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  1. Craft Related Books

    December 16, 2010 by admin

    I bought all these wonderful craft books at the recent Big Bad Wolf sale.

    For those who used to buy craft books, you will know that those kind of books are not really cheap. Some can cost almost RM100. I usually buy those imported books from ebay as they are much cheaper.

    A few months ago I bought this Creative Craft Lettering Made Easy book from ebay but it was lost in mail. So when I found this book at the sale, I thought I should just buy it. If somehow the Pos Malaysia people found my lost book, then I can always give the second copy to someone else who would appreciate such craft..heh!

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    I’ve previewed this decoupage book before on Google book and have been contemplating whether I should buy it for future reference. I could learn a new thing or two from seeing how others do decoupage using napkin. So when I found this among the craft books stack for RM12, I know I have to buy it.

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    This Inspired By The Garden is also great as it is not restricted to decoupage. I am still browsing a few pages every night and yet to try any of the new techniques.

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    Lastly since the art of silk flower arrangement is still alien to me, I thought it will be a great opportunity to learn the correct techniques from this Colors In Bloom book since I don’t have time to attend any practical class.

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    I hope once my son is big enough, I will be able to decorate our home with flowers which I arrange on my own.


  2. BasicGrey Challenge #33 – Wings

    November 20, 2010 by admin

    It’s been a rather hectic November with most of the family members not feeling well. I didn’t expect to take part in any challenge this month, but then my toddler son decided to spend some time in my craft room, and so here is the outcome. This is for BasicGrey Challenge #33 – Wings.

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    It is really a simple card. I have stamped the bird few weeks ago and try to color it using the chalk by Pebbles Inc which I have bought for the past 4 years but never get to use it. If only I have Perfect Pearls..huhu!

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    And to make sure that I fulfill the requirement of using at least one Basic Grey product, I used the sentiment “I Look Up To You!” from Basic Grey clear stamp. Usually I will use patterned paper by Basic Grey, however this time I used My Mind’s Eye. I also used embroidery floss after watching some video at twopeasinthebucket.com.

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    Since I’m using patterned paper to make this card, I am entering this for Dust Off That Patterned Paper challenge at wee Memories as well.


  3. Pixie Challenge For Oct 2010

    November 5, 2010 by admin

    I finally get to complete this challenge. For the month of October, the challenge at Pixie Dust Paperie is all about “SCRAP-LIFT”. What I have to do is to pick out a creation from their DT from their October post, scrap-lift, and give it a new look with my new idea.

    Since I hardly do anything shabby and pink, I thought I will try to scraplift the butterfly card by Lori Hairston. Check out her original entry here – Pixie Dust Butterfly Card.

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    It proves to be a real challenge, because seriously I lack of the right embellishment and tools. I don’t even have a puncher to do the scallop, so I improvised by drawing a half round shape along the paper and manually cut it using scissors..huhu!

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    I rummaged through the stash of Prima flowers and hey, I found one item that looks like butterfly. Note to myself, I need to shop for more updated embellishment.

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    Luckily I could find some sentiment that is pink. I think it must belongs to Valentine theme. I covered the chipboard with patterned paper and put the sentiment sticker on top of it. I tried not to put too much embellishment because they seem to cover the sentiment sticker.

    I am thinking of adding on sentiment like Congratulations For Your New Baby Girl or even Happy Anniversary later. Marriage and parenting certainly feels that way, sometimes it is not easy, but it is certainly worth it to fight for.

    Updated: I am also entering this card for wee Memories ‘Free for All’ Challenge #29.


  4. The Daily Marker Blog Candy

    October 30, 2010 by admin

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    Kathy of The Daily Marker is giving away all of these stamps from Penny Black as her blog candy. I so, so want them..huhu!

    You have till 5th November to take part in this fab blog candy. Check out her blog.


  5. Scrapbookers Anonymous October Challenge

    October 25, 2010 by admin

    This is another challenge I’m entering for the month of October. This time it is for Scrapbookers Anonymous blog. The requirement is to use a minimum of 3 different patterned papers from 3 different manufacturers.

    (Please click on the images to view a larger version)

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    Most of the papers I have are from the same manufacturer i.e Basic Grey or MME so I have to really dig into my stash to see whether any of the suitable papers for this challenge come from 3 different manufacturers. I finally found 2 from Basic Grey (Scarlet’s Letter pack), one from My Mind’s Eye, one from Daisy’s D and the floral orange one from Chatterbox..phewww, all 5 papers that I bought since 2005!

