Monday, September 23, 2013

Growing in Unity Winners!!!

I would like to thank you all for being so supportive and for all of the kind comments during my week as your GIU gal.  It was a truly great experience and I look forward to signing up again in 2014!
Now for winners!  I used to pick the winners from all of the comments from my GIU posts from Monday-Friday.  The winner of 2 Itty Bittys of choice from Unity Stamp Co was cinmfoster's comment from Day 4.  Please contact with your choices and let her know you were my GIU winner.
The winner of my giveaway was sam's comment from Day 3.  Please contact me with your address and I will get that in the mail to you ASAP!  My email is crystal _ hubbs at hotmail dot com

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who visited my blog!
Have an amazing week!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 5

It's Friday and that means it's my last day as a Growing In Unity gal.  It sure has been a fun week and you all have been so sweet and your comments have made my day(s)!  It's also Friends With Flair Friday over on the Unity blog so be sure to stop by there for lots of wonderful inspiration!
I had so many projects I wanted to share with you all during my time as GIU gal and it was tough to choose but today I decided to show you a layout.  My first traditional layout in almost a year!  Crazy, I know!  My craft time is so limited these days that I normally keep up on my family's memories through a Project Life style album (greatly embellished with lots of Unity stamps of course).  I was inspired to scrap a traditional layout when I snapped this great picture of my wonderful hubby playing in the yard with the kids.  It deserved to be a centerpiece!
I love the recent chalkboard art craze and this was my first time playing around with it.  Definitely want to play around some more and Unity has such great stamps for this!

Unity stamps used:  My Dear (ornate flower in top left corner), June 2013 SMAK (heart), Modern Chit Chat (heart bubble), Generations (always & forever), April 2013 KOTM (photo love and best dad ever), March 2013 SMAK (arrows, hand, count your blessings chalk art).
Other supplies:  black card stock, white chalk ink, Momento Rose Bud ink, Amy Tangerine sketchbook stickers and die cut, washi from Target.


Courtesy of Unity Stamp Co:
2 Itty Bitties of your choice to one lucky winner!
To win: simply  comment on any of my GIU posts this week.

My giveaway:  A goodie bag filled with Unity Stamps!
To win:  You must be a follower of my blog and comment on any of my GIU posts this week.

***all winners chosen by random***
I will post the winners on Monday, Sept 23rd
Thank you all for being so wonderful and supportive!  I have loved being your Growing In Unity gal this week and hope you all have a fantastic and crafty weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 4

Thursday is here already, boy has this week been flying by!
Today I am sharing with you a special project I made for my 4YO daughter this summer for her birthday.  She and I love collecting rocks together (in fact that is a hobby that my mom passed on to me).  I knew I wanted to do something special with the rocks we collected but the right idea never came to me until just before her 4th b-day in June when I saw an idea on Pinterest for Story Prompt Rocks.  Whoa, perfect! 

Going through my vast stamp collection to find the perfect story prompts was by far the most time consuming part of this.  Most of the stamps I used (not all) are from Unity Stamp Co.  Their red rubber stamped perfectly on the rocks!  I used Archival Ink to stamp and then colored them in using a combination of Smooch inks and Perfect Pearls.  When they were dry I covered them in several layers of Mod Podge to keep them looking pretty.

They were a huge hit!  My 4YO daughter LOVES using them to tell us stories!  The stories always involve that beautiful Phyllis Harris golden retriever because she loves puppies.  My 2YO son loves stacking the rocks similar to the Inuit inuksuit stacks and has managed to stack them about 6 high.  Thankfully no one has started throwing them yet which is a relief because I was a tad worried about a broken TV or window!

Stamping on rocks was surprisingly fun and easy!  To get a clear image on an uneven surface I couldn't use an acryllic block but had to carefully hold in my hand and press the rock down into the stamp.  You could make pretty garden decorations with stamped rocks too and with all of the amazing Unity stamps the possibilities are endless!

Unity Stamps used: Sail Away, Create Your Day (house), Dreams That You Dare (rainbow), Pirate Madness (treasure map), Forever Friends (dog), Labeled Oct 2012 KOTM (tree circle), Moment By Moment (butterfly), and All Worth It (queen bee).

2 Itty Bitty stamps of your choice courtesy of Unity Stamp Co to one winner!
To Win:  Simply leave a comment on any of my GIU posts this week.

My Giveaway:
A grab bag of Unity goodness to one lucky winner!
To win:  You must be a follower of my blog and comment on any of my GIU posts from this week.

*winners chosen by random***

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 3

I am having so much fun being your Growing in Unity gal this week!  Today I am sharing a project I made with Hazel girl.  Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday and we really get into decorating the house for it!  My hubby and I also have a longstanding tradition of exchanging several Halloween cards each year.  We have a pumpkin shaped wicker basket that we keep them in on the table and it's so much fun to look through our cards to each other from years past!
I still haven't decided if I'm going to make this Hazel girl into a card or put her on a decorative frame and make her into a wall hanging but I love her!
Supplies used:  Unity Stamps: Hazel Girl and You Witch.  Papers: Fancy Pants Oct 31st and Copic markers to color.

