Sunday, October 10, 2010

Purple and Brown..yuck!

I don't feel this is my best work. Purple and Brown?....Yuck! I love both colors seperatly but not so much together.

This is my entry for Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 159 and Color Throwdown Challenge #113 using Perfect Plum Early Espresso and Vanilla. I didn't have Early Espresso so I used my go to color Chocolate Chip and chose Whisper White instead of Vanilla. I had an incredibly hard time using these colors together, but I think I pulled it off OK. Got a chance to use some of my Wrinkle Ribbon. I am so in love with it I had to dye my own to coordinate with my favorite colors. You can pick some up in my eBay Store.

I did get a chance to use one of my favorite techniques...the Baby Wipe Swipe. Love it..Love it..Love it.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

You're on my mind...

Still on my quest to take better pictures, I have to say that I am ok with this one. I think the picture could be a little bit clearer, but overall I'm happy. But, that could also be because I love this card so much. The layout is from this past weeks Mojo Monday #151 and it is going into my index file of favorite "go-to" card layouts. I kept the background elements simple; no embossing or texture other than the sewing.
Here is a nice close up of the fairy. This is one of Lauretta's designs over at Craft Your Passion; a digi stamp called "What are you thinking, Fairy?". As soon as I saw this one, I knew I would have a blast coloring it with copics. I used stickles on the wings and highlights are created with a white gel pen. Next time I use this image I'm going to create a background, maybe brayered water or a woodland background with some mushrooms and branches...hhhmmmm...the gears in my little brain are starting to turn!

Today's challenge at Craft Your Passion is a recipe challenge: Anything goes! And sometimes that's a harder challenge than when you get so used to doing challenges with lots of directions and restrictions. Don't you agree?

Have a great week, everyone!

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

CYP Challenge #18 with a little bit of love

Ever have one of those days when no matter how many times you photograph something it never seems to look right? First,  I was in a rush trying to get this card uploaded for the Craft Your Passion Challenge which should have clued me in, but after taking about 20 shots I still wasn't satisfied. I loved coloring this digi image and I have to admit that I am so bummed that the pictures are not doing it justice, but please trust me that it is way cuter in person. {smile}

Challenge 18 at CYP is to use Red, Green and Black. At first I was worried that it would look to Christmas-y {is that a word? it should be} because of all the Red and Green but I think I pulled it off by using this adorable Frog image by CocoDingo. The frog is actually colored twice, cut out and layered on top of each other for a little dimension.

Well, back to taking more pics and hopefully improve my technique! Enjoy.
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Guest Design Team for Craft Your Passion Challenge

Wow! I can't believe it! My first GDT ever and it is with the wildly creative team at Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog. Thank you so much Lauretta for this fun opportunity. This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and let me tell you I had a lot of fun with this one.

I got to use Lauretta's Aloha Wedding Digi stamp which I thought was totally appropriate since I live on the Big Island of Hawaii. Im fairly new to digi stamps but I love it! I love being able to resize the image to whatever size I need. I colored the bride with copics and used stickles to accent her dress, bouquet, lei and haku lei on her head. The backgound paper is Pink Tiare from Island Paperie and a raffia bow finishes off the card. Go check out what the rest of the design team has created using this sketch and their fun digi stamps!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room

This pretty little card was inspired by the following teapot image at The Shabby Tea Room.  The Shabby Tea Room is a newer challenge blog with some great ideas and inspiration. The owner also sells some really beautful vinatage ribbon on Etsy that I plan on ordering sometime in the near future. I used an older SU! set, I think it's called Toile Flowers or something thereabouts, for the image. The image was embossed and colored with Copic Markers and though it's hard to see from the picture, the two flowers were stamed a second time, colored, cut out, and mounted using dimesionals for some "pop"! The patterned paper comes form SEI's Juliette and Chocolate Collections. Both lines are gorgeous!

Isn't this a lovely teapot? One of my nightly rituals af ter the kids go to sleep, is a cup of tea in one of my three favorite tea cups. My grandmother collected them and now I'm following in her footsteps... Miss you grandma...

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mojo Monday 142

Look at me! I am actually posting 2 days in a row...Lets see if I can keep it up!

