December 29, 2008

Slider card (Friendship is spesial)

This card was uploaded to the Heroarts' Group pool last night, also for the challenge. I'm so sorry this photo is not in good condition.
This slider card was made after watching Ms. Jennifer McGuire's HA blog video on Dec.17, 2008.
I used the friendship sentiment stamp, but I do wish to send my Mom in Heaven.
I really miss her in these days. (Sorry, I come to be setimental soon after her death.)

Technique I used:
Stamped a Design Block stamp and a Background stamp with chalk inks, a sentiment with Versacraft (for fabric) on a kahki green ribbon.

stamp used:
HA DesignBlock Birds N Branch / S5093
HA Raindrop Background / S5101
HA clear design Fancy Friendship / CL295

Bazzill Basics Cardstock, Basic Grey pattern paper, Graphix plastic sheet

Ink & embossing powder:
HA Chalk Q Christmas / MS208, Sand Dunes / MS206
Tsukineko VersaCraft white / VersaFine onyx black
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink / Stonewash, Lettuce, Mixatives Pearl
Ranger Distress Ink / Antique Linen
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks / Jewel tones

Kaisar Craft Pearls Champagne / Satin ribbon / Prima Paper flower

Thanks for looking!

December 28, 2008

Just for you card

This is also the Heroarts challenge taking on a PageMap's sketch. I made this using 2 HA stamps and 4 kinds of paper from Basic Grey's Granola Collection.

This is a detail. The flower is colored with alcohol inks on vellum. Love this effect especially.
Techniques & how I made:
Stamped a Brandnew HA Design Block Birds N Branch stamp with chalk inks, a sentiment with StazOn Timber Brown.And decorated a flower (stamped a part of Design Block, slightly colored with Alcohol Ink on white vellum.) beside a sentiment with a button.

stamp used:
HA DesignBlock Birds N Branch / S5093
HA Handwritten For You / LL171

Basic Grey pattern paper / Granola
SEI / Cream yellow, White Vellum

Ink & embossing powder:
HA Chalk Q Christmas / MS208, Sand Dunes / MS206
Tsukineko StazOn / Timber Brown
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink / Craberry, Butter Scotch, Mixatives Pearl

HA & Basic Grey button, Linen thread, Ribbon

TFL! :)

December 24, 2008

Christmas Angel

Merry Christmas to You!
I made this Christmas card to just send my greetings to the friends in the Heroarts' Group Pools in Flicker. Not for any challenge. I'm gonna upload this to Flicker tonight.

Technique I used, tetc.:
used Distress inks, StazOn inks, and embosseing powder for a background.
And, used Distress inks and chalk powder for a tag.

stamp used:
HA DesignBlock Stunning Snowflakes / S5069
HA Clear Design Owl Christmas / CL238 (used snowflake stamps only)
HA Special Edition Good Cheer Messages / LL260
Stampington & Company
Autumn Leaves

Ranger / Gloss Paper White, DCWV pattern paper

Ink & embossing powder:
Tsukineko VersaMark
Tsukineko StazOn / Cotton White, Black, Saddle Brown, Teal Blue
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder / Antique linen
Ranger Distress ink / Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea dyed, Pine Needles, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Weathered Wood
Tsukineko Embossing Powder / Platinum
Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks / Jewel tones
White Opaque pen

HA Pearl Combo/ WB219
HA Teal Gemstone/ CH 129
Sheer Ribbon


December 23, 2008

On a Bird Watch? My first attempt

 Yestarday I also finished this layout using a photo of my pretty cat Leo. It's my favorite pic that  I took it this October.

This is my first attmpt to take on a sketch of the PageMap. This is the theme of the Heroarts challenge.(8"x8" layout)
It was difficult for me to make the LO taking on a sketch.

My choice of the paper combination of Basic Grey pattern papers are 'Scarlet's Letter' and 'Two Scoops'.
All glazed brads are from Two Scoops, and a button is from Wassail.

stamp used:
HA Clear Design Dot Floulishes / CL285
HA Raindrop Background / S5101
HA Clear Design Tree, Birds and Messages / CL182
HA Write Your Message / K5028

Basic Grey pattern paper / Scarlet's Letter, Two Scoops
Bazzill Basics Cardstock / White, Brown, Red-brown
SEI pattern paper / Seasoned, White vellum

Ink & embossing powder:
HA Chalk Q Christmas / MS208
Tsukineko VersaMark, VersaFine / Onyx black, Smokey Grey, StazOn / Saddle brown
Ranger Embossing Powder / Seafoam White
Ranger Distress ink / Antique linen, Tea dyed, Acrylic Dabber / Snowcap
Farber-Castelle polychromos color pencils + Dove Blender

HA Art Flowers Neutral / CH152
Prima Paper flower, Basic Grey button / Wassail, Ribbon

TFL! :)

December 22, 2008

Snowman Square Card

Just only 10 days left this year..

I made this card for the Heroarts challenge, and And for my nephew. We gonna meet the day after tomorrow.
This challenge planning was really helpful! (I forgot to prepare him a card...LOL.) Thanks so much to the Heroarts.

