Saturday, August 20, 2011

ALOHA! Hawaiian Themed Blog Hop 8/20 - 8/21.

Aloha, Crafters!

Welcome to the Hawaii-Themed Blog Hop, sponsored by the fantabulous Nicolette of Beyond Scrappin'.   If you've come from Shannon's adorable Purple Lion Paper blog, you're on the right track.  If you've happened upon here and want to start at the beginning, please do go to Nicolette's blog, and hang loose!

For this hop, I created a card that made be feel like it was Hawaii all over again. My DH and I honeymooned there (all of the Hawaiian islands) and the South Pacific for our dream honeymoon, 12.5 years ago. Yes, it's the trip of a lifetime!!!  It's the most relaxed, most tropical, most wonderful we've ever felt!

So in trying to evoke that feeling, I came up with this card:

To make this card, I used as a base a print-out of one of the many beautiful sunset pictures I took on that trip.  I then (separately) printed out a digi-image of beach chairs that had with it the table with drinks for two, as well as the palm tree.  I colored the palm tree and also paper-pieced additional palm fronds. Next, again using Copic markers, I colored the table, drinks and shadowed the white chairs. When done, I adhered it to the base of the water at the horizon. 

For the sand, I was going to raid the bottles of actual sand I saved from the beaches there, but frankly, forgot I had them!  So I dug around my house to see what I could use -- and came up with a blend of "shake cheese" (dried Parmesan cheese) and ground ginger!  I mixed this and then adhered it to the "beach" below the chairs.  Where the sand met the water's edge, I made globs of Glossy Accents combined with some mica dust, to make it look like water washing onto the shore.

Now, knowing that this trip was once-in-a-lifetime for us working stiffs, I decided to make this into a retirement sort of card.  Here is the very pretty quote I used inside:

I hope you like this card!

So who doesn't like a little BLOG CANDY!?
What I have for you is this, the current issue of
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All you have to do to win my blog candy is:
1. Be a follower of my blog and
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And you never know, I may throw in a super-surprise!

Now head on over to your next stop on the
Hawaiian-Themed Blog Hop:
It's AMY! (<--- Click her name to Hop!)

Thanks for visiting!!


Audrey Frelx said...

Love the beautiful card and the just "perfect" sentiment!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Have been a follower for awhile. Like how you created the sand. Enjoyed vacation to Maui Hawaii couple yrs ago.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Anonymous said...

beautiful card... i love it.

Martha galvez said...

What a stunning card! I love all the detail you put into it. Thank you for sharing. New follower.

Vicki said...

Love the card and the sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

vwilson577 at

Theresa said...

What a wonderful card and sentiment.TFS!

Cathie w said...

fun project....TFS!!!!


Gill McCall said...

Ellen what a beautiful card - it so makes me wanna be there! Thanks for sharing your story over on my blog about holiday nightmares!! :-)

Teri said...

what a beautiful card idea! Thank you for sharing!

Dawnica said...

What a great card! I love the extra details that you added to it.

Kris Dietz said...

What a beautiful card! I love all the detail you put into it. I'm a new follower.

dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Emily said...

Beautiful card! Makes me want to hop a plane :)

Emily (coolcricutcreations at yahoo dot com)

Babe O'Mara said...

Love your card. Clever way to make the sand. TFS


Vicki said...

Beautiful card! I may get there some day..

VinDeeLoo said...

This card is just stunning! I am in awe.

vindlewis at rocketmail dot com

Edwina said...

Hello! Love the card! The sunset is so pretty! Thanks for telling how you made the card. I appericate that. I am a follower of your blog. Edwina Brown

Creative Diva said...

This is just so stunning. It reminds me of a time that I took in the beauty of the ocean. Already a follower.

creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Gina Karas said...

Gorgeous card! Love the use of the photo!

jengd said...

Fabulous card! Love what you did for sand- bet it smells pretty good too! ;)

Anniebee said...

I love this card, Ellen! I have never been fortunate enough to visit Hawaii but I have seen enough photos to know what a tropical paradise it is. You were so creative to pair one of your trip photos with the digi image! It turned out really great! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm already a follower.

anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

Judy said...

This is the most wonderful idea! using the special pic and adding - great! and the saying is so appropriate for my bh right now. He was let go after 40 years at the same job and he is having a really hard time 'retiring'. Thanks so much - it brought tears to my eyes. I am a follower...
jejaeb (at)

Kathryn said...

Such a wonderful card!!! Love how you made it look real. TFS


Susan L said...

Holy mackeral! I would have never thought to do this. Your card is beautiful and it will be a wonderful momento. TFS it :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

AmyJRockstar said...

I love how you used an actual picture for the background. So amazing! I love everything you did with this and how you paid such close attention to detail with the water touching the "sand". Amazing job my friend!

Thanks for the giveaway too!

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Jess B. said...

Love anything that is tropical related. YOur work is beautiful. TFs

Jess B.

ottersln said...

I like the idea of using your photos as the main background for your card!

Scrapbooking Ideas said...

Looking at card gives me serene spirit. The design is romantic yet in a sense very much creative! Thanks for sharing!

Sugarlips said...

That is GORGEOUS!!!!

Fantastic job.