Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jewellery Box with tutorial

This is a jewelry box I created for Mother’s Day using Graphic 45’s Staples ATC Book Box and Couture collection.

This is a beautiful handmade pendant my daughter made. Isn’t it exquisite? Best part is, she creates these for sale to the public with all proceeds going to charity. If you'd like to find out more, do let me know.

I’ve written up a tutorial for the jewellery box. It’s not difficult and can be done in a few hours, once you gather up your materials.

To begin, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Staples ATC Book Box
Graphic 45 Couture patterned papers – Accessorize, Gorgeous, Elegant, Couture
Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard 2
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key
Black lace
Prima Flower


1. Paint the edges of your Staples ATC Book Box black. There’s no need to paint all of the box. Just the edges that won’t be covered by patterned paper.

2. Cover the walls of the book box with the striped Accessorize patterned paper.

3. Select some patterned paper and embellishments you’ll want on the top of your book box. This is what I’m going to use.

4. String black lace through a Graphic 45 ornate metal key.

5. Cover the top of the book box with Classy patterned paper and adhere the key with lace to the box. Allow the key to dangle over the front of the box.

6. Carefully cut out the inside of the Elegant patterned paper, leaving just the border. Line the inside of the border with doily and adhere this to the top of the box, over the black lace. 

7. Stick on a Couture chipboard element to the centre of the collage as shown.

8. Layer the metal embellishment and flower over the chipboard element.
9. You’re almost done. Here’s the view from the side.

10. Cut some flowers and coupons from Gorgeous and Beautiful patterned papers, select your favourite Couture chipboard and layer them on to the front and sides of the box as shown. And you’re done!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Altered French Jar for Make & Take at PaperFest

Want to make this pretty altered French glass jar? It's my Make & Take at PaperFest which is taking place on Saturday 26 April at Raffles City. Which means you get to make it on the spot and take it home with you.

It features Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments patterned papers, chipboards and lots of ribbons, trims, lace and pearls.

See you there!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team

Photo: Extra! Extra! Announcing the Top 30 finalists for the 2014 Graphic 45 Design Team!

Graphic 45 has announced its top 30 finalists for this year. Congrats to everyone on the list, especially my teamies from the current DT as well as my other scrapping friends. It's going to be an exciting run-up to the days before the new team is selected and I'm looking forward to seeing who'll be on it. I did not reapply this time as I'm coming to the end of my two year term and Graphic 45 likes to keep the DT fresh with new faces, which is a great thing. I'll still be designing with Graphic 45 because I really do love what they come up with. Once a Graphic 45-er, always a Graphic 45-er. :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Altered Notebook

Hello! Here's a spiral sketch book I altered using Carta Bella's Sew Lovely collection for PaperMarket.

It's quick and easy to create and makes for a great little gift.

Some close-ups:

Patterned papers – Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Element Stickers – Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Ribbons – May Arts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sew Lovely Mini Album

Hello! Here’s a mini album I created from scratch using Carta Bella’s Sew Lovely collection.

I made a little 3D dress form to complement the collection and mounted that on the cover of the mini.

The mini is handbound with exposed binding using waxed cord.


The inside pages are a mix of patterned paper, quotes, cardstock and manila tags.

List of Supplies:
Patterned Papers - Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Diecut stickers - Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Cardstock - American Crafts
Flowers - Prima and own stash
Others - pearls and wax cord (own stash)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sweet Sentiments Tri-Shutter Card & Tutorial

A few weeks back I created a shutter card for Graphic 45 using the Couture collection. I had quite a few requests for a tutorial for it, so I’ve designed another shutter card, this time using Sweet Sentiments. I’ve also written up instructions for it.

Here’s the card, which as you can see, opens up into a 9x9 inch 3D display:

And this is how the card looks folded neatly into a 3x9” card, perfect for mailing.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the card:

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Heart Song
Cream cardstock


1. Cut your 12x12” cream cardstock into 9x9”.

2. Score and cut your 9x9” cream cardstock as shown below.

3. You should end up with a base sheet like this, which you can now accordion fold to give you a shutter card.


4. Select the 3x4” images from Easter Greetings in the paper pad and attach them to the panels marked ‘A’. On the panels marked ‘B’, attach rectangles of purple Violet Bouquet, leaving a small border of cardstock all around. Glue on some doilies to these purple rectangles. On the panels marked ‘C’, attach rectangles of pink Heart Song. See photo for details.

5. Cut out the images from Easter Greetings patterned paper and attach these to the panels marked ‘C’. See photos below for the images I used.

6. Cut out some butterflies from Heart Song, stamps from Spring Has Sprung and flowers from Perfect Petals. Arrange these on to the panels marked ‘B’, using a couple of stamps and butterflies for each panel. For details, look at the photos below:

7. For the middle ‘A’ panel, cut out some flowers and butterflies from Perfect Petals and Heart Song and layer these on to the postcard, being sure to leave some space for your greeting.

8. And you’re done. Here’s a picture of the card open flat, so you can see all the different elements on each panel. Happy Scrapping!

By the way, the Graphic 5 design team call is on right now. Believe me, they're the best design team to be on. The products are fantastic and the team is just like a family. I won't be applying for it this year because I've been on the team continuously for two years already, and two years prior to that with a break in between. Graphic 45 likes to keep their design team fresh so current DT members who've been on the team for two years will not be able to re-apply. But you can be sure that I'll still be creating with their wonderful products. :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day ATC Tag

Here's a Valentine's Day ATC Tag created using Graphic 45's new Ivory Artist Trading Tag and the Sweet Sentiments colleciton. 

I turned the ATC tag upside down and hung a heart-shaped pendant which I’d personalized with an image from Sweet Sentiments. For the ATC itself, I fussy cut some Valentine images and layered them with 3D foam dots to create a highly dimensional Valentines tag. Ribbons and strings of pearls complete this sweet little tag


Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day!

Starting this week I'll be blogging every Friday at the PaperMarket blog with some design inspirations. This week, I had the opportunity to play with some new Basic Grey Herbs & Honey collection which Sharon and Merdrey brought home from CHA. It being Valentine's Day, I decided to make some Valentine's Day cards even though this wasn't a Valentine-themed collection.

Here's the first card - a sweet, classically-styled card with fussy-cut flowers layered over an intricate heart-shaped doily and embellished with a string of pearls and pink seam binding.

Next, a Valentine's card more suited to a younger recipient with its bright colours and strawberries.

And finally, a card in a less traditional colour of kraft, brightened up with a bouquet of flowers and pearls over an intricate heart-shaped doily.

List of Supplies:

Patterned Paper & Stickers - Basic Grey Herbs & Honey collection - Asparagus, Artichoke, Onion, Raspberry, Strawberry, Pear, Radish, Sticker Shapes, Sticker Alpha

Doilies - own stash
Flowers - Prima