13 December 2008

The Other Desk Calendar

Hello once again! As promised, here are the detailed photos of the second calendar that I made. This time I just used my Studio G stamp on all calendars and just coloured it differently. All dp were from Heidi Grace Orchard Bouquet collection and cs were SU's! Wild Wasabi and DCWV Matchmakers. The black cs base was from Officeworks. It's a 210gsm cs and I bought it for around $11 I think, for a pack of 50. Not that bad and the quality is good as well.

And by the way, you can print this calendar for free on this link
And before printing, please do these simple steps:
Right click on the calendar and print preview
Go to the “Shrink Down” drop down menu, select 80%
Print it onto your Whisper White cs or any cs that you may wish to use
Easy peasy! Now go ahead and try to make one of these desk calendars. You won't be sorry, it's a very useful project.
Keep smiling while stamping! ;-)


Desk Calendars

Howdy everyone! We're havin' a bit of "wet summer" season here in Australia for 2 days now. Hope all is well with you. I've been seeing a lot of calendars being made as Christmas gifts lately and I told myself 'why not give it a try?' So, I came up with these desk calendars which I found the tutorial from Nancy Morgan here, and samples from Dawn Easton and Cambria Turnbow. These women make fab cards, really. Check out their blogs for you to see.

And here are my calendars. I was able to make 2:

And here are the photos per page of the first calendar. The samples you've seen on the above links used the SU! A Tree for All Seasons but I don't have that so I just used my Cupcake stamps by Inkadinkado and Hero Arts.

Well, it took awhile before I finished these, probably because it's my first time and the materials to be used weren't planned beforehand. But at least, I did it! lol! I'm looking forward to make more of these. They're good for Christmas gifts, don't you think so?

Oh, we're now on the 12days of Christmas countdown! Are you guys done shopping? Not me, I'll do it this coming week and I know it's a bit rush. :)

I will be posting the other calendar details later. Have a blessed day!


11 December 2008

Getting Ready for Christmas!

Hi everyone! I know most of you have just woke up but in my part, I'm about to sleep 'coz it's already 1:14am here in Australia. :) Well, just want to share with you what I came up with tonight. But before that, I'll tell you a bit about what happened today. Me and my DS2 Jhetro went to my husband's work on his second shift and was with him the whole time he's driving the bus (my hubby is a bus driver here which is under the state transit). He picked us up from our house during his meal break then went with him on the bus. My darling son enjoyed it very much as he really loves buses!

After my husband knocked off from work, we then picked up DS1 Jared from his school. At around 5ish, we then went again to his school for a Parent-Teacher interview. My hubby and I are so proud of him as he got really good grades. His teachers were very amazed with his performance and they said that Jared is really different from kids of his age. Meaning, he's very mature and most of the words that he speaks are not "common" words that you would hear for a 9-yr old boy. Well, I must say that my son really is fond of reading and boy, he's got a very good memory! I feel so blessed for him. I'm so blessed with my kids and of course, with my husband.

Fast forward -- we then went to Officeworks as I want to buy coloured pencils which aren't water-based so I can use it with my blending stumps and baby oil. (remember I ran out of blender pen?) After doing a bit of searching, I decided to buy the Crayola pencil set of 36 which only costed me AU$4! I was also able to buy cardstocks which are on "special" prices. You can see it on the card that I've just finished. Here it is:

To tell you honestly, I'm a cardmaker and a stamper who doesn't own a lot of stamps. I don't do stamp-shopping that much because we're a single-income family and I have to stick to the family budget. I however do some shopping once in awhile but I train myself (and always make a note to self) that I can't always get what I want. ;-) I always tell this to my kids as well, that we may not always get what we want, but we are so blessed to receive the things that we need. And that's enough for me, really. So what I do is, improvise sentiments by printing them onto computer and finding some gorgeous images online to colour and put onto a card just like this one. I'm also blessed that I always find bargains online and offline and I have cyber friends who are so kind and generous to send me stamped images. You know who you are ---thanks so much!

