Friday, December 30, 2011

Hello and You Rock

Wow, that week sure did fly by!  I'm here today to share the last two cards that I created for my week as the Growing in Unity girl.  For my last two cards used the December KOTM sketch again as my starting point and opted for the clean/simple and graphic look.  Just a reminder to leave a comment on all my posts this week for your chance to win a Unity Stamp set.  I'll leave the comments open until 11:59 pm on Sunday (January 1, 2012) and pick a random winner early next week.

My first card is masculine and simple with just a touch of fun (love those moustaches!!).  I'm thinking it would be great for either a man's birthday or father's day.  I used stamps from the July 2011 Kit of the Month.  In order to make the "You Rock" sentiment work with my card I stamped it and then cut it into strips before adhering across the card.  I really had to resist the urge to add some baker's twine to this card but I did it LOL!

I like to call the style of this second card "Paper Crafts (magazine) style".  It's a simple graphic card with a hint of bling.  I stamped the chevron stamp from the December KOTM with a rainbow ink pad and pieced two of them together to form the image panel.  Then I matted it onto black cardstock before adding it to a white card base.  I added some black glitter letters and a scallop die cut glitter strip (created by adding Stickles to some plain black cardstock) and a piece of black ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Supplies (You Rock):
Stamps:  July 2011 Kit of the Month (chair and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Basic Grey, Echo Park, Making Memories
Accessories:  Dienamics postage edge die from MFT

Supplies:  (Hello):
Stamps:  December 2011 Kit of the Month (chevrons) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Kaleidacolor by Tsukineko (Spectrum)
Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories: Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Stickles (Gun Metal), Thickers letters from American Crafts, May Arts ribbon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sorry for your loss.....

For today's Growing In Unity card I used the December 2011 Kit of the Month sketch for my design and stamps from the July 2011 KOTM. I usually struggle with sympathy cards but I'm happy with the way this one turned out as it has a touch of colour that seems to sort of "brighten" it up.

To create this card I cut a piece of blue and white wood grain paper, stamped the flower image in grey and then black and then mounted the strip onto a die cut scallop.  I added a strip of ribbon to the card base before adhering the panel and stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner.  I added a nice big double bow (that was created using my Bow Easy) and a black button and voila...all done.

Thanks so much for your kind words this week and don't forget to comment on all my posts this week for your chance to win a free Unity set.  I'll post the winner early next week to give everyone a chance to finish up with their New Year's plans (including myself LOL!).  See you tomorrow with my last two cards.

Stamps:  July 2011 Kit of the Month (flowers and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers:  Lily Bee Designs, Gina K cardstock, Recollections brand card base
Ink:  Ranger Iced Spruce Distress Ink (actually is a nice grey tone), Palette Noir
Accessories:  button, Offray ribbon, Spellbinder's Nestabilities die

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thank you Unity style

It's mid way through my week in the "Growing In Unity" spotlight and today I'm sharing an elegant black and white card I made using one of the My Little Shoebox co-brand stamp sets (Audrey).  It's a bit difficult to tell but I used a black glitter pen to add a few highlights to my stamped image.  I kept the design pretty simple and added a pop of pink with a paper flower.

I forgot to mention but for all my cards posted this week, I challenged myself to ONLY use Unity Stamp sets that I hadn't used yet.  I actually will admit that I totally forgot I had this beautiful set sitting in my box of "still to use" stamps (insert embarrassed look here!!).  So glad I flipped through the box as I just *heart* this set.

 Don't forget to leave a comment on all my posts this week to increase your chances of winning a free Unity Stamp set AND you can also see my bio today over on the Unity Blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  My Little Shoebox "Audrey" set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Making Memories, Gina K Designs cardstock
Accessories: Spellbinders die, Offray ribbon, Recollections flower, Gelly Roller glitter pen (black), SRM sentiment sticker

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

i had a fun time

Today is day two of my week in the Unity spotlight and I'm sharing a card I made with the November 2011 Kit of the Month and some paper scraps form the card I showed you yesterday.

The design is pretty simple.  I just stamped the lady image three times across the card and added some ribbon and twine.  Easy peasy....five minutes or less :)

See you tomorrow with some more Unity inspiration.  And don't forget to leave comments all week for your chance to win a fabulous Unity Stamps set!

