Sunday, February 28, 2010

Whew! What a relief!

Well, we're all safe and sound after the Tsunami scare yesterday.  Mari was so happy she was still able to attend her friend's slumber party last night.  Priorities, you know!  Feels like a whole day was lost.  Leah and I had a nice Mommy/daughter evening--we ate little fundraiser pizzas (Thanks Naoko!) and drank root beer in little glasses.  Leah insisted we toast everytime we filled them up.  Hmmm...what has she been up to that we don't know about?  And she hasn't even turned 6 yet!  I made her "surprise ice cream" for dessert. That's when I pick the flavor, toppings, and add special surprise treats--last night it was Junior Mints--and she closes her eyes and is surprised by what she sees.  Then we watched some movies and went to bed early--for me, late for her.  It was a nice time. :)

For her kindergarten project, she brought home Mele Mouse.  A stuffed mouse that comes in a "suitcase" with her journal.  It's very cute...all the children take turns taking Mele home and then journal through words and pictures about the weekend's happenings.  Here's a few photos of Leah and Mele...

Mele and Leah (with her "I AM smiling nicely" smile)

In the Moscato aisle...not sure if we'll include this in the journal...ahem!

Waiting in line to get gas...Mele says, "Never wait til the last minute to fill up your tank with gas.  You never know what "emergency" situation may come up" a Tsunami!!!  (It took one hour) :p

Mele helping Leah practice violin.

Mari had a special 2nd grade program on Friday, "Families Are Forever".  It's a compilation of their unit on Family.  This whole year up to now has focused on "Family"--while incorporating history, math, writing, music, art...  Grandpa Nishiguchi and Mari marched together when they recognized all veterans and active duty.  Too bad Daddy is in Thailand.
What a wonderful program it was!  I was teary-eyed and choked up through the whole program!  (surprise, surprise...)  The children and teachers did a fabulous job!

Ok, so where's the stamping?  These are some samples from Founder's Circle...enjoy!

 6 x 6 scrapbook page

  a cute baby card

3 x 3 hello card

Another hello card

I like how the hearts look like petals...

Friend card

I think this is my favorite...I apologize for the bluriness...

Okay, I have my Lemon Bundt cake in the oven to take with me today, now I must get ready to go!  Thanks for visiting!

Stampin' Smiles!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wowee! Lookie, Lookie!

Oh my, I am so excited to share with you the two latest projects that have posted at Craft Project Central.  The first was designed by Michelle.  It is a little coloring box.  A place for paper and crayons!  So adorable! 

And the next one was designed by Sonya.  It's absolutely gorgeous!

Can you imagine this at your next special event?!  And no calories! :)

I have to run...Our second grade daughter is having a special program today...  Take care and haave a wonderful weekend!  I'll be continuing my room overhaul!  Thank you for visiting!

Stampin' Smiles!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pacific Stampers Sale-A-Bration Stamp Camp

Hello!  We had our very first Stamp Camp of 2010 this past Sunday...There were almost 90 guests and they enjoyed: 4 perfectly peachy projects, sensational samples, delectable door prizes, ravishing raffles, a stupendous silent auction, divine demonstrations, the sale of super retired stamps and awesome accessories as well as heavenly handmade items...

Here are the ladies who put on this fabulous event:

From left to right: Stephanie, Sonya, Brenda, Bess, Jacque, Krista, Naoko, Jane (That's me in the back with Shelby--"Tall-ees in the back!"), Lorinne, Shelby and Jenn.  Missing: Shawna

Thanks again ladies!  It is so nice to belong to such a great group.

Let me take you on a tour:

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with beautifully decorated bags(I'm sorry, I don't know who to give credit for these bags) and an over the top welcome sign made by Brenda.

Brenda also made these...Many, many of these!!!!


Inspiration...I just love Naoko's bag!


And of course chocolate!  Lorinne made these super cute M & M trays!

Thanks for visiting!

