Monday, August 31, 2009

Blog give away from Melissa!

Head on over to Melissa's blog here: for a very HUGE giveaway!!! I hope I get lucky! It's my birthday today!
Prizes include the Zutter Dreamkutz! Would you believe it? Plus lots of Kaiser goodies and one pack of OA Cherry Hill PPS! Oooooh yummy!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Dixie Pieces Entry for Week #4

Finally finished my page tonight! This is a summer picture of us eating at "Gasthof" in Boracay Island. We loved the baby back ribs there and we couldn't eat enough of it. So glad somebody took a picture of us while eating!

So, the colors for this challenge were too bright and cute! Not a fan of bright colored LO but glad I had a few brightly colored pps.

For this challenge, paint is required so I've incorporated that by painting the bare chipboard frame from Inque Boutique. Mixed lemon and apricot MM paint to get the color i want. I stamped it with Prima border stamp and then spread perfect pearl to give it a shine. Then put blings on the top and bottom scrolls and painted the rest of the scrolls with liquid pearl (not so obvious in the picture here). The brown paper is actually embossed using cuttlebug and then i rubbed yellow chalk over it.
The letters were blank Heidi Swapp chipboards which I colored with perfect pearls too. I've also used TH mask plus color distressed the sides of the page plus the journaling card. I also stamp a small BG swirl on the right corner and a ribbon on the other side.

Journaling: Famous grilled ribs in Boracay Island. We called it "Gastos" because it's pricey but you can never go wrong with ribs and shake!

Materials used: DCWV CS (green and brownA), Bella Blvd PPS, Paper Garden PPS, Heidi Swapp chipboard alphabet, Teresa Collins travel journal cards, BG stamp, Prima stamp, AAS bling, ribbon and ribbon holder, TH distressing ink (shabby shutters, scattered straw), yellow chalk, cuttlebug embossing folder, ranger perfect pearls, liquid pearl, distress embossing powder (tea dye), stickles, TH mask, IB bare chipboard (photo mat), MM lemon and apricot paint, Colorbox Ink Pad, sharpie pen.

Okay, now that's done, gotta pack for Scrapfest tomorrow! Fun!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Scrapbook Room Re-organization

I was on leave this Monday and I decided to finally spend the day cleaning our bedroom and my SB room. Did a lot of re-organizing because of the additional stuffs I recently hoarded and it’s actually been a year since we moved in so purging is necessary. And I also bought a mini sewing machine last Aug 17. I don’t want to be piercing holes for my stitch work anymore.

Presenting my new room…

Here’s my crowded desk and my mac. :)
This is the opposite side of the desk. The drawers contain more punches, papers, albums and scraps and on top of that are my tools. The closet beside it contain my clothes but on top of that are my magazines, folders and binders that contain my stamp reference and scrapbooking articles I print out.

This is the window side of the room. The big black rack contain chipboards, mini albums, journalling cards, mini CS, 8x8 papers, my printer, photo albums, etc. Next to is a rack for my paper packs and on the far end is my moveable stamp goods. And in the middle of the room is my moveable table where I normally work. I adhered my craft mat there and the MM cutter is right beside it.

Here are my papers which I have arranged by color. It took me around 3 hours to finish this but it was all worth it. Been spending a lot time choosing papers because they’re here and there. I kept my paper packs, handmade papers, foam packs in these four-tiered paper rack.

And here are the contents of my desk which I have meticulously segregated and arranged. All my stickers, alphas and embellies were all stashed together. I decided to insert them into folder sleeves and I removed all of the packaging (it’s takes time to remove it from it and put it back after scrapping – this should make it easier to choose and clean it up). I should arrange them next by theme (but I doubt I’d have more time hihi).

These are my pens, basics tote (which I normally bring to workshops), flowers, buttons and of course my handy wipes and a little bit of this and that on that brown wood container.

These on top are the lightweight stuff. Mostly ribbons (5 boxes I think), tags (not sure what I’m gonna do with one whole box of tags), local flowers, fabric embellies, foam shapes, and more!

These last two pictures are my roll-a-cart which I love because these are my stamping, art goodies! They have all my favorites! On top of the white one are my stamp pads, perfect pearls, chalks, stamp cleaners, etc. The second tier contains my stamps organized in CD cases and labeled (I placed a picture of the stamp reference binder beside it). I just placed on top of that my alcohol inks and stickles container and behind it are my masks (love Tim Holtz and Heidi Swapp Masks!). And at the bottom are the large stamps, acrylic blocks, roller and grungeboard.

