Tuesday, September 28, 2010

S&S Sketch Challenge #36....

My mojo seems to be coming and going, lately, so I've been on the lookout for sketches. OWH Stars and Stamps had this one...

Don't faint...the main stamp isn't Unity. A new to me stamp company, Rubberstamp Ave, had some excellent dog stamps...so I bought some sets to try. This 'lil pug puppy jumped out and demanded to be colored:

Supplies used:

Scenic Route Metropolis
random cardstock
Rubberstamp Ave pug puppy
Ippity - Just wanted to say, sentiment
Memento ink
distress ink

Thanks for looking! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

H{I}ppity Hop....

I'm horribly late today....our dog adoption event yesterday, coupled with my stuff being packed from scrapping with friends on Saturday, weren't a good combo.

And my mojo? Yeah. Vacation! :D

But, after scrapping several ideas - literally, into the round file....

Supplies used:

Scenic Route, Metropolis
random cardstock
Ippity, Now and Always
distress ink
memento ink

Thanks for looking! :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's Friday - Friends with Flair!!

Happy Friday! :)

My card this week is for the Ippity challenge - Get Sketchy! The challenge is to use any SCS sketch to create a card, using Ippity stamps.

My sketch is SC297:

Supplies used:
Ippity - Delightful Little Things
Basic Grey background
Cuttlebug folder
Junkitz paper, Mom collection
Distress ink, worn lipstick
random cardstock
Smooch ink, pink accents
random heart charm
pink stickles, anchoring the charm

Thanks for looking! :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

All Things Unity - Think Pink!

The challenge is....think pink. Use pink in honor of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness month. And tell the story that inspired your card.

First, the card.

Supplies used:
Unity's July store kit of the month
Junkitz paper, Mom collection
random kraft cardstock
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Prima flower
random brad
Copic markers
Memento ink
Distress ink, worn lipstick and tattered rose

Now, the story.

For the most part, I've been incredibly lucky. My life hasn't been touched, directly, by breast cancer. The friends of friends, acquaintances, etc.

But when I was a young child, very young, my grandmother had a mastectomy for suspected breast cancer. In that time, and in my family, these things were Not Talked About. Even if they were, I *was* very young.

I found out by using the other bathroom one night, in an emergency...and finding her prosthesis.

This was probably the first realization of my young life that the adults in my life were NOT invincible, and things do happen, and one day, they'd be....gone.

My grandmother lived many more years. And cancer didn't take her in the end.

But the impetus of things that were Not Talked About is how the Susan G. Komen foundation came to be. Susan asked her sister to break the silence...to open these doors...and to make things different for others.

And, her sister...did.

So, my colors are pink....but muted, for all of the people and years where things were Not Talked About. And the sentiment carries that truth...when you hold someone in your heart, hold them forever. Don't let them fall victim to silence. Scream from the rooftops if you need to. Hold their heart in yours, and make sure they're HEARD.

We've come a long way, in breast cancer research, and in things that are "not discussed" in polite company. But there's a ways to go, in many families, I'm sure.

My pink is in honor of the silence that is now broken. And this card will go to Operation Write Home, with others, so someone else can know that they're held in someone's heart. Tigger, if you should see this...this one's for MaryKay.

And that, my friends, is enough introspection from me.

Thanks for looking....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #92

Sketches. Love me some sketches. And this one jumped out and yelled at me...

My result is a bit more crowded than the original. I'll probably change up that border strip if I use it in the future.

More cards for Operation Write Home - kid centered, one batch more boy colored, one batch more girly...

Supplies used:
Basic Grey - shocker, I know
random kraft and colored cardstock
Dog stamp by Stamps by Judith
Copic markers
lots and lots 'o distress ink
random hotfix rhinestone
MS border punch

Thanks for looking! :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

H{ippity} Hop Monday!

Not a fan of Mondays! But I am a fan of being able to see all the fabulous {ippity} creations!!!

My card for this week....*love* fall colors!!

Supplies used:

Still working from my scraps. The background might be Basic Grey...
Ippity, The Simple Things - LOVE this set!
Archival ink - coffee
distress ink - warm honey, rusty hinge, vintage photo
pearls from Hobby Lobby
Fiskars - Apron Lace border punch
Random cardstock, cut with my Gazelle

Visit the {ippity} blog to see all of the participants today!

Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

And the winner is....

36 comments!! Random.org says:


Comment 31 is:

jennifer mitten said...

    Love your card and you are awesome too! Thanks for sharing your winnings on SCS last night - like I said, I'll return the favor one of these days:-)

Jennifer! Please email your mailing info to Jimmi - jimmi.mayo@gmail.com - and tell her that you won the blinkie drawing! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friends with Flair....and a Hip Hop sketch!