Stampin' Smiles!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Walk Down Memory Lane...We're Here!

I hope you have enjoyed reminiscing with me as we reflected on all the projects that debuted in January at Craft Project Central.  As we come to the end of our "walk"  we come upon our final project for January! 

The original post can actually be found hereMichelle's VERY adorable basket! (Hi Michelle!)

And as a bonus every month there is the free project for referring a friend!

This is my Valentine's Mini Fold Out Album.  I invite you to visit Craft Project Central.  And let me know what you think!  It is designed for all of you wonderful crafters, demonstrators, late night stirrers... :) That's me!  Stamping and crafting in the wee hours!

Thank you for visiting!
Stampin' Smiles!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

You had to be a Big Shot, didn't cha....

Ok, so I'm dating myself...  How many of you recognize these lyrics?

Well, you went uptown ridin' in your limousine

With your fine Park Avenue clothes
You had the Dom Perignon in your hand
And the spoon up your nose
Ooh, and when you wake up in the mornin'
With your head on fire
And your eyes too bloody to see
Go on and cry in your coffee
But don't come bitchin' to me

Because you had to be a big shot, didn't cha
You had to open up your mouth
You had to be a big shot, didn't cha
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
You know what everything's about
You had to have a white hot spotlight
You had to be a big shot last night

And they were all impressed with your Halston dress
And the people that you knew at Elaine's
And the story of your latest success
You kept 'em so entertained
But now you just don't remember
All the things you said
And you're not sure that you want to know
I'll give you one hint, honey
You sure did put on a show

Yes, yes, you had to be a big shot, didn't cha
You had to prove it to the crowd
You had to be a big shot, didn't cha
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
You're so much fun to be around
You had to have the front page, bold type
You had to be a big shot last night, Oh oh

Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa who-oo-oo-oo-ah,
Oh Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa.

Well, it's no big sin to stick your two cents in
If you know when to leave it alone
But you went over the line
You couldn't see it was time to go home
No, no, no, no, no, no

You had to be a big shot, didn't cha
You had to open up your mouth
You had to be a big shot, didn't cha
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
So much fun to be around

You had to have the white hot spotlight
You had to be a big shot last night, Oh oh

Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa.
Big shot … Big shot … Big shot … Mmmm … Big shot … Whoa whoa!

Big shot …
Oops, sorry, I got carried away!  It's a good thing this computer doesn't have a microphone! YIKES!  Anyway, that was Billy Joel's song from...ahem!..."a long time ago" for you young whippersnappers.  He used to be married to Christie Brinkley..."Who?" "Nevermind!"  Let's get on to the Big Shot projects I have to share with you!
This is a fabric flower I made a while back...the first photo is how it looks after putting it all together.  The second photo is how it looks after it's been spritzed with water and tossed in the dryer for a few minutes.  (What?  Of course I don't run the dryer for just a flower or two!  Do you think I would waste all that electricity for my craft project?! :p )

Here are some made from a Batik fabric.

I also had some fun making these...

Little mini canvas totes embellished with a sassy Build-A-Bear and Sweet Pea Felt accents.  The Sweet Pea Felt accents are wonderful!  They look like that right out of the package! :)  Easy Peasy!  There is so much to do with the Build-A-Bear line of Sizzix dies...  I'll show you my composition book later if I still have one.  Or I can make more, right?  Here are the totes close up.

Standard size cards and envelopes fit perfectly in these totes.  What a great gift for a teacher, co-worker, friend, mother, sister....  Anyone would love to receive some cute handmade cards in a cute decorated bag!

Ok, one more thing to share.  This is a tag using our heart chipboard album pages individually.

I covered the chipboard with the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper--you can cover 2 hearts front and back with one sheet of paper!  I love the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper stack.  It is a great value and there is a wonderful variety of designs!  I have made many projects, including Stamp Camp project packets for 130 and all of the chipboard hearts along with some others all with one stack and I still have a lot more!

