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.

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Card – Manish Goplani Birthday Card

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.

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BRANDS USED

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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*

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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!

Card – Happy Birthday To You

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.

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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.

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BRANDS USED

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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.

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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.

Calendar – 2017 Thapki Pyar Ki

Last year I made a similar desk calendar for this onscreen couple, ThaHaan (Thapki and Bihaan) from Colors Tv’s show THAPKI PYAR KI. You can view that blog post here. But at that point of time, I only made one. This year however, I’m feeling a bit generous. I’m doing a giveaway; like I did for the previous 2015 Rangrasiya calendar.

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BRANDS USED

  • GBC
    – (item #W15 WireBind) binding machine
  • Canon
    – (item #PP-201) Photo Paper Plus Glossy II
    – (item #MP-101) Matte Photo Paper

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I’d actually started work on these calendars on 4th October 2016. Collecting various screenshots of some notable ThaHaan scenes. Then worked on the designs on Photoshop. Yeah… still the same templates are used. Although the main difference is the width of the pages. It’s wider than my previous two calendars.

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Undoubtedly the most tiring and painful part of this whole calendar-making – the trimming! Took me a total of 5 hours (with breaks in between) to finish cutting all the photo papers. Phew! Thank god for my loyal cutting mat.

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My binding machine. No matter how many times you test the machine out before the real thing, your first actual attempt will always fail. I had to print extra pages because of that. Argh!

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Finally, the easy part is the binding. Still quite an annoying task, but definitely the easiest out of all the steps.

Below are the different months’ pages. My apologies, but I cannot allow larger views than the previews I’ve given below. Each page has its own line of dialogue delivered by one of the actors in that particular scene on display.

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12×12 – Us Trio

It’s back to my favourite trio again. Yes, my Harry Potter babies, Daniel, Rupert and Emma. The photos were from their first HARRY POTTER casting photoshoot from the year 2000. Cute, huh!
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I used Pencil Lines’ Sketch 187. There are a couple of things that I left out and added on my own. Then again, I guess this piece ended up a bit too simple than I planned it to be.

BRANDS USED

  • American Crafts
    – (item #53223) black felt alphabets
    – (item #53180) grey chipboard alphabets
  • Daiso Japan
    – (item #8) wooden ladybug
  • Doodlebug Design Inc.
    – (item #3350) pearls
  • Dymo
    – (item #DM1880) embossed label maker
  • Faber Castell
    – (item #180688B2) purple chalk ink
  • Pretty Color
    – (item #D-4236) brown chalk-ink
  • Prima
    – (item #533847) flowers
    – (item #574574) leaves
  • Sassafras
    – (item #21201) flag banners
  • Studio Calico
    – (item #AL002331495) cardstock

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Yup, I used the same old embossed label for my journaling section. The thing is, I unknowingly bought additional coloured labels of 12mm, when my Dymo labeler can only take in 9mm labels. Ugh!! I guess I have to hunt down a new labeler and also new 9mm coloured labels for myself soon.

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Honestly, I’m getting weak with my titling. Even my previous piece suck! But oh well, that was the best I could think of.

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What do you know? My Prima flower set finally could match my page this time. I used a whole pack of them. Too bad they’re a little way too flat for my taste.

12×12 – Chilled Out

5 months since I last did a 12 by 12 scrapbooking piece. Gah! I ought to be ashamed of myself! I created this blog mainly for my 12 by 12 pieces, but look what it has turned out to be. *smh*

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Yup. It’s selfie time. I’m not vain! Please! I hate to think that I’m vain. But yeah, just used them as my scrapbooking piece this time. They’re selfies I took in my car at the carpark at a nearby café down my neighbourhood.

BRANDS USED

  • Sassafras
    – (item #21201) flag banners
  • American Crafts
    – (item #53159) brown alphabets
    – (item #53071) black alphabets
  • VersaColor
    – (item #VS-66) chalk ink: Burgundy
  • Sakura
    – (item #LRB02) lace bloom
  • Beutron
    – (item #BT266) heart button
  • Pretty Color
    – (item #202) hazel chalk-ink
  • Prima
    – (item #842321) maroon cardstock
    – (item #574574) leaves
  • Freckled Fawn
    – wood veneers: Stars & Such
    – wood veneers: Arrows
  • Webster’s Pages
    – (item #TM9811) ribbon: Romance
  • Daiso Japan
    – (item #B-13) wooden button
  • Graphic 45
    – (item #4500834) cardstock diecuts
    – (item #4500828) cardstock diecuts
  • Dymo
    – (item #DM1880) embossed label maker
  • Studio Calico
    – (item #331749) cork
  • Maple Treehouse
    – (item #M3H560881031) golden pearls

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Honestly, I know the title looked totally plain. I seriously wanted to embellish the section more, but I feared it would just overdo the whole look of the page. Initially I’d wanted to line it with another brown ribbon below the bloom lace, but… oh well!

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I used my ‘dump-your-lot-to-one-side’ technique again. This time, not so much. The paper that I used for my flower there is the same paper used for the sidebar of the page. The journaling section are of those embossed labels thingy. I used to love labeling my stationeries with that stuff during my primary school. My current one is by Dymo.

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Laced down my photos with these two cotton laces.

Personal Bullet Journal

I’ve always been intrigued by those many pretty looking, doodly journals I’ve spotted on Pininterest. Yup. I’m talking about bullet journals. They’re so inspiring that it makes you want to start one. So yeah! I have finally succumbed to the itch and decided to make one. Yes. I still find it awkward to start it in the middle of a September… but I just wanted to do it.

craft_004_1You can ask my Mum how bloody difficult it was to find a dotted notebook here in Singapore. The ones they had were so small. I was aiming for a standard A5. You have no idea how many stationery stores I’ve stepped into to find a perfect one. Alas! I went home to make an eBay purchase. That’d be only an A6 size. I didn’t know these dotted notebooks could be so expensive!

BRANDS USED

  • Studio Calico
    – (item #331121) wood banner
  • American Crafts
    – (item #89397) ribbon
    – (item #53180) chipboard alphabets
  • Freckled Fawn
    – wood veneers: Stars & Such
    – wood veneers: Arrows
  • Made With Love
    – wood veneers: Gears
  • Tim Holtz
    – (item #TH92718) metal keyhole
    – (item #TH9278) metal flowers
  • Pentel
    – (item #63) green poster colour
    – (item #90) gold poster colour
  • Plaid
    – [matte] Mod Podge

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So yeah, that’s the back of the notebook. I have personalised it just for me. Heehee! I was aiming for that mossy, grainy and rusty look. But somehow along the way… I messed it up with the Mod Podge. Oh well! If you noticed there too, I pasted two buttons, mainly for the purpose of hiding the cut elastic ribbon.

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craft_004_5 Honestly, I still can’t figure out whether getting this small A6 book was a blessing as I get a smaller canvas to work on. It took me a while to work on how I want to embellish the front cover. Eventually ended up with those gears and asterisks. The keyhole, well. That was what I had in mind before starting this project. So that was a must.

craft_004_3As tweeted last Friday, I started working on this thing about 6 in the evening. I let it rest till the next day to dry properly; since I was quite exhausted after work too. That Bostik glue is really quite good. I coloured it the next day using my poster colours. Used my tiny spray bottles to give them that ‘effect’. Too bad I didn’t take photos of my colouring process; as it was way too untidy and I had messy hands. The Mod Podge though… *sighs* Well, let’s just say, it messed up my ‘spray effect’. But oh well! I’m pretty satisfied with the final look. Not exactly what I had in mind per say, but it’ll do.