Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My 100 challenge: COMPLETE!

I totally love this VERY simple mini set...
Sometimes I over think my creations, this one practically made itself!
I love when that happens!
I chose my ink colors first and matched the paper to the ink.

The bold "thanks" sentiment is from the Unity Sentiments O'Simple set
This mini set left me with only ONE project to complete in my challenge...
Now, I could've made one more mini but it didn't seem right.

So my FINAL project is a layout featuring my bestie Jen on her 28th Birthday:
I just LOVE the "junkie" scrapbook type feel of this page!

I can't believe I did it! I completed 100 cards/layouts!!!
It sounded impossible and at times felt like the impossible
But with the support of my followers and the sweet comments you left,
I'm done!!!

I have great news too, I start working PT at my LSS in Pine City, MN next weekend!
Here is the link:  The Pine City Scrapbooking Co.
I can't wait to meet lots of crazy paper crafting lovers like me.

Look for my Growing in Unity week October 17th-21st

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm famous...

Well not really...not even a little. BUT check me out over on the Cosmo Cricket blog!
That's Lindsay, I'm a big fan.

I'll post more Scrapfest 2011 photos later :)

Thanks Sew Much!

Unity + My Minds Eye = CUTE!!!
I went distress ink happy on both cards... sometimes you just HAVE to!
I received this first Unity Stamp, the thread spools, in a grab bag.
LOVE it but I don't have one of those cute "sew" sentiments so I made my own.

The second card was sorta fun.
a 5x5 base made the little squares fit better.
I really like flat cards best because they are so much easier to mail.
So, no dimension here.
{Oh and the squares are meant to be a little wonky}

Just a few more cards to post and my challenge is complete!
I have a mini set to post that is SUPER plain and CAS, I adore it!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Urban Dictionary said, "Rawr" means "I love you" in dinosaur.
I thought that was quite helpful actually! LOL

Lovin' this Bella Blvd + Unity dino, I see him being around in my life for a long time.
Such a cute little monster for children's cards
but he might even be kinda cute on Valentine's Day cards as well?
ANYHOW, I love him.
I don't often use Thickers on cards because I'm usually stamping my sentiment.
However, you gotta switch it up every now and then right?!

He's colored with Copics but he'd also be darling paper pieced.
The ideas are already starting...

Thanks for stopping by!

Cosmo Cricket Thank You's

Here are a couple of clean and simple thank you cards
I made with Cosmo Crickets Upcycle line.
I think it's so girly and fun!
I inked the edges with grey ink...
 it just seemed to match better than my usual brown or black.

And you can never have too many thank you cards on hand...

Happy day

I have already done a page about Bennett's 1st birthday using his professional cake smashing pics
but I wanted to scrap a few snapshot photos.
Mostly because I can't get enough of the his smiling face in the photo on the left.
Seriously you can't help but giggle when you see that cubby happy face!

This was a Jillibean Soup Sketch that I didn't finish in time for their deadline-oops!
The ticket is a Unity stamp and the twine is from The Twinery.
Simple but different for me... I rarely think to put my title going up the side.

10 left in my challenge!  {Well I actually have them done...} I just have to get blogging.
We've been having Internet difficulty. sooo frustrating!

Also, We had an UH-MAZING time at Scrafest!!!
I'm looking forward to showing all the goodies I made and all the "celebrity" photos I got!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Furry Friend

 Check out my darling baby boy Remington; "Remy" for short.
He is spoiled, entitled, chicken, and the best 40 lb lap dog around!!!

This Bella Blvd Tail Waggers collection was made for an animal lover like me.

The simple design was chosen to show off the picture and the title.

Just a quick post today... I hope you're having a fabby week!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More Bella Layouts

For as often as I make and share cards, my heart really is with layouts.
I love the feeling when it's complete and the satisfaction of adding one more page to your favorite album!
Today I have two Bella Blvd layouts created with their Mr. Boy collection.

This first layout is of my nephew born over a year ago now. 
And he is ALL boy! 
I tried the hand stitching technique on this page and really like the look but it's a long process!

The second layout is of my nephew from my husbands side. 
He is very special to us and was our ring bearer in our wedding. 
I think he is the most adorable and silly little man I know!

