Friday, 19 November 2010

Inspired Blueprints Sketch #60- Baby No More

This is the latest sketch from Inspired Blueprints. Have you ever checked out their gallery and blog? Full of talented scrappers there!

And this is my take on it. I badly wanted to dig into Basic Grey's Marjolaine line as it has nice calming tones of blue and strong greens, very suitable for layouts for boys, and I tend to have more pinks and peaches in my stash. The greens in this line were quite dark and strong but I realised that they were a match with the greenery of the photos we took in Australia during our Ocean Road trip, so I scrapped another pic of Asher from our Aussie trip again! I suspect there are a lot more of our vacation pics related layout to be coming.Lol.

Basic Grey produces the prettiest lace cardstock all the time! I just had to cut into mine and use part of it to matt the photo on. To keep the green a little 'toned down', I stuck the cardstock over it so that it doesn't overwhelm the whole layout. As for the circle, I cut it out from another paper and adhered white lace to the border to give it some dimension before I attached the photo and embellishments. I added stickles to the petals of the flowers to 'brighten' the look a little too, and of course a few crystals for a little 'bling'!

A close-up. My usual style of layering the embellishments...Aida said in my DT post that I have a layered style but honestly, I do not know my style also??? If anyone is reading, can you please leave a comment and tell me what my style is? I think I am shabby chic but I like layers and sometimes I go for clean lines too cos' I am a neat freak and I dun like messes.

And a side profile of the layout where you can see the 'layering' better.
And a very very very happy birthday to my favourite LSS, Made With Love! They are 7 this year. May there be many more good years to come! The store is having some fantastic offers in celebration of their 7th birthday, so do head down for a look. (Psst, I have been down almost every week since February.)

Thanks for being with me and have a good weekend!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Experiencing Spring and RAK winner

I completed this layout over the weekend for Prima's November BAP challenge. There are so many photos from our Aussie trip that I love and I just want to scrap them all! Hahaha...the good weather really makes the pictures stand out, unlike the cloudy and/or rainy weather over the Singapore skies these days. It's the end of the year, and its cooler with the rains and wind, so I am not complaining except for the poorer lighting conditions for the pictures!

The Jack and Jill collection from Prima has such soft and pastel colors. The little children, puppy, ladybugs and birds are all so adorable looking! Anyhow, I cut out the paper with the daisies first and wanted to matt it with the green one below but I had used part of it in an earlier layout and somehow I managed to cut out 4 rectangles, pieced them together got the lines covered with the embellishing! Very proud of myself after that, lols!

The pictures show Adah fiddling with the little spring blooms that we saw in Australia. We hardly see such flora n fauna here so she was also awed by nature's beauty. I used the long Prima vine as the base for the swirl and filled in the empty spaces with the rest of the sunflowers, flowers, leaves and a tag from Prima too. The butterfly has been in the drawer for ages and now it's finally used as I wanted a big embellishment to make it look more 'dramatic'. Actually I still have a lot more these butterflies when I went through my 'designated' Prima drawer. My stash is getting too scary...I also brushed a little of pink Tattered Angels glossy glam over the white flowers, before finishing it off with Prima's Say It In Crystals.

The layering...

The cute epoxy button that goes oh-so-well with my blue thickers!

And now, the reveal for the winner of my RAK...




Congratulations, Mad Scrapper! Please e-mail me at to arrange for your pick-up!

And I am off to a busy week of chauffeuring again. The girl's got her rehearsals and pratices before her graduation concert next week. I'm sure I will be bawling my eyes out from the audience when I see her perform...

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Enjoy using Creative Scrappers Sketch #129

Wow! It's been a long long time since I was able to blog hop around sketch sites and challenge blogs to create a sketch. Thank God for the IPhone, now I try to surf whenever I am free, at home or outdoors! So I have managed to catch up a bit of my blog-hopping and Creative Scrappers is one site I like to go to for quick and easy sketches to help me get a head start! Btw, I really love how cheery and colorful the site looks and the talent there is enormous! I am really humbled when I see all these beautiful works on display.

Anyhow, I have been meaning to scrap this photo of Adah for the longest time and is jsut waiting for the right papers, I suppose. And finally, MME's Line and Dandy line is so apt for this photo! With a sketch, and the 'perfect' papers, it didn't take me long to complete this.