Stamps:  November 2011 Kit of the Month (images and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Fuchsia ink
Papers:  My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Core'dinations cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Prima Pearl, Copic marker (to colour pearl), twine from the Twinery

Monday, December 26, 2011

Filled with Unity love

Hello!  Happy Boxing Day.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

This week I'm excited to be the "Growing in Unity" girl.  All week from Monday to Friday I'll be sharing a creation using Unity Stamps AND at the end of the week I'll be picking a name from all the comments to win a free stamp kit!

So since Christmas is over it's time to get in the mood for Valentine's Day LOL!! Just kidding. I happened to have the new December Kit of the Month sitting on my desk and decided to make something with it right away.  I'm in LOVE with that jar stamp.  I added some hearts to my jar to fill it with love.  Then I also use the LOVE stamp from the kit, cut out the letters and added some Stickles to make them all bling-y.

Hope you liked my first creation.  I'll be back tomorrow and all week with another Unity creation :)

Stamps: December 2011 Kit of the Month (love words and jar stamps) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Palette Fuschia, distress ink
Papers:  My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Georgia Pacific, Basic Grey, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories:  twine from The Twinery, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prima pearl, Stickles, Spellbinder's Nestabilities die

Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's Christmas time in the city....

Hello and Merry Christmas Eve!  I have one final Christmas card to share with you today and I think it's my favourite of the season.  I used the awesome new Stephanie Ackerman Trim a Tree stamp set (from Purple Onion Designs).  I do have to apologize in advance for the awful photo but once again winter lighting got the best of me --- I actually asked Santa for a light box so we just might see some better photos in the new year LOL!

The card measures about 4 1/2" x 7" so you can appreciate the size of the image.  I created my stamped panel by creating a little snowy scene.  I stamped some light blue snowflakes all over the image and then stamped the sentiment in two different ink colours.  I accented the entire image with Stickles to make the Christmas light twinkle.

Before attaching the panel, I added some scraps of frilled ribbon to the top and bottom and of course some baker's twine (I just cannot get enough of it these days LOL!)

I'd like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and thank you so much for all the wonderful comments and support you have shared with me this year :)

Stamps:  Trim a Tree Shop (Stephanie Ackerman) from Purple Onion Designs, Merriness set (snowflakes) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink ((Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass)
Papers:  Provocraft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Devine Twine (Whisker Graphics), ruffled ribbon, Offray red ribbon, Making Memories button and rhinestone, Stickles, Copic markers

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Warm Wintery Christmas card

Hello! Happy Friday and Christmas Eve-Eve.  Today I'd like to share with you a nice wintery looking kraft Christmas card that I created using an image from Your Next Stamp

The image was stamped onto some Copic-friendly kraft cardstock (from Gina K Designs).  I coloured the white snow with a pencil crayon and added some highlights with a white gel pen.  The background papers were embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then I ran white pigment ink over the surface to add some white snow.  The twill ribbon was dyed with spray inks and then distressed them a bit before adding a wood button and my sentiment tag.

See you tomorrow for the last of my Christmas cards.  Merry Christmas!

Stamps:  Winter Home from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Joann Essentials white pigment ink, brown distress ink
Papers:  Basic Grey, Gina K kraft cardstock, Georgia Pacific white
Accessories:  Tattered Angels spray, twill ribbon, wood button, beige baker's twine, Making Memories tag, Spellbinder's die, Cuttlebug embossing folder
Copic Colours/colouring media: R29, YG67, E35, B02, C5, white Koh-i-noor pencil, Inkessentials white pen, Sakura glitter pen

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A set of Christmas pillow boxes

Good morning!  I hope your holiday preparations are going well---I still have some shopping to do and some gifts to put together but I'm finally feeling like I'm making progress. 

Today I'd like to share with you a set of pillow boxes that I created using the Sizzix pillow box die and some stamps from Purple Onion Designs.  You could fill the boxes with some candy or a small tree ornament or a gift certificate.  I was able to cram a gift card into them too but you lose a bit of the 3D-ness of them.

The design of all three boxes is very similar:  I die cut the pillow box, stamped on the cardstock (before assembling) to create the background and then added some embellishments.  Scroll down for close ups of each box with a few more directions :)

For this box I stamped some Christmas sentiments in two different colours using the limited edition holiday Distress Inks from Ranger.  Then I simply added a ribbon bow and a piece of a Christmas beaded pick from my junk box.

For this box, I stamped a music backgrounder onto the dark cardstock in white pigment ink.  Then I created this medallion type embellishment using a journalling scalloped circle stamp and a premade accordion sticker embellishment from K and Co.  I added a little baker's twine bow and voila....number two done.
Finally for this box I stamped some white snowflakes onto kraft cardstock.  I die cut a small white scalloped shaped and stamped the snowman image onto it (coloured with Copics).  I then added some baker's twine and a felt snowflake embellishment.

