30 December 2008

Sweet n' Sassy for SC208, LSC200

Hello! How are you doing everyone?! It's been awhile since I last posted here. Well, just became quite busy with the Christmas preparation but now I'm slowly getting back on track. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your families, friends and relatives.
I have this simple card to share with you which is patterned after the SC208 sketch challenge (and LSC200 as well) over SCS. I've been so way behind the challenges these past few weeks but at least, somehow I was able to make one even if I'm a bit late.
Did I ever tell you that my hubby's Christmas gift to me was a 72-pencils tin Prismacolor Premier?? Yes! He let me ordered it on the 17th of Dec and it arrived the next day! That fast!!! But I wasn't able to used them until I made this card. As I've said I was a bit busy with other stuffs and besides, it's just recently that I had all these wondeful pencils sharpened. here's my card where I used my Prismas along with Odourless solvent:

My image is Sweet n' Sassy by Sugar Nellie which was given to me by Bec, I think almost 2mos ago now. I just made this card very simple so that the focus would be on the image. Isn't she lovely and sweet? I also used my new Fiskars embossing border punch (all a-fleur) which look lovely on this card as well.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for looking and may you have a blessed New Year!!

Hugs to all,


25 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

May God's love and the peace that transcends all understanding fill your hearts as you celebrate the TRUE reason for the season - the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ!

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

with love from our family to yours,


23 December 2008

Individual Altered Mini-Notebooks Photos

As promised, here are the individual photos of my Altered Mini Notebooks for you to have a closer look at them. :) Enjoy!

Thanks for looking and I hope somehow you will get inspiration from these.
God bless us all!


22 December 2008


Hello everyone! Whew! I feel so exhausted yesterday as I finished and gave away these mini-notebooks that I altered. I made these for my female churchmates as Christmas gifts and I'm so glad they liked them. I bought these notebooks from Big W and "jazzed" them up using my different Heidi Grace paper collection. It wasn't really that hard to make but since they're "mini", the measurements are small as well. :)

Here's the mini-notebook before it was altered. I made 11 of them:

And here are the altered ones:

I will be posting them in batches in a little while so you can take a closer look at the. For the meantime, here are my Christmas mini jars which I also altered:

I used different patterened papers here but mostly DCWV. I filled it up with M&M's!

Oh, and by the way, I also altered 2 regular-sized memory books for the 2 young ladies in our church who happens to be BFF. :)

Ok, have to grab some lunch now. Will post more later.

Have a lovely day! God bless us all.


19 December 2008

Christmas Look and Boys Will Be Boys Challenge

Hello everyone!!! Can you believe it? Just 6 more days to go before Christmas!! Wohooo!! Time really flies so fast. That's another reason why I changed my blog background as I want to have a Christmas feel on it (aside fr my Christmas tree countdown). But I'll be using my previous background soon as holiday season is over. You mustn't forget that BROWN is my fav! :) I'm already done shopping for some Chrissy gifts and also with the Christmas cards (I think, lol!) I'm just finishing few bits of my gifts to my "women" churchmates and soon as I'm done with it, I'll surely be posting it here.

Anyway, Crafty Muse is running a new blog challenge and it's all about "boys". So the theme would be "Boys Will Be Boys". Here's my card which I patterned from SC207:

This is Carson, the Mac lover. ;) Isn't he cute? Sammi has been working with him along with the other guys the past few weeks and now they're here!! Hop on to Crafty Muse and join us as we welcome these guys! There are lots of digi-freebies, too, so make use of them and have fun!!

Happy Cardmaking! :) God bless!


17 December 2008

SC206 A Quick Post

Hi! This is just a quick post as I've got lots of chores to attend to. I finished this one last night for the SC206 challenge over SCS. The photo is a bit blurred so I might take another shot of this during the day.

I used my House Mouse stamps, coloured them with copic and my papers were DCWV Christmas stack, Whisper White and Quill Manhattan Ruby and Green.
Will just post more later. Have a blessed day!


