Tuesday, December 22, 2009

YaYa *Kiki Art*

If you have spent any time around me as of recent, you probably have already heard the story about how Giancarlo got his nickname. When he was born, he spent a significant amount of time crying. In turn, I spent a significant amount of time telling him to be quiet... lol In Spanish, when you want someone to stop you say "Ya". So, the way I continually tried to calm my baby was by saying, "Ya Ya, SHH". And so, a nickname was born... LOL

Nonina began to refer to her brother as Yaya and at the beginning I though she was shortening Giancarlo's name. It was not until I saw her trying to soothe him that I realized where she got the nickname from. She gently went up to him and said: "Ya. Ya. Yaya". LOL Since then, when you ask Noelani to say the name of her brother, her response is always "Yaya".

The verse on this page is my daily prayer for both my children. It is my desire that they would lean on the Lord so that He could make their paths straight; especially when I am the one leading them wrongly...

The paper I used is absolutely AMAZING!! Kiki Art's AntologĂ­a Familia is great and very versatile. It has papers that coordinate with both boys and girls. The chipboard elements are great as well as the Fun Tape. All of these I used on my page. Make sure you check out their website to see the rest of their product line.

Love in Christ,


Thursday, December 17, 2009


I am convinced that adding new addictions to my life only makes me a better scrapper... LOL Here are the cards I made for the store's stamping club:
This card has lots going on. I used Coredinations cardstock and embossed it to them reveal the red core by distressing the paper. I stamped the numbers on white cardstock and cut the edges with a designs scissors. I inked the edges with yellow chalk ink and colored in the stamp with Prismacolors. Finally I added Stickles, Glaze, and the Mark Richards Glitter Domes.
This was extremely easy but the outcome was great. I used ribbon as candles and just stamped the flame on top of the ribbon. I colored the falmes with Prisma Colors and added Stickles.

This card has the watermark effect on the blue cardstock and just regular coloring on the yellow cardstock. I stamped a cupcake on blue cardstock and on yellow cardstock. I cut the top of the cupcake from the yellow cardstock and I popped it. I then added the sprinkles and glazed it. Finally I added the candle.

This card was an interesting experiment. I used chalk ink to give a yellow tone to the white cardstock and then I stamped all of the cupcakes. To color in the cupcakes I used Prismacolors. Once I colored them, I used Marshmallow Glimmer Mist to give it a shimmery finish. Finally I stamped a cupcake onto a blue piece of cardstock, cut the top and popped it on top of the middle cupcake, along witht he candle.

Here is the matching bag using the same technique:

The technique for this month was learning how to make your own patterned paper using the stamps. I must admit that I was a bit skeptic about being able to accomplish the task, but once again the Lord helped me out... Praise HIM! :)

Hope you liked!

Love in Christ,


Monday, December 14, 2009

Conquering Sassafras Lass

WOW! My life took a sharp turn and I felt as though I was inside a whirlpool... :( I took on more classes at the store not really knowing how much time it takes to create kits and I have been EXTREMELY busy... I just finished teaching the last class I have for the month of December (I think LOL) and am excited to be completing the layouts for January.

I must say that the outcome of the work I have been putting in has slowly paid off! I took Sassafras paper home about two months ago to create a layout for a class and had not been able to get anything together. I must admit that I was very intimidated to work with such busy paper, but I was able to get it done! Here is the outcome:

I used all sorts of fun techniques and wonderful product. I got to play with Perfect Pearls in a way I never thought possible before and created the butterflies.

The roses and red flower were originally white and I used Glimmer Mist to color them and I absolutely love the way they came out.

I also got to glaze the numbers so that they would look like epoxy stickers...

Overall, I am very satisfied with the layout... :)

Love in Christ,


Thursday, November 19, 2009

My New Addiction

I decided to take on a challenge that only the Lord could bring forth victory... LOL I have always been very intimidated by stamping, and I decided that we should offer card classes with stamping techniques at the store. Since there was no one willing to do it, I prayerfully volunteered myself for the task. I had to depend on the Lord the entire time, and you can tell because the cards are beyond what I imagined they would be.

I took upon myself the challenge of learning how to use Prismacolors (colored pencils) with the odorless mineral spirits (which by the way are NOT odorless). I practiced a bit on scraps, and due to the time I dived straight into my cards... Here is the result:

I really like the outcome, and I MUST say: I have a new addiction (not like I needed another one!)

