This is actually my favorite Milton stamp of the Christmas stamps. I'm a sucker for Santa suits! Again kept it simple with a few layers. Managed to use my ticket corner punch from SU and added in some red pearls for accents. Finally my Christmas Milton card quartet is complete! Hope you liked it!
Here's a better look at Santa Milton...
Another simple card using my new Milton stamps by Wild Rose Studio. How are you liking them so far? I decided to go with a square card just to be a little different. Layered Milton on my nesties and then on some music sheet paper. Instead of cutting him out this time, I got lazy and just stamped the "Joy" right next to him.
Back tomorrow with one more Milton card!
Happy Sunday Everyone! Just wanted to share the card I got from Myra for the August OCS. I met Myra at one of Teri's classes awhile back and recently saw her again at the Islander Girls Social 2. She's so sweet- look at the goodies she sent me! That Kit Kat was from Marukai and ono- can you see that the box is open? My DD tried to steal it from me but my DH caught her and told her that it was MINE! hee hee. She also gave me some washi paper too.
Here's a close up of the card... I forgot to take a photo of the inside, but she decorated that too. Thank you Myra!
I promised you more Milton & Co. stamps by Wild Rose studio, so here it is! Played around with different shades of brown on this card and it gave an older look to Milton, which I kinda like paired up with this paper. This is really old DCWV Christmas stack paper I found one day while cleaning up.
Kept this one simple by just adding in a "Noel" sentiment to a spellbinder label and then I was done! Sometimes simple is better yah?
Here's a closer look at Milton...
I love these new Milton & Co. clear stamps by Wild Rose Studio. This one is of Milton holding a birdie in the snow. I liked his hat a lot, which is why I bought this one. Added in some cool shadow highlights to give him some depth since I wanted him to be a polar bear in this card. Finished it off by using my snowflake punches by MS Crafts.
I bought several more of these Milton Christmas Stamps and have made a few cards with them, so I'll be sharing them over the next few days.
Here's a close up of Milton...
Talk about being really late on a birthday present! My mom's birthday was back in May, but I was so busy around that time, that I didn't get a chance to make anything. If you've been reading my blog, you'll know that my mom only likes home made gifts from me, so I always need to figure out what to make for her presents. Being that Mother's Day is right around her b-day, I sometimes get stumped on making 2 gifts around the same time.
Anyway, since Les did the photo shoot with the girls back in July, I thought this would make a nice album for mom for her belated b-day present. Of course Hello Kitty would need to be included somehow on the project, so I added her in on the cover. Since the girls all wore red and white w/a little black accents, I went with those colors for the album. Here's what it looks like when its open.
I actually added in their names under their photos for the final product but its not shown here. Here's close ups of the album. I don't know if you can tell but I used mirrored cardstock for the flowers. They were punched using the MS hydrangea and mini hydrangea punches. Love how they coordinate and offer several sizes. I like the effect of using the mirrored cardstock- made the flowers pop off the page in real life.
I only added one Hello Kitty to the middle panel. Didn't want to take anything away from the girls.
My mom loved it! I finally delivered it to her this past weekend. She then placed her order for a calendar using these photos. Off to do my next project for her!
Since my buddy Linda took over the OCS, she's issued us some challenges! Last month's challenge was to use words as your focal point and boy was that hard for me! This month's challenge was a bit easier and oh so inspiring! She asked us to make an asian themed card. I love asian themed stamps, paper, etc. so I couldn't decide what to do for my card.
While purchasing Cupcake Anya from the TGF website, I shopped around to see if there were any other digis I wanted and decided on Karate Anya. I've always thought she was so cute but didn't think I had any use for Anya in her gee... and then it hit me! Her hairdo reminded me of Chun Li (any Street Fighter fans out there?) or Shampoo (any Ranma fans??), so I thought I could definitely do some altering and utilize that cute 'do. (or maybe she has the Princess Leia's donut rolls?).
Since the challenge was an asian theme, I thought it would be perfect to put Karate Anya's head on Geisha Anya's body. Honestly, I'm not that fond of Geisha Anya's head, so this was an exciting idea I couldn't wait to try. I think this was my first time altering an Anya. I cheated and just cut the kimono off of Geisha and put it on Karate. Sort of like paper dolls. I think it would freak me out to cut off Karate Anya's head!
