Monday, October 28, 2013

You are Loved and You are Beautiful 2x3 Magnets in Chalk Font with Ombre Colours

I must sound like a crazy person whenever I keep on repeating how I love to craft and how lucky I am to make a living out of it. But I really, really do love my job which doesn't feel like one, it feels like I am just playing most of the time. And I am so grateful that I have this gift of being creative and super patient. A couple of days ago I wrote about the Richard Bach inspired magnets I have made and I just cant stop thinking about the other designs inside my head, they are calling me, teasing me, until I gave in and worked on them. It is so hard to stop and I really tried my best to stick to just a few designs for now. It is crazy how I feel like I am falling madly in love every time I am working on a new project, how I get so excited and I feel so elated when it gets almost done and I just cant help smiling and admiring it and being so happy about the whole thing.

The background might appear lighter or darker depending on the light glare and how far the camera is from the magnets. The mylar cover kinda gives a glare to it so its really challenging taking pictures of it.

I was done editing, printing, pressing, taking pics and editing the following design before I noticed that the Y is kind off from the o, so I will go back and check what happened with that one. I was too happy with it and didn't catch that imperfection at all until it was almost half the size of the computer screen :)

I was done making all the magnets above when I went back and edited a few more. And I just thought that Hello Love is simple and yet so powerful and it would appeal and apply just to everyone dear to us.

And I think it would be cute to do the I love you with the same ombre effect.

This is actually the very first one I did and it took me a some time and a couple of print outs and editing before I was happy enough with the outcome. 

I hope you guys enjoyed them. Let me leave you with a quote about finding your life's purpose.

"There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It's why you were born. And how you become truly alive."
Oprah Winfrey

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lalaloopsy Tags and Punched Out Paper Buttons for Aizhamae's 7th Birthday

I found some pink glittery paper and I knew it would just be so cute to use for the tags. Ive used a paper punch that measures 2 inches for the scalloped ones and 1.5 inches for the round printed one.

I know I have a button puncher but I still haven't unpacked that box and no idea which box I should open so I just went ahead and bought another Martha Stewart button puncher. it punches and emboss at the same time. It would be nice to add to loot bags or just confetti scattered on tables for that added button cuteness!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lalaloopsy 2.25 inches Magnets for Aizhamae's 7th Birthday

I tried to limit the designs to only 6 and tried using the same ones from the Hershey Kisses labels, although I did not include the boy design coz the birthday celebrant wants it to be all girls. I find it really challenging to take pictures coz theres so much glare from the mylar cover of the magnet. 

Its 2 am now and I just finished stamping flexible wax seals for a client in New York so I would be keeping this one short. 

Hope everyone is having a great week! Don't forget to have some fun :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Richard Bach Inspired 2x3 Magnet Quote

I decided to take a break from my Lalaloopsy blog posts even though I probably still have 2 or 3 more projects to share with you. I have invested on a tecre magnet machine  and I really have been wanting to make magnets with my favorite quotes in them with the pictures I have taken but doing so would require so much time sorting through pictures. Last week I found journals to add to my ever growing collection and one of them has the chalkboard design to it which I really loved. I have seen someone hired by Oprah Magazine a while back to design the magazine cover for them using chalk writings, I was in the middle of writing that and did a quick google search and found there article here. Don't you just love the power of google and the whole wide web? Amazing! So moving on to this project, I kept on thinking there must be a way to design the magnets that way.  I usually edit pictures using my MacBook where I have Lightroom and Photoshop installed, but I only use Lightroom. I have to use my Sony notebook to edit graphics for most of my crafts using Printmaster. I have been using Printmaster since 1998 so yes, thats a long time already and I probably can say I have somewhat mastered designing there so even though I have the convenience of having Photoshop, learning the ropes can be quite tricky. I honestly don't have time right now, with us moving from Japan to Illinois, Im still not done unpacking all of our stuff, all 17,500 lbs of it and the million paper used to wrap all of my tea cups, tea pots and crystals. On top of that I have to work on seal orders and try my best to organize my craft room. I have so much stuff that just sorting one set of item feels like its taking forever. I really have to motivate myself to stay on top of things to update my blog regularly and I cant wait to finish my craft room and share it with all of you!

I told myself I would just make one and see how well it would work out but I ended up printing 4 of them, the other one, I was too excited that I didn't see I messed up and Richard Bach was missing so I didnt use that one. I cant wait to have more free time to sit down and design more magnets and start listing them on my Etsy shop. I think it would look better if its bigger, I don't think it shows too well especially when I used the pink font but I still have other designs inside my super busy head to work on later, time permitting. 

I first started reading Richard Bach's books when I was in high school and I cant remember who influenced me to read his wonderful works but up to this day my heart skips a beat when I see his books in stores.

What really resonated well with me after all these years is the following quote:

"Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you"

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and whether it is good or bad, we can always learn something from it and we always have the power within us to turn things around. It is up to us to continue loving someone or let them go, it is up to us to continue letting someone hurt us or love us. We have the power in our own hands to stop someone from continually giving us a false hope that one day, they would love us back with the same intensity we have been loving them or that one day they would change for the better and stop hurting and lying to us. It is not a hopeless case, it never is. We need to be reminded every now and then that we have the inner strength to walk away from something or someone that doesn't help us grow to be a better person because we do deserve so much better than that. Remember, what you choose to do with them is up to you....

