Thursday, April 30, 2009

Simply Sun & KOTM Challenge (well, that part is on the way)

***Edited 10AM 5/1/09

It's Stamp Simply time! :) Sharon's challenge this week is to use yellow. As much yellow as you want to let the summer sun in!....your card. ;) the keyword if you are uploading to SCS.
I used the new May KOTM for this one and some new Crate Paper. LOVE this paper. Take a peek...

You can view Sharon's card here. And you can't forget the rest of the Stamp Simply team.....


I followed this months sketch for the Unity KOTM guest designer challenge for this one. Here's the sketch:

Do you want to be a guest designer for Unity Stamp Co? Well, then play along! What do you need to do????

You will need the April KOTM. You must use that kit to create either a card or layout using this sketch.

Contest begins NOW!
Deadline: May 2nd 7PM Central/8PM Eastern
The winner will be announced on May 3rd.

Please upload your cards to SCS using the keyword USGDC01.

You need to link your card in this thread at SCS which contains all the deets.

Want some more examples using this sketch? Check out some of the design team that played along....

1.) Brooke Lien2.) Jennifer Buck 3.) Jeanne Streiff4.) Christi Snow 5.) Natalie Dever 6.) Amber Hight 7.) Maren Benedict 8.) Linsey Rickett9.) AJ Otto10.) Kimber McGray11.) Laura Williams12.) Heather Brown13.) Jimmi Mayo 14.) Wendy Chang

Lots of fun stuff for you today! If you use yellow in your card be sure and link to Sharon's challenge while you at SCS using the ssnotime85 keyword as well.

A Jacksonbelle Sale! ....Enabler Alert!

Have you heard???? Lindsey is getting the most adorable crochet flowers you have ever seen! She's taking pre-orders May 1 - May 15 at the Jacksonbelle store. You can get all the deets at the Jacksonbelle Embellishments blog. These are adorable.


Hip Hop....Unity Celebration Day #4

It's hip HOP and day 4 of this fun Unity Celebration! Today is such a fun day! There are so many new stamps and more sneaks from the May KOTM. Ack! And you know tomorrow is the day! THE day! The day of the KOTM guest designer challenge! How much fun is this week!

First up for me a card using an image from one of todays new releases. I used Flower Soft again today on this one. Take a peek.....

Here's a close up of the bees stripes.....

This Flower Soft is amazing and it fit perfectly with the bee. Love that!

Next up, my KOTM sneak and more from Angela's new stamps. I used this weeks Clean & Simple scrapbook sketch for this one and new Crate Paper! I was so excited to find this at Archiver's yesterday. I LOVE Crate Paper! Take a peek....

I LOVE these! These are from the new scrapbook kit and this kit is AMAZING! I'm so in love with it! Are you having as much fun as I am this week!? LOVE this! it's time to head on over to......

Also up today, a video tutorial from Maren. You can check that out over at the Ning site under DT Tutorials.

I will catch you all in the forum! Hope you are all doing well! :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Unity Celebration Day #3

How much fun is this! I am having such a great time celebrating this week. And the sneak peeks! Wowzers! I LOVE all the sneaks of the new KOTM. Fun stuff!

So today Maren has a fun challenge for us. You need to create something inspired by an image she found. Take a look....

I love this one. Today's sneak of the KOTM fits perfectly with this one. Here's my sneak peek and my take on the inspiration challenge.....

I used my pink Flower Soft for this one. Here's a close up.....

I LOVE this stuff to! It's perfect for the center of the flowers and so easy to use. It gives the image so much dimension. I opted for super clean with this card to show off the image and accents.

See you all later in the forum! :) Hope you are all having a great time!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sneak Peeks...Part Two!

Let me tell you how excited I am about this month's KOTM! It's AMAZING! You will LOVE it! Today is part two of the sneak peeks and part two of the challenges. So much fun! Be sure and check out the Unity thread over at SCS to stay on top of all the happenings.

Today we have another sneak for you. Take a look at this....

How cute is that house! I LOVE it! Are you guys having fun with all of this!? I am loving all of the games and challenges! There are so many fun things happening this week.

