Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkins are everywhere!  I love to see them in the fall.  I always enjoy watching the children pick out their pumpkins and carry them to their cars with great pride.  The theme for the October Unity Challenge is Pumpkins.  I am using two stamps from the September 2010 Kit of the Month.  I found this fabulous double sided paper at Michaels in their scrapbooking section where they keep the loose papers.  I used Old Olive and Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin' UP.  I hope that you will enjoy this.  We have much to be thankful for!  One thing I am thinking for is the good people at Unity Stamp Company.  Be sure to visit them today at and "friend them!" on Facebook.  Angela offers lots of bargains and opportunities to join in the online stamping community.  Happy Fall Ya'll!

I believe in angels, do you?  This is my entry for Unity's Kit of the Month Club Card Challenge.  The stamps used in this card came from the May 2010 Kit of the Month club.  Even though it is fall, the world is lit up with hues of amber, gold, orange and ruby, I still have angels on my mind.  Why wait til Christmas?  You can purchase the Kit of the Month stamps from Unity Stamp Company at:
The Kit of the Month is a great deal!  Each month, you will receive a sheet of high quality, deeply etched red rubber stamps mounted on to cling foam.  All you have to do is punch them out, which is easy because they are perforated for you at the factory.  As Angela would say, "Easy Peasy!"  Enjoy!

Isn't that little Travelocity gnome cute?  Make gnome doubt about it, children of all ages love gnomes! I made this card using a wonderful set called "Apple Cheddar Soup" by Jillibean Soup at Unity Stamp Company. This stamp set contains an apple, a gnome, and a patch of trees.  The set also contains coordinating quotes, funnies and sentiments.  It is a very versatile set and would be suitable for all seasons, if you choose to use the gnome for a Christmas elf.  By simply changing the colors, you could make it a set suitable for spring, summer, fall or winter; though, it really stands out to me for fall usage.  If you want to order this set, go to:  You can follow Unity on Facebook. Angela is famous for her spontaneous sales!  Snatch up a bargain today!

Juicy orange, rich rusts, rich greens,earthy browns:  these are the colors of fall that delight so much.  Unity Stamp Company's World Card Making Day Challenge #8 is a Color Challenge which calls for making a card using the color theme of pumpkin, olive, cream and brown.  The stamp set I used to make this card was Unity Stamp Company's stamp set by Christy Tomlinson called "She was a Daughter."  If you look closely, it says "She was a daughter of God."  Long before I ever bought a stamp designed by Christy Tomlinson, I had already bought a couple of her mass produced mixed media art angels.  Like Christy, my faith in a loving God is my strength.  I find her work very inspirational.  I was thrilled when Unity added Christy's stamps to their product line.  Kudos for Unity and Christy!  You can find these beautiful stamps at:

A favorite stamp of mine says "If I only had two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy flowers."  Sometimes in life, it is all about the simple things that give us the most joy.  Unity Stamp Company's World Card Making Day Challenge Number 7 calls for "Coloring" the card in some way.  I used stamps from Ippity for Unity's stamp set called "Bloom and Simplify."  With just three stamps, this kit can take on endless creations.  It is one of my favorite sets.  You can find them at  My Ippity Chick is JenMarie Taylor.  She got me started on Ippity!

Ooh la la!  Unity Stamp Company's World Card Making Day Challenge #6 calls for designers to create a border with a non-border stamp.  Feeling frisky and French, I chose to use the small fleur de lis stamp from "Regal Greetings" IPK-111 from Ippity by Unity,  I especially like the way the top of the decorative paper above the sentiment looks like it holds the sentiment suspended, like a picture on a wall.  A little serendipity, very French!  I stamped "Thanks" from the same kit, and used punch stamps from Stampin' Up.  The background paper is from a collection by Jen Wilson for My Mind's Eye called "Totally Girl."  I used Stampin' Up's Pomegranite ink, and Stampin' Up's Chocolate Chip gross grain ribbon.

You can find these stamps and more through Unity's Ippity line.   My "Ippity Chick" is JenMarie Taylor.  She is great!   I stamped "Thanks" from the same kit, and used punch stamps from Stampin' Up. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My favorite time of the year is when the air turns crisp, leaves start to change and the entire world smells delicious.  I was ahppy when  Unity Stamp Company's World Card Making Day for Day 5 was to create a fall themed card.  My card is simple, happy and joyful, like falling leaves.  I used stamps from the Unity Stamp of the Month Kit for August 2012.  I added linen thread and a button for embellishments.  Happy Fall!

