The Earth laughs with flowers...


Hmmm....I've been on a floral kick recently, have you noticed? *winks*

The Earth laughs with flowers and apparently so do I! *LOL*

I was clearing up my desk and bed [err...yes, the mess gets to the bed too!] after working on a floral mixed media canvas and decided to make a card with the little bits lying around, :)

A quick misting of glimmermist with The Crafter's Workshop stencil. A little tea bag staining for a "aged" look,  then it was time to embellish! Those mica flakes were strategically added to cover up the glue marks of course! 

Playing along with The Mixed Media Card Challenge.


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A mixed media canvas for The Crafter's Workshop and Susan K Weckesser.... a tutorial

Mixed media canvas for The Crafter's Workshop

This week the team at The Crafter's Workshop is having a Creatastic Blog Hop with the team from Susan K Weckesser Inc. Do join us for some fun giveaways and tutorials. My project is a 6x6 mixed media canvas and I have a tutorial to share with you. :)

I started by trimming the edges off a 6x6 sheet of Basic Grey patterned paper to fit a 6x6 canvas. I used a Fiskars edge punch on one side of the paper.

The patterned paper was then adhered to the canvas with gel medium [I put mine in a bottle and apply it like a glue.]. The strips of paper was teared and adhered to the top right corner of the canvas. Then I applied a coat of clear gesso to prep the surface for the addition of colorants.

I pulled the main colours from the patterned paper and intensified them with Faber Castell Gelatos blended with water. Then I added texture with a Susan K Weckesser Inc stamp and Ranger Archival Ink. 

Next I applied Golden Coarse Molding Paste with The Crafter's Workshop stencil.

I finished the background using Silks Acrylic Glazes to highlight the raised areas.

I loved the birdies on the patterned paper so I coloured them with Faber Castell Artist Brush Pens, added a frame by Annette Allen and then finished with a coat of Ranger Crackled Accents. 

I embellished with pearls, blooms, ribbon, trims, buttons, leaves and Golden Gold Mica Flakes.

Don't forget to stop by The Crafter's Workshop and Susan K Weckesser Inc blogs...:)


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Happy mum with her new "toy"!


Happiness is.... a woman with a new "toy"! Yep, that would be mum with her Philips Air Fryer! *winks*

She even obliged when I asked her to pose with her new "toy"! :)

I did some stamping on the background to mimic the existing patterns on the paper. And added Shimmerz Inklingz for subtle colours.

Playing along with Blue Fern Studios.


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A quick mixed media card


These days I've been favouring quick mixed media cards. Like this one. 

A little hard modeling paste with The Crafter's Workshop stencil, some Faber Castell gelatos and water for a watercolour finish for the background. Some blooms, pearls and bling embellishments. And I actually heat embossed the sentiment [yay, go me! *winks*]

Playing along with Cardabilities.


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20 ideas for scrapbooking photos of children....

Ahhh...childhood. Fun times. Where play is work. And every new experience is magical. :) Why not capture those magical moments in your scrapbooks. Here are 20 ideas for scrapbooking photos of children.... [the children featured in the layouts are my niece and nephews.]

On a bus adventure
1. First experiences.

For kids, anything that is new to them is an adventure. Like this short trip on the bus with me to collect a parcel at the post office on a Saturday morning.

Learning to love my sewing machine
2. Snapshots on a morning walk.

Nobody wants to be cooped up at home. Kids are happy when they are out basking in the sunlight and looking at pretty things.

The story about my niece in my wig
3. "Dress-up" moments.

Nothing like cute kids in "costumes" or other "dressed-up" moments. I particularly enjoy dressing up my niece because she thinks everything I own is beautiful...[yes, she has discerning taste at age 3! *winks*].

Saturday photo love
4. Consecutive shots.

The kids don't really like me to point the camera and ask them to pose. So I keep photo sessions short and take quick shots in succession...and hope for the best..*winks*

This is real life
5. Scrapbook about them doing something.

The kids were all colouring here and I called out their names for an impromptu shot.

Meet the master of disguise

6. Don't forget about those cute facial expressions.

Little kids aren't very good at articulating how they feel about things but they will show them in micro facial expressions....check out my niece's face in a span of 30 seconds!

Great outdoors
7. Make regular activities more "exciting".

We brought their toy rats out for a "walk" and got really fabulous photos.

Never a dull moment
8. Sweet moments between siblings.

This was a period when littlest nephew and niece were really close and did everything together. He was very protective of her. [Now he just finds her a little irritating...*LOL*]

Happy little miss sunshine
9. Capture stories about them with their toys.

Kids can be so cute playing with their toys. Especially when they role-play and "talk" to their toys.

Finally a decent photo of the nephews
10. Scrapbook the Before and After pics.

Always reward kids with "free play" that you will always get some good shots...while the "free play" shots really show the kids' personalities.

Do you have a whinery at home?
11. Scrapbook photos of them wearing their school uniforms.

I think it would be nice for them to flip through their scrapbook albums and have fond memories of school days. :)

We are family
12. Scrapbook candid moments...especially when they are having fun.

Here the two of them were just having a little fun before going down for an afternoon nap.

Bandage buddies
13. Scrapbook about the boo boos.

Here the two were "attacked" by mosquitos and we didn't want them to scratch at the bites so they were bandaged up...err...everywhere! *LOL*

Their eyeballs pop out
14. Document the presents they love.

The nephews really LOVED the Angry Birds watches I got them from a trip to Kuala Lumpur. They loved that a squeeze of the bird would make the eyes bulge out....and it entertained them tremendously. Those are some really happy smiles on their faces.

The watches didn't last very long [they are boys after all] but I love that this moment was documented. :)


15. Scrapbook about their "modes of transport".

Little kids on bikes and cars are just too adorable not to document. So do it. Because they tend to "outgrow" them rather quickly. My niece used to love playing on her "vehicle" for hours. Now it's like 5 minutes and she's bored. *LOL*

A whimsical scene
16. Scrapbook about a little "outdoor" adventure.

Or somewhere you bring them to occasionally as a treat. For me, it's the fish farm. Which we go to only if I need to buy fishes for my tank. The boys LOVE helping me choose fishes. And just watching the different fishes swim in the tanks.

A crazy Saturday
17. The fun "wefie" moments deserve a page in the family album.

Use the mirror function on your mobile and take some fun shots. This entertained them for a good hour! :)

The real photoshoot
18. Scrapbook about them at their fave playground.

I always always always take pics of the Gangster Gang at the playground because running around makes them happy and I get GREAT photos!

The story about the cable car ride
19. Document a whole day's adventure in a collage.
My sister and I brought the Gangster Gang on their first cable car ride and it was really fun to see how the kids behaved in front of Aunt E whom they are afraid of...[oh yes, they just love me, not my sister...hehe].

Grandma's barber shop
20. Scrapbook about a regular activities with grandparents. 

The nephews get rewarded with $1 after a visit to grandma's barber shop. Who wouldn't want to get paid for a haircut right? *winks*

There you have it. 20 ideas for scrapbooking photos of children! What do you think?


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Grandma's boy


Nephew #1 is grandma's boy of course. She's the first person he runs to when he comes over for a visit. And she beams when he greets her, "Hello grandma! "

The two of them in their "bright" outfits pretty much dictated the colours on this layout...*LOL* I used black to help "tone" the colours down.

I've been having fun with these SRM diecuts...and my sewing machine. :)

Not sure if anyone wastes as much thread as using the sewing machine...but I just added the leftover thread as part of the design element.

Playing along with My Creative Sketches.

*Edited* This was a featured layout in My Creative Sketches.


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