Saturday, February 7, 2015

Snowflake Kisses from Hawai'i

Aloha everyone,

We do get snow here in Hawai'i, at least on this island. We have two mountains that are almost 14,000 feet. Two nights ago the winds were up to and over 90 mph up there, blowing snow and roads closed. Down here (1400 feet) it's chilly at nights and especially early in the mornings as the wind blows over that snow and down the slopes into our house. Ok, it only gets to the low 60s but the wind chill must be in the mid 50s, right? It warms up to the upper 70s to mid 80s during our winter days so our temps vary in a 24 hr period and we need goose down comforters, sweaters and socks. I'm sure you feel sorry for us LOL.

During the break I took from blogging and Facebook I continued to color. It rejuvenated me inside to make cards for as many as I could. Here is a sampling as no two were identical.


Stamp Sets: Sweet 'n Sassy "Winter Girls," "Snowflake Flourish," and "Snow Glad We're Friends (snowman card)

Cardstock and paper: GKD Pure Luxury White 120# for card bases, Bazzill and Stampin' Up for color layers, GKD pattern papers, Neenah Solar White for die cut snowflakes, Recycled Metallic Chipboard from packaging material for metallic snowflakes

Inks: Memento various colors, Brilliance Silver, SU various colors, VersaMark and Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder (sentiments), Copic markers (all the coloring)

Embellishments: Cheery Lynn Snowflake Dies Snowflakes #2, #3, Martha Stewart snowflake punches, Various Spellbinder Label and Tag dies, Crop-a-dile Corner Rounder, SU Dazzling Diamond glitter, Liquid Applique (ear muffs and fur trims), SU snow burst embossing folder, Sizzix big dot embossing folder, Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder, Silver metal snowflake brads by Creative Impression, Color epoxy round stickers, ribbons and lace trim, rhinestones, pearls, holographic twine

Other: UTEE, Scor Tape, Glue dots, Tombow tape runner, Aileen's Clear Glue, 3D Crystal Lacquer, Diamond Stickles, Signo White gel pen (and probably some other things I can't remember right now).





















I made 20 different cards and tried to enclose a pink and a blue UTEE snowflake inside each. The insides of the cards are stamped and decorated. The envelopes are stamped and lined with pattern paper that was edged with Marta Stewart doily edge punch.

ASK ME IF THIS WAS A FULFILLING AND FUN FUN FUN PROJECT!!!!!!! eeeeeYESsssss!!!!


Thank you for stopping by and appreciate your comments ♥
Snowflake kisses!




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Aloha dear friends,

I've been absent for a while as I recharged my inner batteries, and completed a pretty large card project over the past few weeks. I'll post some pictures of those soon.

Our daughter's in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week. I just found out last week so had to get crackin' on this.

The design of the card is a center step. The main, focal image center panel measures 5" x 7." I used an entire 8-1/2" x 11" piece of 120# GKD white cardstock for the folded support stand.

The gold shimmer panel, pattern paper, tole flowers and butterfly are from Anna Griffin. I also used one of her embossing folders, "Peony," on the main gold panel and the bottom third of the white main panel. Gold satin ribbon from SU. Pearls and rhinestones from Want2Scrap.

I downloaded a beautiful font and just typed away, then printed it, centering the information on 80# white GKD cardstock. The little 'x' punches on the bottom front panel is a Martha Stewart punch.

All the flowers, bird and butterfly were too pale in color for me. Using Copic markers, I re-colored all the embellishments (some parts were a baby blue, and clashed with the card) using the darkest of each color family, then blending to the lightest. Then I used Wink of Stella clear all over the flower petals, the butterfly and the bird. The elements are all popped using adhesive foam. Finally, I took a butterfly pin and put some glass pearls and gold beads on it, pierced the bow, but more beads on and a bugle bead to cover the point of the pin. Glossy Accents holds the beads in place and covered the orange rhinestones on the top left flower to make sure they don't fall off. The last step was to bend the butterfly wings into soft semi circles, then cover the butterfly with a coat of glossy Mod Podge to stiffen it for its ride to California ♥

This is one of the biggest cards I've ever attempted but I really liked the freedom to work on a larger space compared to being confined to the smaller, A2 work area. I made this as easily as possible - no template, no special cuts. I winged the mountain valley folds and it works. We are including a pound of freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee as a gift.






