Wednesday, October 30, 2013

missing you already

My sister is the best.  The best I said.  So, I'm dedicating this post and card to her.  Recently, my sister came to New York to hang out with me and we had an awesome time.   Yes, I miss her already.  I started missing her the moment I waved goodbye at the airport.

My lives in California and I'm in New York, so we don't see each other very often.  In my last two jobs, I was fortunate enough to travel to California a lot for work so I got to spend time with my sister pretty often, but my current job doesn't require travel.  Good for this aging body of mine, but I do miss our time together.  We like to craft, cook, chat, eat, walk, and dance together.  And, sometimes we laugh until our bellies hurt.  I love that.  My sis is a true artist and such a genuine, strong, passionate person.

Random thing to point out -- the pigeon washi tape.  I made it from double-sided tape and tissue paper from Brooklyn Industries, a hip clothing store.  I can't afford their stuff so I only shop at their semi-annual sample sale.  And when I pass by a store, even if I don't buy stuff, I ask for their tissue paper.  Where else can you get pigeon paper?  And, what says NYC more than a pigeon, huh?

Here's my sister, Lynn, being her clever and nutty self.  It was fun to go to a bunch of Brooklyn signs and have her add an "N".

My sister hopes to come back and visit me in the springtime, perhaps along with our brother.  Fingers and toes crossed that we can make it happen.  Love my family so much.

This card will be entered into the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.

Stamps: Mama Elephant (Midnight Letters); Simon Says Stamp (Life is a Journey)
Inks: Copic markers; Memento Luxe (rhubard stalk); Tim Holtz (spun sugar, tattered rose); Versamark
Dies: Lawn Fawn (Say Cheese); Paper Smooches (Super 2)
Other: Simon Says Stamp small banner stencils

i'm so thankful

Thank goodness for Pinterest!  Before I started pinning on my many boards, I used to just bookmark recipes, gift ideas, and baking projects that caught my eye...and then typically forget about them.  Now, through Pinterest, I get to organize all these projects I want to try and photos that inspire me.  So, this Lawnscaping Challenging -- a Pinterest inspired challenge -- was definitely fun for me.  Here's the pin I chose.

I love this time of year.  I love the leaves, the colors, wearing a bunch of layers, even the cold wind.  Here's my literal take on my pin.

I had a chance to try out my new Winter in the Park set by Lawn Fawn.  Love this set!  I also got to bring out a bunch of my ink pads and just go to town.  And, I got to use some distress powder that I received in my goodie bag from Damask Love Live.

My Pinterest pin inspired me to make this card, and this card is inspiring me to go to the park and sit on a bench:) Ha!

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Fall to you!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Winter in the Park, Happy Feast (the tiny heart), Riley's ABCs (the tiny period to make dots)
Inks: Delicata (golden glitz); Memento (tuxedo black); Memento Luxe (dandelion, espresso truffle, love letter, morocco); Tim Holtz (frayed burlap, tea dye, vintage photo)
Other: uni-ball pen (gold); Tim Holtz distress powder (vintage photo); Martha Stewart glitter (iridescent hexigonal)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

made with LOve

I lost count of all the different names my friends have suggested for my future baking business.  Bashland Bakery was a front runner for a while (backstory: my house, which is on Ashland Place, was lovingly renamed "Bashland" for all the get-togethers I host), but after testing it with a range of folks, I came to find out the "bash" doesn't mean celebration or party to anyone under the age of 30.  It apparently has a negative connotation.  Anyhoo, another popular suggestion was Made with LOve, where the LO in love is purposely capitalized.  My friends call me Lo, hence the emphasis on the Lo in Love in this tag:)

This is a last minute entry into the CAS-ual Friday Challenge; this week the theme is Tags and Bags.  Couldn't pass up the opportunity to bake off some chocolate chip cookie dough that's been hanging out in my refrigerator, so I rolled it out, popped it in the oven, made a half-box from pattern paper, stuck the cookies in there, and repurposed a plastic bag and some burlap ribbon from an old gift bag.  It was a make-it-work moment, and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Mama Elephant (No Peeking)
Inks: Mama Elephant (ocean, winter); Memento (tuxedo black); Memento Luxe (rhubarb stalk)
Dies: Mama Elephant (Embellished Tag and Femme Frames)
Paper: My Minds Eye (Wonderful Winter)


I'm so happy, so excited, so unbelievably thrilled to be joining Purple Onion Designs' holiday design team!  Yay!  I'm celebrating...yes, indeedy!

