Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm having a moving sale!!! With a chance to win some OA Cakewalk papers!


Hi there! Since I am moving in about 2 weeks...and need to clear some things out, I am having a BIG moving sale!!! I still love these items, which means I am a little sad to let them go, but when you have so many things that you can't find anything...then it's time to thin out! And before moving seems like the perfect opportunity!!!

To make it more fun ( and hopefully help it all sell fast...), if you make a purchase before August 7th, I will draw one name to win an 8x8 October Afternoon Cakewalk paper pack!!! One entry for each item purchased...so if you purchase 1 item, 1 entry - or 3 items, 3 entries - or 10 items, 10 entries...you get the idea! So I will ship all items out on or about August 7th, so I can include this in the winners package - here is a pic:


Click HERE, or on the tab at the top titled CRAFT STUFF FOR SALE to see all items and read the details!!! Thanks so much for helping me clear some things out!!!

Growing in Unity Winner!!!


YAY! I'm excited to announce the winner of my Growing in Unity week! I used Random.org to help me...which picked Day 4:


Then comment #12


Which means the winner is...Cricut Couple!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!


Send me off an email with your mailing address, and choice of two Itty Bitty stamps (click HERE to make your choice - and good luck! There are currently 380 to choose from!!!) 

Thanks to everybody else for joining me this past week! I had so much fun playing with my Unity stamps again for a week! Have a great weekend!



Friday, July 27, 2012

Growing in Unity - Day 5 - Remedy for Love


Hold onto your seats today, because this is my 5th and final day of Growing in Unity, as well as my Friends with Flair post, and my entry for about 4 different challenges! This is a card that has been in my head for a while, so I was excited to finally be able to make it come alive on paper! Here is what I made for today:
And here is the first challenge - the Unity July KOTM sketch challenge (I took some liberty with the design, but it is still there!):


The second challenge is the Case Study Challenge for this week - and here is the inspiration card (I used the color scheme, flowers, and kraft paper for inspiration):


The other two challenges are the Unity Opportunity Challenge - Flowers, and the Unity Blog Challenge - I Do (wedding or love theme)
I made my flower with one Ippity image, from the set called Now and Always, then stamped it on several different pattern papers, all from Crate Paper's Pretty Party 6x6 paper pad. I then fussy cut out each layer (can we say hand cramp?!?!?!) 
Before attaching the layers, I inked the edges of each layer with Tim Holtz distress ink in Vintage Photo.  
Then I put a dot of fast drying glue in the center to adhere each layer, and after it dried, I curled all the edges up to give it some dimension.
Added 3 little stick on gems slightly off center in the middle of the flower, and tucked the leaves from the same set (also fussy cut) behind the flower.
Finished off with a sentiment from another Ippity set called Quotes a'la Happy, and more ink on the edges of the kraft paper and pattern paper in the background.
Thanks for dropping by to see me today! Remember to leave a comment before you go for a chance to win 2 Itty Bitties of your choice! I will draw a winner and post tomorrow morning!

Edited to Add: I'm not sure if it is okay to link up a previously made creation - but I immediately thought of this card when I saw the Moxie Fab World Focal Point Challenge! So - I'm linking it up there!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

An INCREDIBLE Peachy Sale!!!


Okay - I am SOOO excited to be able to share this with you! I seriously don't think Peachy Keen has EVER had this amazing of a sale!!! If you have been itching to get yourself some of Peachy Keen's adorable face stamps, or want to add to your collection - this is the PERFECT opportunity!!! For every two assortments you purchase, you will receive one for free!!! Click HERE to head over and check out all the details!!!


Growing in Unity - Day 4 - The Man


Hello! The end of the week is coming soon - but today I have my post for Day 4 of Growing in Unity! You might remember I mentioned my husband's birthday on my Day 2 post, and how my original card ended up a bit girlie - so I thought I better share the card I ended up making for him! Here it is - simple and easy, but that seems to be the way to make a guy card I suppose!
I had purchased this stamp almost a year ago for Father's Day, and go figure - never inked it up! It seemed like the perfect set to use for his birthday card! 
I used some papers from a Studio Calico 6x6 paper pad to stamp the shirt and all the sentiments along the side, then fussy cut out each of them. 
I'm pretty sure the happy birthday sentiment came from a recent Kit of the Month - sorry for being a bit scatterbrained on that one! 
I hand trimmed the banner and part behind the birthday sentiment, inked everything with Tim Holtz distress ink, then adhered the shirt and sentiments with foam adhesive. 
Hope you enjoyed my simple guy card! Those ones are SOOO hard for me for some reason! They always seem to end up girlie for some reason...maybe because I'm a girl and have 2 daughters! Oh well! 

