Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bible Verse: Psalm 37:23-24

So I was preparing some tokens for Pastors Day and I found this verse that would be lovely for our lady pastor at church: http://www.creationswap.com/artwork/11/8/31/14573/11831_14573_5.jpg, by Megan Watson of thefreshfridge.com.

I really wanted to use the same format for our head Pastor but I couldn't find a similar artwork or picture message so I decided I would create one.

It was my first time creating a picture message like this, and though I kinda "patterned" it against the former, I am quite happy with the results! :)

 
 

I am surprised that it is pretty easy to make. I'm sure you can create your own as well.

Simple instructions:
1. Open Microsoft WORD and set the Page Background to your desired texture or color.
2. Input the desired text, for starters, use just one font and color.
3. Randomly choose which words to alter font and color, add in clip arts as desired.
4. Then use a snipping tool to capture the screen and save it in file photo format.

If you are well versed in using photo-editing softwares like Photoshop, I'm sure this will be even easier for you.

To God be the glory! Happy Sunday!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Butterfly Stationery Set

Here's part 1 of the items I recently gave away through Mail Swap/Craft Exchange I made with a friend... Garden, or should I say, Butterfly Stationery Set.

Materials Used:
- EK Success 2.25 Scalloped Circle Large Punch
- Martha Stewart Butterfly Puncher
- Martha Stewart Lattice Edge Punch
- White, Pink and Blue cardstock
- Pink and Blue perforated board
- Glue Stick+Gun
- White Envelope
- Fabric Tape

Instructions:
1. Punch out scalloped circles from colored perforated boards and butterflies from the white cardstock. Adhere the butterflies to the center of the circles. This will be your seal.


2. Cut out 5 x 8 sheets of colored cardstock and fold at the center.
3. Take one side of the card and punch out the lattice pattern but leave both ends uncut to create a window effect. Adhere another butterfly at the lower right corner.



4. Adhere the fabric tape onto the inside of the card, right below the "lattice window".
5. You now have your set. You can add in other accessories like in this case, a bookmark.



 
You can actually create your own version of notecards or stationeries with different patterns and designs. This is just one of them.
 
Feel free to create your own and share them with me too! :)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Paper Pompoms and Butterflies

My team and I have been really excited lately, planning for a little girl's upcoming 7th Birthday Party.

The theme is... fairies and butterflies!

And since we were eager to try doing some stuff on our own (rather than buy them from the party supplies store), here's what we came up with these past 2 days:

1. Paper Pompoms

For this we used 1 pack of Japanese Paper (containing 10 sheets).
We then cut the sheets in half, placed them altogether, then folded in accordion style.
Then we rounded the ends of the paper.
Then we bound the center with a string, and gently separated the sheets of paper therefore creating the volume of the pompom.

It's pretty easy, isn't it?
You may also refer to this video for the tutorial.



2. Butterfly Invite

Now this is just a prototype. :)
We wanted the invitation to be simple but with a touch of creativity and elegance to it.
So we decided to die cut butterflies out of green and pink paper and adhered it on top of ring of paper which would then be used to hold the "scroll" or invitation itself.
The top butterfly is folded at the center to create a dimension or 3d effect. :)





But after thinking about things for a while, we decided we might want to create a pop-up invitation instead. But we do not have samples yet so I might be posting about that on another day. :)

What do you think?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Upcycled Paper Bag

Here's a quick tutorial into turning an old paper bag into a cutie gift bag.
You can actually do this in less than 10 minutes.

Materials:
- Paperbag
- Doily (can be purchased from local supermarket or bakeries)
- Embellishment (Butterfly cutout)
- Adhesive




Instructions:
Using an adhesive, whether glue or tape (I used double sided tape), adhere the doily on the side of the paper bag and then adhere the butterfly embellishment on top of the doily.

 
 


Here I used a die-cut butterfly embellishment and ready-made doily.
But there are different doily dies out there which you can use as well. You can cut out of patterned or colored paper.
If you do not have a die cutter for butterfly, you can always create one yourself. ;)




Hope you enjoyed that and I hope you try it out sometime too! :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Perforated Bookmark

So I went to this really pretty place called Sophie's Mom last week and it got me so inspired I decided to create some bookmarks.

But to make not just an ordinary bookmark, I decided to use perforated paper which I accentuated with buttons, felt and fabric tape.

