Monday, February 23, 2015

Layering Cupcakes

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Hi everyone! i am back with a new stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs! This time round, she has released a clear stamp set. YIPPEE! It is an amazing quality and from what i feel, it is the same quality as Lawn Fawn or Mama Elephant stamp sets. You know, there are some brands out there that doesn't make comparable clear stamp sets and the ink just beads up on the lines. Never like those stamp sets - boohoo.

So for my first card with this stamp set, i decided to make use of the cupcakes and numbers in the set.

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First, i die cut a stitched square with a piece of smooth white cardstock 240gsm. I then stamped a cupcake in the circle bottom.

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Next, i stamp another cupcake on a piece of masking paper. If you do not have a masking paper, you can stamp on the edge of the post-it where the sticky adhesive is at the back of it and it can be a substitute of a masking paper. For me, i choose masking paper because i can re-use it many times! Next, i fussy cut it out and stick it over my cupcake on the square die cut.

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By masking it, i can stamp another 2 cupcakes on the left and right side of it to make it 3 cupcakes in total. Odd number are a beauty, so if you notice, i like to stamp things in 3,5,7s...

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With the masking sheet on, i stamped the balloon strings as the candle sticks for the number balloons. i had to leave the masking sheet on because the string needs to look like it it stuck inside/behind the cupcake. I then peeled the masking sheet off and stick it on the left and right cupcake before stamping the candles. Same logic, i wanted the candles to look like it is inside the cupcake.

The stamp set also has small elements to make use of. If you don't know, the bottom left corner has a small "leaf" looking thing, it is actually the candle wick! So i place it on the number balloons so it looks like solid number candles instead!

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Peel off the mask and coloured it with copic markers!

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Lastly, i assembled the card and left the left side blank because i want to save it to put a person's name on it! This makes the card more personalised. With cupcakes, i can't miss out to put doily on it!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year

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Hello everybody! As a Chinese, we celebrate the Chinese New Year and eat lots of food during this period of time! We will go to relatives and friends house to do visiting and by custom, we eat there too. So imagine when i have 4 houses to go in a day? 4 meals in total! We will often eat steamboat because it is a good way to sit together and eat hot food constantly. No worries that the dishes will turn cold! Other than proper food, we drink lots of sweet packet drinks and have lots of tidbits. Thank goodness, i love tidbits! So i am a very happy girl! ^.^

Other than eating, we collect ang baos (red packets) too! We exchange auspicious phrases and the married couples will the single ones (which is me!) a red packet as a form of blessing. In a few years time i will be getting married, so my days of getting a red packet is cutting short! And in return, i will be giving out red packets to the kids! The cycle continues~

I made the above 3 cards using Mama Elephant's cosmic stars stamp set. This year is the Goat year under the Lunar calendar, so luckily the cosmic stars has Aries and Capricorn to represent 2 different kind of Goats. Pisces are 2 fishes that happen to represent a Chinese auspicious phrase that we often use. Sentiments by Micia Stamp which were bought by my friend from Taiwan. They are so lovely and pretty but slightly costly. Perhaps next year i will be doing red packets instead since there was a demand this year. ;)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GSD Feb Challenge

Hi there! It's the month of Feb and it is time to play along Gerda Steiner Design February Challenge! Head over to her blog now to see more details on how to participate, but most importantly, it revolves around this cute bunny!

Introducing "Nerdy but Nice"

Love is in the air for the month of February and instead of creating a card with lots of pink, red and purple, i decided to make 1 less feminine.

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So here's my take on this month's challenge!

The books and shelf is from Simon Says Stamp "To Thine Own Shelf" stamp set and sentiment formed from Lawn Fawn's alphabet stamp set.

If i am a nerd or a very smart girl who is buried among books (unfortunately not, i am just buried in pretty papers and stamps! LOL.) I would find my other half among my books too! Very cute, right?!

The bunny is coloured with Copic markers and i also added a layer of glossy accents on his glasses. Too bad, the camera can't catch a good picture of the "thick" glasses.

Anyway, hop over and join the challenge because the good thing is...... you get the next month challenge digital stamp for free!

Till then, i will chat with you again!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Housewarming

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As i grow older, i start attending more housewarming parties, so i should always have a few cards for back-up because going to a housewarming always accompanies with a gift!

Everyone is getting married and owning a house, as for me...... i will be having my own house too - in about, 3 years time? It is currently under construction and all i can dream about now is..... HOW SHOULD I DO UP MY CRAFT ROOM?! hahahah... It's so nice to have a partner who supports what you like to do and even nicer that he thinks my works are nice too.

When it comes my turn for my housewarming, i am pretty sure i will put up a wishlist so my friends don't have a headache on what to get for my house and i in return get what i really need. Win-win, yea?

Back to this card i am sharing today! Using Gerda Steiner Birthday Pig digital stamp and Gerda Steiner New Home digital stamp to create this card.

When the title of the stamp reads "birthday", it doesn't mean that it must be used for a birthday card! Sit back, look at the cute image and think what other cards you can challenge yourself with! As for me, i looked through other digitals and found the New Home digital stamp to be the perfect fit!

Coloured using Copics markers and i made a slight mistake. i chose the pink shades a little too dark. I was aiming for a brighter pink pig, but it turned out to be a little too dark. =/ Couldn't bring myself to throw this away, so i sadly accept this poor fate on the pig.

