Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Precious Moments

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share my double page layout which I haven't done for over a year I think. I have used very old photos about the three of us as new parents in Y2K and how carefree life still was at the time. We spent a day in my hometown Melaka also known as the Historical City and visited the historical sites in Bandar Hilir. 'Alyaa had no interest at all but she really enjoyed the day.

This layout is based on this sketch from Let's Scrap for its weekly sketch challenge:

Some close-ups:
A note for my eldest daughter:
I love the central of the flower below :-)

Back view of the famous Portuguese A-Farmosa fort:
Supplies: Pink Paislee patterned papers, EK Success punch, Kaisercraft butterfly stamp and ink pad, VersaFine ink pad, Momoyo paper flowers, my trusty sewing machine and others from my stash 

Thank you for visiting and I value your comments.
Hugs and smiles,

Thursday, July 25, 2013

With Love {Guest Designer for A.R.T Challenge}

Hi everyone! I am honored to be given the chance as Guest Designer for 
A.R.T Card Challenge that starts today. I thank you Cheryl Frank right from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful opportunity.

If you are addicted to challenges, this awesome theme is everybody's favorite:~
Anything Goes
...so what are you waiting for?
My card used a DigiStamps4Joy image Twiggy and you can get her here.
 Supplies: DS4J digi image, Copic Sketch, MS punch, Carla Craft punch, Momoyo blooms, Kodomo flower rubberstamp, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist, VersaFine ink pad, bling and pp from my stash
Twiggy is femininely hot! 
I tuck the swirls underneath the punched strip for extra dimension. I love them for they are simple pleasure :)
I appreciate having your visit today and thank you so much for keeping me company.
Once again I would like to take this card into these challenges:
1. Sister Act : Ch#16 Anything Goes
2. Divas By Design : Anything Goes
3. The Paper Shelter : Anythingg Goes
Hugs and smiles,

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blooming Sweet & Hydrangea Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today's showcase is all about my new layout that holds a special place in my heart. Firstly the picture that keep many memories during our year end holidays with my Mother at her home. Secondly the hydrangea plant my mother, my children and I planted together in Mom's garden last November. My Mother and I love hydrangeas but mine is not as huge as hers. Perhaps some day my hydrangeas will bloom like Mom's.
 This layout is based on a mood board and sketch from Scrap Around The World  blog challenge. I believe this is my first attempt at mood board and I just love it. I have so many ideas and want to use them all up but I am satisfied with my page filled with handmade paper hydrangeas as that's my focal point. I also flip the sketch to feed my mojo :)
...some close-ups...
I'm happy to share my secret tips...sshhh, don't tell....seriously, this is for someone who wish to have this and that but not now, not yet...oh well, but hey don't despair. Because that  particular MS flower punch is still in my wish list, I have used my old Carla Craft punch instead to make the hydrangeas...ta-da...the recipe is patience plus creativity...
By now you may notice my love for bricks. Most the time I use corrugated papers to make faux bricks, this time I used gesso by several stokes of brush. Dunno where I keep my bricks stencil so I did it free hand ;)
 It's smooth handwriting over the gesso...perfect! 
Supplies: Webster's pp, MS border punch, Carla Craft punch, Ranger's distress ink, Brilliance ink pad, VersaFine ink pad, Kaisercraft butterfly stamp and wooden flourishes, Prima flowers, Gesso, alphas, my trusty sewing machine, black gel pen, fancy edgy scissor, and others from my stash 
I have so much fun designing this layout. I wouldn't have done this without SATW's beautiful sketch and the gorgeous bouquet of flowers on the mood board.

 I am glad you stop by today and hope you find some inspirations from my tutorial. Truly appreciate your visit, thank you.

Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fancy Fold with Handmade Flowers ~ DS4J Challenge You!

Hi everyone! Today's post brings me lots of joy because for the first time our dear Margy the owner and artist of DigiStamps4Joy gave us her design team members a chance to host our own challenges. 
My challenge this fortnight is 
Challenge runs from June 24 to August 6
I would love to see any folding techniques you like; not just one crease but the more the merrier. Be sure to finish off your card with at least ONE handmade flower or more simply by using punches, dies, cut out, fussy cut, folded, crocheted, knitted, ribbon work or fabric. 
The choice is yours. Take a peek at DS4J blog for more inspirations by Design Team A members. 
I have used a beautiful image Retail Theraphy and it is available in the store. 
Supplies: DS4J digi images, sentiment from Ginger's House, Copic Sketch, MS punch, Kodomo flower rubberstamp, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist, VersaFine ink pad, Kaisercraft inkpad, buttons and bling

 I love making my own background simply by stamping and misting.
I also love making my own flowers for my creations. For this card, I have made quick and easy flowers from DigiStamps4Joy 3D flower set which is available in the STORE
A while ago I made similar 3D flowers with stickles so here's showing the tutorial again.
I hope my tutorial will give you some inspirations.

