party Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Have you joined in this month’s Birthday Cards challenge yet?  Today I‘m sharing another birthday card created with products from the Garden Party release.

This was pretty simple.  The part that took the longest was the coloring, so I started with the background first.  The largest die from Rectangle Basics was used to die cut an A2 sized rectangle from Bristol paper.  A DIY cover plate was then created next using the Diagonal Stripes Collage die.  The two perimeter strips were die cut first...


Followed by the two middle strips and... done!  Too funny... I just realized I have a discontinued stencil exactly like this. 😂


Next, light gray dye ink was blended directly onto a white card base with a blender brush. Adhered the DIY cover plate on top then splattered using Black Soot distress ink. 


For some reason, no-line colouring intimidates me.  So naturally, that was what I chose to do. 😂  I keep trying.  Anyway, the images from Peony Garden Corner stamp set were stamped with Fadeout no line coloring detail ink by Ink on 3 on alcohol-friendly cardstock.  They were no-line colored with Copic markers and final shading details were done with Polychromos pencils.


The images were die cut out with the coordinating dies.  My alignment was a bit off and I also wanted a thinner white border, so I fussy cut to clean up the edges.  The Celebrate Cursive Script sentiment was die cut twice from Bristol paper and once from black mirror cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Clear shimmer added to the flowers for some sparkle completed the card. 


And that is all.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day.






Sat 13

Embossed Vellum Sympathy Card
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I intended to create a get well card for a friend, but things took a turn quite quickly and after six long brave years of battling cancer, she unfortunately succumbed to the disease a couple of weeks ago.  With the pandemic, I was not able to visit or go to her funeral.  She leaves behind a wonderful husband and I wanted to honour both her and support him, so I made this clean and simple (CAS) sympathy card using a mix of products from the releases so far this year.

I started by placing a piece of vellum into the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) and ran it through my Big Shot machine.


I find dry embossing with vellum works better with thick vellum, but I’m out of it and only had medium weight vellum left.  So to make the design more prominent, I flipped the vellum over and dry embossed it with a stylus on a foam mat.  Had to be careful not to press too hard at the risk of tearing the vellum.


Next, a heart opening was die cut from a Bristol panel using Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  The embossed vellum was then adhered behind it and excess trimmed away.  A piece of green pattern paper from the Garden Folly paper pack backed the vellum to give some contrast.  For a little sparkle, clear shimmer was added onto the vellum.  Unfortunately, this warped it a bit... but it just adds more dimension and interest (I hope 😬).  


The sentiment is from Peony Garden Corner stamp set.  Heartfelt was masked off leaving HUGS to be inked with VersaMark and stamped onto black cardstock. It was heat embossed with white embossing powder then trimmed into a strip.  The opposite was done for heartfelt, except it was fussy cut out.  The butterflies from Butterfly Heart Frame were then die cut from white shimmer paper and mounted with foam tape.  Added a drop of Mint Frost glitter glue to the butterfly center to finish.


Anyway, that does it for me.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!







Sun 31

Garden Party Birthday
by Trina Pham



Hello there.  Today is not just the last day in May, it‘s also my birthday.  And with that, I have an easy monochromatic birthday card to share using products from the newest Garden Party release.

The Birthday Cursive Script Circle was die cut three times from scraps of Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  Used scissors to snip away the circle.  The solid candles from Tall Birthday Candles were then die cut from regular white cardstock and various aqua/teal pattern papers in the Garden Folly paper pack.  Trimmed off the flame on the pattern paper candles and pieced on top of the white candles.


Next, ombre blended Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans distress inks with blender brushes onto a Bristol rectangle panel.  Splattered with water and lifted with a paper towel to give it texture.  Dried the panel completely with my heat tool then heat embossed “wishes” from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout stamp set with white embossing powder.


Mounted the panel onto a white card base with fun foam and and assembled the card.  Spritz the entire card with a sparkle spray for some shimmer to finish.   Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and week.






Wed 20

Layered Stencilling
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I don’t have my new Garden Party products yet, so I’m sharing another simple card made with more products from the Spring release.

My card was prompted by the Layered Stencilling theme over at CAS Stencil card challenge.  Started by die cutting a circle stencil from masking paper using Circle Basics die.  Adhered it to a Bristol panel and ink blended on Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves distress inks (di) using blending brushes.


The Midnight Mandala stencil from Birch Press Designs was then layered over top and more of the same inks were applied over that stencil.  Removed the stencils and this is what resulted.


For some shimmer, the panel was spritz with a sparkle spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo, but it’s really pretty IRL).


Next, the Pretty Blossom Stem was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Wild Rose Stem stamp set was black heat embossed directly on the panel.  Assembled the card onto a slightly textured A2 piece to finish.

 That does it for me.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!





Wed 06

Embossed Florals
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  Once again this month’s May Flowers challenge was what inspired my card today.  I did a super easy inking technique on the beautiful Chrysanthemum Field 3D embossing folder (EF) from the Spring collection to create it.

Using a rubber brayer, the flat side of the EF was inked with dye inks in rainbow colors.  Inserted a piece of Bristol paper into the EF and ran it through my Big Shot machine and voila!


Seriously, that’s it! I went with a rainbow palette, but you could simplify the process even further by using fewer colors.


A couple of sentiments from Wild Rose Stem stamp set were white heat embossed on black cardstock and trimmed into strips.  A few clear sequins and clear shimmer spritz to the entire card finished it off (couldn’t capture the sparke).


