Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just a tag...

Today was one of those days.  You know those days where frustration sets in and all you want to do is just hide somewhere and take a long nap and wish everything would get done on its  My 3rd grader is in full swing of school and the homework just piles up.  Please tell me I'm not the only parent that struggles with having their child get their homework done!  On top of her daily assignments she has a syllabus that has several projects that need to get done, plus 30 minutes of reading plus commenting on what she read.  Any tidbits on getting through homework is greatly appreciated!

Which leads me to only getting a tag done.  I must say though, in that short amount of time I used a couple of techniques I've been wanting to try!

Hero Arts Artistic Border, Hero Arts Big Circles, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Lawn Fawn Tag  You're It, Distress Inks and markers, Hero Arts Shadow inks,
White and Clear Embossing Powder, Doodlebug Designs enamel dots

I stamped out the tag and white heat embossed it.  I wanted the leaves in the background to show an ombre look so I stamped it in Hero Arts Shadow inks.  I thought the tag was too white so to keep the color in the leaves I traced over it with a Versamarker and heat set it with clear embossing.  This created the resist I needed to make my blue ombre background using distress inks.  The flowers were also white heat embossed and colored with distress markers.  I fussy cut them and foam taped them on and added some enamel dots for fun.  I had this stitched ribbon in my stash from a card kit and thought it went well with the stitched look of the tag.

Check it out on a gift (waaaaay over due) that I'm sending to my Colorado sister...

I must say tags really add a little special somethin' and love that they can be quickly made.  I'll be linking this up to the Tag You're It Challenge using this as my inspiration...

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seeing Stars

I'm back with a fun card I created using some scrap pieces left over from a card I entered for publication over at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking.  Wondering why I try out for publication?  Scroll to the bottom of this post HERE.  Crossing my fingers and toes!

This card is going to my supervisor for her birthday.  I'm super blessed that I have an amazing supervisor to work with.  A while ago I came across this picture...

This simple picture describes my supervisor very well...the bottom is exactly how I've seen my supervisor in the 8 years that I've worked with her.  She has always led by example and never expects us to do more than she does. In the nursing field this can be pretty rare!

Back to my card...

The stars are die cut using Lawn Fawn's Puffy Star Stackables cut from the Let's Polka 6x6 pad.  I kinda just scattered them on the card and glued or foam taped the die cut pieces.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Birthday Tags that was heat embossed in silver to enter in the Creative Card Crew Challenge: Wet or Dry Emboss.  The card seemed a little too white so I added some stamped stars in silver...I wish you could see the shine!  The inside of the card's edges were swiped with some Audrey Blue ink from Simon Says Stamp to tie in the blue star on the front and it is my supervisor's favorite color.  I thought the colors were bright and summery so I'll be entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

That's it for me.  Mahalo for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sending Prayers

Some of you may or may not know that I travel frequently between Oahu (the island I live on) and Hawaii (AKA the Big Island) due to work.  Hurricane Iselle ended up doing a lot of damage over on the Big Island and I have a coworker that had her house damaged by an uprooted tree.  This coworker is an amazing person and so giving. She feeds me every time I'm at the office (because she thinks nurses don't get to eat or use the bathroom...haha (sometimes true ;o)  She's bubbly and always with a positive attitude and the most humbling thing about her...she never mentioned having her house damaged by the storm, is still going to work and is still without water or electricity since Thursday!

Our office is gathering up some funds to help out and of course I needed to make a card...

inspired by the latest AEIHeartUChallenge: Kraft

Anyone else spend waaaay to long on a design?  I first stamped out the bouquet.  This Avery Elle set has the perfect sentiments, and the build-a-bouquet set is so fun to ink up with various ink colors.  Then I knew I needed a Kraft card base...then what?!  My coworker has a bit o' pizazz so I needed something in came the sequins.  That bit of pattern paper is from Echo Park Everyday Eclectic which has some kraft colored design to it as well.  The edges of the bouquet panel was distressed with Soft Sand ink from Hero Arts to blend in a little better with the embossed, kraft cardstock.

That's it for me.  I so appreciate you stopping by and reading my blog!  MAHALO!!

