{4.28.2013} HB2U

**I apologize to all my email and feed readers.
My post went nut-so this weekend and went out early twice.
So, third time’s a charm right?**

I am THRILLED to be using this week’s Stamp of the Week.
Isn’t it darling?

The design team has a bunch of amazing samples on the UNITY BLOG today.

Unity Stamp of the Week

You can find more information and to sign up for the Stamp of the Week HERE.
Who wouldn’t love a little Unity delivered EVERY week.

I’m also submitting this to Simon Says Stamp since ANYTHING GOES this week.



other: ribbon (American Crafts)

{3.3.2013} a Sunday challenge

I’ve been trying to get my craft on this weekend and it just wasn’t happening like I wanted it too.  I had high hopes for MANY Christmas cards for the current Paper Crafts magazine call.  Alas, I just couldn’t get into the holiday spirit.  Thankfully, I squeaked out 2 cards, but I don’t have high hopes.  I just wasn’t on my game.

After struggling, I just gave up and looked for some challenges to inspire me.  I think my mojo was mad I tried to do holiday cards out of season.  Ha.  So what better than SPRING to bring me out of my winter blues.

ETA: had to update with a better photo

Hero Arts has the PERFECT challenge going on for March.
I’ve combined the color and spring challenge into one.

I wanted the look of doodling or a drawing in a notebook.  So, I stamped the ledger background first and then the flowers on top.  I also liked the idea of ‘chalk’ coloring, so used some Prismacolor pencils to achieve that look.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I’m not an expert, by any means, on coloring (with markers or pencils).

I’m also submitting this to the Simon Says challenge since anything goes this week.
Talk about easy peasy.



{6.18.2012} delight…

So, my mojo is rebelling again.

And it MUST be a teenager, because it sure is in an awful mood.  Ha.  The new Unity Stamp Company – Stamp of the Week was calling to me to create something with it, but goodness… it was a challenge for me.  Literally.  When my mojo needs a good swift kick in the patootie, I turn to challenges.  I have to thank Simon Says Stamp and CAS-ual Fridays for their inspiration when I am in dire need.  I don’t know what I would I do without my favorite challenges.

What a delightful stamp this week.  I love the included banner shape and the butterfly is darling.  Another paper piecing dream.  The challenge for Simon Says Stamp is based on a lovely photo collage by Joy.  It reminds me of pure summertime and sunshine.  I tried to mimic the feelingi by pulling the colors and the flowers from the different pictures.

And the CAS-ual Friday challenge required the use of vellum or acetate.  I haven’t pulled out my vellum in a while, so I embossed the butterfly in white on it.  The 1″ circle was perfect to punch the butterfly out of the center of the stamp.

I hope you delight in each day this week!
Happy Monday.

other: paper flowers {Michaels}, vellum {unknown}

{5.21.2012} cupcakes

Have you seen this cupcake?
It is the new Stamp of the Week from Unity.

I had to bring out my Copics for this one.  It took me a long time to color in this delicious cupcake, but it was sure fun.  The inspiration for the splatter came from the Spatter Technique Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  The use of the acetate was actually a fix to cover up an oops.  Heehee.  Originally, I dripped some Shimmerz Vibez directly onto the cardstock.  Um, it is way to wet to do that, plus really sheer.  Great, now what to do?  I decided to cut out the center of the card and replace it with a piece of acetate spattered with the Vibez white.  Ahhh, much better.  There are some little rhinestones in the spatter to help it sparkle a little more.

other: clear acetate sheet

{4.29.2012} a challenge…

Or two or three or four.

It has been a crazy weekend.  Not only has my mojo decided to challenge me, but so has mother nature.  On Saturday night, we were headed to get something for dinner when we noticed a poor dog who had been hit in the road.  Unfortunately, he did not make it and his sister kept running out into traffic to check on him.  I yelled for my husband to stop and I jumped out to snatch her up before she was hit as well.  Luckily, she had a collar and we were able to return her to her owners.  Having two fur babies of my own, my heart was broken for her lost brother, but I took comfort in the fact that she was able to make it back home.

Then, later that night we had an unwanted visitor… a scorpion!  Ew… ew… ew.  We were watching T.V. when I noticed some movement coming out from under the chair.  I glanced over and once it registered what it was, I promptly FREAKED OUT!  My knight in a shining football jersey killed it with a shoe and then I spent the next half hour searching the house for more with a black light.  Oh the horror.  I didn’t sleep much that night.

And the final test to my nerves came Sunday morning.  While my husband was working in the yard he found a baby bird who could not yet fly.  I was coloring some images when he came in with the poor thing in his hand.  Now what to do with it???  We attempted to put it back in the nest (a mere 15-20 feet up in a tree) and failed miserably.  After some internet research, the best thing to do was to put it back on the ground and let it be.  Apparently a fledgling bird is attempting to stretch its wings to fly and the parents will still take care of it.  Until it flies away, we must go outside with our dogs to make sure the poor thing will not be harmed.

Now that I have shared all my trials with mother nature, let’s get back to my mojo challenges.  What is up with my mojo not wanting to cooperate lately?  I just stare blankly at all my beautiful stamps and supplies.  What do I do in a mojo crisis?  Play in some of my favorite challenges of course.

  The easiest of the four challenges I chose came from Simon Says Stamp Challenge – anything goes.  Ha.  My mojo liked that.  And since I tend to get most of my Hero Arts stamps from Simon Says Stamp, I decided to pull some of those out for the card.  Now, I needed a sketch.  I’ve been wanting to play with the new Retro Sketches, no time like the present.  Luckily, I adored this week’s sketch.

I used the stamped flowers to mimic the cascade along the side of the sketch.  I also used the chevron and the sentiment in place of the ribbon or string indicated in the sketch.  I really wanted to a single layer card.  Instead, I added some twine knots to the center of the flower.

Ok, I have a sketch, I have the stamps and now I just needed some colors.  Enter this week’s Play Date Cafe colors.  Such pretty, rich and elegant colors.  I didn’t have the dusk blue, so I used both my paris dusk blue and charcoal ink to hopefully come close to the required colors.  I think it turned out pretty close.  I’m actually quite happy with it.

And last, I needed a theme.  Cas-ual Friday’s challenge everyone to include flowers or trees in their project.  Yay, the stamps I pulled from Hero Arts had flowers.  🙂

Thank you for hanging in till the end.  I sure hope this week is much calmer.  The blog will be active though.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some Unity fun.  I have 3, count them, 3 big posts for Unity, Print Candee and Paper Made Bakery on Tuesday!!!  And more.  LOVE the first of the month, so much yumminess to share.