Monday, October 31, 2011

It feels good

to wake up on a Tuesday morning at 10am. As you can see, school is kind of officially over. Other than reporting for invigilation and going back to the staff room from time to time, i am pretty much free now! Yipee!

So i guess that calls for more scrapping right? I have been creating a lot of layouts lately and some of which, i have yet to post it up. Will find the time when it arises. For now, this layout was inspired by Get Picky's Oct Photo Prompt Challenge. If you check it out, you will realise we had to work with really bright and contrasting colours. I dont know what came over me but i found it quite intriguing and decided to give it a shot, considering that i dont really like BRIGHT colours. :D

Here is my take:

Part of the challenge was to use fabric so i used my Dear Lizzy's fabrics that i have kept for the longest time, selected all the colours, cut them into strips and use them as a background. I needed the colour blue since it was seen in the photo so i misted the background with TA's Jack Frost. Well, it was not enough as i wanted more blue to bring out the elements in the layout. If you look at the close up photos, i embossed a texture fade die into a Pink Paislee paper as well as cut out a heart shape at the side of the photos. The heart shape was painted with gesso over a mask and was distressed with Tim Holtz' Tumbled Glass distress stain.

WAHHHH! Sounds so technical but i thouroughly enjoyed myself. I am learning to challenge myself to go beyond cut and paste. Finally, i finished some touches with some faux sticthing, journalling and adding FLOWERS AND FABRIC FLOWERS! :D All the more to make me grin as i use up my flower stash. :D


On the side line, you might have realised that i have been using a lot of white cardstock recently and with all those scraps left, i decided to change the way i tracked my mists and stains. My earlier system did not work so i cut up the scraps into equal sizes and misted on them for easy reference.

Not the first time you heard about it but it certainly works for me! Well, that is it for today. Have a lovely Tuesday ahead. :D

Sunday, October 23, 2011

faux stitching?

Hello! Another two more layouts to show since i have been on the stitching frenzy. The first layout is where i scrapped about the lovely Tai Cheong's Egg Tarts from HK. I have never been a fan of egg tarts but was completely sold when i tried these. They melt in your mouth and the tarts are so darn delicious. You guys should try if you're in Hong Kong.

Look at the stitching done at the side. That took quite a lot of time but i am glad it came out nice. :D

Up next, a little trick to share with you. Notice the difference between this and the earlier layout. From far, the stitches look like they were done by a sewing machine but in actual fact, there was no sewing done. :D

So how did i do it? Simply adhere your shapes onto the paper first. Draw straight lines using your pencil or pen. Use your piercer and pierce through your paper and VIOLA! Faux stitching appears!!

Cool right?

Well, happy scrapping! I am off for a good dinner with the family! :D

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

sew easy?

I dont know whether you face the same problem as i do but a few months back, i bought the sew easy tool and i have been facing some major difficulties. it does not pierce as well when it comes to thicker cardstocks and maybe it is just me, but i am finding it hard to row the tool in a straight line..

So i figured why not use my piercer and try to sew? And so i did.. Well, no sticthes are meant to be perfect and mine was certainly not but i really loved how it turned out. It adds so much more textures to the layout.

Using some Studio Calico papers, mask and mists - punching out different circles and layering them. This is why i love SC papers, their papers speak volume! i dont really need to embellish much. :D

Well, praying that I get better too. I had a sudden bout of high fever last night. Amazing since i have no cough or flu. It worries me.

Time to sleep. Good night!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


I have finally finished all the marking! The holiday can officially start! Haha, what a weekend! I just cant wait for school to be over so that my travel trips can start! :D On the scrapping front, have you checked out GetPicky? They are celebrating their 1 year birthday bash and there is just so much inspiration seen from all the designers. I decided to join in the fun and participate for this month's sketch. :D

Notice the embossed swirls on the circles? Haha, the wonders of a Big Shot! Haha can you see i am trying to use up all my prima flowers? I overbought during the sales period and i had so much trouble trying to fit all of them into my original box. Right now, everything is fitted in. I used up like half of my stash of flowers already! Happy happy! :D

Wishing you a great week ahead! :D

Thursday, October 13, 2011


is indeed fragile. One momenet you are here and the next moment you aren't. Tragedy struck upon one of my students today. My heart goes out to her and wherever she is right now, i pray that her wounds would be healed in God's name. Sometimes when one decides to go, i wonder whether one knows what it feels to be left on this earth to deal with the consequences thereafter. What is it like to still breathe but not feel like you are living?

