Friday, December 30, 2011

Sweet Swap Treat

With the new year coming and getting organized and time to destash  ....   and Valentine's Day around the corner  ...  here is your chance to give and receive  ....

These are the rules

Ship anything that you will no longer use and that would fit into a cigar box (you do not need to have a cigar box--it will come back to you in a cigar box) along with $5.00 USA (or International $12.00) to 

Flying Unicorn 
201 SE  19th Street 
Fort Lauderdale,  FL  33316

Ribbon -  must  be 18" in length minimum 
Stamps  - gently used  
6x6  paper 
embellishments  - solid  companies -- not from the dollar store please  ....
precut  dies  
3-D  embellishments  

Please include a content list of what you are including in your swap package along with 
a valentine tag or card that you have made  ...   only one  

On  February 02, 2012  Alda, owner of the Flying Unicorn, will sort and put cigar box packages together for everyone that has participated  and send  them  back out  in time for Valentine sweet scrapping  treats  ...

A note on the tag:  this is a tag I made at the beginning of this year and it remains one of my favorite things that I created in 2011.  I'll be making a new, different tag or card for this swap.

Monday, December 26, 2011

No Place Like Home

The holiday weekend is officially over.  It was a wonderful time with the family.  DH did his first reading of a special Christmas story he wrote.  And we thoroughly enjoyed watching our granddaughter experience her first Christmas

Not a new layout.  Our garden gate.  

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas Day!  This also is my BIL's birthday.  Happy Birthday M!!!!!! 

I sent him this card.  The front was published in the November issue of the Flying Unicorn's Enchanting Creations e-magazine.

The front features a rosette I made using my MS scoreboard. 

I placed a Starbuck's gift card/envelope inside the card and created a little scene around it using more of the Graphic 45 Christmas papers and a gold doily. 
The right side of the photo is a little crooked.  I usually can get 3 sides squared up but not the fourth. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend.  We opened gifts Christmas Eve and had our traditional pierogi dinner.  DD2 and DS helped me make them from scratch.  DH fried them up in butter.  YUM.  For today, I have a Polish Christmas carol playing for you. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

O Holy NIght

I will have a new Christmas post tomorrow.  For today I'd like to share my favorite Christmas song and a card I made last year that fits for tonight. Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Paper Bag Card

I was inspired to make this card after seeing the beautiful paper bag cards made by Debbie. My vintage theme was inspired by Nancy Maxwell James after seeing her Twelve Days of Whimsy. I made this for my cousin Mary.

All of the papers are Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium from the Flying Unicorn on-line store as is the flower on the cover.  I decided this would be a good Flying Unicorn Creative Team project for me to do this month. 
The Cover:

Inspired by the Paper Whimsy products and Nancy's designs, I used heirloom buttons from my family's collection.  At the last minute, I replaced the Paper Whimsy image with a photo of my cousin Mary, the recipient of this card.  I think the inspiration to change it came from the Paper Whimsy word label, Merry.

The Inside:
I kept the bottom fold of the bag which is on the left side and used it to create an extra page.  Again, I was influenced by Nancy who used a lot of doilies in her 12 days of creations.  I should have placed a snowflake on it, but I chose a soft bloom because I was planning to add a wallet photo to the pocket and didn't want it scratched.  

The G45 music paper included The Holly and the Ivy.  I decided to give those names to the two Paper Whimsy girls. You see Ivy until you lift the flap to reveal Holly.

I created a pocket on the right side to hold the gift certificate.  I also utilized the inside of the bag by slipping into it a CD of Christmas carols. 

The Back Cover:

The paper bag I used was a little larger than the standard lunch bag size and a little heavier in weight, more like a bag you get when you buy ice cream.  So the size was perfect for one of the G45 6x6" panels.  Add a Paper Whimsy word strip, and it's just enough for the back. The entire bag is edged with Pumice Stone Ranger Distress Ink.

