Hi There! This blog will no longer have any new post or activities. Please click here to go to my NEW blog, as I've depleted all the memory on this one. I hope to see you there! I will, however, continue to keep this blog up, as there are tons of ideas and tutorials that you may want to search through. When you are done searching here, please head on over to my new blog and visit me there. Aloha, Teri

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Craft Sale, this weekend!

Hello Friends! Just wanted to let you all know that we are having a holiday craft sale this weekend at my home. The HGEA holiday craft fair that was supposed to have happened yesterday was cancelled so we moved it to my garage.

I have posted all of the information on my new blog http://bigideastoo.blogspot.com

It feels kind of strange to do a post without a photo! I have posted a photo of a few of the items that I have made to sell on my new blog as well.

Thanks for reading my post today and also, thank you to those who have already made a visit to my new blog home and for subscribing!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Hello!! Thanks for being patient with me while a new blog was being created. Special thanks to Jen Young for lending me her expertise in starting my new blog. Here's the information to get to my new blog -

My new blog is called Big Ideas 2. Please visit me at http://bigideastoo.blogspot.com

Note: if you were a subscriber to this blog and would like to continue to receive emails from me every time I update my new blog, you will need to log into Big Ideas 2 and re-sign up to receive these emails. Sorry for the inconvenience, but this was one of the things that we couldn't transfer over.

I would like to thank everyone who has been following me for the last 3 1/2 years of my blogging journey. It has been a wonderful experience and I couldn't have done it without your love and support. You are the ones that make me want to create and continue.

I hope you will join me at my new blog! See you there!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Halloween Thank You's and looking for blog help with photo space

Just wanted to give a shout out to these gals for some cute Halloween raks I received. This one is from my GF Janine...Such a cute tag! This cute tag was attached to a container of lemon bars, yummy!! From my GF Joy. Cute handmade box loaded with treats! Thanks so much!
Another cute treat box - this one from my GF Michelle. I love this image and thanks for my treats!!
Sweet treat from my GF Joni. Love, love, love this seam binding ribbon!! Thank you so much!I have a few more raks to share but will have to post it later. Can you believe that I ran out of space to upload photos?? I guess after almost 3 1/2 years of blogging, I finally exceeded my limit to upload photos. I really don't want to purchase space to upload, so I was thinking of starting a new blog. I will post the link to my new blog soon, so stay tuned and thanks for your patience!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

2010 Holiday Giftcard Holders sneak peek!

Happy Friday! Sorry for not being able to post my sneak peek earlier, there's just so much for me to do, it's insane! Before I post my sneak peek, I just had to share with you my poor hands all stained from doing yard work. I promised I washed my hands over and over again and the stain still didn't come out!! I trimmed all of the lantana flowers in the front yard that have over grown into the path where we wait for the bus. I managed to fill up the green waste can, can you believe that? LOL!Thanks for letting me share. Now, without further delay, here is my sneak peek for the 2010 giftcard holder class. It took me a while to think of the projects, but once I started working on it, the ideas kept coming!
The date for the classes will be Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at my home. We cut 24 kits. Please RSVP to me via email as soon as possible as kits/seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis. The cost for the class kits is $20.00. Demonstrators will pay the regular demonstrator fee. You will need to bring your basic tool kit with you to class. Also, if you own a bottle of Elmer's Craft Bond, you might want to bring it with you to avoid waiting for your turn to use what I have on the tables.
I love the giftcard holders created for this holiday season and I know that you will love them too! See you soon!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

October Tag Swap

I'm so late in posting these tags since they were for the October swap. My partner was Colleen and here are the cute snowflake tags she made for me. She also slipped in some Halloween goodies, my favorite holiday! Thanks so much Colleen! Here are the tags that I made for Colleen...This is from a set called Cute Christmas. I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock and the Jolly Holiday DSP cut out with the sizzix square die. The cherry cobbler square was cut using my trimmer. I used the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and the 1 3/4" circle punch.
Finished off the tags with some rhinestones. I love the SU rhinestones, they are so shiny!
Thanks for stopping by today! I'm madly working on stuff for the craft fair coming up on the 20th! I will be posting more information about the craft fair this week!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Just wanted to share some of these treat boxes that made for my GF Cece to give to her grandkid's teachers. I was so excited to use my new cricut cartridge called Mini Monsters that I received for my Bday from my GF Wini...she knows that I just love Halloween! I used the 3M adhesive craft paper for all cut outs. Made life simpler for me as I made a total of 12 treat boxes.

