Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stuck in Hawaii

Hi friends! It looks like my dh and I are stuck here in Hawaii until Saturday, November 3. We were supposed to leave today but they cancelled our flight this morning. The only available slot we could get was on November 3. 

The hotel has been wonderful. Allowing us to stay in our room for a much lower rate. They had already upgraded us to a suite on our first day here for free and now they've given us 50% off on our original price for a regular room to stay in this suite until our flight.

So if anyone there is planning on going to Hawaii in the future...Hilton Hawaiian Village! It's absolutely wonderful. Great for families too. :)

I'll keep you posted as much as I can. Thanks for the well wishes. I hope everyone in the East Coast is ok. Stay safe!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Extended Vacation

Hi bloggies! Sorry it's been quiet here. My husband and I are vacationing in Hawaii. We were supposed to head back on Monday but there's a big hurricane headed towards New York from Sunday to Tuesday. So we had to extend our stay for a few more days. I'm not complaining! I absolutely LOVE it here! :) Although they said that power outages might happen and extend for days in New York. So I'm not looking forward to going home and finding that there's no power. :(

I'm posting some pictures of our trip here because I don't want to leave any of you high and dry all week long. :) 

Hilton Hawaiian Village - we're staying here for the next few days. Wonderful hotel. It has almost everything and anything you might need. Shopping, places to eat, mini mart, on the beach, 3 pools, 7 hotel buildings, and the staff is absolutely friendly and very helpful.

One of the pools.

Man made lagoon.

Beach in front of our hotel.

It's so hard to get pictures of both of us together since it's only the two of us on this trip. lol. Thank goodness for the nice people who took this picture of us! :)

This was amazing. A beautiful tribute to the brave soldiers who are entombed beneath it. It made me sad thinking of all the people who died here that day. :(

Wonderful luau at the rooftop of one of the hotel buildings.

Hanauma Bay - snorkeling mecca. I got to see so many amazing marine animals. A must see/go to if you're ever here. :)

Well, that's all I have for you today. I have more pictures but not a lot of time to post them. So until the next time I get some time! I hope everyone is having a great week. And to everyone on the East Coast, please stay safe! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hello there! I have one more post for The Craft's Meow October 2012 Release Previews. Have you been enjoying the projects from the design team? Well, there's one more card I'm going to feature today. This is for O Christmas Tree, by Amy Wanford.

The Craft's Meow

When I saw this set I was sooo excited. Because there's this card from my favorite card maker, Melissa Phillips, that I've always wanted to try to do but never had a chance to. Here's the card. There's so much inspiration of Melissa's blog. I just love her. :)
Here's my little rendition of her beautiful card.

I took the Christmas tree images and stamped them on white cardstock, then I cut them out one by one. For my background patterned paper, I stamped this beautiful snowflake from Vintage Snowflakes several times and inked the edges. Then I sewed the trees onto the cardstock and made it look like a big star.

Then I stamped the baubles from Vintage Ornament and hand cut them. I also stamped the bough and bells from Hearth and Home, colored them in, and cut them out. I layered them over each other in the center of the star. 

That's it for me! Unfortunately I won't be able to join in the Blog Hop tomorrow. But please stop by The Craft's Meow blog for a chance to win the ENTIRE October release! Enjoy the rest of the week! Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Craft's Meow October 2012 Release Previews - Day 2


Welcome back to Day 2 of The Craft's Meow October 2012 Release Previews! Today I'm introducing Christmas Cheer. I only managed to make one card for today, but if you head on over to the TCM blog, the DT is also introducing Winter Fibi and Lilly

The Craft's Meow

This set is one of my favorites in the October release. The images in the set are so trendy. I love them! Here's what I did with my stamp set.

I took the snowflake image and stamped it several times to make a patterned paper. Then I sewed a frame around the edges of the cardstock. I adhered a strip of patterned paper on the bottom of the card.

The I stamped the trees, gifts, label and sentiment and hand cut them. I also inked their edges with some Distress ink. Before I layered them one over the other, I adhered a strip of lace onto the card.

