Friday, December 25, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 25 Lilo's Fun Friday #99


It's been a fun filled day of food, friends, and family.  I hope you and your family and the company you are with are having a wonderful day celebrating or just hanging out too.  

It's the final day of the 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy and I'm so happy to say we made it!!  Yay!!  For today's Lilo's Fun Friday #99, my last post of this challenge, I decided to share my beginner's Christmas wreath that my sister was teaching me how to make over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Ta-da!!!  I know it's sooo busy!!!  I didn't know what I was getting in to when I picked those colors, but I really wanted to add the black.  I'm going to ask my sister to help me fix it.  It needs her touch.

I can honestly say that this was really tough to make.  It really takes patience, which I thought I had, and an eye for detail, which I don't have.  (LOL)  This took a bit too much of my patience!  (hahaha!)  I think I'll stick to card making.  :D  But I'm happy I got to give this a try.  I might give it a go again, but this time not so many colors.  We'll see.  Here are a couple group pictures from today with our extended families the Ontiveros & Tanjuctos.

Before I sign off I wanted to take this moment to say Thanks to Linda & Kathy for joining me in this fun challenge.  Could not have done it without their support.  Thank you all for stopping by!

From our house to yours, may you all enjoy the time with your families and count your blessings each day.  Merry Christmas!


25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 24


I'm back to share day 24 of the 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy.  I hope you're having a nice time with your family and friends celebrating.  It's still super early (as I write up this post) so everyone is slowly beginning to wake up.

For day 24 I shared the card my mom picked to send to Grandma.  She had her pick of either the one I just shared (scroll down) or this one.  

She picked this one.  This is another combo of some of my favorite companies: Hanko Designs, La-La Land Crafts and Island Scrapbooking.  If you've been following this challenge with me you'll recognize the layout from another card I made using Haruyo from Sister Stamps.  I was planning on making the same card but decided not to.  Instead I used Paper Doll Marci Kimono from La-La Land Crafts.  I colored her up again with Copics and this time I left the dangling baubles.  They're under the gems.  (hahaha)  I loved the way Irina colored Marci's kimono on the packaging so I tried to do the same, yeah turned out better than I had hoped.  (hahaha)  Last but not least is the beautiful Island Scrapbooking laser cut sentiment.  It used to be a pretty light pink, but I colored it black with a Copic marker.  It made more sense to me.  (hahaha)

Thanks again for dropping in today.  I'll be back to share the final day of this challenge.  I just need to choose what I'll share.  Until then have a beautiful day!!


25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 23


Merry Christmas everyone!!!

I've been so darned busy these last 3 days that I forgot to post day 23 - 24!  So I will post each one today along with day 25.  So sorry you'll see 3 posts from me, I'll try to keep them short.

For day 23 of the 25 Days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy.  I shared this Asian themed card featuring some beautiful La- La Land dies and image, an Island Scrapbooking laser cut sentiment and a Hanko Designs Tsumugi cardstock & washi paper...

I had some fun with washi paper and the La-La Land lanterns banner.   I used the adorably sweet Paper Doll Marci Kimono.  Colored her with Copics, including her kimono with the pretty details.  I trimmed off her hair baubles because I wanted to keep it CAS. About the card base, I had already punched out the bottom part of this card with an EK success border punch so just dressing up the rest of the card was what it needed.   The lanterns were paper pieced with washi paper from Hanko Designs and I used gold foil for the tassels.  Here is a close-up of the lanterns.

Adding the red gems to the snowflake centers also ties in to the flowers on Marci's kimono,  I love the layout and of course the Asian theme.  This is another one of my favorite cards for this holiday season.

Thank you for stopping by and I do apologize for all the posts today.  Merry Christmas!!  Hope you are spending it with family and friends and enjoying the time together reflecting on this wonderful day.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 22


Yikes only 3 more days left!  Are we ready?!  I really feel like a re-do for the whole month of December.  Here's a fun winter card I made for day 22 of the 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy.

