Card patterns sketch 12 You are beautiful card

Supplies: Patterned paper: Scenic route (Polka dots) & Swirls (unknown), Cardstock: Bazzill (brown) & DCWV (Bronze), Flowers: Prima, Brads: Making memories, Ribbon: American Crafts, Mask: Tim Holtz, Ink : Distress inks (for masking): Marmalade, Brushed corduroy, Walnut stain, Vintage photo & Brilliance Ink (stamp): Bronze, Stamp: Autumn leaves, Others: brown pen, Canvas paper.

This is the card I made from my scraps from a previous project based on Card Patterns Sketch 12. Some masking and a little stamping. I'm in love with Prima flowers..:) Was late on the uptake but now realize why so many people love Prima flowers...:) Pin It


My card for Card Patterns Sketch 11 made it to the Top 5!!!

Remember this card I made last week for Card Patterns Sketch 11?

It made it to the Top 5! :)
*Edited* This card was published in Scrapbook News & Review June 2009...:) Pin It


The Journey Begins - OLW/Scrapping out loud challenges

Supplies: Patterned paper (unknown), Cardstock: Bazzill (Brown), Stickers: EK Success & Toga, Flowers: Prima, Brads: Making memories, Mask: Tim Holtz, Ink: Distress Inks (Marmalade, Vintage photo, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut stain) & Stazon (timber brown), Others: Acrylic base, paper doiley, canvas paper (masking)

I love this photo of my oldest nephew S, carrying his newborn baby brother, J. He was so excited about being a big brother, telling me how he was going to take care of the baby. It is heartening to see how he has grown and evolved in a few short years.

This layout incorporates the challenge at Scrapping out loud which is to follow a grid pattern and also encompasses the word "Journey" from One little word. The title of the layout and the journaling is just a single line - "The journey begins." I didn't want to detract from the poignant photo and the line sums up exactly how I feel.

Some sanding and inking on the photo. A little fun with my new Tim Holtz mask with distress inks over canvas paper - amazing textured effect! I am so in love with Prima flowers! I often wondered why people raved about Prima I know...they are so easy to use and add interest and dimension to a page without being too overwhelming. Well, better late than never! Are you a fan of Prima flowers?
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Card Positioning Systems - CPS112 - Where are you

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill (blue) & DCWV (purple), Brads: Making memories, Stickers: Renoir, Flowers: Prima, Others: Felt, thread, lace, ribbon, butterflies, zipper, Fiskars border punch

I decided to have a little fun with this week's CPS sketch (CPS112) with a little sewing. My first attempt at a zipper! And it's functional too! So fun! Pin It


Scrapping the music challenge - Made to Love

My Cookie girl...back in 1996 when she was 18 months old. Such a cutie, eh? How apt for the song of the week, Made to Love at Scrapping the music...I miss my dog. She passed away 2 months ago :(.

Supplies: Patterned paper: Basic Grey (Pink & birdcages) & My Mind's Eye (main background), Brads: Imaginisce, Rubons- Kaiser, Stickers: Renoir, Others: white pen, glimmer mist (bronze), distress inks (for masking), ribbon, 3D dots, butteflies. Photo altered in Photoshop & printed on canvas paper.

I am loving the Tim Holtz mask, along with distress inks and glimmer mist..And I couldn't resist the birdcage paper (even though I'm trying to cut down on paper!!). And I'm really into butterflies these these lovelies at a craft store in Bangkok.

Cookie loved to be outdoors, in the garden, soaking up the sun, chasing the birds and butterflies. Pin It


Earth Day 2009 - Are you upcycling?

Supplies: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, Felt: Queen & Co, Others: Black paint, bling, pearls, leather parts from shoes

Today is Earth Day and the folks at Craft Critique have rounded up some recycled craft projects for us to admire in an Earth Day Blog Carnival...mine included..:) You can view my previous post here. I'm impressed by what Emma did with a simple box. Plus she has a giveaway if you upcycle and link to her. Don't forget to share your projects with me too! I would love to see them. :)

So drop by Craft Critique and check out how crafters are recycling in creative ways. Happy Earth Day! Pin It


Crafts 4 eternity challenge - How about a hug my good friend card

Supplies: Patterned paper: Paper Salon (brown & blue flourishes) & Scenic Route (my good friend text), Chipboard: Bella, Stickers: Toga (letters) & EK Success (flowers), Others: Stickles, felt bear.