This is my entry for Mojo Monday #142. I found that I haven't been usong very many of my Stampin' Up! sets lately; I've been hooked on my C.C. Design stamps and TGF stamps. So I decided to try to use at least one today, since I have soooo many SU! sets. This is one of my favorite sets, Happy Harmony, because it have several of the most beautifully inspirational sayings and quotes.  The background paper is another one of those thats been tucked away in my paper stash and hasn't seen light in awhile and I'm pretty sure that I got it from Island scrapbooking. The butterflies are from one of SU!'s Sizzix dies and of course I had to find away to incorporate some pretty Prima flowers. Its kind of hard to see but this card is covered in glitter and shimmer!


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A Birthday Wish Scrapbook Layout

Here is a layout that I put together called "Birthday Wish". I just love creating girlie L/O's; I get to use tons of flowers from my flower stash and all kinds of pretties! I had such a hard time not adding more and more flowers. Everytime I stepped back to look at it I found a blank spot begging to be covered with flowers...LOL. There are three photo mats available for special photos and although each mat is accented with ribbon or flowers, I have left enough room to slide a photo underneath the embellishments. Here is a look at the left page:

I printed out a birthday poem, cut it with my Nestabilities and stippled the edges to give a touch of softness. The cake and balloon poodle were hand-drawn and hand-cut. Peeking out from behind the cake is one of my own tear bears. I left this one gender neutral.

The second page features my little girl tear bear, another balloon animal and paper-pieced presents. It's hard to see from this pic but the large present out front is dimensional and opens like a book for journaling or more pictures. There is also a pull out tag for more journaling under the right-hand photo mat. Can you see the stitching on the photo mats and along the borders? I can't possibly have a scrapbook page without any sewing!

I love how adorable my little tear bear looks. I had such a great time creating her outfit and coordinating it with this L/O.

Here is a close up of the birthday cake. And below is a close up of the birthday tear bear!

Don't know what a tear bear is? It's a bear that has been torn out of extra thick mulberry paper, and pieced together with or with out any special patterns. I have created my own patterns for my bears and each outfit is one of kind, just like my L/O. I rarerly if ever create two similar L/O's and no two are ever exactly alike...each spread is a OOAK (one of a kind) creation!

Tomorrow I will be putting this L/O up for auction on ebay. Its been a while since I had my L/O's posted on ebay so wish me luck! I hope you enjoyed my scrapbook creation and post. I'm still trying to get used to blogging, but I hope to have another card creation posted, so come on back soon, OK? {smile}


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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tinkerbell Birthday Wishes

I made this card this morning for a friends' daughter who celebrated her 4th birthday today. Since my gifts to her were all Tink themed I had no choice but to try to make my own coordinating card, right? The closest image I had to Tink was this stamp from The Greeting Farm, Fleur Anya, but I think it worked out pretty well. I also found some Disney Tinkerbell paper in my stash that I probably got over a year ago and forgot all about. The card measures 5.5 x 5.5 and has a base made out of SU! Orchid Opulence. I layered it with the Tinkerbell Flowe Paper and cut a strip of purple from one of the Best Creations Once Upon A Time papers. The image was heat embossed, colored with Copic Markers and cut using Nestabilities. The card is finished off with Prima flowers, a punched sentiment and lots of stickles.

This was definitely one of my more simpler cards; my sewing machine broke its last needle this morning and I didn't have time to run to Wally-World to pick up more. I do find that sewing makes my projects feel more complete and finished, but that 's only my opinion. On the way home I picked up more needles so I won't feel so incomplete...LOL!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Nuts About You!

A Mojo Monday Post on Sunday. Well at least it is in before the end of the week! This was the sketch but I just had to rotate the card base because I really, really wanted to use the Squirrels from the set Forest Friends by The Greeting Farm.
This is my take on this sketch, rotated 90 degrees:

Friday was craft night at my LSS Island Scrapbooking, a monthly free night of make 'n takes or demos. Each person who attends is asked to bring one handmade card for a card drawing. I love it! The first time I went, I drew Michelles' card, the owner of Island Scrapbooking. It was drop dead gorgeous and last night I drew Robins' beautiful card. She is a Stampin' Up! demo here in Hilo and I can't wait to attend one of here classes! I'll get her card posted here later. Since it so close to Valentines' Day, I, of course had to make a Valentine card for the drawing.

The paper is Bo Bunnys' A Gift of Love line, picked up at Island Scrapbooking. I love this paper so much that while I was at IS, I had to pick up more of it before they ran out or got discountinued. The Squirrels were stamped three times and colored with copics. I cut out the acorn twice, the squirrels at each end once, and layered with pop dots to give my image some dimension! Here is a side view of the squirrels: I hope you enjoy this one. I really had a great time creating it!