Sunday, November 30, 2008

Two More Awards

Two of the nicest women I've gotten to know through blogging is Sankari Wegman and Brooke Stockman. On the same day I got an award from each of them. So nice!

Sankari from Sankari's Sunshine Corner gave me the Arte y Pico award. Here are the rules for this award:
1. Select 5 blog that you feel deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.
3. Each award winner upon acceptance should show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given him or her the award.
4. Link to the
Arte y Pico blog, so that everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. Show these rules.

Sorry, I can't choose 5 other blogs. I'm always overwhelmed trying to pick a few.

Brooke from Designs by Brooke gave me the "You are an Inspiration" blog award. Thanks to both of you for your kindness and sweet comments. I'm glad you both started the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. Tonight on the Oxygen network, they were showing "Pride and Prejudice" (the Keira Knightley version). I didn't get to see if from the beginning. I guess I should have my TiVo box record it for me whenever it's on.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday Wishes

Hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving! We did. I made it easier on myself. I ordered the basics (whole turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cornbread from Boston Market...yeah! Only took 90 minutes to heat up the turkey. I baked pies and made the veggies and cranberries. My sister-in-law brought the sweet potatoes. It wasn't stressful and the cleanup was easy. OK, on to the card...

I struggled with this! My mojo was gone. And I barely published it in time with Mr. Linky! Everything kept going wrong...embossing powder spill, cutting the wrong sizes of cardstock...ugh! This card is for Kristina's Color Inspiration #32.
The only place I used Very Vanilla was the cardstock for the star. You can barely see it. It was hard combining Whisper White with Very Vanilla in a way that looked pleasing to me.
My heart goes out to the people in Mumbai and family members abroad. I can't help but watch CNN and remember 9/11.
Thanks for looking!
Card Ingredients
Stamps: Holiday Collection
Paper: Silver foil paper (Only the Best Los Gatos), Riding Hood Red, Riding Hood Red DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink: VersaMark
Other: silver embossing powder, foam tape, Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, Making Memories rhinestone brad

Monday, November 24, 2008

Got an Award Last Week & Blog Candy Alert

I forgot to mention that Enjoli from Stamping Under the Sun gave me this Kreativ Blogger award last week. Mahalo, Enjoli! She lives on the Big Island in Hawaii. She's so creative and if you love Hello Kitty, you will love her blog even more.

Here are the rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

I can't choose just 5 bloggers. If you were to see my Google Reader list you would understand. I love the work of so many inspirational people around the world.

Enjoli has some
blog candy available to celebrate the 200th post on her blog. She'll be announcing the winner on Wednesday, Nov 26th. She's giving away the Impression Obsession Cupcake Clear Stamp Set. Check it out!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Frankly My Dear...

I almost gave up on this challenge because of time. It's been an extremely busy day helping out at school today and we had our first parent-teacher conference (Kalino is doing great!). This is for Sankari and Brooke's Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #6. The movie this week was "Gone With the Wind". Oooh...what a great classic movie! I actually have a copy of this movie. My husband was going to throw out the DVD last year (his friend gave him a huge stack of movies), but I told him to save it. I actually watched the movie on Saturday and Sunday using the clips on YouTube. The entire movie is there...just like "Pride and Prejudice". My husband thought I was crazy watching it on YouTube, but I didn't mind.

I almost tried to make the hysterical Carol Burnett curtain rod dress. I can't think of "Gone With the Wind" without thinking of that funny sketch. Instead I kept it simple by using this classic line from the movie.

Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: none
Paper: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose DSP, whisper white
Ink: my printer
Other: Riding Hood Red ribbon, scallop edge punch, word window punch, half pearls (Michaels), dimensionals

Happy 10th Birthday!

Wow, I'm running late on Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #31. I made this card with a pop up gift card based on this Hero Arts YouTube video by Jennifer McGuire.

My niece, Gabi, turns 10 next week. In the second photo, I show the inside of the card. You see a Starbucks gift card...that's not her gift. I didn't want to ruin the surprise in case she sees this blog.

I based this layout on p. 4 of the SU 2008 Occasions Mini catalog.

Pop Up Gift Card Ingredients
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, Parisian Summer DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark
Punches: 3/4" circle, scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle, Fiskars scallop border, Fiskars 2" circle
Other: White embossing powder, Heidi Swapp chipboard, Sakura Gelly Roll, Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Please Vote!

My husband is super creative and a super techie guy. He entered Kalino's Halloween costume in a contest on Instructables. You have until Nov 16th to vote for it. Kalino was Iron Man. We bought a costume at Target and then Enrique added a bunch of techie features (LEDs to the eyes, a light on the chest, a light on the palm, an air repulsor on the hand, and air missile on the hand). I posted pictures of it on my blog.

1. Click

2. Scroll down until you start to see all the entries.
3. Kalino is on the first page. The title of the entry is "Iron Man Suit with Tech" (by moya.edge).
4) Click on the Vote button.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Loved "Memoirs of a Geisha"

I loved watching "Memoirs of a Geisha" for the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. This movie is so beautiful! The colors, the story, the actors...I could watch it again and still love it.

My inspiration came from the handkerchief The Chairman gave Chiyo when she was a little girl. Chiyo/Sayuri protects this handkerchief as if it's her most prized possession.

The inner white square on this card is my interpretation of the handkerchief stamped with the Kanji symbol for love.

