Tag It!

Welcome to the Thursday
where we're celebrating everything {ippity} today!
 You should be ->here<- from Robyn's Blog
In case something goes awry, just head over to the Unity Blog
to get back on track :)

For today's hop I went with tags...I love making tags.

This {ippity} stamp set is loaded!  You can achieve so many different
looks by mixing 'n matching and turning to-and-fro.

And what's not to love about a 'lil Halloween witch?  
With dressed up tags you can decorate treat bags, tree branches,
packages, cards or hang from a hook or knob.
I first embossed the tag with a cool spiderweb embossing folder
that I found at Hobby Lobby...it's by Paper Studio.  If you wanted to make
up inexpensive treat bags, think of embossing plain brown or white kraft sacks
before filling with treats!
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 As you can see it's a great time to shop Unity!

Now it's time to hop over to Shemaine's Blog...
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Dreaming of Snow in Summer

 **If you are here for the Paper Haus Blog Hop, click here**

It's the last Monday of August 
and I'm celebrating this 
with a little bit of snow!

You should be arriving here from Rose's Blog, but don't miss
stopping by the EAD Blog to see what's up for grabs prize-wise today!
I just love this picture of Zach and Syd posing under the
Christmas tree on Christmas morning 2011.  
There are no forced smiles, but true happiness 
that only this special season can bring.

I've used various patterned papers by Jillibean Soup and loads of
these fun Snowflake Rub-ons by EAD.  I chose white for my snowflakes, 
but you can pick from a wide variety of colors...I think light blue and a pale
pink would look so pretty too!

Now it's time to hop on over to the EAD Guest Designer, Angela's Blog 
for even more fun inspiration :)
Have a wonderful week!

Doin' It With Style

**If you are here for the Paper Haus Hop, click here**

Calling all of you June Cleavers out there!
This week's Unity Stamp of the Week is just a doll.

All that's missing is the strand of pearls :)

The image was stamped onto white cardstock, as well as a beautiful 
piece of patterned paper from October Afternoon's Woodland Park.
I used micro-tip scissors to carefully cut out the portions from the patterned paper
that I wanted to use on the main image.  I also accented the little details
in the apron with Zig Markers.  
Patterned Papers and Washi Tape by OA Woodland Park.

Would you ♥ to receive a little bit of goodness in the mail
each and every week?  Do you ♥ stamping?  If so, the
Unity Stamp of the Week Club
is just right for you!
$5.79 per week for US & Canadian orders
and that includes shipping!
Find out more details at Unity SOTW

Hope you're having a beautiful Sunday!  Be back tomorrow!

Love & Blessings

Unity Stamp Blog Hoppers
You should be arriving here from the blog of the talented and sweet Renee Aslette.
 Should something go awry during the hop, just head back over to the 

For this hop I've broken out some brand new stamps
that I haven't had a chance to work with yet.  
They've been eyeing me and I've been eyeing them right back ;)

I love any round stamp that can be punched out with one of my circle punches!
The "Count Your Blessings" image is from the
Country Pumpkin Chowder by Jillibean Soup
 I coupled it with different papers and journal spots from Jillibean :)

I've loved this next stamp, "Sending My Love" for quite some time. 
 I made this next card  with a very special friend in mind ♥


 I used a combination of colored pencils, water-color pencils and Zig Markers.
After shading with the colored pencils I went back over with a coordinating
water-color pencil and then blended with water. I was also able to obtain
some shadows and shading with this method as well.
After stamping the main image, I went back and added some red ink
to the 'flag' on the stamp and then stamped the image and cut out.  I love the 
3-D effect that it gives along with the silver brad.

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That wraps it up for me on this hop...now it's time to have a 
visit with the stamping sensation, Shilo Miles!

Thanks for dropping by!

A Graveyard Smash...

...the MONSTER MASH...
(creepy door opening)
It's Monster Mash Release Week at Imaginisce
 and I'm super excited to be sharing the projects that I 
crafted with it.  If you haven't seen the full collection of Monster Mash,
just stroll on over to Imaginsice!  I love that they've stuck with the traditional
Halloween colors and added in a bit of dusty teal blue and green. 
As with all Imaginisce collections, cuteness abounds :)
For this I started with a plain 'ole inexpensive 3-paned wooden plaque.
After painting the wood black, I added a square of patterned paper in
place of a photograph and began embellishing.

Imaginisce Die Cuts are so generous in size and can easily be layered
with other matching elements such as pieces from the Sticker Stackers or 
Canvas Stickers.  Don't be afraid to remove (gently) the witch's shoes from the
sticker and try it out somewhere else...I just add a little dab of glue to the 
foam dot and you're good to go!

And you know how much I love my leaf punch...I used it here along with
a few Brad Daddies and die-cuts.

 I glittered BOO chipboard letters in a purple/silver mixture.
Wanting a soft touch, I tied on chevron ribbon bows to the eye-hooks between
each panel and also at the top for the hanger.

This HUGE bat die-cut is all you need at the top!
He's utter perfection...who couldn't LOVE a face like that?

For my layout I followed the gallon-quart-ounce theory.
In design it it good to remember to keep things in proportion, whether it's color,
photos or embellishments.  The dominate color is purple (gallon), followed by
the blue (quart) and then the green (ounce).
The main focus of embellishments is in the bottom 1/3 of the page,
as well as at the right vertical 1/3 of the page.
Proportion helps the flow of a layout, gives rest to the eye and
keeps things pleasing to the viewer :)

Aren't they the cutest parade of characters?
With the exception of the sticker letters and Thickers, everything that
I've used can be found at Imaginisce!

So glad you've stopped by to see my contribution to 
I'm sure that there will be many other projects to follow as I 
won't be getting enough of this collection any time soon :)

Spooky Spider Invasion

Glad you're here for the

You should be here from Rose's Blog!
 The EAD Blog will showcase the lovely loot up for grabs today,
so don't forget to stop by and say hello.

Autumn decorating is just around the corner at the
McDaniel house and I love nothing more than my 
Harry Slatkin Fall candle scents wafting through the air.  
I ordered these adorable (yes, I just called spiders adorable)
Rub-Ons with this in mind:

With EAD Rub-Ons, you can decorate plain candle jars for
any occasion or holiday!
Products used:
You can order either item in just about any color imaginable.

Time now to visit the August Guest Designer, Angela's Blog.
Happy week to you all!

A Halloween Mini

Greetings, weekend blog-goers!
I have a little Halloween mini to share with you today
that I created for 
I must say that I absolutely cannot wait until September 1st: 
 yes, I will have my Halloween decorations out and about. 
 And since I decorate early for Christmas, I get a good 2 and a half months
 out of my Fall decorations :)   I’m in love with all of the replicated vintage
 wares such as black cats, owls and jack ‘o lanterns
…black cats are at the top of my list though!

Vintage Street Market has a new assortment of beautiful 
Halloween-themed papers by Graphic 45, Echo Park and Making Memories.
  These papers were the base for the pages of the album that I created:
 I cut one of the little card motifs from the Happy Haunting paper
 and attached it to the front with foam dots. 
 I then outlined it with Aqua Twirly Twine.  For the embellishments 
I used the Sky Blue Paper Flowers (glittered in aqua), vintage buttons 
and a bit of yummy Black Crepe Paper Fringe
 Onto the rings (holding the pages together) I tied on a few different ribbons, 
  And don’t throw out those cute cupcake picks…save them for your paper projects
 as I did with the handsome bat peeking from beyond the fringe :)

Below is a look at the inner pages of the album…
I will point out all of the lovely things that you can purchase 
directly from Vintage Street Market!

 I hand-cut the little trick-or-treaters from one of the vintage Treat Bags  
offered by VSM and attached it to the paper with a glue pen.
 I also embellished with Vintage Tickets, a bit of aqua crepe that I cut into fringe.

 An old playing card and bingo piece seemed the
perfect match for this cute little black cat sticker from Martha Stewart.

 Jenni Bowlin has always carried a great selection of 
vintage inspired goods...these chipboard buttons are among some of 
my all-time favorites!

Again, I cut one of the cards from the Happy Haunting paper 
and used it as a journal spot.  A bit of glittery orange Ric Rac 
peeks out from under the aqua trim.

  I love little alpha stickers…they come in so handy! 
 Here I’ve used them on both pages, along with another cut-out from the vintage treat sack. 
 And there’s another cupcake pick (the ghost...handily applied with a glue dot). 

After completing the pages to my albums (most especially those with chipboard bases),
 I like to trim the edges with twine, in this case Black Twirly Twine
 I have found that the best way to attach the twine to the often 
thin chipboard edge is to use a Ballpoint-Tip Glue Pen.  
With all of that, we have a sweet mini to display a few memories from
Halloween 2012 in...I can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by!

One + Two= Three

Time for a little 
As you can see by the title of my post, I 
easily passed the first grade by accomplishing that one LOL
They do so much more these days...now kids are learning 
things we did in the 4th grade in the 1st grade!
 It's astounding.

