TUTORIAL: Mini Book Cover

Hai.. it's been almost a year that I didn't post anything here. Hope all of you are in good health.

Today, I want to share a tutorial about making a mini book cover. It is very easy, and I hope you can follow the instructions.

1. Sticky Notes, any size.
2. Chipboard or a think board: 2 pcs the same as the size of the sticky notes, 1 piece the same as the thickness of the sticky notes.
3. 2 different Chirimen paper or a cloth or a pattern paper. I use chirimen paper.
4. A thin foam
5. Glue

1. Glue the foam on 3 chipboards

2. Glue the foam part as in picture 1 and then adhere on the pattern paper, as you see on picture 2.
The pattern paper's size: add 2 cm on each side.

3. Glue each side. And adhere another pattern paper on top of it.

4. Finally, glue the sticky notes. Done.

I hope this tutorial makes sense and you can make it yourself. Enjoy...




Beach I miss...

I really want to go to the beach. I remember July 3 years ago, 2016, I went to Bali with my hubby and kids. Actually we had no certain places to go. So, it was some kind of getaway for a while. We visited several beaches. Just take a look at the pics below.

I wish to go to Bali again. Just to indulge ourselves...


Red Hibiscus

Dear friends,

It's been such loooong time I didn't post anything here. Life is like that, full of hustle and bustle. This and that. Here and there. Many things happened.

Today is my friend's birthday. This is me and him in this pic.
He is 69 today. He is one of my fave people. Pak Gid, that's how I call him, is the owner of Shalom wood industry. I occasionally came to his place to discuss things that I need to make.

And today, I was encouraged to make this card.
It is hibiscus, my most fave flowers. It was from Kaiser Craft. The sentiment is from MFT Stamp. I forgot the brand of the background die cut. I like how this card turns out. The sentiment really expressed my feeling toward Pak Gid.

Happy birthday, Pak Gid...


The first week of May

Hello friends,

It is the second Monday morning of May. The weather is cool. The sun is so timid to show up. I want to sum up what I made last week. So many things. May is the month when I was born. To remind me that ages are only numbers, I want to show the pictures I did and the creations I made on this first week of May.

The first picture, it was a t-shirt from the online store. My youngest daughter took this picture for me. I remember my friend ever told me: "Doesn't matter who took the picture. What matters most is the person behind the making of the picture, that is the person who directs how to act, who tells which angle the photo should be taken, and who tells how to use the camera/cell phone."  My friend was right. Like it, thou.. 

Next, I made this watercolor painting using Art Impressions stamps. This technique is really relaxing. I can choose any colors I want asn flowers has no color limitation.

The following is the card I made using white embossing powder on the flowers. I colored them with Copic markers. I don't think they are good enough. I need to practice this technique. Perhaps I have to use watercolor paints.

This one is the card where I used my fave colors. Blue and white. The leaves stamp is from Papertrey Ink and the flower is from StampinUp! and the sentiment is from Altenew.

The inspiration for the card below was from Pinterest. I just got the die cut of the stamp. I tried to use them. The blue background doesn't look nice in my eyes. I think I need to practice making the background using watercolor paint or brush pens. All stamps are from Altenew.

The last card of the week, I saw it in the Pinterest, too. So simple and not so crowded. I like the style. The flower stamp is from Altenew. The leaves stamp is from Papertrey Ink. The square frame is from MFT.

Early last week, I found an account in Instagram that uses my hand-lettering as his profile picture. I don't know this guy. One day, he asked me to make something about the song "If you leave me" from MLTR. I made this hand-lettering. It's a nice song, I think. 

Hehehehe, the one below, I just wanted to make this. No special reason on making this one.

Last Saturday, May 6, it was the birthday of Ibu Nany Susanty. The celebration took place in Gratia. I didn't attend the event. I just did the streaming. I heard the sermon from the beginning till the end. And this is the result. It is from 1 Sam. 14:7. In the past, the brand of my products was: With Hands And Heart. And now, after listening to this sermon, I want to add like this: With Hands, Heart And Soul".

