Monday, November 29, 2010

Have your Cake and Eat it too!!

Happy Hippity Hop!!

I hope you stateside friends enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday!!  It was wonderful for me and I am sorry that we have to get back to the weekly routine!  However, since Christmas time is my favorite time of the year, I guess I can't complain that we are getting closer to that now!!

Eva is today's host for our Hippity Hop Challenge.  And she has given us a site full of inspiration to find some creative mojo from.  Her challenge is IHHC52 and she would like us to be inspired by one of the cakes at the website called Cakes for Occasions.

Boy was I getting hungry looking through this site!! LOL!

But I finally landed on THIS CAKE as my inspiration and here is what I created from that inspiration...

Ordinarily I wouldn't have chosen to put the garnet and goldish yellow colors together (mostly because I am a Florida Gator fan and not a Florida State fan,) but I have to admit this combo has a nice elegance to it!  I decide to use the "wishing you" sentiment from the So This is Love Ippity stamp set and create an anniversary or wedding card.  The inside sentiment (not shown) says "love and laughter."

Here are the three Ippity stamp sets I used to create this card...

And here is a closeup of the front...

I have to thank Eva again for this fabulous ribbon!!  She sent this satin ribbon to me as well and I love the size and feel of it!! It forms wonderful bows!!  And it was the perfect touch to finish off my card!!  Thanks Eva!!  ♥

That's all I have for you today, but be sure to start the Hop at the
where you will find the list of today's Hop participants
 and be sent around cyberspace to find some amazing Ippity inspiration!!

Enjoy your day and be sure to check out your
where you are likely to find some fabulous CyberMonday specials!!!

May your bucket overflow with Love and Laughter!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hip Hopping Down Bella Blvd!!

Hip Hop!!!

So by now if  you started the Hip Hop at Unity's Blog
you have heard the amazing news that Unity Stamp Company 
is now co-branding with Bella Blvd!!  

Isn't that amazing??

Today we are also having a Flip Flop Hip Hop so the Ippity girls get to play with their Unity stamps!!  And I have chosen the new Bella Blvd Stamp collection called Bella Trees!!

I love this set because it has so much versatility!!!

And I decided to use the trees just a little bit out of the box to show you some of that versatility!!

The DT members have been challenged this week to BAG it and TAG it!!!  So I have created this fun gift tag for a wine bottle bag using the Bella Trees stamps a little bit out of the box!!

Here is the full view of my tag on the wine gift bag!  I got these cute little felt bags from the 1$ spot at Target.  They are so cute!!  And to add a tag is the perfect finishing touch.

Here is a closeup of my project!  Were you wondering where the TREES are???

Well, I used two different tree shapes to create the petals of the Pointsettia on the tag.  The larger petals were created using the tall tree in the collection, but first I stamped the base paper with the ippity stamp called Thoughts from the Past and then I cut the tree shapes out.

Next I stamped the smaller solid leaf onto white paper using red ink to create the smaller petals for the flower. I layered them all together and kept them held with a brad from a Making Memories kit that I had  on hand.

The Merry Kissmas stamp is from Ippity's Kissmas and Mistletoe set!

Next you are heading to the talented Lisa Arana's blog  for some more Bella Blvd Beauties!!

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Have fun and be sure to have a very 
Happy Thanksgiving as well!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Ippity Stamps are now for sale!!!!

The three month wait for new Ippity stamps is over!!

Are you ready to put your Party Hat on and celebrate???

The FALL 2010 Ippity Stamp sets are now available for purchase

Woohoo!!  Finally!!!

We hope that you have been wowed with all the DT samples that we have been sharing with you since last Sunday and that you have picked out your favorite stamps sets to buy.  But if you are like me, you wouldn't be able to choose just some of them and you would just want them all!!  LOL!!

Can I get a Hip Hop too???

It's Thursday which means that we are having our weekly Hip Hop with the Unity DT girls too.  But for Ippity's special day, all the Hip Hop fun is going to start at the Unity Blog as usual, but then make it's way through the Ippity DT girls' blogs first.

But it's easy for you because all you have to do is look for the
 "NEXT BLOG" icon
and click on it to be taken to the next blog on the hop!!

