Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lollipop Crafts #83 - Never Forget, Always Remember

Hey everyone!
Sorry for the late post!  It seems I'm always playing catch up these days.  No fun!!

Today come join both Lollipop Design Teams as we share our cards for this week's "With Deepest Sympathy - in observance of Memorial Day" anything goes challenge on the LC blog.  We don't have a sponsor this week, but we hope you will play along anyways as you could be in our top 3 and may be featured in our Feature Friday spotlight.

When I think of Memorial Day I think of all the soldiers & their families that have sacrificed (living and in heaven) for us to have our freedom.   We should definitely say a prayer & and huge Thank you for all that they do.  I searched Google for some inspiration and found tons, but this coloring page titled Wreath and Flag at Kidprintables.com spoke to me.  Keeping it simple I printed it out and colored it with Copics.  Next I stamped Soldier Ian from The Greeting Farm twice and colored him with Copics.  On both I wiped away his open eyes and made them closed.  I gave one angel wings, courtesy of Angel Anya.  One represents the fallen and the other represents those that still defend us.

Most of the coloring went into the card on the right, using different shades of reds & blues.  I distressed around the edges with black soot.  On the other hand I did very minimal coloring on the background for the other card.  I did use the same black soot Distress ink and went over most of the image.  Both Ians were colored with Copics, one battle ready the other as an angel.  I handwrote the sentiments on both, "Never forget" "Always remember".  Both are mounted on black cs and kraft cards.  I distress inked the kraft cards with the same black soot DI.

Alrighty, hopefully you have already submitted your creations to our challenge this week at the LC blog.  I'm going to continue crafting as I have lots to catch up on.  Wishing you all a lovely day and although Memorial Day is over always remember to thank a soldier or Veteran when you see them!  They will definitely appreciate the love.  Mahalo for stopping by today!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

LC #81 - Sponsor Spotlight

Hey everyone!
Today I get to share the card I made using the adorable Surfing Oliver from this week's challenge sponsor, Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps!  Woo Hoo!  I'm pretty excited because Sparkle and I were on the TGF Farm Fresh team together and I've actually gotten to meet her a few times.  She's sweet and kind and has a great laugh you just can't help but smile when she's around.  I was so happy to see her at Winter CHA this year and so happy that she was sharing her adorable images in her booth. Here's a bit more on our Sponsor:
Sparkle and her husband, Brent, opened their own stamp company, Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, in July 2010.  They sell cute and whimsical rubber stamps of darling little boy and girl images. Here are the links to the stamp company: http://www.sparklecreationsrubberstamps.com/. If you are interested in joining one of their challenges they do have a challenge blog where you can upload all your creations using SCRS images. 
I'm using Surfer Oliver for this week's Sponsor Spotlight card.  I used this week's "Splash" theme going on at the LC blog.  I'm also using a fabulous background scene from Make It Crafty, because it was a pretty awesome fit for Oliver.  The scene is called, Island Hideaway, and you could say this is Oliver's private get-a-way.  Hope you like it...

This scene was actually printed on kraft cardstock and colored with Copics & Distress ink (Tumbled glass).  I did that on purpose because MIC is also having a color on kraft challenge that I wanted to enter.  (You can consider this a two birds with one stone card).  I hadn't attempted to color on kraft before, but I do like the results.  Oliver on the other hand was stamped on to white Xpress-It cardstock and colored with Copics.  I fussy cut him out and popped him in to the scene.  The Distress ink was used to create the clouds and I also used a white pencil to give the clouds some highlights.  I had a lot of fun coloring on kraft and I think Oliver loves his new hideaway spot.  :)

Please make sure to pop on over to the LC blog to see what the rest of the A-team created using Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.  Don't forget to join our "Splash" challenge, all the details are on the LC blog.  Wanted to say a big Mahalo to Sparkle for sponsoring us this week!!  And Mahalo to you for stopping by today!  Have a terrific Wednesday!!

Coloring on kraft - Make it Crafty  6/4/12 Update: I made top 3! :)


Supplies not listed above:
Kraft cardstock: Neenah
Surfing Oliver:
Skin: E000, E00, E01, R20
Hair: E23, E25, E27, E29, E49
Wetsuit: N3, N5, N7
Goggles: B24, N3, N5, N7
Surf board: B24, G43
Water: B24, B21
Sand: E31, E34
Palm trees: G43, E34, N2
Rocks: N3

Monday, May 21, 2012

For baby...

