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Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Every year, I find myself busier than ever so I didn't even have a minute to get online! I think my family feared that I wouldn't get off!! Anyway, just wanted to send belated Thanksgiving wishes to all of you out there! And now....we are officially moving full swing into Christmas!!

For you island girls out there...this weekend is the big Islandwide Craft & Food Expo at the Neil Blaisdell Center. I will be at the show all weekend, helping my friends Carri & Eric at the BERRY SWEET BATH & BODY BOOTHS # 194 and 195...so if you are planning on going to the show to get do some shopping, be sure to come by and say hello to me, k?? Of course, if I've never met you before, please introduce yourself to me! At the Made in Hawaii show, I met 2 island gals that follow my blog and it was such a thrill for me to meet them in person!!

For those of you who are braving the midnight specials, I hope after your afternoon nap, you come down to the Blaisdell to check it out!!

Time to go to work now...yup! I work today...but that's okay... my sister and I will be running to Macy's at 6:30 am when we get off the bus just to check out the morning specials!

I am thankful to ALL OF YOU!! More projects to come...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Origami card tutorial

Happy Wednesday! While I was on a blog break, I actually made some time to create this origami card tutorial for you. To me, it's not as complicated as it looks (really!), so I took lots of photos to help you step-by-step try to create one for yourself! Grab your coffee and let's get on to the tutorial!

All you need for the base of the card itself is one 8 1/2" X 11" paper, the kind that you use in your printer. Fold the paper in thirds, trying to be as even as possible, otherwise you may end up with a lop-sided card. Don't stress out on this sample that you are making. Next, fold as shown below and repeat the same fold on the other side
so that your paper now looks like this. Are you still with me?? Easy so far, right?!
Fold as shown below making sure that you make nice creases so that the next step will be easy.
Open up your paper and fold in as shown.
Here's a closer look as to what it should look like.
If you are actually folding your card right now, the next photo is what your card should look like so far. If you are only viewing it right now, the next photo will not make any sense to you until you are actually following along with your project. Anyway, this is what you end up with after the fold in the previous photo. Next, fold in as shown below on both sides.
This is what your card should look like at this point.
Now flip your card over and pull down the folded middle section so that you can repeat the same folds above on the other side.
This is the other side. When you are doing that same fold as 2 photos above, it will look like this.
Fold as shown below and repeat the fold on the other side. (we're almost there!)
Here's the other side...
Grab the two flaps as shown here. We are getting ready to pull open the card to form the box - this is the exciting part!
Holding those two flaps, firmly pull open the card. It will look kind of squishy and out of shape but don't worry, you will straighten it all out after you puff open the card/box.
Another photo of what the card should be looking like at this point as you are pulling it firmly open...(hang in there!)
Once you open it up, straighten out the card/box as shown below.
Ta-da! You did it! Here is the finished card/box. I call it a box because it kind of looks like a box bottom, don't you thnk??
If your card didn't turn out too well, or doesn't look anything like the photo, start again! Don't give up! I have to tell you that I tried many, many times before I got the hang of it. I took apart a sample that someone made for me and studied the folds. If you would like a real live sample to follow, send me a private email requesting for a sample and I will fold one and mail one to you! Be sure in your email that you give me your mailing address. Now, shall we embellish and finish up the card?? Cut two strips of DP measuring approximately 2 3/4" X 5" You should measure the flap on your card before cutting the DP to make sure that your strip will fit on your card. I made some adjustments to my card and my strip ended up being 2 7/8" X 5" . I used the Bella Rose DP here.
For my stamped design, I used Dandelion Designs Maddy & Snowman (C102) and mounted it on a rectangle nestie (close to cocoa CS). I put a stronger adhesive on the left side only.
Adhere your piece to the left side of the box as shown here.
And this is what it should look like
Cut a piece of white cardstock approximately 3 5/8" X 4 7/8" or make adjustments to fit the inside of your card/box. Stamp and write your message on your piece before putting it in the card.
Here's the piece in the card/box.
Not too bad, right?? Here's the finished card...
A closer look at the glitter :)
Supplies I used:
Images - Dandelion Designs Maddy & Snowman (C102) and Sentiment - Everyone Smiles by Stampendous and Be Happy by SU (smile)
Cardstock - Close to cocoa, pink piroutte, chocolate chip
Accessories - regal rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches by SU, regal rose ink, dazzling diamonds and rectangle nesties (large)
Images colored using my copic markers and SU Sahara Sand (for Maddy's pants)
I made this card for my friend Barbie's sweet daughter, Sunny (Hi Sunny! did you get my package yet?!) Sorry that this tutorial was so long but there was no way to shorten it without showing you all of the steps. I hope I didn't scare you away with this!! haha! Don't forget, if you need help or want a sample, send me an email. I'd love for you to make one and link me to your blog so I can check it out!
Thanks for dropping by and sitting through this tutorial. Time for a coffee refill!
I actually thought it might be good to do a video tutorial instead because my son is really wanting me do videos, but if you're like me, although I love to watch video tutorials because you get to see the project in "action", to go back and try to figure out the steps is easier when you see step-by-step photos...stay warm today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

