For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

Get well soon card

I love how the craft blogging community rallies together to cheer up a mutual friend. Welcome to the For Cath (sans CHA) with love Blog Hop! :)

Moxie Fab World's Cath Edvalson (Trends Editor at PaperCrafts Magazine) would be skipping CHA Winter 2012 because of a painful shoulder injury. Sweeties Lorena Cantó and Virginia Lu organized this blog hop to send a little cheer her way. Get well soon Cath! :)

Supplies: Pure Innocence image, Echo Park papers, Tim Holtz embossing folder, SRM sentiment sticker, Copics, tulle, wrinkle ribbon, 3D dots, cardstock.

P/s: Today's the last day to enter my blogoversary giveaway! :)

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The scrapbook album I made to house the wedding layouts. :)

Wedding album cover

Thank you for all the lovely compliments on the wedding layouts I did for my cousin. :) This is the scrapbook album that I made to house the layouts. White corrugated cardboard reinforced by more cardboard on the back. [Got to include some upcycling right? *LOL*]

Text printed on photo and adhered to a round mirror [don't throw away your used compact! ]...a sparkly silver ribbon and dangly clear beads.

Clustering of embellishments in the wedding theme colours.

Supplies: Corrugated cardboard, mirror, clear beads, American Crafts thickers and glitter cardstock, silver glitter, silver trim, ribbon, Maya Road trinkets, pearls, butterfly, handmade spiral felt flowers.

P/s: Tutorial on using textured paste coming up this week...just need to edit the photos...and write the post! :)


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A neat trick to unify the elements on your layout! :)


Sometimes, mimicking parts of a photo can be a neat design trick to unify all the elements on your layout. I love these photos of the newly-weds with the bride holding a lace parasol and a cascading waterfall in the background. [photos: Mr & Mrs Issac]

Here's what I did:

1. Used patterned paper with subtle hints of light blue in the background.
2. Overlayed the patterned paper with white tulle.
3. Added a strip of lace.
4. Adhered a blue cocktail umbrella [mimicks the bride's parasol].
5. Added chipboard, stickers and some flying birds!

What do you think? So totally doable right?

Supplies: American Crafts stickers, SRM stickers, Sam & Lucy stickers, Gauche Alchemy Blue Streak Mixed Media Color Kit.

P/s: Have a fabulous weekend friends! Don't forget to enter my blogoversary giveaway! :)


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I'm a little obsessed with these loopy felt blooms. *LOL*

Pink box

Ever since I made loopy felt blooms on some fun bows for my cousin's wedding, I've been pretty much obsessed with them. *LOL* This is an upcycled tin box with a sweet pink loopy felt bloom which I made for LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight! :)

Fathers' boutonnieres

I also  made some loopy felt blooms as boutonnieres for the fathers of the bride and groom at my cousin's recent wedding.

Have you tried making these loopy felt blooms?


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Lady in red! :)

Fabulous Sophie

I love these pictures of my niece Sophie. A little lady in red! :)

Check out that winning smile on the lady in red! :)

Texture paste and mist...and punchinella...[I will share a tutorial on texture paste soon.]

I was inspired by the sketch at Get Picky and the challenge at Scrapping the Music.

Supplies: Heidi Swapp mask, Maya mists, Crate Paper chipboard, paper and stickers, Gauche Alchemy punchinella, texture paste, buttons and black pen.

P/s: Have you entered my blogoversary giveaway? [Please note that due to availability issues, I have changed Giveaway #1 of a Gauche Alchemy Knick Knack Paddy Whack Kit (US$25) to a collection of mixed media color kits worth US$85.]


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Shots from a runway session...*LOL*

Expression girl

My niece can't talk yet but she expresses herself very well in other ways....take a closer look at the photos...*LOL*

These were the different expressions I captured in 30 minutes. Oh yes, she had a runway session with the hand-me-downs from her cousin...*LOL*

Still very into the whole texture paste and misting...this time I added some distress inks for better definition of the background pattern.

Some Gauche Alchemy embellishments and loads of stickers! :)

Supplies: Tim Holtz mask and distress inks, texture paste, Maya mists, American Crafts thickers, SRM stickers, Sam & Lucy stickers, white pen.

P/s: Have you entered my blogoversary giveaway? [Please note that due to availability issues, I have changed Giveaway #1 of a Gauche Alchemy Knick Knack Paddy Whack Kit (US$25) to 10 mixed media color kits worth US$85.]


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A case of the wanderlust...

Missing u card

There is something about maps that appeals to the wanderlust in me. :) I love to travel. There are continents I've yet to set foot in. It is my excuse for buying travel-related scrapbooking supplies! *LOL* 

Supplies: Making Memories patterned papers, Jillibean kraft letters, Tim Holtz hanger paperclip, twine.


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A blogoversary giveaway! :)

This month is my blogoversary! Happy birthday Do More with Less! :) Can you believe I've kept at it for 3 whole years? Yay me! :) *High fives all around*

And I would like to celebrate by having a blogoversary giveaway. :)

Giveaway #1: Embellishments Galore! A sampling of all 10 Gauche Alchemy Mixed Media Color Kits! (worth US$85)! *Edited*

Giveaway #2: Basic Grey patterned papers with coordinating lace, ribbon, doilies, buttons, feathers, pearls, pompoms, crochet blooms, twine.

