Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A very merry Christmas to you

I am literally over the moon!!  I won  Belles 'n Whistles special release "merry sledding" from Lynda's blog hop and then the next day, I won the Belles 'n Whistles sketch and bold winter colour challenge!!  I can't wait for the "merry sledding" and the "skiing snow baby" to arrive.

So I have to make something for the next Belles 'n Whistles current challenge which is Christmas "glitter it up" before I leave for HK/Beijing tomorrow.   Check out Belles 'n Whistles blog, there is a Advent Calendar  where there are daily prizes to be won!  And I got the tutorial for the bag I made from the blog too!   And it is really easy to make, just score a 12 x 12 cardstock and make 4 cuts, glue and viola a paper gift bag!

Here is the bag I made for the Belles 'n Whistles Christmas 'glitter it up" challenge

The handle

The sequins ribbon

The side

The other side of the bag

Materials used :

1.  Belles 'n whistles clear stamp : Star of Bethlehem coloured with copic markers
2.  Pattern paper : DCWV the Christmas stack with glitter, glitter paper KI memories,  cardstock : DCWV
3.  EK Success punch
4.  Spellbinder nestie
5.  Crystals swirls : Prima
6.  Rhinestones : Martha Stewart
7.  Snowflakes, stars, ribbons and sequins ribbon : bought from HK

Thanks for dropping by, I will be back end of next week :-) 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas tag

I have been encouraged by Yenni to take part in the Dutch Dare Card Challenge.   

Here is my Christmas tag for the DDCC #92 challenge

Material used :

1.  Clear stamps : wishing you all the joys of the season and snow flake inked with versamark and heat embossed
2.  Christmas tree : Magnolia winter background, coloured with copic markers
3.  Sizzix tag and bookplate die
4.  Poinsettias : wild orchid crafts
5.  Silver reindeers and ribbons : bought from Hong Kong
6.  Stickles : lime green and glossy accent applied on the "joy"

Thanks for dropping by, I hope to complete one or two more cards before leaving for my holidays on Wednesday :-)

Friday, December 3, 2010

This is the season for love

I pondered for the longest time which pattern paper to use for this card, I coloured snowy hug pink and blue and I have the perfect pattern paper from magnolia vintage Christmas, hanging ornaments but I was so reluctant to cut the paper because I love it so much.    Well, Christmas is the season for love, I will use the pattern paper I love, to send love to a love one, which is also the reason why I made a pop up love inside the card.

Here is the card I made for the following challenges :

A pop-up for inside the card


1.  Snowy hugs coloured with copic markers
2.  Pattern paper : magnolia vintage Christmas hanging ornaments, cardstock : K&Company berry pink rose stack, glitter paper : KI memories
3.  Sizzix dies : frame w/hearts & flowers, Tim Holtz movers and shakers - baroque and love and  snowflake embosslit
4.  Flowers and lace: Wild orchard crafts
5.  Ribbons and buckle : bought from Hong Kong
6.  Crystals swirls : prima 
7.  Distress ink  spun sugar
8.  Stickles : waterfall and crystal

Thanks for dropping by :-) 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

May your Christmas be merry and lack nothing

A big thank you to Annie, Becky and Yenni for your kind words and encouragement!   I spent last evening trying to do some crafting and enjoyed myself tremendously, and talking to Vincent from my craft table as he read the paper on the couch, occasionally getting an acknowledgement from him if he was not too engrossed in the papers.   Jer is knitting a scarf for our trip to Hk/Beijing next week,  she is finally done with her A levels.

Liz just told us that St Andrews temperature is minus 10 degree C, gosh, am I glad she and Min are coming back in 2 weeks for a dose of sunshine before heading back for their semester exams.

