Thursday, December 17, 2009

I am going to cry with excitement

There are two FANTASTIC looking craft fairs happening this weekend and I want to go to both SO BADLY. Even though I'm done with all my Christmas gifts, I want these goodies for ME ME ME!! God I LOVE living in California!






Thursday, December 10, 2009

It's not too late to get your Customized Holidays cards!!

Hope that you are on target with all of your holiday shopping and festivity planning. If you haven't had a chance to get your holiday cards, it's not too late. I've uploaded a ton more designs in my Etsy shop, so when you get the chance, check them out. I do my best to design unique custom cards to make your Holiday card stand out. If you are interested in getting custom work, feel free to email. I can easily customize your cards to COSTCO which allows you to easily upload your custom card and pick up your prints in an HOUR! Can you believe it! No more paying for shipping & handeling of customized cards. God I love the digital age!

Here are some of the latest cards from my shop:







Hope you are having as stress free of a time as you can possibly have this time of the year. Check back again soon, because I am a designing mad woman these days. My next plan is to roll out a bunch of Hawaii themed Holiday cards for all my 'ohana and peeps back home.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I've launched my Etsy Shop!!

I've been wanting to do this for a really, really, really long time. I finally have the motiviation, and am making the time, to get this off the ground. I am making customized birth announcements, holiday photo cards, invitations, and eventually much more.

I offer a varied selection of designs in hopes to capture a wider audience. Feel free to check out my designs here. In celebration of the opening of my shop, all week long, I will be posting more designs into my shops, doing a random drawing giveaway for a customized Christmas card, and posting a couple freebies to entice you to come back for more. Check back tomorrow for the first of many fun surprises to promote my new store!!

Here are some peeks at what I'll be adding to my etsy store in the coming weeks...










Thank you so much to my friend Jodie for allowing me to use her photos in my cards. You can check her out here. She is a photographer for Central and Northern California.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

ScrapMatters is having a blog train and I'm on it!!

Welcome fellow ScrapMatters fans. We are celebrating yet another wonderful year at the SM home. Yipee!! I'm so excited. Aren't you? We've come a long way baby.

It's so great to see here you. You've probably journeyed from afar to get here. Did you get the chance to pick up a bunch of goodies along the way? Can you believe how many different freebies we're giving away today?!? You must have come from Christine's site. Well, lucky for you, there is more to come...

But first, let's talk about me. Haha. Yes, I'm going to share my best picnic memory too. It would have to be my most recent trip with my family. My son asked if we could go on a picnic and we couldn't resist. So we went to the local lake, parked our butts near the lake's edge, and ate our wonderful meal. My son loved watching the ducks swim by and waved to the people on the canoes. Then, we spent the rest of the day riding bikes around the lake. Sigh. Don't you just love summer? I'm sure going to miss it when it's gone.

Here is the pic of my son and neice sitting by the lakeside.


So now, on to the fun part. As a token of gratitude for stopping by my blog, I am giving you this:

Download here
You not only get a fun element cluster from the Perfect Picnic kit, but you also get a wooden frame and flower stickers created by me. Woohoo!! So make sure to tell all of your friends to jump on the ScrapMatters blog train because you never know what goodies you will find! In case you forgot where the starting point is, it is at Andilynn Design's blog.
Your next stop will be the lovely Designer Mickey B. Make sure to tell her I said hello.
Don't forget to stop by the Scrapmatters.com website for more fun, games, speed scraps and prizes. I hear they are doing giveaways like crazy. Well, it wouldn't be a party without a bunch of treats!
Have Fun!! 

Monday, July 20, 2009

Gravity

I had seen these two birds fly into my little yard today. I was drawn to how close they were to each other. It was not only a proximation, but an unspoken connection. I had to take a picture of them and scrap about it, of course. It also reminded me of the two little souls we've lost in the last couple of years. I imagined that it was the two of them who came back to visit me. In that moment, I felt blessed.

Here are the entire words to this beautiful song...
Gravity by Sara Bareilles


Something always brings me back to you.

It never takes too long.

