Friday, May 19, 2017

What's in YOUR Bunkie?

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm so excited to be part of this awesome hop celebrating the launch of Simply Charming Bags, the new home of the Bunkie Bag and all of her sisters!

For those of you unfamiliar with Bunkie Bags, zippered MISTI totes, and the rest of the family they are handmade by the amazing and vivacious Denise, aka Den Bunkie Bags, the wonderful mother of Suzy. I'm lucky, I've been adopted into the family and get to call her Momma. :) And let me tell you, Momma knows how to sew! She also makes amazing snickerdoodles...sigh...

As a part of this celebration, Momma is giving away a $20 gift certificate to Simply Charming Bags. All you have to do is comment on all the stops on the hop; winner will be announced on Friday, May 26th.

So, what do I keep in my Bunkie? I consider her my 'go bag' when I'm off cropping or card making for the day. (any NCIS fans? Anyone?) And let me tell you, Bunkie holds more than you think!

Of course, pretty fabric is just as addicting as pretty paper, so I have a few to choose from...LOL

I've had my green one for 3 years now and she's still going strong! Oh, and I've had to clean melted chocolate out of my glitter one...thank goodness Momma has cleaning instructions. I do suggest eating all of your chocolate before putting your Bunkie in the trunk to drive home to New York...from July. Yeah.

I've also used Bunkies as gift bags, stuffed them full of Christmas cards for a trip to the post office (you can fit 50 one layer cards, FYI) and used them to sneak candy into the house. They're the perfect little tote bag!

Looking around my craft room, Momma is everywhere...LOL I have a MISTI zip tote for both my regular MISTI and my Mini MISTI which is where they live all.the.time. That way I know they're safe and sound, and I tuck my foam insert right back in there when I'm not using it. One less thing for me to lose that way...oh, and my spare grid pads fit in there, too!

Then there's my Scan 'n Cut cover. Isn't it pretty? I have a matching one for my Silhouette Cameo, but she's packed up for a crop right now. Some people poo-poo machine covers, saying they use their machines every day, who needs a cover?? Yeah, I have cats...I don't need cat fur in my machines! LOL

And then there's my custom tote bag. Oh, I love her so; I picked out the fabric myself shopping with Momma. I can fit soooooo much in here, and she matches my MISTI pouch. She even traveled to Creativation with me! :) I think she needs a sister; just look at this fabric coming next month!!

Ok ok, enough of me waxing poetic about Momma's awesome bags; now you're off to Justine's blog!

Full hop list:

Momma herself

Enjoy the hop, and congrats Momma! How about some snickerdoodles to celebrate? ;)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Oh the #Foolishness

Happy Monday! How about a mini-hop to alleviate the pain of the weekend being over?

So, I have had the epic joy of considering the wonderful Kymona Tracey as a friend, three years now I believe. We first met when we were on the original So Suzy Stamps Design Team together. And since goodness, the foolishness we have shared! LOL

So some people say silliness, some tell you that's ridiculous or crazy or nutty...but our Kymona is all about the foolishness. Thus, after Suzy, Justine, Josefine, Kymona and I hung out all of Creativation this January the plan was hatched that we needed a special stamp to commemorate such an occasion and the memories we made - #Foolishness.

Better still, Kymona is now waking up to see exactly what #foolishness we've been up to. Oh yeah, this is a total surprise for her. Happy #Foolishness Day, Kymona! Hehehehehehe...and I can totally hear her telling me just how foolish this card is.

Now, we all know how much I love my coffee. If you don't, um, #foolishness. LOL But there's a certain trend I just could not get behind...I do hope you can figure out which one.

Total. Utter. #Foolishness! Of course, Kymona has also witnessed just how much caffeine I like to consume in a given day, which she has also deemed as #foolishness. I love you, too, Kymona!

I actually had to Google an image of the unicorn drink (as I went nowhere near that #foolishness) for my color palette. After I had that, I went to town masking and stamping my unicorns. I simply fussy cut the masks out of my Post-it tape, which is a fabulous (and cheap) way to do it. Better still, the tape is still sticky and tucked into my stamp packaging for next time. I die cut the coffee cup out of Neenah Solar White first so I knew how much room I had to work with. Then I stamped them all in Memento ink and had fun coloring! It was so much fun using such different colors together in a project.

Copics used: RV04, RV25, RV17, V05, RV02, V01, V0000, BV000, BG13, BG15

I also die cut the cup and lid out of acetate and layered it over the top of my cardstock piece. It's hard to see in photos, but in life it really gives the illusion of the actual frapuccino cup. I stuck it down by running it thru my Xyron machine. Then it was just a matter of heat embossing the #Foolishness on a scrap of purple cardstock (Kymona's favorite color, FYI) in gold embossing powder and adding it with foam tape to the front of the card.

I had to finish up the inside as well, of course! The sentiment is from the Magical Unicorns stamp set and is totally true - you are magical, Kymona! Enjoy this mini-hop in your honor and all the #Foolishness we cooked up for you.

Be sure to visit Suzy, Justine, and Josefine as well to see what #Foolishness they've cooked up!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and try to add some fun #Foolishness each and every day. Happy Caffeinated Crafting!

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