Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dawson Dog, Prismacolor Pencils

Aloha everyone,

It's definitely the hot and muggy "dog days of summer," at least over here. So happy to get this new stamp set inked up. The little fluffy dog reminds me of our sweet fur baby Dawson. He passed away 18 months ago and I really miss him. He would follow me everywhere :)

I can't remember the last time I used Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. They were within reach and they are fun to use. I left parts of the puppy image white and just used a pale warm gray to add shading around the fluffy fur. The image is embossed with White EP and is being entered into the Avery Elle I♥U Challenge #27, "To Emboss"

For this challenge you can heat emboss, dry emboss, any kind of emboss. I just used heat embossing and tried to keep the card on the simple side because I have an annoying habit of adding way too much lol. The inside of the card reads "You're Dog-Gone Awesome!" with a 2 mm strip of the same polka dot pattern paper down one side of white panel.

Card Recipe--

Stamp Set: Avery Elle "Furry Friends"
Embossing Powders: "White by Wow" for the dog, and "Liquid Platinum by Ranger" for the dog's red ball and the sentiment "Woof" tag
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils, blended with Gamsol
MFT cloud and tag dies
Cardstock GKD "Red Velvet" and Neenah Solar White 80#
Pattern Paper from "Simple Stories" "Snap" pad
Red & White Twine by Lawn Fawn
Iridescent Sequin Stars by "Lucy and Cards," color "Phosphorescence"
Little Red Rhinestone, adhesive foam, Scor Tape, Memento "Summer Sky" cloud edges
Wink of Stella (on the clouds), Black Pigma Marker for eyes and nose












Thank you for stopping by, for leaving some love,
for all your encouragement. 
Please cuddle your fur babies for me ♥




Thursday, August 13, 2015

Watercolor Floral Thanks

Aloha dear friends,

How is your crafty day? I hope each of you are well or as well as can be :)

It's time for me to get back into watercoloring practice. A friend of ours gave us some Passion Fruit (in Hawai'i we call them Lilikoi (lily + coy) Jelly! We've only harvested about 5 so far this year. They have the most unusual but exquisitely delightful flowers!! Here is a picture with a sweet bee doing it's work:


"Lilikoi" or passion fruit flower

We get dozens of these blooms on our overgrown vine which is now like a giant bush sending out vines in every direction over the small lattice arbor. But not every bloom turns into a fruit. It's a wait and see kind of harvest :)


A dear friend of ours made some jelly from her lilikoi! She gave us a jar, so of course, I want to make a thank you card for her. I guess I could have searched for a lilikoi digi image or something, but I grabbed one of the nearest stamp sets instead.

Stamp Set: "Best Thoughts" by Stampin' Up
Painted with distress inks
Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh
Gold cord
Perfect Pearl spray, Wink of Stella
PaperTrey Ink Bracket border die
Pattern Paper "Be Mine" by Echo Park
Cardstock by Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury White 
Strathmore Watercolor Paper Cold Press 130#

After watercoloring, I sprayed the whole image with Perfect Pearl Spray that I mix up in a mister. I also covered the butterfly and blossom with Wink of Stella.










Many thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Over-the-Top, Explosion Box


For our nephew's and his wife's new baby boy. If it wasn't my 3rd try, and so much time and energy, I would have started over again.

We don't get a lot of babies in our family, so this is a big deal. It seems that (in our family) more and more of our adult kids choose not to have children, and I'm a BIG baby cuddler lol!

Well, I went over the top making this. I did not know when to stop. First step in controlling any problem is to admit there is a problem: Therefore, "I am not in control of my baby card/box making habit. I am in need of help."

For the last month (maybe longer) I worked a tiny bit here and there as I could. Finally, I simply ran out of room to add stuff. There are no measurements as I just cut, folded and Scor Taped here and there. But I can measure from top to bottom = 9 inches :/

Stamp Sets: Gina K. Designs- "Oh, Baby," "Blessing from Above," and "Zoo Animals"
Other supplies: I no longer remember all the stuff I used. Use your imagination.





Up, Up and Away!




Floating Rocking Horse





Elephant side






Zebra side






I even decorated the back...sigh! 
#IjustCantStop





(Look how cute the baby is tucked into
the Stork's blankey!!!)




I even decorated underneath all the flaps, 
where no one can see! (smacks forehead)




Tag and Printed Gift Card Tucked inside





If you read this post and looked at all
the pictures, then
you deserve a medal!
Thank you for being so kind
with your comments.
And for stopping by :*

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stamped Tiles, By the Sea

Gina made a video (link follows below) about stamping on tiles, which seems like a long time ago. Bruce brought me home a few tiles back then, so I could try her technique. They have sat on a table by our bed ever since. Well, sing the song "Finally-It's Happened To Me" by CeCe Penniston cause I FINALLY made the tiles! And they were so easy peasy, too.

