Friday, November 16, 2012

Just the TWO of US

A new sketch has been revealed at Let's Scrap this week and for the first time members are seeing a winner sketch by my fellow Design Team member Judy Rakes. When I first saw the sketch in the folder, I fell in love with it because of its technical shape. I begun searching for photos and found some right away. I knew it would be perfect. I was just too excited I didn't really study the sketch thoroughly. With my humble pencil, ruler and knife, I cut out the photos into hexagon shapes. It was a relief when it's done. But unfortunately the hexagon photos didn't match the sketch when I roughly assemble them on the cutting mat. I turn back to the sketch and at that point only I really study the technical area and realised my dissapointment error because like the saying goes: measure twice cut once! It's not hexagon but sopposed to be an octagon shape. My daughter 'Alyaa saw my sad face and looked at the sketch once then gave me some mathematical lesson like a teacher does: Mommy that is octagon, it has 8 sides, hexagon has 6 sides, pentagon has 5 sides, heptagon has 7 sides {that's me as she gave her lecture:  :-)}. Of course there's nothing else I can do to make it right. I continue by cutting out larger hexagon cardstock as a mat so my cute photos can rest happily ever after on these pages...
Here's the layout by Judy Rakes for Let's Scrap:
Materials used: Basic Grey cardstock, drawing block, Kaisercraft stamp and ink pad, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist
Some close ups:
This is an old {manual camera} photo of my daughter {'Alyaa} and my niece {Zahra'} in 2001. They have been very close when they were babies right up to now. It's just the four months gap that differs their age; Zahra' was born on September 30, 1999 and 'Alyaa entered earth on January 9, 2000.   
I can't help myself from laughing when I read Zahra's mother commented this layout at Let's Scrap gallery:
Comment by Lili Sulastri Zainal Abidin 5 hours ago {16/11/12}
"Oh Asmah...such nostalgic photos of Zahra' (my former Shaolin). I believe when these two girls meet in two weeks' time they are going to rock their grandma's house. Be prepared, though, for the south and north direction when things don't go well between them. Really lovely layout."
I will have to agree with my sister. It's true they are best buddies but their minds are not in the same boat sometimes, lol. They are seeing each other soon on Sunday the 25th. I bet they will have fun time together during the school holidays.
Having said that, I best start packing our bags soon. Until then, thanks for listening to my rambling. I appreciate your visit.
Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Our Fun Time

This week Let's Scrap features a sketch by a talented lady Eniko de Lisle who won a sketch contest organized by Let's Scrap couple of months ago. I just adore the sketch and knew what I had in mind - my children of course! Check this out:

 Eniko de Lisle is one of the DT members of Let's Scrap. The first time I saw this scrap I just knew what to do. Thanks Eniko. 
Materials used: 100% cardstocks, Tiny Type Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers, Memory ink pad, Momoyo alpha stickers, dymo tape

...some close-ups...
Taman Rekreasi Tupah = Tupah Recreational Park has always been my kids' favorite spot to swim...I wonder why? I wrote a journal for them to remember...
My best time is always the time I see my childrens' smiles and happiness.

 Thank you for visiting again sweeties. I am keeping myself busy scrapping these days before I leave for holidays in two weeks time; I love being busy especially crafty busy :)

Hugs and smiles,

Monday, November 05, 2012

Award Day

Hello my blogger friends! I hope you are in the best of health. I've been missing in many happenings took place the past two weeks until now. The school term is coming to its end on Thursday the 8th day this month...that will be a big relief for me as the kids chauffer for sure. My children and I are looking forward to our long holidays until the end of the year. Time sure flies but I do kow I have spent on both greath quality and quantity times throughout the year especially the times with my children where I can hardly breath sometimes.
This day I managed to get back to scrapping. I decided to scrap my eldest daughter's recognition award day for her memory based on a sketch from Let's Scrap. Here's how I interprate my layout:

