Archive for April, 2010

Russian Doll


I have always loved Russian dolls.

Recently, lots of the craft shops like Papermarket and NBC, have been bringing in papers, stationery with Russian dolls prints and also figurines. And needless to say, I have made a small collection of them now.

Last Sun afternoon, while Zachary was happily playing his toys by himself, I took out the Russian dolls printed fabric and cut out 2 of my favorite colored dolls.

I have cut them with a border of about 0.5 cm around. I hand stitched the right sides together. I have also sewed a small piece of lace ribbon at the top portion in midst of doing so. Flipped them and stuffed with polyester and lastly a blind stitch to close the opening at the bottom. Easy ya!


While I was trying to take picture of the doll I made with the figurine I bought, Zachary was watching. I handed him the doll when I was done, thinking he was probably interested to play with it. Moment he got it, he tried to imitate me by placing the doll beside the figurine, trying to place it the exact way I did. At his age now, he likes to play the ‘imitation’ game and I have to be watchful of my behavior and bad habits which I won’t want him to follow or pick up. J 




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Hubby arranged to have an early celebration for my birthday, just between 2 of us. So, he got mother in law to take care of Zachary while we went for a dinner on Thurs night at Equinox. 


Was fortunate that we could reach there before sunset and thus, was able to have 2 different spectacular view of the lion city, both day and night. 


The dinner was good. Very nice food. Even the salad tasted extraordinary; most probably due to the black truffle on it. And of course, having the chance to dine at such ambience with the beloved one was even more extra-ordinary. 


The actual day was reserved for celebration with Zachary. He seemed to know it was mummy’s birthday on Sunday as he was so well-behaved the whole day. One of my greatest wishes is definitely for Zachary to be healthy and obedient. J Nothing else matters more than this. 


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my prince

Did this layout ‘My Prince’ last Sat for participation for this week Color Room challenge.

One of the color required was purple and I realised I actually do not have any purple papers or embellishments. Maybe I have but forgotten about possession of them and they may be lying somewhere, hidden from my sight. So, I decided to color the canvas purple. I had used Rum Raisin glimmer mist and washed with water to paint the whole canvas.

Next, I stamped Donna Downey’s foam stamp on one side of the canvas. I used green dabber paint for stamping. And I added on the buttons to the stamped petals and outlined them with stickles (yes, I found one of the stickles finally).

One the other side of canvas, I first stamped with words text using olive archival ink. Next, cut some strips of words fabric i bought recently using pinking shear and pasted them down with Beacon glue. I cut the blue crochet doily into half as i thought this will make the layout more interesting. Lastly, embellish with teresa colin and webster goodies and of course, as usual, prima flowers. Also, added on the tassel I recently bought.

Am pretty satisfied with end result as it has lots of different texture which make it interesting.

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Lift Me Challenge 4

This is my take on Leena’s ‘Lift Me Challenge 4’.

Her criteria as follows:

1) It must be a 12 X 12 paper layout, no digitals please.
2) I would like your background to be BIG, & BOLD!! You can create your background using patterned paper with huge prints, you can paint it, or mist or whatever method you can think of, as long as it is BIG & BOLD!!
3) You must use overlay in your page.
4) And please use at least 1 BIG flower too.

The layout started off with a white AC cardstock. I have used Tim Holtz big flourish mask and mist over with Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist (colors are: sunflower, Lime Pie, pink bubblegum). I mist layer by layer with slight overlap and in a diagonal direction. Then I mist iridescent gold all over. Afterwhich, I place paper towel over the whole misted cardstock and use brayer to roll over to blend the color.

Am pleased with the result. Must really thank angel Jasmine (from MWL) who imparted all the essential skills and techniques of misting. Would not have achieved this without her.

I chose one of my wedding photos for this layout as I thought that’s the best suitable photo for this layout idea I have in mind. While doing the layout, this came across …oh mine, I have been married for 5 years. I must thank my hubby for supporting me in this scrapbooking hobby as he frequently have to attend to Zachary who woke up in midst of his sleep and mummy is still busy scrapping away or having her fingers badly stained with distress inks, paints and mists.

I overlay Hambly transparency over the photo. Cut up some flowers from Webster’s papers, distressed them (color: tattered rose) and layer them on. Next, adorn on with Making Memories embellishment. I have also stamped Pink Paislee Queen Bee stamp using Stazon metallic copper on the journaling text.

And of course, not forgetting the Prima flowers and the rhinestones and some beautiful buttons. Wanted to add some stickles but I cannot locate them. Sigh, many bags of scrapbooking materials on the guestroom floor, waiting to be sorted and packed (pack and put where? I don’t know the answer too as storage place getting super limited).

I hope u like this layout as much as I do.

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1st attempt

I have never really like brown. This is my first attempt using so many ‘brownish’ things for my layouts since I started scrapbooking 4 mths back. What motivate me to do it then?

Well, I was actually trying out this weekly challenge hosted in this color room. Each week, there will be a color palette given for you to follow for your project. You must visit their photo gallery. Great inspiration there! And the team of ladies hosting it are all marvellous and creative.

Here’s my take for last week challenge:

I have used MME papers, Pink Paislee Twill ribbon and embellishment, K&C, Maya Road and Jenni Bowlin embellishments. Also, used Tim Holtz Alterations Die cut for the grungepaper flowers and the flourish. The flowers are distressed with Rusty Hinge and Broken China Distress Inks. I adorn the flowers with Pink Paislee ‘cork’ embellishment.

Did you see the title I made using the Bingo card? ‘I love you’ Zachary.

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Chicken Adobo

Months back, hubby had replied me that he wanted me to try making chicken adobo when I asked what he wanted me to cook for him.

Bought the cider vinegar quite long time back but somehow, only decided to cook this dish today. The recipe is from Jaden Hair’s Steamy Kitchen. This is a national dish of Philippines.

Marinated the chicken the night before. Started preparing this dish soon after reaching home from Zachary’s swimming session in the morning. Was an easy dish to prepare. In fact, most of the recipes from the book are pretty easy. Though easy, they are all very yummy. So, I never fail to go back to this cook book always whenever I am in the mood to cook.

Bought Zachary out for his first time MRT ride after noon nap. The Circle line was opened yesterday. We are so glad to  finally have a train station within about 5 to 10 min walking distance. As expected, Zachary was excited and busy exploring the station and the train.

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Suppose to finish up the LO for a challenge submission today but realise I got the deadline wrong and thus too late. Blur me.  Since not in rush to complete the LO then and Zachary is now asleep, I have some time now to write a post.

Was happy to meet up with my ex-colleagues to have an early celebration for my birthday. Always glad to catch up with them and so grateful to Ying May to travel all way down by cab. Thank you and thank you Miang for the treat. Heard some good news from them that one of the ex-colleague has delivered and also that another close one to me, Ling Pei, is already 17 weeks pregnant! So happy for her.

Would like to share a layout with you. This one was done awhile ago and I posted it up for MWL ‘lift me 2’ challenge. I used mainly webster papers and prima which are my favorite. Talking about webster, I can’t manage to find anymore of them in the local scrapbook stores. Arghh….

I have managed to frequently get inspiration when I look at these webster papers and thus, most of my recent LOs are done using them. And prima papers always seem to pair well with webster.  Prima and webster papers are simply too beautiful and hard to resist. So much that I would usually get at least 2 copies of each of their design I could find. 😛

The photos for this LO was taken at East Coast a few months back. Zachary is hardly sitting in his stroller nowadays. So active now that he can walk steadily.

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