Sunday, August 31, 2008

Another Halloween Card

Made this Halloween card using my Whipper Snapper Peek-a-Boo Ghost and and my Cuttlebug Embossing folder Pumpkin Harvest. CS colors used were Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Whisper White. This WS stamp is a real cutie and was given to me by my BFF, Joy. Hope you all enjoy and aloha!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Okay, so I lied.....Sketch challenge from Jen at I Heart To Stamp

Okay, so I said that I wasn't going to post anything until Tuesday, but my daughter is sick and I am home feeling somewhat inspired. I found this sketch challenge over at These gals all work for Verve Stamps and come up with great sketch challenges. Susie at Susie Stamp A Lot (in my sidebar) is another one of these Verve gals that is really inspiring. Okay so here was the sketch:

I pulled out my Halloween stamps and started to get things going. I know, "Halloween already!" Yes, I have followed the craze that you have been seeing on people's blogs. I usually send out Halloween cards to all of my nieces, nephews, Grandmas, Grandpas, etc., so have to get a jump start on my cards. Anyhew, with out further ado, here is my submission:

Stamped and colored some of my Halloween stamps and then found some left-over DSP Creepy Crawly from last year and just started to piece together my card. Found some purple-polka-dot ribbon in my stash and added it. Colored with like a billion different colors, so couldn't tell you the colors I used. Enjoy and aloha!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Gift from Hyon

So as some of you know, I teach Taekwondo and Women's Kickboxing. Hyon (who is in my Pacific Stampers Group and the sweetest person ever) signed her son up and gave me the cutest thank you gift! She made this oragami box with my favorite colors!

Inside were some yummy chocolates and a key finder in pink and brown from Cinnamon Girl (local boutique for you ladies who are not from Hawaii). I was so shocked! What a sweet gesture! She really is the sweetest person and I am so thankful.

FYI, I have some family in-town this weekend and will be out doing the tourist thing, probably won't post until after they leave (Tuesday). Everyone have a wonderful weekend and Labor Day!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Revised KWerner's Color Challenge

Okay, so I was looking at my previous card and there was just that little something missing.......

I thought it needed a little more Certainly Celery ribbon and maybe a "yum", so there you go! I think I am happy with it now.

KWerner's Color Challenge

Here is my submission for Kristina Werner's color challenge. Of course since Pink and brown are my absolute favorite, I had to participate in this one. She really gets some good color combos! If you haven't visited her blog, please do! She is really creative and her color challenges are a lot of fun.

Just love, love, love this new set by SU entitled Crazy for Cupcakes. Sorry that the pic is a little blurry, I need to figure out the ideal setting for taking these pics. Anyhoo, used my aquapainter and dipped it in my Pink Pirouette to color the cupcakes and then used my Signo White pen and highlighted the edges. Then put Dazzling Diamonds over all of the cupcakes and the stand. Used my Sizzix Bigz Scallop and large circle. Enjoy and aloha!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Coaster Fold Out Mini-scrapbook

My stamp group is having a stamp camp in September and all the demonstrators that are participating have to donate a hand-made item for our silent auction. I decided to make another fold out mini-scrapbook with coasters. I know....another Dahlia Flower! Sorry, have to use all Stampin' Up products, so I was kind of limited.

Front cover with my last Dahlia Flower (I promise). I had a bunch of the Ginger Blossom DSP scraps, so I decided to put them to good use.

Inside view, used some of my hodgepodge and Define Life stamp set. The rest of the stamps are from the new set Eastern Blooms. Just love that set! It was sooooooo sad using my very last bit of Wild Wasabi Double Stitch Ribbon :0(. Ahhh...but must let it go.

Just bits and pieces of scraps that I had in my huge scrap box to finish up the insides. Each side is identical to this pic. Enjoy and aloha!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Aloha Shirt Card and Dahlia Fold frame

Made this card for my Uncle's birthday. Found the origami T-Shirt fold tutorial on Stamp a Little Love. I added my own aloha style and made it into an Aloha Shirt with these little wooden buttons that my BFF, Joy gave me (thanks Joy for the paper too).

I also made a chipboard frame with my handy-dandy Big Shot and put a Dahlia Fold flower in the corner. Used my Whipper Snapper Dragonfly stamp and there you go! Enjoy and aloha!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dahlia Fold Cards

Always wanted to make a card using the Dahlia Fold technique. Found the directions on Split Coast at:
Enjoy and happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Some more RAKs from Joy

Met my BFF, Joy, for lunch and a little shopping yesterday and she surprised me with these adorable RAKs! Aren't they the cutest! She also gave me the instructions for these projects so I can attempt to make them myself, lol. Just had to share with you all.

