Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Unity Inspiration Hop

     Here is a card I created with an older Unity KOM, and I would like to add it to the links for the Unity Inspiration Hop.  It is actually October 2010 and Called Take Time To Laugh.  I just love going back to older kits and picking one at random to create with. 

     My card starts with a white base.  The designer paper is Basic Grey from the What's Up collection.  I embossed my image and sentiment with WOW bright white ep, and then water colored my piece with the bird.  For embellishments I added handmade wrinkle ribbon, b&w bakers twine, some McGill punched leaves, and a smattering of enamel drops in white.

     Hurricane Joaquin will be bearing down on the east coast this weekend, and I am praying for everyone's safety.  After Sandy, I think we need to take these things seriously, even when we think the media is over hyping them.  Thanks for stopping
by and I will see you on the flip side!

Friday, September 25, 2015

All About the Journey......

     Today I would like to encourage everyone to visit the Unity Blog Hop, and check out all of the wonderful new stamps that they have on sale.  You will be truly inspired!

     On to my card.  I used the Unity stamp set called All About the Journey.  This was also one of the earliest Unity sets I acquired.  It is great for vacation cards, and cards for guys.  Mine started with a white base, with a layer of kraft striped dp.  My next layer was done with a background stamp from Stamp Camp, which was bought at a show.  I added a strip of burlap to give it a rustic feel. The images and sponging were both done with Distress Inks, cut out, and popped up.  The compass rose has some stardust pen accents with a glitter gem center.

     I would like to enter this at:

Unity Blog Hop-  Create with Unity
Cardz for Guyz- use Blue and Kraft

     Hope you enjoy a fabulous fall weekend.  We will be hanging close due to road restrictions from the Pope's visit.  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Unity Hop

     Thanks for stopping back.  I seem to be stuck on a nautical theme this week.  Tuesday night seems to be the time for the new hop at Unity, plus all of the new releases and sales!  Be sure to check it out!

     My card today uses one of my very oldest Unity Stamp sets called Bold Insight, and I just love it.  I started with a kraft base, and added a layer and a strip of Momenta designer paper (which is my new favorite go to this week).  My sentiment is big, and I used it as the focal point of my card. It was stamped with Distress Ink.  I added a ships wheel that I die cut from Darice, and some brass studs to accent.

     I appreciate the visit, and hope you will take time to visit the Unity Blog Hop, and check out all of the work from the design team and crafters.  Quite inspirational!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


     Today I would like to enter a card into the Cardz 4 Guyz #88 challenge for this week, which is embossing.  It can be dry or heated. 

     My card uses a more vintage stamp of a lighthouse which I have had for years.  It is made by Stampendous from 1997.  Phew!  It depicts the Cape Hatteras Light in NC.  I embossed it with white detail powder, colored with Distress Inks, and cut and layered with classic oval dies from Spellbinders.  My designer paper is from Momenta.  I added Memory Box/ Poppy seagull die cuts and a twine bow to complete my card.

     Please stop back later for more creations I plan on posting.  Make it a good Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Everything Changes......

     This card was created for lots of reasons.  I found a fantastic challenge with a tutorial, I wanted to use some new things, and I can not get use to the new days of doing things at some sites.

     Let me first list the challenges I am going to share this card for.

Speedy Fox and Friends #278-  I just had to try this tutorial!
Unity Blog Hop-  Day has changed to hook up those Unity Stamp projects.  I used their sentiment.
NBUS #5- My Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves, and my Unity sentiment are new to me.

     The tutorial over at Speedy Fox and Friends was really fun!  I started with a white base, added a piece of designer paper that has gold leaves.  I positioned my mini bricks stencil from Crafters Workshop, and pounced it with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink.  Next I took a background stamp from Stamp Camp and with black ink, I stamped through the openings in the stencil to create a layered look.  I cut my leaves from kraft and sponged them with white on the edges.  I stamped, colored, and fussy cut my morning dove for The Artist Stamps in CA.  (very old but favorite stamp from my collection).  My Unity sentiment was stamped, colored to match my dove, and punched with an SU! circle punch. This was from one of my Unity prize bags.   Random sequins were added for sparkle.

     I so appreciate your visit, and hope you visit again.  Thanks!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Darnell is Having an NBUS Challenge #5!

     Oh, how I love when there is an NBUS!  Darnell has so many amazing sponsors this time, it will make you squeal!  What is an NBUS, you say?  It is a challenge where you use never before used stuff.  If you would like to check it out, please visit, comment, and perhaps play along.  It started today, and continues until the 18th.  It can be found here.....DJKardKreations.  Read the rules, and get inspired!  This is #5!

     Okay on to my card!  Besides the fact that I have used a few of my new stuffs to create with, I have also used scraps of card stock from my bin to cut my elements.  (always a bonus to use things up)  I started with a rust base, cut my next layer with a Lil' Inkers stitched rectangle, My image is new to me, and was buried in my digi files.  Sorry no designer name attached.  (please advise if you know, thanks!)  I cut and embossed a SB oval and did the same with my farmer image.  My corn dies are also new to me, and they are from My Favorite Things.  I topped it off with a Lil' Inkers small sun die, which is also new.  I threw on a rustic twine bow, and a little computer generated sentiment, since I could not come up with one the right size, and attached it to a Simple Stories banner, from a new pack of fall die cuts.  I am pleased with this card, I do believe!  I normally struggle with masculine cards.

