A is for Apple . . .

Hiya! Happy HHH Day everyone!!! I had limited stamping time yesterday so I had to make the best of it and combine the challenges. So I made sure to use both a circle and rectangle shape on my page and did some stamping with a line image without coloring in or paper piecing. This photo of my daughter was taken after one of her Kindergarten performances a few years back. I tweaked the coloring of the photo a bit to emphasize the flower. Cs colors are Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla and the patterned paper is by Imaginesience. The apple stamp and sentiment are from the new Unity Stamp Co. customer kit, Hodgepodge of Happiness. Love, love, love this kit!!! I did lots of distressing and used several pop dots for dimension. Just a sweet, simple page! Hope you enjoy the rest of your hop!!!

Sharing some Stampin' Up! . . .

I thought I would finally share of the Stampin' Up! goodies I have been referring to for awhile now with you. These are swaps I made for the New Catty Preview swap with the N.M.B.S. group girlies. For the square cardfront group I signed up to use Circle Circus and decided to feature the new In Colors in a little card set. They are Crushed Curry (yellow), Dusty Durango (orange), Melon Mambo (pink), Rich Razzleberry (purple), and Bermuda Bay (blue). The center circle was popped up using dimensionals, as is the main image panel. I also added some accents using the new Modern Label punch for my sentiment and Filigree designer brads (with a vintage black center). I think they turned out simply fabulous!

This next card features the Lovely Lines level 3 hostess bundle. I stamped the flower and stem images in Versamark ink and then heat embossed them using Whisper White detail ep. Next I watercolored the images using Melon Mambo and Old Olive inks and an aquapainter. I distressed the main panel using my cutter kit and popped it up on dimensionals over the Rich Razzleberry card base and decorative strip using the coordinating patterned paper and my scallop edge punch. For the sentiment I inked it with markers and used the large oval and scallop oval punches. I like the soft and pretty look of this card. And, believe it or not these are the only two things I have made using my new SU! products thus far. I have yet to place my official new catty order but I am looking to do that soon. In other news, I am really looking forward to going to the CHA Super Show here in less than two weeks!!! Will I see you there? Drop me a line and let me know . . . *wink*

It's Friday! Happy HHH!!!

Hiya! I'm back with my Unity Hip Hop Challenge creations for this week!!! I had so much fun stamping these yesterday after a busy week of anything but stamping it seems. My first card was for the Crinkle It! challenge. We were asked to take our paper, crinkle it up and then add ink to highlight the high areas. I was inspired by the colors of these beautiful roses my husband brought home for me on Wednesday for our anniversary. I knew I wanted to create one of those handcut paper flowers that are so popular right now! I cut circles from PTI Summer Sunrise cs using my Nestabilities, crinkled them and added some Melon Berry and Pure Poppy ink. I added a few black vintage brads to the center to hold all the layers together. I thought this image from the CONFESSION: i {luv} unity kit would be a perfect match, along with this sentiment from the same kit. The circles were colored using Copic Markers and then cut out and popped up on dimensionals. This will be a thank you card for my sweet hubby. He is also taking me out to dinner and a movie tonight to celebrate . . .

My next card was
made for the Fab 5 challenge, in which we were asked to make a card using five embellishments - no more, no less. My card also fits the SCS Sketch Challenge for this week. I adore this image from the June KOTM and had it on my desk after stamping a few for a dear friend of mine last week. I stamped the image and sentiment onto Very Vanilla cs and colored it in using Copic markers to match this adorable Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. The main image was cut out using my rectangle Nestabilities and is popped up on dimensionals. I added the 2 ribbon treatments to mirror the ties on the clothesline and 3 buttons on the lower right for balance. And, eek! I am so happy that this card was chosen as the winner for this challenge!!! It is my very first Hip Hop win!!!!! I have been working on a few other things but can never seem to get the time to post them. Hopefully that will happen sometime this week so be sure to check back soon . . . *wink*

Butterfly Dreams and it's Raining Flowers . . .

It's Friday! Happy Hip Hop Hangover!!! I'm here to share my cards from yesterday's Hip Hop Challenges with you. The first challenge was to create a project with a black and white background. I have had this gorgeous Everlasting Romance background for awhile but it has never seen ink. I paired it with this Butterfly Beauty which I embossed in black on SU! Pumpkin Pie. The sentiment comes from the Birdie Inspiration kit and is matted using my SU! large and scallop oval punches. Both the butterfly and the sentiment panel are popped up on dimensionals. I added some orange rhinestone bling to the background and some black gingham ribbon as my embellishments. My daughter is already eyeing it since orange is her favorite color!

My next card was for the no squares challenge. I decided to make a scalloped circle card using my Nestabilities. I used PTI Vintage Cream cs as my base and patterned paper from the Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday collection for my background. The umbrella and sentiment are from the Rain & Flowers kit. The umbrella image was stamped onto some Cosmo Criket patterned paper, cut out, and popped us on dimensionals. I had these Rain Dots which I have never used before that I thought would be perfect for this card so I added some as my embellishments. This turned out simple and sweet, just the way I like it!!! Hope you enjoyed my projects this week! Happy hopping . . . *wink*

HHH: what's new? and sunshine for you . . .

Hello there! I'm back again with another Unity Stamp Company Hip Hop Hangover post!!! I have been busy stamping this week! I *love* this Basic Grey Lemonade paper and cannot stop using it!!! I made these three cards for yesterday's What's New at Unity? Hip Hop Challenge. They also use this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I was just playing around with different images from the June KOTM and pairing them with the different paper patterns.

This next card was for the same challenge and uses the same paper, colors and stamps. It does feature a different layout however. This one is the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers this week. Love all the circles! I am gonna use it for a scrapbook page too I think . . .
Lots of dimension on this one too. Gotta love the distressed edges and everything raised up a level!


My next card today was for yesterday's The Sun is Shining Challenge Hip Hop Challenge. I gotta say, I *love* how this turned out!!! So bright and summery! I was inspired by this Cosmo Cricket patterned paper to make a pinwheel (which is super easy!) and decided to pair it with this image from the November KOTM. The sentiment is also Unity, from the May KOTM.

Last but not least, here is a simple little number for the sun
shine challenge featuring these beautiful flowers from the May KOTM. I originally started to make this one for a different challenge but it didn't quite fit. Love the spotlighting, the microbeads on the flower centers and the fun, romantic ribbon!!! Not quite sure what kit that "thanks" sentiment is from but I *do* know it is Unity! Well, that's all for today. I have been working on some projects for the Unity Guest Designer Challenge and I will be back to share those with you soon! Hope you are having a great summer!!! *wink*