Pretty Treats for Charlize Gwen


This is my son Miguel and my soon to be god daughter Charlize Gwen. She will be baptized this coming Sunday and I made these little paper jars as her baptism treats using one of the newest dies from Sizzix. 





If you wanna know the simple steps on how I made these... click on the Sizzix blog for more details including the supplies I used. This is my very first post as Sizzix DT so be kind and leave some love ok? :) 

XOXO, 
Gen 




Sketch | Made With Love

I love this day. The boys are home because it's school holidays here in Singapore and while they were napping, I had time to craft in a really great (and by great I mean, rainy and cold) weather.  

I'm starting another round of Design Team Inspirations for Made With Love and this time, we will be sharing with you  sketches we find from around the net and interpret it in our own style. This sketch I'm working with is from pinterest. I like it because it is so me and it suits so well with the supplies I have on hand. 



Upon seeing the sketch I already knew that I'd use just a single photo and embellish it with these cute journaling cards from October Afternoon in a collage form, mix it with the cork slide mount I made using my Sizzix Bigshot, some washi tapes and puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine.



And here are more close-ups... 




I made a little secret card for my journaling that you need to open to be able to know the story which I am not going to tell because it's a secret! hahahah! 


I hope you like the sketch and my interpretation... and it inspires you to create a layout or two. And if you do, please leave a link of your page at the comment section below so I can visit and take a look!

Love, 
Gen

Supplies: 
paper - October Afternoon
dies/tools - Sizzix Bigshot, Slide Mount die
washi tape - MT
clip - Lawn Fawn
stickers - American Crafts/Amy Tangerine
wood veneers - Studio Calico
sequins  - Teresa Collins

i don't want to forget...


...that my valentine's day was sweet and simple and one that I won't forget.



... that I was happy and kilig. I woke up to dear husband's sweet message and an this leather wallet ... I thought that was it. I went to send Miguel to school and did my morning walk. When I got back home, I saw a white paper bag.... with a leather bag inside! 


... that my Miguel is still a baby. I insist.  Sometimes I forget that especially when he starts to open his mouth. He talks like a grown up! But now that he is sick, I saw how baby he still is. He made me his nurse, Daddy as doctor and our bedroom as the "hospital" and I enjoyed it very much. I am pretty sure he did too :) 



... that I need to pamper myself once in a while, even if it's just sariling sikap :) 


:):):) See yah soon!

Happy 39th!

Nothing beats this sight... for you to be happy and laughing out loud. Because you so deserved it! 


I had to work long hours almost everyday last week which means coming home at almost or after midnight. So I was kind of hesistant for a party but I know he loves to be with friends around on his birthday so we planned for a simple gathering with few friends he wanted to invite. So I made a list. And I asked him what I should write in my list. 


Was thinking to have just a simple, relaxing afternoon (after Mae and I did some fast forward moves in the kitchen that is haha!) and I am so glad it happened. 


Thanks dear friends for coming and celebrating with us! 


Just saw these chalkboard labels, chalkboard tapes and B&W straws from American Crafts DIY Shop at the MWL while we were displaying the new arrivals. I picked it up immediately, with this picture in mind... 


It did happen just as I imagined! Thanks to Mae, Mona, Leila and Bing for helping me :) The birthday boy was so happy and satisfied he even said this in facebook: "Thanks, my Misis Rulona for all the delicious food and the beautiful preparation without sweat! You did it very nicely with beauty and grace. I love you more and more!  "

Well :):):)



