Thursday, May 28, 2015

end of the school year gifts

Hello!  I have one last teacher gift to share and also an idea I came up with for my youngest one's classmates.

Here's a little jar I decorated with one of those plastic domes.  I ordered a whole bunch of these domes from Amazon cause I guess they are kind of seasonal at our local crafty store and they didn't have them in stock.  I used PTI's school themed petite places stamp set and matching dies.  I think this little school house is so cute.  Then I added a personalized stamped aluminum circle.  Inside the jar is a gift card and I'm so glad I saved the yellow Easter grass my kiddies had in their treats.

Here is a close up of the school house.

This is what I put together for my youngest one's classmates.  I wanted to use a sentiment with a-maze-ing.  First I thought I could buy those little toy mazes but after looking around online for a while, I found this neat site that generates mazes of all sizes.  Check it out HERE.  Then my idea came together pretty quickly.  I printed out 4 different mazes and made enough copies for the whole class.  I cut them down to size and stapled each set of 4 mazes onto cardstock that I had printed the sentiment out on. 

Then while cleaning out more of my crafty stuff, I found all these mini pens I'd been hoarding!  Suffice it to say, I had enough to give one to each kid.  Hehe.  I think this was a pretty economical treat for the class.  Hopefully the kids will have fun figuring out these mazes.

Oh, and I totally thought I had lost 2 stamps from the school house stamp set today.  Mostly because I had left my stamps out instead of cleaning and putting them away.  I was sidetracked with sewing and then my crafty table looked like a mess.  Finally cleaned it up today and I couldn't find 2 of the stamps but found them tonight stuck onto one of my dies that I had already put away.  Thank goodness!  I was getting a bit sad.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Christmas in May

Hello!  Thank you all for the encouraging comments and support of my Etsy store opening.  I'll be adding more items soon.

Today I am sharing my finished Christmas tree skirt.  I know it's May but I had only finished the top half of this skirt last year and was looking for red fabric for the bottom half.  Finally found some at a good price at Walmart.  The Walmart I go to doesn't seem to restock very quickly.  Red seems to be a popular color also.  I bought whatever was left of the red fabric and when I went back today they still hadn't restocked it.

Here is my finished tree skirt.  I purchased a pattern from HERE.  The patterned fabric is a Doodlebug line from Riley Blake that I purchased online.  And I'm pretty much proud of this skirt!  I can't believe I made it.  And I made the binding also and sewed the back of the binding by hand.  I thought it would take me forever but the hand sewing wasn't too long.

I did poke my fingers in a couple places while I was putting this together.  So many pins to hold everything in place.  And it's actually kind of heavy.  I was surprised at that.  I guess because it's kind of big.  I want to make more of these skirts and also try to quilt a little blanket.  Those are my next sewing goals.

By the way, I am going to have one last sale of some of my crafty stuff soon.  It's just a bunch of miscellaneous brands, SOG, Lawn Fawn, some dies, and some Pure Innocence stamps.  And some Stampin' Up too. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Simply Made Hawaii now open on Etsy!!!

Hello!  I finally did it!  My Etsy store, Simply Made Hawaii, is now open.

At the moment, my shop has cards, some jewelry and hair accessories.  I'll be adding more in the future.  If you see something here on my blog but it's not listed in the shop, just email me.  Listing every thing is so time consuming!  I don't know how some shops have over hundreds even thousands of listings!

The funny thing is that opening my store has given me some anxiety.  I'm nervous that no one will buy anything ever and also nervous that someone will actually buy something.  It's weird, right?  I know I still have lots to learn about running this shop, so hoping I'll learn quickly.  

I also have a facebook page HERE.

Okay, so share with your family and friends and anyone else you know.

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Hello!  Just popping in to share some cards I made with Winnie & Walter's Addie's Garden.  I wanted this set because it seemed like the images were really easy to water color using distress inks. 

Here is the first one I made using the hydrangea stamp.  I heat embossed it in white and just added the distress inks.  The sentiment comes from a PTI set and I heat embossed that in gold.

The colors on here are slightly different but the layout is similar to the above card.

This is the last one I made using the tulip image.  The sentiment is also from the same PTI set.

Remember I still have sales of my used stamps and dies.  Just click on the SALE tab at the top of the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 15, 2015

CC Designs stamps and dies SALE!!!

Hello!  Another day, another SALE!!!  This time it is CC Designs stamps and dies.

So here is how this sale will work.
1.  Sale is only for the USA.    
2.  Prices are firm.  I think these prices are fair.
3.  Shipping will be through USPS first class mail with tracking or priority mail.
4.  Shipping & handling costs will be paid for by the buyer.  I am thinking shipping will cost at the minimum $3.
5.  Payment will be made only through Paypal.  I will invoice you once all costs have been determined.
6.  All sales final.  Sorry, I also will not be responsible for mail that is lost by USPS.  Most of these stamps have only been stamped a few times and some maybe only once.  Some may have some staining as well.  And these do not have the original packaging. 

This is a list only, no links.  Please Google the image if you are not sure what it is.  I can also send you a photo upon request.

Animal Crackers
Flipper Peep $1
Flower Power $3
Peep Balloon $1

Drozy's Darlings $3 each
Fairy Watering 
I Found It
Missing You
Mom's Heels

Baby Burps $4
Clownin' Around $4
Line of Lanterns $2
Love is in the Air $4
No Peeking $8
Snowman Flakes $2
Tree Trimmers $5

Monkey Feet
Present Teddy $3

Roberto's Rascals
Duckies $2
Henry with Chick $4
Shaky A
Reindeer Lala $2

Sweet November $2 each
Bufly Brooke
Fairwee Mia
Jilly & Emmaline Secret
Josie & Jilly's Chat
Josie's Brella
Mia's Kite
Stocking Boy

Swiss Pixies
Holly and Berry $1
Olivia's Happy Day $4
Potted Lucy $4

The Tumbleweeds
Butterfly Dreams $6
Zooming $3

Tickled Pink $4 each with exceptions below
Australian Kellita
Baby Frankie $3
Baby Lilith $3
Bride Lilith
Butterfly Willow
French Lilith
Jackie Frost
Umbrella Lilith

Baby Cakes $4
Birdie Day $8
Bootiful Sentiments $4
October 31 Accessories $4
Wedding Labels $4

Cherry Blossoms Die $3
Chickadee Die $3
Chinese Lantern Die $3
Christmas Tree Die $3
Cube box Die $14
Flower Border Die $8
Four Season Tree Die $9
Gals Die $3
Grunge Envelope Die $9
Guys Die $3
Hay Die $4
Holly and Berry Die $2
Lucky Charms Die $3
Mini Banners Die $8
Ornament Border Die $5
Presents Die $3
Say Cheese Die $10
Snowman Outline Die $4
Snowflake Die $4

Email me at

Thanks to all who have been purchasing my used stamps!  I had a bit of a pre-sale so this list got really short.  But still a lot of good deals on here.  Please check out my SALE tab for other stamp companies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 8, 2015

"love" necklaces

Hi all!  It's been a little while, hasn't it?  I really can't believe it is already May.  The school year is almost over and the kids all move up another grade.  It's really too fast.  I was asking the kids the other day why it seems like the months and years go by so quickly but sometimes the week just drags on?  Constantly wishing for Friday to hurry up.

I'm sharing my latest sterling silver necklaces.  They all fall under the theme of love. 

Here is a little heart which is hammered on one side for texture and shine.  I made some earrings with these the last time.

Sorry, still cannot get the hang of taking photos of jewelry.  But I love this simple and minimal style of jewelry.  It's kind of like making CAS cards! 

These are cute little love birds on a branch.  Really sweet.

Another one with an infinity symbol.  You know, cause love is forever!

And last, is a simple circle.  A never ending circle to symbolize love too. 

Okay, so yeah my Etsy store still not open yet.  But I'm working on it!  I have listed most of what I want to.  So now I'll have to double check everything like prices and photos and shipping costs.  I am really tired of taking photos and editing them.  It is a really time consuming process.  But these necklaces and the earrings I made earlier will be in the store.  I'm not gonna say when exactly it'll be open.  I don't wanna jinx myself!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

bear hugs

Hi again.  Back today to share a set of 3 cards I made with Mama Elephant's Bear Hugs.  Love how sweet the sentiments are in this set and the bears are too cute. 

Here is the first one.  I wanted to use each of the 3 bear images so I colored them all with Copics and cut them out.  Then I made some distress ink water colored backgrounds.  I think in real life the background is a bit darker but got lightened in my photo editing.  I added the moon and heat embossed the stars and sentiment.  Also added some Stickles to the stars. 

Here is the second one.  All the sentiments are the same.  I think these are cute for a child to give a parent and vise versa too.

My last one.  I just thought today that these would make cute polar bears too and would be so much easier cause they could just be white! 

Well, that's the last of my cards I made for this week. 

Thanks for visiting!