Sunday, November 30, 2008

An award....

OMG. I am so honored to have been nominated for an award by the totally amazing AnneMarie. annemarie is one of my favorite scrappers of all time and I am a huge fan of her work - I am so honored to have received this from her! :)

The rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Provide links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

5 blogs... That's hard. I'm an avid reader, esp. on lunch hours while I'm eating at my desk at work. Here are some that i just read this morning... :)

Lisa Spiegel - Lisa's a wonderful friend and an uber talented designer for Little Red Scrapbook club and Jewish Scrapbooking dot com. Her blog is so real, and never fails to inspire me, both artistically and on a human level.

Kiyomi crafts
- Jenn Muraoka is so magical with the copics and her cards are always just full of such fun and verve.

Unity stamp co's design team - I started the link here at Angela's site. Angela owns Unity - once a week on Thursdays, we start here and blog hop with links through all of the teamie blogs that are full of inspiration. each and every one of my teamies inspired me with their talent, but also, their love and support. Its a wonderful group of people, and I am very grateful to be a part of it.

Eva - i met eva at a crop many years ago and have been blessed to know her ever since. She does some amazing things with paper and glue. such gorgeous work!!

Nora Griffin - i've been a huge fan of Nora's work for a long time. She shares herself completely on her blog, equally intelligent, compassionate, real and talented. Very awesome. Always.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend everyone!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I love long weekends....

Oh, how I love the long weekends. It gives me a chance to rejeuvenate my creative muse.... Here's what I've done so far....

1) Ring Bearer

Using the Growing In Unity kit from Unity Stamp Company, Basic Grey Granola, Magistical Memories and KI Memories chipboard. The picture got a little damaged, but I elected to use it as is...

2) Flower Kids

Using the August Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Company Remember Happiness, Making memories PP, flowers from Prima, and letters from American Crafts.

3) All Mixed Up

Using the "grow" kit, and the November Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co Enjoy Your Story Laugh remnants from a Bad Girls Kit, October Afternoon, American Crafts, Prima, Maya Road

TFL. Wendy

Friday, November 28, 2008

Unity's Calling for a Scrapbooking Design Team!!!

Unity Stamp Company is accepting applications for a ROCK STAR Scrapbooking Design Team, to compliment its existing design team.

Using Unity product is encouraged, but not required.

Please email Angela a link to your blog and also TWO of your stellar layouts that best represent your style.

Your name, address, and a small paragraph about yourself would be appreciated.

Submissions should be directed to:

Due Date: December 20th, 2008


Mandatory Blog updated TWICE USING UNITY, of course, on a weekly basis.

8 projects per month loaded to your blog AND or TWO PEAS AND Splitcoast Stampers
Weekly participation in the SCS Scrapbook Challenge.
On your blog, I would like a clear link to Unity Stamp Co. Blog and Website. I would like you to include the list of Unity Stamp DT Members from you blog. Keeping it all full circle.
Is is mandatory that any EXCITING UNITY NEWS (ie: Kit of the Month, New Releases, Hip Hop Thursday, NEW DT Members, Guest Designers are announced on each DT Members blog on the date of occurence.
Extra project requests from Unity will be made of the ROCK STARS. I may need projects done on a timely matter. ( ie: idea tag samples, or other special projects for expos, CHA, Special BOARDS for Stores, etc.) .
REQUIRED Monthly Submission into magazines
6 month term renewable upon request/review.

Benefits: To be given per request.

Looking forward to seeing your submission!

BUT WAIT!! There's more! a SALE!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

hip hop wednesday 11-26

Hello everyone!! We're a day early and I just cannot WAIT for tomorrow! Thanksgiving is one my favorite holidays of the year!!!! WOO HOO!!!!

If you haven't joined me from Linsey's blog, start at Angela's blog. Follow the blog links and do the hop with us!! You'll see beautiful Unity projects along the way, with some candy at the end. This week we're featuring gifts, so hopefully you'll get lots of ideas for sending your holiday love with the fruits of your hands... :)

My first project is a gift card holder. Very easy to do - I normally cut my cards 6"x9.5" and score in the middle. this time, I cut it 9"x9.5", scored the 9" side at 6", then proceeded with the card like normal. I even broke out my handy dandy Basic Grey Notch Tool for the corners for the gift card.... This project uses the Do Not Open single

My next project was an inspirational bookmark, using the Growing in Unity kit and a cool quote from Tony Robbins. I had to keep it somewhat flat since its a bookmark, so elected to try and create some contrast with word strips.

