Monday, November 30, 2009

{ippity}! FREE Shipping for the month of NOVEMBER and New LOWER PRICES!


I have lowered my prices on my {ippity}!  I also now offer a sampler pack of 6x6 papers! Check it out!
Take advantage of the free shipping this month only!!!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Chipboard challenge from Artful INKables

Hello! Today I have a card for you made with one of Artful INKables new sets, Monster Medical!  LOVE this set!  The current Think INK challenge requires you to add chipboard to your card or projects.  I used Thickers chipboard letters.  My DP is from Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipop collection.  I colored my monster with prisma pencils and blended with OMS.  Click HERE for all of the details on the chipboard challenge and your chance at a great prize! 

Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hello!  This week's Etsy shop is Barefootweaver. Lot's of beatiful textiles and fibers to inspire you this week.  I decided to use some Indian Summer products from Bascgrey for my card today.  The DP, rub-on, and button are all from the Indian Summer collection.  I was inspired by the beautiful shawl below.

The colors made me think of the Indian Summer collection as soon as I saw it.  This week's sponsor is 7 Kid's College Fund.  Tons of great deals in this shop!  Make sure if you play to upload your card to the Etsy Inspired blog HERE.  Next Friday, a random winner will be picked to win THIS crocheted flower pin from Barefootweaver.  7 Kids College Fund will be offering THIS High Hopes stamp and THIS set of Memory Box notecards as prizes!  Go be crafty and creative for your chance to win these fabulous prizes!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!


Friday, November 27, 2009

More Paper Maniac Holiday Decor ideas!

Hello! For those of you not shopping today, I have a quick ribbon ornament idea for you today.  Paper Maniac has so many gorgeous ribbons, that I wanted to show you how to make this easy ornament!  This idea is from my mom.  She is a teacher, and does this with her students as gifts to take home to their parents or family each year.

First, you need to pick out a medium to large size foam ball that can be found in any craft store.  Next you want to cut strips of ribbon that are 3 to 4 inches in length.  You will need several!  Put some craft glue in a small dish or container.  Next you need a pencil that is sharpened (one that you can throw away when you are done!)  Take your ribbon and wrap around the end of pencil and dip it into your glue, then stick it into the foam ball.  Do this over and over.
You can make the ornament all ribbon, or you can add a photo.  My mom made these for my boys with photos of them from their first Christmas.  If you do this, cut out the part of the photo that you want on the ormament and then use sequins, beads and straight pins to create a border around the photo.  This also holds your photo onto the ornament.  You then fill in the rest of the ornament with the ribbon bits.  

Hope you give this a try!  This is a fun, inexpensive project to do with the kids!  Make sure you check out the great sales going on in the shop!


Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are surrounded by wonderful family and friends today and everyday!

Great big turkey hugs!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Santa's Sack and a Pixie Dust Studio Challenge!

Hello! My blog bud Lisa posted about a challenge over at Pixie Dust Studio. The challenge is to make a card with this FREE Santa image with some type of texture.  I colored my image with Copics, but added some crystal effects and glitter to the fur trim on Santa's suit.  I think this is one of the cutest Santa images I have seen so far this year!  I am starting to get more comfortable using my Copics!  I still turn to my prisma pencils for certain things, though!  Maybe Santa will bring me some new Copics for Christmas! ;)

We had a fun filled weekend!  I feel like I have probably gained 5 lbs., as we ate out ALOT this week!  Homemade fried chicken on Friday from my favorite little greasy spoon restaurant....Outback steak and lobster Saturday night....and finally....shrimp, steak and chicken fajitas that were AMAZING last night, after my nephew's birthday.  It was a spur of the moment decision, but super fun to go out with grandma and my BIL, SIL and nephews.  Six boys between the ages of 10 and 3-I bet they smiled(or cursed) as we walked out the door! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Love is in the Artful INKables!

Hi there!  Today I have a card with one of the new releases from Artful INKables.  For all of you who have your Christmas cards already done, it is not to early to start thinking about Valentine's Day!  This set-Love Ya Lots, is perfect for Valentine's Day or for engagement or wedding cards.  I made this card for a wedding I will be attending soon.  Her colors are black and hot pink!  Don't forget to check out all of the fabulous charms that AI carries.  I attached one of the new heart charms to my card above!  They definitely add an extra touch to your cards!  Make sure you check out the new releases HERE.

On another note...just wanted to let you all know that my husband found a job! HOORAY!  It is a little bit further away then we would like, but it was an incredible offer and one that he couldn't refuse!  I am so thankful for all of the time that my boys have gotten to spend with him the past 5 months.  I have tried to look at this in a positive way!  Now I will have to get back in my routine of cleaning, laundry and cooking! LOL!  He has spoiled me doing the bulk of the housework while he has been out of work!  I feel so blessed to have him in my life.  Just wanted to share the good news with you all!



Saturday, November 21, 2009

EIC63- Torendi Sponsored!

