DIY Ribbon Topiary Tutorial

This week has been extremely challenging for us. My nephew is still confined in the hospital. And we continue to pray that the Factor VIII works on his blood soon. Medical and hospitalization expenses have been growing and we continue to do all we can to manage it. Donation campaigns and fund raising activities are on the works, one of which is my upcoming handmade sale, which I mentioned on my post earlier. I’ll be selling ribbon topiaries among others:

 

I also shared my ribbon topiary with my craft group and it is the first time I got more than 300 likes! Woo-hoo! Hahaha. And so to savor this positive thing amdist this challenging time, I am sharing this video tutorial to give back the encouragement I and my family have been getting lately. 🙂

 

 

Please like and share and subscribe to my channel for more video tutorials.

 

But above all else, please continue to pray with us — for the healing and recovery of Edj, and for God’s provision as well.

 

Luke 1:37 says, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”

 

And we believe just that. 🙂

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:

And of course, if you liked my tutorial or post, give me a thumbs up, a star, a like and a comment too!

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! 🙂

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!

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!

How To: Pic Message via MS Word

As you would expect, this is another throwback. But for now, other than this paragraph, I will repost everything as is. Hihihi. So here goes:

Original Post Date: October 13, 2013

So I was preparing some tokens for Pastors Day and I found this verse that would be lovely for our lady pastor at church: http://www.creationswap.com/artwork/11/8/31/14573/11831_14573_5.jpg, by Megan Watson of thefreshfridge.com.

I really wanted to use the same format for our head Pastor but I couldn’t find a similar artwork or picture message so I decided I would create one.

It was my first time creating a picture message like this, and though I kinda “patterned” it against the former, I am quite happy with the results! 🙂

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I am surprised that it is pretty easy to make. I’m sure you can create your own as well.

Simple instructions:
1. Open Microsoft WORD and set the Page Background to your desired texture or color.
2. Input the desired text, for starters, use just one font and color.
3. Randomly choose which words to alter font and color, add in clip arts as desired.
4. Then use a snipping tool to capture the screen and save it in file photo format.

If you are well versed in using photo-editing softwares like Photoshop, I’m sure this will be even easier for you.

To God be the glory! Happy Sunday!

How To Video: Clover Headband

As promised, I begin today anew with my throwback posts. First stop, is a post I meant to share last March 16, 2016 in time for my inaanak’s birthday since she’s the very inspiration for this tutorial.

But as they say, it’s never too late. Or it’s better late than never so here it is. 🙂

I created this last March 2014. For what happens in March? It’s my dear Irish Freyja’s birthday! 🙂

And because her parents love clover so much, not to mention Irish is named, Irish, I decided to create a Clover Flower headband for her. (If that statement didn’t make any sense, lookup St. Patrick’s Day. ^^v)

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And since this pretty easy to make, I created 2 more for my nieces, in pink, coz they like pink! 🙂


And I am very sure, you can make one too. So I am sharing another tutorial video for you.

 

But I have to say, sorry for the shaky video… I don’t have a good cam yet and I actually shot this video with my webcam strapped to my collar.

And when you do create one, please share them with me.
You may comment here or share your work on my FB page: www.facebook.com/Eclations

Until next time! 😉

 

To God be the Glory!

How To: Ribbon Headband

Has it been a week already? Missed me? Well, I missed you too! So here, let me share with you another throwback: DIY 10-minute Toddler Ribbon Headband

This is something I created back in 2014. It was raining here in Manila due to Typhoon Hagupit. Hubby didn’t want me to come to work any more to avoid getting stranded outside. So we opted to work from home.

Now when my afternoon meeting was finally over, I went for a quick break. I looked at my craft materials and thought, “I really miss crafting! Is there something I can quickly make while I am on break?”

And as a matter of fact, there is! And you can make one too!

Here’s what you will need:

A ribbon (in this case, 2″ wide beige organza ribbon ~20″ long)
– A garter or band (sized to my daughter’s little head)
– Needle and Thread
– Fabric Brad or Button
– Scissor

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Instructions:

1. Sew a running stitch through one side of the ribbon from one end to the other, pulling along from time to time until you make a full circle. Depending on the length of your ribbon, you can make one or more layers.

2. Sew the center to secure your layers then adhere the fabric brad/button/gem. Depending on your material, you can sew this as well or you may adhere using glue gun.

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3. Sew one end of the garter/band on top of the other to form your headband.
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4. Sew your ribbon accent on top of the part where the ends of your garter meet. (Alternatively, you can adhere this using glue gun).
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And there you have it. Pretty easy isn’t it? And pretty nice too! Depending on your sewing skills, you can make this project in less than 10 minutes.
And if you have time, you can make more.
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Well that’s all for now. If you are able to make one yourself, do let me know. I would love to see your own headbands! 🙂
To God be the Glory! 🙂

How To: Flower Seal

Flowers! They look good on your garden, they look good on your hair, they look good on your dress. But do you know that they make good stationery accents or envelope seals too? So today let me show you just how to do that. 😉

Actually, this post is another throwback! If you are getting tired of throwbacks, don’t worry because I only have a few of them left… around 3-4 posts. Yay! 😀 After which, I would have to devote more love, time and effort to bring new newer tutorials. Yay! 😀

Last 2013, I made the wedding invitations for a friend wherein I decorated the seal of the envelope with 3D flowers to complement the invitation which was bordered with roses and hydrangea, which is also the theme of their wedding and the composition of the bride’s would be bouquet. 🙂

And here are the quick steps:

1. Using EK Success’ 2.25 Scalloped Circle large puncher, I punched out the shape from light green cardstock to use as my background.

2. Using Bigshot and Sizzix 3D flowers die, I cutout pink felt and created a big pink rose with it. This is the technique I used for rolling up the flower, it’s the easiest technique I found out there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAn8bvXGoY

3. I then punched out and crumpled tiny blue flowers using my Carl Craft small flower punch. Then stuck them on top of a big lump of glue for dimension to look similar to a hydrangea.

4. After that, I stuck the rose on one side (a bit closer to the center) of the green scallop, making it seem like it’s surrounded by the hydrangea flowers.

5. Then I stuck the bottom side of the green scallop into the center of the envelope.

It’s that simple and here are the photos:

Hmmm… so if yesterday you created a notecard with a pretty butterfly, how about complementing it with 3D flowers for the envelope? 😉