Tuesday, June 7, 2011

365 Cards - Day 100 & D2D for a man

Aaaaaalooooooooohaaaaaaa and E Komo Mai (welcome) to another wonderful Wednesday with 365 Cards and Designed2Delight! Grab a drink and sit back cause this is probably going to be a long post!

Although technically it's not summer, it definitely feels like it (well, it usually does in Hawaii!) so I was inspired by it for both my cards this week. First up at 365 Cards the challenge is to be inspired by your "Happy Place" (i.e., the place in your home that makes you feel happy). Well, my "happy place" is sitting on my couch and looking out on my little backyard that was expertly landscaped by my parents and I several Christmases ago. Although it's not the exact scene on my card, I'll show you how it inspired me and I have to show off all our hard work!

This is what it looked like when I moved into my townhouse 4 years ago...

Here it was just after we landscaped in December 2009...

And here it is last weekend (with Malie sunbathing!)!
Obviously, it has grown in a lot since then and reminds me daily why I'm "lucky I live Hawaii!" Although I wish I had the view that I depicted on my card too...but I just imagine that big beautiful ocean (btw, ever heard of tsunamis?!? I don't really want to live that close!).

I can't take the credit for coming up with the scene for my card...I'm a follower of Michelle Zindorf who is a master brayer and scene creator. She provides almost daily toots on how to recreate what she does! I've been following her for almost two years and I remembered this one which is one of her earlier tutorials which was perfect for what I wanted to create. Specifically that palm in the back corner of my yard inspired my card and I knew I wanted those at the top and it just went from there...

Here's the other challenges I was inspired by for this one:
1. A Spoon Full of Sugar - here comes summer
2. Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - use more than 1 image: I have two - the glass and the palm leaves
3. Crafty Ho’s Challenge Blog - summer: let the fun begin
4. Crazy 4 Challenges - inspiration photo
5. Eat Sleep Stamp - sketch
6. Fairy Fun Friday - summer fun
7. Lollipop Crafts - inspired by some type of song: my sentiment is from a Jimmy Buffet song of the same title!
8. Meljens Design Team and Challenge - coastal fun
9. Paper Cutz Challenge - beach or travel theme
10. Paper Pretties - summer
11. PaperPlay Challenges - summer citrus splash
12. Pear Tree Designs - summer delights
13. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - here comes summer
14. Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog - sunrise sunset: this is my interpretation of a sunset...
15. Sentimental Sundays -  inspired by a song
16. Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog - playin in the summer sun
17. The Corrosive Challenge Blog!! - summer colors
18. Craft your passion challenges - anything goes
19. Papertake Weekly Challenge - anything goes

Next up is my creation for this week's D2D Saturday Challenge which is to make a masculine card with no flowers. Again, my card was inspired by a Zindorf creation which you can see here. I've had the Windsong image by Faith for awhile and instantly knew I wanted to use it to re-create Zindorf's creation! I meant to add the white "waves" but forgot but I think it's a pretty good interpretation using a digital image and copic markers to color!
To get the reflected image, I copied, flipped (right to left), rotated (upside down), and faded the original digital image (all of this was done in a Word doc). To color the reflection I laid down a blue layer, used the lightest colors from the original image to color the corresponding reflected part and then went over again with the blue maker. Wasn't sure if it would work but I was very pleasantly surprised by how it turned out. I wanted to continue the sailing theme and use some of the rope twine I had, so I found this tutorial on-line to make the sailor's knot and attached it with some sand dollar brads. I was originally going to put a father's day sentiment, but decided to just leave it as it is...at least for now!

Here's the other challenges I was inspired by for this one:
1. CPS-Card Sketches - sketch
2. Craft Your Days Away Challenge - father's day/special man
3. Creative Inspirations Challenge - father's day
4. CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS - for dad/man in your life
5. Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges - masculine card
6. digital tuesday challenge - in the garden or outdoors + digi
7. Do it with Digis - it's all about the boys + digi
8. Easy Craft Projects - Challenges - for dad
9. Freshly Brewed Challenge - it's a guy thing
10. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - for a man/boy
11. Hand Stamped Sentiments - celebrating dad or special guy
12. Karens Doodles Challenge Blog - brads/eyelets
13. Lexi's Creations - father's day/man's card
14. Simply Create - all about you dad
15. Stamp Something - digi day
16. The Crazy Challenge - father's day
17. There's Magic In The Air - male/masculine
18. Bearly Mine Challenges - anything goes
19. Catch The Bug Challenge Blog - anything goes

Whew...you made it! I hope you enjoyed and were inspired just a bit by my creations today and I can't wait to see what you come up!!!


