Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking forward

Already writing down my resolutions for 2012... some are repeat resolutions, things that I want to stick to; some new because circumstances have changed with time... I may not fulfill them all this coming year, but I'll try to make some progress in each and hope to accomplish some!  
I'm coming to terms with a few things such as not everything can be wrapped up neatly... some things are just better off left alone and somewhat undone... trying to let go of the emotional burden of "unfinished business" and move on to the next thing. Looking at life as work in progress and if it bothers bystanders, all I can say is 'Please, pardon the dust'...

Found this wonderful quote the other day and loved it.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Looking back

2011 is almost over. Here's our year highlights in layouts...

Brave came into our lives...

As seen in CK blog, 2/18/2011, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group

Mom went back home.

As seen in the February 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group.

The kiddos made my Mother's Day wonderful!

As seen in the Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations, CK, November 2011, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group

Meeting the CK team in Utah was inspiring to say the least!

As seen in the Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions, CK, November 2011, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group

Our first cruise was an amazing experience.
As seen in the CK Blog, 5/6/2011, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group

I started teaching at Whim So Doodle.
Much of summer was spent in the pool.
As seen in the July-August 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group.

Or making crafts.
As seen in the Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks Texture issue of Creating Keepsakes, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group.

Curving pumpkins is always something the kids look forward to in October.
As seen in the Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations, CK, November 2011, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group

Despite many serious difficulties that arose through the year, we still kept our faith and were thankful.
As seen in the November/December 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group.

Copyright: Big Picture Classes
And here I recorded some of the things that I'm immensely grateful for to remind me that the glass is still half full :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils

Back in October, when I went to teach at Oh My Crafts' Discovering Possibilities event, many of the students wanted to know how to use the Aquarelle watercolor pencils. So, I have been experimenting with these pencils. Let me share with you one of the simple things I learned.
Usually, I associate palette knives with oil and acrylic paints, but I found that they work great with watercolors too.
First I colored on my art journal page with several shades of the same color.

Then spritzed it with water lightly. I blended the colors and moved them around with a few quick strokes of the palette knife.

Once the background dried, I wrote on it, stamped and embellished it.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Resolutions 2012

Feels like 2011 went by in a jiffy and I'm already gearing up for 2012. In recent years, I have been putting my goals, plans and resolutions in little handmade books. It's a check list kind of thing. Not all goals are profound, there are some super simple to do lists in it as well. But I like to check things off and write about progress, challenges, working around hindrances, and finding ways to move forward... it's a process journal.

I have finished putting together my Resolutions Art Journal for 2012. In journals like this, I love playing, experimenting, finding my true style at the moment. Here's a look at some of the pages inside.
This morning, I got a note from an Etsy Curator saying:
Greetings from Sierra's Sunshine!
One of your creations inspired this wonderful Treasury Collection. Please check it out! Share it with your friends! And please click the heart!
Blessings and love for the New Year!

This Friday, we kicked off our winter holiday with dinner at Asian buffet and a movie "Hugo" in 3D... I LOVED the message of this movie. Check it out, it will touch your heart!
I also started writing in my Happy Holidays journal yesterday, now that our Holidays have started officially :)

Did much-needed cleaning up downstairs and got some Christmas decor out. Each year, little things get added to the collection. The kids love it when I include their artwork into the mix. Right now, they are getting ready to build a gingerbread house and that's where I want to be :)
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Welcome to the Hambly blog hop

Welcome to the Hambly Design Team Blog Hop!

We'd like to introduce you to the new design team members through a blog hop (and giveaway). Visit all 16 designer's blogs, where you can read a little bit about each member and see a project and/or tip about Hambly products. Leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts, then go to the Hambly blog
and leave comment. On Dec. 19th 2011 at 12 noon PST we will randomly pick and announce the winners on the Hambly Blog.
Iris Babao Uy   Philippines
Janna Werner Germany
Karine Cazenave  France
Kirsty Neale   UK 
Leeann Pearce   Australia

If you are new to my blog, a very welcoming cyber (((hug))) to you :)
Here are 10 random facts about me:
1. My name means honey in my language.
2. Roller coasters freak me out.
3. Someday, I'll plant an elaborate succulent garden.
4. I am not afraid of alligators.
5. I keep losing rulers and erasers.
6. Pumpkin spice is my favorite candle fragrance.
7. I used to love the ocean and now I love mountains too.
8. I'm a night owl.
9. Butter pecan is my latest favorite in icecreams.
10. My favorite color is Harvest Orange.
Becoming part of the Hambly team is a long-cherished-dream-come-true for me! Today, I want to share my favorite project from my DT submission... a minibook about my Etsy journey.

Happy hoppin' everyone!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Glitz December layouts

Hi, here are my Glitz layouts for December!My first layout is about my son's letter to Santa. Even though the Glitz collections are not prominently Holiday themed, but if you close enough, you'll find little nuggets that lend themselves to Holiday layouts. For instance, the epoxy sticker that I cut to say 'letter to' or the paper layer that says 'everything nice' that I stitched to highlight 'nice'.

For my second layout, I cut out birds from the Dance in the Sunshine 12x12 Birds Paper. I stitched 'wires' across the page and perched the cut out birds on them.

