Thursday, November 19, 2015

Inspired to stamp

Thanks to my stampin buddy Sheryl, today was a great stamping day....
Here are a few of my creations...

I love Autumn- version 1
I used a sketch challenge from SplitCoast (SC567) for this card and the one below. I like the geometric shape of the cut off . The DSP is SU! 2015 Into the Woods, the Embossing Folder is by Darice and the saying (an all time fave of mine) is from SU! World of Dreams. 

I love Autumn- version 2
This way I colored the leaf reminds me of some fabrics from my mom's house. 

Hidden Fox
I used the SCS Color Combo Sketch for this one: CC557: Wild Cherry Sky.... And the little fox (from SU! The Wilderness Awaits) is under branches made from the big tree from SU! Lovely as a Tree. The little die cut words are from Elizabeth Craft.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


I've been making cards in all the free moments I have. Hoping to keep my growling down to a more manageable yip or small bark. :0  Also, I am starting up a monthly 5+2 swap by mail through SplitCoastStampers... and it's been fun receiving requests from folks wanting to join. So I thought I'd start off the club with my first theme that I will do "Welcoming Smiles". See the thank you cards below that I've send and will send. :)

Thank you card for new members to my Swap Club
card recipe is here (it's SC564)

Thank you card for new members to my Swap Club
recipe for this card is here (it's SC565)

I LOVE this little chickadee-  and I love that Heather of Judith Stamps inspired me to draw my own barbed wire. The die cut "happy" and "everything" stamp is from Taylored Expressions. 
This card so makes me smile! Here's the recipe on SCS
And here's the YouTube Video Channel of Heather teaching how to design and color the fence

Here's the other Judith Stamps card I made... If you notice the layout for the cards is similar... a left bottom corner object with rays coming off it. That was for the SCS sketch challenge SC563

The card... (above)  (recipe here)
And the envelope:... (below)
Again a day in the Judith Stamps booth at the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo... and I came home ready to play. I did the jumping frog card and then realized a see-through box for the frogs looking out on the envelope would be fun. These are just such wonderful stamps!! 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

House Mouse Love

Been playing with my little House Mouse stamps again. Love love love those little pictures!

These are being shipped off for a House Mouse swap I am participating in on SplitCoastStampers. So.... shhh, they are not due until Nov 2. :)

Smitten Kitten (and Mice)
When I crocheted this one, I so thought of how my mom used to knit whenever she sat on the couch.  I tried using real mini clothespins, but it got too bulky. So instead, I glossed the clothespins (hard to see in picture). Then I used the SU! Lattice Embossing Folder (retired now) to add more knit texture.
Colors: Tombow pens: 942, N89, 553, 800; SU! pens: Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel, Cherry Cobbler
House Mouse Stamps: “Cozy Mittens” and “I’m Smitten”
Paper: gray, brown, white
Accessories: 3D Galaxy Gloss, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn
Tools: SU! Lattice Embossing Folder, crochet hook, dauber, scissors, etc 

 Blowing Bubblegum Bubbles
I had fun layering all the punched colorful circles and making the bubblegum machine.
I used alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir, Copics, Touch, Letraset) 
to allow the images to shine through the colors so well.
Colors: Alcohol based pens: Copics: RV10, BV02; Touch Pens: 23, 47, BG1, BG5, WG4, WG 0.5; Letraset Pantone 537-T; Spectrum Noir BP4; Promarker Blender. Water Based: Tombow 912
House Mouse Stamps: “Chew, Blow, Pop” and “Mice Wishes”
Paper: Creative Memories Brights, white
Tools:  ¾ “ and 1” punches, CM circle cutter

Thanks for looking. 
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Feeling Good--- soon I hope...

Fun cards this past week- 
I wanted to use my new SU! Get Well Soup stamp and had this vision of making steam come off the bowl. To do this I used the new SU! Elegant Dots Embossing Folder in two different ways:
1) To get the "steam" dots on the pink paper- I inked Wisteria Wonder onto the raised dots side of the embossing folder and then twisted it when I stamped the dots onto the pink.
2) To get the white dots- I inked Wisteria Wonder onto the top side of the embossing folder and then ran white paper through it.

Get Well Soup

Inside the card, I put white paper and stamped Wisteria
hearts from SU! Perpetual Calendar.

Then for the bowl- I used a square make-up sponge and 
made angles with the sponging (see below)

My favorite is this one- with the little hearts added.

Thanks for looking! 
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Guiding Light, Cardinals, and Rosebud!

Last day of the STAYcation.... so here is what I made last night and today.
Again the details on what I used to make these cards is on my SplitCoastStampers Gallery:

 A Musical Cardinal Holiday to you...
(All Die Cuts- Impression Obsession: Cardinals, 
Memory Box: Virtuoso Music, Cheery Lynn: Merry Christmas)

You are My Sunshine and Guiding Light
(Images all from Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets- 
From Land to Sea, Feel Goods, 
Kinda Eclectic, The Open Sea, Chalk Lines)

(Images all from Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets- 
Winter Wishes, Woodgrain. 
Window is SU! Hearth + Home Thinlits Die)

Thanks for looking! Leave comments if you like and if you ever want to buy some Stampin' Up! goodies- contact me! :) Makani

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Penguin Mischief

Still on my Penguin Extravaganza... what to make the penguin do is my operating question.
Check my splitcoaststampers gallery for all the instructions...

