Design Teams

Monday, November 30, 2009


Every year the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I go to a friends house where about 15 to 20 of us make our annual Christmas wreaths for our homes.  We also include a potluck with lots of delicious Hawaiian style "ono grinds" (good food!).

The day before, we go out into the rain forests and gather all kinds of ferns, leaves and plants to make the wreaths.  Some ladies bring things they have growing in their yards.  All the gathered pieces are piled on a tarp and everyone takes whatever they are going to use and away we go!  

The variety of things to use are beautiful, so many different possibilities of what type of wreath you can make!  We start with a straw wreath form from the craft store and wreath pins.  Take your piece of plant , lay it on the form  closest to the center inside edge that will show, and tack it down with the pin.  Continue laying more pieces overlapping them at the stems that are showing.  (Each person may start in a different place depending on their own technique...) When you complete the circle, you start again laying pieces closest to the ones already tacked down and repeat the process.

The patterns and designs are so beautiful!  Endless ways to be creative and have a beautiful decoration for your home.  Here are some of the wonderful wreaths that were made.





Here are the two wreaths that I did.  I always make one for around a a large candle.  I love to use it for a centerpiece on my coffee table.  The other is hung outside our front door.  They are so fun to make and have become an important tradition of my holiday season.  Sharing a day with friends doing a wonderful craft I love is the best way to start my Christmas season!



Thursday, November 26, 2009


Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope that you find many things in your life to give thanks for - I sure have a lot of them.  Enjoy and blessings to all.  Aloha nui loa.

Friday, November 20, 2009


I usually send all Hawaiian style Christmas cards, but I saw this card some time ago and saved the picture to scrap lift it (so sorry, I don't remember who or where it is from).  I thought it was so pretty and I decided to give it a try to send to my special Aunt.  I stamped and embossed the 3 back panels with gold embossing powder.  Raised them and then added the snowflake layer.  The crystals are from the $ Store and were on ribbon - used to hang around the bottom of a light shade, lol.  Cut them off and mounted them on a gold embossed snowflake I cut using SCAL.  Added the tiny pearls and the large one in the middle.  The gold strip on the bottom is a Martha Stewart border punch, put on the ribbon and called it done!


A lady on the Cricut MB posted this cute poem this morning.  I laughed OUT LOUD!  It sure suits me!  You crafting ladies will sure appreciate the humor and completely understand the humor!  Enjoy!!!


T'was the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree,
I'm wondering what Santa has brought just for me.

Could it be card stock or chipboard or lace,
Or maybe a Cricut, I said with a smile on my face.

And that's when I heard him, "Hi Santa," I said.
He responded "You know... good little girls should be in their beds."

I know I should Santa, and now I've got caught,
But I was just so escited, to see what you brought.

Well, let's take a look in this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly and left with a jerk.

I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear'
"You've got enough crap, I'll see you next year!"

Friday, November 13, 2009


I haven't  been posting because I've been busy getting my Thanksgiving cards finished. At last they are in the mail to family and friends!  I sure hope they enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.  I love the Autumn colors, they are my favorites.  Here are some of the designs I did:



Thursday, November 5, 2009


Two new cards using the same sentiment; first one on the left was stamped with copper colored ink and embossed with "Fall Oak" embossing powder as was the sentiment. The cuts are from SCAL and are called Linus
' 3D Fall Cards SVG Kit . There are some GREAT cuts in this kit and I will be making and posting more of them soon.

The second card is an acorn stamp using a mixture of a golden yellow and coffee bean colored inks. I did the sentiment and leaf in the same colors then used copper embossing powder for the glimmer. I also added some color with my Copic's and the ribbon. Very simple, but I really like it!