Saturday, October 31, 2009

Getting back into the swing of things around here...

...which this morning translates into catching up on all of the Facebook games. LOL! I NEVER should have ever started on Facebook... ;o)

Mom has gone home so for now, we are back to our boring little family of 3...

But boring is good as any military wife can tell you. When the other half is deployed, boring is VERY GOOD so I'll take it (life/appliances/cars tend to fall apart as soon as they leave!)

I just have a couple of items to share with you today. The first is another layout using Unity's Collage/Scrapbooking kit from October, UR {...etcetera}. This layout was done using a sketch as inspiration (I think the sketch was one by Julie Bonner, but I can't find the sketch now to be sure...)
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Collage/Scrapbooking Kit- UR {...etcetera} (papers, ink, and stamps)
*Unity Stamp Co. Crazy For Daisies
*Unity Stamp Co. Polka Dot Girl
*Fiskars Border punch
*Marvy Uchida scallop circle punch

We had a fantastic time when my mom was here visiting even though it rained almost the entire two weeks that she was here. We did have a couple of days where we were able to go out and take photos of the incredible autumnal foliage...
Kat with her "Mascoutah colored flower". Mascoutah is Jacob's High School and their colors are purple and white so anytime she sees anything purple, she has to have it...

These pictures were actually taken after Jacob's final game which was on a Saturday morning and explains why Kat is in "Mascoutah colors" from head to toe. ;o)

Nana & Kat playing in the leaves...I do believe that this was a leaf war...
The rest of these photos were taken the next day when we took a road trip to St. Charles, MO. It's no secret that this is one of our favorite places to go wander around. I hoped that it would be pretty with the changing leaves and it did not disappoint. We went on Sunday morning before the downtown was open so we were able to get some pretty photos without many other people or cars around.

Nana & Jacob

I love taking photos of doors and was taking one of this gorgeous beauty and I think that I kind of confused Kat with what I was doing. She just kept looking at it. LOL!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Fun News and some Friends with Flair!!!

OMG! I am so excited to share today's news!
The Friday Fun girls have asked me to join in on their Friday challenges. Yippeeee!!!

This week's challenge was to use the Halloween colors purple, orange, green, and brown on a Halloween OR non-Halloween card. I decided to make a thanksgiving card and used a kit that I bought last year from Unity, but has barely been inky, Fall Festival (and yay, this kit is 31% off all weekend long as well as most of the other fall holiday stamps from Unity!)...
For the layout of the card, I used the MojoMonday sketch from this week (#110), just turned everything on angle for a more fun look.
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Fall Festival
*MM paper (orange)
*DCWV paper (purple and green)
*watercolor pencils
*Marvy Uchida circle punches
*Unity Stamp Co. Burnt Umber inkpad

Now go check out what the other girls did for this challenge:

If you decide to play along with the challenge, upload your project using the keyword FFC55 to the SCS gallery so that we can find it. We hope that you will play along!!!

And go check out Angela's Unity blog for the list of all the Friends with Flair participants.
Tons of inspiration all around!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Unity Scary Halloween "31" Sale!

Before you progress any further into this post,
you NEED to go to Angela's Unity Blog
and check out the Scary Halloween Sale!

OMG, offering NEW RELEASES for $3.10...
who does that?!?!
and then you can come back and check out my pretties...

I adore the new releases this week and when it came time to sit down and use them, my ideas immediately went to gifts.

Of course, for the kitchen kit, Kitchen Logic, what else would you do except for fun kitchen cooking gifts. I created a cookie mix in a jar and added the "baked fresh" tag simply tied around the middle of it.
The smooth Ball jar came from Hobby Lobby.
I also created a coordinating card and tag/card where you could write the recipe of the cookies (on the back.)
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Kitchen Logic
*October Afternoon patterned paper collection
*watercolor pencils
*Marvy Uchida scalloped oval punches
*Fiskars border punch
*smooth canning jar from Hobby Lobby

I just loved this little Earth stamp kit, Grow Yourself Extraordinary, and of course immediately thought about gifts for gardeners. I found this little tin in the Target $1 spot a few months ago and thought that it would be perfect for a few seed packets to create a gardening gift basket. I didn't find any seed packets, but I did find some Spring bulbs. It's too late in most places to plant bulbs, but what a great gift for indoor planting this year for some Winter/Spring fragrance and color inside the house!

{the earth circle that I cut out and put on the packaging
is to cover the price. ;o) }

Supplies used:
*watercolor pencils
*Nestabilities Labels diecuts
*tin from Target
I didn't have time to search out some of those fun little plastic margarita glasses, but wouldn't that be a fun gift...the margarita glasses, a pitcher full of limes, some margarita mix, tequila, and rim salt. All that would be lacking would be an invite for a party night with friends which you could include inside this card....
I added the salt around the rim of my glass on the stamped image with a glue pen and just a touch of glitter....
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp co. Margarita Moments
*Quickuts embossing folder
*watercolor pencils
*KaiserCraft flat-backed gems

See, now you have the perfect excuse to buy these cute kits for YOU! You NEED them so that you can make all your Christmas gifts this year...hehe! So go shop, totally guilt-free!

