Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
using : Scenic Route Laurel stickers & chipboard , Bazzill Bling CS , DreamDesigns silk flower , AC ribbon
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Paper Salon Blossom pp , die cuts , Prima Pop Ups ( embossed flowers ! ) & Sprites , Dimensional Felt stickers
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Fun in the sun !
in tropical Singapore !
USing Prima Big Blossoms - baby boy - maxie can - Hydrangeas ( memory trends releases ) , Q&Co bon bon brads
Using Prima's essential collection - MODA - & a fabric flower.
A great new resource by published paper & digital Designer , Di Hickman
Monday, March 26, 2007
How about: * decorating a container for Easter egg goodies? * Or making some ATCs?* Or dressing up a folder you want for a special purpose?* Or making some cute magnets?
2. Anntaurus said...
You could make some lovely little boxes or a stationery gift set or just about anything would look fab with those jewels!
3. Paula said...
You could make a minibook of colours using flowers to decorate each page in the relevant colour along with co-ordinating ribbons & your favourite quotes.
They would look great on altered items or some really cute spring themed cards.
They would look great on Easter goodies, cards, boxes containing mini Easter eggsor a lovely mini book or album.The spotty ones are adorable.
6. stefanie said...
They'll look great on cards or layouts for summer.
7. saffiertje said...
That Lo is fab!!!! Great flowers yo have and such a nice colors...I would make a photo frame Lo and decorate the frame and the Lo with them.You also could use them for a canvas scrap...works good on it...
8. mamaluke said...
I'd like to make an alterd mirror for a ladies bedroom, with primas all round the frame.
9.Nura Keif said...
You can use them on altered frame, on cards/tags, mini album, canvases, wooden stuffs, lunch boxes/tins, or even layouts to create circles, hearts etc.Creative imaginations bare elements, 7 Gypsies stuffs and Making memories chipboard shapes are cool to altered.
10. Esther said...
Ooo allsorts... erm I could use them to complete my altered puzzle project!
oooh aren't they lovely!If I were you, I would put them all on a shelf - like mine (pic on the blog.....)for instance just to admire them for a week or too then, and only then I'd think about using them on cards, LOs, an album cover - or how about a jar like the one I did for my niece?
12. Chris said...
Congratulations on being published :) As for using your primas... ooooh on everything ...Make some mini handbags and decorate with your primas, or use them on ..... curtains, quiltcovers, lampshades, stick em on your shoes and in your hair... decorate your walls, notebooks and anything else you can stick or sew a flower on..... and then if you've got any left... do cards :)but will you REALLY want to use them lol
13. Anonymous said...
ohhh Primas!!! Those are awesome looking! What could I do with them??? I would love to do a layout about me for a change. Most of my supplies are geared towards boys (I have four!). You have me drooling here.. and cards.. ahhh some wonderful spring cards too!Libim7761@sbcglobal.net
14. Mara said...
Congradulations with the Prima! You deserve it. All your work is fabulous. You could make a Spring time wreath with all the flowers. lolOr send them my way. (wishful thinking)
15. Gillian Hamilton said...
awww...they are so lovely Pearl, hows about using them to make cool hair pretties for little girls... you know on clips..with bits of ribbon sticking out and beads threaded and hanging too... I reckon you'd be amazing at this sort of stuff.. :o)
16 . Nancy said :
Congratulations on your guest designer status! How wonderful!You could just give me ALL of the Prima's you've gotten and let me play with them... then you don't have to do a thingLOL!
17,. Nancy said...
Yes Primas can go on just about anything. I've added them to cards. How about trying some on a name plate?
18. Michelle said...
Loving these primas! I think the sprites are my new favorite. How about a shadow box or other type of wall art? Primas would look great in a frame.
19. scfranson said...
How about making a floral topiary with them?
20. Linda Shaw said...
Congrats...I can see why you were chosen, you are such a talented designer:) I love any & all Primas, especially the polka dots. I think they look so great any of the spring cards or scrapbook layouts. Spring wouldn't be spring without hundreds of flowers. Linda SS
21. doverdi said...
Congrats! What a pretty collection of Prima's. I just love the colors. I would use them to decorate mini books, cards, baskets, etc. The uses for these are endless.
22 .Dawn Mercedes said...
What about decorating a pair of little girl sunglasses with some primas? That would be sweet!
23. Donna said...
Pearl, love your layout those flowers sure do accent and add to the beauty.Idea...add some to a pair of plain flipflops to give them a bling!I would love to play with this assortment they would make some great spring goodies.Nettie
24. Bonnie Weiss said...
Congrats on your new "designer" status...kudos to you!I think the Prima's would be adorable, mounted on chipboard and attached to giant paper clips (seen on SCS) and then used in altered journals as an embellishment or bookmark.
