Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 Holiday Projects

The 2013 Holiday Party was so much fun.  Thank you to those who attended and joined me as we made some fun projects!  We had so much food too!  Thank you to everyone who brought a dish to share.  It was enjoyed by all!
Here are the projects that we made:  Using the new envelope punch board, we made a cute Santa box.  The box has a belly band belt and inside is where we stored our other projects.
We made 3 tags using the deco thinlet dies on cherry cobbler cardstock and stamped an image from the Christmas Tagables photopolymer stamp set using real red.  This tag was also embossed using the Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Here is the back of the tags:
 We also made these 3 tags using white cardstock and stamped snowflake images in Marina Mist from the Endless Wishes photopolymer stamp set.  This set is now SOLD OUT!  I'm so glad that I ordered mine early.  Unfortunately, SU will not be reordering this set as it is too close to Christmas. 
We made 3 cards with envelopes.  I love these notecards with envelopes - the best deal ever.  Gotta share with you that you can get 20 cards with envelopes for only $5.95, how awesome is that!?  The card stamped using the Endless Wishes photopolymer stamp set in cherry cobbler and old olive.  Then we embossed the card using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and added a strip of washi tape. We stamped a snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set and cut out with the Festive Flurry thinlet die.  Popped it on with a stampin' dimensional and a rhinestone to complete the card.  For the envelope, we cut out liners using paper from the Season of Style paper stack.
Time to work on my own personal holiday projects now.  Meanwhile, my brain is thinking of projects for my 2014 class in January...I'm open to any suggestions!  I'm thinking of making some projects for Valentine's Day!
That's it for now.  Thank you for stopping by to check out my post.  Hopefully,  I will have time to post the projects from the previous classes...sorry so late with those!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Holiday Party to Thank my Customers

The holidays are here, can you believe it?  What I can't believe is that time escapes me all every month and even more so these days, I'm having a hard time keeping up with my blog and posting all of the projects from my classes.  I'm going to have to get better about making some time to post!  I can't promise regular posting, but I can promise that I am going to try harder!
Today, I'm posting a little sneak peek of the projects that I have created for my customers and downline who have attended my classes during the year.  These projects will be offered at my holiday party at no charge, as my way of saying THANK YOU to you for your support of my classes and business.  Without you, I would not be able to continue as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
I was only able to finalize the projects this past weekend, thank goodness it was a long holiday weekend for me!  The original date of the party WAS supposed to be happening this Saturday, November 16 that was until I had a house of sick kids which delayed my creation of the projects.  I'll explain more about the "kids" another time.
The NEW date for my holiday party will be on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 at 11:00 a.m. at my home.  I will be providing snacks, drinks and these fun holiday projects!  If you would like to bring a dish to share, please let me know so I can tell you what dishes I already have to avoid duplication.
If you have attended any of my classes this year and would like to join me to celebrate the holidays on November 24, please RSVP via email no later than November 20.  You must attend in person to receive your project kit.
Looking forward to celebrating the holidays early with you!  Don't forget to email me to RSVP no later than November 20.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tags, Giftcard holders and Bags Class Sneak Peek!

I can't believe that it's already October!  I'm sooooo late in getting my October class projects rolling - 
but I finally was able to come up with the ideas and just in time too.   The October class featuring holiday gift tags, giftcard holders and bags will be held on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 starting at 10:00 a.m. at my home.  We will be making 10 tags (5 each of 2 designs), 4 giftcard holders (2 each of 2 designs) and 4 bags (2 each of 2 designs).  Here is a sneak peek of the projects!
The cost for this class is $25 and will include everything you need to complete these projects.  Please RSVP via email to me as soon as possible since we only have one week before the class.  If you have already RSVP'd to me last month and have paid, may I ask that you send me an email to make sure I have you down?  Thank you!!  I have been distracted with some family matters this past couple of weeks, so I appreciate a reminder.  I usually have everything down and organized, but this time, I have to admit, I need your help, just to make sure.  Thank you, thank you!!
I will be offering the "to go" kits as well for $35 and demonstrators pay $12, which is a deal for these holiday projects!  Speaking of demonstrators, Stampin' Up! is having a promotion until October 21 to join for only $25!  One of the perks of being a demonstrator is paying half-price for classes!  If you are interested, email me, or check out the scoops on my SU website
Looking forward to those who already signed up for this class.  I had fun creating these projects and can't wait to share them with you!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Snowflake Ornaments!

