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Friday, 30 September 2011

I sold this one as well

Hello lovely bloggers,
Welcome to my newest follower - Monica! I was trying to visit her blog but the profile sadly did not show her link.

TGIF!!! Tomorrow I don't have to put contacts into Zeenya's eyes at 6.30 am! Yes, she has started wearing soft lenses at almost 12... I know it is a bit early but she wanted them so bad.


Here is very quick card I made with stuff lying around on my table and it sold - so happy. So far the count is 62 cards and I have to make another ten for a Diwali order for a dear friend.


Supplies:

Base cards stock - red
Punches - MS and Ek Success on maroon coloured cardstock
Flower - made by your's truly with Ek Success scalloped round punch and distressed with Tim Holtz soot black


Hugs and have a nice weekend,

Monica

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

For Less is More

Hello bloggers,

Thanks for the encouraging words about my last post...

Here is a quick card I made for Less is More.
Actually I had stamped Happy Birthday but the stamp shook and I had to stick this boring Best Wishes embossed sentiment which was lying in my embossed sentiment case.




Supplies:
Base card stock - white
Rounded edges - Ek Success punch
Pale Green nestie - Spellbinders
White embossed cupcake stamp - Cuttlebug
White gems - Prima
Sentiment - Cuttlebug

It looks much nicer in real life... must learn to take better pictures!

Hugs,

Monica

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Another one that sold

Hello lovely bloggers,

I sure have been having a busy week... sold 62 cards so far considering it was a bit slow because I did not take up a table in school. Am planning to take up a stall in one of the Christmas bazaars in town. So I better get moving since I don't have many cards ready.

Here is a card that sold off a few weeks ago but I did not post the picture because I thought it was rather simple... 




Supplies:
Base card - off white
Stamp - Hero Arts (I think) touched up with my Sakura gold metallic pen
Distress around the sides - Tim Holtz rusty hinge
Dull gold embossed paper for layering at the bottom - fancy gift wrap
Corners -  from a wall paper sample


Am going to enter this for the following challenges:
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://www.cardcupids.org/blog/ - fall
http://www.gettingcricky.com/ - fall, autumn
http://www.gingerloftchallenge.blogspot.com/ - vintage, distressed
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.com/ - something that sparkles

I will surely come and visit your blogs soon.

Hugs,

Monica





Saturday, 24 September 2011

Oshibana workshop

Hello sweet bloggers,

Hope that you are having a lovely Saturday. It is almost 9 pm as I write this post and I am ready to go to bed since I had a full day!
I was lucky enough to attend an Oshibana workshop last Tuesday. Oshibana means 'pressed flowers' in Japanese and this class was rather interesting to say the least.

Here is a card I made with the pressed flowers that were supplied to us in a kit.


Below is a book mark.


The workshop was great fun for me and I had a really stimulating morning. Such luxury to find something like this in Jakarta. Indonesia is so very rich in ethnic art and craft but there are not many structured workshops and classes that one could attend.

Will visit your blogs tomorrow...

Hugs,

Monica

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Another one for sale...

Hello bloggers,

This is a card I made yesterday with the same teddy stamp that I have used in the previous post. Zeenya asked me why the teapots were there below the teddy. I replied, "because I find the teacup punch so cute  and cute things go well with teddies!"



Supplies:
Base paper - light creamy yellow
Flourish design on paper - Used a mask from Prima and coloured it in with my Plaid chalks
Stamp - Inkadinkadoh stamped with Amercan Craft clay
Border punch - MS (love it!) distressed with old paper and filled in with Sakura gold pen
Distressed inks - Tim Holtz rusty hinge, walnut stain
Teapots - from punch
Sentiment - Penny Black

Am going to enter it for the following challenges:


Will come and visit you all later... 

Hugs,

Monica

Partly recycled card

Hello dear bloggers,

Hope you are having a good week...

A warm welcome to my new followers - Jane and Sasha. Delighted to have you on board!

Here is a card I made late last night for a friend who has undergone a surgery.


Supplies:
Base card stock - multishaded mocha
Teddy stamp - Inkadinkadoh, stamped with Amercan Crafts clay and popped up with foam dots
Border punch - MS, distressed with Tim Holtz wild honey
Printed orange patch at the bottom - recycled from a Starbuck take away cup
Orange rose - made by me with coiled paper, distressed with peeled paint
Small flowers -punched from MS border punch
Leaves - punched from leaf punches and distressed with Tim Holtz wild honey and crushed olive

I am going to submit this card for the following challenges:
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/ - fall
http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.com/ - punches and dies
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/ - distressing
http://heartsonginspirations.blogspot.com/ - orange and/or buttons

Will come and do my rounds soon.

