Friday, August 25, 2017

Unity’s August Blog Hop!

What have you all been up to?! Crafty or otherwise?!
On my side, my school-age children were busy the first part of the month preparing for school, then getting used to school, and NOW . . . we’re all preparing for my hubby’s transition into retirement. We’re so happy to have him at home and see his handsome face, enjoy his jokes and whacky opinions, and just cuddle. He’s worked so very hard for the past 30 years and definitely deserves some down time. I can’t wait to see his transition. More about that next month . . .

Today we are hopping with Unity’s DT. Lots of NEW Phyllis Harris stamps are being released. I can’t wait to see what the DT does with them. I always enjoy Phyllis Harris stamped creations.

Here’s a peek at a couple of tags and a canvas I put together in the past month or so using a NEW ANGIE girl, last month’s kit of the month, SMAK kit, and Layers of Life kit.
I originally posted this up on the Unity Blog just the other day. It’s a chipboard tag using Angie’s NEW Shine Bright Girls set. The set was just released last week and I was so happy to play with it.

As you can see from the photo above, I used the girl on the left only.

Here’s a little peek at the entire glorious set.
Clicking on the set above will take you to the product’s page at Unity Stamp Company.

Here’s another chipboard tag I put together. This time I used an ANGIE girl from last month’s kit of the month.
The little eyeglasses were an afterthought embellishment that I printed and cut from basic cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I adhered them with a tiny dab of glue. They really add a bit of dimension and whimsy. I might have to get some cat eye frames the next time I have an eye appointment.

Lastly is a 5-x-7-inch mixed media canvas using July’s Layers of Life kit, SMAK kit, and bits and pieces of some other past Unity kits from the past year. 

The reason I’ve got bits and pieces of past kits is because initially I started this little canvas months ago, got distracted, tired, or whatever the case may be, and I was not inspired to finish it until recently.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.

— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —


Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s NEWEST promotion at https://www.unitystampco.com/!!
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).

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/

Thank you all for hopping along with us and leaving comments.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unity’s July Blog Hop!

Warm enough for ya? I think we’re all feeling the heat now . . .

It’s JULY, baby! NOT my favorite month.

We’re all hopping along today with some new Unity kits and sales to help you stay COOL in your crafty space and keep you stamping through the heat.

I’m going to share a tag card I made today using a NEW stamp set by Susan Weckesser called Fairy Dust.

Below is a picture of the front of the tag card.


Here’s a picture of the tag card opened. For the sentiment on the inside, I used a sentiment stamp from this month’s Kit of the Month.


I LOVE buttons. Do you? They just add the right touch when you need them. I have a TON (at least).

Here’s a peek at the entire Fair Dust set. It’s so cute!


Here’s another shot of my tag card. You might be able to catch the glimmer on the wings and the word “SPRINKLE”.


We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.

— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —


Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s NEWEST promotion at https://www.unitystampco.com/!!



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).

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/

Thank you all for hopping along with us and leaving comments.

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

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Unity’s June Blog Hop!

Happy June!

We’re hopping along today with some new Unity kits and sales to help you celebrate the end of school, start of summer, and anything else we need to celebrate.

I’m going to share a tag I made today and a couple of tags I made last week for the Unity blog.


In the above tag, I used the flower from a new set released today, Prefer to Smile. It’s originally from a previous Kit of the Month, so I used that sized stamp to help make my tag. The sentiment is from this month’s Layers of Life kit and the beautiful background script is from this month’s SMAK. I get inspired by so many different Unity images and sentiments, it’s sometimes difficult for me to just use one kit or stamp set. Do you mix it up, too? I added just a bit of Wink of Stella to the flower and adhered it with some dimensional Zots to give it some dimension and interest.

Here’s a recap of the post I did last week on Unity’s blog--June 2:
Hey! Today is the official last day of school in our school district and me and my kiddos are looking forward to hanging out, eating, and just chilling for the summer. I think that’s what we do best this time of year. You got any plans for summer? Stamping I hope!
Today, I’m going to share a couple of tag cards I made using this month’s SMAK, KOM, and last month’s LOL kits. What’s a tag card? Well, I thought I’d put together some tags that had a portion of it’s design open up like a card to reveal another sentiment on the inside. Sometimes I just like to design new things to stamp on.

Here’s a look at one of them open.


And this is what it looks like from the front closed.


