Nothing Complicated

I was getting bored last night and a little stressful (still waiting for the announcement of who won at badgirls). Just to pass time, i went back to my desk and scrapped! Finished this one in 20 minutes (more or less). It is very simple but i like it. Maybe tonight, i will scrap again.


Been working like crazy on this project. I started on this Monday and been putting in a couple of hours each day. I finished the cover this morning and gratefully, the sun came out. I ran outside then took pics of the project. This an altered canvas that i made into an album, shadow box/frames.

Lots of painting involved here using a couple of mediums like gesso, gel medium, oil paints, watercolor paste (i didn't mix it with water), acrylic paints, etc.

I would like to thank my friend Cookie for being extremely patient the past days and not being afraid to voice her suggestion when i asked for her opinion. Also my friends Donna and Lee and my sister Monet!

Just taking a break from my projects. I've bee working on it since Monday and i am nowhere near finishing it. They were right, the final challenge is CREATIVE ALTERING. If you know me, i am not an altering girlie. Will share it with you when i finish it (rather them! *wink*).

Wonderful News!

The announcement has been made! I am one of the final 11 (Wendy likes odd who would be competing for the honor to be the TOP DESIGNER OF BADGIRLSKITS 2008. I will find out tomorrow what the final assignment would be. I am guessing it's a double pager..Others think it would be an altered item. I don't know, but to be in the final round means a lot to me. I already feel like a winner!!! Last year, there were only 6 rounds, i didn't make it to the final one. So i am uber excited making it to the final round.

Everyone did a marvelous job that i believe it was hard for the BADGIRLS TEAM to choose who would move on and who wouldn't. You wouldn't believe how amazing the rest of the finalists are and with that said, i am not expecting AT ALL to win it. Besides, i fared better this year than last year.

I know i'm rambling but...

Here It Goes!!!

Maybe because of nervousness or maybe i am really just a dork, i thought that the layout we have to make this week is a shaped layout. And i was stressing and drafting the shape i would wanna do. Then this morning, i re-read the lecture and lo and behold, the word shape became "size"!!! lol.. oh well, so after really understanding it, i knew i wanted to make a 6x12 page. This is my first time with this size. So with the other requirements in mind, i finished this page this afternoon:

the requirements are:

1. do a layout with any size that we want but no cards or altered projects
2. break the rules the we have learned the past weeks but still make the page our own.

ROUND 6!!!

Yep, i made it to round 6. If i still make it past this round, then i will be in the final round. That for me is enough. From around 300 who registered, we are down to 25 challengers. To make it this far is unbelievable. THANK YOU to those who's been giving me words of encouragement.


After me being sick, Isabella followed suit. We took her to the doctor this morning and no need to worry. It is just your regular virus thingie. The kids have been sleeping with us for a week now. When i got sick, it was easier for me to take care their needs at night. Well, they liked it so much that they don't want to move back to their rooms.

This afternoon, i finished my layout for TD (week 5). Francine just turned four here. And she looked much older. It worries me that she's growing up too fast.

A Very Short Post

Couldn't sit still tonight. I was stalking the mb at badgirls waiting for the announcement of who made it to round 5. Then a new post. And my name is there! From 96 participants, they eliminated about 40 challengers. 1 more before the final round. Tomorrow, will stalk the board again for this week's challenge.


An Afternoon With Francine

ti's the season for apples, pumpkins and raspberries. We took Francine to her first apple picking 2 years ago at Edward's Orchard and man, we enjoyed it immensely! Our friends decided to go there last week and invited us to go with them. Oliver and Bea weren't able to go with us. Francine was soooo excited to have our special time that day. It was different, she got my full attention the whole time unlike at home when i had to give only a half to her and half to her sister.

Francine had apple pie with vanilla ice cream and i had apple cider donuts (or if you like, doughnuts) with coffee. I wanted to take home a box of them but the line was unbelievably long.
*sigh* Maybe next year.
Oh , i forgot to mention that Edward's Orchard was hit by a tornado in January. Normally, it would take about 2 years to re-build everything but a lot volunteered so it only took about 7 or 8 months i think. So they were able to re-opened this season. We had a few fond memories there, so we like Bea to share those too.

Remembering...(warning: very boring post. i just didn't want to forget the sentiments behind each creation)

How i used to love cake decorating. I used to spend countless hours browsing cakecentral for tips and articles. (i did not take any class but learned by reading books and articles) and i used to get giddy when the wilson's annual tent sale is approaching. It's different now. Can't blame myself if i turned my back and fell in-love with scrapbooking. With cake decorating, i always make a mess in the kitchen, with scrapbooking, my table is the only space that gets messy. I can finish a page in an hour, but with c.d., one hour is just for prepping.

One afternoon, i received a call from a friend's friend asking me if I was the one who did the "wonderful" (according to her) cakes she saw in the photos. She wanted to order one from me for her daughter's bday and sister's bridal shower. Now, the cakes i made were not for sale. They were given as gifts to our friends and relatives. I never accepted any order until now.

Here are a few of a few cakes that i made. You have probably seen them in my slideshow but here they are anyway. I considered the first two as really special. The first one was my 2nd attempt at fondant. I practiced on a very small round cake for my first attempt. (first attempt at preparing fondant too). Then i got ambitious with this and did a 2 tier. It was my first time using shimmer dust..i made the roses out of fondant and also dusted with shimmer dust.

This castle cake was my daughter's 3rd birthday cake. (as obvious with the candle loll!). I used to order sheet cakes for her bday that when i learned how, i promised her i would make one for her. The turrets are ice cream cones covered with fondant. I also made the mushrooms, small flowers, vines and stones.

I probably made a total of around 6 cakes only. So maybe you understand my apprehension with selling them. I am not good enough. This next cake gave me nightmares. This was my biggest project so far. I started making the decorations a week earlier to allot time for them to dry. The shoe, the number 1, the flowers, the bees are made out of fondant too. I used a doll mold pan for the gown part then just covered with fondant. The bodice was also fondant (what else) colored with americolor gel.

NOW THIS, is the nightmare of all my nightmares. I didn't know what came to me and attempted A LOT of elements only done by the experts. I carved a 2 square cakes in shape of a pillow (nightmare), then used a scoring tool to give the impression of quilting (another nightmare) on the fondant. then hand painted each square or diamond if you want with 2 different colors (again, nightmare!) It cannot be seen in the photos but the daisies' petals are scored ONE BY ONE to make it look lifelike.

The following are my "decorate as you go cakes."Didn't make any sketches nor any decorations in advance. Just didn't have the time for it.

Class 4 *woot*woot*

I made it to round 4 at badgirls! there are about 96 participants left now. there are 7 rounds all in all. If last week was a breeze for me, this week is a little hellish. I've been sick since monday and had to take vicodin and augmentin. Last night, i started to look at photos and was able to finish a page for the contest even i was under the influence (of my meds oi!). For this week, we need to use accessories to focus on:


I will share a few photos on my next post.

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