Sunday, July 13, 2014

Birthday Balloons...a gender neutral card

I always seem to need a birthday card that's either reeeeally general or at least gender neutral.  You can't go wrong with balloons right?  I recently purchased this awesome Echo Park paper pad "For the Record 2" (on sale over at Butterfly Reflections Ink) and it had some awesome blues, teals and about fabulous color combo!

Here it is...

Aveyr Elle Simply Said Happy Die, Avery Elle Storybook, Avery Elle Handwritten Notes,
Echo Park For the Record 2 paper pad, copics, glossy accents, Memento ink in Tuxedo Black

I'm loving that Avery Elle word die!  I was a little worried about how thin and tall it was, but it really is just a fun font! I die cut the word again in black to give a bit of shadow because the blue pattern paper didn't pop as much as I wanted it too against the yellow background.  I added glossy accents for fun to the balloons to enter in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Let's Be Clear

I was inspired by the recent CAS(E) this Sketch following this...

and since I used a word die will also enter the Moxie Fab World Challenge : Wonderful Words Challenge

Until next time...mahalo for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dude Birthday

Did everyone survive their Monday?  After a 3 day weekend off I was getting spoiled with all my crafting time.  I made a few cards and practiced a little more with my copics.  I looooove watching Kristina Werner color.  I've been trying to study how to shade and blend and learn a little something everytime I watch her videos.

Anywho her last video was a masculine card which inspired me to make this Dude card...

Hero Arts OWH Dude, Lawn Fawn Year Three, Copics, 
Doodlebug Design Take Note Pattern Paper, 
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

I did a little masking to create a hamburger cake of sorts to make a one layer card.  I added a few candles on top to complete the cake look. took everything in my power not to add something dimensional, but I used the gray copic to create shadowing and a little more depth.  I'm gonna enter this into the Hero Arts: One Layer Challenge and A Blog Named Hero: Color It In.

Off to practice more coloring.  I really wish there was a copic coloring class here in Hawaii.  Until then I'll continue to watch more videos, and if anyone has suggestions on coloring videos send them my way please!

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sending Aloha...and a card set

In my last post I mentioned my patient passing, so the inevitable sympathy card was in order.  I was having a hard time with it because I did not want the card to be sad.  I wanted to celebrate what I remembered about her.  She danced hula, she made leis and she never said good bye...always "see you next time."

Here's the card to celebrate the life of a patient that I will truly miss...

I loved that Lawn Fawn came out with the perfect sentiment.  "Aloha" can mean a lot of things from hello, good bye, see you later, and love.  I think she would love this card.

This card was so much stampy fun I decided to make more in different colors...

Lawn Fawn Let's Roll, Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here, Too, Lawn Fawn Check This Out
Lawn Fawn Pattern Paper, Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Green Hills, Field Greens, Soft Sand,
Pool, Tide Pool, Stone Wash, Orange Soda, Butter Bar, Bubble Gum, Passion Flower, and Grape Juice

I needed more birthday cards so I just changed the sentiment for the specific occasion.  

Off to go create more cards...feeling the creative mojo in full effect!
Mahalo for stopping by!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's July?!

This past week I've been struggling a bit.  First off I cannot believe it's July already?!  I have to get caught up with my friend's birthdays and anniversaries which is the main reason for this post today.  The other news...over the weekend I lost one of my patients that I took care of for almost 3 years.  I will miss seeing and chatting with her weekly.  I found it ironic that this happened as I'm also contemplating making a move in my's scary and exciting. I'd be leaving my comfort zone of 8 years, but on the other hand I'll be learning new skills and doing exactly what I know I'm meant to do.  Ugh...transition is hard!

On the brighter side I needed to get an anniversary card out to my dearest Colorado sister!  She and her husband love the beach so that was my inspiration.

Lawn Fawn Life is Good, Lawn Fawn Happily Ever After, Lawn Fawn Beep Boop Birthday
Lawn Fawn Let's Polka paper, copics, Memento inks in Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa

By now you know I'm addicted to Lawn Fawn and turned those sweet little crabs into a his and her couple.  Do you like the little bow tie and teeny flower?  Both are die cuts from the Beep Boop Birthday set.

So that's it for me.  Of course the challenge junky in me is entering this card in a few challenges:
Virginia's View Challenge: Die Cut
City Crafter Challenge: Let's Go to the Beach
My colors were inspired by: Curtain Call

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Aloha Friday Challenge #26

Happy Aloha Friday!

so I got to play with this really cute digi!

Meljen's Designs Fru Fru Fairy Pony digi, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes, 
Lawn Fawn Chit Chat and die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop borders die, copics, Stickles in Star Dust, 
Distress Ink in Old Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black

There ya have it!
Some quick copic coloring, circle die cut and a little scalloped edge for that girly touch.
There's still time to play along with us!
Link up any project with a fairytale theme HERE
Can't wait to see what you create!
Mahalo for stopping by.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Evolution of my Card...

Oh boy did I make a mess of my craft desk!  It all started with needing a thank you card to give a coworker and I was trying to go for a more masculine feel.  Thus began the plaid look...also keeping in mind I wanted to enter the next Lawnscaping Challenge: Stars and Stripes.

This is where my journey began...painstackingly inking up that fun border to create a stripey/plaid background.  Now what?!  You can tell it wasn't perfectly stamped so I knew I needed to add something to draw your attention away from that fact.  I knew I wanted to use the die cut scripty thanks, but it needed more...

Here's the mess I created figuring things out...

Again keeping in mind I needed stars, I wanted to use the Lawn Fawn Life is Good starfish!

The die cut comes out so cute!  I first tried cutting a strip of paper to pop the die cut thanks, but it just wasn't enough.  Finally I realized I could add a journaling card and also enter the next Moxie Fab: Photo Pocket Page Challenge: Journaling Cards!  (challenges are so great that way) So the lightbulb went on and I focused on making a journaling card.

And the finished product...

Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card, Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks, Lawn Fawn Life is Good
Lawn Fawn pattern paper, Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Cup O' Joe and Soft Sand

Ok so I ended up nixing the plaid stamped background, because it just didn't work with my journaling card!  I'll definitely save it for later though.  I couldn't decide which yellow background paper to use so....why not both!?  It killed me not to put a little smiley face on the sun and some sparkle or some sequins, but since it's for a guy I figured best to leave it alone.

Okey dokey...that's it for me!  Mahalo for stopping by!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Woo hoo...another card!

Making this short as I realized I only have 2 more hours to enter the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Stencil It!

The card...

Hero Arts Bubble Confetti Stencil, Hero Arts Live Life, 
Shadow inks in Pool, Tide Pool and Stone Wash
Hero Hues ink in Unicorn, Lawn Fawn Into the Woods pattern paper, 
white embossing powder

I was going for the bokeh effect for the next A Blog Named Hero Challenge as well.  Started with the Unicorn ink and then slightly moved the stencil for the ombre effect of inks.  The panel is foam taped to the card front for dimension.

It feels good to start up card making again!  Mahalo for stopping by!!

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