Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just Us Girls Wild Card Week



This week at Just Us Girls it's Wild Card Week and Nancy is our hostess.  The challenge is to use a Sentiment as the focal point of your card or project. 

Here is what I did using a sentiment from My Favorite Things called  LLD PERK UP.  The flowers I've had forever and the middles are brads. 


Be sure to swing on by the Just Us Girls Design Team to see what they cooked up with this week.



Guest Designer - Judy Woodard
Lisa
Chris

I hope that you will come and play along with us this week!  Can't wait to see what you create!

If you win Chic of the Week in any of our January challenges, you will be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of March.  Good luck!

Details:
How to play:  Please copy and use our graphic in your post.  You need to upload your new project [no back dating please] for this week's challenge to your online blog or to a public photo gallery.  Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of this post.  If you upload to an online gallery, please use keyword JUGS#278.  After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.  We ♥ hearing what you think of our challenges!


Please limit your entries to 3 

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9PM EST on Thursday, February 5th. Our Chic of the Week will be announced the following Friday.  

Thanks for playing along!

Maria


Friday, January 30, 2015

Unity Friends With Flair

Hey there!  TGIF!

This morning I had nothing to post for UNITY FWF and wanted to.  So I decided to do a little art journaling.  My thought (this was from the other day) is to get back doing some art journaling on a smaller level.  I had a "sketch" book on hand that was size 4x6 and the other day I used some stamps to create a 2 page spread in that book.  I covered the outside cover and decided I would make that book exclusive to the stamps of that line I used which was MFT.  Then I thought oh I can just turn this book around and open it from the back and make that for Unity!  

Ok so well in the end I got a second 4x6 book that I will dedicate for art journaling using Unity Stamps.  It will be a place to experiment as well.  

This is the book I get my journals from Jerry's Artarama there is one local to me which is great.


Ok so here is the page I just did and it only took a few minutes!


I took a few pics along the way to share as well:

Great way to see how awesomely HUGE Unity Stamps are it's too big for this page. 

 I wanted to color the butterfly but didn't want to really spend time coloring.  I used a water brush and dipped it into my spray - Lindy Stamp Gang's Spray - and colored with that!  Works great and gives a water color look.  It's also a fast way to add color.

All colored and the sprays I used to color with. 

I use matte gel to adhere and seal my projects 

A SU stencil to add some subtle hearts over the project


I hope you enjoyed this fun and simple project!  If you are a card maker and wonder about art journaling I say start small because you are used to small from making cards.  

Thanks for stopping by!!

Maria

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stamp Storage

I love taking boxes and repurposing them.  Here is one I did this week using a K cup Trader Joe's box:


I made this to store My Favorite Things stamps and dies.  My collection is not huge YET but for now this works great!  I HAD to add the pink fluff which is from Webster Pages!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge

We  were supposed to get a blizzard but in the end got about 8 -9 inches of snow.  But we are staying in regardless so I decided to play along with the MFT Sketch Challenge.




Here is what I came up with using Sprinkler Girl which may be an old one now, I used a scallop border die that is MFT but I don't think it's current.  I hope it's ok to use older sets for the challenge.





Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hearts a Flutter


Here is what I created using Heart Framelit dies from SU:


I layered them using dimensional dots, used a heart embossing folder on most.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co and the "gems" are Dew Drops.  Then I added white dots using the Ranger Signo Pen on the scallops.

With the base being black I added a red heart inside:




I am also entering this into the current TIME OUT CHALLENGE going on.

Check out what our Design Team Created using this fun photo:

Guest Designer - Judy Woodard
Lisa
Chris

I hope that you will come and play along with us this week!  Can't wait to see what you create!

If you win Chic of the Week in any of our January challenges, you will be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of March.  Good luck!

Details:
How to play:  Please copy and use our graphic in your post.  You need to upload your new project [no back dating please] for this week's challenge to your online blog or to a public photo gallery.  Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of this post.  If you upload to an online gallery, please use keyword JUGS#277.  After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.  We ♥ hearing what you think of our challenges!


