Saturday, October 29, 2016

Batty for Adornit and The Hop to Stop Domestic Violence

Today, I'm creating my third project for The Hop to Stop Domestic Violence, hosted by Becca Cruger from Damsel of Distressed Cards.  Purple is the color designated for domestic violence.  Please, feel free to join in by linking up your newly created "purple" card, as well.  Hurry,  though, the challenge ends Sunday, Oct 30th at noon CST.

I wanted to make one more Halloween card, and decided to watercolor this Adornit image with my Tombow dual brush markers.

This Adornit Art Play Paintable image is from the "If the Shoe Fits" collection, designed by Michele Hamilton.  I'm also using new Adornit scrapbook papers designed by Laura Kelly.  They will be available soon online but are already making their way to local scrapbook stores now.

If the Shoe Fits Paintable: click to enlarge

I thought the Batty image would be fun to color for my purple theme, plus, what child wouldn't love to receive this adorable card?  Becca is donating cards to her local women's shelter and is accepting anyone's cards that are linked up to the challenge, if they wish to contribute.

Link up your newly created "Purple" card, here.

You can check out all the Art Play Paintables available at Adornit, here.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Creative Ways To Stretch Your Stamps With Two Paper Divas + Sale

I'm here today with another project for Two Paper Divas Stamps and a little spin on one of the Halloween stamp sets, Spell on Me.

One of the things that I look for in a stamp set is, duality.  If I can find a way to creatively stretch my supplies, then I'm more likely to purchase that product.  One of the things that I love about this seasonal set, which obviously is perfect for Halloween, is that it also tells a love story as well.

Our resident Divas had that in mind, when they designed Spell On Me.  You can not only spin your magic at Halloween but bring it out for special occasions, like Valentines Day, an Anniversary, birthday or any special occasion where love is involved.  My husband would love to receive this! Do you have a student in the family who's a science geek?  How fun would it be to give them a cute card with a fun take on their favorite subject?  Teachers?  How about a bunch of cute little mini cards or tags that they can pass out to their students?  There are so many possibilities with this set.   
And, it's on sale which is always an added bonus!

Here's a few quick details on how I designed this card.  I took one of the potion images and stamped 5 rows (on a 4x5 piece of cardstock that I eventually trimmed down) alternating my bottle upside down, then right side up and off setting it at the next line, to give that staggered appearance.  Next, I used my Spellbinders Celebrations Square Pierced dies with my Cuttlebug die cutting machine, to create these fun frames, popping out the inner frame with foam squares.

Really, it was very quick and easy.  Just don't do like I did and fumble the ink pad right in the middle and then have to start all over.  Am I the only who fumbles their ink pads?  Good grief, it happens to me all the time.  One minute I'm stamping, the next minute, the ink pad is flying and landing ink side down, right smack in the middle of my project.  It feels like Sunday afternoon football, and I just fumbled the play.  Surely, I'm not alone in my crafty mishaps......

Purchase SPELL ON ME, here.  Look around while you're there as there's a store wide sale of 25% off and you are bound to love what you see.  I'm particularly fond of their coffee stamp sets too.

Visit the Two Paper Divas Blog for daily project inspiration and on Wednesdays for the Design Team Roundup.  Check out the newest release right here:

Shop Two Paper Divas for a wide selection of clear stamps, digital stamps and accessories.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Winners for Unity Stamp Prize!

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments last week for my "Growing in Unity" projects.  I've picked 2 winners via and they are...... 

Congratulations to JoAnn and MariLynn!   Both winners have been contacted and responded.   Enjoy your new stamps,  ladies! 

Thanks to Unity Stamps for allowing me to feature their products! 

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fairies and Midnight with So Suzy Stamps and The Hop To Stop

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Today, I'm creating my second project for The Hop to Stop Domestic Violence, hosted by Becca Cruger from Damsel of Distressed Cards.  Purple is the color designated for domestic violence.  You are welcome to participate by linking up to the challenge, as well.  There are so many crafters and sponsors supportive of this event, and so many stories being shared, from personal experience.  It's really a wonderful thing that Becca is doing.

I'm using several stamps from So Suzy Stamps for my project today, including, Fairy with Flower, Fairy Dust, and a brand new sentiment, No Midnight.  I'm also including affiliate links, if you'd like to purchase any of these stamps.

