Monday, September 26, 2016

Cheers to the Happy "Cupple"

Aloha!!

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

Aloha!!!

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

Aloha!!

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

Aloha!

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




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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 --



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and leaving some love!!!
Aloha ♥






Saturday, September 10, 2016

Autumn Leaves

Aloha!

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!
Aloha!!!!







Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dogwood Blossoms Anniversary

Aloha!

Still hot out, yes? Here, too - blah, I'm melting! I have visions of rolling in the snow without much on, let me tell you.

Susie is hosting a challenge on StampTV and it's a SKETCH! If you know me, you know that sketch challenges make me *shudder*!!! But I'm giving it the old college try and hope that you do, too!!!

Here is the sketch:



This is an anniversary card for friends in BC, Canada. I looked up their "flower" for the province, and it is dogwood blossoms primarily, but some people also want the rhododendron as their flower. I put dogwoods on the front and a fuchsia color rhodie inside the card. I need to make a bigger envelope for this extended type of topper card (can't remember what these are called). 

Using both sizes of butterflies and the mini dogwood blossom from the stamp set,, I stamped the background of the base card. Looking back, I wish I would have used 120# GKD cardstock for the image because the gold cord is causing bumps on the 80# Neenah layer :/ (Me no happy. Might just tear it off and do over.)

The dogwood blossoms are first colored with Prismacolor pencils, then gamsol, then a little deeper color of greens using Copic markers. I covered the centers with dollops of Glossy Accents but don't like how that turned out either. So I tried adding Perfect Pearls in Opal. Wiped that off but left a kind of sheen. (Yup, probably will tear off and do over). To help "cover" all the boo boos, I painted on a thin coat of Mod Podge over the leaves, then sprinkled a bit of glitter into the centers. (Definitely going to tear off and do over). But the picture feels good enough in this heat to upload into the STV gallery, whew! This is reality cardmaking people!


Stamp Sets: Stately Flowers #10 (dogwood) and #4 (rhodies), Lacy Borders (sentiment), all by Gina K. Designs
Cardstock: GKD 120# White (base) and Grass Green (layers), Neenah white for panels
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Postage (image), Frames (green layer); Spellbinders "Reflective Moment" for green layer behind sentiment)
Inks: Images stamped with Pear Pizzaz by SU
Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils
VersaFine black ink and Silver Pearl embossing powder (sentiment)
Glossy Accents, Prisma color glitter, gold cord, Dries Clear, Mod Podge, Scor Tape, Wink of Stella (on the background butterflies)




Thank you for stopping by!!!
With ♥ Aloha ♥




Sunday, August 7, 2016

Emboss Resist with Distress Inks

Aloha!

This is likely one of my favorite techniques to use - emboss resist. Whether it's using clear or white heat embossed powders, the resist technique is fun and no two project will look alike.

When using a wet baby wipe or small paper towel, wiping off the embossed image after inking will leave a whiter halo around the image because the moisture lifts the ink from the paper. This time it didn't turn out like I hoped, but it will be ok. Using a fine tipped paint brush, touch the wet brush to the distress inks and you can create small dots. I covered those with small mounds of Glossy Accents.

This card is very flat, without any bumpy embellishments because it will be international mail.

Stamp Sets: Simon Says Stamp "Hi Lovely" (flower image); GKD "Assorted Greetings" and the background is Impression Obsessions "Dragonflies"
Inks: VersaMark and VersaFine Black
Distress Inks "Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed"
Distress Inks "Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed"
Cardstocks: GKD White 120# white, Neenah 80# white (focal image), AC Black (layering & sentiment), Gafix Vellum (small scallop layer behind focal image)
GKD "Clear" and "White" Fine Detail Embossing Powder
Anna Griffin "Scallop Border" die (vellum layer)
Glossy Accents
Dries Clear liquid adhesive (to adhere all the layers including to the slick embossed card base)




Mahalo for stopping by!
I hope you have a great week coming up ♥ Aloha!






Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Watercolor Poppies

Aloha ♥

Midweek already. The year is more than half over - it flies by faster and faster!

Here is a watercolor poppy card. It's for the Unity Color Challenge.

If you have not tried the Bristol White Watercolor paper yet, boy, are YOU in for a real treat! If feels as smooth as Gina K. Designs smooth 120# cardstock. If you do use wet on wet or lots of water, the paper can pill a little bit but cleans up nicely with a little rag or tissue/paper towel.

