One day at a time... A place for me to share my love of cardmaking and other crafty things. A place that I can call my own and in the process find my groove in this wonderful crafty world...
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
It's my Birthday!
She did a fabulous job on my card. I just loves it!!!
I've seen lots of posts about candies on your blogs and figured hey why not give one away, not just because it's my birthday but it's also my blogaversary. Can't believe it's been a year since I started this blog and it's been a blessing. I've met so many wonderful people who share this great craft and who are so talented. Thank you all for being inspirations and for the wonderful comments you've given me and most of all, for the friendships we've started via the WWW.
I'm not sure what the candy will be yet, but I'm almost positive there will be a Panda Express gift card and of course some other craft goodies. So stay tuned tomorrow, while I figure it all out. I should have something posted by Thursday or Friday.
For now, I wanted to share a few pictures that were taken last night with my best friends and their kids. We celebrated at the local So. Pasadena Pharmacy with this ice cream dessert called, the kitchen sink. It was huge! 8 different ice-cream flavors two scoops each the size of baseballs (pistachio, dbl vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pralines and cream, coconut with pineapple & pistachio), two whole bananas, brownies, chocolate syrup, raspberry syrup, a whole can of whip cream and lots of cherries! OMG we could have used a ton more ppl to help us gobble it all down. Too bad I didn't take a picture of the end result, but let's just say we did it justice. Hopefully we won't wake up with tummy aches. It was also my friend's Shirley (she's on my right side) and Marlys' (not pictured) birthdays as well. Here is a group shot of my fantastik friends. They are truly the best, I love them a lot!
Well I'm gonna hit the hay, going to get up super early to get to work so I can leave super early. Yes, I have to work on my birthday this year. No Disneyland. :(
But, it's okay, I'm ok with it.
BTW, I hope you all get a chance to check out all the blog hops and releases happening today. I completed the TGF one, and boy did those ladies out do themselves with all the cuteness. Check back to see what candy I will be giving away. Have a wonderful day and Mahalo for stopping by!
September Tag Swap
Fun in the Sun
This scene reminds me of the time I was swimming in the lake at Waikoloa Village and a honu popped it's head up not an arm's length away. It was one of the best moments in my life. I'll never forget it and I will always treasure it. I'll be sharing some fun stuff later today as well as on Wednesday! Have a good one!!
Mahalo for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!
Papers: Kraft and white cs-Neenah; dp-DCWV
Stamps: Pearl Tidepool & Seamoor-Sweet November; sentiment- Fiskars
Turquoise blue sparkly ribbon-Michael's
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I did have time to make a card for a couple of challenges. Also, I have a friend's birthday coming up so this card might be used.
I've been having fun with the digi's from TGF. I'm using the pretty Sassenach Anya today. I thought she would look lovely in turquoise, black, white and sparkles.
I used Mercy's sketch from the TGF FFF sketch challenge. Followed Amy's awesome curly hair tutorial on the Color Me Copic website (be sure to check it out, Amy has some mad skills with a Copic marker). Used ribbons, bottons, flowers and some really great dp paper from MME to finish off the card.
Here are the challenges I want to use this card for:
I just missed submitting this to the Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #4 ribbons and buttons. Well you snooze you lose, right? No worries, hahaha.
Well I have one more card to make. It's a pre-thank you card for my friends who are taking me out for my pre-birthday tonight. We're going to Long Beach to meet up with one of their friends, Sean, he sings with the Hawaiian group Na Palapalai. It should be good fun, he's always cracking jokes and telling us good stories. Mahalo for stopping by, hoping you enjoy the rest of this beautiful Sunday...
Update: I wasn't a winner but the ladies showcased my card on their blog. How wonderful is that? Super stoked and totally honored. YAY!
