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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The catalogs are here!!

The catalogs are here and just in time! I was actually worried that they might arrive late, but they are in the house! My house! I will be contacting you for pick up/delivery if your name is on the reservation list. I ordered plenty of catalogs this year so I shouldn't run out, at least right away! Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing your copy of this year's awesome catalog. I'm still oohing and aahing over every page!Today, I am sharing one of the new stamps called Homemade #116978 which is a single stamp for only $8.95. I'm liking that you can purchase some stamps individually. The selection is a little larger this year and I have alot on my wishlist! I cut this box using our XL Fancy Favor die and it is perfect to hold a little something to share with a friend. I used my favorite CS Pink Pirouette. The CS packs now come in solid and textured all in the same pack. I'm trying to get used to that idea...I used the textured cs for this favor.
Thanks for stopping in today...if you can't wait to see the new catalog...please comment here (make sure I have a link back to you) or send me an email. I will be mailing out catalogs as early as tomorrow if you are on my list!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Playing with new products!

This time of year is always exciting for me. The new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog is about to begin and every year I say the same thing - "this is SU's best catalog ever!" This year is no exception, the catty is fabulous! I'm hoping that the cases of catalogs arrive today so those of you who reserved one can get your hands on it as the day we can start ordering is on Thursday, July 1st!! If you did not yet reserve a catalog, please leave me a comment here (if I already have your contact information) or send me an email so I can make sure you receive a catalog. Today, I am sharing with you a card that I created using one of the new DSPs called Greenhouse Gala. I also used one of the new cardstock colors called Early Expresso. I love the deep brown color together with the celery. The scallop circle I used on this card is a new one too! The size is 2 3/8" and it goes perfect with the 1 3/4" circle punch. I used another new color for the scallop circle - Daffodil Delight. The cute lil' lion is from one of my favorite animal sets called Fox and Friends. It's debut was in the occasions mini catalog and I'm happy to announce that it made it to the new idea book & catalog! Here's the inside of the card...this new cute stamp is called Perfect Punches and although I didn't use my curly label punch after I stamped it, I thought it was perfect for a sentiment inside of my card. I used my scallop border punch to add the finishing touches.
Happy Monday! A new week is already here...I can't believe that June is close to the end and we are upon a new month!! By the end of the week, I should be able to do a sneak peek post for my July class! Come back tomorrow to see some precious raks from some sweet friends. Thanks for stopping in today!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A card for Eli

My co-worker had her baby last week and here is the card I made for the staff to all sign and attach to our gift. Of course I used my Create-a-Critter cricut cartridge and using the 3M adhesive craft paper made this card so speedy to make. Cut, peel and stick, that's it! It was so easy, that I made it before running for the bus!Good news to the people who ordered June kits for the baby cards...I actually mailed them out yesterday! Please email or call me if you have questions on assembling them.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. After some chores and grocery shopping today, I'm hoping on playing with some of my new SU stuff so that I can share projects with you during the week.
Thanks for looking today!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Want some sunshine?

Happy Aloha Friday!! It's another furlough day for me today. I'm actually glad that I have a day off because today is Dad's day. Lots of running around to do with Dad...a blood test that I forgot to get him to take before his appointment last week (sad face!), a haircut and a trip to the garden shop per his request. Yes, it will be a busy day for me, but I don't mind because I get to spend more time with Dad!
Today, as promised, I am sharing a mini scrapbook that I made using TGF full sheet set called Sunshine. I bought this set from TAMIKO'S and was asked to make a sample...I've been wanting to make a mini scrapbook and this set was perfect for the job. Here are the pages...I think I able to use up all of the stamps in this set.
Mini books are great to use up those larger scraps!

The stamp "cute" is a SU stamp and so are the arrows...

Thanks for looking today! I appreciate all of your sweet comments, they sure keep me going! If you love this stamp set as much as I do, stop by TAMIKO'S online store and check it out. The best part...all $25.00 or more orders gets free shipping!
Starting next week, I will be sharing some SU projects! Can't wait to use one of the new DSPs that I just received!! The excitement is building because the new idea book and catalog is here and we will get to order from it real soon!!!
Enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's Thursday!

