Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A tropical treat! - Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop

I have a very exciting treat for you today! I am participating in a HUGE blog hop with 30 amazing Stampin' Up! demonstrators that have achieved the Grand Vacation to Hawaii this year!

If you are already enjoying the hop, you have come from Lisa Curico.

Get your tropical fruity drink and Hawaiian shirts ready - we are sharing our Hawaiian themed projects with you!

I was so proud of this card when I created it. As per my usually routine, I ran upstairs to show Arturo. He had a squishy look on his face and I could tell that he did not like it. Sigh. I was bummed! He said that the flowers were not right. He suggested that I should have researched Hawaiian flowers and done something more on point. He said that the card was okay, but adding Hawaiian flowers would have taken it to the next level. Can you believe that! humph!

When I woke up the next morning Arturo came to me with his iphone showing me with a photo of flowers on it. I am not a morning person and getting the kids out the door is a process. I was not in the mood to look at his phone and I could have cared a less about what he was looking at. He insisted I looked closer ...

Guess what I saw?? The national flower for Hawaii. Guess what it looked like??? YES! My flowers!!!! The Yellow Hibiscus!! There is no better glory than when your husband is WRONG!
image source: State Symbols
Pretty close, right? Anyway, back to my card!! Take a closer look ...

My favorite detail on the card has to be the white washed wood paneling for the back ground.
1. Stamp the horizontal line stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake on a sheet of Crumb Cake card stock. I had my card stock cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". It is okay if all of the "lines" do not match up perfectly.
gorgeous grunge stamp set
2. Use you your Stampin' Trimmer and cut the card stock into 3/4" strips.

3. Ink a Stampin' Sponge with Crumb Cake Classic Ink and sponge all four edges of the strip.

4. Ink a Stampin' Sponge with Whisper White Craft ink. Gently wash the card stock running the sponge along the length of the strip.

5. Trim your strips down to fit your card front. I did each of them slightly different to add to the random effect.

6. Use the Stampin' Distress Tool to distress each of the 4 edges.

7. Use a Paper-piercing Tool and a Stampin' Pierce Mat to poke the "nail" holes.

8. Cover your base card stock with Fast Fuse and place your strips down.

Ta-da!!! That is all!! Cool, right?

I do hope you loved my technique (and my card, unlike my husband)! I had a lot of fun making it! I think this may be my swap card for the trip ... As long as I can find enough time to do this technique 26 times!!!

Next on the blog hop is Kim Gavarra ... Enjoy! 

Lisa Curico

Kim Gavarra

Thank-you for reading! Have a creative day!

You do not want to miss a thing on this hop! 
Here is the list of bloggers you have to see!

Blog Hop List

1. Brian King  
13. Dena Rekow 
15. Alisa Tilsner  
16. Tami White 
18. Bec Ross 
19. Ann Craig 
 26. Betty Button 

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