Snowglobe Wonderland

This morning, I woke up to this!
Snow. On my window sill. Nothing on the ground. HA! BUT - that's exciting for Dallas! SO I went to my craft room and got all snowy with Stickles glitter. WOW that stuff sticks everywhere.
I LOVE this new set from Unity...Snowglobe Winterland. {psst it's listed on sale right now for $13.99!} go go go!
So fun! Bring on the snow. {wishful thinking}


Tickled Pink {Poised and Pretty}

I don't know about you all, but December is pretty much a whirlwind for me. It seems you get thrown right in head first once Thanksgiving hits. My birthday is December 3 and with the holidays, comes school activities, community events, family gatherings, gift buying, present wrapping, baking, the list goes on...

But one thing I like to try to stop on top of is THANK YOU NOTES. These little gems can come in so handy at the last minute. There is so much to be thankful for this time of year and we should all remember to remind those who are special to us we are grateful. So, I created this one to send off to a loved one for a birthday gift I received. It's so fun and colorful mixed with vintage...so that's basically me, in a nutshell! 

I used Susan K Weckesser's papers for this as well as the Poised and Pretty stamp set. {One of my all time very favorites!!!!} For the coloring technique, I used watercolor paper and Tim Holtz Distress Markers to blend and shade. Such a simple technique that looks super cool.
Finished the card off with some floral washi tape and Studio Calico wood veneer stars...now it's ready to be shipped out. Have a LOVELY day! xoxo


Susan K Weckesser & Unity Stamps Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to my little creative space on the internet. You should've arrived from Angie's blog.
During this 2-day hop, both SKW and Unity Design Teams will be sharing Simple Christmas Card Ideas using Unity Stamps designed by Susan K Weckesser Inc.

We are giving away two chances to win an amazing prize package containing a generous variety of Susan K Weckesser stamps co-branded with Unity Stamps. For a chance to win, visit each blog and leave a comment. Then come back on Dec 3 to find out if you are a winner at Susan K Weckesser Inc and Unity Stamp Co blogs.

Today, I created a sweet Christmas card using Susan's stamp set Celebration of Simple. Banner stamps turned into a Christmas tree!

This card is what you get when you mix Susan and Tim Holtz. {wait - that sorta sounded bad...heehee}
I used Recollections kraft cardstock for the base and embossed a Tim Holtz Christmas embossing folder. I stamped the banner stamps and cut them out, then added some Heidi Swapp Tinsel mist. I also stamped the sentiment and cut that all up. 
The branch and cardinal are both Tim Holtz dies, as are the metal numbers. 

Now, you will be moving right along to the talented Carisa. I'm sure she's colored up something super fabulous for you all! Thanks for stopping by...see you next time!


Paper Crafts Magazine November Gallery Challenge

Helllllooooo out there....::echo::

I hope you ALL had a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving. I sure did. <3 p="p">
I have been determined to get to know my Cameo more. It sort of has been sitting neglected in the corner and I realize it's me just being lazy, so I'm learning more and more about it and playing with it and guess what? It's an amazing machine! I love it. I have been into reverse die cuts on cards lately and I wanted to show you one I created for the Paper Crafts Magazine November Gallery Challenge, which was WASHI.
Die cutting? No problem. Lining up the washi? Not so easy...but love how it turned out! 


Unity Friends With Flair Friday {whoop!}

OMG...Friday, my old friend, we meet again! So happy to see you. {mwah!}

I'm happy to see you all, too! I'm posting a card I made last night JUST for Friends with Flair. I love creating just for the f.u.n. of it.
I'm pretty much obsessed with embossing folders right now, especially Tim Holtz ones. I LOVE this one...love NYC! 
Have a great day, peeps. xoxo


One of a Kind card

Yo! That's right ....me again. Twice in one day ::gasp::

I'm posting this sweet little reject card on my blog today. And by reject, I just mean Paper Crafts Magazine didn't pick it up on their last call. I still love it though! Totally represents my retro style. Who doesn't feel all nostalgic when they see a cassette tape, I mean really? Brings me back to memories of sticking my little finger in one of those holes to rewind when my tape player was broken.

For this card, I used Papertrey Ink kraft, October Afternoon's Midway paper, October Afternoon's 9-5 die cut, BossyJoscie Flair and Paper Smooches Word Salad stamp set, embossed with black glitter embossing powder. 
Cool, dude!

Growing in Unity Winner and a 'Stache Card

Hi friends!

I had so much fun last week as the Growing in Unity Girl. Luckily, I get to pick a commenter to WIN 2 Itty Bittys of their choice. I love playing elf! The winner is.....

Karen Ladd!

Congrats, Karen. Please email me so we can arrange your prize shipment.

I am posting a little card today I made. Mustaches are all the rage! I used a Unity sentiment from an Itty Bitty called Fabulous Girl. The patterned paper is from Studio Calico. The mustache is all furry. HAHA!
Have a great one! xoxo


Unity Friends with Flair Friday

Yo peeps! I'm here this morning to post a card I made for a Paper Crafts Magazine publication call that got DENIED. lol I still love her though.

This stamp is one of Susan K Weckesser's designs and you can find this itty bitty HERE. Whoop! The papers are from the new BasicGrey line Soleil. You can find that HERE from one of my favorite little craft shops online. And of course, washi tape.
Have a sweet Friday friends!


Pretty {Neon} Packaging

Hi everyone! I'm here today to post my first Susan K. Weckesser design team project!  How exciting! I am so happy to be a part of her design team. This chick is a beautiful soul, inside and out. Her artwork is amazing and I love using her art to make my own art. Lovely how that all works out so well, huh? I have been using Unity stamps for a looooooong time, so I knew when Susan and Unity teamed up, it would be a perfect match. The quality of their stamps is unmatched and Susan's art in the form of red rubber makes me happy.

So today, I'm sharing with you a package I made using Susan's stamp set Celebration of Simple. Love these big ole banners!

Here is a video on how I made this:

I hope you enjoyed my little package video today and you are inspired to create some unique packages for the upcoming holidays.

Can you do me a little favor? Can you please visit Susan's Facebook page and tell her hello and that I sent you? I would greatly appreciate it! {muah}

 Until tomorrow!


Growing in Unity Girl

Hi everyone! I'm so excited...this week I'm the Growing in Unity Girl! To most of my blog followers, this comes as no surprise. I LOVE Unity. I use their stamps on 99% of my projects. I can't say enough great things about that company. I would love if you headed over to their blog and left a comment there and here as well. At the end of the week, I will choose one lucky commenter from any of my blog posts this week to win 2 (TWO) Itty Bitty stamps of their choice! Sharin the red rubber stampin love :)

For the Unity blog post, I created some fun gift bags that were SUPER easy. I love wrapping gifts up in unique packaging, and these kraft gift bags are a great thing to have on hand to throw a gift in.

I'll be back tomorrow with my FIRST Design Team project for Susan K Weckesser. And  Friday again for Friends with Flair! See you soon...


WCMD Unity Challenge #5: Fall

This is it! I went a little out of order, but this is my final card completed for Unity's WCMD Challenge! I'm so happy that I have created 8 cards I love for this challenge. So fun! Maybe I'll get SUPER lucky and win the grand prize, that would be so dreamy.

For this card, I used one of my favorite new sets, Deer to Me. There are two deer in this set along with really cute little sentiments to go with.
I used my Tim Holtz Distress markers for this sweet little guy and Bo Bunny's Forever Fall papers.


WCMD Unity Challenge #8: Color Combo

Hmmmm....pumpkin, olive, brown and cream.....not really Erin colors I jump for every time. Oh well, hence the word challenge I guess! Here's what I came up with for this CAS card using a new Unity Itty Bitty. I love this little mushroom and the sentiment.


WCMD Unity Challenge #7: Coloring

I LOVE coloring! I use my Prismacolors Colored Pencils, Tim Holtz Distress Markers for water coloring and also my Promarkers. Totally just depends on my mood. Here is a card I made coloring using my Prismacolors. This is the You're My Bestie Itty Bitty. So sweet!

WCMD Unity Challenge #6: stamp a border

Hi friends! I skipped Challenge #5...for now. Here's #6: Stamp a Border! I used a Christy Tomlinson background stamp and Susan K Wekesser's Grandma's Needpoint stamp set. LOVE.
Have I mentioned how much I love my Tim Holtz Distress Markers? I think I have :)


Unity WCMD Challenge #4: Sketch

Yo! Sunday night. End of the weekend. Choosing to be positive about this. :) Unity Stamp Company WCMD Challenge #4: Sketch-a-roo!

I've done a sketch similar to this before and I didn't LOVE it but this time around, I enjoyed it more. I used the Go See Do Itty Bitty as well as another Unity set for the map. Also tried out my new Tim Holtz mask, ruined it, but it looks cool! ha. The papers are from the Kaisercraft set Check In. WOW I am in LOVE with this stack. One of those I don't want to use up. I am a sucker for all travel related craft products though. 
Have a great week, people! 

Unity WCMD Challenge #3: Embossing

Good morning, friends. I am here to post the card I made for Unity's WCMD Challenge #3: Embossing. I made this one yesterday and didn't get a chance to blog it. I hope to get a few more of the challenges done today. {Can we officially change the name to World Card Making Week?}
For this CAS (casual and simple) card, I used Papertrey Ink's Hawaiian Shores cardstock, Unity Stamp Co Donna Poppies (LOVE this stamp set so much) a SU sentiment stamp and white embossing powder. I also shaded the poppy to give it some dimension with my Promarkers.
Thanks for stopping by!


WCMD Unity Challenge #2: Texture

No, I'm not whipping these cards up in 5 minutes. I got three done and am posting them at once :) Then I will forge ahead! This is the card I made for Challenge #2: Texture. I LOVE adding texture to my cards. There's a lot of Unity and Tim Holtz love on this one. I made the pinecone with Tim Holtz's die. Love / hate with this thing, I tell you. Took me 20 minutes to make the darn pinecone. Ah well, it's what I love to do.

World Card Making Day! Unity Challenge #1: Shaped Card

Hello and welcome to my bloggy blog! I am going to be posting {hopefully} a few cards today in honor of World Card Making Day. I am playing along today with Unity Stamp Company's challenges. So fun, join in if you can! The first challenge is to create a shaped card. Here is mine. I used my Spellbinder Nestabilities to create the card base and Unity's Phyllis Harris co-branded stamps. I just LOVE coloring in her sweet images. {Hint hint: They are actually running a sale right now on these gems.}
 Off to the next challenge! See you in a bit :)


Style card

Good morning sunshines! I wanted to post a card I made a few nights ago. I wanted to play with my new Christy Tomlinson backgrounds from Unity Stamp Company. They are SO fun! I have more on the way ;) I also used Unity's Stamp of the Week and even drug out my sewing machine (MAN I need to work on my straight lines). I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers on watercolor paper - my favorite technique currently.
Make it a GREAT one! xoxo


Peachy Keen Stamps Halloween/Fall Blog Hop

Hi friends! I'm here today as part of the Peachy Keen Stamps Halloween/Fall Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be back with the Peachy Crew, just like the good old days. I made a card using The Uglies. Heehee! These faces make me giggle.

I embossed them inside the Stampin Up Peek-A-Boo Big Shot Die circles with white embossing powder and blinged them up with Stickles. Then, I die cut the letter B to match the O's with my Silhouette. A little embossing with an embossing folder, "gooey" paper and Halloween twine, and voila, you've got yourself a cute little Halloween card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my little space in the Blogosphere. Your next stop is the talented Lauren. Have fun! 


Moxie Fab World Challenge: Repetition {Change Card}

Hi friends! Happy Saturday :)
I'm posting today to share with you the card I made for the Moxie Fab World Repetition Challenge. I love the look of repetitive stamping on cards, just keeping it simple. I don't do it often - but it's a cool concept. Here's my card using Unity Stamp Company's Change Is A Good Thing Itty Bitty. Had fun with this one!
Thanks for checking out my card today. Peace, love and craftiness.


Unity Friends With Flair {Halloween Greetings}

Angie Blom is my hero. She creates BEAUTIFUL art that Unity then turns into stamps. The end result is me getting to color pretty images to put on my cards. WIN! {She's also a very nice gal} :)

Today I'm sharing a Unity card I made last night for Friends with Flair. YAY for cute little witches!
Sometimes it's just really nice to create without a purpose, just for fun. I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color the witch. My favorite thing to do as of recently! 

Have a fabby weekend.


New Specs!

Hi friends! Ever heard of Firmoo? Yeah...I hadn't either....read on.

I was contacted by this nice gentleman from a company called Firmoo about doing a review of their product...and of course I said yes because I LOVE glasses. I've always been blind, and 80% of the time, I wear contacts but some days I just like rockin the spectacles. So I do.

I picked out these gems. LOVE the Wayfarers right now.
Received them super lightening fast and they were super cheap. Total winning combination. I have ordered glasses online before and usually I need to have them fitted at my eye doctor, but I slipped these on and they fit perfectly! They are super lightweight and feel pretty sturdy, which comes in handy when I fall asleep reading, which is quite often. I can trust these will stay intact even after waking up with my face smashed into my pillow. I could see great too. I was also really please with the thin lenses - I have severe astigmatism (think almost blind) and I am deathly afraid of ending up with bottle caps - but these are super thin and anti-glare. I will definitely be hitting Firmoo up again for my next purchase.

Here's a picture of me in my new specs. Yeah, I snapped the picture in my car. It's called natural lighting, people.
Enjoy the rest of your day! xoxo


Sending a Cuppa Love {Angelica's Farewell Blog Hop}

Hi friends! Long time, no see. I've been well...busy. But NEVER too busy for a terrific friend and all around awesome girl. Angelica is stepping down from her post as Peachy Keen Goddess and pursuing new opportunities. LOVE that! It's all about taking risks and pushing your boundaries in life, right?
I created this card for her just to send her some love. I know she will do awesome with anything she puts her heart into and I just wish her the best :) Love ya girlie!
For this card, I used her company's (Market Street Stamps) Daily Grind set. Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores paper, Tim Holtz kraft core copper paper, swiss dots embossing folder, copper embossing powder, Stampin Up ribbon and Spellbinders Nestabilities. 

Onto the next stop on the hop....Samantha! Have fun! 


Big girl starts Kindergarten.

Hi friends! Wow - it's been a while, huh? My apologizes for being MIA for a bit there. I've been wrapping up my summer and getting my (not so little) big girl off to Kindergarten. Today was her very first day! I have to post pictures of the outfit she picked out. True sass right here, folks.
I swear I didn't tell her to pose like this. Natural model tendencies it appears. Her new favorite color is now yellow she informs me. This is a big step for a pink girl. Glad she's branching out though. Yellow is a great color! Outfit courtesy of Carters. LOVE her so so so much. 


Sunshine & Happiness

Hello Tuesday! This is my motto for today: sunshine and happiness! I used Unity's JUMBO pinwheel stamp and paper pieced with Simple Stories Summer Fresh collection. Added The Twinery Twine - a new color - midnight blue {purty}. Just love Stampin Up's new ink, too. Stamps so well!
Have a great one!


Poised & Pretty Set

Hi there peeps! Posting a little set today I created using Unity Stamp Company's new Poised & Pretty set. Have I mentioned how much I love vintage girls? I LOVE them. I knew this set had to be mine the minute I saw it. I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Glimmer Mist for this card and tag set.
A little close-up detail on the coloring of her:
Enjoy your Sunday!


Mixed Media {Fast Motion}

Hey guys! Just popping in to share a video today. I have really been enjoying making fast motion craft videos because 1. I like music 2. They are short and sweet 3. No one really wants to hear me talk, just create. So here's one I made doing a mixed media canvas. Enjoy!


Watercoloring with Distress Markers {Unity card}

Hi friends! Happy Saturday night! I did a video last night for a few of you that asked for a tutorial on Tim Holtz Distress Markers. Love em! Love to watercolor with them. Here's a video on how I do it.

And here is the finished card I made in the video.


Angie Girl Birthday {Watercoloring with Tim Holtz Markers}

Hi friends! I posted this fun picture last night on Facebook.
Lots of fun goodies pictured there: Unity stamps (Angie Girl), Adirondack inks, the Ranger palette, Tim Holtz Distress reinkers, Distress Markers and a watercolor brush. OH! And a little bottle of Glossy Accents. Tim would be proud.

Believe it or not, this is the first time I've used my Distress Markers with watercolor paper and the brush. It is SO. FUN. More to come on this process, because I am in love with it! A few asked for a video. I'll try to make that happen. Here is the card I made.
Love her!!! Thanks for stopping in today :)


Shaping Up Blog Hop with the Gallery Idol Girls

Hola gang! Comin atcha today {on this fine Monday morning} with a very special blog hop post.
I'm joining some of the girls from the Paper Crafts Magazine Gallery Idol Contest for a shaped card blog hop. So fun! This ties in with the current Paper Crafts Magazine July Gallery Challenge, which is a summer shaped card theme. If you came from Elena's blog, you are on the right track.

I found this soda can in the Silhouette store and knew immediately I wanted to create this and put my own retro spin on it. I also knew exactly what stamp I wanted to use, the sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company's Fizzy Feelings stamp set.
This actually ended up being a very easy card once I got it all cut out on my Cameo. Who knew shaped cards were so easy? I don't make them very often but maybe I will now.

Time for the giveaway! I am giving away this little collection of goodies to one lucky commenter. I hope you will follow my blog, but I never require you to be a follower to win: I want you to do it on your own free will. So just leave me a comment and I will draw a winner Sunday, July 29.
Thanks for stopping by today.....
next stop on the hop is the talented Dana!


Retro Twisted Headband

Good morning Saturday! I love Saturdays. They are just lovely. I am here today posting a NON-paper craft project. I need to do more of these, don't you think? So I shall. You will see!

Today, I am sharing with you how I make my retro twisted headbands. I LOVE the way these look as I am all about the retro style. They are super easy to make, too.

First, you will need to hit up your local fabric shop for some stretchy material. You need to make sure you have some stretch in the fabric so it can fit around your pretty little head. I bought a 1/4 yard of each fabric I bought, which was plenty for a headband...plenty enough to make TWO (score).
First, lay out your fabric on a table and fold it in half.
Cut two strips, about 2-3 inches thick, depending on how thick you want your headband.
See how I essentially got 4 strips out of this since I folded the fabric in half? Two headbands! (again...score.)
Next, fold and sew each strip together, inside out, creating a long tube.
Do NOT sew the ends yet! Flip them right side out. Lay them criss cross against each other. You can iron them if you are really feeling ambitious. (note: I did not.)
Take the strip that is on the bottom and match end to end. Take the other ends and match them up to create the twist.
Lastly, take all four ends and sew them together. 
Voila! Cute retro twisted headband.
Just a little side note: my Janome and me aren't the best of friends. But the more we spend some quality time together, the less scary she is to me. This is a very basic craft project that takes minimal sewing efforts, which is right up my alley! Threading the machine, sewing straight lines...practice makes perfect.

And to save the best for last.......

I am giving one of these beauties away! 
(Don't worry, it will be a freshly made one, not one that's been on my head haha)

If you want to win it, please just leave a comment on this post and I will pick a random winner on Wednesday, July 25. I would love it if you wanted to follow my lil blog, too! 

Have a super fab weekend, friends!