Sunday, March 30, 2014

Unity Stamp Company Blog Hop

Welcome to Unity Stamp Company's Blog Hop!

 Here is our blog order:
  1. Paula McClane (whoa, that's me!)
  2. Corrie Wagner
  3. Brittany Kohl
  4. Jessica Yoder-Jones
  5. Julie N Odil
  6. Karen Nofziger
  7. KristyLee Deyette

I guess, somehow I ended up being in the driver's seat... random selection got me the sweet spot... speaking of sweet, take a look at this super summery super sweet stamp!  ahhh, isn't it refreshing?!  and since I like my fresh strawberries dipped in just a tiny bit of sugar, I added a bit of Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Rock Candy... yumm-o!

I made a dozen of these cards, but I just could NOT decide which ribbon I liked best, so I made 6 different styles, all different ribbons.  This green cord was my first pick (and my main reason for the trip to Hobby Lobby today), another choice is shown in the close-up above.  here are a few more options

Hard decision, huh?

Now, on you go to visit my friend Corrie

Sunday, March 23, 2014

happy everything

Sami Stamps are so darn cute!  I JUST discovered these adorable digis over at Hiding in My Craft Room challenge #142 which I combined with Freshly Made Sketches #128 but first thing I did was dash over to Sami Stamp's to pick out a freebie to use!

For the first card, I chose to mirror the image and print it a bit smaller.  I colored it in with various Copic markers

Red Ribbon - Offray

Printed Papers - Bo Bunny Alora 12x12

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Happy Everything

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Holiday Red

Twine - The Twinery

Yellow Embellishment - Freckled Fawn Enamel Dew Drop Stickers

For the second card, I didn't use the sketch at all... just did my own thing

You are So Special

Hot Air Balloons!  I think they are so cool floating thru the air... every year by my in-laws house they launch a bunch of them for the 4th of July, like I said... so cool!  So when I saw that Just Us Girls#233 photo inspiration is a hot air balloon, I just had to play along!

Printed Paeprs - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Breeze

Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart Chocolate & Sweet Leaf

Hot Air Balloon Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Absolutely Priceless

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Lagoon

Saturday, March 22, 2014

hi there, birdie

ya know, I cruise thru blog posts looking for sketches that...
1.catch my attention easily
2.look simple enough for me to put together (some of them are just complicated!)
3.I can make more than one from the papers I have on-hand (can we say "paper diet") 
and I gotta tell ya... Sketch Frenzy Friday is in my top 3 of sketch blogs I really enjoy using!
This is SFF032114

Cardbase & Orange piece - Stampin Up
Blue piece - The Paper Studio
Green & Brown pieces - CloseToMyHeart
Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye Find & Dandy Girl
Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Heartfelt Sentiments
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa
Ribbon - misc blue ribbon jar

I made 2 of these so 1 will go to Operation Write Home & the other is off to Project: I Care

so many ways to say "Thank you"

I used some of my extremely OLD stash!  yippie for me :-)  These gorgeous printed papers are that super think (but oh so pretty) stuff that is really difficult to use, I don't have a lot of it left, just the pieces that I really really like the print on. I have a hard time using them because they are 12x12 but 12x12 sized print on them, these are the two smallest prints in the set, so fun & festive... perfect for a Thank You card, I think

Sketch from Seize the Sketch #16

I have no idea who made these printed papers

Cardstock - all Stampin' Up

Stamp - Stamper's Best / Deep Red

Ink - Tim Holtz Fired Brick

Embellishments - Candi

I made a dozen of these cards, so I'll save 2 of them for Project: I Care (see my sidebar for a note about that) and the other 10 will go to Operation Write Home

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Birthday

I was lucky enough to win a grab bag of stamps from Unity Stamp Company from last week's Friends with Flair!  So I sorted them out and decided which to keep & which to giveaway, I came up with 13 stamps to giveaway... which just happens to correspond with my younger son's 13th birthday!

This great sketch comes from Pals Paper Arts #196

Stripe Paper - My Mind's Eye Lime Twist

Orange Star Paper - Making Memories Just Chillin' Boys

Blue & Orange Cardstock - The Paper Studio

Lime Cardstock - Stampin' Up

Number Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. (from the Grab Bag I won!!!)

