Friday, April 30, 2010

NSD the best day of the year!!

Ok, just wanted to share with you whats been happening out there for NSD, I have just been on the Pink Paislee train ride and it was fab, they saved the best for the last! you need to check it out these, the best inspiration :-) still need to do one more stop to complete, I dont think the post is up yet..

So in the mean time I thought I should do a quick post on all the excitement!

Also check out the NSD sale at Two Peas in a Bucket.. I got some mean deals on rub ons plus just purchased the new Basic Grey as it hit this store! cant wait till the stuff gets delivered. They are also planning challenges and giveaways for this whole weekend starting today, so don't forget to check back from time to time..

That's it for now, and have fun!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

More Mothers day!

Hi again, been totally inspired to make mothers days cards.. woke up with a head full of ideas:-) Don't you just love days like that?

I made this to enter the Hero Arts challenge, I wanted to do something with more dimension and layers this time around.. I used two background stamps, the Ledger cling stamp and the La Letter wood block stamp. The blue background is from Pink Paislee, finally put it to good use:-)

I stamped the blue base with gold ink with the letter stamp twice, this is to cover the larger area used here.. the woodblock stamp is quite small for a project like this.

I cut out the flowers from the Pink Paislee papers and set them aside. I needed butterflies to give some texture, so I bought the Flutterbies Digital set by Hero Arts for this. They are soo awesome! I printed two whole sheets in different sizes for later. They are real value for money:-) I Coloured them in with my Copics.

I stamped a few tiny bees and butterflies from a Prima stamp onto the blue background. Cut out a piece of creamy coloured card stock and tore off the top edge, stamped the sentiment and embossed in gold embossing powder I picked up from my visit to Thailand. After embossing I stamped the Ledger. I then distressed with some Tea Dye Ranger ink.

With my finger nail I distressed the edges of the blue base card to look a bit rugged. I have seen Jennifer Mcguire do this and it works wonderfully, she has some great tips on her blog check it out, its on my blog list.

So here is the card,

Here is a close up.,

Flutterbies Digi kit by Hero arts
Ledger Cling stamp
La Letter stamp
Prima stamp ( not sure what its called)
Gold Ink by Colourbox
Chestnut roan ink by Colourbox
London fog Memento Ink
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Pink Paislee Papers, Queen bee and 365 Degrees.
Technique Tuesday sentiment stamp: Everyday words

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Giveaway at Sherbet Blossom

Its a fab giveaway at Sherbet Blossom, the goodies are from Hero Arts..
I've got your attention now huh:-) Yep, head over there and leave comments, you can blog about it Tweet and post it on FB for extra comments.

Best of luck!

Hero Arts challenge entry

Don't you love challenges? I do! Was a bit chicken to enter this challenge 'cos, basically I don't have too many feminine motherly stamps and well you should see the competition!!

I finally decided to do it today after putting it off for weeks.. Used the one and only flower wood block stamp I had, which is the Dandelion stamp. I also used a single filler stamp other than that, which is from the SEI mimossa stamp set, which went very well with the dandelion.

The whole idea behind it was my infatuation with the dandelions frame stamp, I wanted it soo bad.. But when the need arises, you make do with what you have right?, and I must say I am more than happy with the result. Only thing was that it took soo long to stamp the little seeds one by one, it took ages! But it was worth it.

Here's a close up, but if you need to see it better just click on it...

I started with the pink ink first since it was my base colour, then the lilac which is used sparingly and a touch of plum.. This is such a fabulous stamp set! don't really need much work to get the card to look fabulous really, and they are very high quality too.
The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards stamps, they are soo pretty! I got them 30% off from the Two peas stamp sale, hope you guys made full use of it too:-)
Anyways, hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring is here!!

It was a fight to the end with my Martha Stewart cutting system last night, wasted two perfectly good sheets of card stock in an attempt to cut out my card base. I think there is some sort of a play in that thing! Every time I cut a circle, were the end is, it seems to overlap the starting point and cut extra, so I end up with a lop sided card! After about 4 card bases, finally got this one right...

