Monday, June 28, 2010


Happy Tuesday!
This is going to be a quick one. Here is what I came up with for the TGF FFF sketch by DT Cindy Haffner. Here is her sketch:
I think this is a pretty cool and simple layout. Anything can happen. :)
Here is what I came up with:

Used three of the Anyas from the TGF Miss Anya set. They haven't seen much ink time for a while and these ladies are super cool. I don't know if you can see that I colored all three ladies the same. I wanted to portray them as one person with different looks. Not sure if I accomplished it, but I had fun trying. haha.. I added some hardware to the bottom of the border and I was lucky enough that none of the holes ripped! woo hoo! Mahalo for stopping to look. Have a great day!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer time

Happy Sunday! Hoping this will be a quick post since I have plenty to do today. First off, the concert was amazing!! So many cool halaus (hula dance clubs) performing, amazing musicians and good times with friends. The cutest part were the Keikis (little kids). Most of them were simply standing on stage trying to remember the dance, the others were actually dancing. Must've been under the age of 7. So cute! I really need to do this more often. Who knows there might be some kind of Polynesian cards coming soon..
So for today's card I actually cased another store bought card a friend of mine gave me. I loved the layout and the colors, and of course the Winnie the Pooh theme was adorable. So I chose to go with similar colors, to me they represented summer so well. I chose to use 4 of the Swiss Pixies from C.C. Designs, they were perfect for my card. And for the sentiment I used my Hello Kitty font from Sizzix.
Had fun making this one and will probably case that card again in the future.
Mahalo for stopping by, have a great Sunday!
Paper: White card (Bristol); White cs (Neenah); orange cs (DCWV), red, blue, green & yellow cs (Bazzil)
Stamps: Swiss pixies (C.C. Designs)
Ink/Markers: Black Tuxedo (Memento)/Various (Copics)
Punches: Butterfly & ladybug (Martha Stewart)
Die cut/Embossing folder: Labels 12 & circle (Spellbinders); letters (Hello Kitty by Sizzix)/Wild flower embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Prima flower and green button

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Time to Shine

Happy Saturday! It's gloomy this morning here in So Cal, but should burn off by mid afternoon to a beautiful summer day. I'm planning to head out to Torrance and then to Redondo Beach for a Hawaiian concert, A Night in Polynesia. It's been too long since I've heard the music of the islands. Should be tons of fun since I'll be with one of my best buddies, and crafting girlie, Renate & her bf Zach. I can't wait. :)
This week's WCW challenge on the CA&F blog is a sketch by DT gal Kim. It's a pretty cool sketch that can be interpreted in any direction:
Make sure you check out the post and all the cool inspirational ideas the rest of the DT came up with. Truly fabulous! :)
So I was trying to think up what I wanted to do this time. I remembered I had purchased a stamp set from CTMH a few years ago. An idea was popping into my head about maybe a vintage looking card, I just had to figure out which cutie from the TGF line would want to be the main character. I opened my TGF stamp bin and there sitting on top was the Roll Call kit and lo and behold Mr. Jeremy was saying, "Pick me! Pick me!" so I did. Dontcha just love it when the stamps talk to you?! I do. :) haha.. I actually messed up on the coloring, got some color on the bottom of Jeremy's face and instead of scrapping and inking a new one I added a 5 o'clock shadow, think it worked out. He looks so grown-up. ;) I chose to go with no dp with the intention of making my own and using black, brown and kraft for my color scheme. I chose a few stamps from the Make It Count set from CTMH. On a piece of kraft cs I stamped the background and rounded out the corners. On another piece of kraft cs stamped and cut out the clock with the clock accessories: It was really time consuming cutting out the smaller of the accessories, I wasn't about to attempt to do it with the bigger one. To give it a mechanical feel I added some chrome eyelets to the center of each. Here is the completed card:

This is truly a guy card and I'm glad with the result.
Mahalo for stopping by on a Saturday to see what I've been up to. Maybe I'll have something to post about the concert tomorrow. In the meantime, have a wonderful Saturday doing something fun and relaxing! ^.^
Paper: Kraft & brown cs (Nenah & DCWV)
Stamps: Jeremy, numbers, clock and "Time" (TGF Roll Call kit & CTMH Make It Count set)
Ink/Marker: Tuxedo black & rich cocoa (Memento)/Various markers (Copics)
Labels 8 die cut (Spellbinders) and Swiss Dots embossing folder (Sizzix)
Brown ribbon
Chrome eyelets
Corner round punch (Fiskars)

Sweet news! My little ole' card was chosen as the winner. What an honor to be chosen out of all the great submissions!! Mahalo! Hugs, Leanne

