Friday, November 28, 2008

Whiff of Joy Blog Candy

Blog candy alert! This time it's from a Whiff of Joy. Bev is giving away a cute Herb with Baby Stamp... super cute snowman. You can enter it on Bev's blog, All the Things I Love

You have until December 4th to enter!
Good luck!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Aloha RAK from Chris


I arrived home late from work today... it was a long day. I opened the mailbox expecting to see bills and more junk mail, the usual. But to my surprise, I received a box from Chris, my partner for the Aloha Monthly RAK Group. Woo hoo! She had perfect timing... and it really made my day. I wanted to get this posted right away...so here it is. I sat down and immediately began tearing the box open to reveal a nicely wrapped package. Enclosed was a thank you card with her message tucked inside. I carefully removed the ribbon and found these beautiful cards and monogram mini notecards and envelopes. Her colors coordinate so well and her work is always so neat. These are so pretty that I want to just keep them all for myself... but she made a bunch...so I guess I can use some of them...but definitely not all. Thank you so much Chris!!! I'll post what I sent to Chris a little later. If you'd like to participate in this month's Aloha RAK Group, Tracy just posted the sign up on her blog. You have to sign up by November 30th to participate in December.

Hello Kitty

I made this Hello Kitty box for my friend's birthday. She LOVES Hello Kitty, so I used the Sizzix die cuts to create this box. I saw this cute pink gingham fabric, so I wanted to use it for her shirt. I ran the fabric through the Zyron machine to make the back sticky and then ran it through the Big Shot to cut the pieces. Next time though, I need to remember that I should probably mount the fabric to a piece of cardstock first, then run it through the Zyron machine. The fabric was so thin that when I peeled the backing off, the fabric pulled and distorted the gingham print. Eeee...I had to cut it again and I tried to be more careful, but the gingham is still a little distorted. I used a glitter tip that Cheryl of J's Knicknacks taught us at one of her make and takes. I ran Hello Kitty's ribbon through the Zyron upsidedown and then pressed it into the glitter... it really beats trying to put glue on the whole thing and then sprinkling the glitter over the glue. I think the sparklies really added to it!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

PCP Sketch Saturday 112208

I made this card for Paper Craft Planet's Sketch Challenge Saturday for 11/22/08. This is a Whipper Snapper image. I bought this image because the polar bear and penguin were soooo cute. I couldn't resist. I tried to take a picture of this card at an angle so that you could see the fuzziness of the polar bear. I used Fun Flock on his entire body. I really didn't do a good job taking the picture...you probably have to click on it to see it enlarged. Also used the scallop ovals and ovals from Spellbinder's Nestabilities. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up. You can view the other entries for this PCP sketch challenge here. Paper Craft Planet is a neat website... they have a lot of different groups that you can subscribe to, there's even one for Blog Candy Giveaways...Happy Monday!

It's Sunday!

Hope you had a nice weekend. I've been so busy... this past week was a blur for me. I have several things to share in this post. First off, I wanted to show you the gift that I received on Thursday from someone I work with. She's retiring at the end of the year and she gave me a thank you gift. Go figure! I was very honored to receive it. What a nice surprise. I knew she was crafty, but I didn't know that she stamped as well. This is a picture of her thank you card envelope and the pocketbook calendar that she decorated. Now Joanne will have lots of time to do her crafts, enjoy spending time with her family, and do volunteer work. What a wonderful person she is!!! : )


The next picture is a Make and Take that I did at Cute Stuff with Jean from Dandelion Designs. You can make one too...she has posted the template and instructions on how to make it on her website. It was a little challenging for me...but do able. I'm happy with how it came out. Her images are too cute!!! When I showed it to my other half, he said "Oh, that's nice, Nicky!"...but you could tell that he was just saying it to be nice...then when I told him to pull the tab and it revealed the colored image, he said "Wow, that's cool!" He thought I had gotten lazy and just decided not to color the image. It was a lot of fun to make. Thanks Jean!


This next picture is of a large paperclip that was decorated by Lianne of Cute Stuff. If you haven't been to her store, you've got to check it out. She's located in Puck's Alley. Lianne has loads and loads of "Cute Stuff". The image on this clip is a "Cute" snail by none other than Dandelion Designs!!!


The last project that I'll share tonight is a card that I made with one of the stamps that I won last week from Jean's Make and Take at J's Knicknacks. I'll be making more projects with her stamps, but thought I'd share at least this one for now. I used her cupcake image...frosted it with some stickles (i love stickles), and layered with stampin' up circle and scallop punches. The "You're sweet" image is also from Dandelion Designs. Had to add a cute little ribbon, because it reminded me of Jean... she used this kind of ribbon in the last two make and takes that she did. It's such pretty ribbon! Well, that's all for tonight. Have a good week!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rina's Blog Candy

Not much time tonight, but I wanted to tell all of you that I came across this site as I was visiting Jen's blog. Her site directed me to Rina's blog...check it out... she has some neat stuff posted there. She's also giving away some blog candy...but you gotta hurry! Check out the details here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

PCP Sketch Saturday 111508

I made this card for Paper Craft Planet's Sketch Saturday 11/15/08. It was a little challenging for me to decide first of all, how to incorporate what I wanted to use for the sketch. My next challenge was taking a picture so you could see the details and then post it on their website...Whew! You can view the other entries for this particular sketch, here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Cute Stuff!

