Monday, December 20, 2010

First Snow

Don't you love Webster's Pages? I did this layout using their Sweet Season Collection. I just love the pastel shades of the papers - so pretty!

I played with my Martha Stewart Loops punches for the photo matting, and used pop-up dots to mount the photo, for added dimension.

I wanted lots of sparkle for this layout, as with the sparkle of snow, so I embellished it with sparkly roses and crystals from Prima .....

..... and glittery trims from Webster's Pages. I especially like how the fluffy white trims look so much like snow too.

I then applied some Rock Candy distress crackle paint to the photo corners for even more sparkle, as well as to add detail and texture.

And to finish off, some glittered alphas for the title. The title, by the way, refers to my younger DD's first experience of snow. See the joy in her face? :)

Thanks so much for dropping by, and for leaving all your lovely comments. I truly do appreciate them.

Patterned Papers - Webster's Pages - Sweet Season Collection - Tiny Treats, Die Cut; Webster's Pages Vellum and Diecut Kit
Trims - Webster's Pages Designer Trim - Holiday
Flowers - Prima Marketing - Gwendolyns "Woodpecker", Love Letter Roses "Peridot", Fairytale Roses "Orchid"
Leaves - Prima Marketing - Velvet Heirloom Rose Leaves "Aspen"
Crystals - Prima Marketing - Say It In Crystals
Photo Corners - Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips - Regal "Creme de Cacao
Crackle Paint - Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint - Rock Candy
Punches - Martha Stewart Crafts - Loops Edge Punch and Corner Punch
Alphas - American Crafts Thickers
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots

Sunday, December 5, 2010

KCK Challenge #4 - Basic Grey

Some good news! I was invited by our local manufacturer and store KCK to be a Guest Designer for this month. The featured brand for their blog challenge this month is Basic Grey, so naturally I accepted, as it's one of my fave brands!

Here is my inspiration layout for this challenge, using a mix of Basic Grey's Cappella and Origins collections.

And here are the supplies I used:

I wanted a layout with lots of dimension and texture. To begin, I trimmed off the edges of the Origins 'Mud Mask' paper to get a non-12x12 shape, and used this as a base. I then cut the Cappella 'Bravo!' paper into a circle and layered this over a piece of Basic Grey cardstock which I had cut into a scalloped circular shape to frame the 'Bravo!' paper.

The 'Bravo!' paper is distressed using a water distress technique - I wet the edges of the paper and then folded and pinched the edges in at random to give the desired distressed look. For added texture, I then placed a piece of muslin cloth onto the layout before adding the photo and embellishments.

For the journaling, which I also took as the title of the layout, I used a die-cut shape from the Origins collection and trimmed the edge with lace.

I then added the flowers and crystal and pearl flourishes. I love using flowers and vines on my layouts as they give the layout a very 3D effect.

So, on to the challenge!

Each of the other members of the challenge design team has also crafted something to inspire you for this challenge, so do check out their beautiful projects here : Edleen Abdul, Sandy Ang, Joanna Lee, and Aniza Mahyuddin.

The challenge design team for this month will then choose three winners to receive the following prizes:

Top Prize - S$80 BG product voucher
2nd Prize - S$50 BG product voucher
3rd Prize - S$30 BG product voucher

So what are you waiting for? Go over to the KCK blog HERE to find out the rules and submission details for this challenge! And good luck to all who are participating!

Materials used for my project:
Patterned Papers - Basic Grey - Cappella Collection (Figaro, Bravo!), Origins Collection (Mud Mask)
Cardstocks - Basic Grey
Die-cut Title - Basic Grey - Origins Collection - Pieces Die-cut Shapes
Lace and Trim - Prima Marketing, Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Flowers - Prima Marketing, Petaloo
Branches - Petaloo
Leaves - Prima Marketing
Flourishes - Prima Marketing
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots
Others - Muslin Cloth

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hello Sunshine

I decided to do a clean layout, without my usual tearing and distressing. I used papers from Crate Paper, mixing and matching from their different collections.

