Monday, August 31, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Day 184- Movie Monday

Thanks to Pam for coming up with a challenge to honor the late John Hughes...many of his movies are the hallmarks of my childhood/adolescence and his genius will be missed. Anyway, it's been awhile since I saw this movie, but as others did, I looked it up on-line to get some ideas. The quote on the front is the "tagline" from the movie poster...well, it's most of it, I played with it a bit! :) hehe!


Get it? For those that don't, the rest of the line is "Duckie" (i.e., one of the characters in the movie's nickname). I had to run to Wally world this afternoon to get the duckie sticker as I had NOTHING in my gear to use for a duck! Oh well, got some other stuff I needed too! ;) A trip to Wally World is never wasted!

I followed the Joy Fold Card tutorial on SCS. Paper is Cert. Celery, Pretty in Pink (really!), whisper white, Tea Party DSP and Raspberry Tart DSP. Flowers on the front are from the Fabulous Flowers SU! set and stamped in coordinating ink, embossed, cut out, and embellished with rhinestones. TFL!

BTW, just a bit of trivia for you that I found the end of this movie, Hughes didn't want Andie and Blane to get together, he wanted Andie and Duckie! I didn't know that. :-0 Apparently the studio pressured him to change his original ending. He was so upset that he made another almost identical storylined movie (Say Anything) where the characters similar to Andie and Duckie do get together! Yeah for Hollywood movie magic!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

BIG flower

Day 183 - Super Sketchy Sunday
While cleaning/organizing some stuff yesterday afternoon I found this flower that I saved from a gift package. As I went for a literal interpretation of today's challenge at 365 Cards I thought it would work for the flower. Added the yellow buttons for the center and think I will submit for another challenge on a blog that my mom sent me today. Paper is SU! Bella Rose with a Kiwi Kiss textured CS base and diamond. If I give this to someone, will have to make a box for it as it's too big for an envelop. TFL!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Checkerboard Quilt

Day 179 - Checkerboard BackgroundHappy Saturday Everyone!
Here's my submission for the Checkerboard Background challenge at 365 cards...not sure why this one was harder for me...couldn't decide what to do. Anyway, I was inspired by a birth announcement I received this week from a childhood friend, so this will be going to him and his family. Of course, it's a boy so used Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and Parisian Breeze DSP. I weaved 1" strips of paper into the checkerboard pattern, trimmed to fit card front. Itty Bitty buttons were tied on and the zig-zag on the edge was hand-sewn (gotta get that sewing machine out and figure out how to that on there! Knew it would take too long to do that today, maybe when I don't need it for a challenge!). I had trouble with the ribbon, couldn't get it trimmed straight, so it ended up a bit short, but oh well. :) TFL!

Day 182 - Sporty Saturday

Okay, adding this one to my previous post from today. I think this one makes the final one from this week's 365 Card challenges. I just bought this "I [heart] my dog" set - Hero Arts last night and was stoked that I could use it today! This doggie reminds me of my puppy and how she hops around the yard! So funny to watch. Anyway, although the set has a ball, I cut one out from some patterned paper I had and drew in the bouncy lines. The "grass" was hand cut. It's not really "sporty" although I'm sure the dogs think playing fetch/catch qualifies as a sport! :) Thanks again for looking! Aloha!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Days 180 and 181

I'm getting pretty good at doing these cards at night...Of course, keeping them simple helps a GREAT deal! Gotta remind myself, more is not necessarily better!

Anyway, here is Day 180 - Going Vintage for 365 Cards...
It kinda ended up being a "shabby" vintage as I distressed the edges of the graphic and crumpled up the paper lace to make it look a bit more like fabric lace...not sure I achieved that, but it was fun to do! Colors are Kraft, Always Artichoke, and Very Vanilla. That's generic brown satin ribbon, sentiment was printed on the computer, and Nesties were used to cut the ovals. I didn't have a vintage looking stamp, so broke out a book of scrapbook images that are all vintage in appearance (thanks mom for those!) and printed it on Very Vanilla. Tried to distress it a bit with ink...think I got a bit too heavy with that.

