Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2011!  As I hear the popping fireworks ringing in the new year--what will probably be a very big send off as fireworks will be limited in Hawaii from now on--it's time to reflect, resolve and renew...

This year seems to have flown by!  It was a memorable one!  New Year's day was spent with the "N" family as is a family tradition...  Wonderful times reminiscing and catching up as well as enjoying ono-licious food! :)

In February, DH spent two and a half weeks in Thailand on a humanitarian mission with the Air Force Reserve.  A heart-warming experience.

The girls and I headed to Anaheim in March with the school dance team.  The team did well in the competition(s) and we had a fun time!--Too bad DH couldn't join us.

It was Bon Voyage in April as DH and I set sail on the Stampin' Up! Southern Caribbean Incentive Cruise that I earned last year!  It was like a second honeymoon as we celebrated our 15th Anniversary!  What an experience!  Stampin' Up! really takes great care of us!  Everything was just perfect! :)  I'm working hard to earn this year's incentive trip--DisneyWorld!  I would love to take the girls!

There were numerous school activities to keep us busy and of course stamping! :)  This summer both girls had exceptional summer classes that they really enjoyed!  Summer school sure is different from when I was little!

Before we knew it it was back to school...DD1 in 3rd grade and DD2 in 1st.  They sure are growing up fast!  This fall was busy with more school activities, violin, dance and of course, Stampin' Up! :)

Our Pacific Stampers group had Stamp Camps and activities almost every other month.
It's so nice to see familiar faces and meet new friends too!  Our Stampin' Smile group has grown and we've been enjoying our monthly "meetings".  I am always amazed at how talented everyone is.
I look forward to our get togethers and sharing ideas--ooo-ing and awe-ing at the newest,
latest, cutest projects!  It's so much fun!  And stampers are awesome people!

The holidays crept up on me!  I thought I started ahead of the game and yikes!  Here they are--come and gone!  Oh my...I really have to map out everything better next year!
We had a wonderful Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas--with family and friends.  If only I had a little more time to finish all the stamping/crafting I wanted to do.

And I still have to "finish" cleaning/organizing my Stamp Room.  Eeek!  I've been saying that for a very long time now!  Recently, I've been inspired by a super stamper...she creates the most awesome projects and has a simple small stamp space. Up to now I've been thinking, if only I had more room like some of the fabulous stamp "rooms" I've seen...  Some are so much more than just "rooms".  But after I've seen her "room", I've decided that I can be creative with a small efficient organized space.  SO, I'm going to purge, purge, purge!  And find some great new homes for some great things. :)

Anyway, Thank You for visiting and for your support!  I will blog more regularly this year! And I will finish my room.  And I will earn DisneyWorld! :)

Happy 2011!  Stampin' Smiles,

I know my Snow Flake blog header may seem a little contradictory to "Sunny" Stampin' Smiles, but I wanted to do change it up with something related to the seasons..  In Hawaii it's always Sunny!  Even when it snows on Mauna Kea!  So Sunny and Snow do go together. :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

SPECTACULAR Savings at Stampin' Up!


Just a quick note about some Spectacular Savings to share with you!  This morning Stampin' Up! announced and online spectacular event for one week only.
From now until November 30th!!

During this one week only, YOU can get incredible discounts--up to 50 %-- saving BIG on your favorite products, as well as qualifying for FREE SHIPPING with orders of $150 or more!


With this special and the Starter Kit Half Price SALE, this is YOUR week to experience all the fun of
Stampin' Up!

And don't forget the Handmade Holiday Bundles special!

Yipee!  It's the perfect time for Stampin' Up!

Please contact me and I can help you with all your Stampin' Up needs!
I would love to have you join our Stampin' Smile group!

Thanks to you all and have a blessed Thanksgiving...
Stampin' Smiles,

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

50% off Starter kit - 2 weeks only (11/15 until 11/30)

It feels like Christmas arrived early!

Get a Stampin Up Demo Starter Kit, over $300 in your choice of stampin gear for just $87.50

This amazing deal is only available from Nov. 15th-30th.

Maybe you are looking for a way to earn some extra cash or maybe you just want an amazing deal on a bunch of really great stuff! This is a complete WIN WIN situation if you LOVE stamping because you can get the kit, demo discounts, exclusive projects ideas, product pre orders, & you are under NO obligation to sell anything if you don't want to!

You KEEP the starter kit no matter what!

You can join on line through my website (RA Password: stampinsmile , click on the START YOUR OWN BUSINESS tab) or contact me & we can chat about it.

This is a great opportunity and I would love to help you! :)

Stampin' Smiles,

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pacific Stampers' 6th Annual Holiday Stamp Camp!

You are cordially invited to the Pacific Stamper’s 6th Annual Holiday Stamp Camp!! Please download the invite below for all of the fun and festive details!!

In addition to making four fabulous holiday projects that you can incorporate into your holiday projects and gift giving, you’ll receive with your projects, a package of Brights Glimmer Brads and Candy Cane Rub-Ons from the Holiday Mini Catalog!

