Monday, February 24, 2014

Winner Winner Winner!!!

A GINORMOUS THANK YOU going out to all those who commented during my week as the Growing In Unity Gal last week!  I mean WOW what a showing of love & support... 147 Comments!!!  I get the warm fuzzies just thinking about how many of you took the time to not only look at my blog but to comment - you are all WONDERFUL!

Now for what you're REALLY waiting for... the Winner ;-)

drum roll time

Such a low number!  that makes it from day one, throwing out the deleted comment gives me:

So Karen, you have one week (aka 7 days) from today to get with me & let me know which TWO Itty Bitty stamps you would like Unity Stamp Co to sent to you, plus your mailing info :-)   email me: ScrapAddictsAttic at gmail dot com (removing the at and dot with symbols)

Friday, February 21, 2014

you say witch

yeh yeh yeh, I can't even count the number of times I've been called witch ;-)  HA  So this weekend is my birthday (I'm not getting older, I'm getting better).... every year I host a Murder Mystery for my birthday which means this Saturday (aka tomorrow) is our annual party & this year's theme - Salem Witches!  Of course I've been decorating the creating like crazy.  The background is part of what I made for the party but the card, well that's just for fun!

Today is the last day of my Growing in Unity Week & I'd like to throw out a huge THANK YOU to Maria for putting up with me & my disorganization, normally I'm uber organized but I think with everything going on for the party & being super busy for work, I just dropped the ball.
Maria, you are awesome!

Today's card features Unity Stamp Co. You Witch! stamp

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black colored with various Copic markers

Bling - Martha Sewart gem stickers

Washi Tape - Q & Co

Star Mask & Bat Chippies - UmWow Studio

Bats & Edging colored with Twinkling H2O

Silver Cardstock - PaperPaper

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So today is the LAST DAY to leave me some love and get yourself entered to win
{your choice} of TWO Itty Bitty Stamps from Unity Stamp Co

Thursday, February 20, 2014

the IKEL look

ahhh Nerd Day, always a favorite at our school... whipping out those looks that everyone can pull-off, if they only try.  My youngest Rocks the Nerd look!  A few years ago a school mate of his dubbed him Ikel (i.e. Urkel).
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Day 4 of my Growing in Unity week :-)  Today's creation is a two-page layout featuring my Big Nerd!  Page One (the right side) got it's inspiration from UmWow Studio's monthly sketch for February
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so the obvious choice of stamp sets from Unity Stamp Co. for this one is..... Talk Nerdy - it's PERFECT! Also used the little notebook & heart stamps both from a Unity Stamp Co. Grab Bag (love those things)

Image Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire & Faded Jeans

Sentiment Ink - CloseToMyHeart Vineyard Berry

Printed Paper Background - around the block hissy (reverse side)

Stamped using Paint - Folk Art Metallic Blue Topaz

Owl & Circle Chipboard Pieces - UmWow Studio

Chippies are painted with Twinkling H2O's in China Black

White Splatters are Gesso

Vintage buttons

Printed Accent Papers - October Afternoon Midway

Viewfinder & Circle Chipboard Pieces - UmWow Studio which I actually WON by entering a contest DeeDee had! (how exciting is that?!?!)

Background Stamp (I know it's hard to see but it's in all four corner of background paper) - Unity Stamp Co. Graffiti Art

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Title - Rubons from Making Memories in providence

Brad - My Mind's Eye Lush

Now you know what to do, right?  Leave me some kind of comment to be entered to WIN 
{your choice} of two Itty Bitty Stamps from Unity Stamp Co.
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I'm answering Sharon's question here about Duct Tape
so it doesn't mess up my count for the prize:
Yes!  Duct tape all the way & totally his designs & creations.  I'm so glad I took pics of all the little things that made his look, umm well his!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Peacock Time!

I have this friend.... a very very good friend.... and lately she is into peacock colors... which is fantastic!  So Wendy, these are for you!

This week I have been Unity Stamp Company's Growing in Unity Gal - yes I really do LOVE Unity Stamp Co.  Everything.Little.Thing.About.Unity.  From their amazing U.S. made stamps, to their wonderful owner, to their beyond awesome customer service... there is so much to love about Unity Stamp Co!

