Monday, April 30, 2007

Lucy Chesna / Di Hickman's sketch April Layout #5

check out both blogs for many great sample layouts based on this sketch !

Supply list : Heidi Grace Oh So Moody Flocked paper, chipboard stickers, photo borders, Metal words die cut tags; Bazill Bling CS; Heidi Swapp XL photo corner; Making Memories Fresh Anthology Velvet Brads; MM Shimmer Letter Stickers; Luxe Design Circle Rub ons

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Paper Salon projects - Spring / mother's Day themes

A Mother's Day Layout for Me !
based on a card sketch by Becky Fleck of Pagemaps - finally got to create around her sketch !
Quote : The Story of a Mum's Life : trapped between a scream & a hug ! lol -

I've been tagged ! ...7 random facts/habits abt myself...

so these are the rules...
Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves.
People who are tagged need to blog about their seven things and post the rules as well .
At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names.
Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!
OK, here goes...
1. I drive Mum's taxi & it's a Honda Edix ! ( a what ? yes it's a three seater in front & at the back ! )
2. I am only 1.68m tall .
3. I've travelled a bit - within Asia , a little in Europe but never to the US or North America ( sniff ! )
4. I only got my driving licence at the ripe old age of 33 ?! or more -- I lost count...
5. I only started making cards after my Deb was born & when she was around 4-5 yrs old . ..
6. I'm right handed ! ( yeah ! random fact rite ! )
7. I love Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake !
ok so now I'm tagging : Allison , Scrapnnmo ( Dawn ) , Chris , Rachel , Scrapbook with Vanilla ( Michelle ) , Sarah , Manicstamper !

Monday, April 23, 2007

Lucy Chesna's / Di Hickman's April Layout Sketch #4

Template #4 for this month - hop over to Lucy & Di's blogs

for many more wonderful layout samples

see digi & paper layouts to get inspired !

Supplies : Sassafras Lass Scrumptious pp & die cuts , 7 GyPsies photo turns , Prima Say it with Crystals , Prima Sandi's favourites, MM shimmer stickers, Memories complete stickers , AC chipboard stickers, Heidi Swapp Bling - She , Lil Davis Swirl Chipboard

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sisterhood of Scrap - Challenge Mon - Week 1

Do a layout (paper or digital) about sisters or friends. Add your journaling, a quote or words to describe sisterhood/friendship on journaling strips

Inspired by the name of the blog , I decided to use it as my title as I don't have sisters nor does my Deb girl ! lol -

Definitely have tonnes of crafting sistahs out here ! lol

new findings that I had to try & use today :
Rhonna Farrer's C'est Pink pp, RH French Twist rub ons , AC stickers - foam , chipboard , Pressed Petals' Gellies Alpha , Hambly Urban Chic overlays

New finding ! Sisterhood of Scrap ! Sketch saturday - week 1

supplies : Scenic Route pp . Melissa Frances glitter shapes, Dream Designs silk flowers , Heidi Swapp XL brad
supplies : Scenic route Laurel pp , trim frm BKK , flower button , MM chipboard swirl , Dream Designs Silk flowers ,

Yes another new blog discovery !

A new blog celebrating more scrappin' challenges !

Card sketches , layout theme challenges , tutorials, photography etc

my cards for their sketch sat - week 1 !

sketches by Lucy Chesna !
for whom i am a

such a convergence everywhere !
Lucy's sketches are found everywhere these days ! layouts & cards.

Friday, April 20, 2007

DCM Fun, Funky, Fabulous FELT...& Caardvarks Challenge 4 - Felt

G'day everyone Gillian here, it's my turn to dare you this week, as you may have noticed felt is really hot in the crafting world at the moment, and it's available in so many ways now, in sheet form in a rainbow of colours, precut shapes, beautiful felt borders, even lovely patterned felt and felt with glitter...
So I reckon it's a great medium to dare you with.

So here's the dare, Make a card and include some felt,
the theme & style are entirely up to you,
Can't wait to see what you come up with

How fun is felt?!
So fun that it's our new challenge!
Make a card using felt somehow, some way on your cardfront!

early today ! I had finished this Hi ! card by midday today !

& what good fortune - didnt have time to post the pic until later tonite & just in time for this FELT dare !

supplies: Bampop Vol 1 papers & die cuts , Felt flowers from Bangkok, rhinestone flowers & stickers

AC felt flowers Birthday card made sometime back ...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Fun with Fontwerks ! 2 workshops on 21 Apr 2007

Sneak peeks from Kah Mei Smith for the 2 workshops tomorrw !
Can't wait !
Kah Mei has definitley landed in Singapore ! ---- >

Di Hickman's April Card sketch #3

supplies: urban lily celebrate pp; dream designs silk flower; scenic route Laurel chipboard accents & sticker' prima pop up flower
card samples galore - digi & paper - over at

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

New red, black & white cards - DCWV / Primas/MM

Sooo loving the new Prima bubbles Black , Prima Journaling Collection Chipboard Alphas , Prima Say it with Crystals . The DCWV glitter cardstock .