25. Peggy said...
Such a great way to celebrate spring... I would love to see altered art covered with these flower - like frames, mini-albums, etc. Thanks for the chance!
26. Scrapbook WithVanilla said...
My sweet Pearl... things are certainly moving in the right direction for you! Can't wait to see everything you come up with next!!!!!! And as far as project ideas... CLose your eyes and look deep inside you... I am quite confident you will come up with the best project!!!Take care Hugs, Michelle
27. Adelina said...
Those are beautiful. I've never used Primas before, I'm new to this craft. I think they'd look great on just about anything from a card to a journal!
28. annikki said...
I love these primas, and all your creations!How about decorating a maze-book with them? Try it you'll love it!
29. jodene said...
I have yet to add these to my collection,yet they are just beautiful!!!I believe they would be nice on a mothers day card,a coaster box,a decorated joural,a mini calender,well just about on everything!!
35. Leslie Brown said...
Congratulations!Maybe you can use the extra Prima's to make a "fake" flower arrangement. Mount the flowers on dowels and insert into a pretty vase.Thanks for sharing!Leslie
36. Jen said...
Congrats on the guest spot, that is so cool. I think those pretty flowers look good on ANYTHING, alterables, cards, scrap pages.........
(using CPS #7 sketch )
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Friday, March 23, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I decided to try an altered cd card project with my some of new Prima goodies .
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
We have a Themed Little Extra this week.A little encouragement to make those cards you usually have to make in a hurry - see how we like to help you?
So this time we'd like you to make "Get Well Soon" type cards.That's it - nothing too tricky or complicated this week, just a little nudge in the "Be Prepared" direction.
Card Sketch Mar #4
& Using DCWV glitter CS , Prima Flowers , Q&CO brads & flower sequins ,stickers
Always good to try to make cards that I haven't before !
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
This is also for the JADS DT challenge to use at least 2 household items on a card/layout.
Next, ask someone non-crafty to either pick 3-5 of your numbers or pieces of paper from your from your hat.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Ran out of Rhonna Farrer chipboard alpha "R" in the colour I wanted so I conveniently drew an R from the negative ! Hmmm perhaps I should have cut out the negative lol ! will KIV that for the future !
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Friends Always card - for the DCM Simply Super Sketch
Have I said enuff about how fab these DCWV glitter cardstocks are for cardmaking ! lol - very economical & i have yet to exhaust all the designs in this 12x12 stack !
really good value DCWV creates with their stacks.
based also on the sketch here : http://papersquares.blogspot.com/2007/02/card-layout-challenge_07.html
Bitz & Bobz used : SEI winnie's walls ribbons , Memories Complete Die Cuts , SEI buttons , Rouge De Garance pp
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Monday March 12, 12:17 PM
Source : Channel News Asia
Housewives are worth billions
Just how much is a homemaker worth?
What they do every day — clean, cook, balance the household budget, care for the children — is worth an average of 34 per cent of the Gross National Income in places such as Europe and North America, according to research studies.
Nanyang Technological University's Economics head, Associate Professor Euston Quah, puts the figure for Singapore at about 5 per cent, or $10.2 billion, attributing this difference to the "unique" prevalence of domestic help here. In his calculations, he took into account items such as the average wages of a small-time manager and the cost of hiring a private tutor.
The Singapore housewife brigade, which numbered 360,922 in 2000, has often been relegated to the back of the nation's consciousness. This disparate brigade ranges from the lower-income, middle-aged with limited work experience to the former professionals typically in their 30s.
The absence of Budget goodies for homemakers this year prompted several Members of Parliament (MPs) to speak up for them in Parliament. Many say homemakers deserve to be treated similarly to senior citizens and NSmen.
Said West Coast Group Representation Constituency MP Ho Geok Choo: "Even a token sum (like what NSmen and senior citizens get) is a recognition that makes homemakers feel included in society."
In 2005, homemakers — especially those who left the workforce, albeit by choice, to raise their young brood — looked on with envy when the Working Mother's Child Relief was introduced to give working mothers 5- to 25-per-cent tax relief on their earned income.
In recent years, while the Government dished out goodies for specific profiles ($200 million was allocated for NSmen as a one-off cash reward last year) and this year's Budget yielded good news for senior citizens to receive up to $1,000 over four years, homemakers never had such bonuses to look forward to.
Proponents cite the impact of homemakers on the country's current and future manpower resources. Husbands can perform effectively at work when there is a stable home environment.
As the children's primary caregiver, housewives play a key role in moulding and sustaining Singapore's future pool of manpower and leadership.
What the society should be paying for is not the benefits that only households enjoy, but the positive benefits to society, said Prof Quah.
