Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Mini Album: Cards on a Stand - Love

A special friend of mine, Irene is going to visit our host parents in Japan. I think she just touched down Hong Kong and she will be in Japan by tomorrow. My handmade gift to Otosan is on its way to Japan!

Previously, I handmade a mini album with lots of photos about my host parents’ visit’s in Penang. So, what should I make this time? Belated birthday cards? Parents’ Day card? Miss you card? How about all the above? Then, instead of many cards in a box, why not I make multiple cards on a stand just like a table calendar. When their birthdays come, they just flip to the page with birthday wish. When it is mother’s day, they just need to flip to the page with wishes to Mom. Isn’t that cool?

I called this handmade gift ‘Cards on a stand’ with titled ‘LoVe’. I used a clear acrylic ATC stand with 4 chipboard pages that I reluctant to use. There were total 9 pages with a front page. And I had fun playing with the goodies in my Happy Mails from Mei Li Paperie, especially the ephemera, puffy stickers and sequins. Can you spot them all?

Here’s my handmade gift.

The front page: Love

I applied white scrapbook paint to the chipboard to create a clean vintage look. I added puffy ‘Hello’ sticker and sequins. Then, I layered it with butterflies-print screen print. I adhere ‘LoVe’ to the screen print using American Craft’s Doll glitter foam stickers. I just fall in love with the colors used and the outcome.

Page One: Miss You

This page was about we miss our host parents so much! We always thinking of you and we had special delivery from Penang to Japan – our love letter. This page actually was inspired by CASE Study Challenge #196 Pamela Ho’s card.

Instead of city building, I added rub-on houses. And I love the vellum ballons from Crate Paper's Maggie Holmes's Styleboard and the puffy love letter sticker from Pink Paislee's Penpals.

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Page Two: Otosan, Happy Birthday

My Otosan loved soccer so much! He is still very active in soccer at this age. He’s great!  Just as what stated on the accolade sticker ‘You deserve it’. I didn’t have any embellishment with football print. I replaced it with the circles from Pink Paislee chipboard pops. 2 mini hearts from Chickaniddy were added then.

Page Three: Okasan, Happy Birthday

I was inspired by the photo from Laurel’s Inspired By...#119.

I went with the colors (red and white), vintage, gingham and something in the kitchen. Again, I paint the chipboard with white paint as the base. I had my red & white gingham ribbon and grey & white washi tape. I added doily lace and tea cup chipboard sticker.

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Page Four: Otosan, Happy Father’s Day

How I get inspired? It’s from Just Add Ink #219 - Just add inspiration. 

I used the colors (black, white, yellow and grey) and the triangles,  as well as the patterns. I added black & white stripes fabric tape. This was inspired by the cushion cover, bedsheet and blanket in the photo.  

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Page Five: Okasan, Happy Mother’s Day

This page was inspired by the sketch and the inspiration photo from CAS(E) this Sketch #81. 

I punched a scroll pattern border and made it as a pennant. I added gold & transparent diagonal stripes washi tape underneath the pennant. I tied a gold string to the top of the page. Instead of butterfly, I used gold vellum heart. I used gold pearls to create a flower with 7 petals. Nice?

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Page Six: Birthdays Are The Berry Best

June 15’s Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge is all about Sweet Pea. I didn’t have sweet pea but I made something sweet! I love the color combo in the inspiration photo. 

I stamped mini flowers using lilac, mint, striking pink and light pink. I had three paper flowers from Prima and embellished with pearls. I added White Ellipse Sequins. This page was simple, sweet and cute! This page was for female members in the family.

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Page Seven: Happy Birthday, Handsome!

Yes, this page was for all the guys in the family. This sketch was from previous Studio Calico’s Sunday Sketch. 

Oh I love the hanger paper clip! I punched and added eyelets to the Chic Tags Mini Icons. Then I tied them up using twine. I loved this cute outcome!

Page Eight and Nine:

I stamped the image of a rose from Papertrey Ink’s sweet life stamps and wrote to-whom and from-whom. I loved the quote about the handmade gift from Waffle Flowers Notions. I used it as my conclusion in the last page.

Here's an overview of the pages.

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That’s about my Cards on a Stand. Hope you enjoy! 
Thanks for dropping by! Happy Crafting! 
Feel free to write me some love comments!

Friday, 20 June 2014

What did Little Ze do during his school holiday?

School holiday just over! So, you may ask what did Little Ze do during his school holiday? Hmm… I wanted him to have a fun school holiday. I let him to have some activities to keep him busy with enough down-time so I wasn’t worn out. At the same time, the activities would keep him away from computer; else he would stick to the computer for long hours. 

Here are some of the fun activities we had during this school holiday.

Making gift wrapping paper from brown paper

We were invited to attend a train themed birthday party by a friend of mine during the school holiday. I bought a classic train as a birthday gift. Little Ze loved it so much and he couldn’t wait to wrap this present. Instead of buying a wrapping paper, I let him made a gift wrapping paper from a used brown paper. At the same time, I could introduce him how to reuse the paper and save the environment. I prepared him a train-shaped and cupcake-shaped sponge, paint (NIKKI products from my bestie. Thank you, Min!), alphabets clear stamps and ink. After the creation was completed, we wrapped the present. Wow, it was one-of-a-kind wrapping paper! Cool! By the way, we had some compliments from the crowd at the party. So happy!

Finger painting

Little Ze loved finger painting. He always asks for that. This time I let Baby Hang to join in the fun as well. I let them played before their bath. The finger paint, again, it’s a NIKKI product and it’s a gift from Min.  See, how fun they are!

DIY Scale

I made a DIY scale for Little Ze to let him had fun learning about which object is heavy and vice versa.  
Construction is simple.

Note: Make sure your cups hang equal distance.

Now hang over a door and get ready for some math fun!

Be a Blue Butterfly

Little Ze wanted to be a blue butterfly. He asked me to help him to ‘wear’ his blue wings. What were his blue wings made of? It could be a blue blanket or blue towel. Cheap and fun!

Looking for Mimosa

Mimosa pudica, is a creeping annual or perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, to protect them from predators, re-opening minutes later.

Little Ze likes to look for Mimosa Pudica every time we walked home. Along the way, there are some Mimosa Pudica at the road side. He loves to touch and see how the leaves fold inward and droop.

A visit to Youth Park

We went to Youth Park with Lee Joo’s family. The kids played at the playground. Run around at the field. They were so enjoy! Baby Hang had fun too! This was his very first experience with the swing and slide.


A visit to friend’s house

We paid a visit to my bestie’s house. Both our kids busy cooking and baking. Oh dear, all the toys all over the places! No photo taken while playing because Min and I busy catching up while taking care of them.

That’s the end of school holiday. I think Little Ze had a fun holiday!

For now, everything back to normal.