Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Heartfelt Vellum Rose

Aloha, everyone,

Do you enjoy working with vellum? It's a beautiful medium if you have a gentle touch. Most of the time, this rules me out.

Using a sturdy, thicker cut of vellum, use anti-stick powder all over. Stamp the image using embossing ink. Sprinkle embossing powder and heat with a very hot heat gun before bringing it to the paper. I think that helps, maybe not. Hard to tell when I'm doing the heating.

Use dye-based inks (chalks and pigments smear easily) to softly sponge lighter colors BEHIND or on the BACK side of the embossed image. Spread it out a bit beyond the embossed outline for a feathery, lighter look.

For this card, I cut the front layer of vellum 1/2 inch wider than the card. This allowed me to create two, gently-scored crease lines at the left edge of the card. Both lines are about 1/8 inch apart. Roll the crease lines of the vellum back and forth, lightly between your fingers. This creates more of a thin "book spine" to adequately encase the depth of your card. The vellum will fold nicer and the card fits completely inside the vellum.

I added a 1/8 inch strip of double stick tape on the far left part of vellum, sticking the taped portion to the back side of the card. That is all holding the vellum to the card. I added a layering weight sheet in the same color of cardstock to the back, covering the taped vellum part.

Stamp Sets: "Rose Wonder" and "Heartfelt Sympathy" both by Stampin' Up; "Lots of Lavender" by Stampin' Up is used for stamping on the front and back of the envelope
Stampin' Up; "Petal Burst" Embossing Folder (used on back flap of envelope and on pink shimmer layer, behind the front vellum)
Cardstock by GKD, Heavy and lightweight Pure Luxury White; Anna Griffin Shimmer Pale Pink
Envelope by Stampin Up
Vellum by Graffix, "Durable Medium" weight; smaller piece Stampin' Up thin vellum from the vellum pack "Botanical Gardens" (inside the card, covering the sentiment)
VersaMark embossing ink; Multi Matte Medium (for sequin)
Simon Says Stamp White embossing powder
Memento Inks in Angel Pink, Rosebud, New Sprout and Bamboo Shoot (and sponge daubers); Memento Markers for coloring the Envelope
Scor Tape 1/8th inch wide; Vellum adhesive by Glue Dots
One single clear sequin, on the rose petal. (I told Bruce one of my tears fell and turned into the sequin.)

(Glue Dots vellum adhesive comes in clear sheets that you press onto the back of the entire vellum piece. It's a FABulous product and I can't speak more highly of this. You truly cannot see the adhesive through the vellum.)

For My Husband, Bruce's, Son In Law, Art.
Bruce's middle daughter, April, died suddenly last week,
turning 54 years old two weeks
before her untimely death.

Many tears flowed with heaving cries
while trying to create & upload
this card.

Hand delivered to Art by Bruce in Alaska

 Their love was stronger than steel,
♥ Art & April Hackney ♥



Mahalo for your love,
kindness and visiting this post ♥
with aloha

to comfort grieving hearts
Revelation 21:3, 4   Isaiah 33:24   Psalm 37:10, 11, 29
John 5:28, 29

Monday, February 19, 2018

Envelope Art

Aloha dear friends,

How is your new week? Are you able to create? I hope you can and that all is well for you and your loved ones ♥

I'm going to try and play in a challenge. It's been a very long time since the last one -- not good. Gotta get on the ball.

Cat is having a challenge for envelope art at StampTV.  I often call this simply envy art. I used color pencils on the envelope but markers on the card. The area around the flower on the card is colored in with a very pale Y00 Copic marker, just to set it off from white. It's hard to see it in the picture.

Stamp Sets: "Art from the Heart" and "Scripty Sayings2"
Cardstock and envelope: GKD
Colored with Copic markers (card) and
Prismacolor Pencils (envelope)
Embossing Folder "Petal Burst"
Dies: Circles and Stitched Circles by SMS
Corner Rounder Cropadile
Striped ribbon; adhesive foam; Nuvo Crystal Drops in light blue and light yellow; Nuvo Clear Spark Pen (on the flower petals)

Front of the Envelope

Back of the Envelope

Mahalo for stopping by and leaving your comments!
Make room to color, craft, create, every day ♥

Friday, February 9, 2018

It's Monster Love

Aloha dear ones,

I hope you and your loved ones are getting through this winter as best you can. It's nice here and very windy this past week. It's cold for us (windy and low 60s, don't laugh) and the snow on the mountains behind us turns the wind icy throughout the house. Then the sun warms us into the 70s and no complaints!

