Saturday, June 12, 2021

Happy Birthday to a Coffee lover!

Aloha~ 

I made this card for a birthday girl in our FB "Coffee card" group. 


I was actually making a similar design INSIDE of another card, but thought, Hmmm... I CAN make another card with this design, so I did! Most of the stamps are from Concord & 9th but I also used two stamps from a local brand. On the back of the package says "Designed in Hawaii. Made in China". They are not high quality photopolymer clear stamps but thanks to Misti, I can stamp a couple of times to get better impression, and I can also use markers to fix it if the stamp images aren't great. I don't think they make dies and I fussy cut the hibiscus on the mug to make it as the design of the mug. Again, I used a couple of mug dies to make it pop instead of the foam tape, because I couldn't decide which color card stock to make this mug design on the front. Not to mention, if you have round designs on the dies, it's harder to cut foam tapes. I colored palm tree and hibiscus stamps with markers to stamp. 

For the background papers, I really love this brown shimmer card stock from Lawn Fawn, and this is the left over from a card I made back in January and wanted to use it. The diagonal stripes background is stamped using Pink Fresh studio back ground rubber stamp. The trend for stamping for last 10+ years are clear stamps but I love rubber stamps when I find a good design 😊

Well, the inks I used for those stripes are something I had for like.. 20 years! You might know and remember "Kaleida color ink pads"! This inkpad line is probably my most favorite. I bought this Cappuccino delight ink pad, USED from a stamping friend 20 years ago. I haven't used it often and still inked pretty well! Back then, "ink blending" wasn't a thing but this pads gave us a chance to stamp, similar to the recent "color blending". 

At last, it was time for me to finish this card, and placed the base cardstock inside of the new Misti. Someone did this to make it easier to line up. I had to make the top panel closer to the right hand measurement, and aha! I could layer it to the side, not center, as I planned and always did! So this is my final card. I love "aha! " moments when I make cards! It's more fun! lol 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a nice weekend! Love Eve 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Butterflies...

Aloha~

As soon as MFT released this butterfly stamp set, I had to order. I have seen many butterfly stamps in the past and own some but these butterflies...they reminded me of my childhood. There was a cabbage field near my parents house where I grew up. Every spring, I saw many, 'this' butterflies! My mom told me that because cabbage was very nutritious, they lived there,  ate the vegetable, and became butterflies. For mom, it was a good teaching to her child to "eat cabbage". To this day, I buy and eat a cabbage as often as I can. Here in Hawaii, they sell many Bento box. They even embed the shredded cabbage underneath of other food, like fried fish.

I also fell in love with this 6x 6 "Team Tie-dye" paper pack from Honey Bees. I can make these background with watercolor mediums but I bought this for mostly alcohol ink background paper in the pack. I love to work with water color mediums but not so much with alcohol inks.  This paper pack is full of alcohol ink background papers and they are lovely! But funny that my first card I made, I used "water color" background paper. lol! Apparently I love "water coloring"!😊 I stamped 3 different size butterflies of the kind I used to see when I was a kid, heat embossed one in white embossing powder and another in silver pearl, both from WOW!. And this is my first MINI slim line card. The card size is 3.25" x 6.25". According to the google, the size of mini slime line card can be varied a little... I love the simplicity of these cards, yet, pretty, in my opinion, thanks to the beautiful butterfly design and beautiful paper! πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹


Unfortunately the smallest butterfly flew away... can't find it anymore... πŸ˜“

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Hope your new week and new month have started out well. 😊 Love, Eve 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Coffee card swap for May 2021

 Aloha~ 

Well, this card may looks familiar to some of you.. Yes, I was inspired by the USPS's newly released stamps (last month)! I was making a different card for this recipient, but I got stuck with the idea of finishing that card after coloring the design. So I took a break from making the card, and started to think of what I would write inside, and I remembered that this recipient was asking for these postage stamps cuz she didn't live in US. So I grabbed the stamps to enclose, and it hit me. I would make a card, being inspired by these stamps! I have more ideas from being inspired by these postage stamps but this is my first! What do you think?   

This is the "inspiration" πŸ˜€

I always loved collecting postage stamps, so I have bought a couple of "postage stamp shape" die sets, but haven't really used them before.. I'm happy I could use them! Since this is a slim line card, my huge collection of 6 x 6 pretty background paper wouldn't work, and went through my much smaller stash of larger designer's papers. Well, I found this. I think I had this paper for like 20 years!! LOL! I think the colors and design matched the most among all the larger papers I had. If I didn't find the match, I didn't mind, making one but I like how this paper worked out for this card. 😊 I used the foam tape for the sentiment on the top but used 5 die cut background card stock under "Coffee" sentiment, because it was easier than using foam tape for curved shape, not to mention I couldn't decide which color would be the best for dark brown "coffee" sentiment on top, at first, so I die cut 5 different colored card stock.lol They became in handy! 😊

"Inspiration" is everywhere! Thank you for stopping by my blog today! 
Hope your week has started great! Love, Eve

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy birthday!