Remember to leave a comment to be entered to win 2 Itty Bitties! I will draw a winner on Saturday!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Growing in Unity - Day 3 - Jar of Sunshine


Okay...I kind of have a thing for jars. Really - I LOVE canning jars! Of course, I love canning too which probably helps! But last weekend my brother-in-law got married, and they used the nifty old blue mason jars, filled with clear large marbles, water, and flowers - then hung them on little metal hangers down the aisle. Oh - it was SOOO pretty! Anyway - when I saw this gorgeous Unity Stamp - I just HAD to have it!!! Here is what I made with it the first time inking it up:
I also am linking this up with this weeks Tuesday Trigger over on Moxie Fab World. It's so stinkin' adorable and pretty all at the same time! I got my inspiration from the lace doily (lace on the card), the silver pedestal (the jar stamped in gray), the twine and skewers holding up the banner (the jute tied around my jar), and the colors of the banner (for the colors in the jar and on the flowers in the background paper). Here is the picture:



I colored in the stamp for the center image with my Tim Holtz distress markers. LOVE the multi-colored effect! I had originally done that after stamping the jar in black, but decided it looked better for this card in gray, so I cut out the inside of the jar, then attached it to the jar I stamped in gray. MUCH easier than doing the whole coloring thing over again! 
I generously inked the edges of everything with Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen - my FAVORITE! The papers are, appropriately, by Simple Stories (appropriate because the stamp is a Simple Stories set made by Unity). 
Added some jute twine from Ribbon Carousel wrapped around the top of the jar, and a PTI button in the center of it. Also layered some beautiful lace (also from Ribbon Carousel), and some seam binding ribbon that actually was wrapped around an order of crafty stuff I got in the mail! So I saved it and recycled it on this project! 
I attached the jar with foam adhesive so it pops from the background a bit. 
Here is a closer look at the dimension, and that beautiful jute twine! 
And that's it! I think this is destined to become one of my FAVORITE stamps ever, if it isn't already! SOOOO in love with it!  
So thanks for dropping by once again! As with each Growing in Unity post this week, make sure and leave a comment for a chance to win 2 Unity Itty Bitties of your choice! I will draw and post a winner on Saturday, and it could be you! Have a wonderful day today!

Edited to Add: I am also linking this up with the Jars of Joy challenge on the Moxie Fab world - since this is one of my favorite jar cards EVER!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Growing In Unity - Day 2 - Have a Groovy Day!


Hello! Welcome to my second day of Growing in Unity! Today I'm sharing a card that I started off planning on giving my husband for his birthday...but as you can see, it ended up being a "bit" too girlie for me to do that to him! I did show it to him, and he liked it, but I don't think he would have been thrilled to get it for himself! Heeheehee! Anyway, here it is:
I just LOVE this groovy little van image from the Unity Ippity line of stamps! I vaguely remember having one of these vans when I was a little girl...although I am pretty sure it was just white - or at least cream colored! Anyway, I stamped it on an oval cut with my Nestabilities, and colored it with Copic markers, then inked the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink.
Matted it on a cardstock scallop oval, also cut with a Nestabilities die. All my pattern papers are from My Minds Eye, and inked with Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen. 
I used a Fiskars postage stamp border punch for one of the layers underneath the main image, and tied some black jute twine from Ribbon Carousel behind it, with a PTI button in the center of the bow.
I used a MFT Die-namic frame to stamp the sentiment on, then trimmed off the bottom, and mounted it on a little more of the red cardstock, with rounded off corners. Added a couple of stick on pearls to finish it off! 
I hope today's card made you smile! Make sure and leave a comment for a chance to win 2 Unity Itty Bitties of your choice (like this one for example!) And come back every day this week for even more chances! Hope to see you tomorrow - can't wait to share tomorrows card with you!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Last minute Market Street Stamps Paint the Town Color Challenge Entry


There's just no time like the last minute, huh? The time just slipped past me, and this morning I noticed that this month's Market Street Stamps Paint the Town Color Challenge ends tonight! So...I pulled out my Market Street Stamps and got busy - good thing it was a rainy day today! It was a perfect excuse to get inky! Here is what I came up with:
And here is the color inspiration for this month:


Such a striking color combo! I never would have put these together on my own - but that's what I love about challenges! They totally inspire me to try something new! And I now find I LOVE these colors together!