We also have some amazing blogs that you will want to visit from the Ippity Blog at the end of the Hop and that is the blogs of some of our amazing Ippity Chicks!!  If you need one to purchase your stamps from, please visit the link below to locate one near you!!

The card I have made for you today uses the following NEW stamps sets...

Party Hat
What you Doin
Gurnsey Gingham

I started by stamping the Gurnsey Gingham as my background using Real Red SU ink.  Then I stitched around it haphazardly to create a messy border.  Next I applied the cake bingo card and a strip of paper from We R Memory Keepers.  Then I added the cupcake from the Party Hat set as an embellishment that I popped up.  And then I finished it off with the "happy birthday" sentiment from the What You Doin set.

The cupcake was colored with Copic markers and then I added Distressed clear Rock Candy Stickles to the frosting for dimension and some glaze.

I love these sets... I know they are going to be seeing a lot of ink in my house!!

Please come by the Splitcoaststampers Unity forum for a full day of fun today!  Also be sure to check out all the challenges that we have in store for you to help us celebrate our New Release!!  It is going to be a day packed full of fun!!!  We promise!!

The winners from our comment contest will be revealed on the Ippity forum too! So be sure to check it out!!

Next on your way to seeing some more Ippity and Unity goodness
 is the oh so talented blog of Lisa Arana's!!

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Have fun!!
And thanks so much for stopping by and celebrating our New Releases today!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ippity New Release Sneaks Day 4

Today is the last day of our Sneaks!!

Are you as blown away as I am with all these amazing new Ippity stamp sets???

You know you are going to want them all!!

And the best news is that


you can have them!!!

And speaking of BEST NEWS... we have something exciting to share with you all today!

We enjoyed having Angie Blom as our Guest Designer sooo much that we have asked her to stay on board for another three month term!!  She is so amazing and her talents are so inspirational that we just weren't ready to see her go just yet!!  But we will be inviting a new guest for the Winter Release Term, so be sure to keep uploading your Ippity Creations into the SCS Gallery and participating in our Hops so we can see your talents.  You never know who will be our next Guest after Angie's next term is over!!

We love you Angie... thanks for staying on with us for another Guest term!!

Our NEW RELEASE PARTY is tomorrow!!!
Please come to SCS's and join us for the celebration!!

To see the last two sets we are revealing today
 and to start deciding which sets you are going to get,
 please start at the Ippity Blog!!

Then follow along the "Next Blog" icons to make it through all the DT girls' blogs for some more stampy inspiration with today's showcased stamps!!

The project I have for you today is a scrapbook layout!  (I know!!  I scrapbooked!!!  LOL!)

It uses the new Ippity Stamp set called

Here and Now

I chose to use the Sweet Moment Title/Journaling block stamp.  I stamped it in SU's Chocolate Chip ink to coordinate with the brown tones of the Bo Bunny Sophie collection papers.  It is hard to see it in this picture, but I added machine stitching to the layout as well.

Here is a closer shot of that cute stamp.  I love that you can personalize the date by adding in the month and circling the day!  I stamped it twice to allow myself a little extra room for journaling and to match the sketch that I was using.

Here is the Page Maps sketch that I created my layout from...

And because I added the scalloped border that is shown above, my layout also qualifies as a submission for Eva's "SCALLOPS" New Release Challenge!  (INRC2Fall2010)

You can see all the challenges for our New Release right

We sure hope you will play along with us!!
Of course there are prizes to random winners!!!  :-)


I also should note that I stamped the corner embellishment from the Cherish Your Dreams set that we showcased yesterday.  I know I will be using that stamp A LOT!!  I love it!!!

So hop on over to Lisa's blog to complete your journey and be sure to be leaving comments along the way because we will be picking our comment winners tomorrow!  Each DT member will randomly choose one winner from all their comments during the Sneak Peeks!!  Good luck!!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ippity New Release Sneaks Day 3

Are you ready for some more???

Now you have seen 4 of the 8 Ippity stamp sets 
being released on Thursday
 and today you get to see two more!!!

Start HERE to see them!!! 
Then follow the blog hop icons to go through all the DT's blogs!

Today's sets are so wonderful!!!  
You are going to LOVE them!!!

