Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sparkly Kiyoko!

Everyone's played with sparklers before right? Well, when I was young, I was chicken..(I mentioned that in my last post) and did not like those jumping jacks since they always seem to attack me! So the safest thing for me to play with was sparklers. Sad times yah? It makes me happy that my daughter is fearless and plays with whatever is available, from when she was young. Sparklers are very boring for her, but I still enjoy them!

Kiyoko is my mom-in-law's japanese name. We always have New Years' at Grandma's house, even when I was young, it was always at my Grandma's, so I thought it was fitting to name this image after my daughter's grandma. New Year's in Hilo is very special for me. Not only is it New Years, but New Year's Eve is also my husband's birthday, so many of our friends and family stop by my mother-in-laws house to wish him Happy Birthday. Even those that we do not see very often seem to make it for a little while to say hello. Plus Hilo is FREEZING around New Year's time, so everyone is bundled up in the cold, playing firecrackers. New Year's will be very dull once we can't buy firecrackers anymore! I'm sure the other New Year's traditions will be remembered, but oh how we will miss that smell of smoke on New Year's Eve!

Here's the card I made using Kiyoko... I must admit that this is the second card that I made for this introductory post. The first one was made in a rush and I just wasn't happy about it, so I decided to try again. This time I made it into a shaker card! I haven't made one of these in ages because I hate the foam tape and what it does to my scissors. Well, I lucked out this past weekend and found a roll of thin foam tape at a local craft store on Oahu while visiting. That was a good find! Made making my shaker card oh so easy! I cut the circles from my new Sizzix wafer thin dies that are larger than my Spellbinder set and a great size for Sister Stamps images.

I guess the stickles I used on the sparkers wasn't quite dry yet, so all the microbeads were sticking to it. The frame was made using my MS punch set on my favorite gold cardstock. Topped it off with some red cherry blossoms by Wild Orchid Crafts. Here's a close up of Kiyoko...

I made this into an easel card, so here's what it looks like when the card is opened. I chose one of my new labels from the Labels #3 Spellbinder set. It had an asian appeal to me, so I thought it matched. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set that has a great variety of sentiments for all occasions.

That wraps up our introductory posts for this release! Check back soon for more samples of Release #4 images and our Guest Designer reveal. Oh! And don't forget to post a comment on THIS POST (follow rules on Firecracker introductory post) and tell me where you go to celebrate New Year's.

  • Kiyoko image- Sister Stamps
  • Cherry blossoms- Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Microbeads- MS Crafts
  • Punches- MS Crafts
  • Stickles
  • Smooch
  • Labels #3 die- Spellbinders
  • Circle dies- Sizzix
  • Oval die- Spellbinders
  • New Years Sentiment- Hero Arts
  • Swirl background stamp- Hero Arts
  • Gold mica powder
  • Foam tape
  • Cardstock- Bazzil


  1. Super cute card! Love the shaker. Have you tried the Honey Bee non-stick scissors? They work sooo well, plus they're great for detailed cutting.

    As for New Years celebrations, I don't have a favorite place to celebrate. Everything is way too crowded and over-priced, and usually freezing here in N. CA on NYE. Makes me want to just stay home to celebrate! And with 2 little ones (3yr & 1yr) we haven't celebrated NYE for the past few years. I do look forward to my MIL's Oden!

  2. ooooh what a beautiful card Jenny! Love how you made it an easel card and the gorgeous gold frame. The microbeads look great as part of the sparkler! Fabulous new release!! ;)

  3. Totally awesome!!! Can't wait to pick up Release #4 next weekend.

  4. Absolutely beautiful Card. As a typical asian we have to stay home when the clock strikes 12am. Even though I used to live in Vegas and I can tell you that I have never experience a Vegas New Year or any New Year outside the house. We would have a typical Noodles at midnight for long life. It was more fun when I lived in the Philippines because had firecrackers in the house.


  5. What an absolutely super card. love all the sparkles which is the best thing about New Year.

    In Denmark where I am from (I live in the UK however) we always welcome the New Year with a massive fireworks-display which was the high-light for me as a child. Nowadays I am usually in bed before midnight lol.

    Hugs, Mette

  6. What a pretty shaker card. Love it! So love the colors you use. Can't wait to get them.

  7. That's an awesome tradition, I can't wait until I have my own family and start our own tradition :D. Although New Years for the past years have been awesome too, we visit my bf's family's house on New Years Eve then to my family's, then lunch at his grandma's house and back to mine for dinner. It's awesome...with lots of "ONO" food. Haha! That's all we do,!

    Kiyoko, is adorable, love your easel I have to try to make one too :)

    Thanks Jenny!

  8. I love your card Jenny! That was a great idea in making it into a shaker card... it's like all her sparklers are flying all over the place! Love it!!!

  9. Love this Jenny! The beads on the sparklers are awesome so good thing the Stickles wasn't dry. Great shaker and easel card in one!

  10. Totally awesome card! I love the shaker cards. I usually stay at home as well. Too many laws now, can't have al the fireworks unless you attend a community outing. Thanks

  11. ooooh i like this creation very much!!! hahah! i thought that was intentional on the sparklers... it looks great and gives it texture!! Love it Jenny!! she is another cute addition!!

  12. Jenny, this is super cute! New Year we usually stay at home. But, back at home, we usually have the tradition of visiting family and friends.

  13. I love this one like crazy!!!

    New Year's Eve we used to go to my grandma's house, but after she moved to the mainland before passing on, we've stayed at home. I'm usually parked on the couch in the living room setting all my texts and e-mails to go out at exactly midnight while everyone else is setting up the fireworks outside to light at midnight.

  14. Kiyoko is so cute. I love how you created the shaker card. The colors makes the card stand out and I love the spellbinder. To celebrate New Year, we usually go over a friends house. Before, you can pop fireworks, now we probably will be socializing and watch videos.

  15. New Years is always celebrated at home with family dropping by all day. Love your Kiyoko shaker card - it's so fun and nice. :)