Friday, June 24, 2011

Layout for MWL's #4 Challenge

Hi, dear readers!  It's Friday and am anticipating the events this weekend.  Am particularly excited because i've signed up for one of Made With Love's classes - "Home Tweet Home" to be conducted by none other than Maya Road's DT Coordinator Lia Abdullah.  She's a very sweet girl and i love all her MR creations - love-love-love! :) Ok, i am a fan heehee!

This here is a layout for MWL's "Set, Scrap & Go #4 Piradee's Challenge." Yes, it's Piradee Talvana!  Another reason to be excited :)  Who could pass up a challenge set by a Creating Keepsake Dream Team?  I just got to join :) (that's a big, excited smile).  Actually i would've joined all of MWL's challenges but sometimes i just can't squeeze them in, with two boys running around.  Upon every start of MWL's challenge where they state the conditions, i immediately think of how i can do the layout.  But - gaaah! - no matter what i do, sometimes i can't get around the house chores.  So i've skipped 2 challenges already :(

To continue, the challenge calls for a layout which includes stamping.  And since Scrappin Studio's Weekly Challenge (please see my layout on this POST) also calls for stamping, i planned for two layouts.  And during my planning process (that is when i wash the dishes, milk bottles, clean up, etc), sometimes i mistakenly interchange what i would put in the layouts hehehe! Or maybe it's just due to lack of sleep :)

Title:  I Love To Watch You Read

I am again inspired by Karen Grunberg's layouts.  I am in AWE! I have mentioned this before in one of my posts, but she can do layouts of her boys in a really colorful and pretty way.  I mean, pops of color here and there, and punched papers (read about her featured creative space in Pink Paislee's POST.  Look at all those punches!!!)  And the WHITE SPACE!  Love the WHITE SPACE :)

 Here are some close-ups:
Top Left:  The title area. Have stamped on the background.  i hope you could see the pale hearts in lavender and marigold (have used Distress Inks).
Top Right:  Have stamped also on the alphas :)
Bottom Left:  Close up of the Bookshelf stamping.  Have actually scored the paper, that area/line under the books, and then sponged it with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The photo shows a bit of the scored line. 
Bottom Right:  Would like to show the stamped background behind the photos.

I love how this turned out.  I love the colors and the stamps - it's very wonderful that i've gotten them out of their hiding haha!  And i love looking at my boys pics :)  They love books (so much so that most are already dog-earred!) and they can keep quiet for a long while when they read.  Whereas before, my eldest will just read the story, now he will re-tell it to me, with matching actions and sounds, and sometimes ad libs and extra parts not in the story.  Very amusing.  And am so thankful! 

Materials:  White cardstock; Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose; Stamps - Studio Calico (Bookshelf, Diagonal Newsprint Background Stamp), Bo Bunny, Studio g; Punch - Martha Stewart; Alpha stickers - Doodlebug Designs Inc., AdornIt, Studio Calico, My Mind's Eye, American Crafts; Distress Inks; Slick Writer; Beacon's glue.

Would love to know what you think!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

For Scrappin Studio's Weekly Challenge 13June

Hello again, dearest bloggers!

Am back for Scrappin Studio's Weekly Challenge.  The challenge this time is to use 3 to 4 stamps in a layout.  The details can be found *HERE.*

At first, i didn't know where to start, but i already have in mind which photo to use.  It was more like a question of which stamps to use LOL!  In the end, i got carried away and just stamped and stamped, going in and out of the room to choose from my buried stamps.  This challenge is a wonderful excuse to bring them out and let them (the stamps heehee!) see the light of day :)

The photo is of my boys playing at Bedok Reservoir Park, and as usual, they are addicted to going up and down the stairs.

Title:  May Your Travels Lead You

Have stamped the cardstock with Studio Calico's Chicken Wire background stamp with Old Paper Distress Ink.  Then instead of using patterned paper, just stamped what whould have been the background for the photo.  Used also a stamp to frame the said photo.  At the bottom right corner of the paper, i've stamped the image of children happily playing and going somewhere.  I love how this image and the photo connect!  Also used Studio Calico's Bee stamp for something that flies off to so many places :)

Here are some close-ups:
Have brushed with Perfect Pearls powder the bees and the bottom right corner images but the photos above don't show the shimmer.  (note to self:  must learn how to photograph them properly).

Journaling at the bottom reads:  "Life can lead you anywhere - ups and downs.  Remember that experience is the best teacher.  Learn from the best. 22062011."

'Twas actually fun doing this challenge, using stamps.  The only patterned paper i used was the title tag on the top corner!  Sshhh...a secret...wouldn't have used this title tag had i not stamped the title twice and misaligned it - aargh!!!  But it's ok...embrace imperfection...i do :)  And the important thing is documenting this memory. 

Materials:  Cardstock; patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket; stamps - Studio Calico (Chicken Wire Background Stamp 4"x6", Vintage Bumble Bee Stamp, Numbers Border Stamp, Hot Air Balloon Stamp frame, Honeycomb stamp), Flourishes "Kids Play" set, Inkadinkado "Amazing Travels" stamp; Distress Inks; Perfect Pearls.

Thank you for visiting!

Card for The Paper Players Challenge #52

Hi there, dear readers!

Today i'll be participating for the first time in The Paper Players Challenge.  They have a variety of weekly scheduled challenges and am excited to play!  Here's the link to this week's challenge:  Challenge # 52 - Clean and Simple.  I have recently - and happily - discovered that there is really a CAS technique - and i thought,  what i previously did in my scrapbook layout was called "flat!"  

Here's my card:

I embossed the base cardstock.  The big image is the one i played with.  Saw this "Direct-To-Paper" technique over at the Splitcoast Stampers site and tried it.  I love how it turned out!  The sentiment at the bottom i have handwritten and direct-inked the paper again. Have inked all the edges of the papers used.

Materials:  White cardstock; stamps and embossing folder - Tim Holtz; Distress Inks.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge #24 - Layout

Hello once again!

Here's a layout for the My Mind's Eye Layout Challenge.  The sketch and details can be found *HERE* and this month's theme is Song Lyrics

Lovely sketch and i enjoyed making the layout :)

The pictures are of my sons completing this HUGE 4D puzzles - on their own!  Man, i can't even memorize one solution to this puzzle (i need to remember at least one, for tidying up purposes hehe!).  Anyway, i am so proud of them!  They really surprise me, they do!  The first time we opened the box and put everything out, my eldest son (he's 5) scattered all the pieces on the floor and put together this monster of a puzzle in less than 2 minutes!!!  My jaw really dropped! I thought, "What the ????????"  and then my heart just swelled with pride!

With my youngest son (34 months), it took a while, i think within 2 weeks, before he could put it together.  Surprised me a lot, too!  Because it seemed like he just wanted to look at the puzzle pieces and nothing more.  And then he began to put some pieces on the base and one day completely surprised me!  Our dear helper told me he'd been practicing for some days already :)

Anyway, very sorry for the blabber of a proud mama :) Here's the layout.

Title:  True Colors (sung by Cyndi Lauper)

And here are some close ups:

Have Stickle-d around the title, some of the die-cuts, the big hot air balloon, and the photo mat.

The "true colors" alphas were cut from the Fly A Kite "Everyday" Alpha paper and glued onto the transparency frame.

On the front of the big hot air balloon (i love this die-cut and so do my sons - i've to wait for them to finish playing with it before i could use it LOL!), i've printed on tracing paper the part of this song which means so much to me.  I would've used transparency but my printer doesn't get along with it :)

Inside the big hot air balloon is the journaling.  I've made a card from tracing this shape and glued the die cut on the front flap.  The card is closed by magnetic paper (on bottom left photo: covered by the orange paper strips inside the flaps - the bottom has hearts and the top one is blank). 
Song credit is on the bottom corner and reads: "True Colors sung by Cyndi Lauper, 1986."

Journaling reads  "Our dearest Dashiell & Braedenn.  You are special.  Always believe in yourselves.  If you doubt yourselves or when nothing seems to feel right, always remember that the good Lord is looking after you.  He gave you such wonderful talents, use them wisely and for good. Mommy & Daddy love you, whatever happens. 17 June 2011."

Materials - All papers and embellishments are from My Mind's Eye. 
Papers:  Lime Twist - Fly A Kite, Out of the Blue; Where the Heart Is Glitter stack.
Embellishments:  Stickers - Out of the Blue "Family" Accessories Sheet, Fly a Kite "Genuine" Alphabet; transparency frame - Savvy "Anything For You" frame; brads - Stella and Rose Mabel "Love;" die-cut - Out of the Blue "Family" Balloon.
Others - EK Success pop dots, Ranger Stickles, Ranger Distress Ink, glue.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Touched base...

Hi, dear readers!

How's your weekend going?  Hope yours started great :)

Today i had a chance to do again what i last did almost a year ago:  bake!!!  I had a baking spell that started 2 years ago, got really addicted to it and wanted to try all the different techniques (including fondants - which really, really intimidate me, i've no idea why LOL!).  All that stopped a year ago when i felt there was a lack of support and enthusiasm from "somebody." Really brought me down and i thought i wouldn't be able to bake again.

Well, here i am a year after.  Trust the kids to unsuspiciously bring out something in you.  The past few days they've been restless and resultingly hard to please.  So today, they've just got to be kept occupied! Thanks to my sister's suggestion, out came the good ol' mixer, cupcake liners and the cake mix and frosting (both brought over from the US of A by my youngest sister - Thanks, P!)  lounging on the cupboard.  The electric oven, last used a year ago, had been plugged in once again.  AND OUR HOUSE ELECTRICITY SYSTEM TRIPPED!!!  Yes, i kid you not!  Made me think twice about going through the whole thing.  But since we've mixed the ingredients all together already, i ordered everybody out of the kitchen and plugged in the oven again.  And we got to bake almost 2 dozen cupcakes.  The kids enjoyed every messy minute of it.  We had to wash them TWO separate times to clean them up!!! 

Would just like to share some pictures...

Here is when they were putting the frosting and sprinkles.

 Here are the finished cupcakes.  We call them volcano cupcakes since they look like volcanoes which just erupted, the way the boys put the frosting and sprinkles.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Thanks for dropping by! :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Card for Mojo Monday 194

Hello, dear readers!

Am back with a card for Mojo Monday 194.  The sketch and details can be found *HERE*.

It's a fun and lovely sketch.  Here's my card:

Materials:  Cardstock; Prima Jack & Jill Celebrate 6x6 paper pad; Prima flower and bling; Flourishes stamp; ribbon and heart brad from own stash.

Would love to know what you think :)

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Slew of Easel Cards

Hello, folks!  Here's another batch of cards i made for family, this time they are easel cards.

This one is for my youngest sister's birthday.  The stamped image and sentiments, plus the embossed parts are actually shimmery from the Perfect Pearls.

Materials:  Patterned papers - My Mind's Eye "Where the Heart Is" pad; white cardstock; dies - Sizzix, Spellbinders; embossing folder - Cuttlebug; stamps - Flourishes; Distress Ink; Perfect Pearls.

 This one's for my Mom.  Didn't get to make her one before Mother's Day so this is a late greeting :)

Materials:  Patterned papers - Kaisercraft Chanteuse collection 6.5x6 pad (love it!); white cardstock; Distress Ink; Perfect Pearls; lace from own stash.

Here's one for my Dad for Father's Day.  Hope he likes it :)

Materials:  Patterned papers - Tim Holtz Crowded Attic paper stash; Tim Holtz Idea-ology gears; embossing folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades; Distress Ink; American Crafts fabric Thickers; AdornIt stickers, Perfect Pearl Mist.

Thank you for visiting!  Would love to know what you think.

Have a great weekend ahead!

Layout - Comfortable Silence

Hello again!

Here's another 8.5" x 11" layout.  This one is of my two boys when we went to the Bedok Reservoir park.  It's just a couple of bus stops from home but it was our just our first time to visit there, after living nearby for 3 years!!!

I just adore this picture of them! I've to say, though, that i've to crop it for this layout - their auntie was in the picture, too :) - and i have too few photos of my 2 boys together. in. one. frame.  Heehee! 

Printed the photo directly on cardstock.  Got this idea from Australian Scrapbook Creations No. 87.  I don't buy much scrapbooking magazines because they're way too expensive for me.  The reason i like this one is because it has both layouts and cards in one mag, plus of course, i can squeeze it in the budget :)  The other mags i have are bought last year from a second-hand sale and had been published like 4 years ago!  I have now made them dog-earred and dilapidated and not worthy of 2nd-hand selling haha!

Oh, but i have gotten side-tracked.  Sorry about that.  Here it is:

Title:  Comfortable Silence

I love the simplicity of it.  I love the photo - how they are on a bridge, how they are together, one foot each in mid-air for a step, their shadows.  You might notice the blue hues at the bottom - am not sure if it's the printer ink or if i should've made the paper longer.  I don't mind, really :)

If you notice the area around the title, it's a bit shady, or blurry.  I wanted to use gesso to make the said area fainter than the rest of the patterned paper.  Since i don't have gesso (am on the lookout for small bottles of it in the local LSSs here.  Do they come in small bottles? i wonder.), i used white ink instead.  Maybe next time, i'd put on more ink so it'd be more noticeable.  Or maybe white paint?  (i foresee more experimenting. i love experiments!)

