Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Reflections

WOW!!! i can't believe how fast this year has passed us by!! it really seems that the days have gone by in a blink... 2012 i hope you are ready for me because i'm not ready for you!!! LOL...

taking some time today to do a little reflection of the highlights for me this year... both on a personal level and with crafting... where do i even begin?!? so much goodness has happened....

personal level....
~hubby and i marked our 10 year anniversary (together for 10, married for 5)
~participated in TGF CARES - a card drive that i support 100% with whatever i can
~launched PROJECT MAKE A CHILD SMILE - a card collection drive collecting Christmas cards to go along with hospital dolls to be given to children in the ER at Holy Cross Hospital
~my lil' boy turned 1 this year
~finally got my act together and tried out some craft fairs (yes i'm rethinking all that i did this year for next, it was overwhelming this year)
~went back to work

that's just a little that i'm happy to share about... and now for the fun crafting stuff... here's a few top faves, in no particular order.... hope you enjoyed these as much as i have...

THANK YOU everyone, for sticking with me through the craziness of this year! i hope to bring you fresh new creations in 2012... you truly are my back bone to keeping up with crafting!! you all give me the motivation and inspiration to continue what i love to do... CRAFT!! i would have given up long ago if it weren't for your endless support of love and encouragement!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sqaure-ing it up for 2012!

Hey!! so has everyone survived Christmas?! i surely hope it was filled with love, laughter, joy, family and friends!! well, cause that's how i roll! hehehe... we had a splendid weekend celebrating with family and friends on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day... Kids were delighted, Mommy and Daddy were happy and the eating never ended... LOL... there went my dropping 3 sizes... and Hubby surprised me with some crafting goodies!!! =D all in all, i hope it was a FANTASTIC day for all of you too!!

so did anyone go shopping the day after Christmas??? we did!! yah, it was crazy, but i really wanted to get some stuff before the stores ran out of it... happy to say that the mission was accomplished... i usually get these items well in advance before Christmas Day, but this year has been rough and i told myself, if it's there after Christmas, it was meant to be... AND IT WAS!!! i was SO stoked! now i have the Holiday Barbie 2011 and the ornament to add to my collection.... yippppeeeee!!

alright.... enough chit chat... sharing some calendars i made for the craft fairs...
these are mini hanging calendars... i used my biggest square nestie to cut out some chipboard, then the biggest scallop nestie to cut out my backings... found some great HK paper to accent the calendars completed with PSA HK clear stamps... i know everyone puts magnets on the back of their calendars, but i did ribbon instead... for those that prefer to hang it... i did tell my customers that they could add a magnet if they preferred... first time i made these it sold quickly... then again i only had a hand full... 2nd time around i made a bunch and came home with 1/4 of the stock left... most customers preferred it with the magnet instead of for hanging i guess... note to self for next year.... hehehe!

well, my craft room needs some major cleaning up... with the last minute hustles for Christmas i sorta threw and left things here and there... eek!!! bad no no! now i'm going to pay for it.... LOL...

ciao for now friends!! be back again with some more crafty goodies!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wishing you....

the Happiest of Holidays... Merry Christmas from my ohana to you and yours! May you all be blessed in many ways and remember the reason for the season... for nothing is greater than the gift of love!!

Mahalo everyone, for your endless support throughout the years... i appreciate and hold each and every one of you close to my heart and keep you in my thoughts daily... THANK YOU!!! even if i haven't been around much, i do think of you all and will find the time to resume back to my blog soon!

with love and blessings,

Friday, December 23, 2011

May i have a tissue 2?

hiya there! did you miss me?!? hoping my TGF Holiday Hop projects had you remembering me.... hehe!!

i know it's been a while since i've really shared my projects with you.... with Christmas only a couple of 'sleeps' away, things around here have been starting to settle down and we are slowly falling into new routines... today's sharing is a few tissue box covers i did for my last craft fair... only made a few to test the waters... they did pretty well... =) take a look...
HK is always popular with the crowds.... these sold like hotcakes within 2 hours...
broadening the scope of things i did some TGF images too... Holiday Anya above and Cheeky Xmas below... papers used were from the DCWV value stack... lots of pretty papers in there.... i was hesitant to even use them... LOL....
do you like?! these are really fun to make... simple and you can dress it up any way you desire in any theme or color! makes a great gift for birthdays, just because or even as a heartfelt get-well...

it's Aloha friday and i do bid you all a good day! where ever you may go, whatever you may do, SMILE!! thanks for stopping by today and i hope to post more soon!! as always, THANK YOU for your outrageously kind support and sweet comments!! a hui ho, until we meet again! =)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

January 2012 Secret Sister Sign ups

Well, the year has really flown past us... can't help but ask... "where does the time go?" guess we just loose track of it when having fun!! i THANK all who have supported this swap this past year, we've made it to SSS' ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! YAY!!!! i truly hope you are all enjoying the surprises and finding out who your secret sisters are! i do enjoy the 'behind the scenes' work of putting it together... =)

January Secret Sister sign ups begin today and will close on December 30th at midnight HST... sign up now by posting a comment here or by emailing me... There will be NO THEME for January... ANYTHING GOES!

Here's a little blurb on my mini rules (Please take note on the items in red):

1. You can swap anything you think is appropriate. Such as cards, 3d projects, gift tags, altered items, etc. You are not restricted to just a card for each swap... for example, you can do a card this month and gift tags next month, etc... be creative and use your talents! Many of you do not limit yourself to cards, there are some that do awesome jewelry, altered items and so on, so this is the swap to make something special and surprise someone... can't get creative? no problem, you are free to sub in a RAK too!

2. I kindly ask that you please send out your swaps before month's end. Please take into consideration snail mail timing. If you cannot mail your swap before the end of the month, you are given until the 5th day of the following month to do so. This will allow some time for your Secret Sister to receive it. If nothing has been received within 10 days past the end of the month, i will not include you in future sign ups. Please friends, let's play fair.