I made this card for my Godmother. I usually make birthday cards with birthday designs, like balloons, cakes, etc., but I really wanted to use this new die (add-on) set from Lawn Fawn, and just made it as a birthday card. It's very spring like where my godmother lives now. She told me that they had lots of flowers! I made this as close to how this add-on is originally intended to be used and it didn't take much time to make. I used Lawn Fawn's woodgrain white card stock for this shadow box card base. I used Lawn Fawn's sky blue "watercolor" paper from their paper pack. It's hard to tell from the picture but die cut shimmery card stock from my paper collection with their dies of tree top (with leaves) to make "clouds" as a DT of Lawn Fawn suggested and made a card with. Others are self explanatory. Those lawn and hills are die cut, using Lawn Fawn's papers, too. I'm not really into interactive cards but I really love this Original shadow box die set and their add-on die sets, as well as shaker cards.  



Happy mother's day, to y'all who is a mother. :) You deserve this special day to celebrate for your hard work! 

Love, Eve


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Coffee card for monthly swap April 2021

Aloha~

This is the card I made for April for my Coffee card swap group on FB. Most stamps are from LF, and I colored them all with Copics. The bear on the screen doesn't hold a cup, so to make the theme to be "coffee", I looked for a perfect size cup image stamp from my stamp collection, masked and stamped. That tiny cup belongs to Miss Ink stamp set. I also masked the sentiment in the picture frame, so that I could stamp the hibiscus from Hero Arts, to give a little touch of Hawaii/tropical Island.🌺 I love doing something a little different, and doing so, I spend time to look for a perfect match, mostly size and sometimes the design. When I find it, I get excited! lol The fox stamp is from LF but from a different stamp set. Background paper is also from LF. I used Wink of Stella shimmer pen on the steam from coffee but very hard to see.. The sentiment which I heat embossed is from Neat & Tangled stamp set. Even in pandemic, we can have a coffee time with friends, thanks to the technology! πŸ’»Can't imagine the people's lives during the last pandemic which is Spanish flu..I used the foam tapes to the fox and the pile of books to give the dimension to the scene I made. Also I used it to the sentiment strip. 

Hope y'all are having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hugs, Eve


Monday, March 22, 2021

Happy Easter #2!

 Aloha~

So, I "collected" these dies and finally could make a card! LOL Bird nest, chick dies, fence and gate dies are from Memory box, and bunny dies are IO. I recently saw someone used a colorful paper for the base, and I was inspired by that. You know, we all "hoard" pretty papers and not use them. .. πŸ˜…This card is "odd" size, too. After placing all the elements, I decided to make the card base as what you see, I'm not even sure the exact size. .. sometimes, I just cut little by little to make a card look better. I had to use a bigger size envelope, though. I used "cloud template" for making a background paper. I realized.. although I bought 2 more "clouds" stencils/templates, this one was my oldest, and it says 1997 by PrintWorks. There is a price tag on it; $2.79! Good Old days... lol I recently found a "stencil paper" at $1.50 shop and made a stencil for the grass, using MFT's grass field die. It's a thin paper x 2 in a package. I'm sure, though, I can use it several times at least! I only used, like 1/5 of this stencil paper, so I have plenty left to make more stencils! I found a branch stamp from Altenew stamp set, and stamped on the card front. I attached a gate die over the fence die to give a bit of dimension. Sentiment is heat embossed, and the strip is also attached with a foam tape to give a dimension. Oh I water colored the bird nest. 

I painted "eggs" many years ago, and I display with Easter decorations every spring! 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Hope your week is off to a great start! Hugs, Eve


Happy Easter #1

 Aloha~

I'm a bit ahead of time, making cards this year. 😊 This card is for my Godmother. This looks rather simple but to finish it, it took a lot of time, changing my mind, one after another. Only things I wanted to use was my new die of large cross and lilies. After arranging the die and the stamps, I realized that I needed to make a larger size card instead of regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. First I cut Lawn Fawn's yellow shimmer card stock for the base. Then I cut the Lawn Fawn's white shimmer card stock on the front. Then I cut the cross from different kinds of gold papers. I chose this most glittery paper cut. Sometimes I can't tell which goes the best, and I had to cut them, and place them before choosing one. When I placed it on the white shimmer card stock, it didn't look right, and grabbed the Lawn Fawn's sun beam paper. But then, with the yellow shimmer card stock on the base, it didn't look nice.. so I started to make lilies. Sometimes when I get stuck and don't come up with the perfect solution, I just forget it and do something else. 😁 For this card making, I focused making lilies. These lilies look kinda natural but to make it natural, with "layering stamp set", that was a bit hard. Later, I thought to myself, maybe I should've water colored the outlined lilies.. lol.. I needed to mute it down after stamped some layers, so I used distress ink/picket fence all over the lilies. It worked quite nice! For pollens, I remember Jennifer McGuire used embossing powder, but it didn't work well for me in my head, but she inspired me to use something gold, and I used gold uniball pen to just make dots, and it worked great as I imaged in my head. I fussy cut two lilies. The sentiment stamp is from Vivid Jungle from Guam, USA, from like...20 years ago! Red rubber stamp rocks! πŸ‘ I attached it with the foam tape for a dimension. When I was trying to come up with the idea of "muting" the lilies, I thought of "vellum". I didn't have to use it but I had it in my hand, and voila! I used it under the front paper, and it worked as I imagined how it looked. I'm really happy with this card although it took a long time to finish it!  

So, when I found the right thickness/color of vellum, I realized I had several different colors of vellum!! I think back in early 2000's, the vellum became a trend, and I "collected" different colors, and still have most of them, except the white I sometimes use. I bet some of you also still have those beautiful vellums in different colors in your stash! I should start using them! ... somehow... πŸ˜„

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Have a nice week! Hugs, Eve

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