Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hello again!

Dear blog friends and readers...Hello again!

Yes, it has been 5 months since my last post - 5 long months!  Have had some lows and some highs during that time, lots of activities and chores.  The coming new year will bring new changes, too.

I've missed blogging and blog-hopping!  No scrapbook page made all this while, BUT i have been crafting -  those have kept me sane :)  Most crafts i've done are for my boys' school activities.  But now the Christmas holidays have come around, i couldn't stay away from crafting any more.

In September of last year, i made this for my house project:

 This year, in October, i did this:

It is an altered Maya Road Trinket Box, painted white.  For the frames with photos in them, I've kept the same pattern throughout - loopy border, patterned papers, stamps, die-cuts - to give some sort of cohesiveness.

For the other frames, i stuck to the same colors as much as possible.

Here are some close-ups:

The die-cut alphas (PTI) are covered with Glossy Accents, and they sit on top of layered papers and transparency.

The "peace" word has been die-cut with shimmery paper (DCWV) and i've put Stickles on the outline.  I've also used Framed-Out #1 die (PTI) to frame some layered stickers and fussy-cut birds (Lawn Fawn paper).  The star is from a Maya Road pin (which i've pulled out). Added some Buttons Galore cuties and Prima bling.
This is actually the first frame that i did for this tray.  I've stamped and heat-embossed the teal images (PTI).  On another piece of patterned paper (MME) die-cut with Half & Half die (PTI), i stamped and heat-embossed another PTI image.  Then layered some papers and embellies, added pearls and bling.

That's my "big" project for this year.  After this, I was still able to make a couple more smaller ones.

How are your holidays?  I hope they're going well. 

There're some very sad, heart-breaking events in the world right now, and the holidays are the worst time that they could happen.  I don't know how the families affected can cope, but my prayers are for and with them.

Thank you for taking your time to visit! I really appreciate it!

Take care!


Supply List: 
Maya Road Trinket Box; patterned papers - My Mind's Eye, Lawn Fawn, Webster's Pages, Lily Bee; cardstock - DCWV, Bazzill; stamps - Papertrey Ink, Lily Bee; inks - Papertrey Ink, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versamark; dies - Papertrey Ink, My Favorite Things; stickers - Echo Park, Simple Stories; embellishments - American Crafts, Prima, Maya Road, Buttons Galore, Doodlebug, Maple Treehouse, Papertrey Ink, Kaisercraft, Ranger; Martha Stewart punch; Claudine Helmuth paint; ZIG pen; Crop-a-Dile; adhesives - Glossy Accents, EK Success, Polar, Beacon's, Inksentials, Plaid.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hexagon Coverplate!

Hello, dear readers!

Wow, it feels like i've fallen off the face of the crafting world! Haha!  Am a one-man show in our house chores this past week (and more coming) so it's been impossible to do some scrapping and card-making.  Just a quick post today to share what i was able to do before my necesarrily self-imposed crafting break :)

I just love this hexagon coverplate by Papertrey Ink!  I used it like an Impression Plate on these cards.

Hope your weekend has been great!

Thank you for stopping by today!


Supply list:
Cardstock; patterned papers - Prima (Celebrate with Jack & Jill Collection 6x6 pad); stamps (We Go Together, Just the Ticket), dies (Limitless Layers 2.25" Ovals, Ticket Border, Half & Half, Flip Flop, Coverplate: Hexagons), button (Raspberry Fizz), inks - Papertrey Ink; twine - AC; adhesives - EK Success, Kokuyo Dot Liner, double-sided tissue tape; square punch - EK Success.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pages With Papertrey Challenge #10 - LO #2

Hello!  Am back again with another layout for Leigh Penner's Pages With Papertrey Challenge #10 - to include an interactive element on the layout.

My base sketch is from Pages With Papertrey Sketch #8, although my page turned out a bit different.

Title:  You Are So Sweet

This is just my third 8.5"x11" layout.  The others are found HERE and HERE and are pre-Papertrey :)

This page is about my youngest son thinking of me when he saw this cake in the bakeshop, because he knows i watch the show all the time :)  (and that makes them watch the show, too!)  He's 3 years old, by the way :)

Here are some close-ups:

The top photo shows the interactive element, where my journalling is.  I used a brad to hold and turn the tiny tag flower to latch the "door," as my sons call it.
The bottom photo is a close-up of my Liquid Pearl-ed (supposed to be) cake (where i ruined the  piping - i couldn't get the hang of the LP yet).  This is supposed to be a replica (haha!) of the cake in the photo.  I poured Glossy Accents on the alphas; i was trying to finish up the bottle and cut the nozzle to widen it, so i got uneven Glossy Accents on the letters.

