29 April 2012

Creative Life Week 18 - Posters

I have always wanted to do this type of poster but kept on wondering if I could find the time as just thinking of the words to use and the layout I think really requires a lot of time . To get the right words I want to use requires a lot of brainstorming. I also have to think about the layout whether I wanted it all vertical or all horizontal or 50-50 vertical and horizontal or I just want the words anywhere I wanted it to be even if they did not make any sense at all. Plus the colour or if I wanted different colour combinations.

Then I found a software that facilitated the creation of these posters and was such a big help that I was able to make several posters in different themes although it entailed a lot of trial and error. I selected a theme for ‘Mother’s Day’ so I can make cards and posters, ‘Earth’ theme to celebrate ‘earth’ day and a poster for Dress A Girl Australia to help me promote the campaign. I also was able to create my facebook cover for my facebook timeline. 
Here are my creations for Week 18 of my creative life. Don’t forget my year of creativity has no specific theme to follow so I can just create anything I want depending on my mood I guess and also depending on the supplies I have.
With the software to help me, now I can make more to embellish tote bags or home d├ęcor pillows, make more cards and posters for the different occasions we celebrate during the year.

22 April 2012

Creative Life Week 17 - D-I-Y Paperweight

It has been 3 weeks since I last posted.  I couldnt find the time to take pictures of what I have created and blog about it but I have been consistently creating a project to continue my 52 weeks journey on creativity. So am going to backdate my posting so each project still represents the correct week the creation was made. 

For Week 17, I did a paperweight. A round paperweight of handcrafted glass.
I printed my image on a high quality paper. The round paperweight's dimensions are about 65mm and 20mm deep. And the base is made of black velvet.

If you want to create your own paperweight, D-I-Y paperweight kits are available in my on-line personalised treasures in round or large rectangular shapes.

19 April 2012

Earth Day, Sunday 22nd of April

Earth Day will be celebrated on Sunday, the 22nd of April. It is being celebrated worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.

A lot of people or groups of people celebrate Earth Day with different activities including discussing environmental issues and ways of taking care of our earth. For Soft Treasures, Earth Day is celebrated through buttons. I have created several buttons in 3 button sizes (57mm, 38mm and 77mm).

These buttons are available in regular buttons, keychains, magnetic buttons and mirror-backed buttons and are available for purchase from my gallery

Also available are my 'Be Green' set of buttons ready for gift-giving to friends and family members who are into green activities. Size of buttons are 25mm and are packaged in a mini-pouch. Images shows how to take care of the earth.
Ride a bike, Tread Lightly and Breathe the Air. Label on mini-pouch are printed on silk fabric and pouch are made of 100% quilting quality cotton fabric and tied with ribbon. Priced at $6.95 per set of 3 buttons and ready for purchase in my gallery.

Check out my other buttons to celebrate Earth Day and if you have any questions, feel free to send an email.

2012 Photography #1 - Rainbows on a rainy day

Another activity I want to accomplish this year 2012 is photography. Any scenery or object I can capture with my camera on any given day , something that catches my eye. 

For a start, photograph#1 is a rainbow on a rainy day taken on my way to work. I thought it was such a pretty sight with the rainbow as a background in different types of transport such as a car, train and even airplanes.
Rainbows usually appear after it rains and the images above does prove it. The pictures on the first row were taken on my way to work at around 7 in the morning. The ones on the second row were taken when I arrived work about 45 minutes after.

15 April 2012

i-create Week 16 - Decoupage - Stamped Bottle

It is now week 16. I still am into decoupage. This time I thought of covering an empty bottle with australian stamps. For $3.00 I got a pack of old and new australian stamps numbering between 100-150 stamps. Some were so old one had a cost of 6 cents it made me wonder whether I should just keep them but ended up decoupaged in the bottle as am not really a stamp collector or into stamps. I just bought the stamps for decoupaging.

I made this project years ago in our Home Economics class and at that time didnt really appreciate it that much. I think I was just forced to do it because it was a class project and making one was required to pass the subject. :-) This time I think I enjoyed doing it.

Here is what I did. The images shows the 4 sides of the bottle.
I still have lots of stamps left I might do another couple of stamp decoupaging.

14 April 2012

Small Quilts for Mum

Mother's Day is fast approaching. If you have a mum who seems to have everything and you dont know what to give, if you think your mum deserves something more special like a handmade treasure, here is another something to think about. A selection of 7 small quilts in various sizes and are all on special price of $39.95 each.
All small quilts come with bonus dowel with stopends for easy hanging. Each quilt is frameable all you have to do is remove the dowel. 

If you have any questions about these quilts, please send an email.

11 April 2012

Are you into buttons?

Are you into buttons? A month from now we will be celebrating and honoring the most important person in everyone's life. Our Mum. If you have the kind of mum who seems to have everything and you dont know what to give to her anymore, this mirror keychain could be what she lacks. Something small enough to put inside the purse but big in purpose as a keychain and as a mirror. 
Button size is 57mm(2-1/4").

Normally this item sells for $6+ but this time it will only cost you $5.00 plus .60 postage. Net proceeds from the sale of this keychain-mirror button will go to the postage fund of Dress A Girl Australia.

This item is available for purchase in my gallery. When you purchase the item, please make sure that you also purchase the postage - button so you only pay for the right calculated postage of 60cents.

Please click here to enquire on bulk purchases. 

My Creative Life Still Week 15 - My last Easter creation

Easter is finally over and this is the last of my creation to celebrate the event. 
Easter egg brads planted on a painted and embellished real eggshell with the bottom glued to a bottlecap to make the shell stand. 

Now that Easter is gone, egg brads would not be as popular now but will be in 12 months time but they are still available at my online shop.

08 April 2012

Creative Life Week 15 - Easter Basket for a Happy Easter!

Today is Easter Sunday. A time to celebrate new life and new hope. Week 15 of my creative life.

I made this Easter basket last night to bring with me today in our family Easter lunch. Inside the easter basket are 2 decoupaged easter eggs to make my basket more lively, a small easter bunny chocolate and 3 mini easter egg chocolates. The easter bunny goes to the youngest member of our clan (18-month old Ewan) and the 3 mini easter egg chocolates goes to my 3 nephews who loves to eat chocolates.
I wish everyone a very Happy Easter. May your Easter be a time of remembrance and renewal...a time of sunlight and beauty.

01 April 2012

Creative Life Week 14 - More Decoupaged Eggs

For this week I made more decoupaged eggs to welcome and celebrate the season of Easter.  Since I work full time during the day, most of the handcrafting I do are usually done at night including taking pictures of the handmades so sometimes the images are not so clear.

Big and small eggs, dotted and printed here they are. This time I used big and small egg-shaped foams. They have all been finished with acrylic sealer to protect the decoupaged area.
And here are all the decoupaged eggs I have made in a tray made of hemp which I covered with plain fabric. They were made using foam eggs and papier mache.
Am now on week 14 and still creating although not as quick to post them as I can but still hanging on to my 52 weeks of creative journey.