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    At first I planned to scrap the pictures of our trip to the beach for anniversary in 2005, but I couldn’t find papers that complemented those pictures and fulfill the requirement of this challenge. Thus I changed the subject to this blooming gardenia. The last time it bloomed was in 2008 (or was it 2007) and after that she decided to stop blooming. Until recently she decided to bloom again.

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    I guess gardening is like life. You put all that you can and then what you can do is wait, pray and hope that whatever you do will be fruitful, and one day walla just as you thought you would never get what you want, life gives you the unexpected. I chose the life sentiment from Rhonna Farrer rub on to express what I feel in this layout.

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    I also love the fact that I finally get to use the journaling page from Making Memories Noteworthy notebook…I have been keeping it untouched in the stash for so long. The silver sentiment “your unique gift” is from Making Memories Charmed Phrases. The ribbons and other embellishment like felt rick rack and lace are mostly from Making Memories. I am using most of the materials which I bought since 2005, the year that I starts scrapbooking seriously.

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    I am all into paper distressing these days, so that’s why I distressed the paper that I used to mat the picture. For the patterned paper on the right, I decided to cut out according to the floral design and let it stick out a bit, giving a 3D effect on the layout. I thought of using flowers as additional embellishment but that would be like overshadowing the great gardenia picture I want to emphasize..heh!


  6. A Fall/Harvest Card

    October 24, 2010 by admin

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    I have never done a card for fall/harvest theme. So when I found a few challenges that require such theme, initially I was really out of inspiration on what to do.

    Thanks to Kathy of Kathy Winter Designs for sharing her wordart, I decided to print the sentiment and use it on my card. At first I thought of using digi stamp with image of pumpkin or anything related to harvest, but then I don’t have any other tools to color the image..huhu! I guess in the end we have to make do with whatever we have, right? And be thankful for the opportunity to be more creative and improvise with the limited choices in life.

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    As part of the requirement by Basic Grey Challenges blog, I used Basic Grey patterned papers in the Stella Ruby collection. I have bought the pack for many years now and yet to open the packaging..huhu..what a hoarder I am! Luckily the Stella Ruby collection has papers in autumn color palette.

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    This is also the first time that I use patterned paper to embellish chipboard. Thanks to the tips that other scrappers share, I didn’t paste the paper till the edge of the chipboard. Instead I inked the edge to cover the chipboard. It made my job a lot easier than having to trim the paper at the edge with craft knife..heh!

    I also used buttons for the first time. This time I used buttons that already have adhesive at the back. Maybe next time I will try using raw buttons and learn how to tie the thread as artistically as possible.

    I am also entering this card for Give Thanks challenge in Simon Says Stamp blog. I was hoping to take part in their Easy No Cook Recipe Challenge last week but I was too busy and missed the dateline.

    Updated: I am entering this into Anything Goes Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. Who knows I might be one of the lucky winners for the gift certificate!


  7. Easel Card For Papier Photo Inspiration Challenge

    October 13, 2010 by admin

    Once again the scrapbooking store at The Curve, Papier is having another blog challenge. This time it is photo inspiration challenge.

    What we have to do is to create a card or a layout based on the photo below. Be inspired by the colors, patterns or the shapes in the photo.

    (Please click the images to view larger pictures)

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    Since I’ve never done an easel card before, I decided to make one for this challenge.

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    Initially it was a real challenge for me to come out with something related to the photo. What I have in mind is to use the colors in the photo. I browse through all the patterned papers in my stash to check whether any of them has the color combination and I found one by My Mind’s Eye. It is Magnolia #MG1020 Serene “Dream” Floral/Teal.

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    I also want to use the crochet flower and edging that I handmade especially for this challenge. I inked the Bohemian chipboard in flower shape in Aspen Mist, inked its edge in Ocean Depth and then applied Jo Sonja Opal Dust on it. It took me a while to wait for the glitter glue to dry before I could test with the blue crochet flower.

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    I didn’t have any stamp that is suitable for the card sentiments so I used K&Company Amy Butler Belle Quilted Words stickers. I am always fond of cards with motivational sentiments. Not sure who I will post this card to this time..hehe!

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    Oh, I am so happy that I finally get the chance to use one of the journalling pages from MM Noteworthy notebook. The silver sentiment “be an original” is from Making Memories Charmed Phrases.

