Saturday, April 30, 2011

JUST US GIRLS WILD CARD CHALLENGE

This week at JUGS it's Wild Card week and our challenge is to make something using the Emboss Resist technique. This is a super easy and fun one. Check out the simple tutorial HERE at SCS.

Here is what I came up with using an image from the Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the month:



Andrea





Be sure to also stop and visit our Featured Designer for the month...



How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of the JUGS post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword or tag, JUGS82.



Deadline to be considered for the weekly "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, May 5. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. Our top pick "Chic of the Week" will be announced on the following Friday morning.




Well that's it for now!


Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair Friday

TGIF peeps! Time for another Friends with Flair Friday!!! Be sure to swing on by the UNITY BLOG to see all who signed up there via a linky.

Today I'm sharing something I made using a Suzi Blu stamp, it's a mixed media 6x8 canvas board:






I am so happy with the way this turned out. This was created in "She Art" style using my Suzi Blu stamp. If you can you should take Christy's She Art class it's amazing!

Did you know that Unity is retiring 125 stamps??? Holy moly! You have to go check it out and be sure you get what you want before it's gone!

Here is a close up of my canvas:




I actually did a few Unity projects this week but I'll save those for another day. If you have been over to MY UNITY PLACE you may have seen some of my others!! MY UNITY PLACE is one rockin place to hang out and chat about all things Unity!! COME ON BY AND HANG! There is even a Unity sponsored challenge over there!

That's all for now!



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Instyle Stamps Sketch Challenge

Check out this month's Instyle Stamps sketch challenge:
Here is what I did using


Be sure to swing on by the Instyle Stamps blog for all of this month's challenges.

That's it for now!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Just Us Girls Saturday Challenge

This week the JUGS challenge is tempate challenge and we are challenging you to create a template with a spring them. I wanted to make a basket and hadd the idea of using big ovals for "eggs". SO I cut out 2 egg shapes from my Cricut to create this cute little basket. My solid paper is from Gina K Designs and the pattern paper is from Echo Park Paper. My sentiment is from the Stamps of Life and the flowers are Prima.





Be sure to swing by the JUGS team:



Just Us Girls Design Team






Andrea















Be sure to also stop and visit our Featured Designer for the month...












How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of the JUGS post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword or tag, JUGS81.





Deadline to be considered for the weekly "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 28. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. Our top pick "Chic of the Week" will be announced on the following Friday morning.







Well that's it for now!






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Friday, April 22, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair Friday


Hey there TGIF! Friday means another Friends with Flair over at Unity Stamp Co. There is also a set up for grabs for $2!!


This week Lesley Langdon shared a fun technique using distress inks. I had to try and came up with this:



So next was to use it on a card or project. I've been super busy all week and didn't get much time to play but late last night I did this:




BUT I don't like it. I think it's the ribbon that just does not work. But I used score tape so I didn't want to mess with the whole thing. At first I thought the black and pink would look cool but it doesn't really. I decided to just roll with it anyhow because we don't always like every piece we make right? How many times have you tossed a card out because you didn't like how it was coming along or even the end product. I figured why not just go with it and share the good ones and not so good ones. Maybe later I can play with it and take that darn ribbon off and "fix" it to look a little better.

Well, I did do the same technique but on a different surface to hopefully this weekend I will play with that.

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Queen Kat Designs - Jaz Higgins Release

Today is a special release at Queen Kat Designs. A release of Jaz Higgins images!

If you got here via the wonderful Janie's blog than you are on the right track for this release hop! If not head on back to the Queen Kat Deisgns blog to start the release hop from the top. There are some fun images to be had so be sure to check it out in the Queen Kat Designs store. Here is something I made using Drink Me: Your next stop is JAN.

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hippity Hop with Ippity Chicks

It's been a long time since I did an "hippity hop" but I'm so glad I signed up this week. This past week I pulled out my poor Ippity stamps and got to work. Lately I've been into taking paint and stamps to canvas to create little "works of art", ok well maybe fabulous "works" but I would like to think maybe one day I'll get there :-) After taking Soul Restoration and then the She Art class I have gotten into this mixed media stuff! LOL!!! Here is what I did using many different Ippity stamps on a 5x7 piece of canvas board:


Like I said I used alot of Ippity stamps! The background started with some paint and a little bit of patterned paper, then the stamps took over! The bird was stamped onto pattern paper and I paper pieced the wing in with a different pattern paper. The branches are from the bird SU punch.


Check out the flower (Prima):



YES you can stamp on your flowers!! Why the heck not!!


Be sure to stop by the Ippity Blog to be sure you hop on the right track!


Thanks for stopping by!


Till Later....


