Sunday, June 26, 2011

Less Is More - Clean & Simple... Plain But Brilliant!


I have always loved to see how some crafters adopt the style of clean & simple. I reckon there has been increasing demand for less is more designs - not only for handmade cards but also in fashion, architecture, and etc. It may seem easy to design according to that theme but when there is less in the feature, the design has to have an attractive focus. The clean & simple approach requires skill - creating something plain without it appearing empty or bland.










Stamps : Bird (Prima), Fauna (Personal Impressions), Sentiment (RubberNecker)
Paper: 5"x 5" Card, White Card Stock
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) 
Promarkers : Meadow Green, Tan, Satin
Embellishment: 3mm Colour Gems (Anita's), Natural Jute Twine, Pink Button


I shall continue to practise making cards this style ;) 


Sharing this card with folks at these challenges :
Stamping For The Weekend - My Favourite Things
Stampin' B's Design Team - Friendship Sentiment
Moving Along With Time - Clean & Simple




I heard that this weekend is the hottest weekend this summer (London). So, after the Sunday church service, I shall be lazing in the park frolicking with Mr Sun ;)









PAY IT FORWARD
I would like to invite some crafters to join me at this craft swap... erm, not exactly a swap but you get something handmade from me and you are to make something to give to next 5 persons. It's the 'Pay It Forward' project. I discovered it on someone else's blog and decided to participate in this meaningful project. Click here to join me or to read more about it. Only 3 more places left. So hurry!





.

Blessed With 3 Awards This Week!



This week has been a week of awards.


In my previous post, I mentioned that the award from Do you Stack Up's card challenge has finally reached me on Friday. Loving the Martha Stewart punch set ;) See the pictures here.
  

I have just been given these :




 The card that won the Craft Your Days Away's Challenge #22 




Within this month, I have won 1 Martha Stewart craft punch set, 3 digital stamps and 1 small cling stamp set. 


I do not believe in coincidence or pure luck. I am grateful God has given me such encouragements with these prizes. I will continue to design more quality cards. May You continue to inspire me!






PAY IT FORWARD
I would like to invite some crafters to join me at this craft swap... erm, not exactly a swap but you get something handmade from me and you are to make something to give to next 5 persons. It's the 'Pay It Forward' project. I discovered it on someone else's blog and decided to participate in this meaningful project. Click here to join me or to read more about it. Only 3 more places left. So hurry!




.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My 2nd Blog Award



This month has been an awesome one so far.


What after winning the Sugar Creek Hollow's card challenge, Wendy from 1st Unique Gifts awarded me with this blog award :





Thank you Wendy. What an honour! I will do my best to hunt for the next 7 bloggers that deserve this award too. Hopefully when I come back with another post announcing this award recipients, they will take me seriously and gladly accept it.


Just in April 2011, I passed on the Liebster Award to others. I left a comment on their blogs and even emailed some to notify them of the award but none of them responded/acknowledged it. How odd! Strange especially because at least two out of these five bloggers seem to be active and responsive. If you are friends with any of them, please do notify her on my behalf, ya.


When I come back to announce the recipients, I will also share with you 7 random things about myself - as required by the Versatile Blogger Award. Meantime, I will bring my sniper 'mouse' with me and hunt for the next 7 recipients ;)


Stay tune.






PAY IT FORWARD
I would like to invite some crafters to join me at this craft swap... erm, not exactly a swap but you get something handmade from me and you are to make something to give to next 5 persons. It's the 'Pay It Forward' project. I discovered it on someone else's blog and decided to participate in this meaningful project. Click here to join me or to read more about it. Only 3 more places left. So hurry!


 
.

My First Martha Stewart Craft Punch - Won From DYSU Challenge



My card challenge award from Do You Stack Up (sponsored by Copics Scrapbooker) has finally reached me.


Initially I was told I won a Martha Stewart craft punch. I was already thrilled as I have always wanted a MS craft punch but have been telling myself that recently I have invested too much on craft tools and materials. I will need to delay gratification. Little did I know my first MS craft product would be won instead of purchased! Good is good.


