Sunday, November 23, 2014

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER

The # chosen by random.org was
#10:
Denise Bryant said...
You must have a huge Unity collection! Awesome! Love their designs!
Pretty layout! Thanks for sharing your creations, and congrats on being the GUI gal this week!

Friday, November 21, 2014

GROWING IN UNITY DAY 5

I hope you have enjoyed my week of growing in Unity as much as I have.  I though I would end the week with something different.  Since I've shared layouts the rest of the week, today I will share:
the Christmas card that will be sent to our family and friends this year.
I start planning the family Christmas card almost a year in advance, when my local scrapbook store, Cat's Creations Scrapbooks, has a sale.  I actually already have next year's Christmas card designed and the supplies purchased (I'm sick, I know!). 

Back to the card for this year...
I used paper from Echo Park, Best Creations, Wausau, and cardstock by Bazzill.
The ribbon is by May Arts and I used my copic markers to color the image.  I am not an accomplished copic user, but still prefer the way they color over other markers.  I used a corner chomper by We R Memory Keepers to make the decorative corners.  The stamp I used is the "Find The Joy" itty bitty and I used Memento ink to stamp the image.    I have wanted to use this stamp on a Christmas card ever since I bought it.   I found a sentiment stamp at Cat's that went perfectly with this stamp and here we are!

Thank you all for visiting my blog this week.  I appreciate your kind comments more than you could possibly know.  I will use random.org to choose a winner on Sunday, so check back then to see if you are the lucky winner. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GROWING IN UNITY DAY 4

Thanks for visiting for day 4 of my Growing in Unity week.
This is the facing page to yesterday's layout.
We went on a cruise around San Diego Bay and went under Coronado Bridge.
The pictures were really fun and these 2 pages will feature those photos.
Again, I used the Carta Bella collection, "Ahoy There".
The photo mats are from Authentique, the aqua stripe paper is by Fancy Pants, bling from Queen & Co., ink is Tim Holtz distress inks by Ranger, alphabet stickers from Simple Stories, banner stickers from Carta Bella, and burlap from Canvas Corp.  

On this layout, to continue the look of the facing page, I cut a strip of red burlap and 
adhered it down the side of the long fishtail banner strip on the right side of the page.
The anchor, seashell, and starfish stamps are part of the "Beach Cottage" co-branded set with Iron Orchid Designs, the arrow in a circle stamp is from the January 2014 SMAK kit, "Adventure",  the remember stamp is from the February 2014 SMAK kit, "Camera Ready",  and the best day ever stamp is from the April 2013 SMAK kit, "Celebrate the Good Times".

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize from Unity.    So, comment every day for more chances and good luck.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

GROWING IN UNITY, DAY 3

Thanks for stopping by again for my Growing in Unity week.  This is one of the wonderful things about Unity Stamp Company:  they are so customer oriented.  They have this program where 52 of their customers are featured along with their work featuring Unity Stamps.  You don't have to apply to be the guest designer, you just volunteer!  Maria Levine is so sweet to organize this, and I'm sure it is not easy.  So, not only does Unity have phenomenal stamps at a fantastic price, they love their customers.
This is another layout for our recent trip to San Diego. 
I again used  paper from Carta Bella's collection, "Ahoy There" along with the aqua stripe from Fancy Pants and the white cardstock from Authentique. The inks I used are Tim Holtz's distress inks and Ranger's Archival ink. The sticker letters are from Simple Stories, I believe.  I also added a small piece of red burlap from Canvas Corporation under my group of stamped images.  The journaling block where I placed my title and the seashell stamp are from "The Beach Cottage Collection"  a co-branded collection by Unity Stamp Company and Iron Orchid Designs.  If you ever need some beach themed stamps, I HIGHLY recommend this set--it is BEAUTIFUL!!!   The "Never forget this day" stamp is from the April 2013 SMAK kit "Celebrate the Good Times".  The map heart is from the "Going Places" kit, February 2013 SMAK.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize from Unity.    So, comment every day for more chances and good luck. 

