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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Me and my flowers!!!

Hello bloggers,


I am back again with another card... and I do like this one.


The roses were made by me (you did not have to guess that, lol!)
I just took plain mauve coloured construction paper and went over it with watery acrylic paint in silver to give it a shiny look before die cutting the flowers. 


The sentiment is a folder from Sizzix embossed with my Cuttlebug (love of my life, really!)
I did the scalloped border with my Martha Stewart border punch on metallic papers.
The sticker with leaves and pot is from my stash.
The sprigs are from a tree punch by Jeff.
The tea pot border punch is really cute - cannot recall it's name. I put a silver ribbon at the bottom of the punched out teapots to make it look glamorous.


Hope you like it. Would love to know what you think about it.


Am entering this in the following challenges:


http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com/ - die cuts (my roses are made out of mini Sizzix flower dies)
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.com/ - spring ( I hope my roses remind you of spring and so does the pot with green leaves
cutedaisymay.blogspot.com - let's glitter and glitz it
http://www.gingerloftchallenge.blogspot.com/ - die cut and punches (my roses and the teapot border punch at the bottom)


Hugs,


Monica

More cards for Japan Redcross


Hello bloggers,

I hope you all are well and happily crafting away...

I made this card two days ago. I wanted to stamp the sentiment which says "Kick off your heels and have fun" but there was no room left on the card... I have made cards in the past with this sentiment and they looked so full of fun.

The shoe stamp is from Hero Arts - I went over with Zeenya's nail pen over it and then I distressed the image with barn red.  The satin roses and ribbons are from my stash.
The black sprigs are from my Carla craft punch.
The swirly silver and black sticker is from Ek Success.
Embossing done with my Cuttle bug - the white paper has been distressed mildly with barn red as well.
The silver swirls on the left have been painted with fabric pop up glitter glue.
I am not very sure of this card - there is no focal point to it, really.

Off to make some more cards... just sent off 30 cards to sell to a sweet lady who lives in our building. Let us see how many she buys.

I am going to enter this card for the following:

http://squigglefly.blogspot.com/ - sparkle and shine


Have fun and stay healthy and cheerful!

Hugs,

Monica

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Thank you card for a special friend

Hello bloggers,

I am back again with a card that I made two weeks ago... 
I used these multi stamps from Prima  - clear stamps that I placed randomly on a big block and stamped it with black pigment ink. 
I have been seeing a lot of black and white cards and it was finally Lynn of  http://creativecraftsbylynn.blogspot.com/ whose card inspired me to get down to making one. 


The sentiment is handwritten (thanks to the encouragement I have received from all of you, I seem to be getting more confident with writing my sentiments) and the ribbons are from my stash. The faux gem flowers are  from Paper Mania.


I have snail mailed this card for a very special blogging buddy (sorry, cannot disclose the name as it meant to be a surprise)... pity it has still not reached her. It is going to be two weeks tomorrow since I mailed it. Sob, sob! Hopefully one day, it will arrive at it's destination.

Hope you like it. 

Hugs and thanks for viewing,

Monica

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

More cards for Japan Redcross

Hello lovely bloggers out there,

Hope you are having a nice morning, afternoon or evening where ever you are...

I made these similar looking cards at the week end. 
Have used Peachy Keen clear stamp - mini turtle and coloured it in with my Darwent water colour pencils along with distressed ink on the sides of the paper.
The background paper is from Terry's blog candy.
The chocolate paper has been embossed with Cuttlebug. 
The mosaic at the bottom is from my stash and the teeny tiny bit of twine has been recycled from a gift. 
The sentiment is handwritten with a Calligraphy pen.

I have used the same stamp, coloured it in with Darwent water colour pencils but  gave it a touch of glitter with glitter glue and my Sakura metallic pens ... wish you could see it in real life. 
The watches you see in the background are from Hero Arts stamp. 
I used different distress colours to stamp it and distressed the borders as well. 
Embossing done with my beloved Cuttlebug and the lace border has been punched with my Martha Stewart border punch. 

