DIY Shrink Art Keychain

Learn how to make your own keychain, charms, pendants, accessories using Shrink Film or Plastics. Follow this quick and easy video tutorial.

As they say, first impressions last. So when I saw Meeya and Xristine’s pretty lettering, I instantly fell in love and I would do (well, I did) what I could to get a piece of their art and incorporate them on my own. And if you knew me, you would know it wasn’t easy.

First, I am shy. I really fangirl over a lot of crafters and their works, but usually, viewing other people’s work is enough for me for inspiration. But on times when I fall in love, I just couldn’t resist the urge… I would eventually reach out to that person, compliment him/her, and in this case, request their kind permission if I can buy, or have a copy of their work. Somewhat-Stalker-level-Creepy, yes. But thankfully, none has thought that of me yet. Haha.

Second, I am a proud crafter. Haha. Whenever I see a cute or pretty art, an item, a product, I think to myself, “I can also do that”, then I’ll just come up with my own way or approach of recreating that stuff, add a personal touch (I don’t like copying unless inevitable, I don’t like stealing other people’s works), and produce something of my own. But there are times I need to simply surrender and admit that there are things I just cannot do. And calligraphy is one of them.

So thankfully, sis Meeya and Xristine were kind enough to share with me their works for a shrink art project. I am truly blessed!

And if you liked the calligraphy and watercolor art you see here, and would like to see more, please follow Meeya and Xristine on Instagram:

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But for now… Good night!

To God be the glory!

DIY Rose Topiary

I forgot to put my lipstick and English on! XD But my special cutie guest saved the day. Or night. 🙂

In this tutorial, I am sharing how I create my felt rose topiaries or bouquets, one of Eclations best sellers.

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Geeeze, can’t believe I’m exposing my secrets. Kidding! This is no secret, there are tons of tutorials like this one out there, but more contributions wouldn’t hurt, would they? 🙂

So I hope you like this DIY! Feel free to send me your feedback or leave your comments. Critic if you must. Subscribe if you will. 😉

Thank you so much!

And as a little backstory, it has been a really hectic, busy, and somewhat stressful work week. So I just had to turn to my craft tools and flowers to make me feel better… And re-charge! 😉 Thank God for His gift of arts and crafts. :”>

To God be the glory!

DIY Paper Rosette

I love paper rosettes! They’re quick and easy to make yet would make pretty awesome decors. So when a friend asked my help to prepare for a bridal shower, rushed, I thought of paper rosettes as my go-to decor right away.

And they did not disappoint! They turned out pretty well considering it only took us around 4 hours to make – my mom did the most part. She cut and folded the paper strips, roughly 3 hours, since I had a really busy work week, while I only used an hour of my Saturday to assemble them and add some accents.

Ta-dah!!!

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I didn’t have a particular theme or motif in mind for this one. I just wanted to use the existing paper I already have. And I am really happy they turned out nice. And blended well with my artificial bouquet project too!

 

And the bride-to-be and her friends were happy with the outcome as well. 🙂

 

 

So if you want to try making your own paper rosettes, they’re pretty easy. You can watch my video tutorial here:

I also created the sash and the banner but I’m still thinking if I’d make another tutorial on them. 😛

 

For now, please let me know what you think of this tutorial. Do you think I should make more DIY videos? 🙂 I really want to give more time on improving my blog content and create more youtube videos but I need someone to take me in as an apprentice. Anyone? I promise I’ll be a good pupil. *Bats eyelashes* Hahaha.

 

Meanwhile, please don’t forget to subscribe and follow me here, and eclations on FB/Twitter/IG/YouTube! And of course, leave a comment!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Pretty Easy Bridal Bouquet

Artificial flowers do not have roots but they too are pretty. Some fake flowers in fact, look real. Artificial flower bouquets have also become a trend among modern brides though they are more fondly called as “handmade flowers” (as majority are hand-crafted) than artificial or fake.

I for one, have created several bouquets already, though so far I’ve only played around with felt cloth/fabric and paper. I’ve tried making fabric flowers before but I found that they are quite tedious to make since they are often too soft or the edges run amd burning edges is not really my thing. :p

But a friend came to me this morning, requesting help — they needed a bouquet by Friday. I am busy with work lately and I know I won’t have the time to make them by hand and I am really really really glad she agreed to using artificial flowers instead. I honestly have been wanting to try this out and I am sooo glad I finally had an opportunity!

This project took me only 20 minutes to make.

 

Materials:

– Assorted artificial flowers bought from the mall

– Floral Wire

– Scrap Felt Cloth

– 1-inch Ribbon

 

Steps:

1. Arange the pieces of flowers according to your taste or choice of design.

2. Tie or bundle the flowers using a floral wire to ensure the pieces do not fall off.

3. Wrap the bundled stems of the bouquet with felt fabric.

4. Accentuate the handle with a ribbon.

 

Pretty easy right?

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Care to share your own bouquet projects? I’d love to see more for inspiration!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Good News: Sack Art

Some opportunities come only once in a lifetime. But sometimes, they can happen twice. And in such instances, you can only marvel at how truly wonderful God is. 🙂

 

So today, let me share with you another project I did for a local tv station. I did a DIY segment on Paperclips last November and I was so happy I got called in again last month for another shoot… This time, on sacks/burlap! And the segment aired last Monday, April 3, 2017.

 

 

You would think that since this is my second time, it’d be easier but it was not. You could even say I had a lot more boo-boos on this shoot. Nevertheless, it was a fun experience and the people were amazing to work with! I thank God that everything turned out well and I pray that the viewers and the staff of the network were pleased with the outcome.

I had a lot of lessons learned and I hope to work on them and improve next time.

I pray for a “next time”.