My choice of materials also was influenced by the Let Them Eat Fruitcake recipe challenge in the Flying Unicorn Forum.  The items included a clear embellishment (clock face), doily (lucky there), flowers, butterfly, lace, ribbon, photo, etc.  The challenge runs until the end of the month and there is a fabulous prize for one lucky person, chosen by random draw. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All Is Bright

Continuing with the Holiday Lights theme this month at Gingersnap Creations, this week the Random Redhead challenge is  GC131 Candelabras, Chandeliers, and Candles.  Please be sure to visit the blog to see the other Ginger Art and get the challenge details.  You have until January 15, 2012 to link up your creation.  You just may be the next Home Page Artist or one of ten chosen Ginger Gems. 

A few details:
This month our sponsor is Penny Wise Arts.  I poured onto a sticky sheet their clear Ultra Fine Micro Beads. So what you're seeing is an entire white glittery background of  micro beads which I brayered into the sticky sheet.

The candelabra is Dusty Attic chipboard.  I used Ranger Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and clear embossing powder to heat emboss the candlestick.  The candles are actual wax.  I lit a birthday candle and as the wax melted, I dripped it onto the candle portion of the chipboard.  The flames are Ranger Distress Ink in Mustard Seed covered with Scattered Straw Stickles.  

The blue snowflake paper is from the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper collection.  The word label is from Paper Whimsy.  I believe the background card stock is Bazzill. 

G-45 paper and the Dusty Attic candelabra chipboard are from the Flying Unicorn on--line store

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A card and a bow equal a calendar page

Here is a card I made using the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Paper Collection and matching stamp set, both available in the Flying Unicorn store. This was published in the December issue of the Flying Unicorn's on-line magazine, Enchanting Creations.  The issue currently is being featured up above this post.

I also used the Martha Stewart snowflake punch and some crocheted lace I acquired at a farm auction, belonging to a relative of dh.

I decided to use this as one of my pages in my 6x6 calendar book. 

Currently in the Flying Unicorn Forum, under Santa's Workshop, there is a tutorial to make a bow.  Anyone posting an entry there is in the random draw at the end of December for some prizes from Santa's reindeer.  Why don't you join in the fun?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gingerbread Money Holder

This money holder features the Scrap Cake Cozy Christmas paper collection found at the Flying Unicorn on line store and was published in the December issue of the Flying Unicorn Enchanting Creations on-line magazine. 

I recycled some cardboard to use for the base.  I distressed some background paper by tearing and inking with Ranger tea dye Distress Ink.  This paper line is from Poland where fussy cutting is a real art form.  I fussy cut the gingerbread men, the doily trim along the bottom and the doily and heart on the apron.  I put my white Glaze pen to work decorating the heart and gingerbread men. The chipboard utensils are from Maya Road.  The apron pattern is from Mirkwood Designs.  I positioned the apron on the cardboard in such a way that the neck ribbon serves double duty as the "hanger" for this little creation. 

We have many challenges going on right now in the Flying Unicorn Forum.  One is called Play It Again Sam.  The cardboard would qualify for that challenge.  Another is called Tis the Season to Be Tearing and that is where I'll post this for inspiration.  I should plug my own challenge called Picture This, using images from our own picture gallery. So create something and post it in the Challenges area of the Flying Unicorn Forum.  Each challenge offers an amazing prize, always won by random draw. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Party Withdrawals

The cyber party at the Flying Unicorn was a huge success!

Each of us on the Creative Team used the same Santa image to create a card, tag or ATC.  For one of the games, all of the projects were posted and the members had to match the project to the Creative Team designer.  Here is the card that I submitted:

I like the combination of kraft paper and red.  I love this Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy: Wrapping Paper collection;  this particular sheet is More Jolly By Golly. The paper is from the Flying Unicorn store.  The paper was a perfect match for the Santa image.  

I used my Tim Holtz Sissex label die and cut the paper twice so that I could use both sides as layers.  The ribbon is from Stampin' Up.  I edged the papers with Ranger Distress Inks. 

