Friday, January 29, 2010

1.29.10 Unity Friends With Flair

Hello an Happy Friday!!! Welcome all the friends with stampin FLAIR brought to you By Unity Stamp Co. I have 2 cards to share today. Both of my cards use the very popular My Mind's Eye Be Loved paper line along with coordinating cardstock from Prism.

My 1st card is from a sketch I found on Splitcoast Stampers. I used stamps from 2 different Unity sets. The flower and flower pot are from the Treasure To Me set and the sentiment is from Best Wishes & Blooms. I LOVE these sets, there are so many different options with them and even more when you mix & match!!!
The 2nd card has 2 stamps from different sets also. The floral image is from the Dec KOTM Delightful Moments and the sentiment is from Spring Unity. Here I used some Spellbinders dies, a Martha Stewart border punch and some stickles to add just a little sparkle.

THANK YOU for stopping by today, don't forget to go to all the blogs listed on the Unity blog so that you can find a special blinkie on one of them and possibly win 25 Unity stamps. Hope you have an awesome weekend!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Greeting Farm CHA Relay Day #2


I'm doing the CHA Relay over on The Greeting Farm this week and their galleria is down because there are SO MANY people making cards with their digi images. So, I needed to post this here today to get the next image.

This is Charlotte and I paired her with some CTMH papers and an old stamp of mine from Leave Memories(the Diva set), I thought it was just perfect for her. Sorry my papers are a little crooked!!! I was doing homework with my daughter and noticed what time it was!!! I jumped up and had to quickly put it together because I lost track of time and I didn't want to miss the next awesome image. Luckily I already had her colored and ready(I used Copics and Atyou Spica markers).
Here is my Charlotte with attitude......
Since I had to post here I thought I would also share my card from the 1st day of the relay, his name is MerIan. He is also colored with copics and atyou spica markers. I found my summertime papers and embellies from CTMH and Me & My Big Ideas. I also used a Fiskars border punch and Spellbinders tag dies.THANKS for stopping by to see my creations, please leave a comment so I know you were here. I will be back tomorrow with more to share, Until then...


It's Tart & Tangy Tuesday with The Rusty Pickle Digital Delights Design Team!!

Hello and happy Tuesday!! I'm so happy to be doing my 1st Tart and Tangy Tuesday with The Rusty Pickle Digital Delights Design team!! The challenge this week is to make a card with a Rusty Pickle Digital Image and also use the colors Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue. These colors are from Stampin Up! and if you don't have them you can use whatever you have that is closest, which is what I needed to do. After my 3 years with Close To My Heart I have cardstock that I tried to match. Here is what I came up with as an example....

My image is called a Castle For Any Princess and I fell in love with it right away!!! It's so different than other stamp image castles I've seen, so I had to have it right away. With the colors this week I decided to make a little scene with a blue sky and a green rolling meadow. The green is actually cut from a Quickutz cloud border die that I flipped and made into grass.
The blue sky is embossed with a cuttlebug folder for texture and the tag is a Quickutz die also. I colored my image with Copics and Atyou Spica glitter markers and some of the parts are paper pieced with the pink paper covered with the glitter markers. It sparkles much better in person.
The two word stamps are Unity, the flocked rub on is Heidi Swapp and the rectangle tags are spellbinders.

THANKS so much for stopping by today!! Be sure to head over to the other Design Team Blogs that I have listed over to the right. You can also go to the Rusty Pickle shop and pick up an image or a freebie so you can compete in this weeks challenge to win an image (there is a Design Team list there too). Click HERE to get to the store.

Hope you will join in with our challenge this week!! I can't wait to see what you create!! If you have any questions you can always email me, I have that link at the top middle of my blog. Have a great day and good luck in the challenge!!!


Monday, January 25, 2010

H{ippity} Hopping Monday with Some FUN Digi News!!!

