When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me, Lord." I am a believer that God created each one of us with a unique talent, therefore, use it well to serve Him.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Making cards is therapeutic

Things aren't looking all that good lately... To get my mind off problems, I made some cards using The Greeting Farm, Sweet Pea and Flourishes stamps.
Enjoy viewing them...

Paper: DCWV, SU!, K & Company, Anna Griffin, Embassy and GP
Stamps: Sweet Pea, The Greeting Farm, Crafty Secrets, Inque Boutique and Flourishes
Inkpads: CTMH, SU!, Tim Holtz Distressed Inkpad and Memento
Coloring: Copic markers and Ranger Stickles
Tools: MS edge punch, MS scoring board, SU! round corner punch, MM distressing tool and Fiskars paper trimmer
Embellishment: tulle, ribbons, lace trims, Prima flowers and leaves, glittered bling, pebbles, Dress-up buttons, vintage buttons, pins and paper doilies

Monday, August 30, 2010

"Our Road"

Title: Our Road

Day 1 - Lost it

Today one thing is definite:  We lost it... The future will be scary and unsure but don't let it rattle us.  God is in control all the time and we're not.  What's bound to happen will happen.  This is just the beginning, so we have to be prepared for alot worst.  This is a test on us as a couple, Hon.  A test also on how faithful we are in believing that God is good and that He will take care of everything.  We need to stay positive and strong. Let's hang in there.  We have a lot of reasons to be thankful for: You, me and our two wonderful kids.  Whatever lies ahead of us, guys, as long as we have each other, we will survive it.    

I'm behind you on this.  If I get scared and start crying, just hold me, okay.  The road that we will be travelling on will be dark and scary but our loving and merciful God will give us light.   I love you so much.  I will be forever thankful to God for you and the kids...

I love you guys!  Life is not life without the three of you - Mommy... 

Note to self:   This too shall pass. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Do you spend alot on a flower arrangments at a craft stores?

Are you one of those who buys flower arrangement at a craft store or at craft show?  Not me!  Yeah, even with a 50% off coupons.  I love making mine.  I am a fan of Becky Higgins and a follower of her blog/FB and she inspire me to do mine.  I made one fruit centerpiece for our dining table while I made two flower arrangements as added touch to our living room downstairs.  I am so pleased with this project. 

Wanna hear a funny story?  Couple nights after I made this projects, I was busy cleaning up my kids bedroom.  Then, my daughter came up to me telling me she's sick.  She was sneezing pretty bad plus a runny nose and I thought she was coming down with summer colds or flu.  I went to see hubby at the bedroom asking if there is anyone at work that he might have contacted with colds or flu.  Hubby says no.  I was wondering why would my daughter get sick out of the blue.  To make the story short,  she kept on sneezing, gave her a diaper cloth to cover her mouth when she sneeze.  I was just finishing up and was planning to give her meds when I got done.  All of a sudden,  she sneezed pretty hard and something came out.  I was shocked to see a piece of of my silk flower came out of her nose.  I asked her how the heck did that thing ended up in her nose.  I only got a shrug as an answer.  Funny yet scary for a Mom...

Paper Flowers

Most crafter's are busy lately creating their own paper flowers. Rediscovering different ways to use punches and die-cut machines and dies to come up with gorgeous flowers to add for projects. I gotta try this too and I had fun doing it but of course on the third day, I have to quit.

I made a card using one of my stamped images of Sweet Pea and colored it using copics. Although I changed the technique and started coloring from darkest shade to lightest. Most tutorials, coloring should be done the other way but nobody says you cannot do it ant another way, right!? Actually people find it easier now to blend colors using the darkest to lightest technique. And I agree to that! So without further babbling, here's another card I made...

Papers: DCWV, GP and PTI
Stamps: Sweet Pea
Coloring: Copic markers
Inkpads: Memento
Tools: Cricut expression, Cricut cartride, Cuttlebug machine, Sizzix dies, TAC glimmer mist and heat tool
Embellishment: Polished hemp, brads and Prima say it in crystals bling

I must say that I wasn't too pleased with this card but I guess it's okay to make a not-so-good card once in a while.

Another Monochromatic - Black & White

Another monochromatic handmade card, which I got inspired to do.  Like my earlier post, I do love Vintage.  And what is vintage without black & white theme, right?   Try it and you will be amazed of the outcome.  I used to ignore the gray tones in my copic markers unless of course I need them for shadows, which I seldom do.  It's fun to find new ways to use my copic markers...  The possibilities are just endless....

Paper: Basic Grey, Scenic Route, GP, Embassy and Recollection
Stamps: TGF and Hero Arts (sentiments)
Inkpads: Memento, TH Distressed Inkpads
Coloring: Copic markers
Tools: Cuttlebug machine, Spellbinder dies,  MS craft punch, EK paper shaper, Sookwang double-sided tape and glitters
Embellishments: Satin ribbons, doilies, vintage buttons, pins, bling, tiles,

Until next card!

I love feathers!

Cards I made one night using an A2 size card base and The Greeting Farm stamps. I don't know about you but I have to have almost all of their stamps. I have also discovered how nice feathers can be as an added touch to your projects. All of the flowers used in the cards are handmade. Paper doilies were also incorporated in the design. They are so in and as time goes by I'm getting so use in adding them to my projects.

Paper: PTI, DCWV, GP and Bazzill
Stamps: TGF, CTMH
Inkpads: Memento and SU!
Coloring Medium: Copic Markers, Sakura gel pen (white)
Embellishments: Feathers from Joann's, paper doilies, ribbons, Prima leaves
Tools: Mcgill papershaper, Fiskars punches,  EK Success edge punch and MS craft punch 

See you soon!

Monochromatic - Sepia

Love Sepia as much as I love Black and White.  I guess it all boils down to having a great admiration in everything that is Vintage.  Here is a card I made for my DFIL and hoping he likes it.

You can use all E50 and all E30 for your Sepia coloring.  The above card was colored using all E30's. I actually made two sets and with all honesty, I love the E30's better than the E50's.


         Stamps: Craft Lounge
         Paper: DCWV (The Naturals) and PTI cardstock
         Inkpad: Memento Black Tuxedo
         Coloring: Copic Markers - all E30's
         Embellishment: Prima flowers from recent project, grossgrain ribbon, button, twine

Darling Daughter

PINK! Pink is the color of the day.  Thus, Here is a pink scrapbook page I made for my daughter Ella.   She loves everything in pink and purple.  Hubby says that pink is nice for little girls and should be surrounded with lots of pink.  Pink that is!  And that is exactly what I did with this page.  I highlighted the pictures using handmade pink flowers. Crafter's are rediscovering dies and punches again and making paper roses and flowers as embellishment with papercrafting projects.
Pink is not really my color but I think I made justice with this page.  Not bad for somebody who doesn't even like pink huh! :-)...

Papers: CTMH, K & Company, GP white 110 lbs cardstock
Embellishment: Trims from The Paper Studio, Ribbon from American Crafts, Frames & Chipboard pieces from Li'l Davis, Scroll glittered chipboard from K & Company, Rub-ons from MME and unknown brand of assorted brads
Tools: MM Distressing tool, Sizzix & Spellbinder dies, Cuttlebug machine and TAC Angel Mists

Until next time!