Monday, October 17, 2016

Pineapple Anniversary


Hero Arts is having a GEOMETRIC Challenge for the month of October. Geometric. All I could think of is to use an image over and over into a symmetrical design. When I saw the pineapple stamp in a set, it felt like me :D

I didn't create stripes or triangles or anything like that. But I did use a ruler to mark off squares because you don't want to see the first attempt LOL. It's so funny! The back side still looks usable and that's why paper has two sides. Without further ado...

Stamp Sets: "Enjoy the Journey" (pineapple) and "Everyday Sayings" (sentiment)
Cardstock: GKD White and Asparagus; Pearl Vellum (sentiment)
Inks: Hero Arr Minis "Buttercup" and "Field Greens" and VersaFine Black (sentiment)
Memento Markers (on the pineapple embellie)
VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder over the Pineapple embellie
Gold Cord GKD
Light Yellow Pearls by Want2Scrap
Wink of Stella (on the pineapple crowns)

How to make your own stamped embellishments:  (see the highlighted pineapple on the card?)

Stamp and color/ink any way you wish. Fussy cut or die cut. Ink the edges (I used black here). Get some tweezers. Press your color sided image onto VersaMark pad really well. Place it on a piece of scrap paper, creased in middle. You will pour clear embossing powder all over this and using the tweezers to barely hold a spot of the image, heat with your heat tool - possibly repeating two or three layers of powder and heat until you get a nice, shiny, plastic or glass finish. You can also use UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder in clear) but I use that for larger images. You will be amazed how this turns out. 

Presents? Punch a small hole through the tops of your images prior to heat embossing. When you are done with the process, use a needle or pokey tool to ensure the hole is patent after all that embossing. let it cool off. You can even finish the backside if you wish. Thread metallic cording, thin leather cording, tiny chains - even French hook earrings to create specific, handmade gifts for friends and family. Or you can glue magnets to the back for some frig love reminders. Write a message on your image before embossing, using your loved one's name, a tiny poem - anything. Any image or drawing you use can become a handmade, beautiful gift. Just do it!!! (sorry Nike)

You can even make little rear view mirror charms, phone charms, bookmark charms. Let your imagination go wild. Somehow I stumbled across this idea way back so I don't know if it was serendipity or if I should credit a tutorial I saw years back and tweaked it just for my own use. 

Mahalo for stopping by dear ones!
With aloha ♥

Pineapple Anniversary


Hero Arts is having a GEOMETRIC Challenge for the month of October. Geometric. All I could think of is to use an image over and over into a symmetrical design. When I saw the pineapple stamp in a set, it felt like me :D

I didn't create stripes or triangles or anything like that. But I did use a ruler to mark off squares because you don't want to see the first attempt LOL. It's so funny! The back side still looks usable and that's why paper has two sides. Without further ado...

Stamp Sets: "Enjoy the Journey" (pineapple) and "Everyday Sayings" (sentiment)
Cardstock: GKD White and Asparagus; Pearl Vellum (sentiment)
Inks: Hero Arr Minis "Buttercup" and "Field Greens" and VersaFine Black (sentiment)
Memento Markers (on the pineapple embellie)
VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder over the Pineapple embellie
Gold Cord GKD
Light Yellow Pearls by Want2Scrap
Wink of Stella (on the pineapple crowns)

Mahalo for stopping by dear ones!
With aloha ♥

Saturday, October 15, 2016

PS. Celebrate!

Aloha dear friends!!!

I'm sorry for not commenting on your cards much this week or even being on FaceBook or any place. S-t-r-e-s-s  O-v-e-r-l-o-a-d. I have had to stop adulting for a few days. Coloring and painting are in order for a while.