Happy Thursday! Today's card was made for my GF Wanida's birthday earlier this month. This cute image by TGF is also named Thursday! I found another purple fan...good thing I was able to find a couple pieces of purple cardstock in my stash! Are you gettting tired of the shaker cards?? I'm slowly running out of beads LOL! I used my nesties to cut out the window.
Sorry for such a short post. Running late today, hopefully a longer post tomorrow. I'll be sharing a sweet summer mini scrapbook with you, so I hope you come back for a visit!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Cricut had a workout

You know how it goes...once you got the machine out, you might as well cut out a bunch! And with this create-a-critter cartridge, it was super easy to cut and assemble. No tiny pieces to fuss with! I just LOVE all of the cute critters on the cartridge, but you know me and my cats...this kitty is so cute! There are four layers to this kitty and by the time you adhere them all together, it feels like cardboard which was perfect to prop up on the front of this card. I got this cute DSP called Party Games by Pinecone Press from Cute Stuff. Love the color combo on this paper. Here's the close up...
and the inside of the card. I gave this card to my GF Jean...picked up some new CTMH stamps...the stamp obsession continues...
Happy Wednesday!! Tomorrow will be my Friday cuz it's another furlough week. Hope I have some time for myself to just craft. I'm always crafting on the fly, if you know what I mean...but, sometimes, that's when I do my best work. I'll be working on a mini tutorial for the round shaker I posted earlier this week...got a request for that one.
Thanks for your visit today. It means so much to me to have you stop by and take time from your busy schedules. Hoping I can find some time to do some visiting myself to your blog soon!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pink Hair is Cute

My GF Cheryl celebrated her birthday last week and here is the card I made for her. This cute image is one by TGF and is from the Roll Call set...awesome set! I got this full sheet stamp set from Tamikos...
Both Cheryl and I love the color pink and while I was coloring I though, why not, pink hair, kinda cute! and yes, another shaker! What is it with me and these shakers...I can't get enough. Guess I'll make shakers until I run out of beads - LOL!
Hope you are having a great Tuesday! Still more sharing to come. I am gonna get back into my SU stuff real soon...my brain is trying to finalize July's class projects! I know that the projects will be featuring some of the wonderful and new SU products waiting to debut in July!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Another baby boy shaker card

I made this baby card for my GF Wini, whose son needed a baby boy card and wanted it to have a giraffe on it. I had so much fun cutting out this cute giraffe using my cricut. I'm loving this cartridge because the critters are oh so cute! The cartridge is called Create-a-Critter and it's by Nancy Kubo. I knew I had to have this cartridge because I already love her digital images and kits!
As you can see, I'm still on a shaker kick so decided to use one of the leftover circle scallop cut outs from my class and make it into a shaker. Here's a closer look at the sweet giraffe...
Happy Monday! Thanks for stopping in today!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Birthday cards for Joyce and Wini

My GF Joyce celebrated her birthday the day after Nolan's. Here's the card I made for her. I decided to dust off my cricut and use my new cartridge called Create a Critter that I bought over a month ago. I love the critters on this cartridge, super cute! I decided to use this cute Panda. I also used 3M adhesive craft paper on all the parts to create the panda. It made putting this panda together super easy! Just peel and stick!! I'm gonna have to stock up on more colors so making more critters will be super easy. Looks like a walking trip to Fisher Hawaii during my lunch next week! Just in case you've never tried this self adhesive craft paper before, I gotta tell you that it is so easy to use. And cutting it in my cricut is not a problem either.
BTW, I typed up the sentiment on my computer using the font called won ton...and I used the sentiment "ai yah" on the front of the card because Joyce has vanity plates on her car that says "ai yah"...she got a kick out of it!
Other supplies used for the card - nesties frame (and I left in the cut out for a solid center), bling, oval punches (SU). And here's another birthday card I made. This one is for my partner in crime, Wini, who celebrated her bday in May. Do you love this huge flower?? Got it from Little C's. Nesties to cut out the shaker window and TGF image is from a cute set called Roll Call...got that from Tamikos! Colored the image using my copies, I thought the greens blended pretty good...that's Wini's favorite color!
Thanks for popping in today!! I have more to share so stop back in soon!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Baby Gift Bags