The black cart contains my cuttlebug folders on top which I have arranged in 6x6 page protectors (which I’ve had for the longest time but didn’t know what to use it for because I don’t scrap 6x6 pages). I embossed the white sleeves inside with the design and placed inside it the folder. My next altered project will definitely be the cover for these. I will probably need to create three binders for these because they’re too thick to fit into just two. I planned on buying the cuttlebug organizer but thought otherwise when I saw how many I had, it will probably be too costly coz of the sleeves I need to buy. The next 2 tiers contain paint dabbers, crackle paint, MM and Kaiser paint and the metal box is a TH cropper hopper embosssing powder container where i store all my ranger embossing powders.

So, wouldn’t you say I got too busy? Heehee. Hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed documenting it!

Dixie Pieces Week #4

We’re now on week #3 at Dixie Pieces with their Summer SENSEational challenge. For this week, the challenge is to scrap about textures of summer with doodling on the page using this color scheme:

So here’s my page. I used this picture of our luggages that hon took on our trip to Bangkok last 2007. I used paint dabbers to mat the photos and doodled over it. Oh my doodling is a challenge for me and I think it will remain a challenge. I didn’t like it and am not good at it, now I remember why I bought that doodling book. Sadly I didn’t have enough time to read through it coz of the early trip next morning.

Journaling: Every summer since 2006, we go out of the country for a well-deserved vacation. These Delsey luggages have been our companion since then.

Materials used: Around the block CS, My little yellow bicycle love letter pps, Fancy pants journaling card, AAS ribbons, rub-ons, chipboard eyelets and blings, AC thickers, pebeo, paint dabber, sharpie pen, BG buttons, IB stamp, ranger silver embossing powder, fiskars border punch.

Applied Pebeo on the foam thickers alphabets.

In addition to the layout, I created 3 cards from my scraps to get some more points for the challenge. I’m not a card maker but I sure did enjoy making these.

My Joann goodies have arrived!!!

Early Friday, got a call from Evie and she said our package has arrived! Finally!!! Been waiting for it for almost 3 months now! I was actually contemplating on going on half day just so I can get to it ASAP but changed my mind when I remembered how bad traffic is during Friday.
So I was at Evie’s door by 8am the next day! We unpacked all the boxes and oh my we couldn’t get the smiles off our faces! We’re back in business! Okay, so most of it was actually for our online biz and we TRIED SO HARD not to hoard them so we only got almost a small box each for ourselves (hehehe) – see pics below – yummy papers!!! We’ve tons of paper packs waiting to be scrapped! Hopefully we can sit down soon and create kits from these that we could sell so we can buy stuff again! I will post the updated store link when we’re done.

And so… drum roll please…. Here are my goods that shipped with the package!

First off are my cuttlebug goodies. Yes I know it’s a lot (20 embossing folders and 9 dies) but I couldn’t recall now why I bought this much to the point I was surprised it was this many (awkward grin). And it’s not like I don’t have a few already. Oh well… might as well just play with them – can’t wait!

Okay next up are more tools. What made me really happy is the craft mat!!! I can finally play with my alcohol inks, paints, stamps and more without wasting a lot of good papers. J Also bought a few Fiskars embossing border punches, perfect pearls, more alcohol inks and blending solution and the Fiskars corner rounder! Ooh la la, can’t wait to get my hand on these toys!!!

Altered toilet paper tube for Artz de Scrap

For this project I was contemplating on creating something different. I researched online and saw a lot of altered project for this which made it more difficult but when I saw the pearl bracelet on my desk I immediately thought of a jewelry box or holder of some sort which will also be a great gift box. So I went ahead and got started.
I cut about 1/3 of the tube from both ends and wrapped paper on it. I cut the other tube in half and cut about ¼” to they can sit on top of each ot her. I adhered them to a square chipboard which I painted black (that was the hardest part by the way – I used UHU glue and was trying very hard for the glue not to show on the painted surface and to make sure that it holds really well). I also stamped and embossed an image at the bottom of the painted chipboard so even if the box has no content, you’d still see a sort of bling (it’s embossed in silver) at the bottom.

For the design on top, I happen to find this gorgeous flower in my stack and when I added stickles to it, it looked amazing (or so I thought J). Added ribbon at the bottom and voila! (sorry but for some reason the pictures doesn't want to rotate).

I also added bling and ribbon on the outer portion of the box.

