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Lovely You

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Beate tossed up a little challenge over the weekend… I can’t resist the opportunity to stamp with she and Jenn. There’s a sweet little sketch here, and here’s a really pretty color combo (that I may have taken some liberties with). Cyber stamping with friends is fun.

Lots going on with me this week. I’ve been stamping up a storm and have several projects to show you over the next few days. It’s also ‘McTeacher Night’ at McDonald’s tonight. My 8 year old has been antsy since she brought home the reminder last Thursday. She can’t wait to see her favorite teachers behind the counter saying, ‘would you like fries with that?’

Lovin’ the small town life!

  • Stamps: Kit of the Month – both January & February 2011
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Tsukineko
  • Cardstock: Green at Heart – 6×6 pad Basic Grey and Kraft
  • Accs: button, ribbon and twine

Do all things with love

Has the icy cold weather got you down in your neck of the woods? By 4 o’clock this afternoon they had already canceled school for tomorrow, and we’re out of cocoa. I’m gonna have to flip a coin with hubby to see who heads to the grocery. This is Day 3. Do you think they will even have any cocoa left?

Here’s a little Unity number I worked up while watching a movie the other night. I went into mass production mode and made 3 of these. It was going to be 4 until I smeared the sentiment on one of them. I used to stamp in sets of 3 or 4 all of the time – never less than 2. It just seemed the easiest thing to do. The teal green label and the sentiment are both from the November & December Kit-of-the-Month kits. The patterned paper is from the Echo Park line, Life is Good collection. I get mine at Emma’s Paperie.

I think I’m gonna make a cup of decaf, plug another movie in and go stamp some more. I’m kind of liking this crafty business.

Living Life…

Finally Friday with tons of good stuff going on…PINK OUT for breast cancer in little Midwest America (I know there is no pink on this card – that is coming later). I did send hubby to work in a bright pink shirt today. High school football game tonight. World Card Making Day TOMORROW! Loving the outlook for this weekend!

This is my sketch card for Taylor’s Sketch Challenge. Make sure you check out the rest of the sketch crew to see their fabulous creations with these stamps. You can visit each of them: Alice Wertz, Jami Sibley, Lisa Hjulberg, Monika Davis, Rachel Sztonyk, Rosie Hughes, Sherrie Siemens, Taylor VanBruggen

These stamps speak to me. They are a nod to my love of cowboy boots, blue jeans and pick-up trucks. I have two movies on my iPhone at all times, just in case I need to pass some idle time….Pure Country and John Wayne’s The Cowboys – one of my all-time favorite movies. Tis true…

Last weekend was college rodeo weekend here, and we had a great time. It was rather rainy, so I didn’t take many pictures. Here’s one of the few…this is my favorite cowboy of all and a little cowgirl cutie.

Have a great weekend!

  • Stamps: Brave Girl Boots – Unity Stamp Company
  • Cardstock: Poison Ivory, Kraft, Wanted – Cosmo Cricket
  • Ink: Chestnut and Latte Chalk Inks
  • Accs: Prima Flowers, May Arts crochet trim

Pocket Full of Posies: Copic Tutorial


HIP HOP! I had a chance to get crafty with my Unity Stamps earlier this week!

Angela posted a sweet story on her blog today about our ‘meeting’ almost 3 years ago. It’s funny that my mind never goes back to that particular story. My mind goes back to meeting Angela and Chris at a Cupcake Reception the Splitcoast Team had hosted at the Winter 2008 CHA show. Unity was launching at that show, and I remember being WOW’d by how warm they were, the vision for Unity – in the earliest days and of course, their love of laughter. Good, good times.


When Maren asked me to create a project for this week, she said, ‘just do something you do’. LOL! Well, as of lately, that would be all about Copic. This card features texture with Copic Blender solution, and after several failed video attempts, a second video camera and 17 colored pockets later, I created a tutorial for the fabulous HIP HOP crew. It’s featured on  the Unity blog today. How cool is that?

Here’s a picture of Angela and I at CHA a few weeks ago:


I love this girl!!

and, here’s my video:

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Hope you find a chance to put some HIP HOP in your day. It’ll make you smile. I promise. Just say it to yourself right now, ‘HIP HOP!’ See, you are smiling! I know it! Thanks to the Unity team for making me smile a LOT these last few years!

See you tomorrow!

Curtain Call


I’ve got plenty of organizing, laundry, cleaning, etc. to keep me busy this weekend, but I selfishly spent several hours at my stamp table this afternoon playing Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) challenges. I completed 6 cards! I can’t tell you the last time I created 6 cards in one setting. I’ll have to catch up on the other stuff tomorrow and Monday, but it was so worth it.

This card is probably my favorite from the day. The challenge was to create a curtain on your 45-minutes-or-less project.  I started with Singing Souls from Unity Stamp Company and Kraft cardstock. The microphone is colored with Copics (C1 and C5). I added a ‘curtain’ of striped ribbon and a awning made from the MFT Scallops Dienamics die. Here is the inside sentiment:


If you have a few minutes this weekend. Check out the VSN Challenges, you’ll find one or two that grab your attention. I promise.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Two Years ~ Two Cards


Welcome to the Unity Stamp Company – Cosmo Cricket Birthday Blog Hop!

