Friday, April 30, 2010

Welcome to Unity Friends With Flair Blog HOP!!!!!

Good morning Friends!!!! I'm here to share some FLAIR!!!!

I hope you all are enjoying Unity's Anniversary week. I know I am and it has given me the chance to catch up on some much needed card making!!

Today I am sharing the card I made for The Triple Play and Anniversary Day Four Challenge. We were asked to follow a card recipe of sorts. You can see all the requirements HERE !!!

Some wonderful ladies at Splitcoast made some super samples and came up with a sketch.
I was able to use my April Kit of the Month again this week!! YEAH!!

There are a few more days left to get the April Kit of the Month at the special price of $26. All the deets HERE !!!!

Here is what I used to make my card:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Mod Retro (DCWV Stack)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft Ink (Stampin' Up)
Stamps: Together We Bloom (Unity Stamp Co. April KOM)
Extras: Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Buttons (Stampin' Up & unknown)

Thank you for stopping by today!! Please leave me an honest comment about my card. Your comments really inspire me!!

Enjoy the rest of the Unity Friends With Flair Blog Hop!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Unity Stamp Co. Anniversary Challenge Day Two

Hello....Happy Thursday to all!

Day Two of the Unity Stamp Co. Anniversary party festivities brought us to creating cards that had a Bird or Tree theme. Of course we had to use all Unity Stamp Co. stamps.

I have just recently been introduced to Unity stamps. It is a good thing that I have not been buying or collecting Unity Stamps for the whole two years, I wouldn't have a place to sit in my craft room. It has only been 8 short months of receiving Kits of the Month and I have filled a Scraponizer and started on another. I have another stamp storage system for the {Ippity} stamp sets that I have picked up along the way as well.

To the matter at hand....Here is how I created the card for the Day Two Challenge:

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Kraft Whisper White (Stampin' Up); Patterned Paper: Parisan Breeze DSP ( Stampin' Up); Stamps: Delightful Moments (Dec. KOM) & Savor the Journey (Jan. KOM~Both by Unity Stamp Co); Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft Ink (Stampin' Up) & Versamark; Accessories: Clear Detail Embossing Powder

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and take a look today! Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know exactly how you feel about my card.

Before I tell you to have a super day, check out the Unity Stamp Co. Web Site where you can still get your Unity April Kit of the Month for $26 for only a few more day!

OK....Now go have a GOOD day!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Anniversary Unity Stamp Co!

Good morning!! This week I was so excited to see all the excitement and challenges around the Unity forum on SCS. It all started off with a Martini Sketch Challenge. You can see the Sketch HERE. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

I was really excited when I started creating this card, because I used to products that I have had for a while but never been used. First was the Unity Stamp Co. Store Kit of the Month for April AND the Kit of the Month Club set, AND a package of Basic Grey's June Bug.

Here is what I used to make it:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Green Galore, Only Orange (Stampin' Up); Patterned Paper: June Bug (Basic Grey); Stamps: April Kit of the Month Together We Bloom, April Store Kit of the Month Super Sweet & Stuck on You (ALL UNITY); Ink: Jet Black, Azure Blue (Stazon), Only Orange, Old Olive, Real Red, Brilliant Blue Stampin Write Markers (Stampin' Up); Accessories: Hemp Twine (Stampin' Up), buttons (Stampin' Up), Stickles (Ranger)

Thank you for stopping by today and please don't be shy....let me know what you think of my card.

If you have a chance please join us at SCS for a week of FUN challenges and prizes!!!

You also only have a few days to get the April Kit of the Month for $26 (plus shipping). Check it out HERE.

Have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

One More Mother's Day Card

Good morning!

I was completely inspired by this months issue of CARDS magazine! I saw a card that looked very similar to this and I had to get out some scraps and get creating!! As you can see this card was very simple with such a stunning reaction. I love how simple it is and SO easy to make!!

Here is what I used..
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up); Patterned Paper: Randon scraps from my stash; Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Messages for Mom, Illuminated standard wheel (Stampin' Up); Ink: Black Craft & Classic Ink (Stampin' Up); Punches: Fiskars & Stampin' Up; Rhinestones: Joann's; Ribbon: Cameo Coral (Stampin' Up)

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your Sunday. I know my family and I will be off playing softball tonight, which is going to be a Sunday night ritual for the rest of the summer!

