Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Zoe Crawls!!!

I don't have a photo to prove it, but she can get from Point A to Point B.
In a rather haphazard fashion involving many unintentional detours, but she eventually gets there.
And oh, it helps to have a toy at Point B for her to aim towards.


Monday, October 05, 2009

September Scraps

I'm now down to doing just one scrappy post a month.. geez.. that's all I can squeeze out the time to do!! Sheesh! And I still have tenmillion things unaccomplished.


Full reveal for (outdated!) MR Challenge 16: Home

My National Day LO for 2009..
Base was cardboard box, I tore off and crumpled top layer, inked both bottom and top layers and glued them back together. On top of that I layered an inked lace doily and the 3 papers according to the sketch:

The other requirements of the challenge were to use
- a page from an old book or magazine or even dictionary - masking tape - staples - paints

Here's the masking tape.. I folded it into half lengthwise leaving a bit of the sticky edge exposed, and then fan-folded it to make a "penny-ring" flower. I used 2 colours of masking tape (cream and brown) and inked the edges.

You can also see the page from old book - in this case an outdated street directory. I used the portion of the map showing my CCK block, distress inked and covered with Memory Glass. I actually wanted to do image transfer with gesso but had no time to experiment to perfect the look.

Tucked a second masking tape flower between the 2 layers of cardboard and accented the curled up portion with rub ons.

For the journalling, I stamped on twill using Stazon ink. I used the lyrics from "Home", still the best National Day song ever. The title actually forms part of the lyrics too.. you can see "this is" in the Tim Holtz ornate frame, "home" in large red letters, and "truly" stamped on twill below "home".

You can also see the staples here. I used them to accentuate 2 of the 5 stars on the LO by sticking the star shaped sequins on transparency and stapling following the star shape.

Recent fascination with pins, twine, and Tim Holtz.

I am so lazy to write out the embellishment listing.. man =X

Another (outdated) MR17 challenge - Oh Boo

At least I'm not THAT behind for this one!! Submission deadline is the 29th Oct. And the condition: Use any materials you like to create your own Scary, Monster-ous, halloween looking layout.

Question: I am SO not into Halloween, HOW?
Ans: Thank God for Sassafrass Lass Monstrosity collection!

Because its just as cute as the photo subject. Hehe.

Can you believe this is almost one of the first LO's I've done using Sassafrass Lass papers, though I own so many of them? They are just too cute to cut up, you know??

I thought it was too cute that the "oo" in the BOO fit so nicely over her eyes!! Hehe. But G was completely unimpressed because he couldn't recognise the girl behind the "specs"! LOL.

The only really Halloween-y product on this layout is the Making Memories scalloped paper. And it was the least Halloween-y looking of the whole range! Heh.

Oh yes, I was trying to channel spiderwebs with the hanging bats, and googly eyes with glossy-accented monster eyes - can you tell??

A host of Birthdays: Mum's birthday 11092009
For my mum's birthday, I finished up the destruction of my SL Sept 2008 kit. Can I just say, I LOVE those colours and could use the combination again and again and again??

I made her 3 items -
a) a 4x4 mini album using the Quickutz Journal font folder, since I've removed all the dies into my ring file.

The exterior of the album. I think I went overboard with the embellies, and didn't quite fit to the colour scheme of the interior. =( The ribbons were a necessity though, as I stuff so much things inside that the album was very difficult to remove from the box unless pulled out by the ribbons!

The inner 20 pages. Each page had a 2x3 photo of the babies, embellies and a label on the top part of the page with a short description of the age / stage / whatever they were doing then.

I stuck on a velcro at the bottom part of the album so it could be used as a table display or kept inside the box.

b) a wall hanger with 7 photos of my parents and my babies (I stupidly forgot to take photos of!!)

c) a 12x12 LO in a shadowbox frame.

I did this LO in about 1 hour. And it surprised me by how nicely it turned out! Scarlet Lime rocks!!

My own birthday: 17092009

Each year, I do a photo-less layout to celebrate my birthday. I might do a photo-ful one in the future if I am EVER satisfied with how I look again. Till then, I need to lose 10kg, fix the horrible skin, and get a major hair job done.

