December 31, 2009

ATC 'Peace on Earth for 2010'

Hi, everyone!
I have one more post for sharing today.
Made this yesterday morning with my thought, 'Peace on Earth'.

Here is the ATC.

And this is the photo which I took pic with my ATC Noel made in this October.
I used the acrylic paint resist technique and the coloring with Perfect Pearls this time, too.

stamp used:
HA Clear Design Winter Butterflies / CL234
HA Scallop Background / K5147 (the part of snow hill with heat-embossing)
Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holt & SEI stamps

other supplies:
American Crafts CS
Ranger Distress Inks, Distress Stickles, Perfect Pearls, Acrylic Dabber
HA gemstone and pearls, Basic Grey Rub-on, ribbon

Thanks for stopping by! :)
PLEASE have a new year! I hope 2010 will be a wonderful year for you and your family!

Love, Tomo



結局、間に合いませんでした ^^;

the Graphideart, tomoh's attic

2010 is just around the corner

Hi, there! How are you today?
 After 15 minutes, 2010 will be started in Japan. Thank you so very much everyone for all your encourage comments you left me here in this year.
We all now are faced with various crisis - the global recession, environment problems, the Pandemic Influenza and so on.
 But PLEASE have a new year! I hope 2010 will be a wonderful year for you and your family!

Love, Tomo

A bit for sharing.
This is the one of the cards which I made for the children at the homes for orphans. Made five similar cards. Because, I needed them to be with the Christmas cakes and gifts.

And this is a close up.
Used Tsukineko's embossing powder, 'Gold Pearl' for the tree on the light blue paper. This powder can get a little transparent effect. Can't you see the tree like pale yellow green color? Sorry, I could't take this pic well. :(
I changed the sentiment from 'Season's Greetings' - it's general in Western countries - to 'Winter Greetings'. Because the Japanese children almost don't recognize this 'Season' means 'which season in four seasons', even if they study English. Probably it comes from the difference of culture, I guess.

Stamp used:
HA Clear Design Let It Snow / CL233
Penny Black and Stampendous stamps

Bazzill Basics CS, Basic Grey PP,
Tsukineko embossing powder, Tim Holtz Grunge sheet, ribbon, button

Thanks for stopping by! :)

December 16, 2009

Snowman with a Christmas Stocking

Hi, everyone! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
 I had a little more time to post here tonight. So I wantetd to share you one of my cards that were also made and already mailed last week.

Here are the cards.
I made four cards to change the stocking color to use the paper piecing technique. Really enjoyed to make them. - This was the first time use of the Christmas Stocking stamp, despite I received it in this October...

This is a bit closeup.
Stamp used:
HA Christmas Stockings / K5254
HA Sparkle Clear Merry Christmas / CL364
HA Clear Design Let It Snow / CL233

Bazzill Basics CS, Basic Grey PP,
Ranger Gold embossing powder, Stampendous Fun Flock,
Tim Holtz Grunge sheet, HA Snowflakes sequins
linen thread, embroidery thread, Copic markers

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a beautiful week!

Updated: Dec. 16, 2009 3:11AM JST
P.S. Thank you so very much everyone to post your lovely comments in my recent posts. I have to go biz-trip after I wake up. And I'm gonna take my winter holiday from this weekend. :)
So I'll visit your blogs or photo pools to see your fabulous works from when I'm off.
Thank you.
Love, Tomo

December 15, 2009

Simple designed Christmas card

Hi, everyone!
 Now I made time to post! :)
This time, I introduce you a simple Christmas card that was made and already shipped in last week. I didn't make enough time for making them in this October and November. So I don't know whether these will be in time before Dec. 25th or not. :( God knows! - I haven't ever send them to abroad in December.

Made three cards of the same design.
This is really a simple designed card to use Hero Arts Sparkle Clear 'Merry Christmas', 'Antique Flower Background' stamps and scalloped die-cutted paper. But I needed more time than I supposed to.

And this is a closeup.
I drew the edge of the scalopped paper with VersaMarker and heat-embossed with pearl embossing powder. Added some gemstones, the dew drops to use Diamond Glaze by Judikins and Making Memories' star brad for the tree decorations.

HA Antique Flower Background / S5264
HA Sparkle Clear Merry Christmas / CL364
and some materials for the decoration.

Thanks for peeking!
Have a beautiful week! :)

Season's Greetings to you all

Hi, there!
 First of all, I want to express my appreciations to you all, the visitors for your very kind words for my recent posts. Thank you so very much!
 I know well that I should visit all of your blogs or photo pools, and I truly want to see your fabulous works as soon as possible. But I can't now.
So I made the digital graphic for all of you to use the flower arrangement, made by myself.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! :)

This is the whole look of the arrangement part.
Made this to use preserved flowers, tree branches, nuts, moss, seed beads, crystal beads, pearls, and ribbons.

 Talking about myself, I/we sometimes go the places where the bad connection of internet near the high mountain areas or seashores within this country or other near foreign Asian countries to take films for the TV-movies from this autumn, I was so worried about the condition of my father before I decided to put these works in my schedule though. But he told me, "I will not get well. After a few years, I will need more your help." - His both eyes have only half range of vision by his disease about a decade ago.
So, when I'm out, I employ the person to help him, but when I come back and stay at home, I have many things for house keeping, taking care of my father, and have to work to manage the web sites that I made or renewed.
 It's really tight for me, but seeing the films on air makes me so happy, 'cause joining them is for the first time in about three years. I will be able to take the winter holidays from this weekend to Dec. 30th, 31st will for working to update the pages of several web sites, and maybe I will take the holidays again from the new year's day.

I will post here cards or something in this year again. See ya!
Once again, thank you so very much to you all, the visitors for your very kind words!

