Sunday, February 27, 2011

Card for February Challenge

Hi again!

Made a card for the Valentine-themed February Challenge over at  Almost the due date already but i had wanted to join the February challenge since it was announced.  The ladies in the group are very warm and welcoming, plus very, very talented in their card-making!

So here it is:

I know.  It's a very simple and "calm" card :)

Used My Mind's Eye Bloom and Grow patterned papers (have i already mentioned i'm an MME fan?) and from my stash a strip of tracing paper punched with Martha Steward Doily Lace.  Stamped "so sweet" from MME's Fine and Dandy True Blue line  (which i spotted all by it's lonesome among the other stamp sets in the shelves of PaperMarket in Raffles City.  Made me think if i'd missed all the other MME sets all this time *sad sigh*) on a doily glued on the tag.  It gave the card an old and grungy feel, which i like.  Placed three Stickles (Crystal) dots (which i should have made bigger, now that i think of it) and Stickled the center of the red flower on the heart.  Hmmmm...i think i'm beginning to like these Stickles.   I have but the one though and not sure which one to get next, as i'd like it to be one which can be versatile.  Later on i'll try the colored ones - excited!  :)

Hope you're enjoying what remains of the weekend!

Thanks for visiting!

Card for Mojo Monday 179

Hi there!  How's your weekend been going so far?  It's Sunday evening here and nothing going on - yet; that is, until my boys are up and about the house again :)

Here's a card for Mojo Monday 179,  with the sketch given at this POST.  I've skipped last week's sketch since i've been busy with my son's class birthday celebration preparation.  Really got tired without sleep for several nights and i thought i wouldn't be able to join this week's sketch.  Just started very early this morning; in fact, at dawn, haha! Fortunately, i got the groove back and am raring to go again :)

So here it is.

I didn't know which flower to put and hadn't been sure if i have one which will match the card colors so i substituted a shoe instead!  It's a die-cut from the collection papers.  By the way, all the PPs on the card, except for the white base cardstock, is from My Mind's Eye Abbey Road Lucky Me collection.

Here's a close up of the "Stickled" shoe:

When i was doing it, i had been thinking of giving it to somebody who loves fashion/shoes/bags.  There's also a PP from the Lucky Me collection with bags! :)

I got most of my MME papers from one of my favorite hang-outs (while waiting for my son's class to finish) in Parkway Parade and the store is Scraplicious.  Very friendly owners and staff.  Love the store! :)

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Simple Door Hangers

Hi, folks!

Been busy these past few days, foregoing sleep most nights, just to finish these very simple door hangers or wall hangers for my eldest's birthday celebration in class, to be included in the goodie bag.  Had to make 19 pieces! That's 10 for girls and 10 for boys (made one for my son, too).  I stuck to one template, though.  Wanted to have them all unique, but there hadn't been enough time.  Would like to share with you how they look like:

These are for the girls.  One of the flowers per tag is actually pop-dotted.  Oh, i should've taken some close-up shots, even just for remembrance :)  Papers are from Echo Park's Little Girl collection.  The  punched flowers are made of plain cardstock and layered on top of the other, with liquid pearls at the center.  I just love AC's Chitchat puffy alphas! Very cute! And Paper Market's Alpha Bites are adorable! (not to mention, puffy too!) I love puffies!!! (ok, too many exclamation points there.)

 And these are for the boys, with an outer space theme.  Papers are from TPC Studio "Rockts+Rayguns Outerspace" collection and the cut-outs are from Reminisce's "Space Buddies."  The blue rockets are made from plain cardstock, and traced from the one on the "Dash" tag below. I've stenciled in the circles for the rocket windows, too.  I also like very much these AC Thickers "Sweet" (i would've thought they'd be named something masculine, though; but "Sweet?") chipboard alphas.  Had to run to the store because i ran out of a single letter. Yes, i needed just one letter to complete a name. Had to "rummage" just to find them :)  One of the tags uses the puffy chitchat alphas but i switched to the chipboard ones when i found out (too late, i couldn't peel them off anymore) there wouldn't be enough for the whole set. 

And there you have it.  Will be non-scrapping for a couple of days to get my energy back (and catch up on some sleep). 

-----Happy birthday to my eldest qulelet!!! Love you very mucho!-----

To my dear readers:  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Scrappin Studio Sunday Sketch for 6 February

Hello!  It's another weekend.

This is for the Sunday Sketch over at Scrappin Studio.  Got my Studio Calico February kit and had been very excited to receive it in the mail.  The patterned papers are awesome! I love how they all blend together!  (and this is me speaking, the color-combo-challenged girl)  Now i don't have to spend sooooo much time putting together coordinating papers for a layout.  I could cut them straight away to my liking :)

I love the stamps in the kits! Well, am a stamp-junkie (but they aren't visible yet in my LOs and cards, harhar!) and this goes back to my childhood.  Included in the February kit are SC cloud stamps; although they're not in this LO, will definitely use them in my next one.

