Illustration || Show and tell: Moleskine and a wood panel



I finally went into my Moleskine sketchbook. I was too afraid to draw in it because it was such a beautiful book with fresh, thick pages, I was too nervous I might ruin it and have to tear a page out.. which I do not want to do. I adore my Moleskines a little bit too much. I started with a sketch of a girl, then went in with some paints for the background. It's just the start but it's some progress. Here are two photos of that whole ordeal that took me forever to start:

I'm also staring at this wood panel. I sketched a face on it and I'm just staring at it, contemplating on what I'm doing next. Do I like the sketch? Am I doing mixed media? Acrylic paints? Oil paints? Geez this is hard work to figure out.. need coffee.


Shop Open || De-stashing my craft supply stash



Hello all! Just wanted to pop in to let you know I finally added some things to my Etsy shop: MERISSACHERIE. First up are my de-stash items, rubber stamps. These were custom made in my writing. I used them a few times, they're in good condition. So if you're interested I have 3 of them up in the shop.

Hoping to add more things in the future ;) just keep me in check and give me a virtual nudge now and then via my blog here, IG, Twitter, Etsy convo... when you ask it'll get 'er done. Stamps #3 and #5 have already been sold.

If there's anything else you'd like me to add to my shop just ask or give me some ideas on what you'd like to see. I'm open to ideas. xo

Update 10/17: Only 1 stamp left in the shop. I can't believe it! I gotta do more de-stashing. However, I'll wait until the current tropical storm Ana disappears so it won't interrupt shipping. I'll most likely Instagram what's new. Thanks to the sweet ladies who made purchases, you made my month! x





Late in the afternoon as bath towels laid out to dry they caught my eye and called for a snapshot. It's been so hot and sunny in September and also now in October. When will the air here get cooler? It really is an endless summer in Hawaii. The only things that remind me that it's Fall are the magazine covers in the store and the holiday merchandise. I've been already buying Christmas decor ;)


Snail Mail | Dossier Challenge Part 2



The 2 pages I decorated for the dossier I mentioned in my previous post {here} were done in a mix of bright colors and layers. I applied Montana Gold spray paint to the pages which I initially bought for a woodworking project I have on the side. I decided to try it on the paper to add color, it worked.

The kokeshi doll was a collage I compiled digitally then printed on my inkjet, cut out by hand, and glued to the page.
I later filled out my pages with my answers to the question asked: What are your guilty pleasures?
To answer it partially here (because I had many), one of them happens to be magazines. And I mean printed magazines out of paper. Shame on me I should be saving a tree and reading them digitally, but I can't help the feel of turning a page made of paper. Thus it is my guilty pleasure. I love everything from Somerset Life by Stampington & Company to Mollie Makes, Martha Stewart Weddings to Harper's Bazaar, Mental Floss to Mother Earth News, and don't get me going on international magazines... I wish I could get my hands on Family Living from Stockholm, hej future snail mail friend in Sweden wanna do a magazine exchange?..he he.


Paper Crafting | Handmade Stickers & Stenciling On Stationery Paper



I always wanted to turn my illustrations into stickers, sticker flakes in particular. Unfortunately, I've never found a resource searching the web so I attempted to make stickers myself. My sister has this handy device for paper crafting called a Silhouette. I'm pretty much behind on these things and never knew what it was or what it was capable of, believe it or not. If it weren't for the machine I'd be cutting everything by hand with a scissors. Ahh technology.
I printed a bunch of my pineapple illustrations on paper with my inkjet and handed them to my sister for cutting. After the cut outs were made I noticed that they left really neat shapes of my pineapples. I pondered on using it somehow and by the time I stared at them for a while, stenciling popped up in my head.

I stenciled pineapples on my precious Kate Spade letter paper (I say precious because I don't have much left on hand and I adore the quality) and stenciled pineapples on tiny yellow notecards which I then drew over with my Gelly Roll pens. I also made stickers..haha which was my first plan. Since I didn't have any sticker paper I ran each pineapple through a Xyron, I love Xyron tools

Several weeks ago, maybe it was last month August actually, I posted a photo from this project on my Instagram, if you follow me on IG this may already look familiar. However, I took more than that one photo so I'm sharing those photos now before they end up lost in my hard drive along with hundreds of other photos I never got the chance to work on or post. Photographing, editing photos, posting, writing words for a post, phew! It's really time consuming and to think it's just my hobby. It would be amazing to get paid for this stuff one day...


Snail Mail | From Ohio



Gosh, such a pretty package came to brighten my day! Thank you Shelby for the snail mail love all the way from Ohio. I just had to photograph it to share how pretty it was with all of you.

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Can you imagine all the work put into this envelope? Every inch is covered in colorful patterned washi tape. How fun is that?!
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I always wanted a date stamp! Shelby gifted me this pretty stamp from the Dear Lizzy craft line, which I am a fan of. And how I love washi tape, she included these "just because". Isn't she the sweetest! Every bit of it I thoroughly enjoyed, the handwritten notes, the typewritten paint swatches (wish I had a typewriter), bits of washi tape here and there, yellow polka-dot gift bag, bakers twine on the box (I can't believe it made it through the mail), cool postage stamps...l-o-v-e! Thank you Shelby!


Snail Mail | Dossier Challenge



Snail mail is always a thrill for me to receive especially when fun things are included. A recent package from Shelby contained my first ever dossier challenge started by the blog: Letters To Love By. Merriam-Webster defines dossier as a group of papers that contain detailed information about someone or something. This handmade dossier contained blank pages for each participant to add their creative touch to. I'll share my contribution to the project in an upcoming post. In the meantime here are a few images of what the dossier looked like.

Read up more about this dossier challenge at Letters To Love By. What a good way to encourage the lost art of letter writing.
And here's a little sneak peek of my page corner...more up soon.


Making Over My Little Corner | My First Attempt At Remodeling



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A snapshot from my Instagram, my iPhone 4s still holding it down!

I've never tried my hand at painting or decorating any space, besides painting my room as a teenager, gosh was that a mess. That is, up until now that we've moved. I've gotten quite into Home Depot. I peruse the aisles looking for things that might have a potential use in our current space. I guess I caught the DIY-bug from watching too many shows on the DIY network. So being that I wanted to do a light makeover in a little corner, the first on my list was paint. I went with white, the walls were previously a warm yellow beige. The type of white that I asked for at Home Depot was a white that was bright, cool, and low VOC. I was referred to Behr's paints and shown several different shades. I ended up choosing Ultra Pure White in an eggshell enamel. I purchased a small can to give it a test run and ended up liking it and went back for more paint, this time coming across Behr's low odor and Zero VOC line in the same color. Sold! I wish I saw that in the first place. We were pretty pleased with how easy it was on our noses and we were able to sleep in the room that night without being bothered by lingering chemical odors.

Next came the windows. I removed black bulky curtain rods that held thick sun blocking curtains and patched up the holes that the curtain rods left. Instead of curtains I went with a simple frosted white window film, which we also found at Home Depot. I chose to go with window film because it left the window area clear of curtain fabric and the window ledge free for me to display things. But most importantly, it would filter the strong sunlight in the afternoons and provide a nice, soft natural light for taking photos. 

As it was our first time applying window film, there were several gaps from cutting the film a millimeter or so too short (which really bothers me), but I figured out a solution! One that as a crafter, made a lot of sense: washi tape! The strips of washi tape are serving a purpose in my photos above: hiding our boo-boos! Now to figure out what other colors to use on the other windows. I think I need more tape!! My favorites are MT, Kamoi, and lately the bright colors of Scotch brand washi tapes.

Btw, my little corner is ultimately going to be a little craft and workspace for me. I'm brimming with ideas!! 

Painting in progress

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The first small can of paint for a test run.


Simple Way To Decorate Cardstock. Turn It Into Stationery!



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Using my new set of watercolors I wanted to see what I could do to decorate a few pieces of plain white cardstock (that I had in front of me at the moment, everything else is still in unpacked cardboard boxes). Of course I wanted to turn them into notecards being that I love stationery. My husband and I recently moved and our new town does not have any stationery stores!
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I took out my brushes and went to work. I painted stripes, a Hello, and applied washi tape. The washi tape was part of a set from Target which also included the wooden tape holder. How I miss Target back at our old place. Luckily I stocked up on stationery on my last Target spree before our move..hehe. At least I can reminisce when I look at my purchases.. looney, I know. Sorry, getting side tracked. Back to my notecards, of course there are many other ways to decorate but I wanted to show you how simple designs like stripes (I'm a fan of stripes), words, and adding washi tape, can make plain paper good enough to send as snail mail (which I'm also a fan of). 

Comes to think of it, moving to a place where there is no Target, no Papyrus, no Barnes & Noble, no stationery stores, or great stationery sections for that matter, has made me want to create things now that I have no outlet to get my stationery fix easily (am I repeating myself again? I guess that's a good thing though.


DIY Tiny Notecards



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 Who doesn't love tiny notes, I know I do, especially when glitter is involved. You can easily make these yourself with paper and embellishments. I used thick watercolor paper because that's what I had on hand, cardstock would work too. Next I cut my paper down to the tiny size I wanted, my cards were approximately 4" x 4", and folded them in half with a bone folder. I rounded my corners off with my EK Success corner punch (seen in my photo above). Then I thought of what I could do for decoration.

I decided I wanted something simple yet cute so I did tiny hearts with glitter and calligraphy with words like mahalo and thanks. You may also do the name of your recipient (that would be cool). And that's all there is to it. 

On a side note, I've created another Instagram account: @merissa_cherie specifically for my paper crafting and stationery obsession. My first account @m_rev, started to fill up with faded, moody photos of Hawaii which was an entirely different feel from my girly stationery photos so I split it up. It wasn't cohesive. Pretty much like me, I'm not cohesive haha, in fact, my blog is bright with pastels and pops of color but in reality my entire wardrobe is black, grey, a few navy blue pieces, and some white to balance things out. You wouldn't have guessed right?

Instagram: @merissa_cherie

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