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Dreaming of Fall

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a good week :) I have been LOVING this cool weather we have been having in upstate NY this past week. I am not and I repeat not a warm weather kinda girl. This is my kind of weather dewy mornings and cool breezy nights. I just LOVE it! Autumn/Fall whatever you call it is my favourite season ever.  So I wanted to get some of my autumnal stamps out and have a wee play around. I don't know if you have been out shopping, the stores are filled with all kinds of pumpkin decor at the moment. I love seeing all the different ways you can decorate with pumpkins. I have even seen some blue and green ones this year and they are so pretty. So I dug out some stamps and made a clean and simple card. I used my beloved distress inks and blended them straight on to the stamp then added a few rhinestones it was super easy! Thanks so much for visiting today have a great weekend. Mandi xox Stamps - Unity Stamp Company, Thinking of You , Imagine It &am

Brave Wings

Happy Friday Friends!! I hope you all had a good week this week. I made this dragonfly tag and it comes with a wee story behind it. My inspiration came from a real life dragonfly.  I have been feeling kinda blah this week. No real reason I have just been feeling a bit run down and not myself. I have not been feeling too crafty at all either which is really unlike me. So this all started when I decided to take a dip in the pool. It was not even that warm and the water was cold but I wanted to go in anyway. I was enjoying the water and looking up at the sky daydreaming. Then I looked down saw a little dragonfly in the pool. I thought it was dead at first. Then I looked again and saw it struggling in the water. It was drowning! So I scooped it up in my hand and got it out of the water. I tried to get it on to the side of the pool to dry off, but it would not leave my hand. Just when I got it on the concrete it climbed back on to my hand.  Now I have never really paid much att

Free Heart - Scottish Thistle

Hello Friends I hope you are all having  good Monday! I was playing about with some of my older wood mounted stamps today and created this card. Can you tell I am a wee bit homesick? I was also doing a lot of reading regarding the independence vote that is happening soon in Scotland soon. This is where all of my inspiration came from.  I love this thistle stamp I don't use it nearly enough. Thanks so much for stopping by today Mandi xox Supplies Funstamps - Thistle Distress Inks - Concord Grape, Mowed Lawn & Salty Ocean Tartan Ribbon Challenges Simon Says Stamp Monday - Anything Goes


Hello Friends I hope you have all had a great week. I have been super busy this week and not had much time to blog. I have been working on this girl for a few days and just got around to finishing her today. I love this stamp designed by Angie Blom. It is called  Beautiful Soul . I wanted to pair her together with a quote that I love. "Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks."  It is so true!!  So many times I have found myself thinking of someone, and before I know it I have tears streaming down my face. It is so amazing that one little memory can stir up so many emotions. We all have our own little treasure chest of memories. I used my watercolours and alcohol markers on this project. Then stenciled the hearts and heat embossed them with silver glitter embossing power. I printed the sentiment and glued it in place. I used a little gray gem for her tear I was going for that running mascara tear drop look. I am a crie


Hello  Friends I hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far!  I am here to announce the winners from my blog this week. The winner of the Itty Bitty's is Janis!! Please email Keli at kelli @ unitystampco .com with your choice of 2 Itty bitty stamps tell her you won them on my blog. The winner of my little prize bundle is Karen Ladd please email me your mailing address at Thanks so much for visiting with me last week. Mandi xox

Tag Trio Day 5 GIU

 Hello Friends Welcome to my final day as GIU girl. I must say that I have loved every minute of it and I have enjoyed putting all of my projects together for you to see. So I wanted to end my week with some distress tags. I love getting messy with my distress inks and using the embossing resist technique. I chose this lovely flower stamp set called  Insightful Meadows . The sentiments are from another stamp set called  The Simple Things . These were so easy to make I stamped all of the flowers and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Then I took 3 different colours for each tag and swiped them on to my craft sheet. I spritzed some water and let the tag pick up the inks. I dried them 3 or 4 times in between until I had built up the colours I wanted.  I then stamped out the sentiments on to vellum and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I attached the vellum with glue and glued it at the back of the tags. I finishe