Everything about this layout, from the colours in the photo to the bright, cheery papers, just screams "happy" to me, and that was how I came up with the title for the layout. Not to mention of course my very own little piece of sunshine in the photo! :)

I also played with my Fiskars "Sunburst" border punch ...

... and embellished the layout with some lace, crystals, and a mix of flowers from Prima, Petaloo and Zva Creative.

Thanks so much for dropping by! :)

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Crate Paper - Paper Doll Collection (Tori, Peyton Ellie), Pink Plum Collection (Pink Cherry), Brook Collection (Ripple)
Cardstock - Bazzill
Flowers - Prima Marketing (Love Letter Roses - Peridot, Petunia Rondo, Summer Carnation Vine - Lemon), Petaloo (Canterbury Collection - Magnolia Blossoms x7 - White, Rose Blossoms x7 - Cream), Zva Creative (Mini Roses - Light Pink)
Lace - Prima Marketing
Crystals - Prima Marketing
Alphas - Prima Marketing - Alphabets in Brown
Punch - Fiskars - Sunburst Border Punch
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Here's a layout I did today using some lovely papers from Glitz Design. This is yet another layout using the water distress technique, and I'm really loving this method of distressing! After the papers are completely dry, I lightly inked the edges for greater definition.

I placed a piece of muslin cloth as a backdrop for the layout, to create some texture.

I then layered on the papers and embellishments - a strip of lace and some gorgeous flowers from Petaloo and Prima Marketing. The mounted photo is adhered using 3D pop-up dots for added dimension.

While still wet, I had folded and scrunched the top left corner of the patterned paper and I then placed a pretty flower and berries combination here to balance off the rest of the embellishments.

Thanks so much for popping by! :)

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Glitz Design - Love Nest Collection - Damask, Block, and Sky, and Hoopla Collection - Frames
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Flowers - Prima Marketing - Grand Dame "Jubilee"; Petaloo - Canterbury Collection - Magnolia & Berries Branch - White, Magnolia & Berries Pick x2 - White, Magnolia Blossoms x7 - White
Leaves - Prima Marketing - Rose Leaves
Lace - Prima Marketing
Alphas - Making Memories - Tiny Alphas - White On Black
Sticker - K & Company - Life's Journey Grand Adhesions - Words
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Sweet Angel

I was going through my stash of patterned papers recently for a crop I was attending and found these gorgeous papers from Prima's Shabby Chic collection. So I decided to use them for this layout of my younger DD. This layout is an almost entirely Prima layout, with the exception of the wood flourishes which are from Kaiser Craft.

I tore out the centre of the paper to create a random "frame" and placed another piece of patterned paper beneath it.

I then placed the mounted photo within the torn out frame and decorated the layout with flowers, leaves and vines from Prima, and the wood flourishes from Kaiser Craft.

All the edges of the papers are water-distressed and inked, and I inserted some laces under the torn frame, just enough to show them peeking out from beneath the torn edges.

This is the first time I'm trying out the water distressing technique and I really like the effect it produces. Thanks for dropping by! :)

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Collection - My Lovely, Apricot Tree, Grape Twilight
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Flowers, Leaves and Vines - Prima Marketing
Laces - Prima Marketing
Alphas - Prima Marketing - Alphabets in Brown
Flourishes - Kaiser Craft - Wood Flourishes - Corners
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Altered Camera

So, I've not been posting for over a week but I'm back! And I just wanted to show this cute little camera that I altered for a colleague who was leaving us to see the world! She's very into photography and has several lomo cameras to her name, but we found out she was eyeing this particular special edition of the Fish Eye camera, so we decided to get it for her as a going-away present. And, to really make it a one-of-a-kind camera, I decided to "bling" it for her, with some pretty pink crystals to decorate the body of the camera.

For the lens cover, I attached a Prima flower and more crystals.

And I had her name pasted onto the back of the camera, in silver alphas.

I finished the look with a matching pink ribbon and phone strap.

