Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sister Stamps Release #28 -- Halia, Aulii & Kyana

Hello!  Today is Sister Stamps release day!  Hope you have plans to add these into your stamp collection.  They are great summer and beach images. 

So here is Kyana with her turtle.  I think she is my favorite.  She gets a little speech bubble with a heart it in.   

Also made this card with Halia and Aulii sitting on the sand.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.  I also used a Lawn Fawn stamp for the sand mound behind the 2 girls.  For both cards I watercolored the background using distress inks.  The images are all colored with Copics and then fussy cut.  I tried doing something different with coloring the hair, not sure if you can even tell but sometimes it takes so long to just color the hair that I wanted a simpler, faster way to do it.  I ended up just coloring the hair smooth at first and then just adding in a few individual lines to look more like hair.  I think I like it.

Be sure to leave some comments.  It is Sister Stamps' birthday and Jenny is feeling generous!

Jenny -- Sister Stamps
Sister Stamp's You Tube channel
Debi
Linda's You Tube channel
Rina
Rina's You Tube channel

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sister Stamps Release #28 -- Makai & Kaumaka

Hello!  Back again for another day of Sister Stamps!  Hope you are keeping up with the commenting.

This card is similar to yesterday's one.  I thought since there are 3 turtles and 3 kiddies in the water, I'd make similar scenes.  This one features Makai and his thought bubble (Lawn Fawn) has a little smiley face.  Background is watercolored with distress inks and the images are colored with Copics and then fussy cut.

I also made a shaker corner bookmark with Kaumaka for my youngest one's birthday recently.  He looks kind of mischievous dumping out all the sand and that is just like my youngest.  I added some diecut letters and numbers on the side made with PTI dies.

Be sure to visit the DT's blogs/YT channels and leave some comments.
Jenny -- Sister Stamps
Sister Stamp's You Tube channel
Debi
Linda's You Tube channel
Rina
Rina's You Tube channel

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Sister Stamps Release #28 -- Hiilei

Hello!  Sister Stamps is gearing up for Release #28 with 7 new images!  All the images are beach-y themed and so cute.  Today I'll be sharing a card I made with Hiilei but I'll be sharing lots more in the next couple days.

These images pair really nicely with Sister Stamps previous sea animals release.  I really like the turtles stamp set so I paired Hiilei with one of the cute turtles.  I used distress ink to water color the background.  The images are colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The thought bubble and heart is from Lawn Fawn.

A funny thing is that I'm not really a beach person but my kids love to go to the beach.  Mostly I think it's because I'm not a strong swimmer so I don't really want to hang out at the beach.  My kids though are pretty good swimmers so they can spend hours in the water.  They love to explore around the sand and look for shells too.  And when we get a chance they love to look for turtles or fish swimming along next to them.

Be sure to check out the rest of the DT.
Jenny -- Sister Stamps
Sister Stamp's You Tube channel
Debi
Linda's You Tube channel
Rina
Rina's You Tube channel

It's also Sister Stamps birthday so Jenny's gonna do something special.  So better leave a comment on everyone's post and/or YT channel!  Big hint!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

bff bracelets

Hello!  Before I show you the new jewelry I made, I wanted to share something kind of funny and a little irritating, actually, to me.  All the time that I have been sewing, I have been threading my machine wrong.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  I think my mistake was just listening to my hubby when I should have read the directions myself.  And the weird thing is that it still sewed okay.  The only reason why I discovered all the wrong things I was taught was because I couldn't get nice even stitches on my current projects and it was driving me crazy.  I spent a lot of the day just looking online and then finally took out the instructions and oh my goodness, what a revelation!  I was even winding the bobbin wrong and putting that in the machine wrong too!  Geez, I thought my hubby read the directions but I guess guys really don't read any instructions and try to just wing it themselves.  So I had to give the hubby some scoldings when he came home but he still thinks his way is better cause it worked for so long.

Before I started my sewing projects, I made a couple of quick bracelets.  I got this super cute heart link chain and finally decided to make simple bracelets with them.  Then I metal stamped bff on the small sterling silver round discs and added them to the chain.  It reminded me of the time my middle school BFF and I got matching bracelets too.  So I made 2.

One for me and one for you.  These measure about 6.5 inches.  I think they're sweet.  Not sure if I'll be adding them to my Etsy store yet.  I signed up for a small craft fair so maybe gotta hoard some crafts so I can sell them there. 

Oh, Sister Stamps will be showing previews soon.  So check that out.  Thanks so much for stopping by!



