Friday, November 25, 2011

And The Winner Is....

Hi Everyone! Happy Black Friday!

Before I head out to go Black Friday shopping, thought I'd let you all know who won our Thanksgiving blog candy...

Creative Grammie!

Please email me at

Congratulations! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for a successful launch of Sister Stamps and for all of you who have embraced our images!! As a Thank You how's about some thanksgiving candy? Just make sure you are publicly following our blog, post a comment on this post and if your name is picked, I'll send you a stamp of your choice!

Please enter by 11:59pm HST on Thanksgiving Day- 11/24/11 and I will pick a name from everyone who entered and qualifies.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Last One!

Ok- you must be sick of these magnetic boards by now right? This will be the last one for now... again using some of my new washi from Japan here and added Kiyomi this time. After I made this, I decided to re-do it and add in a strip under Kiyomi and personalized it for a blogging friend. I hope she liked it!

Thanks for sticking with me through all these craft fair posts!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Magnet Fishing

Ok, so I couldn't come up with a clever title for this post. :)

I love pastel washi paper and got a pastel rainbow of them while in Japan. This green one was one of my faves since it also included sakura. The gold waves in it reminds me of water, so I thought Yoko would match well- like she's fishing in a pond. Decided to color her up in pink this time instead so that she would pop.

One last board to share with you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nobu Notes

For a little change, I decided to try adding in "notes" to the bottom of the magnetic board. That way the recipient will know what its for right? This time used Nobu on some dragonfly washi paper (again from Japan). I'm glad I bought this washi, even though its pastel, I can still use it for boy stuff. Plus I like the look of asian dragonflies. I used use asian dragonfly prints all the time when I used to sew (yes, I used to sew many moons ago).

Anyway, thought I should add in a boy magnetic board in case someone is looking for a boy version.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Magnetic Personality

So I saw this idea for a mini magnetic board at Cute Stuff on one of my Oahu adventures. They sell these 6x6 metal sheets at the store and have them especially cut. Now I wish I didn't tell you since you'll probably buy up my supply!

Decided to cover some of them using washi paper and what images go better with washi than ours? Oh yes, let's talk about the washi for a minute... I have a weakness for washi paper. I brought back so much on my trip to Japan that I had to hand carry it on the plane since it didn't fit in my suitcase! Each print is very special to me and I hate cutting up a nice full sheet of washi, but I told myself that no one is enjoying it when it just sits in my office/craft room, so I should use it right? I shouldn't hoard right? OK- so I finally cut some and thought that this project would be good to use it on since its likely that the recipient wouldn't throw it away. This thought made me feel better about using it on my project. Sick, I know. Besides, I need to make room for more washi right? hee hee hee...

So I punched some holes and added some grommits and ribbon. Then it was time to decorate. Since this washi is so sweet and pretty on its own, I decided to keep it simple and just add in Ayako. I chose her since she looks like she's using her umbrella to protect her from the shower of sakura.

Oh yah, added in some magnets made by mounting some marbles on them. Don't know if you can see, but I glued mini sakura laser cuts by Island Scrapbooking under the marbles since that's the only think I could find that fits.

I have a few more magnetic boards to share using Sister Stamps so check in soon.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Yoko Calendar

I only made a few Sister Stamps calendars for my upcoming craft fair. I'm waiting for my re-order to arrive so I can make more. This is the last one I came up with so far... Decided to use Yoko this time since she's bigger than some of the other images and would fill up the space nicely.

Here's a closer look at Yoko...

Yoko- Sister Stamps
Gold- Smooch
Red cardstock- Bazzil
Washi- Hanko designs
Binder rings- Office Max
Coasters- Papertrey Ink
2012 calendar

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peace Man

Sorry about the image quality, but I'm still learning how to use my new camera. Thought I was smart by waking up early to utilize "natural" light, but it's been so darn dark lately, that that plan didn't work and I ended up having to use my flash anyway.

So I fell in love with this background paper and felt it screamed Nobu. I guess it reminds me of bamboo for some reason, so I dressed Nobu in green so that he would match. Embossed the peace kanji in gold on black paper this time and added it next to Nobu for some interest. Sorry, I guess I forgot to take a close up!

Coasters- Papertrey ink
Binder rings- Office Max
2012 calendars
Nobu- Sister Stamps
Peace kanji stamp- Fiskars

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happiness Coaster

I know Kiyomi is by far everyone's favorite image... I guess its cause she's so cute and easy to cut? Anyway, since she's so popular, I decided to make a coaster calender using her image. These calendars are easy to make and a great gift to give friends. I thought she needed something next to her, so I stamped the happiness kanji and punched it out. This particular kanji stamp is by Fiskars.

Here's a closer look at Kiyomi.

Coasters- Papertrey Ink
Happiness stamp- Fiskars
Kiyomi- Sister Stamps
Washi paper- from Japan
Binder rings- Office Max
Red cardstock- Doodlebug Designs
2012 Calendar

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mei Lin Box of Drawers

Since we are taking some time off from new releases until after the holidays, I thought I'd share some projects I've been working on using past release images. I seriously can't believe that we've had 4 release already! I can't believe we have 13 stamps!

