Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tilda With Gift

Happy Thursday, Everyone! To all of you out there who are having snowfall, I can only imagine how beautiful it is at this time of year...pristine white, the tree branches hanging with the weigwht of are very fortunate to experience the wonders of the seasons. Sure, we have sunshine almost year 'round, but I really think winter is one of the most beautiful seasons, so please enjoy it for me! LOL! I have to "pay" to go somewhere to see and play in snow!
I was fortunate to be able to have a "stamping day" with a friend I haven't seen for a while and it was so much fun to get together for "coffee and crafting." Ann makes beautiful cards but she doesn't have a blog yet and we're encouraging her to start one. Anyways, I saw a card she was working on so I CASED it! What better and fun way to create a card with all the ideas laying right before you right?!!! So here it is:

My card base is 5.5" square and I "snatched" it from Ann. It's by Bazzill Basics, smooth and no texture in a rich red. I don't know the name of the red polka dot paper as I also got this from Ann. The other DPS are from Magnolia, "So Jolly" Wrapped, and "Under the Mistletoe" Lingonberry.
Tilda was colored with Copics: Coat and Cap, R46 and R39; Coat trim, "pom pom," and shoes in E31 and E33, Present and Socks, E30 and YG97. Okay, I admit, I was lazy and basically used only two colors for each I could get this done. But, most of all, we had fun eating and chatting and sharing ideas. Thanks Ann!
And, just a note for my GF Linda, yes, this card is just one layer! LOL! How did you guess I was going to wind down from stamping an image 4 times down to just one?!!! Running out of time. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season. Enjoy yourself wherever you are or live. In Hawaii, we only have "liquid snow" which is what we call our rainy season. Catch a snowflake and think of me! Hugs to all of you!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Angel Tilda

Happy Wednesday, Everyone! It's mid-week already so not much longer for the weekend to come...and Christmas! Today's card is getting simpler in layout and counting down I guess LOL!
My card base is the usual 5.5" square and I used Bazzill CS, then a layer of gold metallic CS, and another layer of the Bazzill CS. On top of that I used the beautiful DP from Magnolia called Christmas Angel, same name as the stamp.
I stamped Tilda only twice this time, once for the base, and then on a piece of purple faux suede and cut out her dress. I also cut out the little star Tilda is holding, colored it with Copics and added som gold Stickles. After trimming the image, I rounded the corners and matted it on the same gold metallic CS.
The music sheet you see is from Magnolia's "Silent Night" DP that I die-cut with my OLD Sizzix "Ancient Document" die, then matted that on the gold metallic CS.
I added a piece of Venetian lace but you can hardly see it. I knew it would be covered up, but I wanted a touch of "elegance" and CS strips would not do for this particular Christmas Angel. Both images were adhered with foam tape to give it some dimension. I punched some of those branches (?) with my MS punch from the gold metallic CS. The flowers are from Kaiser. Lastly, I added four half-back pearls from Basic Grey. That's it! Less stamping and less cutting...but of course the Magnolia DPs speak for themselves and I love every one in the Christmas collection.
Thank you for stopping by today, and I want you to know that all the lovely comments you ladies leave me are very much appreciated! We are all pressed for time, but you make time to drop me a note and every one is read and appreciated. Have a wonderful day, keep warm (and dry), and happy crafting!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tilda As Santa's Helper!

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! Glad to see you all made it through Monday. My card today is very simple and much less labor intensive as my previous card. Guess I'd better start going CAS (clean and simple) or smaller in size as we're getting closer to Christmas hehehe!

My card base is 5.5" square and all CS is Bazzill. The DP here is from Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses. I tell you, I love every design they came out with in this series. I decided to make a "pastel" card today after Sunday's glaring one.
This time, I stamped Tilda only three times, once for the base, then on a CTMH gingham check DP and cut out each "layer" of her dress separately so her "lace" would still be white, and the third on some pink faux suede for her dress band and Santa's cap, to which I also applied liquid applique and sprinkled some glitter on, then waited a while and heat embossed it. I then added a tiny snowflake on the tip of her cap.
Sometimes I think I do this so I don't have to think about which Copic colors to use that will match my papers! LOL! Cutting for me is more fun than coloring most of the times! LOL!
I had some leftover pink leaves from a favor box I made a while ago, topped it with some punched out MS branches that I added Stickles to, added a double-loop ribbon made with my "Bow Easy" and finally added a pink paper rose on top. Lastly, I punched out two snowflakes with my MS snowflake punch from some Doodlebug glitter paper, and also added little white snowflakes from "Dress It Up" buttons. I popped Tilda on foam tape. That's it!
Oh oh...the house directly behind Tilda's cap makes it look as though she has something weird on her cap! I should have moved her over a little bit more! Oh well, it's too late now.
Thank you for stopping by today, and tomorrow is hump day so we're getting close to the weekend! Keep warm and remember, people in Hawaii envy those of you who get to play in the snow (well, most of us!) while we play in sunshine! I mean, we miss the change in seasons! Happy crafting.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tilda Wrapped Up

