Sunday, 11 January 2015

Some serious cardmaking

Hello again.

I thought I'd post new cards I made this weekend - I did some serious cardmaking so I could sell at work.

I recently bought a few new sets from PTI so I was trying to make good use of them and trying to get back to using some of the old sets that had been neglected for too long. People suggested we should have more sympathy cards (apparently quite a few people ask the hospital reception if they have one!) so I made a few of those.

There are too many so I won't list all the supplies for each, but as always, feel free to ask if you are curious!

Something simple and neutral.

It started off with an idea that turned out rather nicer than anticipated!

One of my favourite cards from the weekend. I just love this particular die cut.

Trying to use that old time favourite - Scattered Showers set.

Another favourite card from this weekend. Simple and clean.

Old style card that is quick and easy to make.

I found this Watercolor Wonder set incredibly difficult to use... I have struggled to put it to use since I bought it. It does go nicely with the Wet Paint set however.

Another favourite - got back to using the Cupcake Collection set and this time, used it as a background. I think I'll make more of these later.

Summery colours for our summer season in New Zealand!

I hope you liked the cards. There are lots of them and I suspect they will be the last few for a while as I start night shift later this week which means I go braindead and motivation-less for a week!

Have a fab week!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Super cute baby cards

Hi everyone!

It has been a long time. Several things have happened and I have moved cities, and have gone back to cardmaking as I've started to sell some again at work. It is a good motivation for getting back into cards as my other hobbies (photography, crochet) were starting to compete with it!

I thought I should share the baby cards I made the other week that I am absolutely in love with.

I used a smudging tool against a cloud die cut as a mask. It has come out better than I had even imagined and the Mama Elephant set is just perfect for baby cards :)

Hoping to share more cards with you all soon!

STAMPS: [Mama Elephant] Up and Away; [Papertrey Ink] Night, Night, Moon
INK: [Papertrey Ink] Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry; [VersaFine] Onyx Black; [Adirondack] Pitch Black
PAPER: [Papertrey Ink] Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White
OTHER: [Mama Elephant] Up and Away - Creative Cuts, Landscape Trio - Creative Cuts; [Tim Holtz] Blending tool; [Copic] Various colours; [Mister Huey] Calico Shine

Sunday, 17 August 2014


So it has been a long long time since I even thought about this blog.

I managed to get my friend into stamping last year and now she is encouraging me to get started on Christmas cards so we had our little "Crafternoon" - as I said to her today, it is 10% gossipping, 10% crafting and 80% staring at your piece of paper trying to figure out what to do!

Here are couple of unconventional Christmas cards from this year's collection.

As my stamping skills get older, I am finding I get more and more lazy to the point that I keep going back to remaking old cards or casing someone else's from Google Images.

Pretty unconventional but I tried to make something that might be possibly more appealing to the Asian counterparts who celebrate New Years more than Christmas.

I eventually bought the City Scene set and they are surprisingly hard to use. I find that I struggle to come up with new ways to use the set. I'm sure I'll eventually find new ways.

Anyway, a quick post this time. I had been very busy earlier this year with a postgrad diploma and now I have bought myself a proper dSLR (about time!) and my time is being split between various hobbies.

{Oriental New Years}
STAMPS: [Mama Elephant] Pandemonium; [Papertrey Ink] Stocking Prints (sorry, borrowed friend's sets and not sure where the New Years bit came from).
INK: [Papertrey Ink] Pure Poppy, Snow White; [Memento] Tuxedo Black 
PAPER: [Papertrey Ink] Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow, Stamper's Select White
OTHER: [Mama Elephant] Pandemonium Dies; [Papertrey Ink] Book Print Impression Plate

{Santa Claus is Coming to Town}
STAMPS: [Papertrey Ink] City Scene, City Scene Christmas Sentiments
INK: [Papertrey Ink] Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, Classic Craft, Dark Chocolate; [Stampin' Up!] Enchanted Evening, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Real Red; [VersaFine] Onyx Black
PAPER: [Papertrey Ink] Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow
OTHER: [Papertrey Ink] City Scene Die Collection

Sunday, 9 February 2014

PTI 7th Anniversary Journaling Card

Hello everyone!

Yes, I am still alive. Not quite dead, though I haven't blogged anything or made much in over a year.

