Saturday, August 1, 2015

Over-the-Top, Explosion Box

For our nephew's and his wife's new baby boy. If it wasn't my 3rd try, and so much time and energy, I would have started over again.

We don't get a lot of babies in our family, so this is a big deal. It seems that (in our family) more and more of our adult kids choose not to have children, and I'm a BIG baby cuddler lol!

Well, I went over the top making this. I did not know when to stop. First step in controlling any problem is to admit there is a problem: Therefore, "I am not in control of my baby card/box making habit. I am in need of help."

For the last month (maybe longer) I worked a tiny bit here and there as I could. Finally, I simply ran out of room to add stuff. There are no measurements as I just cut, folded and Scor Taped here and there. But I can measure from top to bottom = 9 inches :/

Stamp Sets: Gina K. Designs- "Oh, Baby," "Blessing from Above," and "Zoo Animals"
Other supplies: I no longer remember all the stuff I used. Use your imagination.

Up, Up and Away!

Floating Rocking Horse

Elephant side

Zebra side

I even decorated the back...sigh! 

(Look how cute the baby is tucked into
the Stork's blankey!!!)

I even decorated underneath all the flaps, 
where no one can see! (smacks forehead)

Tag and Printed Gift Card Tucked inside

If you read this post and looked at all
the pictures, then
you deserve a medal!
Thank you for being so kind
with your comments.
And for stopping by :*

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stamped Tiles, By the Sea

Gina made a video (link follows below) about stamping on tiles, which seems like a long time ago. Bruce brought me home a few tiles back then, so I could try her technique. They have sat on a table by our bed ever since. Well, sing the song "Finally-It's Happened To Me" by CeCe Penniston cause I FINALLY made the tiles! And they were so easy peasy, too.

Wipe off some unfinished tiles and use StazOn inks to stamp whatever images you would like. Then I carefully used alcohol markers and a PITT white artist pen marker to gently add color. Next, (place an old newspaper or a bill you don't want to pay under the tiles) take a little sand paper or block and sand off the images a bit to give them a rugged, distressed and used feel and soften up the intense line images. Voila! Wipe off all the dust from the sanding and add some little adhesive feet of your choice (felt, silicone, googly eyes, whatever). Done. Try it yourself - makes unique and fun gifts for friends!

Stamp Sets: I used some beachy images from GKD, There She Goes Again, Stampin' Up. (No, you will not break out into hives if you combine stamps by different companies.) StazOn ink stains - be sure you protect your work surface. I cleaned all the stamps with StazOn Cleaner, then cleaned well before storing.

Thank you for the video tutorial Gina!!! 
Click HERE to watch Gina's video ♥

Aloha and thank you for 
coming by and leaving your kind comments!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For Gina's Mother, Ruth

Aloha dear friends,

This week's challenge at StampTV is to make a card for Gina's mother, Ruth. I really hope she is recovering well after surgery!


Stamp Set - "Vertical Greetings and Things" by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Vellum for dragonfly; Cardstock by GKD
Embossing Powder "Liquid Platinum" by Ranger
Copic markers for the flowers; Memento markers for the dragonfly
Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!
VersaMark, Scor Tape, Foam Tape

I colored the back of the vellum dragonfly so the colors would be soft. The yellow layer and the sentiment are popped up with adhesive foam.

♥ Get Well Ruth ♥ 

 CUTE Dragonfly Alert !

Big Hugs to You, Ruth!!
~ Thank you for stopping by ~

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Friendship Flowers

You know if it takes me a while to post, then I am concentrating on health challenges, just like the majority of you are. 2 Cor 4:7 is my help ♥

To complete a task, especially making a card, is taking much energy at this time. But BOY, does it EVER feel good inside to work on a project and even better to finish it.

This card is for a sweet gal in the StampTV crowd of Gina K. fans.


Flower Stamps & Matching Dies by Gina K. Designs. Frames & Flowers #1; Stamped Sentiment, Butterfly & Flower/Stem from Birds & Blossoms.
DP Floral Essentials GKD; Cardstock GKD
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Tag (I believe it is from Anna Griffin, sorry - I'll try to look for which one if you would like to know)
Cuttlebug Overlapping Circles EF
Prills "I'm A=Maized" floral centers covered with 3D Crystal Lacquer, GKD "Frozen" Glitter
Clear Wink of Stella
Copic Markers, Memento Markers, Satin Ribbon, Clear Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Foam Squares, Scor Tape, Multi Medium Matte, Aileen's Clear Glue

Thank you for not forgetting about me,
and for stopping by
dear friends ♥

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Avery Elle Rainbow Challenge, Paper Tole

Aloha friends!

