Unity Hop & Happy Hour

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hello Unity friends. Thanks for joining us this week! We've got some really fun new releases and great deals on them too! 

So let's get started!

Super cute Mini kits releasing today.

Here'a a few cards I created with the You Are a Hoot Kit. Created by Tifany DeGough

and the Hoot Hoot Hooray Kit. Created by Tifany DeGough

Sooo cute right? Now don't forget to visit the Unity website to check out all of the new releases for today cause there are so many more!

Have a creative day!


Sketch 242

Hello friends. I was so excited to order this set with my Gift Certificate for my MFT Summer School win when I returned from vacation in Kauai. Anything I can do to keep my Aloha going is good for my soul. Kauai is my second home and spending a week there with my husband and daughter was amazing.

 So I inked this set right up and am squeezing my take on this week's MFT Weekly Sketch in before the cut off time.

Here's the sketch.

I tried some things I have not tried before with this card. I masked my palm trees and tried to create a sunny background behind them. My blending is a bit spotty but I think I know what to do next time. That's what's so fun about creating artwork, we are all learning as we go. I love using the Queen and Co. Goosebumps for coconuts in my palm trees. Personally I love my cards to have a little sparkle.

Supplies: My Favorite Things Stamps (Polynesian Paradise) (Penguins in Paradise) (Wave Background) Dies: Zig Zag Stitched Oval
Adhesive: Therm-O-Web XL Tape Runner and 3D foam squares.

If you'd like to create a card for MFT's weekly sketch, click here to find out how to get in on the fun!

Have a creative day!


So long summer, you were Epic!

Monday, August 24, 2015

School starts tomorrow and it's a little bittersweet. My daughter starts 3rd grade and my son has moved out and is onto his first day of college on the 31st. I can't tell you how many emotions I have about Scott leaving. Honestly it just seemed to happen so fast.

This summer was filled with so many fun adventures. Lily started summer off with soccer camp, then Girl Scout Camp and Vacation Bible school. In between were lots of trips to our local pool, In & Out lunches, an American Girl Birthday lunch and shopping spree at the Grove, beach days with friends, High Tea with Nana and an amazing vacation in Kauai.

We are so thankful for all of these summer memories that will not be forgotten. We hope your summer was just as Epic as ours was!

Have a creative day!


Some pop up card shares

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hello friends. Today I wanted to share some of my cards that I created with the Engraved Endearments Pop-Up card kit.

I love the variety of embellishments that come in this kit and how easy they are to put together. 

A beautiful card almost seems effortless. This is really something I feel so proud to give someone.

I love that Anna added foil embellishments and butterflies too!

And that there were masculine options too! My Dad would love this card.

I can hardly wait for the Christmas version that Anna has coming. Stay up an all of Anna's new releases and news by visiting her Facebook page and Blog.

Have a creative day!


Sunday Shares

Sunday, August 16, 2015

It's good to be home but it was so hard to leave Kauai. There is no place more beautiful. Our family had an amazing time there with lots of firsts for Lily. 
Although I must admit that I missed my crafting table and was able to create a card for this week's My Favorite Things sketch challenge. 

Here's a look at this week's sketch.

Here's what I created.


I did not get a chance to link up my card for MFTWSC240 before I left on vacation. I figured since we were headed for Kauai this was perfect!

Have a great day!


Sunday Shares

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hello friends. Hope you all had a great weekend! It was really nice to not have any deadlines this weekend so I had some time to create for my favorite challenge as well as a new challenge blog that my crafty sista Amy Tsurata is guesting at.

First my sketch challenge card for My Favorite Things Weekly sketch challenge.

Here's this week's sketch

Here's my card

My Favorite Things Dies: Flutter of Butterfles Pierced Circle Stax dies 
Stamps: Written in Watercolor.Patterned Paper Dots & Stripes Sorbert Paper pad. We R Memory Keepers Embossing folder.
Adhesive: Therm-O-Web Sticky Strip Runner3D Foam Squares Combo pack.

For more information on My Favorite Things challenges, visit the Challenge Blog here.

Next is my card for the new challenge blog

Supplies: My Favorite Things Die: Birthday Centerpieces die. Stamp Set: Totally Happy.
Adhesive: Therm-O-Web Sticky Strip Runner3D Foam Squares Combo pack.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a creative day.


Stamp of the Week

Hello friends! It's time for a new Unity Stamp of the Week. Let's have a look at this week's image.

Made My Day Bouquet

Here's how I used this week's image.

For more creative inspiration make sure you visit Unity's Stamp of the Week Pin Board over at Unity's Pinterest page.  

Now remember, you only have one week to claim this cuteness for your own.  

Find out how to sign up here.

Have a creative day!


Another fabulous Unity Thursday!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello Unity friends! Thank you for you visit today! We've got a couple of fun releases at Unity today!

Did you see these cuties?

and of course some fantastic deals!

Today I am sharing my Hallow's Eve Kitty card

Here's my card

Make sure you visit the other designers blogs today for your chance to win today's prize!

Have a creative day

My Favorite Things Summer School- Lesson 10 Monochromatic

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello friends. I am back with my final card for My Favorite Things Summer School. This lesson in color theory is Monochromatic.

Here's what I created for this lesson.

I pulled out my Contemporary Roses and used Ripe Raspberry and Bubble gum hybrid ink to stamp them. Then I die cut my sentiment in Ripe raspberry cardstock. I backed it on MFT's new Dots and Stripes Sorbet 6x6 pad and finished with sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!


