Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spring To Go

Aloha, friends,

Here is a card that is very simple and will be entered into the UNITY Be Inspired - Hearts and Polka Dots Challenge in the Facebook group page. It will also be entered into the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's Summer 2017 Blog Hop.

This is a Unity image "Spring to Go" coffee cup. I love how they added the floral spray to the center. Using blues & aquas on the cup is a step out of the usual neutrals but it was fun to try. I only used a strip of polka dot paper as trim and punched a small heart out of white paper, sponged with red and covered with Glossy Accents. There are touches of Prismatic Glitter around the flowers as well as Glossy Accents for sparkle and shine.

Stamp: UNITY "Coffee To Go"
Cardstock: GKD 120# white, black, turquoise sea
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, edging the cardstock with Espresso. Heart Lady Bug ink.
Dies: Scrapbooking Made Simple "Simply Refined," "Must Have Ovals" set
Embossing Folder: Darice "Floral Design"
Pattern Paper: "Echo Park"
Twine: Stampin' Up; Glossy Accents; Prismatic Glitter GKD; Adhesive Foam Squares

Mahalo for coming by!!
Wish you and yours the best for the upcoming week ♥

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Float with Iced Latte


This is a card for the Coffee Lovering Papercrafters SUMMER Blog Hop 2017. It will also be entered into the House Mouse #243 Interactive Card Challenge.

For the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's hop I made the drink an iced latte. For the Stampendous Challenge it is supposed to be interactive - all I could think of right now is shaker card. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it all with Prismacolor Pencils. Then I used a bit of Gamsol to smooth out any lines. The bunny is so adorable to me, floating during the summertime heat, cooling off with an iced latte that a bumble bee is sipping from, too :)

A touch of Memento Summer Sky and Angel Pink are sponged around for the sky, and Diamond Stickles are covering the latte glass, the water, and the fish decorating the inner tube. Don't you love the little ducky tied to the tube?

I used one of Gina Krupsky's videos at StampTV to make this "pinch and cinch" bow. You just tie some ribbon with twine, thread the twine into a button and tie it off. Cut the ends off. I've misplaced the roll of adhesive foam (YES, I did) so I just adhered two layers of fun foam cut 1/4" wide to make the shaker frame.

Stamp: Happy Hopper Inner Tube Nap by Stampendous
Cardstock: Gina K. Designs 120# White and Wild Dandelion
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink, Summer Sky
Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol
Dies for the Frame: Scrapbooking Made Simple "Must Have A4 Rectangles"
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh
"Grafix" Clear Craft Plastic (for window)
Double Side Adhesive 1/4" and 1/8"; Liquid Glue by Scrapbooking Made Simple
Stickles Diamonds
Stash - ribbon, twine, button
Bumble Bee: Jolee's Boutique

Summer Float with Iced Latte

Mahalo for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Silhouette Floral

Aloha, friends!

Boy, this took a while to get done this week. I've messed some up, changed my mind about which stamp sets to use, and messed up even more. Talk about a challenge!

But there is one more day to enter into the current weekly StampTV Silhouette Scene Challenge that Melanie is hosting. Come and play with us! You have until Sunday evening to enter your card, depending on your time zone.

The background is a blend of distress inks. I really thought the flowers in the set I wanted to use was solid. Nope. Line. I stamped the flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black and used the same marker color to color everything in to qualify for a solid silhouette image. Presto! Then I found these teeny black faceted gems to add all around. I love the MISTI. Even with cling stamps, you can practice a couple times to make sure the sentiments line up -- whoooopie! I can't find the Bow thingie and trying Gina's way doesn't work with my fingers, so I just tied some ribbon into a very simple bow and glued it to the stems. Finally I used a die cut for the outer edge.

Stamp Set: "Heartfelt Thanks" by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Cardstock: GKD 120# and 80# white
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (image); Distress Inks (background)
Prismacolor Pencils (for the envelope and inside the card images)
Gems: Want2Scrap
Ribbon from Stash (feels like silk?)
Die: Femme Frames by MFT
Adhesives: Liquid Glue by Scrapbooking Made Simple & some Scor Tape

Thank you very much for stopping by!
With aloha ♥

Monday, April 24, 2017

Long Rainbow Showers

Aloha dear friends!

Here is a quick card, a little extra long to make the rainbow large (use a ruler and extend the rainbow for however long you wish it to be).. It's 6-1/2" x 4" so I'll make the envelope soon.