No matter what I say or do I’ll still feel you here ’til the moment I’m gone.


You hold me without touch.

You keep me without chains.

I never wanted anything so much than to drown in your love and not feel your rain.


[CHORUS]

Set me free, leave me be. I don’t want to fall another moment into your gravity.

Here I am and I stand so tall, just the way I’m supposed to be.

But you’re on to me and all over me.


You loved me ’cause I’m fragile.

When I thought that I was strong.

But you touch me for a little while and all my fragile strength is gone.

[CHORUS]

Set me free, leave me be. I don’t want to fall another moment into your gravity.

Here I am and I stand so tall, just the way I’m supposed to be.

But you’re on to me and all over me.


I live here on my knees as I try to make you see that you’re everything I think I need here on the ground.

But you’re neither friend nor foe though I can’t seem to let you go.

The one thing that I still know is that you’re keeping me down


Your keeping me down,

Your on to me, your on to me and all over

Something always brings me back to you

It never takes to long…

Sneak Peeks of my Renegade Fair Excursion

I went to San Francisco over the weekend to check out the Renegade Fair. Here are some teasers of all the cool things I took pictures of while at the fair. The stuff they had there was amazing. It felt like I was walking through the halls of Etsy in person. It was AWESOME!!!




Here is my little monster holding the bini monster named Belvadiere, which i bought for him at the fair. He LOVES it!
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I've been crafty

Here are some pics of hair clips I've made.
I threw in the wine for affect. Yes, that's my glass and I'm proud of it :)

Fun owls I made for the bathroom decor. I love it!!
I made one for each one of us in the family. I used Kenner Road for the yellow paper and brown alphas. The light blue paper is American crafts. The owls are photoshop brushes. Not my own but they were a freebie. Hope you like it!
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Designs Designs and more Designs

Hey My Few Fellow Readers. It's been awhile since I posted something. Today my family and I decided to play at a "park" and capture some great shots of our adorable 3 year old. Here are some pictures from our "session" taken with our fancy camera (Canon 40D). Overlays were purchased from We are Storytellers.com.


I also recently did so one layout (woohoo) created with the Scrapbookgraphics site collab Impressions of Travel.

I'm working on the Scrapmatters newsletter, as usual, this time of the month. But more importantly, I've been working on my own designs. I made some digital thank you cards that I'm hoping my friend will like and I am working on an alpha pack to giveaway. I've also got tons of projects in the works, so I hope to post final pictures here. Did I mention how obsessed I am with Kenner Road? Their stuff is totally adorable and I love the goodies I get from them. I recently made some items which I need to take pictures of so I can post them. Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Now it's time to update

I've been spending a lot of time doing things offline, which has been fun for me. I'm expanding my crafting abilities beyond the computer screen. I realize that I LOVE the feel of products. I really adore paper, which is why I could easily go crazy in a scrapbooking store. I have to walk into a store and give myself a dollar amount limit to make sure I don't go crazy. I've been enjoying some occasional kits from Kenner Road. Kerry's kits are fantastic. I hope to be able to be a regular customer soon once I make more $$$. Here are some fun gifts I made over the course of the a couple weeks:


Actually, come to think of it, I did get to do some layouts. Nothing to really "write home" about, but it did get some of my creative digi juices flowing.



Some of my favorite designers came out with funky, lovely new kits. Check them out below...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

WM[Squared] has a new kit coming out...

Check out the preview..

will be available tomorrow at scrapmatters.com

Saturday, May 2, 2009

NSD ScrapMatters Blog Train: My kind of paradise

This is my first [inter]National Scrapbooking Day event. I'm so excited. The Design Team at ScrapMatters worked really hard to bring you an amazing MEGA kit called Hawaiian Happy Hour that you'll get for FREE with the purchase of $15 or more at the ScrapMatters store. Isn't this kit fantastic?!?


