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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All that glitters with my crafty sisters! Glitter is stronger than blood!

Life is a zoo during the holiday season!  This was a quick card and it it so glittery pretty but alas, difficult to photo!  I stamped the trees from SU's Lovely as a Tree in noir black, sponged on the not quite navy and then went busy with the glitter. I used a glue pen to add the glitter for the snow and the trees have glitter, too. Head over to Mountain Plains Crafters to see my compadre's creations and check out their blogs, too.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop~Christmas Version

Well, I did it! I was able to make a Christmas coffee card! It helps (or not) when you wake up at 3 AM. That just isn't right! I used Mark's Finest Papers stamps: Oh, Beans 2012, Poinsettia Blooms 2012 and Holly Greetings 2011. I stamped the cups directly on the dp...and I don't know what it is as the cover has disappeared, but all 3 designer papers are from the same set of 6 x 6 paper. Next, I set about cutting them out and stamped/cut an additional two cups on different dp. Then I colored the plates in riding hood red. The mistletoe and berries were stamped on white, colored with riding hood red and mellow moss. I used glossy mod podge on cups and glossy accents on berries. Lace, stick pin, a fun snowflake and some rhinestones here and there to finish it off! For the sentiment, I stamped on vanilla, and then punched another oval in riding hood red and layered it onto the sides.

I hope everyone has a lovely day and I need to get commenting on everyone's beautiful creations!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good afternoon, hello, hey, how are you~!!!!!!!!
Me, well..I am having fun listening to some fun dance music and creating. Took a break from the Christmas theme to make this fun coffee card for the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and SplitCoast Stampers sketch challenge (SC518) today. I used Unity's June 2014 KOM for the image and the sentiment. I think I used almost every colored marker I own! Some embroidery thread, a matching brad and a circle punch for the sentiment. I sponged some rose red around the circle so it wasn't boring white! I used Cosmo Cricket's 6 x 6 mini deck dp called DeLovely and white card stock.....oh, a piece of strawberry slush to mat the cups!
Much has happened to me the past six weeks or so and I must say, I consider my mug full!  
Happy, happy holidays!


p.s. I want to make a Christmas themed coffee card next...I hope I get it done in time to post it!

Friday, December 5, 2014

GIU Girl~Day 5

Good morning! 
Welcome to my last day as a GIU girl today.
I need to apologize for being late with this post. Yesterday was a very rough day in my household. We had to put our beloved golden retriever, Colter, down. She lived a wonderful 13+ years. 
By the time I remembered to get this posted, I was laying in bed and the sandman was calling!.

For my card, I used the KOTM from October 2014 for the image and sentiment. Both stamped in noir black and the images were painted with pearlescent watercolors. The berries were painted with red smooch. Next, I added some iridescent glitter for some snow on the pinecones. A few rhinestones and embroidery thread for embellishments. The layer behind the sentiment is also kraft and it was painted with the red smooch.

I have enjoyed my time as the GIU girl and look forward to randomly picking the winner of the two free itty bitty's of choice from Unity!

Until next time!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Growing in Unity~Day 4

Welcome to my blog on my fourth day as a GIU for Unity Stamp Co! 
I don't know why I don't make more of these crafty candles. They turn out so beautifully.
For this candle, I used the gorgeous feather out of July 2014 KOTM. I stamped it twice on white tissue paper in noir black and then used several different colored markers to color it up. After coloring, you cut closely around the image....but it doesn't have to be exact. Next, you lay it where you want it on the candle and then wrap wax paper tightly around it. Heat up your heat gun for about 30-40 seconds before heating up your image. It happens quickly. You can see it melt into the candle.
I need to head to the craft store to buy some more candles as I am making these for Christmas gifts.

Remember to comment on my blog to possibly win 2 itty bitty's of your choice from Unity! Also, be sure to check out my last post for Friday! I've had fun being the GIU girl.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Growing in Unity~Day 3

Hi again! Back for my third day of Unity's GIU! I am having so much fun!  Now I have to say, I am not usually one for fancy fold things. I am kind of a rebel and the measuring tends to get me every time. However, I discovered this fold over box and I feel totally different now! The first one I made came out beautifully!  This is my second one. I used a little of this and a little of that and simply love how this one came out. 
Stamp:  Love never fails (butterfly), August 2014 KOTM (leaves) and donna peony

On a side note, at the top of the stamp packages at Unity it says under their name, "enjoy life, enjoy friends, enjoy creating with Unity"
Well, I most definitely enjoy creating with Unity!!!!

