Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ran Out of Space! New blog coming soon!

Can you believe that I ran out of space to upload photos??  I'm in the process of starting blog 3 so I can share with you photos from the Holiday class as well as other projects I've been creating.
Life has been busy to say the least...not with holiday hustle and bustle, but in taking care of Dad.  We've been regulars at the ER for various health issues, so with all of that, I've been trying to keep up with everything else.
Thank you for your patience!  I will be posting a link to my new blog real soon...just have to finalize a few more things first.  I hope you will join me on my new blog and if not, I totally understand and thank you for following me in the first place.  Life happens and I have to just go with the flow!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Penguin Money Holder

Another project that I created that didn't make the cut - LOL!  This can be used as a money holder (which is what I'm using it for) or you can make it as a card and put a sentiment in the envelope.  This fabulous idea is one that I borrowed from a fellow stampin' up demonstrator Dawn Griffith.  Her blog is called Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  Please go visit Dawn's blog to be inspired!
Here's a better look at the front of the card.  I used the cute penguin from the No Peeking stamp set and of course the sentiment No Peeking!  The snowflake was cut using the Bigz die called Snow Flurry and you can find it in the Holiday Catalog.  I was trying to stick to the Primrose Petals and Gumball Green theme.
Here is the inside.  I used a mini square envelope to hold the cover of the card.  You can cut a piece of white cardstock 3X3 to fit in the envelope if you want to use this as a card.  I'm using it as a money holder since a gift card cannot fit in this tiny envelope.
I have one more holiday project from my class reject pile - LOL!  Coming up in a couple of days!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope your week is going smooth!
If you signed up for my holiday class, I will see you on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.!  Can't wait to craft with you!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fun Giftcard Holder

Here's another project that didn't make it into this year's class.  I love this idea because it combines a giftcard holder and a mini card all in one.  This cute reindeer sentiment is also from the No Peeking stamp set.  The sentiment is from the More Merry Messages stamp set.  Cardstock colors:  Primrose Petals and Gumball Green, both from the 2012 In Color Collection.  I embossed the back cardstock with the new embossing folder called Lacy Brocade.  It's so pretty!
 Here's what the inside of the mini card looks like.
Well, things are kind of getting back to a more normal speed.  My caregiver is back (yay!!!) and I can finally catch up with my sleep.  It might take me the whole week to catch up!  Dad is getting better and has had his follow up visit with his primary card physician.  Hoping that he can return to going to daycare for the two days that I signed him up for.
Thanks peeking in today.  I'll have another holiday project to share in a couple of days!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Jolly Christmas Tags

In searching for the perfect projects for my holiday class, I just had to create a whole bunch of projects before I select which will be included.  These tags came out real cute, but didn't make this year's cut for the kit.  Both image and sentiments came from a real cute set called No Peeking.  You can find this set in the Idea Book & Catalog.  In the next few posts, I will be using other images and sentiments from this set.
 Here's a close up of the cute snowman!
Thanks for stopping by today!  More holiday projects coming your way this week!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wonderful Winterland Card

While thinking of projects for my holiday class, I made this card.  Thought it was going to be part of the kit, but it didn't make the cut - LOL!  Not because it wasn't a cute card, but I thought it was a little too complicated to make in duplicate along with all of the other tags, giftcard holders and money holders.  I loved the way it turned out though, what do you think?
 I like to think outside of the box and use non-traditional colors for Christmas.  I decided to use the color Pool Party with River Rock and added a touch of Cherry Cobbler.  I think it blended together pretty nicely.  The cute image is from a set called Wonderful Winterland and you can find it in the Holiday Catalog.  The sentiment is from a set called Greetings of the Season and contains four more perfect sentiments for your holiday cardmaking.
This card has an acetate window on the front and I adhered my cut out image on the acetate.
Here is what the inside looks like...the snowflake background and image is also from the Wonderful Winterland set.  The inside sentiment is from a must have holiday set called More Merry Messages.
Thanks to those who already signed up for my 2012 Holiday Class.  I'm looking forward to a day of crafting with you! 
Thanks also for your visit today!