Due to some reason the delivery of award have been postponed twice. So after a long wait of more than a month, Copics Scrapbooker upgraded my award to Martha Stewart's Punch Round The Page set! Woohoo! Who would mind waiting if you know you will be upgraded for anything? Though I didn't know that I would receive the upgrade, I waited patiently because it's a free item. And these card challenges are meant to be helping me make more cards consistently. Winning anything is a bonus.

 
The long awaited punch reached me yesterday in a very good packaging. Well done, Copics Scrapbooker!





And this is the MS set I was given.




Ah, bliss...







PAY IT FORWARD
I would like to invite some crafters to join me at this craft swap... erm, not exactly a swap but you get something handmade from me and you are to make something to give to next 5 persons. It's the 'Pay It Forward' project. I discovered it on someone else's blog and decided to participate in this meaningful project. Click here to join me or to read more about it. Only 3 more places left. So hurry!




.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Winner for Doily Challenge at SCH



Yay! I just won a cardmaking challenge. This is my 2nd award so far. You can also see that at the top of my sidebar.
 



I don't mind starting a hobby for collecting award badges... but of course only those awarded to me, not by stealing ;)


This was the card that made it to win at Sugar Creek Hollow's Doily Challenge...




Thank you guys for your continuous support and 'nudges' to keep me making cards as I should. 



.

Sweet Little Birthday



This cute 'virgin' stamp has been bought since last March but it has been sitting quietly in a craft box with the rest of my other new stamps waiting to be used. Finally, I have decided it's about time this LOTV stamp be met with Mr.Memento ;) Here are the two cards I made with similar theme.




Version 1.0




See the boy is about to cut the 'button' fruit! ^_^




Version 2.0




Version 2.0 Close up




Both versions ;)

Stamp : Lili Of  The Valley
Paper: 5"x7" Metallic Pink/White Card (Royal Langnickel), White Card Stock, Pattern Paper (DCWV)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) 
Promarkers : Leaf Green, Meadow Green, Pastel Blue, Denim Blue, Ice Grey 2, Pastel Pink, Buttercup, Canary, Amethyst
Embellishment: 3mm Colour Gems (Anita's), Satin Ribbon
Tools: Threading Water (Fiskars)



What's next? No brainer, they are to be entered for challenges. So here are where the cards have been shared :





PAY IT FORWARD
I would like to invite some crafters to join me at this craft swap... erm, not exactly a swap but you get something handmade from me and you are to make something to give to next 5 persons. It's the 'Pay It Forward' project. I discovered it on someone else's blog and decided to participate in this meaningful project. Click here to join me or to read more about it. Only 3 more places left. So hurry!



.
.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Birthday

This card design has been lingering in my mind for at least two months. Glad I finally had it executed.











Papers : 5"x7" Green Card (Royal Langnickel), White Card Stock, Spring Stack (DCWV)
Stamps : Sentiment (May Hughes), Lemon (Summer Chill - House Mouse)
Ink : Tuxedo Black (Memento) 
Promarkers : Canary, Soft Lime, Buttercup, Soft Peach, Pumpkin
Embellishment : 3mm Colour Gems (Anita's), Grosgrain Ribbon, Glitter Glue
Tools : Corner Punch (Siesta), Threading Water (Fiskars)



It is a simple card and definitely not one of those complicated designs that kept me from making it. Old friend, Procrastination, was in the way. That's why. 


Anyway, I have yet found my style for card design. I think I would not have one until I have had tried most, if not all the trends and techniques I see on blogland ;)


Entering this card for these challenges :





PAY IT FORWARD
I would like to invite some crafters to join me at this craft swap... erm, not exactly a swap but you get something handmade from me and you are to make something to give to next 5 persons. It's the 'Pay It Forward' project. I discovered it on someone else's blog and decided to participate in this meaningful project. Click here to join me or to read more about it. Only 3 more places left. So hurry!



.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trading at Netil Market



It has been about two weeks since I made cards again because I was busy getting ready to make my first appearance at a Saturday flea market on 4th June 2011. It was Netil Market in Bethnal Green, East of London. This market is about 1-year old, so it is not that popular yet. That's why I could afford their current stall rent. Unlike other mature markets whose stall rent can be rather exorbitant.