I love the patches and the tiny tags, although the page turned out to be busier than i wanted.  The photo seems to get lost, even when matted on dark brown cardstock, so i penned faux stitching around it.

Thank you for dropping by!  Have a sweet day!


Supply list:  Cardstock - Papertrey, AC; papers are from Studio Calico Singin In The Rain and Moses Supposes Kits; stamps (Tiny Tags, Simply You, Wonderful Words Additions), dies (Tiny Tags, Strawberry Patch, Block Alphabet Lowercase, Trendy Treetops), ink (Dark Chocolate), buttons - Papertrey Ink; Sizzix Framelits, Spellbinders Nestabilities; twine - My Mind's Eye; pearls - ZVA; Glossy Accents; Liquid Pearl; adhesives - Helmar, Kokuyo Dot Liner, Claudine Helmuth Studio Matte.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pages With Papertrey Challenge #10

Hello out there!

Today let me share with you layout i made for Leigh Penner's Pages With Papertrey Challenge #10 - to include an interactive element to the layout.

The sketch is from My Mind's Eye January 2012 newsletter.

Title:  Just The Cool Boys

Here's the interactive element:

I've created a low pocket and adhered it behind the "Cool" die-cut, so i could slip the journalling spot in.

The photo was taken when we went swimming with their cousins who were visiting at the time.  Their cousins always noticed how my sons' outfits are matching all the time :)  i guess it's just me not having girls and playing dolls with them haha!

Hope you're enjoying summer!  Here in Singapore, while am writing this, there's a cool breeze, making me drowsy.  Later in the evening it could be humid again :)

Thank you for visiting!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned papers, die-cuts - My Mind's Eye (Good Day Sunshine); buttons, twine - My Mind's Eye;  stamp (Boy Basics:  Game On), die (Ticket Border, Limitless Layers 1.75" Circles, Pocket Basics); ink - Memento; ZIG pen; Sizzix Framelits; adhesives - Kokuyo Dot Liner, AC This to That, EK Success.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pages With Papertrey #9 - LO #3

Hi, blog friends!

Posting another layout for Leigh's Pages With Papertrey #9. The challenge is to stamp on patterned paper.

I've actually finished and photographed my page without no stamping yet and i honestly didn't feel it is finished :)  Then i saw a patterned paper while browsing online; an image similar to Framed Out #1 inner stamp images are overlapped (am still trying to find the link).  That's where i got the idea to stamp on my page.

The sketch is from Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch from 20 May 2012.

Title:  What A Face!

My youngest son loves ice cream (his older brother is the opposite).  i captured his expression while he was happily goofing around with his small tub of ice cream.  Priceless! Haha!

On the page, i've used the Framed Out #1 inner frame die-cuts and some chevron strips to frame the photo.

Here are some close-ups:

On the left photo, you can see the faint stamped images (in Soft Stone) from Framed Out #1.  On the right photo, some of the few details.

Do your kids love ice cream, too? :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I really appreciate it.

Supply list:  Patterned papers and embellishments - Studio Calico Glee Club and Pep Squad Kits; stamp (Framed Out #1), ink (Soft Stone), dies (Framed Out #1, Chevron Stripes) - Papertrey Ink; brads - My Mind's Eye; adhesives - Helmar, foam tape, EK Success.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pages With Papertrey Challenge #9 - LO #2

Hi, everyone!

Would like to share today a page that would suit Pages With Papertrey Challenge #9 by Leigh Penner.  The challenge is to stamp on patterned paper.  Since discovering PTI and Leigh's challenges, i've been encouraged a whole lot to use stamps (and use my dies, too) on my layouts.  Unlike before when i thought that stamping is too troublesome to add to a page,  now my pages seem to be missing something without some stamped image or sentiment on them :)

For this page, though, i'll admit that it's just a very small part of the patterned paper that has been stamped on :)

Title:  Meet-The-Parents Day

This page is about my sons having their first Meet-The-Parents day TOGETHER (ever!) at school.  We got great reviews for both of them from their respective teachers, and some were pleasant, unexpected surprises.  There are times that they behave differently in school (in a better way) than when they're at home.  Are your children like that too?