The one that I am showcasing for you today is called 
Cherish Your Dreams

While the stamps in this set look very ornate and elegant, I decided to use two of them a little out of the box and give my card a masculine touch.  Once again it shows the versatility of these AMAZING Ippity stamps!!

The word happy and the oval frame are both in the Cherish Your Dreams set.  The word birthday comes from the Fall For You set.  I needed to make a masculine birthday card for a friend and I still had my October Afternoon sample packs sitting next to me so they were easy to grab and go.  I think the blocking and the colors and patterns lend themselves to make a card that a guy could even like!

The oval frame was stamped with SU's Not Quite Navy, the happy was stamped in Real Red and the birthday was stamped in Wild Wasabi!

The ribbon actually had a pink stripe through the middle but with a trusty red Copic marker, I was able to make it match the red on the card!!  LOL!

Next stop on the Hop today is Lisa Arana's Blog!!!

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Only two days until our NEW RELEASE PARTY!!!

I hope you will be there!!!  Lot's of challenges, prizes, chatting and of course
NEW RUBBER for sale!!!!!

Thanks again for your sweet comments!!  

Keep 'em coming each day for a chance to win a FREE stamp set.
Each DT  member will be choosing one to give away from all of the comments during our Sneaks!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ippity New Release Sneaks Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the New Release Sneaks
 for Ippity's Fall Collection going on sale this Thursday!!


How about those first two sets Ippity showed off yesterday!!

Aren't they amazing!!!

I am so glad that you came back today to see some more.  We have two more sets to show you today too.  So be sure to start at the Ippity Blog so you can see the whole sets being released on Thursday, and then follow the "next blog" icons to see all the wonderful creations the Ippity DT made for you today!!


The HUGE NEW RELEASE PARTY is Thursday!!!   Please come celebrate with us!!!

Today is also HIPPITY HOP!!!

And Eryn is our challenge host for today and her challenge (IHHC50)
 is to create a mini card!!!  How fun is that!!!

So, I have used one of the sets we are showcasing today to create some mini card sets!  This new set is going to be a major "GO to" type of set for all us!!  You HAVE to get this one!!  It is packed full of cute sentiments and little embellishment type stamps that are the cardmaker's dream come true!!!

The set I am using is called 
How You Doin

I had so much fun creating these little jewels.  The finished sizes are 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches and I used the sample packs of October Afternoon paper that I got from CHA this past summer.  Two little samples were enough to finish two of these cards and have them coordinate together perfectly.  

I think these are the perfect size to give away when you need a card to go inside a gift bag or want to attach a note to some baked goodies you are sharing at the holidays.

Here are some closeups for you...

These two also use the Party Hat from yesterday's set we showcased called 
Party Hat!

Do you see how versatile these stamps are??  

I know that they are going to see a lot of use in my stamproom!!!

So next you are heading off to the wonderful Lisa Arana's blog!!

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Have fun and we hope to see you tomorrow!!

Thank you for all the love you left on my blog yesterday!! I really appreciate it!!

And....keep leaving comments because each DT member will be giving away a free newly released set on Thursday  and we will be choosing one random winner from the list of people who left comments on our blogs throughout the sneaks!!  

Good luck!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ippity New Release Sneaks Day 1

Hello and welcome to my blog!!

Today where I am soooo honored 
to be able to show you the first of our many new 
Ippity Stamps 
that will be available for purchase from an 
beginning this Thursday! 

And you ALL are invited to the NEW RELEASE!! It's going to be one great party!!!!

Can you believe that we have had Ippity Stamps for ONE YEAR already???

What a joyful year it has been for me to be able to represent the best stamp company out there!!

I LOVE Ippity and Unity and all the fabulous stamp designers 
that keep coming up with these amazing stamps for us to use!!

  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

So check out one of the first stamp sets being released on Thursday!!

The set I am using is called Sing a New Song.  And it is one that is so sweet that you can't help but want to sing when you see it!!!  :-)

Here is my sample made with the bird and one of the sentiments in the set...

The papers are used are from Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 line.  I stamped the bird onto PP using Memento black ink and added a bit of shading to the birds belly with my versamagic Jumbo Java ink pad.