Just wanted everyone to get excited with me about these beautiful snowflake ornaments!  We will be making three of these ornaments - one each in Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding and Silver.  These will be a perfect addition to your tree, on a gift or on a gift bag!  As a side note, you might want to bring your own scoring tool such as a trimmer with a scoring blade, or your simply scored scoring tool (a scoring board with stylus) as you will need to score some of the snowflakes.  I will have scoring tools available for use, but you might not want to wait to use them.
I have now opened up a Sunday class - September 22nd starting at 10:00 a.m.  I have had more than a few requests for Sunday classes, so we will do class on BOTH Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd.  When sending in your email RSVP, be sure you specify what day you are reserving your space for.  FYI, Sunday class is filling up fast!  I have more space for my Saturday class.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Holiday Cards in the making!

The holiday season has begun, at least in the crafting world.  The holiday card class will be held on Saturday, September 21 at my home starting at 10:00 a.m.  We will be making 10 cards with matching envelopes and even a snowflake ornament!  We will be using the envelope liner die to line our envelopes with designer series paper to match our holiday cards!  The liners really makes the card look more complete, in my opinion and I love it!  This class will also feature the latest circle and label thinlet card die.  These cool cards are so easy to make and I can't wait to share them with you!  The cost for this class is $25 and will include everything you need to complete 10 cards with matching envelopes as well as a cool snowflake ornament.  Demonstrators cost is $12.00 and "to go" kits will be $35.
To reserve your space at this class, you will need to RSVP via email and send in your payment.  The payment holds your space for this class.   I will try to accommodate as many people as I can for this class.  If I have a lot of interest, I may open up a Sunday class - not sure just yet.  You can mention a preference of days in your RSVP so I can let you know if a Sunday class opens up. 
In the event you do not show up for the class, you will need to make arrangements with me to pick up your kit.  If you wish to have me complete the stamping and cutting for you, there will be an additional charge as it will be considered a "to go" kit.   Thanks for your understanding!
Please be sure to bring your tool kits as well.  For this class, you may want to bring your trimmer with a scoring tool, or if you have a scorepal or something can score lines.  This will be for used for the snowflake.  I will have my scoring tools available, but you might have to wait for use.
I'm really excited for this holiday class and can't wait to share it with you!  The October class will be tags, giftcard holders and gift bags.  That class will be on October 19.  More info will follow.
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to see you soon!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Swallowtail Class projects (July Class

I totally forgot to post the projects from the July class.  This class featured the stamp Swallowtail.  I love this stamp!  I know after the class, alot of people fell in love with this stamp too!  Here are the projects!  I tried to make all of the cards have a 3-D effect.

This card featured the chevron embossing folder and washi tape.

We made 5 tags using the Chalk Talk dies.  These tags remind me of the closure for a loaf of bread, I love them!
As a bonus, we made this cute tag using the deco label frame lit die and then punching a large oval at the top.
Thank you to all of the ladies who attended my class.  It was so nice to see everyone again after a long absence.  I sure did miss this monthly gathering, but taking care of Dad was top on my priority list.  I know that everyone understands why I had to stop the classes, it was tough.  My Dad, who also loved my classes, was there in spirit cheering me on and was smiling to see all of ladies enjoying themselves too.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August Class switchout! NEW PROJECTS!!

Well, here I am with an NEW post for the August class.  Sometimes it's hard to guess what kind of projects customers want to make and I guess being that the star book was something we made in the past (I can't even remember what year we made it, but it was quite a long time ago), the interest was not quite there.  But that's okay!  Initially, I was really bummed that I selected the wrong project to make, but I'm didn't want to give up.  I am determined to get back on track with hosting one class a month.  It's really hard to re-establish what I had before I stopped to take care of my Dad.  I heard him tell me to not give up so I went back to the drawing board and created ALL NEW projects!  I'm hoping that there is still some interest for a class with these new card creations.  These cards were really fun to make because I used a lot of new products including the Deco Label frame lit die as well as the Apothecary Accents frame lit die.  These cards will feature heat embossing as well as the dry embossing (using the embossing folders Modern Mosaic and Beautifully Baroque).  Although I love all of these new creations, my favorite is the pocket card!  Here is a little sneak peek of the projects that we will make!
The class will remain for Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 am at my home.  Please RSVP (via email) as soon as possible as I will need to cut all of the kits this week.  The cost is $20.00 and will include all of the materials for the projects.  Demonstrators cost is $10.00.  Please be sure to bring your tool kit.
Note:  for the two ladies that did email me about the star book, you can still do the star book at this class instead of the cards.  Please let me know!
Well, I'm hoping that that these cards appeal to some of you and that I will get some interest.  Thanks for stopping by today to read my new post!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August class sneak peek!!

