Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Manja Baby Boy TCR Challenge #73

Hi there! Don't you just love this fresh and vibrant palette from TCR?

Here's my layout; scrapping some pictures taken by hubby of myself and Lucas at the park. The "Manja" word in the title means 'precious and pampered' in the Malay language, it's a popular term of endearment here. It's not a direct translation but there's no exact way to translate it actually :)

I'm using GCD Studio Sould Food paper and some other scraps here with lotsa distress ink and spray mists.
Glitter Alphas; Pink Paislee Cherry, round tiny alphas; Jenny Bowlin.

Dusty Attic's chipboard twig painted with TH Distress Ink Pad Spiced Marmalade. Metal star charm; Momoyo.
Circle border is from Slice Dilly Dally and then coated with Distress Stickles Wild Honey, birdie chipboard is BG Curio. The flourish border die cut is from Spellbinder's In Spades Borderabilities.

Can't recall where the lace came from but buttons are BG Curio. Daisies are Prima, other blooms are locally obtained. The jute twine came as part of the packaging on a 7G mini album.

"Always & Forever" chipboard sticker by Narratives Antique Love

 Thanks for dropping by, hope you like this :) Have a lovely day!

Altered Jewelry Box

One of the projects I've been busy with lately is this altered wooden jewelry box which I made for my friend Eve, as you can see her name is on the box itself; it helps if you have a short name hehehe :)

Too bad I forgot to take a photo of the original box! Anyway it's just a plain unfinished wooden box.

I actually attempted to do a crackle paint effect but it came out all messy and wrong, thankfully I have the right embellishments to camouflage my mess! Pink doily tape and corner chipboard sticker is BG, Butterfly charm is Bo Bunny Gabriele which was a brad but I removed the brady bit and bend the butterfly.

Roses patterned papers are Webster's Pages 6 x 6 Petite Pad. Alphas are AC Thickers. The lace bloom is actually a handmade bloom and I stuck on a Prima pebble sticker as a center.

The Mulberry flowers and rosebuds are all from a local supplier.

This was indeed quite a challenging project but I'm pretty glad with the outcome. Thanks for looking :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Selamat Hari Raya!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I do hope Hurricane Irene is not causing too much havoc for those of you in the East Coast of US. In Malaysia everyone's in a festive mood in view of the Eid festival tomorrow, I can hear LOUD firecrackers and fireworks now even as I type :)

So to all my dear Muslim crafty friends and blog readers ... allow me to wish you ....

"Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri"
May you have a wonderfully blessed celebration filled with joy, peace and love. And if you're still on the road or traveling back to your hometown soon, drive carefully and stay safe :)

I made sure my Baju Kurung is ready for tomorrow as we will be going for open-house visiting. I also made 2 tiny little gifts tags to tag unto the cookie jars :)

Tiny cookie jar gift tags :)

Well, that's not all, on 31st August, Malaysia celebrate our 54th Independence Day or here we call it Merdeka!

God bless Malaysia :)

So it's a week-long holiday here; happy holidays to all! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hari Raya Card: Cardabilities August 15th Sketch #37

I have a couple of Raya cards to make and I really have no idea where to start as I've never done any Raya cards before. (Raya is a Malaysian term for the Eid celebration i.e an important Muslim festival which marks the end of Ramadhan). I wanted my cards to have a really authentic local 'Raya' flavor... anyway, this is what I came up with, trying to stay 'green' as that's the more conventional and traditional 'theme'. I hope my recepient liked it :)

Patterned paper is BG Curio. I used crochet lace (Daiso) within the 'window frame'. Flourishes are Basic Elements; cut into half and painted in MM Acrylic paint in Manila. Flowers are Prima. The sentiment is handwritten on BG journalling tag. Butterflies are MS Royal B'fly Punch.

The inspiration came from Cardabilities' August 15th's Sketch #37.

Thanks for looking, have a lovely day! :)

Wedding Card: CardPatterns Sketch 129

Hi there crafter friends! We are more than halfway through the week and looking forwrad to a lovely weekend. In Malaysia we are looking forward to a long week of rest next week (yay!) in conjunction with the 'Raya' celebration (aka Eid i.e an important Muslim festival which marks the end of Ramadhan).