The flowers at the bottom were cut-out using the Big Shot machine. I trimmed the flowers a little as they still had their stems attached. Hope you like it as much as I do! Gotta go off to bed now cos my eyes are closing as I am typing! Will be back soon with the winner for RAK, but in the meantime, please feel free to add your comments here since I have not picked a winner yet!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

2 new layouts for Made With Love

I had a productive time last week churning out 2 layouts on top of organising Adah's birthday party and running down to MWL to grab Basic Grey's Curio line. I like being busy as it keeps me on my toes and gives me a high to get my tasks accomplished!

This week, I was assigned to work with rub-ons for my DT assignment at Made With Love. And rub-ons are my favorite! I use them on almost every layout cos of their versatility. It can be hidden under layering to cover up an odd empty space, rub-on quotes also add that special touch to a layout and define the theme revolving around it and when you are in need of some dimension, just add glossy accent onto it and it looks like an epoxy sticker popping off the page!

Some close-ups.
I added glossy accent onto the little boy riding the trike! The words, 'Super star' were rubbed-on and I added the dimensional sticker on it.

Rub-ons work on all surfaces and in this case, the metal cap. I also painted the cap with Shimmerz after covering it in alcohol inks.

Rub-on wordings framing that chipboard sticker there. The title ' Dirt Magnet' again added with glossy accent to give it dimension.

I cut out some stars and stuck them on with dimensional foam to 'pop' them off the page!

Is there any doubt that this new line from Basic Grey is my favorite? I just had to rush down to get it once it hit the store!Love the vintage feel of this line and the floral and bohemian designs on the papers. I had a tough time deciding between getting the full paper pack (and adding more to my stash!)and getting loose sheets. I almost bought the entire co-ordinating embellishments too!

I was inspired by Sketch #211 over at Pencil Lines, and used the photos from our recent trip to Australia. This was Adah sitting on the ledge of the Puffing Billy train during the ride. The colors were also inspired by Palette #31 of The Color Room. I do not have a green color mist so I used the turqoise color from Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist instead.

Some more close-ups!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A little tweet!

My layout below was featured on Webster's Pages Gallery!

Thank you Websters for being so kind to feature my humble works, especially when I am such a big Websters fan. Half of my accumulated stash belongs to Websters and I wish I have double of everything, one to swoon and run my fingers over again and again and another to cut and scrap!

Also, please remember to participate in my RAK. Leave a comment in the post below so that I can drop you some love too! Thanks!

Monday, 1 November 2010

A new layout and a giveaway!

The laundry from our vacation is finally cleared and ironed, the unpacking is done, the photos uploaded onto facebook and finally, I can get back to my scrapping! Moving back to Singapore and being on MWL's DT means I can access the latest new arrivals every Thursday and I am horrified at how much stash I have accumulated since our move back in February. I almost need another new set of cabinets and my exisiting cabinet's drawers can hardly be shut in already! Lol!

Anyhow, I have to use up my stash quickly and I have sworn off anymore buying! This photo is one of my favourites from our recent vacation. The kids have made up a new song that just goes,'Friends Forever' (repeat 10 times at least!) whenever I ask them to pose with their arms around each other. Lol! I love love love the greenery and drier weather in Australia. The kids were not screamish about sitting on the grass or logs as they were mostly dry unlike Singapore's greenery which is always wet from the rain and humidity.

I used lots of yummy Websters Pages, Wonderfall collection here and twined the yellow lace around the vintage netting, also from Websters. Lots of cut outs as usual from their papers and their vellum sheet too. With websters' papers, I usually just do a lot of cutting and use them to embellish, saves me the trouble of searching through my stash for stuff that I always cant seem to find and turn up when I dun need them! Again, the consequences of over stashing!!!

Some close-ups! Love how the little trolley adds a vintage child-like charm to the layout and the kiddos have a similar one at home that they use to transport their toys around!
Twined lace and netting, with Prima's crystals for a little 'bling'.

I love that little bird sweet...

And finally, thanks for reading to the end! As promised, I will be doing a RAK giveaway to share my joy of being on MWL's DT! Papers from Echo Park and flowers from Prima and those purple and white flowers there were bought in Shanghai, very pretty! I haven't seen them around here yet...Leave a comment for me and I will try to find some time to leave some love on your blogs too. I'll get my most helpful assistant, Adah to pick a winner next Monday!