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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Poached Eggs with Rolled Smoked Salmon & Arugula

Sometimes when we have the time and the mood, we will cook something a little 'fancy'. And this is one of them. It's a fun way to eat your proteins and vegetables.

We love it with cracked black pepper (and a tinge of salt on the eggs)

And here's the recipe for all to try out. Have fun :)

1.    Fresh eggs (this is very important)
2.    White vinegar
3.    Smoked Salmon
4.    Arugula
5.    Black Pepper
6.    Salt (optional)

Instructions for Poached Eggs:
1.    Bring water to boil in a pot and lower the heat so that the water is no longer boiling. Add 1-2 teaspoon of white vinegar. The vinegar helps to congeal the egg white more easily.
2.    Crack an egg and place the egg in a small bowl. Using a spoon or ladle, stir the boiled water in a circular motion. Remove spoon or ladle and gently slide the egg into the center of the pot. Do this one egg at a time. Depending on the size of your pot, you may cook 2 eggs at a time.
3.    Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let it sit for 5 minutes until the egg whites are cooked. For a slightly more solid yolk texture, keep the heat low instead of turning it off.
4.    Lift the eggs out of the pot with a clean ladle and place it on your serving plate. Sprinkle some cracked black pepper (and optionally, a tinge of salt) to taste.

Instructions for Rolled Smoked Salmon with Arugula:
1.    Separate the salmon into very thin slices (smoked salmon should separate naturally into slivers) on a serving plate.
2.    Place the arugula on the salmon slices and roll the salmon over the arugula. The amount of arugula to be rolled is subject to personal preference.
3.    It’s now ready to be served! Enjoy.

We love that it's a little done and not too runny but if you like you can always turn off the flame and take out the egg on the 5 minute dot.

Eve & Roy

Monday, 14 October 2013

Tutorial : Using a Blender Pen

Sometimes we remember an awesome product we once used .... and my blender pen is one of such thing!

I was stamping some cute images from Lawn Fawn the other night and was contemplating on what to use to color them. I wanted it to have a watercolor-ish effect but I don't have any distress markers.

But I do have a blender pen and color pencils :)

So, here's a step-by-step on how I use the blender pen to create an effect similar to what distress markers could.

1. Stamp your chosen images. Here I chose Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods cute little animals.

2. Color your images with color pencils.

It's not necessary to make sure they are very evenly applied. Add in darker shades wherever you need them.

3. Here's where the magic starts.

4. Using the blender pen, 'color' the lighter colored areas first.

5. Clean the tip of the blender pen and then blend the darker colored areas into the lighter ones. If the color is too dark, clean the tip of the pen again by lightly dabbing it on a piece of tissue.

6. Voila! The image is perfectly & evenly colored with shadings and depth :)

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Quick, easy and fun!

Next up, I will be sharing a tutorial using masking gum and watercolor. You will want to keep your eyes out for that!


Monday, 9 September 2013

Writing Backwards

I promised to post a video of how I write backwards... here it is.

Am still trying to figure out how to write 'normally' and achieve the results I want using my left hand. Maybe I have to adjust the slant more? Advice?


Friday, 6 September 2013

Practicing Calligraphy

I have another affection besides my love for all things paper and stationeries... I recently fell in love with modern calligraphy! 

I have seen it online for quite a while but did not take the plunge and tried my hands at it but I could not resist anymore and so I went to buy a set of calligraphy pen and ink to get started. I love that this is the dip ink set and not the ones with cartridges. It just makes the experience so much more fun and authentic.

Writing calligraphy as a leftie poses quite a number of challenges. Although I overcame smudging a long time ago... and I could write italics pretty alright (my first taste of calligraphy was 18 years ago, believe you me) but modern calligraphy totally threw me off.. haha... to achieve this effect which is so easy for righties, I have to write backwards!! 

I will post a short clip of how I wrote backwards in the next post!


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Illustrated ABC Print

So, I have been busy lately... doing quite a bit of illustration and watercoloring which has been so therapeutic and wonderful :)

Some of the illustrations, I turned into cards and they are currently available at The Buttercup LA. They will soon be available on my online shop too (which is in the works at the moment).

I had so much fun drawing and painting these animals for the print.... I had to research some of them too as I wanted this whole print to be ALL animals only :)

It will be printed without the watermark, of course, and packed in a cello bag with backing to protect the print. This print is 8.5 x 11 inches and printed on 110 lbs white  acid-free cardstock.

As the shop is still in the works, you can purchase my artwork via email at evelintee@gmail.com 
Payments will be made via secure Paypal transactions.



Monday, 26 August 2013

and the winner ...

.. for the Paper Issues Project Life of a sampling of the core kit is ..

Please email me at evelintee@gmail.com with your information so that we can get your prize sent to you!

Congratulations! Hope you'll have lotsa fun getting started! :)


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Project Life : Week 27

Welcome to Paper Issues Project Life blog hop! You should have arrived here from Paper Issues... if not, click here to start from the beginning :)

The girls on this blog hop were all given a sampling of Project Life's Kraft Edition. I am already a Project Lifer and I use Becky's Design A and Design G page protectors for my spreads. I am also using the retired white album to keep all my project life spreads (I really miss the white album.. wish they didn't retire it).

