Friday, January 30, 2009

Making Memories Love Notes (YSS)

This month, I got to work with Making Memories Love Notes. This collection is just gorgeous! Thanks YSS for sending me these lovely stuff.......... Here is what i did: 1) Embrace Motherhood This lovely scallop edge paper has gold shimmer on it.... very subtle... I like it! I cut out the pink flowers and added stickles to it..... the red flowers comes from the journal books. Love the pins and metal tags.... I want some softness to this page (becos of the story) so i added that lace trim.... 2) First Crush Yay.... dont we have our crushes when we were young.... this is a fun LO... just to remember those growing up years. Since this is Valentine theme, why not scrap these stories... you will be amazed your kids may want to know... like my little girl who kept asking me about my childhood... oh... it will soon come to these stories! LOL! Journaling hidden behind the photo... see those cream tags with words "Romantic.."..... from Elle's Studios(Vintage Flash Cards) This arrow comes from Maya Road..... I added word stickers to it... this is a old range of MM word confetti. Very fun way to add to chipboard pieces. Oh.. i love these chipboard frames from Maya Road. I painted them black and stamp on them. The lines comes from a journal stamp... the music one from Purple Onion... the words one from Hero Arts. Cool way to play with paints and stamps! I cut the words from one of the MM Love Notes paper. Cool way to display the papers too!
Lots of layering here..... lace cardstock, Prima Glitter Transparencies.... Ghost heart.... a bling...
3) Can I hold your hand?
I had to scrap this... on our first date, my cool boyfriend (now my hubby) ask me that... he was such a nice gentleman! hahaha.... I will always remember this!
I layered a Prima Volia Felt, with blings.... Maya Road flowers...
I love playing with this collection. Noticed 1 LO has a shabby chic look, 1 has a clean linear design while 1 is funky freestyle.... I love to try different styles for the same line of papers.....
All available at YSS.
So, friends, which one is your fav?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Valentine's Day Mini Album for YSS

