Archive for May, 2010

Rock salt salmon

Hi everyone

I am home today, organising my scrapping stuff and also packing up for my trip to Chiang Mai tommorrow.

Have been busy over the weekend as usual.  After doing up the carousel, I am just focusing on my trip and clearing up some stuff before leaving. So I have not much to share with all of you. But I am having some great inspiration for making an album when I am back. Can’t wait to start. I hope to finish it soon and share it with you. Also, hoping to find some great places and stuff for my trip and to share with all of you once back. So, do come back to my blog in few days time ya.

Maybe meanwhile, let me share what I cooked yesterday for dinner. Salmon cooked with rock salt. I have eaten fish cooked with rock salt before and I loved the salty taste. So I decided to adventure into cooking the salmon with the salt. Steps as follow:

1. Put around 1.5 cup of rock salt on pan and heat up for around 5 min.

2. Put salmon (skin side down) on the salt and put lemon slices on top. Let it cook for about 8 to 10 min. At this point, it will still seems little pinkish but the residual heat (see step 3) will cook the fish further.

3. Simmer (away from fire) for about 1-2 min. ( caution: do not eat the skin later as it’s very salty)

Alright, I going to get back to packing. Catch up again soon!


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Handmade Carousel

This is my take on Websters’ May challenge on creating a project for display purposes.

Been looking around for inspiration for past weeks. First thought was to do a project using one of the 2 printer’s trays I bought quite awhile ago. But then I wanted to create something different from what others may do. And at last, I remembered the paper carousel that I saw from a café.

Been procrastinating the project for fear that I may not be able to come up with the template or figure out how to do the assembly. But deadline of 31 May is nearing and I have also to prepare for my trip to Chiang Mai next week. So, finally embark on the project the past few days.

Am glad that after 3+ hours of cutting, fixing and lots of modification along the way, the structure of the carousel came out fine and stand well. It was not exactly beautifully done up as I didn’t do a very good cutting job (too impatient when come to cutting) and some parts are bit out of the right proportion.

The core structure of the carousel are made up all from Websters’ papers. Added some sparkle using the gold stickles. Dress up with lace, pearls and websters sparklers. The horses etc on the carousel are cut out from Websters papers.

Found some cute little photos of Zachary and inserted inside the carousel. This project was pretty tough but I enjoyed every moment of making it.

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A card for daddy

Recently, I have picked up the interest in card marking. I have always admire how others can do such beautiful coloring and blending for the stamped images.Have always used distress inks and nothing  else. Been wanting to attempt coloring and the blending effect with other medium but fearful.

But, I finally picked up the courage last weekend and started my first attempt on the coloring adventure using crayons. I have used Penny Black stamp and color it with water soluble crayons. See what I have done. Not too bad for first coloring attempt, I thought.

I kept the card design simple and followed the ‘Sketch Saturday’ sketch and also Penny Black criteria of using ‘dots’.

Having seen so many scrapbook layouts with banners lately, I tried incorporating them into the card.

This is a card I made for hubby, on behalf of Zachary. Happy Fathers’ Day in advance, hubby.

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This fortnight challenge by MWL took on a brand new format. No more 12×12 layout but an altered notebook. Criteria as follows: 

  • must have a bracket shape 
  • use buttons
  • at least 2 or more stamped images 
  • use fabric 

    This is my take on the challenge.


I have used a dark brown corduroy fabric to cover the 7 Gypsies Blank Page Notebook. For the bracket-shaped paper, I used a bracket chipboard to trace and cut a white AC cardstock. I inked the cardstock with ‘Rusty Hinge’ distress inks. Next, I stamped rose images (from Prima) and clock images (from 7 Gypsies) with Black Stazon. There’a also a subtle border that I stamped using Stazon metallic copper. For the book spine, I have used 7 Gypsies paper tape.

For the buttons, I inked with copper, silver and brown alcohol inks to create the ‘rusty’ look.

The big stamped image (Tim Holtz) was on the white AC cardstock and I colored it with distress inks (used my fav: rusty hinge, spiced marmalade, antique linen and vintage photo). Next, I applied a layer of rock candy crackle paint on it for the glass crackling look. I adorned on the tatter angel frame inked with the same distress ink colors. 

The clock images are from Graphic 45 which I have inked with Antique Linen distress inks. Also, attached on the spinners from Tim Holtz Ideaology and also the bird charm.