PREVIOUS PLAYERS, i have your info so all you have to do is comment that you will be participating on this post... here's a list of those who have signed up for their spots:

Kim, Karen and Gail

Ladies, if you signing up has changed since your last request, please let me know ASAP... thank you!! **If it is easier for you to sign up a month or so ahead, that is totally fine too!

NEW PLAYERS, please email me at krisnal5868 at hotmail dot com to sign up for January with the subject SSS or Secret Sister Swap and the following info: Name, Address, Blog URL (if you have one) and Best Email to contact you... i will send you a confirmation email that i have received your info...

**Please note that swap info is sent out by the 2nd day of the swap month. If you miss the sign up deadline, it doesn't hurt to shoot me an email and ask if you can still play. There may be a chance i'm still sorting through the players and can add you in...

Monday, December 19, 2011

3rd Annual Holiday Hop with The Greeting Farm

LinkHelllllloooooo!! Are you ready for some FUN FUN FUN today?! i sure hope so because The Greeting Farm's Customer Holiday Hop is one that everyone awaits for each year! ok, i know I DO! =)

If you hopped to my blog by chance, PLEASE head on over to the TGF blog and begin your holiday hopping there... a full list of holiday hop participants are listed on the blog... there is a SERIOUSLY large amount of participants and you want to make sure you hop to EACH blog listed... i'll tell you why in a sec... so please, please start there! you can always head back to the TGF blog is you get lost along the way...

ok, so why should you visit each blog listed?! because in addition to the prizes for the participant's creation(s), ONE LUCKY random hopper will ALSO win a FANTABULOUS prize... YES, the lucky winner will win the entire January release which consists of 6 NEW SETS... the prize is HUGE! but the only way to get a chance at that prize is to participate in the hop, so what are you waiting for?!?

Guess it's time to release my creations for the hop! Like i've said, this customer hop is long awaited for and i always set time aside to keep an eye out for the announcement... it's a TOTALLY FUN way of seeing what everyone is creating this holiday season... inspire and be inspired!

so up first is a few creations i've done for the HOLIDAY portion of the hop...

i always do some kind of 'treat' project for the customer holiday hop, so this year i've done some simple handle bags featuring the cozy snowmen from the Keep Cozy set...

these goodies are filled with pencils, rulers, notepads, candy canes, and either a yummy chocolate KitKat treat or some cozy warm hot chocolate packets... a simple way of sending someone a 'SWEET' Christmas gift....

next up is also for the Holiday part of the hop... saw this in a mag earlier this year and been meaning to try it... it was perfect to try for Christmas... A PAPER WREATH!
using strips of holiday/Christmas papers from MME's Merry Little Christmas paper pack and a foam wreath, i created something joyful to hang on my door.... bringing out Santa Ian and his lovely helpers, i applied them to the wreath to replicate ornaments (ball or circled shaped ornaments)... a nice burst of colors for a warm welcome home...

Now, onto the NON HOLIDAY part of the hop... i have to say that soooo many ideas were running through my head... in the end, being all caught up with mounds of stuff, i decided to create some marble magnets... i really do need them... maybe i can organize my notes a little better now that i whipped some up...

Miss Anyas are a great size for these approx. 1 3/4 round flat marbles... i used a few of my fave Miss Anya images... 2 from the Hats Off set and 1 from the Anya collection set... i applied magnets to these to use on my magnetic memo board but they are big enough to use as paper weights as well if preferred instead...

Well... what did you think of these creations?! i had so much fun creating these and hope that i can inspire you in one way or another with one of my projects... maybe a quick accent to your home or a easy and quick gift to give someone... whatever it may be, i just really hope you enjoyed visiting with me today...

Thank you SO much for stopping by!! head on back to the TGF blog and continue your hopping!! Thank you TGF for the awesome and very splendid CUSTOMER HOLIDAY HOP!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

K-lusive Kreations presents....

{Please be aware that this post is extremely long, but worth reading... =D Thank you!}

1st Annual... Project Make a Child Smile 2011....

A very SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of you who have kindly embraced the Holiday Season with the GIFT of GIVING!! i will honestly say, so many thoughts went through my mind when first initiating this card drive... for instance, would i collect enough cards, what if no one participates, oh my can i produce my goal? yep, all of that went through my mind... and guess what?!? with many hearts of GOLD, i surpassed my collection goal!! i will admit now that with every package of cards i received, my heart melted and my eyes teared because the feeling of the wonderful generosity from those that helped put an extra smile on a child's face this season is just so REMARKABLE and the sensation of YOU sending your LOVE to a child whom you never met, i embraced with my heart greatly!! THANK YOU and BLESS you all today, tomorrow, throughout the season and every day forward!!

i've put together a little slide show for you, sharing the beautiful cards made by some FANTABULOUS crafting sisters around the world... (please excuses my skills, i'm no genius when it comes to this stuff, but i tried my best =D) grab a tissue or 2 and sit back and take a look... background song is "Give Love on Christmas Day" sung by Lorie Salvatera (Local Hawaii Girl) and it was the perfect fit to this project...

Did you enjoy the slide? Didn't the kindness just embrace your hearts? i really hope it did because it is people like these wonderful ladies that truly make the world a better place! Please give these fabulous givers a round of applause!!!!!

Aunty J emailed me after receiving the cards, and here is a little of what she has to say...
"Thank you so much to you and all your friends that participated in the Aktion Club project of the hospital dolls and the awesome Christmas cards that were made. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Clarita along with the members of the Aktion Club will be visiting Holy Cross Providence Hospital in Mission Hills, CA. in December to make our annual donation of the hospital dolls. The Christmas cards will accompany the dolls and I know that they will absolutely delight the young patients in the hospital emergency room. Thank you so very much to all that gave their time, materials and especially the love that was put into making the cards."

