Sep 30, 2011

birthday cloud...

holy friday batman!!  don't you love when you have an idea in your head and it actually comes out better than you thought? i've been organizing my stamps (a way overdue project!) and i saw this cloud stamp from the may 2010 unity kotm.  i can't believe i have only used it maybe once!  it's so cute!  i also love this color of baker's twine.  of course, i can't think of the color off the top of my head, but it's cute! it's fwf today, so check the unity blog for more fun projects. (and a change to win some rubbery love!)

birthday cloud
stamps: unity, bella blvd+unity, ippity
cardstock: pink pirouette, elegant eggplant
ink: baja breeze, soft sky, spun sugar distress, elegant eggplant craft
embellishments:  clear embossing powder, baker's twine

while you're here, don't forget that tomorrow is the official chick challenge launch and it starts with an awesome blog hop.  and it's also national card making day.  so go get yourself a little inky!!

Sep 28, 2011

wanna hop...

wanna hop?  there are a few blog hops coming up in the next few weeks that will knock your socks off!!

october 1st

on october 1st (this saturday!), the chick challenge blog is having it's first blog hop!  it will be a 5 day hop to get things warmed up for the first chick challenge on october 6th.  you don't wanna miss out on the awesome creations some of the {ippity} chicks have made!  plus, there are prizes to be won!!!

october 15th
and on october 15th, it's an {ippity} christmas in october blog hop!  with more {ippity} goodness to be seen!
don't miss it!

plus you can buy any of the {ippity} stamps your little heart desires right here from me! (and there's a great bonus to pre-order in the next few days!)

Sep 26, 2011

happy monday!! i can't believe that is nearing the end of september. it was just five minutes ago (i swear!) that this new {ippity} set came out. but really it's been 20 days! crazy! it's almost time for anther new release!

i found this new patterned paper stack at the scrapbook expo a few weeks ago and fell absolutely in love with it.  it's from s.e.i.  and the colors screamed "use me for winter!"  so i paired it with the awesome {ippty} set, gingham christmas should get one's so cute!
stamps: ippity
cardstock: island indigo, s.e.i. pp
ink: broken china distress, soft sky, pear pizazz, kiwi kiss
embellishments:  stickles

here's a sneak of the second set releasing on october 5th.  pre-order either october set from me  before friday sept 30 and i'll throw in a free random unity itty bitty with your order!! (visit {ippity} shug for details)

have a great week!!

Sep 23, 2011

city of love...

so i stepped out of my comfort zone a little and signed up for a swap that i really had no idea how to do.  i guess there is a kind of stamps called stampscapes and you create little scenes with them.  well, i didn't exactly have any, so i asked lori (the hostess of the swap) if i could just make a little scene.  i think you are supposed to use a brayer and different colors of ink to blend the background together, so i played around with that, too.  here's what came out of my little experiement.  it was kinda fun, although i'm not great with the brayer.  i'm having a hard time with it being only one layer, but i'll live with it!!

city of love
stamps:  unity
cardstock: glossy white
ink: onyx black, broken china distress, soft sky, baja breeze, blue bayou
tools: brayer

plus it's friday, so that means friends with flair!  remember you have a chance to win a bag of nifty stamps from unity so go check out the blog and play along (i remembered the link this week)!!

and if you are ruby, remember to see this post

and while i'm at it, check the new peek of {ippity} that is coming here...and go play in the {ippity} challenge here!

ok, i'm done.

just kidding...i decided to add this to the all things unity challenge #40 (thanks stampincathy!) which you have to make a one layer card.  you can play along too...visit the atu blog! i'm done!

Sep 22, 2011


hambo stamps comes up with some of the greatest stamps and sayings!  this one is a digi image.  i decided to submit for the hambo stamps design team.  i'm not going to stress about it...but it can't hurt to submit, right?  besides, who wouldn't want to be a "bacon bit"?  check out their blog if you haven't ever!  this is one of the two cards i made.

digi stamps:  hambo stamps
cardstock: early espresso, amuse polka dot
ink: yellow citrus
tools: scallop border punch, label punch, scallop crop-a-dile, prismacolor markers

Sep 21, 2011

fall and new {ippity}...

fall is in the air.  the end of the month is, too!  that means new {ippity} sets coming soon!  here's a sneak peek of one of them!

also coming soon is the launch of the {chick} callenge blog featuring the {ippity} chicks!  on october 1st, there will be blog hop with great prizes to be won!!!  don't forget to check it out!

Sep 18, 2011


i completely forgot to pick a winner yesterday from my fwf post!!  so here it is...

random number generator picked #6.
Ruby said... 6 
Very cute card. Great project. 
9/16/11 10:30 AM 
so ruby, congrats!!  you win a little unity love from me!!  please email me your address.

Sep 16, 2011

up and away...

remember my post last week about the wizard of oz swap i was roped into hosting?  i had the theme of  the hot air balloon, too.  here is the set of atcs i made for it.  i love this little hot air ballon!!

up and away
stamps:  bella blvd + unity
cardstock: purely pomegranate, my mind's eye pp, we r memory keepers pp
ink: soft sky, island indigo, bermuda bay, baja breeze, onyx black

and remember that it is friends with flair today, being friday and all.  did you know that if you either participate in fwf or simply comment on any of the fwf participants you can win a big old bag of stamps from unity?   i was picked as a winner a couple of weeks ago.  so much fun to get them in the mail!  and since i've become somewhat of a unity addict fan, i had a few duplicates.  so i'm going to pass the good karma along to you this week.  that means not only can you win from unity, you could win from me, too!  i'll pick a random comment on saturday night to win a little bag of unity lovelies (stamps).

and...don't forget about the {ippity} challenge going on.  check this post out and you could win some {ippity} goodies, too!!

gotta love friday and free stamps!!

