Thursday, April 21, 2016

House Mouse Lilacs

Short post since this is on my phone. The background is just the chisel end of a pale Copic, I believe Y00. The lilacs have pinks, light blues and violet colors pointillism into the flowers, Each mouse has a bit of blush on cheeks and ears. The shadows are CG 1 and CG3. The sequins are glued with MMM (multi matte medium).

For the House Mouse Challenge this week.

Stamp: Fragrant Shower, Stampabilities
Copic Markers
Memento Black Marker
GKD card stock white, Bazzill Purple
Wink of Stella (WoS)
Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Aloha, thank you for
Visiting and leaving some love!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Black and White and Red All Over?

Nope. Not a newspaper!

Aloha ♥ !!!

I love that joke, even if it's still corny. Paper Smooches April Challenge is to create something that is Black and White with a POP of color. Zebras! With a red heart!

This card is fairly simple, aside from continuing to try and produce a "mirror image" using a piece of acetate. After stamping with black ink onto acetate, I have to be very careful not to shake too much in order to lay the acetate onto the card next to the image, then gently press it into the card. The trick to evening out both images to look similar is to use a black marker all over both. It also smooths out any jagged edges because I am a shaker :)

Then use a marker to sketch out some grass/ground. To finish I used 3D Crystal Lacquer to round up and sparkle the stripey heart & eye balls ♥

Stamp Sets: "Zoo Crew" and "Sentiment Sampler" by Paper Smooches
Inks: GKD Black Onyx and VersaFine Onyx Black; SU Rose Red; Memento Black & Pink Markers
Cardstock: GKD Black Onyx, Red Hot, Pure White
Embossing Folder: "Stripes" by SU
Dies: MFT "Stitched Ovals" and "Pierced Ovals"
3D Crystal Lacquer & Scor Tape

I wish you well and a very enjoyable week.
Aloha dear friends!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gina and the Great Divide!


It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood ♫ cause I was able to make a card and play along in StampTV Great Divide Release Party Challenge!  I hope you were able to play, too!

She asked us to cut the layers into a piece or several pieces, any way we wish. I chose a simple angle, two layers. I cut a sliver of gold mirror card as a dividing accent (the great divide part) as well as some Japanese gold cording.

The flower is heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then sponged with distress inks. I masked the flower and splattered plain water over the red background. It was cut, mounted on black with about 1/8th inch all around both pieces.

Using the homemade 2nd most incredible stamping tool invented LOL, I stamped the vertical sentiment and then scattered some gold rhinestones using MMM to secure them to the card.

I messed up the first card and lost the second try. Third time? OK! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead ♥

Stamp Set: "Bold Blooms" (Rebecca Oehlers) and "Vertical Greetings2" (Theresa Momber) both by GKD
Inks: VersaMark, VersaFine black, Delicata gold
Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick
Cardstock by GKD white, AC cardstock black, SU mirror gold cardstock
"Mizuhiki" gold cording from Japan; Art Beads gold rhinestones; Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Scor Tape and Multi Matte Medium (MMM)

Thank you for looking!
With lots of aloha ♥

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Well, Hello, Gnomey!

Aloha friends!

How is your week? I hope you have inky fingers!

My oldest "child" will be 40 this summer. I still have a few of his baby clothes and they are so tiny! He just loves gnomes - yes, gnomes! Who knew? When I saw this stamp set from Lawn Fawn, well, just "had to have it" lol. You understand! I made 4 of these, and will at least try to make one like this but as a shaker card. The 3D Crystal Lacquer is too thick and probably won't dry before tomorrow. I stuck my finger into it just before the initial layer dried, and that is why it needed a second coat. Boy, is it THICK! It's on the mushroom circles, the belt buckle, the windows, and the cloud.

