Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mini VSN at Splitcoast Stampers

This past Friday SCS had their mini VSN with a rodeo, wild wild west theme! In case you have never participated in one of these they are alot of fun. This week it was a called a mini VSN (virtual stamp night), so each hour on the hour from 5pm - 10pm a new challenge was posted in the forum. I got to be a hostess for this mini.

My challenge was to use the song "Wild Wild West" by Escape Club as inspiration. A few folks asked me why I did not use Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi because everyone who knows me even if just a little knows I LOVE Bon Jovi. OK, well I didn't because I don't' have any western themed stamped images but I have this great Unity stamp image created by Donna Downey that was perfect for the part of the song that goes "wild, wild hair":


I stamped the gingham which was a twist to my challenge, to add some gingham. I used the {ippity} stamp called Gurnsey Gingham.

If you love Unity you will love {ippity}. I am a Unity Endorsed {ippity} chick so come check out the kits I have in stock and if you are looking for something I don't have just let me know!

Come play along you have until tomorrow evening!

Thanks for stopping by!

Till later....

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Just Us Girls Challenge #95

Time for another fun challenge with JUST US GIRLS! This week's Lisa is our hostess with the mostess and she has challenged us to use fabric (ribbon does not count) on our projects!

I have to confess I made this card a little while ago but never posted it because I submitted it to a publication call which did not get picked up. So I thought this would be the perfect time to share it.

Here I used Unity Stamps and papers from Cosmo Cricket (Material Girl). My solids are from Stampin Up. I stamped my Unity Cupcake pincushion image on a piece of red material twice and cut it out. I sewed them together and used some cotton balls on the inside to make it pillow like. I stamped the image one more time on pattern paper and cut out the bottom part and using fabric glue adhered it to the "pillow".


Be sure to stop by the Just Us Girls girlies and leave them some love!



♥♥ Just Us Girls Design Team ♥♥

Andrea
Christina MacLaren, July Featured Designer

How to play: 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. Please use keyword or tag, JUGS95.

Deadline to be considered for top pick, "Chic of the Week", is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, August 4th. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. We will announce our "Chic of the Week" on the following Friday.

That's all for now!

Till later....

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friends with Flair Friday

It's Friday and time for another fun Friends with Flair Unity Style!

This week I have another fun canvas board creation to share with you. SO, not too long ago I found this awesome pack of napkins at a discount store:




Isn't this awesome! As soon as I saw them I said I had to have them. SO, I took one and separated it from it's 2nd ply (you know 2 ply napkins)and using Mod Podge adhered it down to a piece of canvas board which I had painted in a nice light blue (acrylic paints).



I was so thrilled with how it turned out. Those images in the napkin are just amazing. My stamped sentiment is of course from Unity Stamp Co. The lovely flower is from Webster's Pages.

Here is a close up:
The birdie on the bottom is dimensional! I used a piece of Tim Holtz Grunge board and cut it to the shape of the bird and adhered the "napkin" bird image to the cut out piece with my awesome Mod Podge again! (LOVE THAT STUFF!) Adhered it right over the same bird for some amazing dimension. Along the edges I used some Liquitex Acrylic inks.

I actually hung this one up in my hallway but I'm actually thinking I need a larger piece there so I'm going to make one just like this but on a 6 x 12 piece of canvas board. This one is (I think) 5 x 7.

Well that's all for now! If you love Unity you will also love {ippity} be sure to check out my {ippity} stamps in my Etsy shop TYKATSUPPLIES.

Tonight is the Splitcoast Stampers Mini VSN with a Rodeo theme! I'm hosting a challenge at 10pm! The action starts at 5pmEST with the first challenge!

Saddle up!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Bliss with a Slice of Orange

It's time for the 2nd challenge with "Challenges by AR". In case you are not familiar, AR Creations is an awesome template store by the fabulous Adela. She has recently started a challenge blog for her amazing templates. Every few weeks a new challenge is posted and you will have a chance to win a prize! Come play with us in 3D! Swing on by CHALLENGES BY AR for all the details!

This week our host Lyn has challenged us to create a summer 3D project using this theme: "Summer Bliss with a Slice of Orange". Doesn't that just sound relaxing?

