Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gifts for my Combat Cropper girls and crazy weather!

I always like to make as many gifts as I can each year for my friends and family. This year for my co-workers who also are friends I made Dog Tag shape necklaces. The Dog Tag charms came from Amate Studios. The stamped image inside is from Legacy Stamps. Over the image I melted some Utee clear embossing powder in my melting pot and poured it into the charm and let cool. After they were cool enough to handle I attached the chain. I re-used a few of my Unity bags (great green idea!) and attached the necklace to a piece of chipboard that I stamped Just Polka Dots onto. The tag on the outside is stamped using Unity's swirl stamp from the kit Growing in Unity. The girls loved them!This picture is of the pretty rainbow we had yesterday after the little bit of rain we had. It was in the high 60's yesterday. This weather is not making me feel like Christmas is almost here!
I hope to get a few more stamping items completed before the end of the week, hopefully I'll have time to post! Have a great day!

Monday, December 15, 2008

I love this picture of my girls. We were trying so hard to get a family picture for our Christmas cards and they just wanted to goof around! I ended up very frustrated but we did get a decent picture of all of us! I'm not posting it here yet, still need to get some of my cards out!
Here is a card I made last week for a Unity Challenge while I was at Colleen's house to teach her how to upload to SCS and how to HIP HOP!!! We had a good time. The challenge was to use us some type of bling, I used rhinestones. The stamp is from Unity, Prince of Peace.

This is a close up of the rhinestones:
I do have some more things I've worked on but I still need to take pics! Hopefully later tonight! I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Secret Santa gift~

About a month ago on Splitcoast in the Unity forum I signed up to part of a Secret Santa rak group. It was so much fun buying items for my girl but also lots of fun to open my gift that came yesterday!!!! I was so excited! Here is what I got:

*red flock from Stampendous (I love flock!) *green velvet brads from doodlebugred *glitter brads from Creative Imaginationspurple *ribbon from Ki Memories *beautiful white lace ribbon *awesome smelling Yankee Candle, Vanilla Cupcake *heidi swapp edge distresser *super cute Making Memories Christmas chipboard pieces *pretty mat stack of paper by Making Memories and.....not one, not two, but three Unity stamp sets, plus a single!!!! Stamp sets I got: Fanciful dots, Trifle Sentiments, Whimsical Birthday and the single is a large bracket from this set Amazing Me. This picture is not the greatest but all the items are!

Thanks so much Maggie! I can't wait to play with it all!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Unity Addicts Challenge

Ok, here it is. My layout for Wednesday's Unity Addict's Challenge. For more info see here. I love the way this turned out! It's only an 8x8. I usually do 12x12 but I only had this one pic and thought it would be cute in a frame hanging on my wall instead. This is last years Christmas pic. Every year we take a new pic and it goes inside each of my handmade cards. Lots of work, but if I didn't keep doing it now I would get yelled at by my family and close friends that have come to expect them! I used Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey patterned paper, clear acetate sheet, glitter, diamond glaze, staz-on ink, distress tool for edges of paper, and catseye ink. This is a close up pic of the glitter. All the trees were cut out individually. The stamp is called Trinity Trio which can be seen here. The Memories and 2007 images are from Our Life, Our Stories kit, which is a great kit for scrapbookers! This kit can be seen here.
OOPS!!! I just realized that this is the picture we took in 2006!!! Dan was gone last year so he wasn't in the 2007 Christmas pic!!! I guess I'll have to change that. He-He!
Thursday is HIP HOP in the Unity forum on Splitcoast. Join in on the fun!!! I hope you all have a great day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving Fun

We had such a blast over the Thanksgiving weekend. We always have lots of family over for Thanksgivng dinner, great food and tons of laughs! Of course we have to take hundreds of pics! My sister from Chicago flew down to surpise my Mom. It was great! We also did lots of shopping. I thought Dan was going to have a heart attack when we had to pack up the car with more than we brought! Here are are few pics to share with you!
Me and My Family:
Mom, Dad and Five of their Six kiddos! We missed ya Bill!

The Whole Clan!!!

