Saturday, 26 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

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,



1CardCreator said...

Love the embossing Monica.

Shakti said...

Music of Joy!

Helen said...

Gorgeous rose, Monica! Love your hand writing.

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Welcome back and thanks for all the comments on my cards!! Your cards are just beautiful! The clay stamp pad with the copper sakura pen combo is just gorgeous!!!

Sorry you have such a hard time getting products at a good price too!! Yikes!

Sylvia x said...

welcome back and pleased to hear that hubby is on the mend!!!

Great cards...sylvia xx

Katrin said...

Very beautifully!

cardmaking bird said...

Great cards. The first, gold one is GORGEOUS!!! You should def take part in challenges, I find they really help inspire me. Hope everything's OK with you and yours. Hugs, Marie xx

jimlynn said...

All are gorgeous in their own unique way! So lovely.
Hope your husband is doing better.

Shirley-Anne said...

hello Monica . thank you for visiting my blog and leaving kind words .
I loved all three cards but fav is the last one with twine ribbon could you hoard his for sooo long??
May I have your postal address as I have some crafty things I would like to send to you ? this is my email so its just between you and me ...

Sandy said...

Hi Monica, love your handmade rose and love all the earthy tones you have used,

Sandy Ang said...

Such a pity we didn't get a chance to meet up. Well next time. I can't believe you still have that ribbon after 10 years !

Loraine Arderne said...

Beautifull card Monica, I love the colours and your rose is gorgeous!

Unknown said...

These are scrumptous x so pleased you are home safe and hubby is on the mend x Leigh x

Terry Oulboub said...

Hi Monica, glad you are back home and that your hubby is on the mend. These are gorgeous cards; love the colors; especially the metallic. I especially love the rose and the swirls. I think we are all crafting hoarders! But you have a lot of gorgeous things hidden that you've hoarded! ;-)

Andrea said...

Hi Monica - sorry I missed your post about your husband being ill again - I do hope he is better very soon!
Your cards are gorgeous - your handmade flowers look so amazing.
Love, Andrea xx

Priyanka said...

golden embossing one of my favorite one, gere u did a fab job all the cards are soo beautiful.

Naturally Me Creations said...

Oh, all such beautiful cards! I love the gold colours you! :)

The paper flower you made is gorgeous, and i love that swirly stamp on the first card as well!

And i love those leaf designs as well...i really do love these cards! :)

Tnx so much for visiting and linking up your gorgeous works. :)

Ink Bug said...

I like the simplicity of these cards. Very elegant!