Friday, November 26, 2010

The Crafty Pad November 28 Challenge


I love very clean and simple cards... When Debbie sent me this digi, I thought it was the second cutest thing next to the holly mouse with bauble. : ) This week's theme was snow flakes. I didn't make big ones, but instead I used Ranger Diamond Stickles on the outline of the snowmen to show micro-small glittery snowflakes. And for the background, I used papers from BG's Jovial collection. My personal favorite is that one with all kinds of snowmen on it. I think it looked really good with the digital image. It's your turn. Play along at The Crafty Pad and you could win a prize!



Supplies used:

Papertrey Ink Poppy Red cardstock
White cardstock
Ribbon
Copic Markers or whatever kind you have will work
Ranger Diamond Stickles
Basic Grey Jovial Collection

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I pray that everyone is cozy and warm... and having a great time with your family and the people you love. Today I will be with family and we will be feasting at around noon and will be hanging out all day (and eating some more later on!) 

Let us all remember to make it a daily habit to think about the things/people we are thankful for! God bless everyone! I am getting ready to roll up my sleeves and feast on some tasty homemade food!

Hugs,
Vanessa

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Aunt Betty!

It is 1:56 AM of November 20th, so it's officially Betty's birthday. I may be wrong but I think it is her 86th. She is very special to all of us, especially to me and John. At noon today, the family will be gathering and celebrating her birthday. : ) Everyone's bringing something and of course, I made the cake. So here's what I came up with...

The cake is inspired by one of Toni Brancatisano's creations. I just added a monogrammed tag that I cut with my Cricut Cake using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge and I used the Elegant Cakes cartridge to cut the letter B


I had planned on chartreuse but my green food color didn't kind of work like I thought. But I think it turned out pretty good for a first time.
The cake came out really really moist and tasty. The fondant turned out really perfect. The gum paste was great... I just wish my work surface took it easy on me but that's fine, I had so much fun making it and the mat from Sweet Wise Inc worked like a charm!!! I can't wait for the next cake I am making!!! 

We'll find out later what Betty thinks! : )

Here's a very happy Betty!!! 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

With Heartfelt Thanks - The Cuttlebug Spot

Hi everyone!!! Here's my piece for Cuttlebug Spot's November 16th Challenge. : ) It is a very simple THANK YOU card. I thought if I was going to be giving this away to family friends who have joined us for thanksgiving, I had better make something that is easy to mass produce. So I came up with this card... It's easy, clean and simple. I cut the oval layers with my Cricut using the Sure Cuts A Lot software and I used Basic Grey's Pyrus Stamp Set and heat embossed it.




Supplies:

Paper Trey Ink True Black cardstock 
Paper Trey Ink Poppy Red cardstock
White Cardstock
Yellow polka dot paper from DCWV
Dimensional Adhesive
Corner Chomper
Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Friday, November 12, 2010

To the One I Love - Explosion Box

Hi everyone! This is my contribution for the blog hop The Cuttlebug Spot is a part of. : ) Jannie's (member of the TCS DT) project,  inspired me to make an explosion box for the hop. Thanks for the idea Jannie!!! I have always wanted to make an explosion box but I didn't know what to put in it. I was digging through some boxes in my closet today and found these pictures of me and John. They are just pictures from some of our trips.  I just did one layer for this project and did some journaling behind the pictures.






I am not a lover of the purples or the lavenders, but I bought the DCWV Latte Collection for its patterns! I love stripes and florals. The whole collection is nothing but that!!! I used a Basic Grey stamp set for the sentiment on top of the box and I used Inkadinkado's Chelsea Alphabet to emboss I LOVE YOU inside.



The flower is handmade. I made a huge batch of these flowers in the summer while my craft room was being worked on to keep me from getting too stressed out. I went to Archiver's one day and bought all kinds of glimmer mists and slaved myself into working on these flowers.

