Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Lei/May Day!

Not only is it May Day, it's Lei Day in Hawaii.

So, I combined a mess of challenges and came up with this card using a sketch from Oulawz Sketch Wednesday.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my take on it:

The guitar player Hula dancer is from Bombshell's Hawaiian Girl set and Aloha Bird Banner and Hibiscus flower from the Hula Girl set. Both were colored with Copic markers (*list below). I used the outside the box (circle?) diecutting technique and "fussy cut" both the stamped hibiscus flowers (upper left) and the Aloha Bird Banner.

There is no patterned paper in this card, which I know is shocking. Instead, I created my own background using Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks, which were sponged over an old Club Scrap stencil onto Kraft cardstock. The mat square was created the same way with the same Distress ink colors, but used the star portion of the Punchinella stencil from The Crafters Workshop.

Instead of ribbon, I punched a border using a Martha Stewart/EK success border punch. I also moved the flowers and used a sentiment stamp in place of a bow! (True confession! I'm awful at tying bows!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:
Oulawz Sketch Wednesday.
Raise the Bar Challenge #102 -- "Lei Day"
The Kraft Journal "Make it Monday" Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Stamp & Show "Kaleidoscope" (lots of colors) Challenge -- BTW, Simon Says carries Bombshell stamps!


  1. Gorgeous card! Love the Hibiscus flower in the background and your coloring of the image is fantastic.


  2. Fantastic card Kathi :) Happy May Lei day!!

  3. Fabulous background, very effective with your image which is coloured beautifully. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  4. ooh Kathi, she is HOT! I love all the Hawaiian bombshells I keep seeing on the blogs! Beautiful design and wonderful design. Thank you so much for joining in on our challenge at Raise The Bar this week!
    ~*Joni RTB DT

  5. This card is so pretty! I love your hibiscus flowers and stars backgrounds. And of course, I love the Bombshells.

  6. Oh wow what a cool background you created! Perfect color combination for your hula girl. Fantastic card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Kraft journal!

  7. Wow, you made a May Day card! Love that retro looking Hawaiian gal! And wowza on your handmade background paper! So cool! I thought it was real DP!