Monday, December 29, 2008

Acetate Card

Hey everyone!It's me again.I have made this Acetate Card and would like to share with you what worked and what didn't work.And also, a few ideas about how you can make a see through card while still being able to hide the glue on the other side.

Oh before I forgot, I have finally managed to upload mini pictures (which are clickable for a bigger view I hope!) and I am going a bit mad with it.It took me ages to learn this and I must say a BIG THANK YOU to Emilia (click on her name to view her fab and cute blog)who has has helped me. This post here, I have managed to group the pictures together by resizing on Paint Shop Pro itself.My previous post, I had to upload in photobucket and when you click on it, it takes you to photobucket, and it wasn't what I wanted. Anyway, all in all, I am very happy that I have managed to work this out, but without the help of Emilia, I wouldn't have managed.

Click HERE if you want to see the picture tutorial she did on her blog to explain how you can do this.

Okay, let's get started with this Acetate Card.First of all, you can buy two types of acetates, one which is the normal acetate, and the other one, though I wouldn't say it is abnormal, it is the special one that you can put in your photocopier. And the latter is smooth and glossy on one side, and rough on the other side. Now if you are planning to make an acetate card without heat embossing, then go ahead and use the 'normal' acetate which you can get in different thicknesses.I have a few acetates (normal ones) and some are thin, and some quite thick.But I cannot remember where I got them from *sorry*. But in this project, I am using the special one and I got it from a stationery shop, I just asked for Photocopy Acetate.

Then, I stamped as usual with embossing ink on the glossy side, and I have used white embossing powder and heat embossed with a heat tool. Remember to move your heat tool about so you dont scorch the acetate. Sometimes, the acetate might start to curl ever so slightly but by that time, the embossing powder should have melted anyway.

Here in the first picture, I have used a normal acetate just to show you what will happen. It doesn't work as it is not heat resistant and obviously you will not have a pretty sight, huh!Also notice how the embossing powder sticks to the acetate as the acetate is very static.

Here I have used the special acetate. It has started to curl very very lightly, but the embossing is done.It is less static but I did have to use a dry paintbrush to brush off excess of powder around the flower, inside the petals.

Comparing the two acetates get the idea.
Okay, so I went ahead and stamped a flower image(by Katie & co- Flower Bud) three times, embossed and cut out. The smaller flowers are die cut using Thin Cuts(Flowers) using a Big Shot machine.I have used an embossed card (which I have embossed using the cuttlebug embossing folder) but when I have cut the flowers, the embossing flattened down as I suppose, when it gets through the Big shot, for cutting, the embossing went down.So I have 6 of the smaller flowers.

Then ,I have trimmed down a Basicgrey 'Phoebe' paper to fit about a quarter of my card from the bottom. I have punched one end with a scalloped edge punch.I have used an ATG gun to apply glue to the back of the paper. If you dont have an ATG, you can use double sided tape as you would want the paper to stick pretty good to the acetate.See picture below...

Next is another piece of patterned paper (birds)from the same Basicgrey paper pad, and I have trimmed it down a little smaller than the first piece attached to the card.

Next , I have embossed a piece of white card using the Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Textiles' and trim down so that it hides the seams of the first two layers making sure it doesnt cover everything!I then decided to show only the scalloped edge part of the green paper.

Then, I have used the same pattern paper of the Bird that I have used on the front of my card to cover the inside of the card so you cannot see the glue. All you need to do is measure the size of what you can see in the card, and trim your patterned paper and glue as usual.
See picture below.Make sure it fits properly...In my picture a tiny bit of paper from the front of the card can still be seen at the top...and you DO NOT want that.Oh , also, punch the edge of the card with your scalloped edge first then you trim down to size. I have made many mistakes in the past by measuring up first then punch out, the whole piece will get smaller as when you punch out , you use more card.
I cannot help from not doing some grouping of pictures.But lets just say, these are 'At a Glance' kinda thing!

I have attached a polka dot ribbon to match and now, adhering the flowers. I have used mini glue dots to stick the first flower but I have put the flower inside. If you look at the picture you can see the glue dots( I hope).

A close up here so you can see exactly what I mean.
Then, to hide the glue dots, I have adhered the mini flower on the front of the card, using glue dot again but making sure it hides the glue dots on the other side(inside) of the card.Repeat with the other two flowers, but instead of putting them inside, I have this time, glued them on the front of the card, and repeat the process of hiding the glue dots on the inside of the card.
I have finished off by stamping down the 'hugs and kisses' sentiment which is from the 'never a loss for words' by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

This is the inside of the card. So, there you have it!I hope you have enjoyed this and please comment if you have a minute...When I get comments, it makes my day.My husband asked me: And how do you write in this card?
I stared blankly at him and I said very confidently: Crafters will know how to write in this card, come on, be creative!!!And anyway, this card is a gift in itself, it says actually don't have to write anything!
So come on crafters, make a see through card and stamped your heart away on the front of the card.