Which one do you like more?

I will link this to Michelles's Monday Linky party at http://michelle-pinkpaperparadise.blogspot.com/

Happy crafting with loads of love,

Monica

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Crochet cards with my new woolen yarn



Hello bloggers,

While I was in Singapore I bought lots of woolen yarn from Spotlight - like a typical hoarder ... and made plenty of flowers when ever I got the chance...

So here are my flowers... the paper roses too are home made from a Carla Craft punch.

The lovely papers on the first two cards are from Terry's blog candy. I have finally come to terms with using those wonderful papers now... Might as well enjoy them and not leave them for my grand-children throw away... lol!!!


The leaves and stems in the second card have been cut manually and the crochet flower centres are actually coffee beans... aren't you impressed???

The third card is partly recycled as the foil is from the kitchen shelf and all the other scraps of paper on it were lying around on my table...

I am going to enter the first card for:

the linky party at Monique's - www.naturallymecreations.blogspot.com
http://aspoonfullofsugarchallenge.blogspot.com/ - ribbons and roses
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/ - show your appreciation
http://craftsandmechallenges.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ - punches
http://cinspirations.blogspot.com/ - no square allowed in the card (mine is a rectangle)
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/ - spring has come
http://stampingwithdragon.blogspot.com - bring on spring
http://totallygorjuss.blogspot.com - spring has sprung
http://suchins.blogspot.com - anything goes (my ever favourite challenge)


Hope you like them.

Hugs,

Monica

Saturday, 26 March 2011

The versatile blogger award











Wow - Lucky me! I am delighted to receive this award from two great crafters:
 Bea at http://beadeesblog.blogspot.com/ and Fiona at http://beehivecards.blogspot.com/ 
Thanks so much for the joy - no wonder I love blog land! Full of loving, caring and sharing.

I am supposed to share 7 things about my self  in order to receive this award. I think most of you would be bored to death by now about my waffle with each and every post... But I will give it another go:

1. I have a dream to write a book ( I know I have mentioned this earlier on and not much has progressed since then... Somehow I feel that by putting it down in writing I just may move a step closer to my dream!) Lol!

2. I am one of those people who cannot be compelled to do something that I do not enjoy doing.

3. If I like something I cherish it for dear life... and if I don't I quietly walk away.

4. I have met the nicest people through blogging and it has become the most pleasant distraction of my life... so much so that I am busy blogging away when I should be getting cards ready for my charity batches.

5. When I go out to the cinema or for dinner with my family, I always carry some crafting tools in my bag - that can be off putting for others, you know but certainly not for me. Lol!

6. I have to order new craft cupboards as I am a bit fed up of the plastic drawers I use at present.

7. I cannot imagine that I started working at age 17 and gave it up at age 32 to have babies and tend to them.  Crafting helped me stay overboard and provided the most delightful stimulation for my mind. One day I hope to take my charity crafting to another level.





I'm going  pass it on to the following wonderful, wonderful bloggers who have changed my life for the better:
Catherine -http://catherineshandmadecards.blogspot.com/
Andrea - http://andreajbpiecesofmine.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth - http://nuttysnews.blogspot.com/
Beverley - http://isastampingoodtime.blogspot.com/
Cameo - http://blissmadedesigns.blogspot.com/
Susan - http://shogan03-timetoplay.blogspot.com/


I would be delighted if you could visit these awesome blogs and leave them some love. You will be the richer for that, I promise.


Just a small foot note - in case anyone does not wish to pick up this award for any reason, I understand ...



Hugs,

Monica


Friday, 25 March 2011

I am back

Hello everybody, 

I am back with my family to Indonesia at last. Thank you ever so much for all your kind wishes - DH is surely on the mend.