In the Jawbreaker add-on kit, included is a Studio Calico limited edition Honeycomb border stamp.  I think this is one of the main reasons why i chose this add-on.  The possibilities! :)

So here's my LO.  Am loving the colors - they're so cheery and bright and fun! And the sketch is fun to work with, like being a kid:  just cut the papers with your favorite decorative scissors and line them all up :)  (Although, when i was a little girl, i've always wanted to have a pair of pinking scissors; didn't get to have one until i'm already a grown-up.)

My LO is about my eldest's favorite companion, a penguin doll from the Madagascar store in Universal Studios.  Originally bought it for moi but he said it's his while we were paying for it.  He has kept it ever since, and it's the first thing he checks on when he comes home from school or anywhere outside.  We came to calling him Pingu, after the JimJam show of the same title.  In my journaling, i've misspelt his name with two G's instead of with one and my son corrected me while i was putting the stickers down on the LO title.  Thankfully, the thicker sticker hasn't permanently adhered to the paper yet (Yaaay!) at the time and left no trace when i lifted it.  Good timing, Dash! :)

Title:  Me and My Pingu

A close-up of the top part,

and the bottom part:
Can you spot the little people lined up? Or the honeycomb peeking out from the lines? :)

Will be making another LO using the same sketch for my younger son, but that would be next week. Maybe :)  Still have to prepare birthday giveaways for eldest's class this coming week.

Would love to know what you think - comments, suggestions, etc.

Thank you for looking!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Layout for MME Blog Challenge #20

Hello, again!

This is for the LAYOUT challenge over at My Mind's Eye Blog challenge #20.

The sketch given is shown below with the theme "Love everything about _____:"

 Here's my layout:

Made the circle element into a sun and framed the photos in a "house" with a garden.  Punched the sun rays from the Be Loved PP (same PP as the circle) and inked the edges yellow.  Lightly misted the base paper with glimmer mist but the photo doesn't show it well.  Maybe i sprayed too lightly :)  So, here is my take on the sketch.

Title: Your Laughter is Priceless

and here's a close up of the title area:

Here 's a close-up of my first-ever fussy cuts and very short journaling.

These are the pop-dotted flowers on the side. My first fussy cuts ever! :)

Here's the photo part:

The photos show my two boys, well, laughing :) To me these moments are very precious and i just couldn't get enough of the sound of their laughter, much more so when they are laughing together - the utter delight, so innocent and yet so very genuine.

Materials used:
Base paper from My Mind's Eye Meadowlark;
all patterned papers from My Mind's Eye Bloom&Grow, Be Loved, Good Day Sunshine;
"LAUGHTER" and "PRICELESS" alphas from My Mind's Eye Laundry Line Rub-ons;
bling from Fine and Dandy True Blue Bling;
other alphas from Cosmo Cricket's Tiny Type;
Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels

Would have liked to have alpha stickers available, but couldn't find any here.  Or maybe i don't know yet where to look :)  I could only find the rub-ons at Scraplicious in Parkway Parade.

Let me know what you think.  Would really appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Thank you very much for looking!

Card for MME Blog Challenge #20

Hi, all!

Am playing along with My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge #20 both for a card and a layout.  This post is for a card.  The card sketch is as follows:

 And here below is my card :)

Oops! this is my eldest pretending to present the card :D

Materials used:
All patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye Bloom and Grow; 
bling from My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue Bling;
decorative brad from Stella and Rose - Mabel "Love."

Other materials:
Bazill cardstock for card base; butterfly stamp from prima; tracing paper.

Let me know what you think.  Would truly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Thanks for looking!

(My Layout submission is in another post.)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Card for Mojo Monday 177 - Contest

Hello there!  Hope you're having a great weekend!

Here's a card for Mojo Monday 177.  It's a contest this time, this SKETCH being on the 1st Monday of the month. I've seen the other entries and all are wonderful!  This is my 3rd Mojo Monday card, and would love to win one of their sentiment stamp sets :) 

 Below is a close-up of the top part.

 and here's a close-up of the bottom of the card.

Patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket's Pixie-Licious.

Let me know what you think :)  Would greatly appreciate your suggestions.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

For Scrappin Studio Weekly Challenge "Soften It Up"

Hi, all!

