Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boohoo . . . It's a Wrap!

Happy Friday my sweet dear friends!  I'm torn in my emotions today as I write this post.  Today is my last post as a DT member for the Farm Fresh Challenge Blog.  I still can't believe 6 months have passed since I started with the team.  It was such a refreshing experience and I had the opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful, talented ladies through this experience.  I'm definitely sad, but happy that there will be a whole new team to carry on creating with Marie's cute images! 

Now that my term is done, I can sorta take a step back {take a break of sorts} and just visit everyone on the blogs more often and create when I want and if I want.  hee, hee!  :)  Asa's 1st birthday is soon approaching as well as the holiday season so I'll be pretty consumed in taking care of "business".  Don't worry, I'll be around!

For my last post, the team was instructed to CASE another DT's card.  What our team decided to do was surprise Rachel, our wonderful Team Captain, by CASE'ing one of her cards!  This is a tribute and a HUGE thank you to her for all that she did during this term (believe me, Rach is so on it when it comes to organization).  Here is Rach's card that I chose to CASE:

I used Miss Anya . . . oops, I mean Miss Anyas'!!!!  :)  I chose 1 Miss Anya from each set (Miss Anya Collection, Miss Anya Love, Rain Snow Shine, Miss Anya Dressy, Miss Anya Lounge, Miss Anya Hats Off, and Miss Anya Bags), but only colored the one image in the middle. 

Notice that all the six Miss Anya's are stamped in Memento Desert Sand on Kraft cardstock?  This represents the Design Team - - - Jess, Sparkle, Leanne, Emily, Tasha, and myself.  The one colored represents Rach!  :)  Too corny, but thought it was fitting for my last card. 

Here's a closeup of Miss Anya Bags . . .

Please upload your project in the Galleria under the FFF section.  Thank you so much for all your support!  I so appreciate you stoppin' in to visit me . . . this is not a farewell, just a "I'll-see-ya-around-blogland"!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Week #4 and a winner . . .

Well, well.  Can't believe it's Week #4 of my giveaway.  Before I announce the winner, I wanted to share my answer to my own question.  What would I giveaway to the audience if I were Oprah? 

1.  I'd pay off every single person's debt . . . in these tough times that we're living in, having a new start would be refreshing and stress-free!

2.  A vacation to the most happiest place on earth . . . Disneyland!  :)  I haven't been there in years---I'm looking forward to the day when my hubby and I can take our kids.

3.  The camera of your dreams to capture each and every precious moment! 

Ok, now let's get to the winner of Week #3 . . . the winner is:


Congratulation Mimi!  Please contact me with your mailing address and I'll be sure to get the goodies to you.

Now to Week #4 giveaway.

I have a MS Doily Lace Border Punch, a Papertrey Ink Flower Fusion set with a coordinating die, and a Miyono from Sister Stamps.  These are all companies that I luv!  :)  Want this?  All ya gotta do is comment below answering this question . . .

What is your dream job?

It doesn't have to be craft relate but if it is, I'd luv to know what it is!  :)  Again, PLEASE DO NOT POST OR LINK THIS GIVEAWAY ON YOUR BLOG.  You have till Tuesday, October 4th to comment and I will pick a winner using  Catch you laters!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Be Thankful . . .

I am so, so thankful for all that I have.  I'm thankful for my family and friends . . . I'm thankful to be alive!  :)  I'm blessed!  Well, over at the Farm Fresh Challenge Blog, we have a fall/autumn themed going on for Which One Wednesday (W.O.W.).  Here's a photo inpiration to help you get your "Fall/Autumn" juices going. 

Ok, so here's my entire card that I made.  The Fall season here in Hawai`i is pretty much the same as Winter, Spring, and Summer.  No difference.  I wish I could experience seeing the leaves turn colors . . . all I see are green leaves turning brown!  :)  LOL!  I used the Clear Fairy Princess set.  The fairies were small enough that I could fit two of them on the card.  They are just fluttering through the leaves. 

The W.O.W. challenge is open until Tuesday; entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner is chosen by random draw and wins a free digi of choice!  Please upload your challenge cards/projects to TGF Galleria > Farm Fresh Challenges 2011 > Which One Wednesday > Photo Inspiration #4.  That's it for me.  I'll be back on Friday to share my last card as a Farm Fresh gal! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week #3 and a winner . . .

Well, it's Wednesday!  That means it's time for week #3 of my 2nd blogaversary giveaway!  Before I get to the goods, I need to announce the winner of the Christmas goodies.  The winner by random draw is . . .


