Don’t get all grossed out but I made a scrapbook page that includes a few of the huge bugs here in Hawaii.  Living in the Tropics sounds all dreamy and wonderful but there’s always things you’ve got to be on the lookout for.  Bugs are one of them.  Although I must say the bamboo is making the bugs sort of look insignificant.  *:D  And the geckos are fabulous!  They’re good luck you know.  (And they eat bugs for dinner!)



Here’s two more pages I’ve done using Close to My Heart scrapbook pages.  These things make page layouts so much faster than starting with a plain page.  Love them for fast layouts.  Then I have more time to sspend on the really detailed pages I want to make sometimes.

Maybe I’m flattering myself but I love the dreamy look of this picture.  I was taken through a piece of class and is actually light reflecting from behind me.  Yeah… Sure, I meant to do that.  … NOT!

I was going through some old papers and came across this hone drawing I did a few years ago.  Honu is Hawaiian for turtle.  I drew it while a friend of mine was playing the congos for one og the bands here in Hawaii.  It was so relaxing to draw and listen to live music. 

All products are from Stampin’ Up.  Check out the new olive twill ribbon.  It’s soooo nice to tie and looks great.  It’s in the current mini catalog.  I bought it in chocolate chip also.

Aloha!  Because people know I’ve removed all the woodie stamps (red rubber stamps on wood blocks) from the wood blocks they were made with, many people want to know how I use the clear blocks with the red rubber stamps that aren’t sticky.  So I thought I’d tell everyone because I tried a few different ways to use the red rubber stamps on the clear blocks but I definitely found a solutino I’m very happy with.

First, let me say I love having my favorite woodies now stored in DVD or CD jewel cases,  It has been the best storage solution since baskets were invented!  Looking back the process of removing all the ones I wanted to keep took a long time but I’m not sorry I did it.  The results have been marvelous!

Now for the sticky solution… And the good thing about this solution is that it’s more popular now and easier to find than when I was forst looking for ways to make my woodie rubbers work on clear blocks.  It’s called “Tsukineko Tack n Peel” and it’s made by the same people that make Versamark ink, Staz On ink, and all kinds of scrapbooking and rubber stamping inks and accessories.

How Tack n Peel works is you cut a piece the size of the block you will be using with anything that is not sticky and once you let the Tack n peel cling to the clear block anything can be used to stamp with.  So not only did I find something to use my woodie-less stamps with but I found something that I can stick string or whatever to and make custom backgrounds.   Fun, fun, fun.  Gotta Have It!

Aloha & Happy stamping & crafting.

Aloha!  Thought I’d share one of the two favorite pieces I’ve made out of Art Clay Silver (pure silver in clay form).  It’s a jeweled branch pin.  I was trying to make it look like coral but I think it looks more like a twig.  No matter. I love how it turned out anyway.  It has a bar pin on the back.  You can sort of see the pin in the picture on the top of the branch.

NO!  This isn’t my truck nor am I in any way married to the man that drives this truck!

I saw this while driving through town a few weeks ago and HAD to take a picture of the sign.  It put a smile on my face.   Hope you smile too.  *:D

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