          



Side view:  

As you can see, it's just a couple of simple folds and the main focal panel rests / adheres to the back mountain fold. You can do it!!! Do some specialty folded cards. It will reawaken your mojo ♥



As always, thank you so very much for stopping by.
Aloha friends!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fortifying Faith, My First Art Journal :)

Hello, dear friends,

I've been absent for a while. I've some personal issues, pain and health that require much more prayer. They are areas I don't have much control over, so need to rely ever more on our heavenly Father and Creator.

Here is my first journal. It is all about deepening Faith. It's a journal in which I hope to let the colors flow and to write out positive, up-building scriptures and thoughts that will help lift me up on the days I need extra strength.

You probably know how much I love the ocean and water (I love mountains, plains and valleys, too). The front cover has about 8 coats of glossy Mod Podge over the distress inks, clear micro round beads, rhinestones, and glitter dots. The finish looks as though you are standing over the sea shore looking straight down through the sparkling water to the sand just beneath. It sparkles so much IRL and I hope to figure out how to upload a brief video to show it glisten. The papers are from Heartfelt Creations, and the flowers are from their Fleur de Lis stamps and dies. I also used some 3D Stamp Paint in Gold by Viva Decor. Finally I scattered some of Gina K. Designs Diamond glitter all over before the last two coats of Mod Podge. The result is a translucent ocean of goodness! I should have put some shells or a starfish on the sand before I built up all the layers of clear water.





Inside front cover, tag with Isaiah 41:10
(I've since distressed the little corners of the tag frame)
Tag stamps from Graphic45, The Secret Garden






Thank you for stopping by. Your friendship and comments help more than you realize :)

I'll try to upload a brief video to show you how sparkly the front cover is. Aloha ♥



Monday, November 17, 2014

I love this sentiment

Hi friends,

This sentiment reaches down deep into my heart because of the love I have for the ocean. Waves are forever, and that's how much I love my family and friends, deep and as long as forever. I love sea shells, sun sets, fish, dolphins, whales, pretty much the whole ocean! Melanie designed all these sea shells and the all sentiments with the simple fonts for thoughts that carry a lot of meaning.

Stamp Set: Gifts from the Sea by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K. Designs
Card base: Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120#
DP is by DCWV "Chateau Lavender"
Embossing Folder and die cuts by Anna Griffin
Flower punches by Martha Stewart
SB Curved Borders dies
Maya Road gold ribbon
KaiserCraft rhinestones
Prisma Color Glitter
Homemade pearl spray (all over the oval sentiment)
Inks by Delicata Gold and Memento Grape and Warm Cocoa
Colored with Koh I Noor color pencils
Glue dots and adhesive foam squares

I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the exact embossing folder (but I know it's a big one by Anna Griffin). This card is 5" x 7"




Thank you very much for stopping by ♥

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Floral Seas :)

What? A sea of flowers? Flowers in the colors of the sea? Nawww. This is a feminine ocean card. Pink skies with flowers and a lighthouse. I feel like making something a little more fussy and feminine, so here it is.

I did cheat a little (☺) ! I used a card base and tole flowers from Anna Griffin, and her little gold premade bows! The scroll die cuts are from MFT. Pearls and rhinestones by KaiserCraft. Embossing folder Anna Griffin "Camilla Lace." White card Neena Solar White. Pink cardstock  was a piece I had leftover in my stash. And I saved the negative after cutting out an Opulent Oval die, embossed it and used it as a frame.

Stamp Set: By the Sea illustrated by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Colored with Prisma Color Pencils
Heat embossed with Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
Dies used: SB Detailed Scallops 5x7 inches, MFT scrolls,
Embossing Folder - Anna Griffin Camilla Lace
Sparkles by WoS (Wink of Stella) - in the light beam and on the water
A dusting of Prismatic Glitter from Gina K. Designs (which ended up all over my face, body, bed and husband because the fans were on = shower #3 for the day)
3D Crystal Lacquer
3d Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives
Scor Tape




Thank you dear friends, for always visiting
and leaving me such up-building comments :* 
Mahalo!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nighttime at the Waterfall

I am in dire need of more beachy type, Hawai'ian themed cards. I am also in need of more ideas of scenery so headed over to Pinterest and found something that peaked my mojo which needed tweaking to make the scene into one that might work.

