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

Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Friend Card Challenge

Aloha Mai,
Another busy day.  I am scrapping like crazy today and tomorrow.  Life certainly is good! 
I have one card to share with you.  I made it for the Cardvaarks card challenge.  I hope you enjoy it.  Lately I have been doing a lot of embroidery on my LOs.  You can see that I did this on the stem of the flower here.  
The flower petals are made from Inque Boutique stamps with acrylic paint. 
I will write more this weekend.  
A hui hou!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Ramblin' Thoughts

Aloha Mai,
I just wanted to say "howzit" and send my good wishes to you.  I've been having a really good week and hope that everyone else it too!   As you might know I'm playing the Survivor game over at Making Memories For You.  We are in the last day of Challenge #5 and the competition is fierce.  Let me tell you, there are some really talented ladies playing this game.  

Speaking of talent, I see it all around me every day, on every scrapbooking site I visit.  I love it that people are expressing themselves on paper, with words, with pictures, cutting and pasting.  I read a comment on a board today where the woman said that thought that she would not post her LO because she felt that it didn't match up to what was in the gallery.  This made me feel so sad.  I think we all feel that way at times, but if we continue to compare ourselves to others, we will never really be able to express who we are inside.  What you think is junk might touch someone in a special way.  

Sometimes we all get caught up in the world of gorgeous layouts judged by someone else's standards.  It's especially easy to do this when we are trying out for design teams and joining contests.   I go in stages of feeling good and not feeling good about my art. When I feel down, I really try to remember that my work is me.  I am who I am and I do what I do.  I need to be true to that, and love who I am, and what I do no matter if it looks gorgeous to others or not.  

My wish for you tonite is that you can find the beauty in your work today!
Thanks for listening! 
A hui hou! 

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tinkering Ink

Aloha Mai,
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  I wanted to share a LO that I created for the Chat with Tinkering Ink Owner and Designer Kezia over at Scrapfriends this past thursday.  The next chat will be on March 14...I wonder who it will be with this time...
This is a head shot of me...yup, my hair was pretty short then.  It was what they used in the Club to show all the instructors.  I used to teach aerobics and I was also a personal trainer. I found this picture while I was searching through my piles of unscraped photos {gasp} to find something to scrap.  I figured I looked so much better then, I better get that one in a book as proof that I was once young LOL.
Technique: For each flower, I used three punchies.  I curled and inked the edges, then placed one on the page, staggered the other right on top of it, then added the third (also staggered to find the best design) on a pop dot and on top of the first two.  I added a snowflake punchie for the stamen and a rhinestone in the middle.  
Thanks for letting me share!  
a hui hou! 

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Survivor MMFY Style

Aloha mai,
Just wanted to let you know that there is an awesome site Making Memories For You that I just discovered a week or so ago.  Lots of wonderful ladies with challenges and fun.  Frankie, the owner is wonderful, you can tell she puts her heart into the whole site!  MMFY has an ezine and some really creative challenges and also a DT search on right now.  Stop by and check out the current Survior game.  It's really brutal!  (not really, everyone is very nice and civilized so far LOL)  But check out the challenges, you might want to do them for yourself!  I guarantee you'll learn a lot about yourself and have some great pages and items when you are done!

It's late, so I am going to keep this short.  Take care and 
A hui hou!

Read My Lips

Aloha Mai!
Just a quick entry this morning.  I'm off to swim...I created this card for the Cardvaarks Anniversary challenge using flocking for the lips, pearl ex for the background and embossing pen for the words.  The stamps are Queen Kat!  

Don't forget the Chat with Tinkering Ink tonite at 7pm PST at Scrapfriends!  See you there!
Take care and have a wonderful day!!
A hui hou!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Scrappin Sunday!

Aloha mai! 
I have been able to squeeze some scrapping in today.  I have a card that I created from the weekly CPS sketch. 
I also created a few items for the challenges at the Secret Scrapper Virtual Crop.  It runs the rest of today.  If you missed it, but are interested in making any of these wonderful ideas, please visit the link above and look for the tutorials under the correct threads.  

This watercolor card was done for Kristi's clothing inspiration challenge.  

Here is the inspiration: 

My son Kai and I did Mandy's post-it note challenge together: 
Here is his cover:

April did another challenge for creating a pencil holder.  Kai and both did the challenge too. Here is my piece.  

