Sunday, June 14, 2015

Avery Elle Rainbow Challenge, Paper Tole

Aloha friends!

Less than ONE week to go and I get my arm out of this cast - Hoootie Hoooot! I feel so excited to get this thingey off and wash my arm and hand thoroughly - ahhhhhhhhhh, can't wait. Ok, onward to the challenge!!

I am branching out! This week I am trying to create a card the Avery Elle Challenge which you can see by clicking on the link (and may be the image, but I'm still learning how to use their link up):

Avery Elle IHeartU Rainbow Challenge!!

♥ Paper Tole Technique ♥


Avery Elle "Thanks a Bunch" Stamp Set for the front, and "Laurels" Stamp Set for the Interior

Cardstock: Gina K. Designs, Pure Luxury "Red Hot" and 80# White Layering
Watercolor Paper: Strathmore 140# Cold Press
Watercolor Paint: Koi
Epsom Salts (sprinkled over the wet rainbow background)
Pretty Pink Posh (clear sequins)
Black Onyx Ink by Gina K. Designs
Stickles Glitter Glue "Fruit Punch" (a dab inside each clear sequin)
Liquid Pearls "Gold" (the metallic 'button' tie on the flower tag)
Adhesive Pop Dots (to create the multi layer flower 'tole' technique)
Multi Medium Matte (to secure sequins and adhesive pop dots to card and flowers)
Scor Tape (adheres the watercolor layer and interior card layer to card
Tombow Markers (to color the flowers, leaves and dot stamps prior to stamping, card interior)
Wink of Stella in "Glitter Black" (to add the sparkle to the flower bouquet)
Angle Eater Corner Rounder 1/4 inch

I started by covering the edges of the watercolor paper with some painter's tape to create the white frame. I loaded the paper with water, then layered the rainbow colors, allowing them to blend on their own with the water. 

Sprinkled with lots of Epsom Salt while wet. Laid the layer under the sun until the paints and salts were dried, then brushed all the excess salts off. (In real life, you can still see the crystallized salts on the watercolor background, which adds a glistening, frosty layer over the watercolored rainbow!)

While layer was drying, I stamped the flowers twice  and the leaves once on 80# white cardstock, then fussy cut all of it out. Adhere first layer of bouquet to card. Add each additional flower with adhesive foam squares and Aileen's Clear Glue (extra durable hold) over the original flower bouquet. Stamp and fussy cut the tag out with sentiment inside the tag. Use foam squares and glue to adhere to card. Adhere Sequins to layer with Multi Matte Medium by Ranger, adding a touch of Fruit Punch Stickles to center of clear sequins. Paint the Wink of Stella Black Glitter over the bouquet for sparkle and shine! Round the corners and use Scor Tape to adhere layer to front of card.

Card Interior: Use Memento markers (the pastel colors) to color one of the flowers and dots in Avery Elle" "Laurels" Stamp Set. Cover the white cardstock in a shower of pale rainbow colors with these stamps. Finally, color up one of the leafy branches and stamp that around. Round the corners and adhere to card with Scor Tape.

The pastel colors are light enough so that a note can be written over the panel!

Close Up of Paper Tole Technique:

Thank you for looking and for leaving me your 
sweet comments ♥
With Aloha

Thursday, June 11, 2015

It's Raining Flowers

Aloha friends,

This week at StampTV the challenge is to make your own background. It's hosted by Leslie and it feels good to play along. You can see the challenge HERE  And yup, still have one arm until the end of next week. This is my 4th try. Once I dropped the whole black ink pad onto my finished background (arrrgggghhhhhh ya matey!).

Stamp Sets: Frames and; Flowers #1 (the flower), Fanciful Tags (sentiment and oval border), and Spring Basket (the leaves), all by GKD.
Cardstock: Black Onyx and Bubble Gum Pink, GKD
Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
Copic Markers: the Red Violets and Yellow Greens
Viva Decor Gold Pen, Ranger Enamel Accents Black, Sakura Red Glitter Pen
Black Twine, Wink of Stella Clear, and adhesive pop dots

♥ And wishing Gina a speedy recovery after her rough night in the ER last night ♥

Thank you very much for stopping by
and leaving your kind comments!

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's been too long and I miss you all {hugs} !!!

Hello dear friends,

I've been away from my blog and crafting too long now. I've been wondering what to get on here and update you about, such as: cast still on arm/hand... trying to color with one hand... can't turn the Big Shot with one hand.. and things like that but it sounds too silly!

So, here I am. Hoping cast comes off in two more weeks. Nope, didn't break anything. The two main wrist bones were a rubbin' against each other until I cried my eyes out. We can't have that ♥ Steroid shots no helpey. So I just waited. and waited. and so on.

I managed to put together a couple cards which are not that good and took for-e-ver.

First one a simple Happy Anniversary to our Daughter and her Hubby, their 10th. They came here from California and spent two full hot sweaty yucky mosquito stung days ripping up our back yard. It no longer looks like an abandoned jungle (color me grinning in gratitude).

Simple sponging a la Theresa Momber style ~
Stamp Set: "Aloha" by Theresa Momber for Gina K. Designs

I wanted them to remember their hard working, beach going,
old friend seeing Hawai'ian Anniversary ♥

See? Just a Simple Something for our dear ones.

Thank you for looking!