I am sniffing away as I am typing this…It’s been a rough start to the new year, with Adah sick over Christmas, followed by Asher and now, me! Adah started primary school on Tuesday and the first day went on fine for her. I was more stressed at the presentations to the parents. The school was already emphasizing on academic curriculum, year-end examinations and continual assessments during classroom learning.
However, on the second and third day, Adah cried as I dropped her off and it really broke my heart as she finally confessed that she was nervous and scared around the ‘big’ school. Friday went on better. I managed to get a better grasp of the new timings and routine and we left the house early and Adah was visibly more relaxed, chatting away to me as I drove. It’s really nice to listen to her banter and it makes me feel like we are friends instead of the horrible-disciplinarian- mother and rebellious-stubborn-daughter relationship.
I love love love this set of vintagy papers from Graphic 45. The colors are soft and muted and I personally think it’s quite a change from their previous collections released in 2010 which were more sophisticated looking and with bright, vibrant colors. Those little bunnies and fairys are so so so adorable and when I first saw the collection, I knew I would be using it for a ‘siblings’ layout.
I cut out a frame from the papers, as well as the bunnies and fairys, distressed the papers with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in pink and added the Prima twine which matched perfectly in colors! Lots of fussy cutting and I added a Martha Stewart punched out gate, laces and just the keyhole embeliishment from Tim Holtz and the key from 7G.
That’s all I have to share for now. Scrapping has been a little slow lately with Christmas/ New Year celebrations, new changes as Adah starts formal schooling and me sick. But I am sure things will be back on track as soon as we work out a new routine…Check back soon…
Happy New Year!!! We are just minutes away from a new year…2010 just flew by for me..there were so many changes and adjustments and challenges that I found myself screaming for more time all the time. It’s so strange. When I was a young kid studying, the years seem to drag by, and I never seem to graduate. But once I graduated from uni and started working, time seemed to be moving at a faster pace. After I became a mum, time accelerates at such a fearful speed that I have to sprint along with the days (and I am not as fit as before now, so…sighs…)
Anyway, I wanted to share some of the projects I have been up to in the past weeks. Yummlicious Websters goodness. Is it any surprise that I am a fan of anything Websters? Well, I altered a flat canvas board into a hanging home display piece using lots of Websters stuff on it. The papers, the netting and the trim. I love how this display turned out after I added the birdcage stand to it with prima flowers twined around it! It was meant as a gift for someone but I couldn’t bear to let it go after that, so I think I will make another similar one for her soon!
This is another layout using Websters- Wonderfall collection. Adah really loves the swing, so this is another one of her on the swing in school on her 6th birthday. There is just something about swings, isn’t it? The rush as it takes you up in the air and the adrenalin as you come falling back again, just like the challenges and pits you face in life! I have to confess that I love swings too, just that these days I am too busy shooting the kids or pushing them to be on it myself!Lol.
I actually made those flowers by cutting up the vintage netting from Websters into small squares and heating them over a flame. The sides just curl up and gives the flowers a nice dimension. I cut out squares but you can try with circles or ovals for a different look. And dun worry about the size, you can piece the pieces together and try to curl the sides with your fingers into your desired shape. Use a little spray starch if you wanna keep the shape.
Well, that’s all for today. Once again, a very Happy New year!
Well…I have been a little busy doing up some projects which can’t be shared yet cos’ they are christmas presents meant for others and the recipents have not seen them yet so I dun wanna spoil the surprise! I just wanna drop in and say ‘BLESSED CHRISTMAS’! You can tell christmas is my favourite time of the year! Lol.
Just a little nice news to share, I was mentioned over at Prima’s blog here
for my take on Prima’s BAP November Challenge. It’s my first attempt at their monthly challenge and I am glad that even though I did not win, my layout was highlighted on their blog!
As I get older, I find that the years just fly by, especially 2010. There were big changes for me, on the family front and scrapping front too. The move back from Shanghai, settling in, preparing Adah for Primary 1 (Yucks, I hate the thought of her growing up!), coping with a helper, then without a helper, getting back into scrapping and joining MWL as their design team member. It has not been an easy year but by God’s grace and mercy, I made it through and I really have a lot of blessings along the way to be thankful for. I will be spending some time thinking through my goals for 2011 as we enter the last days of 2010. In the meantime, MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
For this week’s assignment at Made With Love, we had to use mediums on our work. I decided to do up a canvas instead. It was a comfortable size that I found at the bookstore in our neighbourhood, 10 x 10 inches and I thought I’ll give it a try and I love, love, love the end look of it!
I stamped butterfly swirls from Inkadinkado’s clear stamps all around the edge of the canvas. I used gesso for this as I wanted the stamped images to ‘resist’ the alcohol inks that I had planned to use. You may have to stamp in more gesso in order for the images to show up against a darker colored background. It was really experimental for me as it was my first attempt with these inks on canvas, so I dripped some drops of ‘Pink Sherbet’ alcohol ink onto a dabber and tried to rub it into/ onto the canvas. The ink turned out so red on the canvas that the stamped images hardly showed up, so I used the alcohol blending solution and dripped onto the canvas directly and then used a sponge to rub it outwards. I somehow got the hang of it and ended up dripping lightly spots of alcohol ink directly onto the canvas and blended it out instead!
A close-up so that you can see the stamped swirls…
I then sprayed the rest of the canvas lightly with yellow Maya Mist and then splattered some blue and red spots on the canvas using Tattered Angels Mists. After the canvas was dried (it didn’t really take long), it was the embellishing bit with laces, felt leaves, flowers, crystals, blings and ribbons all from Prima! I also used a stamp from Basic Grey to stamp in the title, ‘Memories of You’ and embossed it with dark brown embossing powder! I added some punched-out butterflies and rubbed on some gold stickles onto the little rosettes for the finishing touches.
By the way, the journaling reads,’ Swing Me, Upon the broken tire…’. It’s a lyric from ‘Kiss Me’ by Sixpence None The Richer…I used it cos Adah was swinging in the pics though much of the swing has been cropped out. And finally, a picture of the mediums used…
I managed to finish this layout last night as I was staying up to monitor Adah’s temperature. The poor girl woke up lively and active as usual, did some painting and exercises in the morning but she started to complain of a sore throat after her nap. She said she was alright to go swimming but she threw up after that and in the evening, she developed a temperature and it stayed around 38.5 despite the fever medicine. I wanted to be sure she was alright and her temperature does not spike up again in the night, so I stayed up a little later than usual and had this layout done in the meantime!
I used Asher’s pictures from our holiday again. He was sitting on a log in a village called Sassafras after our train ride and was sill excited over sitting in ‘the Thomas train’. I used the sketch #216 from Pencil Lines here and the guest designer this week happens to be none other than my fellow DT member from Made with Love, Piradee! Pencil Lines has the most versatile sketches and I like the layers here (very my style, isn’t it? Lol!).
I used the latest collection from Basic Grey- Curio. Its my favourite line this year, together with Crate Paper’s Restoration line. I like the deep browns and reds in this range and it is so ‘use-able’ on both boys’ n girls’ layouts! I cut out and trimmed away part of the lace cardstock for the bottom part of the layout before layering the embellishments over. I also added a floral ribbon from Tim Holtz and spritzed it with sprays from Tattered Angels and Studio Calico to get the browns on it. The vine was from Prima and was trimmed down too and the key from Tattered Angels just complete the whole look!
Some close-ups as usual:
(P.S. Love the pair of birds, seem like they are talking to each other, like Asher n Me! Hahaha…)