I know I am two days late but still, I want to wish you "Merry Chirstmas"!!! I don't have much to share today except for some Christmas presents I did for this year. It was simple, really. Simple & me = goes a long way
It took me forever to complete this layout. Well, two weeks to be exact and have no idea why it took me so long. Honestly, I don't mind the time I put in to finish a project as long as I enjoy the process. That's the true meaning of crafting, no? This layout uses a mix of patterned paper from Echo Park, My Mind's Eye and Girl Paperie (it's sad that Girl Paperie discontinued their business because I really love their products). I have been searching high and low for small clothespin and I finally found these at a local store. They doesn't come cheap but I don't mind a bit. My friend saw these picture of me and said I looked so much different compared to now. I was only 105 pounds then and have been underweight all my life. But now at 147 pounds, I have never felt better :) We'll see if I feel the same way after I delievered.....lol.
Yesterday morning I was greeted with a nice surprise. This card won the blog challenge by My Mind's Eye and I get to choose my own prize! Christmas came early this year....lol :)
December is one of my favorite months of the year with two simple reasons, one being my birthday and the other is Christmas. And today is my birthday :) Just like last year, there will be no celebration or party, just a simple dinner with my best friend. Hope to snap some pictures at the dinner tonight and if I do, I will share them here. Hope you like this card :)
As my laptop completely died on me, I took out the hard disk and temporary use it as an external hard disk until my piggy bank is filled with enough coins to get myself new laptop (hello hubby......are you readingthis??? Lol....) Luckily all the saved data are safely intact and as I browsed through my old cards the other day, I realized that I have a couple of cards that I have yet to share on my blog. So here goes. The Lost & Found collection by MME is my favorite collection ever!! No doubt. I just love everything about this collection. From the color to the design. Just everything! Are you on the same boat as me? I bet you are! :)
Lately I developed a passion for cooking. Yeah, no kidding. I enjoy cooking ever since I am pregnant and sad to admit that I lost interest in card making for a while. Not sure if it has anything to do with pregnancy hormones but I definitely cook a lot more frequent than I used to. I seldom take photos of the food I made....either too lazy or too hungry to bother. But yesterday I was in the mood to snap some photos so let me share with you what I had for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast.....baby spinach omelette & tuna cheese croissant. For dinner.....spicy olio with roast vegetables, bacon & smoked sausages. As a spicy olio fan, I had spent a lot of time perfecting my recipe and I am proud to say that I succeeded yesterday (canyou see I am grinning from ear to ear).
I love my baby bump! Yep....love it to bits! Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to take as much pictures as I should. I only have a few nice shots taken and the rest are taken with my camera phone where you could either see my face or the bump. Not picture perfect. So thought of sharing a picture of me and my hubby taken back in October. Where have the time gone to? It feels just like yesterday we took this picture but my growing bump tell me otherwise :) Nine more weeks to go before my life completely go haywire....lol. Hope I can brave through it all and I believe that God will give me the strength I needed :) I can't wait to see our little girl! Looking at this picture, I can't believe how much weight my husband had gained over the years! He used to be very fit and muscular but all I see now is fat....lol! I still love him anyway!
This card was published in CARDS magazine back in July. I have temporary put my submission work on hold and my last submission was for October issue. I will share the October card later. You know how much I love pastel color and was surprised that this bright yellow card turned out to be one of my favorite after all. Sometimes it is good to step out of your comfort zone because you will never know what to expect. And who knows you might get a little surprise too :)
I will see you soon....hopefully with a card or a layout *wink*.
I have been keeping this news from you all and think it's time to announce it here. It's a bit late but they said "better be late than never", right? So yea....I'm PREGNANT!! This is my 29th weeks and I'm due in early February. We are pretty excited of having a baby girl in our life! Before, I wasn't ready to be a mom but as soon as we found out that I was pregnant everything changed. Not only I'm more than ready to be a mom, I strive to be a good one. It's easy said than done (I know) but I'm going to try my best. We got almost everything we needed to welcome our baby girl but there are still some stuff that need to be taken care of. If you have any useful tips for this new mother, please do share it here :) I truly appreciate it.
While I don't have many photos taken of me being pregnant and Jessy (and her husband too) was sweet enough to snap a few for me when I visited her last month. She even scrapped about us.....go check out her blog if you may. Thanks babe!
