Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Friends With FLAIR with some Artful Inkables

Hello and welcome to my Friends with flair contribution on this last Friday of February 2010, where does the time go???!!! If you just happened upon my blog today or are new to Friends With Flair Friday you should start by checking out the Unity blog here. There you will find a list of todays blogs with beautiful eye candy and it will tell you how you could win 25 Unity random stamps. If you find the special blinkie on someones blog be sure to leave a comment and you will have a chance to win.

My 1st card uses the tree stamp from Unity's Welcome Little Sprout set. I paper pieced the tree and also made it longer so it would fit right with the little scene I wanted to make. To do that I just stamped the trunk a few extra times, then cut it out, trimmed some of the pieces and glued them together. The reading girl and the sentiment stamp are from the Think Big set by Artful INKables and I created this card for their Think Ink Challenge#14 Naughty or Nice.... this card is nice.

Papers are Making Memories Garden Party line, the girl is colored with Copics and the small tag for the sentiment is from Spellbinders.




My 2nd card uses stamps from Unity's new Feb KOTM {Nothing but Blue Skies}. I LOVE this kit!!! It has SO MANY GREAT sentiments, I know I will find many uses for them for a very long time!!

Here the cardstock is Bazzill, Bling is from CTMH and the image is colored with my Copics. The Dp is Basic Grey's June Bug line, border punch is Martha Stewart and dies are Spellbinders.



THANK YOU for coming to see my creations, these two were lots of fun to make. I really appreciate your kind comments and I apologize if I do not make it around to your blogs every week. Today it may not be so easy because my daughter is off from school and I don't like to spend our time on the computer. Hopefully I will be able to get around to everyone over the weekend at least...we'll see. I am always amazed at the inspiration I get from all of the AMAZING projects you all come up with!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
{{BIG HUGZ}}
-Jodi

Monday, February 22, 2010

H{ippity} Hop Monday with Taylored Expressions

Happy H[ippity} Hop Monday!!! I have one card to share today, using my new {ippity} set Just Wanted to Say. I've loved this set for it's beauty and versatility ever since I saw it, and now thanks to Jen (She's an {ippity} chick and you can find her at Jen's Cup of Creations) and her awesome blog candy I get to play with this set myself.

When I saw what was happening over at Taylored Expressions I knew this was the perfect set for that project. So I decided to do their sketch Challenge too, here is the sketch to use for inspiration....



My card has the beautiful frame and Thinking of you stamp from the {ippity} set mentioned above. The dragonfly stamp is from Unity's Oct 2009 Kit where ever you go. The rest of the supplies are from the February 2010 Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients except for the bling (doodlebug) and the black scalloped cardstock strip (Bazzill). The ingredients this month are black and white (which I LOVE) with some complimentary colors that pop. The colors to "pop" are beautiful and I can't wait to play with it a little more. Hope you like what I came up with.





The dragonfly is on my card for a special reason. Taylored Expressions is having a dragonfly card drive for parents that have suffered the loss of a newborn child. When I was in college I worked as a nursing assistant in a birthing center, and I have helped take care of some families suffering this loss. I think this card drive is a wonderful idea and if you would like to know more about it you can click here to get to their blog.
THANKS for coming over on this Monday, have a FABULOUS week and I hope to see you soon.
{{HUGZ}}
Jodi

Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy Friday Full of Friends with Flair!!!

Hi to my fellow Unity Addicts full of Flair and to anyone else that is just stopping by. If you did not get a chance to check out the Unity blog yesterday, you REALLY should head on over there to check out the new look. Angela also made a few additions to the new blog and they are AWESOME!! You can get there by clicking here.

Next, I need to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Jen from Jen's Cup of Creations. I was lucky enough to win her Blogaversary Blog candy and the package she sent me was AMAZING!!!! Jen is an {ippity} chick and she included the {ippity} SET Just Wanted To Say.....in the blog candy. If you would like to check out her blog or her {ippity} stamps for sale, click on the link above. THANK YOU Jen, it will be so much fun creating with all of the goodies!!

I hope you have had a GREAT week and that you have been able to get some fun stamping time in. I am a very excited stamper this week because yesterday I found out I won the Artful INKables think INK Challenge. So, I won some of their stamps, YEAH!!! Winning stamps is always great, I have 3 of their sets that I LOVE, can't wait to get more!!