The blog hop is now going on, and we have been told that The Cuttlebug Spot will be giving away a prize. : ) So head on over there and join in the fun!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From OWL of Us Clear Card

For a few weeks now, I have been making a ton of cards... Dozens of the same thing as a matter of fact!!! Yes, I am very very grateful that I am actually selling through my etsy shop but six dozen of cards later, I started feeling like a machine... My brain kind of quit working for a while there. So soon as I got all orders shipped out and my shop cleaned out, I immediately started free hand making stuff again!!! Oh it felt so great not having to keep glancing at the model card to make sure the whole set looked close enough to the same.

I have been wanting to try using clear cards for a while now and using transparencies on my scrapbook pages but I kept wimping out. A couple of days ago, as I was digging through some boxes to look for photos to use for the blog hop The Cuttlebug Spot is going to be a part of, I found a stamp set I so so love and totally forgot about. It's a stamp set from Basic Grey's Pyrus Collection.

Here's the card:


I used Sure Cuts A Lot to cut the scalloped oval, my Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder for texture on the card base.


All patterned paper I used on the card are from the Sugar Plum Collection, I think it is from Doodlebug Design (I could be wrong). 

This card by the way is going to a very special person who I haven't seen in a while and I miss so much. Brandi. She has been so sick... And we may lose her... My heart breaks at the thought of her life revolving around the ER, I feel like I am losing a sister or my best friend. :'( I wish I could wish for 20 more years to her life this Christmas, but all I could do is pray for God's will to be done for her, and for all of us.  I miss her so dearly... But she is in no form to have visitors over at the moment. If all of you could only be around her for five minutes, you will love this girl as much as we all do. 

Thanksgiving Place Cards - The Cuttlebug Spot

Hi everyone! Hope everybody's having a nice Tuesday. This week's challenge revolves around everything that appears on the Thanksgiving Table... I am very very sure that the rest of the TCS Design Team has created a bunch of beautiful things!!! So here is my take of this week's challenge-- I made place cards!


I used the Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge to cut the marquee. The names are hand written. 


I used Glossy Accents to give the leaves some shine and nice glassy effect.  (I am a Glossy Accents and Crackle Paint Addict! LOL)


I applied Ranger's Star Dust Stickles to accent the opening of the cornucopia. I have a few fall stamp sets but the Lawn Fawn set is my favorite because of the cornucopia. 

Supplies:

Paper Trey Ink Harvest Gold Cardstock
Paper Trey Ink Dark Chocolate Cardstock
Paper Trey Ink Craft Cardstock
Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder
Lawn Fawn Harvest Season Stamp Set
Markers for coloring
Uni Ball Signo White Gel Pen
Mini Brads
Stickles
Glossy Accents
Dimensional Adhesive

It's your turn! Join in the fun at The Cuttlebug Spot and win a prize from one of our sponsors!!! : ) Also, the TCS is going to be a part of a blog hop on November 12-14. Check back here tomorrow or morning of the 12th for more details! : )

Friday, November 5, 2010

Holly Mouse with Bauble - The Crafty Pad November 7th Challenge

Hi all! Just this Sunday, the Crafty Pad announced their new DT members and I was on the list!!! It was great until I got sick Monday night with a cold that only got worse as the week went on! lol All week this week, I tried and tried to put together my first project for CP to no avail. But today I got lucky and actually finished the project. : ) Here it is.


I used Paper Trey Ink cardstock for the card base and the used the Sugar Plum collection for the back ground. This is a 4.25"x 4.25" easel card. I started with a 4.25" x 8.50" blue cardstock and scored it at 4 1/4 and 6 3/8.  




