Thursday, September 29, 2016

Summer of Cards and Pineapple Aloha!

Here are a few of my creations that I made this summer...

I'm going to start with my newest first... today's chef d'oeuvre- my pineapples that I made from the Stampin' Up! Pine Cone and Pine needles thinlit dies (Pretty Pines). I love it!

Pine Cone Pineapples- Aloha!
SU! DSP: Botanical Blooms, SU! Thinlit set: Pretty Pines, Little B die: "celebrate", SU! embossing folder: Sparkle

Raccoon Party!

These little dudes come from Art Impressions. The Window is SU!. And the box I made using the SU! Hardwood stamp.

I just love how you can modify this set to make it work... I was inspired by images I found online to cut the chin of the dog and the basket to nestle her in there so nicely. And I love how the cat and pillows pop so well. The branches came from SU! Jar of Love and the rest is from SU! Sitting Here 

I'd like to be under the sea.... 
Combined the wonderful die cuts from SU! Thinlits: Swirling Scribbles and the darling images from SU! You're Sublime

 Primary Colors Congrats
Such a simple and vibrant card. SU! Thinlits: Sunshine Wishes, SU! Embossing Folder: Sparkle. Inside it says "So happy for you" and has stamped flower from "Sunshine Sayings"

Kitties for Brenda... 
These little cats are so fun... and perfect for my cat-lover friend, Brenda! They come from the SU! Pretty Kitty set. 

Llama, Llama, Llama
I love the underbite of a llama... and I love this stamp set and thinlit dies! (SU! Birthday Fiesta)

And this is a song I always think of when I think of llamas.... I encourage you to go check it out! 
Llama Llama Duck

Goldfish and Flowers Hello
From the SU! Jars of Love set...I love the matching framelits!!! Makes it so easy to create 3D cards!

Lightening Bugs Hello
Also from the SU! Jars of Love set. I grew up with Lightning Bugs in the back yard every summer. Sad they don't live out here on the California coast.

Rainy Day Friends
The umbrella, raindrops, and hearts are from SU! Weather together (and matching thinlit Die set). The sun rays behind the cloud is from SU! Kinda Eclectic. The words are from retired SU! set called See You Later. 

Tuscan Wishes
I love this new SU! set- the corkscrew is so cool. No, there aren't any thinlits for this... so lots of fussy cutting... but worth it. The musical notes paper is retired SU! DSP Natural Composition. "Thinking of You" is from SU! Wetlands.

Bella dog and friend
SU! Bella & Friends has such cute images. The flower and the trim are from the SU! Flourish Thinlits set. 

Love Birds
SU! Best Birds (with thinlits!)

A Basic Hello
SU! Botanical Blooms and thinlits- nice basic card

Fairy Door and Fairy House
I saw some Fairy Doors while in Ireland at a gift shop and was inspired to make one with the new SU! Fairy Celebration stamp set. The lovely green trim and vines are from the SU! Flourishes thinlits die set. 

Inside the fairy door... 
"All it takes is love, trust, and a little bit of fairy dust"

Also, I'd like to send a shout out to Cecile Ortiz, a French blogger and Stampin Up! demonstrator who has been inspiring me a lot these last few months... go check out her stuff! (and if you can't read French- use Google Translate)... Look at her amazing palm tree and beach Santa... Her palm tree is made from the SU! Pretty Pines dies... just great... That's my next project!


Mahalo for looking and Aloha everyone! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sunbursts and Miracles

I love it when the sun peeks from behind the clouds and makes it look like a miracle. So when I started playing with this sunburst framelit... I saw all sorts of potential. Here are few cards and projects from the past few days...

This is my Monthly Swap Club card- theme: "New Beginnings"- 
because a cup of coffee and a miracle cloud sounds like a great new beginning!
Stamps and dies from the SU! 2016 Occasions catty… All the words (inside it says "Happy Birthday to You" are from Sunburst Sayings. And the hearts are from A Nice Cuppa. For the cutting, I used the Sunburst and Cups & Kettle Dies as well as my circle punches. 
I used two Splitcoaststamper challenges: Color Challenge SC568: Saffron Gray Sky (So Saffron yellow, Smokey Slate gray, Soft Sky blue) and Sketch Challenge SC579.

Stamps and dies from the 2016 Occasions catty… 
SU! Stamps: Sunburst Sayings and Honeycomb Happiness. Inside the card it says "You're so Sweet" from Honeycomb Happiness.

