Thursday, May 31, 2012

Girly Land

Happy Friday, peeps!
It's my day to share with you a little creation using
Unity Stamp Co. and Webster's Pages
GIRL LAND COLLECTION
That's right...not only can you have the beautiful papers, stickers, 
trim and bling from Webster's, but you can also pair them up with
wonderful red rubber stamps from Unity that match Girl Land just perfectly.


For my project, I went with a layout of Syd and two of her besties :)
This is just a peek of it...hop on over to the Unity Blog to see a full photo, plus
other projects created by the Unity Design Team!


I used the Bubbles Unity Stamp, and everything else (with exception to the felt circles
and paper flowers) are from the Webster's Collection!


**PRIZES**PRIZES**PRIZES**PRIZES**
Will be given away...just leave a comment for each day of the blog hop this week.
I appreciate you dropping by!

It's All Good

This Thursday let's look at things
Half Full
instead of half empty!
I've used the cutest stamp from Ippity.
I can imagine making several tags and labeling pitchers
 of various flavored drinks with them.

LIVE HALF FULL
IPPITY-IB-018


Aside from stamping the image onto white cardstock, I also stamped the
fruit onto a yellow dot paper and then trimmed out.  I colored in the juice with
a watercolor pencil and the fruit and straw with Zig markers. 
Green scalloped tag by Jillibean Soup.

I'll be back tomorrow with my contribution to the 
Unity Stamp Company and Webster's Pages Blog Hop
We'll be showing off the new and girly Girl Land Collection!


As the banner says, come and visit...leave comments and you'll be in
the running for some beautiful prizes :)
See you all tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nook Soup!

Happy Wednesday!
I have my last CARDS Challenge for the month up at 
For this week's challenge, I roped in members of the Nook Forum
to help cook up a unique soup.  

Here are the ingredients to choose from:
1. TWINE
2. BUTTONS
3. BUTTERFLIES
4. DECORATIVE EDGE
5. MIST
6. STAMPED SENTIMENT
7. STICKERS
 Just use any FIVE on your card and use a Nook Kit.
I've used the May {This & That} Kit by Echo Park

For my card I used twine for stitching the buttons, butterflies, decorative edge,  
stamped sentiment, sticker strip and mist.
Stamp sentiment (Every Breath) by Unity Stamp Co.
Simple and sweet...my kinda card :)
See you all tomorrow and as always, thanks so much for stopping by today!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Webster & Unity GIRL LAND Blog Hop!

It's all starting today!
The Webster's Pages and Unity Stamp Company
GIRL LAND BLOG HOP


So many cute projects brought to you by
the two Design Teams and centered around the 
Girl Land collection by Webster's Page and Unity!  Yep, Unity
carries the most adorable background stamps that match Girl Land just perfectly.


Come on over to the Unity Blog to get more details...chances to win
from both companies!
I'll be up on Friday...can't wait to show you my sweet Girl Land layout :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Jewelry With Imaginisce

Did you know that Imaginisce 
carries a variety of alterable jewelry, headbands and hair clip pieces?
Dream of opening up your own little accessory shop on Etsy?
With Imaginisce, designing and creating jewelry has never been easier!

This week at the Imaginisce blog, the Design Team will show you 
the many ways to create with the Magni-Top portion of the I-Top line.
Like to win your very own collection?
Just visit the blog each day and leave a lil 'ole comment :)

Here's my contribution
For the pendant, I printed my daughter's name onto a piece of Makin' Waves
patterned paper.  After attaching the paper to a Large Magnet Daddy, I covered
the entire top with Liquid Glass...I love the sheen that it gives to the pendant!
I topped it with a few pieces of colorful ribbon, a bit of baker's twine and a pearl
attachment that once belonged on a bracelet.
With the Magni-Top Jewelry, you can interchange the pieces whenever you like!
Don't forget to stop by the blog...and good luck at winning!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

God Bless the USA

Good Monday and Memorial Day


First I would like to thank all of the service men and women who have served
and do serve our country.  It's only because of your sacrifice and God's grace
that we live in the comforts of FREEDOM!
And HAPPY 44th Birthday to my hubby...who always seems to have a nice long
weekend to celebrate his birthday LOL

Now, let's do a little celebrating with the 
EAD DESIGNS MONDAY BLOG HOP & GIVEAWAY 

You should be arriving here from the very talented Rose of 
Rose's Happy Place...if not, be sure to click here so you don't miss a thing :)

For today's assignment, I wanted to represent Americana.
Since Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off-to-Summer, and because I LOVE
all things red-white-and-blue, I decided on this

  I used the whimsical hat and star Stickerz from Patriotic Party


I applied the Stickerz to white cardstock and then trimmed out.  I like to do this
if I'm planning on popping up the Stickerz images with foam dots.
Check out the huge assortment of Stickerz at EAD Designs...
those, along with Rubons alway ship FREE!