I also joined in the Secret Santa Swap as part of tonight's activities. We waited until tonight to open our gifts and then posted a photo of what we received.  Bitsy had my name and sent me a boatload of my favorite things:  vintage buttons, lace trims, handmade flowers, gems, and book pages of text and musical scores.  Giselle even helped and sent French text and music sheets (something on my wish list). I also received a set of Versa Magic Dew Drop multi-surface chalk ink--a new product to try. And some stamps! I feel very special to have such thoughtful crafting friends. 

Santa also was at the party and kept busy delivering door prizes.  Everyone seemed to have a great time!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tea and Kolaczki for Tonight's Cyber Party

If you give a mouse a cookie......I'm getting ready for the cyber Christmas Party and the Flying Unicorn tonight at 8pm est.  One of the things we're doing is sharing our party treats. 

Yesterday for my "in person" stamp club party, I bought a tray of Kolachky (kolaczki) from a grocery store bakery.  They were pretty tasty for store bought and certainly were in keeping with my Polish heritage even if I didn't make them myself.  So I decided, before they all got eaten, to set up my festive treat for tonight. 

If you've read the children's story about giving a mouse a cookie, then you know one thing leads to another.....  I've never participated in Teacup Tuesday although I have several blogging buddies who do.  I thought today would be the perfect time to join Terri. After all, it's even Tuesday!

Tea Cup Tuesday link

My mother gave me this set of 5 cups and saucers which had been given to her by her youngest sister.  I'm assuming the 6th was the one used and eventually met its demise.  The ones left have sentimental value to me, and I use them when I want to add a special, festive touch to my desserts.

So my treat is ready for tonight.  Now to join in the reindeer games.....


Santa's Workshop at the Flying Unicorn is all month long!  Today it's my turn for the tutorial and I'm talking about bottle caps!  Come on over and post a pic of your bottlecap for a chance to win a prize from Santa's bag!  You have until the end of the month--so no excuses!

We're having a cyber Christmas party tonight at the Flying Unicorn

Lots of games and prizes! BINGO words have to be turned in by noon today est!  

Monday, December 12, 2011

Party Time!

I just got back from the Prairie Stampers Club annual holiday pot luck and gift exchange.

There was sooooo much food!  And how stinkin' cute is this?
One of the members brought this yummy white chocolate coated snack mix.  I just had to take a photo of it.  The red Santa hats are Bugles covered with white chocolate tinted red, the tops are mini marshmallows.  You have to admit this bowl of party snack mix is pretty darn festive!

We bring a wrapped gift (stamp related) to put under the tree.  After we eat and visit, we draw numbers.  Going in numerical order, we each get to choose a gift, open it, and show it off.  I got a gift certificate to Prairie Art Stamps.  There were lots of those under the tree.  If we aren't at club, we're hanging out at the store!  I also got a package of French Quarters Dimensional Ephemera by Etcetera.  I had never seen that product before and it will look great on one of my projects.

As my gift to give, I chose to bring the Rogue Redhead Milliner Misses stamp plate.  The recipient was thrilled--as was I that it was a big hit.

There's another party going on tomorrow.  This time it's a cyber party at the Flying Unicorn.   One small part of the party is a Secret Santa gift exchange.  We drew names and sent each other gifts to open tomorrow night.  But even if you didn't get in on the Secret Santa, we're going to play lots of cyber games and Santa will be popping in throughout the night to give away lots of prizes.  There's a link to the party on my sidebar.  See you there at 8pm est.  But if you want to play BINGO at the party,  you need to click on the badge now and choose your words by noon tomorrow!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

Here are the things I made today at the Prairie Art Stamps holiday open house: 

A few comments about these items (if you click on the photo, the picture is enlarged to better see some of these details):

1) the green ornament is a die cut covered with Elizabeth Craft Glitter.  I learned that I can color glitter with markers.  If you look closely, you'll see some silver trim--Starform Stickers from Holland.  Products were flying off the shelves and the silver was already gone but I bought 3 packs of gold designs.  Love this stuff.  Finer than german scrap and the "sticker" part means no glue needed so I'm anxious to work with this on some projects. 

