Thursday, 30 January 2014

Art Venture and CHA Review

Hi there,

Early this month, I got to go to Anaheim again for the winter CHA, and there is so much that we saw and did, but first I want to tell you about what we did a couple of days before the show opened.

Angela Collingwood and I both signed up for the Prima Marketing Art Venture, which ran for two days, just before CHA. What a treat this was. We both came away with six awesome projects by six amazing Prima educators. We got to play with the newest Prima lines and they even opened up a store so we could indulge with more of their new products. Oh, and don't get me started on the many, many packs of flowers I came away with; Prima heaven.

 Amazing 3D layout with Frank Garcia, king of the pop dots.
 Gorgeous paper line that Frank designed. This layout is the funniest.
Beautiful jewel colours on my new journal book.
 My hero, Anna Finnabair Dabrowska.
Vivacious Stef Miller with my notebook cover.
How cute is the girl?
 Rustic vintage wall hanging designed by Nathalie Kalbach. I missed out having a photo with her as she had to leave near the end of the class due to a bout of food poisoning, poor thing.
Had a fun time inking up the flowers.
Incredible artist Jamie Dougherty.
I love this album so much. The girl is a new stamp from Jamie, which I promptly lost. I'm still upset about that.
Look at this pack of goodies that came with Limor Webber's class
This was one that I finished at home as it would have been impossible to get home in one piece. I love this one so much.

On the second day, although I enjoyed every class, I started to come down with the flu and by the time CHA opened, I was a mess. Regardless, I couldn't pass up the CHA workshops we signed up for. We didn't sign up for many, but one of them was Tim Holtz's class. It is so difficult to get into and I was on the wait list, but Angela was very kind to give me her spot, while she did Dyan Reaveley's class. Thanks Ang.  I'd never done Tim's class, so was super excited.

Tim, giving his intro on the class. He's so funny and personable.
Look at these new mini distress inks. One quarter the size of the standard ones. Perfect for taking on crops.
Our first card. I'm officially in love with the distress glitter. Also loved the little die cut bow.
Vintage style gift card holder. 
Colouring with distress markers for our third card and we got to use and keep the new distress marker spritzer. So easy to use and so much fun.

 Look at what Angela made in Dyan's class.
How cool is this class photo. They're only holding up one canvas, but in fact, they all had three canvases each.
 This was a Faber-Castell class with Limor Webber. Really fun techniques.
Holding our finished frames with Limor.

These were the major classes that we attended. There was a few seminars and talks as well, basically on trends and new innovations.  After that, we had three full days to look around the show floor and to decide on and order for the HKMC kit club. What fun we had doing that, despite me feeling like death warmed over. I've put lots of collage photos up on some of the things we saw. I'm not going to explain them as it's far too late here and I don't think I could remember half of what I saw, but hope you enjoy looking.

Right, I think that sums up CHA this year. I've been inspired yet again with all the wonderful artworks and layouts that I saw and hopefully, I'll be bringing some of those inspirations to life soon.

Thanks for dropping by,

HK Memory Chest Kit Club - January 2014

Hello all,

Finally getting my post for the HKMC January Kit Club out. I thought maybe I should before January runs out, don't you think?

January 2014 Kit
Webster’s Pages “Recorded” - Today

Webster’s Pages “Recorded” - Out & Above
Webster’s Pages “Recorded” - Best of Times
Webster’s Pages “Recorded” - Sunset

Webster’s Pages “Recorded” - Mini craft bags
Webster’s Pages “Recorded” - Paper clips
Webster’s Pages “Recorded” Cameos
Studio Calico Rub-on Transfers – Stars Gold
Thickers – Doodle Black
Natural twine
Add-On Options  

Prima Marketing Blumen Colour Flowers
Prima Marketing Blumen White Flowers
Studio Calico Rub-on Transfers - White Words

December Sizzix Die  

Sizzix Bigz Crescent Moon & Stars Die

Here's the sketch I did for this month.

Star of my Life
With the disruptions in December, I was only able to get through one layout. The papers are a lovely mix of patterns and I love the constellation paper, which I cut into a circle. The photo was taken at the Acropolis in Greece last year. 
 I freehand drew and cut the star. I also cut out the polaroid frames to hang on the twine. I coloured the 3D alphas in green to make them stand out against the frames.
I love the mini craft bags; great for hiding some journalling. The little camera clip is just the cutest.

Extra Elements: Large brown glitter alphas from Fancy Pants, mini brown glitter alphas from Recollections, brown cardstock 

And here are some of the layouts from the rest of the team.
Last Month In Hong Kong by Angela Collingwood
 Best Friends Sleepover by Angela McDaniel
Disney Magic by Angela McDaniel
 To The Moon And Back by Angela McDaniel
Pure Joy by Erika Lui
Super Star by Erika Lui
Since we've already done the crop sessions, I won't put the dates and times down.

Look out for my post for the February kit soon. Hint: just in time for Valentine's Day.

See you soon,

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

I'm Back and Ready To Go!

Hi all,

How is everyone doing? It's been agessssss, I know.  Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Saying that, it's been so long since I've blogged, that even Chinese New Year is upon us in two days. It has been non-stop since before Christmas, and only now have I had time to just sit down and get my head around to writing (and scrapbooking) again.

 A quick photo before Christmas lunch

We had my in-laws here for six weeks from the beginning of December and they actually only left mid January. I'd say that was one of the reasons why I haven't had time to do much else. It was a long stay but we had a good Christmas with them and I think they enjoyed themselves.  Right after Christmas, we all flew to Singapore for an Asian cruise that took us to Phuket and Port Klang in Malaysia. We rang in the new year on the ship, before arriving back in Singapore and ate our way through all my favourites. I can never resist chicken rice, rojak, laksa, chilli crab, fish head curry (OMG, this is so good) and of course, we had to bring back a gorgeous green pandan chiffon cake (the best).

 Enjoying a refreshing coconut in Phuket
 Bibbing up for some yummy crab in Singapore

Right after coming back from Singapore, I left the hubby to deal with look after his parents, while I headed off to CHA!! Oh yeah. More of that later as I think it deserves its own entry. I came back just in time to send off the in-laws, who were leaving for home on the same day.

Now, you're going to hate me, as after one day back, we jetted off to Hokkaido, Japan for a snowy four day weekend trip. What? Another holiday?? This was courtesy of hubby's company and we spent a day in Hakodate, savouring the most freshest and tastiest seafood, before hopping over to Sapporo for shopping and more yummy foods. Miss C and I both love our Japanese food, so we were more than happy.

 How many plates did we eat?? Not enough!! (In Sapporo, Japan)
 Building a snow cat in freezing cold Hokkaido

That's pretty much taken us up to this point. Funny to say, but I'm looking forward to a quiet week at home this Chinese New Year. No destinations, no planes, just the three of us vegging on the sofa together. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some crafting done and have more layouts and projects to show you very soon.

Hope everyone who celebrates have a wonderful Chinese New Year and wishing you all a happy and prosperous Year of the Horse.

Kung Hei Fat Choy,

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