Oh well, here's the baby I have been working so hard at..

I like the composition, had issues with the sentiment 'cos the one that came with the stamp set was too big for this card so ended up writing it by hand:-) I pasted the mushrooms with some dimensional adhesive, however in the photograph it seems to disappear!

Supplies used:

Hero arts 'Sending happy thoughts' and ' Adorable baby girl' stamps.
Copic Markers
Memento Ink
Tombow mono permanent runner
Bazzill swiss dots card stock
American crafts cloud paper

Have a great day you guys!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tombow and Pink Paislee Giveaway!

Have you heard the news yet? Tombow and Pink Paislee are joining up this week for a fabulous designer project show off :-) I hear there will be lovely creations for inspiration..

In case you didn't know already, I use Tombow on all my projects, the usual tape runner and the removable one when i do my masking. Its the best out there for crafty people like us. So if you already aren't a user, you should really try it out as I totally recommend it to anyone who crafts.

So in all the action these two companies have decided to add a few giveaways too.. So all you need to do is head to the Tombow blog and leave a comment. I hope I could win some Tombow mono multi glue, been wanting to try it out for the longest time...

so, this is the link :-)

And best of luck!

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Hi, accidently deleted the whole post on the Donuts card!! ha ha! wanted to replace the image but just couldn't figure it out...

So here I go again..
The blue strip of mugs was done with the distress resist technique, I clear embossed the three mugs and masked the blue area and inked it with Broken China ink. The coffee and the donut was colored with Copics, however the band on the cup and the sugar glaze on the donut was stamped on patterned paper and pasted on.
Hope you enjoyed the perky card!!
Hero arts stamp sets 'Have a Donut' and ' Whats Perking'
Distress ink Broken China
Versamark ink
Clear Embossing powder
Scrap paper
White gel pen ( for the sprinkles)

Friday, April 23, 2010

High heels- take two

I made my second 'high heels' card with scraps leftover from the card I made in the morning. I did this in order to enter in to the Finally Friday challenge at Two Peas. The challenge was to use 5 things that are lying on your desk to make a card.

Although its the same supplies it looks very different huh?

This time I used another shoe from the set, .. soo many to choose from, what a cool stamp set..

Here is a close up...

Thanks for dropping by, Happy stamping:-)

High heels

I love this stamp set!! As I mentioned in my previous post I had planned to make a card for my friend Hash for her birthday with this set, she is such a party animal she will love this.

I love this particular shoe because of the little ribbon bow which I thought was precious:-)

I used my Copics here again, if you don't have Copics, water colour pencils would work fine.. but I must say the Copics are just a dream to colour with! I spent all evening filling the Copic colour chart with all the colours I have (not too many), so that its easy reference and ordering in future would be a breeze too cos i could easily fill in missing colours.

So without boring you to death, here's the card!!!... I plan to do another one with the same stamp set later tonight, since I love it soo much! will post it later.

Here's a better view of all the detail.. The sentiment had an exclamation mark at the end and I didn't like it much, so I wiped that inked part off before I stamped..

Hope you liked this card, I loved making it, the bright colour of the shoe is just plain fabulous, wouldn't it be great to own a shoe in that colour! Fuchsia shoe.. mmmm I could only dream..

Supplies used were:

Hero arts High heels clear stamp set
Tuxedo black ink by Memento
The papers are some free paper I got from Two Peas, generally I don't get this type of paper patterns.
They were KI memories glitter paper in: Petal pop brilliant and Girly girl stripe.

Happy stamping!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Finally arrived!

Stalking the mail man the whole of last week paid off, my Memento inks my very first rubber stamps and the Martha Stewart cutting thingy arrived! No more cutting circles by hand my friends:-)

I decided to try out my Copics FINALLY and got cracking with my new stamps by Penny Black. This is the first one i tried out,.. as you can see it takes practice ( this one is a bit patchy) I had to do a new one for the card, I also changed the colours up a bit too.