2) the mini clipboard is made with a thin plywood ATC and metal clip.  The papers are Graphic 45.  I found some wood ATCs at Hobby Lobby so I don't have to send the dh out into the cold garage to cut some ATCs for me.  
3) the gingerbread man is corrugated cardboard on top of cardstock.  I got to try some new products including the white distress stain.  I ended up getting the last Tim Holtz die for the pine cone and leaf.  I loved the flower Tim showed as part of his tag tutorial so I can't wait to make more pine cones and flowers.

4) it was back to the sewing machine for me--the zigzag stitch on this adorable card.  I don't sew and always go into a panic when sent to the machine, but I think it turned out pretty well.  This card included fussy cutting and coloring with Copics.

Now I need to work with these.  Maybe make that gingerbread man into a tag and add another pine cone.  Add some Stickles and snow to the card.  Bling up the ATC.  Etc.  Both the ATC clipboard and the Gingerbread man also are decorated on the back side.

I also had some tasty holiday treats and am hoping to get the recipes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Thanks again to all the folks who stop by my blog to check out what I'm making and to leave me comments. Without further ado, the winner of my blog candy is:

trisha too said...
Super set of stamps, Helene! One of my real life (you know, the computer friends are "imaginary friends," according to my kids!) friends used to design for Red Lead, and was lucky enough to be able to go to their store in St. Louis. ANYWAY, I'm enjoying your pink Christmas blog background, and thank you for the chance--I DO like mail art! :)

Congrats, Trisha! Be sure to send me your snail mail addy so that I can get this out to you ASAP. As stated in the original post, if I don't hear from Trisha within the week, I will choose another winner!

And a big thank you to Red Lead Paperworks in St. Louis for providing the blog candy!

I'm a Design Team Gecko Gal

It's officially announced--that I'm on the Gecko Galz Design Team!  Rebecca Farnham, Barbara Bird, and I are joining the team this month. 

And here's what I made for the announcement --- a totally digital postcard:

As usual, no instruction book--I just opened PSE7-- cropped and erased backgrounds and made into ping files for layering 3 items from the Gecko Galz December release: Postage ephemera set:  woman typing, one cent postage stamp, and postcard.  
I did the same with the car from the Gecko Galz Vintage Car ephemera set.  
I added text and then printed and edged with tea dye Distress Ink (Ranger). 

This is not my first digital attempt, although they have been few and far between.  But it's the first time I erased backgrounds and made the layers really work together.

Here is a link to the Gecko Galz site.  There is a column on the left side that has tabs for the products and a tab for the Design Team.  I'm on the third page with a bio and my first design team projects for December.  


Please do check out the site as there is a fantastic promotion going on this month, including prizes!  And who doesn't like free images?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Starry Night

December brings the glow of Holiday Lights to Gingersnap Creations.  The design team's assignment for this week is to create a Starry Night for our Chestnut Theme Challenge GC129.

This month's sponsor is Penny Wise Arts.  I used their mini micro beads to create my starry night.

I started with, of all things, a Halloween stamp from Martha Stewart.   I created a starry night instead of a scary night! I used two Ranger Distress Inks for the background,  Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood, to create a stormy sky.  The blizzard like conditions were created with Marvy Snow Marker, Penny Wise Arts mini micro beads, and ArtQuest Crystal Effects. 

Be sure to visit Gingersnap Creations to see all of the other starry night art and get the challenge details.

We haven't had any sunshine for days so the shimmer of the beads was really hard to capture in the photo.

I'm linking this up to Maggi's Glam it Up Challenge at the Flying Unicorn Forum.  The challenge is to use 3 sparkle effects  (I used 4):  Penny Wise Arts mini micro beads, ArtQuest Crystal Effects, Ranger Gold Stickles (to highlight the stars and moon), and a coating of Sakura clear Glaze pen on the windows (colored with Copic Y15). 

I stuck with a simple card design in order to focus on the scene by layering card stock.  Rather than a plain card base, I used this very elegant Glitz Vintage Blue Motif patterned paper from the Flying Unicorn on-line store.

