Monday, April 20, 2015

Wicked Selfie HIPS

I sometimes struggle with finding unique and quirky containers for Letterboxing HIP’s (Hidden in Plain Sight) boxes.  But I managed to come up with a clever idea for my Wicked Selfie stamp that is on its way to the Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble event in Washington (October 2015).  How could I not send the Wicked Queens stamp in her very own cell phone case complete with mirror?  Now while on the go she can ask "Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Aloha From Maui - Day One

On Monday, April 6th Anthony and I flew to Maui to visit my parents who live in Makawao (up Country Maui).  Although I grew up in Hawaii (on the Big Island) I am always immediately assaulted by the heat and humidity once we step foot off the plane.  I am afraid after all of these years on the mainland my temperature comfort zone resides between 40 and 65 degrees.  A far cry from the temperatures of the islands.  Since this was not a Letterboxing friendly trip (all Noxers except me) I am afraid my backpack, carving supplies and boxes were forced to stay at home for this vacation.

My parents met us at the airport baggage claim area with two beautiful orchid leis.  Once we collected our suitcases they thought it would be fun to have lunch at the Kula Lodge and Restaurant. It is located in the agricultural town of Kula on the Western Slopes of Haleakala Crater at 3200 feet. The Lodge and restaurant sits in a garden of flowers as you can see by the pictures I have posted. They offer spectacular sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and West Maui mountains. We enjoyed `ono (delicious) wood-burned pizza from the oven on the terrace.

After lunch we drove to the Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery.  They feature Pineapple Wines which are sweet and delicious.  We sent some as a gift to Ava (Anthony’s daughter in-law) since she works for a winery.  The grounds were beautiful and lush.  Although we did not have time for a tour we did enjoy the tasting room and art surrounding the property.

On our way to their house from the vineyards we stopped at the Sun Yat Sen Park.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (1866-1925) was a revolutionary in China and a political leader who was often referred to as the father of modern China. Yat-Sen served as the first provisional president when the Republic of China was founded in 1912, after the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty a year before. The 'Ulupalakua ranch donated the land for the park in 1989. Today the park features a bronze statue of Yat-Sen along with a few other memorial statues.

Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery :

Kula Lodge and Restaurant:

Holy Hello Kitty...Batman!

Sweet Shoppe Hello Kitty welcomes stamp # 10 Robin.  My collection of Hello Kitty stamps are actually one large Traveling Event HIPS box.  So far I am up to 12 stamps but I do have others that are already carved that have not been added yet.  From time to time I just like to play with them and make a small batch of LTC’s.  The box with all of the Hello Kitty stamps will be at our Boise, Idaho, December 2015 (Star Wars - The Letterboxing Force Awakens) Event that is still in the planning stages.

This LTC was a simple stamp, emboss, color, layer and add bling as the finishing touch.  These cards are simple and clean in design but were still fun and quick to assemble.

Mini Dominoes with a Spot of Color

I ordered some miniature dominoes to continue working on cards and LTC’s in conjunction with my Ranger - Adirondack - Tim Holtz Alcohol inks.  I am positing this on my Letterboxing and Adventure Blog (even though I made cards with the dominoes) as these finished dominoes are the perfect size for Letterbox Trading Cards (LTC's).

As with the larger dominoes I applied one alcohol ink to the back of an unprepared domino using a felt applicator.  You would then continue adding different color inks until the domino is covered and the desired look is achieved. 

I also stamped and embossed my dominoes for the card I created.  If you are not embossing I would recommend using a black permanent ink pad.  I used my Versa Fine - Onyx Black pad (because I wanted as much fine detail as possible) and clear embossing powder.  Since my stamped image on the card is embossed I also wanted the dominoes to be embossed.

To adhere the dominoes to your project you can use glue or double-sided mounting tape.  I added background papers that matched the colors of the inks I used on the dominoes to enhance the pop of color on each card. 

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