Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tonight's menu: SUSHI and a LITTLE Hula!

Let's see if I can get Kristina Werner thinking SUSHI and DANCING! That's where my head's {and stomach} at right now, as I prepare to post, NOT ONE, but TWO cards for Kristina Werner's latest color challenge #56... It started with the idea for this card right here:

Wait a minute! If YOU think an innocent and silly little Goldfish got me hungry for Sushi, YOU'RE WRONG! It was the scallops! Hee Hee I went a little CRAZY with scallops! I was thinking about playing with this "Ocean Commotion" stamp set by Stampin Up! and cooking away at my card design in my head... so the story goes. I was swirling colors and images and...

Wait, I digress... Let me first share the colors for this inspiring combo!

Aren't they fun and summery! Goodness! Sometimes I see colors for these challenges and think: GOT IT! Other times, it's like.. how the heck will I EVER think of something to submit?

So, I was working on my first inspiration, when these groovy little "Hula Girls" caught my attention... I just got them from Joanne's yesterday!

Okay, all right.. So technically, this is AFTER I got done with their fun little dance: but let me tell my STORY! Let me LIFT you up and along for the journey of the DANCING hula girls! Sorry, I didn't take a picture of the "naked" stamp, but I think you'll get the idea..... {"Some Days You Gotta Dance!" - the Dixie Chicks! THAT was playing in my "Scrapland" while I worked today! 'Nuff said!}

Aren't they FUN!?! I was lamenting some of the "AGE" of my inventory. I ADORE my classic stamps and I fancy myself something of a collector.. But lately, my heart has been heavy, thinking about the possibility of being overlooked sometimes, due to "vintage" materials. We're a fickle bunch, I am always GUILTY of wanting the latest and the greatest: but there is certainly something to cultivating PRICELESS craft materials.. ANYWHOO, if you recall the "Do the Hula" Hawaiian themed stamp set from Stampin' Up! a few years back you might be shedding a tear with me RIGHT NOW. I wanted to use it, but thought a "fresher" stamp might get a little more appreciation from the masses. Sigh.. We all have to find a way to play along. Anywhoo: this card was inspired with leftovers on my table top... hence, another food reference.. {can you tell I'm starving!} So between the delightful colors and materials and a good Joanne's coupon.. THIS is why I'm now thinking about SUSHI and DANCING! Kirstina, if you're visiting.. I hope you feel the love!


C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - (Sentiments for BOTH cards)The Paper Company/ Hula Girls - Inkadinkado/ Small Hawaiian flowers - The Paper Company/ Large Hawaiian Flower - Stampin' Up!/ Goldfish and sea weed - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Stampin' Up! Dye and Craft/ Staz-On
Punches - Stampin' Up!
Thread - Gutermann
Google Eye - (?)
Stickles - Ranger/Tim Holtz

Thanks for visiting, sweet friends! I'm hoping to get my husband to take me SUSHI after all this! Have a great night!


Rosemary said...

Only you, dear sweet E-ster! could think of sushi, dancing and papercrafting all at the same time!! Great cards my dear, great cards! I hope you got your sushi!

tg said...

Cute cards, love all the paper piecing on the hula girls...have some Unagi for me. Yummy.

Karen said...

Sushi and hula and I thought holey camole, you made it to Hawaii! Then I let your cards take me there instead (at least in my head as I've never been). I also thought you would be using the hula girl that you used to teach us how to paint with StazOn and acrylics on transparency....then realized you've got a new hula stamp to love! I adore their skirts!! Thanks for the crafty goodness, Elise. And I hope your hubby will take you to sushi....please take a bite for fav! :>

Dana Gustafson said...

Oh we're going, to the hukilau.....Huki huki, huki huki, huki hukilau...oh! sorry! I got lost in the steel drums and the balmy breezes for a sec! Holy hula friend! THose girls are so cute in their little skirts and tiny waists ;) And mister google eyed tropical fish is adorable...definitely made me smile. Glad to see you getting all inked up today. Yay! Ink is good.

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the fish card! Love all the swirls and scallops!

Dotty Jo said...

Two wonderful and unusual cards! Jo x

Ann said...

Great cards! LOVE that hula card--too fun!

Dawn said...

Ahh...this made me "vacation-sick" for Hawaii. We got back two weeks ago and your cards took me back. So fun and wow! holy paper piecing.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the stitching on your hula card! Love the whole card! Love BOTH cards!!! LOVE! Awesome job!

Anonymous said...

I just had to come back to this hula card...I really love it! It's so cute!