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 – 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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Create A Smile Stamps – Ink Blending Part 2

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new craft home!  There is still some more details that I need to add so, this site isn’t 100% complete. There will be plenty of features and tutorials up on this site. You can think of it as me giving a facelift to my blog 🙂 Stay tune!

Let’s get to today’s card :

I finally dug out my ink blending tool and start to ink blend again and now I’m on a ink blending buzz 😀 So hope you’ll enjoy this and come back next week for another ink blending card.

I usually try to make a batch of thank you cards to give to friends or family member and today I would like to share with you a batch of cards I’ve made.

 

 

I die cut some squares and started to ink blend using various Distress Inks. For these four cards, I used Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac. As you can see, I’ve only ink blended the bottom half of the panel. I like how it looks soft and I added some water splatters on the card. to get some extra texture.
Next, I used My Favourite Things Hybrid black ink to stamp the flower from the Crokisses Set. I tried to paint it to match the colour of the ink blend  but I wanted the flower to stand out so I decided to paint all of it brown.

 

 

To add the sentiment, instead of stamping, I used the Alphabet Stickers and used the colours to match the ink blended colour. I used a grid paper and Create A Smile long acrylic block with grids to help me position the stickers as straight as possible. Tip : Stick the last letter first, that way you don’t have to remove it again if you underestimate the length. 

 

To add some shimmer to the flower, I used the Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium. It gives the same effect as the Wink of Stella (Clear) but it contains more in a bottle and more cost efficient. If you have a Wink of Stella, try this to refill your Wink of Stella pen 😉

 

Here’s a close up to show you the shimmers …
 Supplies : 
All Create A Smile products : 
Non-Create A Smile products : 
Distress Ink Pads – Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac
Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium
Gold Sequins (my own)
Watercolour Paper
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Thanks for stopping by!

Create A Smile – Challenge of the Month – Blog Hop

Welcome to Create A Smile first Challenge of the Month! This month, the theme is Favourite. You can interpret it however you like. I choose to pick my favourite type of stamps. Of course, there are countless of stamps that I love but florals are weakness 😉 

For this hop, the winner will receive a 15€ gift from Create A Smile and there’s also a hop-giveaway on the Create A Smile main blog

Here you can see a one layer card I’ve made using the floral sets from Create A Smile called Crokisses and a bunch of Distress Ink Markers.



Hope you like my card as much I love making it!

Here is the order of the blog hop. 
Head over to the next blog or you can go to the blogs that you might have missed. 
Their instagram name are next to their blog links for you to support and follow them on instagram as well!

Create A Smile – @createasmilestamps
Sonja K. – @sonjakstampart
Francine – @francinevuilleme
Anika – @annikarten
Birka – @biiirka
Keeway – @kiwi.koncepts
Justine – @justinehovey
Amy – @thecraftbunny
Samantha – @sammann11
Marina (You are here) – @mjeggtofu
Marika – @mispasttimes
Anja – @anjacurvers

Create A Smile Stamps – Beach Party Kit

Hi Everyone! Did you order the new kit? If you have not, what are you waiting for? Head over to the store because there’s a limited amount of kits available. But if you still need more convincing, I’m using a few of the products from the kit in my card below.

Enjoy!

To be very honest, I don’t know how I wanted the card to look. 
I just started with taking a watercolour paper and swipe a layer of white gesso over the stencil, but only on one side of the paper. Why? I don’t know haha. I just wanted to test out how it would turn out and didn’t want to waste a whole piece of watercolour paper.
While I let the gesso air dry, I stamped the images (also on a watercolour paper with Distress Ink – Walnut Stain) and use my Inktense Watercolour Pencils to colour the images. I usually start by direct colouring on the areas that should come out darker. 


The pencils are highly pigmented, a little goes a long way. As you can see below, I’m using a wet brush and “pull” the colour to the rest of the white space. If the colour isn’t vibrant enough, you can get the colour directly from the pencil with a wet brush.

To add colour to the gesso-ed stencil, I used my very wet brush to pick up colour directly from the pencil. If you’ve never done this before, no worries, this does not ruin your pencil. At least not for me. 

Anyways, all I wanted to create is a gradient of light to dark blue.

Materials Used
All Create A Smile products : 
Beach Party Kit (used the Stencil, Stamp and Enamel Dots) 
Happy Days (Birthday Sentiment)
Non-Create A Smile Products : 
Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils
Ranger Glossy Accents
Clear Wink of Stella
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Thanks for stopping by,

Create A Smile Stamps – More Masking!

Hi Everyone! Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers out there! 🙂 

As much as I love adding dimensional stickers to my images to have it overlap images and overall, looking more fun and interesting, I do enjoy the planning and carefully stamping all images in one flat layer. Also, I find that masking technique also kind of helps you save some money on buying truck loads of dimensional stickers.

This might not be new to some of you but I would like to share more masking ideas and tips along the way. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s card and I would like to see what you’ve come up with.

I am a clumsy crafter. Almost all the time, I managed to ruin my project mid-way or when it’s almost done, so eventhough, I usually create a card with spontaneous ideas, in this case I’ve made a plan on where I want the flowers and leaves to be. 
But first, let’s cut the paper. I wanted to die-cut the border using Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Dies but my new die-cut machine isn’t wide enough so I traced the die on my panel and just hand cut it. If anyone has any tips on how I can use border dies on my cardbase using cuttlebug, that would be awesome!
Time to start stamping and masking! General rule for masking is : The image that you want to have it on the front, has to be the one that you stamp first. I want all the flowers to be on top of the leaves, so they get stamped first. I stamped it again on a thin typing paper and carefully cut it out and use a temporary adhesive. I’ve also made a mask for my leaves 🙂

This is how it looks after being stamped. It looks a bit chaotic but take your time to colour and it will come out great! I used Antique Linen Distress ink to stamp the images and Prime Watercolour to colour in the images. Since I’m watercolour, I coloured all the flowers first. This allows the flowers to dry before I start colouring the leaves. 

To add something that would pop out of the images, I used a White Gel Pen to add some dots to the flowers. 
All Create A Smile products : 
Non-Create A Smile Products : 
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Thanks for stopping by,

Create A Smile Stamps – Creative Stamping!

Hi Everyone! A month break from crafting has made me a bit rusty. I’ve finally migrated to Germany! 🙂 Still getting used to the idea but getting there. Anyways, I’m just really happy to be crafting again and sharing my projects with you. Today, I would like to share a way to “edit” your stamp. 

A good tip I learn while doing this sort of stamping method is that try it on a regular typing paper first if you’re doing it for the first time. It helps and avoid wasting your precious cardstock 🙂 And always make sure your fingers stays clean from the black it. I’m always having this issue -.- Somehow black ink finds it’s way to my fingers no matter how careful I try to be. 
The image that you want to have it on the front, has to be the one that you stamp first. And I wanted a second stamp behind it but the image was a bit larger so I had to extend the height of the shelter. To do this, I masked off the top part (the shelter) and a bit of the two bars and stamp the rest of the image as usual. Remember to take off the tape before stamping! 
This is how it should look like when you masked off the top part. 

Next, I masked off the bottom area and the hippo and only inked up what I had masked off earlier and  carefully stamp it so that the bar would look kind of straight. Lol, it’s a bit slanted 😀 As you can see below, it’s a bit taller than the original.

More masking! I used pieces of post it to masked of the area where I will stamp the next hippo so that it won’t overlap. 

Once, all the stamping is over, I took my Copics and colour 🙂 Added the sentiments and ta-da! Hope you like it and let me know if you have any questions / comments!
All Create A Smile products : 
Non-Create A Smile Products : 
Copics
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
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