[PAPER & DIGITAL CRAFTING GOAL:to create, to aspire, to design, to inspire and hopefully continue to reach new heights in this crafting hobby] [NEEDLE CRAFTING GOAL:to create, to aspire, to designfor gifts and give-aways of friends and loved ones] [BAKING GOAL:to aspire, to indulge, bake and hopefully . . . learn to bake fondant & go full blast on this baking endeavour]
On the day weekend that the Sto. Niño de Cebu stayed in Manila, my parents and I visited San Agustin Church to get a glimpse of the Sto. Niño. Unfortunately, we arrived too late as the Sto. Niño de Cebu is making it's tour to Pasig unto Laguna.
So, I decided to visit and take a look inside the San Agustin Museum. It's been a long, long time since I wanted and craved to go inside the Museum being a frequent visitor of Intramuros with my dad.
It was a hot afternoon and I went in after lunch. You could tell it was way too hot as I emerged from the Museum almost an hour after, drenched in sweat.
I found the San Agustin Museum very wonderful and very typical of a religious museum. I loved taking photos of every church bell on display for the Sto. Niño de Cebu's visit and it was my chance to go near the altar of the San Agustin Church. I regret that I didn't try to climb the stairs of the antique pulpit of San Agustin.
I went around the museum premises and what caught my eye was the Biblioteque or the library. I love the feel of studying, researching and leafing thru all those ancient books of knowledge on religion and history.
I love the other room which displayed saints in ivory and wood adorned or garbed, the vestments of the priests in ancient times or historical times and relics and pieces of history on each wooden panel of a church.
I love looking at the ancient paintings that showed or espoused the History of the order of San Agustin thru the years.
My eyes rested and relaxed as I went thru and around the San Agustin Church' garden.
Thank you San Agustin Museum administrator for allowing me time to visit your musuem!!
I'm glad to share with you the Meet I attended last August 21, 2015 at SM Megamall with the Proud Pinoy Stitchers & DMC, Philippines.
I have been with the group Proud Pinoy Stitchers since year 2014, and have been keeping abreast of all of their activities and latest releases of charts or crossstitch patterns and materials in needlecrafts.
I have been happy going back to my first love in needlecrafts which was crossstitching, completing projects after projects when I was still a young teen.
Now, I'm back stitching again. And what greater treat than to crossstitch one of the Philippine National Artists' paintings --- An Amorsolo painting.
I have been laboring on my Amorsolo's Girl with Mangoes crossstitch project since November 2014. I briefly stopped and resumed only early this year with hopes of joining PPS' Karayom Masterpieces II Exhibit to be held at Christ the King Parish in Green Meadows.
Happily, I attended my 1st Meet last August 21 (on a National Heroes Day - a Holiday) to have my work scrutinized for the exhibit.
I was able to ask for the lone DMC Artist Aldrin Parilla's autograph on the cover of one of his crossstitch designs with DMC, I bought last year 2014 - the Butterfly Sprite.
Thank you so much, Drin, for being so gracious with signing my Butterfly Sprite crossstitch pattern kit bought from Dreams, Makati City.
I brought along an Amorsolo postcard of the Angelus, an oil painting on canvas, for the participants to sign, as my keepsake of attending the meet. Happily, I have the postcard thoroughly and completely signed by everyone, as shown below:
mailed and received - August 25, 2015:
The meet was like a mini CHA on or with a focus on needlecrafts. A mini convention and/or meet. The room was readied for a meeting with the PPS heads briefing us and updating us on the progress and details of the upcoming exhibit. On the other side - a table was set aside for the PPS board of panelists taking care of quality control, inspecting every work, correcting and finding work that would qualify.
Around the room scattered on different tables are crossstitchers, crossstitch pattern designers and artists with a few of their wares up for sale. It was even dubbed as a Stitch Sale Madness. I brought along my Creo by Lady Katutz crossstitch patterns.
Here's a scrapbook digital layout I created from the event: (Also for my DT project for the Book of Life Design Team)
Unfortunately, I'm making my Girl with Mangoes crossstitch project my own. I won't be finishing it starting today until end of September or may it be up to October 2015 complete with framing for the Karayom Masterpieces II exhibit.
I have spoken with the PPS panelists scrutinizing all the projects that would be making it in, and it ended that way for me.
Thus, with a heavy heart, I'm making it my own now completing it with my own crossstitch label.
Debating whether I need to resurrect my very 1st crossstitching hobby label which is BROOCHES n' CROSSSTITCHES. . . . or should I rest with having it under my general hobby label of CREO BY LADY KATUTZ.
The aforementioned is something that I'm now debating about as I go on finishing and completing my Girl with Mangoes crossstitch project.
Hopefully, if I could make another one for an Amorsolo DMC and PPS Exhibit again.
I've waited for a few weeks before I could have a sample printed of my Postcrossing.com's approved Meet-Up and Meeting Postcard Designs.
Upon receipt of Postcrossing.com's approval and further edited to fit completely the requirements, here I am sharing with you the printed postcards.
They're ready to see some action, albeit, meet only a few postcrossers for a Meet-Up and hopefully conduct in the near future a Meeting too for more projects and activities with fellow postcrossers whether in Facebook, in official Postcrossing.com or in the Philippine Postcrossing Community.