Less than ONE week to go and I get my arm out of this cast - Hoootie Hoooot! I feel so excited to get this thingey off and wash my arm and hand thoroughly - ahhhhhhhhhh, can't wait. Ok, onward to the challenge!!

I am branching out! This week I am trying to create a card the Avery Elle Challenge which you can see by clicking on the link (and may be the image, but I'm still learning how to use their link up):

Avery Elle IHeartU Rainbow Challenge!!

♥ Paper Tole Technique ♥


Avery Elle "Thanks a Bunch" Stamp Set for the front, and "Laurels" Stamp Set for the Interior

Cardstock: Gina K. Designs, Pure Luxury "Red Hot" and 80# White Layering
Watercolor Paper: Strathmore 140# Cold Press
Watercolor Paint: Koi
Epsom Salts (sprinkled over the wet rainbow background)
Pretty Pink Posh (clear sequins)
Black Onyx Ink by Gina K. Designs
Stickles Glitter Glue "Fruit Punch" (a dab inside each clear sequin)
Liquid Pearls "Gold" (the metallic 'button' tie on the flower tag)
Adhesive Pop Dots (to create the multi layer flower 'tole' technique)
Multi Medium Matte (to secure sequins and adhesive pop dots to card and flowers)
Scor Tape (adheres the watercolor layer and interior card layer to card
Tombow Markers (to color the flowers, leaves and dot stamps prior to stamping, card interior)
Wink of Stella in "Glitter Black" (to add the sparkle to the flower bouquet)
Angle Eater Corner Rounder 1/4 inch

I started by covering the edges of the watercolor paper with some painter's tape to create the white frame. I loaded the paper with water, then layered the rainbow colors, allowing them to blend on their own with the water. 

Sprinkled with lots of Epsom Salt while wet. Laid the layer under the sun until the paints and salts were dried, then brushed all the excess salts off. (In real life, you can still see the crystallized salts on the watercolor background, which adds a glistening, frosty layer over the watercolored rainbow!)

While layer was drying, I stamped the flowers twice  and the leaves once on 80# white cardstock, then fussy cut all of it out. Adhere first layer of bouquet to card. Add each additional flower with adhesive foam squares and Aileen's Clear Glue (extra durable hold) over the original flower bouquet. Stamp and fussy cut the tag out with sentiment inside the tag. Use foam squares and glue to adhere to card. Adhere Sequins to layer with Multi Matte Medium by Ranger, adding a touch of Fruit Punch Stickles to center of clear sequins. Paint the Wink of Stella Black Glitter over the bouquet for sparkle and shine! Round the corners and use Scor Tape to adhere layer to front of card.

Card Interior: Use Memento markers (the pastel colors) to color one of the flowers and dots in Avery Elle" "Laurels" Stamp Set. Cover the white cardstock in a shower of pale rainbow colors with these stamps. Finally, color up one of the leafy branches and stamp that around. Round the corners and adhere to card with Scor Tape.

The pastel colors are light enough so that a note can be written over the panel!

Close Up of Paper Tole Technique:

Thank you for looking and for leaving me your 
sweet comments ♥
With Aloha

Thursday, June 11, 2015

It's Raining Flowers

Aloha friends,

This week at StampTV the challenge is to make your own background. It's hosted by Leslie and it feels good to play along. You can see the challenge HERE  And yup, still have one arm until the end of next week. This is my 4th try. Once I dropped the whole black ink pad onto my finished background (arrrgggghhhhhh ya matey!).

Stamp Sets: Frames and; Flowers #1 (the flower), Fanciful Tags (sentiment and oval border), and Spring Basket (the leaves), all by GKD.
Cardstock: Black Onyx and Bubble Gum Pink, GKD
Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
Copic Markers: the Red Violets and Yellow Greens
Viva Decor Gold Pen, Ranger Enamel Accents Black, Sakura Red Glitter Pen
Black Twine, Wink of Stella Clear, and adhesive pop dots

♥ And wishing Gina a speedy recovery after her rough night in the ER last night ♥

Thank you very much for stopping by
and leaving your kind comments!

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's been too long and I miss you all {hugs} !!!

Hello dear friends,

I've been away from my blog and crafting too long now. I've been wondering what to get on here and update you about, such as: cast still on arm/hand... trying to color with one hand... can't turn the Big Shot with one hand.. and things like that but it sounds too silly!

