Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Last 2014 Calendar - Shave Ice Anyone?


Popping in to share this just for fun/CAS mini calendar for 2014 featuring Shave Ice Anyone Bunny from Kitty Bee Designs.

So happy to finally use up the last of my 2014 mini calendars!!  Can't wait to get started on some 2015 ones for next year.  After printing and coloring up this cute little bunny, it didn't take me too long to figure out what to make.  I used the Tim Holtz postage stamp die for the base and the patterned paper. Used pop dots to give Bunny a nice lift and added the laser die cut word in that pretty red to balance everything out.

Added Stickles over the top of the shave ice and I was done.  A cute image paired with the Aloha sentiment makes me want to go out and get me some shave ice.  (hahaha)   Gonna keep it short & sweet!  Hope you all have a nice hump day!  Mahalo for stopping by!

Supplies used:

  • Shave Ice Anyone Bunny - Kitty Bee Designs
  • Sentiment - Island Scrapbooking
  • Patterned paper - Colorbok
  • Tim Holtz postage stamp die - Sizzix
  • Pop dots - Daiso Japan 
  • Stickles
  • Calendar - Taylored Expressions
  • Chipboard - Kelly Paper 
  • Copics:
    • Bunny - BG000, R20
    • Shave Ice - BG02, YR16, R29, YG23

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Happy Day - Festival Lily


Hope you're having a nice weekend.  Thanks to Alyce from Kit and Clowder I got to play with a lovely free digital image created by the very talented Wendy Burns, owner of All Dressed Up.  Her name is Festival Lily and if you're a part of the Kit and Clowder Facebook community you'll have already received and participated in the coloring contest using this beautiful image.  

Here's the card I made, love how girly it turned out.

Had a bit of fun with a new photo editor, Pixlr which created this very cool glamour shot.  I must say it makes my card look very professional...  (lol)  I love how soft & kawaii it makes everything look. Sorta whimsical just like this image.  Here's my coloring before the glamour shot in case you wanted to see the flaws, I mean the difference. lol...

That's all I have for now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and as always, Mahalo for stopping by!

Supplies used:

  • Festival Lily digi - All Dressed Up
  • Essential backgrounds Text style clear stamps Product # LVB297 - Whiff of Joy
  • Patterned papers Lyric & Fairy Rhymes, flowers Lucille Song Bird #555597 - Prima Marketing
  • White Neenah cardstock
  • Die-namics Mini Album Squares, Dainty Dots border  - MFT 
  • Designer Mini Tags, leafy branch, burlap twine natural - Taylored Expressions
  • Sentiment, sequins - Winnie & Walter 
  • Open leaf flourish die - LLLC
  • Laser cut wood butterfly - Recollections
  • Handicraft lace - Daiso Japan
  • Distress inks: Tumbled glass, walnut stain, stickles - Tim Holtz by Ranger
  • Versafine Vintage sepia - Tsukineko
  • Magic Perlen Pens: transparent blue & transparent - Viva Decor
  • Copics:
    • Skin: E000, E21, E00, R30
    • Hair: N7, N4, B24
    • Dress/butterflies: G0000, G000, G00, G02, YR00, E30, E31, N3, N1, E11, YR82
    • Outline: G000

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A little Thanks


Today I'm popping in for a fun and quick card I made after seeing this awesome card by card creator and owner of the Deconstructed Sketch, Jen Shults.  She made it as a just for fun card and that inspired me too.

This is a no coloring on this card which made putting it together pretty quick.  All the pieces on this card are mainly scraps that were on the table from other projects, all except the felt and the green & white polka dot paper.  Here are the supplies used:
I hope you're all having a great Saturday!!  Take care and Mahalo for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

LFF #76 - Happy Birthday Danny!


