Springtime Wishes: Happy Birthday

Today I would like to share you a new stamp set and matching dies that I use on my project and I absolutely love it! This project I created for a blog hop and 2 challenges.

Welcome to the first Joyful Stars Blog Hop in 2016! Every month I join a group of Close To My Heart consultants sharing a project we make using new/current products. I hope you’ll find the projects we share inspire you to create.


This is a monthly blog hop hosted by Joyce Houck’s blog. If you arrived from her blog, the you are on the right track 🙂 But if you are here first, you can either continue blog-hopping to make a loop or you can go back to Joyce’s blog post to see the rest of the list of participants.

Kicking off this blog hop this year, I created a card using one of the new stamp sets and thin cuts. YES you read it correctly. Close To My Heart released new products this month and one of them are  4 new stamp sets with matching thin cuts as in thin dies. They are compatible with all diecutting machines that can cut metal thin dies. For this projects, I used my WRMK Evolution Advanced to cut the pieces.

CTMH Thin Cuts & WRMK Evolution Advanced Diecutting Machine

I used Springtime Wishes stamp set and Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts on both of my card. Here’s my first card:

Happy Birthday | Handmade by Helen Gullett | Blog at --> http://helengullett.com/?p=8315 #ctmh #closetomyheart #springtimewishes #thincuts #ctmhthincuts #diecutting #wrmk #wermemorykeepers #evolutionadvanced

For this card, I picked the color combo from the new Charlotte Paper Packet: Black, Slate, Whisper, Champagne and Sorbet.

I wet a piece of Watercolor Paper with clean water and added some watercolor paint to create the background. Then I dried it with Craft Heater for speedy drying, but you also can let it sit to dry.

On a piece of White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the flowers and leaves using Slate Exclusive Ink Pad, then I added the matching dies on them and run it through my diecutting machine.

Happy Birthday

I added them on the cards using glue dots and 3D foam tape for some dimensions. Then on a strip of Black cardstock, I heat embossed the sentiment from Joyful Birthday stamp set using VersaMark ink pad, Ranger Gold Embossing powder and Craft Heater. Then added on the card using 3D foam tape and finished it with some clear gems.

I hope you like my card today 🙂 Your next stop is Nancy Brown’s blog to see what she has created for you!

Have one fabulous day!


Today’s challenges:


Word Art Wednesday Challenge #217

Simon Says: Something New

DIY Fall Wreath Wood Plank

Hello crafty friends! Today I would like to share an amazing challenge for us who love making gifts and cards from our hearts.


Jennifer McGuire host this event called Sharing Handmade Kindness. She is awesome card designers and really love her heart for others. You can watch her video about this event here.

This fot the first week of Share Handmade Kindness Challenge and it is all about family and friends. The challenge is to make something for family member or friends, and actually send or give it to them. Isn’t that a great challenge?

Who doesn’t like handmade gift that made out of love and care? I know I do 🙂

For this week challenge, I made this Give Thanks wreath wood plank.

Fall Wreath Wood Plank | http://helengullett.com/?p=7821 | #creatingjoyfully #diy #handmadegift #papercrafting #fallwreath #woodplank #silhouettecameo #silhouetteamerica #sharehandmadekindness #creativesparklinkparty #inspirememonday #wordartwednesday #silhouettechallenges

I found this pre-made wood plank at Hobby Lobby. It is ready to be decorated. I got these Fall Wreath cutting file and the quote “In Everything Give Thanks” at Silhouette Design Store. I cut them using my Silhouette Cameo – the best crafting buddy ever! 🙂 – and put them together. I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink at all the edges of those leaves and using embossing tool, I scored some lines on those leaves to give them some textures of leaf vines.

For the acorns, I gave them some glitter using glitter glue. And using the handle of my embossing tool, I curled the edges of the acorns a little bit.

Final step is adding the finished wreath on the wood plank. I used the Gorilla wood glue. It is a stronger glue compare to glue gun or all-purpose glue on the wood.

It is a gift for our friends, who also our Pastor and his wife. So thankful God sent them to our church and to teach us the truth. What a blessing!

Crafty friends, you still have time to join this challenge and share kindness to your family and friends this week. To link up you project(s), please go here.

I also link up this project at:

Thank you so much for visiting today and have a marvelous day!