Supplies (Snow man kraft box):
Stamps:  Merriness Set from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: The Paper Company cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Joann Essentials white pigment ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Devine Twine from Whisker Graphics, Darice felt snowflake, Copic markers, Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Sizzix Pillow Box Die

Supplies (Dark box with accordian flower):
Stamps:  Early 1900s Music Backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs, Circle Scallop label from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink: Joann Essentials white pigment ink, Ranger Distress Ink (Evergreen Bough) Limited Edition Inks
Accessories: Making Memories button and rhinestone, K and Company accordion embellishment, Martha Stewart Baker's twine, Sizzix Pillow Box Die

Supplies (Green and Red box with beads):
Stamps:  Holiday Ticket set from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough) Limited Edition Inks
Accessories: Christmas bead pick (craft store), American Crafts ribbon, Sizzix Pillow Box Die

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Happy Holidays ornament

For today's last minute Christmas project, I'm sharing a ornament for the tree.  You could also write on the back and use it as a gift tag that can be kept as a decoration for next year.

Again this was a pretty quick project to create.  I covered a wood circle (purchased in the wood shape aisle at Michaels) and covered it in paper.  Then I added some ruffled ribbon trim and pom pom trim around the outside before attaching the stamped images.  The images were paper pieced and coloured with my Copics.  I punched a hole in the top with my Cropadile and then added a ribbon bow and some twine to hang it with.

I hope you're enjoying all my last minute projects!  Up tomorrow I a set of pillow boxes that you can make to fill with candy or a gift card or other small item.

Stamps: Snowman Framed Doodle from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  K and Company, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Wood circle (ornament base), Maya Road trim, white gathered trim (fabric store), Copic markers, Offray ribbon, baker's twine (the Twinery)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday's Tag and a Treat Bag

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Today I have two projects to share with you---a tag and a bag.

First up is a Christmas tag that I created using a mailing tag.  I covered the tag with some patterned paper scraps and then added my stamped images on top.  The tree image was paper pieced and coloured with my Copic markers before adding some glitter accents with Stickles.  I added a bit of baker's twine and pom pom trim to the bottom and a nice big double bow (thank you Bow Easy!!) to the top. 

Secondly, I created this stamped bag.  You could use it for baked treats or even as a gift wrapping for a smaller gift.  To create the bag I took a white paper bag and stamped all over with the gingerbread man stamp (and added a bit of colour with my Copic markers).  Then I created a little accent for the center of the bag using a die cut gingerbread man (from Sizzix) and some more stamped images.  The top of the bag was finished off with a stamped sentiment strip, some scalloped paper and some baker's twine.

Supplies (Christmas Tag):
Stamps:  Christmas Trees Framed Doodle from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Provo Craft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  twine from the Twinery, Copic markers, Offray ribbon, Maya Road trim, Stickles, Avery mailing tag

Supplies (treat bag):
Stamps:  Gingerbread man stamp from Purple Onion Designs, Holiday Border Tape Set from Purple Onion Designs, Season's Greetings Logo from Purple Onion Designs, Circle Scallop Label from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink, Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Provo Craft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Whisker Graphics baker's twine, Dienamics scalloped die, Sizzix gingerbread man die, Copic markers

Monday, December 19, 2011

A quick Christmas gift card holder

Well, it's the last full week before Christmas and the chaos has begun LOL!!  For the next couple of days I'll be sharing a few quick Christmas projects with you, just in case you need to whip up some last minute items.

Let's start things off with a gift card holder.  I like to jazz up my gift cards a little so I created this holder in less than 10 minutes (minus the glitter glue drying time) and here's how:

Stamp the Noteblock stamp (from Purple Onion Designs) in red ink and heat emboss with clear glitter powder.  Cover front and back of die cut gift card holder (you could also easily make your own in a few minutes using a strip of 4" x 12" paper) with patterned paper.  Adhere ribbon tie around middle of holder.  Trim and mat Noteblock onto die cut scalloped rectangle (edges were covered in Stickles)  and adhere to front of holder.  Add a large ribbon bow at edge of stamped block, add snowflake accent and add stamping to the inside as desired. 

See you tomorrow with a tag and treat bag......

Stamps: Happy Holidays Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs, Merriness Set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Adirondack Red Pepper, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Crate Paper
Accessories:  Michael's Celebration Ribbon, Darice felt snowflake, glitter embossing powder, Making memories button, die cut gift card holder (I'm not sure where these are available for sale anymore as the place I got them is no longer in business---sorry!!), Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Stickles

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another Monday with Market Street.....