Have a great day! I will post more projects soon!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend and a decent Monday! I did! Today is our Friday here! No school tomorrow! Yeah! Although I'm sure this time tomorrow I'll be up making sure I didn't forget anything for our road trip! Anyway I did get some stamping/creating done over the weekend. This is for a class I am teaching at my LSS next month. Tell me what you think! The first pic is of all five of them together. The following pics are of them individually with details of supplies used. This one is made using my new Top Notch die from SU! The paper is from Bo Bunny. The Tree stamp is Unity! I paper pieced the two little trees, the larger tree has glitter on the dots. Also used: large eyelet, crop-a-dile, ribbon (from M's), and Sakura glaze pen.
This is the backside of the one above.The swirls stamps are Unity, Merry Christmas is from MUSE. Also used; white gel pen, glitter.

This star is a Bazzill Chip. I tore strips of Bo Bunny's paper and adhered with Mod Podge. Inked edges. The Happy Holiday's stamp is from Autumn Leaves. I applied Glassy Accents to the little bird at the top. Also used, large eyelet, crop-a-dile, ribbon, pop dots, and rhinestones.

This is one of my faves! Looks so much cuter in real life! The dogtag shape is a Bazzill chip. The Reindeer stamp is from Unity. The background (looks pink) was made using re-inkers and a samll mini mister bottle and pearl-ex, I made my own glimmer spray! Love it! Also used, a strip of material (torn), twine, bells, and gel pens.

This also looks better in real life. This gorgeous stamp is also from Unity stamped on Paper House Productions Twill sticker sheet and cut out. The cardstock is Bazzill, patterned paper is Bo Bunny. Also used: large eyelets, crop-a-dile, twill ribbon, staples, catseye ink and scallop edge scissors.

This tag is made from a sheet of adhesive backed Cork. The stamp is Unity! Also used: gel pens, catseye ink, scallop punch and ornament hanger found at M's.

Thanks for looking! Most of the supplies used are from my LSS Combat Creations! Unity stamps can be found here.
Have a great day and in case I don't get a chance to post again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Growing in Unity Day 5 Hip Hop Hangover!

Happy Day 5 of my Growing in Unity and Hip Hop Hangover day! Today's post will be short and sweet. Hip Hop was a blast as usual and Iwon the stamp single Promise of God for SCS challenge of my Deer card I posted here yesterday! I also had two of my friends place orders with Unity yesterday! Yeah girls! You are going to love them as much as I do! Congratulations again to Gretchan for winning my blog candy single from Unity! See posts below for more info on that.

Ok here goes: This card was for the Square card Challenge from HIP HOP. Supplies: Heidi Grace paper, eyelets, twine, edge distressor, foam tape, Stamin Up ink and Catseye chalk and of course Unity's Stamp from November's KOTM! The finished card measures 5x5. This next card was made for the Snowflake challenge. I cut my snowflakes out from my Cricut cartridge, Accent Essentials. Supplies: Basic Grey ppr, Bazzill cardstock, rhinestones, Stampin Up corner punch, catseye ink, watercolor pencils with aqua painter. The stamp is also from November's KOTM. This tree is so versatile! I love it.

Well folks, that is it. Thanks again for making my Week In Unity such a great one! I promise to keep posting projects, just may not be every day! I am passing the torch onto Joy, aka Daiseyfreak. Check her out and leave her some love next week! Have a great Hip Hop Hangover day!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

HIP HOP Blog Candy Winner

Hey all my blog commentors! The winner for my blog candy, chosen randomly, is:

Gretchen said...
Great cards! I love the one with the dream tree and the hearts. I have a cricut and hardly ever use it- you've inspired me to drag it out again!!
November 18, 2008 9:24 AM

Gretchen email Eryn@unitystampco.com to pick your Unity Single.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Growing in Unity Day 4 Hip Hop Style!

