Love Today + Little Giveaway

It's my turn at the Sizzix blog now and I shared a tutorial on how I made this planner dashboard using the latest dies from Tim Holtz. One of which is the uber cute coffee cup! Look! 

There is something in a cup of hot coffee that makes me alive.

And there is something in planners that makes my day complete.

Having both makes me one happy person! And I'd like to share the happiness ... I must. 

So if you like to these coffee cups here's how: 
1. Like my blog post. There's a LIKE button at the bottom of this post. 
2. Leave a comment. 

Will pick a winner on 1st of March, Singapore time. Winners will be notified directly by me and will be announced in my next post. Goodluck! :) 

*There is also a separate INSTAGRAM giveaway which will double your chance of winning! Find me at instagram: @genevive for more details :) 

Thanks for dropping by and don't forget to check out the tutorial HERE :) 

Valentines Gifts for K&B's Teachers

Hey there everyone! Here's what I made for my son’s teachers for Valentine’s Day using 2 of the really great dies by Stephanie Ackerman — the Sizzix Bigz XL Die Box & Card and the Sizzix Originals Die Flower Layers #6.  It’s such a fast an easy project. And you can even do it with your gradeschooler. Because I did. I let my child help me in this project because I believe the process will make  him proud to really say to his teacher .... read the rest of my post HERE. 

Birthday + Valentines Box for my Love :)

40 is the new 20.
So we still can be cheesy!  And it rhymes. LOL!

Today is Benjo's 40th birthday. So I made this special gift for him which doubles as a valentines gift too. Save time and Money. Just kidding :) 

To make this day extra special I made this mini-in-a-box that's not a usual gift box... 

When you open the box, you won't find any store-bought gift. Because there's actually an accordion album that pop's out. Surprise! 

Now would you like to know how to make this? Let me show you. But first, here are the materials you will need. You can get all of these from  Made With Love:

Beacons 3-in-1 glue
Dewdrops - Robin's Nest
Ribbon - May Arts

I started with the Sizzix “sandwich” in this order: Extended Cutting Pad + the Sizzix Pizza Box die Die facing up + patterned paper + Extended Premium Crease Pad. I then rolled the sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine, folded the scored lines and attached the flaps using a liquid glue to make the box.

Once the box was done, I cut 2 strips of patterned paper measuring 3.5" x 12 and scored it at 3.5" so that when I fold it in and out, it becomes a square accordion which fits into the box. The bottom has to be glued to the box as shown in the photo above.

Then it was time for the fun part --- embellishing the box and the accordion album! I used stickers from the Echo Park Anything Goes Collection and two handmade details using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Hearts #4.

First is this heart dewdrops shaker with stickles. It looks like a candy treat! :) 

I made it by diecutting 2 pieces of heart vellum with the same process I mentioned above (but this time, you won't need the Crease Pad. Just the cutting pad will do). Seal the two vellum hearts halfway with the glossy accents. Fill the heart pocket with dewdrops and seal the opening. Add stickles!

Second way to use the same Sizzix Bigz Die  is to make this little heart card detail that I used to embellish one of the pages. What I did was to fold a piece of paper that's twice the size of the heart shape I wanted. When I placed it over the die, creased part of the paper should be inside the blade so that part won't cut because we want to have a heart that opens as a card. I know you get what I mean! You can check this tutorial on how I cut the album pages using the same process. 

So that's how I made this little gift. I'm pretty sure dear husband will pretend he so loves it! Haha! But I won't mind a bit. I want to believe he knows this is just "one of those gifts" but the real gift is my love and faithfulness, my fulfilling my roles a wife to him and as a mom to our kids, my patience when he is most annoying, my effort to feel and look good for him, and many more efforts lol!

Happy birthday my love! I hope I make you happy everyday and extra happier today. I love you so much :)

Beacons 3-in-1 glue
Dewdrops - Robin's Nest

Handmade Love.

This is something money can't buy. The joy of seeing someone you love smile while ripping off the envelope and smile some more while reading the sentiments you wrote in the card. 

For most people including me, the card doesn't need to be so dramatic. It can be simple.

It has to be pretty. 

Straight to the point. 


Sweet. So sweet ants want it too! =) 

See more of these cards I made at Thoughtful Crafts. I only made a dozen so hurry! 
 Happy Valentine =)

Recipe Book | Sizzix

After a free and easy weekend with the boys at Sentosa to celebrate Rujim's birthday, we are now home, all recharged and ready  for the week ahead. The boys are back to school, Benjo is back to work and I am back to crafting, managing our home and building up the online business I have started lately. 

Here's an altered notebook for you... 

I bought an ordinary $2 notebook from Daiso and turned it into a Recipe Book. I plan to write (as in with my handwriting!) special recipes on it and make it into a family heirloom. If I won't ever have a daughter, I can give it to my neice... or maybe daughter-in-law? :) 

These dies (Kitchen Labels &  Cookie Jar designed by Eileen Hull) are totally cute! When I saw these I knew right away I wanted to make recipe book with these details on the cover. 

