Thursday, February 28, 2013

hello friend

ok so this is the Color Combo for Unity Stamp Co.'s new Challenge thing :-)  I wasn't sure I could pull it off but you see I've had these letters I won a while back that have been just sitting there.... looking at me, begging to be used!

and since Unity told us it was ok... I also entered this in Friends with Flair!

Printed Paper - October Afternoon Good Cheer

Alphas - My Little Shoebox Chipboard Alphabets in Tropical Rain & Waterslide

Background Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM Ol' Bag of Fun

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Lagoon

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM FOllow Your Own

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Bling - Scrapp'n Supplies (Red) & Bo Bunny iCandy Jewels

Flower Trim - Doodlebug Designs Paper Frills

Key to My Heart

I love that Unity Stamp Co have started a new Challenge, they give you THREE Challenge to choose from.... Card Sketch, Scrapbook Sketch & a Color Combo! love love love

A while back I did the Scrapbook Layout challenge, ok so I was the FIRST to enter after one of the Unity DT members :-)  I had a little time on my hands that day... just like today!

Printed Paper - Farm House Paper Co. Market Square

Wood Vellum Tag - who knows!  it was in a bunch of stuff a friend gave to me :-)  Yes, I have great friends

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co KOTM the Vintage Touch

Background Ink - Technique Tuesday Topaz Ink

Sentiment Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Salty Ocean

Brads - American Crafts Elements Mini Jewel Brads

Ribbon - My Mind's Eye Lush

Twine - The Twinery

Key - My Mind's Eye Bits & Pieces

Saturday, February 23, 2013

How do you Celebrate Your Birthday?

Each year... I have host a Murder Mystery Party!  The first year it was at Mardi Gras, last year it was at an old Mansion, this year it is at a Super Hero Convention!  This is how I chose this week's theme for Our Creative Corner.... a Birthday cake fit for a Super Hero... Red, Blue, and Yellow

Cardstock - Creative Memories (really old stuff I've just about used up now!)

covered in Tim Holtz Distress Crackle in Rock Candy

Chocolate Drip punch - Martha Stewart

Stamp Set - Basic Grey

Inks - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire & Mustard Seed, plus Close To My Heart Cranberry (cuz it is my favorite red)

on the candles - Crystal Ice Stickles

Saturday, February 16, 2013

OWH-VCMP Texture Omit

so after being issued Challenge #3 of the Virtual Card Making Party from Operation Write Home, I still don't get how to do this technique but I had an embossing folder that has a very large blank area on it so I'm guessing that counts for the embossing impaired... right?

Sketch is from CTMH Wishes Page 55 called Stay Left

Cardstock - Crystal Blue & Chocolate from CTMH

Printed Papers - CTMH Twitterpated

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Owl on Mushroom

Ink - CTMH Chocolate

Colored a little with Copic Markers

Ribbon - CTMH Chocoalte

Embossing Folder - Darice

Circle Cutter - Creative Memories

OWH-VCMP All Creatures

I'm so slow at this today, I doubt if I get very far on this Virtual Card Making Party this weekend but I'm giving it my all :-) This is OWH's VCMP Challenge #2

Sketch - CloseToMyHeart Originals Page 99

This cute little Digi & Sentiment are from Doodle Pantry and I just love him!

Printed Papers - Creative Memories

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Forest Moss

Twine - The Twinery

OWH VCMP - Chevrons (aka ZigZags)

I love it when Operation Write Home has their Virtual Card Making Parties!  So much fun inspiration

Sketch is from CloseToMyHeart book Originals Page 11 called "Cubes & Colors"

Dot Paper, Cardstock & Brads - CloseToMyHeart

Sentiment & Chevrons - Unity Stamp Co KOTM Sweet Summer Love

Ink - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire

Sketch by ME!

you read the title right.... this is my very first sketch ever to design & I really hope you like it enough to play along with Our Creative Corner... PLEASE give it a try!

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Blush 6x6 pad

Lace - Spare Parts

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Hollyhock Organdy

Bling Brads - Making Memories

Cardbase - Stampin' Up

another view because I'm so stinkin' excited!

Friday, February 15, 2013

What Lies Within Us

Today is Friday which means... Unity Stamp Co's Friends With Flair!

