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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rock the Farm Cutie and the inside of the noteholder

Happy Aloha Friday!! I received this really cute card from a new island girlfriend, Ilissa. We met through my monthly one card swap. Ilissa finally took the plunge and started a blog too. If you have some time, hop on over to show some aloha! I love this cute GF image from the Rock the Farm set! The colors are so pretty too! Thanks so much Ilissa!! Thank you all for the sweet comments on my noteholder that I still feel that I bombed on making...I have to have it perfect, just some dumb thing that I put upon myself. Anyway, here is what the inside looks like. I like the idea of the two acetate pockets.
The problem was that I measured incorrectly and the gap on the bottom of the holder is kind of too much when it closes. Can you see it here? I'm working on fixing it up before sharing the measurements. It was a fun project to make though. I'll have to find some time to fix it up. I'll post the perfect one sometime soon!
Thanks for stopping by today! I had a little detour in my plans as I was supposed to be emailing the partners for the August OCS last night. It is coming because I have everyone partnered up and ready to email!! Looking forward to seeing you ladies who signed up for my sold out classes this weekend! If you ordered a kit, they will be completed this weekend too.

Card holder bomb

I'm still experimenting in making cute little card holders to give as gifts. I tried my hand at making a larger holder and it bombed. I wasn't satisfied with the way it turned out, mostly on the inside. It was a little too large, like there was a gap between the two pockets inside. I didn't take a photo of it because it was so ugly to me. Anyway, just wanted to share that a project that didn't turn out the way I envisioned it. The one thing I did like was the SU DP and the cute bird stamp from a set called Cheap Talk, one of my favorites and of course, my favorite colors! Happy Thursday! We are almost to the weekend!! Thanks for stopping by today! I love to hear what you think of my projects!! XO

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Thank You Card

I made this card a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post it. This was a thank you card for Janis. Janis is one of my newest downline members for my group called Stamping With Friends. Almost every month when she comes to class, she brings delicious treats for us to eat! I just wanted to send a card to show her my appreciation for her thoughtfulness.
I got this cute Mermaid Emna stamp from Cute Stuff. This image is by CC Designs Sugar Plums series. So cute, yeah? DP is from J's, and is actually one of my larger scraps! Sentiment is by SU and rhinestones I received as a rak. Here's a closer look.
Happy Wednesday! The weekend is almost here! I'm still getting ready for my classes!
Be sure to check back here on Saturday! I'll be giving away some fun blog candy for my birthday!

A Card for Sherri from Mary B. - Sharing OCS

ETA: Oops!! I made a mistake! This card was the card Sherri made for Mary B. Such a pretty card Sherri! Looking forward to seeing more of everyone's awesome creations for the August OCS!!

Oh my, I totally forgot to post this card for Sherri M.. She asked that I post this card that she received from Mary B. through my monthly one card swap. Both of these ladies do not have blogs. Thanks Sherri for sharing the card you received. Be on the look out for your emails with your partners this week!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Grateful for Friends!

Here are the raks that I received from the girls that came to play at Denise's house yesterday. Talk about overwhelmed! Holy macaroni! Thank you sooo much for all of the lovely raks! It was like Christmas! It really makes one feel so special to have friends share their talent with you. This post will be a little long because I want to show you each and every rak I received. It would truly be a waste to not show off the talent that this group has, so without further delay, here are the raks! Thanks again girls!
From Joy From Michelle
Michelle also made me this sweet card. I love the image and the color combo is really nice!! Love the texture she used for the card, I believe they are the texture plates (not CB emboss folders). Thank you so much!
From Linda
From Kyoko
From Michele. We've never met and Michele couldn't attend, but she was so sweet to make this rak for me. Thank you so much!! Hope to meet you soon!
From Jodi
From Jamee
From Denise
From Dawne
From Nicky
From Joni
From Janis
From Jenny
And last but not least, I would like to thank Denise, her hubby Jim and Jamee for opening up their beautiful house for us! The bonus was that there was A/C - it was so comfortable to be inside a cool house! Thank you ladies for the delicious food (I had the mini plate). Thanks for visiting today!

August OCS - check to see if you are on it

Did this photo get your attention?? Sorry, just had to :)
Since the swap is now closed, I'm busy getting all of you partnered up so I can send the emails. I don't want to leave anyone out that wanted to play, so I am listing the people who signed up on my blog and also signed up via email to me. If I missed your name (I apologize in advance, it definately is NOT on purpose!), please send me an email asap! Thank you!

