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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Sold 84 cards for Japan Red cross so far...

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Hello bloggers,


See, I could not resist blogging... so am back! Thanks for your good wishes - my fingers will get better soon, I guess.

This is a card I have made for an order... remember I made the same card in blue a few days ago? The lady who wanted to buy it wanted it in pink - so here it is. Thanks, Sandra for the cute sheep.

The pink background paper with touches of blue is actually wall paper !!! The buttons are from the extras that come  along with clothes and the safety pin has been recycled as well. The grey base under the sheep is a price tag from a garment. The ribbon is from my stash. Aren't you impressed???

I am going to enter this for Monique's weekend linky party at www.naturallymecreations.blogspot.com/

By the way, did anyone see the Royal Wedding? I did and found it so light and relaxing to watch telly for a change... I felt I was transported to another world - sometimes we need these kind of happy distractions, you know. I thought Kate looked really elegant in her wedding gown. I do sooooo hope this marriage stays forever.

Hugs,

Monica

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Apologies for not being regular with my visits.

Hello bloggers,

I hope you are well, healthy and crafting away...

This is a short post to say that I have been a bit busy oflate. Thus I have not had enough time to come and visit you all. I promise I will do that at the earliest. You know, I suffer from withdrawal symptoms if I don't. Lol!!!

I have painful finger joints as a result of over use, so am trying to keep away from the computer and card making - sob, sob!
Do bear with me...I also want to apologise for taking so long to post some wonderful awards that I have received. Thank you so much!




Helen and Khush, I will also do the tagging stuff soon.

Thanks again for making my world bright and happy which helps me to spread it further in my own little way.

Hugs,

Monica

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Thank you, Helen!

Hello bloggers,

Last night I was happily surprised when my hubby handed over a brown paper parcel to me... When I opened it what popped out were these amazingly beautiful cards sent by Helen of www.helenmade.blogspot.com/ Thank you, Helen! The cards are just so very pretty.

What I did this morning was to pack these beauties in plastic sleeves and send them off to hubby's office. They have already started selling...


I consider myself lucky to have entered a whole new world out there... thank you, dear bloggers for all your love, encouragement and generosity - in which ever way. It means the world to me... I am so grateful to have met such a nice bunch of crafters.

Hugs,

Monica

Monday, 25 April 2011

Art and Craft by three-year olds

 Hello bloggers,

Aleeza, my three-year-old made this basket in school for Easter. I thought the teacher did a good job of recyling a milk carton!!!
Sorry for posting it this late...

 This is the side view of the carton...sorry all the chocolates
were eaten away by the time this picture was taken...Lol! Now I know why my waistline is expanding!!!

This card was made by Zeenya a few weeks ago. She made it with designer paper that I had won as candy in a lucky draw on Terry's blogversery last year.

She dressed up the paper with pop up fabric paint, glitter glue and metallic Sakura pens.

Catch you later...

Hugs and thanks for visiting,

Monica


Saturday, 23 April 2011


Hello bloggers,

Hope you are having a good and relaxing Easter weekend... I certainly am...

This is a card I have made for Rosalee's 16 year old sister who had a farming accident  in Canada wherein she sadly lost three of her fingers. And here I am moaning and groaning about aching fingers and shoulders... shame on me, really!


I stamped my Hero Arts flower stamp on pearlised white paper (which was sent by kind Leigh) with Jim Holtz Ranger distress ink in crushed olive. I coloured in the flowers with my gold Sakura markers. 

The gold cord is from my stash while the green printed paper was also sent by dear Leigh. 

The sentiment is handwritten - am not too pleased with it to be honest. This card could have been more cheerful and somehow it doesn't seem right for a 16 year old. I do hope it cheers her up, though. And as usual, it looks nicer in real life.

Happy Easter to all of your lovely, lovely people out there.

Hugs,

Monica




Wednesday, 20 April 2011

61 cards for Japan Redcross so far...

Hello bloggers,

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods...

Here is a card I finished today...
I have used pearly white cardstock.
The designer paper is hand block printed from India.

The little bit of crushed gold paper is handmade and from India as well.

The sentiment is from a Sizzix embossing folder.

Some of the flowers have been punched and I have stuck sequins on them.

The metallic daisies are actually confetti from Paper Chase. I just shaped each daisy with the end of a satay stick.

This card looks far prettier in real life... that is sadly often the case with me. 

Anyway I do hope you like it.



Happy crafting and many thanks for all the lovely comments you all leave me. It is such a source of joy and inspiration...

Hugs,

Monica

Monday, 18 April 2011

Thank You Card

Hello bloggers,

It is a nice Tuesday morning as I write this post to you all and the time here is 11 am.

This is an aperture card and it went haywire because I did not use my newly acquired Ek Success punch properly. So from a square this is what it finally came to be - a rectangle which is just as well because the sheep fits in well.

This cute sheep came in the adorable treasure box from dear Sandra.

The paper is actually new gift wrap that I bought for it's crackled appearance.