Enough of my issues... for the rest of the card, I decided to use some washi paper scraps and Island Scrapbooking mini sakura laser cuts. Love how its cut with the glitter paper so I don't have to go over it with my stickles. Finished it off with a Hero Arts Kanji thank you stamp. Because gold mirrored cardstock is so scarce nowdays, I decided to use some old gold origami type paper instead. Since its a card (and not scrapbook), don't need to worry about being archival safe.
Here's a close up of Karate Geisha Anya. I added bows to each bun. Her kimono was colored with Copics and Spica (glitter) pens. I kinda like how the gold came out.
And as a tribute to my friend Teri... I decorated the inside of the card! My OCS partner this month was Myra... Hi Myra! Hope you like this card! I met Myra at one of Teri's classes awhile ago. She is so sweet and I'm so glad she started her own blog. Check it out here...
Well, I'm back in Hilo and still recuperating from this weekend. I was very fortunate to be invited to this year's Islander Girls Social 2 that was on Oahu this past weekend. Teri and company hosted the event, which was so much fun! I met a lot of new friends but wish I had mingled a bit more cause I know I missed out on meeting some other bloggers that were also there that day.
Here's the gals on my table. I think we were labeled "the loud table" cause we were definitely the loudest ones there. I had met Linda, Kyoko, and Janis earlier, but was so happy to meet Jo, Kelly, Cindy, Jodi and Cami too! (and of course Debi who I came with). We had so much fun talking story and making our projects together.
Joy from Tamiko's was also there and brought her whole store with her! I totally scored on good finds that I can't get in Hilo. AND Tamiko's donated the prize for the card contest that I won!! (can you believe it?) Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of my card (duh) to share with you so I guess I have no real proof that I won... do I? Guess you'll just have to take my word for it. I must say that I feel really honored that my card was voted by everyone there (who are all awesome crafters!). OK enough tooting my own horn (sorry, don't get to toot that often).
I know you've probably already seen all the projects we did at the event, so I won't re-post them here. If you haven't seen them yet, head on over to Linda's blog here to see what we did.
I think the funniest part of the day was when Michelle stole Linda's Edward and Linda didn't notice it for awhile. For more Pocket Edward's Hawaiian Adventures, check out his blog here... I wonder if Edward will write about that adventure?? Here's a photo of Kyoko and Linda... this photo just says it all!
After this fun filled day, Debi and I decided that it was time for more shopping!!! We hit several stores and had a blast. Thanks Debi for keeping me company! I think I did all the shopping and you only shopped for windows. Here's the two Hilo Girls (not originally from Hilo)...
Just wanted to thank Teri for the awesome job she did in planning this whole event and to all the ladies who came and made it fun!
Since I had made the double side step card, decided to do another side step card. Since I haven't used Gigi in awhile, thought she matched this groovy paper and decided to ink her up. Doesn't she look like she's going shopping with her handbag? That's what I'm gonna be doing on my trip home! Anyway, hope you are having a great weekend!
Someone asked me to make another Double Step Card. I haven't really made one since my monkey card that I did for class. Guess I haven't been inspired in awhile for this layout and had to put my thinking cap on. Resorted to my favorite Doodlebug polka dot papers for some color inspiration. Also thought the Miss Anyas were a good match for the sides of the card since they are long and lean. I remember seeing this sentiment somewhere and thought it would be a great match to pair up with the Rain/Shine Miss Anyas! So that's how my card came together... hope you like it!
Yahoo! Another four day weekend! We have Admissions Day off and then we have our furlough day on Monday! I'm also excited because I'm off to Honolulu for some R&R. Family is staying home this time so I'm heading for a fun filled weekend of doing what I like.
Anyway, made this card for Island Scrapbooking. Guess I was in a flowery kind of mood. I actually like the colors of this card and hope I remember to use it again.
Have some posts already scheduled so hope you check back again this weekend to see what I've been up to. Otherwise catch you later alligator!
I promised you another easel card right? I love how this one came out! Used the Anya from the Spotlight set (not sure what her name is so I'll refer to her as Spotlight Anya) and decided to go with red. Used the same flower background stamp from my last easel card but this time, mounted it on Doodlebug DP. The single flower and sentiment come in the same clear set, which made it really easy!
Here's a close up of Spotlight Anya...
I'm on a easel card roll right now! Made this easel card using my new Hero Arts stamp set that is perfect as a background. It was a lot of coloring, but I like how it turned out. Added some stickles and crystals for some bling and then mounted it on a background using MS punches.
Decided to make Fleur Anya stand out by coloring her in yellow.