Thanks for checking out this post!
Count down to Scrapfest: 2 days! AHHHH

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Vertical Sketch Challenge

I'm so excited to share another very simple card.
Check out the link to the Moxie Fab World Challenge HERE
I really loved this love love
I had all intentions of following the sketch exactly but my card had a simple mind of it's own:
Using Crate Paper Portrait Collection scraps, some scrap lace, twine
and super old never opened typewriter letters...
This is what I came up with!
I like the rounded edges on the bottom.
I only did two banners and a sentiment in the upper left corner just didn't seem right.

Hope like it as much as I do, leave a comment; let me know what you think!

Square Sketch Challenge

My second entry over at Moxie Fab World blog.
Check out the sketch provided:
They are very clear that the flower indicates a "design element"
and doesn't actually have to be a flower...
So I took them up on the idea and pulled one of my favorite Unity Stamp Co. set's:  "She Said"
I adore this sassy lady and really should use her more often.

VERY clean and simple but that's ok every now and then.
and I like it.
Lots of entries on this challenge but still plenty of time to join the fun!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Moxie Fab World Horizontal Sketch

I am one busy girl this weekend! Lots of fun projects to share...
Once I started, I just couldn't stop!
I made a card for the Horizontal Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
Here's their challenge:
And here's my take on the design:
I used Crate Paper's Portrait Collection and Unity Stamps.
I think the sentiment 'possibilities' goes perfectly with the butterfly.

There's still time to play, enter before September19th!

CAS-ual Fridays CFC#19

I've wanted and had many plans to enter the challenges over at the
CAS-ual Fridays blog but the is my first official try! So excited about it too!

The challenge is to use the paper piecing technique on a fall themed card.

These adorable stamps are from the Bella Trees set from Unity Stamp Co
I used Echo Park paper and some navy ribbon and twine to add a little something extra.
A not-so-funny story about this card:
I originally made the card upside down (or backwards)
I had to cut the front off and mount on the red paper to flip it right side up!
I swear it's amazing I function some days...LOL

Can't Thank You Enough PDCC98

love, LOVE the colors in this Play Date Cafe challenge!
Check 'em out:
Super classy and different, just gorgeous!
Here's my card:
I used a My Favorite Things Stamp from the set Polka Dot Greetings
This October Afternoon paper was made for this color challenge.
I love it when plan comes together. ;)

...add ribbon, ink the edges with Walnut Stain and you're done!

Unity's September Sketch Challenge

It happened AGAIN!
I forgot to use a KOTM stamp for the challenge! *grrr*
So, instead of giving up, I got my head on straight and made another card...
The sketch:

My first try uses one of my favorite quotes of all time from the

Here's my successful entry using KOTM stamps I received in grab bags:
I think the Crate Paper is what makes this so pretty...
I also distress inked the edges withTim Holtz Antique Linen.
There are Diamond Stickles on the swirl that sparkle nicely in real life.

There's still LOTS of time to enter.  If you win,
you chose any one Kit of the Month PLUS 100 random Unity stamps
Now THAT'S a prize!

Friday, September 9, 2011

FWF Bella Layout

I feel like I have been so busy lately that once a week posts are becoming the norm.
I don't want to get in that habit; my excuse is the awesome Midwest weather
and my new bike. :)

So a few weeks ago I tried out for my first design team spot with Bella Blvd.
I've never even submitted anything for publication so this was a LONG shot.
Obviously I didn't get selected but the excitement has me thinking I might try something like this again.

Here is one of the layouts I made:

I used Unity's Sunny Happy Skies and I paper pieced the butterfly which I received in a grab bag.
The month in the bottom corner is from Just the Ticket

I absolutely LOVE this layout and the photo of my mother and me.
It's just so "us."

Here's a link to the Unity Blog to check out all the Friends with Flair participants.
ONE week from today I will be at SCRAPFEST!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

FWF a card + a tag...

Once again, I am thankful it's Friday!
and a 3 day weekend to boot!
and I get to see my niece and nephew!
...Could I BE any happier?!

When I'm giddy happy like this Bella Blvd is the best design paper to
play with...
you cannot be crabby when you have such sunny bright colors in your face.

Originally I made this with the thought I'd use it for my soon to be 4 year old niece's Birthday;
Who knows if it will actually be used for that by October but we'll see:

The clouds are from Sunny Happy Skies
The owl is from Mix Up of Cuteness
{I did break out the Copics to color the owl}
And now a simple tag for some extra fun today:
sentiment is from the Life Becoming kit
and that yellow crown is from the set I Adore You
Don't forget to stop by the Unity Stamp Co blog to see all the Friends with Flair participants.