Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Treehouse Stamps July Sneaky Peek

I have a teaser for you today! The new Treehouse Stamps sneak peeks have begun and today I have a snippet peek for you!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more of this fun new image for the Treehouse Challenge Thursday!! And watch out for another fun new digi release on July 7th!

Till later....

Monday, June 28, 2010

Unity Stamp Storage

So there has been chatter in the Unity Forums about storage of Unity stamps. So I decided since I recently started getting my stuff organized I would share some photos etc.

I love those green (or they came in pink) document boxes that Target used to carry. I have not seen them in a long time so I'm bummed, but hoping they come back. Anyhow, I have about 11 of them to fill and those are perfect for storing stamps.

Here are some photos of them:



Here it is open and holding 2 Unity KOTM kits!


Here they are in a file crate under my desk:






You may notice I labeled the boxes, you can see the first one number 1. I used a scallop punch and using a maker added the numbers and taped the cut out using packing tape to the box. Of course all the numbers are in the same spot so I can find them easy in the file.

I am running out of green Target boxes and needed something else. While at a stamping convention I picked up (not enough of course) those small cling sheets (8 1/2 x 5 3/4). These are the ones that will fit into small binders. I think GKD carries these as well. Unity carries the Scraponizer cases. I already had all these green boxes so I haven't gone to those yet. So these smaller cling sheets can hold "older" Unity KOTM and a few other Unity Kits. But I needed something to store them in and found this box at Staples. It's a file box (10 x 5 9/10 x 3 9/10). It actually said on the label perfect for holding greeting cards, recipes & more. My staples only had two of them so I got both. Go figure I'll bet they don't' carry these anymore!




Now how do I know where everything is. This part is still under organization but here is what I am doing. For all my older kits I have those little sheets showing all the images in the kit so I scanned them all to create index sheets. In some cases if I had random stamps I stamped a bunch of images on a sheet. Then next to each kit I put a number, which indicates which box that kit is in. Right now it's all pretty random since I keep changing things up to make more room in my green boxes :-)

Here is an example:





You can see how I already crossed stuff out. The ones that say box indicate the sets I switched over to the Staples box instead of the green boxes they were originally in.



But I really think this will work out. Even with it the way it is, it has been working for me. I can easily just flip through the images on paper to decide what I want to use and easily find the corresponding box. Right now I keep all the "index" sheets in a folder.

I also have a bunch of the wood mounted slide stamps. These I have not "catalogued" yet but I'll share photos of where they are stored. This isn't even all of them actually. I set aside some of the holiday images and ones I don't' use all the time in a third box and didn't take a picture of that one. Actually I think it was more like I didn't have room.








Those Ikea boxes are great but won't fit the really big stamps, so I just put some in a random box I have. Organizing these guys better and pulling out the ones I put "away" is next on my list.

Well that's all I have for now!

If you have any tips to share I'd love to hear about it!

Till later.....


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Just Us Girls - Template Challenge



This week it's template week with Just Us Girls and I got to pick the challenge. I have always loved apron cards! I remember making them all the time many years ago and just recently getting back into it. It's a fun one you don't want to miss. There is a fabulous apron template HERE at Mirkwood Designs. Mirkwood also has a great blog HERE you don't want to miss.

Here is what I came up with:




So I went with the basic arpon template but I didn't create the slit in front per say. Instead I used pattern paper (DCWV) to create a pocket in which I put a little tag to match. I also created a fold which wraps to the back and creates a second pocket.

Back:


My images are all by Unity Stamp Co from their June Kit of the Month. My solid paper is by Stampin Up.

Be sure to swing on by Mirkwood Designs and check out this fabulous template to play along with JUGS. This is such a fun versatile template to play with.

Then hop on over to the JUGS DT to check out what they did for this fun project.

Andrea

Kathryn

Pam

Alicia

Lisa

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friends with Flair Friday

Unity Stamp Company


It's Friday again and time for Unity Friends With Flair. Be sure to swing by the Unity Blog today and see the list of the Unity Friends participating! You will have a chance to win a bunch of random Unity stamps if you find the FLAIR in a participating blog.