Here's my Week 27 using the kraft edition's cards :)

I will be sharing more spreads in the next couple of days in which I mix and match the Kraft Edition cards with my own hand-cut cards :) Yes, it's very versatile!

For a chance to win either a sampling of Becky's Project Life Core Kit Kraft Edition or a Project Life Core Kit of YOUR choice, all you have to do is :

1. Like Becky Higgins LLC on Facebook (tell them Paper Issues sent you)
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment 

Next up on the blog hop is the very talented Jen

Thanks for hopping with us today!

p/s : this contest is only open to US residents


Friday, 28 June 2013

Love. Smitten with you

Lately, as I scroll through my photo album in my iPhone, all I see are photos of my baby boy... I have neglected taking pictures of a lot of little daily stuffs (and my darling cat, Penny) and I probably should remind myself to take more pictures of 'insignificant' daily happenings too, you know.. for Project Life? haha.

Here's another layout I made using photos from Persnickety Prints. I love their 3x4 polaroid prints.

He makes me very exasperated at times but when he smiles, he melts my heart once again. I guess that's a baby's special ability, right?

I handstitched all the stitchings on this layout as my sewing machine is giving me some issues and I am lazy to fix it... 

Do link up your Persnickety or fussy cutting projects over at Paper Issues for your chance to win a $25 gift card!


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Watercolor fun

I am going to share another layout that I made using the photos that I ordered from Persnickety Prints. Watercolor is a trend that I've been seeing on layouts lately, so I attempted to create a layout with it too. 

I used my waterbrush to pick up some watercolor from the palette (I chose pink) and just brushed it on my bazzill cardstock. I used a hairdryer to dry the paper cos I can't wait for it to dry. My scrapping time is very limited now that I have a newborn. The paper curled a little but it's ok. Just try to blow-dry it from both front and back and that should straighten it out a little.

Here's my finished layout. 

This is not my usual style but I kinda like that it looks dreamy with the vellum and white on white elements. I was inspired by Wilna Furstenburg while creating this layout :)

Do drop by Paper Issues to join us and link up your projects for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Persnickety Prints. 

Have fun!


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Let's Get Persnickety!

Welcome to Paper Issues' "Let's Get Persnickety"

I am the first on this blog hop but do drop by Paper Issues' blog to start at the beginning and find out what this issue is all about and the prizes that awaits you. 

I must say, I love the prints by Persnickety! The photos are really of good quality and the shipping is super fast :) I love matte photo prints and theirs are one of the best out there. I printed a bunch of my photos in their polaroid prints and it looks lovely!

I created 3 layouts with the prints I ordered and here's the first. Will be sharing the other 2 layouts in the coming few days.

Here's what I created - Road Trip

Next up on this hop is Jen

Thanks for hopping with us today!

For a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Persnickety Prints, you will need to : 

1. Like Persnickety Prints on facebook (tell them we sent you!)
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment on Paper Issues' blog post where you started this hop.

We would also love for you to join us and link up your projects using Persnickety's prints or any projects using fussy cutting (either by hand or using a die cut machine).


Friday, 14 June 2013

Some enabling

I received a really happy mail last week from Paper Issues. My oh my, they really do have super duper fast shipping! I received my shipping notification on Saturday and my happy mail was at my doorstep on Monday :D

Papers from Elle's Studio, paper pads from Glitz Design and Crate Paper, Alpha stickers from Glitz Design, Ephemera pack from Crate Paper, Enamel Dots from My Mind's Eye, Tags from Elle's Studio, Washi Tapes and Limba paper cardstock

Am super loving everything I bought and have already started using some of the stash. There is just too much goodness in this, I just need to savor it!

So, do hop on over to Paper Issues' store, use my code 'Evelin20' to get 20% off and start shopping!!!


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Project Life - Week 10 part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a lot of photos taken during Week 10 of this year :) Hence, I have 4 pages worth to document instead of the usual 2 (although, I never really cared that it has to be a 2-page spread. It can be 1-page to as many as you like. It's your Project Life)

This was the week we went to Santa Monica Pier and also to the Farmer's Market at The Grove.

The weather was beautiful although the wind can be rather strong and chilly. Looking back at these pictures made me miss my mum again... 

On a brighter note, do remember to use my code 'Evelin20' when you check out at Paper Issues' store to get 20% off! I just bought a whole lot :D Will blog about it soon and oh, shipping was super duper fast!


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Project Life - Week 10 part 1

It's been a while since I indulged myself in some 'me-time' a.k.a crafting time :) I know I am way behind on Project Life but oh well, I will just complete one week at a time and see how it goes. Some weeks, I actually do have more photos to document and some weeks, less...

I have a lot of photos for Week 10. I guess partly because my mum was here and we were out and about town :)

I have embellished the pages but have yet to journal in them yet. The same is happening to my Week 11... haha. Am scrapbooking some layouts at the moment. Will share some sneaks soon.

In the meantime, do check out Paper Issues' blog. I am posting there today!

And remember to use my code 'Evelin20' if shop over there to get 20% off!!


