Sunday, January 31, 2010

image is everything

Today's post is all about using a large image stamp. I found this stamped off image in a bin when unpacking and am pretty sure it is from a Northwoods stamp. I embossed it in black and then colored it with my chalks. The "imagine" is a sentiment by Unity, punched with my word window punch and attached with twine. The base layer (blue) and textured cardstock (green) both came from Paper Maniac. Check out the large selection of quality cardstock in store.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Here Comes the Sun ~ Paper Maniac Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Maniac Magical Mystery Blog Hop! If you arrived from Alicia's blog you are in the right place. If you want to see the complete hop, start at the Paper Maniac blog, the creations are fantastic! And all of them were inspired by lyrics of songs by The Beatles

I chose Here Comes the Sun. We have had cloudy, cold days lately and I needed something to create something that reminded me of spring and sunshine. I made the flowers using my
scallop circle nestabilities, distress ink, buttons from the Harvest and Sherbet collections and a little glitter. The stem of the flowers is a Unity stamp. The card base is Old Olive with a scallop across the front and the blue layer is actually DP from the Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipop's pack. I added distress ink to all layers of paper to complete the look.

Here is a closer view of the flowers.

And the lyrics to Here Comes the Sun:

Here comes the sun,
Here comes the sun,
And I say it's all right.
Little darling it's been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling it feels like years since it's been here.
Here comes the sun,
here comes the sun,
And I say it's all right.
Little darling the smiles returning to their faces,
Little darling it seems like it's years since it's been here,
Here comes the sun,
here comes the sun,
And I say it's all right.
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes.
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes.
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes.
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes.
Little darling I feel that ice is slowly melting,
Little darling it seems like years since it's been clear,
Here comes the sun,
here comes the sun,
It's all right,
it's all right.

Want to know what you're playing for? Leave a comment (on all blogs) for your chance to win a mini-deck of all 3 new Cosmo Cricket packs, the new Flourishes cloud background stamp and a package of American Crafts Pearl Brads.

Wait, there's more! If you sign up for an account at Paper Maniac if you haven't already and be entered to win a $20 voucher to the store!

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Friday, January 29, 2010

carefree flair

It's that time again. Time for more Unity flair! Today, in my attempt to make a more masculine Valentine's card I got out my Carefree Moments Oak stamp and embossed it in white on some fantastic glossy cardstock from Paper Maniac. The DP is from the black and white pack by Making Memories. I added some metal accents I had on hand from the $1 section at JoAnn's. And the verdict on my attempt at a masculine card after I showed it to hubby was try again.
Check out the Unity Blog for the list of today's blog hop participants! And come back tomorrow for the Paper Maniac blog hop! I can't wait!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I have been invited to guest design for 2 Cute Rubber Stamps for the month of May! I can't wait! You can check out the design team blog for some great inspiration using these stamps! And if you want to see some sketches of potential future stamps and offer your opinion, check out Heidi's sketches here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

a delightful sketch!

Here is my take on Delightful Sketch #15. Paper Maniac is sponsoring this one and the winner gets a $40 voucher to the store! My patterned papers all came from the Early Bird Cosmo Cricket pack. And, most excitedly, I got to use my new circle Nestabilities on the project! I love them, and all the possibilities they hold! I added some Kaisercraft Pearls to look like bubbles from the elephant's trunk.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ the studio

I thought today I'd show off my unpacked studio. Don't you just love the awesome grey paneling? It will go and be painted sheetrock at some point, but not high on the priority list unless we get bored and alot of other stuff done this winter. This first picture is the first wall to the left of the door. Hubby made the cabinets and we got the bins and dimensions for the cabinets from Ikea. I have my ink pads stored in a cassette tape holder from the thrift store. I have some chipboard alphabets in re purposed frap bottles on top.
Boxes with punches and ribbon. I need to get the shelves up still for those.

My "desk". Hubby built the paper racks, I need him to build more and also one in 6x6 size. Can't wait!

Some "awesome" cork backed built in shelves. My silhouette sits safely out of reach of the little ones (and notice their markers are safe there as well). The boxes have misc. felt and sewing supplies. My totes (purple) are sitting in front of them. The file box holds the girls art supplies. My smaller punches and some note card blanks are in the drawer unit.

