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.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ella's Birthday Banner

This was the 6th birthday of my darling daughter. We celebrated it despite Daddy's absence and invited a bunch of neighbors. I made sure that it was a fun-filled day for her and our neighbor Lia who is always been wonderful and kind helped us with everything that we needed for the party.  On the day of Ella's birthday, I forgot the balloons. She was complaining that every birthday should have balloons but like Lia came to my rescue.

Here's my baby rather big girl on her 6th Birthday:

 The purple bouquet called bear hug was sent by Daddy...
Here's the birthday banner I made.  Too bad, there isn't any Princess and the Frog cartridge so I made due of what I have here.  This is also my take for Cricut Circle Blog Monthly Challenge - Banner.
 I string beaded stamped sentiment that says, "Happy Birthday, "Seize the Cake" and "It's your Birthday!"
I added this so after the party, we can take this out and still use the Ella banner. I promised her that I would make party hats/crowns and table centerpiece but I didn't have enough time to do those things anymore.  The banner alone took me 2 days to make it.  Well, I'm learning, right :-)...
 I used Storybook, Happily Ever After and Once Upon a Princess (Princesses, gowns and labels) and used the color motif of "Princess and Frog" theme.
 Added Prima flowers, satin ribbons and some bling to emebllish the banner.
 Oh, I hand banner using a quarter inch in diameter wooden dowel. 
PAPER: Recollection, CTMH, Stampin Up! and The Paper Company
STAMP: Peachy Keen Stamps and Hero Arts
INKPAD: CTMH and Stampin Up!
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, EK Success papershaper, PC paper trimmer, ATG, Zip Dry, glue dots, Plaid pop dots and Zig 2-way glue pen
CARTRIDGE: Storybook (flourishes and fonts), Happily Ever After (banner and its layers) and Once Upon a Princess (Princesses, gowns and label/tag)
EMBELLISHMENT: American Girl gem, Recollection bling, Prima flowers, satin ribbons and baker's twine
OTHERS: Sakura gelly roll pen, chalk, wooden dowel and plastic beads

Friday, February 18, 2011

Blog Candy Sneak Peek

In less than two weeks, it will be March again and March means National Craft Month celebration and it is also my birth month.  Me and my friend Joan of Tinker Planet, will be celebrating with you and will be giving away awesome craft goodies. Here's a sneak peek of my giveaways...

We were not only be giving away goodies every week for the whole month of March but I will also be drawing one lucky winner who will receive a special box from me.  I am doing this special drawing  in celebration of my birthday next month, so I hope you will join in the fun...
Make sure to drop by at Joan's blog every once in awhile to check for updates on her National Craft Month blog candy... 

Nyt peeps!  I'm done blogging for the day...

My Craftroom

Hope I didn't tire you from reading and viewing my storage and organizational system.  Organization is really one of my strongest point.  You probably think that I have a huge room to play around when you saw how I organize my stuff.  I'm telling you it is not that big but I made sure that I used up my space pretty well to accommodate my stuff.  I admit I experimented on different storage styles and system and it cost us some hard-earned money.   Here in the States as long as you are resourceful, you can get all sorts of storage solutions without spending so much.  I'm sure you would rather spend your money on supplies rather than storage.

Finally, I am sharing here with you my creative space that I just cleaned and rearranged couple days ago. Thank you to my friend Joan for inspiring me into cleaning my room.  You can visit her blog Tinker Planet, for additional storage and organizational system.  I must tell you that Joan is a very creative and crafty person and I promise you, she will inspire you with her papercrafting projects.


 We also used my craft room as classroom for Ella.
 This bookcase is solely dedicated for my stamp collection.
 I re-purposed the panels of my rotating fixtures and used the two panels to display my projects.
I am blessed and privileged to have a husband who spoils me.  I am blessed to have wonderful kids who would tell me that my creations are beautiful but honest enough to tell when they didn't like it.  I am blessed and privileged to have met alot of creative ladies in the world of blogging who inspires me and motivates me with their awesome creations.  And last, I am blessed and privileged to have met a wonderful person named Michelle, who is not just a great and generous craft supplier but also became a kind and trusted friend.  Every huge box she sent me was awesome and I always do my best to be able to share it with some crafty friends. Sadly on my journey to the craft world, I've met couple peeps who abused my generosity and kindness.  Lesson learned but it will not stop me from being able to share my blessings.  And sharing blessings means another blog candy!  Yehey!  Watch out for the Sneak Peek!

Thank you and Praise you Lord for all of these...  
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Paper, Albums and Scrap Storage & Organization

Collecting paper is one of my weakest point.  When I go to a craft store, I really try my best not to buy papers.  If I do, I just grab the mat stack versus the 12X12 but still my collection keeps on getting bigger. Sometimes it is a pain organizing my papers and scraps.
 This lined basket has my 8 X 8 DP and DS.
 This is where I kept my 8 1/2 X 11 Cardstock.  I got this paper organizer at Office Depot.
 My lose DP, Scrapbook kits, Paper Stacks and Specialty Papers are stored and organized in a cubie and was hidden inside the walk-in closet.
 My SU, PTI and GP Cardstock.
 I placed this CS within reach...
 These Ikea drawers not only houses my supplies and punches, it also has my mat stacks, both DP and CS.
 More mat stacks...
 More papers...
 I'm using this box filing box with filing folders as storage for my CS.  This blue box is placed under my crafting table for easy reach.
 Pre-printed cards are one of my fave!  I have one plastic box that's solely dedicated for pre-printed cards.
 I bought this cabinet from base thrift store in Osan and I used it to store my small sizes albums.  My 12 X 12 is stored in a China cabinet outside my craft room.
 This is another one of my best buy from Ikea.  This metal drawers has all my scrap papers.
 A huge amount of scrap paper that needs to be organized.