Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Experimental Phase

These cards are more of experimental type, trying my hand at new designs. Okay, not everything is new, but it's kind of refreshing to see different types of flowers and different types of designs once in a while.

This also marks the first time I received cards order from a birthday guy to be given to his friends, on his birthday. In a way, it's sort of announcing to everyone "Hey, I'm turning 25 today!" in a stylish way haha. Since he gives me full authority to design what I want, the way I want (as long as I put some quilling design on them), here's how the cards look like.

He's seen my other cards with quilled flowers on them, and had taken a liking for those kind of cards, so I threw in few quilled flowers on some cards:

(please mind the quality of some cards - took pictures at 4 am right after I finished making them, so the lighting wasn't really good, and my eyes had too heavy of eyebags to see clearly :P)

(Basically these are repeated designs but with slight change on each of them so they'd have individualised version of their own)

Then I started doing my own thing:

This has to be my favourite so far - love green, love yellow, and love the soft effect the colours gave on the white card. :) Will definitely make these kind of cards again hehe. Need to experiment using other colours as well!

The next one was actually inspired by a notebook that I found at MPH. It came in set of 3-4, with some quirky, modern design on each, and I fell in love with all the designs. I secretly took pictures with my phone (bad quality, but good enough for my eyes), and ever since planned to use the design on one of my cards. It did however, come out differently from the original design that I saw.

Somehow there's some 70's feel to this card. Hmm... the glitter purple ribbon maybe?

And the next design was inspired by... IKEA quilt bedsheet. Hehehehhe... only at IKEA you would get such a design with black flowers and still looked good.

He actually took up 15 cards, but thanks to my absent mind, I only took pictures for the 10 of them. Great, isn't it? :P

I'll post up the rest of the cards later.. with some other cards that I made ages ago, but simply forgot to snap and post them online. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

CraftZone MY Market 2010


CraftZone Malaysia is organising a craft market for independent Malaysian crafters this coming April, in conjunction with Craftzone Malaysia's First Anniversary. The inaugural event will mark a big move for CraftZone Malaysia as we strive towards bringing the local crafts to the masses. This is a golden opportunity for you to showcase your work and perhaps generate some sales.

For the first market, we will only be offering 10 booths. All products must be handmade and not mass produced. Please email your name and product details to
Zura at

Registration is on first come first serve basis.

Date and place (Klang Valley) will be determined and announced later.


The full committee for Craftzone MY Market 2010 event is as follows :

1. Registration / Crafters - Zura
2. Online - Maya
3. Venue - Zila & Anne
4. Promotion - Misa
5. Payment / Finance - Tinihani
6. Equipment - Sheila

Thank you for your help in making this event a success!

P/s: For further details:
CraftZone MY Market 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thank You

Some of these cards were made ages ago, and some others were made in December. All were meant to be Thank You cards for lecturers, ordered by a friend (I am yet to do mine).

I don't quite remember where I put the rest of the pics that I snapped - it must be in a folder somewhere. But the thing is, I'm sorting out all the Miyyah@Kertas folder in my laptop, so it's a mess and sometimes it's hard to find what I'm looking for.

Since I found these first, and it's been a while since my last post anyway, so I'm uploading these first. If I can find others, I will update again, k!

Let's start with this card:

I made this basically ages ago, and it is one of those simple, easy-to-make card that one can make in less than 5 minutes. I love simplicity, so this is one of my favourite. Not really doting on the maroon background, and need to improve a lot on my stamping skill (still messy!).

The close-up (it's paper flower, but it's not handmade by me - I bought them)

And the next card gives a bit of masculine vibe to it (I think!) since it's grey, black and white.

I HEART the butterfly, as it gives soften the card a bit, but still came out looking like a dashing, cool butterfly hehe.

Next card: blue, white, black and grey. Well, as I was digging my boxes, I realised that I have more black and white (and grey) ribbons more than any other colours! It's easier to mix and match with black and white ribbons, but I still need to buy ribbons of other colours as well. Hmm... b & w ribbons need to be banned for a while :P

Hence, this card is made totally out of ribbons hehe..

