Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Let it snow

Last year I didn't make any Christmas tags to put on gifts and I ended up using store bought ones, oh oh. So this year I decided to make a bunch of gift tags and use up paper that I have been hoarding for a long time! I used a Tim Holtz gift tag die to cut all the tags and a snowman die from last year. Love those steel ruled dies where I can cut through 6 layers at a time.
This is today's batch and I'll cut different ones tomorrow. I'm keeping it very simple.
I have quite a bit of Christmas dies to choose from. I'm hoping to make some cards too.
Thanks for stopping by and I do hope I get to finish the rest of my Christmas to do list!!!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Valentine's candy box/card

Seriously, I was all set to post this the other day and then my computer went wonky again. I could not get on the internet all day and night. I've been MIA for awhile and missed the whole month of November. My husband had eye surgery the end of October and I spent 3 weeks driving him around everyday and it was rough getting anything done. So glad he is much better now. 
So here is a candy box/card that I made to give to the ladies in the stamp club group that I belong to. I got this cut file from Eunice who has a blog called "a star for chiemi". Go and visit her, she is amazing! I used my Eclips machine to cut this out. The dog and cat are stencils from Taj Clubhouse. I believe it's one of their latest releases.
I kept this simple since I was running out of time to finish it. And would you believe that this is not the initial idea? I actually tore off everything on Monday and redid it all.
Hopefully I can start working on my Christmas cards and tags that I need to finish.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to post some Christmas projects soon!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween treats

Happy Halloween!!! Just a quick post about these easy Halloween treats that I made the other day. I finally bought the WeR Memory Keepers envelope punch board last weekend and saw this treat holder idea on Pinterest and ended up making a bunch of them for the ladies at my doctor's office. It's a great way to use up those leftover scraps!
The stamps are from Hero Arts Halloween "ink & stamp"set. I used a bunch of punches for the circles and scallops.
By the way, after I saw Joy from The Joy of Crafting making envelopes last week, it sparked my interest to get one of these tools!
Anyways, hope you all had a great Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Halloween treats

I spent this past weekend cutting out boxes on my Eclips machine. The albums, bags and boxes cartridge is probably my most used cartridge. Since I had this Taj bunny stencil out, I decided to use it to decorate the boxes. I know, crazy that I actually sat there and embossed and cut all the pieces out by hand.
I stamped the background with a Hero Arts clear bat stamp from last year and VersaMark ink.
And while I was cleaning out my craft room, I found this spooky picket fence punch that I forgot I had.  If you read to the end of this post, you will see why I had to clean my craft room.
I love how well my new iPhone takes great photos.
So, two weeks ago, our downstairs flooded. Actually, I've been smelling this strange sewage smell for awhile now and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Several months ago, the downstairs bathroom had a lot of water on the floor and it kept getting worst. It wasn't coming from the toilet so I knew the toilet wasn't plugged. It was dirty water coming out from the wall. I had told the property manager about it but he told me to just monitor it. Well, I went to put something in the bedroom part of the downstairs and found water and dirt all over the carpet.
The plumber finally came and went under the house to check the pipes. The long pipe from the kitchen sink was the reason for the flood. Because the pipes are so old, it actually corroded and broke off. Which explained the smell and water and dirt in the bedroom and bathroom floors. This had been going on for months and we had no idea! All those months of cooking and washing dishes made it worst. The plumber said that we would of never known the pipe broke unless we crawled under the house.
So, this is how I spent the last couple weeks. I had to move everything out of the bedroom into my craft room all by myself. Fun!
And since I had been doing that, I decided to clean my craft room at the same time. Organizing and purging old catalogs and samples and craft stuffs. So glad that everything is now fixed and the smell is gone and I can go back to crafting again.
Thanks for sticking with me here and hope you're having a great work week!!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sizzix square accordion fold card

I just picked up this new Sizzix die - square accordion fold card from the store last weekend and finally had the chance to make something with it and use the magnetic platform for the first time. I am so impressed how strong the magnet is on the platform. I used another stencil from Taj that I bought when I bought the panda bear couple weeks ago. This one is a hula bunny but I decided to make it without the skirt.
The stamp sentiment is also from Taj. And the ladybug is a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
I know I haven't been posting much lately but by the time I get home, I am so tired that I can't even get myself motivated to make anything. My body is still adjusting to all the medication that I have to take and one of the side effects is, feeling very tired.
Thanks for stopping by today and hope to be back real soon!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Thank you panda