...the sketch...
Materials used: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stack and distress ink pad, cardstocks, 'Alyaa's school badge and name tag and my trusty printer
...some close-ups...
 I patiently cut out the printed alphas to make the title...phew!
 Normally an event like this takes a split second to shoot but I was lucky because 'Alyaa went up stage twice to accept her awards so she gave me great opportunity to shoot! 'Alyaa will get her Principal (the one in batik shirt) to sign an autograph on the white space before she kiss the school goodbye on Thursday the 8th!
 There she is always looking serious eventhough I quickly told her again "smile for the camera" after she got down from the stage after receiving her first plaque...duh... I will get her sports teacher's autograph to feed the pocket {will do this secretly without her knowledge}!
 It took her lots of time and dedication to achieve these awards...and lots of my time too driving her to sports training, so on and so forth...well deserved :)
Having achieved these awards means the end of her sports glory at SKTSW where she has spent six years studying in primary level. She will continue her studies at secondary school next year for five years and she has already asked me if she can be active in sports...all I know she is dead tired after each training but if she can balance herself between academic and curricullum, it shouldn't be a problem. My only hope is she will strive for the best!
I will present another layout tomorrow...stay tune. Thank you for visiting me today!
Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mr & Mrs

This week Let's Scrap features a new sketch and the first time I saw it, I was like "Wow"! Why? The sketch offers a giant photo although it's not a must. Frankly speaking, I don't fancy a sketch with the size of 8x10 because I have problem to d.i.y. Usually I go for the next option by using multiple small photos but however, this sketch by PageMaps allows me to scrap a special photograph I have been keeping 13 years ago! That's right, it is my wedding photo in 1999.
For the first time, I used busy patterned paper from Kaisercraft and yes, I do like the end result especially the right page because of the awesome fabric type paper and I made it minimalist to highlight both the patterned paper and photograph. 
Materials used: Kaisercraft patterned papers and stamp, Momoyo stickers, ink pads: VersaFine, Memory, StazOn, Tim Holtz distress ink, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist, leaves, grossgrain ribbon and rose trim from My Shop {Qinaahana} that will be launched via online soon  
...the sketch...I love PageMaps {thank you Becky}...
...some close ups...
I stamped with two different ink pad colors as a header for my title to be filled in soon...I still can't pick my title, well it has to be something meaningful and suitable...
The wedding couple on May 1, 1999 wearing traditional Malay attires; the white one was tailor made for the exchangimg vows ceremony that was held at 10 o'clock in the beautiful morning. The yellow one was meant for bersanding ceremony (that means standing or sitting on the dias) that follows suit at about 1:30pm. The two chairs are very antique! They belong to my great great grandparents if I remember right. My dad sprayed them gold and wrapped it up with red fabric velvet. He was very creative! All my siblings used the chairs for our weddings that took place at our parents' home. My dad also made the platform of the dias!
A Malay wedding ceremony in those days up to now has this tradition where the bride takes the opportunity to wear different traditional dresses just for the fun of it before the actual event begins {that is bersanding on the dias}. Looking back, it was fun because I got to model so many dresses and gain attention...after all it was my day ;). This dress and the headgear  I wore was a remake from the Chinese era and such great pose on my golden's that for a queen of the day?
Finally after 13 years living in a dark box, this photo which I got to reprint for free in 1999 from the photographer who gave me free 8R coupons will have its place in my scrapbook album at long last!
Having said that, I have to start cooking for dinner...queen day is over, lol. With a loving hardworking husband and four children, I'm blessed!
Until the morning after, have a great day and take care you hear!
Hugs and smile,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A New Beginning

Today and every day is a new beginning to me! Hello there my friend!
It's another new digi image at  CDAC this week for its Progressive Challenges. This image is by  Digistamps For Joy.
It has been an awesome journey for me to participate in the Progressive Challenge the last few weeks and this is the 4th series. You can still partake in this challenge and the previous ones so hop over to CDAC for more information. I designed my card based on Let's Scrap card sketch and this is my creation:
Materials used: digi image by DS4J, quote from TLC, Copic Sketch, VersaMark ink pad, Heidi Grace stamp, ribbon and wooden button
Whenever I see mushroom in my garden, it just lift up my spirit!
I wish the mushroom is as red as this =)
I'm a button girl! This button {and other stuff} will be available at my online shop coming soon!
The weekend is here eventually so I'm looking forward to continue with my layout projetcs next. I've been distressing patterned papers and cardstocks the past few days and they have completely dried and are waiting for me to get going.