I stuck fairly close on the sketch, just pulled a couple of the elements either up or down to fit my design. 
I layered the pattern papers on the card - the orange and purple are from an older Basic Grey paper pad, and the blue is from a Theresa Collins paper pad. 
I cut a white circle with my Spellbinders Nestabilities, and stamped the bike image from the "Just Riding By" Market Street stamps set so that it was a little off the edge. Tucked some white twill ribbon from Ribbon Carousel behind the circle template, then added a black jute twine bow with a tiny purple button from my stash. 
Finished off with a couple of stick on pearls, and rounded off the top right corner. 
I'm glad you stopped by to visit today! Hope you're having a wonderful day!

My Craft Spot Challenge - Christmas in July!


Good morning! It's time for a new challenge over at My Craft Spot! This time the challenge is Christmas in July! This was a bit more of a challenge than I expected...because much to my surprise, I didn't have any if My Craft Spot's Christmas stamp sets! So I had to get a little more creative! Hopefully this is Christmas-y enough!
I also used this weeks sketch for MFT Getting Sketchy #81 - here is the sketch:

I used a cute Pure Innocence image, and colored her with my ever-growing Copic collection. 
The papers are from a Christmas paper pad I had in my stash -don't remember who they are by even! 
After I colored the image, I fussy cut her out, and attached her with foam adhesive to my kraft paper square. Stamped the sentiment from the My Craft Spot stamp set called Sweet Sentiments #2, and added some Vintage Cherry twine (as well as Vintage Green on the button), and used some strips of and Milk Chocolate Crinkle Ribbon to separate the layers behind the main image. (You can find these HERE and HERE)
Here you can see the dimension a little better: 
And here is a closer shot of my slow learning of Copics! I think I might be getting the hang of shadowing a little bit, even though I have a long way to go! Still think they are so much fun! 
And that's it! My Christmas card that could also be used for a birthday card, if you wanted too! 
Now I hope you will hop on over to My Craft Spot and check out what the rest of the Design Team made, and also check out the details on how to join in on the fun! Would love to see YOUR Christmas in July project too!!!

Growing in Unity - Day 1 - Put on your Dancin' shoes!!!


Yep - I'm excited to get to do another week of Growing in Unity - so I've got my dancing shoes on!!! Make sure and leave me comments all week long to be entered to win 2 Unity Itty Bitty stamps of your choice! TOTALLY fun - and the hardest part will be just picking two!!!

 I just LOVE this adorable image from the newest Unity KOTM for July, and had to use it! I think I'm going to give it to my friend who just had surgery on her feet about a week and a half ago to get rid of a bunion! She is still off her feet for several more weeks (which is a difficult task with a houseful of little boys to take care of!) - but I'm sure she will be ready to dance as soon as her foot heals all the way - or at least go shoe shopping!
I also used the colors inspiration from this weeks Color Story over at Playdate Cafe:


I used the colors - but was surprised where I ended up on my card! I was thinking a lot more shabby chic and elegant with this color story, and instead, I think this card ended up a little more modern and vintage! Either way is fine - just kind of funny! 
All my papers are from one of my first Studio Calico 6x6 paper pads: Heyday. I stamped the image right on my pattern paper. 
Next I used a circle punch in two different sizes to cut several circles out of the yellow paper, layered them in a row and glued them together, then stamped my sentiment over the top. Ran a strip of black twill ribbon from Ribbon Carousel over the top of the image, then attached the yellow circle border over the top with foam adhesive, tucking one circle behind the ribbon.
Added a bit of bling - then couldn't resist adding a doily in the top corner. Then...because that looked like it needed a bit of something, I made a bow out of Baker's Twine, added a PTI button, and a yellow stick on pearl. 
Finished off by rounding the top right corner of the card. 
Thanks for stopping by to visit! Remember to leave comments so you have a chance to win two Unity Itty Bitty's of your choice! I will draw a winner on Saturday - so make sure and check back to see if you were the lucky winner!!! Have a wonderful day!!!