I first covered the cover with patterned papers. I just applied glue on the notebook covers, adhered the patterned papers, cut off the excess.  Since we are talking about a recipe book, which will be used for years and years, it's a must to use a strong glue. Like Beacon's 3-in-1.

Then I cut the cookie jar shape. I used an extra thick white board paper for this. I like the texture and the dimension it gives. When diecutting with Bigz dies, the sandwich should be (from bottom to top): cutting pad + die facing up + paper + cutting pad. Run the sandwich through my Bigshot. And I got the shape!

For the cookie jar embellishments, I diecut these labels with my framelits dies. In cutting framelits, the sandwich should be: Magnetic Platform + cutting pad + paper + framelits facing down + cutting plate. 

I chose "YUM" stamp for the label. I heat embossed it using Zing embossing powder in opaque white. 

Simple. Pretty. Just the way I like it! 

Bigshot Machine (657900)
Magnetic Platform  (656499)
Standard Cutting Pad (655093)
Kitchen Labels  (659865)
Cookie Jar (659867)
papers - Anna Griffin
adhesives - Beacon, American Crafts
ink - Versa Fine, Avery Elle 
embossing powder - Zing 

Rujim's Birthday Treat :)

Yesterday was Rujim's 9th birthday! It's almost a decade since I became mom and although life has not been smooth and perfect, I can say, with all my heart and soul that these 9 years are the happiest years of my life. Motherhood is the one role I love the most. I'm sure someone will react why I did not choose wifeyhood lol. 

Since Kuya (that's how we call Rujim, it means older brother in Filipino) does not like parties, I didn't plan anything. We thought we'd just have dinner or maybe plan for a staycation over the weekend. But the day before his birthday, I just suddenly picked up the phone and asked his teacher,  Ms. Yati if we could drop by and bring a cake and some treats to Rujim and his classmates. She said yes --- totally unexpected! Thank you Ms. Yati! :)

I had less than 24 hours to prepare. 

But such a short time is long enough if you have Sizzix! Which enabled me to make a cute mini party detail for Rujim.

It's a boy-themed snack pack! 

I used 3 different Sizzix dies: Loaf Pan (659873) and Kitchen Labels (659865) by Eileen Hull  and Homemade Alphabet (659566). The papers I used are from Echo Park Paper. 

With the help of my Bigshot, I diecut the loaf pan shapes with my sandwich in this order from bottom to top: cutting pad + Loaf Pan die  facing up + paper + crease pad.  

The diecuts are already scored so all I needed to do next was fold and attach the flaps with the mini attacher.

Then I took out the sweets and some white bags and started filling them up.

There are only a few kids in the class so lucky me! haha! I then tied each bag with a blue ribbon. 

For the label, I used this framelits from the Kitchen Labels set. You'll be needing a magnetic platform when cutting small shapes like these. The platform will prevent the little dies from falling all over the place. So the sandwich was: magnetic platform + cutting plate + paper + die facing down + another cutting plate. 

After cutting the labels, I matted it with a red cardstock and wrote "happy birthday RUJIM". 

The red framed the white label making it stand out!

These are very simple and so easy to make. Just perfect for mommies like us who got so many things on our plate but still want to make things special for our little ones :)

That's Kuya blowing his candles. I am not posting photos of his classmates because I don't have photo consent. Some parents may be sensitive about this :)  I baked the cake and decorated it with anything I could find at home. "Rujim" was diecut using the Homemade Alphabet  thinlits set.

I will be posting more about Kuya's birthday in my next posts :) Thanks for spending time with my here in my blog! Ciao! :)


Bigshot Machine (657900)
Magnetic Platform  (656499)
Standard Cutting Pad (655093)
Homemade Alphabet (659566)
Loaf Pan (659873) 
Kitchen Labels (659865)  
papers - Echo Park 

3D Oven with Album... the smallest mini album in the world!

Hi! It's the last week of the month and I still have a lot to do in my list! Oh no! So this post will be super quick... sharing with you one cute project I just made... 

Using Eileen Hull’s 3D Oven Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die and Kitchen Labels Sizzix Framelits Die set from her Vintage Kitchen collection, I made this miniature oven that can be used in many different ways. It can be a gift box, a party favor, a girl’s toy and room decor and it can even used as an appliance for a doll house! 

Read the rest of my inspiration post HERE

Daily Bread Mini Album | Sizzix

I  always love reading inspirational books. Well guess what I have made one myself using
the Sizzix Sliced Bread die by Where Women Cook. It's just like a book full of inspirations. But this book is pretty. And it's a bread. Not. Haha!

Would you like to take a look at the inside pages?

You can change or add more inspirations, quotes and Bible verses. Just write it down on a pretty tag. Add clip it down to the album with clips, tapes or a stapler. 

Wanna know how I made it? Head over to Sizzix now for the complete tutorial. Don't forget to leave mesome love! :) 


Who is this monkey???

When I took the photos of my above project, he volunteered to be my assistant then became my model.

I DID NOT ask him to pose for me. He asked me to take his photo. LOL. 

He does look like he's having such a good time modelling haha! Fine with me, as long as he doesn't step on my precious book! LOL.

Okey, gotta go now. Don't forget the tutorial! See yah!