Wednesday, October 29, 2014

House for the Kitties and Down at the Beauty Salon

I made two cards for special people in my life. One is an amazing helper in my work life who loves her two kitties. The other is a sweet woman who fancies up my hair.

Check it out.... (and be sure to count how many kitties there are on the outside and inside of the card... the number was specific) :)
The little house is a Magnolia House. Tim Holtz Lamp Post. Die-Namics fence.
The little barrel, plants and saying are are Rubber Necker. 
The bench and mailbox stamps- unknown. The grass punch is Martha Stewart. 
The die cut kitties are a mix of Poppy Stamps and Impression Obsession.

I even made the gate open and latch closed! (I used dried Mono Liquid Glue to make it latch)


 Brown kitty is in the flower bed barrel. Purrr.
I also had fun making the flame in the lamp.

Inside the card, I put these two kitties in a window wondering where their mom was.
(Window die is Poppy Stamps)

And then I gave her a little mini envelope of kitties (with a vellum window). 
I drew the details on this kitty... not bad for a quick sketch. :)

So, did you count the kitties? 9! as in 9 lives!!

This kitty card was submitted to 
Crafty Card makers Punches and Dies 



Here's the other card I made for my hair stylist.... 
As she applied the perfect amount of highlights to my hair I realized I had to make her this card... 
Here's the outside.... 
(Stampin' Up Deco Labels framelit die and Itty Bitty heart punch)

Here's the inside... 
Yup, I finally used one of my Girlfriends stamps set from Art Impressions I picked up a year ago. 
I love all the sayings too... Pamper yourself! Definitely a good thing to do!
 The "I think your Lovely" and "Live Happy" sayings are Stampin Up.
"Dream your dream" was from a roller stamp- unknown company.
The top cut on the card was made with the Stampin' Up! Adorning Accents Edgelit die.

The crown was made with SU! gold paper and the SU! Pinking Hearts Border Punch.


Touch of Pearls for some class on die cut leafy branch from Cheery Lynn Designs.

I made the dried Mono Liquid Glue latch in the shape of a heart. She noticed it right away. 


Of course I added glamourous jewelry - pearl earring and ring and gold bracelet and earring!

The little hearts came from the SU! Pinking Hearts Border Punch leftovers.
The Word Bubbles are a Stampin' Up! framelit die set.

And lastly, she told me about her little doggies. One of which loves to have her hair blown dry.
So I had to use a couple of doggies from Ailee Busby's Paw Prints.
She said these dogs were just like her doggies. Nice. 

These two cards took me all afternoon and into the night... but it was so much fun. 
And both of the women loved their gifts!
That's what makes it all so worth it!

LOVE to all,
Makani







Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oh what to do with a wreath!

At first I thought I wouldn't buy the new Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath and its matching framelit Dies Wonderful Wreath because I have toooo many (is that possible?) Christmas things. But the big cursive Joy and Noel got me and I bought them both as a bundle. Here's a link to the Stampin' Up! (SU!) Holiday Catalog. (If you want anything, please do send me a message- I don't have a merchant page with them... but I can order things for folks and dropship them to your homes easily!)
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=1995

Then the next task was to use my new stamps and framelit dies... and that's when I realized you can do ~~anything~~ with a wreath! Here are few of the wreaths I've made so far (I have a bunch more in my idea file to be made later). :)

They all have shiny bows thanks to painting on SU! Crystal effects. 

Two card color layouts. The flowers were made using  the Itty Bitty Flower Punch 
on flowers that I got from SU! Perfectly Preserved. 

Two card color layouts. The leaves were pulled off a leaf garland made of leaves and wire.

The snowflakes came from an edge punch by EK success. 
I sparked them with my clear/sparkle Gelly Roll pen.

The hearts are popped up with a big blob of Liquid Crystal

Half wreaths work perfectly for a garland!
I also used SU! Filigree Frame Embossing Folder and Labels Collection Frames Framelits.

I also had to play around with using the big cursive "Joy" framelit die. Of course I also wanted to use those totally cute little houses from SU! Holiday Catalog: Holiday Home, the matching Homemade Holiday framelit dies, and White Christmas.

Here is a gate card that I call "Christmas Neighborhood Village" 
The house is the "latch" to close the gate card. To allow ample room for "Joy", 
I made the dimensions so that the gates were scored at 3.5 and 9 on an 11.5 x 4.25. 
This awesome red is the Cherry Red Cobbler paper. 


I fussy cut out Santa's sleigh so he could be on the roof top. 
I bent the photopolymer stamp of the reindeer to fit in the moon and stamped those first.
(As much as I've resisted Photopolymer stamps- the Stampin' Up! ones are good quality and I like the things you can do with them (like bend them).)