On to Day 181 - White SpaceI kept this one VERY simple...the hardest part was using the corner rounder to make the scallops...maybe I can ask my NEW SU! demonstrator to order me a fancy scallop edger punch! hehehe! The stamps are from the SU! "Love Matters" set. Used generic brown ribbon (again...well it was out!), blinged it up a bit with a rhinestone and used some generic heart brads. Papers are Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. Ink is Vintage Photo Distress Inks. TFL!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"vintage" chalkboard

Day 178 - Back to School
Okay, I titled this "vintage" as I just saw that on 365 Cards but this is not my submission for the vintage challenge. :) As I was making this for the Back to School challenge, I was thinking that most of the classroom that I go into nowadays have whiteboards and not the chalkboards like they did when I went to school (man, I sound like my mom when I say something like that!). Anyway, I used a white pigment ink to stamp on the "chalkboard" but it wasn't bold enough so I traced over the letters/numbers/picture with a white gel pen so they popped. The frame is my take on the "faux wood frame" toot from SCS. I mounted it on a sky blue card base as I recall many of my classrooms were in this color too! I think this would be a neat card for a principal to give his/her teachers...or maybe next year I'll send it to my mom (Stamping by SAM)! She'll forget it by then anyway ;)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Ok, it's not going to win any awards, but after I finished the other card pretty quickly I was inspired to try some other challenges. This card is for Day 177 - Monogram Monday at 365 cards, as well as for SCS challenges SC243 and CC233. Pretty quick and bit bolder than I would do myself :) I also think it's neat that I'm posting for a Wednesday challenge (SC243) and it's not even the 26th where I am! Sometimes living in Hawaii is pretty cool ;) TFL!

Day 176

Day 176 - Super Sketchy Sunday
My dear mother begged me to make a card tonight, so here's my interpretation of the sketch challenge from 365 cards. I think it's a loose interpretation of the sketch but I was inspired by and CASE'd said dear mother and her take on the challenge. Used the same paper (Parisian Breeze Speciality DSP) but I used a different pattern, as well as the idea of a "flapper" card. Also used the Baroque Motifs stamp. I vacillated between it looking like a purse and envelop. I did the "tassels" thinking it was a purse, but once all together I see the envelop. Oh well, at least I pleased my mother :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

365 Days 162-168

This is my first week attempting to complete all of the challenges at 365 Cards. I think I've done one other card for a challenge there, but the deadline was extended this week so I had time to spend my weekend making the cards. YEAH! I also made it a personal challenge to use stamps, materials, etc., that I haven't used or haven't used in a while. So here they are:

Day 162 - Super Sketchy Sunday Deets:
  • Paper, Stamps, Ink, Supplies: Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Whisper White, Rainbow Sherbet DSP; All About U SU! stamp set; Palette Noir (are the best sentiment), Versamark (the U), Kaleidoscope embossing powder, tangerine glitter brads, yellow brad, ribbon from Mike's
  • Directions: the U was cut out after embossing and is popped up with foam; the tag for the sentiment was cut using the Fabulous Finds Cricut Cartridge; everything else is probably self-explanatory
  • Also used for the CAS27 (Bling it!) challenge at SCS

Day 163 - Try a Technique - Masking Deets:

  • Paper, Ink, Supplies: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DSP; Delight in Life SU! stamp set; Palette noir, pretty in pink craft ink (blender pen used to color center of flowers); Nesties Label 4; MS ribbon, large eyelet; circle punch
  • Directions: Although it's hard to tell from the pic, the masking was done by stamping the flowers first, cutting out and attaching masks, then stamping the background stamp and flourish from the set over the flowers. The masks were then removed and the centers were colored. I wanted to have the flowers show using this layout, so this is a bigger card (5.5 x 8.5).
  • Also used for the MOJO99 challenge

