Saturday, December 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Flowers

Another birthday card down, more to go.
This will be for another December birthday in the family.


Sentiment:  Happy birthday to you.

I love the scribble flowers and leaves, not to mention the yummy colors in this.
It sure makes cards for the gals extra fun.
I used stamps and dies with colored paper and then inked them to create contrast.

Link Ups:

My Favorite Things ~ Color Challenge #35

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Die Crazy

Supplies:  My Favorite Things stamps and dies from Blueprints 22 and 23, Scribbles, Scribble Flowers, Totally Happy and Happy dies.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Birthday Arrows Card

This is for a December birthday, one of many for us.


Sentiment:  Wishing you the greatest of birthdays ever.

It is filled with tribal arrows, even in the sentiment.
The colors are fitting for December birthdays.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Co. Hop

Runway Inspired Challenge ~ ric#98 Gucci



Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Die Crazy

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Company Tribal Trend and Everything Comes Full Circle; dies by Lil' Inker Design and Spellbinders.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Pine Cone Tags

Holiday tag making is in full swing for me.  Here are more of my creations.


Sentiment:
Spending the holidays with you warms my heart.


I like to make two tags in one, so that the main tag can be reused over and over again.
These look pretty on gift packages and gift bags for Christmas.

The pine cone and leaves on the big tags are glitter.  The "to from" tags match using the same leaves.  It's hard to capture the glitter sparkle in the photos.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Company {be inspired} Challenge ~ Any Holiday

The Paper Girls Challenge ~ #93 Christmas

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenger ~ December!

Virgina's View December Challenge ~ #21 All About Glitter


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. 10/2014 KOM Love & joy for the holidays, My Creative Time tab and tag dies and glitter.

Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Santa Christmas Gift Tags

Ho Ho Ho!!!

Here is a set of Santa suit holiday gift tags.


They are two tags in one so that the Santa suit can be used over and over again.
This is just the start of my holiday tag making.

Link Ups:

Tag You're It #36 (Inspired by Santa himself.)

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Holly Jolly Stamping

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Dear Santa

The Paper Girls Challenge ~ #93 Christmas

Craft Stamper Take It Make It ~ December!

Supplies include My Creative Time stamps and dies, glitter paper and Ranger ink.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pet Sitting Cats and Dog Gift Card Holder

This was a special request using a similar card design of mine.


Front sentiment:  Thank you for taking care of me.
Inside sentiment:  A token of my appreciation!


The original design included just a dog.
I made this one with two cats and one dog.
Plus, I tried to match the colors to the photo I was sent of the pets.  
It was fun to do.

Supplies:  My Creative Time stamps and dies.

Link Up:
Tuesday Throwdown #272 ~ Cute and Cuddly

Have a great day.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Holiday Watercolor Shaker Cards

Here is a set of Christmas cards made with watercolor, embellishments and fun sentiments.


Fun right?

These are full of texture and frame layers.
The frame shaker window is filled with sequins and star confetti over a watercolor panel.
I included a glitter bow die-cut along with both traditional and funny heat embossed sentiments.

Link Ups:

Virginia's View Challenge ~ #20 All About Texture

CAS(E) this Sketch! #148

Unity Stamp Company Hop

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. stamps from KOM 10/2013 Oh Christmas Tree and Naughty Is The New Nice, My Creative Time and Winnie and Walter dies, watercolor paint, sequins, confetti, embossing powder and glitter paper.

Thank you for visiting. :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cozy Fox Scene

Here is a cozy fox woodland scene.


Front sentiment:  #Sendinglove

This little fox and tag sparkle with a hint of glitter using clear Wink of Stella.  
I think this would work for Christmas, friendship, birthday or any time for sending out love.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Co. Hop

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ So Glossy

The Paper Girls Challenge ~ #91 Stamps

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. KOM 12/2014 Warmth of Winter and Hashtag Kit; Winnie & Walter dies, Wink of Stella and Copic markers.

Stay cozy.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Winner of Most Wonderful Time stamp set.

Winner time!

Thanks for all of the kind comments along the way.
I will have more giveaways from time to time.

