Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flying By....

Hey everyone!

Hope you all have been doing well.  I've got a card today that I made for my nephew Hunter.  He turned the big 1 last week and we were all invited to help him celebrate this special event.  My cousin chose to do a really cute sock monkey theme and normally I would try to keep in line with the theme when making the card, but there was this really cute image that I wanted to use and I purchased specific paper to use with it.

This little cutie is called Jack's Plane from A Random Fan.  The reason why I chose this image was based on the patterned paper from Best Creation Inc.  I love the airplane background with the primary colors and yes the glitter and banners. Thought it would make a really fun birthday card for a little boy.  The cool thing is I didn't have to do too much except to color and cut.  The paper did a lot of the work for me. :)  The banner he is pulling was something I thought would be fun, as if he was sky-writing, so I used another computer generated sentiment and found a really cool font that I could use, here is a close-up


Oh man, it was a pain to tie off that twine, but it looks so much better with it.  Definitely worth the cramps in my fingers.  (hahaha)  See the sparkle on the banner?  That's thanks to my new fun find, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen.  I've been using that thing on a lot of stuff.  I love how smooth and easy it is to use.  I also used it on his airplane and pilot glasses, here's a close up:

Here's the inside of the card, I used the same font as the banner.  I didn't have time to make clouds, but that's ok, cause it still looks nice and bright and fun.

Here are a few pictures from the party...

I was told that the sock monkey above was crocheted (without a pattern) by one of my cousin's friends!  I'm not really a fan of sock monkeys, but this one was really cute and to go off just a picture is totally awesome!  We had a good time and so did Hunter.  He didn't really know what was going on, and he was smiling a lot so it was definitely a success.  Okie dokes, thanks for stopping by today, hope my post made you smile.

Have a terrific day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

LFF #70 -

Happy Aloha Friday!

It's Friday and the Bees are off this week but that doesn't mean you should miss out on the newest challenge at Kitty Bee Designs.  The Kitties are up with some lovely Easter inspirations for you.  Stop by the Aloha Friday challenge today.

TGIF for reals!!  hahaha!!  I'm excited to start the weekend as it's been a very long week...  Glad it's only 1/2 day at work and then it's off to the races!!  Should be a fun team building.

I'm excited to share a new addition to the Lilo's Fun Friday folder.  I can't believe that it's going to be my 70th LFF post.  Whew time flies by so quickly, yea?  This particular card is up there with my all time favorites and I'm sending it to one special lady.  I looked through all of my stamps and chose this one because I know my grandma would love her.

13 130501 Haruyo

It's Haruyo from Sister Stamps, you can read all about her here.  I was surprised that I had never inked her up before.  She's so pretty!  I guess I was waiting for a very special occasion.  What better occasion then my grandmother's birthday?!  So this had to be something special and it had to be purple.  Yes, I recently found out on my last trip to Hawai'i that she really likes purple.  She could have fooled me because she wears a lot of blue!  hahaha!  I had a lot of fun with this one, completing it within a few hours with lots of changes that had me gritting my teeth because of all the papers I wasted.  Ai-ya!  I'll have to make sure I use them for a future project.  I know we all probably have done that, but it's so annoying!  (hahaha)  Getting back to the card, I found some awesome washi paper at Daiso that has terrific texture to it.  I cut it down to a 5.5 x 5.5 card base.

Next I cut a few floral layers with two Lifestyle sakura 5 petal flower dies.  The first layer is white mulberry paper although it doesn't look white (haha) I added some Inka gold metallic rub then used a floral stamp from Crafter's Companion to stamp on the petals (used Encore metallic gold ink).  My first handmade paper!

The next layers include purple mulberry paper and purple/gold washi paper from Hanko Designs.  (I'm going to have to order more soon as this one is almost gone.)  The stamen is from the C.C. Designs Cutters Cherry Blossom die.  A few more additions and here's the end result...

Eek!  I almost want to keep this one!  haha...  I know it's going to a good home, yes she keeps all of our art projects and displays them from time to time.  So I added some pearls from Recollections to the stamen and bottom of the sakura flower.  Love the champagne color as it picks up hints of the same color from the washi paper.  I used another CC kanji stamp (discontinued) that says Love.  It was inked with Memento grape jelly ink on to a piece of that washi paper (card base scrap)  I ripped the edges by hand to give it a softer look.