Happy Sunday, Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to start a new week...and we get closer Christmas! I had some time to make a few cards over the weekend and this is the first I'd like to share with you:

This is Wrapped Tilda from Magnolia. My card base is the usual 5.5" square, and I used Bazzill for all CS. The DP is from Magnolia, "Under the Mistletoe" and it has such a beautiful feel and light texture to it!
I stamped Tilda four times: the first was for the base and I colored her skin and hair; the second one was to color and cut out her face and hair, the third time I stamped her on the DP so I could paper-piece her dress, and lastly, I stamped her on that faux suede paper and cut out her bow and socks/shoes. I love that soft suede shoes on her!
I decided to pull out that crocheted doily (again) and laced up with red satin ribbon and tied a bow at the top. I then added some MS branch punches and added Star Dust Stickles to the branches but it doesn't show up well in the pic. I then added some layered Kaiser flowers and topped it off with a paper rose from my stash. I cut a strip of CS and puched the borders with a MS border punch...don't know the name since I threw away the package and there's just too many to remember anyway! LOL! For the corners, I used my Cuttlebug corner die, and again, added som Kaiser flowers and a rose in the bottom left corner. That's it!
Thank you ever so much for stopping by today and as Christmas gets closer, we'll all be scrambling to finish cards and gifts and shop, etc. so many of us will not have too much time to blog or blog hop. And when this is all over, we have to start thinking of Valentine's Day! OMG! Time sure flies by...too fast! I wish you all a blessed week, stay safe, keep warm, and enjoy every moment!

Friday, December 4, 2009

I Won Blog Candy!

Happy Aloha (Furlough) Friday, going on Saturday, Everyone!
I just had to share this awesome blog candy I won from Maria of Marias Studio. Actually, I won some blog candy back in March/April but the package got lost in transit. Then, last week, this package arrives and it is full of all kinds of goodies. It was from Maria! I was totally shocked because actually, I had won two Cuttlebug embossing folders but she sent me a motherload of other goodies and a very cute card! Maria, thank you so very much for all these goodies! It's like Christmas came early! Please check out Maria's blog and also, she makes very pretty charms from jewelry pieces and has her first tutorial on Humble Pie Stamps. Go check it out and soon you'll be making your own cute little angel charms! Maria's tutorial is excellent and easy to follow. Now here's the cute card Maria made for me:

Thank you for stopping by today, and I wish you all a fun-filled weekend. Have fun, stay safe, and I'll be visiting you soon.
Happy crafting, Everyone!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

RAKs to Give and a Christmas RAK Received

Happy Hump Day, Everyone! Boy did I almost make a big boo-boo on the title for today! I had to spell out Christmas and not use it as part of an acronym because it would almost be x-rated! Okay, dry joke! I made a few RAKs since I was on a roll with the mini easel calendar/box:

I used the same Dinner Tilda and paper pieced their dresses, but used different DPs.
Below are two more I was able to finish

I have saved the best for last! While working at the craft fair over the weekend, my sweet GF Linda popped in after she finished work on Friday and gave me this most adorable Christmas tree! It's all decorated with a "golf" theme and it is loaded with golf balls, golf clubs, golf bag, etc. I'm so ecstatic about this and this is our only Christmas tree we will put up this year! Even hubby was so impressed with this as we've never seen a tree decorated with a golf theme! Linda, thank you so very much for thinking of me in this very special way!!! Your heart is so big and filled with love, and you are what I know as a PURE FRIEND! You are spoiling me rotten girl! (But I love it... sigh!). So here it is in all it's glory:

I haven't started decorating the house yet but will this weekend. This cutie will go on a dressed up stand in front of the fireplace, among the Poinsettia pots we are getting.
I can't believe we're in to December already and soon the New Year will be staring at us in the face. Thank you for stopping by today, and I wish you all a wonderful day, every day of the week!
Oh yeah! I did not renew my subscription to Feedblitz in case you are wondering why you aren't receiving any email updates. I'm not good with the computer/programs so I need to find a way to have you subscribe again in another way. Until then, I apologize for the inconvenience, but please stop by from time to time when you can. I really appreciate that.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Gift Set with Two Tildas