These are quick cards I made before I left for Singapore. 
The rose on the card above has been made by me from handmade paper from India in vintage gold. 
The scroll stamp is from Prima which was stamped with clay coloured stamp pad.
 I went over the squiggly designs with my metallic gold Sakura pen. 
I am getting a bit bored of the same layout I have been doing for weeks. I think I should consider taking part in challenges which will stimulate me to be more creative in my layouts.


The stamp on the card above is from an art and craft store called Hobby Ideas in India - this is a craft store which is fairly similar to Hobby Craft in the UK. I have to say that I do miss it because there is no such place like this in Jakarta. You would be amazed if I tell you that I paid a pittance for a set of such stamps in India while in Jakarta, I have to fork out crazy money for such stuff - something like five times the actual price of the stamp. Even Singapore is pretty expensive but still cheaper than Jakarta. Okay, that was enough rambling about the pricing bulletin of stamps.
I have used clay coloured stamp pad again with a Darwent water colour pencil in dark brown on top and went over it all with a metallic copper Sakura pen to make it more interesting.
The long patch of mocha you see behind the stamp is actually an earthy chalk from Plaid.
The sentiment is handwritten.
This is a variation of the second card except  card except that I have used  just the clay coloured stamping pad and I went over it with my metallic gold Sakura pen. 

The ribbon is an addition and so is the twine ribbon which I bought from Hobby Craft in the UK some ten years ago.
 By now you would have guessed that I am a compulsive hoarder.... Lol!!! I tried my best not to expose this bit of my personality to my husband but sadly I have been caught out. And that is disastrous for me, you know. Lol again!

I am trying to build up a sizeable collection to sell for Japan and send the money to Japan Redcross.


I am going to enter the first card for Monique's linky party at www.naturallymecreations.blogspot.com

Now that I am back to full swing blogging, I promise I will come and visit your wonderful blogs.

Hugs until then and do stay well,

Monica


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Card for my aunt




Hiya bloggers,

We are in Singapore to see my husband who has been unwell again... Poor guy, I hope he recovers soon and is back to his feet soon.

This is a card I made for my grand aunt in Baltimore as she is recuperating from a knee replacement surgery.

It is a simple card as usual with my handmade roses - they are made with a scalloped round punch so they are a little different.

The stickers are from Ek Success - wish the picture quality was better because the stickers look really rich in real life. The silver tissue paper and ribbon are from my stash.

I hope my lovely aunt likes this card.

Hugs and smiles to all of you. Happy crafting as well,

Monica


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Card for Haeli

Hiya everyone,


While I was doing my blog rounds, I read the following on  Charlene's latest post:


This week's Teapot Tuesday Destination is a sweet little 6th grade girl named Haeli who is undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.  If you have a minute, please read Haeli's story here.   



Here is my card for the very arty - crafty Haeli. I hope it brings her cheer and makes her spirits better.






Materials used:


Solid creme coloured cardstock


Stamp: Penny Black - 'Out and About' coloured by Zeenya (my design consultant) with Darwent water colour pencils. 


Distress ink : Faded jeans


Flowers : you don't need to guess - my home made ones


Sprigs : actually from a tree punch!!!


Fiskar's border weave punch 


Ribbons - turquoise and royal blue from my stash


Gems - Papermania




I am going to enter this for : 


Michelle's Monday Linky party


www.squigglefly.blogspot.com/ - spring theme


www.cutedaisymay.blogspot.com/ - pile on the flowers


http://www.alyssundaychallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes


http://www.gingerloftchallenge.blogspot.com/ - use those flowers


http://sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes


http://www.southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.com/ - flowers


http://cheerfulstamppad.blogspot.com/ - spring




Hugs,


Monica









Saturday, 12 March 2011

Out of scraps lying on my table

Hiya everyone,


Hope you all are having a decent weekend... 


It is 11.25 pm as I write this post... frankly I ought to be in bed like a good being but blogging beckons me. Lol!


