Saturday, July 31st

Today the {Paper Makeup} design team members are throwing a baby shower for our own {Lisa McKinney} who is having a sweet little baby boy. If you are here from {Michelle's} blog than you are in the right place. If you didn't start this hop from the beginning you can {click here} to go to the {Paper Makeup blog}.
I had to use {THIS} sweet sentiment from the {Paper Makeup Stamps} line. There are so many fabulous baby sentiments but this one is just so precious!I tried to keep my card soft and sweet and I think the colors accomplished that.
Lisa, I can't wait to see all the beautiful baby photos....hope you enjoy your newest little addition :)
Now head on over to {Lisa Kind's} blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 29th

YAY!!! Today is the day I'm Chicago bound :) I'm so excited to meet some of my fellow {ippity} design team members and all the fabulous Unity peeps. Also {Katie} and {Ginger} from {Paper Makeup Stamps} will be staying with {Jenny} and I and I'm so happy to meet them too. I'm not looking forward to the plane ride but I gotta get there some how :)
I really love today's Hip Hop card...it's very basic but I love the way to orange pops against the grey.
If it's not been apparent from my last couple posts I'm in need of lots of birthday cards again :) I feel like I've been using the same stamps a lot lately but they are so cute...I LOVE that happy stamp from {A Little Buggy}...it's just so fun :) The birthday sentiment is from {Fall for You}.
Now swing on over to the {ippity} blog were {Stephanie} has this weeks tutorial!
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Don't forget to come and chat on {Splitcoast} with the Unity and {ippity} peeps...it's a great time and lots of FUN prizes are given away each week :)
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Monday, July 26th

**Sorry for the late post**
I have no idea where my brain has been lately...well actually I do. It's been busy getting ready to leave on Wednesday and getting today's post ready completely slipped my mind. I was sipping coffee this morning, searching through blogs when it occured to me this hadn't been published....or typed :(So here is my H{ippity} Hop card using this weeks {Mojo Monday Sketch}. This sketch was actually super tough for me and I'm still not sure I did it quite right. The other Mojo Makers cards are awesome but the dimensions of mine just seem wrong....oh well...to late now.
Head on over to the {ippity blog} to see all this week's H{ippity} Hop participants!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 24th

I had a request for lots of little kid birthday cards. Those are my faves :) They can be as cute and whimsy as you want...they make me happy! A few of them needed to be little boy cards which are tough for me. Not as tough as big boy cards but still. I immediately thought of the {Paper Makeup Stamps} dinos and monsters. What little boy doesn't like dino's and monsters :)Plus {Bronto} is so stinkin fun to paper piece. The birthday sentiment is from the set {Birthday Cheer}.
My son approved this card so I guess I did alright :)
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Friday, July 23rd

Happy Friends with Flair Friday :)
Gotta make this a quick post today...I didn't get the laundry done yesterday....or my paper....and I have A WHOLE STACK of new rubber that is calling my name :)
I used the puzzle pieces from the Unity KOTM {Savor the Journey} to make a different sort of love card. I thought this would make a fun wedding card...to bad no one I know is getting married ;)
Head on over to the {Unity blog} to see the full week of participants this week.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 22nd

I've been having an all out battle with the clock this week....and it's winning! I have so much to get done before I leave for Chicago next week and it's a mad scramble everyday to accomplish as much as I can. However, yesterday in the middle of all the crazy I had a moment that made me slow down. I realized two weeks from yesterday it's my 30th birthday. I mean I knew it was coming but not quite so fast. I realized all the rushing I'm doing just to get things done might be part of that. My goal for myself for the next 30 years is to slow down and savor the journey....pretty good idea I thought :)
Speaking of birthday's...today's Hip Hop card was a birthday card for my dear friend and CHA travel buddy {Jenny}. This card was so fun to make and I love all the fun elements together. I used LOTS of {ippity} for this one:
{Fall For You}
{A Little Buggy}
{Sweet Thoughts of Spring}
{Love In Return}

and
{What Matter's Most}
I told you it's was LOTS!!! That's one of my favorite things with {ippity}...EVERYTHING mixes and matches so well. Seriously peeps...you NEED some of these stamps :)
Now hop on over to the {ippity} blog for this week's tutorial.
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BLOG MAKEOVER

I've been debating lately about updating my blog. It's no secret that I have an addiction to gingham and polka dots are a close second. If you look through my cards I rarely make one with out one or both elements. I decided to retitle my blog {Gingham and Polka Dots} and update the look to reflect who I am as a paper crafter. I LOVE IT and hope you do too!!!
If you are reading this in a reader come by and tell me what you think :)
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Monday, July 19th

One more week....then I get a two week break from school!! I'm so ready too. I have to write an 8 page paper this week on ethics....blahhhhh!! That means my crafty time is going to be almost nonexistant :(
Luckily I found some time to get to my H{ippity} Hop card this weekend. I still have a lot of projects to finish up before I leave for Chicago. I used this weeks {Mojo Monday sketch} but I altered it ever so slightly. This card took a lot longer than it should have and I'm still not sure I'm loving it.
I pulled out some older {ippity} for this card. I used the sets:
{Because Of You}
{Now & Always}
and
{Fall For You}
Come on by the {ippity} blog today to check out all the H{ippity} Hop creations and the new challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, July 16th