This card is for entering the Posh Designs Scrapbook store challenge.. I really love their sketches, so much room to play around.. you should head over there and check it out :-)

Don't you think this little chicks colouring is better? hmmm....

Martha Stewart Circle cutter
Penny Black stamp
Memento black ink
Hero Arts sentiment
Paper, Brads and Ribbon from my stash

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Stamping!!

Fabulous blog candy alert!!

Posh designs scrapbook store is having a mega blog candy give away! check it out at:

If you love mini paper pads this is for you :-)

Spread the news and good luck, I am off to have a go at it:-)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Old favourites

Hi again! thought i should share with you some older cards i had made, they are actually very simple basic cards nothing fancy.. most of them use minimal supplies and perfect for any beginners who don't have any fancy equipment.

I have used patterned paper, stamps, ink, rub ons, and ribbon. the last card i used some covered chipboard letters.

Thanks for dropping by:-)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

EBTKS challenge - fun paper pieced car

EBTKS has come up with a fantastic sketch to flex my creative muscles! It looked soo cool i just had to try it out, plus the prize for the winner is pretty fabulous too, a load of May Arts ribbon!!

So take a look at the sketch..

And this is what i came up with!.. the oval bit reminded me of a beetle. Super fun, so i hand drew the car and cut it apart. matched it up with colours and here we are...

And here is a closer look:-)

The paper for the background was Sassafras Apple Jack collection paper (thought it looked like the marks on roads- dont know what they are called, I dont have a licence), I managed to snatch a few when i was shopping in Thailand. I used Kraft paper for the boxes, and added some string to 'secure' the boxes on top of the car:-)

I added dimensional adhesive behind the lights for a more realistic look.

Also used my new distressing ink to give some dimension to the hood (I used Tea dye), but once it dried out it kind of faded, so the result was not what i was hoping for... Oh well, but i still love the end result:-)

Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thank you card

I wanted to make a card with the new Prima stamps that i ordered. I love the music notes and the very detailed bird, this set is super versatile and i am very happy with it.

This is the layout that i created.
The bird was stamped on some American Crafts paper. (I used the reverse side which was plain pinkish card stock) The background in green is the front of that same paper.

I gave dimension to the card by lifting up the bird using scotch dimensional mounting tape.

Here's a closer look at the bird...

The supplies were:

Prima stamp set, Letterbox paper by American Crafts, Black Bazzil card stock, Cream Bazzil card stock, sentiment stamp is from Hero arts 'Everyday sayings' set.

Happy stamping!!

Welcome baby girl

Yet another circle card, cut it all by hand while wondering where on earth is my Martha Stewart Circle cutter that i ordered from Two Peas.. Mail takes forever to reach this side of the world!

So I started off with the rub ons, I absolutely love the castle. This set comes with two castles, I used the bigger one. The rest of the card I designed as I went along.

As you can see, I cant put down my trusty gel pen:-)

Almost all supplies used were on sale at Two Peas, the paper I used is by Fancy pants (Dancing girl line) which was perfect for a baby girl card as it had this subtle bow print:-) They are double sided paper so really good value for money too.
Supplies used:
Maya road Rub ons ( Castle, butterflies)
Versamark Ink
White embossing powder
White gel pen
Fancy Pants Paper
Pink grosgrain ribbon
Hero Arts stamp set, 'Adorable baby girl'.
Happy stamping!

New stamp sets and more.

