Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Sara!

My niece's birthday is coming up soon and I am actually ahead of the game this time!  I made a quick card to go with her gifts and kept it pretty simple.  

Used my new Doodlebug birthday papers as the background. Because the paper is pretty busy, I kept the card simple.  Colored up Minako in the same bright colors used on the dp and just added a banner with an Island Scrapbooking laser cut.

Yay!  Easy peasy card.  Here's a closer lok at Minako.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Favorite Gorjuss Girl Card

So are you sick of these girls yet? Making these cards actually made me fall in love with them!  I had so much fun that I'm definitely gonna get the next set!

My last Gorjuss Girl card share is my favorite.  She is hugging a bunny, which reminds me of Akemi.  First I picked out what paper line I wanted to use and opted for the Princess Collection by Prima. This is one of my all time favorite paper collections by Prima.  After I picked it out, it help set the color scheme I was going to use.  I distressed the edges and layered it over a corrugated card base that I had previously gesso'ed.  Then I stamped my favorite birthday sentiment and layered it over a piece of lavender cardstock.

 Here's a closer look at the Gorjuss Girl!

And another look at the flower cluster. I really wanted to use those pearl sprays I got from DTLA and some of my prima flowers in purple.

And more Prima goodness.

And here's the inside...

Hope you enjoyed this Gorjuss Girls card series!  Maybe I gotta go dig up my old Gorjuss Girls now!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pig-Tailed Gorjusness

Did we make it to Friday yet?  If so.. TGIF! Back with another Gorjuss Girl birthday card for my stash.  I gotta say, I really liked how this one turned out.  I guess I'm liking red again, but wanted to keep it a bit shabby or should I say vintage-y...  Started with a white card base and added the DCWV corrugated background. Then I went through my stash and found a printed paper from one of my Prima stacks (I think), but I can't for the life of me remember which one.  Maybe you know?

So after I added some red cardstock, I decided to add some wheat colored cardstock for the sentiment. This would allow the red dress to stand out better.  I used my favorite birthday sentiment stamp, added some pearl bling, and then popped up the Gorjuss Girl using pop dots.

Here's a better look at this Gorjuss Girl.  I guess my iphone is not always good at focusing.

Across the bottom, I used some butterfly lace trim I got from Etsy and then layered some red roses over it.

I added a bow made of seam binding and then added a red rose to the middle for balance.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. Yes!  It's the Walter and Winnie stamp set again!

Ok one last stop on this Gorjuss Girl train.. see ya tomorrow!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More Gorjusness!

Phew!  We made it to Thursday!  Yay!  Only two more days of work till the weekend!

Did I even tell you why I made these cards?  Well, I've been bad about sending out my birthday cards this year.  I decided to mass produce some so that I can use a couple, plus have a few spares.  So proud of myself for thinking ahead, but disappointed that I'm so tardy on the ones I should've sent out earlier this year.

OK so now that that's out of the way, here's the next card I came up with.  Yesterday you saw I used a scrap from the Paper Studio paper stack... well it was a scrap from this card.  Again I started with the corrugated base from Recollections. I really shouldn't hoard it because I have a couple of boxes.  I can't help it.  Wish I could get these cards here in Hawaii!

Ok enough complaining... back to the card.  I just recently got that Tiffany Frame die from Memory Box recently and wanted to use it on one of my projects.  I like that you don't have to fit the image perfectly into the frame.  Make it so much easier and less stressful for me to not have to play by the rules.

I then basically just added a bunch of white flowers underneath this girl.  Oh yah, also added wheat sprays behind it.

Here's a closer look at this Gorjuss Girl.

And the wheat sprays...

And here's the inside of the card.  I like that I could still use the rest of the paper on the inside even though it had a large print on it.  See my favorite stamp set again?

Ok.. not done yet!  More to come!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another Gorjuss Birthday!

Hi there!  Back with more Gorjusness to share.  I wish I busted these girlys out earlier!

This next image is actually the girl sitting on a clothesline with a pair of socks hanging on the line next to her.  I imagine she went out on the line to go get her teddy bear!  Anyway, I decided to cut her out instead and make her look like she's sitting on the fence.  Not sure I accomplished that, but that's what I was aiming for.

This card started with a white base that I layered some of my corrugated DCWV kraft paper on.  I guess I started getting a little hoardy and didn't want to use up all of my Recollections card bases! LOL!

Then I added some scrap pieces of cardstock. I think the blue ground is from the Kirby Teesdale paper pack by The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby.  This stack is right up my alley- totally love the colors and images!

Then I layered some of my MS crafts grass border punch and the DooHickey's fence die (my favorite fence).  The background was made with the Lawn Fawn die set that contains a sun, clouds and drops.  I like that they have a stitched look and are a great size for backgrounds.

Then I paper pieced her dress using some gingham cardstock from my stash.  Below is a cluster of flowers I adhered over a DooHickey vine die cut.  All things I've been meaning to use and finally got around to!

And again we see my favorite Walter and Winnie stamp set!

Oki doki! Hopefully you are having a good week!  Be back with another card share tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Love and Play

Ok I'll admit.. I bought these Gorjuss Girl stamps awhile ago. So long that I don't even remember!  Yikes!  So as it has become my mission to use what I have, I decided to give them some love and use them before I buy any more..  Yes I am contemplating getting more!

