Sunday, September 24, 2017

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Hello and happy Sunday! I'm thrilled to be invited to be a part of the Growing In Unity blog hop this week. I'm the first stop today in this amazing line of crazy talented ladies - so be sure to leave a comment and then stop by the other six blogs to further your chances of winning some serious Unity goodies :)

  1. You are here --> Brittany Morgan -
  2. Debra Davison -
  3. Michelle Domescek -
  4. Janet O Harman -
  5. Mary Kay Werry -
  6. Jen GD -
  7. Jeanette Cloyd -
I have to admit that I'm SO glad that Fall is finally here! It is by far one of my favorite seasons - and yes, I'm one of those crazy pumpkin spice addicts, ha ha! I recieved these two stamps in a goody bag from Unity and I've been looking forward to getting them inked up and on paper. 

I wish I knew what sets each were from so I could link them. But, I seriously love these pumpkins, they were really fun to color with my Copics too :) I inked the edges with my Tea Dye Distress Inks and added a couple enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment and then hop over to see Debra Davison's gorgeous project!

Happy Fall!

Monday, August 21, 2017

PGCB #134 - Monochromatic

Hello there!

I'm hosting this weeks challenge over at the Paper Girls Challenge blog! I couldn't resist, but I wanted to challenge everyone to go Monochromatic. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the work monochromatic as: "having or consisting of one color or hue"...and I will admit this is a major challenge for me. 

I needed to make a sympathy card, and for some reason using one color seemed to be perfect - simple and calming. So, I embossed this beautiful image and sentiment from Papertrey Ink and then outlined it with purple copics that matched the purple cardstock. I really think the outline helped give the embossed image a little pop. 

Transparent sequins topped off the simple card - I love that in the right light they look purple too :) I really wanted this card to be a single layer, but I swear, every card I make ends up with foam's impossible to be single layered, ha ha!

I hope that you'll visit the Paper Girls challenge blog and play along with our challenge. You have until 11:55pm on Saturday, September 2nd to link your project!

Thanks for swinging by! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

PGCB #132 - Space Age

Hello, crafters!

We are being challenged by Erica through the Paper Girls Challenge Blog to create a Space Age themed project! This was a bit of a stretch for me - but something I've been wanting to try for a while after seeing so many tutorials and beautiful projects online. I wanted to create a galaxy themed background using my distress oxide inks in combination with my stamps.

My favorite demostration was from Kimbery Crawford, so I tried to mimic the look she was trying to achieve. Although my background wasn't just like hers, I felt like the results were amazing...and using the distress oxide inks made it more fun when I sprayed a bit of water on it to make it react.

After my background dried, I then stamped Starry Night from Sweet Stamp Shop and heat embossed the image in white.

The sentiment from the Spacin' Out set from Sweet Stamp Shop was then also heat embossed in white, and the a couple of the other adorable images where stamped, watercolored, and then popped up on the background. The purple and blue on the rocket are inks that were painted on like a water color from my oxide inks so I could find colors to match my background a bit easier. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you'll join us in the challenge - link your project to this post no later than 11:55pm on August 5th. 

Happy crafting!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Winners from Growing In Unity Week


Thank you SO much for everyone who was able to visit my blog last week and leave comments on my Growing in Unity posts! I'm so happy to announce winners now too (I swear this is my favorit part!). With a little help from I selected the following: 

From Day 4:
5th comment from 20 people:
Yay, Heather Miller!!!!!!!

From Day 2:
10th comment from 30 people:
Yay, Rebecca Ramirez!!!!!!

Winners, please e-mail me at and give me your mailing details and I'll connect with Unity to send off your prize! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

But - I couldn't pass up the opportunity to post ONE more Unity project :) I wanted to share the end of the year thank you cards we made for our teachers...and I just HAD to use the Lil' Bloomin Owl set. Please remind me to buy EVERY single Owl stamp Lisa Arana made for Unity now - I mean seriously, how cute is the new set, Hugs, Kisses & Birthday wishes? Yep, they will all be mine, lol! This lil' guy is SO fun to color and adds so much personality to projects.

This lil' guy was colored with Copics and then with a little foam tape, a great die cut from My Favorite Things, and some bright happy paper from the Happy Campers (retired) collection from We R Memory Keepers. I added a slight alteration to the sentiment to make it a bit more personal (boy to a wish I had handwriting to match - oh well). 