This will be entered into:
 Lawn Fawn, Landscaping "Beautiful Florals" Lawnscaping CHALLENGE
SimonSays Stamp "April Showers Bring May Flowers: SSS Challenge

Stamp Set: Lawn Fawn "Gnome Sweet Gnome"
Cardstock: GKD white 120# base, Bazzill (light green) and SU (light blue)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky & Tuxedo Black (images); VersaFine Onyx Black (sentiment)
Copic Markers, Sakura Glitter Pen (red), Perfect Pearls "Buttercup"
3D Crystal Lacquer (on cloud, mushroom dots, belt buckle, flowers)
Dies: Stitched Curve by Paper Smooches and Cloud by My Favorite Things

Thank you for stopping by ♫ ♥ !!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Under the Weather & a short story

Social media can be a blessing at times. We can keep up with one another, share our lives, and find long-lost friends!!! Such is the case of Janet S. and me ♥

Janet and I had fathers in the US Army. Our dads retired in the great Pacific Northwest, hers in DuPont and our dad in Steilacoom, both near native American lands, the Pacific Ocean in Puget Sound and many land resources. It was filled with thick, tall pine trees, wild rhododendrons and azaleas everywhere you looked, as well as endless ferns and beauty bark paths through rain forest country and majestic mountains of the Cascade Range. Mt. Rainier was our constant companion, especially when the sun was out (every 10 months or so).

We were both cheerleaders all through junior high. This was in the day when our moms sewed our outfits, we just had to pick out matching socks and make the biggest, roundest pom poms we could. In high school she joined the tennis team and I had two knee surgeries, having done the long jump in track and both knees bent backwards. Yes, it hurt. Yes, they got stuck. She kept having fun while I ended up in a long leg cast for much of my sophomore year. All my physical activity stopped. I ended up in guitar and choir, both sitting down and fun. But Janet and I went our separate ways. She is now a microbiologist for the government and I went into nursing after a few years working for attorneys. ANYWAY....

Janet recently had to have knee surgery herself. I'm sure that 33 years later they have improved their surgical technique and she should hopefully mend up thoroughly and quickly. Me, not so much. But her son just moved to Maui and Janet is thinking of moving to either Big Island or Oregon (she's an east coast girl) to be closer to her family. This card is for my old buddy, newly found, Janet.

The stamp set is by Rupa Shevde for Gina K. Designs. I took GREAT liberty adding to the background, including the wallpaper, crutch, and picture of cheese on the wall because I imagine mice like to look at cheese. I even drew a cast on the leg and gave the mouse long eyelashes. This is watercolored with love. The envelope art and inside card is all Prismacolor Pencils, no gamsol, just thin pencil lines. I love this stamp set and it's a joy to get it inked up! Janet --- Get Well Soon! We need a cure for Zika and Dengue asap!

Entered into StampTV challenge this week with Silke Ledlow -- a SKETCH (I'm not a sketchy type person, but I tried on this one) Click here to see Challenge!

Stamp Set: "Under the Weather" GKD; Clear Stamps Floral Vine background stamp (on white base with VersaMark and clear embossing powder)
Cardstock: GKD 120# white; SU pirouette pink; thick vellum (sentiment)
Stratford Cold Press watercolor paper
Ink: Memento London Gray for images, VersaFine Black (and clear embossing powder for sentiment)
Spellbinder Large Circle die; Corner Rounder; small heart dies from MFT
Koi Watercolors; Prismacolor Pencils
Memento Markers (for the wall paper flowers)
Signo White Gel Pen (all the polka dots on the bedspread and stripes on the pillow case)
Martha Stewart dark green glitter on double stick tape for the stripes and hearts
Diamond Stickles as embellies on the pink half circle
3D Crystal Lacquer on the embellies, cheese painting and nail, the crutch and mouse nose

Prismacolor Puppy and Tomato Soup front of Envelope

Inside the card, color pencils squirrel 

Thank you for stopping by!
I am grateful for every single person in my life ♥
With aloha!!!

Sweet Friends are the BEST Friends!

Still getting caught up here!

Recently a sweet gal stopped by and left us two different boxes of Hawai'ian cookies. Oooo my, tasty - one had macademia nuts and the other had chocolate chips. She also included a lovely herbal tea (with roses in it) and it's so light, refreshing and delightful. Sweet friends ARE the very best friends! I had to create a card for her generosity :) with pleasure!

