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! 🙂

2016 Craft Swap

On a whim, I was invited.

On a whim, I said yes.

On a whim, I joined a Craft Swap.

And the experience has been overwhelming.

This happened last August-October 2016. I, together with 21 other crafters, participated in a Craft Swap just in time for Christmas.

We were asked to create two items each: (1) an item made of at least 5 popsicle sticks and 5 buttons, and (2) a Christmas ornament.

And here’s what Eclations made:

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1. Love Christmas Wreath – made of green paper twine twisted into a circle to form the wreath, decorated with red rose and leaves and several buttons and gems.

2.Hang-It Popsie Decor – made of several popsicle sticks tied together to form a mini-blinds; decorated with a sentiment cut usting Silhouette Cameo 2, several buttons and gems.

I was really happy to receive positive feedback on these. But I was happier and more overwhelmed with the creativity of the other crafters who joined.

Here are photos of what the other crafters made:

Unfortunately I am unable to put links here at this time, marami kasi, but you can search the crafters’ names in Facebook and you can reach out to them if you find their works interesting. Some of them have their own fb pages and online business as well. 🙂

Dana especially loved the Christmas ornaments and hang them on our Christmas tree! It is such a joy and blessing to know you are surrounded by wonderful people who share your passion!

I really wish I had more time to create more and better items. I wanted to create something extra to give away but I didn’t make it to shipping cutoff.  I will just do better next time. 😉

Yes, I’ll definitely join again this year!

To God be the glory!

Colds, Lippies and Glittered Paper

I’m back! I know, I know, I have been missing in action again. I got exposed to a lot of things that kept me busy and for this week alone, I think I came down with flu.

Yes, I think.

I mean… How hard is it to diagnose a sickness now?

You see, last Sunday, I started feeling post-nasal drip and an onset of colds that had me really feverish by Monday. I thought it was just my allergic rhinitis acting up again. You know… Due to exposure to extreme weather changes — sunny then rainy then sunny days + extremely cold nights… But I decided to take a sick leave from work and have it checked anyway. Afterall, I wouldn’t want to infect my daughter or colleagues…

But the thing is, the doctor informed me that my case was not allergic rhinitis, though it was too early to tell whether it was viral or bacterial. If it were viral, it would go away on its own in 3-4 days. Otherwise, I need to start taking antibiotics. So I was recommended lots of water and rest, which I had in hopes of getting better.

By Wednesday I got back to work only to hear the same things from our clinic doctor. It was too early to diagnose, that I should just wear a mask to avoid spreading the virus or germs, if any.

Imagine, I came to work wearing my new Colourpop Perky lipstick from Belle’s Oniomania, which I really loved, but had to cover up instead. Hahaha.

Here’s me that day:

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Don’t you just love Perky?!? I do!!!

By Thursday, I was feeling better and so I put on Happy Skin’s Aurora lipstick, which I hoarded because it was always out of stock, and came to work like I would on a normal, not sick, day. (Yeah, I know you’ve been reading about lipsticks from me and are probably getting the shock of your life now, but… I’ll post about that some other time. Haha.)

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We had a brownbag session. And I even hung out with friends.

But by the afternoon, I was feeling so sick, it was worse than ever! Kidding… Just worse than Monday. =P

And up until today my body is unwell but recovering, and I thank God that I have my family to make me feel better.

But you know what else I’m thankful for?

This!

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This came in the mail yesterday. Ü A glitter board I purchased locally but is almost, if not as good as the imported ones. *Fist pump!*

Needless to say, I had to try them. Afterall, they say crafting is therapeautic. To me it’s a remedy.

So after a full day’s work, I headed to my Cameo and came up with something like this:

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Aren’t they just pretty?!

I figured glittered papers are not the best for flowers but I still loved the shining, shimmering, splendid look they create! And I love how they shimmer but do not scatter tiny glitters anywhere!!! I have been avoiding glitters on my craft projects since my daughter came into this world. I was always worried they’d somehow find their way into her eyes and that would have been a biiiig problem. But now, I can craft away to my heart’s content. Or at least until supplies last.

Then I’ll just order again. Money-willing. Hahaha.

 

So that’s it for this long post. I will have to rest then prep for activities of the day.

 

I continue to pray for the Lord’s healing over me and my daughter. And that this flu or cold or cough or whatever virus dissipates into the air and affect no new person! Ahihihi.

And if you too are unwell today, let me leave this with you:

He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been.