This card is for our older grandson, the brother of the younger one that is getting the Ninja card (last post). He is older but I reaaaaaaaaaly wanted to use this stamp set. It's stamped and colored on the inside, too! Aren't monsters cute!!!?

The background scene is colored with markers. The monsters are stamped in solid GKD ink with color pencils over them. I fought to save this sentiment. I stamped in VersaFine Black and swiped it across the sky :(  Yes, I did. It took a lot of work to figure out how to save this baby. If there is a way, I will always mess up towards the end of my card projects lol!

Stamp Set: MFT Monster Love
Cardstock: GKD
Inks: GKD; Versafine Black
Colored with Copic Markers, GKD inks and Prismacolor Pencils; Memento Black marker
Glossy Accents & Perfect Pearls Buttercup

Mahalo for stopping by!
And monster love to each of you ♥

Friday, January 26, 2018

Quiet Forest


How are you? It's Friday! This is also the last segment of the Mini Copic Coloring Course - Autumn. It was a bit terrifying, just like her Drawing 101 course, but sometimes we need a little fear to push us onward.

If you decide to take this course, heads up. Near the end of the video while you are coloring along with Sandy, she will joke about cardmakers. I laughed so hard with my marker in hand, that I boo-boo'd really bad. There is no sentiment or sequin large enough to cover it up so I turned it into a few more trees. And now YOU know, what to expect...

Cardstock: GKD (my fav cardstock)
Layering card from SMS, Maroon
Copic Markers

Mahalo for stopping ~ Enjoy the weekend ♥

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ninja Warrior

Aloha dear ones,

I hope you and your loved ones are as well as can be, especially with the fierce flu bug going all over the place.

This scene was done with several Copic BV (blue violet) markers, one B60 markers and one C5 cool grey marker. When you take the Copic coloring courses online from instructors (this one is from 4th Part Copic Mini Autumn Scenes) you can look at your Copics or Sandy's Hex Chart and find similar colors to what are used in video tutorials. Don't be afraid (of this forest muwahh ah ah).  This will probably go to our youngest grandson ♥

Stamp Set "Ninja Mazing" by My Favorite Things
Cardstock GKD
Inks: Colored by Copic Markers; outlined with Memento Black
Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Brush Marker (Oh, it's so fun to see all the glitter as you "walk through the tunnel).
Scotch Double Side Adhesive foam; Double Stick tape; Sharpie white paint pen

And the shimmer---

Mahalo for stopping by!
And aloha ♥

Monday, January 22, 2018

Feed the Bears

Aloha ♥

Part 3 of the Mini Copic Art Course: Autumn Scenes by Sandy Allnock. Note to self- color during the daylight, not at night. I had to add a bear to the scene as well as a little sign with a marker glued to his hand LOL! Guilty bear!

Everything is done with Copics plus the Bear stamp. The rest we have to use our imagination. Mine always seem to look like a scary fairy tale forest. What on earth is up with that?

Stamp Set: My Favorite Things "Bear Necessities"
Cardstock: GKD 120# white and Neenah 80# white, SMS Yellow layering
Adhesive Foam Tape
Glossy Accents
Sharpie White Paint maker; Tombow Tux Black marker

Aloha and Mahalo for stopping by :* kisses!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Ruff" Times

Aloha, everyone!

This card is for our son in law and daughter. They have a cute little French bulldog is what I think it is. Her coloring is just like our bristle coat tortie color kittie cats! It's so funny and loves to run. Then her hip had problems and she has to be carried up and down stairs and no more running :( Can you imagine a dog not running because of a hip problem? I had to make a little card for her and her "parents."

Stamp Set: Avery Elle "Sorry It's Been Rough"
Paint Gansai Tambi Watercolor
Stamping Ink: Staz On black
GKD cardstock and Strathmore watercolor paper
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle brush pen

Thank you dear ones for stopping by!
With aloha ♥

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hi, there - Drawing 101!

Hi old friends! Where've I been, right? Well, I've missed YOU. And I didn't have the mental energy to blog hop or visit blogs or comment much anywhere. The stress from Bruce's illness was extremely hard for me to get back up from. But he's even back to work now, 2nd week!

I won't go into all the details but will just say my husband is better and so I am - Bruce with his heart and tummy, and me with my back surgery (hey, I can stand up straight and walk upright again - slowly and not far, but a little less pain now)!

