Friday, August 25, 2017

Woven paper basket

Hello everyone! Once again I'm trying out something new for myself for a change....something I've never done before but have always been intrigued to try for a long time now. I've seen photos of people posting about weaving paper baskets from old newspapers/old magazines in Facebook numerous times over the years. And each and every time I see them in my Facebook newsfeed, I would be telling myself that this is something that I want to do someday. I guess that day finally came and I am glad I did it!

I searched and searched for video tutorials on YouTube to learn how to make the simplest woven paper baskets that I could do for the first time. And I finally found one that I initially thought was simple to do. Little did I know that it was not as easy as it seems! Haha! 

Rolling the papers one by one and weaving them was really time consuming and tiring too. I didn't have a lot of time in my hands to spend making this paper basket. I only did it whenever I have some short breaks from work. Instead of watching TV or doing other things to relax, I was weaving the basket! Haha! Whatever makes me happy! 😆😆😆.

I found out that there are a few ways of weaving paper baskets, and it's all up to your preference to try out which method that you like best. I was actually looking for a method to weave paper baskets that looks like baskets made from Rattan or Rotan in Malay. Since I found some that did have the similarities, I just had to try it!! I don't have old newspapers at home, but I do have a lot of old A4 papers to recycle and they were just perfect for this little project. I needed to make some paper baskets for me to use to organize some of my craft supplies in them and arrange them nicely on the racks in my craft room. It's a great way to recycle old papers and turn them into useful and practical items. Now there is no reason for wasting anymore papers at home.

One of the methods of weaving the paper basket is by making a base for the basket first before I can start doing the weaving. I thought that was a really brilliant idea because then I would have a really flat and even surface for the base. Although you could use any type of paper to wrap the thick board (I used an old drawing block board) for the base, I immediately thought of this wooden pattern sheet that I bought from MR.DIY a year ago. It has adhesive underneath the sheet so you can peel it off like a sticker and paste it on the board easily. The sheet is easy to clean when it gets dusty, so it's perfect for my paper basket project! Love it! 💗💗💗 

Check out the photos of the weaving process below 👇👇👇

Weaving was fun but rolling the papers was not. I needed a LOT of rolled papers in order to weave a big basket like this one. So it felt like forever to finish this big piece! HAHA! I guess I didn't have enough patience to do it as I was too excited to see the finish product. Furthermore, I didn't have enough time to spare anyways. I would probably do this again when I have some free time but I won't use the same method though as there are many other interesting methods to try out.

Painting the basket with acrylic bronze paint was really fun as it makes it look like a rattan basket. It also gives the basket a fancier look and hopefully will last longer since it's been treated with paint. I simply love the look although the basket is looking a little crooked because of my weaving method hahahaha. Hopefully I'll weave it better next time! 

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sweet pink and blue card in a box birthday card


Second card design in August! Woohoo! Excited about that since I only managed to make just one in July! LOL! Been busy with other projects, I hardly have the time to make cards like I used to back in the days. It seems that making quilling kits is more in demand nowadays and preparing them do take a LOT of my time. I also have other work to do that keeps me away from the craft table. However I do hope to have more time to spend on designing cards if possible this month. I also have to make a few birthday cards for birthdays that's coming up soon. Gosh....there's just so many things to do and so little time. 

This card was requested by someone who ordered the tri-shutter card that I made in July. I was supposed to get this one done at the same time but I was just too busy at the time to do it. Luckily for me that I got me a very understanding client. She gave me all the time that I needed to get it done. 

You know it's not that easy to get new ideas for handmade cards sometimes. You get stuck halfway through and start staring at it, hoping for a miracle to happen. But sometimes the ideas just flows like water. Well in this case.....I got stuck in the beginning and later on it just flows non stop. I haven't been making any card in a box for quite sometime....I did however made lots of them last year. They can be pretty challenging sometimes to create as there are so many sides to decorate on them. And they all have to match and harmonize. 

I did however get a lot of help making this card by using die-cuts that I bought some time ago. So I don't have to spend too much time cutting everything by hand or make them myself from scratch. All I had to do was to just figure out how to match them altogether in one card. Find the same colour combinations and matching theme and then BAM!! It's done! You just have to know what fits where and enhance them to make them look fancy with the sticker and bling blings.  But I did however do a little hand lettering to write the name of the birthday girl and her birth-date as per request. 

Do check out the video of the card design below and see how the card opens and closes. Thank you so much for watching :).