Celebrating 2 years of fun with Unity.  Such fun people to work with from month-to-month, and definitely a highlight of my CHA Show experience when we’re all able to get together. Adore the products! Love the Unity Peeps!


In honor of the special day, celebrating the Unity birthday and the uber-cool release of stamps to coordinate with your (and my) favorite Cosmo Cricket Material Girl papers, I made two cards. I like them both, but I’m partial to the green. Odd because I don’t remember ever making a monochromatic green card before.

Lots of fun & games in store today in the Unity Stamps Splitcoaststampers Forum. I know I’ll be peeking in there from time to time. Thanks so much for stopping by!

If this is your first stop on the hop, you can find the beginning just 2 skips back with Beate. If you’re ready to move on to see the Unity DT creations, head over to Jessica’s:


  • Stamps: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl – Unity Stamp Company 
  • Cardstock: Kraft and Cosmo Cricket Material Girl 
  • Ink: Memento: Bamboo Leaves, Cantelope and Rhubarb 
  • Accs: Buttons, Twine and Sewing Machine 

Life is Sweeter


Happy Weekend to you!

I’ve got a card to share for Taylor’s weekend sketch – It’s #105. You can see the sketch here 🙂 and lots of other pretty samples by checking out Monica Davis  • Lisa HjulbergLynn Mercurio Jami SibleyAlice Wertz.


I don’t know what it is about gumball machines that make me smile. I remember the Christmas that I hunted high and low on December 23rd for one…you’ve been there, right?  This one is just the right size for cards and easy to color…FUN.

I colored mine with Copic Markers, hit it with a Spica glitter pen and paired with October Afternoon paper. Last night before I went to bed, I covered the glass dome of the machine with Glassy Accents. So sweet.

Hope you have a great weekend. It’s my grandma’s 86th birthday on Sunday, and we’re hosting a dinner for all of our extended and church family after services on Sunday morning. It should be a wonderful day.

  • Stamps: Kit of the Month – Unity Stamp Company 
  • Cardstock: Choice Cream – Taylored Expressions, Real Red – Stampin Up! and October Afternoon
  • Ink: London Fog Memento – Tsukineko 
  • Accs: Copic Markers (R14, R17, RV29, BG23, G12, YG05, YG06, Y35, W2, W3) Spica Glitter Pen, Prima Flower

God’s love is in the sway of the trees…


God’s LOVE is in the sway of the trees, songs of the breeze and the flutter of our HEARTS. 

It’s sketch Friday at Taylored Expressions (and a sweet release Friday to boot!), and I love the sketch we had to work with.  I used What Matters Most from Ippity to stamp my tree, sentiment and butterflies.


Fun, fun stuff going on at Taylor’s today. The March release…which I happen to know is going to be super cute and totally different from anything Taylor has ever done. 🙂 Today is the one-year anniversary of her Whimsical Wishes line, and she’s releasing a special set with proceeds for a favorite charity.


I had started with my main image on white cardstock and colored with Copics. Then, I realized that I wanted to pair it up with new October Afternoon, Thrift Shop papers that had a cream undertone to them. So, I airbrushed some sky with Copic BG000 and then some warm edges with E31. Voila! White cardstock issue solved. I also airbrushed my white and red striped ribbon at the bottom.

You can see other sketch-spiration by checking out these chicks:

I’m off to Des Moines to meet up with Miss Taylor & Jami and a friend from grade school, and then tonight, I’m picking up Sharon at the airport. We’re looking forward to our Copic Certification class tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stamps: What Matters Most – Ippity
  • Cardstock: Choice White, Chocolate Prism, Thrift Shop October Afternoon
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento
  • Accs: Copic Markers (R20, R22, R30, R35, B34, YG13, V04, BG000, E31, W1), ribbon – May Arts, heart pins – Maya Road

Feelin’ Flirty?


Really, I’m feeling anything but flirty…lol. But it’s a New Year, and I’ve had this colored image on my desk for months. Finally made it into a card. I really like this…all colored in Copics, linen thread to make the nest, sprinkled with my favorite fine white glitter…but why did I use that sentiment?


Who do you send a ‘flirty’ card to? I want to know!

Happy New Year!

  • Stamps: Unity Stamp Company 
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento
  • Cardstock: Prism & October Afternoon 
  • Accs: linen thread, Copic Markers, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Prima flower, button 

As for me and my house…


‘As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.’ ~ Joshua 24:15

I knew when the Ippity Devoted set that I would *need* it. I was drawn to the whimsical styled Scripture sentiments that make up the collection.  They are large enough to stand alone on a card and perfect for a landscape layout and this week’s Weekend Sketch Challenge. I love how this turned out.  Pictures in the dark at 1 a.m. – not so much. LOL! 


I stamped my sentiment in Pool Adirondack ink on cream colored Core’dinations cardstock. I highlighted a few choice words with my Spica glitter pen. Then, I used the Martha Stewart mini hearts punch to create a negative mask and airbrushed hearts across the top of my panel. Then I layered that on top of some sweet October Afternoon paper – Ducks in a Row line – and stitched a little strip of punch art.

I’m going to my daughter’s Christmas Tea this morning, but you can bet I’ll check out Beate, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and Sharon when I return. I love looking at their stuff.