Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bubbles Birthday

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Not alot of people know about the brand Karber Rubber Stamps (not too sure why when they are so cute!) but i got to know them when they were on clearance at Papermarket's sale. So here's a girl blowing bubbles. Have you played with this soap bubbles before? I believe young or old will love blowing this bubbles because somehow it makes you giggle after you the bubbles come out and burst in the air. Best used for weddings too! Hmmm.. maybe i should have it during my wedding?

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Image colored with color pencils, blended with Mineral Spirits. I also used glossy accents to go over the bubbles to let it have the extra shine and watery look. Sentiment from Amy R collection, embossed with gold embossing powder. The blue circle background was created by spreading Textured paste over the Tim Holtz circle stencil and then sprayed with Dylusions London Blue on a piece of watercolor paper.

I wish will incorporate more mixed media art in my cards in future because i feel my mix media stash turning into a white elephant.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sweet Birthday Wishes

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A couple of posts ago, i posted a card with this same image and the cat was colored with color pencils and blended with Gamsol Mineral Spirit. But for today's card, the image is colored with copic markers! Can you tell the difference?

I will always stamp the same image 2 to 3 times before working on it because i am afraid i will color them wrongly or I can make use of the chance to create 2 cards at one go to save time! And in this case,  I whooped out 2 cards at one go and posted them separately so you won't get bored.

To me, copics have a more "solid" color and the shadows and highlights are more obvious. For color pencils, they always appear more subtle and faint.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thanks For Being A Friend

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Watercoloring has been the "In" technique recently in the crafting world and to be honest, i started with watercoloring as my go-to coloring at the beginning because i thought it was easy. BUT, it wasn't easy for me at all. Firstly, the papers peeled because i had no funds to invest in better quality papers. Then the colors won't stay inside the line! Geez! I was really bad at it. So i switched over to color pencils with Mineral Spirit blending and then i moved on with copics. And even though Copics are expensive and hard to use too. But at least it kept my coloring within the lines (OCD about it) and to me, if you are keen to learn coloring - LOOK at the images that are online. Take this images as references as you color your own. Look at where is colored with light colors and where has dark colors to help you on the shadows and highlights. The light color and dark colors will allow your images to appear dimensional - not flat.

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So here's a card i am sharing today with the CC Design image colored with Copics. And the sentiment is from Mama Elephant stamped on a piece of watercolor paper which was watercolored with Inktense pencils over the Tim Holtz circle stencil. Even though it doesn't look like circles (because the water sipped under the stencil as i was working on it) but i love the vibrant colors from the Inktense pencils!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy Halloween with Gerda Steiner Designs

Hello everyone! Hope your weekend has been great so far as I was busy fulfilling card orders and making a craft haul purchase!

Firstly, i have an announcement to make - I MADE IT TO THE GERDA STEINER DESIGN TEAM! My first official stamp company DT. Gerda Steiner designs and illustrates her own Digital Stamps and i found her on Instagram a few weeks ago when there was a cute image of a dog on scooter. Then i fell in love with her Diving Hippo, which i am so glad that she decided to use the hippo as the DT badge! Now i can look at it everyday on my blog! Hahaha.. And in case you are wondering, you can purchase the Diving Hippo Digital Stamp in her shop (Click on the Badge for the link). I love to see her sketches posted on her instagram as it is so behind-the-scene! Follow her and send her some love! Instagram: Gerda Steiner Designs

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Here's a card i made for GSD August Progressive Challenge: Halloween Themed.

In Asian countries, we don't celebrate Halloween as much as the states. To me, the Seventh Month Ghost Festival gets more attention than Halloween Party. Anyway, the digital stamp to download this month is the Kid in Pumpkin Costume.

Check out the Challenge Blog to participate and stand a chance to win more digital stamps.

For this card, i used Prismacolor color pencils to color the digital image. Safe colors to stick with are: Purple, Green, Orange and Black - Totally Halloween-ed colors!

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I printed an additional image to color the pumpkin only and cut the pumpkin pieces out. Using a penknife, i carefully cut the eyes and mouth out too. Remember to use a black marker to outline the outside so no white edges can be seen. Next, i used 3D foam squares to pop up the pumpkin so it it will look like its glowing inside!

