Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Win this prize.....

Wanna win this??
This is what I'm giving away for my challenge over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog for the current challenge of "Get Messy!"
Just 3 days left (projects due Saturday by midnight mountain time on Saturday) to enter!
All projects that use any messy medium including paint, spray mists, glitter glue, watercolor, anything messy, are eligible.
Come play with us for your chance to win!

Just a Note - a teacher gift

I made a few more note boxes to give as teacher gifts.
I decorated 3x5 notecard boxes and made small note cards to put in them.
I figure teachers always need cards to thank parents or to send reminders or something!
And this is small enough they can keep it on their desk or in a drawer and repurpose it when they are done.

This one is for Authentique's color challenge. I am just loving blues and yellows lately.

 I used Mod Podge to attach all my papers.
I love these flowers I fussy cut from the "You + Me = Bliss" Unity and Authentique co-branded stamp set. I also covered them in several layers of Mod Podge for extra durability before attaching to the box.

Some of the coordinating cards inside:

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully I'll get the other boxes finished and photographed soon.

3x5 notecard box
Authentique Free Bird Endless & Fairweather 6x6 nest
Unity and Authentique co-branded stamp set - You + Me = Bliss
Unity Just a Note stamp set
American Crafts ribbon
Mod Podge

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Young Crafters Unite's current challenge is to use a hot trend.
Stamping Sisters in Christ current challenge is to use punches, dies or shapes of any kind.
I went with hexagons (shape and trend) and washi (trend).
I stamped Scripty Scripts from SP and Company in 4 different colors and cut out hexagons using my Lifestyle Crafts dies
Then I used 3 coordinating colors of washi for the banners (another trend and popular shape too I guess).
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Life is so good

It's Friday and time again for Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop!
I used the Life is SO Good Itty Bitty stamp.
This is such a pretty stamp.

Hop along for your chance to win some free Unity stamps!

Have a nice weekend!

Thanks for being you

This week for my SP and Company post I went really simple.
I stamped the large flower from the For Every Woman set 3 times and stamped a sentiment.

 And I almost left it all black and white. Almost.
But I just thought it needed a bit of color.
So I fussy-cut and lightly colored another flower and then popped it.

I also competed in the 10-Minute Craft Dash with this card.
I kinda accidentally erased the time on my timer. But it was just shy of 9 minutes.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Getting messy

It's my turn to host again over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog!
This time I'm challenging you to "Get Messy!" Check out the post for more details.

I created a card and layout.
On my card I stamped Scripty Scripts from SP and Company and then spritzed some olive. Then I stamped Poppy Field Summer using paints. I know I can't stop stamping with paints lately!

 For my layout I sprayed lots of homemade sprays (acrylic paint and water) and added glitter glue. I'm not happy that some of the bottles were spraying more in lines instead of big round splotches. : (

 I love these drops I did and covered with glitter. They remind me of candy dots and I wish I would have done more of these instead of the sprays.
I will most likely take this apart and re-do the spraying or just do the drops.

The layout came from ScrapbookSteals Mid Week Mojo sketch Pearl 6.

Come on over and play with us at The Paper Girls Challenge! I'll have a nice crafty (and messy) prize to send out to some randomly selected winner!

Friday, August 17, 2012


Ok, this card is for both Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop and the new 10-minute Craft Dash.

I stamped the boots from Unity's Brave Girl Boots and created the sentiment from Carnivale Alpha.
 Instead of tying a ribbon bow I wound some natural twine around to mimic a rope.

Now, the whole premise of the Craft Dash is that you get the entire project done in 10 minutes! You can collect your supplies beforehand but then you only get 10 minutes. I made mine in 8:52.

Well, when it came time to glue the twine I could not find my liquid glues! Not my Zip Dry nor my Tombow. Ugh. So I used Crystal Effects. Which would have been fine except that it has a tendancy to spread. And to be glossy. Hence that be gloopy mess under my rope. I will probably take it apart and remake it now : (  So this is the mess I'm capable of making in under 9 minutes. It would probably help if I cleaned my desk once in a while.

But on the bright side - I love those teal boots!

Thanks for stopping by!
Come hop along with Unity for your chance to win some stamps!!

SU Crajun Craze cardstock
Unity Brave Girl Boots, Carnivale Alpha stamp sets
MME Six by Six Away We Go woodgrain paper
Colorbok teal cardstock
SU Basic Black ink

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Pull out your paints!

For my SP and Company stamps post this week I pulled out my paints!

I made my own spray with just paint and water.
I like it really paint-y and opaque so I used about equal parts paint and water, maybe a little more paint. If you look at the bottle below the dark on the bottom of the bottle is paint and the lighter top portion is the water. I found that the Mini Mister bottle gave it more of a flicked or splotchy look versus the finer spray of the travel bottle, but they were both really good.
Just shake this up and you're ready to go.
I sprayed my pink paper (all my paper is from Authentique's Splendid line) with the lime paint. Then after it was dry, I used chocolate brown paint to stamp the flower image from Poppy Field Summer. I just put the brown paint on a flat surface and press the stamp into it. I like to stamp off on scrap paper first and then touch up spots with my finger before stamping on my project. This helps to avoid a really messy and splotchy look. You know, versus this only somewhat splotchy look I have!
The gloss finish of the green paint gave it a really fun look on the card.
Next, I used Fashionista Alphabet to stamp my sentiment onto raspberry cardstock.
I then cut banners from it and more Splendid paper (the plaid and green herringbone).

