handpainted scarves for sale!

These lovely scarves are intricately hand painted by my sister and father. A work of art and love. And yes! They are for sale for only SGD$60. Email me or leave a comment if you are interested!

More handcrafted products here

note to self

eat... pray... love... exercise... read... teach... create... smile... dance... laugh... cry if you must... accept... tolerate... listen... and to be able to do all these, pray some more! 

TA glimmer glam
MM acrylic paint
old papers 
sizzix flower die
trims and ribbons from my stash
doily from Maggie
Sketch: Creative Scrappers

teachers day cards

Hello! I know I had so much to share. My birthday. Our weekend swim. My mood swings. My fear about a particular something concerning my health. The good news I got from back home about our small business. So many! I don't know where to start so let's just talk about something else for the mean time ok?

Such as Teachers Day!  It's going to be on September 1st here in Singapore. I remember  many years ago, how special it made me feel when my grade school pupils in LCC would give me hand made cards.  I still keep those precious gifts in a box at our home in Cebu. Now it's my turn to make some for Kuya's teachers =)

At least. Makes me feel good to do and share with you something concrete today. I need to go and see a doctor now... praying to God all is well with me. Take care you all!

papers: American Crafts Peachy Keen
circle and flower die: Sizzix
stamp: American Crafts
punches: Martha Stewart & EK
trims: American Crafts
others: twines, stickles, sharpie

More of these cards HERE

When I am happy...

I get to pray.
I get to create lots of nice stuff.
I get to sing a song.
I get to be sweet and thoughtful.
I get to appreciate and accept who I am.
I get to say no to temptations --- to buy things that I don't need.
I get to reach my goals.
I know how to listen (or I can try my best).
I love life.
When I am happy, my hubby and my sons are happy too.

I have to be HAPPY everyday.  Even though at times, there are a few reasons why I shouldn't be. I have learned to accept that life is not perfect. That my mother will get sick any time. That some people I love will not always have a good and happy and healthy life all the time. That the friends I really want to spend time with can never be around, not when you're many miles apart.

Thanks to God's word. It reminded me of these things. It helps me get my thoughts in order. I'm secure. I stand firm. I am still. He is God.

So because I am happy :) I created lots of stuff yesterday! 12 cards (but I intend to make 2 dozens more so I'm not showing it today haha) and this shadow box I made for newlyweds Charlie and Guada...

There's not much techniques here, just some distressing and layering... thanks to Crate Paper's very lovely Portrait collection. 

That flower is a die-cut using felt and this die. 

Happy to be seeing my layouts at the front page of CCG and Two Peas in a Bucket :) Here are some screen prints :) 

Most of all, I am happy to be spending lots of time with my two adorable yummies... 

"Mommy, look I made a boat!" 

... and this big guy here, taking charge of my mac while I was busy making cards.  He even managed to take a self portrait, including my big butt! lol! And when I checked on him... this was how my desktop looked like: 

Looks like he was busier that Mommy? hahaha! 
Have a nice day! It's my birthday tomorrow! Come back and greet me, ok? lol. 

Creative Scrappers Sketch #169

Hey there! Sharing another sketch from Creative Scrappers...

I challenged myself to create a "boy" layout using a very girly and pretty Peachy Keen of American Crafts. I guess the splats of red paint and that cute gray camera did the balance :)

Photo was taken at the beach house we stayed at during the latest family vacation.  That was right after breakfast, killing some time before going on a day tour scheduled that day. Looking at it makes me want to scrap more of our vacation photos... Okay I better do it now!

How's Sunday so far? :)

fun for fun

While kids were having haircut ...

While kids were playing ... 

... we were also busy trying out our MS punchers and striking a pose. Love the top given to me by Ate Betsy, hub's aunt from NY. Thank you Ate Bets! :) 

Who says we can't have fun while they do? I say, it's all about time management hahaha! Thanks to my friend Betsy, her sister Jancy and Vincent! More bondings to come :)

More snapshots of the day...

Have a happy weekend! :)

finally ... my days are better! :)

After a few days of sulking, I started smiling again, yesterday. First,  hubby took me out on a date (with no advance plans). That was a few moments after I silently cried to God my questions, disappointments, doubts, fears about a few things concerning myself and other things. Hubby continues to be an angel who seems to know when I badly need an ice blend coffee, a slice of cheese cake, and a pair of listening ears. Thank you Baby!

Then right after that quick date, we proceeded to meet our group mates for word preparation. God spoke to me. Answered my questions. Took my doubts away. Never felt so loved by Him in the best way ever. So intangible yet so concrete. Didn't involve any material gift (we usually say "God loves me!" when we get a new house, car, a promotion, an answered petition). It was just a few lines from our readings. I felt peaceful. Joyful. Secure.  

I believe I'm back on my feet again! Stay tuned for more "better days" news! Love! Love! Love! :)


Here's another Crate Paper layout, using the lovely Portrait collection. My entry for this month's color challenge, and at the same time, a special gift for Vanessa's 22nd birthday. So happy she loved it!


... that flower is actually a glimmer misted tissue paper. Just added a silver brad.

... denim, tapes, CP trims and some twines. Also splattered some white paint randomly over the page.

... lastly, sprayed some iridescent gold glimmer mist over the page. Poor lighting won't allow you to see the beautiful glimmer effect. Just imagine. Haha. Thank you for looking! :)

Happy 46th Birthday Singapore!

One of the best things Singapore gave me and my family is our St. Anthony community (Neocatechumenal Way) in Woodlands. We couldn't imagine life without our brothers and sisters who, like us, walk the narrow but fulfilling path. In life's ups and downs, we can rely on our brothers and sisters who love and accept us. We may be in a foreign land but we always feel at home because of our community.

Played with my Crate Paper's neighborhood collection, (one of the prizes I got for winning one of it's monthly contests! yay!), stickler, glimmer mists, and my forever favorites: buttons and dew drops!

Speaking of contests and prizes, do you want to win this one? :):):)

Visit Made With Love now and find out how you are able to win this scrappy goodness worth $100! It's our way of celebrating National Day! Hurry! Hurry! 

birthday! birthday!

It's Papang's birthday! Although this day may not be completely happy for mother is not feeling well, I still hope the day ends well.... I made this page documenting my gift for him. A Ukelele. Just sent him money to buy the one he likes =)

Soon, it's gonna be my birthday too... and I'm wondering a lot about how I am, as a person, as a mom, a wife, etcetera. Got a few days left to reflect and be ready to be a year older! :D

For this layout, I got my color inspiration from Color Combos Galore. Enjoyed playing with my key lime and red paints as my background and just randomly added variety of stuff from my color coded drawer. The word block background is a fave paper from Cosmo Cricket.

Thank you for looking and I hope you all have a nice day :)

how do you do it?

How do you try to keep or bring back your mojo?  After being away for long, I found myself a little "lost" despite my being happy to be in my happy place once again. One of the remedies that usually works for me is a new magazine ... thank you Sheng! :)

Then I found in one of the pages the exact same cupcake holder I have... and a lot more cool ideas :) see some of my  happy place make-over : 

... this got me working, and in fact I have finished some layouts already! 
I would love to hear how you call your mojo back... Please share! :)