Happy Aloha Friday and happy Black Friday, Everyone! Guess everyone will be heading out to shop for bargains or wait in long lines to snag some great stuff. This really makes me realize that Christmas will be here soon! I put together a gift set for a friend I won't be seeing until the start of the New Year and I hope she likes it.
I made another mini easel box card with a calendar and a matching little gift box. I found the pattern for the gift box on Cornish Heritage Farms by Tracy Harp.
For the easel card/calendar, I used Magnolia's Spring Tilda, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. I punched it out with SU! curly label punch
For the gift box, I used Magnolia's Tilda as Butterfly and computer generated the "I Love you This Much," punched it out with SU! word window punch.
Because there was so much going on with this box, I decided to make a little tag and put it on top of the box lid. It's from a Sizzix Happy Tags #2 die, the rectangle scallop die. I used my SU slit punch and punched the top of the tag as far in as the slit punch would go and it created an upside down half moon so I could fold the tag in half and insert it in the slit. I then adhered it with a little bow to the lid.
I used SU! Lavender Lace for the CS and base of both items, and the DP is from Laura Ashley's Sycamore Purple Collection. Both images are adhered with foam tape to give it some dimension. Oh yeah, the filligree and brad on the drawer is also from SU!
Thank you very much for stopping by today and spending some time with me. Most of you are out braving the crowd but I'll be heading out the door later this afternoon to work at one of Hawaii's largest and oldest (23rd year) Christmas Craft and Gift Show that starts at 5:00 PM. It ends at 10:00 PM and runs through the weekend. Maybe I can do some Christmas shopping there. To all you wonderful people out there, have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, and I hope you visit again.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Surprise! Well, happy Tuesday, Everyone! I did get a chance to make another card over the weekend after spending some "girls' day out" with my BFF Denise and her daughter Jamee!

I just love, love, love this new Tilda Vintage Rose image from the new ummm, I think Christmas Collection...can someone out there help me properly identify this image and set name?
Anyways, my card base is the usual 5.5" square that I love because you do much more on this size card. I used a double-sided CS from Worldwin but I cut off the label so that's all the info I have. (sorry) I then laid a slightly smaller piece of DP from Magnolia called "White Christmas - Vintage Christmas Rose." The DPs from Magnolia have such a nice weight and a slight texture and they are all gorgeous!!!
I colored Tilda with Copics (R81, 83, 85, and 89, G95, 97) and added some Golden Rod Stickles to her head band, and some Silver Stickles to the area just above her head band but you can't tell in the photo. I cut her out using my Nesties Label One die, the two largest sizes. I then punched out some ferns with the MS punch, and added some paper roses. The ribbon is from my stash, and lastly I die-cut the corner pieces with my Cuttlebug corner dies.

This is the inside of the card. No matter how times I tried to get a better pic, it just wasn't happening! I realized it's because of the "bulky roses" on the front of my card that kept it tilted at an angle, so I'm sorry for this horrible pic! Yep, I'm just a cardmaking amateur that can't take pics! LOL!
The sentiment is from SU! All Holidays. I tried to keep the layout going on the inside. Again, I used my Nesties Label One die. So, that's it for this card. It came together rather quickly, maybe because everything coordinated...DPs and Tilda stamp.
Thank you very much for stopping by today, and I may have another project to post tomorrow.
Hope your week has started off well, and soon it will be gobble, gobble time so I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We must all remember to count our blessings as we sometimes forget it is all around us so this is a good time to reflect on the immaterial things we have, like family, friends, good health, and seeing another day. Love to all of you! Stay safe, and don't forget about Black Friday!!! (Just kidding!).

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lovely RAK from a Dear Friend

Happy Monday, Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful, fun-filled weekend.

I finally got to take a pic of a lovely RAK I received from my GF Linda. I was working at a craft fair and wasn't able to really enjoy my weekend (sigh!) and lo and behold, who comes up to our booth...yep! Linda in all her glorious self, smiling and waving a package at me. Can you imagine my delight when I opened the package and found this BEAUTIFUL pair of crystal butterfly earrings! Linda knows how much I love butterflies so she surprised me with this and it really cheered me up, first of all to see her, and with her special RAK. Linda, thank you so much for making the day go by so much faster! I will always think of you when I wear them. People around us must've been wondering what all the excitement was all about because if you know Linda, you know she's an expressive person and her personality just exudes laughter, humor, and a great time! You must check out her blog, Simple and Sassy Creations, if you haven't already done so, and you will see all the wonderful things she creates, and how much love and "aloha" the island gals have for her. She's truly a gem and I am so blessed to have her as a friend! AND, yep, we met through blogging so isn't it just wonderful meeting people in cyberspace and actually becoming real live friends?!!! I cherish all the friends I have made in cyberspace and know you all do, too!

Well, thanks for sharing this joyous moment with me, and I know it's commonplace for all of us who have made friends across the gl0be! Have a blessed week, ladies, and keep crafting!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tilda with Hood Christmas Card