 The backgrounds were all made using various paints (including some metallic silver and flat lime green for different effects) on a Gelli Plate

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Layers of Life Dream a Little Bigger

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Hands/Heart Mask - UmWow Studio

Ink - Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue

Lady & Sentiment Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. KOM 11-13 Strength & Dignity

Stamped with Top Boss & Embossed with Zing Powders

Heart Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Love Bug

Sentiment & Clock - Unity Stamp Co. the TIME is NOW

Sentiment Ink - CloseToMyHeart Lagoon

Distressing Ink - CloseToMyHeart Amethyst

Ribbon - Offray

Foliage Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Donna Downey Imagine It

Stamped using Top Boss in some very old Verdigris Textured Embossing Powder

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Empowered Words

Sentiment Ink - Memento London Fog

Distressed With - Tim Holtz Peeled Paint

Sentiment Sprayed with Shimmerz Paints in 4 Leaf Clover

and these last two are just for texture

Now tell me you love my work and get yourself entered to win
2 (of your choice) Unity Stamp Co. Itty Bitty Stamps!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

butterfly cross

Growing in Unity see me creating stuff to hang on my wall!  I saw this plain wood cross at Wal-Mart in the craft section (while looking for something, of course) and thought it would be great to stamp on.  So I snagged it and a jar of white craft paint.

I painted it white covering the entire front then started stamping away using various Tim Holtz Distress Inks and these Unity Stamps: 11-13 KOM Strength & Dignity; Here Today, Here Tomorrow, Webster's Page: Dream Big, 6-12 KOM Sweet Summer Love and Moment by Moment... yes I have a thing for butterflies.

Don't forget to leave me a little bit of love & you'll be entered to win Two Unity Itty Bitty Stamps of your choice at the end of my week... cuz Unity rocks like that!

Monday, February 17, 2014


every little thing

Happy President's Day!  Also Happy Growing In Unity week to me Day!  Yes, this week you will be getting lots of craftiness from me.... although I am behind in creating this post, I will try my best to do better the rest of the week, I promise

I just received the latest installment in Layer of Life and it is just adorable!  I love the birdcage with the little butterflies.  I'm using Unity's Monthly Challenge color combo for this one as well.... So Much Fun!  You should go join too :-)

I used Memento in Tuxedo Black did a little coloring on the birdcage using Copie markers and the splatters are from Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Broken China & Peeled Paint

Bling is Imaginisce

now go leave me some love for a chance to win two Itty Bitty Unity Stamps at the end of this week!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

thinking of you

every once in a while I have to re-stock my cardstock stashes from companies like CloseToMyHeart or Stampin'Up and since I have multiple friends that sell them, I rotate thru my friends trying to help each out just a bit here & there with their orders.  This time, my friend Julie over at Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers was my chosen friend to re-stock my CTMH!

I used Freshly Made Sketches #123 (see sketch at bottom of this post)

My order was petty good size since it's been a long time since I'd gotten anything (I was completely out of a couple of my favorite colors) so I qualified for some freebies!  I likes the freebies.... I got 3 embossing folders free plus the Stamp of the Month for only $5.  You can see part of the paper pack called Skylark from my post from yesterday (so very very pretty).  For these four cards, I used the Chevron Embossing Folder - LOVE!

Cardstocks - old misc stash I'm trying to use up

Dragonflies were cut using Cricut with Gypsy and Camp Out cartridge.

Sentiment - CloseToMyHeart You're the Best

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa

Twine - The Twinery

Dots - Freckled Fawn Enameled Dew Drop Stickers

the sketch

Friday, February 14, 2014

little butterflies Thinking of You

ahhhhh Spring, I'm so very very VERY ready for Spring so I'm channeling it through this card I've created for Unity Stamp Co.'s Friends with Flair

Printed Papers - aren't these wonderful?  I just got them in yesterday... CloseToMyHeart Skylark

Floral Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Charming Cone Flowers

Inks - Stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black & colored with various Copic markers

