Made With Love – Let’s Play With Prima

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.
This crafting world we are in is growing everyday and with that comes new products. Some might be similar to others and some are very unique. Today, I’m giving you a quick overview about the new Prima Color Philosophy ink pads.
Right off the bat, you must admit that Prima Marketing always nails it when it comes to packaging. The colours on the label is really close to what you actually get so you won’t get any surprises. They are stackable and magnetic!
The lid of the ink pad sits on the ink pad, so, when you open it you’ll get some ink on the lid. But, that’s not a bad thing. When using it as a watercolour, you don’t have to rub the pad on acrylic block to get the ink out, you can just get it from the lid.
Yes, you can use them as watercolours. If you take a look below, on the left, I dragged out the pigment with a wet brush. On the right, I added the ink on to a wet paper. The colours remain vibrant even when watered down.
Because of that they may not be the best ink pad for stamping if you’re looking for sharp lines. Use this to think outside the box and you can do fun effects!

Time for some cards!

Card #1
I used the Prima Color Philosophy to made a wash of colour. You can see that there are patches of light and dark shades. Everytime, I lay down a layer, I let it dry and add another layer. This creates dimension to the monotone wash. I, then, stamped some leaves and add my sentiment to finish the card.
The stamps and sentiment is from Avery Elle. The die-cuts are from Lawn Fawn and covered with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder.
Card #2
How can I make any cards without pulling out my Prima Watercolors? lol, so I did. I stamped the cups (from Lawn Fawn) all over the paper and colour it with Prima Watercolour. This fun and colourful background cannot  go without some enamel dots (from Simple Stories).
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 And… If you don’t feel like stamping and colouring, there are so many patterned papers available! All designs, colours and different textures. One of my favourite what to incorporate patterned paper is having a layer of cardstock and die-cut to create a window. Below, you can see that I’ve die-cut 3 feathers on a panel (from Mama Elephant). I used the patterned paper from Pebbles (Sunshiny Days).

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards and perhaps give some of the techniques a try!
Till next time!

Made With Love – Die-Cuts & Watercolours

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.

Today, I would like to share a few different looks you can achieve the same products. As you can see from the title it’s all about dies & watercolour.

For all the cards I’m using Sizzix Butterfly Dies and also the flowers and butterflies from the Sizzix Lantern Dies. My colouring medium for these card is none other than my favourite Prima Watercolours.

Card #1
This first card is my favourite. I love bright, bold rainbow colours! I used the butterfly die to cut a corner of a panel of watercolour paper. I used the colours of the rainbow to colour the edges of the cut-out. And finished it by splattering white paint. The sentiment is from Avery Elle.
Card #2
For this card, I’ve die-cut my choice of butterflies from the set and watercolour them in, again, rainbow order. I’ve made sure to colour one side of the butterflies a bit darker. I find that this gives it some dimension without even trying too hard 😉 I’ve also left all the pieces in tact as the designs of the butterflies starts to come through after you’ve colour it.
I’ve cut out a tag from Avery Elle and the sentiment. I’ve added a dark brown thread to add a bit of embellishment to the tag. 
Card #3
A bit more dainty card for this one. I’ve cut a circle using just any circle die-cut (for this I used one from the Lawn Fawn circle. The flowers and butterflies are from the Lantern set. I wanted to share that even if a set of dies are for a specific project, you can use the decors for card-making! Stretch your products, is my motto 😉
I hope these cards have inspired you to play with dies because you can do so many things with them. You can use it as mini embellishments, the center focus or cutting out various shapes on your card panel if you wish to explore beyond the usual circles and rectangles.
Till next time!

Made With Love – Die-Cuts & Distress Inks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.

Today, I would like to share a few different looks you can achieve the same technique! The watercolour look is really popular with all the mediums out there that you can use as a watercolour. My favourite is using the distress inks.

