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Friday, April 30, 2010

Wanna Play a New Challenge for Studio 313?


To help you remember this challenge, you can grab this badge and link it to the Studio 313 Challenge Blog here:

Clear Elements…..This is the inspiration behind the first Studio 313 official challenge...all you have to do is use some CLEAR ELEMENT on your card and link it up on the Studio 313 Challenge Blog by May 15th~ and you will be in the drawing to win 25.00 in digital images from the Studio 313 Exclusive Creations store!  When uploading to a public gallery put SCH1 in your keywords. 

For my card, I used clear lucite letters and inked them up with Distress Inks.  I used the 'Bird on a Frail Branch' quote from Studio 313 and duplicated the bird to put in the little window...did you read the's lovely! Let me know what you think:

Digital Stamps:  'Bird on a Frail Branch' quote
C/S: Bashful Blue, Le Jardin DSP, GP White
Ink: COPICS-B00, B02, BG10, Ranger Distress Inks-Shabby Shutters, Faded Jeans 
Accessories: Clear Lucite Letters, Ribbon, Big Shot Die

Thanks for coming by, and don't forget to visit Studio 313...Shawne has some FABULOUS digital images and digital paper too!

Do you know what time it is?

It's Friends with Flair Friday!!!

Unity's 2nd Anniversary party has been fun hasn't it? Who else would put on a Paaaar-tay like Unity...woohoo!!!

This card is for "The Martini Sketch - Anniversary Challenge #1--the challenge is to use the sketch attached but there is a twist (get it a twist for your Martini?) - you must add ribbon and at least 3 buttons to your creation with Unity stamps--USCAC1, Unity".

Here's the sketch and here's my card (I don't know that I like this card...too busy?):
From Unity and {ippity} Projects
Stamps: Unity-Shopaholic
C/S: SU Taken with Teal, Loves Me DSP, GP White
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Brown Stretch Ribbon, buttons, HS Bling, Prima Heart Bauble, 2 color Thread

Thank you for stopping by...have a AWESOME WEEKEND!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Whimsy Haven Wednesday is here!

"BIRDBATH"...over at WHIMSY HAVEN...$1 today only...for all three images...yippee! 

It's Whimsy Haven blog hop today and you should be coming from the talented Jenny's blog at Wee Memories!  Now, if you didn't, and you want to see some Whimsy Haven goodness, start at the Whimsy Haven blog!

I created this from this Wednesday's $1 stamp set 'Birdbath' get the bird bath image, the word 'mom', and the sentiment.  This is also for the challenge at Wee Memories to incorporate flowers on your project:

Digital Stamps from Whimsy Haven: BIRDBATH
C/S: SU Basic Gray, Going Gray, Cerise DSP, GP White
Accessories: Red Ribbon, punches, Heidi Swapp Bling

Now continue on the hop to the dazzling designs by AMY at Tsuruta Designs!

Oooh, and guess what...if you leave comments on all the Design Team blogs and the Whimsy Haven blog, one lucky birdie will win this set, Birthday Star, free:

Thanks for coming by today...YOU are AWESOME!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Studio 313 and Sketch Challenge

I played along with the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge this week, using Studio 313 Exclusive Creations

Here is the GREAT 2S4Y sketch:
From Studio 313, I used the 'Bird on a Frail Branch' quote along with 'Birdsong Swirl in Vibrant Sunset Hues' designer paper. You can purchase the single print, or you can buy this paper in 4 color varieties...what a great deal! Oh, and it looks fabulous when you print on textured cardstock too!

And here's my take:
From It's A Digital Stamping Revolution!
Digital Images from Studio 313: 'Bird on a Frail Branch' quote along with 'Birdsong Swirl in Vibrant Sunset Hues' designer paper
C/S: GP White, Really Rust, Always Artichoke, Taken with Teal
Ink:  Copics
Accessories:  Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl Embossing Folder, Prima Flower, SU Rhinestone Brad, White grosgrain, distress tool
Thanks for visiting!  And, go check out Studio 313 today!  There's an inspiration challenge going on!

Monday, April 26, 2010

H{ippity} Hop Monday!

Yup, it's H{ippity} Hop time, so make sure to visit all the {ippity} blogs to enjoy all the awesome inspiration! 

Okay, if anyone has noticed, I have a 'Copic Certified Designer' tag on my right sidebar...YES, I am officially COPIC CERTIFIED!  It was last Monday that I attended the certification class with Jennie Black...she is totally adorable and so sweet!  It was her first official certification class that she taught, so since Marianne (Copic guru who colors magnificently) happened to be in town she came to assist her.  It was so much fun to have them both at this class, and Marianne is truly fun.

