Saturday, February 28, 2015

It's Release Day!

Oops!  Guess I forgot to take photos of my samples before I gave it away  Shoots.  Oh well, you'll just have to watch my video.

Before we get to that, please go check out our Design Team's projects! They came up with such cute stuff yesterday and I'm dying to see what they made today!

I'll be announcing the winners soon so please check back again for that.

And.. I gotta say, I really enjoyed reading all your comments!  Love to hear what you all love about Hawaii and what your favorite Hawaiian music is!  That really inspired me and my hubby to download a bunch of old school Hawaiian music.  I think my favorite group is Ka'au Crater Boys.. just because.  Ho'aikane is also so fun to listen to. Reminds me of living in the dorms at UH,  Remember the song Jenny and her Sista?  LOL!  People used to sing that when I walked in the room.  Aaaah, good times.  If you have never heard of these groups, check it out on YouTube, we found a lot of music there and were listening all night!

Hopefully I can download my video!  If not, please visit my Sister Stamps Channel here:

Friday, February 27, 2015

You Will Get Hooked By These Images!

Feeling a little silly today after a long day of work.. You will understand the title of my post better in a little bit.  Before I get into my project, I just want to remind you to go check out what our Design Team has been up to!  Did ya miss them?!  I have! I can't wait to see what projects they came up with for this release! Please go check them out and see what creations they have to share with you:


Rina's YouTube Channel
Linda's YouTube Channel

Sooooo, I got inspired while I was looking at my Kiki and Lala wall hooks... daydreaming of what I would make using our new images.  Then it donned on me that I wanted to make something similar with Kaleo and Pua!  So I rummaged around my room and found some command hooks.

It fit perfectly!  Even though the images are larger than the hook, the back of the hook is long and enough to support the image.  Here's how they came out...

After coloring up each image, I mounted them on some thick acetate that was from leftover packaging.  This helps to keep the image strong so it won't bend or tear.

Now they are both ready to be mounted on the wall and put to use!

Hope you enjoyed my not so typical project share today.  Please stop by tomorrow and remember to check out the DT's projects!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meet Kaleo

Hope you are enjoying the previews thus far.  I'm happy to read all of your comments on the images and loved hearing what you love about Hawaii!

Today's introduction features our newest boy... Meet Kaleo!  Kaleo means "Voice" in Hawaiian, so I thought it would work nicely with this image as he looks like he is singing while playing his ukulele.  The ukulele is a very popular instrument used in a lot of local Hawaiian music.  What I really love about this image is his pose.  I can't put my finger on it but I just love how she designed him!

He is also wearing traditional local attire- aloha shirt, shorts, and slippers!!!! Bwahahaha!  If you ever came to a wedding on the big island, you would see the majority of guests come dressed in similar attire.  Only in Hawaii would you see that! :)  Part of what I love about living here.

My project today features Kaleo singing his heart out on a vintage style calendar.  I make calendars every year to sell at craft fairs and decided to feature some of the new images before they were released.  I started off with a 8 1/2 x 11" chipboard and adhered the patterned paper to it.  Then rounded the corners using my corner chomper.  The calendar itself was printed from the computer and sized down to fit to one side of the 8 1/2 x 11 base.  The 2015 title and monsterra leaves are laser cuts from Island Scrapbooking.  I then colored up Kaleo and added him using pop dots so he would stand out a bit.  I then punched holes at the top and strung ribbon burlap through it so that the recipient could mount it on the wall.

I hope you give this project a try. It really is very easy to make and makes great gifts at Christmas.. Doesn't everyone need a calendar?  Check out my video here... for the good stuff... If you want a chance to win Kaleo, here's all you have to do:
1) Leave a comment on THIS POST by 11:59pm HST on 2/2715; and

2)  Tell me what your favorite Hawaiian song is?  I guess I gotta go with "Friends" by Na Leo Pilimehana.  Just reminds me of good times.. or maybe it's "Good Times Together" by C&K.. I can't decide!  Too much good memories to choose from!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Introducing... Pua!

This year we have some exciting new images to share with you!  While our roots are deep in vintage Japanese images, Denise has also been working on a line of local style and modern images too!  We'll be sharing those with you over the course of the year and can't wait to hear what you all think of them.

As you may (or may not) know, my sister and I were both born and raised in Hawaii.  While I still live here, my sister has since moved abroad.  There's something about being from Hawaii that makes living here so special!  Hawaii is such a melting pot of many different cultures that we all celebrate various cultural traditions even though we may not be of that ancestry.  We also have unique local cuisine that is like no other!  I think I would die if I didn't get to eat local food on a regular basis.  But most importantly, its the Aloha Spirit that is what makes us so unique and what most people remember.  The minute I tell people I'm from Hawaii, their whole demeanor changes and suddenly I'm like their long lost friend!

Our newest release captures the Aloha Spirit unlike no other...  Meet our newest image... Pua!   She is just waiting to greet you with a lei- which is very traditional here in Hawaii.  Hawaiian names are very symbolic and are normally chosen because of their meaning.  Pua in Hawaiian means flower, so I thought it would be fun to name her that since she's holding a flower lei and has a flower in her hair.  She's wearing a traditional mu`umu`u which is a long traditional hawaiian dress that is very common attire here in Hawaii.

Because Pua is dressed in Hawaiian attire, I decided to go with more earthy tones and fabrics.  I saw a video tutorial recently on Christine Sawvell's channel and thought this would be fun to make out of burlap!  Here's her tutorial here:

This project was surprisingly easy to make and only took one sheet of 12x12 burlap (or cardstock).   I just love how cool it looks and am pretty sure you can size it to whatever envelope size you want.

Please check out my video here on the Sister Stamps YouTube Channel:

And now for what you've been waiting for... it's Candy Time!!:

1) Leave a comment on THIS POST by 11:59pm HST on 2/27/15; and
2) Tell me what you love about Hawaii.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It's Release Time!

Woah!  Has it been that long since our last release?  Have you missed us?  Well, the wait is almost over... tomorrow we start the previews for our newest release!  Here's a sneak peek to tide you over till then...

Check back in tomorrow to meet our newest images!  See you then!