Monday Mellow Yellows: Tapes and paper punches

Some crafting tools and materials I ordered online arrived recently and I’m excited. I don’t have any projects in mind yet but I’ll just play with them for awhile while researching for craft ideas online.

Since there are a lot of yellows in the lot and in many of my previous projects, I am joining the Monday Mellow Yellows photo meme every week. This is my first entry:

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Washi and fabric tapes and shaped paper punches. The brown kraft mini-envelopes were freebies from the seller. How nice is that?

I still have a lot more in my to-buy list. They are hard to find here in Phnom Penh so I resort to shopping online. I find the prices to be okay but the shipping cost is a bit problematic. I think it will take me several months again to be able to save enough to pay for the shipping ūüėõ

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Creative Crafts Thursday: Hand-stamped Christmas card

Wow, time flies really fast! It’s been a month since I last posted here and right now we are right smack in the middle of January. Unbelievable.

I have a lot of catching up to do so here’s my entry to the Creative Crafts Thursday meme.

Here’s another card I made.¬†The first batch I did were crocheted but due to eye and back problems I managed to make only a few. So I made some more but preferred the easy to make ones using rubber stamps I bought at Etsy. I was relieved that the parcel arrived earlier than anticipated so I was able to use the stamps for this card and have them sent in the nick of time.

Using only a yellow card stock, animals and seal rubber stamps, this is what I came up with:

homemade christmas card
My hand-stamped Christmas card (foreground), Christmas 2012. Behind’s the birthday card my in-laws mailed for my husband.

I used the seal stamps as the centre of the card with the hand-stamped animals around it. I coloured bits of the animals and added broken lines on the border to give it the illusion of a hand-sewn card.  Then I wrote the texts using a metallic gold pen to complete the card.

It’s just a simple card but while making this, a childhood memory suddenly came rushing to my mind, of me and my younger siblings sitting in our dining table busy making our own Christmas cards. I remember the chatter, the mess everywhere, the paste all over the table (even our hands and arms were not spared) and my mother telling us all to be careful with the scissors. I also remember how fun it was despite the chaos. How about you? Are there any ¬†memories that remind you of when crafting?

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A handmade Christmas card

With all the free time I have ever since quitting my job, I am in a kind of mission to do anything and everything handmade.

You can call me a DIY-warrior (more like a trying-hard DIYer, snark.) So I told myself that, this year, I am going to make my own Christmas cards to be sent out to our family and close friends. Never mind that I announced this some months ago, I am always sure I’d end up to be down the wire anyway.

In as much as I wanted to make the cards look like Christmas in Cambodia, I failed to really come up with something bearing Khmer influences. Maybe because Christmas is not officially celebrated here. Or perhaps I am beginning to get lazy again. Lame excuses, I know ūüôĀ

So here’s what I can only come up with:

This is the first "output". I have yet to put the finishing touches.
This is the first “output”. I have yet to put the finishing touches.

With a made up pattern, I crocheted what looked like a holly wreath with faux pearls accent and red crocheted ribbon. I used a light green cardstock and added a darker shade of green washi tape. I glued the crocheted holly wreath on to the cardstock using an ordinary glue (I could not find any fabric glue here) and utter a little prayer that they remain stuck to the card, lol.

I also made use of my metallic pens to write on the card. However, as you can see in the picture, my handwriting is awful so I’m using alphabet stamps instead. I will post the final version here next time.

I am only making a few for our family and closest friends – I finished 8 holly wreaths. I have yet to do the cards and the messages on them. My poor eyes could no longer endure the long hours of crocheting they easily tire and tear up from eye strain. And don’t get me started with the backaches! Lol. I am sounding like a very old woman, eh?

As painful as it sounds, I am determined to make handmade Christmas cards a yearly tradition for me and my husband. You see, I’m like that. I like torturing myself over and over again.

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Fab prizes from Papemelroti for the best ATC!

