Monday, August 31, 2009
These two blog awards were sent to me by the sweetest gal who folows my blog. Her name is Kaye and we have met by being fellow bloggers - think that is a proper term, lol. It means a lot to have someone take the time to come and see your creations and leave such nice comments. As she said, "It helps build your confidence". Check out her wonderful blog, and also those of the ladies that I have passed on this award to who are listed below. So much wonderful talent!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Grow in your own time in your own way...
I wanted to do a card just for fun today! I was blog hopping and found a wonderful place. It's "Danni's Dreams" and is really great, check it out! They were having a challenge that you had to use a butterfly or a fairy and one of your favorite phrases. Well, I decided to use both the butterfly and fairy with my phrase, and this is what I came up with. I used a cut with SCAL for the butterfly, stamped the fairy and colored with Prisma's and OMS. Popped the phase and fairy with glue dots and added the butterfly and ribbon. I thinks it's cute, but a bit "home made" looking. Oh well, it was fun and what I needed to relax!
Friday, August 28, 2009
I was blog surfing today looking for some new svg files. They are files that can be cut with my Cricut but you don't have to use their cartridges. I found a great site called "Just For Sharing" that offers some neat free cut files. This card was made with one of the cuts, a very pretty design. I just added the stamped image and background paper behind the cuts to match. I like the lavender colors.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I scrap lifted this design, and I'm sorry I don't remember where from to give them credit. I loved the simple layout and only two colors. I changed the colors to the light and darker orange and tweaked some of the details a bit. Thanks so much for the inspiration! It's a really fun, but simple card.
Friday, August 21, 2009
This was the layout sketch for this weeks challenge over at "Just Magnolia". I am a BIG Tilda fan. she's is so adorable. I was in an Autumn mood when I did this one. It's my favorite time of year, and it has been so hot - it got me longing for cool Fall days. (I have to go to the mainland for those...) I bought a great pack of card stock called "Harvest" by "me & my Big ideas". They are beautiful. I was so anxious to use them that I had to get my hands on them for this challenge. I really liked the result I came up with. I altered the stamp a bit. I blocked out the little flowers that were blowing around with the leaves, in order for it to have more of an Autumn feel. Used Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol and added a few embellishments. Hope you like it!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I love the "Changito" series of stamps! They are so adorable, playful and fun! This one was great fun to do, and I really like the jungle type paper. When I saw that sheet of paper it said, "You HAVE to take me home!" I knew it would make a great background for one of the little monkeys. I used the Life's A Beach cartridge for the leaves and colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I'm finally taking the time to post some recent cards. This one was a bit hard to photograph and the pic does not do it justice. The card is for friends of ours who we met while they were here vacationing in Hawaii. We've kept in touch and sure enjoy them when they are here. They are going to ITALY to celebrate their 45th! Fantastic way to celebrate! CONGRATS Joanne & Barry!!!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Aloha and Happy Saturday. YEAH, the creative juices are back!! Funny though, they are a bit "off". I did this card this morning and saw the idea in my head, but when it was complete it wasn't quite what I pictured. It looks almost like a Christmas card to me, lol. Oh well, at least it is going much easier today! Also, I discovered a new technique - at least with the darker blue paper. When I was embossing the leaves, I "over cooked" one and the paper started to turn a lighter color. I liked the look and did it on purpose to the rest of them! A lady on the Cricut MB says, "There are no mistakes in card making, only happy discoveries" (or something to that effect!). And boy is she ever right!
Friday, August 7, 2009
You know those crummy days when you just can't quite seem to get it together - the creative juices just don't seem to flow... Well, today was one of those for me. I did manage to get this one card done, but it was a struggle for a card so simple. Guess it's time to go to the beach and chill out. I need to get my creative karma back!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Today's cards are ones that I am doing for a friend. She needs a variety of birthday cards to give to friends and family. So, I will be working on those for a while. I really like doing them because they are for all ages and I can choose any colors and designs that I want. Enjoy!
For this challenge we were to use our favorite CB embossing file. By far my favorite is the "Swiss Dots". It is so versitile and can be used with nearly any design. It's beautiful done with white on white, or any other color. Today I used blue. The flowers are done with some of the new paper I got yesterday at Suzi's. It's a beautiful paisley print - kind of hard to see in the little flowers. But don't worry, I'm going to do another card that will show it off!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Paid a visit to my favorite scrapbook and card making shop in Waimea today, "Suzi's Scrapbooking Paradise". As always she helped me find just what I was looking for - paper for my Christmas cards. It never ceases to amaze me what a great variety of paper she has and how she knows exactly where to find just what you ask for! Mahalo Suzi!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
WOW! I am excited! The Cricut web site does a new letter every week with lots of great info and promotions. They also spotlight people who have made cards that "catch their attention". The card I did for Paul for his birthday, the "57 Chevy" got noticed! I am really honored - the cards the ladies do on there are fantastic! I am humbled to even be considered in their league! You can check it out - scroll down to the "Cricut Board" section and you will see the cards that are featured. Check them ALL out! Mahalo nui loa Cricut for the notice!
This card is for my sweet Aunt Ruth in NY. She really loves gettiing cards, so this is made with lots of aloha just for her. The dragonfly is an iron-on from the Dollar Tree, the flowers were on the Walk In My Garden cartridge and the leaf swirl was on the George cartridge.
Monday, August 3, 2009
This little gal makes me smile! She is so adorable with that big slice of melon. I got the paper that is the main part of the melon when I was on my trip to Hilo last week and was really wanting to use it. I decided to use it more as an accent on this instead of the main background, and I like it. I colored with Prisma's and then added embellishments and called in "pau"!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Here is one more for today. It is a card I made for my sweetie to send to his son & his girlfriend to say thanks for the birthday present they sent him. The Japanese symbol represents "thanks". I know they will really appreciate it because his girlfriend is Japanese.
Yesterday I was over on the other side of the island in Hilo. We have a NEW Scrapbooking store over there!!! I got so excited because we only have one other type store on our island. This is a BIG thing! The new store has a wonderful variety of supplies! They even have Nestabilities, CB embossing folders, and lots of special things I have been ordering on the internet. I bought this great kimono stamp and some beautiful papers from Japan. So here I go again, off on my Asian designs.
The first one is the stamp gold embossed and mounted on some of the beautiful paper. The second, I did gold embossing of cherry blossoms on peach colored paper and then mounted three of the stamped kimonos on a strip of the Japanese paper.