The cards created comes from all ages... young and those young at heart... no matter what the age, no matter what the skill level, the thing that matters is we all came together as one and made this event SPECTACULAR!

A very huge THANK YOU goes out to Jenny of Sister Stamps LLC for donating a generous amount of prizes to award some of those who have participated... Jenny kindly contacted us and wanted to participate in a very generous way... So she has donated several prizes... Yes, the prize info was kept a secret and the amount of cards received has shown why... BECAUSE WHEN YOU GIVE FROM YOUR HEART, THERE ARE NO INCENTIVES ATTACHED, YOU JUST GIVE. and that is what makes your giving more meaningful... THANK YOU SO SO MUCH Jenny!! Aunty J and i appreciate your sweetness and LOVE!!

As a THANK YOU to all that have participated we do have some prizes to give away... everyone that has sent in cards, names were put into a bowl and have been pulled... so here goes...

Prizes donated by Sister Stamps LLC
SS Shimo-San ~ Brenda and Patti
SS Yuki ~ Sidney and Lianne I.
SS Setsuna ~ Mimi and Danni

Prizes donated by Kris and Aunty J
Punch Gift ~ Kyoko and Bobbi
Paper Pack Gift ~ Jacque and Jill

We had a tremendous amount of participants (more than we anticipated) and even if your name was not pulled for the above prizes, there is a little THANK YOU gift that will be sent to you as a token of our appreciation. Thank you Aunty J for donating the extra gifts!

(All will be mailed out next week, apologies for the delay)

I've also received many emails asking if this will be an annual event, and with much heart, i've decided to continue this as long as Aunty J continues her part... Be on a look out for next year's details... =D

Thank you, thank you, time and time again for EVERYTHING!!!

Now that that is done, yes, it's taken me quite a while to complete, i'm sorry, curious minds (i can hear it, LOL) have been questioning "what happened to Kris?" or "is Kris ok?" Yes! i am ok... still trying to recover from the craft fair preparations (i've caught up on most of my sleep) and now trying to adhere to a few life changes... my biggest one, i've gone back to the real work world full time now and i'm trying to adjust time management between 3 full time jobs... it's been an up and down adjustment, low points and high, but taking the days slowly is a must... especially with the holidays here... please be patient with me, i'm still around and i do have lots of things to still share and will get to that as time permits... Thank you for sticking with me this far, i hope you continue to come and visit my crazy postings! Many blessings and LOTS OF LOVE to you all!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Twilight Thursday with TGF!

Happy Thursday and a Happy Thanksgiving Friends!! I bet you all are gearing up for some yummy holiday food!! I know I am... =D

Instead of a Thursday Throwback on the Farm today, we are bringing you a special TWILIGHT THURSDAY SHOWCASE!! Yes indeed! In honor of Twilight's Breaking Dawn Pt 1, the Farmers here at TGF are showcasing some creations with non other than TWILIGHT inspired stamps/digis available at the TGF store!!

So, now I ask... Did you watch Breaking Dawn yet?!? OMG, love it and can't wait to see it again, so if you didn't see it yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!? LOL...

Ok, although I think the wolves have totally gorgeous bods, I will admit that i would choose to run with the vampires... my creation today features WS Ebony aka Alice... she is most DEF, my fave character... I so so so LOVE her funky, spunky style... she is the true fashionista in the movie and well my card is spunky like her! I was lucky enough to snag WS Ebony in digi form during a special release a few years ago and now she is available in rubber... Who is your FAVE character and do you run with the vampires or the wolves???

Guess what?!? Make sure you hop on over to TGF's blog because their is a SPECIAL prize giveaway... Visit all the DT blogs featured there and then let TGF know that you have left some LOVE on their blogs because not ONE but TWO lucky winners will receive the "I DO" set! Yes, you are reading this right... we are celebrating the long awaited nuptials of Edward and ME, I mean Bella! LOL!!

You have all weekend to hop and comment but make sure you do it before 10pm CST on Sunday! Winners will be announced on the TGF blog on Monday!

Thank you for stopping here!! I am grateful for YOU, every day!! Happy Turkey Day!! Now go and hop!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

December Secret Santa Swap Sign-ups

Hiya Friends!! Wow, can you believe i've been doing this secret swap for a year already?! gosh it feels like i've just started it!! time does really fly by when you're having fun! Thank you to all of you for making this swap such a success!! We have some very faithful swappers that have started this swap with me from the very beginning and have continued to support this throughout the year... WOW!! THANK YOU!! I appreciate ALL of you and hope you will continue to play along...

In true secret style, December's swap is called Secret Santa... Why?! because it's in honor of the holiday season!! We are all getting ready for the holidays and since you probably have all your holiday themed projects out, let's do something with a CHRISTMAS/SEASON'S GREETINGS/HAPPY HOLIDAY theme... anything goes as long as it's within the theme...

quick blurb about the rules for this swap... please take note of some changes in red...

1. You can swap anything you think is appropriate. Such as cards, 3d projects, gift tags, altered items, etc. You are not restricted to just a card for each swap... for example, you can do a card this month and gift tags next month, etc... be creative and use your talents! Many of you do not limit yourself to cards, there are some that do awesome jewelry, altered items and so on, so this is the swap to make something special and surprise someone... can't get creative? no problem, you are free to sub in a RAK too!

2. I kindly ask that you please send out your swaps before month's end. Please take into consideration snail mail timing. If you cannot mail your swap before the end of the month, you are given until the 5th day of the following month to do so. This will allow some time for your Secret Sister to receive it. If nothing has been received within 10 days past the end of the month, i will not include you in future sign ups. Please friends, let's play fair.

