Friday, April 29, 2011

FWF- Canvas Tags

I am SOOO loving Lesley Langdon's Unity TV posts
Aren't YOU?!
Her latest version (#8) had me running to my craft room.
Unfortunately, I only have WHITE acrylic paint.
I don't know. I rarely use paint I guess...
{that must HORRIFY Lesley! sorry dear}

So I worked with what I had on hand and this is what I came up with:
 These stamps are from the Unity and Echo Park co-brand set With Love
The brad has glitter on it so it didn't photgraph well-oops!

Here's my second attempt:
The butterfly is from a KOTM and the sentiments are from my Melody Ross set
I really liked how Lesley made the two stitches so I had to try that myself.
The ink I used was Momento Tuxedo Black and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China.
I also did two sprays of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink

Thanks for stopping by... I always love to hear what you think!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sending You Hugs

I've been having so much fun practicing my Copic coloring skills lately
though I really need to spend some time watching some "How-To" videos.
Any recommendations?
I would love to learn how to mix colors.

My Favorite Things has stamp line titled Pure Innocence that I adore!!!
My stamp count is currently THREE of these sweet little ladies...

Here's a close up for you:

I like putting these girls on simple cards...they really are cute enough by themselves don't ya think?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lacey Bug Creations

It's funny how people come in and out of your life. 
Today I want to tell you about Lacey...
Lacey is a friend from high school and well...
I don't think we've actually seen each other face to face in 10 years
We've reconnected through Facebook and bonded over our LOVE for all things creative.
I admire Lacey for her ability to go outside the paper crafting world.
She has so many talents!!!

 Recently I was LUCKY enough to WIN a give away she had for Earth Day,
I won a Coffee Cozy and Hair Candy from her Etsy shop
and let me tell you I was THRILLED!!!
I really wanted to show my blog land friends her ah-MAZING knitting
{and brag a little about my win}

Check out this cute cute CUTE Coffee cozy:

Here is the winning cozy I chose:
Who doesn't LOVE mustard and blue? soooo summer-y

I also won a BROWN version of her hair candy:
On Thursday April 28th for a Memory Works blog hop
one lucky commenter will WIN
a NEW item (never seen before) from her Etsy shop!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tweet Tweet!

Unity's gone to the birds!
The April-May monthly challenge is all about BIRDS!
This month you can win 100 random Unity stamps AND a kit of your choice.
Seriously that would be like a DREAM!!!

So here is my entry:
The bird and sentiment are from my all time favorite Unity and Melody Ross set
The paper is October Afternoon and I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain.
My newest addiction is My Favorite Things dienamics.

I used their rolled flower for the center of my bow.
I distressed the edges of the flower as I rolled kinda hard to see in this picture.
I will be playing around with this so there will be more in the future...

Have a great week, I will be following the royal wedding closely,
 I just love a story about a princess!!!

Cake Pops

So I took a little detour from scrappin'...
Being the coffee addict I am, I frequent the nearby Starbucks drive through.
Those who can relate must have seen the "cake pops" they recently started selling.
Well bells and whistles started going off in my head, "Hey, I think can make those!"

  I hate those bells and whistles, they seem to keep going off until I complete the project.

So here they are, my very own homemade Cake Pops:

Simple to make though not nearly as beautiful as the Starbucks ones.

1. Make a box cake and let it cool.
2. Crumble the cake. (I used my Cuisinart hand blender grinder attachment)
3. Mix entire can of frosting in with the crumbs. (I used whipped so it would stir in easier)
4. Roll into balls (think golf ball) and cool in refrigerator on wax paper.
5. Melt chocolate candy (I used Wilton's light chocolate) in microwave.
6. Dip sticks into melted chocolate 1st and then push into the cake balls.
7. Quickly sprinkle with desired toppings.
8. Let dry upright in Styrofoam (they dry really fast and can be transferred to a plate)

* Wilton also makes "Pops Favor bags" $1.99 for 12.
 They worked great to package these. I got all the things I needed at Michael's.

HERE is a link to another brave soul who made her own cake pops.

They taste like brownies on a stick, seriously yummy though you really only want one, kinda rich.

AND I was invited to a linky party HERE

Friday, April 22, 2011

FWF Suzi Blu

Happy Easter Weekend blog hoppers!
Here is my one and only Suzi Blu stamp... I just bought her from i {heart}papers.
I think she is simply DARLING!

She is framed in the stamp from the With Love Unity and Echo Park set.
I colored her with my Copics and added some Diamond Stickles to her flowers for a little sparkle.

Don't forget to leave comments on ALL the blogs for a chance to win UNITY STAMPS!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Blog Candy WINNER!!!!

True Random Number Generator

#17 is:Blogger Scrapcollectr
I just became a follower of your happy blog!
April 15, 2011 10:22 PM

Congratulations! So fun to WIN a drawing isn't it?!
Please email me (in my profile on the right) your mailing address
and I can get your prize in the mail next week.

