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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Friday, May 06, 2011

And the NSD giveaway reveal is


My oh my.. Can I say I am absolutely drooling over the giveaways myself!! LOL!!

Each giveaway is worth at least $90 and they are soooo easy to win!

1. Visit Scraplicious Facebook fan page here and ‘Like’ us (for our existing FB fans, go to point #2)

2. Next, share the giveaway image (posted in our FB fan page already!) on your Facebook wall

3. Then, go to Scraplicious blog and post your comments in the post saying that you’ve shared the giveaway image on your wall (please provide us your FB profile name when you post your comments)

Just do the 3 steps by the Sunday, 8th May, 3:00pm Singapore time and the 2 winners will be posted on the same night.

Note: This giveaway is only opened to Singapore residents. Winners are required to collect the prize at Scraplicious store.

I spy Pink Paislee's Daily Junque- a range which I totally adore! It's festive and a feast for the eyes. And the metal signs from momemtos.. Wow.. I am in love with any metal hardware

And on top of that, there is a fun make-and-take, increased discounts for everyone, and great grab bag deals..

Normal grab bag at $35 with $60 retail value:

And for the diehard scrap staffers like me.. The mega grab bag at $60 for at least $100 value:

I spied Maya Road, Graphic 45, Prima and Tattered Angels stuffed into the bags!! Wah!! With discounts of up to 40% off the retail price of the items in the grab bag.. Its such a good deal lah.. Whoohoo!!

See you tomorrow at Scraplicious!

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6/5/43 was your birthday.. its the 2nd year the date of 6th May has passed without you around.

You used to be so proud that Sophie and Zoe were also born on the 6th of the respective month also.. so you would share part of your birthdays.

But no longer..

We took this photo on your birthday in 2009, never knowing it would be the last with us..

Dear Dad, have a good 68th birthday in heaven.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

It's NSD this Sat!!

National scrapbooking day this year falls on 7th May, same as polling day. I'm defly more excited for scrapbooking day.. LOL.. no worthy oppo in my ulu home ward of Hong Kah North leh =p

Scraplicious has got lots of great discounts goin on for NSD.. check out the blog to find out! Whee!

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Scraplicious blog is up!!

Have you seen it yet??

Scraplicious blog is up and running!!

And, it sounds so shallow of me, but it's such a kick to see my name and my humble works up there.. OMG!!

Go have a look and you will be wowed!!

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Location:Jalan Lanjut,Singapore,Singapore

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Difficult child?

Came across this book at a book fair.. 10 characteristics of a difficult child & Sophie has quite a few of them.

1. Super stubborn - she can insist on her way over the most trivial things & not give in even when punished. She can go on for hours literally.

2. Over sensitive - she is very sensitive to loud sounds, temperature, random things can trigger off huge tantrums.

3. Extreme shyness - anyone who has seen me with her outside can testify to this one.. She will not acknowledge you at all throughout the outing even I'd she had seen you every week of her life.

4. Very intense - she is really super intense when it comes to wanting to get her way. Or when she wants to get her point across.

Sigh.. Though she has gotten easier to handle with age, I really wonder when the "difficult" times will pass..

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Scraplicious March Project: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Canvas Album

One Maya Road canvas album +

Two Maya Road window envelopes +

Four different colours of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists +

Eight different colours of Tim Holtz Distress Inks +

Countless embellishments (mainly Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe but also from all over the place)


March DT project for altered art.


P.S. MAYA ROAD!! Scraplicious and 40% off!! Whee!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Excuse me, how do you get to.. Maya Road?

I'm such a 路痴 but the one road I surely know how to get to is Maya Road!! Chipboard, acrylic, stamp and embellishment maker extraordinaire.. Maya Road is a must have for any one who is into altered art. Their designs are so usable and so versatile.

And now. Scraplicious is having a 40% off 3 or more Maya Road items!! *scream*

I see more altered items in my near future... Hohoho..

Do head down to Scraplicious and check out the items!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Scraplicious DT!

I don't think I've quite said it yet, but I'm on the Design Team for Scraplicious, a gorgeous store at Parkway Parade. The store is owned by 2 lovely ladies, Cheryl and Jessie, and in the short time I've been working with them I *heart* them so much! Jessie is ever so sweet and accomodating, and Cheryl is exactly my full-of-nonsense kind of kaki. Haha!