Papers: Turquoise & black cs-DCWV; white cs-Neenah;dp-MME Garden Vignettes
Stamps: Sassenach Anya-Digi TGF; sentiment-Fiskars Memories
Ink: Black tuxedo-Memento; deep lagoon-Versafine Tsukineko
Flourish embossing folder-Cuttlebug
Flowers, ribbon, buttons
Friday, August 27, 2010
Graffiti Creeper style
So in my scene Creeper Thursday has just finished tagging up her part of the Farm with her crew's name. She's on her last can and is thinking maybe she should stop as she doesn't want to get caught. Too late! hahaha.. Well I hope you get a chance to play along with the last MM to be hosted by a weekly guest. No worries though, they are gearing up for something else, should be fun. Mahalo for stopping by! Have a wonderful Saturday!
Paper: White cs-Neenah; black cs-Bazzil
Inks: Black tuxedo-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
Stamp: Creeper Thursday-TGF
Various Copic colors used.
Tonight's card is featuring the super cute TGF digi created by the fabulous Rachel Schneider, Cupcake Anya I was soo excited for Rachel, she created a super cute little Anya and who doesn't love cupcakes? A cute Anya and cupcakes.. how divine!! hahaha.. There's a whole lot going on with this card. It's an easel card, blinged out, featuring an adorable image, flowers, AANNNDDDDD it's pink and black!
I had a lot of fun coloring this one and adding all the different embellishments. Here are a few more pictures with some close ups. I absolutely love it! Since this is more than likely going to be a birthday card, I used the sentiment, "Today belongs to you" on the inside. It's sweet and to the point.
Have a great Aloha Friday and enjoy your weekend! Mahalo for stopping by!
Will post the supplies later today. :)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I was blog hopping the other day and had just stopped at Donna Mikasa's and I just fell in love with her beautiful sepia colored card she made for a CMC aka (Color Me Copic) challenge. The challenge was to create grass using one of the tutorials on their blog. Donna did an amazing job with the card. She my friends has mad skills. I wanted to make a card using the same color scheme, but alas I need more practice. Tons actually.. I tend to over do when it should be simple. Well Kay serah serah, I still like how it turned out, just will be more disciplined and try for less.. haha. Alrighty, since I'm up so early I think I'll get ready for work and then head on in. Hope you have a wonderful day and MAHALO for stopping by!!
Papers: White cs-Neenah; dp-We R Memory Keepers White Out set
Stamps: Swiss Laying Nora-C.C. Designs; sentiment-Fiskars
Inks: Rich cocoa-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
Top Note die cute-Stampin' Up!
Butterfly punch-Martha Stewart
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The first card I have to share is the one I sent with the Christmas tags to Jenny V. I used this Hello sentiment and one of my favorite TGF stamps, Fleur Anya. I don't remember ever making a card this simple. Just two stamps on cs and 3 Copic marker colors. As you can see there really isn't much to it.
I only colored her skin and her hair. I chose to go dark red using R89. I just love that color. For her skin I used E21 & R20. Those are my favorite skin colors. Now I can add R89 to my list of hair colors. Will work on the highlights, but for now it's just straight up color through and through. I didn't add any color to the flowers or her dress.
Sorry for the bad pictures. Sometimes the setting on my camera is off depending on if I take a picture indoors or out. This one was taken last night at around 1 in the morning, and is a bit blurry. This was the easiest card I've done so far, and yet I think it's one of my favorite ones. Go figure. I hope Jenny likes it. Sorry I thought I had enough juice to post the other card, but alas, I'm fallin' asleep as I type!! So gonna hit the hay and post tomorrow. Mahalo for stopping by!
Paper: White cs-Neenah
Stamps: Fleur Anya & hello sentiment- TGF
Inks: Black tuxedo-Memento
Copics: E21, R20, 89
Sunday, August 22, 2010
September OCS sign up
Christmas Tag Swap in August
Hello, hope you are all enjoying this fabulous Sunday. It's still hot in Los Angeles, so I'm keeping cool inside with the A/C on and re-runs of Criminal Minds on the tube. As my old boss used to say, "Nothing wrong with that."
