Saturday, December 28, 2013

Unity Layout Challenge

Here are the sketches & color inspiration
from the monthly contest at
Pink & red rarely jive with my boy filled life,
so I stuck strictly to the scrapbook layout sketch.
This fall hayride theme page shows my two boys,
their 2 cousins & aunt. The leaves were stamped
using Harvest Of Memories. The title is from Love Life.

It's kind of a plain page, but I liked the photos
so much it seemed complete enough to me!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wedding + Thanks

It's Friday.
That means Friends With Flair...
a linky party on Unity's Blog!
My first card is wedding theme
using some cute birds
I just stamped them, then used a ruler to
draw a straight line for them to perch on!
Next is a "thanks" card, which we'll all be needing
after Christmas for those special givers.

I used a background stamp called
Splatter It.  The butterfly is from


Friday, December 13, 2013

FWF~ border rainbow

It's Friends With Flair over at Unity
and I'm sharing with you a fun technique.
One border stamp
three colors of ink
a fun rainbow background!
The border stamp is from the Kit Of the Month (4/12).


This is a fun way to break away from the pattern paper
background for a change & create your own color sceme.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

F.J. Tag #11

Well I'm in the final stretch of the Funkie Junkie
12 Tags of Christmas blog challenge.
Here is the #11 example:
Wow~ so pretty!
This is my favorite one so far!!!
I decided to try the tree masking idea.
Oh what fun it was!
The tree blueprint stamp is from

F.J. Tag #10

I'm still playing along with the
Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas
blog challenge.  Here is her #10 example:
I loved the silver frame,
but I heat embossed mine
instead of using the die cut.
You'll notice the ribbon, holly,
and Merry Christmas are
also similar.
(oops..the pic's a little crooked)
The sentiment is a stamp from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
She has a great selection of Tim Holtz stamps!

F.J. Tag #9

I'm going to "power post" and catch up on my
Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas entries!
Here is the example tag from Linda's blog:
I got funky with my distressing ink,
some masks & did heavy layering!
My colors mimic the #9 tag example
and also uses the same stamp sentiment
and some old music paper.

I used a stamp from the
 Funkie Junkie Boutique
called mini blueprints.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Dry Embossed Tags

I'm teaching the MOPS craft tonight
and we're making those cute jar brownie mix kits!
I made all the tags using some Tim Holtz
embossing folders.  I colored the raised portion
of the tags with Copic markers so they showed up
better & stamped "brownies" with some
Close To My Heart letter stamps.

I figured the cost of one jar gift at around $4.50
So if you'd like the recipe
it's from a Taste Of Home magazine:
1c +2 tbls flour
2/3c packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 c cocoa
1 c M & M's
On the tag:
Just add..
3 eggs
2/3 c vege oil
1 tsp vanilla
bake at 350 degrees
for 34-38 minutes
It stores for up to 6 months.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Holtz Bell

Trying out my new die cut bell from Tim Holtz...
I slapped it on a pre-printed card from DCWV.
The stamp is by Making Memories called Noel.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

Well, I'm going to share a few masculine cards today
for Unity's Friends With Flair linky party!
I'm not out "black Friday" shopping,
because it sounds dangerous!
I'll stick to a little coffee drinking &
blogging today, thank you.

This funky distress ink background
makes a manly card with Nuts & Bolts
gears and the macho jeep Having Fun.

This Something is Fishy stamp
is such a cool background.
I stamped it twice, cutting out a fish
from the extra one for that little tag.

Monday, November 25, 2013

F.J. Tag #8

(part of the 12 tags of Christmas challenge)
I loved the embossed background
with showy snowflakes and the Santa.
You can see I flipped my design.
Since I had my embossing stuff out,
I made two card backgrounds
and stuck with the same design.


The faint shading on the background is with Distress Ink colors:
faded jeans & broken china
Both are from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Unisex Card & Sunburst

I love stashing cards that can be used for either gender.
If your in a bind & need that last minute birthday card,
try making this one.  It is a quick one too, featuring
sassy embossed paper and the Unity stamp called
The paper is "old skool" & could be used for anyone that
used the old cassette tapes (cough cough)...
or a teen that thinks they're retro!

Easy, right?
And how perfect with a Itunes card tucked inside!
The next card took more time, but everyone LOVES a sunburst.
One of my sunburst cards on SplitCoastStampers had hundreds of looks.
So I interpret that as a fail safe design!

Leave me a comment on which is YOUR favorite card!
I'm curious to know by votes.
Linking up to:

Unity Monthly Challenge

Unity Stamp Company has inspired me again to give their color & sketch challenge a whirl!
The pink & orange combo was very hard for me to work with, but gave a fresh look to my cards.
It's always nice to get out of my typical rut & try something new.
This first one is my favorite, of the several I made.
It features these stamp sets:
Material Girl

Here are two more cards that I colored with Copics.

This heart is called Hello Friend,
which reminds me of my friend Erin!
She USED to stamp & this was SO her style.
Sigh, it's tragic when friends quit crafting.
The sentiment mysteriously turned up on
my craft table & suspect it is from a grab bag.

This All About Hope saying is a nice multi purpose phrase.
The papers used on all three are Authentique, Prima, K & Co.
Did you notice I used the card sketch & color board
to help me on all 3 cards?  I love the design.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Color A Scene

I've been inspired to try more stamped scenes to color.
They are challenging, so I had to take good looks at
some well done examples on Pinterest.
I didn't realize how hard they were to color until my
first attempt (epic fail).  I dare YOU to try!
Here is my finished project:
I think this is a nice blank theme card.
Hopefully it's not too boring.
The glitter on the Pinterest examples
is so fabulous & glitzy.

This stamp is Northwoods brand.
They make amazing images with birds, flowers & more!

Friday, November 15, 2013

FWF~ Angel stamp

This angel stamp from the Unity Company
is so very pretty & fun to use on cards!
I made a few different ones to
share on the Friends With Flair
linky party at the Unity blog!
Some glitter glue makes here sparkle with magic!


This stamp looks great, anyway you use her!
I cut her out for this wood background,
it turned out to be a neat contrast.


Friday, November 8, 2013

FWF~ Winter Girl

I'm normally not a people stamper,
but this ANGIEgirl from Unity was
one of two that caught my eye.
I like to dabble in coloring with Copics,
so these girls were a change of subject.

Here is a closer look at her (she sparkles).

It actually was snowing here for a while today,
massive flakes.

This one uses some ledger paper
as a background, just to be different.

I cut her out, which wasn't easy, but a very cute option!
Baby it IS cold outside.
I'm going to freeze my tushie while deer hunting this weekend.
I painted my fingernails blaze orange for good luck!
Linking up to:

MOJO 318

The first week of the month is contest time over at
MOJO Monday Blog.  Here is the sketch this week:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

F.J. Tag #7

I'm over the hump
on the Funkie Junkie's
12 Tags of Christmas
I liked the tones here,
cute snowflakes
and "Joy" sentiment.
PLUS, I dug out my embossing
folder for a little texture!
(thanks for the encouragement Linda)

That snowman stamp is a Mini Blueprint