Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Public Service Announcement

Hello All!!  Today I have a Public Service Announcement Card.  As tonight many of you will be out trick or treating with kids or grandkids or even just passing out the candy, it's very important to know what to watch out for!

Since tonight you will see more than the normal bit of unusual, I decided to be helpful and create a zombie spotter with Creepy Halloween and New Leaf stamp sets by The Project Bin.  Just keep this handy dandy photo on your phone and that way you can refer to it tonight.  You really don't want to get too close to a zombie!

How would you like a step-by-step tutorial so you can create your own zombie spotter cards for next year, or maybe you would like to duplicate the background for Fall or Winter card?   Head on over to The Project Bin for a free PDF Tutorial.

Monday, October 23, 2017

No Tricks Just Treats - GUI Winner, Recycling, & CAS

Happy Monday!  For two lucky winners, it truly is a HAPPY Monday!
I have checked my list, and checked it again, then ran it through random.org and now it's just time to congratulate the winners but before I do here's a little bit about this card....

After selecting my winners I realized I needed a fun photo to celebrate so that meant I needed to create a quick card!   I checked SCS for today's challenges and the Falliday Fest challenges (I do hope to get a few more cards in for the event!) and found that the CAS452 is a Halloween theme so I picked up Hallow's Eve Kitty from Unity Stamp Co and checked to see which Falliday Fest Challenges I had not done yet.  I selected FF17ForestRanger - find something to recycleIt only took a second to find my recycle material stashed on top of my box of crafty recycling pieces.  In the spring Janine and her husband visited us from England, how cool is that?  Not only did we get to meet this super sweet couple but they brought presents too!  The background framing is a piece of the wrapping paper I couldn't part with.  

Ok, so have I tortured you long enough with my wordy description of this card? 
Without further ado

Sandy Clinton

You are my lucky winners!  Please leave me a comment with your email address so I can get your mailing information. (comment moderation is on so your email address will not be made public)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Project Bin's Just Poppin and a Card Drive

Hello and happy weekend!
Today I am sharing a fun card featuring the Just Poppin' stamp and die set, from The Project Bin.

I stamped the popcorn bucket directly on the stitched layer then stamped, colored and die cut the popcorn layer.  I glued down the lower portion of the popcorn but popped up the top for a bit of dimension.  The sentiment was die cut with the oval die that comes with this set and then popped up.

Today is the last day of Falliday Fest Challenges at Splitcoaststampers but we have two more weeks to complete the challenges!  This is a fun event with several components:  30 challenges,  10 tutorials, and 4 card drives.  I will be sending this along with several from my stash to the 4th destination:             The Community Violence Intervention Center.
The Community Violence Intervention Center is a nonprofit organization on Grand Forks, ND that assists victims of violence and promotes safety, peace, and respect for all individuals. They offer a shelter for victims who are fleeing domestic and sexual violence, safe exchange programs for children from violent homes, and free counseling services, among other services.

The Falliday Fest event is open to everyone so just click the Falliday Fest link above and join the fun and the awesome card drive causes! (and if you don't wish to play the event but want to send cards to the worthy causes that's all good too you can find them listed HERE!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to mail out a little hope and cheer!!!

Here's another look at the yummy stamp and die set: 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 5 - A Bright Peace

Wow!  This has been a super fast week!  I have had so much fun showcasing Unity Stamp Co. images for my turn at Growing in Unity!  I hope you have enjoyed your visit! Your comments have made my week! 

For my last card as a GIU Girl, I am featuring the very lovely Arianna Girl from Unity Stamp Co.  

The background is a piece of resist paper spritzed with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise ink spray.  I stamped and colored Arianna then fussy cut her and adhered her to the background. 

Again, thanks so much for spending part of your week here!  It's been a lot of fun!  I will be back next week to announce the two lucky winners of the random draw for a grab back of 25 Unity Stamps!  Don't forget to leave your comment even if you left one on previous days, each day's comment gets added to the pot!
A big thank you to Unity Stamp Co. for selecting me as a GIU Girl and thanks so much for offering 2 fabulous prizes!  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Growing In Unity Day 4 - Having a Ball....