The stamps are by Paper Smooches and then sketched the little bitty heart rain drops. The inside has a crazy dancing bird with the sentiment "Live like it's SPRING every day!" For the sentiment on the front, color each letter with a Memento marker and stamp using the MISTI. Clean and move on to the next color/letter until you have a rainbow of colors. The rain drops have glossy accents over them.

Entered into: PAPER SMOOCHES "SHOWERS" challenge.

Stamp Sets: "Luminous Spring" for the front of the card and "My Peeps" for the bird inside, all by Paper Smooches
Cardstock: GKD Red & White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, and Memento Markers for coloring; Prismacolor Pencils for the heart raindrops, pink cheeks, and cloud shadows
Wink of Stella Clear on rainbow, raindrops, and bird inside
Glossy Accents over the raindrops
Corner Rounder for the card base corners

Thank you for visiting, leaving some love, and encouraging me on ♥ Aloha!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Another New Baby!

Aloha dear friends!

Boy, it's taking me longer and longer to get a card done, but I keep on trying lol!!!

Our nephew and his wife has a new baby named Wendy. I couldn't get my act together to enclose a gift card, but finally, it's ready. I think she is 3 months already.

It's really simple, colored with Copics and added pink pearls. I put the little buds and leaves, white dots on the onesie. And it should be on its way before the baby goes to college!!!

Stamp Set:  "Made With Love" by Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento Black; Copic Markers, Sakura Clear Glitter Pen, Sakura White Gel Pen
Cardstock: GKD 120# and 80# white
DP: I think it's Authentique but I'm too tired to go looking for it - please forgive me
Die: Simple oval by SB
Glossy Accents (over the heart on sentiment)
Gold mirror washi tape down side

Thank you for stopping by! Much love to you! ♥

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hibiscus Card Set

Aloha dear friends,

I wanted to complete a little project today for some visiting friends. It's a set of 10 hibiscus cards with envelopes using the Emboss Resist method which I just love to do. I used Gina's same technique as before so I will be entering it into the current Product Release Challenge which is located HERE. I hope you will play along with us! I ordered several of the new stamp sets including the new kit - it's so stinkin' cute I just couldn't help it. 

If you saw yesterday's post, well, this is pretty much the same technique. Someone on Facebook asked me how to do it. Here is the link to Gina's video showing how she did it: Emboss Resist Using Softer Shades of Color. Be sure to enter your creation into the challenge using the tag RELEASE0417. 

I was in a hurry to get this done today before our friends left. Therefore, no sentiment on the front :( However, there is either a sea shell or a butterfly stamped inside each card matching the color on the front, as well as a rotation of images on the envelopes in the same colors as each card. I hope the pictures don't bore you to tears. I had tears only because my femur is just killing me today along with my back. But hey, whatever it takes and I got'er done! So thank you for looking my friends!

Products Used --
Stamp Sets: "Gifts from the Sea" and "Stately Flowers 4," both by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K. Designs
Cardstock: GKD 120# white cardbase; Neenah Solar White 80# for the curved front layer
Inks: Distress Inks for coloring;Hibiscus are stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using GKD White embossing powder.
Embossing Folder "Preserves" by Cuttlebug (comes in a set of four - I don't know if these are cherries or what, but the one looks like pears and so on)
Die: "Curved Edge" by Simon Says Stamp

I wanted these as flat as possible for ease of mailing. I forgot to include a book of stamps - my bad. But this was a last minute gift. I started late last night and finished up this morning. For me this is speed of light lol.








Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek!!!
With much aloha ♥

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Butterfly Kisses

Aloha dear ones,

Was your week a good one? Resting up for the next week? I've been busy with projects but am nearly done so am able to PLAY ALONG WITH GINA'S RELEASE CHALLENGE!!! Come and play along with us!

Gina's challenge is probably my favorite technique - emboss resist. Why? It's Fast. It's Easy. And you can doctor it up as much or as little as you wish for a POW of a look. Gina's card is a very soft, pastel sponged look. This is a challenge for me because I like to go too far, adding elements and especially color until the thing glows enough to be seen from outer space. I should have worked for NASA.

For our niece who worked SUPER hard, working while going to school. She will graduate from nursing school in one more week and has two sweet little girls!!! She started out like I did, from the bottom as a very hardworking CNA, then back to school to become an RN. I loved every bit of it, even some of the yucky stories that make me laugh now. So to see my brother's daughter do what Auntie did, well, shucks, makes me feel a little bit proud. And she's marrying a very handsome police officer! ♥ So Cabrina, I love you.

What Did I use?