Thanks for looking and reading!
Love, Tomo

December 1, 2009

Thanks card & hello card

Hi, there!
This is the post of card making!

Just finished two cards to use paper piecing technique. I couldn't join the paperpiecing challenge at Hero Arts, maybe about a month ago.
I found this is so interesting!!! after I did this technique. :) I want to make some cards in the near future.

This is the result.
Made this card for my aunt, always think about me. I met her at my mother's ceremony last month. Yes, she's an elder sister of my mother.
I'm going to send this to her with a book and a bobbin lace bookmark which I'm now making.

And this is a closeup.
This is the first time to use this 'Flower Box' cling stamp.

And the other is to use vibrant colors for one of my Japanese virtual friends.
I usually have actual meet after we met on internet, and I have 52 friends - the half is the Japanese and the other half is the foreigners - in the world, we could have the opportunities.
She is really lovely lady and one of my good friend, but she has been sick already when we met about 6 years ago. We usually contact using e-mails or snail mails. I made this one to cheer her up.
I used the bird stamp- this is my favorite- with the cling 'Flower Box'.

stamp used:
HA Design Brocks Antique Flower Background / S5264
HA Clear Design / CL341, CL342, CL182
HA Cling Flower Box / CG127

other supplies:
Bazzil Basics CS, Kaiser notecard, Basic Grey PP
Tsukineko Versafine / Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Distress Stickeles / Rock Candy, Copic Markers etc.

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a beautiful week!

November 30, 2009

- a thousand winds -

This is really a personal blogging...
10 days ago,  two years has just passed since my mother passed away. I went the place my mother has been sleeping on the day by myself again. We, family and relatives held the memorial ceremony on Nov. 8th. - we usually hold it before the anniversary day in Japan.

I sometimes go there (her grave) by myself, when I want to talk with her. Of course, I know she is not there.
And I always remind of the song, 'a thousand winds'. My mother told me the Japanese lyrics of this song about a year before her death, despite I told her English lyrics approximately 20 years ago.

'a thousand winds'
- Author Unknown -

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumun's rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

I has been spending sad days for a while. But I'm okay!
Thanks so much, my friends!

Christmas tree tags

Hi, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
I have a little bit post tonight.
It seems that the theme of Hero Arts' this week's challenge is making tag. - I just accessed their blog for the first time in about 3 weeks. I didn't make time for it and for peeking Frickr pool at all.
And, SO MANY THANKS and APOLOGIZE to you, the visitors and friends for your kind words and e-mails <3, despite I didn't update this blog at all.

The Christmas tree tags I intoroduce you today is not for HA challenge. (There's a tag I used HA sentiment stamp at the back side though.)
These had been creating since about two weeks ago, and I finally finished them recently and shipped to some of my friends with gift or thanks card.

Sorry, this is not a good photo. :(
Used the same stamp and made same layering, but I did them different materials for each. From the left, the vintage look (like Victorian), a little aged look, and the modern look. I changed the kind of inks, embelishments, and glittered glues for the receivers.
All the coloring for the trees is several Perfect Pearls. And then, I added the glittered glue on it.

supplies: Stampington Company stamp etc.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day! :)

November 2, 2009

3 cards! (Glass Baubles again!)

Hi, everyone!
I made many cards today. Because I have to rush to make many Christmas cards to mail them soon. I sent part of them already, but I need more...
So I tried to make them taking on Hero Arts 'simpleholiday' challenge, this week.

Well, I introduce you another design card. This would be the last design today, I've thought about a few similar designs in another colors and styles already though. I have no power to continue...

Here are the cards.
I also have got some inspirations from my previous card, '6" x 6" card - Season's Greetings'. Again, the Glass Baubles design! Ha.
This time I made these Antique Brocade Cling stamp for the baubles. The base cards are HA Kraft notecards.

And this is a closeup of one of the cards.
It took about 20 minutes per a card. So I could finish them. :)

stamp used:
HA Sparkle Clear Merry Christmas / CL364
HA Cling Antique Brocade / CL102
HA Big Pine Bough / K5242

other supplies:
Bazzil Basics CS, HA Kraft Notecard
Tsukineko Versafine / Onyx Black / Gold & Silver embossing powder
Memories Dye Ink / White
Ranger Perfect Pearls / Pearl, Kiwi, Green Patina, Blue Patina
    Stickeles / Frosted Lace, Diamond, Patina
    Distress Ink / Several
Kreinik Braids

Thanks for stopping by! :) I'm really tired today, but I enjoyed!!!
Have a beautiful weekend and the next week!

6" x 6" card - Season's Greetings (Baubles)

Hi, evereyone!
Finished to make one more card! This was a big one and also for Hero Arts 'simpleholiday' challenge.
Actually, I had a small inspiration for this card when I made the bauble shaped slider cards in this early morning. So I tried it.


Here is my result.
Used the Elegant Brocade and the Antique Flower Background stamps like decoration patterns and a metallic part of the big bauble. The color of the suede tape is kahki green. So this has a little traditional Chiristmas colors.

Here is an another angle photo.
The center strip in a small bauble was a left over paper which the Antique Flower Background was stamped. And the vellum in a big bauble was also a scrap left.
I just diecutted the baubles and did distress inking, embossing, and layering. After that, I put some embelishiments or ribbonon, and two stitching lines on it. So it took me about in 20 minutes or so.

stamp used:
HA Design Block Antique Flower Background / S5264
HA Elegant Brocade / F5243
HA Clear Design Holiday Cheer / CL359
Technique Tuesday stamp

other supplies:
Bazzill Basics CS, Making Memories PP, Basic Grey PP, white vellum
Tsukineko StazOn / Jet Black, Brilliance / Gold, VersaMagic / Sage,
    Gold & Silver embossing powder
Ranger Stickles / Platinum, Frosted lace
HA poinsetia felt, gems, suede tape, thread

Thanks for looking! :)

Simple and flat Christmas card

Hi, there!
I just made one more design for Hero Arts 'simpleholiday' challenge to use very popular Sparkle Clear 'Merry Christmas' stamp among us, HA fans.
But this is the first time that I used it.
While looking at the stamp, I hit upon this design.