So here's my first card share of the bunch.  I thought this image was so cute!  Love, love, love images on swings!  So I couldn't resist buying this one when it came out.  I decided to use my Prima Lyric paper pad since I have been hoarding those long enough.  The card base was one of the Recollections corrugated card bases (my favorite) which I gesso'd earlier.  Then, I distressed some of the lyric paper to layer over it.    The Love and Play banner at the top was actually part of the paper that I fussy cut and mounted using pop dots.  This allowed me to adhere the image behind the banner and look like she was hanging from it.

Since the colors of the papers leaned more towards the peachy pink side, I used some orange copics to color up my Gorjuss Girl. At the bottom of the card, I adhered some lace trim and dug in my stash for peach and orange flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima, and I am Roses.

Here's a better look at the banner.

Inside the card, I pulled out my new favorite stamp set!!  If you haven't gotten this set yet, you really should check it out.. It's by Winnie and Walter and I think I used it on all of my cards!

Hope you like it!  I have a bunch more to share so stop by soon!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Imiloa Egg Class with Eileen Tokita

Have you ever seen Eileen Tokita's eggs before? If not, check out her You Tube channel... you will be amazed... 

Imiloa hosted a class by Eileen over the weekend and I decided to attend with a couple of friends.  I was pretty scared to take this class because it looked like you had to be very detailed and precise, which I am not.  But I decided to go anyway just for fun and was surprised to see a bunch of other crafty friends too.

The class provided everything you would need to make your egg.  She even pre-cut the egg and painted the inside for us! I picked the pink one of course.

Then she showed us a great technique for painting the eggs..  Love the color she chose!

After the paint was dry, we added the pearls and gold cording.  Can you believe this is my egg?

Then some gold trim...

And the pearlstickpin and bead cap.

And she showed us an amazing trick for making the bow!  I think I still need to practice.  Here's my finished egg.  I still can't believe I made this!!!

As you can see here, the egg is tilted a bit upwards so if its on the table you can see it.  I love the bunny.. She's so shabby!

Eileen and Debi brought some of their samples... Amazing!

Look!  She actually cut out parts of the egg!

OK this was my favorite egg.. I found out Debi made this!!!

See it opens up!

This one is so cute. I think it was made with quail eggs.  Found out Debi bought this from Eileen almost 40 years ago and its still nice!

This one was covered in velvet.

This was the Year of the Dragon kit.  Wish I could've taken this class!

 Eileen also teaches bling classes too.  I think I want to take these next!

So, if you live on Oahu.. you are in luck!  Eileen teaches classes almost every Sunday at the old Photocraft site off of Waialae.  I really want to go to another one of her classes again, it was so much fun!  I really surprised myself and still can't believe I made that egg!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hoard Vault Swap with Scrapstress

Hello Peeps!  Just wanted to share a swap that I did with my new friend Rina "Scrapstress"!  Let's just say that I was kinda intimidated to swap with this girl since she does awesome work!  Lfundoo doesn't make me feel any better by scaring me with her comments after she saw Rina's project for me.  Yikes!  Hope she likes what I made for her! (Biting my nails).

Well, it's too late now right?  If she really hates it, she can peel off the name and re-gift it to someone. Bwahahahaha!  So speaking of peeling off the name... check it out...

Did you notice?  Well, Lfundoo did when I showed her a sneak peek at my project.  That's what I get for working on it when I'm sleep deprived.  How embarrassing it would be to have given this version to her!

So I fixed it by adding in the missing "s".  Good thing I had Linda proof read it for me.  LOL!

So I started with a suitcase looking box I found at Ross.  You can get some inexpensive boxes there and alter them- cheaper than using real wood boxes and it comes with the hardware!  First thing I did was paint the box. I hate painting... want to just get to the part of decorating it, but Rina told me to relax and enjoy the process.  Is she kidding?  LOL!

After I finished painting it, I had to figure out what I was gonna do.  At first I was going to use my sprays on it, but didn't want to mess it up.  So I opted for covering it with paper instead.  Used some of my shabby fence paper- I think its by Kaisercraft.  Love. this. paper!

After I got the paper on, went through my stash of flowers and picked out a bunch in pink, celery green and white.  We asked each other about preferred color scheme and this is what Rina said she likes.

After putting on the flowers,  I felt like the top left corner was too bare, so I added on a banner using some seam binding.  The banner was punched with my new SU banner punch and Prima Princess papers.  Added one of my rhinestone butterflies from my Downtown LA haul.

Then it was time to decorate the sides.  I was a bit unsure how to proceed because if I used dangling lace, it would interfere with opening and closing of the box.  So I decided it was time to bling the heck out of my project by using this beautiful trim I got from Aarti from One Little Dreamer.  Love it!  Not sure why, but this trim just screams "Rina" to me!

Now the inside doesn't totally match the outside, but I filled the box with some goodies.  We agreed that the only goodies we could buy was non craft related. If we added in crafty stuff, would have to be from our stash.

Oh.. almost forgot to show you the pocket!  This was the first time I made a pocket. Hope it is secured ok.  I used some of the lace on a roll that I have and glued it to the inside cover.  Added some white trim I got in DTLA and then some sweetheart flowers from my stash.

Ok peoples... wish me luck.. hopefully Rina likes what I made!