Happy weekend! Before I share my gift bags today, I wanted to share this sweet photo of Nolan and Grandpa on N's bday. The older my son gets, he hates to take photos, except with Grandpa. He knows how important it is to take these precious photos. He told me that he doesn't like me posting photos on my blog because one day when he was out with his dad, someone told him that she saw his photo on my blog, he kind of freaked out that someone recognized him. Okay, so if you see him at the mall or someplace, do not tell him I posted this photo! LOL!On to my project. Today, I'm sharing the 2 gift bags that we made using regular paper lunch bags that I cut off 6 1/4" from the open end. The two cardstock pieces are 5 1/2" X 6 1/2" and 5 1/2" X 8 1/2", score the larger piece at 6 1/2" to form the front flap. Adhere the cardstock to the front and back of the paper bag and voila! a giftbag! The scallop circle we are using is the cut out from the shaker card. The background was stamped with stamps from the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set.
Here's a side view of the bag
and a view of the bag from the top
another view from the top
Here's the boy version. The background was stamped with stamps from the Circle Circus set in Night of Navy and Creamy Caramel. I used Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon and a circle cut using not quite navy CS.
Busy weekend! Taking Dad for a check up and then house chores and finishing up those kits!!! I'm so sorry it's taking me so long to finish them...they will be in the mail next week!
Thanks for visiting me today. I'll be posting a fun birthday card I made using my cricut and the adhesive craft paper by 3M.

Friday, June 18, 2010

So Happy for You!

Ever have one of those days when everything is running behind? I started my Thursday that way so I didn't have time to finish my post! But the good news is that there is no work today because it's a furlough Friday for me! I'll see if I can schedule posts for a few days today.
Here's the second baby girl card we made at class. I used the flowers from the One of a Kind stamp set and the tiny flower is from a set called Enjoy Every Moment, one of my favorite little flowers! This card is the girl version of the boy sailboat card I posted the other day. This little elephant is just so cute, and I know I keep saying it over and over, but I love this stamp set! The inside is the same as the boy card too.
Thanks for peeking in today...TGIF!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Thanks to all of you who expressed good wishes for Dad and his miracle. I still worry for him because at 90 years old, anything could happen. Not to say that nothing would happen to you at any age. It's so comforting for me to know that I have so many friends out there who shared their love and concern. You guys mean the world to me.
Today, my baby turns 15 years old. It's hard for me to believe how fast time flies. I can still remember the day he was born and because girls run in our family (I have 2 sisters, and they have 2 girls each), I thought I was having a girl...we didn't know what to expect with a boy, LOL!
On to my card! I'm sharing another card that we made at the class. We used square punches and cut them in half for the sailboat and also the 1 3/4" circle punch and cut it it half. The "water" was created with a sponge. We used the top note die and the lots of dots embossing folder to add texture to the not quite navy cardstock. A taffeta bow added the finishing touch. The sentiment came from the Nursery Necessities stamp set. Here's the inside...the foot came from a retired set, but I love this foot!
The kits are all done (thanks to some help from Joy!) except for me putting on the foam tape on the shaker card. I couldn't think of a better way to mail the foam tape strips with the kit except to put it on the card for you, so as soon as they are affixed, I will mail the kits. The photos should help you assemble the cards as they are all stamped and pieces are ready to go.
Thanks again for stopping by today!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Challenge at Tamiko's

Hello! Double posting today to make up for my lack of posts LOL! Please scroll down to see my first post where I featured a sweet shaker card that we made this past weekend and to read some good news too!
Summer is here! We are having some beautiful weather, hot 'n sunny, perfect beach weather and just what you would expect if you are here in Hawaii! I made this card for the challenge that is happening over on Tamiko's blog.
Here's the deets:
* Create a SHAKER CARD
* Use a fun summer theme
* Any color you want
* Any image you want
* Enter only once per person
* Deadline to enter: Sunday, June 21, 2010, 8:00pm HST
* Use Mr. Linky to enter your card! (on Tamiko's blog)
* Winner will be chosen by Tamiko's Creative Team
( Winner will receive the Honey Bikini Stamp by CC Designs!
Here is my card sample. This image is from TGF Roll Call set. I thought she looks like she's ready to go on a picnic...
The closer look...
The inside of the card...(sentiment also from the same stamp set).
Give the challenge a try! Thanks for staying for the second post for the day...be sure to scroll down to read my first post, it's my favorite shaker card!

June Class Project - Baby Shaker card and some good news!