This is a commitment i ask that you follow through with. sign ups will be open until November 29th...

Here's a list of players that have already signed up for December...
Kim, Karen, Amy, Jayne, Brandi, Leanne, Shirl, Mimi

PREVIOUS PLAYERS, just leave a comment on this post (or email me) so i know you want to play along this month... NEW PLAYERS, please email me at krisnal5868athotmaildotcom with the subject "Secret Sister Swap" and the following info: FULL NAME, ADDRESS, BLOG URL (if you have one) and BEST EMAIL for contact. Sign-up, sign-up and let's have some FUN!!!

**Please note that swap info is sent out by the 2nd day of the swap month. If you miss the sign up deadline, it doesn't hurt to shoot me an email and ask if you can still play. There may be a chance i'm still sorting through the players and can add you in...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Just about anything...

EEK! was my last post really last monday?!? so sorry gang! i've been working lots of overtime in prep for my last craft show that was yesterday... lots of late late nights, early mornings if you prefer, but in general it was definitely a hustle... so as you can tell, since i'm posting, i survived... LOL... i'll have to tell you more about it in the next sharing... this one will be kept sweet and simple... i'm exhausted!

this post comes about late in the hours (hope the team doesn't scream at me, LOL) for Challenge #58 - ANYTHING GOES at Lollipop Crafts this week... it's a no sponsor challenge but we always feature the Top 3 from the challenge so we do encourage you to still link up because you just never know if you will be featured.... =D head over to LC and check out the DT inspirations... both the A and T teams have joined forces to bring you some inspirational eye candy that you don't want to miss... and well, here's mine...
another altered 4x6 photo album this time using that ADORABLE Ayako from Sister Stamps... isn't she so sweet?! i just LOVE her... she comes to you from Sister Stamps 2nd release (yes i'm almost done using the 2nd release, hehehe).. again i used the papers from Imaginisce's Garden Party line... i love the soft colors from this palette group and find that they accompany the Sister Stamps images greatly... i used a coordinating piece to this line to paper piece her obi... and the sentiment is from TGF's Fancy Fleurs set, which i thought compliments this creation... =D

Also linking this creation to my Lollipop Crafts sister Leanne for her Fun Friday #6... if you haven't seen this JUST for FUN challenge on her blog, go check it out! like i've said before, it's just another way to share your creations with the world... =D

alright, i'm opting to not do anything but post this right now... LOL!! it is well past bedtime so i'm going back to bed.... i think i could sleep for days straight at this point... hehehe! Thanks for coming by today and now that craft fairs are out the way for a while, i can start to get back into a regular routine again which will be to blog and visit again too... (to my crafty mommies, you know who you all are) routine will also include some sleep! i think! hahaha!! toodles!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Embossing with a twist!

Hiya!!! this comes a bit late but i hope you'll excuse my tardiness! was trying to get this up on time but not only am i having general computer issues, the internet kept kicking me out last night!! on the edge of tears i tell you... my poor hubby has been trying his hardest the last few weeks to restore and repair my laptop without having to do a hard boot... he's got it running for me to do the 'main' things i need to but it's still acting a little weird.... he said i might have fried my hard drive... WAAAAHHHH!! my laptop is less than a year old... guess i'll have to be an extremely good girl and hope Santa either fixes this one for me or gets me a new one.... LOL... i can dream right?!

anyway, i was finally able to upload pix, tweak it and get on blogger without the internet restarting... YAY!! so i bring you my creation for Lollipop Crafts Challenge #57 - Embossing with NO designer papers... would someone scream for me? hehehe, not using designer/patterned papers can be a difficult challenge, but i found a way to work through.... as far as the embossing part of the challenge, you can use any type of embossing... heat, folders, stencils etc... as long as we can see it!

Just Some Lines is our sponsor this week offering a super sweet prize to ONE LUCKY challenge participant this week! Check out the wonderful collections in the store... i'm sure you'll find something that catches your crafty bug... and now onto my card....
our local craft store had it's 40% off coupon this weekend and debating on things i should use it on, i spied this awesome new craft toy... it's a stamp and emboss set from Sizzix and Hero Arts... you stamp your paper, and then align the image in the embossing folder and emboss it... so cool and there were a few designs to choose from but this floral wreath caught my eye... can't see from the horrible picture i took but there are words in the background... it's a "thank you" with definitions and other words like grateful, etc... i simply covered the entire stamp with Memento Angel Pink and then used Memento Rose Bud dual pen to highlight the flowers... also used a Studio G sentiment (Thanks!) inked up with Memento Rose Bud and stamped it in the center of the wreath (that area is blank)... and some rhinestones for a hint of bling! easy card that can be done in 10-15 minutes... depending on how you vision working with this stamp... =D
close up to show you the embossing... don't mind that i didn't align it correctly... LOL... this was my first try at this new toy... hehehe! but do you see that the flowers pop?! a reason why i wanted to highlight them with a darker shade....

so, as you can see, this challenge can actually be very easy... hop on over to Lollipop Crafts and get all the details on this challenge and how to play along... while there, go and get a taste of some sweetness from the A Team and be inspired to join us this week!

alright, time for me to head on out.... got some postings scheduled for this week so i hope you'll stick around with me... and now, back to crafting.... last craft fair this sunday (more details soon) and the prep is endless... or so it seems... =D but i LOVE it! toodles!

Guest Designer Spotlight on Me

Yep, there's a guest designer spotlight on me over on The Greeting Farm blog... and here's what you'll find there...