Card #1
This card, I used the Sizzix Butterflies Dies 🙂 There are a bit embossed but that’s a bit hard to see on photo. Anyways, I’ve loosely added colours to the background and the butterflies. As you can see, you don’t need any professional watercolouring skills to get this look. If I can do it, I’m sure you can too!
Card #2
This card, I used the Avery Elle heart dies. If you’re looking to start buying dies, shape dies are great to start with. You can use the die use alone or use it as the main attraction like here 🙂
To get the watercolour to layer in different tones of colour, remember to let it dry first 🙂 This allows you to get dark and light spots and only using one colour.
Card #3
This card might not look like much but I had fun doing this! Since it’s my first time using the We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch (mini). You can use pattern papers or doodle your own designs on the alphabet 🙂

Made With Love – 5 Questions

Hi Everyone! Today I’m participating in a special Made With Love edition. All the design team members will be answering 5 questions. You can head over to Made With Love to check out the post by other design team members.

I’ll start by sharing a little card I’ve made for this post. This is one of my favourite ways to make a card.

Distress Inks, to me, are something you have to check out if you have not. I love using it in multiple ways but using it to create a watercolour look to my card is my top favourite. I love how different every card looks because I’m letting the water do it’s thing. You can, of course, use any watercolour medium you like but with Distress Inks, you can do more than just watercolouring.

I like to colour my image by watercolouring but I do love using white embossing powder and see the image comes to live after splashing vibrant colours over it. Anyone can do this!

I love enamel dots. Especially if it’s gold. Ranger Gold Stickles is a staple part of the tool because if I run out of enamel dots, I can create the same effect with the stickles.

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Now, let’s jump into some Q&A :
Who am I ?
I’m just your average Singaporean who is currently in Germany. I don’t major in Art or anything like that but I’ve always love papers, colours and just making things. I share a lot of cardmaking posts but I don’t limit myself to this. Besides making cards, I sew my notebooks, play with mix media on canvases and upcycling old boxes, etc. I’ve always connected with international crafters because I didn’t know any Singaporean crafts back  then. But being a part of Made With Love, it has given me the opportunity to, hopefully, encourage Singaporeans that handmade is awesome and with all the technology surrounding us, we should take a break from it once in a while and have fun with colours!

What is my creative style ?
This changed a few times in the past but in the recent years, I felt that I’ve found my “style”. Vibrancy. I love bright colours and I tend to go into the rainbow form even if I didn’t plan to. I do like to experiment with products and find more than the obvious way to use them.

What inspires me ?
People. Friends & family, especially, my husband. Of course inspiration comes from many places like products, clothes, pinterest and other crafters out there. But I love voicing out my ideas with my husband and he gives me that bit of motivation jolt that I need 🙂

What I love about being Singaporean ?
Since I’ve moved to Germany, I’ve come to realise more reasons why I love about being a Singaporean. Firstly, I love how normal I feel to be living amongst different races. Sounds strange? But there are people from other parts of the world who are only used to people who are of the same skin colour. I love that I grew up with people with different races and religion.

What do I wish for ?
If you asked me this months ago, my answer would have been very different. But since I’m in Germany and taking german lessons with refugees from Syria and meeting people from war-zone countries, I get to hear their heartbreaking stories and how they wish they could go home. So, I wish for all these nonsense to stop so my friends could go home and be with their family.

Oh and, the We R Memory Keeper typewriter 😉 Hehe.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little Q&A and I hope to see you again soon!

Made With Love – Using The Same Materials for Various Looks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.

 

Today, I would like to share a few different looks you can achieve the same bunch of materials. If you’re new (or not), here’s some ways you can take the same die set, stamp and even enamel dots sets that you’ve purchase to create several different looks.

