Monday

Wood pallet for Maya Road CHA 2017


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Hello friends! Maya Road design team members had to do a wood pallet featuring ourselves for CHA 2017 (aka Creativationand this was what I did. :)


I used chalkboard paint on my pallet and then gave it a shabby chic finish with some sanding. 


I covered a Maya Road kraft envelope with some remnant lace and added pearl trim to pretty it up. Then I went a little crazy with my embellishment cluster.:)


Happy week ahead friends! :)



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Friday

Quick projects from paper scraps...


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These days, I've been enjoying the little fussy-cut "creatures" from my paper scraps. Like making a quick card with these cute monsters....


And even taking out my star punch for a spin...

Items taken from the paper scrap pile: 10!
Items still left in the said pile: a gazillion!


Of course, the postman arrived with a parcel... which called for the making of a cute tag...*winks*


Items taken from the paper scrap pile: 4
Items still left in the said pile: a gazillion minus 4

Happy weekend friends! :)


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Tuesday

The one-eyed girl in my art journal


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I have finally kept up with art journaling for a whole year! That deserves a round of applause *clap clap*, right? Especially since it only took years for me to get here...*LOL*


There are many one-eyed girls in my art journals, partly because I don't want to cover too much of the background up and partly because symmetry is impossible if you don't do the eyes simultaneously. But let's go with artistic choice to make it sound more artsy fartsy, shall we? *winks*


The background was created by soaking up the residual mists from other projects and testing new mediums and stencils. The face was drawn with Sennelier Oil Pastels, inspired by the colours on the background.


P/s: I am travelling this week and feeling a little under the weather. I will catch up with your blogs soon friends! :)



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Thursday

The Tupperware party


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So the other day we had a Tupperware party...eh, actually it was a last-minute birthday party for nephew #1. Because the grandpa had to rush off for his tennis game, we did not have time to take the baked goodies out of the Tupperware containers! *LOL*


As usual, it was hard to get the kids to gather for a photo. Except for nephew #1 who has been well-trained by his paparazzi aunt [aka me..*winks].


Check out that chocolate birthday cake...I didn't even have time to remove the baking paper along the edges....*hahaha*


I even took out my border punch for this layout! Yay...go me! *winks*


I really had fun using my fussy-cut paper scraps...


Still a long way to go to using up those paper scraps though...;)


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Tuesday

The layout with lots of stuff...


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Meet my layout with lots of stuff on it...*winks * 

I was sorting out my paper stash and the scraps were driving me crazy. So I challenged myself to use them ALL on my layout. All? I didn't even make a dent in the scrap pile. *LOL*


Anyway, my sister went skiing in Canada during the Christmas/New year holiday season and only returned after her birthday. So we had a family celebration for her before she left.


It was my first time preparing a birthday celebration breakfast....I kept it simple even though I made everything from scratch (and it took forever for an amateur cook...hahaha). Of course, now that I'm into baking/cooking, I need to invest in some lovely serving dishes...note that the square cake is on a too-small round plate. It was either that or serving it in the baking tin. *LOL*


Playing along with My Creative Sketches.


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Thursday

A mixed media canvas inspired by Iceland


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I've always wanted to visit Iceland - to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon (Iceland's famous thermal pool) enjoy the water's stunning hues and its anti-aging properties (apparently, you leave the place looking younger! *winks*) and of course, catch the Northern Lights if I'm lucky. 

The lovely Tina Walker has organized a group of us to create art inspired by Iceland....and I created a mixed media canvas inspired by the colours of the Aurora Borealis. :) 


I started wrapping tissue and remnant lace + gesso on the base of my canvas. Next I used various shades of blue, green and purple mists. Once that was dry, I added liquid inks to intensify the colours before adding gesso to bring out the textures of the paper and lace.


I finished with some lace, beads and blooms in various textures to create depth and interest on my canvas.


Check out the amazing array of projects by the artists participating in this Inspired by Iceland Art Challenge.





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Wednesday

A fun decorated pallet for Maya Road (a tutorial)


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I have been having fun with these DIY wood pallets from Maya Road like this star one. :)


I started by painting it with my fave chalkboard paint. I usually resort to chalkboard paint when I'm lazy. It is essentially gesso coating and it looks good on porous surfaces such as wood. (If you are using regular acrylic paint, you should use a coat of gesso first to ensure the paint adheres to your surface.)


Once the paint was dry, I sanded it for a distressed look....especially the parts where the paint was applied unevenly...*winks*


Then I adhered the flat-back pearl trim to the edges. I've been using this on everything recently. *LOL*


I backed the mini embroidery hoop with a scrap piece of paper and added a sticker. Then I covered the whole thing with crackle accents. It usually takes a few days in my climate for it to cure fully and to see the crackles.


Once the top layer was dry, I added some glitter paint for a little sparkle.


Then it was time to embellish! I started with some white feathers for soft texture and interest.


Next I added my decorated embroidery hoop, a resin ribbon and a leather tassel.


Now I have a cute little wall hanging. :)

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Monday

The Gangster Gang on Christmas Eve....


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Here are some pics of the Gangster Gang (niece + nephews) on Christmas Eve...on their best behaviour so that they can get their Christmas presents. *winks*


Of course, the niece couldn't understand why they had to wait ALL day to get their presents. She tried to get grandma on her side but to no avail. *LOL*


Hope you had a great holiday break and an awesome beginning to the new year friends! :)

Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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Tuesday

Happy holidays!:)


Hello friends! Just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays! Enjoy the rest of 2016 and I will see you in 2017! :)


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A Christmas tag project for kids...


A-christmas-tag-project-for-kids

Late last month, my aunt was looking for Christmas craft project ideas for kids for her church's Christmas charity event in Hong Kong. It must incorporate one upcycled item, be doable for kids of all ages, use minimal supplies and be economical. Challenge accepted! ;)


I went with a cardboard tag and diecuts. :)


And of course some sparkly bits in the form of a glittered snowflake and bling.


An afternoon date with my die-cutting machine and Maya Road dies....

Photos courtesy of my aunt.

And here are some kids with their Christmas tags! :)


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