Card Making · Crafting · Stamping · TheCrazyHAsian

A card so simple, anyone can do it: the backstory 

If you want to get right to card making, see the products I used, and skip the sob story, click here for the tutorial

I can’t remember what I initially searched on YouTube, but I eventually found myself down a rabbit hole of card making videos. Catherine Pooler’s videos specifically. (Check her out tonget hooked too) She opened my eyes to a craft I hadn’t considered and I was hooked. I wanted to stop purchasing cards and start making my own…the problem was the supplies. 

In any given card making video, you might see the following:

white cardstock, colored cardstock, multiple colored inks, distress inks, ink blending tools, a paper cutter, a bone folder, Versamark, embossing powder, a heat gun, dies, a BigShot, embellishments like sequins and glitter glue, foam tape, other adhesives, Copic markers, watercolors and the list is endless. 

I spent hours watching, and very little time doing. I wanted to create beautiful cards but I felt like I needed a loan just to afford all the products. 

But one day, at my local Hobby Lobby, I saw their rubber stamps were 50% off. I bought two, a pad of ink, and a package of folded cardstock with envelopes. I created something like this:

The actual card was for a wedding, instead of trees I used wedding bells, and it simply said “congrats.” 

I wanted to showcase this card to encourage anyone (especially if you’re worried about your inadequacies in the craft room) to try it. 

Card Making · Crafting · Stamping · TheCrazyHAsian

A card so simple, anyone can do it: the tutorial

I created this card using two stamps, one color of ink, and half a sheet of cardstock. I wanted a card that was simple and affordable to encourage anyone to start papercrafting. For more on the backstory, click over here

A holiday inspired card

For this particular card, and the one below, I used products all from Catherine Pooler’s Foundations Box. However, you can create a similar style card with products from a big box craft store. 

You will need:

  • A bold image stamp
  • A sentiment stamp
  • Black ink

I cut my cardstock in half (4.25” x 5.5”) then folded it in half to create a top folding card. I eyeballed the center and stamped my tree, then I added two more trees on either side. I also stamped the envelope flap. (I found these colored envelopes at Target and it’s a great way to add color when you don’t have a lot of crafting supplies). Finally, I stamped a sentiment. 

You can use the same technique for everyday cards too. 

Get out there and get inky. 

Food · Ramblings · Restaurants · TheCrazyHAsian

Apparently I don’t know how to order coffee…

I’ve seen the way people order coffee on TV…I have no idea what they are saying, and I didn’t think this was a skill I needed to learn. Until I decided to treat my friend to a coffee.  
This is me at Starbucks yesterday: 

Me: I need 2 coffees

Barista: ok what size?

M: What size do you have?

B: tall, grande, and venti

M: Yeah I don’t know what that means. Can I get a visual?

B: (holds up cups) venti is 20 oz, grande is 16 oz, tall is 12 oz. 

M: ok. I’ll take 2 of the 16 oz ones…I’m going to be that guy today. (Pull out a piece of paper with my notes) I need a pumpkin spice latte, made with skim milk, no whip, half the number of pumps as your normally use. 

B: (somehow repeats my order but in “coffee talk”)

M: And the other one, regular coffee, the darkest roast you have, black. 

My coffee orders are usually pretty simple. Black. Dark roast. Don’t have dark roast? Medium roast. Don’t have medium roast? I’ll take whatever house coffee you brewed today. 


cheers starbucks. cheers
Why does coffee have to be so hard?

Diets · Food · TheCrazyHAsian

I am going to start a diet…tomorrow

Recently, I haven’t made the “best” food choices. I started eating out a lot when the move was eminent, and then I got so used to buying my food, cooking seemed like a chore. And without being too graphic, I can “feel” I need to eat healthier, so that’s where I’m at. 

I’m going to try Whole30. I was going to start on Friday, in that I got the book from the library and I hid all my Girl Scout cookies. I was really good until about 10 am, when I went to an event and was offered pound cake, so the day was shot, and I might as well make the most of it, so I drank soda and ate pizza too. Then I was going to start yesterday, but I had leftover pound cake that I was “forced” to bring home, and since I was delaying things another day, I and drank more soda and ate more pizza. And then I decided to start today, until I realized I have a potluck to go to, and I don’t want to deny myself someone else’s home cooking. Plus I have one slice of pound cake left. 

So I’ll start tomorrow, which is when all diets start, in the future. Because when tomorrow comes, I’ll lose self control running errands during lunch, and then again on Saturday at the other potluck I have, and during the mini vacations spattered throughout September, in which case I’ll start in October…or November, but then there’s Thanksgiving and Christmas. And at this rate I should add it to my New Year’s resolution and start in 2018. It’s official, I’m starting a new diet…next year.


I need friends

So, to recap, I just moved to Texas. And as most people that just move cross-country, I need to build my friend base. I won’t say I have no friends here, but I just met them, and they just moved too, and we are all still trying to figure everything out about this town.

And my husband works–a lot–so I spend a lot of time with these two:

Look at these goobers, entertained by trash. (Or is it: entertained with trash? Or is the trash the one that’s entertained?)

I talk to them, and at best they stare at me, at worst they ignore me, or do the opposite of what I ask them to do. So throughout my day I think of all the interesting things I’ll say when when I’m around someone who can talk back. Sometimes I think of all the great things I could blog about, if only I was at my computer when the inspiration hits. And sometimes, when things are really bad, I imagine full blown conversations with people. 

In order to stay sane, I’ll try blogging more…until I get more friends, or until the Bebe can talk back…at which point I’ll probably reminisce upon the days when my kid wasn’t so defiant. #catch22 #grassisalwaysgreener 


So I’ve been talking to myself…

…they say that talking to yourself is the first sign of insanity. I don’t know who “they” are, but maybe it’s the voices in my head. 

Before you think I’m a loony, hear me out. I moved, cross country, from Rhode Island to Texas. And I had all these great intentions to blog every evening to let the friends and family that love me know how our adventure was going, the way all my other friends that are “put together” do. I even illegally used my cell phone while driving to snap state line photos. 

But by the time I got to where I was going for the day, and I had some alone time, the only thing I wanted to do was sleep. And that’s what I did.  So no blogs were written. 

Now here we are in Texas, over a month later…talking to myself. I guess explaining why will have to wait for tomorrow’s post, because one thing I cannot stand are blog posts that drone on and on and on. If you have that much to say that people want to read, publish it in a book. 


This is my blog 

This is my blog. 

There are many like it, but this one is mine…in fact, there are a lot like it.

So then, why would I want to create a new blog, amongst all the others? Especially considering that all good ideas have already been researched, executed, and blogged about. 

It’s because I have no idea what I’m doing, but it sounded like a good idea at the time. 

And who am I? Just your run of the mill mom/wife/do it yourselfer/know it all/just like every other blogger out there. Keep reading and you may learn more about my crazy hAsian life.

This is me!