This card will also go into these challenges:
1. digistamps4joy ~ Challenge #53 Anything Goes
Thanks for dropping by today. Have a great day.

...Hugs & Smiles...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hugs, Smiles & Warm fuzzy feelings

I decided to spend the morning making one more card before I resume distressing papers for the layouts I will do over the weekend. I had so much fun filling in the free image {by Heather Valentin} with Copic before I start assembling the entire card. Here's the end result:
Materials used: Witchy Susie digi image, Copic Sketch, kitty foam (a gift from my penfriend Mandy Holm), Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist, quote from Ginger's House, sticker lace and Memory ink pad  
 'Witchy Susie' can be obtained from Scrapbook Stamp Society fun ;-)
 My children love the googly eyes :-)

This card will go into these challenges:
1. Make It Monday ~ Challenge #111
2. Simply Create ~ Linky Party #7

Until then...thanks for dropping by and leave comment. You make my day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Happy Birthday Girl

Last night was spent relaxing in front of my silky black toy surfing the Internet when I came across a sketch challenge via my blogger friend. I headed to Incy Wincy Designs and had so much joy looking at the wonderful cards by the design teammies and became their new follower. I love the sketch very much, well I confess I love circle...there's a philosophy about circle that I often remember: what comes around goes around and another one life is like a wheel it keeps going round and round. I know I am tempted to make a card today. Here's my take on the sketch:
Materials used: cardstock, MS punch, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist, VersaFine ink pads, Brilliance ink pad, Tim Holtz distress ink pad, Copic Sketch, Heidi Grace stamp for flower circle, Kaisercraft stamp for sentiment, others from my stash and the rubber stamp girl has been in my collection for over a decade

This is a pretty sketch I know I may use again and again. I did my card with a little twist between the image and sentiment.
 I would like to enter this card into these challenges too:
1. Lollipop Crafts ~ Challenge #92 Happy Birthday
2. Whoopsi Daisy Challenge ~ Birthday
3. Just Keep On Creating ~ Anything Goes

Thank you for your time visiting me and I shall return the favour.
Hugs and smiles,

Monday, October 15, 2012


After a chatty phone conversation with my sister, I hit the scrappy table once more to make a card for StuckOnUSketches first card sketch challenge this month. This is my creation:
Materials used: Kaisercraft - background paper & stamp, Tim Holtz distress ink pad, VersaFine ink pad, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist, Carla Craft punch, digi sentiment from Ginger's House, and others from my stash
The sketch:
Some close-ups:
I made the flowers out of drawing paper...tear and time!
Punched flowers and butterfly made by my big girl several dawn ago because she was bored after waking up from the wrong side of
The sentiment I chose today reflects the sacrifice I did many years ago when I chose to say goodbye to my professional career in broadcasting world to nurture my firstborn then. The turning point in my life brought me to what I love most, my love for art and crafts. Sometimes life is funny. I studied for years to become a broadcaster after earning a degree yet I wouldn't have thought the artsy talent I develop from my childhood is what I do full time at home and able to watch my children grow from day 1.  Hmmm, that is a priceless gem...most importantly I love and enjoy what I do. I'm blessed!

Having said that, I thank you for visiting me and I shall take a moment to visit you soon. Thank you for your comment...oh, should  this be your first visit, I'll be glad to have you as my follower so I can follow you too.

This card also goes into these challenges:
1. Tammy Scrap In Corner ~ Challenge #32 Anything Goes
2. Make It Monday ~ Challenge #111 Anything Goes
3. Simply Create ~ Linky Party #6 Anything Goes
4. My Grafico ~ Challenge #138 Anything Goes
5. Just Keep On Creating ~ Challenge #4 Anything Goes

Hugs and Smile,