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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Endure SCS sketch challenge 589

I made this for the sketch challenge over on SCS
I used some Tim Holtz dp and got down to business. The butterflies were punched out with MS trio butterfly punch...the opposite side that image was stamped on. The image was stamped in burnt umber and then chalks were used to color it in. To set the chalk, I used Smooch pearlized top coat. Ran the paper through CB with tulip ef and then put Inka Gold metallic rub on it in silver. Rhinestone trails were added for the butterfly and the sentiment is on dimensionals.
MariLynn and I challenged one another to do the sketch and lace, dry embossing, chalks and punch/punches.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

GIU Blog Hop

Hi there and Happy Sunday!!!
Can I just say......

This morning I am third up in the Growing in Unity Blog hop. I was the GIU gal in early December. Our criteria for this hop is pretty open...use your favorite Unity. Well, I can pretty much say that ALL my Unity is my favorite. What led me to Unity in the beginning....long, long ago... their sentiments. So, I've decided to showcase a Donna Downey set called She. I made a card for each sentiment and these creations will go to my daughters. Not too embellished so that they can be mailed easily. 
All the designer paper is from scraps as I am trying to purge!
My first card is also showcasing the December 2015 KOTM called Crazy, Tragic, Magic Life

Below is the hop order....comment on the gals below as well as Unity's blog!

                                                          Amanda Rhodes
                                                           Corrie Wagner
                                                            I am third in line!!!!

                                                     Katie "Sallie" Schneider
                                                        Natalia Cazals
                                                       Kapree Clark
                                                        Deirdre Smith
                                                       Sheryl Kemper
                                                       Cynthia Olheiser
Unity Blog

                                        Head on over to Sallie's blog next. Be sure to comment as there will be two winners!! Don't forget to comment on all of our blogs as well as Unity's blog
                                          Thanks so much to Unity for being the bomb!
Not sure why the blurb above won't center, I give up on it!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters and a Graphic 45 challenge

Over at Mountain Plains Crafters, we're holding a Graphic 45 challenge from the 18th to 20th. There will be a prize!
Head over to MPC's blog and comment to be eligible to win! Our challenge was to use a metal embellishment and die cuts.
Here is the prize!

Check out my craftiness below!!!

For this card, I used the gorgeous designer paper from Once Upon a Springtime Classic Collection. I used the tulip embossing folder and then added Inka Gold to the embossed area. The sentiment is from the same collection and it is layered with a piece of copper metallic card stock and put on dimensionals. Next, I added a little stamp from the same dp as well. I used some copper ribbon and distressed it by heating it up...definitely one of my favorite things to do. Lastly, I used the SU! butterfly embosslit die with the dp for my butterflies...difficult to see but there are 3...one by the fairy, one on the right bottom corner and a little one on the top.

My second project below is for my daughter Bailey for Christmas. She is on the right. The other chickadee is my younger daughter, MacKenna. Any who, I used Graphic 45's An ABC Primer Collection( polka dots) and Once Upon a Springtime. The butterfly, photo corners and middle box of the three boxes are stickers from G 45's Graphic 45 Staples stickers....love them for shadow boxes! Before gluing the paper into the boxes, I sponged around them with a bit of black. For our challenge we needed to use metal on a project and I fit that in with the metal arrow embellishment. The words were computer generated, sponged on distressed antique linen and sponged edges with black. I matted the photo with black, used some lovely flowers and some bling rhinestone flourishes. The first picture taken is when I thought I was done...however, I had to show my fellow dt member, MariLynn and of course, she had the best advice.....Inka Gold and some pearls...also, for the sentiment which I computer generated, she recommended using 3 different fonts...I did. So there you have it, the finished product! I don't know what I'd do without MariLynn to bounce ideas off of. I thank you, gf! It's amazing how the littlest changes can make the biggest difference!!!!
Have fun and comment over at MPC (and here if you'd be so kind)


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Growing in Unity follow up

Good day!

First off, a special thanks to everyone that commented on my projects during my GIU week, last week. It means a lot.

Here are the two winners from last week....chosen by random number generator

Kim Hahn and Dana Thompson

Thanks again!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Growing in Unity day 5

                      Happy Friday! We made it through the week! I am sad my last day of GIU is today.  All good things must come to an end!                   

I decided I should close my week out with the Snowpeep Charlie. Though I have to laugh at myself at how I stamped Charlie and how he's shown on the website...shown below. You can go to him on the website here.
I made the card 4 1/4 square. The image was done with pearlescent watercolors and some SU! markers and then a light coating of slightly silver shimmer paint. The sentiment was put on white paper and punched out with modern label punch. The trees were done in green shimmer paint. I inked the embossing folder with burnt sienna and it was finished off with a wide red satin ribbon.
I have had such a fun time this week and appreciate all your comments.
Don't forget to comment on my blog each day this week to be eligible to win 25 random Unity stamps...there will be two winners!



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Growing in Unity Day 4


Welcome and thanks for visiting me on day 4 of my GIU week! Unity rocks! For today's post I sat down with an 8 x 10 canvas and Primrose DCWV designer paper. I really wanted to do some mixed media. I started ripping and making a plan. I put the papers down with mod podge..underneath and on top them. Next, I took some pale rose acrylic paint and painted the sides as well as covered up the ripped portions of paper. I stamped the flower from You are Important and embossed in black. Difficult to see in the photo, but I have a few clusters of beads-one by the flower and two by the flourish. The flourish and arrow are chipboard from Tim Holtz that I covered with distress olive embossing powder. The bird (she did it anyway)was stamped on DCWV, too and cut out and mod podged on. The sentiment was stamped and put onto dimensionals and then covered with mod podge. I used a cluster bouquet of flowers. I also added a touch of lace and a pearl brad. Kind of a wild one today, but I choose to be happy with it !!! :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Don't forget that two people have a chance to win 25 random Unity stamps for commenting on my blog every day this week!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Growing in Unity Day 3

             Happy Hump Day to everyone out in cyberspace! I am happy the week is going fast. My daughter will be home from college either tomorrow or Friday. She will be here a month and I hope it goes slowly!

Enough putzing! Today for my GIU project, I decided to go with this fabulous stamp, "Alcohol and salads" and it can be found here. This card came together quickly. I had some odds and ends designer paper sitting on my desk (anybody know the name?) and this stamp....ideas! Okay, so the green reminded me of salad! I loved a recent sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers~SC567 
That is how this card came to be! I added a piece of thick twine along with a lovely silver brad to finish it off.
Please be sure to comment on my blog every day and two random winners will receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp CO.
Thanks for taking the time to comment! It is so much fun being a GIU girl.
If you aren't familiar with them, check them out. Seriously awesome stamps...quality, images rock and my favorite thing about them is their sentiments.