Thursday, September 29, 2011

I played...

Hello, dear readers!  It seems it has been decades since i last posted, and i realize these days that i blog in spurts :)  Been busy with crafting a bit.  Not with layouts, though.  It seems like with the last one i did, although i liked the outcome, it felt like i tried too hard for my liking that it felt it wasn't really me at all.  So i wanted to do small stuff first.  Just play.

Had been inspired by Christine Middlecamp's "The Embellished Paper Doily" tutorial.  Am not too much of a layering kind of girl.  Layering and embellishing still intimidate me somewhat and i think it's because i lack the artsy gene :)  For me, rectangles and squares and lines in 2D are pleasing to the eyes, hahaha!  Even placing circles on my LOs gets me squimmish - unless they're in a row or column :)  Well, back to the said tutorial, i figured it would be good to get my hands on some embellishing practice.  And i was really inspired by Christine's finished product, especially when it was framed!  So, it's like hitting 2 birds with one stone: baby steps learning for me, and maybe a family heirloom in the making??? LOL!

I don't have doilies like in the tutorial, but i wanted to use the paper rosettes instead.  I love these rosettes!  What i had at the time was Tim Holtz's mini paper rosettes so the biggest one was 2" and the smaller one was 1 5/8".  I used the latter for my base, then the 2" one as the "doily."  Christine's usual base was around 2"-2.25" so it was a challenge working with something smaller.  Heck, everything was "smaller" in this project! :)  I felt like it was some sort of "micro-crafting" as opposed to "macro" for layouts/cards.

Here's the end-product:  Christmas Paper Rosette Shadow Box

Here is the part where the photos will do most of the talking.  I apologize as there are 12 rosettes and i wanted to show each of them.

Rosette 1:  Used crackle paint for the first time and i love the result!  This was inspired by Doily #7 from the tutorial.

Rosette 2:  Simple layering of concentric circles.  Inspired by Doily #8.

 Rosette 3:  Cluster of Parols (as Christmas lanterns are called in the Philippines).  I've wrapped a Maya Road scalloped circle frame with baker's twine and placed the MR star trinket (minus the pointy pin which i pulled out with pliers - ?tongue twister there? ) in the center.  Used several Christmas brads from MME, EP.  Inspiration is from Doily #5.

Rosette 4:  Inspired by Doily #9.  I love the Buttons Galore stuff.  Placed some Distress Stickles in Picket Fence on "Joy."

Rosette 5:  The Nativity.  I wanted this to be a focal point in the shadowbox.  When you see it, it is the "tallest" of the lot as i wanted it raised from the rest.  In the process of making this whole project, i realized i wanted to incorporate things or childhood memories which are dear to me.  In the Philippines, we call this the "Belen" and i remember visiting it in the church which is just walking distance from where we used to live.  It is reminiscent, to me, of the sharp coldness of December nights and early morns which heralds the Christmas season.  
Used Hero Arts stamp and (can not be seen in photo) Versamark Dazzle for something sparkly :) Stamped also on acetate with white Staz On.

Rosette 6:  Inspired by Doily #10.  Misted the Maya Road velvet blossom with Mister Huey Schoolhouse.  Again placed Distress Stickles and Stickles.

 Rosette 7:  Inspired by Doily #3.  Another simple layering.

Rosette 8:  Inspired by Doily #12.  There's actually a printed acetate under the heart, but it got covered by the banner.  The heart itself has been placed with Distress Stickles Rock Candy.  It really looks and feels like sugarred cookie! :)

 Rosette 9:  Another cluster, this time of Christmas trees.  Yes, it's one of my fondest childhood memories.  We had a silver tree when i was a toddler, completely different from other trees i've seen at the time.  I can't remember exactly when we put it into retirement but the silver foil and the ornaments (some of which are still at home in the Philippines) just strongly bring back good memories.

Rosette 10:  Yes, gifts!  And candy cane. And fruitcake.  Love them all.  So very Christmas-sy!

 Rosette 11:  Inspired by Doily#4.  Love the rub-ons there!  Have put Glossy Accents on the inside of the oval frame, the frame itself being Distress Stickle-d.

Rosette 12:  Inspired by Doily#1.  The clock face for me signifies the excitement and anxiety of waiting on Christmas Eve for the clock to strike midnight. The culmination of the Yuletide Season, of midnight masses, of spending time with family and friends opening gifts and at the food-laden table (or the most we can, some years we are blessed with more than enough, some years we are still thankfully blessed).

Hope you enjoyed viewing the rosettes as much as i enjoyed making them!  Am not sure how i would be at embellishing and layering after doing this.  I've yet to find out :)  But am mighty glad for the tutorial.  Do visit Christine Middlecamp's blog to be inspired.

Would be updating this post with the materials used.

Take care, everyone!