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Working on Mother's Day Cards

Good morning!!

Hubs and I made is back from Las Vegas in one piece!! Thank goodness that is over for another year. Every time I go to LV, it takes me a week to recover! Not enough sleep, a bit to much to drink, to much money spent, etc, etc, etc.

I have taken some of my time this week to work on some Mother's Day cards. It is fast approaching, and knowing me, if I don't get a jump start, I won't get it done.

On Monday I got some new product from Stencils with Style, that I was dying to try. I have recently been introduced to Dreamweaver Brass stencils and embossing pastes. I absolutely love them. They are so fun and easy to use.

In my package on Monday I had some stencils and some Metallic FX powder. It is a shimmer that you sprinkle over your embossing pastes when it is drying. Great effect, that a photo cannot give justice to.

The cardstock I used is a beautiful pink shimmer paper that I purchased in Hawaii at Island Paperie. This paper that is their own signature brand, is so beautiful. I bought it in pink, green and copper. I love it. Once again, a photo cannot describe. If you love shimmery paper, I would definitely check out their website. They ship from Maui and FAST also!!

Here is what I used:
Cardstock: Island Paperie, Basic Black (Stampin' Up); Stamps: Well Scripted (Stampin' Up); Brass Stencil: Dreamweavers; Embossing Pastes: Dreamweaver Glossy Black; Metallic FX: Moonflicker; Dies: Birds & Blooms (Stampin' Up), Labels 11 (Spellbinders); Ribbon: 5/8 Black Satin (Stampin' Up); Ink: Versamark; Detail Black Embossing Powder

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. Your comments keep me inspired. I would love to hear what you have to say about my card.

I hope you have a super weekend!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Inaugural Blog Sketch!!!

Good Morning!!! A we speak, I am flying home from my weekend in Las Vegas. I will post all about the trip later!!!

I stumbled across a post at Bonnie Rose, introducing me to Cardabilities Sketches. GORGEOUS!!! Any of you that love to make cards should check it out. The Design Team has made beautiful samples.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew the stamp set, as well as the colors that I would be using.

Here is what I used...
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up); Stamps: Friends 24-7 (Stampin' Up);Ink: White Craft, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up); Dies: Classic Circles, Scalloped Circle, Flourishes (Spellbinders); Ribbon: Kraft, Very Vanilla Taffeta (Stampin' Up); EXTRAS: Pearls (Reflections, Michaels), Detail White Embossing Powder (Pumpkin Carriage), Lace (Joann's)

I think my card turned out so girly and soft. Please let me know what you think. Your comments keep me inspired.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I really got CARD fever this week...

I know... You all haven't seen this many blog posts since...well, ever. I really got on a roll this week, it seems like all my great paper crafting subscriptions came at one time. I read through them with wide eyes and teamed up with some of the great Unity Challenges I did this week, I couldn't stop myself.

I am going out of town soon, so I wanted to give the wonderful gal who will be watching my dogs and my home a little Thank You!! This card was super easy to make!!! Here is what I used:
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin' Up); Ink: Versamark,; Embossing Powder: Detail Black Embossing Powder; Stickers: Who knows, found them in my stash; Embossing Folder: Provo Craft Flourished Frame; Stamps: October Kit of the Month~Wherever You Go (Unity Stamp Co); Markers: Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow and Lovely Lilac (Stampin' Up)

Thanks again Jenny!!! AND Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog. If you like my creation, please tell me. Your comments keep me inspired!!

Have a super day!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Good morning!!! It's an even better morning, because right now I am in SUNNY Las Vegas, Nevada!!! Wooo-hoooo !! Anyway...down to the matter at hand.

Welcome to Unity's Friends with Flair Blog Hop. I couldn't let a small out of town trip with my wonderful husband get in the way of a Unity Blog Hop!! Today I chose to use Jimmi's Hip Hop Sketch Challenge as my flair. Once again, I used my new fav technique...Watermark Resist (you can see a video HERE). This card is a little funky and kind of out of my comfort zone. There was no uniform way of putting this card together. Surprisingly, it felt good.

