Monday, November 21, 2011

More Holiday Extravaganza projects!

Here are more of the projects from the class.  One of my favorite cards.  I love the sentiments in the fancy script.  This set is called Hand Penned Holidays.  I'll share a "duh" moment with you on this one.  I was so excited to order this set when the demonstrators could preorder the sets and I entered the wrong item number and guess what I got?  I got this set in French...I didn't even realize it until I was putting the set together and couldn't read the words - gee, no light went on til then!  LOL!
Here's the inside:
Here is a card made using the new embossing folder and the cardstock stickers from the Simply Scrapping scrapbook set.  We made three different cards using the stickers.  I don't know why I couldn't find the photos of the other two...I'll post those in a day or so.
Here's the inside:
We made 8 of these gift enclosures with envelopes.
Are you all ready for Thanksgiving??  I guess whether you are ready or not, it will be here in just a couple of days!  Then the shopping begins!  This year, I am cutting down on my shopping and exchanging of gifts.  Got Nolan his gift already, something he wanted badly - a drum machine.  He does alot of music mixing and he's pretty good at it.  Thank goodness I only have one child - it gets expensive!
I won't be shopping this Black Friday because I will be at work.  It will be a nice, quiet day and I'm planning on decorating the office!  Got some new decorations from Pier One over the weekend and am anxious to put them up!  I'll take a pic of it when it's all done.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Extravaganza Projects

My apologies for a very late and over due post on the projects from the Holiday extravaganza class.  Can you believe that the class was in October?  The class was a huge success, mostly because I had the help from my partner in crime (wini) - thank you sooooooo much!  We ended up cutting 35 kits.  OMG, that was alot of cutting and prepping!  I now know that I'm really not ready to do classes on a regular basis just yet.  Dad is finally recovering from his pneumonia and is getting back to "normal", well somewhat normal.  I tell you, I learn something new every day that I take care of him.  I didn't know that illnesses (mostly infections) cause the elderly to become disoriented and confused.  It was so frustrating and difficult for me to take care of Dad because I was not aware of what was going on.  It got to the point (before I knew) that I was thought it was time to put him into a care home because I had the helpless feeling that I could no longer take care of him.  Thank goodness that I was informed at one of our ER visits about what was going on with Dad and why he was acting the way he was.  I love life lessons, it makes me stronger every time I go through these tough situations.
Anyway, sorry to drag on and on about other stuff other than the projects.  Today, I will share a couple of the projects.  I'll be creating posts for the coming week of all of the projects so please come back to check them out!  This is my favorite card from the class. We made 6 of these cards.
Here's the inside...
Love the tag!  We made 6 of each color (total of 12 tags)
The gift card holders using the petite pocket XL Sizzix die...We made 6 of each color (total of 12)
Here's the back of the GCH
If you are interested in the list of all of the supplies we used for this class, send me an email and I will gladly share the complete list with you!
If you ordered a kit to go from me, they are finally ready!  I am mailing the 2 kits to California this weekend.  Thank you to all of the other ladies who came by my office to pick up your kits.  That saved time and money for both of us! My apologies for taking so long to finish them up and get them to you.  Part of the reason for the delay is that I injured my arm - my tennis elbow came back - boo hoo!  I think it's from me using my arm to help dad out of his chair all the time.  This injury has taught me to become more aware of what I'm doing and I've made some changes on how I help him out of his chair now.  I've been going to get shiatsu done on my arm as well as having it taped with the Kinesio tape.  I'll post a pic of my poor arm all taped up so you can see how wierd it makes my arm look :0
Well, thanks for giving my blog a peek today.  Thank you all so much for your love and support and for sticking around to see my projects.  More in a day or two!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Friend Jack

I love Halloween!  Always did, but not really sure why?  Today, I'm sharing a card with you that I created a couple of weeks ago but just never had time to take a photo of it and post.  The stamp set I used is called Jack of All Trades.  I thought that was a clever name for a stamp set.  This set comes with a couple of pumpkin shapes and faces and a hat.  It's really easy to use and cute too! 
 Here's the inside of the card.  I love making Halloween cards and loving the new Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set.  This set has 24 Halloween images, perfect to use with your punches.  It's been so long that I've had time to create that I really was pleased with the finished card.
Supplies:
Stamps:  Jack of All Trades #122620 wood, #122622 clear; Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood, #123946 clear, Grateful Greetings #116511 wood only
Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Designer Paper:  Frightful Sight #122351
Black Satin Ribbon #117285

