Saturday, 23 May 2015

It's A Good Day

Hello Peeps~

Found some time to play with my new Mama Elephant- Up and Away stamp set today. This set is just so cute! So I made this card for the May sketch challenge at the Make The Day Special Stamp Store blog. Here is the sketch I used:
I flipped the sketch 90 degrees clockwise and here is my card:
I pretty much stuck to the sketch. I used distress ink, blending tool and Post-it note to create my own cloud shapes. I used two different colour inks for the two puffy clouds which represent the two thin stripes on the sketch. (Hope that worked!! ^_^) I haven't done paper piecing for a long while. I thought it would be fun to have different coloured and patterned balloons. Although it took a while to paper piece them, I think it is worth it! 
Here is a close up picture of the main image. A bit of Stickles glitter glue always makes the image 'pop'!

That's it for now. It's Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK. That means a long weekend for us!! Hooray! Might just have more time to craft, I hope!! See you soon!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A Huge Birthday Wish

Happy Wednesday!

Nice to see you here again. Half way through the week!! Hooray! ^_^ Not long till the weekend!

I am here to share this "HUGE" birthday card with you. I think this is the biggest card I've ever made. The card measures 8" x 8". (I don't think I made any cards bigger than 6" x 6" before.)
I found this decoupage sheet from my local craft shop the other day. This beautiful image is illustrated by artist Leanne Ellis, from Swansea in South Wales. This one is called "If Only...". I love all artworks from Leanne Ellis. They are just so elegant and pretty and there is something about them. I think they give out feelings of calm, quietness and peace. Just love looking at them. All her illustrations have this vintage feel to them Therefore, I thought ribbons and laces would certainly go with it.  
All elements on the decoupage sheet are pre-cut. So it is ever so easy to build up the image. I didn't use the original background layer for this card (saved it for another project) but I found this pink background paper which I think goes well with the image. The strokes on the paper even made it look like that she has wings!! Hee hee! The heart shaped pattern paper also comes with this decoupage sheet. I wanted to show off this pattern paper, hence, my decision to create a large size card. I also used some of these pattern papers to decorate my envelope too!! 
The sketch from Friday Sketch Challenge #93 also provides the inspiration for making this birthday card. 
Love this big birthday card. Sometimes you might just need that extra space to show off all your beautiful images, embellishments and papers. Sometimes... size does matters!! LOL!   

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

For My Mum~ I love you!


Did you all have a wonderful Monday? It's bank holiday here in the UK. We took the kids to Wicksteed Park, a small theme park. The weather was warm and beautiful. We had a great time!

OK, I am here today to share this card for my wonderful mum to celebrate mother's day on the 2nd Sunday of May, i.e. 10th of May. Yep! I had my mother's day card from my girls already but I also have another mother's day to celebrate in Taiwan. This card is already on its way. I hope the card is already across the pacific ocean and it does arrive in good time for my mum. Anyway, this post is photo heavy but hope you enjoy it! ^_^

This is the first time that I will be participating in Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge blog. When I saw the latest challenge #29 Butterflies + L is for Lace, I knew this would be a great combination. So here is my card:
And here is a closer look of the butterfly:
This is my new butterfly die from Xcut- my first Xcut die and my first very intricate die. It took me ages to cut this butterfly. You thought having a die would be easy and quick but WRONG!! As it is so intricate, I found it hard to cut evenly and it was definitely not easy to remove the paper die cut from the die itself. Any good tips out there on how to solve this problem?

Anyway, moving on. Now the clever part is (well, I think it is clever! Hee hee!), there is a secret message hidden under this butterfly.
This took me ages to work out the folds, the cut and the partial die cutting too. After several tests on scrap paper, I am so glad that it turned out great! ^_^
Now, I hear you asking... so where is the L for lace? Hmmmm..... here they are, circled below:
I know, I know, they are not the usual laces that you are expecting to see. I found this strip of flower lace in my drawer. I positioned it here and there and I just can't seem to find a good place for this pretty lace. Maybe it's because the pattern paper I chose already has a horizontal line going across the top half of the card. So I decided to cut and disconnect the lacy flowers. I also didn't like the white plain look of these flowers, thus, I tried to colour them in with my Copic Ciao markers and they worked. Ha! Interesting and prettier then ever!       
I love the look of these lacy flowers. I even continued it through the inside of my card.
Phew! I think that's the end of this post. I thank you if you have followed me all the way to this point. I do really love this card and I hope when my mum receives it she will love it too. Before I go, just tell you a little something. I received a compliment from my daughter Jasmine, she said "Mummy, I think this is the best card you ever made, ever!" Now, that just made my day!
Enjoy the rest of the week!