Love in Christ,


"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You" (Psalm 9:10)

Thank you Jesus, for ALWAYS proving to be faithful! I worship you!

Monday, November 16, 2009

and the Faith Blog Candy Winner is...

KRISTINE!!!! Check out her blog here.

Thank you all for stopping by. This was a true blessing. I pray that the Lord would continue to bathe you with love and passion for Him & His word. May you never be tossed to and fro, but may you continue to stand in the Rock that is Christ.

Love in Christ,


Friday, November 13, 2009

Friend of Faith Blog Hop

I am so blessed to be part of this blog hop. I was floored when I saw how many bloggers are not ashamed to stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ. May He be glorified through this, and may the Lord use this hop to bring other to Himself! :) Since I am so excited, I decided that I will be sharing a little something myself with those that leave a comment on this post AND become followers of my blog. Have fun hopping!

Here is how it works:
Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a
If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here: http://www.scrapbooknewsandreview.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=100783. First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today's blog hop.
Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today's event.
To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member's name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at
games@scrapbooknewsandreview.com listing each of the staff members who participated in today's hop. It's that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.
What are the prizes?
One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
One set of digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let's get to the Hop!

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a

The next stop on this blog hop is Candace Mitchell's blog.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Tin, a Mini-Album, and Two Flowers

As part of Kiki-Art's team, I am sometimes responsible of coming up with scrappy recycling projects. For this past week, I altered a tin I was about to throw away. I had already used all of the flowers that came inside of it, so I truly did not think of a reason to keep it until I was faced with this challenge. I am very excited about the outcome, so I decided to create a mini tutorial. (Keep in mind that I am not including measurements because I do not expect you to have the same alterable item as I do. )

Here is what I created:

Supplies needed:
1. Empty tin
2. Patterned Paper
3. Adhesive
4. Recycled Straw
5. Left over chipboard (not shown, but used to create the mini-album)
6. Bling Swirls

Steps to follow:

1. I covered the bottom of the tin with Kiki-Art's patterned paper. Notice that the 12x12 strip did not cover all of my tin. To fix this, I cut a smaller strip of Kiki-Art's paper and adhered it to the tin first.

2. I then took some straw I found amongst my scraps and used it to cover the place where both patterned papers met.

3. I created a blossom (see bottom for tutorial) and adhered it on top of the straw towards the bottom of the tin.

4. I cut Kiki-Art's heart bling in half. I used the left side of the heart a swirl to decorate the center of the tin.

5. In order to cover the tin's lid, I traced the circumference of the lid on Kiki-Art's paper and then cut around it. I then adhered the small strips of Kiki-Art's paper to the border.

6. I used acrylic paint to cover the separation between the circle and the border.

7. I used the straw to add detail to the border of the lid.

8. In order to create the flower I used to decorate the lid, I cut two small circles and tore all around the edges. Then I created a daisy (see bottom for tutorial) and added a brown brad to adhere them together.

Simple as that!! The tin is now done!

To make the mini-album, all you have to do is cut circles out of chipboard in order to decorate them with patterned paper. ( I used a variety of Kiki-Art's Awesome paper) Once you are done decorating the mini-album, you have to punch a hole through all of the pieces you created and attach together with ribbon, a book ring, or whatever other way you want. (I chose to use some of the straw.)

It is important that the circles you create fit inside of the tin you decide to decorate. Here is the finished product with the mini-album inside: :)

Instructions for Blossom:
1. Draw a swirl on a square sheet of paper. (I used a 2'x2' piece of Kiki-Art paper).

2. Cut the swirl out of the square and all around the lines you drew.

3. Start rolling the swirl from the outside in as seen in the picture below:

4. Roll until you can't anymore.

5. Let go of the swirl, and "VOILA!" your blossom is done! (you may have to arrange the "petals" a bit to make it look the way you want it to.)

Instructions for Daisy on top of the lid:
1. Cut 7-8 slits into TWO circles.

2. Take each petal individually and fold in half.

3. Place each "circle" on top of the other, alingning the petals until you like the way they look together. Place a button or a brad in the center of the flower.

I hope you have enjoyed these tutorials! I know I still owe you the flower tutorial... Stay tuned for that!

Love in Christ,


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kiki-Art Kits

I didn't even think of taking pictures of ALL the awesome product that Kiki-Art sent me, but thank Jesus one of the other ladies from the DT did. Here are the pics:






Chipboard Shapes & Album:
Make sure you check Kiki-Art out. Their stuff is awesome!!

Love in Christ,


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