Friday, July 29, 2011

Getting Crafty In Singapore - #2

Back again with one of those "WOW" finds from Singapore.
I read an article about Washi Tape on the plane. (The link is a v v brief description for those who have also never heard of it!!) I had never heard of it but I was intrigued by it's versatility. So....Bestie and I invested in a roll each and decided to have a play. She went for something bold and bright...I went for v v basic...LOL!!! The article I read gave 10 ways to use the tape, one was by using it as a frame. These are the 2 cars I have gone with so far....
and #2...
As the pattern on the Washi Tape was so bold, I wanted to let it be the feature...and I also love the impact of white, black and red. I also have to add sentiments to these cards too of course. I have nearly completed the cards I did with Bestie's Washi Tape, but they still need something to finish them off....just can't decide what yet!!

Hope you likes these cards too. My next crafty Singapore post will involve Bestie's kids. Thanks for popping by.

Stuff Used:
CS: CM red and a White CS fm Bestie's stash.
Ink: (SU) Basic Black SWM
Stamps: (SU) Pocket Silhouettes
Other Bits: Japanese Washi Tape

Lynda xx

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Getting Crafty in Singapore - #1

I have had a couple of requests to show some of the stuff craft wise that I got up to whilst in Singapore. So.....whilst the mojo is still MIA...I figured that it will fill some time till it comes back!! So here goes...

My bestie being the great gal she is...pretty much predicted that I may wanna suss out some of the crafty haunts in Singapore. On the way over in the plane, I took some "Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft" magazines with me as well. By pure coincidence....what I read about in some of the mags....I found in Singapore!!! Who'd of thought??

One thing I saw were these stunning ladies...

I had actually made a mental note to source them when I got back to you can imagine my delight when I found them OS!!! I wanted to try a vintage thing with them, so using what bestie had in her craft room I came up with these (bearing in mind I have still not added the sentiments yet!!)

The images in this and the next card were stamp on a textured cream/ivory paper which I was a little unsure of to start with, but was really happy with in the end. Once I had sponged the gave a whole new feel.

This is #2

The lace in this card.....well it was one of those amazing finds. Bestie introduced me to the "Daiso" experience. Daiso is really a $2 shop on steroids. EVERYTHING is $2 and it covers basic, electrical, kitchen, stationary, homewares....and of course crafting bits n pieces!! They are even bringing it to Australia soon. They had 3m packets of lace for $2....and of course I could not!!!

Hope you have enjoyed the first glimpse of my creative time away. I will be back soon with some more.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Cream paper fm Bestie's stash
Ink: (SU) Close to Cocoa (ret), River Rock,
Stamps: Clings - "Vintage Ladies"
Other Bits: Cuttlebug "Script" Embossing Folder, Lace fm Daiso.

Lynda xx

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Hi All,

Yes...I have been back a week and I have totally lost the urge to craft...(insert v v frustrated and exasperated sigh!!!)

So, I thought I'd share something non crafty with you. I have some pics of my time in Singapore. I did have a great time and I loved seeing and spending some quality time with my bestie on her new turf. Singapore is an amazing place. Extremely clean, great public transport system...and v v hot and humid...LOL!!!

On my first day we went to Santosa Island. The feature of this place is the Merlion. It is huge and you can go inside it and get magnificent views of all around. It is set on many as seen here....

Then we trekked up to the Merlion....

And had our photo taken inside of its mouth. This also includes my Bestie (Tracey) and her crew.

The Wednesday was Master Thomas' 6th birthday, and we took a trip to......

The only other zoo I had been too was Taronga here in Sydney, and seriously, there is no comparison. Singapore Zoo is an amazing experience. Everything is so close, there are monkeys roaming free all around and you can get so very close to all the animals.



and Zebras

I had to have a wee giggle to myself moving away from the zebras......this was a sign....

Makes me wonder what was in the feeding trough...LOL!!!