This shelf is an extra deep bookcase style. Originally it was in the girls closet at the old house. Fabric, sewing and knitting supplies are on the bottom 2 shelves. The photo boxes hold misc papers, adhesives and scraps. Not sure what will go in the blank space on that shelf. My sewing machine and Carl cutter and sewing machine sit on top. Next to the shelf sit a 12x12 album and paper file. Cutting mats and a spare oven liner sheet (think ranger craft mat, but $.99). And the tall cabinet is a pantry cabinet that was in the laundry room at the old place.

Here is the pantry cupboard open. I have document boxes on top and my Stampin' Up! markers sit up there too. The top couple shelves hold my Stampin' Up! and Unity stamps. Then I have some notebooks/sketchbooks, glitter, Bic Mark-it's and Prismacolor Pencils. The next shelf holds a couple 12x12 paper pads. Below that sits some chipboard packs, paper from the thrift store and my heat tool. The blue tins hold my wheels, Sizzix dies and embossing folders and I have one set of watercolor crayons and hodgepodge hardware too. On the bottom I have my paper crimper, a couple cutting plates for the Big Shot, a Creative Memories box where I think I'll store my new Nesties and my drawing pencils which I haven't used since college.

The closet with the doors opened. Some misc boxes and bins. Notice the awesome wallpaper! We'll put shelving up after it gets painted. So for now I just keep the doors closed.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

texture, bling and stitching!

I don't know about you, but I am enjoying all of the CHA peeks. I can't wait to see some of the new releases! Here is my card for the Paper Maniac Challenge. Play along before February 1 to be entered to win one Impressabilities and one Cuttlebug folder. For texture I ran my paper two different Cuttlebug folders (Perfect Paisley on the purple paper and Swiss Dot for the black paper). I layered my 3 butterflies and added some bling to the belly of the butterfly since I couldn't think of a way to integrate a button into my project. I faux stitched the flight path and added a sentiment from a past Unity Kit of the Month. (By the way, Unity is still 40% off!). And check out the great WorldWin metallic paper I used for the base, it adds such a nice shimmer.

Don't forget to sign up for the Paper Maniac Blog Hop this coming Saturday (the 30th). Details here, all participants will get a $5 voucher to the store!

And for your chance to win $40 to the store, enter the Delightful Sketches challenge sponsored by Paper Maniac.

Friday, January 22, 2010

colorful flair

Happy Friday! Today's project features black and white with a pop of color. I used a white cardstock base, then a piece of Making Memories DP. The stamp is Hawaiian Stem. The buttons are from the Sherbet Collection. I added some pink ric rac across the front to finish it off.
Check out the complete list of participants of today's blog hop on the Unity Blog. Happy hopping!

Oh, and check out Delightful Sketches, Paper Maniac is this week's sponsor and the prize is a $40 gift card to the store!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

tweet, tweet

Today's card was made when I dug out my Impressabilites and embossed paper from the Earth Love collection. Then I decided I wanted to run that through the Big Shot with the top note die. I stamped the cute bird stamp in Memento Cocoa Brown, then restamped it on a scrap, colored the bird with colored pencils, cut her out and used foam tape to attach her. I tied some twine at the top.
**And just as an FYI, the shipping department is closed at Paper Maniac until 1/26...BUT...the good news is all orders over $25 get a 10% discount if you use the code PATIENT_ME how awesome is that?**

Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday! I'm off to check out today's Scripture challenge word.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hope Flair!

Happy Friday! Today's project is actually my 6x6 layout for the 2010 Scripture challenge. The first word to study was hope. I chose Romans 5:3-5 to journal on my page. I used the Princess Flowerette stamped in Versamark on the pink base page. The green cardstock was embossed with the Impressabilities Flourish that Patti sent me for my birthday (in September). The journaling page actually came from a cute tablet I got at the dollar store and I added the cut outs to the side using a punch. And I am all for recycling, the twill tape was wrapped around sheets and blankets my girls got for Christmas. Be sure to check out Angela's blog for a full list of today's Friend's with Flair blog hop!