For the box, I used some old 12 x 12 thin cardboard that came with some dp that I purchased. The designer paper is from a Prima's dp 6 x 6 pack. Love these colors. The pretty turquoise flowers and ribbon are from Mark's Finest Papers. For the top embellishments I stamped them in versa mark and embossed them in brown. I used melon mambo, rose red, old olive and turquoise with a blender pen to color my stamped images. Next, they were cut out and put on dimensionals...the flower was rolled around a pencil here and there to give it more dimension. I must say, it is difficult to get good photos of 3 dimensional items...so I took several!  I would highly recommend making this. SO easy.

Remember to comment to be eligible to win two free itty bitty's of your choice!

Have a great day!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Growing in Unity~Day 2

 Day number 2 for Unity's GIU!  Here is a super quick, easy peasy gift pouch that can be made to whatever size you might need! It is called the diaper fold pouch. I used a 12 x 12 two-sided piece of designer paper. I love making these for our mailman, UPS delivery guy and whomever else I feel the need to say thanks to! I used the October 2014 KOTM deer and stamped it in burnt umber. I stamped the ribbon portion of it again, cut it out and then stamped "joy" in its center....I popped this portion up for some more dimension. Ruby red and old olive were used as well as some baja breeze to sponge around the circle. This bag is filled with peanut M & M's and finished off with a pretty red ribbon.

Remember to comment for your chance to win two free itty bitty's of your choice at the end of the week!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Growing In Unity Girl~Day 1

Hello and happy Monday!!!!!! It is my first day as a GIU girl and today I've chosen to share a couple of my gift tags for the season. My little mittens were a gift from Unity. The tags and sequins were Unity gifts as well!  For my mitten tag, I painted the entire tag with blue acrylic paint. Stamped my mittens and sentiment (sentiment from October 2014 KOTM). I glued a tiny turquoise bead to the center of each sequins. My sweet angel from October 2014 KOTM was stamped on the kraft colored tag in versa mark and embossed in black. Next, I painted her with pearlescent watercolors. To finish her off, I put iridescent glitter on her wings....she is super sparkly! Both tags were given some pretty ribbon that I heated to give them a vintage touch. It is one of my favorite things to do!
I will be through Friday, featuring some fun projects. To be eligible for a random drawing to win 2 itty bitty's of your choice from Unity, comment on my blog! I thank you for checking things out!! Come back again tomorrow for a fun project for the holidays!

Take care,


Friday, November 28, 2014

Just for Fun over at MPC~Trees

And we're off!  It is the holiday season and more than decorations or gifts that can be bought, I am so thankful for my health and all of the fabulous people in my life!

Over at Mountain Plains Crafters, we decided to do a "just for fun" challenge and make it all about trees. I used a tree punch and then ran them through the crimper. I got the idea from the fabulously creative Kittie....I wish I had the time to find the blog post on it, but I am about to head to bed. Next, I used red liquid pearls for ornaments. The bg was done by using post-it notes to cover the snow and I brayered the night sky with not quite navy. I added a bit of gray to the tops of the snow drifts for definition and then I painted on pearly shimmer paint for snow. After playing the trees onto the bg, I took a toothbrush dipped in the shimmer paint and flicked it on for a snowstorm! I did the same with the sentiment, too. The stars are stickers that I've probably had since my girls were tiny.....maybe 16 or so years ago!
May your Black Friday find you where you want to be and with the ones that you all love!
We are headed up to the mountains so that our younger daughter can finally see the log home we've purchased!



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mountain Plains Crafters "giving thanks design team" DIY November Blog Hop

Good day out there in cyberland!  Today is the first day of our November Do It Yourself blog hop. Each of us designers is showcasing a homemade project. You have to go check out MPC here.
I started with a 10 x 10 canvas that I purchased at Micheals...it is stretched over wood and made a mixed media canvas. I started by painting the edges in the green acrylic paint. Next, I chose designer papers from Primas 6 x 6 Fairy Flora. I mod podged all the paper on and added some paint in various colors to edges. Next, I chose some chipboard...key, lock device, flourish and the fancy butterfly. All of the embellishments were added with Tombow's mono glue (Tombow is the ONLY glue for me). After painting the flourish in cream, I stamped the itty bitty from Unity Handwritten on it. I stamped the lock device in brown and stamped Gorgeous grunge in cream on it and the key was done in cream and a stamp from SU The Open Sea stamped in burnt umber. Added some more stamping with acrylic paints (be sure to immediately clean your stamps off with warm water and a brush). Here are the Unity Sets I used in putting this together: Itty bittys-Here today/Here tomorrow, Passion changes everything, Embrace You, Bitty Backgrounds KOTM 6/14. I added a variety of flowers and touched them up with acrylic paints, flourish butterfly trails done in rhinestones, a piece of lace, a piece of burlap and an organza bow in cream that I heated to distress it. This was very fun for me. I wish I was good at videotaping...maybe someday.
Head on over to Jennifer's blog here and give her some love!
 Be sure and visit each design team member's blog and leave a comment, then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.  Come back tomorrow to MPC to finish the hop!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Splitcoaststampers CC504, Mojo Monday 371

I truly am not sure just how many photos I've taken of this card to try and capture the glitter. It keeps capturing only the glitter that I don't want it to capture!!!! You know what I mean? I give up.
I made this for the Mojo Monday blog 371 sketch challenge and it can be found here. I am all about tilted panels so this was right up my alley....I DO have issues with measuring though. I also did this for Splitcoaststampers color challenge CC504 which is calypso coral, crisp cantaloupe and crumb cake. The dessert was to do emboss resist. MariLynn and I then challenged one another to a recipe...I picked two and she picked two. I chose lace and pearls and she chose text (not sentiment) and glitter. That being said....I couldn't get the dang glitter to photograph...so much prettier IRL. I stamped Unity's itty bitty handwritten on white card stock in burnt umber and then stamped Designs by Ryn forest floor in versa mark and embossed with clear ep. Using sponges, I put on the color challenge colors. Kraft was used for the bg and the borders were done with crisp cantaloupe. A woodgrain ef for layer behind homemade dp and dainty pearls applied there. I also put a pearl in the center of the antique brad. As usual, the card is much prettier IRL!
Check out the challenges!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mojo Monday Sketch challenge MOJO370, MFP color challenge 42

My friend MariLynn is a major source of my inspiration these days and I sincerely thank her for that. Today we decided that we would use the mojo Monday sketch and SCS sketch challenge today and use the same items on both creations. Also, I did MFP's color challenge of rust (dusty durango), green (true thyme) and blue (baja breeze). I have one done thus far and am super happy with how it came out. I just ordered this stamp from Ryn Creations~Forest Floor. I did the polished stone technique for the bg and then stamped the Forest Floor in staz-on. I made the mojo sketch vertical. The burlap embossing folder, a fun lacey scalloped edge punch, twine, a tag with the sentiment from SU! Short & Sweet. Now to make the other card.

Take care,


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Coffee lovers...a day late!

I made this to enter into the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for coffee day. I didn't make it! Oh well!
 I used MFP's Oh, Beans from 2012. I stamped the cups on dp and fussy cut and made my own dp with the background sentiment. Some more dp and a fancy cut out for my sentiment along with ribbon and a rhinestone brad. The edges were sponged with burnt umber.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MPC Autumn challenge

Good morning and happy day to everyone out there in blogland!  My card was made for the Autumn challenge over on the Mountain Plains Crafters blog. I used the Unity August 2014 KOTM. I stamped the images in burnt umber on dp and watercolored the leaves. I then sponged the edges with burnt umber as well. A fun punched edge and some twine.
I have had a wild and crazy summer!  Lots of things happening in the Stang household.l

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mountain Plains Crafters Christmas in July Blog Hop

For my first card, I used Peaceful Wishes by SU!. Probably one of my all time favorite sets. I stamped the pine boughs first by painting on the spruce smooch paint. Heated it to speed drying and then stamped the pinecones in Color Box Saddle ink and the twigs were done that way, too with some real red for the berries. The sentiment stamp was painted with smooch paint, too. After it was all dry, I used the champagne Smooch Spritz for an all over shimmer. Comment for your chance to win these products shown in photo.
My second creation, I used this darling set from Unity...Snow Much Fun. I painted the trees in smooch spruce, the sled and bg done in the saddle ink and then a layer of champagne smooch spritz done over image.


Head over to Terri's blog next here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SplitCoast Stampers CC476

I made this for the color challenge over on split coast.  The colors are wisteria wonder, pear pizzazz and primrose petal and for dessert, gold metallic rub.  Photographed weird! I used markers to color the stamps and then spritzed with water before stamping. Embossed image and then put gold metallic rub where I pleased. Didn't like the white in the bg so sponged on the pear pizzazz. Butterfly done in all the colors and some gold, too and then a clear coat of shine painted over it. Some sheer ribbon to finish it off and heated to distress it some. I used Unity Stamps...donna peony and art & possibility.