Congratulations ldemello!  Please email me your mailing information and I'll get your goodies out to you.  Let's see, what is my Christmas wish?  That I'll make it through another year next year!  LOL!!  Seriously, life is CRAZY and I think I have more white hairs on my head now then I did a year ago!!!  :)

Now, for this week's giveaway, Week #3!  What's up for grabs?  Check it out!

Since I've gotten the Halloween and Christmas goodies out of the way, {bells ringing, bells ringing} it's time for some of my "Favorite Things" . . . Oh, how I miss Oprah!!

I am such a big fan of C.C. Designs and of course, Sweet November Stamps!!!  :)  Wanna win this?  Just leave a comment here and answer this question by Tuesday, September 27th and I'll be back to announce a winner the next day.   Remember, DO NOT POST OF MY GIVEAWAY.  These giveaways are for those that have come by my blog and supported me along the way.  What an adventure I tell ya!

If you were Oprah, list 3 of your most FAVORITE THINGS that you would give away to your audience?

Thanks for stoppin' in today!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Good Monday Morning peeps!  Today is our Farm Fresh MM Challenge and guess what?  It's my turn to pick a card from the Gallery to CASE!  I found this card by Tracey and thought it was fitting for my last post on the FFC Blog.  Here's the card that Tracey created . . .

Well said Tracey!  Perfect in every way since I'm from Hawai`i.  I have one more week after this week then my term will come to an end.  Can't believe Marie and Jess had enough confidence in me to stick it out for 6 months!  I luv'd every minute of this experience and I've made some wonderful friendships along the way.  Plus, I get to work with a bunch of gifted, talented gals too!  You have all inspired me!

Here is my CASE'ing . . . I've used HG Sing.  Yep, she's strumming that ukulele, singing her heart out with a farewell song . . . Aloha `oe.  

Aloha `oe, aloha `oe (Farewell to you, farewell to you)

E ke onaona noho i ka lipo (The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers)
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au ('Ere I depart)
Until we meet again.


Here's a close-up of Sing.  I think that sentiment was perfect for this card.  Many memories made . . . many more to experience!  :)

Well, that's it for me today.  I'll be back soon to share some more!  :)

The Mystery Monday contest runs until Sunday, entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner is chosen by random draw and will win a free TGF single stamp of choice, so good luck!  Please post your cards in the TGF Galleria - Home > Farm Fresh Challenges 2011 > Mystery Mondays > TWilson1424.

Don't forget! You now have two ways to play! You can either CASE the card OR you can use it as an inspiration piece. Meaning that you can make the same style of card, use the same colors, etc, just as long as we can tell that you got your ideas from the showcased card.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

White Out!

This week for the FFF challenge we want you to go "White Out" or in other words to do an all white or mostly white themed project. Can't wait to see all the beautiful and clean creations!

Here's my white on white.  Ok, not entirely white, but close enough.  The only color I added was to the stamped image of CC Lula.  She's quite a sassy kind of gal and couldn't see her without a splash of COLOR!

I used my Spellbinders Curved Rectangles to create the card and cut out a frame for it.  Popped it up with Pop Dots for added dimension.  The background was embossed, added some flourishes, and some white pearls. 

Here's CC Lula up close.

The FFF challenges runs until Thursday, entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner will receive a free single TGF stamp of choice!  Please upload your challenge cards to TGF Galleria> Farm Fresh Challenges 2011> Farm Fresh Fridays 2011> White out.  Also, upload to the InLinkz on the challenge blog.

Thanks for stoppin' by today.  I'm bracing myself for another full weekend  . . . soccer games, a 1st birthday party, and a Yakudoshi party . . . oh, time, oh, time, where are you?  :)  Have a safe and fun weekend! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Week #2 & a winner . . .

Before I get on to the 2nd week giveaway, I just wanted to say how I enjoyed your answers to the Halloween question.  For me, I remember being dressed in a Babushka type costume with a mask.  The mask came with yellow blonde hair, a far cry from my black hair.  :)  I haven't seen old pictures in a long time . . . I think it would be nice to see them the next time I'm at my parents house.

Ok, the winner of my 1st week giveaway is . . .

Congratulations Denice!  Please email me your address and I will get your Halloween treats right over to ya!  :)

Now for Week #2 of my giveaway.  Here's what I put together.  All you have to do is comment below and answer this question:

What is your Christmas wish for this year?

Comment here by Tuesday, September 23rd and I will pick a winner using and post the winner on Wednesday.  PLEASE, PLEASE . . . do not link my giveaway on your blog or post about it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Roar! Simply Gorgeous!

Hope you're having a purrr-fect Wednesday!  I'm back with our WOW Farm Fresh Challenge.  Today is Sketch Wednesday and our fearless leader, Rachel, has come up with this sketch:

Well, who do we have here?  She's Cheeky Kitty!  Oh, Marie has created this beauty in digi form and is ready for purchase tomorrow, September 15th!  Purrr-fect for the Halloween season!

