Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last Hip Hop of 2010!!

Good morning Unity Peeps! 
Can you believe that this is our last Hip Hop for 2010?!?!
OMG, it has been a fantastic year, hasn't it?

My card today is featuring this month's gorgeous kit...

I used this week's SCS sketch #SC313 for the layout of the card and then went entirely shabby chic with the style of it to go with that fabulous teacup image that is in this month's kit.

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Dec Kom- Just be You
*Pink Paislee paper collection
*Recollections bling
*Martha Stewart border punch
*Palette burnt umber ink pad
*Prima flowers
*Melissa Francis Trim

Now you need to head on over to ***Emily's Beautiful Blog***

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside....

Supplies used:
*Paper Makeup Stamps Moody for Snow
*Echo Park Wintertime paper collection
*Creative Cafe buttons
*watercolor pencils
*StazOn jet black ink pad

And speaking of reading, I am starting a new book review blog, Smitten with Reading. Right now I am reading about 5-7 books a week, so I figured that I could do some more in depth reviews for some of those books. I am just getting it started and should have my first review up tomorrow sometime. Warning: I read purely for pleasure so most of my reviews will be of the romance/chick lit variety. ;o)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas the Night Before...

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!

Today I am sharing my final Christmas gift. A few weeks ago, our challenge for the Friday Fun girls was to create AJ's accordion file folder. I made one filled with bookmarks for my niece Emily (which you can see HERE.) Today I am showing you the same basic project, but this version is for my other niece, Mia....

The cover was made from a Breast Cancer Awareness file folder. Mia is 5 and I thought that this pink heart motif would work well for her. It has the same basic cover design (and stamps Ippity Books a Flutter) as what I created for Emily's file folder.

Bookmark #1: Unity Dec kit of the Month- Just Be You
Sassafras paper collection
MM mini alpha
StazOn jet black ink pad
Martha Stewart border punch

Bookmark #2: Unity Stamp co Frame This Alpha
MME paper collection
Martha Stewart border punch
pinking shears
Palette burnt umber ink pad

Bookmark #3: Unity Dec kit of the Month- Just Be You
Making Memories papers
Martha Stewart border punch
watercolor pencils
Palette burnt umber ink pad

Bookmark #4: Unity Dec kit of the Month- Just Be You
Sassafras paper
watercolor pencils
Marvy Uchida oval punches
Nestabilities labels die
Fiskars border punch

Don't forget to go check out the Unity blog for the entire list of FWF participants and go check out what the Friday Fun Challenge girls are doing too!

Sara (sitting out for a little while)
Sherry (will be back soon!) 

Merry Christmas!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NOT a holiday card!

Good morning Unity peeps!
 Today I am going to do something a bit different...a card that is NOT a holiday card!?! 
I's hard to imagine isn't it? hehe!

About a week ago, I needed a break from all the Christmas creating, so I took a look at my new kit of the month from Unity Stamp Co and got inspired to create this bright, sunny card....

This kit has so many fun and fabulous images....

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Just Be You (Dec kom)
*Sassafras paper
*Martha Stewart border punch
*pinking sheers
*glue pen
*prisma glitter
*Marvy Uchida oval punches
*watercolor pencils

Now you need to hop on over to *Emily's incredible blog*

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday's are all about Friends!!!

*ack* I made the mistake of going over to Jimmi's blog (OMG, you HAVE to go see her card today...GOR. GEOUS!!) before I started to write this post. One week till Christmas EVE?!?!?! That can't be right....I haven't mailed my Christmas cards yet...or finished my Christmas crafting...or even thought about what we are doing for the various Christmas meals!?!? *ack*

Okay, that's it....after I finish today's book (book 6 of the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann if you are keeping track,) I am not going to read anymore in this series until after Christmas!

With all that is going on this month, the Friday Fun Challenge girls decided that we needed a month of "anything goes." That works fabulously for me because this week I needed a birthday card for my sister-in-law Kara whose birthday was yesterday (maybe I should be sure to get this in the mail today....*sigh*.)