THIS IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR MY BLOG CANDY!  See the stamp set badge on top in my candy jar in the sidebar.  Click on it to take you to the post where you leave a comment to be in the random draw which will take place on Thursday.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ornament Swap

It's so dreary outside, but it's bright and cheerful inside because I got my package of swapped ornaments from the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group.  

I'm delighted to get ornaments from Jingle, Trisha Too, Nancy Johnson, and Paula Akers. Thanks ladies!  I will treasure your art!

This was in a previous post--the ornament I sent to be swapped out--I made four of these 4x4" coasters:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holly Baby

Holly Baby 6x6 scrapbook page for my grandbaby's album:
Holly Baby is fussy cut from All The Trimmings ephemera set available from Gecko Galz
I added Diamond Stickles to her coat and Marvy Snow Marker liquid snow to her fur trim; Prima flower; Sakura glitter gelly roll pen accents on holly berries.  
Paper from Scrap Cake Cozy Christmas: second piece cut and glued as pocket.  This paper line is available from the Flying Unicorn
Jenni Bowlin Bingo card; Martha Stewart snowflake punch.  

This Holly Baby image is the one being used for the November Oh La La Group challenge which ends today at Bella Creations.  I have been moderator of the group since it began last January.  In a couple of hours we will have the random draw for the winner of a Gecko Galz ephemera set---and then I'll be turning the reigns over to Heather Hudson.  

As I mentioned earlier in November, I chose to step down as a design team member of Bella Creations.  And now December marks the beginning as a design team member for Gecko Galz

This Holly Baby project is bittersweet--my last hurrah at Bella Creations but also a great start to my expanded role with Gecko Galz.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December with the Flying Unicorn

December 1st means a plethora of activity from the Flying Unicorn.

New challenges for December in the Forum.

My challenge is Picture This. Use an image from our Once Upon a Picture Group. This is my challenge example:
And this is the wonderful prize from the Flying Unicorn which will be awarded by random draw to one of the entries for my challenge:

A new kit of the month available in the store:

Two December Guest Designers:  Tammy and Joyce

The start of our Santa Workshop.  Day 1 is a flower tutorial by site owner Alda Stevens.  Post your creations from the daily tutorials for prizes to be awarded at the end of the month.

And don't forget to sign up for my blog candy by leaving a comment on yesterday's post!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


It's that time of year...
  • to be thankful for all the wonderful friends I've made in the crafting world of cyberspace
  • to appreciate the over 250 amazing people who have chosen to follow my blog
  • to celebrate my three year blogiversary coming up in January
  • to wish all of you a happy holiday season and wonderful new year
 I've been so fortunate to meet some wonderful crafters in local shops and become part of their crafting community.  One such place is Red Lead Paperworks (link to on-line store) in St. Louis, MO.---a most incredible store (link to Red Lead blog including photos of store) full of yummy  trinkets and unique stamps. I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I get to shop there. I'm also a Red Lead Swap Sister.  You've seen the swapped out tags, ATCs, etc. on my blog.  Long story short, due to some high winds during postal delivery of a swap and lost but later found packages, I ended up with two of these yummy packages from Red Lead.  So with much appreciation from the Red Lead owners, Chris and Sharon, I'm offering you some blog candy they have given to me from their store:
You get the delightful packaging from Red Lead including ribbon and some of their paper images put inside with the stamp plate. (It's all in the presentation and Red Lead really know how to "wrap things up".)

This is the rubber stamp plate that you will receive:

This is the description from the on-line store:
Art Postage-there are 7 art postage elements on this rubber stamp.
The largest is 3/4" x 1-1/2", the smallest is 1/4" x 1".
There are so many options for this stamp-you will want to stamp every envelope-front and back-with these art postage images.  The smallest circle post is 3/4",  look close and you will see the teeney words-Art Sister-right under Red Lead! Love this for our Artist Trading Card Swaps!2-1/2" x 3-1/2" premium red rubber with static cling mounting cushion rubber stamp. 1.2.3. EZ to use!  Remove the paper liner from the static cling cushion.  Your rubber stamp is now ready to be temporarily mounted on an acrylic block for really is that EZ!
A Red Lead exclusive rubber stamp.

