Friday, January 29, 2010

Crackle Paint on Acrylic

This is another technique ATC that I've created for Clear Scraps technique showcase. This is a technique that I've shared before in the past but since I did this ATC to showcase it, I think I could share it here again.

This is an easy two steps technique. Paint the acrylic with crackle paint. I've mixed two colours of crackle paints on my ATC. To get a good crackle effect, apply a moderate layer of crackle paint on your acrylic surfaces. Leave it to dry a little and the cracks begins. When you see the cracks but it's still not fully dry, apply a thin layer of Glossy Accents on top of it to seal it. It's important not to wait till the crackle paint is fully dry as the paint will start to peel off itself from the acrylic surface when it's dry. Hope you all give this technique a try and have fun!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Water Effect on Acrylic!

Wonder how you can create a watery effect on your acrylic surfaces? I've actually created the above simple ATC for Clear Scraps's technique showcase during this Winter CHA. It's actually very easy to create the above effect. It's all about using Glossy Accents!

Cover a layer of glossy accents on top of the acrylic surface and later use a scrap paper to smudge it while it's still wet. The more glossy accents that you apply, the more dramatic the effect will be. When it's dry, Ink the back of the ATC with some blue tones and silver alcohol ink. Voila! there you have it! The water effect!

This is a post that I've scheduled before I leave for the USA. I hope you all enjoyed it!

Monday, January 25, 2010

It's Monday at The Crop Spot!

It's Monday again at The Crop Spot! Eventhough we're away at Winter CHA 2010 now, we still keep the blog rolling with rich tutorials and fun! This week, I'll be sharing a project featuring the Ancestral Line by TPC Studio. The technique this week would be misting with perfect pearls. It's a real easy step to add that extra shine to your projects.Hope you all will start using your perfect pearls after this tutorial. Have fun!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's Hiro's time!

Hiro is 35 Weeks old now! This is a shot that we've captured earlier this week. He is really learning more and more each week. Now, he is almost able to eat all of his threats that we've stuffed into his tricky/chewing toys without our help. He is a very smart puppy.

When we gave him some hard chewing bones to chew on, he will soften it by putting the chewing bone into his bowl of water. He is now at the pet's hotel or retreat while we were away. He will be enjoying his time with his "godmother" (the retreat owner).

I won't be posting any updates on Hiro next weekend as I'm away and could not capture any pictures of him that week. I'll resume to post his updates the weekend after when I'm back. I've also scheduled some blog posts on my weekly posts at The Crop Spot. So, check back to read on it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Last Sneak Peeks!

Here are my last two sample projects using some Clear Scraps new releases! I've used two new acrylic brag albums to create this two albums.

These are really some fun projects to do! These albums are perfect as a gift for anyone or simply just a bag full of memories on a certain occasion. I'm so addicted to them and I've told Clear Scraps that I'm so going to create using all of the available brag bag designs by them.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Off To USA!!

USA, here I come!! I believed I'm already on my flight when this post goes up. I'm so excited and a little nervous at the same time. I'll arrived at LAX on 21st evening. I just can't wait to get to meet some of you and make new friends at the shows!

I've scheduled some posts for this week and next week. At the same time, I'll try to blog from wherever I am. I'm hoping to be able to get to some areas with free wifi!

Do check back tomorrow for my last sneak peeks using Clear Scraps new releases. Don't remember to give me a hug when you see me in person. LOL!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ready for another Sneak Peek?

Today, I'll share my sample using one of Clear Scraps new acrylic banner! It is a very cute banner. Clear Scraps had added a cool twist to the typical normal banner shape. Check out my sample below.

In this sample, I've used the new acrylic "Birthday banner". This banner is so cool that you could use it at almost anywhere. I've actually created this banner for Chloe and it's hung on her bed. She likes it a lot. You could easily create it in any colour to suit the room or their favourite colours and theme. I've included the theme of flowers, butterflies and a small tiara for Chloe's banner. These are some of her favourites which resembles a garden princess.  I'll be sharing this project in much more detail some other time.

There will be more sneak peeks tomorrow. Do check back for it. For those of you who wish to register for some of my classes, check out all the available classes on the right of my blog. Can't wait to meet you all there!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First Clear Scraps Sneak Peek!

It's time for the first sneak peek of Clear Scraps Winter CHA release! Today, I'll share my sample using the acrylic butterfly brag album. I'm really in love with this new release! Check out my sample below.

