Island Oasis Purse and Cards!

I made this little purse and cards for Craft Project Central this month!  I did this project for a class in a different design a few months back and everyone loved making the project, so I thought that more of you would like to make it as well!


I hope that you will join us on Craft Project Central if you haven't already!  We are getting such great feedback from our subscribers who are enjoying making the projects for themselves, as gifts, and from demonstrators who are using the projects for their classes and clubs!!

Posted on : May 31 2010

Pacific Stamper’s Scrap Camp!

This past Sunday we had another very fun and successful Scrap Camp!  Since May is National Scrapbooking month, and we've received many requests for scrapbooking, our group put together this fun event!  Everyone made a full 6" x 6" tropical scrapbook! 



As usual, Brenda made our favors and welcome sign.  For the welcome sign Brenda used My Digital Studio!  For the favors, she made these cute little photo frames for everyone!  Too cute!


Shelby designed these beautiful customer bags and name tags. Everything matched the Tropical Party them of the scrapbook. 


As usual, we had great door prizes to give away!  Between the door prizes and Silent Auction items, most everyone went home with an extra little (or big) goodie!


Here are a couple items that we auctioned off in the Silent Auction.


Krista put together a GREAT demonstration on some ways to make your own embellishments.  Blake, her sister came to help and give moral support.


Krista demonstrated step-by-step instructions on how to make our own cute little buttons!  I can't wait to make a bunch of these myself!!


She also showed us how to use Rub-Ons to decorate brads, buttons, and ribbon!


How to use re-inkers to dye our ribbon to match our card stock!


How to use the same design for a scrapbook and/or a card.


And, finally, how to make great embellishments using the new Stampin' Up! Shimmer Paint.  Thank you Krista for teaching us so many cool techniques!


Happy stampers !


Here is a picture of the album cover.  Everyone chose the initial to put on the front.



And a couple of the page layouts.


If you would like information on attending our Stamp Camps, please feel free to call or email for information on upcoming events!



Posted on : May 29 2010

Petal Party Card!

Today over at my Sisters in Stamping blog we are highlighting Simply Scrappin' Kits.  I wanted to show that the kits are for more than just scrapbooking.  I used some of the self-adhesive die cuts to make this card.


The flowers and stems are from the Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit.  I made the grass using a piece of Old Olive card stock, and just cut it to look like grass.

Supplies Used:

Thank You Kindly Stamp Set #111770 $13.95

Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit #113059 $19.95

So Saffron Card Stock #105118 $5.50

Old Olive Card Stock #100702 $5.50

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad #102277 $5.95

Have a great weekend!

Posted on : May 28 2010

Mililani High School Graduation!

My niece, Nicole, just graduated from Mililani High School.  I'm so proud of her!  Here are some pictures from the night.


The graduation ceremony was held at the Stan Sheriff center on the University of Hawaii campus.


Here is the proud graduate.  If you caught my post about Jacie's graduation last week, you know that the giving of lei on special occasions is a big tradition here in Hawaii.  As you can see, Nicole got tons of lei and it wasn't even the end of the night.  What you can't tell from this picture is that one of her lei is short one item.  While we were seated waiting for the ceremony to begin, Jacie got hungry.  She's a little bottomless pit.  And when she gets hungry, we all hear about it until the situation gets remedied.  So we had to untie the end of one of the lei for Nicole and give Jacie a packet of cookies or candy (I can't remember what exactly it was.  Sorry Nikki!!


Here is Nicole with her dad and mom and then with her brother Thomas and sister Emilee.


And with Alexa, Jacie and Craig and with Auntie Sherry.


They grow up so fast!  Have to enjoy every moment while you can!!

Posted on : May 27 2010

At the Beach!

I'm going to step out on a limb here and show you a picture of me in my swim suit, only because Jacie is in the picture too and that makes it worth it!  Jacie has been really wanting to go to the beach and learn how to snorkel.  So Sherry got her some snorkel equipment and we headed off to the beach.


Here is Jacie in the car heading to the beach.  She couldn't even wait until we got there!!


Finally, at the beach, in the water, and ready for the big moment…well almost!


Here I am trying to calm her down and get her to put her face in the water.  You should have heard her breathing so hard through her snorkel. 


Okay, maybe she'll feel safer with her little vest on too. So cute!!


After a little snorkeling she was so proud of herself and she really did do a great job for her first time.  The day was a little overcast and not your typical hot Hawaiian day.  We'll have to go again soon.


Alexa went in the water for a little bit, but was more interested in getting back to her Harry Potter book.  She's on The Goblet of Fire, one of my favorites of the set!


Here's Craig, in case you can't read upside down!


And here he is "meditating"?!?!  He's a funny boy!


Jacie trying to get warmed up by mom.  More snorkeling adventures to come later in the summer!

Posted on : May 26 2010

Memories Mini Accordion Album!

