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.

Monday, March 18, 2013

DCWV Stackaholic Template Challenge - March Entry

While waiting for hubby to get settle in his hotel in Tampa so we could talk online, I decided to play and made the entries for DWCV March Stackaholic Template Challenge.
Here's the template for the scrapbook layout:
Here's my entry...
Since I used up a few 12X12 patterned paper and got left with so much leftover, I decided to join DCWV March Card Template Challege too.
Now, here's my entry:
 such a dainty card...
I can say that I'm really productive the last couple days.  But more crafting projects means also less sleep... not complaining because it's all worth it!



CARDSTOCK: Georgia Pacific, CTMH and Martha Stewart
PATTERNED PAPER: DCWV  (Spring Fling) and Martha Stewart (Vintage Girl)
STAMP: Paper Smooches (sentiments)
INKPAD: Tim Holtz Distressed Inkpads (Vintage Photo)
DIECUT MACHINE: Silhouette Cameo and Cuttlebug machine
SILHOUETTE IMAGES: Easter eggs and lace border
DIES: Sizzix Tim Holtz (Ornate), Spellbinder (banner & tear-drop circle)
TOOLS: Fiskar (paper trimmer & circle punch), Scotch (ATG), E-6000 (glue), Darice (pop dots) and Making Memories (piercer)
EMBELLISHMENTS: Oriental Trading (plastic alpha), MME & Posh (washi tapes), Martha Stewart (ribbon), Hancock Fabric (while lace), American Craft & Hemptique (hemp & twines), Martha Stewart & Jolees (stickers), Quick Quotes (instant journaling) and Unknown brand (rhinestones and doily)

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I'm missing my Irish man...
Anyways, here's a quick post.  The Irish children in the house we're so happy but they actually enjoyed more the chocolate that comes with this.  This is a side step card, which I cut using my Silhouette cameo.  Yeah, no more hassle on measurement and scoreboard, just hit the button "Cut"!

May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.
 These images were released during 2013 Winter CHA and when I saw it, told myself, I have to have that Marci and Luca stamps.  I had fun coloring these images,
 Closed-up shot of Luca.  I run out of battery so I wasn't able to take pic of Marci.
 Stamp images from my fave La La Land Crafts combined with some diecuts from Silhouette, awesome project as a result!

CARDSTOCK: Neenah, CTMH, Stampin' Up, American Craft (gold) and assorted scraps
STAMP: La La Land Craft
INKPAD: Memento (Tuxedo Black) and Tim Holtz Distressed Inkpad (Pine Needles)
COLORING MEDIUM: Copic and Shinhan markers, At Spica pens
OTHERS: Ranger (Stickles & White Enamel)
DIE-CUT MACHINE: Silhouette Cameo
SILHOUETTE IMAGES: Side-step card, "St. Patrick's Day" script lettering title, Rainbow, Celtic designs, Shamrock clover cluster and pot of gold
TOOLS: Fiskar (paper trimmer), Scotch (ATG gun), Darice (pop dots) and sponge for inking

No updates yet for my Project Life project.  Still awaiting for the PL baby kits which I recently bought.  I'm trying to be patient even if I really want to start doing them again...

That's it for now...  Nytnyt.  

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Femine Charm

Just a quick post for today. I made this card for my sister-in-law which would be mail together with the handmade jewelries we bought for her.  I have to make another card since I decided to keep for myself the Steampunk card I made for her.  Want to see the Steampunk card that I was talking about, click HERE.

Here's the replacement:

Cardstock: Neenah, PTI and Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper and EK Success
Stamp: Justrite Stamp (background), Flourishes (image & sentiments)
Inkpads: Memento (Rich Cocoa) and Tim Holtz Distresses Inkpads (Vintage Photo and Peacock Feathers)
Coloring Medium: Copic and Shinhan Markers; At Spica
Embellishments: MME & K & Company (die-cuts), Whisker Graphics (bakers twine),  Making Memories (brad) and doily

Hope my DSIL would like it...hope you like it too!
Take care peeps. 
Have a great weekend...
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

... with heartfelt sympathy

Today's post will be a Sympathy card I made for my sister-in-law. It is a sad day for her and the whole family and I wanted her to know that we are thinking about her.  This is my first time to make such card and picking an image and sentiment was a bit hard.  I don't normally buy alot of "Sympathy" sentiments because I don't like the idea that I'll be sending a whole lot of sympathy cards.  It means death.

 I decided to go with violet/lilac, yellow and cool grey for my color motif.
 And here's the inside...
I love the simplicity and elegance of the lace design on this patterned paper that is why I opted for this particular one.

Also, I'm joining Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge 211 - Go Green using this card project.