I've made a few blogging friends on this journey of mine, and one that I met in person is Teri. I ended up taking a couple of classes from her along the way and have learned so much from her that I thought I'd send her a little something for her b-day.
Since she likes pink (and so do I!), I jumped at the chance to use my new pink polka dot cardstock. It took me a few days to decide on the right stamp, but I ended up choosing this bear stamp by Lily of the Valley. Thought it was cute since she was holding a birthday cake. Also got some of those Wild Orchid Crafts roses and added it on for some accent...
Since Teri always makes the inside of her cards just as pretty as the outside, I decided to do the same for her... Here's the inside of her card....
Now for the gift box. Used the A2 box instructions from Splitcoast Stampers to make this box. Although I wasn't giving her cards, the size was perfect for the goodies I wanted to send. Added on the Anya from the Spotlight set, which I got from Tamiko's. Added on more roses and a bow to hold the box closed.
Took this photo to show you that I used the same polka dot paper for the box base and punched the cover with the MS doily lace punch. Hope you like it Teri!
Yes, yet another digi! I couldn't resist buying this little witch from the Sweet November release. Something about cute Halloween witches I'm a sucker for. I love how she's looking up at an owl on her hat! Can you tell I also distressed the edges of the card with lavendar?
Decided to make another easel card and had to dig through my stash to find my Halloween punches. Yes! Oh how I've missed using my spiderweb punch!
Here's the card when its opened. Popped up the inside sentiment so it will hold the card open when on display.
I'm on a roll using my digis! I'm loving this mermaid from the Sweet November collection (Hi Amy!) by CC's Designs. This gal was one of my favorites from the collection and the bonus was the cute sea lion.
After coloring the mermaid and her friend, I decided to do something about all that white space. And I mean literal white space, not just blank space. I guess I didn't feel like cutting her out this time, so I ended up using my distress inks to color the background. I was pleasantly surprised that it worked! I don't have the copic airbrush system (yet!), so I'm happy to find this alternative.
Here's a close up of the mermaid...
Found this old piece of cork that I had bought awhile ago and didn't use up. Thought it was perfect background for this image since it resembles sand. Added more to the inside of the card as well and ripped the edges so it didn't look so perfect.
Did you notice my little starfish? I found these little Doodlebug braddies in my stash and thought they'd be perfect for this card. Now I wish I bought more of them.
OK- We all know that it won't snow in Hawaii (except for Mauna Kea), but a girl can dream can't she?? In all actuality, I really just wanted to try the emboss resist technique again. If you know me, I always say that I can't emboss for beans, but Debi has got me back into it and ya know what??? I CAN emboss! :)
So I embossed these snowflakes from CC's Designs AmyR stamps, and then distressed over it. I must say that this technique comes out very nice. Added in the "Let it Snow" sentiment that comes in the same set.
Now that I feel like I can emboss, I am thinking of buying some more embossing powder in different colors! Woo Hoo!
OK- So I totally CASED this card from the Hero Arts blog. I fell in love with this design and just could not put my own spin on it without ruining the card!!! So, I bought the dandelion stamp and white embossing powder just to make it. Crazy yah?
My friend Debi teaches a distress techniques class at Island Scrapbooking. She's shown me how to do a few of the techniques and this was one of them, so I decided to try it out on my own. I thought I could emboss over the distress inks- which came out OK, but worked much better when I embossed the dandelions first then went over it with the ink. I really like how this card came out! I'm definitely gonna do this card again... maybe in different colored distress inks!
Yep, more digis!! I guess I finally got around to printing them on my copic paper, so now you are seeing all my recent purchases. I think Butterfly Birgitta is pretty sweet looking. For some reason, this image just screamed yellow to me, so I found some of my new Pebbles paper in yellow and used that for my card base. I didn't think it looked that nice with all yellow for some reason, so I opted to give it some baby blue accents. Sometimes you just gotta do a simple card yah?
Hi Fellow Bloggers...
Just wanted to let you know that Kyoko is staring up a tag swap and sign ups are now. Go to her blog for more info on the swap... Who know's? Maybe you'll be partnered up with me!
Better go put my thinking cap on now!
Couldn't resist getting this Cupcake Anya digi! I know cupcakes are getting old, but I'm not tired of them yet! Decided to bust out my old Cupcake card die again since I haven't used it in awhile. Its the perfect background for Cupcake Anya- don't ya think?
Here's what it looks like when you pull up the cupcake...
And here's a close up of Cupcake Anya herself...