DIY Gifts #4

I’m back as promised and have a DIY gift to share. I made it for my friends on Valentines’ Day this year and thought there might be a few points that I could share to those of you who like this idea. So for this gift, the tutorial is over at Crème de la Craft and she provides a step-by-step guide on how to create it.

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Her guide is pretty comprehensive, and the gift is relatively easy to do especially since the materials are easily available. This is a really sweet gift cause it is filled with so much wonderful memories! Some points that I could share would be as follows:

  1. So the printer I have at home doesn’t exactly print out well and so I went to get my photos printed at the shop, in 4R. So for those who are going to get them printed in 4R size, your pictures would be at 4″ by 4″ and your cardstock should be 8″ by 4″. It’s still a good size and
  2. For the chipboard, you’ll be wrapping it up anyways, so it can be any cardboard. I used cereal boxes and cut them at 4.5″ by 4.5″.
  3. Something to keep in mind when wrapping the chipboard is that the edges have to be presentable too. So you might want to take note the overlapping wrapping paper.
  4. When measuring the length of the string, make sure it is done when the book is closed. If not, the string might be too short!
  5. When pasting the chipboard onto the book, you might want to note that if you place it right in the center, opening the book could be a bit of a problem cause the spine would overlap. Therefore, pasting it a bit more outwards might be better.

That’s about all I have to share for this lovely momento. If you have any questions or something to share, please feel free to! ((:

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DIY Gifts #3

Today, I’m back with another DIY gift I made for my dance friends. We just had our annual concert back in September and I wanted to make them something. So, I decided to re-create the Hershey’s Kisses Flower and Hershey’s Shamrock. I have had this idea pinned on my pinterest for ages but never had the occasion to do them! And I thought this would be a great time to finally do it and so here they are!

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I had tons of fun making them and you can click on the links above to access the detailed tutorials. Qbee’s Quest has done tons of these Hershey’s chocolate related gifts and I believe you will definitely find one suitable for your needs! ((: I decided on this mainly cause it’s a dance production and people usually give flowers and chocolates. I thought this was a great take on the typical gifts, allowing the flowers to last forever and the chocolates to be kisses too! ((:

Some points that I would like to share:

  1. For a pack of 340g of Hershey’s Kisses, there are about 72-74 kisses. I completely over bought cause the salesperson gave me a wrong estimate, so I thought this bit of information would help! ((:
  2. For the middle slot, you might want to consider cutting it slightly more than half an inch in. What happened to me was that the slots did not align properly, so there were paper sticking out and I had to keep cutting them deeper so that they would turn out better.
  3. Having a template to start is really important! The template made my life so much easier cause I could use a pair of scissors and cut the slots rather than measuring them one by one and using a ruler and penknife to cut the slots out nicely. ((:
  4. I made a number of extras and I find them to be really great gifts to people, like to show them my appreciation for favors they’ve done for me! ((: So maybe you could keep a stash for these ’emergencies’.

I believe that’s all I have to share for now. If I think of anything else, I’ll leave my comments! ((: Hope you all have enjoyed this post and find it useful should you decide to attempt them! On a side note, I’ve started to do my Christmas cards, and am really excited to share them here. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to it soon!

SURPRISE – 21st birthday

So, my sister just celebrated her 21st birthday some time in mid September! I wanted to do a guest book/scrapbook kind of thing for her initially since I’ve done it for most of my close pals on their 21st. However she decided to have a small intimate dinner with the family and I thought it would be better if what I did could include her friends. So, when I stumbled upon this blog post from Oh Happy Day!, I knew I had to do it!

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I contacted her friends about a month before, hoping to get sufficient response. I wanted it to be a surprise, but was worried it would slip out (which has happened tons of times previously), so I was really glad that she had no clue about it! ((: Though there were some hiccups with the balloons, I would say, overall, it would be considered a successful surprise and have to thank all her friends who participate and contributed to it!

Some tips that I have:

  1. It wasn’t easy to find small envelops that were sold individually, so it might be more convenient to just make them yourself.
  2. Buying envelops/balloons individually isn’t cheap at all. I’m going to reuse the envelops for my Christmas cards! HAHA! As for the balloons, well, if you aren’t so picky about the colors, it would save you some money to simply buy a multi color packet and use it.
  3. Rather than going straight onto the wall to paste the envelops, it helped immensely to plan it out on the floor and take a picture of it as a guide.

And what is a birthday without a cake!

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We got the cake customised by Ristorante Da Valentino. Check out their Facebook for more of their pretty cake creations!