I used Creations by AR's template called Tray Chic. I paired it with a matching card using {ippity} Stamps.


Here are some close ups:


This tray is the cutest thing ever. So I have to cut out all my templates by hand because I don't have the software to do that. So forgive the black lines in this creation but in real life you can hardly see them, it's adorable!! Check out the pom poms! That is a "ribbon" from Stampin Up which I just adore! My pattern paper is actually old and I believe from the Target dollar spot a few years ago, if you can believe that! The flowers are paper ones from Prima. I used some shredded paper inside and put some candles in. I thought of this because I have a Partylite candle tray like this so I thought this tray would love cute with candles in it.

Here is a close up of my card using the {ippity} kit called: New Season, New Wonder. I was going for a different look with this card. So I used some mulberry papers underneath, added the pom poms to match the tray. I stamped the orange slices using a few colors of Memento Dew Drops and then added stardust stickles to it for the glitzy shine. It reminds me of those sugar coated fruity slices. In the background I stamped the orange image using Faber Castell gelatos and water!

Well that's all for now! Be sure to swing on by the Challenges by AR blog for all the challenge details on how you can play along and you don't want to miss what the design team cooked up! Go ahead and leave them all some love!

Till later!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Just Us Girls Fun with Color



It's color challenge week with Just Us Girls and Andrea has challenged us with amazing colors: Coral, Blush and Grey.

Here is what I came up with using using the You & Me Coffee Fairy image from Queen Kat Designs:


My coral and blush are from SU and the grey I had in my stash I think it's by Bazzill. The twine in my buttons (which are random from my stash) is from the Twinery.

Just Us Girls Design Team




How to play: 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. Please use keyword or tag, JUGS93.

Deadline to be considered for top pick, "Chic of the Week", is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, July 28th. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. We will announce our "Chic of the Week" on the following Friday.

Well that's all for now!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair Friday

It's Friday and time for another Friends with Flair Friday! Be sure to swing on by the Unity Blog to see who else is participating!

This week I have a mixed media canvas to share with you using a Suzi Blu image.Link


Close ups:

This creation was done on an 8 x 10 canvas using the Chickadee Suzi Blu stamp as well as {ippity} stamps! My bird is a Sizzix die that I picked up at Michael's on clearance for 4.99! I added Rock Candy distress crackle paint to it but the photo didn't capture it very well. I also used stickles on her wings and on the flowers for the birdie!

If you are an {ippity} fan I have lots of fun kits listed in my Etsy shop TYKAT SUPPLIES.

Looking for something I don't have listed just let me know. New release coming August 5th!

That's all for now!

Till later!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Brat

This is a newly released image from Queen Kat Designs called The Brat by stamp designer Amy Brown.




The new release was last Wednesday and boy where there loads of awesome images released not to mention the WIS and Get Inked Kits!!

Be sure to swing on by the QKD store to check out all the new releases!

That's all for now!

Maria

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Just Us Girls Saturday Challenge



It's Saturday and time for another fun challenge with JUST US GIRLS! This week it's technique week and the fun challenge is to make paper buttons!! OMG, this was so much fun. You can really get crazy with this. BUT in case you have no idea here is a simple tutorial at SCS for you!

I decided to get my star/sun shaped punch out and here is what I came up with using images from The Stamps of Life:


Here is a close up of those fun shiny buttons:





Just Us Girls Design Team




How to play: 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. Please use keyword or tag, JUGS92.

Deadline to be considered for top pick, "Chic of the Week", is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, July 14th. The Linky Tools form will close at that time. We will announce our "Chic of the Week" on the following Friday.

Well that's all for now!

Friday, July 8, 2011

4th of July Blog Hop Winners!

REMEMBER the 4th of July blog hop I participated in last weekend?

Here is a list of the winners!!

You have one week to claim your prize...if I haven't heard from you by Friday, July 15th I'll draw another name and give your prize away!


