Friday

A card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


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I decided to whip up a quick card today to play along with the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Any excuse to use my new coffee inspired dies from Maya Road. *winks*


Yes, the disparate elements are all from my scrap pile...[which is slowly dwindling... I may be in denial...haha]


Happy weekend friends! :)


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Thursday

Learning with grandpa


Learning-with-grandpa

My niece S really loves spending time with her grandpa. She would happily sit on his lap for hours. :)


I caught her learning to write her Chinese name with grandpa the other day....


Such a sweet moment. :)


I pretty much glued down my matted photos and started adding little bits from my scrap pile...like the fussy cut flowers and the cute girl with her teddy bear. And then adding texture with the lace and dimensional embellishments.


I also started to tackle my American Crafts thickers stash....I don't know about yours but mine have all fallen off their sticker sheets and are just a huge mess! You would probably see some interesting layout titles soon as I try to use them up. *LOL*


Playing along with The Studio Challenges.


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Monday

Mr Can't Wait To Play...*winks*


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Nephew #3 is Mr Can't Wait To Play. Whenever he comes over, he would race through lunch to maximize his play time with his toys. :)


The sword [pictured] is one of his faves. Of course, his aunt [aka me] had to include The Power Puff Girls in the photo because they are cute! But check out that fake smile on J's face. *winks*


In contrast, he eats his dinner really slowly. He's the last one at the table because he thinks he has to go home after dinner so he tries to drag dinner out for as long as possible! *LOL*


Still working through the scrap pile...evidently. Not sure how the hot air balloons fit in but I just went with it because it's my mish mash style...haha!


Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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Thursday

A super quick decorated box [minus the drying time...]*winks*


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You know how excited I get when I get hold of a nice sturdy packaging box that I can put my own spin on...


I started with this lovely black packaging box [In case you were curious, I bought myself a silk pillowcase...it's supposed to prevent wrinkles and lines on your face - I reckon I should start before I get any wrinkles, right? *winks*]....


I applied Liquitex black lava medium [which dries glossy] with The Crafter's Workshop stencil...and just waited for it to dry naturally [It's best to let your mediums dry naturally instead of using a heat gun. You never know how toxic the fumes can get.].


Once it was dry, I adhered the blooms and leaves with a hot glue gun. And there you have it: a super quick decorated box! It doesn't get easier than this! :)


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Tuesday

A vintage-inspired birthday tag


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Yes, a box from Book Depository arrived last week...so I got working on a tag! Somehow cardboard boxes always get me in a tag-making mood. *winks*


It's one of those huge tags...because I love to pack on the embellishments on my tags. :)


It's got bits of everything I love. What do you think?


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Monday

Celebrating July's mahjong marvels...


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Back in July, some members of the Yam family enjoyed extraordinary luck on the mahjong front. Which had to be documented. Obviously. *winks*


My sister's mahjong marvel was getting the 13 Wonders while my brother won his game with the first card that was discarded...yeah, I was still arranging my cards when it happened...shortest game ever!


Still working with bits and pieces from my scrap pile. And yes, I used Christmas themed stickers here too! :)


Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.

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Wednesday

An altered box project for Maya Road and Xyron swap...:)


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Maya Road and Xyron are having a swap this week with fabulous projects from both design teams. My project is an altered box. :)


I love the pull-out boxes that Kikki K planners come in. It's usually white with some little patterns on the top and a burst of colour in the pull-out part...like the bright yellow on this box. Which helped to determine the colour scheme of my altered box.


I was pretty happy to find a stack of kraft patterned papers from My Mind's Eye in my stash so I went with a plaid piece that seemed to coordinate well with my box and embellishments. I cut it to size and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station. This is still the best way to get an even layer of adhesive on your patterned papers.:)


The small and flat elements were ran through the Xyron sticker maker. And the Maya Road dimensional embellishments were glued down with a hot glue gun.


And yes, I had one of those epic die-cutting days with my new Maya Road dies so you'll be seeing a lot of those word sentiments in future projects. *winks*

Do pop on by the Maya Road blog this week and comment for your chance at a Follow Your Bliss kit.


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Tuesday

Join me for afternoon tea...:)


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I was greatly inspired by the turn-down service at a recent hotel stay that reinforced the idea of rejuvenation and decided to use that as inspiration for my project for LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade invitation.

The idea is simple - a little gift of tea bags as a trailer for a splendid afternoon tea [you know, linked to my latest baking obsession *winks*]. :)


I started with one of those translucent packaging boxes for markers that I thought would be great for a peek-a-boo decorative effect for a decorated box. I chose a double-sided patterned paper from Simple Stories with neutral and pastel tones, cut it to size and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station for an even layer of adhesive. Then I adhered it to my box, leaving the front and side panels as is.


I wanted to use the original flap enclosure so I decorated a large bottle cap from Maya Road as the base for my decorative cluster. 


To add a little more interest and texture, I adhered some lace from an old bra to the flap of the box. Matte medium is my adhesive of choice for this because it dries clear and is not sticky to work with. 


Once that was dry, I adhered my bottle cap embellishment cluster to the front flap with Ranger Glossy Accents. It took a while to dry but that bottle cap is not going anywhere! *LOL*


To reinforce the theme of afternoon tea, I enclosed a package of tea bags, wrapped in brown paper packaging tied up with string. The details for the afternoon tea are written at the back of the tag. 


The whole package fits nicely in my decorated box. It would be a lovely  gift to a dear friend inviting her for a delightful afternoon tea. [And yes, I was watching some British baking shows...hence, the "splendid" and "delightful" afternoon tea...*LOL*].


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Monday

The eye: 2 ways



As you know, I have an eye drawing obsession. I love how detailed you can get with the iris and the reflections. :) Last month, I went back to basics and learned how to draw the eye with graphite pencils on gray toned paper [along the way, I got side-tracked and drew a bunny, a dog,  a cat and a fox - see them on my Instagram account]. It's amazing what one can achieve with just a few pencils, a tortillon and an eraser.

If you are interested in drawing an eye with graphite pencils, have a look at this video tutorial by Matt at The Virtual Instructor...



I like that he not only demonstrates his techniques but also shares why each step is important in building up a range of values to create a realistic-looking eye in graphite. I have learned a lot from his video tutorials.


But you know I can't stay away from colours for too long so I tried an eye with Rembrandt soft pastels, blending with a tortillon and my fingers. And added the eyelashes with a pastel pencil.

Again, I was inspired by Matt at The Virtual Instructor...check out this awesome video tutorial.




Yes, I know my eye drawings are nowhere like Matt's...even the angles are different but you know how I am about copying stuff...*winks* For me, I like to learn techniques and implement them in my own way. 

Happy week ahead friends...I was travelling last week so I'll catch up on your blogs this week!


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Thursday

Can you tell that I am working through my patterned paper stash? *winks*


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You can tell that I'm really working through the patterned paper stash when really "old" papers come into play. Sometimes I look at my patterned papers and wonder what possessed me to get them in the first place...then I remember that I have well-meaning friends who passed me their stash when they gave up scrapbooking. :)


I do like to challenge myself to use unusual patterns and colour combos. 


So I added a punch of maroon for the photo mat and slowly added textured elements to create interest.


I really wanted to add stitching but an empty bobbin killed that thought immediately [ahem*lazy bones*] so faux stitching in the form stickers it became! *winks*

Playing along with The Studio Challenges.


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