Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010 !!!

A Video Poem to share .

Looking ahead to 2010 trends in scrapbooking
I think lace , doilies , swags , garlands , scallops, lots & lots of bling,
 lots more sophisticated florals & blooms ,
flourishes, vintage text & images will be here to stay for a little while.
Die cutting with machines - electronic or otherwise ,More handmaking our own embellies,
 Misting with new techniques will surely evolve
More texture , stamping , embossing too ...
just a litttle crystal ball gazing...

Ending the year with misting

This has been the definitive year of Facebooking & Misting & Masking away ,
at least for me ...
Catching Heidi Swapp on her first live webcast with tips for Glimmer Misting here:
Thanks to a link that showed up on
my live newsfeed on FB .

Some great tips that we've caught so far on Heidi's live webcast :
shake mist bottle from side to side - not up & down ( to prevent nozzle blockage ! )
Use a brayer with a mask & mists ! very cool new technique for me !
Also , spraying a mask heavily with Glimmer Mist  & then stamping with it .

Fittingly, my last layout I created yesterday had to use some masking and misting -
which I decided on after adhering everything down !
I used a Webster's Pages Nature's Storybook cardstock leaf sticker as a mask here
and some of it landed on the butterflies for some nice glimmer sheen .

Happy ringing in 2010 , blogging friends !
Here's to more crafting fun next year !

Here's the video on Heidi Swapp's Glimmer misting magic :

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 45

The last sketch for 2009 is up at the Scrappiest. 
Another chance to win the Dec prize
 if you send in your layouts created with any of the Dec sketches .

Also check out their layout sketch DT Call here.

Love these combo of papers - CC Nutmeg and Prima Bloomin Retro pps
together with these lovely late autumn in Japan pics by my friends.

Gave each of the maple leaves a different color stickle treatment . ;)

I hope everyone's recovering from the Christmas hols & feasting
& looking forward to counting down 2010 !

Monday, December 28, 2009

Family fun

My kids got together with 6 first cousins ( from one family ! ) before Christmas to have some fun together .
They had some nice park pics for me to scrap with now.

Using BG Origins pps & doilie , Carolee's Creations card & clear stickers ,
Sketch 104 by Sketch Inspiration 

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas !

For Di Hickman's card sketch Dec #3

Supplies: Bo Bunny's St Nick pps , Brenda Walton's Evergreen Chipboard

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 62 - Christmas , the most wonderful time of the year

It's Christmas eve over here already in not so Sunny Singapore this morning .
The final sketch of the year is up over at the Little Shop of Sketches.

I definitely have a bumper crop of Christmas layouts this year
and even managed to capture some street lights and
a little of the wonderful street Christmas decor
 that we always have on our main shopping belt called Orchard Road . ;)

So once again , dear blogging friends ,
have a terrific( and safe !)  time
 on Christmas eve with family & friends !

 May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; 
the spirit of Christmas which is peace
 and the heart of Christmas which is love.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Peace on earth

As we all prep up for final 48 hours before Christmas , here's sending warm thoughts to all blogging friends
from Tropical Singapore! lol .
Layout here uses :
7 Gypsies Venice pps , Pink Paislee Mistletoe pp , FP Christmas magic journaling spot , CI diecut cardstock stickers , AC flair buttons , MS Garden Trellis deep edger punch , Sketch by Liz Qualman

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 44

Check out the latest Scrappiest sketch here 
and all the fab DT egs.
Still continuing the festive mood around here.

Supplies " Bo Bunny St Nick & Tis the Season pps,
Autumn Leaves ribbon
K&CO Brenda Walton's Evergreen chipboard shapes
MS Loopy punch

Friday, December 18, 2009

Kenrokuen Garden

Our friends were in Japan in late autumn , & took lots of great pics to scrap !
This is one at Kenrokuen Garden , which is one of the top 3 gardens in Japan.

Used up more GCD Studios Artsy Urban here
Prima chipboard alphas
K&CO chipboard butterflies
Some misting with the maple leaves as masks
also used Stuck?!Sketches - Dec 15th sketch for inspo.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 61

All month over at Little Shop of Sketches the weekly sketches have a Christmas theme to them
if you're in the mood for all things festive right now.

I don't have a lot of Christmas pics to scrap usually
so I was thankful for these latest captures at Tokyo , Disney Sea,
where some of our oldest friends went for their latest vacay recently.

Journaling spots by Tanya Leigh Design.
Papers - Webster's Pages Wish Upon a Star, Home for the Holidays
Glimmer Mists - Candy Cane Red, English Ivy.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 43

Here is this week's fab sketch from the Scrappiest.

