Sunday, March 26, 2017



Coffee + Kittie = Super Kittie!!! Don't ask me what I was thinking. I am reverting to my comic book days. But that's what I say when looking over my 4 Neat and Tangled stamp sets. Maybe it should go into the UGLY card album. I have a friend who is hysterical -- we see strange things and crack up. Maybe she'll like this one.

Anyway, I am going to embarrass myself and enter it into the Coffee Lover Papercrafting Challenge as well as Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Inside the card it says "Love Meeeoow" next to a ball of yarn. The envelope is stamped up, too. Yes, kittie is wearing a red cape. Super Kittie.

Stamp Sets: "Meow" and "Big Bold Brew" by Neat & Tangled; "Starry Background" by Hero Arts in gold ink on the font of card, inside, and on envelope flap (using Delicata Gold ink)
Cardstock GKD 120# White and layering Tomato Soup
Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Memento Markers
Wink of Stella Clear
SU White Perfect Accents (Used for eyes with some Nuvo Black cause I didn't have any googly eyes big enough)
Nuvo Crystal Drops in various colors (for all the stars)

Mahalo for stopping by!
May your coffee be as thick and yummy as melted chocolate!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Watercolor

Aloha dear ones,

Art Impressions is having a challenge to Watercolor!

Well, I messed one up pretty good last week. There was no saving it and no "2nd side" for that poor little thing, so into the garbage it went. I don't have many AI floral stamps but I have some with the "big butts" that you stick to the wobbler thingeys.  I just couldn't see watercoloring a butt and having it wobble in someone's face. But I have a few sprigs of flower and twigs and gave it another try.

If you use a teensy wet paint brush, you know - squeeze the water out and use a damp brush on the painted images - well, I got away with using GKD 80# cardstock! Yes, really! It didn't swell or pill. I also stamped the stamp, then dabbed water onto the stamp prior to stamping - sort of like spritzing with water before stamping. That way you don't need much water other than to spread the color around once it is stamped.

The two little birds are just sketched in with color pencils, which is TOO intense. I have to try and remember to use a lighter hand when using Derwent "Inktense" pencils. I also might look for a StazOn in much lighter shade for watercoloring because the basket stands out too much.

Stamp Sets: Art Impressions "Spring Basket" and "Blooming Birdhouse;" Sentiiment by Sweet 'n Sassy "Celebrating Milestones"
Cardstock: GKD 80# ivory for the image; 120# ivory for card; Passionate Pink for frame
Inks: StazOn Black (basket), Memento Ink Lilac Posies for flowers and sentiment; Distress Inks for twigs and Memento London Fog for the basket and shadow
Derwent Watercolor Pencils (for the birds)
Dies: Gina Marie Inverted Scallop Rectangle Frames
Wink of Stella Clear (over the birds)
Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops (well, we can't see those but they're on the ivory background LOL)

Mahalo for stopping by & for leaving your encouragement!
With aloha ♥

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Riley, Problem Solver Extraordinaire

Aloha friends!

Today I have a quick card that makes me laugh. I LOVE Riley! He's such a wise guy. I just used some color pencils and saw a challenge somewhere online for us to leave something hanging over the edge, but for the life of me, I can't find it now.

Stamp Sets: "Sleepy Riley" for focal image and sentiment; Hero Arts "Mini Stars" background
Cardstock: GKD 120# white base, Bazzill Blue layer, Neenah 80# white for sentiment, image and Yellow for moon
Inks: Prismacolor Pencils (no Gamsol), Sakura Clear and Jelly Roll White Gel Pens (stars), Delicata Silvery Shimmer (for background stars).
Wink of Stella Clear on Moon covered by 3D Crystal Lacquer
SU Birch Tree Embossing Folder (bakcground)
Adhesive Pop Dots and Liquid Glue (Stays Put by SMS)
Rhinestones by Want2Scrap
SU Twine; metallic blue staple holding twine to card

Mahalo for your visit!
Your comments are always appreciated! ♥

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Moon Baby

Aloha and surprise - I'm still here and trying to make cards!

Our nephew and his wife in Tennessee just had their second baby, a little girl. They were blessed with a little boy first. I like to tease people whenever and wherever possible, so I encourage them "the fun" doesn't really begin until after 5 or 6 kids, so keep on going!!!! And be sure to breast feed all of them, and use cloth diapers lol!!! Don't cheat and use disposables because of the landfills and such. Hah! They are bordering on loathing from hearing me anymore :D

I stamped the starry background onto the card base. Stamped Image with StazOn Black ink. Using watercolors, I swirled colors for a sky behind the focal image.Watercolor Moon and baby (I CASEd Lydia Fiedler on this part). Cut the dried panel with dies and then adhere to card. Cover the hanging star with Glossy Accents and cover the entire crescent moon with Wink of Stella clear. SHINY!!!

I will try to enter this into Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge ♥

Stamp Sets:  "Moon Baby" by Stampin' Up; Hero Arts "Mini Stars" (background)
Cardstock:  GKD Pure Luxury White 120#; Canson White Watercolor 140# (for the focal image
Inks:  Derwent Water Color Pencils; SU Pink Pirouette (for the background stars); Passion Pink (sentiment and darker stars on envelopes, inside card too); Memento Marker in two pinks drawing stitches and bow inside around the sentiment); Staz On black for front image
Dies:  Gina Marie Postage Stamp center with Stitched border
White Gel Pen (polka dots on baby's onesie)
Glossy Accents (on star hanging from moon)
Wink of Stella Clear(all over the crescent moon)
Wet Glue (Stays Put by Scrapbooking Made Simple)

Front of card, back of envelope

Inside card, back of envelope

Close Up Card

Thank you for visiting. But thank you especially 
for encouraging me not to give up
despite pain!!! Love you all!
Aloha ♥

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Calendars and Envelope Art

Aloha dear friends,

I've been MIA and most of you know it's the usual-back and bone issues. But over the weeks I laid here stamping and spotlight coloring the envelopes for Hawai'ian calendars. I'm sorry I'm not up to listing everything used but here's an inkling :) It took about 3 months to complete around 25-30 of these 2017 Hawai'ian calendar sets. It was a joy to be able to do a little coloring spotlighting!

Stamps: SU flowers and birds
Inks: Memento Black
Pencils: Prismacolor, Gamsol, with touches of Sakura Clear Glitter Pen

Aloha for now!!!