Good morning!
Hope everyone is doing well today. 
Gonna share a card that I made for a co-worker who is expecting her first baby.  She doesn't know the sex of the baby, she's going old school and waiting for the little him or her to arrive which sorta made it a bit difficult for us when it came time for the baby shower.  We were told to keep everything in the greens, yellows or whites which was pretty easy.  So what did I do?  Well I went with the standard diapers (you can never have too many) and handmade card route.  I also gave her a gift certificate to be redeemed once the baby was born for either a handmade altered frame or handmade altered letters for the baby's name. 
I started this card a while back with her in mind.  I purchased an adorable fairy set called 3 baby Fairies from Mo's Digital Pencil and was so happy that I was finally able to use one of the cuties in the set.  Here is Baby Fairy with Buttercup and her fluttery butterfly friend...

Weeee, isn't he/she adorable?  Love how Mo did the wispy hair and those adorable rosy cheeks.  I guess it is sorta leaning towards a girl, but luckily everyone else could see that it could also be for a boy, including the mama-to-be.  Whew!  hahaha.  How about you?  O my, I just want to squeeze those chubby legs!!  (hahaha)  The paper is from another awesome Simple Stories paper pad called Baby Steps.  I loved pairing up those beautiful papers with the dark brown.  

Here is a shot of the inside of the card.  Love that dp!  The quilt pattern was perfect!  I used a sentiment from the baby sentiments stamps set by AmyR, the sentiment on the front of the card is from the same stamp set. 

Well my friends, that's all I have to share for now.  Take care and Mahalo for stopping by.  Hoping everyone has a lovely day!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Lilo's Fun Friday #28 - A Special Anniversary

Happy Friday everyone!
Hope you all had a good week.  I'm really looking forward to a break from work even if it's only two days. lol!
Today I wanted to share an Anniversary card that my cousin asked me to make for her parent's 25th Anniversary.

I had so much fun making this!  I went for a slightly different kind of card.  Wanted to do an Asian theme.  I dusted off my Cricut for this one.  The kanji and the dragonflies were cut from the Asian Pagoda cartridge.  So happy I got to use it.  See that beautiful frame?  Well that is a Make It Crafty Circle Flourish Frame.  I purchased mine along with a few other MIC chippies from SCACD.  I just love how lovely the finish is on the frame.  I took some silver ink and using a sponge, sponged around it.  I know you can't really tell by this picture, but you can see the shimmer IRL.  The origami paper is from Hanko Designs.  It is a translucent white with silver flowers paper. 

Above is a close up of the frame with the kanji inside.  Glued white washi paper to a red circle and glued that to the back of the frame to give it a nice background for the kanji to stand out.  The 25 was a rub-on (which is slightly wonky) and I wrote in the "th" with a silver gel pen.

Up top I made, with the help of my friend Lisa, a Mizuhiki knot. This knot is called an abalone knot. It's also referred to as awabi musubi, the Josephine knot, or a good luck knot. It's known to be one of the easier Mizuhiki knots to make but darn if it didn't take me longer!  (hahaha)  It was so much fun trying to figure it out how to get the knot to look like the picture.  It was more fun trying to figure it out with my friend Lisa.  In the end we did it and she actually finished this off for me.  The cord is red and silver.  Alongside the knot are two dragonflys which were cut from the Cricut. I thought it was a really pretty way to symbolize their unity. 

Here is the inside of the card, and yes I actually decorated the inside.

I found this sentiment off of the internet, sorry I don't remember where, but you can google Silver Anniversary poems & sayings and you will find it.  Kept the inside simple using the red with the origami paper over top. 

Eek!  This picture is really bad, but since I already sent it out I couldn't retake it.  Oh well, just wanted to show you that I also decorated the top flap with the kanji for "celebrate" on top.  :)

Their actual anniversary was on Wednesday, so I had to make sure that the card got to my cousin before that day.  Luckily my sister was visiting for Mother's Day so it was perfect that she could hand deliver it for me.  Later that night I got a text from my cousin thanking me for making the card.  Her parents also sent me a text saying they loved it.  So happy that everyone enjoyed it including the recipients.  Shout out to my cousin, Anna, for asking me to make this card!  Love ya girl!!  :)

Alrighty, have a great Friday (what's left of it) and a beautiful weekend!!  Mahalo for stopping by!!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hey Kaylee


Well it's another busy week for me at work.  I'm trying to get around to visit everyone and I really appreciate the fact that you stop by and leave me lovely messages.  Mahalo!!