Wipe off some unfinished tiles and use StazOn inks to stamp whatever images you would like. Then I carefully used alcohol markers and a PITT white artist pen marker to gently add color. Next, (place an old newspaper or a bill you don't want to pay under the tiles) take a little sand paper or block and sand off the images a bit to give them a rugged, distressed and used feel and soften up the intense line images. Voila! Wipe off all the dust from the sanding and add some little adhesive feet of your choice (felt, silicone, googly eyes, whatever). Done. Try it yourself - makes unique and fun gifts for friends!

Stamp Sets: I used some beachy images from GKD, There She Goes Again, Stampin' Up. (No, you will not break out into hives if you combine stamps by different companies.) StazOn ink stains - be sure you protect your work surface. I cleaned all the stamps with StazOn Cleaner, then cleaned well before storing.

Thank you for the video tutorial Gina!!! 
Click HERE to watch Gina's video ♥










Aloha and thank you for 
coming by and leaving your kind comments!!!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For Gina's Mother, Ruth

Aloha dear friends,

This week's challenge at StampTV is to make a card for Gina's mother, Ruth. I really hope she is recovering well after surgery!

Ingredients:

Stamp Set - "Vertical Greetings and Things" by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Vellum for dragonfly; Cardstock by GKD
Embossing Powder "Liquid Platinum" by Ranger
Copic markers for the flowers; Memento markers for the dragonfly
Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!
VersaMark, Scor Tape, Foam Tape

I colored the back of the vellum dragonfly so the colors would be soft. The yellow layer and the sentiment are popped up with adhesive foam.

♥ Get Well Ruth ♥ 




 CUTE Dragonfly Alert !



Big Hugs to You, Ruth!!
~ Thank you for stopping by ~


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Friendship Flowers

You know if it takes me a while to post, then I am concentrating on health challenges, just like the majority of you are. 2 Cor 4:7 is my help ♥

To complete a task, especially making a card, is taking much energy at this time. But BOY, does it EVER feel good inside to work on a project and even better to finish it.

This card is for a sweet gal in the StampTV crowd of Gina K. fans.

Recipe:

Flower Stamps & Matching Dies by Gina K. Designs. Frames & Flowers #1; Stamped Sentiment, Butterfly & Flower/Stem from Birds & Blossoms.
DP Floral Essentials GKD; Cardstock GKD
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Tag (I believe it is from Anna Griffin, sorry - I'll try to look for which one if you would like to know)
Cuttlebug Overlapping Circles EF
Prills "I'm A=Maized" floral centers covered with 3D Crystal Lacquer, GKD "Frozen" Glitter
Clear Wink of Stella
Copic Markers, Memento Markers, Satin Ribbon, Clear Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Foam Squares, Scor Tape, Multi Medium Matte, Aileen's Clear Glue










Thank you for not forgetting about me,
and for stopping by
dear friends ♥

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Avery Elle Rainbow Challenge, Paper Tole

Aloha friends!

Less than ONE week to go and I get my arm out of this cast - Hoootie Hoooot! I feel so excited to get this thingey off and wash my arm and hand thoroughly - ahhhhhhhhhh, can't wait. Ok, onward to the challenge!!

I am branching out! This week I am trying to create a card the Avery Elle Challenge which you can see by clicking on the link (and may be the image, but I'm still learning how to use their link up):

Avery Elle IHeartU Rainbow Challenge!!





♥ Paper Tole Technique ♥

Recipe:

Avery Elle "Thanks a Bunch" Stamp Set for the front, and "Laurels" Stamp Set for the Interior

Cardstock: Gina K. Designs, Pure Luxury "Red Hot" and 80# White Layering
Watercolor Paper: Strathmore 140# Cold Press
Watercolor Paint: Koi
Epsom Salts (sprinkled over the wet rainbow background)
Pretty Pink Posh (clear sequins)
Black Onyx Ink by Gina K. Designs
Stickles Glitter Glue "Fruit Punch" (a dab inside each clear sequin)
Liquid Pearls "Gold" (the metallic 'button' tie on the flower tag)
Adhesive Pop Dots (to create the multi layer flower 'tole' technique)
Multi Medium Matte (to secure sequins and adhesive pop dots to card and flowers)
Scor Tape (adheres the watercolor layer and interior card layer to card
Tombow Markers (to color the flowers, leaves and dot stamps prior to stamping, card interior)
Wink of Stella in "Glitter Black" (to add the sparkle to the flower bouquet)
Angle Eater Corner Rounder 1/4 inch


I started by covering the edges of the watercolor paper with some painter's tape to create the white frame. I loaded the paper with water, then layered the rainbow colors, allowing them to blend on their own with the water. 

