Sunday, January 29, 2012

A story in pictures..

Raw materials - cut up bits of scrap paper

Sakura wall stickers, $4.90 from AMK

Happy sticky time for the little ladies

After some acrobatics the 8 pieces of paper are on the wall.


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Sunday, January 01, 2012

HK 2011 26-30 Dec: in prose

I love travelling with this bunch of friends - Himbo Khai, Atas Heng Bro and my Taling Taling Jiawen =)

Season 2 of our overseas sojourns: HK from 26 Dec - 30 Dec 2011. Gorgeous cool weather and no rain made for a great time.
(and in this season, all of us have iPhones and there was a lot of camwhoring!)

Day 1: Lai Chi Kok, Ladies Market
Lai Chi Kok - Hong Kong Industrial City on Castle Peak Road - many ladies fashion shops over 3 blocks. Clothes and shoes from about HKD40 and up.
Ladies Market - crowded, colourful and bargain-to-the-max central. Bought my "cheong" Cath Kidston luggage bag, hooray.
Eats: Australian Dairy Company at Jordan and a veg restaurant in Tung Choi Street (I forgot the name =X)

Day 2: The Peak, Central, Temple Street Night Market
Crossed Victoria Harbour in the Star Ferry and headed for the Peak after a 1 hour queue for the Peak Tram. Did the Circle walk and enjoyed the awesome views.
Central - Li Yuen St with super cheapo vintage shops (HKD5 and up) and more street market merchandise. Also Pedder Building for Shanghai Tang and IFC for Nespresso (these are obviously not bought by me lol).
Temple Street: Vintage stuff from the era of Chairman Mao. Evocative max.
Eats: Breakfast at Tak Yue Restaurant, Yau Ma Tei; lunch at Tsui Hang, Central, and dinner at Four Seasons Claypot Rice, Jordan.

Day 3: Stanley, Causeway Bay
Bus 6 to Stanley - most picturesque and breathtaking bus ride ever. Walked around Stanley Market, got accosted by the antique-selling uncle and enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere.
Causeway Bay: Discovery of Sasa (boohoo why are cosmetics and toiletries in Singapore so expensive!!) and G.O.D. (the best home furnishing shop ever).
Eats: Breakfast at random restaurant along Nathan Road, lunch at Curry Tiffin, Stanley, and dinner at random restaurant, Causeway Bay.

Day 4: Tsim Sha Tsui, Tung Chung
TST: Granville Road (Lung Shing dispensary - where we realised that the stuff we bought in Sasa could be had for EVEN CHEAPER, more cheapo clothes shops), Cameron Road.
Tung Chung: Citygate outlets with brand name outlet stalls. Surprising myself,I bought a Mango belt and a Giordano puffy jacket.
Eats: Breakfast at random restaurant in TST and dinner on board the Jetstar plane (BLAH)

Pictures in the next post after I finish editing them =X

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Mainly Bo Bunny's Blitzen collection (Irene's request) and very un-traditional Christmas colors.

Had fun with the Kaisercraft frame: stuck on some netting & buttons and tied on some twine - then the whole assemblage was painted blue, sprayed with various colors of Tattered Angels glimmer mists, glimmer glam, painted Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass and Rock Candy crackle paint, and Studio Calico Calico Cream (one of my fave colors). Whee!! The word "cherish" was also similarly treated but with a red base paint instead.

There's a Christmas "tree" to the left of the frame made of Maya Road canvas banners and strips of Bo Bunny papers. The ornaments are Maya Road crystals altered with rub ons from Hambly's and a tinge of distress ink. The 2 girls' pictures on the right are supposed to look like ornaments, but the effect is not obvious at all.

Oh the Dusty Attic railing!! That was a lot fun too.. Squeezing Beacon's glue all over and heating with a heat gun makes it bubble up and go all frothy, it looks just like frost!!

More Bo Bunny Blitzen and a tad of Echo Park Times & Seasons - which actually does have a rather Christmas-Sy colour scheme. I found some mini tinsel ribbon and thought it would look extraordinarily cute on the Christmas tree and sign.

And the last Christmas layout - using a mishmash of whatever is on my table - which is a real fun and quick way to scrap! Paper from American Crafts, Bo Bunny, and chipboard embellishments from Crate Paper and Prima. I love the K & Co embossed label tape-like phrase stickers! Truth be told, I have a label writer but this is so much easier (not to mention I don't have to keep thinking about my spelling lol).

In the real world, Gary had a scare just before Christmas. He fell off the stage during a set change at rehearsal. Landed on his back and leg and was admitted to MEH for X-rays and an MRI. Fortunately, no fractures and doc decided no need for MRI. Needless to say he was not able to participate in the production after all and is now home recuperating from a very sore mass of bruises. Sigh.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

First Born / Zoe Gal

Fast scrapping during the holidays - just a little distressing and element arrangement.

Two layouts done on papers from DCWV French Garden stack in the same day. One for Sophie (when she was 3 months old) and one for Zoe (when she was 18 months old). Have to consciously remind myself to be fair to both girls and scrap their photos in turn!

