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 ♥












For Niki's Parents

Aloha dear ones,

A few months ago, a friend I've known since junior high school and her husband lost their daughter, Niki, suddenly. One day she was feeling ill, the next day she died. Tragedies can happen out of the blue, suddenly, and leave a trail of intense pain. Niki leaves behind a little baby boy and her husband, as well as her parents and more family, friends, coworkers.

Her mom expresses her grief on FB. It is unthinkable when a loved one dies, but losing a child is a pain that is like no other pain.

Niki absolutely loved the Seattle Seahawks (the colors on the card) and Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSL). When I saw the coffee cup die from MFT, I knew a special card for Niki was going to pour out of me. I hope it makes her parents smile through their tears, and that with time and faith, their intense pain will begin to heal.


Dies: My Favorite Things Die Namics LLD Coffee Cup (and red heart); SB Opulent Ovals
Lettering: SU Alphabet/Numerals/Symbols Rotary Stamp
Cardstock: Gina K. Designs; Silver Mirror cardstock; Neenah Solar White
Inks: Memento
Embossing Folders: Diamond Plate (blue layer), Stylish Stripes (lime green layer), Darice Damask (white base)
Blue Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Dries Clear, Glossy Accents, silver cording, corner rounder, tape runner





Mahalo for stopping by!
Make each & every day count ♥ Aloha ♥




Friday, July 29, 2016

Dance of the Butterflies

AlOha!!!

Did you think I might be able to play along with the STV weekly challenge? Cause I was sure wondering that myself. You see, Mr. Migraine has come back and brought some old friends, tonsillitis, sore throat, aching teeth and eyeball. But color me Super Woman, hunched over and with a cane. I can STILL COLOR!!! Take THAT Mr. Migraine.

Each day is precious. Today I was able to be the listening ear to three friends online as they cope with serious and sometimes tragic challenges. It feels good to let them pour their hearts out, just quietly listening. And afterward, I felt like perhaps I accomplished something special just by being here, on my electronic devices, willing to listen. Remember when we would go to each other's homes or meet for coffee and just talk? Times have changed. Now we have electronic devices. Seldom do I get a phone call, which is great for me because calls where me out faster than going to the mailbox. But a long time ago, getting together as friends was far more intimate and rewarding that this internet thing.

The challenge this week at StampTV is to Color Color Color!

Stamp Sets: Stately Flowers #4 by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K. Designs
Cardstock: GKD
Inks: Memento Black, London Gray
Markers: Copic
Signo Gel Gold Pen
Glossy Accents
Liquid Pearls Gold
Vellum, VersaMark and Gold Emb Powder by Ranger for accent butterfly
GKD white emb powder for sentiment
Turquoise pearls Doodle Bug Designs
Dries Clear
Wink of Stella Clear all over butterflies and flowers



Mahalo nui loa for your kind comments!
With Aloha ♥






Monday, July 25, 2016

Peony Wedding & Anniversary Set

Aloha ♥

Have you tried the layering stamp sets? Boy, are they tricky! It was trying to figure out how to set one stamp image onto another, you know, lining them up as close as possible. Then the ink colors - I don't have a lot to pick from that are contrasting enough to layer. But I did want to learn and spent yesterday afternoon messing up and practicing :) The backs have a beautiful silver pearl embossed background on the white cardstock.  The centers of the flowers have clear seed beads and a few sequins. Each flower has gold berries stamped as an accent.

I will be sending these out with either Congratulations/Wedding or Happy Anniversary sentiments on them!

Altenew July Wedding Inspiration Challenge

Stamp Set: "Peony Bouquet" by Altenew
Inks: Stampin' Up, Simon Says Stamp, Delicata Gold
Cardstock: GKD
Embossing Powder Wow! Silver Pearl
Background Stamp "Elegant Frond" by JustRight
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins & Seed Beads
Dries Clear, Stamp Runner






Island Music Kitty

Aloha!

I've been coloring a bit while the winds have blown outside. It did not cool it off. The temp in our bedroom with the AC on was in the upper 80s and extremely muggy. Ugh!

This is also for the Inky Paws Challenge #34 - Summer!

I used watercolors on this one. Remind me to wait a bit longer after stamping with Memento black ink because the water still managed to smear the ink a bit (sad face).


Stamp Set: Aloha Newton by Newton's Nook; "Elegant Fronds" by JustRight
Cardstock: GKD white and turquoise sea; Neenah white
Inks: Zig Clean Color Real Brush; Memento Tuxedo Black & a Pigma Graphic Black #2 marker (the swirl under "aloha")
Wow! Embossing Powder Silver Pearl
Embossing Folder by Darice "Floral"
SB dies Labels 16
Pretty Pink Posh sequins Peacock Feathers, Ocean Spray, Clear
Perfect Pearls Buttercup and Rose Bud
3D Crystal Lacquer, Dries Clear, Adhesive Tape Runner, Signo White Gel pen




Mahalo for stopping by!!! 






Tropical Kitty

Aloha friends,

How is your summer, besides very hot? I know. It's very hot here, too. We had a tropical storm push through with some strong gusts. Now we have to clean up and cut up at least one tree that came down. And on to the card :)

I couldn't wait to get my paws on this new stamp set by Newton's Nook and will enter it into their Inky Paws Challenge 34 - Summer! 