Jan Garber - Stampendous Cling Jumbo flower and handle (will be chosen by Stampendous)

Crystal Irwin - Stampendous Cling Jumbo flower and handle (will be chosen by Stampendous)

LUV2SCRAP - Karber Digital Studios - 2 digis of your choice

Alison Heikkila - Dreamweavers Stencils prize pack

Chris - Ippity Kit, courtesy of Maria Levine (will be chosen by Maria) - THIS IS ME!

Jan-Marie - a muse studio catalog and stamp set of your choice ($12.99 or under), courtesy of Sunghee Chon

Jessica Diedrich - Stampendous Cling Jumbo flower and handle (will be chosen by Stampendous)

Mousekmom - Chi Chi Memories digi stamp set of your choice

Lillian Child - Ellie Loves the Beach stamp from Your Next Stamp

Martha (Sissy) Speed Ramey - Skipping Stones Design stamp set (of their choosing)

Jennifer Ingle - $20 gift certificate to Little Potato House, courtesy of Sunghee Chon

Rachel - Pixie Dust Studio - 2 digis of your choice

Corinne - SU Fast and Fabulous set, courtesy of Cindy Coutts and Christian Paper Crafts


Be sure to contact TAYLOR URSY if you are a winner!!!! Unless you are Chris reading this and you won my {ippity} kit then let me know!

That's all for now!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Challenges by AR - First Challenge Celebration!!!


I was thrilled when Adea (owner of Creations by AR) contacted me about being on her Challenge Blog Design Team! Of course I said yes and here we are July 7th with our first of many fun template challenges. Once every 3 weeks a new challenge will be posted with one of the design team members as a hostess for that week.

Let's get this party started! This week our challenge is "WILD PRINTS". Ok of course I thought of animal prints right away probably because I had a couple of animal print papers sitting on my stack of scrapbook papers waiting to be filed with the rest! PERFECT! So I went with the A Wallet Just for Him as my first template! BUT REALLY does it HAVE to be just for him??? I don't think so! Let me tell you I actually (ok laugh) use a man's wallet because it's easier to hold all the darn cards. Credit cards, gift cards, store cards, biz cards etc...... KWIM?

Here is what I came up with:



Inside:

I love this template. I went simple with this but I can see using this again creating it with all sorts of fun papers! I used {ippity} stamps on this creation, from the My True Joy kit and the You Deserve kit.

Be sure to stop on by the Challenges by AR Design team, this is one serious group of ladies!

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HOW YOU CAN WIN:

Leave a comment on our new blog beginning July 7th to be eligible. One lucky person will be chosen from each day (July 7 - July 14) to receive a new template not yet released.

Participate in the challenge and for each project submitted, you'll receive a $1 Gift Certificate for Creations by AR.

There will be one winner at the end of the challenge from those who participated in submitting their projects. They will receive two templates of their choice from Creations by AR

Well that's all for now!

Till later......

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

QUEEN KAT ROYAL RELEASE DAY

Today is a new release over at QUEEN KAT DESIGNS. SO I wanted to share with you a card I made with a new image by Amy Brown called Little Mingnon:

I stamped her/him 3 times and colored in fun bright colors. Can you imagine triplet of these running around your house? I have twins I can't imagine triplets though!

I used fun papers by Basic Grey and colored with Copic Markers. The pom pom is trim by Stampin Up.

Be sure to swing by the QUEEN KAT store for great sales going on as well as for the new release which is tonight at 7pm PST / 10PM EST. Stop by the FB page for QUEEN KAT as well for fun release parties.

That's all for now!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

GOT {ippity}? - {ippity} July Release


It's July 5th and time for another awesome {ippity} release!! Today there are two fabulous kits being released check them out:

Shine Shine Shine


Thankful for you
All {ippity} is listed in my Etsy shop TYKAT SUPPLIES.


Here is a simple card I made using the new kit Thankful for you:


I used Liquitex acrylic inks on the background. These are liquid inks in a bottle, like a stamp pad refill but larger bottle.

Be sure to get your new {ippity} stamps today!!!! If you are looking for any {ippity} stamps I don't have in my shop let me know!

Free gift with {ippity} purchase!

Be sure to swing on by the {ippity} blog for a fun new challenge where you can win a gift certificate to the {ippity} chick of your choice! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer / 4th of July Blog Hop and Just Us Girls!!