Snow Fun... Wanna go Skiing?
(Stampin' Up Stamps: Snow Place + Winter Wishes, 
Snow Friends Framelits, Little Letters Thinlits,
and Gently Falling Embossing Folder)

Penguin Witch!! (If the Broom Fits...)
(a Hershey's Kiss Tent)
(Stampin' Up Stamps: 
Snow Place + If the Broom Fits,  
 and Snow Friends Framelits)

Broom Riding Penguin
(Stampin' Up Stamps: Snow Place, Happy Scenes, 
and If the Broom Fits, 
Snow Friends Framelits, 
and Boho Chic Embossing Folder)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Day 3 of my STAYcation

Slept in- check
Walked to beach- check
Hung out with a friend I haven't seen in ages- check
Played with paper, scissors, die cuts, rubber stamps, ink and so much more... check

Here's one for tonight...
Slow Loving Penguin
This little snow lover is a left over from a prior project- 

March of the Penguins and Snow People 
These guys (gals?) were for making Kiss Tents... 
that we will be making in one of my stamping groups. 
And yes, I have extra Hershey's Kisses on hand. :)
The idea came from Brenda Q- QBee on SplitCoastStampers 

Here are mine: Caroling Snowy Kiss Tents

Through the Woods (IO card challenge)

Second card... for the challenge 

Through the Woods
I used the IO Cover-a-Card "Branches" (CC031 C-A-C)
and my favorite little die cut town: IO "Haunted Hill" (Die 029P)
I had fun figuring out how to put the village behind the branches... and came up with die cutting the village in white and in gray. Then I used the relief or top white piece and the town or bottom gray piece. Then I sponged a moon with a circle die cut on a post-it note... and then stamped the black trees over it all. The trick was to add a branch in front of the bell tower- I stamped the branches again on gray paper and cut out the main two branches and glued them on (they are the ones on the left reaching to the moon and going over the bell tower.

Been a while... Batty Thoughts (IO Happy Haunting Challenge)

Can't say I am a talkative blogger for sure...been since last December?! I most post my new cards on my SplitCoastStampers Gallery... So... if you want to take a peek- go here:

Anywayyy.... Impression Obsession (IO) has me at it again... and it's a challenge again: Happy Haunting! Rule was only IO products. And it had to be new (no back-dating) and a few other rules. Go check out the challenge here: What I discovered is that I still don't have enough IO goodies... (time to go shopping?) .... in spite of this, I think I did pretty well. Check out my two creations...

Batty Thoughts
I used the IO Cover-a-Card "Clouds" (CC091 C-A-C)
again my favorite little die cut town: IO "Haunted Hill" (Die 029P)
and IO Top Edger "Greetings" (Die 234-M)
For this one I stamped the clouds in gray. And then sponged a moon yellow and some rust (masking the cloud first) and some of the surrounding sky with a navy blue. (The photo makes it all look too blue). Then I made a gray shadow of the town by gluing a black die cut of the town over a gray die cut. And sadly, I found I had no Halloween greetings by IO in my stash... so I decided Thinking of you and some bats could work.  I like it... :)

Gonna post my second card in a second post...
happy haunting to all!
:) Makani

Saturday, December 6, 2014

CAS (clean and simple) Impression Obsession Holiday Cards

Today I was inspired (again) by Kittie Caracciolo  and her lovely, simple, elegant cards... and decided to do a couple CAS Impression Obsession Holiday Cards. I will be entering them in the contest over at the Impression Obsession Blog. Fingers crossed! LOL

Holiday Bird Watching
This first card is some fun with die cuts and thinking like a cat... with birds on the sill.
I decided to go with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch size card with some nice merlot, celery and white for colors. 
The Dies used were all from Impression Obsession    (
Large Window with Window Box set: DIE103-ZZ 
"Thinking of You" is in the Greetings Top Edgers word set (3 words): DIE234-M
Cat set (6 kitties): DIE083-K
Small Birds Set (10 little birds) DIE154-A
Fancy Tree set (2 trees) DIE031-N
The trees were stamped green on light green with The Fluff Cover-A-Card stamp CC104

Snowy Night
My second card is a little darling  little 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch card. I got the idea of cutting off stuff from the Haunting Hill and using the church and house as something not Halloween from Cindy at the Impression Obsession booth at the Rubber Stamp Convention a few weeks ago. So many ideas have been flowing in since... 
The house and tree are parts of the bigger landscape die called Halloween Hill DIE029-P
The snow is just dots using my new Sharpie White Extra Fine Point Water-Based Pen- worked great!
The scallop square is from some old scrap Stampin' Up! Paper
I am sorry, I can't remember where I got the little words "Merry Christmas" from. 

