Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Unity Hip Hop & Buck Sale!

Good Day!
Welcome to the weekly 
UNITY HIP HOP THURSDAY
and
JUST A BUCK ($) SALE!
**Buy one Itty Bitty and get one for a $1**
Also, if you spend $30 or more, you will receive this sweet 
mitten stamp by Angie Blom
 
We'll also be awarding three lucky commentors with a $20 Gift Certificate,
so don't forget to comment along the way :)

--You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog--

For the hop today, I've used the October Kit-of-the-Month!

As you can see, I've stamped the reindeer, holiday sentiment 
and holly leaves with berries and trimmed out in different ways.
I colored in the holly leaves and added a sheen of glitter to 
the little berries.  After cutting out the reindeer, I layered it
with a larger oval cut from Simple Stories Handmade Holiday!

Distressing the edges of the oval and banner lends to the homespun
feel of the papers used.  

I love any circle-style stamps where I can punch them out 
and then layer with a larger scalloped circle.  When I spotted
these adorable "Happy Halloween" circles in the kit, I knew they'd
be perfect for topping off these treat boxes for Sydnee's dance class party!

I've had these treat boxes for several years...so glad that we finally got to use them!
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That's all I have for today's hop...now time to head over to Shilo Miles' Blog!
Thank YOU

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Festive Christmas Countdown

First, I would like to extend my thoughts and heartfelt prayers
to all of my friends on the East Coast...stay safe out there, y'all!

Okay, really.  
I don't know if this post was deleted from my blog or if I simply 
failed to post it in the first place...but I cannot believe that you all
have missed out (hehehe) on one of my 
Earth Friendly Friday Projects at Authentique Paper!

My husband gets tons of 'stuff' in the mail pertaining to his job: 
samples, displays, packaging, etc.
And because his 'office' is his vehicle, he doesn't have the room to haul around 
each and every thing that he's been sent.  
Take this acrylic display for example...it
was set to go in the trash and I quickly grabbed it up!
 
Because you can find these frames just about anywhere,
I thought it would be a great  
Earth Friendly Friday project :)

Are you ready to
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS?
Gather up the papers & stickers from the
Festive Collection
and let's get started!
 You will also need an 8.5 X 11 acrylic frame and dry-erase marker
I also used: sewing machine, Rolled Daisy Die and
Dainty Doily Die by mftstamps.com, flat-backed adhesive
 pearls, Lollipop Font Die by Lifestyle Crafts, Cursif Font
 svg cut, buttons and hand-cut banner and holly leaves.
 
 I traced the banner from a negative space in a die-cut sheet.
Layer the round sticker onto your doily with foam dots.
 
 I love the look of the two different stitches on the papers.
 If you don't have a sewing machine handy, you could add a
pretty trim around the edges or hand-stitches.
 
 Ahhh, Authentique Papers were made for dies!
Not all paper cuts and rolls as beautifully.  These little blooms went together so quickly.  
I inserted a small foam dot into the center of each flower and then attached the pearl to it.
Although I hand-cut the holly leaves, you could use a punch, die-cut or leaf embellishments.
 
 And for the pièce de résistance:
use a dry-erase marker to creatively countdown each
day until Christmas day.  Have fun coming up with different
scripts and fonts...make each day's countdown unique :)
  
Authentique Paper Supplies:
Festive: Jolly, Merry and Believe Patterned papers; Details 12x12 Stickers
 
That's all for tonight...Have a terrific week!

Last EAD Blog Hop

This is the final Monday for the
EAD BLOG HOP & GIVEAWAY
*sniff*
Very sad to be saying goodbye to Emily and EAD Designs.
I have thoroughly enjoyed crafting with vinyl and cool stickers!
And I will miss saying: you should be here from Rose's Happy Place :)



I layered clear Stickerz with punched shapes and patterned papers by Authentique.
 Punch by Imaginisce.

We will be having a "good-bye" hop on Wednesday, so we'll see you then!
Now time to head over to Amy Tsurata's Blog
Have a wonderful week!
Thursday, October 25, 2012

cards with bella

It's Thursday CARDS Day with 
BELLA BLVD
For both of my cards today, I've used the brand spanking new
KISS ME COLLECTION!
Every single thing (except crochet thread) is from Bella Blvd!
For the leaves I used a heart punch...I wanted something different
and whimsical...I think it did the trick :)

For this, I embossed the kraft card in a swiss dot pattern to match
the Designer Tape, papers and chipboard letters!
Come on over to bellablvd.typepad.com today and 
check out all of the inspiration!
I {heart} makin' stuff with Bella Blvd ♥
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I do believe it's "Show Me Your Craft Room" day over at the
AUTHENTIQUE BLOG
blog.authentiquepaper.com
I'll show off my room later on today :)
See y'all!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Pappy & Me