Sprinkled with lots of Epsom Salt while wet. Laid the layer under the sun until the paints and salts were dried, then brushed all the excess salts off. (In real life, you can still see the crystallized salts on the watercolor background, which adds a glistening, frosty layer over the watercolored rainbow!)

While layer was drying, I stamped the flowers twice  and the leaves once on 80# white cardstock, then fussy cut all of it out. Adhere first layer of bouquet to card. Add each additional flower with adhesive foam squares and Aileen's Clear Glue (extra durable hold) over the original flower bouquet. Stamp and fussy cut the tag out with sentiment inside the tag. Use foam squares and glue to adhere to card. Adhere Sequins to layer with Multi Matte Medium by Ranger, adding a touch of Fruit Punch Stickles to center of clear sequins. Paint the Wink of Stella Black Glitter over the bouquet for sparkle and shine! Round the corners and use Scor Tape to adhere layer to front of card.




Card Interior: Use Memento markers (the pastel colors) to color one of the flowers and dots in Avery Elle" "Laurels" Stamp Set. Cover the white cardstock in a shower of pale rainbow colors with these stamps. Finally, color up one of the leafy branches and stamp that around. Round the corners and adhere to card with Scor Tape.



The pastel colors are light enough so that a note can be written over the panel!

Close Up of Paper Tole Technique:




Thank you for looking and for leaving me your 
sweet comments ♥
With Aloha




Thursday, June 11, 2015

It's Raining Flowers

Aloha friends,

This week at StampTV the challenge is to make your own background. It's hosted by Leslie and it feels good to play along. You can see the challenge HERE  And yup, still have one arm until the end of next week. This is my 4th try. Once I dropped the whole black ink pad onto my finished background (arrrgggghhhhhh ya matey!).

Stamp Sets: Frames and; Flowers #1 (the flower), Fanciful Tags (sentiment and oval border), and Spring Basket (the leaves), all by GKD.
Cardstock: Black Onyx and Bubble Gum Pink, GKD
Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
Copic Markers: the Red Violets and Yellow Greens
Viva Decor Gold Pen, Ranger Enamel Accents Black, Sakura Red Glitter Pen
Black Twine, Wink of Stella Clear, and adhesive pop dots

♥ And wishing Gina a speedy recovery after her rough night in the ER last night ♥




Thank you very much for stopping by
and leaving your kind comments!

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's been too long and I miss you all {hugs} !!!

Hello dear friends,

I've been away from my blog and crafting too long now. I've been wondering what to get on here and update you about, such as: cast still on arm/hand... trying to color with one hand... can't turn the Big Shot with one hand.. and things like that but it sounds too silly!

So, here I am. Hoping cast comes off in two more weeks. Nope, didn't break anything. The two main wrist bones were a rubbin' against each other until I cried my eyes out. We can't have that ♥ Steroid shots no helpey. So I just waited. and waited. and so on.

I managed to put together a couple cards which are not that good and took for-e-ver.

First one a simple Happy Anniversary to our Daughter and her Hubby, their 10th. They came here from California and spent two full hot sweaty yucky mosquito stung days ripping up our back yard. It no longer looks like an abandoned jungle (color me grinning in gratitude).

Simple sponging a la Theresa Momber style ~
Stamp Set: "Aloha" by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs





I wanted them to remember their hard working, beach going,
old friend seeing Hawai'ian Anniversary ♥

See? Just a Simple Something for our dear ones.

Thank you for looking!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Watercolor Doves

Aloha friends,

Today is a good day for a stretch -- an art stretch! I'm trying to watercolor again :)  This time is for the Art Impressions Challenge, Anythi ng Goes about Flowers for springtime! Click HERE to join in or see what everyone is making that has to do with flowers.

Card Recipe:

Penny Black "Floral Doves" #1155H (This is an oldy but goodie, from 1998)
Distress Markers and paint brush with small jar water
Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles
Studio G Rhinestones
Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur Flower Stamps and die cuts
Perfect Pearls spray
Multi Matte Medium
Sentiment taken from PaperTrey Ink Blooming Button Bits
Tag Die from Spellbinders A2 die set
Blue silk ribbon
All cardstock by Gina K. Designs
Scor Tape; adhesive pop dots EK Success
Watercolor paper by Strathmore 140#




Mahalo so very much for leaving some love 
here for me ♥



Friday, May 1, 2015

CAS Thanks

CAS is not easy for me, but here goes.

This card is created for the Stamp TV MIUM challenge this week hosted by Karen, STV15MON17 (Click Here).

How does one know when to stop "adding stuff" to a card? That is the biggest challenge for me. Lots of white space makes me feel like I will break out in hives. But when I see others' CAS cards, they're INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL and I want to try!!!

