Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Frog Days of Summer

I submitted this card for publication a year ago but sadly it was returned unpublished.  This gives me the opportunity to spotlight Kermit on the blog.  The tree frog is a stamp from Stamp N Plus and can be ordered HERE
I stamped on some glittery green paper and some brown wood-textured paper and paper-pieced them.  Other products/supplies used are a Cuttlebug embossing folder, DCWV designer paper, Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities dies, a Martha Stewart twig punch, paper flowers, rhinestone gems, a dragonfly brad, and googlie eyes.

As August approaches, hope you are enjoying the Frog Days of Summer.   Paulette Akagi

Entered in the following challenges:
Paper Playtime:  Ch. #15---Patterned Paper

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Christmas in July Chalk-Ah-lot Cafe Challenge

It's a Christmas in July Challenge over on the Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe blog.  I chose this stamp from Stamp N Plus' Patti's Kids line.  You can find the stamp here.  I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  The image was colored with Chalk-Ah-Lot powdered chalks.  The colors I used were:  Teddy Bear, Red, Gem, Sky, Blush and Blitzy.  The pine bows were punched with a Martha Stewart punch.  The flourishes were made with an EK Success border punch.  Several red rhinestone gems were added as embellishments.

Wishing you a Very Merry un-Christmas.-----Paulette

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Prima Doll Altered Candy Tin

I love the new Prima Doll stamps and the hostess of the Prima Doll Swap here on SCS is sponsoring a challenge to post a project that is not a doll, tag or card using these stamps. Most of the projects I have seen posted online have included lots of flowers as embellies. This prompted me to alter this beautiful Russell Stover candy tin I purchased some time ago at a garage sale.

I stamped first on some flesh colored DP, then stamped the dress and headband on pink DP from DCWV's Street Lace pack. I fussy cut the doll and dress and headband, colored in the folds on the dress with a dark pink Prismacolor pencil and added lace trim and half pearls as embellies. The shoes and hair were colored with Prismacolors. A crocheted flower and pearl were added to the headband. The background provided by the candy tin was a bit busy so I chose to layer the doll on a mint green and black DP from the DCWV Mariposa pack. I forgot to mention: I ran the dress through a Cuttlebug cherry blossom embossing folder to give it some texture after I cut it out.

Have a great day---------- Paulette

Monday, July 22, 2013

Need a Perk Me Up?

There's a challenge on eclectic Paperie to use papers from the kitchen to create a collage.  I used a pretty tea time paper napkin that I bought at an Asian dollar store in HI.  I bonded it to heavy cardstock by making a sandwich with Glad Wrap and ironing to melt the Glad Wrap and bond the napkin to the cardstock (called Felted Cardstock technique).  The Inkinkado stamp was a recent gift from my BFF, Debbie Moon.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and added some glitter to the steam coming from the cup. The napkin print had some pretty metallic gold accents; so to echo this effect I edged the layers with a gold Krylon pen.  I fussy cut one of the cup & saucers, created an outlined edge with red cardstock  and popped the cup up on dimensionals.  Other kitchen references include a piece of netting from an up-cycled onion bag and some baker's twine.  The napkin layer was added to a layer of red glitter paper from DCWV.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

eclectic Paperie----

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Tree Swing

Do you have childhood memories of a tree swing?  This silhouette stamp provides us with a trip down memory lane to the simple joys of childhood.  

I love this new stamp from Stamp N Plus.  It is not on the website yet but can be ordered by calling LuAnn at 715-271-1873.  I used Spellbinders dies for the plain and scalloped circles.  I added some punched leaves and some paper flowers.  The background is a bronze-gold glittery cardstock from DCWV.  Hope you are having a Swingin' Summer.....Paulette

Nautical Dream

The Chalk-AH-lot challenge currently running is "Nautical."  I have been recycling some of the index photos on old Hawaiian calendars to make cards for the Hula Assn.  of the Midwest as a fundraiser.  The background was embossed with an eBossabilities sea shell folder from Spellbinders.  I rubbed Versamark over the raised impressions and added Chalk-AH-Lot Staudust chalk.  The "Dream" was stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I added some seashells I cut from a K & Co.  scrapbook border and a row of sequined ribbon.  The "Dream" stamp is part of a Stamp N Plus set of words.  To order call LuAnn at 715-271-1873.

Have a great day------Paulette 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Daisy Dots

The challenge over on Splitcoaststampers today is to use dots.  Background is a DCWV card.  I used a Memory Box die for the white panel.  The green sprigs were cut with a Marianne Creatables die.  The flower is a dimensional sticker from K & Co.

Have a nice day----------------Paulette

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


This week's inspiration for a challenge on Splitcoaststampers comes from the Pastry Studio...I chose a B&W wedding cake called Darcy. You can see it here: 

My stamp came from a used stamp sale and the stamp co. is unknown.  You can see how I incorporated the tulle, the flower, the silver from the cake stand and the crystal in my design.
Thanks for stopping by.   Paulette

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps:  Anything Goes
No Matter Which: Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


This is a shelf sitter for Joyce's Stand Up & Shout swap over on Splitcoaststampers. I cut the doll with a Spellbinders die. The head is from some kitty themed playing cards. The body is a re-cycled piece of chipboard from the packaging of some placemats. A crocheted flower adorns her head.

Thanks for stopping by...stay cool.   Paulette

Monday, July 15, 2013

Singing a Happy Song

I made a very simple card today with some new dies.  The little birds is a die by Memory Box and the music die is by C. C. Designs.  Happy is a Stamp N Plus stamp.  The stamp is part of a set of word stamps.  The set is not currently posted on the SNP website but can be ordered by calling LuAnn at 715-271-1873.  Here is a picture of the entire set:

Singing a Happy Monday song------Paulette

Friday, July 12, 2013

Catnip Kitty

This is a shelf sitter for Joyce's Stand Up & Shout swap over on Splitcoaststampers. I cut the doll with a Spellbinders die. The head is from some kitty themed playing cards. I used a Sizzix folder to emboss the background.
Whether it's the catnip or the roses, hope you can find some time to relax this weekend.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Love & Marriage

The challenge, #39, this week at the Chalk-AH-Lot Cafe is cards with a wedding theme.  I used a Memory Box die called Honey Blossom to cut out the floral spray from my favorite paper for chalking---Staples matte photo paper.  I colored with Chalk-AH-Lot powdered chalks.  Lime for the leaves & stems and Blush & Rose for the flowers.  I heat-embossed "Love" with Versamark Ink & gold embossing powder.  "Love" is a set of word stamps from Stamp N Plus that can be ordered by calling LuAnn at 715-271-1783.  I love this font.  I used some wedding-themed 12X12 patterned paper that had a scalloped edge and tiny metallic gold dots.  I cut the paper to fit my A2 sized card and cut out a window with a Spellbinders label die.  To tie in the gold dots in the patterned paper, I edged the cutout with a gold Krylon pen.  I finished the card by embellishing with pink half pearls and a pre-made satin bow.

June is a popular month for weddings...hope this inspires you if you have wedding cards to make this wedding season.  Thanks for stopping by.   Paulette

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Island Girl

I make cards and donate them to my daughter's hula association to sell.  The color inspiration for this card comes from  The color combo reminds me of summer melons.  The ferns were punched with a McGill punch.  I added a Prisma flower.  The stamp is called "Aloha" and is from Stampendous.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Girls Just Want to Have Fun

July is here and it's time for some summer fun.  My card today features a stamp from the Art Impressions Girlfriends line.  I made this card clean and simple with the only embellishments being Stickles.  The pattern paper is from DCWV.  The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils.  These ladies are poolside sharing a bit of friendly gossip and a cool drink.  Hope you're having fun too.

Entered in the following challenges:

Monday, July 1, 2013

Another Mermaid ATC

If this stamp looks familiar, it's because I've used it several times before. I just love this mermaid stamp by Stamp N Plus. It is F2159. I stamped and then colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. To add sparkle, I added Ultimate Glitter acrylic paints to her dress, the waves, the seashell cap, the gull and the clouds. I added seashells and pearls to the left, bottom corner and a row of pearls and some sequin ribbon the the bottom.

Entered in the following challenges: