Friday, April 16, 2021

Baby In A Basket & What's Up With Google Blogger?

Aloha, friends!

You know what happy means? A new baby! Babies touch me right here, in the smack dab middle of my soul. I just love babies. They are so sweet, chubby, cuddly, and beg for little sweet kisses. That new baby smell is better than flowers, puppies and new cars put together. Ok, I get carried away.

Our friends have a new grandbaby, a baby boy to join his older brother. They live locally and on a coffee farm. Doesn't that sound like fun? Hard work, but fun. They have 3 generations living, working and loving together. It's a simple card, no interactive parts, but it was way easier to make. Some days easier is better πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ I would like to share this in Kathy's 30 Day (really 10 day) Coloring Challenge! You can read about it HERE.

And what IS up with Blogger? I see they will not longer allow anyone who signs up for email notifications to receive new posts from this platform. The "fix" seems too advanced for this old mare. I have a WordPress blog but oooh, the hassle of trying to export and import, bleh. Me no likey technical changes and challenges. Google Blogger is creating such a headache for me. Please share your ideas with me. Not sure what to do about this one.

Stamp Set: SU Bundled Baby
Inks: Memento Gray Flannel
Colored with Crayola color pencils
Gina Marie Stitched Scalloped Oval dies
Cardstock: Accent White, SU color
Pattern Paper: Doodlebug
Enamel stars
Foam tape

Thank you for visiting!!!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Copic Markers and Wildflowers


I took a Copic coloring class from Sandy Allnock, link here: Mini Copic Wildflowers Class 1. It's an inexpensive class that builds confidence using alcohol markers without needing to sketch first. Just start coloring on white cardstock. I was terrified but after tossing a couple tries, it started to get easier. I say jump in and do it - you won't be disappointed. She has since added Copic Wildflowers 2 but I have not taken that class yet.


Copic markers

Various embossing folders by Anna Griffin, Cuttlebug, Sizzix & Darice

Gems and crystals, Glossy Accents

Cardstock: I tried some new to me cardstock that Jennifer McGuire spoke about in her favorite things 2020. It's from Amazon, called Accent Opaque Digital, 16 pt "Smooth" 120# white, 8-1/2 X 11 inches, 150 sheets. It truly is smooth, super thick and sturdy, feels almost like chipboard and takes alcohol markers and color pencils well so far. I accidentally dropped a bit of water onto it and it swelled right up, so not good for watercolor, even a little. For the price, I am very impressed with this cardstock either for card bases (the sturdiest I have ever used), bright white, I used the metal cut plate more when die cutting but the die cuts look GREAT using this cardstock.

Copic Wildflowers 1

  • Color, then die cut

  • Swirly Sweet Peas

  • Wax Flowers Bunch

  • Paintbrush

  • Branch of Sweet Peas

  • Thistles

I hope you enjoyed seeing what you can freehand with Copic Markers!
Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, March 5, 2021

A Cat In The Heart


I made this card yesterday. It's for an all grown up young lady I knew when she was much younger. We both love kitty cats. Recently I ordered this cool heart die from SSS and paired it with the MFT kitty cat stamp for a simple window card. I put the little cat on a sketched rug, wood floor and wall papered with teeny hearts. The die cuts a heart out while leaving the double stitched lines around the frame. I adhered the heart scene inside the card and the heart window is open to the kitty. Sorry the colors are off - I used two different editing sites.

Stamp Set: "Smitten Kitten" by MFT

Die: "Shimmer Heart" by SSS

Paper: Neenah 110# Solar White

Inks: Memento and Copics

Sparkly Ribbon by SU, Glossy Accents, Flat Sequins PPP

Thank you for looking!

Hidden Treasure

 Hi, friends!

Bet you thought this was going to be a pirate card, right? Surprise! It's the name and type of die set I used. When you pull the top tab upward, the flap goes up with it, revealing a secret panel underneath. Way cool!

I made these back in November or December but just can't remember the name of the stamp set I used. Thank you to Becky and friends at SCS for encouraging me to keep going despite the challenges life throws at us!

The dies are from Scrapbooking Made Simple who uses Tonic to make their dies. Stacey is the owner and is such a sweet, generous and kind crafty store owner in Santa Clarita, Ca. She's going on 400 YouTube videos and she really explains products and techniques in a super easy way to understand. 

These are more of a Thinking of You, Grateful for You, type of card. The sliding portion reminds me of a Pizza Peel shape. There is plenty of room to write a note on the back of the card and on the top of the "peel" or tab portion of the sliding back. When you pull the top tab up, a scored panel die cut opens up below to show a sentiment! It was very confusing and hard to make these so I made a few practice ones first. They are very fun to open now that they are completed!

How does it work? There are 3 main dies: one cuts out the front and scores the line on each side as well as above a window and shutter flap opening that slides up. A narrow fold line is scored on both sides to attach to the back, forming a channel for the large sliding 3rd die cut to pull the front flap up. Honestly, it was really hard for me to figure this out πŸ€“πŸ§“πŸ½πŸ”¬  This sliding piece slides between the front of the card and the scored channels. The 3rd piece looks like a pizza peel. The handle forms the pull tab which slides the front shutter open or closed. The bottom of the window shutter flap is adhered to the bottom front of the back, pizza peel shaped sliding piece. Whew! Pulling the tab on top pulls the window panel up, exposing the sentiment. 

Die Set: Hidden Treasure Reveal Base by SCS
Cardstock & Inks: GKD
(Wreath stamp set, lost the post it note I wrote it on...if you can recognize it, I'd appreciate your helping me to remember it)
Copic Markers
Other: Plain twine w/silver thread, PPP clear sequins, ScorTape 

Thank you for stopping by!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

This Year & Topaz Card


I'm sorry for not keeping up with everyone's lives, blog posts and beautiful creations. Talk about a challenging year!

My husband, Bruce, has been having a hard time with his memory. It took me a couple of years to see it. The signs were vague and not consistent. I thought it was just forgetfulness. By the time I and the doctors put the puzzle pieces together, I was super stressed. Since March we've been busy with all sorts of new doctors, long tests, lengthy appointments and changes in his medications and how we approach day to day living. But Bruce is my favorite guy and boyfriend not to mention husband so somehow we will walk this new journey together. I hope to get cards made and out to so many of you. 

Becky (TLady) & The Teapotters at SCS have recently filled my mojo with love and encouragement. Thank you, Becky and all the friends in Teapotters group at SCS!

This card:

I made 3 of these similar cards and one of them for Becky. It's very simple, using a die cut for the front edge, adding the topaz-like bling, a little ribbon and the "friend" but it's a big step for me and feels good. 

Stamp Set (leaf) "Autumn Splendor" kit by Gina K. Designs
Ink: GKD
Cardstock: GKD and SMS
Die Cuts: "Friend" and leaf by GKD 
(I'm sorry I forgot which I used for the border. It's either SMS or Spellbinders? Oops.)
Ribbon and bling

Thank you cardmaking buddies everywhere.
Each one of you is a gem!

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



Cheeky Monkey!

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Thank you Delivery Guy!


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!!!

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


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!

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.

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


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


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.


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!