I used one of Theresa Momber's images of the falls and two palms, then added some grasses, and a few more palm trees by Flourishes. In comes Signo white gel pen - add stars, palm tree & water highlights, and mist. If you squint you might see teeny blue and silver flat back stones in the sky and in the water, a few black ones in the trees.

The chevrons on the layer behind it is pressed from the SU embossing folder. Rounded two corners. Added white shimmer paint to the moonlight highlights through the jungle of trees down onto the water. Instant Hawai'ian falls :)

Stamp sets: Tropical Nature by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs; Beach Life by Flourishes
Cardstocks by GKD
EF by SU
All Purpose Ink for Fantastixs #72 Frost White
Wink of Stella around the darker pools of water
Black beads to rounded corners
Set to Pure Luxury Black Cardstock by GKD



Please accept my grateful appreciation for your comments and
kindest of words. 
Your encouragement lifts me up in a world that is bent on
tearing all of us down.
So THANK YOU my dear friends, always! ♥


I finally made a little box for the big card!

Yay for little victories!

Remember that flamboyant card I made a couple weeks ago? Me neither. But I didn't have an envelope that size or deep enough to house it in. This is kind of an uglyful picture because I am not a photographer and barely a card maker. However, it does look a little better than this IRL.

It's distressed (and I hope, not distressing), but maybe you can see the dark Paris Night sky ink I sponged all over the corners. Believe me, it's really distressed IRL. Wait til you see the inside.

Box top: (Anna Griffin dies, Heartfelt Creations Fleur de lis dies, pearls and sequins) with tiny scallop edging which you cannot see in this picture.



The next photo is the inside of the upper lid, which looks the same as the inside of the bottom of the box (without scallop edging). I used pattern dp, embossed it, crinkled it up, sponged more Paris Night sky ink all over, then Delicata Silver ink over the embossed areas.



And finally, maybe you remember the elongated gatefold card as it looks placed inside it's box (ribbons Scor taped to back, wrap around to tie in bows. There are two shimmery pearl cardstock hearts over the centers of the ribbons on the back of the bottom box). 



Whew. That was a time consuming card & box, but
someone will be happy to get it....I hope!
Aloha, my friends ♥







Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanks a Latte & Thinking of You!!

This is one of the first stamps sets I purchased from Gina K. Designs. I was just getting into stamping and well, let the addiction begin LOL!

I really wanted to send a little surprise to Gina and her hard working crew - this card and a bag of 100% Kona coffee. It's just a little gesture to say thank you, and to try and be kind to everyone - you never know the journey they have had and continue to walk. I also made a little thinking of you card for her sweet mommy, Ruth, who I heard is doing better after breaking up her foot and having surgery. I didn't get to send Ruth a get well card and I had this longing ache to do that - and it finally came to pass ♥

Stamp Sets: "Thanks a Latte" by Theresa Momber,; "Branching Out" by Melanie Muenchinger, sentiment from "Dogwood and Butterfly" by Theresa Momber, all for GKD.
Pattern Papers, cardstock and ribbons all by GKD.


For all you do, Gina & crew, a big thanks!



And continue getting stronger and better, Ruth ♥



Thank you for stopping by, you lift my spirit up!

A Special Anniversary


It's the 45th wedding anniversary for Verna and Arlin. I'm late with my card, but just had to keep going to get'er done! My very best wishes for Arlin to feel better soon, and may they have many more years of good health and happiness together!

Stamp Set: "With This Ring" by Rupa Shevde for Gina K. Designs
Cardstock: GKD Pure Luxury white; SU Blushing Bride
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Techniques: Bokeh, dry embossing the tablecloth into little squares
Silk Ribbon by Maya Roads; Pearls by KaiserCraft
Corner Rounder punch
Butterflies and hearts embossed using Anna Griffin brass stencils




A Blessed and Happy Anniversary to the Angerhofers!
Thank you for stopping by ♥






Sunday, November 9, 2014

Countless Blessings

It's very hard to keep focused on the countless blessings the majority of us have. We are discouraged by what we see and hear on the news and often in our own parts of the world. But when we encounter someone who shines brighter than the rest, it helps us to re-focus on all we have.