 As for the title, the big ‘M’ is the grungeboard alpha from Tim Holtz inked with Vintage Photo distress ink and words stamp over it. The rest of alphas are die-cut using Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. I also fixed the ‘Wonderful’ Tim Holtz charm with Maya Road pin.

 The notebook has somehow opened up after the alteration. So, I attached the yellow lace ribbon to the cover to ‘close’ it. 

I am intending to fill up the blank journal pages inside with photos and journaling and perhaps this can serve as a keepsakes for hubby to bring along during his overseas trips.

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Life Journey


My take on the this week Color Room palette 6.



Photos were taken at the playground of the zoo while we were playing the see saw. Zachary was so focus. He’s hardly so as he’s now a very active toddler and he gets easily distracted when playing, eating ….well, basically when doing everything. But as least, the greatest consolation is he hardly throw tantrum and is easily contented.

Back to the LO. I have used Tim Holtz, Basic Grey Capella and Pink Paislee PPs. Love the unique border of PP paper. The main techniques applied for this LO are masking, using Tim Holtz and Tattered Angel masks. For Tim Holtz mask, I have applied ‘Vintage Photo’ distress ink. As for Tattered Angel one, I misted with Jazz Blue.

As for the 2 tags, I stamped one with coffee archival ink. Stamp is from Studio 490. For the other one, I inked with Vintage Photo and stamped white text on it. Rest of stamped images are from Pink Paislee. I have also decorated the stamped images with stickles.

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We bought Zachary to the Jacobs Ballas Children Garden yesterday morning before the rain came in the afternoon. Hubby had suggested this place recommended by his colleague and he thought is a good place to show Zachary to the flowers and plants. Well, one of this week homework given to Zachary (by the Little Neuro Tree) was to learn about things in the garden.


Was a rather hot morning and we spent like 45 minutes in the park, showing Zachary around. There were actually quite a lot of small families around like us. Our first time there and I would say that it’s a real nice park made specially for the kids (ya, I heard from hubby that you can only enter with kids). 

No layout done over the weekend as was quite burnt out doing them over the past weekdays. So, were all resting time and Zachary’s time. But I did manage to cook a decent lunch for hubby yesterday. Pan fried codfish fillet with ginger tomato sauce and willow mushroom. 

My simple steps for the dish as follow: 

  1. pan fry codfish over medium heat till golden brown on both sides
  2. mix some fish sauce (about 10ml), lime juice (about 10ml), sugar (about 1 tbsp) together 
  3. fry crushed garlic, grated ginger, thinly sliced lemongrass with olive oil. 
  4. add the sauce made in step 2 and also the diced tomato and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  5. pour sauce on serving plate, follow by cod fish on top and garnish with shredded seaweed and lightly fried willow mushroom.

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Domestic Goddess


When I saw Edleen’s challenge of using stickers for layout, the first thing that came to my mind was the Crafty Secrets stickers that I bought quite awhile ago.

I have always adore Crafty Secrets stickers, cards and stamps. Very vintage look and sometimes whimsical. I buy them purely for my own collection at lots of times. But this time, I have put them into great use for my ‘Domestic Goddess’ LO.


The other thing that almost came instantly when I decided on the LO was to incorporate the Maya Road dress form chipboard and the cutlery mini chipboard.


I have first covered the dress form chipboard with Graphic 45 PP. Next, made a pleated skirt using Graphic 45 PP. The top was made by wrapping Webster. Also, I created a ‘necklace’ with the maya road cutlery chipboard. Chef Hat was also from Maya Road.

I have also made a ‘recipe container’ and included some ‘recipe sheets’ inside. The tags on the ‘recipe sheets’ are Crafty Secrets stickers. These ‘recipe sheets’ also serve as hidden journaling.


As for the photo for this LO, I wanted to choose one which will be able to match the ‘Domestic Goddess’ theme of this LO. Flipped through some old collection of photos and finally found this most suitable one to use. This is a photo taken four years back during my honeymoon trip to Korea. Me and my darling hubby were having fun time making Kimchi then. At midst of making this LO, I took some time off to browse through the whole album of our honeymoon trip. Beautiful memories…

For info, the material for this LO are mainly: Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Series, Webster’s Pages, Maya Road Chipboard and Crafty Secrets stickers.

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