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.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Throwback Thursday Challenge

For weeks now, I've been trying to play at  Ms. Emma Aguilar's Throwback Thursday Challenge  yet too  many things are going on with our lives and this was the first chance I get to play with her weekly challenges. 

Anyways, the rule for this week's challenge is to create a "SPORTS' theme project, using "Sportsmania" cartridge or any old cartridges that has sports relevance.  My little boy had been bugging me for weeks now to make a project using Disney - Pixie Cars.  But nothing would fit the images on the cart until now.  I made the design while being out yesterday afternoon and been cutting images and doing paper piecing almost the whole night.  With this design, I combined Pixie Cars and Everyday Paper Dolls cartridges.  I really had a hard time doing this card but I was so pleased with the result...

I am not really in the mood to ink the edges of the card so I decided to use my precision pen and white jelly roll pen.  I also added some bling, bunch of baker's twine from the Divine Twine and some stamp sentiments.  I also used Peachy Keen faces.
When my baby boy saw this card, he started chanting non-stop, "I want it for my birthday"...
PAPER: Embassy, PTI, MS, Stampin up!, CTMH and DCWV
STAMPS: Peachy Keens, Autumn Leaves and Fiskars
INKPADS: Memento Tuxedo Back,  Versamark
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, MS Score board (scored the trophy just to give a little dimention), Fiskar circle punch, PC paper trimmer, Marvy Uchida heat tool, 
CARTRIDGE: Disney Pixie Cars, Everyday Paper Dolls
EMBELLISH: Baker's twine and metallic bling
OTHERS: Jelly roll pen, precision pen and white embossing powder

To note, lately, I've been joining some hard challenges and I think the harder the challenge, the more I am having fun!

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge (FTTC89)

Another fun challenge at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday.   Maki Jones, who is one of the best papercrafter I have seen will be hosting this week's challenge. Rule is to create a card or project with sentiment as the main focal point.
Here's my card:
Decided to use one of my Cornish Heritage Farm sentiment and highlighted it by cutting an elegant frame with swirls and flourishes.  The frame was cut by Cricut Expression machine using Creative Memories exclusive Reminisce Accent cartridge.
 I think I picked an unusual color combination: Maroon, brown and light blue.
Made this card with an idea to keep it simple yet elegant.
PAPER: DCWV, SEI and Stampin' Up!
STAMP: Cornish Heritage Farm
INKPAD: Versamark
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cricut cartridge, Marvy Uchida Heat Tool, craft knife and PC Paper trimmer
CARTRIGE: Creative Memories Reminisce Accent
OTHERS: Embossing powder
EMBELLISH: Vintage trim, satin ribbons, vintage buttons and bling

Until next Tuesday!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DCWV Giveaway

I know what you're thinking!  Yeah, this DCWV stack of paper looks longer than usual...  Finally, there is a 12 X 24 stack of paper that we can use in our Cricut machine.  It will retail at Joann's for $40.  And what so nice about this, it's a sticker paper!  You did it again DCWV!
Want this giveaway?  Hurry up to the blog, DCWV Diary and become a follower!  I just did and so glad I found their blog.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Peachy Keen DT Challenge #38 - Wrap it Up!

The challenge for Peachy Keen DT Challenge #38 - Wrap it Up!,  which will end on Oct 31st, is to create elements used in wrapping a gift. There are no limitations.  Peachy Keen Stamps were encourage to use.  Ideas for elements varies from tags to gift wrap to gift card holders to note cards.

I love Fall and the colors we see everywhere.  I've been doing some recycling lately and I wanted to incorporate at least a bit of those for this challenge.  I am hoping that the receiver of the gift will re-use the materials that I've used: burlap and silk flowers.  I also just got done posting my Peachy Keen Let's Face It Friday Challenge #3 entry and I still have leftover of assorted leaves that I used on my paper wreath.  I do not wish to put them to waste, so I added a bunch of those as embellishment to the gift card.  Fall, recycle, reuse equals another fun entry at Peachy Keen challenges.

This is a birthday gift for a craft friend.
I guess, using the burlap as a gift wrap wasn't such a bad idea...
This is the giftcard, which was embellished with leaves from my paper wreath project.  I  also incorporate a stamped and cut images from Flourishes "Sunflowers" set.   Then, I punched circles for center and stamped Peachy Keen Snow Cuties.  To add dimension, I added epoxy stickers on the Peachy Keen faces since I didn't use pop-dots on this project.  Also, I added sentiments from the same Flourishes set and added yellow/orange baker's twine. 
PAPER: Kraft paper, unknown cardstocks and DCWV
STAMP: Peachy Keen and Flourishes
INKPAD: Memento Black Tuxedo
EMBELLISH: Unbranded tag, baker's twine from The Twinery and epoxy stickers from K & Company
OTHERS: Burlap, hemp and silk flowers

Until next time!