I use karki green Bazzill cardstock and Snow Storm from Basic Grey's Wassail Collection.And Mosaic Tile shapes are QK's diecut.

stamp used:
HA DesignBlock Stunning Snowflakes / S5069
HA Clear Design Let It Snow / CL233
HA Clear Design Owl Christmas / CL238
HA Sunny Upper Case Letters/ LL114

Basic Grey pattern paper / Wassail
Bazzill Basics Cardstock

Ink & embossing powder:
HA Chalk Q Christmas / MS208
Tsukineko VersaMark, VersaFine / Onyx black
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder / Antique linen
Ranger Distress ink / Antique linen, Tea dyed, Broken China
Ranger Stickles/ Platinum, Starry night
Farber-Castelle polychromos color pencils + Dove Blender

HA Gemstone/ Clear, Blue
Tim Holtz / Grungeboard
Linen Ribbon

TFL! :)

December 7, 2008

Holiday Dove's Season's Greetings Card

I made another season's greetings card for the HA challenge.

I really enjoyed making this card. :)

Technique I used, etc.:
Ball chain is just only wound around a snowflake fastener, and fixing
chain with a Clear Circles and a Clear Card Button to tie them with
DMC embroidery thread firmly at a once.

stamp used:
HA AI: Holiday Doves / LL213
HA Sparkle Clear: Holiday Messages / CL244

Bazzill Cardstock Brown (and Beige is for a backside)
White vellum
Basic Grey Pattern Paper /Figgy Pudding, Obscure

Ink &coloring:
Ranger Distress ink / Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles
TSUKINEKO VersaFine / Onyx Black
TSUKINEKO StazOn / Black
Farber-Castelle polychromos color pencils + Dove Blender

HA Felt snowflakes/ CH 162
HA Little Snowflake Fasteners / CH133
HA Assorted Clear Circles / CH 146
HA Clear Card Buttons / CH106
Basic Grey Brad / Wassail
Silver plated ball chain
Torchon lace, Sheer ribbon, DMC embroidery thread Pearl #5


December 6, 2008

I began to join the Heroarts' weekly challenge.

This was my first card to entry the Heroarts weekly challenge.I had been thinking to join the challenge, since their blog was started.

stamp used:
HA Special Edition Good Cheer Messages / LL260
HA Pocketful o' Holiday Trees Small / LL259

Bazzill Cardstock, WorldWin Translucent vellum / peridot

Ink & emboss powder:
HA Colorbox Chalk Q / ms209
TSUKINEKO Brilliance / Graphite Black, VersaMark, Embossing powder / Gold

HA Felt Poinsettia and Leaves / CH 161
HA Smooth clear Gemstones / CH 153

November 28, 2008

In full bloom (Asian Holly)

I found the flowers of Asian Holly in our garden the other day.
This is a closeup. Tiny white flowers are in full bloom. :)
A story changes..., I don't understand why this blog cannot access to 'edit' directly??? I always found my mistakes after publishing the post. :(

November 20, 2008

A year has passed...

 A year has passed since my mother passed away.
This day, a year ago, there were so many yellow flowers here and there in the garden, just like to see my mother off. I love this flowers since my childfood, because they begin to bloom in the late autumn, the season there's a few kind of flowers.  We call this 'Tsuwabuki' in Japanese, the botanical name is 'farfugium japonicum', I hear.
While I reminded my mom, and I came to be a little sentimental, an ant appeared on the petal (the bigger flower on the right).

 And the bee was coming to another flower! I could capture them!
If possible, I want to meet you and see your smiling again, Mom.

October 28, 2008

Pretty kitties - girl and boy!!

We've been living with 13 years old cat as precious our family.
<<< Her name is Gray.
She is always a good girl. She lives only in our house since she became 8 years old. Until then, she loved to play outside in daytime. We enjoy playing with two kitties lately. Gray is so interested in these noisy kitties, cause she doesn't have cat friends. :)
They are newbies!
(from left: Cleopatra (Leo) is a girl, Millward (Milly) is a boy.) This photo was taken on Sep. 3 this year at our backyard. They were 6 months. Leo is so clever and sensitive, Milly is a shy boy. I don't know he is clever or not. He doesn't hear our story at all.
We, family are used to tell the pets just as they are human. Probably, it's so wonder for him. They are so PRETTY but TOO NOISY. And gangs in our garden now. Haha.

October 27, 2008

Osmanthus heterophyllus (Asian Holly)

I found the Asian Holly tree in our garden has new leaves today. I surprised to see it in October.
I hear that the botanical name of this tree is 'Osmanthus heterophyllus'. 'heterophyllus'!? Oh! I cannot pronounce it correctly. :(

October 25, 2008

Blog's settings. This is getting nowhere?

Blog services are exciting in these days, I think.
A few years ago, I didn't interested in using this kind of internet tools.
But now, it prepares various interactive tools to use. And, we are able to use it almost for free.

I continue to try again and again to customize this blog .
Making steady progress???
Oh,no! I come to think "this is getting nowhere?". Creating normal web site or programming by myself is easy to make to me.

October 24, 2008

Welcome to my attic :- )

Today, I opened a Blogger's account.
I'm going to introduce you my hobbies, mainly various kinds of crafts I love.

But I have noticed some troubles before introducing them.
OMG! The settings of this blog is difficult to understand.
Especially, customizing. :-( LoL.
First of all, I have to know where the commands is!!

And today is my father's birthday!
"Happy birthday, Dad! Many happy returns of the day.
I'm proud of you, Dad!"