Wednesday Greetings!
First up let me mention the newest collection on tap for 
I.love.this.
They've changed things up for the new year!  
I just received my design team box of this new release and I was 
tickled PINK to see adorable sticker sheets, washi and BUTTONS...
you know I love some buttons!
Be on the look-out for this collection of LOVE coming to your
favorite scrap stores soon :)


Now, onto my latest layout for 
THE PAPER BAKERY
This page features products from the October Scrapbook Kit
by The Paper Bakery!  Sarah also offers Mixed Media and Altered Project Kits

Tomorrow is CARDS day at Bella Blvd, so I'll be seeing you then :)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mini Home

 **If you are here for the Paper Issues/Unity Blog Hop click here**

I'll be sharing my newest layout for 
THE PAPER BAKERY 
tomorrow, but I didn't realize that I didn't blog
about the mini album that I posted last week...oops!


 I've used the October Paper Bakery Scrapbook Kit and these adorable
house-shaped cut-outs from Michaels.  Seems to be the perfect size for minis, which
 are my first love when it comes to papercrafting…if I’m given a chance to do one, I do it LOL.
I used a Unity Stamp and I Top punch by Imaginisce in creating the
sun and clouds :)

 First, I simply trace the house pattern onto desired paper, trim out
and begin embellishing.  I also cut out a smaller photo/mat for each page.





 I like to incorporate my favorite paper punches...they're great for
layering and adding a unique look to your album. 
 Mini albums are a terrific way to showcase a special event in your life!
See more inspiration using the October Kit at the
And if you're in search for a kit club, then check out the
amazing project, mixed media and scrapbook kits available each month
 Goodnight!  Be back tomorrow :)
Monday, October 22, 2012

Boo!

If you are here for the Blog Hop of
Unity Stamp & Paper Issues, click here

Welcome to the Monday installment of the
EAD DESIGNS BLOG HOP & GIVEAWAY

Only one more Monday to share our EAD projects with you :(
As you probably know, EAD will no longer be taking orders and
will be closing their doors at the end of this month.
 **You should be here from Rose's Blog**

My daughter went to her very first Halloween party over
the weekend.  I can't remember ever buying my kids a costume.  
We've always used resources from around the house!  
Yes, call me a tight-wad I don't care LOL
Let me share what she came up with....she called herself a 'nerd ballerina'
I thought she looked like Junie B Jones :)

 Ahhh, thank goodness for Dance costumes, right!?!
She wanted a little 'hostess' gift for her friend, so
we came up with this:

Clear pillow boxes are just perfect for vinyl from EAD!
We literally finished this in 5 minutes...and her friend was 
absolutely ecstatic!  Win, Win!

**Off now to visit Amy's Blog**
Glad you stopped by!
Sunday, October 21, 2012

Believe In Yourself

Welcome to the
"Believe in Yourself" Blog Hop 
sponsored by 
Unity Stamp Company & Paper Issues

**You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog**

Being a part of both Design/Creative Teams makes this hop
even more exciting and fun for me! 
 Cassie (owner of Paper Issues) created some very special kits for us
 to use in conjunction with Unity Stamps with the theme being:
Believe in Yourself

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we were 
thinking pink, along with inspirational messages for all women, whether
they are a breast cancer survivor or not.  All women have been affected
in one way or another by this type of cancer.  

For my project I have created a layout of my Mamaw Bea at her
90th Birthday Party.  In her 90 years she has been through so much:
losing two sons, a husband, parents, a grandchild and having been
in a major car wreck and dealing with the recuperation associated with that.
  Through it all, she's been one to pull herself up by her boot-straps and 
carry on.  Since her 90th birthday Mamaw has suffered from dementia and
failing health all-together.  But she's still as feisty as ever!
One of her sisters in the photo is a breast cancer survivor...I thought these
photos would be a nice tribute to these women of strength.




Along with the Paper Issues Kit, I've used these beautiful stamps by Unity:
After layering my patterned papers, I stamped on the grid image (love that!)
and used one of the sentiments on a kraft tag provided by Cassie.  
I think that it all came together quite lovely ♥
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Now for the deets:
Of course we have PAH-RIZES to give away!

 To be eligible for a prize the following needs to be done:
1. Like Unity Stamp Co. on Facebook
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment that you did both on Paper Issues blog
4. Link up a project on Paper Issues blog for a Bonus Entry

PRIZES~ PRIZES~ PRIZES~ PRIZES
 Unity is sponsoring a PRIZE PACKAGE 
worth $50 to 3 winners!
And don't forget to shop Paper Issues at Etsy:
(SPECIAL CODE: UNITY for 20% off EVERYTHING In the store)

**Your next stop will be Shilo Miles' Blog**

 Here is a complete list of the hop in order:
Mandy Kay Starner http://heyheymandykay.com/
Shellye Procter McDaniel http://paperedcottage.blogspot.com/

I'm so happy that you're hopping with us today...I hope you enjoy the inspiration :)
Thank You!


Friday, October 19, 2012

May Arts + Vintage Street Market

Happy Friday, Happy Friday!
I have a project up today over at the 
MAY ARTS & VINTAGE STREET MARKET BLOG HOP
I took a plain wooden door-knob hanger and covered in the 
Marshall Matthew paper from the Family Fun Collection by
Vintage Street Market

 I then embellished with a punch-out and cut-out accents from the
Party Games Paper Sheets & Tags. 
After threading buttons from my stash with Licorice Twirly Twine,
I attached them to the banner with Dodz Adhesives by 3L.

For the bottom of the hanger, I looped different ribbons and lengths of
ribbons and attached.  Perfect for those scraps of ribbon that are too
small to make a bow out of.  

In finishing, I trimmed the edge with a wide red jute cording.
I love that you could hang this from a door to welcome birthday party guests,
tie onto a wreath or fashion in a way so that it could be used as a centerpiece.
Best of all...it can be used again and again, year after year!

As you can see, this collaborative hop started on Monday and ends today.
If you haven't visited and love vintage and May Arts' ribbons, then you
must come by and see the other wonderful projects and ideas!

Have a terrific weekend!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Original

Mornin' Y'all!
Welcome to this week's 
UNITY STAMP HIP HOP
**You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog**

We've got prizes again this week,
 so don't forget to 
comment as you hop!
Three lucky peeps will receive a
 $20 Unity Gift Certificate

I haven't had a chance to craft with one of 
Authentique's newest collections, Original,
 so I thought this hop the perfect venue to do so...
especially paired up with the gorgeous "Share Your Smile"
Itty Bitty Authentique/Unity co-branded stamp!


I stamped the wire dress form image in a vibrant blue
Kaleidacolor by Imagine Craft and colored in lightly with a blue watercolor.
All of the patterned papers and stickers are from the Original Collection.

I've had the pleasure of hosting this month's Unity Challenge: Pumpkins.
Here are two samples that I made for it!

 Both were created using a shape and background stamp from the
Unity August Kit-of-the-Month
I invite you to come on over and play along with us!
**Deadline is November 14th**
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Let's hop on to Shilo Miles' Blog and see what she's stamped up for us today :)
ENJOY!

Kiss Me, Bella!

It's here, it's finally here!
The newest, cutest, most adorable collection by
BELLA BLVD 
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KISS ME
♥A Pretty & Hip Valentines Collection♥



I'm crafting up some fun stuff with this collection as we speak!
Visit the Bella Blog as the Design Team will begin bringing all sorts
of inspiration throughout the coming weeks ♥
 Now, is that some luscious eye-candy or what?!?
See you in a bit :)
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cards With Bella

Good Evening
I need to share my Bella Blvd cards for this week
before I forget!  Normally, it's Cards Thursday, but this week,
due to a BIG reveal tomorrow, we're having Cards Tuesday :)

 I simply adore the characters from the "Too Cute to Spook" Collection!
This little mummy guy looks as though he should be holding something, so I 
thought "banner!"  I took two matching Stick Pin Flags and a 
Miniature Sticker and  made a banner that was pretty quick and easy to do.
Turn the two pins so that the pointy ends are facing each other.  
wrap the tab from the sticker over the pins and then attach to your card 
with foam dots on each piece.  I tied on a couple of buttons to hide the
pin part...fun!
Supplies:
Too Cute To Spook: The Boo Crew, Full Moon, Cute Cuts, Miniature Stickers; Button Market: Aqua Flowers; Flags: Birthday Boy 1, Birthday Boy 2; Designer Tape: Jail Bird

 I love my leaf punch as I think every flower needs a leaf or two!
 For this card I created the leaves by adhering a bit of Decorative Tape 
to a piece of cardstock and then punched out. I did something similar with a chipboard tree
 (seen HERE) by covering with strips of tape and then machine stitching the seams together! 

Supplies:
Flirty: Bits A Bella, Label Additions Stickers, Heart Throb Paper; Sophisticates: Sprinklers & Lace Plum Paper; Ciao Chip Elements: Stars & Hearts; Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Chevron; Button Market: Hot Pink Flowers

Check back tomorrow for the newest
BELLA BLVD REVEAL!
Goodnight y'all