Here are some close-ups:

The top photo shows the stamped area.  See how small it is?  Hope that counts towards this challenge :)

Thank you for visiting! Hope you've a great day!


Supply list:  Papers and embellishments - Studio Calico Singin' In The Rain and Moses Supposes Kits; stamp (Boy Basics: Game On), ink, dies (Limitless Circles 1.75", Simple Circles border, Super Stars border, Pocket Basics) - Papertrey Ink; twine - My Mind's Eye;  punches - Fiskars, EK Success; adhesives - Kokuyo Dot Liner, Helmar, AC This to That, EK Success.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Card for Papertrey Ink MIM #69

Hello again!

Posting a card today for Papertrey Ink's  Make-It-Monday #69: Inspiration Into Unique Sketches.

Nichole Heady discussed how she found inspiration pieces and used them as card sketches.  Yes, inspiration is everywhere! :)

Here's the sketch i chose to use:


Here's my card:

Instead of the banner strips, i have stamped the image (lines with circles) from Background Basics:  Retro in different colors and (what i hope are) varying lengths.  This was after stamping the same image in Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass) as background.  In retrospect, i should've placed some small embellishments (rhinestones, maybe) on the bottom left corner of the sentiment block to balance the sun image :)

I've also used the Picnic Plaid Impression Plate, but the effect is very faint (i've used only one embossing mat instead of two).

Thank you for taking time to visit!  It means a lot to me!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; stamps (Background Basics: Retro, Movers and Shakers Sentiments, Back Pocket Basics), ink (Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Winter Wisteria, Lavender Moon) , dies (Back Pocket Basics, Fillable Frames #1), impression plate (Picnic Plaid) - Papertrey Ink; others - TH Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass), Tonic Studios duo punch; adhesives - Kokuyo Dot Liner, AC This to That, EK Success.

For Pages with Papertrey Challenge #9

Hello, blogging friends!

Had been fortunate to have scrapped several pages for the past few days.  Am not sure if am scrapping a wee (just a wee) bit faster or just lucky - haha!

Here's one for Leigh's Pages with Papertrey Challenge #9 - to stamp on patterned paper.

The sketch is from My Mind's Eye October 2011 Newsletter.

Title:  Slurpee Bliss

This is of my son's very happy, enjoying-every-minute moments with his cup of Slurpee from a nearby 7-11 store.  He asked his Dad if they could go out and buy it and afterwards, he requested that he sit first to sip his Slurpee.  After two complete sets of traffic signals have come and gone, he agreed to go home :)

Here are some close-ups:

I've stamped images from the Grunge Me set, to also create a visual triangle.

The title words i have Stickled with Rock Candy and Star Dust.

I've Glossy-Accent-ed the tiny hearts and the Slurpee Cup (whose sides and straw have Rock Candy, too).

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thank you so much for dropping by!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned papers - My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup; sticker - MME; stamps (Grunge Me, Heart-2-Heart #1), ink (Berry Sorbet), dies (Trendy Tree Tops, Block Alphabet Uppercase, Script Alphabet Lowercase, Heart-2-Heart #1, Ticket Border) - PTI; adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That, EK Success; Glossy Accents; Stickles.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

For Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #68

Hello there! Am back today to post a card for this week's PTI Make It Monday #68:  Pocket Cards

It's been a while since my last post, as things have been busy here since last week.  Our nephews and nieces (from my husband's side) have visited us here in Singapore.  Our boys are super thrilled, to say the least, to spend fun times with their cousins.  We've visited places, one of which was Universal Studios Singapore.

Here's a card we'll be sending them (they've now gone back to Manila):

It's a diagonal double pocket card, the tutorial for which i got *HERE.*

I added two strips of paper at the bottom forming two additional small pockets for the tickets.  The kids took lots of pictures and they might want to use the tickets for embellies :)

Here's the card, L-R:
pocket card with contents on the outside; tickets and two inserts.

Have used October Afternoon double-sided patterned paper to make the pocket card.  Then stamped the "Celebrate" sentiment and stars in different colors on the front and on the panel behind.

The pink insert is where i placed the sentiment using stamps, die-cuts and stickers.
The aqua insert is where i adhered photos and again stamped stars and a sentiment.

After forming the card, i actually struggled with the colors from the patterned paper and what to put on the inserts.  However, it's also from the colors from the patterned paper that i took what inks to use and from which papers to get the die-cuts from.