A couple posts ago, I wrote about a Christmas tag swap that Kyoko was hosting for the month of August. We all received our swap partners and our instructions. I was paired up with Jenny V from Jenny's Creations. The rules were to make 3 identical Christmas tags, and send them to your swap partner to be received by the end of the month. This being my first swap, I played it safe by going with 3scalloped & regular circles, Christmas dp and a cute elf. The elf image I chose is from the Sugar Plums North Pole stamp set from C.C. Designs. I believe this is a retired set because I couldn't find it on their website.
The tags are 3 1/2" all the way around. I'm planning to send these out tomorrow so that Jenny, who lives in Hawaii, will get them this week. I really hope she likes them, I had fun making them. I'm looking forward to what Jenny will be sending me. Like I said, it's my first swap and I am so excited to be a participant. Maybe next month you'll want to play as well. Mahalo for stopping by this Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day and have a blessed evening.
Papers: Jupiter Red shimmer cs-Star Dream(KPC); green Christmas dp-MM; white cs-Neenah
Inks: Tuxedo black-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
Stamps: Elf-North Pole (Sugar Plum)-C.C. Designs; sentiment-Fiskars
Scalloped and regular circle nesties-Spellbinders
Grass green brads and ribbon
Star rhinestone stickers-Recollections
For my card I used the cute pair of friends, Darby & Penelope from Amy's Sweet November stamp line. I have been wanting to ink these two adorable gals since I bought them at ATS. Glad I waited for this moment. Since they were sitting down, I could picture them sitting in a field of grass and flowers. I think I used too much green, so I took my black Memento pen and made grass like strokes. I don't think it made it any better, but at least it gave some dimension to some of the areas. For the sentiment I used the stamp from TGF O&A Buddies. It seemed fitting. I think I'll give this one to my mom. She asked me for a retirement card for her best friend. Not sure if this qualifies, so I'll let her decide. Ok, this will be the last post for me. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Sweet dreams my friends... Mahalo for stopping by!
Papers: Green, white, brown cs-Neenah
Stamps: Darby & Penelope-C.C. Designs Sweet November line; sentiment- O&A Buddies TGF
Inks: Black tuxedo ink pad and pen-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
CMC challenge #2 update: I didn't win, but my card had the honor of being showcased with 2 beautiful cards. That's just as good in my book. HAGD!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Hello, I'm back. Making some cards today and catching up on some laundry. Luckily it's cooled down quite a bit, so I am really enjoying that.
Traci Porter is hosting CA&F Whatcha Tootin' Wednesday. This week's challenge is all about spray ink. She's posted an awesome tutorial on her blog and on the CA&F blog. Please make sure to check them both out.
I've only done this technique one other time and that was at my friend, Angie's, Stampin' Up camp. She had more re-inker colors than I do, but I thought of another idea. I only have one re-inker and no sprays but I thought I could use my Copic marker refills and some water instead. Hey why not? They are the same right? Well if not, shoot me. hahaha (j/k)
First off, I cut some white linen like Neenah paper to make my spray ink dp, then I crumpled it to give it texture once the inks were soaked in. I used Pacific blue re-inker that I found, E21, R20 and B000. I dropped a little bit of drops on a sheet of wax paper and let them run together in some areas. Next I took the crumpled white paper and soaked it in the mixture. I had to use a few drops of E21 & R20 for some parts of the paper that had more white than any other color. Once I achieved the right balance of colors I sprayed Smooch Spritz (Vanilla Shimmer) to give the paper some shimmer. I purchased it at a show last year. Pretty stoked I finally get to use it because of this challenge. Works pretty well and the best part is the shimmer it gives the paper. Love it! I think they worked out quite well, sort of got a tie-dyed thing going on. While the paper was drying, I was stamping and coloring Mermaid Anya to use as my focal character. I chose to go with blues, pinks, peaches to match the dp. Her hair was this really bright pink, but I decided it was too bright. So I muted it by following the tutorial on changing colors by Rachel of Color Me Copic. I got the color I wanted right away, love when that happens. :)
Last parts to my card are the embellishments. I used a light blue and a darker blue plastic/paper ribbon I purchased a few Christmas' ago. Cut them in to 3 strips each and braided them. Added two coral colored fabric flowers to the top and using the same brad technique I applied these to the centers of the flowers. . I stamped Imagine to the bottom of the card because I can't imagine doing this again.. LOL.. j/k I just thought it would be a nice sentiment to go with the mermaid. hehehe..