Here is what I created with this kit:

In case you were wondering what "no ka  'oe" means, it means THE BEST! My idea of paradise is traveling to the Big Island, otherwise known as Hawaii. No place can compare to how amazing the Big Island is. Granted, I may be biased because I lived there for 4 years, met my husband there, and have family roots from there, but hey. Who's keeping track of those minor details? 
I lived in the beautiful town of Kamuela (aka Waimea). It was a small town with the friendliest group of people who truly showed the meaning of Aloha (love).
My favorite places to visit on the Big Island is Waipi'o, Kamuela, Kohala, Honoka'a, and Ka'u. All of these places have the most incredible vistas you've ever seen. Here are some pictures I found on the internet due to the fact I have yet to take decent pictures of my favorite island.
Kamuela (can you believe I use to have a view from my room of this? now why did I move again?)
Honoka'a (this view is similar to what I would see every day at school)
Waipi'o (the valley where the Chiefs would meet)
When I travel to the Big Island, here is what I like to do (in order of travel from east to west): go to Hilo for Big Island Candies (they have the best chocolate dipped cookies I've ever had); go to Honoka'a for some Tex Malasadas and hanging out in their historical downtown (best place to get antique items); drive to Kamuela to visit my old house and eat a loco moco at Kamuela Deli; then drive along the Waikoloa coast where I'll probably stay at my favorite hotel (where I also happen to have several proms there; ah, memories); continue driving to Kona where I'll pick up a few bags of genuine kona coffee at a very cheap price; then head south to Ka'u (where my grandma is from) to hang out at the beach with the sea turtles and stop by Punalu'u Bake Shop  for lunch and to purchase a couple loafs of their sweetbread. After all that eating, I'd head back northeast to Hilo to fly out of their international airport. Can you tell how much I miss the food there? 
Ok. I'm done teasing you with pictures and links to my idea of paradise. Here is what you were probably looking for:
I made 2 5x7 quickpages and loved it so much, that i also made a 5x7 card. I really loved this kit. The color scheme was so much fun. I know I know. I should've put this at the beginning of my blog, but then you wouldn't have read all those wonderful things about the Big Island.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. You should have arrived from Leslie's blog. Your next stop from here will be Jeni's blog. In case you are keeping track of how many quickpage freebies to collect, I am #29 out of 35.

Andilynn Designs has new kits! Read more about it.

It's been awhile since I've been able to create for Andilynn Designs, so I am beyond thrilled that she came out with TWO new kits. I've really been into vintage stuff lately, so it is perfect that Andrea would create 2 kits in a row that would have all the elements I love.

Here is what I created with night music:
I haven't had a change to play with the beauty kit, but I hope to do that soon. It's been a crazy day. Hurry over to scrapmatters and get these kits because there is a MEGA sale going on there right now in honor of National Scrapbooking Day.
Ok I seriously need to go to bed. Can't wait to see you back here later on in the morning because I will be a part of the ScrapMatters Team blog train. Choo choo! See you then.




All aboard the Shabby Chic blog train with WM[squared]

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Day and the new release of WM[squared] (one of my favorite Designer) kit, her lovely CT team (which I am gleefully a part of) is hosting a blog train with quickpage FREEBIES. Make sure that you've already grabbed freebies from Jen, Kim, Melissa, Heidi, and Heather.

Here is what I created for you:

And my fun layout of me and my sis:
This kit was so much fun. Wendy has bird cages, vintage buttons, and these fantastic papers that can inspire endless hours of scrapping. Check out her NSD grab here at ScrapMatters.com
Thanks for stopping by my blog. You probably got here from Heather's blog. Make sure you head on over to Krisi's blog to grab the rest of your freebie quickpages.
Hope you're having a fun scrapbooking day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Aunty's B-day Gift

I did my first ever creative SB present (that wasn't digital). I am totally happy with it. Everything I used from Kenner Road's April add on kit. This kit was flippin fantastic. I'll definitely order from them again. They had so many fun papers and elements. I also got the shadow box from them.

Here is the side. It's pictures of my nieces. I know. I can't take pictures worth crap. Trust me, I was very tired that day.

On this side, I put pictures of my son. Ah, isn't he cute.

And here is the back. I totally loved this. I wished I could've made one for myself. Maybe one day.
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