     I would also like to enter this masculine card at:
Pixie's Snippets Playground #193-  Must use snippets
Cardz for Guys #87- 3 of something (my corn stalks)

So glad you visited!  Maybe you can find something to inspire you.  Have a great week!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Make it Colorful!

     Today I would like to share with you a card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week, called Make It Colorful.  I recently purchased this SU! stamp set called Over the Rainbow.  I was quite surprised at what a few colorful ink pads could do.

     The inks used are Ridinghood Red, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Pacific Point, Vintage Violet, and Gumball Green.  My sentiment is stamped in Memento, and I used a water brush to coordinate my rainbow letters.  I used one dimensional to raise my fussy cut sun.

     I do believe I will enter this over at Little Red Wagon #305, Clean and Simple.  I think one dimensional makes it pretty clean, right?

     I appreciate the visit, and hope you enjoy this end of summer holiday!

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Couple of Challenges!

     Here is a card I created for a couple challenges... I am trying to beat the clock on one.

 I used the following items:

Dies:  Darice for the flourish, and Elizabeth for the negative on the words.
Papers:  Recollections and Basic Grey
Punches: Flowers and Bird are from SU!
EF:  Cuttlebug woodgrain, also dotted swiss on the birds wing.
Embellishments:  pearls from Recollections

     My first is for Mark's Finest Paper, Speedy Challenge- Sympathy Card.
Second is for Pixie's Snippets Playground # 192 where you use snippets all the time.
The third is SOS #217  Put a Bird on it!

Sorry this is so rushed!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Little Flair!

     Happy Friday!  This will be my second time typing this post, since Blogger was so kind as to not allow me to add the picture, when I had completed typing.  Ugh!  I used stamps from 2 of the recent Unity KOM.  They were May and July.  I love this pretty gown, and I had never inked it before.  The font for the Happy Birthday is so pretty, also.

      I started with a cranberry card stock base, a layer of pink card from Bazzill, some designer Basic Grey scraps, and a top layer of white.  My 2 layers were cut with Lil' Inker stitched rectangle dies.  I added Prima flowers, Recollections pearls, and tiny negative hearts cut with a border punch.  Sparkle was added with a Stardust pen.  This will be perfect for a sweet princess!

     This will be entered at the following:

Unity, Friends with Flair-  Use Unity
Pixie's Snippets Playground #191-  Use snippets
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-  Anything Goes

     Enjoy this weekend, as summer winds down.  The week ahead has the unknown with Storm Erika.  Be safe if you end up in her path.  Thanks for the visit!

Friday, August 21, 2015

That Stinks!

     Today I have a card that uses the "That Stinks" stamp set from Unity.  I will be entering this in the Friday, Friends with Flair share this week.
     My skunk is a little mottled, since I was trying recreate one that I have had running around my yard at night.  I did this with my Copic 0.  It removed the color to give me some texture.  We also have one that is almost completely white.  I spotted him down by the lake, looking for grubs.  So, I am thinking that the mottled one is an offspring of Whitey.  ( I thought whitey was a shopping bag blowing around, until I saw it was going in circles.)  I used all paper scraps, my inks were Copic, and my sponging is SU! ink.  There was some fussy cutting, and  For embellishments, I used lines of sticky back pearls which I bought at a show.
     Have a fantastic weekend, everyone.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Had To Try One!

     There have been so many versions of cards with little Minions, that I just had to try and create one for myself.  The biggest thing is to get the shape right, and I found that Spellbinders Labels Nine contained that perfect bean shape.

     The clothing is a whole other thing.  I found printable Minion gear on Pinterest!  All I had to do was figure out the right scale and print!  My sentiment is also printed and is from TLC Creations.  The stitched clouds are a die from Lil Inkers.  I used a negative scrap for my circle opening.  Also I sponged a nice blue sky for a background, also on a scrap. Some Glossy Accents on the goggles, and a strip of Washi on the bottom, and I am calling this card done.

     I do believe I shall post this over on Pixie's Snippets Playground # 190, since I used up bits from my desktop!  Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Twofer

     Recently I have been creating for the shear fun of creating.  Today I would like to share 2 winter cards I made this week.  My first card is my version of a card I saw on Pinterest,  I did some layers, stamped trees with Smoky Slate, using the SU!, Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  Next step was to cut a heart, using a SB die on black, and pop it up over the trees.  My die cut trees are from Simon Says Stamp/Memory Box, and are called Small Forrest Tree. The sentiment is from SU! Watercolor Wings.  I added pearls for snow, and large silver sequins snowflakes as embellishments. A strip of Washi tape was added across the bottom.

     I have been liking the dramatic look of black and white lately so I went with it for card number two, also.  I did the typical graduated layering, added a piece of designer paper from Bo Bunny's Altitude collection.  After cutting a classic oval from SB, I ran it through an embossing folder with snowflakes.  My large focal snowflake is a recent purchase of Darice dies.  I am liking that one.  My greeting is are dies from SB.  I added a sparkly snowflake sticker for some glitz.

    They were fun to create, and I am glad to have a couple more holiday cards completed!  I always enjoy your visits and comments.  Thanks!