Hints for a Good LIfe:

If you go to the beach and relax in one of the natural ocean "pools" you see along the Hawai'ian beaches (or, I guess any beaches anywhere), you might see some discarded fishing line, laying in the surf - just waiting to tangle up some precious sea life. Before you reach in and grab the "string," make sure it is not one of the TENTACLES OF A JELLY FISH FIRST! Cause the jelly fish might be hiding under a rock waiting for the tide to roll back in and take it out to sea, with only it's white thin, string like tentacles laying there, looking like discarded fishing line.




Card Recipe:

Stamp Set - Gina K, Designs "STAMP IT BIG" by Carolyn King
Ink - Gina K. Designs "Black Onyx"
Metal: IndigoBlu Metallic Flakes in "Royal Peacock"
Scor Tape 1/4 inch and a portion of a sheet of Scor Tape.
Ailene's Clear Glue
SU 3 heart punch
Cropadile Corner Punch

All I did for the metallic portions is adhere Scor Tape 1/4 inch diagonally onto the cardstock. Expose the sticky part. (TURN OFF ALL FANS AND AC, AND MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE NOT DANCING AROUND YOUR WORK SPACE). Gently apply some metallic flakes to the exposed Scor Tape and tap on with finger. Use a Stencil Brush or a Sponge Pouncer to continue tapping the metal flakes until the strip is all covered. 

To create a metallic punched image (like the hearts), Use a small portion of Scor Tape sheet. Peel back the size you need and adhere to cardstock. The other side will still be sticky but has another backing sheet on it. Remove the backing sheet and apply metallic flakes like you did above, slowly, carefully until all covered. When done, you may use it in a die cutting machine or use a hand punch like I did here. 

Thank you for all the love you share with me!!!
Aloha ♥





Thursday, April 30, 2015

I love you MOOOOOoooooo!

Today's card uses images from Paper Smooches "Green Acres." I started humming that song from the 60s TV show in my head. I would like to enter this into the Paper Smooches April Sketch Challenge.




Card Recipe-

Paper Smooches "Green Acres" stamp set
Memento Inks & sponge daubers
Copic Markers
Fiskars small cloud punch
Pigma Micron Pen (border around the sentiment)
Ruffle ribbon by SU
Dotted ribbon by Bo Bunny
Cardstock Gina K. Designs
Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush
Adhesive Pop Dots & Scor Tape

Many many thanks for stopping by
and sharing some love
for my cards ♥ Aloha!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Window to Aloha

Hello there friends,

A while ago I was practicing some watercoloring. After this one dried, I ran it through an embossing folder by (I think) Anna Griffin. I'm sorry - it's been so long, I forgot the name (eeek).  I wanted it to be less fussy so I didn't bother to add layers or ribbons or strings, just a few stray sequins.


Stamp Set: Flourishes  "Windows to the World"
Ink: Memento London Fog gray
Paints: Koi Watercolors
Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin (I think)
Strathmore Watercolor 140# paper
Sequins, Stickles Diamonds (on water and flowers)




Sorry it's blurry - I'm still trying to get used to the new camera.
And many mahalos for stopping by!!!

Hydrangea Pencil Sketch with Watercolors

Aloha dear friends,

I am trying to learn how to sketch. I watch Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter on YouTube. She is SO inspiring and easy to follow and instill confidence in her viewers that even WE can do what she does!! You can watch her video HERE. I hope you can find the time to watch her video and give this a try. I even copied her writing the word "Ball" across the jar :)

WHOOPS - my finalized photo has one more tiny blue dew drop in the lower right corner for the 'three' thing!!! Just pretend you see it.

Strathmore Cold Watercolor Paper 140#
Derwent Watercolor Pencils
Sentiment by Hero Arts "Friendship Messages" (I love it when I can use older stamp sets, don't you?)
Dew Drops, Rhinestones, SB tag die
White cardbase by GKD 120# Pure Luxury; blue layer was something in my stash




Thank you always for stopping by and cheering me onward!!!!




Bargello Anyone?

When I first heard this technique, I didn't know if it was a food, a drink, or a game! The Bargello Technique is featured this week by Judy at this week's challenge at STAMPTV!

Stamp Set: "Enjoy the Sunshine" by Gina K. Designs
Designer Paper: "Hello Sunshine" by Gina K. Designs; Pure Luxury 120# white card base, Red Hot layering weight, Neenah Solar White cardstock
Inks: Versafine Black, Copic Markers
Paper Punches: Scallop and Round, 1-1/2" each; hand cut the fish tail sentiment
Embellishments: 3D Crystal Lacquer (over the red of the strawberries); red rhinestones; baker's twine
Multi Matte Medium (adhesive), Glue Stick, Scor Tape

Here is a technique that Beate Johns created for us at Splitcoast Stampers: Bargello Technique




Thank you for visiting, for commenting, for all 
your encouragement!!!