It is also a part of Lent which started Wednesday... I have decided this year to not give anything up but to give to others, I'm writing letters for friends & family so far I have one for my mom and one for my best friend, next is my other best friend (I know you're suppose to only have one but I've been seriously blessed in the friends department).  I'm tracking them in a spreadsheet so I know who I have done.  I'm only planning on mailing them out weekly on Saturday and I can't wait make each of their days a little brighter with an unexpected letter.

5.75x5.75 Cardbase - Bazzil Basics

Printed Paper - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Sunshine

Chipboard Buttons - Maya Road

Button & Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Twine - The Twinery

Ribbon - The Robert Stanley Collection

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. the TIME is NOW

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My World

Unity Stamp Co is doing a new thing.... a pick-your-challenge type of thing that will post the second Thursday of each month along with a blog hop.  My peeps know how much I love Unity so of course I had to play along since I had a little time on my hands today :-)

Of the three options, I chose to use the Scrapbook Sketch with just a couple of small tweeks

Large Background Stamp - Unity Stamp Co Dinged Dots

Ink - Tim Holtz Dusty Concord

Music Background Stamp - Music of My Heart

Ink - Close To My Heart Heavenly Blue

Distressing - Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap

Vellum with gold print paper featuring the Tuba since that is what he plays in band - I have no clue who makes this as a friend generously shared it with me

Hot Air Balloon, Banners, Wood World Plaque & Resin Globe - umWow Studio (aka my amazingly talented friend DeeDee)

Twine - The Twinery

Monday, February 11, 2013

I miss your face

isn't that the perfect sentiment for a soldier away from home?!  Today I finally got busy with the latest sketch from Operation Write Home, #159

Printed Paper - I have no idea what brand it is... a friend shared this humungo pack with me & I failed to write it down

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co KOTM Love in an Instant

Ink - Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs

Twine - The Twinery

Saturday, February 9, 2013

party time!

wahoo!  this week Lisa of Our Creative Corner challenged us with a photo to inspire... and boy was I intimidated at first but then I got going... I really got going... I got stickles on three fingers at one time, embossed with three colors at one time... found the perfect sentiment for my friend I'm sending this one to & everything... I'm calling it a success!

CardBase - DoodleBug Design Inc. Filigree Slim Pack

I made the rosette a while back when just messing around with cream colored cardstock that I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Purple (not real sure of the correct name as I got it from the T.A. Warehouse and the label is gone but I LOVE this color)

Then I drug my Stickles Starry Night down the creases to make them sparkle.

I punched the gold & green Making Memories Slice Metallic Paper with an old Creative Memories punch & topped it all off with this Metal Crown from Making Memories.

Dressform Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month: Love in an Instant

Stamped with VersaMark

Embossed using Zing in Green, Gold & Purple

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Doni' it with a Smith

White Ink - CloseToMyHeart Daisy White Pigment Ink

Butterfly Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Moment by Moment

I smeared Stickles in Golden Rod, Purple & Firefly on the stamp then applied to the card, for the centers I dabbed on Liquid Pearls in Buttercup, Ivy Green & Majestic Purple... butterfly trails are Stickles Crystal

and Here is your Inspiration Photo from Lisa!

This, of course, screams Mardi Gras to me.  and since it's a mask, I thought how fun it would be to provide a body to go with it!  Now let's see what you do with it :-)  I want to see

Thursday, February 7, 2013

i love you

so many Valentine challenges out there right now...  so of course I had to make something!

I got my Sketch from Mojo Monday #279

Color Combo is from The Play Date Cafe #168

Additional challenge is RED (any shade) for Art Impressions Challenge #99

And, of course, Unity Stamp Co.'s Friends with Flair!