I love origami and washi papers. I have several stacks of them. This was a good reason to use some. I first made a kimono using the instructions from this YouTube video. I didn't use the kimono, because I kept thinking about the handkerchief.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Kanji (SU-retired)
Paper: Japanese Origami Paper (Hanko Designs), Basic Black, White (JudiKins)
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black
Other: Detail Gold embossing powder (PSX), Pink Pirouette felt flower, gold brad (Making Memories), ribbon, Asian brass medallion, gold thread, foam tape, 1 3/8" and 1 9/16" square punches

Thank You, Kristina!

I can't believe we are already at #30 on Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenges. Guess what? I have done every single one of her color inspiration challenges! Even with me going out of town a few times, I never missed one. I've volunteered twice at Kalino's school this week and we attended our first PTA meeting last night, so I've had less time to work in my studio. But, I wanted to make it this far in her challenges (I wish I had this kind of persistence when it came to getting more exercise!). I actually started this blog because she announced her first color inspiration challenge in March and I needed a place to post my card, so Kristina, Gracias!

Our colors this week were very soothing.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Polka Dots & Petals
Paper: Haiku DSP, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, white (JudiKins)
Ink: Old Olive, Certainly Celery, VersaMark
Other: Clear embossing powder, Word Window punch, dimensionals, Martha Stewart circle cutter, hemp twine, Tombo glue, SU clear button

Saturday, November 8, 2008


This is the first time I've done one of Stacy Schafer's Jewelry Color Inspiration Challenges (#10). When I saw the jewelry in her photo, I knew I had to create something. I love jewelry! Being from the Southwest, I love turquoise and silver. The colors for this challenge were Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White. Besides the colors, I was definitely inspired by actual beads.

I used my craft knife to cut the items that were not paper punched. I used at least 7 paper punches for this challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: none
Paper: white (JudiKins), Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise (I made it by rubbing the ink onto glossy paper with a brayer), Tangerine Tango (textured)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Paper Punches: 1/4", 3/4", 1", 1 1/16", 1 1/4", and 1 3/8" circle punches, corner rounder, swirl punch (I haven't used this one in years!)
Other: Love & Happiness Rub On (SU), Tombo glue, dimensionals, Making Memories brad, mini silver beads (Michael's)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grease is the Word!

This week's Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge was "Grease". I've seen this movie many times since seeing it in the movie theater. I can't believe it's already been 30 years! the years fly by!

I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to create. The music is the biggest inspiration for me. I've been humming the songs since Saturday. I thought of making a card related to the "Hopelessly Devoted to You" song.

I found this photo in The idea hit me...Danny Zuko's leather jacket! It was a little ambitious since I didn't have too much time, but here it is. I made a gift holder for movie tickets. At Christmas time, I like to give small gifts to people like our mail carrier and our favorite storytime children's librarian. I appreciate them and want to let them know they do a great job.

I started out by distressing basic black cardstock. I ran it several times (in different directions) through my paper crimper. I also got out my frustrations on it by crumpling it up into a tiny ball. I cut a diagonal slit in the paper. I used my sewing machine to sew in a faux zipper. The collar was a little difficult to make. I sewed it too. I love how the silver snaps give it an authentic look. I copied the Grease logo and cut it out of red cardstock. I used a pencil to draw in the word "Great". I used by Sakura gel pens to outline and fill-in the letters. I added a little tag with the word "Job!" to complete the sentiment (sorry, I hate taking pictures at night..I need better lighting).

Movie Ticket Holder Ingredients
Stamps: none
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red
Ink: none
Other: paper crimper (Fiskars), corner rounder, Crop-a-Dile, Making Memories snaps, Making Memories brad, redline tape, dimensionals, sewing machine with black thread, Sakura black, white and silver gel pens

With Love

Hi, I hope everyone is having a good day. Can I say I struggled with this color combination. I started making a second card to replace this one, but I'm a little persistent (nice way of saying stubborn), so I decided to continue with this one. Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #29 has the following colors. Boy, I love how these challenges get me out of my comfort zone!

I love that these colors work for a masculine-looking card. I still haven't made a dent in the amount of SU rub ons I have, so I decided to use one for the main image. I thought the rub-on looked a little plain, so I added rhinestones and a felt flower. Now, it looks like too much bling. Oh, well.
Thanks for looking!
Card Ingredients
Stamps: With Love (a 10-year old SU stamp)
Paper: Pacific Point, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie DSP
Ink: VersaMark
Other: Pacific Point Stripped Grosgrain (blog candy from Theresa), SU Love & Happiness Rub Ons, Felt Fusion flower, Making Memories rhinestone brad, mini rhinestones (Michael's), SU scallop circle punch, Fiskars Scallop Edge Punch (Thanks, Charlene), Tombo glue, white embossing powder, dimensionals

Monday, November 3, 2008

Thanks, Charlene!

Last week, I won some awesome blog candy from Charlene at Willow & Paisley. She went on the Papertrey Ink, Gina K, and Stamping Bella cruise to the Caribbean a few weeks ago. She's a super talented stamper from Calgary (Alberta, Canada). She also sent me a card she made on the cruise. It has a Stamping Bella image. Very nice!

I received this box of goodies today. I can hardly wait to use these supplies. They include: felt Thickers. chipboard Thickers, Fiskars Treading Water punch, K&Co (fabric brads, Tag Pad, cardstock), Maya Roads chipboard, Prima Hydrangea flowers, pins, vintage velvet ribbon, and pink and cream lace. I love how she wraps her ribbon and lace on these vintage clothes pins.

A big Thank You, Charlene! Check out her