Thank You..Aloha..Mahalo

I just wanted to send out a big Mahalo to the Kim family for giving me this beautiful basket of goodies! I was so fortunate to help them design their son's 1st B-day invitations. They dropped off this basket last week as a 'Thank you'.

I'm really glad they liked the invitation and I heard the party was lots of fun. Brennan's theme was Sesame Street, so we went with the vibrant primary colors for the invitation. Isn't he such a cutie? I love the fact that in the photo, his index finger is pointing to signify "1". We decided to go with the baby characters which are so adorable and fitting. Matching RSVP cards were also included.

I had a lot of fun designing the card and I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be part of Brennan's milestone. This job has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding...
thank YOU all for the opportunity.

P.S. - I haven't ripped into the goodies yet...don't know what I'm waiting for. It just looks too pretty to unwrap. =)

Digi 101 Class Photos

Happy Monday everyone!! I just uploaded photos from our Digi 101 class on the left sidebar. Enjoy!


Digi Know?

Digi know that resaving JPGs over and over again will cause the quality to degredate? I sure didn't, but I learned this today from the talented Claudette San Pedro who taught our Digi 101 Scrapbooking class today @ Pineapple Cove. We were so lucky and fortunate to have her come teach. She did an amazing job. Thank you so much Claudette for taking time out of your schedule..I can't wait for the next one!!

We were so fortunate to have Mindy Terasawa donate her Monkey Do Kit which everyone received a copy of. We also received a template from her Moss Scape Quickpages which was used as an excercise in class. Here's my finished layout I made of me and my sister. Everyone says we look like twins...really? cause I don't see it. =)

Working on the layout excercise, we learned about layers, how to use quick pages, different tools within PSE, how to drop shadow, erase parts of a photo without deleting another image and how to save our digi layouts for printing. PNG files were explained as well as other file formats like psd and jpg.

I forgot my memory card at home, so I'll have to upload photos of the class tonight to the sidebar. I learned so much today and had lots of fun with the girls, thanks again Claudette!! Until next time...


Cricut (TM) Swarm @ the Cove!

The Cricut and the Cricut Expression by ProvoCraft has revolutionized die cutting for the craft industry. There is no longer a need for big, bulky dies and say goodbye to cutting by hand. The possibilities are endless with these lightweight and portable machines.

Whether you own the original Cricut, or have upgraded to the Cricut Expression, you have a revolutionary new way to cut for all your papercrafting & home decor projects. Here at Pineapple Cove, we've been swarmed with Cricuts eager to create magnificent paper projects. So to help tame them, we've added a variety of Cricut Classes to help you maximize the potential of your machines. We'll show you the basics for those who have just gotten their hands on a Cricut, or are thinking of purchasing one. To classes that will show you how to use your computer to cut Fonts and images using the Sure Cuts A Lot software by CraftEdge.

We've added 8 new classes to September's calendar all geared around the basics of using your Cricut or Cricut Expression. Please check out the Calendar for times and availability. Please note: the calendar defaults to today's date, so make sure you change the month to September in order to view the classes. To register and secure a spot in the class, either stop by the store or call 735.3553 to pre-pay. Thank you!


Butterfly Kisses

Here @ Pineapple Cove, we have a range of die cutting services available for your convenience!

  1. Purchase your paper and use our AccuCut machine for FREE to cut favor boxes for that special occasion! Samples are available in the store.
  2. Custom die cutting services - see store for details.
  3. Die cuts for sale

These butterflies are an example of a custom die that was cut using our die cut machine. I simply cut one out of black cardstock and one out of Kaiser Craft DP and mounted onto a frame I got from Walmart for $2.50. I love the elegance of black and white - this is on display at the store, it's so pretty IRL.

Thanks for visiting!


Prince & Princess

We carry Kaiser Craft's Beyond the Page collection of naked wood albums, clocks, and organizational items that can be decorated and personalized to your hearts content. Our customer Fuji was looking for a gift to give a set of twins for their 1st Birthday. The theme for the party is Prince & Princess...so this crown mini album was just perfect. She brought me the finished project and it's gorgous!! I wanted to share how cute these turned out, I wish you could see it in person...all the details she embellished with..and the photos are soo cute.

Thanks Fuji for letting me share this beautiful album!


Island Girls Summer Social

This past weekend, I was so fortunate to be able to attend Teri's Island Girls' Summer Social. Teri coordinated the whole event so that a bunch of talented Hawaii crafters could get together to meet, socialize, shop & have fun! Barbie, her husband Danny and daughter Sunny hosted the event at their showroom...thank you SO MUCH for the hospitality!

The day was filled with projects, laughter, shopping and great company! We worked on 3 paper projects...a Tri-Shutter card using the cute Anime & animal dies from Quickutz, a pretty notepad holder using the Zutter machine, and a cute floral die card using the Big Shot.

We also had the great opportunity to watch Jodi from Inked Inspirations do her magic with Copics. She showed us how she uses different shades of black & grey to color hair...she makes it look so easy! She does amazing coloring, check out some of her samples below.

We also had Claudette from Islander Girl Stampin' show us some digi magic...she's awesome on her mac! She made us really cute name tags with Sweeties...go check out her blog, she's currently giving away one of her cute blog banners & blogwear using Mindy Terasawa's designs. If you are interested, she'll be at Pineapple Cove on the 29th teaching a Digital 101 class..please call the store to reserve your spot!

Jen from Pieces of Me was also there demonstrating the cool things you can make using Design Studio with your Cricut. Jen, the backpack you made was so adorable! She also had products from her online store available for sale. I was lucky enough to win one of the door-prizes she donated, a gift certificate to use at her webstore. Thanks Jen!

Then there was Joy & her daughter from Tamiko's with lots of goodies from her webstore available for purchase. I snuck away from my Photo Kiosk to check out her stash..bought me some dew drops, ink and other goodies. =) Joy, don't forget to come pick up your digi layout.

Lastly, I was there with my Photo Kiosk so the girls could design a quick 12x12 digital scrapbook with photos they took throughout the day. The pages in this post are samples of what can be created in just minutes.

Thanks Teri for a great event that allowed us to create new friendships! I had a great time and thank you for the opportunity to attend. Looking forward to the next one....=)! Island Girls, it was great to finally meet some of you in person. I've been following your blogs for a while now and am always inspired by your creativity..thanks for sharing your wonderful projects. Your RAKs are beautiful and I've eaten most of my goodies already!


New Smooch Ink, Martha & Mango Luau

Delight the eye with a Kiss of Color! We just got another shipment of Smooch Ink..this time a few new colors like Taffy, Grape Soda, Lucious Lime and Snickerdoodle. Also re-ordered Siren, Moonlight and Silver Fox.

Smooch Inks are pearlized pigmented inks made by Clearsnap in a nail-polish bottle (.33 oz). The foam applicator allows you to get into tiny areas for detail work. You can use it on paper, glass, cardstock, fabric, wood, clay, metal, acrylic and much more! Acid free & fast drying.

I found some video tutorials on different ways you can use Smooch so you can see it's versatility.

We also got in the Spider Web Edger & Corner punch by Martha Stewart, as well as the Drippy Goo punch. Getting ready for Halloween!

Lastly, two new 12x12 Designer Paper by Bo-Bunny called Mango Luau also arrived. I'm still SO IN LOVE with the color brown...so paired with orange and green, our store colors, it was perfect! These are double-sided and can be used for any occasion! The images below show you the front & back of one sheet so you see both patterns.

This one is called Coconut - I love the whimsical design of the flowers. So pretty!

This one is called Babe...big & bold! The darker side could also be used on some Halloween themed projects!

Thanks for visiting and hope you guys have a productive crafting weekend!


The Greeting Farm Stamps - Now Available

I'm so excited to finally get my hands on these adorable Ian & Anya stamps!! I've seen them around blogland for quiet some time now...FINALLY get to play with them. They just arrived today.

Those of you who are not familiar with The Greeting Farm stamps - these are rubber stamps made from deep etched red rubber and pre-mounted on cling cushion. You simply trim the rubber and adhere to an acrylic block. You get the best of both worlds....nice impression of rubber, but ease of storage & ability to see where you stamp.

