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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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.

P.S. This is my first entry to Creative Crafts Thursday. Come join us by clicking the badge.

Creative Craft Thursday

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.