Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Hello" #RadiantPearls #Shimmering #Poppies

I've noticed the watercolor flower trend since my return from my crafting hiatus and have been dying to give it try, except I didn't want to rush out and buy lots of new supplies like I would have back in the day.

I wasn't too thrilled with my background watercoloring attempts last weekend with my Canson watercolor paints because the colors weren't as bright as the current watercolor paint dujour Gansai's appear to be in the many samples & videos I've come across.

Thus my motivation to dig out my Radiant Pearl pots, an old favorite of mine from over a decade ago.  And the RP's do not disappoint in color vividness!

When funds become available, I'm sure I'll grab some Gansai's at some point, but until then, nothing wrong with using what I've got to learn/perfect a technique which apparently I've done lots of in the past once I got going with my Radiant Pearl's!

Seriously so sad I can't buy anymore as I recently discovered that these were discontinued and no longer on the market after being acquired by Luminart, so I'm torn between going to town and yet being mindful to use my paints sparingly.

Unfortunately, the gorgeous shimmering effects didn't photograph well in the above picture, so here's a another shot at it from the side which hopefully shows it off a bit better.  Sorry, my lighting is off on this shot.

I applied paint sparingly directly onto the red rubber stamp since a little goes a long way and it stays wet for some time. Then once all the colors were applied, I then took a hold of the stamp and impressed it onto my Neena Solar White 110 lb weight cardstock.

It was like running into an old beloved Radiant Pearls!

  • SCS' CAS362 to use Wildflowers for 5/25/15.  Hmm, I'm not sure what kind of flowers these are, but the dandelion like leaves of these tall stems scream poppies to me, so a type of wildflower? (I'm guessing this is a Hero Arts stamp because I only have the unmounted rubber stamp due to my very early attempts to ditch all my wood mounted stamps.)
  • Muse Challenge #119 based on this card inspiration.  I'm a sucker for gold foil dotty designs.  I went with gold dotty washi tape for mine. 

Thanks for visiting!


"Hello" Shimmering Poppies Card
Paper: Neena Solar White 110# CS
Stamps: Hero Arts Poppies (?)
Ink: Radiant Pearls
Embellishments: Reverse Confetti "hello" die; SU 2013-2015 In Color Sequins; SU Watercolor Wonder Designer (gold dotted) washi tape
Tools:  Paint Brushes
Size: 4.25" x 6.5" rectangular 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

HaHa!! #Stamping #Alignment #Fail Shoulda Pulled Out the #Stamp-a-ma-jig Sooner #CardsforACause #RonaldMcDonaldHouse #Charity #Donation

It's been over 5 years since I've packed for a crop, so while I did pretty good packing for my 4 day extended weekend, my crafty brain is obviously a little rusty in not thinking of EVERYTHING I would have needed when drafting up my packing list.

These are cards I eyeballed stamping the text.  The Garden Green Lattice Window cards are pretty obvious as the text should have been a bit lower. The Lavendar Lace tag flower cards are blurry because I overstamped each twice using the Stamp-a-ma-jig twice.  Talk about shaky hands! I should have practiced a few more times.

Ah well.   The Garden Green Lattice Window cards were my first projects when unpacking because I had JUST relocated my Big Shot plates and wanted to christen my new to me SU Bigz Lattice and SU Window Frames Framelit Dies. These were always on my wishlist, so glad there were ladies on SCS who were willing to sell to me without charging ebay prices!

The pale yellow vellum was from my scraps pile - whoohoo! A sheet at a time, I WILL whittle the pile down!

The next two cards were salvaged using a set of identical hand drawn lilac flower tags using Zig brush pens waaaaay back when Zig brush techniques were the rage at the turn of the century.  Yup, these two tags were swap returns. Goes to show you how accurate the claims of acid free paper and ink are, eh, that they still look fresh and crisp nearly 15 years later?

I just added the Verve "knock your socks off" sentiment once I got home.  They turned out fuzzy because I should have practiced a few times with my Stamp-a-ma-jig once I finally admitted to myself that I did indeed needed the help. Else my alignment without this tool was a hot mess all weekend!

I obviously need more practice with my watercoloring techniques.  Lol, I was pretty happy to finally crack up my brand new set of Cansan watercolors that I purchased, probably 10 years ago, from my local stamp store.

These four cards will be going in my monthly donation to the ongoing Ronald McDonald House Cards for Cause effort that I'm both participating in and hostessing over at SCS.  I'd love it if you'd like to donate some of your cards to this cause.  

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE MISSION: To provide a community where children and their families embrace life and healing (from cancer) with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy. 

Pasadena Ronald McDonald House 
763 South Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

I have chosen to adopt the location in Pasadena to donate cards that I create and collect from friends throughout the rest of this 2015.  

SEEKING THESE CARD THEMES:  Anything other than religious, make them uplifting, thinking of you, children themes, etc.  Cards with no sentiments are perfectly acceptable too. Examples of themes: Welcome Baby Card / Wedding / Sympathy Card / Birthday / Thinking of You/ Thank you / Missing you. 
WANT TO DONATE:  Please email me at or leave a comment here with your email, and I'll reply to you with my home address.  
By forwarding to me or any of our other monthly hostesses throughout the US, you'll allow our group of ladies over at the SCS community to tally the number of cards donated and lives impacted.  Check out our Call for Cards here
1. Cards need to use good quality cardstock- HEAVY WEIGHT--- (so the card can stand alone) and include a minimum of two layers and one embellishment.  