Anyway, I made a quick card for a wedding coming Sunday. It's for a lovely widowed couple in their late fifties who have found love a second time around in their lives. How blessed is that? To be able to find someone to share your twilight years with? I'm so happy for them both :)

Here's the card... I made it RED because the older Chinese generations sees red as an auspicious color. We normally give an 'angpau' or 'red envelope' with a love gift inside for weddings so we're using this 'red card' instead of the 'angpau' :) So there you go you learn something new aboout our Chinese custom if you don't already know this :)

Papers are MME's Laundry Line & 7Gypsies Lillie. Edge & butterfly punch; Martha Stewart, fancy circle; Slice Dilly Dally.

The inspirational sketch.

I was actually running low on mojo, been quite stressed out planning the birthday party. Thankfully I know I can always count on my favorite card sites for inspirational sketches :)

Thanks for looking! Have a nice day ahead :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Eat More Ice Cream!

This time I won't be sharing a layout... I'm sharing an altered frame which I made as a birthday gift for a dear friend who is in the ice cream business. I made this for her so she can display it her office cum kitchen loft for motivation when she's churning those yummy ice cream :)

It's a pretty simple thing actually, the frame is from Daiso (our dollar store) which I painted in blue acrylic paint and coated with Sparkly Mod Podge. The chipboard ice cream cone is from MME's Alphabet Soup. The inside is sticky back canvas which I stuck unto the original photo base which came with the frame. I'm using some paper from Echo Park's Country Drive with alphas from AC and BG. The pink felt flower is AC. The white fence is Dusty Attic, painted in Gesso. The polka dotted ribbons, trims and little cut-out daisies around the frame are from a local store.

Thanks for looking! Hope this inspires you to alter some frames heehee :)

Please vote for me!

Such a delight to discover that I was selected as one of the top 5 for Sketchy Thursday's GDT Challenge! This is the entry for the challenge here :)

Can I appeal to my dear readers and crafty friends to kindly vote for my layout? Pretty please with a cherry on top??? Hehehehe ... please go to the blog link and look for the voting poll at the left sidebar. Then click and vote me if you like my LO :) Thanks a million! Love you lots!!! :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sketchy Thursday's September GDT Challenge

Here's my submission for ST's GDT challenge ... being a total bookworm, I just  LOVE the idea about books! :)

Here's the sketch:

Aside from the sketch, this is the additional criteria: please theme your layout something about reading.  It could be about your favorite book, use a line from a story, use some cover art as inspiration, etc.

Here's my interpretation:
It's a studio portrait of me (taken during the pre-wedding shoot back in '07) with some of my favorite books. The theme of the LO is really to emphasize my love for books and how books has given wings to the world of my imagination. If you notice i wrote down the names of some of my favorite authors and also one of my favorite quotes about books.

Here are some close-ups:

Close up of the photos. You might catch a glimpse of my "surname" peeking at you from my ankle ;) It's the Chinese character of my family name hehe.

Long title as required. It's true, I can't imagine my life without the books I've read throughout my life. Often, it's deep within the pages of a book where my mind is truly alive and reality fades away.

Some of my favorite authors. There's not enough space to have them ALL here. I guess it's pretty obvious I'm a fiction fan ... fantasy, thrillers and anything thought provoking works for me. There's nothing being swept away by pages and pages of ink on paper to an unknown world where anything is possible. However, I do not read self-help books, can't stand them.

A quote about books which I really love.

Some bloomies just because :)

This LO is fairly simple, without much arty techniques because I wanted to focus on the bookish theme. I've used CC Odds & Ends, Prima Madeleine, FP Baby Mine, random scraps of patterned papers and some Prima flowers. Alphas are AC Thickers and BG.

Well, thanks for looking, hope I've persuaded you to pick up a book this weekend :)

Happy blessed Friday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays 8.11 Sketch Challenge

Hello crafters... I hope you're all having a lovely week so far. I've been so busy planning Lucas' birthday party happening on the 4th September and many other things .... one of it is creating a signage and guest book for a wedding. I'm so excited about that, it's like my first wedding project heheh, I should be able to share that project once the wedding is over by September :)

I also need to share one more happy news... I'm so glad and relieved when my parcel from Two Peas arrived over the weekend. I was worried because two of my parcels from Cherry On Top already came way ahead of this order. I was so afraid it got lost in transit especially at this side of the world as I've been hearing so many horror stories about untraceable USPS parcels getting lost or misplaced. I've been eagerly waiting for the FP Baby Mine kit. It took around 3 weeks plus but the whole lot came safe and sound :)

Anyway, let's get down to the fabulous sketch from Sketchy Thursdays ...