Since I had the supplies out, I made a couple more thank you cards, but with the  Magnificent Sunflower 3D EF and only three ink colors for each.


The May Flower challenge ends on May 30 EST, so lots of time to enter.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week!






Wed 22

Glittery Thanks
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I was recently surprised with happy mail that made my day!  I wanted to return the favor and show my appreciation by sending her a thank you card made with a few goodies from the latest Spring collection.  Unfortunately, she would not have received it before this post. 😔 

So isn’t the Delicate Pastel Glitter paper just gorgeous!?  I couldn’t resist and had to use as many of the colours in the pack as I possibly can and do some color blocking with them. 😂   Each strip is one inch thick and was adhered to an A2 sized Bristol panel.  The Splendid Poppy Stems was die cut three times from Bristol paper as well and stacked for dimension.


Seaside Thanks was die cut next from black cardstock and adhered to a scrap of Bristol paper, then fussy cut out.  With all that glittery goodness, a white heat embossed sentiment from Big and Little Words on a black cardstock strip finished off the card.


I hope my crafty friend will be as pleasantly surprised as I was when she receives this!  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.  Stay home and craft on!






Sat 18

Pocket Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have another fun spring scene card to share today.  This time it’s a pocket shaker card.  I apologize for the glare in my photos, but the plastic made it unavoidable.

So I started off by die cutting an A2 size panel from Bristol paper using the largest die from Rectangle Basics.  Adhered a few die-cut puffy cloud masks then ink blended Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac distress inks (di’s) with blender brushes to create the background.  Die cut the center with a rectangle die that is the same size as the frame in the Cherry Blossom Frame.  Wanted the shaker portion to stand out more, ink blended Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch di’s to it.  Mounted the remaining frame to a white card base.


A plastic stamp storage pocket was then cut open and trimmed to slightly larger than the cut out rectangle.  Added strong double-sided tape to the edges on the back and positioned it over the plastic to use as a guide to cut away the corners of the plastic.  The corners will be mitred when folded over, which will reduce bulk.


Removed the adhesive liners from three sides and folded the plastic onto them.  Added the shaker mix through the opening then sealed it off to complete the shaker pouch.  Inlaid the pouch onto the card.


To complete the scene, die cut the frame, branch and grass from Bristol paper and butterflies from glitter paper.  Colored with Copics then adhered them directly onto the plastic with either strong double-sided tape or liquid glue.


Thought it didn’t need a sentiment.  Or I could always add it later, so left it blank to finish.


I love not needing foam tape.  This makes it very mail-friendly.  And that’s it for me.  Thank you for dropping by.  Stay home and craft on!






Wed 08

Shadow Box Card
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  Have you joined this month’s Spring Fling challenge with your spring themed projects yet?  As you can see, my card was inspired by it.  When I saw how all those tree collage dies from the Spring release could be layered, I wanted to make my first shadow box card.  And since I only have the two largest collage dies, my card is not a standard A2 size.

Bristol paper was used to create my card.  Started by trimming two 5.25” x 6.5” panels.  Along the short side, both panels were scored at 4.25” and 5”.  Took one of them and die cut the largest Rustic Tree Collage from it for the front.


To create the inner layer, started with a 5-3/16” x 6.5” panel.  Scored along the short side at 1/4” and 1/2”.  Flipped the panel and repeated the scoring on the opposite side.  The Bramble Collage was die cut in the center of it.

On the other remaining 5-1/4” x 6.5” panel, ink blended Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks with blender brushes to create the background sky.


The grass was die cut with the Wild Grass Border die and colored with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn distress inks.  Flicked on some water and dabbed with a paper towel for texture.   The largest bunny from Little Bunny Trio was die cut three times and stacked for dimension.  Added strong adhesive tape to the 1/4” scored sections and assembled the card to finish.


I actually forgot to stamp the sentiment from Big and Little Spring stamp set directly on the background sky panel before assembling, so the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black strip and added after.  The finished size measures 4.25” w x 6.5” h x 0.75”d.  It flattens down to 5”x6.5” and easily fits into an A7 envelope.


To make a portrait shadow box card that fits into a standard A2 size envelope, start with 4.5”x5.5” panels and score at 3.5” and 4.25”on the short side.   This will result in a 3.5” wide front.  

And that does it for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Stay home and craft on.






Sat 28

Shadow Stencilling
by Trina Pham


Happy weekend everyone.  I’m popping in quickly today with an all-occasion masculine card.  I used the Leafy Rows stencil from the 2020 Spring collection and the shadow stencilling technique for my card.

Using a mini blending tool, white pigment ink was applied to the leafy stencil over a piece of Kraft cardstock.  Because it is a pigment ink, I pounced on the ink rather than blending in circles to avoid having the ink seep underneath.  Used a heat tool to dry it.


Next, placed the stencil back over the images, then shifted it slightly up and to the left before inking it with Walnut Stain distress oxide ink.. and voila!


For some shine and still keep it masculine, the B-E-S-T Vintage Varsity letters were die cut from black foil paper while the Wishes Jotted Script sentiment was die cut from gold foil paper.  They were mounted onto a vellum circle.


The gold got a bit lost against the Kraft, so a dark brown shadow was added behind to help it stand out better.


And that’s it from me.  Thank you for visiting.  Stay home and craft on.