Friday, September 28, 2012

Oh, happy day!

Friday came quickly this week!  Two cards to share today for Friends with Flair.
The first uses A Cupcake on Every Doorstep itty bitty.  I decorated the inside for this as well because I just love that cupcake trio!  I've seen so many cute CAS cards with washi tape and I was trying to go for that look but I think I added too much to get the CAS I was hoping for.
 The second card is using the Good Day Sunshine itty bitty.  Such a great image and phrase, I was just playing around with different colors to see which I liked best and then decided to use all 3 on the same card for a different feel.  I used an alphabet stamp from SMAK to make a graphic background and tried to tie the odd design and colors together with some little ribbons on the side.
I can't believe how quickly September has flown by.  I put out our Halloween decorations yesterday, I love this time of year!  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Preschool Days

I cannot believe I have a preschooler!  Seems like just yesterday I was bringing her home from the hospital and now she's going off to school 3 mornings a week and asking to stay longer when I pick her up!?!  I am so proud of her, she's doing phenomenal for a 3 year old who has never been in day care or away from her mama aside from a very occasional overnight stay with grandparents.
Having a preschooler also means that this scrapbooker finally got a chance to do a back to school layout and play with all of my awesome school themed Unity stamps!!!
Here we go...
Inspired by the bright blues and pinks in my daughter's first day of school outfit I used some Amy Tangerine Sketchbook papers.  My favorite thing about using stamps in my projects is that instead of being limited by the school themed products on the market I can make my own embellishments to match my pictures with my stamps.  You can use stamps over and over and the possibilities are endless!
Here are some details:

 I made this layout to play along with the current Unity Challenge (banners) and had a ton of fun making this eclectic banner.  I am also playing along with Friends with Flair this week so leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity stamps.  Every Monday one lucky commenter from all of the Friends with Flair entries is chosen to receive a grab bag of Unity goodness!

Unity Stamps used: Smarty Pants (school days, smarty pants, MTWTF, and report card), ABC, 123 Washi (alphabet and numbers), Garden Variety (cute), Simple Pointers (noteworthy), Bitty Regards (proud of you), August SMAK (formula for success tab), September SMAK (date pencil), Champ (pennant banner), Love in Return (banner), Game Day Chili (small banner)

Supplies used:  Amy Tangerine Sketchbook papers and embellishments, EK Success notebook border punch, Smash washi tape, american crafts embossing powder.

Happy weekend and thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Aren't YOU Super

I LOVE fall!  Oh, for so many reasons I just love this season but today my favorite reason is that I feel like I can finally craft again.  Things just slow down, the kids go to bed at a reasonable hour and I just get things done.  Must be something in the air.  :)
Here is a card I made this week for Andrea at Unity Stamp Co because her customer service just rocks and she is always amazing and super helpful.  Great stamps, awesome customer service, amazing peeps, I just LOVE Unity!!!
Supplies used:
Unity Stamps:  Wings of Hope (butterfly), The Best (#1, aren't you super), Love in Return (original)
Ranger Tim Holtz distress ink (Antique Linen) and distress markers (Pine Needles and Broken China)
Design and colors were inspired by a card by Betsy Veldman in Stamp It Cards Vol 9

If you haven't yet head on over to Unity's Friends with Flair post and play along by commenting on the blogs in the hop.  Every week Unity is generous enough to send free stamps to one participant and one commenter along the hop.  I was thrilled to see that I won last week and got my stamps yesterday! 
Thanks for visiting today and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Made with Love

Whoa, first of all let me just say that while I know it's been a wild and crazy summer I am a wee bit embarrassed to see that it's been over 2 months since my last post!  Yikes, I never meant for that to happen.  I haven't had time to participate with Friends with Flair and I've missed out on so many wonderful, crafty projects.  I MISS my Unity peeps and my Unity stamps have certainly been missing me!
I forced myself to get crafty today since when I went to my stash of cards for a Thank You earlier this week there were NONE and I was forced to go out and buy one (hangs head in shame).
I am not very pleased with this card but I know it's going to take time to get my Mojo back and I wanted to play along with the KOM Sketch Challenge at Unity as well as Friends with Flair.
The PP is from Webster's Pages.  I used Spellbinders dies and the stamp is from Unity's December 2011 KOM: Filled with Love.  I inked it with my Tim Holtz distress markers.

Thanks for stopping by today and I look forward to catching up with all of my crafty friends soon!