Just a quick post for today....I'm trying to get caught up on things from a little birthday/anniversary get away last week/weekend.

Here's a card I made using the "Comfort Food" set from Market Street Stamps.  (I just love how you get a little smiley face that you can add to any of the stamps in the set!!).  The papers are from an older Cosmo Cricket collection from my scrap bin.  It's difficult to see but I added some Crystal Lacquer on the pot to make it look shiny.  A nice quick and easy card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Comfort Food set from Market Street Stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Twill ribbon, Copic markers, Crystal Lacquer, Fiskars border punch

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's a YNS holiday challenge and a blog hop

Good morning!  It’s time for another Your Next Stamp challenge (YNSC57) and this week’s theme is winter/holiday.  Today’s challenge post is a special one:  we’re showing off some of the new December release stamps and celebrating with a little blog hop.  

No blog hop is complete without some prizes, so Karen is giving away 3 gift certificates to the YNS store.  The prizes are randomly hidden amongst the design team blogs (see link list at bottom of post) so all you need to do is comment along the way for your chance to win.  AND of course if you participate in the winter/holiday challenge you also have the chance to win a Merry Mouse Wreath stamp AND a $10 gift certification (a YNS stamp or digi image is required to qualify).

Now onto my card.  I used the new holiday snow globe set to create this winter themed card.  I had a pad of some older Cosmo Cricket paper sitting on my desk so I pulled a few sheets out of it for my starting point.  I went a bit nuts on the stitching on this one (I figured I’d give my sewing machine a work out after not using it in at least 6 months) and even decided to live dangerously and sew in a circle around my image panel.  The sentiments in the set are the perfect size to use with a small tag punch so I made my sentiment into a tag and attached it to the center of my felt snowflake.

 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by the YNS Store to see all the wonderful new releases (including some new stamp and die sets!!), bundle packs, the awesome variety of stamps in the Bargain Bin and the YNS Deal of the week.  Your next stop on the hop is  Dana.

In case you get lost along the way, here’s the full list of today’s participants:

Veronica –  {YNS December Guest}

Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Ranger Distress Ink (Evergreen bough)
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Sewing machine, Spellbinder’s die, Copic markers, Stickles, Darice felt snowflake embellishment, The Twinery baker’s twine 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry Monday with Distress Stains and Market Street

It's another Monday closer to Christmas and I still haven't even thought about anything Christmas related.  However, I have at least been in Christmas craft mode for the past month so at least *something* will be done LOL!!

Here's a vintage Christmas card I created using some heat embossing and some Ranger Distress Stains.  I took a piece of watercolour paper and heat embossed the argyle background with clear embossing powder.  Then I took some red and green Distress Stains, dabbed them onto my craft mat and then put the watercolour paper on top to create the background.  My colours did get a bit muddled together (which I think might be because of the type of paper I used) so if you want more defined colours then I would recommend spacing the inks further apart and maybe adding a few spritzes of water.  Then the card was finished off with some dyed binding and Authenique papers.

Stamps:  Argyle backgrounder from Market Street Stamps
Ink:  Versamark ink (for embossing), Distress Stain (Fired Brick and Forest Moss)
Papers: Watercolour paper, Authenique Christmas papers
Accessories: Darice snowflake, button, twine, Making Memories tag, Fiskars border punch, seam binding (dyed with spray ink)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Here's to Christmas and a sale!

First the important's time for a holiday sale at Purple Onion Designs!  All stamps are 25% off (now through 12/11).  Use code HOL2011 during checkout to receive your 25% discount.  Michele has even added some new Stephanie Ackerman "neighbourhood stamps" to the web site that you are not going to want to miss!! 

And there is some even more exciting news at POD......Heidi Grace is launching a new line of products under the name Heidi Grace Kress.  Purple Onion Designs will be offering her adorable designs in stamps!  The first collection is for the holiday season.  You can see them here: Heidi Grace Kress Stamps

Wow, I can't wait to get my hands on some of those new designs :)  And finally onto my holly themed card.  You can see all the product details below.  Thanks for stopping by!  

Stamps:  Christmas Toast sentiment from Purple Onion Designs, Merriness set (Holly border) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack green ink, brown distress ink
Papers: Authenique Wonder collection
Accessories:  Dienamics rolled rose die, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts holly die, craft felt, ruffled ribbon (from Etsy), Spellbinder's dies