Tuesday, April 29, 2008

April Challenge "Summer Color Combo" at Scrapbytes

Here is my take on Scrapbytes' April Challenge - Summer Color Combo. For this challenge, LO's should be as colorful as possible, with photos showing action and with 5 different fonts used in the title.

My LO:

Materials used: Cherry Arte and My Mind's Eye pp's, Bazzill and Fabriano cardstock, Fancy Pants rub-ons, Prima Say it in Crystals, blings, buttons, Anchor and DMC thread, ASS photo turns, AAS fish brads, small round brads, Love Elsie Josie gel stickers, Sterling stickers, Inkssentials Glossy Accents, Semco and MM acrylic paints, Alpha chipboards: Craft Express, Creative Imaginations Gin -X, Heidi Swapp.

Five different fonts: 1. P (Craft Express), 2. O (Heidi Swapp), 3. O and U (Creative Imaginations Gin-X), 4. L (Craft Express), 5. F and N (Heidi Swapp)

Journaling: I'm so happy seeing you having fun on your 11th BIRTHDAY. -Dannah, 11 years old

Round 2: Scappers Haven's Iron Chef IV

For Round 2 of Scrappers Haven's Iron Chef IV, the contestants were asked to showcase the following menu ingredients: paint, stickers and stitching. We have to come up with one altered item, one LO and one card for every round.

Here are my submissions:

Layout - Late Bloomer

Materials used: Cardstock (brown and yellow), Bo Bunny Tuscany patterned papers, DMC and Anchor thread, acrylic paint, stickers (Provo Craft alpha stickers, 3d stickers), MM journaling pad

How the menu items were used:
Paint: I used a cardboard tube as a stamp. It's rounded end became the design of the brown cardstock; paint was also used in the alpha stickers in the title and on the edge of the photo
Stickers: 3D sticker (tag), sunflower (used to substitute the two letter O's), floral and leaves stickers (used together with stitched vines), alphabet stickers (used as title)
Stitching: back stitch and V stitch were used

Journaling: I have always been a late bloomer. In school, I only excelled and was given my first academic awards when I was in 5th grade. Thereafer, I had shown excellence in both academics and extra-curricular activities, earning ma numerous awards and positions while in high school and college.
When it comes to lovelife, I was also a late bloomer. I had my first boyfriend when I was 18 years old. I only had two boyfriends, the second one became my husband.
It was only two years ago when I tried my hand with the internet. Before that, I didn't have an email account. You won't expect me to stay on the computer for long. Now, I am a certified blogger and internet surfer. I am a late bloomer, yes but I'm glad I bloomed.

Altered Item - Cork Board

I bought this corkboard at 88 Store.

Materials used: MM Acrylic paint, patterned papers, Anchor thread, Provo Craft alpha stickers, flower and insects stickers, Basic Grey alpha chipboard (TIMI'S), ribbons, lace, trimmings, ricrac, bling, buttons

How the menu items were used:

Paint: used to paint the wood and the letters (TIMI'S CORNER)
Stickers: alpha stickers used as part of the title, flower and insect stickers used to decorate the cork board
Stitching: used on the edges of the patterned papers

Card - Mom

Materials used: patterned paper: Sassafrass Lass and Basic Grey, DCWV cardstock, DMC and Anchor thread, 3D stickers (Hibiscus flowers), MM acrylic paint, bling, Fancy pants Bella Brush stamp, Versafine Ink, Scrapworks fabric alpha tabs,bling

Stitches used: running and V stitch
Stickers: Hibiscus flowers
Paint: Background of the green cardstock. A mesh was used to stamp the image using paint

Just this morning the results for Round 2 were announced. I was so happy to learn that I topped my group (Group C) and I was the overall third placer. We were 16 in this round.

I am also so proud to be their May Guest Designer. I will be receiving a guest design kit, retail value $30.00 CDN, plus free shipping and 25% off anything I would like to order in the store!

