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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

X-Press It: Stencil Sheets

Today I have a little demonstration using X-Press It Stencil Sheets with your Dies to build stencils and masks… check it out over at the X-Press It Blog…. enjoy getting colourful!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 15--R is for Respectfully Mine

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 15 of 15, where each day I have shared a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is R and declares that all is Respectfully Mine in the images that are all that are Unity Stamps...

When I look across my Unity Stamp Company Library the thing I can most resolutely say is that each of the stamp purchases is absolutely about me and what I like.  Often when buying stamps you hear yourself say "oh, that'll be good for making cards for this person or that...." and the like, this is not the case with ME and UNITY... there is a wide variety, but they are not stamps that I buy with someone else in mind, they are all about me and they are Respectfully Mine!

So thanks Unity for producing red rubber that speaks to me, I shall truly Heart Unity 4EVER:

Day 1: H is for Honoured Relationships
Day 2: E is for Everyday Utilitarian
Day 3: A is for Anchored Sentiment
Day 4: R is for Red Rubber
Day 5: T is for Thought Provoking
Day 6: U is for Uber Cute
Day 7: N is for Nexus Divine 
Day 8: I is for Instant Twitch
Day 9: T is for Tiny Wonders
Day 10: Y is for Yodel Worthy
Day 11: 4 is for Numerically Blessed
Day 12: E is for Entrenched Creativity
Day 13: V is for Variety Show
Day 14: E is for Eternal Flame
Day 15: R is for Respectfully Mine

I hope you have enjoyed this Unity Escapade, 15 is certainly a fabulous number isn't it…. have a great year!

PS: This one HAD to have a BIRDIE!!

What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Lilli Girl, Wonderful
Paper:  Crate Paper: Oh Darling
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Stazon: Jet Black

Extras: Kaiser: Rhinestones; May Arts: Black Twine.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 14--E is for Eternal Frame

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 14 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is E and celebrates the Eternal Flame that burns when you make the very sensible decision to purchase a Unity Stamp...

No matter how long ago I bought a Unity Stamp it always has a place in my heart, I have never let one go, they continue to be used and useful, loved and cared for, their beauty shared with many.  Today on this day of love, I pay respect to something I have loved for many years, the very first thing I put in my very first Unity Shopping Basket... and who doesn't love a good Butter!

I remember vividly waiting for the release time, hurrying to fill my cart and press send!  And… then the wait while they crossed the shores to Australia… at the time I was babysitting my friends children whilst she went on a holiday to America, and I was so soooo pleased when the MASSIVE box arrived, I crossed suburbs back to my local PO to pick up the box as soon as I knew it was waiting…. and that feeling lives on, although the packages are a little different these days!


What's in it? 
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Butterfly Beauty, Gratitude = Joy
Paper: Watercolour Paper
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Peerless Watercolours; Copic Markers; Distress: Picket Fence Stain
Extras: Kaiser: Bubbles Stencil, which just happens to have just been gifted to me by the friend whose children were in my care all the way back then!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 13--V is for Variety Show

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 13 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title… today is V and celebrates the Variety Show you will definitely be able to put on if you build up a little library of Unity Stamps...

What Unity Stamp Company is to me is one single stamp company that feeds the widest plethora of my needs: mixed media, colouring, direct stamping, collage, sentiments, images, cute, thought provoking, inspirational, for the girls, for the boys, for me!

This particular card is a little of most of these things, definitely a good swag of some of my favourite stamps put to good use in this one…. a simply case of turning plain old card stock into colourful and textured card elements with simple black ink and a good dash of red rubber!  Flowers always WOW, so why not use some "sitting in the scrap pile" card to build up a little garden for a very important message!

Thanks Unity for producing red rubber that celebrates allows you to choose from a wide variety of styles, and also use one stamp in a variety of ways, good value all around!

What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Distressed Quilt, Tattered Chicken Wire, Plump Polka Dots, Wood Grain Script, Reversed Punchinella, Distressed Grid, Best Things Just Happen
Paper: Paper Scraps
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Mr Huey's: Sunshine Mist; Stampin' Up!: Gumball Green Ink; Copic Markers
Extras: Clear Buttons; May Arts: Black Twine.


Monday, 12 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 12--E is for Entrenched Creativity

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 12 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is E and celebrates the Entrenched Creativity that Unity inspires through their stamp images...

Deep-rooted and engrained in the soul and purpose of all things creative is my need to pay-forward, help others, celebrate special days and magnificent achievements.  Image stamps say many things, sometimes it is words that bring about the most abundant amount of creative thought.  What they mean to others cannot be underestimated, how they are interpreted, how they are received... one of the things I most love about Unity Stamps is that so many of them set about to inspire others to achieve, or in some cases just to hang in there!

Today's card was a birthday card that set about to inspire the recipient to dream big, start new, be bold, embrace the preciousness of life but allow a wild path to be taken.  I gave a BIG cheer when I first started to see the Stephanie Ackerman phrase stamps, how much fun a few words can behold!

Thanks Unity for producing red rubber that evokes thought and provides encouragement through the simplicity of the written word, and through thi simplicity provide a deeply entrenched seed of creativity….. which surfaces as courage!

What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Wild & Precious Life
Paper: I don't know but I liked it when I bought it!; X-Press It: Blending Card
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers
Extras: A VERY Fancy Button, thanks Janelle!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 11--4 is for Numerically Blessed

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 11 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is 4 and celebrates the fact that quantity stamping is simple with Unity Stamps which are totally Numerically Blessed...

