Growing in Unity – day 5

Hello friends! It’s my last day as Growing in Unity girl for Unity Stamp Co. My daughter’s favorite board book is What Should we Do with the Boo Hoo Baby so I won’t be all boo hoo hoo because truth is this week was so much fun… but I’m not sorry to see it end because it doesn’t end!! We have the Unity Facebook page, Pinterest, and Friends with Flair every Friday  for inspiration and camaraderie.  🙂

This is kind of going to be a show-and-tell kind of post but with more showing and less telling, ’cause I know you all have more important things to do:

Mini cards; thought these might be a fun thing to tuck in a teacher gift for Christmas:
Jillibean Soup/Unity Jolly Good Fun (left)
Unity’s Christmas Bough set (right)
Marvy Urchida markers/gel pens
This stamp is completely underwhelming if you do not emboss it. Know what I also hate am allergic to, besides coloring? Heat embossing, though I did it anyway ’cause I like you guys… Oh, and loose glitter too. Did I tell you my daughter’s Halloween costume was sparkly and shed glitter? Guess who is still cleaning up glitter eight days later... I’m not sure what happened with the color here. The green appears much less neon-like in real life.
Unity Christmas bough
embossing powder
Gina K card stock; SU ribbon
Then I thought I might try it on the kraft. My sentiment inks did not get fabulous coverage so it’s slightly underwhelming. Love this big branch though!!
Unity Christmas Bough
SU ribbon, Gina K card stock
My Mind’s Eye paper
Unity’s Chrismtas Bough set (image)
 Jillibean/Unity Tis the Season for Joy set (sentiment)

Thank you for visiting me! Unity will give two Itty Bitty’s to a winner from the comments I received this week, so go back to the previous posts and comment if you haven’t already done so – better odds are a good thing! And then go shop, cause those new punny stamps are AMAZING. 🙂


OWH sketch 193

Time for another Operation Write Home sketch – did you hop yesterday for the World Cardmaking Day blog hop? I did, though I only made it about 2/3 of the way through the hop. I can finish off the rest today. There’s so many great cards! If you didn’t see my card, be sure to scroll down to the next post (there’s blog candy!). 

Today’s sketch is number 193. I really like this sketch! And since my eldest has been sick this weekend, no Mass for me today. :/ She went to bed still feeling really sick but woke up chipper and happy, which is wonderful, but I don’t want her to over-do. And heaven forbid we share germs… no other family wants what she had! 😦

These were my first efforts. The ribbon tab card was #2… my seven year old decimated my bling stash the other day, and I wasn’t liking what bling I had to add on the left side, so I added ribbon tabs.
My Mind’s Eye papers
Twinery twine
Gina K card stock

Then I decided to make a couple more changes, and I really really really liked the end result. See what you think. The left card was #3 and the right was the final card, which is my favorite of all of them.
My Mind’s Eye
Gina K card stock
Lawn Fawn sentiment

And I think this is my last Scrapfest photo: Jillibean Soup class cards

Thanks for visiting me today! Remember Sandy is asking for holiday cards to arrive by October 15 if possible. I already sent a bunch and I’ll be sending my final batch next week! Then on to Valentine’s Day. 🙂


OWH sketch 192

Happy Sunday! It’s time for Operation Write Home sketch 192. I’m at the very tail end of this Jillibean Soup paper pad, so I think I may make a few more of this theme. 🙂

Jillibean Soup designer paper
Unity Stamp co clipboard and sentiment
kraft is embossed with a woodgrain folder
Gina K chocolate brown for the layers
And… a couple of promised photos from Scrapfest last weekend! I still have to show you the Jillibean Soup photos and the Unity ones. These are the make & takes that we did; we didn’t have much time between classes:
From l-r: Bo Bunny, Lawn Fawn, Simple Stories
There were others I would have LOVED to do. We spent nearly an hour waiting in the Lawn Fawn line, but it was so worth it! That’s the bell jar turned upside down for snow globe!! 🙂

And then these are three of the cards I made from the Doodlebug class. We only had time to make 3 in class and we brought three home to complete. Their stuff has glitter, FYI, not OWH safe and not my preference, but the cards turned out very cute. Washi flags are HARD to do but the result is very very cute (top card).

That’s all for me tonight! Thanks for visiting!


OWH sketch 191

Happy Sunday, people! I’m recovering from a long, busy day at Scrapfest yesterday. It was so much fun!! I owe a HUGE thanks to my bloggy and now real-life friend Sarah for saving the day – I was supposed to attend with a local friend, but she was unable to come at the last minute. Sarah agreed to come and take her place at the classes, so I rocked some tunes and diet coke and made the 2.5 hour trip there and back yesterday. 

AND she is as lovely and funny as you would expect reading her blog. I’m so glad we got to meet and hang out all day! 🙂

I will review some of the classes and share some of the projects this week, so stay tuned! (Hint – my favorite class (AGAIN) was Jillibean Soup. Love Jill!!!)

It’s time for another Operation Write Home sketch, this week is 191. I made this card:

Jillibean Soup apple cheddar soup
Paper Smooches sentiment
Gina K dark chocolate card stock
labels 8

And if you can’t tell anything odd about it, I will thank you greatly. (The labels don’t ‘nest’ well, so I die cut the sentiment and then trimmed the red around it. Can you tell?)

I’m not sure about that green apple background, so give me a yay or nay in the comments, will you? 

