Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mini album weekend mania - Using MM Noteworthy product packaging as a template

Thank's to Nancy's tutorial I tried these out for size !

first i tried out a bigger template to accomodate 4x6" photos without having to do much cropping .
I used the LBY Delightful paper for the album cover - totally love this series of paper & felt they would be wasted being covered up on layouts . Too glad to use them this way . The glittery goodness looks a little like microbeads on this paper.
& then I tried out the smaller template which accomodates 3.5x3.5" photos .

Used a Glitz Design Basics pp for the cover & the inside pages I used a new AC Travel pp ( CHA Summer '08 release ) . For the embellies I used a mix of AC & MM .

Mini alphas by My Little Shoebox .

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Accordion Mini Album - LBY Delightful & AC Moda Bella

I'm into mini albums , the quicker the better ,
when cards & layouts lose the instant gratification factor here .

Here's a colorful & fun one which is accomplished within 2 hrs if you gather your pics & materials before starting out .

I found instructions over at the Scarlet Lime August Project Link :

& was finally able to do something with these pics I have sitting on since Nov 2006 .

Nothing like hoarding & waiting for the right papers to trigger the inspo ! hey hey !

Friday, August 29, 2008

Glitz Design - Frosting

Glitz Design demonstrates all the ways you can design better looking scrapbook pages with frosting.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Di Hickman's card sketch Aug #4

Supplies : Anna Griffin Maime Christmas Kit , Autumn Leaves Be Jolly Ribbon , AMM Jelly Stickers, EK Success Sticker, Sakura Aquaglaze Pens

This week's sketch reminded me much of a cupcake ! Alas I was too chicken to try ! perhaps another time 

Glitz Design - Roller Doodles

With the number of roller doodles I have now - courtesy of Glitz ,
I should never have to buy patterned paper for a looong time ! lol
& I should be able to alter those patterned papers I don't really love anymore into ones that I do ! woohoo ! & at worst if they are single sided papers I can roll on the doodles on the white side & make new pp !
See how my dear online pal , Nancy , used it to make her own mini album ( & using Pink Paislee Vintage Moon & an MM brad packaging as a template to boot - so uber cool to me - I'm soo doing this album sooon ! )

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sketch This #64 - Pink Paislee Pop Fashion / Bazzill Basics new CHA Summer 2008

Loving this week's sketch yet again !

& Happiness is getting hold of the awaited new Bazzill Basics CHA Summer '08 releases -
the tulle by the yard , mini pom pom trim , Christmas ribbon & new Bazzill Just the Edges ! I didnt get any new Bazzill CS colors - simply refuse to use cardstock on layouts anymore
if I can help it!

Just Too much patterned papers in the stash !

Other new findings : My little Shoe Box mini alpha stickers , MAMBI Soft Spoken & tags , AC ribbons & sticker, ATB PINK self adhesive lace tape ( since I haven't invested in any of the new yummy Martha Stewart edge punches ! ) , Kaisercraft rub ons , K&CO dimensional & word stickers.

2 sketches 4 you - Laura Sketch 7

Supplies : Laura's Sketch 7 , Glitz Design Angst pps ,Bazzill Just the Edge - Stars , Sakura Glaze pens, Crystal stickles , star eyelets & notes gold studs , Piggy Tales Old King Cole rub ons

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thank you Glitz Design - You Rock !!!

My Goodie Box from Glitz has arrived today !
My deepest appreciation to Laura at Glitz Design
& all my wonderful voters who enabled me to enjoy the Glitz-y goodness now -
papers from CHA Summers '08 , rub ons including the metallic ones, frosting ( ooo a girl can never have enough !!! ) , glittered alphas , roller doodles etc ! woohoo !
You all Rock !
My supplies here : Glitz Design Glam collection - Glam lace & music pps , round rub ons , journaling spot, square & heart frosting , Glittered white alpha stickers;
Bazzill Tulle by the yard, inspired by TTS#21

Monday, August 25, 2008

cps #79 - enjoy !

