Saturday, May 30, 2020

Stuffed Tummy

Hi dear friends, 

I am learning how to operate a new phone. I really had no idea a camera could take clear pictures on a phone. This is only the second day I've had it so please be patient while I figure out all the stuff. It's a Samsung S10. I bought it used but with a little warranty to save some money. Sure beats the old Moto G6. I had to perform CPR on it so many times but now I can't get the microphone to work. I need a microphone in order to talk. I will need to perform some surgery on my laptop after parts get here. It's under warranty but the company is ignoring me so far. A story for another time. 

I have been coloring on the days I've felt really without mojo. Here is a sweet mouse that got inside a bird feeder and ate till he fell asleep. It's so adorable it makes both Bruce and me smile to look at him! 

I hope to enter this into House Mouse challenge but may be too late. I don't have gingham or plaid so I stamped stripes in two directions to create squares.  Then I added a pink dot in the corners of the squares to try and make it look gingham. 

Stamp Set: Feeder Friends by House Mouse; Diagonal Lines by MFT
Cardstock GKD
Ink: Memento
Copic Markers
PPP sequins
Multi Matte Medium






Thank you for coming over and taking a look - lots of love to you and yours! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Sunflower

Hi, there!

Glad to "see" you!

I love the Gina K. Designs Autumn Splendor stamp and die set. I know it isn't autumn anywhere but the sunflower is such a happy flower. I wanted to send it to a local friend to say "Hello!"

I only used color pencils and one gray Copic marker for the flower outline. I love that technique from watching Melanie Muenchinger outline her flowers. Super simple to use the color pencils but takes a while to layer all the colors and blend them out. I do not use Gamsol or other products, just the pencils because the texture is so soft. When using the oils or Gamsol, you can achieve a look similar to alcohol markers but I seldom use it anymore.

Wishing you a safe and pleasant day, rain or shine. Life is hard.


Stamp Set: Autumn Splendor by GKD
Cardstock: GKD
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Prismacolor Pencils; Copic Marker C3
SU Fine Tip Glue Pen
Sequins and clear drops



All my best to you and yours!
Keep on stamping πŸ¦‹




Monday, May 4, 2020

Yellow is a Happy Color

Aloha friends,

How are you doing? I mean, really. How are you?

I ask because the last few months have felt overwhelming for me. I feel like I'm in the deep ocean, it's cold and I'm treading water. Some days seem much easier to stay up but other days, well, maybe I choke on some water, but hey, I'm still here!

Bruce is ok, just older and more frail. His memory is not as good as it used to be. He has taken a few months off from Home Depot to decrease exposure to the public. We do not see a time when he can go back yet. Isn't it like living a live, horror and science fiction novel or film, without an ending yet? I guess that is what my brain is struggling to accept and endure, just like most people are doing. Bruce misses working but we do not want him to get sick on top of his age and heart and gut challenges.

When all else fails, emboss resist. I'm not kidding. I can cut out dies and color images, but for the stretches of time when I hit the wall, emboss resist. It's easy, never turns out twice the same way, gives you a sense of completion fast and you have a little hand-made gift to share with someone else who might be struggling, too. Thank you, #ginakdesigns . You taught me most everything I know about cardmaking 🀟

For now I am not on social media much, nor can I watch any news because of the overwhelming feeling. So please forgive me when I miss some of your posts. On better days, I can check and see what you are up to and leave some love for you! Oh, and I am able to complete cards and get them mailed out - it's a miracle for me and I'm celebrating that every time I can get to the mailbox and send sunshine! Here's to all the better days ahead! πŸ»πŸ™πŸ½πŸ„πŸΌ‍♀️


Stamp Set: My Favorite Things "Etched Flowers" and sentiment is by Flourishes
VersaMark Embossing Ink
Wow Pearl Embossing Powder (it leaves a pearly sheen)
Inks: Gina K. Designs
Cardstock & Envelope: Gina K. Designs (Hey, the envelope is stamped both sides with the VersaMark Ink and MFT flowers stamp)
Tag die: (I think it is) Spellbinders (It's from one of the die-cut and save in a box days)
Crystals, Glittery Perfect Pearls (in the tag holes)

I made and mailed out some pink, blue and purple cards today using the same stamp and technique, different sentiments and tags.
Emboss Resist is my friend.



Thank you for coming over! 
I'll be ok - just rough waters at times.
Take good care of yourselves. Text or write someone alone πŸ’œ
Meditation for today: Psalm 112, all of it, and esp verse 7

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Space Monkey

Aloha, friends!