I like making "latches" for my gate card doors.
Put a dab of Tombow Mono Liquid Glue (green + white bottle) on one side of the little house that is on the gate fold front seam. Let the glue dry- and it becomes re-positionable! (aka re-openable)


And here are the little Fall cards I made from my stamping buddies

I love the SU! Lovely as a Tree stamp set... and hope it never retires. 
I used the old oak as a fall tree by dabbing some Cajun Craze (rust) ink in the leaves (Old Olive) 

I love making motion lines with dots.... only one more leaf to fall.. 

This is a color wonder- I only use one color- Cajun Craze ink drops on a dish and a blender pen.
I like how there are so many hues as a result! 
(sorry for out of focus- I already gave it away, so no retakes!) :)

Thanks for looking! 
Makani

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Circle Die Cut and Punches Size Comparison Chart

I have been taking the time better organize all my die cuts and punches... And realized that 1) I have a lot and 2) I am missing some important sizes for matting and layering. 

Here is the link to the *NEW* Size Chart Comparing Circle Die Cuts and Punches by Nestabilities, Stampin' Up!, and Sizzix. So... when you want a 2.5" diameter circle die cut, you know which set has it! (AKA no more hair-pulling frustrating moments!)



Here are pics of my new notebooks housing many of the dies or samples of ones I keep with my Stampin' Up Sets.


I started with those Avery small (5.5 x 8.5 ") notebooks, some dividers, and pocket pages to go with it. (The MS brand were all on sale at Staples, Yay!)




So many ways to be decorative. :)
Pretty! and so inspiring... Paris in the rain... ah...
Then I used the little pocket sleeves and magnetic strips I made from cutting up Magnetic Vent Covers- available at Amazon or at your local hardware store. 
MVCX512 Magnetic Vent Covers (5" X 12", 3-pk)

So many leafy vines, so little time... 
Sets of Dies with pretty cut outs to inspire me :)












If the die stays in it's original package or in with the stamp set that matches it, I am putting the cut out in the pocket with a label.











Then,  I keep the rest of the die cuts in boxes with easy viewing- I also have sample cut outs on the opposite side of where I can see the die cuts. (see last picture)

Friday, June 20, 2014

More catch up- my best of 2014 creations (so far)


This is what I made today!!! 




I was inspired by my friend Deidre's cute little three panel card that we made last week when we got together.. For the feet on the three panels- Warning! I killed my SU! Curly Label Punch by trying to punch too many layers of thick card stock. Sigh. So I ended up using a Spellbinders Labels One die set. Deidre used a longer piece of paper and was able to use the Decorative Label for the feet. I used one half sheet of a 8.5x11 chocolate chip paper, so the littler punch was necessary.

For the flowers, I used the new Flower Patch (photopolymer stamps) and matching Flower Fair dies. For the wonderful flamingo and the "Happy Day", I used the Flamingo Lingo stamp set (remember $3 goes to Ronald McDonald House with each purchase). (I bent the photopolymer stamp that says "BE YOU (TIFUL)" to shape the banner. And was able to use my old SU Spring Bouquet Flower punch for the little flower on the banner. Each flow

And the fox (or coon, or mouse, or.... ) says... 
I have been in love with the SU! Life in the Forest stamp set for months... and finally got it and made a card that I've been admiring online. So, thank you Catherine Pooler for your inspiration for my fox card!

I cut out the words in all the Just Sayin' word bubbles so I could put anything I want in them. For the Celebrate- I used the retired hostess set Express Yourself. I made the stripey tree with Raspberry ink on the Positively Chevron background stamp. The other papers are from the new Moonlight mini DSP stack.


This little wild flower wonder I saw demoed at the Rubber Stamping Convention (San Jose area) last spring. 
I tried out a new technique and used ink refills and mixed my own combos of inks on a homemade Cut-N-Dry Stamp and Felt Pad. The stamps are from RubberNecker.com 

I don't have the Work of Art stamp set yet, but I've caught the the water colorbug! Here's a simple card with some retired DSP (designer paper) and the new World of Dreams set with some sweet silhouettes and quick swipes with a wet paintbrush and a dab of the new 2014-2016 In Colors. ( I used Blackberry Bliss, 

Here are some cards I made and work-shopped with my stamping buddies this spring.

The You Make me Smile card is all current sets- Label Love, A Round Array, Daydream Medallions, Decortive Dots embossing folder. Sadly the Enjoy card is all retired now.
 
I got this idea from Lynda Lee to split two stamp set to make Your're (it used to say You're Amazing") and Wonderful. The design is from Mosaic Madness.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Catch up time... and some pics of my 2013 Fall and Winter cards

So... I finally have  minute to breath and catch up (is that even possible?)... So I'm going to post some of the cards I designed or modified for my demos this past year. Enjoy!
(PS most everything is Stampin Up!)

From last Fall:

The flower above is with homemade DSP (Designer paper) and the leaf is made with sponging colors and scoring the veins.


From last year around the holidays:





Here are a couple of the shoulder strap shopping bags I made for folks last year.