This is a card I made with literally scraps lying around on my table. Even the three black spiral roses were made by me from paper sitting on my table.


A very simple and easy card but creating it brought me lots of joy. 


I have stuck hand torn silver tissue paper on to a rich red, metallic card stock.


The black polka dotted ribbon was on my table as well.


The spiral roses were created in minutes and their stems have been cut from kitchen foil as I could not thing of anything else to match for the stems. 


The three gems on the left came with a Prima stamp.


The sentiment is handwritten.




I am going to submit this for the following challenges:


http://sarahhurleychallenges.blogspot.com/ - flowers


http://onestopcraftchallenge.blogspot.com/ - clean and simple


and am going to post this on http://www.ggcaa.com/ which is a green blog


Continue having a nice weekend... 


I think I will come and do my visits tomorrow as it is going to be midnight soon. So see you tomorrow...


Hugs,


Monica

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Preparing for my next Charity card sale

Hello bloggers,



I made these cards yesterday with the same stamp... they are so different from each other, right? 

I am trying to build up a collection to have another sale but I am a bit laid back about it. 

This cards above was stamped with a Docraft square stamp using Jim Holtz  distress ranger ink in broken china.





Over the square blue layer I stamped the cherry blossom from Hero Arts which I just picked up from the book shop close by a few days ago.

I rubbed glitter all over the blue square after stamping the cherry blossom tree stamp to make it look more lively.

The shimmery flowers in blue and green are from my stash.

The strips you see on the side are scraps that were lying on my work table - collecting dust. They are pearlized handmade  papers in two colours. The cardstock is pearly white but it doesn't show in the picture. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Hero Arts, I think.






This is another variation of the same card... used Brilliance ink in pearlized beige on shimmery blue cardstock to stamp the cherry blossom tree from Hero Arts. 


The strips at the bottom are bits of ribbon and pearlized papers from scraps lying around on the table. The tiny white shimmery flowers are from my stash. Don't know whether this looks like a perfect "thank you card"... looks more like a "sympathy card" I think!


The sentiment is handwritten... I seem to be getting back my confidence to write with a pen...


Hope the daffodils are beginning to smile...




I am going to enter in the following challenges:


www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes


www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com - anything goes


www.aspoonfullofsugarchallenge.blogspot.com - vintage or shabby (I hope the first card is shabby!)






Hugs to a very special lot of crafters,

Monica

My delightful goodies from Sandra

Hiya everyone,


Am I not lucky and blessed to receive these lovely Christmas stamps from dear

They are actually for Zeenya but looks like we will both be targetting them. 

Aren't they all so sweet? 

So generous and thoughtful of Sandra to send them all the way from the UK. 

I feel touched and honoured , to say the least.







Look at this stunning card Sandra sent along with such a loving message. 


I kept admiring the card for hours just marvelling at it's beauty. Sadly, it looks far prettier in real life. 


If you would like to see more of her lovely stuff, do visit her blog. Amazing work! 
Sandra designs super stuff for Tellen's place as well. 


Thank you, Sandra, for making my day! Bless you!


Hugs,
Monica

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Baby boy card

Hiya everybody,


Both Aleeza and Zeenya are asleep so I thought I would post another card... 

This card is rather simple but you will not believe how long it took me to complete - FOREVER!!! 



Materials used:


White cardstock


Ribbons and woolen yarn: all from my stash


Embossing done with Cuttlebug pram 


Distressing with Jim Holtz Ranger distress ink - broken china


Rounded the corners of the rectangular patch with Ek Success corner rounder


Used double sided foam to give the pram more dimension


Sentiment - printed ribbon which I cut and pasted
Ribbon weaving - with my Fiskars border weaving punch (love affair gets stronger...lol!) 







Am going to enter this card in the following challenges:


 www.ynschallenges.blogspot.com/ - feeling blue (no I am not, lol)


www.alyssundaychallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes (my fave challenges when it is anything goes)


It is a simple card but they do seem to be in demand at my charity sales, you know.