Using the latest CPS sketch to create a card using some Heather Bailey scraps

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lotus Paperie - Book Cover Inspiration

The Book cover inspiration over at Lotus Paperie helped me easily whip up this Pink Paislee Pop Fashion layout in no time . Love the pairing of the things i love in terms of scrapping material + things I'm enjoying at the moment ! LOL ! I've always liked the idea of tone on tone & was inspired to try some of that out here - using Prima felt matties .
Other supplies : AC Flair button, clear stickers , thickers : Heidi Swapp chipboard hearts , Prima Felt Matties , bling.
Since I decided to use the PP transparency as is , I opted to add an interactive element using scrap photo paper to write my journaling which reads : "it's a revolutionary phone; a widescreen ipod ; a breakthrough Internet device ; Bought on August 22, 2008 on the day of the Singapore launch " .
Yes Singapore only just saw tens of thousands ( prolly ! ) of iphone 3G just launched here on Aug 22 at the stroke of midnite ! for a Nokia only phone user it was a no sweat changeover to the iphone interface ( yes , downloaded some free apps already ! - games , photo apps etc ) Great camera feature too !

Friday, August 22, 2008

Award time - A Simple Thank You my friends

Susan and Renee were too kind to award me the cutest award I've come across
& on the same day too !

Thank you soooo much for thinking of me , girlies !
As the flowers are all made
sweeter by the sunshine
and the dew , so this old world is made
brighter by the lives of folks like you !
& you !
& you ....
Bonnie Parker

Thank you each & every one who comes by to visit

whether leaving a comment or not !

Here are the rules to the award:

1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received the award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a messsage on the blogs of the girls you nominated

alas I will change the last rule here
( i don't like leaving any peeps out of most awards )

So I will give links to some great challenge blogs that will inspire you

1. - NEW !

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 24

This weeks challenge is to make a card using BRIGHT COLOURS.

Supplies : Di Hickman's card sketch Aug #4 ,Daisy Bucket Designs Perfect Harmony pps, Core'Dinations Vintage CS , American Crafts Slick Writer, Prima Whispered Words Flocked Alphas

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sketch This #63 - Pink Paislee Vintage Moon

Supplies : Pink Paislee Vintage Moon pps, Jenni Bowlin Crepe ribbon, bingo card, Victoria journaling card;Flair Designs cardstock stickers, AC Fleece shapes, DMC floss & thread, Brilliance ink, Core'Dinations Vintage CS

I love the idea of adding interactive elements to a layout & this one came naturally so as to hide DS' addiction to his thumb. Pics of him at 4 .

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Random Chaos 28 - My faves , Aug 08

random chaos~28
this weeks challenge is to do a layout on your 'favorites' right now. this could be about ANYTHING

My favourite layout of the moment & fittingly celebrating some of my faves :
1. Watching Michael Phelps win 8 historic gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
( I've always loved the idea of Impossible is Nothing - & that's what the Olympics is for as well to remind us that envelopes of excellence can be pushed a little further )
2. Editing photos online
( Picnik is the fave ! Still not a user of Photoshop ! I feel so liberated that my less than perfect photos can be made more imperfect or improved considerably by editing )
3. Coloured Hair
( I'm less adventurous now than before but can't live without it ! )
4. Coffee
5. Youtube
( for Taiwanese or American soaps/series !!! - it's on demand , practically free ! )
6. High Speed Broadband
7 . The Internet
( 'nuff said ! )
8. Josh Groban
( I discovered Josh Groban in the earlier days when he became popular via the Internet & that is so representative of my cyber-life ! & yes that makes me a Grobanite ! )
Fave supplies all : Inspired by a sketch at Lotus Paperie , Pink Paislee Pop Fashion pps , MM Spellbound glittered pp , rub ons , Topsider, alphas ;
MAMBI embellishments , Kaiser rub ons , Bling ,Satin Ribbon , masking tape ( because I didn't want to take out paint for that area of journaling ) & there's always a first time for everything !
Slightly out of the page look , slightly tilted pics - edited differently 3 ways & in 2 sizes .

Monday, August 18, 2008

cps #78 - Bo Bunny Holiday Cheer

using CPS #78 , more Bo Bunny Holiday Cheer & AC Tin Foil Thickers , Core'Dinations Vintage CS .

