Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ugly Sweaters Anyone?

Happy Sunday!

This past week, I was STILL making Christmas cards to send away to my loved ones. I’m STILL inspired by the season we’re currently living through right NOW and that makes me giddy and thankful for Christmastime, family, and friends.

There’s nothing like being inspired by the present. The weather, the colors, the sounds, and the tempo of RIGHT NOW are all motivational prompts, especially this time of year. There’s nothing like it. It’s magical.

Help it last a little while longer . . .

Sometimes our family leaves the Christmas tree up until the middle of January. There have been a few years my dear hubby dared me to keep it up past Valentine’s Day. It might happen this year.

Ugly Sweaters Cards

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I LOVE this set and have been aching to use it for a while now. Yay! It finally happened.

The picture above shows easel cards I put together using my Silhouette Cameo. On the front of each easel, I sewed a flap. Under the flap, I’ve enclosed a picture of my children happily lounging by our Christmas tree.

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(Other) Supplies Used

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Be safe shopping, hug your family and friends, and I’ll see you sometime this week!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Unity Blog Hop 12.11.14!!

Yippee!! We’ve made it to another THURSDAY and Unity’s got a NEW sentiment kit with NEW Unity {be inspired} Challenge, LOTS of new stamps, and a SALE. I’ve got a NEW video and a goodie for you, too.

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Here’s a peek at the NEW Unity {be inspired} Challenge.

Be sure to enter so you have a chance to WIN!

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I have a “thing” for office supplies and office machines. Recently I fell in love with another way to use sticky notes—STAMPING & PRINTING on them. The thought of it makes me giddy. They stick to stuff. People are used to seeing them as reminders for things to do. This makes them a surprising medium to put something out of the ordinary on them--like something nice, funny, or outrageous. Sticky notes are square which means they’re perfect for photos, especially Instagram’ish photos. You get a BUNCH when you purchase them and they come in quite a few colors. White sticky notes are my favorite right now.  You can stamp on them using black Archival ink and use just a bit of color to make something stand out or use absolutely no color at all!  In the video, I used an Inktense pencil to apply just a bit of color to the stamped image and used a clear Wink of Stella brush to blend the Inktense color on the image—so, there’s a bit of color and a bit of glitter on the sticky, too.

Here’s a few examples of how I used Unity stamps, black Archival ink, an Inktense pencil, with sticky notes, and my printer.

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For the above layout, I printed my photos and stamped my sentiment on white sticky notes, so that I could put some hidden journaling under the photos and another photo under the stamped sentiment. You’ll see more of this layout in the video.

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I stamped quite a bit of Unity stamps onto sticky notes using black Archival ink for a fun display to look at in my laundry (craft) room.

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Why not use a darling Unity stamp on a sticky note to leave someone a message?

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We’re all in a hurry these days. Sometimes just a little sticky note on a sack of Ghirardelli will make someone’s day.

Another way I used this medium was to print the Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge prompts. That way I have them off my computer and out in my crafting area, so I can be inspired—you’ll see more of that in my video, also.

I’ve included a FREE sticky note template for you to download, so YOU can print on sticky notes or use it as a practice template to stamp on BEFORE stamping on sticky notes, you know for stamp placement, etc. Once you download it, print it out, and USE it!

Here’s the link to the the FREE sticky note template:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7iIy4RNSM8qY1BDZXJQNm03YkU/view?usp=sharing

STAMP Unity Images & Print Photos on Sticky Notes!

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WHAT does Unity have this week for two lucky Unity enthusiasts?!!!

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!

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. 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, November 27, 2014

Unity Blog Hop 11.27.14!

Not only is it Thursday and the Unity Hop, but TODAY is Thanksgiving in the United States!  I have a layout with a video to share with you on what I’m thankful for—my family.

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Featured in the layout above is a picture of my four children being goofy and silly together while we were at Disneyland. When this magic happens, these are the happiest times in my life. My family is my reason for everything. Being a wife to my husband and a mother to my children completes me. That’s the truth. I cannot imagine my life without them and I couldn’t be more proud of them and my husband.

“I may not be perfect, but when I look at my children, I know that I got something in my life perfectly right.”

That quote says it all.

What are YOU thankful for?

Here’s a video I took while putting the above layout together.  It’s super short and might entertain some of you while you’re waiting for your bird to cook.

Thankful Layout using LOTS of Unity Stamps

Here’s a peek at the Unity stamps I used above.

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(some) OTHER SUPPLIES USED

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WHAT does Unity have this week for two lucky Unity enthusiasts on Thanksgiving Thursday?!!!

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!

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!

AND I hope you all have a SAFE and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!