Here they are, a few cards printed:
Postcrossing Meet-Up Postcard
Postcrossing Meeting Card
The above designs were started last year, as I was hoping to complete it in time for Postcrossing.com's 9th Annivesary and my contribution to my 1st Meet-Up to attend with the Philippine Postcrossing Community locally.
However, the design remained unfinished last year 2014. I was able to complete it only this year 2015, in time for Postcrossing.com's 10th Anniversary. But what transpired was processing for the design's approval, which came in a number of weeks after my submission for the 10th Anniversary Celebration. The design of which I plotted on Postcrossing.com's 10th Anniversary MAP . . . mapping the celebration around the world.
Cheers to Postcrossing.com!!
Now, it's all done and complete.
Maybe its use will be for this year's World Post Day in October 2015.
I'm a bit shy to share in a post my 8th batch of 2015 CBLK postcard.
I have only fathomed or thought of how nice it would be if someone could honor me to have a photo of me printed into a postcard. It is not something I really thought of as useful for me to send to postcrossing recipients, but just to have and receive a thoughtful gesture from someone or a community I'm with, who would do it for me. Maybe not in this time and age, but sometime in the future. But, when is it best to be done in the future, as I have relinquished most of my voluntary posts with various communities for the previous years? And now, I'm glad to take rest and the backseat from administrative and activity hosting duties. . . . except for voluntary postings from me at each community's Facebook pages.
I received a request from a new friend in the USA. He's one of the veteran and world renown maximaphilist and philatelist from the USA. And, he suggested for me to have my own photo and portrait maxicard. It's one way to be honored in being asked to have something like that done for me.
We discussed costs and I have to cut down on my budget for this and produce my own photo / portrait postcards for his approval and I've already sent these to him to convert them into maxicards . . . . with my photo / portrait stamps and all from him in the USA.
As of now, I'm waiting for his receipt of my photo / portrait postcards, all paid for.
Now, sharing my photo / portrait postcards:
My personally chosen portrait postcards above as an
I've worked with Ania for 7 months since January 2015. I worked mainly as her Creative Writer. From product kit write-ups to blog write-ups, these were fun to do together with Ania. I would never forget writing weekly tips for her too on her Sunshine Inspired Designs blog which paved the way for Creo by Lady Katutz own Monthly Design Tips too for scrapbookers and designers alike.
She's a very nurturing Graphic Designer and boss to work with and I love her designs so much. Her digital kit collections are characteristically fun, happy to sometimes retro and I just love working with and writing for all of her kits.
And she became officially a sponsor of some of my card designs that I have printed into postcards. Hopefully, to become crossstitch patterns too for Creo by Lady Katutz (CBLK).
Below are the prepared questions and her corresponding answers to each:
I hope you get to know her thru this post of mine about her.
9 Short Questions and 1 Wrap-It Question:
1. I would like to know your complete / full name and what you do.
Ania Archer, I'm a digital scrapbooking kit designer at Sunshine Inspired Designer. I'm also a photographer, and a crafter.
2. How did you get started in your craft?
Few years back my husband and I decided to travel indefinitely. At that time I was a paper scrapbooker and I knew I couldn't take my scrapbooking stash with me on the road. It inspired me to start playing with digital scrapbooking. I fell in love with it and started designing myself right away.
3. Where there previous or other arts and crafts that you delved with or are currently enjoying?
My second passion is photography. I love capturing life through a lens. I also enjoy all kinds of artsy and crafty projects. I switch between all of them all the time.
4. Do you have hidden crafts that you like and enjoy by yourself?
I try different kinds of crafts, I don't have hidden ones I just have a long list of things I would love to do one day.
5. Amongst your crafts, which one did struck gold and became your main stint? How did it help you?
So far digital scrapbooking is my number one, but I know that when I settle down I will enjoy other crafts as well.
6. How many years have you been dealing with your craft? Or with each of your crafts?
At this moment it is about year and a half since I have started designing digital scrapbooking kits.
7. What is your main motivation or inspiration for indulging with your craft?
My main inspiration is our everyday life. I believe that everything that happens in our lives is worth documenting and sharing with others.
8. Five years before, where were you in your craft? Five years from now, what do you envision for your craft?
Well Five years ago I didn't even think about doing digital scrapbooking, and now I can't imagine my life without it. In five years I see myself to grow and expand my skills to other fields in graphic design.
9. What are your major breakthroughs and milestones in relation to your craft or in the industry you are with?
The biggest milestones so far are being accepted to digital scrapbooking stores and creating wonderful community around my designs.
10. Describe yourself and your craft in one short phrase, word or sentence.
I love to think that my designs are fun, cute and colorful.
Ania has a treat for us.
She created a mini kit freebie exclusively for you.
My designs for both Postcrossing Meeting Card & Postcrossing Meet-Up Card has been finally approved by Postcrossing.com
There were one revision to my initial draft which was posted and shared in a post here on my blog. The initial drafts were posted under the post about Postcrossing.com's 10th Anniversary. To refer to my post, click HERE.
Here's the snapshot of the e-mail reply of the approval of my designs by Postcrossing.com Community Manager:
Here is my final design for the Meet-Up Card: (All Rights Reserved)
(the back in color)
(the back in black n white)
Here is my final design for the Meeting Card: (All Rights Reserved)
(the back in color)
(the back in black n white)
Those who would like to avail of any of the card designs for your own activities,
you may contact me at email@example.com.
Just put on the subject line Inquiry or Order for Postcrossing Meeting Card / Meet-Up Card.