Saturday, December 13, 2014

Season's Greetings

Hi I'm back again! I'm really into using gold mirror card stock these days. My husband ordered a bunch of Avery Elle's "season's greetings" dies and he wanted me to make a sample for him using the die. It's a pretty font and I like that the words are all connected. 
I had a bunch of stamped embossed cards lying around so I decided to use it for the card base. I finally got to use the gold sheer shimmer spritz from Imagine Crafts. It is so pretty and a nice shade of gold. I sprayed it on the card base. You have to see it in real life.
The sheer sequins is from Pretty Pink Posh and the gold sequins is from Doodlebug Designs. The stitched frame is Mama Elephant.
Hope your weekend is going well! I am trying to recover from a bad sinus infection that I got earlier this week. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Purrfect together

Hi everyone!!! I thought I had posted this card but I guess I didn't. The stamp set is called "purrfect pair" by Mama Elephant. And I used the matching dies to cut the kitties out. I have never made a black card before but I wanted to use gold embossing powder for the sentiment and it just seemed to go well together. Reminds me of McKinley high school colors. Lol! I must say that the Mama Elephant clear stamps stamp very well. 
I forgot to take a photo of my Christmas card swap with the stamp club ladies so I had to take this one  that I had given to one of the ladies. Our theme was baby shaker cards. Everyone did such a great job on their shaker cards. I didn't get a chance to take photos of the cards. I used Dandelion Designs baby girl stamp set. Word sentiment is from Mama Elephant.
Can you see Olaf peeking out from behind the top of the card? It was a cute pillow box favor. I didn't even know what that character was but found out that it is real popular with the little kids. So clever, it was made with punches.
Thanks for stopping by today!!! I have so much to catch up on. Haven't made any Christmas cards yet or bought any Christmas presents. So much to do!
Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's roll

Ok, it has been a month since I last posted. I got my hands on a new die set from MFT Dienamics - gift card grooves (I think that's the name) and made a gift card holder using one of the dies. There are 4 dies in the set and you can make your gift card holder 4 different ways.
I used Lawn Fawn's "let's roll" stamp set since I had extra pieces lying on my craft table. In fact, everything I used was scraps. Lol! I cut the holder at 3" x 12" and scored at 3 1/4" and 7 1/2". That's it. Very easy to make!
My husband has a new line in his store called Pretty Pink Posh and her sequins are the best I've seen so far. I used the clear 4mm on the stamped flowers in the background. If you click on the photo you can see it better. I also used clear wink of stella on the sushi.
Here's what one of the dies looks like.
I really haven't had much time lately to work on any projects. It's the busiest time of the year at work. I'm kind of dreading next week Friday because we have to go to our stores and take down Thanksgiving and put up New Years.
Well, thanks for checking in and staying with me here on the blog. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Christmas sample cards

Playing catch up here. I have other cards that I haven't posted yet but I will soon. First up is a water globe shaker card. I used Taylored Expressions stamp and die to make the water globe. The stamp is called winter penguin from Lawn Fawn. The sequins is Doodlebug Designs.
This 2nd card is a side step card from Sizzix. I love how easy it is to use this die to cut the card. I tried cutting it out by hand before and could never get the cut parts even. The stamp is from Dandelion Designs called teeny weeny Christmas. And the words are from the new tag set from Sizzix.
This last project is a new die from Sizzix called notepad holder die by Brenda Walton. It is made for post-it notes and fits perfectly in it.
I used the winter penguin stamp from Lawn Fawn again. I actually have a bunch that I stamped because these are all the mistake ones. Lol! Do you have those too? I waste so much copic paper when I make mistakes.
Here's a side view so you can see the post-it note pad. The little snowflake stamp is so cute and comes with the penguin stamp.
Well, today was pretty much one of those stay at home days for me since its been raining from tropical storm Ana. At least it cooled down because it's been so hot and muggy!!!
Thanks for checking back here. I'm not sure if anyone reads my blog anymore. I've been posting more on Facebook and Instagram.
Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Trick or treat favor bag

I colored this cute Lawn Fawn kitty couple weeks ago and had planned to make a card with it but ended up using it on this treat bag instead. Love this new treat bag die from Lawn Fawn. It is so easy to put together and make a bunch of them to pass out. Thinking about using it to take to my doctor's office for the office girls.
All the dies used on this treat bag are from Lawn Fawn.
Omg, today feels more like 95 than 90 degrees. Earlier this morning while I was working at Don Quijote's, I was actually freezing and had to wear a hoodie and my fingers were numb. I couldn't wait to get out of the store! Now I'm so hot that I want to go back to cool off again. Lol!
Have a great week!!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Season's Tweetings

Is it just me feeling extra hot these days or is everyone else feeling it too? Plus the addition of hot flashes along with the heat. Ugh! 
I finally got my hands on this banner die from Lawn Fawn and been busy cutting extra banners. I decided to make a simple card, stamping and coloring the images. This birdie stamp set is so cute!
I normally use Imagine Craft's Versafine or Memento inks but I decided to use Ranger's Archival ink to stamp the brown tree branch. It's a really good ink to stamp and the images come out crystal clear.

