Sunday, June 23, 2013

My first Swing card

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This is the first time ever for me to make my own Swing card. Some call it the Swivel card, some call it the Flip Flop card.......but I guess the name Swing card is the most commonly used among the card makers. Basically because the middle part of the card swings in motion when we open the card.

I really love how the middle part of the card swings in motion the minute I open it. I guess that's the main reason why I was attracted to the card and decided to experiment with it. It took me a while to decide on the measurements and fixed one that I was happy with.

This card is for a customer who requested me to make a birthday card for a 1 one year old boy who will be celebrating his 1st birthday soon. So I thought it would be fun to use this card layout for his birthday card. I'm sure he would love looking at the card swinging back and forth. It would cheer him up definitely :).

I love playing with the sponge stickers too! I bought them quite a while ago for me to use on birthday cards and for new baby cards. Glad that I can use them for this card design. :) Played with my clear stamps as well. Stamping those star patterns on the front design and creating my own pattern paper for it was fun! 

I also uploaded a video of the card on Youtube so that you can see how the card swings. Do check it out :).


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

The new LOVE card

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This is actually a Love Theme card design I made in June, 2012.....you can view the design at the link HERE. I made it once and never made another one again until recently when someone requested it from me. A lot of people have been asking me to make this card for them but I was always declining their requests. The only reason why I never made ready made stocks of this card at that time was because the quilling of the alphabets was a bit difficult for me to do as I'm not an expert in quilling alphabets and of course the pop up heart inside the card was super difficult for me to do as well.

But still I decided to take the challenge this time around and give it a go and surprisingly I managed to find a way to do it. It turned out to be quite easy this time around. It's a miracle that I managed to do it honestly. I finally figured out how to make the pop up heart from scratch. Before this, I traced the free pattern I got from the internet and it was quite small in size and I was not able to make it any bigger. But now, I know how to make it in different sizes! That's cool! So I changed the size of the pop up heart for this card and made it slightly bigger than the original and made some changes in the decorations as well on the pop up heart. I now like the new look better than the old one :).

Even the quilled alphabets was a miracle for me because before this I had to use sewing pins to make the shapes of the alphablets but now I can just glue the strips of paper straight on the card and form the alphabets. You can see from the photos below how I tried to do it. The photos are not that clear.....as I used my hand phone to take photos of the process. I still find it very difficult to make but at least now I'm hopeful :).


Here's a video of the card for you to see and get a closer look at how the heart pops up inside. :)


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Saturday, June 15, 2013

I miss you little red bird

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I was playing with my new embossing folder last night and I thought of doing something I've never done before which is embossing the pattern just a little bit at the bottom of the card. So this way, I don't have to emboss the pattern on another paper and paste it on the card as the card itself is already embossed where I wanted it to be.

From there I figured out little by little how to create a design with the embossed card. Thought of something else at first but in the end it turned out to be a Love Theme Card instead. It was all because I wanted to use that frill die cut pattern. I thought of using it to make a branch for a quilled bird. And looks like it was suitable and I loved it. After die cutting the pattern, I then had to cut some of the frills in such a way to make it look like a branch so that the quilled bird can rest on it.

At first I didn't even want to add the distress ink......I wanted it to be a clean cut design.....but at the very last minute I started to add it bit by bit.....it was very risky because I've already added all the other designs on the card.....so one little mistake when distressing can ruin the whole card altogether. But I'm glad it turned out alright in the end. Phew!

This design is definitely meant for a guy. Very simple design. Not many frills or embellishments on it. :)

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Brown newspaper wrappers

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A couple of months ago if I'm not mistaken I received some brown newspaper wrappers from Wholeport for me to play with. You can view the wrappers at the link HERE. I just love the pattern so much. I've been so busy with work, I didn't have time to experiment much these days. Don't get to make cards that much either. I miss experimenting with my craft materials.

I managed to get some free time yesterday to play with the wrappers and see what I can come up with. As you can see....not much! LOL! I thought of making bookmarks for guys using the wrappers but one thing led to another and in the end, it became a decoration for a card instead hehehehe!

I was also playing with my new die-cut patterns. I love the oval shape label a lot. Been wanting to get one for a while now. It's super that I got them now. I used to cut them up myself but of course it's much easier to cut using the machine and it will always cut them up beautifully with many different sizes. The die-cut frills are nice too! A bit difficult to glue on the paper though because the shape is a bit difficult to handle but once I managed to find the right glue for it, it's great to play with.


Stitching the paper really did bring back lots of good old memories of sewing. I miss sewing a lot. It was nice to hold the needle again honestly. Love the effects it gives to the paper as well. Making those quilled roses using the wrappers were fun too. 


Distressing the paper with the distress ink was fun as well. I'm not good at doing it as I don't get to play with it that often. Not an expert in doing this at all. But I guess I'm getting better at it now that I was the first time I tried it. I don't have the blending tool yet. Just playing around with the makeup sponge is good enough for me right now. As long as I'm happy with the results, that's ok by me! ehehe!


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Sunday, June 2, 2013

June 2013 Blog Giveaway


Hello again everyone!

June is finally here! Aren't you excited to welcome the new month? I am! :)

For June 2013 Blog Giveaway I decided to share with you some of my die-cut patterns by giving away some of the die cuts that you can view above....I don't have a lot of them right now in my collection....just a few. I also would like to give away some cardstock that are embossed with some of my embossing folders. There are three different types of embossed of patterns that I would like to share with the winner. Plus a broad ribbon from Wholeport and some colourful buttons! :) You can use them to embellish your cards, bookmarks, scrapbooks etc. All up to your imagination and creativity :).

You can try your luck at winning all these goodies by entering my blog giveaway....and it's super easy to enter. Just follow the instructions below:

1. Everyone is eligible to enter. I accept local and international entries.
2. Promote my blog giveaway link at your site......either at your blog, facebook etc...be sure to show the photo of the giveaway as well.
3. Copy the link of where you promoted my blog giveaway and paste it at Mr Linky below and don't forget to write your name there too.
4. Please follow my blog and fan page too.

This blog giveaway starts now and ends at 12.00am on 1st of July 2013.


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Winner of May 2013 Blog Giveaway


I'm early this month in announcing the winner :). Don't want to waste any time and make everyone wait and prolong the excitement. So here is the name of the winner for May 2013 Blog Giveaway.....lucky Miss Mikko! Do contact me and give me your full details so that I can post the gifts to you as soon as possible.

She will be receiving my lovely pattern templates. Those templates have been a great help for me during my early days in card making....now I'm handing them over to someone else....hopefully they will benefit the person using them too.

I got something really nice for June 2013 Blog Giveaway. I can't wait to blog about it and share with everyone. It's something you all will definitely love hehehe.

Thank you to all who have participated in my May 2013 Blog Giveaway. For those who have never won anything from me, please do not give up hope in participating. I do appreciate your support and hope that you will always support my giveaways.

Thank you so much again for all the love.

Hugs,
Lin

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