Stamp Sets: Lawn Fawn "Summertime Charm" and " You're So Sweet" and MFT "Diagonal Stripes" background stamp (one of my new fav's!!!!)
Inks: Memento London Gray and VersaMark Dazzles (on the taupe layer for diagonal stripes)
Cardstock: GKD 120# white and kraft layer
Stampin' Up Diagonal Stripes embossing folder
Copic Markers (reds frighten me, but there is no such thing as blue strawberries), grays and greens
Wink of Stella (on the lid, berries and on embossed stripes)
Stampin' Up "Dial a Letter" stamp wheel? I'm not sure what it's called but it's big! And has hearts!
Silver glitter enamel dots
Signo White Gel Pen (glass highlights); Sakura Glitter Pen Cosmic Red
Faceted Clear Button by Stampin' Up (It's PRETTY!)
Taupe floss

Note to self: Wink of Stella DEFINITELY BLEEDS COPIC REDS
(redid the jar label & glued over original bloody looking one)

Thank you again for stopping by!
I haven't been really busy making cards. Just slow to upload.
♥ Aloha ♥ 

Gittin' Caught Up


Boy, am I behind. Between life, Acer & FedEx, I am not getting much of anything done, typing-wise or blogging-wise. So let's get this show on the blog ---

I sent out some cards to blog winners, though it took weeks for Bruce and me to sync my abilities and his days off to get the mail to the post office. One was returned so I am getting ready to send it off again, to the right addy!

Thank you, again, for everyone who can take the time to drop by the old blog and leave some love. I do appreciate it more than you realize!

Stamp Set: "I Like You" by Stampin' Up
Inks: stamped with Memento Black, colored with Copic Markers; sentiment VersaFine Smoke Gray
Anna Griffin embossing folders from the Lace Collection
Perfect Pearls Buttercup
Cardstock by GKD (white 120# bases) and Stampin' Up (various colors)
Sequins Pretty Pink Posh!

I am sending one of these back out ~ thank you everyone for

SHARI MOORE - Please let me know which store you wish your
certificate sent to ♥ I've tried emailing you and for the 
life of me, I can't comment on your blog.
It's a mystery to me lol.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Koala for Kaden

Dear friends,

I hope you are having or had a good day. Do you recall seeing a 60 minutes program about a young boy suffering from cancer who always wanted to go to Australia to see his favorite animal, the koala bear? His name is Kaden Erickson. Make a Wish program sent him, both his parents and his siblings to Australia. However, Kaden died this last September from the leukemia. I was just devastated to learn this on Sunday watching 60 minutes. Turning this feeling of helplessness into a card was all I could think of to do. If you would like to, please consider sending his family a card, too. Here is their address:

John and Jeanne Erickson
2716 Keystone Drive
Jonesboro AR 72401-8554

Stamp Image by Stampin' Up "Kind Koala"
Stamped in Memento London Fog and colored with Copic Markers
Pattern Paper by Basic Grey "Plumeria"

I also ran a strip of 1/8 inch double stick tape down the side of the image and sprinkled some clear crystal glitter on top, added some enamel dots in light and dark pink, pale pink Copic marker dots R20 around the image, and used Copic Warm Greys W1, W3, and W5 in a gradient light to dark on the left side, and covered it with Wink of Stella. WoS is also on the koala's nose and flower. Tied some silver sparkle thread twine and it's done, ready for mailing.

Thank you everyone for looking, for your sweet comments,
and if you choose to send them a card, "Thank you!"
With aloha ♥

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A New Baby Niece

Aloha sweet friends,

I am back after compromising with Bruce about the foot. Instead of the ER, I called insurance and they said it would be fine to go to a local Urgent Care, that it was trauma ready. Yay! We drove in to town and they have no x-ray machine so we came home. That is a compromise in my book.

I finished the interior and the envelope for a card made earlier this week. My brother who is closing in on 65 just remarried a younger gal and they have a new baby. This card is for them. I have no idea how he does it but he was a real cutie in school and girls are always drawn to him, even now :-) We siblings have grandkids out of high school which is making our family tree more confusing to me as the years go by. Remember the song "I'm my own grandpa?" I'm hoping this doesn't happen.

