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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Going Through Cancer with my Dad

I wrote this on my personal Facebook page today and wanted to share this with you, my friends:

Today kind of hit me as to how hard it is to go through cancer with a loved one. My dad's cancer came back after being clear for almost 5 years. He described that he was inserted with a tube today and will get injections that way. They had to skip treatment today as his white blood counts are low. I really don't know what all of that means, but I know it's not good.

He doesn't feel well much of the time. I haven't seen him as much as I want to, but part of it might be that I am scared. My imagination gets a hold of me and I imagine life without him and that gets me very sad.

I am a very positive person on most occasions and will keep things positive if I see you face to face, but in my times of solitude I cry. Often alone and praying to God.

My dad was someone that took us to church when none of us knew what it was as little kids and didn't always want to go since it was in a language we didn't know (Korean). He brought strangers to our family dinners when the rest of us resented a stranger among us because I was too young to know his kind heart. I would roll my eyes (in my mind) when he would explain the scientific causes to things when all I was asking is for an answer to my science question (he was a PhD in Marine Biology and a true scientist to the core and still is). My dad was someone I would play racquetball with as a preteen and started to beat him in it as I became a teen and he would give me the challenge I needed to get better. My dad was the dreamer that always dreamed of a better life and better world for us and still dreams to this day. I continue to dream as his legacy was passed on to me. My dad loved life and loved to explore the world, but when his treatment started, somehow, he wasn't loving his life as much and I became sad.

You see, in his life he had faith in God and through disappointments and being let down by people he loved and a community he loved, he lost that hope in people and ultimately in God. He is a brave man that endured living through the end of a world war, but also uprooting and starting a life in South America. He met my mom there and fell in love and after starting a family, he uprooted again to America so that we could have a better future, which I will forever be grateful for. My life would be so different if I lived somewhere else.

My tears are not just for the unknown future, but also of the sadness of never seeing my father again after this life. He led me to the Savior himself, but left me there and turned his back on that Savior I have grown to love and follow. My tears are for the fact he lost hope and believes that after this life there is no purpose and hope. With that same hopeless outlook, there is no purpose or need for prayer. To me having lost hope is the saddest thing of all.

Even though he doesn't believe, I will still pray for him. I will pray for hope and for his faith to return. This faith was something my grandma had and even though we didn't speak the same language, I knew she loved me and prayed for me during rough times in my life and that gave me deep comfort. I will pray for a deep comfort for my dad during his times of sorrow and hard times. I know those times are coming, if they haven't come already.

I have asked many to remember my dad in their prayers. Please pray for his hope in God to return and hope in life. If he is to die of this cancer, I would want him to die a happy man with HOPE.

Thank you for hearing my heart. Death is hard and a part of life, I know, but to experience it yourself is another story. Thank you, friends. We continue our journey on FB, sharing our trials and triumphs. Today I go through the trial.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dimensional Chickie Halloween Card

Hi Friends,

I have been so amazed with Val's coloring technique on the recent Halloween cards she has been sharing with us. Today her coloring added some pop to the evening look of her Halloween night card.

These fall colors are so fun and festive for this card. All the dimension and glitz really adds a nice touch to the card, making this a gift in itself.

Here is how DT Val created this fun card:

Good morning, Crafters!
Today I’m featuring 4 stamp sets from DeNami Design in this spooky AND pretty Halloween card!

After stamping all the images, I used masking paper to cover them up, and created the sky using Distress Inks. You can use nested dies and decorative papers for the background and layers.

After adding the flowers and the crinkle ribbon, the perfect final touch was adding sequins. 

Want to hear something funny? My husband says the flying witch looks like a space ship because of the background I created. LOL, I don't know if that's good or bad! 
Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Crafting!

Valerie W.
Monday, October 5, 2015

Starbucks Inspired Card Project

Hi Friends,

It's Pumpkin-everything season! I must admit it was hard to say goodbye to summer, until I started thinking of pumpkin flavored treats, sweater weather, wearing cozy scarves and wearing boots again. With the changing of the guard, season's wise, comes the changing of Starbucks flavors and their fun cups.
Lisa decided to make a fun project of the decorated cup she got at Starbucks. I love what she did with the project and how she interpreted the art into a card form using DeNami. This would be a fun challenge to do.
Read about her project here:

Hey there! It’s Lisa P. My husband and I recently stopped in our local Starbucks on a chilly morning to pick up a tea and coffee. When I saw their new Autumn-themed cups, I squealed with delight. They are so festive and fun, and they are the inspiration behind my card for today.