HIP HOP!!! Unity Thursdays Rock! If you are not sure what I'm talking about click here. Most of you already know and am an addict like I am and look forward to the sneak peeks and special sales that enable to buy more and more! I'm not complaining just stating fact! Ok enough already right? You want more projects? Here you go:
Please bear with my not so awesome picture taking skills, taking pics fo cards is hard enough but trying to get a whole layout was tough! I have been working on this layout for over a month! I just kept thinking I was missing something but I think it's as good as it is going to get. Supplies used: Prism cardstock, patterned paper I forget!, grunge board, prima flowers, DMC floss for stitching, brads, versamark and Stampin' Up! ink, the stamps of course are Unity: Me, Myself an I single that I won at my very first HIP HOP!, Cuter than Most, Happy is from the Fall Festival set, Romantic is from the Growing in Unity set and the adorable owls and swirls in the bottom right corner and top left corner of picture (yes I cut those out by hand) came from the October Kit of the Month. Close up: I paper pieced the I and colored in the Owls with a mix of my water color pencils and my Souffle pens.
Close up of swirls and stips: edges of strips are torn and stamped with various stamps listed above. The swirls are stamped with Versamark and parts colored with gel pens.

The stitching was hand-sewn, the swirls were cut out by hand, the flower is felt with an orange brad in center.

Isn't this the cutest little Deer ever? This adorable little Deer is from the November Kit of the Month from Unity. I woke up at 5:30 yesterday morning with this idea in my head. I knew when I saw the sketch challenge SC202 exactly what stamp I wanted to use. The supplies: cardstock is Bazzill, patterned paper is October Afternoon, brads, twine, water color pencils, aqua pen, square punches and edge distressor. This stamp is from the Biker Alley Unity set. Being that my husband is a Marine I knew this stamp would be perfect for my scrapbook. The rest of the set, not so much. So I asked Angela if I could get this as a single and she graciously sent it to me with one of my orders! She rocks! It is a very large stamp so it's perfect for Scrapbooks, for cards I needed to make it a jumbo card! The other stamps are from Legacy Stamps, DRS and Stampin' Up! What a mix huh, but they all work great together! The cardstock is Kraft from Bazzill, the patterned paper is from Combat Creations.

I flocked the yellow ribbon and three black brads in the bottom corner.So don't forget to join us in the HIP HOP forums today! I will be giving my blog candy away later today, so check back! Today's comments will be included in my drawing! Thanks again for all the kind words and feedback on my creations! You all are the best! Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Growing In Unity Day 3

Growing in Unity Day 3! Wow this week is flying by! Thanks again for all your wonderful comments, it is such a boost to my ego! Today's first project is very special to me. For those of you that don't know my husband is a Marine and he does deploy quite a bit. Some longer than others. When he was gone in October (not far and not long), we were able to text each other. So one night I had asked him to write me a poem. It was short but very, very sweet. I then told him I needed one a week for every week he was away from me. So far Ihave three poems and will be expecting more when he deploys again. I had to treasure them by making this cute little book to write them into but they won't hold too many so I'll have to make more. Anyway here goes:

The cover is using Basic Grey's Urban Prarie paper, no stamping on the cover, just letters cut out on the Cricut. The tag on the side is grunge board, inked up.
This is the inside of the front cover. I stamped So & So Loves and the grass (not sure of name or what kit it came in). The next page I stamped the Details image and hand wrote info. This stamp is part of the Our Life, Our Stories kit.

Detail pic: The heart in the center is shiny, I used Diamond Glaze.

Page 4: I used the little Mushrooms and the brown tag from the Our Life, Our Stories kit. The stamped ribbon strip is part of the October KOTM.

This last project is for a certain special someone, I can't say who but you will love it! The mini book is the Meander book, instructions from SCS here. The paper again is from Basic Grey's Urban Prarie. The Butterflies are punched out but I stamped a swirl image from the Growing In Unity kit. They are stamped on textured paint chips that I got from the HD store (they look like sand paper) using Staz-On ink. Good Times image is from the Oct. KOTM and is embossed in white.

Once again I hope you enjoy today's projects. I promise I will have more tomorrow for HIP HOP! Please leave me some love if you want to be in the drawing for my Blog Candy tomorrow! Have a great day!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Growing in Unity Day 2!