I used up some more DCWV Music Stack pps here
& lyrics from
"I want to know what love is "
Gotta love Mariah Carey's cover of it  !

Other supplies :
Photography by Metal_Minish
Pebbles Inc Chipboard
Adirondack's Metal Mixative - Gold
Prima Pebbles & Rajah Centers
Perfect Pearls
AC Thickers

If you feel inspired to try the sketch, email your LOs to 
and you'll be entered into the chance to win a great Pink Paislee prize pack this month.
Hint : Chances of winning a prize is much higher this month being a busy festive period .;) 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketch Dec #2

Supply List: Bo Bunny's Tis The Season , 
Brenda Walton's Evergreen Dimensional Stickers ,
 Autumn Leaves' Jolly Holly ribbon 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Game boys ...

and their conversation piece ...

Newfound inspo found  this week here
- thru' these new Studio Calico Homefront line -
pps , diecut cardstock stickers
& fabRips - which I scrunched up for some texture

I misted in Avocado , Charcoal Maya Mists ;
Lemon Meringue , Khaki & Chocolate GM
around a circle template.
Used up some old  Fall Q&Co alpha brads,
old Prima daisies painted with my own Shimmerz type paint

I also used Sketch 100 from Sketch Inspiration ,
a newfound sketch challenge site .
Photography by Metal_Minish.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Pink Ninjas- Prompt 28 - Elsie Inspiration

 this month our ninja star gloria wanted to go with an elsie inspired layout
I found this Elsie page : 

& was inspired to create this , using pp from her Lola line :

used some masking tape to frame , chipboard & epoxy stickers , some doodling, painted edges

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 28

The latest sketch #42 is up over at the Scrappiest.
Since i have a new DCWV stack on hand -
 this time a music themed one -
I just had to cut into it  .
Lots of glittery goodness as always on their papers.
Do hop over to check out the sketch &
and who knows you just might be the lucky winner
 of a great kit if you play along !

Sunday, December 06, 2009

52sketches52weeks #49

 I seem to love using Webster's Pages with the sketches at 52sketches52weeks.
Love how this one turned out using the WP Nature's Storybook pps & cardstock stickers.

Created this circular frame using water distressing technique  -
after tearing back the paper around a circle, I wet the paper & moulded  the torn paper
 around a paint brush handle to get that rounded , dimensional look.

The rounded dimension remained even after the paper air dried out .
Did a little painting using Gold Perfect Pearl powder within that circular frame as well .

The use of the Prima Cadoobles here  was inspired by Gabrielle Pollaco .
I really like this rather unusual color combination  - violet, green , gold , brown ...

Friday, December 04, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketches - Dec #1

Supplies: Such Sweet Tierney Chipboard Buttons,
 Brenda Walton's Evergreen Snowflakes & Icon Chipboard, Bo Bunny's Tis the Season pps. 

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 59

I used some GCD Studios' Artsy Urban embellishments - clip , glittered borders , clear embellishments ;
with MME's Life Stories' pps/kraft cardstock here & love the result.

Did a little misting on these papers - just couldnt resist adding some color & sparkle !

Love the MAMBI puffy metallic flourishes here too used with some K&CO chipboard , Prima rajah center

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 41

Sketch 41 is up over at The Scrappiest.
Check out all the fab DT exanples here.

Took the opportunity to play with the newest Jenni Bowlin Red/Black line pps .

a little misting on the MME Life Stories kraft background
always adds a little more depth of color for me .
I just can't leave muted colors alone it seems.
and a little stitching with hemp to add something different .

Photography by Metal_Minish 

Sunday, November 29, 2009

52sketches52weeks #48

The latest sketch is up over at 52sketches52weeks .

This is one of those layouts I wouldn't have thought to use these supplies together
but I do like how it turned out in the end.

Supplies : Pink Paislee Amber Rd pps ,
Making Memories' glittered chipboard word & rhinestones,
Maya Road Velvet stitched ribbon
Glimmer Screen +Mist, Stickles

Work In Progress Kits has so kindly donated
 a FABULOUS October add-on kit
 to be given to one lucky winner this week

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thank you to Christina !

for this award !