Launching of our craft blog~Mountain Plains Crafters

Good day to everyone in blogland!  So excited to be hosting our first challenge over at Mountain Plains Crafters. Today we chose to go with an inspiration photo I took of a beautiful flower arrangement at the Mirage in Vegas. 
Here it is below

In stazon I stamped my Inkadinkadoo tulips and then added the Unity itty bitty Big Summertime Bouquet on watercolor paper. Next, I used watercolor crayons and some reinkers mixed with water to paint my image. To increase the vibrancy of the colors, I clear embossed the entire image. The sentiment is from the itty bitty as well. So ribbon tabs and pretty brads and some distressing to finish it off. Play along with us and load your card up on our FB page Mountain Plains Crafters to be eligible to win a prize...winners picked a week from today.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Mojo Monday 339 sketch

Happy Monday to everyone out in blogland!!! Home and happy to get my crafting on! I decided to play in the Mojo Monday sketch challenge found here.   I used Unity's KOM for March kit. I love this dp that my neighbor gave me from Hobby Lobby. I used the cover page so I no longer know what it is called! I cut the butterflies out of the paper as well and layered them. The two strips are embossed with brick ef.

Have a lovely day!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Wishy washy believe

This was made for the mix challenge on SCS. I sprayed water all over my mixed media paper and then with a paint brush applied ink in only orange, distressed blue jeans and lavender. I masked for the black and did a mirror image for the lighthouse.
My sentiment is from a new set at Unity called Empowered Words by Donna Downey and the lighthouse is from MFP's Silhouette mini selections.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Natural feathers SCS CAS262

The usual! Started out this Monday morning early...before 5 AM. Ugh. Oh well!  I do enjoy getting up early. I get to see the beautiful Colorado sunrise. The CAS challenge on splitcoast was an inspiration photo.
I went a bit literal with the inspiration! The dessert today was to use something natural. I couldn't think of anything natural in my craft room so I skipped it!
The wood grained embossing folder was inked up with walnut and then parchment paper was embossed. The feathers were stamped in versa mark and embossed in white. The sentiment was stamped and then cut into the three words.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Some Unity Cards

A quickie card I made at the end of January. Some dp and some fun embellies

This card was made with my serendipity paper I made for the TLC on SCS this past Monday. Taking coordinating scraps of dp, ripping them into various sizes and then I glued them on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of thin card stock....my third card with the paper. I did this using the sketch on SCS this week. Loving me some Unity!


Monday, February 24, 2014

SCS TLC470 & MOJO334

I had so much fun making this paper....the TLC on SCS was serendipity. Taking scraps of paper and gluing them randomly onto card stock. I used an 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock and this was my second project with this technique. My first card is below. I used My Mind's Eye dp and three Unity itty bitty sets....Splendid Things, Life is so Good and Vintage Handwritten. Gold and brown ep, a brad and scalloped circle punches to make the sentiment.


Same as above for supplies but on this I used gold glittery ep on the dragonfly.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Springtime Lovefest

I am not sure that this paper necessarily looks like Spring, but it has flowers and I love the paper. I love the Unity flowers, too and thought they complemented the paper well. Some burlap, twine, shimmer paint and a fancy button to complete it. I submitted it to the Lovefest going on at SCS.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Inspiration Wednesday on Unity's blog

Here is the card I came up with for Inspration Wednesday on Unity's Blog. Shemaine has sequins on her mind and below is the inspiration photo. I knew I had turquoise sequins handy so I went with them. I could this ancient piece of dp. The punched edge was a white piece of paper I colored with only orange. LOVE this sentiment!


SCS Sketch Challenge

Good afternoon! Back home after a visit to the ortho doc....not fun. This involved some mixed media fun. I took a page from the encyclopedia, stamped my Unity images and colored with markers. Added some yellow glitter to flower centers. Next, I took a 4 1/4" square base and put down mod podge and then put the stamped page on top making sure to crinkle it. Let it dry and then sponged and distressed the edges. This made me happy as I felt out of sorts in the crafting department yesterday.

Have a lovely evening and go U.S.A.!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SCS SC475 & Word Art Wednesday

Another challenge card for the sketch over on SCS today and my post can be found here. I fussy cut my flower and sweet bird and then painted them with smooch paint. The flower and bird I won on Diane's Daydream Designs blog. The heart was done with blushing bride and then I put crystal effects on her. A heart was stamped and fussy cut from the circle sentiment which is from Unity's Dec. 2013 KOM. Some twine and a pearl to finish it off. This will go to my daughter MacKenna in Kansas.


CS sketch challenge SC475

The sketch for today on SCS lent itself to the triple stamping technique. I used my brand new Unity KOM for Feb. Stamped it in walnut stain and colored with blushing bride and a bit of green for the leaves. I didn't have blushing bride paper or the ink pad, so I used a marker to color my parchment paper pink and then ran through the rose cuttlebug folder. A little twine bow added for fun.