Lalaloopsy Candy Sticks for Aizhamae's 7th Birthday

Last year when my niece and nephew ordered kisses stickers for a friends Mickey Mouse themed party, they requested that hopefully next time it would just be the easier version of a peel and stick so I went ahead and invested on blank templates as opposed to punching them one by one. The problem is the alignment on the printer, its like a hit or miss thing which surely drives me crazy. So for this Lalaloopy kisses labels I have printed so much test pages and I was wondering what to do with it and I remembered I bought a bunch of Wilton Candy Sticks from our recent trip to Pennsylvania, I went ahead tried cutting it into strips and just wrapped it around the candy sticks and it worked great!

I love this container from Bath and Body Works! I actually bought it for this purpose :)

I really love this Wilton Candy Sticks, I think its an adorable addition to any loot bags or candy buffets!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great and productive day!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lalaloopsy Invitation and Safety Pin Flexible Wax Seals for Aizhamae's 7th Birthday

After a few messaging back and forth we settled with the following design.

I don't have a button wax seal design so I suggested the safety pin to match the theme.

I don't have pink envelopes for the size we chose so we opted for the lavender ones.

Im busy sorting out all my crafts in between working on seal orders! I really wish I have all the time in the world to do all the projects Ive been dreaming off! I am trying my best to take pictures of all the stuff that I have been selling on my craft shows back in Japan on my Etsy store and its taking forever since theres so much variations and even though I have invested on a photo box, Im not happy with the pictures still and I found out that taking pictures outside works so much better but its getting cold and my allergies are acting up so theres only so much I can do at a time. Eventually I would need to figure out a great lighting to use with the photo box.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lalaloopsy Kisses Stickers for Aizhamae's 7th Birthday

I cant believe its almost a year ago when I made the cupcake themed stuff for Aizhamae's 6th Birthday. This year she wanted a Lalaloopsy party so I suggested the stickers for kisses chocolates. I tried to limit the design to 9 different ones but I did not realized until they are printed out already that I have used 2 of the same designs. I have to send them out to San Diego but I did took some of the stickers for samples and took pictures of it. 

I will be posting the other stuff I made the next couple of days. Hoping everyone had a lovely and productive weekend!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pink Postcard Collection

Hello everyone! Yes I am back, finally! It has been a crazy year and I cant believe its been almost a year since my last post here, I surely have been slacking and I promise to be better at posting my stuff from now on. 

We finally moved to Chicago last July  from being stationed in Japan for the last 7 years and boy it was not easy at all! Sorting, packing, paperworks and more paperworks involved, it was indeed a very painful process, not to mention saying goodbye to my dear lovely friends. I have been very fortunate to be able to attend craft shows, make party stuff including baking cakes and cupcakes while we were there on top of all the flexible wax seal orders I have to make all the time and since we moved here I have not said NO to any RUSH orders at all. I have to put unpacking aside and deal with the never ending rush orders from my brides. I am truly grateful, I am given such a wonderful opportunity to stay at home and do something productive with my hands which I truly enjoy and the bonus part is I get paid for it!

So moving on with my new project in mind which has caused me a lot of headaches and wasted time on the phone with customer service and lets just say, its the company that shall not be named here, although they do have great customer service, and it should just be the case coz it was indeed a lot of heartaches and time spent editing using their software online to get it printed professionally. The past few years I have taken a million pictures of just about anything but mostly flowers. I love them and I don't ever get tired looking at them. I know I told myself that I would turn them into magnets once I get my tecre magnet machine but I still have to find the time to do so.  We went to a flea market one day and they have postcards as a form of advertisement so when I got home I started looking online and chose a company that I thought would be ideal for my needs and ordered 2950 postcards, they only have a minimum of 100pcs per design, although one of the designs I have is for the cherry blossom that really sells well when I made them into magnets so I opted to order an extra 150 when it was offered for no additional shipping when I checked out.  I was so excited when they came but when I got them I can tell the quality of the paper was different for the 2700 postcards compared to the 250 ones I got and thats when my nightmare began. But moving forward I finally was able to get them packaged up to list on my Etsy store although the pictures I took of them does not do them justice at all, so much better in person.

I hand dyed mini clothespins and used bakers twine to hang them up.

Single Petal Roses, took pictures while we were in Japan

French Roses, also in Japan
First 3 pictures, peonies from Uncle Kevin and Aunt Regina's garden in Cochranton Pennsylvania, taken last spring. Last one is a Japanese peony.
 My favorite picture of the rose, its just so pretty!

I also love the macro shot of this one.

The back of the postcard

I decided to package them up using a clear cellophane tied with pink  bakers twine and used  my Sally's Heartful Creation seal to finish the look but I did use repositionable adhesive for this one. Theres 13 postcards including the one with all the picture of the postcards below and I decided it should be the front so when its given as a gift people will have an idea of everything that is inside.

Thats all for today folks. Thanks for spending some time to read my blog.
Hope everyone is having a great week!

much love,

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