So sorry for the long post. Wasn't expecting to write so much. :/
I'm going to try to visit some blogs to see what pretties everyone has been working on. Mahalo for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play with sprays. hahaha!!
Papers: White cs-Neenah; dark blue cs-Kelly paper
Stamps: Mermaid Anya-TGF; sentiment-Fiskars
Inks: Tuxedo black-Memento; refills R20,21,B000-Copics;Pacific Point re-inker-Stampin' Up
Light & Dark blue paper ribbon
Blue pearl stickers-Recollections
Silver baby brads-Memories
Coral fabric flowers-Unknown
A Sweet for Maya
Happy Saturday!! TGF's FFF is a color challenge. Hawaiian Shores, Tangerine Tango, and Kiwi Kiss to be exact. But if you don't have those colors similar ones will do. Play around with it and have fun!!
I just happened to have some bigger scraps of dp that were the same colors and used them to make a card for my friend's daughter's birthday. I used Lollipop Anya today, and colored her up with softer versions of the color challenge. Kinda like cotton candy. For her lollipop though, I went a little brighter! These colors are so fun and vibrant! Perfect for an end of summer time birthday party for a little girl. I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the orange cs and created two big flowers to mimic the blue dp. In the center of one of the giant flowers I used the lime fruit stamp from Stampin' Up. I affixed a clear blue epoxy sticker to the center of the lime and then cut it down to look like a flower instead of fruit.
The sentiment, "You're sweet," seemed perfect. I used a white gel pen and created faux stitches around the border of the blue dp. Sorry I was being lazy, didn't want to break out the sewing machine to add real stitches. Think it worked out fine just the same. I hope you get a chance to play along with the challenge.
Well once again, Mahalo for stopping by and checking out what I've been up to. Make creating a part of your weekend. Have a good one!!
Papers: White cs-Neenah; lime green & blue dp-MME; orange cs-DCWV
Stamps: Lollipop Anya-TGF; sentiment-Fiskars; lime fruit stamp-Stampin' Up!
Inks: Black tuxedo-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
Giant floral border punch-Martha Stewart
Marine blue epoxy stickers-Recollections
Friday, August 20, 2010
A Late Saturday Sketch
Papers: white & chocolate cs-Neenah; Aqua cs-Bazzil;reddish-brown cs-DCWV; plaid dp-IMME
Stamps: Flirty Edward-TGF & sentiment-Kodomo Inc
Inks: Tuxedo black and rich cocoa-Memento
Copics: E000,17,39,49,77,79; YG03,17,23,25,67; R59; BG0000,32;C0,3,4,5,7,0
Argyle embossing folder-Cuttlebug
Icicles border punch-Martha Stewart
A Twilight Challenge @ Karber's
Berenice over at Karber's Digital Images is having their very first challenge. It's a Twilight themed one and I thought it would be fun to submit something. I chose to go with two TGF stamps, Flirty Edward and WS-Camille. I chose Camille because she looked the most like Bella to me. I masked Camille over Edward as if she was behind him holding his hand. I went for a night time background with the moon behind them. They look like they could be flying in the sky out over the world. Hope you get a chance to play along.
Mahalo for stopping by! Have a good nite and a great start to the weekend!!