As a Guest Design Team Member, I am expected to complete 3 layouts and an altered item with the kit using different techniques and also to write a small technique article for our newsletter.

I feel so lucky!

Some Layouts for Scrapwords

For the second half of April I have created a total of 6 LO's for Scrapwords' various challenges:

Layout #1 - Wordsmith Selena's Sketch #2 Challenge:

Materials used: 2 different patterned papers: Fancy Pants (Floral Chic) and Prima Oddesey Collection (Lisbon), cardstock (red and lavender), paper (light lavender), Cloud 9 alpha stickers (AUTHENTIC), Craft Express Alpha chipboards (SMILE), Alpha rubons, Prima flowers, lace and trimmings, bling, acrylic paint, fiber, glossy accents, glitter glue, Versafine ink (black), Inque boutique rubber stamp, brad

Techniques used: Stamping (journaling block), stitching, distressing, hidden journaling

Journaling (beneath the photo):

One day while I was loooking at our photos, I noticed that Dannah and I smiled differently. When I smile, my teeth are revealed while Dannah smiles with her lips together, not exposing her teeth (see photo a). Just for fun, we tried taking photos of ourselves, "borrowing each other's smiles". Dannah smiled with her teeth exposed while I smiled with my lips together. First try? Not that authentic (see photo b). But our second try (see photo c) proved to be authentic! Another moment to remember between Dannah and me. March 29, 2008 - ACC, Mayapa, Calamba City

Layout #2 - Wordsmith Sandy's Song Lyrics Challenge:

The LO is based on the song "What a Wonderful World".

Materials used: K and Co patterned papers, Prima flowers, buttons, Cloud 9 alphabet stickers, alphabet rubons, DMC thread, Fancy Pants Bella Brush Clear Stamps, Inque Boutique Rubber Stamps (Narratives), Versafine Ink (Vintage Sepia), blings

Layout #3 - Wordsmith Becca's "What makes me laugh challenge":

Materials used: DCWV and Bazzill cardstock, My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Craft Express Alpha Chipboard (letters Y, M), Heidi Swapp Alpha Chipboard (letters K, E and number 2), Provo Craft Alpha stickers (laughter), American Crafts Alpha Vinyl Thickers (letters J and D), MM floral stickers, ribbons and trimming, DMC thread, craft wire, acrylic paint, glossy accents

Journaling: Everytime the two of you laugh, it makes me laugh. Your laughter is ther key to mine. Jigs and Dannah, 2008

Layout #4 - Wordsmith Becca's "Something You Can't Do Without Challenge":

Materials used: Cardstock; patternedpapers: My Mind's Eye, Provo Craft, Carni Castle; American Crafts Alpha Vinyl Thickers, ribbons, buttons, metal charm, Anchor thread, Provo Craft Photo Corners, paper flowers, Scenic Route Paper Co. chipboard, blings, glitter glue, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink

Journaling: If there is something I never outgrew, it is my fondnessfor BIG BAGS. Even as a working woman, you would see me sporting a big bag, just like the one in this photo, an apple green gelly bag with Tinkerbell design. This is probably because of the nature of my work. I need a carry-all bag to contain all my stuff including books, exams, teaching materials and SCRAPBOOKING stuff. October 2006

Layout #5 - ABC Challenge - letter A:

Materials used: Dreamstreet Romantique (Whimsical) and Bo Bunny patternedpapers, American Crafts Thickers, Fancy Pants rubons, Around the Block big brads, buttons, Inkessentials glossy accents, Versfine ink, Bo Bunny diecut shapes, Anchor thread, bling, Uniball Signo pen (white)

Journaling: I am an ARTIST and my life is my canvass. Celebrate my BRILLIANCE! -adapted from Kobi Yamada's SHE