This week I decided to get scrappy! I used the Unity Addict's Challenge for this week. This week the challenge is Summertime Fun. I posted a layout of my daughter at the beach but felt it was only fair to make a layout of my son at the beach as well! (even though she is in the background here)

I used the June KOTM for this layout. My solid paper is Real Red by Stampin Up. The pattern papers was actually one cool 12 x 12 piece which I cut up and is by DCWV.

Come join us for Unity Addicts Challenges each week in the Unity Forum. I've also added a page here on my blog where I am listing all the challenges in one place with links to them.

And don't forget to swing on by ANGIE BLOM's blog as she is finishing off her Growing in Unity week today! There is a prize to be had which will be randomly picked from her comments this week.

Be sure to hop along to the Unity Blog and check out what the other Unity Friends came up with. Along the way be sure to look for the Friends with Flair Blinkie for a chance to win a bunch of Unity Stamps!!


That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Treehouse Challenge Thursday

This week fellow DT member Gloria has picked a great color challenge for us: Pink, Mellow Moss, White plus one of your choice. For my card I used the digi set called Little Tweety

I put the little birds together and added the setiment all digitally. It's fun playing around with all the digtal elements. My plus color is red. I used pattern paper from Stampin Up.





Come on by the Treehouse Blog and see what the DT (fabulous links here) cooked up for this challenge. I hope you will come play in the Treehouse!


That's it for now!


Thanks for stopping by!


TIll later...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dog Days

Well it is certainly the dog days of summer! I really don't like this super hot weather, today I think it was about 93 degrees!! OH MY!

I decided while cool in the air conditioned house I'd make a card using the Treehouse Stamps Digi set called Dog Days of Summer. For this I used the sketch from Friday Sketchers and flipped it on it's side.





Closeup:

I digitally added the sentiments to the clouds then printed the image. I colored with copics and added stickles for some glitz! The solid papers are by Stampin up and the pattern by Basic Grey.


Well that's all for now!


Till later!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Unity Addcits Challenge



It's time for another Unity Addict Challenge, won't you come play along with us? This week it's a time to get scrappy with your Unity/Ippity and make a layout using the theme "Summertime Fun". Never fear if you don't scrapbook pls join us anyhow by making a "Summertime Fun" card! All the deets are here in the Main Unity Forum.

Here is my layout, I used oldie Unity stamps.




Close up:



Now if you are a KOTM subscriber there are amazing stamps in that kit to make a summertime page or card. I should make a summertime fun layout with my son in it so I think using those new stamps is next on the list. LOL!

If you are a Unity Addict and want your creations in the spotlight swing on by the Unity Friends Forum and check out the Growing in Unity thread. Unity friend and addict Ramsey started this a long time ago, probably over a year and half now! Ramsey did a fabulous job but now is very busy to keep it up, so it's my turn! I'm happy to be helping out.

This week ANGIE BLOM is Growing In Unity and has two wonderful projects posted this week already! Be sure to check out the Unity Blog tomorrow as there will be a special GIU post featuring Angie!

That's it for now from Unity Addicts Land.

Be sure to stay tuned this week for some more fun Unity stuff as well as some fun stuff using my awesome TREEHOUSE DIGI STAMPS!!

Till later...


Monday, June 21, 2010

Ippity Blog Hop

It's been a while since I participated in the Monday Ippity Hops! But I made this card for this past week's Ippity challenge that I wanted to share. The challenge was to make a single layer card.


Here is what I came up with using the Ippity set Faith Blooms.




Here is a closeup:

Be sure to swing on by the Ippity blog for a full list of Ippity Hop participants.

I still have some older Ippity sets on hand to be sold on my Ippity page here on my blog if anyone is interested.

If you love a challenge I post a new Unity/Ippity Challenge each week for fun in the Unity Friends forum. I then add them here on my blog on my Unity Addicts Challenges page. If you want to see what the other challenges were I list them with their SCS links in one place. Come play with any of them at any time! Unity and Ippity Stamps welcome!

Also this week we are starting up Growing in Unity again. Come by the forum HERE to sign up and check out what it's all about. This week ANGIE is up so be sure to go check out her fabulous Unity Creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just Us Girls Color Challenge



It's Saturday and time for another fun JUGS challenge. This week we have a great color challenge with Alicia. Check out the yummy graphic above! The colors this week are: Chocolate, Light Pink and Vanilla.

I used a great flower from the current Unity Store KOTM (I actually grabbed mine from Crafty Steals). I made this card late last night actually so it turned out pretty simple. After I finished and go the photo taken I thought I really should have put something in the lower right corner like a sentiment. But it was late so I figured it was ok to just roll with it. I also used this week's Unity Hip Hop Sketch for my card.


Be sure to swing on by the JUGS DT for more inspiration and the JUGS BLOG!


Alicia

Dana

Lisa

Pam

Kathryn

Andrea


That's it for now!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Unity Friends with Flair Friday!

Unity Stamp Company


It's Friday again and time for Unity Friends With Flair. Be sure to swing by the Unity Blog today and see the list of the Unity Friends participating! You will have a chance to win a bunch of random Unity stamps if you find the FLAIR in a participating blog.

This week I didn't make a card I tried something different using a small wooden frame from IKEA. I used the Unity Set "SHE" (for the quote) and an old KOTM (the flower) from way back!


I painted the frame first using a white acrlyic as a base. The pink paint is Metallic Lumiere in Pearl Magenta. Pattern paper from Cosmo Cricket DeLovely and solid cardstocks from Gina K. The flowers are Prima's from Michaels.

At first I was not sure if it was "turning" out ok but I really like the end result. It turned out better than I expected. I love when that happens. My first project was going to be stamping on canvas. I had this small canvas painted cool and ready to go but could not for the life of me get a clear enough image on the canvas so I gave up! Well for now at least. :-) I know one of the Ippity chicks did this recently so I should go see if there were pointers.

Be sure to hop along to the Unity Blog and check out what the other Unity Friends came up with. Along the way be sure to look for the Friends with Flair Blinkie for a chance to win a bunch of Unity Stamps!!

I don't usually babble on and on but I have a few fun things to share:

So there are some fun things going on in Unity Friends land over in the SCS forum. A very long time ago well over a year now, Ramsey started what was called Growing in Unity. It was were Unity friends (addicts) share on their blog a Unity project a day for a week. It was so popular and kept going and going. Recently Ramsey got very busy personally and has turned over the organization of it to me. If you love Unity and are interested come to the GROWING IN UNITY THREAD to check it out.

Also in the Unity friends forum I have started up the Unity Addicts Challenges again a few weeks ago. This also started over a year ago and it went on for more than a year, then I took a break. Now I brought it back so each week I'm posting a new challenge. This week's challenge: Christmas In June.

That's it for now!


Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Treehouse Challenge Thursday

Does everybody know what time it is? TOOL TIME! (sorry I couldn't resist that one). But this week Katie Tate picked out our Treehouse Stamps challenge and it's called Tool Time, use your favorite paper crafting tool. I picked my CUTTLEBUG! The best Christmas present ever, which I got a few years ago. I used my BUG along with some nesties and embossing folders to make this cutie patootie:




Closeup of layers:

I used the newly released and super adorable set called: Happy Dragon. My cardstock is SU Pixie Pink and pattern paper is from Cosmo Cricket DeLovely. My image is a digi and was digitally colored.

Come on by the Treehouse Blog and see what the DT (fabulous links here) cooked up for this challenge. I hope you will come play in the Treehouse!

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

TIll later...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Today is a very special Treehouse Stamps Blog Hop! It's new release Wednesday were there are fabulous new digi sets to check out! And it's also our very own ASHLEY'S (owner and stamp designer THS) BIRTHDAY!


So on the sly the DT set up this fun blog hop to showcase the new sets as well as wish Ashley a very happy birthday!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I used the new set called Magnolia and created this fun floral birthday card for Ashley -



I printed the image large enough to basically cover the front of my card. I paper pieced the petals and colored the rest with Copics. Added stickles to the center and prima flowers.


