Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday's Fun Day!

Ready for today's Monday's Fun Day?

One of my favorite sets and one I wish I could still demo with...


Want to have a chance to win this set?

1. Take the poll ("Do I get rid of the music?") located on the upper left hand corner of my blog.
2. Leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite song is. If you don't have a favorite song, then let me know who your favorite singer/song writer or group is.

You are currently listening to my favorite Hawaiian musical artist, Keali'i Reichel.
There is something about this song, E O Mai, that calls to me. It makes me want to drop everything, jump on a plane, and head for the shores of Hawai'i. Would anyone like to join me? lol!

Me ke aloha

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Please take a moment to vote...

I was hanging out on SCS yesterday in the forums and found one about blogs with a poll. Currently, 205 people have said that they dislike music on blogs. Yikes! I had NO idea! Some have even posted that they "hate" music on blogs. Hate is a pretty strong word.

So I want to know... how many of you dislike music blogs and want to see the player be taken off of mine? Honestly. I will take it off if it helps make my blog a better place to visit. Seriously!

Please vote and let me know what you want.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Friday!!

I hate to post and run but I am watching one of Ken's dear friends for the next two nights and we are having a blast! We need to jet off to bowling tonight.

I didn't want to wait until midnight to post Monday's Fun Day winner.

My dear friend Amy picked our next winner... #13!

Congratulations, jib!

She wrote:
Love and Happiness....

My very very first experience I will have to say is my husband David of 20.5 years! When he came into my life 21.5 years ago I finally understood love and happiness.

Then it was my daughter and then my son!!!

Please email me your mailing address and I will get your rub-ons and surprise goodies in the mail on Monday.

Me ke aloha

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Going Green! Celebrating Earth Day

I thought I would celebrate Earth Day in my own way by posting a few of my favorite green products that I love to use. Then you can share some with me!

Re-useable bags:

So I always knew that plastic bags were not good for the environment but it didn't dawn on me that paper bags were equally bad for our Earth, since they take our trees away. Well, DUH! So I have been doing some research. I found this website and will be ordering some bags from them, especially with my oldest starting elementary school in the Fall and will be needing a lunch bag eventually. Ken thinks these are the greatest! Built NY Munchlers. I was checking these Pack-N-Tote Grocery Cart Helper bags.

I will be going to the grocery store tomorrow and buying several totes for a few dollars each. I will keep a couple in my trunk at all times and rotate them so that I will never be without! Thanks, Theresa! I think Target has some bags as well. Trader Joe's too.

Bath / Body Products
Serendipity Bath Co.
Ashley and Tiffani make the most heavenly bath soaps, sugar scrubs, and whipped shea butter! 100% natural Simply Soap line is made from all vegan ingredients. Wild Child line is phthalates, parabens, laryl sulfates free.

My favorites?
Whoopsie Daisy! - I don't see it online any more! :(
"Gimme Some Sugar!" Body Scrub
"Body Bling" Whipped Shea Butter

Burt's Bee Products are paraben and sodium laurel sulfate free.
My favorites are:
Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
Orange Essence Facial Cleanser
Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion

Soy Candles:
I know this very talented girl through bowling in local Japanese bowling tournaments over the years. I just love her soy candles. They are fragrant and last a long time! I received one at a bridal shower and had to hunt her down at one of the local boutique shows for more. Check out what else she has to offer! R M Creations

Getting rid of plastic water bottles!
I think it's time to get a filter for our faucet.

If you are not into buying organic fruits and veggies, I have found a fruit & veggie wash that is quick and easy to make.

1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 Tbsp baking soda
about 20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract

I saw this on Oprah today. Be forewarned that when adding the baking soda, it will rise quickly so prepare this in a large bowl! lol! After adding the drops of GSE, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and you are good to go. Spray onto your produce and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse off. Quite a bit of pesticides and such will be taken off with this wash.

Now send me some of your favorite GREEN products and ideas!

Try This! Tuesday Techniques - Stamp-a-ma-jig

Ever wonder how you could get the perfect image placement when you are two-step stamping or shadow stamping? How about when you are trying to stamp a word across the page in a straight line? How about a mirrored image?

With a Stamp-a-ma-jig, all this and more is possible!
You can even go back and stamp over an image that was stamped unevenly!


For the tutorial, I will use Basic Gray when stamping with the Stamp-a-ma-jig so that you can see it well.


Stamp set: A Beautiful Thing
Ink: Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral, (Basic Gray)

First thing you want to do is to create the stamped image on your imaging sheet (shown here). The imaging sheet is a square plastic sheet that has two sides. One side is smooth and the other is textured. I use the smooth side with my Classic Ink pads. I use the textured side with my Craft ink pads and waterproof inks.

Line up the imaging sheet up against the handle.

I inked up the outline stamp in Basic Gray (any dark color will do so that you can see the image on the imaging sheet) and slid the stamp against and down the handle until it was flush tight against the corner of the handle.

Next I added a tiny bit of adhesive on the back of on my Whisper White card stock to keep it from moving around. Then I stamped my word stamp in Ruby Red.

Then I stamped my bold stamp in Pretty in Pink.
Be sure to note where the bottom of your stamp is as you stamp, since your outline stamp will have to be held in the same way.


Take your imaging sheet with the outline stamp already stamped on it.
Place the image over the stamped image on your card stock.


Line up the handle against the imaging sheet.

Carefully hold the handle down in place as you take the imaging sheet away.