Be sure to drop back by tomorrow. I have some FUN news to share with my Friends with Flair post...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Crazy For Daisies!!!

Have you seen this month's Unity KOM Incentive Set, Crazy for Daisies?
This kit is so perfect for adding a final little touch to projects. I just love it.

I have two projects to share with you today using this kit (click on them to see them better)...
For the graphic look of these flowers, I thought that a Mary Engelbreit look (black & white with pops of bright color) would really set them off. I don't think that I quite pulled off her look, but I like the overall effect...
Supplies Used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Crazy For Daisies
*Unity Stamp Co. Create Your Life
*Unity Stamp Co. Vintage Le Chic
*Scenic Route Garden Grove papers
*Prima leaf bling & packaging (I used the packaging from these on the layout. It coordinated perfectly and had these gorgeous little scalloped edges. It's the green piece layered under the photo.)
And while I had the papers out, I used the same papers to create a matching card....
Supplies Used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Crazy for Daisies
*Unity Stamp Co. UR {...etcetera}
*Scenic Route Garden Grove paper collection
*Bazzill kraft paper
*Martha Stewart border punch
*Marvy Uchida Circle punches

You don't want to miss out on these fun daisies. I have another layout to share using them that will probably be posted sometime this weekend...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A bunch of little things going on...

But first a card to share. I am still working on my stamp request list. This particular stamp (which I LOVE), from the October Store Exclusive KOM, was requested by Lindsay who I am pretty sure is the talented artist who actually drew up this stamp design. Isn't it gorgeous!?! I love dress forms!

This was such a simple card to put together...just basic stamping with a bit of paper piecing on that ribbon belt. I even used last week's CPS sketch for fast, quick assembly.
Supplies used:
*October Afternoon papers
*corner rounder
*Unity Stamp Co. Burnt Umber inkpad
Have you seen the fun happenings over on the Unity blog??? Angela has been posting some sneak peeks of the INCREDIBLE November KOM!! (OMG, I cannot wait to start stamping with this kit... I think that it's my most favorite yet and that is saying a LOT!)
And there is also a REALLY GOOD sale going on this weekend, but it ends today so you need to head over there quick and check it out (because you really don't want to miss it!)

My mom is here visiting and we have spent the last two days out playing with our cameras in the leaves. I'll leave you with just a small peek of what we've been up to, but know that I will definitely be posting more autumnal photos all week long (just today I took 190 photos!)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Flair with a bit of Patterned Flower...

I am still posting the cards that I made last weekend using your stamping requests. This was next request from that list from Lindsay to use the patterned flower from the Oct. Store kom, I loved this request as this was a stamp that I loved (out of the many that I loved) from this kit and hadn't had a chance to get it inky yet...

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Wonderful... You
*Making Memories Flea Market papers and chipboard(from Target)
*Fiskars border punch
*Nestabilities labels punch
*watercolor pencils

I still have more cards to share from that original request list... Remember I can add to it if there is something that you want to see. Just let me know. Here is where the list stands right now...
5. dress form from Oct store kit (artwork done )
6. First Unity stamp I ever on my list to create!
7. Peacock stamp from Sept. kom

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursdays with Unity are the Best Days!!!

And today promises to be another great one. There is fun, chatting, and a bit of inspirational bingo taking place in the forum today, so once you are through with the blog hop, head over there and hang out for a bit.

I did a couple of really quick, easy cards today using the Unity October kit of the Month, Wherever You Go. I paired them up with some of the Teresa Collins papers...

Supplies Used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Wherever You Go
*Marvy Uchida oval punches

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Mom is coming TODAY!!!

I am so excited... My mom arrives this morning at 10:00 from Texas (barring any weather delays!!) I cannot wait. Not only do we always have WAY too much fun together, but it will be so wonderful to have another adult in the house. I miss that! My kids miss that too...having Nana here will help Mom chill a bit. ;o)

So this blog post needs to be fast because I still need to finish my cleaning before we leave to go pick her up in ONLY 3 HOURS!!!

This is one of the cards that I did over the weekend using the requested Unity stamps. Natalie had recommended that I use one of the quotes so I pulled out the Sept Store KOM, Everything Extraordinary, and used this fabulous quote and frame stamp from it.

For the layout of this card, I used this weeks CPS Sketch (#138.)
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Everything Extraordinary
*Cosmo Cricket papers
*watercolor pencils
*Nestabilities Labels die cut
*Pallette black inkpad
*Bazzill kraft

Have a great hump day everyone! And be sure to come back tomorrow because tomorrow is Thursday and you KNOW that means fun times for those of us with Unity Stamp Co!! ;o)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I almost forgot to blog...

