Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Shellabrate Your Anniversary

Well, one more anniversary card with this super-cute couple from Tiddly Inks. They were a freebie a few months ago and I decided to use them for the three anniversary cards I had to make. I colored them with copic markers, but forgot to write down the colors (I am so sorry!). I added small dots on them with a white gel pen. The sun is a paper clip and I added shell buttons, beads and a strip of burlap ribbon. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut and write on the cloud and the rainbow is a little sticker. I hope you enjoy my card!
Shellabrate and enjoy every day!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Coloring Sophie

This month our image for the Outlawz Challenges Progressive Freebie came from Little Blue Button and is called Coloring Sophie. It's a very cute image that can be used for many different occasions. I've used copic markers to color it and then used the Outlawz Challenges Wednesday Sketch Challenge layout to make my card. So many times I get stuck on how to put a card together, so the Sketch Challenges really help with great ideas! The copic markers I used were minimal, the W's for the kitty, V17, 15, 12 for the yarn ball, E29, 27, 25, 23 for her hair and shoes, E30's for the chair seat, C's for the chair legs, Y's and YR23 for the table and E21 andC1 for the floor. I hope you enjoy my card.
Have a lovely day!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fin-tastic Anniversary

Wow - has your summer been as hot as ours? We are having late August temperatures right now and it's crazy! My niece's anniversary card practically made itself with the summer heat we're having right now. For this card I used the mermaid couple from Tiddly Inks that was offered a couple of months ago (April) as a freebie on her blog. I colored them with copic markers, added some white gel pen highlights all over their tails and then fussy-cut them out. The paper on the card is some scrapbooking paper - one that had a sun and the other had shells all over it. I placed a piece of burlap ribbon where the two papers met and added some plastic shell buttons (I cut off the shanks) and a couple of beads. Then I printed a shell with some text on top saying, "Have a Fin-tastic Anniversary!" I attached this shell with a small piece of shimmery elastic as if it is hanging from the sky. I hope my niece and her husband enjoy the card! Have a look:
I hope you have a Fin-tastic day!

Monday, June 17, 2019


For the month of June, The Outlawz Challenges Progressive Freebie Challenge image is from M Medel Illustraions and is called Nadia. It's a simple yet elegant image that has so many possibilities and great for working on your coloring skills - eyes, hair, skin. I did not find Nadia in M Medel's Etsy shop, but there are many other images available! I used Square Frame Fancy from Mo's Digital Pencil to frame Nadia. The frame comes in both black and white and pre-colored versions, both available with one purchase - very versatile! I used the pre-colored version for my card. I colored the image with copic markers and used a small jewel flower for a necklace, drawn in with a gold metallic pen. I placed a jewel dragonfly at the top and used green velvet ribbon for embellishment. The layout is from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges, too! You should check out The Outlawz Challenges - they have a different challenge for each day of the week, some are two weeks or a month long and there are PRIZES! We have great sponsors at The Outlawz Challenges! The card I made this month is for a friend who just entered hospice care. I hope it gives her a bit of a lift as she goes through this difficult time.
Enjoy your lovely June day!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bye Bye

I have to admit that I had a BLAST creating this birthday card for my nephew! He's turning 18 and is off to Ball State University, the same university from where I, one of my sisters and my brother (his dad) graduated. It took me a couple of days to work out the details for the look of my card, and then there's all the measuring and positioning. I used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil called bye bye (b). I colored the image with Copic markers and added little touches of a silver gel pen to the white handle streamers and the gray metal of the tricycle and car backpack. I also added little touches of a red glitter pen to the red handle streamers and the tricycle. On the backpack I put "BSU HERE I COME" and covered the little window with Glossy Accents. In the window of the card I put a couple of pictures of the BSU campus and printed the BSU logo several times on the outside paper. I then cut a little path using a gold paper I had and placed the tricyle on it as if he is pedaling his way to school! I can't wait to hear what he thinks of his birthday card!!! Let me know what you think, too!
I am entering my card in Mo's Digital Challenge this month, "Anything "Mo" Goes...with an optional theme of "For the Boys/Guys!"
I hope you have a wonderful June!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Papale Lauhala

So, "Papale Lauhala" translates to Lauhala Hat. Lauhala is the leaf from the pandanus tree.Once dried and softened it can be stripped to the width you wish to use and weave it to make many different items. The leaves also dry in various shades, depending upon the tree. Some are more white and can go to a deep red and even a chocolate brown. For the last 20 years I have been attending the Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona conference in Kona, Hawaii. It is a lauhala weaving conference that takes place in May with many different classes and levels, depending on your skills and interests. This year I made a lauhala hat with an overlay, that is, placing a different fiber on top of the lauhala, to enhance a pattern. The pattern I used/learned is a switch-back. The fibers I used are black banana, white bamboo, and bamboo leaf. The bamboo leaf came from another participant at the conference who harvested it in Japan. She weaves bamboo in Japan and brought the dried leaf to share with others to use. The conference was so much fun - seeing friends I've made over the years, making new ones, learning new things! Here is the hat I made - I placed a shell necklace around the brim to decorate it.
I've been talking with a friend about her making a lei hulu (feather lei) for the brim. I'm excited to see what she will design, as she makes beautiful feather leis!
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Feed The Birds

Masculine cards are always the hardest for me to make. With Father's Day coming up I was struggling with what kind of card to make for my stepdad. Then I saw a card on one of my FB groups (Bella and Bronte's Clubhouse) and fell in love with the possibilities of these images.
The images are a combination of Little Birdies and Feed The Birds, both from Mo's Digital Pencil. Really, the image could be used for masculine or female, boy or girl, and lots of different sentiments could go with it. And she carries many images that can be used for masculine cards, so go take a look!
My mom and stepdad LOVE to keep birdseed out, year-round, with a bird book at hand to help them identify all the different kinds of birds they see. So, I thought this would make a great Father's Day card. My stepdad loves the color blue, so I used my favorite blue combo in copic markers for the coat and birds, B99, B28, B24, B32. I used some yellow copic markers for the rest of the birds, Y28, YR23, Y15, Y23, Y11. The boots did not turn out quite like I planned - I wanted a brown/yellow color, but I am still learning how to use those markers! I used some lovely greens for the scarf, G29, G07, YG03. For the ground I used E11, E13, E15, and E18. Then I wanted the birdseed to stand out, so I colored a sliver of my paper with the browns and yellow copics, cut it into tiny pieces, dampened them and then rolled them between my fingers to make tiny birdseed. I glued them on wherever there was birdseed on the picture, including in the palm of the mitten. Then, after it dried, I colored lightly on top of the birdseed with a white gel pen, then a yellow glitter gel pen. I know, a lot of work for some birdseed, but it was kind of fun to play with and added a little dimension/3D to my card! The sentiment I used is from the Little Birdies set. So, here is my card, let me know what you think!
I am going to enter this in the current Mo's Blog Challenge, "Anything Goes."
Remember - It's the little things that make a big difference! Have a wonderful day!