I created this Valentine Album for myself............. yah.... for me! I realised I haven't been scrapping about my love story about hubby and me so this is a present to myself....... I better start documenting these stories down..... 12 years of marriage.... 2 years of courtship.... hmm... all into this little mini. YSS sent me this cute Jenni Bowlin album.. it is just 4x4 and I love that it has lines for journaling inside.... I just need to add some more papers for my photos. I sticked to RED, WHITE... but with lots of texture. Here it goes: 1) Cover: What I did: - I painted the cover of the Jenni Bowlin mini with RED paint... - I added a Ki Memories sheer over it and layer a Fancy Pants Glitter Hearts on the sheer. - I use American Craft felt thickers for the title. - Did you spy the Kaiser Rhinestones (bling-bling)... my current fav? - I tied it together with Making Memories Love Notes trims. (this originally came with rings) - I hang some Making Memories Metal Tags (very cool thing to add to albums) I like the layering of the sheer..... I like the texture of the title... and since I am going to stick to RED & WHITE... I want to play with lots of different textures and yet the same colour combo. 2) Part 1: Meet up For each of the parts, I stick to a very simple design formula. I use the lacecard stock over cardstock (i will explain how to do this at the end of this post) as a page for my sub-title... and the next as a photo block. I kept it to 3x3 with a RED cardstock. What I did: - I did not put any photo..... who says you need photos? Wink... I use lots of word stickers to tell my story.... - for the journal line page... I added a border of Queen & Co felt.... imagine your fingers touching this as you turn the pages... love the texture! I skipped my journaling for now cos I want to spend some time thinking and writing... dont want to rush the process.... 3) Proposal Same design formulae............ but see what I did: - I kept the 3x3 red block... but this time, I place the photo to the left........ and then added embellishment to the sides.... all cut-outs(hearts & 'marry me") from Making Memories Love Notes. - added some blings cos it is about the ring, right... how he proposed to me! 4) Promise Still for a uniform look, I use the 3x3 block.... but this time I: - use a larger photo which fills up most of the 3x3 RED cardstock - I use trims at the corner - I use a double heart (cut from the Queen & Co felt) - see how young I look.... 12 years ago... oh mine! - for the title, I wanted to highlight this special event so I use the Making Memories Love NOtes sticker alphas... love the foil, glimmer look. 5)Fun What I did: - did you see how I cut out a photo? Who says photos got to have straight lines. - I kept it simple.. but I love love the little heart paper from Making Memories. It has such a fun element. 6) Fights What I did: - this is my fav becos of the title... i want to be real.... we DO have disagreements and fights.. hahaha... not like the physical punching.. but real quarrels.... I want this album to be real.. not just lovey-dovey. - I like the photo... though we acted a bit for this.... but well, it is still us! - Noticed now the orientation of my photo.... I just added some MM papers to frame the top and bottom... and a MM shimmer brads at the bottom.... hahaha... we still love each other! 7) Back What I did: - I use a Making Memories FLOCKED paper from Paperie Collection. - this is my fav texture so far.... I like that the back is a flocked paper... WHY? - cos this album stays on your palm when you flip thru the pages... and this back portion stays there longest... imagine touching the flocked paper.... just lovely! Another angle of the album... I like that the edges comes out a bit... the Queen & Co felt peeking thru... the lacecard stock. WHITE on WHITE To create textures in my album, I place Ki Memories Lacecard stock over basic cardstock. Using white on white gives it such a 'embossed' feeling.... it invites the eye to take a closer look. Is that stamping? Is that embossing? No, just layering two different papers over each other. (same colour) Here's how I did it: Stick Lacecard stock over your CS and trim around the edges. You can use several different patterns. I use the glittered one too. I like buying WHITE lace cardstock.... very very useful! Time to use your stash.
- To make a quick mini, stick a design formulae for each section or page. Like I did with my 3x3 photo mat.... I vary it with different photo sizes and thus varying the use of embellishments.
- To make the RED and WHITE less monotonous, I added textures thru felt, flocked papers, lace cardstock, blings... etc.
Hope you are inspired to create something this Valentine's.
All that I am using here are available at YSS. Check it out... there is a 20% storewide discount.
I am hosting the blog today over at YSS.... drop by and leave a comment on the YSS blog and you can use new CHA goodies.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

DT work for YSS, plus Scrap Schemes

Ok... it's been a week since I post. Here are some stuff for YSS as well as Scrap Schemes. 1) Mini Album for YSS I wanted a mini album to remember the relationship between me and my older girl. I became a stay at home mom because of her, right? Anyway, here is to the adventures we shared over the years. She is 8 now and I really want to go back in time where she is little. I love this project. Notice I use the cupcake as a tab! Yay... I tried 2 of them and I totally love it! I kept the design really simple... using scallop edges and my circle scallop punch! Really easy to do! Hope you like it. 2) Fashion SO wrong? My little Ms ellise loves fashion but sometimes it is very wrong. Like wearing goggles for this hair-do is not my idea.......... it is HERS and she is so cool about it! I scraplift this from Juliana Michaels. She posted this at CMK gallery. She is an amazing talent. Love what she did with the eyelet and the frame. When I scraplift, I believe in giving credit to the person. 3) DT for Scrap Schemes Join in this week for some cool inspiration. Come over to this challenge blog and take a shot at it. You can win that huge pack of goodies! HERE. Yes.. I know... this must be a long post. I received a award from Sharon Ong. Here is it: Thanks Sharon for taking I am creative.... I never think of myself that way....... esp when I am still spooked by my art teacher... she failed my art when i was only 13 yrs old. Hahaha... i need some therapy for that! But I am going to play this award thingy differently...... instead of just nominating them... anyway, I dont expect them to pass it on cos this award thingy has been going around. But I like the essence and spirit of this award so I am going to tell you whose blog I stalk and why I like each of them, ok! A) Audrey Pettit She does very elegant pieces of LOs and art. She does very classy colours and make it look so effortless. I called her the Jackie O of scrapbooking. Always beautiful, classy and elegant! Check out her blog here. B) Sasha Farina I love her use of colours.... she has amazing talent in using lots of colours and not make me go blind. And her LOs are very simple yet it shows amazing design. I just love her work! Just when you think simple is easy.... it is not! She does it so well. Check out her blog here. C) Sharon Ong She is the queen of mess, experiment and fun! She teaches classes at Laines... and she is pure creativity, oozzing from her. She plays with many techniques, media.... totally fun! And she thinks and dreams of project from scratch. Now that is called creativity! I love her blog title too. Did I tell you she is very very funny! And she is very sincere and real. I like her alot. Check out her blog here. D) Emily Mae Anderson I like her style. Something funky... something fun! Something you wont expect.... and she makes it look so good! Check out her use of colours! Her works are very original. Check out her gallery at CMK here. E) Lucy E Her projects and LOs are amazing! She plays with mixed medium.... she is not afraid to get her hands messy.... really cool style she has! I am very inspired by her. Check out her blog here. F) Staci Taylor Her LOs are soooo fun to look at.... she combines colours well and her overall design is always gorgeous! You got to see it! Check out her blog here. G) Ronda Palazzari There is a certain calmness about her art. She does not over do things. And I love her amazing talent is putting things together. Her LOs are sooooo captivating......... it just makes you go "Wow"..... she is a truly creative..... Check out her blog here. H) Annabelle O'Malley She does cards so so beautiful.... I can't describe the beauty of her works enough. Just very gorgeous. Did I tell you the amazing talent she is in putting details on her cards and art. I am very inspired. And she is very sincere and nice too. Check out her blog here. okie... thanks for staying with me! Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More projects for YSS

I created more stuff for YSS... this month kit is full of goodies. So inspired!
1) You are mine.
Using Pink Paislee papers, October Afternoon paper.
That cute cupcake is from Maya Road Lunchbox tin. It is super cool.
You can add paint, glitter or cover it with pp.
2) Crazy over Polly
Yes.. my girl is crazy over Polly Pocket. She loves it so much she ask for it every birthday and Christmas!
Using papers from Tinkering Ink and Pink Paislee.
3) Name Tags
Yes.. School starts in Jan for Singapore. Made these with my girl ...... name tags for her and her 2 good friends. Today I am loving the purple and lime green combination.
Alphas from Prima. Tags from Maya Road.
4) Altered gift box
Oh.. I love this glitter paper from Prima. Added a Petaloo flower on top and it is ready to go! I hate to part with this.
5) Gift Envelope
This lovely papers comes from Prima. Made this to house some gift vouchers for a friend. I love the bling brad from Making Memories.
All these stuff are available from YSS. And now they are having 20% discount storewide. Grab some of these lovely stuff today.
And go to their blog for some giveaways and contest too! Join in the fun.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hmm.... when I heard that Erica (YSS) will be sending me Pink Paislee "Sweet Cakes" to play with... immediately my heart pump hard. I had loads of stories and ideas for the LOs I want to create. So, here are the LOs for Jan for YSS. 1) Fun Bunny Using Pink Paislee Papers.... totally yummy papers. Also I used a Orange Glitter from Pink Paislee Pixie Stix..... the chipboard "fun" is from Maya Road Lunchbox Cupcake Tin. This box of cupcakes chipboard has a mix of words, and of course cupcakes... Did you spy the Ki Memories Glitter lace cardstock? I love it. 2) You makes us laugh Using Pink Paislee papers... I love that circles paper... very fun and vibrant! Here for the title, I used a combination of Pink Paislee stickers, American Craft Puffy letters, Making Memories Gameboard chipboard alphas. A photo trick: I use Picasa and blur the sides of the black and white photo to highlight the smile on my girl's face. She looks so happy! 3) Water Play (SORRY, this LO has been removed for PUBLICATION on FEB issue of Scrapbook News and Review). Did you spy the Ki Memories Sheers? I painted the edges with blue paint to give it so dimension. Using bright bright pink Bazzill cardstock to highlight the fun and vibrancy of these girls? Did you spy how I use the Pink Paislee papers... the greens and the circles? All these available at YSS. And YSS is celebrating their 2nd birthday! Come and join in the fun. 20% discount on ALL products... even sale items. Go and grab them! Then everyday, there will be a giveaway! Come and join in the birthday bash! Contests are running at YSS too. 1) Birthday Contest Load any birthday card and LO and you may win some goodies. How easy is that? 2) Valentine's Day contest Load any card, project, LO relating to Valentine's Day. It is so easy. And you may win. YSS is known to be generous!!!! What are you waiting for? Join in the fun here.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I didn't disappear to some caves!