Which one was your favorite?? I really liked the monster. Hopefully I will get my act together and start earlier for next year, but I won't hold my breath since I'm one of those last minute people! LOL! Also wanted to share with you another treat bag that I made for one of my bosses daughter. This super cute image is from Tiddly Inks and it is a digi. I embellished the box with my Quickutz spider web cut out in silver. I found this die at Fisher Hawaii when they were having their 70% off of QK dies so only paid like $4 for this awesome 4X4 die!
Before I go, I wanted to share my Halloween nails with you. My manicurist, Reni, drew everything free hand. Just love those skeletons!
I chose a different color for my right hand...spider webs hand drawn too!
Wishing you all a fun and safe Halloween! Please come back for a look this week for my giftcard holder class sneak peek!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spider Clutch purse

A while back, I received a cute clutch purse with faux alligator texture on it from my GF Joyce. It was the cutest thing! My GF Joy was at my house or the tag class and when she saw this, asked to borrow it. Little did I know that she was going to make so many! Check out her blog to see just how many she made! After so many requests, she has decided to put together mini kits so that you can make one of these cuties. Please visit her blog HERE and send her an email if you are interested. Here is one that I made - even though it's Halloween, I still had to use my fave color pink! I embossed the top note dies with my spider web embossing folder to add texture and embellished it with my spider friend (remember this spider from last year?)Hope you are all having a nice Saturday! More fun Halloween projects tomorrow!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Batty for you!

Happy Friday! Today is a furlough day for me and I'm so glad that I'll be able to work on my samples for the upcoming giftcard holder class and maybe get to work on some stuff for the November 20 craft fair too. Am I being wishful?? I think so! LOL!
For some reason, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I love making treat bags for Halloween too. I used my big shot pro to cut out this cute bag with scallop flap and decorated it with this cute Sizzix 3D bat. Isn't it so cute?! I found this cute ribbon at Flora Dec a couple months back, so fun! The sentiment, scallop oval and oval punch is by SU.I made these batty treat bags for my friends at the Hawaii State FCU.
Here's a bunch of them. I made 15 of these bags...
Thanks for stopping by today. Your visit is appreciated by me! I'll be posting another Halloween project tomorrow, so come back and take a look!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Treats

Wow, it's been a while since I've been here in blogland. Seems like when it rains, it pours. So much to do in the daily life that blogging has taken a back seat to it all! I have been, however, working here and there on some Halloween Treat bags. Here are the treat bags that I made for the Kaiser pharmacy girls. They are the sweetest and so nice to our family. This image is from TGF and is a digi image. These printed images came in a goodie bag that I received. I colored and cut out this cute image called Hallo She Devil and put her on a cute box. Here's the back of the box...
And here are a few of them together. I also used the image called Hallo Witch. Greeting Farm images are always so cute!
I'm slowly trying to get back into the swing of things and hopefully, I will have enough time to prep some posts so that I can get back on track. Can you believe that Halloween is this coming Sunday? Eeks!
Thanks for peeking in today...I have more fun Halloween projects to share, so I hope you check back here soon.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Special Tag

Happy Friday! Thanks for all of your sweet comments on this year's collection of tags. I almost forgot to share with you the tag that I made for each person who bought a kit. This tag is from the 2 tag sizzix die which I cut out using my new favorite red - Cherry Cobbler. I cut a piece of DSP from the Jolly Holiday pack and punched out their names using the decorative label punch. The names were computer generated. I loved the way this tag turned out. The ribbon that I used is a retired ribbon that I bought last holiday. The funny thing is that I tried so many times to use this ribbon and I never was satisfied with the finished product so I always put the spool back on the shelf. This year, I have to say that I was so happy that the ribbon worked out so well with this tag! A rhinestone finished off this tag.
Just had to share a photo of my furry helper. Somehow she knows when I clean up my table. I think she thinks I made room for her!
No furlough for me this week. It's kind of good to be at work all week, getting caught up on alot of things! Hope you all have a fun weekend with lots of crafting! I'm still trying to work on some stuff for the craft fair except the fair that we were going to participate in was canceled. We were kind of bummed, but then decided that the craft fair will go on! We will hold the craft fair at my home on Saturday, November 20. I will announce the time as soon as we decide. I'm actually kind of excited about having this at my home because we haven't had a holiday sale in a while. I'm looking forward to this gathering to kick off the holidays.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sweet Bonus Project