For this card, I used the new Bella Blvd kit, Sweet Celebration Birthday. I have the matching Bella Blvd papers, but Kara is a purple gal so I had to pull out these sweet Bo Bunny papers instead.

BTW, speaking of "sweet celebrations", if you happened to be watching the Dallas Stars hockey game last night, you probably caught a glimpse of Kara and Daniel who celebrated her birthday with tickets right behind the Stars bench (they were the one's just to the left of the puck-bunnies.)

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Bella Blvd- Sweet Celebration Birthday
*Bo Bunny paper collection
*prisma glitter
*Nestabilities Labels die
*corner rounder
*glue pen
*Martha Stewart border punch
*Stazon jet black ink pad

Don't forget to go check out the Unity blog for the entire list of FWF participants and go check out what the Friday Fun Challenge girls are doing too!

Sara (sitting out for a little while)
Sherry (will be back soon!) 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Unity/Echo Park Stamps!!!

It's no secret that I have been literally buzzing with excitement over all the new co-brand releases from Unity Stamp Co. lately, but I think that I can honestly say that this newest release, which coordinates with the Be Mine Collection from Echo Park, is my most favorite release yet. I LOVE this line and the new GORGEOUS stamps!!!

(click on the photos to see the projects in more detail)

My first project to share with you today is a Kat layout. I know that you aren't a bit surprised with all that pink are you? ;o)
I used a ton of the new stamps on this from both of the Echo Park Be Mine kits.

Supplies used:
*Echo Park Be Mine Paper Collection
*Pink Paislee Glitter Alpha
*Prima bling
*Martha Stewart border punch


The second project is just a simple little card...

Supplies used:
*Echo Park Be Mine Paper Collection
*Martha Stewart border punch
*MM ribbon
*kraft card stock

Don't forget all the amazing specials going on this week....

Now head on over to ***Emily's Gorgeous Blog***

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Bit of Mojo...

Good Wednesday morning!
I am so lost on what day of the week it is this week. I have submersed myself into the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann and am having a hard time doing anything besides reading...LOL! There are 14 books and so far I am on #4...did I mention that I just started them Sunday? It may be time for an intervention...LOL!

But I did manage to get a couple of cards made yesterday. This is one of them, using some new Paper Makeup Stamps (to me), the new October Afternoon Campfire paper collection, and this week's Mojo Monday sketch (#169.)

Supplies used:
*Paper Makeup Stamps Nature's Song kit
*October Afternoon Campfire 8x8
*Nestabilities Labels diecut
*Marvy Uchida Oval punches
*Palette burnt umber inkpad
*StazOn jet black inked
*jute string

Have a fabulous day everyone! I will be back tomorrow with some new fabulousness for Hip Hop (at least, I will if I can pull myself out of my book!!) ;o)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Winner & a card...

I can't get the widget to paste, but it chose comment #32 as my winner...

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Christi!

Love the stocking your daughter made, she has paid good attention when you were crafting, already a talent!! What a wonderful cake stand you have made, Santa's diner, hi hi, and he truly does love cake!!! How sweet of you to do a giveaway!
The card you made, is perfect!!! That blue is one of my fave colors and it works very well with the silver accents and the embossing is very very lovely, what embossing folder is that? It's just a perfect card!

Hugs, Wendy

Congratulations, Wendy! email me your address at and I will get your cake stand and stamp kits out in the mail to you this week!!!

Now I have a quick card to share using this week's Mojo Monday sketch...

Supplies used:
*Paper Makeup Stamps Spirit of Christmas sentiment
*Making Memories paper (red polka)
*Elizabeth Kartchner paper (music)
*Cosmo Cricket paper (damask and stripe)
*Nestabilities Labels die
*Fiskars border punch

Now we are off to make a Christmas Gingerbread Village...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Playing with Unity's Newest Store Kit!

Today on the Unity Stamp Co. blog, the dt is using the newest store kits of the month.