Today for Lilo's Fun Friday #75, I wanted to share a card I made for a little boy named Danny Nickerson from Foxboro, Massachusetts.  He's celebrating his 6th birthday today!!  Woo Hoo!!  On my last post, I shared a link to Danny's story and his only wish was to receive birthday cards for his birthday.  How cool is this?  I read on Facebook yesterday that he has already received more than thousands of cards/packages and it's not his birthday yet!  OMG that is awesome!!  I know quite a few amazing cardmakers from all over the globe who were busily making their cards to send to Danny by his birthday.  Whether he receives them by today or days later, I'm sure he will be smiling from ear to ear having the time of his life opening each card and package.  That's what I love about this crafting community: People from all over getting excited about sending a brave and inspiring little guy a birthday card.  I jumped on the bandwagon and made this card featuring someone who I think will definitely make Danny's birthday a little bit brighter and bring him a smile too...

Yep, it's a very special guest appearance by none other than Bob the Yeti from Y&FH!  It's been quite some time since I inked up this gentle giant.  As you can see I wiped away all the Christmas lights and gave him a nice furry look.  He's dressed up for the occasion with his red bow tie and the glasses, doesn't he look dapper?  I think so.  After coloring him up I pulled a fairly new paper pad that had a cool birthday theme and used several sheets to make a card with no real layout in mind.  Just started cutting and things just sorta came together...

Ta-da!!  hahaha!!  I love how bright and happy this card turned out to be.  I hope Danny feels the same way. ^.^  See my brain works so much better late at night or is that early morning?!  hahaha!  The sentiment is also from the same paper pad and totally worked as a cool banner.  This paper pad made it super easy to complete this card.  Now as most of you know, I don't usually add anything to the inside, except a nice sheet of white printing paper with a computer generated sentiment, but I decided hey why not, it's only 3am, keep going, and so I did. (bahahaha!)  Instead of going with just the patterned paper and a white space for a little message I added two more familiar faces to add an extra cuteness factor. (If fun also comes to mind I accomplished my goal.)  Also making a guest appearance, say hello to my little friends, Fumi (w/ Turtle) & Chuckles (w/ Gecko).  

See my brain really does work better at night/early morning.  (hahaha)  Inside the white space I wrote a little message to Danny wishing him a fabulous birthday, not sure if he's able to read that, but I'm sure one of his parents will.  Alrighty folks, I think I'll close with a shout out to Danny...

Mahalo for stopping by!  Happy Aloha Friday!!  God Bless!

Supplies I used:
Bob the Yeti, Fumi w/ Turtle, Chuckles w/ Gecko stamps (Yumi & Fumi Handmade), MFT dies (beautiful bows, stitched circles), LLLC Flag banner die, white & black Neenah cardstock, red with embossed dots cardstock (Michael's), CC Designs Cutters Guys die, 6x6 patterned paper We R Memory Keepers HIP HIP hooray! (I purchased it at Michael's), Danny's name was handwritten with Copic W10.  Copics used to color Bob: W2, W4, W6 W7, B93, B91 & R21.  Sorry I forgot to write down the Copics for the other two images (In my defense it was 3am by that time... hahaha!)  Toodles!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Send a Birthday card to Danny!

Hey everyone!

This is my second post today, scroll down to see a fun tag I made over the weekend.

I'm popping in (again) to share an inspirational story I saw on Facebook.  There's a little boy who's 6th birthday is on Friday, July 25th.  He's a sweet courageous and lovable little guy and all he wants for his birthday is a box full of birthday cards with his name on it.  I don't normally do this, but since we're all crafters why not?  Now I know this community and I know we all have lots of cards that could be sent to this little guy to make his birthday the best ever.  Just add a little or big tag with his name, Danny, and send it out.

Easy peasy

For all the details on his story and how you can make his birthday wish come true read HERE.  A good tip to remember which is not listed on the site but I'm taking it from Kris' Make a Keiki Smile rules: No glitter of any type (loose, on paper, stickles, etc) or loose embellishments on the cards. *Paper is included in the "No" because there are bits that fall off or can be rubbed off. If adding embellies, make sure they are secured with good glue. Now again, this is something I'm going to do, not something that is restricted.

I'm gonna stay up for awhile longer tonight so that I can send the card out tomorrow.  Will you join me?