The card base I used for this card is from Mama Elephant. My husband will be carrying these dies at his store soon. It should be here any day now.
Hope you're having a great week. I've been really enjoying my new part time job. I didn't think I would like it as much as I do but I don't have any stress while I am working. Plus I get to see people that I haven't seen in a long time.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet Wishes

Yesterday I stamped and colored a bunch of Lawn Fawn images to make a tag but didn't finish it. Today I looked at it and changed my mind and went with a side step card. Its a Lori Whitlock die for Sizzix. Great die to use up your scraps.
Lately I've been busy putting up Halloween in my stores. I can't believe that the holidays are almost here in a couple months. The year has gone by so fast!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the Labor Day weekend holiday!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sizzix ornament triplits and catching up

Hi!!! I've been meaning to post this card that I made several weeks ago but then something happened and I didn't get a chance to do it. Here's the card that I made using the new Sizzix ornament triplits. There are 9 dies in the package and you can make different sized ornaments. The card die I used is the majestic flip it die by Stephanie Barnard.
I even cut the part where you attach the hook to the ornament in gold metallic paper.
Well the other week, I ended up in the Kuakini ER again. I had taken new medication that didn't agree with me. I am such a weakling when it comes to medication. My husband and daughter took me to the ER because I could barely walk. And while I was there, the doctors were worried that I had a heart attack since the symptoms resembled a heart attack. They ran so many tests on me and kept me over night for more tests. Even a CAT scan on my brain. Everything came back negative so that was a big relief. I had to sleep with the Holter monitor again. The whole time I was in the hospital, I kept thinking that I wish I had my big shot machine with me. Lol!
Now that I'm back to normal, I made a Halloween card over the weekend. I saw this cute stamp set by Lawn Fawn at the store and the new Doodlebug papers so I knew what I wanted to make. I used vellum paper by Worldwin and embossed cute little stars over it. I used the clear Wink of Stella marker over the bunny and carrot even though you can't even see it in the photo. I'm so glad that I rep that line. They have a lot of new pens from Japan that just released before summer.
Thanks for sticking with me through this long blog post. Have a great week!!!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

ECD accordion oval Christmas card

I've been working extra hours lately and I really wanted to make something with one of my Elizabeth Craft Designs dies so I finally sat down last week to play. Okay so, I must be uncoordinated because I had the hardest time figuring out how to put this accordion die together. No joke! I watched the youtube videos over and over to make sure I got it correct. Once I got it figured out, it was easy peasy. 
I used the new Sizzix triplits Christmas trees die set for all the trees. It's such a great deal because you get a total of 14 dies and you can make all these different Christmas trees.
Here's another tree from the same set. But I made this one into a card. The stamped sentiment is an older Hero Arts stamp. I'll probably make some tags for Christmas too.
I finally got to meet Colleen Kwan (another crafty blogger) who was visiting from the mainland. I wasn't planning on seeing anyone last weekend at the store. I just happened to walk in to drop something off and she was there shopping with her friend. So glad that we got to meet each other. She was so generous to bring us a bag of goodies. Thanks so much Colleen!!!
Hope you're all having a great weekend! It is so hot and I wish it would rain. Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sushi shaker and gatefold tutorial

I've been having fun with Lawn Fawn's let it roll stamp set. Yesterday I made a shaker card using the sushi stamps and sequins from Doodlebug. I used scraps that I had lying around my craft table for the card base.
These colors make me happy!
I've had some requests for a tutorial on the card that I posted on the post below. So here goes and I hope I can explain it so you can follow along. I saw a video on Stephanie Barnard's you tube channel showing how she used a stand up die set called "elegant stand up"and made it into a gatefold card. This is what the die looks like.
Cut 2 pieces of card stock - 8 1/2" x 5 3/8". Place base die faced down on your cutting pad and weave the paper through the part of the die that has the part that will flip up. Make sure that you place the paper over the bottom of the die and not under because you don't want it to cut through where it supposed to cut. Instead, it will make a slight fold line. And make sure that you stop the opposite end of the paper where it supposed to make a score line. Do not go beyond that line. Center it well. Cut each piece separately. Do not cut both pieces together as it will cut through the scored part of the card.
This is what your cut piece will look like after you fold it on the fold line.

 You can also use one of the die pieces to cut a piece of paper to layer on the side of the card.
Glue the 2 middle sections together, one piece on top of the other.
This is what makes the gatefold part. You can also decorate the inside of the card.
Here is how the card looks when you close it.
This is the finished card.
Email me if you have any questions. Hope you have fun making this card!!!
Have a great day!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Fun

Today was our stamp group get together and it was my turn to do the make & take. I saw on one of Stephanie Barnard's videos that she made a gatefold card out of one of her stand up die sets and I thought I'd do that for the make & take.
I'm not sure why the photos are so bright but I've been noticing lately that when I post on blogger, my photos seem much brighter than it really is. I'll have to play around with it later.
I used Dandelion Designs aloha stamp set to make the card. Patterned paper is from Doodlebug Designs spring fling release.
Here is what the card looks like when it's opened.
 And partially opened so you can see how it folds.
Well, today was really hot and muggy and the news said tomorrow will be the same. Hope you're enjoying your weekend and thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Let's roll