Thanks for stopping by today! Much appreciated!

Hope you have a great weekend!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned paper - October Afternoon "Thriftshop;"  stamps - Papertrey Ink (Tag-Its, Fillable Frames, Think Big Favorites, Flower Fusion, Framed Out), Imaginisce; dies - Papertrey Ink (Wonderful Words, Block Alphabet- Lowercase, Ticket Border); inks - Papertrey Ink; stickers - Adornit, October Afternoon; Tonic Studio duo punch; adhesives - double-sided tape, Kokuyo Dot Liner, Helmar.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For CardPatterns 166, Thankful Thursdays #20 and PTI MIM 67

Hi, blog friends!

Posting today with a card for CardPatterns 166 and  Thankful Thursdays #20

Edited to add:  Am also entering this card to Papertrey Ink's MIM #67 - Step-it-Up: Mixing Patterned Papers, with much encouragement from Leigh and Joyce :)  Thank you so much, ladies!

I love this American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection - just lovely! :)

Shown below, the berries and some outlines of the leaves and flowers are actually shiny, having used ZIG's Wink of Stella on them, but i don't know how to properly capture it with the camera :)

Thanks for visiting!

Have a great day!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned papers - AC Dear Lizzy Neapolitan; Papertrey Ink - stamps (Strawberry Patch, Strawberry Patch Sentiments), dies (Strawberry Patch, Mat Stack 4), ink (Berry Sorbet), ribbon (Smokey Shadow);  Memory Box (Heart Chain Border); Doodlebug bling; ZIG Wink of Stella; adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That, EK Success, foam tape, Ranger Wonder Tape.

Monday, May 21, 2012

For Just Us Girls #137 - Color Challenge

Hi, everyone!

Here's a card for Just Us Girls #137 - Color Challenge.

Had actually been thinking of a blue and yellow combination for a card right before falling asleep the other night (when the best ideas come, right?!) and had been pleasantly surprised to find it's this week's challenge at JUGS.

My inspiration came from THIS CARD by Erin Lincoln.

i just adore that sun image --- am calling him Mr. Smiley Sun :)

Thank you for stopping by!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC, Bazzill;  stamps (Back Pocket Basics, Background Basics: Retro, Nativity Silhouettes), dies (Back Pocket Basics, Happy Day), inks (Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold) - Papertrey Ink; embossing folder - Cuttlebug; pearls; adhesives - AC This to That, EK Success, foam tape, double sided tape; Ranger Stickles.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Another LO for Pages with Papertrey Challenge 8

Hello, everyone!  Hope your weekend has gone well.  Weather is ok here, bright and sunny one moment, then showers the next, then bright and sunny again, and so on :)

Posting today for my second layout for Leigh's Pages with Papertrey Challenge 8 - to use ribbons on the page.  I managed to put more ribbons on this layout than on my first :)  This page has long been due but i only recently finished it after weeks of leaving it alone, waiting for my journalling and the final touches.

The sketch is from Got Sketch 140.

Title:  Fun {pretend} Ride in the Jeepney

This page is about my boys and their cousins (on their Dad's side) in a (play) jeepney in the Manila Ocean Park.  In the Philippines, the jeepney is the most common mode of public transportation.  I started and finished my schooling riding jeepneys, and continued to do so through my working days. Should you happen to visit, you must try it at least once (but with utmost caution with your belongings, and only if you dare to be in cramped, squeezed-in spaces).  It might be hair-raising, though haha! For us who grew up there, it's a part of life.  For my boys who were born and are being raised here in Singapore (where there are no such transpo), riding the jeepney is a treat and an adventure everytime we visit Manila.

Thank you for taking time to visit!


Supply list:  Papers and embellishments from Studio Calico County Fair and Shooting Gallery kits; stamps (Labels Basics, Super Stars, Tag-Its #12, Tiny Tags), dies (Banner Builder, Super Stars border), ribbon, buttons - Papertrey Ink; EK Success scallop and square punch; Spellbinders Small Pinking Circles; ink - Memento; Zig pen; Ranger TH Distress Stickles.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lawn Fawn Cards and Thankful Thursdays

Hi out there!

Posting some CAS Lawn Fawn cards today.  My first time to color images on a card.  Am not much of a coloring person, i don't know how to shade and such.  Hence, the images are just simply colored.

