Sep 26, 2012

greets pt 2...

did you know it's time again for the {ippity} fabulous feature? every wednesday! and this week i'm sharing a set of atcs i made using halloween greetings.  if you think it looks a little familiar, you are probably right.  here's the story.  i made this set of atcs in anticipation of using the project for the new release blog hop (here). but then i thought it would make a cute card, so i posted the card instead.  now i'm finally posting the atcs, which are 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

halloween greets
stamps:  ippity
cardstock: old olive, echo park, crystal wilkerson digi paper
ink: onyx black, gumball green, tangerine tango
embellishments: rhinestone
tools:  silhouette, prismacolor markers

Sep 21, 2012


see, and you were worried that i forgot how to papercraft.  three posts in a row of cards!!  and TGIF!!!  on so many levels.  be sure to check out the unity blog for friends with flair.   awesome thing about fridays. so much inspiration going on! this set of atcs i made for a swap.  theme was anything unity!  so i used a few different unity stamps:  distressed dots, tiny flutters and the flower from imagine it set.

stamps:  unity, christy tomlinson, donna downey
cardstock: crumb cake, soft sky
ink: crumb cake, burnt umber, ice blue chalk
tools: corner chomper

Sep 20, 2012


guess who's the featured chick over at the {ippity} chick challenges blog??   that would be me!!  so grab you some {ippity} or unity stamps and come play along.  there are prizes to be won, peeps!!  i used the latest and greatest stamp from {ippity}, most wonderful time.  i cut out the cool hexies using my silhouette 

stamps:  ippity
cardstock: echo park pp, crumb cake, white
ink: cherry cobbler, soft suede
other: prismacolor markers, silhouette

come play along for your chance to win two {ippity} sets.  click the button below for the deets!

Sep 19, 2012

trick...or treat...

wednesday...means it's time for the {ippity} fabulous feature!  this week,  that's creepy is the feature.  i love all the stamps in the set.  so cute!!

trick...or treat
stamps:  ippity
cardstock: echo park pp, basic black
ink: tangerine tango, black craft
embellishments: clear embossing powder

be sure and check out the {ippity} blog to see the other chicks creations using that's creepy!

Sep 18, 2012

live in the moment...

yep.  another mixed media project.  but never fear...i've got some cards coming up in the next day or two.  this is another page in my september canvas art journal.  you can see the cover in this post.  you see, each monday night, tracy makes a page and we follow along via ustream.  or we just sit and chat while she creates.  this is my take on last week's page (week 2).

live in the moment
material:  canvas
paint: gesso, acrylic
stamps:  unity, american crafts
ink:  black staz on, india ink
embellishments: letter stickers, fabric flowers, buttons
other: pen

i am still having a love/hate relationship with the charcoal pencil.  i love to hate it.  maybe i'll see the light one day...but it's still dark now!

Sep 17, 2012


another page/entry in my september dare gratitude journal.  (see the cover here) anyone who is creative and makes anything (be it painting, stamping, sewing, drawing, whatever) makes something they don't love.  this is one of those things i don't love.  but i am glad i did it.  and i'm glad it's in my gratitude journal because i am so thankful for life.  i made this page after a really crappy couple of days at work.  and i wanted to include something in my gratitude journal about life and how you shouldn't take it for granted.  so even though i'm not 100% thrilled with how it turned out, i do appreciate it.  i also played with some new products.  funny story, the orange background paint is semi-gloss.  as i was drying it, i kept thinking it was taking forever because it still looked wet.  then i remembered it was semi-gloss!!

material: canvas
paint: gesso, acrylic
stamps:  unity
other: glimmer mist, india ink, mini-burst template

don't worry, i haven't stopped doing paper crafts.  despite having the past few posts be all mixed media projects!  more to come soon!!

Sep 14, 2012


i have an altered project for friends with flair today.  if you don't know what friends with flair is, simply it's a bunch of unity peeps showing off projects.  and there are prizes involved!  check it all out here.

so back to my altered project....have you heard about the altered paintbrush project that donna downey is doing?  she had some empty wall space and thought it would be cool to have people alter a brush to hang up. so fun! and a little intimidating. i think i ordered it as soon as i read about it. then  i got the brush and it sat. and i had no idea what to do. (not as creative with a brush as i thought!) i think of random things as i'm drifting off to sleep. i know, why do you need to know that?? because one night, as i'm drifting off to sleep, i hit me. like a ton of bricks. i nearly jumped out of bed and started working on my brush right then, but had to work the next day, so knew that wasn't an option. but as soon as i could i stated working on the brush. and i finished it. then started seeing all the AMAZING brushes that she was receiving. then started doubting mine (even though i love how it turned out)! so i held off on mailing it. then i thought, it's just as awesome as some of the others (ok, a little positive talk never hurts!), so i finally worked up the nerve to mail in my brush.  and she got it yesterday!!

