Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Craft Soiree #3

This is a backtrack post, on a Craft Soiree I attended last December 8, 2012 at Pino restaurant, Jupiter St., Makati.

I have been following a lot of blogs from the US and I really get envious reading about card swaps, craft conventions, etc.

I've always wanted to participate in one!

So when an officemate told me about Life After Breakfast and the many events it hosts, I got so excited! Sure enough, one of the events was a Craft Soiree were different crafters get to meet and exhange handmade items!

I signed up right away! :)

But my excitement turned into worry because I didn't know what craft to make/give, and would it be good enough? would the recipient be happy with it? would they think it's worth the effort they gave on the craft their giving me?

Thankfully, hubby encouraged me to create some of the things I have created before, and as long as I create them with love, the receiver should be happy with it. :)

So here are the items I created, although I would say they are a mix of digital+handmade items.

A Paperclip Bookmark
A Ref Magnet
A Notecard

I really wanted to draw my own design and print them onto the ref magnet, but since baby and I got sick and couldn't do it anymore, I re-used free Precious Moments gifs from the internet and inserted my favorite Bible verses. Actually, I just reused the designs that were in the ref magnets I made for Dana's dedication last month.

I also planned on creating handmade dolls, but that idea is now parked until the next craft soiree I am attending, if I would be attending again. I'm really rather shy. :">

I also planned to create felt accessories and "named bookmarks" separately but again, since we got sick, I had to narrow down these 2 ideas into 1 project --- a tag, attached into the "package" I was giving away:

And lastly, here's my calling card:

So that's it for tonight. It is really a challenge getting sick, a lot of things cannot be done, so do take good care always! :)

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

3 Wise Men

Here's my other entry for this week's CASology challenge: STAR.

Or should I say... "stars"?! Hihihi. That's coz I love the night starry sky so much. ^^v

But if we were to narrow it down to one star, it would be, the star of Bethlehem since it symbolizes so much -- from God's love, to men's redemption, and the promise of eternal life.

So here's my take at it... a card that shouts "handmade", just in time for the Holidays. I'm actually planning to give this one to my mom tomorrow. :)

I'm not sure if this would pass as "clear and simple" but I hope it does. Since for this card, NO "special tools" were used. I simply tore black construction paper and pasted it on top of a blue one. Then drew silhouettes of the 3 wise men, splattered the top part with glitter glue, wrote "Merry Christmas!" at the bottom (pardon me for my really poor handwriting) and to highlight, used blue gems to form the Star of Bethlehem.

What do you think?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Patchwork Card

What happens when you try to join 4 challenges at once?!? .... A DISASTER!

At least that's how I think this card turned out. ^^v

But my ever loving and supportive hubby says it's "pretty" so I'm posting it anyway! :)

The 4 challenges I am entering are:
I actually first saw the MIM#96 challenge at facebook and I was so inspired and delighted with the heart patchwork that was featured. Then I tried to see if I can come up with something that would align with CASology and CFCs challenges for the week. And consequently, something I can enter into the other challenge linked in CFC.

So... I gathered the materials I was supposed to use for the Craft Soiree I was joining, but were not able to use them because I had no time as baby and I were sick... randomly placed pieces together, and arrived with this card:

I'll really try to come up with something better... If time and circumstances permit.

Meanwhile, tell me what you think? :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Our Daily Bread

Here's what we're giving away to select, chosen, family and friends... 2013 Our Daily Bread (English, Philippine-published) edition. I had to say Philippine-published because I believe the version we get is a year older than what's released in the US (or somewhere it originates). :p

Anyway, to keep things simple, save on cost and be a bit "earth-friendly", we discarded the idea of gift-wrapping and opted to bind it with a simple ribbon and tag instead

So here it is... A blessed Christmas! :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Flyers: Cookie Treats

I made these flyers and calling card for my cousin-in-law a while back, had to make them cute and simple to blend with the Logo she presented me with. Also opted to fill it with pink background since it is her favorite color.