Back to the beginning of another week and I'm SO glad to be H{ippity} Hopping with those of you like me, at home wishing I could be at CHA.....someday we will get there if we really want to!!!.
I have done a few of these H{ippity} hops and I am amazed at the versatility of these stamps(though we know I shouldn't be, because they are a division of Unity). I only have 2 of their sets and can find quite a few uses for them AND I haven't even used them on any layouts yet. While looking at my stamps this week, this Valentine idea came to mind, although it really wouldn't have to be a Valentine.

Here I used bazzill cardstock, Heidi Grace and Doodlebug Dp, a Quickutz die cut tag and the embellishments are from my supply. There are 3 {ippity} stamps here. The heart and journaling tag are from Life's Little Moments and the sentiment is from Simply Home. The large polka dot paper is flocked and shimmery but doesn't show well on this picture...I LOVE the feel of it.

Now for my news. Around new years I was thinking that I would like to get into the Design Team world...... after having this blog for quite a while, loving to visit other stamping blogs and leaving lots of comments where I find beauty and inspiration.....I think it is just SO MUCH FUN!!! I also love meeting people with this same passion of mine. I asked Jessica Diedrich, the brand new Unity ROCK STAR, for some advice and soon found myself a digital Design Team. I am SO EXCITED for this new adventure and look forward to meeting many more people with the same addiction and have lots of fun.

I am now a member of The Rusty Pickle Digital Delights Design Team. I have created a list on my sidebar of the wonderful and talented ladies I am joining, be sure to check out their blogs when you have a chance. THANK YOU to Heather, the Design Team Coordinator, for all of your help!!!I have been playing around with digital images and have had lots of fun with sizing and coloring so far. We will be having a challenge every Tuesday called Tart and Tangy Tuesdays and you could win digital images. I will participate in my 1st Tuesday challenge tomorrow, so be sure to come back here and check it out. There are a few freebies on the site that you could use to enter the challenge. We also have some BEAUTIFUL new releases that will be coming out Feb 1st, 2nd,3rd. I hope you are able to follow along to see the wonderful images Michelle has created!!! My VERY FAVORITE part about the digi images is that they are INSTANT, they don't have to be shipped and I don't have to stalk my mail woman (though that will probably continue too!!).

THANKS so much for visiting me today and for reading this LONG post...sorry, hope you can return soon!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Unity Friends With Flair Friday

Hello and happy Friday to all of my Unity friends out there or anyone else just stopping in!!!
Today I have 2 cards to share with you, made with some of my newer stamps that needed some attention. The first card uses 3 stamps from the Unity December KOTM delightful moments. Isn't that hot air balloon GREAT!!!!??? The papers are all from CTMH, I colored parts of the balloon with Copics, the pearls are Kaisercraft and cutting dies are Spellbinders.

For my second card I used Cardstock, Dp, ribbon and coordinating Copics from Taylored Expressions Valentine Key Ingredients. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Be Loved paper from My Mind's many of you do too....because I have been seeing it all over the place. I have 2 Unity stamps here, the flowers are from Best Wishes & Blooms and the Joy definition is from Treasure To Me. I also used a Fiskars border punch, Spellbinders dies and flower bling from CTMH that I colored with my Copics.

IF you would like to check out more info about Unity stamps and their incredible KOTM's just click on my Unity addict blinkie over on the right side. I promise you will never be disappointed with them, I have loved everything Unity since Aug 2008. That blinkie will also get you to their blog with the list of amazingly talented stampers to visit for more Unity eye candy!!! Have a great weekend and I will be posting again soon with some exciting news!!!

