Gleeful card

I shared this card on the Unity blog yesterday, but forgot to share it here.
Just a cute simple card.
Perfect to send in the mail.
When sending a handmade card in the mail, it doesn't have to be fancy.  
Simple is ok.
It is the thought that matters most.
Which reminds me, I need to get a care package in the mail asap!!
I hope your Tuesday is wonderful!

Oldie but a goodie

This morning the kids and I are off to Lakeland, FL.  It is about 3 hours away, but the drive is well worth it because we are going to a Detroit Tigers vs the New York Yankees spring training game.  It should be a lot of fun!!

It is 7:15 in the morning and I cannot find the card I had planned on posting, so here is a card from my November Dirty Dozen Gallery.  The theme was texture.  A clean and simple card, some pattern paper, satin ribbon, embossed panel, embossing on the card front and a nice image colored in with copics.  The image is from Papertrey Ink.  The embossed labels was die cut from a Spellbinders die.

Missing you...

Oh Thursday how do I love you!
Why you ask?
My children do not have any extra-curricular activities today.
This has not happened in weeks.  Weeks I tell ya!
I am so excited to have no plans tonight.

Anyhow, for today's card I used some My Minds Eye Quite Contrary designer paper, paired with some lovely Unity stamps.  The birdcage and bird are from a Donna Downey set called Where you Are, and the "I miss you" sentiment is from the March kit of the month.  Head on over to the Unity blog, most of the design team has projects to show today.  
"i miss you"

Make card base
round bottom corners
adhere pattern paper
stamp birdcage image onto polka dot paper
stamp bird in pink, then stamp bird cage over the bird
cut bird out and adhere to birdcage
add ribbon to card
stamp sentiment
cut birdcage out of paper
adhere birdcage to card using pop dots

A cute card, submitting and rejects lol

I have a list a mile long, and it feels like I am going at a snails pace to get it all done.
Do you ever have days like that?
I am off to the Post Office to mail some things away.
I may go grab a few cards out of my stash to send off to 
The Paper Crafts 2010 Stamping Royalty Contest
You have until tomorrow to mail it off.
here is the addy in case you want to join me.

Paper Crafts
2010 Stamping Royalty Contest
14850 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, Utah 84065

The prizes look amazing!!

Anyhow, here is a card that I made for a call, and it was rejected.  But I still think it is cute anyhow.  We all get cards rejected, but that shouldn't stop us right?!  Anyone who has ever applied for a design team or submitted cards has been rejected.  It isn't a reflection on you or your work, it is just sometimes they are looking for something in particular, and you didn't fit.  Maybe the card you sent in had a blue pattern but they were looking for a card with a red pattern.  

Here are a few tips on submitting:
Submit your best work, not a thrown together card
Make sure the project is polished, no imperfections
Make sure your photograph is clear
Follow directions on the submission process (like really resizing your card)
Research the magazine you are submitting to, they all are different and take different styles.
Figure out your style, it took me a long time to figure that one out.

Anyhow, here is my card for today.
Basic Grey Green at Heart yummies with a little bit of Pink Paislee paper in the background.
The circles were cut an embossed using a Spellbinders classic circle Nestabilitie die and an impressability die.

A fun challenge

There is a fun Challenge going on with a fun prize!!
Head on over to the Unity blog for more details.

Here is my sample
The picture is of my daughter a few years ago...
The stamp set used was Priceless Reflections by Unity

DD Spring Challenge

Today is the first day of spring!!  I don't know about you, but I am ready for warm weather.  This months theme for the Dirty Dozen Alumni challenge is to use a bee or a bird in a card, and you could not use a border punch.  The American Crafts Botanique line of paper is all about spring colors, with pinks, greens and yellows, perfect for this challenge.  It also has coordinating rub-ons, so I used the birds sitting on a branch, and applied them on top of the pattern paper.  To visit the gallery with all of the challenge cards click here.
Well I'm off to the little league fields, I hope you have a wonderful Saturday.

Sassafras meets American Crafts

How about some Sassafras Nerdy Bird paper meets American Crafts Dear Lizzy/Thickers about fun!!  The music score paper, is perfect for making birthday projects.  I'm not sure if you can see the detail, but the bird and the heart also have a music print on them.  So perfect!!  I like decorating bags, then adding a fun tag to them.  Sometimes a tag is easier to attach, instead of trying to figure out where to  put a card. 
Do you have any plans for the weekend?  Besides my son having little league on Saturday, I plan on getting a lot of paper crafting projects completed.

For the bag:  Trim paper to size, punch border along the top side, adhere.  Stamp sentiment.  Add embellishments.