I'm participating for the first time here at Crafts 4 eternity. The challenge is to use pink, brown and green based on the sketch provided. I'm always out to recycle and the felt bear (blanket stitches along the perimeter) was "saved" from old sad to have thrown them away:( ..the bear is just too cute right?
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Mojo Monday Week 83 - Hi card

Supplies: Patterned paper: K & Co (Brown), Paper Salon (Blue & brown flourishes), Chatterbox (red), Cardstock: Bazzill (Brown & blue), Felt butterfly: Fancy pants, Brads: Basic Grey, Stickers: EK Success, Others: Border punches: Fiskars, white pen, doiley

This is the card I made for week 83 at Mojo Monday. This is my first time participating in this weekly card sketch challenge blog. There are many participants and you can see their cards here.
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Card Patterns Sketch #11 - You are my good friend card

Supplies: Patterned paper: Scenic Route (green flowers & text), Paper Salon (blue & brown flourishes) & K & Co (brown), Cardstock: Bazzill, Chipboard letter: Pressed petals, Stickers (Renoir), Ink: Ranger (Vintage photo), Others: 3D dots, butterfly, Heidi Swapp mask, corner rounder

This is a simple card I made for Card Patterns sketch 11. The design team never fails to amaze me with the cards they make. I really like Sonya's card. The colour combination just pops! You can see what the rest of the team came up with this week here.
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For the love of movies...Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge

Supplies: Patterned paper: K & Co (brown), Bampop (speech bubble), Cardstock: DCWV, Stickers: Toga (brown & white), EK Success (brown & black), animals (korean brand), Others: Stickles, black pen.

Following my previous post on my love of all movies (except horror), this is the card I made for the challenge over at Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. I love movies with animals in them, especially the animated ones. I have a fascination with giraffes so if the movie has a giraffe in it, I'd probably love it..haha...yeah..I have a collection of patterned paper with giraffes..No prizes for guessing that I love the zoo either...I always visit the giraffes..:)...So, why did I use lions on this card? Because the movie this week is The Lion King...also, I'm saving my giraffe stickers :). Have you seen this movie? Please visit the rest of the participants for this week's challenge here...I didn't participate last week but I was floored by the yummy creations inspired by the movie "Chocolat".
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For the love of movies...Category Stories challenge

Supplies: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket(Stripes), Luxe Designs (hearts) & Sassafras, Cardstock: Bazzill, Stamps: Technique Tuesday & Making Memories, Rub-ons: Kaiser, Stickers: ProvoCraft & American Crafts, Others: chipboard, paint, ink, pen.

I am a big movie buff. Are you? Somehow, the prospect of being a part of somebody's "reelity" for 90 minutes or more is terribly appealing to me. Not that my life is that drama-free (more on that in another post...*grins*). I think I've learned a lot from movies. From romantic one-liners to high-speed car chases, I love'em all. Except HORROR. I never watch horror. I read horror books but I never watch horror movies. I was totally creeped out by The Ring (the original Japanese version) and I couldn't bear to watch tv for a couple of days...just in case something climbed out from my tv set...haha...

Anyway, the challenge over Category Stories is "Going to the movies"...fabulous! Here are some closeups...

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Scrapping the music challenge - This is me

Supplies: Patterned paper: Basic Grey (flourishes), October Afternoon (Brown & white polka dots), Imagination Project (Stripes), Cardstock: Bazzill (Pink & brown), Scalloped felt: Fancy Pants, Stickers: American Crafts (blue) & Renoir (silver), Pearls: Kasier (magenta)Others: lace, ribbon, heart brads, brown pen, transparency, tag. Punches used: Fiskars & EK Success. Bracket shape: traced from Jenni Bowlin paper

The challenge over at Scrapping the Music this week is the song, "This is me". The design team did a great job interpreting the challenge. You can see their layouts here. Powerful lyrics alluding to the importance of believing in oneself..."this is the real, this is me"..."no more hiding what I want to be"..

Here's a closeup..