Layout #6 - ABC Challenge - letter B

Materials used: Basic Grey(Blush) and Sassafrass Lass (Serendipity-Blue Boutique) patterned papers, American Crafts Thickers, Inkessentials GlossyAccents, Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink, Jenni Bowlin tags, lace, trimmings, ricrac, ribbon, bling, Anchor thread

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April EB

Yesterday I attended the monthly EB of Scrapbooks-Exchange at the Call Center Academy, PDAF Building, Makati City. This month's EB was sponsored by Scrapbukan. There were only a few of us who attended (Liza B., Liza G., Mel, Beth, Jeannie, Cookie and myself plus others who dropped by like Tin, Babette, Tita Marian and Lee).People speculated that most scrapper-members are saving their entry for the next month's Scrapfest.

All of us except for Cookie who came in the afternoon were able to scrap. Jeannie, Liza G., Beth and myself were able to finish one LO which we entered in the day's challenge. Mel was able to finish two LO's and started another one. Liza B. was able to make 3 artist's trading cards. Weren't we productive? Of course not to be outdone was the shopping! Each of us brought home some stash we bought from Scrapbukan's new arrivals and sale items.

Here is the LO I made:

Thanks to Scrapbukan for providing 2 patterned papers!

Details of my LO...

My sunflower design...

Good news! My LO above won in the challenge. I received some Jenni Bowlin pp's, a Basic Grey rub-ons and Daisy D's rub-ons as my prize:

Thanks to Ms. Sahrie for the wonderful prize pack!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

April Layouts

Here are several layouts/projects I was able to finish during the first half of April. All of them are for online challenges and contests.

Lasting Impression's Cosmo Cricket Challenge:

Materials used: Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar patterned papers(Honey Honey, Heartstrings, Sweet Nothings), Cosmo Cricket die cuts (fashion buttons), Cosmo Cricket Rub-ons for all (together, love,journey, precious, memories, happiness, my life, honor), DCWV cardstock, KI Memories Pop Culture Borderlines, Provo Craft Alpha Stickers (one passion), Alpha Rubons (brought together by), brads (round ans photo corners), Heidi Swapp flower, Prima Sprites 2 flowers, bling, metal flowers (Divi finds), WRMK Hardware Precious Metals, DMC thread, trimmings

Journaling reads: We were brought together by one passion we all love - SCRAPBOOKING! Truly my journey to the world of scrapbooking will never be complete without all of you. Thank you for the precious memories that bring happiness to my life. It is indeed an honor to belong to our group. LB Scrapaholics - 2nd Easter Egg-Hunt - March 23, 2008 - Agronomy Grounds

Scrappers Haven's Iron Chef IV (Round 1)

The challenge is to use black and white patterned paper, glitters and chalk to make a LO, an altered item and a card.

My layout:

Materials used: black and white patterned paper - Tinkering Ink Noir Blanc, EK Success Chalk (used to distress light blue paper), Reeves glitter glue, cardstock, American Crafts thickers, MM acrylic paint (Funky Vintage - Deep Sea), WRMK Hardware, Around the Block big brads (stars), DMC thread, Uniball Signo pen (white), Inkessentials Glossy accents, Provo Craft alphabitties stickers, Craft Express dome stickers (blue), word and phrases stickers.

My altered item - altered chopping board turned into a frame

Materials used: black and white pattered paper- Me and my Big Ideas, Reeves Glitter glue, EK Success Chalk (used to color the chipboard title "CUTE" as well as the glittered areas), ribbons, ricrac and trims, Craft Express Handmade stickers (cherry), Basic Grey Chipboard (Margie), bling

My card:

Materials used: black and white patterned paper - Provo Craft, Reeves Glitter glue, EK Success Chalk (red), Prima flowers, bling, fiber, DCWV word stickers, brad

Scrapwords DT Challenges

Sketch Challenge:

Materials used: Basic Grey background paper, KI Memories lace papers, Prima flowers, brads, strawberry embellishment, stickers- DCWV alphas, Provo Craft alphas, 3BIAR chitchat, Colorbox chalk fluid ink