So pink and so bling! Thanks for dropping by! :)

Materials used:
Crystals - Clusters and Elements Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards
Flower - Prima Marketing
Alphas - All That Bling Dimensional Stickers by Jolee's - Silver Mini Foil Alphas
Ribbon - May Arts
Adhesive - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Others - Miss Whatever Phone Strap

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Good Times

Every now and then, I like to try out new styles and techniques, just for a refreshing change. I did a layout last weekend that’s not quite my usual style, but I really like how it turned out. For one, it’s got no flowers – lol! Secondly, it’s got a very vintage feel to it.

I used products from Tim Holtz – papers, ink, film strip ribbons, metal embellishment, and added some from my own stash. And I inked almost everything that can be inked, including the strips of twine.

I also distressed and inked a piece of corrugated cardboard and mounted my photo onto it. I then placed this on top of the strips of patterned paper that I had also lightly distressed and inked and layered onto the backing paper.

The layout is then completed with some metal embellishments and the film strip ribbons.

Thanks so much for dropping by! :)

Materials used:
Patterned Papers – Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Lost And Found Paper Stack
Brads – Bo Bunny i-Candy Brads
Clock Hands – Maya Road
Metal Sign – Making Memories Eclectic Metal Signs – Memories
Metal Photo Corner – Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Corners
Film Strips – Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Film Strip Ribbon
Alphas – American Crafts Thickers – Daiquiri Vinyl Letter Stickers – Black
Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots
Others – Corrugated Cardboard, Twine (From own stash)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Magazine

My layout 'Perfect' can be found on Page 26 of this month's Magazine! Check it out HERE!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Alice In Wonderland - The Mad Hatter

Okay, so we don't really celebrate Halloween here in Singapore, but what can you do when you have such lovely papers as Graphic 45's Hallowe'en in Wonderland Collection? Well, I happen to have this promotional card of Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, so I thought, why not? Quite appropriate, don't you think? Besides, the picture and colours match so wonderfully together!

I did quite a bit of distressing and inking of the papers, to give them a really "old" and vintage look, and then added the Blossom Branch from Prima, which I thought gave the layout a bit of a "haunted" feel.

I also applied some distress embossing powder to the photo corners to give them a faded, almost rusted look.

I then placed some laces peeking out from behind the distressed papers to soften the overall look a little.

This was a really fun layout to do! Thanks so much for dropping by, and Happy Halloween! :)

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Graphic 45 - Hallowe'en in Wonderland Collection - Alice's Tea Party, Jabberwocky, Wonderland Classifieds, Square Hare, Hallowe'en in Wonderland Borders, Hallowe'en in Wonderland Tags; 7 Gypsies - Conservatory Collection - Mesofauna
Vines - Prima Marketing - Blossom Branches - Truffle
Laces - Prima Marketing
Photo Corners - Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Corners
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots
Others - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot, Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder - Frayed Burlap

Friday, October 29, 2010

Baby DJ

I did this layout for a friend's baby who turns one today! I immediately knew I had to scrap this photo as soon as I saw it! Don't you just love that cheeky face?

I used papers from My Mind's Eye's Alphabet Soup Girl collection as I thought the "Sweet Song" paper especially, with its colourful music notes, was most appropriate for the photo of the little sweetheart having a spin at the turntable.

I lightly distressed and inked the papers, and then used my Martha Stewart Crafts Arch Lattice edge punch on strips of patterned paper which I then lined around the circular paper at the base of the layout. It gives a pretty lace-like effect to match the lace strips I placed below the photo.

I then added some flowers and pearl flourishes to complete the layout.

Happy Birthday Gaby! :)

Materials used:
Cardstock - Basic Grey
Patterned Papers - My Mind's Eye - Alphabet Soup Collection by Zoe Pearn - Alphabet Soup Girl "Sweet Song" Paper, Alphabet Soup Girl "Sunny Stripes" Paper, Alphabet Soup Girl "Flower Patch" Paper
Laces - Prima Marketing
Twill Ribbon - Creative Images
Flowers - Prima Marketing
Pearl Flourishes - Prima Marketing - Say It In Pearls (Pink)
Alphas - American Crafts Thickers - Puffy Honey in Metallic Copper
Edge Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts - Arch Lattice Edge Punch
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner