Saturday, November 15, 2014

Growing up is optional

Hi everyone! Hope you haven't missed me too much as i missed last week's upload when i went on a holiday to Bangkok! It was an amazing trip apart from getting sick when i got back and my boyfriend got food poisoning. Haha... we ate the exact same things except........ i don't like fruits so i didn't get tempted to eat his sweet (yet contaminated) honeydew. That's why he got food poisoning while i had sore throat and flu. If you people haven't been to Bangkok, it's all about shopping and eating there! Thai food there are so much nicer than the ones sold in Singapore. Not forgetting, it is really cheap to shop and eat in Bangkok. I bought kind of my 1 year supply of clothes (LOL!) and i can't wait to fashion parade in them. :p

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So anyway, here's the card this week! Very fun and bright color for someone's birthday! I used Bo Bunny's Alora Collection paper pad for the entire card. Bo Bunny always has nice pattern papers but they are always so busy and (to me) kinda hard to coordinate and layer. I had to use an edge punch to make the layers look separated or it will blend together. Colored my favourite Mimi from Penny Black using Prismacolor Pencils. Sentiment from Amy R Birthday Sentiment rubber stamp set - which is so true! Be young at heart everyone!

Till then, see you next week!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Singing Cats

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Hi Everyone! I am so excited for Gerda because she has made her THIRD Rubber Stamp set! And her rubber stamps are always so full of images! They are definitely worth every penny of your money. Anyway the group of us (design team members) were given a sneak peak of the images and we got the privilege to choose which we wanted to design with. For me, i choose these set of cats because the first thing i thought of was "they are freaking singing!!" haha.. Boyfriend said "you should have put "Fa-La-La-La!". True enough, they can be singing that too!

Let me talk about the cats first....... They are colored with copic markers and i fussy cut them out. Remember to use a momento marker to outline the edges so it has a clean finish. Next, i pop their head up with foam squares and their bodies are glued down on the snow drifts. If you notice, i used pattern papers and vellum papers to create the snow drift with Mama Elephant stitched border dies. Lastly, i dug through a few stamp sets from various brands with musical notes to create the "singing" pattern above their heads.

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Choosing a less complicated pattern paper, i took Lawn Fawn's "Snow Day" stamp set and VersaMagic Sea Breeze ink to stamp a snow fall scene.

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Instead of using embossing paste with circle stencils to create dimensional snowfall, i used my belovered "Liquid Applique" instead! This tubes of paste works wonders! You hold them like a pen and it squeezes out from a fine tip nozzle. Squeeze out in circles and let it air-dry. DO NOT heat it while it is wet or it will go to waste. Once it is dry, heat it up with a heat gun and see it form into a foamy dot. It will really look like snow and it works great for the ball of the christmas hats too!

This card really makes my heart sing! I think it is time to tune in to some Christmas Carols! Go be jolly!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Squirrel

Hi everyone! I've been so tied up with card orders recently that i haven't been in the mood to blog this post. This card had been completed 2 weeks ago but October is not over yet! So isn't too late to share a thanksgiving card. I am back today to share with you a short tutorial on how to make autumn leaves and getting your fingers inky too! I used the above digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs (which can be found HERE!) and printed out only the squirrel with the pumpkin. 

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I colored this image using my Copic markers and used my Uniball Signo Broad white pen to dot the areas with the black dots on the pumpkin. The black dots are a very good indicator to tell you where are the shadows on the pumpkin. Follow the black dots and those will be where your darkest color will be. And from this picture, you will see that i printed this same image 3 times. Read on to find out why!

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These are the colors used for the pumpkin and the squirrel.

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Next, i used Vintage Photo distress ink to stamp 3 autumn leaves from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Falling Leaves Rubber stamp set. Before the ink dried, i poured clear embossing powder over and heat set it. The embossing powder will create texture and accent the leave vines. 

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Recently, i found greater joy in using sponge daubers than blending foams because they are easier to control and have lesser inked areas. I used Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Ripe Persimmon to add colors onto the leaves. The ripe persimmon should be concentrated in the middle and the vintage photo should surround the outer area of the leaves at the last stage. The darker colors at the side of the leaves will create a more dimensional effect.

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Next, i used Crafters Workshop Mini Wood Grain stencil with clear embossing paste to create my card background. The embossing paste works like a heated embossing powder, which resist inks. Using Hero Arts Butter Bar ink and a sponge dauber, i lay the color over it and end off wiping with a semi damped cloth to remove any excess ink over the embossing paste. 

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Now, it is time to assemble my card. 

I colored 3 separate images:
1. I colored the squirrel body only and used a scallop circle die to cut.
2. I colored the squirrel head only and cut it out. I mounted on a single layer of foam squares.
3. I colored the pumpkin only and cut it out. I mounted this on a double layer of foam squares so that it is higher than/more popped out that the squirrel head. Afterall, the squirrel is suppose to be hiding behind the pumpkin! Oh, remember to put the squirrel hands over the pumpkin using a dot of glue.

The Thanks sentiment is from Lawn Fawn diecut. I have been in love with Felt materials recently. I went to Diaso to get those cheap thinner type of felt to use. Because it is thinner, it is also harder to cut when you run it through the big shot. For me, I stick my felt onto a piece of copier paper to solve this problem! It will cut like a butter after that and you will have no trouble adding liquid adhesives to stick it down later on. 

Ok, that's all for now! I hope the numerous techniques i have mentioned earlier has brought some inspiration for you to get crafty now! See you soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Winner for Gerda Steiner Designs

Hi Everyone! Sorry, i am 24hours late!
Pleased to announce that the winner for this cute digital stamp set "Kitten in a giftbag" is Lenora Clark!

Please drop me an email at madeylim(at) to collect your digital stamp!

The winner of the rubber stamp set is also out already! Check it out HERE!

Thank you everyone for participating in this hop! Do let us know if you love it and would like more of such! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kitten In Giftbag #2

Hi hi! Welcome back! If you haven't seen the bloghop, click on the link HERE to comment on the post and stand a chance to win 2 stamp sets! It will be closing in a few hours time, so hurry!

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So i will be giving away the following digital stamp to the lucky winner from my bloghop and i have decided to share my ideas on using it! This is my card for today. Making the kitten lay on a cloud.

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So what i did was to crop the image and leave only the head of the kitten. Resized it smaller to fit on a cloud from Mama Elephant's Love From Above stamp set. I did it in 2 sizes, one in 6cm width, another in 4cm width. The reason being, i wasn't sure which would fit, so since i am printing, i must as well print in both sizes. Eventually, i used the 4cm width image to create my card. And yeah - you see the other digital stamps that i had printed along too. 

I stamp the cloud on a piece of circle white cardstock and used my Prisma colorpencils to color the enter circle blue. I added white Liquid Applique to create a some texture and puffiness on the cloud. 

Colored the kitten head with copic markers and fussy cut it out again. Used my Momento Dual Marker to ink the edges and stick a few foam squares behind the kitten to pop it up from the cloud.

I hope you have enjoyed the hop as much as i do and remember to add my blog on your feedly/ blog reader or instagram to see my latest cards! Alternatively, you may support my cardmaking hobby by purchasing your favourite card from HERE for someone special. :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kitten In Giftbag #1

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Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the hop so far and have returned to see what i have created with the free digital stamp set i will be giving away. If you missed the hop, click on the link HERE, and it will lead you to the post to win fantastic prizes!

Basically i printed it out in it's original size and copic colored it. Afterwhich, i fussy cut out into the edges and used a black marker to trace the sides to give it a clean look. I figured that the best black marker is the Momento Dual Marker because it has a brush tip that glides along the edges easily. When i cut the image, i ignored the cat's whiskers. I believe if i haven't told you, you wouldn't have notice that the whiskers are incomplete, right? Haha!

Completed the card with some christmas patterned papers from Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug and Carta Bella. Sentiment from one of Amy R's christmas sentiment rubber stamp set.

Check back tomorrow to see how i use the same digital stamp in a different way! See you tomorrow!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gerda Steiner Designs Bloghop #1

Hello everyone! Madey here! You should have arrived from Jess's blog. If you didn't, don't worry.... just read on and remember to click on Gerda Steiner Designs blog and Jess blog listed below!

Gerda has been very hardworking, drawing all these cute critters for us to color. Her latest new rubber stamp set "Smells Like Christmas" was mailed to me, but i live halfway across the globe, so it hasn't reached me and i hope it hasn't gotten lost! *prays* So Gerda sent me some of the digital stamps instead and my itchy finger's just had to re-size them! HAHA...

Even though the digital stamps are currently unavailable to you, i believe if you REALLY love it...... and if you CRYYYY out for your demand, i believe Gerda will do something about it! hahaha.. just saying~

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I removed the mug and left the "steam" on it. Made sure the little mice looks like it is smelling the cookies because chocolate chip cookies are awesome during christmas!! You can also download other critters in the store to create the same scene.

