Monday, August 29, 2011

More BG Oxford cards

Hey blogging friends , 
I have been busy good this August - 
lots going on behind the scenes - crafting wise & otherwise ! ;) 
I made these cards a coupla weeks ago when I wanted to use up as much of the BG Oxford 6x6 paper pad as I could at one go ! 
Love the versatility of this line - definitely great for both masculine & feminine cards . 

& I've almost forgotten about this stash now as I grabbed hold of the latest BG Indie Bloom 6x6 paper pad last week - & already created some Fall themed cards ( surprise ! Surprise ! ) I don't think Indie Bloom is obviously a Fall theme line but certainly some of the colors do work together for a touch of Autumn ;) 

And here's a card with a fave Girls' Paperie line -
pardon the imperfect sentiment stamping here ;) 
I have learnt how to use the Tim Holtz tissue tape -
 really is a great touch on any project ! 

Last week , I also brought home the Crate Paper Random collection pack ( & EP Happy Days ! ) -
another surprise to myself - it was at a little better than usual discount so that of course helped but I felt that I could use it at least more than once immediately on some projects . Hey ! Hey ! & Oh ! I couldnt help bringing back a few pieces of the latest MME Lost & Found 2 papers - the glitter is just irresistible on those papers ! 
Hope to use them quickly real soon !!! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

This is the quickest present/project I've made todate - needed before i headed for a birthday party that same night. 

An altered acrylic photo frame + a 14 page cy handmade 6x6 accordion album made only from the WP Let's Celebrate papers . Took me a good one and a half hours to put them together from scratch.
Just gotta love WP when you need an elegant , feminine project to come together quickly . ;) 

I didnt have time to take pics of the accordion album - so this was at the end of our dinner party . 

A little bit of bling , stickles & gorgeous Prima blooms and everything comes together quickly . 
& some Prima crystal swirls in black for some oomph ! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Little Shoebox Treat Blog Hop *****2nd Chance Winner*****

Thank you everyone for making our MLSB Trick or Treat Blog Hop such great fun and for leaving your lovely comments ! 

The first winner I picked did not claim the prize as such I now have a second chance winner !!! 

And so the winner of the 14 packs of yummy mini alphas ...................................................

Do email me  :
with your mailing addy and your treat will be on its way to you ! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Sunday ! - Hi, There!

Just a reminder blogging friends, you have till Sunday at midnight pacific time to participate in the My Little Shoebox blog hop to be entered to win all of the Treats we have for you!! My treat can be found here.  


I must say that tools in my papercrafting are such  gamechangers for me! 
I'm NOW having even more fun than before with my Cuttlebug , 
diecutting with Cottage Cutz's latest , adorable releases.
No project now feels complete unless I add even one little tiny Cottage Cutz diecut ! 
It's that gamechanging for me ! 

For my first card here , I wanted to try out the coordinating Orchid die 
And loving  frames at the moment , I couldn't resist adding half a circle ornate frame 
to "contain" my piecing . ;)  I also glitzed up the Orchid Flower with some Stickles ! 
A little bling is never wrong , huh ?! I also used foam pads to pop up the design as and where I wanted more dimension. 

No matter your cardmaking style , whether it be on the simpler side or otherwise , 
the use of diecuts to me simply gives you a unique finishing  no matter how many times 
you use the same design ! 

For this Thank you card , I have combined the girl silhouette and ribbon diecuts from the Cameo and Oval Frame die  with the ornate circle frame  for a more balanced design with this card orientation. 

I wouldn't say that clean and simple is my go to style usually with cards, 
but it was easy to be inspired to try  to this clean , graphic look for 
a change here ! ;) 

So, don't allow your dies to be in cold storage .
Keep them always in sight on your crafting table and the more you use them ,
the more your creative mind 
will find ways to get more out of them ! ;) 

Friday, August 19, 2011

My Little Shoebox Trick Or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to My Little Shoebox's Trick or Treat Blog Hop! 

Our design team has been busy creating some Spook-tacular projects
 using our first ever Halloween line . 

Today's bloghop is all about that -  Trick or Treating ! 
First of all , here's the actual order of our bloghop
 - trust me you wouldn't want to miss anyone - 

Pearl  Liu ---- You are Here ! 

                                                                   Shemaine Smith

And here's why you shouldn't miss any blog- 
On each of our blogs , look for a Trick or a Treat -
find it and leave a comment on each blog  - 
now here's mine - I have a TREAT for one special person - 
its a collection of 14 packs of our latest mini alphas from all our lines released for CHA Summer ! Yummy colors !!!!

Just leave a comment on my blog to qualify for my giveaway and I will randomly pick a winner in 2 days' time !!! 
But that's not all , we also have a Grand Prize giveaway -
here's how to qualify - on each of our blogs - look for a SECRET LETTER - 
when you reach the last blog - Erin's - she will tell you what to with them ! 
easy peasy huh ?! Just don't miss anyone's blog and make sure you go in the order specified ! ( hint , hint ! ) 

And now on to my Halloween layout to share - this is my second ever Halloween layout I've ever attempted and 
made possible also with much thanks to dear Jing Jing for letting me "borrow" her photos  of her adorable younger daughter !  