You might have noticed that we have a guest designer this month on Craft Project Central, Debbie Naylor!!  I met Debbie almost two years ago at a Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle event!  I thought she was a wonderful gal from the first and then I found out what a talented stamper is she!  You probably recognize Debbie from our Sister's in Stamping blog too!



Here is the project that Debbie created for Craft Project Central!  This darling little mini album opens up to reveal beautifully decorated pages and accordion pockets ready for you to slip in pictures, journaling notes, and other memorabilia!  I love the way too, that Debbie put the colors together!  So bright and cheerful!  What a great gift this would make for a teacher, grandparent, new parent, etc.  Thanks Debbie for sharing your wonderful project with us!!

Posted on : May 25 2010

Jacie’s Graduation!

Last week was a busy week with graduations, trade shows, an expo, and a Scrap Camp.  So I'm going to be catching up in the next couple of days and sharing pictures with you of some of my fun events.


The first event I want to share is Jacie's graduation from Kindergarten at Hanalani Schools!  Full cap and gown ceremony!


Here I am with my little cutie girl!  In Hawaii we have a custom of giving lei as a special part of any occasion.  As you can see, lei can be made of flowers or anything else that you can make into a lei. 


Jacie with her dad Alex, brother Craig, mom Sherry and sister Alexa!


And with her cousins, Nicole and Emilee (my brother's daughters).


Mrs. Neumann, Jacie's K3 Teacher and Miss Wester, Jacie's current Kindergarten teacher.


And with a couple of her little friends!


It was a fun night and it's hard to believe that my little Jacie will be in first grade next year!  Hope the summer doesn't go by too fast!!

Lei Etiquette

There are very few "rules" when it comes to wearing a Hawaiian lei. Anyone can wear one, anytime – there need not be an occasion. It is perfectly fine for one to purchase or make a lei for themselves. It is common for locals to have a nut, seed or shell lei on hand to wear on special occasions. And hats are often adorned with flower, fern or feather leis.

There are, however, a couple of "unspoken rules" one should know when receiving a lei for the first time. A lei should be a welcomed celebration of one person's affection to another. Therefore, always accept a lei, never refuse. The proper way to wear a lei is gently draped over the shoulders, hanging down both in front and in back. It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence of the person who gave it to you, so if you must, be discreet. 

Lei giving is a regular part of any special occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and graduations. It is not uncommon for a graduating senior to have so many leis around their neck that they can no longer see!

Lei or Leis?

The Hawaiian language does not distinguish between singular and plural. Therefore, the proper way to say the plural form of lei is actually just “lei.”

Posted on : May 24 2010

Father’s Day Tool Box Gift Card Holder & Card!

Father's Day is quickly approaching and what father wouldn't be tickled to receive this Father's Day card and Tool Box Gift Card Holder?!?


To see how Michelle created this great project, head on over to Craft Project Central!

Posted on : May 23 2010

Watercolor Trio!

I love flower stamp sets.  I just have to have everyone that comes out.  This card uses the Watercolor Trio stamp set from the new Summer Mini Catalog.



Supplies Used:

Watercolor Trio Wood-Mount Stamp Set #117050 $22.95

Watercolor Trio Clear-Mount Stamp Set #120084 $16.95

Perfect Plum Card Stock #101889 $5.50

Perfect Plum Stampin' Write Marker #100035 $3.25

Mellow Moss Card Stock #102898 $5.50

Mellow Moss Stampin' Write Marker #100038 $3.25

Mellow Moss 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon #109033 $4.95

Whisper White Card Stock #100730 $7.50

Ornament Punch #116794 $15.95

Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #115964 $7.95

Posted on : May 22 2010

Punched Posies!

Our theme for this week on my Sister's In Stamping blog is "May Flowers"!  I love flower stamp sets and whenever a new one comes out, I just have to have it!  This set is called Punched Posies and is a Level 2 Hostess set from the new Summer Mini Catalog.  Call or email me to book your workshop so you can earn this set for free!!



Supplies Used:

Punched Posies Wood-Mount Stamp Set #118535 $Free

Punched Posies Clear-Mount Stamp Set #120030 $Free

Sincere Salutations Stamp Set #115068 #23.95

Pixie Pink Classic Stampin' Pad #105112 $5.95

Pixie Pink Card Stock #105121 $5.50

Certainly Celery Classic Stampin' Pad #105217 $5.95

Certainly Celery Card Stock #105125 $5.50

Yoyo Yellow Classic Stampin' Pad #102717 $5.95

Whisper White Card Stock #100730 $7.50

Soft Subtles Brads #106954 $8.95

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309 $16.95

Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch #118073 $15.95


Don't forget that the Pixie Pink and Yoyo Yellow card stock and stamp pads will be retiring at the end of June and supplies are only guaranteed through May 31st.  If you need these colors, make sure you order them before then so you don't miss out!!

Posted on : May 20 2010