Recently  the news highlighted on one young lady, Lauren Hill. She has terminal brain cancer and despite this, she fights on to play college basketball however her body will let her. When I saw her, her courage and her smile, facing down death, I felt impelled to create a small, humble, poured-out-of-my-heart card. It took me two days, but it is all I have to share with her and her family.

The beauty of a peacock.



But what kind of sentiment would be appropriate? Definitely not a sympathy because this gal is a light. a beacon of courage to others. All I could think of was that she is leaving a legacy. She's made a mark with her life.




Yes, she is and always will be, unforgettable.

Products used--

Stamp sets used: Stampin' Up "Perfect Peacock," and Gina K. Designs "Unforgettable," Inner flourishes by Hero Arts "Feathery Grass."
Cardstock: Gina K. Designs
Peacock painted with Gelatos and Perfect Pearls with paint brush and water.
Background painted with Gelatos and sprinkled with Epsom salt. 3D Crystal Lacquer over eye, beak, feather tips on head and "eyes" of the feathers. Rhinestones in flower centers. Liquid Pearls edge the peacock feathers and highlight flowers.

After drying overnight, I brushed the loose Epsom salts off, then dabbed Delicata Gold ink over some of the background.

The inside flourishes are stamped with Delicata Gold ink, Memento markers on the flower stamp, and VersaFine black for the sentiment.


Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! 
If you would like to send Lauren and her family a card, here
is the university she attends:

Lauren Hill
c/o Mount St. Joseph University, Women's Basketball 
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati OH 45233-1607

Friday, October 31, 2014

Aloha Flamingo

Aloha again,

Hope you are doing well. This is another card based on variations of one color (monochrome). This is CAS (for me, it is LOL) in all pinks. I will enter this into this week's MIUM challenge at StampTV - for Cat who wants us to use one color.

Stamp Set: "Aloha" by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Inks: Memento Angel Pink (sponging), Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush, Regal Rose and Blushing Bride
Sequins: Verve Pastels
Pearls and rhinestones from stash
Pink Twine, Diamond Stickles, Signo White Gel Pen
Copic Markers




Mahalo to each of you for stopping by!!!

Avocado Flowers

Aloha friends,

Here is a card using various shades of green distress markers, topped with Signo white gel pen. When done coloring I outlined the petals with the gel pen which gives an almost embossed look. I added dots of white around. Sage colored pearls and prisma glitter lie over the centers of the flowers. What drew me to purchase this stamp is that the flower image is so beautiful, but the sentiment is part of the entire stamp.

This sure is CAS compared to the last card I made!

Stamp by Stamin' Up: "People Like You"
Distress markers
GKD Pure Luxury White Cardstock



Thank you dear ones for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Night Ocean with Blue Flowers

Aloha,

Do you ever feel like breaking out of the box? Me, too. It just felt good to get a fussy card out of my system. I just cut a strange size card, with a different twist to the gatefold closure. This is made for Cat's It Takes Two, Only Two Colors STV Challenge this week, STV14MON42. 

Size of base cardstock: Folded closed it is 8-1/2 inches tall by 4-1/4 inches wide; opened up it measures 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches. Yes, I used an entire sheet of 120# GKD white cardstock ☺

Recipe follows photos.  (This card looks so much better in real life. I just could not get the pictures to really focus well or get the lighting right, heavy sighs).

Front with right side "gate" flap opened---





This is the center, inside panel, the scene of the night sky over the ocean --




Next is the inside, left panel. I want to apologize for the blurriness! So when you open the card, this is the left part of the "gate" fold--  (I think it's enough room for a personal message, or perhaps to insert a photo of a trip to Hawai'i or a photo of a couple in love, kids, so on...)






Finally, this the front right side of the card, the right portion of the "gate" fold. 





For those of you who are curious how parts of this card is made, I offer the products and techniques below, separated by the card parts.