This is for the Weekly Challenge over at Scrappin Studio, posted on 31 January by Iris Babao Uy, one of the very talented Designers at Scrappin Studio.  Of course, i am so proud to be her kababayan :) from the Philippines!  It's one of two reasons why am extra excited to do this challenge.  The other being my first time to use mists.  Am actually intimidated by these mists!!!  Seeing all the fabulous creations posted in the scrapbooking blogosphere make me go WOW! and you know, tell myself that these are for the masters of the art out there.  So i've kept my distance...until this challenge :)  Told myself to get over it and just do it.  There's nothing to lose (ok, maybe some $$$) and pertinent experience to be gained.

My layout is about my two sons, when they were just newborns; either on the day or a couple of days after they were born.  My eldest had to spend some days at the ICU after being born, and i had to choose a photo which doesn't show the tubes connected to him.  Just seeing the tubes again in the pictures make me ache for him  (although now he's giving me headaches - he's so hyper!).  My second son's picture was taken on the day of his birth. So pink and round and the complete opposite of his elder brother!  But now both of them are vying for the Naughtiest, Loudest, Tornado-est award - aaargh!  (ok, calm again...) So it helps me to look at this layout and remember that they were once as docile as lambs hahahahaha!

The challenge called for the use of mists and fabric on the layout "to create a softer look."

So, here's mine:

Title:  Before i met you, i knew i love you
(after my favorite Savage Garden song)

Can't tell from the above photo, but there's actually a blue glimmer mist (Tattered Angel - Patina) on the bottom left corner; while the top right corner obviously has the yellow mist (Studio Calico's Mister Huey - Sunshine --> love how with just one spritz, there's a lot of coverage!)

i just love the cage and the singing bird :)
here's the bottom left corner, but my cam still didn't get a good shot of the mist there.

Ok, here's my verdict on mists: I LOVE MISTS! It's a wonderful surprise, really!  But need to practice some more, i know; much, much more.

Would love to hear your feedback and suggestions!

Thanks so much!

Card For Mojo Monday 176 - Square

Here's my Mojo Monday 176 Square card (please refer to the sketch here):

For my round card,please see my post at this link.

Let me know what you think :)

Thanks for viewing!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Card For Mojo Monday 176 - Round Card


Here's my round card for Mojo Monday 176.  You can find the sketch at this link.

Finally, finally, finally figured out which circle diameters to use for scalloping circles with the EK Success medium-sized corner rounder to get the (almost) exact number of scallops (and no half nor quarter ones).  Found a video on YouTube which mentions the width of a rectangle strip of paper to use to get a perfect semi-circle on one side (forgot at the moment what the strips of paper are called, will place the link here when i find it again).  Tried it myself, got my measurements, did trial and error and ----- finally satisfied! Wheee!

About the card, it's just a simple one, i know.  However, am currently loving the color combination.  Have been recently wanting to put some splash of red somewhere craftly so here it is.  I really like these Kaisercraft PPs!

Let me know what you think.

Thanks for viewing!

Scrappin Studio Sunday Sketch for 30 January

Hi, all!

It's been a long holiday here.  Made longer by a day because my son's pre-school closed early for the Chinese New Year celebrations.  This gives me some extra time for scrapping, yipee!

Here's my take for this week's Scrappin Studio Sunday Sketch (you can find the given sketch here):

Title:  Independent

This is my youngest son on the beach.  Both my sons always get excited on our every visit there.  This time, i managed to remember to bring the "beach things" (pails, shovels, moulds, etc.) and the boys had a wonderful time!  They enjoyed playing with the sand, getting water from the beach with their pails and yes, their shovels! I just love seeing them carefree like that.  Must bring them there more often.

And (hahaha!), that one on the top right corner is not a stain, though it looks like one :-)  My first time to use mists and am still getting used to it.  Actually wanted it to look like a sun, but i guess i should've lightly misted some more around it to give the effect of sunshine. Lesson learned :)

Also made the starfish embellies.  Ok, it's the happy result of an experiment :)  Actually, i wasn't sure how it'd turn out; just a spur of the moment idea.  So, i've put some Glossy Accent on the cut paper stars, and when they're still a bit wet but almost dry, i've spritzed some Mister Huey Classic Calico on them.  Then proceeded to wait a bit more. And...ta-daaa! 

Ok, i know it's a small thing, and others might already have this knowledge, but it's "discoveries" like these that gets me excited.  Extra happy because it turned out just right for what i need.  If it didn't, well, it'd go under the "this is what happens when..." file and another lesson learned.  And try again. And again.

Am still struggling with my color combinations.  Might have to resort to using the color wheel next time :)  Or not, when the Scrappin Studio February kit arrives - am so excited! (Oh, by the way, THANK YOU again to Scrappin Studio for the opportunity to win in the February Kit Reveal Night Giveaway! Have i mentioned that am soooo excited!!!)

Thank you for looking!