National University of Singapore sociologist Paulin Straughan links a lack of parental attention to juvenile delinquency, a problem for both the family and society.
But if homemakers rule the roost and the family is often lauded as the bedrock of society, why are they left out of the goodies?
A key reason is the lack of clarity over the work they do and how much it is worth. Its output, price and quality cannot be determined easily by market forces of demand and supply, Prof Quah said.
Also, the decision to stay home is a private "family arrangement", Madam Ho said.
TODAY reader Fanny Chan also pointed to the intangible rewards a full-time mum gets in bringing up her children and pointed to examples of career women who have successfully brought up their children, and equally, numbers of full-time mums whose kids turn out otherwise.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Water Resources, and South West District Mayor Dr Amy Khor, who called for a one-off bonus for homemakers in Parliament, cautioned against "sending the wrong message" while recognising homemakers.
There is some concern that upping incentives for homemakers will encourage women to leave the workforce, which can be detrimental at times of economic expansion, talent shortage or when the authorities are trying to promote a work-life balance.
Executive director of the Singapore Human Resources Institute David Ang suggested a tiered system to commensurate with homemakers' years of contributions. This could mean a larger bonus to the older housewife with little working experience and no CPF contributions, and less for their younger counterparts who have just stopped working.
To stay-at-home mum Swee Bee Lan, 34, however, a better allocation of resources would be more helpful, especially for the better-educated and higher-skilled ones, such as part-time or even full-time employment that suits their educational qualifications and work experience.
Said the mother of two: "A lot of jobs for homemakers who want to work either do not match their qualifications or pay so little it doesn't warrant their time away from the family."
Ms Chan urged the Government to do more to make it easier for women with young children stay in the workforce.
And even if no concrete measures are taken now, what Singapore needs are more detailed studies on this.
Prof Quah pointed out: "Measuring that component — the economic value and benefits to society — is critical. We should encourage more studies to understand how we can better reward homemakers." -
Some sneak peeks from Kah Mei's blog here : http://kahmeismith.typepad.com/living_dreams/2007/03/got_a_couple_da.html
She's got sponsorship lined up with the likes of Papier Valise and Strano Designs and Lazar Studiowerx and Maya Road and products from Scenic Route, Heidi Swapp, Hambly, Prima, etc etc and of course FontWerks!!!!!!!!!!!" Lots of stamps and glitter and utee and rub ons and tags and... well - lots more " ...said Kah Mei on her blog !!!!!!!!!!!!!!...... can you tell each month of the year has been better than Christmas '06 over here - lol - !
Some workshop details :
Workshop 1: I, Woman (9 am to 1 pm) by Kah-Mei Smith -
Who are you? What do you want to leave behind for your loved ones to remember you by? Done with a sophisticated twist, this "all about me" project will enable you to create pages that truly reflect the person you are, and leave your handprint for generations to come.
Using a Maya Road chipboard album, you'll capture seemingly random facts about you which will prove priceless (and perhaps, even hilarious!) for the future. Record your dreams, your secrets, your hopes and your desires in this artsy journal - not only for yourself, but also for all those dear to you.
Throughout this class, you'll be exposed to a myriad of stamping and scrapbooking techniques, such as creating your own background papers, creating texture and also, how to add that signature touch of yours to all your pages.Your class kit will include clear stamps and papers from Fontwerks and other products from brands like Maya Road, Scenic Route, Heidi Swapp, Paper Valise, 7Gypsies, Lazar Studiowerx, Strano Designs, Making Memories and more, and has a retail value of approximately SGD$100.00, including products which are not available in Singapore.
Workshop 2: The Firm (2 - 6 pm) by Kah-Mei Smith -
Office inspired products are all the rage now, and you can expect to see everything from manila folders, lined papers, stamps, tabs, calendars, fasteners, bookplates and more being used to create a one-of-a-kind album in this workshop!
You will be creating a unique album using everyday office words like Staff, Agenda, Evaluation, HQ, etc. But fret not! This isn't your annual appraisal! You'll have lots of fun playing with stuff from Fontwerks, Hambly, Making Memories, Maya Road, Waste Not Paper, Tsukineko, Lazar Studiowerx and more, while experimenting with techniques like concepting, mixing patterned paper, and even bookbinding!