Tag: Cut rectangle out of card stock.  Adhere pattern paper.  Add embellishments.  Punch hole at the top of the tag. Run ribbon through the hole, tie a nice bow.  Attach the tag to the bag using some floss.

Have Fun

Today is going to be a busy one, but isn't every day?  We had a fun St. Patrick's day.  I made the kids shepherds pie (but with tater tots instead of mashed potatoes), instead of soda bread we had sourdough.  For dessert we had yummy petite fours, mini cannoli with sprinkles, and chocolate covered strawberries. 

Today I'm mixing up the classic beauty stamp from the Unity Stamp Co, with some Cosmo Cricket Material Girl paper.  I love the old vintage feel of the Material girl line, mixed in with spunk.  The colors are just so bright and fun, it is hard not to love this line of paper.  After I adhered the paper and ribbon, I just inked up the image and stamped it over both sheets of paper, then went in with a copic marker to the belt, just to bring your eye to the dress form.  The sentiment was made using the tiny type alpha stickers from Cosmo Cricket.
Take a visit over to the Unity blog for more inspiration.


I am guest blogging over at the Unity blog today, so for more details on this card head on over there.

Just a note...

With the weather changing from winter to spring, it seems I know a lot of people battling the sickies.  I myself cannot get a grip on my allergies (they are killing me). Anyhow, I decided to make a just a note/get well soon card, with a bunch of new stuff.  The paper from MME Quite Contrary line, just make me happy, I love the rainbow colors in the different patterns.  Today is Sunday, and I feel like I have so much to get done before tomorrow.  
supplies used:
Spellbinders labels 8 die
MME Quite Contrary pattern paper
Websters Pages paper
kraft & white card stock
Copic markers
pink grosgrain ribbon
button, floss
3d tape
Stamps from Technique Tuesday and Lockhart Stamp Co.

Guest Star over at the Jenni Bowlin Studios blog

Today I am the guest star over on the Jenni Bowlin Studios blog.
Go check out a few of my projects and leave a comment :)
here is a peek at what is over there

Unity march store kit

Happy Saturday folks.  It is 7:52 am and I am off to the baseball fields with my son, thank goodness for caffeine to help a mom out.  Today, I am showing you a card using stamps from the Unity store kit of the  month.  Most of the design team has samples using this set today.  You can find their blog addresses on the Unity blog.

Card from the March kit of the month

So sorry this is going up late.
It is stormy, and my internet is crawling today.
 I have another card to show you, using the Unity March kit of the month.  I love how there are different vases and flowers to mix and match in this kit.  To fancy up the flowers a little I added some Basic Grey Bling it rhinestones to the centers.
Most of the Unity designers have a project using the March kit of the month.  Head on over to the Unity Blog, which will have their blog addy's for you.  I also think there is blog candy too.

A few fun cards

I shared these cards on the Unity blog the other day, but I wanted to show them here too.  The cute thinking of you card was made using the March kit of the month, and My Minds Eye paper, oh and I colored in the rain jacket with a copic marker.  The fun "this is a happy life" card was made using the Unity March store kit of the month, with yummy Cosmo Cricket paper.  Both sets are just perfect for spring, and the images are too cute (they always are).
Today we are having beautiful spring weather!  Oh how I have missed the warmth of the sun.  Of course there is always a silver lining, I am having terrible allergies today, but the sunshine is making me forget about my itchy watery eyes and runny nose lol.

Sets Available from Lawn Fawn

I hope you have enjoyed the last few days of sneaks, the first release of stamps from Lawn Fawn stamps are now available.  
Head over to the new website

Lawn Fawn: How Delightful sneak

Today is the final sneak of the debut of Lawn Fawn stamps, and I am showing you a card using the How Delightful set.  Head on over to Kelly's blog, for all of your information on the new website and how to order your own Lawn Fawn stamps.  The website will debut on the 10th, which is when you can purchase these fun stamps!!
Right when I saw these stamps I instantly thought of the Abode paper line from American crafts, they really go perfectly together.  For my card I used a strip of Abode paper, layered on some American Crafts white textured card stock.  I inked up the stamp using Marvy markers for acrylic stamps, which I highly recommend.  Then went over the lamp base with a red spica glitter pen.  I stamped the lamp again using a yellow ink, and added polka dots to the shade with a clear glaze pen, to give it a little texture.  I cut out the lamp shade and popped it up with foam tape.  Easy that!  

visit the rest of the designers and their sneaks of this set

Sarah Martina Parker          

Lawn Fawn: Petite Florals sneak

Today I'm showing you a peak of Petite Florals by Lawn Fawn.  There are so many options with this set, which allows you to mix and match and just have fun with building a flower.  I did a white card base, with a white layer, then added a little bit of Studio Calico pattern paper.  The flowers, and butterfly was colored in using Copic markers.
Kelly, has been giving away a stamp set, so head on over to her blog for more info and to see all the dt cards lined up all in one place.