This card is going into the Paper Smooches Color Inspiration Challenge aka Fall Color Study for October. These are not my go-to colors so it's definitely a challenge. Here is a picture of the colors:

Using watercolors, I painted a blend of these colors, then die cut out shapes. For the flower and sentiment (for anniversary card) upper right, I used Copic Markers. What you cannot see is the VersaMark Dazzle flower images stamped all over the white card base (you have to tilt the card to see it). You also cannot see that I covered the hearts and the centers of the flowers with Glossy Accents. I also let the watercolors dry, then sprayed a layer of Perfect Pearls "Pearl" all over it and let it dry again. The inside has another flower image colored and fussy cut with a mini plum-colored heart ♥ I outlined all the fussy cutting and die cuts with either black, pink or purple markers, you know, the teensy details :D

Stamp Sets: "Best Buds" (the flowers and sentiment), and "Botanicals #1" (watermarking the front)
Cardstock: GKD 120# white, Neenah 80# white, AC dark mauve
Strathmore Watercolor 300 Series
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Copic Markers; Memento black, purple and pink markers for edging die cuts
VersaMark Dazzle (for watermarking the card background)
SU Pennant Dies
SU Triple Heart Punch (the hearts are punched from the watercolor portion); corner rounder
Glossy Accents; Perfect Pearls spray (in Pearl); Foam Squares in white and in clear

Mahalo so much for stopping by!
Please be patient with me to start adulting again ♥

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pop Up Hedgehogs :)

Aloha dear friends!

Is October almost half over? Please slow the clock and calendar down?

This is a card that took me a couple of days because 1) it's a pop up 2) I have no pop up die thingeys 3) It's like a two-in-one card because you can't leave the front empty lol!!!!

I love the hedgehog craze. I almost added action wobblers but learning when to STOP is still an ongoing learning process here.

Made for Day 3 - Pop Ups for Wild Card Class!

Stamp Sets: "Happy Hedgehogs" by Birdie Brown for My Favorite Things; and the sun on the inside is from "Happy Day" by Simon Says Stamp!
Cardstock: GKD 120# white base, Pattern Paper is Authentique, cut out images are on Neenah 80# white
Inks: Memento inks and markers, VersaFine Black, Distress inks, Copic Markers
Stencil (clouds, hills, grass) "Make a Scene" by Simon Says Stamp!
SB Curved Border Die (on the pattern paper edge)
SU label and word punches
Rhinestones, flower punches, circle punches, butterfly punches (I'm so tired I don't remember which ones I used but I'm sure anything you have will work); Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Marker



Close Up of the Hedgehogs

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley!


Today's card is for Day #2 of Online Card Class "Movement" Theme.  The simplest I saw from the examples is the slider card and I'm all for easier right now.

This is a Thank You/Proud of You card for all the hard work our daughter recently did for us despite an old ankle bone injury that got all swelled up while she was here. Her hubby stayed home on this trip, but she worked her hiney off. They do volunteer work every week at the end of a trolley car in San Francisco. This trolley is covered in Glossy Accents and slides really easily up and down the trolley line! I hope they like it - it's a SURPRISE ♥

I found a free trolley image online and shrunk it down to about an inch for this card. I used a long strip of foam on the back of the penny so it slides back and forth easily, not spins!

I used Prismacolor Pencils for coloring everything, sketching in the background, and trying to give a fall feel for the scene. I used a bit of Gamsol on the ocean and trees in the background. The stencil in the front is a sort of cobblestone design. I used a lot of Fun Foam, a penny, and Scor Tape to put this together. It's a rectangular card, about 6-1/4 inch by 4-3/4 inches.

Stamp Set: "San Francisco" by Hero Arts, Clearly Kelly
   (I'm not sure of the company who made the sentiment stamps)
Cardstock: GKD 120# white, 80# white, and (love) her Charcoal color cardstock
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog; Prismacolor Pencils; Gamsol; Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Marker
"Mini Tile Texture" by The Crafter's Workshop
Fun Foam, Scor Tape, Dries Clear adhesive
GKD Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
Glossy Accents (on the red sway bars on the bridge, apples on tree, and on the trolley)

Mahalo for stopping by!
With aloha ♥

Friday, October 7, 2016

Up in the Sky, Butterfly!


How are you? It's been a very rough week here, but hey, still kicking!

