Thursday, March 27, 2014

Giving the Graffiti Technique a Try

Here is my take on CAS 3, Backgrounds into Foregrounds Graffiti Stamping.  It was fun getting to use so many of my stamp sets to find would that would work.  Gotta add more word dies to my collection!  Love the different was they were used in this class.  

Looking forward to the next Online Card Class, CAS 3 was great!

Cardstock: Mohawk color copy
Die: Impression Obcession
Pigment Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red
Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly, Verve, Stampin' Up, Paper Smooches, Crate Paper



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CAS 3 Day 5, Backgrounds Into Foregrounds

More CAS goodness.  This was a simple masking technique.  I used the Post-it Tape which I am learning is so versatile and something easily found.  For this one, I just used my old Stampin' Up inks.  Would love to get more of the Hero Arts Shadow Inks and give it another try.  I totally agree with Jennifer, LOVE THESE INKS!  I think next time I will leave more white space.  This would make a great Easter background.

I have today off. (yeah!)  It is a state holiday, Kuhio Day, in celebration of the birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole.   So hopefully more posts to come.

Cardstock:  Mohawk Copy Paper
Dye Ink:  Stampin' up-Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun, Positively Pink, Green Galore, Lavendar Lace and Memories-Orange
Pigment In:  VersaFine onyx black
Stamp:  Printworks
Misc:  Ranger Blending tool, Post-it Labeling and Cover-up Tape

CAS 3 More Optical Illusions

One more quick post from yesterday.  I really loved this technique and the stamp set Kara used from WPlus9.  Maybe another one for my ever growing wish list!

Cardstock:  Mohawk Color Copy
Stamps:  Stampin' Up-Bright Blossoms, Four You, Stamps by Judith-Dots
Markers:  Memento, Tombo, Le Plume
Die: Sizzix heart

Thanks for lookin'!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Catching Up 3

Last one for today.

I really liked this technique and was actually happy with stamps I already had.  Looks better in real life.

Cardstock:  Mohawk Color Copy
Stamps:  Jillibean Soup-buildings,  Stampin' Up-Sentiment, Fancy Pants-Fireworks
Embossing Powder: Ranger-Enchanted Gold 
Distress Inks:  Ranger-Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Blue Jeans, Stormy Sky
Pigment Ink: VersaFine-black


More Catching up

Post 2 for today.
 This technique was fun...I totally agree with Laura, random is not so random:).

Cardstock:  Mohawk Color Copy
Stamps:  Hero Arts-Circles, Stampin' Up-Itty Bitty Backgrounds  
Dye Ink: Hero Arts-Tide Pool, Raspberry Jam, Fresh Peach, Lemon Yellow, Pool.  Memento-Toffee Crunch
Pigment Ink: VersaFine-black


Catching Up

Wow, life can get busy.  I made the time to catch up on some of the Clean and Simple 3 homework this weekend.  Let me just say that clean and simple is somewhat misleading...most of these techniques are very simple in appearance but are challenging to carry out well.  Lets just say I am still working on refining these techniques.  My hat is off to the teachers for their obvious talents.  I so appreciate Laura Bassen's honesty.  Anyway here are my creations from day 3 and 4.

This was a very different technique for me, fun and challenging.  The splatters are definitely an acquired talent I need to work on.

Cardstock:  Neenah #110
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas 
Dye Ink: Stampin' Up- Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Washi Tape-?

Great class!  I have loved trying some new ideas and look forward to perfecting them more.  

Have a great week!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Still working on Day 1...

Got a chance to stamp this weekend, just a little late getting pictures.  I am still trying to get through the wonderful techniques from Day 1 of Clean and Simple 3.  This card is almost an exact copy of the one done by Kristina.  I used stamps I had on hand to do the faux metal technique.  When I stamped my little heart in the gold embossing, I learned the importance of cleaning stamps well!  I'm not altogether upset with the result, kinda like the contrast.  Fast, fun card to do.


Stamps:  Stampin' Up-Happy Everything, Hero Arts-Circles, Stamps by Judith-modern heart
Cardstock:  Mohawk-Bright White Color Copy
Ink:  Hero Arts Shadow Ink-Tide Pool, Lemon Yellow, Raspberry Jam, Fresh Peach
Embossing Powder:  Ranger Industries-Enchanted Gold

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 2 of Clean and Simple 3

Love the class so far...just need more time to play.  I have a refinishing project going on right now that is cutting into my class project time.  Here's my first attempt.  Kinda combined the Faux Layered with the Faux Metal technique.

I used Versamark ink and Stampendous aged scarlet embossing enamel to metallasize (even getting creative with words:) the die cut.  Fun trying new techniques!  Hope you are loving' the class!


Cardstock:  Stampin' Up-Craft, Bazzill-Red
Design Paper:  American Crafts May Berry-polka dot, Echo Park Yours Truly-red print
Embossing enamel: Stampendous Frantage aged scarlet
Diecuts: My Favorite Things Dienamics-Labels Stax 1, Stampin' Up- Love, Sizzix-heart

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring has Sprung?

Two cards today...I am also participating in Verve's March Diva Inspirations Hop here.  This is what I came up with.  I used distress ink's to color the background.  The butterflies are colored with Copic Markers.  The flower was stamped using the marker to stamp technique.