Netil Market's entrance

 

Most of the week leading to the market date was spent on visiting suppliers in their physical shops and also online. When I finally paid for a market stall booking, I was pressed for preparation. I laboured time on repackaging and doing quality control for the cards I have previously made. There were lots of printing, cutting and pasting labels for price tags and signages. Phew. Setting up a stall is a lot of work!


I even bought a plain mirror almost as big as A4 size and decorated it. 




Wanted to have it displayed at my stall for the use of customers as I included some of my new jewelry stock for sales too. However, this mirror did make it to 'live' long. It was crushed while I was packing everything into a large luggage. Wasted effort and time.


My fav bear managed to use the mirror before it cracked




Anyway, Setting up the stall took much longer than closing up. That's because it was my first time trading in a market in London. Everything I had to do at a market that day was new, new, new! 


Here are some pics of the Netil Market.

Surprised to see they even sell some urinals right at the entrance! Haha.
























 It is not a big market but they sell all sorts of stuff here. Antiques, vintage items, clothing, crafts, collectibles... and even...





...bicycles! Isn't this Bicycle Library interesting?


My foremost intention of trading here was not to make big bucks. I would say most of us crafters are more dedicated to making the crafts they love more than anything else... like trading. So since I have already accumulated quite a number of handmade cards, I decided to see for myself how people respond to my design and pricing. Realized I aced at pricing lower than customers' expectation. While handmade cards can be expensive, I try my best to sell them at reasonable cheaper rate, just so more people can afford my 'artwork'. I want more people to own my work. I am not a Picasso but one can only dream, right?


A card I made and kept for 2 years because I loved it so. I made the clay baby myself.


This card baby was finally sold to adopted by the mum of another trader. Before she left my stall, she told me she would be a good mummy ;) She also said she is a painter and that in her house she has a wall where she displays collections of artwork. To my pleasant surprise, she said she decided to frame this card! Yay!


Now, here are some photos of my humble stall with very little investment on stall fixture at the moment...
 

eyeARTyou was in the centre of this row. The only one that bothered to display a stall name.



Humble beginning with makeshift stall name board and other displays


Also sold some clothing & jewelries which I handpicked for sales. Thought other items would help draw more people to browse at my stall in case the cards don't immediately attract them to come by from a distant.



Incentives to stop by? ;)


I always had the idea that sweets can help create the welcoming atmosphere. I didn't mind even if they stop just for the sweets. Many did appreciate the sweets.There were also 10 pence & 20 pence paper craft items and 50 pence brooches which I made. Those were gimmicks in hopes of luring people to check out other items too.


At the meantime, all other stuff may seem more eye catching in the stall but to me they are mere tactics to get people to stop and take notice of the handmade cards. Don't yet have the fund for proper card display shelves and etc, so I just made do with what I have.



Hubby was keeping watch while resting in the picnic chair we brought.


It was a very windy day. For countless times throughout the day , my cards on the table flew to my neighbour's stall. Thank God my cards were already protected with plastic. There were not many people visiting the market although there is another rather established market about 1 minute walk on the same street. I realized the organizer may not have done enough to advertise or promote the market. So I am now considering and looking for other venues.


How was my sales? Well, thank God I managed to cover the stall rent and also make some. But it isn't that much to cover a lavish meal for two. Haha. Like I shared earlier, my objectives were to gain trading experience and also to see for myself people's responses to my cards. So, I would say my objectives were met. Ticked!

The closing time came and we packed up at the stall. One of the traders found something foreign in his stall. 


Poor man/woman for losing this good looking dental plate!


A denture!!! Imagine what a peculiar thing to be seen at any lost & find section. Hahaha... I couldn't resist taking a shot of this.


Before we left the area, my hubby and I hung out at a cafe for a cuppa of joe. 






After drinking in the atmosphere and the latte at the cafe, we were set to continue our journey home via the underground tube lugging 1 huge luggage, 2 backpacks, 1 picnic chair & 1 three-fold stand.


Voila! The 'report' on my 1st trading experience in London is finally done. Phew. What a long post.


Thanks to all of you who have been giving me the moral support to do what I have been hoping to do. And also those who take interest in my progress ;) Tq, tq, tq... TQ!