I joined the current Online Card Class with Jennifer and Kristina & lots of fun others and it's called "Wild Card!!!" I love the way Laura Bassen sings it like Spongebob in her tutorials lol! She always cracks me up!

Come join in the fun if you can! There are five days of lots and lots of cool how-to tutorials for wild cards! We have til October 13 to create and upload. Today is Day 5 - as you can see, I am starting on the last day of the class (sigh, hard week).  Anyway, click HERE!!! to see the intro video. Likely you already have all the supplies on-hand so no worries about needing to buy anything new.

Day 1 -- Shapes, Openings and 3D Cards

I went with Shapes. My brain is mush so this seemed like the easiest way to begin creating. Technique: Partial Die Cutting. I traced the butterfly shape with a pencil, then fussy cut out one folded shape using GKD 120# white as the basic shape and inside of the card. I used Neenah Solar White 80# for the outer butterfly that die cut and colored with distress inks. After inking the outer butterfly, I glued it to the stronger white inner shape and added a few gems.

Die: Anna Griffin Butterfly
Cardstock: GKD 120# white and Neenah Solar White 80#
Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberries
Adhesive: Art Institute Dries Clear
Gems: Want2Scrap mini Clear rhinestones, Teardrop Rhinestones; Clear Red dots by Cloud 9

Thank you for coming by to peek
and to leave some love!!!
Aloha dear ones!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cheers to the Happy "Cupple"


I want to say Arigato, Gracias, Merci, Danke, and Mahalo (all lots of thanks) to Verna A. for helping me to join the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Group. Whew! Was that ever a bumpy road, but she showed me how to get there!!! Thank you, Verna!!!!

Why did I want to join? I LOVE coffee! I love Kona Coffee. Once you taste it, there's no going back. But it's a treat for me because of the price - I only get it a few times per year, (and we grow it in our back yard)! I just cannot get up to pick the cherries or get them to a processor. But they are so pretty and today about half of them are deep red, ready for picking.

Our daughter is arriving tomorrow from Santa Rosa to keep on helping us de-clutter our decades of lives with raising kids and moving and traveling, and all the little things that just build up. I asked Bruce to buy her a pound of this wondrous Kona Coffee as a little gift to take back home to her hubby. I hope she can stay the full week because we need a lot of help (I'm beyond help).

The card is stamped using the "Coffee" Stamp Set from GKD designed by Claire Brennan. The images are stamped in deep brown ink and the teensie weensie flowers/dot background are stamped in a baby blue. I used the same brown ink to color the white seam binding to match the browns, then added brown and clear sequins. My fingers are now espresso color! I drew shelves with Memento Blue Markers. Wink of Stella covers the sugar cubes in the bowl ♥

Stamp Set: "Coffee" by Claire Brennan for GKD
Inks: Hero Arts "Cup o Joe" (seriously, that's the name) and "Soft Pool"
Background Ink is Memento "Desert Sand"
Background Stamp: SU "Script Irish Blessing"
Cardstock: GKD 120# white base; AC Royal Blue layering base
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh "Espresso," "Clear," and "Aquamarine"

Mahalo to Verna for helping me!
Mahalo to each of you for stopping by!
With aloha ♥

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Mouse and the Hedgehog


This card is for the current Penny Black "Nature" Challenge!

I have stamps I've never even used before and this set is one of them - making myself branch out some :)

It's very simple really - I combined two of the images from the stamp set to make it look like the mouse is getting ready to let go of the branch and bounce off hedgehog's tummy ♥  It's colored with Copics. After coloring the sky, I wet down an old cloth with Blender solution and held it against the blue for a couple seconds. This created miniature dots all over the place but you can't see it in this picture. Penny Black always has some very cute critters as well as gorgeous flowers. Get yours out and join in the challenge!!!

