Cards made for a good cause and often upcycled to respect and care for the environment.
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I have a background in Sociology Honours along with Psychology and English. Psychology still remains a passion as does Positive Psychology.
I used to work in the fashion industry and hospitality sector before I became a stay at home mother to my daughters.
Making greeting cards has been a passion since I was an eight year old girl. I am often addressed as the 'Queen of recycling' in the blogging community because of my love for recycling and upcycling. You can see more of my upcycled cards under the label "partly recycled".
Since the last 15 years, I have raised funds through cards for women's and children's charities in India such as SOS in Mumbai where we donated milk powder for HIV positive mothers. We also supported Salam Balak - a trust for street children.
Through sale of my cards, I have raised for natural disaster in Indonesia,The Philippines, Japan, Nepal and children in Combodia (through my older one's service in school).
One of the teachers in Jakarata Intercultural School was supporting a school in CIsarua in Indonesia and we were lucky enough to sell enough cards to raise money to buy stationery for the children in that school.
I was in Indonesia before moving to Singapore in 2014 where I was supporting five Indonesian primary schoolers with their education through the Australia and New Zealand Women's Association in Jakarta. I continued to support two secondary school children in Indonesia until two years ago.
I have also sold cards to raise money to support an HIV positive rehab home for sex workers in Malaysia.
Presently, am supporting a shelter for abused women in Singapore.
I am grateful to the international schools - (American School of Mumbai in India, Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia and Eton House International in Jakarta) who encouraged my talent by providing me a platform to sell my cards.
The United World College, too has offered me support. Not to forget family, friends and well wishers who have bought my cards.
On my to do list is also to hold card making sessions for children and mums.
Beside the above, I also run a forum called the United World Sanctuary wherein I hold mini-retreats for women which include guided meditation for deep relaxation.
Hello sweet blogging buddies, I am a bit sentimental as one of my dear friends is leaving Jakarta for Vietnam since her husband is relocating. She was one of the first few ladies I met when we moved to Indonesia some six years ago and we hit it off instantly. Even though we would have liked to see each other more often than we did, it was always easy to feel comfortable in her company.
So here is a card I made for her in minutes this morning... the sentiment I thought was very apt. Sorry I cannot recall the name of the rubber stamp. The green flourishes are from a larger spellbinder die that I picked up at Hobby Craft in London. It took me forever to die cut it. I have randomly cut it into two and stuck it on the top and bottom of the card. The flowers have been cut from a lace and I have stuck matching confetti in the centres.
Hello, dear sweet bloggers,
Here is my card to show you today. The top panel was embossed after spraying water on to it as I read somewhere that it helps the embossed surface to look more 3D.
Aleeza went over the brick wall with brown chalk using her fingers.
I placed a layer of white cardboard under the brick wall nestie as suggested by my dear Maxine, who is always so helpful to share tips.
The little jar is a die-cut from a Japanese die brand, the name of which is Wonderhouse or something similar. Pardon me! I have used watercolour paper which was coloured by the smoosh technique with Camlin brush markers from India. The centre of the jar has also been placed on a piece of white cardboard.
The washi tape is from Hokkaido, Japan and my card has been made with much love.
Hello dear bloggers,
You know I really miss my old followers since the time I began blogging in 2010. I have come across such a lovely community of people here. So kind and so generous and so encouraging and so loving and so so so. It could go on and on. I am grateful for my friend, Aparna who suggested I start blogging when I lost my dad and I was facing some personal challenges.
Back to this card - the bee has been hand drawn and coloured by Aleeza, who is 11 now. She made it on printer paper and I had to give it much backing to make it suitable for a card. But use I had to since the bee is so cute. I wrote a hand written sentiment some 10 times only to give the idea as a sentiment did not fit with the layout. I have popped the embossed background on foam top as well as the nestie with the bee. The washi tape on the left completes the card. I doubled it to make it look more striking.
The background here has been water coloured on water colour paper by me.