material:  paintbrush, canvas
paint: gesso, acrylic
stamps:  donna downey/unity
other: hemp twine, bubble wrap, glimmer mist

and while on the subject of unity and awesomeness (following me?!?  i'm tired!) there is another HUGE sale going on.  the lovelies that are mr and mrs unity have been married for 18 years.  so what better way to celebrate than have a sale  plus there were a bunch of new released stamps yesterday.  so much cuteness! what are you waiting for??  go shop!!

Sep 9, 2012


another new art journal project has started.  this one is an 8.5 x 11 canvas journal. tracy got a bug in her ear to make some canvas journals.  so now the monday night crew is following along for the month of september creating our own journals. of course, i went in a completely different direction, since i'm not really the big flowery type.

material:  canvas, kraft cardstock
paint: gesso, acrylic
stamps:  susan weckesser/unity
other: glimmer mist, pen

i found an arrow template from crafter's workshop, but didn't get one ordered in time.  so i created my own using my silouhette.  as i was taking out some of the arrows, i loved how some didn't come off, so i left it that way.  the back cover was my "experiement" with the stencil.  it worked much better on the front cover.

i loved the leftover arrows, so i mixed some gloss multi-medium with some pink paint and painted them.  made them a little glossy.  then i thought it needed a little something more, so i outlined a few of the arrows randomly.  can't wait to get the inside pages done each week!!

i found some canvas the other day at the store.  i was going to try and make another journal.  now i'm super excited because my husband got me an awesome present for my birthday, a sewing machine.  whenever we have a gift giving occasion, we either tell the other what to get or just get our present our selves, then pretend the other got it for us. we aren't very good at surprises.  but he got this present all on his own  it was a complete surprise.  and i love it!!  so now i can make my own journal without borrowing my mom's sewing machine!  and i can try some sewing on cards that i think is so cute!!

Sep 8, 2012


i love crafting.  it keeps me sane.  if i'm having (or had) a crappy day, i can craft and sort of escape for a while. forget things for a while.  which is what i needed to do last night.  i needed to get my hands dirty.  this is the end result.  a mixed media canvas.  i had an idea in my head of what i wanted to do.  this isn't exactly that idea, but i do like how it turned out.  i used a bunch of butterflies from a butterfly assortment from creative cuts & more.  it has a few different kinds of butterflies cut out of a bunch of different material.  all which are fun to paint!

material:  canvas, grungeboard, velum, acetate, velvet
paint: gesso, acrylic
stamps:  susan weckesser/unity
other: bubble wrap, modeling paste, pen

Sep 5, 2012


nothing says fall like pumpkins.  for some reason last year, i didn't have any.  not going to let that happen this year...i'm going to get a bunch for my porch as soon as i see them!  here's a card using this week's {ippity} fabulous feature, fall for you. be sure and check out what the other chicks have created over at the {ippity} blog.

stamps:  ippity
cardstock: echo park pp, simple stories, cosmo cricket, white
ink: cajun craze, more mustard, early espresso, dusty durango, tangerine tango, island indigo, old paper
tools: prismacolor markers

Sep 3, 2012


september is here.  how excited am i about that??  well, many things.  i have a love hate relationship with fall.  i love the smells of fall, the crisp air, the cool nights and warm days.  i hate that the days are already getting cut short.  sepetmber is my birth month.  and there is a new creative dare from tracy weinzapfel.  all the info about the september creative dare is here. it's all about gratitude and being grateful, taking a few pieces of canvas and creating a gratitude journal with them. (tracy took care of the sewing, thankfully!)  so here's the cover of my gratitude journal.  can't wait to do the next page!!

material:  canvas
ink: black soot, white india ink
paint: gesso, acrylic
other: bubble wrap, drywall tape, charcoal pencil
tools:  silhouette 

Sep 2, 2012


no this isn't a naughty post!!  it's a post about being on the naughty list around christmas time!!  this is another awesome new release from {ippity}.  i just love this little santa!  i even busted out the liquid applique.  i was totally surprised it was still good since i haven't used it in ages!

stamps:  ippity
cardstock: echo park pp, white
ink: onyx black, cherry cobbler, tumbled glass
embellishments: liquid applique, silhouette

don't forget this little guy is on sale right now. click the link below to shop!!  don't forget to pick a {chick} before you checkout!  or just add my name in the comments section.