Hi, I'm back again! I've been determined to figure out how to dry emboss so when I went to Taj Clubhouse last week, I bought a couple of stencils. It was much easier for me to use a stylus and a light box than running it through the big shot machine. I also took out my daylight lamp and it really helped me to see better so I could cut around the embossed pieces. 
Here's a gatefold card that I ended up making using the panda bear that I embossed.
 The sentiment on the inside of the card is from Dandelion Designs.
Here's a close up of the panda bear. My cutting is still a little choppy but I think as I practice more, it will get better.
I haven't used a camera to take photos in such a long time. I'm so amazed at how well the camera on my iPhone takes nice photos.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment! It's nice to know that people still visit my blog.
Have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

House card gift card holder

Hi I'm back again! I've been absent for awhile since there was so much going on in my life. My husband's mother had a stroke the beginning of August and so we were at the hospital every day/evening. She requested that she did not want to be revived in anyway. Her left side was partially paralyzed and she couldn't swallow or talk. She wasn't able to eat or drink any liquids. She passed away peacefully after 10 days.
I've been busy as usual and working on selling different things which is why I've been lacking in crafting. But today I was able to get in a couple hours of crafting and made this card using a new Sizzix die. This is a new house card die from Sizzix. I had some Hello Kitty die cut pieces lying around and decided to use it for the front of the card. 
The stamped sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear stamp set.
For the inside of the card, I decided to make it hold a gift card. The stamped sentiment is from the same Hero Arts clear set.
Hope you're enjoying this holiday weekend! I had plans to go to the Okinawan festival today but changed my mind after feeling how hot it was outside. Thanks for stopping by and checking on me and have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Simple Happy Birthday Card

It's been so hot lately that I haven't been able to go downstairs to my craft room. I made it down there today since there was a little breeze. I had to make a birthday card and wanted to ink up this new stamp from Dandelion Designs from the flower girls stamp set.
I finally got to use this cherry blossom embossing folder that a friend gave me a couple of months ago.
It's been awhile since I last used my copic markers and I'm glad they still have ink in them.
Last weekend I flew to Maui with Joy from Ben Franklin Crafts and I had such a nice time there! I can't believe that I have never eaten pastries from Komoda bakery. I've been to Maui hundreds of times and didn't know about that place. We were on Maui for the rebranding celebration of HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts.
Me and Joy before I started my make & take.
We met the Maui beauty queen.
I forgot to take a photo of the make & take. Lol!
Thanks for stopping by today!!! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Flower girls pop 'n cuts card

Hi again! I'm still here. Just haven't been able to make anything in awhile. I made this card last week and then I got lazy and didn't take a photo of it. This is one of my favorite pop 'n cuts die by Karen Burniston called label window. There are now 2 base dies to use with all the different insert dies. I like how this wider base die also has a swirl die cut that you can use to decorate your card. I used Dandelion Designs new cling set called "flower girls". There are 4 different flower girls in the set. They also come in a small cling size too.
Here's a photo of how the card looks when you open it. 
If you live on Maui, I'll be doing a make & take at the Ben Franklin Crafts store on July 20th from 10 - 12 pm. Stop by and say hi and make a card with me.
Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hello Kitty butterfly garden gate album

I picked up a couple of dies from the store over the weekend. The newest release from Sizzix arrived last week and there were a bunch of them that I wanted to get my hands on. Lol! When I first saw this fence die, I knew I had to have it. It is designed by Eileen Hull. You can make it into a mini album or a card like I did in the photo.
I used some older dies to make this card. I used the Hello Kitty butterfly sizzlit die since I had some extras already cut out. I have a hard time throwing the extras away. The grass is a deco strip die that is also no longer available. The flowers came off of a Hello Kitty deco strip die. I can't remember the name of the die. The clouds are punches from Fiskars.
Thanks for stopping by today and I appreciate all your comments too!!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

You're so sweet!

Hi and hope you're having a great Sunday! I've been wanting to use this jar die and stamp set by Stephanie Barnard but never got around to it until today. I decided to make a shaker card since I haven't made one in awhile. Believe it or not, the strawberry stamp is by Hero Arts. It was on one of the teaching kits and I thought it would be cute to put it in the jar.
 The white background is embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder. I used a banner framelit die to cut out the sentiment stamp.
Sorry I haven't been around much but I am still dealing with my heart problems. My doctor keeps increasing the dosage on the meds that I take and now the heart part is fine but I'm feeling miserable because I am so dizzy and can't see straight. It's scary to be driving but I have to drive.
Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Busy week update

Hi, I've been quite busy with Cheri in town since last week and this week. I thought I'd share some photos here. We did a couple make & takes last weekend and we have a couple this weekend. I posted our make & takes on my sidebar. Hope to see you at one of the Ben Franklin Craft stores this weekend!
 I had Cliff take a photo of us before I forget.
Here's Cheri trying to show me how to make the flowers using the new Susan Tierney flower dies that just arrived at the stores. If you love making flowers, these are the perfect dies for that.
Here's the card that we made last week Saturday at J's. This is one of the new Doodlebug dies and stamps called "sweet treats".
And the brand new Sizzix Big Shot machine that should be arriving at the stores this month!
I'll be posting the rest of the make & takes later. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Doodlebug Designs clear stamps and dies

