Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Masculine Card

Here is my take on masculine themed card
Supplies :
* Crate paper Random and Toy Box Collection

* Sentiment from Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards Loving Words
* Button from October Afternoon
* The Twinery Charcoal Black & White
* Fiskars Apron lace border punch
* Chipboard border from Teresa Collins

Linking up these parties :
1. Twisted Sketches Cards sketch #107
2. Simon Says Stamp Challenge Father's Day / For A Special Male

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Acrylic play

I took a scrap paper from Studio Calico Autumn Press collection which was sitting in my scrap file and pasted onto my art journal (of 3pages). Here's what I did on 27May2012
- Misted with TA Teal High and OA Sidewalk Miss Mary Mack
- Mixed a little yellow and red acrylic and stamped with Tim Holtz background stamp
- Used a plastic bottle to stamp some circular pattenrs onto the paper.. and here's the semi finished product on yesterday

What was done yesterday is now buried underneath all the add-ons today. Today, with a little washi, some acrylic paint and as usual I dabbed some TH stamps here. Added some heirloom gold perfect pearl to the sun too and there you have, what seems to be a meteorite hitting the rail tracks. So how do you intepret this?


** Conclusion I need to spend more time to master the skill to use texture paste

Monday, May 28, 2012

A rather masculine card

Here's a quick card - some Lily Bee Design papers and Technique Tuesday's sentiment. Rather masculine isn't? I took a sketch from Card Patterns sketch167. I'm going to pass this card for charity flea market that would be held for HOPE FOR ANIMALS June 3, 11am-3pm at Torte. Check out link to the facebook site for more details.

Saturday, May 26, 2012


I did another piece tonight in about 2hours, after the kids went to lala-land. Tonight, I used some household items and didn't use stencil. The texture did look a little more textured at some parts, the final outcome is brighter than what I created yesterday. I also remembered to leave a 'whiter' space, it's meant for journaling :)

Supplies :
- Disposable fork / used plastic card / bubble wraps

- SC Mister Huey Custard / Overdue / Heirloom Blue
- Gesso / Texture paste
- Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Nature's Moments / Background stamps
- Christy Tomlinson / Unity -  Distressed Quilt stamp

 If you are interested in the step by step you can look into the slide shows in the link below :

Happy arty day!

Linking up these parties :

Kinda sorted

We recently renovated the study room - from an Ikea furnished room to a new built-in cabinets. Prior to this, my stuff were mainly in the storeroom . So here are some when laid out on the floor while I was sorting out the things. All 3 boxes were punches, washi tapes and some knick knacks, still end up in the storeroom for the time being.

I took time to sort out my bags and boxes of things. One of the black file folders holds Unity stamps, while the other one is empty for the time being. Most acrylic stamps are housed in one of the rectangular boxes. While other bigger packet of stamps are lying some where in another shelf, unsorted. wooaaaa ... there ARE still lots to do to organise and further sort!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thank you for ART

This would be my 1st attempt to produce a piece of mixed media art, on a thrift shop sketch book. Credit must be given to these inspiring artists which influence my work. These are few of great blogs of artists which I subscribe and read them to get inspirations and ideas.

Aida Haron
Christy Tomlinson
Donna Downey
Nathalie Kalbach N* Studio
Revlie Schuit

Couple of days ago, as I was rearranging some really really (decadesS) old music scores, there were a few stray sheets which were photo copied ones. I decided to just reuse them for the art journal. I mod-podgedtwo pages of the thrift shop sketch book tore the music score. I didn't quite like the the initial coverage of TH distress stain Antique Linen and TA French Vanilla, after I saw how the colors end up after drying.  I finally decided to just do it - CHANGE. Anyway I had the time yesterday because we stayed home with Shawn as he had spots on his legs and hands yesterday and was having fever, so we sent him to doctor. Thankfully it's not HFMD, it's just viral fever. While the man was busy going through tonnes of work phone calls on his off day, Shawn and I were busy with colors. He requested to paint. So he had his ME- time, I had my own ME-time, was in the yard spritzing away in a closed box.

I took out the some bottles and misted in this order - October Afternoon Lemon Drop, Studio Calico Custard and Estate Green. Splattered a little SC Overdue. While the colors are still wet, I took Stamper Anonymous Floral tattoos stamps with no acrylic block, did the stamping from the colors onto different parts of the paper and used a heat gun to dry the colors. Next up is OA Spruce Tin and Maya Road Eggplant purple (which look pretty dark!) I took some ink out from MR mist with paper towel to lessen the intensity. Using the same set of stamps I dab, dab, splat  and transferred onto  other sites of the paper. There we go there are some faint looking images all over the page. See that masking tape on the binder rings, it's meant to protect them. But I did a boo-boo I did one spray AFTER I removed it, so they got a little green stain on. :)

Ooo.. I recently bought texture paste and experimented with stencil on this page. Well, supposed to be butterflies but everything seemed so smudged after I lifted the stencil. It's ok to be imperfect. After the paste dried up, I used Perfect Pearls - Heirloom Gold and Pewter to brush over it and some other parts of the page to give some shine (more obvious in real life than in the photos below). Gesso was spread to create white space for sentiment stamping. The stamps used are Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Nature's Moments. Distress inks were used the bird and flowers were added to the page. I certainly love these inks... except they are water based And the sentiment is also Mr Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Words for Thought.