Bold Butterfly GIU Day 4

   Hello Friends  Can you believe it is Thursday already? Where did the week go? I wanted to take a moment to say a big thank you for all of your sweet comments. Also a big welcome to my new followers :) I am honored that your are choosing to follow me in blog land. Now on to my cards :) If you did not know already I love butterflies. They are so pretty and delicate. I love this big bold butterfly stamp from Donna Downey. I made two different cards with it using white embossing powder. The top one I used with vellum and fussy cut my butterfly out. The second card I stamped directly on to kraft card and kept it pretty simple. I really love kraft and white together it looks so clean and pretty. I added some turquoise rhinestones to finish off the cards. I can't believe tomorrow is my last day of GIU the week has gone so fast. Thanks so much for stopping by I will see you all tomorrow. Mandi xox Stamps -  Bold Butterfly ,  Feather Flight &  God's Timing

Butterfly Branches GIU Day 3

Hello Friends Welcome to day 3 of GIU. Wow is it flying by fast! I hope you are enjoying my creations. I have really enjoyed making them. I went for some home decor for today's project some butterfly branches.   I wanted to make my butterfly branches using my favourite Unity butterfly stamp called A Friend Loveth . If you look through my blog I have used this stamp many many times it is my favourite butterfly stamp. I just love it the butterflies are just a perfect size and shape for so many projects. I asked my husband to go out to the garden and bring me in a small branch. Where we live backs out on to a little wooded area so there are lots of branches laying around.  He walked in the door a few minutes later with half a tree ha!  So I broke off a few branches and sent him back outside with the rest :) Making this is pretty easy all I did was take an empty bottle and pour some white paint inside and let it run o

Your Wings Exist GIU Day 2

Hello Friends Welcome to my day 2 of GIU. This wee girl is where my love of Unity all began. I saw her on a random post on Facebook and I absolutely loved with her. I had never seen stamps this adorable. I found the Unity page then discovered they were stamps designed by Phyllis Harris and she had a whole collection of them.  Phyllis captures the essence of childhood perfectly in her designs they are so amazing. I had only planned on buying one stamp set. Yes just one!! But when it arrived it was so nicely packaged and it stamped beautifully.  So from that moment on I was hooked. I went from 1 stamp to 3 baskets full in less than a year! This stamp will always hold a special place in my heart, It is called Your Wings Exist . I used my watercolour paints on my projects. I am no expert by any means at painting but I find them much easier to work with than alcohol markers. I am not great at colouring and the paints give a much softer finish. I find I can be too heavy handed

Weeds N Wishes GIU Day 1

Hello Friends Welcome to my first day of my first ever GIU week yay!! I am super excited to be showing you my creations this week with the wonderful Unity stamps :)  I only found out last week I would be the GIU girl this week. I had to switch out my Dec date as I will be in Scotland another yay :) I have two cards for you today with this new stamp set from Unity. I absolutely LOVE dandelions. So when I saw this set I just had to have it. It is called Wish With Your Heart and it is on sale right now for $12 a bargain. I think today is the last day of the sale so if you like it go and grab it quick!! So for my first card I wanted to do another black and white card. I also wanted to use my black distress ink which I bought months ago and have never used. It is called Black Soot and funnily enough it gets everywhere just like the real black soot. I love getting messy with my distress inks and kind of expect a bit of a mess. But the black mixed with water gets EVE

A Friend Loveth B&W

Hello Friends I made this quick card today for Friends With Flair . I used one of my favourite stamp sets called A Friend Loveth. I just love those butterflies this is my go to butterfly stamp and I never tire of it. I kept this card pretty simple. I just used an embossing folder to create the background. I stamped the sentiment straight on to the card. Then stamped my butterflies, cut them out and glued them to the card. Super easy :) Thanks so much for stopping by have a great weekend Mandi xox Challenges Simon Says Stamp Wed