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‘Royal’ Layout

It has really been a long time since I do a scrapbook layout. This is for participation of Prima Feb BAP.

This layout is made with all latest Prima CHA products. Love love them. The stamp used on the heart is also from Prima. 


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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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‘Boy’ distressed layout

As mentioned in earlier post, I rushed this out only last weekend. Thought I am not going to make it but am lucky could still manage to do this on Saturday late night.

This LO is for MWL Lift Me Challenge 7.  And the criteria set by Sharon:
‘This month challenge is all about distressing. Play with inks and paints, Crumple and Iron, Mists, emboss… The list is endless. Challenge yourself in changing the whole look of the paper. You will need to do a layout for this challenge (12×12 only) and also include a fabric that has been distressed. You will also need to have 2 photos on the Layout.’

Just as the distressed inks stains on my fingers are fading off (from all the distressing works at Irene’s class in the morning), I have started to add on more layers of distressed inks onto them.

I have placed Tim Holtz (TH)’s mask on one of the ‘Lost and Found’ pp and masked it with ‘Tumbled Glass’, ‘Mustard Seed’ and ‘Forest Moss’ distress inks (if I could remember correctly). After the distressing with inks, I misted it with some water and dab on it with kitchen towel (learnt this water distressing technique from Irene). Next, I stamped ‘clock’ stamps on it.

For the fabrics/ canvas mat, I distressed it, stamp flourishes with ‘Walnut Stain’ distress inks and wash it down with water to create some sort of water color effect. The Bingo cardstock cut out are from TH’s Lost and Found stack.

Then I pasted down the clocks, flowers ornaments from TH and also some Prima flowers. The flowers ornaments have been colored with alcohol inks prior to gluing them down. Next step, I used a rope/ thread (from Daiso) to go round these ornaments brads and hold them down with the clocks stickers from TH.

I have also layered on the tape ribbons from TH around the 2 photos. And ya, these photos are taken recently from our Chiang Mai Trip. I took them while hubby was busy navigating his way in the old city of Chiang Mai and Zachary was sitting or rather ‘playing’at the steps of the ‘3 Kings’ monument. These photos were developed just a night before, using the newly bought selphy printer at PC show 2010. I love the printer as it is so user friendly for me and I am so happy with the print result and that I can now print photos anytime to scrap. 

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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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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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Lift Me Challenge 5

Happy Mother’s Day to all. I was busy since last Thurs, celebrating Mother’s day with in-law and also one just with Zachary and hubby. And of course, busy scrapping away.

I was excited when I saw the challenge hosted by Piradee (from MWL). Thought for quite a long while before I decide on the look of the layout I wanted. This time, it is a romantic and feminine look, using lots and lots of Webster’s stuff. I have used this week color palette posted by the Color Room. One of my favourite color palettes.

Piradee’s criteria were as follows:

  1. It must be a 12 X 12 paper layout
  2. You must use FABRIC on your page (this can be fabric, canvas, fabric paper, fabric flowers, etc) 
  3. There must be some SEWING or STITCHING on the layout.
  4. And include at least 1 HANDMADE flower too. The flowers can be made using fabric or paper or anything else you can think of. 

And here’s my take:


The roses

I have tried making roses with papers before but I can’t really remember the exact steps; only remembered folding and twisting and going round and round. But I dare myself to try on making some fabrics flowers. Dug through my fabric stash and found this nice pink one. Steps I used were very simple:

1. I cut long strips of the fabric of about 3 cm width

2. Fold the fabric along the length and sew a running stitch through (or if you can’t sew or want to be faster, you can use a strong glue to glue it down; I have tried and it works just as well too)

3. Fold down a portion at one end and coil up a few rounds to make the centre bud of the flowers.

4. For the petals round the bud, just twist the fabric and go round the bud and keep repeating this till you are satisfied with the size and look. It helps to glue down the fabric in midst of doing so as this helps to keep everything in place.

And if you could see from the photo, I have also used some pink frost stickles to go on top of the roses.

The belt

The next stitching I did was with the belt (left hand side of LO; glued to the pink polka dot fabrics). I cut a strip of cardstock, hand sewed the stitches on and put the heart buckle embellishment. Also added some eyelets.

The scroll

Roll up the pink polka dot Webster’s PP together with a sweet pinky note pad I got from NBC and tie it with lace ribbon.

The book

I love making this book. I have used the journal cards paper from Webster, stack them together and folded them. Secure with a string and distressed. Next, I die cut a green wool felt with Tim Holtz’alteration dies to make the book ‘flap’ thing. I have sewed a button on it as well.

The circular loop

I have used some lilac color paper string, plait it and glue down to the base Webster’s PP.

The overall LO (finally…)

Cut the pink dolly into half and paste across the Webster paper at the top and bottom. Then glue down the PP and fabric layers, dolly and all the embellishments made.

You can see that I made a veil for ‘myself in the photo’ using pink tulle.

Next, I framed up the photo with lace and also with another Tim Holtz die-cut.

As for the little ‘tiles’ next to the ‘belt’, these are from the Pink Paislee’s tape which I have cut out.

Oh, and another little good news to share with my readers. The LO posted in my very last blog was featured yesterday in MWL blog. Total of 2 LOs featured within a week span. These little accomplishment are truly encouraging in this path of creating.

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I did a lot of distressing with this LO I made last week. Poor fingers quite badly stained with the inks.

The photos are taken at the Zoo a few months back. We had a great time at the Zoo then but was not able to complete the tour of the whole Mandai Zoo as weather was super hot and all of us got really tired after around 3.5 hrs in the Zoo. Shall aim to make another trip to the Zoo by end of the year.


I have used Tim Holtz’s fence mask. I masked it with ‘Vintage Photo’ distressed inks and I also added stickles for some sparkle to the fence. 

As for the lace, I have also used the same distressed ink to distress the edge and I sprayed some water to let the color run to paint the whole lace.

And for the flowers, they are from Prima. I have distressed the white Prima flower with some water sprayed on. I have also distressed some white dolly and gathered into ruffles to attach to the Hambly Frame.

Lastly, I have inked the Pink Paislee Artisan Element with ‘Latte’ alcohol ink and attached to the corner of the photo.

Simple LO with lots of distressing though.

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