Sketch 8.11
 Here's my interpretation:

Some sleepy pictures of Lucas at around 4 weeks old. I'm using Melissa Frances Antonia for the background, misted in TA Turquoise and Green. patterned papers and chipboard embellies are all Fancy Pants Baby Mine. Journaling tag is Basic Grey, blue fabric bloom is Prima.

Title alphas are FP Baby Mine (Precious) and BG (Good Morning). I matted the photos with some natural sticky-back canvas from Claudine Helmuth.

How do you like it? I'm usually quite stuck when doing baby boy LOs especially when I can't go trigger happy with blooms and butterflies and lace etc hehehe but I think this collection made it all so easy! Love love love Baby Mine!!! (I still managed to sneak in one big bloom though LOL!)

 Well, that's all for now :) Thanks for dropping by. Have a lovely day :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Scrappin Studio's Recipe Challenge

I found this "recipe" challenge by Teacher Jessy on Scrappin Studio so cute and intriguing I simply could not resist. Here's the "recipe":

You will have to create a layout with these elements...
1. Only 2 patterned papers
(you can use the double-sided ones, that makes 4 pattern already)
2. One handmade flower
3. 2 butterflies
4. Twine
5. White space (super neat & clean layout)
Let's go up one more notch...
Strictly NO inking (that includes no stamping) or misting. The only free flow products you can go is cardstock, embellies and alphas

Here's my take on the "recipe":
Scrapping a pic of a chubby pregnant me taken during my baby shower back at 7-months. I am using 2 patterned papers of Echo Park's Country Drive 6x6 pad for this plus a pink cardstock as base and some yellow cardstock punched at the edges. There's alot of clean empty "white space" as required :)

My handmade flower: I used cotton trim and some crochet lace trim with a pink button and some twine in the centre. Big thanks to Teacher Jessy on the flower tutorial, check it out here.
The required 2 butterflies :)

Made a little tag using the very same 2 patterned papers. Here's where the mandatory twine comes in :)

Thanks Scrappin Studio for this cool challenge!

Thanks for visiting :)

Once Upon A Sketch August 1st Challenge

Hi all! I'm back with my second OUAS challenge... this time the criteria is as per below:

Journalling Criteria: Finish this line "A PERFECT DAY IS....." . Your journalling has to be at least 2 lines long, and with the theme of a whatever a perfect day for you is or a perfect day that you have had already e.g.  a birthday, a holiday, a childhood memory, a wedding day, graduation day etc. Your journalling can be ANY type : handwritten, typed, etc...

You MUST combine our journalling criteria with this sketch...

Here is my take on the sketch:

"Park Fun" ... singin and swingin with my boy :)
Papers are CC Odds & Ends Remnant, OA Farmhouse Farm Fresh & OA Thrift Shop Good Junk

Close up of my journaling. Journal tag is CC Odds & Ends. Mini fence trim is Dusty Attic.

Close-ups of the blooms and gorgeous ornate chipboard fence by Dusty Attic.
 Thanks for visiting! May you have a wonderful weekend, and may the weather be kind enough so you too can have some park fun :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dear Hubby...

It's our anniversary today! Celebrating four lovely years ... and by the grace of God, many many more to come till eternity :) If you read the post before this, you would probably noticed that we celebrated yesterday instead of today and I dedicated one scrap layout to hubby, it's here. Which explains why I'm busy blogging now instead of enjoying a candle-light dinner hehehe :P

Anyway, I'd like to share a card I made for him. By the way, he has stopped giving me cards ever since I started card-making, he thinks buying me store-bought cards are like an 'insult' to my cardmaking ... fancy that! LOL! Truth is he isn't much into cards at all heheheh, I used to pester him forever to give me a card back in the pre-marriage days :P

Just a simple card for hubby on our anniversay ... papers from CC Odds & Ends, background dark brown is Fancy Pants Happy Together over brown cardstock

'You & Me' tag is from CC Odds & Ends. Lcae ttrims are Daiso.

Brass butterfly charm is Momoyo. How cute is it huh?

Thanks for looking! Have a great day :)


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