Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Yipee!!! I can finally say it and mean it since all the baking, shopping and wrapping are finally done! I'm not sure when I'll be able to post again...this is my calm before the storm for in a few hours we will embark on our annual 27-hour Christmas Party Parade --- 4 family get-togethers to go to beginning with Christmas Eve dinner.

Here are a few Christmas LOs I made a while back using pics from last year which we spent in Chicago.

Title: Yes?

Journaling: Not really, but this will have to do. Christmas '07;

Materials: Patterned Papers - Webster's Pages & Scenic Route; Rub-ons - Webster's Pages; Chipboard corner - Fancy Pants; Journaling tag - Jenny Bowlin; Flowers - Prima; Bling - Doodlebug; Pen - Zig; Clip - 7 Gypsies; Velvet alphabets - American Crafts; Stamp - Fontwerks; Ink - Fluid Chalk, Ancient Page; Misc - ribbon

These photos were taken exactly a year ago, right before we left for the afternoon Children's mass. If anyone knows how to get 3 kids to smile and look at the camera at the same time, please let me know asap.

Title: The Equalizer

Ever wonder why I have to starve myself before the onset of the Christmas season? It's because no matter how hard I try, it just isn't enough to keep me from gaining weight.

Journaling: Nothing amazes me more than the incredible power of food to bring people together. And this is no more evedent than during the Holiday season. Even when we try to remind people of the Reason for the Season, food still takes center-stage. This is why, for me, it is the great Equalizer -- everyone's reaction to seeing glorious food is the same, be they rich or poor, young or young at heart, they will ooh and aah and eat their fill, and all will be well in the world. Christmas 2007;

Materials: Bazzill cardstock, Scenic Route pp, Uniball Signo pen, Making Memories metal frame, American Crafts velvet stickers, misc rikrak and bling

This was my first, and so far, only attempt, at a gingerbread house. Needless to say, it was a disaster -- haha! Too bad I wasn't able to get a kit this year but I hope to try it out again sometime -- maybe with the mini kit first.
Title: Christmas Morning

Materials: Creative Imaginations pps and sticker die-cuts, American Crafts alphabets, Prima flowers and glitter stars, misc bling, Zig pen, Alphabet Negative Frames by ACBleser from Polka Dot Potato

My nephews and nieces are so well-behaved that they know not to go down to the living room until they are given the go signal at around 7:30am, giving all the adults to prepare before they open their gifts. Let's see if my kids can do this tomorrow....

Saturday, December 20, 2008

5 Days To Go!

I can't believe that Christmas is only 5 days away! How could it have caught up with me so fast when I started planning for it in September??? And somehow, I now find myself planning to do more last-minute shopping next week -- like be at the mall when it opens to avoid the crowds and traffic!

I thought I would have more time to scrap since Luis didn't have any homework this month, but nada. There was Luis' 1st Holy Communion (for which I made stampitas and cookie favors), school Christmas parties, cupcake orders and other things that I now can't recall, but I know they had to be done at that time!

This Christmas Countdown took a whole 2 weeks to finish -- I started it on Dec. 6 and just finished today! It's so unlike me to take too long on a project -- which is why, tired and sleepy as I am, I really had to finish it already because I hate having unfinished business, so to speak.

But for anyone with young kids like mine, it is never too late to have a countdown. Each of my 3 kids ask me several times a day "How many more days before Christmas?" As if my answer will change within the same day -- haha! I love this project because I know I can really use it and show it off as well! Now if only I can find a way for them not to destroy it when they race to be the one to change the number each day so it can make it through several Christmases???

Materials: Chipboard Tree - Kaisercraft; Papers - Pink Paislee; Paint, Letter Stickers, Metal Signage and Lace - Making Memories; Chipboard Star - Jo-ann; Cookie Cutter Embellishments - Dress It Up; Stickles

Friday, December 12, 2008

Scrap 'N Shack December LOs

Whew! I finally got my kit last Thursday and rushed these 3 LOs in between Christmas shopping, attending to school stuff and watching Barbie and the Diamond Castle at the mall! I still have a project to do for the kit plus some cards for the Bonus Card Kit we got this month -- yipee!

Title: Love & Joy

Journaling: "What could be better than spending Christmas with the love of ly life?" Photos Nov '07; LO Dec '08;

Materials: Patterned Papers - Basic Grey, Little Yellow Bicycle, Making Memories; Foil Chipboard letters - American Crafts; Tiny Alpha Stickers - Making Memories; Ink - Tsukineko, Ranger; Journal Paper - Making Memories; Pen - Zig

Title: Reasons to be Merry

Materials: Patterned Paper - Making Memories; Flower - Heidi Swapp; Ribbon - American Crafts; Ink - Clearsnap; Foil Chipboard Alpha - American Crafts; Pen - Uniball Signo, Zig; Other - Dymo Caption Maker

Color-blocking is one of the 1st techniques I learned and something I turn to once in a while for quick pages with lots of photos. I took advantage of this very festive paper to show off pics from this year's Christmas photo shoot.

Title: Believe

Journaling: Bianca & Ethan check out the big present not knowing it's just a prop for the photo shoot. Nov. 30, 2007;

Materials: Patterned Papers - Making Memories, Basic Grey; Ink - Ranger; Leaves - Prima; Ribbon - American Crafts; Foil Chipboard Alpha - American Crafts; Journal Sticker - Jenni Bowlin; Rub-ons - Basic Grey; Brads - Making Memories; Journaling Sheet - Making Memories; Pen - Zig

Friday, December 5, 2008

2009 Calendar

This was one of the projects I submitted to the Chatterbox DT Audition. I loved the playing with these Together papers and the Artyliscious embellishments!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Cupcakes

I'm offering my cupcakes with my signature vanilla buttercream frosting again this year.

And now you can get my cupcakes in singles for easy and affordable gifts. They remind me of snow globes...don't you think?

The 12's and 6s come in the same size box, except that the 6s have a separator.

I have a new cake flavor to celebrate the holiday season -- Red Velvet Cake with the same Vanilla Buttercream Frosting! Trust me, this is yummy!!!

For whole cake designs, please check the sidebar on the left. Send me an email, SMS (0918-9146012) or leave a message in the box on the sidebar for orders or inquiries. For orders, please allow 3 working days before pick-up. No pick-ups from Dec 27-Jan 1.
Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sugar Baby

Here's my November LO for Lasting Impression (talk about a delayed post). I finally got to use my Around the Block Paper Tagger on a LO. It's a really cool tool that I need to use more often. Also check out the Maya Road sheers that I cut-out and outlined with a white pen.

Title: Sugar Baby

Journaling: Bianca has such a sweet tooth that we have to keep cupcakes out of he reach or she'll bite or poke each one before it's the right time to eat them. 071908

Materials: Bazzill cardstock, Rusty Pickle papers, Maya Road Sheers, Scrapping Outback cupcake chipboard; Queen & Co. felt, Around the Block tag tails, Dymo caption maker, Tsukineko and Clearsnap inks, Ranger Holographic embossing powder, Making Memories tiny alpha stickers, Uniball Signo and Zig pens

And speaking of cupcakes, I need to get to work on my goodies for Christmas! I'll post them here as soon as they're ready!