Hi there!  Welcome to another Etsy Inspired Challenge!  This week our shop is Sleepless Imagination. I was inspired by all of the bright wonderful color in the shop!
This week our sponsor is Torendi!  So many fun papercrafting products in this shop.  I {heart} all of the bam pop robots!  I decided to make a birthday card with lots of bright color!  Lots of boys in the house, so I always need boyish birthday cards!  I am also submitting this for the embellish magazine challenge-to use red, green, blue and yellow.  I thought that this argyle paper from Jersey Shore would be perfect!

If you participate in the challenge please use keyword EIC63 when uploading to online galleries.  Also make sure that you post your card on the EIC blog HERE.  Want to know what the prizes are this week?  A random winner will be picked next Friday to win a $15.00 gift certificate to Sleepless Imagination and also this cute little cupcake stamp from Torendi! 
Okay...go create something AMAZING!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Friends With Flair and some NEW {ippity} inspiration!

Hello! I hope you are having fun today looking at all of the wonderful Unity inspiration!  I got my big box of {ippity} yesterday and couldn't wait to play!  The Kissmas and Mistletoe set makes me sooooooo happy!  I love it!  I couldn't wait to pair that snowman image with my d'vine swirl CB folder!  I also made a matching ornament to go with the card.  I took some photos for a quick little tutorial!

First you need to find an old spool from ribbon.  I got this idea from Patti, the owner of Paper Maniac!  What a great way to recycle those ribbon spools!  If you are like me, you probably go through ALOT of these!  I used my nesties to create my circles in brown and kraft-to match my card.  The snowmen are stamped in ridinghood red.  I sponged brown ink around the edges and over the raised swirls and also on my snomen.

Now you use some tacky tape to tape a band of ribbon around the spool.  I created a loop on one end so that I could create my hemp twine ornament hanger.

Clear as mud?  LOL!  The ornament is really easy to make!  Who wouldn't want to receive a homemade card and matching ornament?  I hope you give it a try.  Remember...FREE shipping on my {ippity} products the month of November!  Click HERE to shop!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

CAS-Friendship Never Melts Away!

Hi! I made this CAS card using this week's color challenge on SCS-always artichoke, real red, brown.  I wanted to use my new nesties and a sentiment from the new Stick Together set I got from TSG stamps.  A quick and easy card!  I will be back tomorrow with some Unity goodness for you!  Hopefully I will have my new {ippity} sets!  They are supposed to arrive at my house today! YAY!  I super excited and can't wait to create some samples with those sets!
Remember...Free shipping this month!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Snowflakes "Stick Together"

Hey there!  This card is for the sketch challenge over on SCS.  I had to use my brand new set from There She Goes called Stick Together.  This is my second set from TSG, and I really love the quality of their stamps.  Jessica has fabulous customer service, too!  This set was only $7!
I stamped the snowflake panel in memento Paris Dusk with the various snowflake stamps in this set.  I used some beautiful Elan Metallic paper from Paper Maniac in Steel Blue and Sapphire.  This is the best shimmer paper on the market, IMO.  It is fabulous!  The dimensional snowflake and bling is from Michael's dollar bin!  I stamped the swirls in Paris Dusk behind the main snowflake (also from this TSG stamp kit).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hubby had an interview early this morning and they just called him back to talk to him again! YAY!  Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer for us.



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hope Your Holidays Are A Hoot!

Hello!  I was so excited to ink up this Christmas Owls set from MFT.  I have had it for quite some time, but was saving it for the holiday season!  I used the color challenge over on SCS-artichoke, red and brown with a neutral.  Love those colors for Christmas and it seemed the perfect combo for these two feathered friends!  I added some glitter to the fur on the hats and the ornaments.  The image is colored with copics.  I bought the felt star at hobby lobby and added a hemp bow to the center.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am busy with hubby decorating the inside and outside of the house for the holidays!  I {heart} this time of year!


Monday, November 16, 2009

More Holiday Decor from the Paper Maniac!

 Hello! I have a quick and easy holiday shadow box idea for you.  I bought this 5x5 shadow box at the dollar store.  The inside panel is actually 4.5x 4.5.  I had a really difficult time photographing this, so I took a photo of the inside of the box so you can get a feel for these wonderful Graphic 45 papers.  I added some epoxy letter stickers to the middle paper panel.  The Santa tag is also from Graphic 45.  I tore some holly leaves and berries off of a garland I have, and glued them inside of the box in the corner.  I stamped a corner flourish in the upper inside corner and also onto the lower left corner of the glass.  I added some kaiser pearls to the flourish on the glass to give it even more dimension.  I used black staz on ink for this.  Shadow boxes are great for sitting on a table, or for hanging on the wall.  A quick and inexpensive holiday gift! 

Check out daily holiday decor ideas at the Paper Maniac!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Artful INKables November Blog Hop!

Hello!  I hope you are having fun on the AI November blog hop!  If you are just getting started, you will want to go back and start at Kristin's blog to see all of the fabulous projects from the design team!  There are so many great new releases this month, but Monster Medical has got to be one of my favorites!  I decided to make a "tissue" gift box and matching card.  You can use any box template you would like with a lid.  Just cut a slit in the top of your box lid and stuff a tissue in the top!
I'll keep this short and sweet so you can hop on over to Deb's blog!  She is the next stop on your hop!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the DT members blogs to be eligible for a random drawing for two new release sets of your choice!
Thanks for hopping by!


