Monday, June 29, 2009

Graduation Ian Card

I was blog hopping again and ran across Enjoli's Stamping Under the Sun blog with the graduation money cards she made...loved it! So I went onto YouTube and found a tutorial for it. Well my 4 year old son was watching the tutorial with me and wanted me to make one too! Since I wasn't really "feeling" the graduation slider card I made for my husband's cousin, I thought I'd make this money card for him instead. I have no clue if the high school's in Japan have school colors like the ones here so I just let my son choose the colors for this one.We'll probably give more than a dollar (haha!) but that's all I had in my wallet at the time!

Mom's Gift

So today is my mom's birthday and I totally forgot to wrap her present!! So when I got up this morning the first thing I thought to do was to make one of those card holder's from Teri's tutorials that I had so much fun making. I had to alter the dimensions a little to fit mom's gift in there but it still came out looking pretty cute I think! :-) Thank you Teri for such great step by step tutorials!

RAK from Joy

Ok, so I mentioned that Joy had sent me some goodies with my Tamiko order last week (Woohoo...I just now figured out how you gals were linking other blogs to your posts!! Sorry, I'm a little slow! haha!). Well here's a picture of all the wonderful goodies she sent!! I seriously couldn't believe it and yelled for my husband to come and see my very first RAK! I love the pretty card Joy made and all of the beautiful flowers and dew drops! I opened them up right away and started brain storming! :-) Thank you again Joy!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Birthday Card for Mom

My mom's birthday is on Monday. I came up with this quick little card today. I used my Cricut for the cupcake and the scalloped circle...I love my Cricut! I added some pearl beads to the scalloped edges and used my one and only bottle (ha!) of Stickles on the frosting and the flame of the candle! Yup, I must admit, I am loving the Stickles and am definitely going out to buy more! :-) Oh, and I used my Marvy Uchida Corru-Gator Paper Crimper to give the base of my cupcake a more authentic look!

Friday, June 26, 2009

My Gretel Card

It amazes me how generous blogging sisters are! I recently received this Gretel image (as well as Heidi) from Linda (thanks so much again Linda)! I just love them. Gretel is one of the new C.C. Designs Swiss Pixies images. Well I knew right away that I had to make something with her. I came up with the card below. Despite the fact that I'm limited to only 6 Copic markers (one of them being the no color blender), I think she came out pretty good...and now you know what colors all of my images will be whenever I use my Copics to color them!! ha! :-)

I also ordered some goodies through Joy at Tamiko's. To my surprise, when I opened my package up, she had so generously sent some additional goodies (like the flowers and dew drops that I used on this card) just because it took a little longer for her to get my order out in the mail...simply amazing!

Thank you Linda and Joy for helping to make this card possible! Heehee!! :-)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Animal Baby Card

This card is for my cousin who just had her second baby!! I can't wait to see pictures of him! The coloring on these images really suck because I was using some pretty old stamp markers to color them with...I really need to invest in more Copics!! Where's the best place to buy them??

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kokeshi Doll Card

This was initially supposed to be a birthday card but I couldn't find my "Happy Birthday" stamp anywhere! That's what happens when I leave my stamps in the reach of my daughter...although I don't really have a choice since my craft area is my dining table!! Anyways, this card didn't go as I had planned but I think it came out okay anyway.I ended up layering the kokeshi doll image because I smuged up my initial stamped image and didn't want to waste it so I just stamped a duplicate image and layered it on top! My second attempt at stamping it didn't come out clean either but I thought layering it one more time would be stretching it! ha! :-)
(I definitely need some Copic marker lessons...that's what I used to color her!) As a last minute effect, I added some Stickles to her kimono...more because I just bought my first bottle of it and I wanted to use it (never used it before...told you I'm a newbie!) :-)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Graduation Slider Card

I just remembered that I needed to make yet another graduation card for my husband's cousin who just graduated from high school in Japan! I was on the Splitcoaststampers website and stumbled upon the tutorial to make this slider card and thought it would be perfect for a graduation card!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day Cards

Here are some Father's Day cards I made for my husband and my dad. I always find it difficult to make cards for males but I like the way these turned out. Simple and masculine...and they really got a kick out of their cards!