Here is the card.
This is just a simple and flat card.
The coloring for tree and the row of snowmen are color pencils, blending with copic colorless blender on the stamped image to use oil based stamp ink. I also put Fun Flock and Distress stickles for the snow.

stamp used:
HA Sparkle Clear Merry Christmas / CL364
HA Clear Design Holiday Cheer/ CL359 (partly use)
Lizzie Anne designs stamp

other supplies:
American crafts + letter papers (Domestic)
Tsukineko VersaFine / Onyx Black, Spanish Moss
Ranger Stitckles / Distress Picket Fence
Stampendpus Fun Flock / Cotton Ball White,
Color pencils + Copic colorless blender, Making Memories Brad

Thanks for looking!
Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Christmas Bouble slider cards (スライダー・カード)

Hi, there!
Made these quicky cards for Hero Arts 'simpleholiday' challenge.
I went out from Thursday and came home Sunday evening yesterday. So I tried to make these for it. It's Monday morning (midnight) here.

こんばんは♪ 久しぶりにココに日本語を書きました!
昨夜一緒に遊んでいた私の友人達は、こんな真夜中に何をしているのか?と思っているかと思いますが・・・、1時間程(50分くらいかな?)で簡単なスライダーカードを3枚作りました。 おとぼけ顔の鳥達がかわいいでしょ?(笑)

Here are my cards, 'Christmas Bauble slider cards'.

and the pic of  the slider card open.

Sorry the photos above weren't in good condition.
All the colorings into the stamp images are copics. The snow hills were drawned by the dark brown marker and put Fun Flock by Stampendous.
It took me in an hour (approximately 50 minutes) to finish these three cards. I enjoyed making them! :)

stamp used:
HA Bird with Holly / F5253
HA Clear Design Holiday Cheer/ CL359

other supplies:
American crafts + Bassil CS, Basic Grey PP
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Ranger Stitckles / Platinum, Waterfall, Fruits Passion
Stampendpus Fun Flock / Cotton Ball White, Copic Markers, Brads,
Quickutz bauble and tree dies

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful weekend!

October 26, 2009

Season's Greetings (paper tearing)

Hi, everyone!
Finally I finished a card for Hero Art's 'Papertearing' challenge this week (October 19th - October 25th). Actually I made a card for HA challenge for the first time in about a couple of weeks.

Originally I'm not good at taking torn paper into the cards. Especially, it's difficult for me to combine it with Hero Arts stamp images.But I made this to use vellum paper and masking tapes made by Japanese Washi paper, since I could get some imaginations from the articles on HA blog.

Here is my card, 'Season's Greetings (paper tearing)'.

And this is a closeup.
*The coloring on vellum are all copics.
  While looking these photo, I'm think about whether the blue masking tape is needed or not. There was one more blue masking tape on a diagonal line, and I changed it to the circle shaped die cut, the star image was heat-embossed. I was better that I changed it to lighter color, or took off both, maybe... (???)
Anyway, what I'm convinced is 'I need the time quite a while for thinking about the finished work.' :(

stamp used:
HA Clear Design Holiday Cheer/ CL359
HA Collage Season's Greetings / K4827
HA Design Blocks Moddern Lines / S5218

other supplies:
Bazzil Basics Kraft, American Crafts CS, White Vellum
Ranger Perfect Medium, Embossing Powder / Seafoam white,
  Perfect Pearls / Kiwi, Distress Stickeles / Rock Candy
Copics / Several, Kamoi Masking Tapes, ribbon

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a beautiful weekend and the next week!

October 24, 2009

a card for Card Patterns #37

Hi, everyone!
I've been spending busy days. BUT!!!
But today is Saturday here, and it's been about two weeks and finally enjoying my weekend holidays. I played on the internet after I came home at midnight yesterday from biz-trip.

And happened to know this sketch at Card Patterns #37 . I was so interested in it! Because I haven't ever made any card like this design.
So I started to think about a few design for the card soon. This was literary a challenge for me, and also my first attempt to send my card to Card Patterns.

Here is my result. I used Coluzzle oval template to cut the shape.

And this is a closeup view.

*Used several Perfect Pearls for the tree.
And I also submitted this to 2Peas 'SOF09 - Earth Challenge' hosted by Suzz (aka stampersuzz) on Oct 25th.

stamp used:
Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz stamp
Inkadinkado (sentiment)

other supplies:
American Crafts CS, Anna Griffin PP
Ranger Distress Inks / Antique Linen, Black Soot, Embossig Tinsel / Snowflake
  Perfect Pearls / Blue Smoke, Green Patina, Green, Heirloom Gold, Red, Perfect Medium
Tsukineko StazOn / Jet Black
Maya Road snowflake chipboard, brad, ribbon, Kreinik Blending Filament

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful weekend! :)
I'm going to take a nap for a while from now on. This card making was so much fun. So I forgot to sleep... Haha.

October 20, 2009

Tule lace doiry (2) - チュールレース ドイリー


 んん~? 終わりは近いようで遠い!かな? 昨夜は少し飛ばして、只今第3コーナーの中間といった所です。第3コーナーを全部完了させれば良かったのですが、眠たくって眠たくって・・。「途中で止めたら大変な事になる!」の思いが半分、しかし、睡魔の方が勝ってしまい、ZZZ・・・。 それで、この写真は、第2コーナーを回ったあたりです。 ^^;
Kちゃんから頂いたHorseshoe(緑色の馬蹄形のもの)、とても重宝しています♪ Kちゃん、ありがとう!!!