Once I got started I just couldnt stop ! I haven't tried this color combo before ! Love thr funky yet sophisticated effect !

April 17 Card Sketch by DailyScrappinInspiration

Loving the combo of DCWV glitter cs with Prima bubbles - black , Prima say it with crystals , MM sweets - congrats ! Q&Co heart brads.

DCM - Home sweet home !

So, on to this week's Little Extra and another in our series of Boy Scout cards - you know - as in the scouting slogan "Be Prepared"! This time it's cards with a New Home theme.
Easy, eh? And, how nice are we? Helping you to get organised and always have the right card ready when you need it instead of scrabbling around to make one in a hurry!

Well, never made a New Home card either ! so here I go !

Gotta love the new Making Memories' Sweets ! ( congrats tag ! )

Also the new Prima Bubbles black & the Prima Chipboard Alphas !!!! !

other loves : DCWV glitter cs - i haven't tried these patterns yet !

DCM - Crossing Continents!

I, (Saffa) come from a very multicultural background and love being able to see them all from within and this is what has inspired this weeks challenge....take a deep breath...I would like you to make a card that celebrates and reflects a festival from another culture to your own....So here are some ideas to get you started:Chinese New Year,Eid,Hanukkah,Persian New Year,Diwali,Sinhalese New Year,Kwanzaa,St. Patrick's day


There's always a first time for everything !
So my first 4th of July card !

Monday, April 16, 2007

Di Hickman's Design/ Lucy Chesna's Sketch world - Apr layout sketch #3

See :

"Your Smile Lights up my life "

Supplies : Bazzill CS , MM Kraft pp , journaling spots & Stickers , Bo Bunny rub ons , 7 Gypsies photo turns , MME Quote card , Heidi Swapp floral , Prima Big Blossom

Thursday, April 12, 2007

DCM - Midweek recipe / Sketch This cards wk 8

It's time for our Little Extra - a midweek bonus task to keep you busy. This week we have a very simple recipe for you to followAll you need to do is make a card featuring 5 circles, 3 squares and 1 flower - that's it. Simple, eh?

I combined the DCM recipe with Sketch This cards' wk 8 sketch !
Using : DCWV glitter CS , Dream Designs flowers , 5 round brads including the oversized Pink Heidi Swapp Big Brad , 3 rhinestone studs , thank you sticker by Scenic Route Laurel Monogram
I added a MM Sweets ( yes that's what it's called ! luv them ! glossy accents are everywhere now ! ) Happy Birthday tag to this monogram card made previously.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

dailyscrappinspiration card sketch challenge #1

A new sketch resource ! Layouts & cards !
Started by Dawn - a Design Team Leader over at JADS !
Rawk on , Dawn !

April Card sketch #1 :

suplies ; New Urban Lily , MM Valentine clips , Chipboard tag , Sticker & Heart bling from BKK

DCM - Art Attack ! Bampop Art

Art Attack

I dare you to make a card inspired by a work of art. If the original art is out of copyright (this happens when the creator has been dead for 70 years or more) then you may use elements of the original artwork in your piece. Otherwise its inspiration only. Look out for colours, patterns, textures, compositions, shapes or themes that inspire you, and remember to show us the piece of art that inspired you to create so we can see the common ground.
What is art anyway? It's completely subjective, so your chosen inspiration could be architecture, one off design or mass produced products. Please remember to respect the right of the artist not to have their work copied without permission, take inspiration instead and make your own art!

I have the entire Bampop collection of papers- Vol 1 &2 & what a better time to cut in ! lol -

my Popart take !

Supplies : Bampop Vol 2 ( Furry Birds ! ) , Die Cut speech Bubble , Felt heart mini peg clip ( from Bangkok ) , I doodled in circles to match the Bampop art !

JADS April DT challenge - scraplift another JADS member

The challenge was to scraplift another JADS member & to rotate or flip the original layout as well.

I was inspired by another member KristenJo but as always my scraplifting results are quite different from the original !


My latest fave layout !

We took a few shots in a photo shop ( can't exactly call it a proper studio ) in less than half an hour . The price of for a total of 39 prints was about the cost of a fast food meal here ! lol or slightly more !

