Sunday, August 23, 2015


Hi there and welcome to Studio 5380.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Mine has been pretty lazy and I have accomplished very little, but that's okay...Monday is coming and I'll play "catch-up"!

I want to take a minute to say a big "thank you" to everyone who stopped by and left such sweet comments on my last post.  Going back to work at my age has really been an adjustment and I'm still trying to find the right balance, but I'm getting there. And, your kind, encouraging comments reminded me of just how important it is to carve out that time reserved just for me (you ladies are awesome).  So, with that in mind, I headed upstairs to my Studio for a bit of inky time yesterday afternoon, determined to play along with the current My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge. While I'm not completely happy with the way my card came out, I really enjoyed the time I spent playing. I colored this adorable little Hula girl 3 or 4 times but was never pleased with the way she turned out. This is a darling image and I didn't do her justice, but here we go.....

I really had fun creating the background for my card.
I mixed some texture paste with a little brown ink then smoothed it onto my card base through the Wonky Chevron stencil from My Favorite Things.

While that was drying, I cut an oval from white cardstock using the Cross Stitch Oval die set.

I inked up the sky and water using various inks. Using my texture paste and brown ink mixture, I created my "sand".  After the texture paste was completely dry, I add some Brown Wink of Stella Glitter for some contrast and sparkle.

I added a few flowers and some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter to finish up the inside of my card.

And, here's a photo of the sketch in case you would like to play along...

Thanks again for stopping by today.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to see you soon....


  1. This is adorable, Tanya. I think she's perfect. Love the way you did the sand. So glad you got some "me" time!

  2. Such a beautiful card Tanya! Love all the texture you added and of course your coloring of the image is PERFECT!
    Super job my friend!

  3. I could not imagine going back to work. It would take me years to adjust. Happy you are finding some time to craft. Love you new card. Cute image that is colored perfectly and I love the backgrounds and how how stamped the inside.
    Have a creative day.
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  4. So pretty Tanya!! I think you did a great job with your little hula girl. remember we are our own worst critics!! Question, love the cross stitch dies you have been using. How do you get the background inked so perfectly so the white edges remains clean??

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Kathy!
      I just ran my oval die and cardstock through my cutting machine. When finished, I lift up the die keeping the cardstock in place (inside of the die). Then I taped the edges of the die (with cardstock inside) to my crafting mat to hold it in place (I used painter's tape). Next you just ink up your cardstock using the metal die as a mask to keep the covered areas free of ink. When you finish inking, just lift off the tape and metal die and you're done!
      Hope this helps!

  5. This is so adorable, Tanya!! You totally did justice to the sweet image!! You colored her beautifully!! I love the amazing background!! What a fabulous card this is!! I'm glad you found some time to get inky!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. I think you did a wonderful job coloring you darling little hula girl Tanya!!! I so love how you did the bg!!! :)

  7. Hello there my sweet lady, hope you are doing well~glad you were able to spend some time in your studio :) Your card is beautiful and your little hula girl couldn't be cuter! The background is fabulous~love the texture!
    Have a great day :)
    Sherrie K

  8. Beautiful card and love the colours! TFS

  9. So glad you found some time to craft!! YAY!!! :) Your card looks wonderful... LOVE all the texturing you did... so cool!!! Have a great day! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  10. Sweetness! Love the sunset background. So glad to have you play along with us at MFT Challenge. :)

  11. So beautiful, Tanya! But I already told you that. :)

  12. Oh goodness Tanya ~ This is simply STUNNING!!! The whole card is PERFECTION!!! I know you will find balance soon.... we aren't going anywhere so take your time and don't get stressed too much! Ha ~


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