Saturday, July 19, 2014

A brief visit to the beach

A couple of weeks ago, I asked Bruce if he would take me to the beach for a bit. I lasted 40 minutes. But it was long enough to breathe the wonderfully fresh ocean air, look back at the island and take a couple of pictures. This is what I saw and posted on Facebook:

From this spot, if you were to turn back towards the mountain (Mauna Loa), our home sweet home would be about 1,000 feet up, almost directly up from this beach. The drive is long as the highway must switchback and forth a few times because of the altitude. It takes about 20 minutes to get to this beach. In the mornings, we can see some of the ocean but our palm and banana trees have grown too tall for us to have a great view of the sea. But I'm not complaining!!!!

I decided to sponge a scene from memory using Memento inks and the little sponge daubers, and the palm tree stamps from one of Theresa Momber's sets. It's funny how we don't always remember exactly what we saw, but I tried to get a reasonably similar scene onto paper :)

I surrounded the image with gold metallic twine and glued black rhinestones to the corners. Must add coconuts to all the palm trees, covered them with Crystal Lacquer, and used white gel pen for waves and highlights. It's very sparkly because I got carried away with Wink of Stella (again). Those are teeny glass beads as sand and I used more Crystal Lacquer to hold them to the card. I hand wrote the location with a fountain pen, cut it out and sponged black around the edges. Adhesive foam behind the sentiment.

With much aloha - thank you for stopping by!!!!

Bruce brought home flowers for me!

Squeeee! After all these years, and it still gives me butterflies!

Here is a picture of the flowers, which looked way fuller with more lobelia the day he brought them home about 4 days ago. Guess I overwatered them?

I reached for the Koi watercolors and tried to capture a type of shape of this bowl of sweetness. I sketched it with regular pencil on Strathmore watercolor paper. I touched some of the centers with Liquid Pearls, added a twine bow and a few sequins.

Thank you so much for stopping by ♥

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Silver Moon Ocean

I can't get enough of the ocean, or flowers, or animals :) But I do need to make a lot of ocean theme cards. This one is simple, black and white. I used water and Perfect Pearl (pearl) as a water paint and painted the moon through a negative die cut circle. I used the same Perfect pearls across the ocean for a silvery sheen on top of the blues of the ocean. White gel pen helped me make the waves. There are lots of aurora borealis color rhinestones, tiny rhinestones in the sky for stars, and rhinestone flourishes - lots of bling. I used some Crystal Lacquer on the palm branches for texture as well as on top of the breaking waves.

Thank you friends -- I appreciate you coming by!!!

Aqua Seas

It took a long time to get these next few cards completed.

First up is a colorful scene built on yellows and aquas, touches of purples and pinks, lots of pearls (hand colored each one as they used to be ivory), tiny rhinestones and Crystal Laquer for stars. I colored the tropical bird, covered it with VersaMark and heat embossed 3 coats of UTEE on it. Yes, you could probably use it as a pendant on a necklace, but I wanted to bring something special to the scene. It's flying over the beach.

Stamp Sets: "Aloha" and "Tropical Nature," both by Theresa Momber at Gink K. Designs
Inks by Memento; used sponge daubers to create the scene, and a negative from a label die cut to keep the scenery in.

I found an embossing folder that has the same shape as the die cut shape for the scene and it had embossing around the edges. I sanded the color off so you can see scroll work on the embossed layer.

I made the simple pin with pearls that is set into the triple bow. I cut and bent the end of the pin so that it won't poke anyone. Questions? Feel free to send them to me :)

This is a 5x7 card. The envelope took me all day to make. s-l-o-w.

3 coats of UTEE on the tropical bird, Crystal Lacquer on the boat, palm branches, coconuts. 
Wink of Stella all over the ocean. Mini rhinestones as stars, and some more Crystal Laquer, too.

Thank you, dear friends, for coming over and taking a look!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Easel Thank You with Post-It Note Pads

MIUM Challenge at StampTV, STV14MON24
(click HERE to see the challenge)

Tricia is hostessing the challenge at StampTV this week, and I am so very glad to be able to play along. We need to pop up at least one flower, so both the daisy tops are fussy cut and popped.

This is an easel card made for my nurse care manager. She works very hard to ensure all her patients try to get care and answers and I appreciate her even with all the red tape and brick walls that somehow find their way into our healthcare system.

I made the box big enough for two pads of Post It notes so a pink one is on the bottom and blue on the top. Behind the front panel is a decorative hidden panel with a note and images for the recipient.

