Hello Crafters, it’s Aida here and I am back with another dose of inspiration. I an ab Educator at Made With Love and what I consistently work at is on showing you new products or trends to help you use the products better. Marble surfaces have been popular towards the end of
last year and I decided to create a background on canvas.
I LOVE Surface Pattern Designer Jen Hadfield who creates timeless paper designs that are elegant with a touch of shabby.
Sizzix dies are always part ofany work I create and this time I have used :
— Tim Holtz’s Sizzix XL Bigs Deco Alpahbets | Flowers in Jar Thinlits | Mini Butterflies Thinlits
— Eileen Hull’s Stitchy Flowers and Leaves
I’ve gotten several questions about how to create marbled backgrounds and am happy to say there will be a workshop in September featuring this technique. Remember to watch out for the dates on Made With Love’s Facebook !
Have a wonderful week ahead, keep crafting !
Hello everyone ! Some of you might know I work with Made With Love and teach workshops there. It’s interesting work and I get questions about the products, how to use them and techniques related to them. There are crafters who’d like to attempt mix-media, they are watching You Tube videos, who need help in identifying the products as very often these items are not available in Singapore.
If you are new to exploring mixed-media, try to remember while techniques are good to know, please don’t get stressed or bogged down by it …… you get the case of missing the woods for the trees. There are many ways to create texture and dimension, and to be honest, at the end what matters most is the visual balance of colour and proportion.
The project above came about by a question I was asked : how do you use Texture Paste and Embossing Powder together ?
This is the result you see above. It’s very pretty after painted with Prima Sparks Acrylics, parts dimmed down with Distress Crayons. I LOVE, LOVE how it has a vintage feel to it.
The #Wonderful is stamped on black cardstock using my favorite Embossing Powder Liquid Platinum and trimmed to look like a label. Silver brads were inserted into the ends, then it was adhered to an old scrapbook metal accent.
The products I used are available at Made With Love.
Sizzix Flutter Thinlits and coordinating Stamps
Sizzix Holiday Words #2
Sizzix Punch Large : Laurel
Prima Sparks Acrylics : Unicorn Hair | Mermaid Sparkle
Ranger Texture Paste | Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel and Liquid Platinum
Distress Crayons : Mustard Seed | Tumbled Glass | Shaded Lilac | Cracked Pistachio | Picket Fence
Distress Paints : Antique Linen, Mustard Seed
Tombow Brush Pens
Idea-ology Framed Panel | Words | Ephemera
Blue Fern Studios paper
Watercolor paper | Foil cardstock
On a small piece of watercolour paper, spread a layer of Texture Paste using a stencil. The thicker you spread the texture paste, the chunkier the end result. Lift the stencil carefully and sprinkle generously with embossing powder, and gently pour the excess off. Using a heat tool, heat till the embossing powder melts. Do this with the heat tool about 15cm away from the surface. The Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel has bits of glitter in it and this added a stone-like texture after heat embossing.
I use Ranger products and if you were to use others, you might get a slightly different effect. It’s best to experiment on your own, keeping in mind not to overheat the texture paste as it will bubble and burn.
Paint with a shimmery acrylic and dry completely. Rubbing in Distress Crayons will add depth to the surface.
The Butterfly was stamped and heat embossed using Liquid Platinum and the inside lightly coloured with a Tombow Brush pen.
Idea-ology Flash Cards and Ephemera are the best fillers for vintage styled projects as they create the feeling of a time gone by.
The Happy is from the Sizzix Thinlits #2 Holiday words and die-cut using Copper Foil cardstock. Sizzix Laurel branch shapes are my go-to for more layers.
I am so glad you came by my Blog ! This was such a fun project for me and hopefully you will take ideas form here to create your own projects. Have a great week ahead !
In our home, we try to remember that appreciation and love must be a constant ! Today with so much stress on our time and energy, it’s so necessary to make our homes an environment of peace and acceptance. Moms are the heart of many homes : we multi-task between work, home, the family and this piece is dedicated to all moms who are just trying their best within whatever circumstances.