The pink elephant and scalloped Circle are heart embossed with pink Embossing Powder. The flowers on the DP are accented with Crystal Lacquer.

Stamp Set: "Hello Little One" by Unity Stamp Company
"Pink Embossing Powder" by Whisper
Memory Box "Onesie" Die
Designer Paper by Anna Griffin
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins and Vintage Sparkle Glitter
Adhesive Foam Circle by Stampin' Up
3D Crystal Lacquer, Pink Rhinestones
Clear Acetate
Ranger Enamel Accent, White
Spellbinders Circle and Lacy Circle Dies

Thank you for your visit and lovely comments!

I Roomba'd my Foot.

Aloha friends :)

We have a Roomba, one of the little robot vacuums. It works OH so good and it was Bruce's anniversary present to me (yes, I groveled and begged for one) a couple years ago. 

I thought it could work while I address envelopes. So I picked him up from his park station and took him to the kitchen to begin. It dropped sideways and feels like it cracked my foot. In this world filled with disasters and serious health problems, this is nothing. Bruce is on his way home from work at Home Depot to help me since my foot is now elevated and ice cold. Cause this happened:

Bruce thinks I will cave and go to the local Emergency Room. This will be a battle of wills. I'm not putting the picture or post here for sympathy, cause it's just one more ding in the dings of life. It will be fine. The pain will be temporary. But please know I have not yet been able to mail your pretties out yet. I hope those of you who chose Simon Says Stamp gifts received an email notification of your certificate numbers. If not, please let me know -- I have an electronic receipt with your certificate numbers on them. 

For my 2nd group of winners, I have not forgotten you! I just ask you for more time to get them addressed and mailed. I spent a few days after posting the last card just convalescing after making so many cards (mostly for 30 Day Coloring Challenge at Kathy Racoosin's web page).

After a few days of vegifying my brain and body I finally felt able to something and move again. Sigh. Ow. Sigh. Ow. I will not cry. And Roomba is doing his job dutifully throughout the house. He had a very soft landing. Me, not so much.

Love, Rosy #weakhands #roombaisheavy #anotherforcedbreak

Monday, February 29, 2016

Winner Winner Winner not Chicken Dinner!!!

Please accept my heartfelt THANK YOU for all of your support by commenting on my blog posts. I will be giving away 3 prizes today (yup) as well as 3 runner up thanks you gifts (yup! surprise again!) because nothing feels better than giving presents!!!

Using "Random Picker online" I first assigned a number for every single comment you have posted from February 14 through February 28 midnight. Some of you commented once (thank you) and some of you commented up to seven times (lots of thanks!)!!! Seriously, I was not even keeping any kind of tab on how many times you commented. Re-reading all of your comments felt like a BIG and HAPPY surprise for ME 2!!!!

Ok, ready? Prizes are: One $25 gift certificate to Online Card Classes (squeee!!); Two $15 gift certificates to either Gina K. Designs, Simon Says Stamp (or name a stamping company & we will get you a credit!). I am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the companies I am promoting. I will post winners here and attempt to contact via email or social media. AND without further ado...

Under Public Info is a number -- scroll down to see who the number belongs to!
Prize IDPublic InfoInternal NoteRandom NumberWeight
1: $25 Online Card Classes3700C6F642-9F17-4727-860B-08DFCDF6C85E1
2: $15 SSS or GKD (other online stamp company)1900DA657D-85C9-46DD-9C86-BC18850C48581
2: $15 SSS or GKD (other online stamp company)110564BA9E-8763-4DE1-9F4E-93D59EA3638B1
3: Surprise gifts530757E471-1B02-44E2-ABD2-B17A4013DCE31
3: Surprise gifts3077868D4-C882-4204-BB7F-47E18C7BC2831
3: Surprise gifts12097FF91E-F3E0-4F47-BB36-7D09D80EC6A41

I listed all of your names, then attached numbers for each of your comments. 
Ready Freddy?

