Thursday, July 24, 2014

Unity Blog Hop 07.24.14!

Welcome to my spot on the hop!  Our summer is winding down and soon school will begin. How has your summer been rolling along?  I can’t believe how fast the time just flies by. We’ve really been enjoying these {lazy} weeks of Summer 2014.

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This past July, me and my daughter, Brandi, got to see the greatest rock show this summer—KISS’s 40-Year Anniversary Tour with Def Leppard opening for them. I’m a fan of both bands, but I’ve been a fan of KISS since I was in the second grade. The tickets were my birthday present from Brandi earlier this year. What a SURPRISE! We couldn’t wait to go! She’s the best-est and we had a great time rocking the night away together. It was a blast seeing KISS for the first time AND it was Brandi’s first time, too.

I thought this layout would be the perfect reason to use this month’s SMAK kit which is full of BIG numbers as well as smaller numbers to use for anniversaries, birthdays, etc. The BIG 4 and 0 and “years” was used from the kit below on the layout above.

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I also used the hashtag #WISHBIG from this month’s sentiment kit below.

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Onto getting some more scrapping done . . . I couldn’t resist using the camera with a sentiment from this month’s KOM on this layout of Brandi and her buds goofing around during a road trip to Yosemite.  She really does give me many reasons to smile . . .

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I also used the hashtag #theperfectday from the Hashtag Kit below. I’ve been using this kit A LOT lately.

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Yes! A NEW AngieGIRL release!

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Yep—here’s a new AngieGIRL!  Her name is Diana. She’s brilliant, strong, and confident. She’s perfect to celebrate our everyday heroines in all capacities. Heck, I just had a great time coloring Diana.

Here’s a peek at the NEW AngieGIRL release lineup—HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Angie!

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We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway (Unity sign not included).  Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog: http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/

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Good luck to you ALL! 

Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s latest promotion by clicking the graphic below which is just like a magical portal that will take you away to Unity Stamp Company where you can SHOP—SHOP--SHOP!

SALE STARTS AT NOON CENTRAL TIME

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PLEASE share your lovely creations on Facebook with the Unity {show & tell) Facebook group. Lots of us check-in there daily (I check in several times daily—I’m addicted to inspiration).

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Thank you all so much for hopping along with us and leaving positive comments. They are MUCH appreciated. If you ever have questions regarding my creative process or crafty items or tools that I use along the journey, PLEASE leave me your questions in the comments.

Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Unity Blog Hop 07.10.14!

We’re hopping along on this HOT July day with some NEW Itty-Bitty stamp sets AND there’s a new Unity {be inspired} Challenge which includes an inspiration color photo, a card sketch, and a scrapbook layout sketch! 

Let’s start with a layout I made using this month’s scrapbook layout sketch as inspiration from the {be inspired} challenge.9 amazing years This picture of me and my husband, Rodney, was taken on our wedding day. Saturday will be our nine-year wedding anniversary. I was feeling very sentimental about the date and thought I’d reminisce about our kiss all over again. Rodney has been the best-est husband and friend to me. He’s kind-hearted, funny, forgiving, generous, talented, crazy, laid-back, and is never irritated or frustrated with the craziness I seem to thrive from--that’s saying a lot--trust me!  He takes good care of me. On any given day, he’s interested in my theories and opinions and makes me giggle—that’s important.  Best of all, I know my husband has my back and what we have is a loving partnership with an amazing family. That doesn’t mean I always agree with him AND I know he doesn’t agree with me either, but we respect each other. I’m proud of him. He’s my one and only.

Okay, enough of the mushiness! G-ROSS!