Ok, this is one of the first pics with my camera!! It could be better:-( need to practice)
These are a bunch of stuff i bought from Two peas, Etsy and from my trip, didn't include everything though.. just a few:-)
These stamps are from Etsy. Papers are the Letterbox collection by American Crafts. Two peas had a sale of 50% off so i got them. The Kraft paper is from My minds eye Life stories collection, its a bit old but i still love it, bought it before it sold out.
The Copics are the originals and not the sketch, since i am a fashion designer i could use these for my sketches..
Cant wait to use them on my stamped projects:-)
I also bought the Farm fresh papers by October Afternoon to use with mu Hero arts Kitchen stamp set.
I got some Embossing powers in gold, lilac and baby pink by Stampin stuff. I only have white and the clear apart from these so i cant wait to try it out!
Thats the lot that i would be using in my future projects... and if you are wondering what my favourits are......
Its the shoe stamp set! cant wait to do a card for my friend:-)


Just got my first really cool camera from my darling husband on my way back from our trip cant wait to photograph some cards to try it out!, it was a very fruitful shopping spree in Bangkok as far as scrap booking was concerned.. Loving everything i bought!

Will share with you all the goodies soon!! I was in Copic heaven:-) anyone going to Thailand and need shop details let me know, would be happy to share..
and while we are on the topic of shopping, need to share with you a few places i shop at on Etsy that have fabulous deals.. specially if you love Hero arts stamps:-) they have a fab selection and they update regularly and you should check back from time to time.

this is the list: ( all shops are at

nahanibluette - fabulous stamps and a super helpful cool seller.
embellishyourpage - good deals on border punches.
littlehappythings1 - Japanese masking tape (haven't bought stuff yet, but super cool shop)

So drop in and check it out, its always good to spread the news if you find good deals:-) so let me know if you too find cool places to shop!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Blog Hop

I am back from my little holiday in Krabi and came across this fab blog hop at one of my favourite blogs: clips-n-cuts :-)
So go on and head over there to take a look, and also take part! its super fun:-)

Oh, and don't forget to paste it on Html..

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sweetie Pie pop up card.

Here is the card i was slaving over all evening :-) Since i wont be around the next week i thought i should have two posts to compensate for the time i will be missing in action,..

I thought i should make the inside of the card fun!!

Take a look!

That's the little flap that conceals the little surprise :-)

Isn't it cute:-) Its a little pop up pie!!

Oh, and sorry about the bad lighting, I need to pack to go to the airport in THREE hours!!

The supplies list:

October afternoon Cherry hill journal cards. I bought this sheet to use with this stamp set:-)
Hero Arts Stamps
Chalk ink an Charcoal.

Water Baby :-)

I did yet another dogie layout!! he he, well i thought since i am all geared up doing layouts, might as well scrap most of these old dog pics:-) I promise the next time i do a layout it will have nothing to do with my dogs!

I spotted a new challenge when i was doing my morning round of checking blogs, this one is for ''. This is what i did all morning after doing my laundry :-) After all i wont be anywhere near my craft desk for a whole week since i will be out holidaying !!! whoo hoo

Let me give you the story behind the pictures,

So this is 'little sprout' all grown up:-) He likes to play with the garden hose each morning when our driver washes the car. He has so much fun! running everywhere getting all wet and muddy..

I thought i would give you a close up of the journalling spots.. (Jillibean Soup, Kraft/ orange circles)

Hope you enjoyed!!

Supplies list:
Paper is by Pink Paislee (free products I got with my last Two Peas order)
Rub ons are by Bo Bunny
Journalling sprouts by Jillibean Soup

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our little sprout!!

OK, first of all let me tell you I don't do scrapbook layouts, the last one i did was four months ago:-) But i have been having these very cute pictures of my oldest retriever Martini on my desk for soooo long, that when i saw the challenge at 'Sketchy Thursdays' I just had to do one!
The winner gets a super cute Lawn Fawn stamp set, I have been eyeing this for a couple of weeks now, so i am going to try my luck at winning it:-)
Challenges make scrap booking fun 'cos you need to think about what you plan to do and design around the sketch that's presented.
As you can see, i prefer a very clean layout where the pictures speak more than the embellishments itself :-) The blue patterned paper is Amy Butler, and i also used a Fiscars border punch to make it interesting, I love the brackets!! I got a super deal for it at Etsy, if anyone wants details of the shop drop me a mail and i would gladly share.
Happy stamping till next time!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Submission for 'Patterned paper in every way' at Two Peas.


