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Friday, March 18, 2011


Aloha to all and thanx for stopping by.  Today was a fun one!  My great friend Kenny took me out to lunch for my birthday to a place I hadn't been before called "Wildflower".  It is a bakery/bread shop with fantastic food!  Mahalo Kenny!  When I got home I was in a very happy mode and wanted to make a birthday card for a BFF who is in Florida.  This little ditty just seemed to suit my mood!  It is colored with Copics, cut out and mounted on a white circle set onto others cut with my Nesties.  The background paper is from a small stack called "Citrus".  I really like the bright, happy colors!  You can't really tell, but I actually tied a piece of black thread on the balloon as a cute detail, and of course I had to find a place for a small bow.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


It's hard to believe, but Easter is just right around the corner!  I really enjoy making cards for this holiday, I love the beautiful spring colors, pastels and sunny yellows.  Lots of flowers and bunnies, fun!  This card is a take of the one that was on the cover of Card Maker Magazine last month.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.  I really enjoy working with the Flower Soft product and don't use it as much as I should.  (So many supplies to choose from and things get forgotten!)  This got me working with it again.  The stamp is from a set by The Kitchen Sink that you do in layers.  I didn't do that for this tree, but I sure had fun doing them for Autumn cards.  I stamped the basic tree, sponged on the light pink background, drew extra branches to show through the tree foliage, then applied the Flower Soft.  The white edges are torn and a tiny bit distressed.  I used a little color from my Copics on the base of the tree and the sentiment.  Of course I had to add a pretty bow!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


My heart aches for my beloved Big Island.  I am so thankful that all my friends and loved ones are safe, but there is a lot of damage and a lot of people are suffering from it.  I pray for them and hope that they will recover from their loses soon.  It will take determination and faith.  To those in Japan, I can't even imagine your loss and suffering.  God Bless you all.

Alii Drive damage to street

Water coming over the sea wall on Alii, the peir is under water, it has been condemned.

When the surge pulled back out..

All that's left of the beautiful koa wood restaurant and bar at the Kona Inn

The ocean front restaurant at The King Kamehameha - 
They just completed a total renovation 7 months ago of the whole hotel.  The ground level of the hotel is destroyed.  It's a landmark in Kona and is a true symbol of the ALOHA of our island, now this...

House floating in Keahou Bay

Car and rubbish strewn on shore in Keahou Bay

If you want to really see how it was in Kona along Alii Drive, watch this video.  A tourist from England took it - he was NUTS to be out there, but it is amazing footage.  The wall that the water is pouring over is about 8 feet down to the normal water level on the other side.  It was level to the top and pouring over, no wonder the pier is under water.
 I know that our loss and damages in NO WAY compare to those of Japan, but this is my home and it is so personal

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Aloha everyone, it was a good day for doing a card just for fun!  It's been quite a while since I was able to do that.  I decided to get some inspiration by joining a challenge.  This was really a FUN one!  It's being hosted by Crafty Ann's over at Crafter's Digital Art Center, such a GREAT site, and it's free to join!  It's always full of super info and ideas.  The theme was to use the free digi stamp, which are these adorable lanterns (you know how I love things with an Asian flare!), and the colors of purple, lilac and pink.  I sponged the pink edges of my base card and also the background on which I used my own stamp of the tree branch.  I printed the lanterns, colored them with my Copics, cut them out and raised them with pop-dots for depth.  I added the fringes of thread and hung them onto my branch.  The flowered paper is a beautiful piece that is Japanese rice paper I bought in Hilo ages ago.  It has such a lovely texture and I really like the gold metallic mixed in.  All the colors blended together very well!  For a final touch I added the ribbon and hung the coin from the bow.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Aloha all!  At last things are getting back to almost normal.  My Dad came home yesterday from rehab and is a very happy guy!  It was a long month for both of us, but things are getting better.  I hope to be able to have more time soon to catch up with all of you, I miss you!

I finally had a bit of time to make a birthday card for my BFF in Hawaii, Missy B!  She loves ducks and champagne, so when I saw this stamp by Whiff Of Joy I KNEW it was for her!  (There is a baby duck on this stamp but I masked it out).  The image was colored with my Copics and also a gold pen for the label on the bottle.  I  used my Nestabilites scallop circle for the back part of the circle and added some very small rhinestones for her necklace, so "girly"!