Another Thanks Tag


Are you ready for another tag?  Don't worry this is gonna be short and sweet.  Yes, I enjoyed the little things this weekend and one of them was making a few tags for my stash.  You can never have too many Thank you tags, so I had fun with this one...

After cutting out the tags with black and white cardstock I die cut the thanks into the white tag. Glued it to the black tag and then went on a stamping frenzy using the different sizes and shapes of Sakura flowers with different colored Distress inks. Added the twine to tie it all together. (pun intended.... lol)

Used the following supplies: Tag You're It MFT die, Taylored Expressions word die, Sakura stamps from Sister Stamps, Distress Inks (shabby shutters, spiced marmalade, mustard seed & peacock feathers), sequins from Winnie & Walter, Doodlebug twine, Neenah black and white cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

4, 3, 2, 1... Happy Birthday!


Hope you all had a nice weekend.  It's back to grind for most of us right?!  Let's make it a good one!  Today I wanted to share a card I made for one of my co-workers.  We are celebrating his birthday on Friday and I wanted to make sure that I didn't wait until the last minute to make it.

The newest challenge over at The Cutting Edge challenge blog was a great inspiration. This challenge blog is related to the Tag You're It challenge blog.  Each is all about CAS and that's something that I'm always trying to accomplish for quick and easy cards for my inventory.   I'm really happy that I found this challenge blog because I have tons of dies that don't get used.  Hoping to use a lot more of them as each challenge theme is revealed.  So here is the inspiration for their current challenge:

I liked the color combo as well as the different elements used.  So that's what I chose to use.  Here are the supplies:  Neenah white, black, silver and kraft cardstock, MFT Tag You're It die, Tim Holtz filmstrip die, red/white ribbon, TE Graphic Greeting Birthday stamp (Inspired/Enabler by Rachel -thanks!), TE Party banner cutting platered hot red ink (MFT),  and numbers using the CC Cutters Bubble number die.  Here is the card:

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  This is definitely something that I'm not used to creating, but happy to try new things.  Hope my co-worker likes it as well.

PS - I can't remember when I last said this so I'll say it today, Thank you so much for all the wonderful and happy comments you've left me.  I really do appreciate them!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great Monday!

Linking up to this challenge:
The Cutting Edge Challenge: Challenge #4

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Anuhea tags


It's been so long since I played in a challenge that I thought I would do something easy.  I found this cool blog called, Tag You're It, as I was checking out another cool blog, The Cutting Edge.

The TYIC blog is all about making CAS tags.  How cool and easy!  It is a fairly new challenge blog and only on their 2nd challenge.  (Read all about the rules and such HERE) Thought I'd give it a go just for fun and to add to my stash.  Here is the inspiration:

These colors are perfect for summer.  Here's my take on it:

The tag itself is from MFT and coincidentally is called Tag, You're It.  (I kid you not! lol)  I love that it comes with it's own pierced hole.  I just received Anuhea as a blog prize from Sister Stamps release #24 and had to ink her up right away.  I love how adorable she is, so happy for her shave ice.  To read all about Anuhea stop by the Sister Stamps introductory blog post HERE.  I also received some other goodies (including the Mahalo laser cut sentiment from Island Scrapbooking) so I had to add it to my tag.  The hibiscus behind it is another laser cut image from Island Scrapbooking that I picked up on my trip last year.  Keeping it as CAS as possible I inked up an old wood grain background stamp with the following Distress inks: mustard seed, scattered straw, wild honey, spiced marmalade & worn lipstick to make a gradient pattern.  I also added 3 sequins from Walter & Winnie and the twine is by Doodlebug.  The last part was stamping Anuhea directly on to the tag and I was done.

I was having so much fun that I did another tag but changed it up a bit by breaking out some Copics...

She is soo cute!!  This time I stamped Anuhea first, masked her, then used a different background stamp (I believe it is a retired wood block stamp from Taylored Expressions) with the same Distress inks above.  I also added 3 Walter & Winnie sequins and although you can't see it I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to add some sparkle to Anuhea's shave ice and her slippas.  The "thanks" sentiment was a freebie from Taylored Expressions.  Here they are side by side.  The same yet totally different.  Love how they turned out.