So, here I am. Hoping cast comes off in two more weeks. Nope, didn't break anything. The two main wrist bones were a rubbin' against each other until I cried my eyes out. We can't have that ♥ Steroid shots no helpey. So I just waited. and waited. and so on.

I managed to put together a couple cards which are not that good and took for-e-ver.

First one a simple Happy Anniversary to our Daughter and her Hubby, their 10th. They came here from California and spent two full hot sweaty yucky mosquito stung days ripping up our back yard. It no longer looks like an abandoned jungle (color me grinning in gratitude).

Simple sponging a la Theresa Momber style ~
Stamp Set: "Aloha" by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs

I wanted them to remember their hard working, beach going,
old friend seeing Hawai'ian Anniversary ♥

See? Just a Simple Something for our dear ones.

Thank you for looking!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Watercolor Doves

Aloha friends,

Today is a good day for a stretch -- an art stretch! I'm trying to watercolor again :)  This time is for the Art Impressions Challenge, Anythi ng Goes about Flowers for springtime! Click HERE to join in or see what everyone is making that has to do with flowers.

Card Recipe:

Penny Black "Floral Doves" #1155H (This is an oldy but goodie, from 1998)
Distress Markers and paint brush with small jar water
Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles
Studio G Rhinestones
Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur Flower Stamps and die cuts
Perfect Pearls spray
Multi Matte Medium
Sentiment taken from PaperTrey Ink Blooming Button Bits
Tag Die from Spellbinders A2 die set
Blue silk ribbon
All cardstock by Gina K. Designs
Scor Tape; adhesive pop dots EK Success
Watercolor paper by Strathmore 140#

Mahalo so very much for leaving some love 
here for me ♥

Friday, May 1, 2015

CAS Thanks

CAS is not easy for me, but here goes.

This card is created for the Stamp TV MIUM challenge this week hosted by Karen, STV15MON17 (Click Here).

How does one know when to stop "adding stuff" to a card? That is the biggest challenge for me. Lots of white space makes me feel like I will break out in hives. But when I see others' CAS cards, they're INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL and I want to try!!!

Hints for a Good LIfe:

If you go to the beach and relax in one of the natural ocean "pools" you see along the Hawai'ian beaches (or, I guess any beaches anywhere), you might see some discarded fishing line, laying in the surf - just waiting to tangle up some precious sea life. Before you reach in and grab the "string," make sure it is not one of the TENTACLES OF A JELLY FISH FIRST! Cause the jelly fish might be hiding under a rock waiting for the tide to roll back in and take it out to sea, with only it's white thin, string like tentacles laying there, looking like discarded fishing line.

Card Recipe:

Stamp Set - Gina K, Designs "STAMP IT BIG" by Carolyn King
Ink - Gina K. Designs "Black Onyx"
Metal: IndigoBlu Metallic Flakes in "Royal Peacock"
Scor Tape 1/4 inch and a portion of a sheet of Scor Tape.
Ailene's Clear Glue
SU 3 heart punch
Cropadile Corner Punch

All I did for the metallic portions is adhere Scor Tape 1/4 inch diagonally onto the cardstock. Expose the sticky part. (TURN OFF ALL FANS AND AC, AND MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE NOT DANCING AROUND YOUR WORK SPACE). Gently apply some metallic flakes to the exposed Scor Tape and tap on with finger. Use a Stencil Brush or a Sponge Pouncer to continue tapping the metal flakes until the strip is all covered. 

To create a metallic punched image (like the hearts), Use a small portion of Scor Tape sheet. Peel back the size you need and adhere to cardstock. The other side will still be sticky but has another backing sheet on it. Remove the backing sheet and apply metallic flakes like you did above, slowly, carefully until all covered. When done, you may use it in a die cutting machine or use a hand punch like I did here. 

Thank you for all the love you share with me!!!
Aloha ♥

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I love you MOOOOOoooooo!

Today's card uses images from Paper Smooches "Green Acres." I started humming that song from the 60s TV show in my head. I would like to enter this into the Paper Smooches April Sketch Challenge.

Card Recipe-

Paper Smooches "Green Acres" stamp set
Memento Inks & sponge daubers
Copic Markers
Fiskars small cloud punch
Pigma Micron Pen (border around the sentiment)
Ruffle ribbon by SU
Dotted ribbon by Bo Bunny
Cardstock Gina K. Designs
Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush
Adhesive Pop Dots & Scor Tape

Many many thanks for stopping by
and sharing some love
for my cards ♥ Aloha!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Window to Aloha

Hello there friends,

A while ago I was practicing some watercoloring. After this one dried, I ran it through an embossing folder by (I think) Anna Griffin. I'm sorry - it's been so long, I forgot the name (eeek).  I wanted it to be less fussy so I didn't bother to add layers or ribbons or strings, just a few stray sequins.