I coloured my image using the Crayola that I just bought and I was so surprised that the colours can easily be pulled by the stumps. And the colours are vibrant as well. I patterned the sketch to SC146 over SCS and finished off the card by putting Copic Spica glitter pen onto the baubles.

Here's a different shot that captured the sparkle.

And a different angle shot..

This is all for now. Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving lovely comments.

May our good Lord bless us always.

with love,


10 December 2008

CC196 Santa in Real Red & Teal...


Good evening from Sydney, with love! :) Here's my freshly-baked card for the CC196 over SCS. On this challenge we are to use Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Real Red (or Riding Hood) and Sage Shadow (or Baja Breeze).

I coloured my Sugar Nellie stamp (thanks Bec! this is a RAK from her) with Aquarelle and blender pen. Whew! I really thought I wouldn't be able to finish colouring the image as my blender pen is running out. Well, it ran out soon as I finished the card that's why I used my Copics and Bic Mark-It to colour other areas.

The snowflakes background was stamped with Versamark. Yay! My first time to use this wonderful watermark pad and I feel like I'm going to use it more often. So, yeah as you can see, this is just a very simple card. I finished it off by using Icicle stickles for "snow effect" (I actually did some sponging for some snow scene using my Versacube) and put those itty bitty teal rhinestones on the 4 corners of my image. I also used my Fiskars Lace border punch once again and it really looks elegant. :)
This is all for now. More post later.
God bless you!


09 December 2008

Christmas Carolers

Hello everyone!! Today I'm going to share with you the latest Christmas card that I made. This is not your usual Christmas colours but I really like how this card ended up. When I was colouring the image (Note: This is not a stamped image, this is an image I got from Google while searching for Christmas carolers), I didn't know exactly what mat colours I'll be putting on to the card, whether I'd use a dp or what. All I knew is I enjoyed colouring them, plus the fact that I was able to make another "snow" scene here. They're wearing coat and mittens so there has to be snow. :)

I started with a dark green cs which I bought from Officeworks on clearance a couple of months ago. I then put another dark-chocolate coloured cs which I think is a Bazzill (it's from my stash) and embossed the mustard-coloured cs using my Fiskars texture plates ran through my "bug". I used my white gel pen to put dots around the card and to the 2 corners of the matted image as well. Btw, I coloured my image with Aquarelle and blender pen. I then finished it off by putting dew drops on just 2 corners again (one on top and on the bottom) and put Diamond and Frosted Lace stickles here and there. ;-)

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day! Don't forget to visit Crafty Muse for our fornightly challenge (and it's all about Christmas).

God bless us all!


08 December 2008

Millie Rose Christmas (Crafty Muse)

Hi everyone! How are you doing? Hope everything's in good shape. Just want to share with you card I made 2 days ago. This is one of the Crafty Muse's girls and her name is Millie Rose! Right now, Crafty Muse is having it's fornightly challenge and this time you will use the free images being found there on a Christmas theme card. So timely for the holiday season.

I made a simple card using Millie Rose with her wand and here's what I came up with:

I used Not Quite Navy and Pretty in Pink for this card. Not your usual Christmas colours, huh? Wel, sometimes it's good to try other colour combos and step out of the traditional ones. I sponged the areas around my image using my Versacube ink pad while it's still on the Nesties die. I then matted it on Pretty in Pink cs, ran my Whisper White through my Cuttlebug with my Snowflakes embossing folder then adhered my matted image on it. That simple! I used my concave corner punch and instead of putting brads or pearls on the corners, I used my pink stickles instead.

So, head on to Crafty Muse blog now and join our fornightly challenges! Check out other DT's blogs also to see their fab creations and don't forget to visit the Crafty Muse blog every now and then as Sammi (the genius behind these images) will be releasing "the boys" soon!

Until next post. Have a blessed day everyone!


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