Friday, September 21, 2012

A special birthday celebration

Hello everyone - today is a very special day and cause for a celebration!! Today the world was bettered by welcoming Nami Nakamura into it. That's right, the amazing person behind DeNami Design!
 
Nami's uber sweet and talented daughter, Paulina, has planned a little impromptu blog hop just for fun so that everyone can join in on the celebration! I hope you are able to hop along and join the celebration! You should have arrived here from Dana's blog. If you didn't and want to start from the begining, just head on over to the DeNami blog.

For me it was love at first sight with DeNami Design and my passion has done nothing but grow and grow and grow...and yes, it has grown a little out of control! ;)   Whatcha gonna do, right?!?!? Well, I have always wanted to meet the faces behind DeNami and recently I had a chance to. I was soooooo nervous that my excitement over it slowly started turning into dread. Random thoughts from the Nakamuras thinking I was some kind of insane stalker to the awkwardness of me introducing myself and them giving me a blank vacant stare because they have no idea who the heck I even was...I was a nervous wreak and didn't even get an ounce of sleep the night before. I felt like I was going to meet royalty and in a way, I was, well in my book anyway, lol!! I had myself all worked up for nothing! I walked up to the booth and Nami recognized me instantly...how, I have NO idea, but she did and was so welcoming and amazingly sweet!! First thing she did was run around the counter to give me a big welcoming hug! I was ready to cry at her sweetness and because I was so relieved! How can someone with so much on their plate know who I am and welcome me so beautifully...I'm still amazed! She graciously told me to hang out in the booth to watch, follow and absorb...it was a day that I will never forget! She does have a little habit of embarrassing the heck out of me though, lol! She made sure to tell everyone that happened by the booth who I was and about the Addict blog. Her excitement over the blog just filled my heart with joy and love. She has no clue what that ment to me!! I could have stood there all day and watched her create. Her creative process is something I hope everyone gets to experience at one point. You mention one little thing and her mind is off like a race horse in the Kentucky derby! She had idea after idea that played off one little thing I had said...I was dizzy with all of the ideas and the speed in which she came up with them! WOW, She is brilliant and loving person and I hope to be able to spend time with her again. Fingers are crossed that I can work in the booth with the Nakamuras if they come back to this area! I feel so honored to be able to participate in this hop to help celebrate Nami's birthday!
 
Here's a little card and candy box that I created in honor of Nami...


It's a little hard to tell from the pictures, but I embossed the sentiment and Hydrangea Border in silver onto vellum then overlaid it onto the white cardcstock that I had previously stamped with the Hydrangea Background and colored in. I finished it all off with some Amethyst grosgrain ribbon. For the little box, I stamped the Hydrangea with black Staz-On the "colored" it in using purple 3-D Crystal lacquer and regular Crystal Lacquer with various colors of glitter. I wanted the candy to match the box so I had to pick out the red ones, lol. I placed the candy in a little baggie with a wire tie to ensure that no stray glitter touched it.



Nami, I hope you have a fan-tab-ulous birthday and I am so honored to have gotten to meet you and to be able to participate in your birthday celebration! Big {{HUGS}}!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

I've rattled on and kept ya'll here long enough so off you go to the next person that is helping celebrate Nami's birthday...Laurie Wilson.



 



11 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous Tina! I love how the vellum mutes the image! So soft and pretty!

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  2. I loved reading your story Tina! What a delight to know that Nami is exactly how I picture her being in my head:)
    And that card and treat box are above and beyond! WOW...you cracked me up when I read that you took out the red ones just so the candy could match the color scheme! LOL Only a true Denami Addict would do that!

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  3. Tina, have I told you yet today how much I adore you? You are so awesome. First, I will NEVER get tired of reading about how you met Nami. What an awesome experience! Second, that card? It's amazing. I LOVE how you used the layer of vellum! The pictures are awesome, but I imagine this card is a KNOCKOUT in person! Plus, that little box? Adorable!!! LOVE how glittery it is, and yes, I also laughed when I saw that you wanted the candy colors to match! THAT is a true artist detail! Love you, girl!

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  4. Tina, these are SPECTACULAR!! Oh, my, SO glittery and detailed and perfect and sweet. I could go on and on. Nami will be bowled over by your creations to celebrate her special day. It's clear that you put so much love and thought and time into these and they are BEAUTIFUL!! I loved your story, too, through and through. What a fabulous way to wish Nami a special day!

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  5. These creations are just beautiful! I love how you made your treat box so glittery... and I would have picked out the red ones too! I am so happy for you that you had such a wonderful day with Nami!

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  6. Over the top prettiness Tina! Your card is awesome, but I'm oh so smitten with the little treat box. I giggled at you taking the red candy out so everything would coordinate, I would SO do that too!!

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to Nami. I would love to meet her someday, I can only imagine how inspiring that would be! This card is gorgeous Tina. I hope you realize how much you inspire others? I look forward to your tips and tricks videos and posts. I'm a DeNami Addict Addict! :)

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  8. What a great story. I would have been nervous too. But what a great moment for you. Your card and candy box are so pretty. The vellum is such a great touch.

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  9. Wow! the layers and step in the card is amazing and it's gorgeous to look at. Love the addition of the candy bag.

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  10. Love how you colored that boutique box and added the glitter! And I loved reading your story about meeting Nami! Thanks so much for sharing!

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