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Friday, May 31, 2013

Graduation time!


Some quick cards I created.  This one for the boys.
This one for the girls.  The caps are created from the A Place in Time stamp, heat embossed with black.  The coordinating tassels were created with embroidery threads and pierced through the cap which is popped up.
The circle and scalloped circle are from Spellbinders.
It's a gift card/money holder.  Sentiments can be written on the bottom.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Big Island of Hawai'i

Hi! I just got back from a week's stay on the Big Island. Wanted to share some pictures with you.
We stayed a couple days in Volcano.  You can see several ōhiʻa trees growing on the lava; the first form of life that grows out of the hardened lava.
My favorite picture is of the ōhiʻa lehua, aka Pele's Flower that I took in Volcano Park.  The legend states Pele, the Volcano goddess, was very jealous of the relationship between Ohi`a (a handsome chief) and Lehua (a beautiful maiden).  Because Ohi`a rejected Pele, she turned him into a twisted tree with grey leaves.  Lehua was so devastated that the gods took pity on her and turned her into a beautiful red flower on the tree.  Lehua means flower sacred to the gods.  They say that every time the Lehua is picked, it will rain symbolizing the lover's tears.
Petroglyphs in Pu`u Loa carved into the lava rocks.  They estimate around 23,000 petroglyphs in this area.
Punalu`u Black Sand Beach where the Honu (turtle) would come up to the sand as the tide rolls in.  The black sand is made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools.
There were several Honus swimming very near to the kids in the water, although the kids never knew just how close they were.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mike Wazowski and class tomorrow!!

Just got back from the Big Island.  Can't believe I forgot to go to Stone Cookie Factory!!  I love that place and eat their cookies with my tea.  Oh well,

While on the Big Island, I visited my best friend for a ouple of days.  It was cold but we had a wonderful time!  Anyway, this body scrubber and soap was picked up at a local craft fair.  They were favors for my BFF's son who will be graduating this weekend so this is what I came up with.  Big googlie eyes and we added a ribbon so that it would be worn like a lei.  The graduate is known for his Mike Wazowski (think Monster's Inc) mascot so I quickly created tags for the soap bags.


For those people that signed up for my May class, it is scheduled for tomorrow, May 25. at 1:30 (not 1:00) p.m.  Don't Forget and I'll See You THERE!!!
Have a good one!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Let it ring - Wedding card

Here's an oldie but goodie design

Paper punch silver bells with silver brads for the ringer.
Nesti Circle and scallop circle with pop dots between all on top an embossed card.  
White on white with silver and a touch of brown ribbon.
Add a sentiment and you have something elegant.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Tim Holtz Easle Die

I wonder how many of you saw this die and thought nothing about it.  Let me tell you that I found it to be a great investment!!  I purchased it at Ben Franklin the beginning of the year with a 40% coupon and have used it several times - pretty much just to showcase a card.
I recommend cutting the die with chipboard, mainly black chipboard.   Folded out, it looks like this and can be laid flat (hint:  think mailing!!!)

I used it to showcase this card. However, adding a mini calendar right there between the bamboo leaves and wa-la!!!  It makes a great year long gift . . . or maybe used to hold cards up so I can take a picture for the blog!!  :o)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I know a couple of mothers who love Hello Kitty. 
This one is for YOU, as well as for each and every Mother reading this!

Hope it is a great one!!

For my mother and MIL, I decided to dig out from my stash and created this Hawaiian Haleconia card. 
I used Dreamweaver's stamps, and a bunch of SU ink pads.
I have always loved this stencil and recreating the colors of the Haleconia is just too much fun!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Open Call for May's Tea Swap

This beautiful pocket card was made from Dori to Josie.  
The theme was "Spring" and the swap color was pastels.


If you wish to join our little tea swap, here's the info:
REQUIREMENTS: 2 tea bags in a handmade card mailed to your partner by May 31.

The OPTIONAL Theme for May's Tea Swap will be: "MASCULINE" 
The OPTIONAL Color theme will be Blue and Green

Card can be blank OR you can write a note in it. Your choice!

If you are interested, email me no later than May 13 with the following information:

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 international or US ONLY

Partner information will be emailed by May 15.

Email me today if you are interested!

Responsible swappers only, PLEASE!

Friday, May 10, 2013

All in the Neighborhood

Went back to my roots on this paper pieced card.  It's for a co-worker who has been ill.
It is from a bunch of us who's offices are located on his side of the floor
Here is the inside of the card.

The only thing that wasn't hand cut was the clouds die from Memory Box Inc.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

April Tea Swap

Tea Swap from Josie

Not sure if Josie has rec'd my swap to her yet, but this is her swap to me.
The front of the card has a tea cup (pouch) attached with a bag of tea inside and strands of pearls. She also enclosed two mini envelopes with a bag tea inside
Thank you, Josie!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May's Mini Album Class - Sneak Peak

It's finally Sneak Peak Time for May's Mini Album Class using the beautiful Nature Garden line by Prima:
Class is scheduled for May 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Cost is $28.  Please sign up right away!  Payment is required to reserve your spot because I ONLY have 10 spots for this class and so far 7 are filled.  I know you won't want to miss this class!!!

This mini album is basically a two page album but (believe it or not!) holds 17+ places to put your pictures or journaling. After taking this class, you won't want to wait to create your own!!

Please bring the following supplies to class:  paper trimmer, scissors, scoring tool (aka bone folder), Scor-Pal or similar tool that scores 1/4" (card size Scor-Pal is fine); Crop-a-dile, Tacky Liquid Glue or very strong tape (1/4" and larger), Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain (opt), Sponge applicator or similar (for the Ink), Glossy Accents, Crystal Stickles, ruler, pencil or pen, Border Punch of your choice (I used Fiskars Scallop in sample), tweezers and a wire cutter - -  WOW!!  I think that's it!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tea Swap for Robyn

I hope Robyn has already received my tea swap!!!  
But here it is . . . . .

I saw this card and absolutely loved it!  Didn't have any of the item so I thought I'd improvise.

 I also created this little tea holder purse:

Looks like a regular little purse from the outside.

And here's a shot of the inside.
Hope she likes it!!!