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 ♥

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Perfect Pearl Dragonflies

Do you believe I have two cards to upload today? Well, me neither! But I did 

It was so very easy to do. Stamp flowers around the card in VersaMark. Leave a space for sentiment and dragonflies. Stamp your dragonflies and sentiment in VersaMark. Take your favorite two colors, possibly three, of Perfect Pearls and using a clean, dry paint brush, cover areas you want colored. When you are done, brush off excess. Spritz with a fine mist of water once or twice only. Let dry. The water 'sets' the Perfect Pearls (really)! Easy, huh? And very iridescent in real life! Took me about 5 minutes in total from start to finish!!!!

My boo boo? I used the bumpy side of the cardstock instead of the smooth (frowny face). But now you have a head's up if you decide to make one!

Hint: If you use any Perfect Pearls with the word "Interference" in the color, use a dark cardstock so that it shows up. On white card, interference colors fade out. Experiment first!

Stamp Set: The smaller Dragonfly stamp set in the Spring Parade Kit by Gina K. Designs.

Thank you everyone for your kind
and generous comments!

Quilted Card


This card is made for Sharyn's Stitch It Up Challenge at StampTV. I would like to give credit to Dawn McVey at Papertrey Ink for the design which you can watch at YouTube:

Quilted Cards by PTI


Cut pattern papers (4-5 different papers) into 1-1/2 inch squares. Lay them out diagonally on your card if you wish, leaving a 'blank' square space here and there. Use dry adhesive (to prevent buckling) to adhere your squares to your card.

When you are done adhering your design to the card stock or onto a layering panel, turn it over and trim all the papers that stick out from the card with some scissors. Now run it through an embossing folder that has a pattern resembling quilting - it can be circles, squares, flowers, snowflakes - anything with a small, continuous pattern. It helps to give the quilted card dimension just like a real quilt.

Embellish as desired. I used a ruler and a Memento marker in Bamboo, the bullet side not brush side of the marker, and drew double stitch lines into the white spaces. I glued small, clear rhinestones into all the corners of the quilt pieces. What's a spring quilt without butterflies fluttering around the design? Wanting gold butterflies, I used direct to paper method and dragged the Delicata gold ink pad across white cardstock, both sides. Then I punched the butterflies out, bent them, and used rolled up sticky dots to adhere them to the quilted card.


Stamp Set: Gina K. Designs "Spring Blessings"
Pattern Paper: GKD "Shabby Spring"
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder from set of four, "Preserves"
Martha Stewart butterflies punch, precolored with Delicata Gold ink first
Clear Rhinestones
Spellbinders Ribbon Banner die
Memento Bamboo marker to add faux stitches
"Dries Clear" glue (behind rhinestones), Foam Adhesive Tape (behind quilted layer), Rolled glue dots (behind butterflies.

Thank you dear friends!
I really appreciate your comments ♥

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Spotlight Technique

It's a great week when you can muster up strength to play in two challenges!

Judy is hosting the challenge at Gina K. Designs MIUM Challenge I See Spots!

Stamped the iris image from Warm with Love by Theresa Momber, and the sentiment from Stately Flowers 8 by Melanie Muenchinger, using Memento blue for the faux stitching and the sentiment.

I used a few Copic Markers to color the spotlight image. Just stamp two identical images on white card stock. I colored one image with Copic markers. Then I took a 1-1/4 inch round paper punch and punched a portion of the colored image out. Next take a contrasting cardstock (purple) and punch a circle with a 2-1/2 inch form a frame around the spotlighted feature. For more dimension, I poured a round dome of 3D Crystal Lacquer over the top of the color image. I truly love this iris image and IT'S SPRING!!!!!

I took the little fern stamp from the Warm With Love set and made a background on yellow card using the Tuxedo blue marker as the ink to tie it in. Finished with three sequins in pale blue, deep blue and golden yellow.

Thank you dear ones, for taking the time to stop by
and leave me encouraging words 
from your hearts. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Blessings

We have countless blessings all year round, but springtime brings a renewal of growth and hope. We have lots of dragonflies here and this one has 3D Crystal Lacquer which makes all the wings look like glass.