On the original card, I inked up the outline stamp in Cameo Coral and stamped that over the Pretty in Pink bold stamp. However, for you, I inked up and stamped the outline stamp in Basic Gray so that you can see the image. Be sure to bring the inked stamp up against the handle and slide it down the handle until it is flush against the T-handle - then stamp down.


Repeat again for the second flower:


Then for the final touch, I inked up the small accent stamp in Pretty in Pink and stamped off once each time before stamping on the Whisper White card stock - creating my own background without interrupting the stamped images.

Final card:

Let me know if you have any questions!
I hope this helped!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday's Fun Day

Did you have a good day?

I am faced with several deadlines and am feeling a bit overwhelmed right now.
How did the end of April creep up on me like this?

Do you ever feel like there is never enough hours in the day?

I am about to go get the boys ready for bed, even though it's only 7p. They have had a long day and have started to wind down. I would love nothing more than to curl up under the covers with one of them and hide from the world! lol!

Okay... I feel a little better now that I got that off my chest!
On to the fun stuff!

Who missed out on this beautiful set of rub-ons ?

Love & Happiness

You are probably wondering what you need to do to get in on the rub-ons! lol!
What you have to do is post a few words that come to mind when you think "Love & Happiness."

Me: Snuggles and kisses from my little ones and my wedding day.

I will use a number generator or a number picker (one of my boys) and post a winner on Friday, 3pm PST.

What?! Just one stamp set as a giveaway? I wouldn't do that to you. lol! My blog candy has a special twist. You get little extra treats with the stamp set. You just have to wait and see what else you get!

Check back in tomorrow for a Try This! Tuesday Techniques tutorial on the Stamp-a-ma-jig!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow? Mine is coming along nicely! We are expected to have some frost tonight. I don't think my garden will have any problems though.
Here are some pictures of the flowers that have begun to bloom.


My roses are in full bloom as well!


I was inspired by my rose garden to create this card with one of my all time favorite stamp set, Wild Rose:


Ink: Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava, Old Olive
Paper: Whisper White, Cameo Coral
Accessories: White halfback pearls (Pretties Kit), Dimensionals
Technique: Masking, scoring, 2-step stamping

I used my black scoring blade to create a border on the layer of Cameo Coral card stock.

Happy stampin'!

Friday, April 18, 2008

A few pictures to share and a new Monday's Fun Day winner!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I have to apologize for the lack of posts the past couple of weeks.
My migraines are back full force and I have been unable to do very much, other than take care of my boys and do my best to keep the home from looking like a tornado went through it everyday. I think it's time to up the doseage on the Topamax, but I am so worried about the severity of the side effects that I am really hesitant on doing so. If anyone has had any experience with this medication and has been taking it for more than 6 months, please email me!

My oldest proposed to one of my dearest friend's daughter a week ago.
He had warned me that he was going to ask, but I didn't think he would do it. He's only 5! lol! Well, he did and here is the happy couple...


His reasoning for this was that they will not be going to the same Kindergarten in the Fall, and he loves her and will miss her very much. I asked him why he wanted to ask her and not any of the other girls and he said that she's pretty, she likes to play together with him, and he loves her family. Now how can I argue with that? lol!

Here he is playing soccer. It was his first day of soccer and it was just him and five girls.


I did craft a little.
You will be seeing me use this onesie template a lot in the next couple of months.
My friend, Denise, is getting ready to have twins in a month or two.
Here's a card I made for her:


Please visit Lauren's My Time, My Creation, My Stampendence blog for her Onesie Tutorial.

I'm working on another onesie card for another friend, Tia, who is due next week and two more who are due next month. I just can not wait for August when Kari and Shawn are due with their daughter... my niece! A new baby to cuddle!

Now for Monday's Fun Day winner!
A random number picker selected lucky # 27!

Here's the list I have:

1. Pam's Pride
2. Kathy H.
3. Christine
4. Skye
5. jenmarie
6. sandyh50
7. Kathyd
8. Laurel
9. julie a
10. Carolina
11. Allison
12. Fay
13. Debra E.
14. Patty W.
15. jmniffer
16. Linda SS
17. bunny b
18. Ashli
19. tams
20. Amy
21. Rose
22. Gina
23. kim3timemom
24. Catdidit
25. Lea
26. Sara
27. Joanne
28. Kathy B.
29. Veronica
30. Carla
31. Jenn

Congratulations # 27! Woo hoo! Joanne!! Email me!

Everyone else... check back in next week for another round of Monday's Fun Day!
I will also be back with a tutorial on how to use that Stamp-ma-jig!


Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday's Fun Day!

Oh my! This Monday has almost come and gone! lol!
Did you get your taxes done? Mine are just about done! Hooray! A few signatures and all we have to do is turn the paperwork in.

So it's another round of Monday's Fun Day!

Did you miss out on getting this beautiful set?


What you have to do is take a look at how many comments have been posted so far because you will theoretically be the next number. Be sure to type that number in first before typing in anything else in the comment box so that you don't forget! Please try not to post more than once. :)
Then tell me about your best friend or someone who makes your heart happy, other than your partner.
Here I am giving away this set called "Friendship Blooms" and I have one of my favorite songs playing "You've Got A Friend". Now I want to know about you.
I realized that as I have been reading everyone's posts, I know many of you through blogs I visit or message boards that I hang out at or used to be on. It would be fun to learn something new about you that ties in with this stamp set that I am giving away.

I will use a number generator or a number picker (one of my boys) and post a winner on Friday, 2pm PST.

What?! Just one stamp set as a giveaway? I wouldn't do that to you. lol! My blog candy has a special twist. You get little extra treats with the stamp set. You just have to wait and see what else you get!

Happy Monday!