Sunday, August 29, 2010

Honey Lemon

I love this honey Tilda stamp, but I have not done much work, so when Die cut Dreams challenge 62 is Tilda in lemon, I immediately thought of honey Tilda, hence my Honey Lemon for the

Here is my card :

Material used :

1.   Honey Tilda coloured with copic markers

2.   Pattern paper : doodlebug design, card stock  DCWV

3.   Bubblebee and hives eyelets : eyelets outlets 

4.   Yellow stickles : Ranger

5.   Sentiments stamp : Hero Arts

6.   Flowers : wild orchid crafts

7.    Sizzix diecut

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Another card with a bookmark

I like the idea of including a bookmark in the card, so much so that I made another one today.   Jer asked me to make a few cards for her teachers on teachers' day which falls on Sept 1, I do not have any "happy teacher's day sentiment and made do with the hero arts : have a special day

Here is my card which I am submitting for the Tickled Pink Stamp Monthly Challenge #4 which is based on a sketch.

Material used :-

1.    Sweet Tilda coloured with copic markers
2.    Pattern paper : DCWV sweet stack, cardstock, K&Company
3.    Flowers : Wild orchid crafts
4.    Lace and ribbon : from Hong Kong
5.    Cut out with cricut 
6.    Spellbinder nestie
7.    spun sugar distress ink and icicles stickles

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

A card with a bookmark

I have storage problems right now, after my buying spree the last 2 to 3 weeks.   Vincent asked me to order what I want for my crafting needs for my birthday,  plus all the laces/ribbons/paper I bought from Hongkong and the flowers Wichit bought for me from Thailand, I am in serious need of storage space!!   I think Vincent is exploding anytime soon, my craft area is in a mess.

Enough of my storage problem, I am sure I will find a solution soon.   Since I was on a draught last week, I decided to make another card with a pre-coloured Tilda with balloons (one of my favourite) which include a compartment for a bookmark, for the :

Material used :-

1.    Tilda with balloon coloured with copic markers

2.    Pattern paper : DCWV citrus stack, cardstock - a dual tone glossy paper I bought from Artland HK

3.    Bookmark tag - above dual tone glossy paper cut sizzix tags, happy die, cotton string from Cosmos Japan.

4.    Crochet lace and pink ribbon from Hong Kong

5.    Paper flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts

6.    Chipboard flower embellishment blossom used as compartment to hold the bookmark

7.    Sentiment stamp : Elzybells

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I would like to share with everyone what my mentor Angie sent me in an email sometime last week on a write up on marriage  by Stephanie Halmilton :-


When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I've got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn't know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly.

She didn't seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn't talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn't love her anymore. I just pitied her!

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company.

She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn't have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane.

When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn't want anything from me, but needed a month's notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month's time and she didn't want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day.

She requested that every day for the month's duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife's divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn't had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don't tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside
the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn't looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me.

On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn't tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me... she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it's time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn't noticed that our life lacked intimacy.

I drove to office.... jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind...I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won't divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn't value the details of our lives, not because we didn't love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart.

Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.

At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I'll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed - dead.
My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push thru with the divorce.-- At least, in the eyes of our son--- I'm a loving husband....

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse's friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!

If you don't share this, nothing will happen to you.

If you do, you just might save a marriage.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.


So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. Matthew 19:6.

By Stephanie Halmilton
Now, for the card I made this week, but somehow did not have the time to upload it.   Here is my card for the following challenges :

Material used :

1.   Kissing Edwin and Tilda with heart package coloured with copic markers
2.   Pattern paper : DCWV spring flower stack
3.   Sentiment : Tim Holtz stampers anonymous 
4.   Stickles
5.   White lilies and wild yellow orchids - Wild orchid crafts
6.   Spellbinder pendants

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

My favourite colour - purple

Both Vincent and I fell in love with the cuckoo clock when we first saw it in Blackforest Germany in 1995.   We had difficulities bringing it back to Singapore as we were travelling with Liz  and Cassie who were 5 and 7 plus we also bought lots crystalwares and musical box in Austria and Italy (all of which needed to be handcarried) , but then again, we were young and energetic so somehow we managed.   It was a huge cuckoo but it simply refused to work despite having it repaired and serviced numerous times.   So now it is like an ornamental piece in the family area, reminding us not to buy on impulse, especially me.