Both projects use the new Christmas release from Fancy Pants.

Check out Angela's blog for some fabulous specials for hip hop, and our 3 new releases today!

Your next stop is Christi's blog. Enjoy the rest of your hop! Hip Hop! And Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Making a Pricebook

[originally published in LMStyle]

This project was inspired by a money savings tip on the message boards at lifetimemoments. A member responded about the preparation of a price book, to keep in your purse and keep track of what the prices are at different places for your favorite products, so “you’ll know at a glance whether you’re getting a deal.”

In these times of economic stress, what a superb gift idea this is!!

The Maya Road sheer album is perfect for the project. It fits perfectly in a purse and because it is plastic and not cardboard, it will stand up to the repeated jostling and handling.

With 8 tabs in the album base, use printer to make tabs. Since the first tab was the cover, you have seven categories:

1. Dry Foods
2. Produce
3. Meat
4. Dairy
5. Cleaning/Etc.
6. Paper Goods
7. Personal Care

Adhere the internal table pages (see attachment) directly TO the plastic tab page – for additional durability. The tables measured 7.5 x 3.5”. Label table columns:

1. Date
2. Store
3. Item
4. Brand
5. Price/Size
6. Cost per unit

To determine cost per unit for a particular product, simply divide the size by the price for the cost per unit. For example, a box of cookies costs $1.99 for 18 ounces. $1.99 divided by 18 is .11 (11 cents per ounce).

To keep the cover “safe” inside a purse, alter cover with a paint technique.

Before you begin, keep a small bowl of water and some wet wipes nearby. When stamping with paint and an acrylic stamp, you want to take care never to let your paint dry on your stamp (hence the water to keep it wet). Choose a stamp with a good solid image – I am using Maya Road Trees Singleton stamp. Prepare the acrylic stamp on the block and set aside. These next steps work quickly, so be ready…

Remove the rings from the album and set aside. Work with your first tab page for your cover. Dab and swipe your Dabber (Shell Pink) paint across the surface of your cover tab page. Because these are dabbers, to get a thicker coat of paint, you need to dab it on and THEN swipe it lightly.

Repeat until it is thick enough of a coat that there are areas that are opaque and others that remain somewhat sheer.

Now, let it dry just a bit so it gets some tackiness (I picked mine up and fanned it back and forth for about 30 seconds). Take your stamp and stamp firmly into your surface to remove paint where your stamped image was – taking care to use a straight up and down motion. Move directly onto the next two images, and then immediately remove your stamp and put it into your little bowl of water, paint side DOWN to keep the paint from drying. (Wash your stamp as soon as you can get to it. I use a soft brush to make sure I get all the paint out. Use your wet wipe to clean your block of any stray paint).

Set your painted tab page aside to dry completely. (Don’t worry – if you messed up – take your wet wipe and wipe off all your paint and start over. You need to wait for your stamp to dry first.) When the paint and images are dry, swipe some gold lightly over it to give some depth. After it is dry, embellish your cover

For the inside pages, this project used the SEI Chick a Dee collection. Cut 4 strips of 7.34”x2.34” from the Anna’s Banana’s and 3 strips from the Tiny Bubbles sheets. Cut out each table from template with a narrow margin. Punch tabs and adhere to tab tops. Adhere tables to the strips of Anna’s Banana’s and Tiny Bubbles, adhere to the sheer back, and then embellish with Chick-a-Dee Die Cuts (be discerning because you don’t want to cover up too much of your writing space.

Take 7 office envelopes (normal No. 6 ¾ size) and cut with the CLOSED edge to your left – 2.25” from left edge (the part that is being cut off and discarded is on the flap edge). You should have a small pocket. Adhere strips of Chick-a-Dee Ga Ga and Chick-a-Dee prints (alternated) and punch out a ½ circle on the opening side. These are coupon folders

Adhere the folders to the BACKSIDE of each sheer page (table on front, envelope on back)

On your final page, before you adhere your table matted with printed paper on it, adhere a ribbon to the middle. Glue it, and then tape over it for double strength. Then, adhere your regular table over it.