Thanks to my sister for showing me POD stamps over the summer, for making me start a blog (she really did force me...), and for letting me know about the design team call.  She also let me keep -- I mean borrow -- some of her POD stamps to play around with:)

It's an honor for me to join such a talented group of artists during such a fun and festive time of year.  I know that I'll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen baking sweets and making holiday gifts, so I plan to bring a food-focused spin to my projects.  Can't wait!

This card will be submitted to the CASE Study challenge, a newish challenge for me.  I turned the banner stamps upside down to make Christmas trees, made my own trunks with a Versamark marker, embossed in white, and then sponged on some pink.  Didn't think I could pull off a pink Christmas card, but I kinda like it:)


Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman for Purple Onion Designs (Build a Banner); Mama Elephant (Remember December)
Inks: Tim Holtz (tattered rose, spun sugar); Memento (tuxedo black); Versamark 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

love and endless gratitude

I received word last night that one of my teachers from high school passed away.  This blog is dedicated to her, Ms. Fern Wallace.  I am full of love and endless gratitude.

Ms. Wallace.  Funny that thinking about her brings a warmth...and a bit of my heart.  Before I got to know her, I was so intimidated by her.  She was Elk Grove High School's Activities Director during my time there, advising student clubs and student government.  She expected the best of her students and she didn't hold back from letting us know when we could give more and try harder.  Looking back, I think Ms. Wallace had more confidence in me than I had in myself.  I had been active in student government, sports, and clubs throughout high school and when Ms. Wallace saw me slipping, she let me know.

Ms. Wallace cared about her students like we were her own kids.  She took the time to know our goals and hopes, and she challenged us to bring them to life.  She'd joke around with us and validate us on our hard work.  I know that I worked hard to make her proud of me.

After I graduated, I came by to visit former teachers at my high school a few times.  I always had to find Ms. Wallace during my visits.  I remember catching up with her once when she told me, "You can call me Fern now."  Now, in my culture, we always address adults with a title of respect -- Ms, Mr, uncle, auntie -- so it was difficult for me and I just couldn't bring myself to call Ms. Wallace by her first name.  I would feel disrespectful in doing so.  Well today, I reflected about that exchange and I think I understand what my teacher, my mentor was conveying to me.  She saw us as equals and colleagues...two people with mutual respect for one another.  I know I wouldn't be who I am today without her guidance and genuine support.  And it is with love and endless gratitude that I say: Thank you, Fern.

This card for Fern will be submitted into the 10 Minute Craft Dash hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  It took me 8 minutes and 51 seconds to make.  But, I actually made 3 cards before this one that either didn't look good enough, or where I ran out of time.  Fern always told me not to give up, so I'm happy to report that I didn't:)  After many years, your influence still remains.  You will always be in my heart.

Stamps: Paper Smooches Many Thanks, Reflections, Word Salad; Papertrey Ink Grand Ampersand
Dies: Paper Smooches Reflections
Inks: Mama Elephant (ocean); Memento (tuxedo black); Memento Luxe (Pistachio, Rhubarb Stalk)
Other: black enamel accents; Wink of Stella glitter brush (clear)

Monday, October 14, 2013

yay for a day with family and new friends!

Thank goodness I'm off today as I'm recovering from a busy and fulfilling weekend.  My sister is in town from Cali and we've been working like madwomen since the moment she touched ground.  First, I'm so thankful that she's here.  I've been wanting her to visit me in NYC for a while now (and ahem...she's visited our brother in Hawaii 4 times since the last time she came out to NYC...just sayin').  Secondly, sister time is the best.  So, with that I say yay!

My sister and I had the pleasure of baking for and attending Mama Elephant's 1-year anniversary party in New Jersey.  We both seriously love their products and when we met Kryssi and Angela, the two amazing women behind the magic, we knew exactly why.  They are the sweetest.  And so humble and down to earth.  We had a chance to craft with fellow fans, try out their new products, get to know some of the east coast stamping family, and just have a good time.  And for that, I say another yay!

Here are some photos of the party taken by my partner in crime, Hervay.  He came along for the fun and now really understands how crafting can bring people together.

Checking out the display of Mama Elephant's complete collection.

Some of the desserts made by yours truly;)

I used a Mama Elephant border stamp for my little signs.  Ha!

You know, I've seen lots of companies and organizations in their beginning years.  I've seen them struggle to figure out who they are and what they're about and take years to reach a level of maturity and self-awareness...One of the many things I admire about Mama Elephant is that Kryssi and Angela figured it out from the start.  They are thoughtful, meticulous, and full of integrity.  Plus, their talent is incomparable.  They've reached a level of professionalism that I strive for.