Happy Saturday, Everyone! Aren't we all happy the weekend is here and that means FUN! I made another Christmas card, and this time it's all done in pastels since the last one was so bright! LOL!
The base of my card is a 5.5" square and I used Bazzill CS. I then layered it with Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP that I love so much...every design is so pretty!
This is a rather simple card without too many layerings as you can see. I use SU! Bashful Blue and die-cut the mat behind Tilda with Nesties Fleu de Lis die, then embossed it with my Cuttlebug snowflake EF. I then die-cut the large pink snowflake with my Cuttlebug "Ice Crystal" die, used my SU 2-way blue pen and sprinkled on some glitter. I stamped the circular greeting from Penny Black, punched it out and adhered it in the center.
The three little snowflakes were punched using my MS snowflake punch and I added a flattened jewelry cap, and little pink brad.
Tilda is colored with Copics: Dress: C1, C3, Boots: RV10, RV11. If you noticed, I colored her in gray tones to give a little contrast from the blues and thought it would stand out a little more vs. using blue all over.
I added a strip of nice vintage trim to the top, then added a pink organdy ribbon, tied it in a bow, and added a little piece of baby blue ribbon over the bow, but you can't really tell in the photo.
I applied some Sweet Pea Flower Soft to her "fur trim" and six little pink brads for her buttons because I misplaced (what? can't find it?) my container of mini buttons!
There's a craft fair down the street I need to check out, so I'll sign off here. Thank you all so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend doing what you love.
Also, I have a special note to Cathy Y. and Charlotte. I met both of these gals and found out they follow my blog altho they don't have a blog (yet!) so I want to specially thank them for coming forward and introducing themselves! It's such a wonderful feeling to make new friends all because of the wonderful world of blogging. I hope to run into you again.
Love and hugs to all of you out there in cyberspace! Stay safe, and if I don't post again, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Two Tildas for a Birthday Card

Happy Monday, Everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are ready to face the new week! A friend celebrated her Birthday last week and I missed it because I'm a poor planner. Anyhoooo, this is what I made for her:
The base is one of those CD folders and measures about 5" square all folded up. Isn't it nice to "find" things you haven't used in a while? Like out of sight, out of mind?!!! LOL! I covered the outside with SU! bashful blue CS and layered that with some DPs from my MAMBI paper pad. She likes the color blue first of all, then pink/brown. So I selected something with blue and ended up with this. I added some blue rhinestones to parts of the flourish design.
I used two Tildas to make this image. The main image is Tilda with Christmas Presents, and after coloring her with my Copics, I cut her out and removed the presents. I took the Tilda with Birthday Cake and colored only the cake and cut that out, and adhered it to Tilda's hand. That's the great thing about Magnolia stamps! You can interchange so many images and use all the accessory stamps for more than one occasion!

This is what the inside of the CD folder looks like. I colored Tilda with her floral headband (not sure of name anymore!) because somehow, after looking at the DP, it had a sorta "Hawaiian" floral look to it, and my friend used to dance the Hula, and now her two daughters do. So I picked this Tilda. I stuck a note on a card that is tucked in the pocket behind Tilda; you can see part of the flower and ribbon pull sticking out a bit. I will tuck a few small items in the side pocket that I hope she can use in her crafting, then send it on its way.

Thank you very much for stopping by again today. Even if you don't have a blog, you can feel free to leave me a comment so I know you took the time to visit me. Your comments are important to me, and I treasure reading all of them. I am open to constructive criticism as this will only help me improve my skills. I wish you all a wonderful week, and happy creating!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tilda In Winter Stockings

Happy Aloha Friday, Everyone! It's almost time for the weekend fun to begin, and we'll be almost half way through November. OMGosh time is flying by just too fast. I'm starting on my Christmas cards because I'm the world's worst procrastinator! Everyone else has started and I'm only starting now LOL!

My card base is a 5.5" square. I thought this DP by Debbie Mumm (Creative Imaginations) was so pretty and I didn't want to cover up too much so I've made a simple card. I won't go into boring details since it's quite self-explanatory, but I have listed the Copic markers I used. The trim Tilda is sitting on is actually a deep burgundy velvet but it looks almost brown in the picture. Poor photographer I tell you!


Cardstock: Bazzill for card base and mat

Stamp: Magnolia - #311 Tilda in Winter Stockings (can be purchased from Diana's store)

Sentiment from H&M Stamps "All I Want for Christmas" set

Copics: Face/body: E50, E00, R11; Hair: E34, 99, YR24; Dress: Y11, 21, YR23, YG95, 97, RV11, 69, R11

Others: Ribbon and flowers from stash, mini buttons, Cuttlebug corner die

Thank you very much for stopping by today. I really appreciate your taking the time to come here. I wish you all a wonderful weekend, stay safe, and happy crafting if that's on your agenda.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sitting Tilda Easel Card/Calendar/Box

Phew! What a long title for this post huh? Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you are all having a great week and have fun plans for the upcoming weekend! I'm sorry I've been MIA for a while. Lacking mojo LOL! I saw a cute easel card with a calendar on a box by but there weren't any instructions so I put myself to the task of creating one myself. I was planning to do this for a get-together I was invited to but I have to work that weekend so I stopped at one! Anyhooooo, this is my rendition:
Since I was testing my mathematical skills and had to do some paper engineering, I made some instructions to myself for different sizes. This first one, my prototype, is only 3" wide by 3.5" long. It's very easy to make as all you need first of all is to figure out the size you want your box to be, then make a "wrap" piece to hold your box, then make an easel card to fit the top! It's funny because every year (I swear!) I buy like 3-4 packages of mini calendars and I hardly make things with them. Well, when I decided to make this, most stores were already out and luckily the last store I checked had these medium size calendars LOL! So, of course, I bought 3 packs, just in case!
Thank you very much for stopping by today and I wish you all a fun-filled weekend doing what you love. Hug the ones you love. My hubby is away on a business trip and will return this Saturday so I'll be sure to give him a big hug! I'm having "separation anxiety" if there is such a thing LOL! Hugs to all, and bless you!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Blog Award from Kim

Happy Monday, going on Tuesday, Everyone! Well, I received a pleasant surprise from Kim today! She passed on an award to me and I am so touched and blessed to have met Kim in blogland! She is an amazing artist! She doesn't only make cards, but jewelry and other beautiful handcrafted items so go check out her blog here.