The {ippity} challenge this week is "SCALLOPS-IHHC20", so of course, I wanted to play. I used one of the scallop stamps from Sweet Thoughts of Spring for my grass on pattern paper.  I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa onto white c/s and colored everything.  I don't have ALL of the Copic markers and I really need more 'greens' to blend my greens together, but this was as close as I could get for now.
From Unity and {ippity} Projects
Stamps: Straight from the Heart and Sweet Thoughts of Spring (if you would like to purchase these sets, go to my left sidebar and click on my {ippity} link)
C/S: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, DSP, GP White
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and Copics
Accessories: Certainly Celery Polytwill Ribbon, pop dots, Crystal Effects

Thanks so much for coming by and have a H{ippity} Monday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

~Friends with Flair~

Fabulous Friday to everyone!  Lots of hoppers today...if you need to start at the beginning, just visit Unity!  Someone has the blinkie...did you find it yet?

I used my new store set for April 'Super Sweet & Stuck on You' and created a card for Jimmi's sketch challenge, HHSC04:

Stamps: April Store Kit--April Kit {Super Sweet & Stuck on You}
C/S: Crushed Curry, Bliss Blue, Certainly Celery, DSP. Whisper White
Ink: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories: ribbon, linen thread, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, punches, Smooch-gold
I love this set...don't you?!!  Thanks for hopping by!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Studio 313 has a solution for you!

You've had one of those days when you needed a card and didn't have one made for the occasion, right? Don't you sometimes wish that you didn't have to search through your stash to figure out which embellies and papers to use?

Shawne at Studio 313 knows that we all have those days.  That's why she created 'Card on a Sheet'!  You get a main image, the designer paper, the border and a sentiment or two ALL in one sheet, AND it's already pre-colored!  All you need to do is PRINT, CUT and PUT IT TOGETHER and ~VOILA~ your card is done!  You could add other embellies if you'd like, but you really don't need to.

I used the Designer Birthday Cake Set to make this card.  All I did was score some lines to frame the image, and add some ribbon...
From Studio 313
Here's the inside sentiment:

Digital Set: Studio 313--Designer Birthday Cake
C/S: Purely Pomegranate, white
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate Silk Ribbon, String

Now how easy was that?!!  Go check out Studio 313 today!  There's a challenge going on with a great prize and you don't want to miss out....go HERE and play today!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

' hit a homerun!'

It's the Wednesday Whimsy Haven Blog Hop...and you scored with all the Design Team's eye candy today!  You should have come here from Amy's grand slam blog, right?!  Have YOU been to Whimsy Haven yet?  Have you seen Lindsay's digital images?  You'll sure hit a home run if you visit Whimsy Haven!  Oooh, and don't forget...there is an image for $1...TODAY only!

Heehee, okay, many of you know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE baseball!  My son practically plays it all year round 'cause...yes, we can, here in Phoenix (seriously, you get used to the heat)!  Since we play so much baseball, we ALWAYS need a 'COACH' card, so I decided to play again with the Field of Dreams set.  Now seriously, can you just think of a million things to make with these images?!!!

For my 'COACH' card I made an easel 'spinner' card.  What?  What am I talking about?  Well here..take a look, this is the front of the card (I put all the images together in PSE) and I made this into a little game...a spinner play baseball by spinning the bats and whichever word the tip of the bat lands on that's your play (mine landed on a homerun, of course!):
From Whimsy Haven
Here is a close-up of the 'spinner bats' that I made:
From Whimsy Haven
This pic is the 'easel' card sitting on the coach's desk ready to play (the white space is where you would write your message):
From Whimsy Haven
And here is the entire inside of the card:
From Whimsy Haven
I needed a sentiment so for the inside, so I just typed up 'you hit a homerun!' and 'COACH' on my computer. ALL OTHER IMAGES ARE THE FIELD OF DREAMS SET, WHICH HAS 10 IMAGES~score!!!  Leave a comment on the DT blogs for a chance to win Journal Card Set!

Now if you want to see someone who hits it out of the ballpark every time, run to the very talented:  Jenny @ wee Memories!

Hope you have a Whimsy Haven kind of day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

{ippity} Money Holder and Easel Card

{ippity} time is here! I bet you've already seen some fantastic {ippity} inspiration on this hop!

