Monday, April 27, 2009

Hero Arts Masculine Cards Class and Monday's Fun Day Winner!


Memories Live On
Hero Arts Masculine Cards Class - $25
Saturday, May 9th - 1p - 4p

Have you ever struggled with masculine cards? Here's your chance to make a set of masculine cards using My Mind's Eye (Free Bird) paper and Hero Arts "Galaxy of Stars" stamp set, along with their "Precious Baby Boy" set and "Curly Alphabet". You will get to make a "DAD" card that features a folded shirt, a starry birthday card that has a background that you get to clear emboss, an adorable baby card with a crackle effect for the saddle and Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background, and a quick & easy gift card holder for that precious little prince! You will also be using Tim Holtz Distress Ink, so be ready to get all inked up! Lots of fun to be had!

Suggested items to bring to class: Scor-Pal, bone folder, favorite adhesive.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink colors: Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain.
Copics: E00, E33. E37, E39, 0

I will have these things at the store. However, to keep from having you to wait too long, it would be easier for you in the end to have these items in your possession for your personal use. Please be sure to label your personal items!

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I have a Monday's Fun Day winner to announce!

Here's what Random.Org came up with...

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-04-28 05:50:17 UTC

Let's see...

Jiggy Jen! That's you!
Email me your mailing address and I will send this out to you.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Botanical Monday's Fun Day!

This MFD is now closed! Thank you everyone who posted to enter for the drawing!

I wish I could say "Happy Monday" like I normally do but unfortunately, today proved to be a very difficult day for Kevin. He went into work to find out that his work had filed for bankruptcy and most of the employees had to be let go today. He will continue to work for a while longer... it's just really hard to take it all in. So like I have been telling all of my friends who have lost their jobs over the past months... "When one door closes, another door opens." I hope that door will open very soon for Kevin. Hang in there, my love! It will be okay in the end.

This week's Monday's Fun Day comes from Joni down in Mission Viejo, CA. You can find her fabulous pictures, layouts, and cards on her blog, Kix in Life. She mailed me the Sale-A-Bration stamp set that she had earned to give away on my blog. How awesome is that? Thank you, Joni!!!

Botanical Blooms


Would you like to have a chance to win this beautiful stamp set?
Just post here! Let me know what your favorite FLORAL stamp / stamp set is.
If you have a card or layout that you have used with that stamp, then link it here so that we can check it out! I need inspiration, ladies! Let's see your stuff!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

One day at a time...

Hey everyone! It has been a long time since I have been able get crafty, let alone "feel" crafty. Thank you to all who have sent me emails asking how I was doing and checking in with me. I appreciate your kind thoughts and encouraging words.

Ken is now on Singulair, Allegra, and Flonase. He will be starting his three allergy shots, 2 times a week, in about a month. Ken is also allergic to citrus and peanuts... we now carry an EpiPen for his peanut allergy as a precaution.

My migraines are more frequent and painful. Looking into what my options are... accupuncture, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, CQ10... any other suggestions?
In the meantime, I keep telling myself "one day at a time." Sometimes, it's "one moment at a time" or "one foot in front of the other"... "just keep swimming"... "you can do it"... :)

I managed to get a few custom cards done for a client...

Happy Doggie Birthday card:


Congratulations card:


Mother's Day Card:


Have a wonderful start to a new week, everyone!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday's Fun Day Winner!!

I just realized that there's a pair of gorgeous Hambly silk screen rub-ons waiting for a new home to go to!

I also had this post ready to go yesterday and of course, yet another migraine hit its peak... I did my best to get the boys into bed and I crawled into mine soon after they fell asleep. I'm sorry this is a day late.

Here you go!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-04-15 00:36:37 UTC

That would be...

Margie said...
Oh my!!! Where have I been? I don't think I've ever heard of Hambly! Ack! I must google quickly!!! It's gorgeous! I love those books! I have an album and a small tag album, and this would work beautifully on them :)Thanx so much for sharing!I'm off to go find me some ;)Happy Wednesday!, margie

Well, Margie... you are going to be getting yourself some yummy Hambly rub-ons to try!!
Congratulations! Email me your snail mail and I will get this out to you.

Thanks to all for your comments and for sending me your wonderful Hambly links!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Happy Easter and birthday wishes!

Here comes Peter Cottontail...

My boys were up at the crack of dawn looking for hidden eggs around the family room. We spent the day up in San Francisco at my brother's house. He has two little boys who are each just a few months younger than my two boys. Needless to say, it was quite a LOUD Easter Sunday at the Katsuyama home!


Yesterday, I taught the Mother's Day Tote and notecards class at Memories Live On. What a terrific class! Thank you, ladies! You are all so much fun everytime we get together. Here are a few pictures from the class.