hi friends, some of you are wondering what happened? Where did I disappear to?
I wish I could tell you I was whisked off to St. Barts and sipping some cola on a beautiful beach.
I was lying on a hospital bed........... on NEW YEAR's DAY! What a bummer!
Well, I was very sick since Boxing Day.....shoo.... I miss all those post Christmas sale. 1st bummer!
Then the next 7 days were spent at home, moaning from the body aches, the shivers and the high fever. Yes.. it went up to 40 degree Celsius...... (American friends, you got to convert this to F). Went to see doc but the medicine didn't help.
Then New Year's Day, I went weak, breathless.......... off to the A&E (equ to ER) of my local hospital. Blood pressure very low..... heart beat weak... breathless.... not good signs.
Took blood tests, chest X-ray.............. they immediately put me on a drip... first to hydrate me.... then some antibotics drip to get to the viral infection. Then a put on a oxygen tank to help me breathe!
After hubby settled the adm procedure and came to the ward... he went "Wow.. this is serious".
Doc came with a chirpy voice "You've got PNEUMONIA".......... wait... I can't even spell that!
No arguements... you got to be in hospital for a week!
A week! That's hell!
So that's my story........... what a start to 2009! What a wake up call for me and my health!
I was out within 5 days, which means I am recovering..... GOOD thing!
Thank God I brought my humor along.... while fighting the viral infection... some days on the hospital bed, i dreamt of sipping a ice cold orange juice. I think I may be too dry in my throat and the fever too high......... so... my hands stretched to reach for that drink........
Then reality came in "Mdm...... hold that hand... I am going to take your blood pressure."
hahaha.... I was reaching my hand to 'take' that drink..... the nurse caught hold of my hand......... LOL! She woke me up from my dream!
Along with that.... I was still dreaming of my ice cold lemon tea.... no amount of bribes could get someone to bring me that.
My mom (in her Chinese Cantonese fashion) pronounced "No cold drinks for a month... let your lungs rest!".... oh my goodness... I am dying! She is already thinking of the traditional Chinese Medicine to feed me! Yucks!
So, for a rough start to 2009, I made this LO to remember this BIG start!
Just nice... OLW word up is "START" so I did this one.
"Not exactly a good START to 2009"
using all my fav Webster Pages papers..... i did a Purple Onion stamp at the top.... a music note... did some fake stitching with Doodlebug rub-ons. I love that curly paper which house my journaling and title. Love it so much!
Journaling: 01.01.2009, I ended up at ER@ my local hospital. I had been sick since Boxing Day, high fever, shivers, pain all over my body. The dread continued for 7 days till New Year's Day. cannot breathe.. too weak seriously... this is no joke. Doc said "Pneumonia"... hooked up to a drip, IV for antibotics..... worse... need a oxygen tank to breathe. NOT EXACTLY A GOOD START to 2009. Spend the next 5 days at the hospital. More determined ever to start
- my vitamins regularly
- my exercise routine.....ok...ok.. brisk walking counts...LOL!
- listening to my body. If I'm tired, I need to rest.
- laughing more.... I'm way too intense.
Well, a rough start does not mean I will live like that.
For the next 360 days ahead, it will be good.
A healthy start to a good, mental, emotional & physical well-being.
That's my wish fora start.
I will end 2009 better and well!