5 Things You Don't Know About Me

Good morning! Love the cool weather today here in Singapore. I have my coffee and oatmeal with me while I sit by the window, ready to share with you my thoughts... how about 5 things you don't know about me? :)
  • I am NOT competitive. I remember joining beauty pageants (haha!) not for the fame. Not for the crown and for the sash but for the cash. I was in college with my four other siblings and coming from a poor family, I had to do my share to help my parents. So yeah, joining beauty pageants was my part time job. Shy to tell you my titles though hahaha!
  • I was once a Gawad Kalinga mission worker.  So I graduated college and became a licensed teacher in a Catholic school (La Consolacion College) but one thing led to another that I ended up teaching pre-school in a depressed area in the Philippines. That was the time when I met Benjo. When I brought him to the place, he cried. I stopped my mission work when we got married. 
  • The very first things I bought from a scrapbooking store (Made With Love) were a few pieces of papers and my Sizzix Bigshot. I couldn't stop creating paper crafts ever since. I owe that machine so much because it led me to my passion and it gave me a job that enables me to spend time with my boys when they need me. 
  • I am a monster when PMS-ing. Just ask my husband.
  • I used to hate copycats. Read: used to. I remember being so upset with a friend for stealing my personal ideas, copying my interests, buying stuff that I have, switching her style to mine, even changing her color preferences. It went on and on for years and it became so annoying I actually cried one time! Hahaha! But now, I realised, with the help of my father's wisdom, that I should be happy if I am that useful to her.  Besides, I own nothing in this life anyway. I can only hope that such copying makes her a better person. I sincerely feel sorry for telling her off in a really sarcastic and angry manner. I must go and ask for forgiveness, in God's given time. I never thought I would come to this point of acceptance. Maybe it's because I'm turning 40 this year? Oppps, that's already the 6th thing you don't know about me. Lol. 



For this layout, I picked a few papers from Authentique's Flourish collection that goes well with a Kikki.K inspiration card given by a friend, Juanna for my birthday. Photo was taken while I was walking towards the bus stop a few days ago. It was a good hair day, I recall, so selfie it was hahaha! 


... a sticker, a Prima camera resin, date stamps and mini attachers.


... sequins, sizzix swirls, misted leaves + another thing about me: I love cutting. 


... handwritten journaling,  white paint splatters, dewdrops, washi tape, and a little bit of stitching.

That's all! I hope you enjoyed my sharings. Watch out for more "about-me" posts from the rest of the Made With Love DT in the blog

Supplies: 
papers - Authentique
dies - Sizzix
mist - Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico
pen - Sharpie
dewdrops - Robins Nest
resin - Prima
sequins - Teresa Collins 
date stamp - American Crafts
card - Kikki.K 

Bebang's Chocolate Cake


After about 10 tries, I have finally perfected my chocolate cake recipe! This is a combination of this recipe from Food.com and my friend Yryne's.  I just added the Hershey's chocolate chips and made it so simple you don't even need a mixer.  Try it, it's really delicious and super moist! :)




Cake

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup Hersheys chocolate chips (optional) 


  1. Mix dry items ingredients in a bowl using a fork.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl/container.
  3. Combine dry and wet ingredients in a bowl mixing together with a fork.
  4. Transfer mixture to greased cake pan or cupcake tins.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes. (Bake for approximately 15 minutes if making cupcakes).
  6. Set aside to cool before frosting.

Choco icing

1 alpine tall
3 tbsp butter
½ cup cocoa unsifted powder
1 can condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla
Mix then cook in slow fire until thick and sticky

Butter Filling

½ cup white sugar
3 tbsp all purpose flour
3 eggyolks
½ cup butter
1 cup evap milk


Enjoy! :) 

8 Things You Don't Know About Kuya

Kuya's 8 years old! So I will be sharing with you 8 things about him. 


  1. He loves food. Like Kinder eggs. It's the only thing he would ask for when we go grocery shopping. He also loves pizza and spaghetti and chocolates and doughnuts. 
  2. Kuya knows how to read. He loves to read. He learned to read when he was two. Although we communicate with him verbally most of the time, it is best to write or type it out and let him read. At bedtime, Daddy and Mommy take turns to read stories for him and Migs and sometimes they read for us. In this video he reads about some simple details of his birthday. 
  3. He is toilet trained. Since he was two.
  4. He loves to sing. He has a beautiful voice. Check out this karaoke moment as proof :)
  5. He met all of his milestones as a growing baby, except that of talking and playing with other children. 
  6. When he was two, he never spoke using 2 to 3 words like a typical two year old would.  He never "pointed" to direct us to something. Never responded when we call his name. Never said Mommy and Daddy to get our attention, just grabs our hands. He never played with other children. He just loved playing alone. He played with the same toy over and over and over, day and night. These were the things that told us something was not so right. These were the early signs of AUTISM. And when he was two, our world seemed so dark. We were so afraid of the unknown. I always cried. I felt that the world was not for us anymore. But then... 
  7. He proved us all wrong. He grew up. Still very much autistic, but he is an extremely sweet and loving boy. He loves to hug and kiss me, Daddy, Miguel and Tita Mae. When he's in a good mood, that is. The miracles he brings to us everyday, big and small are sometimes too much for me it makes me cry! He constantly brings us joy. He is a foretaste of heaven for us. He keeps us grounded. He lets us see the beauty of things that are so simple, so little yet so pure and full. 
  8. Now he speaks in phrases with a little coaching. He points. He responds when we call his name. He says "Mommy" and "Daddy" when we are not around, to look for us (haha happiness!) He still never plays with other children but a few times I heard him say "go to Paul and Tim's house". He doesn't only play with one toy but gets very much interested with new toys! I could tell you more things that our Kuya can do but I think I only said 8! So as a birthday gift for him, How about I ask you to be more interested in him :) Don't be shy to approach and hug him. He loves it. Ask me. Ask us about him. We love it if you do. 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY KUYA! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH! I know you are in good hands. Because You are God's son. He loves you very much. He knows what's best for you. He makes you happy in ways I cannot see. 


