Monday, April 14, 2014

March and April ATC Sessions in Bishan Library... Paper Traders ATC Swap

We had Rita to show us stamping techniques, namely masking and layering, for the March ATC session in Bishan Library.
I researched a little into stamping and found some other techniques to try on my ATCs.  I love adding a wee bit of embroidery particularly.
Traded for Rita's opened door and Helen Lim's Little Bear which she did during the March stamping session. I did the Rose one with making and layering. 



During April session, we tried line drawing - blind contour and continuous line drawing.  Most of us aren't too good with drawing, at least not me, but these are the occasions when I will try what I don't usually do on my own.  Well, we discovered an artist among us - our Librarian, Wei Lian!  She will be teaching us how to draw still life for next month session.
I did my ATCs with more stamping, this time using the back of clear stamps, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation images.  More embroidery too!
Swapped my ATCs for Mdm Au's quilled humming bird and Doris' drawing of Mdm Au!  I did a carousel horse drawing in continuous line.



Paper Traders had another ATC swap "My Wish For You".  I wish you will always be in good time and times! 

Received "Well of Happiness" by Ann Cameron, "Butterfly Muse" by Pam Colosimo, "Art Inspired by Nature" by Amanda, and "Time to Paint" by Nydia Dominguez.




Sunday, March 30, 2014

What Swaps Land in My Mail Box

ATC-ArtDolls Swaps - Dec 2013 Christmas dress, Jan 2014 New Year's Eve Party dress and Feb 2014 Valentine dress.

There seem to be lots of mishap in the mails for the swaps in this group (mails from Jessica Obryen and Laureta Linett are not arriving), Cindy Whiddon made up everything, she sent me all the 3 dresses and the Dec Santa/Reindeer doll too.

Laureta Linett attempted to sent yet another envelope, this 3rd envelope finally arrived!!! Oh, thank you, Laureta, for the so pretty Christmas and Valentine dresses, a most pain-takingly constructed mermaid for Feb doll swap and the just-too-cute handmade birthday card!
Most of the time, international mails take about 2 weeks to or fro any countries.  However, 1 mail I sent on 4 Feb to South Carolina, USA, was returned in my letterbox after 1 straight month, while another swap to Minnesota, USA sent on 6 Feb, also took 1 long month to reach.  Wonder if they were affected by the icy weather in USA in Feb!

Let's see my Valentine dress and mermaid that I sent to Cindy!
And another set for myself.
[artisttradingcards] "Chinese New Year swap - Year of the Horse", hosted by MaryAnn Arnold (USA).  I did 3 CNY Year of Horse red-packet style ATCs with 2 number of 50-cent colour-pencil rubbing paper coins enclosed in each. Almost the same idea as for my last year CNY swap.

Swap received, going clockwise from left: 1) From MaryAnn Arnold, (2) From Sam Jordan, (3) From Janes Graham, USA.

[Paper_Traders] My Secret Valentine greeting card swap.
I did my Valentine card with some tatted flowers and heart/words die-cuts.  I also enclosed a small tatted heart bookmark for Connie Holso (USA). 

 In return, I received this fine handmade card from Amanda Evans.  Amanda included some ephemera, ribbon and heart buttons too.

Beckie of Paper_Traders organised a Lucky You Altered Tag Swap in March, this is the first time I did a tag. The requirement was the use of stencil(s) to create an altered tag with a "Lucky" theme in size #5 manila tags (4-3/4" x 2-3/8").  I did mine with distress inks over hot glue gun stencils, top with some coloured glues and mica flakes. Mine went to Pam Prosser (Australia).

I received this Irish lucky tag from Pam Colosimo (Canada). She sent some ephemera (old book pages, stamped images, etc.) too.
Lisa Alff sent more Guatemalan worry dolls and more treasures!  I'm so excited to see the painted laces in person!!
In the mood for haiku, I composed this one of the evenings as I opened my letter (mail) box...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Button Fairy, Worry Dolls and Workshops at the Libraries

Never mind Christmas was long over but Lisa Alff's button fairy will surely bring some smiles! Santa came with someone else. 

strangers to me
small but turn out precious
these worry dolls

The events our public libraries organised are sure getting more and more interesting - sketching, binding chapbooks, making a light box for photography, needle felting, doodling, haiku appreciation, leather craft, and making a clay leaf plate last year.









Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nov 2013 - Feb 2014 ATC Sessions in Bishan Library

Back to our ATC sessions in Bishan Library. I brought the group through zentangles in the Nov session and Wee Yeh conducted a brick block printing in the Dec session.

The theme for Nov was"Fantasy". I traded my butterfly fairy for Richard's mouse deer. 

We started the year with Rita showing us the folding of an origami angelfish during the Jan session.
In line with the fish theme, I used plastic strap to weave some fish for my ATCs.
Here's what I managed for the angelfish during the session, and the ATCs I swapped for with Mdm Au and Jessica. 

We had a mini-book making session this last Thu with Maureen, Jessica and Serena. 

Here are my attempts, covers embellished with tatted flowers and butterflies.
The theme for Feb was "love".  I added a straw-weaved heart to some quotes I like.
I love this quilled heart ATC by Mdm Au. A melody of flowers within the heart!

We'll be meeting again next month on 13 Mar (Thu), 6.30 pm.  Rita will be doing stamping technique with us - masking and layering. The theme for the ATC is "My Wish For You".

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Just Some Events During the Nov/Dec Holidays

Let's see, what did I do in the holidays besides another overseas trip?

We went around the museums and other locations for the exhibits in the Singapore Biennale.
Cycling around Punngol Park and the Promenade. 
Braving the cold to view 30-odd pieces of ice art in Singapore in an enclosed area at -15°C. And a playground with ice slides! 
A pantomime "Jack & The Bean-Sprout!" We would not miss these year-end pantomimes!
Another musical "Lightseeker" at the Resorts World on New Year's Eve.
And another round of grand course at the Forest Adventure in Bedok Reservoir on the last weekend of the year with my sis and brother-in-law.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Finally, My Computer Is Back!

My computer has been down for so long, and just get it up and running.  So much to catch up...


After the dress form swap in Aug, the ATC-ArtDolls group had dress swaps going. Sep Dress Swap was "Back to School". I did the uniform of Nanyang Primary School, where my girl is, for Barb Glasier (USA).  A plain but neat uniform, just what school uniforms in Singapore are like.


And Cindy Whiddon (USA) sent me a blue dress (with red, white & blue) for Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation’s service.

(The pair of flip-flops is actually a card - so cute!)


I read that the association of red with Memorial Day goes beyond just being part of the red, white and blue of the American flag.  The color red and the poppy symbolize “remembrance of those that died in war”.  This association came out of one of the most memorable poems ever written about war.  It is a poem called “In Flanders Fields” written by Lt. Col. John McCrae.  The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in Flanders in the disturbed earth of the battlefields and cemeteries where war casualties were buried.


Oct Dress Swap was "Halloween". I did a "skeleton" dress and felt quite please with it! One went to Cindy Whiddon (USA), together with my ghost for the Oct Paper Doll swap.

I have enough papers to make another 2 smaller ghosts for myself!



Cindy Whiddon did a witch for me ...



and Barbara Glasier (USA) sent me a fall dress.


Dec Paper Doll swap was Santa and Reindeer doll. And Christmas dress. Both went to  Laureta Linett (USA). 

A 2nd set I made to keep.


A gorgeous Christmas Holiday Button Fairy from Kim Miles (USA), but still waiting for the fairy from Lisa Alff.




I did these 2 fairy girls - the blue wing one went for Lisa and the other one on the right for Kim.




I'm left with 2 more for keep.
Diane from the NEEDLESnCRAFTS group hosted a thimble holder swap in Nov. I have never attempt a tatted thimble holder and couldn't understand the pattern I have.  Attempted a few tries before I could tat up something decent and with a snap fastener.  Starched it too to hold a metal Singapore thimble.



In exchange, Usha (Malaysia) sent me crocheted thimble pouch, in fact 2 pouches with 1 in a heart shape!



Just before I went for holidays in New York, I had a basic shuttle tatting class in Hwa Chong Institution for their sabbatical programme. 10 girls and a boy who was almost too shy to stay for the class. Ok, I convinced him and they were sure creative, these 17-years old, turning mistakes into creative doodles!

More to come, and so many photos from my holidays too!!!