Job 1:21
"...and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."


Before i leave, here is sharing my take for Sketchy Thursday's November Guest DT sketch. Here is to brighten up your day with a wonderful picture of my other niece. I am absolutely in love with this picture taken by my bro in law.

Cute right?

Made 3 green leaves at the right hand side, using some Jack and Jill papers and white gel paint. The other 2 white leaves are on the flowers itself. Also wrote 5 things i am thankful for on the journalling spot below. I am so glad Beth is ours to love. :D

And yes, i was happy to be featured yet again on Sketchy Thursdays

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Kate turns 3

I am feeling a whole lot better today. I prayed about it and i am sure God is in control even as i try to clear up the mess. Right now, i am still marking my exam scripts. 4 more classes to go before next round of papers come in on Thursday.

On Friday, my dear Kate turned 3. She was in such a cheery mood and i am so glad she enjoyed herself. From baking cookies, to collecting her bday cake to eating at the ship to running around the shopping centre to singing and cutting cake.. it amazes me how fast time has passed. She has grown up into such a beautiful girl. She has developed her own quirky yet independant personality. I am so glad she is my niece. :D

Sharing a LO i just did on her 3rd birthday! (yeah, i have been taking secretive breaks in between marking!)

This is also done for this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch and Prima's Oct PAP's sketch. Look at her! She looks so happy and engrossed. :D She loved the gummies on the cake. :D

Have an awesome week ahead. :D

Saturday, October 8, 2011

What a week..

It was an eventful week to say the least. Exam papers are in and i majorly screwed up in one of my invigilation. Well, to cut the long story short.. the HOD and Exam Comm are aware so lets hope that things will get resolved. What is up with me lately? Meeting bad parents, screwing up procedures or having demanding colleagues... i just wish there were less problems.

I was reminded of this verse today: Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

It is a verse that never fails to give me peace in my heart. My heart might be far away from God but i am reminded that his love is unfailing and He is in control.


Well, lets not end the post so sadly. Firstly, I was named a favourite for this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch. YEAHHH! :D


Do check it outhere!!

As you can see, i am finding more time to join challenges and to tell you the truth, it can be really fun! :D Another LO to share. This was a non-photo LO and i am in love with it. It looks really canvas like, dont you think? Using all stamps, inks and distress inks to do it up.

See the paints on the leaves? Simply use a paintbrush and find suitable colours from your mists/hueys, dab in your paintbrush and paint away! I love how it adds shimmer once you are done! :D

I hope your week was better than mine! Back to my marking! :D

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Nantucket love

Hello! I am back with another update, this time I am going to share some of the layouts i did based on Pink Paislee's Nantucket Collection. Initially, i was hesistant to buy some of the papers/embellishments as i was afraid that the pictures i printed might have to be beach related. But i was so bought in by the colour palette that i didnt really care whether there were lobsters or fishes on them. (:

First up, using some of the papers to do my HK pictures to the Peak. I thought it would match well with the papers. Lots of SC's white mist and stamping. I loved how it turned out, something a little different from my usual style.

Up next, i figured that i wanted to use the same idea of misting and stamping so that i could play along with this week's Sketchy Thursday's sketch. Here is my take on the sketch.

Still using the same concept, but adding colours to the stamps itself and fitting in some boxes. It was simple and easy! I am glad i managed to finish it today. With work piling up, i can only pray i find time to scrap.

Lastly, i have a piece of good news to share. I finally purchased my big shot machine.

Was considering whether to get the original black and pink one or to get the limited edition one. I figured it will be much cooler to have a machine that less people owned. Yes, after 3 years of scrapping.. i have conceeded to this machine. I have to limit myself on which dies to buy! I cant wait to buy from during their sales. The dies in Singapore are way over priced, need to wait for 45% off again! (:

Have a great week ahead! :D
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