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! :)