I used a red marker and applied Stickles on top to accentuate Merry Christmas... Then I used glossy accents to make the whole ornament pop and put a glass effect on it. : ) 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Let's Eat! (a lot) - The Cuttlebug Spot




Hi all! Hope all of you are having a wonderful Tuesday! : ) Here's my post for The Cuttlebug Spot. This week we are supposed to make Thanksgiving Dinner Invites. I was going to make a more formal invite but I realized most of our family gatherings are very casual so I decided to make a rather colorful, a bit humorous one... If there are two things that this family is good at, it's cooking and eating. We all love to gather around the table and eat some good food. Back in the Philippines, we are a family of cooks... My mom is a culinary instructor, my dad is the family cook and four years ago I married into a family of wonderful cooks too! I always look forward to the holidays because the food we serve on our table is always superb. So whoever gets invited to these gatherings better be rolling up their sleeves when they eat with us because even if we serve four to five course meals, we eat them like we mean it! : )

Supplies:

Card Base :                 Paper Trey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock
Embossing Folder :      Cuttlebug 
Stamps:                      Lawn Fawn Harvest Season
                                  American Crafts Ginger
                                  Inkadinkado Chelsea Alphabet
White Embossing Powder, VersaMark ink, Markers for coloring, Foam Tape







Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Latest News (The Cuttlebug Spot)

Weekly projects for The Cuttlebug Spot will be available on Tuesdays now instead of Mondays.  Also, the Cuttlebug Spot is going to be a part of a blog hop in November. So watch out for details here soon.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Welcome Fall - The Cuttlebug Spot

Hi all! As I was taking photos of my project I realized this one's for the 25th of October! I couldn't believe how fast this month has flown by!!!




This week, we are supposed to make something around the theme, WELCOME FALL. Last week, as I was battling those terrible sinus headaches and allergies, I got a package in the mail from Lawn Fawn. I had forgotten that (the week before that) I had ordered their Harvest Season stamp set! But I was too sick to even mess with it! So as I was checking my calendar for stuff I needed to do this week, I found that I could actually use the new stamp set that I got to make this week's project! : )

The supply list is right below the photo. Since I have been so careless, I cannot remember the name of the embossing folder I used. It's the one with the big dots and bubbles (it seems like). And the Bo Bunny paper I used is one that I have had in my stash for the longest time. I just know it's Bo Bunny because i labeled it Bo Bunny but didn't write which collection it is from. All I know is that the other side of it, is SPORTS! I guess that's why I have never used it, but I never did look at the other side of it until I started looking for papers to use on this project.

Supplies used:

4.25 in by 5.5 in (A2) Lemon Tart cardstock from Paper Trey Ink
Bo Bunny Revesible Heavy Weight Paper
Vintage Cream cardstock from Paper Trey Ink
Distress Inks
Ink Blending Foams
Ribbon
Color Box Chalk Inks in Lime Pastel and Lipstick Red
Lawn Fawn Harvest Season Stamp Set
Markers for coloring
White Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink

Now go to The Cuttlebug Spot and join in the fun! : )

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Card - The Cuttlebug Spot


Hi all! Here's my post for the Cuttlebug Spot. I have been battling sinus headaches on and off all week... Today is the very first day that I have actually felt like my old self. :) 

This is an A2 card. I used kraft cardstock for the card base. I used the skeleton scroll embossing folder and embossed a 5.25 in by 4 in vintage cream cardstock from Paper Trey Ink. I used distress inks to create this halloween-ish effect for the background. I cut the tree from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. The moon is from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge out of a bright yellow cardstock, I used the same distress inks to give it some color. 

It's your turn! Play along with us at The Cuttlebug Spot. See you there!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Treat Holder

I have to admit, if there was one, I would have to say I am the Halloween Scrooge. This is mainly because where I grew up, Halloween isn't considered a Christmas-like holiday... It is observed rather solemnly as opposed to the very festive, fun holiday it is here in the US. I have been here four years and not one Halloween in all of my four years here have I participated in trick or treat. Not that I hate Halloween, it's the fact that I couldn't get into it as I do the other holidays.However, this year I have vowed that I will be giving away treats to my friends' kids because they are soooooooo cute and I will be giving away treat bags to my husband's students both in the grade school and high school also. 