Papers from Graphic 45 and Webster Pages. The sentiment "Too cute to spook" is also from the Webster Pages paper, which i cut out from. This boy in the pumpkin isn't scary at all, right?! So this sentiment fits it perfectly!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Carnival Box Card

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Today's feature is on a box card!

What's a box card?
A box card is a card shaped into a box that opens up to look like the above! And closes up flat to be fitted inside an envelope! So fret'not if you plan to mail this out!

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This box card closes to be the standard size of 4.25" by 5.5" normal card size.

I used Lawn Fawn's "Admit One" Stamp set on all the images. Colored them with Copic Markers and added Ranger's "Starry Night" Stickles on the carrousel. I am a bigger fan of cotton candies then ice cream, so i cut off the cones of the ice cream and added wooded stick to the back. I am not sure about you, but i think it does look like a pink and blue candy floss! Yums!

I also used Paper Smooches "Balloons" die to cut a few colored cardstocks. Mount them with foam tape and paste them at the background. What's a carnival without some balloons, yea?

Here are some images taken from the side. It was hard to take photos because there were too much depth and my i am using a 1.8mm lens. The camera went crazy when choosing what to focus on.

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The best thing is, i used the cut apart journaling sheets from Echo Park to paste the side panels. I just had to slightly trim down the 4"x3" journaling cards and images fit perfectly to the side panels.

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Page Hop Giveaway

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AFTERNOON! Welcome to my first ever page hop! 
Today feels like a good day to share some awesome goodies with you! I and my creative friends have prepared a short page hop to let you see some fun works and win some supplies.
To enter the giveaway, simply like MLcraft page and share this post!
Continue the page hop here and stand a chance to win more giveaways! So, click away!! Next Stop: Pepper Creations Simply Handmade
Good luck folks! Giveaway ends on 6th Aug (12nn GMT +8)
P/S: Help me hit 200 Likes on my facebook page!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sending Happy Thoughts

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I am still in love with Wild Rose Studio stamp set and i have many more that are still not used yet. So bear with me as i slowly create more works from their stamp collection.

Today features the cute cat opening a box of flowers. This image speaks more than just a mundane birthday card but more of a "I Miss You" card. I believe this image will cheer someone up or it is good to give to someone who happens to be ill or.... heartbroken? Possibilities are endless.

Image colored by color pencils and blended with Gamsol. Sentiment by Simon Says Stamp and papers are from Amy Tangerine 6x6 Pad. Drop me a comment if you would like to know the exact name of the products!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lovely New Home

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It's been awhile since i got the Simon Says Stamp Air Vent die. It is a unique die that the market doesn't have something similar. Got to admit, it's a little challenging for me to use it.

Laid a strip pattern paper at the back to bring in some colors to the card but the main focus was the pieces at the front. The house, arrow and "&" shapes were all the left over from the Amy Tangerine "Ready Set Go" diecut shapes pack. I used the rest on a layout but these few pieces didn't seem to fit onto my layout.

Anyway, the house image screams for a housewarming card to be made!

Used Simon Says Stamp "Inside & Out Sayings" Stamp set for the sentiment and Technique Tuesday "In Stitched" Stamp set to create the wavy stitched lines.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

For The Good Times

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Recently I gave in to my temptations and purchased the Derwent Inktense Color Pencils. It is not cheap, as compared to my Classic Faber Castell color pencils and while i am trying to save up to get Prisma Color Pencils, Inktense was something extra if i had. So i purchased the box of 12 colors instead and happily skipped home.

The colors were sooooo vibrant and it needed some getting use to. The above image is by Wild Rose Studio and the grey was picked up with a wet paintbrush directly from the pencil tip. Had to use alot of water to water it down and lighten it. I actually added Clear Wink A Stella over the flowers but it is a pity my camera couldn't pick the shimmer up. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant "Thank You" stamp set.

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Add a dot of glue in the middle of the Martha Stewart punch Butterfly to pop the wings up and give it a dimensional feel.