Day 164 - Color Scheme Deets:
  • Paper, Ink, Supplies: Making Memories In Bloom cardstock pad for the red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple, River Rock (for the sand, hope this doesn't disqualify me), Whisper White; Life's a Breeze SU! stamp set, Itty Bitty Backgrounds SU! stamp set (for sand); Palette noir ink
  • Directions: Busted out the Cricut and the Life is a Beach cartridge for this card! Pretty self-explanatory from there ;)

Day 165 - Shape Up! Deets:
  • Paper, Ink, Supplies: Whisper White, Pacific Point; It's a Boy Stampendous stamp set; Nestie squares; Prisma Canary Yellow Marker (to color stars); Scor-Pal
  • Directions: This is also a pretty self-explanatory card to make. The Scor-Pal was used to make the embossed horizontal lines; middle star is popped up with a foam dot

Day 166 - Card Recipe

  • Paper, Ink, Supplies: Old Olive, So Saffron DSP; Dare to be Fabulous stamp set SU!; Daisy D's Fabric flowers; glitter glue (for center of flowers)
  • Directions: I cut the DSP in successively smaller sections, glued them together with one edge aligned and then trimmed the long edges at an angle (thought it make it look like a flower pot). Hardest part was gluing the flowers. The sentiment is stamped with versafine and embossed with detail powder.

Day 167 - "Gift" Cards

  • Paper, Ink, Supplies: card based is textured Whisper White, patterned paper is Autumn Leaves Winter Garden; "Let's Open Presents" Holiday Spotlight Collection SeeD's stamps; Nestie circle; basic red satin ribbon
  • Directions: To make this card at an angle (which I thought would look like a present viewed from the top/side) I made a 7 x 6 card and then cut the angles from one corner to 5" mark on the other side. After doing that, it was too tall so I cut it down to 5" on the other side. Wrapped and tied the ribbon around the patterned paper, tied a bow and added the tag. Attached it all to the base.

Day 168 - Touch of Toile

  • Paper, Ink, Supplies: Kraft, Baja Breeze DSP, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip; Baja Breeze ink; Toile Blossoms SU! stamp set; Making Memories metal brads; Nesties Ovals; computer/color printer for sentiment, MS edge punch
  • Directions: I didn't have any Toile paper (I was surprised by how many people didn't know what this was...guess a lot of people don't do home decorating) so used my Toile Blossoms stamp set and made my own. That way I could also coordinate it with the paper. This is another card for my aunt's "order" so I used the sentiment she provided (Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things ~ Antonio Smith)

Other card:
This is a card I made for a co-worker for her birthday in September. She likes spending time outdoors at the beach, so I thought this set was perfect for her.


  • Paper, Ink, Supplies: Tempting Turquoise CS and DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White; Beach Life stamp set by Flourishes; Palette noir ink; hemp twine, tag punch, silver paint pen, mesh embossing folder, primsa colored pencils, OMS
  • Directions: Image was colored with primsa colored pencils and blended with OMS; the sky, water and beach were also colored with successively lighter/darker (for the variegated look) colored pencils and blended with OMS; sentiment was stamped, punch out and outlined with a silver paint pen; everything else is pretty easy to figure out
  • Used for the: SC241, WT231 (Variegated color), and LS233 (Summer's Winding Down) challenges on SCS

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Card revealed

Last week I teased this card but didn't post it as it was for my mom and dad for their 38th anniversary which is today! I verified that they received it in the mail so I can now post it for all.

I used Riding Hood Red CS and DSP, as well as Soft Sky (the latter being one of my mom's FAVORITE CS colors!) and whisper white. I got the monkey stamp on clearance at Ben Franklin, and continue to love these little guys! They are colored with prisma markers and the sky is sponged. I paper pieced the balloon with RHR DSP. The layout is based on CS240 at SCS. The sentiment was generated on the computer and the shapes are cut out with nesties. Generic white satin ribbon and the metal hearts are colorbok from Joann's.

Thanks for looking! Aloha, Kim

Sunday, August 9, 2009

More challenges

Wow, two days in a row I'm posting! YEAH! This one will be shorter. :) Here's one of the cards I made today:

I got the sentiment from my Aunt who asked for several cards with it. She left all other details up to me! Fun! I'm also using this for several challenges:
  • CAS26 - Stitching -- the X's are stitched with embroidery thread (brings back my days of counted cross stitching)

  • WT230 - Just Pleat it -- the green paper is folded in box pleats...

