pomaika`i: my work, my thoughts and my reflections. living with aloha

Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Site for Online Classes & a few cards

I just wanted to let you know about a new online learning center.   My Creative Classroom is celebrating their grand opening with free classes, games and prizes!  This site is for all crafts, not just scrapbooking and altered arts!  

Occassionally I have been asked if I ever teach online.  I've spoken to Jeri, the site owner (fellow eBay seller) and if all goes well, there is a possibility of me teaching in the fall!  I hope you'll check it out!  The owner Jeri Parks, is doing a stellar job of maintaining and organizing the site. Best wishes to MCC!

I have a few cards to share.  This is one I created in response to the Caardvarks challenge, Blue Moon.  I used Blue Cardstock, MME paper, Art Warehouse stamps, glitter and glaze sakura pens.  Thank you is written in the little circles.  The glitter is on the dots of the large swirls.

I created these cards for a special order I received at my Etsy store!  Hooray!  They are shaker boxes.  I used MME paper and Inque Boutique stamps.  

I'm off to help at DS school's handwork class.  They are all knitting stockings now.  Wish me luck, this is NOT my forte!  
take care! 
a hui hou! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Valentines Day at Etsy, ATC trade? , Tag Challenge

These ATCs were created for my Scrapfriends Blog review of the Somerset Gallery -Winter 2008.  

ATC Trade??
Speaking of ATCs, would anyone like to trade just for the fun of it? If you do, email me your address at scrapaloha33@yahoo.com and leave a comment here on my blog.  I'll email you my address and send you a card.  You just send a card to me and we can share art! Be sure to sign it and put your email addy on the back of your card! 

Etsy Store Update
I have just updated my Esty Store with some new buys.  I hope you will take a look.  

Here is today's challenge.  My first with Queen Kat stamps.  I love them!  Thanks Queen Kat for the wonderful prize!  The stamps give a really clear image and are easy to use.  A quality product! 

Tag Challenge Anyone? 
If you are up for a challenge, I submitted an idea for a promotion at CHA and Stephanie at the Fiskateers Blog picked it up!  I am so excited to have contributed something helpful!  If you haven't heard of this wonderful group of people, you have to check it out!  Get involved with the tag challenge and you could possible win some awesome prizes!   Actually, since it was based on my idea, I really want it to work, but that means that we need tons of tags!  Only a few from each person.  I hope you'll join!  

Monday, January 28, 2008


Just Chillin'! 
I woke up at 5, ready for the day and when I opened the blinds, I got a wonderful surprise! SNOW!  No school today, so we stayed home and watched Polar Express, wonderful movie!  I always cry.  It was DS's first time seeing it, he gave it a thumbs up too. 

While the boys were playing snow fight outside, I was able to work a little.  Here is a card for the Prism cardstock image challenge.  I took the wood and the colors from the image to inspire this card.  

One last card for tonight.  The new round of the Queen Kat Blog Challenge has started.  Here is my card.  The "ink" is Jaquard pink/gold acrylic paint.  I inherited it from a friend and I truly love it!  

I just listed a new item in my Etsy store here.
Take care!
Well, since it's a snow day, I can't spend all day on the computer...
A hui hou!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I'm Official! My first product review at Scrapfriends

Aloha mai!
Hooray!  I am so excited!  I'm official!!!  My very first review for Scrapfriends on the Somerset Studio Gallery-Winter 2008 magazine has been published.  All of my projects are shown there. We have more reviews and projects for the Somerset Studio Gallery on the site as well.  I hope you will check all of them out.  All of the projects are so special and different!  

The full supply list for these frames can be found in my review.  
I'll be posting more of my projects in the coming days!  
Mahalo for looking!  
A hui hou!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Stitch in time

Aloha mai,
Today was a great day.  All the Christmas decoration boxes went back on the shelf, of course I found some decorations that I forgot to put away...I do that every year.  I don't know why I am surprised LOL.  
I also got most of my LATE Christmas presents addressed and ready to go.  Talk about procrastination!  I keep joking that I don't have time for life, I need to scrap LOL.  
Anyway... today is the last day for this round of the Queen Kat Blog Challenge.  

Here is my card:

I used muslin, stamped using Inque Boutique stamps and Staz-on Ink, and sewed around the muslin and the title.  The cameo is popped for dimension. 

Here are a few of DS's thank you cards.  I forgot to take a picture of all of them before I sealed them up.  But these are pretty fun:  

I love how innovative he is with his thank yous.  Last year he drew the gift he was given by each person on the cards.  

It's getting late.  I get to work tomorrow so I'll have more fun treasures to show.  
Have a great weekend! 
a hui hou!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Challenges, Challenges...

Aloha mai,
I hope your day went well!  Here is a new LO.  The inspiration was an ad challenge at Scrapfriends (look for challenges in the forums).   I love the way it turned out, especially the rainbow colors on the blue background.  
Since the majority of my recent photos are close ups, I was finally able to use some of these "older" pictures.  
I used acrylic paint for the stamping and DS's trusty old Underwood typewriter for the journaling which reads: My sweet boy.  One of a kind.  In all your moods, 24/7 Mommy loves you!  Stamps are by Inque Boutique and EK sucess, bling (Bead Party).

When is the last time you made a shaker box?  It's been forever for me!  This card is for the second day at the Queen Kat Blog Party.  I used the challenge colors, pink, red, white and hot pink.   Embossed the background with clear embossing powder and used Inque Boutique stamps.  

Well, that's all for now.  Take care and stay warm!!!  We might get snow this weekend...
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you have a wonderful day!
a hui hou!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

On Wings...

The Queen Kat Blog Challenge continues...
Here's my response!  Boy this was fun to make!  I used embossing powder and watercolor for the wings, Glaze Gelly Roll pens, metalic gold and water colors for the Queen of Hearts image. Bling galore.

My tribute to Queen Kat stamps until I get mine in the mail. (what a happy day that will be!)
Have a great day! 
a hui hou!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Local Boy

Here is my layout for the day.  It's funny that lately I find myself using cardstock rather than patterned paper in my LOs.  I like the bold colors and simplicity of the solid colors.  It's possible that I have been doing this because the foundation of solid color helps to keep the focus on my photos rather than on fancy embellishments.  
In this LO, I took it one step further and used only cardstock for everything.  If you are up for a challenge like this, check out the Prism Cardstock Blog.   
The journaling reads: 
Remember where you came from...
Pay attention to where you are now...
Travel where you must.

Freezing Weather, Sunshine and Cards!

Aloha mai!  
It's beautiful, the sun is shining for the second day in a row, the sky is periwinkle-blue and cloudless, and it's so cold you could stick your tongue to a pole if you wanted to...
I am surviving by staying indoors and drinking hot drinks!
The Queen Kat round robin celebration continues and I am having a blast doing these card challenges!  

The card above was made for the first day of this round.  The challenge was to create a stamped card using only black, white and shades of grey.  (supplies used: Fiskars circle border punch, Club Scrap Stamps, Rubber Art Ink Stamps, embossing powder, fiber)

The second day challenge was to create a card using as many colors as you could.  Here I used a McGill Tab punch, Inque Boutique Stamps and pop dots for this colorful card. 

Here is the third day's challenge: Create some some tropical ATCs. I used water colors for the large stamps.  Not my best effort, but fun to play with!!

There is one more challenge today, it's not too late.  I hope you'll join me!  I'm having fun!!!
a hui hou,

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sneak Peek...

I wanted to give you a sneak peek of a creation I made over the weekend for my very first ScrapFriends Blog review coming up next week.  DS and DH went to see Eagles about 2 hours away from here and I had the house to myself.  What bliss!! 
I'll post here when the SF review comes out, but here is a sneak peek at one of the projects.
Today DS and I will be playing with Prima Paintables.  I was lucky that our LSS Urban Scrapbooker had a few of these in stock!  We are also going to read the book "The Old Man Who Was Crazy about Painting".  It has the most gorgeous illustrations, wood block engravings and also modern interpretations of them.  It takes place in Japan, but was translated from French.  The author is an illustrator.  So much eye candy!
Well, gotta run.  Have a wonderful day! 
a hui hou!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Pink, Black and White

Today I went to a Fiskar Demonstrators Training in Issaquah, Wa.  Amy and Lynda taught the class which was very well attended.  If you aren't already a Fiskateer, check it out here.    http://www.fiskateers.com/blog/ Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have about this program.  I'd be happy to talk story with you!  I learned a lot about some of the tools and guess what, I have been using the stamp press really really wrong LOL.  I'll have to tell you the story another time.  Right now I have to run off to a Hula Ceremony and Dinner.  

For now, I have just a brief moment to show you a card that I created for another challenge at Queen Kat. I had fun with the Fiskars Circle Border punch.  FUN!  

Supplies: Stamps: Inque Boutique, Fiskars Circle Border punch, Creative imaginations paper. 

Until next time... 
A hui hou!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Three Challenges done

Aloha mai!
I've been incredibly busy lately updating my blog and transferring all my posts from my other site.  I've done about half of them...(the downside to blogging a lot).  I should be finished and using this site exclusively by next week monday. 
Here's a card I created with a somewhat unusual technique.  I don't see this much.  I used versamark ink, sprinkled flocking powder over the ink and heated it.  This created a sticky goo that my metal leaf pieces clung to.  I really like the effect.  What do you think?  
I have so much flocking powder, I need to do more of this!  LOL

The other two photos are of an ATC challenge and the Lt. blue, red and vanilla challenge.  I had a great time.  Thanks for the challenges Tanis!
Check out the Queen Kat challenges at www.paperprincessatplay.blogspot.com  the challenge ends tonight. 
Until next time
A hui hou!