My Holiday Extravaganza classes is this coming weekend - October 15 and 16.   Eeks!  I hope all goes well this week and that I am not falling asleep during the class.  The kits are done - I'm just putting the finishing touches on the extras...looking forward to seeing you if you signed up for the class.
Don't forget to bring your basic tool kits (this kit should include your scissors, adhesive of your choice, paper trimmer with scoring tool or your scor pal or some kind of scoring tool. )
Since this class will have lots of projects to do, if you are short on time, you might want to die cut out all of your pieces, stamp and punch out the pieces and then assemble at least one of each of the card, tag, giftcard holder, etc. so you can complete the rest of the kit at home.  If you are an experienced crafter, you should have no problem in completing your kit.  You may want to assemble your cardkeeper box at a later time in order to allow you enough time to do the projects.  I am trying my best to send out an email to those of you who might not know exactly where I live.  In the event I run late and you need to know, please send me an email.  Please know that under normal circumstances, I'm usually really good about getting everything set for my classes.  This is the first class that I'm doing since March of this year because I am taking care of my Dad.  Thanks for your patience and see you all soon!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

September CATS

Catch up time!  Sharing with you my CATS (card and tag swap) for September.  I chose to use the stamp set Turtle & Co. #122870 wood #122872 clear.  This is the 2011 exclusive stamp set to help raise money for The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).  For every Turtle & Co stamp set sold, Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to the RMHC.  To date, Stampin' Up! has donate over $1,000,000.00 in contributions! 
For my card, I decided to use the Turtle and made it a shaker card.  I haven't made a shaker card is such a long time!  I embellished it with my Little Leaves (sizzlet die) and a flower from the Boho Flower punch adding pearls in the center of each flower.  I'm loving the new In Color cardstock Pool Party, such a refreshing color!  The sentiment is also from the Turtle & Co. stamp set.
Here's a closer look at the front of the card.
For my tag, I decided to use the scallop circle sizzix die.  Embellished it with the Litle Leaves and flowers as well.
Here is the adorable CATS I received from my September partner, Brenda!  Brenda is super talented and I just LOVE what she created for me, thanks Brenda!!  Be sure to check out Brenda's blog for more inspiration!
Brenda also included this too cute note pad she decorated with the Build a Bear die and accessory...thank you!!
If you are interested in participating in the card and tag swap (aka CATS), please stop on over to Joy's blog to find out the deets!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Photos to Share

I don't have a crafty post today, but thought I'd share photos instead.  Every morning after I park my car at the Dept of Health, I have a pretty nice walk to work.  My GF and I walk through the State Capitol and then through Iolani Palace before we get to my building.  I just had to take this photo using my phone one morning.  The sun was not quite up as you see the pinky colored sky and there was a light drizzle, just enough to make this beautiful rainbow right over the buildings of downtown Honolulu.  Love it!
Here's something else that I saw that was different.  Walking through Iolani Palace, I've been seeing these mushrooms, or toadstools on the grass.  I remember while growing up, there used to be a lot of these around.  I was told that they were poison, so not to touch them.  I got a pretty nice shot of these toadstools - I know, kind of a wierd thing to share...
Finally, couldn't not share a cute pic of the princess Mochiko.  She loves the SU boxes.  Perfect for clawing and sharpening her claws.  These boxes were the supplies for the Holiday Extravaganza class and she was up high on her tower.  She stole this basket that I actually bought for my craft supplies, but that's okay, I have more.
That's it for today!  Come back tomorrow for a crafty post!  Thanks for your visit today

Monday, October 10, 2011

Exciting Promotions at Stampin' Up!

Holy moly!  I've been out of the loop lately and almost missed sharing these awesome deals with you!  During the month of October, if you sign up to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you will receive a FREE (yes, FREE!!) Big Shot!  If you already have a big shot, you can receive up to $100 in free Stampin' Up! products!  That's such a BIG deal!  Email me to find out how you can join my team!  Or, if you prefer, you can visit my Stampin' Up! website (on my sidebar) to sign up to join the Stampin' Up! family.  This offer is the first of it's kind and I can't wait to have you join my team!

Also during the month of October, purchase two Simply Sent kits and get a coordinating stamp set FREE!  Our Simply Sent Kits are the ideal choice for the beginning crafter. The card kits offer a variety of basic themes, so it's easy to create cards for any occasion.  Even the advanced crafters can appreciate the ease of creating cards using the Simply Sent kits.  Email me today to find out more information!