A 4"x4" box that held 6 little 3"x3" cards with envelopes. Sooooooo cute!

Cute little coaster box that she stamped images all around. Another cutie!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

KWerner Color Challenge

Here is my card for Kristina Werner's Color challenge. I just got the Grand Soiree set from SU and just had to use it. I love chandeliers! If I could I would have one in every room (garage included, lol).

The main part of the card is black, but since my pic background is black, you can't really tell. I used the following colors: Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray and Pink Passion. Used my Cuttlebug Divine Swirl embossing folder on the Pink Passion paper. Dazzling diamonds all over the chandelier and then blinged the whole thing up with little rhinestones. Used my new scallop square SU punch and some basic black ribbon and there you go!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Some cards to share

Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days. I had a soccer tournament over the weekend and a bunch of other things. Haven't made anything new, but had these two cards that I was going to do for a Stamp-a-Stack. If aren't familiar with the Stamp-a-Stacks, I have my guest make 10 cards for $10. So I design 5 cards and everyone makes two of each design. Haven't got around to planning a date for the SAS, but have a couple of cards in the works. Here they are:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Just had to share....

Just had to share a RAK that I received from my BFF, Joy. Isn't she the best!

If you don't know Joy, here is a little bit about her: she is the most generous, creative and greatest friend that you can have. She is always thinking about others before herself. She is a single mom, who works 40 hours a week, and still has time to create these masterpieces! On top of that, she still has time to take her daughter, Taelyn, to all of her activities (gymnastics, soccer, etc) . Did I mention that I get to play soccer with her all the time too! Let me tell you, she is an awesome player! Don't want to mess with her on the field, lol.

Well her is the RAK, and I just love it! It brought tears to my eyes.

and the inside.....

both sections of the inside mirrored each other. Love it, love it, love it! Pink and brown, my fav!

* Hey Eunice, the stamp is a Whipper Snapper stamp that I bought for her via Addicted to Rubber Stamping. Hope that helps!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Birthday Gift Tags

My daughter is going to a princess theme birthday party on Sunday, so I decided to make this giant scallop chip board tag for her gift. I used all Sizzix dies and the letters were from a bag of die cut letters that I had, I added some dazzling diamonds (thanks Joy) to give it some bling.

I loved how the princess tag came out so I decided to make another one for my very good friend Maria, whose birthday is this Friday. We are going to celebrate it Sunday night with dinner and the movie "Tropic Thunder". Can't wait, should be a blast! The bee is a Whipper Snapper stamp that I just picked up. Love it! Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

Monday, August 11, 2008

RAK from Joy and my thank you card to her

Sorry, it has been a couple of days since my last post, I had a pretty busy weekend and my washing machine broke (for the second time in a year) and it is only 4 years old. So I had to bug my good friend Maria all day today to do laundry at her house.

Her is a RAK that I received from my BFF Joy.......isn't it awesome!

Joy (my BFF) and I went to the Stamp Expo this weekend and she gave me my little goodie bag. She is the best!

It was also filled with all of these goodies. Yikes, it felt like it was my birthday!

So I decided to use my Bella Rose paper and make her this thank you card. She also gave me the clings that I used on the card. They are so cute! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Birthday card and frame for Grandma

We are going to a 75th birthday party this weekend and her favorite color is purple, so I decided to make her a purple card. The great thing about this particular card was that it was made using almost all scraps. Only the main part of the card was cut from CS, but the rest was all bits and pieces of scraps from my scrap box. Kind of feels like I am sort of being green or something, lol. Used sizzix dies, and my cuttlebug embossing folder for the background. Liked how the lavender lace cs looked with the old olive.

Remember the gift set that I made for my husband's grandmother, well I decided to add on one of these magnetic frames. The frame has an 8x8 opening and the back is all magnetic. This frame is a Creative Memories frame. Kind of a cool concept. Used a couple of rub-ons on the corners and there you go. Tried to keep it a little more simple than usual. Enjoy and aloha!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sunflower Birthday Card for my Sister-in-law

Happy Tuesday! So I needed to make a birthday card for my sister-in-law and was looking on Dawn's blog at:

She had the cutest notepads with these sunflowers that she made using the SU scallop punch and the SU 1" circle punch in the middle. She then took some green paper, scored it in half, ran it through her crimper and then cut out the leaves. The neat thing was that I was able to use all scraps to make almost the entire card. Colors used were So Saffron, wild wasabi, whisper white and chocolate chip. All of the DS paper came from my scrap box. Enjoy and have a great day!