Alrighty, it's back to the craft table for me to see what other projects I can do.  Maybe I'll continue to make more tags with this adorable little girl, or start on my 2015 calendars.  So many things to consider.  I hope you're having a great Saturday and if you're not crafting that you're having a great day.  Mahalo for stopping by!

Challenge:  Tag You're It CH #2

Friday, July 18, 2014

Aloha Friday Challenge #28 - Favorite Color Combo

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

You know what that means... A new and fun Aloha Friday Challenge with Kitty Bee Designs!!  Here's the challenge for the next two weeks:

Favorite color combo

We are sponsored by the awesome Megan K. Suarez aka:

Stop by the challenge blog to see the awesome projects from my teammates using either a Dilly Beans digi or a Kitty Bee Designs image.  We were lucky enough to receive a few images to play with.  I actually grabbed this one when it was a freebie and loved it right off the bat.  Here is Elly Framed and my color combo is anything with black or brown and in this case it was the colors of the rainbow...

I printed a panel of the same image and colored them up with Copic markers.  Afterwards I matted them to a black panel.  I found some really cool paper from a Colorbok stack which became the backdrop.  I normally don't color the eyes with red, but I've seen so many in blogland that I had to try it and ya know, I really love how it turned out.  Especially with the gradient of orange and yellow.  I tried to do that with the blue and greens but it doesn't stand out as much.  Still love how they all turned out. ^.^

I think I used a lot of markers I haven't used in a long time which was great, because some of them had dried up ink. Boo!!  I'll have to go through them all just to see which ones I need to refill.  I do not relish that task. hahaha! Anyhoos, we hope you'll join us for this super easy challenge.  Have a happy Aloha Friday and a great weekend!!  Mahalo for stopping by!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Koi Fish Card for Lisa


Hope you all had a nice weekend.  I certainly did.  Saturday was my friend's, Lisa, birthday party.  She turned the big 4-0 a few days before and we were getting together to celebrate.  She told me that the theme would be fish and lots of flowers, hibiscus, plumerias, etc...  So I told her that I would make her a birthday card with fish and boy did I ever!!  Here's the card featuring 3 separate dies.

I know! It's so busy yea? hahaha!!  Well once I started I really couldn't stop!  I made this in to a shaker card and boy it was not easy!  (sigh)  First up I used a Memory Box Clever Koi die and cut out 8 of the fishes.  There is a lot of cool details once you cut the fish out.  I googled koi fish images because I wanted to color them up as close to the real ones as possible.  Using several different Copics I had a fish party.  I think I did a pretty good job, what do you think?

I don't know which one is my favorite... Possibly the orange with the black dots and the gray fins.  I had a blast coloring these up.  Using mostly the stippling technique.  I chose to use the same background stamp I used on this card, for the background on today's card.  Inked the stamp up with both brown corduroy and peeled paint because all koi live in dirty water. (eww right?!) I left a 1/4" white border around the whole piece.  

Next, I positioned 6 of the koi randomly, as if they were swimming in their own little pond.

I just realized that I adhered the top part upside down! hahaha! Oh well it's so busy you can't really tell.  I used a Swirls cutting plate from Taylored Expressions.  I used the same background stamp and inks to ink up the swirls piece.  I cut a piece of acetate to fit the cover and added the dimensional adhesive all the way around the border.  So that it wouldn't collapse on the inside I added some pieces of dimensional tape underneath parts of the thicker swirls.  Next I poured in bitty beads in turquoise, green, copper and clear then closed up the last part.  The last two koi went on top of the card.  I added them to the corners along with some cherry blossom flowers from La-La Land Crafts to the corners and underneath the koi.  Colored them with Distress inks (worn lipstick and mustard seed) and added Hero Arts flower gems to some of them for some bling.  The sentiment is a laser die from Island Scrapbooking which I colored with Copic YR09.  Down below is the koi fish I really liked and you can see the beads...