Buy any two of the following Simply Sent Kits:
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Item
Description
Price
192
122375
Simply Sent Great Day
$12.95
193
122377
Simply Sent Everyday Elegance
$11.95
193
122376
Simply Sent Sweet Moments
$13.95
And get a FREE coordinating stamp set:
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Item
Description
Price
192
123682
It's Your Day
$8.95
192
124685
Es tu día (Spanish It's Your day)
$8.95
192
124800
C'est ta fête (French It's Your Day)
$8.95
193
123686
Everyday Wishes
$9.95
193
123684
You're Cherished
$8.95
193
124865
Chérissons les anges (French You're Cherished)
$8.95
My favorite stamp set is the Everyday Wishes!

Last, but not least, Stampin' Up! has come up with Pressed Cookie Stamps.  Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps are a brand-new product that will appeal to crafters and non-crafters, alike--not to mention kids!
The easy-to-use cookie stamp has a solid wood handle with three interchangeable stamp images: a heart, a jack-o-lantern, and a snowflake.
Just make your favorite shortbread cookie dough (or one of the two included recipes) and stamp away! Create beautiful, hand-stamped cookies in a flash. The stamp images are completely food-safe and child-friendly.
Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps is a fun new way to create and add that personal touch to a tasty gift.  It's easy it is to use--no ink required!
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Description
Price
125152
Includes solid wood handle with three interchangeable stamp images, two recipes, and tips for use
$16.95
Check out these coordinating products:
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Price
19
Simple Snowflake Single Stamp
$8.95
20
Homemade Single Stamp
$9.95
162
Creatively Yours Set
$18.95
194
Baker's Twine
$2.95
224
Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die Set
$21.95
15*
Kraft Gift Box (4)
$2.95
These coordinating items will help you create the perfect holiday treats!
This is such an exciting time of year to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  If you are like me, you will love using the many new products offered during this holiday season to make your own personalized holiday cards, tags and gifts!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Photo Prints on Canvas!

Wow, it's been a while since I've been online and on the blog.  Dad was hospitalized a couple of weeks ago and although he was released, is slowly recovering.  It's so hard when he is already struggling to get by on a daily basis let alone, deal with additional health issues.  Needless to say, I've had even less sleep lately and it's taking a toll on me.  We have hired a caregiver for the evening so I can get some rest, but we are experiencing some issues with scheduling at the moment.  I cannot wait until we have it all worked out so I can return to a somewhat normal schedule.
Today, I want to share with you a really cool thing that I had the opportunity to try out.  I had one of my favorite photos of my Mom and Dad put on canvas, and I'm loving it so much!  This photo really portrays the life of Mom and Dad, happiest in the garden. 
While my photo of the canvas doesn't do huge justice, you gotta believe me that it is even more beautiful in real life.  Easy Canvas Prints will turn your photos to canvas.  Check out how to get your canvas HERE!
My canvas was 11X14 in size.  I wished I had gotten a larger canvas done.  Something to consider for my next order.  Here is my canvas on the wall in my living room...
Check out Easy Canvas Prints on Facebook too!  If you "like" them on facebook, you will automatically receive 50% off of your next order.  Free shipping might apply, depending on where you live (unfortunately not to Hawaii). 
I'm hoping that I will have more time today to pre-post on my blog as I have alot to share with you, but never any time to get online to do it!  Fortunately, today, my sister is here to keep an eye and ear on Dad so that I can get some things done.
Cross your fingers that I will be able to work on more posts!  Thanks for stopping by today.  Let me know what you think about my photo to canvas!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wedding Card

I made this wedding card back in July, kind of the same time that I made my July C.A.T.S.  I really liked the colors used here as I wanted to keep it simple.  White was the main color and I used a silver and a new in color called Pool Party.  Loved the way it turned out.
Here's a peek of the inside of the card.
Here's the list of supplies used:
Stamp sets:  Petite Pairs #122495 wood #122497 cling; Word Play #120308 wood, #120651 cling
Cardstock:  Whisper white, Pool Party, Brushed Silver
Accessories:  #115963 Finial Press embossing folder, #122464 Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Basic Rhinestones #119246, #118874 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, #119850 1 3/4" circle, #109070 Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, stampin dimensionals
I'm hoping to find some energy to make a few Halloween projects.  It'll be here before I know it!  Thanks for coming by for a look today. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2011 Holiday Mini Catalog

It's here!!  I finally found some time to order a bunch of the holiday mini catalogs.  If you are not on my mailing list and would like to receive one, please send me an email to let me know.  Be sure you include your address (if you know I don't have it) and I will send it out to you!  You can order from this new holiday mini catalog right now!  So many new and fun products available as we approach the holiday season!
If you would like to view the holiday mini catalog right away, click on the link on my sidebar and it will take you right to the catalog for viewing.