 August is here!  It's been so hot lately, it's so hard to drag myself into the craft area since I have no windows in that room, so I'm depending on my fan.  The fan pretty much just blows around the warm air - ick!
This month, the class project will be one that I made a really long time ago.  This is the mini star book.  I love this book!  Here is what the front cover looks like.  We will be using the stamp set Zoo Babies and Happy Day.  We will also be using the Polka Dot Parade DSP and candy dots!  Please note that the kits will be cut using all of the colors from the polka dot parade designer series paper so each kit's color will vary.  The kits will be handed out randomly.  Just wanted you to know ahead of time the color variation.  All of the colors are so pretty!  I know you will love the color you get in your kit!
 This is what the book looks like when you tie the ends together, a star!
Here's the info to sign up for the class...The class was originally supposed to take place on Saturday, August 17, but I just realized that today is the 7th and there is no way that I will get it all together in 10 days, soooooo, I will move the class down a week and it will be on Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. at my home.  Cost for the class will be $20 and will include all of the materials to complete this cute star book including your own pack of candy dots!  Demonstrators pay only $15 for the kit, which will also include the pack of candy dots.   If there is any interest for kits to go, the cost will be $35 which will include all of the materials prepped, instructions to complete the project and the package of candy dots as well as shipping cost.
Please RSVP via email no later than August 13 to reserve your space to attend this class and then send in your payment.  Be sure you bring your own tool kit.  Note: for this project, you will need to bring a roll of sticky tape or some form of tape on a roll.  The roll adhesive will stick better on these pages since we are making a book.
I'm looking forward to seeing all of you again!  We always have so much fun at the class and I'm sure this month will be no different!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Thinlits Card Dies are here!

The products get better and better!  The new Thinlits Card Dies just released on August 1st!  Isn't this cool?  I remember back in the good ole days when I figured out how to make something similar to this.  It was a lot of work measuring and cutting, talk about sweating it out!  Stampin' Up! has made life easier for us to make some cool cards with the new Thinlits Card Dies!  There are two styles available - the circle card thinlit #133480 and the label card thinlit #133479.  Cost is $32.95 for each die.  I just ordered my die, so will be posting what I make when I get it!
To watch a demo on the new Thinlits Card Dies, check out the Stampin' Up! video on my sidebar to the right of this post.  I hope it works, all of this technology is new to me!
Thanks for stopping by to read my post today. 
Next post will be the sneak peek for the August class!!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Summer Class - check out the sneak peek!

Finally!  It's taken me a little longer than I thought to put together my first class in months!  I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, but some days, I'm just not motivated!  I guess after a long day at work, I'm pooped!  I've been working extra hard at my job to catch up after years of horrible attendance and letting my work pile up.  I'm happy to say that I'm pretty caught up for the most part, yay!
Anyway, on to my class!  The class will happen on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. at my home.
Here is a sneak peek of the projects that we will be making!  I've planned this class around a beautiful and big stamp called Swallowtail.  We will be making four (4) fun and beautiful cards and 5 tags.  We will be using one of the Chalk Talk framelit dies for the tags that you're gonna just love!  This class will be featuring most of the new "in colors" which is growing on me now that I've used them.