The winner of my duplicate Most Wonderful Time Itty Bitty stamp set is:

KarenladdOctober 21, 2015 at 3:50 PM
Oh my gosh, these candy wraps are adorable and so fun! Gotta love that sentiment!

Karen, please contact me with your mailing information within two weeks.  I ship within the U.S.

Congratulations!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Life Measured in Moments & GIU Blog Hop

This is part of the Unity Stamp Co. blog hop featuring recent Growing In Unity guest designers.


Front sentiment:
Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

We were asked to create something new with our favorite Unity kit.
My favorite is Happy Love Day December 2013 KOM.

Unity is giving away a grab bag filled with 25 stamps to two random winners from comments on all of the blogs in this hop.  Winners of the hop giveaways will be announced on the Unity blog Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Be sure to visit and leave some love along the way.

Here is the lineup:

  1. Kristina
  2. Kim
  3. Riette
  4. Gaylynn
  5. Kristy
  6. Rubeena

I also have a separate giveaway on my blog on another post and that winner will be announced here on my blog on 11-2-15. ENDED.

The first image is also included in Unity's {be inspired} sketch challenge 33 and Friends with Flair.

Supplies include Unity KOM Happy Love Day 12/2013 and Avery Elle dies.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Guest Designer for Paper Girls #90 AND Giveaway

Here is a set of funny Halloween treat wraps in the shape of bats.


Sentiment:  Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!


I like to include a handmade touch for our Halloween candy each year.  The theme for this week's challenge was the inspiration for these bat wraps.  
This shape was cut and scored from Cricut Artiste.  The cute face and funny sentiment were stamped in white craft ink, then heat embossed.  I added a sentiment tag and twine bow.  The sentiment is meant to look a little spooky and imperfect.  Small treats work best for this favor wrapper.

This is my second week being featured as Guest Designer on The Paper Girls Challenge Blog.  You are welcome to link up on their blog any Halloween projects you may be working on for Challenge #90 Get Ready for Halloween.

Link Ups:

The Paper Girls Challenge #90 ~ Get Ready for Halloween

613 Avenue Create Challenge #146 ~ Create Your Own Challenge (Trick or Treating)

Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair and Hop

I have a little giveaway to one random commenter on this blog post who also follows my blog, Google + or likes my Facebook page.  Add a separate comment for each for more chances.  I ship free things within the U.S. due to shipping rates. Winner announced on this blog 11-2-15. ENDED.


Supplies include Unity Stamp Co. The "Boo" Crew, Peachy Keen stamp, ColorBox white ink, Cricut, clear and white embossing powder, twine and sticky tape.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fringe Favor Wraps Fall Tipi and Broom

These are Autumn fringe style favor wrappers to hold small treats or gifts.  I will use these for Thanksgiving table decorations.


Sentiments:  For you.  So thankful for you.

I made three different styles.  Two are similar to a tipi and the other is a broom stick style.  Each have fringe, matching tags and twine.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair and Hop

Supplies include Unity Dutch Mustard Soup stamps, kraft paper, twine and fringe scissors.

Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Christmas Mittens

Here is a cozy Christmas card with a sweet garland of glossy mittens.


Front sentiment:  Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Inside sentiment:  Winter greetings.

The little mittens have a shiny coating on them.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Company {be inspired} Sketch Challenge 32 but flipped.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Clean and Simple Christmas

Virginia's View Challenge 19  ~ All Things Colored

Supplies include: Unity Stamp Co. October 2013 KOM Oh Christmas Tree and Let's be Jolly; Copic markers, My Favorite Things Die-namics, Glossy Accents and pearls.

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Guest Designer for The Paper Girls Challenge Blog ~ #89 Food

I am delighted to be asked to Guest Design for The Paper Girls Challenge Blog for the month of October, 2015.  Here is my project for Challenge #89 Food.


Sentiment:  Hope your day is as cool as you are.

This is a fun tropical birthday card featuring a little penguin with an ice cream pop and a beach scene.  The background was blended with distress ink. There is also a bit of paper piecing.

