Friday, May 22, 2009

HHH for my Hero

Yesterday's Hip Hop was all about the Heroes in everyone's life. For Hip Hop Hangover it was decided we should write about our Hero. I do have lots of Heroes but my biggest one is my Husband Dan. Wow, where do I start? We have been together for almost 18 years! Married for 15 of those. He is my best friend, my soulmate. We finish each other's sentences, know what the other is thinking! It's scary sometimes. That is why it is so very hard for me when he deploys. He is a United States Marine and very good at what he does! I am very proud of him and I know I don't tell him that enough! We always seem to take for granted many things in our lives but when that main support system in your life is gone you realize just how much you rely on each other. I learned early on that I don't NEED him to survive I just WANT him around! I am a very strong person, (you have to be to get through 4 deployments in 4 years!) but even the strongest person wavers. Even when Dan is gone he seems to know exactly when I need a little extra attention or loving words. Just as I know when he needs things from me. We are almost to our half-way point and to me this is the hardest time. Not there yet, feeling like it's never going to end! I decided to make him a little mini album tin with pictures of me and the girls and his dog Bella. He will love it! Here it is:

The tin I picked up at my LSS, Combat Creations. The paper is all Memories In Uniform also from Combat Creations, they have the best selection of Military supplies for any branch of service! The stamps are a mixture of Unity. I will list them all at the end. This first pic is the front of the tin.
This pic is the mini album that fits inside the tin. I'm still waiting on my pics to come and will add them later.

Inside of tin and album

Inside front and back

Inside album

Back page of album

Unity Stamps used:
May KOTM (house)
January KOTM (star and 2009)
I also used a few images from The Greeting Farm Hero set.
If you've made it this far, thanks so much for reading my LONG post and I hope you have a great day! Don't forget to thank the HERO in your life!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More Challenge Cards

Hi! I hope you all are having a great week! I am! I can't believe it's already Thursday. This week has flown by! Well, my total VSN challenges completed was 13 out of 16! Not bad huh? I am pretty proud of myself. I also completed a CAS challenge on SCS. CAS means Clean and Simple. That is what this next card is. The challenge was to use the colors: black, white and one bold bright. I chose Tempting Turquiose and Unity's bike and smile stamp from one of their new releases Everyday Adorable. The paper is Whisper White and some handmade paper that I had on hand. This next card was for the VSN challenge to use red, black and white. I love how this card looks in real life! The background stamp is Hearts of old, the heart is from another new Unity set CONFESSION i {luv} unity. The pleated ribbon was sewn on.

This card was for the VSN challenge to use embellisments in quantities of 7. The tree and sentiment is from the newest KOTM, another sweet day! I love it! I sewed the edges and added 14 rhinestones!

Well, that's it for now. I hope you all have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blog hop Follow up and VSN creations

I just want to thank all of you that stopped by during Unity's Blog Hop this past weekend and left me such wonderful comments! I have a few more things to share with ya! This first picture is my four mini cards bundled, ready to give as a gift. Again using my scraps! This next pic is of one of the VSN challenges I made. I love VSN! So far I've gotten 8 out of 16 completed! Yeah! This particular challenge was to make a Jr. Legal pad cover. I LOVE how this turned out! Again using my all new fave: Kraft cardstock and Colorbok's Friendly Forest DP and Unity's February KOTM! The cloud was cut out free-hand. Under the button is a magnet to keep the cover closed.

This next card was made for the Glitz, Gleam and Glamour challenge for VSN. Glitter!!! I have glitter everywhere! It looks so pretty in real life! Pics never do anything justice! The bottom I sewed the blue strip of paper to the kraft. The DP is from Heidi Grace. The stamp set is Birdie Inspiration from Unity.

That's it for today! I will post the rest of my VSN challenges throughout the week! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Unity's KOTM Blog Hop!!!!

