Friday, April 26, 2013

Project Life 2012 - Week 18

So I started Project Life after Thanksgiving 2011 and my track record has been a bit hit and miss.  Regardless, I still am committed to finishing 2012 and seeing 2013 through...eventually.  :)  So here is my Project Life 2012 Week 18 Layout using the new May Cards from Splendid Fiins. 

Sticking with these card kits really make it super easy for me to get everything done!

Supplies: Splendid Fiins (May Card Kit, 4x6 Horizontal Halvies, Script Day Stamps).

Here are the close ups.

As always, thanks for stopping by!!!  Aloha Friday!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Xyron - Something Old, Something New - DIY Lamp Shade Tutorial

I love the Xyron Something Old, Something New Challenge.  This time around, we were each assigned an old project from their project gallery as our inspiration to create a "new" project.  I chose this darling embellished lamp shade by fellow design team member Ann Corbiere-Scott.

I was inspired to make my own embellished lamp shade for my son's bedroom and this is what I came up with.  

I really wanted a lamp for my son's room but was reluctant to purchase one for $50 at the baby store.  We have had this lamp lying around the house for years with no real home; it's just tucked between the TV and piano in the living room.  I figured it was the perfect lamp to "steal" and use for my project.  

In addition to Ann's beautiful flower lamp, I was also inspired by this patterned paper from the Pebbles Let Freedom Ring Collection.  

I'm a sucker for banners and the colors matched my son's nursery perfectly.  Making the lamp was SUPER EASY using my Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker and Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker.  

DIY Lamp Shade Tutorial

1.  Tools.  You will need the following tools: (a) Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker, (b) Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker, (c) Fiskars 1.75" Circle Punch, (d) Martha Stewart Scoring Board, (e) We R Memory Keepers Paper Piercer.

2.  Other Supples.  In addition to the tools mentioned above, here are the supplies I used: (i) Pebbles Let Freedom Ring Star Patterned Paper - 1 sheet, (ii) American Crafts 8.5" x 11" Red, Blue and Light Blue Cardstock - 2 sheets each color, (iii) Twinery Red and White Bakers Twine, (iv) undecorated lampshade in a neutral color, (v) color coordinating brads and stickers.

3.  Punch Circles.  Punch out circles from the American Crafts cardstock and a few from the Pebbles patterned paper using the Fiskars circle punch.  Note: the exact number of circles you need will depend on the diameter of your lamp shade.  I punched out circles from about 1.5 sheets of paper and about 6 circles from the patterned paper.

4.  Score the Circles.  Score each circle in half using your scoring board.  This will make assembling the pennants much easier.

5.  Add Adhesive to the Circles.  Run the circles through the Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker to add edge to edge adhesive on the back.

6.  Bend the Circles.  Before removing the circles from the backing sheet, bend them slightly along the score line.  Note: you can actually bend them slightly after removing them from the backing sheet as well.  

7.  Assemble the Pennants.  To make your banner, take a scored circle and place it adhesive side up.  Then lay the twine along the scored line.

Take your finger and fold the circle down in half to make a half circle pennant.  Remember to rub the pennant a bit to make sure that the adhesive sticks.  

 Continue until you have filled your twine length with the half circle pennants.

Note:  I used four different lengths of twine for my project about 45" in length each.  

8.  Add Adhesive to the Banner.  To easily add the banner to the lamp shade, run the entire banner through the Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker.

9.  Adhere Banner to Lamp Shade and Embellish.  Finally, simply adhere the banners to the lamp shade and embellish.  Note: for some extra stability, I placed color coordinating brads at the "peaks" of each pennant grouping.  If you choose to do this, keep in mind to place the tails of the brads behind the pennant so that it doesn't cast a shadow when your lamp is lit.  I also added some dimensional stickers from the Pebbles Let Freedom Ring Collection on some of the pennants.

Make sure you visit the Xyron Blog all week for lots of "Something Old, Something New" inspiration from our entire Design Team.

As always, mahalo for stopping by!!

Sweet Stamp Shop - April Release

I'm so beyond excited to be guest designing for the Sweet Stamp Shop again this month.  It blows my mind how Nicole Rixon (the owner and designer) is able to release such fun and creative sets each and every month.  Plus, whenever I use them, they somehow make me feel like a stamping rock star (when in all actuality, I can't even tell my acrylic from my photo polymer).  Okay...that's not true but I just wanted to geek it out there for a second.  :)

I got to play with the awesome Cityscape set.  This set is so versatile.  You can use it for moving announcements, graduation cards, new years cards, city layouts...the list goes on and on.  I especially love it because the combination of outline and solid image stamps lend themselves perfectly for some fun single layer cards. 

1.  We've Moved Card.  For moving announcements, you usually have to make A LOT so my answer is usually simple stamping using multiple ink colors.  And did you notice how awesome that font in the "spreading the news" sentiment is?!?!?  LOVE!!!

Supplies:  Stamps (Sweet Stamp Shop - Cityscape); Cardstock (Neena Paper); Ink (Jenni Bowlin, Impress).

2.  A Day in the City Card.  Here is another fun and simple card.  I love the idea of two step stamping (i.e. you stamp a solid image and then the outline).  So I made my own sold image "stamps" using the building outline stamps using some craft foam and Xyron repositional and permanent adhesive.  Easy peasy.  And then I paired the building image with some hand drawn cars a la Ed Emberly.  Anyone remember those?!?!?

Supplies: Stamps (Sweet Stamp Shop - Cityscape); Cardstock (Neena Paper); Ink (Versafine, Impress, Copic, American Crafts); Adhesives (Xyron 5" Creative Station - Permanent and Repositional Adhesive); Craft Foam.