There were other really fun challenges.  I hope you will take a look.  
Thanks for visiting my blog and talking story with me! 

a hui hou!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Follow Your Dreams

Aloha Mai,
I have one last thing to post before I go to sleep.  I was able to finish my LO for Rusty Pickle Chef Alycia's Challenge today.  I am so glad to finally use the awesome Rusty Pickle paper that I bought a few months ago, and also to use this picture that I have been really wanting to scrap for ages!   I wrote the two dreams that my son has on the flourishes; Olympic Ice Skating Champion and Robot builder and programmer.

Supplies: Rusty Pickle paper, chipboard, cardstock sticker, stamps.  Photo turns, rhinestones, buttons, fiber & lace, embroidery thread.

New Etsy Listings tomorrow: 

I created a couple of card sets that I will be posting on Etsy tomorrow.  The inspiration came from the challenges at the Secret Scrapper Virtual Crop.  The crop continues tomorrow, so if you are up for some very fun challenges, please pop on over!  

Well, it's late and I want to work hard tomorrow.  Have a wonderful day!
a hui hou!

Secret Scrapper Virtual Crop NOW!!!

Aloha Mai,
Hey head on over to Secret Scrapper Virtual Crop  today  and tomorrow for seven awesome challenges and a chance to win great prizes!   Tell them ScrapAloha sent you.  I'm having fun with these challenges and learning a lot!  I'm going the help out at the NSD crop in May, so I'm taking notes!  

Have a great day! 
A hui hou

Friday, February 15, 2008

The end--a beginning...

Aloha Mai, 
Day after Valentines and I have a sick one at home.  I think the sugar did him in.  He's been fighting it for a while now.  But nope, he is sure it's just because someone told him the flu is going around.  LOL. "Yes dear, you're right, sugar could never lower your immune system and has nothing whatsoever to do with it, so keep eating lots and lots of it"  LOL
Anyway, I just finished this LO today.  It was a challenge on Scrapfriends where we were to journal our inner most thoughts.  I have been wanting to scrap this awesome picture for a really long time (about 5 years LOL) and lately with DS reaching the soon to be middle school age, I've been thinking a lot about him and also my changing role as a mom.  This was a great motivator for me to get it done! 
Supplies: BG pp, Art Warehouse stamps, Rhinestones, Antique Buttons, Coats and Clark Trim, Sakura pen, Stickles.
Hope you have a wonderful day!  
A hui hou!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Lucky Duck!

Aloha Mai! 
Happy Valentine's Day!  I made the traditional huge cookies for DS and DH.  LOL.  I was wondering why the cookies looked a little grainy.  I only put one stick of butter rather than the one cup the recipe called for.  LOL.  I had two sticks, I just spaced.  Well, I saved them lots of calories!  

I made a second card for the Cardvaarks "Welcome Baby" Challenge.  The first one I forgot to stamp on though I don't think it was required.  Anyway, I had my mind set to make another card and here it is.  I used flocking to make the little duck all soft and fuzzy.  His wing folds down to reveal a mini card.  I call it Lucky Duck because all of the wonderful things are checked on this Baby's list!  

I hope you have a wonderful evening.  Thanks for visiting! 
a hui hou! 

Supplies: Cardstock-Colormates, Stamps-Queen Kat Designs, Foil and flocking-The Candy Shop, Button & Brad-SEI, Rhinestones-Bead Party, Alpha Beads, Template my own design, ribbon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

daisy d's Maybe Baby Valentine Collection Review

Aloha Mai! 
I hope you are enjoying your Valentine's eve!  My newest review on daisy d's Maybe Baby Valentine Collection is out.  You can see it on my Scrapfriends Blog.  You can see some of the projects I created with this awesome set! 

That's all for now.  I'll write more later!  Have a great Valentine's day!!! 
A hui hou!

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Card and A LO

Aloha Mai,
I had a wonderful weekend, but I'll have to talk about that later, because the photos aren't uploaded yet and you just HAVE to see the pictures!!  

For now, I wanted to show you a card that I created for a challenge at Cardvaarks.  I used items from the March kit at Secret Scrapper, with a few of my own additions.  

