With today’s rapid cellphone model turnover, it’s inevitable that accessories for older models are quickly replaced. This was the sad reality we faced earlier as we looked for phone cases for my sister’s good ol’ Galaxy S. Sometimes it’s just tempting to buy an Iphone just because there’s a deluge of accessories everywhere.
What do we do when we’re so bored of our jelly case and there’s no replacement? Well, reinvent it with tapes .
Resources: Classic Red Polka Dot Deco Tape, Red Gingham Washi Tape, Red Stripes, Pastel Ballet Fabric Tape and Red 2-Sided Scallop Lace Washi. Tape
Hey! That looks familiar! I wouldn’t be surprised if you just uttered that line in your head. You should get a prize if you can nail where it came from. Oh wait, we’re referring to the rose prints, aren’t we? In case you’ve given up, those roses came from Takashimaya paper bags. Although the paper bag was already in poor shape, I couldn’t bear to throw that awesome print away. Would also work great as reference when drawing flowers in watercolor.
This card is relatively easy to put together. 5 mins? I kept the other elements simple so the print would be the focus. Hope you like it.
I celebrated my birthday a few months back and received some interesting craft tools from Ran He got me that elusive 2″ scallop puncher that has always been out of stock in Lasting Impressions. I somehow knew he will get that for me, but didn’t expect the rest in the package. He just won’t settle for “no surprises”. Thanks Ran! Excited to break them out to make paper flowers, garlands and gift tags!
So what else was there? A craft tool kit, a letter stamp that’s perfect for make-do card sentiments and alphas, and what’s that peeking from behind?
A scorer-trimmer kit from Memory Keepers. Apparently, he got sales-talked by Lasting Impression ladies. Can’t wait to use it. It feels like Fisher Price toys for crafters. Makes me feel very legit. Haha!
Being the kuripot person that I am, I can’t bring myself to buy pretty pattern papers produced by scrapbook and printed paper manufacturers in the US. One back-to-back printed 12×12 sheet can cost around 40-50php each. EEP! My first few cards were made from available materials from NBS like solid color board papers and cartolina, and well.. somehow they were limiting and unappealing.
I figured that I needed pattern papers for my project and maybe the best way to go was to make them. After all, what are my Photoshop skills for? Creating patterns from scratch takes a LOOOTT of time so I switch my approach to scanning-tiling from time to time.
Here’s one set made from floral fabric clothes in the closet. This was made over a year ago around when Quaint Desk was just starting.
This one isn’t floral but off you go anyway.
And some comparison photos It’s so fun seeing them side by side the actual clothes.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
By now you would’ve noticed that I have bulk-printed some card sentiments in different colors. =)) I should really be more diligent in designing. Not to worry though, I have a few new ones up my sleeve already printed.
The patterns on the cards were made from scraps from inkjet printouts, old gift wrappers and washi tapes. To add interest, I added some lace border on the side made from Martha Stewart craft punchers and threw in an old palochino flower I bought from Tabora.
On a side note, I totally abuse that sewing kit wooden box as shoot background. It’s like an instant awesome backdrop for anything you want to take a picture of on a fly. The look fits most of my props too. Thanks to Ran for lugging that from China. Hahaha
Craft punchers can be quite expensive hence it’s only natural to make the most out of them. What else can you do with circle punchers? Well, make faux scallop borders
I bet you’re tired of seeing pattern paper circles already, that’s why I went for strips this time. Oh my… how creative! =3=. I happily ran out of coordinating paper scraps (happy because it means I recycled most of them off *happy dance*) so it was time to use the washi tapes. YAY! The first and third strip from the left are from the shop.
Whooo quite a backlog to swim through. Let’s get the ball rolling now shall we?
This card looks a lot like Laugh (see previous post) because I made this card right after it. Keeping with the circle punch theme, I gathered all blue-hued paper scraps and pull them together to create this design. Some of the scraps came from old bulletin board projects and wedding invitation cards. Added some buttons too for a little fun. The card sentiment was printed with inkjet as usual. Hope you liked it.
- Fiskars 1? Round Squeeze Punch
- EK Success 1-3/8 Paper Shaper
After featuring cards using stars and flower punchers, am now moving to my newer punchers. For this card, I made use of circle punchers from the Lasting Impression haul. This card couldn’t have been easier; you just need to make different-sized circle from colorful pattern papers and piece them together
This card looks a little retro because of the background and color treatment. That’s a sneak preview of the new paper patterns I designed for Quaint Desk
- Fiskars 1″ Round Squeeze Punch
- EK Success 1-3/8 Paper Shaper
Whoa! It’s been a full month since my last entry here *blows dust from the blog*. I’m back to share a few card entries so stay tuned in the next few days!
This card is one of those that was relatively quick to put together. I just love that swirl of gold dots that uncannily reminds me of the galaxy and wanted to make that the focus of my card layout. I kept the palette slightly monochromatic and naturally gravitated (yes, space terms!) to gold as my highlight. Hope you like it!
On a side note, doesn’t this card look like a relative of the Starry Night Sky Card?
Merienda (afternoon snack) for my parents is a relatively simple affair. On busy afternoons in the office, they content themselves with biscuits or spread on bread. Whenever we are around, my sister and I make it a point to make something fancier for them to eat. Last Saturday, my mom asked me to make my your dad a sandwich and added.. “just cheese on bread will do”. But of course, it just won’t do!
This is an easy sandwich to make if you have the ingredients on hand: crab stick, cheese singles, japanese mayo or dressing and bread. I say yum! It reminds me of Tokyo Cafe’s Kani Crab Sandwich.
Eating on the “set” after snapping some photos.