Clear Wink of Stella coats the flowers and dots and Sakura glitter pens add to the sparkles in the centers of the dots. The dragonfly under the sentiment is embossed in gold. The rhinestones are sprinkled about and the red bow finishes the card. I stamped some flowers and leaves inside the card and am entering this into Gina's Stamp Release Challenge MARCH2015BK, Click on the link to see the cards entered into the challenge, making our own stamped backgrounds. Aloha for now ♥

Stamp Set: Spring Blessings by Gina K. Designs
Inks: GKD Black Onyx, and colors by SU
All cardstock by and ribbon from GKD
Rhinestones and Wink of Stella clear

Thank you friends for stopping by to take a look!!!
I appreciate your sweet comments ♥

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Three Tropical Thank You Cards

Whooo. It's been a while since I've posted.

I made cards for friends that helped with a recent yard sale. Bruce gave one away before I could get a picture, but here are three more.

I do love emboss resist. These two cards use distress inks over either platinum or black embossing powders. I kept all three cards as simple as possible (for me) and added a bit of ink to the envelopes.

After distressing, I sprayed some shimmer made from plain water mixed with Perfect Pearls. It helps run the colors together and add some interesting dimension. I do love this technique. It's fast, simple, and colorful.

Stamps: SU Million and One; platinum embossing powder

Black embossing powder:

This last card is an image from Unity called Olivia Girl. I used some Copic markers and tried not to blend too much. Over the colors I used Sakura Glitter pen in clear as well as Prismacolor color pencils. There's more texture than I can show with the camera. 

Thank you for not forgetting about me. My engine is running even slower
but I still get to the destination lol, just LOOOONG after
the rest of the crowd does ♥ Aloha ♥

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Snowflake Kisses from Hawai'i

Aloha everyone,

We do get snow here in Hawai'i, at least on this island. We have two mountains that are almost 14,000 feet. Two nights ago the winds were up to and over 90 mph up there, blowing snow and roads closed. Down here (1400 feet) it's chilly at nights and especially early in the mornings as the wind blows over that snow and down the slopes into our house. Ok, it only gets to the low 60s but the wind chill must be in the mid 50s, right? It warms up to the upper 70s to mid 80s during our winter days so our temps vary in a 24 hr period and we need goose down comforters, sweaters and socks. I'm sure you feel sorry for us LOL.

During the break I took from blogging and Facebook I continued to color. It rejuvenated me inside to make cards for as many as I could. Here is a sampling as no two were identical.

Stamp Sets: Sweet 'n Sassy "Winter Girls," "Snowflake Flourish," and "Snow Glad We're Friends (snowman card)

Cardstock and paper: GKD Pure Luxury White 120# for card bases, Bazzill and Stampin' Up for color layers, GKD pattern papers, Neenah Solar White for die cut snowflakes, Recycled Metallic Chipboard from packaging material for metallic snowflakes

Inks: Memento various colors, Brilliance Silver, SU various colors, VersaMark and Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder (sentiments), Copic markers (all the coloring)

Embellishments: Cheery Lynn Snowflake Dies Snowflakes #2, #3, Martha Stewart snowflake punches, Various Spellbinder Label and Tag dies, Crop-a-dile Corner Rounder, SU Dazzling Diamond glitter, Liquid Applique (ear muffs and fur trims), SU snow burst embossing folder, Sizzix big dot embossing folder, Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder, Silver metal snowflake brads by Creative Impression, Color epoxy round stickers, ribbons and lace trim, rhinestones, pearls, holographic twine

Other: UTEE, Scor Tape, Glue dots, Tombow tape runner, Aileen's Clear Glue, 3D Crystal Lacquer, Diamond Stickles, Signo White gel pen (and probably some other things I can't remember right now).

I made 20 different cards and tried to enclose a pink and a blue UTEE snowflake inside each. The insides of the cards are stamped and decorated. The envelopes are stamped and lined with pattern paper that was edged with Marta Stewart doily edge punch.


Thank you for stopping by and appreciate your comments ♥
Snowflake kisses!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Aloha dear friends,

I've been absent for a while as I recharged my inner batteries, and completed a pretty large card project over the past few weeks. I'll post some pictures of those soon.

Our daughter's in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week. I just found out last week so had to get crackin' on this.

The design of the card is a center step. The main, focal image center panel measures 5" x 7." I used an entire 8-1/2" x 11" piece of 120# GKD white cardstock for the folded support stand.