Peachy Keen Let's Face It Friday Challenge - Week 3

As I have mentioned earlier, yesterday was a very productive day. I finally finished last night my entry for Peachy Keen Let's Face It Friday Challenge - Week 3.  This week's challenge is to create a home decor based on Harvest/Fall theme and should use Peachy Keen Stamps.  I chose paper wreath as my entry for this challenge.  Here are some pics I took:
To get a detailed effect and texture, I dry embossed some of the leaves using Sizzix - Basic Grey Starry Night embossing folder.

Then I inked the leaves to add depth. I love TH distressed inkpads especially for die-cuts. I used 12 different inkpads.
I think, all in all, there was 4 layers of leaves on the wreath.
Love those cutee scarecrow! I used metallic raffia to get a "straw/hay"effect for the hair.
Added bling to the scarecrow. Also used bamboo skewers to make it stand like they were on a stilt. By doing that I didn't have much problem adhering it at the back of the wreath, which was a not-so-sturdy chipboard.
PAPER: Assorted unknown CS and DP
INKPADS: CTMH (White Daisy); Memento (Tuxedo Black); Tim Holtz Distressed Inkpads (Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Wild Honey, Old Paper, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Tea Dye, Waknut Stain, and Rusty Hinge)
TOOLS: Cuttlebug machine, Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cricut cartridge, Ink blending tool, Sizzix - Basic Grey embossing folder, ATG, lots and lots of pop-dots
CARTRIDGE: Simply Charmed (Scarecrow), George (Circle), Leaves (MS Seasonal Cake, Create-A-Critter, Disney - Mickey & Friends and  Stretch your Imagination)
STAMPS: Peachy Keen - Princess Face Assortment
EMBELLISH: Satin Ribbon, MS large jewels, The Twinery baker's twine, rhinestones and metallic raffia
OTHERS: Bare chipboard sheets, bamboo skewers

Until next time... Thank you for checking out my work and for leaving such wonderful comments.

Cricut Cardz Challenge # 47

It's another fun week at Cricut Cardz Challenge. The rule for this week is to make a card for Breast Cancer Awareness using any Cricut cartridges or colors you'd like.

Yesterday was very productive.  I decided to stick with the color pink as my motif/theme.  At first, I thought this challenge will be so difficult but DT's gorgeous sample cards were enough to keep me inspired.  Difficult it maybe at first, but boy, I made two cards!

So without further ado, here's my take:

 "The Dancer"

 "The Corset"
PAPER: PTI, DCWV, GP and some unknown CS and DP
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cricut cartridges, paper trimmer, ATG, pop-dots and liquid glue
CARTRIDGES: Tie the knot (Corset); Stand and Salute (Ribbon); Pooh & Friends (Flower Frame); Wall Decor (Dancer & Sentiments)
EMBELLISH: Satin ribbon, half pearls, Prima flowers and paper doilies

Please don't forget to do your self breast exam every month.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mercy Tuesday Sketch Challenge #95

I chance upon this wonderful site: Lord have mercy, that offers different challenges and I think I'm gonna have blast.  To start with, I will be joining their Mercy Tuesday Sktech Challenge #95, and here's the sketch provided:
and here's my take:
 This is an unusual color combo for Christmas.  I was in the mood yesterday to use different color motif for my holiday cards.  I hope I did justice...
STAMPS: Flourishes (Dove and Holly)
INKPAD: Memento Tuxedo Black
COLORING: Copic markers
TOOLS: Cuttlebug machine, Spellbinder dies, MS craft punch, EK Success edge punch, PC paper trimmer and ATG
EMBELLISH: Ribbon, twine and snowflake brads,

Lord, I thank you for everything that I have and that includes the talent that you have given me.  My creations are done in service of You...

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge (FTTC88

Another fun challenge at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday...This time it will be Silke Ledlow, who is hosting this week's challenge.  I love all her work!  Anyways, the rule for this week is to ink and distress the edges of the card entry to add dimension and texture.