This is the first time that I have used Lawn Fawn stamps & die cuts and I really like the quality of their products. The only problem that I had initially was the stamp wasn't taking the ink so I had to lightly buff the stamp and then it worked. 
Making this card helped me take my mind off of getting stuck in a really old elevator today. Ugh! Nothing worst than having to go looking for my shipments in a so called haunted basement. Very creepy and I'm not kidding!
Anyways, back to the card. I used Lawn Fawn "let's roll" stamp and die cut set and Mama Elephant dies to cut the card base.
I love using bright colors, makes me happy! Patterned paper is from My Minds Eye. I used copic markers to color the images. I'm surprised that I still have ink in the markers since its really been awhile that I have used them.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to keep up on my blogging!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Owl favor bag

While I was waiting for my husband to come home today, I decided to make something with one of the new die releases from Lori Whitlock for Sizzix. I used the owl favor bag die to make this. I thought it was going to take me longer to make it since there were quite a few pieces to cut, but it took me longer trying to figure out what papers to use and the colors to match it.
It's a really cute bag and I think this would look great in a Halloween theme or Christmas too. You can also use the owl face on a card front or scrapbook page.
I forgot to take a picture of the top of the bag so you can see how wide it is.
If you get a chance, go check out the new dies by Lori Whitlock.
Have a great day!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Make and take projects

Wow! I just realized that I haven't posted anything since May! And June has been quite a busy month for me. Well, my girlfriend Cheri from Sizzix was here and we had all these make & take projects at the stores. The first project we made at Stamps & Memories. It is the new Lori Whitlock gift card box die. It even comes with a separate gift card insert. The tag is a separate die called embossed gift tags which we used ink on the embossing folder and ran it through the big shot machine. 
The second project was for Ben Franklin Crafts paper party that we were at yesterday. We used Lori Whitlock's sweet strawberry die set. There are a total of 18 dies in that set. So worth the price! We used the sweet dots embossing folder to emboss the paper and the flourish is a medium originals die. There is also a berry basket die that you can make to put all your strawberries in.
And lastly, we made a box at J's. We used the Lori Whitlock scalloped gable box die and the strawberry die from the sweet strawberry die set. The box is a good size to put goodies in. It was a sellout.
I took a selfie of us driving through Waikiki. We went shopping at the H & M store. We actually did a lot of shopping at many of the malls too. Lol!
It was a fun filled week and nice to see all the crafty ladies again. Oh and we did have a crafty guy too at one of our make & takes.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to make some new projects since I have a bunch of new dies to play with.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A watercolor card

Today I started off making a flip-it card, and somehow got distracted looking for paper to match and ended up making a watercolor card instead. 
I used Elizabeth Craft Design's flower sticker and glitter and Hero Arts watercolor paper. Love this glitter because it doesn't flake off. I wanted to try these pens that I sell from Tombow called dual brush pens. They really are that good for watercoloring! I used Tim Holtz water brushes to blend the different color shades.
This is the first time I made a watercolor card. I was so impressed on how much water I used and the paper never warped. And the ECD glitter is amazing for watercolors. I know it's a little hard to see the glitter on my card but if you click on the picture, it should make the image bigger so you can see it.
Think I'll try some different methods of watercoloring during the Memorial Day weekend.
Have a great day!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Strawberry basket box card

I haven't used my Eclips machine in awhile, so I took it out the other day to make some box cards. I bought a file from SVG Cuts a couple weeks ago. Here's the strawberry basket box card that I made. I love how it folds flat so you can mail it.  
The hardest part was trying to find paper to match all the colors that I wanted to use. These papers are from Kaisercraft.
These are all the pieces that I cut to assemble the card. It looks like a lot but it really isn't since the machine is cutting it out for you.
 This is the box part of the card.
And here are all the inner pieces with the strawberries and flowers glued to it. The machine even cuts the numbers on the pieces so you know what order to put it together.
I stuck yellow gemstones in the center of the flowers. And here's the finished card!
This week was a little tough. My stepmother had been in and out of the hospital since March when she went into a diabetic coma. In April, she suffered a massive stroke and her right side of her body was paralyzed and she lost her vision in her right eye. Well, the doctor sent her home since there was nothing more that they could do for her. She lived for 2 weeks and passed away on Wednesday which is the same date that my dad passed away 5 years ago. Weird huh?
I have another box card that I made yesterday and will post it later so hope you stop by the blog again. Have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Kendama Boy

Hi, hope you're weekend is going great! I was downstairs in my craft room today breaking down boxes and putting samples away. I also got distracted and sat down for a moment to make a card using Dandelion Designs new Kendama stamp set. I colored him with my copics and I'm so glad that they are still working. A couple of them are dried up since I haven't colored in such a long time!
I decided to use a MS punch that I have for the background and I can't remember the name of the punch but this was the first time that I used the magnetic one. It was hard to get the circles even. Plus, you can't use a real heavy card stock to punch.
I can't believe how quick the days are flying by. Mother's Day will be here in a couple weeks.
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a great Sunday!!!
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