-Jodi C.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

...Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #57 (MTSC57)

This week I decided to try out my first Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. On January 1st I was lucky enough to get one of the limited supply stamp sets Happy Day by The Greeting Farm. Oliver and Amelia are Anya & Ian's new friends that will be officially released in March 2010. Well, my daughter is a HUGE American Girl Doll fan and these stamps look VERY similar to her Bitty Baby twins (actually Quadruplets, 2 boys & 2 girls...thanks to birthday, Grandma & Santa 2 years ago) that she LOVES and plays with ALL THE TIME!!! I decided it was time to go out of my element and make a boy card and I used this sketch as a guide to do that.
Here I used papers from My Mind's Eye, colored the image with Copics, used a Fiskars border punch, the dinosaur is Quickutz and other cutting dies are Spellbinders.
I didn't put a sentiment on the front of the card but thought it would make a nice boy birthday card, with the sentiment on the inside.

I hope you like my contribution to my 1st Mercy's sketch challenge, it was a fun card to make. I LOVE these sweet new friends of Anya and Ian and can't wait to show you how I've colored up Amelia. I also have a layout page in the works with the 4 dolls and 4 images....again, reliving my not-so girly girl childhood.

THANK YOU for checking out my creation and I am curious to know what you think of him.
Until next time,

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge

This week the Pixie Dust Challenge #4 is to make a shaped card. I chose to make mine in the shape of a flower, using a stencil that I have. I LOVE this super SWEET digital fairy image I found at Pixie dust studio. I guess I was drawn to the ETSY store by their name. I LOVE all things fairies and pixie dust, I think I'm trying to make up for my childhood when I wasn't a "girly girl".
This didn't turn out quite as I hoped, maybe I just don't like the distressing I did on the edges, I'm not sure. I colored her with copics first and then used my favorite twinkle markers...Atyou Spica. I wanted her to sparkle as much as possible...she is a fairy after all!!!
My closeup shows the sparkle a little bit better in some of the areas. All papers and the epoxy circles used here are from SEI, the cutting dies are Spellbinders and the ribbon is from my supply.

Hope you enjoyed my Fairy today, if you like it you could head on over to Pixie Dust Studio. Have a great day!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

CPS 150.......I LOVE this {ippity} tree!!!

Happy H{ippity} Hop Monday to all of my {ippity}/Unity friends and welcome to my 1st CPS sketch challenge card also!! I've had this idea in my head for a card with my favorite {ippity} tree and as soon as I saw this CPS sketch it was finally complete. Here is the CPS sketch...

And here is what I came up with....

Then a close up of that great tree from the {ippity} Simply Home set.

To emboss this image I stamped with versamark dazzle champagne and heat embossed with super fine detail gold embossing powder from Ranger. All papers are from the jillibean soup Cream of Mushroom line and die labels are Spellbinders.

THANK YOU for coming to visit today, hope you like my creation!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Wild Flower Patch

Today I would like to tell you about a new store that I found, it's called the Wild Flower Patch. I LOVE the stuff I made from there so much I put one of their badges on the right side of my blog, in case you just HAVE to have something you see. The items I got are all digital, one image and two of their Perfect Presentation Templates. Here is the 1st one I made....

This is called the My Little Bag Template and I LOVE it!!!! I have some digital templates from other places that come with ONLY the template. These come with complete instructions, extra templates for the side and top you don't have to measure the odd shapes or guestimate the size of your Dp....and this one has an extra template for an additional gift card holder to put inside. These were the easiest cardstock bags or boxes I've made. Luckily my printer will print on cardstock, otherwise you just have to make a pattern with printer paper. I just need a magnet or some velcro to hold the one side shut, but I was able to tuck the flap in without any problem.

Both projects I'm showing you use the My Mind's Eye be loved collection with coordinating Prism cardstock. The love postage stamp is from Unity's Jan 2009 kit love etc... and all die cuts are from Spellbinders.

Now for my 2nd project....

I'm not sure which of these I like better but I would lean towards this one because it has THE CUTEST image on it.....don't you agree???? Her name is Valentine Lily and she ALSO comes with options. There is the one on my Bag It Up Perfect Presentation Template and there are two more that have different sayings on the Valentine she is holding. This template has options too. The top can be a handle if you want, I just chose to punch mine and tie with a ribbon to see how it would look. You can also have a window in the front if you want.