Where do I even begin?! Let's start with... I was over the TOP when Jess asked me to guest design with The Greeting Farm and the Farmers this month!! You know my answer to that! It is truly a privilege to be crafting with these girls and and to play with these CUTE and FUN stamps... It's such a SUPER exciting time for me as i've been following TGF since 2009, right about the time I started my blog... My first ever TGF purchase consisted of Flutter Anya, Princess Anya and WS Edward... And well, to this day, my collection has grown... (and quite a bit too, =D) i can't tell you what my FAVE stamps are, as the list would be endless (cause i really love them all), but i will say that I have a few faves from each stamp line... hehehe... will that count?!

I LOVE card making and do it often, but i DO love creating alterables and 3D projects too! So guess what i've got to share with you?!?
An altered item! It was only right for me to use a stamp from my first purchase to do my spotlight and decide to go with Flutter Anya because i just LOVE her... hehehe! This is an altered photo album that features some things that I like... I mean LOVE... =D Well, I do love me some patterned paper and probably have enough to last me years (but I still buy more), embellishments are a MUST, even if simply used like this... Glitter will spice up any creation and I do enjoy the spark! And a fave technique, which I don't do often enough, is paper piecing! Flutter Anya's outfit is paper pieced...

A HUGE Thank you to The Greeting Farm for having me this month! This journey is AMAZING!

Thanks for popping in today and i should be back shortly with more creations... guess you could say i'm on crunch time prepping for the last craft fair i'm participating in, so i'm not around here much... so sorry about that but my time should start to free up soon... Huggies for now!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Heart to Heart

"the way back home, can be so hard. i know we'll make it if we're heart to heart. and if we give LOVE every day, i know we'll make it if we're HEART to HEART..." ~ Kai

ahhh!! L-O-V-E this song!! haven't heard it before??? go and YOUTUBE it.... hehehe... such a beautiful love song... =D

hiya peeps!!! how are all of you on this lovely thursday?! i wish i could say fine and dandy, but i'm still having some comp issues (AAAAAHHH!) and busier than i've never been before... tons of deadlines to meet... i wish i could multiply myself sometimes... LOL! don't you?

so why the song as my intro? my sharing today is my journal page for Week 16 of he-Art Journaling with The Greeting Farm and the assignment was non-other than HEART-TO-HEART!!! create a page using hearts!! the song Heart to Heart by Kai immediately came to my mind and this is what i created....
it's sorta a boy meets girl type of theme with LOTS of HEARTS... and i have just that on this page, although you can't really see the 'meets' hidden there... i thought i had better stickers to "stick" out but it was only a thought... =D i knew my heart nesties would come in handy one day (since i haven't been giving them much love lately, heehee)... can you spot all the hearts?? LOL
here's a close up of the partial chorus from the song... yep, i had to add that into my page....
another close up of a blurb i added in too.... "Love is a beautiful thing..." ain't that right?!?
can you spot the heart on My Guy Ian??? i used one of the scraps from a nestie heart i cut out and placed it over the image to give me just a small are to color in.... i saw this technique from a past farmer on TGF, Randi, and have only now tried something similar....
did it here again with Miss Anya Dressy....

so... what do you think of my page this week??? i hope you {HEART} it....

hey, i know i haven't been around much due to my *sigh* crazy comp problems, i'm hoping it will get fixed soon... haven't been leaving too much comments because when i start to leave too much comments the internet either restarts or shuts down... yah, i'm hoping it ain't a darn virus... so please be patient with me as i work out those kinks and i will definitely try and catch up on your blogs soon! THANKS for all the wonderful comments you ALL have been leaving!! i enjoy reading them and they bring such smiles to my days!! THANK YOU!! and see yah soon!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


What's kickin' friends?!?! how's your week so far?! hope all well and everyone is getting crafty!

i'm joining the wonderful and talented ladies over at TGF's Farm Fresh Challenge Blog today... and we are so going RETRO!!! yep, time for that monthly retro challenge... haven't heard about this new challenge yet?? well, let me tell you a bit.. ONCE a month, on the 2nd Wednesday, TGF sponsors a special challenge to give your OLD TGF images some love... Stamps/Digis must be atleast 6 months old in order to qualify for the challenge... not sure of what will qualify? check out the RETRO list on SCS... full deets on this challenge may be found on the FFC blog too, so be sure to stop on over there and check out the wonderful creations by the DT too... this RETRO challenge has a twist to it too.... can you guess what it is?!?

if you said color challenge, you are correct! along with using a qualifying stamp/digi, you must use the colors BLUE and BERRY (pink)..... i did just that with my tissue box cover creation... you can find the instrux for the cover here... doesn't Geisha Anya look wonderful in these colors? here's another view of the box....
DP from Imaginisce's Garden Party line were perfect to use with this challenge too since it reflects the challenge colors... this paper is matted along the remaining 3 side panels...

and a top view... very simple by using an embossing folder to create design and texture... i sponged on color to the embossed image using Memento Rose Bud... and yes, BLING!

you have ALL MONTH long to join in on this fun, RETRO FRESH challenge... so go and dig up your old faves and give them some life!

don't forget that the DECEMBER Guest Designer contest ends 11/10, you have today (Wednesday) and Thursday left, so make sure to get your entries in to Jess before the big reveal of Phase 1 on our Facebook page on Friday, 11/11!

remember, you can get the full details on this month's RETRO challenge on the FFC blog and you can get the GUEST DESIGNER contest info on TGF's blog...

thanks for coming by today!! see you soon!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Clearly a Special Showcase..and SALE!

Hello, friends!

As promised, we are here today with a special CLEAR STAMP SHOWCASE and a ONE-DAY only SALE! For today only, all clear stamp sets are only $12 each ($15 regular price)! BUT, you have to hurry because this sale is for a short time only. TODAY (11/8) from 12:01 AM to 10 PM CST!! We want to make your holidays as stress-free as possible and who doesn't love a little online shopping to save from bearing the crowds and crazy limited quantities out there?

We are so excited to bring you our "CLEAR STAMP SHOWCASE" today at The Greeting Farm!
In addition to our one-day sale, we have a few prizes along the way! Not one, but TWO LUCKY WINNERS will win a clear stamp set of choice just for hopping with TGF today!

Our clear stamp sets are made from high-quality photopolymer and we are very happy so far with the feedback we've received from both our design teams and customers alike! We asked everyone to be very candid with us to make sure that we were bringing you the same, quality TGF product you'd expect from us. (***I'm gonna throw in a bit here about how I, too was skeptical and feel free to add your own stories **) We love being able to bring you such fun and versatile lines of images and our clears are no exception! While we won't be going all clear, we do enjoy the versatility of this new line and really hope you do, too!

With our newsletter coming right around the corner on the 15th, we'd love to offer a Clear Stamp Showcase: Newsletter edition to get our customers even more acquainted with our Clear line and would love to see YOUR submissions! Please email Jessica at by November 12th to submit your entry for consideration with a short write up of your project. Showcased projects will WIN a free stamp!

Here's my gift creation using the Build-a-Onesie-Girl.... Altered a plastic photo album by creating inserts and a coordinating card to make this a very special gift perhaps for a mother-to-be?!? This clear set comes with many cute add on images like the flower I used... Build-a-Onesie comes in a boy set too!!

At first, I was very skeptical about clear stamps. Truly, it is very hard to find good quality clear stamps that give you the same impressions as rubber would. I'll tell you now that TGF's clear stamps come of GREAT quality and I was very HAPPY that my images came out clear. The photopolymer is thicker to me than the cheaper $1 or so stamps from other companies and I can actually use it with Memento ink with out having the image look smudged... =D

We have a great lineup planned for you today with LOTS of creativity and fun ideas from clean and simple to stunningly colored and embellished- and don't forget to leave comments along the way and then head back to the TGF blog to comment and enter to WIN one of the TWO prizes! We hope you gain tons of inspiration today and can't wait to get started, so without further adieu, here is today's line up (in case you get lost along the way):
Don't forget that the DECEMBER Guest Designer contest ends 11/10, so make sure to get your entries in to Jess before the big reveal of Phase 1 on our Facebook page on Friday, 11/11!

What's more? Please join us at 7pm CST on Friday, November 11th in our SCS Forum for our First-EVER TGF "Customer Challenge and Chit-Chat" night! Our first night will be a MOVIE THEME event so pop some popcorn, grab your favorite candy, and join us for LIVE chatter, trivia, and a challenge with our first Customer Hostess to be revealed shortly! :)

If you're not able to join us for the live chat no worries- we will be doing these at different times of day to include our overseas friends when we can. Challenge will be open ALL weekend, too, so there will be time for EVERYONE to play! We'll wrap up about 10pm CST or whenever we conk out- but for now, get ready to join us for a night at the movies!

See you soon!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Computer Issues

Sorry Friends!!! i'm experiencing computer problems YET AGAIN!!!! ugh! so no sharing for today... luckily i have some things scheduled for the next few days, please stay tuned for that...

in the meantime, don't forget to check out Challenge #56 over at Lollipop Crafts!! i wasn't able to participate this week but i 'd definitely like you to get inspired by the T Team this week and their Thanksgiving/Fall challenge... pick up the deets on the LC blog....

bare with me, lots of fun things happening... =D

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More paper holders in stock...

Hi, HI!!!! hmmm, missed a day of posting... hope you'll forgive me... busy prepping for tomorrow's craft fair... the first BIG one of the craft fair holiday season... can you tell i'm just absolutely going BONKERS?!?! okay, maybe not by my post, but if you were here, in person, in my little craft space, you'd know... LOL... i'm so doing double time... i was up until 6 this AM before calling in quits... and i'm still not 'prepared'... hahaha! few hours of sleep and i'm back at it again... =D

anyway, i needed a break and decided to share today... my dear friend, who is also my Lollipop Crafts sister, Leanne has been posting these FUN FRIDAY days where you link up on her blog and share your creations... it's just a fun free link up to see what everyone is creating... i've been meaning to join her since the beginning but of course, i either forget or don't have the time... but i am joining her this week! YAY!!! Oh, did i mention she's already on Fun Friday #4?! ummm, i'm a little behind don't you think?!? hehehe!

so today i'm sharing more paper holders that will be available tomorrow at the craft fair... if you're on Maui, you have to know that the Nisei Veterans Holiday Craft Fair is one of 2 big ones coming your way... Stop by tomorrow from 9am - 2pm at the War Memorial Gym... lots of GREAT stuff waiting to go home with you... and i don't mean just my booth!
here's one using Miyono from Sister Stamps... hey Leanne, i'm finally working on release #2... LOL... and Sister Stamps are already on release #4... yah i gottah catch up big time!! i love the colors on this one... many shades of purple... for the layers on the box i used some scrap washi paper... embossed the purple circle behind Miyono with a Sizzix flower something embossing folder... LOL, sorry i can't remember what it's called but i call it the dandelion folder... hehehe... and that circle is layered on top a eyelet circle nestie... and you know i have to add bling!
these are new designs too... i used the Plumeria bunch from the Tropical Flowers B set from Island Paperie and the DP for the layers is also a new paper design from Island Paperie... (although cannot really see it from this view)... then to finish it off i added some mini rhinestones to some of the plumeria middles... tadduh!!

okie dokes... better get off of here and finish up... still a lot of unfinished creations... not sure if i'll post tomorrow, but i'll definitely be back on Monday.... toodles for now my lovely peeps!! have a great weekend and i'll be seeing you soon!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Stickin' with it!

literally speaking....