  • CC229 - Certainly Celery, Pixie Pink, Appricot Appeal, and Neutral color

  • SC228 -

I'm on a Hawaiian kick so here's another version of a hula dancer. Finally got my Cricut to work so this is all cut with it and the Life Is A Beach catridge. The sentiment was printed directly on the cardstock using a "bamboo" font, which is hard to see in the pic. The flowers were cut out of the green and then I used the centers of the cutouts to fill in the white space. The green is popped up on dimensionals so there's a bit of depth, again hard to see in the pic. This one is also used for several challenges:

  • CC230 - Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral (optional), and White (optional)

  • SC239 -
  • LSC231 - A challenge to DIE for!

Hope you had a great weekend too!
Aloha, Kim

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I'm baaaaack!

Aloha everyone,
Sorry I've been gone so long! My painting project was more involved then I was expecting (funny how we forget all that's involved in that job between episodes of completing the task!) UGH! Anyway, both bedrooms are mostly done...still need to do some of the trim in my bedroom and both closets. I'm also planning to finish the hallway over the next holiday from work, which will be in just a couple of weeks. We get the 21st off for Admission's Day (Hawaii will have been a state for 50 years!) and I've enlisted some help for that project so hopefully it will go quicker.

Anyway, I was all ready to create stuff last weekend but when I sat down to do it I just couldn't get into the I spent the time re-organizing some of my materials and creating some tools to help (e.g., a doc of all the fonts on my computer). I think what was really holding me back is that I hadn't gotten my ink cabinet back up so all my inks were in a box which I don't think I wanted to dig through. Oh well, got that back up on Tuesday so I was good to go this weekend (I hope to eventualy get good enough at this that I can do a card in the evenings during the week, but right now I'm not quite at that skill level.) Also, although I wasn't posting I was getting a kick out of keeping up on some of your blogs and I'm working at getting better at leaving comments (I love to read them on my blog, but not so good at leaving them...not sure why that is. I'm working on it tho)

So here's what I did today.

This card is for SCS challenges LSC 232 (I'm Hungry) and CAS25 (Krystie's Sweet Cherries). The cherry stamp is from an older SU! set called "Fruit Melodies" and the phrase is from the set called "Fruity Phrases". As the LSC was to use food as a focal point and only CS with "food names", this card is done in Very Vanilla, Purely Pomegranate, and Kiwi Kiss. I even kept the ink and ribbon in the food family with both being my interpretations of Close to Cocoa.

This card is a little different and wasn't done to meet any challenges purposefully. I received these hula stamps from a friend who's grandmother had them. I've had something like this card in my head for awhile and finally put it down on paper. I ended up trying to keep it "vintage-looking" so I used Very Vanilla as the base and stamped the girls in VersaMagic Jumbo Java. I then "tried" to emboss that ink and then versamarked the rest of the image...some of the Java ink smeared a bit (hence the "tried to emboss" mentioned above) when coloring over it with the versamarker. I liked the effect as it gave it a bit of shadow. I then used various VersaColor inks to create the sand, water, mountain, and sky. I tried to create some shadows under the dancers, in the water, and on the mountain; but they don't show up quite as well in the photo. As this was a fairly involved scene I limited the embellishments on the front. The inside says "Hau'oli La Hanau" which means "Happy Birthday".

This last pick is part of the 3rd card I made today. However, as I'm planning to send it to someone that regularly reads this blog, I'm not going to post the whole picture until after she receives it (Ha, mom, gotcha this time! Now I just hope I can get it in the mail soon). I'll give the deets when I post the whole thing, but I gotta say I think it turned out super cute!

Well, that's all for now from my little rock in the middle of the sea. I was planning to make another card this evening but my cricut was giving me fits, so I'll try again tomorrow. Thanks for looking and hope you're having a wonderful day wherever you are!

Aloha, Kim