Stamps and dies from the 2016 Occasions catty… 
SU! Stamps: Perpetual Birthday Calendar (hearts), Sunburst Sayings (dots and squiggle lines). and the Cups & Kettle framelits for the cups, heart, and spoon.
I made the straws by stamping the squiggle lines from Sunburst Sayings on paper and then rolling them. 

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Playing with ink and paper- Tea's on!

I love crafting. I love it all... how it takes 3 hours to make that one card... figuring out how to do some certain effect... finding the perfect sheet of pretty designer paper to go with the card... yup- true love.
So here is the effect of having one day to play... :)

My mother-in-law collected tea pots and used blue Willow Ware exclusively for all daily use. 
I loved it. So when I was working on this card, I kept thinking blue and white... 
Stampin' Up! stamp sets: A Nice Cuppa (and matching Cups and Kettle Framelits dies) and some homemade designer paper using the scattered flowers from Perpetual Birthday Calendar.  

Stampin' Up! stamp sets: A Nice Cuppa (and matching Cups and Kettle Framelits dies) and Flowering Fields (2016 Sale-A-Bration)
The designer paper is Twitterpated (retired) designer paper.

This next card is another sunburst card... and 
here's how I glued all the "throw away" pieces down without having to piece it all together... 
I cut the paper with the die cut, flipped it over and put liquid glue on the "throw away" pieces. 

Then I put the cardstock over the upside down and gluey pieces and pressed for a while with my fingers and a bone folder to get the pieces to stick to the cardstock. 

In the end I get two cards- the positive and the negative design.

Here is the final card I made with that piece... 
Stampin' Up! stamp sets: Kinda Eclectic (the sun rays and "a little kindness goes a long way", Ray of Sunshine (the sun's face), and Sunburst Sayings ("you brighten my day" and the squiggles and line of dots) with matching Sunburst Framelit Die.

And the non-SU! card for the day was using those Tim Holtz Crazy Birds finally...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Getting Creative Again!

I never really stop being creative.... but I'd rather stamp and cut paper then upload photos and post... so two months later... here are a few of my fave cards I created over that time. And as always, my recipes for my cards are on Splitcoaststampers in my gallery:

Hot Tubbing Owls- feeling warm and fuzzy- this was my Dec 2015 Swap Club submission theme “Warm Fuzzies”… I used the Owl punch, the Bird punch and SU! Stamps: Delight in Life, Enjoy Every Moment, Hardwood, Get Well Soup, All Boxed Up, Cottage Greetings.

Two Sunshine and Tea cards... 
Life is Good- The Kettle's On- from 2016 Occasions catty… loving the new Sunburst and Cups and Kettle diecuts! SU! Stamps: Project Life- Remember This for “Life is Good”, Tin of Cards “a happy hello” and the squiggle line inside the card, Sunburst Sayings “you BRIGHTEN my day”. 

Life is Good- Two for Tea- SU! Stamps: Project Life- Remember This for “Life is Good”, Tin of Cards “a happy hello” and the squiggle line inside the card. The cups are Cherry Cobbler on Tangelo Tangerine. They were inspired by the lovely cups by Michelle Zindorf.

Hello Honeycomb cute bird cards
This darling little bird from Honeycomb Happiness grabbed my heart for several cards:

Peep- Oh Hello and DSP- SU! Stamp: Honeycomb Happiness (bird and “oh hello”). The paper is all from (retired) International Bazaar DSP (designer specialty paper).

Peep- Just Because, You’re so Sweet. SU! Stamp: Honeycomb Hello, Tin of Cards "Just Because", Bordering Blooms (the vine stamp). Handpicked framelit for the signs. (Thanks Hermelinda for the inspiration to use these little signs like this!) The DSP is (retired) Sweet Sorbet.

Here are all the variations… just changing out the sign’s messages…

Watsonville Airshow Love…  I live in an area where there are tons of fields of crops that grow well in coastal California weather… artichokes, strawberries, etc. We also have an annual airshow with cool old planes here. So when I saw the artichoke plants and the old bi-plane, I just had to create this one. SU! Stamps: Flowering Fields, Sky is the Limit, and A Dozen Thoughts. The DSP is (retired) Twitterpated.

Disney Rewards Gift Card Holder
And here is a gift card holder I made for my grown up son’s birthday (a true Disney Fan)…. 