Also linking up to:

My Favorite Things Color Challenge 30

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies include My Favorite Things Blueprints 15 dies, diagonal background stamp and Penguins in Paradise stamps.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Watercolor Peace & Joy Christmas Card

Here is a watercolor and embossed Christmas card in silver with non traditional colors for the holidays.


Front sentiment:  Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season.

Inside sentiment:  Good tidings and cheer.

I wanted the look of ribbon or streamers in watercolor.  The vellum piece softens the look.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Co. {be inspired} Color Challenge 32

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ No Designer Paper

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and Hop ~ Use a Stamp

Runway Inspired Challenge ric#91 Giles

Supplies include:  Unity Stamp Co. Peace & Joy, Let's be Jolly; My Favorite Things Blueprints 15, Sakura Koi watercolor paints and vellum.

Thank you for visiting. Have a lovely day.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Gold Embossed Deer Christmas Card

For this Christmas card, the majestic deer needed to shine in gold.


Sentiment:  Merry Christmas

The front was heat embossed in gold with added sequins.  Traditional red poinsettias and green leaves decorate the background.  It has been years since I've torn vellum to accent cards, but it seems to have made a comeback.  I like the way the twine looks with it.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Stamptember Use a Stamp and Blog Hop

Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. KOM October 2014 Love & Joy For The Holidays, KOM October 2013 Oh Christmas Tree, Happiest Season of All {grab bag}; Winnie & Walter dies, gold embossing powder, BasicGrey paper, sequins and vellum.

Until next time. Cheers!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Holiday Penguin Family

Here is a penguin family holiday greeting card.
I used the colors of red, black, green and white in this.


Front sentiment:  From our family to yours!

Inside sentiment:  May this season bring peace & joy for all!

I followed the My Creative Time Inspired Sketch Challenge in their Facebook group. 
This little penguin family is a favorite of mine.  The trim was stamped with tiny candy canes for a chalkboard look.
To me, the card and sketch resemble a postage envelope.

Supplies:  My Creative Time stamps and dies from A Day In December, Get Schooled, From Our Family to Yours, Stitched Rectangles Frame Dies & More, Stitched Squares Inside & Out dies; BasicGrey paper and sequins.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Penguin Window Holiday Card

Here is another holiday card with a little penguin in the window.
I think this will bring a smile at Christmas.


Front sentiment:  Don't get your tinsel in a tangle.

Inside sentiment:  This is as MERRY as we get.


This one features penguin and sentiment stamps that came free with a recent Unity order.
Gotta love the ever flowing Unity generosity.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Co. Friends with Flair Hop

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Stamp and Die-Cut

Tuesday Throwdown #261 Anything Goes

Supplies includes:  Unity Stamp Co. Tinsel in a Tangle, Everything Comes Full Turn, Naughty is the New Nice; Lil' Inker Designs stitched circle dies, heart and cording.

Have a lovely day.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello My Pretty Little Friend Wine or Gift Tag

This is one of  the tags I'm making to go with Halloween favors and to tie onto wine bottles.
I get to host bunco in October, so this is just one of the goodies so far.
This measures 4 1/4".



Sentiment:  Hello my pretty little friend.

Fun, isn't it?

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Co. ~ Itty Bitty Challenge on Facebook Show & Tell Group

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  Challenge ~ Make It Colorful

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Trio of Colors {purple, green, orange}

Tools include:  Unity Stamp Co. Hello My Pretty Little Friend, Copic markers, Lil' Inker Designs double stitched circle dies.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Holiday Candy Jar in Watercolor

This is the first holiday card by me this year.
Hopefully the first of many.


One of the things I enjoy receiving in the mail at Christmas are cards and photos from family and friends.  I especially like the the surprise of seeing a personal touch, the hand written note, a handmade card or tag.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Company Linkup With Friends

Simply Create Too ~ CH #93 It's A Special Occasion

Crafty Cardmakers and More ~ #146 No Patterned Paper

Supplies include:  Unity Stamp Co. KOM October 2013 Oh Christmas Tree and KOM October 2014 Love & Joy for the Holidays; Ranger archival ink, distress markers, water brush, watercolor paper and twine.

