A touch of Gold...

What a sweet start to the week. =) I received this from Marix, whose blog is one of those I frequent daily for my "scrapping fix" (and for the loads of other scrap-related links):

Thanks so much! Here are the rules:

1. Only 5 people allowed
2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award

I've chosen the following:





Ate Rowee


Rain, rain...

HMITM Challenge # 86
"Walking on Tiptoes"

It's raining here and so I got to finish this week-in-the-making LO (at last!). Definitely a "challenge" as I needed to squeeze 33 patterned paper pieces. I'm not sure if the holes really count (and if the epoxy labels can be considered "tags"), but if they're not I'm still happy that I got to finish. Sadly, this didn't make it as the deadline was Aug. 11. =(

On a happier note, Scrappersatsg Challenge # 22 is up (quite a "challenge" as well). I'm pretty much finished with my end-of-July goal list so I'm making a new one:

1. Enter at least 2 projects to CH#22
2. Make 2 cards (both to be given to friends) based on CardMaps or CPS
3. Make a diaper cake (and need to do this soon!)
4. Make a mini-album

For item # 1. I don't know if I can enter Jillian's name letters:

I made these in Nov. 2006 when we were decorating/preparing her side of the room (which takes up half our bedroom). I haven't been introduced to scrap-booking yet (although the paper I used here are acid and lignin-free patterned paper bordered by Pebeo 3D paint) and I was doing very simple journalling. I think they're too simple to enter to the challenge but I can't help reminiscing. I can't believe it's been 20 months since Jillian was born and almost a year since I started scrapping and so much has changed.

I wonder what I'll be up to in another 20 months... wonder if it'll also be raining...



Jiroken's Sketch # 2 Challenge
"Sesame Sweetie"

I finished this layout just today and I must say that even if I wasn't able to enter it to the challenge (too late already, lah) I feel good about how it turned out (considering I had several title changes). I'm not sure, as well, if it would have fitted the challenge mechanics as the title is supposed to be diagonal.

On a side note, I was able to send my entry to Scrappin Kids challenge since I'd already done a "water"-based layout some time before ("Baby Bath Bubbles"). I've never entered it into any challenge, so that was a stroke of luck. I'm just a bit concerned that the pictures were of Jillian after her bath so there really isn't any "water" in the photos. Hmm...

Because of the extra time, I got to make a few simple cards. I'm hoping I'll develop more skill to do a better job but for now these have made me pretty happy.

1. For Amy's little boy:

2. For Amy:

I better check out some of the good sites for card sketches as I'd like to try my hand on making more of 'em.

On a sad note, I don't think I'll be able to enter Laine's August challenge because I don't have any word stamps (or inks for that matter). Guess I'll start on HMITM's Challenge # 86 which is quite a challenge:

Use 33 pieces of patterned paper
Use 8 buttons and 4 tags
Use your own writing

Uggh, I hate my handwriting...



For starters, the Beijing Olympics started yesterday and I got to watch the opening ceremonies in the hospital. Not because of anything bad, on the contrary, a couple of friends and I went to Mt. Alvernia to visit our good friend A who's 7 months pregnant and who needed to give birth.

So here's wishing our new mommy A a swift recovery and good days ahead! And a very warm welcome to Alexander Julius Dempsey! Coincidentally born on Singapore's 43rd Birthday! What a happy start to the day...

And 3 other things which have added to my happiness:

1. My finished LO for the Scrappersatsg challenge:

Scrappersatsg Challenge # 21

I technically used 6 craft-related stuff for this LO: 1. Decorative scissors (pink trimming at the bottom) 2. One-hole puncher (pink notebook peeling strip at the lower right) 3. Making Memories hole punch 4. MM universal eyelet setter 5. MM Hammer (swirls on the upper right, framing the flowers) and 6. Craft Robo die-cutter (pink flowers).

2. A card (second item of my "goal list" done!)

Scrappersatsg Challenge # 21
"Thank You" (3 x 4 folded card)

For this card, I used 5 craft items: 1. One-hole puncher (pink notebook peeling strip at the bottom) 2. Making Memories hole punch 3. MM universal eyelet setter 4. MM Hammer (swirls on the upper right, framing the flowers) and 5. Revo die-cutter (white swirl), thanks to cute#1!

3. $20 gift hamper from Laines! (Thanks Marix, for voting for me!)

I also entered my fave LO - "Doggy & Me" to {Create}'s August challenge (Animal Love). So apt!

Well, those are the latest "happenings" in my life. After my cutover this morning I'm raring to finish the last 2 goals on my list. So sorry that I didn't make it to Michelle's challenge but I'm still going to make an LO based on her sketch! As well as try to make 3 more LOs (for HMITM, Scrappin Kids and Laines). Good Luck to me!