Card – Happy Birthday

Yet another birthday card. Mhmm… This time round, I’m sad to say I was harbouring an art block. My creative juices were drained; evaporated into the air of this injustice, stressful world of adulthood.

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Anyways, yes. It was my good friend, Hema’s birthday. The Christmas Eve girl. For many years now, all her birthday cards are made by my good self. Even as contraint as my time gets, I will try to find some time to make one. Hear that, Hema? Appreciate me!

BRANDS USED

  • Bostik
    – red glitter pen
  • Crate Paper
    – (item #683267) striped cardstock
  • Pebbles
    – (item #732318) red cardstock
  • PopArtz
    –  (item #PA-324627D) clear stamp
  • Pretty Color
    – (item #202) Brown chalk-in
    – (item #37) Brown chalk-in
  • Sassafras
    – (item #21171) flag banners
  • VersaColor 
    (item #VS-23) chalk ink: Rose Red

The card measures at 15.3 by 21.1cm.

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Seriously, I think the last time I did this type of paper flower fan wheel was during my primary school days. I had confidently told myself making one would be an easy feat. But goodness me! Making a big one was not as easy as I had thought. I used 2 long strips of cardstock to make this one big paper wheel. Even then, it didn’t turn out as perfect as I’d wanted it to be.

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3 signature dots intact. Yup. I had also edged the flag banners with chalk ink to make it look aged.

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A self-made envelope, thanks to my loyal envelope-maker. Fits the card perfectly. The only thing I worry was the glue tape that I’d used to put the envelope together. Not sure if it was strong enough by the time my friend opened the card. Anyhows, I’d sealed the envelope with a red wax seal in the end. Unfortunately, it slipped my mind to take a picture before I’d hand it over to my friend.

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Card – Jigyasa Singh Birthday Card

Another birthday card. Looks like the only cards I’ll ever be making are birthdays’. This time for the actress, Jigyasa Singh from the Colors TV show, ‘THAPKI PYAR KI’. I made it and posted it separately from the gift I purchased online.


Honestly, starting off any task takes so much time that you always end up being idle and blank for a long period. But once you get onto it, it’s a non-stop flurry.

BRANDS USED

  • American Crafts
    – (item #89423) yellow string
    – (item #53162) chipboard alphabets
  • Daiso Japan
    – (item #31) red chalk
    – (item #3) gemstones
    – (item #46) ribbon punch
  • Ek Success
    – (item #PSP21C) butterfly puncher
  • Ek Tools
    – (item #54-30097) scallop puncher
  • Fiskars
    – (item #9380) circle cutter
  • Pebbles
    – (item #73218) patterned paper
  • PopArtz
    – (item #PA-3246270) clear stamp
  • Sakura
    – (item #LRB05) white lace
    – (item #LRB03) brown lace
  • Studio Calico
    – (item 331495) patterned paper

As usual, I always find inspirations first from PinInterest. It just helps me get started. Take ideas from here and there. Anyhow, the card measures at 14.7 by 20.9 cm.

Paper flowers I got from MapleTree. And those yellow pollens, honestly, I don’t know if there is a correct way of using them, but I just winged it. Haha! The little butterfly was punched out of the same cardstock I used for the card’s back layer.

The birthday sentiment was quite a challenge. The mistake was using a glossy white paper. Hence, the chalk ink didn’t really absorb properly. Thus the reason it looked, chapped. And oh! My signature 3 pearly dots; displayed in a different manner this time.

I had used red chalk to give some dimension to the background layer. So of course, I had to cover up the intersection with something. Those tiny gemstones were the first things I grabbed on my stockpile. Hence, they were the ones that ended up there. By the way, I had sewed along the whole card. Like I repeatedly said before, the sew effect is my favourite.

That’s how the insert of the card looks like. Yup, I drew the chibi. Coloured it using my loyal old Copic markers. I have even made pop-up gift boxes. One of the easiest pop-ups to do. The bows there are punch-outs from my Daiso punch.

Anyways, I gifted Jigyasa a pair of Apple AirPods. Unfortunately, the channel that I trusted the gifts to didn’t end up giving them to the actress. Oh well!

Bridal Shower Banner

A banner. I honestly have never made one in my life. Haha! I have always got store-bought ones in the past. Just recently though, my colleague, Shah requested that I do one for her friend’s bridal shower.

I had tried browsing through PinInterest for ideas. Most of them were all two or one coloured themed. Unfortunately for me, my paper stocks are all mixed and I do not have enough materials of the same colours. Moreover, each alphabet will use up at least one paper. I had to count my cardstocks properly before actually deciding to do the project. The best I could do was a 3 coloured-theme; pink, blue and green. Not lesser than that. Hence the reason it had to end up looking colourful.


All the alphabets and scalloped shapes were cut using my Cricut machine. Had to play around with the blade and pressure dials as I was using different cardstocks of different thickness.