But as my friend reminded me tonight, seek first God’s Kingdom and all these will be added unto you… Good things happen according to God’s will and perfect timing in our lives. He knows the best plan and course of action for us! 😉

 

To God be the glory!

Sunflower Mask

Now here’s a craft project with minimal effort. It was impromptu. And took only around 20 minutes of our lunch time.

Sunflower Mask!!!

Around 2 weeks ago, my friend at work, Tina, asked for ideas how to make a sunflower costume for her daughter’s school presentation. She said an average sunflower headband, which doesn’t even cover the whole face, costs Php 600 (USD 12). And I told her it was too costly when all she needs are brown and yellow crepe or felt paper, board, scissors and double-sided tape. I was telling her it was easy to do and started giving her quicm instructions until she decided to buy the materials from a bookstore nearby so I could teach her over lunch.

So lunch time came and we came down to business. No templates. We just went ahead and cutout a circle from the center of a paper plate (insteas of a board) to serve as our mask base. Then we cut out petals from the felt and crepe papers. And cutout strips from the brown crepe papers.

Then assembled them together, in layers using double-sided tape.

And ta-dah!!! Here’s our finished product!

 

Pretty, don’t you think?

Special thanks to May for trying it out! 🙂

Simple projects like this give me bliss!

 

To God be the glory!

Eclations Babies

Babies? Angels? Staff? I really don’t know how to label them. But they are the very kind people who help me our and even take over when needed, in small or big projects that we get for our brand, Eclations.

And they are increasing.

Mind you, they do not really get paid as I hardly ever get paid, but they help out for the love of me, for the love of the craft.

Even my daughter’s “ate” (as she is like a daughter to me and not a nanny) has gone into flower-making and has recently come up with a bouquet of her own.

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It’s nice seeing how they’ve turned into crafter when just months ago they couldn’t even cut a straight line. Haha.

And as I always joke them, at least now I have someone to transition eclations to, should there be a time that I would need to give up on this and focus on working. Hehe.

Irish Trolls Birthday

I don’t believe in luck. I believe in grace. God’s grace.

When bad things happen, it’s either a trial to make you stronger or a consequence of a mistake you made.

When good things happen, it’s God’s blessing and grace. And the good thing about grace, is that although we do not have control over it, or even deserve it, God gives it freely. So free and so abounding that it can overpower even the bad things and negatives. 😉

Nevertheless, we all know that the world, or the Irish, celebrates March 17 as St. Patrick’s Day. And you know what else is celebrated around this time of the year? My inaanak’s (god-child) birthday! 🙂

So last March 15, my god-daughter Irish Freyja celebrated her 5th birthday in school and I was blessed with the opportunity to sponsor part of her birthday, as my gift to her. 🙂

The theme was Trolls but since her name is Irish (taken after her father) and her birthday is around the Irish festival, Clovers had to be in the scene.

And so, here are the items her mom and I made:

1. Pop-up Invitation

We used scrapbook and glitter paper, and my Silhouette Cameo to cutout the grass and the clovers. We printed photos of Poppie and her mom cut them by hand (yeah, I haven’t fully learned how to do this print-then-cut thing in Cameo, sorry). Then we stuck them piece by piece on the pop-up resulting into these:

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2. Irish Claddagh Awards

Irish wanted to give something special to her friends at school so her mother came up with the Claddagh Awards. They got unique descriptions of each classmate from Irish herself and her teacher and created paper medals for each.

Here we used dark green cardstock and gold glitter paper, Silhouette Cameo and punchers, and some gold ribbons.

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3. Glow-stick Bracelets

Hug tiiiiime! You know how in the Trolls movie, they have bracelets that would glow from time to time so the trolls get to hug each other? Well, we couldn’t use glowing gems and flowers but we opted to use glow-sticks intead. And of course, still attach some flowers to them.

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Don’t you just think they are pretty? I think so too! And it’s not because we made them. Ahihihi. 🙂

And I love the photos too!

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That’s all for now. I’ve got some ‘transcribing’ to do. Haha!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

#IWD Tokens

Today I delivered these flower topiaries to be given away to our empowering and inspiring women in Technology at work. I started making these Spiral Bouquets last year as token to our IWD speakers and I am glad my colleagues re-considered me for this year’s continuing IWD engagements!

 

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I was really nervous about how these will turn out. As you can see, I deviated from my typical color combinations and pastels. But thank God everything turned out fine and cute just the same.

I’ll be working on 2 more but will rest for a bit. It’s 3 am by the time I finished these 4. Can you believe it? Well, as they say… Time flies when you’re having fun!

 

And now I am super duper ultra mega sleepy! But I am happy. 🙂

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Spiral Bouquet

There is an endless world to crafting. One can craft all day and all night and still have a million other things to do. Especially now that everything seems available over the internet, how does one decide which to and which not to craft?

My answer?

Don’t choose. Just do it all! Or at least try it all. 😋

And I’m sure among the many things you make, there are those that you’ll fall in love with. A craft that you will want to focus on. A craft that you will do all over again.

In my case, I love almost anything paper, felt or fabric. Yeah, yeah. Still vast, I know.

But if I may narrow things down, I love flowers and owls!

Just like this one.

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I have always wanted to make a spiral bouquet ever since I received one from mommy Editte. I was never confident I’d do a good job at it, but I tried anyway. And I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.W ell I could. And I did. Hahaha.

Sabi ko nga kay Meeya, eh kasi yung order nya, nanganganak!

For a time, I loved making these spiral bouquets I felt really blessed for opportunities that came then. I actually had the honor of making more of these topiaries to give to 3 inspiring and empowered women from our company:

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Ayiiii! Now I wanna create more. But first, I need to ‘create time.’ Hahaha. If you know how to craft time, lemme know, will you?! 😂

Kidding aside, I hope you enjoyed this post.

 

To God be the glory!