Details are important and die-cuts are part of the layers. The tiny house is from the 661603 Snow Globe Thinlits
A piece does not need to have complicated colour, texture or dimension to look pretty – just enough of each element.
To begin, gather the supplies :
A 6 x 8 inches pre-gessoed canvas
Distress Oxides Broken China, Fired Brick and Fossilised Amber
Embossing Powder Liquid Platinum | Ink : Versamark Encore Gold
Blender and Heating Tools
Misting Bottle, Kitchen Towels.
Sizzix Dies :
661190 Wildflowers Thinlits
661603 Snow Globe Thinlits
657484 Love Struck Bigz
661195 Ornate Frame #2 Bigz
661820 XL Bigz Alphabets Broadway
Supplies can be found at :
Made With Love Singapore
313 Somerset, B2-08
Tel : 6733 7630
Using the Blending Tools, cover the canvas with Distress Oxides overlapping and blending where the edges of the colours meet. Dry the surface with a heating tool. To get the Oxide effect, mist randomly and watch for the reaction of the pigments. You can gently daub the water off or dry with a heat tool.
To seal in the Oxides, with your fingers gently apply a thin layer of Distress Micro Glaze on to the surface and then lightly buff with a soft tissue. You will find some of the colour will come off on the tissue but the canvas will still remain vibrant.
Heat emboss the Frame for texture.
Assemble the piece by working first on the Frame as this is much easier. Layer other sticker chipboard embellishments together with the Sizzix die-cuts.
Glue this on to the canvas and continue layering if you need to.
This is a cute project for the home and can be a special gift for a mom friend. I hope you will be inspired to create something pretty, have a good week ahead !
Hello everyone ! Thank you for dropping by, it’s always a pleasure to be able to offer up inspiration or ideas to visitors here …… looking at creative Blogs is one way of learning ! This week I have a card featuring all my favourite supplies from Made With Love and a brand new Tim Holtz Thinlits released at Creativation 2017 by Sizzix.
This is a close look at the details.
One of my favourite paper brands is by Jen Hadfield of Pebbles Inc. In her Simple Life Collection, I love her colour sense and the fact it’s not too girly or fussy. The sentiments are about home, family and keeping life simple which are subjects often reflected in projects I create.
You can see the colours are woodsy, with small bright touches of blue, orange and yellow.
Sizzix Thinlits Sentiment Words (Thin) are a new favourite and this set comes with words for every occasion you will ever need. They are a perfect size for cards. Just released at Creativation 2017, this set will be at Made With Love soon.
Heart shapes are a staple and this Tim Holtz Heartfelt has enough variety to use on any project.
Lori Whitlock’s Hello Doily has such pretty designs that are great for layers.
Well folks, I hope you enjoyed this quick tour of my favourite products ! There are so many more that I like and perhaps will share when I can. Happy crafting and may your week ahead be smooth !
Products are available at Made With Love Singapore,
B2-08, 313 Somerset, Orchard Road.
Tel : 6733 7630
Hello Crafting Friends ! We’ve past Christmas and New Year, and in Singapore Chinese Lunar New Year is fast approaching. At this time, families gather to renew and celebrate ties over Reunion Dinners, new partners in marriages and new babies are made welcome by gifts of Any Pows (lucky red packets).
This piece is inspired by the idea of Family and how home is such an important place to be.
In Singapore, Sizzix products and workshops I teach are at :
Made With Love
B2-08, 313 Somerset, Orchard Road. Tel : 6733 7630
The Sizzix products I used are :
The Big Shot Plus
The Shuttle for Magnetic Movers & Shapers
Alterations Alphanumeric Thinlits
Alterations Crosshatch Frameworks
Alterations Snowglobe Thinlits
Alterations Tiny Tattered Florals
Movers & Shapers Mini Hearts set
Alterations Texture Fades Pocket Watches
Alterations Large Pine Punch
Alterations Movers and Shapers Cameo Frame
Chinese New Year is a happy time about the abundance of everything good like health and success, with many auspicious symbols attached to the occasion. The light, fresh colours and the word Family in red is meant to reflect the mood and the tiny houses from the Snowglobe set say Home.