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Christmas presents

Frames from Ikea - already the perfect red
Green backing paper and cut outs from G45 and Pink Paislee, garnished with a little Prima and

assorted beads.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Pau and Some Photo Apps

Which effect's the best on Miss Pau?


Camera +'ed:


No matter what, she is absolutely such a cute puff!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

June scraps

I brought papers, embellies and adhesives with me to Glasgow, assuming that because shops close early, I'd have time to get some scrapping in. Brought along a hodgepodge of items I found on my table to scrap - mostly Glitz Designs Scarlett, Basic Grey June Bug and My Minds Eye Lost & Found embellishments. Three very different lines but I thought they came together quite well!

Here's the results:

1. I wanna hold your hand
The pic shows me holding Sophie's hand. Its something I do every day, sometimes with a touch of irritation.. ("Aiyoh! So big already still want mummy to hold your hand!") Eventually the day will come when she grows up and no longer wants to hold my hand.. I think I will miss her little hand in mine then!

2. Thankful to be me because of you
Background is Basic Grey lace doily overlaid onto Hambly's Woodgrain screenprints. Interesting effect although it doesn't show up as well as I would have liked.

3. iPad Puzzle Girls
Their favourite activity - even early in the mornings: "Mummy I want (to) play games on your iPad!"

June Sojourns

June = my favourite month so far!

Glasgow = meeting old friends, Primark, yumms food, gorgeous scenery, sunshine at 9pm, time to scrap (yes! I brought scrap materials along!)

Bangkok = shop from morning to night, eat, shop some more, manicure, continue shopping.. No photos at all, hands were too full with shopping bags!

July = Back to the daily grind.. Darn

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Scraplicious May Projects: Pink Paislee & Graphic 45

Layout 1: Looking up!

This is a ridiculously old photo - from Sophie's FIRST birthday yikes! I've scrapped it before with a very different feel:

Which one do you prefer? Heh..

The more recent version was done with Pink Paislee Queen Bee base paper (I used the reverse side), with interest added by using a punched-out strip of paper as a mask to create the pink edges. I used Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick distress inks for the effect and I must say it is really nice looking! Inside the masked layer, more interest was added with the Unity border stamp (Be Still series). The mask didn't go to waste k, it is next to the Butterfly Garden cutout (of course, the reverse side lah).

Paper cutouts from Pink Paislee Sweetness & Butterfly Garden papers, and a faked "doily" behind one of the roses. That was done with the same Martha Stewart border punch on Core'dinations cardstock, followed by folding the cardstock into a ruffled circle.

Here's the punch:
Martha Stewart punches rock the world!!

Layout 2: 19 months old
It is SO EASY to tell that I have not been sending pictures to print.. oops.. because I'm just using ultra-old pictures that I haven't scrapped before / scrapped already but want to scrap again!

This is the previous version using the same series of pictures:

and the current one using Pink Paislee's Daily Junque:
I love this range to the max for the many tiny little thingies to cut out and layer! *scream* I especially love the effect from the split-tailed flags from the Pink Paislee papers. And the little birdie in the corner with the "A little birdie told me.." quote.

This was a complete mishmash of barangs from all over.. Spot Making Memories (8x8 blue collage paper), Prima (birdcage & flowers), Crate Paper (date and flower chipboards), Hambly's (frame and 2 blue bicycle), 7Gypsies (naked paper tape that's now living behind the flower), Tim Holtz (Sketchbook tissue tape), K&Company (You're my No 1 chipboard). Heng it still turns out quite nice!

TFL and I'll post up picture of the altered project when I am done.. gahh!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

April 2011: Scraplicious projects

It's the start of the June Holstein, whew, finally have time to breathe.. And post up the long overdue posts for my Scraplicious projects!

For April, I did 2 cards, 1 tag & 2 layouts..

The tag, using 7gypsies Life is Good tag and random leftovers from Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee and Hamblys'.

Layout 1 for April, aka texture-to-the-max layout!
I used Tim Holtz flourish mask with distress ink to create the background design on kraft cardstock. To create the title, I used Heidi Swapp letters as a mask on Hambly's peacock feathers transparencies, and used black acrylic & distress paint as well as micro-beads on top of the mask to create the texture. This was layered on top of another transparency and alcohol ink was applied in between the 2 transparencies to create the swirly silver & blue look. Some flowers were handmade using torn strips of 7gypsies paper as well as paper tape; the rest from Prima & Maya Road.

Close ups:

April layout 2, aka death by flowers layout!!

The "wreath" of flowers was cut from a single piece of Prima paper and backed with 3 different layers of lace (green, gray & blue). The interior of the wreath used 7gypsies Camden paper, with Pink Paislee stamps used to add texture. The hidden photo is behind the Life is Good panel, which was also stamped and distressed. Martha Stewart doily lace punch was used on the photo mat.
And then the death by flowers.. The rest of the layout is covered in them!!

Close ups:

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