ENABLER ALERT: Be sure to check out the Unity at Paper Maniac, most of it is 40% off!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Enabler Alert...Nesties 4 packs and Unity Stamps on sale!

Paper Maniac has awesome sales going on right now! If you aren't on their e-mail list I highly recommend it. 1st deal is on Nestabilities...there are 8 different 4 packs to choose from for $65. I got the circles and they came today! Bug (age 3 1/2) thought it was fun to make circles to put in her purse. She also likes making snowflakes with that set as well. The second deal is for all those fans of Unity Stamp Company...Patti has marked her inventory at 40% off (except the January store kit of the month). Go get those deals! Shipping is free at $75!
Patti is super quick at shipping and sweet to work with :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Move Over Copic...

Today's project is my take on the Paper Maniac sketch challenge. I used Sassafras Lass DP on my kraft cardstock base. Patti sent me this cute stamp by Serendipity when I moved and I finally have my studio unpacked enough to put it to use. I colored the birdhouse in with my girls' Crayola crayons. One day I will have a large Copic collection, but until then, Crayola to the rescue. Funny side note I did a speech on Crayola in college speech class, I really do think Crayola rocks!

Be sure to check out the Magical Mystery Blog Hop on January 30 and sign up to participate and receive a $5 credit at Paper Maniac!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Butterfly Flair!

Happy Friday! It has been nice to get back into a routine this week. This week's project is a set of 5 cards. I found some blank cards/envelopes when unpacking my studio space and decided I needed to tap into my stash more and use up some of what I have on hand this year. The butterfly stamp is from my faithful August '08 KOTM. The paper is from Sassafras Lass and the great sketch for this card was found on the CPS blog. Be sure to check out the Unity Blog for a full list of participants in the Friends with Flair blog hop today!

Here is the set.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Looking for a Sketch?

Look no further than the Paper Maniac blog! Create a card or layout using the sketch and comment on the post I just linked to and you'll be entered to win a LaLa Land stamp and some ribbon! If you upload on PCP or SCS use keyword PMSC-01. I love sketches and have my card started...stay tuned!

Friday, January 1, 2010

10 in '10

Happy New Year! As I was thinking ahead to the next year I came across an idea to post 10 goals that aren't necessarily resolutions. Here are the 10 priorities and areas I want to work on/do better/accomplish more in 2010. Many thanks to Shanna for the idea in general and a few specific ones too.
1) Complete Scripture Challenge 2010 ~check out Patter's Blog for details.
2) Set up and stick with daily cleaning schedule that fits with the new house/our schedule. ~before our move I had a pretty good system going. Now that we will have our dryer hooked up (as of tomorrow if all goes well) I won't be spending 2-3 mornings a week driving back and forth doing laundry and I can focus on other areas.
3) Restart SCD and limit cheating :) ~again the move has thrown me off. All the running back and forth, moving, painting, unpacking have necessitated quick meals. I have noticed changes that I will be glad to be rid of again once I buckle down on SCD. The lack of dishwasher slows the cooking process a bit. I need to make the required homemade goodies to be successful, but a better routine and less time on the road to do laundry will help this as well.
4) Intentional time of prayer/Bible Study. ~new study starts next week.
5) Get out of the house monthly without kids; either with friends, hubby or alone. ~I think this will be a bit of a struggle, but I need to be intentional even if it's just running to the grocery store or Target.
6) Work on one sewing or knitting project a month. ~I have a few things I want to complete, I'll need to organize those patterns so I can stay focused.
7) Speak kindly and gently, pause before reacting.
8) Plan family camping trips and monthly activities to break up the house projects. ~they can be simple activities, just something fun to do as a family. Hopefully we'll get in 4 or so camping trips this year as well since the girls enjoy it so much.
9) Work on menu planning to avoid the last minute "what's for dinner?" scramble. ~I am excited to try a few new recipes from my new SCD cookbook.
10) Organize and unpack the remaining rooms in the house, purging along the way. ~just one more way having a washer and dryer here will help me be more productive during our mornings at home.
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