I tend to operate with some very simple mottoes in life, one being support good people.  I know that I don't have a lot of money to just throw around, so each dollar I spend I consider to be a decision or a vote.  So, when I come across a company like Mama Elephant that is high in quality and run by wonderful people, well hey, they get my vote.

Kryssi, me, Angela, my sister, Lynn
I'm just going to throw in a third yay here.  I won one of the raffle prizes.  Can I have had a more awesome day?  I don't think so.

So happy my sister is here with me.  So happy that we made new friends.  Congrats Kryssi and Angela!  Happy 1-year anniversary and to many many more to come.  Cheers!

This card will be entered into the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge and the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

Stamps: Mama Elephant Central Park, Party Kit
Inks: Mama Elephant Creative Color (ocean); Memento Luxe (grey flannel, pear tart, rhubarb stalk)
Dies: Mama Elephant Party Kit

Friday, October 11, 2013

we're sorry

It's not everyday that I'm asked to make a "We're sorry" card.  That's right, not an "I'm sorry", but we're sorry.  Makes me wonder if "Group Apology" should be a section in the card aisle at Target or CVS.  Anyhoo, I didn't ask any questions (though I was really curious), and I came up with this.

Since I wasn't really sure about the nature of the apology, I made another card.  My friend who made the request for the card noted that it could be lighthearted.  She even suggested that I use remorseful looking elephants.  But, all the elephants I had in my stamp collection were so darn happy.  I then remembered the fabulous card made by Donna Mikasa of 3 Umbrellas (seen here), and turned the single bird into two apologetic birds.  If you look close enough, you can see that I put glossy accents on the lower half of their eyes.  They look like they're on the verge of tears!  I would accept their apology.

This card (first one) will be submitted to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where we were asked to use a rubber or clear stamp.

I'm going to spend some time shopping around this Group Apology idea.  Maybe it's more common that I thought.  Hoping that all is well and all is resolved!


Birds and Typewriter
Stamps: Mama Elephant Type It; Papertrey Ink Merry Little Christmas
Inks: Memento Luxe (grey flannel); Memento (tuxedo black); Copic markers

Birds and Boo Boo
Stamps: Paper Smooches Spring Fling
Inks: Copic markers; Mister Huey's color mist (calico white)
Other: glossy accents

Thursday, October 10, 2013

congratulations danny!

This card is a special one.  It's for my friend, Danny, and his business partner, Mike, who just opened up a new spot called Juke Bar in NYC's East Village.  I met Danny in the same way I met many of my NYC friends -- on the dance floor.  He's an actor, comedian, firefighter, DJ, and overall cool guy.  Even with all his jobs, for years he's dreamed of opening up his own bar, and finally -- with all his hard work and the support of his friends and family -- his dream has become a reality.  Congratulations!

When I was unemployed over the summer, I volunteered at Juke Bar a bit.  On my first day, I cleaned the kitchen and packed a bunch of glasses the previous owner had left behind.  I also pulled out screws and nails in preparation for a new ceiling to be put in.

The following times, I sanded, painted, and made trips to the hardware store.  And closer to opening night I framed photos and washed those same glasses that I had packed away a few months prior.

I recently attended Juke Bar's grand opening and I had a great time.  The music was fantastic, the crowd was in good spirits, and of course I found my home on the dance floor.  But, more than that, the Juke Bar has heart. I experienced this each time I came by to volunteer before the grand opening...friends that Danny has known for years (some from his childhood) were always around to lend a hand -- from working on the plumbing or painting the logo to providing consultation on the bar and kitchen menu.  It was like all these folks who Danny had helped out before came around to return the favor, and all these folks who wanted to support Danny's dream came through and chipped in.  That same energy was present at the grand opening.  It was a true celebration.

Congratulations Danny and Mike!  I'm thinking of making Juke Bar my new happy hour spot, and that's a big deal for me...for one, I don't really drink and secondly, I'm a Brooklyn snob and try not to leave my borough unless I absolutely have to.  Ha!

This card will be entered into  the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and CASology (cue card is "crisp").  I thought about crisp air, apple crisp, crispy bacon...and, then I thought of a nice crisp and refreshing glass of sparkling wine.  So fitting for a "congrats on the opening of your new bar" card;)

Stamps: Mama Elephant Midnight Letters; drink stamps (manufacturer unknown)
Inks: Memento (tuxedo black); Copic markers
Other: Wink of Stella glitter brush (clear), glossy accents

happy ten/ten, jenn jenn!

