Monday, November 30, 2009

Magical Monday - Snowy Flight

Here we are, time for another FABULOUS and FREE image from Nina May at There's Magic in the Air (TMITA)!!! Be sure to check it out and please join us in this week's FUN challenge using the image on "anything but a card." I've been wanting to make one of these 'Christmas organizers' since I saw it on SCS several years ago and this was the perfect opportunity to do so! I've actually been collecting the materials for this for awhile but ended up putting it together a bit differently than I had in my head. Oh well, I hope it shows the FANTASTIC versatility of digital stamps as the image is sized differently throughout and I was even able to color it digitally (using Microsoft Paint) and add shaped text to it. :) So here it is in its entirety:


INSIDE (all panels)

FIRST PANEL (close up)

This panel includes two "TO DO" list sheets and a small calendar with November, December and January (calendar templates were found on SCS too).


This panel includes two 'Shopping List' inserts and a place for post-it notes (I happened to have white ones that coordinated well with the colors!)


This panel includes a 'Cookie List' and 'Menu Planner' inserts and of course, a place for 'My Wish List'!


This panel includes 'Gift List' and 'Christmas Card List" inserts and a small envelop to hold 3 gift tags. Also a nice pen holder :)

I mainly followed directions for the organizer found here. Some modifications included, since I had a red file folder I didn't cover it completely and I also did tags instead of paperclips. I didn't purchase the inserts that Hannah has available on her website, instead I made up my own. I'm more than willing to share what I came up with but I haven't had time to figure out how to attach Word files to the blog. So if you are interested in seeing what I did, please email me and I'll send them to you that way (only available in a Word file).

Any questions? Please leave me a comment or email me and I'll answer as best as I can. All of your comments are GREATLY appreciated and I can't WAIT to see what you come up with this week. So be sure to check out TMITA, get the FREE image and play along! Also, please come back next Monday when I'll be showcasing 'something' near and dear to me :) AND we'll be starting a 'Recipe Blog Hop' on December 9th with LOTS of great stuff!!! TFL and have a MAGICAL week!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Magical Monday - Cozy and Bright

Aloha and E Komo Mai to this week's Magical Monday Challenge at There's Magic in the Air!! If you haven't already, please check out TMITA to snag the super cute FREE image!!! I just fell in love with this cute moose and the mice all snuggled down for a long winter's nap! The challenge this week is to use something "fuzzy" on the project.

This card end up taking a great deal of time to complete as I was figuring out elements as I went (which rarely is time efficient!). Anyway, I would've loved to make it so you can see the complete image by lifting the window but didn't have the time on this one. I wanted to try the Recessed Window tutorial at SCS. Then it was a hop, skip and jump to creating the scene with a window! Hope you like it :) Deets are below...

Image: Colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. I removed the string of lights from the image (by pasting the image into Paint and using the eraser function to wiped out the lights, then pasted it back into a word doc to print). I did this so I could use fun flock on the moose to make it look like he's covered in a blanket. Also used fun flock on the hat the mouse is sleeping in. The present image was colored, cut out, stickled, and popped up. The background of the image was sponged with Marigold Versacolor ink

Papers: (all SU! on this one) Image printed on Whisper White, window cut out of Whisper White (distressed with brown ink), card front is Chocolate Chip (embossed with Distressed Stripes folder), "bushes" are Handsome Hunter cut out with scalloped circle punch and trimmed to fit, card base is Real Red

Techniques: Window was cut out using my Cricut. See toot on SCS for how to make the recessed window card. I modified mine a bit to fit what I needed.

Layout: Mine! :) Size is 5"x7"
Embellies/Other: White Fun Flock was also used on the "bushes" to look like snow. The string of lights was created by punching small ovals (with a Fiskars hand punch) out of glitter card stock and gluing a small rectangle of black paper to the bottom of the oval. A piece of paper cord was colored black and the "lights" were glued directly to it on the image. [I tried using the smallest plastic Christmas tree light I could find at Ben Franklin but they were still too hindsight, should've made a bigger card, but oh well!]

Here's close of up the window a bit more from the side.

TFL looking and can't wait to see what wonderful creations you all come up with for this image! Aloha, Kim

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 261

Day 261- Card Recipe
Here's my super quick submission for today's challenge at 365 Cards. I followed the "recipe" and for those that doubt...check it again...the directions included ANY snowflakes! Got a brad and a punch on there! Also decided to use the background paper as the focus, which made it super quick (well, after I figured out what I wanted to a glittered snowflake that I cut using my Cricut but decided no need for it on this one) :) TFL and aloha!

