Friday, December 26, 2008
Now you see it, now you don't - that's how I describe the "disorganized mess" in my little craft corner. The craft tools, papers, embellishments, stamps, punches, etc. etc. have been tucked away for the festive holiday. I am good at both messing and cleaning up...lol. It has been a wonderful, delightful and joyful Christmas for me and my family. We had had a small Christmas party with our loved ones, filling our home with merriment, laughter and aroma of home cooked food and great company. My other passion besides craftwork is baking and I love to try out dessert recipes. This Christmas I baked some gingerbread using fresh grounded ginger and Laura Bush's "Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies" (search and get recipe from google if interested). I made traditional English trifle and Tiramisu cake for dessert.
Layered Sakura flowers on gold paperstock background. The tree branch and tiny flowers are Jeart/Double-Do 1401027 Spray.
I recycled "hong-pau" (red packet) paper with toothpicks adhered to make a fan. Jeart 1202038 Bamboo and WANSHIRUYI words used.
It's GREAT to live in a multi-cultural land of Sarawak in the island of Borneo in Malaysia. Right after celebrating Christmas we're preparing for another big and elaborate (auspicious) festival - Chinese New Year! It's the year of the ox come the celebration of spring festival.
Gold signifies riches in abundance and prosperity and here's wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year 2009! May God richly bless you with good health and wealth.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
5 days to Christmas Day and the holiday mood is setting on. When the children were young I would be the one taking out the Christmas tree and getting everyone to take part in decorating the tree with ornaments and lights. I have to admit it, the thought of stacking up the branches and assembling the tree and taking down and packing it back into the box and carefully wrapping the fragile ornaments and lights is deterring me from making the first move to put the tree up. But I am so glad this putting-up-tree tradition in our family (so we can put presents underneath the tree) is embraced by the children and now they are the ones initiating the move. While I appreciate their effort I also enjoy hearing the laughter and cold jokes transpired among the four siblings while I click these precious moments for the family album.
At times like this I have to break away from my addiction of card making and scrapbooking and seriously get down to cleaning up the mess in my little craft corner :D Not a pretty sight, is it!? LOL...
I hope you share the same Christmas sentiment with me - to make time and spend time with family for this is a season to share and give our love and time to our loved ones. May God bless you and yours with an extra measure of His love and may this Christmas be the merriest and brightest you've ever experienced! Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This Christmas card is made by stamping images on a white piece of canvas which is really easy to do - ink & stamp. However you need to let the ink dry completely before adhering to cardstock paper. Mine has smudge marks and resulted in a vintage looking card and that's the way I like it :) A quick and easy card to make and looks great, too, as the stamped images on canvas look like cross stitched.
Taken in another angle.
Prepare the papers. The more I create, the better my eyes are trained to find the color coordination that I like. The papers are inked along the edges or punched as border lace.
I stamp and color images on the canvas, embellish with a red star brad and frill the edges. The cut out Sizzix bauble is dressed up too. Messages are stamped on Jeart/ Double Do 1401046-12 Frame# 19 scallop circle. A piece of decorative ribbon is glued onto a strip of paper.
I play around with the arrangement of the cut and stamped and embellished pieces, glue on the buttons and gems.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This Christmas card which I had just made exudes a special message. In my younger days Christmas meant shopping for gifts and sending cards to wish my loved ones a happy holiday season. Christmas has a fuller meaning now, to me anyway. Christmas is more than just enjoying an euphoric feelings of a bright and merry holiday season where families gather to have a western meal of roasted meat, red wine and sweet desserts and exchange gifts and partying into the night.
Christmas now reminds me of God's love for me and the world - "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 - and it's because of Jesus Christ that I know God's purposes for my life. And that's why I'm celebrating Christmas - Jesus Christ shows me His way, His truth and in Him I live a life full of purposes and a meaningful one as well.
Jesus loves me to death - oh well, He died on the cross to redeem me from my sins - just as I love my family to death. That's why LOVE holds my family together. Christmas reminds me of Christ's love and because He loves me, I too, can love others and learn to forgive with Jesus' strength. Love begins with loving my husband and children unconditionally. My dream for my family is renewed every year especially at Christmas time when FAMILY comes TOGETHER and be together - we teach each other about spending time together, remaining loyal to one another, accepting each others' differences and encouraging each other in our faith. *These peek-a-boo windows are cut outs from Ellison Window Cuts Frame, Rectangle Peek-a-Boo.*
Christmas is Jesus Christ loving the whole world and every relationship is given by God. Christmas is thanking God for friends in my life who share much love and laughter and new friends whom God may send in my way to fulfill his purposes in my life.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I enjoyed making these tags with an opening sealed with clear plastic book cover. Inside these tag "shaker box" are glittering stars and tiny white foam balls to make it look like Santa is jolly happy, throwing snow in the air! Come back for step by step instructions to make these tags which can also be used as ornaments for Christmas tree some time soon...I need to get back my camera before I can snap the details.
I bought some pretty ribbons in assorted colors and got down to making cards with them. The doll cut out is from Jeart 1701083 - Bride and 1710037 - Dress#4. I wrap pink ribbon around the gown to make a pretty gown. I don't have a daughter but I think sixteen is a really special age for a girl (that's why this is a pretty card) where she's turning into a sweet young lady and really fun to be with, lots of teenage issues to share and guide her with and she'll really appreciate your spending time with her.
Inside of the card. I'm using a phone camera to take pictures of these cards and hope the picture quality is just as good. My camera is sent for repair with faulty flash and I have run out of patience for its return so I've to make do of my husband's handphone camera for the time being.
Red gown for a Chinese wedding, that's what I intended the card to signify. But my son says the groom doesn't dress up like a Chinese so it looks like a cross-cultural wedding. My husband thinks it's an Indian wedding, the bridal gown all red and glittering... :) lol...Doesn't matter, does it? After all, we're living in a peaceful, multi-cultural country and I have had lots of fun making the card.
Pretty ribbons help dress up the Jeart 1710037 - Dress#4 die shape.