OK back to the project. You remember that Mama made this awesome box-of-drawers right? Well, I loved it a lot and had try it out myself. I decided to use Mei Lin since I haven't inked her up in awhile. Her pinwheel makes me so happy.

And here's the box when its opened. This project makes me think of those japanese lacquer boxes, so I did my best to replicate one by using my favorite gold cardstock and a black base. Do you like mini gold dew drops I added for the drawer pulls? I think it helps to complete the look.

If you click on the link above, it will take you to Mama's post, who then takes you to Shirley's post (Hi Shirley), who then takes you to the originator of the instructions I used. I ended up modifying it a bit so that the boxes fit better in the box, but otherwise its the same. I originally saw this type of box at Photocraft on Oahu. Their version is made using chipboard, so it would be much sturdier than this one. Enjoy!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Blog Candy Winners- Last Chance!

Well, we have two Blog Candy winners that have not responded yet.. One from Debi's blog candy and one from this blog. If you are a winner and have not responded yet, please email me at by tonight (Friday, 11/4/11). If I don't hear from you by then, I'll be picking another winner. Thanks!

To the rest of you that did respond, I'm mailing out your goodies later today. Thanks!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Quiet Cold Winter

Here's another fan made by Aunty Jan. I really love the look of this fan. Its so wintery and makes me feel like curling up in my bed with a warm blanket. The kanji on the right side of the boy is the kanji for winter- which is just perfect. I love how she stamped it in light blue too- not too overpowering and lets the image stand out. The other sentiment next to the girl is a Hero Arts stamp about winter. I love how they coordinate so well together.

Here's a close up of Shimo-san and the two kiddies. She even outlined the image using the same light blue... it really makes the image pop.

Finished it off with some punched snowflakes by Martha Stewart Crafts. It also has a hook to hang the fan as an ornament or on the wall and the back is covered with washi. Thanks Aunty!

Shimo-san: Sister Stamps
Winter kanji- Design in Squares
Winter stamp- Hero Arts
Snowflake punch- Martha Stewart Crafts
Washi paper (on the back)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Holidays

Hope you enjoyed all of the samples for our Release #4 images. Thanks again to Debi and Leanne for all your help!

I was able to visit with Aunty Jan last weekend while visiting Oahu, and she gave me a couple more samples. She decided to cover up a fan she bought at a local craft store using our holiday images. Shown here are Yuki and Setsuna wishing you a Happy Holiday. To decorate the edge of the fan, she decided to make little presents all around the border. She told me she punched and cut out different sized rectangles and squares to do this and added ribbon, baker's twine and punches to decorate each present. Such a cute idea! You can't tell from this photo, but there's actually a hook where you can hang the fan up on the wall or on your tree.

Here's a close up of her Santa...

And sweet Yuki...

Yuki and Setsuna- Sister Stamps
Happy Holidays sentiment- Stampendous
Fan- Flora Dec.
Baker's Twine
Not shown- Washi paper on back

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Release #4 Blog Candy Winners!

OK, I know you've been waiting to find out who won our blog candy for the Release #4 images, right? I got my DD to pick names and here's the winner list:

Kiyoko: Jenny V.

Lion Dancers: Annie's Creations

Firecracker: Linda

Congratulations Ladies! And thank you to everyone who entered! We are so happy to be getting such a great response to these images. Hope to see what you all come up with soon!

Winners- please email me at with your mailing address. Congratulations!

Oh yah, and if you entered Debi's blog candy, don't forget to check her blog for her winners!

Li See Envelope Tutorial

It's Release Day! Yippee! It's our last release for 2011, but don't worry, we'll have some fun new designs next year.

Just wanted to share the instructions on how to make the li see envelopes I featured in yesterday's post. Since I couldn't find a tutorial online, I thought I'd share this with all of you!

  • 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" red paper
  • 6 3/8" x 3 1/4" red paper
  • double stick tape
  • Your favorite Sister Stamps New Year's Release Image
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoreboard
  • Scissors
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Copics
  1. Score 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" paper with the 4 1/2" side at the top at 1/2" on each end.
  2. Turn paper so that the 8 1/2" side is at the top and score at 1" and 7 3/4".
  3. Cut off all corners on score lines.
  4. Trim edges at slight angle to reduce bulk (optional)
  5. Fold on all score line. Use bone folder for good crease.
  6. Use the corner rounder punch and round the corners of the 1" flap. This will be the opening of your envelope.
  7. Apply double stick tape to the two long flaps and adhere the 6 3/8" x 3 1/4" paper on top.
  8. Apply double stick tape to the bottom flap (flap where corner is not rounded) and seal.
  9. Stamp and color Sister Stamp image and adhere to front of envelope.
  10. Embellish as desired.
Thanks for all the great feedback on this release! And thanks to our Guest Designer, Leanne Poe and of course Debi!