Hi, there!
 I've been spending busy time every day since October began. I can hardly make time for paper crafting. Because I have many biz-trips to move using public transportation - mainly airplanes and trains. Escaping the messy inks etc. is necessary.  So I enjoy needleworks or knitting while moving. And after coming home, I continue to knit the bobbin lace doiry. But even if I make time for it, it's only about 10 - 15 minutes per day. *sigh* :(
In these days, I long for the days I can do paper crafting...

Thanks for stopping by!

October 5, 2009

ATC 'Noel'

Hi, everyone! I have one more post today.
Yesterday night, yes actually in this early morning, I finished this ATC to use acrylic paint resist technique to join 'HeroArtsATC' challenge.

Here is my ATC 'Noel'.

Last year, I made many ATC like this design. In this morning, I tried to use HA Metallic Decor in it.

Used Faded Jeans and several distress inks with blending foam on white cardstock for the background. And the trees coloring is several Perfect Pearls.
The design base for this ATC is from this tag which I made at the begining of this year.

stamp used:
HA Design Blocks Stunning Snowflakes / S5069
Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz stamp

other supplies:
American Crafts CS
Ranger Distress Inks / Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shabby Shutters
Ranger Stickles /  Starry Night, Garnet, Distress Stickles / Picket Fence, Faded Jeans
Ranger Perfect Pearls / Blue Smoke, Green Patina, Acrylic Dabber / Pearl
HA Metallic Decor / Gold, Basic Grey Rub-on, button, DMC cotton embroidery thread, 7 Gypsies / ATC Punch

Thanks for stopping by! :)

ATC '2009 First Snow'

Hi, everyone!,
I'm going to post this to join 'HeroArtsATC' challenge this week.

Here is my ATC, '2009 First Snow'.
 Actually I made this ATC #1 of 3 soon after this snowman stamp was delivered. I SO love this cute snowman stamp! I made the same 3 ATCs then. (Both #2 of 3 and #3 of 3 are now at one of my friends and my clients.

 Made these 3 cards to get the imagination by this snowman, that is ... He is so glad to find the small first snow (this is the smiley at the bottom right), and they thinks 'my friend' each other and they are smiling.
 I colored the knitted cap with Christmas illumination to have the nuance of one of the traditional Fair Isle knitting patterns. Love his knitting-wears, too! I'm curious to knit something. It comes to be colder little by little.

*The coloring of the snowman is the way to use several Liquied Pearls and Dimentional Pearls with water medium.

stamp used:
HA Cling Stamp Share the Joy / CG109
HA Clear Design All Ocasion Messages / CL272
Prima Clear stamp

other supplies:
7 Gypsies / Cardholder Tag, Hampton Art / ATC card
Tsukineko Versa Fine / Onyx Black, StazOn / Timber Brown
HA Shadow Ink / Soft Pool
Ranger Distress Stickles / Picket Fence
Ranger Liquid Pearls & Dimensional Pearls / Several, Acrylic Dabber / Pearl
Idea-ology Grungesheet, ribbon, 7 Gypsies / ATC Punch

Thanks for stopping by! :)

October 3, 2009

a CUTE card from Cassi (1st 'Card Chain Challenge')

Hello, there!
Today, I want to share you this CUTE Halloween card, I received on Sep. 30th from Cassi.
She's one of the participants of the 1st 'Card Chain Challenge' hosted by Deborah, Society of Stamp & Scrap-aholics.
The entry for this challenge was accepted from Sep. 11th to Sep. 14th, 2009. (You can see the details from here. ) I entried a few hours before the deadline.

So, this cute card was sent me from Cassi with her lovely message. I love this card a lot! :) Thank you so very much Cassi for your too cute card!
And thank you dearest Deborah for the oppotunity to join this challenge! :)

Cassi's gallery at Two Peas is here , and the card I created for the 1st CCC can be seen from here.

今日は、9/30に Cassi さんから送られてきた可愛いハロウィーン・カードをご紹介します♪。 彼女はこのカードに優しいメッセージを添えて、送ってきてくださり、それを見ていると、何だか急にアメリカに飛びたくなった1日でした。 日本はハロウィーン・グッズが出回るものの、特にこのイベントは無いですからねぇ・・・。 Trick or treatでお菓子を貰いにアチコチを訪問したい~!(笑)

Thanks for looking! :) 
Have a wonderful weekend!

October 1, 2009

2 Autumn cards

Hi!, I have one more post today.
 Last week, I made two cards for one of my Flickr friends, and for one of my needlework friends.
The card on the right side was mailed and she received this already, so I posted the photo here.

手前右のカードは、米国のお友達の元へ送り、一昨日届いたとの連絡を受けましたので公開しました。 左はスタンバイ中のものです。

stamp used
HA Sparkle Clear Simple Messages CL173
HA Design Blocks Antique Flower Background / S5264
HA Clear Design Mix & Match Elements / CL266
HA Clear Design Trees, Birds & Messages / CL182
Inkadinkado clear stamp etc.

Thanks for looking! :)

Giveaway winners

Hi, everyone! It's October already.
I'll announce 3 winners of my giveaway here.
I used the random number generator by for the drawing.

Prize No.1 goes to
#16 mao --- September 21, 2009 7:28 PM

Prize No.2 goes to
#29 Jacqueline --- September 30, 2009 1:07 AM

Prize No.3 goes to
#6 Jane --- September 20, 2009 11:30 PM

Congratulations! Please email me 3 winners from here and I'll send your goodies to you.

