Friday, May 23, 2014

Postcard Exchange Day


Out of coincidence, we exchanged postcards today.  Our postcards shows how different our designs and personalities are.  Different pattern, different style, but same heart, same direction, doing same thing, serving together.  Its amazing how God puts people together - 3 coffee kaki's having lunch together and started this project.  Thank God for G-BOX, thank God for awesome partners ^^




等待美


有时,默默等待也是一种美。。。

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hari Ini Kurasa Bahagia

Things were a little messy today and kids were a bit hard to control.  But still........ Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaari inih, kurasa bahagia! Thankful for the chance to serve and learn :)  How can you not love these smiles? 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Old Rugged Cross


For GBOX sunday school this week, I got this idea to let the teens make a wooden cross since we will be teaching about Christ.  I got the idea from a gift i received - also a wooden cross, made by an elderly who has passed.  Think it will be simple and fun for the teens to try out, and it could be a home decoration.  Hope this craft will remind the kids of what Jesus did for them on the cross.  

Planning to make a rugged cross and hence I search for sites on how to distress wood.  Found how to stain wood a cheap way on this site: http://www.huntedinterior.com/2012/02/natural-gray.html

Anyways, just thought of sharing the process of making the cross... it's pretty easy :)  
I soaked steel wool in distilled vinegar overnight

These are some other stuff I prepared.  From the left: wood adhesive, tea in hot water (boh/lipton will do), wood varnish, steel wool in vinegar

Firstly I prepared the wood by sanding them and gluing them together.  It is so kind of teacher Simon who is a carpenter to prepare these ready pieces for us.  These would have taken me forever to prepare if not for his help.

Then I stamped the words on the 'signboard' piece.  This looks quite sharp here, but the finished one turned out quite blurry.  Still not quite sure how to improve this :p 

Then to make the distressed texture, I prepared this piece of wood with some nails on it... to be used to hit on the wood to make nail holes on it.  Learnt this online too but forgot where.

Another way of making distressed texture is by hammering the wood, using both the front and back side of the hammer.  The sharp tail of the hammer gives it quite a nice texture.  I thought of using this technique also as an object lesson symbolizing hammering and nailing Jesus on the cross.  And actually because of our sins, its like we are the ones hammering and nailing him to the cross.  

And this is the distressed outcome

Then I brushed tea on the cross using paint brush.  It gives it a nice red color

Then when the tea is almost dry, I brushed on the treated vinegar and immediately the wood color darkens... especially the slits on the wood... it gets it real good.  And slowly it continues to darken more and more. 

Actually I think I brushed a little too much that I loose the red color and it turns out to be a really dark brown.  But I kinda like this color too :) 

And this is how different it is from its raw color

And finally I glue the signboard piece on and finish it with wood varnish and sets to dry under the sun.  And there I have my rugged cross (As per first picture :)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ah Po Grinding Coffee

In house barista.... she story her dad used to hand roast and hand grind local coffee himself.  He was a chef :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jesus is My Saviour Craft

Upcoming simple craft for GBOX this Sunday.... lesson about Christ :) 

I find it really really fun and enjoyed it a lot myself.  Got the idea from here: http://ministry-to-children.com/painted-cross-craft-project/

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Post is on Recycle Art!

This is one of my favourite sites which I have been following for a few years now.  Many fun recycling ideas can be found here and its really inspiring.  I tried submitted some of my cards and journals here for fun and it has been posted!!! Woots!!! Soooooo excited to see my stuff on the Home page!

Here's the link to the page of my post ^^:
http://www.recyclart.org/2014/05/handmade-cards-journals-using-recycled-paper/

Thank You

Made this for one of my client.  She's one of those people who repeatly buy cards from me since few years ago.  I'm quite touched to have 'loyal' customers who appreciate my works and also I think its sweet of her to always get a card to care for her friends and families.  She kinda mentioned she likes my green cards so I decided to make her a quick card using my handmade recycled papers.  



Ingredients:

  • Card Stock: Popular Card - Ivory
  • Background Recycled Paper: Made using milk carton, toilet paper roll, pos ekspress information paper, some brown scraps
  • Flower Recycled Paper (Bottom Layer): Made using milk carton
  • Flower Recycled Paper (Top Layer): Made using milk carton, toilet paper roll, GBOX wrapping paper (red part)
  • Stamp: Technique Tuesday / Ali Edwards - Loving Words, Hero Arts - Hugs and Hearts
  • Ink: VersaFine - Vintage Sepia
  • Die: SU/Sizzix -  Embosslits (Beautiful Wings), SU/Sizzix - Bigz L (Fun Flowers)
  • Others: Pink Flower, White Flower Button, Pink Brads

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Loving Life with You by My Side

This is another mother's card I made for sale.  The sentiment stamp is my favourite stamp :)  Simple card with washi tapes.  Washi tapes make designing so much easier sometimes :) 