July and August C.A.T.S.

 First off, I would like to thank everyone who signed up for the Holiday Extravaganza!  Both classes are FULL!  Also, thanks for sending in your payments as it will help me pay for all of the supplies needed for this class.  I will be ordering this weekend so I can start prepping for this big event!  If you have not sent in your payment, please do so as your payment will confirm your reservation for the kit.  If you have ordered a kit to go, please send in your payments to reserve your kit as well.  Thank you so much!
Seems like I'm always "late" in everything that I do now days - I wonder why? (wink!)  Today, I'm sharing some C.A.T.S. projects from July and August.  C.A.T.S. is the card and tag swap that I signed up for for the months of July, August and September...wonder what I was thinking when I signed up!  Speaking of signing up, if you are interested in signing up for the C.A.T.S swap for October, November and December, hop on over to Joy's blog to check out the deets!  You can find it HERE!
Anyway, I posted my July CATS awhile ago, but didn't share what I received from my partner.  First, here is my CATS for September.  This is one of my new favorite sets from the 2011 - 2012 idea book & catalog.  This set is called Field Flowers and is a two step type of stamp.  I love how I can use two colors and it just pops right out from the card.  I used pink pirouette and early expresso cardstock, two of my favorite colors!
I decided to make it a birthday card - I'm always looking for a extra birthday card but never have any extras just lying around waiting to be used!
This was the CATS I received from Enjoli Bennett from Kona.  Thank you Enjoli! Love the cupcakes!! Please check out Enjoli's blog for more exciting projects.  Enjoli is the owner of Sugar Shack Crafts and the creator of such cute, cute, cute crafts!  She's also on facebook.  Right now, if you become a fan on facebook, you will have a chance on winning some awesome prizes, so go and check it out today!
My August CATS partner was Elena.  Love this cute set that I received!  The coloring is so perfect!  Thanks Elena!  I love it and the goodies too!  If you want some inspiration, go check out Elena's blog.  She is so creative and has endless inspiration!
Here are a couple pics of Mochiko.  I guess she's making use of my Fiskars cutter since it's been dusty lately from lack of my use! LOL! 

Hope your week is going well.  Been extra busy lately with lots of doctor appts. for my son.  It's frustrating trying to find the right doctor to help you with your illnesses.  I think we found a good doctor this week and have some explanation for things that have been going on.  Boy, being busy makes me sooooooo tired! No time to do any crafting!  Hope I can get started on some fun Halloween stuff soon!  Thanks for stopping by today!  It's almost Friday!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Additional Information for the Holiday Extravaganza classes

What an overwhelming response!  Thank you everyone who already signed up for the classes!  Be sure to send in your payments by September 20th so that I can order and prep everything for you.

I forgot to post the time of the class.  Guess it's been so long since I've done a class, I forgot.  The class will start at 1:00 PM.
The Saturday class is full!  I have 15 girls signed up for Saturday, October 15.  If you really wanted to come to the Saturday class and don't mind squeezing, send me an email asap.  My Sunday class so far has 3 people.  Let me know if anyone wants to switch over to Sunday (no pressure).
I sent out the list of supplies and measurements to the demonstrators who signed up.  Let me know if I somehow missed you.  Demonstrators who are planning on ordering their own supplies and cutting/prepping their own kits need to have the cardstock cut before the class.
Everyone will need to bring their tool kits.  If  you are new to my classes, a basic tool kit just means your tools that you use to craft.  The most important tool is your adhesives and scissors.
I hope I covered everything, if not, I will post an update.
Thank you all so much for your patience and for believing in me.  It means alot to me to see that you all still want to come to my classes!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

2011 Holiday Extravaganza is finally here!

Aloha Friends!
 
Just what is the Holiday Extravaganza?  It's my holiday class for 2011.  Here's the sneak peek!
 This class will take place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at my home.  In years past, when I had more time to plan monthly classes, I would hold separate classes for holiday cards, gift card holders, gift enclosures and the popular 50 tag class.  As most of you know, recently I became the primary caregiver for my 91 year old Dad which left me with such a small window of time to plan these monthly classes.  I've been planning this class for a while now and it's finally ready.  Most of my regular class attendees have been asking me when will I be putting a class back on the calendar, well, it's finally here! And since I cannot promise that I will be going back to a schedule of regular monthly classes, I thought that I would hold one major holiday class that would include ALL of your favorite holiday projects with ALL NEW stamps and accessories!  This class is sort of three classes rolled into one - sounds like fun, right? I can't wait to share these projects with you!  I know you will love them all.
At this Holiday Extravaganza class, we will be making 12 holiday cards with envelopes (3 card designs), 12 holiday gift tags, 12 holiday gift card holders, 8 gift enclosures with mini envelopes.  Your holiday kit will include the following products and the use of all of my stamp sets, inks and miscellaneous tools.  You will still need to bring your own tool kit.
 
* Stampin' Card Keeper
* One-half of the Simply Scrapping Kit "Christmas Lane"
* Antique Brads
* Basic Rhinestones
* Baker's Twine - Cherry Cobbler
* 1/2" seam binding - Cherry Cobbler
* 5/8" satin ribbon - Old Olive
* Medium envelopes
* Square mini envelopes
* Cardstock

The cost of the Holiday Extravaganza class is $60.  It's like taking three of my classes, except all projects will be done in one class.  I promise, you will not be disappointed when you see how many projects you will make.
If you are a SU demonstrator, not in my direct downline, you can attend this class for only $5 if you order your own products and cut out all of your own cardstock.  If you are interested in attending, I will send you an email with the list of supplies and measurements for the projects when you RSVP.  You should have all of your pieces cut before the class
Here's a photo of how the finished projects fit so nicely in the card keeper.  It will be a great place to keep them all together until you're ready to use them during the holidays.



If you are interested in attending the 2011 Holiday Extravaganza, don't wait to RSVP because seating is limited.  The last day to RSVP is Friday, September 16.

Please follow these steps to make sure you get into this one-time class:
1.  RSVP to me via email to reserve your seat.  Please let me know if you are attending on Saturday, October 15 or Sunday, October 16.  Remember, last day to RSVP is Friday, September 16.
2.  Send in your payment of $60 to me.  I will email you with my mailing address once you RSVP if you don't have my address.  Your payment must be received by me no later than September 20I must receive your payment to purchase all of the supplies needed for your kits.  If I do not receive your payment by the due date, a kit will not be reserved for you.
Your kits will also include a fun bonus project and a special gift from me!  I can't believe that it's taken me so long to get this class together.  It's so frustrating for me to not be able to put these classes together like I use to, so I appreciate all of your patience.  Looking forward to seeing you at the class!  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Silly Cat and bathroom renovation photos

Wow, I can't believe that it's been a while since I posted.  These days, I only have the time and energy to go to work, come home and take care of the yard and meals, and take care of Dad and I am ready to hit the pillow!  Taking care of Dad these days is really consuming most of my time, but I don't mind.  We have gotten into a routine, which is good for the both of us.  I do have a bunch of crafty things I need to get posted and I will do it when time permits.
Today, I felt like sharing a funny video of Mochiko.  I took this video with my phone a couple of days ago, but being the non-technical type of person, couldn't figure out how to share the video because my phone told me that the file was too large.  My niece Jodi figured it out for me, so now I can share the videos! Yay!  Thanks Jodi!!  I can finally share with everyone some silly things Mochi does at random times and most of the time, no one will see it (or believe me).  My cat likes to stand on her hind legs and she uses her paws (no claws) like she's digging...she's trying to open the shower door so she can lick some water. 
Was that funny or what? LOL!
Here are some photos of the finished renovated bathroom.  It's so hard to keep things neat when you live with all men.  I really could use an all female bathroom...you know it would be decorated with pink!



