Thursday, April 3, 2014

First HOP of April

WOW!, it's April already.  Can't  believe how fast this year is going.

Speaking of time flying, that's the theme of today's card using the new April Layers of Life kit. 

Remember there are FOUR special Unity subsciptions - Kit of the Month (always an awesome selection of stamps for every purpose imaginable), SMAK (scrapbooking, mixed media, altered art kit), Layers of Life (art stamps), and Stamp of the Week (something special in your mail box every week).  Visit the Unity site here to check all of these great deals.

Here is the April Layers of Life Kit and then my card.

Next is a card I made following the sketch and colors for this month's Unity {be inspired} challenge.  You still have one week to get your entry linked up and win those fabulous prizes.  Who wouldn't want 3 kits and 10 itty bittys of your choice?

So hopefully you've arrived from Karen's blog and you'll be traveling along to Laurel's blog.  Just use our cool new linky tool at the bottom of this post (click on Laurel's sweet picture) and after you've finished hoppin', remember to go shoppin'.

This weekend's sale is awesome - time to stock up on everything you've been wanting.

Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog in the hop today (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win a super-sweet prize.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's SPRING - time to HOP!


OMGosh!  Just pinch me!

Can't believe I was selected to be a part of the Unity design team AND to work with this wonderful group of ladies AND I get to promote my favorite stamp company - Unity!  So, I volunteered to jump right into the fire and take part in this week's hop.  You should have arrived here from Kassi's blog.  If you didn't, you should go to the Unity blog to start and do the entire hop.  WHY?  Because there is a chance for an awesome prize if you comment on each and every participating blog (don't forget to include the Unity blog).

In addition to a chance to win by hopping with us, you know what Thursday is (besides the first day of spring)...the start of another great sale weekend (ALWAYS 5-day weekends!!!) at Unity.

First up today, I'm sharing two cards using the March Kit of the Month.  I have been a subscriber for over two years now and I'm telling you that this is one of the best deals around.  To have 20+ high-quality stamps delivered right to your front door (does the post office still do that?) is heaven.  It's easy to sign up for any of Unity's subscriptions (KOTM, Smack Kit, Layers of Life, or Stamp of the Week)...just click here and look for your choice using the tabs at the top.



Next a card featuring what you can get for FREE when shopping this weekend.  This new little itty bitty (a $6.99 value) can be had for nothin' if you spend just $15 (before shipping and discounts).

Last is one of Unity's new fun PUN stamps.  You get a ton of PUN fun for just a little bit of dough.

So that's it for me today.

REMEMBER there are TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages being given away. 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.

And to recap...1) spring clearance markdowns, 2) free brand new itty bitty with $15 purchase, and 3) new pun kits and itty bittys.  Finish the hop and then go shop!

Now, head on over to Rachel's blog to see her awesome Unity inspiration.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Let's Hang Out

So glad to see Friday.  My hubby is suppose to have every other Friday off but we haven't had a Friday together since the end of January.  He is not working today and it will be nice to have some time together starting with the fact that we slept in until 6:45 - a real rarity for us.  But before we go out for breakfast (haven't done that in ages!) I'll get my Unity Friends with Flair post up here.

I think anyone who has seen Unity's March KOTM and the image of the adirondack chairs was immediately included.  I couldn't wait to get that image inked up and colored with my distress markers.  I wanted those chairs and the card to have a warm and comfortable feel to them and kind of got carried away distressing (down to the cardstock) my main background paper.  Oh well, maybe it lends a bit of charm???  Other than that there is a bunch of layering (weird for me these days), a Project Life journal card, and some self-adhesive gems.

Unity March 2014 KOTM

This image just says "sit, relax, enjoy" to me.  Hope it does the same for you.  Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hang in There

Good morning to anyone who's viewing this.  Here in Arizona the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the laundry is almost done-YAY!  I love it when I can take my stuff out of the dryer when it's not quite done and hang it outside.  I'm sure this is hold-over from my childhood when my Mom (even after she got a dryer) preferred to hang clothes and linens outside on one of those old metal and wire clotheslines.  Of course she also ironed her sheets back then and I'm not havin' any of that!

I just wanted to share a little card I made yesterday.  Found this perfect paper at Michael's (it's new Recollections) and immediately thought of this adorable little elephant stamp that I hadn't inked up yet.  I simply stamped him (could be a her) on gray cardstock twice and shaded a little bit with some Prismacolor pencils.  I die-cut the first image into a circle and then I fussy-cut the second - only the rear end - and popped it up on top of the first one.

Unity itty bitty Elephant Behind

Hope everyone is warming up around the country.  Don't worry...when it's 110+ here in June I'll be jealous of you and 80 degrees.  Enjoy your day.

Friday, March 7, 2014


YAY!, it's Friday and time for everyone to share their Unity creations over on the Unity blog.  I'm certainly linking up to Friends with Flair today and so should you.

I've always loved watercolors and the look is certainly on-trend right now.  I have seen so many examples of various techniques that mimic the use of actual watercolors on blogs and in magazines and I'm really loving how I can use my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to replicate the look.

For this card I went back to some KOTM's from 2012 and 2013.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper (tip - I use only 90 lb if I'm layering a panel onto a card) and sprayed it with water.  I then scribbled on the panel with some distress markers, spritzed it again, and let it dry.  Once dry; I stamped the image (oh, guess what? - this image is now also now available as part of a separate kit), added some more color with the same markers, and distressed the edges.  The sentiment is stamped on a die-cut label (also watercolor paper).  As it seems with every card I've made lately (ha, ha!) - I added some black sequins and there is the tiniest bit of glitter at the top of the bodice (hard to see in the photo).

I also think I'll enter into Unity's monthly challenge - this for the {be inspired} card sketch.  I think it fits.

Here's the sketch...

...and here's my card.

Image - Unity KOTM May 2012
Sentiment - Unity KOTM May 2013

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Hey Peeps!

Happy Friday everyone...time for Unity's Friends with Flair.  I just love looking at all of the inspiration linked up from Unity friends.

For today's card I pulled out an old KOTM.  I just love pulling out old kits because it seems as though new stamps magically appear.  If you're a subscriber you know what I mean.  Each kit is jam-packed with so many images.  I remember this image but didn't really like the way it stamped.  I decided to give it another go using my distress markers and a fine liner pen.

Unity March 2012 KOTM

I actually like the way this turned out.  The rest is just some cardstock, an embossing folder (for this one I used the debossed side), and decorative tape.

It was 22 years ago today (or was it tomorrow?) that we were gathering the peeps.  My husband and his twisted sense of humor had us get married on leap day.  So, one way or another it's our anniversary.  Hope you have something fun to look forward to this weekend also.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Top of the Morning


I'm not much for making St. Patrick's Day cards but my Pops really likes to get mail so I whipped this little one out to send to him.  I'm sure it will brighten his day.

Unity KOTM-February 2013

Hope your week is awesome (and I'd be happy to send sunshine and warmth to those in need-LOL).