13 December 2008

The Other Desk Calendar

Hello once again! As promised, here are the detailed photos of the second calendar that I made. This time I just used my Studio G stamp on all calendars and just coloured it differently. All dp were from Heidi Grace Orchard Bouquet collection and cs were SU's! Wild Wasabi and DCWV Matchmakers. The black cs base was from Officeworks. It's a 210gsm cs and I bought it for around $11 I think, for a pack of 50. Not that bad and the quality is good as well.

And by the way, you can print this calendar for free on this link
And before printing, please do these simple steps:
Right click on the calendar and print preview
Go to the “Shrink Down” drop down menu, select 80%
Print it onto your Whisper White cs or any cs that you may wish to use
Easy peasy! Now go ahead and try to make one of these desk calendars. You won't be sorry, it's a very useful project.
Keep smiling while stamping! ;-)


Desk Calendars

Howdy everyone! We're havin' a bit of "wet summer" season here in Australia for 2 days now. Hope all is well with you. I've been seeing a lot of calendars being made as Christmas gifts lately and I told myself 'why not give it a try?' So, I came up with these desk calendars which I found the tutorial from Nancy Morgan here, and samples from Dawn Easton and Cambria Turnbow. These women make fab cards, really. Check out their blogs for you to see.

And here are my calendars. I was able to make 2:

And here are the photos per page of the first calendar. The samples you've seen on the above links used the SU! A Tree for All Seasons but I don't have that so I just used my Cupcake stamps by Inkadinkado and Hero Arts.

Well, it took awhile before I finished these, probably because it's my first time and the materials to be used weren't planned beforehand. But at least, I did it! lol! I'm looking forward to make more of these. They're good for Christmas gifts, don't you think so?

Oh, we're now on the 12days of Christmas countdown! Are you guys done shopping? Not me, I'll do it this coming week and I know it's a bit rush. :)

I will be posting the other calendar details later. Have a blessed day!


11 December 2008

Getting Ready for Christmas!

Hi everyone! I know most of you have just woke up but in my part, I'm about to sleep 'coz it's already 1:14am here in Australia. :) Well, just want to share with you what I came up with tonight. But before that, I'll tell you a bit about what happened today. Me and my DS2 Jhetro went to my husband's work on his second shift and was with him the whole time he's driving the bus (my hubby is a bus driver here which is under the state transit). He picked us up from our house during his meal break then went with him on the bus. My darling son enjoyed it very much as he really loves buses!

After my husband knocked off from work, we then picked up DS1 Jared from his school. At around 5ish, we then went again to his school for a Parent-Teacher interview. My hubby and I are so proud of him as he got really good grades. His teachers were very amazed with his performance and they said that Jared is really different from kids of his age. Meaning, he's very mature and most of the words that he speaks are not "common" words that you would hear for a 9-yr old boy. Well, I must say that my son really is fond of reading and boy, he's got a very good memory! I feel so blessed for him. I'm so blessed with my kids and of course, with my husband.

Fast forward -- we then went to Officeworks as I want to buy coloured pencils which aren't water-based so I can use it with my blending stumps and baby oil. (remember I ran out of blender pen?) After doing a bit of searching, I decided to buy the Crayola pencil set of 36 which only costed me AU$4! I was also able to buy cardstocks which are on "special" prices. You can see it on the card that I've just finished. Here it is:

To tell you honestly, I'm a cardmaker and a stamper who doesn't own a lot of stamps. I don't do stamp-shopping that much because we're a single-income family and I have to stick to the family budget. I however do some shopping once in awhile but I train myself (and always make a note to self) that I can't always get what I want. ;-) I always tell this to my kids as well, that we may not always get what we want, but we are so blessed to receive the things that we need. And that's enough for me, really. So what I do is, improvise sentiments by printing them onto computer and finding some gorgeous images online to colour and put onto a card just like this one. I'm also blessed that I always find bargains online and offline and I have cyber friends who are so kind and generous to send me stamped images. You know who you are ---thanks so much!

