Monthly Archives: April 2012

Another Smooch


You may get sick of all the smooching around here… or maybe not.  This new Bright Blossoms set is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  In order to figure out what I was going to do for the class Anne and I are offering (see yesterday’s post) I made several samples…  And, I really enjoy the bright colors and cute, simple stamps.  They are perfectly cheerful…will make ANYONE’S day.  Wouldn’t  you love getting this card?

This card also features the Summer Smooches DSP.  I used the Tasteful Trim die to cut the ric-rac out…  And, that is Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (I think Seam Binding is my favorite all the ribbons).  We needing a good yellow ribbon…  Anyway, these products are sneak peeks into the new catalog coming out June 1…  This is your chance to get your hands on a few things early (only during April)…and there are a couple of items (the brads and stencil) that WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE during April…meaning they are NOT in the new catalog…  I will have upcoming samples with them…


And, for you clubbers… This is one of the cards we will make for the APRIL clubs…. exciting isn’t it…


Anne and Crystal’s Smooches Class


SU! has allowed us a peek into the NEW catalog… So, we decided to make a class…


By request, Anne and Crystal have teamed up for another round of projects.  Our focus is on the bright and cheery Summer Smooches Suite available as a Sneak Peak in April!  Come for one class, come for both – but come spend some time stamping with friends!  We’ll be back at the Maui Masonic Lodge on Saturday April 28.

9am til 11:30am – Smoochy card sets!

Make two A2 cards plus the brand new Petite Purse, PLUS

…the fancy favor box filled with 3×3 cards and DSP envelopes!

Cost of this class INCLUDES your choice of the Bright Blossoms stamp set (Clear or Wood Mount)

$25 clear/ $29 wood

Want to share a stamp set with a friend?  We have special pricing – contact us.

12 noon to 2:30  Summer Smooch Flip Scrapbook

This scrapbook is ready for your photos and notes –

Cost is $25 and includes a full roll of Sticky Strip.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 18  (it’s short notice, so sorry…)

Register by calling or emailing me…  ( 250-6515,… or click on the button on the side)

Here is the Smooches Promotion Flyer:


Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, but no blue…


So, a co-worker asked me if I had any baby cards to welcome a baby girl…for another co-worker who just welcomed her new daughter…  I didn’t have anything on hand, so this is what I came up with…

You might be wondering what the title of this post has to do with this card.  Glad you asked:

Something Old:  The stamp set.  Sorry.  It’s called A Slice of Life.  Was  a hostess set last year.  we have tons of current baby stuff  (of which I do not own, yet..) that could easily be substituted.  Or any image for that matter.  Doesn’t have to be baby.

Something New:    I used the new diagonal plate on the Simply Scored to make the AWESOME envelope….

Something Borrowed:  The DSP.  The Blushing Bride color (and in this case it is the dsp the envelope and the strip on the card).  It is LIVING ON BORROWED TIME.  This color will be retired at the end of May.  So, if you want it you better get your hands on it!!

Something Blue:  It’s a baby GIRL card… sorry no blue…

Anyway, speaking of retiring…  My friend, Bronwyn, keeps wanting me to do BLOG candy.  Well, not sure exactly how to do that, but this is my idea:  The retiring list will be posted on SU on April 15.  So, I propose a little contest….  Submit to me (by posting a comment to this post) 3 names of stamp sets you think will be retiring.  For every correct guess you have, your name will go into a drawing.  I will pull a name from all the ‘correctly identified’ entries and the winner will get a special prize.  Make sure you have have posted your comments by 5pm (HST) and I will choose and notify a winner by SUNDAY…

Good Luck…



Isaac had his birthday last month.  Though it was super low-key and we didn’t do any decorating or anything fancy, the un-declared theme became diggers, dozers, and all things dirt.  This was absolutely perfect because when this catalog came out, I saw the I Dig You stamp set and knew I needed it even before I knew why…this was prior to his immense attraction to all things dirt.  It came in perfect for writing write thank-yous for his birthday!!  I love it when all things align…

I got the idea of doing a post card because a while back I bought Christmas thank you postcards (I know, you shrink back in SHOCK that I bought postcards, but I was desperate, and it was nearly March and I hadn’t finished thank-yous for Christmas)  And, the post card concept is extremely easy in both design and actual WRITING… so…that is what I did.  The stamps were markered with our wonderful stampin’ markers.  This gives the ability to add color to a single image.  They are large, chunky stamps which make it real easy to add in.  Nothing too detailed.