I used some of my old patterned papers from Lawn Fawn and Doodlebug from their last year's collection to layer behind. Christmas pattern papers will never go out of style!

To make sure that the furballs on the christmas hat looks sparkly, i STRONGLY recommend using Ranger's Diamond or Icicle Stickles. They have texture and reflects light in white and blue shades.

Anyway, we are having a bloghop now, which means it is GIVEAWAY time! Would you like to win the “Smells Like Christmas” Rubber Stamp Set or one of Gerda Steiner's Digital Stamps?

A total of 8 Chances to win and here is how: 

  • Comment on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog, the Design Team blogs, and the Guest blogs (see list below)!
  • The winner of the Rubber Stamp Set "Smells Like Christmas" will be chosen at random from the collective blogs listed below. 
  • Make sure to check out EACH blog and comment for your chance to win. 
  • ALSO, each member of the Design Team and the Guest Designers got to choose one Digital Stamp from GSD as a special GIVEAWAY to increase your chances to win something on this blog hop. Each blog will randomly choose one lucky winner, who leaves a comment, for their Digital Stamp GIVEAWAY.

The winner of the collective blog will receive "Smells Like Christmas" rubber stamp set...

My choice of digital stamp to be given away to my winner is...
For the next 2 days, i will be posting 2 projects using this digital stamp. Remember to check back to find some inspiration!

You have until Monday, October 13 at 10pm PST (which means, it will be Tuesday, October 14 at 1pm Singapore Time) to comment -- The winner of the rubber stamp set will be posted on the GSD blog shortly after the hop ends. Winners from the designers blogs will be contacted by the designer.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:
Gerda Steiner Designs Blog
Jess Moyer
Madey Lim (you are here!)
Chitra Menon
Julia Altermann
Karen Oliver
Lorena Wakefield
Francine Vuillème

Oh! Did i mention, some of these girls have mad coloring skills? Some of them are the nicest ladies and some of them have the cutest ideas! Ok, get hopping now!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fashionably Late

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The other day, i forgot about my friend's birthday and i had wanted to send her a card because she sent me one during my birthday. I purposely didn't wish her "happy birthday" on facebook or through messages because i wanted to make it seem like i had forgotten! haha.. Iyah, at least the card will arrive with more surprise element!

I picked a very cute sentiment from Amy R's birthday greetings stamp set to match with Gerda Steiner's Turtle digital stamp. Because turtles are slow moving that's why i choose this. If i had a snail stamp, i would use it too. Because SNAIL-MAIL!

For this card, i mixed 2 digital set from Gerda Steiner. "Take off Turtle with Birdie" and "Kitten in giftbag", using word document, i resize and crop them so as to fit the present onto the turtle.

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So i enlarged the digital stamp set to be rather big, about 4" wide and printed it out.Colored it using copic markers and fussy cut it out. When I cut, I ignored the strings above and below the turtle. I will later on cover the string markings with twines.

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I wrapped 3 rounds of twines around the turtle and using foam squares, i attached the turtle first.
Then using Paper Smooches Balloons die-cut i cut 2 balloons with white paper and copic colored it and 1 heart shape balloon with a piece of maroon colored felt.
I lay all the strings from the balloons down to the top of the turtle and used tape to adhere them (messily). Haha... yes, it was quite messy but thankfully the present is rather big, so i manage to hide the messy ends of twines behind the present.
If you notice the shimmer on the yellow ribbon... it is thanks to Clear Wink-A-Stella. :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

RAK: Thinking of you

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A few weeks ago, i had a surge of feeling/thoughts. That feeling/thoughts was "I have to make a few cards to send to some of my friends that i haven't met or chat in a long time!"

So i thought of a few and whatsapp them for their address. The obvious first thoughts from them were "YOU GONNA SEND ME YOUR WEDDING INVITATION?!" Hahaha.... Nah, but i will save your address and make sure I send them in future.

So here's a card for a friend who i have known through our favourite sport, Volleyball. She and i are always in slippers and we often meet at the Beach nowadays than in an indoor volleyball court. Used to stay over at her place for mahjong, BBQ, watch Soccer or just for some random sleepover. I could stay over at her place for 2 nights in row, i remember. She played a big part in my Poly days.

Glad i brought a smile on her face when she received this card and i hope i do so more often. Don't want to forget my friends. :)