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.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mixability 47 - Texture Love

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Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post to share my take on Mixability 47 - Texture Love challenge at SCS.

This week mixed media challenge is to use texture.  I've made this winter scene on a 5X7 canvass board.  I've also used Liquitex Modeling Paste, Viva Decor Modeling Cream and some Diamond Dust by Twinklets for textures.

MEDIUM: Black Gesso by Art Alternatives, Liquitex Modeling Paste, Viva Decor Modeling Cream and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Glossy Medium
COLOR MEDIUM: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray/Embossing Powder and Heidi Swapp Color Shine
OTHERS: Canvass board,  Crafter's Worshop (Stencil), Martha Stewart Craft Punch (reindeer & tree) and Charcoal Pencil (Pro-Art)
EMBELLISHMENT: Webster Pages (pleated ribbon), tinsel (unknown brand), black rhinestone (unknown brand), Sequins (Simon Says) scrap paper and some hardware

Until next time!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Mixed Media Project

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Been ignoring my blog for months now but that doesn't mean I've completely gone zero on crafting.  In fact, I've been making a bunch of Mixed Media projects but just didn't get the chance to post it.

Anyways, here's a quick post of a mixed media Christmas project I made.  It all started with a few strips of Christmas patterned paper.  They were leftovers from the treats we're giving at Sunday school this weekend.  Days ago, as I was going about the day's homeschooling lesson, those strips of paper was literally begging me not get thrown in the scrap bins.  I don't know about you but it seems like I have something against scrap papers.  I have the tendency not to use them and then later will just get thrown away. I don't like wasting but it seems like I'm wasting more paper, which I don like at all...

Well, here's the project...  

The lantern, candles, leaves, vines and poinsettias was cut using Silhouette Cameo. The message/sentiment was a stamp from Flourishes but I also used Fiskars, Prima and 7Gypsy stamps on the background.  The snowflake was a cut using Impression Obsession dies.  I used it first as a stencil on the background before I decided to adhere it on the lantern.

PAINTS: Silks Acrylic Glaze by Luminarte, Lumiere by Jacquard and Daler & Rowney
MEDIUMS: matte medium by Claudine Hellmuth Studio, white and clear gesso by Liquitex
CANVASS: Claudine Hellmuth Studio  12 X 12 self-adhesive backing canvass sheet
DIECUTS: Silhouette Cameo (lantern, candle, poinsettias, leaves, vines, labels), Impression Obsession (snowflake, pines, wreath and branches) and Martha Stewart craft punch (snowflake)
STAMPS: Flourishes, Prima, Fiskars and 7Gypsys
INKPADS: Staz-on, Memento-LUXE and Time Holtz distress inkpads
EMBELLISHMENT: CTMH chipboard (banner), Maya Road (kraft flower diecut), American Craft Thickers (alpha stickers), Hobby Lobby (red mini-ribbons and pompoms), MAMBI (rhinestones), Joanns (sequins), Daiso (mini-bows), Webster Pages (button), Twinklets (Diamond Dust), Frogdog Studio Dec Mixed Media Kit (tinsel and Christmas vintage ephemera/pics), Oriental Trading (rhinestone brads), BoBunny (rub-ons) and Unknown (acrylic snowflakes, bells, acrylic beads, burlap ribbon, doilies and cardboard)
ADHESIVE: Mediums, glue gun, glossy accents and pop-dots

This an entry to Simon Says Stamp Out 2013 challenge and Mixability 46 - Merry Mixed Media at Splitcoaststampers.

Hope you'll watch out for my future MM projects!
Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Project Life Update

I haven't been posting about Project Life lately but rest assured I'm still doing it. I'm almost finish now with Ella's baby pictures and very soon I will be starting my son's baby pic. I'm not sure if I mentioned here that I am not too impress about Project Life albums or rather binder. I resolve this matter by trying out the faux leather binder album of WeRMemoryKeeper an  I also bought a bunch of their plastic photosheets.

About a month ago, Becky Higgins launched her Projct Life at HSN and unfortunately, HSN doesn't send to our location.  So for you out there who missed that one great oppurtunity to get kits at a very good price like me, couple more weeks and those kits will be released in Amazon and craft stores like Hobby Lobby.  I can't wait! I also bought 3 more kits couple weeks ago - Clementine,  Seafoam and Turquiose.  The last kits I bought was the Babykit for Him, Babykit for Her, Cobalt and Amber.  I didn't like the Amber too much.

I'm also been mixing journal cards from other scrapbooking companies like Simple Stories, Echo Park, Webster, Pebbles and alot more.  Echo Park and Doodlebug though are my favorites.  I've been also incorporating 4X6 and 3X4 journals images from Silhouette online store.  And if you ever find Project Life to be a little bit pricey, then I suggest you look into WeRMemoryKeeper Albums Made Easy Collections.

Here are the few more pages I made for Ella...

