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Friday, 26 August 2011

My very own designer paper!!!

Hello bloggers,

Saturday is here at last... there is celebration in the air here because Idul Fitri is almost here. 
Happy Idul Fitri to all my friends who celebrate it. May it bring cheer, good health and peace to you and yours.

Here is a card I made last night and it took me forever to match the embellies. Peach is a colour that I don't work much with though I do think it is lovely.




Supplies:

Base cardstock - dual shaded beige
Designer paper - created with Hero Arts designer block, stamped with blush (American Crafts)
Peach paper - from a paper ribbon
Flower - handmade by me on the spot and distressed with clay (American Crafts)
Leaves - from MS border punch (scrap lying on my table)
Pot - die cut from Sizzix using hand made paper, distressed with Tim Holtz old paper
Border punch - MS
Corner punch - Carla craft 
Crushed ribbon  - from my top!!!
Sentiment - handwritten with a slight change in writing


Aren't you impressed with the designer paper?

I am quite pleased with the way this card turned out eventually. Hope you like it as well.


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

http://www.sewmanychallenges.com/ - edge punch
http://jellyparkchallenges.blogspot.com/ - punches or die cuts
http://www.phindysplacechallenge.blogspot.com/ - make your own embellishments



Hugs,
Monica

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Started my new batch of charity cards for Japan Red cross!

Hello bloggers,

Hope you all are well and happily crafting away.

I have some good news to share - I have sold 9 cards from my new batch of cards which I am making for Japan Red cross again. 

Below are two cards I made with the same cupcake stamp. 


Supplies:

Base card stock - pale green
Pale lemon card stock embossed with Cuttlebug and distressed with crushed olive and wild honey
Stamp - cake stamp with sentiment from Hampton stamps
Glitter - around border of card stock with cupcake stamp as well as some of the embossed cup cakes (could not picture that too well) 
Sakura metallic pens - to colour the cake stamp and on the embossed ones (cannot be seen)
Cord - from my stash and dyed with the same distress inks




Supplies:

Card stock - dual tone mocha
Designer paper - from Terry's blog candy
Brown card stock - embossed with Cuttlebug and touched with Sakura gold pen
Stamp - same one as above and coloured with Sakura gold pen as well
Tea pots -punched from scraps on my table (stuck ribbon and paper under the teapots)
Rose - hand made by me
Leaves - from Carla craft punch and embossed with Cuttlebug
Ribbon and mosaic - from my stash

They are rather simple cards but I like the first one more than the second. What do you feel?


I am going to enter the first card in Michelle's Make it Monday Linky Party.

Hugs,

Monica



Saturday, 20 August 2011

Get well soon card for Ryan

Hello bloggers,

Hope you are all well and enjoying crafting.

I am sorry that some of you had trouble leaving a comment on my last post... the reason being not blogger but me, duh!!! I accidentally clicked hid on the comment button. Anyway had clicked on the right button and saved it.

Here is a card I made last night for Less is More, the theme being 'something that moves'.

I am going to be sending it for crafty Linby's brother's friend, Ryan who has had a pretty serious accident.

I hope he is in a better state by the time the card reaches him ( will take a month... yes, that long ).





Close-up of the imae - the glitter still doesn't show




My precious, precious Pahua shells

Supplies:

Card base - white card stock
Designer paper - from Terry's blog candy
Stamp - owl with matching sentiment ( kind courtesy Sandra ) on white card stock
Heat embossing - with shiny black embossing powder
Stamp colouring - with pearlised chalks and Sakura glitter pen
Branch under the owl - hand drawn and coloured with Sakura glitter pen ( did you know that I could draw? )
Sentiment - heat embossed as well
Distressing on edges - faded jeans
Shells - Pahua shells bought when I visited New Zealand ( hoarding them for years! )

Do tell me what you think of it...

Hugs,

Monica


Card for boys


Hello bloggers,

Hope you are having a decent weekend...
Here is a card I made last night after Aleeza went to bed...