I colored Lily with my Copics and tried to have her coordinate with this amazing paper. I used my Atyou Spica glitter markers on her shoes, the valentine, some random hearts, her eyes and eyelashes. I LOVE her little half smile. The oval and flower dies are Spellbinders. I hope you like her half as much as I do. The Wild Flower Patch has other great images like her so go check them out(all you have to do is click on their badge on the right), with digital stamps you get them right away!!! It's GREAT!!! I found some of the CUTEST Thanksgiving images... I may have to use them to scrap our incredible Thanksgiving vacation to New York City. My brother was an incredible host and he, at the very least, should have a mini book of our time there and how much it meant to us, most of all my daughter.

I hope you enjoyed my favorite new finds!!! I sure had fun making them!! Thanks for stopping and taking a peek at my creations, I really appreciate it, until next time....

More leftovers and Friends with FLAIR!!!

I decided to make another project with my Christmas/Holiday leftovers for the DIE CUTS R US leftovers challenge. I found enough of Jillibean Soup's Grandmas Christmas Soup collection to make this card. I paired it with the paper pieced Unity tree and sentiment from the Unity Dec KOTM {delightful moments} to create this 1st card. It seems to be a bit busy for me, probably because I was trying to use up the paper. All cutting dies are Spellbinders, which I love to play around with.

My 2nd card uses stamps from the Spring Unity set. The image is colored with Copics, cardstock is Prism, cutting dies are spellbinders and embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.

THANKS for visiting on this wonderful Friday and have a GREAT weekend!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leftovers......for DIE CUTS R US

This week we are suppose to make a new creation from our leftovers of Christmas/Holiday papers and here is what I came up with.

I looked through my papers and found I had enough of the My Minds Eye Colorful Christmas collection to make a nice card. The stamp is a new Wild Sprout from The Greeting Farm which I happened to get in the mail today from DIE CUTS R US, her name is Stella and isn't she precious!!! I colored her with Copics, the ribbon and all Dp is from the Colorful Christmas Collection mentioned above. The cardstock is Bazzill and the cutting dies (embossed and colored frame, labels and flowers) are all Spellbinders.

I hope you like my little "leftover Stella" and thanks for stopping bye to visit.

Have a beautiful day,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CLUB ANYA & FRIENDS Sketch Challenge

I made this card for the Club Anya & Friends Saturday Sketch challenge. Here is the sketch we used.
Here is my card based on the sketch
I used this stamp from the Miss Anya Love collection. I colored her with my favorite combination of copics and atyou Spica markers. The papers, hearts and butterfly are from SEI's Jolie Chocolat collection (I think it is SO pretty). The oval dies are spellbinders, the love die and the scalloped circle are from Quickutz. Isn't she sweet?? Perfect for a Valentine. I just LOVE the incredible "people" stamps from The Greeting Farm!!! They are so much fun to color with copics!!

THANKS for stopping at my tiny little creative place and have a GREAT DAY!!! Hope you like her.

Monday, January 11, 2010

H{ippity} Hop Monday

Hello and happy Monday to all you stampers out there. Today I made a Valentine for the H{ippity} Hop. I pulled out my very favorite of all time Basic Grey line BLUSH for this card, did you know they have fabric that matches this line now?? It is beautiful and I am working on some projects with it that I hope to share soon.
This card has 2 {ippity} stamps, the bracket and heart on the right side. They are both from the Life's Little Moments set. The 2 stamps on the card are from the Love Grows Set from Unity. All papers and fibers are Basic Grey. Ink is Unity.

Thanks for stopping to visit today and head on over to the {ippity} Blog to see the list of super talented stampers that are H{ippity} Hopping today. You can click on the title of my post or my {ippity} blinkie to the right to get there.