The ribbons are from my stash. The safety pin is from a garment tag while the buttons are the extras that come along with shirts and stuff like that.

The sentiment is handwritten - isn't it cool??? Thank you from the 'baatom' of my heart! I promise I did not copy that from anywhere - it is my creation!

I am going to enter this in the following:

http://bunnyzoescrafts.blogspot.com/ - one for the boys
http://mygraficocrafts.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://card-ideas.blogspot.com - for guys
http://littleclairesdesigns.blogspot.com/ - animals

Hugs and happy crafting,

Monica

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Christmas card

Hello bloggers,


Sunday is over and here is Monday... kids off to school and I am on the computer... 
it is 11 am as I write this post to you all lovely bloggers out there. I hope you had a nice weekend. We went to an amazing Italian restaurant called Tuscano yesterday for lunch and I do think it was by far the best Italian cuisine I have ever had. I think it beat the food in Rome!!!

Now to this card - Sandra had sent me these very lovely stamps some time ago for Zeenya (who is going through an off-craft phase - sad, sad, sad). So I decided to make use of these awesome stamps.
 I stamped the image on creamy beige multi shaded cardstock. 
 I coloured in a few elements of the image with Sakura gold along with Uniball coppery silver pen instead of using traditional colours.
It looks quite nice in real life unlike the picture which is rather bland. 

The picture does looks better on zooming in though... I have used gold cord on the side to finish it off and also faux tiny gems here and there to make it look more lively. 

Have a nice Monday!
Lots of love,

Monica


Thursday, 14 April 2011

A quick card with sweet Sandra's goodies!

Hello bloggers,


Good evening! It is almost 5 pm as I post this card...


I have made this with the delightful craft candy that Sandra sent me in that lovely treasure box... 


I hope you like my card...It took me all of 15 minutes to make it. I do so like such quick makes for selling! Isn't it cute?


The sentiment is handwritten.


The ribbon at the bottom is from my stash. Everything else is from that treasure box which I love to bits. Thank you, Sandra!


Wish you happy crafting, good health and cheer where ever you are.


Lots of love and hugs,


Monica

Monday, 11 April 2011

A total of 56 cards sold for Japan Redcross so far...






Hello bloggers,


I hope you are enjoying sunshine and good weather where ever you are...


These are quick cards I made on Friday to sell at hubby's office... They did sell - thanks to the kind people who bought them.


They are all quick makes and nothing compared to the great stuff that you bloggers turn out...nonetheless they sold, yipppeeeeee!!!


Thanks for your good wishes and encouragement.


Hugs,


Monica

Thank you, Shirley-Anne


Hello bloggers, 

I am back again to show off my booty yet again... this time from dear Shirley-Anne - THANK YOU so much for your kindness. I received a beautiful array of stickers, super-duper embellies and designer paper from her.

Here is the lovely handwritten note from Shirley-Anne which I will treasure for ever... check out those lovely stickers on either side - my faves!


Such a generous collection of designer paper... yaaaay!!! Lucky me!


And here's what I created this morning with Leigh's and Shirley-Anne's goodies. The hearts on the top left are from Shirley-Anne while the paper used on this card is from Leigh. Someone in hubby's office asked me to do a card for his niece - a seven-year-old girl who loves hearts! 
The sentiment is handwritten - you did not have to guess that, right?


Thank you, Shirley-Anne! I love everything you sent me... 


Hugs,


Monica


Lovely card, box and treasure inside - thank you, Sandra

Hello blogging buddies,

Lady luck has been smiling on me.... look at this stunning card that  Sandra  sent me ... Isn't it lovely?
This prize winning box made by her accompanied the card.
This is a little note for Zeenya (my older one).
Here is the treasure that came popping out of the box !!!

Thank you, dear Sandra, for making my crafting days special and bright. I do so appreciate your kind generosity. I will soon be making cards with these goodies. I feel so truly blessed, you know...

Hugs,

Monica

Friday, 8 April 2011

Sold 49 cards so far...

Hello bloggers,

First of all, I apologise for the poor picture quality of this card...

It took me all of 20 minutes to make it and it sold in an instant...

The stickers (used 3D foam dots to mount them up) looked quite cute against the metallic cardstock and so did the Martha Stewart border.

So far I have sold 49 cards... and am going to be making some more to sell next week.

I am in  Singapore as my older one had Friday off...

Will try and visit you all when I get back on Sunday.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,

Monica

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Another two for today

Hello bloggers, 


I am back to show you another two cards I made this afternoon. The first one is a pure case of cheating, yes, cheating!!! Want to know why? The image has not been stamped by me but is from a beautiful gift wrap that I bought some years ago. I just added some ribbon and rhinestones and here is my card... pretty, isn't it?
I am going to enter this for:
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/ - spring
http://everybody-art-challenge.blogspot.com/ - spring


No cheating here, I promise!!! 
Have used a Hero Arts cling stamp... stamped it twice with two different distressed inks - crushed olive, wild honey and also my apricot stamp pad. 
The sides have been distressed with crushed olive and wild honey. 
This card is for fall, right? I realized that much later... I don't know what is it with me? In summer I am drawn to fall colours and in winter hues of spring attract me... Never mind the fact that in Indonesia we don't have any seasons!!!