MFT Summer School Lesson #9 – Color Theory: Secondary Colors

Hello friends. I'm sharing another card from My Favorite Things Summer School. Today's Lesson is Color Theory-Secondary Colors. 

For my project I decided to use Purple, Yellow and Blue/Green
I really enjoyed the process of creating this card. I find water coloring to be very relaxing. 

Here's how my "homework" turned out

I used Die-namics Flutter of Butterflies Lace and Written in Watercolors stamp set. I stamped my Sentiment in the Summer Splash Hybrid ink and embossed it.

I have really enjoyed these lessons. I only wish I had time to finish them all before their due dates but I will be finishing them sometime in the next week.

Have a creative day!


MFT Summer School Lesson #7 Color Theory

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hello friends. I found sometime time to create for MFT's Second Summer School Session this week. I was so excited about this series of classes but honestly this is the first chance I've had to do the "homework"

Lesson # 7 is about Color Theory.

I love orange and blue together. These colors can be for a masculine or feminine card. 
For my card I chose a Happy Birthday theme with the Birthday Centerpieces die and sentiment from Totally Happy stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a creative day.


Shine On

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hello friends. Yes I am just getting this post up this morning for My Favorite Things weekly sketch challenge. 
We had a busy weekend in the Smith house celebrating our Lily turning 8. We spent her special day at The Grove having lunch at the American Girl Cafe and then shopping for her very first American Girl doll. Neighbors and friends have stopped by to give her gifts and we've frequented the Mattel Store a few times spending her Birthday money on Ever After High dolls. She now has quite the collection!

Anyway here is my card for this week's sketch

Supplies: My Favorite Things Stamps: Things with Wings, Patterned Paper: Dots & Stripes Sorbet, Dies: Pierced Circle Stax. Therm-O-Web Memory Tape Runner XL,  3D Foam squares Combo Pack

I decided to make an encouragement card for a friend who has been having a rough time. I love this sentiment. It makes me think, "when life gets you down, SHINE ON!" 

Do you like to send encouragement cards?

A new sketch challenge is posted every Wednesday at the My Favorite Things Challenge Blog.

Have a creative day!


Unity Thursday

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello Unity friends, thanks for joining us for another fun week of New Releases and inspiration at Unity.  
Before I share my creations, here's a reminder of today's specials

Today I am creating with the August 2015 Sentiment set Butterflies & Sunbeams

I made three different cards using this beautiful set with 3 different coloring mediums.

For this card, I used Copic markers to color the image.

For this one I used Tim Holtz distress inks and a water color pen.

For the last one I used a Sakura Quickie Glue pen and Martha Stewart iridescent glitter.

I love the sentiment kits, they are so versatile.

There is a fabulous prize up for grabs today. Make sure you leave a comment on each of the blogs to be entered to win.

If you've just stopped by my blog here is the list of Design Team members participating in today's hop.

Have a great day!


Water coloring and Eyelet Outlet brads

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a few summer cards I created with my Cricut Explore, watercolors and some of my favorite Eyelet Outlet brads.

The Explore cuts just about any medium so I thought it would be great to cut some images with water color paper and color them with my Tim Holtz distress inks.

Jewel Strips
Tim Holtz distress inks
Anna Griffin Floral Ground Embossing folder.
Therm-O-Web Memory Tape Runner XL,  3D Foam squares Combo Pack

I used Canson water color paper I bought from Michaels with a 40% of coupon.

Cut out some images I liked from the Life is Beach cartridge with my Cricut Explore and colored them using a water brush and Tim Holtz distress markers.

I used circles of vellum paper painted lightly in the background and added the brads and bling strip to the Sea Horse.

For the next card I cut out a pre-designed card from the Life is a Beach cart with a sheet of watercolor paper. The finished card is 5.5 x 5.5

I used painters tape so the colors would not bleed into each other. I started with coral and then colored the outside border.

Once it dried I embellished the front with the die cuts I colored and added the Sea Shells and Shell corner brads. The bling strips were easy to adhere around the card base and I finished with vellum in the center of the card.

I hope you'll give this technique a try and share your creations with me.

Thanks for stopping by.


My Favorite Things Sketch #236

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hello friends. How's your summer going so far? Here I am, getting my sketch in just in time this fabulous Tuesday morning.

I enjoy creating for My Favorite Thing's weekly Sketch Challenge. It's fun to see what the new sketch will bring. I also enjoy choosing what to use from my collection of MFT products. 

Here's a look at this week's sketch.

Here's my card for this week. I kept this one pretty simple.

Supplies: My Favorite Things Stamps: I love you more, Balloon Strings Background. Dies: Inside & Out Diagonal stitched Rectangle Stax, watercolors, Tim Holtz Water Color Paper.

For my card I used Lesson #6 – Color Theory: Gallon/Quart/Pint from MFT's Summer School Series. I've been making cards a long time but never thought to apply this rule. I'll be honest, I did struggle a bit with choosing which of my colors to be gallon/quart/pint. I think the end result was good. I enjoyed stamping the Balloon Strings background with white ink 

and embossing the image. Then I used watercolors to color the entire image.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Eyelet Outlet July Color Challenge

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello friends. Today I'm sharing my card for this month's Eyelet Outlet color challenge. Every month at the Eyelet Outlet blog we host a color challenge using a Seeds color scheme from Pinterest. 

Here's a look at this month's color combo.

Here's my card I created for the challenge.

Supplies: Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler, Dies: My Favorite Thing Leaf filled fourish. Sticky Back Bling Eyelet Outlet.

There is still time for you to join the fun and possible win a stash of Eyelet Outlet goodies! Click over here to link up your creation!

Thanks for stopping by!

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