Thanks for looking! Leave a message :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Inspired to stamp

Thanks to my stampin buddy Sheryl, today was a great stamping day....
Here are a few of my creations...

I love Autumn- version 1
I used a sketch challenge from SplitCoast (SC567) for this card and the one below. I like the geometric shape of the cut off . The DSP is SU! 2015 Into the Woods, the Embossing Folder is by Darice and the saying (an all time fave of mine) is from SU! World of Dreams. 

I love Autumn- version 2
This way I colored the leaf reminds me of some fabrics from my mom's house. 

Hidden Fox
I used the SCS Color Combo Sketch for this one: CC557: Wild Cherry Sky.... And the little fox (from SU! The Wilderness Awaits) is under branches made from the big tree from SU! Lovely as a Tree. The little die cut words are from Elizabeth Craft.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


I've been making cards in all the free moments I have. Hoping to keep my growling down to a more manageable yip or small bark. :0  Also, I am starting up a monthly 5+2 swap by mail through SplitCoastStampers... and it's been fun receiving requests from folks wanting to join. So I thought I'd start off the club with my first theme that I will do "Welcoming Smiles". See the thank you cards below that I've send and will send. :)

Thank you card for new members to my Swap Club
card recipe is here (it's SC564)

Thank you card for new members to my Swap Club
recipe for this card is here (it's SC565)

I LOVE this little chickadee-  and I love that Heather of Judith Stamps inspired me to draw my own barbed wire. The die cut "happy" and "everything" stamp is from Taylored Expressions. 
This card so makes me smile! Here's the recipe on SCS
And here's the YouTube Video Channel of Heather teaching how to design and color the fence

Here's the other Judith Stamps card I made... If you notice the layout for the cards is similar... a left bottom corner object with rays coming off it. That was for the SCS sketch challenge SC563

The card... (above)  (recipe here)
And the envelope:... (below)
Again a day in the Judith Stamps booth at the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo... and I came home ready to play. I did the jumping frog card and then realized a see-through box for the frogs looking out on the envelope would be fun. These are just such wonderful stamps!! 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

House Mouse Love

Been playing with my little House Mouse stamps again. Love love love those little pictures!

These are being shipped off for a House Mouse swap I am participating in on SplitCoastStampers. So.... shhh, they are not due until Nov 2. :)

Smitten Kitten (and Mice)
When I crocheted this one, I so thought of how my mom used to knit whenever she sat on the couch.  I tried using real mini clothespins, but it got too bulky. So instead, I glossed the clothespins (hard to see in picture). Then I used the SU! Lattice Embossing Folder (retired now) to add more knit texture.
Colors: Tombow pens: 942, N89, 553, 800; SU! pens: Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel, Cherry Cobbler
House Mouse Stamps: “Cozy Mittens” and “I’m Smitten”
Paper: gray, brown, white
Accessories: 3D Galaxy Gloss, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn
Tools: SU! Lattice Embossing Folder, crochet hook, dauber, scissors, etc 

 Blowing Bubblegum Bubbles
I had fun layering all the punched colorful circles and making the bubblegum machine.
I used alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir, Copics, Touch, Letraset) 
to allow the images to shine through the colors so well.
Colors: Alcohol based pens: Copics: RV10, BV02; Touch Pens: 23, 47, BG1, BG5, WG4, WG 0.5; Letraset Pantone 537-T; Spectrum Noir BP4; Promarker Blender. Water Based: Tombow 912
House Mouse Stamps: “Chew, Blow, Pop” and “Mice Wishes”
Paper: Creative Memories Brights, white
Tools:  ¾ “ and 1” punches, CM circle cutter

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Feeling Good--- soon I hope...

Fun cards this past week- 
I wanted to use my new SU! Get Well Soup stamp and had this vision of making steam come off the bowl. To do this I used the new SU! Elegant Dots Embossing Folder in two different ways:
1) To get the "steam" dots on the pink paper- I inked Wisteria Wonder onto the raised dots side of the embossing folder and then twisted it when I stamped the dots onto the pink.
2) To get the white dots- I inked Wisteria Wonder onto the top side of the embossing folder and then ran white paper through it.

Get Well Soup

Inside the card, I put white paper and stamped Wisteria
hearts from SU! Perpetual Calendar.

Then for the bowl- I used a square make-up sponge and 
made angles with the sponging (see below)

My favorite is this one- with the little hearts added.

Thanks for looking! 
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