Supplies:

Base card stock - pale blue
Stamp - Hero Arts stamped on hand torn white card stock and coloured in with Lyra water colour pencils
Stamped paper distressed on the edges with Tim Holtz faded jeans and broken china
Printed paper - courtesy Terry
Coloured yarns - from stash
Sentiment - handwritten by me (wanted to fit in more text but the label being so tiny, it cannot hold much)

I am going to enter this card for a challenge at Sandy's space  the theme of which is boys.

Hugs,

Monica

PS: One year ago when I did not blog I did not enjoy rubber stamping at all even though I possessed many stamps. Thanks to you bloggers I am loving it now!!! Big change in me that. And the credit goes to you all for the inspiration.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Cards from around the world for Carolyn's daughter, Susan

Hello lovely bloggers,


Thanks for the sweet comments on my last card...


Before I start waffling, let me get down to the gist of my post.  Carolyn is a lovely lady whom I met through Less is More and we have developed this instant loving bond. 


Carolyn's daughter, Susan has  been diagnosed with Cancer. So I thought I must get out there and ask my lovely blog buddies if they might want to send Susan a card to cheer her up.


If you would like more details, may I suggest a visit to Carolyn's wonderful blog.. Also you could take a peek at the pretty cards she makes.


Incidentally the last card I made with the bicycle and teddy is for Susan and Carolyn thinks I should go ahead and send it. 


Please, dear bloggers, this is not meant to cause you any kind of pressure. And I do think that I owe some of  you an apology for passing on those awards. 


Hugs,


Monica 

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

General card



Hello, dear bloggers,

Welcome to my latest follower - Creative's Wardah! Thank you for following my blog.

Here is a card I made this morning, yes, this morning - it felt like pure luxury!!! So good to be able to craft and  post it instantly on the blog!

I have to give credit to Lynn for the inspiration for this card - thanks!

Supplies:

Base cardstock - pale green
White cardstock with a stripey texture which has been embossed on the borders with CB using my new embossing folder
Cycle stamp - Hero Arts (my new acquisition as well!)
Teddy bear - thanks to Sandra!
Flowers - homemade by me
Leaves - punched with leaf punch
Ribbon -  from stash
Heart and pearls on spokes of the wheels - courtesy Lynn!
Sentiment - handwritten and distressed on the borders


I made this card for a new blog buddy who's daughter is not well. But I realized that the sentiment is not really apt, so I guess I will make another one.

 I am quite happy with this card...hope you like it as well. Would love to hear what you think of it.

Hugs,

Monica

Awards

Hello bloggers,


These awards were given to me a while ago somehow I have not been able to post them. Thank you so much, dear Rosalee and Sylvia for showering so much blog love on me. I feel proud and honoured to say the least.
Apologies for taking so long to share them with you all...

Thanks so much, Rosalee and Sylvia for your thoughtfulness!
Thanks, Rosalee!
Thanks again, Rosalee!
And thanks, yet again, Rosalee for passing so many awards to me!




Here are seven random things I am sharing about myself - the first one is an awful lot of truth! 

1. I am forty-five but since forties is the new thirties, I am thirty-five (going on thirty)!!! Lol. So you are all ten years younger, right?

2. I eat to live and not live to eat...

3. France made me fall in love with Mojito!!! 

4. I love silver jewellery.

5. I miss the fact that I don't sew anymore.

6. I wish the world would smile and take life just a wee bit less seriously. Blog-land has made my world a smiling place.

7. How I wish the world resembled blogland - there would be so much more love and harmony that way.


Now I would like to pass on ALL these awards to the following:

Sylvia - http://happycraftytimes5.blogspot.com/ ( all but the first award are for you, dear Sylvia!!!)

Do visit these blogs if you have a minute... and leave them some blog love that we all thrive on...

Hugs,

Monica

PS: In case you don't pick up the award for whatever reason, I totally understand...

A commissioned card

Hi bloggers,

I am having some fun again with blogger for whatever reason...

How I wish I could be more regular with blogging. Life has been so busy and hectic of late.

Here is a commissioned card I made a while ago (sorry for the poor picture quality).

Supplies:

Baby pink pearlized card stock
Paper - from Terry's blog candy
Sentiment - handwritten and heat embossed
Flower stickers, pink cord and buttons - from stash
Guess what the round shiny stickers on the bottom left hand side are? Bindis from India!!!