Here are the stamps that are now available at Pineapple Cove!

~ Wild Sprouts ~

~ Anya ~
Birthday Anya (New Release)
Flutter Anya
Geisha Anya
Hula Anya
Superstar Anya

~ Ian ~
Batter Ian
Skater Ian
Surfer Ian

~ Miss Anya Dressy (New Release) ~
~ Spooktacular (New Release) ~

Arriving soon will be our order of new Smooch Ink, Martha Stewarts Spiderweb & Drippy Goo Edger & Corner Punches, as well as new colors of our Kaiser Paper flowers. Be on the lookout for these to arrive.

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!


1st Class @ Pineapple Cove

I want to thank Marie, Dana, Jay, Janine, Mey, Fuji, Jennifer & her daughter for attending the first class we had @ Pineapple Cove! I had so much fun showing you how to make the pop-up card...hope you all enjoyed it as well!

To view more photos from the class, checkout the new gadget I added on the sidebar. Jennifer's daughter was SOO cute...she sat there quietly the whole time watching mommy craft. Another highlight was when Mey made us all laugh with her upside down card....and Victor was able to capture it all on film.

Victor and I want to thank you all sincerely for all your support as we experience the many "firsts" here @ the Cove. It's been a big learning experience for us, and I've gotten the chance to meet so many talented island crafters who share a love and passion for paper crafting. I FINALLY have people to talk to about this crazy, endless, exciting, creative and amazing hobby....who get excited over things like paper, gadgets and ribbon. =) So thank you!


Getting Digi With It!

Interested in going digital but don't know where to start? Pineapple Cove will be holding a Digi 101 class on August 29 from 1pm-3pm. We'll teach you the basics to get started, taking you through navigating around PE, and basic tools (move tool, crop tool, marquee tool, image resizing, saving image for print) to create a scrapbook layout.

By the end of this class, you'll complete a one page layout using design elements from Mindy Terasawa's Monkey Do kit. Thanks Mindy for allowing us to use this kit for the class! Isn't it too adorable? Perfect to scrap about either a boy or a girl...make sure to have photos saved on your laptop that you'll want to use for the class.

This is a Beginner class, taught by talented Claudette San Pedro. To learn a little bit about Claudette, please visit our Calendar to read her bio. This will be a hands on class..if you don't currently have Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop, we can help you install the trial version of Photoshop Elements 7.0 on your laptop to follow along as we create a digital layout. So please bring your laptops to class ready with photos you want to design with.

To register or inquire about this class, please call the store at 735-3553 or stop by in person.


Just Added - 2-Page Layout Class!

Join us on Saturday August 8 from 1:00 - 2:00 to create a vintage two page layout using the Kaisercraft Vagabond line. The paper line has an eye catching distressed wallpaper look and we will take it one step further by using two different distressing techniques to bring the page to life. The photo mats are sized to hold one 5x7 vertical photo and one 4x6 horizontal photo but can be easily adjusted for two of your favorite pictures.

The talented Ashlee Mason will be teaching this class. To register, please call (808) 735-3553 or stop by the store!

Please visit our Calendar for more detailed information.

See you soon!


Desk Set

Remember the pencil case I posted a while ago? My friend Dora stopped by to do some projects with me today and brought along a composition book that she wanted to decorate. I've seen this around a couple of blogs, especially since school is just starting. So I thought I'd make a complete desk set using the same color scheme. This is what I came up with...

1. Pencil Holder
2. Notebook
3. Post-it Note Holder

The DP is from Kaiser Craft and the line is called "Pretty in Pink". Flowers and rhinestones are also from Kaiser Craft - I love how all their lines have coordinating flowers, bling and brads. It makes matching things up so much easier!!

Here's a close-up of the Post-It Note holder and pencil holder.

And here is a close-up of the composition book. The word "Notes..." is American Craft Thickers. I love this stuff!

If any of you are interested in creating this set in a class, just post a comment or email me and I can set it up. Hope you are all having a wonderful weeknd!!

Til' Next Time!