Magical Monday - Penguin Skating

Aloha and Welcome to another TMITA FREE image and challenge! This week was my challenge idea which was to use a reflective material (e.g., metallic paper, foil, mirrors, etc) on your card (or project). When I saw this image I immediately thought of a reflective surface looking like ice for the penguin to skate on. So here's the front of my card again.

I also finished the inside of this one (which is something I don't do often but really should). Used the scraps from the front which was very economical!

And here are the deets:
Image: free image from TMITA was colored with prismacolor markers (I know brown penguins only exist in juvenile penguins but the one I colored dark grey just didn't work for me so I used brown instead!), The sky was sponged with Soft Sky (SU!) ink and the "ice" (directly below the image) was created by dragging a Brilliance Platinum dew drop ink pad across the cardstock. Image was cut out with Nesties (see here for a quick toot on how to "cut out of the box" with Nesties to allow part of the image to extend outside the shape) and layered with a scalloped Nestie. Used Liquid Applique on the brim and ball of the hat and Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star pen on the skates.
Papers: Bo Bunny  "Tis the Season Treasure"; SU! Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, and Whisper White; Best Occasions Metallic Paper Pack (hard to tell in the picture but the bottom of the front is a silver metallic paper that is reflecting the color of the wall in my room and the cardstock it's sitting on...guess I could've taken it so you could see me too or at least my camera!)

Techniques: Scallop of papers was freehanded. The only other "technique" (other than the aforementioned sponging and direct to paper inking) was using Grafix Rub-onz to apply the sentiment (first time I used this product, was pretty easy but probably cost prohibitive to use frequently (about $10 for 4-8.5x11" sheets)).

Layout: Very loosely based on SCS SC17

Embellies/Other: rhinestone snowflakes are from Hero Arts

Okay, think that about covers it. If you have any questions, please let me know and thanks for checking out my blog! Your comments are much appreciated! Aloha and mahalo, Kim

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Delayed "over the top"!

Gloria (DT from 365 Cards) passed along this honor a couple of weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to posting it! Thanks Gloria!!

The rules are this: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word (that seems to be nearly impossible, but I'll try!).

1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Your hair? Light Neutral Natural Blonde (at least that's what the box says)
3. Your mother? SAM
4. Your father? JAM
5. Your favorite food? Steak 'n Shake chili
6. Your dream last night? none
7. Your favorite drink? Mountain Dew
8. Your dream/goal? retirement!
9. What room are you in? guest/craft/office bedroom
10. Your hobby? crafting
11. Your fear? geckos freak me out but not really scared of them, they're just gross!
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here (Hawaii)
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you're aren't? tall
15. Muffins? yes
16. Wish list item? small SUV
17. Where did you grow up? Missouri
18. Last thing you did? talked to mom on the phone
19. What are you wearing? t-shirt/shorts
20. Your TV? Living room and bedroom
21. Your Pets? one cute puppy! Malie
22. Friends? all over
23. Your life? full
24. Your mood? tired
25. Missing Someone? my mom, but she'll be here in a month!
26. vehicle? import
27. Something your not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? Wally World (aka Wal-Mart)
29. Your favorite color? PINK
30. When was the last time you laughed? earlier today, the puppies were hilarious!
31. Last time you cried? Can't remember
32. Your best friend? my mom!
33. One place that I go to over and over?  see #28
34. Facebook? no
35. Favorite place to eat? Taco Bell

Ok, now I have to pass this on to 5 (or more) ladies. The award goes to the wonderful TMITA design team (Selma already received this award so I didn't repeat it for her):
1. Danielle
2. Leigh Anne
3. Nilla
4. Lisa
5. Nina

and one more to grow on...
MOM (of course!)

TFL and hope you have a wonderful week! Aloha, Kim

Colorful Snow!

Okay, gotta admit that I was kinda bummed when I saw this challenge as this seemed to be my theme for the WEEK! I'd already done two snow cards so while shopping yesterday, I just had to buy some more stuff in this theme! This is the only way I'll see snow this winter since it only happens in Hawaii on the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island. :) The paper and sentiment sticker are from Heidi Grace Designs by Fiskars. I thought it was fun with the different/non-traditional colors. I tried to take a close up of the sticker so you could read it but it's a bit out of focus...sorry. Layout is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #44.