Hugs,

Monica


Monday, 19 September 2011

Helen's new Etsy store

Hello bloggers,



You know Helen of  www.helenmade.blogspot.com has opened her new Etsy store with her beautiful handmade crafts.

She is an amazing crafter and makes great paper craft - a visit to her blog will endorse what I am saying.

Do check out her new store if you have a moment:


Hugs and have a nice week ahead,

Monica

This one sold as well...

Hello sweet bloggers,

First of all, I am sorry that I have not been around much. We were away at the weekend to a special friend's 40th birthday. It was loads of fun, laughter, champagne and good company all the way!!!

The card that I am posting is the one that was randomly picked up by the same lady who ordered 20 cards. Incidentally, she was kind enough to buy 26 cards in all and was I on cloud nine! So far I have sold 43 cards for Japan red cross...




Supplies:
Base card stock - white distressed with Tim Holtz wild honey and crushed olive
Embossing on card stock - CB
Stamped background - Hero Arts block done with Tim Holtz rusty hinge
Dragonfly - Inkadinkado stamp heat embossed with matt gold 
Distress around dragonfly - crushed olive and rusty hinge
Gold flowers - punched with Carla craft out of a very fancy brochure and that means I recycled!
Brown leaves - embossed and decorated with Sakura gold pen

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

I will come and do my rounds soon - that is a promise.

Hugs,

Monica



Wednesday, 14 September 2011

My third set of cards for order


Hello lovely bloggers,

I got 10 cards delivered to the lady who ordered them and I was a bit nervous... but yaaay, she liked them all.

Now here is the next set - hope they are well received, too.










Supplies:
Base cardstock - black with green inner
Orange paper - stamped with Hero Arts block using Tim Holtz distressed peeled paint and forest moss
Green paper with black print - stamped with another Hero Arts block using Tim Holtz soot black and distressed with chalks, peeled paint and forest moss
 Large butterflies - from K and company
Small butterflies - stickers from stash (saving them for the past 12 years!!!)
Border punches - MS
Embossing - dear CB
Ribbon - white and distressed with peeled paint - you are impressed, aren't you??? 
Mosaic (only on one card) - from stash


I am going to enter this for the following challenges:
http://digistamps4joy.blogspot.com/ - fall colours
http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.com/ - butterfly
http://www.ibrakeforchallenges.blogspot.com/ - background
http://anythingchallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/ - anything with wings


Thanks for all your support - means so much to me and my little blog.

Hugs and off to do my chores before Zeenya sleeps,

Monica










Monday, 12 September 2011

Still making more cards for order

Hello lovely bloggers,
Thanks for the kind comments on my last post.
Here are another five cards I have made for the lady who ordered 20. I just sent her 10 cards this morning. I do hope she likes them. Am on my way to make the rest of the cards now...





Below are some individual pictures of the cards.



Supplies:
 Base card stock - shaded mocha and pale creamy white
Stamp - leafy stamp from Hobby Ideas, India stamped with Amercan crafts clay and filled in with water colour pencils.
Glitter - Uniball copper metallic
Chalks - from stash
Embossing on the side - CB


Am going to enter in the following challenges:

http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ anything goes
http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.com/ - monochrome
http://craftingwhenwecanchallenges.blogspot.com/ anything goes
http://thecraftypad.blogspot.com/ - brown, orange, gold


Will come and do my rounds soon - off to pick up lil' Aleeza from school now.


Hugs,


Monica




Sunday, 11 September 2011

Yippeeee! Order for 20 cards...

Hi bloggers,

Welcome to Corinna - my newest follower.

Just to give you an update... so far I have sold 17 cards for Japan red cross and I have got a new order for 20 cards.
Down below are the first five cards that I managed to make since yesterday. The lady who ordered them chose the designs  from my blog and did not want any sentiments on the cards. 




Down below are the pictures of the individual cards. 






Supplies: 
Base card stock - different colours
 Background stamp - Hero Arts block with Brilliance pearlised lavender and pearlised blue stamp pads
Small metallic butterfly - from the book store close by
Big metallic butterfly - die cut with Sizzix using kitchen foil (Yaaaay, I recycled!)
Dragonflies - Carla craft punch and glittered with metallic blue and silver Sakura pens
Metallic paper - Paper chase tissue
Ribbon - from stash

Hope you are having a good weekend. I am going to see the movie, "The Tree of Life" this afternoon so I am very excited!

Will come and visit you soon and thanks for your kind comments.

Hugs,

Monica

Friday, 9 September 2011

Getting more cards ready for Japan redcross!

