Tuesday, December 1, 2009


This handcrafted card is from Jeannie Phillips. You can check out her blog here and you might win a free special card from her.

This card is from her guest designer Dawne Wilcox of Maine, USA.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Typhoon Ondoy

All of us here have their own stories to tell about their experience about the typhoon. The worst that happened to me was above waist water inside the house and upto neck flood outside the house.
Hours before, I can still be able to go outside and check the extent of the flood. If you noticed at the background, there are cars which they are trying to put in a safer area. After so many years living in this area, we never had experience flood, except outside. Little did I know that after 2 hours, my own car was also submerged in water and there’s nothing more I can do.

At Ondoys wake, the whole Marikina is submerged in water---murky, muddy, rancid and stale. It was happening too fast. So, we gather all things we can carry upstairs. One of our neighbors went outside to help us. At that time, the flood is only up to her waist on a tiptoe. I wasn’t able to take pictures anymore. I would say I was in state of shock. We cannot save all our things. It was just too painful to see things floating around (also the appliances and OMG... my paintings too). Some of the things we tried to save in the stairs float too.

Some of my friends, relatives and the community we live in are suffered too. Some stayed at their roofs.
Watching the flood outside, I can see cars with lights on, clothes, framed pictures, refs, tvs, etc. I just wished I could get it for them but the current is too strong for me. We were trapped. We cannot even open the doors downstairs. I am so hopeless. When we woke up, there’s no flood anymore inside, only full of mud. I went outside to look for food. There is no food available for sale. It was like a nightmare. I was walking in the mud and saw cars turned upside down, sacks of rice all wet. All establishments closed, no telephone, cables or signals. We eat at our terrace for days (glad we have sardines)
Though my family and I are safe and dry, does not give me guarantee to sleep soundly at night. I was informed that hundreds of people died and thousand of families have been forced out of their homes because of flooding by typhoon “Ondoy” and they are all at the evacuation center located just one block away from us. So, I found myself volunteering in the repacking of goods done at Brgy Malanday Office.

My aunt, Sr Sonia has also many packed goods donated by her friends and kind souls from everywhere. Together with my fellow officers of our village association, we were able to distribute packed food to the victims residing in Tumana (the part in Marikina which is greatly affected ) aside from Provident Village.

Right now, we are still cleaning the house and I hope school will open next week because some schools were used as evacuation centers. Even the Kindergarten room of my daughter Jali is submerged in water and all their things are totally washed out. Meanwhile,We still have tons and tons of garbage but we're trying to do something about it. MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, on the other hand is busy into his Cleaning Drive.

Two weeks has passed but we are still continuously experiencing disaster brought by typhoon in different parts of the country. There's also this terrible outbreak of leptospirosis. Many people died particularly in Malanday & Tumana, Marikina area. With all the tragedies brought about by Ondoy It may take time for many to recover from the onslaught of Ondoy specially in Marikina These past few days, I saw the best in us. I realized that the worst kind of tragedy is also the time when we see good come out of people.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


This LO is based on this month's challenge on ED's Sketch. BTW, this is their first year anniversary.
Last March 2008, we went to Baras, Rizal to visit relatives. We stopped by at Baras Church and Jali immediately moticed and went to the big bell located outside. Baras Church is one of the oldest in the area, having been completed in 1686. The first church in Baras was built by the Franciscans in 1595. The town of Baras was transferred to Ibayo in 1682. It was the Jesuits who administered the parish from 1616 to 1679. The interior of the church was simply done. The altar and lecterns store artifacts unearthened beneath the church.
Materials: Pps-Making Memories,WebsterPages,DaisyDs,Sassafrass, Prima Flowers, AAS Brads, Jenni Bowlin Cards, ChatterBox Transparency, Alpha Thickers

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


This card is based on this week's sketch on the new challenge blog called Crazy4Challenges. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Flower Pot Box

Here's a little cute pot box from Project Tuesday. This is a cute gift idea for any occasion. I just put some mini oatmeal cookies and tied it with a ribbon. I also added tag with inspirational quote on it.

Monday, September 7, 2009


This card is based on this week's Belli Challenge. The theme is Back to School using apple or pencil. I simply use my stash, added some buttons, ribbons and clip.


Head on to the new site "Crazy4Challenges" blog. This is their first sketch challenge and DTs interpretations are simply beautiful.

Materials: Pps - DCWV, Basic Grey, Metals (Making Memories), Hero Arts Stamp, Ribbons,Gems& Blings

Friday, September 4, 2009

Gift Card/Envelope

Here's an easy to make gist card based on this week's project on Project Tuesday. TFL!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kiss Me

Jali met Jordan during our vacation in Cali and they are both 3 years old. I love this picture very much because theyre so cute. I didn't think twice doing this challenge at Scrapping the Music which is inspired by the song Kiss Me ...The picture speak for itself. TFL!
Materials: Patterned papers (Around the Block, Prima, Teresa Collins), Vellum (DCWV), Chipboard (Rusty Pickles, AAS),Flowers (Prima), Blings(Prima), Pigment Ink (Colorbox), Brads (AAS, Making Memories), Diamond Glaze, Ribbon

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Teacher Allison

Jali is now in Kinder and its her teacher's birthday. We decided to give her a mini album. This is her first time to teach toddlers, so we want her to remember her first students.

