Saturday, January 31, 2015

Shimmering Shadow Box

Hello everyone!
Today, I am really excited to show you one of my project - an altered shadow box which I did as a farewell gift for someone leaving office.  
Completed shadow box

For the shadow box, I had made use of the embroidered lace ribbon and the crystal mat that I bought from Dubai.
I had cut out four strips from the crystal mat and adhere it to the front of the shadow box. The embroidered lace ribbon was then glued to the sides of the frame.

For the layout, I had made use of a combination of embellishments:
  • Wood embellishments from Bo Bunny and Prima Marketing; 
  • Papers from Blue Fern Studios and Kaisercraft (including transparency from Kaisercraft);
  • Flowers (including the flower resin) were a combination from Prima and those that I bought from Bangkok.  Had added shimmer metallic paint on it;
  • Chip-boards from Blue Fern Studios and Dusty Attic (sprayed with distress inks and shimmer paint);
  • Metal pins from Prima Marketing
Doing a scrapbook layout and framing it in an altered shadow box could be a challenge as you've got to ensure that the layout matches with the shadow box that you altered.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beautiful Dubai

It’s the New Year.  Time sure passes by amazingly fast!

For my first blog in 2015, I want to show you guys my craft findings while I was travelling Dubai in October last year.

Dubai City - view from Burj Khalifa
A little about Dubai
Dubai is a modernized city and one of the seven emirates that make up the country United Arab Emirates (UAE) where it's Capital is Abu Dhabi.  

Beautiful sunset in the Desert Dune
Burj Khalifa (or Khalifa Tower)

Dubai lies within the Arabian Desert and the weather is hot all year round.  The weather was around 41-42 Degrees Celsius when I visited Dubai in October! Scorching hot and dry as the weather might seems, it didn't affect my trip.  If you feel faint from the weather, you could always escaped into the comfort of the shopping malls that are so well "air-conditioned".  You might need a light cardigan or sweater in-doors! No kidding!
Spices from The Spice Souk

Dubai is known as the shopping paradise of the Middle East for it's super large malls and traditional souks (open air marketplace like Spice Souk, Gold Souk, Perfume Souk and Textile Souk) and if you've got keen eyes, you could also spot several Gold machines while going around Dubai tourists attractions! (Lol! It's actually not hard to spot them)
Gold To Go!
A glimpse of the famous hotel - Burj Al Arab

Shopping for craft supplies
Fida Trading in Satwa
I made a point to shop at Dubai's local craft shop. As I had only that much time, I had only visited just one.  The name of the shop is Fida Trading in a place called Satwa. You may check out it's Facebook page
Rows of ribbons and different types of beads

Stack and stack of laces

Another stack of ribbons

There are really many colorful and beautiful ribbons/laces. Some ribbons and laces are commonly found in our local stores too, so do look out for those that are uniquely middle eastern designed ones.

Bunch of ribbons I bought
Metal embellishments

Here are the bunch of items that I bought. Really love the crystal mats and metal flower embellishments!

If there is any chance of visiting Dubai in the future, I would love to visit other local craft shops that are located in Deira.