Hope you enjoy! I will catch you all in the threads today! :) Post you soon!

Anything But...

It's time for another Jacksonbelle challenge. This weeks challenge is to make a card that is anything but a square or rectangle. You can find all the deets on the Jacksonbelle blog. My post tonight is going to be super quick. My card is super EPLS this week. Take a peek....

I used Pink Paislee's press on's for this one. You can find all kinds of cute Pink Paislee stuff over at Lindsey's store. Be sure and check out the rest of the Jacksonbelle team....

AJ Otto
Beth Thomas
Heather Lee-Reppen
Jill Dunn
Kimberly O'Rosky
Kisa Peters
Lynda Benden
Maren Benedict
Melissa Bove
Michelle Woerner
Rachel Baird
Shannan Teubner
Taylor Usry

Hope you all have a good one! I will post you soon! :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

A Unity Sneak

It's time for something new! Something FUN! We are starting to show some sneak peeks of the new May KOTM! Woohoo! I am LOVING this kit. It is AMAZING! Prepare yourself for nearly a week of peeks leading up to the May 1st reveal. We will also have challenges every day, prizes....OMHECK! ...and a HUGE prize!!!!! For one lucky will have a chance to win a year subscription to the Unity KOTM! WOWZERS! How awesome is that! You can check out all the deets in the Unity forum over at SCS. You'll want to upload your cards there if you are playing....I'll explain a bit more in a sec. marks the first challenge and I am lucky enough to host this one. My challenge for you today is a color challenge. Your card or layout needs to use Kraft, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, and Ruby Red. I decided to combine the color challenge with todays KOTM sneak peek. Here's my card....

How cute are those bird cages! This stamp is so big! This card is 5 X 7 1/2...if that tells you anything! I LOVE it! here's the deal. You need to play this challenge in order to be entered in the give away. You must link your project by 9PM Central to the thread that I will start in the Unity forum titled 'Anniversary Color Challenge'. (I'll edit this post with the link in a bit). You have until May 4th at 9PM Central time. I will pick a winner and post it will be able to find the winner here on my blog, in the SCS thread, and on Angela's blog. Be sure and upload your beautiful creations using the keyword Unity and UACC.

Hope you all get a chance to play and hope you enjoy all the sneaks! :) You can view more here... AJ, Jimmi, Lindsey, Christi, Jeanne, Maren, Heather, Amber, Kimber , Renee', Brooke, and Julie.

Have a good one!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Sweet Boy

Here's my sample for this weeks Clean & Simple scrapbook challenge.

A little bit about the layout: The dsp and embellishments are from Cosmo Cricket's Lil Man line. The stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. The picture is one of my favorite of Evan. I snapped this one on one of those first sunny days of spring. We were all out playing in the yard. I love this moment. I love how free and fun he is and his expression says is all. Such a fun time.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! It's supposed to be another beautiful one here.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Clean & Simple nO.6

Are you ready for another one? It's time for another Clean & Simple scrapbook sketch. This week...just a catches. Please forgive the goof on the title, I put this one together outside and didn't realize I had it flipped until it was to late. Take a peek....

So wanna know what you're playing for?

I opened the paper so you could see it a bit better, it's a 12X12 pack from SU. The ribbon is also SU. There's a stash of buttons and some chipboard as well.

Be sure and check out the fabulous AJ Otto. Her sample is amazing! I'll be back in a bit to post my sample. I'm going to put it in a seperate post this week.

If you get the chance to play be sure and link your layout to this thread. If you are uploading to Splitcoast please use the keyword CASSB06 so that we can keep them all together.

Hope you all get a chance to play. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

And The CASSB Winner Is...

Happy Saturday! It's time to pick a winner! picked lucky number ......5.....

Here are your random numbers:5
Timestamp: 2009-04-26 02:27:10 UTC

*****Edited to add that I am a giant goof! ;) So sorry, I wasn't on my computer when I posted this and wasn't able to save Lisa's layout. Didn't even realize I didn't list her name and blog info!*****
So who is lucky number 5!?! Lisa808. Take a peek at her amazing layout....