If you're interested in this blog candy, the rules are simple.  Leave a comment HERE ON THIS BLOG POST no later than midnight central USA time Wednesday, December 7, 2011.  I will use to select a winner from the comments in this post and make the announcement on Thursday December 8.  Winner will have one week to email me the snail mail addy for shipment.  If I don't hear from the winner within the week, then I will select a new winner.  So if you like mail art and are in need of some great postal stamps, this blog candy is for you.

And thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your support and comments over the past three years. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Santa’s Workshop at the Flying Unicorn!

The Creative Team, aka Alda and her elves, at the Flying Unicorn has been hard at work behind the scenes, getting ready for the month of December. We’re bringing you a technique loaded, fun-filled, December!! 

Everyday, through December 24th, there will be a new technique tutorial posted for you to try. Some will be simple, others a little more complex, but there will be something for everyone! 

Look for the Santa’s Workshop thread in the forum to find the daily tutorials. 

Be sure to post a picture of your creations using any of the tutorials to be eligble for a prize drawing on December 31st. There will be 9 different prizes awarded, one from each of Santa’s reindeer!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Some Cards

The Huber Thanksgiving Family Reunion is over.  I'm anxiously awaiting the return of my dds at Christmastime.  

I recently went to a Stampin' Up Stamp Camp hosted by my local SU demonstrator, Gail Downs.  We had 10 stations.  Nice thing about stamp camp is everything is thought out and cut out.  Bad thing is I have to work at a faster pace and don't like when I make mistakes.  Case in point, I had to add some lace to the second card to hide a booboo--glued together cards because the embossed sentiment wasn't straight the first time around.  Petty details, I know.  

So here are two of the cards we made.  It's cold, windy, and overcast today, making for a poor photograph.  The red paper is really glittery.  The silver embossing is shiny.  You get to see the dull version because of poor lighting.

 I have more cards to show you as the month goes on.  Hope you are staying warm and finding time to scrap a lot!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Silent Auction

Please join us November 26th through November 28th for Flying Unicorn’s First Annual Silent Auction of all things scrapbook, all from the private stashes of the Flying Unicorn Creative Team. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit Women in Distress. Some of us are putting together kits, some of us are de-stashing. 

There’s bound to be something you’ll want; place your bid, and it might be yours. Bids will be accepted until midnight November 28th and auction winners will be notified the next day.

As the month draws to a close, we want to thank all of you who posted your lovely work in the gallery, sent in your donations and made purchases in the store. We met our goal of 1,000 uploads to the gallery on November 16th, thereby earning a $1,000 donation from the Flying Unicorn store to Women in Distress. Remember that throughout November 5% of all sales will be donated to Women in Distress. 

The Silent Auction is our last fundraiser for Women in Distress this year; we hope you’ll help us help our sisters who have suffered so much by placing a bid. You can peruse the items up for auction by visiting here:  SILENT AUCTION

You will find there my Albums and Ancestors de-stash offering for the auction.  If you don't mind a little auction dust, then please consider this: 
Five 45rpm vinyl records, 5 BINGO cards, one still new Clear Scraps 5 tab album, and 5 ancestor photos (the poor dears need a new home).  All items were auction finds except for the Clear Scraps album which was purchased at a lss.  Lots of goodies to create some unique albums and altered art.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Harvest Hues

At Gingersnap Creations we're continuing our On the Farm theme with this week's GC128 Color Challenge: Yellow, Red and Brown. 
Please follow the red link to see the rest of the Ginger work and submission guidelines.  This project is due December 25. 

Isn't this an amazing scene?  No stamping or coloring for me.  This came ready made from Plush Possum Studio.  All I had to do was print it out. I like to think the rooster is doing a happy dance (or should I say turkey trot?) because his little part of the barnyard is safe on Thanksgiving turkey day

I spent my time punching out the red frame.  I bought a Martha Stewart punch set, the straight line and the corner.  This was my first attempt at going 'round the corner working two punches. 