The other night when I was taking the subway into the city to attend the grand opening of my friend's bar, a familiar-looking man sat next to me.  We did the "how do I know you" thing, and within seconds realized we had danced together at a few parties.  Then when I got to my friends bar, I experienced the same thing another 4 times...running into fellow dancers, who's names I didn't know, but who I had met once (or more times) before on the dance floor.  Truth be told, I love to boogie...and even as I approach my forties, I can still shut a place down.  However, I've met my match in Jenn.  She can out-dance me and out-last me, and for that I give her much respect.  Jenn, I salute you.

October 10 is her birthday, so I made her this card.  Happy 10/10 to Jenn Jenn!

We're celebrating Jenn's birthday at my place this Sunday with a potluck brunch and game day.  I'm certain that dancing will take place, and I'm almost positive that at some point we'll be doing the electric slide.  Here were are at the neighborhood spot, Frank's, for Jenn's birthday a few years back.

This card will be entered into the CAS-ual Fridays challenge. Happy birthday, Jenn!!!

Stamps: Avery Elle Party Animal; Lawn Fawn Milo's ABCs; Stampendous Tiny Alphabet.  Disco ball was found in a discount bin; manufacturer unknown.
Inks: Memento (tuxedo black); Memento Luxe (rose bud); Copic markers
Other: pattern paper, sequins, Wink of Stella glitter brush (clear)

Monday, October 7, 2013


It's been a pretty busy week...a nasty bug was going around at the chocolate store where I work part-time.  Some folks called out sick and those who were able to make it in were barely functioning.  All this means I was very exhausted from working extra hours and pretty much crashed as soon as I got home each unfortunately I missed out on quality card making time.  Even missed out out World Card Making Day:(

Hoping that I'll have more time to craft and blog, as it does bring me much joy.  Found some time today to take part in the 10 Minute Craft Dash hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  Here's a fun little Halloween card I made.

I love mixing up my stamp sets; for this I used two of my current faves - Lawn Fawn's So Thankful and Mama Elephant's Bootastic.

I finished the card in 8 minutes and 48 seconds.  I could have taken the extra time to clean up my coloring, but I have had some bad luck in the final seconds of the craft dash and just wanted to play it safe...

Yup, I had another mishap in my first attempt in the Craft Dash, as I've had before.  Was just finishing up my first card, turned it over in the final seconds and saw that it had a couple noticeable black ink splotches.  See them above the witch's hat?

Figured I could cover it up with black bats since they would totally work with the scene, but then I heard my timer go off and went over time.  Boo.  Not bootastic:/

Oh well, I cut down on the time considerably in the second attempt and am quite pleased with the outcome.  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by:)

Stamps: Lawn Fawn So Thankful; Mama Elephant Bootastic
Inks: Memento (tuxedo black); Hero Arts (field greens); Copic markers 

Friday, October 4, 2013

happy birthday, dionna

This will be a short a sweet post since I'm actually rushing to meet up with the card recipient and birthday girl herself, Dionna.  Happy 39th!!!

Dionna (aka Didi) was one of the first friends I made in New York.  We first were co-workers at Columbia University, then she became my boss, and then we became good friends.  She's the life of the party.  In fact, the party doesn't officially start until Dionna arrives.  Have you seen her rendition of Madonna's Like a Virgin?  It's unforgettable.

Thank you, Didi, for being a wonderful boss, for being the support I needed so many times in my life, and for making me laugh.  I'm certain you're going to exit the 30's with style and silliness, and I'm super-certain that the 40s are going to bring you the happiness and joy you deserve.  I just know it.

Well, I'm off to meet Didi for a birthday dinner.  I've paired this card with as some homemade Mexican Wedding Cookies...39 of them, to be exact;)  They're simple butter cookies with a kick of almond yumminess.  Didi once told me that of all the things I bake, these are her favorite.  And, she calls them sugar balls.  Hehe!

This card will be submitted to  CAS-ual Fridays and CASE Study (my first time to participate! woot!).

Stamps: WPlus9 (Sweets & Treats, Sweets & Treats Fillers); Mama Elephant (Starry Night, Up and Away); Lawn Fawn (Milo's ABCs); Stampendous (Tiny Alphabet)
Inks: Copic Markers; Memento (tuxedo black); Memento Luxe (love letter); Hero Arts (cup o' joe)
Dies: WPlus9 (Sweets & Treats);  Lawn Fawn (Stitched Journaling Card)
Other: washi tape, sequins, enamel accents, Wink of Stella glitter brush (clear)
Recipe: Mexican Wedding Cookies