Thursday, January 26


Hello crafty friends! How has your week been? Mine's been really busy but super sweet. The CHA Winter Convention is going to start soon and a couple more days and I'll be taking my Copic Intermediate Class. It's going to be a super duper crafty weekend.

But for now let me show you a special present from my sister. It's a personalized stamp of a picture of me and DH, made in the Philippines. I was so happy! I can't wait to play with it in my planet, which I've been neglecting recently.  My mind is already racing as to what projects I can make.

That's it for now. I have a feeling that my next posts will be much longer than this. 'Til next blog!

Monday, January 23


Hello crafty friends! First, I would like to thank you for visiting Tinker Planet even though I haven't posted for a few days. Like usual, I have a  number of excuses but I will not longer elaborate. However, there are lots of crafty exciting things taking place this week. One of them is the Copic Intermediate Certification Class I'm scheduled to take. Based on the information I got from the Copic website, this class will take a lot longer than the Beginner's class. That means I'll have a lot of new things to learn... woot!

And of course there is the CHA Winter Convention this weekend. I can't wait to see the up and coming products, and hopefully catch a glimpse, if not interact, with the famous crafty celebs. There is already a bunch of brands I want to check out, especially their demos.  This is going to be super fun!
Anyway, here's a scrapbook journal I made a couple of years ago during National Craft Month. When I made this, I wasn't sure when I would use it and for what reason. And now I'm going to put it in good use.  You can see this scrapbook album in detail by clicking here.

That's it for now. Do keep checking back as I will keep you all posted about my new crafty escapades. 'Til next blog!

Wednesday, January 18

Snow Day

I was very happy when I received a call last night that we won't have school today because of the weather and road conditions.  Yesterday, we had a snow storm and driving home was hard.  I was driving at 35 mph and even at that speed, I still fish tailed a little bit.  The snow on the roads made it difficult to drive.  I was so relieved to arrive home in one piece.

So today, I made sure to do chores, bake some brownies, cook a dish and of course, play in my craft room.  It's perfect timing for me to make something for Unity Stamp Co.'s challenge called "New Beginnings".  And because I was inspired by Susan Rothamel's demo of her Dicro Fiber on HSN the other day, I decided to play with it.

The theme that was running in my mind was something fantasy or nostalgic like.  So I ended up using stamps from the Just You KOM for March 2011.  I used Dicro Fiber as my background, and my images were embossed.

I also added Prills (another favorite US Art Quest product!) for finishing touches.

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Wassau
image/sentiment:  Unity
ink:  Tsukineko, metallic rub-ons
tools:  Spellbinders, Janome Sew Mini, Uchida corner punch, Martha Stewart score tool, Tulip mini iron, heat gun
embellishments:  US Art Quest (Dicro Fiber, Prills), rhinestones, ribbon
misc.:  Ranger embossing powder
adhesive:  Scotch, Glue Dots, US Art Quest

Unity's "New Beginnings" challenge will run for about 4 weeks, so there's lots of time to join. 

'Til next blog!

Monday, January 16

On Display

Happy Monday crafty friends!  During a quick visit at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, I chanced upon an acrylic display case.  It wasn't in perfect condition, but for $5, it was worth it.  I could use it when I sell my cards in craft shows in the last quarter of the year.

Well, I'm very excited to attend the Winter CHA.  I got my paperwork all ready for the convention and will definitely keep you all posted on the Tinker Planet Facebook page.  I can't wait!

'Til next blog!

Sunday, January 15


What?!?!?  I wasn't able to post for 6 days?!?!?  That is just not right.  But my muse went for a break, and for the past few days I kept standing by my desk and looking at my stuff.  Nothing.

I just don't like it when that happens.

So today, I decided to fight it and make something.  This is what I came up with:

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Wassau, My Mind's Eye, leftovers
image/sentiment:  unknown/RAKed
ink:  Stampin' Up, Spica
tools: Cricut, EK Success Dimensional Flower Punch, Martha Stewart edge punch, Janome Sew Mini, Stampin' Up embossing folder, Tim Holtz distressing tool
embellishments:  bead, flower sequins
adhesive:  Scotch, Glue Dots

'Til next blog!

Monday, January 9

Inky Dinky

What is it with ink?!?!?  I already have almost all of the Stampin' Up ink pads (with corresponding reinkers, mind you)... and a few of the Ranger Distress and ColorBok ink pads.  And guess what I bought yesterday during a visit at Joann's???

Well, it was on clearance.  But still.  What the heck?!??!

So to make me feel better, I made sure to play with it last night before going to bed.  I used it to make a background for my latest card:

And to go with my background, I colored the big words of my sentiment with matching Copic markers.  See the dots below the ribbon?  They were actually punched with Crop-A-Dile.