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Green Plaid Anya

Happy Tuesday!
This one will be quick! CA&F is having a new Monday Mania challenge by Margie C. Margie is challenging us with a cool and simple recipe: Use Kraft Cardstock, the color Green, only ONE pattern/designer paper and only ONE type of embellishment (plus or minus ribbon) Check out her cute samples as well as the DT's creations: Margie's recipe
For my card Miss Rain Anya from TGF was calling to me to ink her up, she wanted to participate this time so I obliged. Here is a close up of Miss Anya sporting her green plaid outfit with matching umbrella. I drew in the lines and colored up her skirt and umbrellas with different shades of green to make a plaid pattern.
Here is the full view of the card:
Now let's see.. used kraft cs for the card (ck), 1 dp and it's green (ck, ck),and one type of embellishment, the puffy balls on Miss Anya's jacket (ck). I added a few photo corners which I punched out so I don't think these would be considered embellies. Mahalo for stopping by and have a fabulous Tuesday!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Picture Challenge

Hi, here's another card for today. There is a fun Inspired by a Pic challenge going on at the Lil C's blog. Here is the inspirational picture: I love the color scheme and the polka dots. The boards in the background also caught my attention. For my focal character I chose a TGF WS from the Roll Call kit, Odette. Colored her skirt black, red for the belt and black with white polka dots for her blouse. I went with a different haircolor than the normal black or brown choosing to go red! I love the idea of Odette as a redhead and think she's looking pretty hot. For the background I chose to do a red cs and embossed it with some polka dots. Picked a black with white dots cs and cut up some white cs to mimic the boards behind Odette. For the sentiment I used one from S/U on red cs and punched it out with an EK giant punch I purchased a few weeks ago. For some subtle effects I used a white gel pen and a light gray marker on the boards.
Don't forget to check out the Lil C's blog for the DT's fabulous samples and hopefully they can also inspire you to make something, they did for me.
Well time to eat. Hope you all have a good evening! Mahalo for stopping by :)
Whoa this is pretty cool, I won a challenge! They are so sweet, the other cards are just as cool. Mahalo for being chosen Lil C's: YAY!


Happy Father's Day! Hope you're having a good one and that the dads in your life are taking it easy. We are planning to take my dad out for an early dinner since my sister has to go back home to Northern Cali and we don't want her to get home too late.
A couple of weeks ago we were having a craft session at work and my co-worker Elise was in charge of the projects. She had us make a Father's Day themed card. I chose the fisherman themed card because it reminded me of when we were little and how we used to go fishing a lot. We haven't gone in some time and maybe in the future we might plan a trip.
Using the Fisherman Ian from the TGF Rock the Farm set here he is in the spotlight:
I loved coloring him in this old vintage style coloring of the blues and greens and browns. I added some buttons to his suspenders for added dimension. Coloring the fish was a lot of fun, not sure what kind of fish they are, he's just lucky he caught something to show for his efforts. lol.. Adding a couple more buttons, some raffia and a simple "Dad" sentiment rounds out the card: I plan to submit this card in the TGF FFF challenge button up since the challenge includes incorporating at least 3 buttons. I think my card qualifies. Mahalo again for stopping by today. Continue to have a fabulous Sunday and enjoy your week!

Lakers Themed Birthday Card

Happy Father's Day! This is the first of two posts for me today. The first one is a card I made for my brother's birthday. He just turned the big 4-0 last week and he's a big Lakers fan. He used to play basketball recreationally and his number was 21. I didn't deviate from the TGF WS-Dylan stamp except to incorporate the Lakers logo and the # on the jersey.
Going simple on the card itself, I made "stripes" in purple and added some basketballs. Since it was his birthday, I thought the TGF, "In the Spotlight" sentiment was fitting: For the inside of the card I used TGF WS-Paul's body but kept Dylan as the main character. I colored in the track suit with the home colors, gold and purple stripes. I also did the opposite background than the front, this time purple with yellow stripes. Adding a bigger basketball with my message to him and the TGF stars from the TGF In the Spotlight set was the final touch.
It was a lot of fun to make another Laker card and especially nice to make it for my big brother. Mahalo for checking it out.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lakers Baby! Hot Stuff!!

WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! Los Angeles Lakers baby!!! Congratulations to the 2010 NBA champs! It was a hard fought game, but they pulled it out in the end!! As a tribute I made this card and will also enter this in the CA&F Monday Mania Lisa's get odd challenge. The challenge is to use 5 circles, 3 squares & 1 rectangle:

First off I made a few alterations with the main character using TGF's Cheeky Rockabilly & Dylan from the Roll Call kit. I cut down Rockabilly's hair to two small buns on her head and giving her Lakers outfit the number 37.
The 5 circles on the card are represented as basketballs which were cut out with different sized Spellbinder dies and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. I drew in the lines to make the balls look like basketballs. Also Cheeky Rockabilly is in the center of the biggest ball on the card. Using the Laker colors, purple and gold, I cut out some squares and embossed with the swiss dots. The rectangle is represented by the white cs background as well as the craft card itself. For the sentiment I used another of the Roll Call ones.. Cause the Lakers are HOT STUFF!!
Have a great night and an even better Friday!
Mahalo for stopping by!

Thank you - Trevor

Here is the last Thank you card featuring Trevor from C.C.Designs stamps. I actually love this card. I love the dp, the stamps used (S/U sentiment again) the cool ribbon and the Nesties. I'm actually diggin' my coloring this time around too. hehe..

And here is the completed card:

Like I mentioned when I first started to post, these cards were a lot of fun to make and they were special because they would be going to some deserving individuals.
Well time to hit the hay as I have work in the morning.
Here's hoping your day is a great one and a special shout out to the Lakers, "Let's keep that trophy in L.A. a little while longer!"
Mahalo for stopping by! ;D

Thank You - Spotlight Anya

The next two were super fun to make. Featuring TGF's Spotlight Anya all I needed was some fun dp, a ribbon or two and some flowers. Here is Spotlight Anya in the "Spotlight" hehehe no pun intended. (Also used the sentiment from the TGF Spotlight kit & some S/U punches.)

Here are the completed cards:

Fun dp, a cool ribbon, flowers and the cute Spotlight Anya to help complete this set. Oh what fun!
Mahalo for stopping by! ;D

Thank You - Teacher Anya

Because the girls are giving these to their teachers I thought it would be fun to incorporate a teacher for the next set of cards. The following are cards featuring Teacher Anya with sentiments from the TGF Spotlight kit and S/U.

Below are the finished cards:

I still need some practice with hair coloring or just coloring in general. But I'm having fun doing it. That's all that matters.
Mahalo for stopping by! ;D

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Many Thanks...

Hello! I finally have some cards to post! Woo hoo!
The next few posts will be of some simple Thank you cards I just finished for my friend's mom. She wanted the cards made for her two granddaughters who in turn would give them to their teachers from their school. I wanted to create simple but fun cards by using only a few stamps. I chose to go with some TGF WS, Anya & sentiment stamps, a couple Stampin' Up sentiment stamps and a C.C. Design stamp. As anchors I used my Nesties and some cool dp and ribbons. Always gotta have flowers so don't be surprised to see them on most of the cards. It was really hard to let these cards go, I absolutely love them. But I knew they were going to deserving individuals so I was very happy to give them away. There were a total of 7 cards 6 would go to females and 1 male. I will apologize in advance for not getting all the supplies listed. I used a lot of scraps and too many dps to remember. I can honestly say that I used the TGF stamps, S/U stamps, Nesties, flower punches, M/S punches; cs in white, blue, craft & dark brown. I also used various ribbons, dp and a few stones. And last but certainly not least my Copics. What would I do with out thee? hehe ;D
Here are the first two cards which have altered Wild Sprouts Miko and Gigi as the stars of the show(s):

Here are the finished cards with the Stampin' Up sentiments:

Mahalo for looking!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sketchy with Fleur Anya

Well the weekend is almost over, time to go back to work, but before I hit the hay I have a card to share. I'm diggin' the cool CA&F Saturday sketch #22 posted on June 12th. Not sure why, I just do. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. hehehe..
I decided to go for a pink & green theme and threw in a few shades of yellow. I flipped the sketch a little bit, but all the elements are there. I'm really pleased with this one:
Featured in this girly girl card is Fleur Anya (TGF). I stamped her using Tuxedo black ink (Memento) on white cs (Neenah), colored her with various Copic markers and die-cut her out with a circle using my Spellbinders. Surrounding her is a scalloped circle which is also a Spellbinder die-cut in a mint green cs (Hanko).
The main card is a light green parchment colored cs (The Paper Company) which has a layer of a pink striped dp (GCD Studios). Extending down from the circle is a shimmery dark pink cs (KPC) that I used a border punch (EK studios) on as in keeping with the sketch. Layered on top of the dark pink cs is a pretty floral dp (Anna Griffin) which I purchased a few years ago. The sentiment (Kodomo, Inc) seemed like a perfect choice because I can see myself giving this to someone who makes me smile.
Last but certainly not least is are the flowers. I wanted to try to match the same flowers or at least the colors in the Anna Griffin dp. Used a medium 5-petal punch and a small 5-petal punch to cut out the flowers in shades of pink, yellow and white. For the centers I used a sunburst in the dark pink cs. I added some dots to the flowers just cause.
I truly like how this turned out and I had so much fun creating it. It's always wonderful to have a sketch to go with when you are stuck on an idea.