From top to bottom this is one fun CAS card.  I used Krystal from The Greeting Farm SSS.  The reindeer are dies from La-La Land Crafts.  The beautiful border is also from LLLC.  The hills were created with a Mama Elephant die.  I thought the sentiment from AmyR was sweet for this scene.  And the pretty blue snowflake paper was from my many years stash.  I love the color combo here, definitely a winter wonderland scene.

I think this one will be another short post tonight.  Tomorrow is another work day for me and I still need to figure out what I'll share for day 23.  I hope you're all having a nice relaxing evening.  Hopefully I'm not up too late writing that post.  lol..  Thanks for popping in!


Monday, December 21, 2015

25 Day of Christmas Challenge - Day 21


Oi!!  This is super late!  I've either been late here or on IG.  hahaha!  Today, I'm late here.  So I'll make it short and sweet for day 21 of the 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy with this sweet onesie Christmas card...

Hehehe,  I love this card!  It's super duper CAS.  I used the MFT baby onesie die for this easy peasy card.  A Santa sticker to go on top with some white stitching and a Ho*Ho*Ho sentiment.   I bought that designer paper from Hobby Lobby and was waiting for just the right time to use it.  This card seemed perfect!  I did something simple with the inside using a new MFT die and a new La-La Land Crafts club kit die.

The sentiment is an older AmyR one and I love how simple it is.  Totally love the simpleness of this card.  I hope you do too.  Hope you're all enjoying the countdown to Christmas.  I certainly am going a little bit wacky, but so loving it.  If only I could be off from work like all the school kids.  That would be perfect!!  hehehe!   Thanks so much for popping in!  See you tomorrow!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 20, Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Team


Today, on day 20 of the 25 Days of Christmas Challenge (with Linda & Kathy), I'm excited to announce that I am a new team member of a new digital stamp company, Sasayaki Glitter.  Drop by the Etsy store to see all the cute and fun images that owner and designer Naz has to share with you.  There is bound to be some images that you can play with and some that you just have to get cause they are so unique and cute!  Here's a badge you can put on your side bar too:

Once you purchase you can use these images to play in the Sasayaki Glitter challenges starting in February!  I'll be joining owner, Naz, DT Coordinator, Kel, Maria, Tracey, Lena, Deanne, Anet, Terry, Shell & Yulia on the challenge team sharing our inspirations with you.  Starting in February, there will be 2 monthly challenges running...

  • The first challenge will be on the challenge blog the first Thursday of the month!!  Each month we'll have a different super fun theme for you to play along with!  
  • The second challenge is over in the Facebook Fan Group and starts on the 3rd Thursday of the month and is always Anything Goes!!  

So definitely mark your calendars and join us for one, or both challenges, for a chance to win amazing prizes.

As an introduction, the team and I will be sharing some fun Sasayaki Glitter images with you HERE.  Stop by the DT post to see all the fun images used and the amazing way each of my teammies used each image to inspire you...  Here's my card...

This funny guy is Santa Chillin' and I have him taking a little chill by the Christmas tree right before he has to head out to work.  He has to get his rest in order to make it all around the world on Christmas Eve.  Decided to do something simple on the inside...

Here is a close-up of Santa chillin'.  He's psyching himself out to get ready for a busy busy night of deliveries.

Can't wait to share more sweet images with you soon.  Thank you for stopping by today, have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 19


Today I'm starting off a little bit slower to post.  (hahaha)  I have something different (to me) to share for day 19 of the 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy.


This beautiful scrapbook layout features some beautiful dies from La-La Land Crafts and the oh-so pretty, Christmas Molli.  It was designed by the very super talented DTL, Suzanne Kohler  (Hi Sue!).  As is Sue's style, tons of dies were used to create this winter wonderland.  (I will list them below.) Everything is well thought out and so pretty IRL.  The part that took the longest were the hills.  It might look easy, but we actually had to put a puzzle together to get them to look so "natural".