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Some enabling... :)

Don't you love sales? You get to shop and save on the things you like? Wanted to buy something but was contemplating... now's the time!!!

From today until the 28th, I am giving 15% off my handmade journals and other knick-knacks in my Etsy shop! :)

By now, you now that you want to click on the link to my shop to buy my journals NOW! :D

p/s : minimum purchase of $10 applies. Thank you and happy shopping!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Non-crafty related post

My mum just boarded the plane to fly back to Malaysia today and I'm feeling rather emo.... She has been so kind to fly over to LA to take care of me after I delivered and well, she has not only taken care of me, but my hubby, my baby and also the cleanliness of my entire little apartment :) 

Without her, I would have been more lost than how lost I was already feeling... and I probably would not have clean laundry or hot meals cos hubby always works late... haha...

I miss her so much already... 

Thanks Mum for putting up with me when I was so hormonal and taking care of me and my entire little family. You are truly awesome! 


Monday, 6 May 2013


Just sharing a layout I made of me and my mum for the upcoming Mother's Day :) Finally using some of my Studio Calico's kit and of course some Maggie Holme's goodness!

Photo taken when I was still pregnant (39 weeks, I think) when we were at the Grove

I am still in love with gold splatters, can you tell? :)

Inked the doilies as well for added interest! :) You can see more inspirations for Mother's Day layouts on Paper Issues' blog and also stand a chance to win some Pink Paislee goodness!

Remember to use my code if you want to purchase from Paper Issues' shop. You get 20% off !!


Monday, 29 April 2013

Giveaway Winner!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Cassie's Birthday week giveaway! :)

*cue the drumroll.......*

The winner for my handmade journal is ---> Amy Tsuruta!!!

Please drop me an email with your mailing address and I will get this journal packed and shipped to you! :)

And to all the other participants who joined but did not win this time around, I am giving you a 10% off to purchase the journal of your choice (or anything you want) from my shop. Please email me at evelintee@gmail.com and I will give you a coupon code :)

Do drop by often as I will be having another giveaway in the near future! and if you want to purchase anything from Paper Issues, remember to use my code Evelin20 to get 20% off your purchase!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Don't you love GIVEAWAYS???

If you've read my Monday blog post, you would know that I am now part of the Paper Issues Design Team and we are having a Giveaway (ALL WEEK) in honor of Cassie's birthday this week!!

*woot woot*

Head on over to Paper Issues' Facebook page to catch all the festivities and awesome giveaways! There are 25 giveaways in total! How's that to get you excited? :D

I am participating in this giveaway too! 

You will get this lovely handstitched journal from my Etsy shop. All you have to do is :

1. Like Paper Issues on their Facebook page
2. Like EvelinTdesigns on my Facebook page
3. Follow my blog
4. Follow me on instagram - EvelinT

And just in case you wanna do some scrappy shopping, do remember that you can get a 20% if you use my code Evelin20 when you check out of the Paper Issues shop on Etsy :)

Have a fantabulous day!! :)


Monday, 22 April 2013

doing the Happy Chicken dance!

haha.... yes, I am doing the happy chicken dance! *woot woot*

I received an email that totally made my day last week and it's been hard trying not to share it with you until today but yeay, I can finally let the world know that I am part of the Paper Issues Design Team!

It's such a privilege to be accepted into their team and work alongside really wonderful ladies :) I can't wait to start my projects... and yes, eventhough I am super sleep deprived (my baby's going through a growth spurt.. I have not really slept in 3 days.. and counting) I am still doing my happy chicken dance!

Oh, and if you buy anything from the Paper Issues shop on Etsy, do remember to use my code for 20% off anything you buy in the shop! That's so awesome, right? Savings is always awesome! :) And if you don't see what you want, you can always let Cassie know and she'll get it for you!

Do drop by the Paper Issues blog for some fun and inspirations too!

Have fun shopping and saving 20% using Evelin20 when you check out!


Friday, 19 April 2013

Proud Daddy

I managed to squeeze in some time yesterday to make a layout based on Citrus Twist's Sunday Sketch :) And now I am quickly uploading it while the baby naps. He has been wanting to be nursed the whole day and I do mean the whole day!!

I kept my layout pretty simple choosing to let the photo speak for itself :) I will add journalling on the tag that I tugged beneath the photo and the patterned papers.

You can't really see from here but I did pop up the papers with pop-dots to add dimension to the page. That's all for now :) Will be back! 


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A quick post

Made this layout a couple of nights ago :) I love this picture my mum snapped for us! It's our little family's first photo.

Ever since I delivered my little Ryan, I find that I scrapped a whole lot faster! I think it's due to the fact that I know I can't waste time dilly-dallying anymore. Time is of the essence and it's really precious! And I'm not sure why but I feel the 'need' to scrap. It's probably cos I feel really happy after that! It's probably cos it still makes me feel like 'me' and not just a milk-machine/diaper-changer/craddler... haha.

Ok, off I go to change his diaper and feed him now. Till next time :)

Oh, if you wanna see the photos of my layouts before I post them here, do follow me on Instagram. My user ID is EvelinT. I normally post there first as it's really way faster :P