If you want to see some more great Treehouse cards and join in the fun be sure to check out the following team members blogs for more birthday wishes!

Neva McMullen
Kelly Hampton
Anne Harmon
Yaneri Rodriquez
Gloria Morizen
Anne Harmon
Katie Tate
Heather Prince
Kimberly Lowery
Stephanie Serrano


and then run and wish the birthday girl Ashley Happy Birthday too!

Thanks for stopping by! And you next stop on this hop is to ANNE'S fabulous blog!

Till later....

Monday, June 14, 2010

Treehouse Stamps SNEAK PEEK

This Wednesday is the June release at Treehouse Stamps! Fun new digi sets coming your way! Currently they are having a super duper sale you might want to check out! Fabulous discounts on all their products including copics, nesties and stamps (rubber and digi).

Here is a sneak peek at an awesome set coming out this Wednesday:


I made this card for the inspiration challenge this weekend at SCS. Can you tell the theme for this set? Hum....

Well that's it for now!


Saturday, June 12, 2010

JUGS Challenge Saturday - Get Digi with it

This week our challenge is to use digi stamps. The Jugs DT got to work with digis from My Time Made Easy. I used the Take Time for Petal perfection set.




Lauren Meader and My Time Made Easy are sponsoring this week's challenge. Come play along and you can win a fabulous prize. Lauren will be giving a way a digital stamp set AND a pack of digital paper pack. If you don't have any digi stamps Lauren has a FREE digital stamp you can get HERE. And some free digi papers: HERE and HERE.

Be sure to swing on by the JUGS DT for more inspiration and the JUGS BLOG!

Alicia

Dana

Lisa

Mona


Pam

Kathryn

Andrea

That's it for now!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Unity Friends with Flair Friday!

Unity Stamp Company


It's Friday again and time for Unity Friends With Flair. Be sure to swing by the Unity Blog today and see the list of the Unity Friends participating! You will have a chance to win a bunch of random Unity stamps if you find the FLAIR in a participating blog.


This week I'm sharing a CAS card using the Cosmo Cricket set called Garden Variety.



Be sure to hop along to the Unity Blog and check out what the other Unity Friends came up with. Along the way be sure to look for the Friends with Flair Blinkie for a chance to win a bunch of Unity Stamps!!

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Treehouse Challenge Thursday

It's Thursday again and time for another Treehouse Thursday Challenge. This week DT member Anne Harmon is our challenge picker. Anne LOVES red so this week the challenge is a color challenge: Red, Black and White.

I decided to use the Treehouse digi set called Embrace Life. Here is what I came up with:






Close up:

Come swing on by the Treehouse and play along with us! Be sure to check out the huge sale going on as well!

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

JUST US GIRLS SATURDAY CHALLENGE

Today is Saturday and time for another fun JUST US GIRLS challenge. This week it's sketch week and we have an awesome sponsor as well - wink wink ink




"*Wink *Wink Ink is a brand new digital stamp company as of January 2010. Our images are original, well drawn, and clear with a style you won't find anywhere else! If you like animals, children and fantasy creatures you will love our stamps! New stamps are added to our store weekly, so there is always something new to see! All images are 300 dpi and come in 3 versions- black and white jpg for coloring, transparent png for layering on all your digital creations, and a colored jpg for use as a coloring guide or print and embellish for quick beautiful projects in no time flat! We hope you stop on by and visit us soon at www.winkwinkink.com!"

Now on to today's fabulous sketch:



Here is what I did with the sketch using Wink Wink Ink's Pearl:






Close up:



This week we welcome 2 new DT members to JUGS!

WELCOME Kathryn and Andrea!!!!

Be sure to swing on by the JUGS DT and Jugs Blog for lots of fabulous inspiration:

Alicia

Dana

Lisa

Mona


Pam

Kathryn

Andrea

Melanie: Wink Wink Ink Owner this week's JUGS Guest Designer

That's it for now!

Have a fabulous weekend!!