Friday, June 19, 2015

Comfort cards

Hello!  I'm getting a little bit sleepy early this morning.  Trying to kick my coffee habit.  I only drank a cup a day but trying to switch back to green tea.  Ha, I just yawned. 

I made a set of cards totally opposite my happy cards in my previous post.  I didn't know what I wanted to make so just grabbed my newest Winnie & Walter stamp sets, Addie's Garden and The Big, the Bold and Comfort.  Also went back to my love of kraft cardstock and kept everything simple even though there was actually lots of fussy cutting involved and touching up of the sentiments.

Here is the set of 5 comfort cards.  I kind of love them actually.  I love how simple the flower is and how bold the sentiment is.

I first made the flower in this kind of super light yellow, beige-y color but didn't think it stood out much against the kraft. 

Here's the second beige-y color flower. 

Then I changed to a light pink color for the flower.  I think I like that better just a little bit.

I like this sentiment a lot.  I stamped each sentiment and I guess my ink pad is running low so the black wasn't quite bold enough for me.  I went and colored in every sentiment with my Copic multiliner.  Even the small font sentiments!

I stamped right over the flower stems too.  Then filled the sentiments in.

Yawning again.  Anyway, that's it for me.  I think I might switch gears a bit and do some sewing again or play around with some felt.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

happy cards

Hello!  I was kind of wondering what to do today.  Lots on the list, just wondering what should be first.  I organized most of my 6x6 papers and I was in the middle of cutting down all of my 12x12 papers when I realized that is just way too time consuming and kind of unproductive.  I plan to sell the rest of what doesn't sell on my blog at a little craft fair I plan to attend at the end of July.  So if there is anything you've been on the fence about, now's the time to get it.  Hopefully I can sell the rest of my supplies at the fair.  There is still so much!  I'll let you know once I am confirmed for the craft fair.  Hope some of you local people visit me!

I worked on a lot of cards the past few days.  Got this cute Mama Elephant stamp set and thought I'd make a set of cheerful cards.  The background is watercolored with distress inks.  I stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut the images out.  I like the idea of dies for the images but they are so expensive especially if you aren't going to use the dies much.  I know I only use a stamp set once or twice before it gets set aside to make room for the next cute set.  So for me, the dies are not too economical.

So tell me, what is this animal?  Haha.  I thought he is a raccoon but then my daughter questioned my assumption. 

Obviously a bunny.

Lastly, the monkey.

My son liked the monkey a lot so I made him a corner bookmark for his birthday coming up soon.  Birthday sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

Okay, still haven't decided what to do next.  Oh, maybe photograph my papers and list them soon.  Or craft. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

lots of projects to share!

Hello!  I have a bunch of projects to share today. 

I'm adding some new sterling silver jewelry to my Etsy shop.  I actually haven't listed these dragonflies yet.  Been kind of busy and lazy when I'm not busy.  All the kiddies are at home for the summer.  I think they are already bored.

This is one my favorite little necklaces.  The round disc is only 9 mm and I stamped the kanji symbol for beautiful onto it.  Everything is sterling silver and the chain measures 16 inches.  This one is listed in my shop.

See?  Tiny and sweet.  Good thing my nails aren't dirty looking.  Hehe.

I started making Xmas gifts!  Pillows for all our cousins' kiddos.  This was my first one and I think it's just a tiny bit snug.  I tried doing a zigzag stitch around the letters but boy that was complicated so I opted for a straight line stitch instead.  I guess it's okay but it is super time consuming.

This is my second pillow.  I like the measurements better and I tried something different with the name.  I think I will try to hand stitch around the letters on my next pillow.  We'll see.  These are smaller pillows, by the way.  They measure 12 x 16 inches.

I made this blanket and pillow set for a toddler.  The middle piece is a large panel so I didn't have to piece a lot of fabric together.  For my first blanket, I think it's okay.  But I recently got a walking foot for my sewing machine so maybe my next blanket won't be so puffy looking.  Made a matching pillow case too. 

I think the big test for my sewn projects is whether they'll hold out in the wash!  I don't prewash cause of all the fraying but I've read that lots of people don't anyway.  Hopefully they won't fall apart in the first wash!

Thanks so much for visiting!  Thanks to everyone checking out and buying stuff from my sales!  Still lots to sell.  I am thinking about selling my paper too.  I have so many paper pads that I haven't been using lately.  So my plan is to cut down the large sheets to 6x6 and seeing how many I can fit into a box and set a price for it.  Would you be interested in that? 

Thanks for visiting Simply Made Hawaii too!