Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make a circle punch flower card

I've always wanted to make one of these paper circle flowers and I couldn't believe how easy it was.  Head on over to Mountain Plains Crafters to view my short tutorial!  

Supplies:  Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments paper, Unity Stamps Mothers Day Daisies Stamp of the Week Collection (sentiment), May Arts Pom Pom ribbon, TCP Lilac ink, craft lace ribbon, doily, gemstones, The Paper Studio dark green cardstock, kraft card

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Awesome news.....DT member at Mountain Plains Crafters! And giveaway...

So I wanted to share with all of you that myself and two crafty friends from Colorado have formed an awesome new crafting site called Mountain Plains Crafters.  I'm a design team member and am super excited about all the fun things we have in store.   We have some really awesome sponsors, May Arts Ribbon and Fancy Pants Design and can't wait to share projects and give prizes away from some of our sponsors.  You don't want to miss out!

Right now, we are getting the word out and showcasing a few things so get in on the action.  Follow us on Google+ by clicking the link above, and also "like" us on Facebook.  When we get to 100 followers and likes, we will have a giveaway...maybe two!  Share us if you would too pretty please!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunset scripture card John 14:27

Well, I'm still experimenting with watercolor.  I used to sketch and be pretty good in art classes when I was younger, but didn't do too much painting.  I went for some bright colors and used two different stamped images from Unity Stamps, Feel the Joy and Vintage scripture.  The birds are by my own hand using a Pentel sepia watercolor brush.  I love the warmth and peacefulness of this card.

SUPPLIES:  American Crafts Taffy and Apricot ink, Colorbox lavender and orange ink, Studio G yellow, white and purple ink, TCP lilac ink, Inkadinkadoo blue ink, textured designer paper, Kraft card, memento luxe black ink

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Birthday wishes come true card

You know, I might go a week without posting a thing 'cause life gets in the way and then, BAM...knock out 3 cards in one day.  Of course, I had to join my son in a game of Star Wars Monopoly to keep the peace. 

So here I'm using the Unity Stamps Birthday Jubilee kit again and inking this image for the first time.   I really like the vintage feel to this sentiment and the Woodgrain enamel dots add a nice touch.  Ok, my crafty day is over....time to cook dinner for my hungry guys!  

Supplies: Studio Calico Woodgrain enamel dots, Paper Boutique designer paper, The Paper Studio dark blue cardstock, American Crafts blue glitter tape, Basic Grey Paper Cottage scraps, rose flower ribbon, Inkadinkadoo Brown ink, lace bow

Watercolor scripture card Psalm

I'm enjoying a little peace and quiet while hubby and son are at the matinee.  I should be cleaning but of course, I'm crafting! 

Here's another attempt at watercolor which is not a strong suit of mine, but I'm always up for a challenge.  I used a couple branch images from Unity Stamps in this project, one from the Devoted kit, and one from the Sing a New Song kit.  The scripture verse is also from the Devoted kit.  I think it turned out alright.  What do you think?

Supplies:  American Crafts Apricot ink, Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distressed ink, Studio G green and yellow ink, Inkadinkadoo teal ink, We R Memory Keepers enamel dots, Studio Calico Woodgrain enamel dots, Basic Grey white enamel dots, The Paper Studio dark green cardstock, kraft card, white cardstock, Pentel green and sepia watercolor ink brush, misting water bottle

Pink sweet cancer card

Well it's Saturday morning, I'm the only one up and I'm sitting here with my favorite mug of hot coffee.  Let me show you this new card I just made.  I took a Valentine stamp and put a different spin on it.  Breast cancer, unfortunately, has played a major role in my families life with my mother and sister both having successfully battled it in recent years.

This stamp comes from the Everything Love kit from Unity Stamps, designed by Lisa Arana.  I thought the sentiment was a perfect reflection of life being sweeter, particularly for those cancer survivors.  By the way, this kit is on sale right now for more than 1/2 off so you might wanna jump on it!  There's a lot of great detail so peek at the awesome supply list.  Have a great day!