Bye and see you again soon!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Special Card to My Good Friend Susan

I have made this card for Susan, my friend who has lost her dad couple of days before christmas. I couldn't be with you but you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have put a tutorial together as I know you would want to see how this card came together.
God bless you.
Lots of love,

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I wanted to add that this fabric flower from Stampin Up was white. I have used the Classic Black ink to colour the flower in black.The flat backed pearl is also from SU and I have secured it on the the red paper flower(Prima) with a glue dot.The sentiment 'deepest sympathy' is from the set 'Never a loss for words- By Kitchen Sink stamps'.Check out the website as they have fantastic stamps HERE

Close-up of this dyed flower.The sentiment has been stamped down with embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder.
Embossing with Stencil:-
Now, I know that the embossed paisley on the white card is not very visible on here.But this is how I have made this embossing. I know that many of you are very familiar with using a Big Shot but I am aiming to show this tutorial to new crafters as everyday we have new crafters.
Also, I am very sorry about the quality of these pictures.I don't know why I was working with my scented candle next to me.The light in my room was on but that yellowish light from my candle kind of messed up a bit with my pictures.I wanted some nice lavender scent while working(what was I thinking!).
Picture 1 and Picture 2 are showing what we are going to use.
I have used my embossing stencil to emboss here.So you will need your Big Shot machine,a multipurpose platform, a sillicone pad.Now a stencil is very thin, this is why the multi purpose platform is very useful.Anyway, you will also need your cutting plates as the multi purpose platform (MPP)is NOT a cutting plate.Don't worry, you have all the information necessary to cut, emboss on the MPP itself.
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Okay, so, place your MPP in the big shot and open the top flap, as we want to use the 'Tab 2'
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Then place your cutting pad on top of it
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Next place your stencil on the cutting pad.Now we are going to do some layering...if you like food , then we going to make a sandwich.(I think of food all the time).
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On top of the stencil, you are going to place your silicone pad. In the picture , you might see some paper under the silicone, please ignore.I did place my paper under the silicone but this is a mistake.So please ignore the white paper there.
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Then take about 4 A4 copy paper , fold them in half and place these on top of the silicone pad.
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And lastly place your cutting pad on top. My one has a lot of marks on it, as you can see.
That's it, simple as that! Sandwich is ready to be eaten...I mean wind through.
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Turn the handle and when it comes through on the other side, take it out
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The embossed image!

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This is the embossed image.I love it.


Hope you have enjoyed this.Please say hello and hope to see you soon.


Thursday, December 25, 2008


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is keeping well.I am good and just chllin' but too much chillin' if you know what I mean.I broke up from work on Friday and since, I haven't done any crafting.I do not have anything to inspire me that much.All I want to do is laze around....It is fine if I laze around for a day but for couple of days, then I feel unproductive.But I have tried out new recipes..among which was a roast chicken.
Anyway talking about food, my sister Saju has always enjoyed cooking and she is really good.She makes amazing/delicious food and cakes and dessert all the times.So I told her why doesn't she create a blog.As soon as I said so, she did it and she is working on it at the moment. So I would like to support her by adding her link on here very soon.If you like exotic food , then her blog will be a must for you.So watch out for that link soon.
I am making a card using the Big Shot to emboss with Cuttlebug embossing folder.It is a special card for a special person in my life.I wanted to make a black and white card but my sister told me, I MUST add a hint of red in it...I wasn't too sure...But I am working on it and taking pictures so it can be a picture tutorial.
Bye for now, and Happy Christmas to all of you who are celebrating!

PS:Going to finish the card and will put it up later...Au Revoir!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Blog candy

Hey crafty bloggers,
Check out this blog candy, simply amazing and also amazing blog...

Good luck!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

No Secrets anymore...

Hey to all my girlies...I am going to share two videos with you today...And well, over to you girlies!

First one is Tom Cruise which is the best actor, in my opinion.And the second one, the most beautiful woman and best singer(again in my opinion).So no crafty videos today, no crafty posts....but I do hope you enjoy them.No secrets anymore, you now know who my favourite actor and singer are!

Look, how cute is that?

Alicia,looking good.

