Thoughtful Crafts Monday!

Good morning! Excited to share with you some cute projects I made for a friend using my two most favorite tools: eclips and bind-it-all

 ... randomly arranged papers and things and used 'decorate your life' cartridge for the sentiment: "Decorate your life with joy" 

... for this personalized notebook, I stamped "baby" using white paint.

... there, Mommy Lalie can now scribble her precious thoughts about Chase :) You can see more of my handmade creations here.
Thanks for looking and have a happy week ahead! 

Creative Scrappers Sketch #179

This sketch is so perfect for the photos I and hubby took using our cams and iphone instagram, that night, when we "accidentally" discovered that our 3 year old can write! I was tutoring his elder brother to write when he blurted out "Mommy, can I write too?" So I taught him how to hold the chalk,  we wrote a few straight lines, and to my big surprise, he scribbled all the letters of the alphabet except "W" with much ease! Imagine me jumping up and down in amazement! I remember when I was little, my father would draw dots for us to trace. I kinda miss doing that with him. But who cares! My little one can already write! :) 

This Bo Bunny Blast Off collection is perfect for the story as it has got lots of stars = very good :) I also love the rockets... the robots... and the alphabets... the arrows.. everything! 

... the key lime paint which I stamped using my foam stamp gives a very good contrast to the bright and happy colors :) 

Thank you for looking! I hope you all take care especially in crossing the streets. My friend's sister met a very serious accident last Wednesday and is fighting for her life right now. Please help us offer a prayer for her. That God will give her and her family strength and peace in this difficult time. 

Echo Pack: Country Drive

Sharing 3 projects I made for a class at Made With Love. These 3 minis are made out of just 1 paper pack from Echo Park. I think this is my most favorite of all EP's line... Country Drive!

Class objective was to make mini albums from scratch. So with the help of my other ever reliable favorites: Sizzix dies, Studio paints, Ranger crackle paints, ribbons and buttons, metal rings, a few card stocks and lots and lots of foam dots ... here are the minis I so love! Looking at them makes me smile :)

 "Hello Sunshine" 

This album is about me. A reminder for me to always try to live in the moment... to smile a lot, listen more, love always...

"Happy Adventure"

The second album is about one of our family picnics at East Coast.  That basket sticker is soooo perfect for this!

"You and Me Together"

The third one is about family. For me, material abundance alone does not give us genuine happiness. It's being with our family. Enjoying each other's company. Laughing in happy times, crying in bad times but still feeling alright knowing that God is in charge. 

Hope you enjoyed looking at my simple creations. It's not too difficult to make if you just have the right tools, the inspiration and of course the pretty papers from Echo Park! :) 

Thankful Tuesday

What makes a great weekend?

  • a friend coming over for an unplanned bonding
  • a feel good movie marathon (like 2 weeks notice & definitely maybe)
  • a homemade dessert (or better yet, dessertsssss!)
  • 2 handsome boys impatiently checking the oven if the dessert Mommy bakes is ready *loooove it!*
  • a walk around the block with a macho man (lol!)
  • a quiet me-time in the bedroom with books, notebooks and pens, with the air-con on... while all the rest forgot you're there!
  • Holy Eucharist
  • not spending anything except for groceries
  • forgetting about exercise and just eat eat eat (uumm, I'm not so sure of this one)

....check to all the items on the list! Looks like we had a great weekend! Thank you Lord for giving us joy and contentment in things like these. Thank you Criste for the visit! Hanggang sa susunond =D

Thoughtful Crafts Monday!

Selling some of my used/unused stuff! All are in good condition. Leave a comment if you are interested. Please click here for prices and more details. Thank you!

mr. potato

I first learned this recipe from good friends Jing and Hazel. For many times that I have prepared this menu, I would always peel potatoes with my fingertips or with a knife which takes a lot of time. This time, I know better. Thanks to this tutorial on how to peel a boiled potato!

tutorial: altered recipe book

Shortly before our wedding, hubby gave me this notebook. It became not just my recipe book but a record of some of my first goals as new wife, the very few menu I knew then. That time, I would often call my mother for help. This 8 year old notebook is precious. So it is just right that I jazz it up, believing that one day my children and their children will see, hold and cook with it! :)

1. Painted the covers with Studio Claudine Hellmuth semi-gloss paint in traditional tan. 

2. Stamped some fruits, food images by Hero Arts, and colored it with Copic. I also used the same stamp set to stamp spoon and fork on my project. Cutest!

3. Then I took some old papers that I kept for this purpose.  American Crafts Abode papers are just so cute!Distressed it and adhered everything on  my book. Added some flowers, MT tapes, twines and other embellishments. 

4. After arranging and pasting all the embellishments, I added alphas and wrote some sentiments. Then, I painted the whole thing with Mod Podge to seal all the tiny details. I want to make sure this book will really stand the test of time! :)

4.  When the  Mod Podge was dry, I took out my Studio Claudine Helmuth in teal, mixed a bit of water and sprinkled paint randomly over the cover using a paint brush. 

There! My very precious recipe and home-making book. Would you like to see some pages inside? It's nothing fancy. But it is one of my possessions that money can't buy :) 

*click to make it larger

Thank you for looking! And warm greetings to all of you who visit my blog :) Bless the Lord!