Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Perfect Pearl Dragonflies

Do you believe I have two cards to upload today? Well, me neither! But I did 

It was so very easy to do. Stamp flowers around the card in VersaMark. Leave a space for sentiment and dragonflies. Stamp your dragonflies and sentiment in VersaMark. Take your favorite two colors, possibly three, of Perfect Pearls and using a clean, dry paint brush, cover areas you want colored. When you are done, brush off excess. Spritz with a fine mist of water once or twice only. Let dry. The water 'sets' the Perfect Pearls (really)! Easy, huh? And very iridescent in real life! Took me about 5 minutes in total from start to finish!!!!

My boo boo? I used the bumpy side of the cardstock instead of the smooth (frowny face). But now you have a head's up if you decide to make one!

Hint: If you use any Perfect Pearls with the word "Interference" in the color, use a dark cardstock so that it shows up. On white card, interference colors fade out. Experiment first!

Stamp Set: The smaller Dragonfly stamp set in the Spring Parade Kit by Gina K. Designs.





Thank you everyone for your kind
and generous comments!

Quilted Card

Aloha,

This card is made for Sharyn's Stitch It Up Challenge at StampTV. I would like to give Dawn McVey at Papertrey Ink credit for the design which you can watch at YouTube:

Quilted Cards by PTI

Recipe:

Cut pattern papers (4-5 different papers) into 1-1/2 inch squares. Lay them out diagonally on your card if you wish, leaving a 'blank' square space here and there. Use dry adhesive (to prevent buckling) to adhere your squares to your card.

When you are done with your card, run it through an embossing folder that has a pattern resembling quilting - it can be circles, squares, flowers, snowflakes - anything small and patterned. It helps to give the quilted paper dimension just like a real quilt.

Embellish as desired.

Products:

Stamp Set: Gina K. Designs "Spring Blessings"
Pattern Paper: GKD "Shabby Spring"
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder from set of four, "Preserves"
Martha Stewart butterflies punch, precolored with Delicata Gold ink first
Clear Rhinestones
Spellbinders Ribbon Banner die
Memento Bamboo marker to add faux stitches
"Dries Clear" glue (behind rhinestones), Foam Adhesive Tape (behind quilted layer), Rolled glue dots (behind butterflies.





Thank you dear friends!
I really appreciate your comments ♥

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Spotlight Technique

It's a great week when you can muster up strength to play in two challenges!

Judy is hosting the challenge at Gina K. Designs MIUM Challenge I See Spots!

Stamped the iris image from Warm with Love by Theresa Momber, and the sentiment from Stately Flowers 8 by Melanie Muenchinger, using Memento blue for the faux stitching and the sentiment.

I used a few Copic Markers to color the spotlight image. Just stamp two identical images on white card stock. I colored one image with Copic markers. Then I took a 1-1/4 inch round paper punch and punched a portion of the colored image out. Next take a contrasting cardstock (purple) and punch a circle with a 2-1/2 inch punch.to form a frame around the spotlighted feature. For more dimension, I poured a round dome of 3D Crystal Lacquer over the top of the color image. I truly love this iris image and IT'S SPRING!!!!!

I took the little fern stamp from the Warm With Love set and made a background on yellow card using the Tuxedo blue marker as the ink to tie it in. Finished with three sequins in pale blue, deep blue and golden yellow.








Thank you dear ones, for taking the time to stop by
and leave me encouraging words 
from your hearts. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Blessings

We have countless blessings all year round, but springtime brings a renewal of growth and hope. We have lots of dragonflies here and this one has 3D Crystal Lacquer which makes all the wings look like glass.

Clear Wink of Stella coats the flowers and dots and Sakura glitter pens add to the sparkles in the centers of the dots. The dragonfly under the sentiment is embossed in gold. The rhinestones are sprinkled about and the red bow finishes the card. I stamped some flowers and leaves inside the card and am entering this into Gina's Stamp Release Challenge MARCH2015BK, Click on the link to see the cards entered into the challenge, making our own stamped backgrounds. Aloha for now ♥

Stamp Set: Spring Blessings by Gina K. Designs
Inks: GKD Black Onyx, and colors by SU
All cardstock by and ribbon from GKD
Rhinestones and Wink of Stella clear




Thank you friends for stopping by to take a look!!!
I appreciate your sweet comments ♥





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Three Tropical Thank You Cards

Whooo. It's been a while since I've posted.

I made cards for friends that helped with a recent yard sale. Bruce gave one away before I could get a picture, but here are three more.

I do love emboss resist. These two cards use distress inks over either platinum or black embossing powders. I kept all three cards as simple as possible (for me) and added a bit of ink to the envelopes.

After distressing, I sprayed some shimmer made from plain water mixed with Perfect Pearls. It helps run the colors together and add some interesting dimension. I do love this technique. It's fast, simple, and colorful.

Stamps: SU Million and One; platinum embossing powder






Black embossing powder:





This last card is an image from Unity called Olivia Girl. I used some Copic markers and tried not to blend too much. Over the colors I used Sakura Glitter pen in clear as well as Prismacolor color pencils. There's more texture than I can show with the camera. 





Thank you for not forgetting about me. My engine is running even slower
but I still get to the destination lol, just LOOOONG after
the rest of the crowd does ♥ Aloha ♥

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