Monday

The Yam circus


The-Yam-circus

If you were wondering why you haven't seen the Gangster Gang of late, this is why.  The Yam circus cannot cooperate enough to take a decent photo together. Period. 


It's like you think you've got the perfect shot and the someone moves/blinks/makes a funny face. *LOL*


Nephew #1 and the niece are always camera-ready...the other two nephews are a real problem. One refuses to smile, the other refuses to stay still. Sigh...the woes of a auntrazzi. *winks*


I had fun working on this layout though....even my star punch came into play. Along with some diecuts. And buttons. The scrap pile is surely dwindling right? *haha*


Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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Thursday

Have you noticed how much I enjoy clustering my embellishments? *winks*


Love-always-tag

I love clustering my embellishments. A lot. Have you noticed? *winks*


I love rummaging through my stash and picking out embellishments that might look good together in a cluster.


I've long given up on rationalizing what actually goes in a cluster. Like what has a flower got to do with wooden spools, right? *LOL*


What I do like is combining dimensional elements with textural ones....


How about you? Do you enjoy clustering your embellishments?


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Tuesday

Love cherish adore


Love-cherish-adore

I love my cards relatively flat (for easy postage) but somewhat textured for visual and tactile interest. So for this Love cherish adore card, I pieced together remnant pieces of lace for base of the card. 


It looks like a whole piece of lace, right? *pats self on the back*

Then I distressed the edges of the sentiment panel to add a little more texture.


I finished with my fave ribbon tab and button combo. It is a great way to use up little bits of ribbon that are too short to tie a bow with and lone buttons. :)

P/s: Happy Valentine's Day friends! :)


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Monday

Another mixed media girl in my art journal...;)


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Purists say that mixed media is for those with short attention spans because they can't decide on which medium to focus on so they play with whatever catches their eye. I think that people who dabble in mixed media want to best of all worlds so everything gets thrown into the mix! *winks*


Well, that's my story for this mixed media girl in my art journal. *LOL*

I started her with coloured pencil sketch, then went in with watercolours and soft pastels on her face.


After a few coats of workable fixative (to fix the pastels), I went in with Prismacolor pencils to define the features and Faber Castell Gelatos for the cheeks and highlights.

The hair was painted with Liquitex ink in a brush pen and the background was coloured with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons.


I finished off with a white Molotow paint marker for the highlights in the eyes and used Prismacolor pencils to suggest movement in the hair.

P/s: So I really do use my art supplies and not just collect them! 

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Thursday

How many paper scrap pieces did I use on my layout?


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These days, the goal is to use up as many scrap pieces on my layouts as possible....and it is hard! I have a lot of small pieces that I just can't bear to throw away. 


How many paper scrap pieces did I use on my layout? Go ahead and count....I'll wait for you. *winks*


Did you guess 23? Then you are right! *LOL*


Playing along with My Creative Sketches.

P/s: Layout features my cousin, her husband and their little boy- my nephew E!:)


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Tuesday

Travel-inspired tag



Travelinspired-tag

Did you know that I have a thing for travel-inspired ephemera? Map paper, cameras, globes....are just some of the things I collect and hoard. *winks*


I did, however, take some out for this travel-inspired tag, which I thought would be great on a gift bag for someone who's taking a trip somewhere. :)


I started with a cardboard base as always. Then I added some polka-dotted patterned paper (from the scrap pile of course!), scrap ribbon from a patisserie purchase and finished with Maya Road embellishments.


Do you collect travel-inspired ephemera? 



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Monday

CNY 2017


CNY2017

Well hello friends! Apologies for being missing in action for a while...life has been busy with travel, spring-cleaning the house, baking and cooking for Chinese Lunar New Year and then, for the last week, dealing with a nasty cold & sleeping a lot. 


But the good thing about having a nasal congestion is that exercise is totally out...and I could delve into my paper scraps and create layouts instead. *winks*


It is my nephew E's first Chinese New Year and I got him a red outfit to wear. He's such a cutie! :)


Lots of random paper scraps in action here. There might be light at the end of the tunnel - the scraps now fit into a single multi-slot folder! *winks*

Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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Thursday

Fabric scraps on a tag...:)


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Yes friends,  I'm dipping into the fabric scraps pile too. *winks* My fabric scraps were inherited from mum and her well-meaning friends. They are oddly-shaped random pieces that are great for wrapping a box or a tag like the one here.


I adhered the fabric to a cardboard base, then dressed it up with some Maya Road trim, button, twine and diecuts.


Another one of of my CHA 2017 projects for Maya Road.


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Tuesday

My CHA 2017 mixed media canvas for Maya Road


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Hello friends! Here is my mixed media canvas for Maya Road for CHA 2017. :)


The 6x8 canvas was covered with remnant lace, gessoed and then misted and gessoed again.


I tried to showcase a range of Maya Road products - diecuts, tassels, pins, blooms, charms, blooms, resins, wood tokens, buttons and leaves.


Happy week ahead friends! :)


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Thursday

A glitzy XO bottle


A-glitzy-XO-bottle

After emptying the contents of a bottle of Martell XO brandy into 2 fruitcakes (my most expensive cakes to date..*winks*), I was left with a really lovely glass bottle which you know, I just HAD to decorate. :)


I went with the lace, pearls and blooms combination. 

Then I decided that it would be perfect as a decor piece for my grandaunt's 90th birthday celebrations.


So I went to get these paper mache numbers and a can of gold spray paint (the fastest way to cover anything fast!). Once that was dry, I went in with my fave Golden large gold mica flakes to up to glitz factor. That was of course, before I found out from the art store that Golden has decided to discontinue this product! *sad music plays in the background*


Here is my sister holding the glitzy XO bottle like some beauty pageant contestant who just won the Miss Congeniality prize *LOL*.


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