Unity Inspiration Challenge . . .

Yesterday Maren shared with us some yummy cake photos to use as our inspiration. I chose THIS gorgeous cake to base my card on. I was inspired by several elements: the square shape, the white on white, the embossed look, the shimmery flowers, the icing "pearls", and of course the beautiful red ribbon tied in a bow. This is a 5" x 5" square card. I used Stampers Select White cs from PTI and embossed it using my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The main image panel was cut out and embossed using my classic square Nestabilities. I stamed some floral flourish images from Unity Stamp Co.'s Growing in Unity kit and embossed them using white detail ep from SU! (kinda hard to see in the picture but it's there). Next I coated the entire panel with my Glue Pad and added Ranger Perfect Pearl togive it a shimmery look. The panel is popped up on dimensionals. In the upper left corner I added some shimmer flowers from Michaels, which I adorned with adhesive pearls from the Target $1 Spot. I used my SU! scallop edge punch along the bottom and added some pearls there as well. Last but not least I added some PTI luxe satin ribbon in Pure Poppy. I think this card and cake match so well!!! Don't forget to check back to see the next Unity Anniversary Celebration project soon! *wink*

Unity FIRST Anniversary . . .

Yesterday was day two of Unity's Anniversary celebration. Unfortunately I have a sick kiddo so I wasn't able to play until after our visit to the doctor this afternoon. Christi challenged us to create a project using the following components: F for flower, I for Insect, R for ribbon, S for scallops, and T for turquoise or teal. I knew I wanted to use this flower image from the Rain & Flowers kit and Cosmo Cricket patterned paper from the Girl Friday collection. I stamped the flower in Memento black ink onto PTI Stampers Select white cs and colored it in using coordinating Copic markers. It was cut out and embossed using my rectangle Nestabilities and I added a scalloped mat cut from SU! Tangerine Tango cs. Behind the main image is a strip of the patterned paper and Soft Sky cs (retired SU!). The sentiment is from the September Kit of the Month and is stamped in Blue Bayou ink (retired SU!), which is also the color of the double stitched ribbon. The card base is Sweet Blush from PTI and the butterfly flowers from the April Kit of the Month are stamped along the side in the same color ink. I added some scalloped trim punched with my SU! scallop edge punch and a button, both in SU! Rose Red, as a finishing touch. Oh, I almost forgot - the layout for this card comes from this week's sketch challenge over at My Unity Place, hosted by Amber. Are you a member yet? Let's be friends . . . *wink*

Unity Anniversary, CAS style . . .

I'm back with Jennifer Buck's CAS Scrapbooking layout for this week. Did you know that Unity Stamp Company is turning 1 this week??? In celebration of their one year anniversary Unity is having challenges, contests, sneak peeks and more this week. It all started today with a Color Challenge (also hosted by Jennifer) to use Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, So Saffron and Kraft. I decided to combine the two challenges and came up with this. The Sweet Slumber designer series paper I used is from SU!, as are the buttons. The stamps I used are from Unity (of course!): Distressed Dots background, Polka Dot Girl, and the baby sentiment is from the Our Lives, Our Stories kit. I think this page turned out simply sweet!

Timeless Template Challenge . . .

Lauren Meader is issuing some AMAZING challenges this week on her blog! This is the second challenge I have participated in so far and I am hoping to squeeze another in tonight before the week is over. Have you heard about Lauren's Timeless Templates? If not you *really* need to head on over to the Papertrey Ink website and familiarize yourself because they are fabulous!!! I have purchased several myself and I think they are just perfect for any occasion! For the first ever Timeless Template Challenge were were asked to design a gift inspired by bath and body item packaging. I chose this packaging for the Butterfly Flower scent by Bath and Body Works. Isn't it gorgeous!!! I used Lauren's From The Desk Of template for my project. I printed the front and back of the template onto SU! Tangerine Tango card stock and stamped it all over (inside and out!) using a butterfly image from Unity Stamp Company's Butterfly Beauty stamp set. I like how you can see the butterflies through the clear fragrance bottle! I also wanted to keep things simple like the product packaging so I didn't add any layers to the box. Next I stamped the same butterfly image onto PTI Clearly Creative card stock in VersaMark ink and embossed it using SU! detail white ep. I cut the butterfly out and bent the wings gently before adhering it to the box using mini glue dots. Then I added some ribbon to each of the bottles. If I were really presenting this as a gift I would probably add some tissue paper to the box but I didn't want to obstruct the view! Check back with me soon for more goodies. Remember the new CAS Scrapbooking challenge will be posted on Jennifer's blog tomorrow as well . . . *wink*

Tea for Two . . .

Yippee! I got my new Papertrey Ink goodies earlier this week and I already got a chance to play with them!!! This card was made for Lauren Meader's Saturday Sketch (mytimess31). I am a *huge* fan of Lauren's work so I was ecstatic to hear that not only is she revamping her Saturday challenges but she is doing a call for new design team members!!! I knew I had to give it a try and it would be such an honor to be chosen. I *had* to break out the gorgeous PTI Tea for Two stamp set for this. I used the color palette of Raspberry Fizz, Smokey shadow, True Black and Stampers Select White. I just *love* that new Smokey Shadow color!!! It is not too dark and not too light - it's simply perfect! I also stamped the coordinating branch image from the Beautiful Blooms stamp set in Raspberry Fizz along the right side of the front panel. That ribbon is the new Black & White stripes ribbon couture from PTI - divine! I used bitty Prima flowers with pewter brad centers as my accents. Now, check out the inside! I found this beautifully decorated tea bag in my stash. It was actually the inspiration for my color scheme! I decided to make a little belly band for it to slide into on the inside of the card. Cute, huh? I think it will make a perfect card for a dear friend!