Thanks again for all the love this last week. Hope you'll come to visit again soon!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 5

Thank you, thank you, thank you for visiting my blog this week while I was one of the Growing in Unity gals! I have loved reading each and every comment you've made, they really mean a lot to me. 

If you missed any of my posts this week, here are the links so you can stop by and leave a comment: 

I'll be drawing 2 winners to recieve a 25 stamp grab bag from Unity, so be sure to check back on Monday morning, 7/10 to see if you won!

I am ending the week with the most used Unity stamp set I own - The Panda Bundle Pack. These little guys adorn so many projects of mine, they are perfect for birthdays, thank you's, and really just any card that needs an adorable panda :) 

To make this card I used papers from the Happy Day collection by Pebbles and die cuts from My Favorite Things. In the center spot and for the base under the sentiment strip, I used Distress Oxide Inks (Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans) to attempt to make it look like the sky. I colored the star and shaded the panda with my Copic markers. The pictures didn't capture this, but I added a bit of glitter to the star to make it stand out a bit.

I then popped a few of the items up with foam tape to give it more dimension. You can see the layers a bit better in the photo below. This card just makes me happy, ha!

So, although my Growing In Unity week has ended, I would still love to have you visit my blog from time to time for more inspiration. Please subscribe to my blog to see more posts in the future. Unity is by far one of my favorite stamp companies, and I do label my posts so you can easily search for those using Unity stamps :)

Thank you again for taking the time to stop by and comment - be sure to check back on Monday to see if you're one of my two winners!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 4

Hello again!

Thank you SO much for all your wonderful comments on my posts the last three days, you really know how to make a girl feel loved :) And, I seriously can't believe how fast this week has been flying by - I can't believe it is already Day 4 of my GIU week!

I am switching up the projects a bit today and sharing how I incorporate my stamps and the sentiments into my scrapbook projects. I am usually a scrapbooker first, then a card maker - so I tend to buy stamps that relate to my life that I could use in my albums. But that's just another reason why I love Unity because the stamps can be used in a variety of projects and are not limited to just cards.

I used two different sets to help me embellish and document my sister's 35th birthday party, I used How's it Rollin' and So Glad You Were Born. I colored both the roller skate and the cupcake with my Copics to match my paper (which is from Paper Loft).

The sentiments from the So Glad You Were Born stamp set were perfect for this layout, I just loved how sweet they were. I dressed up the cursive birthday by tracing it with the same glitter pen I used for the frosting on the cupcake...just to give it a little sparkle.

The roller skates were so fun to color - and perfect to document the roller skating party we had (and was hard to get pictures of because I was more worried about trying not to fall, ha ha). But it added a nice touch to the layout, and was popped up with a little foam tape for dimension. The stamps just really added so much more character to my pages!

Thank you again for stopping by visit my blog. I hope I've inspired you in one way or another! 

Be sure to stop by one more time the end of this week I get to select 2 people randomly from my comments to win a 25 stamp grab bag from Unity...and it's not too late to visit my previous posts to leave a comment if you haven't visited yet, so don't forget:
Day 1
Day 2

And, for additional chances to win, please don't forget to stop by Edelmira Rivera's blog this week too, she's a new Growing in  Unity gal and has some amazing projects to share as well!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 3

Hello, and happy Wednesday! I hope that you all had a wonderful Independence Day, yesterday. I have to admit I'm a bit sleepy from celebrating with my family late into the night, but it is all worth it.

This is my third day for my Growing In Unity week. At the end of this week I get to select 2 people randomly from my comments to win a 25 stamp grab bag from Unity...and it's not too late to visit my previous posts to leave a comment if you haven't visited yet, so don't forget:
Day 1
Day 2

My project today was a crafty experiment that actually went right, ha ha! I don't know about you, but I have several projects that just don't turn out like I hoped they would, but I was super happy with the result from this one.

I wanted to see how my watercolors would work directly on vellum - and surprisingly, they worked pretty well. I first stamped this adorable butterfly filled heart image and sentiment from the Start Again Kit of the Month and heat embossed it with glittery black embossing powder because I wanted it to shimmer. Then I selected three colors and carefully painted in a couple random butterflies to make them pop. I then watercolored a white sheet of paper with coorinating colors in the shape of the heart for the embossed vellum sheet to overlay.

