Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Altered Art: Bird House

This is my first time working on wooden board altered art. I bought this sometime ago, wanting to scrap it for my best friend as a gift for her new house. However, it wasn't till recently that I finally forced myself to scrap.

 It's not such a difficult project as there is a picture to follow in the package. I just need to modify some of the things that I do not have and add a little more embellishments to my liking.

The whole birdhouse is decorated using the Kaisercraft Bonjour collection.

The roof is decorated using Martha Stewart doily lace punch on kraft cardstock. On hind sight, I regretted not inking the doily lace. I thought inking it might make the roof stand out more.

The original picture used a fence punch for the base. Since I didn't have that punch I substituted with the butterfly punch which I thought was quite cool too.

Finally for the top, I used Tim Holtz metal sentiments again. I noticed that Tim Holtz is very much into 4D too. All his metal sentiments have 4 digit numbers. I didn't used this particular number in the end, as I thought the number is not quite nice. I changed another one, which would not be shown here to give my best friend the privilege for being the only one who knows what is the lucky number is! All in all, I hope she likes it.

Materials used: Melissa Frances Bird House, Kaisercraft Bonjour Collection, Ribbons, Punches, Tim Holtz philosophy tags.

Canvas Painting Part 2

I haven't been slacking around this holiday though there hasn't been much updates. I'm still actively involved in the arty hobby. As part of my wedding anniversary celebration, I went back to Arteastiq for another round of canvas painting.
This time round, they had the free upgrade to a larger piece of canvas. I decided to challenged myself to something more textured.

I didn't have time and resources to complete the textured portion.

The textured trees was achieved by using extra body acrylic paint which I bought from Art Friend. I like the way it turned out, though its still a long way from the original piece of art.

We wanted to bring Chloe to try the following week where they had the one for one promotion. However, it was fully booked. Hence, to keep to our promise, we decided to paint at home!

This is her first art work, completed after 3 nights of painting.

Monday, December 12, 2011


Sorry for the lack of updates. Had been having a very hectic life since November with work, travel and family. And of course, also the fact that I wanted to scrap something with respect to a given theme by the UK magazine. I have NEVER scrap anything with a specific theme. Hence, that's the challenge, which took me almost a month.

Home... I've thought of using pictures from my current house, or even family photos, but somehow, it didn't sparked off anything creative or unique or special. Hence, the procrastination of scrapping starts. Not until recently, where I suddenly felt the pinch that the place I used to grow up in is going to be demolished soon. That's where the emotions came in and I decided to scrap my first home. Regardless of whether or not it gets accepted by the magazine, to me it's something worth the effort.

This layout involved some techniques. It's not that difficult, if you're an avid scrapper.

I self made the flowers from the scallop punch. I was practicing for a design class that I'm supposed to teach. So if you like it, do try to check out Laines for the design class.

I gave the Tim Holtz glassine paper some embossing and this time round decided to use crackle paint instead of gel medium to try a different feel. I would say I prefer the gel medium.

I also sand the edges of the photos to give it a more nostalgic look. In my scrap classes, I noticed that quite a number of students were rather reluctant when it comes to sanding. Basically, there are still quite a number of conservative scrappers around. I always like it when students are more appreciative of the vintage and rugged techniques. Or perhaps, maybe I should challenge myself with the no tearing, no distressing challenge. Some day perhaps.

Materials Used: Prima pattern papers, Webster Pages, Simple Stories pattern paper, Tim Holtz ideology embellishments, ribbons, Tim holtz tissue paper