Cardstocks:  Neenah paper, American Craft and Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye
Coloring Medium: Copic and Shinhan Markers
Stamp: Flourishes (Image) and Sweet & Sassy (sentiments)
Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black) and Stampin' Up! (Lovely Lilacs & Daffodil Delight)

Tools: Fiskars (paper trimmer), Martha Stewart (mini-scoreboard), Spellbinder (diecut machine and dies), WRMKeeper (enveloper), Scotch (ATG), electric glue gun,
Embellishments: Recollection (half pearls), Hancock Fabric (lace), Butterfly (unknown) and Verve Stamp (seam binding)

Are you very particular with pens?  Well, I am!  Most often than not, my penmanship is a lot prettier and neater if I'm using a good pen.  Since Project Life will be a lifetime memento from me to my kids, it needs a special pen.  And so glad I found this during one of our trip to dollar souk.  Didn't cost alot and it has a good selection of colors.  Point was really fine (its .03) and that's what I like most about it...  Just sharing.

Hopefully I can post something again tomorrow...
Take care peeps!
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Monday, March 11, 2013

My first Project Life project...

Okay so I took the plunge and joined the Project Life wagon.  Now the next step is how to get started!? Think! Think! Think! Can I really do this?

No answer came but my hands started picking one thing after the other.  The next thing I knew I made 10 pages in a matter of hours.  No fuzz.  No mess.  A total guilt free memory keeping.

These pictures were taken when our first born Ella, was born.  It took me 8years to get it done but it only took me couple hours to do it.  Thank you, Becky Higgins for creating Project Life.

Now, its a work week again and I'm back to doing the toughest job I have right now and that is home schooling.  Today, while I do homeschooling, I edited pictures so I can blogged about my Project Life.  Tomorrow and for the rest of the week, I will work on the story/journaling of this chapter of our lives.

When I showed this to our daughter, she asked me why I didn't have the album.  These pages sits in a box where the PL photo packet came.  Hubby said, go ahead and buy the Project Life album and some of the stuff you need.  Son said, do mine next Mom! Ain't it good to have a supportive husband and kids who are interested to see their lives in pictures and read the story behind it!?

Again, thank you Becky Higgins....

Just before I posted this, I got a notification from Amazon saying, my next purchases is already on the way... Can't wait!

Time for bed...

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Do I really wanna do it?

Do I really wanna do it? That is the question I've been asking myself since Becky Higgins started her Project Life.  I've been following her FB since I don't know when.  I admire her constant taking of pictures of their everyday lives and her way of recording it... Then Project Life product line was born. I asked myself the same question again, still, the answer was no. I don't have time for it.  I can barely do a layout each month, much more, recording everyday life.

About two weeks ago, Becky Higgins announced that Project Life, Olive Edition was on sale at Amazon.  Couple hours later, it was out of stocked already.  Arrgh! Prior to seeing the Olive Edition, I'm still not convince to do PL but then I saw the designs. OMG! and it was designed by none other than Heather Bailey.  I'm a big fan of her...and so finally, I take the plunge.

For a starter, I only bought the Olive Edition and the Cherry Edition for the core kits.  Then I also bought the Childhood Mini-kits: Wellington, Bridgeport and Mayfield.  Part of my inital purchases was 2 sets of Big Variety of Photo Packets Pack 1 (60sheets). Yeah, tell me about not wanting to start PL...

Thursday of last week, I got all the items I bought.  I don't know how should I start so I just followed my guts and decided to work on my collection of die-cuts and journaling cards. Yeah, you heard me right. I been collecting journaling cards for no apparent reason.  I loved them!  I arranged them according to manufacturer and laid them all in a wooden box. Oh, I got the wooden box from smoked salmon gift to me by hubby.  Sshhh, didn't like the salmon but I did enjoy getting the box (mean, right!?).

 So here's the whole collection of 3 X 4's and 2 1/2 X 4's journaling cards.  Also, included
are the MME stamps that coordinates with PL projects.
I wish I brought with me all my journaling tags and cards but sine we were weight restricted during the last move, I was only able to bring a few.  Some of these too, were hauled from Cherry on Top online scrapbook store (they're one of my recent fave!). 
 These were mostly PL products.  I love the 4 X 6 grid cards and so I bought 2 of those. LOL
This is what sits right next to me..
Now wouldn't that inspire you?
I called it pure yumminess!
After a night of cutting and sorting and arranging of these yummies, the next step was to organize the pictures.  
There you go.  
Nicey, right!?
 BTW, I stopped having the pictures printed and told myself I will only get it printed once all the pictures that I currently have, made it in a scrapbook layout (yeah I wonder too, when or if that ever happens.)
 I was almost done but then I came acrossed some die-cuts that I think would compliment well the PL pages. Took them out and tossed them in this IKEA plastic drawer organizer.
 These are mostly shapes, tags, labels, banner, tabs, alpha's and a few quotes/words.
Another IKEA plastic tab that has a bunch of sticker sheets...
 ...a box of lose 12 X 12 designer/patterned paper sitting next to a box of scraps was on the floor. I also put my acrylic box  full of washi tape where I can easily grab it while doing PL. 
These Project Life goodies now occupies half of my craft table.  Everything is within reach.  From embellishment to tools and papers.  Now all that's missing is a Project Life project.

So do you think I could make it!?  I hope so or else I would never justify my PL hoarding...  I guess we'll see about that in my next post...

Oops, before I say goodnight to y'all, would you like me to share with you how I organize my washi tapes?  Okay, here's a peak...
Til next time...
Goodnight peeps...

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