Being stuck in bed recovering I searched around online and signed up for some of Sandy Allnock's classes. So I haven't been just laying around watching soap operas (are there any left?) and eating chocolate. In fact, I've lost almost 30 lbs since going on a more careful menu (not diet) since August 4. I have not increased activity because of my back. I have to take it reaaaalllly easy for 6 months (still have 4 more months). My goal is to walk to the mailbox but I can't do it every day because of spasms in the back and (shall I say it? Buttocks).

And I've been sharpening pencils and using a lot of the squishy eraser lol! I hope you will consider taking her course. You will get waaaay more than you thought. It didn't feel like a 101 course!

Here is a link: Sandy Allnock's Online Art Courses!

We simply used pencils (mostly a regular #2 and for me a 5B, 6B and Prismacolor White. The first part of class we used a white paper sketchbook and for second part, I used a tan color paper sketchbook. (We could use gray or tan paper.)

After a few lessons (ok a lot of lessons) about simple shapes and shadows, combining shapes and lighting, and 2 point perspective and vanishing points, we got into some challenging photos to draw. After the first few, I quit using a ruler because I just wanted to wing this and see what happens.

Remember, This is 101 for me. I felt like I was kicked out of the nest too early, but I flapped those wings 'til I only had a feather in each hand but I flew!

You can see the 2 pt perspective in a simple picnic table. (All drawings are based on photos at "Paint My Photo" where we have the drawing group discussion.) These images are not in the order we drew them, but sort of.

1. Picnic Table

2. An old building, "Dorothy Church" in Alberta, Canada. (I could not really locate the right side of the 2 pt perspective, so will need to study up more.)

3. Stack of cups

4. Hellbrunn Castle Grounds

5. Chichester Cathedral Steeple (this is about where I gave up with a ruler).

6. Still Life (um, the crumbled up paper in the foreground is supposed to be some calla lilies lol). This is where we began using a color paper and added white pencil.

7. In the Cottage

8. Locked

9. Garlic Bulb

10. Wormsloe State Historic Site (tunnel of trees sans the moss because there wasn't any moss in the original photo) I added green Prismacolor pencils.

11. Oil Lamp or Lantern

Ok dear ones - hug your loved ones!
Much love to each of you and
thank you for visiting ♥

Friday, November 10, 2017

Penguins and Roasted Marshmallows

Aloha! I love penguins! They usually mate for life and have the fluffiest little cute babies ever! And they waddle. What's not to love?

When I have insomnia, I love to watch coloring videos on YouTube. They are soothing and I learn lots of "stuff." One of my favorites is Sandy Allnock! Be sure you watch some of her skills with coloring tools like Copics, watercolors and color pencils. Here is a link to her spectacular BLOG. I hope you'll check out her amazing talents!

I've been striking out on my own, figuring out how to create scenes with little images I have. It is SCARY. The process puts fear into me. But when done, (keep going because there's usually a period of a hot mess to work through) sometimes I end up with a scene that makes me smile, inside and out. It's a challenge though. I hope you give this a try! I just grab a light marker and start sketching. I masked the fire and hats, then created the bowl of marshmallows because one on a stick just isn't plausible, right? Then I dragged some markers around to create the northern (I guess southern if it's penguins) lights, covered it with Wink of Stella, Crystal Lacquer and created a starry sky. Penguin love ♥

Stamp Set: Reverse Confetti "S'more Love"
Copic Markers
GKD Cardstock
Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen
Sharpie White marker (stars)
3D Crystal Lacquer

Mahalo for stopping by!
Wishing you the very best for the weekend and weeks ahead ♥

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Miss You Baaaaah-dly!


Here is a little fun - mountain goat way up on top of a mountain. I wanted to use a sentiment "High" for high up on the mountains, but you never know how someone might interpret that, so I stuck with "Hi." It was fun drawing the triangle mountains and making this a twilight time of a card. I will enter this into the Paper Smooches September Animals Challenge.

I would like to enter it into the September 2017 30 Day Coloring at The Daily Marker. Whenever Kathy Racoosin holds these 30-day Coloring Challenges, I try really hard to play, even if just for a few days of the month ☺

Stamp Set: Paper Smooches "Green Acres"
Cardstock: GKD White, Bazzill Black
Inks: Copic Markers for coloring; Memento for stamping and drawing; Versafine for sentiment
Stickles Diamond Glitter; Studio B Glitter in Yellow
Glossy Accents
Corner Rounder

Thank you for stopping by!
Wishing you and yours a blessed day, night and week ♥

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolor Floral Etched Background

Aloha ♥

This will be an entry for the MFT Coloring Virtuoso Challenge that closes in 11 minutes lol. So here goes! Rather than make a card, this is a 10-1/2 inch x 11-inch matted wall hanging. I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle all over the watercoloring. Just imagine how sparkly it is IRL ♥