Materials used :-
1.  Belles 'N Whistles clear stamp : A child's prayer coloured with copic markers and Caran D'ache colour pencils

2.  Pattern paper : DCWV the Christmas stack with glitter, cardstock : AC and DCWV glitter cardstock

3.  Sizzix frames and stamps die

4.  7 gypsies christmas tags

5.  Distress ink - worn lipstick

6.  Organza flowers and paper stars : bought from Hong Kong

Thanks for dropping by,  I hope to come up with more cards soon :-)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Merry Christmas card

Finally, I managed to make a card today.   I was feeling kinda down, but managed to bounce back and made this card this afternoon for the Card patterns sketch 92.

Here is my card :-

Materials used :-

1.  Pattern paper : DCWV winter wonderland stack, cardstock : AC specialty paper pearl, glitter paper KI memories

2.  Cuttlebug embossing folder

3.  Distress ink : broken china

4.  Clear "Merry Christmas" stamp, but I cannot remember which brand

5.  Velvet ribbon from HK

Thanks for dropping by :-) 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Give thanks

Vincent left for Jordan and I was supposed to go with him on this trip, but somehow the timing does not permit, his meeting was rescheduled for one week earlier and Jer's A levels is still on going, so Petra would have to wait.  

I made this card yesterday afternoon and completed it last night after Vincent left for the airport.   I was inspired to make a "thank you" card after my medical check up last week, I was given a clean bill of health by Dr Low, with the exception to increase my dosage of hypertension medication.    I was then reminded of  a sermon by Joel and Victoria Osteen :

It’s easy to get focused on what’s wrong in life, what we don’t have, and how big our obstacles are. If we’re not careful, we’ll lose sight of all the good things God has done. We’ll take for granted our family, friends, health and the opportunities God has blessed us with. We’ll get so busy and stressed out that we won’t appreciate the gift of today

When making this card, I am reminded to give thanks constantly to God for keeping me, for keeping my family and friends, for our good health that God has blessed us with.

Here is my card which I am entering for the following challenges :-

1.  Whiff of Joy challenge #92 - Tara sketch
2.  7 Kids challenge #8 - give thanks

Materials used :

1.  Whiff of joy image : Willow kneeling with flowers colored with Prisma color pencils
2.  Pattern paper : crafty secrets heartwarming vintage collection : classic, cardstock : AC cardstock
3.  Spellbinder nestie : beaded oval and inked with distress ink : spun sugar
4.  Cuttlebug eembossing plus - fanciful labels
5.  Ribbons : bought from Hong Kong
6.  Paper flowers : wild orchid crafts
7.  Thank you sentiment stamp : Our Daily Bread Design
8.  Lime green stickles

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's snowing - you made me blush

I have been busy the past week with doctor's appointment, luncheon talks and dinners, so was unable to come up with any cards.

I finally completed a card last night but was rushing to go for my yoga session after picking Jer from school after her econs paper, and wanted to enter for the DCD Christmas Club challenge #43 which was snowflakes, but I was too late, then I discovered to my delight today that the next DCD challenge is "anything goes"!

I had a fun time in calligraphy class today,  but poor Vincent has to settle the repair of his wine chiller which broke down again, after his new stock of cloudy bay arrived!  Well ever the optimist, I told him I am actually glad that it chose to break down today, instead of next week, as he would be away and I would never notice that the chiller is not working and by the time he is back, all the wine would have gone bad (even though we have to pay for double service charge for a weekend repair).  

I made my card for the following challenges :-

1.  Simon says : Sparkle
2.  Anything goes challenge week 25 - let it snow
3.  ABC challenge - H is for holidays
4.  DCD Christmas Club challenge #44 - anything goes

Here is my card :

Materials used :

1.  Penny Black stamp : you made me blush coloured with Caran D'Ache colour pencils
2.  Patten paper : DCWV winter wonder stack, cardstock : DCWV, glitter paper : KI memories
3.  Sizzix snowflake embossit and frame back ornate #3
4.  Stickles : turquoise
5.  Snowflakes brads 

I cut the snowflake cutout from the sizzix embossit into half and used as border for the crisscross.  Thanks for dropping by :-)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yenni's blog candy

Hi, my dear friend Yenni is offering blog candy for her 29th birthday.  Yenni creates beautiful cards and layout pages, so pop over to to her blog : Scrapcollector and check out her beautiful creations as well as participate in her blog candy.