Sharing with you today the bonus project that we made at the 50 Christmas tag class. We made a sweet gingerbread house using the milk carton die cut from my big shot pro machine. This idea was inspired by some friends who made a different version of a gingerbread house and I had just gotten my milk carton die, so I just had to use it!
Here is the back of the house.
Good news for the ladies who ordered kits. I was able to mail them off yesterday, so for the local ladies, you should receive them today. I believe the kits to CA should be received by Monday. I have included a bonus project in your kit too!
Thanks for stopping by today. Not much time to post or visit blogs lately, life has been extra hectic!

Supplies used:
Big shot pro milk carton die
Cardstock: crumb cake, chocolate chip, real red, pear pizzazz
DSP: Jolly Holiday
Accessories: Tasteful Trim XL sizzix die, gingerbread man die, rhinestones, 2 1/2 " circle punch,
Stamp set: Sweet Season, small heart punch, owl punch (for the small heart on gingerbread man), scallop edge punch, white ink, sponge, cherry cobbler ink

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Rest of the Tags

Sorry for the delay in posting the rest of the tags from the 50 Christmas Tag class. I figured I better post the rest of the tags so that the ladies who ordered the kits to go will know how to assemble them. BTW, the rest of the kits are packed and ready to ship today! Thanks for your patience.

Here's the 4th tag. I used cherry cobbler CS and the Jolly Holiday DSP. Loving the new decorative label punch. Talk about a easy tag to make! We made 10 of these tags and here they are all snug in the cute pillow box.

Another easy tag. Used the new 2 3/8" scallop circle punch for the outside (night of navy CS). The image is from the Tags til Christmas set and punched out using the 1 3/4" circle punch. We made 10 of these tags and don't they look cute in this little rectangle box?

The last tag is actually a 3X3 gift enclosure. I used the sentiment from the Word Play stamp set and the snowflake came from the Sparkly & Bright set. Added a rhinestone in the center of each snowflake. We made 10 of these also and wrapped them all up in this cute square box tied with a big red bow!

I stuck with the simple theme this year and I think everyone appreciated the fact that they created 50 tags for the holidays in record time! Thanks to everyone who came to the class and/or bought a kit. I hope you enjoyed this year's collection. I will be posting the bonus project, hopefully tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 18, 2010

50 Christmas Tag Class - Tag #3

Happy Aloha Monday Friends! All I can say is, "where did the weekend go??" That was a quick 2 days off from work. Well, it's back to work Monday and a full week at that!
Today, I am sharing with you the third tag from the 50 Christmas Tag Class. When I first saw this gingerbread man, I knew I just HAD to get this set! It's in the Idea Book & Catalog and it's called Got Treats. I used one of the sentiments from the same set, this sentiment says "Got Merry?" The tags were cut using the two tag Sizzix die and marina mist cardstock - we made 10 of these tags. I just love the little scallops on this tag. Here's the tags all wrapped up in a cute acetate tube. Got these cute tubes from Islands Marketing.
I'll be posting another tag tomorrow, so I hope you have some time to come back and check it out. A note to the gals who ordered the kits...I apologize for not mailing them all out yet. I'm working on getting everything from the kit into a box that I bought to mail them...may have to get a larger box! It will be soon though, promise.
Thanks for dropping by today!

Friday, October 15, 2010

2010 Holiday Tags - Tag #2

I was so excited to use my Santa stamp from the Sparkly & Bright stamp set. I purchased it after last Christmas and I'm so glad that it's still in the catalog! Isn't this Santa cute? The sentiment Do Not Open Til Christmas is from the Tags Til Christmas set which you can find in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The tag that I used is from the Two Tag Sizzix Die. A side note to the people who ordered kits, I scored 3 3/8" from the straight edge and folded the top down before adding the jumbo eyelet. I saw this idea to score the top down somewhere in blogland and thought it was a neat idea. Here are the tags all wrapped up in a short pillow box. I bought these pillow boxes from Islands Marketing. Cardstock I used is Cherry Cobbler, my new favorite red. The twine that I used matches perfect on my tags this year, bought my twine from J's.
Happy Friday to you all. No furlough this week! I'm so glad that the weekend is here. Another exhausting week for me, but no rest for the weekend. I'm working on tags and gift card holders for the annual HGEA craft fair which will be held on November 17 at the HGEA building on Mililani Street.
Also, a message to the gals who ordered kits, sorry that it's taking me a little longer than expected to put your kits in a box to mail. I'm trying to make everything fit in the boxes that I bought for mailing.
Wishing you all a crafty weekend! Thanks for your visit today!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tamiko's Thursday Teasers - Sketch using an altered CC Designs image

