Tuesday, December 26

Christmas Cookie

I know it's been months since my last post.  I've been busy with RL stuff that I don't even have time to play in my craft room.  But I hope you're all having a great Christmas season.  No, I didn't make Christmas cards this year.  I sent store bought ones.  However, like usual we opened presents on Christmas day.  And I received something really crafty from my DSIL.

How much work does it take to make this one cookie???  It is so adorable, I didn't want to eat it.  I wish I could keep it forever.  I will hold on to it as long as I can, then I'll let DH have it.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, September 9


I am bugged with laziness.  Well not really.  But I have been very lazy.  There is something that I have been yearning for, and it seems like I'll never have it.  So instead of sulking, I try to do something while being lazy on the couch.  And coloring is the answer right now.  Just like you, I've been buying adult coloring books.  And just like you, I have been buying coloring medium "only" for these coloring books.  Because Copics are too darn expensive.

Here's a page I was able to finish.  

I'm thinking I can use this for a handmade card someday.

Sunday, May 14

Happy Mother's Day

Here's a quick card I made for DMIL, whom I love dearly.  This was a perfect chance to use some clear stickers I've been hoarding for quite some time.

Hope you all have a wonderful time with the mothers of your life!

Monday, May 8

Stamping Catalog

Call me obsessive-compulsive, but I really like things in order.  As far as my craft room goes, I like to know where things are because one:  I hate looking for things I can't find, and two:  I want to know where to find things, and three:  I really get mad when I buy doubles of things I already have.  For us crafters, that is hard.  I'm sure like me, you have doubles or triples of a certain stamp, die or punch set.  And also like me, you probably have countless stamp sets, dies, punches, markers, ink pads, or what have you.  That is why sometimes, we spend hours in our craft room organizing, instead of creating... because we tend to collect.  Right?

I digress.

Anyway, so really this post is about my stamps.  I have all kinds.  What?  There are kinds???  Wood-mounted, unmounted, rubber, clear, wood... did I miss anything?  I won't even dare count how many I have.  I won't tell DH either.

So I had one of those days when I have to organize them.  I already have actually, but my new stamp purchases are piling up, and I can't use them until they are catalogued.  You can laugh, but that's just me.  If there's two of us... high five!

The best solution for me is to catalog them two ways:  sentiments and images.  Then they are filed in a 3-ring binder.  And what prompted me to update my catalog is because of the dividers I got from work for free.  Since they were just going to be thrown away, I took them home.

I catalog both sentiments and images the same.  First according to brand, then according to theme.

Sentiment Stamps

Sentiment Stamps According to Theme
Image Stamps

Image Stamps According to Theme

And to differentiate the two, I use graph paper for  the images.  

So when I make cards, I know where to go for what image or sentiment stamp I would need.  Then the actual stamps are stored by brand, so I would know where to find them.  This system works best for me, and I love it!  

Tuesday, April 4

Latest Wedding Invitation Project

My previous post featured three wedding invitations I made for our niece to choose from.  The couple picked this design, with some little changes.

This is how it looks like when opened.  There are 3 inserts for the wedding details, and the black cardstock you see is actually a pocket for the RSVP return envelope.

I am pretty proud of the details inside.  I can't wait to see how this looks with all the writings on each insert.

'Til next blog!

Sunday, March 26

Wedding Invitations

I love to make wedding invitations.  Even back when I was young, I always liked seeing wedding invitations.  And I was curious as to how they were made.  Now having all these tools and supplies at my disposal, I make wedding invitations as gifts to friends and relatives.  This year, we have a niece getting married, so I made 3 samples for them to choose from.  The couples names both start with the letter K, so I incorporated that in the design.

Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3

Projects like this make my wafer thin dies and embossing folders very handy.  I wonder which one they will pick?

Saturday, March 4

The Real Ruler of Tinker Planet

Don't you just love it when your craft room is just so nice, clean and orderly?  I know it's normal for my planet to be chaotic, but at some point, it needs refreshed.  I can't make anything when it's messy beyond words, that's why I make it a point to put things in order.  And I just did.  It feels so great!  

And of course, my dog has to see everything.  She likes to take a "stroll" on my L-shaped craft desk.  And she also loves to look while I'm making something.  DH would carry her and look over my shoulders as I play.  I love this dog!

Wednesday, March 1

The Sign

Hello, crafty reader!  The planet is pretty decent as I type, and I'm very glad.  There's been a lot of new additions here, but just haven't really had the chance to blog about them.  I'm taking one step at a time as real life stuff takes place.  Let me start with the new Tinker Planet sign.

I blogged last spring about a wooden sign I made with friends from my former job at the school.  I really had a good time painting and playing with vinyl for the first time.  After this experience, I'm not scared of vinyl anymore.

Then in the summer, I had family come over and made more wooden signs for their homes.  You can see more details about this Tinker Planet event by clicking here.

You know how creative juices flow when your craft room is in pretty orderly condition.  So I was able to spice up my wood sign.  I consider this as a kick start for National Craft Month.

Because this sign is to be hung in my craft room, I did my best to match it with my Tinker Planet header.  

My only regret is that the alpha font available for this party was very limited.  They just cut whatever they have in their die cutting machine.  I basically didn't have a choice.  But also, I didn't know what to expect when I went to this party.  Anyhow, it still worked.

The wood was stained black first, and then acrylic paint was applied.  After which, I did image stenciling with black acrylic paint.  The vinyl application came last.  

Here at the planet, I gathered embellishments that could fit my Tinker Planet header. These butterfly 3D stickers worked perfectly. 

Then at the bottom, I adhered red bling on white flower embellishments, to match the left side of the Tinker Planet header.

I'm happy with the result of the Tinker Planet sign.  It already has a spot here to be hung.  

For National Craft Month, I plan on doing a lot of work here at the planet.  Not necessarily crafting, but more on improving the layout and ergonomics of my small craft room.  I will be posting them as I go along.

'Til next blog!

Friday, January 6

Post Wedding Card Set

Hello crafty friends!  I'd like to share with you a Thank You card set I gave to a young couple who got married recently.  This would be something they send out after their wedding.  My inspiration stemmed from native box from the Philippines which I've been keeping for a special project. The cover would show the couple's names, but I removed them in PS for privacy reasons.

The cards are very simple.  I stamped and embossed the card base with this elegant swirl from Verve.  The sentiment stamp is by Stampin' Up.

I made the envelopes too, using We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board - one of my new favorite tools.

This is how the cards are situated in the box, and to secure them, I made a filler box which you see on the right.  The D&T layer is actually from their wedding wedding invitation.

I snagged another portion of their RSVP card, and attached it to the cover of the box. 

I attached another handmade card underneath the cover for the couple, with a monetary gift.  I prefer to give handmade wedding gifts like this, instead of buying the usual stuff from stores.  

'Til next blog!