Friday, April 30, 2010

Lots Of Everything Wonderful

Just had to try out this new paper by October Afternoon. Although its floral, the colors are a little out of my comfort zone. I decided to go with orange for the card base since it matched some of the flowers. Used the flower technique I learned in Debi's class to create the pop up flower on the front. This time I didn't spritz it- but I wish I did. Even the inside of the card is outside of my comfort zone. I normaly don't stamp the sentiment directly on the background, but I'm liking how it came out! Just picked up this cute image of Gretel by CC's designs from Island Scrapbooking. She's an older design but I was happy to add her to my collection. Here's a better look at the inside. I know you can't tell from the photo but I stickeled her wings and the butterfly's trail. Supplies:
  • Gretel image- CC's designs
  • Grass punch- MS Crafts
  • Buttefly punch and scallop punch- EK Success
  • Flower die- Spellbinders
  • Flower and crystals- Hero Arts
  • Sentiment- Hero Arts
  • DP- October Afternoon
  • Cardstock- Bazzil
  • Brad- American Crafts

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday Sara!

Yes, another late card... at least I'm getting them done right??? My niece's birthday was in mid-April. I actually had the card made, but didn't mail it till this week. Hope she likes it. Used her favorite- Hello Kitty on the Double Display card.
Here's what it looks like when its open. I used the new large scallop circle die and cut slits at the scallops to make it look like a daisy.
Hello Kitty- Sizzix
Scallop circle die- Spellbinders
Circle punch- Marvy
Flourish punch- EK success
Paper- My little shoebox
Cardstock- Bazzil

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Belated Belated Birthday Liane!

Talk about a really really really late birthday card! I'm ashamed to tell you when my friend Liane's birthday really was.. so I won't! Anyway, since I'm sooooo late, I thought I should make this an extra special birthday card, so I "bear"ed down and made a double shaker. Used this cute bear cupcake image from TSRD and added the candle since it was a birthday card. The sentiment is by Hero Arts- I thought it matched really well since the shaker is like the sprinkles!
Here's another shot to show you the shaker part- microbeads in the front and dew drops in the back. Hope she liked it! Sorry it was so late Liane!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Show Some Appreciation

Our department normally throws a luncheon for our office support staff, but Office Support Staff Appreciation Day has come and gone and we still haven't announced when the luncheon will be held. Normally, I treat my staff to lunch the day of the luncheon, but didn't want this day to go by without showing some appreciation... so I made each of them a memo pad holder as a small token of my appreciation for the hard work they do for me and our department (I'll treat them to lunch when we have the luncheon).
Here's the 3x3 thank you card that accompanied the memo pad holder...
Wanted to use coordinating Doodlebug paper, so I used some scraps to match the cupcake paper shown on the memo pad holder. The bear stamp is by Create In Me, one of my favorite stamp companies because the images are so cute!
Here's a close up of the cute bear...
Here's another 3x3 card....
Here's the memo pad holder. This butterfly is part of a Hero Arts Cling set and the punch used is the deep cut doily punch by MS Crafts.
Here's a close up of the butterfly. I used pearls to accent the border.
Just wanted to say a big Thank You to my staff for being great to work with! :)
Memo pads
Butterfly stamp- Hero Arts
Bear Stamp- Create In Me
Punches- Martha Stewart, Marvy
DP- Doodlebug, Lasting Impressions, Bo Bunny
Pearls- Hero Arts
Dew Drops

Sunday, April 25, 2010

FCE Fair Sneak Peek

Every year, our club participates in the FCE Craft Fair in Hilo. This year, the fair will be held the day before Mother's day on May 7th at Aunty Sallys. Unfortunately, I can't go this year, so I thought I'd make some stuff for the club to sell. These memo pad holders are very simple to make, so I thought I'd whip up a few for the fair. This CC's Cherry Emma is my favorite one that I've made so far. I think what I like most about it is the background I created using my MS Crafts punches (grass and fence). This memo pad holder was made using HG Sing from TGF. She is a favorite here in Hawaii, so I thought it would be appropriate to accent her with Island Scrapbooking Laser Cuts (hibiscus and fern leaf). Here's a close up.... If you are in Hilo, hopefully you can make it to the fair! I'm also donating a lot of the cards I've featured here on this blog. I'll post more stuff I'm making later. Supplies:
  • Memo pads
  • DP- Lasting Impressions
  • H&G Sing- TGF
  • Cherry Emma- CC's Designs
  • Hibiscus and fern die cut- Island Scrapbooking
  • Stickles
  • fence and grass punch- Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Flowers- Prima
  • Butterfly punch- EK success
  • Pearl acccents- Hero Arts

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Simply Marvelous!