I used practically every paper in this line here  - layering them up. 

I tried out some of the die cuts from the Cottage Cutz MLSB Spooky Treats die -namely the raven and sweets cut out of coordinating patterned paper. 
Used the Tim Holtz rosette die here for a fun embellie.

Love the adorable characters of the cardstock stickers. 

And learning to use mini alphas as part of my journaling on top of a journaling tag. ;) 

So You've made it this far - bravo !!!! ;) 
Now unto my SECRET LETTER for you -  remember - "H"  ! 

And  finally,  I send you off now to the next blog , to our  beautifully talented 

Remember , look out for your next Trick or Treat there ( and  secret letter ! ) 
Enjoy !!!! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

ODBD & Basic Grey

Some quick card shares - 
cards I made with my second order of ODBD stamps . 
I havent had time to make more since then . 
So not much stash building either going on here! teehee ! 
CHA Summer arrivals are in absolute full swing here . 
I've found a great way out of NOT buying more - simply get much busier in other non scrappy areas of your life ! No time to use stash, so no need to buy more , rite ?;) 

I used the BG Oxford 6x6 papers here .
A touch of bling and Prima flowers and leaves are surefire ways of finishing them off 
when I dont have time to add on ribbons . ;) 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Best start to the week in August !!!! ****Pebbles Inc DT****

So uber excited to announce ,
with a very grateful heart , 
that I get to be on the same team as these girls !
oh my !!!
My couch jumping moment it is !!! lol .

Aphra Bolyer from Pineville, LA
Ashley Stephens from Boise, ID
Christa Paustenbaugh from Manassas, VA
Elizabeth Carney from Airway Heights, WA
Gretchen McElveen from Helena, AL
Jill Cornell from Windsor Heights, IA
Kim Kesti from Phoneix, AZ
Lynn Ghahary (DT Coordinator) from Randolph, NJ
Mandie Pierce from Vacaville, CA
Suzanne Sergi from Trabuco Canyon, CA
Valerie Mangan from Middletown, NJ
Wendy Sue Anderson from Herber City, UT

Anna Sigga from Reykjavik, Iceland
Eva Pizarro from Venaria Reale, Italy
Laura Craigie from Victoria, BC, Canada
Melanie Blackburn from Orleans Ontario, Canada
Melinda Spinks from Victoria, Australia
Pearl Liu from Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Sarah Webb from London Ontario, Canada
Stephanie Baxter from Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom

Look for projects from our new team beginning in September!

p/s : 
Never say NEVER , blogging pals ! 
Never evah be fearful of submitting a trillion times if that's what it takes ! ;) and 
yeah ! Don't evah lose sleep, tears or sweat over waiting
 to find out out the announcement either 
after submitting . 

Don't get bitter , just get better is my best motto re: these things . ;) 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Little ShoeBox - Heartfelt - Card

This month I chose to work with My Little Shoebox's Heartfelt line for my DT projects . 
I definitely enjoy switching out to a different style every now and then 
and it's only too easy to go shabby chic with this Heartfelt line . 

And how about something different to share on this blog ? LOL 
Evidence  of my sometimes cosmopolitan life ?! 
That's the nice thing in little Singapore - 
we don't have to travel out of the island to meet peeps from all over the world. 
Can you even guess the different nationalities represented  here? ;) 
Checking out a new Italian restaurant called Capri last nite - we left very very late to say the least ! 
gotta love their Tiramisu and homemade ginger liquer , not to mention their Sembuca shots !!! 
We have just finished off a plate of warm lemon cake here - mamma's recipe ! yums !!
It was full house last night , great going for a one month old restaurant. 

Happy to report too that my 2010 weight target 
of losing just 5 kg is finally materializing NOW ! 
( oh yeah! Never say NEVER ! ) 
yup , just lost 3 kg ( more of it was water I suspect ! ) 

and I can finally appreciate wearing dresses ! yay !
enjoying a more active social life ( oh yeah ! - my amicis here are totally non scrappy pals ) ,
exercising , being able to eat anything I want .
Oh the joy & wonder of a simple change like that ! I kid you not .  
It's all thanks to having discovered Resveratrol & Dr PPARs( a wholefood ) 
 in the last 3 months. ;) 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Carousel Birthday Cards


When I first saw this Carousel Silhouette die , I just knew 
I would want to make birthday cards with it . 

For this card , I layered a cream colored patterned paper over black textured self adhesive cardstock.

To pretty it up I added a pink ribbon die cut from the MLSB Cameo & Oval Die 
with a touch of lavender pearl bling. 
Some Diamond stickles on the carousel finishes this card off quickly.

