Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Additional Copic Ciao Markers

My leftover bonus still allow me to accomplish some of my wish lists after investing on the embossing heat tool. :P I am considering whether to take another set of Copic Ciao set or just pick a few colors.

Well, the Copic Ciao set has sold out and only left with Copic Sketch set which is much expensive compare to Copic Ciao set. Even my leftover bonus allow me to spend that amount, but I am kind of stingy on spending the money on that Copic Sketch set.

From top to bottom : Copic Sketch YR15, Copic Ciao B45 and YG03
In the end, I get two (2) Copic Ciao, B45 smoky blue and YG03 yellow green and one Copic Sketch, YR15 pumpkin yellow.

Note :
Pre-order for Copic markers are now open. Please refer here on how to order! Thanks!

Birdie Wedding Wishes

Birdie Wedding Wishes
This card is specially made for my brother and his wife who are registering their marriage today. I did not join their registration of marriage (ROM) today as it would be troublesome for me as I have a new baby to take care.

Sketch Saturday Week #189
This card layout is inspirational from Sketch Saturday Week #189 sketch/challenge as shown above.

Close-up : Chinese and Western pattern strips
As my brother is Christian while her wife is Buddha, I have combine both Western and Chinese wedding wishes into this card. A Chinese wedding wishes pattern paper from Moof is trimmed horizontally. Then, an Western wedding wishes pattern paper from Moof is trimmed vertically. Both strips are then attached onto a red cardstock.

Close-up : Male bird
Finally, I get to ink my new stamp of Hero Arts CG155 Hugs and Kisses Birds which I purchase recently! Both birds are stamped on different pattern papers and trimmed accordingly. Another set of birds are stamped on the yellow pattern rounded square and paper pieced on them. I added two (2) blue heart shaped gems on the male bird tail while for the female bird, I added a gold heart shaped gem on her head. The finished layout is then attached onto the pattern strips as shown in the sketch.
Close-up : Female bird

Close-up : Gems on the right upper corner of the card
On the right upper corner, I added two (2) blue heart shaped gems vertically and a gold heart shaped gem horizontally.

Close-up : Sentiment "Congratulations" on the Western  wedding wishes
The word "Congratulations" on the right bottom corner of the Western wedding wishes strip is just nice for the sentiment as shown in he sketch.

Dimension : 12.7cm x 19.05cm or 5" x 7.5"
Type : Horizontal fold
Inlay : None

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please e-mail us at msgkeeper@gmail.com for order. Please do include the color or theme you prefer, purpose of the item(s) (farewell, retirement, birthday and etc) and message (if any).

This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by : 
1) Sketch Saturday Week #189 (ending 14 January 2012)
4) Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes (ending 17 January 2012)

Stamps and tools used :

Monday, January 09, 2012

Baby Girl Card

Baby Girl Card - Front
I made this card for a friend who is recently added a member to her family. It is a baby girl!

Card Positioning Systems (CPS) #249
This card layout is inspirational from Card Positioning Systems (CPS) #249 sketch/challenge as shown above but did not make it on time to enter into the challenge. :(

This card inspiration also comes from Young Crafters Unite (YCU) challenge #5 - Simple and Clean. Thus, I use very simple image as well as materials to make this card.

Close-up : Patterned paper and pink corrugated strip
A pink corrugated strip is layered upon a patterned paper which has been layered on top of a yellow card base.

Close-up : Baby girl
The baby girl image is then stamped on a square white cardstock and colored using Copic marker. I add some paper piecing to the diaper. A pink and white ribbon is tied to a bow and attached on to the ribbon. Then I distress the edges using opera pink color. It is then attached onto a pink cardstock before attach it to the center of the pink corrugated strip.
Close-up : Pink bow on the baby girl hair

Baby Girl Card - Inside
To add some personal touch or decoration inside the card, I add a bib on the right upper corner and a dress on the left lower corner.
Close-up : Bib on the right upper corner
Close-up : Dress on the left lower corner

Dimension : 10.16cm x 15.24cm or 4" x 6"
Type : Horizontal fold
Inlay : No with stamped image

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please e-mail us at msgkeeper@gmail.com for order. Please do include the color or theme you prefer, purpose of the item(s) (farewell, retirement, birthday and etc) and message (if any).

This card is entering the challenge(s) organized by :
2) Simon Says Stamp Challenge - New Something (ending 11 January 2012)

Stamps and tools used :

Friday, January 06, 2012

Investing on Embossing Heat Tool

I plan to invest on an embossing heal tool since I got my bonus recently. Well, it is a way to reward myself with some goodies on the bonus I get. :)

Initially, I plan to purchase online and been hopping from one online store to another online store to get the best deal. However, I found out that I cannot purchase online or from USA due to the voltage differences. Those sellers have the below warning messages after their item description. 

Sample Warning Message #1
Important information for international customers:
This tool requires the use of 120 Volts AC electricity only. Using a higher voltage will damage the tool. If you live in an area that does not provide 120 Volts AC (such as 220 to 240 Volts AC only), then you must use a voltage transformer that will convert your power supply down to 120 Volts. The converter must be rated to handle at least 500 watts (most small traveler's plug in converters won't be able to handle this tool). The plug on this tool is designed for a type A electrical outlet. Depending on where you're located, you might also need an adapter for the plug. If you are unsure about your country's power supply, the rating of your voltage transformer, or what type of electrical outlet you may have, contact us and we will assist you.

Sample Warning Message #2
WARNING! International customers in areas where the voltage is higher than 120 Volts please note: Attempting to plug this unit to a voltage higher than 120 Volts will damage the tool. The tool is designed for use in outlets providing 120 Volts. If your power source is higher than 120 Volts (such as 220 to 240 Volts), you must have a transformer that converts the electricity down to 120 Volts before plugging in the unit.

After confirming with my husband, indeed Malaysia voltage is difference from USA voltage. Thus, I cannot purchase online. My husband also concern on the item usability which he meant what if the item cannot be used (not voltage issue) once I received it (means spoiled). He advises me not to take the risk while concern on the voltage issue.

My husband even jokes that he can actually get me a hardware heat gun which can be easily found in Pudu's Jalan Pasar with much cheaper price. He inquires on the original watt used and compare if I can substitute it with the hardware heat gun or a hair dryer that looks like embossing heat tool. I keeps on asking if the watt or the heat produced by these tools same as the original embossing heat tool as I afraid my paper will get burned if the watt is too high or the watt is too low to melt the embossing powder. Finally, he gave up and ask me to buy the original embossing heat tool from the local craft store.

I surveyed the price at the Craft Haven at 1 Utama. They have only one brand, Johnson Power Tool which cost RM118. I showed my husband on the watt used as well. He asks me to buy since he is not 100% confirm if those hardware heat guns sold in Pudu's Jalan Pasar can be use by me. I did not buy that time because I am merely surveying the price. 

Johnson Power Tool embossing heat tool
Then, today, I called to Scrapbook Memories at Tropicana City Mall to survey the price. They have two (2) brands which are Johnson Power Tool and Marvy Uchida but the price are expensive compare to Craft Haven even after the member's discount. I also call Art Friend at The Gardens  Mid Valley to survey but the prices also expensive compare to Craft Haven. Thus, I settled to buy the Johnson Power Tool embossing heat tool from Craft Haven.

The next thing I need to buy is VersaMark watermark ink as well as some embossing powder to start this embossing technique.
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