Dec 22, 2011

nengajo 2012

Nengajo (new year's greeting postcard) for 2012 - this year I made it 100% digital (you can see my hybrid nengajo for 2011 here).

Before I started creating the image above, I have never thought how happy it is to prepare (or, to say, to be able to prepare) the new year's greeting - in Japan, when someone in the family died, we don't send nengajo for the next year. 
I don't know if you remember, but in March, a catastrophe had occurred in Japan, and many lives were lost.

Anyway, wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year :)



Sketches With A Twist DT

I am excited to announce that I made another Design Team - Sketches With A Twist.

It's a new challenge blog and here is the first DT:

Aki linuma
Danie May
Kirsten Michelsen
Laurie LaRiviere
Lisa Brooks
Lizzie Crust
Raechelle Bellus

Crafty Sketches(とSketchabilities)で一緒にDTをしているKimがはじめたSketches With A Twistという新しいチャレンジブログです。こちらもよろしくお願いします。

Dec 15, 2011

Sketchabilities DT

I am thrilled to be a part of Sketchabilities Design Team for next term - January to March.

Here is the new DT:

Aki Iinuma - Japan
Debbie Sherman - USA
Ginny Hughes - USA
Helen Tilbury - South Africa-returning
Debbie Standard - USA
Julie Comeau - Canada
Kim Kendell - Australia-returning
Kimberly Arledge - USA
Leah Cameron - Australia
Linda Eggleton - Australia
Marcia Dehn-Nix - USA
Marilyn Rivera - Puerto Rico
Nicole Doiron - Canada
Raissa Costa - Brazil
Nina Stenzel - Germany
Victoria Freze - Ukraine
Regina Castillo - Philippines-returning
Leila Cassimira - Brazil
Valerie Charlot - France-returning

I hope you will come join us and play along :)


Dec 12, 2011

Quick Christmas cards

Here are two quick and easy Christmas cards I made.

patterned paper - BasicGrey, Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cricket
die-cut - Making Memories
chipboard - Little Yellow Bicycle
other - grosgrain ribbon

It's my favorite season.
There are colorful Christmas lights on the town, and I also love Christmas music.

And I love to see my daughter talking about Santa Claus.

Hope everyone has a merry Christmas.



Dec 1, 2011

Swoosh! greeting card

Here is my DT work for Crafty Sketches December challenge. This month I created a card instead of a layout:

patterned paper - BasicGrey, Fancy Pants, Cosmo Cricket
chipboard - Little Yellow Bicycle
fiber, brad - BasicGrey
pin, die-cut, flower - Making Memories

Here is the sketch:

And, as a sketch designer for November, I would like to say thank you to those who have joined the challenge last month.
Hope you will enjoy our challenge this month again :)

Nov 1, 2011

Mom's shoes

Here is my DT layout for Crafty Sketches November Challenge:

patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, BasicGrey
alphabet sticker - K & Company
flower - Prima Marketing
transparency - Hambly Studios
chipboard - My Mind's Eye
button - Jenni Bowlin
trim - BasicGrey
other - postage stamps, dymo, organza ribbon, lace trim, receipt, vellum, kraft cardstock, paper doily

When I bought new shoes, my daughter found them and then tried them. I was lucky enough to capture her trying my shoes - soon she got bored with the shoes and went away.

The sketch for this month is by me:

I can't wait to see what everyone creates based on my sketch!

Crafty Sketchesの11月のDTレイアウトです。



Boys festival - Polkadot Door blog hop

It's time for the Polkadot Door Designs blog hop + inspiration challenge.
I'm excited to be invited as a guest designer again!

Really inspirational color combo...
This is what I created:

patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, BasicGrey, Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cicket, Prima Marketing, Webster's Pages
alphabet sticker - Prima Marketing
sticker - Sassafras Lass
chipboard - My Mind's Eye, Sassafras Lass, Prima Marketing
transparency - Hambly Studios
button - Jenni Bowlin
trim - BasicGrey
twine - My Mind's Eye
other - paper doily, magic mesh, cotton fabric

It's my son's first Boy's Festival (Tango no Sekku - Japanese traditional festival for boys on May 5; we display warrior-dolls to express the hope that boy(s) in the family will grow up healthy and strong).

Here is the list of blogs in this month's blog hop:
Aki  --> you are here

Be sure to vote for your favorite designer at the end.

Scrap Eco Chic, who will be providing the prize for the Challenge winner which is a $10 Gift Certificate to their Etsy shop.
Abbey and Ellie is giving away a prize package of their gorgeous items to the bloghop winner. 
Hydrangehippo is providing a HUGE give-away for the featured designer of $50 to their etsy shop! This Etsy shop has lots of fun scrapbooking embellishments and kits, so make sure you encourage your readers to stop by the Polkadot Door Blog to leave a comment voting for your project!

今月も、Polka Dot DoorのGDTにお招きいただきました。


ブログホップに参加される際は、最後にPolkadot Doorのブログでお気に入りのデザイナーをコメントに記入してください。



Oct 1, 2011

Polkadot Door Blog Hop

It's time for the Polkadot Door Designs blog hop + inspiration challenge.
I'm excited to be invited as a guest designer!

The photo is so cute, isn't it? I love it.
And I love the quote, too. It's from Alice in Wonderland, I think.

This is what I created:

patterned paper - BasicGrey, Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye, Sassafras Lass
flower - Prima Marketing
paper trim, fiber - BasicGrey
transparency - Hambly Studios
sticker - Sassafras Lass, My Mind's Eye
pin - Making Memories
other - vintage sewing pattern, vintage book page, label, dymo, button

Can you see how I was inspired?
I used 6 clouds, which are for 6 impossible things.

Here is the list of blogs in this month's blog hop:

Be sure to vote for your favorite designer at the end.

Berry71Bleu will be providing a prize of a $20 shop gift certificate for the Challenge winner.
UmWowStudios is giving away a prize package of their gorgeous items to the bloghop winner.
Scrappydoodads is providing a full kit for the featured designer. These are fun kits!

Polkadot DoorのゲストDTにお誘いいただきました。

ブログホップに参加される際は、最後にPolkadot Doorのブログでお気に入りのデザイナーをコメントに記入してください。


six impossible thingsを表現するべく、6つの雲を浮かべました。

9 months

Here is my DT layout for Crafty Sketches October challenge:

patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras Lass, Making Memories, BasicGrey
metal charm, fragment - Tim Holtz
alphabet sticker - Prima Marketing
sticker, twine - My Mind's Eye
chipboard - Sassafras Lass
brad - BasicGrey
other - kraft cardstock, eyelet, wax paper

Here is the sketch:

I'm always surprised when I see my son and feel how fast he grows up. When I see his pics in my other layouts, I sometimes can't believe that the little baby is the very person who bothers me every day.

Sep 28, 2011

lunch time

(English below)

なかなか作品が作れずにいた今月ですが、AGP Challenge #14に参加します。


patterned paper - Fancy Pants, BasicGrey, My Mind's Eye, Prima Marketing, Webster's Pages, 7gypsies
flower - 7gypsies
brad - BasicGrey
journaling card - Jenni Bowlin
other - vintage sewing pattern, vintage bookpage, postage stamp, paper doilies, cotton fabric, ticket, flowers, magic mesh

Word: time
Color: brown

ワードから、タイトル"lunch time"、カラーはもう、これでもかというぐらい茶色を使ったつもりです。



Here is my take on Artist's Garden Place challenge #14.

The title is "lunch time", which came from this challenge's word "time".
My daughter feeds her brother, with her mouth widely opened! I like seeing her feed him. It's one of the easiest way to feel so happy.

Sep 25, 2011


来月は、いつものCrafty Sketchesのほかに、もうひとつ、ゲストにお呼ばれしております。

松戸にSplash Blueさんという雑貨店があるのですが、そちらで私の作品を販売していただけることとなりました。




Sep 1, 2011

be together

Here is my DT layout for Crafty Sketches September challenge:

patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, KI memories, Making Memories
pearl, flower - Prima Marketing
trim - My Mind's Eye, Prima Marketing, BasicGrey
button - Jenni Bowlin
chipboard - BasicGrey
film strip - Tim Holtz
ghost - Heidi Swapp
other - waxed paper, corrugated board, hemp twine, eyelet, magic mesh, button

My daughter always goes to wherever her baby brother is. He is curious enough to gaze at her, so they are always together.

Here is the sketch:

Crafty Sketchesの9月のLOです。


Aug 25, 2011

don't follow your dreams,

Here is my take on Polkadot Door inspiration challenge:

patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, BasicGrey, Sassafras Lass
flower - BasicGrey, Prima Marketing
trim - BasicGrey
alphabet sticker - Prima Marketing
other - dymo

Here is the inspiration:

I chose pink and orange as main colors, based on the photo. I placed photo and paper pieces like frames in the inspiration.
Also, I used felt alphabets, just because the inspiration board has felties on the bottom right.

I like this sentiment, "don't follow your dreams; chase them". I really would like to say this to my children.

Polkadot Doorのチャレンジに参加します。


Aug 17, 2011

mini notepads

I'm having fun with my Bind-it-all.
I cut paper scraps into rectangles, then bound them with covers.

Here are two of the results:

Supplies (left):
tag - 7gypsies
wire - zutter
other - postage stamps, corrugated board

Supplies (right)
patterned paper - K & Co.
brad - Making Memories
lace trim, flower - Prima Marketing
wire - zutter
other - fabric, tulle


Aug 2, 2011

WAH! - AGP guest DT work

(English below)


Word: Pop
Color: Kraft




patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras Lass, BasicGrey, Making Memories, 7gypsies
sticker - My Mind's Eye, Prima Marketing
chipboard - Jenni Bowlin, Maya Road
button - Jenni Bowlin
die-cut - 7gypsies
other - dymo, magic mesh, fabric, hemp twine, postage stamp, kraft cardstock



This month I was invited to Artist's Garden Place as a guest designer.
AGP's August challenge is:
theme - pop
color - kraft

I love kraft, so I was happy to be a guest for this month.
As a huge fan of kraft, I'd like to say that kraft looks great along with pop colors.