I was surprised that the watercolor ink dried and stuck to the vellum like it did, and it dried beautifully. Of course the embossed image made it simple to stay in the lines too - which is a win too :)

And before I forget - please don't forget to stop by Edelmira Rivera's blog this week too, she's a new Growing in  Unity gal and has some amazing projects to share as well - AND is also offering a chance to win too!

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance to win! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 2

Hello again, happy 4th of July! 

I'm glad you're here to visit my blog again for my GIU week! If you missed my first post, be sure to click here (Day 1) and leave a comment. At the end of the week, I get to select 2 commenters on my posts to win 25 random stamps from Unity! 

This adorable Phyllis Harris stamp, Good For You!, reminded me of so many Independence Day celebrations as a child, so it seemed fitting to use patriotic colors to create this sweet card.

I mostly used my Copics to color the image, but didn't have the right red - so used my Prisma colored pencils to color the popcicle and the flourish under the sentiment. I cut her out and used foam tape to pop her up on the card.

The sentiment is from Unity Kit of the Month - Start Again. The sentiments in that kit go so well with so many other Unity stamps I have. 

All the papers I used are from the Authentique Freedom collection, and I utilized the My Favorite Things BluePrints 15 dies to create the diecuts for the card.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you all have a wonderful 4th.

Please don't forget to leave a comment and come back tomorrow!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 1


I'm so thrilled to be selected as one of the Growing in Unity gals this week! I am a veteran GIU gal - i was fortunate to be able to do this the last two years, and I really hope to have more opportunities to do this in the future! Unity is seriously one of my favorite stamp companies - and it's primarily because they are SO much fun and do great things like this.

The best part, after getting the chance to share all my projects with all of you, is that I get to choose 2 random winners from my comments at the end of the week who will recieve 25 random stamps from Unity! So be sure to visit each day and leave a comment to up your chances of winning!

Here is my project to kick off my week, using one of my favorite Unity stamps, Fishy Philosophy.

I stamped the fish onto glitter paper with Staz-On black ink and carefully colored them with my Copic markers. I cut them out and popped them up with foam tape to give the impression they were swimming around. 

The background pannel was created by smooshing watercolor paper into Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (faded jeans, wilted violet, and peeled paint). I LOVE the soft, mat colors those inks provide - you may see another project this week where I used them!

After the pannel dried, I used the oxide inks to stamp the sentiment, kelp and coral images from the set, but then water colored the coral image with some dye ink from Close to My Heart (Smoothie) to make it stand out a bit from the rest, but not be too bold. I popped up the pannel and added two coordinating glitter washi tapes from my collection the edge of the card for a little added sparkle.

I'm really glad that you've had the chance to stop by to visit my blog. Please be sure to leave a comment! I look forward to having you visit all week :)


PGCB #131 - Seashells

Hello there!

It's a super exciting day today for my blog...I get to have two posts in one day! So if you're looking for the Growing in Unity post this morning, please click here :) Of course - stick around and visit this post too!

Karrie from the Paper Girls Challenge Blog has challenged us Paper Girls to use Seashells in our projects these next couple weeks. I just recently celebrated the 13th wedding anniversary with my husband on the Oregon Coast  a couple months ago and found a few tiny seashells that I incorporated into my layout about the beach. They were a perfect embellishment to add to my embellishment clusters.

They are pretty small, so here is a close up of one of the clusters:

All of my papers and embellishments (with the exceptions of the seashells and starfish sticker) are from the High Five collection from We R Memory Keepers. The sketch was a freebie (and a challenge although I missed the deadline) from Scrapbook Generation for their National Scrapbook day crop. It was a super fun layout to use - I'm sure I'll be using this one again and again.

I hope you can join us Paper Girls in Karrie's challenge - just be sure to link up your project before 11:55pm MST on July 15th.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PGCB #130 - Ice Cream!

Hi Everyone!

I'm hosting a challange over with the Paper Girls and it's all about ICE CREAM!

I created this layout to document a tradition of visiting a favorite local ice cream shop when we're visiting family in Utah. I used up some older crafting supplies just waiting to be used for this challenge.

All the papers are from the Fair Day collection from SEI. The ice cream cones and hearts are from outline stickers from Krazy Kreations that were stuck onto glitter paper and then colored with Copics to coordinate to my paper. The Thickers I used for my title was also colored with Copics to match the colors since it was a shade to light. The layout is a one-page sketch I used from a Scrapbook Generation layout book - I'm in love with all of their sketch books!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you'll join our challenge on the Paper Girls Challenge Blog.