Thank you so much for dropping by and I will do my best to return the favor.
Allow me to take my card into these challenges:
1. Kaboodle Doodles : Ch#181 Anything Goes
2. Rhedd And Rosies : Ch#11 Anything Goes

Take care and have a nice day.
Hugs and smiles,

Saturday, July 20, 2013

DS4J New DigiStamps Released

Good day everyone! It's that time again...new digi images at DigiStamps4Joy on this day. Come visit DS4J shop to view the images and do take a peek here to have a see at my design teammates creations.

I have merged two lovely images on my card...
Elenor's Door and Misteri - I Care
Supplies: DS4I images, Copic Sketch, MS border punch, Carla Craft punch, sentiment from Ginger's House and others from my stash
I patiently cut the corrugated paper into bricks. The corrugated paper has been in my treasure box for 10 years and still looks good.
I like to make cluster of blooms and leaves from my old Carla Craft punches when I first started making cards some ten, twelve years ago. It was my signature style in creating and still am I think, lol.
This is a pretty door designed by Margaret Keiser inspired by one of DS4J dt members Elenor's trip to Chez Republic and took some photographs of the beautiful architectures and places...
...and another Misteri beauty by Jen Lee.

This card has been entered into these challenges:
1. The Crafter's Cafe : Anything Goes
2. Penny Black : Dies and Punches
3. Happy Campers : Bling
4. Addicted To Stamps : Lots Of Layers
5. Let's Create : Ch#74 Anything Goes
6. Tuesday Throwdown : Ch#156 Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit and crafty support. Your sweet comments are highly appreciated.
Hugs and smiles,

New Challenge Blog

Hi everyone! I am excited to inform a new blog 123 Get Scrappy that will challenge scrappers every month beginning August 1. This blog is a little bit different because you play with Tic Tac Toe...sounds so much fun already. If you wish to be in their design team, here's your chance. Hop over to 123 Get Scrappy to find out more. Don't miss out! 

Hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

DS4J Mid-Challenge Reminder

Hi there! Here's a quick reminder of DigiStamps4Joy Mid-Challenge #71 that will end on July 23. This challenge is brought to you by my fellow design teammate Jackie C who is hosting this fortnight challenge. Her theme is "shaped" card and she wants you to add a button or more. Easy as it sounds right. We can't wait to see what you will create! Need some inspirations? Take a peek here to have a look at the design team's creations. 

I have created an easel card with folded paper creations from circle shape. Love the image? You can get the beautiful Dragonfly in DS4J store. Click here to get her.   
 Supplies: DS4J digi image, sentiment from Ginger's House, Copic Sketch, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist, stencil, pp, pearls and buttons  
I fussy cut the dragonfly, added foam tape to create 3D picture.  

Thank you for your visit today and do stop by at DS4J blog and shop!
Flying over to these challenges:
1. Incy Wincy Designs : Things With Wings
2. IDIC : Things With Wings
3. Sister Act Card : Ch#15 Anything Goes
4. 613 Avenue : Ch#28 Anything Goes
5. Challenges 4 Everybody : Ch#24 Anything Goes (2/3)
6. Speedy Fox & Friends : Ch#168 Favourite Technique (Easel Card)
7. Dream Valley : Ch#61 Fancy Fold
8. Whoopsi Daisy : Use Your Marker
9. One Stitch At A Time : Ch#172 Use A Digi
10. Color Me Creative : Ch#72 Anything Goes
11. Great Impressions : Anything Goes (1/3)

Hugs and smiles,

Saturday, July 13, 2013

DS4J New Digistamps Released

Hi my friends! It's time again for another release of DigiStamps4Joy newest images. The artists have drawn beautiful cute whimsy images you wouldn't want to miss. If you are a fan of Misteri, Jen has incredible images of her. Looking for skeleton then? Margy offers you oh so cute Dem Bones image. Click here to have a see at my fellow design teammies creations.
I have made one of my favorite folded cards this time with this cute image Feeling Flat ? which you can get it here.
Supplies: DS4J image, Copic Sketch, sentiment from Ginger's House, patterned papers from my treasured stash

