Foam LadyBug Wall Decor

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft Foam, Crafts by Materials, Insect crafts, Ladybug | Posted on 26-02-2010 | 27,730 views

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Remember the Foam Insects Bookmark we did some time ago? We were redecorating our studio when I thought of doing it on a bigger scale this time.

Foam LadyBug Wall Decor

Draw a circle on a red piece of craft foam.

Draw the outline of the ladybug and cut.

Paste the wings onto the body.

Use a coin and draw the outline. Cut out ten as the spot for the wings. Use decorative stones for the eyes and you are done. Put some double layered tape at the back and paste it onto your wall πŸ™‚

Craft Tips – How to Sharpen Your Scrapbook Craft Punches

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft Tips and Tricks | Posted on 24-02-2010 | 17,796 views

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* Take a piece of aluminum foil and punch your craft punch through it several times in order to sharpen the edges. Then try the punch on a thicker paper like cardstock to see if it cuts more easily.

* If that doesn’t do the trick you can gently sand the edges of your punch with fine sand paper on each side to make them sharper.

* Punch your craft punch through a piece of wax paper several times to lubricate the punch and clean off any adhesive residue.

Have great craft tips and tricks to share? Submit it here and together, we learn and share πŸ™‚

On air

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Announcement, General | Posted on 22-02-2010 | 3,624 views

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It was the second day of Chinese New Year, 15 February 2010 to be exact. At 9.31am I got an sms from a friend, “Your face is on tv now”. I was like.. huh? By the time we switched on the tv, everything’s gone~ler. Yes, Ethan and I were featured on Tv3’s Kids News that day. Remember I blogged about our first recording? Unfortunately, we did not get to catch it..

Yesterday was my first day back at work. My students excitedly told my colleague that they saw me on tv, and he told me about it. Immediately I went to my students and lessons were ‘abandon’ for a moment there talking about my one minute ‘fame’ πŸ˜€

It seems that the students were more excited seeing their teacher on tv than me knowing that Ethan and I were on tv! Why was I not excited? Because I did not get to see ‘us’ on air~lor… So no feelings at all..

I contacted TV3 and they told me that they’ll arrange to give me a DVD copy of that episode. They might even have another episode aired before the end of the month. Keeping fingers cross now πŸ˜€

I’ll keep you guys posted.. Happy Weekend..

Clock Frame

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials | Posted on 19-02-2010 | 10,875 views

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I have several clocks at home that is no longer working. Instead of just disposing them off, I’ve decided to turn them into a photo frame πŸ™‚

Clock frame

Get a photo that is big enough to fit into the clock.

Draw a circle and cut.

Use a double sided tape to secure the photo in the clock and hang it up πŸ˜€

Craft’s What is – Felt

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Crafts by Materials, Felt, What is | Posted on 17-02-2010 | 4,695 views

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Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woolen fibres. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can be of any color, and made into any shape or size.

Felt is widely used in craft projects as the outcome are often natural and soft.

Birthday Cake Ideas

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Announcement, Food craft | Posted on 15-02-2010 | 11,859 views

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A loyal reader Kimmy is celebrating his birthday today. I don’t bake so I can’t post up a birthday cake specially baked for him. What I do though is browse for cool birthday cake ideas and found this site instead. So Kimmy, here’s a flip flop birthday cake to give you a smooth journey throughout the many more birthdays to come πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Kimmy πŸ˜€

Sweet Quotes for Valentine’s

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, General, Valentine's Day | Posted on 13-02-2010 | 3,432 views

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My sweet valentine πŸ™‚

If you love someone, put their name in a circle, instead of a heart, because hearts can break, but circles go on forever.
— Source Unknown

If music be the food of love, play on.
— Shakespeare

It takes more then lace and ribbons,
And lovely verses too,
To make a Valentine thats nice enough for you. It takes a world of special thoughts,
Tucked into every line,
And that’s exactly what you’ll find inside this Valentine.

— Unknown

At the touch of Love every one becomes a poet.
— Plato

Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.
— Sean Connery

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there πŸ™‚

Our first recording

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Announcement, Art Crafts, General | Posted on 10-02-2010 | 3,915 views

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A team from a local television network came to our studio to do a recording coverage on Ethan’s art and craft activities today.

Ethan waiting patiently for the crew..

One corner of our studio

These are what he demo for the crew and he did them so well πŸ™‚

Some of the wall decor

Accordion fold red packet butterfly

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Butterfly, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Insect crafts, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 08-02-2010 | 16,927 views

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Accordion fold red packet butterfly

Cut the red packet as you'll need only a side and not both.

Fold it accordion style. You'll need to do two of this.

Pinch the middle and cut it into two different sizes.

Staple in the middle to secure it.

Spread the wings and your butterfly is done. Use a double sided tape to secure it onto your window panes or wall πŸ™‚

If you have any butterfly ideas, do share it with us here and we’ll link it back to you πŸ™‚

Fresh Fruit Skewers

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Butterfly, Crafty Crafted Friends, Festive Crafts, Food craft, Insect crafts, Ladybug, Party Craft, Shapes, Valentine's Day | Posted on 05-02-2010 | 23,590 views

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A Crafty-Crafted Friend's submission of refreshing fresh fruit skewers.

Craft submitted by Anney of http://blogniako.blogspot.com/

Anney was planning to arrange the fruit skewers into a terracotta pot but she saw this picket fence planter box and thought it was cute.

She used a floral foam for the base and embellished the planter box with vines and a ladybug.

She used cookie cutters to cut out the shapes.

Pretty.. just too pretty. Use lots of heart shapes for this coming Valentine's Day πŸ™‚

Thank you Anney for sharing this food craft with us. You too can share your craft with us by simply submitting them here and we’ll link it back to you πŸ™‚

Craft’s What is – Crepe Paper?

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in What is | Posted on 03-02-2010 | 7,875 views

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Crepe paper, or crΓͺpe paper, is tissue paper that’s been coated with sizing and then β€œcreped” to create gathers. Sizing is a material such as glue, gelatin, gum, or starch, added to paper pulp or cloth to add sheen and stiffness, among other things. This gives crepe paper a distinct texture and feel, and one quite different from untreated tissue paper.

Crepe tissue paper comes in white, as well as an array of bright and pastel colors, and it may or may not bleed.

Crepe paper is popular for streamers and other party decorations, but it has other uses as well. Props and costume accessories can be made of crepe paper. It can be soaked in a small amount of water to create a dye for Easter eggs, white cardstock, and other materials. Crepe paper can also be used to make paper flowers, appliquΓ©, and paper sculpture.

Valentine’s Cup Cake Note Holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Shapes, Valentine's Day | Posted on 01-02-2010 | 38,335 views

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Valentine’s Day, love is in the air… Romance is everywhere… As a crafter, all I see is heart shapes everywhere πŸ™‚

Let’s make this lovely cupcake note holder that can also be used as place cards for wedding dinners or anything alike.

Valentine's Cup Cake Note Holder

You'll need some clay, paper cup, fork and crepe paper.

Press some clay onto the paper cup.

Insert a fork in the middle.

Crumple some crepe paper and wrap it around the clay and glue the end.

Using a "Heart" shape punch, punch out several hearts and paste them onto the 'cake'.

Your note holder is done. Insert a nice heart shape card and write some lovely messages on it πŸ™‚

Have some lovely Valentine’s idea to share? Submit it here and we’ll link it back to you πŸ™‚