Wow, I feel so lost that I didn't get to post for almost a week but sometimes, things just happens, if you know what I mean. Getting ready for the class is always a biggie (Thanks Joy for the ride home and for staying to help me!)
This past weekend was my June classes and the theme was Babies...I had alot of fun creating the cards for this class because it featured 2 shaker cards. I'm sharing this one today, because it's my favorite from the bunch. This stamp set is one of my fave baby sets and it's on the Last Chance list! Boo hoo!! If you love this set and don't have it yet, there's still time to order it! Here's the inside of the card...
I'll be sharing the rest of the cards this week. So here's the good news...today, my Dad went to a follow up appointment with the vascular surgeon because he had an ultrasound on his carotid artery (the one that they said was blocked which caused his stroke in April). The doctor said that they cannot find any blockage and can't really explain it and that he is a miracle, one out of 500! Can you believe that?? We are so stoked and blessed with this wonderful news. Dad started to go back into the garden. His goal is to plant lots of pretty flowers for mom, so sweet, yeah? A big Mahalo to my GF Jodi's hubby, Brian, for helping Grandpa in the garden this past weekend...he is so happy!!
Thanks everyone for sticking with me and for understanding the lack of posts this past week. See you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

So Happy!

I was meaning to post yesterday, but there was a surprise crisis in the morning. Nothing "bad" but let's just say, it threw my morning schedule off. My weekday mornings start at 3:00 AM (yes, you read right!) but I love the "me time"...house is so quiet and although I have alot to do before I leave for work (tidy up the house, make breakfast/lunches, take care of mochiko, etc...), it's a routine and I get it done. So I get up yesterday, ready for the routine and Nolan is up (or did he even go to sleep yet?) and tells me that his iTouch is frozen (end of the world!)...he spent 1 1/2 hours going online trying to see how to unfreeze it, etc. That meant that I couldn't not use the computer and post! Anyway, needless to say, he went to bed and I figured out how to unfreeze the iTouch and got it to work, then it was time to catch the bus (sad face)...
Anyway, I wanted to share this FABULOUS shelf I got from my BBF Kyoko Her talented hubby, Frank handcrafted this beautiful shelf...I LOVE IT!! I use it to store my copics and a few of my other crafting necessities. I thought I had alot of pens, but now I know that I NEED more to fill up my shelves LOL!! The good news is that you can own one of these beautiful shelves for your craft space because they are available for purchase!! Interested? Send me an email and I will hook you up with Kyoko. This shelf is not too big, but just right for us crafters. Thank you Frank for the beautiful craftsmanship on this shelf!
I also wanted to share with you a gift that I received from my friend Colleen. Last year for my bday, Colleen sent me a e-gift card from Build-a-Bear Workshop to get a sunkissed Hello Kitty. I never had the time to go down to Ala Moana to redeem it and before I knew it, the store closed!! I met a lady that used to work at the store and she told me that they were planning on opening at a different location - never happened. Colleen offered to redeem it in California and mail it to me. I love it! Thanks Colleen!
Thanks for stopping by today. I'm glad the today, I'm back to my normal routine and the house is quiet...time to rush for the bus! Have a fun day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pun Fun Card

While blurfing, I saw some cute cards made with this set called Pun Fun. It's such a cute set. I remember when it first came out, I had to have it. I've actually used it for several classes. Over the weekend, I had a small burst of creativity happen and in addition to the samples for the class, I came up with this card.Short post today, but before I go, I have to share a funny story with you... Since today is green trash day, I weeded the front yard when I came home from work yesterday. I know for sure that I am not in shape and my old body is feeling the pain. It feels like I had a good work out...must be from the squatting, pulling the weeds, standing, walking to the trash bin, repeat, repeat...LOL! Must be the old age catching up with me...
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, June 7, 2010

The samples are done!

Happy Monday! A new work week with so much to do! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. It was super hot where I live, the fans kind of blew around the hot air. My craft room does not have a window so the fan was all I had...anyway, I was so proud of myself for finishing up the samples for this coming weekend's classes...we are focusing on baby cards and I love how they turned out! Here's a sort of sneak peek at the rest of the cards. The Nursery Necessities stamp set, which is one of my favorites, is finally retiring...and although I usually sell all of my retired sets, I will be keeping this one around for a little bit longer.
If you would like to sign up to attend this month's class, please send me an email. I still have some kits left!
Enjoy your week! Have more to share, but looking for some spare time to post! Yikes!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun Birthday Cards

Happy Aloha Friday! I'm not used to working on Fridays - LOL! After this Friday, I'll have three Fridays in a row off! Whoo hoo! Today, I'm sharing with you a couple of fun birthday cards that I played around with. This first card is a pocket card that I cut out using my new Big Shot Pro...I took advantage of the awesome sale that J's had a couple weeks back selling this as a bundle with the pro and a big shot for one great price. Anyhoo, this die caught my eye as something that I would really make use of. The main cut out is a pocket and the then there's the card. Here's what the cuts look like:

The size of the card is the regular A2 size (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) and I did a whole bunch of layers to make it look nice! The sentiments inside the card are both by SU and are my favorite sentiments for birthday cards! On the pocket, the image is one by Whipper Snapper and the sentiment is by Hero Arts (I think).