Stamp Set: Flourishes  "Windows to the World"
Ink: Memento London Fog gray
Paints: Koi Watercolors
Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin (I think)
Strathmore Watercolor 140# paper
Sequins, Stickles Diamonds (on water and flowers)

Sorry it's blurry - I'm still trying to get used to the new camera.
And many mahalos for stopping by!!!

Hydrangea Pencil Sketch with Watercolors

Aloha dear friends,

I am trying to learn how to sketch. I watch Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter on YouTube. She is SO inspiring and easy to follow and instill confidence in her viewers that even WE can do what she does!! You can watch her video HERE. I hope you can find the time to watch her video and give this a try. I even copied her writing the word "Ball" across the jar :)

WHOOPS - my finalized photo has one more tiny blue dew drop in the lower right corner for the 'three' thing!!! Just pretend you see it.

Strathmore Cold Watercolor Paper 140#
Derwent Watercolor Pencils
Sentiment by Hero Arts "Friendship Messages" (I love it when I can use older stamp sets, don't you?)
Dew Drops, Rhinestones, SB tag die
White cardbase by GKD 120# Pure Luxury; blue layer was something in my stash

Thank you always for stopping by and cheering me onward!!!!

Bargello Anyone?

When I first heard this technique, I didn't know if it was a food, a drink, or a game! The Bargello Technique is featured this week by Judy at this week's challenge at STAMPTV!

Stamp Set: "Enjoy the Sunshine" by Gina K. Designs
Designer Paper: "Hello Sunshine" by Gina K. Designs; Pure Luxury 120# white card base, Red Hot layering weight, Neenah Solar White cardstock
Inks: Versafine Black, Copic Markers
Paper Punches: Scallop and Round, 1-1/2" each; hand cut the fish tail sentiment
Embellishments: 3D Crystal Lacquer (over the red of the strawberries); red rhinestones; baker's twine
Multi Matte Medium (adhesive), Glue Stick, Scor Tape

Here is a technique that Beate Johns created for us at Splitcoast Stampers: Bargello Technique

Thank you for visiting, for commenting, for all 
your encouragement!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

You and My Sun and Moon Shine

Hi there dear friends! Doesn't this almost look like an eclipse with a major solar flare? It didn't start out that way.

Well, I'm at it again, second try for the AVERY ELLE I♥U Watercolor Challenge, cause if at first you don't succeed, well, you know. I want to throw my first one in the garbage but it took too long to make.

This one is a watercolor as I used distress inks, water and soaked the paper. Being absorbent water color paper, the colors didn't run like it would on regular cardstock (livin' and learnin,') The Sun portion of the round punch is covered with distress ink but I wanted to highlight the aqua in the design. Aqua Moon - sounds pretty anyway. Then I cut out the same size circle, but covered it with Perfect Pearls Gold and water, then painted the crescent. I used the Perfect Pearls watercolor mixture to add strips of gold to the card and vellum. Finally, I added Dew Drops and a lot of 3D Crystal Lacquer to the sun and the moon.

Avery Elle "Bright Days" stamp set
Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint
Water spritzer and paint brushes
Gold Perfect Pearls
GKD 120# cardstock- white, wild dandelion, black onyx
Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
3D Crystal Lacquer
Dew Drops
Multi Matte Medium
Adhesive Foam, Scor Tape, Corner Rounder, Turquoise grossgrain ribbon

I love it when you stop by!!!
Thank you for your comments ♥

Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's a Bright Day!

Aloha friends,

Time to branch out a little. This card is for the Avery Elle I♥U Challenge which you can see HERE.

It's a watercolor challenge. I only have two stamp sets by AE so this was VERY challenging. Can't say how many times I tore it up and started over, then tore parts off and kept trying. Watercolor is not an easy medium for me.

Stamp Set: Avery Elle "Bright Days"
Watercolor Paint: Koi
Perfect Pearl Spray
Adhesive Foam Dots, Multi Matte Medium, Scor Tape, Sequins & Rhinestones, glass striped arrow       heart, Cropadile Corner Rounder
VersaFine Black Ink (sentiment and arrow)
SU Regal Rose Ink (sun)
Pure Luxury 120# white cardstock by GKD
Strathmore 140# white cold pressed watercolor paper

Thank you so much for
stopping by and leaving your 
kind comments!!