Monday, April 17, 2017

Diecut wedding invitation

Here's another simple yet elegant wedding invitation with embossed and diecut details.
The client's color theme was blue and cream.







Hawaiian / Luau themed shadow box style invitaition

The shadow box style invitation is another one of the unique styles there is.
It gives you a play on layers and depth of field.

It ships flat but can be assembled to a shadow box once received.
Making your invitation a nice display piece.

In this hawaiian/luau theme, I made use of a hibiscus element as well as a hula girl to give off the island vibe, complemented by the sunset colors as background.

This style can be made with a classy or playful theme, perfect style to be used for any occasion.





Update after over a year

Hi everyone, I'm sorry I haven't been able to keep the blog updated since last year.
After my mom's passing last June 2016, it has been difficult for me to get back on track.  Emotionally it has been really draining.  I miss my mom so much, I cannot explain in words my longing for her presence.

Aside from mourning, we were also faced with painstaking legal documents to file and take care of.  We've been back and forth different government agencies countless of times last year and things still aren't settled as I speak.

Truth is I am having a difficult time regaining motivation at work and other things.
Most of you may not be aware that my mom used to help me out with invitation orders, she would be the one to put double adhesive on each piece of invitation to make assembly easier for me.  She really helped me out in the best way she could.  That's probably why psychologically it has been difficult to work again, without her.

I have been trying to distract myself with travel and a new hobby, gardening, just to get a new perspective.  But hopefully I will be able to bounce back soon.

You can check out my personal blog at http://todaysajenda.blogspot.com

In the meantime, I am consolidating files and will try to put up on the blog some of my work that I might have overlooked the past years.  That'll keep me occupied for now.

Thanks!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Please support my mom's cancer battle

You can help by donating to this Youcaring site,
http://www.youcaring.com/Fefightscancer

-My mom, my bestfriend, my hero.-
This is my mom, Fe. She turns 60 this August.
She's a selfless mom who spent her waking hours taking care of everyone. Even at our 30s, knowing how absent-minded we are, she still took care of most things for us, making sure our personal and professional responsibilities were all covered.
She's one of the most generous person I know, generous with her time, service, care and love. She's done so much for us and it pains me seeing her go through this battle.

The strong woman I know who was always up and about taking care of others is now mostly confined to the bed because of the pain and discomfort.
It's time we give her the care she long deserved, and money shouldn't be limit.

-Diagnosed-
November 2015, she was diagnosed with stage IV colo-rectal cancer which has metastasized to her liver and lung.
She underwent surgery last December 1, 2015 to remove the tumor obstructing her bowel, but her liver was unresectable due to multiple tumors on all lobes.
She was still recovering from the 6-hour surgery but had to start chemotherapy come January 2016.
The 10-day hospital bill reached almost 300,000php ($6,522) excluding doctor's professional fees.

-Emergency hospitalization-
February came and she had to be hospitalized due to a swollen right leg, which turned out to be a DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Her oncologist wanted an IVC filter put in to prevent clots from travelling to her lungs which could be fatal, but then a last minute ultrasound showed blood clots in her IVC, which renders a filter useless, thus the procedure was cancelled.
She was then put under observation for 5 days while given heparin and warfarin (anticoagulants) to help manage the clots.  The unplanned 5-day hospital stay was 100,000php ($2,173) off the pocket.

She's been advised to continue taking blood thinners which requires her to get a PT/PTT test (test that checks how long it takes for the blood to clot) done every 5 days.

-Chemotherapy-
She's been on 2 cycles of chemotherapy (5FU) since January but upon a recent CEA tumor marker test, her CEA count spiked 3x from 998 to 3105.
The oncologist ordered another CT scan to use as a baseline before starting her on a new combination chemo drug, the scan showed that her liver now had more tumors than normal cells.

For her chemotherapy treatment alone, it was 35,000php ($760) off the pocket every month. And since the initial (5FU) chemotherapy did not work, we are switching to a combination drug, FOLFOX which is almost double the cost.

She'll be having the FOLFOX infusion once every 2 weeks, it approximately costs 34,000php ($740) per session.

-We need your support-
Being her 24/7 caregiver, it had been difficult to accommodate orders (handmade invitations) as I have to make sure I am always available on her chemotherapy schedules, emergency hospital visits and everything else in between.  Taking care of her has been my fulltime responsibility since diagnosed.

My brother is a freelance architect and does part time insurance and investment sales which requires him to be out and about in meetings and site visits.  My dad on the other hand is retired, he's the one who goes to the market and takes care of the meals alongside other chores (we don't have a household helper).

Even with the generosity of relatives and friends, who's chipped in for mom's treatment and hospitalization expense, we are running short of funds for her upcoming treatments.

She's dedicated so much of her life to us, the best we can do is make sure she gets the necessary treatments without having to stress about the finances.
Without a family history of cancer, we were emotionally and financially not ready for this. But we are taking it one day at a time as a family.

-How you can help-
Any amount raised from this campaign will fund mom's chemotherapy treatment, routine laboratory tests and scans, medications, and other miscellaneous bills.

There is no such thing as a small donation, every bit of it will help support her in this ongoing battle.
You can donate your statuses on Facebook by sharing this campaign to your friends and family.
You may also give your time by saying a prayer for my mom when you read this.

Please help us cheer her on.
We are truly humbled by this experience, we believe God is in control and that He has been with us since day one.
We thank you in advance and hope that you will be blessed just as we are blessed by your hearts to give and help.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Carnival invitation for a birthday girl

Please support my mom's cancer battle. 
Read about her cancer story at http://www.youcaring.com/Fefightscancer


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Finally... An update!

I did a Circus/Carnival invitation last year for a birthday boy in the same free standing pop up style. Here is the link to that one: http://swatchesnhues.blogspot.com/2014/08/circus-and-carnival-themed-birthday.html.

When I got another order for this design, I thought it would be fun to create another version with a girly theme this time, afterall it's for a birthday girl!

So here it is, the free standing pop up style Carnival invitation for girls!
Cutesy colors were used to replace the classic red, blue and yellow theme.  I also created a fancy Carnival sign.