Monday, December 21, 2015

Vintage Car Hand-bound Journal

Just thought I'd share my latest creation with you - this was a recent order for a journal. I was super excited to use my new vintage car fabric that I found in a sewing shop nearby!

This one had the whole works : elastic band, metal corners and bookmark.

Totalling about 144 pages

I included a little birdy bookmark too *=)

Antique type metal corners. I've always preferred the brass ones to the silver ones.

This is the back of the book, with proper eyelets for the elastic band. Brass to match the metal corners!

This is what the inside cover looks like. Textured ivory lining and visible stitches.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Back with bookbinding!

Hi all!

After a really, really long, hiatus, I'm back! For those of you who need an update, I've just returned after a 3-year period in the UK for university. Now that I'm back in Malaysia (and have renewed access to my four shelves of crafting supplies that I couldn't bring with me), guess who's been bitten by the crafting bug again! *=)

Lemme just give you a peek of what I've been up to. I've actually been crafting loads and loads but can't show much of it here because almost everything is for people I wanna surprise for Christmas.

I've been bookbinding! This is the only one I can show right now because mum has already seen it and knows it's for her.

Every part of this book is made from scratch, from the fabric covers, to the metal corners hammered into the cover, to the threads stitched by hand, to the paper which is completely hand cut by me.

Also included a bookmark, with a braid and tiny charm that lets her know it's been made with lots of lurrrrve!

Note the metal corners and ivory paper lining for the covers. I could have covered the stitches with the ivory paper but chose not to. First, it may not have looked as neat, and secondly, I do think this method shows the workmanship a lot clearer, doesn't it?

A view of the back, with the elastic band attached to hand-punched metal eyelets. 

Do note that although I do sell these note books, I only make it to order, meaning that none are made beforehand. I have a selection of fabric that you can choose from for the covers, but would need some time to put the book together.

I have four more books to stitch at the moment, and it's only 2 more weeks to Christmas! Help!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hello Kitty Sunshine and Garden Fence Card

~ hello everyone ~
...says kitty :)

My classmate had a custom request for Hello Kitty on the same background as Totoro, for another classmate who was crazy about Hello Kitty - everything she comes to class with is either pink, sparkly or Hello Kitty themed : bags, shoes, clothes, down to her hair accessories and sparkly pink phone.

Added some bling to her bow and hem for extra sparkle! 

Her facial features were rather difficult because they were so tiny and I'd lose them as soon as I cut them.

A bigger bush than last time, and stray leaves on the ground to add a little liveliness.

Someone said Kitty looked Chinese because the dress is cheongsam-ish. What do you think? 

I wasn't entirely sure how to quill a cute enough Kitty, so I used Google for inspiration. Finally found a card by Cheryl which was based on another quiller's Kitty - I would link the post, but Cheryl's blog is now open to invited readers only. 

Oh well! Good day and hello everyone!


Update : Here is the link to Cheryl's post.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Quilled Flowers Card - If people were flowers you'd be the one I'd pick!

I've always loved flowers - and what a very lovely coincidence that it's perfect for quilling.

Rhinestones for sparkle and bling!



Just listed on Etsy - here.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone - hope you have a flowery day!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Christmas Tree Pop Up Card with Peeing Dog

Merry Christmas! (about a month late). This is a very late Christmas pop up I made with another Rich template. BOY was it complicated to cut.

So this was the way the tree left my house (a perfect square pyramid), but unfortunately when it arrived at the recipient's doorstep the tree's top section was flat and didn't pop the way it was supposed to =( 

I guess 2 weeks of being flat in the mail made it stay that way, because it was only paper. I did try using cardstock so it'd be more sturdy, but cardstock is much, MUCH harder to cut.

p.s. Dear You-Know-Who-You-Are, this was how it was supposed to look.

A little peek at the Dalmatian sneakily peeing in the tree, thinking no one can see her! 

Close up of the peeing leg. It was supposed to resemble the recipient's Dalmatian (and I even copied the spots from photos of her!) but apparently girl dogs do not pee that way. Whoops.

Simple card front, with a lacy border and taped ribbon.

This was the first version I made, with thick cardstock instead of paper. Sturdier but extremely tedious to cut, and I made a mistake by cutting one corner of the tree. I even coloured the lights with glitter! though the sparkle can't be seen in the photo. 

It was fun making this card! But I probably won't be doing it again anytime soon. Thanks for reading, have a sweet day everyone.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Quilled Sheep Thinking of Ewe (You) Love Card

My first "Thinking of You" card, which can be used for all occasions. But who says you need an occasion anyway? Nothing sweeter than a message to let that special person know that he/she is in your thoughts, any time of day! 

I must say, though I thoroughly enjoy crafting and quilling and exploring new ideas, the tech part of this does get a little tiring sometimes! Taking photographs (searching for good lighting and angles), editing photographs when they don't come out as an accurate depiction of the card, posting the pictures online, making a new listing on Etsy and Blogspot - wow! 

If only there was a Marketing Department :) but alas! I do not have that luxury.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Quilled Teddy Bears I Love you Beary Much Card

A simple card I quilled this week - teddy bears again! Full of love and sweetness :)

They look so cuddly I wanna hug 'em. 

Words are a bit faded in this photo but rest assured they are printed clear and black.

Have a 'beary' happy weekend!

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