My laptop had bid me farewell, so posting could be a bit difficult for me right now. Hope to be back again with more updates!
Some of you may remember that our mini Maltese Ares, ran away a year ago. Since then, hubby been pestered me relentlessly about getting a new dog and I, of course strongly objected the idea. Don't get me wrong, I love dog but the thought of cleaning, bathing, feeding and taking care of it (again) is too much and kind of intimidating. And I can't bear the feeling of losing another dog again. Every time hubby brought up the topic, my answer would always be "NO".....not until 3 months ago that I finally lost the battle and now I'm back to being a "mom" to a fur kid.
This is the only photo I have of him as I haven't got time to take more. Ain't he's cute?? (apparently, heloves sticking out his tongue and I'm glad I managed to capture this trademark of his)
In order to maintain my blog, I decided that I should have at least one post a week and gradually increase as time goes by. I just hope to get back in the groove slowly rather than doing nothing about it. And with that said, I have a couple of published cards that I wanted to share here.
April 2011 issue....
May 2011 issue......
June 2011 issue.....
That's just about it. Have a great day ahead, my crafty friends!
Two weeks ago I told myself I would blog more frequent maybe two or three post a week, then last week I was gone again. Now I'm not even sure if I would able to keep up with creating, let alone blogging. I've been inactive in the creating department for a while.....occasionally managed to squeeze a card or two but that's it. Not more than that. I'm feeling really uninspired lately and although there are many things that I want to do but it seems hard to start. I'm hopeful that time will help me get back the creative juice I once had and the inspirations to create again. I'm hopeful............
If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, I'm sure you will recognized this photo and will probably think that this girl has no other photo to scrap except this. Well, it's almost true. As a self-proclaimed procrastinator, developing photo is always the last thing on my mind. Hence, different layouts with same photo :) I created this layout almost two months ago for Crate Paper June Color Challenge. I didn't win but Tara Anderson featured mine and a few others as her favorite on the blog. You can check out the post here.
Hope you have a fun creative day ahead! See you soon!
Case Study is turning ONE!! To celebrate, Case Study is having a month long celebration starting off with a blog hop and lots of fun prizes to be won! How fun! Before we get the party started, make sure that you hop from Barbara Andersblog. But if you are lost or didn't know where to start.....no worries. Just hop on over to Case Study Blogto start.
The super sweet and talented Iwona came up with the idea to CASE or be inspired by one of the DT member, be it past or present. All of the DT members are so talented and it was a tough choice to make. Finally, I found the one that truly inspires me. She's none other than the talented and a very dear friend, Amy Wanford! Ohh....did you know that she's one of the top 5 girls in the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol?? Super awesome!
This beautiful card of Amy was published in the May issue of CARDS. But I saw this card on her blog earlier and fell in love with it instantly! I knew this is the card to CASE.
Here's my version......inspired by Amy. I had not one but two banners. Instead of using ribbon, I punched out some hearts from pink polka dots paper to make my own heart banners.
Come and join in the celebrations and be sure to check out all the lovely inspirations. To continue with the hop, your next destination is Clare Buswell'sblog. Happy hopping!!!!
As the title says it all.....I am back! Back to crafting and back to my lil crafty corner :) I would like to say a MILLION THANKS to my dear friends who are kind enough to leave some sweet words on my previous post. It is comforting to know that you are thinking of me and for that, I am thankful.......as always :) I am leaving you with a card I made a while back. Obviously, I was in a 'shabby' mood when this card was made :)
Time really do flies! My last post dated May 19th and it means I haven't blog for more than two months. Wow! I can't believe I neglected my blog for this long. But things are starting to get better and I just wanted to let you know (in case anyone still visit my poor neglected blog) that I am back into the groove and you'll be seeing more post from me soon. Maybe tomorrow....who knows :)
Hello friends! I am sorry that I have been gone for a quite a while. Am coping with some changes here and when things get back to its normal mode, I shall update my blog regularly. Please hang in there with me at the moment :) Just a quick post to share with you a card I made for Smidapaper Color Challenge. These colors seem a little unusual for me because you know how much I love to work with pastel colors. But it was meant to be a challenge and so, I stayed out of my comfort zone and created a card with Crate Paper Portrait as well as Neighbourhood collection.