First up, is a treat pocket tutorial that I created for 
This is very similar to the one that I created for Authentique just 
a few days ago, but this one is smaller and of course shows a 
different way to go about decorating.  The same design 
principal still applies though :)

For SIX Pockets: You will need a 12x12 sheet of paper; cut paper into 2x12" strips. 
Next, cut 1.75" x 11.75" strips from a patterned paper (I used Chit Chat); center and attach
to the 2x12 strips of paper.  Score the 12" strip at 4.5"; fold in half.  Machine stitch 
(or glue) the folded area to create a pocket.  
Corner round the top edges if desired.

For the apple:  punch a 1" circle from red dot paper.  Cut a small stem
from any brown paper and attach to the center of the apple.  I freehand-cut
the leaf, but a punch or all-ready-made leaf could be used.  Tie a little ribbon to 
the top and your done!
Supply List:
Sole Sisters Chit Chat 12x12 Paper and Scallop Frame Snag 'em Stamp; 
Hello Cupcake Wish Big 12x12 Paper and Celebrate You 12x2 Paper.
Tools: CutBright LED Rotary Cutter, CutRight Acrylic Ruler and i-mat 14x14
Misc: Core'dinations Double-Sided Cardstock, Ribbon, computer generated
journal strips, 1" circle punch and corner rounder punch.

 Next up, I have a couple of layouts.  One that I created for
and another that my daughter, Sydnee made!
I promised her that I would share it with you all.  
For 10 years old, she does a pretty good job at scrapbooking :)

As you can see, I used rows of beautiful trims, all from PRO 31 Designs!
The little turquoise flowers are also from their online shop :)
I took three die-cut mats from K&CO and layered them together
to form a nice background for my photo and embellishments. 

And here it is...Miss Syd's Layout
She's heard me talk about having 'vertical and horizontal' elements
and she pointed out to me that her page included both LOL

That's all I have to share today!
We're having our first football scrimmage tomorrow.  
I honestly can't believe that it's all ready that time of year...but I'm happy :)
See y'all soon!

Curious About Basically Bare?

Two of the hottest places in the 
papercrafting world are meeting up in a duo

Now, you won't be hopping from my blog to another, instead
head on over to the Authentique Blog to see the line-up for the day :)

With back-to-school in mind, I wanted to create
 a couple of special teacher gifts.  
For the first project,
I used portions of the Basically Bare Album. 
 On the front, clear cover I hand-stitched a few buttons
 to the bottom, outlining the shape. 
 I also machine stitched around the perimeter
so that the edge would be defined.

 For the inner cover, I layered the cardboard sheet and felt scalloped sheet
together and then embellished with an owl dressed in 
Curiosity patterned papers and stickers. 

Next, I took 8.5 x 11 copy paper and trimmed the
sheets down to a 5.5"W X 5.25"H; reserve the scraps.
Using the 'index-tabbed' chipboard page as a guide,
line up the papers with the top and punch holes. 
Insert rings that come with the album and tie on colorful ribbons.

I had one remaining piece of the album left: a canvas sheet.
I just had to use it! 

Take the scrap pieces of copy paper and cut in half
 so that they measure 3.25"H X 5.5"W.
Fold the canvas sheet around the paper to form a pocket;
machine stitch around the edges or glue in place.
Decorate the front as desired and then string
through a length of ribbon and tie at the top to create a useful hanger.  
You may also attach a magnet to the back so that it may be hung in that fashion.

Authentique Paper's Curiosity Collection
Basically Bare's Assorted Album,  Stack-A-Bellies "Owls" and Blossoms & Leaves

Enjoy the hop!

Ribbon Carousel Hop

to my little part of the 

You should be arriving here from Shemaine's Blog.
All-righty...let's get started!
I love ribbon.  I use ribbon on almost every single project that I make.
It adds that soft texture which, to me, completes a look.
 My first card is pretty simplistic:

Unity: June 2012 Kit-of-the-Month
Ribbon Carousel: Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbons
Patterned Papers: October Afternoon

Okay, so I'll admit...I was a little afraid to try this next trick, but in the 
end I threw caution to the wind and said 'what the heck!"

You've guessed it:  I stamped onto the actual ribbon and then carefully
trimmed out with a pair of super sharp fine-tipped scissors.
Be sure to use a solvent ink such as Staz-On so that the image
doesn't bleed.  
Unity: Poised & Pretty SB-987A
Unity: July 2012 Kit-of-the-Month (sentiment)
Ribbon Carousel: 1.5" Blue/White Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
and Red/White Striped Poly Ribbon
Patterned Papers: Pink Paislee

Now, let's talk PRIZES: 
 Ribbon Carousel  will be giving away ribbon to one lucky commenter
The winners will be announced on Saturday, 8/18 at 8:00 PM
Prize from Unity:
10 Itty Bitty Stamps.... winner's choice!!!

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to leave a comment so you'll
be in the prize-drawing :)
Now it's off to visit Carisa's Blog!
Have fun! 
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