Happy Friday!!

I've been playing with this week's Hip Hop Sketch #25....

My take:

Not sure I'm thrilled with it yet. But, it's a start. :)

Now, this, *you* might be thrilled with...

Unity Flair!

Leave me a comment, and I'll draw a winner tomorrow morning for 25 Unity stamps!

Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Unity Addict Challenge #18....

This week's challenge - create your own background paper.

What's that? Been there, done that? You might think so, but....there's a twist.

You may not use stamps.

Use any other method you desire to create your background paper...but no stamping....

This started as a piece of Core'dinations pearl white cardstock. I used Tim Holtz' plaid technique, with alcohol ink, to get a blue and purple plaid:

Supplies used:

Unity Stamps - Bevy of Butterflies
Core'dinations pearl cardstock
random cardstock
Memento ink - black and bamboo leaves
Archival black ink
Distress ink - tumbled glass and dusty concord
random hotfix rhinestones
random brass charm, eBay

Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Flower Soft....

Is there an end to the cool toys? NOPE!

Flower Soft is running a new set of challenges on SCS. Since I have a couple of jars that have been, well, neglected...I took a stab at last week's.

Supplies used:

Random cardstock
Basic Grey Sultry
Unity August kit of the month
distress inks
SU lace
Flower Soft - ultra fine strawberry

The shape was cut on my Gazelle. Have you seen this? Penny Duncan Creations - she has an amazing array of shapes and various cut files for different cutters. I absolutely love being able to size my shape to my stamp, and make a mat as big or small as I want...

Motivated to play along? This week's challenge is here. :)

And just for fun...a couple more random Operation Write Home cards.

Thanks for looking! :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hippity Hop!!

Morning! It's time for Hippity Hop....when {ippity} chicks and customers post their {ippity} creations!

This week, I used the Unity Hip Hop Sketch Challenge 23 for inspiration.

Supplies used:

Ippity - Now and Always
Unity - August 2010 kit of the month, Distressed dots
Twinkling H2O's for the flowers
distress stickles
Smooch gold ink
BG Boxer paper
random cardstock
random canvas for the flower
random hotfix rhinestones.

To see the full list of Hippity Hop players, visit the Ippity blog. Need {ippity}? Find the list of {ippity} chicks here!

Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Most years, I spend Labor Day weekend...ripping apart something in my house, and remodeling it. Since I've done too much of that lately, my goal is to put together some cards for Operation Write Home.

So, I sliced up a bunch of paper, and went looking for a few challenges to inspire me. :)

The first one I've found is at Mark's Finest Paper, challenge 19...to use 5 of something. I decided to use 5 rhinestones on a simple style birthday card:

Supplies used:

Random cardstock
American Crafts pearl cardstock for the butterfly
Black Market Paper Society paper - I miss them...
Unity's August kit of the month for the fabulous Wish sentiment
Twinkling H2O's for the candle
random hotfix rhinestones

The second card I have to share came from a Paper Crafts sketch, from the Go To Sketches book. It's pretty unusual for me to use a non-Unity stamp lately. But I fell in love with this goofy 'lil pup by Stamps by Judith.

Supplies used:

Random scraps from my scrap bin
random cardstock
copic markers
MM flower brad

Thanks for looking! :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friends with Flair....

...or, how I spent my Thursday afternoon. :) Friends with Flair is Unity's Friday blog hop - visit the Unity blog to see the full list of today's FWF!

This project started off as musing about the Simon Says Stamp challenge to use layers. I was playing with a few things, not really "clicking"...and I...dreamed about this one. What came to be isn't precisely like my dream, but pretty darn close.

(Yeah, I know. Dreaming about my stamps? But please don't cure me.)

And a couple of close-ups...

Supplies used:

Unity Stamps - She, Worn Music, and Distressed Dots
Grungepaper. Lots and lots of grungepaper.
And lots and lots of ink. LOL! Distress ink, CTMH white pigment ink, Smooch, Ranger archival black
Glimmer mist, several colors
random metal objects, colored with alcohol inks
Distress stickles, broken china and rock candy
vintage button
random pearls

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hip Hop Sketch Challenge...

Thursdays are Hip Hop! The Unity peeps gather in the SCS forums for games, chat, prizes, and general fun!

This card is from last week's sketch challenge:


Unity background stamp - giving it all meaning
Unity July 2010 kit of the month
random kraft cardstock
Basic Grey Hang 10
seam binding ribbon, dyed with glimmer mist
Fiskars border punch
rock candy distress stickles

Wanna come and play too? Hip Hop Sketch 23 is up now, in the Unity forum!

I'm loving these challenges. Not for prizes, but for inspiration and....deadlines. LOL!

Thanks for looking! :)