It’s time for the 19th Prakarya Kertas papercraft challenge! It’s a monthly online challenge for Indonesian paper crafters in multiply held by Dian Yustisia. This time the challenge is tough. Using these colors; orange, black, dark green, purple, which are basically halloween colors for a wedding themed papercraft! I was thinking to incorporate the corpse bride or something Halloween-y so that I have the legitimate reason to use these colors.

Then, I incorporate just the purple and the orange (and a little bit of black) to make a non-traditional wedding card and gift tags! And wow that was fun. My experiment proves that these colors doesn’t always have to be about Halloween.

Supplies : 12×12 Go For Baroque (imaginisce), 6×6 Wisteria (Basic Grey), 6×6 Ambrosia (Basic Grey), Kodomo no Kao Rakuraku Koubou Flower Punch (in 4L and 3L), Carla Craft paper punch, Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade & Dusty Concord), Haunted Ribbon from Cosmo Cricket.



I stumble upon a scrapbooking sketch weekly challenge website, Pencil Lines. And one of their challenge project is a sketch from Stacy Cohen. I fell in love with the sketch, so I must play along even though I knew it’s waaaay way way too late for the challenge itself. I think hard on what pic to scrap, since I’m too lazy to go to the photo lab and print new pics. And also, the three boxes for photos made it clear for me, it’s either consecutive pictures, or one pic that I can perfectly cut into three.

Again I took one picture from my old album to scrap. This time it’s a picture we took in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in front of Robert Indiana’s artwork, the LOVE sculpture. It was a cold early spring in 2005, Anggit and Zulka just arrived in Tokyo and we held our first meet up. I love the picture, and the moment too. Here’s the result :

Supplies :
Stamps : Bug bitsy stamps, Wild Flowers stamps from Basic Grey, Tim Holtz Mini Ornates, Kodomo no Kao Distressed Heart
Inks : Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Milled Lavender), My Mind’s Eye Laundry Line ink pad.
Papers : 8×8 Cherry Hill Paper Pad from October Afternoon, 8×8 Honey Pie Paper Pad from Cosmo Cricket
Buttons : Hall Pass Collection from Autumn Leaves, Lemonade from Basic Grey, vintage flea market buttons
Others : Embroidery ribbon, Japanese Washi Masking Tapes, dymo, 100 yen shop paper & cotton lace

Buttoned Up!

Since this week is my button-crazed week, I’ll post several projects including buttons here, even though they’re not related to papercrafting at all. First is a buttoned up wool scarf. I knitted this 1-skein scarf last year. I used my dream yarn, the Noro yarn, but since I was broke and the yarn was very expensive (approx 8 dollars a skein), I only bought one. I made this long scarf (or anything you call it) and never wear it once because it ended up very odd-looking. So I decided, if I’m going to look crazy wearing this, why not go all out? I put some buttons on it using embroidery ribbon.

And here’s how it turned out :

This project is inspired by this very cool D.I.Y community (mostly include sewing) that I encountered via YouTube, The Thread Banger. I was so inspired when I read the blogs and watch their videos. But then again I remember, I always had problem with sewing that made me give up easily. But this time, since it’s quite simple I managed to finish it before I got bored or pissed. Here’s some zoomed details :


Ndari is the name of my roommate when I live in Tokyo. She’s two years older than me, plus she’s been by herself since high school, living in the island of Java separated from her family whom originated from Padang city, Sumatra. She’s very discipline, mature and kind. I learned a lot from her. And I missed her!


I have this thing for buttons. I just love it and it’s not just now, I used to took buttons from my mother’s sewing tool box and play with them. I combined them with beads to create a very long necklace with them. Back in my hometown, my love for buttons is just as far as that. I played with my mom’s collection, but it’s not even exactly a collection, it was excess buttons from my mom’s sewing projects and they’re not really fancy. I started collecting buttons two years ago when I visited a local fabric store that held a new year sale on buttons. Put as many as possible into a little plastic that they provide, and all the buttons are all yours only with 200 yen! I didn’t know yet what I would do with the buttons, but I bought three packs, filled it with as many buttons as I could.
Starting scrapbooking and card making late in 2008, I began to use buttons as embellishment, as a center piece for paper flowers, etc. Some people might like to store their button collection in jars, but since my collection isn’t very extensive, I sort them by color, and put them in this plastic storage. They’re just a cheap plastic storage I got from 100 yen shop (dollar store).
It’s very thin so it’s pretty easy to store in my craft rack. It’s very helping because I don’t have so many space in my room right now. Plus, it has individual lid that made it easy to use. The weak point of this style of storage is that it’s hard to trace which buttons came from which collection or which brand. I personally tried to figure it out by remembering each button’s character to remind me which one I bought where.

I love these colors, but when I tried to combine them, turned out, it’s not that easy! As Dawn suggested, I made this card on October 3rd (it’s already Saturday here in Japan!), to join celebrate World Card Making Day. So, here’s the card!

And here’s some zoomed details :

Supplies : Hero Arts Kraft Notecard, Signo White Gel Pen, Daisy D’s Ric Rac Stripe, Bo Bunny Anna Sophia Bold Floral, Fiskars Scallop Border Punch, Kodomo no Kao Rakuraku Koubou Flower Punch (in 4L and 3L)

Row Your Boat

I’ve been wanting to make a scrapbook page with brown and green as the theme. And in my days working to tidy up the other room to welcome my new roommate, I found this Zara brochure which has this beautiful green brown stripes on it. I immediately think of incorporating it in my page.

And it fits just perfect. I really work on this page spontaneously, and I’m enjoying every idea that pops up in my mind. I used a quite old photo that my friend took in 2005. Yeah, ancient, but I love it and I don’t have any printed pictures for now, so why not? This is the result. My friend here is Zulka, my friend from college whom I missed so much.
Supplies : Hero Arts Stamp : Bold Flourish & Raindrop Background, Distress Ink : Vintage Photo & Shabby Shutter, japanese masking tapes, Fiskars Upper Crest Edge Punch, Prima Bitty Bag flowers, Basic Grey brads, Holly Doodle Green Lace Alphabet Stickers from Pink Paislee.