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Michele, I'm sorry you had to leave early! I'll send you Copic samples of the stamped images.
We worked on the following techniques in class: feathering, highlighting with the blender marker, and "plastic" technique.

Rachel, thank you again for the yummy chocolate bunny and the adorable Easter card!
Here's a picture for everyone to see!


I made this notebook with Allison from Hambly yesterday. It was quick and easy... I love it!


Before I go, I just wanted to send birthday wishes to my friend Amy. She and her mother have been commuting from San Francisco to take my classes every month. Her birthday was today... I hope it was a wonderful birthday! I thought of you all day long. Happy birthday, Amy!



Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Hambly Monday's Fun Day!

I have a new Monday's Fun Day (posted on Tuesday)!

It's a HAMBLY Monday's Fun Day, so before I get to the giveaway, let's chat a bit about HAMBLY! Can you tell I love Hambly? I know... I haven't been able to get to the craft table to play with the fabulous Hambly paper and rub-ons that I bought the other day, but I will... soon!

Allison from Hambly is coming this Saturday to Memories Live On for a FREE make & take!
If you are already heading over for my class at 1p, then come join me at 10a to make this little notebook using one of Hambly's many beautiful screen-printed overlays, paper, rub-ons, hair tie and a bamboo!


If you can't make it this Saturday, then you must try to make it over for Allison's clear mini book class called "Today Acrylic Album". It will be held at Memories Live On next Saturday (April 18th) from 10a - 11:30a. Fee: $30




I had the opportunity to meet Allison and her mother at their beautiful Hambly booth during CHA. Here are a few photos that I took of some of the amazing projects that were on display.






It's a Hambly Monday's Fun Day, courtesy of Memories Live On!

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Beautiful hand silk-screened rub-ons!!

All you have to do is leave me a comment here so that I can randomly pick someone next Monday. Let me know what you think of Hambly! Have you used their overlays before? Or their amazing rub-ons? Do you have any projects to share where you have used Hambly products?
Inquiring minds would love to know! :)


Monday, April 06, 2009

Monday's Fun Day Winner!!

I have a winner to announce for last week's Monday's Fun Day!!

Before I get started, I just wanted to thank Hero Arts for making my day!
As you scroll down my post, you will see (on the left hand side) a super cute pink houndstooth blinkie, with an owl, from Hero Arts. I put it there awhile ago because I just LOVE Hero Arts.
Well, now I am a random blinkie winner and I can honestly say that I am one of those people who just never EVER win anything... ever. So thanks, Tami and Hero Arts, for making this week a lot easier to face!

Now for last week's Monday's Fun Day Winner!!!

The winner of one really cute egg stamp by Unity is...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-04-08 05:00:33 UTC

I had to copy and paste all the responses into a word document and count each one (twice) so that I got this right! :) Thank you, everyone for participating in the Unity World Wide Blog Hop!

Okay, now for the winner....


Congratulations, girl!! OMG!!
It's your birthday weekend too, isn't it?
I don't have your address so send it to me... I'll get this out in the mail right away.


Saturday, April 04, 2009

In Memory of Jasper

My dear friend, Michelle, lost her beloved Jasper on Monday.
I just wanted her to know I am thinking of her and know how much it hurts to lose a fur baby.



There's something missing in my home,
I feel it day and night,
I know it will take time and strength
before things feel quite right.
But just for now, I need to mourn,
My heart -- it needs to mend.
Though some may say, "It's just a pet,"
I know I've lost a friend.
You've brought such laughter to my home,
and richness to my days.
A constant friend through joy or loss
with gentle, loving ways.
Companion, friend, and confidante,
A friend I won't forget.
You'll live forever in my heart,
My sweet, forever pet.
-- Susanne Taylor

I'm so sorry for your loss, Michelle.


Friday, April 03, 2009

April Happenings at Memories Live On!

If you live here in the Bay Area or happen to be nearby, please stop in for one of these terrific classes or make & takes, if time permits. I am listing a few of the upcoming events here because I am so excited about the amazing talent that have come together to form the design team and instructors for Memories Live On! You can meet everyone here!


Photobucket Saturday, April 4th (1:30p - 3p ) Free

Kids Make & Take
Kids old enough to glue and stamp are invited to make this most adorable little bunny bag with Lauren. Call to reserve a seat for a 1:30pm, 2pm, or 2:30pm time slot. (408) 446-9901

Photobucket Tuesday, April 7th (11a - 1p) $35

Folding Star Book
Ever wonder how to make a folding star book? The album folds flat, but when you open it all up and look straight down at it, you see a star pattern in the middle and there are pockets all around the book to hold pictures and journaling notes. The binding is a little tricky to figure out, but Lisa will show you how it all goes together!

