VIDEO: Stitched Holiday Cards with MINIMAL SUPPLIES - NO DIES!

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am in full holiday mode - gift shopping, present wrapping, and of course, holiday card making!!

Today I have a tutorial for you using MINIMAL supplies - just in case you’ve spent all your money on presents (for others OR yourself…) and blew through your crafting budget!


The only supplies you’ll need for these cards are:

  • Cardstock (duh!)

  • Embroidery floss

  • Cross stitching needle

  • Foam or mousepad

  • Paper piercer or thumbtack

  • Graphic paper

And THAT’S IT! I’m sure you already have most of these things laying around, and if not, it would only cost a few bucks to get them. Whereas a metal die for this would easily cost $15-30! However, if you also want to bust out some of your stash, here are some optional things to grab:

  • Sequins (star shaped ones are great for the tops of the trees)

  • seed beads

  • gems

  • The stamp sets I used are the Altenew Happy Holidays and the November 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit.

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The basic idea is that we’ll make a template for the stitching holes with our graph paper (it’s super easy!). Then we can use the template to transfer the holes to whatever cardstock we want to stitch through. Then from there, it’s the fun part of picking some thread colors for your tree and even adding some shiny bits to the threads if you want!

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I know that stitching is sometimes intimidating, but I promise that these cards are SO simple to make, and would be great for children or beginners as well. The long stitches are so fast to whip up - I probably did five of these cards in under an hour!

If you’d like to see the tutorial in video form, here it is below:

I hope this tutorial gets you in the holiday mood and helps you create some fun Christmas cards! If you decide to try this out, make sure to tag me on Instagram (@michelleyuen_) so I can check it out and see how you recreated it!

VIDEO: Plan With Me | December 2018 Bullet Journal Setup

Hello everyone! With the holiday season coming up, I think it’s so important to stay organized and on top of all of our holiday travels, parties, and gifts. So today I’ll be walking you through how I set up my bullet journal for December


I recently reached the end of my current planner, and I’ll be starting a brand new official bullet journal in the new year, but since there is still one month left in 2018, I pulled out a small Moleskine journal. The exact one I use is the 5”x8.25” Cahier notebook with gridded lines. They come in packs of three and are a great deal! I’ve been using these journals for YEARS. I find them to be a great size, they’re lightweight so they’re easy to carry with me all the time, and they’re less intimidating than a large hardcover official journal/planner. One of these will usually last me about 3 months, but I’ll just be using this one for December. The front and backs of these notebooks are very similar and hard to tell apart at a glance, so I just decorated the front of mine with a few strips of washi tape.


For now, I left the first page blank because I’m going to go back in later and create something pretty.

The first full spread is my monthly overview. I penned out a good sized monthly calendar, and created a box to the side to keep track of important dates. Other things I like to include on my monthly pages are goals, books and TV shows I’m reading and watching, and photos I want to take. You can customize these boxes however you’d like! For this month, I decorated the page with some simple ornaments and Christmas string lights and went with a green color scheme.


The next few pages are for my weekly spreads. I like to do all of these at once in the beginning of the month because these don’t change too much and it makes it easier for me to plan for the week ahead. I’m trying out a new (for me) layout for these weekly spreads for the month. Each of the spreads has an empty space (which I’ve filled with illustrations in this example) that I’m leaving blank so I can fill it with whatever I like that week, like a quote I like, something funny that someone said, or just other random doodles.


The next spread is one that I really loved in November - it’s an illustrated “favorites” spread where I doodle out some of the things I’ve been enjoying that month.

I think these turn out looking so cool and it’s fun to look back on. I like to create monochromatic drop shadows on these illustrations with the month’s theme color so that it doesn’t look too busy. For now, I’ve just created the title for the page and will fill it in with the illustrations later.

For the next spread, I have one page for a gratitude log and the other side is just a brainstorming page for some of my project ideas.


Finally, I like to leave some blank pages for journaling. I left these as the last spreads for the month because I never know how many pages I need, so I can just fill them up as I go instead of trying to guess how many pages I need in between other spreads.

I filmed a full video showing you the process if you’d like to watch:

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope this inspires you to get organized for December! :)

Last project for A Blog Named Hero!

Wow, I can't believe it, but I'm sharing my last inspiration project for A Blog Named Hero today!!! It has been so amazing to be a part of this team, and of course I wanted to finish off with a really special card. Since the current challenge is Sparkle and Shine, I wanted to make a card with A LOT of shine. Like, seriously the max. So what is shinier than a FULL card front of gold foil!?


Of course, I wanted to add just a bit more to the gold foil so I used the Butterfly Confetti background die to emboss on the foil using an embossing pad through my die cutting machine. The embossing on the gold foil came out 😍😍😍, and the embossed die just adds a ton of dimension.


Since I didn't want to cover up too much of that gorgeous background, I kept the sentiment and embellishments small. I stamped a sentiment from the ___ set, and added some matching twine and enamel accents to finish.


I hope you will join along with our A Blog Named Hero challenge this month - there are still a few days left to make your project and enter!


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

Butterfly Confetti Background Die
Butterfly Confetti Background Die

Hero Arts - Welcome Neighbor
Hero Arts - Welcome Neighbor


Sparkle and Shine

Hello! A new challenge starts at A Blog Named Hero today, and it's another good one! The theme is Sparkle and Shine, so I picked out my shiniest glitter cardstock and used a gorgeous die from Hero Arts.


I absolutely love making gate fold cards using this die, and using a glittery cardstock just made it that much more fun!

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For the inside, I layered the LOVE sentiment stamp from the January My Monthly Hero Kit, and embossed the top layer with a clear embossing powder for even more shine!


I hope you'll play along with us this month, and be sure to check out the ABNH blog post for more inspiration!

Birthday card with recycled design

Is anyone else's summer blowing by like mine is? This has been the busiest season I've had in a long time - between moving two apartments (mine and my boyfriend's), planning my wedding, travel for work coming up, amidst all the usual summer craziness, I haven't had much time to craft (and most of my supplies are still in boxes right now) ... so my advice to you, if you're also really busy this summer, is to recycle a card design that you've already made before and loved! Since you've already done it, you don't have to spend time trying to come up with a new design, but you still get to destress with some fun inks and stamps - which often is exactly what we need when our lives are so busy.

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Here is a photo of the card that I recreated based on an old favorite! Ink blending over stencils is one of my favorite things to do because you get an awesome, colorful background and you don't have to think too much about it - it will almost ALWAYS come out beautiful! The stencil I used today is from an older My Monthly Hero kit, and I also used a bunch of mini ink pads from previous kits - which shows that this works with dye inks too (not just Distress Inks), if you use a light hand!


The card was really easy to finish off by layering a vellum heart and a heat embossed birthday sentiment for this month's Birthday challenge.

Hope you enjoyed this recreated card, and thanks for stopping by today!


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - December 2017
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - December 2017

Hero Arts Heat Gun
Hero Arts Heat Gun

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Classic Vellum Layering Paper
Classic Vellum Layering Paper

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink