Random Weekend Projects.

Since I've been semi bedridden for a week now, I've gotten a few projects done around the house. I don't have a ton of energy, but I have to get up and do something for a few minutes every now and then or I go crazy!

So I took advantage of my time at home and did a few random things around the house I've been meaning to do since I moved in {cough, cough 4 months ago}. I wanted something in my entryway and I am the queen of random. I found this distressed shelf and put a few things on it.
A plain white candle turned shabby chic with some of my new Webster's Pages goodies from their big sale:
Added a few frames to my collage wall.
Got my mirror and stars hung up in my dining room. This room still needs a LOT of work {and a dining room table would be good haha}.
Craft related, I made some cards for the current Paper Crafts Magazine publication call and had this little girl as my critic. Or, she just wanted to nap, either one....she loves it when I put her bed up on my craft table.
I made this sweet tag with one of Unity's new stamp sets, Jar of Sunshine. This jar is fabulous and HUGE. I love it! It comes with great accessories you can fill the jar with, too. Add a lot of color, some distressing, burlap and trinkets, and turns out to be a pretty cute tag.  
Off to watch Muppets Take Manhattan with my daughter....until next time!


Go in the direction of your heart.

Hi friends! PHEW. What a whirlwind couple of weeks! Gallery Idol is over for me...(Sniff sniff) but I am okay with where it took me. I am SO thankful for the opportunity to compete with a fierce group of paper crafters and am very proud of my work. Thank you to all of you that took the time to vote for me. I have been going through a little bit of personal stuff recently. However, I did make it into my craft room and was able to use some of my new gorgeous Stampin' Up papers today. Did you know I'm selling Stampin' Up now? I thought it would be a fun little adventure for me. Don't worry, I won't ever pressure my blog readers to buy, but if you are interested and don't have a demonstrator, here is my website. You can order directly through my site and it will be shipped directly to you! Rad, huh? There is also a Stampin Up link on the top of my blog for easy finding in the future.

Anyway....here's my card. I am really into maps these days. Love anything travel related.
Lots of love to my faithful and loyal followers. xoxo


Gallery Idol Round 3: Masculine / Feminine Card

Good morning friends! First off: I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all those who voted for my card in Round 2 of Gallery Idol because I'm back for Round 3!!!! I know registering to vote can be a bit cumbersome, but now, if you've voted once, all you have to do is log in and it's much easier this time around. So I hope you will visit the Paper Crafts Magazine Gallery Idol contest page and vote for me again so I can keep progressing.

The challenge for this round was to use the same paper or stamp for both a masculine and feminine card. I absolutely loved this challenge. I found out the theme last Friday morning at 6 am and couldn't stop thinking about it all day. I was able to work on my cards Friday afternoon and here is what I came up with for this round.
For this pair of cards, I went with a night on the town. The Tim Holtz embossing folders I ran across at Hobby Lobby that morning were really the inspiration behind these cards.
I cut the suit, dress and bows from my Silhouette (designs can be found in the Silhouette store) and with a little manipulating of sizes, I was able to get them just right for my 4.5x5.25 cards. The patterned paper I used was My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Dilly Dally collection. {I think I used almost the entire stack.} I inked those up with gray and black inks so they would pop a bit more. The sentiment stamps are from Unity Stamp Company (Hey Stud Itty Bitty and Undeniably You).
Once I had my cards laid out onto the card base, I realized they needed something else. Ever get that feeling? I knew right away the suit needed to be stitched and I wanted to incorporate the stitching into the feminine card as well, so out came my trusty Janome sewing machine.
To make the feminine card SUPER feminine, I added roses, feathers and pearls.
Thanks for stopping by my blog to read more about my cards. Please please PLEASE click on the link below to be taken to my entry to vote. Thank you SO much for your continued support!!


Gallery Idol: You Color My World Challenge

If you've been living under a rock (or just understandably busy, or lounging on the beach in Fiji or....), I entered into Paper Craft Magazine's Gallery Idol and was informed Friday I was one of the Top 20 Finalists! What awesome news that was. Here is the blog post where you can see the other winners (I am amongst some pretty fierce competition, all beautiful and lovely crafters).

My train of thought that occurred:

1. WHAT? That's my picture. Is that a mistake?
2. It says Erin Lee. That's definitely me.
3. I'll scroll down to see what card they picked.
4. Yep, those are my boots.
5. Wait....I'm a finalist?!?! REALLY?
6. What's the theme for Monday? (Color? I LOVE bright colors - score!)
7. Followed by every single thought that crossed my mind Friday afternoon / evening / night included spectrums of colors, rainbows and shades of color. I went to the Farmers Market: I saw rainbows of produce. I saw rainbows in cars, in stores, at church. Outside. Inside. EVERYWHERE.

Today, I'm here to post my FIRST card for the contest. The theme this week is You Color My World. I knew immediately I wanted to do some kind of spectrum, don't know why, it's just what got in my head. I am typically the type of crafter that brainstorms lots of ideas in my head, looks at stamps for inspiration in my craft room for a bit, then goes gung-ho on one concept and never looks back. I followed this path with this card as well. No need to stray from my norm now, right?

Here it is, in all its colorful glory.
For this card, I used Papertrey Ink black card stock for the base and white card stock to stamp the diamond pattern down. For this part, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up perfectly, which was a lifesaver. The stamp I used for the diamond pattern is from a Unity Stamp Company Kit of the Month set.
I used a whole lot of patterned papers, too. No one diamond is alike - all different (75 to be exact). That's a lot of stamping and a lot of paper piecing. God bless my Cutter Bees!
I wanted to make sure the diamond pattern was the focus on the card so I kept the sentiment small and simple, but still wanted it to pop. I used Zing embossing powder in hot pink and rounded the corners, then adhered it with Stampin Up Dimensionals. The stamp is Unity Stamp Company / Echo Park Smile! Itty Bitty that can be found here.
I hope you enjoyed reading more about the makings of this card. I had so much fun with this one and I realized something about myself - I love a good competition! It helps grow my creativity and stretches my limits, all good things. One thing I verified about myself - I still hate making a huge mess in my craft room ;)

Thanks for stopping by and I would of course LOVE your vote so I can progress to the next round.

Until next time. xoxo


Brave Girl Boots. Gallery Idol style.

I just realized I forgot to blog about the most exciting paper craft news I've ever had to share! (doh) I entered into Paper Crafts Magazine Gallery Idol competition and Friday, I found out I was a Top 20 Finalist. After I picked myself up off the floor, I realized yes, that was really my name (verified by my picture) and yes, that was my card pictured below. My winning card was this one. It happens to be a very special card near and dear to my heart, mainly because of the message. This was my very first Unity Stamp set and it holds a very special place in my heart. I love Melody Ross. She is so inspiring!
I hope you will come back tomorrow to see my FIRST card I made for this competition. I would LOVE your votes as well ;)