Full Moon & Blossoms

Hello everyone,
I have 2 cards to show you today. These cards are both inspired from Japanese celebration -- Tsukimi (Full moon sighting) & Hanami (Cherry blossoms sighting).
Most of you know that I was born and grew up in Japan. Many of Japanese people enjoy the cherry blossoms time and the fall full moon time.
They get together and have a party under the cherry blossoms trees or just sit the back porch and enjoy watching the full moon and spending the cooler weather after the hot summer went by.

Everytime those events come by, I get a homesick for a while.....so I decided to make some cards to express my love of Japan :) Thanks to Stampin' Up!, I just got the perfect stamp sets for the cards.

毎年、花見と月見の時期になると、いつもより日本が恋しくなります。そんな恋しい気持ちを込めた日本ラブのカードを作ってみました。Stampn' Up!から、このテーマにピッタリなスタンプセットも、この間購入したばかりです。

LSC186 -- White Out!

I made this card for SCS Limited Supplies challenge 186. The challenge was to use white as the main color. I was supposed to stamp only ONE image, but stupid me....I didn't read the guideline well (my late mother used to say "READ TWICE!!") I really like how the card was turned out though, lol.

As you see, I used the brown for the secondary color and the shocking pink for the accent color.
The main image was stamped with the coordinated Stampin' markers. I added the small pearls on the blossoms.
For the background, I stamped the flowers randomly on the narrow panel and dry embossed with the embossing folder for the wide panel.



Stamps: Eastern Blooms (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: very vanilla, chocolate chip, pink passion (Stampin' Up!), textured cardstock (unknown)
Ink: pink passion, chocolate chip, Stampin' markers (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: ribbons (Michael's, American Crafts), embossing folder (Provo Crafts), pearls (Michael's)

WT184 -- Silhouettes
I made this card for SCS Way To Use It challenge 184. The challenge is to make something that has silhouettes. I was not a big fan of the silhouette stamps until I saw that the talented stampers made the fabulous cards with using them.
The technique I used for the card is the same technique that the very talented stamper, Michelle Zindorf uses for the many of her cards.
Since I wanted to keep the focus to the moon scene, I kept the embellishments in minimum and use the same colors for the sentiment to blend in the card. I also used the white gel pen to highlight the grass and the faux stitches.

このカードは、SCSのWay To Use Itチャレンジ184で作ったカードです。チャレンジは、シルエット(影)を取り入れた作品を作るです。私は、シルエットスタンプは、あまり好んで使う事が無かったんですが、才能のあるスタンパーさんたちが、シルエットスタンプを使って作った素敵なカードの数々を見て、気持ちが変わりました。
このカードで使ったテクニックは、素晴らしいスタンパー、Michelle Zindorfさんが多くのカードに使われているのと、同じテクニックを使っています。

Stamps: Inspired by Nature (Stampin' Up!), the sentiment (Penny Black, I think), Omaments (Inque Boutique)
Paper: baja breeze, not quite navy, very vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: not quite navy, baja breeze, blue bayou, so saffron, pumpkin pie, summer sun, not quite navy Stampin' marker (Stampin' Up!), VarsaMark (Tsukineko), white gel pen (Uni-ball)
Accessories: brads, photo hinges (We R Memory Keepers), clear embossing powder (Stampin' Up!)

I hope all of you will have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!


Jessica said...

Both of those cards are gorgeous, great job Maki!

Carolyn said...

Oh, Makiko these cards are so beautiful. I bet the Cherry blossoms are so pretty when they are in bloom in Japan. Keep up the gorgeous work you always do. Hope to see you soon. I don't know where the time goes to.

smallcity :)

Bev said...

These are soo beautiful Maki! I love the brayered sky one! Just awesome! Yattah right back at you! Hugs!


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