Friday, April 11, 2014

Friends With Flair Friday

LaChic Friday: I saw a card on Pinterest that I just really loved and I wanted to try and copy it. I just loved the colors and layout. Sadly, I can't find where I saw it (on Pinterest) but I did sketch it out, so that's how I made my card. I used a Unity background stamp and I think it trued out rather nice looking! I thought I would show it off at the Unity Friends With Flair; thanks SO very much for stopping by and taking a look!!

Stamp: Unity Stamp Co ('LeChic' set)
Nesting Flower dies: QuicKutz
Ink: Brilliance
Flower: Recollections (Michael's store)
Pearls: Recollections (Michael's store)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Simon Says Challenge

Simon Says Happy Easter: I've been making cards like crazy lately because I finally had the chance to go shopping and get some watercolors! It's such a cool fad right now in the scrapbooking world that I really wanted to join in. But I need to make some holiday cards for Easter and when I saw that Simon Says Stamp was doing an Easter/candy theme Challenge - I thought I'd join in!

Cartridge: Cricut (Doodlecharms)
Cutter: Cricut
Patterned paper: Reminisce (Hippity Hoppity)
Stamp: Stampendous (Edible Easter Border)
Twine: The Twinery (Blossom)
Other: Black pen, google eyes, white flock

Here is a picture of my 16 month old daughter and the Easter Bunny. For her Christmas picture she screamed when she saw Santa, so I'm kind of glad she didn't cry this time - she just looks very shell-shocked! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!

Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY "Enamel Dots" and What I've Learned

DIY is stinky business: In an earlier post I had talked about making my own enamel dots from a diy video I had found by The Alley Way Stamps - I had tried it out several times with different beads and had several good and bad results.One of the more horrible result was not having parchment paper - I instead tried wax paper and foil - none  worked. I also tried using a glass dish, which cracked in my hand as I was pulling it out of the oven. 

My husband said that it broke because there wasn't any food in it, and the glass took all the heat. When it met the cool air (as I was pulling it out of the oven) it cracked. I'm just glad I had it on a pan or else it would've broke all over the floor.

So, after buying parchment paper - I finally got the look I was going for. I do suggest not setting the oven very high, and just letting them sitting in the oven a little longer. The parchment paper will stick on the bottom of the dots if the oven is set to high. Also, buy the more nicer parchment paper - not anything from the dollar store (unfortunately).

I also tried it with a silicone sheet --SO GREAT!!!! Love the result and the look of the beads/dots! This "sheet" is actually just an oven mit, but if the oven is only set to 350 it does ok in there.

I tried Perler  beads, like in the video by TAWS, but those are SO stinky when you bake them and seems to be toxic. I looked on the package and it doesn't say anything about toxic free. After baking them (while my daughter was sleeping, away from the smell) I felt like I was a few hundred thousand brain cells less then when I'd first started!

I did find some smaller beads (shown above) at Walmart, and says that they're toxic free. It was part of a bracelet making kit for girls and they worked out wonderful! There was much less of a smell and I didn't feel as stupid after. lol They have a bit of sparkle in them and it looks so great when they're all done.

Some of my "results" will work better than others - so if what this post doesn't work for you - I'm sorry!! Please share your results with me too if you have any! I just love the diy dots and I hope you will too!! So, after trial and error, here are some of my findings that I would like to share with you:

DO use parchment paper
DO (even better!!) use a silicone mat
DO try and find better, none toxic beads (I don't suggest Perler beads)
DO open the windows and turn on a fan
DO use a nail file if your dots stick to the parchment paper

DON'T pull out a glass pan fast from the oven. It'll crack right in your hand. Let it cool down in the (turned off) oven
DON'T use foil, wax paper and freezer paper. It'll stick to the bottom of the finished dots and/or will even catch on fire
DON'T set the oven too high - about 350/400 is good - will just require a longer wait time. It'll help the parchment paper not stick to the bottom of the dots (if that's what you use)

Again- some of these things will work for you and some won't - but try it out! I just love how they turned out and so with you! THANK YOU very much for stopping by and taking a look at my card and reading my blog for today! Hope you'll come back soon!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Naughty or Nice Challenge

NoNC #3 For the Ladies: I'm new to the Naught or Nice Challenge and I've been watching it since it first came out - I just LOVE the idea of cards that can be a bit, well, naughty; it's really the only challenge blog that is as daring to do such a thing! This challenge is called "For The Ladies" and I thought it would be fun to make card that was a bit different than anything I've ever made -- by using a bad word!! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look!!

DIY enamel dot tutorial: The Alley Way Stamps (HERE)
Sentiment stamp: Unity Stamp Co ('F**k Cancer')
Other: Water color palette, watercolor paper

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Friends With Flair

FWF Friday: It (feels) like it's been a long time since I've been able to post on this blog - my family and I have been very busy and will be moving soon into our first home! I'm a country girl and farmer, but my father died a few years ago (a farming accident) and since then, it's been very hard to live across from an empty farm. So, my husband, daughter and I will be moving to the city (blaaaa) to a very nice home with a private back yard. So, I will be very busy packing and moving -- again! lol

So, even though we're not near July yet, I thought I would play with some eyelets I found and make a card, since I've found them since I've cleaned my scrapbook room a bit. Linking this card up to the Unity Stamp blog for Friends with Flair Friday. Thanks so very much for stopping by and taking a look!

