Monday, August 26, 2013

Make-It Monday: Happy Are Those

Hey everyone!

Happy Monday! I am on the Unity blog again today with another guest design post! I am SO stoked that the lovely ladies at Unity asked me to continue guesting through September, so I will be sharing with you EVERY Monday for the next 5 weeks!! I can't tell you how much FUN it has been hanging out with this amazing group of ladies, I want to stay forever and ever and EVER!

So today I have a card to share with you that is showing off a technique that is completely NEW to me. I took a super fun class this past Saturday with the SWEET Nicole Rixon of Sweet Stamp Shop on creating backgrounds with Copics and this was my very first try all on my own, so I hope you like it! Check it out:

I thought this cloudy background paired perfectly with this ADORABLE itty bitty which you can grab HERE.
I think I made the clouds look a little stormier than I intended, but overall I'm proud of myself :)

I also wanted to remind you of the awesome SALE that is happening NOW!
You still have until midnight to shop!!

Click me! ^ Click me! ^

Even the new releases are on sale! Including NEW Angie GirlsNEW Halloween stamps, and NEW Snow Peeps and sentiments!!

Go go go!
Shop shop shop!!

Alright sweet friends, that's all for me today!

Big bloggy hugs <3

Friday, August 23, 2013

Freebie Friday: MTE Digi Stamps

Hey everyone!

It's FRIDAY!! Which means yet another sweet FREEBIE for you! Today's freebie is a TEST. I REALLY need your feedback on this one! I have gotten SO many requests to release the retired My Thoughts Exactly stamp sets as DIGIS. Seriously, LOTS of requests. So, here we go! I am TESTING this out, and IF you guys LIKE them, and they WORK for you, I will see about releasing ALL of the past MTE sets for sale as DIGIS!! So what do you think? You give me feedback and I'll bring back MTE stamps as digis, deal? Awesome :)

So check it out, here is a nice SAMPLE set of digis for you based on the vastly popular MTE More Big Thoughs stamp set:

You can download this digi set HERE.

PLEASE let me know what you think! If you have any feedback PLEASE email me!
AND if you want to see MTE stamps sold as DIGIS let me know!!

Cupcake with Decorations - FREE through Monday

Heart Tree - FREE through Thursday

Desktop Lamp - Free ALWAYS

Chevron Borders - Free Today ONLY

Alright sweet friends, that's all for today.
I'll see you tomorrow for Scrap Box Saturday!

Big bloggy hugs <3

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Unity Blog Hop: BOOtiful Day

Hey everyone!

Happy Thursday!! It's that time again, Unity Blog Hop time!!! Have I mentioned yet how STOKED I am to be guesting with them?!? Let me tell you guys, I've been hanging out with these girls for a couple of weeks now, and they are just the SWEETEST group of ladies! I am SO honored to have this opportunity to just hang out and play along with such a talented and kind hearted group of crafty women :)

Ok, enough of my sappy stuff :P You should have arrived here from the amazingly talented Thienly's blog (I'm sure she wow-ed your pants off, sorry friends, I ain't got nothing on that crafty lady :P). If not, here is the line up so you can start from the beginning:

This weekend at Unity is PACKED with fun, including an AMAZING end of summer SALE and ADORABLE new releases!

Today I am showing off the NEW Bottled Up Boo's Kit:

Check it out:

Isn't that little ghost the CUTEST? And these bottle caps are SO cool!

Annnnd you DON'T want to miss the sweet promotions happening this weekend:

Click HERE to check out the clearance!!

Alright sweet friends, I am the CABOOSE to this crafty train, so if you haven't yet be sure to hop on over to the Unity Blog!
Don’t forget to leave a comment on all the participating blogs. Three random comments from various blogs (including this one) will be chosen to receive a $20 gift certificate to Unity stamps!!!

Big bloggy hugs <3

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Work-It Wednesday: Love Being Yours

Hey everyone!