Players in no particular order

Elena Cazinha

Jamee Nibling

Denise Nibling

Cyndi Kim

De Swanick

Colleen Kwan

Michelle Ueligitone

Joy Uyehara

Kelli Buenconsejo

Joy Nieva

Ilissa Willing

Gail Woo

Joni Haraga

Jodi Ann Lee

Janis Kanemura

Eunice Chong

Kyoko Patoc

Linda Kuniyoshi

Berenice Rendon

Marisa Faylim

Tracy Houghton

Kim Thompson

Enjoli Bennett

Jenny Viloria

Krista Palakiko

Shilo Johnson

Gina Wrona

Tia (Nakano) Iida

Kim Yu

Claudia Pina-Castellanos

June Ikeda

Vina Tom

Jacqui Medeiros

Grace Winchester

Mary Bennett

Chris Domino

Sherri Miral

Wow! this is the most we've ever had! I will be waiting for anyone who I forgot - I hope I got you all down! I will be pairing people up and you should be getting an email from me sometime this week! Thanks again for signing up for my one card swap!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

One Card Swap - CLOSED!

Oops!! I just realized that I did not give a deadline to sign up for the August one card swap! So as of tonight, the swap is officially closed! I will need some time to match everyone up! We had alot of players sign up, so be patient! I will be emailing you with all of the info real soon!!
Note: This cute double shaker box card was made during one of my lunch time class special...had fun girls??

Fun Play Day!

Today, some of the island girl's blogging sisters met at Denise's house for a fun play day! Soooooo much fun it was! Exchanging RAKS and stamping images, eating, laughing...thanks ladies! Sorry I had to leave a little early, I was bummed, but had so much to do this afternoon! Well, I decided to post the rak that I made for everyone today... I made a little note holder. Inside, I made a small acetate tray to hold some 3X3 cards and tags. Made my own background using the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. Everyone had their note holder in their favorite color.
Here's a side view of the holder. I will be posting a mini tutorial on how to make this.Here's a photo of all of us. Thanks for a fun time ladies! Thanks Denise for hosting this gathering for us!
I will be posting all of my wonderful raks that I received from the ladies all this week! Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Monday!

Belated Birthday Wishes for Jodi

I'm so ashamed of being behind on my birthday card making! I have no stash to fall back on! My sweet friend, Jodi celebrated her birthday earlier this month and I finally made her a card and had Eric deliver the card and gift to her house while she was at work. I wanted to surprise her when she drove up after work! Since I really enjoyed making that tri-shutter card, I saw a different version where the front panel was solid, so I thought I'd give it a try. Here's the card I made for Jodi! This cutie image is from the Gorjuss Girls #3 set. Isn't she sweet? The DP is a leftover piece (thank goodness it was a large scrap!). The butterfly punch dressed up the card as I needed to embellish it up!Here's what the card looks like opened up. This time, I framed all of the little pieces. I like this finished look better.
I missed the deadline last night to get this for posting today, but that's okay. I was busy making a bunch of raks for the gals that are going to Denise's house today for a play date...good thing I made my brownies last night! Hope you all have a relaxing Sunday! Thanks for your visit!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Just for Fun

For those of you who've known me for a long time, know that one of my businesses was hand painting t-shirts. I did this for about 9 years before I gave up. Anyway, my designs were primarily these stick figure kids. The other week as I was stamping and coloring, I had a funny thought pop into my head and I said, why not...just for fun, I'm gonna draw one of my characters, color it and make a card..Voila! here it is! I kind of like the way it turned out. I also found out that drawing it out using a fine point sharpie pen and then coloring them with copic pens are not a good combination because the ink bled a little. This was just for fun anyway, so we'll see if I feel like drawing more. Here's a close up...don't look too good, you might see my smudges...haha!
Thanks for your visit today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I'm feeling better and told myself to go to bed early!! Still working on my class kits and updating my one card swap list!
Let me know what you think of my little girl here...I'd love to get feedback.

My Card for Tia

Sorry my post is late today. Yesterday at work I started to not feel well and it started with my ears being plugged for a couple of days. After lunch, I felt nausea (yuck!) and then felt woozy - I felt dizzy. All I could think of was that I was getting symptoms of vertigo. I felt much better today when I woke up but still not 100% so I went to the doctor. He said I didn't have an ear infection, but it was some form of vertigo called BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO. You can read about it HERE. Interesting because I'm sure we all have suffered from it at one time or another and if you haven't, you are lucky! It is a really common thing! Anyway, I wanted to make sure that Tia received my card before I posted it and ruin the surprise. I wish I could make a double shaker for everyone that I get partnered with, but it just depends. Some months I have more time than others. Anyway, here is the card that I made. Don't you just love these cute images?? They are called Pure Innocence and they are digi stamp characters created by a gal named Heather (United Kingdom). I ordered them through her etsy store. I had to buy them all! There are 7 girl images. Cute huh! I used one of my precious crochet flowers that Elena hand crocheted. I was one of the lucky recipients of some! (Thanks again, Elena!). Here's a close up...
The DP for the outer box is from Cute Stuff as well as the micro beads. The inside DP is from SU (retired). Green combo dew drops are from Tamikos. Sentiment is from SU as well as the scallop oval and oval punches. Bling from J's. Speaking of J's...they are having a make and take tomorrow, Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will be making a Sizzix peek-a-boo box! How fun!
Thanks for coming by today, and Happy Aloha Friday!! See you tomorrow!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