Perhaps the most magical thing I experienced was with a slow moving, mammoth beast that is beyond words. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.....

Yes...I got to ride an elephant!!! Never in a million years would I have ever thought this would be something I would do. Like most things, it was over WAY to quickly, but it is something I will always remember.

Thanks for enduring this incredibly self indulgent post. I promise there are more things to share with you about my time in Singapore, but perhaps in smaller bites...hee hee hee.

For those of you in Sydney, stay warm and dry today....those elsewhere, I hope you are enjoying your time, whatever you may be doing.

Thanks for dropping by.

Lynda xx

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Whose Birthday Is It??

Hey there.
Still in steamy Singapore, but now very close to the end of my stay....sniff!! (Sadly I land at 9pm tonight in Sydney). Thought I'd share a couple of male cards today that I made when inspired by THIS card. I had a lot of fun putting this together and guessing the dimensions. Here are my 2 versions....

I had to make a couple of minor adjustments due to the fact I do not have the Woodgrain BGS. I substituted in embossing folders with my Cuttlebug (Distressed Stripes and Branches). The idea was to give the impression of bark on a tree seen here.

I also did not have any twine, so I raided my old DMC embroidery cottons and used them on an eyelet and a 1" circle punch. I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds and stamped off some River Rock to get the speckled background. A simple slip knot and 1/2 a Mini Glue dot behind and all stuck securely!!

I was so very happy with the way these turned out and even moreso that I had a couple more male cards in my stash.

I should have my next post sent from Sydney. I think I am going to have fun adjusting to the cold again after dealing with 28-33deg C heat and humidity.....back to a chilly Sydney Winter....BRRRrrrrrr.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Very Vanilla, River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White. Holiday Harmony DSP (ret) and Kaisercraft Scrapbooking paper - Fun in the Sun "Sunshine"
Ink: (SU) River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: (SU) Vintage Labels (sentiments), Itty Bitty Backgrounds.
Punches: (SU) XL Owl Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Carla Craft 1" Circle Punch, Sizzix Little Leaf Die
Other Bits: Craft ribbon Dk Brown, Neutrals Brads, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, DMC Embroidery Cotton

Lynda xx

Kaisercraft Scrapbooking Paper: Fun in the Sun "Sunshine

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Twin Fun

Hi all.

I am still in hot and humid Singapore, but sadly my time is drawing to a close. We have had a ball seeing the sights and crafting. Bestie's Miss 8 has even joined in.

Today I wish to share 2 cards I made for a fabulous friend who has wonderful twin gals (hiya Lizzie and Jess!!!) They are individuals in their own I wanted to make the same card but reflecting their own likes. Now given that I was running short on time...(don't get me started on that old chestnut!!) I wanted to keep it fairly easy. I had seen many versions of dragonflies done with Pick A Petal. These had actually started off as 2 flower cards, but I was not happy with the colour combo, so I simplified it down and came up with these......

Now another change for me was the fact that I made a square card...or 2 if you're going to be technical. Once I had the layout for these in my mind they went up very quickly. I am using my So Swirly wheel a lot more since I took it off the wheel. Here are both the dragonflies close up.....every matter what age needs a bit of bling on her birthday!!

(for some odd reason Blogger will not let me do these side-by-side...aaarrggghhh!!)

The dragonflies are simply 4 petals from Pick A Petal and then 5 punched circles...a couple of dimensionals and you're away!! I also HAD to use some more of my you beaut big glitter numbers!!

The girls loved their cards and the co-ordinated neck scarves that went with them.

I fly into Sydney again on Tues....sad to see Singapore go. Having a blast!!

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Roman Print brand Square Card
Ink: (SU) Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink
Stamps: (SU) Pick a Petal, So Swirly Wheel
Punches: Carla Craft 1/2 " and 3/4" circles
Other bits: Dimensionals, DCWV Glitter Stack paper, Glitter numbers

Lynda xx

Friday, July 8, 2011

Crafter's Retreat #8

Good morning all.