Hope I inspire you enough to start recording your children and grandchildren's life.  Scrapbooking is really becoming a far-fetch dreams for many busy moms like us.  Hurry! Don't wait too long.

Done posting for the day.  Thank you for checking out my post.  Hope y'all have a safe and wonderful week!

Take care peeps... Mwah!

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Mixed Media Art Try It...

For months now, I've been really contemplating on trying to make any kind of mixed media art or project.  Finally last night after get we got done with homeschooling for the day, I spread out paint, mist, stencils, gelatos, gesso, watercolor paper, dye and pigment inkpads, paintbrushes, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, tissue paper, prescription bottles, washi tapes and stamps.  Would you believe I even made my own Modge Podge as prep for this project?  I didn't even think twice of cutting my Better Homes & Garden and Martha Stewart magazines for images.  Yeah, it was a huge mess and I was a happy camper! 

The whole day, yesterday, I was busy watching tutorials in youtube and pinterest.  But then, I just more confuse as to what to use and what style/design I'll be doing.  So I tried to shut everything outta my mind and instead focus on what I want to do.  Told myself, no rules and I am free to use or do whatever I want.  Believe me it wasn't a struggle and instead I had really fun.

So enough blah, blah and here am I humbly sharing with you my very first mixed media project. 
 Not bad, right!?
Those big 3-D flowers are just scraps from my previous projects and was cut using Silhouette Cameo.

Convinced!?  I hope so...
Here's another mixed media project I started last night.  It's a small poster and as of the moment I still dont have any idea what should I do but I'm kindda leaning on a mother's day theme.  Got any suggestions?  Let me know please...

I'm really excited about this mixed media art but please be warned: it gets really messy.  I spent quite sometime cleaning up my supplies... Do I really have to clean them?  I don't think so but you know the OCD monster...

PAPER: Stampin' Up! {cardstock}, Stratmore {watercolor paper} and DCWV/Prima {patterned paper} 
STAMP: Our Daily Bread Design
INKPADS: Memento and Versamark
TOOLS: Fiskars {paper trimmer}, Scotch {ATG}, Darice {pop dots} E-6000 {glue} and Making Memories (piercer)
EMBELLISHMENT: I am Roses, Prima & Stamping Scrapping {flowers & ferns} Recollection {bling}, and Making Memories {antique brads} and Unbranded {chippies},  and Scrapyland {washi tapes}

Mixed Media Supplies:
PAINT: Making Memories and Plaid
MEDIUM: Claudia Hellmuth Gesso by Ranger
MIST: Studio Calico and Sprinkler by October Afternoon
STENCIL/MASK: Studio Calico and Heidi Swap
STAMP: Bo Bunny

Hope I didn't forget anything...

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DCWV April Card Sketch Challenge

If you are joining the Monthly Stackaholic Template Challenge, you might as well take advantage of the scrap or leftover papers and join the DCWV card sketch challenge. Here's what Erin wants us to use for sketch:
Here's my entry using the scrap from The Botanical stack: 
 Just another card I made out of scrap and I used my new stamp from Fresh Squeezed Stamp:
 This was the first card I made and was supposed to be my entry.  I even get excited to used those strip of scraps but then I remember they weren't DCWV. 

Goodluck to others...

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DCWV - April Stackaholic Template Challenge

April is another month and that means another Monthly DCWV Stackaholic template challenge.  Like what I promised myself when the year starts, I will do my best to join DCWV every month for their monthly sketch challenge.
Remember this entry from last month, proud to say it made it to the top 10
 For the month of April, Erin would love us to use this template for our entry:
Here's my take using The Botanical stack:
 I was planning to use the engagement picture of my in-laws for this scrapbook layout but I can't seem to find it.  I am posting this before I even forget that couple more days and April 2013 is done.  I can't missed this challenge...
 See those ferns?  Again, they are handmade using Martha Stewart Clay products.
Loved every single pieces I added in this layout.

PATTERNED PAPER: DCWV - The Botanical stacks
TOOLS: Silhouette Cameo (die-cut machine), Fiskar (paper trimmer & circle punch), EK Sucess (edge punch), Quickutz (arrow dies), Scotch (ATG), Duck (tape runner)E-6000 (glue), Darice and EK Success (pop dots) and Making Memories (piercer)
SILHOUETTE IMAGE: circle, flowers and fonts
EMBELLISHMENTS:October Afternoon (die-cuts) and Making Memories (pink brads)

Hope you can join in the fun too!
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Martha Stewart Clay Product

Over a year ago, Martha Stewart came out with a new product line, which was CLAY.  The products are consists of silicone molds, clays and accessories.  You can either buy the molds or get the kits, which includes the clay, tools and accessories.  I opted for the latter, of course :-).  If it's Martha's you gotta have it (all of it!). 
Finally I get to play with it.  It was the best clay I ever played with - so soft and so moist.  You can either use the molds or mold it by your hands using the easy step-by-step instructions ,which was also provided.  I tried the roses several times and like I said, it is an easy crafting...
Here's a peak of what my daughter and I came up:
 Aren't they gorgeous?!  I so love the cherry blossom...
 Oh I forgot to mention that there was also an instruction for mixing colors.  The product line offers white, brown and primary colors (red, yellow and blue).  The red was gorgeous.
 All these finished product can be painted or you can just added some sparkles and blings.  After, I left these yumminess air dry for 24 hours, it was so lightweight and the sizes are so perfect for any kind of papercrafting particularly cardmaking.  
As suggested, you can also used these goodies for pins/brooch or headband. 
 Just giving you can idea on how the molds, tools and clay look like.
Hope you will try it too...