I used a lot of Ranger distress ink sprays, pigment ink, glitter glue and stenciling to make this project.  I thought I'd stretch my pineapple stencil from The Crafter's Workshop, by using part of the image on my background.  I really love how it turned out.  This stencil is from the "Tropical" collection.  It was once available at So Suzy Stamps but I believe it is no longer in stock.  You can message her if you're interested, and see if she can order it for you.

Click here to Purchase No Midnight

No Midnight

Click here to Purchase Fairy With Flower

Fairy with Flower

Click here to purchase Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust

Link up your newly created "Purple" card, here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope to see your fabulous creations linked up!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Casology Challenge - Coffee

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I was so hoping I would find the time to link up to the Casology challenge this week.  Several of my crafty friends have shared this challenge and of course, I'm another coffee loving crafter, so it's right up my alley.  I've been wanting to break in this amazing Stampendous stamp that I was lucky enough to snag at Tuesday Morning recently.

This is easier to make than it looks; a waterbrush, Tombow dual brush markers and a white gel pen are all you need.  I swiped my stamp with  my black Tombow around the rim, then swiped  the center with brown and filled in one addition beige color.  Mix it up a bit in the center with the waterbrush, blotting with a paper towel.  

I did take a paint brush at the last minute and dip it into my Ranger Distress paint to splatter a bit on the page, with a tiny bit of white splatter in my cup.  Fill in the wording with a white gel pen to make it pop and call it a day!

Link up to the challenge, here.  Hurry, though, it ends Monday at noon.  Thanks so much to Stamplorations for sponsoring!

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GIU Girl for Unity Stamps - Day 5

For my last day as the Growing in Unity Girl for the Unity Stamp Company, I've got a mixed media project for you, featuring "Nature's Holiday".  If you were smart enough to snag this last week when it was on sale, good for you!  It is such a precious stamp set.  Now, keep in mind, I set out with a vision in my head but, as often happens, I ended up with something totally different than what I intended.   Different is good, though.

Here's a close-up of my mixed media bird.  I went from stamping the original image with brown distress ink, to adding Flower Soft, Glitter Dimensional Glue, various inks and splatters of paint.

A friend had given me this amazing designer paper, I don't even know what brand, but it was a nice backdrop for what I had in mind.  My pinecones?  Lordy, they got the treatment, let me tell you; stamped, watercolored, dried, embossed, sanded, glued and splattered!

I dipped my wet toothbrush in DecoArt Americana paint, then ran my thumb across the brush to "spray" snow on my project.  I made some larger "snowflakes" with a paintbrush.  For my sentiment, I stamped it on canvas ribbon then used a glitter pen to embellish.

For my bird nest, I used burlap string and the trimmed edges of some wired faux burlap ribbon that I could fold and bend to my liking.

Purchase Nature's Holiday, here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win one of two prizes, a grab bag of 25 stamps. 

I'll be announcing the winners on Monday.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

GIU Girl for Unity Stamps - Day 4

I've been having so much fun this week as the Growing In Unity Girl and the fun continues with this little upcycled project that features the Halloween Chatter Sentiment Kit from Unity Stamps.  My son plays the saxophone in the high school marching band and one of the recent fundraisers was selling cookie dough.  You know where I'm going with this, don't you?  So, when I was making cookies this past weekend, I looked at that cookie dough tub and the old light bulb went off.  Why not gift some cookies in the original container instead of tossing it?  Not only are you giving a homemade food gift, but you're dressing it up as well and going the extra mile to tell that friend how special they are.

I originally planned to just cut my dimensions with my Cricut Explore, but since not everyone has a Cricut, I'm going old school with this.  My lid was right around 5" and I found the perfect container that fit the inner rim of my lid.  I traced the perfect circle with the base of my container.  Use a bowl, or plate.....whatever fits your dimensions.  By the way, I snagged this kraft paper last year on clearance at Target.  A 12 pk of 8"x 8" paper for .25.  Perfect!  This upcycled project is getting better and better!  I cut two strips that would equal the circumference around the bowl, as well.

I'm using two stamps from the kit, including the skull.  First, I stamped just with white, then inking again with white but tracing the outline with a black marker before stamping.  I loved the second image more, so that's the one I went with.  My inks that I'm using today are the Susan K Weckesser mini color pop inks from Colorbox, "Snow" and "Mystery".  

