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Paper punch card

Have a puncher and penknife and paper (in 2 colours) and glue? And pencil? You can get started on this simple project that makes good use of those punched shapes you might otherwise empty into the bin.


1. Cut out the heart shape on black paper

2. Cut out the inside of the heart shape

3. Trace the outside of the heart shape on a piece of paper

4. Cover the inside of the traced heart shape in PVA glue

5. Empty your punched shapes onto the traced heart shape

6. The outline is a bit messy right now. So what you do is you just stick your black outline of a heart shape right there.


‘Love lifts us up’ V-day card

A close-up of quilled heart-shaped hot air balloon:

“As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision” -Helen Keller

I’ve been quilling in between visits this Chinese New Year. Remember the quilled shapes I was playing around with? Halfway through, I thought that I could make a heart shape from two of the quilled shapes 😀

So I made a heart shape. But I didn’t want it to be JUST a heart shape stuck on a card. I like to have something going on in my cards. So I had a couple going up in a hot air heart-shaped balloon. As for clouds, I tore scraps of the elephant poo paper that I also used in my Baby Bundle from Heaven card. I like the soft wispy feel they have. Anyone crazy over furry stickers when you were young? The texture of these paper clouds beats furry stickers hands down.

This is not merely a great romantic date idea. The idea behind this is that love lifts us up from drudgery and meaninglessness. It brings you places you never think you would go and leads you to accomplish daily feats you never thought you could do. It gives a mother strength to balance household chores, taking care of the children and a job. It gives couples the will to stay together even when the going gets tough. Love is gravity-defying.

Card and envelope set:

Textured cream envelope (front):

Playful variations

“Play is the exultation of the possible.” Martin Buber

I made all these quilling shapes I was reluctant to stick together so I had some fun playing around with them.

Here is one balancing act:

This looks like it’ll make a good border if I make many of them:

This has some semblance to a star, until a button came along:

Rubber stamps too lend themselves to play. Inspired by tangrams, here’s what I made:


For more inspiration, look at what Joel, this cool dad who makes toys for his kids, has done!

This is his flower building toy:

And his slotted building discs:

Baby bundle from heaven

This is my first baby card. I was inspired by the song I sang as a child, Rockabye-baby, and the idea that babies come from storks carrying bundles. So I had the little baby come down on a cloud, with the words ‘Heaven sent’ and complete with a postage stamp from God’s collection. God is Love, and from that we can infer that his postage stamp collection should have lots of hearts.

And babies are really from heaven, from the way they gurgle to their wide-eyed wonder to their peaceful sleeping…you can just tell. Which means we’re from heaven too, hi there fellow heavenly being 🙂

The inside of the card is made from recycled Kraft paper.

Want to know a fun (I hope) fact?

The textured paper used to make basket and cloud you see on the front of the card is made from Elephant Poo paper which I bought from Vancouver. This video features the company and the process of making paper from Elephant Poo. I daresay, enjoy.

Stef’s handmade birthday gifts

For Stef’s birthday, she requested:

(1) A secretary to handle all the little things in life that flies past me
(2) My room to miraculously pack and clean itself
(3) And handsome and loving boyfriend with a kind and gentle heart
(4) A driving license and driving competency

Given this ‘impossible to fulfill’ (at least by mere shopping) list, MOPY came up with

  1. an organiser
  2. boxes and papercuts to decorate the box (designs from courtesy of Jo)
  3. According to Fi, who else fits the bill better than…
    (photo courtesy of Eugene)
  4. a door hanger which says “Jesus never said that you gotta drive your way to heaven”. Door hangers can be used for other purposes, as Stef demonstrates.(photo courtesy of Eugene)
  5. All these gifts are accompanied by Stef’s birthday card. Since I made it, I will give some explanations in this post. First, when the birthday girl pulls out the card, she will see a picture of Jess presenting her birthday cake. I chose Jess to present the cake because she likes baking and we always cook at her house. When one thinks of cakes, one thinks of Jess.

Unfold it and this is what you get– all of us doing our own thing in a little happy town:

There’s APY at the gym, because he’s a fan of working out and taking small meals. There’s me doing art right in front of the gym. Right beside me is Jo’s favourite pig (McDull) who admires the potted flower. His tail unwinds enough for Jo to hold it. Inspector M is at his desk with a bowl of claypot. Eugene and Malala live in their future own house. Malala is surrounded by green-ness, her favourite colour. Eugene’s curly hair invites a bird to treat it as its nest. But it’s all fine because Malala likes birds and doesn’t mind. In front of the red door is Fi dressed to the nines and LOLing, beside Jess holding Stef’s cake.

Turn over and you’ll see all our messages to Stef. No photos of this  🙂

(Photo courtesy of Eugene Chan)

Featured in Etsy

I put up 2 of my cards yesterday on Etsy, and was delighted today to find out that one of it has been featured on the Etsy Treasury page. Thanks Clare! 😀

Can you spot me?

A walk down memory lane with Aud

During the time I was in Junior College, there were changes 3 months into school, just when we had begun to finally settle more comfortably in. With friends leaving and classes being shuffled, I took comfort in having a constant and understanding friend in Aud. She was my mousy and squeaky friend who was afraid of ants, my friend to perform whistle duets along the corridors, and someone who shared her faith with me.

When Aud heard that I was setting up an art blog, she offered to bring all the cards I had made her over the 6 years of our friendship, allowing me the chance to present you this post 🙂

If you notice, there are a lot of pinks. She is one BIG lover of pink. There are also many smiley faces. Drawing smileys was my pastime in JC.

I really like the cards. Though simple, they bring back good memories.