Your class kit will include clear stamps and papers from Fontwerks and other products from brands like Maya Road, Scenic Route, American Crafts, Hambly Screenprints, Bazzill Basics, 7Gypsies, Making Memories, Strano Designs and more. The class kit has a retail value of approximately SGD$100.00, and includes products which are not available in Singapore.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
HOUSEWIVES ARE NO BUMS
Friday March 9, 2007
They stay at home for the family, not to watch daytime soaps
I WAS in Shenton Way doing some banking errands for my husband when I overheard the conversation of two well-dressed women. They were talking about the Budget Debate calling for more privileges for housewives."These women should go to work instead of asking for handouts," one said. She disappeared into a lift - presumably to go make her valuablec ontribution to the economy - before I could correct her.The sad thing is, I think she's just voicing the thoughts of many otherwage earners, who believe that housewives are no better than streetbeggars, preferring bumming to doing something worthwhile with theirlives.
I wonder if any of them have bothered to find out why these women choose to drop out of the rat race.Regular readers know that I quit my job because, after losing two babies for various reasons including work stress, I am taking a break to relax and start a family. Since then, I've met many other housewives and found that while one or two have quit for "selfish" reasons - such as wanting to have time for themselves - almost all say they're doing it for the kids.The main problem is the lack of family support.
More Singaporean elderly couples now prefer to live alone than with their children, which means an end to free babysitting of the grandchildren. Even women with extended families are finding it tough. A woman I met at a party told me: "My husband said we should live with his parents so theycould look after the kids. But when I became pregnant, my mum-in-law told me she wasn't going to waste her retirement years babysitting."Maids are an option but some women have had such bad experiences with them that they decide to look after their kids themselves.
Being a housewife is not a soft option. The women I spoke to knew that quitting their jobs meant downgrading their lifestyles, but they were willing to pay the price. They're not asking for charity, just help and respect while they bring up Singapore's next generation. And housewives do contribute to the economy indirectly.
Britain's Institute for Social and Economic Research did a study in 2005 on theeffect of marriage on the salaries of 3,500 men. It concluded that amarried man whose wife stays at home earns about 4 per cent more than asingle man. This advantage disappears if the wife also works 40 hours perweek. The survey authors, Dr Elena Bardasi and Dr Mark Taylor, suggest two reasons:- Marriage may allow a husband and wife to focus on tasks to which they are most suited. Traditionally, this means the man can concentrate on paid work, enabling him to increase productivity and, as a result, his wages.
Marriage may increase the amount of time a man has to hone work-related skills, which could lead to better pay. Looks like the men benefit from marriage, as do their employers and Singapore's economy as a whole.But what about the women who sacrificed part of their lives to make this possible? They're relegated to a spot somewhere between the unemployed and the blue-collar workers, I guess.
Some days ago, I wrote a cheque to the Central Provident Fund Board to top up my account. An officer called back the next day: "Is this for yourEmployee account?""No, I'm not an employee any more.""So you're self-employed?""Not really ..." Silence."I'm not sure where this money will go."
Thankfully, I get a small income from my freelance work, which I'm paying taxes for, so we settled on calling me self-employed. According to the form I later filled to change my account, I'm now listed among the hawkers and taxi-drivers.But at least I fit into a category. Where do housewives with no income fit in?They work more than 14 hours a day, perhaps more if they have babies waking up through the night. They're on duty all day.
If they were salaried workers, we'd be up in arms, fighting for better wages andworking hours for them.So, surely we can't resent them getting their long-overdue day inParliament now?
Tabitha Wang is keeping her CPF account topped up just in case her husbandruns off with some dolly bird and leaves her with nothing for retirement.
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Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
One thing I can say is making cards using sketches seems to be way easier than creating layouts . lol .
I will never get a block these days with cardmaking . Too much joy in creating them ! ;-)
Trying out a rare type of card for me to make : for a baby girl .
Using the latest Dooblebug Design Baby Girl paper & Whimsy Wafers , DB paper frills , CS sticker,
Bazzill Bling cardstock , DCWV CS , Q&Co bow
So after chickening out making the kind of card I would not normally begin to try ( see below post on the various types of cards I received from swaps that are perfect examples of what I can't or wouldnt do - lol ) , I thought to make a card using as much of Q&Co products as I possibly can ( never did that before ) & to use white cardstock ( which I rarely do & a non textured one at that ) - even though I thought I had a bit of various types of Q&Co products , it was frustrating still to say the least of not having the right colour or size brad or porduct that I would have preferred to use . & to move away from the usual square cards that I love too -a rectangular card made out of 8x8' size cardstock.
I also wanted to try doing a sentiment in a curve versus the usual straight lines - & as I wasnt about to go to any LSS' here this weekend - I was frustrated that I didnt have the right font ( a thicker , curvier , chunkier one could do the job better perhaps ) .
As the Fab sequin flowers were the main focus I tried to continue the plastic feel for effect & added an icicle type embellie from Spotlight ! I just dont have any Q&CO brads in that colour anymore to do that dotty effect ! lol
from Jeane , Australia
This is a precious handmade book , came with a self explaining card