Friday, November 9, 2012

After Halloween shares...forgot to schedule this post!

I know that Halloween is over and we're moving on to Thanksgiving, but I wanted to share a few more photos and also the link to the blog where I got the idea from for the Boo Mix. The blog is called Sandy Toes and Popscicles...check it out!
I also made a Halloween card for my co-worker's grand daughter who lives in California.  I know that I'm out of it when I can't even remember where I got this cute card idea from.  Blog hopping and web surfing, you can so get lost.  I found this idea online, so it is not my original idea.  Thank you to whoever you are who created this fun card!  Here is my take...
 

All products used for this card by SU...
Some of you know that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Here is our window at the office.  This year, one of my co-workers found these cute pumpkin lights...love them!
I made this pumpkin in 1994.  Back then, I used to like to sew and made a bunch of these to give away.  Sorry to say that my sewing machine is kind of dusty, haha!  This pattern makes a huge pumpkin so I cut the pattern down because after the goodies are put inside, the pumpkin's face comes really long.
Found this cutie at Ross.  Love Ross!
Got this last year from Ross...
Okay, enough of Halloween...until next Halloween...Thanks for putting up with this post...we're moving on!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Holiday 2012 class is here!

I wanted to do this class a little earlier, but wasn't able to create all of the holiday projects with Dad being in the hospital three times in a month, it was a little difficult.  Thank goodness, he is home and getting better.  On top of Dad's hospitalization, my caregiver got sick and so, I'm at home taking care of Dad.  I can't believe that it's been one year since we had our caregiver and what a blessing it has been to have that extra help, especially at night.  I forgot how extra exhausting it is staying up at night and then trying to function the next day.
But finally!  Here are the projects for my Holiday 2012 class!  Every year, I ponder on what kind of projects you would like the most and it's so hard to decide!!  This year, I decided to include in my holiday combo the following:
4 fancy favor boxes, 6 money holders with clear envelopes, 6 gift card holders with clear envelopes and 12 tags.  All of the holders and tags will fit in a clear acetate box.  Here's a sneak peek of the projects.  You like?  I love the way they turned out!  I love all of the new holiday stamp sets and accessories so I tried to incorporate a lot of them in these projects.
So here's the scoop on the class:  The class will be held on Sunday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at my home.  The cost for the class will be $40 which will include all of the materials to make all of these fun projects!  Hoping I have time to put together my bonus for you as well.
I am hoping that I will have at least 10 people who will want to join me for this fun class.  I will be initially making ten kits and will add more kits if I get a good response.  If you would like to join me on the 18th, please send me an email to RSVP by Monday, November 12.  I apologize for the short notice and deadline, but under the circumstances beyond my control, that's how it has to be.  I gave my self a deadline that if I wasn't able to finish up projects by this week, there would've been no holiday class this year.  I'm so happy that I made the deadline!!  The deadline to RSVP is necessary to allow myself enough time to order the supplies and then cut the kits.  Boy, I'm out of practice!!
Kits to go...yes!  this year,  I will be able to make kits to go.  The kits to go will cost $55 which will include the shipping fee and will include all of the materials for the kit as well as the stamping of images, punching out of the shapes and embossing, etc.  The kits to go will not be ready by the 18th since there is alot of work involved in getting those kits together.
If you are planning to attend the class, please be sure that you bring your tool kits (tools that you use to craft with, including your reading glasses if you need them).
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope to see you at the class.  Looking forward to your RSVP!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Boo Mix