Journaling: Even the littlest of things make me berry happy just like the Strawberry Shortcake collection I share with my daughter, Dannah. As a child, I was already fond of Strawberry Shortcake, seeing the cute figurines my Tita Brenda had back then. I told myself one day when I am already capable, I will buy all the Strawberry Shortcake stuff that will suit my fancy. I was berry happy when that time came last 2005 when I started collecting Strawberry Shortcake stuff, from bags to wallets to pillows, notebooks, stickers and more. We are able to acquire a DVD of Strawberry Shortcake which Dannah and I love to watch together. We even sing the theme song together. Surely, Strawberry Shortcake is one of the little things that make me berry happy. March 22, 2008.

Memory Trigger Challenge:

Materials used: Fancy Pants (Sweet Pea -Abigail), DCWV cardstock, Provo Craft plain paper, Craft Express Alpha Chipboard, Provo Craft Alpha Stickers, Acrylic paint, Inkessentials Glossy Accents, prima flowers, blings, buttons, DMC thread

Journaling: These photos remind me of the bonding moments I had with my daughter, Dannah when she joined my Crop Science 1 field trip to Baguio and Pangasinan last February 23-25, 2008.

We had so much fun together shopping for pasalubong, strolling, taking each other's pictures and of course eating out. We even bought similar bonnets which we wore while we were in Baguio.

I know there will be more moments like these ahead of us. I hope and pray that when you grow up, you'll not forget to spend some time with me and we'll always have our share of bonding moments.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My LO's at A Peek Into Yesterday

I'm so happy I won in the recent contest at A Peek Into Yesterday (APIY), Nothing but Paper. Their site was down for several days and the announcement of winner for this particular contest was postponed for another week. I was surprised to receive a text message from Chiqui Gutierrez congratulating me on my win. Here is my LO:

Materials used: DCWV and Bazzill cardstock, Scenic Route Paper Co (Ashville), Creative Imagination Alpha Stickers, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink, Unipin Pen, Fancy Pants Bella Brush Clear Stamps, Tsukineko Versafine Ink

Journaling: July 30, 2006 - For one night, I was able to experience "living a suite life". I was so lucky to have won in the first ever Speed Scrappin' sponsored by Filstar. Part of my prize was a gift certificate worth PhP2000 with food and drinks entitlement at Discovery Suites, Ortigas, Psig City. I was with my friend, Weng.

For my prize, I have a $25 GC to spend at APIY. This is my third $25 GC from Peek. My winning LO is also displayed the homepage of APIY for a week.

Here is another LO made for an earlier contest at APIY. The contest's theme is "Because of Scrapbooking". Here is my take on this challenge which didn't win but I'm glad I was able to make this page:

Materials used: Bo Bunny Gift of Love patterned papers (Paris Blossoms and Paris Romance), Fancy Pants patterned paper, Bo Bunny die cuts, DCWV cardstock, Creative Imagination alphabet stickers, blings, MM flowers with pebble brads, artificial leaves, felt shape, ricrac, ribbon, mini brads,Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink, Inkessentials Glossy Accents, Reeves glitter glue, DMC thread, Uniball sign pen

The journaling is done on strips of DCWV cardstock and is handwritten. I made an envelope where my journaling strips may be found. Here are the things I learned/did/accomplished because of scrapbooking in no particular order:

I discovered my artistic side.
I revived my journal-writing.
I gained confidence in joining contests, on-line or on-the-spot.
I was a SCRAPBBOOK in one Halloween Party I attended.
I became a Guest Designer of some on-line stores.
I became a certified LB (Los Banos) Scrapaholic.
I have my own SCRAP AREA in the house.
I won a trip to Hongkong.
I learned blogging and internet surfing.
I gained friends who share the same passion as mine.
I got used to carrying BIG BAGS containing my stuff.
I was able to preserve wonderful memories of those I love.
I bought scrapbooking supplies with my clothing allowance.
I realized just how precious my hands are.

