Friday, March 30, 2012

You. Are. Old.

I was just sort of playing around with the two most recent Unity KOTMs and had no ideas in mind but trying to work on a masculine card and then I saw an argyle piece of patterned paper I had with several shades of greens and browns and it gave me an idea for this card.  I stamped this amazing argyle stamp twice side by side in Versamark ink and then used some chalks to color it in.  I used Vintage Photo distress ink to shade a piece of white cardstock and cut out the argyle and adhered it to the cardstock and then stamped the vintage card and the sentiment to finish it. 
I am linking this up to Unity's Friends with Flair and can't wait to see all of the lovely projects that my Unity peeps have created and linked up today!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Eat Cake

It's been such a busy, crazy, fun week here that I forgot that today was Friday and FWF!  I didn't even have a chance to craft this week.  This is a card I made a little while back and submitted but since it didn't get picked I can share it today.
I really love this card and made it for my BFF's birthday (of course per my usual M.O. it'll be late).  She is a crafty goddess when it comes to baking and decorating cakes and I knew I had to use these Unity Domestic Bliss stamps for her card! 
Kraft paper.  Basic Grey PP, Spellbinders banner die, Unity Stamp Co Domestic Bliss, Acryllic paint around the edges, buttons, twine, Stampendous shaved ice for the "frosting"
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  For a full list of the Friends with Flair participants head to the Unity blog for an eyeful of delicious projects!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Art Journal cover

Earlier this week I decided that I wanted to jump into the world of art journaling/mixed media.  WOW, I didn't know what I was getting myself into at the time but after 2 days of working on my cover I am an addict!!!  My daughter asked what I was working on and of course wanted to start an art journal of her own.  She's 2 & 3/4 years old and wants to start her own blog to show off her artwork too.  I'm going to try to find some time later today to work on that with her and then I'll add a link.  I think I've created another monster because she LOVES stamping too!
Here we are enjoying the process of creating our journals (yep, we're working out on the deck in the BEAUTIFUL 75 degree early March weather!).

Here is my very first attempt at journaling:

I started this project not having any vision in mind but just going where my heart and the art took me.  I'll be honest, I don't love the end result but I had the best time creating it and it makes me happy.  There is certainly a lot I have to learn about mixed media and the best way to do that is through discovery.  I have some smeared inks on here because I used some pigment inks and didn't wait long enough for them  to dry before adding other elements with mod podge.  Lesson learned.
All stamps are by Unity Stamp Co (Moment by Moment, With Her Own Wings, Distressed Quilt, Delightful Moments (tree retired), Happiness Is, Moxie
Coloring mediums used: Gesso, acryllic paints, distress inks, pigment inks and colored pencils.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this long post!  Hoping to get some more pages done soon!

Friday, March 16, 2012

This too shall pass.

I wasn't expecting to get any crafty time in today but wonder of wonders the kids both napped at the same time today and for more than an hour!  I was able to throw together a quick card for the Unity Kit of the Month Sketch Challenge.  Since it's still Friday as well I'll just toss it into Friends with Flair too!
Here is the sketch:
 And here is my card created from this sketch:
Kraft cardstock, PP scraps from My Minds Eye (Gertie).  Unity Stamp Co Feb 2012 KOM.  Diamond Stickles on the raindrops.  Distressed edges with Antique Linen and rounded corners. 

Snapshots of a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup kind of day.

This past Saturday my daughter and I walked to the park to play early in the morning when it was still only 20 some degrees with cold winds blowing.  Needless to say we were quite chilled for some time and even hot chocolate and cuddling watching The Little Mermaid didn't do the trick to warm us up.  Yep, it's a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup kind of day!

I love when I come across great boy papers and this one is from Echo Park's This and That Charming collection.  Great colors and designs in that pack!  I am not much of a 2 page layout kind of girl but sometimes you just need a lot of pics to tell the story and thankfully this one came together quickly (2 page LO's have been known to clutter up my craft desk for weeks at a time)!
Echo Park patterned papers, journaling block and blue alpha stickers.  Sassafras Lass chipboard alphas.  Basic Grey orange letter stickers.  Cosmo Cricket cream alpha stickers.  Stamps are all Unity Stamp Co.  Camera & snapshot from Snapshot Itty Bitty.  A Moment in Time from Unity/Ippity's set of the same name.  Soup bowls from the retired August 2008 Kit of the Month.  Soup pot from the July 2011 KOM.  Noteworthy (hidden on the top of the journaling block) is from Sweet and Sour Soup.
I was SO excited to finally find a use for this soup bowl stamp!!!  I LOVE inking up never before inked up stamps and finding the perfect home on a project for them!  Head on over to Unity's blog to play along with Friends with Flair and comment for a chance to win some wonderful stamps from Unity!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Consider Yourself Vintage

I have a birthday card to share for today's Friends With Flair.  It's a 6x6 card which I rarely make but this paper was just too cute to cut up!  Course it was also too heavy to stand on it's own which is why that ribbon is stapled to keep it up but I wasn't thinking and then couldn't open the card to write inside.  It's a little goofy but that's okay, it just has character!
I really liked the colors on the PP so I tried to bring them all together in my cardstock choices.  The grey didn't look right at first so I distressed the edges and used some T.H. Antique Linen distress ink which gave it just the color I wanted.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye (Dilly Dally), Cardstock: Bazzill, Stamps: Unity Stamp Co (February KOM, Blossom Stackers, June 2011 KOM), Spellbinders label die.

Friday, March 2, 2012

It's a Good Day to have a Good Day!

Happy Friday, the first one in March, WOOHOO, I love this month!  Springtime is around the corner, trips to the park, St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and most importantly of all is my little guys 1st birthday at the end of the month!!!
I have a couple of cards to share for Friends with Flair today.  For a list of all of the wonderfully talented chicks who have Unity creations to share this week head over to Unity's blog and leave comments as you hop along for a chance to win some fabulous Unity stamps!
I just love this co-brand Unity/Authentique Itty Bitty stamp, what a great quote!
Supplies: PP: Crate Paper Random collection, stamp: Unity Stamp Co, fiskars border punch.
I don't often make sentiment free cards but as I was creating this one the sentiment I wanted to use didn't fit well on the outside so I just stamped it inside.  The stamps are from the new Unity co-brand Susan K. Weckesser set Create Your Day.  PP's are My Minds Eye, border punch is EK Success, Copics to color flowers.
Thanks for stopping by today and remember, It's a good day to have a good day!