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    Once I have finished making the front card, I added Prima crystals to the layout inside of the card. I never thought that making an easel card is that easy. Next time I hope to make one in round shape.

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    I couldn’t get a good full view of the card for a picture. But I hope this will do to show how the easel card looks like once folded up.


  8. Basic Grey Challenge – Sparkle

    October 11, 2010 by admin

    Basic Grey Challenge blog is having another challenge. This time the theme is sparkle.

    I really don’t have anything sparkly (like Stickles or embossing powder) except for a bottle of Jo Sonja Opal Dust which I have been using on decoupage item.

    This time I decided to try it on the chipboard and the felt fusion. Luckily it worked on those Bohemian My Mind’s Eye chipboard and Queen & Co felt fusion.

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    Remember I mentioned earlier that I am going to use my own handmade crocheted flower in the next LO or card. Well, I managed to use one flower on the card above.

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    Here is the close up look of the flower. The only Basic Grey item I used for this challenge is the “hello” stamp. The patterned paper is Canopy Floral from Chatterbox. As usual most of the items used in this card are what I have in my stash for the past 4 years..huhu!

    Oh, thanks to the eBay seller who gave me the bonus gift of Kaisercraft clear crystal. I was able to use the biggest piece of the crystal as the centre of my crocheted flower. It adds up the sparkle effect on the card..heh!

    Updated on 16th Oct 2010:

    I have found another challenge blog that allows people to combine challenge – Polka Doodles Week 40 Challenge – Make Your Own Embellishments.

    I am entering this card for the challenge as I fits the criteria of making my own embellishments.


  9. Flowers And Frills

    September 29, 2010 by admin

    I found about this challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog while blog hopping to other scrapbookers’ blog. I thought well, this frame I made about a few days ago should fulfill the requirement as it has flowers and lace.

    The initial plan was to do decoupage on the wood frame which has been painted a few months earlier. But after I finish painting it I realized that I don’t have napkin/serviette that suits the color of the background.

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    Since I have so many old stash of Prima paper flowers, I decided to layer them on top of one another like what I’ve seen in a scrapbook magazine. Some combination does look good while others I have to keep aside for other craft I will make in the future.

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    The edge of the flowers have been inked with chalk ink. I used Prima self adhesive crystals in the middle of the flowers. For the sentiment, I used sticker by K & Co. The lace is from Making Memories Vintage Hip Trims Gracen line. To ensure that the bottom left flower does not stick to the glass frame, I glued it to a piece of square sticker since I don’t have any transparency sheet.

    I am happy that finally this green turquoise frame is decorated nicely. I put a picture of our son in it and give it to Hubby so that he can put it on his desk at work.


  10. September Scraplift Challenge For Scrap-It-Lah

    September 28, 2010 by admin

    After checking most of DT’s LO I decided to scraplift Naddy’s LO.

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    I noticed that she used layering technique for her simple LO and distressed most of the papers. Since I just bought Tim Holtz paper distresser from Papier on Sunday, I decided this is the kind of LO I should try for this challenge.

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    I used patterned paper from Basic Grey Urban Couture (retired) which I have bought like 4 years ago. I was looking for paper that has something yellow and green, the same color as my son’s blanket. Luckily Poplin suits the criteria. The stripy paper where I glued the photo on is Ratine. The photo was matted on Gabardine. Guess I was trying to used as much as patterned papers in the Urban Couture series for this layout..hehe!

    For the embellishment, instead of using the usual stash of the Prima flowers, I decided to cut out those two flower pattern from one of the papers (I think it’s Lux) and used them for the right and left side of the picture. I inked the edge of the flower using DewDrop chalk ink in Rust and quilled them a bit, just to make it stick out once pasted on the layout. I used sticker Roam Family Togetherness by K&Co as those words – Remember and A Time To Bond reflects the sentiments that I feel while looking at the picture.

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    I also used the Kaisercraft rhinestones which were bought a few months ago. And thanks to the Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue which was also bought at Papier, the whole glueing process, be it under the lace (using Making Memories Vintage Hip Trim), and layers of papers was a breeze. Perhaps I could do more layout in the future since I kind of have proper tools to speed up the scrapbooking process..heh!

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    Next time I want to use either my handmade crochet flower or rose made using grunge paper as part of the LO’s embellishment. Can’t wait for the next challenge to enter..hehe!

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