August 25, 2011

Making cards

hello everyone, am sure that most of you must be really busy with the Eid preparations, sigh, for me here don't really feel anything :-( Hopefully on the day itself we may have some fun !

Just wanted to show some cards I made to send back home. Yup, it seems I've been bitten by the 'card making' bug ! I tried scrapbooking with my kids photos a few years back but got quickly bored cos it was so time consuming not to mention costly! And in the end, the only person that kept looking at the album was me ! But recently I discovered this !

This is the Magnolia company and that cute girl is Tilda! There's a cute boy version called Edwin. The mag sold here is of course in Dutch but you can get the English version at WHSmith UK. But still its full of gorgeous inspiring cards featuring the magnolia stamps. And so I decided to venture forth ....

My first attempt! I stamped the bird on white cardstock and colored with color pencils, cut out a window on the main pink card stock and inserted the bird. I just cut out the little green 'ketupat' from a glittered cardstock.

The inside, yup, very messy stamping, need to practice more

2nd card attempt! The girl stamp is from Blossom, the butterflies are stuck using 3D foam squares, see how they fly :)

Decided to use free hand script, still horrid

3rd card attempt! This is Tilda from the magnolia collection, used 'photo vintage' distress ink to ink up the edges around Tilda

The inside, glittered paper stamped with leaves border clear stamp using olive ink

4th card! Yup, was already exhausting my creative juices! So a simple layering of card stock and lace and freehand cut out fabric blooms from scraps

The Tilda stamp is rubber that is mounted on acrylic block. I rounded the corners just by using the ends of a circle template I made. Distress it using the the ink and the foam, still needs loads of practice !

The cardstock were all from 'First Edition Papers', a book of 64 gorgeous papers 6x6 200gsm weight. Its the same as looking at a stack of fat eights fabrics or jelly rolls ! Please don't use anything below 200 gsm, too flimsy. The ready cut wooden hearts are gorgeous and handy too.

So, what do you think? Should I abandon this latest craze of mine ? Its amazingly time consuming but there's such satisfaction when you see the end result. Now my nights are spent browsing the blogs of magnolia cards. My favorite designer is twopeasinabucket, she does such gorgeous work and has youtube videos too. I can get the supplies if anyone is interested, delivery in December.

These cards are going out to my friend and parents and inlaws tomorrow night, hope they're not chucked into the bin !

Selamat Hari Raya , Eid Mubarak all 


August 18, 2011

Bridget Bardot Wannabe :)

Hahahaha, how I wish ! Well, take off 20 years, blond hair and blue contacts, might just see the resemblance :) The pattern is from Burda 6/2011 pattern 124. Its a simple peasant style blouse with 3/4 sleeves, gathered neckline, sleeve and hems. 

Do we look like those mom and daughter shots from the Japanese pattern books ? When I found these 2 checked voile cotton fabrics at a stall I knew I had to make matching outfits and I kept the pink for ME! And yup, we were both wearing white pants walking about town hehehe.

I bound the edges with ready made blue tartan cotton bias and added a 3 inch band at the waist so I could wear the blouse on top like that. Really happy how it turned out, true to size.

Doesn't the model look fab ? * sigh*

Whats that ? Its my little strawberry bush in my backyard :) Only managed to get 5 ripe ones and they were instantly gobbled by the 'girl' , she's a strawberry fanatic that one ! When the plant first started sprouting in march I thought they were weeds! Phew lucky I didn't dig it up. Hopefully more will ripen soon before all this rain destroys them.

So, thats the last of my Summer sewing folks, so baju raya siap dah ? I have little Danny's shirt left and some hemming , feeling lethargic today, must be this depressing weather :( 

August 12, 2011

Simple Summer Separates & Ramadhan Kareem !

Salam Ramadhan to all my fellow muslims, may we find berkat in all our doings in this holy month.

So, what are you guys having for buka puasa tonite? Ish I am sooo jealous ! Here it is going to be whatever that I decide to dream up hahaha. Buka is currently at 9.15pm and imsak is 3.50am, yup, its a really long day. But it actually feels alright because the weather is nice and cool, in fact summer has flown on by and the cold winds and wet days of autumn are already here. Kids are going to need warmer school clothes again.

Just wanted to share some summer separates I made for Shasha before they become obsolete :-)

The top was from here and I think its going to be her last time wearing it. The pants is from white eyelet cotton, loose fit with leg cuffs. Got the idea from a Burda March issue, just looks so relaxed and carefree.

The top and 3/4 pants are from Ottobre 3/2009, here. I added woven ribbons around the knees and a cute button, totally transformed. The top from jersey and has a very sweet flaired sleeves and hem. The pants are linen, really comfy.

Whats cool about separates is all the mix and match to get double the outfits :) The beautiful embroidered blouse was a steal from a small vintage shop in Amsterdam, some things never go out of style.

This is the pants up close. I topstitched the side seams with a bright pink criss cross stitch, vamp !

And finally, a simple peasant dress from Cucito, altered to flare it up more, added an elastic waist casing, green rickrack and red woven ribbon at the hem

Hmm I just realised all her outfits are blue this summer , not a pink in sight ! *Sigh* I am so missing summer already, just too too short.

Selamat berbuka all, I still have a longgggg day ahead :)


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