Friday, May 27, 2011

May Happenings on the 27th

Good Evening,

Are you ready for the 3 day weekend? We will have a lot happening in the store. First, we will be open on Monday. Second, please check my earlier Blog entry from this morning. It will give you all the details and photos of the Make and Take(s) that are happening this weekend. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12:00 - 4:00pm.

Now for the good stuff - MEMORIAL DAY SALE - valid May 28 - 29 - 30 , 2011

1. If you have a Military ID you will receive 20% off any regular priced non-sale items. This excludes any other offers.

2. Spend $100.00 and you will receive a 40% discount coupon that will be good on any regular priced item.

3. Come in this weekend and check out our in-store specials on Ellison, Sizzix, and Tim Holtz Dies.

4. 20% off all Copic Pens and Memento Pen Sets

5. 50% off all Boxed Stamp Sets.

6. 30% off any Ten Second Studio Studio product line.

7. 20% off the 7 Gypsy product line

8. 20% off all paper - excluding World Win, Basic Grey, and Bazzil paper lines

It's been a while since we've had a sale - so we are making this one a good one. As an added bonus, this Monday I'll have another trivia game ready to test your Memorial Day knowledge. I'm not sure what the prizes will be but I'll come up with something.

See you tomorrow.......

May Happenings on the 27th

Aloha everyone,

Memorial Day is a very special day. It's more than just a three day holiday where we barbecue, go camping, or just simply "kick back" and enjoy an extra day off. This weekend we take time to honor those people who serve and have served our country to keep us all safe. Hawaii is a special place for me because my dad was on the Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. Fortunately, he survived and hence my brother Jim and I came to be. Both Jim and I honored our dad by joining the Marine Corps. Ha! My dad could more than hold his own in our comparison of the services. They are good memories of him and he had amazing stories to tell. My war was 13 months and then I could rotate home. Today people serve for six months and then rotate home. For those in WWII there was no time limit. My dad's tour was 5 years before he could rotate home. No matter the time, we honor their service this weekend. Take the time to remember them.

If asked, would you know that the Poppy flower is the flower associated with Memorial Day? Priscilla has come up with a really cute Make and Take for this weekend. You will decorate our clear crystal tubes with an origami red poppy flower, Eclips paper diecuts, and patriotic ribbon. The clear crystal tubes have been used for many events as party favors. We hope you will have the time to come and celebrate with us, talk story about family and friends that serve and have served. The Poppy Make and Take will be from 12 - 4pm each day - Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The cost of the Make and Take is $3.00 with $1.00 of that going to The Food Bank.

I will be adding to this blog entry later today with information on big sale we will be having.

See you tomorrow.....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May Happenings on the 21st

Aloha on this fine Sunday,

In case you hadn't noticed it, the world didn't end yesterday. What did happen is that we had people in the store from Arizona and Colorado and Fran dropped off her samples for the class on Thursday May 26th. Fran's cards reflect a graduation or Father's Day/Male theme. I think they are creative to the max. Fran's reputation always precedes her getting me the samples because her class is almost sold out. People who have taken Fran's classes know they can expect fun mixed with imagination and a creative talent. There are two spots left in the class. If you would like to attend, please give me a call or stop by the store to sign up and see the samples in person. The cost is $20.00 and the class is from 6:30-8:30pm on the 26th.

New to the store:

We received two new Ecips die cuts from Sizzix yesterday. The first - "Wedding Shower and Big Day" has everything the bride could want for making her special and unique invitations. Those of you that have the Eclips machine know how much time and money it saves you when you make your own save the date, invitations, rsvp, and thank you cards - and that's not mention that you can make your own envelopes to coordinate with the invitations. I'm told by people who frequent the store that the average savings amounts to $500 - $600 dollars. That's way more than the cost of the Eclips itself. The second cartridge - Decorate Your Life Shapes & Alphabet - includes a variety of flowers, butterflies, birds, and creative shapes to embellish your scrapbook pages or cards with. The font that is included is "way cool" also.

We received one more design from Sizzix in the Ink-It Letterpress series. I was playing with these today and made a couple of samples for you review. Are there people out there, like me, that feel that stamping is just too hard to mess with? Well, this product line solves that problem. It's as easy as using an embossing folder. Come in and I'll give you a quick demo. If it involves the Big Shot you know it will be quick. Also in the store are a couple of Tim Holtz Die Cuts - "Twigs" and "Mini Labels Set".

I'm getting calls and yes, we will be open on Memorial day.

That's all for now... see you tomorrow..

Friday, May 20, 2011

May Happenings on the 20th

Aloha from A Place in Time,

This has been a fun week and before I knew it Aloha Friday has arrived. It was a remarkable week from a couple of perspectives. First, two ladies that frequent our store, brought in some samples to share of their adventures into stenciling.

Marsha took the Dreamweaver stencil (PalmTree Border DW-LL 527) and created a very beautiful card. First, she dry embossed the stencil on the Big Shot and then applied varying dye inks from Stamping Up with a finger dauber. I don't know if the photos show the sparkle in the image, but it definitely adds a charming quality to the design. When I asked Marsha how she achieved the look, she said she used the pens from the Spica glitter pen set. I like her innovative way of using the bottom edge of the stencil to emboss a line underneath the line of palm trees. Very creative!