Supplies:  Authentique lively cardstock, Paper Boutique frame and bird, Martha Stewart border punch,  Colorbox pink ink, Memento London Fog ink, adhesive gem pink ribbon from Michaels, American Crafts pink cancer ribbon, white flower rose ribbon

Friday, April 11, 2014

Balloons birthday card

This is a fun card I made using the Unity Stamp Birthday Jubilee kit.  I have these fabulous enamel dots that are HUGE from We R Memory Keepers.   Do you have a local scrapbook store where you live?  We really need to utilize these great stores cause they are a rare commodity.  My girl Paulette from The Scrapbook Princess in Moody, AL ordered these for me at a great price.  I bet your local store will do the same for you, so show the love. 
Other supplies:  May Arts Ribbon pink sequin, Authentique lively cardstock, Memento London Fog and black ink, Bic Mark-it orange and yellow pens

Thursday, April 10, 2014

May Arts Ribbon challenge...go vote!

My card was selected to be in the May Arts Retro color challenge this week.  There are some truly awesome projects featured.  Even if you don't vote for mine, go check it out and get some wonderful crafty inspiration.  To vote, just comment your favorite at the end of the May Arts post.  Mine is the 50's Soda shop card.  Thanks!   My Pinterest-click here

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Beautiful day card

I've combined several different stamps today to make this card, using a frame from the Live laugh love kit, and a sentiment from the Bunches of Love kit, both from Unity Stamps.  Also, for the background, I've used Unity's Tattered chicken wire and Grainy background.  The cardstock is from Authentique's Lively collection and perfect for this woodsy, nature-like card.  Have a beautiful day!

Other Supplies:  American Crafts glitter tape, Inkadinkadoo Brown ink, Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distressed ink, lace doily, Studio Calico Woodgrain enamel dots, Colorbox olive ink, American Crafts green glitter marker, Bic Mark-it lime and yellow pens, Sharpie yellow fine point marker, white gel pen

Lil Bunny Wishes card

Here's my take on a cute stamp set from Unity Stamps called Lil Bunny Wishes.  I used my recent freebie from Unity which was a green card that I embossed with my Cuttlebug, then sanded it a bit.  They send freebies in every order which is somewhat awesome if you ask me.  LOVE!

Supplies: Stickles tropical tangerine glitter glue, American Crafts pale pink ink and Sunflower ink, Studio G pink and green ink, white gel pen, Stampin Up Mini pearls, craft flowers from Michaels, twine from The Twinery Memento London Fog ink, Bic Mark-it green pen, tag from Paper Boutique

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easter Greetings card

I recently won an awesome prize from Graphic 45 on their Facebook page from their new line, Sweet Sentiments which includes this great Easter paper.  I paired it with some butterflies from Unity Stamps "Devoted" kit which I absolutely love.  I think the butterflies are a perfect accessory.  I stamped them on patterned paper and fussy cut, then added some sparkles with Stickles diamond glitter glue.  Sweet!

Other Supplies:  craft ribbon, Basic Grey candy buttons, Stampin Up mini pearls, Tim Holtz distressing tool, pop dots, jute cord

Sympathy card w/peachy colors

Shhh....don't tell my mom, but I snuck over to her house to "borrow" a few Unity Stamps.  I bought her a 3 month subscription to the stamp of the week club.  I'm sure she won't mind.  Hehe....

This is a fairly new release called Sympathy Thinking of You.  I decided I would stamp a bunch of orange Colorbox ink on some white cardstock.  I used my heat tool to quickly dry the ink before stamping my image, wish was stamped with Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distressed ink.  Dry again with the heat tool, then do a little coloring on the image.  I fussy cut it and also cut a matching layer in brown, distressed it a bit by sanding, and used as a base for my image.

I used some lovely papers from the Basic Grey Paper Cottage stack and a large piece of chipboard from Teresa Collins Vintage Finds kit.  A touch of burlap and peachy lace and I'll call it a day.  Actually it was 5:30 am when I made this.  Another sleepless night.....