Card #1
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To start, I have a separate card base where I die cut a heart-shaped window. If you don’t have the magnetic plate for your die-cutting machine, you can use a washi tape to hold your die-cut so that it won’t shift when it goes through the machine. I kept the heart that it cuts for another card (you will see it on Card #3).
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Just to add some colour through the window, I added some Worn Lipstick & Fossilized Amber to the card base.
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So, set that aside and stamp out the balloons on a watercolour paper and use the Distress Inks as my watercolour medium.
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I cut out the balloons and add it to the cards. I used a black pen to just draw out the black strings. Add the sentiment and some pretty enamel stars and you’re done.
Material Used for this card : 
Distress Inks, Skating By – Avery Elle Stamps, Geek Love – Avery Elle Dies
Archival Black Ink, Black Ink, #Happy – Allison Kraft Enamel Dots, Ranger White Embossing Powder.
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You know how in some die sets you get those tiny heart dies (for example) which you may use it sometimes but not as much as the bigger elements. Here’s one way you can incorporate it to your card.
I started by stamping my image first directly on the card base. I stamped it again on a thin writing paper to protect it while I sponge my distress ink at the top half of the card, to make a “sky”.
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I accidentally deleted a photo of this but I basically took the small heart dies and die-cut the “sky” part of the card panel.  Add your sentiments and enamel dots and you’re done!
Material Used for this card : 
Distress Inks, Skating By – Avery Elle Stamps, Geek Love – Avery Elle Dies
Archival Black Ink, Black Ink, #Happy – Allison Kraft Enamel Dots, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder.
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This is my favourite 3 out of the three! Hehe. First, use washi tape or any low-tac tape and make “rays” out of them. Like in the image below. Remember that the thickness of your tape will be the thickness of the white space. So if you want a thinner white space, you should cut your tape or move them as your add your colours.

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Even with the tape, I placed some white paper to protect the neighbouring colours. Again, I used distress inks for this because they are easy and they have great bright colours for this look.
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To finish the look, I used gold stickles to outline the “rays” and use the heart shaped die cut from the first card for my sentiment to sit on. Add pretty enamel dots and ta-da!
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Material Used for this card : 
Distress Inks, Skating By – Avery Elle Stamps, Geek Love – Avery Elle Dies
Archival Black Ink, Black Ink, #Happy – Allison Kraft Enamel Dots, Ranger White Embossing Powder, Range Gold Stickles.
I hope you’ve been inspired by all these cards and hope you’ll give it a try!
Don’t forget to follow Made With Love Instagram page (@madewithlovesg ) & facebook for updates. You can also follow me on Instagram (@mjeggtofu) where I post a lot of crafty projects.
Till then!

Create A Smiles – Stencils

Hi everyone! Let’s jump to it, shall we? Today, I’m doing one of my favourite ways of using stencils. Embossing + Watercolouring, of course 🙂



I started by using some painter’s tape to tape out a shape. In this case, a triangle. I use painter’s tape because it’s a temporary tape. You can use washi tape or any low tack tape. 

Press on the versamark ink over the stencils, lift up the stencils and pour some white embossing powder and here’s what you get :

 

I added some watercolours to the lines and that’s it! Easy peasy! 🙂
I used the Create A Smile Alphabet stick to start with a big bold sentiment. Seems perfect for the colourful top 😉
Here’s another look using the same technique (minus the watercolour).

 

All Create A Smile products : 

Diagonal Grid Stencils
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Made With Love – One Stamp Set, Many Looks

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.

 

Let’s face it. Crafting supplies might not be so cheap if you’re like me and you love to make cards or crafting in general, you might need to set a budget. I do that very often or I might not have enough to eat 😉
If I could, I would love to have all the stamp sets in the world. So when buying a stamp set, I will first think about at least 3 different looks I can do with it to see if I should buy that stamp set.
There are some designs that I would call it my “go-to” designs. Basically, I can reuse the technique with different stamp sets and change little things about it to make it a brand new design. And today, I would like to show you 5 cards using those designs.
All the 5 cards are using the Lawn Fawn – Pizza My Heart Stamp Set and Distress Inks for colourings. 
Click the Read More to see all 5 cards!