Then I nested the sweet bird atop of some ribbon and a huge button embellished with a Prima flower.  This card won't fit inside a standard envelope, trust me!!  LOL!!  The crinkle ribbon is some of the gorgeous stuff that Eva made and sent to me in a care package!!  I LOVE it!!!  Thanks again Eva!!! ♥

I ♥ that sentiment!!  "Today I will have a song in my heart!"  

And that has been my theme over the past couple of weeks!!  Life seems to be starting to make a little more sense to me these days and just when I thought it might not be OK, it suddenly comes around and starts to look a lot better!  So for me, I do have a song in my heart and want to keep it that way!!!

So now if you want to see all the samples that the DT has created for you today, please start at the 

Then follow along all the Hop Buttons to go through each members' blogs.  I have seen some of the fabulous creations these ladies have made for us today and trust me when I say you will NOT be disappointed!!

Ippity Stamps 
plus a bunch of talented and creative women 
makes for some wonderful 

So click below for your next stop on today's New Release Hop!
Have fun and enjoy your journey!!

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Thank so much for your comments!! They are greatly appreciated!!  :-)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas: A Season of Joy

Happy Thursday and Happy Hip Hop!!!

Hopefully you are coming to me from the wonderful Karen Maldonado's blog and are following along with us by hopping from one designer's blog to the next.  To start at the beginning, please head over to the Ippity blog!

I think that you are going to like this week's theme for Hip Hop!  I know that I do!  And I was motivated to get creating a little ahead of the holiday's for this one!

This week we are basing our projects after the December Daily type albums that you may have seen done by the famous scrapper Ali Edwards!  You can see her explanation of the project HERE!  But basically, the premise is that you document the days of December between the 1st and the 25th, sharing events that occur as you prepare for Christmas!

Both Maria Gurnsey and Angie Blom have done these albums for the past two years which you can see in the links below...

 I hope you had some time to peruse what these girls have created!  They are both so talented!!  And if you look closely you will see lots of Ippity stamps in their 2009 albums too!!  :-)

Christmas is my favorite holiday to celebrate!

 I do believe it is magical and I have always done my best to make it memorable and very special for my kids!!  I would love to create one of these albums to document what a typical month of December is like for us, but I knew realistically, I just wouldn't be able to keep up with 25 days of the crazy month of December.

Soooo, I decided to shorten my version of this
type of album, and create something that still captures
the specialness of Christmas to me and my family!

Here is the cover for my album called...

Merry Memories: 
Ten Things I (luv) about Christmas!

My front cover started as a frosted acrylic cover to a notebook that I removed and repurposed!  I cut it down to 6x6 inches.  Initially I stamped many of the snowflakes found in the Kissmas and Mistletoe and the Season's of Joy stamp sets by Ippity.  I used Ippity's black noir Hybrid ink. It was admittedly slow to dry, but after a bit of patting off excess ink and mildly heat setting them with the heating tool, I was able to keep the ink on the cover. The DP that I used is from Basic Grey's Jovial collection. 

I slightly altered the 10 Things I {luv} about You stamp set by masking over the word "You" and by adding a rub on for Christmas.  I also created the embellisment you see next to it by using a green star felt piece under a cut out snowflake from Ippity and adding the flowers from the DP and the number 10 Bingo number that I picked up at the last CHA at a make n take!

Here are the stamp sets that were used to creat the above cover...

Fram and snowflakes from Season of Joy

10 Things I {luv} About You words from
Love in Return set

And the snowflake from the
Kissmas and Mistletoe set.

Do you want to get some of these amazing Ippity Stamps?  They are perfect for completing your December Daily album.  To find a chick near you, just click on ther icon below...

Locate an Ippity Chick!

Now to continue on the Hop, your next stop is the very talented Lisa Arana's blog!!  Just click on the button below to Hop over to her blog!

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Be sure to stop back by soon when I have the chance to add to the pages of my album!! 
This is one project I am really excited about! 
I love the whole concept behind it and feel that Ippity Stamps
make the project even that much more fun to create!! 

Have a great day and we hope you see you on the SCS Forum for some chatting!!!

May your  bucket overflow with memories of your Christmases that bring a smile to your face!!