Now about the food. Last Tuesday evening, I was asked to come to the restaurant to have dinner together with all musicians who participated in Pesach Celebration. We ordered the big meals. All were big including this beef burger. Wow! So big!! I think this is the tastiest food in the restaurant. 

The students of Grade 12 just passed. So, here we are, celebrating the occasion together. I treated them in the same restaurant. It was last Thursday afternoon. There were 12 students who came  and joined the lunch. We had fun chatting everything including about the universities they want to go to.
You know, last Saturday night, my family also went there. Hahahaha.. so this week, I ate 3 times in the same restaurant. And I always ordered the same menu: Big Burger. :D 

The Grade 12 students want to have a farewell event in Pari Island. They need to do the fund raising. They asked me to help them out. So I made this meals. So far, I have made Baked Noodle and Fried Mac 'n Cheese. Just look at the pictures below. Don't they look yummy? I have made these for several times. I hope they will get the amount of money as they wish to have. And they can go together for the final time as HS students. After that event, they will spread. Some will go to other cities to continue their studies. Some will stay in Cirebon, either to work or to study. All the best for them all.

That's all. It was a wonderful week I have passed. I wish to have more and more wonderful days ahead. God is always with me. HE supports me all the way. I love YOU, Jesus...


A Journey of a Thousand Miles

Hi friends,

Here I am. It's another watercolor. I want to use all the containers stamps from Art Impressions. This one, I used Half Barrel. I decorated it with some grass, leaves. I really love this activity. I added the sentiment that I adore so much. The quote is very true, right?

Here it is.

The size of the card is 7.5 cm x 11 cm. It's not a regular size. It is suitable to be inserted in a box in the wedding celebration.

I join the challenge held by Art Impressions: a card which is less than A2.

I will watercolor again soon as I just received some new packs of AI WC stamps. So adorable.


Flowers on the Flower Pot

Hi guys,

Today is a holiday. No school, no work. I spent the day with my kids, shopping their necessities. And this evening, while I was listening to my own voice in the radio (was recorded earlier), I grabbed the Tombow brush pens and started watercoloring. It was such a wonderful time to release all the tiredness after this long weekend with my in-laws, nieces and  a nephew.

This is it.

I inserted the result in the white photo frame. Lovely. I will revise the background in the frame later on, so that it won't be white on white.

The stamps were from Art Impressions. I will color again tomorrow to join the challenge.

See you.


Colorful leaves & Ecoprint

Hello friends,

A month ago, I visited one channel in Youtube. The crafter was using leaves for her creation. Weeks later, I tried this one, in my version, to "print" a leaf on a watercolor paper. I applied several watercolor paints on the back of the leaf and stomped in on the paper. Then I slowly took away the leaf. I waited for the colors to dry. Then I inserted it in a photo frame. Voilà!!

So pretty, right?

To weeks after that, I arranged my trip to Yogyakarta. I wanted to meet my friend and learnt "ecoprint". It was just like a dream came true. It's been so long to come to the day. I was very happy that I got this chance. Thanks to Mbak Yayuk. This is the photo compilation.

Take a look "before & after" photo below. The leaves were arranged on the silk tissue. There was a process before that. The leaves should be in a rust liquid for some time. Then, the silk tissue was rolled, steamed for 2 hours, let it cool and dry. The leaves were varied, from teak leaves to rose leaves to eucalyptus leaves.

I think I will make more and more. I will also teach the students to make this one.

Welcome to my world, ecoprint.... 😀😀😀

I am a Maker

Hello friends,

As you know, I am a school teacher. I teach English Proficiency Program, a program from USA. I only teach on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Yesterday, I was in class. As usual, after class, I went home, and felt a bit "full" in mind. I thought I had to do something. I really wanted to paint something. So here I go...