The instructions for this award is to pass it on to five bloggers, and answer a questionnaire with one-word answers (yikes!). Now you'll all know "the other side" of me LOL!
This is definitely not an easy task as there are so many of you out there that I would love to pass this on to, so I'll do it from the top of my head.
First the questions and my answers, then I'll name the 5 bloggers who may not have received this award yet.
1. Where is your cell phone? handbag
2. Your hair? brown
3. Your mother? home
4. Your father? Heaven
5. Your favorite food? Pasta
6. Your dream last night? blank
7. Your favorite drink? water
8. Your dream/goal? Travel
9. What room are you in? Craft
10. Your hobby? Cardmaking
11. Your fear? Roaches
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Europe
13. Where were you last night? working
14. Something you aren't? wealthy
15. Muffins? Cranberry
16. Wish list items? Stamps!
17. Where did you grow up? Honolulu
18. Last thing you did? Eat
19. What are you wearing? PJs
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pets? Bichon-Frise
22. Friends? Dynamic
23. Your life? Blissful
24. Your mood? Happy
25. Missing someone? Yes
26. Vehicle? Highlander
27. Something you're not wearing? makeup
28. Your favorite store? Michael's
29. Your favorite color? Lavender
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Ages
32. Your best friend? Sincere
33. One place that I want to go over and over? Japan
34. Facebook? yes
35. Favorite place to eat? CPK
Phew! Now, I would like to pass this on to: Linda, Kyoko, Denise, Janis, Joni

Friday, October 30, 2009


Happy Aloha Friday Everyone! Well, finally the "vog" is gone and our tradewinds are back. But best of all, tonight starts the "Craft and Gift Fair" at Neal Blaisdell Center. There will be so many craft booths and vendors with new items to help you shop for Christmas gifts! I will be working to help my hubby all weekend starting tonight. I think I'll try to sneak away every so often to see what the crafters have for sale. This should be fun!

I went to a gathering at Jamee's house... to celebrate the upcoming New Moon movie that will hit the theaters in Hawaii on November 20th. We were asked to dress in the traditional Twilight colors of red/black/white. Theme music from Twilight and New Moon were played in the background and it was soooooo soothing! We had a lot of fun and food, food, food. Talking and believe it or not, we did some Make n Takes!!!

Here are the RAKs I made for each gal:

This box was die-cut from my Sizzix "Bag with Scallop" die using a red CS from Bazzill. I cut a piece of white CS to fit the front of the box and embossed it with my Cuttlebug EF.
I used my MS fence border punch to make the black fence. I stamped Edward's (edited: Linda caught my boo-boo...somehow his name always comes out as Edwin, as in Magnolia???!) face and the "Cullens" with Memento tuxedo black onto PTI select white CS, then cut or punched out the image. (Sorry all you Jacob fans!
A new fashion jewelry store opened up right next to one of our LSS and I stopped in and she had these beautiful crystals and hair pins so I thought it would be perfect! All the girls have long hair and wear it up most of the time, and the crystal pendant can be hung up behind the car mirror. (Do cyrstals ward off "bad" things? LOL!)

The pins were placed in the red organdy bag and inserted into the box.

I found some clear glass votive holders and picked up some rub-ons to place around the top of the holder, added some very fine tinsel shreds, then placed a flameless tea light candle in the center...needed for the Twilight time of day!

Halloween is almost here so I decided to make a small basket to put some treats inside. (This pic is sans the ghost and pumpkin appliques.) I also did a Make n Take on this basket and it surprised the gals at how fast you can make one! I would say in 3 minutes the basket is formed!
This is a good project for using up all your scrap pieces. I believe I found the instructions for this almost two years ago from Leslie Miller (?). I made a basket and took it apart to get the measurements again and I had a post-it note where I got the idea from and can't find it now so i must've thrown it away accidentally. Darn!
We ended up making 30 more baskets for Janis to take to work for some kind of event they were holding in their department. Denise, Jamee, Joni and Linda also pitched in to help Janis. It was alot of fun at this themed party. Thank you, Jamee!
Well, I have to get ready to start heading out the door to set up for tonight's fair. I thank each of you for stopping by today to spend a few moments with me. I enjoy reading your comments, all of them, and even those comments that will help me grow and learn more. I'm always looking at things from "my point of view" and would love to see/hear yours. Have a fun-filled weekend, and happy crafting.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Tuesday to all you lovely ladies out there in blogland! Just a quick post today. I made another card using my new MS loopy punches and wanted to share it with you. Similar to my earlier card but different. LOL!

