Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Mail from My Secret Sister for October

Receiving happy mail always puts a big smile on my face.   Today I received this awesome king-size bar of Hersheys Symphony Creamy Milk Chocolate with Almonds & Toffee Chips.   YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY.  I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!!  More so, I love how my secret sister Sheila from WA designed the wrap.  What a cool owl and and sentiment.  She did a fantastic job wrapping the candy bar in bubble wrap and mailed it in a bubble envelope which I think prevented the chocolate from melting.   That's got to be the trick.  Can't wait to sink my teeth into it. 

Sheila also included these embellies.   THANK YOU SO MUCH SHEILA....you made my day a happy one!!!!

If you'd like to join this fun swap, click here to hop over to Kris' blog for the deets.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fun and crafty day.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My 4th Batch of Christmas Cards - Merry Christmas Mouse

(Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for HOT news)
Yay, I finally finished another batch of cards....getting there. 
I got this stamp by Gillian Roberts at Cute Stuff during my recent trip to Oahu.  When I saw it, I knew it was a "must have."  I think it's so dang CUTE. 
I also used Spellbinder dies, DP by Doodlebug, Copics, sentiment by Dandelion Designs, Distress Ink, punch by Martha Stewart, twine, Stickles, embellies by Dress It Up, and pearls by Kaiser Crafts.

And here are 6 of them.....

I'm entering the following challenges:
Fab 'n Funky - "Challenge 144 - Animals"
The Crafty Pad - " Challenge 193 - Use An Animal"
One Stop Craft Challenge - "Challenge 201 - Anything Goes"
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge - "Challenge 139 - "Christmas 9 Weeks & Counting"
Fussy and Fancy - "Challenge 74 - Anything Goes"

Wait, don't leave yet.  Do you want a chance to win Cheryl's Hello Kitty Giveaway?   Then click here to see the deets on her sweet blog.

Thanks for poppin' in for a visit......on to my next batch.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

More Happy Mail

Happy Sunday Eve Peeps.  Good grief, where did the weekend go???   It just flies by much too fast.  Sorry, I haven't been blog hopping and leaving comments much for the past few weeks as I've been quite busy lately.
I want to share this darling panda card I received from my dear, dear friend.  I'm definitely keeping this in my collection so I can look at it from time-to-time and get inspired.   I love to eat with chopsticks too so this card is perfect for me. 

She also included some yummy sushi stickers and a cute Hello Kitty spam musubi sticker.  LOVE 'EM ALL!!!!

And she knows I'm a noodle lover and included an image of a bowl of noodles.  Ummm, I feel like eating some now...LOL.  She's so good at keeping everything she sends within a theme she chose.  Cute yah?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Mail from Cuz

My sweet cuz surprised me with another happy mail.  As you can see, she's really talented.  Here's a Thanksgiving card she made using some cute Penny Black chick images.  I need to check into the Spellbinder die she used.  Love the shape. 

Aren't these penguins adorable?   Here's a die and matching image. 

And here's a koi fish die by Cheery Lynn.  Awesome!!!  This die would be perfect for an Asian themed card.

Here's a pkg. of darling owl and tree embellies.
I'm looking forward to playing with my new toys.   THANKS CUZ!!!!  Your happy mail sure put a huge smile on my face.  

Thanks for stopping by and HAVE A SCRAP HAPPY DAY.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My 3rd Batch of Christmas Cards "Warmest Holiday Wishes"

Hello, hello peeps.   Hope you all had a great weekend.  Yesterday was a FUN day.  I went to Island Scrapbooking for their anniversary sale and bought a bunch of stuff.  Sorry, can't post it because some are gifts, RAKs, and prize for my upcoming blogaversary.    Then dashed to Yen's Restaurant to celebrate my dear friend's birthday.   For those of you who live in Hilo, I would really recommend this place.  The food is YUMMY.  We ordered the Special Cake Noodles and Chicken Rice Noodles with Spring Rolls (I think that's what the latter was called).  We always enjoy our girly chats and should get together more often.
Here's my 3rd batch of Christmas cards.   The snowmen image reminds me of the time we went up to Mauna Kea when we first moved the the Big Island.   We had a blast making a snowman and having a snowball fight. 
Items used for this card:  Image by Close to My Heart, sentiment by Inkadinkado, snowflake embossing folder by Darice, glittered snowflake ornament, punch by Martha Stewart, Copics, Spellbinder die, and distress ink.

And here are 3 of them. 

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge - "Challenge 200 - Heat Embossing" (The image and sentiment are heat embossed)
Paper Play Challenge - "Week 41 Simply Cute"

Thanks for visiting.   Hope you have a awesome week.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My 2nd Batch of Christmas Cards

Hello Peeps.  Hope you're all having a great week.   I'm so glad the tradewinds are back.  OMG, it was 90 degrees in Hilo a few days ago.....WHEW!!!
Today, I want to share these cards that I recently whipped up using this adorable stamp by LOTV.   All of their images are SUPER CUTE!!!  I scored this one at a sale.  Woo-hoo.

