{5.7.2013} i have issues…

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I’m working on some stuff for my blog behind the scenes and things are going horrible WRONG.
I’m trying to move my blog over to a self-hosted site and of course in my techie world, nothing ever goes smooth.  If you are having trouble finding me, my domain (dahlhouse-designs.com) is currently down.  I do not have a timeline on when it will be back, but it may be a little while.

So… dahlhousedesigns.wordpress.com is where you can find my blog for now.  I’m excited to host my own blog, but I guess I need to go through some growing pains.

Thank you for your patience as I get this all worked out.  I think my feeds and definitely my email subscriptions still work so if you are not already following, you might want to in case I get lost.  I don’t like being lost.  Lol.  You can find both sign ups in my blog sidebar to the right.

I’ll update you when all is good again.
Hugs.

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{5.5.2013} wanna sketch reminder

Getting ready for Mom

Unity Stamp company is helping you get ready for Mom.
This week’s STAMP of the WEEK is for Mother’s day.

Mother’s Day Daisies

Supah adorable and oh so sweet.
What mother doesn’t deserve some flowers?

I’m using this set with my Wanna Sketch.  I’m so excited for the ENTRIES already.
They are FABULOUS and it makes me so giddy to see what you all come up with.

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I thought I’d share the evolution of this card and WHY sketches are so fabulous.  Plus, I don’t think of sketches as restricting, but as inspiring.  They get you started and then you let your creativity (or in my case, mistakes) guide you.
I actually started with the yellow patterned paper covering the entire card.  The daisies were on the white banner, but not trimmed out and I went to stamp my saying along side the banner and effed it up!  Crooked and bad.  Goodness gracious.  So I stared at it for awhile and a new plan evolved into what you see now.  I trimmed out the sides on the banner to help the flowers pop more.  Super cute right?  Please say yes.  Ha.  Then I trimmed the yellow paper and attempted a straight sentiment at the bottom.

A new Wanna Sketch will go up May 19th, so you have plenty of time to play with this one.
Link up below so I can stop by and see your beautiful project.

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{5.2.2013} Happy Birthday Unity…

THANK YOU
to our Unity Friends.

It has been an AMAZING 5 years
of fun and inspiration with the Unity Company!!!
I’m so excited to join in on today’s hop to share my gratitude with you all.
All the action starts on the Unity blog.

There is nothing BETTER than our Unity FRIENDS.
You all are the SWEETEST and most SUPPORTIVE people I know.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

I wish I could HUG you all!!!  So instead, I’m sending you a virtual SMACK.
I’m using April’s Kit of the Month.

LOTS of greatness happening today with Unity.
TONS of new RELEASES.
ACK, I need them ALL they are so amazing.

But we are not done hopping and of course we have this:

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 3 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

That is all from me, head on over to the amazing Joslyn next!!!!

Here are the list of blogs hopping today.

Andrea
Eryn
Jen E.
Jimmi
Karen
Lisa H.
Robyn
Shemaine
Thienly
Jolande
Lisa A.
Joslyn
Stephanie
Erin
Renee

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{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.
Awesome.

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

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other: ribbon (American Crafts)

{4.25.2013} Unity Thursday + Cameo file FREEBIE

Whoop Whoop!

I just LOVE when I get to hop on Thursday’s with Unity.
It is my favorite day for sure.
All the action starts on the Unity blog.

I am using the current KIT OF THE MONTH today.

Eeek, fun right?  The stamps are some I designed as well.  I loved the idea of geocaching for a card theme.  Lots of friends I know have husbands or kids that like to go on these little adventures.  It is quite a trendy theme right now as well.  The Here and There paper pad had the PERFECT matching paper.

I have a little freebie for you as well.
I created that card base for the Cameo and I’m going to share it with you.
It is available in both .studio and svg files.
Just click on the picture and download the file you need.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 3 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

That is all from me, head on over to the amazing Renee next!!!!

Here are the list of blogs hopping today.

