Enjoy. Each. Moment.

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary. I think it's first time that we didn't plan something unusual. Maybe because we are  so busy with so many things. This week was the kids' parent-teacher meeting week. Work deadlines to meet. Church. And too many things to mention haha. 

I am anticipating a nice gift from dear husband. I have bought a nice one for him too.  Definitely we will attend the Holy Eucharist. 

I just want everything to be simple. Ordinary. And genuinely happy. 
I just want to enjoy each moment. 

This card is a reminder for me to enjoy every moment as it comes. To not focus so much on the details and stuff. 

I made this using the following three different die sets from Sizzix.... 

... I cut a paper from My Mind's Eye with  Life Made Simple (659747)

... Yellow and white cardstock papers with Triplits - Hexagon (659630)

... chipboard for Phrase Enjoy (656566) 

... I then painted the chipboard with a white texture paste.

Once all the die-cuts were ready, I assembled the card and added trims and dewdrops.

(Edited: He gave me a super long letter and my long-time wish --- a black water-proof/scratch-proof leather tote. I gave him his white polo shirt in his fave brand and this flipagram. We also sacrificed a little bit of our special day coaching two friends in their "life goals" (Feels great to serve others). Managed to have quality time with kids at Candylicious and KFC. And the most beautiful part of the day was when the two of us lifted tables and chairs, and prepared the room for our Community's Holy Eucharist. It was such a happy moment. It didn't end there. We both watched movies at home (movie was not nice haha!) but the day ended really nice *wink* Thank You Lord for blessing our marriage!)

Sizzix Dies 
 Life Made Simple (659747)
Triplits - Hexagon (659630)
Phrase Enjoy (656566) 
texture paste - Daler Rowney
trims - May Arts
dewdrops - Robin's Nest
papers - My Mind's Eye


... for old friends who stay through the years. 
... for new friends who trust and add color to my days. 
... for a family who gives me reason to work harder. 
... for my boys who make me smile and love life.
... for a husband who makes me feel like he's the luckiest guy in the world to have me when it's really the other way around. 
... for discouragements that lead me to greater things. 
... for dreams coming true.
... for opportunities to help. 
... for excess weight lost. 
... for goals reached. 

Most of all for  God who never leaves me unattended. He continues to be my number one fan. He gives me so much to thank for.  


This 'thank you' card is very easy to make. All you need to do is cut these following shapes using the Elegant Stand-ups Card die set by Stephanie Barnard + Bigshot machine. 

I used papers from Pebbles. Using papers from one paper pad or collection makes life so  easy. You can never go wrong in color combinations :) 

So card looks normal and flat like this. 

When you open it you will see the phrase die-cuts "thanks a bunch". You can write your thoughts if you want to :) 

And the card can stand up like this! Awesome right? :) 
Thanks a bunch for popping by! Have a nice day :) See you soon! 

Sizzix Bigshot
Elegant Stand-ups Card die set by Stephanie Barnard
papers - Pebbles
ribbon - American Crafts
blings - Prima

This is the real me | Selfie Contest :)

One day, just for fun, I posted a selfie without make up on, using no filter (but I think I just got lucky the lighting in the house that day was good! haha) and challenged my Instagram friends to do the same, tag me and I will pick a random winner  who will receive a special gift from me.  This is just a game. But this also means that we agree on one thing. That beauty is not about being perfect. It is about being yourself,  and loving yourself and celebrating who you are. 

Look who are my oh-so-natural IG friends who joined in the fun... 

Not only that. When I posted in Instagram, it was automatically posted in facebook too and I love that my FB friends joined as well! 

So I decided to pick one winner from the Instagram entry and 1 winner from facebook using the Random Number Generator... and the winners are: @moonleetaiwan and RyanShine!!! Please email me your address at [gen8880ATyahooDOTcom] or PM me at facebook: THOUGHTFULCRAFTS. Congratulations! 

Thank you to all of you who joined! I had so much fun seeing your  bare and pretty faces haha!

Choose Real | Sizzix

It's my turn to inspire you  at the  Sizzix Blog today and if you want to know my thoughts behind this layout, what Sizzix die I used, go and check out the rest of my post HERE. 