I'm driving over to these challenges:
1. Five Simple Things : Ch#111 Anything Goes
2. Love To Scrap : Ch#9 Anything Goes
3. The Crafter's Cafe : Ch#19 Anything Goes
4. Artistic Inspirations : Ch#49 Bling
5. Paper Minutes : Ch#277 Anything Goes
6. Paper Make Up Stamps : Ch#96 Anything Goes
7. Challenges 4 Everybody : Ch#24 Anything Goes
8. Creative Corner : Ch#27 Anything Goes
9. Through The Craft Door : Anything Goes

The next time you browse the site, I welcome you to park your car by my front gate. Thank you for your visit today. See you soon.
Hugs and smiles,

Monday, July 08, 2013

Sunshine Mail Foundation Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I am excited to announce that I have been selected as Guest Designer by Margaret Kieser the owner and artist of DigiStamps4Joy who is one of the sponsors for 
Sunshine Mail Foundation Blog Hop. The hop starts today July 8 and ends on July 12. 

Sunshine Mail Foundation is a nonprofit, provides children in need comfort, support and joy through free Sunshine Mail Care Packages. Sunshine Mail is filled with handmade cards, care essentials and other age appropriate items and delivered to children in hospitals, homeless shelters and in foster care.

We at Sunshine Mail are excited to be doing a Blog Hop with so many great sponsors. Our DT has put together some wonderful cards to inspire you. 
Please Join us each day, July 8th-12th to see our fun creations. We also have great prizes to give away. We hope that you will enjoy your time here and get some great ideas for cards. We also hope that you will be inspired to send in cards of your own, to Sunshine Mail
There are many kids that would love to receive your cards. We love to put smiles on children's faces. It's a wonderful feeling to know that something you've created has touched someone in need. 
 You don't need to send in cards to be eligible to win the prizes but we would love it if you do :)

To be eligible to win the prizes all you have to do is:
Become a follower of our blog.
Add our Badge to your blog and link back.
Make sure you visit and leave comments on the DT members post.

Asmah Zainal Abidin (Guest Designer)

Here's the card I made specially for this event:
Supplies: DS4J digi image (Pencil Kids), sentiment from Ginger's House, MS border punch, ink pad and papers from my treasure box

The winner of this challenge will receive 5 digi images from DigiStamps4Joy store.

as well as images from Stitchy Bear.

We appreciate your participation for this blog hop while at the same time giving happiness to the children. Link your submissions to Sunshine Mail Challenge Blog. 
  Have fun and enjoy. 

Hugs and smiles,

Sunday, July 07, 2013


Hi everyone! I spent a moment last night doing housekeeping to ensure my laptop lives happily ever after, lol. I was quite panic when suddenly I heard a funny sound while using it. I was so worried if it 'crash'. I didn't think twice and headed to My Pictures to move many folders to separate hard disk and deleted a lot of folders at Picasa because I mainly use this program for editing. Minutes later, the cranky sound stop! Phew! Lesson learnt!

So, while going through folders to move and delete, I came across this layout I haven't blogged yet and would love to share with you. It was done in May during Let's Scrap NSD. This layout is about my youngest child Afza (2+ in 2010) waiting for ice-cream and the long wait made her sulky. 
  Supplies: MS border punch, Kaisercraft stamp and ink pad, Versa Fine ink pad, others from my stash

This "pick your menu" challenge is organized by DT Joyce. She listed out the menu and we pick what we want. I have chosen stuffed mushroom without knowing that is meant for oval shape which is not my cup of tea, lol. I think my handrawn oval isn't so bad after all but not sure if that picture is really oval, lol even though my eldest said it is. 

My main drink is lemonade so because I don't have exciting citrus patterned papers I used citrus card stock and stamp it up. My side dish is baked bean and butternut squash so there are eyelets and flower. My dessert is handwritten journal "oval-ing' the picture and the title Relax someone gave me.

Unfortunately I forgot to add in my entree that is spaghetti with marinara sauce (I forgot twine/thin ribbons...sigh...I just got excited I forgot so I knew instantly I was disqualified, lol. It was a fun challenge indeed and the best part is I have finally scrapped the photo I printed two years ago. Challenges is one good reason to scrap pictures and use up the stash. Do you agree?

Here are some close-ups:

I love her sulky look :) Afza will turn 5 next month, time flies!

I'll be glad if you visit me again tomorrow for Sunshine Mail Foundation Blog Hop which I am their Guest Designer. I also hope you will take part.

Until the morning after...have a nice day.
Hugs and smiles,