I like it when Christmas cards have colors other than the usual combinations that are typically used over the years. And this is one of my favorite color combinations. I hope you enjoyed it. If you want a chance to win this set, head on over to The Craft's Meow blog. Please stop by the DT blogs as well! Thanks for visiting today! :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Craft's Meow October 2012 Release Previews - Day 1

Hello! It's been a while since we did our last TCM release previews. We apologize for the wait, things went amok with the stamp makers so we've had to move the release at a later date. But now we're back and very excited to show you our new release. 

 Unfortunately, I got my stamps late (USPS lost it for a bit) so I wasn't able to make as many cards as I wanted. And since DH and I will be in Hawaii from the 21st to the 28th of October, I had to make my posts and cards in advance. So hopefully I will have enough cards for you all before we leave.

The Craft's Meow

Welcome to Day 1 of The Craft's Meow October 2012 Release Previews. For today, we're introducing Christmas Angel from Nina Bracket and Hearth and Home from  Elizabeta Kushner. Because of the time constraint, I had to combine images from both sets to use on my card. I took hearth image from Hearth and Home and stamped it onto vintage cream cardstock. Then I colored it in with Copic markers and hand cut it. I also inked the edges with some Distress Ink. 

It was so gloomy outside when I took this picture. I'm afraid it's not as nice as I would like it to be. I hope you can see the beautiful pastel colors I used for the hearth. I cut out a panel of striped patterned paper from one of My Mind's Eye papers. Then I got the bough image and stamped it around the edges of the striped patterned paper before I adhered it on my card base.

I added a strip of lace on the edge before I adhered the hearth on top. Then I added the sentiment from Christmas Angel on the bottom of my card. I've kept things simple because I didn't want things to overwhelm the beautiful image. 

I hope you enjoyed that. Please come again tomorrow for more. Meanwhile, head on over to the TCM blog and the other DT ladies for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by today! 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 120

Hello! It's that time again. Welcome to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 120. This week's sketch is from Clare Buswell. I am a fan of Clare and love all her cards and projects. So I hope I do this sketch justice.

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I've been trying to build up my Christmas cards for this coming holiday season. It's a good thing that this sketch was perfect for what I had in mind.

I heat embossed this beautiful doily from Dainty Doilies - Large Set. Then I adhered a strip of patterned paper from PTI over it. I tied a white ribbon on top and adhered this jar of candies over it.

The jar and candies are from Candy Jar Christmas Fillers. I stamped them, colored them with Copic markers, cut them out and inked the edges with distress ink. I added a few stray candies outside the jar to follow a bit of the sketch.

Then I stamped the sentiment on the bottom. It's from Compliments of the Season. Afterwards, I adhered everything onto the card base made with Oatmeal cardstock.

There you go! That's all I have for you today. My DH and I are going to Hawaii from October 21st to the 28th so I won't be able to join in next week's challenge. But please find your way here again on Monday. TCM is having it's October Release Previews and I made some cards and posts in advance for those days. 

Need more inspiration? Head on over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge for more projects! :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CASE Study Challenge 113

Hello there! I've been so busy this week that I haven't had any time for my crafting. It's a good thing I have my challenge sites' projects. Great excuse to sit down on my craft table and get inky. Welcome to this week's CASE Study Challenge 113.

This week, we have another fabulous card from our October muse Julia Stainton.

I decided to CASE Julia's card layout. I started by stamping my Folk Art Flurries in different colors to make my patterned paper. The I die cut Tag Sale #4 and stamped my sentiment and a few glittery star from Iconic Christmas.

I adhered the tag to the patterned paper I made and sewed a circle around it. I haven't done it in a while so it was hard! lol! It's not quite right and it's going in all directions. But that's ok! lol! :)

For the final touch, I die cut some images from Iconic Christmas and stamped the coordinating images on them. Then I adhered them on the circle with foam tape. I used a bone folder to make the "frame" around the patterned paper before I adhered it onto my card base.

Head on over to CASE Study Challenge Blog for more from the design team! I hope to see your projects there! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Waltzigmouse Sketch Challenge 119

Hello again! I'm so glad it's finally the weekend. It's been such a busy week with very little time for any crafting. And since dh and I are going on vacation in a little over a week's time I have to scurry and make all my DT cards and posts ahead of time.

