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!