2 sketches 4 you - Kazan Sketch 7

I have some requests to make wedding cards &
I realised I 've never made specifically wedding ones before - this is is no exception ! lol
Wanting to cut into more new Pink Paislee Pop Fashion ,
I rotated the sketch to come up with this multi occasion card ! anniversary, Valentine's etc !
I'll have to try & make more wedding cards yet again .
Supplies : Pink Paislee 8x8 pad & alphas , DCWV Scalloped CS , MAMBI soft spoken sticker , Kaiser Pearl.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Passport to Adventure - MM

Scraplift of Holly Hanks for a challenge over at Lotus Paperie .
Nothing like some scraplifting fun especially when it allows me to try new ways of doing things - like using retro pics here of my father-in-law ( pics are from 1950s-60s )
& that MM Passport line !
oher supplies : Scrapworks alphas , Rusty Pickle Game Line shape , Jenni Bowlin sticker, MM black mini alphas from Christine's RAK !

Di Hickman's card sketch Aug #2

Supplies : Chatterbox Dressing Room Page kit , Heidi Swapp Floral, Diamond Stickles , Kaiser Craft Bling , Bazzill CS , Inkessentials White Opaque Pen

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cute card thursday - Soft furnishings / Caardvarks - Out of the Closet

Challenge 23
This week the theme for the challenge is
Soft Furnishings
you can use fabric, ribbon, stitching, buttons etc, anything you can find on the soft furnishings in the home ie curtains, cushions, sofas etc.


I used felt, ribbon & a button for the challenge.

Other supplies : Design inspired by Bety , New Pink Paislee 8x8 Pop Fashion paper pad, Dena Designs chipboard stickers, 7 gypsies Girlfriends rub on, Kaiser pearls .

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mini chipboard album

Thanks to Carla , I'm enjoying a coupla Makes & Takes over at Lil Scrappers !
Here's a mini chipboard album which is quickly finished as well
( I haven't put in photos yet tho' ).
Supplies : DCWV Glittered Stack , My Cute world sticker embellies, Core'dinations Vintage CS .
Instructions over here .
I also tried out their Post It Note holder make & take .
Mini-mania is starting to hit me now ! lol

Sketch This #62 - Jenni Bowlin/ Karen Foster

Supplies : Jenni Bowlin Die Cut pp, Victoria , apothecary stickers ; Karen Foster stickers

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Post It Note Holder - Little Gift Ideas

I'm not sure what took me the longest time to try out these cute little Post It Note Holders !
Maybe waiting for the right papers to come along! hmmm
I used AC Moda Bella papers here .
Definitely great little gifts they'll make , brightening up anyone's desk !
I'm also thinking of using up some older DCWV glittered & embossed papers to use next !
I found a tutorial here (with pics )
if you do a google search I'm sure you'll find many others
( & variations ! I also like the little post it note holder keychain )
Basically you can finish in 5 steps or so :

1. Cut cardstock to 7 ½ inches long.
2. Cut cardstock to 3 ½ inches wide.
3. Score cardstock at 3 ½ inches and again at 4 inches.
4.Fold cardstock on score line.
Then flip it over and fold the other side,
both sides should be folded in towards each other.
5.Put adhesive all around the back of the post-it note pad.
Place post-it pad on cardstock with even border of cardstock all the way around.
Finally decorate front of post it note holder as you like !
I am also looking for a suitable sized notepad( A6 is too big ! )
to try out a matchbook notepad idea next !

Papertake Weekly / TTS #19

This week's challenge is to use a button or buttons on your project! If you don't have any buttons you could try drawing one freehand, making one with chipboard etc! Don't cut 'em off your cardies though lol!!!!

Supplies : Triple the Sketch #19, New AC Christmas pps, Anna Griffin epoxy stickers, Autumn Leaves ribbons, Jenni Bowlin crepe ribbon , buttons

Monday, August 11, 2008

cps #77 - New AC Christmas line

Using New AC Christmas pp , tin foil thickers ; AL brads, Imaginisce rub ons

2 sketches 4 you - Laura Sketch 6

Still building up a stash of christmas cards - never too early to make them !

