7.31.2012

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!




7.28.2012

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.

7.27.2012

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 :)






7.23.2012

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!

7.21.2012

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!
xoxo

7.20.2012

Unity Friends With Flair Friday!

Hiiiiii strangers! I'm back from my week in sunny (sometimes rainy) Florida. It was a nice time to relax and hang out on the beach. Lost two pairs of sunglasses, but it was well worth it. Visited Boca, Hollywood Beach, Everglades and Key West. All beautiful places! Even held a gator. YEP! ME.

Today I wanted to share with you a card I created using my favorite stamps in the whole wide world, Unity Stamps. I LOVE this feather set! Oooo la la! Feathers are so in right now and I LOVE it.




7.08.2012

Thanks a Latte Card

Helloooooooo and happy Sunday evening! It's late. I should be going to bed. However, I really wanted to create a card for a few challenges tonight. Just a little fun with some of my favorite goodies. The stamp set I used for this card is Market Street Stamps Daily Grind. LOVE this set! I also used my new Authentique paper stack.
I am entering this card into two fabulous challenges this week. One is Market Street Stamp's Block Party and the other is Moxie Fab World's The Thank You Challenge. Join in on the fun!

7.07.2012

Why I Keep Trying.

Yesterday morning was a happy morning. I knew emails were being sent out for the latest Paper Crafts Magazine call for the January issue. I submitted 8 cards this time around, which is a pretty good amount for me. I felt as though I was sort of coming off a Gallery Idol high with lots of ideas spinning around in my head. I have only gotten a handful of acceptance emails from Paper Crafts Magazine, but every time I do, it is just as exciting as the first time. What's really great about the Paper Crafts Magazine call specifically is when the emails go out, everyone chats on Facebook and we all support each other and it's a grand little party of celebration, screaming, jumping up and down and support.

I will never understand when crafty girls tell me "my work isn't good enough" or "I never get chosen, I'm going to stop trying" or "maybe someday I will get the courage to submit".

Why????????


What exactly do you have to lose again? Please explain to me. Do I need to smack you upside the head with a confidence stick? Cause I will....for your own good ;)

Excuse #1: My work isn't good enough.
Solution: Really? Where is your self confidence? If you truly believe your work isn't good enough, then why not keep submitting and keep challenging and pushing yourself? You will only get better with each submission and each card you make. Visit the call site, see what categories peak your interest, and just CREATE. Be you.

Excuse #2: I never get chosen.
Solution: Yes, you're right, if you never submit, you will never get chosen. It takes ONE idea to get picked up. Let's say you submit and you submit and you submit, and you never get that email. Maybe it just wasn't what they were looking for this time around. Maybe you just have bad luck. Maybe the card gods are putting curses on you. But eventually, you WILL and CAN beat the odds. You WILL get in.

Excuse #3: Maybe someday....
Solution: How about TODAY? What are you waiting for exactly?

Just a few of my random thoughts about submitting your creations to publications. I'll share with you now a few of my rejects. It's funny that I call them rejects - they really aren't. They may not have gotten chosen but hey, guess what, I like em, I'm proud of em and now they are in my stash to give out. It's a win-win for me.
Nothing beats seeing your baby (aka card) in print with your name and how you made it. Nothing!
The next call for Paper Crafts Magazine will be in a few weeks. Be sure to check their submission site often HERE. I'm going to be disappointed in you if you don't try...just sayin ;)