Stamp: MFT Etched Flower Background
Inks: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: White Fine Detail by SSS
Paint: Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (Pink with tad of Carmine Red for flowers; Cobalt Blue and bit of Pink for the background)
Cardstock: Canson Watercolor; SU white; GKD Passionate Pink and Blue Raspberry
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle (over the entire painting)
Lots and lots of 1/4 inch Scor Tape

Thank you for stopping by! ♥

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pastel Lotus


What a few weeks of natural disasters we have been having recently. My heart is just shattered for all those affected by flooding, hurricanes, loss of homes, lost lives, earthquakes, fires out west. I feel overwhelmed but strangely, I felt compelled to color something soft. I'm not a pastel person, but it's what my heart moved me to do.

Using Copic markers I colored an MFT lotus flower. I didn't care for the water I colored around it, so fussy cut it out and laid it up on foam. The Challenge is to make a CAS card. This takes much discipline for me not to keep on adding and adding elements - it's hard. This is going to a friend in the stamping community who is going through her own serious struggles with health and now the loss of a loved one.

Here is a link to the MFT Clean And Simple Genius Challenge. You still have time to get your entries in, but hurry!

Stamp Sets: MFT "IB Flowers 3" and "About Sympathy"
Cardstock: GKD 120# White
Inks: Image stamped in Memento Angel Pink, colored with Copic Markers, and the sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Smoke Gray (a little softer than black)
Sequins Pretty Pink Posh
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen (over the flower and leaf)
Corner Round Punch and Foam Sheet; Stays Put liquid glue

Mahalo for stopping by. 
I'll be continuing to pray for all those affected by natural disasters ♥

Monday, September 18, 2017

Seascapes, One in Browns and Another in Blues


I made a couple more cards using the same stamp set as in the last post for a friend who wanted to give them to her uncles visiting from Tahiti this week! She asked me to add an outrigger canoe for 3 on each card, and to keep them similar in design but one in brown and the other in blues. Simple pencil sketches gave me an idea of how to add the canoes and the Memento Black Tuxedo marker created the silhouettes. I will enter this in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin.

Stamp Set: Framescape Tropical Skies by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs
Inks: The black is by GKD Black Onyx; and I also used Distress Inks in several browns, yellow and the blues; VersaFine Smoke Gray on the envelopes and inside the cards
Cardstock by GKD 80# Ivory
Viva Decor Gold and Perfect Pearls White Opal for the splatters

Before splatters:

After metallic splatters:


Mahalo for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Seascape in Neutrals

Aloha, dear friends,

We needed a masculine card to say thank you to a local, young man here. First thing I thought of was to tie the card theme with the ocean.

Stamp Set: Framescape Tropical Skies by Gina K. Designs, designed by Theresa Momber

Inks: Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo (use both fine spray and large water drops then allow to dry before moving on to gold paint. I used Gina K. Designs Black Ink to stamp the tropical scene as well as the decorations on the envelope. I doodled some ocean swirls and horizon, and coconuts in the tree by using a Memento Black marker.

Cardstock: Pure Ivory by GKD 80#, Black layering, Neenah 80# for the scene.

Gold paint splatter: Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Gold (mix with water on an acrylic block, use a wet paint brush and flick the thick, gold paint away off the edge of the block and towards the scene).

The ship's wheel is an embellishment I made a few years ago by die-cutting the wheel out, coloring it with some gold paint, pressing onto a VersaMark pad, then used Ultra Thick Embossing Powder in clear to create a solid, clear-domed cover for the wheel. There is a small champagne color gem in the center and a gold brad at the top holding it to the card.

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thank Your Mail Carrier

Aloha, everyone!

I've been wanting to make a card for our mail lady for-EVER. I don't know why it took me so long. But this will be entered into the MFT Color Challenge 74.

I kept it simple (well, for me anyway) using Copic markers to color in, create a little lawn for her to stand in, and added a bird with musical notes for that little somethin' somethin' extra :) Glossy Accents creates a shiny bubble finish over the envelope, her shoes, the hat trim and her buttons, and a touch over her eyes. The image layer is popped up on a piece of foam.

Stamp Set: My Favorite Things "Pure Innocence" Line -- You/ve Got Mail!
Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Cardstock: GKD Black and Neenah Solar White 80#
Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle Die
Stampin' Up Gold Mirror Chevron washi tape
Glossy Accents

Mahalo for stopping by!!!