The next card is what I called the card of the wooden butterfly LOL. It's purple and pink combination, and I thought this is a contrast card to the black & white butterfly in the card above. At least metaphorically LOL. (I'm thinking too much, am I not?)

The butterfly was actually from earrings (I mentioned about it in my previous post), and as I said, I bought a lot of those at a very good, discounted price, and use them as part of my cards. It's a great way of finding great things for your craft without having to pay much. And it comes in pair as well hehe.

Next, is another favourite card, using my favourite free stuff tools - IKEA measuring tape LOL.

As I mentioned before, the good thing about black and white is that you can mix them with absolutely any colour, and the outcome will still be ok.

And last but not least, a happy butterfly card - unlike the dashing-looking butterfly, or the hard-headed purple butterfly, this one cheers you up with its vibrant colours. Yellow and orange mix really well together - striking and exciting.

Loved the texture of the yellow card. The yellow was actually a pretty strong colour, but it looked like it had been soften in the pic.

Hope these bunch of cards would cover up my absence since my last post. Will try and post sooner, once I got everything back in order. :)

Monday, January 04, 2010

2010 Calendar v 2.0

Hope it's not too late to wish everyone a happy new year! 2009 has been a fabulous year, and I'm really hoping that 2010 would take up a notch on the 'fabulous' adjective hehe.

After making the last calendar, I thought of making a few more, but at last, I could only manage to finish two - one for belated birthday present, and another for a friend who celebrated the 1st of Jan with me haha.

This one goes to the friend who celebrated the coming of New Year with me by watching Avatar 3D (which was really cool), and who always cheered me up by stuffing ourselves with food every time we meet haha.

I made this using all of my favourite colours again (earth colours), and with the thought of the one on the receiving end. The desk calendar came across looking a bit masculine haha, but I think it suited her perfectly - coz she's a tough woman with a strong heart and a very, very thick head haha.

In case you're wondering, I didn't make the centerpiece, it was actually from earrings which I found on sale at Jusco hehe. It was very cheap soo I bought some of them (in different designs - roses, butterflies etc), and pull out all the unnecessary parts of the earrings and use them for my crafts. Cool FOUND huh? (This time I would selfishly resist from telling the price haha)

This is the layout for all the upcoming months of 2010:

And it feels good to take a break from quilling once in a while hehe. I'm applying the same theme in all 12 months, and make use of the FOUND paper punch that I bought at Daiso last time. And this is how each card look like:

I'm no professional stamper, so I messed the papers up with uneven stamping and smudges all over the calendar haha.

But I still thought it's a beautiful mess, because it shows how much love I've put in making the whole thing. :)

And I apologize for the shadowy pictures - they were taken in a hurry at a very dim cafe, with a very outdated camera haha - but at least they came out pretty well hehe..

As you can see, each month sports similar design, but with slightly different arrangement to it.

And as you can also see, this calendar is also flooded with white buttons haha..

...just because I have plenty of them haha (done restocking black and white buttons).

And since I'm going green, except for the card stock for the base of the calendar and the pattern paper (again, it's actually wrapping paper), and the buttons, the rest were made from recycle papers - most are extras from previous crafts etc.

And the brown paper.. well.. it was from nasi lemak wrappers hahaha (unused ones :P)

The cardstock for the base of the card was actually grey in colour, and I use some splashes of olive green (my fav!) to the cards as well.

I like refering these as cards more than as calendar, because I think they can be reused as monthly birthday cards.

And I don't like repeating the 2010, so 2010 was only stamped once on the box, but were not stamped anyone on the individual cards.

Haha, when I see it - December was done in such a mess. The numbers looked like they're about to collapse LOL.

The above shows how the calender should stand on a working desk. And below is what I've written on the inside of the cover:

Yeah. It has always been an ugly handwriting, but it gets uglier these days heh. And the smug face below is the recipient of the calendar hehe.

Babe, can you believe we've survived this roller-coaster friendship for 18 years? How did that happen hahahaha...?!

p/s: Next time, let's do that Korean buffet, pizza, grilled chicken and that plentiful of desserts again!

(it's the backside of the calendar box. Still need to have a properly done rubber stamp)


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