Would like to share the cropped pre-edited-for-printing photo:

Thank you for visiting!  Have a great weekend!

Materials:  All papers and embellishments are from Studio Calico's May kit (thru Scrappin Studio), Tim Holtz stamp, Versafine ink, Zig pen, plus twine from own stash.

Another Experimental Layout

Hello, dear readers!  How's it going?  Hope your weekend has started fine.

Here's another layout where i experimented a bit.  This time it's a slider-pop up:  you pull (or slide) something (in the layout, it's the title tag) and something rises or pops up (in the layout, it's the sun). 

Title:  I am ready, Mr. Sun

Here's the "popping-up" part.  On the right photo,  you can see the sun has popped up when the title tag has been slid down.

This one shows some close-ups.  I've Stickled (is it now a verb?!) the alphas, some flower parts and butterflies, and of course, the sun!  Can you see the stamped clouds near and on it? :)

I had fun making this layout, and more fun experimenting and getting the results.  I guess it's the engineer in me :)  The  layout itself might not be for-publication material (oh, what ambition! LOL!)  but i love these photos of my son and hopefully when he sees it when he's grown up, he might know that he's been vain from the start LOL!  Seriously, i just want my boys, when they've already become men, to remember how they were when they were little.

Thank you for visiting!


Materials: All papers and embellishments are from the March kit from Studio Calico (brought over by Scrappin Studio); Fiskars puncher; Distress Ink; Stickles.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Altered Tin Lid

Hello, dear readers!

Am back again with another altered item.  Can you guess what these are? :)

They're milk tin lids! I save them from my son's canned milk.  It's that part that's on top of the sealer thing you peel off when you first open the can, and then you take this one off and just use the plastic lid for the cover afterwards.  Have saved quite a numbef of these but i've placed them near the dish drainers and some parts have gotten a bit rusty.  I had to throw those ones out.  These new ones i've placed and stored some place where it's dry.

Here's the finished item:

I've turned it into our house number sign :)  We're renting this place and it doesn't have the numbers on the door or gate like the other ones do.  It's been quite a while (years!) that we've been "number-less," although our friendly postwoman have gotten used to it already.  Plus, i feel that our gate needs a bit of prettying up :) (what with our boys hanging on/climbing on/banging it - aaarrrghh!).

 Here're some close-ups:

Have covered the front with Prima papers and the back with cardstock, after taping the circumference of the tin. Then punched holes for the ribbon on top and for the hanging sign at the bottom.  Have die cut some Prima Jack&Jill papers for the birdcage (backed with cardstock), the lacey circle background and cardstock for the hanging sign with the house numbers.  Am so happy to use up some of my yummy Maple Treehouse flowers and a butterfly which i've been (cough,cough) hoarding (clear throat) for some time :)  That's a Prima vintage trinket in the middle and a bead on each side.  Have Stickled the cage and the butterfly, too.  Used my Crop-a-Dile for the first time on tin - Love eeeeeet! :) 

Material list:  Cardstock, patterned papers (Prima Jack & Jill Celebrate line), blings (Doodlebug Designs), trinkets (Prima, MyBeadPoint), flowers & butterfly (Maple Treehouse), dies (Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations - Caged Bird, Hanging Sign, Upon A Time; Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circles), embossing folder (Sizzix), inks (Ranger TH Distress Ink, Perfect Pearls), Crop-A-Dile, eyelets, jump rings, ribbons. 

Would love to know what you think.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

For Scrappin Studio's 29May Sunday Sketch

Hi there, readers!

Here's another layout, this time it's for the Sunday Sketch at the Scrappin Studio blog.  It's got another slider, actually, hidden somewhere.  Can you tell where it is? :)

Title:  These Faces

Have handwritten part of the title :)  Have put some little banners on the top left and mirrored them on the bottom right. Some of the banners are popped up and all of them have been curled up a bit to give a sense of being blown by the wind. The two narrower strips on the side i have left bare and just "hinged" them onto the middle large strip.  Wanted the middle one to look like part of a hanging store sign :)

 Ta-daaaa!  Here it is!  Have matted the big photo on a double slider card so i can use these other two smaller pics with it.  It's actually fun making these double sliders.  You can refer to the video tutorial *HERE* or *HERE.*

Here are some close-ups:
After my flat layout (see this *POST*), this one's got some bit of lumps and bumps :)

Material list:  All from Studio Calico's May Kit "Lawn Party" and add-on kit "Rope Swing."

Would love to see what you think. 

Thank you for dropping by!