Yes, you heard it right! I’m taking a breather from a hectic routine just to bring you this news from Papemelroti. It’s an exciting opportunity to win products from my favourite hobby shop in the Philippines.

ATC is the acronym for Artist Trading Cards. Basically, they are miniature art and they are made for swapping, collecting or trading with other ATC makers. So now, Papemelroti is hosting an Artist Trading Card-making contest and the winner gets to bring home this fantabulous scrapbooking set. And here’s a look at the prize:

win a scrapbook set from Papemelroti
These are half of what’s for grabs at Papemelroti!
P.S. Please take note that this is not a paid post. I’m simply sharing this exciting opportunity/ good news from them. Oh, and this photo is nicked from Papemelroti’s website.

So what’s in the prize pack? A LOT!!!

10-compartment organizer

Each Moment Handcrafted Tags

3-drawer Adventure Box

Bless this Earth Rubber Stamp

Adventure Notebook

Friend Sticker

Quotes Sticker

Adventure Bookmark

Adventure Bound Notebook

Always Remember Scrapbook Ornament

Assorted Craft Cut Pieces

Ellipse Scrapbook Ornaments

Adventure Spiral Notebook

Believe Craft Cut Sheet

Today Craft Cut Sheet

Cutout Kraft Letter Sheet

Adventure Medium Scrapbook with Matching Paper Bag

All of these Papemelroti products are made with 100% unbleached recycled paper. For more details about how to win this prizes, all you have to do is make your own ATC out of any materials you can use.

There is a big community of collectors/swappers/traders out there. I think it’s a fantastic way to express one’s artistic and creative sides and also a great venue to meet other people with similar interests and forge new friendships.¬†¬†Don’t know how to make one, DON’T WORRY. Papemelroti will¬†teach you how!

So why don’t you go and visit Papemelroti now to learn more about ATCs and how to win the cool prizes!

Halloween is here!

Are you up for it?

Although it is not a holiday here, Halloween and Halloween parties are becoming popular every year, largely attributed to the huge expat community in Phnom Penh. It is basically an American holiday and, mind you, the parties are really the talk-of-the-town the morning after.

Anyways. I could not let this pass without making something. I made some Halloween gift tags and treat bags!

Halloween tags, perfect accessory for the Halloween treat bags.
Aren’t they spook-tacular? Lol. Sorry, can’t help it.

The treat bags are so easy to make.
I used the glassine paper which was bought last year. Glued the sides and used scalloped scissors to cut the edge for a more decorative look. I printed the jack-o-lantern and coloured it with a colouring marker. Then I used three different coloured yarns to tie it up. For the other treat bag I used a black card stock as a band. The “trick or treat” were handwritten, so were the little bats, using my metallic pen. Looks good, isn’t it? I love the black cat and the decorative border! I guess orange works great with black.

So tomorrow, the treat bags will be in use. My husband’s class requested to do a Halloween “special” class and it would include a “trick or treat portion”. Hopefully, the kids will like the treat bags as much as what’s inside of them ūüôā

Happy Halloweeeeeeen!

Stamping practice

In March, I received my first Papemelroti rubber stamp from my good friend GingMaganda. Since then I’ve been trying to set aside some time to practice stamping but I haven’t really found time to do so as I got preoccupied (again) by a short consultancy gig the past few months.

So over the Pchum Ben holidays here (it’s the Buddhist’s equivalent to the All Soul’s Day of the Christians), I took this opportunity to practice and put together simple stuff that are worthy of posting here, like these simple tags here ūüôā So, what do you think? Puede ¬†na?

Ang taga-harana (the one who serenades). The baker’s twine is from Swann&Smerlin.

I think I’m going to colour the barong Tagalog¬†next time. It will give a really different result. I wonder what the result would be if I stamp directly on a photo? The ink I’m using now may not be the right kind so I’m going to find a suitable one.

Stamps are so much fun and you can use them in different ways – for cards, scrapbooking and journalling, embellishing an otherwise plain gift wrapper, and so much more. I figured I need some more stamp designs so I hollered to my sister to send me some more. She lives in Angeles City where there is a mall that houses a Papemelroti shop. I can hardly wait for the stamps to arrive!