Sending Prayers

In the last couple of weeks lots of people been praying for us, especially for our daughters who were sick at the same time. They caught the virus and took some times to heal. But this week they are recovering, the Big girl is going back to school and the Little girl’s appetite is back. We are truly grateful for all of you and for your prayers!

We need prayers every moment, every day. It is not only when we are in troubles or having hard situations, but also in many things we give thanks to the Lord in prayers. We are so thankful for people who join our prayer team to pray for the ministry we do among the people of SEA*, to pray for the Bibleless and Unreached people groups there and for us.

It is an honor and a blessing for us when we can pray for you and others, too.  Prayers is powerful and we have seen how God answered prayers in the past and we are looking forward to see His glory revealed when He answer prayers.

Sending Prayers | Helen Gullett www.helengullett.com #creatingjoyfully #heroarts #simonsaysstamp #stamptember #prayers #stamping #diecutting #wermemorykeepers #wrmk #EvolutionAdvanced #watercoloring

I would love to share a card today I made for a dear friend. She just got a news from doctor that her husband has cancer. It is devastating news for her and her family. My thoughts and prayers for her and her family. We have hope in Christ. We have faith to see God be with them to go through it all and heal her husband from cancer.

Sending Prayers | Helen Gullett www.helengullett.com #creatingjoyfully #heroarts #simonsaysstamp #stamptember #prayers #stamping #diecutting #wermemorykeepers #wrmk #EvolutionAdvanced #watercoloring

On this card I did the ombre watercolor background. You can let it dry on the side or you can use Craft Heater to let it dry. I let the watercolor paper dried on the side while I did some diecutting.

For the prayers sentiment, I cut 6 times and stacked them together so it will be thicker like that. To stack them together, it is best using fine point glue pen.

I added some Silver glitter cardstock strips to the top and bottom of the ombre paper. I saw there were some empty space around the sentiment, so I added some of the hearts, scattered them around the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting today! Have a wonderful day!



  • Prayers Stamp & Die set (Hero Arts from SSS Stamptember)
  • Black & Gypsy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads (CTMH)
  • Watercolor paper (CTMH)
  • Glitter cardstock (American Crafts)
  • Watercolor paint (SimplyArt)
  • Watercolor brush
  • My Acrylix Stamping Blocks (CTMH)
  • Black cardstock
  • Evolution Advanced (WRMK)

SOUS Die Cut Challenge: About My Home

Today I am sharing my project I created for this week Die Cut Challenge: Home Sweet Home at Stuck On U Sketches Blog.

This card I created using my Silhouette Cameo and the phrase is from Lori Whitlock design. First I drew a rectangle with size 4.25 inch x 5.5 inch. Then I opened the phrase and resized it to fit inside the rectangle.

SOUS Die Cut Challenge - About My Home

I added on the card base from American Crafts card. I used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. The finer the tip of the glue pen is the better 🙂

I finish the card with the Red Enamel Heart from Close To My Heart.

And here’s what I do with the negative cuts:

You still have time to play along with us this week. Please go HERE to link up your project. Have a fun crafting day!

Happy Mother’s Day & A Challenge

This week we are celebrating Moms over Stuck On U Sketches challenge blog! Today, I’d love to share with you a project I created for their new Die Cut Challenge this week. The theme is “Mom”, create any projects using diecuts and with the theme.

This time I made a watercolored card with Rose die cuts on it. I cut the Rose Lace Flourish out of White Daisy Cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. First, I rezied them in 3 sizes and the cut them. After I cut the flowers, I trimmed the leaves off. Then I trace the flowers on a piece of watercolor paper. I started coloring inside the rose circles using Watercolor pencils and blended the colors using aqua brush, then I decided to add some light blue.

I am not patient enough to let the paper dries so I used my Craft Heater to speed it up. Once the paper was dry completely, I added the die cut roses using Tombow mono liquid glue using the fine tip.

The flowers needs something, so I took my Wink of Stella Glitter brush and added some glitter on them. And woalah! Love them! Soft and glittery now 🙂

While waiting for the glitter to completely dry, on a strip of vellum, I stamped the sentiment from Happy To Be Friends stamp set with VersaMark Ink Pad, added some Ranger Princess Gold Embossing powder and heat set it using Craft Heater. Using a adhesive runner I added the vellum paper on the watercolor paper, and then added them on the card base.

My card is pretty simple and I keep it less bulky. I hope you to see you playing with us this week! Link up your project here 🙂