Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Monogram Cards

Rachel Asked : "Can I ask did you cut those letters yourself because they are amazing "

Thanks much , Rachel , for your lovely words !

Er ,no I don't do die cutting yet nor hand cutting for that matter . Still resisting the "impulse" to join the die cutting machine wagon - my instincts now tell me I oughta go with a machine like the Cuttlebug - ' cos I love the idea that you can cut ( & a lot of different type materials , not just paper ) & emboss ...however I do not love the idea that alpha dies cost way too much per set - even if we're disciplined enough to buy them when they are half priced ! So I am thinking now that the latest Quickutz Digital cutter - Silhouette may have to be acquired ( but it only cuts paper & no embossing ) if for the love of alphas ( we can cut true type fonts ! ) & one other machine like the Cuttlebug or QK Revolution for the cutting & embossing abilities . I'm still sitting on this idea for now .... lol ....

I'm thinking I'd rather acquire some new clear Alpha( sooo many wonderful brands out there ) & other patterned stamps & a heat gun to emboss anywhere & everywhere if it so strikes my fancy - I think that would cost way less & yet be a lot of fun ! Just like I'm sitting on the fence on acquiring a DSLR to take better people pics ! lol - I think I would need to read a few books on the technical aspects of photography more before I run out & acquire these gadgets ( even if they seem like gotta haves ! ) Just my own thoughts ....would still love to hear others' on these ....

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Dutch dare #8

Dutch Dare #8


The challenge this week is to make something small and tiny.It can be a lo, a card, an atc…whatever you choose to make is fine, as long as it is tiny.Size is not the only requirement for this weeks dare… you are only allowed to use 1 colour only. It can be different shades of the same colour, light or dark…but use just 1 colour only. Of course the photo can be any colour you want.


Just discovered this site today & was so inspired by the dare team's creations .

I would have preferred to try an altered canvas or coaster project but resorted to familiar ways instead when I realised it had to be a monochromatic project as well !

So here's my monogrammatic monochromatic take ! lol

A Male monogram card - for someone middle aged - ahem !

- will probably become a birthday card.

( yupz I am so loving the DCWV glitter cardstock still coupled with monogram ideas ! )

supplies :

DCWV glitter CS, MM shimmer stickers , satin striped ribbon ( fm Shanghai )

DCM - Monogrammatic

And so to this week's Little Extra:Initials are BIG news at the moment, so here's your chance to make your mark with a monogram themed card.
It can be any letter you like, made in any way
- just so long as it's Big and Juicy!


well hard to pass up on the chance to make more monogram cards ! lol

Made these with Mother's Day in mind altho' I havent added any sentiments as I would like to get hold of some Mother's Day sentiments - rub ons if I come across them later on - never made Mother's Day cards before .

I haven't also decided if I would use them as Monogram cards per se ...

Trying out the latest BG Perhaps ( bought by mistake - I was thinking they were the Phoebe collection - love that best - can't say I'm terrbly excited about the latest BG papers )

Not wanting to cover up a lot of the design I simply added Prima Say it With Crystals to it .

I'm not very good at handling these patterned blings I have to say ! they all went awry !

M Monogram is Tinkering Ink .

This card is making use of the remaining DCWV paper that I had cut up for the other DCM 20/20 vision card

Tag is BG Phoebe

Prima flower

M monogram - Tinkering ink


Pencillines Sketch #21

Finally able to have a go at a sketch for a layout !

trying out Bampop's Vol 2 papers & die cut for a lark !

MM Valentine's Day RAK arrived from Utah !

Whoa ! They really filled a whole box full !
What do I know ! A whole box load of embellies ! lol ! Gotta lurve !
Blog visiting is highly recommended these days !
Loads of Blog Candy being served up too !
Alison's Blog has loads of fun links : check them out !

Monday, February 26, 2007

CPS sketch #3 / DCM 20/20 Vision

I love combining challenges together lately !
Love killing a few birds with one stone so to speak !

& So Inspired by sketch no 3 & cards over at

& wanting to use my Heidi Swapp bling with 22 rhinestones for the 20/20 Vision Dare over at the daringcardmakers blog :
Well this week it's my turn (Kathy) and I'm going to dare you to use 20/20 Vision for your cards.I'd like you to use 20 of one particular thing on a card - be it blooms, papers, brads, ribbons the choice is yours - you can use other things too, but there must be 20 of one item/component - not 20 things altogether, that would be much too easy.For instance, can you use 20 different papers on one card? 20 Ribbons?
Or 20 Blooms - well surely that one sounds easy...
Enjoying the monogram approach as well for cardmaking & using :
DCWV glitter cardstock
DCWV chipboard expression
American Craft Felt thickers
Prima flowers
Royal epoxy stickers from Shanghai given to me
by my dear neighbour , Bon
( card also made with her in mind ! ;-) )

What the Postman brought .....

The postie was here with a pizza box of goodies from Carole Janson , Queensland , Australia just on Saturday !

Right smack in the middle of our Chinese New Year festive season here - adding on to the joy of the season ! lol
Now to print a whole bunch of pictures from the Chinese New Year feasting & merrymaking
& to see how to use these new goodies well ! lol
Thanks ever so much , Carole !

Thursday, February 22, 2007

CPS Card sketch #2 - Tinkering Ink , MAmbi ,Prima Bling

I'm just loving the combination of using the latest & greatest findings
with sketches these days ! lol
latest findings here :
Lil Davis Love Affair Double Sided PP,
Tinkering Ink perfectly Posh Die cuts
WRMK felt flower patches
Fabric Brad
Mambi Bling
Prima Say It with crystals

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

DCM - mid week extra - Oh Boy!!!!!

for this week's Little Extra that's what we'd like you to make -

a card with a male in mind.

