Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lawn Fawn Collection Added On!

Top row from left to right :
Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card Dies
Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops
Lawn Fawn Winter Owl dies
Another newsletter from Custom Crops on 26 November 2013 stating that they are having Pink Tuesday sale with all items marked 25% off! They also stated that more than 1000 items marked 50% off! How could I resist myself not to take a peek at Custom Crops?!

Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card Dies
Well, guess what?! Some of my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp and dies are really at least 45% plus off the Custom Crops' usual non sale price! Please note that during non sale period, Custom Crops already have their price at 10% discount off the Manufacturer's Recommended Sale Price (MRSP). This is just so unbelievable! As two (2) weeks earlier I already have a purchase, I really have to keep my spending this time as little as possible or I burn a big hole in my wallet. Thus, I carefully selecting my most favorite and wanted products.

Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops
For this time, I have chosen to take Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card Dies which I wanted it so much as it really useful in many projects. Furthermore, this dies only cost me USD$7.57 which usually sell at USD$13.49! It is so worth now? Another stamp set that is also at incredibly cheap at this price is the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops! I always wanted a wood grain background but most of the other stamp company have it in wood mounted which I do not prefer much due to space constraints. But when I got to know Lawn Fawn have it in clear stamp, this set when directly to my wish list and now I will own it! *big smile*

Lawn Fawn Winter Owl dies
Apart from that, I also grab a matching dies to my existing stamp set, the Lawn Fawn Winter Owl dies. After so many incident of sales from Custom Crops, I realize that some of the stamp sets will be on incredibly sale but not the matching dies during the same sale. But when the next sale came, the matching die will be incredibly on sale. Thus, moving forward, I will restrain myself to purchase the matching dies only when they are really on sale. I will never purchase both the stamp set and matching dies together as first, it kind of cost me more and secondly, I usually do not immediate use the stamp and if I am to use the stamp, I can go without the dies first.

I finalized the order on 27 November 2013 and after about a week later, 05 December 2013, Custom Crops informs that my parcel has been shipped. Well, cannot really blame them on the slowness in posting my parcel as it is almost Christmas time! I bet there sure will be lots of orders and rushing delivery.

Mixture of Christmas themed pattern paper samplers and brads - front
Finally, about a week and a half later, today, my items are here! I guess I gotten the most of the pattern paper samplers on this order (perhaps it is because of Christmas season as well). These nine (9) pieces of pattern paper samplers are based on Christmas theme. Well, it is definitely useful for some Christmas cards project which I hope I can make more next year before the holiday!
Mixture of Christmas themed pattern paper samplers and brads - back

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I Won Lawn Fawn 2013 Valentine Release!!!

Oh, oh, oh! I cannot believe it! I am actually won myself some goodies from the Lawn Fawn's blog on their latest Valentine release!!! I am so happy and excited!

All these while, I been participating in almost all Lawn Fawn release and inspiration weeks. Well, I must admit apart from the fabulous giveaway, there are a lot of things to learn as well! Unfortunately, I am no luck in winning those giveaway until today! Guess what?! I actually won the whole 2013 Valentine release sets and it matching dies! That really save me a lot money (worth of USD$38)!

Winner lists for the whole Lawn Fawn 2013 Valentine release
At first, I really cannot believe it when I saw the blog post via my e-mail - I subscribed Lawn Fawn blog post via e-mail. In order to really confirm it, I open up Lawn Fawn blog just to verify that my eyes did not play trick. Well, indeed my craft nickname, Message Keeper was announced as second to receive the whole 2013 Valentine release! I even commented on the winner post that my new house boost me some lucks! :P
This is the comment that gotten me to won!

After commenting, I quickly e-mail Kelly to inform that I am one of the winner. In the e-mail, I am so excited that I wrote that I never won anything from Lawn Fawn release week until today. I also highlighted that I won the whole 2013 Valentine release which really excite me follow by my snail mail address.

Thanks to Lawn Fawn and Kelly for the fabulous giveaway! These are the items I won which worth USD$38.
Science of Love Stamp Set
Science of Love Lawn Cuts
Love You Tons Stamp Set
Love You Tons Lawn Cuts

I hope my luck will stay strong for another few giveaway! :P

Monday, December 02, 2013

More Lawn Fawn Stamps and Dies!!!

Top row from left to right :
Critters in Costume Lawn Cuts
Critters in Costume Stamp Set
Bottom row from left to right :
Flying By Stamp Set
Flying By Lawn Cuts
Another Custom Crops newsletter mentioning that they are having stamping, ink and ribbon sale. I did not put up a high hope as it says stamping which means can be stamping tools and not the stamp sets. Anyhow, I hop over to Custom Crops for a peek, just in case. :P

Well, well, well. Stamp sets are on sale as well! Guess what? Some of the Lawn Fawn stamps are just incredibly cheap! Just like the Critters in Costume which only cost USD$7.50! I guess Custom Crops have it on sale due to the Halloween was over.

