Just in case, you thought it was a genuine mistake, I had in mind Thomas & Friends when I gave the title to my previous blog ;) Thus, it was 'Hank' and not 'Crank' up the Engine. Whoo-whoo!~
Saturday, January 29, 2011
On Wednesday, I received the fabulous machine, Sizzix Big Shot Express. I was so eager to use it but my card project of that moment had to be completed before I began playing and exploring Sizzix.
So when I finally got all 24 cards done and delivered this evening, I got my hands on the Sizzix. I tried it out with my 1st die cut template, Tim Holtz's Alteration Sizzix Ornament and then the Fiskars texture plates.
|Tim Holtz's Alteration Sizzix Ornamental Die|
|Fiskars Texture Plates Assortment II|
I also used the Cuttlebug's embossing folder, Swiss Dots to emboss 10 ivory square cards. I had this manic grin while embossing. I was so delighted with how good the cards can look.
|Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder|
As I experimented the embossing with several type of cards, I realized that the mirror and pearlescent type have the best embossed effect. I totally love it!
It has been a craft buying month and it seems to me that with all these new craft tools, I now need more storage to keep them. -_-" Oh, I believe all crafters who work from home have this problem of not ever having enough space for their craft craze. Aye?
The card making engine has just started and I shall not let any other activities get in the way for a while. I have been distracted several times when I was online getting inspiration for my cards, I ended up surfing about cupcakes, clay art, haberdashery and etc. Ooh, need to stay focus ;)
Will post up the pics of the other Chinese New Year cards I made sometime later in mid of February when most of the recipients have the actual cards in their hands.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Yes, I have a confession to make. : p
I do not usually make cards when I want to give one. And I love sending cards to people, so I ended up buying those non handmade cards instead. I guess buying non handmade cards is not a good testimony for my own card making business... so I have to make yet another new year resolution :
Send/Buy only handmade cards... that would be after I used up all the non handmade ones I have accumulated. ^_^
at 1/25/2011 12:48:00 AM
There isn't much atmosphere in London for Chinese New Year as expected. But my hubby said there would be some activities in Chinatown on the 6th February which is the 4th day of CNY. Just realized that CNY is not exactly based on a Lunar Calendar but Lunisolar that incorporates elements of both Lunar & Solar calendars.
Since there isn't much of a big event here in the west, CNY card designs are limited in those Asian shops. So I decided to make them this year. Wanted to create several not-so-staunch-china-red cards. So, here is my 1st design.
|Made a DIY stamp for a chinese character. 福 means blessings.|
|I think I did alright for someone who isn't chinese educated. This stamp is definitely|
worth keeping, eh? By the way, it was used on the inside on the card.
|The 1st design for CNY card 2011.|
I am planning to make more cards tonight. This next batch will be made to look more conventional. Have to rush the production as I hope for the cards to be delivered and received by some loved ones overseas in time for the celebration.
at 1/25/2011 12:29:00 AM
Monday, January 24, 2011
Did I say Octopus? I meant October!(japanese sushi just came to mind, though I prefer fish over octopus).
Here is a quick post of some cards I made since October 2010. Not that many and I certainly need more resources and proper materials to make better cards ;)
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
I have just exported the blog from Wordpress to Blogger. Slowly revamping the look of this blog and getting use to the features. Please bear with me while I adjust the misalignment of the photos and captions due to the migration.
Can't wait to make more craft friends here. ^_^
Can't wait to make more craft friends here. ^_^
Okay back to normal font size. ;)
at 1/22/2011 10:54:00 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!
The Lord has given me my verse of the year from Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint".
It has been awhile since I last blogged. Among my new year resolutions, two of them would be...1. Blog more regularly and post up pics of my crafts and such. Perhaps at least once a week.
2. Be aggressive with my card making and begin selling the cards (and not keep them).
John has already offered to set up another site for me just for my craft sales ;) For past one week, I got a bit too crazy about the idea of making good quality cards, I surfed for inspirations and ended up desiring the craft tools and materials at online shops. Bought several stuff. Among the stuff I bought :
at 1/22/2011 01:58:00 PM