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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tea Swap - Open Call

First Tea Swap of the New Year

Requirements: You will mail 2 tea bags to your partner in a handmade card by January 10.
Remember: By signing up for this swap you agree to be a responsible swapper.

Optional Theme: New Years or Baby Cards
Card can be blank
OR you can write a note in it. Your choice!

Email me by December 30, SUBJECT: TEA SWAP with the following info:
1) your name
2) mailing address
3) email address
4) likes/dislikes/allergies (re tea type)
5) Loose tea okay? Y/N
6) blog (if any)
7) If you are willing to swap outside of the US or US ONLY

Past tea swappers don't have to send me the info above UNLESS your information has changed.

I will send a group email with the partner list around December 31st. Teas must be mailed out by January 10.

Drop me a line today if you are interested!

Monday, December 27, 2010

More Christmas gifts

Found these cups at Ross'. Packaged a Starbucks GC and some their instant VIAs in them. Cup Holder pattern from For the Love of Paper.

Double cup holder.
The single cup holder

Covered some delicious Big Island Candies with this cute poem from clearlyistamp.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

More Gifts in a Can

More canned gifts, i.e. jewelry, small knicknacks, etc. I also made matching bows with my new Sizzix bow die. Didn't realize how easy and they are to make. Paper by CTMH; Poinsettia tag using QK die.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Create from the heart: Coasters

You all have seen these photo frame coasters. I always buy a couple and stash them away for emergency omiyage (little favor) gifts.

This afternoon I'm meeting some of my tea swap gals for afternoon tea.

Embossed mini tag (3x embossed), gold wire and star brad.

A little stamp in the middle of this photo coaster, a box of Hawn Flavored tea, and a Big Island Candy Krisp bar!

All wrapped up very nicely.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Easel calendar

I received a similar calendar in a swap last year and loved it so much I decided to recreate the calendar for my friends. So far, I've made 10 for book club, half dozen for work friends and a few more for other friends. I've been way busy this fall with trial and totally slacking in posting my artwork (mainly b/c I didn't do any artwork from August to November. Thanks, Fran, for holding up the blog!

This is a calendar that I did for a dear friend who loves aligators. I couldn't find much in the way of aligator embellishments but I did finally find this paper (looks kinda gator-y and this charm). Merry Christmas, Linda!

And this is the close-up of the little gator charm.

I had a lot of fun making these calendars! I will posting more as I get to spend some quality time with my home computer!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Create from the Heart:

Several months ago I bought these water bottles at Ross', knowing exactly what I wanted to do with them. There were only 5 on the shelf.

Several months later, I gifted them up and made matching tags and cards.

Added a topper and made a couple of great gifts!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gingerbread men

These totally cute gingerbread men were created by my October Christmas Tag Swap partner, Myra, from Kailua. I saw the die at Ben Franklin but after seeing these cute guys, mmm, I may take a second look! Love them, Myra, as well as all the extra goodies which you spoiled me with :o)

Here is a picture of the other side of the gingerbread men:
Totally cute!!! Thank you, Myra!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gift For Amy

I recently bought a new can opener after seeing on someone's blog (I'm sorry, I can't remember whom) that she regifted and recycled her can goods. This is the type of can opener that unseals the glued top so there are no sharp edges. I think my original can was from Libby's Pumpkin. After washing it out cleanly, I put a gift inside, reglued the edges. Turned it upside down and decorated the can. I thought I'd use my new Sizzix Die for the flowers.

Ok, I know I should have made more flowers but I finished this at 12 midnight which left me only 4 hours of sleep until I had to get up for work! It fit nicely in a P. O. box and off to Chicago it went. Sweet 14, I know my niece will love this little gift!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

No Peeking!!

Just finished these 6 tags for Leanne in Los Angeles. She is my November/December Christmas Tag Swap partner that Kyoko hosted. I have never used my QK Vixin Raindeer die so thought I would use it for my first set of tags.

Then, using the same raindeer hat, I paper pieced a little elf tag and printed the sentiment on computer.