Thank you so much everyone for joining this event!
Have a wonderful week! :)


#16 mao さん(September 21, 2009 7:28 PM)へ、

No.2 の賞は、
#29 Jacqueline (September 30, 2009 1:07 AM) へ

#6 Jane (September 20, 2009 11:30 PM) へお送りするという結果になりました。(※ のランダム変数作成サービスを利用しました。)



September 28, 2009

a hybrid card, 'Holiday Cheer'

Hi, everyone!
I just finished this hybrid card and going to join Hero Arts 'photocard' challenge this week. Strictly speaking..., I could solve one of my troubles that I 've been thiking and thinking... by getting imagination from the theme of the challenge.

 My summer holidays will be over and I'll start my work at the 1st or 2nd week of this October. I have many biz trips from next month.
 Under such situations, what annoy me most is how I make 70 or more invitation cards to send whom volunteered for the Universiade that was held in our city in 1995. I worked at the press center and sometimes volunteered at the Athletes' Village then.
 After the Universiade, we, some of volunteers met once here (near the christmas tree in the photo) at the millennium countdown, and promised to meet 10 years later. It'll be 10 yrs in this December.
- Fortunately I got an idea by HA this week's challenge, and started making super easy way to make many cards for both season's greetings and invitation for the reunion from this morning.

This is the card, 'Holiday Cheer and reunion invitation'.
This photo was taken in 1999. I rememberd so well that I took this pic over 11:00 PM. Because there were many peoples near the tree in day time or evening. 'Cos this electric christmas tree were at the passage way of an department store, renewed at the year. The tree was also its first revealing. And our city hall stands near by. So here is always a busy street, one of my favorite places in our city.

This is from another angle.
This photo doesn't have high resolution, 'cos this was taken 10 years ago. So I decided to make a little aged look card. So I changed the resolution of Digi data from 300 dpi to 150 dpi. I was so glad to find the HA Digi-Kit - HA Dictionary Page at 2 Peas. It has a brush of definition, 'Communicate' in the kit. :)

I'm going to put these parts together at the hotels where I stay by biz trips and gonna send them till the middle of this November. Really really glad that I could solve my trouble! :)

stamp used:
HA Clear Design Holiday Cheer/ CL359
HA Digi-Kit - HA Dictionary Page
K. Teague Digi-Kit Art F/X Paper Pack

other supplies:
Mat thick photo printer paper, Half mat photo printer paper
Bazzill Basics CS
Tsukineko VersaFine / Onyx Black
Ranger Distress Stickeles / Rock Candy
HA metals and clear gemstone, ribbon and thread

Thanks for looking! :)
Have a beautiful weekend and the next week!

September 19, 2009

Giveaway! :)

Hi, everyone! Are you enjoying your weekend?
 I've been hoping to carry out this giveaway since this January. But I couldn't take enough time for it, because I've been very busy in house keeping, my business, and taking care of my parent. Fortunately, I'm now in the rest of my summer holidays, so finally I could do this! Yay!
  This giveaway is for the celebration of my personal website, the Graphideart's count was over 100,000 views, and also this blog's was over 5,000 such a long time ago. So I wanted to express my appreciations to you all.
 We are used to do the count-over present at the time when it is over 5,000, 10,000, 30,000, 50,000, 100,000, and 200,000... in Japan. In many case, we do it for the counter on home (top page) of the personal website. But I haven't ever seen over 200,000 celebration yet. Can I continue it?
Recently the population to use weblog is increasing here.

Well, I prepare 3 prizes. Please join, if there are some goodies you are interested in. Everyone is welcome! :)

 Here is the details and the rules to entry.
  • I ship the prizes internationally to any other countries where the Japan Post accepts. - We can ship it almost of the countries in the world.
  • You can entry all 3 prizes (prize no.1, 2 and 3. ), there's no limitation - Just only, 1 person to 1 entry into the one prize is accepted.
    I rewrote this part (right above) to avoid misunderstandings as follows :
    Just only...1 person, entrying once for each prize is accepted.- twice or more 'entries' for a prize to raise the possibility to be a prizewinner is not accepted.
    - I'm so sorry, my explanation was not good!-
  • But if you are the lucky person, one person never gets 2 or 3 prizes. 3 persons will be selected.
    The winners will be selected by random drawing. And it starts Prize no.1, no.2 is the next, and no.3 is the last.
    For example: If you aren't interested in prize no.1 and you're interested in 2 and/or 3, I think it's appropriate to entry no.2 and/or no.3. In the case, if you entried all of these, and if you won the no.1 prize by drawing, there's no possibility to win no.2 or no3 prize.
  • The deadline of this giveaway entry is at 11:59PM GMT(Greenwich Mean Time) on September 30th, 2009. And the winners will be announced on October 1st, 2009 here through this blog.
  Please entry into the prize(s) which you want to get and write a short comment there (on 'each prize post' that I made).
-Shoter message is better. Thanks for your understandings. :)
The links for entry: Prize no.1 is here, 2 is here, and 3 is here. Or scroll down, please!

**Anonymous post is also welcome. But writing your handle or your name at the 1st line in a comment field is needed.

  And if you have a question about this event, please feel free to write your comment here in English or Japanese.

I'm looking forward to your entries.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!
Love, Tomo

Giveaway! :)のご案内

(For foreiners : I posted here the same info of my giveaway written in Japanese for Japanese people.)


  • どなたでも応募できます
  • 3つの賞の全部に応募いただいても構いません。お一人様、1つの賞に対し、1回の応募までというだけで、特に制限は設けていません。
    <例えば>no.1の賞に興味は無いが、2と3に興味がある場合は、no.2, no.3にご応募される事をお勧めします。もし、全ての賞に応募した場合で、幸か不幸か(笑)、あなたがno.1に当選した場合、no.2、no.3の当選の可能性は無くなります。
  • 締切は9/30 (2009年)の11:59PM GMT(世界標準時)
    結果発表は、10/1 (2009年)にこのblogにて行ないます。
それぞれの賞への応募は次のリンクからお願いします。 Prize no.1 はコチラ、2 は コチラ、 3 はコチラ



それでは、素敵な週末(連休)をお過ごしください。 - Graphideart, tomo -

Blog Giveaway (Prize no.1)

Here is the prize no.1.