Here I used the Lazy Summer Tilda because I just love her so much! Of course, I love all my Tildas but there's something special about this one.
As most of you know, I like to make my cards on a base of 5.5" square CS as it gives me more space to work with. Colored her with Copics, cut her out, mounted on foam tape.

Here is the inside of the card.

I wrote a message on a sheet of correspondence paper and adhered it to the message spot on the inside of the card.

Thank you for spending time with me today, and I wish you all a very blessed week.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Halloween Tilda Witch & Vampire Edwin!

Happy Aloha Friday, Everyone! The week is finally winding down, it's a little cooler in Hawaii with some tradewinds, but more volcanic haze or "vog" is expected back later today. I spent today working on my first Halloween card. I recently received my Witch Tilda and Vampire Edwin and thought I'd better make a card before Halloween passes me by! So here it is:

My card is a 5.5" square and the base CS is from a stack of CS I bought a long, long time ago from Ben Franklin so I don't know what color it is but it matched the Debbie Mumm Harvest and Holiday stack I received from my dear friend Suzan. I distressed the edges of the card base as well as the "yellow moon" with Memento London Fog.

I used the MS web punches and punched it out from CTMH white-core black CS. I used a small trim from the DP, die-cut a circle with my 4" Sizzix circle die, punched the little trees with my very old EK Success punch, and the bat is also punched out from my very old McGill punch that had multiple shapes on the one punch (bat, ghost, pumpkin, candy). The black cat is die-cut from my very old Sizzix die and I used black velvet paper so it's a very deep black with a little "fuzz" on it!

Don't you just love this cute Witch Tilda? She's just so adorable, but then, all of the Tildas are adorable and I can't really say I have a favorite! I colored her with Copics and cut her out, mounted her on foam tape. The orange paper rose is also from Suzan (thanks so much, Suzan! You spoil me!) and I poked the flower stem thru a Prima flower and curled it around my paper piercer.

Here is the inside top of my card. I have used one of the Debbie Mumm DPs and it's so sparkly IRL and very pretty. I didn't want to cover it all up so I decided to use it on the inside of the card rather than the front, although Vampire Edwin covers part of it (sigh!).

I colored Edwin with Copics, cut him out, then mounted him on foam tape. I didn't think I needed to add anything more so I kept it to a bare minimum.
The bottom of the inside of the card is a Jack o' Lantern note card that Suzan also sent to me. I traced the card front on CTMH black CS and cut it out then adhered it to the back of the card front (makes sense?). The inside is white so it's perfect to write sentment.

Well, that's it for my card. Phew! At least I can say I made a Halloween card. Next year I will have to start way earlier. Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today. And, sorry for the dark photos. I took them at night which I shouldn't do but I wanted to say "I'm finished!" so I apologize, and I'm not good at taking pictures anyways! LOL! I wish you all a very wonderful weekend, stay safe, have fun, and hug your loved ones!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Maggie and Martha!

Well, happy Monday Everyone! I have a card to share with you today featuring Maggie (Dinner Tilda), and Martha Stewart. Here we to loop de loop, here we go loop . . . you know that song! OK, maybe not. Anyways, I tried to make a card with the MS punches I won from Kerry's blog candy and this is what I made:

I stamped Tilda with Memento Black Tuxedo on PTI select white CS, colored with Copics then cut her out. Tilda is mounted with foam tape for dimension. Flowers are from Kaiser Craft
The card base is 5.5" square and I used CTMH black CS.
The "loopy" mat is a 5" square and is made with both the Martha Stewart corner and border loopy punches.
The DP is from Bo-Bunny/Alissa So Cute

Stamps: Magnolia - Dinner Tilda and SU! Sweet Little Sentiments

This is what the inside of the card looks like. I tried to carry through the same theme.

I made a boo-boo on this card actually . . . I forgot to round the corners on the DP mat piece, but everything was adhered already and I couldn't take it apart! This is what happens when you are trying to make a card after midnight and you know you should go to bed but somehow your mind is telling you to work on something and an idea comes! LOL!

I made another card with basically the same concept and I will share that probably tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by today and spending a few moments with me. It's early yet, in Hawaii, so after dinner I will be doing some blurfing! Have a wonderful week and hug the ones you love.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Won a Fabulous Blog Candy!!!