I was not very pleased with this card but the lady I made it for seemed quite happy with it.

Will come and visit soon.

Hugs and I have been missing blogging so very much,

Monica

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Thank you, dear Terry for your RAK!

Hello bloggers,

I have been wanting to post this for a while - look , it doesn't rain but it pours, right? These delightful goodies were sent to me by Terry. Thanks, dear blog buddy! I love the papers and all the other embellies.
And can you believe it that she sent me this paper cutter, willy nilly? I just happened to ask her what kind of a paper cutter she uses and lo and behold, she parcels me this one. What an RAK! How kind is that???  Ain't I simply lucky?

Thanks so much, Terry!

Hugs to all,

Monica

Christmas card

Hi bloggers,

Zeenya started Middle School today... sixth grader!!! I guess I will come to terms with the fact that she is not my little girl anymore but am happy that I have a girl friend in her. Thank God for daughters!

This is a Christmas card I made a while ago with the lovely stamps that Sandra sent me - thanks, Sandra!
There is a touch of glitter here and there which does not show in the picture and neither does the metallic silver grey card stock!
 I have coloured the image with my Darwent water colour pencils.
The silver border that you see on the top and bottom was sent to me by Shirley-Anne.
Thank you, dear ladies for your generosity!
The stars, gifts at the bottom and the bling is from my stash.

Isn't the stamp cute? And look how big it is - tells such a nice story as well.


Hugs and happy crafting,

Monica

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Indian motif

Hello bloggers,

First of all, a warm welcome to my new followers - Romina, Jovi, Deb's creation, Anita, Karuna, Kiddo, Chronically creative and Carolyn - thanks so much for following my blog!

It has been a while since I last posted a card... just been so caught up with life in general.

Here is a card I have made with my Indian motif stencil... 

Supplies:

Cardstock - red
Embossing with Cuttlebug
Image - stencil with Indian motif coloured in with black.
Ribbon - American craft
Flowers - homemade with Sizzix mini diecut, Carla craft and my new stamen punch.
Flower centres - blob of metallic pop up glue
Sentiment - Thanks (handwritten)

Close-up of my homemade flowers


Another variation of the same card - the black and white printed paper is fancy gift wrap.
I am submitting this card for http://cheerfulstamppad.blogspot.com/ - flowers.


Will try and visit later this evening...

Hugs,

Monica

Thursday, 4 August 2011

General card


 Hello dear bloggers,


Here is my second post for today... 


This is a card I made a while ago to sell for Japanese Red Cross. 


Somehow and as always it looked better in real life.

Supplies:
Beige and mocha cardstock
Kaisercraft clear stamp in brown as background (went over it with my Darwent water colour pencil)
DP from Terry
Vase - from Carla craft on light green paper, distressed with crushed olive
Coffee beans - nicked from Starbucks (sush... don't tell anyone, lol)
Flowers and ribbon - from my stash


Hugs,


Monica

Featured blogger - Shirley-Anne of stamping for joy

Hello lovely bloggers,

Yippeee it is Friday again tomorrow - this week did go quickly for me and all I did was one post and  make  plenty of flowers!!!

Now to the featured blogger of the month - it is none other than Shirley Anne of http://www.shirley-anne-stampingforjoy.blogspot.com/

She was one of my first followers and has always made it a point to come and visit me, leaving sweet comments for me to read. She makes really nice cards  and specializes in distressing and paper tearing. Her male cards are awesome and she makes them with much ease which I wish I could. Shirley-Anne is also on the DT of Make it Monday which is  another lovely blog as some of you may know.
Thank you Shirley-Anne for your love and inspiration... I am a big fan of yours to say the least!!!


I better go and do my rounds now...

Hugs,

Monica

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Thanks, Lynn!

Hello bloggers,

I am rather late in writing this post, sorry, Lynn!
Look at these delightful goodies Lynn sent me some time ago...
 Rub-ons, stickers, stamps, ribbon and other embellies.
How wonderful is that!

This lovely card came along with all the goodies! You can imagine my happiness, can't you?

I wish I had more time to create cards with all this tempting stuff.

Thanks so very much, Lynn, for all your encouraging and inspiring visits besides sending me all this super things.
Hugs,

Monica