1 Peter 2:24

 

To the awesome God of talents, beauty and healing be the glory! 🙂

 

 

 

Paperclip Art

Some opportunities only come once in a lifetime. If you fail to grab them, they may be gone forever. So when one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities came, I had to grab it. Despite short notice. Despite schedule conflicts. Despite the challenges and risks.

Seriously.

It all happened so fast. I almost did not make it. But I know, God worked things out in my favor. Ü

So last November 2016, I was blessed to participate and demonstrate paperclip projects for the DIY segment of the  local tv show Good News kasama si Vicky Morales. Ü

Ta-dah!

 

It was such a fun experience. At first I was ecstatic. I thought it would be easy. I have been making paperclip bookmarks for the longest time. But then I was asked to prepare 4-5 projects using paperclips. I scrambled for sources. I googled and googled but I realized there aren’t a lot of paperclip projects out there. I envisioned. I improvised. I felt proud. Then I felt so sad I actually cried. My PTO/leave for the shoot was not approved due to short notice. I thought it was all over. But then the production staff were kind enough to adjust their schedules for me. We shot the segment in the evening. I grew tired. Sleepy. But my heart was full.

Then the following Monday, it finally aired. I was ecstatic once again.

And thankful.

The Lord has been really great, gracious and kind to me.

My hubby, family and friends were very supportive too!

And GMA NewsTV has been very kind and accommodating.

I know things like this don’t happen often. It may not even happen again. So I really cherish it.

But you know what? It already did! (At least part of my video that is.) I just found out from a friend that the show replayed my ‘star paperclip bangles’ DIY last December.

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Ayiii!!! I am so kilig! 😍

P.S. Special thanks and credits to GMA News tv youtube and fb page for the video and photos included on this post.

To God be the glory!

The Best of 2016 on IG

It’s that time of the year where people look back into the past to relive or rediscover things. Sometimes we reminisce. Sometimes we find new revelations.

Tonight, I looked back on my best IG posts for 2016:

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And you know what?!

I realized I hadly ever used it at all. 36 posts for the whole year? I really need to up my game in this world of social media. Haha!

So as part of my new year’s resolution, I will not only increase my blogposts, but I will also share more on IG. Haha. Yeah, let the world look more into the interior of my soul and get to know me better. I hope.

Nevertheless, I am rather happy with my best 9. And as expected, they are craft related. (Though the amigurumi owls were not made by me…) It was a fun (though a bit craftsy stressful) year for eclations. I am glad I got to experience a lot of new things. And I pray for newer and better things this year. God has great plans for me, I know! 😉

 

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

– Philippians 1:6 ESV

 

To God be the glory!

 

Silhouette Cameo: My First Time!

Yep! I’ve had my Silhouette Cameo for 3 months now and I still haven’t used it. Until tonight! And I am so happy, my excitement just won’t let me sleep!

I bought my Silhouette Cameo last May while I was on maternity leave (from miscarriage). I THOUGHT I would have lots of time to use and get my mind distracted and my heart at ease… but I thought wrong. I got too busy being a wife and mom, which is not all bad by the way, then before you know it, work happened.

But tonight, I was looking for a quick cheat, I mean fix, for an upcoming project and decided to finally take my cameo out of the box.

And the rest is history. Haha.

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Just kidding. Actually, history has yet to be made but I am really happy and excited about it. So much that I can no longer sleep. But I have to since I still have loads of stuff to do tomorrow.

So perhaps, I’ll just dream more of this tonight!

Happy Sunday!

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

Recycled Materials Costume

Last month, my daughter’s Kindergarten celebrated Science Week. There were lots of activities I’m sure the kids and adults enjoyed. And to cap the week of exciting science games and activities, the children were asked to come in costumes made out of recycled materials. This got me excited, being the crafty mom that I am, but I was crunched for time given that I had to juggle things with work; unlike last year when I was on medical leave, which gave me more time to relax and also spend with and for my daughter.

 

But… a mother’s gotta do what a mother’s gotta do.

 

I initially wanted to make her a wedding dress, made of recycled sack and lots of sandwich bags and plastics, but we couldn’t find sacks or katya anywhere.

 

The next best thing? Newspaper or Magazines.

 

So we bought just that and in just 1 hour, while watching GoT with hubby (yes, I tend to multi-task most of the time),  and half of a fashion magazine, I ended up with this:

 

 

Pretty simple. No, a lot simpler than what I really had in mind. But I am glad she had fun wearing it just the same.

 

So imagine my surprise when she came home with this:

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Happiness!