My card I have to share with you today is definitely related to my mood this week, but I didn't really realize it until it was done. Do you ever do that?? I picked the paper and stamps, put everything together and went WOW!! That's how I've felt this week. Here it is....




I have been REALLY wanting spring to come along, just like always at this time of the year, but this week has been bad. That explains the papers and all of the butterflies. I have also had some things happen that have reminded how important my family really is to me, they (especially my mom) have helped me through some very tough times and are always there for me. That explains the sentiment. Another wonderful family thing has been watching my cousin play on the USA Olympic Hockey team this week. My brother was in 3 summer Olympics and I was lucky enough to go to 2 of them. It is such an AMAZING thing, there is nothing like the Olympics. I LOVE seeing all of the different countries coming together peacefully. OK, sorry for my rambling today when there are so many fabulous stampers to visit. Here is the recipe for my card, THANK YOU SO MUCH for visiting today....hope to see you again soon!!!

Making Memories- papers, ribbon and butterfly shaped paper from journaling notebook- all Flower Patch Line
Unity Stamps- circle sentiment from Birdie Inspiration, 3 butterflies from Bevy of Butterflies
Martha Stewart- border punch
Quickutz-scalloped circle die
Versafine black ink and Memento Summer Sky ink

{{HUGZ}}
-Jodi

Monday, February 15, 2010

Artful Inkables Think INK Sketch Challenge #13

Today I decided to try a sketch challenge from Artful Inkables. I really liked the sketch when I first saw it, but when I pulled out the three sets of Artful Inkable Stamp Sets that I have I was having a hard time coming up with a card for this sketch.....I'm not sure why.? So, eventually I decided on using different stamps that I had planned and also decided to make a bookmark instead of a card. Here is the sketch


I've actually wanted to make a bookmark ever since I got these stamps, for my favorite all time book saga (and maybe some of yours too), Twilight. Here is how it turned out.




This bookmark is wider than the "standard" bookmark, but I like them that way. First, I must apologize for the very poor picture. I finished this at night and just could not get anything that looked well even with my Ott Light(that usually works for me).I actually ended up using all 3 sets of Artful Inkable stamps that I have on this. The books stamp is from the Think Big set, the sentiment and fangs are from Fictionally Inspired and the feathers paper pieced on the top book are from Into the Moonlight.
I used my set of I {HEART} Twilight Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist that I won back in November, which I love ,and helps it shimmer and shine.....but I think that also made the picture more difficult at night, it really is beautiful in person. I may try taking another picture during daylight. So , the red papers are white cardstock covered in Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist. The red printed paper and the black and white paper are from Making Memories. The books and feather images are colored with Copics. Instead of tearing the bottom piece of paper I chose to use a Martha Stewart Border Punch and the square dies are from Spellbinders.
I stamped the fangs in red ink after I sprayed the cardstock with glimmer mist, hope you can see that. Then when everything else was done, I sprayed the entire bookmark with Dazzling Diamonds glimmer mist, can you tell that I LOVE that stuff???
Well, I hope you like my little bookmark. I know I will get a lot of use out of it. THANK YOU so much for stopping here, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you.

{{HUGZ}}
-Jodi

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Stamping Bella LOVE ME DO Blog Hop

Hello and Happy Saturday!!!
Thanks so much for stopping here on your way through the Stamping Bella LOVE ME DO Blog Hop!!! I am SO HAPPY to be a part of it!! IF you've just happened upon my blog, you can click here to start from the beginning at Bloggabella.
Can you believe that it wasn't until very recently that I got my 1st Stamping Bella stamp?? Well, I love them and am so glad I got them in time for this hop!!! I chose to make my card with Ella Lollipop because I just couldn't wait to color her, and here is what I came up with.





Isn't she Sweet?!? I know you've seen her MANY times...I have too. But she is just so cute!! OK, on to my recipe. All papers and embellishments are from Making Memories Love Story line, Except for the red foil. That is from Spellbinders along with 1 oval and 2 scalloped oval dies and the border punch is Martha Stewart, she is colored with copics.
In addition to the FABULOUS eye candy throughout the hop, Stamping Bella has decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop. One pre-selected blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $25 gift voucher to Stamping Bella!!! The fun part is...they aren't telling you who it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win....and who wouldn't want that prize?!?! The winner will be announced on Friday in the Stamping Bella Splitcoast forum.