We also had a puppy playdate today as Malie's sister, Pomai, spent the morning with us while her owner was playing soccer. Then I got some free landscaping advice when she came to pick her up. :) Needless to say, Malie is wiped...looks like I might get away with no walk this afternoon...which is good because I haven't gotten much done today that I wanted to (gotta get those bills paid!). Anyway, here's a pick of the girls during a lull in their wrestling match. Pomai is closest to the camera. TFL!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quickie Cards...

Okay, after making my mother faint earlier this week (see comment attached to this card) and making 3 cards on my holiday yesterday, I was inspired to make the cards for today and tommorrow (well, yesterday and today, depending where you live!) tonight so I'm totally caught up for this week. So here's my submission for Day 257. I went for a loose interpretation of the cupcake and of course, the colors are some of my favorites so this was easy! Thanks mom for the glittered cardstock!

While I was making the one above the challenge for Friday was posted so I whipped this card up QUICK (literally it took me about 15 minutes...probably my fastest card ever!). I got this Imaginisce Build-a-Jo Sticker kit at Price Busters (like a Dollar General store) last Friday and thought the snowmen were cute. I like variety so it rocked that there were 3 different "lids" on the card. Super easy and pretty cute in my opinion!

TFL! Hope you have a great Friday and an even better weekend! Aloha!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day

Not sure I really like this one. Used the color challenge from SPCC Christmas Combo #10.

Was stumped on how to do something different for this one, then remembered I'd won this great digital image from Little C's Stamp n' Scrap challenge a few weeks ago. I'm seeing the Girl Scout badges as patches (actually they are intermittently referred to that on the Girl Scout's website, yes I looked it up and to get ideas for the additional patches in the corner!). So the 3 circles on the upper left are patches that are loosely based on ones I found online. Then I wanted to sparkle her up a bit so added stickles to the patches on her sash, on the emblem on her hat, and on the center of the lei flowers. So I will also submit this to Papertake Weekly #28 challenge - Digi Sparkle, and Little C's/Stamp n' Scrap - dry embossing, and the layout is from CCBJ #37.

Okay, went a little crazy with the rick rack on this one but have never used it on a card before so was making up for missed opportunities! :) Layout is from ICS #42.
TFL and Aloha!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 254-Hung up Snowman

My dear mother (Stamping by SAM) challenged me to do a card a night this week rather than doing my work. Well, never let it be said I don't listen to my mother! (Okay, I didn't listen to her last night, but I did tonight...better late than never right?!? And she'll probably say I usually don't listen to her, otherwise why would I live so far away from her...hum, let's think about that!) :)

Anyway, here's my submission for Monday's challenge at 365. Got the idea for the card from Splitcoaststampers (see tutorial here). I made mine a bit smaller (it's a little less than 4" tall) and added the hanger at the top. OH!!! Just realized I should've put white dots on the snowman's scarf too. Well, I'll go back and do that later! Here's a side view so you can see the layers and one of the inside with the sentiment. TFL!

Elegant Pumpkins

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you've had a chance to stop by and collect this awesome image from Nina at There's Magic in the Air. She's done it again with a simply "elegant" image and Leigh Anne's challenge of monochromatic was fun too! I guess I could've done green for this one, but once I saw the pumpkins I couldn't get away from orange! I'm hoping it was acceptable to use the cream color paper (instead of a white/black/gray). Here's the other deets:

Image: colored with prismamarkers, cut out with rectangle Nestie and framed with a scallop rectangle nestie in Pumpkin Pie (SU!)

Paper:  All are SU!: Pumpkin Pie (PP), Tangerine Tango (TT - embossed panel), Dusty Durango (DD - card base and is textured), and Very Vanilla (VV); patterned paper is also SU! Designer Series Paper in Tangerine Tango

Techniques:  nothing fancy for this one...bottom panel is embossed with the French Script Cuttlebug folder

Embellies/Other:  copper colored brads (source unknown), Orange Cream satin ribbon (from wally world)

Layout: is from Splitcoaststampers (SCS) Sketch Challenge #252

Thanks for coming by and can't wait to come by your blog/gallery to see what you come up for this challenge! Aloha, Kim

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Days 246- 252 @ 365 Cards

Please be prepared this is a LONG post as I wanted to catch up for the whole week at 365 Cards. I also used many other challenges but will indicate those under the appropriate days at 365. Thanks for looking and I hope you make it to the end! As always, if you want any details about how I did something or materials used, please leave a comment and I'll either post the info and/or send you an email answer. Aloha!

