Monday, September 30, 2013

Enter The Dragon...

Everytime I start thinking about a dragon title, I always end up with "Enter the Dragon".  Not that I'm a big Bruce Lee fan or anything, just think its a cool title.  hee hee.

Enough being silly.. are you liking our new images?  I feel like they are old friends since I had stared playing with them about 3 years ago.

So I went outside my comfort zone a bit and was determined to not color the dragon red, orange and yellow again.  I guess in my mind, Chinese dragons are always those colors?!  So after I saw Laura's dragon colored up in a purple/gray color, I thought I should give it a try too...

I'm glad I took the plunge and decided to go with a different color palette.  The background paper used is by DCWV.  Its from their Far East paper stack.  I love those papers, but have never had the chance to use them... So I dusted off the paper pad and picked out this cherry blossom one.

The two tags are by PTI.  I embossed the kraft one using a Sizzix embossing folder.  The sentiment is by Island Scrapbooking.

This gift card holder was made using my envelope punch board.  My new favorite toy!  Used the punch board to make the tab you see behind the dragon.  It then hooks into pocket below when you close it so it stays shut.

Don't forget to visit our Zodiac team.  It's their LAST POST for the entire release!  Let's give all of them a round of applause for all the hard work and creativity they've contributed to Sister Stamps.  Love you ladies!


And don't forget to check out Linda's You Tube Channel!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Epic Adventure

Before I get into my project, I just wanted to say that it's a little bittersweet moment for me right now.  The Chinese Zodiac design team has been with Sister Stamps for about a year now and this is our last release!  Please check out Patti, Laura, Eunice and Linda to see what they came up with.  They have given us awesome projects over the year, so don't miss their final projects today and tomorrow!

We are coming up on the school's fall break soon, which made me a little nostalgic for last year's break.  I can't believe it's been about a year since we took our trip to Disneyland with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law.  That was truly an epic adventure!

My mother-in-law is the rabbit of the family and she really does match the profile.  So here's my layout using our new Rabbit image... I guess I was in a rainbow-ish mood!  I guess it reminded me of Disneland and our trip, so I really wanted to use it.  

In the picture, we finally were able to get the entire group in one shot since Disney has photographers that will take pictures for photopass and will also use your camera.  My sister-in-law is a Disney cardmember and we were able to get in to an exclusive meet and greet at California Adventure.  We weren't sure who the character would be, but were excited to find out it was Stitch!  Here's a better look at the photo used.

And because it was an Epic Adventure, I couldn't resist using stamps from Mama Elephant called Wanderlust.  They are really fun for journaling on your scrapbooks.

So if you live in Hawaii, are you planning anything for the next fall break?  We are getting ready for VEGAS BABY!  Woo Hoo!  Haven't been there since Akemi was in my belly.  Maybe we'll have another epic adventure!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Year of the Dragon...

Aaaaahhh, yes!  Our very last zodiac image!  The Year of the Dragon!  As I mentioned to you in earlier releases, I am pretty sure I have family members in every sign of the zodiac.  My brother-in-law is the dragon in our family.  He is an amazing photographer (which is why I added that tiny My Favorite Things camera!  Love it!).  You can see his work here...  

I guess I got a little washi tape happy with this layout.  I think I got excited with all the washi tape that matched my dragon colors!  Guido's name was cut using a Lawn Fawn alphabet die set.

This picture was taken on my sister and brother-in-law's last trip home.  We tagged along on their trip to Aulani Resort and had an awesome time!  Thanks Guido & Denise for letting us tag along with you guys!

Speaking of Aulani... I can't resist sharing this photo of me and my sister!    Somehow I convinced her to go down the water slide with me using the two man raft.  OMG- we screamed and laughed the whole way down!  Good Times!

OK enough embarassing shots for now!  

If you would like a chance to win our Dragon image, all you have to do is:
1) leave a comment on THIS POST by 09/30/13, 11:59pm HST; and
2) Tell me about the crazy things you make your family do.  Can't wait to hear!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Meet the Rabbit....

Well, I feel like we're finally at the end of a long journey!  About a year ago, we started releasing all of the Chinese Zodiac creatures and are down to our last two animals!  I truly appreciate everyone's enthusiasm for all of the images in this collection and really appreciate all of the Zodiac Design Team's hard work and creativity.  More from them later....

For now, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite images from the collection!  I'm a little biased and partial to the rabbit as I had a pet rabbit growing up.  I've always loved bunnies and convinced my sis to draft up a whole collection of them.  You've already met Daba, now it's time to meet the Rabbit.  Who knows, maybe you'll see more bunnies in our future!

This gift card holder was made using the new We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board.  If you have not picked up this cool new tool, you need go jump in your car or go to your computer and order one.  You won't be sorry.  I'm so impressed with all the creative ways that everyone has come up with to use this punch board... and I don't mean just for envelopes!

I decided to keep it simple here and just used it to make a gift card holder/envelope out of washi paper.  It was a bit challenging since washi has a lot of give, so my paper kept getting stuck in the punch part.  But I think it was worth it, it came out nicer than the ones I used plain cardstock.

Here's a shot of the back so you can see the envelope portion.

Do you want a chance to win this rabbit?  I know you do right?  Here's all you have to do:
1)  Leave a comment on THIS POST by 09/30/13 11:59 HST; and
2)  Tell me if you want to see more bunnies.  I know I've asked this before, but I'm just wondering if there's enough interest. Thanks!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

We Finally Made It!

Woo Hoo!  In just a few short days, you can soon own the entire Chinese Zodiac collection!

Be back tomorrow to begin our introductions!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Release #17 Now Available!

Wow!  We made it to another release day!  Can't believe it is September already.  Where did the summer go?

I just wanted to thank our design team for working so hard on all the holiday cards for this release. Hopefully it gave them a jump start on their holiday projects for the year!  I got inspired to start working on some craft fair projects.

So I'm off island right now and can't access my new release images for next month.  I will post a teaser when I get home after the long weekend.  Hope you enjoyed the new release!

And now for the winners!

Minoru:  MJ Rutledge
Sleigh:  Jeni
Reindeer:  Colleen

Yay!  Congratulations!  Please email me with your address at