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Happy Birthday Kirstie!

Kirstie, a friend and creative team member celebrates her birthday yesterday (Saturday) and they had a Halloween theme party complete with pumpkins, severed hands, spiders, ghosts,… well she turned her party room into a really cool Halloween extravaganza and everyone turned up in such fun costumes 🙂 I’m sure she’s going to scrap layouts of her party soon and they are going to be really spectacular because she had taken some awesome photos of everyone, her wicked self included.

Here’s a photo of her birthday cake:

And here’s a card I made for her:

I scraplift Leda’s ‘The Little Things‘ layout.
Spooklicious Page Set
Kinderland-Craft – paper curls
Sparkly Stars Frame2

Happy Birthday Kirstie. Your party had been a blast!!!!


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Ad Inspiration Challenge

One of the styles I like to scrap is the straight forward advertisement kind of layout. I haven’t been doing that for months and it felt like a clean, breeze of fresh air when Julie Kelley started this Ad Inspiration Challenge in Scrapbook-Elements forum. We need to use at least a kit with the layout so I chose my new Denise Evelyn Page Set.

Here’s my layout for the challenge:

Photos are of Jonathan jumping into the lake in Langkawi.
Join the challenge and receive a posting bonus from Julie. This challenge ends 31st of October.

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L’il Snuffles

DH left for a meeting last Sunday and a few minutes later he called. Said there was something for both of us! He came back with a very wet kitten, shivering and appeared to be in a shock. He didn’t have time to tell us what happened and drove away immediately for his meeting. Hui Xian and I wrapped this tiny kitten in an old towel and I cuddled it for body warmth because it was a cold day having rained non-stop for the past couple of days. As soon as it was warmed up, this kitten still refused to eat. I was worried- having lost a very sick rescued kitten a few months back, I didn’t want this helpless little one to have the same fate. 😦

I reckoned the best I could do is to keep the kitten warm until it settled down. When DH came back he told us what happened. He was driving out to the main road when he spotted 2 kittens in the middle of the road. Since it was raining, he almost didn’t see it and risked running them over. When he went out to investigate, he found one of the kittens already dead and the other one in shocked. He picked the kitten and brought it struggling back to the car. We don’t believe the kittens had wandered out into the busy road and especially not in a heavy rain. Someone must have thrown them there. It was surely a death sentence for both if not for DH timely arrival. It was too bad that the other kitten had to die.

Hui Xian gave us two names – Snuffles or RoadKill! o_0 As if we have a choice there! LOL I took to mothering the kitten. I think it’s about one month old. We went to the pet shop and bought milk formula and bottle since it refused to eat any solid food. It took well to the milk and that meant waking up every 4 hours to bottle feed it. We also bought a pack of cat litter but somehow during a quick cleaning up, DH must have thrown the pack away. We had to buy a new one the next day! LOL I introduced it to soaked cat food a few days later and everything seemed alright until Friday when he started to get diarrhea. Boy oh boy… talk about cleaning poo. Suffice to say Hui Xian had been so helpful and we managed to get him cleaned up plus some scratches on my hands. We had to wait for our vet to come back from his field trip so it was late afternoon when he saw the poor kitten. Injection and some medication, Snuffles had it bad until the medicine started working. I was worried. Bundled him up in a makeshift diaper and wrapped in an old towel, I cuddled him as he slept. By 5:00am he woke up and I brought him to his litter box. The diarrhea has finally stopped! Phew! What a relief. I put him back in his cage and went for my much needed sleep.