Hugs,


Monica

Leigh's birthday blog candy
















Hi bloggers,

It is dear Leigh's birthday (www.charitycrafter.blogspot.com/ ) on March 22nd and her friend Debbie will be giving out a blog candy for her. How sweet is that...



It is dear Leigh's birthday on March 22nd and her friend Deb will be giving out a blog candy for her. 

How sweet is that...

I have copied Leigh's post from her blog below so that I don't miss out anything:

Hi all, my friend Debs over at debsdoescrafts blog has given me some blog candy to offer for my birthday on 22nd March x I will be 45 years old this birthday and cannot believe how quick it has gone x I will be adding a few things along the way if my followers go up enough x 


In order to enter

A) Please leave a comment on this post to let me know you want to be entered.
B) Please be a follower.
C) Please post my candy on your blog (Post or on sidebar is fine x If you do both please have 2 comments = 2 chances).


Thanks all and good luck x  I shall be drawing the candy on my birthday 


x Leigh x



Monday, 7 March 2011

Green and yellow monkey card

Hello bloggers,


It is almost 7 pm in th evening as I post this card...


Zeenya made the yellow-green circular background with her Staedler flourescent markers on plain card stock - all she did was draw circles in green and yellow in  a zig zag way. And I stuck 3D stickers on top.


I had to get this card ready for a sale and Zeenya said that it would never sell...But it sold instantly to a little boy's mum at Aleeza's school.


I was going to submit this card for the following challenges:


www.charismacardz.blogspot.com/ - four legged animals


www.meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/ - animals


www.sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes


Love,


Monica

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Card with Leigh's delightful goodies


Hiya everybody, hope you had a good weekend... I did and am so happy about that. I saw a film called,  Prada to Nada...  For those of you that haven't seen it, it has been adapted from Jane Austen's novel (sorry, forget the name). The film seems to be a low budget one but the story is really grasping and the main female characters is just so likable as is the  lead male actor. 

Besides watching the film, I made this card with Leigh's (Charity Crafter) lovely candy that she sent me via snail mail a while ago... wonder how it reaches me in Indonesia everytime... 

Do go and check out her awesome blog in case you dunno who she is  - full of love and great deeds that she does beside making the most wonderful cards.

Don't you love these papers?

 I stuck my FAMOUS handmade roses that I make from a Sizzix mini diecut. One day I will share the tutorial for sure... 

The sentiment is handwritten with a gold pen and the little gold dots on the brown strip are done with the same gold pen.
I wanted to punch some sprigs and stick them with the flowers but my design consultant asked me not to! 

BTW, I am sure you know who that is - Zeenya!

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:


http://www.toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/ - favourites (which are my flowers and the colour combo)




http://michelle-pinkpaperparadise.blogspot.com/ - weekly Monday linky party










These are the lovely papers that lovely Leigh sent for the girls and me - a great assortment.


This is a close up of the embellies Leigh sent for Zeenya and Aleeza. They were overboard with joy! But you know who will use them, right??? Me, me, me!



Have a happy and healthy week. 

Hugs,

Monica

Friday, 4 March 2011



Hello bloggers,



I am back again with another card... I am just so happy to be blogging away. It takes me to a whole new world which is almost like fairy tale, you know!!!



Materials used:

Base card stock - light blue

Striped paper - it is actually gift wrap

Scroll stamp - from Hero Arts

Metallic flowers - from my stash

Silver ribbon - from my stash


By the way, this is the first time I have stamped on already printed paper. I have learned this from blog land and videos on You Tube - apologies that I cannot remember the name exact source.



I am going to enter this for the following challenges:


Apart from the challenges above,  I am going to submit this card for the weekend linky party at www.naturallymecreations.blogspot.com/




Hugs and TGIF,


Monica