I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Just need to play more with inks, paints and lay my hands more often on texture paste to create art :) I'm loving ART! And hey, this is from my kid (who spent 1/2hr doing his little project while I spent many hours on mine)

Linking up these parties :

Thrusday's Up! - Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

365cards challenge this week is to divide the background of your card into 6 parts, and decorate each part differently. The parts do not have to be equal in size. I took a circle punch and decorated them with stickers, lace stickers, felt, buttons and twines. What's your take?

Supplies :
* K&Company Carolyn Gavin Designer Paper Greenhouse
* Sentiments stickers from October Afternoon
* Lace border sticker from Daiso
* Loopy border sticker from SRM sticker
* Twine from Divine Twine
* Buttons from my stash

This card is also crafted the flea market that would be held for HOPE FOR ANIMALS  June 3, 11am-3pm at Torte. Check out link to the facebook site for more details.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SBM ATC April 2012

Here are the ATCs for April2012, hosted by Carol Theng. The theme as I mentioned in my previous post is Distressed technique. Lovely collection by all participants!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Minis for a cause

This would be my first attempt to make minis for a charity

The PURPOSE: For birth parents/family and foster parents/family to write and put photos into, that will accompany baby through his/her journey through life. The organizer of this event Ka Ren wrote that this is particularly important for the child to have a sense of his/her past and beginnings, so it will be a very meaningful project for us to participate in. 

I'm really really a novice in making minis. They are not fanciful, just plain with some emblishments for the parents/family to add their thoughts and photos to create beautiful memories for the child. Hope the albums that I create would make a difference in another person's life.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thrusday's up! - Fun with Fabric

Fun with Fabric
365cards challenge this week - Select a fabric from your home to inspire your card.  It can be from any source, curtains, pillow, bed spread, sweater - lots of possibilities! And what I had chosen is quilt that has many colors. So I took whole lot on TH stamp pads and ink them on transparency, swirl, stamp right onto the cardstock. I love the effect :) Last but not least, dripped some Mister Huey onto the card

Supplies :
* Christy Tomlinson Distressed Quilt stamp
* Linen background stamp from Studio G
* Inkadinkado CAMERA Clear MINI stamp
* Tim Holtz Distressed Inks - Barn Door, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Iced Spruce,  Walnut Stain, Tumbled Glass
* Mister Huey Custard
* Wood butterfly from Maya Road
* Button from my stash

Friday, May 11, 2012

Thrusday's up - The 3Gs

Green, Grass, Glitter

This is theme for this week at 365cards. Your card design should be inspired by these trigger words. This week we have a digi stamp sponsor.I got to play with a beautiful image from My Heart Pieces.  I'm surviving this week with minimal papers and no proper color pencils (I used the ones from my kids' stash), as I packed them up for room redo.  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thrusday's Up! - Favorite brand name inspiration

 Favorite brand name inspiration

I'm on again today on 365cards. Today, select one your favorite name brand items (for instance, I love Starbucks) and use an associated image to inspire your card. It can be an advertisement, product color/style - anything you want, as long as it is inspired by that brand. I had done a beginner card during blog hop back in Feb with the cup warmer. Today I threw in some red/pink for another simple cuppa! So what's your brand name inspiration?

Supplies :
* Chervon chipboard tag from RAK
* Buttons & rubons from October afternoon
* Capuccino twine from the The Twinery

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wednesday's Up! - Favorite Technique

Favorite Technique
I'm standing in for Mary this Wednesday @ 365cards.  The challenge today is to create a card using the technique you favor most - try to really make it stand out on your card. You should know by now I love to use ribbon/twines/washi on my card. Seems almost impossible for me to miss these add ons to my card. So there you have some numero washi tape and cream ribbon.

Simple card to say thank you to my mom who comes by to help A LOT and especially to 'save' me from my little monsters. Happy Mother's Day! xoxo
* Patterned paper from Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas - chervon, My Mind's Eye 12 days of Christmas - candy stripes
* Bazzill Kraft cardstock
* October Afternoon Sticky Keys
* Lily Bee Designs ABC Alpha stickers
* Cream ribbon from Daiso

Linking up these parties :
1. Card Positioning Systems Sketch 263

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Apr2012 ATC Final reveal

The theme for Apr2012 ATC exchange is Distress Techniques. I have to admit that my cheat codes was distress inks and distressed stamps. Am lucky to have the Ranger craft mat to allow some ink play to blend to stamp. As I was saying in my earlier post, I was desperately looking for my blending tool but couldn't find it. So I resorted to using cosmetic sponge to blend

1. I did a background stamps using with TH mixed media stamps and distress inks.

2. While the 1st last layer of ink is still wet, I stamped another layer
3. Next up, I patted Festive Berries and Crushed Olive onto the craft mat and used the Itty Bitty stamp to dabbed onto the mat before stamping. This is my 1st time trying this technique after watching youtube tutorials over and over again and I just had to try it this time! I love the watercolor effect!
4. Sponged some Pumice Stone and added onto the ATC while it's still wet from all the stampings!
5. Last but not least, the last sentiment stamp "Feel The Joy" using Staz On.
Here are the supplies used:
1. Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2012 MIXED MEDIA
2. Tim Holtz Distress Ink PADS Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone, Festive Berries, Crushed olive
3. Staz on Jet Black
4. Unity Stamps Itty Bitty Feel The Joy