As always, the class kits will be sold on a first come, first served basis by sending me an email.  Being that this is the first class in a long time, I'm not sure how many people want to come, or can come so I will be making 10 kits for now and will add on as I get RSVP's.  The cost of this class remains the same price of $20.00 and to hold your space, you will need to send in your payment to me.  Receiving your payment will also help me cover the cost of the materials since I haven't had a class in ages, I kind of need the help in paying for the supplies!  If you need my mailing address, please request it in your RSVP email since I don't want to post this information on my blog.  As usual, I will serve iced tea, water and brownies.  If you want to bring your own snack, please feel free to do so.  Remember to bring your own tool kit (adhesive of your choice, scissors and reading glasses if you need it, and whatever else you need to do crafting with).
If you are a demonstrator in my downline, the class fee is only $10.00.  This is one perk of being a demonstrator! 
If you would like a kit "to go", the cost will be $30.  The cost will include shipping and all of the materials to make the projects, stamped and prepped! 
I am looking forward to this class and seeing all of you!  Don't forget to RSVP to save your kit and space!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Swallowtail Butterfly cards

At first when I saw this HUGE butterfly stamp, I thought, no way was I going to buy this.  But I received a beautiful card from my friend and downline, Myra who used this stamp.  I knew that I HAD to get it and did!  I made a bunch of cards and matching envelopes using this stamp.  The photo here doesn't do justice because I stamped the butterfly twice and cut out a portion of it s that it flaps.  I'll try to see if I can get a good photo of it and re-post it so you know what I mean.  I love the fact that stamping in one color works well.  What do you think?
I am planning on making this card at one of my upcoming classes.  Speaking of classes...I'm working on a simple class in July.  If all goes well with my sample, we may be making a mini star book featuring a new stamp set and new in colors!  Are you curious?  The class won't be until July or August, but I will post sneak peeks when my samples are done!

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Simple Sympathy Card

Went to a funeral this past weekend for my Grand Aunt who was 100 years old!  Amazing longevity.  I rushed to make this sympathy card on Friday night because I let buying a card slip by me during the week.  I guess I forgot to buy one because I stayed home sick for a couple of days.  It's been a long time since I've gotten sick - sore throat, migraine type headache, coughing and was starting to lose my voice!  I guess something was telling me to slow down and rest, so I did.  I actually slept most of the first day I was home and I even read a book!  I love to read but it has been YEARS since I was able to sit down and read a book.  It felt really good to lie down and get lost in a book.  I read a book called MENTOR - The Kid & The CEO.  It was a really good motivating book.
Anyway, here is the card I whipped up.  I'm surprised that it turned out pretty good.  Used a retired SU stamp set called Close as a Memory.  It is really a classic stamp set to make Sympathy cards.
I'm working on a couple of projects using some of the new products from the Stampin' Up! brand new catalog!  If you don't have one, and want one, send me an email.  You can also view the catalog online at or click on the link on the catalog on my sidebar.  You can also get a list of the supplies used on the samples in the catalog by clicking on the supplies also on my sidebar.
Thanks for stopping by to visit me today.  I am starting to get the hang of posting again.  Bear with me!

A New Home for Shadow - well, almost...

Thanks for the comments on my request to find Shadow a home.  My co-workers grand daughter took him home, but Shadow, being so protective of his new owner, didn't want anyone to get near her, even family.  Needless to say, we are back trying to find a home for him.  We tried the Oahu SPCA,  a shelter that protects homeless animals without putting them down, but they didn't have a kennel for him, so we are back to where we began.  Hopefully, we will find a home for him.  We have faith that something with work out!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Urgent Help! I need help in finding Shadow a good home asap!

Hello Friends!  I am trying to help friends find a good home for "Shadow".  He is a sweet, gentle house dog who is a great companion.  Shadow is about 7 years old.  His owner is very ill and is currently in the hospital but will be moved to a nursing home soon.  The nursing home, of course, does not allow pets.  My friends who are currently taking care of Shadow needs to find a home for him ASAP as the apartment complex that they live in does not allow pets either and they were told that if they continue to keep the dog there, they will be evicted.  If he does not find a home soon, he will be taken to the Humane Society. 
This is just too sad.  Shadow is staying on and off in my yard in a little make shift house.  He's okay when people are with him outside, but it's clear that he is not happy when he is left outside.  He's not too happy about being outdoors because he is actually a house dog.  My poor Mochiko would freak out if Shadow came into her house!
If you know of anyone who could give this sweet dog a home, please send me an email ASAP!  I would truly hate to see this dog put down.
Thank you for reading my post tonight!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The New Stampin' Up! Catalog is here!!!