Anyway, for Cuttlebugspot this week, I made these two treat holders:


This first one is made out of almond cans. My husband and I love almonds and I buy them a lot in these cans. I have been saving the cans and decorate them just like I did this treat holder to make into pen/pencil holders, i store odds and ends of ribbons in them too. But as of right now, there's a dozen of these Halloween decorated cans all over my house with a handful of treats in them and my husband is loving it! : )

For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the paper collection that I used in this project. It has been in my stash for a while and I can't remember where all these things came from or where I got them. I used Divine Swirls to emboss the orange cardstock behind the jack-o-lantern. And I heat embossed the sentiments in both tags I used. 

While I was finishing up my halloween can, I found a brand new, unopened thing of brown lunch bags in my pantry. And since I had some left over paper, I went ahead and made a treat holder out of it too. I am thinking it will be great to just hand these out on trick or treat night to my much favored kids! : )

I used the Skeleton Scroll embossing folder to emboss an antiqued piece of paper. Then I dabbed some black ink to make the skulls show up a bit more. The papers I used on this came from that same unidentified stack I had... For all we know, they probably don't all belong to the same collection. LOL I added googley eyes to my spider there and a yellow bow on her head. : ) I heat embossed the word BOO on black cardstock.

It's your turn, go back to the Cuttlebugspot and play along! : )

Monday, October 4, 2010

Believe in the Magic of Christmas -- My entry for Stamping Bazaar's First Christmas Challenge (for Operation Write Home)


This is my entry for The Stamping Bazaar's First Christmas Challenge for Operation Write Home. I used the emboss-resist technique for the image, I used Ranger's Broken China to color in the background. I also embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. The card base is Poppy Red from Paper Trey Ink and it measures 5.5 in x 4.25 in. 

My First Project for the Cuttlebugspot -- Fight Like A Girl








I have had the hardest time trying to figure out what to make for my first project for Cuttlebugspot... One, because my very young Aunt beat her battle with breast cancer about a year ago. Second, I have had so many things go through my mind when I saw this week's theme it was difficult to condense all of them into one A2 card. As a matter of fact, I have made 5 cards using every technique I know. Until I found the image that I used on my card. Today's winner at the CuttlebugSpot will win a gift card from Custom Crops!



I know that we were only supposed to to make one project for the challenge but I didn't want to waste the second image I accidentally printed out. The sentiment and the image are digitally printed.

Both cards are standard size (5.5 in by 4.25 in). Both kraft and dark chocolate cardstocks (I used for card base) are from Paper Trey Ink. I used Bird Call Cuttlebug Folder to emboss the green paper I used to mat the image on the first card. I embossed it sideways so only the grass blades would show, to give it some dimension. Then I used some dimensional adhesive to mount the image on to the card. 

I used Stylized Flowers Cuttlebug Folder and embossed the whole front of the second card with it. I used some pink Core'dinations cardstock to frame the window and used my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the corners on both cards. I also used my white gel pen to make faux stitching lines. 

Check out the Design Team's blogs!!! Click on their names on the right hand side (just right below the Cuttlebugspot Design Team Button).

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday, September 24, 2010

My Blog

I am currently working on new pages/tabs for my blog so I can make it better. Maybe start making youtube video tutorials? We will see. I can't talk while I craft so let's see if I can make doing both work. : ) 
I am also very excited about working with the Cuttlebugspot's Design Team. I will work on posting everyone's link on here, too. Got lots to do! So I better get to work! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thinking of You

The Hubs is watching his Monday Night Football, so I thought I'd sneak in a second post for today. Monday and Wednesday nights are all he has to himself pretty much since marching band season started so I kind of just let him do whatever on those two nights he has. I am not a big NFL or any sport fan, so I either bake something or craft while he watches his game. Tonight, however, I am pooped from cleaning up my pantry, so I thought I would work on the photos I took earlier and Photoshop them! 


So here's the second card:

I made this today because it has kind of been a tough couple of weeks for the family. Brandi, John's cousin, a very very good friend of mine, (one of those that I consider the sister I never had) has been taken to the hospital once again and we found out that one of her lungs are getting ready to totally shut down and she is now pretty much dependent on one lung, which wasn't a good lung to start with. Most CF patients are given at least nine years to live after the transplant and Brandi's almost on her 11th if I am not mistaken. She is a trooper! So this card is for her.

