Sunday, January 25, 2009

Homemade Mountains + Valentine Riley

Still working on drawing to add to my stamped images. The trees in the foreground are Magnolia Stamps and Riley the Moose is from Hanna Stamps. ALL the rest is by ME! Yes, snowcapped mountains (I imagined Mount Shasta in CA), the birds in the sky, the little trees on the horizon, the mountain road, the blades of grass, the words, and the trail of hearts behind our trailblazing Riley!
Lots of fun! Hope it inspires y'all out there too!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ramblin Riley and Rural Lemonade Stand Tilda

Tonight's masterpieces involved lots of new techniques. So much fun! I plan on taking a class on Stampscapes at Stampers Warehouse in Danville in February... so... I think I'm in the mood for landscapes. I also still am playing with my Copics-like markers as much as I can... so I used them on both of these pieces.

Riley the Rambling Moose is driving along the countryside (feels like Point Reyes, CA area, don't you think?). And check out those clouds in the sky! (Marvy Oval Scallop Punch, light blue sponged on ink, layered). Thank you Tracy, teacher at Cranberry Hill (Sunnyvale) and at Stampers Warehouse. You like the zig-zaggy yellow lines in the grass and on the car? I do.... yellow first, then color over it but leave an area still yellow. The word DREAM is a rectangle that I made into a box with some extra lines and dots here and there.
(Riley- Hanna Stamps, Dream- G-rated Stamps, Hills and Pond- Magnolia Stamps)

Tilda Selling Lemonade in the Woods is a masterpiece for me because I took the challenge put out by Marianne Walker ( to doodle and draw as well as stamp and color. First, I drew a mouth and nose (YAY! she has a face now!!) Then, I drew the boxes. I used little wood grain pieces of lumber stamps from my Carpenter Ants set (G-Rated Stamps). Then, I drew the lemonade pitcher and glasses! (I was feeling very talented at this point). I also drew the outline for the far away mountains (color combination was a green and a blue to make that darker green mountain). I had a boo boo, though, smack in the middle of the page on the back mountains. One of the caps on my wanna-be Copic Markers fell off and the fat tip was dried at first but now is darker and streakier and I forgot about that before I trashed the mountain top. The Copic-like blender pens came somewhat to the rescue. Oh well, c'est la vie. (Tilda and Trees- Magnolia Stamps, DREAM, Wood, grass- G-Rated Stamps, Mushrooms- Stampendous) (Copic like markers- ShinHan Touch, Pantone Tria, and Letraset Promarker)

Happy stamping and creating! ~Makani

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I went to my friend Jody's house for a girl's night out and brought my stamping gear. She made a valentine for her hubby (can't show it 'cause it's a secret for him) and I made this. Stamps are from the In Full Bloom set by Stampin Up, the pink die cut is the Top Note from Stampin Up and the embossed dots are with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Pop up dots under the flower parts only to make them look like a bouquet popping out. TFL!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Okay, I'm a plebe. (That's Shakespeare for cheap seats).... I'm going to see Phantom of the Opera tomorrow and just can't get to sleep. Too excited! So I thought I'd post another wonderful masterpiece for the 6 people who might be reading this blog. These were made with cookie cutters and Femo clay (I combined colors to get the brown gingerbread color) Then I pressed one of those Ikea tealight candles into them before cooking.... so they make perfect holiday tealight candle holders. Thank you Gold Canyon candle company for the idea in their catalog. Hugs all around, on me. M