The $25 Online Card Class Winner is: #37 Verna Angerhofer (comment entries #35 thru #41)

$15 to Simon Says Stamp or GKD (or another stamp company) #19 Shari M (entries #14-20)

$15 to Simon Says Stamp or GKD (or another stamp company) #11 Judy Woodland (entries #7-13)

Surprise gifts #53 Kathryn A, #3 Joyce Erb and since #12 is Winner Judy Woodland, I picked the person with the most comments after all the winners were chosen, and that is Lisa K!!!

Congratulations to each of you and thank you everyone for each visit to my humble blog. All of you are winners in my book!!!!!

I will be sending out notification emails to the 3 winners and get the extra 3 little surprise extra gifts into the mail asap. If you are one of the 3 winners, let me know which class (Verna) or stamping store (Shari M and Judy Woodland) you choose!!! With aloha to everyone in our stamping world!!!! Keep coloring ♥

Coming Attractions. Signed, the vegetarian card maker.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Flamingo Toes & Last Day for Chance to Win

Aloha everyone!!!

I hope your day was absolutely fantastic, or at least very close to it!

Today is the last day to comment (by midnight Hawai'i time, 10 pm Pacific time, 7 pm Eastern time). I will draw winners and post them tomorrow! Excited? I am!

The thing is this -- When I visit stamp companies, blog hops, or other stamping giveaways, the chances to win anything is so very small. They usually pick one winner out of hundreds or over a thousand entries. And the winner sometimes gets something nice and small or a giant giveaway. Most everyone else has little to no chance of winning. And if it is a creation entry prize, well MY chances go down even more LOL!!! That is why I have few entries here but three prizes given away. Isn't that waaaay funner? Ok. Moving on :)

Today's card is for a friend who absolutely loves pink flamingos!!! I mean she LOVES pink flamingos! The more the merrier.

Remember VersaMark "Dazzles?" Most of us use regular VersaMark but don't know what to do with the Dazzles, at least for me. I thought of a "tone on tone" look for white cardstock (the background here). I sprinkled some glitter onto it but it only stuck to a small area because it dried fast while I was distracted by the chickens. Yes. They scream for me under the lanai until I throw some seeds down - like right now. BRB.

Now I love Dazzles and look forward to creating different backgrounds for a tone-on-tone look. If you've pushed it into the back of your stash, I hope this gives you reason to bring it out and start stamping with it for a soft image or a soft background!

Stamp Set: "Aloha" by Theresa Momber for GKD; and "Leafy Background" by JustRite Stamps
Cardstock: GKD White and SU Pirouette Pink
Inks: "Dazzle" VersaMark, Memento "Angel Pink" and "London Fog"
Copic Markers in RV group, Grays and B00
"Cherry Blossom" embossing folder by Darice
"Raindrops" in clear and silver by The Robin's Nest
Multi Medium Matte adhesive, Sakura "Clear Stardust" pen, Wink of Stella Clear and Platinum embossing powder by Ranger

The "Dazzles" VersaMark Background

Thank you sweet ones!
I'm very happy to be drawing prizes later tonight
to say "Mahalo" for encouraging me to keep trying!
Names will be posted tomorrow ♥
With Aloha 

Friday, February 26, 2016


Aloha dear friends!

How is your day? Are you slowing down buying more pattern paper nowadays? Are you using as much as say, a couple of years ago? Or are you trying to to buy less (like I am) until you use up most of your current stash?  ♥

One of my sweet nurse friends is going through a very, very rough patch of life right now. I hope this card will remind her of how much I care. We used to work together in the local hospital and she was always so sweet, optimistic, cheerful and conscientious as a nurse - a delight to work with!!! She is also native to Hawai'i and I love the connection to the real local people here.

Instead of using markers for this card, I used Prismacolor Pencils and the blender pencil that comes with it. Yesterday I watched a Sandy Allnock Video - Vanishing Point in which she shows how to draw a tile floor with angles the way it would really look. Just pick a central point at the top of your card, then using a ruler, draw vertical angled lines to depict the tiles on the floor.

I cut the floor with the little nurse out, even the teeny space under the nursing bag handle lol. Using a black Memento marker I shaded the edges of the cut out image. Then I adhered it to some pattern paper. I was all finished with the button and flower until yup - I smudged the ink around the sentiment and had to add some sequins. Oh well. Bruce likes it :D  Since my buddy lives not too far from us, Bruce said he would drop it by for me. What a man!