This is the first project I did at the La-La Land Palooza craft retreat.  Luckily I did because I don't think I would have finished it at all.  (Scrapbook pages are not my thing, hahaha)  But I'm glad I finished, I do love how it turned out.  I didn't have a picture to put in the box, I haven't printed pictures in ages!  So I'll have to find a good one to fill the space.  Here's a close-up of Christmas Molli colored with Copics.

Well I have to get back to the Christmas craziness happening at my desk.  I hope you're having a great day.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow with another special share for day 20 of this super fun challenge.  Until then have a wonderful rest of your day!!


Friday, December 18, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 18, Lilo's Fun Friday #98

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

Wow just one more week and Christmas will finally be here!!  I bet you're all already done with the shopping and sending out Christmas cards right?!  Not me, I'm always late.  (hahaha)

For Lilo's Fun Friday (#98)  I wanted to share another baby's 1st Christmas card for the 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy.  I hope it makes you smile...

This cutie shaking his bootie is Po from Sister Stamps.  I colored a onesie around him and gave him a cute little Santa hat.  The layout is just as CAS as yesterday's card.  Love those hanging snowflakes from my newest La-La Land Crafts club kit.  Also used the MFT bib die and a Crafter's companion snowflake embossing folder.  The papers are all from my stash and might look familiar as I'm trying to use them up!

Hope you all enjoy the last weekend before Christmas!!  Have a happy Aloha Friday and thanks so much for stopping by!!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 17

Good morning!

Today I have a super sweet card to share for day 17 of the 25 days of Christmas challenge.  I have a friend who has a little one celebrating her very first Christmas!  So I wanted to create something special just for her.  I hope when she grows up she likes it.

Squee!!   (hahaha)  The layout is pretty CAS.  No unnecessary frills, but still girly.  I used a few of my favorite companies on this card.  The adorable baby panda Ling Ling from Sister Stamps, snowflake banner from La-La Land Crafts, baby bib die (discontinued) from MFT, Merry Christmas embossing folder from Crafter's Companion.  The papers are all from my stash as well as the sequins and the Christmas hat sticker.  I colored Ling Ling as if she was wearing a onesie.  She is super sweet!!  The sentiment was handwritten.

I made a few more of these and will share it later.  For now I hope you enjoyed today's share.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 16

Hey everyone!!

I'm still rolling with the 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy and having fun with it.  Today I thought I'd share the card that Linda designed for our get-together with Kathy, Belia & Donna.  Here is it...

A sweet 4x4 card combining some La-La Land dies and a sweet Secret Santa Anya.  The igloo, sentiment and sea lion are from one of the La-La Land Club kits.  The clouds were made with a stencil and some Distress inks.  Adding the sequins in the sky for touches of sparkle.  The igloo is spectacular with it's glittery shield.  I chose some bold colors for SS Anya and subtle tones for the sea lion.  One of the cutest cards I've done so far.  Thanks Linda for the sweet design!

Hope you're all having a nice week.  Thanks so much for dropping by!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 15


It's day 15 of the 25 days of Christmas Challenge with Linda & Kathy.  For today I'm going to share this awesome Christmas tree card featuring Elf Luka.  It was designed by Debbie Pamment from La-La Land Crafts (DT) for the La-La Land Palooza craft retreat as one of the make & takes!  It is one of the coolest cards I've seen or made.

Here's one side of the card featuring a few dies and Elf Luka.  I have't decided who's name to put on the list, who you?  hahaha!   I had fun coloring him up.  Here's another panel...

This side shows off more of the LLLC dies and another detail of the card.  I really love the deer, it
very majestic.  Here is the 3rd panel of the tree card...

Ta-da!  Here is the last part of this amazing card.    I hope you enjoyed this share today.  I think this is one of my favorite projects from the retreat.   Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a great day!