It's here!!  The 2013 - 2014 Stampin' Up! catalog is now available!  First day to order is Saturday, June 1.   I'm loving all of the new products in this new catty!  I went through it and tagged what caught my eye and the catalog is full of tags!!
Want a free catalog?  Place a $30 order through my SU website and I will send a catalog to you! (Please note that this offer is my personal offer and not associated with any offer through Stampin' Up)
I am trying to plan an Open House sometime in early July.  The catalog would already be available to order from, but I'm needing some time to figure out my free projects for this event.  It's been a while since I've had an Open House.  I will announce it here and on my facebook page.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Money Headband for Graduation

Now that graduation is all done, I'm finally going to have time to do some posting!  I know that not all of you are on Facebook and not seeing all of the projects that I've been working on, so I'm going to make a good effort to get back to blogging.
I am posting this sort of tutorial tonight because after I posted this on Instagram and FB, people are asking how to make one!
My son received this money headband from our neighbor "Aunty Lani" and I thought it was a really clever gift for the graduate!  
You will need about 40 one dollar bills.  If you can get your hands on some clean crisp bills, it kind of helps.  Thanks to the gals at HSFCU for gathering their best of the dollars today.  You guys are the best!
Step 1: take the dollar and fold it in half like this:
Step 2:  Fold one edge to the center like this:
Step 3:  Fold the other edge to the center to look like this:
Step 4:  Fold the dollar in the center to look like this:
 This is the side view after you fold it:
Step 5:  Take the long ends and fold each edge to meet in the middle, it should look like this:
 This is what it looks like when you are done.
Step 6:  I folded about 10 dollars and then started to assemble the headband.  Take two of the folded dollars and insert one into the other like this:
 If done correctly, it should look like this:
 Continue to add the folded dollars til done!  Here's a couple of photos of the third dollar added.
That's it!  To close the headband, save one dollar and skip Step 5.  The dollar will be long.
 Insert the dollar into the last dollar like this:
 Other views of what it should look like (it was hard to take the photo with one hand and hold the headband!)
 Another view...
 To finish it up, tuck the ends into the dollar under the flaps.  It's hard to explain, but you will know what to do when you are actually holding the headband.   The photo below is not the actual size of the headband.  I just closed it so I could take the photo and finish up this mini tutorial.
I would love to hear feedback from you!  Hope you have fun making this headband and thank you for visiting my blog today!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Things That Make Me Happy!

It's so nice to be re-connecting with you.  Thank you to those of you who have already commented and sent me emails.  I've missed all of you!  If you want to subscribe to my new blog, type your email address in the box to the right of this post.  I hope to be posting more crafty projects as time goes on.  Right now, I'm trying to sort out my life and start getting my act together.  I've been checking out ideas online and am trying to get a "feel" again for my projects and classes!  Please tell me what kinds of projects you would like to do for a class!  I'm kind of in a rusty mode right now so any suggestions would be welcomed!
Anyway, just wanted to post a few pics of what has been making me happy these days...
One of the happy things is getting my nails done.  I've given up doing my own nails because I've decided that I cannot live without my acrylic overlay on my nails.  It makes it stronger and doesn't get damaged with all of the dish washing and yard work that I do.  My manicure lasts for at least 3 weeks to one month so I feel that it's worth it!  I've been going to Stephanie's Nails in Kailua.  Stephanie and Sam are really awesome!  Here's a couple of pics of my nails done by Stephanie - I just love my Hello Kitty!
 Here's another Hello Kitty...I don't get special designs all of the time, but when I do, they are so fun to look at every day.
Having a Starbucks is a special treat!  This is the Passion Tea with extra Thai Walls (condensed milk)...soooo yummy!!
I've been browsing at My Girlfriend's Closet when I go to get my nails done.  This is a used clothing store.  Tenora (the owner) has some awesome taste in clothing and jewelry and I love that all of the clothing is washed before she puts them out!  I found these fun pieces of jewelry on my last visit, don't you love them?!
Of course, I cannot forget my sweet fur baby - the Queen of the house.  She brings me lots of joy!  She's been hanging out in her favorite room - Dad's room.  I know that she misses him just as much as I do!

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