Jan 30, 2012


it is jan 30th and we have had the wierdest winter.  by weird, i mean temps in the 50's and maybe three big snowstorms.  not that i'm complaining because i loathe winter.  so i'm actually enjoying it.  i'm just hoping it doesn't rain until july again!!  i made these atcs for a swap with the theme "anything winter".

stamps: my favorite things, hero arts
cardstock:  island indigo, white
ink:  onyx black, broken china distress,  tumbled glass distress
embellishments: prismacolor markers

Jan 28, 2012

you know what is awesome?

the fact that now whenever unity has a sale, {ippity} has a sale!!

ps if you order from unity and pick me as your {ippity} chick, you get bonus goodies...so be sure and email me so i can hook you up!!

Jan 27, 2012


i think i said this monday, but i can't believe it's friday already!   time, it's a flyin'!!!  with friday comes friends with flair.  now those who know me know that i'm not a huge fan of hearts or valentine's day.  but i do love this stamp and i think this would make a cute valentine!! this is a stamp of the week stamp.  i'm loving it.  new rubbery goodness in the mail every single week.  i'm also not a huge fan of leaving edges of ANYthing uninked.  but i thought this was cute with the clean edges and a little doodling.   go check out what the other unity peeps have done for fwf!

stamps: unity
cardstock:  cherry cobbler, crumb cake, white
ink:  onyx black
embellishments: twine, prismacolor markers

Jan 25, 2012


oh i think i may have found a new love. it's early still, but i am so loving this mixed media thing. who would have thought paint, stamps and embellies would make me so happy?? i even made this whole thing with several shades pink, for crying out loud, and loved it!!

i found a bargain dictionary to destroy (feels kind of bad, but makes things so cute!) and a cool french book.  i used a french page for this one.  hopefully it says nothing weird! i took some muslin, ripped a strip off and sparyed it with glimmer mist.  love how it turned out.

wow...this is a love-filled post...sorry about that!

stamps: tim holtz-stampers anonymous
cardstock:  watercolor paper
ink:  cherry cobbler, onyx black
embellishments: muslin, glossy accents, book page
tools:  acrylic paint, gesso

Jan 24, 2012

thanks...so much...

my friend nancy is involved with a project where they make blankets for troops in combat support hospitals.  attached to each quilt is a card for the sender to write a message on.  a couple of years ago, nancy asked her stamping friends if we would be interested in making some of the cards.  of course we jumped at the chance, so each year we make some.   here is my version for this year.

thanks...so much 
stamps: stampin up
cardstock:  vintage violet, cherry cobbler, very vanilla
ink:  cherry cobbler, night of navy, fired brick distress
embellishments: eyelets
tools:  silhouette

Jan 23, 2012

sweet on you...

monday comes so quickly lately!! oh wait, time just flies so quickly lately.  i am loving the {ippity} itty bitties.  this is another new one.  i hope you took advantage of the sale this past week!  if not, you can still get this cute stamp.  let me know and i'll hook you up.

and i'm totally loving this mixed media thing.  i used some gesso on the tag and gave it a little texture before added color.   why is it that i'm just discovering those little acrylic paint daubers?  i love the color chewing gum by jenni bowlin! 

sweet on you
stamps: ippity  
cardstock:  rose red, white
ink:  jet black
embellishments: jute, tag, tiny attacher
other:  acrylic paint, gesso, prismacolor markers

Jan 21, 2012

time to shine...

don't forget today is the last day to get a whopping 39% off all the fantabulous {ippity} stamps (and unity, too!)!   got get some today before the sale is over!!  remember to pick me as your {ippity} chick and i will keep you updated on all the latest and greatest {ippity} news!

Jan 20, 2012

shut the front door...

friday=friends with flair at unity.  this is probably one of my favorite sayings right now.  "shut the front door!!"  i love it.   so i can say, "39% off {ippity} and unity?? shut the front door!"

shut the front door!
stamps: unity
cardstock: cherry cobbler, crumb cake, white
ink:  onyx black

check out the other unity peeps in this week's fwf and dont forget 39% off sale goes until saturday!  shop now...

