Friday, August 29, 2014

your own kind of beaurtiful

This sketch was so simple
but I think that made it hard for me
but I considered it a challenge &
I wanted to take it!

Printed Papers - Authentique Peaceful
Sentimant - Unity Stamp Co KOM 1/14 Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Topiary
Image - Unity Stamp Co. KOM 9/13 Happiness Has No Limit
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue & Lagoon
Flower - Making Memories

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

a little witchiness

tonight I just wanted to make a card
anything would do
and I didn't really feel like coloring a whole bunch
so this sketch from
was perfect for using a bunch of Washi 

Stamp Set - Unity Stamp Co. You Witch
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black colored with Copic Markers
and just a tiny bit of Clear Star from Sakura (just on the stars)
Liquid Pearls in Majestic Purple

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Celebrating Fall

oh Fall... so much beauty wherever you look!
of course {for me} because I live in the woods so it's completely amazing when the leaves start to turn, then when they fall and cover the drive and roads and the floor of the woods... ahhhh.
Then once they've fallen, I can once again see the sunrise from my bedroom window!

Well, if you came here from the Mountain Plains Crafters blog,

you've already seen this first creation
Pinecone - Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone Die using misc brown cardstocks, then blinged using CloseToMyHeart Glitz in Bronze

Leaves - misc stash paper

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Burlap

Liquid Pearls in Dark Chocolate

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. ...Grateful Hearts

Branches - UmWow Studio

Fine Twine - May Arts

Leaves - misc stsash

and just a touch of CTMH Glitz in Bronze

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. 
{Layers of Life} Trees of Gratitude

Brads - The Paper Studio

Background Info: Gelli Plate & regular Acrylic paint
first I used UmWow Studio Hexagon Mask,
next I stamped using CloseToMyHeart Nature's Vein,
then i used Quick Stampz Triplets (the swirl one)
last I used the very detailed leaf from Making Memories Autumn Splendor
Give it a little time to all dry before I started layering on the pretties.

I hope you like my Fall Cards!  Now show us what you've got & make something,
linking it up on the Mountain Plains Crafters blog!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

to thine own self be true

Shakespeare knew what he was talking about with that one
Take this morning, my 16 yo isn't feel well & running a temp
and while I know we would much rather be at church,
the two of us opted to stay home while the hubby & 13 yo went without us.
Right this second, my big boy is snoring on the sofa.
Poor Guy!

I used both the Photo Inspiration & the Sketch
for my inspiration on this one,
but didn't take either very seriously
more like a loose guideline

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. {Layers of Life} Spring Inspired
using Acrylic Paints & Coarse Texture Gel
Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Donna Downey Imperfection is Beauty
Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cocoa
misc cardstocks
Liquid Pearls in Dark Chocolate
Ribbon - American Crafts

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hydrangea Memories

When I was a kid I had a Great Great Aunt Leila
She was amazing.
She raised 3 generations of our family yet never had her own children.
She made a mixed berry jelly - I called it Leilaberry
After that the whole family called it Leilaberry
She raised all the fruit in her own yard.
She also had flowers, lots of them.
I was thinking of her while creating this flower.

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Bold Bloom
Acrylic Inks plus Pearl Paint
Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Donna Downey Imperfection is Beauty
Ink - StazOn Black
Basebase - Creative Memories Purple Collection

Here's the Sketch

Wish(ing you a Happy Birthday)

My mom's birthday was yesterday
so I called her fairly early in the day to say
Happy Happy Birthday To You
and she was thrilled!
Told her I'd love to see her but she said she was busy
with work yesterday & today with cleaning her office.
Then she called back last night & said Yes
Yes she could skip out on the cleaning & be here for breakfast today
it's still pretty early....
I'm still waiting for her to show....
I've made breakfast...

Printed Paper - Gina K Designs Garden Tour
Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. ...wish with your heart
Embossed using Zing in White
Butterfly Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. Webster's Page Dream Big
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black colored with Copic Markers
Enameled Dots - Freckled Fawn
Ribbons - His & Hers (Hobby Lobby)

Friday, August 22, 2014


Halloween is a favorite of mine
I still encourage my teenagers to dress up
{although they don't go trick-of-treating}
wearing their costumes to school/football game
and to the church party

I'm so happy with how this one turned out!

Printed Papers - Making Memories Spook Alley
Stamps - Basic Grey Boo & Spooky
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
funky ribbon - May Arts
Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot
Bats - UmWow Studio covered with Twinkling H2O's in China Black

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I adored this image the very first moment I laid my eyes on it
just so beautiful to me
and I FINALLY got it!

Unity Stamp Co - Arianna Girl
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
wings "painted" with Viva Pearl Pen in Cream
dress "painted" wtih Liquid Pearls in Copper Pearl & Tattered Angels Glam in Hay Ride
skin, hair, greenery & sky colored with Copic markers

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

rainbow addict?

it's starting to look that way
I've been doing my fair share
[and maybe yours too]
of rainbow effects lately!

this amazing new stamp set is from
Unity Stamp Co.
...wish with your heart

I entered this in Unity Stamp Co.'s Monthly Challenge,
thinking of the sketch although I didn't really follow it closely
there is still a little time to join the fun!
card sketch, scrapbook sketch or color combo - you choose
maybe you'll win

Friday, August 1, 2014

With Style

Fusion Card Challenge is so much fun!
if you haven't given them a try,
I highly recommend them
a photo inspiration & a sketch
use one or both, your choice!

so after I made my card, I realized that one of the DT members
used the SAME paper that I chose!
eek... so not my intension

Printed Paper - October Afternoon Farmhouse
Yellow Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart
Die - Spellbinders - Donna Salazar - Carnation Creations
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Doin' it with Style
Ink - Tim Holtz Stormy Sky
Embellies - Freckled Fawn Enamel Dew Drop Stickers

Evolution of a Card (lots of pictures)

playing with Unity Stamp Co.'s
Monthly Color Challenge go me all kinds of inky
and I LOVE it!

I went thru so many trys on this card until I finally got one I was happy with
then I looked back and thought
none are actually terrible
so I'll show the world
Card #1 using an UmWow Studio Mask

Card #2 I  attempted with a dry paint brush on ink pads

Card #3 I used a dry toothbrush

Card #4 I used Tim Holtz Color Wash but didn't spray, I splattered

Card #5 I splattered Tattered Angels Glammer Glaze (I like the texture on this one)
Card #6 This is the mask I made to use when splattering or spraying
Card #7 is my very favorite card.  I think this is what I was really going for except the sentiment is off a bit but I can live with that.
So which is your favorite?