Thursday, December 31, 2015

Watercolored Succulents for Pao & Tin's Wedding

Our good friends Paolo & Tin got married this month, and I helped them with some designs for their wedding. (I only work on one wedding per quarter, and I mostly do it just for family and friends :P). One of the first things we did was work on the fabric for the bridesmaids dresses. We printed my succulent pattern on blue-gray neoprene! Love how it turned out. And I'm always super kilig to see my patterns on fabric!

This was a test print done on white neoprene

Love the girls' matchy shoes, too :P

I also worked on their wedding invitation. They were open to having a unique orientation, so we did long invites + long catalog style envelopes to match. Played with some wood texture since the other wedding elements like giveaways were made of wood.

For all my wedding invitation designs, I always print them on IFEX paper. The paper stock I used for the invitations was Cordenons Wild 450 gsm, and 118gsm Mohawk Loop in Cypress color for the envelopes.

I used bleed proof white to the calligraphy, and made a tiny stamp printed on fabric linen tape to seal the envelopes.

Paolo is an interior designer, and he made these robot cake toppers, as well as robot magnets for the giveaways, and toy robots for the sponsors' gifts. (Don't we all love a hands-on groom?! :P) Love their naked cake topped with succulents and berries!

Congratulations & Best Wishes, Pao and Tin!:)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Craft Shopping for My Workshop Kits

One of the reasons why I put together the workshops is because, like many of you, I LOVE shopping for craft supplies. These workshops scratch my craft shopping itch, because I get to shop for art supplies for ALL my students!:P Whenever I travel, I hunt for new and rare art supplies and test them out to see what new kits I can include them in. But of course, when buying materials in bulk, I choose to shop online.

I pride myself in curating awesome art kits for my workshops. I always include quality and full-sized materials for the workshops, and one of the novelties of the kits is that there are lots of materials in my kit that aren't available yet here in our country.

My students always ask me how I shop for my art supplies. I've been shopping from online stores in the US for many years now, and it used to be such a complicated process, until recently, when I signed up for Shipping Cart.

I had been using a different courier before, and was paying a really steep price for the shipping fees. When I saw my bill for my first shipment via Shipping Cart, I was so surprised to see my shipping bill cut in at least HALF the price I normally pay! Since I run about 4 workshops in a month, and have materials shipped regularly, this was a huge cut in my expenses.

Why does it cost less? Upon receiving my package, I learned that Shipping Cart can consolidate your packages and REMOVE EXCESS PACKAGING so you don't have to pay for extra packaging weight. One of the online shops that I visit heavily packs their boxes with paper stuffing, which makes it heavier than usual. I was happy to see that my items in the box were transferred to a box that fits its volume better, making extra stuffing unnecessary.

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Okay, so if you're ready to checkout your items in your shopping carts here what you need to do:

Register for an Shipping Cart account here:

You'll get your free LBC U.S. Address and account number after signing up.

Use this address when you shop at U.S.-based online stores

Items arrive at the LBC Warehouse and it you'll get a notification e-mail. 

Log-on to your account to select the items that you want consolidated and shipped

Make your payment, and wait for your items to arrive!

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I used to pick up my huge boxes from the courier's warehouse here in Manila, but with Shipping Cart, the packages arrive at my door. Another thing I like about it is that you can track your packages and shipments. And since I hold workshops regularly, it's important that I get my shipments on time. My packages arrived at my door in just 2 weeks after checking out.

Here's a list of a few specialty craft sites that I shop from:,, Enjoy!:)