Thankful

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Fall colors are my thing. I just love them. However, living in Hawaii, I don’t get to see many— (I’m sure many people must think that is such a small sacrifice compared to all the beauty that does surround me, and they would not be wrong—but I still miss it). So, when I have opportunity, I CREATE FALL COLOR!

For this post, I cheated. I used Christmas Season stamp set. But, it is a prime example of how you can make stamps work for MANY occasions!! Just a few changes of colors and BAM, you’ve got a whole new season!

The colors used here are Bumble Bee, Blackberry Bliss, Evening Evergreen, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede. These make the perfect fall pallet. I just LOVE blackberry bliss. (Ok, well I love all of them…)

Anyway, I know it is trite, but I do love this season–because it makes us pause and give thanks. And, we have lots to give thanks for. Especially now– when the world seems to be burning down around us– it’s always good to remember that HE sustains us and nothing is a surprise. He has all things to work our for our good and for HIS glory. Sometimes (a lot of the time) it doesn’t make sense, but that’s why He is God and I am not.

I am thankful for all of you too. I’m thankful I have a space to be creative and that I can connect with other creative people and that I have found a tribe on this big planet Earth that gives me such joy.

Speaking of tribe: Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have prepared for you!

And, thank you. Thank you, God for your amazing gift of grace–that we will be celebrating here in a few short weeks–but may we never lose sight of that blessing and gift.

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Hey, Boo!

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Isn’t this the cutest little ghost you’ve ever seen? But, what is scary to me… is that it is already Oct 1. We are officially finished with the first quarter of the school year and I feel like we started about two weeks ago…

Anyboo– (see what I did there???) Fall has arrived– at least in the stores. Though I woke up to some rain–that I’m hoping is the beginning of our Hawaiian winter.

This super cute little ghost was from the Cutest Halloween set (now retired) — and it had a matching punch. Putting this all together went lickety-split because of those handy little punches…

The colors here are super simple: Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape… and a little swash of a blend in the grape to outline the ghost hands and a dab of flamingo blend for the grin.

Head over to see if Anne and Cheryl have anything scary for you today!!

Oh Sunflowers…

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Glorious sunflowers. You only have to be on my blog for about 4 minutes to realize that I love sunflowers—

They’re so happy. Just giant happy smiling flowers. And. I can manage to make something into a sunflower nearly every year. ☺️☺️

This year is no different.

Artistically inked gives us the PERFECT flower to make into sunflowers. And it’s so simple. Such a beautiful stamp set that’s super versatile and user friendly. You can use bold colors for bright, happy images—. Fall colors for sunflowers— muted colors for sympathy. It’s truly a perfect stamp set. Pair it with a set of sentiments and you can make any card you need.

September is the entry way into fall. And I’m ready. Bring on fall. My most favorite season (I do love me some summer cause it means school is out— but fall is the season I appreciate for its fundamental qualities. Heehee)

Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

In Bloom

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So, if you know me, you know that I have developed quite a fondness for plants. Which is interesting, because I used to kill them. I contribute this to being BORED during the corona lockdowns… I figured out how not to kill them all.

WELL. A couple weeks ago, one of my cactuses (and I’m not sure what it is– but it’s a pretty tall one) sprouted a bud. That kept growing. and growing. And, every night and every morning I would go check to see if it opened… and kept waiting and waiting…. UNTIL:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! I was so excited! So beautiful! SO BIG! And, it lasted a day… But, these are the beautiful suprises of nature! Just reminds us to take a moment to enjoy…

Which– My cactus bloom reminds me of this month’s stamp set: In Bloom (appropriately named, I might add).

This set is SO versatile and fun! I love this color scheme… I usually don’t reach for turquoises and blues for flowers, but I love how you can use them with is set… And, you can change the colors up and have a completely different feel. (Colors here are: bermuda bay coastal cabana, granny apple green, daffodil delight, and night of navy).

August means we are back to work. These blooms help brighten my mood–since I’m sad that summer is officially over…

Go see what Anne and Cheryl have to brighten your mood today! 🙂

So Many Plants

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Who all became plant parents during lockdown?? I think it grew into an obsession over at my house…. what started with a couple ‘to see if I can keep them alive’ turned into a full fledged jungle…. OH, so imagine how excited I was with this Plentiful Plants stamp set!

I just love how many different greens we offer to make different plants– as well as this set having so many plant and pot varieties. You can use it to make anything! Here I used jade, garden and olive greens and the pots were out of cinnamon.

The background paper is also cinnamon (the lighting seems a bit off in that first picture…) Can you spot the jungle overgrowth in this picture below? 🙂

Hope everyone is enjoying summer! July is sort of bitter sweet for me— even though it’s still a couple of weeks away…. I do return to school in July– so just starting the month hints to me that the lazy days of summer will be coming to an end here soon….

Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have created for you today!

School’s Out!