Have a lovely day!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Endure Encouragement Card

Recently, I made this card for a friend.
I searched for just the right words to go with this pretty flower.


Front sentiment:  Endure, you can make it.

Inside sentiment:  Perhaps strength doesn't reside in never having been broken, but in the courage to grow strong in the broken places.


Lind Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Endure and Autumn sets; My Favorite Things dies, Copic markers and glitter paper.

I want to send out to all of the teachers and students good wishes for success in the new school year. Best of luck to you.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mason Jar Flowers

These mason jar flowers are going to be used for an anniversary.


Front sentiment:  On this journey together.
Inside sentiment:  To you both. Stronger, happier & better together.


The background is foiled. I added a mason jar with flowers and followed a couple of challenges.
This card shines so pretty in person.

Link Ups:

Unity Stamp Co. {be inspired} Sketch Challenge 31 and Friends With Flair.

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Mason Jar

Supplies include:  Unity Stamp Co. stamps Let your dreams Bloom, Chevron Background, On This Journey Together and No Remedy For Love & Blossoming Thoughts and Wishes; My Creative Time dies, Vellum, Deco foil, Copic markers, laminator and sequins.

Enjoy the remainder of the days of Summer!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beer Bottles ~ Save Water Card

Here is a celebration card for the day.  I am using this for a masculine birthday.

I really do like making girly cards the best, but because we have so many guys on both sides of our family, it seems that I am forever making masculine cards.


Sentiment:  Save water, drink beer.

This is a one layer card.
The beer bottles were overlapped in the different colors, like beer is.

Link Ups:
Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Celebrate

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. A Round of Cocktails and Beautiful Elements Mixed Media Kit 1.

Monday, July 13, 2015

WINNERS from my GIU week!

Winner time!

I want to thank all those who left sweet comments on my blog posts during my Growing In Unity week.  Sure wish I could give a present to everyone, but I get to choose only two.

Winners receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. 
Winners, fb message me or email your full name and mailing info to me within 2 weeks please.

Life of a Caffeinated MomJuly 9, 2015 at 11:07 AM
I love this card. Love how the lines in the background look. Beautiful.

and

Amber SheavesJuly 9, 2015 at 5:06 PM
This is beautiful. I love the gold embossing over that gorgeous pink flower.

Congratulations. :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cat & Mouse Card

This is going to go to my daughter who has a sweet kitty.


Sentiment:  Just fur you.

For this, I wanted to use no patterned paper. 
The background is distress ink using a mask on the card, then used all raised layers.
  The cat & yarn scene is Copic coloring.

Link Ups:

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 236.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Furry Friends

Supplies include:  From My Favorite Things I Knead You, Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banners dies, Blueprints 15, Blueprints 23 and Licorice ink.  Also, Ranger distress ink pads, punch, Copic markers and craft foam.

Until next time. :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Stationery Gift Box Day 5 Growing In Unity

And just like that, it's Day 5 of my GIU week for the Unity Stamp Co. blog.
Today, I am sharing a stationery gift box project.


When I give out handmade card sets as gifts, I like to include a gift box for them.  
I use an existing white stationery box with clear removable lid.  Then I add a decorated panel similar to a card front.

For this particular flower design, I heat embossed in layers, one color at a time, drying and using a powder tool in between each layer.  Then I framed the panel and added craft foam between layers.  I finish the inside of the lid with a white piece of cardstock to cover adhesive marks.  
Here is a helpful video by Jennifer McGuire on layered heat embossing.

In person the embossing shines and the red is more vibrant.
I have used decorated boxes like this to hold cards, address labels, stamps and small gift items.  
This is linked up with Unity's Friends With Flair projects today.

Each day this week, I will be sharing a project on my 
Be sure to comment each day this week on my GIU posts.  I will pick two random winners from my GIU blog comments to receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. The two winners, announced on my blog Monday 7-13-15, have two weeks to claim their prize.