This one stumped me for a bit.. I was in awe when I saw this card on Jan Tinklenberg's blog Stamps Paper Scissors. She did a video tutorial on how to make this Marvelous Marquee card, which is truly marvelous! How many of you spend time on youtube taking notes on how to make cards?? Am I the only crazy one out there?
Anyway, after finally getting the right sized punches, everything seemed to fall into place. Guess that's what I get for trying to improvise with larger punches! Just goes to show that you really do need to follow directions some times, yah?
So, here's the marvelous part... When you open the card, it reveals a little window that you can stamp a small image or sentiment! Love it! This was my 3rd or 4th go at it and I finally found one that I was comfortable enough to post here. It really isn't that hard... just need the right sized tools and you'll be all good!
Cardstock- Bazzil
DP- Cosmo Cricket
Bee and sentiment stamps- Hero Arts
Flower punch- carl craft
Circle, scallop circle and square punches- Marvy and Paper shapers Ribbon

Friday, April 23, 2010

April OCS

I was happy to be partnered up with Joy from Tamiko's for this month's OCS. This is the last month that Teri will host the OCS, but the OCS will continue on because Linda and Kyoko have taken it on for all of us! A big mahalo to Teri for coordinating the OCS- its such a fun way to meet new people who share the love of card making! Thanks to Linda and Kyoko too for allowing it to continue!
So, I think I remember that Joy's favorite color is blue, hopefully I'm right cause I went with blue for the card. I also decided to use this as an opportunity to enter into the Tamiko's challenge #2- Nestibilities. I decided to use my Dhalia Nesties and make a pop up flower card- which I haven't made in such a long time, I had to pull out my instructions again. Hope she likes it!
Here's a close up of Emma...
And here's what the card looks like when its opened...
If you haven't checked out Joy's blog or Tamiko's online store, you are missing out! Her blog hosts the Tamiko's challenges and other fun stuff. Her store has great scrapbooking supplies at good prices and free shipping for purchases over $25! Supplies: Cardstock- Bazzil DP- Dhalia Nestibilities- Spellbinders Sugarplums- CC's Designs Gem- Kaisercrafts Vine die- Sizzix Stickles

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jumping On The (Mini Cake) Bandwagon

Boy- its been awhile since I posted! I guess I needed a blogging break! Things have been pretty crazy in our household since finding out DH has LOTS of Taiko stuff coming up and DD has a ballet performance in May, so that will probably mean less time to craft for me. Just because I took a break from blogging, doesn't mean I haven't been crafting- just too lazy to download the images from my camera... Thanks for all your comments on my last post- Tri Shutter Album! And thanks for checking back with me after my blogging break.
I originally saw these cuties on the Cute Stuff Yahoo Group... Lianne posted a photo in one of the albums- when I saw it, I knew this was my next challenge. Luckily, Teri gave some instructions on her blog... I didn't have the I-top punch so I improvised and used my scallop circle punch instead. Had to cut my own slits- so its not as nice as when you use the I-top. Love it when you turn on the light!
DP- Doodlebug
Tealight- Darice
Pearls- Kaisercrafts
Flowers- All Natural Accents

Monday, April 12, 2010

First Tri-Shutter Album

While looking for a tutorial on the Double Display Card (Thanks Brenda!), I stumbled upon several examples of a tri-shutter album. I really like mini albums since you can actually get them finished in a short amount of time. Decided to try out this technique using some new paper by Basic Grey. Ended up making it a sample for Island Scrapboooking by adding in photos of events over the past year that I've been helping out at the store. The photo at the top of this post is what the album looks like when its closed up. I added a belly band since it would hold it closed better. Since there are multiple folds that the band could get stuck on, I attached it using some velcro dots. Here's what the album looks like when its fully opened. I was able to add 3 vertical photos and 4 small horizontal photos. Here's the first panel... Made that flower using my new large scallop circle nestibilites and just cut slits where each scallop ends so that it looked more like a flower. Here's the middle section of the album. For the smaller panels, I decorated them with dew drops, punched flowers and the new MS flower patch border punch. The two blank panels were left blank so that we could add in "Island Scrapbooking". Needed Michele's help with that, so she's going to see if she can cut it for me. Used butterfly punches to accent photos since they can be placed anywhere and seemed to go with the floral theme. Here's the last panel...
I love this album and am going to make a few more as gifts... so can't post them just yet. I'll probably be teaching a class on them too if anyone is interested in Hilo.
DP- Basic Grey
Cardstock- Bazzil
Dew Drops
Buttefly punches: EK success, MS Crafts
Flower patch border punch- MS Crafts
Leaf punch- MS Crafts
Large scallop circle- Spellbinders
Daisy punch- Family
Brads- American crafts
Large Daisy (cover)- Heidi Swap