Be it Baby boy, Little boy, Teenage Boy or BIG "boy" -

just make him a card and let's see.


Made for a 16 year old "boy" , Chris , in mind !

I haven't decided if I would give it with the big blossoms or not ! lol .

Supplies :

DCWV Argyle glittered cardstock ,

band of striped satin ribbon from Shanghai

( brought home by my dear neighbour , Bon who lives in Shanghai!

thanks muchly dear ! love them all )

Rhonna Farrer Holly Jolly Glittered Chipboard Alpha

Prima Maxie Can Large Blossoms Baby Boy
I added more details to these boy retro cards :

DCM - In the Fold

I'm daring you to make a card that has to have more than one fold -
so it can be a gate fold card, or a 3 panel card with an aperture
or a card with multiple folds
OR you can incorporate paper folding on the actual card itself.
It can be on any theme.
This is only a concept card for me -
trying out gatefold & monogram ideas
Using here the scrumptious monogram made for me
by dear Gillian .
I'm still thinking of a better way to make use of the monogram -
like on a tin accordian album for instance.
Loving my DCWV glittered cardstock !

Thursday, February 15, 2007

DCM - Back in Time #1

Now, for our extra little dare this week we thought it would be fun to step back in time and make a card inspired by a particular decade - so we'd like you to think "the 70s" - remember all that brown and orange wallpaper? Flower Power? Hippy Chicks through to the beginnings of Punk Rock?

Here's my go at retro cards :
I finally succumbed to getting the DCWV glitter stack !
42 sheets of retro glittered fun !
Wish more manufacturers had embossed & glittered cardstock ideas like these !
& also made these with a 2-in-one objective -
the first 2 cards were also made based on sketches over at
These 3 cards were economically made out of one DCWV cardstock -
I cut an A4 size first ( then then into 2 A5 notecards & the remnant is enough to create a mtachbook type card - lol - I hate to waste anything ! )
Also found these AMM Occasions alls Bauble Gums - Birthday Boy
These are 90% complete as I didn't want to ruin my manicured nails- duh !
painted nails soo don't go with cardmaking for me ! -
I might finish them off with brads or eyelets ...
Made with 9 year old boys in mind !
although I'm not sure they will mind the retro look ...

Another RAK ! from Making Memories ! Valentine's ...............

I had no idea at all when I left a comment !
In fact I have forgotten about all the blogs that I have visited recently that had RAK drawings too !
hey hey - heart stopping times we're living in !
I just want to say a huge THANK YOU too
to all who so kindly take the time
to leave me sweet & lovely comments on my blog too ..............

Me ? A RAK winner .........Thanks soooo much, Carole !

Definitely my best crafting year in history ! 2007 !

Wahoo wowie ! Fancy winning a RAK from the fantabulous Carole Janson of 3Dimensional Me fame ! lol - thank you sooooooooo much , Carole! A girl can never have enough stash ,what can I say !

This side of the Asia Pacific, she sure is one tour de force of dimensional , textured work for me ! Love her use of colour & glitter as well !

& always must see to believe .... lol

Can't wait to see what's in the mail & to play after that !

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy , happy cards

Happy discoveries for the month : ;-)

Patterned Primas , Doodlebug Design papers & paper frills , Provocraft stand out stickers

Sunday, February 11, 2007

new Prima findings - had to try

Patterned Primas from Memory Trends release ....
So much stash , so little time ! lol

DCM - All things Media - wishing you a wonderful Lunar New Year ahead !

It's around us no matter which way we turn, and all designed to get our attention. Ads designed by graphic designers who know all the tricks & techniques to draw our eyes to the product in question. You only have to glance at a Newspaper quickly to read headings with 'Shock' titles & 'Clever' puns all designed to make you want to read what the article is all about!Maybe you have been inspired by an Ad in a magazine, the colours or design that has been used. Or incorporate actual magazines & newspapers onto your card; maybe chop up letters (ransom note style) to create the sentimentSo grab that latest edition of your favourite Mag, or pick up your newspaper, because there is so much inspiration there, Just waiting for you to discover!


It's Chinese New Year season here in Sunny Singapore

& not to mention the season of love ....

So loads of wonderful adverts in our newspapers here ...

I chose to use an image of a painting used in a shopping centre newspaper advert ,

attached it to a recycled Chinese New Year Square card

& my Lunar New Year wishes for you , dear crafting friends,

near & far ,

across the miles

May wealth always come your way

May your New Year be auspicious and as you wish

and I added a charm to my New Year greeting card to bring you :

Satisfaction And Happiness Year by Year

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

DCM - weather report - from Sunny Singapore

our midweek special:
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.


Well the sun is out in full force here in tropical Singapore !

I like these Rouge De Garance cards for their tropical feel ....

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Everyone is Speshal Dare #39

Our dare is 'On the cards' - we challenge you to make a scrapbook page that is also a card, any size you like as long as it will fit in one of your albums - we have made ours to give as valentines cards, but you can chose another theme if you wish.


I wanted a large format to keep in the album .

DCM - Celebrate the Romance - my little Valentine

Celebrating my little ( often funny ) Valentines with this one .

My kids are my greatest joys in life !

I really wanted a large format greeting

- well it's more of a layout at 12x12 " ;-)

He makes my heart sing

Friday, February 02, 2007

DCM mid week sketch challenge

cards for pre-teens

materials : MME Magnolia paper, Provocraft stickers , MM rub ons