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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

It's good to be back!

Hello readers, I am back after a long break. Apologies to those who faithfully check on my blog. Due to work and family commitments, I just didn't have time for blogging. I've been feeling terribly guilty for forsaking my blog :( I started out with such good intentions, then life got in the way. My online shop was also causing more work than I anticipated so I have closed it whilst I sort myself out. In any case, blogging is more fun and interactive although I still have to discipline myself and make the time. Today, I've made myself sit down in front of my pc and write so here I am. I promise I will make it a point to visit all my fave blogs which I have been neglecting.

During my break, I 'met' a lovely young lady who just happened to chance upon my blog and commissioned a couple of cards. Here is one of them, which was for her mum's birthday. She wanted some quilling and pastel colours. Bearing in mind that my quilling is a bit rusty, I decided to stick to some simple quilling. Me and quilling have a strange relationship - when I do quill, I enjoy it very much and wonder why I don't do more. When I don't quill for awhile, I think I won't go back to it. I think part of the problem is that I enjoy stamping more and have yet to use many of the stamps in my stash.

I decided on an easel card so it can be displayed and luckily I had some pastel quilling strips in my stash. It turned out really pretty and I had a happy customer. I also made a little box to fit and decorated it with printed paper and ribbon. Hope you enjoy this card. Please leave a comment so I know you've stopped by! Thanks.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Little note books

Hello readers, sorry not much blogging done for the past few weeks.  I did manage to alter 3 little note books as requested by my regular customer. These are ideal as gifts. I apologise for the bad photos, the light wasn't good and I was in a rush to do the delivery. I do enjoy doing notebooks as you can seldom go wrong once you have selected the materials. The first is a stamp by Sara Kay which I coloured with distress inks. Patterned paper for all three are by Anna Griffin. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, 20 January 2011


I do love sunsets and once in a while I actually remember to take some pictures. I have missed some spectacular ones but managed to capture these. All taken at a marina in Port Dickson, Malaysia. I love how the reflection of the sun looks like molten gold on the water. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Washi strips card

Washi is a type of paper made in Japan. Its used in many traditional Japanese arts.  I do love the feel of the paper, almost like fabric. They also come in the most fabulous colours and designs. I have to admit that I am a hoarder of speciality paper like washi and printed designer papers. It hurts to even cut out a tiny weeny strip. But its time I used all these papers that are just sleeping in my cupboards.

So here is a card made from washi strips. Let me tell you, cutting the first strip was indeed painful! I used lengths of matching mizuhiki cords in between the washi strips. Mizuhiki is another favourite of mine, if you aren't aware, they are colourful Japanese paper cords made of rice paper. The strips of washi are laid upon broad double sided tape (other side stuck on a piece of card. The cords needed a bit of glue to help them stay put as the sticky tape was not enough. Once ready, I cut a neat rectangle to fit my card base. I also layered the washi rectangle onto pink Bazzill card. The overall colours are so pretty.

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