This week, we were assigned a cute and fun sketch. Love the circles! We were also given the opportunity (with permission) to alter two CC Design images to create a new one. Altering to the extent of swapping a head of one image on to a body of another image. That was pretty neat. I have to confess that I had help selecting my images to create this cutie.
This was a first for me using CC Designs. Don't forget that the 10% sale over at Tamiko's is good for the whole month of October. Use the code PINK10 to get your discount at checkout.
Thanks for taking a peek today! I'm hoping for some free time this weekend so I can do some blurfing...my apologies to the ladies that I try to regularly visit. It's been extra busy for me, and I think it's from my prepping for my tag class. I'm certain I'll catch up soon.
Please come back tomorrow to see another tag from my 50 Tag Class.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

50 Tag Class for 2010 - Here's the first tag!

FYI, just wanted to remind you that the last day to order from the clearance sale is Monday, October 18. I'm so glad that I was able to go online to get my order in for some big savings! Thanks to those who placed your order through my SU website!
What a fun time we had this weekend at my 2010 annual 50 Christmas tag class! Thank you all for coming this year! Wasn't simple good? I'm all for getting the projects done! Today, I am sharing the first of 6 tags that we made at the class. These cute tags were so simple and fun to make. My favorite holiday stamp set, Tags til Christmas, was used for most of the tags this year. I'm loving the new decorative label punch too! You can see the stamp set and punch in the holiday mini catalog. We used the Jolly Holiday DSP (you can check it out in the IBC) the pear pizazz cardstock and the glitter brads. Here's what the finished product looked like. For this style tag, we made 5 of them so that they would fit in this cute acetate tube. I love these tubes! If you live here on Oahu, you can get your hands on some of these fun containers at Islands Marketing on Kaumualii Street. You can get directions online at http://www.islandsmarketing.com/ . If you make it to the store, tell Peggy that I sent ya! She will be happy to assist you with all of your packaging needs!
Thanks for your patience in waiting for my posting of the tags. I will be posting the next tag on Friday because tomorrow is Tamiko's Thursday Teasers! This week, we are altering 2 CC Design images and following a fun sketch! See you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

We had a fun first class for this year's 50 Christmas tags! Surprisingly, everyone finished in record time! For those who attended, I hope you enjoyed this year's tags. I will be sharing the tags and fun bonus projects with you this coming week.
Because I've been so into getting the class kits done, I totally forgot to share with you this awesome sale that Stampin' Up! is having. You can get some awesome products through their clearance rack! You can save up to 80% on selected merchandise but the sale is only until October 18th! Some products are already sold out, but I just ordered today and still got tons of great products for a fraction of the cost. To get the lowest prices on items and cheapest shipping rates, you will need to order through my SU website http://alohagirl.stampinup.net Just an FYI about ordering through my SU site, please log into my SU website by typing the URL in manually. There was a recent report that if you are planning on ordering (using your credit card) that you not click on my link through blogger to get to my site as blogger might not be secured therefore credit card information could get to the wrong hands. I'm not trying to scare anyone, but this is just a precaution.
Also, time is also running out to join Stampin' Up! and get your free tote bag and stamp set. If you are interested, you can go to my SU website and sign up there! Email me for the special login password.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Cute Christmas Tag