Saturday, April 16, 2011

JUGS US GIRLS #80


WOO HOO the 80th JUST US GIRLS CHALLENGE today!!! AND we are celebrating a special birthay!! Our very own LISA is having her birthday today!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!!!!!


The birthday girl is our hostess this week as well for color week. Our colors this week are Aqua, Black, Kraft and Coral.


Here is what I came up with using the arranged with love set from Gina K Designs.


Well Happy Birthday Lisa!! Be sure to swing on by the JUGS DT and leave them some love:



Just Us Girls Design Team


Andrea







Be sure to also stop and visit our Featured Designer for the month...




How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of the JUGS post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword or tag, JUGS80.


Deadline to be considered for the weekly "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 21. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. Our top pick "Chic of the Week" will be announced on the following Friday morning.




Well that's it for now!



Thanks for stopping by.



Friday, April 15, 2011

All Things Unity Button Challenge

Ok here we go with a second Unity post for today! Below you will find my FWF project. And next All Things Unity challenge! The current challenge is to use BUTTONS! How much fun is that?? So for this I just had to go back to an oldie but goodie Unity the giggle groove tree! Who remembers this awesome stamps?? I don't even know that they still carry the tree in this size I came up with the smaller ones on the site. I paired the tree with a sentiment from the February KOTM kit.


This tree is PERFECT for buttons! LOVE IT.


That's it for now!


Thanks for stopping by!

Friends with Flair Friday Unity Style

It's Friday and time for another fun Friends with Flair!! Did you see Lesley Langdon's tutorial this week? OMG, very cool! You can see it HERE at My Unity Place! SO I HAD to try this! Here is what I came up with:

I used the heart stamp from Love is Toxic and a sentiment stamp "Create it" from a store kit. I believe the 2010 one.


For the middle I did something a little different than what Lesley did in the video. I decided to match the ribbon from the edge and I just glued it to a little piece of cardboard and added a button. I used score tape to adhere it.


Well that's what I have for you today!!


So have you been over to MY UNITY PLACE yet? You have to come over and check it out! It's a great place to hang out and there is a chat feature which rocks!


Also be sure to pay a visit to this week's Growing in Unity gal - Martha!


Thanks for stopping by!


Be sure to swing on by tomorrow for a new Just Us Girls challenge!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Queen Kat Designs - The Lighter Side of Dark release

Today there is a special release at QUEEN KAT DESIGNS - The Lighter Side of Dark: Lollipop Labs! And we are hoping with the Queen Kat Design Team!

If you are hopping from Holley's blog than you are on the right track. If not head back to the QKD blog to start this hop from the top! Here is something I made with the new release: Next be sure to swing on by the Queen Kat Designs Store and check out the full release and get yours!

That's all for now!

Till later!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Triple Tiara Tuesday with Queen Kat Designs

This week I am hopping for Queen Kat Designs Triple Tiara Tuesday! This week it's a fabulous inspiration picture:

So from this I decided to go with the colors pink and green. After walking away from this lovely photo I got to work. But realized later my pinks and greens were a bit darker. Well, it is an inspiration right? So the colors inspired me even if I used a different shade.


Here is what I did:


I used the Amy Brown Fairies called The Twins.


Be sure to swing on by the other gals blogs who are hopping today for this challenge:


Linda


Janie


Queen Kat Blog


Queen Kat store


Be sure to swing on by tomorrow April 13th for a special Queen Kat Designs relase!


Till later!


Happy Birthday Jug-head

Today we are celebrating a birthday!!!

Fellow JUGS teammate Elise is celebrating a birthday today!!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELISE!!!

A fun birthday hop has been coordinated so be sure to hop along with us!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Just Us Girls Technique Week


Welcome to another challenge with JUST US GIRLS! This week is technique week. We are doing the baby wipe techique. Check out a simple tutorial HERE.


Here is what I came up with using images from Gina K Designs:


Be sure to swing on by the JUST US GIRLS BLOG to play along!!!




Checkout the inspiration from all the JUGS GALS:




Just Us Girls Design Team


Andrea







Be sure to also stop and visit our Featured Designer for the month...




How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of the JUGS post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword or tag, JUGS79.


Deadline to be considered for the weekly "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 14. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. Our top pick "Chic of the Week" will be announced on the following Friday morning.




Well that's it for now!



Thanks for stopping by.



Friday, April 8, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair Friday!!

TGIF people!!! Which means it's time for another Friends with Flair Unity Style! Each Friday all the crazy Unity friends hop along sometimes with some of the Unity DT members. The fun always starts on the UNITY BLOG HERE! So be sure to check it out! This week I have a "sweet" card for you. I used the March KOTM for this one.