Here is what I used:
Cardstock: Glossy White (Ranger), Pixie Pink, Whisper White (Stampin' Up); Ink: Taken With Teal, Orchid Opulance, Pink Passion, Ballad Blue (Stampin' Up), Jet Black (Stazon), Big & Juicy Hydrangia (Ranger); Stamps: March Kit of the Month "Rockin It", February Kit of the Month "Nothing But Blue Skies" (Unity Stamp Co.); Extra's: Ribbon (Joann's), flower (American Crafts), brad (Joann's), crimper (Fiskers)

I love getting a brand new Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co. in my mailbox monthly. Check out how you can also HERE. I know I include this on every post, but it is such a good deal, I have to pass it along. AND the stamps are awesome!!

Please let me know what you think of my "out of my comfort zone card". You comments inspire me to keep heading down to my craft room.

Have a super weekend!!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Technique I Haven't Tried Before....

The other day I was at my friendly, local scrapbook store, Memory Lane Scrap booking (become a FB fan), in beautiful Missoula, Montana, when I notice the most beautiful card. I could tell there had been some resist technique there, but it was not "bumpy". I could clearly see that there had not been any clear embossing powder used. The color of ink was gorgeous. The gal that was originally helping me said that she didn't know how they had made it, except that she knew they had used a brayer. Hmmmm. I thought I was going to have to sit in on this class.

Well, to my luck, in comes an owner of the store and she shows me all the supplies I need to use this technique. It is called Watermark Resist Technique.

Here is what I used to make this card...
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Silver (Stampin' Up), Glossy Paper (Inkssentials Ranger); Ink: Archival Ink, Big & Juicy Waterfall ( Inkssentials Ranger); Stamps: Music to My Heart ({Ippity}); Punch: Loops (Martha Stewart); Ribbon: Bermuda Bay (Stampin' Up); Accessories: Mini Paper Clips (Ideaology-Tim Holtz)

Over all this card was really simple to make and you can watch a YouTube tutorial HERE.

As most of you know, I have recently found Unity and {Ippity} stamps and completely in love with them. Please take the time to check out the Unity Kit of the Month, and the cute, fun and hip new {Ippity} sets. You will have a Unity collection of your own in no time flat!!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look today. Please let me know what you think of my first try at my fun new technique!!

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Unity Color Challenge

Hello blogging buddies...Today I have finished my Unity Color Challenge. In the challenge we were asked to make a card using Pale Blue and Pale Yellow. There was also a twist. We had a sketch to follow from the new Go To Sketch magazine. Here it is...

I was able to use my January Kit of the Month on my Color Challenge card. Have you heard of the Unity Kit of the Month Club? You can check out the April Kit and all the details HERE. Oh yes... and before I forget...Bonnie Rose, one of those cool, hip chicks selling {Ippity} stamps, is having a sale on {Ippity Sets}. You should check it out HERE before they are all gone.

Here is what I used on my card:
Cardstock: Barely Banana & Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up); Ink: Bashful Blue & Barely Banana (Stampin' Up); Stamps: Savor the Journey (KOM for January, Unity Stamp Co.)& Paisley Background Stamp (Stampin' Up); Ribbon: Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Embossing Folder: Medallions, Frame & Damask (Sizzix); Dies: Petite Circle, Petite Scallop Circle & Labels Thirteen (Spellbinders) Extras: Yellow Liquid Pearls (Ranger) & Rhinestones (Joanns's)

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!!! I hope to see you again!

Have a good day!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I am loving these Unity Challenges!!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!
I was really starting to get a feel for the spring weather here in Western Montana, until this morning. I woke up to rain and GIANT snowflakes. Craziness. I guess it is pretty typical Montana spring weather.
The wet, cold weather prompted me to make a pot of delicious Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla coffee and head to the basement for a day of crafting.

For the last few weeks, I have been following the weekly Simple Sketch Challenge on the Unity Forum at SCS. It is exactly what I need to get started on my Hawaii 2010 album. I have been doing the challenge for 4 weeks and I have gotten 4 pages done. (YEAH!!!) You can see all the pages in MY GALLERY at SCS. Here is this weeks take on the sketch...

Here is what I used to make it...
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (Stampin' Up) & Blue Metallic (Wausau); Stamps: Frame of Mind (CTMH); Alpha's: Stick With It adhesive transfers (Doodlebug Design) & Glitter Assortment (Doodlebug Design); Rub-On's: (Creative Imaginations)Lace: Joann's

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look today.

Have a super day!!

Friday, April 9, 2010


Hey Bloggers....welcome to FRIENDS WITH FLAIR!!! Today I am featuring a card I made with a wonderful sketch from the HIP HOP SKETCH challenge.