I made this card out of DCWV's Citrus Stack. The card base is Vintage Cream cardstock from Paper Trey Ink. It is a standard size card. No embossing on this one. However, I loaded this card with dimensions! This card is inspired by one of Kristina Werner's cards. I was pop dot happy today! 

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

It has been almost a month since my last post! I have had one of those times where I get so card-making happy I forget about the rest of the world. LOL Being a stay-at-home wife doesn't help either, I have nothing but time in my hands after all the chores are done and all the errands have been ran. I just love being in my craft room, every time I come here, I am happy!

So enough with the jibber jabber... I have made quite a few cards the past couple of weeks. This is one of them:


This standard size card is made up of both scraps and some collections I have had for a while that I just now broken out to use. I cannot remember the collection (the name) exactly. I have made the mistake of taking them out of the packaging or losing the front covers, so I couldn't tell you where they all came from. This was of course before I started blogging and when I started needing all this information. :'( 



I made the card a second time and altered it. Instead of using the same patterned paper for the background, I embossed snow flakes on a plain blue cardstock. I used my white gel pen on the trees to make them look like they have been snowed on. : ) And I heat embossed the sentiment on a 1 3/4 inch black round cardstock.

Most of the time, I don't measure the elements I put on my cards or scrapbook pages. I eyeball pretty much everything. Whatever feels right or looks great is what ends up in my work. 


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thinking of You


This has been the most interesting, busiest week... at least for me, someone who doesn't get so busy very often. That is the beauty of being a stay-at-home wife. I get a lot of coffee time, craft time, and ME time, which I thank God and my husband, John for every single day. However there are weeks like this week, where I am like the energizer bunny... I cannot stop even if I wanted to but that was yesterday. Things have slowed down since I woke up this morning, and for that I AM SO GRATEFUL! 

I had a good morning, baked and made a black forest cake for Grandpa's birthday like I planned. While I was finishing up the cake the sweetest guy ever calls me to tell me he loves me and he wanted to hear my voice... and the rest is history. ;-)

Well, not really. Shortly after I finished cleaning up the mess I made in the kitchen, I got started on a card. I didn't need a sketch for this one, it's a simple A2 card. I am loving Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate cardstocks! I love the quality and the thickness. It holds up to heat embossing and it is awesome with dry embossing too. I used American Crafts' Glee stamp set for the tree and heart and TPC Studio's Greetings stamp set for the sentiment. 

I made a bunch of the same card since 'thinking of you' cards are like happy birthday cards, you can't just make one of them because there's always a birthday... and there is always someone needing to know that they are being thought of or prayed for. 





Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Been There... Done That...




A week ago, while I was putting stuff back into the craft room, I found four unused rolls of vinyl tucked away in one of our chests in the bedroom. How it got there, I have no idea but when I saw all that in the drawer, it brought back a fun memory!  


Almost a year ago, our friends Sara and Quinton and John and I decided we wanted to have dinner at the Golden Corral. We don't normally go out of town when it's late (at least Sara and I won't because we are both scared to drive in the dark and well, Sara can't see in the dark!) but that night on a whim, Sara and I decided we were going to Golden Corral and Q and John are taking us. It was I think 8 PM when we got there... Got our Golden Corral fix. Then Quinton asked the question John and him both dread asking!

"Where do you want to go next?" (As if he didn't know!!! LOL) Sara and I answered in unison, THE CRAFT STORE! then she followed it up with "we NEED vinyl to cut with our Cricut". By the time we got done eating it was almost 9 PM and that's when almost all the stores close! It was like we were on a race. We were running to every craft store's door to beat the clock. It was close to Christmas, so every store was wiped out. I mean one store didn't have any vinyl on the racks at all!!! NADA. Then we headed to the second one... There happens to be a Borders by where Joann's is so when we got there, Sara and I ran to Joann's and the boys headed to Borders and scoured the store for the vinyl we were looking for. Why they did that? Well, hopefully because they LOVE us and they didn't want us to go home empty-handed! LOL Long story short, we got our vinyl. Not the colors we wanted but we got vinyl and we got them all really cheap because they are the colors no one wants except for the black vinyl John and Q got from Borders. We got back to the car and we were all out of breath from panicking! As if, the stores will never carry them ever again! It was crazy. I laugh every time I remember that night. We were laughing our butts all the way home. 