More pictures can be found at my fb page: Eclations. =)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dana's Pull-up Dedication Invitation, Etc

Last November 17, 2012, we finally "dedicated our little Dana unto God."

The occasion was happy and blessed. But of course, it wouldn't pass without any "DIY" from me. This was actually a challenge because it was hard juggling between work and my personal life. But if I can craft for other people, why wouldn't I craft for my most precious, right?

So for this event, I decided to create the invitations, additional souvenirs and other minor stuff. Yey!

The Invitation

The invitations were pull-up surpise cards I learned from here. Although I made some revisions and I also used a digital layout.

The front of the card, a collage of my baby's photos were developed by Picture City. The rest were created and printed at home. For embellishments, I added pink felt butterfly and rose, topped with rhinestone and pearl respectively.

Pulling up the tab at the top reveals the "You're Invited!" message and the dedication details.

For the packaging, I just used a Concorde envelope from National Bookstore, wrapped around with brown felt and pink DMC thread.

The Souvenir

For the souvenirs, we opted to just order more pieces of the Sugar Cookies from Max's Bakeshop. I simply added a personalized tag containing Dana's photo and other details.

But since I thought these were too simple, I created refrigerator magnets as well. In the interest of time, I had to use free precious moments downloadables, and added one favorite Bible verse on each magnet. :)

Table Numbers, Etc.

Lastly, I created the Table Numbers and registration form for the event. I also created notepads for the guests to place their messages for Dana or us.

And so thankfully, by God's amazing grace, everything went well, everyone was happy, our little family was truly blessed. :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

DIY Dolls

So my officemate showed me last month that CRAFT MNL was having a handmade doll-making session (see list of activities here) and I really, really, really, as in really wanted to go!

But since it was far from where I currently live, and I am not comfortable travelling on my own (my officemate couldn't come either)... I had to let it pass... T_T

Then an idea came to mind... why not, conduct our own doll-making session!?

Yep, that's right... our own doll-making session. =)

So my team agreed to meet yesterday, December 1 and create our own DIY dolls.

Did we know what we were doing? Not really.

But after watching a couple of youtube tutorials, we managed to survive and end the day with our own handmade dolls.

The trial version I made a couple of weeks back.
The model of yesterday's session.

Our dolly babies <3

Not bad for starters, right?! =)

I'm just really happy everything turned out fine and we all went home with smiles on our faces and dolls on our embrace. Though some have yet to complete their dolly clothes. Hihihi. :P

A happy, crafty afternoon indeed! :) We'll definitely do this again! :)

On another note... I was really worried at first that after watching tutorials, our dolls would only end up as copy-cats. But I think with our own handrawn pattern and felt hair workaround, our dollies have developed their own identity (unless there are similar dolls out there I haven't seen yet). So right now, we are kinda wondering if we should put-up our patterns for sale, and I'd have to make a video tutorial on how to use them too!

What do you think? :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


i love seeing kraft products.
i love seeing simply decorated paperbags.

so when the opportunity came, i took it.

here's my take on decorating a paperbag for my niece's birthday (gift)

i should really do this more often. it's simple yet fun.

oh, Christmas is coming soon... lots of paperbags to decorate, yey! :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Felt Cloth Accessories

Here's what I have been busy with for the past days, err... weeks:
- Baby Dana! <3
- Work
- and some felt cloth Accessories!

So there I was, thinking of selling some items for Christmas, so I created flower headbands and bobby pins out of felt cloth:

I actually had our Ate Iyam sell them at school and it was quite a success. Thanks Ate Iyam!

So if you're interested, just send me an email at eclations@yahoo.com and I'll see what i can do for you! =p

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hello Kitty Party

This is a backtrack post and this will be quick, but I want to highlight here a set of items I created for a Hello Kitty themed 7th Birthday Party. :)

My good friend has requested me to create 2 sets of invitations -- a boxed one, and a folded one.

The folded one, she used as souvenir for herself:

The boxed ones, she distributed to friends and families. I am blessed, happy, since the response was so overwhelming that she had to ask me to create 5 more invitations from the original number. =)

The other items I created are these tote bags:

And lastly, a simple party hat.