Got the idea for the poinsettias from Robyn and her card for Day 243 at 365. I don't have a Slice so I used the SU! 5 petal flower punch, Spring Blossoms punch, and 3 Heart punch to make my flowers. Got the idea for the punched sentiment window from Pam at 365. Other challenges used for this one:
Stampin B's #31 - Make a Christmas card.  In case you're interested, here's the inside of the card:

Also used the following challenges for this one:
~ Pile It On - #22 (Thank you) and #23 (Fall - leaves)
~ SPCC #22 -
~ FTL #67
~ Cuttlebug Spot #55
~ Our Creative Corner - inspiration challenge

Day 248 - Imagine This: Feathers
Okay, didn't have feathers for this one, but figured Pam used "feathery fibers" on her sample so I could too! Other challenges:
~ Flutter By Wednesday #82
~ Card Patterns #40

Okay, as a child of the 80's this was fun for me! This one actually needs some explanation. Not only is it 80's inspired (colors) but the "Happy Birthday" stamp is ACTUALLY from the 80's!! Many weekends of my childhood were spent at craft/art shows with my father's woodworking business and of course, I had to support our fellow crafters! So often I would spend the WHOLE weekend scoping out things I wanted to buy, I'm sure I did this for this stamp and saved money as it was unmounted. So having the father in woodworking I asked for a block to mount it on...this is where I think it got lost until earlier this year when my dad found it and sent it to me! Of course, it is very nicely mounted on a well sanded block! :) Thanks DAD! Thought it would be appropriate for this challenge (not sure I'll use it any other time, not really my style anymore!). Other challenges for this one:
~ Tuesday Morning Sketches  #18

This is the artist I was trying to remember when my mom did this card for the mosaic challenge, but I couldn't remember the name (guess that art history class 15 years ago didn't last...). Anyway, while I loved my mom's technique, I didn't want to take the time to find the stamps to use, so I used paperscraps from the other Christmas cards I've been making and created this one. Other challenges:
~ Get Sketchy #13
~ Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Winter-theme (with sparkle and ribbon) - hard to tell but some of the papers have glitter on them
~ Stampin' B's - Christmas card

I've been using a lot of red and pink on cards lately so went with that on this one. Got this cute stamp from my first challenge winning! Other challenges:
~ Stampin' B's - Christmas card

Okay, been watching Gloria and Rose break the rules left and right on these challenges, looked like fun, so I decided to join them!! The challenge on this one was to not decorate the white space, well, I didn't really embellish it, just used patterned paper and tried to make it look like a tree (hard to tell but it's cut in strips to give it a layered look). Oh well, it was the last card I made yesterday (see 6 above!) so my mojo was hitting the skids. Other challenges:
~ Stampin' B's - Christmas card

Anyway, hope you made it all the way through and thanks for looking! Hope you have a wonderful week. Aloha!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Beginning of a New Adventure!

Aloha and E Komo Mai (Hello and Welcome)!
If you made it to my blog via There's Magic in the Air, thanks for coming by! I'm so honored to be a new member of the Design Team through the end of the year! YEAH! I hope I can live up to the challenge and I can't wait to create my projects using Nina's digis! Aren't they the best ever?!? So without further ado here's this week's digi on a card.

And here are the deets:

Image: TMITA (of course!); colored with prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits (aka magic pencil technique); cut out and framed with Nesties, edge distressed with brown ink

Papers: (all papers are Stampin Up! unless otherwise noted) Kraft (K), More Mustard (MM), Chocolate Chip (CC), Old Olive (OO), Very Vanilla (VV)

Techniques: OO panel was scored at 1/4" all around using my scor-pal, MM strip was edged using my SU! scallop punch, CC strip was embossed with Cuttlebug edge embossing folder (sorry I don't recall the name)

Other: buttons are from a mixed package I got some time ago and are tied with hemp twine

Layout: I'm still developing my mojo in regards to layouts so for now I get inspiration from others. This layout was based on one from Tuesday Morning Sketches (#14).

Okay, I think that about covers it. Please, if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll either post the information and/or send it to you directly. Can't wait to see what you all come up with! Aloha (Bye)!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

TEST of scheduling feature

Sorry no cards to post but thought I'd share this picture of Malie and 3 of her sibs at the Halloween party Saturday afternoon. The cavewomen (who is in character btw, she normally doesn't look that mad) is the owner of the father of the puppies and the puppy dressed as the lobster (can't see his face but that's a dog under that red hood with eyes!). The puppies are from left to right KJ (lobster), Pomai (pumpkin), Malie (bee), and Bella (giraffe, can't see her face either but it's under the giraffe head). I wanted to test this post using the post scheduling feature. Let's hope this works and this is posted at midnight my time! aloha!