 I used chalk paints from Plaidonline. The "I am a maker" was actually a computer print that I handled as a stencil. It it was quite simple. Then, I tried to put the things I made to be in the photo framde with the sign. Well, I made various things, so I decided to take the bunny that I sewed, the Tilda card, the decoupage coaster, the hanging shell and the letter on an embroidery hoop. Yeah, I enjoy making things. I don't create. I just make anything that is cute and pretty in my eyes.

How about you? What do you like making?


Watercolor with AI stamps

Hello friends,

Wow!! It's been more than a year that I don't post anything. But I did make many cards and creations. Well... the social media sometimes turn to other media. Lately, I used Instagram to post everything I have made.

I am one of the fans of Art Impressions watercolor stamps. I own several sets and the new sets are on the way to my place. I also follow its Instagram, where last night I found that AI is holding a challenge.

So here is my creation to join the challenge.

I used Tree Set for the trunk. The flower was from Series 7 Set 1.

By the way, I want to show you my other creations that I made last February.

Below, I made this for a male friend. He taught us how to create a traditional lantern. He is an artist. So I think he would love this one. I put it in a photo frame. I think it's quite perfect as a gift.

Thanks for viewing my creations.

I really wish to go back do the blogging. ;D


OWOP 4 - Waterfall Photo Album

Hello friends,

It's nice to meet you again. A week passed, and today I want to post the last OWOP - One Week One Project for January. The project is anything waterfall, and the theme is still the same: family. I chose 21 pictures from our last holiday in Surabaya. You may see the shopping, the art and crafts, and the culinary.
I recycled a wedding invitation into a photo album with 3 waterfalls. It was a wedding invitation of my friend's son. You can see from the pictures below. The cover of the album was from brown velvet. So pretty and simple invitation cover. 

This is the inside of the invitation.

I covered it with the paper from Teresa Collins. I used this kind of paper on the last project, too.

Then I started making the 'lock' for the waterfall.

The cover, it was so gold, which didn't suit to the paper I used inside. So I took it off and changed it later.

Now, about the album.

I tied the album with a semi-leather rope. The embellishments on the cover were all bought in the scrapbook store in Surabaya. It was not on purpose that I bought the sticker 'vacation' that could coordinate with the paper I used inside. It was the sticker from Pink Paisley. The flowers were from Prima Flowers. The chipboards were gifts from my friend. The lower part of the house chipboard was covered with spring Flower Soft. I colored them with Distress Ink. And the 'dec 2015' sticker was from Authentique.

I untied the rope like this.

And this is the look from the side. It looks bulky. Yes. That's why I gave a semi-leather rope to tie it.

This is the look when it is opened. There are 3 waterfalls. On the left side, there are 2 waterfalls, you can drag from the right and from the left. Each has 4 pictures. The upper one consists the pictures when we did some shopping. The below consists the pictures when we spent time to buy and do some art and craft.


On the right side, it has 13 pictures.

This is the charm I used to drag the paper. The charm was tied on the right and left sides with the twine.

Here are the words, phrases I used. They were from Authentique as well.

This is the look of the upper waterfall on the left page.

This one is the lower waterfall on the left page. Do you see me on the picture? Hehehe.. that was when I bought a vegetable leather in the leather store in Jl. Kramat Gantung.

And this one is the waterfall on the right page.

So, as a wrap, here is the grids of all of these....

I hope you enjoy viewing all the pictures here. Again, recycle is the smart thing to do in our life. And I have been doing recycling the wedding invitation for so many times. I even asked my students to do this activity during the Orientation Days in August 2014 and August 2015. Each year, they made 10 photo albums. So, in the school library (later), there will be 20 photo albums. I do really care about the memories. I also do care about recycling...

To recycle and to hold memories are the best friends in my craft room these days.. :D

Thank you for commenting.. Please do so.. :D