I simply used my dymo for their names and other scraps and embellishments. I bought the scrapbook tin at Michael's for $1.

Friday, August 7, 2009

SSC Challenge#16

This card is based on this week's Sketch and Stash Challenge#16. I used my neglected Basic Grey papers and new sentiment stamps from Hero Arts.
Materials: Papers - Basic Grey & DCWV, Flowers - Prima & Heidi Swapp, Blings (Prima),Stazon,Brad (AAS), Ribbon, Ricrac

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Smile & a Wink

This LO is inspired by this week's challenge (Scheme 25) on Scrap Schemes. The twist is to use monochromatic scheme and I also added a splash of color. My daughter Jali doesn't know how to wink and I find it very funny seeing her trying and making fun of it.
Patterned Papers - Urban Lily, 3Bugsinarug
Squishies - Karen Foster
Photo corners - Heidi Swapp
Brads/Flowers- AAS
DMC Thread, Ribbons

Thursday, July 23, 2009


I like birthdays. This is the picture of my cousin Vanessa with her family celebrating her children's birthdays. I must be lucky, I won again in Crafty Sketches.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

I discover new challenge blogs today. For the ABC Challenge,the theme to use this week is U .... which stands for United States. Then there's the Belli Challenge#68 - so I created a card with patriotic theme.

Last year, we celebrated 4th of July watching fireworks with relatives and friends in the US.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

One Sheet Box

Here's another cute project from Project Tuesday.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tea Bag Holder

Here's a cute tea bag holder I made inspired by Project Tuesday. I decided to make two versions. Its a cute gift to friends or can be a get well card at the same time. Project Tuesdays has lots of inspiring ideas as well.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Some flowers in our garden.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sweet Little Girl

I forgot to post my LO here until I received an email that I won last month's Crafty Sketches May Contest. You can see the details here.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


This is just one of the many memorable "firsts" in the life of my daughter Jali. This LO is inspired by this week's Scrapping the Music Challenge#88. The title of the song "You are so Beautiful" by Joe Cocker is just perfect.

Journaling: This is your first time to be a flower girl and you're shy to walk down the aisle. I told you that you can do it and mommy is just here. Always be confident - beleive in yourself. You are so beautiful - my little flower girl.

Materials: Pps (Websters Pages, DaisyD, Sassafras), Rub on (DaisyDs), Chipboard(Scenic Route), Metal (WeRMM), Journalling cards (WebstersPages), Ribbons

Monday, June 1, 2009

SSC Challenge#11

My thank you card here is based on Sketch & Stash Challenge #11. I use my new Hero Arts Stamp and some neglected papers from my stash. Materials : Pps (DCWV, AAS), Flowers (Prima),Brads (AAS), Stamps (Hero Arts), Ink(StazOn, Colorbox), Blings (Prima)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Women's Right

I attended a 3 day seminar workshop on Paralegal Training facilitated by the Women's Legal Bureau.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Jali likes to play in our little garden in front of our house. This LO is inspired by Sketch #20 of 52sketches52weeks.
Materials: Papers (Basic Grey), Flowers, Blings (Prima), Title(MME), Noteworthy, Sticker (DCWV), AAS

Thursday, May 21, 2009

C4E Sketch#32

This card is based on this week's crafts4eternity sketch#32. The twist is to use some form of stitching on your card.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jali's 1st Ballet Recital

Teatro Marikeno in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts conducted a Free Summer Arts workshop activity. I am fortunate that Jali was able to join the baby ballet lessons. This is Jali (at the center) during her recital.

The purple and pink group

Jali also joined Arts & Crafts for kids and here are some of their projects (left) Jali also played as one of the sleeping fairies ( right)

The teachers also performed in their Filipiniana costumes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


My LO entitled " My Father is a Soldier was published in Memory Makers May/June 2009 issue. Inserted in the layout picture is a Father's Day card with a handwritten note : Happy Father's Day to a wonderful father and husband. Even though we're not always together, we are always thinking of you. Thank you for loving us.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Here's a birthday card based on this weeks Card Pattern sketch#13.TFL!

Monday, April 27, 2009


I like bright colors..they are very attractive. This simple heartfelt card that i made is based on this week's CardPattern's Sketch#12. TFL!

C4E Sketch #29

This thank you card is based on this week's C4E Sketch#29. Materials: Pps (DCWV, Basic Grey), Stamps (Provcraft,Stanpin Bella), Blings (Prima), Pigment Ink (Colorbox), Pen (Sakura), Brads (AAS), lace, ribbon