Debbie brought in some samples of her stenciling techniques and she just blew me away. They have a simple elegance that is just stunning. I thought Debbie was new to stenciling, but if she is I can't wait to see what she's doing a year from now. Debbie used Dreamweaver stencils (Nautilus LS 4 and Dogwood LG 668). After dry embossing them on the Big Shot, she used chalk
ink and a stipple brush to achieve the blended look. I would have probably stopped right there, but Debbie took it an extra step. She used a glue pad and added a coating of mica powders over the ink. The mica powders give the image an iridescent quality. They are stunning.

If you have the time, I have them on display for you to get ideas from. Also, if any of you have designs you would like to share with all of us, please bring them into the store and I'll put them in the blog.

New to the store: Two lines of double-sided paper from Basic Grey - "Sweet Threads" and "Lauderdale". The paper comes with accenting embellishments of Rub-ons, 3-D Folded Flowers, Adhesive Ribbon, Canvas Tags, Note Cards, and Buttons. I promise to have them on the floor for you see tomorrow. Oh boy! Another late night.

Basic Grey finally sent us another line of paper that we have been patiently waiting for. It's called "Core'dinations and did I mention that it's embossed! For those of you that have been enjoying the embossing folders, you can use this paper in your card making. It has great colors and I can't wait to make some samples. This paper won't last long.

Oh, I almost forgot.... We got a new item in the store from Sizzix - Ink-It Letterpress Plates. You apply pigment ink to the acrylic image, layer your choice of paper on top of the plate and run it through the Big Shot. For those of you that don't like stamping because it's hard, you are in for a surprise. It employs the same simplicity that sold out all of embossing folders. Priscilla experimented with them today and was very pleased. She told me " this product won't last long on the shelves.

Lastly, we will be OPEN on Memorial Day and I'm sure we will do something special for the holiday weekend. Fran has two spots that are still available for her A Year in Cards class on the 26th of May. Give me a call if you'd like to share in the fun.

That's all..... See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 16, 2011

May Happenings on the 16th

Good evening,

Horray, we've modified our blog by making it easier for everyone to know when the blog has been updated. Thanks to Patrick (our computer wizard son in California), you can now be notified by way of e-mail when the blog has been updated. Just click on the box, enter your e-mail address and follow the instructions. It's simple and safe and I like the idea of being notified so that I can get the latest information on sales, classes, and what's happening.

This past Sunday, our 2nd Sunday Make and Take on the 3rd Sunday was a huge success. I've included several photos for your viewing pleasure. Priscilla designed a really cute gift card that reflected a graduation theme. In reality, the Owl could be used for any event or function. The Owl, Scroll work, and Numbers were all from the Happi Shapes and Alphabet cartridge used in the Eclips machine by Sizzix. It took Priscilla longer to choose the paper than it did to cut out the shapes. That's a complete turn-a-round from times past when she had to cut everything out by hand. The Owl is attached to an Accucut tag diecut. If you didn't make it to the store on Sunday, come on by and I'll show you how easy it was.

I have another sample of a pop-up card from Sizzix. On the outside, I dry embossed a Dreamweaver background stencil and added a "Bling It On" rub on from Basic Grey, a few of the crystals and a touch Liquid Pearls as an accent. The interior showcases a "flock" of butterflies from K an Company. The butterflies as packaged, are multi-colored, have a touch of glitter, multi-sized and mounted to the Sizzix Pop-Up to give it a 3-D look. Do butterflies travel in flocks? I don't know, but there is a bunch of them in the package. To complete the interior, I used an elegant blue rub-on from Quick Quotes. I really like rub-ons. They give the crafter a really quick,inexpensive way to add detail to any card or scrapbook page.

The pop-up card with (Sizzix) with Floating 3D Frames sold out very quickly. Priscilla is ordering more. If you want to be included as a pre-order, please give me a call and I'll put you on the growing list. Also, for those of you that liked my samples of the Sizzix Embossing Folders, we are ordering more and taking pre-orders on those also.

That's all for now. Please take the time to have your e-mail automatically notified when I update the blog. I'll see you tomorrow.....

Oh, Priscilla still has a couple of spots left in her stenciling class ($5.00) on Wednesday night. Please call me if you'd like to join in on the fun.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May Happenings on the 13th

Good Evening All,

It must have been the Friday the 13th jinx that kept everybody away today. Ha! It was so slow I was able to experiment with a new die-cut from Sizzix - A Pop Up Card. It's a lot of fun and not as much work as you might think. It took me about 15 minutes - not counting choosing tthe paper. I've included a photo for your review.

We received a photo today of the project scheduled for the Elcips Make and Take
tomorrow (Sat. May 14th) from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
As you can see from the photo, it's a windowed box with a delicate butterfly attached to it. When you come in tomorrow, you will find the Eclips box to be more elegant than the representation presented here. The Make and Take is free and will be a lot of fun. For those of you that already have an Eclips machine, you will be able to meet Cherie from Sizzix. I'm sure she will answer any questions you might have. Priscilla still has the sale on for the Eclips and we have a few in stock. Some of you picked up the machine as a Mother's Day gift. It's the best die-cutting machine available.

