Friday, November 28, 2008

Birthday Cupcakes

Here's my other DT project for Little Monkeys using the same The Cat's Pajamas Birthday Stamp set. It just shows how much you can do with even just one stamp image.

I used Basic Grey and Daisy Ds papers here. I cut out the squares from the cover sampler sheet of the Daisy Ds Chloe pack -- talk about being thrifty! Those sample sizes are perfect backgrounds for small stamped images.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Blessings

I can't wait to get my hands on my December kit from Scrap'N Supply Shack called Christmas Blessings.

My home and my kids have been on Christmas-mode since the 1st week of November, when we came home from our vacation to a house that was almost fully decorated -- except for the tree, which I asked my yaya angels to leave bare so the kids can help decorate it.

We had a tree-decorating session 2 Fridays ago but it's not yet totally done since I decided that I was tired of my 2-yr-old red ribbons. I only got the new ribbons last Friday so hopefully I find time to put them up this week.

And 2 Sundays ago, my cousin Monchu Lucero, a budding photographer, was kind enough to shoot our Christmas pictorial for free. Apparently, it was his 1st time to do a live shoot with live kids (his previous shoots were inanimate objects).

I guess it's a good thing my kids are his favorite nephew and nieces or I'm thinking he might have walked out with all the ruckus my kids make. He said it was good practice and strengthened his resolve to not get into event photography -- haha! And all I had to do in return was to feed him afterwards. I had to promise though not to take undue advantage of him and to just ask him to do this for me once a year.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ladies Night

I'm so excited to show you my first DT project for Little Monkeys! Not only did we get to try out the Store More Stamps System -- which is simply ingenious - but we also got 2 stamp sets from The Cat's Pajamas to play with!

We received 2 birthday stamp sets (Smells Like Cake and You Say It's Your Birthday) which were perfect for this LO about the joint birthday party I held with some of my favorite mommies last month. Check out their other stamp sets because this stamp company is hot, hot, hot!

Title: Ladies Night

Materials: Bazzill cardstock, Urban Lily paper, Love Elsie fabric paper, Creative Imaginations transparency, Cat's Pajamas stamps, Tsukineko ink, Provo Craft glitter, Zig pen, American Crafts Vinyl Letters; Making Memories Glitter sticker letters;
Journaling: The Hot O.C. Moms went wild for one night as Astrid, Isay, Maget and I held a joint birthday celebration complete with invites, balloons and lootbags. 10-18-08

Prepare to be amazed with my co-DTs stamping projects -- makes me feel like such an amateur with their great stamping techniques! Check out their blog links here.
Unfortunately, I don't get to show you my Store More Stamps System yet since my turn to show it off doesn't come up until January.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

LOs for Daisy Bucket

Daisy Bucket sent Pia some additional materials to share with her friends and I am lucky to be one of them. Here are the LOs as featured on the Daisy Bucket blog a few weeks ago.

Title: Sand Collector

Materials: Patterned paper, rub-ons, paper ribbon - Daisy Bucket; Felt & Chipboard letters - American Crafts; Pen - Zig; Brads - Making Memories; Ink - Clearsnap

Title: Top of the World

Materials: Patterned Papers, stamps, rub-ons, paper clip die-cut - Daisy Bucket; Vinyl Alphabets - American Crafts; Tiny Stickers - Making Memories; Pen - Zig, Uniball Signo; Paint - Ranger; Metal Tab - 7 Gypsies; Leather Corner - Making Memories;

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Congrats Ems!

Congratulations to Ems Fronda for winning my Birthday Challenge!!!

Her LO "Fit & Fab before 40" received the highest total points from our distinguished panel of judges (Candy, Lee, Dinah, Mia and April). Ems' LO appealed to the judges on different levels, but most particularly because of the striking color combination and design elements -- and the fact that they can empathize with her goal! Congrats Ems and I hope you make good use of the next 4 years to reach your goal -- it can be done, you know!

For her winning entry, Ems will receive these fabulous (if I may say so myself) prizes!

I'd like to thank the other 6 ladies who joined my challenge -- Jona, Berna, Jeanie, Issa, Ching and Barbie. Thank you for sharing your hearts' desires with me. I really appreciate the time and effort that you took! Don't worry, you won't go home empty-handed -- I'm pretty sure I can find a little something for you in my stash so please attend the SE-PS Christmas Party. Ching, send me your mailing address please.