**Please forgive my picture quality because the lightning was very bad when it was taken.
Come and join us and stand a chance to win a RM50 voucher from Smidapaper. For more info, please visit Smidapaper blog :)
Today's post title is the longest in my blog history, lol :)
As you can see, I am still experimenting with my camera. Still can't find the perfect lightning so I had to turn to Photoshop to make it look okay but still not very happy with it.
Coffee is a must to perk me up in the morning.
Been spending too much money on crafting and buy more than I need. But every time I see pretty stuff especially new arrivals, I can't resist buying them. I need help!
Still trying to post regularly.
I must have late night snack every day and I am not talking about bread, cookies or chips. Yesterday, I had instant noodle and bacon. And the night before I had fish & chips. Yeah, no kidding! Josie said I must have a big fat worm in my stomach. Gross!
I broke out my newly bought Portrait paper and buttons by Crate Paper. The buttons are so pretty and honestly I am reluctant to use them. But then I hoard enough buttons and I am letting this go.
Yes, I hand stitched on the card. And no, I am not giving this card away....lol :p
Hello friends! This will be another super quick post as I am rushing out to watch a movie with my mother-in-law. I managed to create 3 cards this morning and I am so happy about it. I lost my mojo quite a while and I am happy that I got it back today :) Everything else except the graph paper is from Crate Paper - Emma Shoppe collection. Hope you like it! Got to run!
Hello friends! As I got home from work last night, something familiar caught my eye. When I saw it, I immediately knew what it was.......a notice from post office to collect my parcel! Woohoo!!! So I woke up early this morning, had breakfast with my in-laws and headed to the post office like a little girl going to the candy shop. I am all smiles :) There are three boxes for my published cards in Nov, Dec and Feb (wonderingwhere's my Jan stuff). I am excited and thought of sharing a picture with you.
Hello friends! Yay, I am back to regular posting. Let's see how long I can keep with that :) After yesterday's post, I thought it was more fun to post random thoughts and decided to do it for all my future post. With that said, here are my random thoughts of the day.
It's that time of the month again *not fun*
Had leftover birthday cake and coffee for breakfast.
Had a great dinner with my family last night. I finished everything on my plate and even had two cups of coffee.
Made a layout this morning :)
Love the song "Price Tag" by Jessie J. I can listen to it all day. In fact, I am listening to it while typing this :)
Just a week ago, I posted on my hubby's Facebook wall about me wanting a DSLR camera. He always discouraged me whenever I mentioned about getting a new camera. "Don't waste your money" was his usual response. So imagined my surprise when he posted on his wall that he agreed to buy one for me! It's actually a second hand camera that I bought from my bestie and it is still in good condition. So right now I have been busy playing with my 'new' toy and let's see how long it takes for me to master the basic skill of photography :)
Here are some of my published cards that I have yet to share on my crafty corner. January 2011 had a been a blessing month for me as three of my cards were picked for this issue and one of it made it to the cover.
Hello crafty friends! Happy Monday to you! The weather has been gloomy these days and I really miss the sunshine. I don't know about you but weather does affect my mood. Sunny day = happy & gloomy day = sad. Today, I am not too happy with the weather so I thought I would come here to post a card. It makes feel a little bit better :)
Remembered the layout I did for my bestie last week? I actually made a card to go with the layout but didn't take picture of it so my bestie took for me. I love how soft and shabby this card was. You can't see it clearly but I misted the cardstock and love the hint of shimmer on my card. I distressed the edges to make it look aged. I remembered how my friends used to ask me if I burn the paper with incense stick because that's what we used to do back in the school days, lol :) Ok, I have one last thing to say before I go...........Emma Shoppe, I LOVE YOU!!!!!
Hello friends! I met my girl friends for dinner yesterday and we had a super great time. Great food, great view and great friends! My bestie celebrated her birthday early this month and I made her a layout using the new Emma Shop papers and stickers by Crate Paper. I hardly work with bold colors and floral patterns but somehow Emma Shop captured my heart. It's love at first sight :)
Hello friends, this is going to be a very quick post but I wanted to share a card I made using the cutest collection by Crate Paper called 'Neighborhood'.
On this card, I combined the borders and phrase stickers as well as the accent cuts to create a scene. This card came pretty quickly and I am happy with the result. All materials are available at Smidapaper.