Happy Wednesday!! Today is Work-It Wednesday and I'm playing along with Dahlhouse Designs' Wanna Sketch #8.

Check out the sketch:

Cute, isn't it?

And here's what I created:

I used yesterday's tip to create the hearts (using both the positive and the negative of the stencil I made).
I know you've seen me use this sweet sentiment stamp from Unity Stamp Company before, but HERE it is again for you just in case ;)

Alright sweet friends, that's all for today.
I'll see you back here tomorrow for UNITY Thursday!!

Big bloggy hugs <3

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tip-It Tuesday: Stamped Backgrounds with Dies

Hey everyone!

Happy Tuesday!! It's Tip-It Tuesday and I think today's tip is a FUN one that you're gunna love! Geometric shapes seem to be all the craze in card making lately. Chevrons, triangle, you name it. Today I am going to show you how to create stamped pattern backgrounds using your dies :D This is perfect for when you've got a shape you'd love to use for a stamped background but you only have it as a die and not as a stamp. Check it out:

Creating Stamped Backgrounds with Dies:

First I chose my die, I went with a chevron die from the Avery Elle Chevron Bits die set. I cut about a 3x3 piece of clear acetate (you can use any paper but the clear acetate allows you to see what your doing which can help you line up your pattern), and cut my chevron out of that. Ta-da! Stencil!:

Next I cut out the layer I wanted to stamp my pattern onto and I masked a space for my sentiment. To mask my sentiment I stamped my sentiment on a scrap, cut it out, and used a tiny bit of ATG on the back to hold it in place where I wanted it. This step is of course optional and will depend on your card design.

Now I began to create my pattern. To do this I placed my stencil on my card and then I used a makeup sponge to dab ink over my stencil (just dab the makeup sponge on the ink pad and then dab it over the stencil). I kept a wet wipe and paper towel near by so that I could clean my stencil between each color:

I continued until I completed the pattern. Then I removed the mask I had placed for my sentiment, stamped my sentiment, and done!

Check it out:

Isn't it fun?? And really SO simple once you get the hang of it!
This BIG sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company, grab it HERE.

I am linking this card up to CAS-ual Fridays' CFC112 challenge.

Alright sweet friends, that's all for today!
I'll see you back here tomorrow for Work-It Wednesday :)

Big bloggy hugs <3

Monday, August 19, 2013

Make-It Monday: Snow Peeps

Hey everyone!

Happy Monday sweet friends!! Today is my second guest designer post for Unity Stamp Company!! Today I wanted to show off the awesome new SNOW PEEPS that were just released on Thursday and are still on SALE until midnight tonight!

I used Snow Peep Nicholas and Snow Peep Kurt as well as the sentiment from Snow Peep Mike
(You can grab them all as a bundle HERE for only $9.99!)
Check it out:

Aren't they just ADORABLE?? And don't forget, these cuties are on SALE through midnight TONIGHT!

Annnnd, Unity still has these awesome promotions going on until midnight as well:

You don't want to miss it!! Shop NOW!

Also, don't forget the latest Be Inspired Challenge has begun!

Alright sweet friends, thank you so much for dropping by!
I'll see you next Monday!

Big bloggy hugs <3

Friday, August 16, 2013

Freebie Friday: Chalkboard Life Cards

Hey everyone!

TGIF!! It's Freebie Friday which means another awesome FREEBIE for YOU! If you are a fan of Project Life or similar scrapbooking methods, whether you do it digitally or physically, I think you're going to like this one!

Introducing: My Thoughts Exactly Life Card PRINTABLES!

That's right, I will now be sharing FREE printables with you!! IF you like them, so let me know in the comments!

This week's freebie: MTE Chalkboard Life Printables

You can grab these sweet printable life cards HERE.

These files include 4 different designs in both 3x4 and 4x6 sizes for 8 cards in total! These are high quality PNGs for printing OR digital scrapbooking.

If you enjoy them LET ME KNOW so I can make more!