Other supplies: Bic Mark-it orange and yellow fine point pen, white gel pen, Stickles diamond glitter glue, American Crafts green glitter marker, The Paper Studio dark cardstock

Scripture card Proverbs

Today I have a CAS card which in layman's terms, means clean and simple.  The stamped images are from a kit called Devoted, from Unity Stamps.  I love this kit which has several different scripture verses, this one being from Proverbs.  Such a meaningful verse;  I hope it speaks to you today!

Supplies:  Pink sorbet twine from The Twinery, Memento black ink, white gel pen, Paper Boutique designer paper, Smooch Glitz  silver polish, Sharpie  metallic pink fine point pen, Studio Calico enamel dot

Friday, April 4, 2014

FWF at Unity stamps..kinda psychedelic?

It's Friday and that means Friends with Flair over at the Unity Stamp Co blog.  I used a stamp of the week set called "Little Moments Big Life".  I used some embossed paper in the background along with some paisley paper.  For the center, I used several inks on white cardstock to get my pretty centerpiece, then stamped and colored my images.  I did do some paper piecing on the flowers so they match the paisley paper.  Cute, huh?  Love how it turned out.

Supplies: American Crafts blush, sunflower ink, Inkadinkadoo teal ink, Memento black ink, jute cord, Stickles yellow glitter glue, Studio Calico enamel dots, Basic Grey candy buttons, Paper Boutique designer paper, American Crafts green glitter marker, Bic lime Mark-it pen, white gel pen, Sharpie water paint metallic pink extra fine point pen

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thank you bird card

I've got a sweet little birdie thank you card that was super easy to make.  It started with a great piece of designer paper from the Paper Boutique Play kit, that I trimmed for my card.  I layered it on top of a piece of dark red heavy cardstock, which I had distressed the edges of.  Did I say that correctly?  I sometimes second guess my grammar.  With good reason....ha!

I used a coordinating small frame and stamped my sentiment and a pretty red heart, both of which come from the Unity Stamp Co Jillibean Blossom Soup kit.  That's it.  I usually spend hours on a card so it was so refreshing to whip one out in 10 minutes.  That has to be a first!!

Other supplies:  Memento London Fog ink, American Crafts Rouge ink, The Paper Studio textured cardstock darks, Tim Holtz distressing tool

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Butterfly get well card

It's time for me to stock up on cards with everyday sentiments.  I've done several orders lately and I am out!  I have a couple stamps I'm using for the very first time.  Unity Stamps has THE best sales ever.  Period.  Plus they always send freebies.  With that in mind, I wanted to feature some freebies on this card. 

Did you know you can buy some Authenique cardstock for just .99 at Unity?  Yup.  Plus occasionally, I get bits and pieces as my freebie when I order.  This card features several coordinating pieces from Authentique.  Also, the chevron tag, twine and purple star were freebies.  Aren't these awesome?!

See the frame?  I got that half price with a Unity coupon promo code.  I'm in love with this frame called Polka.Dot.Journal.  You could do a lot with it and it's huge! The butterfly is from a kit called, Devoted.  It has several scripture quotes that come with it.  I've been wanting that kit forever and it finally went on sale at a super price that was too good to pass up.  No, I am not a sales woman for Unity, I just love their products.  Can ya tell?  Ha.  I kept the sentiment very simple because I wanted the focus to be on the frame and butterfly.  The sentiment comes from another kit called Bunches of of my favorite kits.  So there you have it.  Hope I've inspired you to give Unity a try.  Its a great community of support and friendship too as you will find out.

SUPPLIES: May Arts sequin ribbon, Studio G pink ink, Bic Mark-it pens in yellow, orange, blue, green American Crafts glitter marker, Smooch Glitz silver glitter polish, Stickles glitter glue green, Memento London Fog and black ink, Permapaque gray marker,  tulip rub-on, pop dots, American Crafts fuschia ink, white gel pen, Sakura fine black pen

Celebrate flower birthday card

So what do you do when you wake up in the wee hours of the morning, it's dark outside, you can't make cards!