In my sample, I've actually tilted the album to better display the butterfly shaped pages inside. This is such a fun album to create. For all you butterfly lovers, this album is a must! To see some pages inside this album, go on over to Clear Scraps blog now. I'll be sharing this album in more detail some other time.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more sample sneak peeks of Clear Scraps Winter CHA release. This sample will be displayed at Clear scraps booth # 1573. For those attending this CHA, do stop by and check it out. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Want another Mini Album Tutorial?

So, are you ready for another mini album from me? This week, I'll be sharing the tutorial on the above mini accordian album at  The Crop Spot . This mini album feature the amazing Nature Storybook line by Webster Pages. It's a chipboard accordian album with more than ten pages in it. Hope you all like the tutorials. While there, be sure to check out the giveaway that they are having too!

I'll be posting some sneak peeks of Clear Scraps CHA new release this week. Make sure you check back for it.

I'll be leaving for the states this Thursday but I'll try to schedule some posts while I'm away so that there will be something here for you all to read. I'll also try to blog while I'm at the states to give you all some updates about me and my days at CHA.

Hope you all would follow through this week's tutorials at The Crop Spot and have fun!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

34 Weeks!

It's an update about Hiro again. Look at the above picture of him. What do you think is in his mind?....We actually captured this picture of him while talking to him. He seems to be listening and showing interest. When we talk to him, he will tilt his head to the sides. He will tilt it to the right and left alternately. And when he is not titlting his head, he will turn his ears side ways. Next time, try talking to you dog and see how he reacts? It might be a great opportunity for a unique shot.

CHA is getting so near and I'll be leaving soon for the USA. I can't wait to meet some of you! Next week, I'll be posting some sneak peeks of the latest release by Clear Scraps for this coming CHA! Make sure you check back for it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This is a layout that I've created sometime ago for an article on SNR which feature the stamps by Darkroom Door. I just love how intricate their stamps are.

Here are some of the ways that I've used their stamps on this layout.

1) I've create a border by stamping the bottom of the layout with a huge stamp for four times. To make it more interesting, I've stamped the same image again on tag and later pop it up on one of those four stamped images earlier.

2) I've stamped some ferns behind the bunch of circles and leaves to create some height to it.

3) I've stamped using the stamps on the grungeboard hinges to create more details to it.

4) To create the interesting compass circles, I've stamped some of their compass stamps onto circles that I've cut out from the pattern paper. See how I've used the same stamp to create smaller or bigger compass circle.

5) I've stamped some words on the photograph to make the it blend it with the layout more.

More close-ups:

With these tips through this layout, hopefully you all will start to try stamping on your layouts more often. Just have some fun and try to think outside the box while using them. I know most stamps are meant for cards and some other smaller projects but with a little creativity, you could use them easily on your layouts. It's all about having fun!

Sources: Pattern Papers: Memento; Inks: Ranger Distress Ink, Tsukineko Staz On; Stamps: Darkroom Door; Others: Tim Holtz idea-ology grungeboard and masks, Ranger Glossy Accents, Ranger Stickles, brads, leaves, foam berries, buttons, ribbons, floss for stitching, Glue Dots and other adhesives.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Schedule at USA!!

Last week, I've promised to post about my schedule while at USA. Hopefully some of you would be able to make it to these places and say hi or join me for a fun scrapping session!

First of all, I'll be flying on the 21st and reach at LAX on the 21st as well. My and my hubby will be taking some time to adjust to the time differences on the 22nd.

I'll be attending the Pre-CHA Craft Supershow on the 23rd. I'll be demoing and doing make and takes the whole day at Scrapbooking Supplies R Us booth which is booth no. 947. I'll be there from 10am till 6pm. If you have any questions at all about any of my techniques on my blog or on my work, feel free to come and ask away.

On 24th till 26th, I'll be making rounds at CHA with my sponsorers. I'll be going to various booths and checking stuffs out. You could see some of my projects in real life at Clear Scraps booth (1573) and Advantus/Tim Holtz idea-ology booth (2140, 2234). Hope you all like what you all see.

On 25th morning, I'll be at Clear Scraps booth for about 2 to 3 hours. Come on over and if you have any particular questions about working with Clear scraps stuffs, I'll be glad to answer them for you. You'll also be able to see some of my samples using Clear Scraps latest release for this coming CHA. I'm so excited and can't wait to share them with you.

