Thursday, December 10, 2009

Crafts in the City Make 'n Take

I was over at Crafts in the City yesterday to help celebrate their 1 year anniversary with a make 'n take. For those of you who have not discovered this fun store in the middle of downtown Honolulu...take a walk down Bishop Street one day and take a look...Chris and the gang are always so friendly and helpful!!! Anyway, I promised I would get the pattern for this project posted by today...I think I made it just in the nick of time!!! Here it is:

It's a tag and candy holder in one...if you look closely, there's also a little pocket that you can tuck a note into. Click here to get a pattern for this tag. As usual, cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines. As you can see below, there are 2 pattern pieces. The piece on the left (below) holds the candy (we'll call it the "pocket")...fold up along the dotted line. The piece on the right (below) is the actual tag...fold up on 2 fold lines, and apply double stick tape on the bottom tab.

For the pocket piece...fold back on 2 fold lines on each side (as shown on left, below). Next, flip the piece over and apply double stick tape to both tabs (as shown on right, below). For the next step, leave the pocket piece with the tabs facing up.

Fit the tag piece into the pocket piece, matching the bottom edges and centering it... adhere.

Pull tag piece back and put a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate into the pocket...wrap the tabs around the chocolate and remove the backing tape. Fold the tag piece back up and adhere.

Here's a view of it from the front:

To finish it up...just round the corners of the tag...punch a 1/16" hole and thread a cord through it. Decorate with your stamped image (on a pop dot) and add notes and other fun stuff in your pocket.

Stamps used: #922 (Merry Christmas), #923 (Happy Holidays), #A111 (Snowflake Buddy), #A114 (Petey With Present) and #C111 (Snowman Hi).

Hope you get a chance to try this!! Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

From Our Home

Happy December!!! Sorry about the lack of posts recently...I've been busy working on a bunch of new designs. They should be ready to be revealed once the new year rolls around...but, more about that later.

For today...I wanted to show you how I turned an everyday stamp into a Christmas card:

By simply adding a santa hat (and the right paper and sentiment), I turned stamp #C115 (New Baby) into a christmas card. I'll try to show you more ideas later on using your everyday stamps for holiday creations. Other stamps used: #A131 (From Our Home) , #6006 (Jake) and #931 (Santa's Hat).

One quick announcement...I'll be at Crafts in the City tomorrow (12/9) doing a make 'n take from 11:00 - 1:00. Take a break from work and come down to make a quick holiday tag!!! Hope to see you there!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

A quick hello and how are you!!! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us?? Let's all take a moment to stop (and breathe) and think of all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for!! Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stamper's Block

Happy Thursday!!! I know it's been a while...had a little episode of stamper's block (you writer's block). Anyway, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things with a little Thanksgiving card:

I also started playing with my favorite snowflake punch and some peppermint candies...I just used a glue dot to stick a peppermint to the middle of the snowflake and tied it with a silver cord. Then I topped it with a stamped image on a pop dot:

Here's a few ways I used them:

Stamps used: #A128 (Pilgrim Turkey), #A129 (Turkey Day), #902 (Snowman), #911 (Christmas Bear), #912 (Christmas Monkey) and #934 (Mini Max).

Enjoy the rest of your week!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Wreath Card

Good Morning!!! And a special "Aloha Y'all" to one of my faithful readers, Linda in San Antonio!! I don't know where all the time has gone...but Halloween came and went...hope you all had a very fun time!!! That means the holidays are just around the corner!!! Maybe if we get started early, things won't get so crazy and we can take time to enjoy the season!!!

Here's a Christmas wreath card I'd like to share (don't worry...I won't forget about Thanksgiving...that's coming soon!!):

I know the colors and paper are not very traditional...but, it's fun to change things up a bit now and then!! All I did was punch out a circle (I used a blue Marvy circle punch)...then I punched out 16 holes (right around the edge of the circle) with my 1/8" hole punch. Then tie simple knots with little strips of ribbon. It looks more like a wreath IRL because you can see more of the dimension.

I'd also like to share some things I received in the mail...the first is THE most adorable ornament from sweet craf-tea chick... check out her blog and see some of her other creative creations!!! She was the winner of one of my giveaways and made this ornament with the stamps she won:

The next is a beautiful bookmark from Deana in Ashland, Oregon!!! Such talent!!! Thanks,'s already marking my place in the book I'm reading now...and it makes me smile every time I look at it!!!

ok...that's it for today...hope to be back soon with more!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Sunday!!!

Just another lazy Sunday afternoon...and I'm finally signing on to announce the winner of our latest giveaway. Before I do, I just want to thank everyone for following along as I introduced my new designs for Fall and Christmas...and for leaving such nice comments!!! Our final winner of the year is JAN!!! Jan, please send your address to me at, and I will send your stamps out to you!!!

I can't believe that it's almost the end of October and Halloween is upon us. If you're anything like'll be jamming this week to get your Halloween goodies out...hope I can help with some ideas. Here's a quick idea using my Martha Stewart fence punch (again!) to make a Halloween pumpkin patch:

I started off with these candies since they were the right size and "pumpkin-shaped":

I used two 5" x 5" squares of orange tissue paper to wrap each candy:

I just wrapped the tissue around the candy and scrunched up the top like this:

Then, I cut about 5" of ribbon and put some double stick tape along one side...I used this ribbon to wrap around the top of the tissue paper to seal in the candy and form a pumpkin stem. (Trim off any tissue paper sticking out of the top). I finished it off with a length of leaf garland (from Ben Franklin) wrapped around the stem. Below, I used stamp #C106 (Maddy the Witch) with double stick foam on a single candy pumpkin:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend...and have a great week!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our Winner Today is...