From left to right :
Critters in Costume Lawn Cuts
Critters in Costume Stamp Set
Although Critters in Costume is so incredibly cheap, I have some hold back on these set as most of the images are mean for Halloween. I have doubts whether to purchase this set or not. I did some research if I can use these images for non Halloween projects. There are and I started to imagine how each images can be used for non Halloween projects. Finally, I made up my mind to have this set.

However, the Critters in Costume Lawn Cuts or the matching dies are double the price of the stamp set in which I have doubts again. After much consideration, I decided to have the matching dies as well as it really save me a lot of time for fussy cutting. Not to mention save a lot of time especially for mass produce cards (well, how many times I ever made mass produce card?).

From left to right :
Flying By Stamp Set
Flying By Lawn Cuts
As there is room (budget) for one or two items, I have selected the Flying By stamp set and matching dies. I been wanting this set for a while but did not purchase it due to I give priority to the stamp sets I need to use first. I always says that this set can wait. Furthermore, the price of this set not so on sale previously.

I made my payment on 15 November 2013 and the items was delivered on 21 November 2013. It takes Custom Crops longer a bit this time to ship my items as I believe there are lots of orders which rush for the Christmas projects. The items was addressed to my new house. Speaking of new house, I was three (3) days away of moving in but I have yet to fully pack all the stuffs in the boxes! Instead, I am still shopping for my craft stuffs!

Portion of a pattern paper with Halloween theme - front
Anyhow, the items arrived today, two (2) weeks after moved into my new house. This time I got a portion of pattern paper themed Halloween as sample from Custom Crops. Hopefully one day I can make sure of these Halloween themed pattern paper.
Portion of a pattern paper with Halloween theme - back

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fiskars SureCut Card Making Paper Trimmer

I received Custom Crops newsletter on 17 October 2013 that they are having a Fiskars Sale! Well, I always wanted a new or proper craft paper trimmer to replace my current trimmer which I deem not so professional (in card making). My ideal wishlist is Fiskars! Thus, I quickly pop over to Custom Crops to check the trimmer that I want.

Fiskars SureCut 9" Card Making Paper Trimmer - still in its original packaging
I am wishing for either Fiskars SureCut 12" Deluxe Paper Crafting Trimmer or the Fiskars SureCut 9" Card Making Paper Trimmer as recommended by Jennifer McGuire in her 'Favourite Trimmers' video. The prices that offered by Custom Crops indeed quite cheap. On a non sale period, most of the Custom Crops' prices are already below Manufacturer's Recommended Sale Price (MRSP). With this sale, the prices are below the regular price that Custom Crops usually offer! 

After much consideration on item price, shipping cost and its usability, I finally settle for Fiskars SureCut 9" Card Making Paper Trimmer. I did not select Fiskars SureCut 12" Deluxe Paper Crafting Trimmer because both the item price and shipping cost are higher - almost 50% higher.

Fiskars SureCut 9" Card Making Paper Trimmer - different angle
I made my payment on 20 October 2013 and the item was shipped 4 days afterward. A week later, my new trimmer has arrived! I always like Custom Crops shipping as it takes about a week plus to arrive to my doorstep.

I gotten the same sample as previous order - a bunch of different sizes and colors card stocks, a partial of Cosmo Cricket - Delovely: Delirious and a little brad! Now, I have three (3) sets of the same sample! Wonder how I can use them.....

Monday, October 21, 2013

Free Wooden Mini Pegs

Today, I got a surprise package! Why I say it is a surprise package? It is because I did not had any recent purchases online and secondly, I did not expect this package to arrive after so many months! This wooden mini pegs is now officially free! Here is how the story goes as to why I gotten this wooden mini pegs free.

Mini wooden pegs (free)
I bid and won some wooden mini pegs at eBay on 28 August 2013. Payment was made on the same day as well. Then, the next day, 29 August 2013, the seller updates that the item has been shipped using economy International shipping which takes minimum 15 days or maximum 30 days to arrive to its destination! Well, I cannot complaint much since I got the item at just USD$0.99 with free shipping.

However, after about a month waiting for its arrival, the item never did arrive! I already began to give up hope when the 15 days has passed but I still hope that the next 15 days the item will turn up. But it never did! *sob sob*

As I purchase the item through eBay using PayPal, I am eligible for 'Buyer Protection'. Thus, I open a case in Resolution Centre. The system automatically given me two (2) options after I selected some answers to the pre-questions. The options are either to re-send the item or have a full refund. I end up deciding to opt for full refund after a careful consideration on the options given. The reason I opt for full refund is that I will be moving soon. Secondly, I also afraid that the re-send item have the same issue or if the seller did re-send the item or not. Thus, I lower my risk to the minimum which is full refund. The next day, the seller refunded my item price in full and the case is closed.