And here are 4 of them.   For this card I used DP from my stash, Copics, Spellbinder dies including "Ribbon Tag Trio", sentiment by Lawn Fawn, and snowflake embellie by Jolee.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Ruby's Rainbow Challenge - "Challenge 39 - Cute & Cuddly"
Crafts & Me - "Challenge 105 - Anything Goes"
Whimsy Stamps - "Challenge 52 - All Things Sparkly"
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
Tuesday Alchemy - "Challenge 35 - Anything Goes"

Thanks for poppin' in and hope you have a great Aloha Friday and a crafty weekend.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

An Inspiring Card from my Secret Sister

I received this gorgeous and inspiring card from Mary who was my secret sister for September.  I always enjoy reading enlightening quotes so this card is very special. 

She also included this card which I'll keep in my wallet.   THANK YOU MARY!!!!

Hop onto Kris' blog for deets to join this fun swap. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom

Hello Peeps!   I've been MIA for several days and hope to get some blog hopping in soon.  Hubby and I spent a few days on Oahu last week to celebrate my Mom's birthday.  Our trips are ALWAYS a whirlwind, practically flying all over the place.  LOL.
Here's the card I made from Mom along with a gift and a pikake lei.   We asked her where she wanted to go and she said, "Zippy's."   Zippy's?????  We love Zippy's but wanted to take her somewhere nicer.   We suggested Tsukiji at the Ala Moana Shopping Center but she said it was "too far."  She has her good reasons so we respected that.  Then she gave it more thought and chose Gyotaku since she's been craving Misoyaki Butterfish.   So that's where we went.
For this card, I used a flower image by Heartfelt Creations, Copics, sentiment by Hero Arts, Spellbinder die (circle, scallop, and flower pot), embossing folder, edge punch by EK (red) and Stampin' Up (on the pot), flower pick die by Lifestyle Crafts, bee brads by Eyelit Outlet, and pearls by Kaiser Crafts.

I'm a noodle lover and the first stop after we arrived on Oahu was Daiichi Ramen in Aiea.   My hubby's been wanting to take me here for the longest time but stuff came up or plans changed so we never made it until this trip.   Yay!!!    Here's a pix of the Won Ton Ramen I chowed down.

That evening, hubby was craving something sweet so we headed to Zippy's where he enjoyed a Banana Split.

I wanted to try something different.  Here's a pix of the Honeydew Gelatin Parfait.  Thought it would be rich and heavy but it wasn't light and deeeeelicious.
The next day was Mom's birthday.  Here's a pix of my Teishoku dish (Tempura, Misoyaki Butterfish, and Nishime).   Rats, as you can see, I was so hungry I started eating before remembering to take a pix.  LOL.   Mom ate the same thing except she had Sashimi rather than Nishime.   Sorry, no pix of her.  She's a private person so I won't post a pix of her on my blog.  

Hubby, our son, his girlfriend and I did enjoy a dinner at Tsukiji later in the trip.  Rats, my tummy was growling so I had already eaten my first plate before taking a pix of my 2nd.   When it comes to buffets, we grind as though our tummy was a bottomless pit.   LOL.  No wonder my pants are tight now.  Hee-hee.

Here's some of the dessert to satisfy my sweet cravings after dinner at Tsukiji.
I really didn't think we'd have much time for any craft shopping but woo-hoo, we did despite the horrible traffic.  OMG, that's the worse we've ever seen.   We think it's because public schools were out last week so a LOT of people were out and about.   Poor hubby, he wanted to have lunch one day at Yataimaru in Shirokiya but he was so frustrated with the traffic, we ended up at Zippy's again.

Here's are some goodies I got at J's Knicknack's.

And Ben Franklin (Mapunapuna).   I didn't get much there since we have a store in Hilo and needed space in our luggage for snack goodies.   LOL

And finally, more goodies from Celebrations and Cute Stuff.
Alrighty, it's past my beddy-by time so I better sign off here and hit the pillows.   Hope you all have a super great week.     zzzzzzzz

Thursday, October 4, 2012

My 1st Set of Christmas Cards

Can't believe it October already.  Where did the time go??? 
Here's a CAS card with "Yuki" by Sister Stamps.  She's definitely one of my favorites.  Don't you think she's adorable?  Looks like she is READY for Christmas cuddling her stocking stuffed with toys.  I added some Stickles onto her stocking to match the glitter DP from my stash.   Other supplies:  Spellbinder dies, Copics, edge punch by EK, sentiment by TGF, and embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  For dimension, I stitched the red strip.

And here are four of them.
Thanks for stopping by and HAVE A SCRAP HAPPY DAY!!!  On to my next batch of cards.