Monday, April 25, 2011

TCR #55: ABC

Happy Easter, Everyone!

Here is the layout I made for The Color Room. We are now on the 55th Palette. I decided to make a page about our son. He is totally sweet and fun to be with but sometimes he gets a bit cranky and moody. But still he brightens up our day.
I did a collage of paper piecings, brads and buttons. I wrote the journal around the window that says: "You'll always be someone whose voice makes me smile. Someone whose laughter can turn any day around. Just being with you makes life more fun." I got this from Hallmark Stiquotes for Scrapbooking - Little Boy collection. Then the title is ABC which stands for Adorable, Beautiful Boy, Cute and Charming.
Fence: Sizzix die cut and Cuttlebug machine; Paper Trimmings: Martha Stewart Edge Punchers Embossed Zigzag
ABC Blocks: Big Kids DC Slice and Slice machine
Clouds, Sun and Banner: I hand drawn and cut each pieces.
Tricycle: Big Kids DC Slice and Slice machine
TCR Palette #55

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TCR #54: Layout - To Have and To Hold / Card - Celebrate

Here is the layout I did for The Color Room's Palette #54.
I made the background using acrylic stamps for the flourish images with VersaMark and transparent embossing powder. I removed the excess powder before finishing it with a heat gun. Then, I dabbed a colored ink over the embossed images using a pouncing sponge, carefully, swiping over the embossed area to reveal the images. I continued dabbing the sponge all around the area where I'll be placing the photo. Finally, I added drops of colored ink and swirls of chain stitches on areas where I'll be adding the accents.
Here, I made fanfold flowers using strips of origami papers because it is easier to fold. But any paper will do as long as you can manage it. I inked each flower after drying the adhesive.
Then, I added the details - flowers, buttons and assorted embellishments
I used foam stamps for the butterflies and black ink. Then I finished each with glittered glue.
I also made a quick card for someone special using the excess materials from the layout.
TCR Palette #54
Thanks for viewing, everyone!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Precious Moments Showroom - Giftshop and Teahouse

Last Sunday, My family had lunch at a very nice and cozy place. It's the Precious Moments Showroom - Giftshop and Teahouse located at 4227 Laredo St. Palanan, Makati City. It was truly a wonderful experience for us. The meal is so delicious and best of all the precious collections all over the place. Being there makes me happy, bringing back happy memories of my life. I just remembered that my wedding cake topper is also a PM figurine.

Here are some photos of the place...

PM Glass Globes
My sister, niece and sir Jojo who manages the place. He was kind enough to give a PM doll to my niece and we are very thankful.
PM Collections
PM Foyer/Entryway
PM Yummy Cakes
PM Appetizer (My 3 year old son took this photo)
PM Dining Area
PM Dining Area
PM Very Nice Tablewares and Pieces
PM Design Elements and Chandelier
PM Collections at the 2nd floor of the place. A whole year of Christmas!
I find these paintings really cute
I bought a souvenir doll for my collection
More photos here. Thanks for viewing! :)

Dolls: My Blythe Doll Collection Update

Abbey (ABE custom), Charlotte (Simply Guava), Darla (Simply Chocolate) and Blanche (Kiss Me True)
I've been neglecting my dolls for quite some time due to a very busy schedule. Last week I started re-organizing my craft space. I found a perfect spot for them, away from the danger of getting them paints on and scratches while I work on my layouts. I did change their clothes, too, for a fresh look. I'll be showing my updated space as soon as I have finalized everything.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

TCR#53: Kalesa

Here is my take on the given palette. Here we are riding a “Kalesa”, a horse drawn calash used in the Philippines. I diluted watercolor shimmers with ample amount of water in a small bottle of mister. The result is a glimmer mist effect or Perfect Pearls mixed with water. Cheaper than glimmer mist. I misted the background with watercolor shimmers that matches the colors on the given palette. I used foam stamp for the leaves and watercolor shimmers. Now, I have my background. I made a cut on the lower right portion on the base outlining the leaves wherein I inserted the lower right corner of the photo. Then, I added the details: the green scallop-edged paper trim, the hand stitched borders, the traced/cut foliage-like design from a patterned paper, the flowers and other design elements.

The title and the journal writing came last. TCR Palette #53

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

TCR#52: Love is a Blessing

Hi everyone! More power to The Color Room! Happy 1st Anniversary! One year of sharing ideas! I personally enjoyed participating in their challenges using the design team's color palettes. Truly a fun place that will push your creativity.
Here's my take on the 52nd palette challenge. My idea for this page is to make the title (Love) the main layout.
First, I made the letter O by framing the photo inside a circular scalloped edge die-cut (which I got from a previous R.A.K.). Then, I wrote a few verses from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 around the frame. I cut the letters V and E using my Slice machine and Slice DC Basic 2 from patterned cardstocks. Then, I inked the edges of each for depth.
I made the letter L by cutting two different flourishes using my Slice machine and DC Remember This from a plain cardstock. For the page background, I misted the base using a mixture of watercolor (color near with carnation pink) and Perfect Pearls Interference Violet. After drying the mist, I sprayed the base with non-yellowing fixative then let everything dry.
I cut strips of patterned paper to create the border/edge. I punched the first two strips using Martha Stewart Double Scallop edge puncher. Then, I inked the edges of each for depth.
I folded the pink stips as shown above. Then inked each folded edge, again for depth.
I assembled the strips on the top and bottom edge of the base with adhesive. After drying the adhesive, I added hand backstitches using thread for embroidery and with the aid of a tracing wheel.
Then the fun part which is adding embellishments... I cut the birdcage and butterflies from a patterned cardstock (DCWV Mariposa Collection) using a craft knife and my very handy curve scissors that is very good in cutting curved patterns (which, btw, I had for years since the Papier Tole craze started here in our country).
I made the partial bricked wall to mask the cut edge of the birdcage by cutting from the patterned paper similar with the one I used on the borders. Then I doodled the grout and edge with a marker to finish it.

I added assorted paper flowers and fabric flowers. I made the big paper flower on the letter L. For details on how I made the paper flower you may visit it here. I left the wire-stems of some flowers attached and twisted each using a beading pliers.
I layered foam tapes on the back of the letters L and V to create variation on the levels of each. This will provide volume and different shadows.
To complete the title I attached the sticker letters "i" and "s" on a pre-made chipboard tag forming "is", then "a" from a rub-on sheet and wrote the word "Blessings" with a calligraphy pen. For the final touch, I added swirls and doodles of glittered glue. Also, here you can see the volume and the play of shadows I made with this layout.
TCR Palette #52

Thanks for viewing and have a great weekend ahead! Happy Crafting!