Prize details:
  Hero Arts Cling stamp (Antique Brocade)
  Tim Holtz Idea-ology mini mask (Floret)
  Ranger Distress Stickeles (Rock Candy)
  Ribbons made in Japan (1m per each)

Please write your short comment here in this post, if you want to entry for the Prize no.1.

- I wrote the explanation in Japanese below.-

プレゼントのお品は、ヒーロー・アーツのクリング・スタンプ、Idea-ologyのミニ・マスク、Ranger ディストレス・スティックルズ、リボン各1mです。

Updated: 2009/09/29 11:23 GMT (09/29 20:23 JST)
Entries for this prize
  1. naoko ---  September 19, 2009 6:50 PM
  2. カエル ---  September 19, 2009 10:25 PM
  3. Vanessa ---  September 20, 2009 4:26 PM
  4. Heather Maria ---  September 20, 2009 5:54 PM
  5. Jane ---   September 20, 2009 7:12 PM
  6. Lin ---   September 20, 2009 10:04 PM
  7. Elise (Anonymous) ---   September 20, 2009 11:43 PM
  8. karen ---   September 21, 2009 1:10 AM
  9. TRace ---   September 21, 2009 1:38 AM
  10. Susan McRae ---   September 21, 2009 3:03 AM
  11. Yvette K ---   September 21, 2009 3:45 AM
  12. SarahLP ---   September 21, 2009 6:17 AM
  13. Arlene ---   September 21, 2009 9:55 AM
  14. charli ---   September 21, 2009 11:04 AM
  15. fibbi ---  September 21, 2009 2:29 PM
  16. mao (Anonymous) ---   September 21, 2009 7:28 PM
  17. Deirdre ---   September 22, 2009 12:30 AM
  18. satomi ---   September 22, 2009 5:54 PM
  19. Monika Reeck ---   September 22, 2009 6:53 PM
  20. Marla ---   September 23, 2009 2:26 PM
  21. Rie (Anonymous) ---   September 25, 2009 12:53 AM
  22. Dawn ---  September 27, 2009 6:00 PM
UPDATED: 2009/10/01 00:22 GMT (10/01 09:22 JST)

Blog Giveaway (Prize no.2)

Here is the prize no.2.
Prize details:
  Hero Arts wood mounted stamp (Wallpaper Flowers)
  Hero Arts Hearts Gemstones
  Ribbons made in Japan (1m per each)

Please write your short comment here in this post, if you want to entry for the Prize no.2.

- I wrote the same explanation in Japanese below.-


Updated: 2009/ 9/29 23:53 GMT (09/30 08:53JST)
Entries for this prize

  1. yumin ---  September 19, 2009 8:22 PM
  2. Vera Rhuhay ---  September 19, 2009 8:51 PM
  3. Vanessa ---  September 20, 2009 4:27 PM
  4. CHARLOTTE ---   September 20, 2009 4:42 PM
  5. Heather Maria ---  September 20, 2009 5:47 PM
  6. Jane ---   September 20, 2009 7:13 PM
  7. Cazzy ---   September 20, 2009 7:31 PM
  8. Beverley ---  September 20, 2009 9:21 PM
  9. Elise (Anonymous) ---  September 20, 2009 11:45 PM
  10. CinnamonSally ---  September 21, 2009 12:51 AM
  11. judy ---   September 21, 2009 1:03 AM
  12. Karen D ---  September 21, 2009 1:15 AM
  13. TRace ---  September 21, 2009 1:40 AM
  14. Virginia L. --- September 21, 2009 1:43 AM
  15. Susan McRae --- September 21, 2009 3:03 AM
  16. Yvette K --- September 21, 2009 3:43 AM
  17. Cathy A ---  September 21, 2009 3:48 AM
  18. Sharon --- September 21, 2009 10:21 AM
  19. charli ---  September 21, 2009 11:07 AM
  20. fika ---  September 21, 2009 11:33 AM
  21. mao (Anonymous) --- September 21, 2009 7:25 PM
  22. Joby ---  September 21, 2009 7:47 PM
  23. Deirdre --- September 22, 2009 12:31 AM
  24. Monika Reeck ---  September 22, 2009 6:57 PM
  25. ちゃあみい --- September 27, 2009 12:17 AM
  26. Dawn ---  September 27, 2009 6:01 PM
  27. Debbie --- September 28, 2009 12:37 AM
  28. nori --- September 29, 2009 1:09 PM
  29. Jacqueline --- September 30, 2009 1:07 AM  
UPDATED: 2009/10/01 00:22 GMT (10/01 09:22 JST)

Blog Giveaway (Prize no.3)

Here is the prize no.3.
Prize details:
  Prima clear stamps (Dots and Text)
  Prima paper flower (Daisy Dreams Apple)
  Ribbons made in Japan (1m per each)

Please write your short comment here in this post, if you want to entry for the Prize no.3.