Go ahead and visit to check out the fantastic creation of our DT! :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

trying blogrite in my iphone

ok, if this works its just awesome!!! i can blog anytym and just publish 'em at a later tym! (crossing my fingers here) ü

To do's and more...

Okay, been MIA for 10 days. Lots of things to post! I've been MIA but I was still productive. :)
Here's what has happened since last week.
Aug 15 (Saturday) - our good have finally arived!!! Will post more details and pictures
Aug 16 - played with my goodies in the morning and watched Ateneo vs. DLSU in the PM - DLSU lost :(
Aug 17 - Bought some stuff in the department store and some organizing stuff for my SB room.
Aug 18 - Went grocery shopping with Hon, Ate ten and Patrick at S&R. Ate dinner at Don Henrico's
Aug 19 - Though this is a holiday, went to PNTC for my consulting work. Also bought a pair of black shoes at MOA hehe
Aug 20 - right after work sat down to finish my Dixie Pieces Week#3 entries plus a few more cards - will post details later
Aug 21 - left for Subic 6am, went to Camayan Beach resort and slept my hear out til Sat.
Aug 22 - did some shopping at freeport exchange. Lots of cheap organizing goodies! WIll post pictures of my re-organized room once done!
Aug 23 - Hon and I watched "The time traveller's wife" - made me cry! But it was good! I can say it was as faithful to the book as it can be.
Aug 24(NOW) - Lots of things to do! Update my blog, continue re-organizing - arrange pps by colors, arrange all alpha stickers, chipboard, rub-ons in one storage, clean up notebook containers under the table, etc. I need more room in my art area!!! I guess this means I've collected more and more stuff. By the way, it's been 1 year and 2 weeks since we moved here so it's about time I re-organize!

That's it for now! I'll re-arrange my papers first before i post a few more. Happy Monday to you all!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dixie Pieces Week #2 Summer Entry

Ok, we're now on week #2 over at Dixie Pieces and this time the theme is about the sights of summer. Color Scheme is lighblue, green and cream. And handcutting must be present. Head on to their forum to see some hand cutting techniques!

Here's my entry. Pardon the lighting in my room but I'm no photograper so this is the best shot I have. I used a green cardstock as the base and added the pps which I punched. I handcut an FP paper and put blings on it and emphasized the stems using brown stickles. It was a bit hard to cut because the scrolls were so thin, but was happy with the result.

Here's a close up of the flower on the bottom left corner. It's actually a fabric flower which I again splattered with stickles. I framed it using the leaves and additional stemmed flowers.

Here's the close up of the handcut paper with bling and stickles on it.

I cut the other snorkling picture of Gio using my spellbinder die and doodled on the embossed border. Also added the Inque Boutique scalloped chipboard which was originally white. Painted it with Kaiser paint, applied Judikins glaze and scattered ranger stickles over it. Underneath is the alpha die cuts which I sticked using foam tape to raise it up. The goggles is an embellishment that was already pre-made.

Had fun experimenting on the different techniques I used. :)
Materials used: DCWV cardstock,IB scalloped chipboard, FP papers, kaiser paint, ranger stickles, all about scrapbooking bling, ribbon, goggles, (fabric flowers, leaves, mini flowers, frame, ribbon -unbranded), 7 Gypsies rub-on (Memories), Scrapworks alpha letters (boracay), Image tree alpha stamp (snorkling), Marvy black pen (adventure, March 2007), Judikins glaze

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dreamgirls Challenge Blog

I just finished my LO for the dreamgirls Challenge blog. I found out about their blog through LG. Thanks LG!

They're on to Challenge #33 already and for this, they require the following elements to be present: Wings, Paint & Glitter! Do check out their blog for the details:

So here's my take:
This is a grunge board butterfly which I embossed using the cuttlebug, painted, sanded and sprayed glimmer mist on. The green butterflies were stamps from hero arts.

The flower beside the ribbon is a fabric flower which I splattered with stickles for an added shine. The scrolls on the right is actually a Prima clear IOD and the flowers/leaf on the left was hand cut from a patterened paper and I just doodled on the leaf and the flower centers. I also stamped different butterflies around it.

Then I put lots of flowers and the biggest one is actually made of scrap papers which I cut into circles, crumpled and put gesso on the side.
Materials used: Prima My mommy and me paper, prima flowers, Prima IOD, grungeboard, Kaiser paint, glimmer mist, Hero arts butterfly stamps, versamagic ink, craft express chipboard (trip), all about scrapbooking foam letters (road) and fabric flower, ranger stickles, Marvy U pen.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Artz de Scrap August Tutorial Challenge

Just finished my take on the Artz de Scrap august challenge. The challenge is to make something out of a tissue roll. Here's a sneak peak...
Do visit Artz de Scrap on the 15th for the takes of the DT's and get your hands workin'! :)

Weekend Recap...

