Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy, happy, happy birthday

I've been so sick with an allergy/sinus/cold infection that I haven't gotten one project done at all this week.  :(  Good news is that it's finally clearing up and it doesn't look like I've passed it on to the kids (a first)!
A Friends with Flair and nothing to share...time to look back through projects I've forgotten to link up.
This was a card I'd submitted a few months back and it didn't get picked and then I just completely forgot to blog it.
It uses 3 different Unity stamp sets - Echo Writer, Sweet & Sour Soup (happy & birthday) and Love in Return (banner).  I inked the happy up with 5 different distress inks and stamped it multiple times to make the background.  The PP is My Mind's Eye.  I distressed the edges and folded up one corner to show the dot theme that I used for color inspiration.  One of the happys is popped up for dimension.  This isn't the best photo of it but I've already given the card away so no detail shots.
Wishing you all a wonderful and crafty weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friends with Flair Mojo

Happy Friday y'all!
I've been busy crafting this week but my mojo was on vacation for the first half of the week.  When I have both time and a compulsion to craft but no mojo where do I turn:  usually to past FWF posts and my latest Paper Crafts mag! 
Here are a couple of cards I made this week while trying to get my mojo back.  Usually I will use a card as a jumping off point and when I'm done only I can tell where the original inspiration came from.  Sometimes when the mojo is really gone it looks much more like a scraplift.  Eventually after a few near scraplifts the mojo will make it's way back home. :) 

I got the inspiration for this card from the May/June 2012 issue of Paper Crafts, designed by the talented Sarah Jay.  I made it my own by switching up the papers and using some fabulous Unity stamps in place of die cut flowers and embossing the cardstock.
Supplies used:  Unity Stamps{Fabulous Girl Itty Bitty, You Did It Itty Bitty, Better With Love}, Silhouette was cut from A Child's Year (Cricut), Crate Paper, Copics, Cuttlebug embossing folder.

This next card is also inspired by a design from Michelle Woerner in the May/June issue of Paper Crafts. 

Supplies:  Unity Stamp{Thoughts of the Heart}, Tim Holtz die cut flower, Spellbinders Scalloped circle, PP, Authentique and My Mind's Eye.  I am entering this one in the March Unity Challenge: Doors and Windows.

This last card is something that took on a life of it's own when my mojo started coming back!
Supplies used: Unity stamps{sentiment from March 2012 KOM, star from We Treasure You}, paper is American Crafts, Cuttlebug embossing folder and stars die cut from Cricut's A Child's Year.

I do have more cards to share, some inspired from the talented ladies who link up with Friends With Flair every Friday but I ran out of time on this post since the little one just woke up from a nap.  I look forward to Fridays every week because of the talented Unity and Ippity chicks and friends of Unity who post amazingly talented projects using their Unity stash of stamps.  It is such a great community and so much fun to browse through the pretty projects and leave some love in the form of comments and a chance to win great prizes from the generous peeps at Unity!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Here is my 2nd attempt at the Unity Kit of the Month Sketch Challenge.  See post below for my first attempt where I forgot to use KOM!  Sketches for me are always a jumping off point and I almost always flip or skew them in some way.  This one is just flipped upside down.

Here is my card made using the sketch and some fantastic Unity stamps!
I used Marvy brush markers to color in this great image from the June 2011 KOM.  When I had it finished I still thought it was missing something at the top and after playing around with a few different things I finally decided on this floral border stamp from the January 2011 KOM inked in a dark grey.  Patterned Paper is from My Mind's Eye. 
Here are a couple of close ups:

I just LOVE my Unity kit of the months, they are so versatile and always have the perfect stamps for so many occasions and the funnest images!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What's Up?

I created this card for the Unity KOM Sketch challenge and then forgot to use Kit of the Month stamps on it, Oopsie!  Oh well, guess I'll try again tonight and use the right stamps this time!
Supplies used:  Echo Park Happy Days PP, Unity stamps: Neopolitan Bisque Soup (phone, word bubble & what's up), Nov 2011 SMAK (old fashion phone dial)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Lovely from head to soul

Quick post today for FWF.  Running on fumes here, my little guy is NOT a happy teether and has been awake every hour of the night for the past week.
Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co March Kit of the Month, Echo Park Paper, Copic markers, Spellbinders die

For the list of all of the wonderful ladies participating in Friends With Flair this week check out Unity's blog every Friday for some great inspiration!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Dream, Inspire, Escape, Home

I've been wanting to play with these stamps for a while now and got a chance to yesterday, yippee!  I finally got to the craft store to pick up some watercolor paper and was playing with these stamps and my watercolor pencils and it was just too easy to throw these cute little note-cards together.  Funny thing is that my water pen never gets cleaned well and had some mica shimmer left over from a previous project so all of these images have a beautiful shimmer to them that doesn't really get picked up from the camera.
The stamps are all from the Unity/Donna Downey co-brand set Little Whispers.  I stamped and colored on watercolor paper, mounted on black cardstock and then onto some different brightly colored Core-dinations cardstock.
Here is a closer look at each card.