Two more LO's for their challenge this week using Becky Fleck's sketches:

The first LO was originally intended for the Round Robin Challenge initiated by Christine Villacarlos. Here it is:

And here is the sketch where the LO was based:

Here's the other LO based on another Becky Fleck sketch:

Materials used: Fancy Pants True papers (Natural and True Blue, ribbon, ricrac, bling, Alphabet stickers, Inkessentials Glossy Accents, 3D stickers (flower), Inque Boutique Stamps (Narrative Elements), Fancy Pants Clear stamps (Bella Brush), WRMK Hardware, brads, DMC thread, bling

Journaling: Two girls and one boy compose the wacky trio. They just love being together. They would go to mass together, eat out and go malling.They love their photos taken as a trio using the self-timer feature of the camera. Dannah - Nick - Jing

And the sketch:

I am not eligible to win in this week's contest at Peek but no regrets about it. At least I have one more addition to Dannah's album!

Thanks for looking...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Some LO's and Altered Items

I made some LO's and altered items in response to some challenges.

Challenge # 1: Joanne Yap's first ever sketch

I was able to create two LO's for her challenge. So happy I was able to do a multiple photos LO which is outside my comfort zone. Here are my takes on Joanne's sketch:

Self Portrait

Materials used: Fancy Pants (True), Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls, Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts Thickers (Platform), MM pebble stickers, acrylic paint, Inkessentials Glossy Accents, Petalloo flower, Prima flowers, metal flowers (Divi finds), bling.

Journaling: Dannah loves taking photos of herself. With a camera on her hand, she would stretch her arms, pose confidently, feel berautiful and push the button. The outcome? Beautifully-taken photos by my 9-year old Dannah! 2006Princess of Reggae

Materials used: Fabriano and DCWV Cardstock, corrugated cardstock,
American Crafts Thickers (Platform), acrylic paint, Inkessentials Glossy Accents, Craft Express rubons, buttons, DMC thread, friendship bracelet, tiarra embellishment from hair accessory.

Journaling: Dannah, there is no doubt that you love REGGAE.You simply love the colors associated with it - RED, GREEN, YELLOW plus BLACK. Your Tito Jerome might have influenced you a lot. September 2006.

Challenge # 2: Scrapbytes March Challenge (New Beginnings)

Materials used: Patterned papers: My Little Shoebox; DCWV cardtock; lace; metal embelishments: We are Memory Keepers Hardware Metals (brads and photo corners) and Divi finds (grommets and metal flowers); Basic Grey Wholy Cow rubons; Others: Prima flowers, Petalloo flowers, Making Memories Blooms and Buttons (Sophia), Craft Express letter chipboards, bling, Creative Imagination stickers, Uniball Signo pen (white)

Journaling: Sa unang pagkakataon, nais kong namanamin ang aking pagiging ISKA. Ito ang taguri sa mga babaeng ISKOLAR NG BAYAN, mga estudyante ng University of the Philippines (UP). Dalawampung taon na ang nakalipas nang ako'y naging isang ISKA sa UP Los Banos, walang muwang sa kaganapan sa aking paligid. Ngunit makaraan ang apat na taon, nagtapos akong mulat at may pagmamahal sa ating Inang Bayan. Ngayon nasa UP pa rin ako. Pinili kong maging isang guro upang ako naman ang magmulat sa mga bagong ISKO't ISKA na mapapadpad sa UP naming Mahal!

And lastly, my take on Cabbie's Tutorial at Artzdescrap:

An altered plastic pot

Thanks for looking! By the way, I just received a good news a moment ago. Since I am one of the first six registrants at Artzdescrap Challenge # 5, they will be sending me a chipboard house album for altering. I'm so excited! Can't wait to receive the house album.