Jan 18, 2012

true friends...

are you loving the {ippity} and unity sale?  i know, i know...i'm like a constant ad for this sale.  but come on!  {ippity} has never been on sale like this and probably won't for a while.  so why not take advantage?  here's a card i made for this week's challenge at over at the {ippity} chick challenges blog.

true friends 
stamps: ippity
cardstock: white
ink:  black soot distress, melon mambo
embellishments: baker's twine, glossy accents
tools:  prismacolor markers

here is the card sketch, cc13.

see, when you take advantage of the {ippity} sale (making sure you pick me as your {ippity} chick!), then  you can play along with the challenges.  so go get shopping!!   and if you want unity stamps, they are on sale, too!!

Jan 16, 2012

happy are those...

happy monday!  this is a coaster notebook i made to start collecting quotes.  i used one of the new {ippity} itty bitties, happy are those

 happy are those
stamps: ippity
cardstock: my mind's eye pp, coasters
ink:  iced spruce distress, mustard seed distress, walnut stain distress
embellishments: acrylic paint
tools:  cinch

and...angela from unity is extending the sale of 39% off  {ippity} and unity stamps until friday, jan 20!  so you have even more time to get some {ippity} goodness.  shop here!

and, and...a  huge thank you for tracy for showing my journal page on her blog!  come join in on her live broadcast tonight at ustream.

and, and, and...i realized this totally fits the current {ippity} challenge!  must have something old (the coasters...like 5 year!!), something new (the {ippity} stamps), something borrowed (the o-wires from my cute mom) and something blue (the cardstock).  you need to join in on the fun too!!!

Jan 13, 2012

{ippity} + unity = big sale!!!

you love unity stamps. have you tried {ippity} stamps? same great quality. so fun. and if you've been waiting to get {ippity} for whatever reason, well...now's the time!!

all {ippity} stamps on sale this weekend. 39% off!! how cool is that? oh, and the unity ones are too. one stop shopping!! just pick your {ippity} chick *ahem...that would be me** and shop till you drop. easy peasy.


click the image to start shopping!!

even though unity will ship all {ippity} stamps, i will still be sending surprises to my customers!! so get your {ippity} order on!!

wise guy...

whoa.  i just realized it's friday the 13th!!  not that that means anything to me, but if you are superstitious, watch out!!  and if you love owls, you'll love this little wise guy owl from {ippity}.  it's one of the new {ippity} itty bitties.  and now you can get your own, along with all the other fantabulous unity stamps that you love in one spot!  isn't that the coolest?  speaking of unity, it's friday, so it's friends with flair.  a great time to see a bunch of cool projects.  so go here and check them out.  and don't forget if you want to buy some {ippity} goodness, go to the unity website and pick your favorite {ippity} chick *wink, wink* and shop to your little heart's content!!

wise guy
stamps: ippity
cardstock: blue bayou, bo bunny pp
ink:  soft suede, black soot distress
embellishments: washi tape
tools: corner chomper

Jan 12, 2012


so might as well grab a beverage of your choice...this is going to be a long winded post!

lately, i have been venturing outside my atc/card comfort zone.  i've done a few mixed media canvases and i have loved learning new things.  my friend cindi  has been telling me about this u-stream class she has been doing.  it is tracy weinzapfel from helmarusa, doing a live craftie session every monday night.  i decided to try it out a few weeks ago and only caught it for about the last 10 minutes.  then a few days ago, i remembered it was monday.  and my hubby was watching basketball *yawn* and  it was like destiny that i go participate in this class.  (here's a link to the video if you want to watch...and you do.  it's amazing!)

so i did.  and i got totally inspired.  then i had to work the next day.

but i didn't yesterday.  so i went to michael's and got some watercolor paper and a charcoal pencil (the two things i didn't have...).  and i felt like a total nerd standing in the store because i had NO idea what to get.  and i love technology these days.  so me, being the big nerd i am, i whipped out my phone, checked out facebook and low and behold, who is online but tracy.  so i sent her a message asking her some silly questions to which she was oh so nice and willing to answer!  i got what i needed and came home to make my first "art journal".  (after stopping at the library so i could buy some old books to destroy...felt kinda bad about that!)  i put quotes around art journal because you know i have a billion journals/notebooks laying around.  but i made this one specifically to play more with this mixed media thing.  and you know i love making my own little books!