I was looking forward to sleeping in today but it just didn't happen.  I went to work and turned out this pretty card using two different stamp sets from Unity Stamps; Tiny Grained Banners" and "Celebrate in Style", which comes with the sentiment and the flowers that I fussy cut and glued to the center of a doily which, by the way, I edged with a pale pink ink.  The butterfly strip is from the DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies stack. 

Let me show you a Unity image of the tiny banners below, so you can see how I used them a little differently on the sentiment.  Also I did some embossing with my Cuttlebug on the base layer of paper.   Love how it turned out.  Oh, and the inside is stamped with Happy birthday.  Now maybe I can go take a nap!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Unity Friends with Flair

Today is Friday and not only does that make me do the happy dance for the weekend, but it's also FWF at Unity Stamps.  I'm inking up this sweet lil guy for the first time.  He came in a special collection grab bag but now Unity has made him available as a single stamp.  It's called, "Lil Happy Bird".  I love natural woodsy cards as you can see.  The flower in the corner was made with Teresa Collins Vintage Finds flower die cuts and a Basic Grey candy button.  The woody background is another Unity Stamp called "Grainy background".  Hope this makes you feel happy like it does me!  Have a great weekend!

Other supplies:  Studio Calico woodgrain enamel dots, adhesive ribbon, Teresa Collins Vintage Finds twine, American Crafts sunflower ink, Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distressed ink, Permapaque copper marker, Inkadinkadoo Brown ink, pop dots, glue dots

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mothers day daisies card

Can you believe April is almost here?  That means Mother's day isn't far behind.  This card was made with the Mother's Day Daisies stamp set from the Unity Stamp Co.  I've been in a pink and green mood lately (go figure?) and this card definitely reflects that but I've also added some yellow overtones.  And lace.  Always, lace.  I love it!

Supplies:  pink linen cardstock, yellow textured cardstock, pink floral paper, lace, Studio G pink ink, Permapaque pink metallic pen, American Crafts pink and green glitter markers, Sharpie lavender fine point marker, TCP Studio lilac ink, Stickles  diamond glitter glue, Basic Grey candy buttons, Colorbox pale yellow ink

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Butterfly Hope and leaf card

I'm really loving this kit from Unity Stamps called All Things Are Possible.  Unfortunately, I know personally, too many women who have had cancer, and some who continue to fight cancer.  So this is a super bright, encouraging card.  I love the colors; green and pink just go together don't you think?

I die cut some frames with my Cuttlebug, sponged the smaller frame with ink for more depth, and colored my image.  You'll see some of the supplies I used in the picture below.  Although I did forget to show the Stickles glitter glue in the pic...Love that stuff and I used just a bit on the butterfly wings.  I also used another kit called {Leafing} Grateful for the leaves.  I also made that cute little twine flower with Pink Sorbet twine from The Twinery.  I really love how this turned out.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Loving deer card

This sweet deer is part of a Christmas set from the Unity Stamp Co called Merry Deerest but I really wanted to bring him out and put a different spin on him.  So I used some springy peach and green colors with a gold background and some burlap ribbon.  The sentiment is from a grab bag special collection also from Unity and I stamped it on some linen textured designer paper.  I just love him, he's so adorable.  He really needs a name.  Any suggestions?

Supplies:  ATD textured cardstock, deluxe gold leaf DP from Hobby Lobby, Tim Holtz distressed ink, American Crafts black ink, Permapaque metallic copper pen, green metallic pen, Stickles diamond glitter glue, Recollections enamel dots, The Paper Studio burlap ribbon, American Crafts ribbon, Colorbox green ink, Teresa Collins Vintage Finds paper stack (embossed frame)

Butterfly clouds card

Good morning to you on this sunny but cool spring morning.  I was up late last night, in a crafty mood, and made this cute butterfly card with heat embossed clouds.  I have a special friend in mind that I want to send it to as encouragement.  I used my new "favorite" stamp kit from the Unity Stamp Co called Blossom Soup, from the Jillibean line. The sentiment is from another kit called  All things are possible.   That's washi tape edging on the kraft card also, although I don't remember the brand.  So springy and sweet don't you think? 

