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!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Surf's Up !!!! Paper Pieced VW Van

Boy, have I been wanting to ink these stamps up. The card is for a friend's hubby who just loves to surf. I can't wait to surprise him when Bruce delivers it for me. His wife is so sweet, so hopefully I can make something special just for her soon. We have lots of anniversaries coming up that I would enjoy making cards for

I had to perform card "surgery" as I first used flower dp on the VW van. The more I looked at it, the more it looked like a lady's van. Bob is definitely a manly man so I dug deeper in the dp and found him a manly man plaid to paper piece his vehicle. He won't have a clue. It's popped up on adhesive foam dots for the added dimension. Sketched in the "v" gulls, coconuts for one tree, and the exclamation point :)

Stamp Set: Avery Elle "Surf's Up"
Inks all by Copic Markers, no sponging this time
Wink of Stella Clear, Signo White Gel Pen
Silver Chalk Marker, Galaxy? Not sure, but I love how opaque it covers!
Designer Paper for van by Gina K. Designs

Thank you for taking the time to look
and leave a sweet comment!
With aloha ♥

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Thank You for Gail

One of our dear friends showed us her Christian love.Gail brought us a big dinner casserole and her elderly mother made us mango with apple sauce bread. It's so good!

I will enter this card into this week's MIUM Red, White, and Black challenge hosted by Donna.
I'm not sure if this is considered a step card, but I wanted an extra step to display the black lace border along the bottom. The red bar across the lace was made by taking a Memento marker and a ruler and using the brush end to draw a line above the lace. I stamped the branch in VersaMark first, then right into Gina K. Designs Black Onyx. I covered it with clear embossing powder and heated until all shiny. All the leaves are shiny. I punched a heart out of the red panel scrap, covered with VersaMark, sprinkled clear embossing powder over it, then added 3D Crystal over the heart to form a bubble of glass like cabochon. But it turned out a deep maroon red. I popped it on adhesive pop dot.

Rhinestones sprinkled here and there finish the front. More lace is stamped across the inside bottom with the sentiment "And the Greatest of These is Love."

Thank you to Gail, and to all my friends
who show us so much love
during the good times
and not so good.
Aloha ♥

Monday, April 6, 2015

Zoo Crew Bookmarks for Paper Smooches Challenge

Hi friends,

I had to break out of the A2 card syndrome :) and made five bookmarks for little ones we know. The images are so CUTE!!!! I hope to play with them again soon - I love their eye balls!!

The coloring is simple, with just a touch of shading on and under the animals.. On the giraffe, I made it look like he just ate 1/2 of a bract of leaves - I'm having too much fun. I didn't want to draw rocks with the camel, so drew a pyramid with a ruler and Pigma Micron Pen behind the camel. The pyramids are made of rock, I think?  I made all their tails, ears or mouths look like they are shaking, chewing or twitching. To finish off the bookmarks, I made some red hearts float up from each character.

Entered into: Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge

Stamp Set: Paper Smooches "Zoo Crew"
Colored with Copic Markers
Signo White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella (clear), Sakura Red glitter pen
Memento Inks
Adhesive Foam Tape
Cropadile Punch, silver eyelets, Twine Memory Keepers

Aloha and thank you for commenting on
these little bookmarks!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thank you to Vet

Aloha friends ♥

This may be the first time I play in the SimonSays Stamp Challenge. This week the challenge is to use Pastel Colors.

Late last night we had some emergency vet care for one of our kitties which has frightened both of us. (I just typed, then deleted a little description about our kitty because it was a bit too much information :/  ). We are hoping our kitty heals because it is bad, and she has a large wound, is running a fever but he gave her a big antibiotic injection and pretty dressing (which she tore off and made the wound waaay bigger).

Moving right along, (heavy sigh, worn out) I put together a cute SimonSays Stamp card for the vet as a mahalo (thanks) for caring for Ninja (sweet kitty) close to midnight. I hope the pale yellow and gray fits into the pastel challenge.

Stamp Set: Cats and Dogs Are Best Friends
Pattern Paper: Echo Park "SN@P, Simple Stores"
Copic Markers
Multi Matte Medium
SU small flower punch
SU small flower punch, candy dots, covered w/glitter and 3D Crystal Lacquer
SU small heart punch, topped heart with Wink of Stella clear, then Diamond Glaze
Sentiment Avery Elle, "Surf's Up"
Sakura Clear Glitter Pen

Thank you dear friends, for always cheering me up with
your sweet comments ♥