Ingredients:
Card Stock: SU - Crumb cake, Popular Card - Ivory
Stamp: SU - For the Birds, Technique Tuesday / Ali Edwards - Loving Words, SU - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: VersaFine - Vintage Sepia
Punch: SU - Modern Label
Others: White Brads, MT Washi Tapes

I'm entering this for Simon Says Stamp Blog (Spring Flowers)


Green Mother's Day Card

I made this mother's card for sale.  Just a simple card using my recycled paper scraps :)  It's sold out.  I hope it makes the mommy happy :) 



Ingredients:
Card Stock: Popular Card - Ivory
Background Recycled Paper: Made of Milk Carton & Toilet Roll
Flower Recycled Paper (Bottom layer): Made of Milk Carton
Flower Recycled Paper (Top Layer): Made of Milk Carton, Toilet Roll, GBOX wrapping paper, Tea Leaves (Gryphon, Hanami Flavor - Japanese Sencha with Cherry Blossoms)
Stamps: Technique Tuesday / Ali Edwards - Mom=Love
Ink: VersaFine - Vintage Sepia
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Embosslits (Beautiful Wings), SU/Sizzix - Bigz L (Fun Flowers)
Others (No Brand): Lace, Pink Flower, Wooden Button, Straw Rope, Pearls

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Love Last an Eternity

A young pastor couple is getting married soon.  My grandma has always been very fond of the groom and wants to buy a wedding gift for the couple.  She's really cute where she keep asking me if I'm gonna buy them a present and actually is she who wants to get it.  And she kinda make me share the present, without paying for it but just my name is there too.  She also made sure its packed/wrapped nicely and requested a card... really putting lots of thoughts in it.  XD I hope the couple will like the gift and God bless their marriage ^^



Ah Po wishing them to have twins next year. ^^

Ingredients:
Card Stock: Popular Card - Ivory, SU - Rich Razzleberry
Patterned Paper: Kaiserkraft - Photo Friendly
Stamp: SU - Occasional Quotes, Inkadinkado - Wedding
Ink: VersaFine - Vintage Sepia
Punch: SU - Heart to Heart
Die: SU - Framelits (Apothercary Accents)
Others (No brand): Bronze Eyelet, Pink & Purple Flower, Purple Rope

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pandan Gathering at GBOX

Look who's here! Hui Chun surprised me by volunteering for GBOX.  Ah! So happy!

And she brought me souvenirs from taiwan.... yummy yum yum!

She got me washi tapes too!!! I'm so so so blessed!!!  These are the washi/fabric tapes I received for the last two weeks.  I am totally soooo overwhelmed.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rugged Elegance

I made a new friend recently from postcrossing and I am really touched by her story to foster then adopt a kid.  There is just so much love in her :)  She showed interest in my cards and I promised to make one for her.  Since Mother's Day is near, I thought of making her a mother's day card.  I played around with my handmade recycled paper and distress inks.  Find it pretty fun and unintentionally created a little rugged elegance, which I would never thought of putting together.  Just posted this out and this card is gonna be belated though using snail mail.  Hope she likes it and has a very special mother's day this year :) 



Ingredients:
Card Stock: Popular Card - Ivory
Recycled Paper: Batch 006
Stamp: SU - Teeny Tiny Wishes, SU - Trust God
Ink: VersaFine - Vintage Sepia
Distress Ink: Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Tea Dye, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed
Texture: SU/Sizzix - Manhattan Flower
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Embosslits Beautiful Wings
Others: Pearls, Straw Strings, Clear Embossing Powder with Glitter

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Hello Life - Oh, How I Love You!

Mummy's best buddy Auntie Susan's birthday is around the corner and she asked if I could make a card for her.  Being on short notice to make the card in less than an hour, I decided to grab this ready card to make one.  Pretty happy with the outcome I must say ^^  Getting pretty papers makes card making so easy!  



Ingredients:
Card Stock: Popular Card - Ivory, Espresso
Patterned Paper: Sn@p! Cards - Life
Stamp: Avery Elle -Picture it!
Ink: SU - Cherry Cobbler
Letters: SU/Sizzix - Decorative Strip Billboard
Punch: SU - Heart to Heart
Others (No brand): Bright Blue Brads

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Life is Pretty Amazing

Last Frid ay we also celebrated Uncle Dan's birthday, whose birthday is only a week away from Jeannie's.  Even though we are not blood related, but Uncle Dan has been family ever since I could remember.  He's the one who fix everything in my house, who babysat us when we were little, have countless meals in my house and after he got married and has children, his family also became family.  He's the only one person who doesn't live with us but holds our house keys and can come and go whenever he wants.  He has been truly a blessing to our family. ^^ 
  


Ingredients:
Card Stock: SU - Early Espresso
Patterned Paper: Sn@p! Cards - Life
Stamp: SU - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punch: SU - Modern Label, SU - Heart to Heart
Letters: Tim Holtz Alterations - Typeset

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