Sentiment from Simon Says Stamp "Happy" sentiments stamp set.

That's all for today folks! Have a great week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Let's Fly A Kite

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Hi there! This card has been circulating the web for awhile..... Made this back in Dec 2014 and it has been on my instagram and proud to say, on Mama Elephant's re-gram too! If you are a fellow crafter, you will understand my excitement, right? When it was re-gramed, my followers shot up! So so so encouraging. Best year end gift from one my favourite stamping company.

And this was made possible because i had a customer who was very encouraging and inspiring too. He found my work somewhere (probably on Carousell) and he emailed me very clearly what he wanted on the box card, yet he trusted my skill to decide on other designs too.

Side track, there are sometimes when a customer wants something so specific that anything "extra" that you do will deem "not nice" by a customer. At those times, i feel sad and restricted because when someone engages me, i hope they love my taste and design concept already. However, no matter what, i learn from every order i get. I learn to ask specific questions before accepting orders. Example, are there any colors i should avoid or can i use cute images.

Anyway, back to the customer. He signed off with his Dayre account and i did some "background" check and found out he was a special person. To cut the story short, he suffered a stroke last year when he was just 20 years old. Read more here and do feel free to shower him with words of encouragement. :)

After reading his posts, i felt "connected" to him and i feel a bless to be able to make him a 6 years anniversary card for his girlfriend who stood by such tough times. I can't image what went on in her mind when she picked up a call telling her that her boyfriend is in the hospital. For me, i think i will break down mentally and physically. Hmmmm, i am not good in dealing with hospital news. =/

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Trees are from a  My Favourite Things die cut. Boy and girl image from Mama Elephant stamp set. Kite from an Imaginise stamp set. Lastly, the tent was printed from an online image.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Twenty Fifteen

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Hi everyone! I am sorry i have disappeared for sooooo long. December 2014 was SO SO crazy. I am not too sure where i should begin from. So let me write it down in point form instead. You can always skip through my rants and go right to the bottom to enjoy another card i made using Gerda Steiner Designs Digital Stamp..........

  • At the beginning of December, my house had a renovation for both the kitchen and master bedroom toilet. If you live in Singapore, you will probably know something called the "HDB Improvement/Upgrade Program". So basically, if your flat is over 30 years old, the government will carry out various upgrade programmes such as making lift landings on every storey, renovating your toilets and repairing your ceilings at a greatly discounted price. It is almost like 1/10 of the initial renovation price. And with such perks, comes great inconvenience. For 10 days, the house will be very very dusty and dirty and no toilet or water to use. They will set up toilets and showering areas downstairs your block and you will have to head down to brush your teeth, bath or go to the loo. Can you imagine my horror?!
  • My mum had a very nice friend (friends over 30 years, amazing) who stayed nearby and offered a room in her flat to let us stay. So i and parents stayed over her place for 2 weeks and occasionally went back to our house to take a look. For 2 weeks, i barely crafted so i took a break from all crafting related stuff, except for the Black Friday Sales Shopping. hahahah!
  • Mid December, i moved back home and that very weekend, i had a severe food poisoning. It was like a coincidence that my body wanted to test how great the new toilet is! I used (i mean, bomb) the toilet every hour for 5 to 6 times and thank god, the flush or the toilet bowl didn't spoil. hahaha!
  • And after my food poisoning got better, my room lock spoilt! And the best part is, i was stuck INSIDE my room. Morning horror!! Couldn't get out to prepare for work! Called my mum and she rushed home from work in a cab to save me. She had to ask the workers downstairs to come up with a hammer to hammer off the door knob. And just as i thought i was free from my room, i found out that my house won't have electricity for the next 6 hours because they were re-wiring the electricity cables for the block. SIGH~ So i couldn't do anything except going back to sleep! Took a medical leave from work that day because my tummy still wasn't feeling well.
  • The following week, i had an allergy attack (no idea what caused it) but i was hyper ventilating and my face and ears were red, arms were itchy and shaking too. So immediately went to my nearby clinic for an injection to stop all this. For the next few days, i was always sleepy and i had to be caution with my food because i had to avoid high histamine food for the time being.
  • Then back to my house....... for the next few days or weeks, we had to clear the after mess of the construction and we took the chance to paint our living room and kitchen, changed the windows in the living room because they were damaged and dangerous and changed a few of our furnitures. 
It was soooo busy and i barely had time to make christmas cards. Even if i made them, i didn't have time to take a photo of them! December pass quickly with the many christmas celebrations and new year parties and here i am sitting down blogging. Oh, one more thing! I bought a Silhouette Cameo during the Black Friday sales. Cheers to amazing die-cutting and party decos! I also retired my 6, almost 7, years old macbook and bought a new iMac! Amazing oh-so amazing!! Blogging and editing photos now will be so much smoother now. No more lagging!

So this post sums up the end of my 2014. Thank you everyone who has been here for me in one way r another. Here's 2015 and 2 cards to kick-off MLcraft's 2015 card collection.

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Last but not least, i want to thank Gerda and the GSD team. They are amazing ladies and understood i had to take the time off my "duties" to finish the pile of events stated above.

You guys can download the cute kitten floating with balloon at THIS link.

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!