One thing I think we all have some difficulty with is sympathy cards. I admit to having a couple of fail safe do we all. Not so long ago I saw a stunner on Andrea Buckland's blog here. It was one of the projects I was DETERMINED to get done at camp as I knew I would have the time needed to get it just right.

This was my 1st version of the card. The person I had it in mind for was a fan of greens.

Now whilst very happy with this version, for me it was just a tad stark, so I stepped it up. The cross itself reminded me of one of the ones you would see on a family's crypt of similar and that is where i found the idea of the trellising vines. This is version #2....

Now on Andrea's tutorial, she embosses the cross in 2 pieces, but I found it much easier to do it in 1 and that way I found that you could line up the join and make it near impossible to detect (hopefully) as seen here....

I think the vines from Vintage Vogue worked a treat here....don't you?? I also love the monotone look of Mellow Moss and Whisper White.

Thanks for dropping by. I believe this is the LAST one of my Crafter's Retreat posts....or perhaps one more. Thanks for enduring them all and I hope that you have enjoyed what I came up with. I will be back soon with more fun and creativity and hopefully a couple of pics from my fun time in Singapore.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Mellow Moss (ret), Whisper White
Ink: (SU) Mellow Moss
Stamps: (SU) Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Vintage Vogue
Punches: (SU) Scallop Trim Border and Corner punches, Word Window Punch
Other bits: (SU) Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Nestabilities Fancy Tags Die, Dimensionals, Small 1/2 pearls fm stash

Lynda xx

Monday, July 4, 2011

Crafter's Retreat #7

Nearly there...I promise....

I did so many male cards whilst away....this is another. I have been really lucky with getting inspiration from DP of late and these cards are no exception. I had an idea bouncing around and it basically came to be...which is a nice change. I used Just Jawing...which I have played with a bit of's great for those tween age guys and gals. These are the cards........

When I initially stamped and mounted the skull...on the darker background the Whisper White looked VERY stark. So the cogs started clunking..... I ended up getting out my Kaiser Clear Grunge stamp, borrowed one of the gals Brocade Blue inks, stamped off the ink and then onto the skull. It looked so cool!!

Took all the starkness magic....and like it's name....grunged it up really well.

Thanks for popping by again. I sincerely hope that you are enjoying my camp made creations.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Kaisercraft - Thrill Seeker - P216 "Adventure"
Ink: (SU) Night of Navy, Brocade Blue (ret)
Stamps: (SU) Just Jawing, Birthday Wish, Kaisercraft Clear Stamp - Grunge
Punches: (SU) Samll Star Punch (ret), Small Square Punch (to nip banner look)
Extra bits: Dimensionals, Goggle eyes fm stash

Lynda xx

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Crafter's Retreat #6

WARNING....More butterflies contained in this post!!! :)

One of the cards that I really wanted to have a go at whilst at camp was this card that I saw on SCS. We do not have Springtime Vintage DP here in Australia (yet....but fingers crossed), but I was lucky enough to receive some as a gift from the US. This is my version of the card...and yes I did 2....not exactly the same...but sorry...I cannot do it...hee hee hee.

I did not sponge the edges on this I left them at home.....along with many other things. I hate packing in a flurry!!! This card was also a challenge as it had NO Whisper White or Vary Vanilla CS to speak of...and I kinda liked it. I am also very much liking stamping onto DP.

Yes...there are more butterflies to come, but I may break the monotony of Crafter's Retreat posts with a couple of other ones.

Thanks for popping by. I should be at the airport now,  very close to taking off......ash clouds and all taken into consideration!!

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: (SU) Not Quite Navy
Stamps: (SU) Sincere Salutations
Other bits: (SU) Bigz Beautiful Butterfly Die, Dimensionals, Tulip Embossing Folder

Lynda xx