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{be inspired} Unity Hip Hop & Giveaway!

**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 image with a foam square
and then topped with the cut-out pink heart.  
 A heart stick pin was inserted into the foam square on the back of the mug and 
then tied with a bow of twine from Doodlebug.

February's Sketch Challenge
I think it's so cool that the sketch reflects a couple of the stamps featured in the 
January Kit-of-the-Month!  I took a bit of a different angle, but still used the super-cute
mixed-media styled border stamp for my card.

 To begin, I cut a piece of white cardstock down to the size needed to fit the card-front.
I placed a scalloped die-cut chipboard heart (Scrapbooker's Emporium) onto the paper and then
spritzed a couple of times with Guava Spray by Stephanie Barnard (Clearsnap).  On the second
spritz, I focused more on the left edge so that it would have a blended look.

After allowing the spritz to completely dry, I stamped on the border image with a black
Staz-On ink.  I also stamped the image onto a turquoise cardstock and cut the larger hearts from it.
I applied them over the card with a glue pen and then stitched each with an X of white thread.
The sentiment was stamped to the same turquoise paper and added to the bottom, followed by
a border of doily paper.  I found the sweet heart buttons at Wal-Mart...they matched perfectly!

This week's Unity Stamp Special...

As promised, I have a 'lil giveaway to giveaway!

I'm not complainin', but I get lots of fun stuff each month and often times I 
get duplicates of things that I all ready, it's time to share some LOVE with one of you!
 Prize pack includes: 
"Good Day Sunshine" Untiy/Authentique co-branded stamp; baker's twine-My Mind's Eye; tiny flower-embossed clothespins-Little Yellow Bicycle; 12 small envelopes-Canvas Corp.; four vintage yellow-topped stick pins; 1 yard yellow swiss dot grosgrain ribbon- May Arts; two plastic yellow flowers; Gray Flannel Dew Drop ink pad- Imagine Crafts; and a wooden spool of grey doily washi tape.

To be entered into the drawing:
1- Follow my blog (it's over to the right-hand side, under Crafty Friends)
2- Like my Facebook page...if you have a Facebook account
3- Leave a comment on today's post
That's it!
**A winner will be drawn next Thursday, February 21st**
 Okay, I've kept you long enough today...time to hop over to Miss Shilo's Blog!
Enjoy hoppin'


  1. Shellye Your cards are stunning. Love your take on the sketch. Thanks for the insiration. I have followed your blog.

  2. Stunning as always Shellye! I have been a fan of your work and blog like forever! Just liked your new FB page :)

  3. Really crisp & pretty cards. If I haven't already I'll follow ya...FB also.. The cards & stamping say it all...Thanks.

  4. LOVE these! The first one is so sweet, the stitching, and the heart pin, perfect, and the second with the masking/spritzing and all the hearts, amazing! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies too!

  5. Love your cards... your giveaway is fantastic. Already a follower of your blog and now a facebook follower too! Yay! Kathi

  6. Your designs are beautiful. I love the gc pocket! Already your blog follower. New fb fan also!!! :)

  7. Shellye your cards always inspire me! These are beautiful!

  8. I love your work! I love your blog! Blog follower and FB fan! Gorgeous work, I esp like the second card. --xoxo, Christine

  9. H



    (i follow but i don't fb)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. I love the color combo on ur cards...they just love love them!

  11. Gorgeous.. Those colours are making me happy.. I just love it all!!

  12. I've followed your blog and thanks for the chance to win

  13. Awesome cards! I just love the little sack for the gift card holder. And using the foam to hold the stick pin is brilliant. Gorgeous colors and layout in the second card! I've become a follower. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Both cards are adorable! Great idea with the gift card bag.

  15. thanks for the ideas, love it!!!

  16. Love the cards, so much detail!!!

  17. oh my goodness!! that cup of coffee/tea with the little heart pin...- bestill my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i LOVE it!!
    wow!!! oh, i'm also a new follower!

  18. I love your cards - I thought the first one was fantastic and then I got to the second one that was also fantastic! I think I already follow your blog - if not, will do now:-)

  19. both are so very pretty... I'm a new follower in bloggy land & on facebook. You're making me miss being in the KOTM

  20. Sweet cards. Both made me smile. I am a blog follower. Thanks for the chance.

  21. I love your cards - the stitching is so awesome! I can't wait to get my new sew mini set up and figure out how to use it! LOL what a fabulous prize package. i'm drawn to grey and yellow so much!!!!

  22. Oh wow! Your cards area amazing! I love the tip about inserting pins into mounting tape! And the stitching on the turquoise hearts and little heart buttons are too cute!

    I am now following your blog & have liked you on Facebook! Your prize package looks so fun!

  23. Gorrrgeous cards and the gift card one is brilliant!!
    New follower and liked your page,thanks for the chance as well.

  24. I love the colors of your 2 cards. So soft and pretty! I'm your newest follower and have liked your Facebook page. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. I am already following your blog and get emails to both my email accounts. Just liked you on facebook... Love your creativity... thanks for the givaway

  26. I am already following your emails and I just liked you on Facebook! Just wanted to let you know that I love your flair and your style - you are very clever and I love seeing your blog! Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!

  27. What fabulous them both!!! Happy Valentines Day:)

  28. Your cards are fantastic! I keep saying that I will never sew on paper because I don't mend my clothes-but these cards really make me want to get my sewing machine out! I am a follower & I liked your fb page. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  29. Adorable cards - so bright and fun! I really like your tip of anchoring the stick pin by pushing it through the foam square!! I have "followed" and "liked" and "pinned" lol, thanks for the chance to win that wonderful giveaway!

  30. Sweet cards! Love all those layers and fun embellishments!
    I am already a follower here. Thanks for a chance at a fun prize!

  31. Beautiful! I just love red and teal or turquoise together!

  32. I love the bordor of words showing hearts on top. Really nice mix.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  33. Such beautiful cards. Love the colours

  34. These are just DARLING!!! LOVE the gift card holder of a glassine bag - and the misting on the second card is FABULOUS!!!

  35. I just love both of these cards! So pretty. :-) I just became a new follower of your blog, but I don't do Facebook. Sorry. Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. SO cute!! I love that coffee card....just adorable! I am a new follower and am off to become a fan on FB!!!
    apedoak (at) aol (dot) com

  37. Just became a FB fan and left you a comment! Wow, I am loving your blog!

  38. Wow, your cards are so cute! I love the way you used that envelope on your first card and tucked in a surprise!! Following your blog and on Facebook!

  39. Gorgeous card. Love the details you put on both cards!

  40. Love your cards, the colors really pop. Very cute...

  41. Awesome cards! Love the cup one the best!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

  42. Liked you on FB and folllow your blog : ) Love both cards, they are breath taking, the colors and stiching are wonderful!!!

  43. Such an awesome cards here today, I love the happy colors, they´re just soo perfect for Valentines Day.
    I follow you here, but I´m not on FB, so can´t get there. Thanks sooo much for the chance to win this cool give away. It´s so awesome.

  44. Tried to leave you a comment several times yesterday, but my phone wouldn't let me! So trying again today on my laptop :). LOVE your cards, especially the cup of coffee one!!! but I love all of your cards! You're so clever with cards.
    Love the Unity challenge too, as I just got those stamps maybe I should give it a go?
    Thanks for the give-away! Would love to win!!
    (am following you everywhere, LOL)

  45. Beautiful cards!! Love all of the details and layering!I like your FB and follow your blog!

  46. Adorable cards! Love your creative uses of hearts and dimension.

  47. love both your cards. thanks for the detailed tips.


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