Please limit your entries to 3 

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9PM EST on Thursday, January 29th.  Our Chic of the Week will be announced the following Friday.  

Thanks for playing along!

Maria


Friday, January 23, 2015

Unity Friends with Flair Friday!

TGIF and time for Unity Friends with Flair!  I didn't get a chance last night or earlier in the week to make something so I decided this afternoon I wanted to get a little inky with Unity stamps.

Here is a simple card I whipped up in just a few minutes:


SO it's pretty simple nothing outrageously fancy but sometimes simplicity is perfect.  Here I used one of Unity Stamp Co's Angie Girls called Kimmie Girl.  The super talented Angie Bloom draws these gals for Unity check it out!  While you are over there also check out this weekends Garage Sale going one you don't want to miss it.  I got my order in!  Seriously stamps less than a dollar! I kid you not!

Till tomorrow and another Just Us Girls challenge!!

Maria


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My Favorite Things Color Challenge


So there are new things happening with My Favorite Things!  They have a new blog run by the fabulous Susan Open from Papercrafts.  With new and fun challenges!  I'll admit I haven't played along in the old challenges but I'm getting started this year with some new MFT sets as well as some older ones and ones I know I have but can not find!  I think I still have some of the "headless" girls from years ago!

The current color challenge is:


Here is what I came up with using You're Super.





Thanks for stopping by!!

Maria


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Just Us Girls - Color Week

It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls and I'm the hostess this week!  Check out the colors:


Here is what I came up with using a Unity Stamp Co. Itty Bitty:





Check out what our Design Team Created using these colors:

Guest Designer - Judy Woodard
Lisa
Chris

I hope that you will come and play along with us this week!  Can't wait to see what you create!

If you win Chic of the Week in any of our January challenges, you will be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of March.  Good luck!

Details:
How to play:  Please copy and use our graphic in your post.  You need to upload your new project [no back dating please] for this week's challenge to your online blog or to a public photo gallery.  Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of this post.  If you upload to an online gallery, please use keyword JUGS#276.  After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.  We ♥ hearing what you think of our challenges!


Please limit your entries to 3 

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9PM EST on Thursday, January 22nd.  Our Chic of the Week will be announced the following Friday.  

Thanks for playing along!

Maria


Friday, January 16, 2015

Unity Friends with Flair!

TGIF!  I'm excited to finally have something to share for UNITY Friends With Flair Friday!


I made this:


I used a stamp from the KOTM - Sept '14.  And all the frill is from Webster Pages.  What is this container you might ask....


I love recycling small boxes and creating cute boxes to store my crafty supplies!  I use Score Tape for the adhesive for the most part.  It works great to put the yardstick on and helps support the box actually.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Maria

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Just Us Girls Trend Week



It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls!  This week we are using stencils!  Here is what I came up with:



I used SU Cherry Cobbler and an SU stencil.  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set called Heartfelt.

Be sure to swing on by the Just Us Girls Design Team blogs, as I know they will have something wonderful and wintery to share with you!


Judy Woodland - Guest Designer








Details / Rules to play along with us:

If you win Chic of the Week in any of our January challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of March.  Good luck!

How to play:  Please copy and use our graphic in your post.  You need to upload your new project [no back dating please] for this week's challenge to your online blog or to a public photo gallery.  Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of the post.  If you upload to an online gallery, please use keyword JUGS #274.  After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.  We ♥ hearing what you think of our challenges!

Please limit your entries to 3

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9PM EST on Thursday, January 15th.  Our Chic of the Week will be announced the following Friday.  

Till later!

Maria

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Season's Giving Blog Hop Winner!


Thank you for all the wonderful comments from the Seasons Givings Blog Hop!  I appreciate each and every one who takes the time to stop by here and say hi! 

My random winner is:  


Lucy please contact me at riaann at optonline dot net

Thanks!!!