I coloured my image using the Crayola that I just bought and I was so surprised that the colours can easily be pulled by the stumps. And the colours are vibrant as well. I patterned the sketch to SC146 over SCS and finished off the card by putting Copic Spica glitter pen onto the baubles.

Here's a different shot that captured the sparkle.

And a different angle shot..

This is all for now. Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving lovely comments.

May our good Lord bless us always.

with love,


10 December 2008

CC196 Santa in Real Red & Teal...


Good evening from Sydney, with love! :) Here's my freshly-baked card for the CC196 over SCS. On this challenge we are to use Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Real Red (or Riding Hood) and Sage Shadow (or Baja Breeze).

I coloured my Sugar Nellie stamp (thanks Bec! this is a RAK from her) with Aquarelle and blender pen. Whew! I really thought I wouldn't be able to finish colouring the image as my blender pen is running out. Well, it ran out soon as I finished the card that's why I used my Copics and Bic Mark-It to colour other areas.

The snowflakes background was stamped with Versamark. Yay! My first time to use this wonderful watermark pad and I feel like I'm going to use it more often. So, yeah as you can see, this is just a very simple card. I finished it off by using Icicle stickles for "snow effect" (I actually did some sponging for some snow scene using my Versacube) and put those itty bitty teal rhinestones on the 4 corners of my image. I also used my Fiskars Lace border punch once again and it really looks elegant. :)
This is all for now. More post later.
God bless you!


09 December 2008

Christmas Carolers

Hello everyone!! Today I'm going to share with you the latest Christmas card that I made. This is not your usual Christmas colours but I really like how this card ended up. When I was colouring the image (Note: This is not a stamped image, this is an image I got from Google while searching for Christmas carolers), I didn't know exactly what mat colours I'll be putting on to the card, whether I'd use a dp or what. All I knew is I enjoyed colouring them, plus the fact that I was able to make another "snow" scene here. They're wearing coat and mittens so there has to be snow. :)

I started with a dark green cs which I bought from Officeworks on clearance a couple of months ago. I then put another dark-chocolate coloured cs which I think is a Bazzill (it's from my stash) and embossed the mustard-coloured cs using my Fiskars texture plates ran through my "bug". I used my white gel pen to put dots around the card and to the 2 corners of the matted image as well. Btw, I coloured my image with Aquarelle and blender pen. I then finished it off by putting dew drops on just 2 corners again (one on top and on the bottom) and put Diamond and Frosted Lace stickles here and there. ;-)

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day! Don't forget to visit Crafty Muse for our fornightly challenge (and it's all about Christmas).

God bless us all!


08 December 2008

Millie Rose Christmas (Crafty Muse)

Hi everyone! How are you doing? Hope everything's in good shape. Just want to share with you card I made 2 days ago. This is one of the Crafty Muse's girls and her name is Millie Rose! Right now, Crafty Muse is having it's fornightly challenge and this time you will use the free images being found there on a Christmas theme card. So timely for the holiday season.

I made a simple card using Millie Rose with her wand and here's what I came up with:

I used Not Quite Navy and Pretty in Pink for this card. Not your usual Christmas colours, huh? Wel, sometimes it's good to try other colour combos and step out of the traditional ones. I sponged the areas around my image using my Versacube ink pad while it's still on the Nesties die. I then matted it on Pretty in Pink cs, ran my Whisper White through my Cuttlebug with my Snowflakes embossing folder then adhered my matted image on it. That simple! I used my concave corner punch and instead of putting brads or pearls on the corners, I used my pink stickles instead.

So, head on to Crafty Muse blog now and join our fornightly challenges! Check out other DT's blogs also to see their fab creations and don't forget to visit the Crafty Muse blog every now and then as Sammi (the genius behind these images) will be releasing "the boys" soon!

Until next post. Have a blessed day everyone!