This is our impulsive buy :

When I saw this Belle and Whistles stamp, Belle dusting, with the cuckoo clock, I knew I just have to buy it!  And no it was not an impulse buy.

When I saw that Belle ' Whistles challenge is for "lilac/purple", I definitely have to make a card for submission as lilac is my favourite colour!!

The card that I made with Belle dusting is for the following challenges :-

1.    Belle 'n Whistles Challenge "lilac/purple"

2.   A spoon full of sugar challenge 116 - lets get sketchy

Here is the card :

Materials used :-

1.   Belle 'n whistles clear stamp - Belle dusting coloured with copic markers

2.   Patter paper : Bo-Bunny's back to basic, cardstock : Ac cardstocks

3.   Spellbinder nestie cutouts, distress ink - mulled lavender 

4.   Stampin up sentiment - gift from my mentor Angie

5.   Ribbon from HK and flowers from Thailand

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Super Sam is cancer free

I just have to make a boy card for Sam.   For those of you who have been following the progress of Sam, he has been declared CANCER FREE, what a good news!!!!    I am so happy for him, so I used the sentiment Happiness Always.  I just have to use some embellishments, so I chose the greenish blue butterfly with tiny not so flowery flowers in shades of blue and green.

 Here is the link to Sam's facebook page on his progress :

Super Sam

Since I am making a boy card, I will use Edwin and join the following challenges :-

1.    Magnolia Stamp lovers challenge 16 - Edwin - Edwin
2.    Just Magnolia week 68 - a sketch

Here is my card :-

Material used :

1.    Edwin coloured with copic markers
2.    Cardstock : AC, pattern paper DCWV nana stack.
3.    Butterfly and flowers : K&Company
4.    Sentiment stamp : stampin up (gift from Angie
5.    Ribbon from hk

I am rushing to upload this for the Magnolia Stamp lovers challenge, which closes in a couple of mins, hope I can make it.   Thanks for dropping by :-)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pink and Dots for the girl

I had a such a wonderful time @ calligraphy class this morning, even laoshi told me he missed my chatter and laughter.  

7 kids college fund has a new challenge blog and their very first challenge is pink and dots.   Flo has been encouraging me to make a card for the challenge, she said pink and dots are very much the kind of colours and combination that I like.    So, here is the card I made for the following challenges :

1.   7 Kids College Fund Challenge - Pink and Dots
2.   Wild Orchid Challenge 3 - one for the girls

Materials used :-

1.   Tilda with wedding gifts coloured with copic markers

2.  Pattern paper : cosmo cricket garden variety mini deck, cardstock K&Company recycled double sided  berry pink

3.  Self-adhesive pearls and flowers : Wild orchid crafts

4.  Spellbinders nesties

5.  Martha Stewart punches

6.  stickles

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Elisabeth Bell

I saw the DT call by Elisabeth Bell for her digis last week when I was in Hong Kong and wondered if I could make a submission for it when I returned to Singapore.    I love the delicately beautiful images by Elisabeth Bell, both the digis and the stamps and hope I can do justice to the images.

I finally made this card for submission after my mentor Angie encouraged me to go for it, go go go, she said, what have you got to lose beside your pride.   Pride is something I have too much of and it will do me go to lose some along the way, so, here is the card for the Elisabeth Bell digi DT call.   Here are the links to Elisabeth Bell's blog and facebook :

Elisabeth Bell's Blog
Elisabeth Bell Facebook

I have to credit my youngest daughter Jermaine for taking the photos for me, she woke up early at 6.30 to catch the morning sun.

Materials used :

1.    Elisabeth Bell's digi : Little Rapunzel coloured with copic markers

2.    Pattern paper and card stock from my all time favourite DCWV Spring Flowers stack, which I have not used since I bought them because they are so pretty and I can't bear to use them.   I am such a hoarder!!

