Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Joy with 13@rts

Hello friends! How are you this Wednesday?

I'm up on the 13@rts blog today to share a layout I made of my eldest. Now that we have a newborn at home, it brings back a lot of tender memories of the older boys' babyhood, and I'm really glad I started scrapbooking early enough to record those moments.

Here's a recent photo of my eldest enjoying the big grass meadow on a vineyard we visited. I used the "Hallerbos" paper from my Mental Vacation collection for the nature theme it had and I wanted my background to reflect his love for nature too. Lots of watercolor effect here created using Chalk and Pearl mists in Violet, Berry and Lavender, and I love how well the colors complemented the paper.

Some close ups:

Texture fun with microspheres, glass beads and glitter. I also used modeling paste over a poppy stencil and traced the outline of the flowers with a Sharpie.

Another layer of masking, but this time I made a paste from Magic Powder and a mixture of Vivid Violet and Metallic Purple paints. The chipboard from Blue Fern Studios I painted with Berry and Lavender matt paints.

And that's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Coming soon!

Hello friends!
I know it's still a couple of months away, but Blue Fern Studios is releasing a seasonal collection with a Christmas theme!


I love the colours in this collection - with just the right amount of pastels to suit my style! There will be co-ordinating chipboards and stamps too, so keep your eyes peeled for the release!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thank You with Maja Design

Hello friends!
I'm excited to be up on the blog today to share a card I made using Maja Design's Autumn Basics collection. Some of you may know, our baby girl arrived last Tuesday morning and we've received lots of well wishes for her, as well as gifts all the way from Sweden, Malaysia and even Australia! This Thank You card is meant for one of my fantastic scrappy pals who sent her love all the way across the sea.
I've layered papers from the Autumn Vintage Basics collection seeing how the weather is cooling down these days in Singapore - a good thing for me as I'm now on a diet that makes me perspire endlessly. It's part of my Chinese culture to make sure that mothers who have just delivered get the best nutrition to help their bodies recover from childbirth, although everyone around me including my doctor thinks I need to get more R.E.S.T! But lying down in bed and sleeping the whole day is just not my kind of thing, so I've been making myself using by.... making thank you cards!
I've kept my background simple because I want the designs on the papers to show. Some splattering of paint and watering it for a water-color effect (this is so trending now!), and fine stenciled designs just to keep the composition in place. I've also added twine to my flowers for a more rustic autumn look.


Some fussy cutting over here which helped me to relax after a hectic morning of bathing baby, having my breakfast and catching up with some housework. To make the fussy cut flowers stand out, I popped the image up with 3D foam dots and dabbed Sticklers for a bit of glittery goodness.

Hope you like what I have shared with you today!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Sweetest Thing with Maja Design

Hello friends!

Today I'm up on the Maja Design blog to share with you a layout I created using the gorgeous papers from the Vintage Basics collections.

Since the keyword is "vintage", I dug out this old wedding photo of my parents. Photos from their generation generally have an orange/reddish tinge so I used a sheet from Vintage Summer for my background. But I also liked the romantic roses and memory-keeping theme from Autumn so that was how I came to mix the two collections together. Surprisingly, the lilac and peach blended beautifully. It also helped that I had bits of green as a bridging color to tie the two together.

Some close-ups:

My floral cluster and title with die-cut leaves sneaked in.

Another floral cluster resting on my paper layers. You can see some of the background stamping peeking through.

My balancing cluster which I had some fussy and die cut layering, as well as clock hands chipboards from Blue Fern Studios, keeping in wit the theme of love being timeless.

More paper layers here whose color scheme I had borrowed for the background.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Inspiration with Blue Fern Studios

Hello friends and welcome to the month of September!

Things are definitely going at warp-speed for me now that little Queen Elsa is due any time now. Sometimes I do feel like I'm getting affairs in order, which sounds so morbid!

Anyhow, I'm in today to share my September creations for Blue Fern Studios. I couldn't resist using the sketch that Michelle has created for this month's challenge even though I had a different project planned. So here is her sketch:

And my take on it:

I've never used so much purple before! But the soft palette of the Deja Vu papers made it so easy and pleasing. This is one of my favourite photos of Number 2 and hubby - don't they look so happy with their bright smiles?

Lots of close-ups:

My title, which I have left untouched but just simple priming with Ayeeda gesso. Not forgetting the paper layers I have under my photo.

Part of the Circle Vine chipboard which I used to frame my photo. I had cut out one end so that the whole piece fits and still gives me the flow I wanted for the page. This was colored with Shimmerz Inklingz and Twinkling H2Os.

Die cut doily from one of the Deja Vu sheets.

Using the collection title from the info strip as a sentiment in my top cluster. I used the Deja Vu stamp set to create a resist for my watercolor background, plus the little piece which I had snipped off the Circle Vine chipboard. I also added some beads and distress glitter for extra texture.

My next share is a educator video I've created. I had wanted a relatively simple layout without too much clusters and a comfortable amount of white space. 

Again, using Deja Vu papers. I can't seem to get enough of this gorgeous collection! The drawings on this paper is so subtle but yet they actually help to create a visual flow that framed my main cluster beautifully.

Many, many close-ups again:

The Township Collage chipboard which I had altered in a few different ways.

I've always wanted to use that bird cage stamp!

I like the dangling trinkets in the Deja Vu stamp set a lot because of the intricate details they have, just like BFS's laser-cut chipboards. 

My title piece.

Main cluster with the pretty papers all layered up and I sneaked in bits of lacy flowers.

And here is how I created this page:

have a great month ahead!