Friday, October 31, 2008

When the West meets the East...

Marilynn from my church sent me an email and ask for help to make a card with Red Packet! Well, it is a culture in China country - when a couple get married - you have to give Red Packet (of what we called ANG BAO) with some money inside :)

She didn't give me the detail of the couple but i assumed they are christian :p - so i made a "White + joyful" card with envelope cutting which could insert an ANG PAO in this card. I used eyelet to make 2 holes in order to tie a lime "string" and to "'LOCK" the card...ya, to avoid the ANG PAO dropping!

Aha~ I got almost everything in this card from China. The ribbon, the button, the string and the eyelet. The paper (just a small loose piece i have) is from American Crafy and the Stamp "Happiness" is from SU :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Day...

It is not my culture to celebrate Thanksgiving day in Malaysia but my family as Christians always count His blessing and give thanks to the Lord for He is Good.

Joyce called me and mentioned she wants to make few quick cards for Thanksgiving. I told her that I have no stamps that related to Thanksgiving :( I feel bad to see someone disappointed. So I went home and searched for whatever thinggy that related to Thanksgiving. Well, i found some Fall papers and some not-so-related stamps. I decided to design it by myself. So i use Adobe Illustrator and created some text and printed out on the paper. I mx and match - and time myself - and keep reminding myself "Marlene, she wants to make lots of cards - you better design something quick and simple!"

I sent a message to Joyce and t
old her that we could make some quick cards tonight - with whatever I have. Well, I hope I could accomplish my job earlier today and leave on time and I hope the card making sessions won't be too long as well - as life really very busy recently. I made these few cards (design and think...... ) till almost 2am. I hope this cards can be guideline to Joyce tonight.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Copy Cat

I modified the card i learned from Kelli. Well, i recall Liza did demonstrate this technique to me before. So, using the same layout and skill, i modified the card using different colours and ribbon. Well, i will send this card out to my good friend - Shin Ying - who is currently very tired of her job and always feel unhappy. Ha...this is the 1st time i play with my own brand new sponge!

The secret recipe: (not so secret though... hee hee)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss, Purely Pomegranate, Cameo Coral, Ivory: Stampin' Up
Ink Pad: Kiwi Kiss, Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose: Stampin' Up
Stamps: Bud Basic, Short & Sweet: Stampin' Up
Others: Grosgrain Ribbon: Purely Pomegranate, Versa Mark, Clear Embossing Powder, Heating tool and Sewing Machine - to create the holes....

Oh Ya! I received some new ribbons today. I have 100yards each :| Think it is enough for me to use for the rest of my card making life - if i don't share with others :) 2 are grosgrain and 2are Christmas ribbons. I quite like it :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I am in LOVE....

with Cuttlebug die-cut and embossing machine!

I attended a workshop by Kellie. She is such a great demonstrator. She knew i was curious about dry embossing and she demonstrated it today and WOW, I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS TOY! It is just like a Magic BOX! (well, it shows that i am really a new baby in card making world though... )

I made 2 cards in this workshop. I keep looking at my fall card - Ah.. i hope i could do dry embossing more. It is so nice and so class
y! And this is the first time i play with chalk as well. (in card making, not drawing) I love the soft effect as well!

God, I think I want to get this toy - the little cuttlebug, is that ok God? Can you provide me please? :)

Family Trip to Taiwan

Dad, mum, marcus, mary and Jie fu....
Thanks for making this trip happened. The trip is perfect with all of you around. I miss home. I truly miss home. I love you all.

God, I wanna pray for my family at this moment. I pray for your protection to them. I ask for your blessings and your grace upon them. God, thanks for the love you pour into my family. I love you, God. In Jesus name, Amen.

My Trip to Ping Yao

Pingyao is a very nice place which located @ Shanxi Province. During the Qing Dynasty (well i am not good in history as well), Pingyao was a financial center of China. Therefore, we can see the 1st China Bank here :)

Pingyao is famous for its city walls and huge huge compound such as Wang's compound and Qiao's compound. Of course it is famous for the Old Old feeling and the nice + cheap food too! Oh, not to forget the RED LANTERN. Share some photos with all of you. Yap, this is NON-Card-Making thinggy :p

Monday, October 20, 2008

I miss home

It has been quite some time since i wrote home last time. I miss home. I was not in the mood of card making yesterday night until my mum called and said "Happy Children's Day!". I asked her "So, are you suppose to buy me a gift since it is the Children's day?" She replied: "If you come home, I will buy you a gift".