Stamp Set: "Take Flight" an oldie but goodie from 2009 by GKD
Embossing Powder: White by GKD for butterfly. For the sentiment I stamped first in Worn Lipstick then poured Clear embossing Powder over it by GKD to give it a glossy, raised look on pearlized Vellum.
Inks: VersaMark for the embossing; Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick blended over the butterfly
Cardstock: GKD White; Pearlized Vellum (sentiment)
Craft Foam (I cut out a layer under the entire focal image layer and sentiment to pop the entire look)
Sequins are clear by Pretty Pink Posh, held on with Multi Matte Medium
Vellum Tape by 3M Scotch Brand to hold the vellum sentiment to the foam tape (actually works and I can't see it behind the pearl vellum)
Scor Tape to hold all that foam to the card and the top layers

Mahalo for stopping by!
Sending each of you Aloha ♥

Friday, April 7, 2017

Watercoloring Anniversary Cards

Aloha sweet friends. I do hope each of you is well, as well as possible! We have a break from the hot sun today and I just turned OFF the fans lol - 3 pm!

Here is a little collection of anniversary cards. Remember how far, far behind I am on them for that category? For every category? So it all started out with small watercolored flowers and over the days, added things til done. I still have not done the envelopes yet. I just wanted to have colorful based cards this time and pushed out of my comfort zone from the usual white.

Stamp Sets: "Heart Blooms" Duo by Gina K. Designs; "Timeless Love" by Stampin' Up (sentiment inside and outside); "Lacy Background" Hero Arts (background on fronts of cards)
Cardstock: GKD
Inks: StazOn Black (images for watercoloring); GKD and Hero Arts inside sentiiments; VersaMark (background on fronts of cards, sentiments)
Watercolor Gansai Tambi
Embossing Powders by Whisper (I didn't know I had so many colors!)
Rhinestones by Stampin' Up; Stickles "Diamond (middle flowers);" Various ribbons
Rectangle Punch by Marvy (sentiments)

Thank you for visiting, taking a look, and leaving 
some love. With aloha! ♥

Sunday, March 26, 2017



Coffee + Kittie = Super Kittie!!! Don't ask me what I was thinking. I am reverting to my comic book days. But that's what I say when looking over my 4 Neat and Tangled stamp sets. Maybe it should go into the UGLY card album. I have a friend who is hysterical -- we see strange things and crack up. Maybe she'll like this one.

Anyway, I am going to embarrass myself and enter it into the Coffee Lover Papercrafting Challenge as well as Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Inside the card it says "Love Meeeoow" next to a ball of yarn. The envelope is stamped up, too. Yes, kittie is wearing a red cape. Super Kittie.

Stamp Sets: "Meow" and "Big Bold Brew" by Neat & Tangled; "Starry Background" by Hero Arts in gold ink on the font of card, inside, and on envelope flap (using Delicata Gold ink)
Cardstock GKD 120# White and layering Tomato Soup
Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Memento Markers
Wink of Stella Clear
SU White Perfect Accents (Used for eyes with some Nuvo Black cause I didn't have any googly eyes big enough)
Nuvo Crystal Drops in various colors (for all the stars)

Mahalo for stopping by!
May your coffee be as thick and yummy as melted chocolate!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Watercolor

Aloha dear ones,

Art Impressions is having a challenge to Watercolor!

Well, I messed one up pretty good last week. There was no saving it and no "2nd side" for that poor little thing, so into the garbage it went. I don't have many AI floral stamps but I have some with the "big butts" that you stick to the wobbler thingeys.  I just couldn't see watercoloring a butt and having it wobble in someone's face. But I have a few sprigs of flower and twigs and gave it another try.

If you use a teensy wet paint brush, you know - squeeze the water out and use a damp brush on the painted images - well, I got away with using GKD 80# cardstock! Yes, really! It didn't swell or pill. I also stamped the stamp, then dabbed water onto the stamp prior to stamping - sort of like spritzing with water before stamping. That way you don't need much water other than to spread the color around once it is stamped.

The two little birds are just sketched in with color pencils, which is TOO intense. I have to try and remember to use a lighter hand when using Derwent "Inktense" pencils. I also might look for a StazOn in much lighter shade for watercoloring because the basket stands out too much.

Stamp Sets: Art Impressions "Spring Basket" and "Blooming Birdhouse;" Sentiiment by Sweet 'n Sassy "Celebrating Milestones"
Cardstock: GKD 80# ivory for the image; 120# ivory for card; Passionate Pink for frame
Inks: StazOn Black (basket), Memento Ink Lilac Posies for flowers and sentiment; Distress Inks for twigs and Memento London Fog for the basket and shadow
Derwent Watercolor Pencils (for the birds)
Dies: Gina Marie Inverted Scallop Rectangle Frames
Wink of Stella Clear (over the birds)
Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops (well, we can't see those but they're on the ivory background LOL)

Mahalo for stopping by & for leaving your encouragement!
With aloha ♥

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Riley, Problem Solver Extraordinaire

Aloha friends!