Thank you for visiting. Be sure to comment on all five posts this week:

Supplies include:  Unity Stamp Co. April 2014 SMAK Wildflowers & Wings, cardstock, stationery box, brad, rhinestones, ribbon, embossing powder, Versa Mark, powder tool and craft foam.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Life In Your Years Card Day 4 Growing In Unity

For Day 4 of my GIU week for the Unity Stamp Company blog.
I layered stamps, layered inks and did a bit of ink smooshing for the butterflies.


Sentiment:  It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your  years. ~ Abraham Lincoln

I decided to make this a birthday card with this meaningful quote.
Different shades of purple were inked directly to the floral stamp before stamping.
The butterfly die-cuts were smooshed into ink from distress markers and water, then dried.

Each day this week, I will be sharing a project on my 
Be sure to comment each day this week on my GIU posts.  I will pick two random winners from my GIU blog comments to receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. The two winners, announced on my blog Monday 7-13-15, have two weeks to claim their prize.

Be sure to comment on all five posts this week:

Included with Winnie and Walter link up projects.

Supplies include:  Unity Stamp Co. Moments in Bloom, Winnie & Walter dies, sheer ribbon, craft foam and Ranger ink.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pretty Dresses Day 3 Growing In Unity

It's Day 3 of my very first GIU week for the Unity Stamp Co. blog.
For this week, I use mostly stamping with minimal patterned paper.
I want the focus to be on the beautiful Unity stamps.


Sentiment:  Happiness looks beautiful on you.

I used three different sets including a background stamp for this, colored with Copic markers and used heat embossing.  I added a little sparkle to the white dress.
I think this image is fitting for wedding, prom, homecoming and love occasions.

Each day this week, I will be sharing a project on my 
Be sure to comment each day this week on my GIU posts.  I will pick two random winners from my GIU blog comments to receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. The two winners, announced on my blog Monday 7-13-15, have two weeks to claim their prize.

Be sure to comment on all five posts this week:

Supplies include:  Unity Stamp Co. May 2014 KOM Hey Girl, Bright, Happy You and Tea Time Toile background; vellum, twine, My Favorite Things Stitched Basic E Die-namics, embossing powder, Copic markers, powder tool and Wink of Stella.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Day 2 Growing In Unity Gold Foil Favor Bag

We are in Day 2 of my very first Growing In Unity week for the Unity Stamp Co. blog.
Today I am sharing a gold foil favor bag project.


Sentiment:  Heartfelt Thanks.

This is a mixture of foil with stamping and foil with die-cuts.
I found helpful tips and foil techniques on this Jennifer McGuire video.
I added a doily and lace trim for the glassine favor bag.

Each day this week, I will be sharing a project on my 
Be sure to comment each day this week on my GIU posts.  I will pick two random winners 
from my GIU blog comments to receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. 
The two winners have two weeks to claim their prize from me.

Be sure to comment on all five posts this week:

Supplies include:  Unity Stamp Co. Watermelon Gazpacho Soup and Dutch Mustard Soup sets by Jillibean Soup; My Creative Time dies Stitched Round Tab, Stitched Doily Die and Metal Adaptor Plate; My Favorite Things Pierced Fancy Flourish Die-Namics, white embossing powder, Versa Mark, glassine bag and Thermoweb iCraft Deco foil.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Loved Card Day 1 Growing In Unity

Today begins day 1 of my Growing In Unity (GIU) features for the Unity Stamp Company blog.
This is my first time being a GIU Girl.  I am very excited about this.


Here is a pretty peony flower card in pink, coral and gold.
The "loved" is heat embossed in gold and the peony is watercolor using Tim Holtz distress markers.

Each day this week, I will be sharing a project on my 
Be sure to comment each day this week on my GIU posts.  I will pick two random winners from my GIU blog comments to receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company. The two winners, announced on my blog Monday 7-13-15, have two weeks to claim their prize.

Be sure to comment on all five posts this week:

Tools include:
From Unity Stamp Co. Donna Peony and Adore Words, each by Donna Downey.
Glitter paper, gold twine, My Creative Time frame dies.