Here's a close up of the top part of the card where I added more of the cherry blossoms and the last gold koi fish.

Can you see the details on the koi and the cherry blossoms?  These are really great dies, that give awesome details. I'm pretty sure I'll be using all the dies on this card again and again... And with that I'll stop.  Whew! I appreciate if you read all the way through, thanks.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

LFF #75 - For a sweet friend... Hi :)


Hope everyone is enjoying their Aloha Friday.  It's been crazy in my little part of the world and it doesn't seem to be slowing down.  Boy I wish I could win the lottery! hahaha!  Anyways, today I have a fun card to share for today's Lilo's Fun Friday #75.  I recently discovered a new (to me) digital stamp company called Little Blue Button.  I apologize, but I don't remember where I saw it to begin with.  It might have been Shirl's blog, she's always ahead of the game when it comes to finding new stamp companies, especially the digital kind. I purchased a few of their images but also downloaded this cutie, Sally with Heart, that was in their freebie section and made this card...

Had fun with this one.  Chose some items from my stash including the flowers, pearls and papers.  Colored her with warm Copics and E000, E00.  The dies used were from La-La Land Crafts (Heart Banner & Filigree corner)  I had some fun and wrote, "Hi :)" inside the hearts on the banner and popped them up with dimensional adhesive.  The sentiment is computer generated and I cut it in to a flag sort of banner and distressed it with Ranger TH Distress ink (Brushed corduroy).  Actually used that ink all over this card including the banner to give it a nice vintage look.  I loved the paper from MME with it's newpaper printing and the pretty blue design with the bird.  Everything was matted on to a silver piece of cardstock and then on to kraft cardstock for the card.   The flowers are from Prima. Here's a close up of Sally and the banner:

I've already printed her out a couple more times and colored her up differently.  Hoping to find some inspiration to add her to a card, or maybe a tag.. We shall see.  For now, it's back to the grind. I hope you all have a terrific summer Friday afternoon/evening and that you have a wonderful weekend!! Mahalo for stopping by, until next time!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another Sakura Set card

Hey everyone!

Popping in to share another CAS card featuring the Sakura stamp set from Sister Stamps.  I'm really enjoying using this set to make no-fuss cards.  So much fun to stamp away and not have to color anything.  I used some of the stamps to make this bereavement card.

It's so hard to make these kinds of cards, so trying to make it simple is always my goal.  Here I mimicked my last card.  I don't know if you can see it but there is a strip of washi paper underneath the sentiment.  I sorta like how the flowers blend in between the white strip and the washi paper.  The card itself is ivory Tsumugi cardstock from Hanko Designs.

Before I sign off I wanted to say thank you for all the lovely comments here, you are all so very sweet and I hope I give the same to you.  Have a great Thursday and if you have some time stop by the Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday challenge to play. Take care!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Susie


Today I have a CAS card featuring the Sakura stamp set from the last release from Sister Stamps.  I have been wanting to use them in a background only card after I saw this card on Lalo's blog.  I finally got the chance this weekend.  I pulled out the Sakura stamps, some dew drop Memento inks and a couple MFT ink pads to create this card:

I love the color scheme, so bright and happy for a summer birthday.  The sentiment is computer generated and kinda goes with the flower power background.  The cool thing about using a computer generated sentiment is that you can choose any font you like.  I really like how it turned out and plan to make similar cards for my stash with different colors and sentiments.

Hope you're all having a great Tuesday!  Mahalo for stopping by!  Catcha later!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Welcome little one - Spotlight time at KBD


Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend spent with family, friends, food and some fireworks.  I spent the weekend going to Anime Expo, watched fireworks in my neighborhood, and got in some good food with friends & family.  So all the bases were covered. :)  I got in some craft time too. Made a few cards for fun and for my DT responsibilities. Today is the 1st Monday of the month and I have the spotlight at the Kitty Bee Designs blog...