Hope this post has given you some inspiration for what you can do for someone’s birthday! ((:

DIY gifts #2

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My dance group went to Bolzano, Italy in July, to participate in an international dance competition. Since May, we have been burning most of our weekends to practice for this competition and I really thank God that all the hard work paid off. So, to commemorate this trip and experience, I decided to make them some cups with their initials on.

I got the mugs from Ikea for $3.90 each, and I used the GLASpainter from Marabu that I bought from ArtFriend to dot the background.

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So, as you can see from the picture, I pasted letter stickers onto the mug first, then dotted the surrounding area. I used green and red mainly cause the flag of Italy consist of green, white and red. Once the ink dried, I peeled of the letters, and baked the cup for approximately half an hour at 170˚C.

Some things that you might want to note and could be improved:

  1. When I tried to peel off the sticker, some of the dots came out with it, causing me to lose the shape of the letters. So it might be better to use a penknife and try to cut those dots that are overlapping the sticker first. But you would most likely still have to touch up.
  2. The letter stickers shouldn’t be too thick. I thought mine was a bit too thick and would have been nicer with thinner letters.
  3. It is important to make sure the dots nearer to the letters are denser/more concentrated. This would help give a better effect.
  4. One of the batches that I baked, the heat was too strong, causing the red to change to orange. However, once it cooled, the color changed back to red. I thought you might want to know that so you won’t freak out like I did. ((:

That’s about all I have to share. If you have any other concerns/enquiries, feel free to leave a comment or contact me! ((:

Card making session #3

Hi, so for today, I have a card to share with you all. And I’ve added some tutorials I’ve found to show you how to go about doing the embellishment from scratch.

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This is a card that I did for a pal of mine for her birthday last year. So what I did was used a yellowish cardstock for the base and added 2 pieces of paper with a generally similar color scheme for the background. Then I attached the pretty ribbon and the flower from this paper flower kit.

But we can’t be buying the flower kits again and again to make these cards. So to make paper flowers, I managed to find this tutorial that gives a small twist to it. The tutorial is done by Christina and I thought it was pretty interesting how she added on the borders.

Recently, I’ve found this other way of doing these flowers. You can take a look here. It seems like a less tedious way of doing it, since you won’t have to fiddle around that long stripe of zig zag paper, forcing it to conform to the circle we want.

Okay. So that’s all I’ve got for this post. Hope you all will have a great time learning from those tutorials!

Simply Luving It #5: Pom Poms

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POM POMS!! I’m sure to many of us, pom poms are linked closely to many happy memories! So, pom poms should be integrated into as many parts of our lives as possible! ((:

To start off, the top left picture shows pom pom push pins from Anthropologie! They have such wonderfully bright colors that you can use to pin up notes, reminders, etc. These will be a great addition to the office stationary that is currently at your office. I’m sure it will bring some smiles onto your face during working hours! ((:

Moving on, I have 2 pom pom wrapping ideas/tutorial to share. They are from Sugar & Cloth and Brit + Co.. Sugar & Cloth’s tutorial shows you how to go about designing the pom pom you’ve created to make it more unique. While Brit + Co. gives you ideas on the different materials that can be used to create the pom pom! Hope this will give you more ideas to juggle around and have fun with!

Pom poms AND balloons!! Aren’t they one of the best combination to create a great party atmosphere? Well, I thought so! So when I saw this idea from Design Improvised, I knew I had to share it!

Lastly for the pom pom sharing post! It’s a pretty top worn by Bri from Design Love Fest! I’m loving the colors and I think she looks great in them!

Hope this post has revived your love for POM POMS! If you have came across any other wonderful pom pom related things that you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment! ((:

Simply Luving It #4

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I stumbled upon this idea of Google Mail Envelopes that I thought was really interesting (though it’s just a prototype now). With the widespread use of the Internet, we often simply send emails rather than taking the time and effort to create a handwritten letter/card/note. I think this is closely linked to the postcards – text less write more. Maybe I’m being sentimental or old fashion, but I’ve always felt that sending letters or greetings cards through the snail mail represented greater sincerity. And most probably cause I have a passion for handmade things, when I saw these 2 posts, it really ‘spoke’ to me.

Something else that I would like to share is a tip from caravan shoppe. It’s on how to upkeep all cutting tools. The post provided a step by step tutorial for you to follow and ensure you tools are sharpened! ((:

Lastly, I would like to share this brilliant idea by The Pleated Poppy! Though it might not be applicable for me, it’s really share-worthy! It’s a Chalkboard Wall! You should really check it out!

That’s all I have for this post! Till next time! ((: