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.
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:
Simply Sent Great Day
Simply Sent Everyday Elegance
Simply Sent Sweet Moments
And get a FREE coordinating stamp set:
It's Your Day
Es tu día (Spanish It's Your day)
C'est ta fête (French It's Your Day)
Everyday Wishes
You're Cherished
Chérissons les anges (French You're Cherished)
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!
Includes solid wood handle with three interchangeable stamp images, two recipes, and tips for use
Check out these coordinating products:
Simple Snowflake Single Stamp
Homemade Single Stamp
Creatively Yours Set
Baker's Twine
Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die Set
Kraft Gift Box (4)
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!