hiya friends!! sorry for the lack of posting and sharing... i've fallen victim of the never ending computer issues! ugh!!!!! NO likey! i had something planned to share yesterday, however, something wiped my computer and my poor wonderful hubby was trying to recover everything all day... we finally got the comp running by afternoon THEN my libraries were completely empty!! i was on the edge of just bursting in tears... i know, i know, why didn't i back it up?!? no excuse there, i try to on my flash drive when i remember and well.... i'm guilty of not doing it in a while... so i'm sitting in my craft room just ready to cry, being scolded by the hubs and i'm thinking to myself, man, my laptop isn't even a year old and it's already acting up?!?!? any computer tech (no hubs isn't) would know that data isn't really lost, and THANKFULLY i was able to restore ALL my files, documents, pictures, etc.... ok, ok, i haven't quite restored it all yet, but in the progress of doing so... =D YAY me!! i must've been good.... LOL... now i have to put a sticky note next to my comp to remind me to flash my files... hehehe!

anyway, i'm just sharing my journal page for Week 15 of he-Art Journaling with The Greeting Farm... this week's assignment was "Stickin' to it!" use little or lots of sticky-ness!
and here's my page... got to play with washi tape, adhesive chipboard, stickers and dimensional stickers... this was really fun, as you can tell from my page... very colorful, happy, cheerful....

hahaha, yes i know i haven't shared my page for week 14, but it was so pathetic i don't want to.... LOL... but you can go spy it in the gallery... not my best work... LOL...

sorry for the hit and run... i've got tons of things to do and little time to do it... hope to get my special thing finished soon too because that is something i really want to share with you... stay tuned... =D and THANK YOU for 'stickin' with me!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Keepy Cozy on RELEASE day at the FARM!

Howdy All!!! the day has finally arrived.... ALL NOVEMBER releases are available for purchase at The Greeting Farm TODAY!!! Woooohoooo!! Holiday Anya, WS Matilda and Creepers Saturday and Sunday!! so which has been your FAVE stamp from this release??

Also in stock is the clear stamp sets from last month's release, so if you've been waiting to get them, go and get them now!

For today, i have Creeper Sunday who is cozy-ing up on my blog!

Really, who said the weekends have to end?!? With cutie Creeper Sunday, it can be the weekend all day every day.... hehehe! When i first saw him, everything about the way he dressed and his name reminds me of being cozy with family on Sundays... so i made another sizzix scoreboard caddy (yes i traced and cut again) and added some cocoa packets... used the "keep cozy" sentiment from the Keep Cozy set... isn't he ready to keep warm for the winter?!

Don't forget to join us today on SCS for random chitter chatter, some prizes, and FUN! You know we all know how to have FUN!!

Mark your calendars for November 11th- our first live “virtual stamp event' on our SCS forum with a themed challenge, prizes, and our very first customer hostess of the evening...

GUEST DESIGNER CONTEST is open now until November 10th. Please check the TGF blog for more info on this special contest....

Last but not LEAST, make sure you visit ALL the Farmers today because ONE lucky person to comment on ALL the DT's blogs just might take home the ENTIRE NOVEMBER RELEASE!!! is that FAB or what?!? Get the DT blog links on the TGF blog...

Thanks for dropping by today!! i hope you have enjoyed my previews and maybe i'll see you on SCS sometime today... Now go an get those stamps on your wishlist!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Creepin' by with a Halloween Hi!

Happy Halloween!!!
Are you ready for ONE more preview at The Greeting Farm before the big release day?!? He's CREEPY but not Halloween creepy, he's too cute to be scary... Welcome to the farm....
Creeper Saturday
Isn't he totally ROCKIN'?!?! He is very stylish rockin' his kicks in green, but don't let his smirk TRICK you!! Saturday is surely a TREAT to have... AND he is ONE of TWO Creepers being released TOMORROW!

Be sure to head on over to the TGF blog to take a peek at the Farmer's creations... You just might see Creeper Sunday creepin' around the farm too!

Creeper Saturday and Sunday, along with Matilda and Holiday Anya will be available November 1st at The Greeting Farm, so set those alarms and mark those calendars because this new release is absolutely a TREAT, no tricks!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow, release day, all day on SCS for random chitter chatter, some prizes, and FUN!

Also, Guest Designer contest going on now through November 10th, first round will be posted during our first 'virtual stamp event' on our SCS forum on November 11th. We do hope YOU can join us!!

ALL clear sets are stocked and ready to make their way home to you with your November stamp purchases! Have you made your wish list yet?!? Be sure to stop back tomorrow for RELEASE DAY! See you then!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Something WILD is SPROUTing on the FARM!

Hi again!

I'm back with another preview today from The Greeting Farm!

We couldn't help but notice a new little someone “sprouting” up this November...and we have a sweet sneak preview for you today!



Matilda is sassy, sweet, and everything in between and will be released on NOVEMBER 1st, so grab your wish lists and check them twice!

When i saw this sassy cutie i just knew she would be great with these fun and colorful papers from American Crafts Day Dreams line... don't you think?! Matilda is definitely fun, cute and strutting her SASS all over the farm!

In addition to all of the FUN going on around the Farm this coming week, The Greeting Farm would like to invite you to come and hang out with us on Release Day for FUN chatter throughout the day on our SCS Forum and hopefully we'll run into each other live at some point!

Last but not least, and you'll hear more about this on RELEASE day too, mark your calendars for November 11th- our first live “virtual stamp event' on our SCS forum with a themed challenge, prizes, and our very first customer hostess of the evening. This is something we are planning on doing once a month so if there are any potential hostesses out there, stay tuned!!!

For now, be sure to visit the TGF BLOG for more details on how you can WIN WS Matilda today and thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm gonna have a SPLENDID time on the FARM...