My fave part - they touched up digitally ! So less eye bags for me ( who needs plastic surgery now ! lol ) & the kids also look 5 years younger ! lol

supplies : Bazzill Bling CS , Paper Salon pp / die cuts / stickers / photo corners

MM Fresh Anthology Ribbon & Velvet Brads , Heidi Grace Oh So Loved embossed pp, AC Thickers white Latte stickers

Some pull out journaling as well .

Monday, April 09, 2007

Lucy Chesna's / Di Hickman's April Layout Sketch #2

For many wonderful sample layouts made with this sketch #2

Supplies: Heidi Grace Oh So Moody pp , die cuts , stickers , chipboard; American Crafts Chipboard stickers

I'm sooo loving these Oh So Moody Heidi Grace collection - a tonne of coordinating embellies to go with the papers.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Di Hickman's sketches - Card Sketch Apr #1/ Monogram cards

If you havent discovered Di Hickman's sketches yet , head on over to :
There is such a bumper crop of card samples to get one going !

These are some of my very fave cards ( and have now made their way to Canada to a dear friend , M - of course ! lol )
Just to share some of my process that I enjoy :
In the earlier days of trying to use sketches - at that time it was mainly Pagemap's card maps - there was such a load of lovely sketches & card samples & yet I couldnt get going !
I certainly do have an affinity for simple graphic stuff - having, like Di Hickman ,a bit of graphic design background in my corporate working past.
It works wonders for me - simple , graphic.
These days for card making the choice of pp often sets off the creative spark .
I do not have a particular favourite colour I must say - I try to use up whatever cardstock I have on hand to match the PPs. & my fave papers are usually the ones that are not yet released ! lol
for these cards I'm sooo loving the Heidi Grace new Winter CHA release !
Marina Drive & Oh So Moody lines - & she sure does have a bumper crop of collections released !
I then look at the matching accessories that I got together with the paper & added on the embellies in ways I haven't tried before , where possible.
Of course using some of the latest Prima Sprites & Pop Ups ! simply adds a little pop to any card !
I also totally adore the new Press Petal Gel Chipboard Alphas - glossy finish & polka dotted ! Cos I dont have glossy accent on hand ! ;p; always out of stock in our LSS'

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

DCM Mid Week extras - Vintage card

Well, we've got another retro themed challenge, but this time we'd like you to go way, way back and think Vintage. We'd like you to make a card with a vintage theme, or maybe a modern card but using some vintage elements, so some of those gorgeous "vintage" style rubber stamps would be wonderful, or you could use old paper, photos, an old buckle, some old beads, bits of old lace - the whole history of the world is your oyster for this one!

using bits & bobs received from dear Kathy
From Kathy : real 1960's pink retro tag !!!fabric newsprint , primas, ribbons
& I added Daisy D Modern Romance monogram alphas & die cut
Also enjoyed trying out some new inks - Purple pearlescent Brilliance Ink for eg on the Letter L

Monday, April 02, 2007

DCM - Strictly Monochrome

This week you can do ANYTHING you like on a card BUT you can only use one colour.I (Lythan) have been very strict with the team and quite frankly enjoy the power when they come begging to be allowed to use just a hint of one other colour. I did in the end allow black for the sentiment particularly if you do an all white card. But the real idea is to have fun with just one colour and see just what variation there is.

supplies : Bazzill Bling CS , Heidi Grace Oh So Moody border , sticker , Prima Sprites , asstd brads .

Design Team Work - April Samples / Challenge

For Lucy Chesna's & Di Hickman's Apr layout sketches ( joint collaboration between Di & Lucy this month ! - look out for all 5 sketches ! )
Do have a look at the other layout samples to see many other versions based on the same SKETCH !

April Card Sketch Challenge

Supplies : PP from card magazine, Prima Sprites , Delish paint , SEI brads & button

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Thank you card published on

My first card to be published !
Thanks just doesnt seem like enough
In the Card Corner Section :
The card is now In Gillian Hamilton's good hands !

My card " Life is Beautiful " - in a Creative card contest - PLS VOTE if you like !

EDITED Apr 2 : Thanks to your votes , blogging friends I was in 3rd place ! lol
Everyone can have a go at this contest again this month !

I entered a card contest at and my " LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL " was chosen to be in the final top 10. THe top 10 entries were chosen by the Design Team of this kit club .

Now the final results are decided by public voting.

It will be interesting to see how far voting can go on these public polls . Soo if anyone would like to vote for me ....... please ... the link is :
Poll: Serendipity Kits Creative Card Contest!!!

View Results
Voting goes to April 2nd, 2007.