Friday, October 31, 2014

Christmas Eve

Hello Friends

I hope you are all having a great day.   I know it's Halloween but I skipped it and went straight to Christmas ha! My absolute favourite holiday ever is Christmas.  Yes I am one of those annoying types that wishes it was Christmas all year round ha! I love everything about it.  I have had this thing in my head for months about making a Christmas room using my stamps. I had no real idea how that was going to happen. But when I saw this little Phyllis Harris girl stamp a few weeks ago I knew she had to be in my Christmas scene.  Everything apart from the tree ( a dollar store find) and the rug ( fabric scrap) is made using Unity Stamps. The brick from the fireplace is an embossing folder but the actual fire I made with my stamps.

 If you have been following my blog you know I am totally in love with turquoise and pink right now. So I wanted to follow that theme for my Christmas scene. This totally took me back to my childhood playing in my doll house when I was making this. Who does not love doll houses?? I actually still have mine it is in my Mum's attic back in Scotland.

So to make this I started off with the corner of a cardboard box. I cut it to give me two walls and then I shaped the floor into semi circle. I then covered them with paper to create wallpaper and a carpet.

 I stamped my dog and girl and coloured them using my alcohol inks. Then I added a little bling collar on the dog using ribbon and rhinestones. On the girl I added some glitter accents. Once they were both dry. I glued some match sticks on the back of them to enable them to stand up.

If you would like I can come back another time and give you a tutorial on how to make the fireplace. There is actually a little battery operated tea light candle behind it so it flickers like a real life one would. Let me know in the comments if that is something you would like.  I just did not want to bombard my post with lots of information and pictures all at once. The bricks were created using an embossing folder. The flames were stamped separately using distress inks then finally I added some glitter to finish it off. The stockings were heat embossed using white embossing powder then coloured with distress inks.

So I hope you enjoyed my little Christmas room. I absolutely loved making it I really did. It only took me a few hours once I got started. So I will leave you with a little story I created after I made my scene. Oh and I named this little girl Holly and the dog Chester for the sake of my story :) So let me set the scene for you.

 It was a cold and snowy Christmas Eve.  Holly was busy wrapping presents and putting them under the tree. Dressed in her favourite pink and white sparkly dress and cute little matching boots. It was cozy and warm inside.  The fireplace was glowing in the corner of the room. Chester the dog sat in his prized spot soaking up the heat. He was smelling the air.  The scent of home made cookies radiated the house. Stockings were neatly hung on the mantle waiting to be filled with toys. Holly did not know how she could possibly sleep tonight knowing that this was the night Father Christmas would be arriving.

Thanks for visiting - Enjoy

Mandi xox

Unity Stamp Company 
 Dog - Brandy & Emma Forever Friends
Stockings - Hung By The Chimney
Fire - Simple Things
Girl - No Greater Gift
Wall Hanging - Tidings of Great Joy
Fire - Brick Embossing Folder
Wall -  Teal Strip Paper
Floor -  Gold Paper & Scrap Fabric for the rug.
Tree - Dollar Store Christmas Decor, Beads I had laying around.

Challenges I would like to enter

Simon Says Stamp Wed - Anything Goes  
Unity Friends With Flair 
Unity Be Inspired Challenge  -  Used The Colour Scheme
Crafty Catz Challege 253 Anything Goes 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winter Wishes - Unity Blog Hop

Hello Friends

Welcome to our GIU blog hop :)  This year was my first time as a growing in unity girl and I loved every minute of it. So this is an added bonus being able to be a part of the blog hop with all the other girls from the last few month's. Unity is such a great company they are so good to us :)  I LOVE my Unity stamps so much!  As you know we are showcasing this weeks stamp of the week for you today.  How cute are those lil trees? I am totally loving the pink and turquoise colour scheme at the moment. So I went with that for my card today.  I coloured  the image with my alcohol markers. Then when it was dry I heat embossed the whole image with clear glitter embossing powder.

I was going for a semi rustic look on this card using the burlap and kraft card as a background. I then paired it with some gold ribbon and glittery snowflakes.

Remember one lucky hopper will get the chance to win a whole month's worth of Stamp of the week from this hop. So leave us a comment if you have not already to be in with a chance to win. Here is the line up of the blogs you should have visited before you got to mine.







Mandi (ME)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you had fun hopping with all of us girls.

Have a great Sunday.

Mandi xox

Unity Be Inspired Challenge

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hope Butterfly

Hello Friends

I wanted to make a card for this month's Unity Be Inspired Challenge. I had this idea in my head and my card, well lets just say it looks NOTHING like my idea ha. In fact this has to be one of those cards that I really don't like too much at all.  I was going to throw it away at one point but I pressed on and finished it. Do you ever get like that when you get frustrated that something is not coming out  the way you want it to? I am such a perfectionist and it drives me crazy aggh!