I hadn't had a chance to download this image and post this until today. The resolution on this camera is rather poor, so I'm sorry that you can't see too much detail. I made this card for Lianne at Cute Stuff. This past weekend, Lianne celebrated 11 years in business! Woohoo! What an accomplishment! The image was a brass stencil by Lasting Impressions and I used a product that I had bought last month at the Mainland Stamp Expo. Fran, The owner and demonstrator of The Stencil Collection made using her "Icing" look so easy. The "Icing" looks like cake icing. You just spread it over the stencil, scrape off as much as you can (like silk screening), pull off the stencil carefully, let it dry (at least 10-15 minutes), and ta da, you have a raised image. I waited longer to be sure that it set though.

Look at what I got today!



I stopped by J's Knicknacks today after work to pick up the "ohh" so generous giveaway prize that Jean from Dandelion Stamps gave out to one lucky person of those who attended her Make and Take on Saturday. I can't believe that I was the lucky winner! The giveaway included 8 of her cute stamps wrapped in a pretty pink box. I can't wait to unwrap them and start using them! If you've never seen her stamps before, you really should stop by her site http://dandeliondesigns.org/ and take a closer look at all of her images. They are adorable! I posted the project that she shared on an earlier post, here. Stay tuned, later this week, I'll use her stamps in one of my projects. :o) Thank you, Jean!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stamp Camp - Nov 16



What a fun day! 4 hours of crafting! : ) Attended another of Jacque's Stamp Camps... I love attending these. You go at your own pace, so there's no pressure and you are provided the supplies to make 4 different project. My favorite of the 4 was the Let it Snow Card. You pull the two brown tabs to reveal a hidden message, gift card, or I guess you could put in some cash.

We also made a package to hold our Snowman Soup, a box using the Big Notes diecut, and a pocketbook calendar.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Peek - A - Boo Card



I made this card earlier this week. If you haven't been to Jenn Muraoka's website yet, you don't know what you're missing. She's listed in my favorites. Jenn had a video that showed her creating the Peek-a-Boo Card and she made it look so easy that I had to try it. I just bought some golf paper from J's Knicknacks and it was still sitting out staring at me, so I decided to go with a golf theme. The stamp is from Juju's Tiny Treasures, now known as Create in Me, by Julie Fujii. My Mom is an avid golfer and I made this for her to give to a friend. The left panel is blank so that she could write her friend's name there to add her own personal touch. So, you pull the two sides of the card and there's the hidden message! The message stamp is by Darcie's Country Folk. Golf anyone?

MnT - 11/15/2008


Just got back from some shopping and a Make and Take at J's Knicknacks. Jean from Dandelion Designs put together this cute, ohh so creative, Christmas project. Two big candy canes taped together to form a heart...perfect for a party favor! It was a fun project... then of course I had to get the snowman stamp. He's a cutie! What a nice way to start getting ready for Christmas!!! Are you ready?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hang in There


I made this card for a friend. She needed a pick me up because she had had a rotten week. The pudgy kitty hanging onto the branch seemed to say "Hang In There"... so I really wanted to use that image. I had bought the Provocraft stamp a long time ago, but never used it. I think I helped to make her Monday a little more bearable. To color the kitty in, I wanted to make him seem soft and fluffy, so I used color pencils and gamsol to get a softer look (I'm horibble at coloring and shading). I used some scrap printed paper to give it a little more color. Again... a simple card, but made with a lot of love.

Friday, November 07, 2008

RAK from Cathy


I just received this RAK from Cathy. She's so sweet : ) and so is her RAK. I feel so fortunate to be the receiver... she added a lot of detail...the bow holding it closed was handcut and it really added to the box. She even stamped some background spider webs on the inside and hidden below the candy treat was a fully colored stamped image inside. All together now "ADORABLE"...

Thank you Cathy!

FIRST Post




This is my first post ever. A good friend gave me some pretty design paper. I love this color combination...pink and green. I cut 3 strips of the design paper, and used stampin' up circle punches and the stampin' up scallop punch to punch and border the turtle. The cute turtle is a stamp made by Dandelion Designs. Added some crystal stickles to the flower for a little sparkle and a little bling to the bottom corner. A simple card...you will see as I post my projects that they are very simple...nothing really fancy. Many times it's a matter of trial and error.