The next day, it was like a brand new kitty! Ate a great helping of food as if so starved and running everywhere like a bullet train. One minute it was next to me, the next we had to hunt him down for fear he will scratch the furniture or worst… poo on the carpets! Today exactly 8 days from the tiny, wet kitten, Snuffles has grown bigger with a round stomach and a confidence of a ‘Giant’. He thinks attacking our dog, Tobie is fun and irritating Curl, our cat is playing dangerously. Thank goodness our furry babies accepted him in the family. He is so attached to DH, preferring to sleep next to him rather than anyone of us. Guess… he knows his rescuer. DH who always complains that he comes in last after our furry babies now will carry this kitty into his office and placed a baby blanket on his desk so Snuffles could sleep there while he works. Then when DH goes to bed for a rest or watching TV, Snuffles will join him there. We are told to be quiet and make sure I draw the curtain shut so this little monster could sleep in a dark. Wonder who’s SPOILING the cat NOW!

Here’s a look of Snuffles today. He thinks attacking my aloe vera plant is fun. My ferns are in a mess because of him. Oh well…

I used my new Kinderland- Craft and Cardboard Alphas – Color.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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CUTE enough to Eat

This is the title for my latest layout using Mikki Livanos’ template at Hooked on Template Challenge Week 8 in Scrapbook-Elements.

Cute enough to Eat:

Hui Xian has always love big, cute, cuddly toys, the bigger the better. She never fails to stop us at the mall begging us with her puppy dog frowns to please buy her another one. The layout above showed us walking by this all pink accessories shop and she went inside immediately without telling anyone. Luckily I was behind her because the rest of the troops were already way ahead of us. Found her cuddling a very cute gingerbread man and of course the begging started which included puppy dog frowns and battling of eye lashes! o_0 When every effort failed to get me to buy her that or at least talk to her dad (chances are high da-da will buy it for her!) she tried to eat the toy. Said, ‘It’s CUTE enough to eat!’ hence the title. And nope… she begged her dad later on but he didn’t approved. 🙂

Hui Xian has just too many toys in her collection. The photo on the left is just a small portion of them. There are a 12 foot long snake and a huge sized tiger her dad bought her which are still in Germany. These two are kept in a storage facilities which include other toys as well. We only consented to the collection she has currently because we can packed into 2 giant boxes when we move. Each toy has a story to tell, some as old as she is and they have been picked up from different parts of the world. For instance the Garfield is from Seoul, S. Korea, Mickey Mouse was one of her first toy she carried along when she was a toddler, Sylvester came from Australia, there’s this pink bunny at the top left which was given to her by a Qatari boy who liked her a lot and was following her everywhere like a puppy, purple birdie from a friend in San Francisco, and there is Winnie the Pooh in pyjama. This friend actually sewed Hui Xian’s name on it. There is a Papa Bear and Mama Bear ~ 2 huge bears and heavy too. Papa bear sleeps in her bed at night including Crocky the green crocodile and a lot more. Curl, our cat included! LOL

There are many more stories to tell and these toys carry a lot of precious memory for our girl. Every now and then a small parcel arrive with another cute toy for her and soon the 2 boxes for storage won’t be enough anymore because surely Hui Xian won’t let anyone of them go. The cute Gingerbread man is adorable. I might just get that for her Christmas… 😉

Layout Credits:
– I used Mikki Livanos template. You can download it from Hooked On Templates Week 8. When you send in your layout, you will received another fabulous template from her. Hurry if you haven’t participate because this challenge ends on Sunday.
– This layout is also for September Featured Challenge using Everyday Ghost. Send in your layout using this font and get a awesome peek-a-book notepaper cutout fonts from Rina Kroes. This challenge ends September 30th.
– I used my Sweetest Gal Page Set and
– title is from Cardboard Alphas Set.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Baby Brag Book

Okay…. so it is 13 years later that I started to make a baby brag book album for Hui Xian. 😉 I have just a few precious collection as most of them were lost in our years of travels =( and some in corrupted hard discs. We were given an estimated of US$1000-1500 to repair each hard disc and we have 2! I’ll have to work doubly hard to sell my designs in order to do that! 😛

I’ve been busy working on several albums; a baby brag book for Hui Xian, a travel album and a wedding. Below are 3 layouts of Hui Xian. These are in 6″x4″, easy to print with your home printer but I am sending them over to Shutterfly to get a hard cover album done.