So here goes the very "artsy" post. I am proud of myself for this one, because I tore up the white pp majorly and coloured in parts of the paper with markers. I wanted to stickle and mist too but that takes time (for drying) which I didn't have, so yeah.

The "30" letters were printed and cut out - explains them being so big. I inked the chipboard hearts and tied them together, rather like the look. And because I wanted some characteristics of myself at the age of 30,I glued small strips of paper to the reverse side of Tim Holtz Muse Tokens packaging, inked the edges of the packaging, and overlapped it onto the "30". I also used mesh and Hambly's to layer beneath the "30".. I guess that was very un-noticeable =(

Cloth on top left hand corner from Daiso (muacks!) and man clips from some long-ago random school gift.

Gary's birthday: 24092009
The last in a month of birthdays, what to expect except last-minutedness? But, *facepalm*, when I have no time I end up choosing time-consuming techniques!! Wahlao!!

Time consuming technique #1 - painting raw chipboards. The entire 12x12 Buzz and Bloom chipboard somemore. With multiple coats of paint. In different colours. Argh.
Time consuming technique #2 - Threading a heart shape. With super thin thread, requiring a LOT of turns to complete the full heart. Sigh.

Time consuming technique #3, placing INDIVIDUAL rhinestones on the shapes!! I had to calculate the distance between each rhinestone too as I had just enough clear ones. OMG!

Wahlao eh. Duh of me right?
But anyway. I grabbed all the hearts I could find in my stash to finish up the page. And did it up just in time before he came home for dinner.

BTW, this is the first page I have done with no PP whatsoever. The background kraft-looking like paper is actually the chicken rice paper I used to protect my table from the paint, which explains the slightly offset paint look. And the heart was cut out from a cork sheet from Daiso (Everyone together: Daiso rocks!), which I had traced using a Making Memories chipboard heart negative.

Pink Sketches Design Team:
I made it to the Pink Sketches Design Team! Whee!! In the company of such *idol-izable* people like Sophie Sim (no, not my daughter!), Shamma Parvin, Wendi Robinson, Elizabeth Carney, Penny Smith, Sarah de Guzman, April Mensik, Taj White, and of course my lovely scrapfriends Sophia, Dorcas and Adeline.
OMG, I am weak at the knees just thinking about it!!
And can you imagine, I haven't had time to post about it till now. =X

Sketch 48:

My take:
(which I'll admit was A MAJOR RUSH JOB)
I rotated the sketch 90 degrees anticlockwise and placed the 2 photos at the top of the page. Its the same photo in B/W and colour. And of course, I can't get out of my Hambly fetish.

This has an ingredients list!! Hehe. Because I've to send it in for Pink Sketches. =P
PP: Fancy Pants Designs - Simplicity (Form), 7 Gypsies - Victoria (Fernwood), K & Company Que Sera Mat Pad
Alphas: AC Thickers Platforms (black), Lullaby (white), AC Remarks Getty (green)
Embellishments: Hambly's All Mixed Up Teal, Glitz Designs rubons 12" flourish, Maya Road Office journalling sheers, Heidi Swapp chipboard heart, two metal female figurines from a stationery store

Sketch 49:

and my take:
Title (words, fullstops and font) inspired by SONY ad - remember the one with the little kids jumping up and down and making a (very cute) mess out of everything?

That is SO Sophie!

I didn't handwrite journalling at all on this page, but used rub-on words to convey those words that make her so special.

This is *finally* not backdated - its the current week's sketch - hop over and play along!!

Papers: Cosmo Cricket Jack's World Animal Friends, Basic Grey June Bug Daydream,
Alphas: AC Chit Chat Puffy Thickers
Embellishments: Hamblys' Birdcages red, Grandma's Wallpaper pink, Little Circles black, All Mixed Up teal; Basic Grey June Bug pops, rubons; Sassafrass Lass Paper Whimsies Shindig; Bazzill pom pom in pink; Kelly Panacci word rub-ons; AC Subway Accents foam thickers blue; Kaisercraft rhinestones red; black paper ribbon, red crochet flowers, orange felt flower and green felt from Daiso (a local thrift shop - they sell EVERYTHING at $2!! Yay!)

I think that's more or less it for my scrappy September!
How did yours go? =)