For more fun and sneaks visit the rest of the designers.

Sarah Martina Parker          

Sneak of "Critters in the burbs"

Another fun day of Lawn Fawn sneaks.

For this cute little card, I am using a stamp called Critters in the Burbs.  That name just makes me smile.  I stamped the kitty cat, and colored her in using copic markers, then added some grass and a sentiment (all in the same set).  Head on over to Kelly's blog, I think she is giving away this stamp set.  Plus if you want to see some cute critters, visit the rest of the design team for more cuteness.
materials used:
Lawn Fawn stamps, Critters in the burbs
Martha Stewart punch
Spellbinders die
American Crafts ribbon
Copic markers
memento ink
foam tape

Sew Lovely Sneaks

I have two blog posts today, so be sure to scroll down.  I scrap-booked!!

So here is my sneak for the first set being released from Lawn Fawn, called So Lovely.  I chose to use the dress form.  I started this card with an inspiration from my daughter.  She recently had a birthday over the weekend, and I wanted a sophisticated but girly card to give her. Oh, and I wanted it to be a circle card.  If you create with an inspiration that you love and means a lot to you.  Most of the time you will create something beautiful.  This set is so much fun, and I think if you take a little blog hop between the designers you will see more of the stamps and different takes on all of them.  So fun!  For now I am linking you to Kelly's blog, the website will be open on March 10th.

Sarah Martina Parker          

Materials used:
Spellbinders Classic circle and scalloped circle dies
Kraft card stock
Prima lace
Copic markers
Ivory grosgrain ribbon
We R Memory Keepers pattern paper
Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas
pink buttons

A Scrapbook page using Unity and Cosmo

I am not the best scrapper out there, I scrap for my children and to remember memories, and its a little scary putting them on my blog for everyone to see.  But, I am starting to feel more and more comfortable putting my layouts out there.  For this layout, my base is white textured card stock from American Crafts, all of the pattern paper, stickers & chipboard are from the Boyfriend line by Cosmo Cricket.  Do you see those cute little banner/pennant things?  They are actually stamps, from the Unity Stamp Company's January Scrapbook kit of the month.  The picture is of my son on the first day of school this year.  Then using tiny type stickers from Cosmo Cricket, I did some journaling with them.  Scrapping is a great way to use up all of that paper that we all like to hoard.  I have to admit, I am starting to get better at using my supplies up, or giving them away.  It really is a waste just to let them sit.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday.

materials used:
Unity Stamp Co January Scrapbook kit of the month
Memento ink
Cosmo Cricket Chipboard letters
Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas
Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend designer paper
American Crafts white textured paper

Fun News

I have some fun news to share, my friend Kelly Marie has started a new stamp company called Lawn Fawn, and she asked me to join her design team (so exciting)!  It feels like I have been sitting on this secret forever, so now I can finally share it with all of you.  Kelly and her partners have been working on this venture for over a year now, so it is so nice to see her dreams come to fruition.  Along with Kelly, here is the design team for Lawn Fawn.

The Lawn Fawn Design Team

Sarah Martina Parker          

Make sure to come back tomorrow, I get to show you the first peeks of one of the stamp sets being released next week.

where you should be..

Over the weekend we had beautiful weather, I really felt like Spring was here.  However, when I woke up this morning to pouring rain, I knew the weekend weather was just a tease.  Over on Moxie Fab, the Tuesday trigger is this fun collage, of colors you might see in the Spring.

I have this new stamp set from the Unity Stamp Co, called Where you are, that has oversized images of birdcages, birds, butterflies etc...  So when I saw today's trigger, I thought I could do a gradient technique with ink onto the butterfly.  I started with the yellow in the center, then added the orange and pink, and added the aqua blue last.  I did the same with the sentiment, except I only used two ink colors instead of four.  Isn't that sentiment perfect.
Today, my oldest is home sick.  This is the first time in probably 4 years that she has missed a day of school, I'm off to make her some chicken noodle soup and a cup of tea.

March kom from Unity

I'm guest blogging over on the Unity Stamp Co. blog today, using stamps from the March Kit of the month.  Head on over there for you peak at the new kit (its super cute).
The lady bug & sentiment are both from the March kit.
Pattern paper is from Cosmo Cricket.
black and white pens are from Sakura

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