Got this cute idea from Pinterest.  Anyone on Pinterest?  I love this site!  In fact, I have to force myself to get off because you can totally get lost on that site.  Well, for me that's how it is.  Eeks!!  Ever since I saw this idea, I knew I had to get the ingredients to make this and finally was able to do it this weekend!!  It turned out cuter that I expected.
The Boo Mix ingredients are:  goblin teeth aka candy corn,  ghost poop aka marshmallows, witches warts aka raisins and monster scabs aka cinnamon toast crunch.  I tried mixing all of the ingredients together in a big bowl, but in my opinion, it was kind of messy especially with the sugar falling off of the cereal.  So, after that batch was done, I decided to layer the ingredients.  Much better!
 Here are the variations of the headers I made for the mix




This super idea of the mix (not the packaging) came from someone who posted it on Pinterest.  I tried to fetch the pin so I could post the link to give credit, but the site must be having issues because it's not letting me fetch the pin.  I will try again so you can check out this fun site and also I want to give credit for this super idea.  Well, it's still not letting me, so I will do a re-post with the link soon!
Thanks again for stopping by today.  Can you believe I still have more??

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Marshmallow Ghost Lollipops

Saw these ghost peeps at Walmart and thought it would be cute and fun to make lollipops out of them.  They turned out really cute!  I wrapped them in cellophane bags and tied them up with ribbon and added a tag.  It was hard to stand them up to take a pic, so this is the best pic I got of them.
 Here's a closer look at the ghosts...aren't they adorable??!!
 This batch sported a different tag.  Love this mummy image from SU.
 Here's what the peeps looked like before I took them apart.  I used these lollipop sticks.
Finally, I wanted to have some fun with my fingernails.  I've been going to Stephanie's Nails in Kailua for the past couple of months and really love the way Sam does my nails.  Don't look too close, because they are kind of growing out right now.  I know that everyone is now looking closer at my nails since I mentioned it...oops!  I've been using the wonderful gel polish that last at least 3 weeks without chipping (can you believe that?!)  Anyway, I told Sam that I wanted to do my own nail art this month, so he put on clear gel polish so that I could paint over the clear.  Fussing around with making a Frankenstein nail.  Kind of looks like a guy having a bad hair day, haha!!  Thought I'd just do the rest of the nails in black.
 Here's the right hand.  Wanted to do a spider web.  Great tutorials on YouTube...
Thank you for spending a part of your busy day with me!  I have more posts, can you believe that??

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Spider Box

Another fun Halloween project.  I was just fussing around when I made this spider on a box.  I love boxes and I was so happy that SU started carrying it again.  Then I thought...what am I going to do with them?  I wrapped a strip of DSP from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone collection.
The spider was made using the 1 3/8" circle punch, 1/2 punch and 1/8" circle punch.  The legs were hand cut strips.  Nothing fancy.
I put the sentiment on the back of the tag.  This sentiment is from an older Halloween stamp set called Wicked Cool, but it is still available!!  Even if Halloween is next week, if you like this fun sentiment (and the rest of the images), good time to get it.  We never know what sets will be on the retired list come June!
I wanted to put a web for my spider and played around with this idea...I used the Snow Flurry Bigz die and cut it out in black.  Thought it looked pretty evil in black, don't you??
That's it for today!  Thanks again for coming back to look at my post.  More coming tomorrow!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Tags