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I’m writing this post on the very last day of school…. just counting the minutes until I can leave… Glorious summer. Every Teacher’s dream. 🙂

Needless to say, I’m excited. And I have a cheery happy flower to share, that matches my current mood.

This comes from the stamp set called In Symmetry, and I just love how easy it is to use. I sponged petal pink and flamingo on the stamp to give it the ombre look and then stamped it right on. Super easy and fast!

Here’s wishing you a fantastic summer! I hope you get to spend some time with people you love and have a chance to stamp!

Go see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

Lei Day!

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In Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day (I think we’ve discussed this before…). And, you may be looking at the picture and wondering how in the world is she going to make a Lei theme off THAT–

Well, it’s all about what May represents to ME. May– Lei Day, Mother’s Day, Graduation—these are 3 very FLORAL holidays packed into one month (still, you must be thinking–there are no florals there….)

Well, we have helped out with graduation at our school for nearly 20 years now. That’s a long time. And, every year of those 20 years we’ve been responsible for helping to collect and then decorate with any greenery that we can come up with. And, I’m talking it’s raid all the yards–aunty, neighbor, grandma… if they have green it’s up for grabs for graduation. And, all these people are SO WILLING to let us have! (Hey, it’s also a free landscaping service… hahaha)

Because this is how important these holidays are. And, how much aloha is shared by giving these greens and flowers. The below stamps (from a retired stamp set called Tranquil Thoughts, and I used Garden Green and Old Olive) remind me of the banana leaves that we can use to cover podiums, stairs, put in LARGE, like human size, flower arrangements.

This is all to make this day special. And, the lei.. All to make lei day special. It’s the flowers that represent the aloha behind the gift to the other person. The greens– the passing to another that says–“I see you and you are special so here is a little reminder that God made you in his image and that is good.”

So, that’s what these leaves, this month, and this time of celebration means to me!

I hope you have a wonderful May Day! Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you this day!

Always a reason to Celebrate

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I love celebrating. And I love flowers. So, I knew this Celebrate With Flowers stamp set needed to be part of my collection.

I mean, just look how happy it is! I was attracted to the simple line art and the quirkiness of it when I saw it, and I just love the variety of ways you can make it work. I also love that it lends itself to a unique style of card (think slim-line) as well. The inclusion of the vertical Happy Birthday is also what attracted me to this set–different than the norm, and unexpected! (I will include a pic of the images below).

So, for April, I hope you can find something to celebrate! And, while doing so, make some pretty flowers to go along with the celebration!

Go check out what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

PS: This stamp set is currently available, but it will NOT be available for much longer! It’s being retired at the end of this month (but, will only be around while supplies last!) So, if you want to own one, you better snatch it up FAST! If you message me, I can help you do that!

Sharing Sunshine

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HAPPY MARCH! This month is brought to you by Stampin’ Up’s Sharing Sunshine stamp set. And, this is the PERFECT name for this cheery little smile that will just brighten your day!

I used daffodil delight paper for the mat and the sun punch out, and then used bumble bee for the rays and face. A little of blush blossom makes the rosy cheeks! The best part of this month is very hard to see in photos… but I did a little spritz with the champagne mist and alcohol in one of our spritzers. Gives a perfect shimmer to this sunshine!

Here in Hawaii, we don’t have the marked changes of seasons that others around the globe may enjoy– but, there are subtle signs… The day is lasting a little longer and longer… I’m seeing the warmer glows of the sun as it slowly moves higher and higher into the sky… Summer is just around the corner…

Go check out what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

Simple Stampin’ February

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Soooo…. I have to come clean about the 2022 calendars. I waited until The. Absolute. Last. Minute. to make them. Literally, an after-Thanksgiving Hail Mary move of taking a couple of days and ignoring ALL other responsibilities to get these done. I do make these to sell–for our annual street fair–so it’s not a simple ‘one and done’ kind of thing–there are many to make. So, as a way to make everyone think this was planned, I decided to embrace a ‘return to my roots’ and go back to simple stamping with these calendars. Meaning, not a lot of coloring, not a lot of embellishments, the literal embodiment of the #simplestampin’ movement. Imagine my excitement when I realized I ordered Artistically Inked (does that happen to you–you order a set and then forget you have it?)

Artistically Inked is just a stunning stamp set. And, I am one of those people who cannot seem to master the ‘oh so easy’ alcohol ink water-cooling technique. This set takes ALL the guesswork out of it. It’s super easy to use, and the outcome is just amazing. Few swipes of the stamp and ink and bippity-boppity-boo we have February!

Decided to not use the traditional hearts for February—but the flowers still work! And, these flowers won’t die! Marvelous Magenta and Granny Apple Green bring these cheerful blossoms to life.

I happen to have a couple of my calendars left– Fill in the form below if you’d like to order one! I will connect with you!

And, head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

Happy Valentines!