Stamp Set: My Favorite Things: "Best Medicine" (from the Pure Innocence line)
Cardstock: GKD
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils
Designer Paper: BasicGrey "Plumeria"
Ink: Memento "London Fog" and "Lulu Lavender"
Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh
Multi Matte Medium, Wink of Stella clear, Gold & White Signo gel pens, a felt flower, peachy button & Aileen's Clear liquid adhesive

Thank you sweet friends
for taking the time to look & comment!!!

Don't forget my blogaversary this Sunday as I draw 3 winners, announce
Monday and send notifications to winners!
(See Thursday's post for details)

♥ Aloha for now ♥

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Aloha dear friends,

I went "normal" today and just colored an iris for the StampTV "Spring Is In The Air" Challenge.

Copic Sketch and Ciao markers are easiest to color with a "feathering" technique because of their brush nibs. The Original bullet-type nib is harder for me to get the thin lines. Most of the colors are in the B and BV family. Before I could add any yellow to the center bottom petals, I had already started spreading deep blues and so this iris will just have to be a simple blue one.

We do have some iris by the front door, in the shade in a planter. I'm not sure what kind they are but they send out flat shoots that hang down and flower on the ends. They are very pretty, are lavender / blue with a few spots, white and yellow on them. The flowers only bloom for a day, maybe two and then are gone.

Stamp Set: "Warm With Love" by Theresa Momber for GKD
Cardstock - GKD 120# White and SU "Perfect Plum"
Ink: "London Fog" for the image, "Lulu Lavender and Summer Sky" for the background, all by Memento
Spellbinder Large Circle Die (taped the negative piece down to sponge the background)
Fiskars corner punch
Clear Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh

Thank you for stopping by and 
I am so looking forward to choosing winners on Sunday!!!! 
(See yesterday's post for details)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Do you decorate your envelopes? And GIVEAWAYS!!!

Hi there dear friends!

Have to say, the last two days have felt more like a great Hawai'ian fall day. The sun is out, sky is powder blue and the ocean is sapphire rich faceted blue with diamond sparkles. I see fishing boats waaay out. We are just to far away to spot any whales but I've heard we have quite a few leaping and smiling with their new babies!

I made an envelope to send the kitty card (to Lydia in Texas but she doesn't know it yet. She picked me as a winner for a nice stamp set and matching dies from SU and sent it right out = fabulous!)

Simple, stamped hearts and paw prints on the borders front and back. The back says "You are Pawsitively Furtastic" in the cutest fonts ever. And this is the front. I usually do not post pictures of envelopes, but was just wondering --- Do YOU decorate YOUR envelopes? And I used Prismacolor Pencils to color the kitty on the envelope.



I am having a blogaversary this Sunday. To say "Thank You" for all of your support and encouraging comments, I am going to enter your names into RandomPicker to draw 3 winners! For every comment you have posted for the last five of my blog posts, you will get entered that many times (squeeeee)!!! Don't you LOVE surprises? I feel this makes it fair, says a sincere thank you to all of you and while I love new visitors, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who stop by to look/see and comment! I will also include your posts up to any posts I make through midnight this Sunday and choose winners (YES, WINNERS x 3).

The first place winner is going to receive a $25 gift certificate towards "Online Card Classes." Seriously, isn't that a FAB giveway? I am waiting to hear back from either Jennifer McGuire or Kristina Werner to just make sure that the $25 can be applied to any class, including the $33 ones if you choose those, and just pay the difference if there is one. Most of their classes are $25 or less, so I hope you like it!!!***

*** I just heard back from Online Card Classes. I am to pick any $25 class and then YOU can apply that gift toward ANY class you wish - joy!!!

Winners #2 and #3 will receive a gift certificate for $15 towards SimonSays Stamp or Gina K. Designs, whichever store they choose!! Thank you for all of your kindness and support over the years. And keep on stamping ♥ sharing your love, and sending snail mail ♥ Aloha!