Hello bloggers,

Wowsie! It is Friday again and thank God for that. I have to say this week went so fast.

Here is a card I made while Aleeza tried her best to snatch away my glue, distress inks and sponges. Somehow I managed to keep my cool.

I have followed the sketch by http://mytimemadeeasy.com/blog/ (you can see it down below after my card)
The layout is a tribute to 9/11 and as you can guess it resembles the American flag.

Here is my card - I think it looked better without the touch of bling. I created my own paper - yaaaay! And I distressed it with Tim Holtz old paper - as usual the real colours cannot be seen well.


Supplies:

Base card stock - white distressed with Tim Holtz old paper (I love how it turned out)
Printed paper - Hero Arts design block stamped with Brilliance graphite black
Leafy panels - MS  border punch distressed with Tim Holtz soot black
Heart stamp - from Hobby Ideas, India, stamped in graphite black and distressed with Tim Holtz fired brick
Heart punch on stamp - Carla craft with recylced scrap on table. I used a heart because I feel so deeply about what happened on that horrible day. 
Red colour on the two centre panels - filled in with metallic red Sakura pen (looked much better without it)
Bling and glitter - from stash



Down below is the sketch


I am also going this card in the following challenges as well:
http://blog.therubbercafe.com/ - no designer paper

Wishing you a relaxed and crafty weekend.

Hugs,

Monica




Thursday, 8 September 2011

Distressing printed paper!

Hello bloggers,

First of all, a welcome to my new followers, Marlena Pedussi and Dusty Davi  - it makes me so happy to see my list of followers grow!

I made this card to participate in the challenge hosted by http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/ the theme being a sketch. Sorry, am too lazy to copy and paste the sketch.

I have done a lot of distressing here and that kinda of de-stressed me... lol!




Supplies:

Base card stock - red
Black stock - light weight card
Printed paper - new wrapping paper, distressed with Tim Holtz fired brick
Red embossed paper - distressed with Tim Holtz soot black
Sentiment - embossed with CB and distressed with Tim Holtz fired brick
Heart shaped border - MS and distressed as well with fired brick
Black Ribbon - American crafts

I am also going to submit this for the following challenges:
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/ - embossing of any kind


Hope you like it...

Hugs,

Monica

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Another card today!

Hello bloggers,

Life is good because I am getting to blog to my heart's content... what else does a little blogger like me want!!! Lol.

Here is a card I made yesterday and finished off today. 





Supplies:

Base card stock - light blue and distressed with grape (American craft pigment stamp pad)
White strip - punched with MS border punch and distressed with grape and Tim Holtz broken china
Also coloured in with Sakura metallic purple and silver pen
 Pop up butterfly border at the bottom - with a pop up punch and glittered
Flower - homemade by me using Sizzix flower dies and Carla craft punches - glittered as well
Flower centre - rhinestone from stash
Flourish stamp - Inkadinkado and stamped with Tim Holtz broken china


This is a closeup of the flower - a pretty hopeless picture!!!

Am entering this card for the following challenges:
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ - anything goes (my second entry this week)
http://heartsonginspirations.blogspot.com/ - distressing and/or use paint
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/ - make your own flower


Thanks for all the inspiration!


Hugs,


Monica



Monday, 5 September 2011

Less is More

Hello bloggers,

Here is a card I made for Less is More - the theme being metal. Getting a decent picture was the hardest thing - to say the least!


Supplies:

Base card stock -  beautiful metallic dark blue (sorry, that it kind of looks deep grey and that makes my heart grey, lol!)
Presents - punched with Jeff  on metallic mauve 
Lilac metallic tissue paper - Paper Chase
Metallic ribbon - Anchor
Rhinestones - from stash
Glitter - purple and silver from stash

I am also going to enter this card in Michelle's MIM - Make it Monday Linky party.

I think this is a rather uncreative card but the card stock looks really nice in real life and that adds some charm to it's otherwise staid look.

Hugs,

Monica

Karin's blog candy



 Hello dear bloggers,

Hope your week has started on a good note...

Karin at "With an i for paper"  is having her 2nd blog anniversary and she will be giving away stuff every week.
Here is what she is giving this week - Spellbinders dies!

Do hop over to her lovely blog and see the finer details of the blog candy. And also see her wonderful cards!


Hugs,

Monica

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Partly recycled card

Hello bloggers,

Hope you are having a relaxed and happy weekend... I am getting to craft and blog so am a truly content being!!!

Here is a partly recycled I made with a paper mat with a cane print.



