S U N . S A N D . S K E T C H .

7.26.2017



Hello!  I am back from vacationing in beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida and want to share a few sketches that I did during the trip along with some beautiful island's finds.  I'll be back to sharing new card projects with you next week.  Since getting back I have been trying to catch up with e-mails as well working on finalizing the details for a very FUN blog hop (with 2 awesome prizes to win) that I have been planning out for the past few months just for you.  There will be eight amazing designers joining me on this hop of whom many are of no strangers to you.  So please mark your calendar for next Tuesday August 1st, 8 a.m. eastern time where the FUN all starts right here on my blog.  Hope to see you.


S U N . S A N D . S K E T C H .
Day 1 of our trip, my eyes caught sight of this beautiful white beach chair near the beach house and immediately I grabbed for my sketchbook and started sketching. It took me a few days to finished. But I really love how it turned out! The chair was so cleverly staged. Right at the edge, where the gravel pathway meets the soft, cool white sand. Oh the view of the Gulf of Mexico was just breath-taking and made one felt so small being there looking out at the endless body of water. How amazing and magnificent God's creation is!



We saw lots of sea birds.  One spectacular sight was watching a pelican plunged into the water to catch its meal.  But pelicans are beyond my artistic skill.  So I settled on something much easier in form.  I think this is a Sanderling.  Oh I don't know.  Maybe you can tell me in the comment below.  LOL.



We also enjoyed watching lots of sunset.  So I knew I have to get a sketch of one before I leave.  Now this drawing is actually based on what I have envisioned in my mind.



Finally, the day before we flew back, I managed to get one last sketch in.  This one was also based on what I envisioned in my mind.  Can you find the little person in the sketch?  Let me know in the comment below if you do :)



Okay.  I have to share this photo of my three kiddos having a blast jumping waves.  Oh we have so much FUN on our trip.  Lots of beach time and YES everyone tanned!  

If you ever have the chance to visit Sanibel Island, I urge you to check out the beach house rental at Shell Island Beach Club.  That where we stayed.  Got a gorgeous beach-front view and the place comes fully equipped with washer/dryer and kitchen.  It's like being at home but so much relaxer!  Kan's parents joined us and like any typical Chinese mom, my mother-in-law could not stay out of the kitchen.  So all the delicious meals were prepared by her :)



Now, time at the beach wouldn't be fun without go shell hunting and oh my goodness we collected A LOT!  Most was by my father-in-law though.  He just love spending time at the beach.  It was so relaxing for him and if he can stayed out there all day collecting shells, he would.  We are so glad that he and my mother-in-law could joined us on this paradise island.  

We also saw many other sea creatures that got washed up during low tides such as hermet crabs, horse-shoe crabs, starfish and LOTS of sand dollars! 



We also saw lots of the island's gorgeous plants.  I don't know the name of many of these flowers.  But if you do, please share in the comment below. 

We also ate a lot of mango!  That's the last photo on the bottom right.


Thanks so much for stopping by and check out photos from my vacation.  I look forward to getting back to crafting and sharing my first card project with you next week.  And don't forget!  I have a fun blog hop for you next Tuesday, August 1st, 8 a.m. eastern time.  So please join me.

May you have a blessed day!  Take care.




Thinking of You Winter Hedgehog | Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive Winter-Holiday 2017

7.12.2017

thinking of you winter holiday card hedgehog

Hello!  I pray that your week is going well.   Today I'd like to share a winter wishes card, featuring the same Penny Black's Christmas Joy hedgehog from earlier this week.  I did not get a chance to do a video of this card.  But I am planning to do a Copic coloring tutorial of this little sweet hedgehog.  So stay tune for that video :)

This post is also part of the Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive.  I hope you will be able to join me in this heartwarming cause.  The current card drive runs until August 25th with winter wishes or holiday wishes theme.  For the complete details about the card guidelines (with lots of prizes to giveaway), please visit my Card Drive page. 


THINKING OF YOU WINTER HEDGEHOG



This little hedgehog is just too cute!  I couldn't resist but to ink him up again and make another card with him. 

I colored him the same as I did for the first card but changed the mitten's color.  Also, unlike the first card, I did not extend the snowy hill behind the slid nor did I coated the snow with the Nuvo glitter drops.



Instead, after finished coloring him with Copic and flicked on extra quills (with white gel pen), I brushed a thin coat of clear Wink of Stella all over his quills, presents, mitten, slid and the snowy hill.



Next, I used the Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Winter Wishes set to stamp on the "thinking of you" sentiment (in Black Licorice), the background snowflakes (in Soft Pool) and a candy cane stripe border (in Love Letter).  I absolutely love the beautiful font scripts and versatility of this Hand Lettered Winter Wishes stamp set!