On the above layout, I used the new sentiment kit, Wish with Your Heart; this month’s SMAK Kit, All in the Numbers; the Hashtag kit that debuted last month, and one of the new Itty-Bitty sets you could get FREE just for SHOPPING through the weekend at Unity.10410090_10203319448260351_3729922152608137720_n JULY-2014-SMAK-ALL-IN-THE-NUMBERSUK-698A-HASHTAG-KIT10402046_10154353723505475_5594663838400067891_nI also was inspired to get busy making a card using the card sketch from this month’s {be inspired} challenge.wish you were hereOn the above card I used this month’s Layers of Life Kit, Becoming Who I Am; the new sentiment kit (preview above), and the flowers are from this month’s Kit of the Month, Beautiful – Inside and Out.BECOMING-WHO-I-AM1 JULY-2014-BEAUTIFUL-INSIDE-AND-OUT AND REMEMBER:

EVERY MONTH Unity has a NEW CHALLENGE and chooses a WINNER from the PREVIOUS MONTH! If you win, you get to HOP with the Unity Design Team for our next {be INSPIRED} Challenge AND win a bunch of FABULOUS Unity goodies10454999_10203308781513689_7623491349377069047_o I’m not done—I got a couple more scrapbook layouts to share with you. I was in the mood to just SCRAP a couple of recent photos that caught my attention. When the mood strikes, scrapping happens. I LOVE it when that happens.amazing possibility This is a layout using a picture of my daughter on her recent trip to Yosemite. She amazes me, what can I say? I love hanging out with her and learning how she experiences HER life. She’s SUPER cool.

Again, I used this month’s Kit of the Month (preview above), the Hashtag kit (preview above), and one of the NEW Itty-Bitty stamp sets you can get for FREE just for shopping Unity this weekend!Jake selfie This is the last one—I PROMISE! 

When your children become adults and fly from the coop, especially sons, you just don’t hear from them as much as you’d like to. Living their life just gets in the way. Harshly put, but it’s the truth. This is my son, Jake, who I rarely get pictures of anymore—he’s just SUPER busy living his life and I’m so proud he’s doing just that.  A couple of weeks ago, he posted this selfie on Instagram/Facebook and I couldn’t have been happier!  He’s wearing his new suit at work and he’s SO handsome!

On this layout, I used the new Layers of Life kit (preview above), the new sentiment kit (preview above), and the Gina & Me stamp set that debuted last month.135476_10154156707655475_7697954632968425487_o Thank you all so much for spending your time perusing my creations and leaving me such positive comments during the hops. My hope is that I inspire YOU to use Unity stamps!  If you ever have questions regarding my creative process or crafty items or tools that I use along the journey, PLEASE leave me your questions in the comments. I DO read them and would love to share information with YOU!

Now onto the IMPORTANT stuff!

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway (Unity sign not included).  Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog: http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/10464208_10203308725872298_8796210785180969099_n 

Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s latest promotion by clicking the graphic below which is just like a magical portal that will take you away to Unity Stamp Company where you can SHOP—SHOP--SHOP!

SALE STARTS AT NOON CENTRAL TIME

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PLEASE share your lovely creations on Facebook with the Unity {show & tell) Facebook group. Lots of us check-in there daily (I check in several times daily—I’m addicted to inspiration).

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Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unity Blog Hop 06.26.14

YIPP-ee-SKIP-EEE! It’s Thursday and that means another Unity Blog Hop with NEW RELEASES!  This week there’s a Gina & Me stamp set with Ang & Me papers—A CO-RELEASE with Gina K Stamps!

AND a TON of new AngieGirls by Angie Blom!

Let’s start with a scrapbook layout, sized 8-1/2-x-11-inches! best selfie everThe above layout includes pictures of my daughter and her besties enjoying this summer’s Warped Tour in Mountainview, CA. There was reason to celebrate (again) this year as her boyfriend’s band won a spot to play the Shoreline Amphitheater (again) at Warped Tour. We’re super proud Max(again)!

Both butterflies, “Best Selfie Ever”, & “Can’t Picture life without you” are from the Gina & Me Stamp Set—NEW this week at Unity.10514662_10154300682155475_456404331429589646_n The camera is from Unity’s “Just a Little Clicky” stamp.0002654_0-570x380 Other Supplies Used

All print-and-cut items were printed and cut using Matte Photo Paper by Staples/Silhouette Cameo/Hewlett Packard Photosmart B8550

Watercolor Brush: Art Rage 4

Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color the camera

Black Soot Distress Ink was applied to edges of print-and-cut items

Patterned Paper:  Fresh Cut, BasicGrey; Playful Papers by Nancie Rowe Janitz available at snapclicksupply.com

Circle shapes and Sketch pen circles and dashed circle:  Silhouette Cameo

Orange and silver accents from Imaginisce were applied to the butterflies and camera using their I-Rock tool

Adhesive:  3M Foam Mounting Tape, Scotch ATG 700, and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

It’s time for a card, one to send to your bestie thanking her for that great time you had the other day!

thank youThe besties, “Best Selfie Ever”, & “thank you, FRIEND” are also from the Gina & Me Stamp Set!

Other Supplies Used

All print-and-cut items were printed and cut using Matte Photo Paper by Staples/Silhouette Cameo/Hewlett Packard Photosmart B8550

Black Soot Distress Ink was applied to the edge of the card mat

Patterned Paper:  Fresh Cut, BasicGrey; Al Fresco Papers by Nancie Rowe Janitz available at snapclicksupply.com

Heart Tab Polaroid Frame:  Silhouette America Online Store

Metallic pink accents from Imaginisce were applied to the sentiment using their I-Rock tool

The heart tab was adhered to the frame using the Tiny Attacher/staples by Tim Holtz

Glossy Accents by Ranger was applied to the heart on the tab

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG 700

You can’t forget your bestie on her birthday!wishing

Both butterflies and the sentiment are from the Gina & Me Stamp Set!

Other Supplies Used

All print-and-cut items were printed and cut using Matte Photo Paper by Staples/Silhouette Cameo/Hewlett Packard Photosmart B8550

Black Soot Distress Ink was applied to the edge of the card mat

Patterned Paper:  Fresh Cut, BasicGrey

Large Balloon A2 Decorative Card:  Silhouette America Online Store

Orange and silver accents from Imaginisce were applied to the butterflies and camera using their I-Rock tool

Twine:  Miss Caroline Dilly Dally Celebrate by My Mind’s Eye

Adhesive:  3M Foam Mounting Tape, Scotch ATG 700, and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

And now for a peek at those Ang & Me papers!

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I wanted her in my thrift store art journal planner, right beside other Unity stamps as well—Chicken Wire Background, Time Well Spent, a bit from the February 2014 Kit of the Month, and a bit from the December 2012 Kit of the Month.

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Other Supplies Used

All print-and-cut items were printed and cut using Matte Photo Paper by Staples/Silhouette Cameo/Hewlett Packard Photosmart B8550

Watercolor brush:  ArtRage 4 using a Wacom Tablet and Stylus

Black Soot Distress Ink was applied to the edge of the journal page

White Prismacolor Pencil

Patterned Paper:  Journal Your Art Out 2 by Nancie Rowe Janitz

As you can SEE—Lots and lots going on today and all weekend long at Unity.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway (Unity sign not included).  Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog:  http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/10383866_10203078845285427_2216204421648159763_oBe sure you take advantage of Unity’s latest promotion by clicking the graphic below which is just like a magical portal that will take you away to Unity Stamp Company where you can SHOP—SHOP--SHOP!

SALE STARTS AT NOON CENTRAL TIME

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ALSO: I released two videos to YouTube this week. One pertains to watercolor techniques in ArtRage 4 which includes, but is not limited to, the following information:  how to open a new painting, import a scanned stamped image, how to resize the watercolor, gloop, and pen brushes, and how to import pictures to use as color palettes, and then how to use the color sampler to sample colors for use from those pictures. I also demonstrate how to rotate the image, crop, and export the image, and a bit on how to use layers, erase, etc. In the video, I’m using the PC version of ArtRage 4 with a Wacom tablet and stylus. Another benefit of the program you can see in the video below is that you can zoom into an image and see it much larger.  Have you ever wanted to do that in real life with a stamped image?  Just to get into the nook and cranny of the image to color in more detail? As I’ve gotten older, I must admit, coloring images in detail has grown difficult for me to do. This feature could help you.

And in the second video, I show you how I assembled the tag using the image I colored in the above video.

PLEASE share your lovely creations on Facebook with the Unity {show & tell) Facebook group. Lots of us check-in there daily (I check in several times daily—I’m addicted to inspiration).

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