Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday hop with Unity

Hello everyone and happy Thursday to you.
I'm always excited for Thursday's because it means that there's
a hop with the Unity design team and it starts
a new weekend of fabulous sales at Unity.

First up is a huge Tag sale with all sorts of markdowns.

I know you're all anxious for some new releases
and you won't be disappointed because today
four new Angie-Girls are making their debut.

I have used one of them for my card today.
Angie Blom's creativity with her girls seems to know no bounds.
I am always amazed that she keeps on coming up
with these awesome images.
This one is Miranda and I chose to use her as my way of
saying Happy Birthday to her creator (whose big day is tomorrow).


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.
The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.

If you've already been to Angie's blog and didn't say
"happy birthday", be sure to go back and give her some extra love.

Now you know what to do...
click Laurel's sweet face below to continue on the hop.
AND then, don't forget to shop.


Thursday, July 10, 2014


YES, it's Thursday and that means it's time for the Unity blog hop.
There is a sweet little promo going on today so be sure to check out
the Unity site for all sorts of goodies.
In addition there will be some freebies (YAY!)
for qualified orders.

Here's a card using one of them.
Isn't this a sweet sentiment?
AND, if that's not enough...REDUCED SHIPPING!
Also, today is the start of a brand new {be inspired} Challenge.
Check out this month's gorgeous sketches and colors.
I just love these layouts and the colors so I created a couple
of simple cards to [hopefully] inspire you to join in.
First up is a card following the card sketch.  I wish I could
say that I made this just for the challenge but
unfortunately it is in the mail to a dear neighbor.

And next up is a card for the color challenge.  These colors so
remind me of a typical Arizona sunset.
Don't forget that every Thursday there is ALWAYS
a give-away just for checking out the blog hop.
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.
The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog
Now, on to your next stop...our sweet guest hopper Melissa.
Be sure to leave her lots of love.
No Laurel today (I'm pretty sure she's
at some little rodeo in Calgary).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hoppin' with Unity

Happy Thursday everyone!
So excited for the latest collaboration of Unity
and wait for it...
drum roll please...
Gina K
Angela has made an awesome stamp set to celebrate her friendship
with Gina K and Gina K has come up with a fabulous paper pack
and other goodies to celebrate her friendship with Angela.
Just look at these beauties!

I can't wait to start playing with these.
In the mean time I need to remind you
that there are some other great images to be had.
Click here to see all of the June releases.  Several of these stamps were
used as a promotion and are now available to buy as itty bittys.
I used the Vase with Stripes by Angie Blom right here.
I've been wanting to try the "painted embossing folder" technique
for a while. You simply swipe your distress ink over the raised
side of the folder, spritz it with water, and lay your
watercolor paper on top.  I then closed my folder and
brayered it.  After it dries, I think it looks pretty cool.
The image is also colored with distress inks.
Now, our Thursday hop always includes an awesome give-away.
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 these fabulous Layers of Life stamps.
The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.
Now move on to Laurel and then don't forget to shop.
(PSST! There's a sale going on!)

TEASE...and for all you Angie-girl fans...


Thursday, June 12, 2014


It's Thursday and time to hop!

So much going on today, so let's get started.
Today is special because not only do we have some fabulous new
Susan Weckesser stamps, we're also hopping with her today.
Watch for the special mixed links below.

We have 2 super new kits from Susan releasing today.  Her little houses
are iconic and the Garden Gnome kit is so adorable.

In addition, we have a brand new Unity {be inspired} Challenge that begins today.


Both of my cards also use the June KOTM.
The first one also uses the fun sun rays from the June 2013 SMAK kit.
First up is the color challenge.  Aren't these the perfect summer colors?
My second card uses the new June sentiment kit from Lisa Arana...

...and the card sketch rotated 90 degrees.

 So, enough from me.  Continue through the hop and remember...
We have FOUR amazing Unity-filled prize packages to giveaway.

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 of course, there's a fabulous sale going on this weekend.
Don't forget to shop.
 Here are your links! The Unity team along with Susan's team AND
the winner of our May {be inpired} Challenge...Donna Bowman.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hoppin' May away...

Can't believe that May is almost over.
With the end of the month comes your last chance to join the Unity Layers of Life Art Stamp or Kit of the Month subscriptions to receive this month's offerings.  Just look at these beautiful kits.

If you're interested (seriously, who wouldn't be?) then just click on the picture to be taken to all you need to know to sign up.
So today I've made a little card for you using the May KOTM.  I just love all of the girly images in this kit and I've paired one and a sentiment with a bit of water coloring using my distress inks.
I also stamped the image with distress ink as it bleeds out more with the water color - leaving a less defined outline.  I like the look.  The sentiment is stamped on watercolor paper, trimmed, and popped up.  I finished with a hand-drawn border and a few little matching sequins.

Don't forget that Unity has some great things for you this weekend.  Trust me when I say that that this grab bag is "crazy-generous"!  You can start shopping at Noon (CDT).

So continue hopping...on to Laurel.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Still playing with watercolor!

The online class for watercolor for card makers is over but there are so many things I haven't had time to try yet.

I'm so stuck on coloring stamped images right now and here's one I did this morning.

The image is from Hero Arts (Tall Flower) and the sentiment is Jillibean Soup for Hampton Art.  I quite like how this turned out.  I stamped it with Antique Linen distress ink and only used 2 colors of distress markers...Crushed Olive and Pickled Raspberry.  Love this color combo and look at all of the shades you can get with more or less water.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Friends with Flair

This post is directed at all of the Unity peeps that link up with FWF on Friday (and coincidentally, it features some brand new Unity peeps-LOL).

There is lots going on at Unity this weekend and one of the fabulous new releases from super-talented Lisa Arana is this collection of chicks.

I'm going to show you three, but there are five in total and you can get all of them for a mere 10 bucks!  That's 5 images and 5 sentiment for $10.  How can you pass up only $1 per stamp???

So on to my little cards.  These are all 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" so I used one sheet of cardstock for the cards, a bit of chevron paper, some die-cut circles, and a bit of embellishment and made these darling little birthday cards.  Great to have on hand for when you need a "little sumptin" in a hurry.


So that's it for today.  Click HERE to see the peeps and grab bag deal.  Have a great weekend.