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   This was my first chance to play with our coming Kokeshi Doll–isn't she sweet?!  This design was inspired by so many things!  As many of you know I am half Filipino.  I grew up with healthy doses of Pacific Islander and Asian cuisine, thanks to my Mom, who is an *exceptional* cook, and I have memories of going to Uwajimaya when she needed to shop for specialty grocery items to create those wonderful dishes!  Pretty dishware is an important aspect in presentation of Asian cuisine, and often times, the little white and blue porcelain bowls, plates, and tea sets struck me as so lovely–they still do!

And, it's those pretty dishes that  inspired this card design!


"Clustering" visual elements is always a challenge for me, so I decided to practice on this piece.  The doll hides the foam mounting tape that the vellum tag is mounted on–I like the varying heights this created on the finished card.  I tinted the doll's cheeks pink, but, got it too dark initially; luckily, I could diffuse it with the Blender pen to make it softer.  She's also lightly traced with Powder Blue Copic, just for shading, but, I didn't quite pick that up with the camera.

This card also reminds me of our very recent Japanese dining experience at East West Shabu Shabu in Garden Grove, CA:


The food was so awesome, and so reasonably priced (the portions are so generous–too generous!), that we went back a 2nd time for lunch before we had to catch our flight home!  If you live in the area or visit, and ever get the chance, I highly recommend this place!  It was *spotless* clean, the atmosphere was very pleasant, and the owner and his staff were absolutely AWESOME!  They were so friendly–customer service was the best, and they treated us to several extra delights just to try them out–Dave and I both thought the pickled radish was divine!  And, I'm not fond of radishes! 

Shabu-shabu is such a healthy way to eat–lots of fresh vegetables, no greasy deep fat frying!  If I could figure out an easy way to re-create this dining experience at home, I swear I'd prolly dine this way every day!

amuse-bouche indeed! *wink*

All images:  Kokeshi Doll (sneak peek) , Zinnia Solid, Open Zinnia, "Arigato" from Sushi Set by A Muse Artstamps; Chiffon Blue paper by A Muse; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Ice Blue & Iris; Paper Flowers by Prima; Blue Rhinestone Brad by Making Memories; Vellum Tag by SU!

  1. This is so cute! I love the Asian inspired dolls. I just posted one I did with the Hero Arts set, but LOVE the detail of this particular stamp. May have to add it to my collection! Wonderful as always, Julie!

  2. Oh, I am LOVING LOVING LOVING that kokeshi doll!!!! Can’t wait for that to be out and available! Your sweetly designed card is a little taste o’ heaven! :)

  3. I love your card….Being both Hawaiian and asian decent i love the cuisine i grew up with and this card also reminds me of the the blue and white china that the asian are so popular for…TFS…

  4. Adorable! Love your clustering!!

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