This is a fairly simple, straightforward card but had to let it dry since yesterday because the jar is covered in 3D Crystal Lacquer and the dots are Ranger Enamel Accents - takes a good, long time to dry everything. Then using a pair of scissors, I scraped the edging for a little distress look.

Stamp Set: "As We Go Along" by Unity; "Irish Blessing" verse by SU (on red layer)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (poppies); VersaFine Smoke Grey (verse layer)
Cardstock GKD white and red cardstock, AC black cardstock; Strathmore Bristol 300 Series           Watercolor tablet  (my new favorite watercolor paper I think)
Paint: Zig Clean Color Real Brushtip
Prismacolor Pencils
3D Crystal Lacquer, Ranger Enamel Accents Black and White, Memory Keepers Black Floss
Dries Clear, Tape Runner




Mahalo for stopping by !!
With aloha ♥

Monday, August 1, 2016

Jelly School

Aloha ♥

I've just been laying down in front of the ac, hoping for clouds to cool us off. So I've been coloring away. This is a Back to School card for one of our grandchildren!

Here is a school of jelly fish. I don't even know if they travel in schools or bunches or flocks. But for now, I'll call it a school.

Using distress inks, sponge one layer with blues and greens, then spritz with a perfect pearl spray for bubbles. Let dry. Using a stencil, press VersaMark through bubbles or circle shapes. Dry brush perfect pearls for a shiny finish of bubbles.

On another layer sponge on the pinks and oranges for the jellies. Spritz with Perfect Pearl spray and let dry. For me it's way easier to die cut first, then line up the image and stamp the faces on. I cannot do it the stamp first, cut later method. After stamping the faces on, (they are already die cut) I put liquid adhesive on the backs of the jellies, put them in diagonal pattern onto the ocean, then added glass droplets for more bubbles. And here is the jelly school, college, family...

Entered into the Pattern Palooza Challenge at Lawnscaping

Stamp & Die Set: "So Jelly" by Lawn Fawn
Cardstock: GKD 120# base, Neenah 80# white for distressing/cutting
Gina Marie Cross Stitch Rectangles

Distress Inks (Jellies: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber; Ocean: Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Perfect Pearls
VersaMark
Dries Clear Adhesive, tape runner, homemade Perfect Pearl spray





Thank you for stopping by!!!
With mahalo ♥





Jelly School

Aloha ♥

I've just been laying down in front of the ac, hoping for clouds to cool us off. So I've been coloring away. This is a Back to School card for one of our grandchildren!

Here is a school of jelly fish. I don't even know if they travel in schools or bunches or flocks. But for now, I'll call it a school.

Using distress inks, sponge one layer with blues and greens, then spritz with a perfect pearl spray for bubbles. Let dry. Using a stencil, press VersaMark through bubbles or circle shapes. Dry brush perfect pearls for a shiny finish of bubbles.

On another layer sponge on the pinks and oranges for the jellies. For me it's way easier to die cut first, then line up the image and stamp the faces on. I cannot do it the stamp first, cut later method. After stamping the faces on, (they are already die cut) I put liquid adhesive on the backs of the jellies, put them in diagonal pattern onto the ocean, then added glass droplets for more bubbles. And here is the jelly school, college, family...

Entered into the Pattern Palooza Challenge at Lawnscaping

Stamp & Die Set: "So Jelly" by Lawn Fawn
Cardstock: GKD 120# base, Neenah 80# white for distressing/cutting
Gina Marie Cross Stitch Rectangles

Distress Inks (Jellies: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber; Ocean: Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Perfect Pearls
VersaMark
Dries Clear Adhesive, tape runner, homemade Perfect Pearl spray





Thank you for stopping by!!!
With mahalo ♥





Snow Bunnies

Aloha,

I'm melting, how 'bout you? Life close to the equator = almost 90 degrees inside bedroom with the a/c on. All I can think of is laying down on some snow. The next best thing? Make a snow card! These little bunnies are throwing snow balls at the target hanging on the tree. The tails are white flocked and this made Bruce laugh!!

I missed the deadline, but that's ok with me. So glad I could just play!!! Thi is for Gina K. Designs latest Sparkle and Shine.


Stamp Set: "Ready, Set, Snow!" by GKD
Cardstock: GKD PL white 120# & AC black layering, Neenah solar white layering
Inks: Memento blues and the black marker (for drawing in the scene)
DoodleBug White Flock & Flower Soft Adhesive (for the bunny tails)
Diamond Stickles
Copic Markers (Bs and CGs)
SU Snowflake Epoxy embellie





Thank you for stopping by and sharing your love!!! 
Aloha ♥