- I wrote the same explanation in Japanese below.-


Updated: 2009/ 9/29 23:56 GMT (09/30 08:56JST)
Entries for this prize
  1. Suzanne C ---  September 20, 2009 8:19 AM
  2. Vanessa ---  September 20, 2009 4:28 PM
  3. Heather Maria ---  September 20, 2009 5:42 PM
  4. Cazzy --- September 20, 2009 7:30 PM
  5. Janet ---  September 20, 2009 10:58 PM
  6. Jane ---  September 20, 2009 11:30 PM
  7. judy ---  September 21, 2009 1:06 AM
  8. TRace ---  September 21, 2009 3:12 AM
  9. Yvette K ---  September 21, 2009 3:42 AM
  10. Arlene ---  September 21, 2009 9:52 AM
  11. charli --- September 21, 2009 11:06 AM
  12. mao (Anonymous) --- September 21, 2009 7:24 PM
  13. Joby ---  September 21, 2009 7:53 PM
  14. Deirdre --- September 22, 2009 12:32 AM
  15. Deborah ---  September 22, 2009 3:55 AM
  16. Rie (Anonymous) --- September 25, 2009 9:14 PM
  17. Dawn ---  September 27, 2009 6:03 PM
  18. Nori --- September 29, 2009 1:10 PM
  19. Jacqueline --- September 30, 2009 1:06 AM
UPDATED: 2009/10/01 00:20 GMT (10/01 09:20 JST)

Blog Giveaway (Question & Answer board)

Please feel free to write your questions in English or Japanese, if you have some questions about this giveaway.

*This giveaway will be closed at 11:59PM GMT on September 30th, 2009.
So, I will close this Q&A board on September 28th, 2009.

Giveawayに関するご質問はココにお気軽に書き込んでください♪ 使用言語は、日本語と英語のみでお願いします*^_^*


UPDATED: 2009/09/29 00:38 GMT (09/29 09:38 JST)
This post was closed.

Lucky me! 再びの受賞でビックリ!

OMgosh! My 'Happy Fall' card was recognized as Hornable Mention at 'Fall Color Challenge' on September 17th, held by Hero Arts.
That entry was for the first time in about a month, because I was sick again... My brain wasn't clear at that time, but I began to make it since the fall color combos on HA blog inspired me a lot. So this result made me very happy.
  And thank you so much everyone for your kind words concerning about my health!


Thanks for reading!

September 17, 2009

A card for the 1st 'Card Chain Challenge'

Hi, everyone!,
 I knew the Card Chain Challenge (CCC) of 'Society of Stamp & Scrap-aholics'
3 days ago. I entried it a few hours before the deadline, and finished a card yesterday night.
 This brandnew challenge is hosted by dearest Deborah. You can see the details and rules of it from here.
The participants make a card and send it to the other participant. So everybody gets a card from someone! Wonderful planning! She is so clever!

こんばんは♪ 今回のカードは、'Society of Stamp & Scrap-aholics'のDeborahさんが始めた新規企画のチャレンジ用に作ったものです。
このチャレンジ、通常のチャレンジとはかなり違い、『参加者はそれぞれ1枚のカードを作り、別の参加者に郵便で送る - 参加者全員が、必ず1枚のカードを受け取る!』というものです。 とても良い企画だと思いませんか?
*今後も企画は続くと思いますので、参加ご希望の方は、私に連絡をくださーい! (メーカーさん等のチャレンジとは違い、使用する材料に関する制限は今回はありませんでした。チャレンジのテーマにもよるとは思いますが、おそらく今後も・・だと思います。)

Here is the card, 'Fall is in the air'.
I made this one to get an imagination from both my 'happy fall' card which I made it on Sep. 12th and the color scheme that Deborah was made. I love this color combo so much.
I changed to make this to bright colors taking on the color scheme.
To send this to abroad, I used 1/16" thick foam adhesives and die-cutted idea-ology grungesheet alphabets (I used 1/8" thick foam and the grungeboard letters for my 'happy fall' card.)
To tell you the truth, the previous card was too thick and it's too hard to put into the HA envelope.

This is a closeup.

and one more closeup taken from another angle.

Can you see the Perfect Pearls on the veins of a leaf?
The results using Perfect Pearls (Mica Powder) is really beautiful! I love it! But it's TOO difficult to take picture...

stamp used:
HA Design Blocks Woodgrain / S5208
HA Design Blocks Antique Flower Background  /  S5264
HA  PP: Real Leaves / LL684
HA PP: More Real Leaves / LL685
Making Memories stamp

other supplies:
Bazzill Basics CS, HA notecard
Tsukineko Versa Magic / Sage
Ranger Distress Inks / several, Distress Stickles / Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Perfect Pearls / Blue Patina, Green Patina, Gold, Bronze
HA Metallic Decor, Idea-ology Grungesheet, ribbons, DMC cotton embroidery thread, Signo bronze gel pen
Quickutz Alphabet Biology, Nesting die

Thanks for looking! :)

September 14, 2009

'Thanks a bunch' card (Tuesday color)

Hello, everyone! I finished one more card today for Hero Arts 'fall color challenge'. The Tuesday color scheme was most difficult to me, I thought. So I tried to make it.

本日、もう1点カードを作ってみました♪ HA秋色カラー・スキームの火曜日のカラーです。
HA blog の9/7 ~ 9/12 (September 7th, 2009 - September 12th, 2009) です。 9/9 のblog 内に、Pantone issue “Fashion Color Reports” と、The Fall 2009 report と外部リンクが2箇所ありますが、双方のページを要約したような日本語ページを見つけましたので、そちらにもリンクを貼っておきますね。 ご参考まで♪

(* for foreigners:
  The link just above is a summary page written in Japanese just like combined the 2 sites introduced on HA blog on Sep. 9th. I just linked it for the Japanese.)

Here is the result.
It looks like this card says, "Pick these flowers, and make a flower bunch yourself, please!".
This strange English and my thought can tell you what I mean??? ;)

This is a closeup.
I used Perfect Pearls 'Pearl' on Broken China Distress ink, and 'Heirlooom Gold' on Antique Linen ink.
Sorry I couldn't  show you the actual results well by my poor photo technique.

stamp used:
HA Cling Silhouette Flower / CG105
HA Clear Design Thank You Sayings / CL341

other supplies:
Bazzill Basics CS, HA notecard
Tsukineko StazOn / Timber Brown
Ranger Distress Inks / Broken China, Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Stickles / Spiced Marmalade, Acrylic Dabber / Copper
HA gemstones, ribbons, brad, paper flower

Thanks for looking! :)
Have a beautiful weekend and the next week! It's already Monday evening here.