Here’s the cup:

And here’s my card:

I stamped the images from the PF21 Autumn Stamp Set on the bottom portion of a blank white card. I masked off the images with some stamping mask paper and then stamped the J16 Small Splatter over top. I removed the masks and added bits of yellow, orange, red, and brown color to the images with markers. I also added some small dots to the images with a fine-tip black pen---a fun little detail that I noted about the images on the cup. To finish, I stamped the E144 Thankful For You sentiment and rounded all four corners of my card base.

Here’s a look at the card and cup together:

I had so much fun creating this card and absolutely LOVE how we are surrounded by inspiration in our everyday lives! I hope you like what I’ve shared today. Thanks so much for visiting!

DeNami Design Supplies:
Stamps: PF21 Autumn Stamp Set, E144 Thankful For You, J16 Small Splatter
Ink: TK-VF082 Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: PC21 White Cards

Other Supplies:
Black Dye Ink, Markers, Pen, Corner Rounder, Stamping Mask Paper
Friday, October 2, 2015

Fun Treat Boxes for Halloween

Hi Friends,

Who doesn't like yummy treats?! It is even better when it is made with love. The best way to show that love is making it yourself. I always love seeing personal creations and all the imagination and time that went into it.

Today, Lisa created an adorable set of labels that can be used for many purposes. You can attach them to the front of a card for an easy card, or attach to gift tags or lastly, attach to a treat or gift! She was so creative in what she attached these little labels to. Be sure you stick around to find out.

The best part about these labels is that they are simple to make since they don't involve any coloring. All you need is a black ink pad. My fave is always VersaFine available here.

Here's how Lisa did it:

Hi! It’s Lisa P, and today I’m sharing some Halloween labels I made using a combination of brand new and previously released images from DeNami Design. For my project I used the labels to dress up some treat boxes, but you could also use them to decorate gift bags or even turn them into tags with the help of a little bit of twine.

For the mummy label I started with a PC44 Charcoal tag that I die-cut with PPPD09 Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Tags Dies. I stamped the bats from the newly released CL-PF67 Halloween Night in TK-VF082 Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I then stamped the CL-E156 Friendly Mummy twice onto white cardstock, added a tiny bit of color with marker, fussy cut the images out, and adhered them to the tag one on top of the other (using foam adhesive on the top one to add dimension). I then layered the decorated oval tag with an orange die-cut doily.

For the RIP label I started with a golden yellow tag that I die-cut with PPPD09 Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Tags Dies. I stamped the trees and bats from the newly released CL-PF67 Halloween Night in TK-VF082 Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I drew in the line for the ground with a black marker. I then stamped the RIP tombstone twice onto light gray cardstock, fussy cut the images out, and adhered them to the tag one on top of the other (using foam adhesive on the top one to add dimension). I then layered the decorated oval tag with a light gray die-cut doily.

I had so much fun making these labels!!! And the best part was using them to dress up these coffin treat boxes that I made using a template I found online! You can find all of the details by visiting my blog. Here’s how they turned out:

I hope you enjoyed my post for today!

Thanks for visiting!

DeNami Design Supplies:
Stamps: NEW CL-PF67 Halloween Night, CL-E156 Friendly Mummy
Ink: TK-VF082 Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: PC21 White Cards and PC44 Charcoal Cards
Dies: PPPD09 Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Tags Dies
Adhesive: GL01 Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)

Other Supplies:
Black Dye Ink, Colored Cardstock, Markers, Dies, Adhesive, MS Coffin Treat Box Template, Patterned Paper, Jute Cord
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bewitched Halloween Card

Hello Friends,
I have been hearing from our Facebook community that Halloween is a fun favorite holiday to stamp for. It varies from cards to treats. The best part is there is no limit to what you can do.
Today Val created a perfect card for just about anyone. The best part is her fantastic coloring! It looks like it was taken from a page of a storybook! I am so impressed!
You can also use the Bewitched stamp set as an accessory to dress up our various characters. The hat can double as a scarecrow hat and the boots can be used for granny or just a fun accessory. All it takes is your imagination to transform your stamps into much more than meets the eye.