Friday, November 13, 2009

EIC62-May Arts is our sponsor!

This week's Etsy shop for your inspiration is quiltish.  So many fabulous patterns and fabric for your inspiration this week.  I was inspired by the colors of the washcloths in the upper left photo.

I {heart} this plaid ribbon from May Arts!  It is so soft and the colors and the plaid made me think of school.  I used this school house stamp from Unity, and the sentiment is from MFT.  The paper is from my scrap bin, so I can't tell ya where I got it!  I stamped the sentiment  and schoolhouse in tuxedo black memento ink and then colored the school house with my prisma pencils.  The school house is stamped on kraft paper.

I hope you can play this week!  Please use keyword EIC62 when uploading to online galleries.  Also make sure you link your card on the EIC blog HERE.  A random winner will be picked next Friday to win the May Arts ribbon assortment pictured above in this post!  Good luck and can't wait to see what you create!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sanding happy thoughts....

Hello!  I made this card today for the what to use challenge over on SCS, and the Limelight sketch challenge. For the Limelight challenge we were to also use chipboard on our card.  My chipboard comes from Colorbok-got it in the dollar bin at Michael's.  My base is kraft and I used paper from Making Memories Autumn Splendor collection.  I tied some hemp twine through my chipboard buttons.  I used the SU sanded BG stamp in black.  For the What to use we were to do a faux technique or finish.  I used a sentiment from Unity at the bottom of the inside and then tore across the front of the bottom. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Make sure you check out my {ippity} products!  Free shipping this month and a bundle deal!


{ippity} bundle pack pre-order!

If you LOVE Unity and all of the new {ippity} sets, then you will be happy to know that I am going to offer them in a bundle pack including the paper pack for $125.00!!!!  This will ship for free in the US!  This is a pre-order.  I will let you know as soon as it is ready to ship!  email me if you have any questions!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Button Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Hello!  Emily Niehaus here with a quick and easy button wreath ornament for you!  The Paper Maniac offers a wide variety of buttons at a great value.  I wanted to show you how to put your buttons to use, and make this easy ornament.  My sister made these for everyone several Christmas's ago, and tied them to her gifts.  It is a tradition that she makes us an ornament every year.

First you want to start out with 8 buttons of the same general size.  If there are small differences in size it is okay.  I decided to use 8 of the exact same button for this tutorial.  You want to use a thin wire to weave in and out of the button holes, as if you were sewing.  This helps to make the circular shape you need for your wreath.  I used a 28 gauge wire for mine.  You want it to be thin so that you can easily string your buttons on.

After you are done sewing the wire into the buttons, twist the ends together at the top, clip and tuck on the back of your wreath so they don't show.
Now you need some embroidery floss.  I chose red.  I used a large embroidery needle and sewed through all of the button holes over top of the wire.  Make sure you don't knot it and leave a large enough tail so that when you get back to the top you can tie them together for your hanger.  Chose a ribbon of your choice, and create a beautiful bow for your wreath!  I hope you enjoyed this button wreath tutorial!  Make sure you check out the PM store for all of your button and ribbon needs!

Monday, November 9, 2009

You Can Purchase Ippity from ME!

HOORAY!  Unity ippity products are now available and you can order them from ME!  I am so excited to be offering these wonderful stamps to you!  These stamp sets will not be available in the Unity store or on-line stores!   ippity will offer new stamps every 3 months!  These stamps are deeply etched red rubber and stamp just  beautifully!  If you haven't tried Unity, now is the time with these exclusive sets!
If you have any questions, email me at  I accept Paypal.  You can can see what sets are currently available below and add them to your cart.  Shipping is $2.00 per set with a max of $5.00, under $50.  If your order totals $50 or more, I will ship for free. Please note that after you order I will refund your shipping if you meet the prior shipping bonus. If you live outside of the US, please email me before ordering so that I can adjust the shipping costs.  Please note that you should hit the "add to cart" button BELOW the stamp set that you want!
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions!  I anticipate having these stamps in my hands to ship to you next week (week of November 16).


I want it ALL {ippity} bundle!
You can have it all for the low price of $125!  You will get all of the current {ippity} stamp sets and the paper pack!  I will ship ALL of this for free in the US!!!! How is that for a deal?


Artist: Heather Rolin


Artists: Lisa Hetrick, Heather Rolin, Michelle Bertuzzi, Kelly Gaslow


Artists:  Lisa Hetrick, Heather Rolin



Artist: Tanis Gieshrecht


Artist: Lisa Hetrick


 Artist: Lisa Hetrick



Artist: Tanis Gieshrecht


Artists:  Lisa Hetrick, Michelle Stancil, Angela Magnuson


This is a sampler pack of paper from My Minds Eye.  You will receive a total of twelve 6x6 papers-2 of each design.