120 posts categorized "Trina Pham"


Thu 23

Curling Waves Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  The new mini Island Vacation release is live and consists of fun embossing folders with matching dies and/or stencils.  I stretched the Curling Waves layering stencil set of 2 from the release to create my card today.  But these waves look so cool when used as intended. 😉
Normally, I leave the sentiment till the end, but because I am hot foiling directly onto the panel, the Posh Hello sentiment was hot foiled with silver foil first.  Using blender brushes next, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Villainous Potion distress inks were ink blended for an ombré.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel, then lightly splattered with diluted white gouache paint for some texture.


For the Stella Butterfly, the background was die cut from vellum, while the outline top layer was die cut twice from Bristol paper.  Glued the background piece to one of the outline pieces, then applied clear glitter onto the vellum through the openings.  Added the other outline piece on top to cover up any glitter that may have accidentally got onto the first piece.  Completed the butterfly by die cutting the body/antenna three times from Bristol paper and stacking them for dimension.  A finger brush was then used to apply white pigment ink over the Curling Waves stencil (used the first stencil layer with the larger opening) to create the butterfly trail.  Mounted the butterfly, then added star and dot details along the trail with a white gel pen to finish.


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.



88624 Curling Waves stencil 


Sat 18

Charlotte Daisies Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy weekend.  Today I’ve stretched the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves dies from the 2022 May release and turned them into daisies to create a birthday card inspired by this month’s blue and yellow colour challenge at The Flower Challenge in support of Ukraine.
The flowers were die cut from Bristol paper while the centers were die cut from the lightest yellow Sunny Orange paper.  Each flower is two of the same flower cutouts, and offset.  Coloring / shading was then done with Copic Sketch markers.
yellows - Y11, Y15, YR24
greys - C4, C2, C1, C00
The background is a Bristol panel ink blended with Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  The “trellis” was die cut from Bristol paper using the Double Diamond Lattice Plate from Poppy Stamps.  It’s actually a full A2 size, but was reduced by die cutting a frame with Rectangle Basics dies then adhering it over top and trimming away the excess. 


The Posh Happy Birthday sentiment was foiled next with Prism hot foil using the Spellbinders Glimmer hot foil system.  Applied Mermaid Lagoon DI to it, wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (foil resists the ink) and die cut out with the matching die.  Assembled the card onto a white card base then added clear shimmer to the yellow centers to finish. 

Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Sun 12

Butterfly Birthday Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, I almost forgot how.  😂*lol*   Anyway, I have a fun and simple birthday shaker card to share today featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage and Posh Birthday Wishes dies from the May 2022 release.

Started by trimming two A2 size panels from Bristol paper.  Took one of them and die cut from it twice with the butterfly die to stretch the butterflies across from corner to corner.  The Posh Birthday Wishes foil plate was then hot foiled in black using the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System, and die cut out with the matching die.


On the other panel, ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron distress inks before prepping it for an infinity shaker to go behind the butterfly panel.  To minimize bulk. the small clear Fairy Drops were separated out and used for the shaker bits.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish,  


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today,  Have a wonderful day.







Mon 02

Nautical Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a lot of birthdays coming up, so I am sharing a simple nautical birthday card today.

Started by creating the life preserver.  Used two Circle Basics dies to die cut a ring from white cardstock and another from Ocean Blue paper.  Used scissors to cut sections from the blue one and adhered them onto the white one.  The ropes were die cut from white paper, then light gray dye ink was applied to the edges with a detailed blender tool.  Assembled the life preserver, then added shading to it with a cool gray Copic marker. 


 The background is Bristol paper embossed with the Waves 3D embossing folder.  I used the debossed side.  I also wanted the opening of the life preserver to be distinct from the waves background, so a circle was die cut from white woodgrain paper to back it.  The sentiment from Signature Greetings stamp set was white heat embossed onto black cardstock and fussy cut out before the card was assembled onto a white card base to finish.


Pretty straight forward.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week. 






Sun 24

Blooms for Mom
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year all over the world.  With my Mother’s Day in two weeks, I have a Mother’s Day card I created for my mother-in-law to share today.  It features the Riverbank Large Layered Blooms and Exquisite Leaf Set dies from the recent Spring release.  

Because I wanted these large blooms to all fit on the card without crowding or hanging off-the-edge, this card is A6 size.  The card base and a layering piece are 4.5”x6.25” cut from heavy-weight white paper.  Using the partial die cutting technique with a long and narrow extended cutting pad, ran the layering piece through the die cutting machine twice with the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate resulting in this.



Down the middle was a mess, but it didn’t matter as most of it will be covered up anyway.  For some texture, splattered it with diluted black gouache paint, then set aside to dry.



The flower layers and leaves were die cut next from white cardstock.  The leaves and flower centers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.

greens - YG61, YG63, YG67
white centers - C00, C1, C3

Ink blending with distress inks (DI) was used to color the flower layers.  Shaded Lilac DI was applied to the middle circumference area of each layer using a blender brush, while Villainous Potion DI was applied to the centers with a finger brush before putting them together. 


“Mom” was die cut from white glitter paper using the shadow dies of the Bennett Alphabet die set for a chunkier greeting.  Glued the letters onto a 1” Twilight Purple paper strip, then added the drop shadow with a C3 Copic Sketch marker.  Assembled the card, popping the bottom right flower up with foam adhesives for additional dimension.  Applied clear shimmer on the flowers for more sparkle to finish.