For my lid, I took my sentiment and stamped it over and over and over, staggering each line.  I chose just two words right in the center, to color in with a gel pen, but you could color in all the words if you so choose.  I kind of like that little pop of color, as is.

Because the circumference of the bowl is at a slant, I would recommend that you only use adhesive along the top inside edge of your stamped border and leave the bottom edge loose.  Otherwise, it will pucker in places.  Some festive washi tape and glitter tape finish off this fun little tub of Spooky fun.  I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite seasonal stamp sets.  I've used it too many times to count and absolutely it.  You will too!

Purchase Halloween Chatter, here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win one of two prizes, a grab bag of 25 stamps. 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Grandma's Special Soup With Adornit

This is my second project that I'm sharing today, some good old fashioned homemade goodness; Grandma's Special Soup.  This is actually from the new OCCASIONS Art Play Paintables Collection designed by Lindsay Ostrom, for Adornit.

For this project, I chose to use my Zig Clean Color brushes.  I wanted to get the true feel of that favorite can of soup that we all know and love, and I like the way that they blend.  I'm particularly fond of the grey.  It shades nicely from light to dark.  My white gel pen is a staple on most of my projects and this is no exception.  I've colored in a little "light" on my can, as you can see.

I really wanted this card to have an old fashioned feel so I've incorporated lace and gingham ribbon.  I'm also using brand new Adornit scrapbook papers design by Laura Kelly.   These papers bring a little edgy flavor to my old fashioned theme.  

This new collection can be found in independent scrapbook stores.  If your store is not carrying Adornit products, ask them if they would like to!  They will be available soon at and as well so keep checking back.  

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GIU Girl for Unity Stamps -Day 3

It's day 3 of being the GIU Girl with the Unity Stamp Company this week, and today's project is all about glitz.  I'm featuring the "Artful Ornament" stamp, designed by artist Susan K Weckesser.  For this project, I did a combination of techniques, stamping with glue and using bleach on the blank spaces in the ornament.  I was going for a "glow" or light shining through the ornament.  I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!  It's very ooh-la-la!

I was originally inspired by Rachel Kleinman's technique that she shared some time ago; a foil and stamping technique which involved using glue. However, I substituted the foil for gold glitter and heat embossed it to dry.  The bleach technique was inspired by the late, great Christy Riopel from the Fall 2016 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. 

I made this one minute video to show the creative techniques for the ornament.  Check it out!

**If you decide to try this, be sure to have a warm bowl of soapy water ready.  You don't want to ruin your rubber stamp with glue!

Here's a before and after, using bleach to fill in the gaps.  This technique works best on black cardstock.  Make sure you don't overheat your image and "burn" it.

Purchase "An Artful Ornament", here.

Leave a comment each day, Monday through Friday and your name will be thrown in the pot to win one of 2 prizes, a grab bag of 25 random Unity Stamps.  

Tomorrow's project is going to be "Spooky!  Spooky fun, that is.  Be sure and stop back by!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

GIU Girl for Unity Stamps - Day 2

Here we are on day 2, and I'm featuring stamps from the Unity Stamp Company all week.    Today's project puts a spotlight on the the Exclusive Stamp of the Week Membership, featuring Pumpkin Greetings.

Last year, for my mom's birthday, I bought her a 3 month membership to the Unity Stamp of the Week Club, and this is one of the stamps she received, designed by Angie Blom.   Each week, a new stamp set arrives and you can purchase past "Stamps of the Week" as well, but only if you're a member of this Exclusive club.

Obviously, I selfishly hacked her stash, to make this card.  You could say, maybe I had ulterior motives when I bought her birthday gift?  Haha, ok, so I totally did have ulterior motives!  She loves to make cards too, so it was a win-win as we would craft side by side at her house.

As you can see, I did not use the sentiment included with this kit, but instead, did a little hand lettering of my own on vellum, just to mix it up a bit.  I've colored my pumpkins and hand lettered word with my Tombow dual brush markers and used a waterbrush on my pumpkins as well, to dilute the color here and there.  My papers are from the DCWV Spiced Cider stack and I've embellished with burlap string, scrap ribbon, buttons and twine.

Get more information on the Unity Stamp Company Stamp of the Week Membership, here.