Giveaways from Kayni and Kepi!

I love making all sorts of paper crafts – greeting cards, gift boxes/wraps, scrapbooking, etc. — ¬†especially for my friends and loved ones but, ¬†living in Phnom Penh where craft shops are next to non-existent, I am always frustrated that the materials I need are not my preferred kind, if not nowhere to be found here.

So I regularly check online stores and marvel at the wide array of supplies available. ¬†When my friend Kayni announced that she’s opening her own online store {Kayni and Kepi} specialising in handmade cards and craft supplies, I just have to go and have a look.

How I love the assortment of washi tapes in her store!  WASHI tapes, not WASABI which I wrote before in one of her posts РI must have been too excited, silly me, hihihi.

Anyways,  here is a short list of my favourite things from Kayni and Kepi {I hope my fairy blogmother is reading this!}:

A kawaii tape-dispenser!

This Little Red Riding Hood tape-dispenser is ¬†made of wood. I can totally imagine showing off my washi tapes “housed” in this pretty dispenser. I hope to win this one *fingers crossed*

Next… ¬†the Thank You Owl and Clock Matchbox Stamp Set.

Thank You Owl and Clock Matchbox Stamp Set

Yes, my wishlist is not complete without rubber stamps. I’m the crazy rubber stamp lady, you see. ¬†I have a few in my possession and waiting to buy some more for quite awhile now but I put if off because I’m still doing some experimentation.

Last, ¬†but not the least, washi tapes. I’m a big fan of washi and deco tapes. They’re so much fun to use. In Kayni and Kepi, they come in pretty variations and here’s some of them:

Washi Masking Tape Blue Striped Wide
Washi Masking Tape Confetti Wide
Washi Masking Tape Dark Purple Date Planner

I still have a few rolls of tapes that I bought when I went to Tokyo a few years ago and I need to get more before they’re gone. I used them mostly for wrapping presents and scrapbooking and I tend to use them sparingly since they are hard to find here.

So there you go… If you are crazy about these, too, check out Kayni and Kepi’s shop and have a chance to win exciting stuff. All it takes you is a few minutes of your time to enter.¬†You can also find Kayni’s Shops on Facebook¬†and Etsy.¬†Deadline is on Aug 31 so hurry up.

Filipiniana rubber stamp from Papemelroti

Korean art stamps are cute but they’re too tiny.

I mentioned in my other blog that, starting this year, I’m diversifying my interests. I just want to be busier and more productive this year, that’s all. For example, aside from crocheting and dabbling with digital scrap-booking, I’ve recently added stamping and paper-crafting to my “repertoire”. Although I’ve done a lot of paper crafting way back I haven’t done any stamping ever.

I first ordered this starter set from Etsy, right photo. I already had so many ideas in my head brewing in my head already. They’re cute and all but after several uses I find them challenging to use because they’re — well — tiny and the stamp relief is shallow that the background gets included when I stamp it on. So I thought perhaps bigger stamps with higher/deeper relief will have better stamp results. I was only waiting for the right time to order online when…

… I received this beauty three days ago direct from Manila. It’s from one of my {Miss Igorota} sisters, GingMaganda:

Now this (size) is more like it! I can now use this for both my paper crafting and Postcrossing activities.

I mentioned to GingMaganda about my new hobby and lamented the fact that I could not get any supplies here in Phnom Penh. GingMaganda, being nice and all, offered to send me some. The stamp is from Papemelroti, a popular specialty/crafts shop in the Philippines and my favourite since I was in highschool. I love the vintage Filipiniana vibe, don’t you? Their other products are equally awesome and earth-friendly, too, as most materials are recycled. Anyhoo, I’m very excited to play with this stamp and see what I can come up with while waiting for more stamp designs to arrive, as promised by my younger sister MamaGirl. I’ll post in the coming days the results of my “experimentation”.