Here are a few other pics from the dozer theme:

we have dozer cookies:

and a dozer cake:

And, you will have to excuse my inability to label each of these vehicles.  Isaac can give you a complete tutorial should you nee one…  They all seem like dozers to me.  And, they all deal with dirt.  And, a dirty little boy sure LOVES to play with them….

He Is Risen


Happy Easter to everyone!

I had to post this beautiful card that Anne made for me… I think last year. It may be a couple of years old, but it is perfect for this occasion.

It’s one of those 3×6 cards that fits into those small open end envelopes.  It’s a size I kind of enjoy…  Anyway, she made it by cutting a cross shape out of the lattice square die (made with bashful blue cardstock) and put it onto a embossed white background. Layered with certainly celery on a so saffron card base.  The leaves come from the bird builder punch and the flowers are  made from that blossom builders punch.  (you gotta roll ’em).  Very beautiful.  And very fitting for Easter….  My favorite part of this cross is that flowers adorn it… because the cross is EMPTY….  that is because Christ is no longer there…  He IS RISEN!!  It is this truth that brings me to tears every time I think about it… and it’s eternal meaning.  It’s this power that has over come death that gives me the gift of salvation…I am so thankful, humbly thankful…

My friend Julie posted this quote from author Beth Moore on her face book page…and I feel it bears repeating:

‘I believe this cry, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” marked the exact moment when the sins of all humanity–past, present, and future–were heaped upon Christ and the full cup of God’s wrath poured forth.  Somehow I believe that to bear the sin, Jesus also had to bear the separation.  Though Christ had to suffer the incomparable agony of separation from the fellowship of His Father while sin was judged, I am moved that He breathed His last breath with full assurance of His Father’s trustworthiness.  The human body of the life-giver hung lifeless.  It was finished.  He gave up His last human breath so He never Had to give up on humanity.’

I am thankful for this sacrifice…and even more thankful that the story didn’t end on Friday.  He is Risen!

Easter Basket Making….


Well, today I needed to get Isaac’s Easter Basket together.  I was good in that I planned ahead and bought all the insides BEFORE Walmart ran out of stuff (as typical of their holiday merchandise collections–on Maui).  And, I’m getting better at this whole mom thing… for Isaac’s first Christmas, I hid all his presents in his closet (the only closet in our house with the most space) and totally forgot and put him to bed on Christmas Eve…  So, he didn’t get his gifts from us for a couple of days.  So now, on his 3rd Easter, I’m getting around to his FIRST Easter basket (from us…nana and papa beat us to it a couple of years ago).  So, I needed a tag.

Bronwyn showed me these cute little bunnies and wanted to borrow the punches to make some, and oh my…I was surprised to learn that I didn’t have that little oval that makes the butt.  So I promptly ordered it…  So, I used the  small oval punch, the 3/4″ circle punch, and the small petals from the Blossom Petals Builder punch from the ears.  Those blue buttons are the cute tiny buttons in the Spring Mini from the Twitterpated suite (with a little pearl).  And, that Happy Easter stamp, from the Delightful Dozen stamp set (which I didn’t realize I had until this week…).  The blue taffeta ribbon tops it off!  And, I used crumb cake for the card base and bunny… whisper white for the background.  The white tag was made with the scallop rectangle clearlits die.  And, at $7.50 it is the PERFECT tag-sized die.  It’s lots of fun.

So, this is what the finished basket looked like:

Another ‘mother of the year’ moment is the fact he really didn’t get candy.  (boo hoo). He got trail mix.  He loves peanuts and I figure I need to get away with it as long as I can.  He also got a bottle of bath bubbles, a tube of colored bath fizz bombs, and a set of bathtub markers…. notice a theme?  Here’s why:

The kid is a dirt magnet. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but he has dried on yogurt all over both arms and in his hair (it’s his hair-product of choice, provides that spiky lift) and chocolate on his fingers…(Easter candy from his aunty) and every time he gets OUT of the chair, Lucy isn’t far behind because whatever he was eating (today was edamame and macaroni and cheese) falls off his butt…

So…. on that note…

Peep peep




So, here is another Happy Easter Wish!!  This cute little chicks are made using the bird builder punch (you have to cut some off of the bird’s behind in order to make him fit in the egg… The eggs are simple…just the XL oval punch and the grass is that tasteful trim die.  SUPER SIMPLE.  And the ribbon, I just love the skinny taffeta.  Makes it a slim card that is easy to mail.  Enjoy!