Monday, May 1, 2017

PGCB #127 - Anniversary

Hello there!

Today is the 13th anniversary of my wedding it seems awfully fitting that the Paper Girls have challenged us to make an anniversary project!

I made this cute little card to give to my husband:

The stamped image and sentiment is from a retired set from Sweet Stamp Shop called Yummy Love - it was perfect for a playful joke we have with each other. I colored the image with Copics and then die cut my pieces from an old Spring collection from Dear Lizzy with steal dies from My Favorite Things. With a little foam tape, the card really came together.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you'll join the challenge and link your project to the Paper Girls Challenge Blog no later than 11:55pm on Saturday, 5/13.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 17, 2017

PGCB #126 - Numbers

Hello crafters,

Michele has challenged us Paper Girls to create a project with numbers. I created this fun birthday card to highlight a milestone birthday for my father-in-law.

I die cut the numbers using the discontinued Art Philosophy CTMH Cricut cartridge from the plaid paper and then used some foam tape to pop it up with a layer of blue paper below it to give it some dimension. I added the stamped and die cut banner (both also CTMH) with foam tap slightly overlapping the numbers. To dress it up a little more I added buttons and a small paper punched trim to the top of the card in matching papers. All the paper used is from the Huckleberry collection (now discontinued) from the Paper Loft

If you have any project using numbers, I hope that you'll link them up to the blog before 11:55pm MST on Saturday, 4/29. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 31, 2017

PGCB #125 - A Color Challenge


I can't believe that it is already April. The time is just flying by this year! Erica from the Paper Girls challenge blog has challenged us to create a project inspired by a beautiful color combo with vibrant spring colors. Here is my project:

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I used papers from the Diane collection from SEI which matched perfectly with the scheme - they are beautifully glittery too. I colored the adorable tea cup stamp from Close to My Heart with CTMH watercolor pencils and blending pen. I added a tiny bit of orange hemp twine for the tea bag. Here is the color scheme I was trying to follow:
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I used all My Favorite Things dies for this card; BluePrints 18 and BluePrints 14 (trimmed down a bit), and the mini scallop border die (which appears to be discontinued because I can't find it on their website) for a bit of detail along the edge in the center of the card.

I was inspired by the MFT sketch challenge this week as well as the Tea Time challenge on the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog - they all combined perfectly to make this sweet and colorful card.

I hope that you'll join the Paper Girls with this fun color challenge. You have until 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, 4/15 to link to your project. 


Monday, March 6, 2017

PGCB #123 - Luck of the Irish

Hello crafters!

I'm hosting the Luck of the Irish challenge on the Paper Girls Challenge blog this week! I'm challenging everyone to create an Irish or St. Patrick's themed project.

Here is the layout I created for this:

I cut the title, shamrocks, and the little worm using the Create a Critter cartridge from Cricut. and followed the instructions from a free sketch from Scrapbook Generation as my inspiration. All the papers were from my stash, no specific brand or feels nice to use up my supplies!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you'll join us for the challenge and link a project to the post before Saturday March 18th, 11:55pm MST. I'd love to see what you create!

Take care,

Monday, January 2, 2017

PGCB #119 - Confetti!

Hello, and Happy New Year!!!

I'm thrilled to be hosting the first challenge of the New Year for the Paper Girls challenge blog - I'm really hoping you'll join us! I'm challenging you to create a project that is inspired or using confetti! Yes - beautifully messy and unruly confetti :) You have until Saturday, January 14th to link up a project to the challenge - AND we have an excellent new prize structure that you won't want to miss!

Here are the cards I created for this weeks challenge:

I wanted to keep these cards in one layer so I could easily mail them, but still mimic the look of confetti. I used multiple colors of ink and dabbed the end of a pencil like a stamp and randomly stamped on my card - not caring much about pattern or placement, since we know genuine confetti doesn't care much either :)  To dress the card up a bit, I added a little gold pigment ink and some gold chevron washi tape. 

The sentiment stamp is from Fawn Lawn's Big Scripty Words set, and all the inks (with the exception of the gold pigment ink from Color Box) is from Close to My Heart.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope that you're New Year is off to a great start! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations on the Paper Girls blog soon!

Happy New Year!