Additional Supplies:  Zing aqua embossing powder, Petaloo Flora doodles gem flowers, Colorbox lavender ink, scrap paper, Memento London Fog ink, Galaxy blue glitter marker, American Crafts ink

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Easter bunny basket card

I spent my Sunday afternoon today making a set of these cute Easter cards.  I bought these plain lime green cards awhile back for $1.00 at Target on clearance.  Gotta love Target clearances!  I decided to emboss with my Cuttlebug with a swirly folder.  I cut out some pink circles and sanded them, then adhered strips of burlap ribbon.  Next I colored/painted this cute flower basket from the Unity Stamp Co called Blossom Soup from the Jillibean line of products.  Added a sweet pink felt bunny to finish.  Sweet!

Supplies:  Unity stamp sentiment from Pretty Easter Finds, Martha Stewart Crafts felt bunny sticker, Sharpie metallic pink watercolor pen, Bic mark-it pens, American Crafts Apricot ink, Stickles glitter glue yellow, white gel pen, purple ink

Saturday, March 22, 2014

May Arts Retro color challenge & Unity Be Inspired

I'm so excited to have been chosen for the May Arts Ribbon Retro Color Challenge.  This is my first project with May Arts and it just so happens that the color theme matches with this months Unity be Inspired challenge.  YAY!  So for May Arts, I had to submit a retro idea.  After viewing their Pinterest inspiration board, I immediately had the idea to do a 50's kind of Soda shop theme.  The song Lollipop by The Chordettes popped into my head.  I have this great lollipop stamp from the Unity Stamp Co and I worked from there.

 Here's what I did:

First, I made what looks like a 45 rpm record out of The Paper Studio basic dark cardstock 6x6 stack and sanded it, printed a faux record label and cut it with a 3" circle punch.  Then I placed an enamel dot in the center.  I worked the record until it was just how I wanted it.  The picture below was how I started but not how I finished.  By the way, The Chordettes made Lollipop popular in 1958.  Just a bit of trivia for you.

I colored some stamped lollipop images from Unity Stamps called "Sucks to get old" (birthday set), using Memento London Fog ink to stamp, and markers.  The sparkle is from glitter glue. The Unity stamp actually has a bow in the image but since I wanted to use tied ribbon around the lollipop stick, I masked the bow so it wouldn't show up when stamped.   I tried making lollipop sticks but they ended up too big so I cut the backside off the rolled cardstock and made it flat.  Worked much better on the card.

May Arts sent me  4 different ribbons of my choice from the challenge offerings.  I was required to use a part of each one for the challenge.  I used My Unity ribbon maker (pictured
above) 'cause I need all the help I can get tying cute ribbons!

I used the pink pom pom ribbon to edge the card, the pink sequin centers for the lollipop stick, the peach scalloped grosgrain across the bottom of the card and the turquoise sheer ruffled ribbon to make the tiny bows on the lollipops.

Now for the inside of the card:

I created the frames withe my cuttlebug and QuicKutz Nesting dies.  The stamped background is Inkadinkadoo mini musical stamps inked again with Memento London Fog ink.   The lettering and clock on the frame is from Teresa Collins Vintage Finds kit.

This card is perfect for that special person born in the 50's or to celebrate a dance event/prom or your favorite music lover.

Additional supplies: Ribbons May Arts 338-12, 462-17, 350-58, FP-17, pop dots, adhesive glue, Stickles glitter glue in green, diamond and tropical tangerine, Basic Grey candy buttons, Studio Calico enamel dots, BIC Mark-it and Sharpie fine point markers, Permapaque grey 1.0 fine metallic marker, mini musical note punch from Michaels craft store

Monday, March 17, 2014

Twinkle little star baby card

First of all,  can I say I'm lovin' baseball season 'cause Dad takes the boy to practice and I've been getting all kinds of crafting done.   WOOP! 