Lori!!! Lori, you're the winner of our Christmas Cookies and Candy Cane Max stamps!! Please email me at with your address, and these stamps will be on their way to you!!! Thank you to everyone who entered...and for all the yummy descriptions of the holiday goodies you'll be giving away this year!!! (They all sounded sooooo good!!)

Well...I'm just about done introducing my new Christmas stamps for this's one final card using Elliot with the sentiment, "Shaking's okay...but no peeking":

Here's the inside:

And here's our final giveaway for the year:

I know this collection is a little mish-mashy...but, I just wanted to make sure I included all the new designs in my giveaways. Leave me a comment by midnight (Hawaii time) on Saturday, October 24. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, October 25. In the's a little Halloween treat I made using Martha Stewart's fence punch:

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

2 Winners and a Make 'n Take

Happy Monday to all!!! We'll get a good start to this new week by announcing the 2 winners of our giveaway. The first one is Sweet Craf-tea Chick (isn't that a cute name?) and the second is our international winner (all the way from Belgium), Saskia!!! Ladies, please send me an email ( with your addresses and I'll get these stamps out to you!!!

Over the weekend I did at make 'n take at Cute's the project we did:

It's a little slide box with a shaker top. To get a pattern for this box, please click here. Cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines. (I used a blue Marvy oval punch to make the cut out.)

Using double stick tape, adhere a 2" x 2-1/2" piece of acetate to the back of the oval window (as shown above, left)...then, cut thin strips of double stick foam tape and place over acetate piece (right, above). Next, stamp a sentiment on a contrasting paper and punch out with a Marvy (blue) oval punch. Position and glue as shown (below, left). Make sure your sentiment is centered in the window when you fold it up as shown below, right.

Now you can remove the backing paper from the foam tape...sprinkle some confetti/glitter right over the sentiment (keeping the edges free of confetti)...carefully fold and position frame right over down on the foam tape to adhere. Then you just have to decorate your box top...I used a Marvy (blue) oval punch and a (pink) scalloped oval punch to form the frame.

To make the drawer portion of the box, simply apply double stick tape on each of the 4 tabs and fold box together along dotted lines.

I used a 1/8" hole punch to make a hole on one of the sides. Cut a 6" piece of ribbon, fold in half and tie a knot as shown below:

Thread the loop end of the ribbon through the punched hole (from the inside out):

Here are more samples using Ping & Pong:

Here's our giveaway for today...

Should come in handy for all of you who like to make and give yummy snacks for the holidays!! Leave me a post by midnight (Hawaii time) on Wednesday, October 21...tell me what food goodies you're planning to make/give this holiday season that would make our mouths water!!! I'll announce the winner on Thursday, October 22!!!

One more card I'd like to share...this cutie is from Brenda:

Thanks, Brenda!!! Can't believe Halloween is coming up so soon...I'd better get busy on some Halloween ideas before it's too late!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Remember Newspaper Hats?

One day I was showing my son how we used to make hats for ourselves using a sheet of newspaper (we were very easily amused back then :)

In the process, it made me think of how I could use it as a rubber stamping project (what doesn't make me think of a rubber stamping project??). is the project I came up with, featuring more of my new Christmas designs:

These 2 guys are my playful panda twins, Ping & Pong! I made these little pouch ornaments that can be hung from your Christmas tree. To start, cut a 6" x 8" piece of paper (don't use's too thick).

Fold your paper in half to form a 4" x 6" piece (as shown left, above)...then fold each corner to center (right, above).

Then fold 1 layer of bottom edge up by 1/2" (left, above)...fold up again (right, above).

Flip your piece over and fold bottom edge up 2 times again. Now open it up (right, above) and bring the 2 opposite corners together (below):

After that, I punched a 1/8" hole in each of the top points...set an eyelet in each one, and then thread a silver cord through both holes.

To win the stamps I've used in this project, leave me a comment by midnight (Hawaii time) on Sunday, October 18...I'll pick 2 winners again...1 at random...and 1 at random from all entries from outside of the United States. Good luck to all...I'll announce the winner on Monday, October 19.

ETA: I forgot to your comment, please let me know if you're from outside the United States (also what country you're from). Thanks!!! (Berenice, I know you're from Mexico!! :)

Hope to see you tomorrow at Cute Stuff!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2 Winners!!!

It's time to announce our 2 winners for today...our first winner is Cori from Hawaii!!! And our second winner is Deana from Ashland, Oregon!!! Congratulations to you both!!! What fun to send stamps all over!! Next time we'll go for an international winner!! Could you both please email me at and I'll send your stamps out to you!!

After the make 'n take on Saturday, I had a few extra kits and decided to make a Halloween sample:

and a wedding one too:

I was also luck enough to receive some very special goodies, from some very special people. Here's a Halloween treat from Kelli:

Please stop by Kelli's blog to see more of her cute creations!! The next goodie was from Cindy and Carol...such a clever creation!! Can you believe it was made completely of scalloped circle punches?

This next bag of treats and notecards was from Yuki...I've known Yuki for awhile now...but, just recently got to meet her and her sweet daughter, Keila, while they were here on vacation last week. Thanks, Yuki!!! I know you don't miss the humid weather!!!

Thanks also to Carole...for those delicious homegrown avocados!!! Yum!!! You're always so thoughtful!!!

One last thing...this sweet calendar is from Lianne (Cute Stuff), using Watermelon Buddy!!! Isn't that paper the perfect match? This will go right on my desk as soon as the new year starts!!! Speaking of Cute Stuff...I'll be doing a make 'n take there this Saturday, October 17 from 10:30 - 12:30. Should be a lot of fun...hope to see you there!!!