 I can't pass up a chance to shout out a 
HAPPY 89TH BIRTHDAY 
to my  amazing Daddy.  Love him so much.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GROWING IN UNITY DAY 2

I apologize for the lateness of this post.  I have had a nasty stomach bug that pretty much wiped me out!  Plus, no internet access for some reason.  Working on a permanent solution for that, but have solved it temporarily at least.
This is the facing page to yesterday's page to complete the two page layout.
I really like how this two page layout turned out even though I struggled with it for a while.
The products I used are the same:   I used paper from Carta Bella's collection, "Ahoy There" and Imaginisce's collection "Perfect Vacation".The inks I used are Tim Holtz's distress inks and Ranger's Archival ink.  The bling I used is by Queen & Company and the ribbon is by May Arts.  I used Tim Holtz's tiny attacher to attach the ribbon.  On this page I also useed a sticker from the "Ahoy There" collection.  Again, I used stamps from SMAK kits.

The film strip journal stamp and "Good Times" stamp are from the  April 2013  Kit, "Celebrate the Good Times."    The compass rose stamp, the destination arrow, and the here, there, everywhere stamp are all from the "Going Places" February 2013 Kit.  

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize from Unity.    So, comment every day for more chances and good luck.


Monday, November 17, 2014

GROWING IN UNITY, DAY 1

      I am really excited to once again be able to share some of my creations using one of my favorite products, Unity stamps.  I have joked with Angela that it is pretty sad when she has a sale and there is nothing for me to purchase since I already own it all. Although I don't actually own ALL of the Unity stamp sets, I have a HUGE collection.  So, this week I am excited to be featuring these wonderful stamps on my projects.
     My first project is a layout that will have some photos from our recent trip to San Diego.  I used paper from Carta Bella's collection, "Ahoy There" and Imaginisce's collection "Perfect Vacation".
The inks I used are Tim Holtz's distress inks and Ranger's Archival ink.  The bling I used is by Queen & Company and the ribbon is by May Arts.  I used Tim Holtz's tiny attacher to attach the ribbon to the ticket.  The stamps I used are from SMAK kits, which are one of my favorite products of Unity!!  "Love this day" is from the February 2014 kit, "Camera Ready".  The ticket is from the "Going Places" February 2013 kit.  The "Good Times" image behind the ticket is from the "Celebrate the Good Times" April 2013 kit.  

     One of the great things about having a stamp collection is the ability to create your own embellishments.  Instead of having to purchase expensive stickers and other embellishments, I was able to create my own.  I love that!   Stamps aren't just for making cards...they are great for creating embellishments for scrapbook layouts.  

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize from Unity.    So, comment every day for more chances and good luck. 



Friday, October 25, 2013

WOW, IT'S FRIENDS WITH FLAIR FRIDAY!

When I was making cards the other day, I wanted to make some sympathy cards.  I always struggle with making sympathy cards.  I had the background paper by Basic Grey that I wanted to use, but then the challenge was to find some paper that coordinated with it since it was a weird color.  This paper from last year's winter collection by Fancy Pants coordinated beautifully with it.  I used some of my favorite crinkled crepe ribbon by Creative Impressions ( I think that is the brand) to give it even more color.  The stamp is from Bevy of Butterflies and I used my Creative Memories circle punch.  The ink I used is a Powder Puff chalk ink.
I also made some cards that could be sympathy or get well cards.  This card used one of the BEAUTIFUL big butterfly stamps from the Butterfly Beauty stamp set.  The background paper is from a baby collection by Little Yellow Bicycle, I think.  I bought a bunch of this paper when Cat was having a big sale since the colors are fantastic, it is a varnished paper with lots of texture, plus it works for travel, ocean, and lots of things--LOVE IT!  The rose paper is by My Minds Eye and the cardstock is by Bazzill.  The butterfly is stamped on a scrap of paper that I had.  I used a punch by Stampin Up to punch out the sentiment, which is from the My Thoughts are With You  set.  I love those sentiment collections since they are wonderful to grab when you want to make a bunch of cards.

I'm going to link this to the Friends with Flair hop as well as Cat's WOW Wednesday hop.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win from Cat or Unity.  Two chances to win--FUN!!!!  Go back to Cat's blog and Unity's blog to check out everyone else's creations and leave more comments for even more chances to win.