Friday!!! Oh how fast these weeks are going.....I'M SO GLAD. I'm Chicago bound in less than two weeks people...so excited about it :) I get to go meet all my favorite crafty people at CHA and look at paper craft stuff...what could be better!! This will be my first trip and I'm SO EXCITED...did I already say that ;)
Plus, I get a two week break from school...a much needed one for sure!!!
But today I have a Friends with Flair card using some FABULOUS {Unity stamps}. If you subscribe to my blog through google reader you probably already saw it. I hate when I publish my card too early....oh well...here it is again :) It's a bit more simple of a layout than what I normally do but paper piecing that sewing machine from the set {Sew Cute} took awhile. I wish my sewing machine looked like this...my favorite colors and everything :)
Did you see the CHA peeks on the {Unity blog} yesterday....poor poor pocketbook. I can't wait to get my hands on these babies!!!
Swing on over to the {Unity blog} today for a full list of participating friends and see if you can find the blinkie....who doesn't LOVE free stamps?
Thanks for stopping by!
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Color Throwdown Winner

Was that a fabulous {Color Throwdown} challenge or what?!?! I can't believe the response....my inbox was flooded for a week!!! And did you check out all the entries...talk about WOW!! Such variety in the styles and ways color was used...simply amazing!

So how about them WINNERS :)
For the full list of winners {CLICK HERE} to go to the Color Throwdown blog.

MY WINNER WAS:


LEA L.


CONGRATS!!! You are the new proud owner of the {ippity} set:

WHAT MATTERS MOST


If you didn't win but still HAVE to have some {ippity}...please {CLICK HERE} to see my sales blog.
The NEW releases will be available on August 12th {and they are super cute}.
Thanks again to everyone who played...and make sure you come back again for some more {Color Throwdown}.
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Thursday, July 15th

I'm pretty sure I say this every Thursday but HOW is is ANOTHER Thursday already?!?! It's a good thing they are so much FUN!!!
I LOVE the Thursday Hip Hop with the {ippity} and Unity dt's. It's fun to browse all the AMAZING inspiration with coffee in hand...to bad I haven't had much time to do that this summer.
If you didn't start the HOP from the beginning {CLICK HERE} to start at the Unity blog.
For today's Hop card I used a few different {ippity} sets!!! {A Little Buggy}
{Music of My Heart}
and
{Sweet Thoughts of Spring}
I just LOVE using those thought bubbles as clouds!! I thought this little scene would make a great pick me card for someone having a hard time...it would surely cheer me up :)
Now HOP on over to the {ippity} blog where I have today's tutorial for you!!
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Monday, July 12th

**This is post 2 of 2 today...please scroll down to see my PMS review card**
WOW...another fast weekend!! It was a FUN one though. It was Eaton Days which just meant a parade, a festival in the park, fun games for the kids and fireworks :) Maybe that's why it went so fast....we were busy.
I'm this weeks hostess for the H{ippity} Hop and my challenge is to case ANY {ippity} card from the {SCS Gallery}.
My card today was inspired by this one from Carisa. I love the bright colors she used and of course the gingham ;) {CLICK HERE} to leave her card some love :)
I changed the colors but still kept things bright and included some green gingham :) I loved the layout and didn't change a thing about it. The ribbon treatment was super fun so I made sure and kept it the same too. Oh, and that stick pin was such a cute touch....can you tell I love her card :)The sentiment is different but they are both from the set {Delightful Little Things}.
Make sure you come join us for this week's challenge :)
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Monday, July 12th

**This is post 1 of 2 today**
Check out this week's {Mojo Monday Sketch}....WOW!I don't know how {Julee} comes up with these but it sure was FUN and perfect for this week's {Paper Makeup Stamps} review card.
The dress and sentiment are from the set {Retail Therapy}. Aren't they adorable. There is a {Everything a Girl Needs bundle} that is amazing and you will want them all :)
I used some old Making Memories paper for this card... I forgot how much I love this paper.
Check out the {Paper Makeup Stamps blog} to see all the other makeup artists creations :)

Thursday, July 8th

Hey, hey hip hoppers! Today is a super FUN hop for the Unity and {ippity} dt's. Unity has teamed up with {Graphic 45} this week and they swapped blogs...pretty cool huh! There have been some amazing projects by both of the design teams this week...you can check them out on these blogs.
{Unity Stamp Co Blog}
and
{Graphic 45}
Here is my card using the {Graphic 45} paper {A Proper Gentleman: Dressed to the Nines} Monday's {Hippity Hop card} used this same paper...I really LOVE it :)
The stamps are from the {ippity} sets:
{Faith Blooms}
{A Little Buggy}
and
{Fall For You}

