Monday, January 20, 2014

Don't you LOVE the SEA?

I do, too! Snow covered mountains, endless fields of wild grasses blowing in the wind, diamonds sprinkled on the ocean -- I just adore all of it.

This is made for Lee's MIUM challenge at STV. It's a CAS challenge. I have issues with CAS because it's SO HARD TO STOP ADDING THINGS. Really! How does one know when to stop? I guess that is how one masters CAS technique. I have a long way to go. (Do you see the invisible glitter swirls? I hope not -- see? I.CAN'T.STOP.)

Direct to Paper (DTP) technique (just pull the ink pad across the paper)
"Enjoy the Sunshine" stamp set from Gina K. Designs
Broken China distress & Memento Tuxedo Black inks
Copic markers BG11 & BG13
Aqua rhinestones and adhesive foam behind the main card layer
Wink of Stella clear marker

Thank you for stopping by ♥

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sweet Music

This is a card made for the StampTV MIUM challenge this week, hosted by Cat!

I colored the image with Memento pastel markers, then covered with Delicata gold ink for shimmer. The cracked glass method is fun and easy to do. Gina has a great tutorial here:

The Cracked Glass Method

Stamp Set: Love is Friendship by Gina K. Designs
Inks: Memento, VersaMark and Delicata Gold
Gems: Want 2 Scrap, champagne 2 mm
Embossing Folder: Sizzix Curly Gate
Dies: Sizzix Framelits #657902
Piercing Tool & Stampin' Up Piercing Template
Fiskars Corner Embosser (for inside card)
EK Success 1/8" adhesive foam dot squares (my favorite) ScorTape & glue dots

I do not have an 'oval' piercing template. But Splitcoaststampers (SCS) has a really helpful tutorial showing how to use the square Stampin' Up template to create circles and ovals for perfect piercing. You can see both the video and the pictorial steps that Beate made here:

Perfect Oval and Circle Piercing

{You can see 3D shimmery, glittery goodness behind the UTEE & on the background}

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Our House Sold :)

Hi friends,

It took a long wait for the market to begin a turnaround here on the Big Island. So we've been making that monthly mortgage on our first house since Jan 2007 when we moved into this one, besides making ends meet in this home and it's been a bear. We are very grateful though because we have a roof over our heads, utilities and grocery stores. We know what it's like to have nada. Our house sale was recorded yesterday, so we made our final mortgage payment on it and the first card is for the couple who bought it. This is their very first home purchase -- so we congratulate them. Some day soon we hope to begin the long haul on remodeling this home because we've had to concentrate on prepping the other home for sale. This one is in sad shape :(

The second card is for our realtor with whom we have worked with before. She and her hubby are very relaxed, friendly, fun and yet on top of every single step when representing a buyer or seller. They are also our friends (welcome to Hawai'i).

I used a triangle paper punch for the tree (x3), scored the front door to give it some paneling look, and used the corrugator thingey for the siding :D No templates for either card, just winged it.

Yes, that is a cat walking on the roof. Our Juliette (aka Murderess) loves patrolling our rooftop. It's so funny to watch her spiral walk her way down the ladder Bruce has up against the roof. She makes me laugh. I used floral soft for the wreath so it's very puffy-3D IRL. I covered the coconuts with Glossy Accents and the birds with clear glitter. 

Thank you so very much for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ding Ding Ding - Did You Win?

 everyone! I just can't believe we are starting another new year already! It's as if when I'm not looking, someone is pulling a few months out of my calendar every year. I'll try to keep a closer eyeball on it this year!   

It's time to pull a number out of the online Random Sequence Generator!!! I wish all 15 of you could win, but it won't be long until I give away more blog candy so stay tuned {winky winky}! In the meantime, THANK YOU to each one of you for visiting and playing with me!!!!

Random Sequence Generator
Here is your sequence:
Timestamp: 2014-01-01 19:00:17 UTC

So provided I can correctly count up to six on my toes, the winner of our blog candy giveaway is----



Sweet Judy - please let me know your current mailing address thru email here or STV - whichever way is easiest for you ♥ I'll get your package of goodies mailed out to you asap!