The Alphnumeric set is very useful as you can make tons of words with the 102 letter and number pieces, especially to make it easier to die-cut Asian names or names of places.
The Tiny Heart was Embossed with the Pocket Watch embossing Folder and layered into the piece.
Tiny Tattered Florals are the perfect subtle accent fillers for small sized projects without being overwhelming.
Very often I’m asked how I put together a project using die-cuts as some of you feel a crafter must have tons of dies and supplies before even starting. In this project you can see I’ve used a total of 6 dies together with 1 embossing folder and 1 punch. My observation is : crafters buy dies because they love the design and seldom think of how they can mix the die with existing ones they already have. For example the Snow Globe Thinlits can be a very versatile die as the houses can be used separately in layouts and planners. Paper crafting is really about experience and learning as you go along, eventually you’ll see how the layers can be built up. Imagine this : a doily under a Butterfly, then on the top a heart, flower or ribbon, ending with leaves around the whole piece.
When building on layers, start with a base and a generic shape like the Movers and Shapers Cameo Frame is a favourite. It’s easy to add other die-cut layers on top. Framework dies are wonderful when die-cut in various materials like glitter paper, foil, Little Sizzles Matboard that can be painted. You can see how I used the Crosshatch on the Cameo Frame, with a mixture of paints and Grouting Paste it added a worn vintage feel.
And ALWAYS get an alphabet die set in a simple font that will fit any style of crafting be it vintage or cute. This is especially important when you are new to purchasing dies as it’s easy to get carried away by the pretty florals and cute shapes.
Don’t let the fear of mistakes stop you, experiment, try different die-cuts together. Some crafters here give up because they cannot see beyond the shapes, their Big Shots gathering dust in one corner. I encourage you to come for workshops as this refreshes your design eye, you get to ask me or Stacy about the whys and hows, and it’s fun getting to meet other crafters, you will realise you are not alone !
Have a good week ahead, get out your crafting supplies and just MAKE something !
Hello everyone, welcome to my Blog ! How has your December been ? I found this year just bolted away and in the busy-ness of everyday living, where did all the time go ?
Today I have a Gift Box which I hope you will like. This can be filled with candy, a small gift for someone special and even a Christmas decor for the home. Lately I seem to be really into soft colors and am totally loving the Bo Bunny Collection of Winter Wishes , a gorgeous, non-traditional blend of pale lilac, grey, cream and sweetest pinks.
I am a HUGE fan of Glitter Cardstock by both Kaiser Craft or American Crafts and you can see how the title Season’s Greetings sparkles and pops. Honestly this time of year, there is no such thing as too much sparkles !
What would Christmas projects be without Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology trinkets ? The designs are the wonderful mix of vintage and pretty.
If you are a Scrapper or Paper-Crafter in Singapore, current Sizzix and Scrapbook products are available from :
It’s the only store in Singapore with a comprehensive range of Sizzix products and Staff who demonstrate the use of the Big Shot machine and can explain the various dies. Myself and Stacy Koo are in-store Educators helming workshops that include the use of die-cuts, hopefully opening your imagination to the limitless possibilities of creating with them.
Here are the dies I used for this Gift Box, I’ve linked them to Sizzix US to give you an accurate information of what they are. Please call Made With Love Singapore to check for current stock : 6733 7630
To start, join the 2 die cut wall pieces of the Village Dwelling. The Bo Bunny paper had a Birch design that I lightly painted over with Distress Paint Shaded Lilac and Picket Fence to create a washed out feel I was aiming for.
Glue on the window frames dies cut from the Village Bungalow. I chose white cardstock to match the pale colours of the Bo Bunny paper.
Assemble the house and fold the tabs inwards. Adhere the roof pieces.
I like the gable die cut from the Village Gingerbread.
After attaching it, I decided it was too long and snipped the ends off.
Add the poles that support the front (as in the picture below).