PAY IT FORWARD
I would like to invite some crafters to join me at this craft swap... erm, not exactly a swap but you get something handmade from me and you are to make something to give to next 5 persons. It's the 'Pay It Forward' project. I have found it on blogland and decided I would like to participate in this meaningful project. Click here to join me or to read more about it. Only 3 more places left. So hurry!



.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wedding Card Again


Made this card the same day I made the other wedding card in my previous post


Does the flower bunch with tulle & ribbon look like a little hat on someone's head? ;)


Stamps : Sentiment & Swirl (May Hughes)
Ink : Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper : 5"x7" Metallic White Card (Royal Langnickel), Gold & White Pattern (Paperchase), Cream Card Stock
Embellishment: 3mm Gold Gems (Anita's), White Artificial Flowers, Cream Tulle, Gold & White Striped Organza Ribbon, Cream Ribbon
Tools: Multi Frame Die (Nellie's)



I am entering this card for these challenges :
Pollycraft - Ribbon & Flowers ... oops late by a few mins for this one.
Sugar Creek Hollow - Doilies



.

White Wedding Card



It has been a looooooooooong while since I made a card and posted on my blog. Oh, I must retrain myself for blogging stamina again! But you know it's summer now, Mr Sun tempts us all to go out and do more outdoor activities ;)

I finally got round to making wedding cards. Thanks to my housemate who just over the weekend asked if I've got any wedding card as he wanted to buy one from me. He needed it within the same day, so I had to quickly whip up a design and this was my shot...


Like how the embossed pattern popped up on the white background

Stamps: Sentiment by May Hughes
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Scallop Card, Kraft Paper
Embellishment: 3mm Light Green Gems (Anita's), Gold Ribbon, Triple Gol & White Striped Ribbon, White Lace, Pearl Stickers
Tools: Damask Embossing Folder (Craft-Too), Multi Frame Die (Nellie's)


Since I started the ball rolling for wedding theme cards, I made another few more for my to-be-wed friends. One of the designs can be seen in my next post here.


I am entering this card for these challenges :






.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Delivered



Here is a just a post to say I have finally gotten all the addresses of the winners. So yesterday, I have just delivered the giveaway and the postcards to the respective winners.






.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Netil Market Featuring eyeARTyou ^_^

It has been a long day for me. In the afternoon, I visited the Shepherd Bush Market to check out the array of cheap-but-good-fabric shops. The fabric shops and stalls stretch from Goldhawk Road tube station till the one of Shepherd Bush Market's. I was glad that Nicola, owner of Homemade London) recommended me to this area.
 

After purchasing materials at Shepherd Bush market, most of the day was gone. I returned home in the evening only to continue crafting and planning the set up of my craft stall for Netil Market in East London this coming Saturday, 4th June 2011. It's a fairly new market that has just started a couple of months ago. It's not a huge market but a cozy one and the rent is not exorbitant like the other established popular markets in London.






This will be my very first time trading and selling my crafts since I got relocated to this country. Kinda excited and not sure what to expect. Hope it will go well. Say a little prayer for me, will ya? ;)




.

Winner(s) of eyeARTyou's 1st Blog Candy Giveaway






This is the time you participants have been waiting for. It has been two months since I started this giveaway. So, without further ado, let me announce the winners.

eyeARTyou's 1st Blog Candy Winner goes to... *drum roll*

(11) Zhana (from Artzhana : My World Of Art)




The following four participants had also been randomly selected 
by Inlinkz :

(30) Azatie (from azatie.sayang-contest.blogspot.com)
(26) Chara (from chocolatexoxos.blogspot.com)
(46) Mapowska (from Moje Hobby)
(1) Dora (from Especially For You Card)


These four extra winners will each be receiving a Royal Wedding / Engagement souvenir postcard of Prince William & Kate. More info about it has been share in my previous post here.


Congrats to all winners! Kindly please email me at eyeartyoushop@yahoo.com to redeem your prize and to give me your full delivery address. If the prize is not redeemed by 7th June 2011, new winner(s) will be drawn.


 Good morning to some of you... but it's now midnight for me, so it's my turn to sleep. *Yawn* Goodnight to me.


Have a nice week, peeps. Cheers!




.