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