Let's get to one shall we? Welcome to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 119! We have some news about the challenges. Starting with this challenge, WMS is lifting the restriction of using at least 1 WMS stamp in the challenges. So if you don't have a WMS stamp that's ok! You can still join in on the fun. The only glitch is that cards without any WMS image on it will not be eligible to win the give away prize. 

Let's start with this week's sketch! This one is from Becca Feeken.

Here's what I made with this sketch. When I first saw the sketch I was envisioning a Halloween card. But then I pulled out ALL of my WMS stamps and started going through them one by one to find something that would spark an idea. I came across 2011 Holiday Ornaments and thought it would be PERFECT for this sketch.

I stamped the ornaments and die cut them with an SB coordinating die. Then I inked the edges to soften the look. On my main background panel, I stamped an image from Faux Fun  repeatedly to make it look like a knit background.

My sentiment is from Compliments of the Season. I stamped it on a strip of vintage cream carstock and tied some twine around it. Then I added a button to replace the flower in the sketch.

It's a great sketch with a LOT of possibilities. So won't you join us for some WMS fun? See you over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog. Make sure to hop on over to the the other Mischief Makers' blogs. They have a lot more inspiration for you! :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

CASE Study 112

Hello! Hello! I've been MIA again. Sorry. Was busy with an illustration project I was making for a friend. It's my other hobby, and I'm trying to work at it more. I'm usually more than happy to take on favors from my friends because it gives me direction while I'm practicing. Now I just have to find the time and figure out how to juggle everything all together. :) 

Welcome to CASE Study 112! Let's welcome back our October muse, the amazing Miss Julie Stainton. Here's what she has for us this week.

Julia has this amazing ability to combine elements and make them all shine. I just love it! Here's what I came up with...

My PTI order just came in the mail. OF COURSE I had to tear into it and make something. I've been trying to build my Christmas cards for this coming holidays. So I chose the holiday stamps and die to use for my card. 

I put together some patterned papers.Then I stamped Santa, from Santa Stationery, onto some Vintage Cream cardstock then hand cut it. I adhered it over the tag that I die cut.  I tied a ribbon around the main panel of my card. Then I attached the tag under the ribbon. I stamped the seal and punched it out. Then I attached it to the ribbon and put a mini clothes pin to finish it off.

For my little sentiment, I stamped this adorable label in a soft gray tone and stamped my sentiment in brown. I just love gray and brown together! Ooooh!!! Did I tell you that I finally found a gray ink that made me happy?!?!?! It's Soft Granite from Hero Arts. The color is exactly what I wanted and it stamps sooo smoothly! I am so going to try their other colors! :) 

I thought the bottom looked empty. So I heat embossed the border stamp in white. It didn't completely fit the width of the panel but it doesn't matter. I thought it looks good right where it is. :)

Please join us over at CASE Study for some friendly competition and a whole lot of inspiration! Check out what the other DT girls have for you this week! See you again soon! :)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!!!

***My WMSC 118 post is just below. Please scroll down and view it!***

Happy World Card Making Day! I remember back in the day when I did not know that there was such a thing as card making let alone a World Car Making Day. I only knew of the cards that you bought in stores. But ever since I found out about this wonderful hobby I've learned so much and have met so many amazing people along the way.

I can't imagine not having a card to show for on World Card Making Day. lol! So here's mine. Whipped up using some of my favorite stamps from The Craft's Meow. This one if for my nephew who's birthday is coming up.

I used Life is a Carnival, Telegram and Vintage Rides.

My nephew loves amusement parks and so I thought this would be a perfect card for him. I think he's still afraid of riding the big rides. But that's ok. So am I! Hahahaha.

I kept things simple. No frills and girlie ribbons or lace. He would totally raise his eyebrows at that. lol. I picked out some of his favorite colors and incorporated them in my card. I hope he likes it! :)

I hope you'll enjoy you day and have some time to make a few cards today. Please head on over to The Craft's Meow Blog for more inspiration! Thanks for stopping by today!


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