Here's my version of baby shabby chic.  I used one of my favorite KBD images, Balloon Flying Panda, for today's spotlight.  There seems to be a lot of ladies at work that are expecting so I need to make sure I have enough cards to give out.  This image is perfect for any baby theme.  I love that I can color it up using neutral, boy or girly tones.  Here I used more girly tones.  I'm glad I was able to use a lot of my tools and supplies. Especially my newer dies.

Here's a close up of some of the dies used.  The first is the Lovely view die by Spellbinders for Little Darlings.  Love this die, it's really pretty.  I first used kraft cardstock to cut it, embossed it with a Swiss dots folder and using corduroy ink with a sponge I went all the way around it to give it that cool rustic color.  I did the same to most of this card trying not to go overboard.  The banner and corner dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  I'm slowly building up my LLLC and MFT die collection and am hoping to be able to use them all real soon.  The other die I used was a leaf die from LLLC that is right under the giant Prima flower.  The sentiment is one from my computer generated stash that I cut in to a banner and distressed.

Glad I can add this card to my stash, it'll just be really hard to let it go.  LOL!  Anyone else have that problem? hehe... Anyhoos, stop by the Kitty Bee Designs Etsy store to pick up some adorable images and then come join our current challenge, click HERE for more details.  And last before I sign off I'd like to share that the new members of our design team have been announced, click HERE to find out who they are. Make sure to stop by and welcome them to the team.

Mahalo for stopping by today, have a great week and I hope you get in some crafty time.

Team Bees for Kitty Bee Designs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Peach boy


Hope you're all having a nice weekend.  Popping in to share another baby card featuring the Peach boy aka Momotaro from Sister Stamps.  Another cute stamp to use for baby boy cards or just for fun.  Read all about this image here.  We grew up on that story, and somewhere in this house is the book which was given to us by our grandparents.  It would be fun to read it again.  I found this link to an animated version from the Sister Stamps blog you can go watch.

So getting back to my card... I thought something fun and simple would be best.  I even tried to go for summer colors...

Isn't he cute?!  Don't ya just wanna poke his belly!  hehehe...  This card was fun to put together.  I used several new items for this card.  The leaf is a La-La Land Crafts die, the peaches are part of the Sakura stamp set that Sister Stamps also released, the water embossing on the kraft cardstock is from Crafter's Companion, and the background stamp is from Local King Rubber Stamps.  I used lemon drop ink from MFT and desert sand from Memento to ink up the two lighter colored panels.  Adding a colored Momotaro to the bottom and the sentiment completed the card.

I used Copics to color the leaf and the peaches.  Using the water embossing folder added a fun element to the otherwise boring kraft cardstock.  I'm happy with how this turned out.

Another cutie inked and ready to go in to my stash.  I'm going to try and color him without hair next time, we'll see how that goes.  (hahaha)  Well thanks a lot for stopping by.  I hope you all have a great day!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday... America!

Hey everyone!

Hope you're all enjoying this wonderful Independence Day.  As I type fireworks are going off outside. Mind you these would be illegal fireworks because they are not legal to set off in this part of Los Angeles. Not that any of our neighbors care.  I'm sure there are other areas that are like that so all I can say is stay safe and don't be dumb!

I had a lot of fun making this simple birthday card. I used red cardstock and a Stamps by Judith star stubby stamp (whew trying saying that 3x fast! hahaha)  I went all around the edge using red hot Colorbox premium dye ink from MFT.  Next I pulled some fun red/white/blue patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers (Red, White & Blue 6x6 stack) and cut up two of the different patterns using different levels of the wonky Spellbinders dies.  The sentiment is an Island Scrapbooking laser cut.  Last is my image.  She is one of the Fairwees, Mia's Confetti, from Sweet November.  She's the perfect image to use for this celebratory card. I fussy cut her out including her wings and now she kinda looks like a mini Wonder Woman! hahaha...  I had no clue her outfit would turn out like that when I added the white stars to her skirt.  I love the affect!!

Wishing you all a wonderful and SAFE 4th of July weekend.  Be responsible, but have fun!  Mahalo for stopping by!

Me having fun with my photo app... Have a great weekend!!