YEP, yep, the secret is finally out!! i'm GUEST-ing on the FARM alongside with the FANTASTIC Farmers all through November!! Wooohoooo! Ooooh, if you could have only heard the squeals when Jessica asked if i wanted to spend some time on the farm!! i'd truly be crazy if i said NO! you know me, I LOVE THE GREETING FARM!! and i have a whole collection of stamps to prove it! hehehe! luckily she asked via email because if she was standing in front of me we both would have fallen to the ground with my enormous HUG and screams of DELIGHT!! i'm VERY excited to be FARM and my kick off starts with some PREVIEWS that begin TODAY!!!

We hope you've enjoyed the 5 clear stamp sets released at the beginning of the month and hope you'll join us for some more fun and chatter on November 1st when The Greeting Farm brings you another character-packed release!

That's right! We're back this month with some brand-spankin' new additions to our very beloved line of TGF characters and we are covering ALL the bases this month! We've got a new Sprout, TWO new Creepers, and an Anya that will have you at HELLO, believe me!

….so, WELCOME to the newest little sweetie on the Farm...

Holiday Anya
Isn't she beautiful? We just adore her and are thinkin' you might too...(wink ;)

i just SUPER ADORE her!!! of all Holiday images on the farm, i do believe she is my FAVE!!! perhaps she is ready for the winter ball?! or that was the first thing i thought of when i saw her!! went with a non-traditional color scheme for my preview today... something about the colors are bold and BEAUTIFUL... very simple layout, as i wanted her to standout... what do you think?!? don't you just want to ADD her to YOUR collection?!

Holiday Anya is the first of FOUR single, rubber stamp previews so stay tuned tomorrow for more...but for now, visit our blogs because ONE of us has Holiday Anya hidden and up for grabs! You never know WHO will win might be you!

Don't forget to visit the FARMERS too and stop in at THE GREETING FARM as well... =)
Thanks for stopping by today and see you tomorrow with someone else sprouting up on the Farm!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Embellish it!

Wow-wee!! the weekend flew by super fast! maybe it was all the lack of sleep i've had... hehehe.... i think i can rest up a bit before the next event... oh wait! my blog will be busy this week and you don't want to miss out on a few surprises i have been hushing about.... =D

Monday, Monday!! you know what that means.... Challenge #54 at Lollipop Crafts and we want you to EMBELLISH IT!!! that's right! you MUST USE 3 DIFFERENT embellies on your creations this week.... go and get all the deets on this week's challenge on the LC blog and check out what the wonderful DT have for you to be inspired by...
this week's challenge is sponsored by INKED TREASURES and they've got some CUTIE animal images in their store... go check them out, make your wishlist and then play our challenge for a chance to win a spectacular prize!!! we always have a top 3 too... time for my creation....
can you guess the 3 embellies on my creation?!?! if not read on so you can find out.... what i've created is a notepad cover... using a DP from the Chloe line by 3bugsinarug, i cutout the sheet to frame out the flowers... then i used Fairy Chloe (the original red rubber) from The Greeting Farm... she matched this paper, looks like she's sprinkling some magic on the flowers... found my stash of seam binding that i tied together with a button.... and added rhinestones to the DP flower middles... voila!! simple creation that is eye catching! so did you find my 3 embellies?!?

well i'd really love to stay and chit-chat, but i'm soooooo tired from my late night rushes in preparation for yesterday's craft fair that i really need to catch up on some ZZZZs.... still got lots to do for this week too so stay tuned!! Thanks for dropping in and please head on over to the LC blog and check out the fabulous creations for you there!! until next time.... toodles!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Harvest Festival

Hey everyone!! Just a quick reminder for those on Maui... come check us out tomorrow at

The Fall Harvest Festival

at Haku Baldwin in Makawao

Sunday, October 23rd

9 am - 3 pm

A family fun day with rides and games for the kids, arts and crafts, food booths, vendors, farmer's market and more...

Back by popularity, post it holders and notepads! Also available, checkbook covers, debit card holders, memo/paper holders, paper totes and more... New designs include note pad cover w/pen, paper mache note/picture holders w/clips, and Halloween goodies... Selection is very limited so come early!! We hope to see you there!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Move over stamps, HK time to shine!

Aloha Friday!!! yay!! well, i'm happy to report that i'm almost 100% better.... still a little stuffy, weak but i can't let that hold me down... lots of prepping for the craft fair this sunday, which means tonight will be a late night.... as long as i can last that is... thanks everyone for the get well wishes!!! your comments really brightened the days!!

back in stock and ready to be snatched up by customers! HK notepads....
just a few pictures of the finished ones i did last night (or i should really say this morning)... lots of new fun papers being used.... these notepads are really tedius work.... the HK's are actually... all are cut with the sizzix dies and YES i do cut out each and every whisker for each and every one that i make... so of course that takes some time... 6 notepads in a day is quite an accomplishment for me.... LOL... the challenge is trying to get different layouts... with the notepad being small and the HK's kinda on the bigger side, it's been hard... guess i could if i didn't use so much DP... hehehe!
and a few more... i have a bunch more to make and will be sharing that soon... gonna take a blogging break (from posting) for the weekend but i couldn't leave you stranded on this friday and was glad i had something done to share with you... so i'm hoping these will spark some mojo in you to get crafty over the weekend!

yesterday i tore up my craft room looking for ONE stamp!! boy did i make a mess in there... eek!! dreaded cleaning up but it had to be done and look who came to my lil' monkey!! he was so cute dragging the broom up and down the hallway... =D he must have been saying "Mommy i'll help you clean your craft room, i'll sweep everything out the door and turn it into my playroom!" LOL.... oh thank goodness he can't talk yet! so after he was done i turned around and saw DD2 "flying" on the broom... all i hear is "Mommy look, i'm flying!" LOL.... too bad i was not near my camera to catch the silly moment... it was so funny!

enough blabbing for today.... i had a late start on this post and now need to catch up life! have a great weekend everyone, THANK YOU for stopping by and i'll be back on Monday with a creation for Lollipop Crafts!!