Hope everyone's having a fantastic summer! :)

INSTAGRAM Challenge for Made With Love!

This month, all the Made With Love designers will host fun challenges for you and I'll start the ball rolling... 

Let's talk about our FAVOURITE THINGS. I have got a lot! But to make life less complicated for the challenge I will pick my top 3. 

1. Dewdrops
2. Washi Tapes
3. INKS! (This one came as a surprise to me. Thanks to my colleagues Jasmin and Aida for dragging me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to cry when they did. hahaha. (Guys you know what i mean)  I will forever thank them for it because now, I JUST LOVE INKS! 

So this is the layout I made using all those 3 items I listed above. In under an hour, I finished a page that becomes one of my faves if not the most fave ever.  Because when I was doing it, I was so emotional. Just truly happy and at peace. Grateful of my son, Rujim who has autism. He is my angel. My hero. Because of him I learned to be more simple. I learned to be more quiet and serious and deep. Because of him I am happy. And I learned that happy doesn't always mean we laugh out loud and smile all the time. Tears can mean happy too at times. 

 I wanted my layout to be simple, minimalist and so I didn't use any dimensional adhesives. No flowers and heavy embellishments. I just want the washi tapes, the inks and dewdrops to be showcased.. but most of all I would like the spotlight to be on the photo of me and Rujim and my thoughts about us. I think I achieved what I wanted :)

So here are the challenge details:

1.  I would like you to take a picture of any of your project, it can be new it can be old, as long as it shows you used one of the favourite scrapbooking supplies I mentioned (washi tape, dewdrops, ink) and post it on INSTAGRAM.

2. Hashtag it with: #mwldtchallenge

3. Your Instagram account must be public, and you must be living in Singapore.

4. Make sure you follow @madewithlovesg and @genevive (that's me) in instagram.

5. I will choose the winner  from all the instagram entries Sunday, 11th of May. Enjoy and goodluck!

See you in instagram! Xoxo, Gen :)

Be You.

The title of this layout speaks volumes of how I feel deep inside right now. BE YOU. I know this is supposed to be my life advice to my goddaughter but today this becomes my advice to me. 

Be you. Be honest. Do your best. Do what you love. Continue to be genuinely happy. Smile :) 

People will say things to bring you down. Whatever you do, no matter how good you think it is,  they will not like it and they will do everything to pull you down. What they think about you is none of your business. Try your best to understand them and love them with all your might. It's difficult but ask for the Holy Spirit to help you. Because the fact that they pull you down means they are already below you. Don't you pity them? These people just needs to be loved. They lack love. Probably they don't even love themselves. So be kind. Be you. 

Check out the Sizzix blog for the complete tutorial on how I made this layout. Happy weekend to us! :) 

Mother's Day Gift Set Tutorial | Sizzix

Do you know when is Mother's Day? It's 11th May (I know we always ask this haha) Do you already have prepared something special for mom? Hope so.. if not, I have a little suggestion here for you. 

I made a card and a chalkboard themed gift box using Sizzix dies and papers from Heidi Swapp. 

First, I cut the papers using this super cute Sizzix Match Box die.

Then I embossed a yellow paper using Courtyard and Trellis Set embossing folder. I  applied  white texture paste for more texture and to mute the bright yellow. 

I diecut flowers with the Flower Leaves and Stem die and colored the pieces with chalk inks. 

This bow-tie die is such a good news for us paper crafters... We can make a perfect paper bow in two 
easy steps: diecut and paste! 

I then assembled the card starting with a black base, pasted the embossed sheet and arranged the flowers with brads, stems, leaves and bow. I stamped a "Just thinking of you today" sentiment. 

Now for the gift box, I creased the scored lines and glued flaps to form a match box.  Then I attached a ribbon as handle. 

I used an ordinary black cardstock for this but to achieve the chalkboard look, I powderized a little chalk and rub it over the box. Wrote the word "mom".  Take a look again at the finished project: 

I hope it inspired you to make your very own handmade gifts for Mom! Advance happy Mom's day!  Xoxo, Gen 

dies - Sizzix 
papers - Heidi Swapp
cardstock - Bazzil 

By the way... here's a bonus behind the scenes pic for you, my assistant :)