So thankful for all the wonderful challenges, really helps get the creative juices flowing.


Cardstock: Mohawk white color copy
Stamps: Flower-Stampin' Up, Blue Skies and To Risk-Verve
Accessories: Taylored  Expressions-Quatrefoil Cutting Plate, Spellbinders label
Ink-Versafine and Ranger Distress Ink, Markers-Memento

Diva Dare-Polka Dots!

Oh my goodness, I love polka dots!  I went to Ross yesterday looking for new towels and came out with two American Crafts Paper paper pads instead!  They were a deal!  So Saturday night I made this card for the March Diva Dare here. I used the sketch from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge here and came up with this card.  I wish I would have gotten my sewing machine out and stitched the distressed panels on.  I may make another with my scraps and do just that.

Hope your weekend was full of blessings!  

Design Paper: Neapolitan by American Crafts
Colored Cardstock: DCWV
Accessories: Dienamics-Mini Rolled Rose by MFT, Leave punch-EK Success, Diecut circle-Sizzix, Ribbon-from stash.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Confessions of a Paperholic and TCP Tuesday Challenge!

I love design paper!  In my opinion you can never have too much.  OK, maybe you can.  I live in Hawaii and sometimes we don't have access to the wonderful creative supplies you can find elsewhere. (Thank goodness for the Internet, but even then sometimes folks won't ship here.)  

You can imagine my delight when I found Basic Grey in one of the local office supply stores!  Needless to say I stocked up and now years later, I still have it.  I thought this line would be perfect for the TCP Tuesday Challenge, TCPTUES259.  This week, music is the inspiration and who better than these cute little Mariachi Penguins to play with?

Check out the challenge here.


Design paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: The Cat's Pajama's 
Embellishments: Rickrack die-The Cat's Pajama's, Spellbinders-scalloped and plain oval, ribbon-from stash.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Simple, Fast Card

Happy Saturday!  It is mostly sunny here today so I'm trying to take some pictures of the card stash that has developed lately.  I really need some pointers on taking card pictures.  If anyone has any advice, please I need HELP!  I have bookmark a couple of blog posts that I need to take the time to read.  Until I improve, please bear with me.  

I have another simple card to share, Pintrest inspired.  I did this one a few weeks ago.  Simple white and Pink.  The embossing is done with a folder from Stampin' Up.  I think it was discontinued :(.  Nothing special, fast and easy.  I did enjoy making the stick pin with beads I have from my jewelry making stash.  I left it blank so I can make it for baby, birthday, thanks, what ever I need.

On a completely different note, I saw the stage production of Lion King last night!  If you ever get a chance to go, do!  I loved it!  Rafiki was my most favorite, amazing voice.  The staging was unbelievable.  Did I mention I loved it?  Thanks for stopping by.


Cardstock-basic white, pink from my scraps
Ribbon-picot edged from my stash
Embossing folder- Elegant Lines

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Viva La Verve

February 2014 Week 3 Challenge
I am finding all the wonderful challenges are a great way to jump start my creativity.  I got the time to put together this card using the sketch and the picture inspiration.  Here's what I came put with:

The design paper was a great deal I got at Ben Franklin.  They are from a Pebbles Paper Pad.   When they rang it up, the 180 pack pad cost about $6.50!  The flower was one I made by heating the synthetic fabric with my embossing gun for the crinkle.  This was such a fun way to make them, no two look alike.

Counting down the days to start Clean and Simple cards!  Hope the week is going well!


Cardstock:  White 
Design Paper: Pebbles Paper Pad, Basic
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve sets, Doodled Occasions and Thankful Accents
Accessories: Spellbinders Dies, ribbon from stash, Sulky metallic thread, K and Company pearls

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Golden 5-0

Quick post.  I just got through downloading the new OS for my computer and it took me all evening to get things working right!  I did this card for a friend turning, you guessed it, the BIG 5-0.

I made it for the TCP Tuesday Challenge 258.  Loving craft cardstock right now.  I inked the edges of the panel with gold Brilliance ink and then heat embossed with Aged Gold Embossing powder by Stampendous (seriously love that stuff too!) The pennants are cut using TCP Bitty Banners.  The gold paper is washi paper from my stash.  I sprinkled the embossing powder lightly over the background and heated it from underneath.  The gold dots are made with golden rod Stickles that I put on a craft sheet and allowed to dry.

Gotta go get some sleep!  Have a great week!


Clean and Simple

Hope your weekend has been restful and full of what you love.  I made this card for Valentine's Day and didn't use it. Guess into the stash it will go. This one was again inspired by something I saw on Pinterest.  The paper  is Mohawk Bright white 100, it has such a nice smooth surface and works pretty well with Copic markers.   I stamped the heart and sentiment with an old Stampin' Up color, Riding Hood Red and clear embossed them.  The stamped panel was rounded on one corner and machine stitched around the edge with my Singer Quick Fix.  The heart stamp is from Verve, Hearts on Fire and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches, Pretty Phrases.  

Speaking of the little Singer Quick Fix, does anyone have a small machine they would recommend?  The Quick Fix is not terrible like some I have used, but as you can see, it sews pretty rough. I just don't like getting my big machine out for small projects like this. 
It's been really rainy here in paradise, but can't complain.  So many parts of the country are suffering so with the snow and cold.