Giveaway #3: A box of travel-related paraphernalia...fun stuff! Oh yes, I decorated the box cover! :)

To be in the running for this giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to see on my blog in 2012. [Flattery of any kind would be appropriate here...*LOL*]

For additional entries to this giveaway, you can 
1. Be a follower of my blog.
2. Blog about this giveaway.
3. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.
4. Share this giveaway on Facebook.
5. Like Do More With Less on Facebook.

Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry. Remember, these are optional.

I will pick a random winner on 31 January. Good luck! :)


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I love using fabric to add texture to my projects. :)


I love using fabric to add texture to my projects. It has such a natural organic feel and doesn't add a lot of bulk to the final creation. Gauche Alchemy Mixed Media Color Kits always come with a piece of interesting remnant fabric that challenges you to think outside the box in order incorporate it in your project. :)

Here I used the black fabric as a backdrop to the photo and added some tulle for more texture. As the couple [photo: Mr and Mrs Issac] was wearing silver in the photo, the silver punchinella and embellishments helped complete the layout. Does it have the wow factor? *LOL*

Supplies: Prima patterned paper, American Crafts thickers, Gauche Alchemy Black Out Mixed Media Color Kit, tulle.

P/s: I'm thinking tomorrow may be a giveaway day!!! *winks*


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Fascinators! :)


I confess. Ever since I saw the royal wedding last year, I have been fascinated by fascinators. :) Especially the rather elaborate ones...*LOL*  Anyway, we had a little "photo booth" as part of the fun activity for guests at my cousin's wedding...and I made these...err...hair accessories as fun props. :)

My niece was napping so I got my obliging nephew J to model for me. *LOL* He liked it so much, he didn't want to take it off. :)

Supplies: Headbands, tulle, crepe paper, pearls, spiral felt flowers, thread.


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Hooligans on the loose! :)


We had a super rainy December 2011 and my nephews didn't get a chance to go to the playground until 7 January 2012! Then it was hooligans on the loose! Really. *LOL*

My fave technique of late....masking with texture paste and then misting! :)

You can get really cool textures on your page...mist away and let some drip and dry naturally...

Stickers and chipboard...:)

I really wanted to play along with the very last sketch challenge at Sketchy Thursdays.

Supplies: Tim Holtz mask, texture paste, Maya mists, Crate Paper stickers and chipboard, SRM stickers, Sam and Lucy stickers, Prima canvas letters, Gauche Alchemy punchinella, black pen, twine.

*Edited* A bittersweet moment: a Sketchy Thursdays fave for the very last time. *sniff*


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I like to use photos as the starting point for my layouts. :)

Glad we are us

I like to use photos as the starting point for my layouts. I always want the photos to be the focal point. :) For these sepia toned photos, I wanted a pop so I went with orange. :) I masked and misted the background and rummaged through my Gauche Alchemy Lady Marmelade Orange Mixed Media Color Kit to help me complete the layout.

I used different shades of orange and added some browns to unify the piece. [photos: Mr & Mrs Issac]

Supplies: Prima mask, flowers and canvas letters, Maya mist, Gauche Alchemy Lady Marmelade Orange Mixed Media Color Kit and Lace Ribbon Variety Pack.


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The story of J & the pig. :)

J and the pig

Littlest nephew J really loves this stuffed pig in his Aunt E's room. Now, he's really afraid of my sister [whose maternal instincts hasn't quite kicked in yet!] but to "ride" on the pig, he would ask for permission in his sweetest voice. ...*LOL*

Just love the blissful look on his face when he's on the pig! :) I went a little sticker crazy here. *LOL*

Apparently I really wanted to scrap this story about J and the pig because I found 3 of the same photos! :) I cut up 2 and popped them up on 3D dots. :)

A little twine and an upcycled intimate wear tag *winks*

Supplies: Maya mists, American Crafts thickers, SRM stickers, Jenni Bowlin stickers, Adorn It stickers, Martha Stewart edge punch, brads, white pen, black pen, twine, ribbon, Gauche Alchemy embellishments.

I was inspired by the challenge at Scrapping The Music and the sketch at Frosted Designs.

P/s: Have a great weekend friends! :)

*Edited* I made Top 3 at Frosted Designs! :)


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How to make fun bows for your chairs! :)

I made two fun bows to decorate the bride and groom's chairs.....
The chairs at my cousin's recent wedding. :)

I layered about 8 sheets of tissue paper, accordian folded them and rounded the corners with a pair of scissors. Then I secured the center with ribbon and opened it up to create a bow with scalloped edges [as pictured]. Pouf each layer of tissue for some added texture.

I cut petals for the bloom using felt.

To make the loopy felt blooms. Fold a piece of felt into two and cut strips at the fold. The longer the cut, the longer your loops. Roll and glue to secure.

Adhere loopy felt bloom to the petals. [I used a hot glue gun.]

Adhere bloom to the tissue paper bow.

Add beads and trim if you desire. Add a safety pin to the back and pin it on your chair! :)


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