The bathroom looks way larger than it was before the renovation.  We are loving it, especially making it so easy for me to help Dad with his shower.
Thanks for stopping in today.  I will work on posting more crafty photos,,,I still have to share my July CATS from Enjoli!
Have a great Friday everyone!  It's Statehood Day in Hawaii and a day off for me!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Red, White & Blue - My July C.A.T.S

Happy August!  Gosh, can't believe the last time I posted was July 14th.  Time sure flies when you are busy!  So many things happened since my last post, it's gonna take me a few posts to catch up!  Our bathroom renovation is finally done, yay!  We love the new bathroom as it makes it so much easier for Dad to maneuver around using his walker with the wider doorway and easier to help him bathe with the built in shower seat.  I will share photos of the renovation soon, promise.  I was so amazed watching the transformation of it all as you will see when I share the photos.
Today though, I am sharing with you my July C.A.T.S.   Some of you might be wondering what C.A.T.S. stands for - it's card and tag swap.  Joy is the coordinator of this fun swap.  You can check out her blog for more information on how you can join.  My partner for July was Enjoli from Kona.  The theme for July was Red, White & Blue.  I had to think real hard as to how I was going to make my card and swap and what was I going to use?  Here is my finished card - what do you think?
The colors I used: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  I'm liking this color combo!  I've been wanting to use my Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch since I got it a while ago, so I punched out some flowers and I was so happy that it actually worked well with this card.  For the center of the flower, I cut small strips of paper, about 1/4" wide and rolled them up into coils, added a dot of glue at the ends.  I really liked the end results.  In this photo, you can see the details.  I made some marina mist coils too, to add around the flowers.
 The sentiment is from the Swirls and Curls Verses set.  I love the little music notes and the bird.  Added some pearls to dress it up.
Here's the inside of the card.  The larger flower is also from the triple punch and the smaller flower is from the boho flower punch.
 Here is my matching tag.  Just a smaller scale, but pretty much the same.
 Ribbon is the 1/8" taffeta ribbon.  Used a 1/2" circle punch and the 1/4" hand punch to make frame around the hole where you tie the ribbon.  Besides adding interest, it also reinforces the hole so it won't tear.  I don't have time this post to list all of the supplies used, but if you have any questions on the supplies used, please send me an email or comment.  If you comment and want an answer back from me, make sure I have your email (don't post it in the comments though), make sure I can link back to you if I don't know you.  Thanks!
I have so much to share with you, I'm hoping that I will have more time this weekend to schedule some posts so I can catch up.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You know how much it means to have visitors, especially if you own a blog, right?  I do appreciate your visit, your comments and emails.  I know I've said it before, but it really does keep me going.  Okay, off to take care of things before I head off to sleep.  These days, I've been getting up twice a night to help Dad with his bathroom trips so I need to get some shut eye.  See you all soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Dear Kind & Wonderful Friend

Hello Friends!  Almost the end of the week.  We started the renovation of our bathroom this week and boy, it's always crazy whenever you do any kind of renovation!  Being that we only have one bathroom was kind of crazy.  Dad and I have been sleeping over my sister's house.  It's really hard living out of bags, but it's only temporary.  Hopefully, it won't take more than a week and a half.
Today, I am sharing a birthday card I made for my BFF Wini who celebrated her birthday in May.  I know it's July already, but I just had no mojo to create a special card for her.  I always loved this sentiment "My Dear Kind & Wonderful Friend" because that is just what she means to me.  I used my stampin write markers to color in the sentiment so I could get two colors instead of just one.  I used the huffing technique on this one.  I used the new DSP called Beyond the Garden.  Cardstock colors: Old Olive and Pacific Point.  Also used my new favorite ribbon, 1/2" scallop dots ribbon in chocolate chip.  The pearls added a nice touch to complete the card.  I hope she likes it!
Here are a couple of photos from the renovation.  I've been taking photos every day so we can see the process.  Here are 2 before the renovation and 2 after the demolition photos.


Poor Mochiko is so scared with all the strange people coming in and out of the house and all of the loud noise, but she found a perfect hiding place - in the farthest corner under Nolan's bed.  Whenever I check up on her, she's fast asleep.  She is so excited to be able to come out when everyone leaves.  The plumbing is all done, the electricians finished today and the carpenter is finishing up the walls and ceiling.  Cabinet installs tomorrow and then painting.  I know it will be all worth it when it's done.  I hope you are all having a nice week so far, one more day before the weekend!  I'll have my card and tag to show you that I made for the C.A.T.S. (card and tag swap) that Joy hosts.  This month, our theme was red, white and blue.  I was really happy with my card and tag.  I won't be able to show it just yet, until I send it to my partner because I want her to be surprised.
Thanks for your visit today!