**ETA-  when uploading my card I realized a lot of people used this stamp set!  Great minds think a like and have good taste...haha**

Friday, August 8, 2014

Triangle Collage

Thank you all so much for your prayers while we have 2 hurricanes pass above and below our Hawaiian islands.  The news report says there are some damaged areas, but not as bad as we all had braced ourselves for.  I actually was placed on standby for work and decided to play a bit!

I ran across the Moxie Fab Fabulous Friday Challenge using this picture as an inspiration

Fun right?!  I was inspired by the clock, colors, white numbers and triangles.
Here's my card...

I had several ideas on how I was going to make all those colorful triangles, but quickly realized I didn't have a lot of shades of cardstock to get the look of the inspiration photo.  It took a bit of time, but the end result was fun.

Here's what I did:
1.  Taking white cardstock, I white heat embossed the clock and sentiment.
2.  Then cut up the paper into various triangles (tip: keep the pieces layed out together, trust me it saves a lot of time!)
3.  I inked up each triangle with a different Distress Ink, sometimes blending a few colors to get the right shade (sponge daubers are my friend!)
4.  I took a piece of white paper and ran a glue runner all over it and used it to adhere all my triangles.
5.  Then trim the edges to get a clean look and adhere to card front!

The stamp set is a Hero Arts one called Special Time compliments of Lynn's Craft Blog for Ben Franklin Crafts!  I received a bunch of goodies for guessing where her vacay pictures were taken.  Mahalo Lynn!!!

That's it for me...for now!  I hope to get some ideas together for the latest March submission call for Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking.  There were some fun categories.  Have you thought about submitting for publication?  Even if you don't get chosen I've found quite a few pros about the concept.  One being you have a bunch of cards ready for the upcoming holiday, you also have cards made in advance for future blog posts and it's just plain fun to create and try new styles/techniques.

Off I go!  Mahalo for stopping by!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Play Time!

With the kids back to school, I'm hoping to get more play time for myself!  I've been seeing a lot of fun challenges and will be able to play with three of them today.  Did you see the latest Moxie Fab Challenge: Clicking Cameras?  I had the perfect stamp set from Lawn Fawn...y'all know how addicted I am.  Did you hear about the new release?!  To die for...but I digress.  On to my card....

There's A LOT of Lawn Fawn on this card from the background heart stamping to the pattern paper and right on down to the Lawn Trimming twine in coral!  The sweet enamel hearts are from Chickaniddy...sooo fun!  Just needed to prove to the hubby I USE my Lawn Fawn stuff so that I can get more...hehehe.

The design was inspired by the latest CASE(E) this Sketch that joined with the Tag You're It Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  And one more thing...asking for prayers for our Hawaiian Islands as we are having two hurricanes making a visit.  We're hoping it downgrades, but you know how unpredictable weather can be!

Much mahalo...and hope to be back real soon!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Shaped Lunchbox Notes

Monday officially ends summer in our household which means making those lunchbox notes quick!
The latest Virginia's View Challenge 

 inspired me to make some fun lunchbox notes in a speech bubble shape.

Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Journaling Card, Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello and Thanks,
Lawn Fawn Jessie's ABCs, copics, Hero Hues India Ink Black, glossy accents

Using dies to create shaped cards can be a lot of fun.  Easily done by folding paper in half and placing the top of die slightly above the fold line so that it cuts the shape while still having a card fold on top!  I encourage you to look through your dies and see what kind of shape cards you can make.

Hope everyone's weekend is going well.  See ya again soon!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Playing with Pink and Orange

 Hi everyone!  I wanted to share this sweet image from Kitty Bee Designs...

This week's Aloha Friday Challenge is to use two of your favorite color combinations.  I loooove pink and orange together and since that's also my favorite ice cream flavors (orange sherbet and strawberry) I decided to play around with some distress inks.  I was going for a tone on tone look using a stencil, but quickly realized the ripe persimmon ink blended a little too well with the picked raspberry ink.  The white circle behind the bear was just a masked area of the white card panel.  There's still time to join us and share you favorite color combinations!

If you like this Kitty Bee Designs image you must check out more of these cute images HERE!

Word is, there are more images in the works and I can't wait to see and play with them!!

I'll be entering this in the City Crafter Challenge.

Mahalo for stopping by...I'll be back with more soon!

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