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Sending My Love

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Butterflies - UmWow Studio Butterfly Confetti dipped in Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

buzz buzz HELLO

Midweek Throwdown from Operation Write Home is Hexagons!  well, I can do that

Sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #122

I'm also entering this into Unity Stamp Company's Friends with Flair

Cardstock - Bo Bunny Doubble Dots in 4 different colors

Hexagon Punches - Creative Memories

Bee, Woodgrain & Sentiment Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Bee Happy Hexagons

Ink - Memento Rich Cooca, Tuxedo Black & London Fog

Hexagon Mask - UmWowStudio

Ink - Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy

Small Dot Embossing Folder (on background paper) - Cuttlebug

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just a little Prayer...

that God will keep you in His care.

Life, at times, is sad.  very sad.  A friend of mine has a teenage daughter who lost one of her best friends in a freak car accident this past weekend.  It really goes without saying that her heart is hurting.  This card is for her.

Tuesday Morning Sketches #235 provided the perfect sketch for me to use

Printed Papers - MyMind'sEye BellaBella

Brown Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate

Brown Ink - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate

Blue Ink - Tim Holtz Stormy Sky

Bird & Background Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Layers of Life Dream a little bigger

Sentiment Stamps - CloseToMyHeart Card Chatter - Sympathy

Bling - Imaginisce (I know the glue shows in the photo but in real life, you cannot see it at all... probably my wonky lighting)

Monday, February 3, 2014


after a day yesterday fill with hearts hearts and more hearts, I've gone on to something completely different!

ODBD sponsors a monthly challenge for Operation Write Home where, depending on the number of cards submitted, they will pay for the shipping of boxes of cards to our soldiers... January had 2 boxes mailed, so I'm working on some cards to help get that number up even more.  This month's challenge is BROWN

I combined the ODBD challenge with Freshly Made Sketches #121

Printed Paper - Creative Memories (very old stuff)

Image & Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. KOM April 2012 Follow Your Own

Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa,  colored with various Copic Markers and for the white I used Sakura Glaze in White

Cardstocks - Recollections

Chippies - UmWowStudio Circle Confetti

Sunday, February 2, 2014

loving you

more each day

What a great thing to read!  Especially since I'm making these cards for Operation Write Home... Sketch #201

Mask - UmWowStudio

Ink - Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough

Printed Paper - Recollections

Sentiment & Heart Stamp - Basic Grey

Sentiment Ink - Tim Holtz Pine Needles

Heart White "paint" - Gesso

Chipboard - UmWowStudio Heart Confetti colored with Gesso

for the cool-looking middle strip, you can read my first post from today about the Gelli Pad

{splattered} Love

Fusion Card Challenge #3 is perfect for Valentine's Day cards.... I love the mixtures of their photo inspiration
and their sketch

Grey Cardstock - DieCutWithAView

Washi tape from Tim Holtz

Heart Punch - Creative Memotires

Red Bling - Making Memories

Ink Splatters - Tim Holtz Spun Sugar & Gesso

Sentiment Stamp - Imaginisce

Ink - StazOn

for this pretty swirly pattern on the larger two sizes of hearts, see my previous post about using the Gelli Pad (I love this funky thing! I have the 8.5x11)

sheesh Winter

ok Mother Nature, take it elsewhere!  You know like the ski slopes or even just further up north where they have the road equipment to deal with this white stuff.. alright, nuff of the whining... time to put on my flannel big girl panties & just craft!

Sketch is from CAS(E) this Sketch #62

No Printed Paper! For the background I used light pink, hot pink & red on my Gelli Pad and blended them with a feathery paintbrush, the added a bit of Gesso to my large Unity Stamp called "Dinged Dots" stamped onto my Gelli Pad then with what was left over, stamped this background.  You'll see those other uses from this technique later in the day (hopefully).

Added two different Washi Tapes

Painted a Large UmWowStudio Heart Chippie with the same Red Paint

You and Me stamp is a part of CloseToMyHeart Soul Mates set embossed in white

Twine - The Twinery

Bling - Imaginisce

and a tiny bit of Grey Paper Frills from Doodle Pantry

I also lined the inside of the card and used an old Creative Memories punch to dress-up the inside just a little bit.