Supplies : Bo Bunny Holiday Cheer pps & cardstock sticker; AC foil thickers, Jenni Bowlin crepe ribbon , Core'dinations Vintage Collection CS

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

Me & My Braces - Jenni Bowlin Victoria Line

We're living in very exciting times this week !
Today is the opening ceremony in Beijing for the Olympics - for once in our time zone !
8pm on 08.0.2008 !
Tomorrow we celebrate our nation's 43rd Birthday !
& we have a teenager in da house
wearing patriotic colored braces !
& a layout to celebrate our first set of braces in da house .
Supplies : Jenni Bowlin Victoria line pps,crepe paper ribbon, journaling spot ,chipboard ;
Karen Foster Dentist stickers , Bo Bunny rub ons, Crystal stickles , Pagemaps sketch

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Triple the Sketch #18 - Jenni Bowlin

Faith is being sure of what we hope for . Hebrews 11:1
using TTS#18 , JB Victoria Mini paper, Bingo card , Apothecary sticker; Core'dinations vintage CS , HS floral , Prima Voila felt die cut , Kaiser pearls

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Wylde Women Award

Susan has very kindly given me this award !
Thanks , hun ! You always Rawk !
To pass on The Wylde Women Award, the rules are:-
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it’s up to you! Make sure you link to their site on your post.
2. Link back to Tammy's blog (the originator of the Award).The purpose of the Award is to send love and acknowledgement to women who brighten your day, teach you new things, and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.
I will pass on this award to
I have just re-discovered her blog & boy what have I been missing !
Love , lurve , luv the way she writes - keeping it all real too !
check out her recipes ( not for anyone on a diet alas ! cos it's all about using butter generously & salt & pepper too in many recipes !) , photography & romance tale sections ! I haven't even begun to delve into most of them !
She's my online epitome of one who lives life fully & generously , with joy ! lol
Not to mention one of the best ways of brightening up my day ! ( and I'll bet yours too ! )
I've only mentally tried some of her recipes - but I'm sure I'll be trying some of them one of these days ! Some faves include :

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Sketch This #61 - AC Moda Bella

I was beyond happy to see this week's sketch - so rare to see a sketch suggesting small circles if any at all ! - and it was just perfect to use my newly acquired AC Fla!r adhesive badges + the AC Moda Bella papers - the colours were perfect for the pic I had in mind for this layout !

If you give this sketch a go , I'd love to see what you do with it !

It's such a fun & relatively easy sketch to create with ,I hope you'll give it a whirl !

Other ideas include using epoxy stickers and/or SEI mini coasters for the small circle ideas.

I did some selective desaturation of my photo using

Very much inspired by this new AC collection - from the branding : yes fla!r spelt with an ! to the patterns & colours ! & of course I had to try out all the various new AC embellies too.

Supply details :

AC Moda Bella Feminine , Bohemian pps , Fashion Accents 2 Clear Back sticker , Max details sticker( foam , felt , vinyl + stitching details on each sticker ! thats why we must have it ! lol ) ,

Flair Cool & Posh badges , Subway accents, Chit Chat Puffy letter stickers, Subway Foam letter stickers

Can you spot the non AC supply used ?

old Hambly journaling spot rub on !

Journaling reads :

Peter Van Veldhoven has used the TAGGER bag to successfully make art MOBILE !

We built our own bag & so it's our own unique style choice !

we met Peter at the opening of their flagship store here last year .

2 sketches 4 you - Kazan Sketch 6

Supplies : AC Moda Bella pps, Tiffany details, Catwalk phrases minimarks , Chit Chat Puffy accents, AC Remarks Oscar stickers

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Papertake Weekly - Cool Yule / So Sketchy Aug Sketch #1
This weeks challenge is to make a Christmas card!
Yes, about 5 months to Christmas now so the countdown begins for us crafters!!!

Using the latest Aug sketch by :
Supplies : Bo Bunny Holiday Cheer pp & sticker, Autumn Leaves Ribbon

cps #76 - Bo Bunny Holiday Cheer

Supplies : Bo Bunny Holiday Cheer sticker & pps, AC Tinsel Foil Accents , mini red pom poms , Imaginisce rub ons