Now, off to see what the creative Amy has in store for you today.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thank You!

It's Sunday and that means 
Stamp of the Week time at Unity Stamp Company
This week's stamp:


I paired up the sweet stamp with elements
from Simple Stories and a bit of October Afternoon.

This came together rather quickly.  I stamped the image
three times onto yellow, green and red patterned papers, then carefully
cut out with a pair of micro-tip scissors.  After assembling the pieces and 
adhering to the Simple Stories journal mat, I embellished with a bit of 
jute and wooden buttons.
The Unity SOTW blog is loaded with lots of cute ideas for this stamp!
$5.79 per week gets you the exclusive SOTW directly from Unity...
and that includes shipping ;)
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I have a full week's worth of projects on hand for the upcoming week, so stay tuned.
See you then!
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Authentic and Unique Opportunity!


When I received an email a couple of weeks ago from
Emily Lanham, the new Authentique Design Team and Social Media Coordinator, 
asking me to join their Design Team, I pretty quickly said YES!
And I really had no other plans of joining anymore Design Teams for now, but...
 always the BUT...
but having just recently purchased some of the newer Authentique products, and
having fell in love with the superior quality of their papers and stickers, I couldn't let
this dream opportunity pass me by :)  I even told Emily, "I really don't 
'scrapbook' much...I'm a papercrafter and cardmaker more or less"
She said that was exactly what they were looking for...lots of
altered artsy stuff, home dec projects, cards, etc.,
which is so authentically and uniquely ME (get it? hehehe)!


 I will be crafting alongside two other newbies to the group (and two fellow DT'ers all ready):
Guiseppa Gubler and Angie Blom, as well as veterans: Heather Conklin, Natalie Dever,
Emily Lanham, Janeen Shember and Loes DeGroot.

One of my first assignments will be using one of the newest collections: FRESH!
Fresh is described as:
 Our Fresh collection is reminiscent of the olden days of summer, celebrates sandy 
toes and invites ocean-blue water. As the sun warms the soul and 
refreshes the mind, so also, this line is soft and relaxed, creating the exact emotion
 one hopes for when laying on the beach. Hints of red pop in and out, warming the
 cool blues and neutral tones. 

For an up close & personal look at FRESH, you can visit Authentique or the 
Authentique Blog :)  If you haven't experienced Authentique, then I hope you'll 
give it a try!  Holding their papers in your hands can't hold a candle to simply
seeing them in a photograph.

That's all for today!  I couldn't wait to share my news with you all!
Until tomorrow...TTFN :)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Unity Memorial Weekend

Unity Stamp Company knows how to celebrate!
In honor of MEMORIAL DAY, they're having a sale...
a big sale.

(Just click on photo to take you directly to SALE items)

**Begins today at 1:30 PM and will end Sunday**
We thought we'd share it early so that you can get your shop on before 
the festivities of a fun-filled weekend ensues!


It's a great time to stock up on Unity Stamps!
Have fun shoppin' and savin'
and 
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY
 to my US friends :)

Give Them An Inch...

...and they'll take a yard!
I love that old saying.
It's the theme for my CARDS Challenge at
My Scrapbook Nook 
this week :)
For the month of May, we've enjoyed the beautiful collection of
Echo Park Paper's This & That.  One of the papers is lined in different colors
and sizes of yard sticks, or rulers.  I love it! With that design in mind, I thought this 
would make a great challenge.  I sought out several photos
from Pinterest and Etsy.  I'm not showing all of the inspiration photos here, but you can
check out the entire challenge at our Nook Blog or on the Forum.