That's all for now.... hope to see you tomorrow

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May Happenings on the 10th


I think the hardest part of any letter or, in this case, blog is getting started. This time, I have the perfect lead-in: We received a call from Lynell Harlow today and she is going to be visiting the islands again in September. For those of you who don't know Lynell, she is the owner and designer of Dreamweaver stencils. Lynell has tentatively scheduled two classes - one on Wednesday (Sept. 14th) and a second class on Thursday (Sept. 15th). The classes will be from 6:30-8:30pm. What is she going to teach? All I know right now is that it will be a new stenciling technique. As I get more information and samples I'll update the blog. Lynell's classes are always hugely popular. I'm looking forward to adding a new technique to my card making.

Don't forget this Saturday (14th) is the Eclips Make and Take featuring Cherie's talents from Sizziz. It's from 1-3pm and it's free. ($1 donation to the Food Bank if you wish). The project will be a windowed box.

In my last blog entry I included photos of Makana and Makamae making Mother's Day cards for their mom. They did a great job and their mom was so surprised. Mom's are special and they will never get enough credit for what they do. I hope you enjoy the photos I took of them.

If you have samples of cards or scrapbook pages that you would like to share with the rest of us please e-mail them to I'll withhold any names if you want.

We received a new shipment from Ellison/Sizzix
today. I'll try and have them tagged and out on
the floor tomorrow. There are 2 new cartridges from Eclips - (1) Cards & Envelopes and (2) Baby Shower & Precious. Would you like to make several different styles of cards (A2, A6, A7, A10 plus Cupcake cards and Purse cards) ? The other Eclips cartridge includes a variety of images that feature baby themes. They are extremely cute.

Sizziz sent us two pop-up 3D card die-cuts. If you like flowers, hearts,and butterflies you will want to add these die-cuts to your collection.

We received a Tim Holtz repositionable
magnetic die. It's entitled a Mini Cabinet Card and Sizziz also sent us a Crown, Medallion, and Scrolls die-cut set. Come into the store for a look. I know you will be pleased.

That is all for now, I'll see you tomorrow....

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May Happenings on the 7th


Tomorrow is Mother's Day - just a reminder. The grandkids are staying with us this weekend, so I've included some cute photos of Grandma Priscilla helping Makana and Makamae make special Mother's Day cards for their mom. It was fun watching the kids choose just the right paper for that special card they were making.

If your available tomorrow (Mother's day), we are open as usual from 11am - 4pm. We have a special little surprise for all the moms.

Be sure and check out the class schedule. Next Saturday we have a make and take using the Eclips machine. Cherie, our rep from Sizzix, will be conducting the make and take and has a windowed box for everyone to make. It should be fun and informative. We still have the Eclips on sale, but I'm not sure for how long.

I've made a couple samples of Father's day cards. So you can take a peek at those when you come in. Also, I'll show you the Mother's day card I made for Priscilla. I really like using white rub-ons.

That's all for now.......See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May Happenings on the 4th

Good morning,

I took a break from my blog duties - a cold will do that. So now I'm back to normal self. Easter seems so long ago. Everyone had a lot fun as they searched high and not so low for the treasures the eggs contained. Especially valuable were Priscilla's "Dragon Eggs". There was over $600 in prizes to be found. If you missed it, stay tuned for next year.

After taking a well deserved vacation, Fran Kawakami will be having her first class in May on the 12th. She is calling it "Lunch Box Notes" and it looks to be a lot of fun. Everyone likes an unexpected surprise. Take the class and surprise someone you care about with a moment of happiness. The class is from 6:30-8:30 pm and the cost is $20.00 Check the board for the tools to bring.

Recently, Priscilla took the Card Making Kit we received from Basic Grey and made some samples to stir your "creative juices". I wish my picture taking capabilities did them justice. Please come in and review the samples for yourself.

This coming Sunday (May 8th) would have been our typical 2nd Sunday Make and Take. However, since this Sunday is Mother's Day, we will be postponing the Make an Take to the 15th of May. It will, as always, be from 2:00-5:00pm.
As Soon as I have a sample I will post it.

If you have the time on Mother's Day, come in and see what surprises we have for you. I can't tell you more than that right now.

Mark your calendar! Saturday, May 14th... Cherie, our Szzix representative, will be in the store for a special Make and Take project. For those of you that have the Eclips machine or thinking about acquiring one, this will be of interest to you. The Make and Take project will be a windowed box. The Make and Take project is from 1:00-3:00pm. I hope I have the time to learn a thing or two also.

Ah Ha! Please note the newsletter for the details. Priscilla is offering a special event for stencil users. It's only $5.00 and you have the opportunity to purchase the Dreamweaver Stencil LX7002 at 25% off. The money saved is like getting the event for free.

More to follow so stay tuned. See you tomorrow....