The main layer measures up to 9”, whereas the alphabets itself measures at 4.5” each. I had used eyelets for the holes to hold the strings. Took me a while to learn how to use my crocodile punch, since I seldom use it. Ha!

Card – Happy Birthday To You

Another hand-made card by yours truly. This one is for my colleague, Jun Yan, who celebrated her 29th birthday on the 29th March 2017.

This time round I played around with the colour palette. Didn’t actually stick to just one shade. I saw that lavender and light green went quite well together and went straight to it. The card itself measures at 14.7 cm by 13.9 cm.

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I love that lace. It’s so furry. Haha! I thought the placement of just the lace gave the whole card kind of a shabby chic look. The purple paper flowers came from the same set from Kaiser Craft. There’s also a small butterfly there punched from the same green cardstock I used for my main card body… and of course! My signature 3 pearls.

I had contemplated how the sentiment would be. Initially I wanted to place it on the top, but felt that I would have overcrowded the whole top portion. Hence, I ended up putting it on the bottom right corner. Just used a sponge tape to make the whole strip pop up. Finished it up with a stringed purple button.

Envelope boxes for 3D crafty cards

I’ve been making several greeting cards in the past years, and most of them are 3-dimensional and rather bulky. So far, I have always only used normal envelopes to send them to my recipients. All thanks to my envelope maker from ‘We R Memory Keepers’.

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I have just only recently discovered that the makers have actually developed a mobile app for owners of this device. It’s quite a nifty app. It gives you the freedom of actually using your card’s exact measurements, rather than strictly following the provided chart that has limited measurements.

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But coming back to ‘bulky’ greeting cards, inserting them to a normal envelope can result in an ugly looking piece of shit. So I did my researching on YouTube and Google. I was aware first-hand that some crafters make envelope boxes for their crafty cards, but I found it rather troublesome having to do the math myself. Besides, they did their own manual scoring using… stuff.

Eventually, I ended up on a video in which they used the same envelope maker that I have to make these box envelopes. But they had to do their own math! Which of course I try to avoid. After thorough googling, I landed on this webpage in which they did the maths for you. A measurement generator – the Box Buster.

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It’s a life saver! I seriously hope this website will be up forever. Haha! I tried making one for a greeting card I’m working on currently. I easily scored my cardstock and voila! It ended up as an envelope box and my 3D greeting card could easily fit in without having my flowers and embellishments on it squashed.

Though I have to point out that there may be a slight confusion on which is the depth, height and width. I had assumed by ‘depth’, they meant the thickness of the box I wanted. But no! Their depth is actually the width of my card, width is actually the height, and height is actually the depth. Haha! Oh well! As long as it works, I’m not complaining… Though I did tweeted to ‘We R Memory Keepers’ to enhance their app to incorporate the making of these envelope boxes.

12×12 – With You

Cannot believe my last 12 by 12 piece was back in November last year. Goodness me! Anyways, I’m back to doing these pages, and this time it’s of Manish Goplani and Jigyasa Singh again. My current favourite pair of actors. Again, these pictures were from their previous show together, CHORE TERA GAON BADA PYARA.

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I used Pencil Lines’ Sketch 74 by Kerry Lynn Yeary and Jolene Pienaar. The sketch has asked for a second layered scalloped background which I didn’t follow. I have used a pre-printed 12 by 12 paper by Prima, in which they have those beautiful birds and nests designs.

BRANDS USED

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My 3 signature pearly dots. Can’t go without them. And ‘ManYasa’; it’s their fan-made couple name. Initially I had contemplated to use my light blue felt alphabets, but ended up with these light brown ones. Also, as usual, I have edged both the photos with chalk-ink to give them that ‘aged’ look.

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I’ve recently learnt a new technique (courtesy of YouTube). I learnt how to distress paper edges. The most cost efficient way to do it – with a scissors.

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Yes… My ‘dump-your-lot-to-one-side’ technique. Though I think I never overdo it much this time. Most of the stuff were from the stickers my colleague gave me last week. Well… I tried to not overdo it as the main 12 by 12 paper is already quite jam-packed.

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The original last layer of this 3D sticker was that of a chipboard pink flower. I detached it and replaced it with my ribbon rose from Daiso.

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A simple poem about friendship that I copied off Google. Too bad there were no credits, so I can’t acknowledge whoever wrote it. As for the title, I didn’t want it to be 3D. So I stayed away from my chipboard and felt alphabet sets. Just plain paper alphabet stickers will do for this page.

Gift from a colleague

I feel quite blessed to actually have colleagues who are into crafts as much as I am. If not more. Today, early in the morning, I received quite a surprise from one of them, Koh Shiuan. She gave me these sets of vintage die-cuts below.

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She told me she went to a pop-up shop at the rooftop of City Square Mall, in which they sell these sets at 3 for $1. I could hardly believe her. Most of the time one set like these could cost up to $7. Then again, these are not that well-known of a brand. It’s by Eno Greeting.

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Really like them though. Honestly. Thanks again, Koh Shiuan! I love vintage design stuff.