Happy Holidays:)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Chalking and Resist technique

A quick post to show you the video I have promised.I had such a hard time, editing and uploading! Gosh!

But anyway here we go.Please rate and comment on my youtube account. Your comments mean a lot to me.Thanks.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oh My GOD!!

If you read my next post , which is just below you will understand why I am in the state I am right now....On a Sunday night, instead of relaxing with a good book or magazine, I was busy editing my video since I thought I never saved it.Yet I remembered I have saved it, but when I was looking for it, I just couldnt find it....So here I am editing, and , moaning that I am spending so much time on something I have done already, but out of carelessness, never saved it bla bla bla.

Then it was ready to be I clicked on 'save as' and while typing the name 'chalking and resist technique', from the drop down menu, I saw the same title.I clicked on it and it prompted that 'a file already exists with this name, do you want to replace it?'....SO I took in a deep breath and spoke out loud to myself....okay what is this and what should I do so that I do not lose it , or lose the one I have just edited I clicked on cancel..Cancel is the safest thing to do. I went back to my web cam files and looked again...and as if a miracle happened, I saw a file with this title, I clicked on it, and guess what, my dear old edited video tutorial!!!!!!So basically, I have wasted time and energy cursing myself for not saving this, I have wasted time and energy, editing the whole video again(from the original one). And meanwhile, the edited one which I did last week, has been saved but do not ask me why I didn't see it when I was looking for it this afternoon. *SIGN!*

Okay, I cannot cry over spilled milk! It is nearly midnight, so I guess I should forget about this and go to bed.If I saw that today, all I had to do was do the audio editing and it would have been ready.It has definitely been one of those days for me and not very productive!!!!!Im a bit superstitious so, as long as all of these happened before midnight on Sunday, I do believe Monday and the other days of this week will be nice and very productive!(Jokes-Im not superstitious - but I will spit 7 times when a black cat runs across infront of me, just in case ....).

Anyway, Good night and don't forget to come back for the video which will be up very soon...



If you don't know....

Ask for HELP! I have just lost some of my favourite pictures!I cannot believe I have allowed this to happen. I had some precious pictures on my cell phone.And I thought, I will have to upload them to my computer since if my phone get lost one day, I will not lose my pictures. I have also received an external hard drive from my husband as a gift. So, I was uploading lots and lots of cards from my PC to my external hard drive. Then the last thing I was doing was uploading the pics from my cell phone to my PC....but I wasn't sure how to do that. After I have plugged in everthing necessary, all I had to do was ask for help.My husband was right there but I thought, I could do it without messing up.

Pffff! I right clicked and chose shortcut to desktop. Then right after I have done that, I deleted ALL the pics on my cell phone!!When it prompted me whether I was sure to delete them, I still could ask my husband...But no,I decided to go ahead and follow my instinct(if you can call that instinct) and I pressed 'Delete permanently'!!!When they have been deleted, I tried to open the shortcuts...and surprise! They cannot be opened. I started to panick and told my husband I need help, desperately and he should try and recover my pics. It took him half an hour to make me undertand that he cannot restore pics I have deleted permanently...I think I got it but refused to accept it!

So anyway, all the pics are gone.ALL of them. There are a few pictures I took on the spur of the moment, beautiful pictures which I do not think I will ever capture again.How frustrating is that!

I am also in the process of applying for a duplicate of my degree certificate.Okay okay, I know you will think, wot the hell is wrong with this woman! I didn't lose it!I sent it off to a company who claimed to have posted it back to me, but I have never received it. And it is taking a long time since the Uni I went to is not in the UK....I tried to get some help months ago but I don't think the person I was talking to took me seriously.Now my friend from SA is helping me and has already forwarded the necessary form of application.A pain but I have learnt my lesson, the hard way, but hey, I have learnt never ever to send the original document to anyone, right?!

And, I am torn between making a decision regarding my job right now. There is a position in my department , which is more responsibility and more money, but I do not feel passionate about it.And I really do not know whether I should apply for it or not...I am tempted to apply just to see what it is like to manage....but at the same time, I do not feel I have enough experience to even apply for it.So, I do not know what to do.I hate when I have to take decisions where I honestly do not know what to do.Most of the times I back off instead of taking the chance. Anyway, whatever is meant to happen will happen.

Lastly, sometimes, in life, you will meet people who will blame you for things that is going wrong in their lives....My advise to you is: Be positive and as long as you know, you cannot be the reason for the things that are going wrong in their lives, as long as your conscience is clear, you will be okay.And also, sometimes, in life, you will meet up with people who will hurt your feelings, take it with a pinch of salt as , at the end of the day, it is the diversity in human nature that makes the world goes round.