 I heated embossed the butterfly background and sentiment with white embossing powder. Then used my distress inks to create the background. I then stamped the butterfly using two different distress inks and triple layered it to make it stand out. Finally I added lots of ribbon and bling and mounted it on to a white card base.

 I hope you like my card it even if I don't ha :)

Thanks for visiting

Mandi xox

Supplies- Stamps Unity Everything Resides In Hope, Here Today, Here Tomorrow & With Her Own Wings.  Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick & Spun Sugar. Other - White Embossing Powder, VersaMark Ink, Ribbon & Rhinestones.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Hello Friends

I made this tag for the Make It Take It Challenge over at the craft stamper. The colours also fit in with the Unity Be Inspired Challenge.  I love the colours of all of. the leaves on the trees right now so I wanted to keep with an autumn theme.  I was going for a grungy, distressed look  to match the meaning of the sentiment. So I decided to make another tag. I cut this one out of cardboard.  I used some gesso over the card then applied my distress inks. Then I peeled the edges of the cardboard to reveal the corrugated look underneath.  Next I heat embossed the flower on top with white embossing powder. Then I stamped my sentiment using the same 3 inks on the tag and cut it up and glued the words on separately. Finally I took some ribbon and coloured them with my distress inks to coordinate with the tag. This is something a little different for me as I usually go with a much cleaner look. I really do like the way it turned out though.

Thanks so much for stopping by

Mandi xox

Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint & Seedless Preserves
Unity Stamp Company  Stamps - Insightful Meadows & Everything Resides in Hope
Corrugated Card 

Simon Says Stamp Wed 
Friends With Flair 
Simon Says Stamp Monday 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy World Card Making Day

Hello Friends

I am just popping on to wish you all a very HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!

Who knew right? I certainly never but I am still pretty new to all of this :)  

If your making a card for today. I would love to see what you made. If you want to you can  put a link in my comments and  I will come to your blog and see all of your lovely creations :)

I made this quick card with some paper, twine, punched out hearts and a lovely wee sentiment from Unity of course. You can find the stamp right here it is a bargain for only $2.29.

Thanks for stopping by today have a great weekend 

Mandi xox

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Burlap Canvas

Hello friends

Happy October! Can you believe it's October where did the year go? I love this time of year the colours on the trees are just starting to turn where I live. They are just lovely I took a walk through the park yesterday kicking up red and golden leaves. I get so inspired by the colours of nature. I wanted to make another autumn themed project this time to put on my burlap canvas.

 I have had this stamp a while and have not yet inked it up. I seem to have a collection of Phyllis Harris stamps that have not been used yet. I wanted to do something a wee bit different with this one. I masked off the moon and stars as I just wanted to use the wee boy and the dog.  Then I painted the boy and dog using my watercolors then a very light wash for the sky and grass. I wanted them sitting under a tree. Only I have no tree stamp that was big enough so I had to paint my own. It was my first ever tree I did it freehand so please be gentle with me ha :) I went over the top using the leaves from a smaller tree stamp to give it some definition. I misted the whole tree with water and blended some of the leaves together.

I punched out some tiny leaves and added them falling from the tree and sitting on the grass. I printed the sentiment which is another favourite of mine. It's from the book Anne of Green Gables. "I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." How lovely is that? Once my project was painted I glued it to some brown and orange card and then on to the burlap canvas.

Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you like my October canvas :)

Mandi xox

Unity Stamp Company- Create Today & Wishing Were Forever Friends 
Sakura Koi Watercolors
Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain & Barn Door.
Coloured Card, Mini Leaf Punch & Burlap Canvas.

Unity Be Inspired Challenge
613 Avenue Create
Unity Friends With Flair

Monday, September 29, 2014


Hello Friends

I dug out my beloved Phyllis Harris stamps this weekend and made some cards.  I really love her images and I don't use them nearly enough. This wee girl and her cat is just adorable. I made a card base from some glittery card stock. Then I got out my watercolour paints to colour this one. I have not used them in a while they are so relaxing to work with. My painting skills still have a long way to to go but I was happy with the result. I love this sentiment and thought it would fit my card perfectly.  I typed the words, cut them out and pasted them on. To finish the card off I added some star gemstones. I just love it! I think this has to be one of my favourites :)

Have a good week thanks for stopping by

Mandi xox

Stamps - Unity Stamp Company - Reach for the Stars
American Crafts Designer Card 
VersaFine Ink
Sakura Koi Watercolor Set
Star Rhinestones
Sentiment Printed 

Word Art Wednesday