Wednesday, August 27

Another Quick One

In Japan, it is customary to give monetary gifts to children on New Year's Day.  This is called "Otoshidama", which is handed out in small decorated envelopes called "Pochibukuro".  I love these small envelopes and I bought a bunch before leaving Japan.

The "Pochibukuros" are very handy in emergency situations.  Because they are already decorated, I add a little twist when I use them to give monetary gifts.

In this case, I used my stash of alpha die cuts to personalize the Pochibukuros.

That's all I did really, and it worked!  I've done this with Christmas gifts last year, and the personalization really counts.

'Til next blog!

Monday, August 25

Graduation Card

One of our nephews graduated from high school, so I made him a card to put a monetary gift.  This one is a quick card, which involves simple stamping and embossing.

When I make a quick card, I like to use a lot of layers.  Layers, when done right, make your card look "complicated."

Hope you're having a blast this summer.  We have a few more weeks of nice warm weather.

'Til next blog!

Wednesday, July 30

I'm back!

Hello crafty friends!  It's been over a month, I know.  Well, it's summertime and we're making the most of this short fine weather.  It's been on and off warm and cool, actually.  And some rain.  I can't remember the last time it was actually hot.  Other than that, I've been busy with all sorts of work.  But that didn't stop me from crafting though.  In fact, my planet is in chaos mode again - too chaotic to even share a photo.  Well, I just might.  But not today.

What I want to share with you today is my latest card, fresh from last night.  It is made with some of the latest addition to my stash:  the Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings Cuttlebug Set bought from HSN a week or so ago.  

This wedding card was made by special request with the theme LACE, PEARLS and MINT.

Materials used:
cardstock/dp - Martha Stewart, Recollections, vellum
stamp - Stampin' Up
ink - Stampin' Up, Kodomo No Kao
tools -  Anna Griffin, Spellbinders, heat gun, Big Shot
embellishments - pearls (Stampin' Up, The Paper Studio), lace
misc. - embossing powder
adhesive - Scotch, Glue Dots, mounting tape

I also embossed the sentiment inside.

Then, I added this element on the envelope.

I'm so glad I got the Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings Cuttlebug Set.  I've been trying really hard not to make any craft purchases (and I've been really good!), but when I saw the Anna Griffin embossing folder sets on HSN, I knew I had to get them.  Definitely no regrets!

'Til next blog!

Saturday, June 7


It's that time of the year again... a new batch of Seniors graduated from high school.  And that means graduation parties as well. And that means time to make graduation cards.  And I'm sooo behind on this.

So first thing today, I made sure to make one for a graduate who's having his party this afternoon.  This is what I came up with:

- Materials used -
cardstock/dp:  Stampin' Up
image/sentment:  Tim Holtz, Stampin Up
tools:  embossing folders (Tim Holtz, Cuttlebug), EK Success edge punch
ink:  Tsukineko
misc.:  Recollections embossing powder
adhesive:  Scotch

This is not my typical graduation card.  I usually put a flap on the inside to put the monetary gift.  I do like this new approach.

Have a great weekend, crafty friends!  'Til next blog...

Monday, May 19

Remember Moments

The good news is, my desk is clear.  Well sorta.  But what's important is that it looks much better.  During the process, I couldn't help but make a quick card.  With this card, I gave the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers another try.  

My first try on this tool wasn't a success.  Because I didn't read the instructions carefully, this is what happened:

I haven't touched them since.  But this weekend, I gave it another shot.  And I was happy with the result.

I bought a similar diffuser set, this time by Darice some time last year.  Now I'm not hesitant to use them anymore.

'Til next blog!

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