Am linking some cards for the first time to the following:
1)  Lawnscaping Challenge #33: Clean and Simple ,
2)  Thankful Thursdays #19 (i know it's not Thursday today, but i love the idea of thinking of thanking somebody during the week.  It grounds us. )

Used paper strips from the Bright Side.  i love this pad, the colors are really cheerful and bright.

Same image as the first card above, but stamped some background.

One-layer card.  i colored the band-aids in what i hope are cheerful colors.  Stamped them with Fresh Snow ink.  After coloring them, i used white gel pen on the dots and the smiling faces.

Another one-layer.  Attempted to do some shading on the middle rosette.  i need more practice! :)

Thank you for stopping by today!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC, Bazzill; patterned papers - Lawn Fawn Bright Side petite paper pack; stamps - Lawn Fawn (Admit One, On The Mend), Papertrey Ink (Inside Out: Thank You); ink - PTI; Copic Sketch Markers; Washii tape - Made With Love; adhesives - Kokuyo Dot Liner, foam tape.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Another set of Mother's Day Cards

Hi, everyone!  Quick post today.  This is my last set of Mother's Day cards for this year.  I've CASE-d Melissa Bickford's card in this *POST.*  I like the row of flowers at the bottom of the card and the scallop on top.  The pictures might not show it clearly, but i've impressed the front with the Picnic Plaid impression plate.

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Mother's Day! Hope you enjoy your day!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned paper - Lawn Fawn; stamps - Papertrey Ink (Pocket Basics, Mother); dies - PTI, MFT; impression plate - PTI; ink - PTI; ribbon - PTI; Copics; pearls and blings - ZVA, Pebbles, Doodlebug Designs Ink; Ranger Stickles; adhesives - Kokuyo Dot Liner, Claudine Helmuth Studio Matte Multimedium, Beacon's Fabri-Tac.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bright and Cheery Cards

Hi!  Am posting today some colorful-papered cards.  These papers just make me feel cheerful just by looking at them.

The sketch is from Got Sketch 141 (Card) and can be found *HERE.*

Have been attracted by the chevrons (my current favorite heehee!).  I couldn't stop at just one card, so i ended up making three of them :)

i hope the cards cheered you up a bit!

Thanks for stopping by.


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned papers - Lawn Fawn Bright Side; stamps - Papertrey Ink (Trendy Tree Tops, Beautiful Butterflies); dies - My Favorite Things, Sizzix; EK Success Corner Rounder; ink, buttons - PTI; twine - My Mind's Eye; adhesives - Plus Norino Glue Roller, EK Success, Claudine Helmuth Studio Matte multi-medium.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

More Mother's Day Cards

Have you prepared cards yet for Mother's Day?  I've done some and these days, i find that i couldn't just make one card, but at least three of the same/similar design. Here's my latest set:

Thanks for visiting!


Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned papers - Cosmo Cricket "Evangeline" and "Baby Jane" Mini Decks; stamps - Maya Road, Papertrey Ink; dies - Papertrey Ink; EK Success Circle punch; flowers, trinkets, pearls - Maya Road, Prima, Oops! Blooms, ZVA; adhesives - Helmar, ZIG, AC This to That, EK Success, Beacon's. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"Pretty Peonies" Cards

Hello out there!

Posting today a couple of cards whose inspiration came from a bottle of bath wash :)

I couldn't find an image from their website, but it's Mark & Spencers China Blue Bath Wash :)  I had been inspired by the colors and how the flowers are arranged (yes, while i was  bathing haha!).

This first card has colors close to those on the bottle.

Did some experimenting with the misaligned stamping (smaller peony images) in different ink colors.  When i look at it, these images look, well, blurred LOL!  It takes my eyes back to focusing on the bigger peony images though.

Also had trouble placing the sentiment as i stamped the images first and the sentiment last.  Next time i'd do the sentiment first.

i think am going to try doing another card with these same colors, but minus the "blurry" images :)

Did this second card in Melon Berry ink.

How about you, do you find inspiration in the most unexpected places?  What's your strangest piece/place of inspiration? :)

Thanks for taking time to visit today! Hope you have a good day as well!


Supply list:  Cardstock - Bazzill, AC; stamps (Pretty Peonies, Mega Mixed Messages, Framed Out #1), inks (Blueberry Sky, Melon Berry, Classic Kraft) - Papertrey Ink; pearls - Paper Crafts Museum; adhesives - Kokuyo Dot Liner.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

BPC NSD 2012 Creative Crop Challenge 2

Hello out there!
Posting today about a page i did for Challenge #2 during the Big Picture Classes National Scrapbooking Day 2012 Creative Crop (whew!).