I'll be at San Jose on the 27th and hopefully will get to do some shopping on that day and on the 28th. I might also be dropping by Memories Live On on that day to sort out some last minute preparations for the classes.

On 29th evening, I'll be teaching a class. I just can't wait to get all your hands looking interesting and have an amazing time with you all. if you have any questions as to what you must bring for the class, you can email me or the organizers.

On 30th, it will be a full day of fun, creativity and party! Bring your apron if you want but you will still get your first signature artsy hands after this class with me. I'm not kidding! You'll love it and if you need to be somewhere else after this class, you might want to bring along some baby wipes....LOL! I'll be flying home on the 31st.

So, now you have it. My schedule for the USA trip. I do hope to get loads of hugs and "hi"s from you all and make this trip a rememberable one! Feel free to email me any questions that you have.

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's a puppy Monday!

My this week's project for The Crop Spot would be a layout on Hiro while he is still a small puppy. This layout feature the cute line, Bad To the Bone by TPC Studio.

In this tutorial you'll learn about heat embossing on grungepaper and how to ulitize all the cute designs on this paper line. So, head on over to The Crop Spot now to check it out.

While you're there, remember, there's a giveaway based on my last week's project, "Wish Come True" on The Crop Spot now. Try your luck!

And if you're interested in having a class with me at San Jose, California this January, do check out the details here. You could also click on the picture of the class project which is on the lower right of my blog to read on the details. Come and join in the fun!  

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hello 2010 from Hiro!

This week, Hiro step into his 33 weeks. This week he has been a little mischevious and got my hubby chasing him around the house a few times....LOL! He is slowly trying to test his boundaries of acceptable behaviour and we have to remind him of that.

Below is another picture of Hiro smiling and wishing everyone a good year ahead!  

I hope everyone would include a resolution of " I have to smile more often" in 2010!

This week is also Ryan's first week of grade one. Below is a few pictures captured on his first day of school.

Time really flies isn't it. Now he is already in grade one and I guess not long from now, he'll be graduating. I really missed his baby days.

I really can't believed that Winter CHA is just only 14 days away. I'll give more details as to when and where  I'll be during the Pre-CHA and CHA sometime next week. I really hope to meet you all there and for those who would love to take a class with me, remember to register yourself through this link. Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Giveaway at The Crop Spot!

Remember this layout? It's the layout that I've posted at The Crop Spot on Monday. The good news is that SBSRUS is doing another great giveaway based on this layout. The giveaway consists of mostly products used in this layout. So, if you want to grab your chance in winning some of these amazing products and create your very own icy project, check out the giveaway here. Good Luck everyone!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Melt Together Mini Album

This is a mini snowman album that I've created using Clear Scraps last CHA release, mini acrylic snowman album. I've used various techniques to create this mini album. Below are some close-ups and pages in it.

On the front cover, I've stamped some snowflakes using a Glue Pad and sprinkle some silver glitters all over it.

I've used the "Ice Stickles to Create Frost" technique on all the top edges of everything to create the frost look on this mini album.

If you have a long title for a mini album and could not fit on the front cover, simply add it to the back of the cover to make the album more interesting. For the second page, I've embossed the acrylic and sand it on it's back to give it a frost look.

On the fourth page, I've stamped on it with a snowflake stamp and some black solvent ink.

On the fifth page, I've stamped some snowflakes using distress ink on the paper. I've also add a tag in between page 5 and 6.

I've added Ice stickles on everything on these pages.

I really love how this mini snowman album turns out. The Ice Stickles really does the work and the shape of the album tells it all. Why not try creating one of this mini album during this winter? It will be such a fun project to create and share it with your little ones.

Time is getting near for CHA! Have you all registered for my classes at San Jose, CA? If you have not, check it out here. You would not be disappointed. This might be my only trip to USA for a long time. So grab the chance and join me in some fun-filled classes! 

Sources: Clear Products: Clear Scraps; Cardstock: Bazzill; Pattern Papers: BoBunny, Hot Off the Press; Inks: Ranger Distress Ink, Tsukineko Staz On; Stamps: Norsk Stempelblad AS; Others: Ranger Ice Stickles, Prima lace, Robin's Nest dew drops, Maya Road tag, K& Co chipboard buttons, snowflake brads, die-cut frames, twine, ribbons, rhinestones, Glue Dots, Zip Dry and other adhesives.  


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