This is one Stamp Camp that you won’t want to miss! If however, you can’t make it and would still like to make the projects, you can order project packets that come with the supplies and instructions to make the projects on your own!

I look forward to seeing you at our most popular event of the year!!

Also, please stop by to visit us at the Manoa Jaycees Craft fair at Manoa Elementary School, Saturday, October 16th  from 8:30am to 2:00pm, booth #51.  We will have retired stamp sets and accessories for sale.  For every dollar spent on retired stamp sets, you will receive equal credit towards an order from the current Idea Book & Catalog and/or Holiday Mini. (This offer is only redeemable with us and order must be placed by Sunday, October 17th 7pm.)  There will also be hand stamped cards and gift items for sale and of course a make and take! :)  Please come!
Stampin' Smiles,
Gotta finish getting ready for World Card Making Day!  Every first Saturday of October is World Card Making Day!  Our group-Pacific Stampers-is celebrating with a Holiday Card Camp.  Guests will make 3 cards each of 4 different Holiday card designs.  It'll be a lot of fun and in addition to stamping, there will be door prizes, raffles, a lot of wonderful samples, demonstrations...  It's a fun day for all!  Hope you can join us next time...

Monday, August 23, 2010

As August Ambles on...

Today is the first day of school for the children...How refreshing to see them so excited to see their friends and start a new adventure!

Here are a few new projects to share with you.  Full instructions can be found at

This Birthday Bakery Goodie Set was created by Michelle.

Here is this month's wet-your-appetite recipe from Shelby.

I created this month's free project...A Magnetic Memo Board for my cousin's daughter who loves monkeys and will be celebrating her birthday next month...(Yes, I am ready ahead of time!  Can you believe it?!)  I used Stampin' Up!s Decor Elements vinyl, punches, dies...  The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by!
Stampin' Smiles,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Awesome August Projects...

Here we go!  We are already halfway through the month of August...can you believe it!?  The holidays are right around the corner!  Yikes!  How about starting some Christmas Crafting projects now?  Handmade card sets are a wonderful great appreciated by just about everyone!  And you really can't wait til the last minute to make them...

Here is an elegant Handbag featuring our Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper created by Naoko.  Shawna shared a version of this with us at our monthly Pacific Stampers group meeting.  We always have great swaps and projects at our meetings--along with some great information.  If you would like to join us as a guest or become a member of our super group, please let me know! :)
I just love this project!  How about loading it up with some handstamped cards and envelopes, a little gift, a gift card...?  Complete instructions can be found here

Every month Brenda shares one of her wonderful punch art creations.  Here is an Octopus gift box and punch art page.

Brenda also created this candy bar holder.  She is so talented!

Our technique page this month is for Faux Tin Ceiling Tile created by Zeva.

I'll be back with more...Thank you for visiting!
Have a wonderful week!
Stampin' Smiles,

Monday, August 16, 2010


I'm almost caught up with all the super projects I want to share with you...Of course, we're never really done sharing, are we?  Those creative juices are what keep us going! :)
What I meant was, there are so many projects at Craft Project Central that I want to share with you...
here are July's projects! 

Naoko created a beautiful decorative tile with the Elements of Style stamp set.

This is Brenda's creation...A "Piggy" Desk Organizer and punch page.

I made Tote-ally Tess' Tote for all your stamping needs...

Zeva did a Black Magic Technique card and page.

Here is a Greenhouse Gala gift set created by Michelle.

Jacque also used Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper to create these Decor Accents Blocks.

Sonya shares this Emboss Resist Technique card and page.

And yet another yummylicious recipe and recipe page from Shelby!

Sonya created this perpetual 12 x 12 framed calendar...what a creative idea!  Great Christmas gift!  But since it is perpetual, you can actually start using it at any time!

A great purse and note card set created by Jacque.  Great for gifts too!

Sonya created this beautiful Greenhouse Gala Butterfly mobile for this month's bonus project!

And here is the free project--to thank you for visiting the Craft Project Central site!
A cute Greenhouse Gala Top Note favor box!

Thank you for letting me share with you...  I'll be back with some of the awesome August projects...

Stampin' Smiles,

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Jumpin' Jupiter! It's June!

Ok, so it's August...but these are the June Craft Project Central projects that you can still subscribe to...

I know, graduation has passed...but there are always more coming!  We can start early and get ready with this adorable punch art picture frame created by Brenda.

I just love this Island Oasis Designer Series Paper--it's so Hawaii!
Here is a decorative frame inspired by Lorinne.

Another project featuring Island Oasis Designer Series Paper--Oh, I forgot to mention, this very cute paper is available in the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog until the 31st of August!  Stock up if you're like me and can't live without it! :)
It's a 6 x 6 album...Here's the cover and a sample double page spread...  This was created by Naoko.

This next project was created by a guest designer, Lynn Pratt.  Perfect for summer get-togethers!