So I tried out a new stamp called Twinkle Twinkle, from Unity Stamps.  It's always good to have a baby card on hand and I'm slap out,  so I went to work.   I actually used some scraps for the base layers of paper.  The frame is from We R memory keepers and fit right in.  I cut super thin strips  of gold adhesive glitter ribbon for the stringing stars, then colored the stars and added some yellow Stickles glitter glue.   The tag was made with manuscript paper and the musical notes are from another Unity kit called Sing a New Song.   I added some Basic Grey candy buttons,  Stampin Up pearls, a doily and ribbon. ...and called it a day.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pink ribbon butterfly card

Spring is close at hand and with it come butterflies!   This a new set I'm breaking in called "All things are possible" from Unity Stamps.  There are several sentiments with this kit but I've chosen the scripture for this card.  Perfect card to offer hope for someone in need.

SUPPLIES: The Paper Studio basic dark stack, Basic Grey and Studio Calico enamel dots, Bic Mark-it Pens, Stickles glitter glue, Memento Luxe ink, Making Memories mini flowers and brads, orange jute cord

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wedding lace card

I made this lovely wedding card for a sweet couple that are getting married soon.  The stamped images are from the Unity Stamp Co,  Bunches of Love kit.   One of my faves!!  I wanted to do kind of a silver/grey/white theme so here's the breakdown; I lined both  sides of the card vertically with silver glitter adhesive tape, then covered with lace so the silver peeks through.

Next I stamped my image with Memento
London fog ink.  I am in love with this ink!  Used Permapaque grey and white markers and added a pop of pink.  Topped it all off with Stickles Diamond Glitter glue here and there.  The finish, was more lace and a sweet bow.

Other supplies:  Studio Calico enamel dots,  craft lace,  American Crafts adhesive glitter ribbon, white gel pen

Butterfly Happiness card

So yesterday I was on the road all day and this morning I woke up early in a crafty mood.  I won this stamp set recently from a Unity Blog contest and decided to put it to use.  I did some sanding and distressing of the cardstock,  inked and blinged.  The butterfly is stamped in  Memento London Fog ink for a shadow effect.   Then I stamped again on designer paper and fussy cut. 

The quote is from author Jon Krakauer.   Love how it turned out.

Supplies: The paper studio cardstock dark, Tim Holtz distressing tool, sandpaper, Unity Stamp Co "Real Shared Happiness" stamp set, Basic Grey candy buttons, Stickles diamond glitter glue, K&Company gemstones, Colorbok Bejeweled designer paper, Memento inks, Teresa Collins Vintage Finds twine and 6x6 stack (used for the 3d butterfly)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Scripture Encouragement card

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  That is so true.  This is a wonderful scripture from Philippians and I fell in love with the Vintage Scripture stamp set from Unity Stamps.  I plan to use this set again and again.   Unfortunately, there are several people in my life struggling with cancer and other issues and we all need encouragement now and then.  I challenge you to be an encourager today.  God bless!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cake wishes birthday card

I had so much fun making this card.  I used two different stamp sets from Unity Stamps, Cake Wishes and Tiny Grained Banners.  As usual, there's lots of sparkles.  We can't make a birthday card without sparkles can we? 

 Here's a tip:  stamp your image on patterned paper, then cut it out and play around before you adhere to your card.   In this case, I masked or covered the cake with tape and stamped the candles in yellow ink first on my card.  Then I stamped my cake on patterned paper and only cut out the cake.  Fun and easy!

Supplies: The Twinery Lemondrop twine,  American Crafts purple glitter marker, Bic Mark-it Yellow fine point pen, Stickles yellow and Diamond glitter glue, TPC Studio lilac ink, Basic Grey candy buttons, Memento Luxe Black ink