Hello friends, I made this for a friend last week using lots of MME's stuff :) You know by now how much I love MME, right? I am keeping the layout simple and not heavily embellish but yet special. I also choose to work with a softer palette to match with the white frame from Ikea. (photo courtesy of Yiling)
On another fun note, have you heard of Pinterest? It is a new site where people get to share all sorts of stuff. I heard about it a month ago but didn't pay much attention to it, not until two weeks ago. You need an invite to start pinning, so let me know if you need one :) You can find me here.
Dear Stella and Rose again, I am so madly in LOVE with you! Although, you made me stayed up very late last night and practically made me looked like a walking dead this morning but I loved you anyway! Always and forever! *big grin* :))
I made another layout and it's my 5th layout to date. Before this I only like to do cards but now I find it quite enjoyable to scrapbook as well. I get to decorate my photo with pretty stuff and it makes me happy. This photo was taken last year with my sis-in-law who was also my ex-colleague. We had work together for almost 10 years in the same company and it was a blessing to have her as my sis-in-law (I would say she's one of the best SIL in the world). She may not know this but she taught me how to be more generous and not asking for anything in return. We may have had disagreements and arguments before but she's the forgiving type so we never hold any grudge against each other. Ann, if you are reading this.....I just want to tell you that I adore you very much and thanks for everything that you've done for me. Please know that I will always be there for you whenever you needed me.....love ya.
Up next is a card I made with the beautiful paper from Stella and Rose. The colors and patterns are so inspiring that it only took me a while to finish the card. My Mind's Eye is having a blog challenge right now so I am entering both my layout and card. Wish me luck!The wide range of Stella and Rose collection are available at Smidapaper now. Come and check it out!
P/S: Thanks for all your lovely comments, my friends! You truly made my day! Please hang in there with me as I made my way to your blog soon :) Hugs!
Dear Stella and Rose, I am so madly in LOVE with you! Although, you burnt a big hole in my pocket and probably caused me to eat instant noodle until my next paycheck but I loved you anyway! And I am happy to take you home with me *big grin* :))
You can get all these and much more fromSmidapaper. We are bringing you lots of new goodies this week so be sure to visit us if you are in Penang :)
Meanwhile, I have a card to share but I am keeping this post short because you know my new goodies are calling out to me from my craft room :)
Those who think that boys can't craft were so wrong. I've had a few guys attended my class already and this particular card was from my previous Valentine's Class. I kept the design simple because I don't want to scare the dudes away :) It took them more than an hour to complete the card but I truly admire their effort just because they want to make their girl happy. This proves that love can make you do anything.....even if it's out of the norm. I still wish that my hubby would someday make me a card.......I guess I'll have to wait a little longer :)
Did you know that Smidapaperis having a sale right now? We are offering 10% off on selected papers and if your purchase 5 pieces or more, you'll get 20% off. Come and visit us at the store to find out more!
My high school friend, Emilie is getting married tomorrow and being such a long time friend I decided to make a wedding card for her special day. She loves lace and vintage style, so I tried to incorporate them into my design. I had this 6x6 Pink Paislee paper from the Sweetness collection sitting in my paper basket waiting for me to use them. So easy. But the hardest part is to choose the right embellishments. I took out almost everything I had and made a huge pile of mess on my desk before I found the right embellishments for the card. But in the end it's worth the effort and I really hope she loves it when she sees it tonight :)
Hubby just left this morning after his three months break. It was kind of emotional for me but I managed to hold back my tears. It will take me at least a few days to adjust my daily routine. But I'm all good :) Today I have yet another layout to share. I created this a few weeks ago, then I saw the February challenge hosted by Scrap-It-Lah. It has been a while since I joined a challenge so I thought why not participate this time. It's a No-Red-Or-Pink Valentine's challenge. How fun! So here's my no red or pink challenge.....
I really really loved the Lost n Found collection by MME! It has to be my favorite collection ever! I was so inspired by the pattern and the color. I did some cutting here and there and I really loved the result. Though simple but it's true to my style :) Oh yeah, I have to credit my Jessy babe for all the cutting inspiration!
Happy Valentine's Day!! How did you celebrate it with your special someone? I would really love to know :) Me? We did not celebrate because I had to work and the last time we celebrated V-Day was 12 years ago. Yeah, no kidding! Hubby said being with me everyday is like Valentine's day to him (I know he lied but it worked, lol) Are all guys like that?
Since today is Valentine's Day, I am sharing a card I made for Smidapaper. The heart stamp is from Hero Arts and sentiments are from TechniqueTuesday. I hope you like it!