Zeva created this Build-A-Bear Workshop Party Kit...

Shelby is tempting us with another one of her yummy recipe pages.

Here's Jacque's easel and drawers project featuring the Elements of Style Stamp Set and her beautiful nieces and handsome nephew!  

Michelle created this Great Friends Note Set.  A great gift idea!

Since June is a popular month for weddings, Jacque created this beautiful Wedding Album to hold all the wonderful memories!  (We celebrated our 15th Anniversary on June 10th!)

And Sonya is continuing the "June Bride" theme with a gorgeous Wedding Ensemble...Of course, we can use this for a wedding in any month! :)

At Craft Project Central, we love referrals and offer special bonus projects as a thank you.

Michelle created this adorable Manicure set!  It would make a perfect gift for a little girl--and a "big girl"! :)  Co-workers, friends, relatives...everyone would love this!

And of course, as a thank you for visiting Craft Project Central, we have a free project for you.  June's free project was created by Zeva.  A Build-A-Bear Workshop coloring book.  It can be used as a party favor, goodie bag favor, quiet time book...  So cute!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow...with more great projects to share with you!
Stampin' Smiles,

Friday, August 13, 2010

Yikes! Where Does Time Go?!

Over the next few days, I will be sharing some wonderful projects created by some very talented ladies...Complete instructions available at Craft Project Central.

These are some of the projects from the month of May... 

This is a Build a Bear Activity Kit by Zeva.

Here is a yummy recipe and recipe page by Shelby.

A Father's Day Toolbox and Giftcard Holder by Michelle.  I know, Father's Day has passed...this is a great masculine project for any occasion...and if you're like me, it's always a challenge for me to find masculine projects! :)  Thanks, Michelle!

A very cute Mini Accordion Pocket Album created by guest designer Debbie Naylor

Sweet Scoops Tote and Note Cards created by Sonya.
(Sweet Scoops stamp set available til August 31st!)

Island Oasis Purse and Cards by Jacque.

Look at what Sonya created!  It's a Free project just for visiting Craft Project Central!

I hope you enjoyed these great projects...  Please visit again and see what else we have to share!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fishing on the Fourth

 On a beautiful sunny 4th of July, we headed out to Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe for some fishing.  The girls had been asking to go fishing for quite some time.  Equipped with their rods and reels, bread for the fish, snacks and drinks for themselves, hats, shoes and sunscreen they were ready to catch some fish!

With the help of Knud Lindgard, a writer for Hawaii Fishing News who volunteers at Hoomaluhia and helps kids (and parents) catch fish, we were able to increase our catching from 3 fish in an hour to "too many to count" in the remaining time we were there.  As long as the bread stayed on the hook, it was almost a guaranteed catch.  And the fact that the fish are a terrific "Tangerine Tango" color made it even more fun!  ("Tangerine Tango", one of Stampin' Up!'s new Core Colors!) *smile*

It was a great day for fishin' and a great family day.  I'm sure we'll be heading out to Hoomaluhia again soon.

Thanks for letting me share this day...

Stampin' Smile,

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tea for Two...

Hello!  Happy July!

In a previous post I shared a Tea Bag Box that MaryAnn showed us.  Diane (Hi Diane!) asked for the directions, so I thought I'd share them here too.  So if any of you would like to make this Tea Bag Box, here you go! :)

Box Cover

1. Score 4-3/4” x 5-1/4” card stock or DSP at 1” on all sides. Use bone folder to crease well. Cut along solid lines as shown in Diagram A. Cutting a slight “V” shape will alleviate “bulk” when assembling box cover. (Diagram not to scale) Use Sticky Strip to assemble box cover.

Diagram A

Box Bottom

2. Score 6” x 12” cardstock at 2-5/8”, 5-3/4”, 8-3/8” and 11-1/2” along 12” edge. Score at 2” along one 6” edge. Use bone folder to crease well. Cut along solid lines as shown in Diagram B. “V”s shown in diagram are a little wide. They don’t have to be that wide.

Diagram B

3. Using Paper Cutter or Hobby Blade cut out rectangle from “second to the last panel” as shown in Diagram C. Rectangle is 1/4” from bottom edge and 1/4” from each of the side creases and 1” high. Use 3/4” circle punch to cut out semi circle.
Diagram C

4. Assemble box with Sticky Strip. First adhere sides together then close the bottom flaps to complete box. Save “front” bottom panel for last. “Front” panel is the one with the cut out hole. This just gives the box a nice finish.

5. Fill with individually wrapped tea bags. Cover box. Add ribbon and embellishments as desired.

The sample uses:

119257 Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon 5.95

120060 Itty Bitty Bits 8.95

100908 Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad 5.95

118763 Mini Vintage Tags 4.95

117167 Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper 9.95

If you have any questions and/or would like to order any of the supplies to make this project, please let me know...or you can order directly from my Stampin' Up website.

Thanks, Mary Ann!

Stampin' Smiles!