The base was die-cut using a Blue Fern paper and adhered to the house. I wanted to angle the house a little on the base, just to make it look different.
This is how the fence was glued on to the sides of the base.
The Thinlits Label was cut into half and adhered to the front.
Originally I had wanted to add a title to the Label die cut but found the 4 inch top of the box too short for Season’s Greetings. After thinking about it for a few minutes, a solution hit me on how I could layer the words front and back, with Greetings on the outer edge of the box cover. This terrace effect is so interesting to look at ! The Idea-ology tiny fawn is such a cute, natural embellishment don’t you agree ?
The Box I created was 4 inches tall and 4 inches at the base the top. You can easily buy a small box or use one you already have. There are a few good YouTube videos on making simple Boxes from cardstock, you may like to watch one of them : HERE.
To finish the house, I added Clear Rock Candy Glitter, a Idea-ology Brush tree and Silver Velvet Ribbon.
This project was fun to put together. It was was a fascinating process adding the elements to fill out the final look to give an elegant polish to the Gift Box. I hope you will try this too, happy holidays everyone !!
Hello everyone ! Can you believe it’s October, the final quarter of 2016 ? Where did all the time go ?
The Made With Love Design Team 2016 is playing a round of 5 Questions as this would be a good time to re-introduce ourselves, not to mention great fun as well ! Many of our customers come into the store, see all the layouts and projects on display and they ask who designed them. As the Designers are not based at the store, why not post information about ourselves ?
Here goes ………
1) Who am I ?
My name is Aida and I am the resident Educator/Designer at Made With Love Singapore as well as their Design Team Coordinator who takes care of the schedules and kits for amazingly talented Team Members. It’s a small store and there are times my job crosses over to window displays and product swatches. This is a dream job, one that aligns completely with what I love which is paper crafting !
I am on the Sizzix US Design Team and the past few years have Guest Designed for Tim Holtz, Ranger and Simon Says Stamp. You can find me on Instagram where I actively post my projects or work in progress.
Away from the store I am a wife and mom, we have lots of furry pets. Typically Singaporean ….. I LOVE food – cooking and finding good places to eat. My biggest grouse : having to keep my craft space tidy, I am a messy crafter !
This is my craft table, there’s always a project that’s in progress. Our cats think it’s their space too !
2) What is my creative style ?
This Halloween project, with layers, stamping, paints, inks and Sizzix die-cuts is pretty much what I am about currently. Creative styles change as we are constantly evolving as crafters especially when new products become new favourites, leading us to other ways of creating.
** Supplies for the project are listed below.
3) What inspires me ?
Colors, stunning work by other crafters, Instagram, new products !
Be fearless ….. just start !! Fairly often Singaporeans get caught up in wanting perfection, they MUST have all the right tools before they begin to learn something new. Yes, you do need some tools, not necessarily the best or the most expensive, and then approach the process as an adventure where there will be mistakes, but mostly there will be learning. Leave being competitive, or wanting to be like another crafter as this is a sure fire way to kill inspiration, creates insecurities, it stops you from developing an individual style or making what you really enjoy !
4 What I love about being Singaporean ?
To a crafter being in Singapore means having wonderful, CURRENT products in the stores and being a small island, getting to any craft store is easy. I often hear crafters in neighbouring countries moan loudly about the lack of supplies, how expensive their local stores are, how behind in stocks, how expensive it is to ship from the US online stores.
There is a phenomenal growth in art and crafting in Singapore with many offering workshops in endless varieties. We get famous Educators holding classes, local artists are getting more popular.
5) What do I wish for ?
For the crafting community : perhaps a gentler, a less competitive community, more sharing, it’s important to be ethical by crediting the original designer of any project they lift or copy.
As an Educator, I wish for crafters to understand that workshops are essential in learning how to use products effectively. It develops a keener eye for design and shows them how to create work that is polished, with a sophisticated finish. The learning is faster with practical, hands-on workshops. Educators these days have genuine industry experience or have trained in the craft and know what they are teaching.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these bits about myself, this has been really fun. Perhaps this post has inspired and put you on the road to focusing on the journey, not always the end.