So almost a year later, I actually made something out of the vinyl from that really weird night. : ) Now, every time I look at it, I smile because it will always have a lasting impression in my memory.

The quote is from scrapbook.com. I was browsing through the site yesterday and found it and thought it may be a good first time project with the vinyl. It is not awesome, but it is nice. I like how it turned out. And in the process, I learned how to handle the material and what settings to put my Cricut in when cutting it. I had such fun!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Congrats!


This card was inspired by someone I watched on youtube today. Her youtube name is KaleeStampin. Here is the card she made:



You can tell the difference very quickly. I am thinking about mailing my card to the recipients so I decided against the handmade flowers as they can make packaging really hard... and I ran out of prima flowers to use so I decided to do something else. I cut the champagne glasses out with my Cricut (using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge) and used the Congrats stamp from TPC Studio's Greetings Clear Stamps. The card measures 5 1/2 by 4 1/4. I used Cuttlebug's Divine Swirls embossing folder to dry emboss the card base, and used Stampin Up's Close to Cocoa to antique it all up. The script stamp is from Inkadinkado (Dawn Houser).

Here's another version...




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Smile!


In the weekend while I was going through my stuff in the craft room, I found my Paisley Cricut Cartridge that I have been looking for for a long long time! For some reason it got mixed up with the basket where I put my Cuisine at Home books from Betty. It might've gotten thrown in there while I was emptying the craft room to get it ready and prepped for remodeling... Who knows?! 

Anyway, I was so excited I went through the whole book and remembered why I watched auctions on ebay like a hawk for this cartridge... and that's because it has a monkey, a frog, and all kinds of cute little things in it that John and I both like. (Or stuff that we find cute and amusing at least!) John loves monkeys in all forms and sizes especially when it is at a reathonable price! (he had a lisp when he was little!)

So I made this very simple circle card for him! It made him smile when I showed it to him... The past couple of days has been tough on everybody, not just John (at work to be specific.) Even if there is no such thing as the "perfect job", I am praying every day that he will find the right place where he can do whatever he wants as far as his talent, skills and passion for music teaching could take him. John isn't the performing type, he is a teacher. He is awesome at it. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hello Birdie!


On Monday (August 9th) our friends Sara and Quinton, their kids Will and Whitney and us all got up early and went to a short trip to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. It was so much fun!!! I am not the roller coaster riding kind of girl but that day, I actually braved it and rode all of three wooden roller coasters in the park. : )  I didn't think theme parks would take my attention anymore, but I was totally wrong. We stayed at a nice hotel in Evansville that night, did some craft shopping the next day. 


I found DCWV's Songbird on sale and didn't have second thoughts and bought it, I also picked up a couple stamp sets, and other little crafting things that were on sale. The card above is what came out of that trip... Hopefully Sara was able to take enough pictures to put in the scrapbook. What a wonderful two days!!!  

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Holidays






At new year's this year, I have made a promise that I will make Christmas cards early in the year so when the holiday comes, I am not stuck in the house everyday making cards, missing out on all the winter fun and still come up short of cards to give away.
My goal was to make at least one Christmas card every day in July but it turns out that I have been so distracted that I was only able to make three. Isn't that sad? LOL This is better than last year though, I didn't make any last year, I ended up buying cards. So here's one of them I made. 
The blue flower is handmade (by me) using white cardstock and lots of glimmer mist, inspired by one of the blogs I follow. : )

For U



I made this 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card out of odds and ends from cards and scrapbook pages I've made in the past except for the chipboard letter. Sara and I went to our local scrapbook store and found them on clearance a few days ago. All the rest are just stuff I found while organizing my stuff this week. 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Thinking of You





I made this 5 x 7 card out of cardstock I've forgotten I had. I remember this one really good because I just had to have it when I saw this at the store. Anyway, long story short, I bought it, took it home and stashed it somewhere, and FORGOT about it!!! LOL That's why John would not let me put anything away or tuck anything in a folder. Especially my craft stuff because he knows me so well... He knows that if I don't see 'it', 'it' never gets used -- just like this cardstock I used to make this card. 