Apple Treats - FREE through Monday

School Book - FREE always!

Seriously Summer Surf - FREE all month

Alright sweet friends, that's all for today!
I'll see you back here tomorrow for Scrap Box Saturday :)

Big bloggy hugs <3

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Unity Thursday: KOM and Be Inspired Challenge

Hey everyone!

Happy Thursday!! So I know it is usually Throwback Thursday, but I have decided to give Throwback Thursday a little vacation while I am guest designing for Unity this month. Sooo, that means it's UNITY Thursday!!

Today I am showing off the August Kit of the Month and the NEW Be Inspired challenge!

How gorgeous is this month's kit??

You can sign up and get this beautiful kit right HERE.

And this month's Be Inspired card sketch:

And here is what I created:

I stamped the beautiful butterfly and leaves on my background and colored, then stamped it once more, cut out, and colored so I could pop up the butterfly. My sentiment was also stamped on kraft and I colored it with my copics to match.

There's also a TON of awesomeness happening at Unity this weekend, check it out:

NEW Shipping rates!

As IF Unity's shipping wasn't AWESOME enough! How great is this??

Yet another awesome SALE! Plus FREE stamps with purchase!

And NEW releases!!

These little guys are TOO cute! You will definitely want them all!!
Keep an eye out for one of these cuties in my project on Saturday ;)

Alright sweet friends, that's all for today :)
I'll see you back here tomorrow for FREEBIE Friday!!

Big bloggy hugs <3

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Work-It Wednesday: UWYH #12

Hey everyone!

Happy Wednesday!! And welcome to another Work-It Wednesday :D Today I am playing along with the Sweet Stamp Shop Use What You Have Challenge #12:

For this challenge I decided to use my stash of flair buttons. I've been collecting them but I've only used them once or twice. It's been over a year since I've used one, and I JUST bought a new pack a couple weeks ago, so I thought it was time. Check out my stash:

And here is what I came up with:

I used my Sweet Stamp Shop Sweet Tooth set to stamp the candies which I cut out and used my flair buttons as centers. I cut out the pieces to create the gum ball machine by hand and with basic shape dies. It's a little hard to tell in the picture but the circle of the gum ball machine has a clear acetate sheet and the top layer is popped up and the candies are inside.

I thought it turned out pretty cute, don't you think?
And I used the buttons in a different way than just slapping one on the card, so I was pleased with the end result :)

Alright sweet friends, that's all for today!
I'll see you back here tomorrow :)

Big bloggy hugs <3

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tip-It Tuesday: Masking Stamps

Hey everyone!

Happy Tuesday!! And welcome to another Tip-It Tuesday :D For today's tip I am showing you two super simple tips to mask when stamping. You may have seen both of these tips, but maybe you haven't! Check it out:

First tip when masking stamps: Put tape over parts of the stamp you don't want to use:

See that shiny spot? My sentiment originally said "God's timing is perfect" but I wanted to be able to use just the "perfect" so I used a simple piece of tape to cover up "God's timing is" while I inked the stamp. REMEMBER: Be sure to take the tape OFF before you actually stamp, or you will have a big ink blob next to your stamped image. I have made this mistake MANY times!

Now I will tell you, I did make a card to show you this technique, but I actually THREW it AWAY! That is something I have RARELY done. But hey, we all have our off days don't we?

Second tip when masking stamps: Place a shape over your card to leave an area unstamped:

You can do this with any shape, and leave yourself the perfect spot for stamping a sentiment!

Check out what I created: 

This beautiful flower is from the Unity Stamp Company Stamp of the Week. You can only get it if you are a Stamp of the Week member! So be sure to check out the stamp of the week!!

You can grab this sweet sentiment stamp HERE.

I am also entering this card in the Runway Inspired Challenge #41.

Alright sweet friends, that's all for today!
I'll see you back here tomorrow for Work-It Wednesday!!

Big bloggy hugs <3