The weekend went by so quickly!

Saturday: Left around 2:40pm last saturday for a kiddie party. It was far! It was in the outskirts of San Mateo! And so we arrived there at around 3:45 already. Nathan (my newphew), really liked the spongebob balloons all over the place. Of course he couldn't join the games yet so he was just squirming a lot. Sadly we had to leave soon 4:45pm coz of the wedding we got to go to. Changed clothes and freshen a bit when we got home and went straight to the wedding, we're really lucky coz there was no traffic at all. So we got there (Edsa Shangrila) at exactly 6pm and the wedding was about to start.
It was a small christian wedding, which is a first for me. Haven't really attended any christian wedding but it was really solemn and intimate. The groom, Vic, is actually hubby's org mate in college. The wedding was also unique in that the theme is actually black and white. The bride was wearing a black top and white bottom gown. So unique and extraordinary!
Here's our pics!

Sunday: We slept late the other night, watched Survivor-Palau 'til 2am! And so we woke up around 1130am, had lunch immediately and headed to Araneta for the DLSU vs. AdMU game. The game is not until 5pm but we had to go early for fear of losing parking space which is normal on an archers vs. eagles games. It started on time, there was an opening prayer dedicated to President Cory Aquino, around 80% of the crowd were actually wearing yellow shirst instead of their school colors to show unity.

The game was awesome although we (DLSU) didn't win. We dominated the game for 36 mins! Which was incredible because we are the underdogs! Nobody was expecting it because of the Ateneo giants which La Salle does not have. I guess that was what's fun about it, since nobody really expected La Salle would dominate the game that long everybody was just jumping around and amazed by what we were seeing. That alone is already a win. Animo La Salle!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fun & Busy Weekend coming

Okay, officially started my weekend with my entry to the dixie pieces summer challenge this morning. Surprisingly, it took me only 2.5 hours to finish the LO! That's news for me. I normally finish one in 4-5 hours. I guess it really helps that there is a color scheme to be followed, makes the job really easier. Now that I'm done with that, just gonna rest a bit and then head off to a kiddie birthday party at 3pm. I'm bringing my 8-month old nephew - Nathan with me coz he's just adorable and so cuuute!
Then by 5pm, will drop Nathan home, change clothes then head off to a wedding reception at Edsa Shangrila.

Tomorrow's the big day! DLSU vs. AdMU at Araneta! Can't wait for the game to start! Go La Salle!
So lucky we got tickets pa and although the game starts around 5PM, we've leaving around 2pm to get good seats (or at least hoping to get one).

Haaaaay....kinda don't want the weekend to end....

And by the way, went to Helen's store yesterday and bought lots of papers! Can't wait to play with them! This is my first time to buy Basic Grey papers - so excited to use them! :)

Dixie Pieces' SENSE-ational Summer Challenge

Dixie Pieces is a new blog I started following for the past 3 weeks. They have this fun challenge that's all about summer and senses! Check out the details here:
What fun this is! I decided to join because we have tons of unscrapped summer pictures. Of course I wanted to win the amazing prize RAK but if I can scrap 5 summer LO's out of our hundreds of pictures, I'm will be very very glad! :)

Here's my entry for the first week which is defined by the color scheme, orange, green and yellow - oh so summer! It has to be a page about a smell that reminds us of summer so much and there has to be some stitching. Here's my take.

I made this flower by simply punching different circle sizes and then did tearing on the sides, sprayed it with glimmer mist and then applied gesso on the sides and put them all together with a brad. I learned this from a workshop I attended here and it's really cute - it's a look a like of one of the prima flowers that are expensive and not available here.

Nothing smells more summer than the ocean breeze that brushes our nostrils as soon as we hit the beach!

Materials used:
Autumn Leaves designer papers, DCWV carstocks, Craft express handmade art (Summer), AC Ribbon, all about scrapbooking ribbon holder and brad, Inque Boutique stamp, gesso, needele and green thread

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New hairstyle

Finally had the time to go to the salon (although I only took my lunchbreak hehe). Any I've cut my hair really short! Wait till you see the pictures... Will post it as soon as hubby comes home and takes a picture of me. He actually hasn't seen it himself yet! So excited to find out what his reaction would be.

