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Saturday, December 22, 2007

My ATC Cards

Finally....finally I sat down and finished my cards...it took me two attempts. Not sure if our scrappers here who all sent sweet cards...not sure if they can accept my grunge looking, collage, mixed media kind of ATCs! But I got tired halfway while making the cards, so some of you will still get my grungy cards...

Anyway, here are the samples...each card is totally different. I cant decide who is to receive which card, so I am actually gonna draw straws!!! LOL, so my fellow swappers...please dont kill me ya!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Fontwerks Kah Mei Smith

Fontwerks' Kah Mei Smith was in town and we had the priviledge to attend her classes in Bangsar! I must say we never scrapped so hard!!!! We started at 9am and Chow Chow and myself, determined to finish the I Woman album, finished at 7pm...Clear albums are now the in thing (SNC will be having them later this month)..take a look at the Bryant Album that I made!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Bird Park - 1st December 2007

We went to the KL Birdpark last Saturday for Jun Xi's (Bryant and Becky's aunt!!!) 1st Birthday Party. Like me, the kids had a whale of a time and was sooooo well behaved. This gave me the courage to bring Becky shopping on Sunday, and true to form...she loved getting out!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Our First Class Output - Sssshhhh

Whilst Penelope created numerous samples in 12x12 format to small hand-held albums for us as ideas and inspirations (one of which is featured here), we were all assigned to make our own little project.

Materials given for this challenge were:

  • 2 cardstock (our choice)

  • 3 patterned paper (our choice)

  • 9 yards of funky ribbons and trim (our choice)

  • and lots and lots of freebies (embellishments) and tools.

What was daunting was we didn't know what we were up against; only reassured fun - which we had lots of.

I made a little album for my daughter, Becky, highlighting the events in the 1st hour of her life. Hence, I named my little album "1st 1 Hour" and used the letter "L" to subsitute the number "1" from the Basic Grey Romani Monograms collection. Clever? Oh well, credit to my sister actually who guided us individually and cooked up really creative ideas for each and every participant resulting in 5 different looking mini albums and layouts that brought out the best of our pictures.

For the rest of the album, I played up the greens, orange and blue from the patterned paper rather than the photos to offset the drabby hospital blues and greens reflected in the pictures. With all the wonderful ideas and advice, I am so proud of my little album, although it is a departure from my own style.

Designer: Penelope Gan (I thought I should still give her the credit since I would not have produced it in such a way)

Products: Chatterbox and American Crafts patterned paper, Bazzil cardstock, Basic Grey Romani Monograms, Autumn Leaves Mod Citrus Pillow Charms, American Crafts Ribbons, Scrap-n-Crop Ribbons and Trims, Scrap-n-Crop embellishments (buttons, brads, eyelets and brads) ~ all available at www.scrap-n-crop.com

Friday, November 30, 2007

I've Been Tagged Too

OK, heard bout this sometime ago...never had the time to see what its all about...so here goes...KitKatz tagged me ages ago..but I have only been able to do this now...

These are the rules:

  • Link to your tagger (see above), and also post these rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (random or weird) on your blog.
  • Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.Let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.
... and 7 facts about me:

  1. I am a shopaholic...I shop till I drop, no pun intended! And i buy just about anything, from shoes to scrapbook materials to designer coffee...Hubby thinks I have too many shoes but who doesnt need another blue pair of shoes???
  2. I am a terrible mum...yes, terrible...My new born daughter lives in my scrapbook store. I spend so much time there, I have actually carried her to my store on many occasions. Perhaps her first words will be brads instead of dad!
  3. I still dream of Italy! Went to only as close as France..it seems I never had the time after Bryant was born
  4. I dont exercise. Well, make that never. Prob the last activity I did that came close to exercising was carting my stuff to the American Bazzar for sale!
  5. My life long ambition was to be in the investment line but now that I am here, doing what I wanted to do all my life...it doesnt seem fun at all. I just wish I can be back home now scrapbooking without interrupion!
  6. If I can choose a cuisine to live on, it will be sashimis and pastas...yes, when given a choice I only eat Japanese or Italian
  7. Not being able to go out, is never a deterrent to me when it comes to shopping. I buy everythign online...prob the only thing I have never bought online is a car!