With a twist . . .

I'm back with this week's CAS Scrabooking challenge. This week in addition to the sketch Jennifer challenged us to use patterned paper on our pages. I chose this lovely Cosmo Cricket paper from the Girl Friday collection. It is so fresh and springy!!! I used SU! Kiwi Kiss as the base for my page. My photo is matted on PTI Ocean Tides cs. And I used Unity stamps again on my page! The spring words and snail are from the February Kit of the Month. The journaling block is stamped on SU! Rose Red cs and is a stamp image from the Our Life, Our Stories in WORDS set. It reads: "Kaleigh was so fascinated by this snail! She just had to sit down to get a closer look . . . " The snail was colored with Copic markers and my clear Spica glitter pen. Felt flowers and clear rhinestone brads are from SU! Lots of elements are popped up on dimensionals. You can click the photo for a larger view . . . *wink*

For You, Great Friend . . .

Hiya! Thought I might actually post a card this week. *gasp* Seems like all I have had a chance to post lately are scrapbook pages!!! I made this for the N.M.B.S. Group's recent Occassions Mini Swap. I just *love* this new stamp set, Great Friend. It is gorgeous!!! I also used the Walk in the Park designer series papers. Colors are Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Cameo Coral. I was going for pretty and subtle so I went for a tone on tone look on the top with a piece of ds paper cut with the Top Note die. The Cameo butterfly was cut out using the Beautiful Butterflies die. The Baja butterfly was rocked and rolled in Pacific Point ink to give it some definition. I used a glue pen and Dazzling diamonds glitter to give it some shimmer. Both the stamped butterfly and the sentiment label were cut by hand. I also used one of my new favorite accessories, a corduroy button. I just *heart* these so much!!! I spent most of last week working on my submission for Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award contest. I had to make 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages, and 2 three dimensional items. It was hard work but I am glad I challenged myself to enter. Everything is off in the mail now so I can relax a bit. I'm hoping to have some more goodies for you to oogle real soon . . . *wink*

Clean and Simple nO. 4 . . .

It's time for another Clean and Simple Scrapbooking Challenge from Jennifer Buck. This week she also challenged us to add journaling to our page. I agree with Jennifer that this is not something I am entirely comfortable with. I usually just add a name and date. I also *hate* my handwriting but decided to take the plunge for this challege. My daughter actually chose the pictures for this layout. They are from the first airplane trip that she remembers and I wanted to document how happy she was. The stamps used here are from Unity Stamp Company. The sentiment is from the August Kit of the Month and the journaling block is from the September Kit of the Month. Cad stock colors are SU! Baja Breeze and Whisper White textured and PTI Hibiscus Burst. The cloud patterned paper is from the SU! Sweet Slumber Specialty collection. The ink color is Basic Gray from SU! The felt flower accents and brads are from SU! as well. As an added detail I paper pierced around the open edges of the page. My book is coming along slowly but surely. At least I am creating a page a week - that is better than the last 6 years!!!

Scrappin' and Stampin', CAS Style . . .

I'm back with my page for this week's Clean and Simple Scrapbooking Challenge, hosted by the lovely Jennifer Buck. This week not only did she challenge us to use multiple photos on our page but we were to use stamps as well. I used to find using stamps on scrapbook pages very intimidating. However, I really think they fit into the CAS style quite well so I have been using them lots lately. This page features Unity Stamp Company images yet again. Did I mention that I think they are *perfect* for scrapbooking??? The snowflake is from the September Kit of the Month and the mittens are from the December Kit of the Month. These photos of my daughter were taken over Winter Break on our trip back home to Chicago. It is the first time she has been old enough to play in the snow! Colors are SU! Baja Breeze, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip. I pulled them from my daughter's hat and gloves. The title was made using puffy letters from American Crafts. I also added a Heidi Swapp ghost shape snowflake with a rhinestone brad center and adorned the centers of the stamped snowflakes with rhinestone gems. Ribbons are also SU! - Rose Red stitched grosgrain and Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain. I think this is quite possibly my favorite page I've done so far! Thanks again for the inspiration, Jennifer!!!

At it again . . .

Well, here I am with another page for my scrapbook. This page was made for this week's Clean and Simple Scrapbook Challenge hosted by Jennifer Buck. I used to find scrapbooking too overwhelming but the clean and simple style really suits me! I am making an 11 x 8 1/2 album and I really just wanted to feature one photo on each page for the most part. For this page I used the colors Pink Pirouette (SU!) and Hibiscus Burst (PTI). I pulled those colors from the outfit my daughter is wearing in the photo. I tried using yellows and green but they looked too brght to me. The scalloped mat was cut using my long rectangle Nestabilities. The vertical border was stamped using an image from Unity Stamp Company's December Kit of the Month - Little Reminders. I added some skinny chocolate grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts along the edges. The text is from THIS single, also from Unity. I simply inked the portion I wanted using a marker. I used PTI's vintage buttons in Hibiscus Burst as my accent in the lower right corner. I am looking forward to completing this challenge every week. Now that I have gotten started scrapping I am really enjoying it!!!