Front left, main panel:

Anna Griffin embossing folder "Eleanor Lace" used twice to emboss entire panel
Die Cuts - Flowers stamped and die cut using Heartfelt Creations Fleur de Lis sets
Die Cuts - Memory Box "Elegant Scrollwork" and Impression Obsession Leafy Branch #055-N
Die Cut Sentiment - Spellbinders 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops, second die from center
3/8 inch royal blue grossgrain ribbon
Gina K. Designs Prisma Glitter (LOVE it!)
Martha Stewart and Want2Scrap Pearls
Memento Inks Summer Sky and Night Sky
Sentiment - Gina K. Designs Elegant Florals

Inside left panel:

Blue card layer by Bazzill
White die cut panel - Spellbinders Respendent Rectangles, fifth from center
Flowers stamped and die cut - Heartfelt Creations Fleur de Lis sets
Memento Inks Summer Sky and Night Sky
Pearls
Gina K. Designs Prisma Glitter

Inside center panel:

Stamp Sets Gina K. Designs: Elegant Florals, Spring Florals (all the leaves)
Liquid Pearls Baby Blue (sets of 3 berries here and there on the stems)
Gina K. Designs Prisma Glitter
Wink of Stella in Clear
White Gel Pen Signo
Memento Marker, Paris Dusk
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, white - splattered with toothbrush across the sky for Milky Way stars
Marvy 1 inch circle punch as mask for the full moon
Corner Rounder punch 2 corners

Inside right panel:

Bazzill blue card, hand sketched shape and fussy cut
Flowers and pearls as listed above.

Outside/front right side of "gate" flap:

Curve cut with Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One, #3 die from the right
Want2Scrap blue rhinestones
Bazzill blue cardstock 
Anna Griffin "Brocade" embossing folder on the blue panel
Sponged edges with Memento Summer Sky
Piercing tool to enhance die cut holes
Sand paper to sand down the embossed panel. Creates two colors and depth to the embossing.

All flowers and branches, scroll work die cuts adhered with Ailene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue, as well as for adding all the glitter, and for adhering all the pearls and rhinestones.
Panels adhered with Scor Tape 1/4 inch



If you actually read the recipe, you deserve HUGE APPLAUSE!
Thank you so much for stopping by ♥

(now to make the box!!!)


Monday, October 27, 2014

Sympathy for Friend

Aloha everyone,

I always feel heart break when someone loses a loved one. There's not much to say and if you are far away, you cannot physically hug them. But I always hope that a card with a note of care will help some how. That is what this card is for, a gentleman friend.

The stamp set is by Stampin' Up, called Serene Silhouettes.

I stamped the image with Memento Warm Cocoa ink, then covered with clear embossing powder and heat set. Pattern Paper is from Gina K. Designs "Shabby Spring" paper pack. I added some silk ribbon in aqua and colored pearls with Copic markers for embellishment. Copper brads from Gina K. Designs as are the base cardstock (Pure Luxury 120# white). Brown layer is Bazzill.




Thank you for looking and leaving your sweet, kind comments ♥

For Friend Facing Health Challenge

Hi everyone,

This card is for a friend who received a frightening health diagnosis. I hope she maintains her strength and hope and that is what this card is about.


Stamp Set: Flourishes "Mother's Words of Wisdom" floral wreath, butterfly from Gina K. Designs
Image colored with Copic Markers with red Liquid Pearls. Background paper embossed with Anna Griffin flower folder. Epoxy butterfly half round over peach grossgrain ribbon. Butterfly watercolor pencils by Derwent, round accents by Liquid Pearls. Butterfly and sentiment covered with clear embossing powder. You can probably see sparkles from Wink of Stella here and there. I colored the rhinestones pale orange for the butterfly antennae. Cardstock 120# Gina K. Designs white pure luxury, and Bazzill peach for the layer.

(I'm sorry for remembering the exact name of the bicolor pattern paper but it was from a pack, the exact sentiment die cut name, and the Anna Griffin Emb. folder exact name I will need to look up later. Having a difficult day with pain today so cannot get up to look, but will when I can.)





        



                         Thank you for stopping by ♥