I thought the card could use a little more sparkles.  So before adhering to the Easter Grass card panel, I brushed a thin coat of red Wink of Stella over the candy cane border.  Then mounted everything onto the A2 Neenah Solar White card base.


Here are the Copic colors I used.



Thank you for stopping by my blog and for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  I appreciate and enjoy reading every single one of them.  May you have a blessed day.  Take care.




Challenges I would like to support:
ABC Christmas Challenge -N for New and O for Old (New stamp Penny Black Christmas Joy set/ Old stamp SSS Hand Lettered Winter Wishes set)
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - July ATG
CHNC Challenge- #341 Christmas challenge w/optional snowflakes
Crafting by Designs - July ATGCrafting from the Heart - ATG #167
TTCRD - ATG July 11th
Word Art Wednesday - ATG #290-291


SUPPLIES

To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in today's project are listed below.  Click on the wording to redirect you to the product's page.  All items were personally purchased and I only share of products that I absolutely love.


SSS Hand Lettered 

Winter Wishes
buy at: SSS

Penny Black 

Christmas Joy
buy at: Penny Black

Wink of Stella- Clear

buy at: SSS

Wink of Stella - Red

buy at: SSS

Sakura Gel Pen-White

buy at: SSS

Copic Multiliner 0.3 

buy at: EH

MementoLuxe

 Love Letter
buy at: SSS

Hero Arts Shadow 

Ink Soft Pool
buy at: EH

Lawn Fawn Licorice Black

buy at: SSS

Sizzix Big Shot

buy at: EH

Mini MISTI

buy at: EH

Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Gullotine Paper Trimmer

buy at: EH

Be Creative Tape
buy at: SSS | EH

Bazzill Easter Grass

buy at: EH

Neenah Cardstock - 

Solar White #80
buy at: EH

Copic Markers

buy at: SSS

Scor Pal Mini 

Score Buddy
buy at: SSS

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A Hedgehog's Sending Holiday Hugs | Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive Winter-Holiday 2017

7.10.2017

holiday card sending holiday hugs

Hello and happy Monday.  My project for today is a simple holiday card featuring a sweet slid riding little hedgehog from the Penny Black's Christmas Joy stamp set. 

This post is also part of the Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive.  The purpose of the current card drive is to collect handmade winter wishes and/or holiday wishes cards for the Heart Center staff to distribute to children with congenital heart disease and to help lift their spirits during their stay at Nationwide Children's Hospital Cardiac Unit this winter holiday season.  I hope you will be able to join me in this heartwarming cause.  For the complete details about the card guidelines (with lots of prizes to giveaway), please visit my Card Drive page.

A HEDGEHOG'S SENDING HOLIDAY HUGS



It's amazing what a little white pen can do to an image!  After finished coloring this sweet little hedgehog with Copic, I randomly flicked on some white quills to give it a fuller look.  Then, I ran a thin coating of clear Wink of Stella over the gift boxes, slid and mitten.


Next, I extended the snowy hill behind the slid with the muti-liner and rubbed over with the white Nuvo glitter drops. 

The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant's Jingle Greetings set, stamped with Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice ink.  Then die cut out with the MFT Zig Zag Stitched rectangle STAX Die-namics.

I wanted this card to be bright and cheerful.  So I chose the Bazzill Marshmallow Chick for my A2 base card.  


Thank you for stopping by my blog today.   I hope that you will be able to join me and help bring some joy and smiles to the many children that will be spending time at Nationwide Children's Hospital Cardiac Unit as their second home this winter holiday season.

The deadline to send in cards is August 25th.  Please be sure to read the card's guidelines carefully before preparing your cards.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me directly.  Thank you.

May you have a blessed day.  Take care.


Challenges I would like to support:


SUPPLIES

To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in today's project are listed below. Click on the wording to redirect you to the product's page. All items were personally purchased and I only share of products that I absolutely love.


MFT Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax Die-namic

buy at: SSS | EH

Penny Black 

Christmas Joy
buy at: Penny Black

Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings set
buy at:  SSS | EH | Mama E.

Nuvo Glitter Drop White Blizzard

buy at: SSS

Wink of Stella- Clear

buy at: SSS

Sakura Gel Pen-White

buy at: SSS

Copic Multiliner 0.3 

buy at: EH

Lawn Fawn Licorice Black

buy at: SSS

Sizzix Big Shot

buy at: EH

Mini MISTI

buy at: EH

Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Gullotine Paper Trimmer

buy at: EH

Be Creative Tape
buy at: SSS | EH

Neenah Cardstock - 

Solar White #80
buy at: EH

Bazzill Cardstock - Marshmallow Chick

buy at: EH

Copic Markers

buy at: SSS

Scor Pal Mini 

Score Buddy
buy at: SSS

PIN ME
I would love if you pin this A Hedgehog's Sending Holiday Hugs card summary photo and be my pinterest buddy :)