82 posts categorized "Trina Pham"


Tue 20

Porthole Sunset Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Have you had a chance to check out the new Under the Sea collection released yesterday?  Like the Spring collection, it’s amazing!  And it looks like I’m ready for summer with this sunset scene birthday card I’m sharing today.

Started by die cutting the porthole twice from thick white cardstock and once from silver Polished Foil paper with the new Ocean Porthole die and stacked them for dimension.  Next, a circle panel from mixed media paper and a sun mask from masking paper were die cut out using dies from Circle Basics.  Masked then ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot distress ink (DI) on the circle panel to create the sunset background.  I did the sky first.  Added water ripples with a white gel pen to complete it.


The pelican from the new Graceful Ocean Birds and the log from the new Wood Grain Planks (couldn’t capture the woodgrain detail in the photo but it’s there) were die cut from black cardstock.  Assembled the card onto a Mixed Media panel that had been dry embossed with the new gorgeous Waves 3D embossing folder (EF).  Love this EF btw! 


To finish, white heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout by Poppy Stamps on a strip of Bristol paper, then ombré colored it with the same DI as the sunset.  And that was it.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Wed 14

Retro Birthday
by Trina Pham


Happy Wednesday everyone.  Had more fun stretching the Nested Globes dies again and made a retro masculine slimline birthday card to share today.  Besides mailboxes and tall rainbows, I also saw jukeboxes when I first saw these dies! 😁  

The jukebox base is done the same as the mailboxes in this post HERE.  The overall size of the jukebox is 3”x 4.75” and I used the darkest blue color from the Ocean Blue paper pack.   From there, I used the same steps for the tall rainbow in this post HERE, and trimmed / die cut / partial die cut from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock accordingly to build the jukebox.  Colored the green and aqua parts with Copic markers YG00, YG01, YG03, BG10, BG11, BG13.  Used Circle Basics, Square Basics, Vintage Sled and Double Diamond Lattice Plate (from Poppy Stamps) dies to die cut from Silver Polished Foil to accent and decorate.  Oh and of course the record was die cut from black cardstock. 


Next, a Bristol slimline panel was die cut with the second largest Slim Basic Rectangle die.  Masked near the bottom and applied Black Soot distress ink (DI) to create the floor area.  The Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters were die cut also from Bristol paper, ombré colored with Blueprint Sketch DI using a blending brush, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give them some shine.  The rest of the sentiments from Birthday Rose Corner was white heat embossed on the same darkest blue paper as the jukebox.


Adhered the panel to a 3.5”x 8.5” white card base, then drew in the music notes with a black marker and added highlights with a white pencil to the black record to finish.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.






Wed 07

Special Hugs
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have a simple card to share today.  It was not meant to be, but ended up being, a sympathy card after a long time family friend of my husband passed away unexpectedly last week. 

Started by die cutting watercolor paper with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Watercolored the background using Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI).  Splattered with Black Soot DI and white gouache paint for a bit of texture.


The butterflies were die cut from Bristol paper.  Only the detailed part of the large Sylvan butterfly was die cut and adhered directly onto the watercolor panel.  The shadow piece of the small Glade butterfly was watercolored first using the same DI, then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock. 



Assembled the card to finish, popping the small butterfly up with mounting tape.  
And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.







Tue 16

Tall Rainbow
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I’m playing with the Nested Globes dies from the Spring collection again and stretching them to make a tall rainbow. 

I started by picking out the papers from the various 6x6 paper packs (see supply list below).  I skipped the two largest dies and used the remainder for a five arch rainbow.  The papers were trimmed to the width of the corresponding dies.  The dome shape was partial die cut on one end, then the next smaller die one size down was used to cut out the arch, shifting and die cutting down the length of the paper.  I did partial die cutting when possible to not waste the beautiful paper.


The clouds and Pinpoint Burst background were die cut from Bristol paper.  The rainbow was also adhered to a Bristol panel that was die cut to the largest 3” globe shape. .  


The sentiment from Joyful Moments was white heat embossed on black cardstock and fussy cut out.  Assembled the card on a white top folding card base to finish.


So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow and inspired by some challenges, I made a fun unconventional one. 😂


To get the wider rainbow arches, the die two size smaller was used instead.  


And that is all for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day!







Wed 10

Spring Birthday Slimline
by Trina Pham


Happy Wednesday everyone.  I have a spring floral slimline birthday card to share today using products from the Spring release.  

Started by stamping the flower image from All the Happiness stamp set in Fade Out ink on hot press watercolor paper.  Did no-line watercoloring using Karin markers.  Finished with Polychromous color pencils to add fine details.   Die cut it out with the coordinating die, then splattered with white gouache paint and Worn Lipstick distress ink (DI) for some texture.


The background and sentiments are from Birch Press Crystal Lingo stamp set.  The crystal background was white heat embossed three times on Bristol paper then die cut out with the second largest Slim Basic Rectangle die.   Added Worn Lipstick DI with a blender brush, then wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (emboss resist).  Happy was black heat embossed on Bristol paper, ombré watercolored in grey and die cut out with the matching die.   The other part of the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip.  Assembled the card onto a 3.5”x8.5” white card base to finish.


Once again, I was inspired by this month’s Beautiful  Backgrounds challenge?  Anyway, that’s it from me for today.  Thank you for joining me. 




Wed 03

Sentiment Background
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Wednesday!  I have a super easy card to share today made with more products from the fabulous 2021 Spring release.  It was inspired by this month’s Beautiful Backgrounds challenge.  I’m not going to lie, but this went in a slightly different direction than what I had in mind. 😂

I love the posh script line of sentiment dies and thought they would make beautiful sentiment backgrounds.  Each sentiment is made of two pieces die cut from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  Arranged and adhered them at an angle onto an A2 sized Bristol panel for a faux dry embossed effect.  