This is the video I watched to remind me of the measurements, then I tweaked some of the layer sizes & box---

Easel Card

Stamp Sets: Birds & Blossoms by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs, and Assorted Greetings, also by GKD.
Cardstock and Designer Paper by GKD, Pure Luxury and Shabby Chic Spring
Spellbinder Circle and Scalloped Circle dies
SU Modern Label punch
Fiskars Scallop edge punch
Corner Rounder punch
Inks: Memento & Copic Markers
Sakura Clear, Gold, Aqua and Orange glitter pens; Wink of Stella in clear
Teal organdy ribbon, teal pearls and amber rhinestones from Want2Scrap, adhesive pop dots, lots of Scor Tape, two "Post-It" note pads in pink and blue

Thank you for stopping by!!!

Creative Therapy at StampTV

Hi dear friends,

One of the groups at StampTV is called Creative Therapy. I've really enjoyed getting to know all the friends in there, sharing and encouraging each other despite living with health challenges. It's been too long to send some cards out, but here is a picture of some of them I have made. No two are alike. Her little beret is cut out and pop dotted. I've made and sent more out, and have lots more to go -- makes me smile from ear to ear.

Inside is a simple tag or book mark with a short poem that tumbled of my brain very quickly.

The stamp set is from My Favorite Things, Pure Innocence "You Color My World"
Card base is Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120# white
Pattern Paper DCWV and others which I added stamped Irish Verse by SU and other images in VersaMark then heat embossed with clear embossing powder
Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Colored with Copic markers & blender pen
Crystal Lacquer over the paints and brush
SU embossing folder Flower Burst
SU Frame Punch, Spellbinders dies, Corner Rounder punch
Sakura clear glitter pen, Baker's Twine, ribbons and buttons oh, my!


Whew, a lot, huh? Thanks so much for coming by :*

Monday, June 16, 2014

Watercolor for Ill Friend

This is a SU image called Sweetbriar Rose. I heat embossed it in white, and used distress ink pads to watercolor. I sprinkled lots of Epsom salts in the background and let dry for the crystallized finish.

Pearlized ivory cardstock
GKD Pure Luxury 120# cardstock
Satin blue ribbon
Turquoise gems
Cuttlebug embossing folder tatami mat
Stickles Icicles
Sentiment by Anna Griffin

Thank you for stopping by ♥

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blended Bloom

It's been a while!

This is a stamp by Stampin' Up called Blended Bloom. It is large and has enough white space so that you can get different shades of color onto each petal.

Koi Water Paints, flat brush, red perfect pearls mixed into the paint for the center of the flower. Added 3 sequins, red grossgrain ribbon, then took the leap by splattering red paint across the whole panel (eeep!).

Thank you dear friends for stopping by ♥

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Get Well for Friend

One of our friends was out cutting the grass and he fell and bumped his head. He had to go to the hospital because he was actually bleeding into the brain, sweet guy. But they think he will be alright and sent him home after a short stay.

I used all GKD products except the twine and hand punch for the sentiment. Stamp Sets: By the Sea 2 by Theresa Momber, and Under the Weather by Rupa Shevde. Entered into MIUM at STV, use 10 layers by Lee.

Thanks so much for coming on over to have a peek! Aloha dear friends!

Monday, May 26, 2014

An Anniversary Card for my Sweet Husband

I can't help but gush when I talk about how much I love my husband. But I'll restrain myself lol. It was our 21st celebration. How quickly the years have flown by.

Stamp Sets: "Life is Good" and "Country Roads" by Theresa Momber for GKD
Tree stamps: B&B stamps (red rubber, premounted wood stamps) I think they're very old
Cardstock: 120# base and 80# layering weight GKD Pure Luxury White; DCWV dark brown for layering
Stamped with Memento London Fog gray ink
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils
Snow made by Signo Gel Pen in white
Mod Podge and snow gel mixed and splattered with paint brush

Thank you very much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Watercolor - Gelatos on Background Stamps

Wooohooo, this one worked! Finally :D :D :D

I took a Just Rite floral background stamp and colored the flowers with Gelatos. Then I gently spritzed water all over it and waited a bit, laid the watercolor paper over and :(  - the first one didn't turn out (see below). But I resprayed the stamp and Oh LA LA!!! I'm over the moon with it and will just paint the backside of the first one that kinda flopped.

Really - that's all I did. Then after it dried I added the sequins and will add a sentiment later on but had to get it uploaded. But the colors are soft and muted  - remind me of looking at a beautiful garden after the optometrist puts dilating drops in your eyes ☺ prettiful!

1st & then 2nd Generation layers: (big difference)

Sending hugs to all who take the time to visit my humble blog :)  ♥

Watercoloring over a Liquid Frisket Mask & Splatter

Yikes, out of my comfort zone.