Monday, August 4, 2008

New RAK from Joy and a Card for my friend Maria's Birthday

My BFF, Joy, is always making the best RAKs ever! Out of all the RAKs she has ever given me, I think this one takes the cake. It has to be my absolute favorite! She even used shrink plastic to make a Whipper Snapper dragonfly on my card. I just love this card and had to share with everyone. We kind of have this RAking each other problem, lol. I think we love creating new cards and stuff and know that each other would love to get them. Like I have said before, we may have been separated at birth, lol. If you don't know Joy, she is the best! She is the most generous person that I know. Very caring heart and a true friend, thanks Joy!

I got my inspiration for this card out of the August/September issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. My good friend Maria commented on how much she liked the card in the issue, so I cased it for her card. I hope she doesn't see this before she gets it....

Friday, August 1, 2008

Grandma's Entire Gift Ensemble

Grandma loves those giraffes! I made the entire set using Soft Sky as my main color (blue is her fav). I know this kind of looks like a baby shower set or something, but I hope she will love it.

Here are some individual pics of each item:

Happy Aloha Friday and I hope you enjoy all of these! Oh yeah, the tutorial for the Checkbook cover is below.

Checkbook Cover Shaker Box Tutorial

Aloha everyone! So Joy (my BFF) showed me how to make a shaker box a couple of months ago. I decided to make a tutorial of a checkbook cover that I am making for my grandmother's upcoming birthday. She loves the color blue and her favorite animal is a giraffe. Had this adorable giraffe stamp from J's Knicknacks and decided to use it. I will probably make her a whole set of matching giraffe stuff, but that will be another post :0).

Okay, so you will need a couple of things that you might not have in your scrap/stamping supplies:

Plastic checkbook cover sleeves (I bought a pack from Creation's Unlimited)
Some clear window plastic (also from Creation's)
3M Mounting tape

The rest is probably in your stash........

Cut a piece of designer paper (I don't recommend cs, it's too thick) to
6 3/4" x 6 1/4" and corner round the edges. Put to the side (this will be your main piece of your check book insert).

Cut a piece of coordinating designer paper for the shaker box (I chose a So Saffron piece of DS paper) at 3"x 3 3/4". Use a punch and punch out the center (I used my Marvy Uchida Mega Oval, but you can use whatever punch you desire/have).

Okay so I got a piece of my Soft Sky DS paper and punched out an oval with my Marvy Uchida Mega punch, I then punched around it with my Marvy Uchida Giga Scallop Oval punch. Now I have my scallop frame for my oval.

I put double sided tape on the inside part of my oval ds paper and then cut out a piece of clear plastic that was a little bigger than my oval, 2 1/4"x 2 3/4". Placed that plastic onto the ds paper and now I have my shaker box window.

Okay, the inside of the shaker box is a bit of a doozy, but bare with me:

Stamped the little fellow on a piece of 2 1/2"x3 1/4" white cs with Close to Cocoa and then colored him with So Saffron and Creamy Caramel.

I took my 3M foam tape and cut two pieces (one for the top and one for the side) and then cut those in half (so that I am using half the width of the foam tape along the sides). That way the foam tape isn't super wide and wont show through my oval window (let me know if that is confusing). The foam tape needs to cover the entire top and bottom so that there are no holes for the beads/glitter/etc. to fall out.

Remove the foam tape backing and then poor in your beads (I didn't remove the backing, but it is better if you do). I used some color beads that I had, but you can use sand , chunky glitter, beads, etc.

Place the piece of dp that has the clear plastic window over the top of the foam, making sure that you have enough overhang.

Flip your box over and put sticky tape around the whole perimeter of the stamped cs. Then fold the top and the bottom flaps up.

I cut the corner at an angle, so when I fold up the sides, it doesn't bunch and looks a bit more finished.

Fold the sides up and there you have your shaker box.

I used sticky tape and attached it to the checkbook insert paper.

I then used my three flower stamp from my One of Kind set in So Saffron and Soft Sky. I punched them out using my Boho Blossom punch and then put sugar coated brads in the center. My motto is "when in doubt, bling it out", lol. If I could... I would glitter the world... but that is another post entirely.

I attached those flowers with glue dots, put the finished checkbook cover in it's sleeve and there you have it!