Have a GREAT week everyone!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

DIE CUTS R US Color Challenge

This afternoon as I was checking my blog dashboard list of blogs I came across one announcing a Design Team Call for the store DIE CUTS R US. I knew I had been to the store and Design Team Blog before and remember seeing some beautiful, inspirational projects. So I saw this great color challenge and decided to try it.... and I liked it so much I even decided to apply for the Design Team. I use most of the items they sell regularly and I love them all. The challenge is to take inspiration from the colors they use in their banner below and to create something based on that inspiration.

Die Cuts R Us

Here is what I created. I took a look in my stash after looking at the colors and found this paper from an old kit I still had, all of the paper is Collage Press. I used the new Chelsea Wild Sprout from The Greeting Farm and colored her with copics and atyouSpica glitter markers. When I finished coloring I decided I wanted to paper piece her dress instead. The sentiment stamp and frame are from Unity. All die cut shapes are Spellbinders.

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Relax....Friends With Flair!!

Happy Unity Friends with Flair Friday and thanks for visiting. Today I have one card to share with you and it uses Unity's Comfy Cozy ...I LOVE this set!!! First I was going to color the chair but then decided I wanted to make a little scene by paper piecing with Basic Grey's June Bug line.All papers, stickers and die cuts are Basic Grey, all stamps Unity and the cutting dies are from Quickutz.

Hope you have a GREAT weekend {& get to do some fun crafting/stamping} and THANKS for coming to visit!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 NEW YEAR Followers???!!

One of my resolutions this year was to add a followers list here on my blog. I follow so many blogs and love to scroll through my dashboard to check out the new posts. I find SO MUCH inspiration reading the blog entries.
Then I thought that maybe(???) there are people out there that might get some inspiration from some of my projects. SO, if you like what you see here you can click on the follow me button on the right sidebar.
Right now I have a certain number in mind, and if/when I reach that number I will have some very nice blog candy to give away to someone picked at random(it will include some never used stamps, and you will pick between a few different styles). The number is not high, it is just a lucky number of mine. I will update on that as we get closer to the number and I have absolutely no idea how long it will take.
Thank You for checking in with me, I really appreciate it!!

Sparkle Challenge by Club Anya & Friends

Here's another card I made for one of the New Years challenges over at Club Anya and Friends. I continue to practice coloring, using the markers from the monthly Copic Club at Paper Maniac(if you are interested in just trying copics I highly recommend this club, I have a blinkie you can click on over to the right). Lately I have been working on different skin and hair colorings. Around here we have different skin coloring and it also changes in the summer, so I'm trying to figure out which markers work best. I'm also trying to figure out what I like for our dark brown hair with either red or lighter brown highlights. The skin color on this card turned out darker than I wanted but I still like the look.
I LOVE to add sparkle to my images using the atyou spica twinkle markers over my copics. Here is a close up of her. I also used
Prima Design paper
Bazzill Cardstock
DCWV glitter paper
Basic Grey square purple bling
Spellbinders dies cuts and border
Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds glimmer mist
Unity sentiment stamp from the Little Buggers set

THANKS for stopping here!!

Check out this Give Away at Get Sketchy!!!

Hey All!!!
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

CLUB ANYA & FRIENDS 2010 New Years Black Tie Challenge

Over at the New Club Anya and Friends blog they listed a challenge every hour yesterday, to celebrate the new blog and 5 new releases. I've made 2 cards so far (you have until tomorrow eve) and have one I want to share with you now. It is definitely my favorite card I've made in a while. It might have something to do with Edward being on it but I do like black and white quite a bit also.

The patterned papers and circle die cut are from tinkering ink, the silver paper is DCWV, the bling and die cut scallops are Doodlebug, circle scallop die is Quickutz, oval dies are Spellbinders. He is colored with copics. I used my I {HEART} TWILIGHT set of glimmer mists from Tattered Angels for the rest of the coloring. His background is candy apple red, I used cinder and dazzling diamonds on the colored scallops. Then when it was all done I used dazzling diamonds (named after Edward) to give the entire card some great sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by,