We have friends whose daughter & hubby had a baby! They decorated his room with monkeys and space lol! Sweet, huh? I had to make a card, so here is a monkey in space!

I saw the Cheeky Monkeys come on sale at Clearly Besotted. Other monkey images just didn't seem to do the trick. Once these arrived, voila! To make a helmet for the little guy, just draw a simple circle around his head and fill it in with Glossy Accents or something similar. I put the monkey on an Action Wobbler for some fun! He is standing on a sketched out weird semi circle for the moon.

This was about the sixth try to make a galaxy background. The distress oxides just looked too chalky for me. The dye inks lacked the pow factor. I kept trying with regular distress inks and the card is finally finished.

The new mom and dad also picked blues and greens for his room and that is why the front of the card has a green layer and the inside has a blue one. Whew. Diamond stars are all over the envelope and white base of the card. Throw a bunch of clear crystals and call it done!


Stamp Set: "Cheeky Monkeys" by Clearly Besotted; Starry background by Hero Arts
Inks: Distress, Delicata Silver (moon), VersaMark (background) and VersaFine Black (images); Bleed Proof White by Dr. Phil Martin's (the stars flicked on the background with brush and water)
Cardstock: GKD
Copic Markers, Prismacolor Pencils
Clear Embossing Powder (stars on card layer and envelope)
Glossy Accents and clear crystal gems
Action Wobbler


front--




inside--



Cheeky Monkey!


Mahalo for stopping by!!!






Friday, January 10, 2020

Thank you Delivery Guy!

Aloha,

Here is a Mahalo card for the endless UPS drivers who deliver our packages. Boy, have I ever kept them busy over the last few months, and I truly appreciate them. I hope to bake more and leave more chocolate chip cookies in bags for them - buttery goodness despite their new year determination to get in shape LOL!

A sweet lady on SCS recommended this older stamp set to me. It's by Paper Trey Ink. I have not shopped there much at all so to find this on sale (they had a ton on sale, clearance) was sweet! It has a generic type truck but lots of little designs to add to it. It's hard to see, but I added a gold stripe down the side of the truck with sparkly ink and one of the decorative stripes in the set. The road is a stamped image that is part of the set, too.

I doodled a little driver man behind the wheel, the ocean and lots of little flowers on both sides of the road with sand. That really looks like the area between the airport in Kona and town - dry and yet beautiful. We live up high at 1400 ft and in lush jungle coffee tree belt, no sand. It rained a lot this morning but it is all sunny now. The birds are gathered at the bird feeder and the ocean is deep, dark blue. I can see little spots of the sea between tree fronds. Hopefully, we can take a few trees down (we have a forest) just to get a better glimpse of the ocean.

I hope you have a very good weekend!


Stamp Set:  On Sale in Clearance, about 70% off and includes dies!!!
                   https://www.papertreyink.com/last-call/special-delivery-stamp-set-die-bundle/

Cardstock: GKD Ivory, Black
Ink Versafine, Delicata Gold
Distress Inks background w/blender brushes
Copic Markers
Decorative "Loopy" frame die by Gina Marie
Wink of Stella, White paint pen




Mahalo for taking a look!
With hugs until next time!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Coffee Time

Aloha,

Well, I've missed the entire coffee challenge again, but I do need coffee cards to tuck into a few gifts. If I had to take a train, I would have to get ready 3 months in advance to try and catch it.


For the little Gorjuss Girl images I colored with Copic markers. Then I used color pencils for the GKD coffee cards. Altogether there are 5 cards for 5 boxes to ship. Now for the test of creating all the address labels! Each step seems like climbing a mountain and it's wonderful to complete the projects!




CARD #1
Stamp Set: Gorjuss Girl "Sweet Tea"
Cardstock: Neenah, SMS
Ink: VersaMark
Coloring with Copic Markers
SU Basket Weave Embossing Folder
White Gel Pen




 Sorry I could not get the tan corrected without ruining the coral red color.



CARD #2
Stamp Set: GKD "Thanks a Latte"
Cardstock: Neenah, SMS
Coloring with Color Pencils
Touch of Wink of Stella Clear




Thank you for stopping by!!!

 



Monday, November 4, 2019

Kindness Butterfly Shaker Card

Aloha!


This is a card using a beautiful butterfly die and stamp set from Gina K. Designs. The entire set is filled with gorgeous images and sweet sentiments. I put a link to the stamps below.

Shaker cards can be fun because we can gear them up for little children or for adults. It just depends on the images and shaker bits! I didn't use that many bits for this one though. And I will pick out the sentiment after I know who this will go to. But check out the whole stamp set because all of it is incredibly designed, clean, elegant and thoughtful.