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Wassau, leftovers
image/sentiment:  unknown (RAKed)
ink:  Martha Stewart, Copic
tools:  Spellbinders, Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, Crop-A-Dile
embellishments:  ribbon, brad
adhesive:  Scotch, mounting tape

Have a great week everyone...  'Til next blog!

Saturday, January 7

Kimono Card

My muse must have gone somewhere, as for the past two days I just couldn't create anything.  It's a phase we all go through as crafters, I guess.  What's worse, I wasn't even in the mood to look through craft magazines and books for some inspiration.

But today, I forced myself and flipped through the pages of Origami Jewelry by Ayako Brodek.  If I remember it right, I bought this book in the Japanese Pavillion in Epcot, Disney World.

I ended up folding several kimonos following the instructions on pages 112-113 of the book.  I used one of them as the main focal point of this card:

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Recollections, origami paper, leftovers
ink:  Ranger
tools:  Martha Stewart punch, Spellbinders, Fiskars edge punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder
embellishments:  Kodomo 3d sticker, Japanese twist ties
adhesive:  Scotch, Glue Dots, mounting tape

'Til next blog!

Wednesday, January 4


I was excited to go home after work yesterday.  For a few weeks now, I've been eyeing some upholstery swatch books in a corner of the lounge area.  Finally today, I got the courage to ask a senior staff member if they are being used.  Guess what?  She said no.  Those swatch books have been laying there for several years and nobody has touched them.  She said I can have them if I want.

And because I was shy, I took home just 4 swatch books:

On the way home, I was already thinking on how I can use them for my cards at least.  I know I can make other projects with them, but I just had to start with cards.  For sure the Spellbinders dies will not work, but the Big Shot and Sizzix dies will.

Because I was short for time, I quickly picked one design and cut it with a regular Sizzix die by tim Holtz.  I was right.  I was able to cut a perfect shape.  And basing from that specific cut, I was able to make this card:

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  @TheOffice, Recollections, leftovers
image/sentiment:  Our Daily Bread Designs
ink:  Tsukineko, Ranger
tools:  Sizzix, Spellbinders
embellishments:  rhinestones, Robin's Nest
misc.:  embossing powder (Ranger), upholstery swatch
adhesive:  Scotch, Zots, Glue Dots, mounting tape 

I'm also entering this card in the Our Daily Bread Designs' Anything Goes Challenge (ODBDSLC90).  This challenge is extra special as they welcome their 5 new challenge team members.  You can meet them by clicking here.

'Til next blog! 

Monday, January 2

Playing with Prills

Happy Monday crafty reader!  I made sure to enjoy my last day of "freedom" before I return to my normal routine tomorrow.  That includes playing in my planet.  It sure makes a difference when your craft room is clean and orderly - your creative juices start flowing... somehow. 

For this card, I used an embellishment which I discovered in November in one of the classes I took during the Deer Widows Weekend Scrapbooking and Stamping Show in Birch Run.  It's called Prills by US Art Quest.

Originally, they had the pearlish white colored ones in a big jar.  But during the November show, they released mini jars with various wonderful and striking colors.

So for my card today, I played with Prills.  For application, all you need to do is a fine brush and any clear drying adhesive.  In my case, I used US Art Quest PPA Matte glue.  I have an option to color my Prills as I applied them on my stamped image.  But since it's my first time to use it by myself, I decided to use it as it is.

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  DCWV, Paper Pizazz, leftovers
image/sentiment:  Unity
ink:  Ranger, Stampin' Up, Tsukineko
tools:  Spellbinders, Janome Sew Mini
embellishments:  Prills
misc.:  embossig powder (American Crafts)
adhesive:  PPA Matte (US Art Quest), Scotch, mounting tape

It seems like the Prills mini pots are not available on the US Art Quest website yet.  But if you're excited to play with them, the original Prills will work great. 

'Til next blog!

Sunday, January 1

Happy New Year!

Hello crafty friends!  Like most of you, I was busy during the Christmas and New Year weekends.  I can't believe I wasn't able to find time to play in my planet.  That was definitely a first.

But I wouldn't let the first day of the year pass without making a card at least.  After putting my craft room in a decent and orderly state, I was able to make this quick card:

Materials used:
cardstock/dp:  Wassau, leftovers
image/sentiment:  Rivercity
ink:  Stampin' Up
tools:  Martha Stewart edge punch, Corner Chomper
embellishments:  leftover stickers
adhesive:  Scotch, mounting tape

And for the new year, I decided not to make a list of things I want to do or change about myself.  This time, I made a list of my bad habits that I want to avoid.  Thus, the sentiment I used for my card.

Here's to a better and brighter year to you.  And may 2012 bring peace, love and good health to all of us and to each and every person in our lives.

'Til next blog!