3.   Stampin up sentiment stamp is a gift from my mentor

4.   Cutout from spellbinders nesties and distress with bundled sage

5.   Orange peel stickles

6.   Flowers from Thailand

Thanks for creating all the lovely images Elisabeth, and good luck to all who submitted entires for the DT calls and thanks for dropping by :-)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Laces, ribbons and flowers

Vincent asked Wichit whom we have known for many years to buy paper flowers from Thailand for me and he came to Singapore yesterday with a HUGE bag of paper flowers and some leaves, and they are so gorgeous!   I immediately set to make a birthday card for my dear friend Audrey.

This easel card is also for the following challenges :-

2.    Die cut dreams challenge #60 - fabric  (I am using the lace as fabric) 

Materials used :-

1.    Tilda and cake inked with memento tuxedo black and coloured with copic markers

2.    Pattern paper : Cosmo Cricket garden variety,  cardstock from local stationery

3.    Happy Birthday sentiment wooden stamp : Hero Art, inked with black Versacolor and emboss with stampendous embossing powder

4.   Laces and ribbon bought from my recent trip to Hong Kong

5.   Martha Stewart punch

6.   And finally, the white daisy is from Thailand, thanks to Wichit :-)

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our Daily Bread Design challenge

I changed my blog header with lots of help from my mentor Angie, but we still need to adjust the width of the header to centralise it.   This is a painting I did sometime back, one of my favourite, I have not painted for quite a while and am looking forward to starting new class with my friend Kah Ming soon.

I made this card for Our Daily Bread Design Challenge no. 24, 3 of something :

I love these pretty crochet flowers I bought from HK, I added a pearl to give it more dimension.

Materials used :-

1.   Sentiments stamp - Stampabilities, inked with black VersaColor and emboss with stampendous sparkling embossing powder

2.   Pattern paper : DCWV Citrus stack, card stock Gemstones canvas texture, pearlescent finish

3.    Crochet flowers (3), organza flowers (3) and ribbon bought from HK

4.    Pearls : Kaiser 

5.   Martha Stewart punch

I used 3 crochet flowers, 3 organza flowers and 3 pearls.

Thanks for dropping by :-) 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Follow your heart

I came back from Hong Kong last night, bought lots of laces, flowers, some ribbons and 4 magazines on crafting.     I miss crafting when I was in Hong Kong, but it was a good break for both Vincent and I.

I immediately settle down to make a card this morning, and when Liz woke up, commented that the table was so neat and tidy when I was away and now it is back to its messiness.  

I made this heart shaped card for the following challenges :-

1.   Totally Tilda Challenge 2 - make a shaped card

2.   A Pocket full of Poises - Challenge 4 - all that glitters

3.   Sweet Stamping Challenge no. 38 - sweet in pink

Materials used :-

1.   Ballarina Tilda coloured with copic markers and generously amount of icicle and fruit punch stickles applied to Tilda's dress and shoes and on the pattern paper too.

2.   American craft cardstocks, pattern paper from stash

3.   Heart shaped card - cutout with cricut create using the tags, bags boxes and more cricut cartridge 

4.   EK success heart punch

5.   Sentiment stamp - stampin up 

6.    Ribbon flowers bought from Hk

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pocket full of posies and Wild Orchid Challenges

I have a wonderful birthday on Sunday.   On Friday, spending time with my mentor Angie and Flo (together with Conrad), decorating my birthday cake, followed by lunch.  On Saturday, we had a party at the art and calligraphy class, followed by dinner at Jaan with the girls, Vincent and Ma, in full view of the National day rehearsal fireworks.

I love the nice fragrance of the flowers (from Vincent and my lovely friends) in the house now.   There are flowers in the living room, in the family area and in my bedroom too!!

Now for the card I made before leaving for Hong Kong tomorrow.   I make this card for these challenges :-

1.    Pocket full of posies - peach and aqua

2.   Wild Orchid Challenge 2 - lovely laces

Here is my card :

hmmm. wonder why the colours of both photos turned out different?

Materials used :-

1.   Pattern paper : DCWV Mango frost, DCWV cardstock

2.   Laces and flowers : Wild Orchid Crafts

3.  Sizzix ornate fan diez

4.  Spellbinder nestie

5.  Viva decor pearl pen - salmon

I really love the lace from Wild Orchid, they are truly lovely.   

Thanks for dropping by :-)  I am off to Hong Kong, so there will be no postings till next week.