Maria

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Just Us Girls - Welcome Winter!

The Just Us Girls first challenge of 2015!  This week Sharyn is out hostess and she picked our word for Word Week - WINTER!  Starting this week we are welcoming Judy Woodland to the group this month.  She has graciously agreed to share her talent with us as our Guest Designer for the month of January.


Here is what I came up with using Unity Stamps and a snowflake embossing background.  



Be sure to swing on by the Just Us Girls Design Team blogs, as I know they will have something wonderful and wintery to share with you!


Judy Woodland - Guest Designer








Details / Rules to play along with us:

If you win Chic of the Week in any of our January challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of March.  Good luck!

How to play:  Please copy and use our graphic in your post.  You need to upload your new project [no back dating please] for this week's challenge to your online blog or to a public photo gallery.  Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of this post.  If you upload to an online gallery, please use keyword JUGS #274.  After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.  We ♥ hearing what you think of our challenges!

Please limit your entries to 3

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9PM EST on Thursday, January 8th.  Our Chic of the Week will be announced the following Friday.  

Till later!

Maria

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year - Seasons Giving Blog Hop!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!


I hope that you are hopping along and enjoying the 3rd year of the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! A big shout out to Latish who organizes this great hop each year, thank you! 

I want to thank EVERYONE who comes to visit my blog I am grateful for all the views and comments.  I LOVE being a part of a great community of stampers/crafters who encourage one another!

I am looking forward to a fabulous and crafty 2015! I will continue working with some Design Teams and hope maybe there will be others! I want to bring more fun features here to my blog as well!

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Today I have a few things I'd love to share with you guys.  It's the first of the month which means a new challenge is up over at Mixed Media Mojo.  This is a blog I started this year with a few crafty friends, it's been a blast and I hope it continues to thrive and grow! If you love adding mixed media to your creations come visit us Blog Mixed Media Mojo and our FB page.  We are having fun sharing creations and tutorials.  This month's challenge is the theme: NEW and the twist is: the number 15. 




This card I made is also for this month's challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge site which I'm proud to be a part of of the Design Team.  The challenge there is similar using the Theme" NEW and Optional Element: Tissue Paper.






Here is what I came up with:



I used an owl from a Unity Stamp Co. KOTM, Tissue paper from a Christy Tominlinson pack and the sentiment and date I used computer fonts and printed them. 

Here are some of my steps:




For the Number 15 for Mixed Media Mojo I used the date 2015 but also used 15 pieces of ripped up tissue paper on the piece of yardstick to create a background. Used a gloss gel to adhere and seal.



Tissue glued




I stamped and colored the owl using watercolors.  Later I added a little Wink of Stella for sparkle.




I added some distress inks to the tissue paper once dried and mounted it and the owl on black paper.


I also want to share a little bit about my December.  Each year you may have heard of crafters participating in the December Daily.  I have for a few years.  One year I did a small chipboard style book for a handful of days in December. Then in 2012 I decided to do my Dec Daily scrapbooking style and picked 8 1/2 x 11 size and did create a page a day but did it VERY simple.  Which I loved!  In 2013 I was more interested in Mixed Media so I decided to create a mixed media "scrapbook style" page each day.  I used a journal book for this.  That year I got to around Mid December and fizzled out.  This year I got back on the wagon to go at it again.  But I have to tell you I wasn't too sure I was going to do it.  

For 2014 I couldn't decide if A. I was going to do one, B. If I did what size? and C. I need to make it easy and doable.  In the end I picked up an unfinished 8 1/4 x 9 sized binder.  Similar to the Simple Stories and Recollection ones they sell at Michael's.  This binder I found at Hobby Lobby.  I decorated it very simple on the outside and then I was ready.

I did a page for Thanksgiving to and a day or two after to start then it was all of December.  I'm sure I will add a page for New Year's Eve as well.  Again I went with a super simple theme throughout and used a lot of my Christmas papers I had in my stash and stickers.