I created in response to a challenge on the Rusty Pickle blog.   I used Rusty Pickle paper, chipboard and stamps to capture my favorite memory of being at the Puyallup Fair with my DS. The hearts in the upper right form a pocket for 4 journaling tags that read: 

"Every year for my birthday, you and I go to the fair.  "Doing the Puyallup" with you is a special time for me.  I will always cherish our time together.  I am so blessed with you!"

"We love the modern living or "gadgets" as we call them.  It's so wonderul to share time with you, doing things we both love.  I love looking at the trains and the lego exhibits with you too.  Thank you for keeping me company."

" I love how you LOVE to eat.  You  can eat anything and everything!  What a wonderful eater you are.  I especially love all the food you get all over yourself.  So unselfconscious.

"As you grow up I miss the special times we had together.  I miss your unquestioning love, innocence, delight and spontaneity.  But there are new gifts and I cherish those too.  I am grateful for my memories and hopeful of the future."

Thank you for looking.  I will get those pictures of this weekend up ASAP! 
A hui hou!

LO Supplies: Rusty Pickle  Paper, chipboard, stamps.  Rhinestones, embossing powder, EK success punch, stickles, cardstock. 

Card Supplies: March Secret Scrapper Kit, Bazzill Cardstock, BG pp, Ranger Grunge board, Acrylic paint, Beads, ribbon, flowers.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Card Making Day

Aloha Mai, 
Hope you are enjoying your day.  I have more fun cards!  I can't stop making them!!!  

Here is a card made from a sketch at the CPS blog.  I popped the image and the butterfly off the creme cardstock oval.  

Here's another one I created for fun.  I love it! ...it says "Let's Party on the inside.  

A few more valentines.  I dyed the ribbons on these.  
You can find more cards and albums for sale at my Etsy store!  I hope you'll visit me.  

I created the card below using a frame for a challenge at Art Girlz ChallengeBlog.  

Thanks for visiting me.  What a glorious day!  Have a wonderful rest of your day! 
a hui hou!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A little toot!

Aloha Mai,
I have some exciting news! I've been honored to be chosen for the Secret Scrapper Design Team for the first half of 2008! I will be holding Altered Art challenges at the site starting March 1st with a peek on February 29th.

In the meantime, there are tons of challenges for February, something for everyone, from LOs to Cards to Altered Art! Generous prizes and lots of fun company on the message board. I hope you'll check it out.

Secret Scrapper is the designer and manufacturer of some totally cool unique and alterable albums. Take a look in their products section. I can't wait to get my hands on these!

I hope you'll visit me there on the boards sometime soon!

You can find this Love Notes Album in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Love Cards are in the Air

Aloha Mai,
Here are some valentine's day cards that I created.  More are available in my Etsy shop

For the card above, I used Queen Kat Stamps in response to the Caardvard's valentine challenge.  

Below is a card set that I will be listing in my Etsy shop tomorrow.  It makes a great gift.  I used Inque Boutique stamps and watercolors for the image and acrylic paint for the hearts.  The cards come in a folder with a fiber tie and tag for easy gift giving.  


Tomorrow I'd like to share some really exciting personal scrapping news with you. 
Have a wonderful night! 
a hui hou!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

More Daisy D's Valentines

One more valentine for the evening.  This time using a sketch from CPS.  
Challenge # 49.  I love this site!

Supplies: Daisy D's paper and rub ons.  
Enjoy you evening! 
a hui hou!

Love Cards!!!

Aloha Mai,
Remember those store bought valentines that you got when you were a kid?  Here is my version of them for a challenge on the last round of the Queen Kat Blog Challenge.  I used some of the left overs of the Daisy D's paper that I received for a Scrapfriends review that is coming up soon.  Here is the back of the cards, just like the old days! 

Day two: Challenge was to create a card using information from a historical even on that same date.  I chose March 9th (my cousin and my DH's BD) which I found out happens to be the day that Barbie was introduced at a toy fair in NY in 1959, and also the day that the first Ford Mustang was unveiled in 1964.  

The third challenge was to use a shrinky dink on a card.  My shrinky dink happens to be a stamped image from Inque Boutique.  

I had a lot of fun with these.  If you are interested in any of them, please check my Etsy shop for a variety of handmade cards!

a hui hou!  Thanks for visiting!