Friday, June 19, 2015

homemade embellishments

I was reading the Scrapbook Steals blog and one of their craft challenges was to make your own embellishments. Sounded fun so here's what I made!

I used two of my fave colors (coral and kraft) and a sheet of Teresa Collins' You are My Happy paper to make these tags and embellies. I die cut some shapes, stamped and fussy-cut images (Dutch Mustard Soup), and then layered them all up.

Here's some close-ups:

I'm linking up to:
*Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - use your favorite technique/product - I used my fave colors and techniques (die cutting and layering)
*Scrapbook Steals Monday Craft Madness #18 - homemade embellishments
*Unity Stamps Friends with Flair blog hop

Friday, June 12, 2015

coffee thanks gift envelope

I've got one more coffee-themed project to link up to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
I made a little gift sack just big enough to include a note and a gift card. It's always good to have these around. There's always a friend, neighbor, teacher, etc that could use one!

I used Unity's Coffee Side by Side stamp (which is on sale right now!) and colored it in with some bright summery colors using my Spectrum Noir markers.

Then just layered the image and some paper, die cuts, and twine on top of a kraft bag.

Yum. Those little cups all look so yummy. 

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

happy birthday dude

I needed a quick birthday card for a party my son's going to.

I used a couple Simon Says Stamp sets (Cupcake Party and Dude) and some scraps of paper to layer everything. I think it looks just masculine enough. And it's for a boy. Who will probably look at it for all of 0.6 seconds. So no stress. But it was still fun to make.

Have a great weekend!

I'm linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge -  Make it Masculine

Friday, June 5, 2015

summer coffee lovers blog hop

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
 It's time for another Coffee Lovers blog hop! Check out the hop details here for more info and all the prize sponsors.

 My first project is a clean and simple card.


 I kept it nice and easy with this fun Unity stamp.
I colored the images with my Crafter's Companion colored pencils and blended with mineral spirits.

Aren't they so cute??

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dr. Who-themed gifts

My son is such big Dr. Who fan so I couldn't help but make a couple projects for his birthday last week! 

First was a Doctor-inspired birthday card. I made a similar card at my monthly card class so I used it as a pattern to make one that looked very Dr. Who like. You can't see it too well but I took brown cardstock and stamped a tweed-like stamp on it for texture. 

Then I took a plain black journal I found and turned it into this TARDIS journal just like River Song carries. My son has been journaling in it every day since I gave it to him!

I designed a cut file and used lots of blue paint! I'll be making a second journal for my other son so stay tuned for a quick tutorial in a few days.

Another fun gift to include would be one of these pens-turned-sonic screwdrivers. 
Cheap pens + oven-bake clay= sonic screwdrivers!
Sonic Screwdriver craft made with clay and a pen. Dr. Who week on Doodlecraft blog
I found this craft on Pinterest ( 
We've actually made very many of these and I was going to add some to my photo but ours are so heavily used that they are just too dirty for photos! It is an easy, inexpensive and kid-friendly craft. Follow her directions and use the pens she suggests and you'll have some very happy whovian kiddos. Even if you are not Dr. Who fans you can still make Harry Potter wands or Star Wars light sabers maybe!

Linking up to:
The Paper Girls Challenge blog Father's Day/Masculine projects
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Friday, May 29, 2015

beautiful soul

I've been in the mood to paint so I pulled out this new-to-me Unity girl stamp and stamped it onto a 6"x6"-ish piece of wood. And then painted it with acrylic paints.

The sides are all painted a dark grey and the front edges are smudged with a gelato.

This was so fun that I've already started my second.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Linking up to:
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Friday, May 15, 2015

whispy prairie

I just started going to a monthly card-making class. We were left with a challenge to use kraft cardstock, white ink, and embossing. Here's what I came up with:

I embossed woodgrain on white paper and stamped this new Unity stamp I just got called Whispy Prairie. I love this stamp and the way it looks in white on kraft.

And layered it all together with coral patterned paper, twine, foam tape, and a kraft card base.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I'm linking up to:
Virginia's View - Layers and Dimension

Friday, May 8, 2015

hello sweet baby

Just a quick post to share a cute little card I made for Unity's Friends with Flair.

This is a new little stamp I just got from Unity and I couldn't wait to use it! Elephants are my favorite! Cute critters is the current challenge at The Paper Girls Challenge and this stamp is the first thing that came to mind!

I used my Spectrum Noir markers (BG1, BG2, PP3, PP5, BT1, BT4) to color her in. Love it!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

happy birthday

One of my favorite ways to use up the oodles of paper I have is making a layered card like this:

I watercolored a background panel and dropped some black ink.
I stamped, fussy cut and popped up a cupcake from this Simon Says Stamp birthday stamp set. I pulled some paper in the favorite colors of the recipient and layered everything on to my kraft card base. Yum. I just want to eat that little cupcake!

I'm linking up to:
Simon Says Stamp's Birthday Challenge

Monday, March 30, 2015

Captain America birthday party

We're having a blog hop at The Paper Girls and our theme is PARTY DECOR! Leave comments along the hop for your chance to win a GREAT prize from Unity (details at end of this post)!

It's birthday season in my household.  3/5 of my family members have a March birthday. The other 2 are in April and May. Parties are everywhere right now! We threw my husband a Sharknado party as a joke and now we're planning a Dr. Who party for my oldest this week :)

My youngest just turned 5 and wanted a Captain America party. We totally threw this together last minute and kept it simple! I used my circle dies to make shield invitation cards and matching goody bags. I made a coordinating banner and printed (and cut) some coloring sheets for kids to decorate their own shields.

Here are my DIY decor elements:

Here was our tablescape with our Avengers-themed food:

Thor's hammer sausage and cheese snacks (this was the kids' FAVORITE!):

Star and shield-shaped sandwiches:

Captain America punch. Juice and Blue Gatorade (which turns out kids think is gross):

Green and Purple Hulk grapes, Red and Yellow Iron Man tomatoes, and strawberries just because they were red and we like them!

Coloring shields which we glued on to an inverted red paper plate with a  duct tape handle:

Showing off their masks and shields!

OK, now blog hop deets.
What's a blog hop without a prize??

Unity Stamps is our sponsor for this blog hop! We LOVE Unity stamps at the Paper Girls and are so excited they are sponsoring us!
Hop on over to their facebook page and thank them for their generosity if you don't mind! They have this wonderful prize pack of stamps for one lucky winner!

What do you have to do to participate?
Complete all 3 of these required steps:
1. Comment on each of our blog posts along the hop
2. "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook
3. Follow our blog

 You have until Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 11:59 pm MST to comment. We will announce the winner on Wednesday April 8th, 2015 at 9:00 am MST. 

Here's your hopping order:
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  2. Cathryn H.:
  3. Brittany M.:
  4. Amber S.:  {!}
  5. Michele D.:
  6. Erica B.:
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you continue on the hop for your chance to win this great prize!