Stamp Set: "Tiny Wishes" by Penny Black
(I also used the sunflowers from Autumn Blessings by GKD & Theresa Momber stamped in VersaMark on the white base, in color inside and on the envelope)
Ink: Memento and Copics
Cardstock by GKD 120# white and AC Green
Spellbinders Label #16
Darice Embossing Folder (green layer) "Damask"
Want 2 Scrap Rhinestones in Orange
Corner Rounder

Mahalo for stopping by!
I hope this upcoming week will be FABULOUS for each of you!
Aloha ♥

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Bunneh


Hot, hot, hot! Let's just say it's still hot here, in the 90s inside the house. With the ac on, it's 87 in our bedroom. I guess it takes the worst edge off. The humidity is really hard to deal with. Okeedokee, here is the card!

I have not played in a Cat's Pajama's challenge in well, I can't remember when :/ So I just HAD to! The current Challenge is to use Use Three or More Pattern Papers!

To use 3 pattern papers, I paper pieced! Two of the polka dot color papers are on the balloon, and the background is the 3rd paper. Yes, I actually cut all those little narrow strips and adhered them to the card lol!!!! I simply shaded the balloons and bunneh with Copic markers.Since I cut the balloon twice, I just went ahead and made two cards, both going to some children we know :)

I outlined all the pieces, added back the balloon ties, package ties, and bunneh's whiskers with a Memento black marker! The mini packages used as weights are colored with Sakura metallic gel pens.

Stamp Set: TCP "Away We Go!"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink & marker, and Copic Markers, Sakura Metallic Gel Pens
Cardstock: GKD
Pattern Papers: Red Polka Dot, Blue Polka Dot, Blue Swirlies, all by GKD "Hello Sunshine" pack
Embossing Folder: "Polka Dots" by Lifestyle Crafts
SU Tag Punch and SU twine
Sequins (red and clear) and silver stars by Pretty Pink Posh

Mahalo for stopping by ♥
Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Island Dreams


It is the beginning of a new week, and the year continues to fly by!

When the stamp set "My Island" was released from Gina K. Designs, my heart immediately swooned! No matter where we live, I will always be an ocean girl. The majestic mountains with snow, the green lush valleys with meadows and deer, the swaying golden crops in the autumn sun - everywhere in each season touches my heart. But the ocean always calls to me, and me to it.

This is a thank you card for a dear friend who sweat side by side working on our kitchen with Bruce on a very hot and humid day. We are grateful for so many friends!

For the Make a Scene Challenge at StampTV hosted by Susie!

Stamp Set: "My Island" by GKD illustrated by Claire Brennan
Cardstock: GKD Dark Chocolate and Ivory
Inks: Memento Warm Cocoa; VersaFine Warm Sepia and Onyx Black; Distress "Vintage Photo"
Prismacolor Pencils "White, Black, Dark Brown, Light Aqua"
Copic Marker: W3, W5 (shadows)
Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen

Thank you for visiting and leaving your love!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Baby Bird

Aloha friends!

Our nephew and his wife are having their second child this winter. Heh, heh, heh -- let the fun begin! Because the more the merrier and they won't sleep a full night for the next 20 years! They don't think that's funny nyuk nyuk nyuk! I think they should have 3 more :)

I also tried to go as CAS as possible, for me. It's for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - CAS

Call me crazy. For an unknown reason I cut the leaves out of some scrap pattern paper, added color and glued each one to the hand cut branch. Probably would be more CAS if the leaves were not added. But it's still CAS for moi.

Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp "We're Expecting" with matching dies "Mommy Bird"
Cardstock: Ivory 120# Pure Luxury GKD; Neenah Solar White 80#, AC brown (branch)
Ink: VersaFine Black and Memento Back
Copic Markers
Clear Scraps "Spiral" Stencil with Memento Summer Sky ink sponged over
Glossy Accents (over the egg & the birdies' eyes)
Twine (for the nest)

Thank you for stopping by!!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Watercolor Autumn

Aloha friends!

My posts are getting more sporadic as our lives get more unpredictable with not knowing when we are moving, all the sorting and throwing stuff out, and so on. But the last box I want to pack is the coloring supplies lol.

I made this "TriFold" card for the last Art Impressions challenge and missed it by a mile!!! So I'll post anyway -- hope you have a wonder-filled autumn weekend!