Monday, December 14, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 14


It's day 14 of this 25 days of Christmas challenge I've joined with Linda & Kathy.  For today I thought I'd start the week off with a fun shaker card I made with my current favorite color combo of green/red/black with some white.  Today's featured images are some sweet winter friends from 2 Cute Ink...

Hehehe,  I love this card!  It was so much fun to put together.  Inside the paper made snow globe are Playtime Winter Penguin & Little Reindeer in a snowy scene.  There are also some cute pinkish-white snowflakes from a RAK from my crafty friend Eva, (Hi Eva!)  Visit her Etsy store to find these and some other cute stuff.   I used a lot of my old paper stash for this one.  It seems I'm having a hard time cutting in to the new paper pads!  (hahaha! oh dear)  To create the globe was a little bit tricky, but in the end I got it to work. I might do a video on it if I attempt to do it again.  Below is a side view of it.

I used a few MFT dies to make the snow globe which I will list below.  Because the snowflakes were delicate I doubled them up to make them sturdier; adding some WOS and a sequin for some sparkle finished them off.  The AmyR sentiment was heat embossed with white and seemed like the perfect one to use here.  Below is a different view of the snow globe.

I think I will attempt to make this globe again so that you can actually see what it looks like.  It does look really cool IRL!  (hahaha!)  Anyhoos, you can see the fun layers of paper I used.  Love the combo!  I had some time to decorate the inside so I did something fun and simple with some extra bits and bobs...

Definitely loving the inside too.  The sentiment is from MFT and I loved using the bright colored inks from MFT to transfer this to the paper.  All-in-all one of my favorite cards, inside and out.

Snow globe: Stitched circle, radial stitched circle, Tabs (I guess the dies are discontinued, but I used the larger version of this one.)

Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a great Scorpion Monday!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 13


It's a bright day 13 of 25 days of Christmas challenge I've joined with Linda & Kathy.  We're half way done which means we're halfway to Christmas!!  Woo Hoo!  Today I have a fun card designed by Kathy.  (Hi Kathy!)  This is the 3rd card from the Christmas card swap get-together with Kathy, Linda, Donna & Belia.  

The little dude is from the Secret Santa kit, the tree is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die and the ivy background is from Taylored Expressions.  I added red half pearls and the green dots are from a pearl pen.  This is definitely a CAS card.  Here are a few more pictures featuring my first handmade Christmas card & new calendar from the queen of scenes, Karen Inouye.  Hi Karen!!

Isn't this a cute scene?  I love everything about it!  Not only did I receive this sweet card I also got a new mini calendar!

Isn't this pretty?!  She did an amazing job with both projects.  Love the colors and all the dies she used to make each scene.  Thank you Karen!!  Pop on over to her blog and check out all her cute projects that she's made of the last few months.

Well thanks again for stopping by!  I'm looking forward to the rest of the countdown.  Have a great day!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 12


It's day 12 of my 25 days of Christmas challenge with Linda & Kathy and I've got another project to share from the La-La Land Palooza craft retreat.  This one showcases some of the cool dies available from La-La Land Crafts.

This card is very pretty IRL.  I love the colors that were chosen, the only issue I had with this was the ribbon.  It should not have been that difficult.  (hahaha!)  I think if I did this one again I'd do something different with the ribbon.  Here's a close-up of the card and yes I found some scrap plastic to insert as "glass" for the window.  I wish I had snow to make a shaker.  Again, maybe next time.

La-La Land Craft products used:  Pretty PoinsettiaChristmas Hill borderPhoto elementswinter branches, sentiment is from the club kit.

Well this one is going to be short and sweet today.  Got lots to do and need to get to it.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for the thoughtful messages.  I'm going to start going around to visit some blogs soon and will be blowing up your emails when I do!  hahaha!  I do really appreciate the comments and apologize that I haven't reciprocated yet.  Have a wonderful Saturday!!