I plan to enter this into this week's CASology: NEON challenge but I am not sure if it is neon enough on the photos. But the green and yellow are in fact neon 'in person' so I'll give it a try anyway. :)

Here are several bookmarks I created, hope it inspires you to create your own! :)





 
 
Did you notice that this one looks like a mouse or some tiny creature?
 
 
I am still working up the courage to make that video tutorial. When I finally do, I'll make a video tutorial on this one. :)


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Garden Invitations

Today's post is a follow-through on my previous post Sneak Peek: Flowers.

It is one of the invitations I created for my friend, but since the wedding is not over yet, I won't post the pages with their details.

But what I want to highlight here is how I decorated the seal of the envelope with 3D flowers to complement the invitation which was bordered roses and hydrangea, which is also the theme of their wedding and the composition of the bride's would be bouquet. :)

And here are the quick steps:

1. Using EK Success' 2.25 Scalloped Circle large puncher, I punched out the shape from light green cardstock to use as my background.

2. Using Bigshot and Sizzix 3D flowers die, I cutout pink felt and created a big pink rose with it. This is the technique I used for rolling up the flower, it's the easiest technique I found out there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAn8bvXGoY

3. I then punched out and crumpled tiny blue flowers using my Carl Craft small flower punch. Then stuck them on top of a big lump of glue for dimension to look similar to a hydrangea.

4. After that, I stuck the rose on one side (a bit closer to the center) of the green scallop, making it seem like it's surrounded by the hydrangea flowers.

5. Then I stuck the bottom side of the green scallop into the center of the envelope.

Here are the photos:








I actually want to create a video tutorial for this, would be my first if it pushes through.
That is, when I finally get the courage to actually create a video and post it on youtube.

But what I actually liked about this project is that, I had the recent CASual-Fridays challenge (CFC108) in mind. The them is to create a simple project with any material such as fabric or felt. My project comes with felt! :p

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sneak Peek: Flowers

I've been busy as usual... With a lot of work to catch up on, my baby and i getting sick... But with some fun stuff too! And they involve flowers!




Stay tuned for full posts on this... Soon! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

No-Sew Tutu Dress

Here's a Tutu Dress I created a while back for my daughter's photoshoot.


 
 


Materials:
- 3 yards dark pink soft tulle
- 1 yard 1-inch wide ribbon
- 1 baby headband
- scissors
- glue gun
- glue stick

Instructions:
1. Cut the tulle in 20 inches by 6 inches (length x width) strips.
2. Tie each strip of tulle around the hols in the baby headband.
3. Cut 2 8-inch strips of  the ribbon.
4. Attach each white ribbon strip into the back of the baby headband.

For a more illustrative tutorial, which also serves as my reference, you may view video here.

And that's it! :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

DIY Jollibee Party

I know I said the next post was gonna be on Pompom Tree, but I decided to just post photos of the things I created myself for Dana's first birthday party at Jollibee. :)

And as a bonus, I'm adding links to tutorials/inspirations which I used as reference to create certain items.

1. Pompom Tree + Button Pins
  • I created 5 layouts for button pins and had them printed locally. These were placed on a glass jar which I adorned with a simple paper doily border.
  • I then created a pompom tree using pink tulle, which I stuck with a balloon stick and planted on a small white vase to stand beside the button pins' jar.
  • Pompom tutorial: How to Make Tulle Poms



2. Ruffle Tote Bags
  • I sew strips of organza cloth into a ready-made tote bag to make ruffles.
  • I then placed a strip of ribbon around the tote, above the sewn part of the ruffles.
  • For the tote bag of the boys, I simply used a wider satid ribbon instead of ruffles.
  • I then adorned the center with a "D" monogram.
  • Inspiration: Ruffle Tote Bag tutorial

3. Photobooth (Printout) Layout

 
 4. Dana's Party Dress
  • Yes, I did her dress myself. :)
  • I created a fusion of tutu and balloon dress in white.
  • Then decorated the dress with a satin red rose to match her shoes.
  • Reference: How to Make a Tulle Skirt
 
 
5. Gallery
  • One of hubby's officemate was gracious enough to gift Dana with a photo gallery, which I was really happy about because I really wanted to put up a small photo corner on Dana's birthday.
  • I just surrounded the framed photos with paper pinwheels and monograms spelling out Dana's name.
  • References: Pinwheel Tutorial, Martha Stewart Alphabet Molds



 
6. Paper Crowns
  • I created simple crowns by punching one edge of a strip of cartonlina then attaching both ends with a stapler.
  • This replaced the traditional party hat.
  • Reference: Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch (Heart)

 
What do you think? :)

Baby Girl Invitation: Dana's First Birthday

I am so happy, I finally get to post my DIY stuff for my daughter's first birthday party.

