Thursday, May 31, 2012

Books that I read during leisure

I have been busy smashing till I think I am overdosed - completed 21 pages within a week. Haha. It is time to take a short break from it and focus on other stuff.

During my leisure, I love to read and flip on books and magazines on sewing. They balanced me with the busy schedules I have at home, tending E and housechore stuff. Currently I am reading these 2 magazines that I bought from Kinokuniya.

Cotton Time
This Cotton Time magazine gives me lots of inspiration to sew and create. I am admiring all the beautiful fabrics and stuff they made. Envy Envy! I wished I know Japanese language so as to read the articles they have.

Cucito
Saw this Cucito magazine in the store the other day. I was so happy that it has chinese version now. However, it is more expensive than the Japanese version. I was thinking if I should buy the Japanese version instead because of the cost. The thought of unable to read the language frustered me quite a bit. I guess, it will be chinese for now, till I start sewing. Saw some nice clothings that I can make for E. *happy*

E also loves to read, thanks to her father's gene. I used to borrow thick pages books because I am afraid she will start tearing them. Now she is older, I feel safer borrowing paper ones. These are her current favorite books. She will keep reading more than once everyday. I have to create different scenrios when I read with her to make it interesting.

Dora and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse books
I guess, it is time to go to the library to search for more Dora and Mickey Mouse books. Otherwise, I have to repeat the same again.

Happy reading!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Important tools for Smashing

So fast... today is the last sunday of the month and most of the kids are having their school holidays now. Not mine thou, as her holidays will start in the mid June. Might as well, so that she can learn more in class and I will have more time to SMASH. *LOL*

Two hands up for smashing! So far, I have completed 15pages of 38 photographes. Since I prefer to smash, I purchased another 3 more smash books, thanks to AiYen for organising the spree. That will make 7 books in total. The other 2 designs - Yellow and Wedding are not in my list.

There are 2 important tools that I want to share that made my smashing easier.

1. The Printer

Canon Selphy CP800
Jesslyn introduced to me this photo printer, which I can print at the comfort of my home, 24 x 7. I can print 2 photos one on postcard size paper. Great size for smashing and save cost too. Will be going to the upcoming PC Show to buy more photo papers. Oh btw, the printer cartridge will print the exact number of sheets per pack. Eg, if the pack is for 36 sheets, the cartridge will be able to print 36 times. So you do not have to worry about the lack of certain colours as compared to normal colour printer.

2. Washi tapes

My current possession
Thanks to SBM, I have learnt the wonders of the washi tapes. These are great to decorate the pages in the smash book. I think I don't have enough designs. Will be getting more at the scrapbook shops. Hehe.

Other tapes
I also have other tapes from Daiso and other places. These are smooth surface, however they are not as versatile as the washi tapes as they are more sticky and you can't tear out and stick again. But I loved their designs. Good for gift wrapping.

E and hubby are very pleased with my smashing of activities. *pat myself*. :) Gambatte!

Will share more in the next post. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

SMASH stuff

I wanted to go out today, however, my gal had her jab this morning and hubby said we better rest at home. She was very brave for a young child. She looked at the doctor and saw her jabbed on her arm, though the doctor tried to divert her attention elsewhere. Immediately, she cried when the pain started. Luckily it was not for long.

We brought her to eat ice cream at Macdonalds to appease her. It was so funny looking at her, trying to lick the ice cream.

I have been sewing for the past weeks and neglected scrapbooking. Just bought the Canon Selphy CP800 printer through a friend's recommendation. I would love to develop photographes at the comfort of my home so that I need not to accumulate and delay the scrapbooking part.

I bought some SMASH books and accessories last month. I have not decided what to do with them.

My 4 SMASH books currently
Accessories
Better use my Selphy printer and decide which SMASH book to use.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, May 18, 2012

April ATCs from members

It is friday! Ya! How will you be spending your weekend? I just finished my May ATCs and will be posting out today. It is another design apart from my normal style. Hopefully my friends will like it.

I just collected my April ATCs from Carol the other day. They are so nicely done.

From Group 1
From Group 2

I placed them all in the folder. Niceeee!


Whole set
Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May ATC Sneak

I have to admit that I am getting older. Do you have the same problem as me? Waking up at the same time, despite the time you slept the previous night? Walking alarm clock I must say.

I am gearing up the mood to start my MAY ATC. Shall we take a peek at what I will be using?

Paper Smooches Stamps
Thanks to WaiSum from SBM who introduced a whole range of stamps from Paper Smooches. I am excited to receive other designs from her later this month. They are great to use for scrapbooking and card making.

Now, which shape will I be using? I'm still deciding....

Monday, May 14, 2012

April 2012 ATC - Reveal of Group 2

Today is an extremely hot day. However, the laundry was dried up so easily and I love the sunny smell of the clothes. *hmmmmmmm...*

Last weekend was packed with activities, bringing the little one out to celebrate mother's day. How did you spent your mother's day?

I was glad that my project just ended and I began to pack my craft room. Now it is so much neater than before. What I meant was, I can now stepped into the room easily without stepping onto a cloth or paper. I still do not have the courage to showcase the room yet. Still not as organised as my other craft friends. :)

I am supposed to start my MAY ATCs hosted by Felicia. Her theme was STRIPES. I have a rough idea on how to make them.

The second design was much easier to make. After I cut the cardstock into 9 pieces, I sprayed with the Chalkboard Tattered Angels mist onto the front of the cardstock.

Mist
I used the Kaisercraft Tic Tock clear stamp as the background and stamped onto the cardstock.

Kaisercraft clock stamps
I edged the cardstock with a paper edger before applying the distress ink. After that, I pasted the cotton tape from Prima onto the bottom right side. I stamped the "Coming Home" quote from Technique Tuesday, using Stanzon. I never a fan of Stanzon till I discovered the versatility of it. So I grabbed lot of colours during the MWL and PM sales.

April ATC - Design 2

Hope the members in the April group will like both of my designs.

April ATC designs
Shall start on my May ones soon.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

April 2012 ATC - Reveal of Group 1

Do you still remember what was the April theme for the ATC? Yes, it was DISTRESSED TECHNIQUE. (You can refer to my earlier post)

I will be collecting the April ATCs next week. Some of us have already received their set. Ooh, I can't wait to see them. I joined 2 groups, so in total I made 18 ATCs. It was challenging for me to thnk of 2 designs especially in April. My hands were too tight and packed. So for the upcoming MAY, I decided to join just one group.

Here is a reveal of the ATC I made for the first group.

I used this stamp - TREASURE which I bought in facebook. Really nice, isn't it?

Stamped on a patterned paper

Then I used the distressed ink and applied on the edges of the paper.


Distressed the edges

I squashed the paper as much as I can. Then I applied the same ink on the surface.

Squashed paper
After that, I pasted onto a orange cardstock.

April ATC design 1

Nice ain't they?
I will be sharing the other design in the next post. ;) Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Booklet that I made at the copic stitching workshop

OMG! It is May now!

It seems to me that I have lots of projects to do than before. I was talking to my hubby just now on the topic of SAHM vs Working Mum. We both agreed that I am busier now than before. Lots of things on my plates. However, I get to do my own things and watching E grows up. What more can I asked for?

Last month, I attended a workshop on Copic Stitching, thanks to Juanna for sharing on her blog. I was curious to find out how on earth we can bind papers into a book using stitching.

My finished book
This workshop was organised by The Little Happyshop. It was indeed a fun day, learning how to stitch and bind a book.

I hope to revise my sewing skills and able to use my fabric stash. What a great combination of fabric and scrapbook. ;)

Does that mean I can buy more? Opps....