Stamp Set: "Love and Kindness" by Gina K. Designs
Cardstock: GKD
VersaFine Onyx Black
Acetate: Grafix
Colored with Sharpies!
Circle and Pierced Circle "Must Have" die sets by Scrapbooking Made Simple (SMS) in Santa Clarita, CA
Shaker bits: Mixture of beads, confetti, stars and sequins (Mostly PPP and Studio Katia)
Adhesive Foam Tape by 3M





Thank you for lookingπŸ‘€





Sunday, November 3, 2019

Foral Heart

Aloha!

This is one of those stamp sets that I fell in love with at first sight. What's more beautiful than a heart filled with flowers, foliage, berries, and fruit? Not much. Click on the stamp set link below to see this mega gorgeous stamp set by Honey Bee! I simply fussy cut and placed on foam. I'll place a greeting once I know who needs this card.

I colored this for The 30 Day Coloring Challenge, November 2019. 



Stamp Set: "Grateful Heart" by Honey Bee Stamps
Cardstock: GKD
Ink: VersaFine Black
Colored with Color Pencils
Foam, double stick tape, white gel pen
A tiny bit of sparkle - Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss






Mahalo for stopping by!







Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sparkly Anniversary and an adventure with the Gemini Jr.


Aloha!!!

You know how you really want something to work?

Recently, I gave in and bought the Gemini Jr. My wrists are pretty bad. The first machine tore up the die and plates when I tried to use it. The instructions are very simple but yikes. Exchanged it. The second one cut really well so I kept the pieces and made an anniversary card (below). But when I tried to emboss, the machine sucked in the sandwich, the lights flickered on and off, there was a loud clunk and it turned off. I couldn't get it turned back on for a while. When it did come on, it shot the whole sandwich out through the other end like a shotgun. Good thing no one was standing over there. I held my breath to try it again but while it seemed a very tight squeeze, it wasn't terrifying like the previous attempt.  πŸ‘€

Trying to problem-solve the super tight squeeze of this machine, I saw a YouTube video using a glass mat someone cut into 6"X9" pieces to substitute for using the plates. Bruce cut the mat up and I will try that next time. Maybe the sandwich won't be so tight when cutting and embossing. I've been holding my hands over both openings when sending a sandwich through because I am fearful this machine is going to hurt something.

Here is the card I made from the trial pieces of the second machine. The sentiment is black on the bottom, then three layers of white on top of that. I love using a white gel pen to write on black cardstock.

No Stamp Set :D   I can seldom say that!
Couture Creations "Opulent Swirls" Dies
Hammerhill White, SMS Black
Tonic Dies "Happy Anniversary"
SU gems
Connect Glue







“The love we give away is the only love we keep.”
 Elbert Hubbard

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Flotnar! Seafaring Viking!

Aloha! or God tag!

Thar be vikings, argh! Let the voyage begin!

We have a good friend and each time I see him, I see a viking! I've always told him this and he laughs! So yesterday he stopped by for a short visit with Bruce and me and I knew it's time to get that card made for him. And here it is!

Years ago I even bought this little stamp set just to make our friend a viking card. While he does not have any facial hair, he is very muscular, fair and has light reddish hair - viking to me! He has muscles on his muscles. After a few minutes, I had to go rest and Bruce spent the rest of an hour or so with him. They had a great time talking about building things.

I looked online for old viking ships and sketched this one out with the mountains, rocks and the hill he is standing on. It's supposed to be a full, moonlit night reflecting on the water. The oars are pulled into the ship (use your imagination). And there is nothing sparkly or shiny on this whole card (yup, haven't done that in a long time).


Stamp Set: "Viking" by Avery Elle
Ink: Soft Glow by GKD
Copic Markers, color pencils, black Copic multiliner
Hammerhill Color Card 110#, GKD Black





Thank you for stopping by!







Thursday, October 17, 2019

Busy City Kitty Cats

Aloha!

I love animals! Look at all these little kitty cats! This stamp set stole my heart when I first saw it. Most of the little sweet images are used on these four cards. You can't really see but there's Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents all over the place. One of these is going to Japan, all the way to my older sister's house by Mt. Fuji πŸ—» !!

These are colored strictly for the fun of it, no challenges, just to smile while scribbling away with color pencils!



Stamp Set:  "Little Cat Agenda" by Mama Elephant
Cardstock: GKD, SMS and Hammerhill Color Card White
Pattern Paper: Lawn Fawn
Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black
Prismacolor Pencils w/touch of Gamsol
SSS Clear Embossing Powder
Wink of Stella
Glossy Accents
Circle and Scallop Circle Paper Punches






Mahalo for stopping by!
I hope you have a lovely rest of your week ♥


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Antarctic Anniversary

Aloha!