I colored Miss Haruyo with Copics on to some paper I found in the clearance bin at Kelly Paper Company.  It is very thin compared to the normal Neenah paper I use but it seems to work really nicely with the Copics, hardly bleeds which was a plus.  After fussy cutting Haruyo I popped her up in the center.

Aww, she is super sweet.  Love how the purple looks purple and not blue.  How about a peek of the inside?  I know I don't normally do that but for this card I did.  Used some scraps and another kanji word for a nice simple addition...

Hmmmm... I think I'll make a few cards just like this!  I could use up a lot of scraps with this simple layout.  I am definitely going back for a few more packs of that washi paper!  I can see myself using it for more projects.  Popping this in the mail soon as grandma's birthday is next week!  Hope she likes it.

Mahalo for stopping by.  Hope you weren't too bored with my babbling on.  BTW, I hear the next Sister Stamp release is coming soon stop by the SS blog for more details.  Have a great Aloha Friday and an awesome weekend!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gemma on Cloud 9

Hello!!  Happy Hump Day!!

Today I have a few fun projects to share.  My lovely friend Melissa asked me to be a guest on the A Random Fan blog today, and I was happy to say yes.  I have seen these cute and whimsical images around blogland and Facebook.  I chose to showcase Gemma on Cloud 9 (Includes 3 images: Gemma, clouds, and both together) today.  She's so darn cute and as soon as I saw her I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  A CAS card with clouds and bright colors...  Here's the end result...

It's been quite some time since I used my cloud stencil and distress ink pad with a TH sponge to make the billowy clouds.  I added two white felt clouds for some texture.  Colored the clouds, rainbow and Gemma with Copics.  She was a lot of fun to color, so were the clouds and the rainbow.  I used a white gel pen to add some dots to Gemma's hair and the rainbow.  The card base is red and I matted the scene on to a piece of black cardstock.  The sentiment is part of my growing computer generated collection. 

I had some time to color up two more of Gemma (alone) in a smaller scale and popped them on to some MFT die cut tags. 

I stayed with the CAS design.  Went for a fun Naughty & Nice theme here...  Now I have a question for you...  Which tag do you think I colored all with Copics?  Including the clouds?  If you guessed the "naughty" one then you have a good eye!  Here's a closer look...

Yes, I colored the clouds with Copics and used my cloud stencil as a guide.  Being able to use the stencil made it super easy and I was able to be more precise without worrying about getting ink on my colored image.  Happy to say this is a one layered tag and now that I've experimented with markers and my stencil I might be making more scenes with clouds colored with Copics. 

Not to be outdone, the "nice" tag has a fun element as well.  I did use the TH sponge & Distress ink for the background clouds, but I also added a felt cloud right under Gemma. :)  
Now she's got a comfy spot to rest on.  I was totally stuck on what do to with the top part of the tag until I stopped by Rachel's awesome blog.  Her cute tags inspired me to break out my little clothes pins and twine and add it to the top.  Thanks Rachel!

I hope you weren't too bored with all my babbling and enjoyed today's projects.  I'd like to thank Melissa and Sherry for having me showcase Gemma on Cloud 9 today, I hope you're inspired as well.  Here are some links to A Random Fan's blog, to the Etsy store where you can pick up some really cute and whimsical digis, and to their challenge blog.  Thanks for stopping by, have a terrific day!!

Monday, April 7, 2014



Boy can't believe it's already April!  Hope you're all enjoying the weather and upcoming Easter celebrations.  Today is also the first Monday of the month and that means another spotlight showcase for Kitty Bee Designs.  Today I'm sharing a CAS baby boy card featuring one of the adorable images from the Jungle Buddies.  There are a total of 5 stamps in this set, but for today I chose to showcase the adorable zebra.  And his stripes are not your normal black & white...