I finished with some ribbon that reminds me of straw.  I wound it around a Pink Paislee Phantom brad from the Flying Unicorn on-line store.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Coaster Ornament

I made four coaster ornaments for the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group GCAE#9 Holiday Ornament Art Exchange.

 Here are the exchange details:

  • Media: holiday themed ornament - minimum size 2" x 2" - any shape
  • Theme: any seasonal holiday that you celebrate
  • Style: any but must include some stamping and be more than one layer,
  • Number of Pieces: 4 for 4
Here are the product details:
Retro Cafe Art: Hello Dollie Christmas I: fussy cut doll and added to cap:
Doodlebug Designs Crushed Velvet ladybug flock and
Range Diamond Stickles

Studio 490 (Stampers Anonymous) Make It Merry stamp set:
stamped coaster with the word background stamp using Versa Mark and
Stampendous Pearlustre Emerald embossing powder
edged coaster with Ranger Pine Needles Distress Ink

stamped poinsettia 4 times on different papers including a white snow netting and
Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper (bottom layers) from the Flying Unicorn store
added  Ranger Clear Rock Candy Stickles to the paper layers
Maya Road Winter Jewel Flower

black wire, misc. ribbon, trim and alphas from stash
black tape label maker
Zva Creative crystal lines: Christmas Red and Green from the Flying Unicorn store

I'm also entering my ornament in the following challenges:

Retro Cafe Art contest:  must use at least one item found in their on-line store and email your entry by December 4.  Details HERE    I used the Hello Dollie Christmas I image.

Simon Says Stamp and ShowSome Women

And I posting this for inspiration under the November Kick It Up challenge in the Flying Unicorn Forum.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Blog Candy Enabler Part II


Sharon Briss is celebrating her 750th blog post at Ill Tempered Ink by giving away some of her fabulous Rogue Redhead stamps. Just leave a comment by following the link to HERE and post her badge on your blog. I have this badge posted on my sidebar.

Entries close on November 21.

Blog Candy Enabler Part I

Pink Persimmon's latest release:  The Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace. 

Comment by following the link to HERE for a chance to win free stamps. Entries close on Monday 11/21 at 5pm Pacific Time.

The December Enchanting Creations Magazine is Here!

It's here!  The much anticipated December issue of the free on-line magazine, Enchanting Creations by the Flying UnicornYou won't want to miss a single page so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy:

Click to launch the full edition in a new window
Online Publishing from YUDU

You'll find two things from me in this issue.  I stamped a card using Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium patterned papers and the Collection 3 stamp set.  The other is a money holder made with the featured product:  the Scrap Cake's Cozy Christmas paper collection.  Both collections and the stamp set are available from the Flying Unicorn on-line store.

As you flip through the pages, I'm hoping that, not only will you find creative inspiration, but also you will consider submitting some of your own work for our next issue.  Here are the details:

Submissions- Winter Issue



JAN 05 2012


 WINTER WONDERLAND - Layouts of Snow Fun

 IRISH I WERE IRSIH -  St Patrick Day Cards and    layouts  in shades of  green

"BE NOT AFRAID OF GREATNESS" - Shakespearean inspired projects

CARDS - any and all

ALTERED - any and all

And, of course, when looking through this issue, don't forget to find  the sketch challenge.  The winning submission gets published in the Winter issue and the scrapper gets a wonderful prize--the 12x12 paper collection For Father from Pion Design.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Who doesn't like blog candy?

The Craft Barn is celebrating 600 followers with a chance to win some awesome candy.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to the Craft Barn blog to sign up!  CRAFT BARN

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Down on the Family Farm

We're visiting the farm this month at Gingersnap Creations.  This week's Random Redhead Challenge is Livestock.  You need to include at least one livestock animal in your creation.  The rest of the farm fresh Gingers have some great inspiration for this challenge, so please visit us down on the farm:  GC127
You have until December 18 to link up your submission.  Rogue Redhead Designs is this month's prize sponsor.  You just might be the next Ginger Gem!