Anyway, I have talked a lot today....Oh, I forgot to mention, I have made a video about two weeks ago and I had to edit it and audio tape my tutorial...And when I was looking for the video today, I couldn't find it - as I didn't save it! You can see that nothing is going right for me..but I just hope its just one of those days and that my week ahead will be lovely.So I am going to edit the video a bit more before I go to bed. I am including a picture of the final project...but you will have to come back soon as I will put the video tutorial on how to make this card...

If you like this card, come back soon as I will show you how to make it. Also, I have included a new chat box in the side bar on your right....If you are not on blogger , or even if you are on blogger, you can leave me a quick note in the chat box....Please do leave me a message as your comment and message are important to me.

Much love,


Christmas card- Cozy Dream(Penny Black)

Here are some pics , as promised, from my last video. I am going to post the video here again...The reason I didn't post any pics was because, I normally edit the pics in PSP , adding watermark and adjusting the colour(ever so slightly).But I didn't get the chance to do this lately.I guess I will try to edit the pics first then upload any video which goes hand in hand with the pic of the final project.

Anyway, hope you like them...Your comments are much appreciated:)

I have used a Penny Black stamp(Cozy Dream- Margaret Sherry collection) , watercolour pencils, waterbrush, decoupage technique(using one stamp), staz on ink...Watch the video to see how I have made this card.Please rate and comment on my youtube account, it will make me happy:)

Hope to see you again soon:)

Christmas Card

This is another Chirstmas Card but I did not make a video on this one....

I have used the Season Of Joy, stamp set, by Stampin up. Real Red and Green Galore inks and Basic Black Ink.I hope you like it. Your comments are much appreciated.Thank you:)

Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!
I hope you are all keeping well and unlike me, are having a ball of a time. I normally like the festive season, it gets busy, and I like the hussle and bustle on the road. Normally I like peace and quiet but around this time of the year,I do get excited with all the lights decoration, christmas trees are up, decorative window shops. I do not celebrate christmas but I like the rush of this time of the year. Friends at work will talk about their last minute shopping, their lists of gifts, holiday preparations...*sign*!

I am recuperating from my FLU. Talking about flu, could I just say, some people do not know the difference between a cold and a flu.There is a big difference!If you have a cold, you can still get up from bed and get on with your life, in between wiping your runny nose, or a cough here and there, and maybe a slight temperature. But if you have the flu, you CANNOT get up from bed as your whole body is sore, you have a headache(the pounding one, the one when you move your head, you feel as though your whole brain and eye balls are moving together with ur head),you have a high temperature, and you get sick,in other words, you vomit!Food will be the last thing on your mind - you cannot get on with your life. All you would want to do is lie down, and you feel very light headed and you will avoid talking.You would want to sleep it off and everytime you cough, you feel as though your chest is collapsing, your head is exploding and you wished the word cough never existed.

Now this is what I am talking about - Nasty huh? Well, tell me about it! I am talking about this because someone said to me, you are having a cold, and a cold is not classified as being sick.I replied, I dont have a cold, Ive got flu! He said, well, cold....flu...what the heck! IT's the same thing. Well hell no! it is not! I will not go and wish people who do not know wot I am talking about to experience it, but, do your homework before you talk.Innit!

I've had a moan and I am sorry.I did promise I will not moan on my blog, didn't I! But hey, sometimes I need to vent out and anyway, I don't think many people read my I am safe:))Except for a few regular girl friends!Thanks girlies....and just know I do appreciate your effort to visit my blog, I seriously do!Maybe I do not show enough how grateful I am.But guess wot, there is a blog candy coming up soon. I was supposed to do this ages ago when I hit the 10.000 posts, but I missed it.So it will be a late blog candy....coming up in the next week. Last but not least, my two girlies , you know who you are......I am sorry for not keeping up to my word but this week is the week I will go to the post office.(not me, my sister - she doesn't read my blog so she will not know I have already decided she is going to the PO for me - LOL! how fun is that!you see why your family should never read your blog - mine doesn't!)

Okay enough chat- let's talk about serious stuffs. Everytime I post a video, I do not put up pictures of the final project, how rude is that?!!I guess it is always very nice to have some piccies up.I am going to post some pictures and the video for it will be just couple of posts down.Arrgh!I might put up the video again...Anyway, Painshop Pro is a great tool for adding watermark.Hope you like these cards and your comments are always appreciated:)