I used the tickets cut from the Ticket booth die to "hold" my sentiment using MLSB mini alphas. 

I also tried out die cutting the carousel in black self adhesive cardstock
and gave the horses a different treament from the first card - 
I used Tim Holtz Distress stains  for the blue and green horses
 and topped them off with Diamond Stickles,
 and faced them the opposite way from the first card.

I just love how versatile this Carousel Silhouette die is - 
and I'm only just getting started using them on different types of projects. 

Monday, August 08, 2011

My First Eyelet Outlet DT creations

First up is a tri  shutter card featuring Eyelet Outlet's Musical Notes Quicklets and Musical Instruments brads. 
& here's a link to a tutorial for a tri shutter card for those interested.
(you can also do a search on youtube as I often do with such fancy fold cards) 

I used Basic Grey's Oxford 6x6 papers for a masculine feel for the card. 

I really love how these next 2 cards turned out - they are different from what I do usually - which sometimes take us by surprise - highly inspired by the products I used. 
Cottage Cutz MLSB Oval frame & ribbon die cuts were the starting point of my design for both. 

Here I mixed Eyelet Outlet's butterfly, flower and mushroom brads to coordinate with this cute Doodlebug Design Home Sweet Home scene.

And finally this cute love bird brad scene card .

The sentiments are Lawn Fawn's .  Gotta love their font ! 

Friday, August 05, 2011

K pop cute !!

I was asked by DD to create a 12x12 size card for a 16 year old schoolmate( a boy ! )  who's just crazy about this K pop singer , Izzy ! 
So looking at the pics I was forwarded I created a little accordion card within the layout . 
Leaving lots of white space so that his classmates can doodle in their birthday greetings . 

Green was also a requirement on the layout 
and I went with some MME Lime Twist for the base of the design. 
The accordion album uses paper and journalling spots from the new MLSB Playtime Up in the Sky 
which has a matching kites & clouds background. 

Also features a new product by Chelley Bean Designs - the white typed journalling strips. 

Other supplies : Eyelet's Outlet's brads - to hold close the accordion - camera , airplane. 
Baker's twine, metal bling, MM buttons, Stickles, Basic Grey bling and doily ribbon.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Matchbox storage box - ** My Little Shoebox Enchanted Garden **

A quick little project to share today , 
made easy only because it is an Accucut die cut ,
all thanks to a generous crafty friend - Flora Tan
she let me cut up a storm for a coupla hours earlier this week . 
( Do check out her blog which is still work in progress - it will be filled 
with great , practical tips for crafters online .) 

 Also got to try out Tim Holtz's rosette die - I've used one here -
not  completely folded out 'cos the box isn't very big. 
These boxes are quite deep and great for storing  my MLSB Rolled flowers. 

I also used Eyelet Outlet's mushroom and stitched flower brads for the box handles 
and Butterfly ribbon in Fall colors.

I don't always notice singing birds around my bouganvillea but that evening 
as I was taking pics of my matchboxes here ,
 I couldnt help noticing them for the first time 
 and tried snapping at them ( with the DSLR only ! ;) 
I have no idea what kind of birds these are - 
if anyone would tell me I'd be happy to find out ! lol . 

Monday, August 01, 2011

How do we look ?

Around here , that is ? 
Notice any changes, blogging friends  ? **winks and laughs **

I have a 3D tropical travel themed project to share today - 
this was created for my first Aug blogpost over at Cottage Cutz's blog
One that celebrates quite a few of our
  Carnival and My Little Shoebox  releases together. 

On the exterior of my little travel tote here , 
I have created a little scene  - 
I pieced together the ticket booth  - using an assortment of paper types - 
different colors of glitter paper, 
green glitter and foil paper(for the window pane) , patterned papers 
and white cardstock for the clouds which I also added Stickles . 
The horses I added for fun from the Carousel Silhouette Die .
The clouds I cut from the My Little Shoebox  designed die - Summertime Fun.

My little travel tote folds out to reveal a photo stand , 
which I decorated easily using -
the Boardwalk Carnival Silhouette - using blue glitter and foil paper.
The orange tickets for the word "Fun " were cut using the Ticket Booth die

The airplane here was cut from the Airplane w/Banner & Sign die 
and I've used the banner cut with the same die with the word "Fun" - a pink ribbon it became ! 
The white arrow from that die I layered on top a pink water lily for a fun dimensional embellie .;) 
I've placed the white cloud (cut with the MLSB Summertime Fun die )behind my green airplane . My brown bird on the sun is also cut using the same die.
My green ( legless - all our bird dies have legs actually- too cute ! ) bird 
is from the Laundry Line die . 

As you can tell , I had a tonne of fun using up 
adifferent dies from our July releases .
Truly the possibilities are endless -
 trying out different paper materials to cut with these adorable designs . 

Have fun in the sun wherever you are ! 
I sure am ! 
Complete with a new blog makeover to usher in a new season in my crafting journey ! lol