Do you recognize the layout of this card? It's from the card I posted on Friday. I just loved it so much that I had to re-create it again!

The color inspiration for this card is from Authentique's current color challenge which is to use Pink Lemonade, raspberry, Kiwi, and Chocolate.

I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge which is to Paint it Up!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supply list:
Authentique Splendid 6x6 paper pad
SP&Company stamps
Colorbok cardstock
Apple Barrel Gloss acrylic paint in Sublime Lime
Anita's acrylic paint in Earth Brown
SU Basic Black ink

Friday, August 10, 2012


It's been much too long since I participated in Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop.
Fridays just always seem to sneak up on me!
I actually made this card for last week's FWF but Blogger kept posting my photos sideways and I just gave up.

 And it's STILL posting sideways! Why does Blogger go so wonky?

 I tried uploading 3 different photos and ALL sideways. : \

Anyway. First I flicked some paint on my craft base. Then I used the Insightful Meadows stamp set, but instead of ink I ran a black paint dauber on the stamp. And I cut some banners from October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker paper. For the sentiment I just masked one from the same stamp set using washi tape since I only wanted part of it.

Sorry I'm too lazy to try taking new photos!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

SP Yellow blog hop and stamp reveal

This month's color is Yellow! After you're done hopping around today, make sure you play along with this month's Yellow challenge (click here for details) for a chance to win some amazing SP and Company prizes!

Have you ever wanted to be a Guest Designer on the SP & Company Design Team? Well, this month is your chance to show us what you've got! Play along with our Yellow Challenge and link up your project.  We will pick a Guest Designer that will work with us for an ENTIRE month! For specific details, check out Sami's blog and Good Luck!!!

Here's the yellow card I came up with using the new Poppy Field Summer set:

I used stamp markers directly on the stamps in various shades of yellow and green. After I colored, I sprayed the stamps with water and then stamped them onto watercolor paper.

Then I just used matching shades of twine to tie it together.

Make sure you check out the SP Blog to see what Samantha did with the new stamps! And don't forget to hop around to each Design Team Member's blog - there are brand new projects with the stamps that came out TODAY to inspire you!

A few projects from this week...

This first card is for the current Lawnscaping challenge:

The challenge is to use just one layer (and Lawn Fawn stamps).

So I used Flying By to create this card.
And by the way, my 8-yo son says that this is his favorite stamp set of mine ever!
And I have a lot of stamps!
He really enjoyed watching me make this :)

I sponged the sky using blue ink and bubble wrap and masked the clouds.
I paper-pieced red airplanes and finished it off with some Airmail Divine Twine.

This next layout is for Scrapbook Steals MidWeek Mojo. The lovely guest designer Jennifer McDermott had 2 sketches so I used them both to make a two-pager. My printer won't work - hence no photos for this post. I decided to make this 13th birthday LO for my niece since Birthdays are the theme over at The Paper Girls Challenge.

I made this rosette to mimic some banners we hung at the party (that you could see if printer was working). And I just love this epoxy center made with my Epiphany Crafts tool.

And lastly, this card is for Scrapbook Steals Monday Card Madness sketch challenge.

Again, I pulled out my Epiphany Crafts tool and made an epoxy embelly to match the sketch.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Take time to Celebrate

Today for my SP and Company post  I've got a gender-neutral and multi-occasion card to share!

I embossed a hexagon pattern onto white cardstock as the mat for my kraft card base. I stamped the great big Even Bolder Sentiments: Take time to Celebrate stamp and turned it into a flag banner using a skewer and a bead. The blue paper is the very last of my EP Dots & Stripes paper. I'm so sad to see that dwindle down.

Then I just took some scraps and made little banners to hang under the mat. The yellow chevron paper is from EP Paradise Beach. I finished it by tying a bow with some Buttercream and dark blue twine.

I think this could be used for both males and females, don't you? I figure it's good for birthdays, promotions, anniversaries, basically any celebration or job well done. At least I'm hoping it will be! Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

An altered journal

It's gifts week over at SP & Company and I decided to make a notebook for my little niece. Well, actually this was my third idea after the others weren't gonna work!

I took a standard composition book and covered it in scrapbook paper. The first thing I did was get rid of the ugly inside cover.

I simply adhered white cardstock to both inside covers. But before I glued down the backside, I stapled a few lengths of twine (you could also use ribbon) to the cover.

These twine will now be book marks for her. I attached beads to the ends to weigh them down.

Next, I took some scrapbook paper (not cardstock because you want it thin enough to wrap around the cover) and adhered it to the front and back. Make sure to cut enough to wrap around the cover to finish it off. Then to cover the spine I just glued on some thick ribbon.

Now finally you get to decorate. I kept it fairly simple since she is only 5. All of my papers are from Echo Park's So Happy Together line which was part of SP & Company's June monthly club kit (and just so darn cute!).

I added twine and then fussy cut flowers from the Garden pattern paper. I used the sign from the Boutique Sign mini stamp set to stamp the label onto the Diagonal Dot paper. The banner behind it uses Happy Stripes and Road Trip paper.

I added her initials using foam stickers. And now she has a cute little book that she can practice writing her alphabet in! Maybe by the end of the year she'll be writing letters to her favorite aunt ; )

Thanks for stopping by today!