Go have a look at their store website and blog! They also have a Facebook page that showcases the new products and fantastic classes *drool.. how I wish I have time to attend..

Now to figure out how to put up the Scraplicious banner in my sidebar..

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Scraplicious March Projects: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Layouts

Can I say.. I love Crate Paper?
*swoon over the Emma's Shoppe range*

OK lah.. partial swoon over the Portrait range and Toy Box range also =P

Layouts with Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe:

1. Words With Friends
This picture is of my 2 daughters playing together in their playhouse. I imagine they are having a nice conversation.. you can see that they understand each other so well and love each other to bits!

The base was Pink Paislee Fascinating diecut paper, topped by white cardstock misted in green, blue and brown. The misting was done with the "negative" of Studio Calico's wooden alphabets (what's left after punching out the alhpabets) and gives quite a cool look!
The lace doily is a cake doily with the center cut out, and inked with Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain distress inks for the uneven effect. The woodgrain paper is the backing for Studio Calico's wooden alphabets (getting the max mileage for my scrapping dollar hahaha) and overlaud with Hambly's Screenprints Embroidery in teal for the eye-popping colour.

The photo mat was using Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe (new line in at Scraplicious! Woo!) Playhouse paper and I love the crosswords design on it. The words on each side of the photo describe their personalities - Zoe is exuberant, bold and feisty, whereas Sophie is sweet, eloquent and quick.

The "sun rays" were done using cut out strips from Emma's Shoppe and Toy Box collections, both by Crate Paper. To continue with the "words" theme, I cut up one of the Accent Cuts cards (it was like a cloze passage kind) and those form the sentences in between the "sun rays".

The text is using Rainboots puffy alphas from American Crafts thickers. To make it stand out more against the background, the words were outlined with Dimensional Pearls in Mushroom & Expresso.

The photo was held in place with a clear photo holder from Prima's Canvas album - I did an ROM album for my friend but had 2 of the clear photo holders left over. Rather than let it go to waste I used it here instead. Like the effect generated by the brown twine through the metal rings.

Embellishing around the photo with a mix of Prima flowers & vintage trinkets, Jenni Bowlin buttons, more cut outs from Emma's Shoppe Accent Cuts, bakers' twine, flower made from Tim Holtz tissue tape (below the red button) and Basic Grey ribbon doilies from the Curio range.

2. Playing House
Same photo series and same paper series as the Words With Friends layout - although I love these 2 photos a lot, I did struggle with getting them into layouts because of the *uber bright* primary colours of the playhouse. Finally found a good match to them with the colours of Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe collection (plus a wee bit of Toy Box).

For this layout, I was inspired by the book titles on Books paper (of course!) and really wanted to showcase the titles as well as the feeling of items being stacked in horizontal rows. On the other hand, I also fell in love with the Inventory paper (I am such a sucker for any text-based papers!). So being the usual greedy old me, decided to squeeze both into 1 layout *haha.

The Inventory paper was stitched with the help of WRMK's Sew Easy tool. It makes very deep holes on the Sew Easy piercing mat (I tried with and without - SUPER BIG DIFFERENCE) making it much easier to sew on the paper. The "ruffles" above and below the paper were created with cut out strips mainly from the Books paper - I used both the front and back sides. Border punches used were from Martha Stewart (loves!) and EK Success. The edges were inked with various brown distress inks to give dimension. I also kept the punch "negatives" - can you spot them on the "window frame"?

To add more texture, I used various random ribbons (mostly leftover scraps on my table) and more of the ribbon doilies from Basic Grey's Curio range.
The flower in the bottom left corner was done with translucent text print wrapper (you can find at Daiso), backed with a small cake doily and topped with grey ribbon ruffles behind a cutout from one of the book titles.

To reinforce the impression that the 2 girls were looking out the window of their playhouse, the photo was cut to 4x4 size and matted using the super old Maya Road Tapestry chipboard (the brown grid behind the photo). The gingham ribbon and Basic Grey ribbon doily are supposed to look like curtains framing the window.

Embellishments with more chipboard from Emma's Shoppe, the packaging of Prima's flowers which was cut out for the lace doilies, a wooden ruler (Yes! Real one!)and Hambly's Couture screenprints, as well as random assorted paper strips on the table.