I made a little treat bag and she crawled her way right on!  Cheeky Kitty looks hot wearing her leopard skin outfit with black net stockings.  ROAR!  Simply gorgeous!

If you are not aware, the Gallery has been down and Marie is doing her best to get it back up so you can play in our challenges, upload your pictures, browse around for inspiration, and what not.   We have added the InLinks to the last couple challenges and to this one as well.  Just upload on the challenge post.  When the Gallery is up and running, you can upload there {TGF Galleria > Farm Fresh Challenges 2011 > Which One Wednesday > Sketch 11.}

The W.O.W. challenge is open until Tuesday; entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner is chosen by random draw and wins a free digi of choice! 

Thanks for stoppin' by today!

Monday, September 12, 2011

August C.A.T.S. Swap

Hey y'all! Today I have a lot to share with you so brace yourself . . . THIS IS A LONG POST WITH TONS OF PICTURES!!!!  :)

I am participating in Joy's C.A.T.S. swap (card and tag swap).  It's a 3 month commitment . . . if you want to participate and join in on the fun, check out Joy's blog for more information regarding this C.A.T.S. swap.  For the month of August, I was paired up with Cami.  OMWord!  She is so creative and so detailed oriented, I nearly crapped my pants!  Well, check this out you'll see why . . .

This month's theme was to use RIBBON.  Ok, don't you just adore this?  She used a bright fuchsia-ish ribbon like seam binding.  I can't believe it!  Cami made beautiful handmade flowers out of the ribbon and also added a bow to the hair of Candy Pip (Sugar Nellie).  I'm just in awe!

Now let's take a look inside the card.  Can you say, WOW!  What a luv-ly scene from the blades of grass to the white picket fence to the cute house Cami created!  Cherry Pip is one lucky girl to be a part of this scene.  I luv how Cami created the roof sidings with velvet pink ribbon.  So, so clever!

Now this is the tag using Cherry Pip.  Absolutely luv the soft pinks (ahem, one of my fav colors)!

The front swings sideways to reveal or write a little message.  Neat-o, I really need to snake this idea using a brad to do that!  Aren't you just floored?  And guess what?  They are MINE to keep!   :)  Cami's coloring is out-of-this-world!  THANK YOU SO MUCH CAMI . . . I'm so honored to have these in my possession!  You amaze me!

Now, receiving this made me a bit weary and I had sweat pouring out of my skin!  I needed to come up with something special for Cami.  What to do, what to do.  Well, I saw a triple easel card made by the talented Pam Sparks.  Click {HERE} to see Pam's card . . . gorgeous!  I completely CASE'd her card.  Oh, Pam has a wonderful video tutorial on how she photographs her cards.  Click {HERE}.  I'm always curious about how others photograph their work.  Since viewing Pam's video, I have built my own light tent . . . yes, ALL BY MYSELF!  Couldn't wait for the hubs to do it 'cause it'll never get done.  Thanks Pam!  You are a true inspiration!

For the front, I colored up Twirl Anya and created a background for her.  The scalloped border, which is a scalloped velvet ribbon, was attached to the back of the image piece.

After coloring Twirl Anya, I decided to add a Maggie to the scene.  Cami is an absolute Maggie fan and couldn't give her a card without it.  I also added this cute Fairwee Josie to the scene.  She is created by the very talented Amy Young.  The mushroom Josie is sitting on is from the new clear set by TGF, My Fairy Princess.  There's my attempt at making a flower using the scalloped ribbon.  My flower just doesn't cut it compared to Cami's flowers.

Here's a side view of the easel card.

This is what it looks like laid down flat.

Now on to my tag.  I used the Lacey Circle nestie to create my tag and again, I've colored up Twirl Anya.

Here's the back side of the tag.

Phew, you made it to the end of this post!  Thanks for stoppin' by today.  I'll be back tomorrow with a FF Challenge . . . you won't want to miss this!  :)  A sneaky peek coming your way! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

You're Hot and You're Cold . . .

Hey, hey!  I'm back with a Farm Fresh Challenge card!  Well, this week, the challenge is "You're Hot and You're Cold"! Yep, it's that Katy Perry song.  If you're not ready to end summer, then create a "HOT" card/project . . . if you are done with summer and can't wait to cozy up for the winter season, then make a "COLD" card/project.

Well, I went with a HOT & COLD card.  You be the judge.

I used the newly released Miss Anya Bags set and went with a winter theme.  Miss Anya with pigtails is wearing a luv-ly sweater for the cold weather.  She's also very stylish and is a hip chic carrying a zebra printed bag.  Isn't she HOT, HOT, HOT?  See told ya . . . winter theme . . . HOT chic?  :)

Here's a close up of Miss Anya Bags.