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of paper companies coming out with dies and matching stamps that coordinate with their lines. The newest one is Doodlebug Designs. I love how you can stamp the image and then take a die to cut out the image. So much easier than hand cutting.
These stamps and dies are from the "baby boy" line. They are so cute and also coordinate with the double sided papers.
I made little cards to use on baby gifts.
I decided to use Hero Arts stamp sentiments. These are from an older clear set.
The embossing folders are from Sizzix.
Hope you're having a great Thursday! Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's Your Day

I'm sort of on a roll making cards which is good news since I somehow lost my mojo along the way. Yesterday was my husbands birthday and for us it is the dreaded tax day! Poor guy! Anyways, I made him a quick and easy card using a Sizzix die. How cute is this dog?
The papers are old and from my scrapbooking days.
The stamp sentiment is from Hero Arts "it's your day" set. I stamped on the inside of the card but didn't want to take a photo of it since I wrote a message to my husband.
Hope your day is going well and thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hello Kitty birthday card

Hi and hope your weekend is going well! I've been going through all my craft supplies and trying to purge out all the really old stuff. I have piles of brand new dies unopened and never been used and this Hello Kitty die is one of them. I wanted to keep the card simple since the background die cut has all the circles.
I used Sizzix Hello Kitty "in bathing suit #2" die. The background circles is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs called "lattice circles".
And the stamp sentiment is from Hero Arts called "it's your day". Love this stamp set!
I really have to make a birthday card for my husband and planned on doing it today but got side tracked after finding the Hello Kitty die. Lol!
Well, have a great weekend and thanks for coming by to visit me!!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter candy/card box

Happy aloha Friday!!! I finally had a chance to make something today. I love this cute Hello Kitty bunny die and eggs die. I used a candy/card box svg cut file that I got from Eunice last month. She comes up with some amazing projects and makes them into cut files. You have to check her blog out.
Well, hope you have a great Easter holiday weekend and thanks for stopping by today!!! Sorry such a short blog post but I have to finish up some paperwork before tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter baskets

While I was at home recuperating two weeks ago, I spent some time cutting and gluing these Easter baskets together. My craft room is finally looking so much better but I could use more space. To cut these baskets, I used my Eclips machine and bought a cut file from SVG Cuts. In fact, I bought a bunch of cut files. Lol!
I used Kathy bunny from an old Hello Kitty deco strip die. It was quite fast and easy to put her together. I love this solid cardstock that I bought from Ben Franklin Crafts awhile ago. It was such a great deal and tons of paper in the pack. Very nice quality paper.
Here's the pink basket.
A green one.
And a yellow. I wanted to make a purple one but couldn't find the right purple colored paper. Now I have to finish wrapping them up and they will be all ready to go.
I'm going to be at Ben Franklin Crafts Market City this Saturday doing a really cute make & take from 10:00 - 11:30 am. Hope you can make it down for the celebration!
Thanks for stopping by and hoping to see everyone this weekend!!! 

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Catching up

Hi there and Happy Girl's Day!!! I know it has been awhile since I last posted (Dec. 2012) and I have been trying to catch up with everything since we came back from CHA which was back in January. Anyways, to make a long story short, I ended up in the ER last week Monday and stayed in the hospital for 3 days. My husband and I went for our normal exercise (fast walking) and about a third of the way, my heart started to beat rapidly so I sat down to wait it out. Then we continued on and I had to sit down again. I don't even know how I made it back to the car but when we got to the Ward parking lot, I almost passed out and pretty much laid on the ground and told my husband that I needed to go to the ER. We went back home and he told me that he will take me to the doctor. Well, I couldn't even walk and so they put me in a wheel chair. I took an EKG and my doctor said that I needed to go to the ER right away! I had this heart monitor attached to my body for 3 days. They wouldn't let me take a bath or walk around the room. The doctor gave me meds to slow my heart down so that is what is helping me now. I still have to take more tests to find out what is wrong with me. 
Back in January, I taped the Joy of Crafting tv show with Joy. Here is a photo of the project that I made for the show.
I used Karen Burniston's pop 'n cuts base die and the square ornate frame magnetic die to make this card. The stamped bear is from Dandelion Designs called bear hugs.
Paper used is from Doodlebug Designs and Ben Franklin Crafts had the whole collection. I'm not sure what is left, but this is actually from the Valentine's collection but you can't really tell right?
The last photo is the front of the card. I used all the scraps to decorate the card.
Sorry I've been away for so long but I'm glad you stopped by and look forward to getting back into posting again.
Have a great week!!!
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