My Room

The other day, I saw a sign that said, "HUGE GARAGE SALE" then below that: "crafts"...What do u think I did? Of course I had to go there! I've never seen anything like that before in a garage sale. Boxes and boxes of unfinished wood crafts. Containers of paint (used and sealed), ribbons, beads, etc..With the limited time I had (hubby was calling me on my cell asking if I bought what he needed already), I did a quick sweep of the items and zoomed in on a few items. This one, was one of them.. I got it for a quarter.

I painted it first with pink paint then coated with crackling medium. Last step was to topcoat it with white paint for the cracks to show. After that, I was ready to decorate. I have this ballerina ornament for our Christmas tree and she is so dainty. I knew I needed that more for this than for our tree. I used mini-roses from prima to decorate the waist part of her skirt then outlined the bottom part of the skirt with stickles.

I felt that it needed more so I decided to have flowers hanging from it. I sewed buttons, flower and the ribbon for strength then I used glossy accents to adhere the other end to the fence. The back part of the flowers were covered with buttons too.

Francine was really excited when she saw what I did for her last night. I'm glad I used these colors because they go really well with the paint color in her room.

Time For An Altered Project

I love going to garage sales and thrift shops to look for items to alter. I have a shelf full of alterable and was bored last night so I browsed that shelf and was immediately drawn to this "lamp" I got for 2 dollars at Salvation Army Thrift Store. Luckily, I didn't forget to take a before photo of it.

Before I keep on blabbing about the process, here is the finished project...I think it is perfect on that table in our living room. What do u think?

Now for those who are interested on the process, please keep on reading.

I used gold paint dabber and dabbed (that's why it's called paint dabber right? :D ) along the columns to give it a rough look. I tried golden gold acrylic paint and smooch but I didn't like how the gold turned out so I turned to that paint dabber from Ranger. Then I used my paint brush to paint the bottom and top parts. I have this acetate (forgot the brand, but the Prima flocked acetate would've been perfect for this) that I used to cover the glass parts. One of the glass opens up so it was easy to use that as a guide on how big I should cut the acetate.

I also have this gorgeous trim from Lee and her sister Tita Marissa (they gave me tons! wohooo!) and knew it would be perfect for this project. Of course, my projects wouldn't be complete if I don't use Prima flowers but I was careful not to use too much because I still want the light from the tea light candle to shine through.

Opening at the back part. The glass part slides upward so you have full access to light up the candle. Would've been nice if I didn't forget to light up the candle when I took this photo.

A few more shots..I love taking photos from different angles so sorry for the heavy photo posts in my blog.

A "BEFORE and AFTER" shot to end my long post. Thanks for looking!!! Until next time!

A Simple Layout

I printed a lot of photos the other night before my photo printer runs out of ink :) ...After lunch this afternoon, I sat down and scrapped before taking our afternoon naps. I managed to finish one simple layout. The intricate cutting took quite a while. I used a combination of x-acto knife and scissors. I wanted a muted look so I refrained from using vibrant colors. I can't remember the last time I used plain cardstocks as my main background but I wanted the focus on the oval frame I cut from a Recollections pp.

Of course, the whole page won't be completed without prima flowers. Such beauty!

Thank you so much for looking!!!

Playing With Colored Pencils

I've been hoarding my prismacolor pencils for years now. Not because I didn't want to use them but because I didn't know how. Or maybe, just didn't care enough to find out. Last night, I saw a few cards using prismacolor pencils and I was really surprised. At first, I thought COPICS were used. So I googled and googled and tried to find out the "secret" on the smooth blending ----> stumps and gamsol (odorless mineral solution)...Of course, I had to try it. Let me just say that using copics gives you a smoother blend AND save your wrist in a way. Here it is, my first attempt at using prismacolor colored pencils.