Hello and welcome to day 4 of Growing in Unity!  I have been having so much fun this week! I hope you have enjoyed your visits and been inspired too!

Today I am featuring the adorable Leaf Me Alone kit by Unity Stamp Co.  This is such a fun image to color and it doesn't require a lot of time to create a striking focal point!

I had a ball coloring the leaves in various shades of Fall!

With this card, I am also playing along with Lisa's Falliday Fest Challenge - 
                                              O: Orange and Olive colors
                                                   R: Rake
                                                   A: Alcohol Marker
                                                   N: Nature
                                                   G: Green
                                                   E: Ecru Twine

 Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a grab bag of 25 stamps from Unity Stamp Co!  At the end of the week, I will randomly select two winners! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 3 - Cats Rule

Hello Everyone!  Welcome back to Growing in Unity day 3! 
Today I am sharing cards with my all-time favorite subject - Cats!

For my first project, I am featuring Hallow's Eve Kitty from Unity Stamp Co.
I love this image!

Check out the adorable heart on her back!

We share our home and our hearts with two hilarious felines.
 Lil Bit has a pose (not the pose in the pic) that reminds me of  Unity's Meowy cat.   On the day this photo was taken I found her in her boy's room snuggled on his blankets mourning his return to college.

Storm is our little Miss Mischief, she has to have daily snuggle time or she will wander around hollering and knocking things over!  She is the inspiration for all my naughty kitty cards.

My next card is for today's sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers SC667.  I thought since this is my Growing in Unity week I would combine my sketch card sample with GIU in order to have a second card to share today.  For this card, I am featuring Meow Meow Meow and added a hat from the Meowy  kit.  I masked off the heart speech bubble of the Meow Meow Meow image to fit my sketch.  Papers by Gina K Designs - Poppy Prints.

The story goes that mama cat wanted a family photo.  Lil Bit jumped right up, dressed in matching bow and sat in kitty princess pose just like mama.  Storm gave in and put on a tie but most certainly not matching and just for good measure she added a cozy hat to match her bow. No princess pose for her, she barely sat still long enough to get in the photo at all!

Thanks so much for stopping by, don't forget to leave a comment for an extra chance to win one of two fabulous prize packages!

"See" you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 2 - For the Guys

Hello, and welcome to day 2 of Growing in Unity!  I am taking a hard right turn from yesterday's soft and sweet images and backgrounds to a bold and vivid background featuring the For the Guys kit from Unity Stamp Co.  This kit is one of my favorite masculine kits which includes classic images and great sentiments.

For the background, I used a technique by Cathie called Paint Swiping found in the tutorial page at Splitcoaststampers.  I squeezed a bit of Midnight Blue paint onto my craft mat then with a folded baby wipe I picked up the paint and swiped it across the cardstock.  I did the same with Bahama Blue paint. When I was happy with the background I quit swiping and let dry.  Once dry I used a stencil and added modeling paste. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today,  don't forget to leave a comment for another entry in the drawing for one of two great Unity Stamp Co. prize packages! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Growing In Unity Day 1 - Phyllis Harris

Hello and Happy Monday!  
  I am so excited to share that this week I am a Growing In Unity Girl!  I get to share a new Unity Stamp Co. project every day this week and you will have a chance to win  a prize package of twenty-five stamps from Unity!  All you have to do to be eligible is stop by every day and leave a comment.  At the end of the week I get to randomly select two winners!

Today, I am sharing two sweet images from the Phyllis Harris line at Unity Stamp Co.

For my first card I am featuring Grey Skies Happy, isn't it darling?  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and watercolored it with Inktense Pencils.  With this card, I am also playing along with Lori's FF17LMcAree Falliday Fest challenge to add a bird!

For my next card, I am featuring Room In My Heart which I colored with Copic markers.  With this card, I am also playing along with the Featured Stamper challenge at SCS: FS558. Tracie's card also features a Phyllis Harris/Unity image.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't wait to "see" you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Colorful Autumn

Happy Weekend everyone!