Continue reading Made With Love – One Stamp Set, Many Looks

Create A Smile Stamps – Cling Stamps Part 2

Sorry for the long break from this blog, everyone! I was busy with school and had to clean up some stuff. But everything in order now and I hope you’ll subscribe for more Crafty Tutorials, Ideas and Tips 🙂

But now, we start with some Create A Smile Projects

Today is the Part 2 for my mini series on Cling Stamps and I’m using the Clustered Leaves stamps. And I was in a crafty mood and decided to share two cards using the stamp stamp and die.

Card #1

I used Distress Inks for this technique. You’ll see why as you read on 😉
Stamping the leaves a bit off page to cluster them on the bottom part of the card base.
The stamped leaves don’t look perfect but it’s okay. It’s more of an abstract-ish looking card.
I try to overlap the leaves with each other with the intention that the colours would mix.
Here’s the reason why I used Distress Inks. I wanted to spray the leaves with water to get the colour mixing and flowing. If you have a spray that produces finer mist, that is even better.
Try not to spray too much water or you’ll lose the shape of the leaves. Tilt it over to get an organic flow of ink.
I’ve die cut three times to stack them up. A bold black word always works the best when it comes to a busy background.
Add some sequins to match the inks and glossy accents over the sentiment and you’re done! 😀
Card #2

 

This card is the complete opposite. It’s more minimalist than the first card.
So, basically, I heat embossed the leaves on to vellum and carefully cut them out.
I’ve positioned them together to look like a bouquet  and purposely let the leaves hang off the card base. I did the Thanks the same way as I did in the first card and topped it off with some gold sequins.
Hope these cards have given you some ideas for your next projects and don’t forget to share them 🙂
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Thanks for stopping by,

Create A Smile Stamps – Ink Blending Part 3

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new craft home!  If this is your first time, I hope you’ll subscribe to this new blog. I have a lot of new ideas that will be rolling out soon. Stay tune!

I’m celebrating my first every milestone with 1000 followers on instagram. I
love instagram and how easy it is for me and other crafter
s to interact and get to know each other. I’m th
ankful for everyone who is always so encouraging. At the end of this post, I have a little giveaway! 

 

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I’ve always and only done ink blending on white cardstock or watercolour paper. Mainly because the colours shows up more vibrant and true. But this week, I thought I’d try it on kraft paper. I didn’t have a good card layout idea but I wanted to do some trial & error.

Basically, I’ve ink blended the paper as usual. No difference in the technique. I tried a few colours but today I’m only showing you the purple ink. The lighter colours will not show so vibrant but it still works, depending on the look you’re going for.

I hope this gives you an ideas and motivation to stretch the uses of your cardstock and inks.

Supplies used : 

All Create A Smile products : 

Crokisses Set

Thanks Twice

Non-Create A Smile products : 

Distress Ink Pads – Seedless Preserve

Time for the giveaway!

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Again, thank you for everyone who have been following me from the start or at anytime. It keeps me motivated to do more crafting projects and it’s also a great platform to meet people and learn from each other.

This giveaway is kindly sponsored by Christine of Create A Smile! I wrote to her a few weeks ago that I would like to purchase a giftcard to giveaway but she offered to sponsor. Thank you, Christine, for your constant support and encouragement to me, all of the CAS DT members and basically everyone in the crafting community.

Here are the details of the giveaway :

For Instagram : There’s a prize of 10€ Giftcard for Create A Smile shop will be randomly given to one lucky follower. This winner will be chosen on my instagram post with the giveaway photo. So head down to my instagram (@mjeggtofu) if you’d like to give this a try.

For my new blog : I thought celebrating two things is better than one right? So, I have a little goodies to give to a random subscriber of my blog. It will be 3 packs of sequins (chosen and packed by me) and a spot to be a guest blogger on my blog. To enter this part of the giveaway, please use the rafflecopter below.

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