Rainbow Lady said...

How well I remember sitting on the balcony at the Moana Surfrider watching the gorgeous sunset like this.... wonderful... my favourite place in the world and I have been some. Oh I wish to return. Fabulous card too thanks so much for your entry Love Cynthia x

Crafty_Fairie said...

Wow stunning card thanks for sharing the inspiration with us at PTD this week.Oh i wish i was living where you are!!!!

Kerry x


You have just made Zindorf doubly proud! And to do it with a digi is just out of this world! Thanks for the toot on how you did it. I don't know if I could give it justice like you did, but I'm sure there are other artist like yourself that can. Amazing my DD and here's hoping you have a wonderful day! Love, SAM aka MOM

Kobie's Crafty Corner said...

What a lovely Summery card! Thank You for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week! Hope to see you again next week!
Hugs Kobie - Sweet Stampin DT

Craftyanny said...

Two fabulous cards
Thanks for playing along with Karen's Doodles this week and good luck
Anne x

NGCARDS said...

A great Males card hun! Thanks for joining in this week at Creative Inspirations Wednesday's Challenge Blog! xxx

Ann Whitfield said...

Both of these cards are fabulous Kim and I'm not surprised that you're inspired by living where you do. Thank you for sharing the first one with us at Crafty Ann's and I love that song too :)
Ann x

Gaynor said...

Wow both your cards are amazing, very inspiring, thank you for sharing with us at craft your days away and good luck with the challenge, Gaynor xx

Kari said...

This is wonderful!It`s great with the rope and the knot!
Thank you for joining Karen`s Doodles this week and good luck!

Hugs,Kari :)

Yvonne Garner said...

Sure enjoyed reading your post today! Thanks for sharing with us. Your cards are beautiful and inspiring. Have a great day!

Tammy said...

Both cards are fantastic! I love the sailboat card and the reflection is awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at Catch the Bug!
Tammy :)

Anonymous said...

Your sailboat card is beautiful. You've captured the serenity so well. Love the reflection technique. Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Glenda Atkins said...

Both of your cards are wonderful and I just adore the scene you created with the sailboat, it is fabulous! Thanks for joining the challenge at Lexi's Creations this week.

Daisychain said...

Two great male cards, thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations, hope to see you again next time. Good luck! Hugs Christine x

Jodie Mackrell said...

great cards! love your backyard too! thanks for playing this weeks Bugaboo challenge at catch the bug!

Christine said...

Two beautiful cards and a lovely photo of your 'back garden' You are lucky to live in such a place a lovely part of the world.
Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
Christine x

Krista said...

Beautiful sailboat card. I can only imagine the inspiration you've got over the years living in Hawaii. Your yard is gorgeous, too! My in-laws are in Maui as I type. :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork at Hand Stamped Sentiments!!

Tracy said...

Kim I love your card! I'm still cracking up at the sentiment. =) I actually feel like I can reach into your card and feel the warm sun on my face and the sand in my toes. Gorgeous!!!! Congratulations! You will be this week's featured Sketch Artist. I will post the announcement tomorrow (6/9) on my blog. Thank you for playing along with Sketchy Thursday!

Tammy L said...

wow! fabulous cards! Thanks for joining our Father's Day challenge at the Crazy Challenge this week and hope to see you again!

Maranda Mitchell said...

What beautiful cards. I also love Michelle. I've followed her for about 2 years also. I was also lucky enough to be in a beginner and an advance class of her brayer classes last November. She is such a great lady and fun to be around.

starcyl said...

You've made two lovely cards and also made me quite envious of your little patch of heaven, it's raining here!
Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
Jenny x

Di said...

Love your card, very clever. Thankyou for joining us at DO IT WITH DIGIS.

Kristine said...

