Saturday, August 23, 2014

New Store: Crafty Saver

First row from left to right:
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mini Kit #7
Second row:
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin
Ever since Custom Crops closes down its business, I been searching for new stores that offer that kind of discount. This is a very difficult task but I do come close a few of online stores and one of them is Crafty Saver

Crafty Saver concept is more alike of one of the online store I frequent back then known as Oh My Crafts! which has been closes down as well. Their concept is having special discount if you purchase up to certain amount or bundle of products for over a period of time. Since I do not have much choice, I decided to give Crafty Saver a try. Furthermore, they are having promotion on Tim Holtz Ranger products which I wanted to buy as well.

I placed the order and made the payment on 12 August 2014. One thing not good about Crafty Saver is that they do not send out shipping notification! Aarrgghh..... In order to check the order status, customers have to login to the Crafty Saver account! This is really a minus point in customer service! Nevertheless, after logging into the Crafty Saver account, I am able to find my tracking number and track my parcel shipment. My parcel was shipped on 14 August 2014 which is great as previously, Oh My Crafts! takes up to weeks to ship out the parcel. I was not at home yesterday and the delivery man left me an acknowledgment slip. Thanks to my darling hubby who picks up the parcel at the post office today.

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mini Kit #7
I am so thankful for Tim Holtz to have the distress ink in the mini distress ink pads. This really save me a lot both money and space. I have a few full size distress ink pads but I think I will switch to mini distress ink pads. Why? First, it is more value for money and I get more colors. Second, mini distress ink pads work better with most of the techniques as suggested by Jennifer McGuire. Third, I do not use distress ink that often and mini distress ink pads just save the day. :P Previously, I already gotten Tim Holtz distress ink mini kit #4 and now, I am getting Tim Holtz distress ink mini kit #7.

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
That Ranger mini ink blending tool is another tool recommended by Jennifer McGuire. I purchase this Ranger mini blending tool not because it is recommended by Jennifer McGuire but also because of the soft edges it gives. I always have hard edges when I use the original blending tool making my projects not as good. Furthermore, the mini foam stack well at the bottom of the mini distress ink pads which I find it very useful in organizing and easy to access. Actually, I already have a pair of Ranger mini ink blending tool but I forgotten and bought another pair! Anyhow, it is good to have a spare pair.

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin
I can easily stack the mini distress ink pads but I like it to be organize and portable too. Thus, the Tim Holtz mini distress ink storage tin is the answer! On Jennifer McGuire's Tim Holtz & Ranger Product Release Close-Up video earlier, Jennifer also mentioned that this Tim Holtz mini distress ink storage tin is able to hold Hero Arts mini ink pads or cubes. I plan to buy Hero Arts mini ink pads or cubes as well if my budget permits. So, getting this Tim Holtz mini distress ink storage tin is a good move! :P If not, I just use it for my mini distress ink pads collection.

Hopefully, I can play with these new tools soon!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Snail Thanks!

Snail Thanks!
Made this card for my Copic markers buyer who uses Copic markers in her arts.


Close-up : The textured tree, tyre swing and snail
The tree, tyre swing and snail are stamped on a white card stock on the left side as in the sketch. Then, they are colored using Copic markers. For the tree canopy, it is stamped on a green card stock and trimmed and dry embossed for some textures. The snail shell is paper pieced using pattern paper. The top part of the white card stock is distressed with some blue ink to mimic the sky while the bottom part is distressed with some green ink to mimic the grass. The scene is attached onto a pink card base.

Close-up : Shinning snail and sentiment
A speech bubble is stamped on a yellow card stock following by the sentiment. It is later trimmed and adhere onto the scene as in the sketch using pop dots for dimension.

For final touch-up, some glossy accent are used on the tree canopy embossed dots and snail body. Some gems are added to the snail's tentacles and its shell apex.

Dimension : 10.16cm x 15.24cm or 4" x 6"
Type : Top fold
Inlay : None

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please fill up the custom order form here. Please do include the color or theme you prefer, purpose of the item(s) (farewell, retirement, birthday and etc) and message (if any).

This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by :
2) Lawnscaping Challenge #88 - Texture (ending 27 August 2014)

Stamps and tools used :
Copic markers : E25, E27, E53, N4, N6 and RV04

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Welcome Prince Charming

Welcome Prince Charming
I am an aunty (Chinese: 姑媽; pinyin: Gū Mā) again as my second nephew was delivered via Caesarean yesterday afternoon. I make this card to congratulate my younger brother and sister-in-law on their second baby boy, Kayven. It will be passed to them tomorrow when I visit them.

Fusion Card Challenge - The Beach House
I decided to use both the sketch and photo inspiration from Fusion Card Challenge - The Beach House as shown above. I use colors from the photo inspiration.


Close-up : Prince charming
The prince is stamped on a white die cut rectangular and colored using Copic markers. The edges are distressed with yellow distress ink to tone down the whiteness.


Close-up : Sentiment
The sentiment is stamped on a blue scrap strip which later adhere onto a yellow scrap strip.


My second nephew, Kayven
Born : 08 August 2014
Weight : 3.35kg
Height : 48cm
A blue dot on white pattern paper is adhere onto a yellow card base. Then, the sentiment strip is adhere onto the card base as in sketch. The prince image is adhere onto the card using pop dots as in the sketch. As a final touch, the prince's crown is decorated with some blue and white gems.

Dimension : 10.16cm x 15.24cm or 4" x 6"
Type : Vertical fold
Inlay : None

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please fill up the custom order form here. Please do include the color or theme you prefer, purpose of the item(s) (farewell, retirement, birthday and etc) and message (if any).

This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by :
1) Fusion Card Challenge - The Beach House (ending 13 August 2014)
2) Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes (ending 13 August 2014)

Stamps and tools used :
Copic markers : B05, E21, E27, E29, E50, G17, R29, Y06 and Y15
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