First, cut out a heart from post it note and apply the outside paper (without the solid heart) onto your watercolor paper. Inside the negative space heart shape, get a Q-tip or dedicated dead brush for applying Liquid Frisket all around inside that heart space. Move it over and create another liquid frisket heart close by. Now, take courage -- dip your brush into the frisket and tap it gently against your forefinger of the opposite hand to create some splattering across your whole watercolor base paper. Put this aside for about two hours and let dry (it's humid over here so I waited longer).

Load the water across your now dry heart base layer, over the frisket. Frisket repels water :D Pick out your colors and dip them around the watered down panel and let the water do its thing. Set this aside and let dry again. The next morning (for me) I took my adhesive remover eraser and started rubbing the liquid frisket off the panel and it left white hearts and white dots all over - giddy! I tied the checkered red ribbon, dangled a brass key, colored the thread pink and red, added 2 crystal red hearts inside the hearts, and then covered the white space hearts with Crystal Lacquer for a rounded, clear finish.

I tried this with a snowy hill and snowflakes, but that was a mess lol.

For watercolor Class Day 2 - Backgrounds

Thank you everyone -- I appreciate your efforts to stop by :*

Watercoloring a Solid Stamp

Boy, this was complicated.

First I painted gelatos onto the stamp,misted it lightly, and stamped it onto watercolor 140# paper. It didn't turn out very solid, so I took the paint brush and added some water, touched some of the paint and spread the colors more evenly. Let it dry. Go back in and add darker tones to the centers of the flowers by touching the tip of the wet, round paint brush to the tip of Derwent WC pencil (a deep blue) and carefully add whispy strokes to the centers of the flowers. Let dry again.

For the background colors, I used regular colored pencils lightly stroked in an angle - oranges, yellows, pinks and a touch of blues. I didn't want to mess up the watercolored flowers by attempting a risky watercolor background today.

Stamp set by Flourishes, "Bees & Blooms."

Then I added the ribbon and gold metal dragonfly, some simple scoring around the border -- for Tammie, sympathy for her mother passing this week.

Watercolor Class: Watercoloring Stamped Images Days 3&4

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look ♥

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watercoloring a Secret Garden

Ok, it isn't really an entire garden, but it's a few flowers and it's my first time trying to give this a serious try. It is the HARDEST technique on the planet (for me, so far).

I used the SU Secret Garden stamp set and stamped off a flower image (Memento Gray) one time, then stamped gently onto the watercolor paper. I didn't want to use a pencil and make my own stencil. I figure paled out gray ink will blend away with the paint, and it did.

Using dabs of distress inks tamped off onto a glass block, I added water and went at this.

Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive.

For the background, I laid down a water wash, then dabbed Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters here and there and let it run. The centers of the flowers have pale yellow flower soft covered with gold glitter (by Martha Stewart). I free handed the leaves with a bit of pencil sketching. The sentiment is SU Thoughts & Prayers. Watercolor Paper is 140# Strathford; Base Cardstock GKD Pure Luxury White, 120#. Green layer is by Colorbök. Gingham ribbon by BoBunny. Also used: Scor Tape and Adhesive Foam Dots.

Tips: Have a good drink first, take several deep breaths, play soft music and dab excess water or color up with the corner of a tissue. You can always let it dry, and try again on the back.

For Laurie, whose dear father recently died.

Thank you so much!

Friday, May 16, 2014

60s Aloha, rubber cement resist technique!

Something about this card reminds me of the 60s.

And ok, the card before this I cried all the way through, thinking about out dog, and tearing pieces off here and there and doing stuff over again. I think I'm through with this card now. I consider it....not very prettiful.

In the watercolor class, Day #2, Jennifer McGuire showed how to use Rubber Cement as a resist medium.

I took the rubber cement and dripped the word "Aloha" and let it dry over night. The next day, one of our cats had stepped on this panel, along with two others I had made and she wore three "snow shoes" all at once, trying to shake each one off her feet - it was so funny to watch. Ok, I gave in and peeled each one off so she could run away. All was well.

I took this panel and using water paints I first laid a layer of water across it. Then I dabbled some red and yellow water paint to it and let it swirl around and do its thing.  Let that dry.

For the background, I scored two waves across the top using the Crafter's Companion board, then pierced a line between the waves and a straight line across the bottom. I used Copics to color a crochet thread pink and yellow, then hand sewed the pierced holes. I added a few daisy type punched flowers, with rhinestones in the middles and sequins around the card.

Hey - no stamps sets or ink colors to name - wow!

Rubber Cement Resist Watercolor

Mahalo nui loa for stopping by to look