LCWC #19

Today is Tuesday and time for LCWC #19! I'm back after a much needed rest from just everything!! Thank you so much for all of your kind comments in the past week while I was resting to get rid of my cold! Well, here is the sketch for this week's challenge. I'm so honored to be asked to select a sketch and I actually had a hard time finding one that was easy enough for me to ease me back into the creating mode. I found this simple but fun sketch from Card Positioning Systems and you can find more awesome sketches on their site HERE
I wanted to use this cute whipper snapper image called Warm Penguin so had to flip the sketch to it's side to create my card this week.
Supplies I used: Blue for the base of the card is by Bazzill. Other CS used - brilliant blue, tempting turquoise, kiwi kiss.
Image: Whipper Snapper - Warm Penguin, The Cat's Pajamas - Baby It's Cold Outside
All coloring done using copic pens
Accessories: Marvy snowflake punch, stickles, rhinestones
Take the challenge! Create your card using this simple sketch, upload and post on Little C's blog...you could be the winner of an awesome prize!
Be sure to check out what the design divas created this week!! I'll be back soon to post that tutorial for the origami fold card I made a week ago. You'll be surprised to see how easy it is!! Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Special Birthday Card

Short post today. I can't believe that I got sick AGAIN! I guess with this weather and me running around like a crazy lady, it was destined to get me again!! Is this a warning to slow down? Anyway, this past weekend, CUTE STUFF (in Puck's Alley) celebrated it's 11th birthday!! I made a card for Lianne. One of my favorite Whipper Snapper stamps! I learned this cool card from my SU upline Cindy B. one year. It's an origami fold card and opens up like this:
Cool, huh! I'll see if I can do a simple tutorial to show you how. That's of course when I feel better. I will be taking a short break from blogging so I can get well and take care of my holiday gathering details. I will be having a fun gathering with lots of projects, yummy food and fun in December, so stay tuned!
Thank you all for the wonderful comments you all left for me. Once I feel better, I will be back on YOUR blogs to check it out and leave my comments! See you again in a few days!

LCWC #18

Happy Tuesday! It's LCWC time and we are at #18. This week, the challenge was a little different. We had to create a christmas card using a family photo or a family member photo...I was tempted to use a Mochiko photo because I just realized that we don't have any recent family photos!! I guess since it's holiday time now, we will be taking more family photos!! Anyway, can you believe that this photo is two years old? Anyway, here is my take on this week's challenge.I've always wanted to make a pink card, but got voted out cuz I'm the only girl here...boo-hoo!! Today was my chance to show them that pink is really a nice color and I did use some chocolate chip in there too!
Cardstock: Pink pirouette, chocolate chip, regal rose
Stamps: Holiday Collection
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: DSP Holiday Treasures, scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, pomegranate satin ribbon, rhinestones

Looking forward to seeing players this week!! All the details are on Jen's blog, Pieces of Me...check it out, create, post and take your chance in winning a prize!!

For more inspiration, check out the DT's take on this challenge!

Jen, Maria, Risa, Ellie, Jean, Jodie

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Creating with cheap-o stamps

Last week, Wini and I dropped in J's Knicknacks just to check it out. We weren't planning to buy, but when I saw this, I just had to have it! It was a cute Santa stamp and the best part is that it was only $1.25!! My wallet was still smiling! I'm not sure if J's still has more, but I'm sure you can find it somewhere! Here's what I made with the stamp...easy coloring...these will be turned into tags.

Hope you are having a fantastic Monday!! LCWC #18 tomorrow!!

ATG anyone?

Just wanted to post that if you were waiting for the ATG gun and tapes to go on sale, I saw it on sale at Fisher Hawaii (Cooke Street store) for $35.95 . The tapes were only $2.95 each...Just thought you would like to know.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mr. Snowman, oh how I love snowmen...

The air has gotten a little chilly lately, but not enough for snow -haha!! I would freeze to death if we had snow. It is chilly (to me) so I guess I'll have to take out an extra blanket for tonight. Anyway, this is the last project we did at the gift card holder class last week. This is spin off from those Frankie boxes everyone was making for Halloween, including me! I wanted to create a Christmas treat box and initially was going to create a Santa. Then, I decided to do a snowman. I see other versions of Mr. Snowman in blogland, all are so cute! Anyway, I got the instructions to make this cute treat holder from Cambria's blog called Stamp a Little Love Baby...you can check out the instructions HERE Be sure to check out the rest of her fabulous ideas. She's copic certified!