Supplies:
Base card stock - white
Brown faux cane mat effect paper - recycled table mat from a restaurant (I pinched it in the name of Aleeza!)
Designer paper - kind courtesy Terry
Leafy border - MS punch (love my new acquisition to bits)
Black and brown border at the bottom - new gift wrap (I hoard gift wrap and then I complain I don't have enough space in my card room)
Sentiment - Hero Arts on white paper and distressed with Tim Holtz wild honey and crushed olive
Ribbon - originally white but distressed with  Tim Holtz crushed olive 
Beads - from Hobby Craft

Am going to enter this card for the following challenges:

http://sugarcreekhollow.blogspot.com/ - vintage, shabby chic or primitive, trash to vintage
http://suchins.blogspot.com/ - simply sentiment

Have to take Zeenya for a hair trim and I need one as well... but am feeling a bit rough and she is kind enough to understand.

Catch you soon!

Lots of hugs and blog love,

Monica

Friday, 2 September 2011

Hello bloggers,
Thanks so very much for all the encouraging comments on the black and orange card... I felt so motivated that I thought of taking part in a sketch challenge...


So here is my take on the sketch - more shabby and less chic!!!



Supplies:
Base card stock - white and distressed with American Crafts stamp pad in aqua
Doily - punched out a circle, used Paper Mania doily stamp in pearlescent blue (Brilliance Archival) 
I distressed the stamped doily with lavender (American Crafts) which kind of ruined it!
Borders - MS punch
Butterfly - K and Co (pretty acetate butterfly)
Flowers - made by me
Leaves - leaf punch
Sentiment - Hero Arts
Ribbon and glitter - from stash


And down below is the sketch http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com/




I am also going to enter this card in the following challenges:
http://littlemissmuffetchallenges.blogspot.com/ - purples, blues and greens
http://blog.cuddlybuddly.com/ - vintage, distressing and flowers

Hugs and have a pleasant weekend,

Monica





Another thank you card!

Hello bloggers,

I just don't seem to stop making thank you cards - for some reason they are a hot favourite!!!
Sorry if I am boring you with the same old sentiment...while you guys inspire me with so much variety.

It was not very easy to make this card... I like to use black only with a few other colours such as red or white. So here I have been a bit adventurous, you know.

Supplies:

Base card stock - black (not high grammage, so used a heavy inner card)
Border punch - MS
Embossing - CB
DP - made by me using  Hero Arts design block ( stamped it on orange printer paper with Tim Holtz peeled paint and distressed it with the same ink to tone down the orange)
Image - glossy sticker stuck on handtorn orange paper (which was distressed as well) and then on to black card stock
Sentiment - handwritten (surprise, surprise) directly on to paper
Card inner - used a pale green (the exact colour cannot be seen in picture)


Am going to enter this card for the following challenges:


http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/ - use atleast one punch

Hugs,

Monica





Featured blogger

Hello bloggers,

Hope you are doing well...

I have been missing in action as we were away for a short trip to Vietnam - time permitting I will try and post some pictures.

Now to the featured blogger of the month - it is Charlene of http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/

She makes awesomely clean and stylish cards and often includes  yummilicious recipes of food in her posts just to name a few. Her cards are one of a kind and I simply love them.

Do visit her and take a tour of her blog  - you will be the richer for visiting her lovely blog and surely you will find something that interests you. 


I will come and do my rounds soon - since I plan to sort out the laundry later rather than sooner (knowing me!!!) Lol.

Hugs and TGIF,

Monica





It is Charlene's blogaversary this month so I have just copied her post to share the details of her rather tempting blog candy.



Now onto the blog candy I promised you!  I forgot that my blogaversary was this month!!  Birthdays = presents...my presents are your visits and my followers. YOUR present is Blog Candy!!



Here's what in the candy:

Papertrey Ink Boy Basics Out of This World Stamp Set
Heidi Grace School Stamp Set
I heart Papers Mint Motif Stamp Set
Pink Cat Studio Dress Up Sweet Pea Stamp Set

Petaloo Flowers
Prima Fall Flowers
Silver and white gift bags (4)

Kraft Envelopes (5)
Kraft bags(10 bags 5 of each size)
Glassine bags (5)
Food lined Kraft bags (2)
4" paper Doilies (10)
Manila tags (5)
May Arts Ribbons from my scrap jar (Jar not included)  Don't be fooled...there are full yards of ribbon in there!

All of this will be packaged in one of my placemat purses!

Note: this is an old photo so the notebook and candy bar are NOT included but the purse is!

Here's all you need to do....just leave me a comment and if you have a blog, post the candy with a link back to me.  If you don't have a blog that's ok, just leave a comment.  I would love it if you would follow my blog but it's not required. 

I will draw a winner on Wednesday, September 7th.