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.
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.
Another gift segment that I have contributed. This time for the actor, Manish Goplani’s 24th birthday which fell on 19th November. Knowing he’ll be getting many gifts from his fans, I decided to just join in the fun. Unfortunately circumstances that they are, he only received this late December… that be in an unscrambled box due to the custom checks. Haiz! So anyways, here’s the greeting card that I’d designed to go along with the gift I gave him.
I don’t know if the whole card ended up way too girly, but I no longer give a rat’s ass! My creative juices were in limited stock. I was suffering from a massive art block.
The cardstocks were simply adorned with a lace ribbon and striped string. And I know that ‘Made For You’ ornament might be a wee bit cheesy for a guy’s card. But meh! I have too many of those. Got them from my Malaysia trip.
Honestly, I had wanted to put the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on the card, but feared that it will then look way too generic. Hence to make it more personal, I decided to just place his name. And if you can notice, I actually sewed the cards together using simple seams. And of course, pearly dots to cover the plain canvas.
Of course being the Chibi doodler that I am, I had to draw Manish on the card’s insert. Coloured it using Copic markers. Luckily the thin blue paper that I used for the insert handled the ink quite well. I had so much doubts that it wouldn’t. I had scanned the drawing using my office’s laser copier. Hence the quality may seem suck. You can see it at my DeviantArt page. As for how I stick the insert in the card, I sewed it in too. Alas the whole insert dropped out. Seriously have no idea how Indian customs handle people’s parcels. *smh*
Oh yes! The gift. I gave him an iPhone 7, gold coloured of 256GB. You can see the video of him opening the gift here… Gosh! So sicked at how the gift ended up in his hands. I’d wrapped the bloody thing in its mint packed condition so nicely!
As usual, I always prefer making my own greeting cards. So if you see me giving someone a bought or printed card, that just simply means I have no time in my hand.
A self-made envelope to go with. Heh! One thing about crafty greeting cards is that they can never be sealed properly in an envelope. No matter what you do, it will always be bulgy. Oh yeah, the card stands at 17.2 cm by 15.2 cm.
The flower used here was one of the hand-made flowers my colleague, Jun Yan gave me. I just simply sewed on a button atop it to finish the look. Unfortunately it couldn’t stay perfectly in the middle of the paper dolly as I had it sewed onto the card, instead of gluing it on. The lace there is actually two strips glued together, so it looked like it’s a lace by itself.
The birthday sentiment is a clear stamp by Stampendous. I was doubtful about using the white chalk-ink. The picture above is not actually the final product. I had eventually touched up the stamp with my white marker after snapping the pictures for this blog. And oh yeah, if you’d noticed, I had sewed along the whole card. I really love the effect. If only doing it is not time-consuming.
There was a gift segment collaborated by the team of Glitz Vision during the end of May 2016. That was the first time ever I had decided to send a gift for someone I have never met before – ThaHaan. Yup. My two current favourite actors who portray the onscreen couple in THAPKI PYAAR KI. You can watch the video where the actors received my gifts here (I gave them both a polaroid camera each with this card below).
I used Got Sketch‘s Sketch 122 by Valerie Salmon. I just thought it was a simple yet pretty template to whip up. And what made it more satisfying was to see the actors’ appreciation that it was handmade. I love Jigyasa’s reaction the most. Haha!
– (item #PA-HCP-606) border puncher
– (item #PA-325227C) cardboard embellishment
- Webster’s Pages
– (item #TM9814) ribbon: Botanical
- The Paper Stone
– (item #B361A104-9003) pink alphabets
– (item #88/53) green pen
- Pretty Color
– (item #WW37A5) wooden stamp
– (item #VS-23) chalk ink: Rose Red
– (item #VS-152) chalk ink: Ash Rose
– (item #LRBP02) pink bloom lace
- Maple Treehouse
– (item #M3H560881034) green pearls
The template didn’t instruct any embellishment for this section of the card. But I just felt that it would have looked too bare without… anything. So I just stuck in a few pearly dots on the top canvas.