Never crossed my mind that after 21 days receiving my full refund, the item arrived at my doorstep today! Well, the resolution case has been closed and I received my refund but also received my item now. What should I do? It crossed my mind if I should contact the seller and tell him/her that the item has arrived and pay him/her back the item price. But after a rational analysis and thinking, I decided to keep it quiet or as the way it is. First, the seller mention that the item will arrive after maximum of 30 days but I did not receive the item after 30 days of waiting. Secondly, what if the item never arrive and I never open a resolution case? Then, I shall be the one on the loss side. Thus, it is legal that I ask for refund as the estimated arrival time was not fulfilled in the first place. If the seller were to put a longer expected arrival time, he/she would not be on the loss side then. :P

Anyway, it is great that the item finally arrived even after pass due its expected arrival time as I can experience using it in my coming project.

Owl Thanks For Being My Friend

Owl Thanks For Being My Friend
Made this card for my tomorrow training roommate. I am making 3"x3" mini card as I would like to include a gift for her as well in a transparent gift pouch. Hope she likes it!

Sketch Saturday Week #281
This card layout is inspirational from Sketch Saturday Week #281 sketch/challenge as shown above.

Close-up : The owl
The owl is stamped on a white circle and colored using Copic markers. The edges are distressed with ink to tone down the whiteness. Some black faux stitching are added as the circle border.

Close-up : Punched border
On a pink card base, it is layered with a pink polka dots pattern paper which seems mimic the snow! Just perfect for the owl wearing scarf! A strip of stripe pattern paper is punched with border is attached to the card as in the sketch.

Close-up : The sentiment
The sentiment is stamped in two tiers since the card base is not lengthy enough to accommodate.

Finally the owl is attached to the card base as in the sketch using pop dots to give some dimension. Two (2) googly eyes are added to the owl! Just love him with eyes open rather than closed!

Dimension : 7.62cm x 7.62cm or 3" x 3"
Type : Vertical fold
Inlay : None

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please fill up the custom order form here. 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 #281 (ends on 25 October 2013)
4) MilkCoffee Challenge - Spots and Dots (ends on 23 October 2013)
7) Desert Islands Crafts Challenge - DICC #64 - I choose 'use stripes', 'sentiment on front' and 'die cuts or punches' (ends on 31 October 2013)

Stamps and tools used :

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Perfection 3D Rose Birthday

Perfection 3D Rose Birthday
Made this last minute birthday card for my childhood best friend whose birthday is on tomorrow again! I did the same last year and she live in Singapore! Well, when this birthday card reach to her, its gonna be a belated birthday wishes.....haiz! Sorry, my dearest friend! I will try to make up to yo next time you back to Malaysia or next year!

Clean and Simple Stamping - FTL263
This card layout is inspirational from Clean and Simple Stamping - FTL263 sketch/challenge as shown above. I adopt this sketch as I plan to make another 3D rose as previously did! So in love with the 3D effect that the rose brings!

Close-up : 3D rose with the pop dots colored
On a white card stock, four (4) roses are stamped and colored using Copic markers. Then, the four (4) colored roses trimmed so that they can be layered upon each to create some dimension using pop dots. Two (2) leaves are tucked behind the rose as decoration as shown in the sketch. I learnt a little lesson back when I made the another 3D rose. Well, it is the pop dots thing whereby the white pop dots will show under the layers. Thus, this time, I colored the side of the pop dots using one of the color I colored the rose.

Close-up : The doily, 3D rose and sentiment
On a purple card stock, a small background is used to stamp the pattern randomly as in sketch. Then, a white paper doily is attached onto the card base as in sketch. This is my first time use paper doily in my card! The 3D rose is attached to the top center of the doily.

Close-up : Sentiment
The sentiment is stamped on a yellow card stock and fish tailed at the two ending. It is attached onto the doily below the 3D rose as in the sketch.

Close-up : Colorful gems scattered
The card front is finished off with some colorful gems scattered as shown in the sketch.

Perfection 3D Rose Birthday - Inside
Inside the card, a darker yellow paper is used as inlay. On the center of the inlay, another sentiment is stamped. Some flowers are stamped to the side of the sentiment to give some personalize. The stamped flowers are colored with Copic markers and some silver glitter is added to the center of the flowers.
Close-up : Sentiment inside

Dimension : 10.16cm x 15.24cm or 4" x 6"
Type : Horizontal fold
Inlay : Yes with stamped sentiment and images

If you would like to have a similar design of these items or individual item, please fill up the custom order form here. 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 :

Stamps and tools used :

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