I made five of these :-)

Printed Paper - Cosmo Cricket Chemistry

Cardstockc - Core'dinations

Die Cut - Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Heartfelt Sentiments

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Buttons - Making Memories Paperie Mocha

Ribbon - Celebrate It 360

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

a Dozen Thank Yous!

that is what I made today!  Each just a little different from the next just to keep them mixed up a little

Color Combo came from Inkspirational Challenges #6

other challenge is from Simon Says Stamp Challenge... Heart

Cardstock - All Stampin' Up

Ribbons - CloseToMyHeart Organdy

Sentiment Stamp - Stampin' Up Thank You Kindly

Ink - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire

Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug, & Lifestyle Crafts

When I was sorting thru my cardstock to decide which color was the best choice for the "plum"  I couldn't decided between the more reddish Rich Razzleberry or the more purplish Perfect Plum so I made five with each then made two in the kraftish color of Crumb Cake

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

You Rock

a few months ago my husband & older son built a Bass Guitar, my son designed the body himself, chose the paint color & wanted snakeskin graphics on it... while I'm not that good of an artist to draw snakeskin on this stamp, I did go with orange for my boy.

Sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches #184

Operation Write Home MidWeek ThrowDown is cards for KIDS!

Background Paper - Die Cut With A View The Rock Star Stack

Brown Cardstock - Close To My Heart Chocolate

Music, Sentiment & "Burst" Stamp - Close To My Heart You Rock

Ink - Close To My Heart Chocolate, Cocoa & Sunset

Yellow Cardstock - Creative Memories

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co Rock On Kid

Colored with Copic Markers

Edge Punch - Martha Stewart

Here's the Bass Guitar my guys built... excuse the clothes, it was Christmas morning and we just wear jammies & sweats.  He got this new Amp so he brought the Bass down to rattle the windows for a test run... success!

Monday, February 4, 2013


holy moly, I absolutely love this Deconstructed Sketch!   Sketch #87.... I believe this is a PERFECT SKETCH...yes I said it, that's how much I love this sketch.  And I made EIGHT cards

Didn't these turn out FABULOUS?!?!?

Printed Papers - Basic Grey Little Black Dress 6x6 Pad

Sentiment Stamp - Close To My Heart Thanks

Ink - StazOn Black

Eyelets - Making Memories

Twine - The Twinery (I used four different colors... Black, Gray, Chocolate & Tan... ok so I don't know their "real" names but that's close)

Tan Vellum - Creative Memories

Oval Cutting System - Creative Memories

Little Boy Birthday!

Operation Write Home is always in need to birthday cards and since I have two sons well, I just happen to have stuff for little boys, I know the soldiers get plenty of flowery stuff (I've done a lot of that myself) so I decided to give them a few planes, trains & automobiles :-)

This great little sketch is from Retro Sketches #49

Printed Paper & Black Cardstock - American Crafts Road Trip Diner

Vehicle Stamps - Imaginisce

Sentiment Stamp - Basic Grey Delta

Ink - Close To My Heart Black

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Thank You OWH

I'm so grateful to Operation Write Home for the service they provide... not to mention the SKETCHES!

For these I used OWH Sketch# 158

Printed Paper - Echo Park For The Record 2 6x6

Stamp - Stampin' Up Thank You Kindly

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Black

fun square punch - Creative Memories

Brads - Basic Gray

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Cherry = Fruit

why yes, yes it is..... of course if it's on a cupcake then all the better ;-)

Sketch is from Just Us Girls Challenge Sketch #174

which I combined with Operation Write Home's  via Our Daily Bread Design challenge of  Fruit... the more entries they get, the more boxes ODB will pay for the shipping on so get those entries done!

Background, teal accent & red layer cardstocks - American Crafts (from Tuesday Morning, so great price on these) Adobe &

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co Counts as Fruit

Colored with Copic Markers & CTMH Liquid Glass on cherry

because it makes me happy

but really shouldn't that say "YOU"?  hummmm, maybe I'll have to scratch "it" out & write "you" on there... something to think about

This week on Our Creative Corner, Lisa provided us with a sketch to play with for Valentine's Day! Scroll to the bottom of my post & you'll see it

Cardbase - Echo Park This & That Chocolate/Tan

Designer Paper - Carta Bella Beautiful Moments 6x6

Ribbon - Making Memories Love Struck

Flower, Leaf & Pearl Hearts - Making Memories Je t'Adore

Friday, February 1, 2013


Operation Write Home is always looking for more Birthday cards, so I started working on these two days ago... I'm so slow lately

Cardstock - all misc old stuff that I'm working on cleaning out

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Heartfelt Sentiments

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Watermelon

Sentiment & Balloons - Smiley Cards Cartridge