Happy Aloha Friday! It's finally here! It's a furlough day for me, which I totally welcome since I need all of the time I can get. I'm putting the finishing touches for my kits for this weekend's class. I'm soooo tired right now, I could just go to sleep - I'm doing my post the night before because by the time tomorrow gets here, I won't be able to do any posting because it will be crunch time!
Anyway, on to my tag. This was the first tag that I created with my 50 tag class in mind and although I just love this tag, it is kind of big and I couldn't find a cute container to hold these tags. I know that I could've easily created a card box for these, but I didn't want to do it for this class.
Each year at my tag class, I learn what to do and what not to do and when you are creating in bulk, you don't want all too many details, and you want it to be kind of easy to make, if you know what I mean. So here is my tag: The images that I used for this tag is from a set called Cute Christmas. I used a red button to embellish (you can find these cool buttons as well as this Cute Christmas stamp set in the holiday mini catalog). The DSP is from Jolly Holiday (which you can find in the IBC).
I hope you all have alot of fun this weekend in whatever you choose to do! I won't be posting again until the new week. My 50 Christmas tag class is this weekend and I'm almost ready to go! If you signed up for my classes this weekend, I can't wait to see you! I also can't wait to unveil this year's tags to you so be sure to come back next week to check it out. Thanks for looking today!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tamiko's Thursday Teasers - The Power of Pink!

Do you believe in the power of pink?? I do! Pink is my favorite color and pink is also the color of the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, did you know that? This week, we asked all of Tamiko's Creative Team members to create using the color pink and the pink ribbon, of course. I wanted to use different shades of pink for my card and also wanted to color Rosalie's hair pink too. What do you think? I used my Sizzix scallop circle die and added teeny tiny pearls to each scallop. The sentiment "Believe" is from a retired SU stamp set. Here's the inside of the card. I love this sentiment and the ribbon too.
I hope you support Breast Cancer Awareness this month. Speaking of support, Tamiko's is offering 10% off of your entire order for the month of October in support of Pink month. Please stop by Tamiko's blog to see all of the fabulous pink cards the team made today. Thanks for stopping by today and for making me smile with all of your sweet comments.
Tomorrow, I'll be sharing with you one of my tags that didn't make it to the final round for the class...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Batty for You!

Thanks all for your visit yesterday and for the comments about my spoiled princess kitty. Isn't she silly? We take tons of photos of her, I could actually do a blog just for her, but I won't...I can barely keep up with my craft blog! haha!
I wanted to share with you today a bunch of these cute Halloween milk cartons that I made a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post. These cartons are so easy to make with the exclusive SU Sizzix milk carton die! Sorry that I had to use last year's DSP. I did get my new DSP in but had no time yet to make anything as I am getting ready for this weekend's 50 tag class. I do love last year's DSP though, so it was fun playing with it again. I used this fun stamp set called Batty for You. I just love Halloween! I used the mini library clips to close the milk cartons and used the mini jewelry tag to stamp "boo!" on it, then I tied it on to the carton with some bakery twine. Love the size of this carton, just right for a small treat!
No posting tomorrow, but please stop back in on Thursday for Tamiko's Thursday Teasers. We are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness! Mahalo for your visit today!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Another Halloween Bag and a tissue experience for Mochiko

It's Monday! Back to work today, but looking forward to a 4-day work week! Sharing another Halloween bag that I made using the fancy favor XL Sizzix die and my Dark & Dreary stamp set. I wasn't going to order this stamp set but I started seeing alot of samples in blogland using this set, so I had to get it! I used the tasteful trim for the bag handle (fold in half and glue together) and affixed it to the bag using the glitter brads and also for the border for the bottom of the bag. I used a ton of rhinestones on the bottom border but it's a little hard to see because of the color of the border. This DSP is last year's one, but I just received my SU order and I did order the new Wicked Cool DSP! I'll be making more Halloween goodies real soon as my Dad just reminded me that we need to make for the Kaiser Pharmacy girls and his eye doctor's office. Did he just place his order with me?? hee hee! More than happy to do it for him as it brings him joy to share. I guess that's where I get that from!
I bet you were all waiting to see what I was going to post about my kitty, Mochiko. One night when we came home, we found her in Nolan's bedroom rolling on the ground in a pile of tissue. The box was close by, so I assumed that she pulled them out of the box by herself and she was proud. I wish I had taken some video of her rolling around and tossing the tissue in the air! This was her reaction as I took these photos with my cell phone...is that a "busted" look or what??
Did you know that playing with tissue makes you exhausted?? She fell asleep on the soft tissue.
Another view of the princess
I hope that your week goes well! Hopefully, I will have some time to do more posting. I'm finishing up and prepping for my tag class this weekend!!
Thanks for stopping by today, you made my day!