Re-assemble your book, and you are done.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

hip hop thursday 11-20

Welcome to Unity Stamp Company's Hip Hop Thursday for this November 20th. One more week til Thanksgiving!! One of my favorite holidays. I've been dieting just to store food karma... :) How about you? What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

If you haven't joined me from Heather B's blog, start at Angela's blog. Follow the blog links and do the hop with us!! You'll see beautiful Unity projects along the way, with some candy at the end.

We have new releases today!! YAY!!!! My first project uses the cute cute cute SNOWMEN stamp, for card sketch challenge 203 at Splitcoast (SCS203). I also used the snowflakes from the Jolly Little Winter kit. This is the new holiday KI release.

My next project uses the Fall Festival kit. The big prints on the Scenic Route paper always intimidated me, until a friend told me that the trick is to cut it apart. Wallah. All these new possibilities totally opened up instantly....

Thank you for stopping by!!!

As always, Angela has some fabulous Hip Hop specials for today only, pls some new releases!! Check out Angela's blog for the specials.

Your next stop is the fabulous Jen's blog. Enjoy the rest of your hop! Hip Hop!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sneak peek!!

wait for it............

wait for it............

wait for it............


Angel Pins - 30 days - Day 4

I made some angel pins for Day 4 of LifetimeMoments 30 days of Gifts feature...

Click here for photos and stepout instructions:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gamsol coloring - another method

Not long ago, I posted a class about coloring stamped images with Gamsol and colored pencils. if you missed it, please click here for the basic techniques.

I recently stumbled on an alternative method by accident. I was wondering what effect I could get if I just outlined and then used the gamsol to blend only the outline inwards. I loved the subtle shading of the results.

Just go around the edges of your image with your pencil - lay your strokes on a little heavy - that will give you the pigment that you will be manipulating later.

Now, using only this single color outline, take your blending paper nib, dip it in your gamsol, and just start to pull the color inwards from the outside line, in small circular motions. Move from the outside in…

You will find that the color is darker on the outside, much lighter on the inside, and the shading is very subtle… Its a very pretty effect.

Just by way of comparison - here are the images from my first class - using the multi color pencil method:

Here’s a card I did using this method (from last weeks' Unity Hip Hop Thursday). The effect is most pronounced around the spots on the deer- i did not pull it directly into the spots but the color is so soft around it, that it recreated a deer’s natural coloring nicely. Stamps by Unity Stamp Company, November Kit of the Month.

have fun!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tilda Thank You

I was at a stamping expo last weekend and fell into an entire booth of Magnolia stamps. I had seen these on an online store that I've frequented and thought it was cute, but I don't think I truly saw the pull of Tilda until I saw her up close surrounded by examples.... Oh she's so cute! And my dd was totally enraptured and wanted me to buy some "girls" she could play with. We enjoyed a fun few hours later coloring together.... Here's one of my favorite ones from the sitting. I'm learning the copics... :)

TFL. Wendy

Saturday, November 15, 2008

30 days of gifts

Lifetimemoments is into day 3 of its 30 days of gifts feature that happens every year around this time. Sign up for 30 consecutive days of emails with doable gift ideas for the holidays.

OOOOH - Updated with an index!!

Here was mine for day 2 - its meant to be hung from a berry garland (which, for me, is still packed up). Detailed instructions and step outs are included in my writeup for Day 2 - be sure to sign up for the email!! and if you want me to forward day 1 and 2 to you, leave your email in a comment or send it to me privately in PM (either at LM or SCS) and I'll send it to you.

:) Happy saturday everyone.

and some closeups

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hip Hop Thursday 11-13

Welcome to Unity Stamp Company's Hip Hop Thursday for this November 13th. Can you believe we're in the middle of November already? How time is just flying by!!!!

If you haven't joined me from Linsey's blog, start at Angela's blog. Follow the blog links and do the hop with us to see all the beautiful Unity projects, with some candy at the end.

This week, we are featuring the CUTIE pants November Kit of the Month - Enjoy Your Story...Laugh.

1) All Journeys...

The cute driving stamp always makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Something about a road trip in bright sunny fields....

2) delightful

This is Amber's sketch for 11-10, USCSC4.... The little animals were screaming for the Sassafrass paper, IMO... The tree is from the July KOTM - its the Little things

As always, Angela has some fabulous Hip Hop specials for today only. Check out Angela's blog for the specials.

Your next stop is Niki's blog. Enjoy the rest of your hop! Hip Hop!