From Unity and {ippity} Projects
I made this money envelope for the {ippity} challenge IHHC19, using the {ippity} Regal Greetings set. Used my new Tim Holtz die which created the awesome front flap. It's monochromatic, and has an organdy ribbon belly band to hold the envelope closed, yet is so easy to slip off. I didn't seal the sides, but rather placed organdy ribbon inside the top corners to give the envelope just enough room to see money inside.
Here's the inside view:
From Unity and {ippity} Projects
Stamps: {ippity} Regal Greetings
C/S: SU Old Olive, MME 'quite contrary'
Ink: Old Olive, Versamark
Accessories: Tim Holtz Alterations Die: Plaque-Postage, Heidi Swapp Jewels, Metal Edge Tag, Organdy Ribbon, Tiny Attacher

This next card is a 'swap' that I participated easel card using two {ippity} sets...Love in Return and Regal Greetings.  Hopefully, the swap girls will get this in the mail by today:

Stamps: {ippity} Regal Greetings and Love in Return
C/S: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, DCWV La Creme Stack
Ink: Palette Noir, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Black Brads, Scallop Punch, Ruler Ribbon
If you are interested in purchasing these sets, you may do so from me HERE. Every purchase thru Wednesday, April 21st, will get a free My Mind's Eye Sampler Paper Pack (12--6x6 double sided sheets of paper)! 

It was so kind of you to stop by, I hope you have an {ippity} day! *smile*
P.S.  I will be late in doing the blog hop and commenting...'cause I will be in my Copic Certification Class all day..yippee!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

'sew glad we're friends'

So...last Sunday, I mentioned that I signed up for SUO (Stampin' Up Only) 6x6 double page swaps...I'm sharing the second LO today, titled 'sew glad we're friends'.  Not the greatest pictures, but they are the only ones I have.  This layout will go in my 'friends' 6x6 scrapbook: 

From Digital and Paper Scrapbook Pages

From Digital and Paper Scrapbook Pages

From Digital and Paper Scrapbook Pages

Stamps: SU Puns from the Past
C/S: Real Read, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Staz-On Black, Real Red
Accessories: Red Gingham Ribbon, Circle Punches, Eyelet Border Punch, Tiny Attacher, Markers
Thanks for coming by!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Studio 313 Exclusive Creations ~ Opens Today!

This is my 2nd post today...please scroll down one post for the Friends with Flair Friday hop!

Hi everyone!  Exciting news here...Shawne has opened her new store called Studio 313 Exclusive Creations!  It opens at Noon CST today with a door prize: 3 free stamps or sets to one random winner, and a fun new challenge that you won't want to miss!  Oh, and she has announced her new Design Team at her blog, Paper Art From Studio 313...go take a look (talented ladies, I tell ya!)! And...I am the first monthly Guest Designer for Studio 313...yay! 

~Shawne ~ Owner
~Trudy ~ Permanent Guest Designer
~Jen ~ Guest Designer (Month) ~ Me!

Studio 313 is carrying some yummy digi paper and wonderful images! On the bottom left corner of the store, there is a link for 'challenge'...yes, you're's a Studio 313 challenge blog...and she'll have prizes, and you know the old saying....'you gotta play, to win'!  (By the way...on the challenge blog, she's got some crazy fish that will follow your cursor around, or click and it will drop food...try it...hehee!) *smile* 

The first Studio 313 challenge is to 'CASE a  PAGE'...meaning, go visit the Studio 313 store, and case one of the store pages (layout, colors scheme, theme or whatever inspires you)! What?  A prize?  YES, a BIG PRIZE...hurry, go check out the challenge blog!

I'm sharing a card that I created from images in the Designer Birthday Cake Collection...I love cakes! I was inspired by the Studio 313 store layout with the scallop on the left, the flower (circle), and the vellum pieces, which represent the revolving carousel:
From Studio 313
I printed the images on 'shimmery' cardstock and layered the cake three times:
From Studio 313
Make sure to visit the Designer Team blogs and I THANK YOU for stopping by! *wink*

~Friends with Flair Friday~

Hello my Unity friends, it's FRIDAY!  You do know that on Friends with Flair Friday you can win some Unity stamps, right?  Find the 'blinkie' on one of our friends blogs and make sure to leave a comment...YOU may be the one who is randomly selected to win a grab bag of red rubbah...yes, that is 25 random stamps!  If you didn't start this hop at the Unity blog, then you really need to go there to hop on board the entire list of friends!  Good luck!

My card I'm sharing was inspired by this Hip Hop Sketch Challenge below.  I wanted to make a masculine card, and I just started paper piecing and here's what I came up with:
From Misc Pic's

From Unity and {ippity} Projects
A close-up, popped up paper pieced dots and bow:
From Unity and {ippity} Projects
Stamps: Unity Feb KOM--Nothing but Blue Skies
C/S: Chocolate Chip, MME 'quite contrary', GP
Ink: Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Memento Black
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, circle punches, tag punches, sponging 

Thank you so much for all of your friendly comments and enjoy all the Unity made my day~!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whimsy Haven's First Blog Hop Here!

This is the 2nd post today...please scroll down for 'Share your {ippity} Blog Hop post...

Yay!  I'm so excited to be part of Whimsy Haven's Design Team and WELCOME to the first official DT Blog Hop!  Lindsay has created such FABulous digital images to work with! 

Now, you should be arriving here from Amy's blog, and if you didn't  please start at the beginning at Whimsy Haven blog.  You don't want to miss out on the Whimsy goodness AND a prize will be given to one lucky commenter from one of the DT blogs!

***NOTE*** Lindsay has a new image on her blog ..$1...ONLY TODAY!
I'm sharing the 'Field of Dreams'  digital images in my project today. At baseball games, I am always needing a convenient journal which fits in my purse. This is why I had the idea to make this journal with these, did I say, 'FABulous' baseball images! 

I created the journal out of the baseball diamond image, embossed and distress inked it.  Then I made signatures (book binding lingo for the pages inside) and tied them in the book.  The pages are the same shape as the book covers and I printed the images on each page to give it a little variety.  Let me know what you think about this project!
From Whimsy Haven
From Whimsy Haven
From Whimsy Haven

And now, hop on over for some awesome Whimsy inspiration from JENNY!

Share your {ippity} Blog Hop Here!

Hi everyone!  I'm participating in 'Bonnie's Share your {ippity} Blog Hop' today!  Make sure you start at her blog so you could see the list of participants...and you don't want to miss out on a prize that she's giving away! 

Do you play with many sketches?  What is it that you like the most?  I love the inspiration that comes from a sketch.  But, even better is when you see Design Teams and their interpretation of the sketch, and you think to yourself 'I should have done that!'.  *smile*

Bonnie partnered with 2 Sketches 4 You  for this hop today.  What a fabulous site with sketches!  I had to join in on the fun, so I am going to play with Kazan's Sketch 50:

Here is my take on the sketch using {ippity} Regal Greetings stamp set:
Thanks for hopping by and enjoy {ippity}!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

thank bright side award

Wow, what a nice surprise to get this blog award from Monica over at Gardner's BasketTHANK YOU so much for thinking of me Monica!  You've got to take a look at her blog...she's got some talent and recently made a diaper clutch (awesome)!, and re-purposed a cereal box into a note pad holder (fantastic)!
From Blogger Pictures
As a recipient of this award, I have to share with you 10 things that make me happy, 5 pieces of trivia (about myself), and pass this on to 5 bloggers.

I had to wait a few days with my post till my allergies were better, so that I could answer these questions with a clear head, well sort of =).

10 things that make me happy: my son, my sisters, my two chocolate labs, baseball, baking, chocolate, creating, volunteering, my friends, and hoarding craft supplies (yup, I said it!).  

5 pieces of trivia: (hmmmm...trivia, means unimportant things, hmmmm...) my first car was a brand new gold VW; I met Garth Brooks, shook his hand and he *winked* at me (loooong time ago)!; I marched in lots of parades at Disneyland; I love Lifetime movies; I love the way the Arizona desert smells after it rains.

I'm passing this award onto:
Shemaine @ Scraptastic!
Robyn @ Combat Cropper Robyn
Paula @ Tvorilka
Angie @ My Scraptastic World
Catherine @ Paper Addict Catherine

If you can, please take a few minutes to visit these amazing gals!
Hope your day is 'bright'!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Oh my gosh...I made it!!!

My {ippity} post is just below this one, please scroll down, or now that you're here, take a look at my good news:

I am sooooo excited! I made my first Design Team! Where, you Whimsy Haven!  You know Lindsay Spencer, right? She started a new shop with digital images that are FABulous!  You may also know her as a Unity Stamp Co artist and at E.A.D. Designs.  I am sooooo loving the new variety of digital images that she is've got to check them out at Whimsy Haven!

Check out the new Design Team announcement HERE!  These are some spectacular girls!