Take a look at the die cut strip. I love that! So cute! :) You can view more of Lisa's amazing work at her blog Crafting With Princess Lisa.

Thank you all for playing this week! Your samples are amazing! I'll be back in a bit with the next sketch. I hope you all get a chance to play!

Post you soon!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Virtual Stamp Night, Part 2

It's time for more from the Virtual Stamp front. This time around it's Viva Las VSN. Fun stuff! I'm lucky enough to be hosting a challenge this go around. My challenge is for all the kiddo's hanging out while their parents are stamping the day away. Of course, you can feel free to play along as well even if you are a grown up! ;)

Here's the challenge....coloring it in. Yeah, that's it. Make a card using an image that requires you to color it in. EPLS. You can get all the deets as well as the keyword for uploading over in the VSN forum at Splitcoast.

Here's the card I created for this one....

There are so many fun challenges today! Hope you get a chance to play.
You can find all the VSN challenges here and the link to my challenge here.

Post you all soon! :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pipe It Simply

Are you ready to Stamp Simply? What a fun challenge this week. You can get all the deets at Sharon's that my cold medicine induced fog doesn't botch it up!

Here's what I came up with for this one....

The stamps for this one are both Papertrey Ink. I used the Anniversary set and Background Basics: Spots & Dots.

Be sure and check out the rest of the team...

Jenny, April Guest Designer

I'm off. Hope you all get a chance to play. Be sure to upload to SCS using the keyword ssnotime84. Post you all soon!

Happy Birthday To You, Cha, Cha, Cha...

Happy Birthday to you!

Ok...enough singing from me. ;) How exciting is this!

Happy Birthday, Unity Stamp Co.! :)

I am so happy to be part of this team. It's truly such a blessing to call the gals and guys at Unity friends. They are all such amazing people and wonderful friends.

By now you've been given all the deets about the new Ning place so I am going to skip forward to todays new release! LOVE this little cutie! Take a peek....

The paper for this one is from My Mind's Eye. I picked it up over at Stampers Dream. CUTE stuff to go with a CUTE stamp!

Next up a layout. I pulled out an 'oldie' for this one.

This is one of my favorite pictures. I snapped it at the ballpark this weekend during our double-header. Hayden lost his patience pretty early on but was definitely into playing in the dirt and mud. Once Evan's game ended he got down there to play with him. They both went home with at least 4 layers! Fun times.

That's it for me. I will catch you all in the hip hop forum! So who's got the cake?

Now hop on over to the amazing....

*****Amber Height *****

...and enjoy the celebration!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday

What a fun challenge from Jacksonbelle today. I LOVE this one! Here's the deets: they're as easy as 1, 2, 3! ;)

1.) Use one stamp.

2.) Two embellishments.

3.) Three layers or less.

EPLS! (easy peasy lemon squeezy!)

Here's my take on this weeks challenge....
The stamp is from Lizzie Anne. The cool is the flower!'s from Prima. Both are available from Jacksonbelle.

Hope you all have a great day! If you get the chance to play be sure and upload your projects to SCS using the keyword JBE050.

Post you all soon!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Knit Knots

Happy Monday to you! It's time for another Monday challenge. This weeks challenge is to create a card using a 'woodland creature'. So do any of you have pre-schoolers? If you do you totally understand the title. My son is so in love with Imagination Movers. He LOVES that show. One of the characters is Knit Knots who calls the warehouse mouse a 'woodland creature'. It makes me laugh. What's that saying...simple minds,....ok...not sure I can remember the rest. Hmm...perhaps a further reinforcement of the not so finished saying....

Ok...moving on. When I sat down to start this weeks card I just happened to have one of the cutest stamps sitting on my desk. Thank heavens for Splitcoast! Last week there was an add for Stampavie. I found the stamp at this AMAZING little shop called Stampers Dream....and here's the result....

How cute are those little owls! I LOVE them! The paper is from Stampin Up. It's a surprise find. I guess I should read the fine print! This paper is textured and heavy. It's absolutely amazing! I LOVE it!

Now check out the rest of the Monday gals ....AJ Otto, Amber Height, Brooke Lien, Jeanne Streiff, Maren Benedict, and Jimmi Mayo.