I am bad about awards these days ,
mindful about the fact that it tends to exclude people ...
so I''ll just do the 7 interesting bits about myself :

1. I am 1.69m tall ( about 5'6" I think ) - that's tall over in our part of the world ! lol.
2. I still haven't travelled to the USof A yet ( or for that matter to Africa! )
2. I did learn catwalk modeling at the age of 18 or 19  and that's where it ended too !
3. I have ZERO piercings - not even for earrings !
4. & along the same lines ,I have ZERO tattoos & dont think I'll ever get one
5. I played the cornet in my marching band days in school .
6. I loved reading most Enid Blyton book before I was 12.
 From 13 onwards I probably can't say here who were some of my favourite authors then .
but yes ! I can tell you privately , if you ask ! ;)
7. I am self taught when it comes to my art,
 which is really amazing as I rarely , if ever got an A
for art in school.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Misting fun on a cardstock background

First off, I just recently discovered how to make my own version of Glimmer Mist right at home -
 here's a link on you-tube that got me started -
Basically the formula here is : some water in a bottle that can mist + arcylic paint + glitter glue .
Other variations include : water +Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Reinker + Perfect Pearl powder.

 So if you haven't invested in a lot of $ buying these Glimmer Mists/ Maya Mists etc
try making some of your own perhaps ! & have some spray bottle fun with them ! :lol:

I love using more than one color of Mist on my projects usually - love layering several colors especially .

For this particular layout , starting with the top half - here's what I did :

1. I start with the lightest color of choice in this case - Avocado Maya Mist -
I randomly sprayed it over the top half of the cardstock especially in the areas outside of the photo .
( I usually mist first before I glue anything down to the background.)
2. The color I wanted to use next is Charcoal Maya Mist - to add some depth of color,
as the photo I'm using here has rather bright colors.
I sprayed this color closer to the edges of the cardstock.
3. I decided to try splattering some Mist for this layout, for the first time .
 I used my own light metallic blue mist ( my base color is blue metallic acrylic paint & added some black stickles ) for the splatters ( use a paintbrush ) .
And then I made an accidental discovery after this step as the splatters I made interacted with the Avocado & Charcoal Mists that I had sprayed on earlier and
 had not quite dried up when I splattered.
Hence some of the splatters had some depth of color.
4. For the bottom half of the cardstock ,
I sprayed Seafoam Glimmer Mist ( a blue/green color )
 to match some of the color in the pic I was using here.
I also sprayed some Brown Glimmer Mist after that -
 going in towards the middle of the cardstock.
5. Lastly , to anchor all the misted colors down on the background , I inked Black Soot Distress ink all around the edges . Alternatively I could have dry painted the edges with a dark paint color .
 All in, for this layout, I used 5 colors of mists for the background .

I hope this helps you to give your own misted background a try ! :lol:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketch Nov #3

Supplies: Making Memories' Mistletoe line - patterned paper and embossed glittered cardstock, Bazzill embossed cardstock, Graphic 45 cardstock alphas 

Here's wishing all our US blogging friends 
a blessed & safe Thanksgiving weekend !!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 40

Sketch 40 is up over at the Scrappiest .
It's a simple linear sketch with room for circular elements.

I had some misted fun with a new found ability to create my own mists with what I have at home.
My basic formula : a bottle that you can use to mist with + some water + acrylic paint + glitter glue.
Just shake everything up & them start misting away!

Buttons and  fabric strips are a great way to embellish with when in doubt .
I also colored a piece of  crochetted lace with my own mist to match the colors in the photo here ,  of
 little Nino..

Supplies : Buttons by Such Sweet Tierney,
Photography by Metal_Minish,
MME Life Stories pps
Maya Mists - Avocado & Charcoal

If you want to try the sketch email them to Liz at
and you'll be entered into the chance to win the Nov kit from Jen's House Of Scrap

Sunday, November 22, 2009

a Star decor for Christmas

Inspired by the Day 7's  project over at Webster's Pages 12 days of Christmas crop.

DT member Audrey Pettit is the Queen of Festive Decorations .
Her original project makes use of a wooden snowflake base
 that you can use as a wall hanging upon completion .

I went with a felt star decoration base the minute I saw this in the store .
A mix of handcut paper embellies as well as ready made Christmas decorations
and lots of Stickles , especially icicles.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My first Acrylic Mini Album

Thanks to Jaz over at Day 6 of the Webster's Pages
I finally put together an acrylic mini album.

I used a Fancy  Pants' 8x8 Mixed Media Bracket Album
& Webster's Pages Nature's Storybook pps  mainly .

Most of the diecuts are the K&CO Que Sera's.
With Q&Co pearls for some added dimension.

Learnt to use Staz On ink todistress the acrylic pages here.

The last page is chipboard
which I misted on with 4-5 colors-
Walnut ,avocado , English Ivy Garden, Lemon Meringue , Khaki