THANKS so much for your visit, next you get to head over to Jackie's blog and I am sure she will have some AMAZING eye candy, as always!!!
{{HUGZ}}
-Jodi




Friday, February 12, 2010

Another Unity Friday Full of Flair!!!

Welcome to my friends with Flair and other fellow stampers, Thanks so much for visiting today. I have one card to share with you today that has some beautiful Unity stamps on it. I also used the sketch from this weeks Taylored Expressions sketch Challenge.


To create my card I used Taylored Expressions January Key Ingredients for all of my papers. Included in that kit are the Basic Grey Nook & Pantry Dp. The sentiment and image stamps used are from Unity's The Artist In You set by Donna Downey. Here is how it turned out.


I took this image at night with my Ott Light and just couldn't get a great picture. I usually have the problem of my sparkle not showing but here I have the opposite. I heat embossed the image by stamping first with Versamark Dazzle in Champagne, Then I used Chocolate Sparkle embossing powder by Sparkle & Sprinkle. As you can tell it has LOTS of sparkle....which I love, but it does look much better in person. I also used spellbinders dies for the large rectangles, and a quickutz die for the scalloped circle. On the bottom of the striped paper I used a Martha Stewart border punch.
If you haven't been to the Unity blog yet you should start there to see the list of all of the friends with flair, click here to get there.
One of the blogs will have a special blinkie and if you leave a comment there you could win 25 random Unity stamps, so be sure to visit all of the participants.

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you liked my creation. I will be back tomorrow as a part of the Stamping Bella LOVE ME DO blog hop. It should be lots of fun so be sure to stop back again.
Have an awesome weekend!!!
{{HUGZ}}
-Jodi

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pure Innocence Valentine

Hello Stampers,
Today I am sharing a card with you that I made for some challenges, the sketch I used is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
This is the 1st time I have done this challenge and I thought it was a great sketch. Here is my card.....


I was so excited to find that you can get some of the Pure Innocence stamps as Digis, I just happened upon a blog where someone had used one for a card. Here is where you can find them, they are made by Heather Ellis. I think they are all JUST SO ADORABLE, it is very hard to pick, but I really liked this one for my cards.
supplies used
Digital Stamp by Heather Ellis
Dp by My Mind's Eye Bo Loved
Cardstock by Prism
Sentiment Stamp by Unity (Sending My Love)
Copic Markers- Taylored Expressions Valentine Ingredients
Stickles Glitter Glue
Scalloped Circle and Small Heart die-Quickutz
2Tag dies-Spellbinders

I am also submitting this card for 2 other challenges, and both are to make a Valentine Card.
Crazy 4 Challenges
Die Cuts R Us Design Team Challenge

Thanks so much for coming to visit, I hope you like my Valentine as much as I do. Have a GREAT day.
{{HUGZ}}
-Jodi

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hello H{ippity} Hoppers

Happy Monday to you, hope you have a nice week ahead.

Today I have another Valentine card to share with you. I know the {ippity} challenge is a birthday card but right now I have my valentine supplies out. My crafting stuff is pretty unorganized and I didn't want to make it worse....I have enough to reorganize as it is. When I started with this card I had a different vision in mind. I wanted a collage type card with an {ippity}/Unity heart tree. Which is what this is, yet I am not very happy with the results. To me it looks more like a card made by a child, oh well. Next time will be much better. Sometimes my crafts mirror how I am feeling and lately my health problems have been REALLY bad. I'm sure checking out all of the H{ippity} Hopping blogs today will help me get my mojo back(I REALLY HOPE!!!).

All of the stamps here are from Unity or {ippity}. The background is Hearts of old, the tree is from Giggle Grove...the original set, wood mounted. The sentiment and small hearts on branches are from Love Grows. The heart on top of the tree is from you + me= happy, and the two hearts on both sides of the tree are cut out from the heart in the {ippity} set Life's Little Moments. Here is how it turned out.....