The best thing is that all the IO dies cut sooooo well! I love how they are made and work so well. Thanks Impression Obsession!

Anyway... thanks for looking. Hope I've inspired you. 
Happy crafting,

PS Merry Christmas from our little neighbor dog, Creature. He's loving his new lumberjack tartan fleece winter coat from Auntie Makani. 

Love, Creature "woof" 
Wag, wag, wag, wag, wag... 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Fog in the Trees and Popping Up Fun

So... I've been inspired again... this time by an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Stamp called Pine Trees     Here's what that stamp looks like:
Cover-a-Card Pine Trees

I also was inspired by the landscape where I live (ah paradise).

These sunrise pictures were from two days ago and the fog pic was taken by my son not long ago. These are common sights. Nice.

And below is the card I made...  "Trees Through the Fog"

The rolling fog is done by daubing different hues of gray ink on the edge of a torn piece of paper shaped to look like rolling hills. To get the layered effect, you have to play around and re-position it a bit.

To make the trees look darker- more like shadows- I double or triple stamped them. The trees are are from 3 companies:
1) Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree
2) Ink-adink-ado
3) Rubber Stampede
I drew in the little tree tips because it was hard to get the stamps to work. My son thinks I should take an art class, because I have potential- awww... Hmn, maybe.

Trees Through the Fog                         

The other inspiration came from the SplitCoastStampers Challenges- just gotta love how they help get the creative juices flowing!

The sketch was to use layered die cuts TLC509... Here are my works of art:

Tree of Trees and Gems
This one was all die cuts and a bit of bling and string. 
The trick to make the candy cane from the baker's twine is to rub some Modge Podge 
(it's like glue) on them, shape them, then let them dry on a non-stick cookie plastic sheet.

Beary Merry Christmas
This one involves stamping the cute bear "Grizz" by Judith Stamps, the tree by Amuse Stamps, and the words from an old Stampin' Up! set called Warm Words. I added the "Love, Bear!"
The die cut pail (with handle!!) on some silver foil poster board paper is made 
by Impression Obsession. The ornaments and the star are all from the retired 
Stampin' Up! Merry Mini punch set and on foil poster board paper- I had to make the green one by coloring a silver ornament with a green alcohol marker. Gotta love those makers!

Cocoa for Two and Two for Cocoa, You for Me and Me for You... 
This last one combined the same layered die cuts from the retired SU! Scentsational Season dies
and matching stamps set and SU! Season of Style Designer Paper. 
The cute little penguins and the saying are from Ink-adink-adoo. Penguins get me everytime!
I was inspired for the layout by the SCS sketch challenge SC516

Well, that's it for now! Hope I inspired you!
Happy creative crafting and playing! 

PS I post more pics on my SplitCoastStampers (SCS) gallery than here- go see more here:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Soda Can Butterfly, Scenes from my Window, and Starlight Starbright!!

Thank you Kat at A Stamp in the Hand for once again hosting the Rubber Stamp Convention in the San Jose, CA area!  Here are a few of my inspired works...

Soda Can Butterfly
Tessler Stamps had a great demo once again at the convention for this... but when I got home and wanted to do it... I couldn't find a video on it anywhere... so after a dozen failed attempts today, I figured it out. Then I videotaped how to do it and loaded it to YouTube so next time I won't forget how!  Check out my video here.... Soda Can Butterfly by Makani (and if it helped- vote you like it!)

And you will see how to make some lovely butterflies...

I included the recipe at the end of the video... but I will paste it here too:
How to Make a Soda Can into a Butterfly- Using a Big Shot or Vagabond (or Cuttlebug)
Recipe from the bottom up...
1) Magnetic plate (for Cuttlebug- use A plate + C plate)
2) “B” sized (thinner) acrylic plate
3) Metal shim plate
4) Card stock
5) Fun foam
6) Soda can – print side up – toward the blade
7) Wax paper
8) Butterfly die- blade down
9) “B” sized (thinner) acrylic plate
10) Brush with a toothbrush or a Spellbinders Tool ‘n One to remove small pieces

Making Designer Paper from Background Stamps
and View from my Window... 
The second inspired work was from the Impression Obsession Booth- love your work Kallani Allred and all your help Cindy! I bought a lovely Cover-A-Card background stamp of a winter scene and some wonderful die cuts of little deer, a window with panes, and some phrases that pop up... to create this. (Note, the background paper was made with 2 stamps and 3 colors- thin stripes 2x and a vine stamp.)

I was in the mood for window cards this past few weeks- here's another... 

The other theme of the week has been stars- here are a few of my star creations:

This white and silver star card was inspired by my friend Deidre's Noel card.
The paper fan card (aka sunburst or star) is so much fun to make. Great way to use up scraps!!

That's all for now. :)   Makani