Happy crafting !
Sizzix products used :
Tim Holtz Gothic Gate Thinlits
Tim Holtz Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits
Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits
Tim Holtz Punch : Branch Large.
Stamp : Stampers Anonymous – Regions Beyond
Distress Paints : Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone
Distress Inks : Wilted Violet, Gathered Twigs, Faded Jeans. Mustard
Distress Crayons : Picket Fence
Ranger Embossing Powder – Black, Bridal Tinsel
Versamark Clear Embossing Ink
Ranger Heat Tool
Watercolour Paper 300gsm
Flat Backed Canvas 6×8″
Hello Crafties !
Today I have a mixed-media 7x9in. canvas designed for Made With Love. This will make a perfect gift for the coming Mother’s Day with a soft, elegant and timeless feel in a pale Pink-Peach combination with highlights in Gold. Sizzix products are a MUST for me and typically I use four or more dies for a project this size. The dies are by Brenda Walton, Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing and Echo Park.
The background canvas was painted with Gesso first, and after, Antique Linen Distress Paint. It was dried completely, then I rubbed-in Distress Crayons Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Rusty Hinge and Picket Fence. Add a little water to soften and blend the colours. Dry with a heating tool.
Lay an Stencil over the canvas and using wet-wipes, gently erase parts of the surface. Once I was satisfied with the results, I heat dried the surface.
At this point I had decided which parts of the canvas will remain uncovered and began to stamp those areas using Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Lady Rose. The ink is Staz-On Pumpkin.
The large heart by Echo Park which can be made into a pocket. The word Wonderful is a Tim Holtz Block Word Thinlits and these are my favourite word dies as they cut cleanly, they are easy to add to projects and cards. I’ve used Bronze Glitter cardstock with some light paint daubed on the word to make it look shabby. This is a great way to get gritty texture, and just the right amount of glitter, not too new-ish.
Here you get a a closer look of the Birdcage which was die-cut using Gold Foil, then partially sanded down and randomly inked with Staz On in Pumpkin. Adhere to a patterned paper, lightly swipe Texture Paste into the grooves for a shabby look.
On the left, the two little Birds are part of the Brenda Walton Birdcage Thinlits.
This is a pretty project, a piece that will be loved and appreciate by the person gifted to. I hope you will try to use the ideas here. If you are in Singapore, Sizzix products are available at : Made With Love, 313 Somerset, B2-08, tel: 67337630
Thank you so much for dropping by !
Sizzix products used :
Big Shot Plus
Brenda Walton Thinlits :
Whimsy and Delight 660695
Secret Garden 660694
Tim Holtz Thinlits Block Friendship Words 660213
Echo Park Pocket Heart 660796
Other supplies :
Flat-back Canvas 7x9ins.
Dina Wakely Media White Gesso
Distress Paint : Antique Linen Distress
Distress Crayons : Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Rusty Hinge and Picket Fence
Staz-on Ink Pumpkin
Flowers : Prima | Rub-ons : Idea-ology.
Surface : Gold Foil, Bronze Glitter Paper.
We are all so excited about the new Sizzix Mixed Media Thinlits dies by Tim Holtz ! Made With Love are Sizzix Distributors for Singapore and the shipment of new CHA2016 Sizzix dies were waited for impatiently ! I’ve just gotten my hands on the Mixed Media #2 Thinlits and had a wonderful few hours creating a canvas using one of the designs from the pack.
Distress Crayons will be available at Made With Love soon, remember to keep watching the Facebook for the list of new arrivals every Thursday.
The one word on every mixed media crafter’s mind would be *texture* and there are several ways to do this. Within the Ranger and Tim Holtz range of supplies there are different types of Glitter and Embossing Powders, texture pastes and more. Exploring these mediums are a fun way to come up with your own combination of surface treatments that add colour as well as texture to your work.
On your Big Shot Plus, to use Thinlits dies, remember to use the thicker Adapter A.
