Kiss the Cook . . .

It's time for another CAS Scrapbooking Challenge! It took me awhile to get to this one. Busy, busy, busy what with the end of the school year and all. As I was sorting through my "to be scrapped" pile I happened upon this photo of my daughter taken a few years ago in Epcot at Walt Disney World. They have a cute little interactive demonstration there where younger kids get to make chocolate chip cookies together and it is one of our "must-do" activities when we are there. I have had this Baked with Love stamp set from the Kim Hughes Collection from Cornish Heritage Farms for some time now and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put it to good use. I chose to use really neutral, earthy colors - Kraft, White, Chocolate and a little Red accent here and there. The cookies, bowl and spoon are popped up on dimensionals and the top and bottom borders are machine stitched. Cute, cute, cute . . . Thanks for giving us another great sketch to work with, Jennifer!!!

Hoppin' in Unity . . .

It's finally here! The Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month Blog Hop is this weekend!!! First things first: to view the blog hop it in its entirety you need to start your journey at the beginning. Please hop on over to the Unity Stamp Co. blog for the details from Angela and dive right in! If you have just hopped over from Danielle's blog, welcome - you are in the right place!!!


I have two projects to show you today in CAS fashion. The first is a card I made which was inspired by the Kit of the Month Blog Hop logo. See the blinkie on the right? It's adorable isn't it??? It just *had* to be made into a card! The girls holding hands and the flourish stamps are both from the April Kit of the Month, Fresh Beginnings. I used my Copic markers on the girls dresses to imitate the colors in the logo. Then I cut them out like paper dolls and popped them up on dimensionals. It still needed something so I decided to add this sentiment from the brand new Unity Anniversary Scrapbooking Kit, CONFESSION: i {luv} unity. What do you think? I say cute, cute, cute!!!

For my next project I altered a magazine file that I have been

using to store all of my Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month Club kits. I decided that my storage needed to be as cute as stamps in it! These clear cases are *very* similar to Unity's new Snap-Lock Storage Cases - love 'em!!! I will tell you that I have been able to fit 2 large (full 8.5" x 11" sheet) kits in each case and that about 6 filled cases will fit in a magazine file. I wanted to use Unity colors for my file and since the inside was already aqua I decided to leave it and decorate the outside using chocolate and kraft. The front label uses a PTI alphabet set, but Unity's Just My Type would have been *perfect* for this! Guess I need to add that one to my ever growing wish list, huh? For the sides I traced and cut out the panels and randomly stamped images from EACH of the Kit of the Month's I own. They are: July {... it's the little things}, August {Remember Happiness},September {Friendship.Love.Miracles}, November {enjoy YOUR STORY ... laugh}, December {Little Reminders}, February {Endings & Beginnings}, and April {Fresh Beginnings}. You can click on the photo for a larger view. I gotta say, I *love* every single one of these kits so much!!! This weekend would be a perfect time to join the Kit Club because not only is the May Kit of the Month {... another sweet day} *adorable* BUT Angela is also offering you a choice of a past kit at the awesome Kit Club member price of $24. I'm telling you, these kits are huge and did you know there is NO COMMITTMENT??? AND, *pssst* all of the other past kits are $10 off this weekend too!!! Not to mention a few other amazing deals such as $5 kits (with purchase) and some special 6 for $60 kits!!!!! I feel a shopping spree coming on!

Ok, I have the pleasure of sending you to the next stop on your journey, which just happens to be to see a super sweet and amazing talented friend of mine. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us! Happy Blog Hoppin' . . . *wink*


************ LORI CRAIG *************

Catching up . . .

Here I am with my last two submissions for Unity Stamp Company's anniversary challenges. Jeanne asked us to make a one layer birthday card in honor of Unity turning 1. I decided to make it a birthday card for my daughter who will be turning 7 next month. I had to use Orange, her favorite color, and decided to pair it with some pinks and browns as well. I stamped the cupcakes image from the December KOTM onto Kraft cs and colored them using Copic markers and a white gel pen. Next I stamped the 12 Months of Goodness journal box in Palette Burnt Umber ink onto my 4 1/4" square card base. Then I added the cupcakes which are popped up using dimensionals. The "7" and "birthday" sentiments are from the Our Life, Our Stories kit and the "th" is handwritten in marker. I also used a marker to circle the month of June on the journal box image. As a finishing touch I tied some pink taffeta and orange grosgrain ribbon (both SU!) at the top.