Supplies
Papers and Embellishments-Making Memories Love Story
Ink- Memento and Brilliance
Cutting Dies-Spellbinders
Ribbon-Close To My Heart
Border Punch- Fiskars
Stickles

Today I will be working on something MUCH BETTER, thanks so much for coming to visit today -Jodi

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Fluttering By with Unity Friends with FLAIR!!!

Welcome and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Hello to my Unity Friends and also to any new friends from Flutter By Wednesday, this is my 1st project for their wonderful challenge blog. I used an image and sentiment from Unity's January KOTM ...savor the journey. There are so many wonderful stamps in this kit it's hard to pick what to use. So, I actually picked my papers 1st, which I usually don't do, and went from there. Then, I realized these papers had some beautiful butterflies, and I have been wanting to join in at Flutter By Wednesday. Here is what I came up with.


I have been feeling just a little bit slow lately, so I had to use this sentiment, I love it with the snail and mushrooms!!!

Supplies used
Making Memories Flower Patch Line - papers, ribbon, journal page, butterfly
Martha Stewart - border punch
Prima - flowers
Stickles
Unity - stamps and ink
Copics - color for image
Spellbinders- die cuts
buttons and pearls from craft supply

Thank you for coming to see my creation today, I hope you have a GREAT and RELAXING weekend!!!
{HUGS}
-Jodi

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2nd Day of Rusty Pickle Digi New Releases

Hello to my fellow stampers and Happy Tuesday!!!

Today is the 2nd day of our Rusty Pickle Digi's new releases and I have a card to share with you. I chose this beautiful coneflower image to preview, It reminded of the beautiful purple coneflowers I used to have at my old house. It also looks a lot like the Black Eyed Susans I had in that same flower garden. I know different people have different names for some of the same flowers, this is just what I have always called the purple and/or yellow flowers like these in the card.



I pulled out a package of Bazzill monochromatic purples for this. The image is colored with copics and the Atyou Spica markers with the BEST sparkle. Close to the center of the flowers I also used some Smooch Pearlized ink in Grape Soda. Two of the paper pieces are embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, the tag and oval dies are Spellbinders and the border punch is from Martha Stewart. That cute little thank you sentiment stamp with the tiny heart inside the O is from Heidi Grace.

The shine and sparkle of the image does not show well in a picture, but it looks great in person. Some of the other ladies on the Design Team have cards to share with you today, I will be back with that list in a bit. If you want to check now you can click on the names on my Rusty Pickle Design Team list to the right of this post.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming to my blog today, please leave a comment so I know you were here. Hope you have a wonderful day and tomorrow I will be back with my last of the new releases.

{{HUGS}},.... Jodi

Monday, February 1, 2010

1st Day of New Releases at Rusty Pickle Digital Delights

Hello and Happy Monday!!
Today I am so glad to show you my creation made with one of the beautiful new releases from The Rusty Pickle Digital Delights.
We are going to have 3 days of new releases and today is only the 1st. We have some wonderful floral images to share with you. I made my card using this new digi



I wanted to do something with this image that I can only do very easily with a digital image. I printed the image out on my cardstock for coloring, then printed it on the green cardstock. After that I resized it so that it was a little smaller than the 1st one and printed a few of those to be colored also. I decided to make a little "bouquet" with the image and cut out three of the smaller flowers after they were colored and added them with pop dots to give them some dimension. Then as I cut the images with my Spellbinders dies I made sure to line them up so the stems would match the way I wanted the dies positioned on the card. Here is my end result

The papers, cardstock, sticker and ribbon are all from Close To My Heart. I colored the flowers with copics, the pearls are Kaisercraft and I used a Martha Stewart border punch.

Remember you still have time to complete a card for our Tart and Tangy Tuesday Challenge from last week. For more info on the challenge OR to get this great new image you can go visit the Rusty Pickle site by clicking on my banner to the right. Be sure to check out the other listed Design Team members that have new releases today also. Thanks for visiting, have a GREAT week and I will be back tomorrow with another New Release.
-Jodi

Heather http://heathersheavinlystampations.blogspot.com/
Rachel
http://mycardstockcreations.blogspot.com/
Ali
http://craftydragons.blogspot.com/
Dawn
http://cherrytreestudio.blogspot.com/
Nancy http://southernyankeecrafter.blogspot.com/