Layout 1
Dance in the Sunshine 12x12 Polka Paper
Vintage Blue 12x12 Toile Paper
Dance in the Sunshine Epoxy Stickers
Dance in the Sunshine Glitzers
Beautiful Dreamer Whatnots
Vintage Blue Peek-A-Boos
Vintage Blue Paper Layers
Teeny Alpha Pearl Stickers

Layout 2
Vintage Blue 12x12 Toile Paper
Dance in the Sunshine Epoxy Stickers
Dance in the Sunshine Paper Layers
Beautiful Dreamer Whatnots
Teeny Alpha Navy Stickers

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A very BIG day for me

Today, my very first self-paced class "Grateful, Every Day" opens at Big Picture Classes. This class is the fruit of a long-standing belief I have had. In the spirit of the season, Big Picture is promoting "Grateful, Every Day" with their Give Back program. Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

BUSY busy...

Rehearsals, concerts, STEM club, chess, karate, field trips, shopping for costumes, gifts, stocking stuffers for 45 kids... no time to blog till school breaks for the Holidays!

Monday, November 28, 2011

And the winner is

of CK's Scrapbooking Holidays and Celebrations is comment # 4 as chosen by
Crystal_235 said...

I love scrapping my husband dressed up as Santa (at Wal-mart) and my kids sitting on his lap.
I have a really cute photo of my Daughter and the title say's "Shh, I have a Secret...My daddy is Santa's helper!"
11:16 AM

Congrats Crystal :)
Please email me your addy at

Yesterday, we had a visitor...

Om spotted him in our backyard while he was playing outside... the gator was about 5 feet long head to tail tip sporting mighty fangs... shiny and unperturbed! This, however, isn't new to us... we used to get many more of them only few years back basking in the winter sun... used to freak my mom out when Nini was very young as she, being her mother's daughter, was always immensely curious about everything!

School was out for a whole week which was a great respite from early mornings... We went to Legoland, Universal Studios, and stayed at the Nick Hotel. The kids had a blast!!! I LOVED all the details of the Harry Potter castle and man, I hate riding roller coasters... Om wasn't big enough for a few rides and was somewhat grumpy about it. My legs are still killing me from all the walking... in fact, we postponed our tickets to Sea World because of that... overall, nice break from routine.

On the art front, been busy making my next Etsy kit for the new year and editing photos for printing as well as preparing some Christmas gifts. Will share pics asap :)

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Inspired by Autumn

I'm fascinated by the grandeur of Autumn! Where I live, we don't see colors of changing leaves, so I make up for it with my craft supplies. Here's an example:

As seen in Creating Keepsakes magazine, November -December 2011, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group
You can find the details here.

Here, I want to take a moment to say thanks to all of you, my blog readers for visiting me, leaving comments, participating in giveaways, and more.
Also a great big thank you to all of you who support my little Etsy venture!
And my students who have driven for hours in terrible weather to take my classes...
My design teams Anna Griffin, 7 Gypsies, Glitz Design, Faber-Castell, Hambly Studios for the opportunity to create for them.
And Creating Keepsakes for everything...

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanks, Winner & Another GIVEAWAY

First up, thanks everyone for participating in the giveaway as well as to those who stopped by with the Hambly wishes :) I appreciate!

Now, it's time to find out who the winner is for CK's Scrapbooking With Fabric & Notions chooses
tbpghfan said...
I save the tags from inside childrens clothing my kids have outgrown and then sew them onto layouts. There are some cool and artistic tags out there. My son carter has instant personalized embellishments thanks to carter clothing!

Congrats tbghfan! If you are reading today's post, shoot me an email at with your address and CK will mail you your prize :)

Oh... don't walk away yet... because I have one more wonderful new CK issue to give away and just in time for the Holidays too...
I'm talking about the Scrapbooking Holidays and Celebrations 2011 issue.

In this issue you'll find ideas for layouts celebrating birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, Independence Day, & more, downloadable planning worksheets, and display ideas for holiday albums.
Here's one of my super fast pages from the issue:
You can order the issue here. Or better still...
Tell me what holiday or celebration you love scrapping the most in your comment to this post by 11/25 and I'll pick ONE winner on 11/28.
Oh and don't forget to include your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win :)
Good luck everyone!

Friday, November 11, 2011

GIVEAWAY and Inside Look

If you are into sewing or are interested in using sewing techniques and notions in your scrapbooking, you are going to love CK's newest special issue Scrapbooking With Fabric And Notions. Whether you are looking for ideas to create backgrounds, borders, accents, titles for your pages or mini albums, you'll find 237 inspiring ideas in this issue.

And here's one of my layouts from this issue:

A page by Suzy Plantamura:

You can order the issue here. Or better still...
Tell me what your favorite notion is for scrapbooking in your comment to this post by 11/17 and I'll pick ONE winner on 11/18, next Friday.
Oh and don't forget to include your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win :)
Good luck everyone!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ticket holder

Phew...what a week!!! Glad to get Friday off...
Here's a quick share before I crawl into bed

Don't forget to check out the Gypsy journal for more holiday/ gift-giving inspiration.
And check back tomorrow for cool giveaways!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Art journal page with Aquarelle pencils

I lightly sketched lines on the journal page.

Filled the sections with colors using art grip Aquarelle pencils.

Blended the colors with wet brush

When dry, I journaled on the page using PITT artists pen

I let a little water drip down and wrote 'Favorite Season' with Aquarelle pencils on the wet surface to finish the page.