Of course, it's already the end of October and the last time I posted was the end of September...geez.  I know most of my subscribers are not keeping track of my posts, but it's the guilt that I hold on to for not posting that makes me bring up the subject - lol!
Anyway, thought I'd better post my Halloween projects before the month is over and we move on to the Christmas projects!  I will probably schedule a few posts to happen all this week so you won't be bored with one super long post.
I'm amazed that I actually was able to create stuff to give away this Halloween.  I guess mostly because my Dad is resting most of the time and I'm able to sneak into my craft room to create.  It's a good thing that my room is right next to the living room and it's wide open, so I can keep an eye on him.  September and early October was not a good time as my Dad was hospitalized twice and it really knocked the energy out of the both of us!
Okay...on to the tags...here's a photo of the tags all together...
I love this two tag die from SU...I embossed it with a spider web embossing folder.  This spider is an old Quickutz die...it's so cute.  I love Halloween as some of you know (happy face!)  The sentiment is an old stamp that is one of my faves!
Same tag in Lucky Limeade...
How fun are these ghosts?!  This is an old Sizzix die.  The Booooo is a perfect stamp for these ghosts...a new Halloween set by SU.
This cute bat is from the same QK die with the spider.  How cute is this?!
I made larger tags for the few Halloween buckets made for the little ones.  Love my top note die.  I embossed it for some texture.  The ribbon is from Flora Dec that I bought a few years back.  Yeah, I "stocked up" on this ribbon, because it was so cute!!
Another larger tag...
and another...
Last one...this bat is another old Sizzix die.
I will be scheduling a couple more posts with more Halloween treats...thank you so much for your continued love and support.  It means the world to me!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Catching Up with Me!

 
It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  Dad got very ill on September 14 and stayed for one week in the hospital.  He was diagnosed with C Diff and was put in isolation in the hospital because this illness is very contagious.  To visit him, we had to wear a mask, gloves and gown and washing up with soap and water.  We were told that even using hand sanitizers would not kill off the bacteria.  Thank goodness our caregiver was able to stay with him at nights after the hospital stopped having a sitter stay with him.  It gave me peace of mind to know that he was in good hands.  Anyway, we brought him home on September 21 and because he was still on antibiotic treatment, was not allowed to go to daycare.  He was really weak and also retaining lots of fluids, so it was good that he was able to stay home.  He practically slept day and night.  He is so much better today, although the swelling is still present.  I have him on medication to drain the fluid, and it seems to be working.  He's saying that he doesn't want to go back to daycare - oh boy!  We will have to work something out!
On another note, I did have my ornament class and the ladies had so much fun making the two ornaments.  Thanks ladies for coming to the class and thanks Wini for your help and support.  It was a very relaxing day for me too!  The holiday combo class is in the works and I'm excited to finish up so I can share them with you.  I'll be blogging the details when I'm done.
Thanks to all of you who still read my posts.  I still enjoy visiting blogs when I can.  I think alot of people have moved away from the blogs and are mostly on the social networks...so I thank you again for your support.
My next post will be a fun Halloween project!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Candy Bar Holders

I'm so struggling to get back into the crafting mode!  We had an awards ceremony at work last Friday and I had a handful of friends who received awards for years of service.  Our own division honored four nominees too!  Yay!  I made 8 of these candy bar holders.  It was the easiest thing I could think of to make.  I bought those huge candy bars and wrapped them up in cardstock and then decorated them so simply. I know it's not my best work, but it turned out not too bad.
I will be posting a tutorial on how to make these just in case someone is interested.  Of course, this project is not a new thing and I'm sure alot of you have made it before.  Even as easy as this was to make, it was still a struggle for me to get it done in a timely manner.  Mostly because I started so late in the evening.  Yes, I made them on Thursday night - the night before I needed them.  Typical me!  Anyway, here is how they turned out.
Here's a photo of Tik and Alice.  My two co-workers.   Alice made that beautiful lei for Tik - her favorite color Pink! 
I've been in the mood lately to take photos of the Queen.  She's constantly by my side.  Not quite joined at my hip, but sort of.  She displays goofy behavior when I leave for work - combing the house crying and carrying her Nemo fish toy around in her mouth.  At least that is what I'm told by my Dad's caregiver, Tobie.  Silly cat!  Here's a couple more photos of Mochiko.
 She's getting comfy on my paper cutter.  I guess that's why I own more than one!
Hey, thanks for stopping by today.  I'm really trying to get back into the swing of things and post more.  I think there's still an audience out there on blogs...am I right?  Oh well, even though no one reads my posts, at least I have a journal of my crazy life!  Tutorial to follow soon!