Sunday, January 30, 2011

All we need is love

Love is patient,
Love is kind,
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud. It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking, nor easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs. 
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I have been impatient with Liz this morning and I am going to post this card I made, to her, as a way of apology, I am sorry darling I love her and I should be more patient.  I miss both you and Min, more so, during the festive period.   

When I saw the figure 8 bow from Amazing paper grace, which Becca has a you-tube video on how to make this.  It is relatively easy and since I do not have a ribbon with the stitch round the edge, so I sewed it with running stitches.   Using the same method, I sewed running stitches on a much thinner velvet ribbon and make the base for the flowers to hold up the card.  

Figure 8 bow and the base made with thinner velvet ribbon for flowers

 I added a bookmark (I left a slot at the back of this easel card)

Materials used :-

1.  LOVE stamp : ODBD
2.  Pattern paper : Little yellow bicycle - lollipop stripe with glitter, cardstock : AC - primaries
3.  Spellbinder nestabilities, Magnolia Doohickeys, Sizzix movers and shakers die - love
4.  Distress ink - spun sugar
5.  Ribbons and organza flowers : Hong Kong

Thanks for dropping by :-) 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Be still and know I am God - Psalm 46:10

This is one of my favourite bible verse, and time and again, I am reminded to drop everything, all worries, frustrations and know that He is God.   God's command - "be still" wants us to think on two things, we human are finite and God is infinite.

Here is my card for the Card Pattern sketch 99

Materials used :-

1.  Be Still and know that I am God stamp : our daily bread designs
2.  Pattern paper : Cosmo cricket, mitten weather, cardstock : Popular
3.  Spellbinder nestabilities
4.  EK success punch
5.  Ribbon : Hong Kong
6.  Flowers : Wild Orchid crafts
7.  Cuttlebug embossing folder

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chinese New Year blessings

Chinese New year is just round the corner and there are still so much things I needed to get done.  Somehow I am very very late this year and I have no help as my full time domestic helper Ju-an had been unwell and returned home.

So, while trying to do some spring cleaning, and going for my painting class, I made this chinese new year card for the girls. Qi is attending a conference in London so it is great that the two sisters could spend cny together.   I also sent a parcel of cny goodies together with the card, so they would not miss home too much.   Here is my card which is based on Peachy keen sketch challenge 44 with a twist - use monochromatic colour scheme.

Mandarin oranges are a must for chinese new year, as is the colour red, and the challenge called for a monochromatic colour so I decided to make a chinese new year card.

A closed up of the oranges, aren't they too cute for words?

 福 (fu) - blessings

吉祥如意 (ji xiang ru yi) - good fortune as one wishes (I need to practice writing my calligraphy more regularly)

Mandarin oranges 

Materials used :-

1.  Peachy keen stamps : Orange from PK 239 Faceless fruit set,  coloured with caran d'ache colour 
     pencils, face : PK-490 Everyday character face assortment (size : 1")
2.  Pattern paper : me & my BIG ideas, mambi color basics (red), waffle paper : Pacon, 
     cardstock : popular
3.  Fu punch, ribbon : Hong kong
4.  Spellbinders nestabilities 
5.  EK success punch

Thanks for dropping by :-)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

To love and to laugh

I have been feeling very aggrieved when someone I went out of the way to help, turned around and slapped me on the face.  So much for helping, but as Flo told me time and again, its ok, God knows and God cares and God will bless me richly.   And true enough, thank God, I won the January Digibells challenge,  see previous post, hearts and chocolates.  And this cheered me immensely plus God provide comfort in the form of support and encouragement from my buddy and Liz.

I won my very first challenge from Peachy Keen stamps (who has the cutest stamps ever, and they can be found here ), thus Peachy Keen is very closed to my heart, so this week I decided to make a card for their Tuesday sketch challenge 43 and after making the card, I realised is also suitable for their Lets face it Friday challenge : X's and O's

Here is the card :-

A closed up of the faces

Materials used :

1.  Peachy keen stamps : PK-505 : too much fun faces and PK-164 Dolly Dumplins, 
     sentiments : unity stamps
2.  Cardstock : Popular, pattern paper : scraps from stash
3.  half pearls : wild orchid crafts
4.  punches : EK success 1" circle, fiskars small scallop, EK success leaves, EK success hearts
5.  Crystals : prima
6.  Sizzix love embossing folder
7.  Ribbons : Hong Kong

Thanks for dropping by :-) 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hearts & Chocolate - Elisabeth Bell

Elisabeth Bell creates the most beautiful images, and her latest image : the prince is now available, check out Elisabeth Bell digital stamps.  