Ink - Tim Holtz Salty Ocean

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Encircled Birthday

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Sunset

Bling - Imaginisce

inspire {Tag}

oh I got my new Unity Stamp Co. Layers of Life stamps  and I just love love love them... the flower, the background stamps & the "inspire" sentiment - it's a perfect stamp set!  So since I now have a perfect stamp set, I HAD to use it for Unity's Friends with Flair

I'm a purple freak... My kitchen is a deep purple, our school color is purple, my birthstone is purple... it's a happy color for me

Here is the card put together with the Tag in it's little vellum pocket on the front of the 4.25x5.5 card

Unity Stamp Set - LOL spring inspired (March 2014)

Inks on Flower - Sprayed with Tim Holtz Color Wash in Purple Twilight, Wild Plum & Cranberry; then stamped with VersaMark & embossed using Zing in Chestnut

Other Inks - Memento in Rich Cocoa, Memento in Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peeled Paint & Forest Moss

Sentiment stamped in VersaMark & embossed using Stampin' Up

Misc Ribbon I had laying around

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

beautiful reasons to be happy

so many great crafty things happened to me today... I saw the Mojo Monday Sketch #334 and HAD to use it, I got my new Unity Stamps in the mail (so I had to use them ALL), and I found The Gentleman Crafter's Project: I Care (making cards for breast cancer survivors plus friends & family of current patients, a very worthy cause in my book)

Stamp Set - Heart with Joy

Stamp Set - Happiness will Find You

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black colored with various Copic Markers

Stamp Set - Everyday Be Happy

Papers - Yellow & Green DotCreative Memories, Hot Pink misc stash

Stamp Set - Everyday Be Happy

I made 14 of these four different cards, so I've decided to send 4 of them to Project: I Care and the other 10 to Operation Write Home

Sunday, March 16, 2014

i miss you

oh I am SO far behind in my Operation Write Home Sketches!  so I'm just gonna work my way backwards until I finally, eventually hit the last one I actually did and I have no idea which one that is at this point!

I love this paper TREMENDOUSLY but I am just about out of it in 6x6.  The colors just speak to me... fire & butterflies... firey butterflies :-)  very cool

Printed Paper & Layers - Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6

Cardbase - Stampin' Up

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Direction of Happiness

Ink - Tim Holtz Wild Honey & Ripe Persimmon

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Embellishments - Viva Pearl Pen Black

You Crack Me Up

The Sweetest Thing's Sweet Sunday Sketch #211 is perfect for my friend's challenge of "It's Springtime so let's Egg-boss".  I was super egg-cited to use this older stamp set because so I rarely get it out!

Printed Papers - Echo Park Springtime 6x6

Cardstock - The Paper Studio

Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug

Stamp Set - Jillibean Soup eggcellent

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black with Copic Markers

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart White Organdy

Candi (green embellies)

It's Springtime so lets Egg-boss

by my side

Aren't these two Owls just the sweetest?  I love Owls!  Occasionally we will have one visit our woods, most of the time we cannot see them but last summer I was lucky & caught one with the camera!  He was a beauty.

Sketch provided by Operation Write Home #216

Printed Paper - Chatter Box Heart Blossoms

All Cardstock - DieCutWithAView

Woodgrain Embossing folder - Sizzix/Tim Holtz

Inked with Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co KOM Believe in Fairytales

Stamped with Memento in Rich Cooca & colored with Creative Memories Precious Elements in Red & Green

Ovals cut using Gypsy and Cricut with CTMH's Art Philosophy cartridge

Chipboard leaves - UmWow Studio

Embossed using Zing in Green

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Walking on Sunshine

I did a bit of challenge juggling for this one... I combined The Paper Players #186 Color Combo with Sketch Frenzy Friday 031414 and I'm LOVING the results!