Today I'd like to share another Mother's Day card I made for my bestie, Liz.  I used Hey Kaylee from Some Odd Girl.

I paired her up with bright, fun, Spring-like papers from Simple Stories (Fab{U}lous).  The layout is similar to my previous Mother's Day card except I used 2 panels instead of 3.  She is an awesome image too.  Fun to color and I love the flower in her hair!  While I was over at the SOG shop linking up the image to the store I happened to see what the latest challenge is and found out they are having a Facebook fun day challenge and the theme is BRIGHT colors!  Woo hoo!

Hope you are all having a lovely week!  Take care and Mahalo for stopping by!


Hello Kaylee (Some Odd Girl), sentiment (Hero Arts)
Kraft & yellow cs (Recollections), white cs (Neenah & Xpress-It), patterned paper 6x6 Fab{U}lous (Secret Stories)
Border punch (EK Success), circle and scallop circle punches (Stampin' Up), doily (Joann's)
Skin: E000, E00, E01, R20
Hair: E74, E77, E79, 100
Eyes: E71, 100
Dress, shoes & flower: Y21, Y32, YR01
Shadow: N2

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lollipop Crafts #80 - Just for Him

Happy Monday!  (Oops!  Sorry this is very late!!)

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and is now ready for a brand new week of challenges with us at Lollipop Crafts.  This week's challenge is to create a CARD just for a guy.  Check out the A-Team inspirations at the LC blog and be back on Wednesday when the T-Team showcases our Sponsor Spotlight with Karber Digitals.

This is a card I made for my friend's Yakudoshi.  He just turned 41 on Friday, but we celebrated last Saturday with a party full of family, friends, food and fun.  Yep, all the F's in the house!  hahaha!  This  image is actually two in one.  The first is the kimono with the waves background, the second is the dragon.  You can't tell, but this is 3 dimensional.  I was in a rush to get to the party that I forgot about taking a side view of the card.  But no worries cause I'm pretty sure I can replicate this one again.  The kimono was stamped with black Memento ink and then colored with R29 red ink.  I used N9-N10 for the black parts and N7 for the shadows.  The dragon was stamped with versamark and then I sprinkled gold embossing powder on top.  The white card was dry embossed with an Asian embossing folder. 

For the inside of the card I added bamboo (stamp from IDD) and stamped Happy Birthday (Hanko) and a koi fish (Kodomo, Inc) on to red cs.  The koi fish was stamped with white Color Box ink and embossed with clear powder.  Yes, I did cut out the bamboo after stamping and embossing it.  Took forever, but it was worth it.

Here is a close up of the dragon.  I really was hesistant to do this, but it turned out pretty cool.  Most of the symbols are good luck so had to include them on his card.  Easy card for a great guy.  Alrighty, I hope you can join us for this week's challenge.  Plus it will get you to create a guy card for once!  hahaha...  Mahalo for stopping by, have a great Monday!!


Waves Kimono Stamp: (Judi-kins)
Dragon - Kodomo, Inc (Hanko Designs)
Happy Birthday stamp (Hanko Designs)
Koi Fish stamp - Kodomo, Inc (Hanko Designs)
Bamboo - Asian Influences (Inkadinkado clear stamp set)
White & red cs (Neenah)
Memento Black Tuxedo ink - Tsukineko
Versamark ink
gold & clear embossing powder
Asian embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Hello and to those celebrating today... HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!  Hoping you all have a lovely day spending time with your families. :)

I'm going to make this short because my mom and I are heading out to the movies and lunch. 

Here's the card I made her using one of the new Gorjuss girl stamps I grabbed from All That Scraps.  Used papers from an MME 6x6 "Happier" paper pad.

 I found this layout on Kim's blog and thought it was pretty awesome because of all the layers.  I added the doily, but otherwise the layout is the same.  I love this Gorjuss image!  She reminds me of me as a little girl coloring with my crayons and making my mom a MD card.  I pulled the colors from the dp, going bright and springy.  If you look real close I added MOM to the bottom of her card.  The sentiment stamp is from a Hero Arts (Majestic circles) set. 

