Sunday, March 20, 2011

Coordinates Collections March Blog Hop Challenge

Here's my entry to CC's latest hop challenge, create a layout that includes machine or hand-stitching.

I am sooo into stitching right now, incorporating it in my layouts, cards, and most especially, in my DIY hand-made flowers. However, I prefer to use stitching more as a decorative accent, not taking away the focus from a layout's photo. I don't want too many stitches on a layout or card.

Take a look at the mini rolled paper flowers that I made, with pearl brads in the center. I grouped them with yellow leaves, Prima crytal swirls and Bo Bunny floral trims. Love, love, love 'em! :D

I love making a mini-version of the patterned papers and embellishments used on a layout, like this one which I placed on the upper left corner:

The designs on both the Circa 1934 papers really complement each other well:

Special shoutout to fellow Filipina scrapper-friend, Isay. I got the idea of hand-cutting the images in Circa 1934 Ginger paper and then rolling it a bit, from her. Thank you!!!

One of my fave subjects, my niece, Makayla:

Materials used in this layout are also from Coordinates Collections. I used their January "Amish Quilt" kit, featuring Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 line. Gosh, I love the papers and embellishments! It's so chic and vintage-y. :)

Have a Blessed Sunday and TFL!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Card - Friend

Just a very quickie post.

I was able to create this card (and a 12x12 layout) over the weekend. Yipee! :D

Instead of spraying the Maya Road iridescent pearl mist, I painted it on the black cardstock to get that midnight dreamy effect. Love it! :D

Did a lot of fussy cutting on the flowery branch and put Ranger Liquid pearls in the middle of every flower. Those two ribbon flowers with crystals, on the other hand, were among my DIY creations.

Materials used: DCWV cardstocks, Colorbok patterned papers and stickers, Ranger liquid pearl, Maya Road iridescent pearl mist, EK scallop puncher, Martha Stewart decorative edge puncher, Prima crystals, local ribbon and paper cord.

My two boys (hubby and son) are still recuperating from cough and colds. Fortunately they're on the road to recovery.

Gotta go! :D

Photos above were taken using iPhone4. Nice and clear, huh! :D

Friday, March 11, 2011

Card - Birthday

Yay! I made another birthday-themed card again with my leftovers from Echo Park's Sweet Summertime and A Walk in the Park lines.

Some close-ups for you:
It's summer again, so time for some banner love. :)

Hand-stitched the middle portion of the card using DMC floss. Added decorative punched borders using Martha Stewart punchers. Put in some flowers and pinwheels for an added cutesy touch! :)

My pretty pinwheels!

The greeting sentiment.

Another one of my hand-made ribbon flower.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Let's Play!

Woohoo! I was able to finish this LO in time for Sketchy Thursdays' 3.03 challenge deadline! :D

Photos of my two-year old toddler during our vacation in Baguio, the city of pines up north, last year.

All patterned papers used are from My Little Shoebox' Green collection.

Other materials used: DCWV cardstocks, Martha Stewart punch-around-the-page and edge punchers, Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas, All About Scrapbooking ribbon and puffy stickers, Tim Holtz distress inks, MM photo turns, Magic Mesh, acrylic paint, brads.

The Sketch:

Some close-ups and details:
Painted the sides of the Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas with green acrylic paint. Oh, I didn't mind the splotches in some letters. I'm staying true to the LO's title, so while creating the layout, I'm also playin'! :D

Enjoyed cutting the trees, mushrooms and snails. I love these puffy dragonfly and flower stickers too!

Look! I put googly eyes on the snails! Love 'em! :D

So love the orange and yellow Magic Mesh given by my officemate & fellow scrapper, Ems.

My journaling note: Manor's beautiful and wide garden became your one big playground! :D Camp John Hay, Baguio. June 2010.


Saturday, March 5, 2011


Photo credit: John Michael B. Limbo

After a week's hiatus, I was able to scrap again and it felt soooo good! LOL.

This layout was based on Sketchy Thursdays' March GDT member sketch challenge, posted here. However, I didn't enter the contest due to time constraints and a lot of commitments.

Okay, I'm not too happy with my cam's glare effect on the title. I've taken several shots already, and pressed for time, I just let it be. Hehehe!

All patterned papers and cardstock stickers were from Coordinates Collections' August "Fun in the Sun" kit, which I got as a prize in one of their challenges. Thanks again CC! :)

Some close-ups and details:

These are Prima masks, which I sprayed with Memories Mist.

Flowers from Prima and Bo Bunny. The red satin flower with green gem is a DIY one. Chipboards from Maya Road. Bird and feather painted with Ranger crackle paint and outlined with gold acrylic paint. Birdcage painted with green acrylic paint and randomly sprinkled with embossing powder. Blings and white abaca twine bought locally.

Cardstock stickers also from the kit...

... and finally, a close-up of my DIY satin flower.

Happy weekend! :D

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


This is a scheduled post, as I am very busy with work and with the recent arrival of my other half. :)

I can now officially say... I'm addicted to cards! LOL.

Spent the weekend creating cards. Although I was only able to create two, as opposed to last weekend's four. My Mom immediately snapped the first card, for her bestfriend's birthday next month, thus I wasn't able to take photos of that one. :D

Why "Celebrate?" Because my hubby is finally home safe. His work is based overseas, in Bahrain, and I'm sure everyone knows what's happening in the Middle East right now. He was supposed to be home early January, even before the protests occurred there, but due to some delays, was only able to arrive last Sunday, February 26th.

Below is a close-up of my DIY hand-made ribbon flower, with twisted red copper wires. I looove it!!!

Oh, I also sprayed the orange cardstock with Maya Road's irridescent pearl mist for added effects.

Another close-up of the popped up hearts, which gave the card further dimension.

Lastly, the chipboard where I got the title for my card.

Dedicated to my hubby and to all those who are celebrating the safe arrival of a loved one.