This was Hui Xian barely a month old. She has a full head of hair and slept through the night. Taking care of her was a breeze but of course we had our traditional confinement lady who took care of her bathing and cleaning up during the day. Hui Xian was a good baby. Our Hong Kong neighbors didn’t realized we had a baby in the house until they saw her months later.

Journaling reads,
“You were barely a year old when we visited my grandmother. The flight from Singapore with Pelangi Air in a small Fokker 28 was an unnerving experience for me but you took it like a pro. Everyone was so happy to see you but you were more interested to pull the curtain down. You were such a cutie then and even your dress matched my aunt’s bedroom.”

This layout brought back a lot of memories of her playing ‘masak-masak’ with her teapot set. She would play for hours and love serving us. However it had to be either apple or orange juice and sometimes for da-da, cold coffee. She wouldn’t want just plain water! I miss this toddler stage but then again I wouldn’t want to be stuck changing diapers ever! That is another story to be told…..

Layouts from Sweetest Gal Brag Book at Scrapbook-Elements.com.
Thanks for reading.

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Simone, Hui Xian’s friend invited us to her school play titled ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ in Sri Pinang Auditorium in Penang last Wednesday. Hui Xian has been excited to see her friends (Simone, the Hensons, Scott, Ross, Aaron, Ben, Yosa, etc… Hui Xian is trying to give me the list of names she knows!) in the school play because she had heard so much about it. What choice has we, as parents got? Saving us from further ear ache, I joined her that evening and met the Hensons (thanks Ida for the parcel) and Nani with her beautiful kids.

I think the kids were better behaved then Hui Xian! She was so excited, she pointed to me everyone she knew on stage! Grrr…. I had to tell her to shush when Jenny sang the opening song, ‘The Prayer’. She was GOOD. Aside from some hiccups getting the show up and running, I think Hui Xian’s friends were very talented. The Henson’s played lead roles and Simone seemed to glide into the stage and filled it with her beautiful presence. My brat sitting next to me were ooh-ooohh-aaahhh at how pretty Simone and Jenny were. LOL I swear I heard her telling me that Simone was doing a kissing scene with Jon (the lead actor)! Duh… either we had a wire crossed somewhere or it was Hui Xian’s way to make me join her, I don’t know … BUT there wasn’t any such act. Certainly not in any Malaysian school play! Another actor to contend with was Scott. His exaggerated accent and comical acting had the audiences laughing till the end. Kudos to all these talented actors and thanks for the invite.

Not forgetting the two girls who were watching the play from the front pew.

I used Sweetest Gal 12″x12″ Quick Page Set and the title from my Cardboard Alphas Set.

I hope to create more layouts with photos I took of the play soon.
Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Fashion No-No!

Just because the US dollar is bigger than the Malaysian Ringgit, doesn’t mean that you are going to buy everything you feast your eyes on! 🙂 This is true in the case of Lian who came to visit us from San Francisco! The guys ran away when they spotted you eyeing on the clothes stalls. So we got stuck with you but it didn’t mean that we are going to let you buy just about everything! 0_o

The prices of clothes are so cheap. You only pay less than USD1.50 for a nice pair of shorts, USD3.00 for a spaghetti strap T… the piles get higher but the sooner we saw you picked on a gaudy piece, Hui Xian will immediately pull it away! LOL Then we started picking the ‘right’ style for you and it was hilarious because we were so loud and persuasive!

Hui Xian was so worried you were going to buy her clothes after she saw your choices! She loudly said, “…and you said you are going to buy me clothes!” with the funny look of horror on her face. At the end, I picked the clothes for Hui Xian and even managed to convince you to buy two dresses which you normally wouldn’t wear.

It was a really fun day. We took all our shopping bags to the house and had a little fashion show. More shopping to come when we head to Kuala Lumpur this Sunday.

Layout credits:
I used Surviving Teenagehood Page Set and So Chic Alphas Set.

Thanks for reading. Have a good weekend. 🙂

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