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Sexy, Silly, and Sassy
*Crate Paper paper (pink)
*K&Company paper (b&w floral)
*b&w polka dot (?)
*Martha Stewart border punch
*Nestabilities Labels die
*American Crafts black brads

For the inspiration of my card, I used two resources:
*Pantones Color of the year for 2011...

*and this week's Viva La Verve sketch...

Go check out the Unity Blog for all the other dt creations.

Also don't forget to go comment on this post for your chance to win this cake plate and the Unity mystery stamp kits shown below. I will be doing that drawing in the morning.

Friday, December 10, 2010

FFC, FWF, a Tutorial, and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello everyone! 
Wow, I have a LOT to cover on the blog here today!
So this is going to be lengthy, but stick with it because I have a giveaway to tell you about at the end.

Us Friday Fun Challenge Gals have decided that this month is simply too crazy to try to fit our Friday challenges into the mix. So this month the challenge is simply to create whatever we need for the Season...anything goes!

Be sure to go visit the other girls today and leave them some love:
Sara (sitting out for a little while)
Sherry (will be back soon!) 

So for me, seeing as I hadn't yet designed the final version of my Christmas card, I needed to get right on that. Here it is...

I am sure that you noticed immediately that this is not my normal style, but I really love sending elegant cards for Christmas, so this is my style this holiday season. Plus, the simple style makes it much easier to make 50-75 of them and cheaper to mail them when they are fairly flat.

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Sept 10 kit...When I am with You
*Bazzill card stock
*Silver Pearl Embossing powder
*Cuttlebug embossing folder
*silver string
*corner rounder
*KaiserCraft flat back gems

And now, thank you so much for the wonderful response to my cake stands yesterday. I was so excited when I came up with the idea so I am really glad that you all liked them too.

Several of you expressed an interest in further instruction...LOL! Here it is...a tutorial, but honestly, this is simply just a matter of squeezing a glue bottle! ;o)

(above) Here are all the supplies that you need: a candlestick, a plate, any marker/writing utensil, epoxy (I use E-6000 which you can find at WalMart.)

*****Now as we go through these instructions, keep in mind that I totally made this up this week. Epoxy should hold longterm, but I certainly cannot guarantee that it won't fall apart next week. I would recommend that you NOT wash these in a dishwasher or subject them to extreme heat. For mine, I plan to keep them out of the water as much as possible...just working on cleaning the plate side when needed. They may be super sturdy for the next 20 years, but I just don't know right now because I have never done these before.*****

(above) For using the epoxy and to ensure that I have everything centered, I turn my plate over and center the candlestick on it and then gently add marks around it so that I can see where to place the epoxy.

(above and below) E-6000 instructs to place the glue on both surfaces that you are joining. You will notice above that I placed the epoxy in a bit from my marks...that's because that is where the surfaces actually touch.

Note: it is really tough to use glue (which is constantly flowing out of it's tube) with your right hand and take photos with your left using a huge SLR so forgive the quality of these photos...LOL!

(above) E6000 instructs to leave the epoxy sitting on the surfaces 2-10 minutes before joining them.

(above) And then you simply push them together and let them sit for 12-72 hours to set up. Easy right? If you can squeeze a glue tube, you can do this project!!!

NOW for the GIVEAWAY!!!
Above you see my completed cake stand and a mystery package. 
That mystery package contains 2 Unity stamp original kit and one of the new co-brand kits, but I am not going to tell you which ones. ;o) Gifts should always be a surprise and this is a gift for one of you. 
One of the commenters on this post will receive both the cake stand and the mystery Unity kits
Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win!!!

 And just because, I had to share Kat with her craft project from yesterday that she made. After a bazillion trips to hobby lobby this week, I finally broke down and bought her some of her own craft supplies and she wanted to make a stocking to hang on her bedroom door.

I supervised, but it was mainly her creation, and in true crafter style, you will notice the Glimmer Mist remains on her right!

Don't forget to leave a comment to be eligible for the drawing!!!
 I will draw a winner and post their name on Sunday!

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