Using color pencils, I gently applied color to the image, then blended with a bit of Gamsol. If you look really closely, I've heat embossed the backgrounds of this card, as well as the next 6 cards or so with pearl embossing powder and a flourish-y background stamp for added interest and texture. It used up almost half the jar of embossing powder doing all the backgrounds!


Stamp Set: Aloha Newton by Newton's Nook; background stamp "Elegant Fronds" by JustRight
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and London Gray Fog
Prismacolor Color Pencils & Gamsol
Wow! Embossing Powder "Silver Pearl"
Cardstock: GKD white and AC pale yellow
SB dies Circle and Teardrop Circle
Embossing Folder: Darice Fall Leaf
Ranger Enamel Accents "White"
Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins
Dries Clear adhesive, 3D Crystal Lacquer, Adhesive Tape Runner




Thank you for coming by!
Wishing you lots of aloha ♥






Thursday, July 21, 2016

Krafty Pooch

Aloha again!

My Favorite Things, Camp Create Color On Kraft is another challenge which I have officially missed the cutoff time, but at least I have one made. I stamped the images in VersaMark, then heat embossed with Gina. K. Designs white embossing powder. Take a VersaMark marker and you can doodle little dots for the background or on images.
Using Koh-i-noor and Derwent Color Pencils, blend the images and then use white pencils to highlight different portions. The white pencil also helps to blend colors. I'm sorry I don't know how to work my camera well enough to catch the embossed white card behind the kraft layer, but it's a paisley dry emboss.

Also entered into MSC Using Kraft (Mod Squade Challenge)


Stamp Set: "You Have My Heart" by Birdie Brown for My Favorite Things (isn't she wildly talented?)
Ink: VersaMark
Cardstock: Ranger Kraft; GKD 120# white base
Pencils: Koh-i-noor and Derwent
3D Crystal Lacquer (on the heart)
Ranger Black Enamel Accents (for the little girl's and doggie eyes & his nose)
Fun Foam (cut into layer to pop the kraft)
Tape Runner (I ♥ Scrapbook Adhesive EZ Runner)




Many mahalos for stopping by!
With aloha ♥ !!





Tropical Thanks

Aloha everyone!

My Favorite Things had a "Camp Create!" and out of five cards due by tonight, I have uno!!!! Hurrah! Better than nada!

This particular entry is for using Foil. I haven't used it enough to remember how to die cut with it. Boy, what a fiasco lol!


Stamp Set: "Polynesian Paradise" and "Diagonal Stripes Background" both by My Favorite Things
Cardstock: GKD 120# white and turquoise sea; Neenah 80# white
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Delicata Gold (stripes), Copic Markers, Ranger White Enamel Accents (white dots); Perfect Pearls buttercup
Dies: "Many Thanks," "Blueprints #8 (hearts)" and "Polynesian Paradise" (I have quite a bit of trouble lining those up with images, even with a light box)
Pretty Pink Posh sequins (peacock feathers and crystal clear)
Minc Gold Foil
Elizabeth Crafts double stick tape sheets
Adhesive Pop Dots and Dries Clear; Tape Runner




Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments!
With aloha ♥




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review - Stamp Set Replacement Bags

Aloha dear friends,

Several have asked which bags I referred to when I mentioned replacing torn stamp set bags with stronger, large bags. This is what I found on Amazon. The company name is: "A-Plus Shopping (USA Seller)." The size of the bags states: 10.50 inches x 7.75 inches. I'll list the actual dimensions below with pictures.

The bags I have been searching for I hoped would meet three criteria:  1) has to be a minimal to moderate cost because of our lower income, 2) more pliable than the easily - torn acetate bags that some stamp sets come in, 3) sturdy for longer storage and frequent use. (((note - I also use the wonderfully thick, flap top Avery Elle bags for small sets. But Gina's stamps are too large to fit into those. Note #2 Gina's older enormous stamps, $34.95 size, can fit into these bags EASILY, with both white slick stamp storage boards, the red rubber stamps, the cover sheet - all nicely into one of these bags. SWEET! For the "extra super large" stamp sets I did have to cut down the image sheet but you can still see the GKD logo on the top, and all of the images.)))

If you want completely clear, front and back of the bags, you will need to pay higher price. I am merely sharing what I purchased. These are completely clear on one side, opaque shiny white on the backs. These bags will fit larger stamp sets with either red rubber or clear stamps, the enclosed cover sheet, the white slick stamp boards that Gina includes in her sets, and both the "regular size sets" and the "extra large sets." You will even have extra room on all four sides, not too much-not too little, jusssst right!

Many people store their stamp sets in cases or other systems. I just want simple, STURDY bags. I can store much more this way, and placed alphabetized into a box for easy access.


Actual Dimensions--
Outside bag size: 10-1/4 inches by 7-3/4 inches
Inside usable inner space, within the zip lock area: 9-1/4 inches by 7-1/4 inches. The seams on all four sides are substantial, heat sealed.

Front (clear, pliable, heat seams x 4 sides --






Back (opaque, shiny, smooth pliable) --





Link to purchase on Amazon: 100 sturdy stamp storage bags with hangar hole, ziplock

PRICE (July 20, 2016) $17.49, free shipping for Prime members

You can read my review on the link. It is review #3 today. I hope this helps you to picture what I am using for storing the larger stamps in. I cannot afford the cost or extra space it would take to use clear DVD cases. Plus that size would not fit all of GKD stamps, esp the larger red rubber sets.

With best wishes!!!
Thank you for looking - aloha ♥