Yup! A BEST IN COSTUME AWARD!

I dunno how it happened, so don’t ask me. I know it was probably not because of the beauty of the dress but with how my lovely little lady carried [wore] it. And that makes this mama even more really proud!

 

My only regret is that I couldn’t be there to see her win myself. Still, I was sooooo happy and proud I had to post photos and send pics of my daughter to family and friends that night.

 

Fast forward to today, as I look at my daughter as she sleeps, I thank God for allowing me to be a mother to this little girl. And I pray that someday, I can be there more for her, in every aspect of her life, the highs and the lows. And as I do my best doing whatever I gotta do to reach that someday, I pray to the Lord to continue and always be there for her, especially during those times when I physically can’t.

 

But this mama is not giving up. I know we will all reach our dreams someday. Well, never did I imagine we’d win an award in school for this but we did, didn’t we? So everything, with hardwork, prayers, love and dedication, is and will always be within reach.

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

How To: Corrugated Bookmarks

 

And since I think you are probably getting tired of my flashbacks from way way way back, here is the last of my 2013 throwbacks. Trivia: In my old blog, I actually used the term Perforated instead of Corrugated. My bad. Sorry. I was such a newbie back then. Though I still am a newbie on craft terms now. Haha. Hope you enjoy this anyway. 😉

 

Original Post Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013

So I went to this really pretty place called Sophie’s Mom and it got me so inspired I decided to create some bookmarks.

But to make not just an ordinary bookmark, I decided to use corrugated paper which I accentuated with buttons, felt and fabric tape.

I plan to enter this into the week’s CASology: NEON challenge but I am not sure if it is neon enough on the photos. But the green and yellow are in fact neon ‘in person’ so I’ll give it a try anyway. 🙂

Here are several bookmarks I created, hope it inspires you to create your own! 🙂

 

Did you notice that this one looks like a mouse or some tiny creature?
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Simple steps to follow:
1. Cut out strips of corrugated paper, around 2 x 5 inches should be okay but you may adjust according to preference.
2. Decorate the corners or edges using decorative punchers.
3. Accentuate the bookmark with buttons, washi/fabric tape and other embellishments.
4. Punch a hole on top and tie your ribbon.
Pretty simple right? You can make your own versions too! Oh and I do hope you let me see them!
Enjoy! 🙂
To God be the Glory!

Paper Flowers

They say flowers are therapeutic! I say so too!

 

So here’s a bunch of paper flowers just for you!

 

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I’m actually trying some stuff out in preparation for an upcoming project! Praying as early as now that everything will go well. Pray for me too?

 

More tutorials coming soon too! Stay tuned!

 

To God be the Glory! 🙂

How to: Notecard

I love love love butterflies! An I love love love Martha Stewart’s Doily Lace Edge Punch. And I love love love notecards, bookmarks and the like! So here’s a not so throwback throwback post on how to create one.

Well, technically it’s still a throwback post since I will be re-using instructions and photos from my previous blog, but not so throwback since I will be adding in some new points; though just a few.

So with tummy aching, eyebrows curling and forehead scrunching, I present to you, simple instructions on how to make your own cute notecards. (Haha. What an introduction! But yep, I am in the middle of terrible tummy aches but I do not want to let this mood to post something pass… I am trying my best to stick to my blogging-posting-commitment here. Hihihi.)

Materials:

  • Shape Punchers (e.g. Scalloped Circle, Butterfly)
  • Martha Stewart Edge Punch (e.g. Lattice, Doily Lace)
  • Cardstock or Special Board/Paper
  • Adhesive, Glue Gun+Stick
  • Fabric Tape, Scrapbook Paper and other designs.
  • Cutter or scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut out sheets of cardstock according to desired card size, doubled in height since this will be folded in half. In the photos below, I used 5×8 so the folded size would be 5×4.
  2. Fold in half.
  3. Use the Martha Steward Edge Punch of your choice to decorate the bottom part of your card’s front flap. You can either punch off the whole edge or just a portion to create a window effect.
  4. Decorate the inside of your card with fabric tape or colored paper such that it shows through the decorated edge of your card at front.
  5. Cut/Punch out embellishments such as butterflies and adhere to your card’s front for added decoration.

And there you have it! Your very own cutie cutie notecards!

Set

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You can actually create your own version of notecards or stationeries with different patterns and designs. These are just a few of them.
(Whew! I almost gave up completing this post but yey! I survived!) So, what do you think? Feel free to create your own and share them with me too! 🙂