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope I can come up with one or two cards tomorrow :-)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you

Yay, I am literally over the moon!   Vincent is finally back after 3 long weeks and I won top 3 at Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club challenge #41!  What a happy day for me :-)  I have not won any challenge for quite a while and am soooo happy to win!

And I dropped by made with love again this afternoon after church, today being the last day of the sale and I am so upset the heart bigz extra long die is out of stock!  Haiz I should have bought it on Friday when I was there!   And I promptly spent more $ buying a 3 D platform spinning die!

So when Vincent was clearing the mails and paying the bills, I made this card with all the dies I bought from made with love for the following challenges :-

1.   Pocket full of posies challenge 10 - winter bouquet
2.   Totally Tilda challenge 9 - Icy Christmas - blue and silver

Here is my card :

 The inside of the card which I used the 3d platform die to cut the platform and use it to "spin" my sentiment

 A peek at how the card closes with the spinning platform folding nicely into the centre

Materials used :-

1.  Tilda with scarf coloured with copic markers
2.   Pattern paper : DCWV winter wonder stack, cardstock : DCWV glitter stack and KI memories glitter
3.   Sizzix bigz 3 d spinning platform extra long and accordion album extra long dies
4.   Spellbinders pendant : Fleur de lis 
5.   Sentiment stamp : stampabilities
6.   Baby blue satin flowers and ribbon : bought from HK

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wishing you the joys of the season : hope, joy and love

I am working on my paperbag album and have not been making cards!    So with my new purchases yesterday from made with love (a local craft store offering a storewide 40% discounts), I made this card for Die cut Dream Christmas club challenge #41 christmas crackers

Here is my card :

Materials used :-

1.  Warm & Cozy Tilda coloured with copic markers and caran d'ache colour pencils
2.  Pattern paper : DCWV the christmas stack with glitter
3.  Cardstock : AC cardstock pastels, heavy weight
4.  Magnolia doohickey dies : vintage tag
5.  Sizzix dies : movers and shapers : hope, joy and love
6.  Martha stewart punch
7.  Crackers cut-out : cricut cartridge celebrations for the smaller three crackers, the big cracker which tilda is sitting on is cut with free hand.
8.  Glitz stickles : champagne, star dust
9.  Poinsettias : wild orchid crafts

Thanks for dropping by :-) 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's a girl box

There is a standing joke in Vincent's company that those who works in the company will have girls, we have 3 girls, Irene has Crystabel when she started working with him, Wichit has 3 girls, both Victors (one in Singapore and the other in HK) each has a daughter recently when it was Jean's turn, naturally it is another girl!  

I made this cute 3 x 3 box for Denise (Jean's baby girl) and for the following challenges :-

1.   B 'n W trick or treat me - such a cute baby image is definitely a treat to the eyes

Tutorials on how to make the card box and tote is available at Elisabeth Bells world of challenge blog.

Here is my 3 x 3 box :-

1.  Belles 'n Whistles clear stamps - sweet dreams coloured with copic markers
2.  Cardstock : DCWV
3.  Pattern paper : Dovercraft 12 x 12 designer paper pack - baby 
4.  Spellbinder nestabilities
5.  It's a girl ribbon : spotlight
6.  Ranger stickles : star dust
7.  Martha stewart punch
8.  Crochet flowers : bought in HK 

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Magic mushroom and a purple and Black Tilda card

I brought Jer to see Dr See and she asked him for a magic mushroom so that she can get well immediately! Dr See is one of the most caring doctor I know and he does not have any magic mushroom, but he did give jer plenty of medicine and rang me to check on her and give me further instructions on her medication!   Get well soon Jer and relax, big smile and big hug, I love you and aunty Ying sends her regards to you :-)

All the talk of magic mushroom makes me think about purple and black, so I made this after I came back from calligraphy class today - a purple and black Tilda card for the following challenges :-