Happy crafting with loads of hugs for all your encouragment,

Monica

Sold 32 cards so far...



Hello bloggers,

I am so chuffed as I have had a sale of 32 cards so far... 

I made these quick cards (which were not that quick somehow) today  to build up on my stock. 
The crinkled paper on the first card was made by Zeenya and me many years ago. 

The crosses that you see are stickers that were gifted to Zeenya by one of her classmates. The hoarder in me wanted to put them away safely but I chose to conquer that feeling!!!

I just added some bling to them and here they are...

Hope you like them.

Hugs,

Monica

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Some more coming...

Hi bloggers,


I am back with my second post for the day...


I have made this card on ordinary black cardstock.
Of course you can see my home made flowers... the big rose is handmade while the two small blue flowers were stamped with a cheap freebie foam flower stamp that came with a card making magazine. 
I stamped the flowers with my Brilliance archival stamp pad in metallic blue on light blue cardstock and cut them out. 
For the centres, I have used small pearlized flowers in white.
The embossing is done with Cuttlebug while the distressed paper at the bottom is pearlised handmade paper from India.
The shiny lilac paper is from a big role of gift wrap that I bought many years ago and I mostly use it on my kiddy cards. 
The sprigs have been made with a Jeff tree punch and the ribbon is from my stash.
The sentiment is hand written.




I am going to submit this for the following:

http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com - blooming blossoms
http://thecraftypad.blogspot.com/ - flowers
http://www.gingerloftchallenge.blogspot.com/ blues
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/ - make a flower


Hugs,


Monica



For Japan Redcross

Hello bloggers,

 I made this card a while back... in fact my ex - design conultant (the famous Zeenya, now infamous because she does not want to get anywhere close to art and craft since she has started chatting with her friends on Skype) coloured in this  Penny Black image some weeks ago.

I distressed the image as there were some tell tale stains on it.
The ribbons, embellies and sentiment are all from my stash.

And I have to share that this card sold yesterday... Yippeeeee! This lady in our complex bought five cards from me and she seemed to buy three which were red!!! So does that mean I must make more red cards?

I am going to submit this for the following challenges:




Hugs,

Monica

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Thank You card for Mum

Hi bloggers,


Hope you are having a nice weekend... it is 11.05 pm here in Jakarta and the weekend is almost over...


I sent this thank you card to my dear Mum... and it did manage to reach her in 10 days. Thank God - better late than never!


The flowers are home made (surprise, surprise) and the papers are from Terry's blog candy yet again. 
The rectangular stamp is from Prima and so are the faux gems.
The sentiment is handwritten.


Mum loved the card, she said it was perfect for spring... 


No, I did not send her a card for Mother's Day... 


Happy Mother's Day with lots of hugs,


Monica

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Quick and simple



Hi bloggers,


I am back again... made this card two days ago - very quick and simple. Just pretty stickers and paper (from Terry's blog candy)


A real quick and simple card but I had fun making it.


The stickers are from my stash.
The pink ribbon is actually from my daughter Zeenya's t-shirt - yaay, I recycled!
The beads are also from hair braiding that Zeenya did while we were in Krabi some eight years ago. I almost wanted to throw them but they manage to stay with for so many years!!! Hoarder, me!


I am going to submit this for the following challenges:

http://aspoonfullofsugarchallenge.blogspot.com/ - Spring

http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ - Spring

http://stampingwithdragon.blogspot.com/ - Use something from home


and to Monique's linky party at www.naturallymecreations.blogspot.com

Hope you are having a good weekend. It is almost 10.20 pm as I write this post. So Saturday is almost over... Any way, we still have Sunday to look forward too.


Hugs,


Monica

What do you think of this version?


Hello lovely bloggers out there... 

Remember I made this card a few days ago? Here is another version... Do tell me what you think?

I took slightly textured white card stock and stamped it with my doily stamp using Jim Holtz  Ranger distress ink  - fired brick. I have to say that I do like the result.
The shoe stamp is from Hero Arts and I distressed the red paper with black pigment ink.
The little black piece of paper has been embossed - you can't see much of it though. 
The ribbons and gems are from my stash.
I like this version more than the earlier one but would love to hear what you think?

I am going to submit this for:
Monique's weekend linky party at www.naturallymecreations.blogspot.com
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/ - no designer paper
http://creativecottagechallenge.blogspot.com - white space to show



Have a nice weekend... 

By the way, yesterday was April Fool's day so I played a prank on my hubby and daughter... it was fun! For my hubby I packed an empty perfume bottle really well with some stones inside. He is generally not turned on with gifts but he actually was excited and ripped it apart... only to find stones inside!!! Lol!
And I told my daughter, Zeenya that her favorite cousin was arriving in mid-April instead of May. Was she delighted!!! That was a bit mean but it is okay, it was April Fool's day!!! 

Hugs,

Monica