And to start my series of posts.... The Invitations!

I originally wanted to create an explosion box for Dana's invites, but since I didn't have the luxury of time, I had to resort to something simpler.

I then decided I was gonna make circle invites but since Memory Lane Store didn't have the cutter I intended to use, I had to resort to Sizzix Decorative 3 dies.

I thank God everything turned out beautifully.

Here's how I created the invitations in simple steps:

1. Layout the invitations digitally then print in white cardstock.

2. Run the printout with Sizzix 3 different sized Decorative #3 dies to cutout the pages of the invitation.

3. Use an eyelet punch to punch through the center of each page. Then use the eyelet setter to place the eyelet in.

And here's what you get:







Next post will be on the Pompom tree. :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Paper Rosette Awards

This May, the kids at church attended a 3-day Vacation Bible School.
This year's theme was Sidekicks Reloaded.

To reward the kids for their God-glorifying performance during the said 3 days, my mom and I decided to work on "paper rosette awards". :)

Materials Used:
- Gift Wrapper (Stripes)
- BBQ Stick
- Styro foam
- White thick paper
- Japanese Paper
- Paper cup
- Ribbons
- Printer
- EK Success 2.25 Large Circle Puncher
- And lots of glue

The Parts:

1. Center
- For the center, I printed the church name and VBS theme bordering around the names of the children which were printed at the center.
- I then used my EK success puncher to punch out the circles which will then be attached to the center of the rosettes.

2. Rosette
- Here, I cut out strips from the stripe gift wrapper I bought from SM department store.
- See steps on how to create this via this youtube tutorial (not mine)
- Then I stuck the circles punched out earlier in front and the back of the rosette using lots and lots of glue.

3. Awards
- The awards were simply printed on strips of white paper and then cutout.

4. Base
- A piece of styro foam was wrapped in japanese paper then inserted inside a ribbon-adorned papercup to serve as base.

The Assembly:

1. Insert one end of the BBQ stick to the paper rosette.
2. Evenly stick the award strips onto the mid section of the stick as if they were street signs.
3. Insert the other end of the stick through the styrofoam.

Taaaa-daaaah!






I am so happy and overwhelmed with the positive feedback we received last Sunday. The children, as well as the adults, were really happy with them.

I praise and thank God for the wisdom.

And I especially give kudos and thanks to my mom who really poured in lots of love and effort in assembling these together.

Oh my, didn't that just sound as if I were actually delivering an award's speech? Haha!

Hope you liked this post. If you enjoyed it, share it! :)

God bless! :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Luau Party Invitation

It's almost the rainy season here in the Philippines and I can't believe, I haven't posted this yet.



This is from a Luau Invitation+Tag set I created for an officemate who's lovely daughter was turning 3.

Since I didn't want to pay for re-using gifs found over the internet, I drew the girl myself. :)

Ha-ha!

That's it for now. I'm currently busy with my own daughter's upcoming birthday. I really hope and pray preparations are over soon and that the event itself will be a success!

Happy Saturday and God bless! :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Princess Invitation

Normally I would wait for a friend's event to be over before I post photos on my blog/fb page but I am just so happy that I am posting already. Of course, I had to resist posting photos of the inside part to protect the confidentiality of my friend, and since I didn't have time to edit and blurr some items. :p

Anyway, the reason that I am happy is... are...
- I've always wanted to create this type of card and I finally did!
- It was more of a "spur-of-the-moment" thing, w/o much planning, I just gathered materials, assembled and there...! Thankfully my friend liked it.
- It is of my favorite color combination (brown and pink)

and... last but not the least...

These babies are going to CANADA!

Yep, my first (and hopefully not my last) international project! <3<3<3

 


And they come in Pink+Purple combo too:




 And... there are matching tags too!



These are for a 7th birthday party, by the way. :)
They have been shipped last Monday and expected to arrive in Canada in 5-7 days.
I am excited yet kinda anxious at the same time... I really hope and pray the package arrives safely and in good condition... And I really hope our little princess will love them after seeing them in person!


So, what do you think? =)