For my design team project, I chose to work with a photo of milk cows from the Huber family farm (my dh's grandparents).  The brass plate is from a milk can.  It says
St. Louis Mo
Raw Milk
Permit No. #2306  
George Huber 
Hillsboro ILL

I like to go to auctions and antique shops.  On this layout I have a couple of my treasures:  the center milk cap and the Meadow Gold Dairy milk order card.  My dh gave me an old Almanac, one of his flea market finds.  

I love the patterned paper.  I chose to wet distress it to remind me of peeling wallpaper in old farmhouses.  The ledger paper underneath looks like something a farmer would have on hand. 

Additional materials:
Jenny Bowlin BINGO card
a paper doily misted with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray in Hag Wart's Orange (Bella Creations November sponsor)
Patterned Papers: Riddersholm Design The Day Before; Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer, both from the Flying Unicorn on-line store
Ranger distress ink in Vintage Photo

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Crafting a Calendar

I've started work on my Melissa Frances mini calendar book from the Flying Unicorn store. The album will house my favorite papers, techniques and products along with inspirational words, notes for ideas, etc. and the calendar pages will be used for craft deadlines.

So here is side one of the October page.
The background paper is Colette from the Riddersholmdesign Chantilly Dawn collection available in the Flying Unicorn store.  My inspiration word on this page is "curiosity" from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash-Craft Resist pack available in the Flying Unicorn store. The Tim Holtz tissue tape represents my musical family--I can still hear my mom playing Autumn Leaves on the piano. Tim Holtz Salvage Sticker. My techniques on this page are distressing, water distressing, and stamping. The leaf stamp is from Lindy's Stamp Gang

Lindy's Stamp Gang is a challenge sponsor at Bella Creations this month as is the Flying Unicorn.

 Here is side two for October:

The pumpkins are the Tim Holtz texture fade run through my Cuttlebug, using Core-dinations paper, then sanded. I created a pocket for my working calendar book so that I can jot down notes and ideas. The pocket also holds a very old Monopoly card as a symbol of my love of the game and love of collecting ephemera. The bit of crocheted doily is from a relative's auction--to symbolize my love of vintage style, heritage items, and attending auctions. In addition to techniques, My inspiration words are "chance" and "experiment"--both of which are important in learning our craft.

Today seemed like a good day to start my mini calendar book as I've made some important changes in my craft life.   I chose to step down from the Bella Creations design team.  I helped Lacee get her site up and running last January and have enjoyed being there this past ten and a half months.  This change includes stepping away from my Oh La La group which I moderated at Bella Creations.  We have 101 members and a big response to each month's challenge.  I will miss being a part of that.  However, the challenge is sponsored by Gecko Galz, and, starting in December, I will be part of the Gecko Galz design team.  So I will continue to work with those great images which have become so much a part of my craft life.  In the coming weeks, there will be more details about my transition. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Plant Kindness, Gather Love

It's harvest time at Bella Creations and I chose to go with with HeidiGrace sticker from my stash as my theme.

This is my design team tag that I made as an example for the Bella Unique November challenge.  The Unique challenge always is a technique to try.  This month we're making a coiled flower.  The photo tutorial is in the Forum with the challenge details.  The winner of this challenge, by random draw, will get a product prize from the Flying Unicorn

Since I don't sew, I used wired ribbon, folding the wired sides in towards the middle of the ribbon, then wrapping the ribbon around the foil. The Heidi Grace sticker is from my stash.  I punched two hearts to go with the heart on the sticker. The paper doily is fussy cut from the Scrap Cake "Cozy Xmas" paper collection. The main part of the tag is Riddersholm "Chantilly Dawn". Both paper lines are from the Flying Unicorn on-line store--the sponsor of this month's challenge.

We have two other challenges in the Forum as well.  The Tres Chic is which a style challenge.  This month it's your choice.  Mine of course, is vintage as you can tell by this tag.  The challenge is sponsored by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  The Bella Muse challenge, which is an image to use in your project, is sponsored this month by Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker.   So be sure to stop by Bella Creations and join in the fun!

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