Friday, April 30, 2010

camping flair

Happy 2nd Birthday Unity Stamp Company! If you just happend across my blog today, be sure to stop by the Unity Blog to see a list of blogs participating in the hop today.

In honor of National Scrapbook Day tomorrow, I made a quick 8x8 scrapbook page of my girls and I from our camping trip last September. . This is one of many photos from that day, it was a beautiful, warm fall day and the girls loved the tire swing and tube slide. I used a kraft base and stamped pattern on it with versamark ink. I added a 6x6 square of Basic Grey paper and then my photo.

I also found a new way to use sticky backed chipboard. This particular package (Autumn Afternoon Chipboard Stickers ~ ONLY $.50 BTW!!!) had designs printed on the other side that wouldn't work for this layout, so I peeled off the backing and shook 3 different colors of glitter on the sticky side (since it was so nice and evenly coated in sticky) and then taped it down. So I ended up using it upside down from it's original purpose. I might go back and sew the patterned paper to the base layer, we'll see.

Stamps - Unity Stamp Company: Store KOTM
Paper -Basic Grey: Origins
Inks - Versamark
Other -Autumn Afternoon Chipboard Stickers, glitter, sharpie

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Meals on Wheels

Here are the cards we'll be making tonight at Family Craft Night. We'll be donating the cards to Meals on Wheels to distribute. We'll also be decorating lunch bag for the meals and oven mitts for the volunteers to use when handling the hot food!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ Landscaping

This past weekend I was able to get all the old mulch and lots of weeds removed from the front landscaping. It is all overgrown so it's slow going. I am finding lots of plants coming up, so that part is exciting.

Here are the tulips in the front that are growing up amongst overgrown grass. It's slow going in that area to seperate plant from grass.

Here is a view looking across the front of the house. Notice all the plants coming up about 1 1/2 feet in front of the landscaping timbers...that is because there is 4-6 inches of rock as the "landscaping" and the plants are in the lawn. Again it will be really fun to seperate plant from grass.

The plants have been threatened by hubby and the new John Deere. I plan on getting it all moved before that happens.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day! Recycle!

Let's celebrate Earth Day all this week! That would make it Earth Week then huh? I got into the recycling spirit by repurposing bubble wrap. I added it to my card front and LOVE the texture it adds. The birds came from a Stampin' Up! set I have, and I thought they matched the Earth Love birdies perfectly.

Stamps - Hero Arts, Stampin' Up!
Paper -Cosmo Cricket: Earth Love
Inks - Memento: Cocoa Brown,
Other -bubble wrap, square punch, dimensional adhesive, twine

Friday, April 16, 2010

Etsy Inspired

I got my card made in time for this weeks Etsy Inspired Challenge. This week's challenge was sponsored by Paper Maniac! What an awesome prize they donated! Without further ado, here is my card inspired by The Mouse Market. They have so many cute miniatures in the shop. The colors are so vivid, I played off of that and came up with this! I colored the flowers with my Prismacolor pencils and OMS. The brown layer was run through the paisley cuttlebug folder.

Here is my card inspired by the Mouse Market

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Katy! (and a card for Ella)

Happy Birthday Katy! I hope you have a great one!

And here is a card Bug made for Ella!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

hooray for bubble wrap!

Hey there! Today's card is showing off some Tim Holtz products. I had fun playing and experimenting with Distress Inks to create the pattern on the white cardstock. I inked up some bubble wrap, then spritzed it with a mini mister of water and placed my cardstock over that to pick up the color. It reminds me of the Unity distressed dots stamp, only with larger dots. I used sheetrock tape as the background grid layer. I love the texture it adds to the card.

Stamps - Stampers Anonymous

Paper - kraft, white and olive cardstock

Inks - Memento: Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Broken China, Dusty Concord

Other -sewing machine, bubble wrap, sheetrock tape, mini mister

Friday, April 9, 2010

musical heart flair

Happy Friday! Today's card I think still needs a little something in the lower right corner, but I haven't figured out what yet (or is it good as is? tell me what you think). I used this cute heart stamp from the November store KOTM. Come back Sunday, I've been playing with my Tim Holtz stuff! Be sure to check out Paper Maniac Garage Sale! (There is still time to sign up to be a seller and unload your unused stuff)!
Check out the Unity Blog today for the list of blogs playing along today!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ spring cleaning

The weather was absolutely perfect this weekend! We (and by we, I mean hubby) got a good start at cleaning out the shop and getting things organized. That is the first step before we remove the sheetrock so he can begin rewiring, insulating and getting more rafters in place before insulating and putting sheetrock back in place. I was in the garage going through some boxes there and so far we have about 5 boxes of stuff to donate to the church garage sale. And this is in addition to all the clean up/getting rid of boxes I did at the end of last week. It is easier to walk through the dining room now because of that.

Today, hubby actually took the day off work so I am hoping he will get a chance to put up the shelves in the hall before he goes outside to work in the shop again.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Clean, Simple and Pieced

Happy Easter Sunday! Today's card is kicking off a week of clean and simple inspiration over on the Paper Maniac blog. Here is the card I came up with.

Stamps - Unity Stamp Company
Paper - Basic Grey Origins, Sassafras Lass
Inks - Memento Cocoa Brown
Other -Sherbet Buttons, corner rounder
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