Happy 4th of July Weekend everyone!!

Today I'm sharing with you this week's Just Us Girls Sketch challenge and participating in an amazing Summer/4th of July themed blog hop put together by the wonderful Taylor Ursy!!

Here is this week's Just Us Girls sketch be sure to stop by JUGS and play along with us:



Just Us Girls Design Team




Here is my project for this week this works for both:

Here I used some {ippity} stamps from the kit called: Now and Always and the sentiment is from a Unity KOTM. Interested in {ippity} kits stop by my shop TyKat Supplies for more and I don't have what you are looking for please let me know. Free gift with {ippity} purchase. I am also sponsoring today's hop with an {ippity} prize so be sure to go through the hop for a chance to win.

Close up of flowers:


Now onto the hop for today!
There are lots of people playing and wonderful prizes to be had. I created clickable links on the names but left the addresses for you just in case.....

Taylor -- http://taylorusry.blogspot.com - OUR COORDINATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
Cyndi -- http://scrappychickcyndi.blogspot.com
Lynn -- http://www.stamperosity.com/
Patricia -- http://thinkingofinking.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Alison -- http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com
Berenice -- http://karbersweetescape.blogspot.com
Erica -- http://www.inkedupandreadytoplay.com/
Mary -- http://softangelkisses.blogspot.com
Janelle -- http://rainpuddlesdesign.blogspot.com
Erin -- http://stamptillucramp.blogspot.com
Maria -- http://riacreations.blogspot.com -YOU ARE HERE.

Jennifer D -- http://just4funcrafts.blogspot.com - YOUR NEXT STOP or hop from the top

Pam -- http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com
Angelique -- http://scrapping-angel.blogspot.com
Sandie -- http://sandieshores.blogspot.com
Wendy P -- http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com
Suzi -- http://mrsweyremaster.blogspot.com
Kathy -- http://pixieduststudio.blogspot.com
Beth -- http://inkyfingersrule.blogspot.com
LinkWendy J -- http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com
LinkKerry -- http://kerryischilling.blogspot.com
Louise - http://www.artfullyarticulate.blogspot.com/
Liz -- http://www.blackcatsstudios.blogspot.com/
Laura - http://www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com
Lee -- http://www.leekellogg.typepad.com/
Jennifer I -- http://www.justjingle.blogspot.com/
KrissyLink - http://www.paperinkspirations.blogspot.com/
Sunghee -- http://www.creativityinprogress.com/blog/
Cindy - http://cindycoutts.com/

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Companies Donating Prizes:


Stampendous - (3 Cling Jumbo Flowers plus a handle - 3 prizes total) they are giving away: one Cling Jumbo Tulip set , one Cling Jumbo Tiger Lily set , and one Cling Jumbo Dogwood set. Each set will one with a Jumbo Handle.

LinkChi Chi Memories
-(digi stamp set of winner's choice)

Pixie Dust Studio - 2 digi images of winner's choice (1 winner)

Dreamweaver's Stencils - prize pack to 1 winner

Karber Digital Studio - 2 digi images of winner's choice (1 winner)

Maria Levine -Ippity Kit (1 winner) - This is ME!

Skipping Stones Design - 1 clear stamp set of SSD's choosing (1 winner) --**as sooon as I know what the set is, I'll let you know)
Cindy Coutts/Christian Paper Crafts -one SU stamp set - Fast & Fabulous -- US resident only (1 winner)

Sunghee Chon - 1 a muse studio catalog + 1 stamp set of choice (Value equal or less than $12.99) for US resident only.

Sunghee Chon
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$20 gift certificates to Little Potato House template shop for US or non-US resident.

You have until Tuesday, July 5th at 6:00 PM EST to comment on as many blogs as you can. Winners will be drawn from random comments on blogs, and announced on Wednesday July 7th (on Taylor's (http://taylorusry.blogspot.com) blog).

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Well that is alot for one post! SO just remember JUST US GIRLS is having a sketch challenge and a bunch of us are hopping for the 4th of July weekend! SO be sure to go leave everyone some love!!!

NEW {ippity} release JULY 5th!! Stay tuned...

That's all for now!