That’s a pre-made cardboard flower I got off PopArtz. Finally am able to use it on something. Lol! I used some green lace and bloom lace for this section to line the sentiment. And since the card is addressed to the two onscreen couple, I decided to title the card with their couple name, “ThaHaan”. I guess that’s why both Manish and Jigyasa kept using this card to pose with the gifts at the photo session.
Those green and pink papers are again… leftovers. As scrapbookers, you know what I mean. No leftovers should be left wasted. They will come in handy at one point in our lives. Haha! The ‘Just For You’ is a wooden stamp I used from the set I used that my Mum bought me once.
It’s the time of the year again… where a crafter can use up all her green and red scraps once again. Yes! It’s Christmas. Not that I celebrate this occasion but my colleagues do. It’s made almost compulsory that we exchange gifts in the office and hence this came about.
I made mini cards to attach to my wrapped presents; mainly to address and tell who they’re from. They only measure up to 10.4 cm by 7.4 cm.
Alas! Those were my only pair of golden bells left in stock. The remaining ones are of blue and pink. Eck! I tried making them as simple as possible. Almost stopped myself from chalking the edges of my sentiment, but… looks like I can’t stay away from my pigment inks.
This one noticeably has an extra punched border. And like I said earlier, I only had one pair of golden bell left. Thus I substituted it with a green button; tied with a golden string.
Another colleague who has helped me in a lot of ways, bid goodbye last Thursday. I had prepared the card about two weeks prior. And honestly speaking, I’m thoroughly unsatisfied with the results. But call it a “crafter’s block”, I was totally out of idea on how to rectify the whole mess.
Yes, if you noticed, I sewed along all the paper pieces. Sewing will always take me the longest of time. I will take hours and hours to finish them. After stamping the “Thank You” sentiment, I used a normal wool twine to create a messy bow. I regret not using a much stronger and firmer straw twine. It looked so bloody flimsy.
Ah! My leftover self-made paper flower that I made through my Cricut machine. I just pasted a big white pearl bead to finish off the look.
Can’t let it go with my 3 signature pearly dots, no? Hehe!
“May all your dreams come true” and that key wood veneer was put there for a reason. To me it’s the key to freedom… from our torturous workplace. Haha!
My personal wood stamp that I had custom-made through eBay. As tweeted, I received it about 7 months ago, back in January. Will stamp it at the back of my cards for all of my hand-mades.
A self-made envelope, thanks to my envelope scorer. And heck! My failed attempt at airbrush lettering with my colleague’s name. I just need more practice with it. *sighs*
A birthday that falls on Christmas Eve, that’s the case of my friend, Hema for you. Hopefully this time round she did not receive any more log cakes as a birthday cake. *snickers*
Yes, for the past few years, all her birthday cards were handmade by yours truly. For this year’s, I decided to make a square one for her.
Even the envelope was handmade, thanks to my envelope scorer.
– (item #88/50) maroon pen
– (item #VS-23) chalk ink: Rose Red
- Maple Treehouse
– cream pearly dots
– red pearly dots
- Ek Success
– (item #54-30097) scallop puncher
– (item #PA-324627D) clear stamp
I used my scallop puncher for that bigger one, whilst the smaller one was one of my leftover Cricut cut-outs. Luckily I had one of that colour that quite matched my colour palette. I have also used the same coloured chalk-ink throughout the card, if you noticed.
And… heh! The decision to put that pink mesh/net fabric was an impulsive one. And boy! It was quite a task to glue it to the card, as I had to let the card stand in a particular way to let it dry properly.
Macro shot, people! That’s one of the card corners’ embellishments. I used 3 pearly dots for each. The sewing… well, my Mum would be witness to the 3 days that I took to sew the design. Haha! Why 3 days, you may ask. I’m a procrastinator! That’s why.
That’s the card’s insert. I even layered it with the same sewed patterned paper, accompanied with a light pink translucent (hardly) paper.