so the end of this story is coming up...this is what i created after monday night's broadcast.  i learned the coolest "drippies" technique and a few other things i had never seen before, like using a baby wipe to paint with.  who knew?  awesomely fun and easy.  i encourage you to try something that is outside of your comfort zone because you never know what you are going to find out you can do and will love!!

stamps: ippity, unity
cardstock: watercolor paper
ink:  onyx black, rich razzleberry, walnut stain distress, worn lipstick distress, black soot distress
embellishments: buttons
other: gesso, acrylic paint, charcoal pencil

Jan 11, 2012


i have a few peeps that have done some super fantastic things lately.  i can't give away who, since i sent these cards to them and i don't want to spoil the surprise.  ok, i'll spill one...my niece madison made the dean's list for the third time at the university of utah.  she is awesome!

stamps: lizzie anne designs
cardstock: purely pomegranate
ink:  onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers

Jan 9, 2012


did this weekend fly by so quickly to anyone else but me?? crazy.  and how is it the ninth of january already??  here's a card i made for the latest challenge (cc12) over at the {ippity} chick challenges blog.

stamps: ippity
cardstock: crumb cake, pear pizazz
ink:  ripe persimmon distress
embellishments: button, hemp twine

this is actually  a non-traditional opening card...the four flaps open up to revel the inside.   this is the sketch for this week's challenge, cc12.

have you played along with one of the challenges yet?  if you haven't, you should definately check it out.   click the image below to get your {ippity} juices flowing!

Jan 6, 2012

crappy day...

some things in life just make you smile.  like this stamp.  and no matter how crappy things can get, i think this would still make me smile...at least for a minute.  and i am going to have to think about this card all day long today.  i've been on vacation for the past five days and now i must work.  and wish i was still on vacation.  so when i'm crabby today, i'll think of this and smile...at least for a minute.   and it's friday, so that means projects with the other unity crafties.  take a look at fwf!

crappy day
stamps: unity
cardstock: cool caribbean, stampin up pp
ink:  broken china distress, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers

are you excited about the new {ippity} changes?  it's so cool. 

Jan 5, 2012


{ippity} is starting the new year off with some awesome changes!  we are all (the {ippity} chicks and unity peeps) totally excited  about these changes.

so, what's new, you ask?  how about buying {ippity} stamps and unity stamps together, from the same website?   you can do that, starting this weekend.  to buy {ippity} stamps, you can just click on my photo on the unity website and shop your little {ippity} heart out.

i'm still going to be your {ippity} chick...we are just taking the extra shipping step out of the mix.  isn't that awesomeness?  so starting this weekend, you can order your {ippity} stamps either from my blog or emailing me like you did before or directly from the unity website.  it just adds another option for ease of ordering.

oh, and ps...you can add any unity stamps to your order, too.  and get this...if you have a unity DISCOUNT CODE, this will also apply to your {ippity} stamps...so if you have a 25% off code like a kit of the month member, you will also get 25% off your {ippty} stamps in that order.  sweet or what?!?

so check out the new january {ippity} bitties (here) and visit the unity website this weekend to shop your socks off!!!

Jan 4, 2012

big news...

big {ippity} happenings tomorrow.  new release, {ippity} bitties, and more!  be sure and check it out!

pure happiness...

happy new year!  ok, so i'm a few days late in ringing in the new year here on the ol' blog.  but better late than never, right?

i have not had a chance to make as many atcs in the past few months as i usually do.  there are a few reasons for this.  but hopefully i'll be back to atc making as they really do make me happy.  this set is for a swap that shelley, over at the shack, is hosting.  the theme is "uninked stamps that need love".  i hate to say i've had this stamp hanging around for a while and it was a good reason to get it out!!

 pure happiness
stamps: unity
cardstock: cool caribbean, stampin up pp
ink:  broken china distress, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers

here is my wish for you in twenty.twelve.  pure happiness.  can't we all use a little more of that??