Today I have a quick card that makes me laugh. I LOVE Riley! He's such a wise guy. I just used some color pencils and saw a challenge somewhere online for us to leave something hanging over the edge, but for the life of me, I can't find it now.

Stamp Sets: "Sleepy Riley" for focal image and sentiment; Hero Arts "Mini Stars" background
Cardstock: GKD 120# white base, Bazzill Blue layer, Neenah 80# white for sentiment, image and Yellow for moon
Inks: Prismacolor Pencils (no Gamsol), Sakura Clear and Jelly Roll White Gel Pens (stars), Delicata Silvery Shimmer (for background stars).
Wink of Stella Clear on Moon covered by 3D Crystal Lacquer
SU Birch Tree Embossing Folder (bakcground)
Adhesive Pop Dots and Liquid Glue (Stays Put by SMS)
Rhinestones by Want2Scrap
SU Twine; metallic blue staple holding twine to card

Mahalo for your visit!
Your comments are always appreciated! ♥

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Moon Baby

Aloha and surprise - I'm still here and trying to make cards!

Our nephew and his wife in Tennessee just had their second baby, a little girl. They were blessed with a little boy first. I like to tease people whenever and wherever possible, so I encourage them "the fun" doesn't really begin until after 5 or 6 kids, so keep on going!!!! And be sure to breast feed all of them, and use cloth diapers lol!!! Don't cheat and use disposables because of the landfills and such. Hah! They are bordering on loathing from hearing me anymore :D

I stamped the starry background onto the card base. Stamped Image with StazOn Black ink. Using watercolors, I swirled colors for a sky behind the focal image.Watercolor Moon and baby (I CASEd Lydia Fiedler on this part). Cut the dried panel with dies and then adhere to card. Cover the hanging star with Glossy Accents and cover the entire crescent moon with Wink of Stella clear. SHINY!!!

I will try to enter this into Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge ♥

Stamp Sets:  "Moon Baby" by Stampin' Up; Hero Arts "Mini Stars" (background)
Cardstock:  GKD Pure Luxury White 120#; Canson White Watercolor 140# (for the focal image
Inks:  Derwent Water Color Pencils; SU Pink Pirouette (for the background stars); Passion Pink (sentiment and darker stars on envelopes, inside card too); Memento Marker in two pinks drawing stitches and bow inside around the sentiment); Staz On black for front image
Dies:  Gina Marie Postage Stamp center with Stitched border
White Gel Pen (polka dots on baby's onesie)
Glossy Accents (on star hanging from moon)
Wink of Stella Clear(all over the crescent moon)
Wet Glue (Stays Put by Scrapbooking Made Simple)

Front of card, back of envelope

Inside card, back of envelope

Close Up Card

Thank you for visiting. But thank you especially 
for encouraging me not to give up
despite pain!!! Love you all!
Aloha ♥

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Calendars and Envelope Art

Aloha dear friends,

I've been MIA and most of you know it's the usual-back and bone issues. But over the weeks I laid here stamping and spotlight coloring the envelopes for Hawai'ian calendars. I'm sorry I'm not up to listing everything used but here's an inkling :) It took about 3 months to complete around 25-30 of these 2017 Hawai'ian calendar sets. It was a joy to be able to do a little coloring spotlighting!

Stamps: SU flowers and birds
Inks: Memento Black
Pencils: Prismacolor, Gamsol, with touches of Sakura Clear Glitter Pen

Aloha for now!!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Cuppa Tea?


I think this is my last entry for the Coffee Loving Cardmaker Hop! I'm slower and slower every day. This is a tea card for yesterday or the day before, Int'l Tea Day! I super enjoyed being able to make the few cards for this hop but I'm plum worn out!!! Thank you to Amy Tsuruta for hostessing, all the sponsors, the players, and those who had the energy to comment. Me? Not so much lol. I feel as strong as one of the dust bunnies on the floor!

I love Gorguss Girls. They're so little and sweet! I colored simply with Copics, some Prismacolor Pencils, then added shading, highlights with grays and a white gel pen, Glossy Accents. The image is plain space so I added little tiny roses and dots for a chintz look for the china.