MATERIALS: Martha Stewart Clay & Mold Kits

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I am Roses - Journal Me This Challenge!

I am joining this month's challenge at I am Roses : Journal Me This!
Here's my take.  The journal will be given to my sister who recently migrated to Canada.  Hope she uses it to document their new life in Canada. 
Leftover scrap was made into a mini journal for my daughter.
  • I used DCWV The Colorful Life stack.  Each paper has a mixed media designs. I really wanted to try mixed media but too chicken to make any kind of project.  
  • Inside I used a bunch of DCWV patterned paper from Fresh Floral Stack.  I used this stack because they are lightweight paper and not cardstock, which is perfect for journaling.  I cut them at 8x8 sizes.
  • Then I used my paper puncher, WeRMemoryKeeper - The Cinch and attached them using binder spring from the same manufacturer. 
  • Once the journal was done, I added embellishment from flowers, to charms to chippies.
    See the heart-shaped, twigs and the ferns embellish?  I made them using Martha Stewart silicone clay molds and clay.  I can say that making those clay arts are easy project.  You don't even have to bake the clay and it was I think that most moist clay I have ever played.  Another thumbs-up for MS!
    I honestly can say that I had fun designing this journal.  I just can't stop adding embellishments.  I think it would come out better if I did a mixed media art.  Well, maybe next time!
    BTW, here's the mini-journal I made for my daughter.  I uses the scraps from my sister's journal and came up with this:
     Pretty huh!?  She uses this as her diary...
    PAPER: DCWV stacks {The Fresh Floral and The Colorful Life}
    TOOLS: Tonis Guillotine {paper trimmer},WeRMemoryKeeper {The Cinch & binder spring}, Scotch {ATG}, Darice {pop-dots}, E-6000 {glue}
    EMBELLISHMENT: I am Roses & Prima {flowers}, Heidi Swapp {alpha foam stickers}, Martha Stewart Clay {heart, twigs and ferns embellish), K & Company {accetate}, Making Memories {charms}, Provo Craft {ephemera chippies}, Hobby Lobby {pin}, Walmart {pearls}, Unbranded {ribbons & doily} and Le Petite (girl sticker}
    Looking forward to next month's challenge... Goodluck to all.

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Avery Elle - Cute Hippie Birdie

This is a late post. I made this card for my brother, who celebrated his birthday last month.  Do you want to know some wild things about me?  Well, my brother was born on the very same day I was born, only it was 4 years after.  Yes we do have the same birthday.  He's almost like a twin brother, who decided to overstay in our mother's womb for 4 years... Wild, right!?

Hope he had a nice hippo birdie! Stamp kit used are from Avery Elle : Hipster-Potamus.

PAPER: Stampin' Up and PTI {Cardstock} and SORRY COMPLETELY FORGOT (DP)
STAMPS: Avery Elle -  Hipster-Potamus
INKPADS: Memento and TH Distressed Inkpads
COLORING: Copic and Shinhan Markers
TOOLS: Fiskar {paper trimmer}, Cuttlebug {die-cut machine}, Spellbinders {oval dies} Martha Stewart {mini score board}, Scotch {ATG}, Darice {pop-dots}
EMBELLISHMENT: American Crafts (grossgrain ribbon), Recollection {bling}and CTMH {chippies}

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Avery Elle - Bonjour

I'm a big fan of a new stamp line Avery Elle. One of the newest stamp was, Bonjour.  This stamp kit has a yummy French macaroon designs.  Who doesn't love French macaroons?!
I hope I made it look yummy enough...

 This is a CAS(E) card.  I wanted the French macaroons to be the sole focal point of the card.
 I used Marvy Uchida dimentional puffy paint as frosting.  Glad I was able to used my puffy paint.  It's starting to dry now.  I guess, you can't keep them longer than 3 years.
The innies...

Watch out for the other projects I'll be posting...

STAMP: Avery Elle {Bonjour}
INKPADS: Memento
TOOLS: Fiskar {paper trimmer}, WeRMK {chomper}, Martha Stewart {mini score board}, Scotch {ATG}, Darice {pop-dots}
EMBELLISHMENT: Doodlebug {baker's twine}
OTHERS: Marvy Uchida (white puffy paint)

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