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Easter Treats

After rushing to make these mini milk carton treats for the girls at Island Scrapbooking, I failed to take a photo of it till now. Good thing Michele and Tracy didn't open them up yet! :) I also made one for Debi but didn't get a photo of that one. You can see it on her blog...
Used the tutorial that Teri posted (thanks Teri!). The instructions were great- really easy to follow. Like everyone, I thought the milk cartons were too small at first, but they hold a good amount of sweets- especially when you make 4 of them.
My crafty Aunty Jan sent me some cut ones until I could get the die myself, so I'm not sure what DP was used for the ones she gave me. Thanks Aunty!
Michele recently told me she likes orange, so I tried to use orange in hers. I also wanted to use Easter Anya since it will be the last time I use her for this year.
Next I used the Sweet November baby bunnies by Amy Young for Tracy's holder. They are so cute! Tracy likes blues, greens and purples, So dug in my stash for those colors.
I had some leftover mini clothespins that had little wood flowers or ladybugs on them, so I thought they would be good to close up the cartons. On the other side of the holder I added a bunny Island Scrapbooking laser cut. Sorry- forgot to take a photo of that side.
Cardstock- Bazzil
DP- Lasting Impressions
Grass punch- MS Crafts
Baby Bunny- Sweet November- CC's designs
Easter Anya- TGF
Word Window Punch- SU
Bunny laser cut- Island Scrapbooking

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sweet Wonderful You Cutie

Wow- can't believe that I didn't post this card! Guess I must've forgotten about it since I made it awhile ago. Used the cutie from the Hero Arts Sweet Wonderful You set. These little girls are so cute! I just love her pig tails. Well, need to start packing for my morning class! Gotta go early because the Merrie Monarch Parade will block off the street fronting Island Scrapbooking!
Sweet Wonderful You girl- Hero Arts
Megabilities- Spellbinders
Flowers- Prima
Gemstones- Kaisercrafts
Cardstock- Bazzil
DP- Reminisce

Friday, April 9, 2010

Mmmmm Strawberries!

I totally cased this project from Michelle at Mushi's Creative Inspiration. I saw this Strawberry template awhile back and knew I wanted to do something with it, but wasn't sure until I saw this basket. It was a little tricky but I finished. I think it would have been easier with 2 more hands! The cool thing is that the strawberries themselves can hold little goodies in them! Yummy!
DP- Lasting Impressions
Stem- IS Laser cuts (Plumeria)
Cardstock- Bazzil
Swirl punch- Paper shapers
White flowers- Prima
mini brads

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Swiss Pixie Daba

I love Easter because there is an abundance of bunnies! My DD loves her Daba (name for her pink bunny) and this CC's Swiss Pixie reminds me of her. Isn't she cute hugging her bunny? I actually made this card for a one card swap at Island Scrapbooking. Here's a close up of her...
Also wanted to share this Easter RAK I got from Donna. Isn't it cute? She used her top note die for the top of the bag. My daughter was trying her best to take photos of this because she knew if she could convince me that she took a photo for my blog, I would let her eat the candy inside... Smart no?!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Chicks, Man!

Do you watch The Soup on E! Its hilarious! I guess I enjoy it because it makes fun of celebrities and pop culture. They always say "Chicks, Man!" when introducing a segment on females, so thought I'd use it for my title.... Just had to share this cute Easter RAK from Debi. She said she got the Chick template from My Time Made Easy by Lauren Meader. I love her stuff too. Didn't realize this Chick was that cute! Love how she put feathers too! Thanks Debi!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bunny Invasion

Help! It's a bunny invasion! Had to make 25 of these bunny bags for Akemi's class. Aren't they cute!? I totally got inspired by Teri and Brenda's bunny punch art, though I didn't have the same punches as they used, so I made up my own. Had to use some Spellbinders for the oval stuff, but it worked out just fine. I made Akemi help me and she got tired punching out ovals for me.
For the bag base, I used the 2-5-7-10 bag, found the tutorial on splitcoast stampers. Since the bag has a flap, i just attached the bunny head and ears to the flap. Here's a close up of one bunny. You can't really see but there is a thin white circle around the black of his eyes.
Now, what's a bunny without a tail? Couldn't resist buying these white pom poms to give the bunnies their tails.
That was a bigger project than I thought! Stuffed them with these pastel colored arare (dont' ask- I can't imagine it would taste good!) and some chocolate eggs.
cardstock- Georgia Pacific, Bazzil
Pom poms
Oval punch- Paper Shapers
oval dies- Spellbinders
Circle punches- Marvy
Heart punch- Marvy