September 13, 2009

'Happy Fall' card (Wednesday color)

Hi, there!
  I made a card for the first time in about a month, 'cos I've been sick. I've been having a slight fever yet, but felt quite good yesterday, so I tried to make it for Hero Arts 'fallcolors' challenge.
  Thank you so very much everyone for your concern! All your gentle words cheered me up a lot. I so APPRECIATE YOU! <3

テーマは'Fall Colors - 秋色' ♪♪♪ ファッションなど、秋冬コレクションの方が春夏より好きな私は、このテーマに妙に刺激されてしまい、結局仕上げてしまいました(笑)
  お見舞いのお言葉をたくさん頂きまして、本当にありがとうございました。 気温が下がって来ましたので、皆様、どうぞご自愛くださいね。

Here is the card, 'Happy Fall'.
Made this card to use my favorite real leaves stamps. I used to use these maple and oak in autumn season since I got these sets.
Put a bit of distress stickles on the grungeboad 4 letters.
(I just knew the digital Real leaves named 'DigiKit - HA Foliage' were released at the 2 Peas.)

And, we had our typical autumn rain all day long yesterday. And the temperature came down to 19 in centigrade in midnight! We had over 31C in the afternoon the day before yesterday!!! Amazing! Fall is in the air? The leaves will be fallin' and the colors will be changing soon? The natural phenomenon gave me a hint that I should to express some raindrops to use Glossy Accents.
stamp used:
HA Blocks Design Woodgrain / S5208
HA Cling Antique Brocade /  CG102
HA PP: Real Leaves / LL684
HA PP: More Real Leaves / LL685
Making Memories stamp

other supplies:
Bazzill Basics & American Crafts CS, HA notecard
Tsukineko StazOn / Timber Brown, Versa Magic / Sahara Sand
Color Box Chalk Que / Dark Peony
Ranger Distress Inks / several, Distress Stickles / Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Glossy Accents, Opaque white pen
Kaiser Craft Pearl, Idea-ology Grungeboard, ribbons, DMC linen thread
Quickutz nesting die

Thanks for looking! :)
Have a beautiful weekend!

September 10, 2009

Tag for my friend (Stampers Anonymous)

Hi! I have one more post today.
Made this tag for one of my needlework friends, Ms. N on last Saturday. She e-mailed me to receive this today. So I wanted to share you.
I didn't know whether she likes grungy look or not. So I made this to use pretty colors. Mainly blended the Distress Inks and added to spray the Perfect Pearl mist for the background.
The birds was colored with Liquid Pearls (with water medium) after stamped with an acrylic dabber.
All the stamps are Stampers Anonymous. And the metals and the grungeboard are Tim Holtz, idea-ology.
Thanks for looking!

Tule lace doily (1) - チュールレース ドイリー



チュールレース。昨年、初心者にも関わらず、結構複雑な物に挑戦して、「やはり基礎から」と再開したのが正解だったのでしょうか? まあ、まずますの進捗具合のようです。
とりあえず、コーナーは何とかクリアしたので(結構大変でした!)、あと3コーナーとドッキングですねぇ。 この写真を、今、よく見ていたところ、「コーナーでドッキングになるのだわ!どうしよう!?(冷や汗)」と気づきました! ><。

Hello, there!
I posted one more bobbin lace work today, 'cos the Japanese friends of mine are maybe waiting to resume my works related on needleworks.

I'm knitting (weaving) this tule lace small doily. Actually this is now interrupted by an asthma. I began this after finishing the sampler shared you on Sep. 8th. I don't feel bad now and I want to continue to knit, but I have a slight fever even now. I have to control myself to resume it.

Thanks for looking! :)
Hi, everyone!
I want to express my appreciation to you!
Thank you so very much for your concern about my sick! and all your kind words!!! All your words really reassured me a lot. I so appreciate you taking the time.
I think I want to visit all your blogs or Flickr pages in a few days. Just give me some time.

Love, Tomo

September 8, 2009

Terrible summer and an asthma

Hi, there!

 I came back on my blog, but oh wow, today is September 8th! I'm very very sorry I couldn't visit any blogs, websites or Flickr pages for a couple of weeks.
I had an asthma attack around 20th August, and it was slightly then. But it hasn't been improved, and I came to have any other symptoms (caught cold by air conditioners. - I was so stupid. All the rooms in my house were well air‐conditioned, 'cause it was intense heat of summer outside and I had feverish. But the rooms were TOO COLD! I had CHILLS!) besides an asthma.
I've been a patient for about one and a half years. I thought it caused by the mental shock of my mother's death and my living environment was changed significantly. But I have sometimes slight symptoms even now. I have this kinds of DNA? Oh No!
I'm in recovery, I have a cough though.
I make it a rule to think positively, 'it improves than the last year'. I had fatigue fractures 4 times by the persistent coughs in 2008. And actually I had many stresses in this summer - natural disasters of flood and earthquakes, and diseases of my father's and mine. To tell you the truth, I've been so scary of fractures this times...

Today I had no photo related on paper crafts. So I introduce my bobbin lace.

 I made this for the first time in about a year. This was a tule lace (point ground lace) sampler for practicing which I made in middle of last month.
The bobbin folder is stamped the Hero Arts 'Heart Flower Blossomes' stamp. Haha.
I made 2 more folders last year. I love its antique look. <3

Thank you for peeking! :)