That's 20 years. Yesterday was my 20th wedding anniversary and I didn't get to post my card because I only finished it before I left for work. I had the idea floating in my head but ran out of time doing other things - the story of my life! Anyway, I can't believe that it's been 20 years already, how time flies! Here's the card I made for Eric. Of course, I used my favorite color, pink! I miss pink pirouette - this is the textured 12X12 cardstock. I had it cut in half so decided to make it a tri-fold type of card. I used my square nesties (melon mambo for the scallop square), colored using my copics. Ribbon is soft suede.
Here's what it looks as you open it.
And here is the inside - nothing fancy.
I had to hold the card closed to get this shot, so my thumb is in the photo...
We actually went out to dinner last night. We've had this gift certificate for almost two years (gasp!) to Pinky's restaurant over at Aikahi . It was very good and boy, was that place crowded! Sorry, no photo...rushed when I came home to get ready to leave.
Thanks for coming by today. See you tomorrow!!
Cardstock: pink pirouette (retired), kraft, melon mambo, chocolate chip
Accessories: square nestabilities
Stamp sets: Love Owl ways, A Happy Heart

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

August Class Sign Up!

Change of class projects! The project scheduled for my August class was supposed to be a pull out scrapbook, but at my July class, alot of the ladies wanted to make this box of animals that I posted the other week. So, the August class will be creating this cute box of animals with 3 cards with envelopes and 5 tags with cord. It's really a fun project and makes a great gift. The classes are scheduled for Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at my home. The class fee is $20 and includes all of the materials needed to complete this cute gift set. I request that you bring your own tool kit - meaning all of the tools you use when you craft. Please be sure that you have a portable trimmer (like Fiskars) with both cutting and scoring blades. Have lots of adhesive too because I do not have any extra. I will be making 20 kits only, and reservations for these 2 classes will be on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend this class, please RSVP via email (addy on my side bar). Reservations will be accepted up to Friday, July 24 as I will need time to prep all of the kits. Please feel free to email me with questions and I look forward to crafting with you in August!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Cute Lion

I made this card for my GF Jean, who made a quilt that I ordered as a birthday gift for my sister. Jean is a CTMH Consultant who is now into making beautiful quilts! To see this beautiful quilt creation, please check out Jean's blog post HERE.
So, I wanted to make her this thank you card, yes, another card I had to whip up, but did this in the evening, so no running for a bus, thank goodness! When Jean gave me the latest CTMH catty, I fell in love with this set of zoo animals. This lion tugged at my heart and I just had to buy this set...I used my copic pens to color him. I thought the coloring turned out pretty good. Used my square nesties to frame the image and added some bling on the corners. The Thank You sentiment is from SU from a set called Much Appreciated.
Your comments are much appreciated so I thank you! Stop by again tomorrow. I'll be announcing my sign ups for the August class!

The Life of a Cat

I know that this is not a crafty post, but I just wanted to share. Sometimes I wish I could live the life of my cat for maybe just one day...she seems to know how to relax and enjoy life. These photos weren't all taken on the same day but can you tell where Mochiko's favorite place to relax?? Maybe she crafts during the night when I sleep and that's why she's so tired during the day? Haha!! Such a crazy thought. My dad says that she can't stand to not be near me and needs to sit on my table while I create. I think there's some truth to that, but who really knows?! I'm sharing some of my latest favorite shots of Mochiko...

Such a perfect space for her head...
I think she love sleeping on my cutter the most because she uses the handle to rest her head.
Thanks for tolerating my cat post. Since my son is 14 now, she's my new baby :) I'm posting a cute Thank You card next!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Another quick Ketto card. I have to stop doing this!

Hey! how did Monday get here so fast! I never seem to have enough time to create a stash of cards for me to use...I just can't do it! Don't know why but I always seem to be rushing and behind on making thank you cards or just because cards...so...here we go again, rushing to make another card. I'm making good use of my already colored Ketto images. This card was made for my sweet cousin, Pam who lives in San Fran. I had to make a card and write something in it to go in the box I sent to her the other week. Of course, this card, too, was made before leaving for work. I swear I will miss my bus one of these days! I guess I like living on the edge - but I'm getting too old for this rushing business! I used the leftover scrap from my card and gifts for my GF Cheryl - love this pink leopard print that I got from Pineapple Cove! Thank goodness I had already cut out this black rectangle using my nesties. I couldn't find the right sentiment, so went back to the computer to type "blessed" using the SU font called SU KP Quick...I love this font! Added a flower bling that I got from a Hero Arts mini stamp set with bling. I chose the word "blessed" because that's the word that comes to mind to describe how I feel to have a wonderful cousin like Pam!
Thanks to all of you for coming today for a visit! I've been enjoying blurfing and visiting your blogs too! See you again tomorrow!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

August One Card Swap Sign up!

It's that time again!! Time to sign up for August's one card swap! I'm so thrilled that this swap is continuing as I've received many beautiful and creative cards, not to mention making new friends too! Here's my card that I received from my friend Tia for the July OCS! I love everything about this Tilda card! Tia added alot of bling on the scallops...can't really tell if they are dew drops or rhinestones - but they really add to the card!! Her coloring is perfect-o and this image is way too cute! Love the DSP she used - retired from SU but the cherries on the DSP match Tilda's sock! Thanks Tia, for such a pretty card! Your card is in the mail!! I won't be posting the card until after Tia receives it as to not spoil the surprise! If you are interested in joining us for August's one card swap, please leave a comment on this post. If you are a returning player, you do nothing else but wait til the sign ups are closed. I will match you up with a partner and send you an email with all of the info. If you are a new player, in addition to posting a coment to play, send me an email (email on right sidebar) with your full name, mailing address, email address and blog address if you have one. Effective August, I will now be including blog addresses, if you have one, in the information that I share with your partner.
Some info for new players - this is a one card swap, no other goodies or raks should be sent with your card, just the card. This swap was started because some people want to trade cards and ideas and not be obligated to send anything else but the card...make your card special! You're only making one! You can write a nice note inside of the card to your partner, but you don't have to if you don't want to. Your card creation is not limited to any one company - use what you have and be creative! I love looking at everyone's creations! Thanks to all of you who participate and for making this swap a success! I am looking forward to lots of players!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Purple Owl! So cute!

I'm not really into alot of punch art, but while thumbing through one of my Stampin' Success magazines, I came across this cute owl made up of all Stampin' Up! punches! This awesome creation was submitted to an art contest by Lyssa Zwolanek of Watertown, Wisconsin. Soooo cute! I knew I wanted to make one of these cuties! I'm not sure if Lyssa has a blog or not, but just wanted to acknowledge her for the inspiration! The punches used are: Round Tab (owl face), scallop circle (cut in half to make the wings), 1 3/8" circle (body), 5 petal flower (cut to make the beak), Trio Flower (feet), half inch and 1/4" circle punches (eyes). I typed the sentiment on my computer (David Walker font that I bought from 2 Peas) and punched it out using the large oval punch and layering it using the scallop oval punch.
I attached this cute owl on my french fry box (an XL Sizzix die) using some cute DP that I bought from Pineapple Cove (at Kahala Mall). I made 2 of these boxes to thank 2 of my special friends - Linda and Kyoko! They are some of the most generous ladies out there, always caring, always sharing and I just had to make a special thank you for them...their favorite color is purple and I must say that this owl looks pretty cute in purple, don't you think??
Lots to do today...want to start cutting kits for my August class (announcement in tomorrow night's post) and possibly start working on my 50 Christmas tag class coming up in September!!
I'm so glad that you stopped by and shared a little bit of your day with me!
One last thing...if you live on Oahu and want to find a good bargain, J's is having 30% off sale on all Cuttlebug & Just Rite products! Stop on by to say HI to Cliff! Also, C2F is having their warehouse sale - great price on mono adhesive! See you tomorrow!

Thoughtful gift

My GF Denise comes to all of my monthly classes and always brings me something sweet! Denise just came back from Vegas and was sick, sick, sick - poor thing! I can't believe that she still managed to shop for little gifts to share with her friends...you are so sweet!! Love this owl stamp and of course, my favorite Bath & Body lotion (Pink too!!). Thank you for being so thoughtful and I am glad that you feel better! I created a thank you card for Denise using this cute owl stamp, but didn't take a photo of it...I guess you'll just have to check out Denise's blog to get a glimpse of it if and when she posts it!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ketto Card

A while back, I stamped and colored a whole sheet of these cute Ketto images in all different colors. I'm so glad I did because it came in handy when I needed to make card in a hurry. Here's a card I put together before running for the bus. I know I am crazy! I used a scrap piece which was leftover from the double shaker box that I made for Christy. I just love that eyelet border punch and this color combo was a first for me, but I really loved the way it turned out! The stamp "Sweet!!" is a stampendous stamp. Happy Aloha Friday! Hope you have some grand crafty plans for the weekend!! Thanks for coming to visit today!