"Believe in yourself!"  It sounds so simple, yet it is not always so easy.  Sometimes we need gentle reminders like this card which is my entry for Unity Stamp Company's World Cardmaking Day Challenge #4 Sketch Challenge.  Using their template, I chose stamps from the September 2010 Kit of the Month club kit.  I really like this kit.  It is a classic!  To make sure you don't miss any fabulous, go-to kits, sign up for Kit of the Month at  You do not have to buy every month and can skip months but you have to make arrangements ahead of time if you plan to skip more than three months.  Unity also offers a Stamp of the Week club, which is a great bargain if you prefer to get something delivered to you weekly.

The secret to living a good life is not finding perfection.  It is finding something that is perfect for you!  The third entry  for Unity Stamp Company's World Cardmaking Days Challenge Number 3 calls for embossing.  I used stamps from the Kit of the Month from November 2010.  I especially liked embossing the sofa on floral paper to make it look like a floral sofa.  I used VersaMark and black detail embossing powder for the embossing.  I used embellishments to put in the picture frames since I did not have any pictures this small.  This is my husband's favorite card.  He liked the way I put the tiny gem embellishments in the picture frames.  We both love art.  Enjoy!

Don't we all love textures?  When I am at an art gallery, it is very difficult for me not to touch the sculptures!  Thank God for outdoor sculpture gardens!  This card is for Unity Stamp Company's World Card Day Challenge #2 which calls for using at least 2 different textures in a card.  I have used some hand made paper that has a raised surface of paint and glue squiggles, a piece of colored mesh paper, and a piece of gold handmade paper.  Additionally, I added a border on top of a crotcheted lace ribbon.  The crocheted ribbon looks much better in person than it appears on screen.  There is shimmery silver thread that runs through the crotched ribbon that catches the light, and draws the eye to the silver squiggles on the handmade paper.  Enjoy!

This face shaped card is my entry for Unity Stamp Company's World Card Making Day Challenge.  Although WCD is over, the challenge is open until October 20th.  This challenge was for a shaped card, and most of my cards are squares or rectangles!  I found a book I bought a blank altered book that had been shaped into a woman's face.  I traced the outline for the card.  I had difficulty figuring out how to make the layer, so I did it by hand.  A lot of mixed media art now includes some hand drawing or doodling in it so it's okay that it is not a perfect layer.  That's part of its charm.  I used the Brave Girl's stamp set on this one which has a lot of stamps suitable for journalling and art themed around becoming the woman that you are and growing into yourself.   When you are viewing this now, you are missing the best part because not all of the card would it.  I have much to learn about technology and need to find someone to teach me more things.  But if you click on this card, you will see the full entire card, which is a woman's face.  It's worth clicking on.   Enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2012

This is my entry for Unity Stamp of the Month's October Kit Club Challenge.  Participants are allowed to use any stamp from any kit of the month.  I am using the leaf stamps from September 2010's Kit of the Month.  You may join Unity's Kit Club at
Enjoy and Happy Fall!

This is my entry for Barbara's Ippity Chick Challenge.  I used a real chick!  :)
I made this card using "Music of my Heart IPK-113" from Ippity by Unity.  I added some embellishments that I found at Michaels.  I used Stampin' Up's Pomegranite ink for the background.  I am enjoying the Chick Challenges.  Thanks, Barbara, for the great sketch idea!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

This is my card for my Maine friend Liz's Thanksgiving swap.  I have not stamped the inside.  The outside was pretty easy with the use of pre-cut card faces and die cuts.  I plan to add a sentiment inside with a Thanksgiving theme.  If you can't live in Maine, you can stamp with Maine stampers!  :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The stamps and paper that Jen Marie Taylor, from Ippity of Unity, gave me as a prize for her Chick Challenge came in the mail yesterday.  I made this card with the stamp, and used the paper in the scallop in the background.  I added some ribbon and a flower to a gray background panel on an ivory card.  I like the color combination of the reds with the mustard yellow and the gray.  It reminds me of school uniforms and going back to school.  We always started college around August 25/26, and the fall was always my favorite time of the year.  These colors look more vibrant up close.  It did not really scan very well.    I haven't yet learned how to crop my cards to properly display them.  One day I will.  :)

The prize that JenMarie Taylor, of Ippity from Unity, gave me came in the mail yesterday.  It was two stamps, and a pack of paper.  I used one of the stamps for this card.  The background card I found on sale at TJMaxx.  The ribbon is from Stampin' Up.  I popped the little bees up with pop dots to give them some dimension.  I used a circle punch and a scallop punch to make the background.  .