Here is Val's project:

Hello Crafters!
Today I'm featuring the Bewitched Stamp Set from DeNami Design in this fun and spooky Halloween card!

The sentiment is the DeNami Design Arched Happy Halloween stamp, and the bats come from the DeNami Design Halloween Night stamp set.

The Pretty Pink Posh Film strip die is perfect  with the 3 "window openings" to "house" the adorable stamp images in! The images are colored with Copic markers. And I added some sparkle to them with a glitter brush pen when I was done coloring.

I added some simple black ribbon and a bow, and wa-la, it's done!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have some crafty inspiration!

Valerie W.
Monday, September 28, 2015

Halloween Spiders Card

Hi Friends,

It has been chilly in WA these past couple of weeks and it feels like fall is here. One occasion that marks fall is the pumpkin flavored things, colorful leaves and Halloween candy filling the stores. It marks the beginning of holidays to come.

I have had many stampers express that Halloween is a favorite of theirs and enjoy making cards and giving treats to their co-workers, family and friends. Today, Lisa created a clean and simple Halloween card. The best part is that she only used one stamp! This new stamp has the words and picture in one making it a versatile stamp to use for all kinds of projects.

Here is what Lisa writes:

Hello there, DeNami Design friends! It’s Lisa P. Halloween is right around the corner, and I’ve been having lots of fun making Halloween cards and treats for family and friends! Here’s a card I created using the newly released CL-J156 Happy Halloween Spiders.

Aren’t those fuzzy little bats and spiders super cute?!?! And since this is all one stamp, it makes creating your Halloween cards quick and simple.

And see the curved/stitched edge on my front panel? That’s one of the borders from the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1 set, which is also available at DeNami Design. I love those borders! Such a fun detail!!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like my project for today and feel inspired to ink up some Halloween cards this year!

DeNami Design Supplies:
Stamps: NEW CL-J156 Happy Halloween Spiders
Cardstock: PC23 Black Cards
Dies: PPPD04 Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1 Dies

Black Dye Ink, White Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Markers, Dies, Baker’s Twine, Embellishments, Adhesive
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Monster Friends Everyday Card

Hi Friends,

Valerie created an adorable card that is perfect for young and old, guys and gals. You can easily change out the color and make it custom for whoever you give it to.

I love the layers of patterned papers and shapes she used. Just use your imagination and you give it your own spin.
She writes:

Hi Crafters! It's Valerie here today with this sweet card for a friend!
The hilarious monster is from the DeNami Design Monster Celebration stamp set; and the 2 words on the card both are from the DeNami Design Hello Friend stamp.

The  rectangle layers were cut and then used with  the square die cut & the tag die cut from the Pretty Pink Posh's Stitched Banner Duo die set. I then created the red banner and stamped "Friend" from the "Hello Friend" stamp by DeNami.

I added twine and embellishments and then I colored the images with Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Crafting!!

Valerie W.

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Trick or Treat"- Treat Boxes

Hi Friends,

Halloween is around the corner and is a fun time to give treats to your friends and family. Lisa created an adorable but simple treat box that you can easily make many of to share with those you want to surprise.

These Boutique Boxes are great for gift giving and favors. You can even stamp on it using StazOn ink pads.

Here is what Lisa did:

Hey there, crafty friends! It’s Lisa P. I absolutely love making Halloween treats for my family, friends, and neighbors. Today I’m sharing a sweet little candy box I created using some super fun products from DeNami Design!

I started with one of DeNami Design’s Clear Boutique Boxes. The box measures 1” x 1.5” x 4.25”. I cut a 4” x 7” strip of kraft wrapping paper, die-cut the long sides with the zig-zag border from PPPD04 Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1, and then stamped the paper with images from the NEW CL-PF67 Halloween Night Stamp Set, the A92 Teeny Star, and the moon from PF47 Outer Space Stamp Set. (Note: You could also use a strip cut from a brown paper shopping bag or lunch sack---a great way to upcycle.)

I wrapped the box with my decorated kraft strip and adhered it in place.

I die-cut an orange cardstock tag from PPPD09 Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Tags and stamped it with the CL-D148 Trick Or Treat sentiment. I added the A92 Teeny Star to tie it in with my wrapping. I punch a hole in the top of the tag and tied it onto the box with some fun ribbon.