Here's what it looks like when you slip the card into the pocket...I'll be making more of these fun cards so I'll be showing them to you when I'm done. Just wanted to share another shaker card that I made for a friend who "ordered" a card for his friend. They are both surfer dudes so this image was appropriate. I'm so happy that I'm making good use of this surfer image (by SU). The sentiment was computer generated. I cut the window using my new nestie die.

Thanks for looking today. I'm so glad it's the weekend. Now, I'll finally be able to visit some of your blogs that I've been wanting to do. It's so difficult and frustrating for me when I want to do something to relax and unwind, but can't because there's so many things that I really have to do before I can get to the relax and unwind part...and when I run out of time and don't get to even relax just for a bit, I want to cry! Okay, enough ranting...thanks for letting me get that off my chest! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June Class Card Sneak Peek

I finally had some time to work on a sample for my upcoming class. The classes will be held on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday June 13. I will be making 25 kits and space will be reserved on a first come, first served basis via emailing me. The class fee is $20 and will include all materials needed to complete the projects. "Kits to go" can be ordered as well and I will do all of the stamping, cutting, etc. for you. The fee for kits to go is $30 (also includes the postage). Fee for SU demonstrators is $10. You can bring your payment to class.
This class will be focused on baby cards. We will be making 2 baby girl cards and 2 baby boy cards and 1 pink, 1 blue gift bag. Not sure if I'll have time to do something else...thinking about that bonus project so I'll surprise you!
Here is the sample of the baby boy shaker card. We will be using my favorite baby set called Nursery Necessities and I was sad to find out that this set is on the Last Chance list!! If you love this set as much as I do, and you do not own it yet, don't wait to order it because once it's gone, it's gone!
I used the circle scallop sizzix die to cut the window for the shaker. Other supplies used: bashful blue taffeta ribbon. The card we will be making will use the bashful blue satin ribbon. Also, we will be using blue beads from the bead duo set. I improvised for this sample and used the chunky glitter. I didn't care for it too much because the glitter sticks to the acetate window. See the glitter? Not too happy with the glitter (sad face)...
Here's the inside.
Just wanted to mention that if the idea of you joining my SU group and becoming a demonstrator sounds like something you might want to do, Stampin' Up! is offering a mini kit for only $99! What a deal! Once you join, you'll be able to order some of the new products immediately that SU has allowed demonstrators to pre-order like all of the new cardstock (including the in colors!). Also some new stamp sets and a new punch and embossing folder and more! Interested in joining?? Email me for details!!
Just thought I would share this cute photo of Mochiko that I snapped the other morning. She looked so sweet sleeping on the couch, I couldn't resist taking yet another photo...we have tons of photos of her!
Finally, had to share with you some beautiful tomatoes that Dad planted in his garden. He amazes me, at 90, still gardening. A little slower, but he's still got it in him!
Sorry for such a long post today...thanks for bearing with me! Almost the end of the week...hope you are having a good week...thanks for stopping in today!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just had to share

I know I keep saying this over and over because it's true...I love my SU products but as a long time crafter, you just gotta play with some other fun stuff. Some call it contraband because these are items that SU does not carry, but I call it having some fun. So today, I'm sharing with you a cute and fun card that I made using a new release from TGF called Cheeky Mate. I got this cutie image from Tamiko's online store. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more. There are 3 new Cheeky images in the store right now! For my card, I used my scallop circle nestie using summer sun CS. The base of the card is brilliant blue, which by the way is retiring, so if this is one of your favorite colors, better order it now! I added some real red CS to bring out the bow on my cheeky and used my MS heart border punch. Final touch is my soft suede dotted GG ribbon and some bling.
Thanks for letting me share with you today! I am working on the projects for my June classes happening on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday June 13. This month, we will be making baby cards, pink and blue, shaker cards, gift bags...so much cuteness! I will post the photos when the samples are done!!