Angie
Erin
Jen B.
Jolande
Joslyn
Lisa A.
Renee
Shellye
Shilo
Stephanie

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other: star punch, 2 label shapes cutting file (Lori Whitlock)

{4.23.2013} de-LIGHT-ful

Hello Tuesday.

I shared this card on the Unity blog yesterday.

These are some of my stamp designs.  I love a good pun, thus we have a bit of a punny stamp.  The other sentiment that goes with the light bulb is OH GOSH i just remembered.  Ha.  I’ve used that one too.

I ordered some Neenah paper in a linen texture.  I LOVE it.  The Deco Hound has a fun worn look when stamped on the texture.  It also has a very clean and classic feel that will be good for pretty clean and simple cards.  I’m excited about it can you tell?  Lol.  The circles were cut with my Cameo from various scraps of cardstock.

Thursday is my hop day with Unity.
I have a special card planned and will have a freebie to go with it.
I *might* have a free Cameo file involved.
Just saying.

Have a fabulous day my friends.

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{4.21.2013} wanna sketch no. 4

So…

I’m beginning a new journey.
A rebirth of sorts and a rediscovery of my craft.

I have been at this blogging thing for 4 years and so much has happened since my first post in March of 2009.  More than I ever imagined.  I have been blessed with AMAZING experiences, lessons, friends, accomplishments and a deep love for a craft I never knew existed.  As with anything, I have grown and evolved.  I have learned and still need/want to learn more.  I have also reached a point where I feel like I need to step back and return to the love that started this adventure.

I recently mentioned that my plate is full.  Well, it is… with normal life.  It is amazing how time flies and how it disappears so quickly.  I’m trying to grasp it with both hands and to cram everything I can into those fleeting moments.  Thus, my blogging has suffered a bit.  You might have noticed or not, but I feel it.  My mojo felt the crunch and let me know I needed to lighten my outside blogging responsibilities.  I am continuing on with Unity (and will forever or until Angela kicks me out) and with Paper Smooches Sparks (my term ends soon, but I’d stay forever if I could).  So now, I can return focus to my blog again.  I can focus more on creating for me and for the things that inspire me.  I’m hoping this will mean more videos and more tutorials.  I have a love for my Cameo and want to share more files with that.  These are just things I have been thinking about and we’ll see what the future brings.  But I am excited.  I feel like the ol’ blog has been ignored and that is not a good thing.

With all that said… I am pleased as punch to bring back Wanna Sketch?  What is this you might ask?  Well, forever ago, I said I wanted to share some sketches I like to create.  Well, life got in the way and I started creating sketches for my design teams instead.  Sadly, Wanna Sketch? got put on the back burner.  Well no more, it is back and I’ll post a new sketch every 3rd Sunday of the month.  It is all for fun.  There are no rules.  I may even combine my sketch with inspiration from another challenge.  I’ll share my card and sketch and you are welcome to link up yours.  I’ll stop by and leave a little love and then select my favorite (or two or three) to highlight in the next month.
Then it all begins again.

So are you ready to see this month’s sketch?

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Such a great basic sketch.  I see so many possibilities with that little banner.  Patterned paper, stamping, different shapes, sentiments… the sky is the limit.  I can’t wait to see what you all do.  I decided to go with embossing.  I’m using the brand new Stamp of the Week from Unity.  The butterfly is just gorgeous.  I grabbed the sentiment the current Kit of the Month as well.

I was also inspired by the Runway Challenge this week.  All that black and white… just stunning.  I couldn’t help but add a little bit of color, but it is pretty muted with the ribbon.  I think this might be the first card I have used ribbon on this year.  How is that possible?  Well, we have remedied that with some soft pink, satin ribbon.  Whew, I feel better.

So, if you feel inspired to create with my sketch, please link up below.  I’d be thrilled if you shared the sketch and link back this post as well.  Like I said, there are no rules.  However you are inspired to use the sketch is just perfect.  I’ll post a favorite or two next month with a new sketch.

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Click on the cute little frog to add your card.


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