Hope you all have a great Monday! :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Clean & Simple nO.5

It's that time again! Time for another Clean & Simple scrapbook challenge. The twist to this weeks sketch is to create the layout with a little designer paper. Here's this weeks sketch...

I thought it fitting to pull out one of my favorite baseball pictures for the sketch this week. I spent all day Saturday at the ballpark between my older two sons games. It's that time of year again. I truly love baseball and we live at the ballpark this time of year.

This one is from last year. Notice the name? lol....a misspell led to a new nickname. Brickhouse. My oldest tends to be really particular about things so I was quite surpised when we got the shirt that he didn't really mind the error. Then when his peeps started calling him 'brickhouse' I was sure he wouldn't like it. But I was wrong. How nice to be wrong about something like this. He loved the name. We had such a fun season last year. I'm really looking forward to this one. :)
The paper for this layout is from Cosmo Cricket's Lil Man collection. The stamp is from Papertrey Ink.

Hope you all get the chance to play. Be sure and check out the sweet and talented AJ for her fantabulous sample. I look forward to seeing all of yours!

Here's a peek at what you are playing for.

The dsp and stamp are from one of SU's level 3 hostess sets. The ribbon is So Saffron, also from SU. The buttons I picked up from my lss.

Be sure and link your cards up here and if you upload to SCS use the keyword CASSB05. Hope you all have a wonderful day! :)

...And The CASSB Winner Is....

......Sarah! :) Take a look at her beautiful layout.....

Such a beautiful page! You can see more of Sarah's beautiful work at her blog, Stampin With Sarah.

Thanks so much for playing everyone! I have really enjoyed all of your beautiful creations! :)

Back in a bit with the next challenge. I hope you are all enjoying your day! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009


Yikes! I HATE being late for anything! ;) So sorry for being this late! I knew I would be a little late but I had NO idea it would be this out of hand!

Ok...Sharon's challenge...'Thread It Through'....this weeks Stamp Simply challenge...ssnotime83. Check out Sharon's blog for all the deets. It's a FUN one! :)

Here's my card...I threaded through a little ribbon charm from Stampin' Up!'s hodgepodge hardware kit. LOVE this kit! The stamp is also SU.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and check out the rest of the team.... ....Dee, Janine, AJ, Julie, Becky and the newest guest designer Jenny.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hip HOP!

Happy Hip Hop!

I usesd two of my favorite sets this week. First up from me a blast from the past. I used Gratitude = Joy for this one.

There is so much in my life to be grateful for. I am truly so very blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. One of the best gifts in my children. I have three wonderful boys that I feel so blessed to mother. They are wonderful. Here's a picture I took a few days ago while they were goofing off in the kitchen.

Some of you know that I am a cancer survivor. I was actually diagnosed when my older two boys were only 3 and 1. At that moment in time all I could think about was being there when my oldest started kindergarten. I wanted so very much to survive at least that long. Now here we are (nearly 6 years later!) with one more kiddo and I have watched two of them start championships....skinned knees....first bike rides. There are so many moments that I am so truly blessed to have been there for. Being a mom is such a great gift. I love my boys and am so lucky to be here to enjoy this time with them.

....ok...back to stamping! ;)

Next up, a layout. This one uses the new Birdie Inspiration. I LOVE this kit! The sentiments are amazing and the images are just adorable!

That's it for me. Now head on over to see what ***Jen Erickson*** has in store for you. I will catch you all in the forum.

Post you soon! :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mini Monday

Happy Monday! This week the Monday crew will be creating 'mini' cards. I just happened to create a set of mini baby cards Friday night while hanging out at Archivers so that is what I am going to share with you.

The dsp and felt stickers are from the Little Yellow Bicycle. The ribbon is Stampin UP. EPLS (easy peasy lemon squeezy).

Now check out the rest of the Monday gals ....AJ Otto, Amber Height, Brooke Lien, Jeanne Streiff, Maren Benedict, and Jimmi Mayo.

Hope you all have a fabulous day! I'm off to get started with my own. Post you soon! :)