Click on the little button below to go to the {ippity} blog to see's this weeks FABULOUS tutorial from Kelly :)
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Wednesday, July 7th

**This is post 2 of 2 today. Please scroll down to see my Color Throwdown 100th Challenge post**
Happy {PMS} Hop day!!!
If you're here from {Michelle's blog} then you're in the right place. :) If you didn't start this hop from the beginning head on over to the {PMS Blog} so you don't miss any of the cards or this month's code for 15% off the new releases.
My daughter Mattea is IN LOVE with this line of stamps coming out. She is ALL GIRL and watched my color this image...she even suggested the colors :) The images and the sentiments in the {Kiss and Makeup} set are too cute!! I couldn't resist getting REALLY girly with that giant bow :)Detail shot:I colored the mirror case with a silver pen and added some crystal effects...I can't seem to get that stuff even ;)
Now hop on over to {Lisa M's blog} and check out the fabulous creation she made! Don't forget to join us tonight in the {PMS forum} for the release party at 8 P.M. CST!!!
Here is your letter for this month's code :)Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 7th

**This is post 1 of 2 today**
100 challenges....WOW...congrats {Color Throwdown}!!!

I'm so honored to get to participate in the 100th challenge blog hop! They have invited all the past guest designers back to CELEBRATE this challenge. I was lucky enough to be choosen as a guest designer with {THIS CARD} clear back in January of 09.

Today's challenge is a fabulous color combo...it includes lots of the colors I LOVE to create with anyway. Want to see?!?!I told you it was FUN one!! Here is my card using the {Color Throwdown} colors:
I used {ippity} stamps for today's card because that is the prize I am giving away. {ippity} stamps is the sister company of {Unity} and is a home based business. Women (like me) sell {ippity} stamps as a business!! Pretty cool huh! You can {CLICK HERE} to go to my sales blog and see all the current {ippity} for sale!!!

I bet you want to know which set I'm giving away as a prize right?!?! How about {What Matters Most}....I just love this set. Actually the home sentiment on today's card is from this set!So how do you win it?!?! Just leave a comment on this post and enter a card for this challenge on the {Color Throwdown} blog!! The deadline to enter is July 12th!
Now, make sure you stop by EVERYONE'S blog and LEAVE A COMMENT!! There are lots of FABULOUS sponsors giving away prizes for this challenge and each hop participant has a prize! So get hoppin...here is the list :)
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Danielle Kennedy - Wild Dragonfly Designs
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Laura Pryor - Lil' Inker
Kisa Peters - Kisa's Paper Cuts
Carol Longacre - Our Little Inspirations
Deb Horst - Sendable Sentiments
Debi Southard - Debi's Crazy Life
Elise Durenberger - MamaCow Creations
Juliana Swanson - Stampin With Inky Fingers
Lisa Kind - Kind Creations
Makiko Jones - Makink Studios
Maria Gurnsey - Scraps By M {YOU ARE HERE}
Pam Speidel - Stamping With Serendipity
Sylvia Nelson - Sylvia's Stamp Corner
Teresa Kline - Enjoy the VA Sunshine
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations

Tuesday, July 6th

This new {Paper Makeup Stamps} set {Dandy Wishes} makes me want to give {Katie} a great big kiss...hehe. I LOVE this set AND it's PERFECT for scrapbooking but still great for cardmaking. This set is versatile people and a MUST HAVE!!!!
I couldn't resist making a layout for Macy's 8th birthday!I sat down with this set and my creativity was SPARKED!! This layout came together so easily and is one of my new faves.
Want to see some closeups?!?!The Make a Wish sentiment was perfect for a birthday layout....or card ;)Might as well add this to your shopping list...you are GONNA want it!!!
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Monday, July 5th

I'm SO sad Taken with Teal is no longer and SU color....seriously....it was one of my all time faves :( Luckily I had lots of cardstock left and I'm NOT parting with my ink pad...it's mine FOREVER!
I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE today's {Mojo Monday sketch} which is surprising. The only time I use ovals is when {Julee} makes me ;) I think it is this new {Labels 10 nestie}...it makes me love ovals. FYI: it's a PRIZE week...don't forget to play :)Have I said just how much I love the set {Fall for You}!! Everytime I use it I don't want to put it away. I had to use if for this weeks H{ippity} Hop card. I have it back in stock in my store by the way :)
Now head on over to the {ippity} blog to see this week's challenge and to see all the fabulous participants in this weeks hop...those girls are SUPER talented :)

Sunday, July 4th

HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!!
I hope everyone has a FUN, SAFE holiday :)
I have a really quick post today. I saw this picture on {Tenia's blog} and my creativity went wild....I love these colors!!!It's for her {Jazzy Paper Inspiration Challenge}...I had to play!! I threw this card together yesterday morning before we left for my parent's house. I was suppose to be packing but this was WAY more fun!!
These colors are so vibrant and fun paired together. I used an old {Mojo sketch} for the layout.
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