The FFF challenges runs until Thursday, entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner with the DT's fave project will receive a free single TGF stamp of choice! Please upload your challenge cards to TGF Galleria> Farm Fresh Challenges 2011> Farm Fresh Fridays 2011> Hot & Cold.  Come join in on the fun!  :)  Have a great weekend!

Have I really . . .

{Sorry for the absence . . . when I said I needed a rest and break over the long Labor Day weekend, I meant it.  No blogging so I hope I didn't miss anything.}   :)

. . . been blogging for 2 years?  Yep, I think so!  I set up my blog around August of 2009 and did my first posting in September.  Well, well, I suppose I should do a giveaway then.  I will be doing 4 giveaways for my 2nd Blogaversary . . . one per week.  Craft stuff is filling my bin that I've gathered over time.  Sometimes I find great deals and sometimes I just buy duplicates for the "just-in-case".  Can't hoard it all so this is my way to give back and say THANK YOU to those that follow my blog and to those that I've built a wonderful friendship with through blogging.

I don't have any strict rules for this CANDY giveaway.  All you have to do is comment and answer the question:

What was your most favorite Halloween costume that you wore during childhood (or adulthood if you still dress up)?

Comment here by Tuesday, September 16th and I will pick a winner using  PLEASE, PLEASE . . . do not link my giveaway on your blog or post about it.  This is for those sweet people that come by here . . . you've given me nothing but luv and encouragement over these past 2 years!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

By The Numbers . . . A "21st" Birthday!

Phew, I made it to Friday!!!  It was sure a busy week for me, but let me tell ya, I had a blast posting everyday!  Haven't done that in ages!  This week over at the Farm Fresh Challenge Blog, we're doing things "By the Numbers". Meaning? All you have to do is use a number on your project! Paper, stamp, embellishment, doesn't matter.  Easy, peasy right? 

Here's what I came up with.  I made a treat bag for a special friend who is turning "21" soon.  Ok, not really 21, but she's 21 at {HEART}!  Found the tutorial {HERE} . . . it's super easy and makes for a fast gift wrapping.  This treat bag measures 4 1/2 x 10 inches.  Yes, it's GIGANTIC!  It's the perfect size for what I have inside too.

Here's a closer look at Birthday Anya 2

The FFF challenges runs until Thursday, entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner will receive a free single TGF stamp of choice!  Please upload your challenge cards to TGF Galleria> Farm Fresh Challenges 2011> Farm Fresh Fridays 2011> By the Numbers.

That's it for me today.  I think I need a must deserved break from blogging this weekend . . . will be back soon though.  I'm feeling a bit generous and I'm in a celebrating kind of mood.  So, if you have a sweet tooth, I'll be back with some CANDY!!!  :)

Release Day! Happiness Always . . .

Today is the day!  It's September 1st and it's release day for Sister Stamps!  Yay!!!  Before I get to my last and final project, I just want to say thank you Jenny for giving me this opportunity to participate in your release of these kawaii images.  What a privilege and honor to work along side you, Denise, and Debi!  Arigato, arigato!  :)

Ok, I saved this one for last since it took me some time to put together.  I worked on this project for days . . . I could have finished it all in the same day, but hey, I got 3 kids, a busy schedule and very little time to myself.  I'm so glad I finished and I get to share it with you!  Here's my project:

This is an Explosion Box.  I've made these before, but wanted to try this topper.  My sweet blogging friend Kris did a wonderful tutorial on how she made her top.  Click {HERE} for Kris' tutorial.

Once the lid is taken off, this is what the inside looks like.  There she is, Ayako!  She's the last of the 4 images being released today!  The sentiment from SU says, "Happiness Always". 

Here's a top view to show you the floating cherry blossoms.  I cut clear acetate in a spiral, attached one end to a panel and attach the opposite end to the trellis.  Yep, created a scene for Ayako.  The trellis was made using the MS Garden Trellis border punch.  I added some grass as well.

Ayako and the butterfly (from the Kiyomi stamp) were propped up with more acetate.  I have to mention that I colored Ayako's hair black, but I've added a tinge of BV08.  I remember my grandmother having a purple tinge in her all white hair.  Don't know if it was from the chemicals in the hair products she used or if it was her trying to be a hip grandmama!  :) 

Well, I'm so happy to have shared my creations with you . . . now go out and grab your Sister Stamps!  :)  There are numerous locations on which to purchase them.  Don't forget to click on over to Debi's blog.  She has more CANDY to give away!  Thank you for sticking it out with me the whole week long.  C u back here tomorrow . . . it's TGF - Farm Fresh time!  :)