To highlight the sentiment further, the back shadow was die cut from the darkest purple Graceful Garden Glitter paper.  The sentiment was then die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked.   Adhered the whole piece over top one of the background sentiments.  The Sylvan butterfly was die cut from Bristol paper and coloured with a blender brush and Seedless Preserves distress ink.  Adhered the right side of the butterfly off the edge and popped the left side up with mounting tape to finish.


Easy-peasy.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day!






Sat 20

Thank You Daisies
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a super easy thank you card made with the Layered Daisies die from the 2021 Spring collection.  I drew inspiration from this year’s Pantone colors Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.

The daisies were die cut from Bristol paper.  To make them look fuller, each daisy consists of two offset pieces.  The centers were die cut from the lightest yellow sheet in the Sunny Orange paper pack.  Copic Sketch markers YR24 and YR 21 were used to add shading to them.  


Arranged and adhered the daisies onto a light gray panel from my stash that had been die cut with the Pinpoint Leaf Plate.  The Thank You Posh Script sentiment was die cut from Bristol paper three times and stacked for dimension onto its black shadow piece.  Added Crystal Glaze for some shine and dimension to finish.


And that is all from me for today.   Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend and week.






Wed 17

Shaped Mailbox Giftcard Holders
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone!  I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the 2021 spring release!  There are so many amazing products that it was a little challenging figuring ou where to start. 😂  But I ended up creating a shaped mailbox birthday gift card holder two ways, using the Nested Globes dies.  


First up is the more involved masculine version.  The largest globe die in the set measures 5.1”x4”.  I wanted to make it A2 height size, so the second darkest blue sheet from the Ocean Blue paper pack was trimmed to 5.5”x 4”.  The dome was die cut on the one end, leaving the other end untouched.  Next, took an A2 size white top folding card base and trimmed it down to 4” wide and approximately 1/16” shorter in length.  Partial die cut the dome part on the card base, ensuring the cutting edge extends past the fold like so...


...resulting in this.


Next, align and adhere the blue piece onto the card base using temporary adhesive.  Use the third largest die in the set and die cut the “mailbox legs” using the straight end of the die.


With the Ocean Blue paper being 110 lb and my card base 220 lb. (110lb. folded), I was not sure if the die would cut through it all.  I ran it through a few times with shims and luckily it worked and didn’t break my machine. 😂


Using the same third largest die, partial die cut the blue piece like so.


Score between the two end points to create the hinged door that when opened will reveal the gift card.


To complete this gift card holder, the Birthday Mail Posh Script was die cut from the darkest colour paper in the Ocean Blue paper pack and from Bristol paper, then stacked and offset.  Used two dies from Rectangle Basics to die cut a frame twice from the first blue colour paper.  The handle were two 2.25”x0.25” strips each scored at 0.25” and 0.5” on one end and adhered to create a loop with each other.  Adhered the darkest blue colour paper to the card base behind the opening.  Added adhesive to the perimeter and assembled to finish.


The second feminine version is simpler and the colours inspired by this month’s Pretty Purples challenge.  I made this one the same size as the largest die (5.1”x4”) and followed the same steps above to create the base and front.  But instead of a hinged door, I just used the smallest globe die to cut a mail slot for the gift card.


The Spring Plaid and Twilight Purple paper packs along with the Glade Butterfly were used for this one. Everything is pretty straight forward, but if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. 


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






Fri 05

Fun Fold Pop Up Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Friday.  When I saw a cool card by Bibi Cameron on Instagram (IG), I knew I had to try it!  Bonus that it’s super easy, too!

Started by partial die cutting a gray top folding card base with the largest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart die, leaving the bottom uncut.


Took a light pink top folding card base next and partially die cut it so the top of the heart where the fold is remains connected.


Align and adhere the hearts to the front and back of the card base on the inside...  and now the card is ready to decorate.


The inside was left blank.  


I stamped the images from Peony Garden Corner with Fadeout ink on mixed media paper and did some no-line watercoloring using new Karin brush markers I received for Christmas.  The images were die cut out with the matching dies.  The sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout was then white heat embossed on a black heart cut-out.  Assembled the card to finish.


Almost forgot to mention when assembling, it is important not to adhere anything to the cutout area.  All adhesive is on the gray base.  I had a short video showing what it looks like when opened, but had trouble uploading.  Bibi’s IG link above will show you exactly what type of card it is.  Well, that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.








Sat 23

Embossed Toilet Paper Butterflies
by Trina Pham


Happy weekend everyone.  So in contrast to my last post with bright cheery rainbow colors, I am sharing a soft color palette card today featuring a super easy technique called embossed toilet paper.  A year ago when the pandemic first started, I would have never dared to waste this hot commodity. 😂 

To start, layers of toilet paper were spritz with water on each side and stacked on top of each other.  Even though the toilet paper is 2-ply, it’s not very thick, so I ended up with 10 layers.  The Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Background die was then used to die cut two butterflies from it.


Next, placed the butterflies into the Chrysanthemum Field 3D embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine according to the machine’s recommendations.  Set them aside to dry completely, resulting in something similar to handmade paper.


I’ve only seen this technique used as  backgrounds, but I modified it to create card elements.  Here’s a large background piece that shows the handmade characteristics better. 


To complete my card, the Twiggy Hugs was die cut from black cardstock and three times from Bristol paper.  Ink blended the top layer with Wilted Violet and Milled Lavender distress inks (DI), then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder for some shine.  Stacked them for dimension.


The Pinpoint Leaf Plate was then die cut from Bristol paper.  Ink smooshed Wilted Violet DI and added black splatters in the bottom right corner before assembling the card to finish.  I wished I didn’t add Milled Lavender DI to the top butterfly.


And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.