Patterned paper: Bella BLVD ('All American' collection)
Ink: Brilliance (Rocket Red)
Stamp: Unity Stamp Co ('Sending You Love')
Glitter Washi tape: Michael's store
Star eyelets: Stampin' Up!
Other: Crop-A-Dile

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stamp of the Week Blog Hop

Unity SOTW Hop: Hello and welcome to the Unity Stamp Co. Stamp of the Week blog hop! It's such an honor to have been chosen to show off this amazingly cute stamp set. My daughter was dressed in a strawberry hat earlier in the month and I thought I would share that with you also: 

When thinking up cards for today, I tried to picture what I'd find strawberries in -- a basket of course! I found a template (which I encluded the link to below) if you'd like to make a card like this for yourself. The second card, I made the enamel dots myself using the diy tutorial by The Alley Way Stamps; I wanted to try and match the colors to the card's patterned paper and since I didn't have any such colors, I just made my own! Watch their video HERE to see how you can do it too!!! 
Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop over to my blog and take a look! I hope you'll sign up to the Stamp of the Week to get this super cute stamp, and all the other SOTW stamps. 

Stamp: Unity Stamp Co. (Berry Sweet Moments)
Basket printable: Mega Crafty (HERE)
Patterned paper: K&Company

Stamp: Unity Stamp Co. (Berry Sweet Moments)
Patterned paper: Imaginisce 'Berrylicious' collection (Berry Patch)
Enamel dots: Handmade (DIY video HERE)

I want to thank everyone for stopping by and taking the time to look at my cards and blog! Your next stop will be Julie's Blog and if you've gotten lost, below is the hop list. Have a great rest of the day!

Paula McClane  --
Corrie Wagner -- 
Brittany Kohl --
Jessica Yoder-Jones  --That's me
Julie Odil --
Karen Nofziger --
KristyLee Deyette --

Friday, February 14, 2014

Growing In Unity & Friends With Flair Friday

FWF & GIU Day #5: Thank you for stopping by for my last day as a Growing In Unity girl and it's also Friends' With Flair Friday over on the Unity Stamp blog. I want to thank everyone for leaving such great comments and taking the time to visit my blog! For today's card, I will be using the Itty Bitty stamp "How's It Rollin'?" and an Idea I found on Pinterest:

I really like how the rolled paper on the above picture makes it look like paint is being applied - and that's what I tried to do with my card; make it look like the roller-skates are on their way zooming along! Thank you SO very much for taking the time and visiting! It was a really wonderful week

Patterned paper: Doodlebug
Enamel dots: Doodlebug (bubblegum)
Stamps: Unity Stamps (How's It Rollin'?)
Other: Glitter pen, white and silver pen

Thursday, February 13, 2014

GIU Day #4: It's been a hard morning today; my 15 month old is still breastfed and woke up three times last night to eat and each time it took almost an hour for her to fall back asleep - so I'm VERY tired and she's crabby from not sleeping well. THEN she turned over an entire box of cereal in the living room and it made a HUGE mess.

But, I did manage to make a card for today's Growing In Unity day. I really should have had everything finished last week in preparation, but I'm learning it's very hard to get things done with a baby (and yes, she's my first lol) The stamps are super cute and I love this What's Shakin' stamp. I used glitter as 'salt' and some "sand" embossing powder. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my cards!

Stamps: Unity Stamps (What's Shakin' set)
Patterned paper: Kiser Kraft
"Sand" embossing powder: Ranger
Glitter: Doodlebug
Other: Glue pen, silver paper

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Growing In Unity

GIU Day #3: Thank you so much for joining me for day three of Growing In Unity! Today, I'm being featured on the Unity Stamp Company blog and Facebook page, so if you're visiting from there; WELCOME!! It's been so nice to have new visitors and all the lovley comments: and remember, if you leave a comment, you might just be chosen to win two Itty Bittys of your choice from Unity! Please check back on Friday to see if you've won.

Today, I'm going to show you the set: Sending My Love. I've had this set for about four years now and have used it so much that a lot of the red rubber is black from the ink I use lol. I want to thank everyone for visiting and leaving comments! It's so great to have people take a look at my cards

Patterned paper: BoBunny ("Head Over Heels" set)
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co ("Sending My Love" set)
Sticker letters: American Crafts
Circle cutter: Martha Stewart 
Enamel dots: Doodlebug (Bubblegum color)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Growing In Unity

GIU Day #2: Hello again and happy Tuesday! I'm a little late with today's post due to my daughter having a doctor's appointment. But, here in Ohio, it's been snowing very bad the last few days and it's been very cold. But, it is kind of a good thing for us because my husband snow plows so that means -- more money! lol Here are some cool pictures I took today:


I thought I'd share some Itty Bitty stamps that I got a little while ago; I love typewriters so the "Note to Self" stamp and that super cute "Wanna Chill" stamp are the best to use to make cards with!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog!

Stamps: Unity Stamps ('Note to Self' Itty Bitty)
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
Stickers: Doodlebug
Washi tape: Amy Tangerine

Stamps: Unity Stamps ('Wanna Chill?' Itty Bitty)
Patterned paper: Doodlebug
Glitter: Doodlebug
Chalk: Pebbles

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