Here is a video slideshow of my Dec Daily



As a thank you I am offering a little prize package to one lucky random winner.  Winner to be announced Monday Jan 5.






FULL LIST OF THOSE PARTICIPATING 

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
https://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog

Lawn Fawn
http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com

Spellbinders Paper Arts
https://spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx

Reverse Confetti
www.reverseconfetti.com/blog

Clearsnap
blog.clearsnap.com

Ice Resin
iceresin.com/icequeen

My Favorite Things
http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/

Technique Tuesday
http://techniquetuesday.typepad.com/

Paper Smooches
http://papersmooches.blogspot.com

Sweet & Sassy Stamps
http://sweetnsassystamps.blogspot.com/

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Avocado Arts
www.avocadoarts.blogspot.com

A Jillian Vance Design
http://blog.ajillianvancedesign.com/

Latina Crafter
http://latinacrafter.blogspot.com

Die-Versions
http://www.die-versions.com

Unity Stamp Company
http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com

SplitcoastStampers
www.splitcoaststampers.com

Verve Stamps
www.vervestamps.blogspot.com

Latisha Yoast
http://crafteebee.blogspot.com

AJ Otto
http://thewillowgarden.blogspot.com

Vera Yates
http://lingshappyplace.blogspot.com

Julia Stainton
www.juliastainton.com/blog

Judy Hayes
http://judyhayesdesign.blogspot.com

Kim Watson
http://kj-starre.blogspot.com/

Yana Smakula
http://www.zrobysama.com.ua/?lang=en

Chari Moss
www.mossymade.com

Taheerah Atchia
http://littlemisst-papercraft.blogspot.com/

Shemaine Smith
http://shemainesmith.blogspot.com

Emily Spahn
http://justem.typepad.com/

Kimberly Crawford
http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/

Lee Murphy
http://www.luvleestamper.blogspot.com/

Lovely Linda
http://lovelylindascraftcentral.blogspot.com.au/

Laura Williams
http://www.lauralooloo.blogspot.com

Lori Tecler
http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com

Chaitali Narla
http://cutscropscreativity.com

Darsie Bruno
http://craftingwithdarsie.blogspot.com/

Lydia Fiedler
http://understandblue.blogspot.com/2014/12/one-last-gift-for-2014.html

Giovana Smith
http://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/

Teri Anderson
http://terisplace.wordpress.com/

Beth Pingry
http://bethpingry.com

Dina Kowal
http://mamadinis.blogspot.com

Daniela Dobson
http://danieladobson.blogspot.com

Lisa Adametz
http://papergrace.com

Piali Biswas
http://touchofcreation.blogspot.com/

Kelli Green
http://cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Keri Lee Sereika
www.pinklemonade.typepad.com

Jocelyn Olson
http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/

Julee Tilman
http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Michelle Woerner
http://stopandstamptheroses.blogspot.com/

