Aloha, all! Yes, I am finally back from my 3-week long trip to the U.S. east coast. With tax season in high gear as I returned, I am just now getting back into my stamping routine (well, as much of a routine as it can be for me). First of all, a lot has happened in the last week in the Stampin' Up! world. You may have already heard that Stampin' Up! will not be offering either a … [Read more...] about Retiring Products – and MORE News!
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Aloha, all! Once again, I've put a couple of cards together that have something in common. In this case, both cards feature an inside pocket into which you can put a gift card, a folded check, or even some cash! I love cards that make this easy for me! These cards really are easy to make, and I wouldn't be surprised if the stampers who made them used the same tutorial for their cards! I'm … [Read more...] about A Swap With a Layout!
Aloha, all! Well, first there was the trip to Honolulu. Then a few things happened to increase a bit of the weight of some volunteer work that I do. Then we visited some friends who live part-time on the other side of our island. Finally, well, I just had to catch up with life. But this weekend I've about caught up with a favorite part of my life, Stampin' Up! It's not just crafting, but … [Read more...] about Back at My Craft Desk!
Aloha, all! For the most part, when I am near a lake or an ocean, I cannot take my eyes off of the water. We have friends we visit here on our island whose homes are right on the ocean, and all I want to do is sit and look at the water. It's so peaceful. Next week, my husband and I will go to a family cabin on a lake in Northern Minnesota, and it's hard to get any chores done as all I'd like to … [Read more...] about There’s Peace in Lakes and Oceans!
Aloha, all! Here on the Big Island of Hawai'i, we've been seeing a lot of the deadly things that Nature can do to us and the land on which we live. The lava has been flowing since May 3, 2018, and so far there's no indication that it's going to stop any time soon. Not only has lava destroyed the homes of hundreds of people, it's also destroyed a beautiful jungle, some of it wild and some of it … [Read more...] about Another Side of Nature!
Aloha, all! I have determined that today is going to be a lava-free day for me, which mainly means no checking up on the status of the lava that's wrecking the area of the Island of Hawai'i where I lived for so long. It also means that I'm taking the time to look over many of the cards that I've received from friends over the last month or so, and trying to find some commonalities so that I … [Read more...] about Those Pearlized Doilies Are Sneaky!
Aloha, all! This post is getting out almost a day late as we here on Hawaii's Big Island have been dealing with earthquakes and threats of lava breakouts near the Volcano. And guess where we live? Yep, right in the thick of it. So it's been a bit on the stressful side, and probably will until we see what happens. If you follow my personal page on Facebook, there is a picture of what we're … [Read more...] about The Card Concept Challenge – Fun with Red & White!
Aloha, all! I just love to send Valentine Cards, and this year I've made and sent well over a dozen. As you might imagine, the two cards I'm sharing today are cards I made at least a week ago so they could get in the mail in time to arrive on February 14th. But I waited until Valentine's Day itself to share them here just because I wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day right … [Read more...] about My Last Valentines of 2018!
Aloha, all! One of my favorite things about the current Stampin' Up! Catalogs is that, throughout the books, there are sections entitled, "Quick & Easy: You Can Make it!" So when the theme for the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Blog was to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) a catalog sample, I decided to go for one of those. And, with Valentine's Day coming right up, I went … [Read more...] about CASEing a Stampin’ Up! Catalog Sample!
Aloha, all! My projects all this week will be Valentine's Cards. Yes, I did get some birthday cards made over the weekend, and I think that I've got the beginning of February covered. But now I've got to get the middle of the month covered as I'll be otherwise occupied at the beginning of next week. I'm finally going to have a cataract in my right eye removed. I've been ready for this … [Read more...] about It’s Time for Valentine Cards!
Aloha, all! I was just looking at my list of birthdays that are coming up this at the end of this month and into February. Yikes, I have GOT to get into the Birthday Card-making soon or I'll miss some! I have 5 that I have to get into the mail by the beginning of next week, so there's no time to be putting this off! The first birthday is my friend, Maureen, who lives … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday, Maureen!