Happy day today! :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

ADS August Challenge

The challenge for this month is to alter playing cards with the theme childhood in mind.
After contemplating for more than 2 weeks, I finally decided to create a toy. I was initially thinking of just creating ATC's but decided that's not so childhoody :).

So, I created this toy drum. It's the same as the drum used in the Karate Kid movie which his instructor plays when he is losing. :)
Had fun doing this although it was a bit hard because I had several trials that didn't go well because of my inaccurate measurements hehe...

Here are the pics!

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UST vs DLSU & Cookbook Kitchen

We watched the UAAP game yesterday. It was my school vs. his and we were so excited. To be frank about it, I really thought we're going to win because La Salle really does not have good players nor a go-to-guy this year. But I was wrong... :(

We went to the Araneta center early around 2:30pm, we'd like to get lowerbox seats so we decided to better be there a bit earlier. First game is also UE and Adamson so, they're both good teams also. We were left with lowerbox tickets behind the basketball goal (which I initially thought was a bad seat). But our position is so perfect because it's not directly behind the goal but rather on the left most side. So we can still see everthing and we've seen ourselves in the camera when we watched the replay later that eve. :)

I couldn't believe it but UE and ADU had 2 overtime so did UST and DSLU! Oh my, it was so worth what we paid for hehe. Unfortunately, UST lost after leading for 17 points in the 3rd quarter! I don't know how DLSU pulled it off but they were good yesterday and they did get better based on what I've seen the last 2 games. Well, next Sunday will be a big big big event with DLSU and AdMU fighting. They have at least a little bit of chance now.

After the game, Honey read a good review at PEX about the Cookbook Kitchen in Mandaluyong so we headed there. I ate their bestseller which is the Parmesan Crusted White Fish which was good enough. I really thought it's like my fave in Italliani's (Parmesan crusted fish fillet) but this one is baked and there was a little bit too much of the rosemary thyme for me. Gio had the Lamb Steak, he said he liked it but didn't really finished his plate. Hahaha...

We decided we'd give it one more try and try some other stuff there (like pasta)... Oooh, getting hungry...

Scrapbooks Hawaii Scrapjam!

Please head on to scrapbook Hawaii's blog to check out what's in store for the jammies!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

And the idol journey ends...

When we were in tagaytay yesterday, I had one of my nephews check the scrappinmoms blog to check If I made it to the next round and sadly I did not.

So... my idol journey has ended. Although it has, I have no regrets at all. I didn't even know I'd make it to the top 14 out of the 27 who joined. This in itself is already an achievement for me because I have only been scrapping for a few months. It had made me a better scrapper, made me actually finish my LO's (haha!), taught me new things I wouldn't dare try, met a lot of new friends I chat with whenever it's reveal day! and it has stretched my creative juice to the point that I don't even know i'd reach! These and more have improved my skills greatly, and I thank the organizers of scrappinmoms for hosting such an event. I know how taxing it is for you all to do. Great job and kudos to you all!

See what's coming up for the lucky ladies the next few weeks:


Consulting work over the weekend

We (Gio and I) spent the weekend (Fri/Sat) in Tagaytay for a planning session. I conducted a short project planning workshop yesterday. We arrived in Tagaytay at almost 5 in the afternoon, stayed at this MC Mountain Home. So after settling for an hour or so, we headed over to starbucks first for a coffee break since the group have also finished most of their activity. It just frustrates me though to go to a coffee shop when I can't even have coffee! I've been experiencing nausea and vomitting the past week due to my acidity (i think) because I had my BP checked and it's normal. Anyway, after coffee we headed off to Latrubada for dinner. We love the Bulalo here so much! But my bones were aching from the cold! It was windy with fog in the air (car level) at 8 in the evening.
We joined the short talk from 9 to 11 then went straight to bed.

The next morning at around 830am, I did my project planning piece and finished at around noon. While we were packing I felt really sick. I can feel soreness all over my body and the cold is just getting into my bones. Because the food at the hotel was not good, we had lunch at Pancake House. Honey was so happy because he was craving for pancakes for the last 3 days. I drank paracetamol and calamsi juice there which made me feel sicker. :( Anyway, headed off home at 3 and we reached our house at 7pm! Gio was actually too annoyed already so I wasn't talking to him that much. But a 4-hour drive from Tagaytay would really piss anyone. I think I slept for an hour of the trip because I really feel sick. We took a hot batch immediately after dinner and had Shakey's pizza, chicken and chips and spaghetti (comfort food after a long day!)

Here's our pictures at pancake house.


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