And my moment of shame… I bought these yesterday:

In the Archiver’s ‘sale’ section. 8 paper pads, people! The problem is, they all call to me. And the truth… I had more in my basket that I put back! This is most of my haul. Technique Tuesday! I’m not sure why we didn’t hear more squeals when we were shopping… oh the good stuff to be found!


Unity’s FWF 9/13

If you are here for my Lone Wolf Designs post, showcasing Lawn Cuts by Lawn Fawn, please scroll down or click here. 

Hey there friends, time for another Friends with Flair Friday over at the Unity Stamp Co blog. I have gotten out of the habit of participating (boo!) and so here I am again. 🙂 

I have been trying to use up some of my partial 6×6 pads… because sadly, I seem to accumulate them faster than I can use them. I’m sure I’m the only one with multiplying paper. 

Anyhow. I LOVED this MME happy go lucky pad and I am sad to see it gone, but it was so much fun to create with. I loved the patterns and the bright colors!

This was a random stamp I received and I ADORE it. 🙂
Random ribbon from stash, Quickkutz heart dies. At this point I was only
running on smaller scrap pieces, yet this is probably my favorite card of
all that I made using up this pad!

And here are a few more. I used up all of my leftover Jililbean Soup epoxy buttons on these cards… the colors coordinated perfectly! The left bottom card uses a gorgeous Unity flower stamp. SO pretty!
Stamps via Unity Stamp Co, Paper Smooches, Ali edwards for Technique Tuesday.

And a handful more for good measure:
Stamps via Paper Smooches, Ali Edwards for TT, Lizzie Anne Designs.

Thanks for visiting me today! have a wonderful weekend!


FWF 8/9… a cozy christmas

So seriously, at Christmas last year my husband ordered me Unity Stamps! He was even impressed with the seriously large selection of different styles. 🙂 This stamp is one of my favorites from one of the kits he got me… it’s got such a cool retro vibe AND it’s a really generic sentiment. I LOVE sentiment stamps and if I can use them for a season, not just a specific day, well my heart gets all happy! It pairs really nicely with this MME paper, which I am going to use up this holiday season. 

I AM. You should see my stack of 6×6’s. It’s kind of embarrassing.

Okay, so the card. Usually I look for a sketch or have an idea to jump start a card. This time I just kind of took some ideas and went with it to see what I got.

I think I like it. 

Pay no mind to the oddly large card prop, which is making the bottom look all bowed. It’s not. 

My Mind’s Eye The Merry Days of Christmas
Bazill Carob cream cardstock
Unity Stamp Co – KOM Oct 2012
Jilibean Soup button; Twinery twine

Be sure to head back to the Unity blog and check out everyone’s projects. There’s always so many stamps I want need to buy (and thankfully, a sale too!). 🙂


OWH/ODBD challenge for August

Yes that’s not a terribly exciting title. Sorry, it’s been one of those days. It’s 5:30 pm and the girls fell asleep about 45 minutes ago. Do you see my problem??

Oh goodness gracious.

On the other hand, I do have a card for the August Operation Write Home & Our Daily Bread Designs challenge. Each month the (lovely) ODBD people challenge the (creative & talented) OWH people to make cards based on a theme for our heroes. If there are 25 cards linked, they will pay the cost to ship one box of cards overseas to our heroes; if 50 are linked, they will sponsor two boxes! What a generous thing, right?

Card stock: PTI ripe avocado and Gina K chocolate brown
Jillibean Soup patterned paper and embellishment
sentiment by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday

Thanks for visiting me today!


OWH MWT & bootcamp

Hey there! It’s challenge day over at the Operation Write Home blog and today’s challenge is cards for kids! I’m sharing a card I made recently from some scrap pieces… gotta love it when you can use it up! See, people, this is why I leave my crafting space in disarray so often. Then I have to clean it, and it never fails that 10 minutes in I’ve found several things that could make a card and then I’m off crafting again. 🙂

Anyhow, this also works for the OWH Bootcamp repetition class:
Jilibean Soup dp scraps
Unity Stamp Co sentiment
Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder
Momento Danube blue and dandelion inks
Really Reasonable Ribbon crinkle ribbon
Gina K card stock

I thought this made a fun and cheery kid birthday card… those number papers work really well for kid birthdays, in my opinion! I think you can see the repetition here… there’s a lot of dots! 

Thanks for visiting me today!


OWH sketch 174

Whew! I just finished hopping through the Operation Write Home Memorial Day bloghop! Did you check it out? You totally should; there are some amazing cards!!!

We’ve been out of town so I just got to the sketch of the week when we got home today. Is it bad that I made cards before we finished unpacking stuff? Nope, didn’t think so either. 😉

I made 3. This sketch totally intimidated me until I started cutting paper and then it fell together better in my head once I saw what was taking shape on paper. Weird, yes, I know I am. This is sketch 174:

Papers by MME Everyday Flair
Jilibean soup buttons
Sentiments from Ali Edwards for TTuesday

Thanks for visiting me!


Drunken Stampers challenge #124: Twilight

Hello there! Time for another Drunken Stampers challenge – this time the movie is Twilight (creatures of the night). I’m really not into the vampire thing – I’ve never read the books or seen the movie. Creatures of the night, though… well, I can do that. 🙂

I created a fun owl card for this challenge.

Jillibean Soup – homemade 6 bean soup paper
PTI ripe avocado card stock
owl stamp set from Ebay
Twinery twine

Be sure to head over to the Drunken Stampers blog for the rest of the DT inspiration and to upload your owl creation! (Freudian slip; that’s what I actually typed instead of ‘own’… and I’m going to leave it because it amuses me. So there. :))