I know my mum misses me and I know i miss home.
I want to make a KID's card now! (I told myself) I know I am a KID in their eyes! I want to make a card to tell them how much I love them... and send home tomorrow!

so.. this is the outcome... Hm... Not too nice but.... just wanna share with everyone who visited my blog :)

Another Monotone card

After playing with Red and Black colour base - i challenged myself with White base. Ah... this is something simple. :) Can you feel I am sincerely say THANK YOU through this card? :)

Stamps: Say it with Scallope: Stampin Up; Floral: Stampin Up; Short & Sweet: Stampin Up
Card stocks: Rose Red: Stampin Up; White.
Inks: Rose Red: Stampin Up
Punch: Scallop Square
Others: Grosgrain Rose Red Ribbon.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monotone Card

I got my 1st GIANT Floral stamp last week and is really a HUGE STAMP! So i decided to play with it! I tried few versions of cards but it didn't come out nice :( So i set a goal - MONOTONE, and play with tone of 1 colour for this card :)

I stamp this to a Ruby Red card stock with Versa Mark and add on clear embossing powder and embossed it with heat tool. Again, i stamp the image of Floral with Bravo Burgundy colour onto a Vanilla card stock. Cut it out and paste on a Chocolate chip card as base - and another layer of Vanilla Card Stock. Finally, i stamp on "Say it with Scallop" using Bravo Burgundy as well and Tadah.... here comes the card.

I tried out Black colour (grey scale) and i really love it.

Stamps: Say it with Scallope: Stampin Up; Floral: Stampin Up
Card stocks: Basic Black: Stampin Up; Basic Grey: Stampin Up
Inks: Basic Black: Stampin Up
Punch: Scallop Square
Others: Versa Mark; Clear Emboss powder; Heat tool, sewing machine

Stamps: Say it with Scallope: Stampin Up; Floral: Stampin Up
Card stocks: Ruby Red: Stampin Up; Chocolate Chip: Stampin Up
Inks: Bravo Burgundy: Stampin Up
Punch: Scallop Square
Others: Versa Mark; Clear Emboss powder; Heat tool, sewing machine

Guess what, I am in-charged of a brand new quilt donation for poor project in my church (for 4 weeks) and in order to raise funds, i brought 35 cards that i made and sell it during the fund collections - and all the money collected will be donated to this project. I was so happy that the cards gone in 2-3 mins!!! Even my friend who was with me get shocked to see this! I hope is because my card is beautiful :p but not because of it is cheap :p Well, some asking me if i am going to bring more cards next week :)

Time to work.. again :) Life being too busy - i hope i have more time to do more cards. I miss making cards....

Monday, October 06, 2008

SheetLoad of Cards (part 2)

I just came back from Taiwan and Hong Kong (family trip) and was trapped in Hong Kong due to typhoon :) However, i just can't wait to share with you the cards i made for SheetLoad. Here comes the cards. Click here to download the October issue. It is FREE! Opps. this is the cover for the October issue :)

Again, Thanks Alicia for your guidance and your encouragement! Of course, i want to say THANK YOU to my staff who helped me to take photos for my cards when i were busy with my works! What a great team i have :)

Card 1
Stamps: Always: Stampin Up; Pocket Silhouettes: Stampin Up; Think Happy Thoughts: Stampin Up
Paper: two scoops : Basic Grey
Card stocks:Clear card: ShortCuts; Pumpkin Pie: Stampin Up; Very Vanilla: Stampin Up; River Rock: Stampin Up
Inks: Pumpkin Pie: Stampin Up
Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Vanilla
Punch:1/2" Circle punch; 1-1/4" Circle punch; 1-1/2" Circle punch:
Others: Versa Mark; White Emboss powder; Heat tool

Card 2
Stamps: Always: Stampin Up; Short and Sweet: Stampin Up
Paper:Infuse : Basic Grey
Card stocks: Clear card: ShortCuts; Tracing Paper; Straw Mat
Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Vanilla
Others: Versa Mark; White Emboss powder; Heat tool

Card 3
Stamps:Upsy Daisy: Stampin Up; Priceless: Stampin Up
Card stocks: Frosted card: ShortCuts; Basic Brown: Stampin Up; Very Vanilla: Stampin Up; Bordering Blue: Stampin Up
Inks: Chocolate Chip:Stampin Up; Blue Bayou: Stampin Up
Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip; Brads Chestnut: American Craft
Punch: Scallop Circle punch : Stampin Up; 1-1/4" Circle punch; 1-1/2" Circle punch