Thanks to everyone who participated, I so appreciate ALL of your comments on my work!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

FWF-Cosmo Cricket Upcycle

Please check out my post for your chance to win an
October Afternoon GIVE AWAY!!! Deadline: April 15th 11:59 PM CDT

Friday's are becoming my favorite days to blog...
I just LOVE to read everyone's comments and
hop along to see what awesome Unity projects you have to share!
Find the entire list of Friends with Flair HERE

I made two of the same cards with slight variations:
And the second one:
I used the itty bitty Rain or Shine and Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle paper line.
I really enjoyed paper piecing this image...
I added some Wrinkle Ribbon I purchased on Etsy.

As always, thanks for your comments. They mean so much to me!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Favorite Things Sketch

Please check out my post for your chance to win an
October Afternoon GIVE AWAY!!! Deadline: April 15th 11:59 PM CDT

I have started a small collection of My Favorite Things stamps.
I only have three so in my quest to learn more about MFT
I stumbled upon this sketch challenge over at SCS:

Here's my take on the sketch:
 This little dinosaur had me smiling the whole time I was coloring him...
I imagine my sweet little nephew Bennett wearing something like that for Halloween someday.

Hope he made you smile too... Have a great week!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Unity's 'Fashion' Challenge

Please check out my previous post  for your chance to win an
October Afternoon GIVE AWAY!!! Deadline: April 15th 11:59 PM CDT

This is Unity's second month of the "New Unity Challenge" found on their blog.
The theme is 'Fashion'
I'm more of jeans and t-shirt kinda gal but I took shot anyway...
Here's my attempt:
I wanted a retro old time-y sorta feel so I used October Afternoon's
Modern Homemaker paper line.
As some of may know, October Afternoon's paper does not use true white color
so I inked my white paper with Tim's Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.
I paper pieced the yellow polka dot ribbon belt
and added some bling with my iRock tool.

The dress form is called classic beauty and
the sentiment is from the set undeniably you.

This is my second 5x5 card... I think I'm getting better. ;)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

New Blog Design

{Welcome to my updated blog space}

I hope you love it as much as I do!!!
To celebrate all this excitement, I have some blog candy to GIVE AWAY!
drum roll puhleeze....

How about some October Afternoon products?
I am lucky enough to live in Minnesota and
was able to check out their warehouse sale last month...
I picked up a few extra things to give away to those who were less fortunate!

Here's how to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you think about my new blog design.
2.  Become a follower and leave a separate comment telling me you did.
3. Grab my Blog Button on display it on your blog...(you can find it on the right side)
don't forget to leave a comment telling me you did!

There you have it, 3 ways to win!!!
ooo how exciting!!!

**I will choose a winner in ONE week on Saturday April 16th **

Friday, April 8, 2011

Butterfly Love-FWF

The first step is admitting your powerless; typically over alcohol but
I have an obsession of the mind... butterflies. 
I don't know at what exact moment it happened but
I love them.  Like really a lot!!!

I made this card with October Afternoon paper
and no big Unity Stamps!
The sentiment is from the Quote Bundle Pack,
which is well worth every penny!!!

Oh and don't forget to check out the April KOTM:

Have a great weekend blog hoppers, thanks for visiting!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Enjoy this Day

Today I have a HAPPY card to share...
If you haven't noticed I really like to use kraft as a base for my cards.

One of my crafty friends uses VersaMark to create subtle backgrounds
and I've always liked her results
 so be kind, this is my FIRST attempt.

I think it's growing on me...
This bike and balloons image is a Unity KOTM stamp from February's kit...
I colored the balloons with my Copics and plan to try some paper piecing soon.

Here's a close up to show the dimension:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!
Have a wonderful Tuesday,
I'll see you later this week! :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mini's make me HAPPY

A quick little post for quick little cards:

I really like making mini's (3x3)
They are a great way to use up your scrap paper AND they don't take very long to create.

I used a combination of Unity stamps and Close to My Heart stamps on all 6.
Hope you like 'em!!!

i {heart} 2 stamp... SFYTT

I have become a HUGE sketch fan. 
I really struggle to make cards.
They don't come very natural to me so sketches help me get started
and it doesn't hurt that sometimes there are prizes!!!
Unity is sponsoring the April sketch at

SFYTT (sketch for you to try)

Here is my entry:
I used Unity February KOTM stamps with Bella Blvd paper (my new FAV)
I have never done a 5x5 card...I think I need a little more practice.

Friday, April 1, 2011

FWF + Bella Blvd

Whoa that was a fast week huh?!
I am looking forward to the weekend...
 FWF always gets me in the mood to get crafty.
Check out the full list of FWF blogs HERE 
When Bella Blvd & Unity came out with this Tail Wagger Itty Bitty
I just KNEW he had to be mine...
We have FOUR dogs
and TWO of them look quite similar to this spotted image.

I used Bella Blvd's Family Dynamix paper line to display this happy creature.
A scalloped circle punch, a sentiment from Happy Everything,
a few pop dots and your done.

Thanks for stopping by,
I look forward to hearing what you think!