As usual, I utilized my scraps for this layout. I used my Fiskars punch (the smaller ones) and a larger EK Success punch for the scallop squares. I used a slot punch and put ribbon through the holes, knotting each end for some texture. I printed descriptive words on a transparency which served as "patterned paper" and also my journaling. The silver stickers serve as secondary titles which are lyrics from the song that I liked the most. I used my American Crafts puffy stickers for the main title, "This is me". Don't you just love these stickers? Pin It


Cute Card Thursday - Pink & Brown card

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock (brown & white), Sassafras (rainbow, starburst), Kaiser (butterflies), Prima flowers, Basic Grey Brads (yellow, orange, pink), American Crafts puffy stickers (orange), Toga letter sticker (brown & white), cuttlebug embossing folder (script), Brilliance Ink (poppy), Stickles (red)

I used my scraps to make this card for the challenge at Cute Card Thursday. It's my first time playing and the participants are so creative. The challenge is to use brown and pink on your card. Pin It


Inspired by Amelie challenge - Simple pleasures in life

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill (Pink, Brown & Cream), Stickers: American Crafts (Pink & blue), Toga (Brown & white), Pearl brad: Imaginisce. Flourish rubon: Kaiser. Others: Ribbon, white pen

The challenge over at Inspired by Amelie is about simple pleasures in life. You can read more about this challenge and check out the beautiful creations by the design team here.

I celebrated my birthday last month doing my favourite things - visiting the bookstore, getting some scrap supplies, watching a movie and having dinner at my favourite restaurant. With well-wishers texting my phone all day, homemade breakfast by my sister and my morning chores already done :) , it was a simple yet divine day. A once-a-year simple pleasure in life.

This LO was assembled very quickly using scraps. I used all the negative portions of the shapes I cut for previous layouts and just rearranged them. (I made the shaped template on chipboard which I traced from a Jenni Bowlin paper.) The photos were put through Poladroid (again! Yes, I love the effect!). The left hand corner flourish is a rub-on. The rest of the border was doodled, along with part of my journaling.

The "flower" was stitched together from ribbon.

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OLW challenge - No doubt

Supplies: Patterned paper: Scenic Route, Stickers: American Crafts (blue), Toga (black & white), Renoir (black), Letter brads: EK Success. Others: Masking tape, duct tape, white paint, black marker

The challenge at One Little Word is the word "No". Check out the story behind the word and the inspiring designs by the creative team here. If you have the time, play along!

My LO is about the way I feel about my nephew.

I used Poladroid again for the the polaroid effect...The photo was sanded, outlined with a black marker and adhered to the background with masking and duct tape. I wanted the piece to look like a photo pasted on wallpaper (the patterned paper) so I distressed and dry-painted the edges. I used an ice-cream stick for the date. I used white paint for the journaling block (greatly inspired by Julie Balzer) and then wrote my feelings with a black pen. Pin It

Method Playground Challenge - using frames

Supplies: Patterned paper: Kaiser (Butterflies), Cardstock: Bazzill (pink, magenta, white & brown), MDF Swirl frames: Kaiser, Wooden butterflies: Kaiser, Leaf felt: Queen & Co, Pearls: Kaiser, Puffy Stickers: American Crafts (pink & blue). Others: gold pen, white pen, Fiskars border punch

The challenge over at Method Playground is to incorporate some frames in your LO. My piece was done on an 12x18 acrylic. Here are some closeups...

The "frames" are real frames (MDF by Kaiser). I used Tim Holtz swirl mask and used brown paint. Then I sanded the frame and glimmer misted with gold and further outlined with a gold pen. The butterflies were cut from patterned paper, folded and adhered to the frame. Pearls were added for more dimension. I also added string pearls along the perimeter of the photos to draw the eye to the photos.

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March/April Challenge at Scrap Inspire Create!

Supplies: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, Chipboard letters: American Crafts, Stickers: American Crafts (Brown), Adorn it (Brown & white), Leaf felt: Queen & Co, Ink: Stazon (Brown). Others: ribbon, bottle cap, cupcake cup, red thread, safety pin, foam, brown pen

The March/April challenge at Scrap Inspire Create is up. There are 2 challenges this month.

The first challenge is to incorporate tearing & stitching. The second challenge is to use cupcake cups in your LO.

I did the second challenge incorporating the cupcake cup with the title of my LO. This layout was done on a 12x12 acrylic piece. I used a template to cut out the shape on patterned paper, then used white paint along the border (to create depth without the bulk). The edges of the acrylic piece was inked with Stazon (may not be apparent from the pics).

I stitched along the circumference of the cup, then used some puffy stickers and thickers to form the title. I also added some felt leaves.

The edges of the pictures were sanded to create a border. Journaling strips were printed on white cardstock and cut into strips. I outlined the strips with a brown pen.

