Friday, October 24, 2014

LFF #80 - Is it a purse or frame??


How are you today?  I'm excited to share today's project with you.  It came about as I was working on an upcycle project.  I started to do this and ended up doing something else.  I kept this on the side to finish later and today I would like to share the completed project for today's Lilo's Fun Friday #80.  I'm really not sure what to call it, so for now you could call it a purse-frame.  You might recognize the two little girls sharing the spotlight here.  I guess I could have used any image, but I decided to go with my instincts and picked these two from Sister Stamps, Minako and Misaki.

The base was cut from chipboard, but can you guess what the stencil I used is?  If you guessed a fan you would be correct!  Yep I used a fan as the stencil for the base.  To cover the project I used this beautiful washi paper from Hanko Designs. As an embellishment a light pink daisy fabric ribbon from Daiso was glued on the edges and the handle which is how it turned in to a purse.  I used an old Kodak photo frame and covered it with a scrap of the same washi paper, then I adhered it with pop up dots to give it a lift.  I stamped "Happiness" in kanji in the center, but you can still slip a small (very small) photo inside from the top.

Here is a close up of the two little girls.  I chose to color them up with greens and pinks which makes them stand out from the softer pinks, whites and golds.  You'll also get to see how pretty the pagodas are as a nice addition to the background.  Love how it doesn't detract from the pretty washi paper; it sorta blends right in.

First up is Minako.  She's one of my favorites.  I guess because she looks so Japanese.  hehehe  I gave her a soft green colored kimono with pink flowers.  I used some older washi paper for the pagoda.  What a beautiful die from La-La Land Crafts.  Can't believe I waited so long to use it.  I guess I was waiting for the right project.  I added the cherry blossoms here, also from La-La Land Crafts.  The pearls in the center are actually dots I made with my pearl pen from Viva Decor.  If you look closely you'll see them all over the project, not just on the die cut flowers.


Here's a close-up of the adorable, Misaki.  I colored her up in pretty medium greens and pinks.  I love how happy she looks.  Behind her is the gold pagoda with a couple of the cherry blossoms.  I love how each element goes so well together.  The only thing that is a little bit off is that one of the pagodas is a smidge off from the other one.  Next time I'll make sure to add the pagodas first so they line up evenly then add the frame.  Here's the back of the frame...

I found this quote on the internet and hand-wrote it.  I used that pretty cherry blossom stamp to add branches around the bottom of the frame.  Using the same colored ink pad I used a sponge to lightly add some distress to the edges of the frame.  A nice way to finish the back.

Well that was fun!  I love how this project which had no direction to begin with turned out.  Looks like I'm starting to find my groove again.  I've got a few more projects like this to share,  Each one was a lot of fun to make.  This particular project is heading to a new home.  I hope the one who gets it will enjoy it as much as I had making it.  Wishing you all a happy Aloha Friday and thanks so much for stopping by!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A card for Kathy's Birthday

Well hello!!

Hey I'm back to share another card I made but haven't blogged about yet.  It was Kathy's birthday on the 1st and she and I swapped our belated birthday gifts.  I'm still working on her handmade gift, but I wanted to share the card I made using the super adorable Sage from TGF.  She is the 10th release from the Super Secret Stamp Club.  When Sage came in the mail I wanted to ink her up right away and I knew I would use her for Kathy's card.

Happy Birthday Kathy ~ Sage, TGF SSSC

I picked blues and greens for her and lots of bling.  The pieces used are actually scraps from another project I finished, these are the leftovers.  The dp is from Basic Gray and I wish I had gotten a few more sheets of it.   I used Prima flowers and crystals.  The banners are from La-La Land Crafts and the border punch was from Martha Stewart.

I love Sage's expression, it's adorable!!  Can't wait to use her again for another fun project.  The shot above shows a little bit of a close up of the details on the bottom.  Below is what I did on the inside of the card.  Kept it nice and clean and left some space for me to write her a nice birthday message.

I had a blast putting this one together and I'm a happy crafter knowing that she liked it.

Well that's it for today.  I'm looking forward to sharing another post soon.  I'm also looking forward to coming around and seeing what you've been doing.  Hoping it's real soon.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific day!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mr & Mrs Johnson


Thank you for the warm welcome back to blogland. :)  I appreciate the love and encouragement.  Today I'd like to share 2 special wedding cards I made for one of my co-workers and his new wife.  It was a last minute card that came together in my mind while driving home from work of all things.  lol.  Hey where ever the inspiration strikes right?  hehe..  Here's the card featuring Mr & Mrs from SCRS.

Mr. & Mrs ~ Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp

This is one of my favorite go-to wedding stamps.  Aki did an amazing job illustrating it.  I went with an Asian theme pulling the papers from my Hanko Designs stash.  The gold paper is actually from a Martha Stewart paper pad.  The pink flowers on the bridge are from Island Scrapbooking.  The circle and scallop circle dies used are from Lifestyle Crafts except for that bridge which is from La-La Land Crafts.

I love the contrast of colors with the black and the washi papers are so pretty.  I tried to color the images up like RJ and Jenny, I hope I did them justice and that they like this card.

Here is the 2nd card which more co-workers signed featuring one of the cut & emboss dies from Cuttlebug (Flower Bramble by Anna Griffin) by Provocraft.

Isn't it beautiful?  I love the details on the flowers and the leaves.  It's a pretty big card right?  It measures 5 1/2 x 7 1/2.  Yes the die itself is 5x7.  I used washi paper with red & black Tsumugi cardstock from Hanko Designs and some gold cardstock.

Here's a better view of the embossed features.  This was a quick card to make.  The only part that took awhile was choosing the papers (hahaha).

CHEERS to the newly wedded couple, blessings to them both.  I have some other projects I've been working on to share and hopefully I'll have some time to do that.  I'm actually looking forward to that. For now I'm signing off, thanks for stopping by today.  Happy Monday friends, have a terrific day!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

KBD Aloha Friday Challenge Mid-Inspiration

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

Today starts our mid-inspiration week over at the Aloha Friday Challenge blog.  We'd love for you to stop by the challenge blog to see what the other Bees have up their crafty sleeves...  As a reminder here are the details for the current challenge:

Ends: Friday, 10/24, 5am (Hawaii Time)

Super easy yeah?  Who doesn't have a punch or some kind of die in their crafty world?!  I actually know a few crafters who have tons!  hahaha!  Hope to see you playing with us if you haven't already linked up.  Now me, I do have a huge collection of both.  I love using them and there are probably several that I have yet to use.  I guess I tend to go with the ones I love best.  I'm sure I'll eventually get to the unloved ones, but for now using the familiar ones is just easy.  ** I have a question for you, how do you store your punches and dies?  I'm looking for some great tips for storage ideas.  Would love to hear what you do to keep them in order.  Thanks!

For today's inspiration I went a little overboard with my card, pulling out several dies and punches.  I used the fun image, Ladybug Boots/ Daisies Planter from Imagine That! Digis by Kris, as my focal point.  You'll love this set, so many awesome digis and ways to use them, they also include fun sentiments.

"Friends make life blossom"

I used the following dies & punches:
Stitched circles from MFT, asterik from Marvy, open leaves from LLLC, 8-petal flowers from Lifestyle crafts and lastly the floral border is from Martha Stewart.  This was a lot of fun to put together but I am by no means an expert at floral design. lol!

You have a week left to link up for a chance to win 3 digis SETS, super generous prize, from our friends at Imagine That!  Looking forward to seeing your design.  Have a happy ALOHA Friday everyone and a wonderful weekend!!

Leanne for Kitty Bee Designs