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!