Cardstock - DieCutWithAView
Embossing Folder - CloseToMyHeart Chevron
Stamp Set - Unity Stamp Co. Walking on Sunshine
Sun stamped using Liquid Pearls in Buttercup
Sentiment stamped using CloseToMyHeart Crystal Blue & Tim Holtz Black Soot
Yellow Circle Trim - Doodlebug Design
Misc Yellow Button & Twine

you're on my mind

Fusion Card Challenge #6 is a great almost monochromatic color scheme with a very basic card sketch... both of which I chose to use (see it very last on this post)

Cardbase - Stampin' Up So Saffron

Layers - DieCutWithAView Cardstocks

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. KOM 1/14 Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. KOM 11/13 Strength and Dignity

Inks - Stamped with Memento in Tuxedo Black then colored using various Copic markers

Embossing Folder - Quatrefoil from CloseToMyHeart

and a buttery stainy twine


so thankful

so I haven't been crafting much at all recently... work has been crazy-busy but I have GOT to learn to stop working & give myself "me" time, which is really hard to do when you're working for yourself. I'm learning, slowly to slow down just a bit. So today, after running my youngest to TaeKwonDo class, then lunch, then back for TaeKwonDo instructor class... we can home, I put on my stretchy pants, and got crafty!  I made 6 of these 3 different version of the same sketch from:

Cardbases - Stampin' Up River Rock

Printed Papers - Authentique Loyal 6x6

Cardstock - Stampin' Up Always Artichoke

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. freebie with an order :-)

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Olive

Button - taken off an old shirt

Waxy Flax from CTMH

Friday, March 14, 2014

so in love

with everything about you.... isn't that just the sweetest?  puts a smile on my face, that's for sure!

Well, it's Friday & tonight I carved out a little time to put this sweet sentiment to work for Unity Stamp Company's Friends with Flair :-)

Printed Papers - Authentique Celebrate 6x6

Unity Stamp - ...everything love

Inks - Tim Holtz Broken China (heart), Tim Holtz Barn Door (sentiment), Tim Holtz Black Soot (distressing)

a tiny bit of twine from The Twinery

and a few pop dots

Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy Happy Blogoversary Julie!

Is it really THAT time again?  Yes, Yes it is & my friend Julie has once again put together this amazing Blog Hippity Hoppity where there are hidden random prizes for you to get a chance to win just by leaving a little love along your way - pretty stinkin' cool, huh?!  You should start at JULIE'S BLOG!

Various Prizes Include:2 $10 gift certificates from Unity Stamp Company (donated by Unity!), 3 sets of winner's choosing from The Cutting Cafe (donated by Regina Easter), A ribbon bundle from 3 Girl JAM, Timeless Twine -- Rainbow Party Pack (Donated by Timeless Twine), Close To My Heart Stamp Set, Close To My Heart Stamp Set, $15 Pinque Peacock gift certificate (donated by Jessica Shelton-Buffa), Embossing folders (2),  2 $25 Gift certificates for My Scrap Chick store (donated by My Scrap Chick), Websters' Pages 6x6 Sweet Notes pad, an embellishment set and a Websters Pages Stamp set, plus a Unity Cloud background stamp -- donated by Lucy Evans, A background stamp from Flourishes and 3 Aqua markers -- donated by Ruth & Erin Carnes.... WHEW, that is Quite a list of chances to win!  Good Luck & don't forget to comment everywhere!!!

So I sat down at my crafty table to create something amazing and *fittz... zap" there went my mojo, I really didn't like my first card at all but here it is anyway.

Stamps I received from my crafty friend Erin - Autumn Leaves Stampology Between the Lines

Stamped with Memento in Tuxedo Black then colored with various Copic Markers

Printed Papers - Simple Stories Fab{u}lous

Twine - The Twinery

Well then Today (this actually being on Wednesday) work was a hurry-up-and-wait kind of day and since I work for myself out of my house, I decided to give my work brain a break and drag out my crafty brain... so much happier with this one!

Zero Printed Paper... I think I'm just a grungy kind of girl

Woodgrain Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. 1/14 KOM Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Stamped with CloseToMyHeart in Brown Bag, Bamboo & Chocolate (chocolate is actually on the cardbase only)

Dragonflies - Unity Stamp Co. 9/13 KOM Happiness Has No Limit

Stamped with Memento in Tuxedo Black & colored with various Copic Markers

using Yes Paste (love this stuff) I affixed the bling flowers & tiny beads

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. 9/12 KOM the Vintage Touch

Stamped with Memento in Tuxedo Black

Sprayed it all using Shimmerz Paints in Heavy Metal

Now get your Hippity Hoppity on and go visit KARY next