Paper: white cs; dark brown cs(card)-Neenah; white & soft aqua cs-Bazzil
Stamps: Flirty Edward and WS-Camille- TGF
Inks: Black tuxedo-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
Spellbinders: Labels 8
1 1/4" circle punch-SU
All about Pets
The gals over at Lollipop Crafts have a cute challenge this week. Challenge #3 is all about pets. Create a card with a pet and submit it for a chance to win a cool prize or be nominated in their top 3. For my card I went with some cute animals that are not necessarily pets... PANDAS! I used a Pink Poison aka TGF 2008 stamp set called Panda Friends. It's funny, I work for a company where the Panda is our logo but there has never been an occassion to use this set until now. I really don't know why, it's such a cute set. Will be more attentive to it from now on. haha
So I created this fun in the yard scene with all the pandas and their human friend. There is another friend just outside the gate with some little buddies to come and play with as well. I popped the wagon up with some mounting tape to give it dimension. I drew in the rope pulling the wagon. Adding the fence just gave this scene a cool divider. And what about a cool saying? The sentiment is actually two separate ones from the same set. I thought they went well together for this card.
I hope you get to play along with the challenge. It's always cute to use animals in your cards from time to time. Mahalo for stopping by and here's wishing you a fantastic Aloha Friday!!!
Papers: Green card, white cs-Neenah; yellow dp-SU, green floral dp-Paper Crafts "Happy Day Collection"
Stamps: Panda Friends-Pink Poison aka The Greeting Farm
Punch: Fence-Martha Stewart
Copics: E00;R01,20,29; C02,04,07,08;YR07;Y17;TG03;G14
Inks: Black tuxedo-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
Happy news from Lollipop Crafts, my card was chosen in the "top 3", so stoked and honored to have been chosen along with the fantastic entries. I am truly humbled. Life is grand.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Smiles are contagious - A shaker card
I wanted to share my attempt at a shaker card for the CA&F Monday Mania challenge which is hosted this week by the queen of shaker cards Joy! The challenge is to make a.... SHAKER card. According to Joy she is the queen of shaker cards, and I'll have to agree after visiting her post and some of her friends posts. She has a way with shaker cards that make you drool. You can find all the details for the challenge as well as the samples from Joy and the DT on the CA&F post above.
I went for really simple this time around. No embellishments except for the ones rolling around inside the shaker area. I used Flirty Anya for the main character. She has the trademark TGF smile going on so I thought using the two sentiments relating to smiles and laughter were appropriate. The only other things I used were the fun dp, scalloped circle spellbinder and a recycled plastic container which used to house mounting tape! hahaha. Yes I was saving it for something like this. The tricky part was trying to keep the beads from rolling while lining up the cut out to the rest of the dp for the backing. It actually took me two tries to get it right.
It's not one of my best but I love it just the same. Here is a side view of the card so you can see the shaker casing where all the beads and some punched flowers are hanging out. Too bad you can't really see the flowers, but they are there. The other thing I'm bummed about was that you can't see her red shoes. hahaha.. I know it's always the little things that get lost in the moment.
BTW, sorry if the quality of the picture isn't so good, I couldn't find my camera so had to resort to using my cell phone. It's actually not that bad. hahaha! Well hope you get a chance to play along with this week's fun challenge. Remember all the details can be found on the CA&F blog post here. Mahalo for stopping by! Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
Will be updated later today.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Berenice's new blog home
She's also giving away some sweet candy so stop on by, you might end up picking up some cuteness.
Buttons on the Seashore
Hi, I'm back for another quick post. ;) This week's CA&F Monday Mania is with Sheng. She wants us to use funky buttons on our creations. Please check out the DT's and Sheng's samples on the CA&F link above and hope you get to play along.
I was searching for some funky buttons, and found some that had a pearly-offwhite sheen to them. An idea came to mind. I thought they could look like shells on the seashore. I knew the perfect Anya I wanted to use, Sunshine Anya, and just a simple beach background would do. Hope you get a chance to play along.
I was also inspired by the gals over at Tamiko's. Not knowingly I used the same colors they have for their inspirations: turqoise, orange and yellow. :)
I'm off to Torrance for a bbq. Maybe I'll have some craft stuff to post when I get back. Mahalo for stopping by, have a great Saturday!!