Things have been rather busy on this side of the world (well, in my little world anyway). A big news on my life would be that I bought a house!!! Long story, but it somehow happened. The house is still in development and settlement hasn't occurred so it technically isn't mine yet. They are well overdue but I think they might be another 2 months or so away.  Exciting but also daunting that I will sooner or later have a mortgage - and I just thought I'd be a bit more free now that I'd paid off the Student Loan too!

Work has been keeping me busy and I've sort of lost a bit of inspiration and motivation to make cards the last little while.

However, I did finally get myself Project Life. I had been meaning to for a long time but it is a rather expensive little thing and I thought I'd bide my time. Having a well paying job certainly helps, but being on night shift for the first time didn't help my self control and I finally caved in around 5am at work. Haha. Not to mention that was followed by clothes shopping on ASOS two weeks later on another set of night shift. Lol.

Anyway, I have been keeping up with PTI releases, but just have been quiet. I see and am thrilled that PTI is releasing things to go with pocket scrapbooking trend. Great (and bad for my wallet) because big 12x12 pages scare me. Anyway, I had done  my own first page with lots of difficulty a couple of weeks ago, so I may as well share and get in a chance to win something ;)

So yes, I cheated. I got the journaling cards from the core kit and added my little touch.

 This is my under-used SU! Fox & Friends set. I feel like I've finally put it to good use. Actually looking at this now, I feel that it would also make good background for kids' birthday cards.

And voila! This is my first ever pocket scrapbooking page. It took an awful lot of time and thought before I arrived at this. It appears that I struggle with pocket scrapbooking almost as much as the old-fashioned 12x12 page scrapbooking.

Anyway, things are going to be ridiculously busy for me the next few months now that I've started a postgraduate diploma (only till June!). Perhaps I will go back into that old habit of getting sidetracked and crafting the week before exams ;)

Thanks for coming by!

{3 Monkeys Journaling Card}
PAPER: [Project Life] Midnight Core Kit, [Papertrey Ink] Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest
OTHER: [Papertrey Ink] By the Numbers die collection, Headline Alphabet die collection

{Fox & Friends Journaling Card}
STAMPS: [Stampin' Up!] Fox & Friends
INK: [Papertrey Ink] Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Simply Chartreuse
PAPER: [Project Life] Midnight Core Kit

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Thank you card bonanza

Hi everyone.

Hope you have all been keeping well. Winter is coming in New Zealand and today it just happened to pour down with rain.

Anyway, I've been sick home most of the week with laryngitis. I lost my voice completely so it was only reasonable that I had to stay at home seeing as I can't talk to patients at work! However, I did feel really bad all week leaving my colleague to cross-cover for a 2-person job! I will have to make up for it next week (our last week too!) and let him go home early.

One of my good friends always seems to be needing thank you cards and he asked for a few the other day. So I dredged out whatever motivation I had and made some.

In honesty, I am terrible at making thank you cards, especially when they are going to be given to guys! Masculine cards are my weakness and I have a horrendous time designing them. So naturally I ended up Googling a lot of images and got lazy in the end. People seem to like my crappy cards too (yeah, the ones I really don't like). So some of these may look similar to cards you have seen around the net.

I do apologise in advance not being able to specify any inspirational sources as I didn't take note of any!

This one is definitely a case... I just can't remember where I got the original idea from! Sorry!

Also got inspiration of this from another blog... and as always I cannot remember the link!

So yes, lots of thank you cards...

But anyway, Angela from work is leaving for Canada to do her fellowship. It seems that everyone is leaving ENT at the end of this month. I change over to General Medicine at the end of this week :'( and our fellow is also leaving soon. Seems to be a time of change.

Anyway, I got asked to make a card for Angela. Our outpatients charge nurse suggested I should have "will work for shoes" on the card, because she is into her shoes ;)

I probably did go overboard with stars, but I have been having lots of fun with the Star Gazer set so much I could not resist! Wait till you see some of my other creations (except I'm saving them up for submissions!).

 I decided we needed to have Bon Voyage at least somewhere in the card too... so it went inside the card.

 Anyway, thank you for coming by!

I am currently feeling incredibly lazy and will not list all the supplies & tools but you are all welcome to email me and ask. All stamp sets and dies were from Papertrey Ink (except the Labels 1 die from Spellbinders).

Hope you all have a nice day!