Here's a side view of Mr. Snowman.
I have mailed out all of the kits (except yours Jodi L.) since we were going to try to get together soon? I am planning my holiday party for customers and demonstrator that will be happening on Saturday, December 6th.
Thanks for your visit today. I'm hoping on visiting more blogs this weekend and making some new friends! Before I sign off, I wanted to share a cute photo of Mochiko. As you know, she loves to sit and sleep on my paper cutter right? Well one night, I saw her sitting like this with her paws together. Looks like she's getting ready for bed and is saying a prayer, so cute huh (to me anyway...).

I've never seen her sit with her paws together like that so of course, I had to take a photo! Here's the close-up version.

Anyone holiday shopping yet? I'm going to try to make my gifts this year. Well, a bunch of them anyway! Come back tomorrow to see my bargain stamp that I bought from J's and what I did with them!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Rub-On Promotion is happening now!

The rub-on promotion has started! From now until November 30, spend just $20.00 and get a package of rub-ons for 20% off! (Regularly $10.95, 20% off $8.76). Once you spend $20, there is no limit to the number of Rub-Ons assortments you can get at 20 percent off. Here's a listing of the available rub-ons.

Item # Page # Rub-Ons Description
111416 178 Chateau Bella
111417 178 Word Flurries
111414 178 Hidden Garden
111277 178 A Perfect Day
110283 179 Take Note
111806 179 Chills & Thrills
111804 179 Chit Chat
111415 179 Greatest Moments
111805 179 School Days

110282 179 Anchored
112844 11* Old Saint Nick
112843 17* Season of Cheer
112735 39** Hidden Garden Blossoms

*From Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog
**From Celebrando Creatividad

Here's a project I created with the help of the Word Flurries rub-on set. I made a gift card holder using a CD case. I added some mini rhinestones to it and the white organdy ribbon. I think it looks pretty darn elegant, don't you? Added some Ballet Blue cardstock to the back of that panel to bring out the white rub-on.Here's what I did with the inside. Kind of plain, but I only added a mini envelope. The possibilities are endless though, I can just imagine what you could add on these two panels.
I'd love to see what you all create, so if you decide to make one, be sure to email me to share!
Thanks for visiting me today. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Some FYI's...

Head on down to J's Knicknacks this weekend. Saturday, November 15th, Jean from Dandelion Designs will be there doing a make 'n take! Meet the creator of those darling Dandelion Designs stamps! I just bought my Thanksgiving stamps, love that Turkey Jean! Also, I bought the Monkey with snowflake and Monkey with Christmas lights. Watch for that posting as well. Lots of new stuff in the store - new Spellbinders dies - you know, those Nesties ...

Also, just wanted to let you all know that Fisher Hawaii (Cooke Street only) finally got in their Hello Kitty dies. Prices that will make your wallet smile until you buy them all - haha!

Cute Stuff - Lianne is celebrating 11 cute years! Make a birthday card and bring it to the store this Saturday!! I believe there will be a 20% discount too! Check it out! Hi Lianne! I made a special birthday card for you!

Have a fun shopping kind of weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

More projects to share!

Happy Aloha Friday!! Here are two more projects that we did at the gift card holder class. We did treat bags as well. I just love this one sheet box! You can find a wonderful tutorial by Beate Johns on splitcoast stampers HERE

We roller wheeled the snowflake design color on color, folded the box and added the sizzix scallop circle over the opening on top. I just love the curly punch bundle. It comes with four stamps and the curly punch. This box is perfect for small holiday treats!
Here's a project dug out of the archives. I remember making a bunch of these cute reindeer food packets to sell at a craft fair ages ago. I guess this is the new spin off on this cute reindeer food package.

I added the chunky glitter to oatmeal. There is a cute poem in the back of the header. If you are giving this to someone with small children, make sure you add a label somewhere that says DO NOT EAT! The glitter might not digest well and we don't want any sick children! I remember giving a pack of treats to my niece Jen (she is now almost 16) when she was really young. She insisted that her dad (my BIL) take out the ladder and climb on the roof to sprinkle these oats for the reindeer. He told her he would do it later but she insisted that he do it NOW so she could watch. Needless to say, my BIL did it but made sure he shared his story with me...we can laugh about it today :)
I'll be sharing the last project tomorrow...Don't forget, if you are interested in getting the supply listing and measurements for these projects, just send me an email.
Thanks for popping by today. The weekend is here! Hope you have some stamping on your "to do" list this weekend!