Check out what the rest of the creative crew (Yatie, Janiah and Eirnna) did with the challenges here. The challenges are open till the end of April so do join in the fun! Pin It

Today is my day - Scrapping Out Loud challenge

Supplies: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (border) & Kaiser (Butterflies), Cardstock: Bazzill (Brown & white), Rubons: Kaiser, Wooden butterfly: Kaiser, Pearls: Kaiser, Chipboard letters: Bella (green), Brads: Junkitz. Others: white pen, felt flower

Had to miss out on last week's challenge over at Scrapping Out Loud..:( But I'm back this week with this LO (yay!). This week's challenge is to scrap about your favourite day of the week. I incorporated the sketch of the week (with a little variation - I used 3 photos instead of 4) as well as the word of the week in this LO (yay!)

The shaped border was a "leftover" from another project and adhered to brown cardstock. I used a white pen for some faux stitching :) The beautiful butterflies were cut from Kaiser Craft paterned paper, adhered to the brown cardstock with a brad and decorated with self-adhesive pearls (also Kaiser). White flourishes (rubons from Kaiser) were added to give the butterflies some "movement". I added a wooden flourish to the large felt flower.

I used the same photo and put them through Poladroid (this cool site that my friend Aimee discovered..) which lets you create "polaroid-like" pictures from your digital images. Go try it out, it's fun! :) Pin It

Hello clear card - Cinema Saturday Creative challenge

Supplies: Black cardstock: Bazzill, Floral stamp: Clearly Inspired, Gold embossing powder: Tsukineko, Ink: Stazon (Jet Black), Chipboard: Bella. Others: Doiley, ribbon

Here's my take on this week's Cinema Saturday Creative challenge which is to incorporate some embossing on your card. This week's movie is My Fair the movie..who doesn't adore Audrey Hepburn...:)

Gold-embossed the floral stamp on black cardstock. The round gold trim was cut from a piece of doiley and adhered to the cardstock. This was then cut out and adhered to the clear acrylic piece with polka-dotted ribbon. The edges of the acrylic piece was inked with black Stazon. Black and white polka dotted ribbon was tied to the sides of the piece. Chipboard letters were added. Pin It


Card Patterns Sketch #8 - Thanks clear card

This is the card I made for the challenge over at Card Patterns based on this sketch...

I used clear acrylic for this card. Inked the edges with Stazon. The oval piece in the center is also clear acrylic. I adhered the flowers and the green felt to the oval piece, then used stickles around the edges. The oval piece was then attached to the main acrylic piece with the pink floral ribbon. I inked the edges of the chipboard letters, then adhered to the right base of the card.


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Playground fun - UP the stairs & DOWN the slide - Scrapping the music challenge

Supplies: Patterned paper: K & Co (Blue), Creative Imaginations (Scalloped) & Sassafras, Cardstock: Bazzill, Brads: Basic Grey, Stickers: EK Success, Others: Fiskars border punch, green thread, blue pen, glossy accents.

I watched my nephews having fun at the playground just going up the stairs and down the slide. Over and over again. And I wonder if I enjoyed my childhood as much as they seem to be right now. If only my parents took more photos or would really help me piece my childhood together. Somewhat important in aiding me understand more about myself...:)

"Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood."
Beryl Bainbridge

This layout was inspired by this week's challenge at Scrapping the music. This week's song is Everyday by Dave Matthews Band. I was particularly taken by this paragraph...

Left to right
Up & down, love
I push up love, love everyday
Jump in the mud, oh
Get your hands dirty with
Love it up on everyday

It just reminded me of PLAY and I remembered the photos from the Saturday in December last year. When the weather was just perfect for a great fun afternoon at the playground. They had a field day PLAYING on the slide. So did I. With my camera. This day. I remembered so vividly because we haven't been to the playground since that Saturday. Because it has been raining EVERY single Saturday afternoon since then. Some 12 weeks. This Saturday really needed to be scrapped..:)

The pictures were printed on transparency and adhered to canvas paper by hand stitching along the edges, creating a "frame" for the photos. The photos were not uniform in size, the lower photos were slightly largely to create visual interest. The canvas paper was then matted on blue patterned paper (K & Co) and then matted again on scallop-edged patterned paper (Creative Imaginations). Colored brads were adhered along the scalloped edged of paper. Cut-out patterned paper (Sassafras) was adhered to top right edge of base paper. Some parts were given dimension with the use of glossy accents. I also adhered a google eye to the bird. I used a border punch (Fiskars) on the top right hand corner of base paper to mimic the scallop border on the patterned paper, and added more colored brads. The journaling was a mix of stickers and handwriting. Pin It
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