I think I have the perfect person to give it to. My cousin's daughter is having a birthday soon, I might gift it to her.
Mahalo for stopping to view my latest card. Have a great Monday!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sweet ride

Happy Friday! It feels like forever since I last posted or even crafted! So without further ado here's a card I made for my volleyball friend who is turning 30! She's an avid surfer so of course I had to try and duplicate her in a card. That's just how I roll... LOL..
Using the WCW Kelly's sketch from the CA&F challenge I made this simple yet a little bit complex card.
The complex part was the alteration using 3 separate TGF stamps. The simple part was the sketch itself. I used WS-Summer; Surfer Ian & Mermaid Anya to create my surfer Anya this time. Summer resembles my friend Molly out of all the girls. Choosing some blues, greens and some browns because I relate those colors with the ocean I used these colors to highlight certain areas of the card. I added some flowers and a cool brad in the corner. The ribbon matches her outfit which was a plus to use. It took me a while to figure out which pp I wanted to use, had to have that surfer feel. I used some scraps from my last surfer girl card and brought in some new pp. All in all I like how this turned out.
Mahalo for stopping by!!
Supplies: Cream card - Hanko|PP-DCWV|brad-Basic Grey|die-cut labels (Spellbinders)|

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Here's a quick one for Sunday:
Jade (Roll Call kit, TGF) was calling to me to ink her up, give her some color and to put her on a card. I used the sketch from the TGF FFF challenge from last week. It was a simple yet fun sketch and I felt it would give me the perfect layout for Jade. Here's what I came up with:
I used a brown and pink pp (Memories), see I'm back in the game with the pp, and breaking up the browns and pinks with some light aqua blue (patina-bazzil) to match Jade's mesmerizing eyes. I used a scalloped edge border punch (S/U) on the bottom of the light aqua blue border.
Colored Jade's outfit in the same dark pinks and browns as the rest of the card. I altered her top with a Chinese character for beauty (EP Play craft stamps). Her hair had to be black and her eyes a startling light aqua blue. Colored a white prima flower with brown and layered pink and white on top. Anchoring the flower to the card with a soft aqua blue square cut gem. I adhered Jade to a shimmery dark pink piece of cs which was cut out using the labels eight die cut (spellbinders) and embossing it with the swiss dots embossing folder (sizzix).
Mahalo for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!! Go Lakers!!

Dee Dee

Happy Sunday, it seems like a really long time since I made anything so getting back in to the swing of things I made this card for the CA&F sketch #21 challenge: I used off white card from Hanko Designs. Looks like I'm still in the no dp mode, but have a feeling I will be leaving that realm soon. For this card I used the sweet WS Dee Dee (TGF). I was able to make her hair look a bit curly by using shades of dark gray and black for detail. I really like how she looks.
Instead of using a strip of pp or dp I thought it would be cool to use a roller stamp (Stampin Up)instead behind the main image. I used three different colored inks from Color Box (canary, cyan & cranberry). It looks like a tie-dye strip which is what I was going for. For depth I used three different embossing folders for each piece of cs. I flower embossed (S/U) and used a border punch (S/U) for the aqua blue (patina - bazzil) cs. Embossed pebbles (Cuttlebug)and used a scalloped oval die cut (spellbinders) on the red cs (bazzil). With the yellow cs(pollen-bazzil) I also used a scalloped oval dc (spellbinders) and used a flower embossing folder (sizzix). It looks fresh and inviting and actually "Pretty cool" (TGF Roll Call kit) to me. :)
Mahalo for looking!!! :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CA&F Monday Mania Winner (5/26/10)

Hello! Just got back from Arizona and wanted to post an update on the winner for the CA&F MM challenge. There were so many awesome cards submitted it was really hard to choose. I was blown away with everyone's creations. MAHALO to you for participating. It was a really hard decision but I did choose one that grabbed my attention: Congratulations to Semsee. Simmone's card was truly beautiful. From the soft colors to the embossing to the punches used and layout. Everything was beautiful. Her coloring of Maria from the Roll Call set (TGF) is fantastic. Please stop by her blog and wish her Congratulations.
Have a good evening and GO LAKERS!!