And we pause regular programming…

… for some ear candy!

I’m marvelous… I’m marvelous… oh, marvelous! (must listen to this when I’m not feeling too marvelous πŸ˜† )

One love, one love, one life, you gotta do what you should…

… and what I gotta do, what I should do RIGHT NOW, is get some design work done!

So toodle-loo and I’ll see you around in a bit! ((((big squeezes!)))))

Just sighing…

So. The national elections are over. I have remained quiet for the entire duration of the campaign period, never saying a thing publicly, because I somehow think that political discussions are taboo and can cause great big arguments, to which I am highly allergic.

But just for today, now that it’s all over, I want to let out a sigh. A quiet sigh. One that I really do not wish to be a stimulus for any kind of argumentative discussion (gosh, no, no, no. Did I say I don’t like arguing at all? πŸ™‚ ). But since my blog is a kind of journal of my life, I just felt that I needed to get my thoughts on this, post-elections, down just so I can record this part of my life.

So bear with me, and if it’s not something you wish to read, carry on… and as always, you can sit on my porch and pretend you don’t see me typing, and we can sit in silence as friends, you with your iced tea and me with my mango shake. πŸ™‚

In a nutshell, here’s my post-election reaction:

Hay naku, Pilipinas, heto na nga’t nasa harap niyo ang pinakamatinong kandidato: maka-Diyos, maka-pamilya, maka-tao–ngunit hindi ninyo lang siya tinanggihan na maglingkod sa inyo at iangat ang nakakarami sa kahirapan, dinurog pa ninyo sa pamamagitan ng kasinungalingan ang katauhan niya. Pagkalipas ng panahon, inyo sanang magunita ang laki at bigat ng konsikuwensya ng inyong kabulagan.

Photo from Wikipedia, by Mike Gonzalez

It’s in Filipino, because that is the language of the heart in this country. Know how things can get lost in translation? Some things need to be said in one’s native language in order to really hit home, and in this case, this entire emotion of mine just found its way to my brain from my heart in Filipino, never mind if 98% of the time I express myself in this language with which I write, the language that I grew up with.

For my friends around the world who wish to know the content of what I just wrote, here’s the English translation, lacking as it is in capturing the full range of emotions:

Oh my, Philippines, here right in front of you was the most able candidate: God-fearing, dedicated to the family, and dedicated to people–and yet, not only did you refuse his offer to serve you and lift the majority from their lives of suffering and poverty, you even crushed his person and character through the lies you have spread about him. As time passes, may you realize theΒ  great error and the gravity of the consequences that will likely result from this blindness you have today.

Yes, I was a student of the University of the Philippines (Diliman). And so there is just no way that I can stand by and be apathetic, not have something to say, about my country, which despite all its warts and wounds, I still love with all my heart.

Day 2 challenge and a freebie!

Just getting off the speeding work-train for a minute to call you all to join Day 2 of our 7 Days in May Challenges at!

The challenge today is … well, I’ll let you read all about it HERE… πŸ˜†

Remember how I said yesterday that there’ll be random freebies given our during this week of special challenges? Ya never know… today might be the day… πŸ˜‰

Awwww okay, I’ll let you in on a little secret: today *is* the day (or at least one of ’em… more are coming! πŸ˜‰ ). But you have to hurry if you want to grab the freebie, because during this week, the freebies for the 7 Days in May challenges will only be up for 24 hours… so grab this one before 10am EST tomorrow! πŸ˜€

Here’s a little sneak-freebie-peek:

(Image is linked to the General Forum challenge thread… just click and you’re there!)

See you there! (she says, chasing the speeding work-train as it starts to round the bend… πŸ˜† )

Challenges, Challenges

… Will we ever get enough of them? πŸ˜†

We just finished our {inter}national Scrapbooking Day challenges at, and boy, the amazing challenge layouts that now hang on the walls of those special galleries will make your mouth drop open in awe!

‘Course we got all revved up with the excitement in the “challenge” air, so we are moving right along into a week’s worth of daily challenges! Whee!

Back by popular demand, on its second annual run, is the 7 Days in May Challenge! A whole week of daily challenges, with a couple of surprise freebies thrown in with the challenge (not telling you which day, so you’ll have to join every day! heehee πŸ˜‰ )… it’s bound to be a week of super fun and scrapping excitement!

Click on the flyer above to get whisked off to our General Forum (check out the Spotlights Area on top for the daily challenges). Our challenges are always open to all, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate or an advanced scrapper; come one, come all!

{ Pssst. If you went super-shopping during this weekend of oh-so-fab sales, joining 7 Days in May gives you the perfect excuse to get those goodies out and play! Just sayin’… πŸ˜‰ )

Keeping It Green

Quick, answer this question: when you had to do reports in high school, how did you present them? (If you’re a teenager right now in high school, you’re exempted from this pop quiz πŸ˜‰ ). I am so proud of my niece who now communicates with me via Facebook since she lives oceans away in Europe. Here a project she made for the purpose of raising environmental awareness among her peers in a way that appeals to them. πŸ™‚

Cool, huh? I’d like to be a student again today, just so I could make projects like this.


Maybe not. I kind of like this no-tests, grades-free zone I’ve been in for more than 25 years.


Alrighty, then! Gotta get back to work! See you in a bit!

Another Challenge & Two Freebies!

Hey hey hey! Have you made best friends with your credit cards today and gone digi-shopping? We’ve got a store-wide sale, with all designers’ products offered at 15% off in celebration of {inter}National Scrapbooking Day!

One of the best things about shopping digi is the urge to use those goodies right away! And we have the perfect answer for that need, because we’ve got a second awesome challenge going on at our General Forum Spotlight Area right now! It began at 10:00pm EDT yesterday and is continuing till 10:00pm tonight, so hurry over and play with us!

Click on the image below to fly straight to our General Forum!

Then don’t forget to hop on over to the HOMEPAGE! My dearest friend Kari (the hybrid goddess of the Spraground) and I are the featured designers for the day, and we’ve got freebies waiting for you to grab them!

Here’s mine:

And here’s another one, just cos I love ya! πŸ˜€

Images are linked to our homepage where you can simply click on them and download immediately begins! But do leave your mark and hit the Comments button because Kari and I would love to hear from you!

So hurry and grab them now because they’ll only be up for 24 hours… like Cinderella, by the time the clock strikes 12 midnight, these little babies are going to get sent straight to the shop where they’ll be at full price.

Have fun, my dear friends, and Happy {inter}National Scrapbooking Day!