Paper: White card; kraft cs-Recollections; Shimmer turquoise-Bazzil; Clouds dp-DCWV; orange/yellow dp-Me & my big ideas
Stamps: Sunshine Anya & sentiment-The Greeting Farm
Ink: Rich cocoa-Memento
Copics: E000,13,17,42; YR24;0
Swirls embossing folder-Cuttlebug; Sun embossing folder-Tim Holtz
Sk8r Gurl - Colored w/ Deleter Markers
As I mentioned, this is a pretty simple card. Mounted brown and dark peach cs for the background then punched white circles on top. Added a white ribbon and burnished copper brads to the corners, and Sk8r Gurl Anya as the main character. This card can be used for any gurl occassion, just needs a sentiment to go with.
Hope to post the baby carriages I made for my co-worker's surprise shower later today. If not, more than likely tomorrow. For now, have a great Saturday and a wonderful evening!!
Mahalo for stopping by!!
Papers: white card, dark peach & brown cs-Scrap pack from Wal-Mart, white cs-Neenah
Stamp: Sk8 gurl-The Greeting Farm
Inks: Black Memento
Markers: Grays and Skin tones-Deleter Neopiko2
Tarnished copper brads
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
A month ago I made this set, frame & card, for one of my closest friend's daughter Madison. She was baptized and I was unable to make the blessed event. I am finally going to be able to give this to her so wanted to share before I forget.
I used Angel Anya, one of my favorite TGF stamps, and colored her with light browns. For her dress, wings, and bow I paper-pieced a piece of embossed cardstock using a flower embossing folder. (Hope you can see the details)
First up, the frame. I went very simple with this design, going for a cloud like background and the words "A Day to Remember" which I cut out using the Hello Kitty Groovy alphabet die cut from Sizzix. For the clouds, I just used Copic B000 and made swirls all around the paper. Love the effect. I mod-podged the frame for the glossy look.
Because I liked the way the frame looked, I thought I would keep the card very simple as well. So simple that I mimicked the Angel and cloud background and then mounted it on a white scalloped circle card. Okie dokie, that's all for now.
I've got volleyball league tonight so there might not be another post until tomorrow. I'm working on some baby stuff and will try to post something soon. Until then, have a wonderful Wednesday. Mahalo for stopping by!!
Circle frame: Art Mind's-Michael's
Paper: White cs-Neenah
Stamp: Angel Anya- The Greeting Farm
Inks: Black tuxedo-Memento; white gel pen-Sakura
Die-cut: Hello Kitty Groovy alphabet-Sizzix
Flowers embossing folder-Sizzix
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Hello, hope you are having a great Tuesday. I have a quick share for now and maybe something later today. Sorry in advance for the poor pictures. I took them inside and the lighting is not so good, so these were the best I could do.
My co-worker asked me to make her some personalized wooden letters for her nephew Isaiah. She gave me carte blanche with the colors and theme, she only asked that there be blue somewhere on them. I chose a color palette of sky blue, brown, white & kraft. I chose to use 2 of the cute Oliver characters from the O&A series & 2 stamps, including the cute stars, from the Spotlight kit which you can purchase directly from The Greeting Farm.
Went for simple and fun this time around. Circles, dots and stars oh my... hahaha Used a couple Cuttlebug embossing folders to give some texture to some of the letters and also made my own dp with the Spotlight stamps and a few punches.
I'll post the supplies when I get home. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day. Mahalo for stopping by!
Wooden letters: Michael's
Papers: North Sea blue cs-Bazzil; chocolate, white, kraft cs-Neenah
Stamps: O&A Oliver from Buddies & My Fav Things and Stars & polka dot stripes from the Spotlight kit- The Greeting Farm
Circle & star punches-Marvy
Inks: Black tuxedo-Memento
Copics: B000,12,24,91; FB2; E00,21,42,49,57,71,79;C00,2,5,8,10;R20;W1;0
Embossing folders: polka dots, swiss dots, funky circles-Cuttlebug; large dots-Sizzix