To use Thinlits on the Big Shot Plus, your sandwich from the bottom: the Plus Platform, the thicker Adapter A, one Cutting Pad, then the paper facing up, next the Thinlits facing down and lastly the other Cutting Pad. Send this through you Big Shot Plus.
I’ve used Ranger Watercolor paper as it’s strong, able to withstand repeated wet treatments and I love that the color is really white. The paper measurements are roughly 5 inches by 6 inches though the finished size is smaller. It’s better to start with a larger size when using wet medium and trim it smaller at the end.
Next I painted a thin layer of Gel medium to the surface. I had planned to use Distress Crayons and they work best on a prepped surface rather than a porous one. Dry with a heat tool.
Colour with Distress Crayons or any medium you prefer.
I randomly embossed the center portion with Ranger’s Tinsel Powder and the bits of glitter in the powder gave a wonderful sparkly boost to the die cut’s texture
Adjust the colouring by adding more paints or Distress Caryons, then trim the piece to neaten the edges. I like to add a thin line of colour to the edge to frame the die cut better.
Paint a 7 inches by 9 inches flat-back canvas with Distress paint Antique Linen and Fossilised Amber. Rub in Distress Crayon Picket Fence. You can use a stencil to *lift off* some of the Distress Crayon.
You may like to watch this video demo by Tim Holtz of the Distress Crayons : HERE
Today I’ve used mostly Idea-ology and the tab Remember. Layer the embellishments and the Stamper’s Anonyous Hashtag stamp set is so cool, perfect for this work.
I hope you enjoyed the quick instructions and will go on to create your own project based on the ideas here. The important thing is to enjoy the process, explore the mediums you have at hand, see what you can do with die-cuts.
Have a wonderful week ahead !
Products used :
Sizzix Mixed Media #2 Thilits 661185
Ranger Watercolour Paper
Dina Wakely Gel Medium
Distress Crayons : Rusty Hinge, Picket Fence, Fossilied Amber, Walnut Stain, Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Paint : Antique Linen, Fossilied Amber, Black Soot.
Ranger : Emboss It Dabber, Embossing Powder Tinsel.
Embellishments : Idea-ology, Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey.
Stamp : Stamper’s Anonymous
Hello everyone !
Paper crafters are so excited over CHA2016 and the new releases ! I love seeing new products featured on Periscope or Instagram and being inspired by the ways to use them.
This year I had the privilege of creating samples for the Tim Holtz CHA2016 Sizzix Booth using a few of his new dies and Idea-ology supplies. It is an opportunity of a lifetime and one I am so grateful for, thank you so much Tim ! This mini clipboard project was created for Made With Love and it’s every bit in my style : part collage, part assemblage, part mixed media.
As always the Sizzix Big Shot and dies are essential tools for customising the look of any project. One of my favourites is Glitter Cardstock for texture with it’s gritty surface. What I like to do is daub some Distress Paint on the Glitter Cardstock to remove some of the sparkle to make it look less new and more shabby.
The Heart is from the Movers and Shapers Magnetic die. I adhered the Crosshatch on it, painted the whole piece with Fired Brick Distress Paint. Using Glossy Accents with a fine tip nozzle. I squeezed it into the crevices and after, poured over it Distress Glitter in Antique Linen. Pour off the excess. Next step, brush Clear Crackle Paint on the Heart.
Here you can see how I layered the pieces. First I fitted the metal numbers (painted with Distress Broken China), a metal mini street sign, and the Heart that was painted with Alcohol Ink Latte. When I was happy with the arrangement, I adhered the Ornate Frame over the top.
Distress Paints : Broken China, Fired Brick, Shaded Lilac, Tarnished Brass, Faded Jeans, Iced
Spruce, Mustard Seed, Black Soot.
New Sizzix releases have been ordered and will be in Made With Love early February. The store is a Sizzix Distributor and if you need help with a demonstration of the Big Shot Die-cutting system or the dies, please drop by.
Made With Love
313 Orchard Road 313@Somerset B2-08
Tel : 6733 7630
Thank you for making the time to drop by I hope your week ahead is smooth, with time for some inspired paper crafting !