For the next card Jimmi challenged us to use the first Unity Stamps we ever received. I had a hard time remembering which kit was my first, but I'm pretty sure Growing in Unity was one of them so that's what I chose to work with for this card. I found this Chatterbox patterned paper and the colors and dots reminded me of the Unity logo. I stamped the dream tree image in PTI Dark Chocolate ink on SU! Baja Breeze cs, which I pierced and distressed. I added a Kraft cs mat and popped it up on dimensionals on the card base. The sentiment is stamped on SU! Whisper White textured cs and punched using my 1 3/8" circle punch. I also added some rhinestone bling accents on the senitment and the tree. This card also fits Amber's My Unity Place sketch for this week. While I am on the subject of Unity, I will be participating in the Kit of the Month Blog Hop next weekend, May 15-17. Make sure you check back then to see all the goodies the Kit Club members have to share . . . *wink*

CAS in Black & Vanilla . . .

Here is my page for this week's CAS Scrapbooking Challenge hosted by Jennifer Buck. I love this photo of my daughter. It was taken last December when she was a flower girl for my sister's wedding. She is peeking out from behind my sister's dress - so cute! The wedding colors were black and vanilla so I limited my layout to using those colors. The stamp image is from Unity's April KOTM. I cut it out using my paper snips and popped it up using dimensionals. Accessories are as follows: May Arts ribbon, PTI vintage cream buttons, and Creating Keepsakes rub ons. The scalloped edge and the black flowers were made using SU! punches. Simple and sweet for simply sweet little girl . . .

Beautiful Butterfly . . .

Here I am again with another project for the Unity Stamps Guest Designer Challenge for May. I really wanted to try the sketch as a scrapbook layout but didn't think I would get a chance due to the busy nature of our schedules today. Well, as I mentioned before my daughter is still a little under the weather so we decided to cut the day short. Thus I ended up with a little extra time on my hands and what better way to spend it on National Scrapbooking Day than to scrapbook! This picture of my daughter was taken a few years back at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World. Look at all those flowers!!! I thought PTI's Lavendar Moon and Plum Pudding would coordinate well with this photo. I also grabbed a strip of patterned paper from their Polka Dot Parade collection. The butterfly flowers along the bottom and the swirls on the side of the photo mat are from Unity Stamp Company's April Kit of the Month. The sentiment is from Unity and is part of the February Kit of the Month. Other elements include a border made using my Fiskars Upper Crest punch, butterflies made with a Martha Stewart punch, and mini rhinestone bling. I did some distressing here as well for texture. I definitely think this would qualify as Clean and Simple, but guess what? Jennifer Buck has *another* sketch for us to play with this week AND if you upload it to SCS or My Unity Place using the keyword UnityJBS01 you will have a chance to win a *sweet* prize package in honor of National Scrapbooking Day!!! So what are you waiting for? Hop on over and join in the fun!!!!! *wink*

Hello Tweetie . . .

Lemme tell ya', I am having so much fun with my Unity Stamps this week!!! Here is another challenge card. This one was hosted by Jennifer Buck and was just for the Kit of the Month club members. We were asked to use our April KOTMs along with the sketch Jennifer gave us to work with. I chose this lovely tree image which is one of my favorites in this kit. I have seen a lot of people paper piece this image but I decided to color it using my Copic markers. I added lot of distressing to create texture on this card and the main image panel is popped up on domensionals. Color palette is Kraft, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip (SU!) as well as New Leaf and Vintage Cream (PTI). One of the exciting things about this challenge is that the winner will get to be a Guest Designer for Unity Stamps in the month of June! That would truly be an honor and a dream come true!!! *wink*