I made this one specifically for Brandi. She has been in and out of the hospital in the past month and have not seen her for a while that I thought I would send her a little pink pick-me-up. She loves everything pink! A little something about Brandi, she has had a lung transplant (about 9 or 10 years ago), she is battling cystic fibrosis. and is now dependent to an oxygen machine (or whatever they call that thing that helps her breathe). She is John's cousin and she has become so dear to me. She is my prayer partner, my friend, and a great listener too. I admire her strength and her faith in God. We don't have much time with her, and she knows it. But she has peace like no other. I love her laugh and her giggles. And the way she asks John to talk in his "lady" voice. 

This one's for you, Brandi!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

My Craft Haven... It was truly worth all the wait!




I have been gifted with a great husband and a great dad-in-law, who have worked day and night since Spring this year to finish up my craft room. This week marked the almost-end of it. I say almost-the end of it because we still have to replace the dark lauan doors that came with the house when we bought it in May, they still have to hang a new ceiling fan to replace the dingy old one that used to be in the room, and install thresholds that match my new bamboo floors. My dad-in-law is very good at wood working and he has been a great teacher to my Hubby so this whole time since spring, I have entrusted my vision to the two of them. Two and  a half months later, they delivered a totally awesome craft room. : )

We bought the house we live in now just recently. It is a nice bungalow. My husband and I and our dog, Iddy and our three cats, Voodoo, Mr. Peapers and Foozie Woozie fit in it just fine. However nice and sturdy this house is, it came with its little quirks...  The interior looks like the 70's blew up in it. So since the home loan closed, we have been updating one room after the other. We turned a room adjacent to the kitchen into our den/home office and my craft room. But now, it is mainly all mine. We have left the desktop computer in the craft room for now but it will be going somewhere else soon as I decide to get a Windows laptop or a MacBook Pro. (Yeah, it is a very big decision for me. I am tech-savvy, I am very particular with high-dollar purchases, I am a penny pincher and a bargain shopper but I don't settle for cheap stuff just because they are cheap because that could mean a lot of problems too especially with technology nowadays).

My craft room has all the stuff I want in it except for the tray ceiling. It was John's (my husband) idea, which magically turned the room 180 degrees. It doesn't like it used to!!! I picked out the paint colors, the bamboo floors, the curtains, everything! I am currently shopping for shelves and currently making stuff to decorate my walls with. I am so excited, so happy and just plain thankful that my room will be fully completed very very soon. 



Friday, July 16, 2010

Thank You

I think I was born with scissors, paper, glue and baking tools in my hands. I always had the knack for these things. Of course I was taught the techniques as I was growing up but it's the love for it and learning more of it that I know I always had. As a kid it was always a joy to have my Mom all to ourselves (us 4 kids) on a weekend and all summer long because she never sat down. She was always doing something, and trust me, she is still always doing something. She is a MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE--she can bake, make stupid looking cakes look very pretty, she can sew, love like no other, and she loves teaching and always had the patience to teach us what she knows. Most of all, she manages to juggle her career and her family very very well. She never misses one event in our lives growing up. She is always there. I say all this in present form because even now when we are all grown up and moved away, she is still there cheering for us.

Every single day and every time I make something pretty, I thank God for my Mom. This blog is dedicated to her, my Mama-Os (my grandma) and the four Aunts (my dad's four sisters) who helped shape the person I am now. They are half a world away from me but I know in my heart, that the last 3 years has been bearable because every day, since I left home, they have been praying and cheering for me. 

I LOVE YOU ALL. 
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