Friday, December 11, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 11 Lilo's Fun Friday #97

Alooohaaa everybody!

Happy TGIF!!  So happy it's Aloha Friday today!  It's also day 11 of my 25 days of Christmas Challenge with Linda & Kathy.  They are so cute, they are holding their own with this challenge and I am loving each reveal!  They make me laugh when they say it's so hard, but yet the projects they post are awesome!!  No sympathy from me, besides this was Linda's idea!  I just took up the challenge, but so very grateful I have.  (hahaha!)

It's been a while since I posted a Lilo's Fun Friday, so that's what today's share will be.  Here is LFF #97 and it's perfect for an Aloha Friday share...

This is a 5x5 card with some products from some of my favorite companies.  Front and center are the kiddos from Sister Stamps, Pua and Kaleo.  Colored them up with my current favorite Christmas colors, green, red and black.  Coloring Pua's muumuu was so tricky, hopefully you can see that there is a subtle red & green floral pattern on her dress.  I was going for the twinsies look, but couldn't move the colors after putting down the dark gray.  I still like how it turned out and will practice doing this again.  Kaleo was definitely easier to color.  The patterned washi paper is from Hanko Designs as are the black & green Tsumugi cardstock.  For the snowflakes I used a La-La Land die from the December club kit.  The sentiment is a laser die cut word from Island Scrapbooking.  I love the script writing and it was perfect for this card.  The final touches include two ruby gems and some white dots made with my white gel pen.   Oh you can see more details of Pua's dress in the picture below...

Pua & Kaleo - Sister Stamps, LLC.

I had a lot of fun putting this one together, especially combining these colors and patterns.  So much fun!  I'll be back for day 12 of the #25DOCC tomorrow.  Mahalo for stopping by today.  Have a terrific Aloha Friday and an awesome weekend!!


PS -  This is the last week to submit your Christmas projects to the Aloha Friday challenge HERE.  Remember this is the LAST challenge of 2015, you don't want to miss out. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 10

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Ten embossed snowflakes, two chubby penguins and a sparkly shiny Christmas treeeee...

hehehe, couldn't resist...  Been listening to the Hawaiian radio station that currently has Christmas music and there are about 3 different versions of the 12 days of Christmas song.  The Hawaiian and Filipino version are hilarious!

Hey everyone!  Hope you're all doing well on day 10 of my 25 days of Christmas challenge.  Today's card is #2 from my Christmas card swap get-together with Kathy, Linda, Belia & Donna.  This adorable penguin card was designed by Donna.  The cute penguin stamp is from Stampendous and it's called Penguin Snow.  Love how cute and chubby they are!  The white panel on top of the fun gingerbread patterned paper is embossed with some dainty snowflakes.  The Christmas tree was glitzed up with some sparkly green glitter.

I wanted to try to give each of their beanies some texture, definitely a work in progress, but I'm happy with how it turned out.  Well I believe I'll stop here and wish you all a very happy Thursday!!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Challenge - Day 9


Happy Wednesday!

For day 8 oops, I meant 9, of my 25 days of Christmas challenge I wanted to share this sweet Christmas card from the La-La Land Palooza retreat designed by DT gal Debbie Pamment.  (Hi Debbie!!)  This was one of the many make & take projects from the retreat.

This card features the sweet Chickadee Marci and several dies from La-La Land Crafts.  Most of the card was put together at the retreat and the rest I finished when I got home.  Above is the card folded, and here it is unfolded...

I believe this is what you would call a Z-fold card and if you look to the other side you'll see more beautiful dies from La-La Land Crafts.  Here's a list of all the La-La Land Crafts products used on this card: Chickadee Marci, lattice bracket, lattice corner, small snowflakes, snowflake border, stitched elements (oval), winter branches, Celebrate sentiment is a Club die.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I'll be back again tomorrow for another Christmas share.  Have a terrific Tuesday!