Just thought i should do a quick post on a submission i made to a patterned paper challenge on Two Peas in a Bucket. Its not a new card ( i made it about two weeks ago) , but since its one of my favourites I thought i should share it with you guys:-)
Its a circle card and i love making them 'cos they are so tiny and fun to make! Its all cut by hand, we were not allowed to use anything but scissors for this challenge. (Not like i own anything fancy anyhow!! he he)
I have been wanting a Circle cutter by Martha Stewart for ages and finally decided to get one after a recommendation i got from a friend from the Two Peas member gallery. So its yet to arrive, and i am eagerly waiting for it.
Let me know what you use to cut circles, I would love to hear from you:-)
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Supplies List:
Stamp for flowers and sentiment- Inkadinkado
Paper - Basic Grey (Sugar rush, Kioshi) , Kraft paper

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

EBTKS challenge (Slider card)

I decided to make more of a muted but fun card this time, this ones a slider card. In case you are not familiar with slider cards, there are a few very helpful videos on You tube by some very talented ladies.

Why a slider card? well its because i wanted to keep the card front as clean as possible and keep the focus on the spool of thread and the needle.

Here's a closer look....

The sentiment has been discreetly hidden inside the sliding piece.

List of supplies:

Basic Grey Sugar Rush paper, Kraft cardstock, white Signo Uniball pen( now available at Two Peas).
Happy stamping !!

New stash of supplies from Two Peas

I love looking at hauls that people post on their blogs!! its like looking at a candy shop and drooling over the cool merchandise!! So i wanted to share a few of my treasures that came by post too..

Anyways, love the load of stamps i got!! I bought a few Hero Arts and Prima.
I needed some more birthday sentiments since i was getting a bit bored with what i had already, I thought i would get some from Hero Arts. however as you can see, it didn't really end there, went ahead and bought a few more stamps that i had my eye on.
The Prima stamps i bought were from their new collection. Needed to get the small stamps before they sold out! I loved the one with the postage stamp and the postmark seal on it, so i had to have them.
Planning to make a really cool card with the Prima musical notes stamp, going to use the little bird from the same set as well. So that's a little sneak peek as to what you could expect in the future;-) ..
Also got a few loose sheets of paper from My Minds Eye Lush collection, and some Prima paper that i thought would go well with a 'Paris' themed stamp i ordered, I have to play the waiting game and stalk the postman!!.
Got a few loose sheets of June Bug paper by Basic Grey and a Mini paper pad that i used with my 'its your special day' card i just posted.
Thanks for Looking:-)
And i love reading your comments, so please feel free to leave one!

On your special day!!

Today I made this card for the challenge at EBTKS( It was all about making a layout or a card using string.

What better way to make a fun card other than balloons! so i took my brand new Lime Rickey mini paper pad and came up with a creation with a pretty acetate window:-)

Hope you find it interesting, and all comments are welcome.

Happy stamping!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Fun with frames!

This is what i got up to on friday night.. The Prima stamps i ordered from Two Peas arrived and i had to make a card ASAP.

Since i dont have a butterfly punch, I hand cut the little butterflies. The frames were cut from textured black cardstock. Basically you have to take a rectangular piece of cardstock and keep cutting frames of whatever thickness you prefer till you get as many graded frames as you desire.

I stamped the Notary background stamp on some white cardstock and used some light pink chalk ink to add some shading to the right corner. I cut it to fit under one of the black frames, stamped the sentiment and glued the frames in place, and used dimentional foam adhesive to raise up some corners of the frames.

The Kraft card was embossed with clear embossing powder for some added interest.

This is a closer look at the frames and butterflies... and please excuse the yellow hue of the images:-)

List of supplies:

Kraft cardstock, Black Cardstock Bazzil, Sugar Rush paper from Basic Grey, Prima Notary stamp, Mimmosa stamp set from SEI, Adhesive stones, Chalk ink SEI (colour Taffy), background floral stamp is by Kelly Panacci .