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!!