Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Event Day 1 + VIDEO

Welcome to the first day of a brand new blog event! We have the first ever "5 for 5" holiday event... 5 designers will bring you inspiration for 5 days in a row, for 5 big holidays throughout 2015! Each day we have a different theme, and today the theme is HEARTS. Some of the designers are offering prizes so leave your comments to be entered to win!

I stamped up so many hearts for this sweet card I couldn't even try to count them all! I used Lawn Fawn sets "Love you S'more", "Snow Day", and "Chit Chat". These stamps combined with some bright Valentine's Day colors made for quite a cute love card!

The "Say Cheese" Lawn Fawn die is one of absolute favorite dies I own. It makes it so easy to create a little scene on the card. These birds on a wire are tweeting their love songs to each other :)

I'm also submitting this card to the Lawnscaping Challenge "Create a Background" and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Have a Heart".

Click Here to watch the video in YouTube. Thanks for joining us all for Day 1 of the Valentine's 5 for 5 event! My goal is to bring you a tutorial video for all 5 days! See you back tomorrow!

Make sure to visit the rest of the talented ladies for this hop!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Crescent Beach - a layout with matching card

How long has it been since I've done a Happy Hour Post?! It's 5:00 somewhere (here, right now, it's 5 o'clock ha) so let's get this Happy Hour post on the road.

I have a special layout AND matching card using the current January 2015 Hip Kit. Of course my favorite thing about this kit is the oodles of goodies from Dear Lizzy's Serendipity collection! It's the first collection where I've purchased 2 of everything... and I don't regret it one bit!

Well, the forecast is calling for SNOW and SLEET all day tomorrow (yuck) so to keep my sanity I created a BEACH layout using photos from last summer. The house in Maine where we were staying was right on my favorite beach. Many many hours were spent with my toes in the sand at Crescent Beach.

The base paper for the layout is a very subtle grey chevron print from the DCWV "Quince Blossom" stack. I took 4 pages from the Serendipity 6x6 pad and cut up a lot of strips of each pattern. Then I just worked on laying the strips on the main page until they created their own design.

What I wouldn't give to be back there right now!! You can see I also used chipboard embellishments and alphabet Thickers also from the Serendipity collection.

A couple splatters of Color Shine mist in Gold finishes this layout! And I really love how it turned out!

Now for a matching card! After I had cut up all those strips I had a few left overs... so I used the same concept to create a card.

As in the layout, I just glued on some strips of pattern paper until I liked the balance. I used the 'xoxo' phrase from the Serendipity collection and used my Peerless Watercolors to color it. I also applied some clear Wink of Stella and a thin coat of Glossy Accents to the sentiment.

The sweet little heart vellum paper is from DCWV "Foiled Vellum" 6x6 pad. Again, I finished off the card with some Color Shine Gold mist.

I'm so happy you stopped in for my Friday Happy Hour post! I loved playing with my Dear Lizzy stash :) Have a fabulous weekend


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Day With Unity Girls! - Hop

It's time for a Unity Hop! Aren't Thursdays the best? I have a Unity scrapbook layout to share today instead of a card. It's an extra special layout because it's from that amazing time I met the fabulous Lisa Arana and Kris Lancaster in person!!

While I was visiting my family in Phoenix over the holidays, I made sure to arrange a REAL LIFE meet up with these two other Arizonan Unity girls! We spent many hours chatting over many beers and too many chips. I wanted the layout to mimic the bright colors from the restaurant we visited.

We wore our Unity Hats and Unity Hoodies, obviously :) These ladies are even better in person! I was so glad to meet them and we're sure to get together again in the future (that's why I chose the To Be Continued title for this page).

I used these SMAK kits from December 2014 and January 2015 to stamp up the background of the layout. I stamped in shades of blue and yellow and a little bit of grey.

This sentiment is also from the SMAK kit. It's perfect for this crafty community... life is more beautiful when we are together!

It's time to SHOP the SALE at Unity! There's a nice garage sale on you will not want to miss :)

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway.  Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Monday night on the Unity blog.

Now hop over to the amazing STEPHANIE 


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