So that's it. I'm sorry I hurried this post, I am eager to catch and kill that striped mosquito I found downstairs. Please pray with me that it does not carry dengue, and it will not hurt any of us, especially my Dana.

Thanks and God bless! :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Challenge, CASology!

So today, while browsing through my favorite blogs, I stumbled upon another "challenge site"... CASology.

It is actually quite refreshing for me since the challenges aim for creative cards but with SIMPLICITY, therefore allowing me to still participate despite the limited tools I have. Yay! :p

So here's my take on CASology Week 6 challenge... SCHOOL!

Whenever I think of school, I think of striving hard to excel... not only in one's studies, but later in life.

So I stamped a "Well done" image at the center of my medallion and at the bottom part of my card as red-on-red background. Added with a white string as embellishment.

Materials I used were all locally bought from National Bookstore, Manila, except for the PaperTreyInk die for the medallion (doily) at the bottom right. :)


Here's another card I created for the challenge but I figured it looks more like a "baby card".
But I did have the same thought in mind... "to excel." :)

So that's it. Until my next blog post! Have a great evening! :)


Finally... I get to post a few Favor-it-Boxes projects I was able to make last week, before the Monsoon rain did much damage to the Philippines (we continue to hope and pray for the nation, especially those badly affected by this calamity...)

Anyway, there is not much to say, except that these are samples I hope to use for future give-away projects for events; I used paper bought locally from National Bookstore with PapertreyInk Favor-it-Box dies.

Enjoy! :)

So if you like my works, please like my Facebook page and refer them to your friends from Manila too! :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm Back!

Yes, I'm back and I hope it is for good. Haha!

I have been busy with mommyhood lately, I haven't had the time to update this blog. I haven't even had the tine to create works for and about my new baby girl.

So I'll just share the photo compilation I made for my facebook timeline coverpage:

Danielle Naomi B. Patubo
born on June 12, 2012
weight: 2.9 kg
height: 46 cm

Next post will be on PTI souvernir bag samples I created. 'Til then then! :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

PACMAN for MIM #69

Before there was playstation, xbox, or Manny Pacquiao... there was the Nintendo Family computer game... PACMAN.

I actually dreamt of this last night, probably since I was thinking of which idea to pursue and submit in the MIM #69 challenge for my second (and probably last) entry...

So here is my fun take on one of the sketches from the Make It Monday #69 challenge:

It's a fun, inspirational card made of yellow MOODS board and white RIVES paper from the National bookstore, with the "Go Get Them" tag created with PTI's Block Alphabet Die, meant to give the recipient a "push" to go for what he wants, or go against the odds, or fight against adversaries. ;)

But on another note... this card also reminds me of the classic M&M's. Yum! :p

Sunday, June 10, 2012

First Make It Monday Project

Yey, I am excited! =)

Today, I finally got the courage to participate in a Make It Monday challenge (#69) from the Capture the Moment blog I have been following for a while now. :)

The topic was on using day-to-day things seen around you as a sketch inspiration for a card project. And the challenge was to use one of the sketches they provided to create a card.

I fell in love with the pot-holder-inspired sketch below, but I have to admit, I did not follow instructions faithfully. The sketch did say "single paper block cut into strips." but instead I used folded paper. :p Stubbornly, I am still submitting this though.

So, here's my shot at it:

Another guideline was to use at least one Papertrey Ink product. Here I used PTI's Block Alphabet Die Collection to spell out dana (instead of a sentiment) and the Mehndi Medallion Impression Plate to impress on the folded pink paper. :)

The rest of the materials I used are simple white and pink 200gsm papers I bought from National Bookstore, white satin lace, and Martha Stewarts Doily Lace edge punch.

I created this card as inpired by my little Dana who's coming out on Tuesday via C-section.  :) Praying and thanking God for the blessings.