A friend works in a health food place and left me a box of these tea bags. Oh, my are they ever yummy goodness! They have rose petals, lavender (yes) and chamomile. The fragrance is out of this world. I wanted to tuck it behind the little girl because the tag on the image says "Drink Me" which is either a reference to Alice in Wonderland, or I had better attach something drinkable to this card LOL!!! This kind of card would be fun to make for Get Well Cards or just a cold-weather thinking of you card. You could add a container of hot cocoa, ground coffee, teas or AHEM, a little bottle of tiny alcohol that they sell, like shot bottles. Just trying to be creative!

I stamped the pattern paper with a cursive background and embossed with clear powder. It's subtle but as you shift the card in the light, the shimmery goodness shines through. And another week is about over. I wish we could slow turning the pages on the calendar! May your weekends be filled with the aromas of baking cookies and intricate teas!

Stamp Set: "Sweet Tea" by Santoro Gorjuss Girl in UK; cursive background MFT
Cardstock: GKD 120# white, Ocean Mist, and the DP is from stash
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (stamping); Copic markers and Prismacolor Pencils for coloring
VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder (background)
Pink and White twine by SU
Fun Foam; Signo White Gel Pen; Glossy Accents

With aloha and many thanks ♥

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cocoa Cuddles and Lake Quinault

Aloha! How is your week?

I understand that winter is making its presence known in many parts of the north. I think snow is incredibly beautiful but it's SO COLD! We used to vacation at Lake Quinault Lodge in the Olympic Rain Forest in northwestern Washington State at the end of the year. They had the largest open fireplace I had ever seen. I could pretty much walk right in without bending over! The lodge was very old, well kept up, and you could sense the decades of enjoyment people spent there. Here is a picture of where we took the kids at least once per year while we lived on the mainland (see below).

This side faces the lake. The entrance and street is on the back side. See the center of the lodge? The second floor windows to the left of the large chimney in the center are the rooms we used to rent. The kids loved it here. The wood floors and stairway were carpeted but would creak a bit when we walked because of the age. The doors, windows, finish work, wood moldings, door knobs (I have a THING for antique glass door knobs), sinks, floor tiles, tubs - everything in the main bldg were antiques! You can't see in the pic, but because of its popularity, they have added a large 2 story modern hotel, and they have smaller cottages you can rent. They have an indoor pool, hot tub and fun activities. We would usually spend part of December here when it was typically peaceful, void of tourists! Stepping inside takes you back to about the 1920s, and so gorgeous. It's is surrounded by mountains, the lake, waterfalls, wooded trails and a river where we saw THE most bald eagles in one spot that we have ever seen in our entire lives. They were feasting on a salmon run. There must have been about 200 of them soaring and diving into the river! Ah, memories!

The mantle over the fireplace is higher than my head (I'm 5 foot 2 inches). This great room is filled with leather comfy sofas, chairs, tables, chess games and large windows looking out over the greenery of the woods, sloping lawn to the lake and loons. In the early mornings a soft fog is settled on the water and burns off by mid morning.

A peek at a small part of the enormous lobby:

Walking along the lake:

In the Olympic National Rain Forest ♥ about 1-1/2 hour drive west of Seattle and the Cascade Mountain Range. You can see these mountains from the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia across the waters of Puget Sound. Another range (Cascades which have the mega mtns) are east of Seattle and Tacoma. It's a heavenly land.

For more incredible pictures of Lake Quinault Lodge, just click HERE.

Whoops, my card lol! I found a free coloring page digi of a cocoa mug with a happy face on it. Of course, I am late for the Coffee Challenge and National Cocoa Day! But here it is. I colored it with some Copic Markers, Sakura metallic gel pens and highlighted it with Diamond Stickles.

I used the Stampin' Up Alphabet Rotary Stamper. You can create your own words and a few cute images like the mini heart at the end. For the word "Cocoa," I used a Memento Cocoa Brown Brush Tip marker. I just didn't feel well enough to get up and search for a stamp and definitely not to get cardstock and print it. Ugh. More tough days for Bruce and for me healthwise. It's no worse than many of you, but keeping me in bed so much. Makes me feel very empathetic for others who live with chronic health and pain problems ♥

Here is the free digi I found. Right click on it and "save as" to your digi folder ;D Next time I draw a sentiment or something, I will try really hard to remember to scan, post it and give it away for free. Sorry - I forgot this time.

Cardstock: GKD 120# white; chocolate brown, turquoise sea Neenah 80# white; DP by GKD (snow print)
SB Oval and Opulent Opal dies
SU manual alphabet/numeric giant stamper 
Copic Markers; Memento Markers, Sakura Metallic Gel Pens
Diamond Stickles; adhesive foam; corner rounder

Mahalo for coming by, for sharing your love
and peeking at one of our fav places to stay!
Aloha ♥