Alright, time to head out.  Mahalo for stopping by today.  Wishing all the mothers a lovely day and that also includes those of you who don't have kids, but have pets, your their mamas too.  :)


Friday, May 11, 2012

Lilo's Fun Friday #27

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

Hope you all had a good week.  I for one am truly happy for the weekend.  Sorry I haven't been around to catch up with some of you, but work has been pretty hectic and when I come home all I wanna do is veg.  Any of you have those kinds of days?  Well hopefully this weekend will energize me because I have a few things to take care of craft wise, including a couple Mother's Day cards.  Wish me luck!  (haha)

Today is going to be pretty quick.  Here's a card I made for my sister that I forgot to take a picture of.  She visited this weekend and brought it so I was able to take a picture.  The bummer part is I forgot the Copic colors so you'll have to use your imagination.  :)

Here is Miss Ayako from Sister Stamps.  Now I really wish I knew what colors I used, the golds are pretty awesome here as are the reds. lol!  I recognize the ivory cs and washi paper is from Hanko.  Used a corner punch from SU, and some spellbinders.  The sentiment is a retired one from The Greeting Farm.  And I do believe I used Stickles.  lol!!  So sorry this is such a vague post, it's just been one of those weeks!

With that being said, I better sign off.  Hope you all have a lovely Friday and a fabulous weekend.  For all the ladies celebrating Mother's Day may it be blessed and joyful.  Take care and Mahalo for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Faith Hope Family Friends...

Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I last posted, hope you are all doing well.  I will hopefully get around to catch up on your blogs.

For our sponsor spotlight at Lollipop Crafts we have the lovely Meljen's Designs.  Head on over to the Lollipop Crafts blog for all the details.  For my card I went very CAS, lovin' these kinds of cards.  I used the very sweet Faith Hope Butterflies.  For some reason I couldn't get away from the butterflies today.  (hehehe)

I printed these out on white cs and then on kraft cs.  Colored the ones on the white cs with Copics, fussy cut them out and glued them down to the kraft card.  I also used white cs to cut out the flowers and grass using the C.C. Cutter dies from ATS.  I created white "clouds" in the sky using white color box ink and a punched cloud.  Not as clean as I wanted it, but it works for my card.  I used the rainbow colors because it reminded me of how much color there is when the flowers are in bloom, means Spring is here.

Well I hope you all enjoyed my card for today.  Please head on over to the LC blog and see what the rest of the A-Team is showcasing.  Have a lovely day and Mahalo for stopping by!!


Supplies not listed above:
White & kraft cs (Neenah)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Lilo's Fun Friday #26

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!
Lots going on this week.  Thanks everyone for your lovely and kind comments.  It's so wonderful to read all of your comments, it definitely is a part of my day that I love.  :)

Today's LFF is based on the sketch over at the SCS TGF forum.  I decided to use this card for a couple challenges, first one is the Saturday Sketch at SCS TGF forum and the second is the Anyone for Anya, girly girl challenge.  It's my first Saturday sketch and it was really cute.

I inked up Summer from the Roll Call kit.  She's one of my favorites.  Love her expression, like she heard something really funny or she's just happy!   I like to think it's the second, but the first is definitely not too shabby.  And look, she has a fun friend sharing the spotlight with her.  I colored her a bit darker than usual.  Trying to find a nice combination for tanned skin.  Used the Happier 6x6 from MME for all the patterned paper, dark brown for the card base and accents and the Xpress-It white card.  The sentiment is from AmyR, and I thought matched her expression perfectly.  The little dog is from Recollections and yes he is all sparkly!  What's that in her hair?  Well it's a dragonfly which was used as a barrett.

Well friends, time to get going.  Hope you all have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend!!  Mahalo for stopping by today!

SCS Saturday Sketch challenge - The Greeting Farm
Girly girl - Anyone for Anya
Spring colors - Oozak.com


Supplies not listed above:
Dark brown cs (Neenah)
Labels 12 (Spellbinders)
White sheer ribbon (Joann's) 
Border punch (MS)
Skin: E21, E23
Hair: E77, E79
Top: Y19, YR68, R24, R89, E77
Shorts: E31, E34
Shoes: E77

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Hey everyone!
Just popping in for a short post to share the card I made for my parents.  Today is their anniversary and I thought I'd do something fun and possibly CAS.  They both loved it and had a good laugh at how cute it was.