It's pretty clean and simple and perfect to welcome a new baby boy.  The jungle print & plaid patterned paper are both from DCWV, Nana's Nursery - Baby Boy (old school paper) don't you think they match perfectly with my colored image?  I added a simple computer generated sentiment to complete it.  The circles are die-cut with MFT stitched circle dies.  I also used a piercer to pierce the edges of the card.  Now with just the right colors and papers this could be transformed in to a little girl card too.  The possibilities are endless.  Head on over to the Kitty Bee Designs Etsy store to pick this one up along with a few others to create your next special occasion baby card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great Monday

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hoppy Easter


Before I start I wanted to remind you that you still have time to join in the Kitty Bee Aloha Friday Challenges, the rest of the Bees shared their adorable creations HERE.  Hope to see you playing a long. Click HERE to link up.

Today I have a different kind of card to share. Definitely not my normal kind of card, so it was really fun to do something outside the box so to speak.  It's an all Copic colored card.  I wanted to see if I could do it without using any Distress inks or patterned paper.  I wanted the image to be the focal point so that and the sentiment are the only non-Copic parts, oh and of course the paper! :)

The image is from Aurora Wings, called Sleepy Bunny.  Isn't it cute?  As I was looking through Mitzi's Etsy store this one caught my eye.  Not only is it perfect for an Easter themed project you could definitely use it for a baby themed project right?  I might do that for a future project but for today I decided to make an Easter card.  I don't normally make these, but I couldn't pass up the chance to try and to do something that was all Copics, including the background.  So here's how I started it...

Not to shabby for my first all Copic scene.  (I listed all the color used at the bottom in case anyone is interested)  :)  I went for a neutral color on the outfit, wanted to do a peachy yellow, but it turned out more of a tan, I still like it.  I think I need more color in the sky, but that could just be my editing settings.  I wanted it to be a subtle blue sky backdrop.  The grass was fun, I can see a few straggly blades compared to those fuller ones, but all in all I like the result.  I do love how I colored the sign and the blanket/bag.  For the sign I used two colors and did strokes and lines then with the lighter color I tried to blend it but not too much.  For the blanket/bag I thought a cute little quilt work pattern with bright colors would be fun.  Broke out some new markers for this part and to make it look softer I went over the whole thing with E000.  The sentiment is computer generated and yes it's a little off the page.

Can you see the additions I made?  Yep, it wouldn't be an Easter card without any eggs right?  So now it looks like baby is trying to figure out which eggs to pick up first.  :)  That was fun to do!  I glued down the scene to a white card base in the hopes of it looking like a Polaroid.  The sentiment on the bottom is also computer generated and I fussy cut it out before gluing it down.  Here is a close up of the bottom:

It was a lot of fun using the bright colors for the eggs and creating the grass.  I think I definitely need more work on the other parts, but this was a fun start.

I think I still have time to enter this in the inaugural challenge over at Aurora Wings Challenge blog which is Anything Goes.

Other challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - Make Your Own Background
Time 4 Scrap - Easter

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend and I hope you get a chance to try something new.

Here are the Copic colors I used :)
Sky: BG0000 (I used my own cut out stencil)
Bunny outfit: E30, Y21, E21
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Bunny Slippers: E30, R20, E21
Blanket/Bag/Eggs: 0, BG15, FYG2, FY1, V04, B41, FYR1, R20, E000 (color the squares and then go over the whole thing with E000) (I used the colorless blender "0" for the eggs.)
Sign: E57, E49
Grass: YG13, YG23, YG17

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fetch boy


Today's share is going to be short and sweet.  Here's a fun card that was inspired by my crafty friend Karen, Have a Scrap Happy Day, who loves to make scenes and is a fan of grass, but not the medicinal kine. (LOL) Stop by her blog and see all her wonderful inspirations. 

I made this simple scene with a few Fiskars punches, some scrap patterned papers and featuring Kenichi from Sister Stamps.  His little friend is ready for him to toss the ball and play fetch.  :)

See told ya, short and sweet!  :)  Mahalo for stopping by today and thanks again to Karen for inspiring!! Have a great day!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

For the Bride


I cannot believe it's already April!!  Wow, hopefully you won't be falling for any April Fool's tricks.

Saturday was my cousin's bridal shower which meant a perfect time for me to make another card for a special occasion and special lady.   I decided to use Queen from Jess College Fund.  She was perfect for what I had in mind.

Luckily I had colored her up the night before.  I thought using a nice yellow would be fun, and tried to add in some gold highlights.  Well that didn't work out too well, but in the end I think the yellow was a great idea. 

After coloring her up I jumped on to the computer to look for inspiration.  I definitely wanted to go CAS because I was pressed for time.  As I was trying to think of a layout I happened to notice one of my recent purchases (yes, I broke down)  and then a light-bulb went on in my head.  Why not let the paper and image be the focal point? Duh! (hahaha)

That beautiful yellow flower paper is actually washi paper that someone picked up for me.  I love the beautiful shimmer on it, but what I love best is the pretty pattern and colors.  Perfect for a wedding card or in this case a bridal shower card...  The yellow glittery flowers are from Prima, I used them previously on that clothes pin project (HERE).  Needless to say there was glitter EVERYWHERE!!  hahaha, but it's ok because the flowers helped anchor the sentiment which happened to be a bit too big when I printed out.  I didn't want to waste it and where it landed was perfect for me.  Sorry I didn't get a chance to take too many pictures of the card, so you'll have to settle for the one above.

Thought I'd share some of the pictures from the shower.  First we dined at this cute restaurant that used to be someone's house called Hazel's Kitchen.

We sat outside on the front lawn and the tables were decorated beautifully.  It was a really gorgeous day.  We dined on 5 different types of sandwiches, angel hair pasta salad, a nice garden salad and for dessert a yummy/humongous freshly baked snicker-doodle cookie.  Here's a picture of the bride-to-be.  She has the prettiest smile.

This is just one of the fun photo bombs that happened.  It was so classic!!  That's my cousin her daughter and her future sister-in-law... 

Chalkboard printing and crafts seem to be the in-thing right now for parties, I can see why.  It's so darn cute! I was happy to see a lot of it at my cousin's shower..

There were so many cute crafty ideas going on, here are just a few of the cute ideas that I believe were found on Pinterest...  The flower arrangements are all my cousin though...

Here's the table favor, a mason jar glass cup and it had a black chalkboard banner to write our names on.

Lots of cute banners, clothes pins and note cards with letters...  It was really pretty...

After a beautiful day filled with family, food, fun and laughter I asked my sister to take me to the local Hobby Lobby!  It was quite exciting for me as each time I've gone to visit my cousins would tell me about this place but we'd never go because they are closed on Sundays.  So this time I made sure that my sis took me.  It was a family affair, my mom, sister and big bro went.  We dragged my BIL and cousin (the bride's mama) along with us.  Here we are, can you tell who's excited to be going to HL? hahaha...

My sister was funny, she grabbed a cart and I told her I didn't need one. Boy was I wrong!  hahaha..  My BIL kept me company while we walked down each of the paper crafting aisles.  It was fun!  This store is a combination of Michael's, Joann's and Big Lots all rolled in to 1 big store.  It was good fun, but I think once is enough for me, it's sort of overwhelming with how much stuff they have.  Here's a picture for all the crafty peeps who love bling... How about blinging up your office?

Too bad none of it was on sale, I could probably would have got something for a few people.  I've seen a few friends post pictures of their hauls, and since I broke down to buy stuff I thought I'd share a picture too..

I found a lot of things in the clearance section, including those jars.  They were $3, so each jar was $1!   I think I scored on those.  I told myself, it's a good thing there isn't a HL too close to where I live or else I might be in trouble.  Lots of ideas for home decorating. You could possibly turn each room in your home to a different theme if you wanted to.  I wasn't the only one who had a first time at HL.  The young cashier who rang me up was new as well.  It happened to be her very first day and she was nervous.  We had a good long chat while she rang up my purchases, that's when I realized something.  They need to update the way they ring up their merchandise.  Hellur you have sophisticated registers that print on the front and back of the receipt yet you have your cashier ring up every single transaction instead of scanning them?  Something wrong with that picture, no wonder the lines are long.  I guess I'd go again if they were having a really good sale or if I possibly couldn't find something at J's or M's.  But for now, I'll stick to Joann's and Michael's for my paper crafting needs.

Well that's was a long one huh?!  If you made it to the end thank you!!  :) Hope you enjoyed it.  Now I"ve got more cards to make, the end of March and April are going to be busy busy busy.  Have a great day and Mahalo for stopping by!!

Jess Challenge