... only want what makes him happy, and these are the simple stuff: pizza, spaghetti, chocolates and US :)



... These are his friends :) Paul, Tim and his little brother, Migs. 








... his latest fave: Kinder Bueno sweets. 





Thankful.



Smiling at the thought that at this point in my life, I want almost NOTHING. Yesterday, hubby brought me to a Pandora shop to get me a bracelet. I refused. We went around. Swatch. Cath Kidston. Because he wanted me to get something.  I looked around. Tried some stuff. Nothing. 

I don't know if it's because my subconscious might be telling me "don't get anything! He might get something more expensive!" lol! 

Or I'm just getting old :) 

Nah. I am just happy. At peace with my life right now. It feels so great to realize this. That my happiness is not in the things I can see and touch. But on the things so simple most people might not even think of it as a big deal. 

Like Kuya's going to catechism class in church. Today is his first day. I am grinning now in the train as I type this. My long time prayer is for Kuya to receive Holy Communion. Be a confirmed Catholic. Be active in Church. Know and love God who loves him unconditionally. This used to be just a dream. Now it's becoming a reality. Little by little. Special thanks to our friend Joe and her daughter Marilyn for helping us. 

This and a lot other little details of my life make me thankful and happy. The kind of happiness that hundreds of pandora bracelets cannot ever give. 

reasons to smile :)

Happy new year! I hope that this year, we all have a long list of reasons to smile ... be at peace with anything God assigns to us.  I could feel it the very first day of this brand new 2014. Events affirming that my God is a living God. He takes care of me. And this week, again, He intervened.  I can't wait to tell you the rest of my good news... but that can wait. 

Here's my very first post for Made With Love this year. A layout and a card using papers from Webster's Pages - Recorded and a flower die from Sizzix. 


This photo of me, Amanda and Mita was taken during MWL's reopening. Is it obvious that I was very sick that time? I guess not much. Thanks to the librarian eyeglasses :)


... to match the layout, I made this 2 minute card using the same collection. I will give this card to the guy who is so very much into his bicycle nowadays. To show that I support his hobby 98% lol :)

Check out more awesome projects created for Made With Love this month by my fellow designers:




3 layouts and a selfie

Today, for my project life and filofax buddies, it is the first day of Day One. And this day was all good. So good that I want to celebrate it with a selfie :D


  • received surprises big and small, unexpected things that mean so much
  • settled Kuya's school bus and his catechism classes
  • did 6 km cross trainer
  • ate brown rice
  • spoke to friends and to God
  • did my best at work
Speaking of work, finished a total of 14 layouts in just a couple of 2 working days! I designed these for my upcoming workshop titled: "14 at 2014!" at Made With Love. I really love the latest Daily Grind collection from Simple Stories, and also the stamps and neon inks from i {heart} papers. Here are 3 samples... there are 11 more layouts which you will see (and make) when you sign up. Don't forget to check out two other new classes to be taught by my favorite fellow designers! :) 






Supplies: 
papers - Simple Stories
stamps - Fresh Squeezed, Studio Calico
embellishments - bingo chips 
ink - Hero Arts





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