WOW!! LOVE that first card with your masking off and creating that gorgeous scene!! ANd your 2nd card is just AWESOME as well and a good reminder what you can do with digis! I never thought to flip the image down and lighten it! SOOO COOL! Your backyard is wonderful! I live in the high desert of OR and can't keep anything green :( WHA!! Love the looks of Hawaii--hope to visit some day!

Jen said...

Fabulous cards both. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Crafty Ann's and Rainbow Lady's this week.
Jen x

Shannon said...

Wow! Stunning card. That is incredible how you made the reflection. Great job! Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week.

Pat said...

Awesome cards, Kim! I love how the second one has a shadow in the water of the boat...Stunning!

Gale said...

Gorgeous! Love the reflection in the water. Perfect! Thanks for playing with us at FBD this week!

:) Gale

Tammy L said...

Great cards! Such talent. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Craft Your Passion this week.
Tammy GDT

MiamiKel said...

Your card is positively stunning! Such a gorgeous designs, so much detail and beautiful colors! Living in South Florida, I can tell you you captured the scene of what we see often so vividly! Thanks for joining us at the Fresh Brewed Challenge Blog this week - hope to see you play along again! x0x0

Disp6194 said...

Kim you have created such a lovely scene! I wanna go, I wanna go!! :) Such a fun summer card! Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! That is so amazing!! I've never seen a digital image reflected like that!! Great card!! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something this week! *Vicki* ~ Sr. DT member

Tenny Kusuma said...

Your cards are just STUNNING. LOVE it!!! And that song {it's 5 o'clock somewhere} is my fave song :D. TFS. Oh and your yard is BEAUTIFUL, how lucky you are living in Hawaii. Lastly, Thank you for playing along with Sentimental Sundays.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

great minds think alike, but mine didn't work. Ü How do you get it to fade?

sgc said...

Fantastic cards! Happy summer. Thanks for playing along with the Crafty Hos.

Aunty Sue said...

oh wow love thhis and would love to know how to fade it too. You are clever and my son would love this being a ex sailor. thanks for sharing with Creative this week

Margaret said...

Wow! Both cards are wonderful! Love the pattern paper matching the umbrella in the glass and the reflecting digi is stunning!Beautiful work!

inkedx2 said...

Awesome card. I am amazed you did this in Word rather than a digital program. Thanks for playing with us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments!


ElenaB. said...

thank you for participating on

Joanne Gilch said...

thanks for playing with us at Daisy doodles. both of your cards are super
cool and very fitting for a masculine challenge

Creations by Shirl said...

Thanks for stopping on my blog and leaving your sweet comments. I'm now a follower on your blog.
Aloha & hugs :-)

Jenni said...

Great cards, love them both. Thanks so much for joining in with the challenge at Creative Inspirations this week.
Jenni x

Crafteezee said...

Perfect male card. Fabulous job on the reflection. Thanks for sharing with us at Bearly Mine. Hugs Tracy x

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Beautiful cards...such cute images...thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine ……..

coldwaters2 said...

Wow these are two brilliant cards Kim, excellent work thank you for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations.
Lorraine x

Anne Marie said...

Such a beautiful job with the reflection technique. Your colors are so soft and serene. The sailor's knot is a great accent, too. Thanks so much for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week! :)

Jacqueline said...

Great Summer Cards - I really like the sailboat one.
Thanks for playing along at Daisy Doodles –
Hugs. Jacqueline

Rhonda said...

WOW!!! Both of these cards are fabulous! The reflection of the sailboat is just amazing. Well Done!!! And I love the knot. Thanks so much for playing with us at Daisy Doodles. :)

Linda said...

WOW your technique on the sailboat is just perfect....love it!!
Thank you for joining us at Simply Create for our Dad's challenge...hope to see you again for our next challenge.

Mona Evy said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you for playing this weeks at Creative Inspirations Wednesday's Challenge!

Sammibug said...

Great cards! Thanks for sharing with us in our "masculine" challenge at Daisy Doodles. --Sammibug, June Guest Designer.

tiggertastic said...

what a lovely post to look at, amazing garden and lovely detailed cards too
Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

Designing for:
Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

Heather said...

I LOVE these bright and happy summer colors. That sentiment is PERFECT!!!

Thank you so much for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges month long challenge for June: For the Guys

Have a wonderful day
Heather Dennis