My wonderful Mom is coming for a visit tomorrow for almost 2 full weeks and I am knee deep in cleaning to try to get my house presentable (being the only adult around, I have let things slide a bit *eek*) So I totally forgot that I had a blog post all planned for today.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had several Unity customers request me to use specific stamps on my projects that I was working on over the weekend (I had put the plea out there to inspire me and it worked.) Ky was my first responder and she requested that I use this stamp from the first Unity Store kom (100% Happy... you can still find it for sale HERE!)

Like Ky, this stamp totally reminds me of the State Fair as does this gorgeous balloon paper from Webster's Pages so I decided to put them together.

The difficult part of this project was getting the style of that modern ferris wheel to match the style of the old looking paper. I did that (I think) by layering several other stamps in the background of the ferris wheel (vintage postcard, the swirl from 100% Happy, and Grandma's Button) and lots of inking.
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. 100% Happy
*Unity Stamp Co. Vintage Postcard
*Unity Stamp Co. Grandma's Button
*Webster's Pages paper (balloons and cream swirl)
*MME paper (red)
*Nestabilities Labels
*watercolor pencils

I'll be back tomorrow with another piece from the list...
1. Plant a Tree (I need to get this stamp!)
2. Ferris Wheel from 100% Happy (artwork done )
3. quote (artwork done )
4. patterned flower from Oct store kit (artwork done)
5. dress form from Oct store kit (artwork done )
6. First Unity stamp I ever on my list to create!

So, if there is something you want to see stamped up, let me know! You can leave me a comment here or drop me an email...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Feeling the Mojo!!

Hey everyone! It's Monday morning and I have been given a reprieve from my to-do list today. I had it in my mind that my mom was arriving tomorrow (and my house is a total train wreck,) but I talked to her this morning and found out that she's coming Wednesday. Thank goodness, we covered that topic or else I totally would have been at the airport tomorrow. hehe!

So now all that cleaning that I didn't get done yesterday, can still be pushed off until tomorrow. ;o) You see how I work, don't you? No wonder my house is a train wreck...LOL! But I have a good excuse for creative muse was hopping! I love that! I just took photos of 7 different projects that I have to share with you this week and next week...

But this first project is a VERY special one because today is little Miss Mia's 4th birthday!! Happy Birthday Mia!!!

This card as well as the present should be going out in today's mail
(Procrastination Auntie {not to be confused with Malibu Barbi} strikes again...)

I love these little PMS Fairies and my nieces' birthdays are the perfect occasion to pull them out and play! I used the MojoMonday sketch (#108) for the layout of this card.
Supplies used:
*PaperMakeupStamps Shaela stamp
*K&Company patterned papers
*watercolor pencils
*MM glitter chipboard
*prisma glitter
*StazOn jet black inkpad
*Marvy Uchida punches
*corner rounder

Yesterday on Facebook, I issued a plea for help in choosing which Unity stamp to create with yesterday. I had several people put in requests which was amazing for my creative muse. With that in mind, I wanted to put this out there. If there is a specific Unity stamp that you want to see artwork done with, drop me a line and I will create a running list to work from. Here is the list so far:
1. Plant a Tree (I need to get this stamp!)
2. Ferris Wheel from 100% Happy (artwork done and will be blogged tomorrow)
3. quote (artwork done and will be blogged soon)
4. patterned flower from Oct store kit (artwork done and will be blogged soon)
5. dress form from Oct store kit (artwork done and will be blogged soon)
6. First Unity stamp I ever on my list to create!

So, if there is something you want to see stamped up, let me know! You can leave me a comment here or drop me an email...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Thursday... That Means Unity FUN!!!

It's Unity Thursday and Oh my goodness...
Unity Stamp Co. has rolled out the savings for today!!!

FIRST 50 orders over $25 get
Great Christmas Gift


{Random Stamps}
EVERY $25 spent gets the OPTION of purchasing a set for $2.


I have a quick and easy layout to share with you today. Everything used on it except the ribbon and border punch is completely included in this month's Scrapbooking/Collage Collection (stamps, inkpad, and papers!!!)- UR {...etcetera}
One thing that happens when Ben is gone is that I catch up on all my scrapbooking about him because he is on my mind so it's a natural therapy for me.

This is a photo of the two of us that Jacob took this last spring break while we were visiting HaHaTonka in Missouri.
Supplies used:
*Fiskars border punch
*Basic Grey ribbon
Hint: there are a couple of patterned papers in this collection which are printed onto kraft paper. For the calendar stamp on this layout, I simply stamped the image onto the backside of that patterned paper. It's a great technique if you are running low on some of your basic supplies and working with a kit (and I always seem to be running low on kraft...hmmm!)

Have fun shopping today and enjoy the rest of the hop!!!

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