Here's my take:

 I want an unusual "poinsettia's", so opted for brown, blue and copper color combo.
PAPER: Flair, DCWV and American Crafy
STAMPS: Flourishes (Poinsettia's & Boxwood; Winter Bouquet for Sentiments)
INKPADS: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Indian Corn Blue, TH Distressed Inkpads Rusty Hinge
COLORING: Copic markers
TOOLS: Cuttlebug machine, Spellbinder dies (Fleur de Lis & Blossom), EK Paper shaper punch, PC paper trimmer, ATG and TH distressed tool
EMBELLISH: Glittered ribbon, Dress-Up Buttons (gold snowflake and fancy frame) and Basic Grey half pearls

Peachy Keen Challenge #38

Being sicked was no fun. After couple of days being in bed, I now get to play with my friends at Peachy Keens. This week's challenge is to create a layout or project based on the season - Fall.  No handmade card this time.  Theme varies from Autumn to Halloween to Harvest elements with the exception of Thanksgiving feast. 
I love Fall.  Got bunch of reasons to love it...  With this challenge, I am incorporating - Recycling.  I got two projects for this challenge and the 1st is a "Recycled Ribbon Spool Ornament/Hanging wreath":
 See how messy my table was...
 Assembly time
 Finally, after a day of working on this project, it's now done...
 The project is actually better in real life.
 I'm so pleased with myself...

 Here's a much closer look...
 Look at those corns!
 A glimpse of the side to show that these are actually ribbon spool.

PAPER: CTMH, GP, Embassy and unknown DP
INKPADS: TH Distressed Inkpads (Wild Honey, Forest Moss and Rusty Hinge)
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, PC paper trimmer, ink blending tool
CARTRIDGE: Thanksgiving (cornucopia, corn, ferns); Cindy Loo (scalloped circle); Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake (time for tea lowercase font) and George (circle)
EMBELLISH: Satin ribbon, raffia, silk fall leaves (Joann's), Prima leaves 
OTHERS: Plain chipbiard sheets and KI Memories ribbon spool

A "thank you" sweet treat
My Cricut Imagine, which was an early Christmas gift from my dear sweet husband was delivered last week while we were in LA.  We were upset that it might get stolen if it would sit in the front porch for days.  Tried calling the shipper and UPS to hold the delivery but no one was willing to make an extra effort to help us.  DH called DR Horton, which was the housing developer of our subdivision and asked the ever helpful Shawn for help.  He asked him if he can do us a favor of picking up the machine and keep it in their office for a few days until we get home.  Since then, I didn't get the chance to thank him myself because I was so sicked the last couple days.  Anyways, tomorrow, we're heading out and I intend to drop this simple sweet treat as a token of thank you from me.

The bottle I used was from some rootbear brand that we got from CVS.  I think it was perfect for giveaway treats.  Like the fact that I did some "green" deeds today.  I used Hawaiian Punch jellybeans by Brachs for candies.  

PAPER: DCWV, GP and leftover cardstocks
STAMPS: Peachy Keen Stamps
INKPAD: Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip, TH Distressed Inkpads (Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge) 
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, PC paper trimmer, EK Large edge punch, ATG 
CARTRIDGE: Simple Charmed (Turkey)
EMBELLISH: Satin ribbon, raffia and silk fall leaves (Joann's)
Until next challenge!  Hope you like my projects...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Gift, New Toy....Another Gift from DH

Didn't I marry a nice, sweet and supportive guy? Yes, he got me this as an appreciation gift after we had a major, major problem.  This is the gift I was waiting for weeks now and it got delivered in the house while we were in LA. Boy, it made us worry that it might get stolen in the front porch. Glad the people of DR Horton, Ft. Hood, the housing developer of our subdivision came and picked it up for us. I would cry so hard if I lose this machine.  We called UPS and the shipper but both says, "No, they cannot hold the delivery." It made us really upset but Shawn of DR Horton came to our rescue.   Thanks so much Shawn, you've always been really good and helpful. 

Took out the machine yesterday from it's box but too intimidated to even touch it.
This morning, Ed told me to start playing with my new toy and he'd help me set it up.
It took me awhile to do the calibration.  The blade slot was not aligned but Ed helped me fix it.  Almost thought, I have to send it back to Provo Craft.  Thanks again, for my every supportive husband...
Got a whole bunch of these outdated white bordered DP from MAMBI, which came out handy while doing a bunch of calibration. Now, it's all set up but too sick to even play it.  Sad, sad, sad...

Will rest for a little while and maybe I would feel better later.  Everyone in the family had been sicked since we got back from LA.  LA is much cooler than TX.  Glad we came home because our kalamansi, tomatoes and basil plants are almost dead when we got home.

Hope I can play with my new toy later and be able to share some artwork with you guys.  Also hope I can write up a review about the machine... that is, once I got over with the intimidation :-)...

Have a great week!