Friday, December 5, 2008


This is my son's favourite expression when he was a year old. We all love it when he does that. And he knows it too.... and he'll make that face to make us laugh. The funny thing is, he couldn't help laughing when he does that ... which is what happened here! He is making the funny face AND laughing at the same time.

I'm so glad we took pictures of that to remind us what a goofy baby he was!

This is my first time using the Slice die cutter from Making Memories. I used the Basic Shapes 1 card to make the stars and the title. As for the flowers, I used the Noteworthy card. I layered them using cuts with different sizes.

I got this cute SEI Chick-A-Doo Collection pack a while back and I have always wanted to use it. I'm glad I get to use it on this fun LO. I used the tags and card stock embellishments from the collection pack.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Berry Good Together Gift Album

This is a gift album I made for my friends' two precious daughters. They are wonderful girls.. and I wanted to make a more girly album for them. I also added a page with cupcake for their birthday pictures.

For the album I used some techniques that I learned from a class taught by the Glitz Girls. The rub-ons are from various manufacturers, including Glitz Girls, K&Co. Bo Bunny. For the papers, I used two MAMBI mini album kit because the papers are very girly. The cupcakes are from one of the birthday kits. The journaling paper is from Glitz Girls also, and they are very handy for acrylic albums because they are double-sided.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Engagement Photos Clear Album

I made this album for a wonderful couple who will be getting married this month. Linda is a very sweet girl , so I picked the SEI chocolat line for this album because the pink/red colours and the butterflies remind me of her and their love for each other.

I happened to find some butterfly rub-ons from My Mind's Eyes that are perfect for the album!

I had a lot of fun making the album. I really love the acrylic album because when the pages are stacked together, they create a certain visual effect. Especially when the top page has a smaller photo and the bottom page has a larger one, the resulting effect is very dramatic!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tags - Index/Table of Contents

I love tags. I've seen many beautiful ones, either pre-made or hand-made. I have always wanted to make some... but I'm not sure how to use them besides using them as gift tags or on cards.

One day, while I was planning the table of content/index page for the travel album, I suddenly remembered the ticket stubs I've collected from our trip. We went to a few places and collected quite a few of them. I failed to include them in the actual trip LOs.. so now I have to find a way to include them in the album.

Then I suddenly remember tags! They would make wonderful ticket stub holders! Or at least I hope.....

I picked the same Making Memories tropical patterned paper that I used on some of my travel LOs, and used that as the design for the tags. Embellishing them was fun. I even did one of them as a hidden tag for our itinerary. I tend to forget where we've been after a while....

Friday, October 3, 2008

Silver Anniversary Clear Album

Our friends just celebrated their 25th year anniversary. In honour of such a wonderful event, I made an acrylic gift album for them.

The clear album is probably an earlier product from Clear Scraps (love their shaped clear albums). Paper and embellishments are from K&Co. The ribbons are from Michael's $1 spot!

Can you tell I'm in love with the Blue Awning line? I made my dear husband's anniversary card from this line as well... it is so classy and elegant. The colours also work well for both genders. I think it'll also work really well with Basic Grey's Periphery line.. or LYB's Vita Bella. I hope I can do a project mixing those lines ...

I took a class from the Glitz girls, and had fallen in love with clear albums. I think that clear albums make the most wonderful gift albums. I made another one for my BFF for her two girls... They are fun to make and fun to display. I'm thinking if you get a small easel, the album can be easily displayed.

I love making albums that still preserve the 'clear' part. Therefore, I usually leave the edges clear of patterned paper. I also use rub-ons on over the edges and try to do it one corner per page. This way, the layered patterns will show thru without being too cluttered. As for the main design of each page, I just put a little bit of patterned paper in there as the background for the photos. And once the little pieces of ribbons are added to the rings, the album is done!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Time goes by really fast.. it seems like we just got married yesterday... but here we are, many years later, with 2 kids and a whole bunch of baggage. Good thing life is not like airlines these days.. it doesn't charge extra fees for baggage.. or does it???

So how did we manage to weather the stormy days? Obsessions, my friend! He has his photography and I have my scrapbooking! That and with many many blessings and prayers from those around us .... :)

Anyway, I fell in love with the K&Co Blue Awning collection. (Yes, I admit it, I am hopelessly in love with blue. If you have to pair it with something else, it's got to be green or purple.) I thought the blue and green and beige will make a perfectly masculine card!

This is my first time making a gate fold card. I had to add 1/2 to the total width of the card, and then trimmed the fold to give it the diamond shape. I added the blue strips to the outward facing side of the card and then added the triangle onto the front. I added a lighter colour patterned paper to the inside of the card so that I can write a message in there.

Double-sided patterned paper works really well in a gate fold card. When you fold the card, you get different patterns without having to glue another layer to it. I also love the fact that the double-side papers are usually colour-coordinated.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Special Delivery

It's been a great couple of weeks. Our friends have given birth, brought back adopted babies .. there are just lots of babies and lots of love... and we have 3 more friends who are expecting! Can you say Baby Shower? Bring on the cake, the confetti and the shower goodies!

This is the 4th diaper cake I've made and it is a bit more compact because I needed to transport it in my car. So I used #1 diapers. Just one package, plus some goodies such as burb clothes, wash clothes, onesies and 2 sets of outfit. There is a baby blanket that's wrapped in the center to give it more 'volume'.

I love Michael's $1 ribbon spots.. that's where I get most of my ribbons! :) However, even after that, it looks a bit plain. Since I don't have time to fully embellish the cake, I took a short cut!

I found that the K&Co tags (or any tags) work great as a simple embellishment. I already have a set of baby girl tags from my last creation, so this time I have to buy a set of baby boy tags. And I'll get to use them on 2 more cakes. Good deal!

Simple Pleasures - Tea

I was so excited yesterday! My order from Stash Tea has arrived.. and I know I'll get to enjoy some really good tea for a couple of weeks... until my cup runneth dry ....

I enjoyed the YMY Chrysanthemum tea so much that I ordered some loose tea to try. I am so pleased to find that the loose tea also has a great, light taste! I have never found any 'Western' companies that make such a good mum tea, this is the first time. So besides the YMY Special Occasion Green Tea (with matcha), I now have another green tea to enjoy.

I still have an abundance of black tea (Stash Earl Grey is still my favourite) so I didn't order any more. Besides, I like the fruit flavoured black tea from Ahmad a little better than Stash.

I did order some black peony tea (and discovered that I have some white peony too.. I'm such a hoarder). I can't wait to see how this beautiful tea brews in a glass teapot.

And best of all, I received a fantastic sampler. I am not sure what chocolate mint Oolong or coconut mango Oolong is going to taste like, but it's worth trying. I hope it'll be a better tasting experience than any of the flavoured green tea. I really like my green tea, well, green. :)