This pair is called sushi buddies from Kitty Bee Design.  I picked this up along with a few other adorable images.  I couldn't wait to use this one.  It was perfect for my card.  The sentiment is simple and to the point.  Colored both with Copics and tried to capture the color of the nori using greens and neutral/warm grays.  The one on the left is the brown rice sushi which my mom loves to eat while the other is plain white rice.  I used a scalloped circle punch and cut it to act as a little tray.  The whole thing was stamped/adhered to kraft cs (Recollections).

On a side note, my friend needed help with getting some kanji on to of all things, a rock!  So after scanning, shrinking, cutting and then mod-podging, this is what we created...

Ta-da!!  So if you are all wondering can you mod-podge on stone with grooves?  The answer is yes.  (lol)  Not really sure if the kanji translated correctly since we traced it from a needlepoint project her grandmother had made, but she was happy and therefore I was happy.  Needless to say I think Mod-podge has a new fan.  She literally wanted to mod-podge more things!  hahaha!

Alrighty my friends, have a good night and a good Thursday!  Mahalo for stopping by.  I"ll be back on Friday for my LFF share.


Supplies not listed above:
Sentiment: AmyR Wedding sentiments 
Nori: YG03, W3, W5, W7 N3, N5, R20
Brown rice: E70
Toppings: Y13, YG03, R29, RV52
Brown cs - Neenah
Circle scalloped punch (SU)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Wishes

Happy May 1st everyone!
Today I have three special people I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to.  My mom, and my two friends Michele & Jesse.  I'm very lucky to have them in my life.  I made these Asian influenced cards to help celebrate their special day.  I hope they like them.

For my mom I chose Laker colors (purple & gold) and Miyono from Sister Stamps.  I also borrowed some fans from Yoshimi who is also from Sister Stamps.

For her card I created a polaroid card.  The white part (Neenah) was scrap from another project that I decided to keep.  I stamped the sentiments from the new All About Mom Sentiments (AmyR) with black tuxedo Memento ink and dusty concord DI.  Love all the fun sentiments that you can use and all can be found on this set.  She is stamped on Xpress-It paper and colored with Copics.  The washi paper and purple Tsumugi cs is from Hanko.

For my friend Michele I picked an orange/gold with black theme and used Yoshimi from Sister Stamps.

She's stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Xpress-It paper, colored with Copics and the frame is the lacey square Spellbinder which I distress inked with crushed olives and honey DI.  Stamped some flowers in TBMI in the corners of the frame to give it a fun flair and to tie in with the fans.  The flowers were stained with the same DI and then punched out.  Inside each one I wrote a letter to spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  The black cs (Recollections) was dry embossed with the Asian themed sakura folder from Cuttlebug.  It was matted on to gold cs (Stardream) and then matted on to the white card (Neenah).

For Jesse I chose Katsura, but wiped away the fish in the kite and wrote in Happy Birthday. 

 I used the reverse wonky rectangles and kraft cardstock for the main image.  Embossed dark brown cardstock with another Asian embossing folder.  Colored him in reds and dark grays.  Lastly I wrapped a kraft colored cord around the center and I'm liking that it looks like the banner is tied by it.  I found a chinese coin stamp and stamped around the image and as you can see I also distressed inked inside with Vintage photo DI.

Sending Happy Birthday wishes to my mom, Michele and Jesse and to anyone else that is celebrating their birthday today.  May it be blessed and wonderful.

Mahalo for stopping by, have a wonderful Tuesday!!


**Skin is the same on all: E000, E00, E01, R20
Miyono: (hair) E47, E49, N7 (kimono, fans, bow, shoes) V22, V25, V28, YR30, Y26, Y28, GOLD atyou Spica
Yoshimi: (hair) E77, E79 (kimono, fans, headband, shoes) N4, N5, N7, YR30, YR20, YR61, 100 (shadow) N2,N1
Katsura: (hair) B24, 100 (kimono, sash, banner, slippers) R46, N3, N2, 100 (pole) E23