And I seriously love how cute those cards look with the building stamps. 

Make sure you check out the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and facebook page all week for some awesome new guest creations!!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Project Life - Week 6

I love putting together my Project Life layouts whenever I can get around to them.  It is an opportunity to sort through my photos and play with the awesome monthly card kits by Splendid Fiins.  With Week 6, I stuck with Splendid Fiins' February Card Kit and the Project Life Template Design A.

The photos and stories relate to this Aloha Friday post.  And here are some close ups of the layout.

As always, mahalo for stopping by!

Monday, April 15, 2013

I {heart} Amy Tangerine!

On the eve of my last day as an attorney and just a week before our big cross country move in 2011, I emailed Amy Tan (of Amy Tangerine).  I was directionless, scared, and yearning for advice and guidance.  I wrote: 

"I'm one of your amazingly loyal fans and here I am asking for any bit of advice or encouragement you might have.  I'm a big firm lawyer but today is actually my very last day of work.  My husband is in the Navy and is getting relocated to the east coast.  After our daughter was born (2.5 months premature) and while I was on maternity leave, I found a lot of peace in scrapbooking.  It has quickly become as passion and I have the hope to be able to turn that into some sort of career/business.  The entrepreneurial spirit is certainly ingrained in my family and I've known the value of hard work from day one.  I think I have to tools (or the ability to find the tools) to succeed.  I just don't have ANY idea on where to start.  Do you have any tidbits of advice?"

And can you believe it, but she actually responded.  She guided me to The Purpose of Your Life which helped in her career transition, she encouraged me to start a blog and to continuously create , and she advised me to become a part an active voice in the scrapbooking community.

While that advice in and of itself was hugely welcome, I was most touched by the fact that she took the time to respond to my plea for mentoring, advice and support.  I have hung on tightly to her words and with the continued mentoring by other awesome women in the industry, I now have the confidence to continue crafting.

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure and honor of finally meeting Amy Tan in real life!!!  She was teaching a class at the Mapunapuna Ben Franklin.  I was so giddy and I thought I was going to hyperventilate.  I get so star struck.  But Amy was the epitome of calm and kindness and I had the most amazing time.

Here is Amy talking to everyone at the beginning of the class.  She is so tiny even with the baby bump!

A packed class with super excited crafters!

This is the mini album that we are going to make using some new products from Amy's Yes, Please Collection by American Crafts! 

Here are some photos of my work space.  I obviously had my Xyron Mega Runner on hand to adhere everything together.  :)

And here are some of those posed shots. and AMY!!!!!!  SHUT UP!!!  I think I'm still hyperventilating.  :)

I also got to finally meet Joscelyne Cutchen (Owner of Bossy Joscie Crafty Flair, 2012 Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Winner, fellow Navy wife and all around super awesome crafter).

And here I am with Nicole and Jessica, my crafting friends/ milspouses/ preschool mommys.  I love these ladies so much and am SO GLAD that Jessica organized everything so that we could attend the class!!!! 

If you want to see more pictures of the class, check out this blog post by Joscie.  She took some fantastic photos.

As always, mahalo for stopping by!!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Aloha Friday - Easter Recap and Hikes to Ka'ena Point and Aiea Loop

Aloha Friday!!!  And what an amazingly stunning and beautiful Friday it is!  And without further ado, here is what we've been up to in this island paradise these past two weeks!  Note: Photos are totally unedited and post-processed.  Sorry!!

1.  Ship Easter Party.  I try to cram in as many Easter Eggs hunts as humanly possible during this time of year.  First, we went to a fantastic Easter Egg hunt hosted by the Family Readiness Group for Justin's ship.  Charlotte had a blast at the arts and crafts table and playing with her friends.

2.  Easter Morning.  And the Easter Bunny went all out at our house Easter morning.

3.  Easter Brunch at the O Club.  We then headed out to the O Club for Easter Brunch and some gorgeous views of Pearl Harbor.

4.  Princess Bike.  So as an incentive to get Charlotte using the potty again, we told her that if she didn't have any accidents for 15 days, she could get a new princess bike (which she needed anyways).  Oh my goodness, she LOVED putting the bike together with Daddy.

The next morning, thought, I asked Charlotte, "Sweetie, do you need to go to the potty."  Her response: "No thank you.  I already got my princess bicycle."  DUH!!!  :)

5.  Fireworks over Waikiki.  Every Friday night, there are fireworks at the lagoon in Waikiki (at 7:45 if anyone is interested).  Charlotte loved playing in the sand while waiting for the fireworks!

6.  Ka'ena Point.  We started to hike to Ka'ena Point from the North Short (just past Dillingham Field).  But sadly, since we had a committment that night, didn't make it all the way to the end.  Maybe next time.  Regardless, we still loved the gorgeous views of the water and had a short lunch break on our own little private beach.  Seriously stunning.

7.  Aiea Loop Trail.  This 4.8 mile hike to look down onto the H3 (the most expensive interstate in the country - that's right, Hawaii has interstates) was BRUTAL.  Not because the hike was hard but because it was so ridiculously long with the kids especially.  Checked that one off the list and so not doing it again.  :)

8.  CHE CHE IS HERE!!!  And finally, we got an awesome call yesterday afternoon that one of our dear dear friends (Justin's best friend) was pulling into Honolulu for a few hours (the ship is en route home after an 8 month deployment).  So last night was all about catching up over beer and cards.  :)

Whew!  That was a long one.  I guess we've been busy.  :)  As always, mahalo for stopping by!!
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