1.  Magnolia Stamp Lovers challenge - purple and black
2.  Sunday Sketch & Stamp challenge #40 - Mandy's sketch
3.  A spoon full of sugar challenge 128 - relish to embellish

Material used :

1.  Tilda with cherries coloured with copic markers
2.  Pattern paper : dovercraft designer paper pack - charcoal prints
3.  Cardstock : popular
4.  Paper flowers : wild orchid crafts and gifts from Wichit (bought in Thailand)
5.  Spellbinders nestie
6.  Swirl pearls : Prima

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wishing you all the JOYS of the season

It has been more than a week since Vincent left for Germany, he is now in London spending time with our two older girls who are in university there.    I am home alone with Jer who is taking her A levels, and her first paper is on Tuesday.   She has been studying very hard and unfortunately has also caught the flu bug.  I have been trying to load her with home brewed herbal tea, double boiled chicken soup, fish soup, and lots of vegetables and fruits.

It will be another week before Vincent heads home, and I am trying to make a paper bags album as inspired by my mentor Angie, but I decided to take a break and make a card for the following challenges :

1.   Sweet Stamping Challenge - a sketch
2.   Whiff of Joy Challenge 91 - a Christmas card

Materials used :

1.  WOJ image :  Melinda blowing kisses coloured with caran d'ache color pencils and copic markers
2.  Pattern paper : basicgrey jovial, cardstock : DCWV, border stickers : basicgrey jovial
3.  Spellbinder nesti, inked with viva decor paper soft color
4.  Wishing you all the JOYS of the season - clear stamp (I couldn't remember the make of this set of stamps and I did not keep record as this was one of my very first few set of stamps)
5.  EK success musical symphony edge punch  
6.  Poinsettias : wild orchid crafts

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Digi Bells DT call

I was pondering if I should make a card for Elisabeth Bell : The Digi Bells Guest DT call (November/December) which ends today!   And since I was on a high after attending David Foster and friends concert 2 nights ago featuring the ever classy Natalie Cole, Charice, Peter Cetera, Ruben Studdard and the Canadian Tenors, plus remembering what my ever encouraging (but brutally honest) mentor Angie shifu told me : you have nothing to lose, except your pride, I made this card which is based on the following sketch, to participate in the above guest DT call.

1.   Image : I love you this much from Elisabeth Bell Digi collection which can be ordered @ Elisabeth Bell digishop, coloured with copic markers

2.  Cardstock : American crafts - pastels

3.  Pattern paper : my mind's eye, and K & Company

4.  EK Success corner punch

5.  Lace : Wild orchid crafts

6.  Ribbon and organza flowers : bought from HK

Thanks for dropping by and good luck to all who participated :-)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vintage layout

I did this vintage layout with Eunice @ scrapholics  yesterday!   I really like the how the layout turn out as I am not very much a brown person and am pleasantly surprised to use shades of blue, purple to create vintage charm!   Learned some really interesting technics and ideas from her,  thanks Eunice :-).

Vincent left for Germany for his almost 3 weeks trip this morning, and I am home alone with Jer away in school most of the time studying for her A levels.   Well, I will have more time for my yoga, exercise, calligraphy, painting and crafting!  I need to tidy up my craft area too :-) 

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Joey's birthday candy

Check out Joey's fabulous birthday candy here, you have upto Oct 29 to participate, good luck :-)

Sweet love tag

I love this sweet love Whistle 'n Belles stamp.   I have lots of fun coloring with prismacolor which I just received a couple of weeks ago.  They are a breeze to use.

Since I completed this tag, I decided to have another go at the Belles 'n whistles challenge - use fall colours - since I used mainly shades of red and brown for this tag.

Here is my tag which I will probably use in the paper bag mini album which I am planning to make  :

Materials used :

1.  Sweet love whistle 'n belles stamp colored with prismacolor pencils
2.  Cardstock : a zone paper from popular
3.  Pattern paper : from stash
4.  Ranger distress ink : fire bricks
5.  Ribbon : bought from wholesale centre in HK

Thanks for dropping by :-)