I used some wonderful patterned paper that I received from an {Ippity} gal Emily. She is so nice, I ordered a great {Ippity} set from her and she sent it for free. I figured since we were featuring Friends With Flair...I had to include her.

Here is how I made it...

Cardstock: Sage Shadow, So Saffron, Red Riding Hood (Stampin' Up); Patterned Paper: {Ippity}; Stamps: Wherever You Go, KOM for October 2009 (Unity Stamp Co.); Ink: Rd Riding Hood, So Saffron (Stampin' Up, ) Jet Black (Stazon); Ribbon: Bargin Bin @ Joann's; Stickles: Gold

Check out Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month. You get close to 20 stamps a month for a super cheap price. Its not to late to get your April kit, which you can view {HERE}

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your FRIENDS WITH FLAIR tour.

Thanks for stopping by today!! You comments inspire me!!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Go-To Sketches Week Challenge at Moxie Fab World

Good morning....Just finishing up some of my challenges for this week at the last minute before going to work.

I ran across this fun little sketch yesterday at Moxie Fab World.

They are promoting a great new magazine that I can't wait to show up in my mailbox, Go-To Sketches. I can't wait to link my card to their site. Please check out Moxie Fab World and play along for the rest of the week, with awesome challenges and sketches.

Here is what I used...

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Yo-Yo Yellow, Whisper White (Stampin' Up); Ink: Pacific Point, Yo-Yo Yellow, Green Galore, Chocolate, Chip, Always Artichoke, Handsome Hunter (Stampin' Up); Stamps: Cheep Talk (Stampin' Up); Stickles: Lime Green, Cinnamon, Holly, & Green; Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger) & Jewels (Jo-Anns)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!!! Let me know what you think!! Your kudos keep me inspired!!!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Couple Unity Challenges In One...

Good morning!!

It never fails that on my days off, the weather is horrible. Even though the sun is shining, we are having random snow showers. That makes is a little cold for any outdoor activity, which sends me right to the basement with a hot cup of coffee, and time for crafting.

For quite a few months, I have been receiving Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month. As a matter of fact, I have collected eight months of kits already. Not until just recently have I discovered how much I love these stamps and how versatile they really are. I have gotten involved in their forums at Splitcoast Stampers, where they post a great Simple Sketch Scrapbook Challenge,Color Challenge, and a Hip Hop Sketch Challenge.

I just can't say enough about these products. The also have a "sister" brand of stamps called{Ippity}. The project that I made today was made with {Ippity} Stamps.

This cards is for the Color Challenge Challenge and the Hip Hop Sketch Challenge from last week. Upon further review of the challenge I realized that I forgot the "twist" of the bunched ribbon. Darn it!!
Here is what I used to make it:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Purely Pomegranate, Creamy Carmel, & Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up); Stamps: Music of My Heart ({Ippity} Stamps by Unity; Ink: Purely Pomegranate & Creamy Carmel (Stampin' Up); Embossing Folders: Medallions, Frame, & Damask (Sizzix), Organic Flourish Borders (Cuttlebug); Ribbon: Tangerine Tango & Purely Pomegranate (Stampin' Up); Glitter Glue: Burgundy Stickles

Thank you for stopping by!! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of my new card.

You can check out the new April Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Co {HERE}. It a great deal. You will get so much out of all the stamps you will receive.

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Unity Simple Sketch Challenge

Good evening Blogging Friends! Again, I have finished the Simple Sketch Challenge from Unity. This page is also the kick off to my Hawaii album (YEAH!) I didn't get much of an opportunity to use to much Unity on my page, but the small sentiment in the right corner is from the Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month from December, Delightful Moments.

Here is what I used:
Cardstock: Metallic (Wausau); Patterned Paper: Island Paperie, Stamps: December Kit of the Month (Unity Stamp Co.), Plumaria & Palm Tree Stamps ( Island Paperie), Dotted Lines Jumbo Roller Stamp (Stampin' Up); Ink: Hydrangea Big & Juicy (Ranger); Border:Hawaiian Buri Tie RikRak (Island Paperie); Die Cuts: Plumaria's (Island Paperie).

I will also be sending this page to Island Paperie. They have asked to email them all the projects that you use their products on that they make right there in their wonderful store on Maui.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of my page.

Have a great evening.