Here’s a closer look:

I filled the box with Autumn-colored Peanut M&M’s, but you could fill it with any variety of goodies you prefer.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you like my creation and feel inspired to make some Halloween treats! We’d love to see what you come up with!

DeNami Design Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Paper: Kraft Wrapping Paper (purchased at Michaels)
Cardstock: Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Ribbon: Celebrate It-Halloween (purchased at Michaels)
Tools: Hole Punch
Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)
Friday, September 18, 2015

Announcing the Winners of the Sneak Peek Week...

Announcing the Sneak Peek Week Winners!
We had 7 days of giveaways. Some were on the blog and some on Facebook. If you were selected, you will have until tomorrow at midnight (Sat, Sept 18, 2015) to claim your prize. Please email us your name, address and what day you won.

And the winner of the $15 DeNami Gift Certificate prior to Sneak Peek Week goes to...

Krista Washburn Dorsett


Day 1- Owl Halloween Cling Stamps

 And the winner is... Amy Hunter!


Day 2- Monster Christmas Cling Stamps


And the winner is...Debbie Anderson!



Day 3- Bewitched Cling Stamp Set

And the winner is... Denise B

(you will be notified by email)


Day 4- Christmas in the City Cling Stamps

And the winner is...Teresa Godines!!
(you will be notified by email)


Day 5-Halloween Chickie Cling Stamps

 And the winner is...Sue Winn!

(you will be notified by email)


Day 6- Owl Christmas Cling Stamps

And the winner is...Ange!!
(you will be notified by email)


Day 7- Homemade with Love Cling Stamps

And the winner is... Sharon Turner!!!

Congratulations to you all!!

Thank you all for participating and joining in on the fun!

Be sure to check out our entire new stamp line here.

Fall/ Winter 2015 Full Stamp Line Reveal!

 Fall/Winter 2015 Full Stamp Line Reveal

Special Announcement: Stay tuned to watch Nami's Live Periscope video showcasing all the newest stamps later today!!

When you get the "I Want it All" package, for this weekend ONLY, you will receive a FREE Gift! (Special expires this Sunday, Sept 20, 2015 at midnight)

 For the Wood Mounted "I Want it All" package click here

For the Cling Mounted "I Want it All" package click here.

You can download the new stamp checklist here.

You can download the newest of the Chickie Checklist here

You can order all the new collection here

We had a fabulous week of giveaway and now it's time to showcase the cuties here today!

Thanks so much for joining in on the excitement!! Stay tuned for the announcement of the Sneak Peek Week winners. (7 AM PST)
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sneak Peek Week- Day 7 Handmade with Love and FB Giveaway!!!

Hello Friends,

What a great week we are having!! Today is your LAST chance to enter the previous day's giveaways. You will be able to enter this one until midnight tonight only.

The holidays are a great time to make and give gifts and we wanted to give you some images that you can use with your handmade, homemade, homebaked, handcrafted creations! These two stamps will cover so many projects you can make, so you will want to get both!

You also have a chance to win BOTH of these lovelies today on Facebook! Check it out here.

You will have 5 ways to enter on Facebook:

1) LIKE the post on Facebook
2) Comment on the FB post what your favorite Christmastime activity you like to do.
3) SHARE the giveaway post on your timeline and comment "shared" on a separate line.
4) Tag a friend who likes to craft and would like to enter to win.
5) Comment below on this blogpost what your favorite Christmas movie and go to the Facebook giveaway post and comment "Blog" on a separate line.

DeNami products used:

NEW E194 Handmade with Love
NEW E195 Homemade with Love
A87 Teeny Holly Berries
D87 Steam Curl
D101 Small Solid Holly Leaves
D109 Small Solid Filigree 
D113 Scallop Holly Circle
E114 Small Dot Circle Frame
PF02 Classic Christmas stamp set
N128 Three Line Border
PC46 Leaf Green Cardstock
PC21 White Cardstock
PC08 Hunter Green Cardstock
TK-VF061 Olympia Green Versafine Ink Pad
TK-VF010 Satin Red Versafine Ink Pad
TK-VF062 Spanish Moss Versafine Ink Pad
TK-VF082 Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad 
TW-005 Classic Twine 3 pack
Downloadable Gift Bag template

DeNami products used:
NEW CL-E194 Handmade With Love

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the big reveal and a special BONUS offer! 



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