The challenge, hosted by Ali Edwards, was to use a photo from years ago and another photo from this year and then to tell a story about them. 

Here's my page:

Title:  Then & Now

Sketch used is from PageMaps June 2011.

The photos were from October 2008 (my baby had been just 3 months old then) and from January 2012.  How time flies! It seems like we were just carrying them in our arms, and now we can't keep them in our arms as they try to break free so they can jump and run around, without a care in the world.  Ah, childhood! :)

 Due to the different timezones, i started doing this page at 3AM when everyone is asleep.  I had to stop, though, because apart from me getting sleepy, die cutting at 3AM makes a sound equivalent to an explosion! LOL!  i had to press the plates together as i roll them to keep the noise to a minimum, but  my old plates kept making the cracking sound.  So i just continued it the following morning.

Thank you for dropping by today!

Supply list: Papers and embellishments from Studio Calico Country Fair and Shooting Gallery kits; Lily Bee 6x6 Handmade;  stamps - Papertrey Ink; dies - PTI, My Favorite Things, Spellbinders; ink - PTI; adhesives - Helmar, foam tape; ZIG pen.

Monday, May 7, 2012

For Pages With Papertrey Challenge 8

Hello, everyone!

Today am posting a layout for Leigh's Pages With Papertrey Challenge #8, which is to use ribbon on the page.

Sketch is from PageMaps February 2011.

My initial plan of using ribbon on this layout differed from the end result.

Title:  We Are Young

Can you spot the ribbon? :)
That's what i meant by initial plan vs. end result. Haha! i intended to use lots of ribbon strips for the area under the photos, but ended up using ric racs instead. And there it is - the lone ribbon as flag on the top left circle :)

i used the rock and roll technique for stamping most of the butterflies.  Have colored the chipboard alphas with Copic too.  Have wrapped twine around the big butterfly to give it a "body."

i created this page to remember the fun meet-ups with friends i have during our short vacations in Manila.  We always try to have dinner or lunch together to catch up on whatever's happening in each of our lives.  Dinner or lunch times always, always, always are not enough to run out of stories! :)  These ladies, we have been classmates starting Kindergarten or Grade 1 or High School Freshman year.  All those years, we have been building a strong bond and i don't think we realized it then.  We have seen, if not shared, each other's ups and downs, our teenage crushes/heartthrobs, battle of our favorite bands (Spandau Ballet vs. Duran Duran -haha! shows my age!), and lots more things that seem to have been petty at the time but  are now fun memories to reminisce.  i even believe we have each other's birthdays etched in our brain!  And today, these ladies always make time in their (hectic, especially during Christmas time) schedules to host a gathering for us who've been away.  i always allot a day for meeting them whenever i go back home. I just love them and the times spent with them!  Am so grateful to have them as friends!  So, to my friends who might (a long shot, maybe) just be reading this - my BIG HUGS to you!

To my blog readers, do you still keep in touch with your childhood friends? Do you see them often?

Thanks for taking time to visit today.  Very much appreciated!


P.S.  I've another page created for this challenge, but the journalling on that is still yet to be started.  Will post it soon :)

Supply list:  Papers and embellishments are from Studio Calico Brooklyn Flea and Snow Cone kits; stamps - Papertrey Ink, My Mind's Eye; dies - PTI, Sizzix, My Favorite Things; ribbon - PTI; ink - PTI; pushpin - MME; pearls - Paper Craft Museum; adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That, EK Success.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge

Hello, blog hoppers!  Posting today for Papertrey Ink's April Blog Hop.

The photo below is this month's inspiration:
(photo credit)

...and here's my card:

I've been inspired by the colors, the floral images and polka dots (represented by the rhinestones on my card).

Had actually been aiming for a one-layer card and the above image panel is what started as a draft/practice/test for me.  I was so surprised it turned out clean- looking and "error-free" haha!  So then i decided to use it and go tone-on-tone with the white card base.  If i had to do it again, though, i would have stamped the sentiment with a black ink.

Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; stamps - Papertrey Ink (Pretty Peonies, Beautiful Butterflies); inks - Papertrey Ink (Raspberry Fizz), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass), Memento (London Fog); bling - Doodlebug; adhesive - Kokuyo Dot Liner.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it :)

Happy hopping!