Wednesday, 19 August 2009

You are 5 today!

Why are cards for men/ boys so hard to make? They are just trying to be difficult!! unhappy smileys

My daughters were invited to my neighbour's little boy's birthday party at the Hollywood Bowl. Even until the morning of the party I still couldn't think of what card to make him. I don't have any stamp images which are suitable for boys. (This will give me some excuses to stock up some robots, pirates, cowboys, astronauts, dinosaurs stamps etc. next time. scuba diving) All I've got for making kids' cards are stamps of teddy bears, die cuts of teddy bears, stickers of teddy bears which I think are a bit babyish for a 5 year old boy. Finally, in my craft stash, I found some leftover wrapping paper from before. Crafters never throw away anything and it is right. You never know when it will come in handy. I used the image on the wrapping paper and layered the 'thumbs up' dog to created a simple 3D decoupage. Even the Happy Birthday sentiment was cut out from the wrapping paper. It only took me a very short 30 mins to finish this card. Just in time for the party. I think this card is perfect for a 5 year old boy, what do you think? Thumbs up?!

It's a boy!

My friend Atsuko gave birth to a little baby boy more than a month ago. Only until a few days ago, I managed to visit her and baby Higen. Mum and baby are both doing well. Higen is so cute, content and certainly has a lot of hair!

I made this simple quick baby card to go with a small gift of baby outfit.

I like to personalise the card with the recipient's name on it. And of course, I had to use baby blue colour for a baby boy card. What else?! scuba diving Little booties, little mittens, little bodysuit... everything little is just so cute! Babies are those special sparkly gems that fall from heaven!


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

You are the BEST

Yeah, here is me trying to catch up with my posts again! scuba diving

8th of August is our Father's Day in Taiwan and I made this card for my dad.

As you all know it is not that easy to make cards for men and I am quite pleased with this card. I accidentally came across this Inkspirations blog by Makeesha Byl. This blog is full of ideas, clear tutorials and Inkspirations challenges are held weekly. You should definitely go and visit! From this blog I found a very interesting and easy tutorial for making a Double Slider Card. So here is the result:

Pull out the slider and two cards appear at the same time from their pockets. I had great fun making this card. It sure is a surprise and has a WOW factor!

Hope my dad likes the card as he is the BEST dad anyone could have!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

I am the winner!

Woo Hoo!! I just can't believe it! scuba divingI am the winner of yesterday's prize draw on Elzybell's Blog. (I have never won anything before!) I have won the latest summer released Life's a beach stamp set.

I had my eyes on these stamps already. Kept seeing all those lovely card samples created by using this stamp set. They are just so beautiful! Here is one of my favourite cards created by Elzybell's owner Elizabeth. Just look at those pretty shells and the card colour truly gives that warm sandy feeling. I can't wait to get hold of mine and play with them. Hopefully I will be able to create something to show you all soon!

Hee hee! I just can't stop smiling. scuba diving Thank you Elizabeth for giving me a wonderful feeling all day long!


Monday, 10 August 2009

Tea Bag full of love

My poor brother-in-law recently had an accident at a concert in the Nottingham arena. He fell down from those very steep stairs and broke his leg. He ended up having two operations due to some complications and nearly lost his leg!!

4 weeks after his operation, we finally got the chance to visit him at home. Along with a box of chocolates to cheer him up, I also made him a get well soon card and wished him to feel better soon.

The original idea I had in mind was to make a card with a stamp image or a charm or even just a picture of a pair of crutches. I didn't think it would be that difficult, but trust me I searched everywhere- my local craft shops, online shops, ebay and I just couldn't find an image of a broken leg in a cast or crutches! (I nearly drew one myself!) If any of you crafters out there know where I can get such stamp/ image/ embellishment, I would love to hear from you!

So the original idea was out of the window, I had to think of something else fast. I tried to get some inspiration by rummaging through my stamp collection. As soon as I found my new Elzybells tea pot and tea cup stamps, which I haven't had the chance to use yet, it was as if a light bulb just went bling and the card was completed in no time.

Based on A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge 60- sketch by Debbie:

Here is the card I made:

To go with the tea pot and tea cup, I used vellum to make the tea bag and punched out little heart shapes and sequins as my tea leaves. I wish this tea bag of love and sparkle will give my brother-in-law more energy and speed up the healing process.

Tea drinks, I love this idea!! Mmm.... might have some more cards coming up with this idea in mind!! (Am I teasing you?? You'll just have to wait! ^_^)

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Happy Birthday Sis

I know I am well behind with my posting but here I am now. I want to share this card with you today. It is a card I made especially for my little sister Fanli's birthday. She just loves mushrooms!!

I came across this wonderful Corner Bookmark Tutorial, from Jenny Moors' Stamping Moments blog, and I just fell in love with it. It is just so different from the ordinary oblong bookmark. I've used my newly bought Papermania Snag 'em Stamp Duos- mushrooms and fairy prince stamps, my beloved Magnolia Tilda stamp, along with my own stash of papers, cards and ribbons. I had to hand draw my own big mushroom in order for Tilda to sit on it. I guess my card didn't turn out too bad at all. You can remove the bookmark which will reveal a little message underneath it.

And here is a close up of the corner bookmark itself.

Not only has she got a card for her birthday, I hope this bookmark will accompany her while she is relaxing after work or on holiday reading her favourite books!