And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Thu 14

Happy Easter
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  For those who are celebrating, Easter weekend begins tomorrow and the Easter bunny is busy hiding… hiding those eggs for the Easter egg hunt that is! 😂*lol*   This was the fun idea behind the hiding bunny on my card today.

Started by die cutting the flowers, foliage and bunny ears (dies are listed at the end) from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock, then colored in with Copic Sketch markers.

purples - BV0000, BV000, BV01, BV04
yellows - Y000, Y13, Y17
pinks - RV000, RV00, 0
greens - G20, YG03, YG07, YG17, YG67
blues - BG70, BG72
The Knotted Circle Wreath was die cut twice next from Kraft woodgrain paper.  Gathered Twigs distress ink (DI) was then applied to them randomly with a foam blending tool to give variation and a rustic look.  To aid in shaping, a circle was die cut from Bristol paper using a Circle Basics die.   Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn DIs were blended onto it with blender brushes to create the background.   The sentiment from Springtime Typewriter was then white heat embossed onto black cardstock before assembling the card on a white woodgrain panel that was scored every 1”.  
If the butterfly seems a bit out of place, that is because it was needed to cover up a marking. 😆   Kept it subtle by die cutting it from blue Vintage Pastel Mirror paper.   Pastel Jewels were added to the flower centers to finish.  
Wishing all those who are celebrating a happy Easter.  Thank you for joining me today.   Have a wonderful day. 




Sat 09

Hello Little Red Wagon
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I’m popping in today to share a cute spring all-occasion card.  I think it could have easily been an Easter card simply by swapping out the sentiment.


The wagon was created first.  A piece of red Berry Red paper was trimmed to 0.5”x2.75”.   A corner rounder punch was used to round the bottom two corners.  The top crate part is made from Kraft woodgrain paper.  The two horizontal pieces were trimmed to 0.25”x2.75”.   The three vertical pieces were die cut with the Vertical Line Collage die and cut into 1” sections.   You could trim by hand to 1/8”x2.75” as well then cut into 1” sections.  Added shading to them using Gathered Twigs distress ink (DI) and a detailed blender tool to give them dimension.  The two smallest dies from Circle Basics were then used to create the wheels from black cardstock and silver mirror paper.  The handle is black glossy paper die cut also with the Vertical Line Collage die, then cut apart and pieced together to form the necessary angles.


The tulips were die cut from yellow Sunny Orange paper and the leaves from Lush Green.   Used a darker shade of yellow and green dye inks to add shading and dimension to them, respectively.   Took a Bristol panel from my stash next' and lightly ink blended Shaded Lilac DI and splattered with diluted Black Soot DI for the background.  Die cut the Hello Banner Script sentiment from black glossy paper, then assembled the card onto a white card base.  To ground it, added shading beneath the wagon with grey Copic Sketch markers.  Drew in nails and tire rim centers with a black permanent pen to finish.   


That does it for my card today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.





Sat 26

Flowering Trail Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a simple spring birthday card I created for a crafty friend whose birthday is next month.

The background panel is Bristol paper embossed with the Geometric Crystal 3D embossing folder.  The Happy Birthday posh script sentiment was die cut once from gold Rainbow Reflections mirror paper and twice from white cardstock, then stacked for dimension.  To make it work for my card design, the happy part was cut off.  These two items were actually from my leftover bits bag.  Stretched the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set and stamped “wishes” from it with white pigment ink on Bristol paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.



Next, the Layered Impatiens die was used to die cut the flowers from scraps of white cardstock and Twilight Purple papers.  Used BV Copic markers to shade and flick details on them for some interest.  The butterfly back layer was die cut from a smooshed Villainous Potion distress ink piece also from my stash.  The butterfly outline top layer was die cut from black glossy paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then for some sparkle, added clear shimmer to the butterfly/flowers and clear jewels to the flower centers to finish.


And that is it for my birthday card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Sat 19

Rainbow Poppies
by Trina Pham



Hello everyone.  Looks like Spring officially arrives tomorrow here in the northern hemisphere, so I thought I would welcome it with a cute rainbow floral scene card featuring the Enchanting Poppy Stems die from the 2022 Spring release. 

There are two size poppies in this die set.  I used the small one to die cut all parts from white alcohol marker-friendly cardstock, then coloured them with Copic Sketch markers.  Did the same for the Wild Grass Border used to help ground the poppies, but in hindsight, it would have been quicker to die cut it from the Lush Green paper.




Mixed media paper was trimmed to A2 size (5.5”x4.25”) next, then Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass distress inks were blended on with blender brushes to create the ground and sky, respectively.  The Hello Friend Posh Script was die cut from black glossy paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base then added clear shimmer to the poppies for a bit of sparkle to finish.




That does it for my spring rainbow poppy card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Sat 12

Miss You Challenge Reminder
by Trina Pham



Hello everyone.  I’m back to colouring die-cuts today, but this time I am focusing on the beautiful Verdant Arch foliage die from the 2022 Spring release. 

Started by die cutting the Verdant Arch from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock.  Cut them in half then colored with blue Copic Sketch markers (B39, B37, B34 and B32).  I was about to color them in their natural green color, but thought colouring them blue would be more fun… plus, it’s my favorite color after all. 😉




The leaves were then arranged and glued onto an A2 size panel cut from Bristol paper.  For some texture, splattered with diluted Prize Ribbon distress ink and white gouache paint.  Finished with the Miss You posh script sentiment that was die cut from yellow (which looks like gold) Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper and adhered onto its white shadow.  



This is a reminder that the Miss You/Thinking of You challenge is open until March 30 11:59 pm EST.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.