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, April 24, 2011

Happy Wedding Card

At the very last minute, I remember that I promised someone that I will make a card for her to include in her wedding gifts for her friends.  Paper used for this card are leftovers from wedding scrapbook album and wedding guestsbook.

Simple and hopefully elegant...
Until next time!

Just another Easter card...

This card is for my a friend.  Easter is a big thing for her and since I can't think of anything to give her, I decided to just make her an Easter card.  Oh, definitely no sweet treats for her :-)...
Here's my card:
 I cut the image using my Cricut Expression and Easter 2010 and Inspired Heart cartridges.  I love the outcome of  the cross and the girl kneeling down while praying.  Hope she loves it!

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter, an entry to Fantabulous Cricut

Happy Easter everyone!  I love you dear Lord!  Thank you for saving us from our sins...
As I've mentioned earlier,  I've been really sicked but I have to force myself to clean our house in between those times that I feel a little better.  However, yesterday I promised myself not to work and dedicate said day to God.  In the afternoon, I decided to sit down in my craftroom and make some Easter cards for my kids.

Here are the cards...
 This is the one I made for my daughter Ella.  I cut this dress card using Cricut Expression and Once Upon A Princess cartridge.  I welded two dress image and presto, I got a dress card!
I love how simple this card is yet very dainty and girly...
I'm also using this card as my entry to Fantabulous Cricut Challenge: Do the Bunny Hop!
 I made this blouse card using Crcicut Expression and New Arrival cartridge.
 This 3rd card I made is for my son Jackie.  I opted to use the Eater bunny from the Easter 2010 cartridge.  Reminds me how we use to call him, Wabbit because of his big two front teeth.

Again Happy Easter everyone...


Couple months ago, Kandan was introduced at HSN.  I so loved their pop-out wobbling die-cuts so I ordered a set.  So here's the first one I made for my nephew who will be celebrating his 7th birthday on May 1st.
Isn't that cow cute and wacky!?
Weeks after I bought this kit, I found the Kanban clear stamps that featured the same bunch of cutie animals.  I can't wait to play with it and share it with you...
Take care!  Until next post...

To be continued...

This post is all about the last 13pages of a wedding scrapbook album I made for someone. The scrapbook is a part of the wedding gift.  In case you are interested, I also made the couple their WEDDING GUESTSBOOK and WEDDING CARD BOX.  Hope it gave you inspiration for your future wedding projects.

Without further ado, let me share with you the last 13pages of the scrapbook album:
The Bachelorette Party Page
The groom is a SF 49ers huge fan and the bride specifically asked for this particular page.
The Groom Page
The Rehearsal page
The Bride page.

The Couple page.
The Family Page 1
The Family Page 2

2 Page Layout
The Friends Page 1
The Friends Page 2
2 Page Layout
The Reception/Cutting the Cake Page
Opening the Gifts Page
The Honeymoon Page

The album front cover

That's it!  If you want to see the first 7pages of the wedding album, please click HERE.
Until next time...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge - Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose

Hello there,

Sorry for being MIA for almost two weeks.  A child of mine got sick and then I got the anemia attack again because of bleeding ulcers.  Nothing to worry though, I guess the ulcers was triggred due to the fact that my honey is coming home soon! Yehey!!!  Everything is going crazy here in our household.  Anyways, this blog entry is not about that, I just want to share with you that finally after almost two weeks of not being able to create, I finally finished an over due project.  I didn't want to prolong the process of creating, it's just that this was a first for me and I really don't have any idea how to do it.  I've searched and searched the internet and had gone to different craft stores and stores online to help me with an idea.  This project was indeed very challenging. Curious???!

Very early this month, a new monthly challenge at Cricut Circle had been posted.  Theme is Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose.  I challenged myself into making this wedding project for my friend Lia and at the same time made it as my entry for Cricut Circle monthly challenge.  A month ago, if you remember, I was making some wedding projects for my friend Lia and I stopped for awhile.  Well, I've been lazy and what not but I cant prolong the procrastination because the wedding will be in two weeks.  I still have to finish the 13pages for scrapbook album and this wedding card box.  Yes, the project was a WEDDING CARD BOX.    I think Lia and I were bought crazy for thinking such a big and delicate project.  So without further blah, blah, blah, let me share it with you now.  Hope this project will help you for your future wedding card box project.