2. IF you use colorful / dark cardstock—please line the inside of the card with either white or vanilla paper so the guests can write in them using black/blue pen.
3. If you place a sentiment inside—repeat the sentiment and place on copy paper so that it can be added inside the back of the sleeve-so the individual can see if there is a “saying” on the inside or it is “blank” 
4. If you would like to include envelopes and sleeves it would be greatly appreciated - sleeve IS NOT necessary.  What's a sleeve?  Click here for example. 
Nevertheless, I'll be preparing each card by inserting them and a matching envelopes inside individual clear A2 sized sealable envelopes in to keep the card clean and in pristine shape to allow the RMH recipients to handle and make their selection. 

I definitely had a super fun creative weekend using just recently purchased and finally opening long ago purchased crafty items to play.  I'm pretty happy that I got to use swap returns and scraps as well to pay it forward towards such a great cause. 


"Just Wanted You to Know How Special You Are" Garden Green Lattice Window Card
Paper: SU Garden Green CS; Vellum 
Stamps: SU Versatile Verses ("Just Wanted You to Know How Special You Are")
Ink: SU Garden Green 
Embellishments: SU Bigz Lattice Die; SU Window Frames Framelits
Size: 4.25" x 5.25" rectangular 

"Hope Today Knocks Your Socks Off" Tag Cards
Paper: Canson Water Coloring Paper; SU Lovely Lilac CS, SU Tempting Turquoise CS  
Stamps: SU Mosaic Madness; Verve All About You ("Hope Today Knocks Your Socks Off")
Ink: SU Lavendar Lace; SU Tempting Turquoise; Versacolor Black; Canson Watercolors
Embellishments: SU Modern Mosaics EF; SU Mosaic Punch; SU Sizzix Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die; White Sheer Ribbon Scraps
Size: 4.25" x 5.25" rectangular 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Quick Card using #AnnaGriffin #Metalasse #EmbossingFolder & #MarthaStewart #Butterfly #Stickers

Finally got to use some new goodies I picked up! But this one was a toughie because I could NOT for the life of me find my packet of 12x12 Anna Griffin printed papers I know I have.  I had envisioned fussy cutting some fabulous AG style floral bouquets to add as a center piece for my hand woven golden background.  I think I will die if I never find my AG packet of paper. I will persevere and find it hopefully.

Speaking of the hand woven golden background, I recently picked up this Matelasse embossing folder at Joann's recently when it was marked down on clearance and I was able to use a 40% off coupon on top of that! I haven't bought anything scrappy in this steal of a price, how could I resist? Plus, all I could see was weaving this embossed design in so many kinds of paper finishes, so you may see this EF pop up frequently because I'm madly in love.

I would have preferred to kept this card strictly Anna Griffin, but this turned out to be a bit of a mod podge because I could only draw on the supplies I threw into my Cropper Hopper Navigator rolling luggage for a 4 day weekend trip in Central California to visit my other half's family.

I have to admit, couldn't figure out where to place a sentiment title, so I'm going to just leave this as a blank all occasions card.

Definitely a quick and easy card that came together in my hotel room this past weekend thanks to the inspiration over at the Muse for their Challenge #118.

How I was inspired??

  • I went warm and shiny, whereas their's was cool. 
  • I went woven whereas their's was chevron/herringbone-y. 
  • I went butterfly-y whereas their's was doggone cutesy. 
  • I went layered elegant whereas their's is clean and simple elegant.

So glad I could play along with the ladies at the Muse this time. Thanks for looking!


"Golden Monarch Butterfly" Card
Paper: Bazzil CS; Michael's Metallic CS; SEI Windsor Collection Foil PP
Stamps: SU Swallowtail
Ink: SU More Mustard
Embellishments: Anna Griffin Matelasse EF; Martha Stewart Elegant Nature Metallic Butterfly Stickers; Spellbinders Mega Label 8; Foam Tape
Size: 4.25" x 5.25" rectangular 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

From Our Hearts: My Last Donation of 40 Cards for Our Troops

And so, it's come to an end as From Our Hearts has decided it's time to close up shop due to both the draw down of our troops and the impending loss of their donated office space as of today, April 30, 2015.  It's been my absolute pleasure and honor to have been a part of this wonderful patriotic cause over the past 5 years!!

As I reflect and tally up all my past contributions which included hand stamped card donations from my friends Eva and Marina, I'm amazed that our cumulative impact totaled whopping 1726 cards!!

  • 2015 Donations = 193 Cards 
  • 2012 Donations = 150 Pens & 184 Cards
  • 2011 Donations = 598 Card & Card Fronts
  • 2010 Donations = 751 Card & Card Fronts + 4500 Envelopes
TOTAL = 1726 Card & Card Fronts; 150 Pens; 4500 Envelopes

And here is my last contribution of just 40 cards as I ran out of time to convert more swap returns into cards.  You can see my dozen patriotic contributions in my previous post and the bulk of 40 cards were from my friend Marina of which you can see below.  Her cards are absolutely adorable!!

When one door closes, another opens as I am grateful to have discovered other worthy causes to contribute handcrafted cards in the future.

Due to the wonderful ladies over at SCS, I'm joining in their monthly card drives as a hostess and contributor for the Ronald McDonald Houses located through out our nation to provide a community where children and their families embrace life and healing (from cancer) with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

My friend Marina had given me quite a stack of her handmade cards, some of which weren't needed by From Our Hearts due to the themes, so I forwarded them on to other hostesses throughout the US since our group is spotlighting a different RMH throughout the US each month.  

Pasadena Ronald McDonald House 
763 South Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

2015 Donations = 20 Cards from Marina

I have chosen to adopt the location in Pasadena to donate cards that I create and collect from friends throughout the rest of this 2015.

I've lost quite a few family members including my dad recently to cancer, so this along with my continued participation in training and fundraising ($6210 to date) for blood cancers by running half marathons through Team in Training (TNT) / The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) are both quite personal for me. If you'd like to check out my run training endeavors, check out my latest TNT fundraising link here.

Go USA!! Go Team!!


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