And I am tagging:

  1. Liza
  2. JC
  3. Nad
  4. Lay Hoon
  5. Adeline
  6. Norazah
  7. Jasmine

Have FUn!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Ssshhh... Secrets Sample LO

Mini accordian, tags, slides and envelopes were incorporated into this layout by my sister to 'make' space for countless of photos, journaling and knick-knacks (Flamenco Tix!!!). An avid photographer and traveller, it was difficult for her to decide on THE one (or perhaps two to three) photos to be featured in the LO.

Estatic to have found this Basic Grey pattern paper that "gives the Flamenco more flavour" {quote-unquote}, she did not want to crop it to bits and chose to use it as a main feature and use embellisments (e.g. Scrap-n-Crop brads and matching C3 ribbons) to provide the LO with some dimensions while retaining the overall feel.

Products: Basic Grey patterned paper, Bazzil cardstock, Autumn Leaves clear stamps, Bazzil and DDB Pigment Ink, Scrap-n-Crop embellishments - photo anchors, brads - and embossing powder.

Designer: Penelope Gan

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Rebecca and Bryant swims in my aunt's house every Monday morning. Yesterday I ditched work in the morning to capture some photos of the two monsters in action! My favourite photo is Becky posing with my aunt's mum...that is like 4 generations between them!

Monday, November 12, 2007

SNC Sign Board

My first attempt in some new techniques used for this sign board. The huge board is a MDF board. First I spread PVA glue all over the board, then I crumpled some tissue and pat it on the PVA to create a wrinkled texture. (In case you girls are wondering, I tested the tissue and its acid free!). After its dry I spread one layer of gesso on the board. Then I painted the board an antique white colour. Finally I pat some distressing ink on the board (I used Mahogany, Broken China and Antique Linen) and I spritz some water using SNC's spray onto the ink. I then use a transparency sheet to smear the ink and mix the ink, creating unique colour patches. For the final touch, I used Making Memories Sunflower acrylic paint and pat it all over with a sponge.
I found Basic Grey's Periphery Paper with the birds and cut it out to adhere on the board. Lastly, after adhering everything, I distressed the edges with more distressing ink and acrylic paint!
Supplies used: MDF Board, Plaid Wooden Alphabets, Gesso, Acrylic Paint, PVA Glue, Tissue, Distressed Inks, Ribbons, Patterned Paper, Transparency, Sponge Daubers.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Amazing World of GOOGLE

Call me crazy, but have you all ever tried googling yourself? I was just trying to clean up my online profile, if possible, disassociate valerie and ebay for professional purposes and surprisingly I found someone actually blogged about me! That is so cool and it really made my day. I meet so many lovely people everyday and to know that someone took note of what I told her, I am really really touched...it looks as if my whole cause and reason for Scrap-n-Crop actually truly works! Thank you shoeaholic, you made my day! Here's the link for those who are keen - http://shoeaholicsdiary.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_archive.html

Or the post below:

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

An Inspiration of Life
Lately, i started doing some crafts and handiwork again to get in touch with my creative side. I haven't been doing such crafts since i discovered the wonders of computers. Partly, i haven't found the time and also source that i use to have before i discovered internet. Yes, i think the internet has robbed most of my youth and time, and it still is.I would buy books and magazines to get myself all excited and inspired to work on some projects and recently, i made 2 simple frames for 2 dear friends with our picture in it. It was really simple and yet i struggled a little at my creative call! But i am glad i started it anyway and i am taking another step at establishing more little projects again.I went online this afternoon and started looking around at ebay.au. I came about some nice ribbons for scrapbooking and to my awed, i found 2 sellers that are based in Malaysia! I've always wanted to buy stuff from ebay, but the payment and prosedures are simply too complicated for me not to mention the conversion rate and shipping fees blah blah...So i contacted the sellers for further inquiries and i ended up "meeting" one seller by the name of Valerie Gan. She responded to my email the promptest and we ended up exchanging a few friendly emails. She mentioned she has a 2 1/2 yr old brain damaged son by the name of Bryant in her Ebay Store and she established this store to help support her child and also families with similar problems like her. So i typed her name at google to see if i can find anything about her and this is what i found at http://www.midwiferytoday.com/enews/enews0607.asp
I am neither a midwife nor a medical student. My son was born with a severe brain injury. I would like to know what is the acceptable time frame between crowning and full spontaneous delivery.My baby was born in May 2003. Since birth he has not been able to cry, suck, or swallow. We now tube feed him; he tends to vomit each time we try to feed him. In his first two weeks of life, his eyes remained shut and his body movements were hypotonic. Though he is now able to move a bit more, at times the movements are spastic, and he tends to arch his neck when agitated. His pupils are not equal, and he does not appear to be able to focus. We now discover that he is also unable to see and hear.Bryant is my first child. The latent phase took two hours, and the active phase was approximately six hours. After the latent phase there was a change of nurses at the hospital, and we were at times left unattended. It was two hours from the time I was fully dilated (according to a nurse that came in to check) before the doctor came to deliver the baby.During the second stage I was told by yet another nurse to push the baby until the crown showed while we awaited the doctor's arrival. The baby was born with an Apgar of 5 and was not breathing. He had to be resuscitated and was subsequently sent to the NICU. Resuscitation was also delayed. Fetal monitoring showed merely 2 (Type 2 dips) during the wholeprocess. I was tested for some metabolic diseases, and all results were negative. Both my husband and I have no family history of illnesses and we lead healthy lifestyles (no smoking or drinking). Bryant's ECG test (done about three weeks of life) showed little bursts of activity. Although not confirmed, the diagnosis we feel is pointing toward infant asphyxia (HIE). Bryant sees a neuro specialist right now and visits the physiotheraphist once a month.— Valerie Gan,MalaysiaMy heart broke when i read about her child and what she and her family had to go through. She then mentioned in her email to me that she does scrapbooking for her son to document his precious life and though it can sometimes be very depressing, she said that Bryant hasn't got very long to live and that is why scrapbooking helps her to cope and express herself. Suddenly, my world grew a little bigger today after meeting Valerie. Knowing briefly about what she does and had to go through in life makes me feel that i am not living mine as i should. It is amazing how we are all brought together by common interests in the love for art. I am very convinced that art is a great way for many people to express themselves and every piece of craft always have a story to tell or a piece of emotion attached to it. Valerie's story inspired me more than any magazines and books,I learnt a lesson in life today that the true inspiration comes from within and around us. I pray that Valerie will find peace and strength each day to be the great mother she is for Bryant. I also pray that God to take away Bryant's pain and suffering.
So Shoe Me 31.1.06 0 pair of Shoes

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Altered Pail

As chowchowscrapper said, I am really into the altering stage right now...enclosed is a tin I made, also for the upcoming bazaar...dunno why, into the pink green mood too...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Work In Progress

Hi all

Altered some items today and took some photos of my work in progress...scratching my head on how to alter around the whole cupboard...color theme is olive green, brown n some blue...As for the drawers, I will be using bookplates, painted in the same olive green, to label the drawers...eg, buttons, brads, eyelets and so forth....Any comments???

Monday, October 15, 2007

Scrapbooking Gifts

I made a gift bag for a friend that has just delivered a baby girl!...needless to say, gals, scrapbooking make great gifts!!! Yes! More excuses to load up on stuff!!!

Yes, I absolutely adore Prima's giant flowers...they simply give your gifts the added punch!
Materials used in this project: 1 Cardboard Box, Prima Flowers, Autumn Leaves Mod paper, Embroidered Rick Rack, Giant Brads and Grosgrain Ribbon.