Items that had been REUSED, RECYCLED and REPURPOSE:
  • gift box repurpose as a wedding card box
  • an old and broken CD jewel case recycled and repurpose as a picture frame
  • gift wrap repurpose as decoupage paper for the wedding card box despite the color was a bit off from the actual wedding motif (ivory and turqouise)
  • ribbons from wedding invitation kit got from Goodwill and repurpose it as bias tape
  • a pearl, which was an earring centerpiece was repurpose, recycled as added embellishment
  • vellum from the wedding invitation reused and recycled for diecut couple
  • scrap piece of tulle recycled and added as embellishment
Cartridges/Die-cut images:
  • Monogram - Tie the Knot
  • Silhouette Couple - Wedding
  • "I do" Phrase - Sweetheart

      Step 1: Strip a big gift box, sanded it, painted with brown acrylic paint, cut a slit on the box, adhere the wrapping paper using Modge Podge, hot glued the ribbons on the edges of the box and sprayed the box with acrylic sealer from Hobby Lobby.
      Step 2: After prepping the box.  I hot glued the top and bottom parts of the box.  Wedding card box should be sealed so some wrong doers cannot steal from the newly weds.
      Step 3: The last part is all about embellishing the exterior of the box.
      On the side, I cut some very elegant font from Tie the Knot cartridge then add some blings on it.
      It took me awhile on what to use to embellish the box.  I don't want it to look like one of the wedding gifts.  So, I decided to use a picture frame as the highlight of the box.  An old CD jewel case that I used to store my stamps had turned into a nice piece of centerpiece picture frame.  I was actually ready to throw the CD jewel case because it was broken but glad that I didn't.  Thanks to old fashioned hot glue gun.  I turned a trash item into something useful. Then, I dress up the CD jewel case a little, add the pictures of the couple and made sure to use elements that will make the wedding motif (ivory and turqouise) pop-out.
      Fifteen minutes after I drop off the wedding gift box to Lia, the couple came to visit unannounced.  The couple were really impressed and amazed.  That makes all the work well worth it.  I was so happy!
      I hope the slit will be big enough.  It was actually hard to make the slit because this gift box was not a paper mache material but instead a very thin piece of plywood.

      This is the back of the picture frame.  At first I said I won't do anything about it because it was in the back.  But then I changed my mind and decided to cover the back with some nice patterned paper from Linen Closet stack (DCWV).
      I think I've accomplished my goal for this wedding gift box.
      When I read about the Cricut Circle challenge, it encourage me more to add some reusable items on this particular project.  I used the vellum inserts in the wedding invitation and cut a silhouette image of a couple out of it.  Again, it was another successful goal. 
      At first I was thinking of making a veil for the bride just for added touch but the image was so small so I ended using the veil on the wedding gown.  I've sewn a flower from one of the Jolee's sticker.   It maybe a small detail but it's a great touch.
      This 1" flat back pearl is a centerpiece for making a homemade earring.
      I used Bowdabra on the turqouise grossgrain ribbon.
      Hope you all like it!

      Materials used:
      Paper: Ivory CS (Gina K), Tempting Turquoise CS (SU) and Linen Closet PP (DCWV)
      Tools: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cricut cartridges, MS deep edge punch, Bowdabra, PC paper trimmer,  ATG, Modge Podge glue, acrylic sealer and hot glue gun
      Cartridges used: Tie the Knot, Wedding and Sweetheart
      Embellishment: sheer wired ribbons, grossgrain ribbons, satin ribbons, flowers (Making Memories), wedding birds from Michaels, acrylic twig from Michaels, flat back pearl and bling (Prima)
      Others: Wrapping paper, CD jewel case, scrap piece of tulle, pearl beads, brown acrylic paint

      Hugs to all!  Until next time...

      Friday, April 1, 2011

      NCM and Birthday Giveaway winners

      Here's to announce the three lucky ladies who will receive the yummy goodies.  Please email me ASAP your address.  My friend Lia is kind enough to give me a ride to PO tomorrow so please provide address ASAP. 

      1.) First Winner for National Craft Month Challenge - Kim H (Entry #75)
      2.) Second Winner for National Craft Month Challenge - Melissa (Entry 237)
      3.) Birthday Giveaway - Sharon C (4kids4)

      Congratulation ladies...  

      Please be sure to email me your address within 24hours or I will be drawing another winner.

      Thank you all who participated in the National Craft Month challenge.  Without you Creative ladies, it won't be too successful and a big hit.  Again, thank you so much.  I hope to see you all again in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day next month.

      Take care!  Until then....