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Unity {Inspiration}

Welcome to this week's  Unity Hop of Inspiration **You should be here from Renee Aslette's Blog** Here's a list of the hop: Angie Danielle Jen B. Jolande Lisa A. Natalie Renee Shellye Shilo Stephanie Erin (Guest Designer)

This week I decided to work with the new and amazing wood-block stamps for St. Patrick's Day!  Growing up, St. Patty's Day wasn't that big of a deal, but it seems that more and more people are celebrating the occasion...after all, it's the one day that  everyone can be Irish!
I stamped the image, Lucky Friend, twice: onto green and white cardstocks.   I glittered the entire shamrock using a Ballpoint-Tip Glue Pen by Martha Stewart and green metallic glitter by Doodlebug.  Also by Doodlebug Designs are the Hello Spring patterned papers, Sugar Plum Boutique Brad and Fancy Frills Lilac Border Stickers. I just LOVE the lilac and shamrock-y green together!
So many possibilities with this next stamp, Happy St. Patty's...I went with lit…

I Am Toto

Hello, friends!  I'm up at the Paper Bakery Kits today with  a sweet (if I do say-so myself) layout that I put together using one of the photos from my  daughter’s last dance recital; as the title implies, she was TOTO :)   Yes, Dorothy’s Toto  I started out with a light aqua cardstock and went to fun-town with all of the bright colors and textures  found in the February Paper Bakery Scrapbook Kit!  After drawing out my circle with a template,  I attached strips of the yellow dot washi tape to mimic rays of sunshine.   And what better paper to use for a rainbow than the multi-colored striped paper by My Mind’s Eye.  I used some green letter stickers from my stash to complete the title and layered it with the paper doily, colorful die-cut and flair buttons.  I love the added texture AND hint of sparkle brought by the sequins  (yep, they’re in the kit too!)  I just attached them to the die-cut with brads.  The white alpha stickers by Jillibean Soup made the perfect little sub-tit…

Favorite Things

Although Valentine's Day has come and gone for this year, we wanted to share a few different ideas for
and show that it's more than just for the February 14th occasion!

For this layout I took photos of a few of my favorite things and
then made a collage of them with PhotoSheet program.
Around the photos, I made clusters of embellishments and a tag identifying what the
pictures were about.  Small snippets of paper doilies were also added to the cluster. 

Using the grid paper gave me plenty of room to journal about my favorite things!
Doodle Pops, Ladybug Heart Pearls and Icon stickers were just a few of the
outrageously CUTE Doodlebug Designs products that I incorporated into the design.
And the red and turquoise (or ladybug and swimming pool in Doodlebug language) are among
some of my favorite color combinations.
--Lovebirds Collection--
And be sure to stop by the Doodlebug Designs Blog to see the lovely inspiration there!

Wedding Shadow Box

Last week I shared a tutorial for a wedding keepsake at  CURTSEY BOUTIQUE Using a computer’s Word Program (or something similar), create a text box that would be the
same size as the photo for the frame. The text box can be formatted to include a border of lines
or dashes. Next, select a font (Centeria Script Demo) and begin typing the information that is to
be shared. Print a sample and make adjustments if necessary .Next, attach patterned paper over the pre-printed area with a small bit of adhesive at the top.
Place the paper back into the printer and print.Trim the patterned paper down to size.Apply foam dots to the backs of the two corrugated silhouette shapes and attach to the top of
the patterned paper as desired. Place inside of frame.Using a high tack adhesive, attach a paper doily to the top, back of the frame.Attach a flatback adhesive pearl to the center of a felt flower. Adhere flower to the center of a
paper bow with a fabric glue or Glue Dot. Adhere bow to the paper doily, allow…


My turn for a monthly tutorial over at  THE PAPER BAKERY KIT CLUB I never really know about tutorials...this may be old news or completely new news to you, but either way I hope you enjoy the little tut and a few projects with how I used the finished product.
How to make fringe from a sheet of tissue paper:

Here are two really cute things that I did with the fringe...albeit it's a little late for Valentine's projects, but they could be easily adapted for other fun holiday packaging! From a 6x12 piece of vellum, I made four small 2.5″ square pockets that I tucked printed Valentine coupons into!  A hand-cut heart and some fussy cutting from other papers added some whimsical charm.  I simply used a strong adhesive to attach the tissue fringe to the bottom of the pockets.
I created a small pocket with the vellum sheet included in the January Paper Bakery Scrapbook Kit.   I layered on various matted pieces of patterned paper, along with the sweet die-cuts from Pink Paislee!   I absolu…

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to: SamFebruary 15, 2013 at 2:18 AM Liked you on FB and folllow your blog : ) Love both cards, they are breath taking, the colors and stiching are wonderful!!!
You are the winner of my Good Day Sunshine Kit! Just email me at  with your mailing address.
A big, humongous THANK YOU to all who left comments and become  followers here and on Facebook...I really appreciate all of you and the  time that you take to leave such sweet comments. 
I'm still de-stashing and have two more really CUTE kits that I'll be giving away soon!

Crazy Fun w/ Artisan!

Hope you all are starting the weekend off with a  wonderful Saturday...the sun is shining here, which means a lot these late-into-winter days!   I was up yesterday at thePink Paislee blog with a “Crazy Fun” Mini Album created with lots of wonderful elements from the Artisan and Portfolio Collections and colorful mists  by Heidi Swapp.  Let’s get started…there are quite a few photos to share!
 To begin, I started with the Artisan 4×8 Album Covers.  I took a scruffy walnut ink pad to distress around the edges.  The canvas-like texture of the covers really take on the ink well and allows for even blending.  Next, I began layering and die-cutting different papers from the Portfolio Collection and then embellishing with an Artisan chipboard heart misted with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine Spritz.
 For the Artisan butterfly, I removed the nozzle from the Tropical Teal Spritz and touched the tip of the ‘straw’ to the edges…this allowed a ‘wicking’-type of action…I love the way it turned …

Cards on Thursday

**If you are here for the Unity {be inspired} Hop & Giveaway click here**
Thursdays are featured carddays at Bella Blvd.
and since yesterday was Valentine's Day, we were asked to create cards of amour du jour with the Kiss Me Collection, as well as any others that could capture the true feeling of the special day of love. I have a total of FIVE cards to share, so just hang in there :)

 I started out thinking that I would add a cute bee to the side of the Valentine journal card and then the idea struck me to leave the two journal cards attached and add the bee over the flower :)  For the bee, I used a 1.5" and 1" circle punches for the body; I layered the head on with a foam dot and added a brad for the eye. For the wings, I used a 1.5" heart punch that I cut in half.  A little pink chalk for the cheek area and this card was done! Supplies:Kiss Me: Alpha+Bits Stickers, Bouquet Kisses, True Love, Cute Cuts; Birthday Girl: Miles of Smi…

{be inspired} Unity Hip Hop & Giveaway!

Welcome! **You should be arriving here from Natalie Dever's Blog** In conjunction with our weekly Unity Hip Hop, we're now unveiling a brand new challenge called {be inspired}
**These new challenges will start on the second Thursday of the month**
And don't forget to comment as you hop along!  
Three $20 Unity Gift Certs will be given away to three lucky Unity fans on Saturday
February's Color Challenge Isn't that a beautiful board...a collection of my favorite colors!
Here's my card using papers by Doodlebug and one of the stamps from the  January's Unity Stamp Kit-of-the-Month This was so simple to put together...I love the idea of using this coffee mug to top off any card that contains a gift card to someone's favorite coffee shop.   I purchased the little white paper sack from Scrapbooker's Emporium and  stamped the image directly onto it.  Next, I stamped the image onto the aqua paper, as well as the pink dot paper.  I applied the cut-out mug onto the sack …