Inspiration Photo:

My Card:


These butterflies from Maya Road are cute.  Since they're canvas, you could mist them,
paint them, stitch on them, etc.  I decided to leave them plain.  But because they're not
really stiff and I wanted the wings to 'stand-up', I inserted a brad through the center
and then pointed the prongs upward...this made the wings stand up just as I wanted!
I love this card...it has so many great textures, yet it's simple <3
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Thanks for visiting me today :)
 
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teacher Appreciation

At one time I thought that I wanted to be 
a school teacher...seems to be a lot of little girls' dreams, right?
I started out my first year of college with the 'basic' courses 
geared towards an education degree.  Quickly I learned that I 
didn't think this was the route for me career-wise!  And since I have been
a substitute teacher and school nurse I know that I made the right decision LOL
So, kudos to all of those wonderful teachers out there...you really deserve it!
To celebrate the ending of another school year, 
 is recognizing educators with
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
For my project, I went straight to SVG Cuts and grabbed
a file for the sweetest apple container.

  For the inner part of the container, I used one of the
HELLO CUPCAKE papers with the blue/white polka dots on the back.
For the stem, also a paper from HELLO CUPCAKE.
The stars were punched from the sunny print from MAKIN' WAVES.


I also used the star punch to create the dove-tails on the ends of the banner strips.
And what would an Imaginisce creation be without a Brad Daddy?
I dressed up a medium brad with a scrap of gingham fabric.
After assembling, I trimmed out the apple shape (front only) with
Maraschino Baker's Twine by The Twinery :)

And have you heard the word?
Imaginisce is only a few hundred LIKES away from 10,000!
If you don't all ready 'like' Imaginisce on Facebook, then please come by
simply click "like"...once we reach 10,000, we're gonna have a par-tay!
Tons of goodies and prizes to be had!

That's all for today...later y'all!
Monday, May 21, 2012

More Than Cupcakes?

It's Stamp of the Week time with Unity Stamp Company!
Lovin' this so-sweet-you'll-get-a-tooth-ache stamp set



I like the stark look of the white journal heart on hop of the distressed
manila tag and distressed/stamped images...doesn't it POP?!?
Quick, quick, quick tag...just stamp the cupcake image onto three
different scraps of paper; trim out and assemble!
Now, you can only get this sweet set this week, as with all of the SOTW
Check out the details here:
Unique stamps mailed to you each and every week for only $5.79/mo.
and that price includes shipping ($7.79 Internationally)

As always, I really and truly appreciate you stopping by!
And I haven't forgotten the giveaway...just getting as much fun stuff rounded up 
as possible so that it's tha bomb ;)

Monday EAD Blog Hop

What a great weekend...I got so much accomplished
and I absolutely love the feeling of accomplishment :)
Let's start this Monday off with the
EAD Designs Blog Hop & Giveaway

You should be here from the very talented Rose's blog,
but don't forget to start out at EAD to see the giveaway!


I'm a little stuck on hot air balloons it seems!
This is the third project that I've created with the balloon motif on it
in the past week.  But I love them...they're happy.


I used the Vintage Treasures and Birthday Sentiments Stickerz
I applied the clear Stickerz onto a patterned paper and trimmed out!
Patterned papers by Authenique



**STICKERZ and RUBONS SHIP FREE WITH EAD**
 Now it's off to Amy's wonderful blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by...I'll be back in a bit!
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Love is all that matters

I managed to squeeze in a mini album this week.
These sweet Bella Blvd papers from the May Paper Bakery kit just kept staring
 at me and I just had to use them! 


{THE LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS}
Sydnee had a few Valentine's cards left over and I couldn't resist these chipmunks :)
The colors match perfectly with the Sunshine & Happiness papers.
Here are a couple of the inner pages...you can see all of them here.


I have it listed at Dot & Whimsy at Etsy.
Thanks for visiting...hope you're having a nice and relaxing weekend :)
Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Friday!

So I actually got out of the house today.
(I'm the type that can spend days at home and never get bored!)
I went and visited with Michi at Scrapbooker's Emporium
in Texarkana and will be teaching my very first mini album class
there in August :)  I can't wait!  
Then I went to Wal-Mart...I hadn't been in close to two months; seriously.
I came across two friends who were shopping.  They both said the same
thing "I'm just trying to get my stuff and get outta here!"  I guess a lot of us share that
same disdain for stepping through the doors of Wal Mart LOL
But it's done.  Thank the Lord, it's done. 

Now on to scrappy stuff!
I had the best intentions of blogging my other projects that were 
featured here and there yesterday (and Wednesday!), but I just didn't get around to it.  
So, here we go...