Sep 15, 2011


this weekend, there is this little event going on in minnesota called scrapfest.  i think it's held at the biggest mall in amarica because there's no other place that could hold an event of this size.  craft peeps  gather and have one ginormous party.

five years ago, a group of girls decided to get together at this event.  we had all met through the shack, an online community about the hobby we love.  a few people were going to go to scrapfest, so we thought what a great place to get together and meet in real life!  it was one of the most awesome trips i have ever gone on and i met some of the most amazing people in my life.  luckily, to this day, they are some of my best friends!  we have made getting together an annual event (with some years doing it 2-3 times!).  we are doing it again in just a few weeks.   i can't wait!!!


Sep 12, 2011

eyes, soul, heart...

there's a new {ippity} challenge going on.  you know you want to play.  what could you win if you do??  a $20 gift certificate to the {ippity} chick of your choice!  who doesn't want $20 in free {ippity} lovelies???

the theme for this challenge is "fall."  it doesn't have to be something about autumn leaves and pumpkins, per se.  just something that is inspired by fall.  i used colors from fall to make my card.  i found this awesome my mind's eye patterned paper pad when i was moving my craft room (go figure...something got lost!) and it has some awesome paper in it.  so i grabbed a few pieces and went from there.  i love finding stamps that haven't spoken to me before.  this sentiment jumped into my head when i was creating the base.  i love it!  i made the faux-ribbon using  paper and a stamp from the new set gingham christmas greetings.

eyes, soul, heart
stamps:  ippity
cardstock: riding hood red, early espresso, tangerine tango, walnut cream, my mind's eye pp
ink: soft suede, walnut stain distress, old paper distress

now go get crafty, create something that fall has inspired, visit the {ippity} challenge blog (clickie, clickie) and post away!!  you can't win if you don't play!!
as an added bonus, i will throw in my own little {ippity} goodie bag for those that play.  leave a comment with the link to your entry here and i'll pick a random winner.  you have until 9/24/11 to do it.  what are you waiting for???

Sep 9, 2011

birthday cookies...

i usually don't like to post about foodie things i make...but i wanted to show my most favorite cookies in the whole world.  i made them to take to a little celebration tonight!

edited to add the recipe!!

single batch: 
  • 1 devils food cake mix (pictured is the best name doesn't turn out as tasty)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
 mix together. drop on cookie sheet (i use a melon baller...perfect size every time!). bake for 7 minutes @ 350.   stuff with frosting of your choice. my friend nicole gave me the recipe and she uses cream cheese frosting (bleck.) i use buttercream frosting (i cheat and get it at the bakery) and add a touch of mint flavoring. 


Sep 8, 2011

three times...

way back in april when my crafties got together (that's my new term for my crafting crafties!) for spring palooza, we decided it would be cool to have a wizard of oz atc swap.  ok, i guess i shouldn't say we, since i didn't really have the idea, but somehow i ended hosting it!!!  anyway, the 13 of us came up with 18 different things that went along with the wizard of oz.  i picked two of them.  here is one, which obviously is the ruby slippers.  i'll post the other set later.  the whole set ended up being awesome.  cooler than i could have imagined!!  and to think i didn't even want to play!  i also tried a new cool technique where you print on washi tape.  love it!!

three times
cardstock: riding hood red
ink: barn door distress
embellishments:  washi tape, stickles
fonts:  ld tall pen, db shopping

Sep 5, 2011


can you believe it's labor day?  i know i said it last week, but summer is coming to a close.  on the upside of today being september 5th, there are two new releases from {ippity}!  and trust me when i say that these are so awesome!   the set, all things are possible, is such an awesome set for breast cancer support.  the possibilities are fab.  it has 5 stamps and are you ready for this...only S.I.X buckaroonies!!  so here is the card i made with the new rubbery goodness.  i usually don't put much inside my cards, but i thought this would be cute inside.  you can see both new {ippity} sets here.

(inside card)

stamps: ippity
cardstock: purely pomegranate, pink pirouette, walnut cream, my mind's eye pp
ink: purely pomegranate, spun sugar distress
embellishments: shimmer spritz

Sep 3, 2011

new {ippity} blog badge...

i have a new blog badge for my {ippity} peeps!  that means  a little giveaway!!

click on the image below to see all the deets!

Sep 2, 2011


what a week it's been. so very glad it's over.  but this weekend brings the end to summer.  labor day.  where did the summer go so fast!

i participated in a little challenge that thanh, from yummy creations, hosted called 'destash the past'.  she went through her stash of supplies and made a little kit that the participants had to used to create something. this is what we were given to use.

i created a regular sized card and two mini-cards.  it's fun and quite a challange to think outside the box when you have a limited supply of resources to use.  i used one of my favorite {ippity} sets on the big card, the best.  thanks for the fun challenge, thanh!! 

aren't you super  
stamps: ippity
cardstock: certainly celery, chocolate chip, unknown pp
ink: soft suede
embellishments:  staples, ribbon
tools:  tiny attacher
mini cards
stamps: stampin up
cardstock: very vanilla, rose red, certainly celery, unknown pp
ink: chocolate chip
embellishments:  staples, ribbon, button
tools:  tiny attacher

if you missed my post about my new craft room, go take a peek here.  it's so dreamy!!

and  it's friday  so it friends with flair.   go see what the other peeps created over at the unity blog.  and remember that the all things unity blog is having an "anything goes" challenge until tomorrow!  check it out here.

have a happy labor day and be safe!

Sep 1, 2011

coming soon...

it's september 1st!  which means new {ippity} is just around the corner.  and you are going to want to get your hands on this hot little rubbery goodness!  two new only SIX bucks and a S.T.E.A.L at that!!! stay tuned for 9.5.11!!

visit here for a peek