04 December 2008

SNOWMAN -Take TWO on SC205

Good Afternoon everyone! Yes, it's almost 1pm now here in Australia and I haven't eaten my lunch yet. lol! (but I definitely will after this post) I made another card for the SC205 sketch challenge. I'm enjoying the sketch that I wanna do more cards with it. Anyway, here's my other card...

I used Taken with Teal and Gable green this time. It surprised me to know how good these two colours look together. I did partial embossing here (well yeah, first time after awhile) and it's a success! ;-) I used the Snowflakes and Swiss dots embossing folder and scored some lines between the gaps. There was no stamping done here, just purely Cuttlebugging.

Here are the stuffs that I used for your reference:

SU! Whisper White, Gable Green, Taken with Teal
Cuttlebug Snowflakes & Swiss Dots embossing folder
Cuttlebug Snowman die
Scor-Pal, Icicles (stickles), white gel pen, rhinestones, pop dots

Oh, I'm starving now, gotta grab some lunch. See yah later.

Have a blessed day!


CHICKS RULE! {SC205 Sketch Challenge)

Howdy everyone?! It's half past 12am now here in Australia and I'm about to sleep but of course, I will post my latest card first so I can share something with you. Here's the sketch challenge for this week ver SCS:

And here's my answer to that:

This is my first card with the most layers. :) I took all the colours of the layers from my patterned cs which is from DCWV Nana's Nursery stack. I just got these stack last week and they're very gorgeous IRL with all its glitters and colours. I used the ff: cardstocks for this card:
SU! Whisper White, Regal Rose, So Saffron and DCWV Brights mat stack (for the green mat). I stamped the Studio G image with Regal Rose and coloured it with my Aquarelle and blender pen.

This is all for now and it's time for my much-needed sleep. I feel sleepy during the day these past few days.

Good night everyone and may God bless us all.


(now I have a close to my real one)

02 December 2008

My FIRSTS: Whiff of Joy and Hanna Stamps

Blessings to all of you my blog readers and fellow bloggers. Hope everything's doing well with you and your families. I wasn't feeling well yesterday especially during afternoon and I really feel so blessed because eventhough my husband was tired from work, he took over my kitchen duties and prepared dinner for the family. He's really a blessing!

When I got a bit well, I managed to finished 3 cards (yes, 3 cards and I'm still a bit unwell lol!). I was able to inked up my FIRST Whiff of Joy stamp which I won on a blog candy I think, more than a month ago.

Here's Charlie and his dog on a card patterned after SC120 and CC172 challenges over SCS.

Here's another Charlie card I created using my DCWV Christmas stack as background. I purchased this stack last year, I think and has been my favorite eversince. (wishing I could use it on everyday cards lol!)

Oh, and have you noticed that I made a "snow scene" on these cards? Hahaha! Finally, I plunged into sponging and making a "scene" lol! But for now, it's just snow scene until I master it. ;-) I used my Soft Sky ink pad for sponging which I bought just last week. (well, I actually bought it for that reason..sponging and making snow and sky scenes).

The card below is just a simple card which I was able to make using my leftover cardstocks and supplies. This turned out to be simple but cute (IMO lol!) and a good way to use those leftovers so nothing would go wasted.

And of course, here's my other FIRST ..Hanna! I bought this more than 2mos ago (if I'm not mistaken). I just didn't know what happened why it took me so long to ink her up. Well, maybe I'm just waiting for the "right" timing..I believe this happens to you as well. Like, you have purchased a stamp or stamp set and wouldn't be using it for a couple of weeks or months until your Mojo tells you to use it on a certain project, right? I know, I'm not alone hehehe!

I coloured her with the colours on my background patterned paper (Dena Designs Christmas collection). I Cuttlebugged the bluish cs from DCWV mat stack and pop dotted the main image. See, I used the "snow scene" again?!!!

Thanks for looking and will post more later after I finished the rest of my chores.

God bless you!



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