I am sharing two cards that I made with one of her digital images called 'Dress in the Making'...don't you just love this image?!!! I used a sentiment from {ippity} Just wanted to Say..., and I also added a little birdie from Hero Arts to tie a bow on the dress...isn't it cute?
From Whimsy Haven
Here's another card that I made with the 'Dress in the Making' image, added a sentiment from my Unity March KOM, and take a look at the bottom edge of the dress:
From Whimsy Haven
Let me know what you think!  I think you can tell that I am so excited, and I hope I do Lindsay proud with her designs!  We are having our first Design Team blog hop this Wednesday, April 14th...please come by to see some more goodies I made with Whimsy Haven's digital designs!  I appreciate you coming by!

10 things...

Happy H{ippity} Hop Monday to you and welcome to the world of {ippity}!  I took Eryn's IHHC18 challenge and made a tri-fold card for the first time.  I knew I wanted to use Kiwi Kiss as my base c/s and as I was browsing through my {ippity} sets, I spied my 'Love in Return' set.  I love that you could use this set for any kind of project, and all of a sudden I thought "it's about time to give my son some kind words"!  At school today, his AIMS testing starts and I'm putting this card in his backpack as a little surprise and (hopefully) a boost of confidence to put a smile on his face.

I used two {ippity} stamp sets and matched them up with papers from My Minds Eye (these owls are toooo cute) and SU (I so love Kiwi Kiss!).  I also have Kiwi Kiss Corduroy buttons, so I had to use them with a little circle flower that I made to cup the button.     
From Unity and {ippity} Projects

I inserted a photo of him and also one of him with his favorite little cousin blowing bubbles (his cousin just adores him).  I know that photo will bring a smile to his face.
Card opened:
From Unity and {ippity} Projects
You can purchase any of the products highlighted in 'white' from me HERE and they are ready to be shipped today!

Stamps: {ippity} Love in Return and Life's Little Moments 
C/S: MME Quite Contrary, SU Kiwi Kiss textured c/s, Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Ink: Palette-Burnt Umber, SU Bermuda Bay and Kiwi Kiss 
Accessories: SU Kiwi Kiss Corduroy buttons, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, green hemp twine, circle punches

Thank you so much for H{ippity} Hopping by today!  Enjoy the inspiration from the rest of {ippity}!

P.S. My friend Bonnie is hosting a 'share your {ippity} blog hop, and partnered with 2 sketches 4 you...come on by on Wednesday!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sports Theme Layout

I used to enter into a lot of 'swaps' with my Stampin' Up friends for SUO (Stampin' Up Only).  This means you can only use SU items, and rarely do you use another branded item (unless SU doesn't make it). 

One hostess with the mostest is my friend Cindy...she ALWAYS has such fabulous swaps and they have a great participation rate too.  So, when I saw that she was hosting a swap for 6x6 pages, I decided to join in!  You see, I have many 6x6 books of pages that I've created mainly for my son's pictures.  I signed up for four 6x6 double layouts, each with a different theme.  We had to make 5 exact copies (without the pictures of course), and they had to have four layers. 

One of the double layouts I signed up for was to use a 'Sports theme'.  Of course, for me, 'life is baseball'..heehee.  As you can tell, I like to have some things 'lined up':
From Digital and Paper Scrapbook Pages
From Digital and Paper Scrapbook Pages
From Digital and Paper Scrapbook Pages
Stamps: SU Sporting
C/S: Brilliant Blue, Only Orange (textured and regular), Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Only Orange
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon, Square Punches, Star Punch, SU Backgrounds I-Sizzix Textures Plates

P.S.  Stampin' Up! announced LOTS of the colors that they are retiring, and my two favorites for baseball are Brilliant Blue and Only Orange...gotta order more before it goes!
I will share the other layouts in the next few days...thank you for taking a look!

Friday, April 9, 2010


I am sneezing and have a box of tissues with me as I'm writing this post...  It's Friday and it's now been two weeks that I have been absent from my blog.  Spring Break week was pretty busy, and then the allergy season hit me hard...dealing with it still, and I have one word for allergies....UGH!  Itchy eyes too...sure makes it fun when wearing mascara...ha!

I have missed all of you wonderful Unity Friends!  I even missed the first and second Hip Hop, and I feel like I don't know what's going on!  *smile*  So I'm back on FwFF, and will get back on schedule with Unity...yay, for Unity!

Here's a quick and simple paper pieced card using the Unity KOM for March--Rockin' it Unity Style and the Unity HHSC02 sketch:
From Unity Projects
Have a marvelous allergy-free Unity day! *smile*