I HEART IPPITY
I have been in love with this stamp ever since I laid eyes on it
and can't believe that I'm just now getting around to using it:
BE BRAVE...BRANCH OUT
IPK-153
I used my watercolor pencils and Zig markers on this one.
And the best part?  I dug waaay back into my paper collection and brought out
some old Basic Grey...I love to use up the old stuff!
You can order Ippity (Unity Brand) Stamps here:

MY SCRAPBOOK NOOK
For this Wednesday's CARDS Challenge, I went with a sketch.
Once again, I am a self-proclaimed pretty-pitiful-sketch-artist...but hey, I try hehe!
I've really enjoyed working with the Echo Park This & That Collection
this month...both the masculine and feminine sets are drool-worthy.
I wanted to carry the 'cloud' motif up towards the top of the card, so I hand-cut 
these two clouds from cardstock and then embossed.
I made this one for my son, who'll be graduating two weeks from today :)
Both cards were quick and reinforced my love of using sketches!
A hint for June's Nook Kit?  It has to do with SIMPLE and FRESH...hmmmm?

VINTAGE STREET MARKET
I've said it before and I'll say it again...I.love.these.BINGO.cards
You can get a huge collection pack of 'em directly from VSM!
This collage art is layered with lots of vintage goodness.
I have several photos and details up on the blog.
And this is the card that I made for my mom for Mother's Day...she loved it :)
Most every single thing on both projects came from Vintage Street Market!

I'll upload the newest mini album that I made tomorrow.
Off to grab a bite to eat and relax.
Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Graduation and Cupcakes

It's Thursday all ready...wow!
Today is the last day of high school for my oldest son, Tyler.
Bittersweet.
We were excited to find out that he received a Leadership Scholarship
to the university that he'll be attending this Fall.  What an answer to prayer!
 And I didn't mention before, but he also received the
Bear Varsity Football Leadership Award 
and 
Varsity Baseball Defensive Player of the Year
 at the Athletic Banquet last week.
Eh-hum, in our family we don't call it being a leader, we call it being BOSSY haha!
But we're so proud of him nonetheless :)

(and excuse the shirt...he was in a hurry and didn't have time to properly press it.  I almost crawled
under the table when he walked in lookin' like that...ugh)

Now, onto really important stuff like...
HELLO CUPCAKE
from
Imaginisce
 
It's HELLO CUPCAKE Release Week at Imaginisce Blog...and Release Week means
that there's a giveaway in store :)  Stop by the blog and leave a comment on this week's projects
featuring Hello Cupcake...you just may receive the entire collection for your very own!
PARTY TREAT BAGS



By taking a simple 6x6 sheet of patterned paper, I made these cute and functional goodie bags! 
Hint: Score your top at 1" and fold over to showcase the other pattern; trim with handmade crepe fringe or other trim. Bags measure 2.75"W x 5" H. And not many projects get by me these days without using the i-top punches to create whimsical embellishments.


I printed out several Thank You's on white cardstock and trimmed to create the
little banner.  I use a star punch to create the dovetail on the ends!



The fringe?  Why, it came from my Dot & Whimsy Etsy Shop of course :)


When scoring your papers, score at 1 1/2" and 4 3/8"; this will make your bag
approximately 2 3/4" across.


To finish off, I embellished with party hats that I hand-cut from one of the patterned papers.
I topped them with mini pom poms.  For the handles, I used a very small gauge pipe cleaner.

HOORAY BIRTHDAY BANNER

I know, I know.  This is the only place that I could find to  photograph the banner in its
entirety and with good lighting!  But I have several up-close pictures
to share so that you can visualize HELLO CUPCAKE's abilities


 I used an inexpensive pre-made banner from Hobby Lobby, which included
12 panels sewn together. I cut the banner in half; decorating the first six
 and then gluing the plain banners to the backs after finishing.  This made the
banner extra sturdy and hid all of my sewing :)


I tinkered around with some scratch paper to create the inset for the banner, 
before cutting into my 'good' paper :)  After machine
stitching, I outlined the paper in baker's twine and then embellished each one with
letters and scalloped created from an SVG file (svgcuts.com)


Hello Cupcake is loaded with the cutest Sticker Stackers and die-cuts...you will want 
to eat 'em up!  And of course, I couldn't resist a few polka-dotted buttons!


In finishing, I covered the white sating binding holding the banners together
with an orange grosgrain ribbon!
Now isn't this just a bunch of yumminess?
Hello Cupcake is the perfect collection for any of your party planning and layouts!

**Don't forget:  Comment on each day's posts this week at Imaginisce**
http://www.imaginisceblog.com

I'll be back a little later on to share a few cards with you
(need to let my fingers rest LOL)
Thanks for coming by!