Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Aloha everyone!

Summer is right around the corner and the weather here is absolutely beautiful. LOL. I know many of you are thinking, "It's beautiful all year long" and yes, I have to agree it is, but as many of you know certain seasons are better than others. 
To help celebrate summer I made a simple card using Kadoodle Bug Designs, "Endless Summer" for the palm tree and "Paradise Found" for the coconut drink. Both of these files are only $0.75 each as they are set to retire from the KBD store. 

To help add additional charm to this card, Jaded Blossom's, "tropical dies" was used to help create my sand and the sand dollar as well. 

The waves are actually washi tape (labeled Tape Works and the company is Sandy Lion) that I found at a specialty card store.  The cute little diva in the background is actually from the Silhouette Online Store labeled.

retro beach babes

Design ID #76670

Mahalo for stopping by and aloha!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Aloha everyone!

Thanks for stopping by. The next two months are all about graduation in my house and to help celebrate the occasion I have made this super cute "penny slider" card.
 To create the base of the card I used the penny card slide bases from SVG Cutting Files.
If you are unfamiliar with the penny card technique, it really is pretty simple. Place a penny inside the card, use some pop up dots to create height and finally finish it off by attaching another penny onto the pop dot.
Click here is a quick video if my explanation doesn't make sense. I released the compound path on the penny arch and wielded it onto my arch shaped card. I just thought this was so cute and helps illustrate the travel. 
Now onto the main event on how I created the bear and air balloon. The super cute graduation bear was a freebie from Kaddoodle Bug Designs and can now be purchased here. The hot air balloon is actually from the USA Hot Air Balloon found here. Shrink the diploma bear down to fit into the hot air balloon.
 I duplicated two shadow bases off of the Diploma Bear and wielded the second shadow over the existing bear on the hot air balloon. Assemble the hot air balloon first. The second shadow of the Diploma Bear can be used to place the pieces and give it a little dimension.
Finally, to top off the sense of travel I used the globe from Explore Bears and added some clouds around it. The sentiment for this card was actually made using my Silhouette sketch pens and very carefully filled in with my .05 micron pen.
If you haven't had the chance to play with your sketch pens, give them a try. I just love that I can create my own sentiment when I don't have the stamps I need. What makes the sketched sentiment perfect is the fact that you can make the sentiment as long, short, big and tall as you want to and customize your card just how you like.

Mahalo for stopping by and as usual, I hope you all have a crafty day!