Lori McAree
http://smilingwhilestamping.blogspot.com/

Theresa Momber
http://craftingtheweb.blogspot.com

Anita Autore
http://cardsandcoffee.blogspot.com/

Melody Rupple
http://apapermelody.blogspot.com

Sean Fetterman
http://fettermandesigns.blogspot.com/

Bunny Vance
http://www.bunnyrunswithscissors.com/

Tricia Traxler
http://simplystamping.blogspot.com/

Lisa Arana
dahlhouse-designs.com

Lorena Cantó
http://paperella.typepad.com

Amy Tsuruta
http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com

Jodi Collins
www.stampingalatte.blogspot.com

Tenia Nelson
Http://jazzypaper.blogspot.com

Kelly Klapstein
www.kellycreates.ca

Jill Cornell
http://jillcornell.blogspot.com/

Emily Leiphart
http://www.leiphartonart.blogspot.ca

Becky Williams
http://onescrappinmama.blogspot.com

Margie Higuchi
http://www.margieh.blogspot.com/

Lee Ann Barrett
www.greytpapercrafts.blogspot.com

Lisa Hoel
http://creativejuicefreshsqueezed.blogspot.com/

Heather Campbell
parkermolly.blogspot.com

Lisa Henke
http://mylittlecreativeescape.blogspot.com

Sheri Holt
http://www.myshericards.blogspot.com

Michele Kovack
http://chelemom.blogspot.com

Ashley Harris
ashleyharris.typepad.com

Sharon Harnist
http://paperfections.typepad.com

Lori Craig
www.loricraig.com

Nicole Nowosad
www.justnicks.blogspot.com

Laurel Beard
www.laurelbeard.org

Michele Boyer
http://papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Christiana Reuling
http://christygetscrafty.blogspot.com/

Laurie Schmidlin
www.justgivemestamps.typepad.com

Jennifer Priest
Hydrangeahippo.com

Stacey Schafer
http://stampinwithstacey.blogspot.com

Heidi Blankenship
http://embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/

Heather Pulvirenti
http://heatherpulvirenti.blogspot.com

Anita Madden
http://www.anitasdesigns.blogspot.com/

Gloria Stengel
http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

Sarah Gough
www.thinkingstamps.com

Rachel Kleinman
www.rwkrafts.com

Natalie Dever
www.dougnat.blogspot.com

Lorine Mason
www.lorinemason.com/blog

Loretta Lock
http://lovetocreate.blogspot.ca/

Meihsia Liu
http://meihsia.blogspot.com

Sarah Martina Parker
www.sarahmartina.com

Angeline Choo
http://scrappyscrappy.blogspot.com

Christine Emberson
hope-chances.blogspot.co.uk

Karen Hightower
http://karenscreativemess.blogspot.com

Sabrina Alery
www.sabrinaalery.com

Debbie Seyer
http://www.debbieseyer.com/my_weblog/

Dana Joy
http://www.gotjoycreations.blogspot.com

Cat Tidwell
http://catdidit.blogspot.com/

Deborah Saaranen
http://deborahlynnesdreamincolor.blogspot.com

Ceal Pritchett
Simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com

Lisa Lara
http://lisaslifelines.blogspot.com/

Colleen Schaan
www.distinctivetouches.com

Anabelle O'Malley
www.anabelleom.blogspot.com

Megan Hoeppner
http://www.meganhoeppner.com/blog

Monika Davis
www.stampnmad.typepad.com

Marisa Ritzen
http://rosemary-reflections.blogspot.ca

Wanda Guess
http://www.ablogcalledwanda.com/a-blog-called-wanda/

Jenny Peterson
http://mylittlestampinspot.blogspot.ca

Annette Allen
http://myclevercreations.blogspot.com

Gracie Chavez
http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

Christina Griffiths
http://flowersribbonsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

Niki G.
http://notjustgreetingshawaii.blogspot.com/

Kristi Schurr
http://kristispapercreations.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Ingle
http://justjingle.blogspot.com

Karolyn Loncon
http://www.karolyns-paperkraft.blogspot.com/

Camille Robinson
http://cammierobinson.blogspot.com

Lindsey M-P
http://bashfulblogging.blogspot.ca

Kathy Clement
http://www.kathybydesign.com

Maria Levine
http://riacreations.blogspot.com

Savitri Wilder
www.scrapbit.com

Savannah O'Gwynn
www.savannahland2.blogspot.com

Teresa Horner
www.victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com

Laurel Seabrook
http://want2scrap.blogspot.ca/

Libby Hickson
http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2014/12/seasons-givings-blog-hop.html

Yvonne Van de Grijp
www.phoebeez.blogspot.com

Alice Wertz
http://aliceslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

Leigh Penner
www.leighpenner.blogspot.com

Lisa Lee
http://inchiearts.typepad.com/_

Tina McDonald
www.tinamcd-mysanity.blogspot.com

Nina Yang
Http://waffleflower.com/blog

Angel Johns
www.mywholestampinworld.com


Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Maria