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my Day 1 of Growing in Unity post! This is so much fun and it's making me use my stuff I've been hording! Plus I'm getting a great start on making RAK's to send to my friends on the Unity RAK group.
Thanks to Ravengirl for knowing the Home stamp I used yesterday came from Unity's Tiny Trinity set!

Begin Day 2:
This card was made using a sketch from Queen Kat which I found here on Maria's blog. This is a great sketch! Products used: paper: Creative Imaginations, Bazzill, and Sassafras; Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Brown and Catseye chalk ink Chestnut Roan. Unity stamps: October KOTM. Extras: brad from SU!, Souffle gel pen, ribbon and mini stapler. (Sorry the picture is not clear)

These next two mini cards I had to whip up for two Birthday parties my girls attended this past weekend. The yellow with the Polka dots from Creativie Imaginations Birthday line is using the Birthday stamp from the new kit Our Life, Our Stories. I got this in the mail on Saturday and was so excited that I have used it a lot already! Stay tuned tomorrow for more using this set! The cake stamp is from Little Labels 2.
The second card is also using the Birthday stamp from above and the Happy is from Fall Festival that was on special this past HIP HOP! How many of you bought it? I had it from before and I love this set as well! (I love all UNITY stamps in case you couldn't tell!)

Now for my favorite card and stamp! The Dream tree from Growing in Unity set, is now sold as a single, but the whole set is wonderful!
I stamped the tree using Stampin' Up! Basic Black directly on the patterned paper from Crate Paper (also a fave!). All the little hearts were cut out by my Cricut, edges inked up, then popped up with foam dots. Then I stamped Yours on the bottom (also from Growing in Unity set) and tied black hemp on side in a knot and adhered a larger heart. Simple but elegant! I love it!

Thanks for checking out my Day 2 creations! I could have added so many more pictures but I didn't want to overdo it! Stayed tuned for Day 3! Don't forget about the Blog candy I'll be giving away on Hip Hop Thursday to one of you lucky ladies who leave me some love!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Growing in Unity Day 1

Yeah! It's day 1 of my Growing in Unity Day by Day originated by the lovely Ramsey. Each week a Unity Addict has a turn at highlighting Unity all week long. It's sort of a blog hop were each week there will be a new person in the spotlight to show you some awesome Unity projects. Last week Maria wowed us with her wonderful creations.

I have some great projects planned to show you all this week. I've been busy planning and I hope you enjoy them as much as I loved making them!

Ok, here we go:

Again, using my favorite paper, Cosmo Cricket Happy Camper, I made this card for a friend that just moved into her new house not too long ago. The Cottage stamp is from Unity's October KOTM. I colored the Cottage with my watercolor pencils and aquapen. The Home stamp is from which set? I can't remember and am being too lazy to go check. I'll let you know tomorrow! Of course I distressed all the edges with my Heidi Swapp edge distressor and inked them with catseye chalk ink. The base of the card is Kraft Cardstock, also used are Bazzill Salsa Verde and African Daisy.

For my Owl obsession I had to get Fluffy the Owl single. Same paper line as above, CC Happy Camper. Hoo's the best line is made using some Stampin' Up alphas. I hand cut Fluffy and then attempted to make my own glimmer mist but the spray ended up getting clogged up and was coming out in large blobs. So fluffy is spotted instead! Also used: Souflee white pen, paper piercer, ribbon and googlie eyes. I didn't take a picture of the inside before I sent to my boss for being the bestest boss ever! The inside says: OWL bet you are!

Oh yeah, don't forget to leave me some love in my comments as I will be giving away some blog candy on Hip Hop Thursday! What's HHT? See here!

Thanks for checking out my first day of Growing in Unity, Day by Day, All week long! Have a wonderful day and I'll have more tomorrow!


Friday, November 14, 2008


Here are the cards I made for the HIP HOP challenges and also how I store my unmounted red rubber from Unity. I'm thinking of investing in the Rubbah Rack for the wood mounted ones. Right now they are in a tin, lined up but hard to see.