Anyway, I will be taking the rest of the day and tomorrow off to rest and prepare for delivery. But I might create one or a couple more cards to submit before the deadline... as a lot of ideas are currently flying through my mind. :p

Let me know what you think! :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Onesie for Dana - Actual

Hello there!

As usual, I have been quite busy with a lot of things. But now I am starting to slow down a bit in preparation for the birth of our baby girl Dana. =)

We had our check-up today and she's still in breech position. Not to worry though, because test results show she is healthy and fine. Can you believe that she's actually 7 lbs already? No wonder she cannot turn into the proper position for delivery... she just won't fit in my small frame (or pelvic area). So, our ob scheduled us for c-section this Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Coincidentally, that is also the Philippine Independence Day! So yep, we're having ang Independence Day baby girl! <3

Anyway, last time, I posted 4 designs for a Onesie project I was planning to make for my Dana here. And the survey resulted to me using the first design. So I just wanna share with you tonight, my finished product (sorry for the poor photo quality. It actually looks better in person, really. :p)

So... what do you think?

Me? I am actually thinking of making more onesies using the other 3 designs from my previous blog post. :p

Monday, May 28, 2012

NoteCard for my First Giveaway

I am happy! After a long time of wanting it, I finally have it! My Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch. <3

But... what I failed to mentioned is that before that... I received this from hubby last Mother's Day. <3

Martha Stewart Scoring Board

And what do you do with these toys? A card? An envelope? A box?

Yes, you can do all these, but for my first project, I opted to create a NoteCard (set of 5) inspired by the Martha Stewart notecard tutorial I watched some weeks back. :) Martha Stewart's notecard is actually 5.5 x 4.25 in size, comprised of 3 multi-colored cardstock, 2 of which are edged differently using different punchers.

However, after trying out different paper and punch combinations, and my "being a minimalist" kicking in... I opted for the basics... tadah!!! :)

Materials Used:
4x5 Beige envelopes
Beige 200gsm board for the outer layer, folded in 3
Colored paper for the inner layer, folded in 2
Doily Lace Edge Punch to design both layers
Ribbon + my Logo to bind them together
Transparency film and excess of my beige paper as the packaging

I am actually giving away this first set through my Eclations FB page. I am canvassing how much I can sell these notecard sets and how much people here in Manila would be willing to pay for it. (I actually found similar notecards from the web which cost 7$ per piece. I also found 2-pc 3x4 Notecards of similar nature in National Bookstore which cost Php 42.50)

So... what do you think? :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tri-fold Z Card

Tongiht, I created my first Tri-fold Card which I originally saw from Wickedly Wonderful.
I've alwasy wanted to make this card since it is really unique; but I used to be afraid I might be infringing some copyright.

However, I noticed that a lot of blogs have been doing this card and there are even a lot of tutorials in youtube... so I decided to place them in my line of products for a local invitations business I am slowly and gradually putting up. :)

So here's the sample I made. Again, materials here are either scarce or pretty costly here, so rather than using a lot of paper (or scrapbooking paper), I decided to --
  1. Use purchased digital papers or downloaded free ones (or create my own)
  2. Create layout using a computer software
  3. Print all at once.

In this case, I only use one paper since everything is pretty much printed. But if a client prefers that multiple papers be used to create more texture and depth, it's okay with me. I will be charging them the material cost anyway. :p

Some more disclaimers:
  • This sample is printed in low quality to preserve the expensive ink of my Canon printer
  • The heart background is something I just googled. So this may not be re-used commercially.
  • I'm not sure exactly what this card is called, but since there are a lot of tri-fold cards out there, I entitled it Tri-fold Z Card ("z" is for zigzag because of how it appears when opened).
And here's the final output:

Feel free to tell me what you think.
And if you're interested, feel free to contact me on facebook. :)

Onesie for Dana

At this very moment... Dana is kicking me (from the inside)...

And at this very moment... I'm in a pinch... Coz I can't decide...

I actually created 4 designs for a onesie I plan on making for my little one when she comes out, but I do not know which design to print...

Can you help me?

Design 1

Design 2

Design 3

Design 4

Target Output

Well... what do you think?