When you need it, little bits of red rubber are there in numbers, making themed card sets a cinch!  Because Unity Stamp Company release stamps by Artisan Designers their style is often present in "lines of stamps", carrying a particular theme, or a style of illustration.  This makes whipping up a quick set of matching cards super time efficient.  Whether you like to mass produce, or like to give themed sets of cards as gifts, choose a line of stamps, or Unity Illustrator, and all the thinking has been done for you.

Today's card reminded me that simple outlines come to life of neutral type background papers… and simple layouts are easy, efficient and effective.

Thanks Unity for keeping themes and styles of illustration alive and ready to add to our stamp stash… for stamping with them really allows the numbers to add up and the resultant cards to be blessed with thought and style, regardless of the moments they took to produce!!

What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Abby Girl, Andie Girl, Maggie Girl, Things to do: DREAM, Wish, Etc.
Paper: Crate Paper: Open Book
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black
Extras: Buttons and Twine; Molotow Pink Paint Pen.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 10--Y is for Yodel Worthy

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 10 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is Y and celebrates the simple fact that Unity Stamps are absolutely Yodel Worthy...

When the packet arrives in the mail and you remember exactly what it was that you clicked on, and that all of those have come to live at your place, it really is a Yodel Worthy moment, I ALWAYS have a little sing to myself as I am sorting through checking things off my Unity Invoice and reconciling it with what came in my packet....

Today's card brought back memories of my yodelling when I discovered and quickly clicked to cart the lovely She Art Girls by Christy Tomlinson.  I love that this one in particular lends itself to paper piecing, which comes together really simply with direct stamping to a series of patterned papers from a little paper pad.  The etched style of this illustrator really carries well across different patterned paper and allows for modern whimsy!

And… there is always a little sentiment amongst your Unity stash that is just begging to be stamped a directed for a little mixed media style placement….  Thanks Unity for producing red rubber that evokes yodel like crooning at regular intervals, there is nothing better than being satisfied and happy at every step in the purchasing and continued use processes!!

What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: SHE was a Daughter, Create the Future
Paper: Prima: Anna Maria
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers
Extras: Washi Tape Flower and Handmade Leaves; Frame Die.

Friday, 9 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 9--T is for Tiny Wonders

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 9 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is T and celebrates the Tiny Wonders that Unity has perfected in their little with big PUNCH style...

Unity put the Itty in Bitty, I just LOVE their little stamps and little stamp sets, they are great for gift sized cards and little hugs with folds in the middle... when you are short on time you can still pull out LOVELY thanks to the wide array of Tiny Wonders...

Today's card came together in a super snap, a quick stamp impression and a few swipes of colour.  I love how a simple little stamp can have a quick but happy ending and this is what Itty Bitty stamps are for me in every way…. this little creation celebrates two extra tiny wonders as it contains tiny embellishments share by friends at a card making retreat… the pressure was on and my itty stamp was my First Responder!

Thanks Unity for producing little itty bits of red rubber that are always the bell of the ball when you add one or two to your shopping basket!

What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Little Girl Believes
Paper: A Very Mysterious Paper, name it if you know it!; X-Press It: Blending Card
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers
Extras: A Fabby Little Ruler--thanks Janelle! A Fabby Little Hessian Bow--thanks Karen! A Fabby Little Border Punch borrowed from the Daisychain Scrapbooks Workshop!!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 8--I is for Instant Twitch

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 8 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is I and celebrates the Instant Twitch I get when I see particular Unity images...

Sometimes, OK A LOT OF THE TIME, when you first see a Unity image, you have an instant affiliation, a "must have" feeling, the type of feelings that are always the MOJO jump start you need, they provoke creative thought, jump start, kick start, false start.. the need to use my hands, smell my inks and personify creativity.....

This little Unity stamp had me at hello (or click as it was), I itched for it, twitched for it and finally it was available to become mine…. I have used it so many different ways, but this time I wanted it in duplicate, so a quad of birdies it was…. and the sentiment says it all really, itch… scratch… create!

Of course it had a lot to do with my fascination and affection for birds, but also the contrast between the vintage etching and the modern loop sentiment, quirky and I liked LOVED it!

Thanks Unity for producing red rubber that inspires in the I "have an itch" kind of way!


What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Many of My Smiles
Paper: Crate Paper: Maggie Holmes; X-Press It: Blending Card
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black
Extras: May Arts: Twine; Kaiser: Black Rhinestones.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

15 Days of Unity--Heart Unity 4EVER: Day 7--N is for Nexus Divine

Welcome to 15 Days of Unity, my Ode to Unity Stamp Company where I am on a little escapade to share why it is that I will Heart Unity 4EVER, if you missed the introductory post you can catch up here.  This is Day 7 of 15, where each day I will share a card inspired by one of the 15 letters in this "true to me" title…today is N and celebrates the Nexus Divine displayed in many a Unity stamp...

For when you need a connection to all things spiritual or otherworldly, there are words and images that fit the bill… some ethereal, some with a good touch of edge!  What I like even more so is that you are always safe in pairing unity stamps with one another a true nexus regardless of the illustration style!!

There is also a lot to be said for a bold sentiment and an outline stamp off-set in the background, great to mix up the dimensions between image and sentiment… this AngieGirl is angelic but etchy in illustration style, so I thought it meshed well with the graphic nature of the sentiment… and of course the message!!!

Thanks Unity for producing stamps that send Divine messages, serious, encouraging and otherwise… constant nexus personified!

What's in it?
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company: Arianna Girl; P.U.S.H.
Paper: Christy Tomlinson; X-Press It: Blending Card
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers
Extras: Kaiser: Black Rhinestones, Ribbon and Stapler.