I did this by grouping and welding the tag shape with the shape you see on the front in my Silhouette Cameo’s software to create the tag card.

Here’s another one open.


And here is the same one from the front closed.


And here are both of the tag cards together.



What types of things do you like to stamp on besides tags and cards?  Please share with us. Sometimes we need something new to keep our stamping muse inspired.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.
— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —


Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s NEWEST promotion at https://www.unitystampco.com/!!



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).

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/

Thank you all for hopping along with us and leaving comments.
Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNITY!

We’re birthday hopping today—woo hoo! This only happens once a year, so lets enjoy all the NEW Unity kits but more importantly, the Unity sales--50% off site wide--What?! Yeah!

I’ve got a couple of projects to share with you today using this month’s Kit of the Month & SMAK Kit and the NEW Sentiment Kit.

First up is an 8-1/2-x-11-inch scrapbook layout I had up on the Unity blog the other day. In recap, it’s memorializing our night out seeing Hamilton (An American Musical) at The Orpheum Theater in San Francisco on April 20th.
After a week of submitting to win the Hamilton Lottery, I won two tickets to see it. GOOD seats, too--orchestra seats--SOOO lucky! I took my younger daughter, Gwen, who is an absolute fan. In fact, earlier in the month, she and her friend, Karlee, won their school’s talent show performing “Your Obedient Servant” from Hamilton. She was beyond thrilled and will remember that night forever.

Now on to explain the layout a bit . . .

The title for the layout is a lyric from one of the songs in the musical. The cameras and sentiment were from this month’s Kit of the Month and were just perfect for this layout. They would be perfect for ANY scrapbook layout.

Here’s a peek at this month’s Kit of the Month.
The little squiggly artistic embellishment behind the Hamilton logo is from this month’s SMAK Kit.
I thought it would be a nice touch to add the musical logo for Hamilton and fussy cut it using my Silhouette Cameo. I added a little zigzag stitch as a vertical embellishment to the cluster of patterned paper borders and adhered the little cameras using pop dots for dimension.

BY THE WAY--If you get a chance to see this musical, DO IT!  Also, if you couldn’t get tickets or just can’t pay those kinds of prices for tickets, play the Hamilton lottery. It’s real. You really can win. It's available to play every day. If you win, the tickets are only $10 (a Hamilton).

Now onto the way I used the NEW Sentiment Kit. Below is a picture of an envelope I made using the focal image with sentiment from the kit.
I thought it would be so fun to make an envelope and card set using Happy Snail Mail! It’s such a fun and amazing kit just for this type of project. Here, take a look at Lisa’s kit! It’s so adorable!
Here’s a couple more images of the card set. I used the “From” & “Deliver To” from the sentiment kit on the envelope along with the sentiment on the inside card.
Wouldn’t you just love to receive a project in the mail using that NEW Sentiment Kit? So fun!

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.

— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —
Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s NEWEST promotion at https://www.unitystampco.com/!!
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).

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/

Thank you all for hopping along with us and leaving comments.
Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Unity Blog Hop April 2017!

We’re hopping with Unity Stamp Company today—woo-hoo!!

I got a few graduation projects and a canvas I’ve been working on using a couple new stamp sets, the NEW Kit of the Month, and NEW Sentiment Kit from Unity Stamp Company.

Let’s get to the graduation projects I’ve been working on.


I photo-pieced Kelli’s (from Unity Stamp Company) daughter, Kennedy, into the face of one of the new sets by Angie Blom, “Graduation Wishes”, and made the above card. Kennedy recently had her senior portraits done and what PERFECT timing! I’d be so tickled if I were a senior in high school who was graduating and received this from my parents. It’s just so personalized.
Here’s a peek at the inside of the above card using a sentiment from, “You Did Good”.


Look! Kennedy is on a tag, too. This time, I added the flower image and sentiment from the NEW Sentiment Kit. Maybe you could use this tag to hang on a graduation present or as another creative way to convey just how proud you are of your graduate. Hang it from their door knob, place it in the refrigerator, put it in their car, SURPRISE them! This will be the only time in their lives that they will be graduating from high school. Help them enjoy it.


PLANNERS!! I thought it would be a nifty idea to make a reminder divider for a planner. You could just send them out to friends and family. Maybe add more details regarding graduation plans/party, time, date, etc. The recipient could add it to their planners as a creative reminder of your graduate’s BIG day. What do you think?


Here’s a close-up. I also used the little birdie from this month’s Kit of the Month.


Lots of people are using planners these days and what an opportunity to grace their planners with some of your creativity and your graduate’s beaming face. Right? Right!

Here’s a look at all the sets I used on the above projects.
(Clicking on the images will take you to the products’ pages at Unity Stamp Company)





Lastly, here’s a 5-x-7-inch canvas I made using the girly-girl image from this month’s Kit of the Month (see above for the rest of the kit).


I stamped the images onto printed tissue paper, adhered it to the canvas using gel medium, colored the pretty girly-girl using distress paints and distress crayons, and then adhered a double die cut scallop frame to finish the piece. Ultrasimple and ultraloved when completed.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.
— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —


Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s NEWEST promotion at https://www.unitystampco.com/!!
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).
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/
Thank you all for hopping along with us and leaving comments.
Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Unity Blog Hop March 2017!

We’re hopping today and the season of spring is {almost} here. Bunnies, flowers, and sentiments, OH MY!

I was in the mood for scrapbooking, so I pulled out a photo that was taken almost 23 years ago of my oldest two (who were my only two at the time), Brandi and Jake, and used it on this scrapbook page with Unity’s March 2017 Sentiment Kit.


Do you ever feel nostalgic when looking at a stamp from Unity? Well I have, did, and done with this cute little bunny from the sentiment kit this month.
Here’s a look at the kit along with a card made by Lisa Arana—It’s so freaking cool!

It’s just so cuddly and cute!!
I made some videos showing you some things I did on the above scrapbook layout. Sometimes I just like to sew stuff.

In the first video, I demonstrate using a zigzag stitch to add as an embellishment to stamping projects for scrapbooks, art journals, cards, etc.

Supplies Used for this Portion of the Scrapbook Layout
Unity Stamp Company's March 2017 Sentiment Kit
3 or more scrapbook papers, collage paper, etc.
Adhesive
Thread, scissors, and sewing machine


In the second video, I demonstrate using a sewing machine to add buttons to a stamped image to use as an embellishment to stamping projects for scrapbooks, art journals, cards, etc.

Supplies Used for this Portion of the Scrapbook Layout
Unity Stamp Company's March 2017 Sentiment Kit
Buttons
Adhesive
Thread, scissors, button foot, and sewing machine


In the final video, I put the scrapbook page together using items made in the previous two videos.

Supplies Used for this Portion of the Scrapbook Layout
Unity Stamp Company's March 2017 Sentiment Kit
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (with staples)
Cardstock, scrapbook papers, collage paper, ephemera, etc
Adhesive
3D Adhesive Dots
Distress Ink
Daubers


We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.
— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —


Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s NEWEST promotion at https://www.unitystampco.com/!!



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).
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/

Thank you all for hopping along with us and leaving comments.
Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Unity Blog HOP!

Unity Stamp Company has LOTS of new releases this week! Here are a couple of projects I made with NEW Unity and some videos showing you some mixed media techniques.


 I used the NEW AngieGirl, Drew, in my art journal.

In this first video, I show you a FUN mixed media technique that creates a peeled paint background for your stamping projects in art journals, canvases, etc.

Supplies Used for this portion of the art journal page:
90lb Mixed Media paper
Paint Brush
2 or more colors of Acrylic Paint
Petroleum Jelly
Paper Towel
Heat Tool (not necessary--just let air dry)
Distressing Tools


In the second video, I show you how to utilize your peeled paint backgrounds (created in the previous video) in an art journal.

Supplies Used for this portion of the art journal page: 
Sentiment from DrewGirl from Unity Stamp Company
Paper Punches or Dies (hearts)
Paint Brush
Acrylic Paint
Gel Medium
Book Paper
Heat Tool (not necessary--just let air dry)
Stamped Tissue Paper


In the final video, I show you how to adhere one of Unity's NEWEST AngieGirls to an art journal AND give a quick tip on how to make your art journal pages lie flat.

Supplies Used for this portion of the art journal page: 
DrewGirl stamp set from Unity Stamp Company
Paint Brush
Gel Medium
Heat Tool (not necessary--just let air dry)
Large Book


Here’s a peek at Drew’s stamp set.


Next I created a Valentine’s-Day-themed card using Remi.


Here’s a peek at Remi’s stamp set.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win

— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —


Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s NEWEST promotion at https://www.unitystampco.com/!!

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).
LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/

Thank you all for hopping along with us and leaving comments.
Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!