Leave a comment each day, Monday through Friday and your name will be thrown in the pot to win one of 2 prizes, a grab bag of 25 random Unity Stamps.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Tomorrow, it's all about glitter, black and gold.  Check back!

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Guest Designer for Die Cuttin' Divas

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I'm so happy to be guest designing for Die Cuttin' Divas today and sharing a "Pink" project for Breast Cancer Awareness.  I'm an avid supporter of BCA, as my mom and sister were both diagnosed and successfully battled this disease.  Take two minutes to scroll through briefly, then be sure and click the link at the end of my post to head over to the challenge at DCD.  

My project is a Pink Ribbon Shaker Card and since we're talking about "Die Cuttin' Divas", naturally, I'm required to use die cuts on my project.

I've used a design space file that I purchased for .99 from, for use with my Cricut Explore.  It was designed by Jennifer Goode of JGoode Designs and can be found by searching BCA, when you are searching design space, to upload a file image to your project.

I cut 80 of these tiny ribbons for my shaker card and one black one, along with some larger ribbons to embellish the outside of my shaker, as well as some of the words that come with the file.  I ended up just using the word "Hope".    That one black ribbon represents the disease, but, it's being drowned out by "hope".   The other die cut words included in the design space file are; strength, courage and love.  And, isn't that tiny heart cut out of the ribbons' middle just adorable?

(As an affiliate for Cricut, I would be remiss if I didn't put in a shameless plug and mention that you too can own this amazing die cutting machine that is easy peasy to use.  Just click my affiliate link below for more information.)
from: Cricut

Not only did I get a fabulous, inexpensive cutting file that I can use again and again, but by cutting all those ribbons, I ended up with a pretty cool stencil as well and I also incorporated that into my project by sponging inked ribbons onto a piece of striped designer paper for the backdrop of my shaker.

The shaker came together quickly thanks to the Pop Up Shaker Frame that I used, by Queen and Company.  The ink that I'm using is Colorbox Pinkalicious.  Appropriately named, isn't it?  Toss in some sequins and you are done!

Head on over to the Die Cuttin' Divas challenge blog and link up to their challenge.  This is such a lovely group of ladies and I know they will welcome you warmly.  Thanks so much to Georgiana for inviting me to guest design today.  

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Monday, October 17, 2016

GIU Girl for Unity Stamps - Day 1

Today is day one, of sharing five days of projects created with Unity Stamps.  Yup, I'm a GIU Girl.  What's that you say?  It stands for "Growing in Unity".  Once a year, the Unity Stamp Company puts out a call.  Only 52 spots are available and usually, once the announcement is made, the spots are taken in a matter of minutes.  There's a lot of gnashing of teeth, wailing and thrashing, for those who didn't get a coveted spot.  You think I'm kidding, right?  I am not. 

So yes, I was one of the lucky ones and this is my week.  Each day, Monday through Friday, I'll be sharing a different creation featuring Unity Stamps.  I've had a love affair with their stamps for a long time; even those close to me know this.  So what's in it for you?  Well, if you leave a comment each day, your name will be tossed into the mighty randomizer thingamajig and out will pop two names.  The lucky winners will win a grab bag of 25 Unity stamps.  I've been a recipient of those grab bags and they are fabulous, believe me.

I'm starting the week with one of my favorite Kits of the Month - Oh Christmas Tree.

This is a shaped card that I've made, using one end of a nesting die and cutting different papers from my DCWV Christmas Premium Stack, along with my card base, then layering them.  To stamp my wreath image, I used Tombow dual brush markers and colored in with olive green, then red, and spritzed with my water bottle (at least 8" distance from stamp), then stamped onto the wood grain paper.

For my sentiment, I stamped with Susan K Weckesser Colorbox "Mystery" ink.  Some glitter tape, ribbon and a button, finish off this pretty card.

Unity Stamps has several different membership programs that offer some of the most amazing stamps, shipped directly to your door each month.  The KOM membership is one of the most popular and I absolutely adore this kit from October 2013.  I've used it over and over.  You can view the current membership kit, here.  If you sign up today, not only will you receive the newest kit but you can order any past kits as well but these can only be purchased if you are a member of the Kit of the Month Club.  Check out all the memberships and stamps available for immediate purchase, by visiting Unity Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win one of two prizes.  I'll see you tomorrow with a fun seasonal Autumn project.

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