I created this card and altered a chocolate tube container for the Digibell January blog hop.  Go check out the digibells DTs awesome creations and join them in the blog hop.   This altered container has been filled with chocolate and will make a fantastic valentine gift. 

The original chocolate tube container

 Altered container tube and card

Materials used :

1.  Whiff of Joy stamp : Willow blowing kissess, coloured with copic markers and sentiment stamp :
     Unity Stamp
2.  Pattern paper : Papermania love colossal paper pack, cardstock : Popular bookstore
3.  Spellbinder nestabilities : label eleven
4.  Sizzix extra bigz : card, heart with hearts
5.  Friskars scallop circle punch
6.  Organza flower and red doily : Hong Kong
7.  Pearls : Wild orchid crafts

Thanks for dropping by. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A time for everything - Ecclesiastes 3

My dear friend Ace has been pretty down recently, so I made her these 2 bookmarks and bake her some cheesecakes.  The recipe for the cheesecake is from Joy of baking.  

 Cheer up Ace :-) 

In the mood for love

Hi, I am back, and I think I got myself out of the craft rut!   Angie and Flo came over to check out my craft area and we had a great time shopping for sizzix dies and ideas to get me more organized.  Thanks ladies :-)

Vincent left for KL yesterday and I I started out to make a birthday card, but ended up making a valentine day card instead.   Here is my card for the Card Pattern sketch 98 :-

The card opens to this :

Materials used :

1.  Pattern paper : DCWV the sweet stack, card stock : AC
2.  Spellbinders nestabilites and sizzix dies
3.  Love is what makes the ride worth it clear stamp (I can't remember the make)
4.  Ribbon, lace and satin flowers : Hong Kong

I have lots of fun and lots of glue on my fingers when I made the lace flowers.  Thanks for dropping by :-), I hope to make some chinese new year cards soon. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My new craft area

I have been stuck in a craft rut as Jer calls it, even though I just had my exercise area revamped into my craft area and relinquished the study area back to Vincent, I simply cannot get back crafting.   I have new cabinets fixed is still in the process of packing and arranging all my crafting stuff neatly.  Vincent volunteered  to do the packing for me, but I refused, preferring to take my time organising all the stuff that I have amassed over the past year.  

Jer and I wanted to spend the evening crafting (so that I can get out of the crafting rut I am in now) as Vincent has a dinner appointment.   However as it turned out, I have to go with him for the dinner, so crafting will have to take a back seat till tomorrow.  I hope to make some valentine and chinese new year cards.

Here is my new craft area which I am still trying to organise :

The study area which I used to do my crafting, playing computer games and talking to the girls. 

Jer has been working on altering a note book into a diary, here is a sneak peak to what she has done.  I think she is at June or July now.  She is working on a rainbow coloured theme, using colours from the rainbow for each month.  

Thanks for dropping by, I hope to have some craft creations tomorrow.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pixie Dust Paperie giveaways

I am finally back!   I just realised my last update was a month ago, before we went to Hong Kong and Beijing.   So much has happened in the last 4 weeks : we had a great trip, the girls came home for Christmas, then we took a trip to Penang over the new year where I tried para-sailing (which was really exciting), and next on my "to try" list is bungee jumping.   I wonder what would Vincent say.  

I do not have any creations to show today, but I want to let everyone know there is a fantastic give away at Pixie dust paperieie.   I have to thank Kathy who visited, and left a link for me.   Check it out, it is very simple to qualify for the draw.   

I hope to create something soon, because my mentor Angie gave me some beautiful making memories paper.  I just have to do something with them.

Thanks for dropping by, do check out Pixie dust paperie blog for their giveaways.