Happy Sunday, Ladies! I've been meaning to post this for a while now and only recently had a chance to take pics of the WONDERFUL BLOG CANDY I won from the very talented Kerry Donovan-Casey of Three Clovers Designs. A few days after we returned from vacation, USPS delivered a box and I can't tell you how happy I was! How lucky can anyone get??? I won the two MS loopy punches... the corner and the border!!! This set of punches are so in demand and many people want to get their hands on them. While on vacation last month, we drove to I don't know how many Michael's between Washington and Oregon to look for them and they were all out and I was told the stores haven't received their reorders for months. So, you can imagine how LUCKY I am to have won these punches! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, KERRY! Every time I use them, I will count my blessings and thank Kerry! Not only did Kerry send me these punches, she made a beautiful card to go along with this set.
I think my mojo is slowly returning and I'm looking forward to using these punches. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you all a wonderful week that lies ahead. Happy crafting!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Card For September's OCS

I almost forgot to post this card I made for Teri's September OCS (one card swap). My partner was Enjoli and I posted the beautiful card she sent to me a few posts below. Enjoli is a very talented gal living on the Big Island of Hawaii, where there is still an active volcano and the island keeps increasing because of the lava flow! How exciting to live where you have snow on the the top of Mauna Kea and you can surf or swim down the hill!

Anyways, on to my card, it's very simple and I finished it just in time to mail it to her on the day we left for vacation!

This is the front of the card and I used a QuicKuts "Pop-up Door" die, and of course lovely Jam Tilda from the A Little Yummy for your Tummy collection from Magnolia stamps. She was colored with Copics, cut out and popped on the "door" frame. I added a bit of pink lace trim for the curtain.

This is the inside of the card. I again used the same QuicKutz die and cut it from Bazzill CS in pink. Enjoli's favorite colors are pink and green so I tried my best to use these colors for her.

Inside of the "door" is a short message. Both doors were tied closed with a pink ribbon.

That's it for this card!

Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me. I hope I've recovered from our vacation and hope to start creating again. I am working on several projects for a get-together I've been invited to at the end of this month but I want it to be a surprise for the gals so I'll post it next week just before the event.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, stay safe, have fun, go shopping for more craft supplies, come home, create more lovelies to share with us, and hug the ones you love!

Friday, October 9, 2009

A Sympathy Card

Happy Aloha Friday Everyone! Guess we all made it through the week and are now ready for the weekend! I recently made a sympathy card, something that is not always a pleasure to make. My dear GF Denise recently lost her beloved brother-in-law and I know it was a very sad time for her and her family. This is the card I made:
I decided to make a recessed window card because of the thickness of the floral branch I used.

The stamped floral stem is from SU! Stem Silhouettes, and the flowers from Prima.

This is the inside of the card. Both sentiments are from SU! God's Blessings.

The top sentiment reads: "May God's love heal your sorrow, and may His peace replace your heartache wih warm and loving memories.

The bottom sentiment reads: "A friend is someone who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love, and encourages you with hope.

To the Nibling family, I send you my deepest sympathy.

Well, have a great weekend and don't forget to hug the ones you love and tell them so! Be back next week! Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me today. It is always appreciated.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A BRAK from Suzan

There's a very special gal who lives in California that I refer to as my "Island Sister" and her name is Suzan. We have some special "family" history that goes back to Japan and she is more like a "younger sister" to me, though she acts more mature than me LOL! She's always there for me, and takes special care of me, and there are many things in our life that seem to parallel each other's. She is very talented and I love seeing her creations so that I learn from her as she is truly an inspiration to me. Most of you know Suzan through her wonderful work that she posts on the Magnolia-licious site, and if you haven't yet, you MUST check out her album titled "Suzan's Cards."

This is the front of the card she made for me. Isn't this pretty? Love the pink tulle she added and that owl is just too cute!

I just have to share the inside of her card as the owl theme is carried through and it is so cute!

Here are the goodies she sent me:

Thank you very much Suzan! Now I'm waiting for you to create something so that I can "copy" your artwork and use these wonderful goodies.
Thank you all for stopping by today, and with all these RAKs I have been getting, I feel like I'm advertising for all the manufacturers that keep our pockets empty! Every time I see someone use something on their creation I want to get it too! Greedy me! LOL! But I think it is human nature for crafters to "want" what they see others using. Maybe not all of you, but I know I'm like that! Well, I won't be shopping for a while (yeah, right!). Have a blessed week and have fun creating so I can copy your creations too!

Monday, October 5, 2009

More RAKs

Happy Monday morning Everyone! Time is spinning out of control here and I wish I could either turn back the clock or slow it down LOL! Right now, my personal feeling is that I need to take care of certain things first, and that is to express gratitude and give thanks to those who have blessed me with their friendship and bestowed gifts upon me for my birthday and for "just because." Until then, I don't feel comfortable keeping that aside and work on crafting. That being said, I would like to thank the following people who have enriched my life in so many wonderful ways by way of their friendship:

This cute birthday Anya card and golf towel is from my sweet and kolohe (rascal) GF Linda. When she laughs, I start to cry because her laughter is infectious! Those of you who know and hear Linda will know what I mean! I needed a new golf bag towel and voila! Linda seems to read my mind! I love this and will try not to get it too dirty! (Of course I'll wash it periodically!) I always look forward to getting together with Linda and her "other half," Kyoko. Thank you so much Linda!