The gold shimmer panel, pattern paper, tole flowers and butterfly are from Anna Griffin. I also used one of her embossing folders, "Peony," on the main gold panel and the bottom third of the white main panel. Gold satin ribbon from SU. Pearls and rhinestones from Want2Scrap.

I downloaded a beautiful font and just typed away, then printed it, centering the information on 80# white GKD cardstock. The little 'x' punches on the bottom front panel is a Martha Stewart punch.

All the flowers, bird and butterfly were too pale in color for me. Using Copic markers, I re-colored all the embellishments (some parts were a baby blue, and clashed with the card) using the darkest of each color family, then blending to the lightest. Then I used Wink of Stella clear all over the flower petals, the butterfly and the bird. The elements are all popped using adhesive foam. Finally, I took a butterfly pin and put some glass pearls and gold beads on it, pierced the bow, but more beads on and a bugle bead to cover the point of the pin. Glossy Accents holds the beads in place and covered the orange rhinestones on the top left flower to make sure they don't fall off. The last step was to bend the butterfly wings into soft semi circles, then cover the butterfly with a coat of glossy Mod Podge to stiffen it for its ride to California ♥

This is one of the biggest cards I've ever attempted but I really liked the freedom to work on a larger space compared to being confined to the smaller, A2 work area. I made this as easily as possible - no template, no special cuts. I winged the mountain valley folds and it works. We are including a pound of freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee as a gift.


Side view:  

As you can see, it's just a couple of simple folds and the main focal panel rests / adheres to the back mountain fold. You can do it!!! Do some specialty folded cards. It will reawaken your mojo ♥

As always, thank you so very much for stopping by.
Aloha friends!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fortifying Faith, My First Art Journal :)

Hello, dear friends,

I've been absent for a while. I've some personal issues, pain and health that require much more prayer. They are areas I don't have much control over, so need to rely ever more on our heavenly Father and Creator.

Here is my first journal. It is all about deepening Faith. It's a journal in which I hope to let the colors flow and to write out positive, up-building scriptures and thoughts that will help lift me up on the days I need extra strength.

You probably know how much I love the ocean and water (I love mountains, plains and valleys, too). The front cover has about 8 coats of glossy Mod Podge over the distress inks, clear micro round beads, rhinestones, and glitter dots. The finish looks as though you are standing over the sea shore looking straight down through the sparkling water to the sand just beneath. It sparkles so much IRL and I hope to figure out how to upload a brief video to show it glisten. The papers are from Heartfelt Creations, and the flowers are from their Fleur de Lis stamps and dies. I also used some 3D Stamp Paint in Gold by Viva Decor. Finally I scattered some of Gina K. Designs Diamond glitter all over before the last two coats of Mod Podge. The result is a translucent ocean of goodness! I should have put some shells or a starfish on the sand before I built up all the layers of clear water.

Inside front cover, tag with Isaiah 41:10
(I've since distressed the little corners of the tag frame)
Tag stamps from Graphic45, The Secret Garden

Thank you for stopping by. Your friendship and comments help more than you realize :)

I'll try to upload a brief video to show you how sparkly the front cover is. Aloha ♥

Monday, November 17, 2014

I love this sentiment

Hi friends,

This sentiment reaches down deep into my heart because of the love I have for the ocean. Waves are forever, and that's how much I love my family and friends, deep and as long as forever. I love sea shells, sun sets, fish, dolphins, whales, pretty much the whole ocean! Melanie designed all these sea shells and the all sentiments with the simple fonts for thoughts that carry a lot of meaning.

Stamp Set: Gifts from the Sea by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K. Designs
Card base: Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120#
DP is by DCWV "Chateau Lavender"
Embossing Folder and die cuts by Anna Griffin
Flower punches by Martha Stewart
SB Curved Borders dies
Maya Road gold ribbon
KaiserCraft rhinestones
Prisma Color Glitter
Homemade pearl spray (all over the oval sentiment)
Inks by Delicata Gold and Memento Grape and Warm Cocoa
Colored with Koh I Noor color pencils
Glue dots and adhesive foam squares

I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the exact embossing folder (but I know it's a big one by Anna Griffin). This card is 5" x 7"

Thank you very much for stopping by ♥