Monday, January 14, 2008

'Till the chickens come home to roost


You might ask how I am doing with my LOAD challenge.  So far I’ve created 13 LO and it’s the 14th, so I think that’s pretty good.  I’ve squeezed in 3 cards and an altered mini album, so I’m really pleased with my progress.  

Here ‘s a little card I created with scraps from a mini album I created as a mini-album sample for Brooke’s store the Urban Scrapbooker.  I’ll try to post that in the gallery soon.  

Some special techniques I used for this card were: 

embossing with Utee on the chickens, and regular embossing powder on the brads and the chicken wire. 

Cutting out a couple of panels in the chicken wire design.

I used a zig embossing pen to outline the wire, color in the chickens, and start the brads.  I found that the powder did not stick onto the brad very well, so after I heated up what I did get to stick, I just dumped the heated brad into the embossing powder and heated again.  

Supplies: PP-Reminisce, Ribbon-Offray, Utee, Embossing powder-Candy Store.

I hope you enjoyed this project.  Until next time...

A hui hou!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stamping-Cracked Glass

Here is a stamping technique I haven’t done in a while.  I was reminded of it when completing a fun three day blog challenge.  You can find the technique here on the Queen Kat site (click Cracked Glass link).

There will be a few more weekends of challenges.  Just check out the main Queen Kat site for more details!  

Supplies: Inque Boutique stamp, watercolor, Handmade paper, Utee, double sided adhesive (3M).

More creations to follow.  

Until then...

A hui hou! 

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Guest Design Team Call

Check it out!

Concealed Beauty Guest Design Team Challenge

Guest Designer Challenge this month is to create anything (LO-no smaller than 8×8, altered project, 3 cards) using colors pink, red, white in honor of valentine's day . Please show us your beautiful creations.

Winner will be our Guest DT member for February 08!

1. You may enter the contest each month unless you have won the month prior.

2. Your layout must meet the contest rules and guidelines to be eligible.

3. Your layout has to be newly created specifically for this contest.

4. You may share your layout on other websites.

5. You must be a registered member with the forum and have a minimum of 10 posts to enter the contest.

6. If you do not meet all the requirements of the contest rules your layout will be disqualified so please pay close attention to the guidelines and rules.

7. Contest Deadline 1/28/2008 midnight CST, so you have to upload your creations in the sites gallery area for Guest Designer by midnight CST on 28th of month to be eligible to win.

8. If you win the contest you will be a guest DT member for the next month, and CB will send you one of our kits to create 4 projects with.

If you have any questions please ask and we will be happy to help you in any way! Good Luck to you All!




Good luck to all who try. 

I’ve got some LOs for you to see, but it’ll have to wait until later.  until then...

A hui hou!

Monday, January 07, 2008


Transformations-becoming something different from what I have been... is a word that best describes my life today.  There are many changes happening in my life and career.  Exciting and difficult both.  (created for a challenge at My Scrapbook Nook)

As an artist, I would like to focus my energies on stretching my creativity and taking my art to the next level, whatever that may be.  

To achieve this goal, I have challenged myself to do a layout a day in 2008.  Being realistic, there might be some days when I have to give my self permission to “slack” and “just do something scrappy for the day.  

So far so good.  I have joined a thread at the The Pub on the Two Peas Website dedicated to the LOAD challenge.  It is very positive and scrappers of all levels are participating.  Leave a comment if you’d like to join me.  It’s more fun with a support group.  

BTW, for my wonderful eBay and Etsy family, I will be listing soon...I promise!!!  

until then...

a hui hou...

Transitions LO

Supplies: BG papers, Watch parts, ribbon, rhinestones, hinge, MM brads, We R Memory Keepers eyelet, fiber, beads, stickers-sandylion 

The door opens on the right hand side to reveal my journaling.  

Friday, January 04, 2008

Hauoli Maka Hiki Hou!

New years greetings!  I wish you peace, love and happiness in 2008!  May all your dreams come true!

I love new beginnings!  I don’t make resolutions since they usually get “broken” before the first quarter of the year is over.  I make “goals” instead.  Maybe it’s just a matter of semantics, but find it easier to strive for goals.  

This year one of my goals is to create one layout a day.  I have a little asterisk* on that.  *If it is impossible to do a layout that day, I will at least do something scrappy.  So far so good!

Here’s a little Valentine Card I created for a challenge at My Scrapbook Nook.  I was lucky enough to be chosen as a top 20 finalist for a DT position.  The try out period is from the 1st to the 15th.  I think I got the email by mistake, but I’m going to take advantage of the situation and enjoy the journey while it lasts!   

I hope you will check the site out.  It’s really hopping and the kits are spectacular.  The DT and the members are super talented.  You’ll find a lot of inspiration there! 

Until next time: 

a hui hou!

BTW if anyone recognizes the vintage valentine paper here, could you please let me know who makes it... I cut it up and used it too soon, so don’t have that information.  Thanks!

Supplies: cardstock base, PP-Rusty Pickle and ?, bling-Me and my Big Ideas, lace, ribbon, antique button, metal shaped clip, odds and ends