Sunday, June 5, 2016

Your jokes are always a-moose-ing

Hello!  Just now sharing some cards I made using Lawn Fawn's Dad & Me stamp set.  I made 2 using the moose, one for dad and one for grandpa.

I love the puns that Lawn Fawn comes up with -- too cute!  And I love the funny glasses that fit over the moose!  I used a stitched rectangle die and used distress inkpads to create the background.  The sun and clouds are from Taylored Expressions.

Here is a card for Grandpa and I used to the same layout and design.  And isn't the baby moose super cute too? 

I have come to love blending the background using distress inkpads and a sponge.  It is even easier for me than doing the watercolor backgrounds that I used to do.  I do think blending the inks on thin watercolor cardstock is easier than blending on regular cardstock.  There is a nice texture to watercolor cardstock too.

I'll share the cards I made using the bears next time.  Thanks so much for stopping by!




Saturday, May 28, 2016

best dad in the world

Hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying some time off this weekend.  My boys are out of school for the summer and my daughter has a couple of exams coming up but other that we are going to relax this weekend.  I'm gonna make a couple of cards hopefully too.

I wanted to share a couple of Father's Day cards I made a few days ago.  They both use the same sentiment that I printed onto the cardstock using a brushstroke font.

This is the first card.  I used my Cameo to cut the globe out and I love how it looks.  I inked up the edges of the blue and green cardstock and like how doing something that simple adds some depth.

Here's another view.

This is the second card and is very different from the first one even though the sentiment is the same.  I used Altenew's Mini Atlas stamp set.  It really is a small stamp and I was kind of surprised how small it is!  Yes, I need to read the description more clearly.  Anyway, I heat embossed the image in gold and layered it too to make it a bit larger.  Then I added a small diecut heart. 

Different style cards for different kinds of dads. 

That's it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Simply Made Hawaii is One! (so I'm having a SALE!!)

Hello!  Wow, I had a hard time logging into my blog!  Probably because I have too many email accounts and passwords and I can't remember them!  I am a bit busy today so I'll have to make this short but I wanted to let everyone know that my shop, Simply Made Hawaii on Etsy is a year old!  I can't believe it's been open for a whole year.  Probably I didn't work on my store for the first few months because it's kind of overwhelming!  To celebrate the first year, I am having a sale, 10% off all confetti/supplies and thin cut confetti.  If you're interested just click on my Etsy banner on the side bar.

Also need to share a couple cards I made using Mama Elephant's Cub Cuddles and Bear Hugs.  I gotta say I love that little birdie.  He is so cute!  I love the bees too!  And the sentiments are so sweet.

Here's another one I made using the same stamp sets.  These bear images are some of the sweetest!

Okay, that's it for today.  Hope you'll check out the sale!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

thank you for a great year

Hello!  Trying to stay motivated!  I always feel like I'm a step behind.  Like a step behind creating cards for upcoming holidays.  I made Mother's Day cards and graduation cards.  Now I'm trying to make cards for teachers and Father's Day.  But I feel like I should've made them by now.  Maybe I'm a bit slow or I need to think ahead more.

Today, I got around to listing my first teacher thank you card.  Mostly I am also thinking I need to make a few for my own kids' teachers!  My middle child will be moving on to middle school too so that is kind of sad for me.  And also because I will again be driving to 3 schools.  And they'll never be in the same school again.

This is the card with no personalization.  I printed the sentiment onto the cardstock using this swirly brush font that I really love.  The apple is a diecut created from MFT's Red Delicious die.  I don't think they sell this die anymore.

I stamped one of the teacher's names onto this apple using a letter set from Lawn Fawn.

I didn't glue down the leaves completely to give it a little bit of dimension.

That's it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

new shipment of confetti!

Hello!  I finally completed listing my latest bunch of confetti.  I received the latest confetti shipment about 2 weeks ago or so and now I'm done packing a few of each one, photographing each one and listing each one in the shop.  It's time consuming as I inspect them too!

This one is a bit different from my other confetti.  These are thin cut green turtles!  I thought these would be fun and they are cute.  They are the largest confetti I have at about 6mm long.  Fun for summer and beach projects?

I got these silver starfish to go along with the turtles!  They look like wonky stars. 

I've added a light orange flower confetti in the store as well to go along with the other floral colors.

Some bright orange hearts.  Pretty bright, huh?  Sometimes when I look at these there is a hint of pink but mostly I see orange.

Silver hearts.  I love these hearts! 

I've also added to the 2mm star collection.  I love these 2mm stars.  They are just the cutest size.  This one is silver.

Another bright orange one.

Green stars.

Light blue stars.  I love this color!

And these purple-ish stars.  This was an interesting one in terms of color.  Sometimes I can't tell because of the light it reflects.  The base color looks purple.

They are all added into the store and I'm glad to be done with that.  Now I'm wondering if I should go back to making more cards because I got some new stamps or maybe I should sew?  Or make some jewelry?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

thank you for always being there

Hello!  I made this card and listed it in my Etsy shop but forgot to share it here.  I used Mama Elephant's new stamp set called Cub Cuddles.  The images and sentiments in this set are just as cute as the ones in Bear Hugs. 

I only made this one card with the set because I think I'm getting a little burnt out making cards!  But I do love this one and I love the background colors.  I used distress inks to blend in the background.

There are tiny stars that were made with MFT's star stencil.  So happy I got the stencils cause it's a lot easier to make stars in the background with a stencil than stamping each one, which is how I used to make them.  I added Stickles to random stars.

The Mom sentiment is from Lawn Fawn while the thank you sentiment comes with the Cub Cuddles set. 

Oh, I also added some new confetti into the shop.

Thin cut red apples.  For teachers and school related projects.

Thin cut green apples.

Thin cut silver bats.

Thin cut green clovers.

I'll be adding more slowly into the store.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

mother's day cards

Hello!  I have a couple of Mother's Day cards to share today.  I had a whole bunch of these Birdie Brown elephants colored up so thought I'd better get them onto some cards.

And I got to use my Minc machine and do some foiling for the sentiments.  Overall, I think the Minc machine is not always a 100%.  Sometimes I'll have to just toss the sentiment cause the foil will be spotty in some areas.  I'm not sure if it's the brand of foil that makes a difference or not.  I've used both Deco foil and Heidi Swapp's foil and both will be spotty at times.  And maybe sometimes I like things to be perfect and maybe people won't scrutinize things the way I do and hold them up to the light and stare and look for imperfections.  But I think some people are just like me and will do exactly that.  I also do this with cardstock!  Especially white cardstock.  Before printing something I'll have to make sure the cardstock does not have any spots!  Cause some do and then you'll print and it'll land on the image's face or something or someplace that is so obvious.  Drives me absolutely crazy.  Haha.

I made up this sentiment on the computer using a pretty brush style font.  I foiled it in a turquoise color from Deco foil.  Elephant puns are just as fun as bear puns.

You can see the foil a bit better in this darker photo.  When the foil works, it looks great!

This is another version of the card but using a pink color foil.

It's easier to see in this dark photo.

Thanks for stopping by!