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pop up 3 layers birthday cake card


First card for August! It just so happens that on the 1st of August, my Mom and I celebrated a dear old friend's birthday. So for that I made a card for the birthday girl who turned 62 this year. I still can't believe she's 62! Wow! Feeling a little old myself right now! We're 20 years apart! Known her since I was in kindergarten. Always thought that she was the prettiest school teacher at the school where my Mom and Dad taught in.

Anyways...back to the card design always, I would be rushing like a mad woman trying to get the card done on time as I was extremely busy at the time with orders. In the midst of figuring out what to do....I realised that she has never received a pop up card from me before. So, I thought, it would be a good idea for her to get one from me this time around. The fastest and easiest pop up for me to do when I have very little time is that pop up 3 layers or tiers birthday cake I bought from MR. DIY two years ago. I bought quite a few of them so that I can use in times when I am in a hurry haha! I love that the cake comes with numbers that we can use to show how old the person is. It's a diy pop up would have to assemble it yourself. Luckily for me since I know how to assemble that type of pop up, it was easy peasy for me to do.

Usually it would take me about 5 to 6 times to write Happy Birthday with the calligraphy pen before I can get it right. I was surprised I only did it once this time and was happy with it! LUCKY ME!! Saved my ink! LOL!!!

Do check out the video below and see how the card pops up!! Thank you!!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tri-shutter birthday card with pop up cake


How long has it been since I last made a tri-shutter card. It's been ages I'll bet! Oh how I miss making it so much! So much so that when I had a request to make a pop up cake birthday card, I couldn't help but use a tri-shutter card stock as the base. 

I've never made a tri-shutter card with a pop up cake inside it before. Big pop up heart shapes.... I've done that before in tri-shutters....but never a pop up cake in tri-shutters. I just had to give it a go! The pop up cake that I did was a 3 layer birthday it was a bit big for the space inside a tri-shutter card. If it was just a 1 or 2 layers, it would have been easier. But since the request was for a 3 layers cake (because I've done a few before on other birthday cards ....hence the request 😁) I did my best to fit them in. The pop up cake is not die cut by the way. It was done from scratch....hand yours truly 😀....not something that was easy to do. Painstakingly hand cut and pasted inside the card.

Die cuts pattern from Die-Namics Prima Donna petals seem to be a favourite with me lately. I just love using them for decorations on my handmade cards. They turn out beautiful every time because they are die cuts. Never have to worry if I didn't cut the petals in uniform shapes and sizes. They will always look the same. That's the beauty of die cuts! Yay! The only thing different will be the types of papers used to make the flowers. You could always change the colours to make them stand out and fit any card design. I personally love to use pattern papers nowadays as opposed to plain ones. Because the pattern papers gives them character.

The birthday wish on the card was done with a calligraphy pen. I just love using that gold ink! I'm obsessed with it really! It's just so pretty as it looks embossed when it's dry. Nothing beats writing it yourself. Even if it's not's yours. So I'm happy with it. It took me a long time to get it right. It's normal. Because I'm no expert. Experts usually get it right the first time, but it usually takes me 5 to 6 times to be happy with it hahahaha.....yes, I do waste the ink a bit.....but that's how you get your practice. Otherwise you'll never learn.

This birthday card was actually made for a very special lady who is currently struggling with her health right now. I do hope that when she receives this card, it will cheer her  up and make her feel happy. I also hope that she will recover soon from all her complications. May Allah bless her always with good health. 

Do check out my video below too. You'll be able to see how the tri-shutter card looks as it opens and closes. Hope you'll enjoy it!! :)

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

My second pop up mosque Raya card in 2017


Hello again how was your raya/eid celebration this year? Mine was good, hope yours were good as well! Had lots of goodies to eat after one month of fasting. Luckily I didn't over do it and gained back all the pounds that I've lost! Phew! Eat in moderation ok guys! 😀😀😀

So here they are, as I mentioned before in my previous post....the 5 pieces of pop up mosque raya cards that I made for the same customer who ordered those small ketupat ribbon raya cards. I think I was much more sad to see these go compared to the other raya card design. Perhaps because the papers that I used to make the flowers are no longer available. All used up for the 5 cards. I didn't even have a sample of the card in my collection now's just a coincidence that the papers used were just enough for that amount of card, not more, not less.

I started off by making the flowers first. I had to make sure there was enough of them for all 5 cards, otherwise I would have to choose other type of pattern papers for the flowers. After that was settled, then I can start thinking of the other parts of the design such as the sentiments on the card, pop up mosque etc etc.