Stamp Set: Art Impressions "Harvest"
Card: Canson Watercolor Bristol (smooth as a baby's behind!)
Watercolors: Gansai Tambi
with a touch of Prismacolor Pencils
GKD Tomato Soup Cardstock layer
3D Crystal Lacquer (over the Concord grapes)
Liquid Pearls "Cantaloupe"

This is the tri-fold card closed--

This is the card with the left side opened -- 
(I stamped the top line of the sentiment here by taping half off the stamp)

Tri-fold card fully open, second half of sentiment stamped --

Thank you for stopping by 
and leaving some love!!!
Aloha ♥

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Autumn Leaves


Autumn - cooler temps and fall colors! I tried to keep this card more simple, no bulky parts :)

Entered into Unity Color Challenge on Facebook

Stamp Set: "Autumn Joy" by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Co.
Cardstock: GKD  card base, AC yellow and orange layers, Neenach white (color image)
Copic Alcohol markers and Prismacolor Pencils; touch of Gamsol
Wink of Stella

Mahalo for visiting! 
Happy Fall to each of you!!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

I'm Back

Sort of :)

Aloha! How is your world? Ours is stressful with a chance of more tension. But we are kicking and moving forward.

Paper Smooches is having an Anything GOES! challenge for September. I made a thank you card for one of many friends and family that are helping us out with remodeling this house and looking for a home on the mainland (we are going back to Oregon). This process is going to take a while and I'm going to need to make a bunch of thank you cards!!! Where would any of us be without friends!?! I am doing a little bit of coloring here and there, trying to find some moments of tranquility. I hope your weekend is productive, serene, and filled with happiness!

Stamp Set: Wicked Nauticool by Paper Smooches
Cardstock by GKD 120# base white, Neenah 80# white (coloring) and AC (blue)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers
Silver Tinsel embossing powder by Ranger; VersaMark
SB Circle Die
SB "Need a Rope" embossing folder
SU Twine
Glossy Accents; Wink of Stella Clear

Thank you very much for visiting
& leaving some love!!!
With aloha ♥

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Turtle Day!

Aloha! Yes, I made that up. I have no idea if there is a turtle day... but my card is about turtles!

Another week went by! How does time keep getting faster? I remember how badly I wanted to turn 18. That seemed to take FOREVER. Then I wanted to be 21. That took a long time, too. After that? Time flew by faster than a spring melt over a waterfall. And each decade the water falls even faster :(

I'm a turtle. Even a slower turtle with each passing day, week, year. However, our daughter in law loves loves loves sea turtles so this is a Thinking of You card for her. She has re-entered the work force as a teacher again since our youngest grandchild is in elementary school!

The main image is inside the card with a peek a boo circle on the front. The background (inside) is just a bit of sponged Tumbled Glass distress ink and a hint of Broken China ink. Using a Heidi Swapp heart stencil, I sponged some GKD white as well as Broken China distress ink through to make light and dark heart bubbles lol!!!

The turtles are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink then are colored them with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Fussy cut and glue to ocean background. I stamped the starfish and corals with pink and gray Memento inks and used pencils and Memento markers to color them, using Sakura Clear Star gel pen to highlight all the bubbles and sand and sea weed.

Using the Pear Tart Memento marker, just sketch in sea weed. Color with Memento New Sprout and Bamboo markers. Brush Wink of Stella over the images, adding 3D crystal lacquer to the turtle shells which makes them mega glossy and glass-like, and call it done :D

Stamp Sets: "Cool Dude" (turtles and star fish, coral) and "In Print" (sentiment) all by Clearly Besotted
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; GKD white ink
Memento Markers and Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Sakura Clear gel pen
Robin's Nest "Dew Drops" in "water" colors
Simon Says Stamp "Double Stitched" circle dies
Darice "Waves" embossing folder
Heidi Swapp Hearts stencil
Aqua and white baker's twine, Dries Clear Adhesive, 3D Crystal Lacquer
VersaMark, Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Wink of Stella, corner rounder

Front :) 

Inside :)

Hi Sweet Turtle!!!

Filled with love ♥
Thank you for stopping by!