January ODBD for OWH – stripes & hearts

There is a new Our Daily Bread Designs challenge up for Operation Write Home (don’t know what that is? Go here and find out. Then link up your own card.) 

This month’s challenge is to use stripes. Now, my office/craft space is a Disaster. Capital ‘d’ disaster. I’ve been spending 15 minutes a day the past few days to whip it into shape and it’s much, much better, but not ready yet to create anything… luckily, I made this card back in November and saved a photo of it.

Stamps: paper smooches simply said sentiments
papers: my Mind’s Eye, Gina K
Dies: Quickkutz heart dies
Ribbon: old – maybe American Crafts

Thanks for visiting me today! Stay warm – it’s frigid here in Wisconsin, and school has already been cancelled for Monday. We’re staying in!


OWH MWT – love/valentines

Hey guys, just popping in with a quick card share. This week’s Operation Write Home challenge is love or valentine’s cards. I made this one a while back, and saved it to share now. 🙂 I love black and white; it’s uber chic… I debated on adding a red heart and left it as is. I trust that you all will tell me if it needs a pop of color!

Paper: I think My Mind’s Eye
Stamp: Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday
Gina K card stock

Hope you guys are having a great week! We’re in the midst of birthday hoopla (my eldest turns 8 tomorrow!) and then it’s full-on Advent. I love this season of preparation for Christ’s birth! Also, I shocked my seven-year-old nephew the other day on the way to school with the news that our Advent calendar did not contain just chocolate, but days where we served the poor and did random acts of kindness. Go figure, right??


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. 🙂


Growing in Unity – day 4

Welcome back! If you missed any of my previous Growing in Unity posts this week, be sure to go back and comment for your chance to win Unity stamps. 🙂

Today I am all about the snow people. Did I ever tell you that I hate am allergic to coloring? I am. It’s true. I don’t buy stamps I have to color… and that is why I have a deep and abiding love for snow people stamps, because you can just color a tiny bit and they look great.


My Mind’s eye paper
Unity Stamp Co – you melt my heart itty bitty
Really Reasonable ribbon – burlap ribbon
Marvy Urchida markers

Thanks for visiting me today! come back tomorrow for my last Growing in Unity post; I just might have an EXTRA giveaway for you! 🙂


Gowing in Unity – day 3

Hello! It’s me again, back with day 3 as a GIU girl for Unity Stamp Co. 🙂 If you missed day 1 or day 2, be sure to hop back to leave comments to win some Itty Bitty’s!

Today I have a card made with one of my favorite sketches:

Unity – you give me butterflies (image) and snowflake kisses (sentiment)
My Mind’s Eye vanity fair papers
Seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Corner chomper
One of the things I love about Unity is that you can use their sets interchangeably. There are so many sentiments that I mix up to use with different images. I’m more a sentiment girl than anything else and I go back to about 10 of my favorite Unity sentiments over and over again. 🙂

Unity is allowing me to do a giveaway of 2 Itty Bitty stamps this week, so be sure to come back each day and comment to win! 


Growing in Unity – day 2

Hello again and welcome back to my blog for day 2 of growing in Unity for Unity Stamp Co.  Today I have a crooked picture for you, just tilt your head a little, ‘k? Sorry about that.

This is such a pretty stamp! I got it in a grab bag. Anyone recognize it?
My Mind’s Eye vanity fair papers
Unity Stamp Co flower stamp

I like to make a lot of no-sentiment cards. This one put me in a very cheery mood; better than a snowy mood since it rained all afternoon yesterday. BAH. But at least it wasn’t snow! 🙂

Be sure to come back each day until Friday and comment to win 2 Itty Bitty’s of your choice from Unity. Winner to be announced on Saturday!


Growing in Unity – day 1

Hello and happy Monday! I’m super excited to be this week’s Growing in Unity girl. Unity stamps make up the vast majority of my stamp collection… my husband even got me new Unity for Christmas last year. Hey, what can I say? I have good taste AND my husband is a keeper! 🙂

Today I have two cards to share; I make a lot of cards for Operation Write Home – they send blank cards overseas for our troops to write home to family and friends – and with the delay in sending mail overseas in time for it to have time to travel back here to the US, we are already on to Valentine’s Day and love cards already. Crazy, huh? Anyhow, here’s two I made with a fun Jillibean Soup/Unity set. One of these will probably go to my husband… he saw them and liked them both. 🙂

My Mind’s Eye paper
Jillibean Soup/Unity set – hearty barley
Twinery twine
Papertrey ink smoky shadow card stock
My Mind’s Eye paper
Jillibean Soup/Unity set – hearty barley
Twinery twine
Papertrey ink smoky shadow card stock

We are actually headed to Puerto Rico next Saturday for a belated 10 year anniversary trip. I am excited! And very overwhelmed. We will come to home to our youngest’s birthday, then Thanksgiving, then our eldest’s birthday just after that. EEEK!

Unity is allowing me to do a giveaway of 2 Itty Bitty stamps this week, so be sure to come back each day and comment to win! Have you seen the new releases? Oh my gosh – cute!!


OWH sketch 197

Happy Sunday!

Time for another Operation Write Home weekly sketch. I am busy tonight preparing for my week as ‘growing in Unity girl’ for Unity Stamp Co. Come visit my blog and comment tomorrow until Friday for your chance to win 2 Unity itty bitty’s of your choice! 🙂

Check it:

My Mind’s Eye Vanity Fair paper
My Mind’s Eye sweetest thing stamps
Tim Holtz inks

I was a little bit more ambitious with pattern mixing than usual. Yay or nay, people?


November ODBD/OWH challenge – love cards


Just a quick link up for the November Our Daily Bread Designs and Operation Write Home challenge… each month we are allowed to link up one card per blogger. If there are 50 links, ODBD will donate the cost of shipping two boxes overseas to our heroes!

Since the holiday deadline has passed, we’re getting into love mode around here. I’ve made several love cards lately; I don’t tend to make Valentines since love cards can be used year round:

My Mind’s Eye paper
Ali Edwards for TT sentiment

Thanks for looking!


Unity’s FWF 10/25

Hey all, it’s Unity’s Friends with Flair day (link up, comment, win prizes, get inspired, it’s all good) and it’s also my 10 year wedding anniversary! 🙂

So… just a quick card share. Because the kids are fighting. Of course they are. They haven’t seen each other alllllllll day long while the oldest is in school so playing together nicely? Nah.

Unity Stamp Co sentiment
My Mind’s Eye paper
Quickkutz heart dies
Gina K card stock

Still love struck after 10 years! 🙂 This sentiment is from a random grab bag… anyone know which set it was from? It’s cute!

We are headed to Puerto Rico in 3 weeks to celebrate our anniversary, sans kids… oh gosh I cannot wait!!

Have a great weekend,