The die cut flowers were fun to make. It's been a while since I last used the dies....I think the last time I used them was for the Happy New Year card. At first I thought of using the same gold ink that I used for the other raya card.....but unfortunately it was not suitable at all for this design because of the colour combination makes the card look dull. So I had to use the bright orange watercolour instead. So instead of using the calligraphy pen, I had to use the watercolour brush. There are times when using the brush can be challenging especially if you don't have a steady hand. So again, because of that a lot of mistakes were made and I had to make quite a lot of the sentiments so that I can choose the best ones for the 5 raya cards.

You must be wondering why I made the pop up mosque this way instead of making the pop up look like a square building just like the mini mosque I made before. Well, one thing I've learned when making those mini pop up mosque was that if I wanted to make that type of pop up mosque I would need a bigger card so that there is ample space inside the card for people to write their wishes in it. So to get that bigger space, the pop up mosque had to be done this way instead.

If you are also wondering how I made those mosques, well, they were cut by hand as well using the craft knife. Same goes with the green bushes as you can see I had to cut them up by hand as well. It was time consuming indeed. But somehow I kinda like the process of arranging them at the sides of the mosques. 

Well that's about it. That's what happened and hopefully next year I'll get the chance to prepare them again. The process was really interesting and I did all of them myself to the best of my ability. Do check out the video below to view how the card pop up opens up. Thank you!! 😁😁😁

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Salam Aidilfitri pop up card

I started working on these pop up raya cards in early May.....I was supposed to start earlier because I received the order to make them about a month earlier if I am not mistaken but there were a lot of things that came up and my work had to be put on hold for quite a long time. One of the reasons that made it almost impossible for me to work was when we had to rewire the entire house. A fire might start if we didn't do something quick. I had to remove all my things from my studio since it was no longer safe to work in it.  All the things inside it had to be taken out and placed in another room. Since I had a LOT of stuff, it took me at least 3 days to do it!!! Yikes!! 3 days gone just like that. After that, it was hell for me because I was not able to do work comfortably in the other room. Most of the time I was working on the floor and aching all over trying to get some work done because I just cannot just sit around doing nothing. It's just not me. It also took the electricians quite some time to do the rewiring in my studio and plus I requested them to make some shelves. I really needed those shelves badly since I had a lot of things in my studio that needed a space to keep them in. But that was just my room....I had to worry about the wiring done in the other parts of the house as well. I never knew it was going to be that difficult and so time consuming. But I am glad we did it and now we feel a lot safer at home with the rewiring all completed. Alhamdulillah....I thank God that everything went well.
I was requested to make about 30 pieces of this raya card design because my customer wanted 30 small raya cards and 5 big ones. I'll blog about the big ones later. She was hoping that I could do 40 pieces of the small ones and I wished the same too but since my time was quite limited, I only managed to get done 30. I started by making the ketupat ribbon first like the ones in the photo above because they are the focal point of the card. So it was important to get them done first. Once they are settled, I proceeded with other parts of the card.

Writing the raya wishes with the calligraphy pen was nerve wrecking! The thing is, even though I knew I was not good in writing them, I still did it anyways. HAHA! It's all because I wanted it to be my own. I didn't want it to look like anyone else's. Ever since I started writing my own wishes or sentiments on cards, I never stopped. I never print anymore....I just write them myself. It's more satisfying I suppose. Plus it's a good way for me to practice writing. Nerve wrecking because I had to make sure it all look almost the same in writing. I mean I know they won't be 100% exact! But at least, they look similar.

Back in 2015, I already had the idea to make this mini pop up mosque. In fact I even uploaded a photo of it in my Instagram back then. I had already made 2 similar big pop up mosques for 2 other raya cards that year and was thinking of making the mini one for my friends and family. But I never had the chance to do so due to my other commitments. So it was postponed till this year. The minute my customer requested the raya cards, I just knew I had to use this idea for the cards no matter what.

Cutting the green and dark green foams for the ketupat ribbon was a bit of a challenge really. None of them are exactly the same on all the cards as I cut them randomly using just plain scissors. But it was great seeing how they turned out in the end. I just wanted the frills for the ketupat to be something other than ribbons because they would look a little stiff. I've done it before years ago in my earlier raya card designs. They did look kinda stiff. So by making the frills with foams, I'm able to make them sway to the left and right like as if they are blown by the wind or something like that. Making them look more flowy. I kinda like that flowy effect.

I even made my own envelopes for the raya cards. It's easy to do so with the Martha Stewart's score board. Nothing is impossible with it. It was a breeze!! Don't forget to check out the video of the card below. You'll get to see how the mini pop up mosque pops up when it opens. Thank you!!

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