Giveaway courtesy of Unity Stamp Co:
2 Itty Bitties of your choice!

To Win:
Simply comment on any of my GIU posts this week (M-F).

My Giveaway:
A grab bag of Unity stamps to one lucky winner!

To Win:
Comment on my GIU posts this week and follow my blog.

***All winners chosen by random.***

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 2

Hello and welcome to Day 2 of Growing in Unity!

Today I have two cards to share with you using the lovely Carissa Girl.  Having had 3 babies of my own I just adore this pretty lady and think that all pregnant woman everywhere would love to receive this Angie Girl in their mailbox with a reminder of how beautiful and loved they are.

 Supplies used:  Unity Stamp Co Carissa Girl and Hiya Gorgeous. Paper American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Yes, Please. Copic Markers
Supplies Used:  Unity Stamp Co Carissa Girl, A Noteworthy Occasion (family quote) and Feb 2013 Kit of the Month Let Love Grow. Papers American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Yes Please and Crate Paper Maggie Holmes.Copic markers

These cards got dropped in the mail last week to two friends who are expecting their 3rd and 5th babies in early 2014.  The 'she procreates' stamp just cracks me up!

Courtesy of Unity Stamp Co.
2 Itty Bitty stamps of your choice.

How to Win:
Leave a comment on any of my GIU posts this week.
(Come back each day for more chances to win.)

My Giveaway:
I'm giving one lucky winner a grab bag of Unity stamps!

How to Win:
Comment on each GUI post this week and follow my blog.

***All winners will be picked randomly***

Monday, September 16, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 1

Happy Monday!  I don't think I've ever been so excited for a Monday before but today starts my week as a Growing in Unity gal!

I've been stamping for almost 10 years and Unity stamps and I are a perfect fit. I discovered Unity about 4 1/2 years ago when they were just a brand new company starting out and their great images by talented artistas and quality red rubber have become the staple of my craft room.

I've got a lot of projects to share with you each day this week and you could win some Unity stamps by commenting on each Growing in Unity post this week.  Next Monday I will be picking one winner by random from all of the comments to win 2 Itty Bitty stamps of their choice courtesy of Unity Stamp Co.

I also have a GIVEAWAY and will pick randomly from the comments a winner to receive some great Unity stamps that I have lying around in my pile of doubles (just follow my blog and comment for a chance to win)!

Let's get this party started with a round of cocktails!

 Unity stamps used for this were A Round of Cocktails and Let's Uncork.  I used my Tim Holtz Distress markers to color the stamp.  Colors used: Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany and Dusty Concord.  The paper is a really old one from my stash by Reminisce called Simply Red.

This stamp set was so much fun I couldn't just stop with one card!  Seriously, true story.  This was my hubby and I almost 15 years ago over drinks with mutual friends at BW3 which is now known as Buffalo Wild Wings.  It's been one great adventure since then!

Supplies used:  Unity's A Round of Cocktails, American Crafts/Amy Tangerine's Yes Please 6x6 paper pack.  Washi from Target.

Stop by tomorrow to see another project (or maybe two) and remember to comment for a chance to win some Unity love!

Friday, September 13, 2013

A good Snapshot...

Blogging from my phone for the first time since my laptop died yesterday.  Wah, wah!  I ordered a new battery for it and hopefully that is all that is wrong otherwise I've got some lost pics from the past month which would devastate me.  Of course it would choose now to die as well because I was trying to set up my posts for next week because I am the Growing in Unity gal starting on Monday!!! I've got lots of great projects that I am so excited to share with you all and even some prizes I will be giving away! Hopefully my computer will be fixed by then so you don't have to see bad cell phone pics.
Today I am sharing this sweet camera/photography loving Suzie girl (I just adore all of the Angie girls!) and I made this card super quick yesterday morning for a friend of mine who is going back to school this semester to take a photography class.  She's got 3 little ones 4 and under and I think it's incredibly awesome that she is making the time to go back to school and learn about something she has come to love!  Also it was the perfect opportunity for me to ink up this lovely lady!
Stamps used are by Unity Stamp Co. Suzie Girl and sentiment and the flowers are from the original Angie Girl-Dream with your Heart.  I stamped them on watercolor paper and had fun playing with my watercolors.  The chevron and heart paper scraps are from a 6x6 Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper pack.
That's it for me today, I don't like typing this much from my phone.  Head over to Unity's blog for the Friends with Flair links today and I look forward to seeing you all back next week for my GUI posts where I will have some Unity love to give away!Friends with Flair