Close up of those awesome ice cream cones paper pieced:


Be sure to check out the Unity KOTM, it's high quality wonderful rubber. LOADS of stamps well worth the price! Take a peek at the April KOTM:



Well that is all for today! Happy Friday!


Be sure to swing back tomorrow for another fun Just Us Girls Challenge which I'm the hostess!


Till later....


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stampendous Fun

I was at my local stamp store the other day and they had the new large Stampendous Cling stamps! These stamps are HUGE! I thought they would be fun and perfect to play around with in my art journal. I picked up one called "Cling Jumbo Hydrangea Set". This stamp measures about 5 inches across and approx 7 inches from top to end of stem! Now that's huge!

One journal that I have is a composition book which I covered with fun papers and I like to write in daily funny things about the kids and life. I've taken it to my daughter's ballet class and my son and I wait for her by drawing with crayons in the book. Later I write over it. SO, I stamped the flower in this journal and colored it with regular crayons and loved it! So simple and fun. Then I thought why not stamp this huge flower on the front of a card and color it with crayons? So I did:


The butterfly is also part of the set and she is popped up on SU dimensionals. The sentiment is by Unity Stamp Co.


How cute is this? SIMPLE SIMPLE, children's crayons! OK, so it's not a perfect coloring job and I did go outside the lines a bit! LOL! But I thought it came out pretty neat. Now this makes me think I should get some artist crayons to play with! Next up maybe some watercoloring... I have an Stampin Up water color crayon set and another one I got at Micheal's so I might have to play with those soon.


Thanks for stopping by!


Till later....


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Queen Kat Designs Royal Release Day

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means another fun release with Queen Kat Designs. This month I got to work with the WIS kit by Maigan.

Doesn't she look lovely in blue? Be sure to swing on by the QKD blog for more inspiration and then the STORE to check it all out. And don't forget QKD has a fun facebook page HERE! Come join the fun and later tonight will be a release party.


That's it for now!


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Art Journal Every Day

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer from Balzer Design has the Art Journal Every Day going on each month. It's a way to motivate creativity every day. I have gotten into mixed media, collaging, journaling recently after taking Soul Restoration with Melody Ross and then the She Art class with Christy Tominlinson. So now I have a few art journals in my room and I do try to do something in them each day. Here you will see the date on the bottom is from March and yes I did work on this then. Actually that day I thought ok I'm done but it was awful, worse than what it is now if you can believe that! LOL! Anyhow here is my page:

So when I was creating this page I think it was Julie who probably that day or during this that week showed a journal page with large flowers on it and I loved it. SO I decided to draw some big flowers. She used a china marker which I had and used but then I couldn't color over it because it smudged. SO I used a black permanent marker and painted with pink paint but that didn't work well. SO today I pulled this out again and actually used a dye ink re-inker and a paintbrush to color them blue. SO some of the flower petals here were still drying when I took the photo and they did come out a little too dark. BUT over all it is a little better now than what is was then. I also added some stickles which I love. Then looking at it now I should have went with 3 large flowers because we all know odd numbers for design works better, but oh well.


I'll be back again with some more journal pages as I continue to mess around and learn. Its just fun to toss some paint on a page at random. I actually have a few pages in this journal with just colors on a page waiting for some other cool stuff.


Thanks for stopping by !


Just Us Girls Sketch Week

Welcome to another challenge with JUST US GIRLS! This week is sketch week. Here is today's sketch: Here is what I came up with:
I used this adorable owl from Unity Stamps and I paper pieced him. The "leaves/branches" sticking out from under him is from the bird punch from Stampin Up. My solid papers are from Gink K Designs and Stampin up. The striped pattern paper is from My Mind's Eye.


Be sure to swing on by the JUST US GIRLS BLOG to play along!!!


Checkout the inspiration from all the JUGS GALS:


Just Us Girls Design Team

Andrea





Be sure to also stop and visit our Featured Designer for the month...


How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of the JUGS post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword or tag, JUGS78.

Deadline to be considered for the weekly "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 7. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. Our top pick "Chic of the Week" will be announced on the following Friday morning.


Well that's it for now!


Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair Friday

It's been a few weeks since I played in the Unity Friends with Flair but here I am with some Unity creations! Since taking Melody Ross' Soul Restoration and Christy Tominlinson's She Art class I have been into painting, collaging and art journaling. kk So today I decided to take those ideas for my project. I have this 6x6 book of canvas paper by Strathmore so I took a piece out and added some paints to it, mounted it on a piece of cardstock, added a small wallet sized photo and here is what I came up with:


The next wonderful Unity player should be the wonderful challenge blog ALL THINGS UNITY.


Be sure to swing on by the UNITY BLOG for the full list of Friends with Flair Friday participants!


That's it for now! Stop by tomorrow for a new JUST US GIRLS challenge!


Till later....