Vintage Travel Wedding Details

I am happy to finally find more time to blog, take care of my facebook page Thoughtful Crafts, and create pretty things! Like these vintage wedding details I'm sharing with you today... 

It was such a pleasure working with the most relaxed and the coolest bride-to-be I have ever met, Shay, who asked me to design for her wedding giveaways, boutonnieres and wrist corsages. All of which I made with the help of my trusty Sizzix Bigshot Machine and dies which I will individually mention and link below for you.

This paper luggage was die-cut (with Sizzix Score Board XL Die - Suitcase) and hand stamped by me. One. By. One. All 170 pcs. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Will I do it again? Yes! :)

I used 6 different (old and new) travel themed stamps from various brands and used distressed inks for a vintage, distressed look.

For the boutonnieres, I used a combined die-cuts from two dies, Jumbo Tattered Pinecone  to make that rose and Flourish, Floral with Leaves for the gold swirls.

Notice the "map" details in the petals? That's the bride's idea. I literally hoarded all the patterned papers with map details from Made With Love when she called me that day to tell me this is what she wants. 

She also wanted the boutonnieres and wrist corsage to coordinate, so I made the same flowers but added lace and silk ribbons, and changed the gold swirls with cream. I imagine these on the bridesmaids' wrists. I like what I imagine :)

And then, I kinda got carried away with creating that I made this layout as a gift for the couple. Using the same dies I used for the projects I showed above + some other details I could find in my stash. Take a look at some close ups below...

I'm happy with everything ... which is quite obvious in the photos below, taken by Benjo when we did a product shoot before these were picked up by the bride and groom :) 

Dear Ed and Shay... thank you for trusting me with this. I wish you not just a happy wedding but a happy married life. It won't always be a perfect ride but with God as the center of your union, it will be worth it!

XO, Gen :)

P.S. For inquiries about my wedding details and services, email me at


Bigshot Machine
Sizzix Score Board XL Die - Suitcase (657124)
Jumbo Tattered Pinecone (660035)
Flourish, Floral with Leaves (656520)

Christmas Tea Party | Sizzix

Head over to Sizzix Blog for my post about this Christmas Tea Party I hosted for former colleagues. I made some cute details using dies from Where Women Cook line. 

When I was working at Made With Love, I would often be too engrossed with designing in the workshop that I didn't really had long conversations with most of these pretty young girls (take note: young! they are like half my age! gosh!) but lately, I had the chance to get to know them more when they invited me to join and sponsor their monthly scrapbooking challenge! 

It was nice having you at my happy place Mabel, Amira, Yolanda, Shiying,  Jeanny, Kwee Mei! Rene hope you will be able to join next time :)

More moments and details in the photos below. Get your magnifying glass to be able to see. Lol!

Up next: WEDDING! See you! =)

Gift Wrapping

I promised to be back right away so I'm here! How about a project for Made With Love and Sizzix

It's my first time to play with the Susan's Garden and I can say that's it's one of my favourites. It's so fun and therapeutic! Today I'll share with you how I used three different flower dies (Carnation 659657, Cosmos 659659,  Southern Magnolia 659662) for gift wrapping. 

I started with cutting the shapes. I layered my sandwich of magnetic platform (which is PERFECT if you are cutting small thinlits like these because no single piece will get missing!) + cutting plate + papers + dies + cutting plate. 

Each packaging will have a visual guide on how many pieces you will need to cut. And at the end of my post, I will be sharing links of video tutorials by Susan herself. 

Look how fun, cute, sweet this is! I was like a little girl playing this morning and I couldn't stop giggling =) 

After shaping, bending, stirring, rolling, pinching (you will know all these terms in the video tutorial), I finally finished three pretty flowers. I showed it to Benjo and he said they look real. I think he said it not just because that's what I wanted to hear lol!

So I then wrapped some presents and tied some twine around them.

Then inserted some pretty tags from Webster's Pages.

Then added little details like sequins and a dewdrop.

Yay! Simple project. But definitely not a simple gift wrap. Agree? hahaha! Here are some more of the gifts I wrapped using the flowers I made... 

My friends are so lucky to have me in their lives. I hope they are aware hahaha! Anyway, check out the awesome video tutorials by Susan here, here and here. 

Sizzix Susan Garden's Dies:
papers - Webster's Pages
sequins - Teresa Collins

All supplies are available at Made With Love. 

A mailbox and clean space....

Christmas is here very soon. Thanking God for making our Christmas Holidays happy and full of peace despite not being able to go home to Philippines. He know we needed to stay this time for something important too. He gives us the grace to see it through, even while missing our family so much.

Being busy with my projects and a lot of of other different things in my planner helps :)

I have a tutorial at the Sizzix blog on how to alter this mailbox for my sons with Tim Holtz ShadowPress Debossing Folders and Sizzix Classroom Series dies. Go check it out! :) 

And oh... today I am so happy of my little achievement... a  very clean and re-organized space :) It feels sooo good!

Coming back tomorrow with a very beautiful sharing :) See yah!

Gifts and A Christmas Tree!

I remember growing up to a family (and extended family) that loves Christmas season. Christmas used to be my most favourite time of the year as I associated it with gifts, seeing loved ones... It was a very happy season. It is still a very happy season until now. Nothing has changed. I still enjoy the gift giving part. The food. The music. The putting up of the Christmas Tree. I still love Christmas. I still enjoy putting up our tree, wrapping gifts. But some things have changed. I am not that excited for Christmas anymore because it only comes once a year. I treat Christmas as a normal month. 

Why? Because I now think that everyday should be as special as Christmas. 

Everyday I should enjoy cooking and enjoying home cooked meals. Everyday, I should take time to laugh (or cry if we need to) with friends. Everyday, we should be celebrating life with our loved ones.  Everyday we should be giving gifts! 

And by gifts, I mean gifts that will last. A hug. A smile. A happy thought. 

These thoughts inspired me to do something special with our tree this year. It is full of "gifts" that's meant to be given to anyone who comes to our house this Christmas. If they are nice, they will get something else too! hahaha :) 

What makes these gifts special? It's the surprise message inside that I pray, will stay with you for the rest of the year! :) 

Let me share with you the process.. 

I started with my dear Sizzix, a paper pad from Pebbles and the newest die I have, a Notepad Cover Die by Brenda Walton. This is a notepad cover but I want to use it for something else. Yes you can do that with your Sizzix dies! :)

So I cut papers according to the shape's size (a system I have gotten used to when I know I would "mass produce"). Loving the reds greens! I can imagine these pretty patterns on our tree!

Then cut the shapes with my ever efficient, ever trusty Bigshot Machine. You can see the "sandwich" I made: cutting plate + die + paper + crease pad.

There. The shapes are cut. And scored. Because the die is so awesome, it will also score the shape so that all you need to do is just... 


So after all the shapes are cut, folded... I began to write Christmas wishes with my calligraphy pen. 

Then I searched for that bag with all the red ribbons I have collected over the years :D

If you come and visit us on Christmas eve, you will get one! Let me know :) 

paper - Pebbles