I used some pieces of cotton fabric - it's from my tank-top, I love this pop-art-like pattern.

Aug 1, 2011

What are you looking?

Here is my DT layout for Crafty Sketches August challenge.

cardstock - Bazzil
patterned paper - BasicGrey
flower, pearl, rhinestone - Prima Marketing
pin - Making Memories
sticker - Jenni Bowlin
other - tulle, postage stamp, lace, button

The picture on this layout is one of my favorite photos of 2011 so far.
I love my daughter's pose - it seems as if she isn't aware of me taking her pics.

Here is the sketch:

Hope to see you on this month's challenge at Crafty Sketches.

Crafty Sketchesの8月のLOです。


★今月はAGPにゲストDTとして参加させていただいたのですが、DT workの公開日が両方とも8/1と一致してしまったため、AGP向けのLOの公開を1日遅らせ8/2にしています。

Jul 27, 2011

embellishment pack #3



Jul 25, 2011

tell me your story

(English below)

Pages of My Book chapter / 09 - STORYに参加します。


patterned paper - Sassafras Lass
sticker, tag - Making Memories
ribbon, ticket, fragment - Tim Holtz
flower - Prima Marketing
chipboard - K & Co.
other - kraft cardstock, die-cut, hemp twine, postage stamp, lace, button, glassine paper


一応、写真には残るんだけど、本人の口からもいろいろ聞きたい、そんな気持ちを込めてのタイトル"tell me your story"です。



Here is my take on Pages of My Book chapter / 09.

The title is "tell me your story" - I don't know what my daughter does while she is at her nursery school, and I wish if she could tell me her story. (When I ask her, she always says "Today I played with girls! That's all!")
Her teachers sometimes take pictures, like ones on the layout above, and these pics help me feel how she is growing up.

I used the inspiration board as a sketch.
The title is in a bag made of glassine paper.

Jul 14, 2011

lucky enough

(English below)








patterned paper - BasicGrey, 7gypsies
sticker, flower, rhinestone, pearl - Prima
button - Jenni Bowlin
die-cut, tab - BasicGrey
transparency - Hambly
grunge board - Tim Holtz
other - corrugated board, lace, button, dymo


I set up a private swap for 12 inch layouts with Snow. The happy birthday pages above were created for me by snow. I love the pages, and I'm sure now you can see that she's so talented.

And I created a 2-page layout for her. It was the first time for me to make a 2-pager.
Snow told me the story about her pics - it was a stormy day in February, she parked her car to buy some lotto and there she saw this beautiful sunset.

I don't know if she won the lotto or not, but I think she was lucky enough to see this beautiful sunset after the heavy rain has gone away.
And I was lucky enough to have her as my swap partner :-P

Jul 4, 2011

3 - Happy birthday

Here is a layout for Crafty Sketches July challenge. So sorry I'm late! X(

My daughter's birthday.

patterned paper - Fancy Pants, Prima, Webster's Pages, My Mind's Eye
chipboard - Sassafras Lass
journaling card - Webster's Pages
flower - Prima
tab - BasicGrey
others - dymo, buttons, fiber

Here is the sketch:

I love this month's sketch, it was so much fun to play with it.

今月のCrafty SketchesのLOです。遅れました…いや、言い訳させてもらうとね!スケッチが送られたのがもう締切過ぎてからだったんです!(←でもこのことは英語では書かない。)



Jun 22, 2011

All boy

I'm hosting a 12 inch layout swap, and here is a layout for my swap partner, Christine:

paper - My Mind's Eye, Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras Lass, BasicGrey
rub-on, sticker - My Mind's Eye
tab - BasicGrey
ticket, gear - Tim Holtz
chipboard - Sassafras Lass

She told me to make this in my style, so I did.
Yes of course I enjoyed machine stitching!

I was happy to make this layout using photos of such super gorgeous boys.
I hope she will like it.




Jun 2, 2011

sweet memories of spring

Here is my take on the color room #60:

I used a kit which I got from my swap partner, mochico.

I love this beautiful kit :)
It's really nice for spring layout. Spring is my favorite season - I love cherry blossoms, and they reminds me of the day my daughter was born (she was born in April and I named her after cherry blossoms).

プリマンカイ祭11弾・mochicoさんのキットでTCR #60のLOをつくりました。



Jun 1, 2011

my first Starbucks

Here is my layout for Crafty Sketches June challenge:

My daughter's first taste of starbucks!
She tried green tea frappecino, and loved it sooo much! I thought she would not drink it so much, and I bought a venti size one to have leftover for me. But I was wrong. If I had not stopped her, she would drink the whole venti size frappecino!

cardstock - Core'dinations
patterned paper - Sassafras Lass, BasicGrey, Cosmo Cricket, Prima Marketing
sticker - Prima Marketing, Sassafras Lass, BasicGrey
button, brad - BasicGrey
other - ticket, sewing pattern, corrugated board, dymo

I love Core'dinations paper, especially when I sand it. It's so much fun to see the "core" color.

The sketch:

Crafty Sketchesの6月分です。