I only used 2 shades of brown here. With copics, I would've used at least 4 shades. For the apples, I used 2 colors, cinnamon red and apple green. You really can't see it in this photo, but the upper part of the image was colored with sky blue prismacolor then blended with OMS. It took me longer to finish this image though but it was ok. Besides, coloring is one of my most favorite part.
Thanks for looking!!!

These photos were taken in the car with the sun coming in from the window. We were waiting to pick up Francine from school and Bea and I were fooling around with the camera.

I stamped and embossed the birdcage then just cut around it. The cardstock is a little reflective and would sometimes look lighter and/or darker depending on the lighting.

The title is a rub-on and it gave me muscle cramps AND I was really scared that I would mess it up. Swirls and bird were painted with smooch.

You can see how the cardstock looks darker here. It is actually the back of a G.C.D. pp..The front part with the pattern looks so gorgeous! Here are a few close-ups.

Thank you so much for looking!

Card Frenzy

I had a major burst of "card-making mojo" the past 2 days. It's nice to just pull a card out of my drawer when needed and not go to the store. So I made a few blank cards which I can personalize depending on the occasion.

A fan of flowers, ribbons, bling, and girly embellishments, I didn't have any idea how to make a boy card. But these stamps from The Greeting Farm are so cute that they inspired me just by looking at them.

Also my first attempt at using the airbrush system from copics. I should've masked the edges of the tag by not removing the template I used to cut and emboss the cardstock. I used gold metallic brush pen for the helmet, number on the shirt and trims on his clothes. Rest were colored with copic markers..

Next are the "girly" cards..I am so in love with the Twinkle Tots collection from the same company. So adorable!

The chocolate frosting on the strawberry is brown liquid applique. For those not familiar with this, it is like a puffy paint in a pen but thinner and so much easier to apply. But it takes a lot of patience to use because you need a whole day (12-24 hours) to dry. You can leave it smooth and shiny (like what I did here) or you can use a heat gun and it will puff.

I'm pretty sure that by now, you noticed that I used a LOT of faux stitching. I was like under the influence and didn't know what came over me. Maybe because I'm getting impatient waiting for the spare part I ordered for my sewing machine. Here's another one with the faux stitching. I also used tons of foam dots in every card to give a few elements dimension.

Last card is a very simple one. Nothing fancy.

Thanks for looking!


I was trying to re-organize my stuff and saw the big chipboard flourishes from fancy pants..I embossed it with gold UTEE and did my journaling around it. A few spritz of glimmer mist (tattered leather, electric blue and tuscan sun) here and there. I forgot the name of that product from glitz, which I used as a mask with gold and green paint dabbers.

A few close-ups..I wanted to take pictures of these again but it is really hot outside.. :) I put the layout on top of the windshield of our car and it was really easy to take close-up shots but the problem was, there was direct sunlight..You can't have them all! lol..

I dabbed gold smooch paint along the edges of the blue flower

My Sister, The Bride..

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to join the family during one of the most important moment in my sister's life...She understands..I've only seen a few photos from the wedding and I could tell it was indeed a very special day. The venue was in a secluded farm, very serene and low-key. Perfect for my sister and her husband.

I saw this photo from the website of her make-up artist and I knew, I couldn't wait for the official photos. She is so LOVELY! I couldn't stop looking at the photos. I'm so happy for them!

As much as possible, I like to crop my photos so the you can only see the page and not the space around it. But I wanted the whole bow to be seen, so I just forget about cropping it in the way I always do.

The lovely lace was given to me by my good friends Lee and her sister tita Marissa...It is perfect..

I tried staying close to colors of nature and her motif which is green.

Thank you Jeng for giving me permission to use the photos.


Photographer: Ferdie Flores of Megapixels

Make up: Carlan Teng (Bride) and Jeng Sy Flores (entourage)

A Quick Thank You Card

My husband told me he needs a thank you card this afternoon. I didn't have time to use stamped images and color them with copics so I made a very simple one...

Prima BAP (May)

Love, love, love the flowers from Prima...How can you not love them?

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