I used my Unity stamps for these- the flowers and the butterfly. I like this sketch a lot as it is easy to piece together and probably will come up with more using this sketch, once I have more time on my hands. I dunno when though, with our upcoming trip, teaching Adah to read, getting Asher to toilet trained and to speak more…I am getting a bit spooked out by the education standards and expectations in Singapore. My hobby may need to take a little back stand now. After all, I am a mother and a wife first before any other indulgences.
Back to the card, I like the unity stamps I have used cos u can easily embellish it with a rhinstone or faux pearls or u can even pop out the flower part. The butterfly image was meant to be embossed but I have yet to find a good heat gun that gives me the effect I want. I snipped off the feelers of the butterfly cos I did a terrible job at cutting around them. Sighs…will need more practice here!
I made this card using the sketch from Sketch Saturday
! I am enjoying stamping more and more and there are so many ‘pretti-ful’ (In Adah’s language, its pretty and beautiful combined together) stamps out there, designed by talented ladies. And since there are so much hearts in my card, it just fits the challenge at Secret Crafter
too! So, I’m submitting this for their latest hearts challenge!
Elzybell stamps are one of my favourite, and they have just launched a new set for Valentine’s Day. I like their stamps except that I find them a bit small. Then, there’s whiff of joy, Sugar Nellie (which is only available on funkykits.com only), pink gem designs, etc etc…so a large portion of my scrapbooking expenses now goes to purchasing stamps. I have to control the temptation to just go online, surf and buy now! And I thought being stuck in Shanghai means I will be spending less than my SB friends in Singapore.
This layout is submitted for Your Scrapbook Stash Birthday Week Challange. I wonder if I am still in time, but it has been a bad week, with Adah sick from last Friday till Tuesday, and then now Asher. I am indeed aging, I remember I used to have the stamina to get up several times to check on the kids when they were babies (even when they started sleeping through the night at 5 weeks), but now when I only have to wake up twice in the night to check on them, I get giddy the next morning.
The picture above was one of the first few photos we had of Asher. I was extremely irritated with the business manager of this particular photo studio which was allowed to call on new mothers who had just delivered in the hospital, when I had Adah. She came every morning, as punctual as my gynae to ‘encourage’ me to take up their package which includes one shot of the newborn. I was pissed off by her persistence but I caved in the end for Adah. With Asher, I wanted to have his photo taken to ensure both kids are treated fairly, but I could not locate her until the day I was due to be discharged!!!
Asher was such a sleepy baby then. He could hardly open his eyes. The paediatric nurse had to undress him to the skin to wake him up for breastfeeding, so I wonder how the photographer managed to wake him. His eyes looked so small and barely open in the picture.
Back to the challenge, we had to go to the gallery of yourscrapbookstash.com and find a layout that inspires enough for u to scraplift. So, I scraplifted Ericia’s one here. I was inspired by the stars used for the little boy. I always seem to have difficulties with boy layouts, cos u can’t get all pink and girly, so I really went all out on the stars here! LOL
On a side note, we are due to go back to Singapore for a month!!! Woah…one month back to my sunny island, without the cold and layers of clothing…but without my scrapbooking supplies, so I will be out of action for a month. Maybe more mojo will return after this break.
Elzybells Blog Challenge #11
Made this card for a dear girlfriend of mine. She discovered something nasty about her health recently. Thank God when I communicated with her today after her check up, she managed to escape near death. We really have to be grateful for the good health we are blessed with, for the simple freedom of being able to stand and breathe freely. I used an Elzybells stamp for this which I had bought from A muse Stamps online at a spree organised sometime back. Much as I hate that the TSL website is down, it has helped me to save some money this month. I’m submitting this for Elzybells Blog Challenge since I was able to work around the colors challenge.
This layout is all about ‘Way Back When’ Adah was born. Its another challenge found at Creative Scrappers. Joining these challenges pushes me to have the discipline to come out with at least a layout a week. Then I can be on schedule to complete my projects and just ride on the sketches as well.
I remember being in labour for almost 14 hours and those were the first pictures that we caught of Adah when she was out. It’s an experience I will never forget. Our lives changed from the very night KS and I headed for the hospital. From the next day onwards, it was no longer just the two of us only. The emotions that ran when I first held my baby, the first time I looked into her eyes (they were already so big then), the first ‘Hello’ I said to her all form part of the touching moment we first met… …I still tear whenever I remember those details. Adah has changed my life completely, turned it upside down, messed it up but brought so much joy and happiness to me that I would never trade it for anything else.
Got to apologise for the quality of the photos taken. I think I will have to take a crash course in photography and editing. Anyone please? I will try to re- upload some nicely taken ones again. And I just wanna mention that ain’t those little metal shoes cute? Got them off a market here. And I love Maya Road’s calendar sheers!!!