Oh, then I used the scraps (Hey, no laughing!) to cover chipboard letters for the monogram.  If I didn't already have the chipboard letters, I would have adhered the DSP to a piece of chipboard and die cut it with the Big Shot.  I attached the letters with mini glue dots.  Tied a piece of our Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon and voila!  A very cute tag!  I made the tags for my guests at Stamp Camp.  I will share photos from Stamp Camp was a fun day for all and we made some great prujects!  Thanks for stopping by!  Please come back to visit and see what we made!

Have a sunny day!
Stampin' Smiles!

A Walk Down Memory Lane #9

Hello!  This is the 9th of 10 projects that was featured on Craft Project Central in January designed by Sonya.

I love this Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper!  It's so sparkly and girly!  And the Vintage Vogue flowers add just the right accent!  Thank you Sonya!

We're almost to the end of our walk down memory lane...stay tuned!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

More Treasure

{Smile} I like to call it "Treasure"--all the wonderful creations I receive via swaps or RAK.

These first few are projects we made at our Stampage group gathering...

First a bookmark card designed by Naoko

Embossed Scallop Frame card designed by Naoko

Mother's Day Step Card designed by Naoko

Created by Sonya

Created by Lorinne

So elegant...A favor designed by Shelby.

Alrighty then, I think that's enough for today...

Thank you for coming, please stop by again...
Stampin' Smiles!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Who says "Chivalry is Gone"?

Actually the phrase is "Chivalry is dead" but that sounds so morbid...  Anyway, I just want to thank heroes Calvin and Mike for helping the "Damsel in distress".  (Do I qualify as a "damsel"?)  Well, you get the picture.  I got in the car to come to work this morning and "click, click, click" was all I got when I tried to start the car.  And, would you believe, only three weeks ago DH-Kurt's car battery died....hmmm, that's kind of wierd to me.  Normally we're off on Fridays, but since Kurt is going to Thailand next week for 2-1/2 weeks on a humanitarian mission with the Air Force Reserve...we're working today.  I know, you're probably thinking, how "humanitarian" is it to go and pull teeth?!  Believe me, the people they help are so appreciative...   Meanwhile, I'll be here holding down the fort.  The girls and I will be heading to Anaheim over spring break.  The dance team will be participating in a competition.  They have been practicing very hard since the beginning of this school year.  Of course, there will be lots of time for Disneyland... :)

Anyway, Calvin came over lickedy split and jump started the car--I drove to see Mike at Kapahulu Auto Repair and he changed the battery just like that!  Thank you so much! :)
I will post some fun stuff later...Just wanted to say thanks!
Stampin' Smiles!

A Walk Down Memory Lane #8 and Something New!

Are you ready for some organization?  We crafters luvvv containers and organizing things!  Here is the eighth Craft Project Central project for January...created by Shelby...Shades of Spring Eternal Birthday Card Organizer.

I was the lucky recipient of one a while back and just love it!  You'll want your own too and you can find some great instructions at Craft Project Central...

This is the latest project just posted--the 6th project for February...Krista has designed page 2 of our very special recipe book!

I can hardly wait to try this recipe!  It sounds so refreshing and I bet it tastes yummy! :)  Maybe Krista will make it for us...(hint, hint).

Thanks for visiting!

Stampin' Smiles!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Swaps ("Treasure") to Share

These are some of the cards that I received in our monthly swaps--I am so lucky to belong to a group of very talented women!
Created by Heidi

Created by Reina

Created by Joni

Created by Mary Ann

Ready for more?

Created by Jacque

Created by Stephanie

Created by Bess

Created by Krista

Created by Lorinne

Created by Shelby (great mind's think alike)

Here's my card, my friend Sharon taught me how to make this card...Thanks, Sharon!

I am like a kid in a candy store when I receive swaps! :) They are so precious! If you would like information on any of these cards, please let me know and I will follow up with you...

Please visit tomorrow...I will have even more to share!  Thank you for visiting!
Stampin' Smiles!