Here we are again! Another awesome HIP HOP Thursday with the Unity group! I was in and out all day yesterday but still had a great time. I was able to participate in the two challenges that Jeanne posted. Tell me what you think? Be sure to leave some love on all the great HIP HOP Hangover blogs listed on Unity's Blog!
Stay tuned for my turn at "Growing In Unity" next week. Check out the little icon in the top left corner of Unity's blog for a link back here (if you are not a follower :)!) I will have some great cards, a layout and possibly some altered items!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sketch Challenges rock!

Amber's Sketch Challenge, for details click here: Splitcoast Challenge SC201, for details click here:
and last not least, a great sketch from Maria's blog.

I know its been a while since I've posted last. If you are one of my followers, thanks for being patient with me. I've been busy with work and busy trying to organize my crap, oops I mean craft room. :)
I reallly love sketch challenges. They make life so simple. Splitcoast has some really great challenges everyday! Plus they work really great with Unity Stamps! Let me know what you think of my cards! Next week I'll have a post everyday, Monday-Friday as it will be my turn for Growing in Unity. More details soon.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween Hip Hop Hangover!

Sweet Treats Challenge: I used the Desserts from the Unity Homemade by set and the weathered background set from Stampin' Up! Spooktacular Colors Challenge: I used the Unity Cuter Than Most set. I added a googlie eye and I love to use mini staples. Cute and easy library pocket card!
Another Hip Hop Thursday come and gone! As usual yesterday was so much fun. If you haven't participated in a Unity Hip Hop you are really missing out! There are so many fun peeps and lots of giveaways and inspiring challenges. Angela from Unity also has lots of new releases and great sales on Hip Hop days! Just click the link to the right to check out Unity!

Since today is Halloween I will be posting some pics of my girls in their costumes later today. I love Halloween! Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Unity Twilight Challenge

I finally finished my card for the Unity Twilight Challenge. I am anxioulsly waiting to start the third book, Eclipse. My daughter lent it out to her friend who started reading it when I was still reading the first one but I have read faster than even I anticipated and am now trying to be patient!!! It's not working too well, ugh! I'm still on team Edward but from what I hear that seems to change in book three.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Unity Hip Hop Hangover, NOT!

Cuter Than Most set
Camo ABC's Set

Well the bad news is I didn't get to Hip Hop as much as I like to. The good news is Dan came home! I hate when he is gone but the reunions are that much sweeter! He even brought me home a rose! I love my guy. Even though he was home I did sneak in a few posts and managed to create a card for the Get Striped Challenge as well as a card I am teaching at my LSS, Combat Creations. We live near a very large Military base so the store specializes in Military products and classes. I'm also sending this particular card to a friend of my husband's that will be away this year for Christmas. Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Digital Scrapbooking

I finally broke down and bought Photoshop and after lots of help thanks to some great tutorials I made my first digital scrapbook page! I really want to print it out so I can add some real embellisments and stamp on too! It's kind of time consuming but I'm sure it'll get easier each time I do one. There are still things I need to learn but for my first I don't think its that bad. The pic I used of the two of us was in front of a fire pit, late at night. I love the way it looks.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hip Hop Madness Friday Hangover!

These are the cards I posted for the Unity challenges on SCS!

Hey all. I'm posting this now because in the morning I'll be too tired. I love Hip Hop Thursdays. Thank goodness Dan is gone right now. He would not understand why I feel the need to stay up past 11:00 to chat with people I only know through the web!
Here is what I ended up buying:
Eco Chic
The new release bundle
So & So Loves
My Vampire
Fluffy the Owl
Worn Vintage Clock
and of course Hey Chick which was only $2 with a $35 order!
I also dontated $1 to the Operation Children fund!
Yeah Unity!
Offically signing out at 12:30 eastern!!!! Yuck!
OK all, it is now 7:00am. I got like 6 hours of sleep and tonight I have a crop at my LSS from 6pm-2am then soccer games Saturday morning! Crazy weekend. I am going to be so pooped by mid-morning but it was so worth Hip-Hopping with all the wonderful Unity boys and girls and devoted customers of Unity too! I'm going to say it again; "UNITY ROCKS"!!!!