Archive for the ‘Altered Projects’ Category

Oops, one post that I forgot to post earlier. Really late for this one. It’s about the presents I made for zachary’s teachers.

To show our great appreciation to the care and love given by Zachary’s teachers at the Little Skool House, I did an altered gift box for each of them. Managed to capture them in some photos and used them for these personalised gift boxes.

For teacher Rina:

These beautiful boxes are bought from Daiso. I decorated only the cover of these boxes. Simple scrapbook layout for the covers due to lack of time to make them. Have used the latest mistable papers series from Pink Paislee.

For Ms Yang:

And for the rest of the teachers, some home baked cherries chocolate cookies…


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Happy valentine

Happy Valentine day to all of u here.

Would like to share with you here the Valentine Day present I made for my hubby this year.

I have finally dug out my long-bought printer tray for this project. Also, I have used mainly Prima products for this. I am truly captivated by the huge range and variety of the new Prima CHA releases especially the vintage trinkets.

I bought the chain and flower base plate and notions from local jewellery findings shop and then happily attached the trinkets and the new range of Prima flowers and also the photo mat with the beautiful dollies packaging backing from Prima.

Have distressed the tray with brown stazon for a vintagy look and go round the borders with lace.

A simple project that took me just 4 hours but I am so glad with the results because I really love all the trinkets especially the heart padlock and birdcage. Talking about birdcage, my hubby asked me why the obsession with birdcages (as he saw most of my projects carry them like a trademark). 😛

I am hoping to find some time to make a key charm, bracelet and necklace with these beautiful trinkets and flowers. Haha, time to dig out all my jewellery stash in the storeroom.

Other than this present, I made him the pig trotters bee hoon for lunch yesterday which is something that we both like. My first time making it. Thought it was little too salty.

Recipe from buttermoon blog:

Fried Bee Hoon with Canned Pig Trotters

Ingredients (serves 4)

200g Bee hoon or rice vermicelli (soaked in cold water)
1 can Braised pig trotters (chilled)
Half a Cabbage (cut into thin strips)
3 cloves Shallots (chopped)
3 cloves Garlic (chopped)
1.5 cups Water
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
1 tsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Salt


    1. Soak bee hoon in cold water till it turns from translucent to opaque white.
    2. Chill the entire can of braised pig trotters. Let the layer of oil in the sauce harden and turn white. Remove the hardened oil. Remove the bones of the pig trotters. Place the meat and the sauce in different bowls. (I skipped the step of removing the oil; sinful me :P)3. Mix pig trotter sauce, water, oyster sauce, soy sauce and salt in a bowl.


    1. Fry shallots and garlic till light golden brown.
    2. Add de-boned braised pig trotters and fry with the shallots to draw out the fragrance from the pork.
    3. Add cabbage, bee hoon and water-oyster sauce mixture and turn down fire to let it simmer. Allow bee hoon to absorb the liquids (takes about 5 minutes).

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We (Moy Yin, Yenni and I) organised our 2nd crop party last Sat. And the theme this round was on altered project. See the ‘before’ (Moy Yin’s was an instruction manual on making an explosion box, Yenni’s was a clipboard and mine was a wooden crate box).

And then, they became:

Moy Yin’s explosion box

Yenni’s altered clipboard (so cute; love the ducklings)

and mine (an altered house)

I have used all Graphic 45 papers and the ‘sew cute’ maya road min chipboard. The lady stamped image inside the frame is from Graphic 45 stamps and the one on bobin is from Wendy Vecchi’s. I gave this to Yenni for her birthday and was glad that she liked it!

Some other close up pictures:

The 2 ladies happily crafting

Some pictures of Yenni’s beautiful, sweet and neat craft workspace:

And Yenni prepared this very yummy citrus duck salad for us:

And I made these treats for the 2 of them (fruit roll and jelly – these were actually made for the xmas party on sunday but I made some extra to share with them).

I have truly enjoyed the crafting session with the 2 ladies and looking forward to our next one.

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Busy busy week for me as had been busy packing up my house including tidying up my scrapbooking stuff that has been piling up. Need to have my house neat and span for Zachary’s birthday party this coming Sunday. Talking about scrapbook stuff, I hope to be able to share with you some of my organization methods when I could spare more time maybe next week.

Thought I would just quickly snap some photos of my preparation work done to share here. Just taken them with my point and shoot camera at midnight (as my big camera is in Zachary’s sleeping area now). Work done so far:

    1. Invitation cards  sent
  • My first time trying on the letterpress technique.

    2.      Goodies bag (filled with Bob the Builder stuff!) packed

    3.      ‘Zachary’ Banner done

Some close up of the banner

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Ang Bao Box

This was the Ang Bao (red packet) box I did for one of my close girlfriend who just got married last Sunday. I had actually promised her to be one of her 2 photographers for her wedding day but unfortunately, I could not make it due to other committment. Really upset that I was not able to attend her wedding. 

I had bought the bronze color box from NBC a long time ago and just waiting for the inspiration to come by. In the end, I still decided to use my favorite Graphic 45 Collection. Spent 2 nights designing, cutting, pasting and lots of fine tuning. I was very happy with the end result and I was glad that the bride and groom liked it.

My blog friend, Stacey, whom I got to meet up with during a scrapbook class recently, had requested me to make her one for her wedding. No problem Stacey, just let me know when’s your big day k!

And I was so glad to be able to meet up with another scrapbooking addict, Moy Yin at Made with Love today. We had both managed to get each other to burn a bigger hole in our pockets today. You must visit her blog to see how organised her scrapbook station is.

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‘Treasure’ Box

I had attended both Irene’s classes 2 weekends back. I am a great fan of her and definitely won’t miss the great chance to meet up with her in person and attend her classes full of techniques and beautiful ideas.

She’s such a nice and humble lady. And I was touched that she could remember me as the one who has dropped her comments and asked her questions on her blogs when I introduced myself.

I have enjoyed her classes and definitely got the inspiration for more projects to come.

And, I have made 3 great friends from the very first day of workshop. They are Moy Yin, Yenni and Jocyelyn. And it was such a coincident that we realized that we all love stamping and cardmaking. It was nice sharing coloring tips among one another and I would really love to be able to meet up with all of them again.

The first workshop was the Treasure Box. Lots of distressing work and most of us could only finished the box in the 4 hour session and bought home the homework of doing up the mini album to be put inside the box. I have not done the album till date, so could only share with you the Treasure Box.

As for the mixed media album I did in the second class, I hope to be able to share with your soon. Am so busy doing up a mixed media album with a travel theme using Making Memory Pananorama series of papers and embellishments ( for which I am having so much fun dressing up the album).

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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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