Photobucket Saturday, April 11th (10a - 12p) Free

Hambly Notepad Make & Take
Ever look at all the pretty screen-printed overlays and papers made by Hambly but have no idea what to do with it? Allison, a designer for Hambly, will be on hand to show you how to put together this clever little notepad that combines the Hambly overlays, papers, and rub-ons. Make and take materials will vary from what's shown in the photo.

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Show A Little Love With Unity!
Whether it's a gift for Mother's Day, a gift for a friend, or a treat for yourself, let Jane show you a little love with Unity! You will learn to make this cute little card holder that holds three All-Occasion cards and matching envelopes using the adorable stamp set, "Birds of a Feather" and one of my favorite paper lines, My Minds Eye (Bloom & Grow). As an added bonus, you will also make a little treat holder using the Marvy Giga Punch and Unity's "Label It!" stamp set.

Copics: BG10, BG15, G21, G24, Y00, Y38, YR07, YR23, RV10, W1, 0
If you have them, please bring Copics, a paper trimmer with the scoring blade, Crop-A-Dile, and your favorite adhesive. These items are NOT required but just a suggestion if you prefer not to have to wait for the limited class items to come around.
** Please be sure to clearly label all of your personal items before coming to class.**

Photobucket Wednesday, April 15th (6:30p - 8p) $20

Sassafras Accordion Mini Album

Those Sassafras papers are sure fun and funky, but sometimes you gotta wonder "How on earth do I use it?" Well wonder no more! Holly, who adores the Sassafras designs, has put together this accordian album that embraces the eclectic and fun nature of the Sassafras papers, while creating a perfectly practical album to hold pictures of a little girl (or someone young at heart!).

Photobucket Saturday, April 18th (10a - 11:30a) $30

"Today" Acrylic Album

Join Allison for this fantastic workshop and learn how to design your very own clear mini album. You'll create this funky custom album using Clearly Heavy overlays, plus learn other tips and techniques for using Hambly papers, overlays, rub-ons, and new stickers! The beauty of the album is in it's multi-layered design with differently shaped pages.

Photobucket Sunday, April 19th (11:30a-1:30p / 2-4p) $25

Faux Postage, Chalked, Double Slider Cards, and Envelope Purse

KT will show you a faux postage template and learn how to make custom postage stamps using rubber stamps and inks. Then you will learn easy techniques and secrets using chalks with Versa Mark clear ink and Cuttlebug embossing folders to create stunning results. KT will also show you a clever double slider card and a purse made out of an envelope!
Visit KT's site at: http://KTATMLO.SHUTTERFLY.COM for FREE Monthly Downloads

Photobucket Tuesday, April 21 (11a - 1p) $20

Personality Mini Album

Have some random pictures of your child and want to capture their special personality to celebrate a particular age or event? Come and learn how to put together a quick and easy 3x6 inch mini album highlighting a year of a child’s life. Sandy will teach you how to deconstruct a chipboard album and customize it for your purposes. Using a simple formula you can make the most use of your class materials so no more wasting those scraps of paper and extra stickers. Products to be used include the newest lines from Jenni Bowlin Studio, Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cricket, Prima and Creative Imaginations. The color palate is suitable for a boy or a girl.

Photobucket Thursday, April 23rd (6p - 8p) $20

Bon Appetit Recipe Book

If you've been thinking about compiling all those cherished family recipes you have lying around, this recipe book is for you! Featuring Teresa Collins' Bon Appetit line, this mini-album makes a great gift either filled with recipes or not. Trisha will teach you how to put this wonderful book together and show you how to use the Bind-It-All!

Photobucket Saturday, April 25th (10:30a - 1p) $35

Spring Fold Out Album

Lauren will show you how to make a 6x 5 1/2 3d fold out album that is great for spring with vibrant colors of orange, pink, yellow. You can add your Easter or Spring pictures to this unique album!

Photobucket Saturday, April 25th (2p - 4p) $25

Time to Get Fussy!

Get ready to learn one of the most popular techniques used in scrapbooking today…fussy cutting! Learn how to get the most of the beautiful patterned papers available with Melita! Please bring micro-tip scissors and your basic scrapbooking tool kit to the class. You will be making two double-page layouts and one single-page layout featuring a brightly colored new line from Best Creations that will be great for scrapping your summer memories.

Photobucket Tuesday, April 28th (11a - 1p) $20

Homegrown Cards Gift Set

Using the adorable Homegrown Collection by Three Bugs in a Rug, Sandy will show you how to make this 3x3 card set and box. You’ll have all the necessary supplies (precut) to make 6 cards (2 of each style shown) and 6 coordinating envelopes that fit nicely in a custom made box. Learn the techniques involved to make the cards and construct the box, so you can make many more for Mother’s Day, teacher appreciation day, hostess gifts, you name it!
Bring your favorite roll adhesive and bone folder (not required, but it will give you nice crisp edges), fine point Journaling Pen, small precision point scissors. If you can't make it to the class, kits will be available.