It's nearly a miracle - I was able to finish a card for World Cardmaking Day! Yay!! I usually miss this. How about 2 sweet penguins on a heart-shaped ice sheet, floating at night in the Antarctic?

Did you know penguins live in the southern hemisphere, mostly in the Antarctic? They are not up in Alaska or other northern areas. And they only eat meat. Because of their shape, they can swim up to 15 mph!!!

Your Next Stamp is having a challenge to create an extra long card. I love making Anniversary cards for friends and for us. I also love starry night skies and penguins, so this brought me a lot of happiness to make! This is also going to be uploaded to the Simon Says Stamp Worldcardmaking Day Challenge!


Stamp Set: Penguin in Love by Your Next Stamp
Cardstock: Hammerhill Color Card 110#
Color Pencils
Distress Inks
Adhesive foam
Masking
Crystal gems from Honey Bee
White Gel Pen
Wink of Stella Clear Sparkles


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Mahalo for stopping by!
Happy World Cardmaking Day!










Sunday, September 22, 2019

Puppy Love

Aloha dear ones,

Have you heard of the My Favorite Things Super Star Challenges going on? I thought we had more time, but I will try to enter a CAS style. They also have a Coloring as well as Innovation Challenges. Alas, 3 hours more left. You know how hard a time I have to keep something CAS. My brain and hands start itching if I stop too soon lol! Did you get to play along this year?

Here is the link: My Favorite Things Annual Super Star Challenges!


Stamp Set: My Favorite Things "You Have My Heart"
Color Pencils (Prismacolor this time)
Clear and Bronze Embossing Powders; Kraft Cardstock.





Keeping it CAS -- that, in itself, is a challenge.
Mahalo for taking a peek at it!




Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Autumn in Montana

Aloha!

Not us -- one of our daughters. She moved to Montana, loves the country life and is looking for a house. I've been thinking of what kind of card to send her when I saw this design by Angie Blom at Unity Stamps. Our daughter loves coffee and we'll tuck a gift card to Starbucks in here.



This is a photo of our daughter, Amy. It's about 5 years old or so but I can't find a more recent one. They're likely in my phone. She's our youngest and is 36. Wipe the tears from my eyes - how did all the time fly so fast?

Amy has a new beau after her husband died a few years ago. It was so unexpected during heart surgery. We are still and will always miss such a generous, kind and intelligent man.  But after several years, we are so happy she has a new love in her life and wish them the very, very best. 

I couldn't get the hair color right with the color pencils but right now her hair is a little shorter - I think she might like this! I layered three of the sentiments together. 


Stamp Set: "Brystl Girl" by Unity Stamps; MFT "Romantic Script" (background)
Cardstock: GKD Faded Brick, Black Onyx; Hammerhill Color Card white
Ink: GKD Warm Glow, Black Onyx
Color Pencils
Distress Oxide Inks and Diamond Stencil
Photo Corner Punch
"Love" die from Poppy
Black Twine, Crystalline Drops (don't you love this product?), Adhesive Foam
Perfect Pearl mixed in water in sprayer





Thank you for taking the time
to stop by and say "hello!"





Wednesday, September 11, 2019

There's No Place Like Gnome

Aloha,

We found a super lawn care person! Living in a tropical jungle, good, dependable lawn care people are appreciated like gold - especially if they don't gouge you with charges! I just had to make a thank you card for our new guy!!!

I enjoyed making a very simple Lawn Fawn scene for our "lawn" guy. And what a surprise for me? I made it in time to give it to him as well as enter it into the September Lawn Fawnatics Challenge !!! Whootie whoooot! I usually miss a challenge deadline by a month or more. How I thought about making it into an interactive card, but I've been too tuckered out lately.








Stamp Set: Lawn Fawn "Gnome Sweet Gnome; sentiment from "Jump for Joy" Lawn Fawn
Cardstock: Lawn Fawn, Hammerhill Color Card
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Sitcthed Hillside Border"
Inks: Memento Sahara Sand (image outlines) and Blue Sky (sky)
Lawn Fawn Trimmings in "Peppermint"
SSS Cloud Stencil
Copic Markers; Color pencils in brown and dark gray
Ranger "Liquid Platinum" Embossing Powder
Crystalline Drops (over the bee's wings, mushroom windows and the little gnomey's belt buckle)
Corner Rounder; foam adhesive by Scotch




Thank you so much for stopping by!
May your week be filled with sunshine ♥