Today I am going to share two cards I created with the New Leaf stamp set by The Project Bin.  

I was inspired by the FF17Simplybeautiful and F4A399 challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  The Free For All challenge from Wendy is to create a different kind of Autumn card using colors you wouldn't ordinarily use and the Falliday Fest challenge from Ceal is to use acrylic block stamping.

Wendy suggested we walk outside and look at the varying colors of the leaves as inspiration for our "Different kind of Autumn" card.  When I look up at our trees I see mostly green leaves with just a hint of pink here and there surrounded by  beautiful deep blue skies.  With the sky as my inspiration, I stamped
 Broken China, with a hint of Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Oxide Inks on an acrylic block, spritzed with water and stamped on cardstock.  

Falliday Fest is an event held at Splitcoaststampers during the month of October.  There will be a total of 30 challenges and several card drives plus prizes! 

My second card was created the same as the one above but with an emphasis on Spiced Marmalade and hints of Worn Lipstick and Broken China Oxide Inks. 

This card is headed for one of the card drive destinations for Falliday Fest.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Here's one more look at this fabulous stamp set!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thankful for Friends

 Friends add zest to our lives.  I am so thankful for the sweet friends I was able to chat with yesterday.  I texted one friend who jumped to my rescue, spoke on the phone with another friend and met a dear friend for supper.  By the end of the day, my soul was enriched by friends both near and far.

I created this fun scene for the SC666 challenge and Bev's fun challenge FF17TexasGrammy for Falliday Fest at Splitcoaststampers with the help of the MISTI.

 I stamped and masked the small pumpkins then added the large one.  I think that bird is adorable so this week he had to make an appearance!   I was a bit out of it when I was creating this scene and I had the teal pumpkin and the orange pumpkin colored before I realized I had no idea what to do with the third pumpkin.  I quickly snapped a photo and messaged my friend Janeen.  She texted right back, "how about yellow"!  Doesn't it look fabulous?  I don't know what I would do without good friends!

If you didn't get a chance to stop by last week I mentioned that 
teal pumpkins are not just a pretty decorating trend but a symbol for raising awareness of food allergies.   Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.  You can find out more at FARE: The Pumpkin Project.

Just as with last week's sketch card I am featuring Fall For You from Unity Stamp Co.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Woo to the Hoo Duo

Happy World Card Making Day!  All over the world today artists are creating cards for World Card Making Day.  You can find all sorts of challenges to celebrate on the internet today! 

For today's card, I am playing with these cute little owls and fun sentiment from the New Leaf stamp set by The Project Bin!

I added a splash of color by stamping oxide ink on a piece of plastic packaging and spritzing with water.  Next, I tapped the inky plastic onto my cardstock.  I colored two owls and popped them up on the tree branch.  This is supposed to be a Fall card but I totally forgot for a moment and colored the leaves green.  We have mostly green leaves still on the trees where I live in Georgia so I guess my little owl couple are Georgia owls living in a Georgia tree! 

I am playing along with Shirley's  F4A398 challenge to create a Fall card.

Now I must dash as I am going to volunteer for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's .  I hope to be back in my craft room later to create another card for World Card Making day, how about you?  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Pumpkin Project

It's Wednesday and that means it's time to play with a new sketch (SC665) challenge at Splitcoaststampers. 

 For the background on my card, I used the Paint Swiping technique which Cathie shares in the tutorial section at Splitcoaststampers. The images are from the Fall For You stamp kit by Unity Stamp Co.  I think the images in this kit are adorable and the sentiments are fun too.  

I love teal pumpkins, I think they are so eye-catching so I colored my first pumpkin with teal markers then masked it and placed a large orange pumpkin behind the teal one.  

 Did you know that teal pumpkins are not just a pretty decorating trend but a symbol for raising awareness of food allergies?   Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.  Find out more at FARE: The Pumpkin Project.

I am so thankful you stopped by my blog today, have a great day!!!  

National Arizona Day

This week for the Free 4 All Challenge we are featuring National Arizona Day as our challenge!  We can use anything that makes us think of A...