This gift set is from my sweet BFF Denise. Look at all the ribbon, stickers, brads, dew drops and beads I get to play with! Denise has a beautiful house on the windward side of the island, Kaneohe, and from her deck you can see Kaneohe bay. She and her daughter Jamee love to entertain (?) and hosts gatherings at her home so we can craft, talk, eat, talk, eat, and maybe finish a project or two LOL! Denise has so many orders she's always working on them and can whip out 50 cards in no time! Be sure to stop by her site to see her wonderful creations. Thank you, Denise!

A dear friend, Linda Wright of Linanna Designs, all the way from the UK, has surprised me with this beautiful card and Forever Friends set of white embossed blank cards and envelopes, a pad of Christmas DPs, and two rubber stamps! I apologize for the bad picture. Linda and I live in different time 12 hours difference? So, when I'm ready for bed, Linda is getting up so I wish her a good day and she wishes me a good night! Please stop by Linda's blog to see her beautiful creations, and give her some love. Thank you very much Linda! I will soon start on my Christmas cards!

I will be back tomorrow to share a few more RAKs. Everyone out there is special to me and I always count my blessings for friendships made around the world! This truly is the new version of having "pen pals" across the nation! Have a wonderful evening/morning everyone, and thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

ENJOLI! My OCS Partner for September!

I know, it's been such a long time since my last post: relatives visiting from Japan, our almost two-weeks vacation, kitchen disaster... I think I lost my Mojo and just couldn't bounce back into crafting (sigh!). BUT, upon returning from vacation, I was greeted with some wonderful mail!

First up is a card from Enjoli, my OCS (one card swap) partner that Teri hosts every month! This is a beautiful double shaker card and you must see all the wonderful creations Enjoli is always coming up with. She is known as one of the best crafters in Hawaii! It was my pleasure and honor to have been paired up with Enjoli. Thank you so much Enjoli, and also for the beautiful Prima flowers you sent me! And, thank you Teri, for pairing me with Enjoli!

Here is a RAK I received from Joni. I had sent her some stamped images, and it's just like Joni to thank you with a beautiful card, colored in my favorite colors, and she enclosed some beautiful pink pearl gems! You must stop by her blog to see her wonderful creations! Every time we get together she is sharing a project with us. I have more I will post later... a cute gift card holder she gave us at a recent get-together at Denise's house! Thank you so much Joni and I look forward to seeing you soon again at Denise's!

I do have lots more to post either this evening or tomorrow. I have to head out to do some grocery shopping and finish my laundry. Thank you all very much for visiting and for being so patient while I was MIA. I have some projects I'm working on for another get-together with friends so please bear with me while I try to find my Mojo! Hugs to all of you out there in blogland, and I will be visting you all soon again! Enjoy what's left of your weekend, and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!
P.S. To be honest, so many of you are very busy with FaceBook and cultivating your farms and boy is everyone's farm growing and I may just become a "farmer" also LOL! Nothing grows overnight and farming takes time so you can imagine where alot of time is spent! Love you all!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Two Tildas for a Two Card Swap

Happy Monday Everyone! Well, Monday is almost over here in Hawaii and already Tuesday in other parts of the world! I would like to share with you two cards I made for a two-card-swap we'll be having at Denise's Play Date this Sunday! (Sorry, it's a long post!)

This is (I think!) Strawberry Tilda from the Lazy Days of Summer Collection. I started out with a top folded 4.25" x 11" Bazzill pink CS, folded it in half, then used my MS doily punch to trim the front by lining up the fold line to the edge of the punch (you know, it looks like 3" wide and is the center of the punch). This takes away about 1/4" on each side.
I used this really cute new (to me!) DP from Best Creation Inc. that I got from one of our LSS. It has epoxy and glitter over some of the leaves and flowers and is so pretty IRL.
I stamped Tilda with Memento Black Tuxedo on PTI white CS and colored with Copics. Then I used my Signo Uniball white gel pen and added all those dots. I matted the image on SU! Melon Mambo that I just love! I adhered her with foam tape

Here is a side view and the card opened. I stamped the flowers from the Summer collection, cut them out and adhered them to the "message" piece.
This is my second swap card with Sunflower Tilda. I used all SU! papers: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry CS, and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.

I stamped Tilda with Memento Black Tuxedo on PTI white CS and colored her with Copics. I won't bore you with all the details, but the inside of the card is shown below.

I'm an amateur photographer so don't mind the pics. I don't know what happened here, but the colors came out waaaaaaaayyyyy darker than IRL. The card above these show a truer color.
I saw a card by Linda Cummings on the Magnolia-licious gallery and she was most gracious in sharing the directions with me. Thank you, Linda!
Thank you for stopping by and I appreciate all your sweet comments. They keep me inspired as well as everything I learn from all of you crafters out there who share your know-hows. It is very much appreciated and I think crafters are the most giving souls around. We love to make things and share things, and give things. Bless all of you for having such a generous heart. Have a great week, and I'll be stopping by to visit you also.
P.S. Relatives from Japan are arriving tomorrow (for a week) so I may be quiet for a while (sigh!).