Here are their awesome LOs (alphabetical order by designer name):

Designer: Lianne "Barbie" Barbieto

Title: Before I'm 40

Barbie says this is the 1st time she's ever joined a contest/challenge and I am so honored that she chose to join mine.

Designer: Berna Acena

Title: Travel

Berna may be new to our e-groups but it looks like she's been scrapping for some time now. We hope to meet you one of these days.

Designer: Ching Philips

Title: Over the Hill

I applaud Ching for always joining contests and challenges. Did you know that she joined the Saling Kit Challenge for the 2nd Scrappin Moms Idol every week? If you want to have a lot of output, joining contests and challenges is the way to go!

Designer: Issa Lucido

Title: Just for a Day

Issa is another talented scrapper who tries to join as many challenges as she can. Her efforts have paid off many times and I'm sure she will continue to win more contests in the near future.

Designer: Jeanie Nieva

Title: Call Me Mom

Jeanie's wish to be a mom struck a chord in our hearts. I hope that God grants your wish because being a mom is one of the greatest gifts and challenges of all!

Designer: Jona Panesa

Title: Life Goals

Jona quietly lurks in the e-groups but is actually quite active in the international scrapping scene. Like me, she is a cake decorator who has slowly pushed that hobby aside in favor of scrapbooking -- hehe.

Thanks again to everyone for joining and I'm looking forward to my last year in the 30's. I hope people are right when they say that 40 is the new 30!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Legends of the Fall" DT LOs

Here are my DT LOs for the November Kit "Legends of the Fall" from the Scrap N Supply Shack. It's a beautiful kit strangely perfect for both elegant or outdoorsy LOs. I just got my kit yesterday from the post office and rushed to get these done since they were due on Oct 31. Grab your kit now!

Title: Singapore Zoo

Materials: Bazzill and DCWV cs, SEI Windsor pps, American Crafts Thickers Darling Chipboard letters, Maya Road chipboard and jewel, Prima flower. misc fiber; Others - Coloriser copper embossing powder, Versamark, Zig pen, Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers

Journaling: Tita Ria Sta. Maria and cousins Lucas and Matteo took us the zoo which had more animals than we had time to see. It was a holiday so the zoo was packed, but it was still awesome and worth visiting again. 10-27-08

Title: Feigned Innocence

Materials: SEI Windsor pps, American Crafts Thickers Darling Chipboard letters, Prima flowers, Maya Road jewels; Others - Joann metal alphabets, American Crafts Slick Writer

Nadya, 10-25-08

Title: Pure and True

Materials: DCWV cs, SEI Windsor pps and rub-ons, American Crafts Thickers Darling Chipboard letters, Maya Road jewels and chipboard, misc fiber; Others - Clear Tops gold embossing powder, Versamark, American Crafts Slick Writer

Journaling: A sister is someone who knows everything about you and loves you anyway. Nadya and Bianca. 9-06-08

Thanks Card
Materials: SEI Windsor pps and rub-ons, American Crafts Thickers Darling Chipboard letters, Maya Road jewels

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Featured in Scrapbook and Cards Today blog

My LO "Too Old Too Soon" was featured in the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog last Oct 30 -- you can check it out here. I don't even remember submitting it to them (that's how many LOs I submit, I guess) and got an email about 2 weeks ago requesting for permission to put it on their blog.

And to finish-off the Halloween season, here are a few pics from our Halloween at HK Disneyland! I know these official Disney pics cost an arm and a leg but I had to get them because I don't think we'll do Halloween in Disney ever again (and dress-up for the occasion, too)!

Luis is back into costume mode -- thanks to the Clone Wars Animated Movie. But, true to form, he never goes for the lead roles -- always happy to be in a supporting role like that of a Clone Trooper.

Nadya finally wore her Princess Aurora "itchy" dress with a camisole underneath.

Bianca borrowed Nadya's old Princess Jasmine costume as hers already ripped (and mommy thought she was getting a good deal with the cheaper version).

Bud donned his Christmas Elvis costume once more -- it was a good thing too since it was dark and smoky in the park, it was easy to see where the bright red satin guy was going.

I wore a black velvet gown that I bought and wore over 10 years ago (hurray for my diet -- I can fit into my pre-mommy clothes!) and a velvet witch hat -- but since the kids didn't want me to wear scary make-up, I'll just be the Good Black Witch, instead.