Sunday, April 23, 2017

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

Hi Stampers!  Welcome to Stop #1 on today's Growing in Unity Blog Hop!  If you arrived from the Unity Blog, you're in the right place!  Each of the stops on this hop belongs to one of the lucky ladies who served as Growing in Unity gals over the last month or so.  We're big Unity Stamp Company fans, and today we get to give away rubber stamp grab bags to two lucky commenters!
My project features stamps from the May 2016 Kit of the Month shown here:
 May 2016 Kit of the Month
The card is fairly simple and easy to reproduce.  It incorporates light pinks and minty green.  I colored in the heart on the cup with a pink Copic marker.
I'm not a coffee person by any means, but the buzz surrounding the Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks was undeniable.  Did you get to try one?
Thanks for visiting!  Please don't forget to leave a comment here, on the other hop blogs and on the Unity blog for the most chances to win. 
Happy Stamping & Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

GIU Week Winners

Congratulations are in order!  I have two lucky winners to announce, and each will win a grab-bag of high-quality stamps from Unity Stamp Company.

Let's have a round of applause for:


Their mailing addresses have been sent to Unity, and their grab-bags should be arriving soon.

Thanks so much for all of the commenters and visitors during my Growing In Unity week!  Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 03, 2017

GIU - Growing In Unity Gal Friday

Is it really Friday already? I have been featuring stamps from Unity Stamp Company on this blog each day this week.

I acquired the cupcake and sentiment stamps for this card separately. I love cupcakes, so that one was in my collection. The sentiment, "Happy 29th Birthday AGAIN!", was a joke at our house. Usually, it's the ladies who hide their ages. My husband, however, decided that he wasn't going to turn 30 either. We're both 29 with over a decade of experience, but who's counting, right?
I decided to share two photos of this card with you. I had a very difficult time getting the beautiful gold foil balloons on this card to show their shine. On the photo above, they look green and black. I see this often in magazines, too, where special things like glitter, gloss, sequins and foil just don't show up like they do in person.

TIP:  Did you know that Unity has sentiments like the one used in today's card for ridiculously low prices?  There have a wonderful variety of single sentiment stamps that have a regular price of under $3.00.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

GIU - Growing In Unity Gal Thursday

I am featuring stamps from Unity Stamp Company on this blog each day this week.
Today's project features stamps from the Lilacs & Birthdays {Floral Collage} stamp set. The lilacs in this set are so delicate and lovely, aren't they? 
Today's card is so CAS, it's free of embellishments and patterned papers! There's just a cardstock flag (thanks to a My Favorite Things pierced flag STAX die) and some inking around the edges. I considered adding at least a dozen different things, but decided in the end to let the image speak for itself.
I love lilacs, but I don't remember seeing them in South Florida when I was growing up. We have a beautiful lilac bush in our yard now, and I love when it blooms. They look great and smell even better!
Thanks so much for visiting today. See you tomorrow. Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

GIU - Growing In Unity Gal Wednesday

I am featuring stamps from Unity Stamp Company on this blog each day this week.
Back to my typical CAS style today! This card features stamps from the "Simply Magical" KOM from 11/09.
The moment I saw this typewriter patterned paper from Doodlebug's Flea Market line, I knew immediately that I'd be making at least one project with this pair of Unity stamps.
It's been a long time since I've used a typewriter. I remember we that had an IBM Selectric II at home for a long while, but it's been at least 20 years. How long has it been since you've used a typewriter?  And how about those rooms full of typewriters in high school? I'll have to find my yearbook to remember the typing teacher's name. She'd call out "K I K space K I K space" and we'd all try not to peek at our fingers while we typed in unison. I never in a million years would have thought I'd be touch-typing as quickly as I do now.
Thanks so much for visiting today. See you tomorrow. Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

GIU - Growing In Unity Gal Tuesday

I am featuring stamps from Unity Stamp Company on this blog each day this week.
Today I'm sharing a project using another beautiful Unity stamp set, Take Care of You. The daisy was my mom's favorite flower. I originally chose the stamp set because it featured a pretty daisy, but I haven't used the daisy itself yet.  This project features a sentiment from the set and the neat hexagon pattern that forms part of the daisy's background.  
This particular card has a lot more embellishments than I typically use.  It has two different washi tapes, the cardboard dress form, metallic thread, black mesh fabric, a button and silk ribbon.
You know what I just realized about this card? It doesn't use the daisy that my mom would have loved, but its theme is sewing and she was so good at it! I didn't start stamping until after she passed away, so I often wonder if she would have joined me. She was very crafty, after all.

For me, this card is a terrific example of the versatility of many of Unity's stamp sets.  Sure, the set features a daisy, but there's so much more to enjoy!
Thanks so much for visiting today.  See you tomorrow. Happy Stamping!


Monday, February 27, 2017

GIU - Growing In Unity Gal Monday

This is such an exciting week for me! I'm am the Veteran Growing In Unity Gal this week, and that means I'm going to be featuring stamps from Unity Stamp Company on this blog each day this week. 

Today's project features one of the most beautiful and elegant Unity stamp sets, Let Your Dreams Bloom. I'm mostly a CAS (Clean and Simple) stamper. For me, the simplicity lets the focal image shine.
Buttons are a fairly common embellishment, but I added two little touches to make the card more visually interesting. First, rather than mounting the focal image on a panel that was the same size on all sides, I placed it on a two-sided patterned paper rectangle with extra length on the left-hand side. This allowed for the folded over section with the diagonal stripes. Second, rather than just threading the two buttons, I unraveled the twine that tied them to create a bow-like effect.
What do you think of two-sided patterned papers?  It's often difficult for me to choose one side or the other -- I like them both!
Thanks so much for visiting today.  See you tomorrow. Happy Stamping!