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Simple Card Holder

Well while I was "blog hopping" this morning, I ran across a tutorial that Teri from Big Ideas from a Little Girl ( posted last month on how to make a simple card holder. It was so adorable that I just had to try and make one myself! I love the way this turned out!! Thanks Teri!!

My First BIA Project

I recently attended the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbooking Expo at the Blaisdell and got a GREAT deal on a Zutter Bind-It-All...30 bucks! I had been eyeing it up at Ben Franklin but was trying to save up for it. I was so happy to have received such a great deal on it that I promptly got to work using it when I got home that day! My 2 1/2 year old daughter absolutely LOVES notebooks (even more than dolls sometimes) to just scribble in and so I know I will get a lot of use out of my new toy!

Cookie Boxes

My husband is leaving his current full time job to return to work at Pearl Harbor Shipyard and wanted to give the secretaries in his office some cookies before he left. I thought what a perfect opportunity to make these boxes again. These are the same boxes I made a while back using my Big Shot. The first time I made them, they were used to hold cupcakes. This time around, I just lined the boxes with waxed paper, stacked some Snickerdoodle cookies in them, and voila!

A Sympathy Card

This card was SUPER fast to make! The design was actually cut from a 12x12 DP that I bought over 5 years ago when I was trying to put together a scrapbook of my first trip to Japan! Well I never used it, obviously, and rediscovered it when I was trying to find some paper suitable for a sympathy card. I think this card literally took five minutes to make!

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Simple Summertime Card

I bought some really cute paper and coordinating embellishments from Target a while back. Well I've been wanting to make something with it and came up with this simple little card.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My First Color Challenge

Well I just got home with some new stamps (that were on sale at my local craft store) and jumed on The Pink Stamper's blog site. She was having a color challenge and I thought I'd give it a try. The challenge was to use the colors brown, pink, and green with an accent color of purple. I wasn't entirely satisfied with the way this turned out but...

Blue and Yellow Graduation Card

Here's a card I made recently for my cousin's high school graduation. Blue and gold are the school colors (but yellow is always substituted...I'm also an alumni from the same high school). I had difficulty finding graduation paper at my local craft stores so I made my own (personalized) paper at home. I got inspiration or this card off of the Cricut MB (thank you!).

I would have liked to make the cap blue or some color to stand out but the high school graduates in white caps & gowns (and I wanted to stay true to that so it's a bit more personalized)
(the little pocket is for a monetary gift)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Thank You Gift w/Card

Here's a thank you gift and card I just made for one of my mom's co-workers who has been generous enough to pass a lot of her scrapbooking supplies on to me! I am so extremely grateful!!

I couldn't find a small flower pot that I liked in any of the stores here so I decided a coffee mug might work...and she can use the mug too!

I LOVE my new kokeshi doll stamps

Graduation Card

We had a graduation in the family recently...we have another teacher in the family now!

Baby Shower Card

One of my relatives is having a baby shower soon. Here's a simple card I put together for her.

Sweet 16 Gift

A family member turned 16 recently and wanted a Sweet 16 party. Her color scheme was purple and green. I got the instructions for the card off the Splitcoaststampers website ( and scaled it down to fit the 4x6 clear pouches I use to put my cards in. I used my Cricut to make the matching gift bag.

Thank You Floral Arrangements

I got the instructions from Sandy Windsor off the Cricut MB. These are my interpretation of her wonderful arrangments. I made these for my son's preschool teacher and her aide at the end of the school year! They loved them!! The little message marker says, "Thank you for helping us grow!".

DVD Sliders (with Matching Cards)

Well I made some candy sliders a month or so ago and thought I would try the idea out on some DVDs that I made for my son's preschool teachers! It actually worked out pretty well!

Paint Pails

Well with all of the fabulously, crafty clear paint pails out there, I wanted to try some of my own. Again, I made these for my son's preschool class...Mickey for the boys, Hello Kitty for the girls!(I did end up changing the top of the Mickey pail so that the initial was in white & stood out more)

I placed the freezer paper tees in the pail and passed them out on the last day of school!

My First Freezer Paper Tees

After finding the instructions through a link on the Cricut MB ( , I was eager to make some freezer paper tees of my own! I made these for my son's preschool class.(I cut out a little matching tag, using my Cricut, and placed the washing instructions on it)

Mother's Day Cards

The first "real" cards I have ever made...used my CRICUT of course! :-)