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Card for CPS 234

Hello dear readers! Hope you are having a great day today.

Have been making Christmas cards this week (wanting to use up last year's Christmas papers) and browsed the net for sketches.  This one is from Card Positioning Systems #234 (please click for the details).

It's the first time am entering the CPS challenge, though i've been admiring the cards there for sometime now.

Materials:  Stamp - Unity Stamp Company "Ornamental Season;" patterned papers - Pink Paislee Father Christmas, DCMV Christmas Combo Printed Matstack; DCMV cardstock; die-cut - Sizzix Sizzlits; pearls - Prima; Stickles; Kokuyo tape glue; Glossy Accents; ink - Versafine Sepia.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Teacher's Day Cards and Gifts

Hi, all! Am back with another post for today.  This time it's about the Teacher's Day cards and gifts my son and i prepared.  This year here in SG, it was celebrated 2 September and there were no classes on that day.  My son presented his gifts the day prior.

First up are the cards.  My 5-year old son helped put them together after i cut and glued the papers and brought out all the flowers and pearls.  I've used the negatives of the die-cuts from the flowers in the altered clipboards (please see below). 

Here's how he helped:
1.  He inked the paper edges with Distress Ink (am sure he was very thrilled to be using Mommy's "toys" heehee!).
2.  He chose which flower and pearl would go to which card (i've to say he's got great a great eye for color combos, unlike Mommy haha!). 
3.  Then, he chose which card would be for which teacher (we made a list, and he made my list even longer as he wanted to give all his teachers a card each).
4.  He wrote his Teacher's name on each card and signed his name :)

He's such a dear and very sweet of him! Must mention, though, that while we were doing it, it wasn't smooth sailing all the way through.  Well, he's a child and would want his own way most of the time and would be distracted by the TV or by his little brother playing.  But, all in all, i was so proud of him!

And here's what he made:

 And here's what Mommy made - altered clipboards for his main teachers.  That's a sticky notes holder there at the bottom, with a gate-fold opening.  Have actually stamped sentiments on the inside flaps of the holder and used Perfect Medium and Perfect Pearls (love the combination!), but alas! i forgot to take photos! :S

Here're some close-ups:

Prima - Reflections Collection A4 pad, flowers, bling, pearls; Maya Road flower; Maple Treehouse flowers; Stickles; Distress Ink; Tim Holtz Adage Tickets; white cardstock; clipboard; Glossy Accents; Helmar; Beacon's glue; stamps (Unity, Flourishes, Inkadinkado).

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This was for MWL's ND Scrapbooking Challenge

Here's a layout for a challenge at Made With Love's National Day Scrapbooking Contest (already concluded).  The theme was either Singapore, family, or home.

Title:  Nine Blessed Years

Have been inspired by one of Kim Watson's layouts - clean and simple and fun.  Plus, the butterflies just got to me :)  Have placed red and white embellies to represent Singapore.  Been thinking i should have put a Singapore flag somewhere, but am absolutely sure my boys would only peel off the only SG flag sticker we have here at home :)

Here are some close-ups:

Materials:  Patterned papers, die-cut - My Mind's Eye Love Me Do; Buttons - Pebbles, Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye Lost & Found, from own stash; Alphas - American Crafts Thickers; Punch - Martha Stewart; Twine; Cardstock (white, kraft); tape glue, Glossy Accents, EK Success foam dots.
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For Scrappin Studio's Sunday Sketch

Hello there again!  It's great to be participating again in Scrappin Studio's Sunday Sketch.  It's been a while since i've last joined in their challenges and am glad to be in it again :)

Details of the sketch challenge are *HERE*

Below is my take:

Title:  Learn. Discover. Grow.

This is about me wanting to impart some bit of advice to my little ones.  I want to tell them so much about life.  I want to tell them encouraging words when the time comes and i hope we keep an open communication with each other.  *SIGH*  Sometimes, for a mother, looking into what the future could be is a bit scary :)

Here are some close-ups:

Have stamped some sentiments/sayings.  I wish i could've stamped more; used instead Cosmo Cricket's Tiny Text :)  They are so nifty and useful and i like them a lot :)

Have noticed only now that some of the Tiny Text stickers are skewed!!!  Ah, well, i guess that's what you get when your tiny crafting table is filled to the brim and you've to work by placing your 12x12 layout on top of an 8x8 book LOL!  Oh, for me it's ok that they are skewed; it just adds to the "real life" feeling on the layout :)

Patterned papers and embellishments are from Studio Calico's June kit; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text; Stamps are from Tim Holtz and Unity; Distress Inks, Slick Writer, Kokuyo tape glue, American Crafts This and That foam dots, EK Success foam dots.

Would welcome your comments and feedback.

Thanks very much for visiting!  Enjoy the weekend!