Monday, May 25, 2009

Have a Hula of a Birthday-In Style Stamps Wednesday Challenge

This sweet little Hula Girl is celebrating a Happy Birthday! Yes, I believe it would be very happy spending your day at the Ocean beneath a balmy Palm tree and looking so fine in a grass skirt and a coconut bra! 

This card was created for In Style Stamps Wednesday Challenge 
What's special about this challenge is that ISS is looking for two Guest Designers for the month of June and July! Take a gander over to the ISS Blog to see how you can enter.

This image is Leila, a digi image!!! The cool thing about getting Digi images is that you get IMMEDIATE wait for snail mail, just choose and download!

I felt that Leila really needed a Palm Tree. In order to create the Palm, I punched three ovals with the SU large oval punch. I then folded them in half vertically and trimmed out the sides to create the spiky balms. I inked them with a little Kiwi Kiss in to add some dimension.

The base of the tree is created with Coredinations paper, which was perfect for this project. I cut two trunks freehand from the paper, leaving the first piece whole and cutting the second into strips.  I sanded the paper  strips to give the trunk a more realistic look, inked them with Creamy Caramel Ink for added dimension and then curled the top of the strips slightly to imitate the look that I recall that palm trees have. Being from Canada, this could be slightly askew, but this is how they look in my minds eye!!!

I coloured Leila with too many Copics to mention and chalked in her cheeks with SU Stampin' Pastels. A little white gel pen adds some highlights where I really wanted the image to pop!!! I similated a sand and sky scene by masking and sponging creamy caramel and Soft Sky with a little Cool Caribbean dabbed in for additional depth.

Chocolate Chip and Pixie Pink are my Primary Colours with a splash of K&C0. DP for a little more oomph! To ut the Scalloped Oval and Square, I used my Cricut Story Book Cartridge. Additional punches used are EK Success Flower Punch and SU! Circle Punches. I had a lot of fun creating this card with all the little details.........Sorry there are no coconuts on the tree, Crafty Leila fashioned her bathing suit bra with them!!!!

Before I head out, I just wanted to share a couple of pictures that I took of Jon the other day....yep my "Jonathon" in his almost 13 years has now become "Jon" and really prefers not to pose for the camera anymore.

Fortunately I have a long lens and managed to sneak in a few shots while he was kibbutzing with his friends on a recent school fieldtrip I chaperoned.  There was a time when he would pose and actually enjoyed it, but most of the time now, I get a "silly" face or the "peace sign"......or just an "OH MOM"!!!! Even though he's just shy of 6 feet tall now and his shoe size surpasses his age, He's still my sweet little boy as illustrated in this picture of him relaxing in the grass.  He's growing up way too fast and I will take every opportunity I can to capture some memories!!!

Happy Stamping



  1. OHHH My GI Jon is getting so big.....:)))
    I do love his hair!!!

  2. Oh love your card, love that tree. Jon is so handsome, and getting so tall!!!!!!!!

  3. That card is adorable! Can I ask if you printed the "digi stamp" on regular card stock? Was it an ink jet or laser printer? Did it go smoothly? I've only recently come across digi stamps and they sound like fun.

  4. Love your card Vicki and that tree too clever. Great pics of Jon too.

  5. that card is so cute. She is a cute little girl! She looks like she would be a great girlfriend for Jon!! Every boy needs a girlfriend that has a coconut bra!!!!!

  6. Gorgeous coloring of your image and great scenery!! Time sure flies with kids!! He will always be your baby!!
    Jodi =)

  7. I knew there was a reason that I followed your's because of amazing cards like this! Wow. This card is gorgeous. I love the details. As you mentioned in your post...there are a lot of them and they all look so fantastic!

    I'm really not into digital stuff....but you sure make it look tempting!

  8. OMG!! Vicki, your card is just beyond cute!! I love your clever scenery you created to go with your dancer!! :) So sweet!! You 'little' boy is just so handsome!! I have a son who'll be 13 in Sept. YIKES!

  9. What a cute little card. Love your colouring. Kram - Anki

  10. Gorgeous card Vicki, love the cute image and your beautiful colouring. The photo's are wonderful.Hugs Nikki x

  11. Your card is gorgeous Vicki, and I do love the digi image!

  12. Hello Vicki, your "baby" is so sweet, Jon is so handsome... (great work)

    Your card is very pretty, love the image...

    Happy day and big hugs!

  13. LOVE that adorable card!!! Wow...I have a thirteen year old (in a few days) too....great tip on getting some candid shots....those are GREAT!

  14. This is absolutely adorable, Vicki! Great colors and I love how you colored her hair!

  15. Vicki this really is an amazing card! Your coloring is beyond words AMAZING!!! Love the handmade palm tree!!! Super duper cute! CONGRATS again on being chosen as Guest Designer!
    Big Hugs~ Kim

  16. Hello Vicki,
    Congratulations on your Guest DT position at ISS! I saw your card and my jaw dropped...Leila is beautiful! Your coloring is fantastic and I love your background scene.

  17. She is just precious!!!.........and he has a smile that willl melt hearts. Keep an eye on him. He also looks kind hearted and the girls are going to love him.


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