We are celebrating our love for the Unity KOM club!!! This is is the best collection of stamps you can get ANYWHERE at this amazing price!!! Unity is having an awesome sale this weekend on all PAST KOM's!!! Very GOOD deals!!

If you've come from Lindsay's great blog you are heading in the right direction! If not start at the beginning so you don't miss any of the talented blogs showcasing Unity!!!

Here is what I've made to show you! I used the February KOTM. This is actually my first time inking most of them up! They go really well with this DP from ColorBok called Friendly Forest and Kraft cardstock! Actually their stamps go great with any DP or any cardstock!Since I hate to waste scraps I decided to make a set of four mini cards. All of Unity's stamps are perfect for scrapbooking or card making!

This is the amazing kit I used!!!

February KOTM

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to know what you think! I hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Now head over to Emily's blog: to see what she has to show you!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More Challenge Cards

Here are the rest of the cards I made for Unity's Anniversary Challenges. My first card was to use your first Unity set. Giggle Grove was my first and still one of my faves! Supplies: Crate Paper, Stampin' Up! Confetti white, sewing machine, Staz-on Timber Brown.This card was for a Splitcoast Technique Challenge. The background was made using my Cuttlebug and wax paper.

My third card was for the F.I.R.S.T. Challenge to use: flowers, insect, ribbon, scallop and teal or turquoise. The ladybug was shrunk using the shrink plastic and my heat tool!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day! And as a reminder, the Unity KOTM Blog Hop is this weekend! Make sure you stop by and leave me some love!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Stamp Winner!

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! I did! It was great spending the day with my Mom and my girls! I just wish my Hubby was here to spoil me too! Anyway, here is the winner of the Scallop Details and Date stamp, chosen via post #7! Whoistracy!!! who whoistracy said...
I love those coasters- what a great idea!!! And what an adorable mini book.
May 8, 2009 2:41 PM
Congrats Tracy! I will send you an email and get this stamp out to you as soon as I receive it! Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

HIP HOP Hangover~again!

Hip Hop was tons of fun! I won two stamps! It's always more fun when you win right? Well gues what? One of the stamps is a repeat of one I already own! I want to give it away to one of you lucky readers! All you have to do is leave me a wonderful comment and I will radomly choose a winner on Mother's Day! Whoo-hoo! The stamp is a single called Scallop Details & Dates. Perfect for scrapbook pages but is great on cards too!
As most of you know last week was Unity's 1 year Anniversary party! They had lots of games, challenges and giveaways! I made more cards and projects in the past week than I have in the past two months combined. I will spare you all that I made! I'll post a few here and there. Today I will show you what I made for my DD's band teacher and a little mini book I made for my Mom.
These coasters were real easy to do. I used Staz-on inks in the four different colors. There is a great tutorial on SCS on how to do this technique! This is the set all bundled up.
This little mini book I made using scraps of paper I had left over from all the cards I had made this past week. I love this paper from Crate Paper! I added little tabs on the side with staples.

Well thanks for looking and I hope you have a great day! If you have any questions I will get an answer out to you asap!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Unity HIP HOP Hangover: Birthday Challenges

I've gotten two of the four challenges completed so far! I plan on completing them all! Thank goodness we have a week to finish each one! Who wouldn't want to win Unity's KOTM free for a whole year? If you don't try, you never will. Check out the challenges here!
My first card is for Jenn Buck's Color Challenge, UACC. The challenge was to use Kraft, Baja Breeze, Ruby Red and So Saffron. Thank goodness I had all the colors! I used Unity's new release Love is Everything! I love this stamp! This sketch came from Wendy!This next card was for Jeanne's One layer Birthday Card Challenge, USAC4. This was a tough one for me but I love the way it came out! I'll have to make more of these! I used Stampin' Up's whisper white cardstock and the stamps from the Owl Always Love You set and the Hullaballo stamp. Also used: shrink plastic, ribbon, and glitter!
Thanks for stopping by! Check back soon for the other challenges! I will get them done soon! Have a great day! Happy Birthday Unity!