Wednesday, October 17, 2012

World CardMaking Day at Unity

Challenge #1 Shaped Card


I used the Unity KOM from October 2011, “Faith, Hope & Love”.  The jar-shaped card is a jar shape cut from the Silhouette store, made into a card.  I also used the Silhouette foil to make the rim to the jar.


Challenge #2 It’s All About Texture


For this card, I used Unity’s Brave Boots and the sentiment is from Unity’s KOM September 2011 “All Seasons”.  For the texture I made a veil out of some fabric.  I made this card for my daughter, who’s getting married in three weeks.  She is wearing her cowboy boots under her dress and I wanted to make her a card for her shower using this stamp set!


Challenge #3 Embossing


This card was created using Unity’s November 2011 KOM “Take Your Time” for the snowflakes that are embossed with puffy embossing powder.  The sentiment is from the “All Seasons” KOM.  The background paper is embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder.


Challenge #4 Sketch


I used Unity’s September 2012 KOM “the Vintage Touch” for the key and the sentiment.  The paper is MME Lost & Found.

Challenge #5  Fall


This card was made using Unity’s September 2011 KOM “All Seasons”.  I tried to use a masking technique with shimmer mist.  You cannot really see the shimmery texture that the mist makes in the picture, sorry!


Challenge #6 Stamp a Border

This challenge required making a border out of a non-border type stamp.


I used Unity’s “Giggle Grove” stamp set on this card.  The “giggle” was the border I created.  I bought this stamp set with my crafty friend, Stephanie, in mind.  She adds “giggle” to her text sometimes and I just immediately thought of her when I saw this stamp set!

Challenge #7 Coloring


I used Unity’s November 2011 KOM “Take Your Time” for the cup of cocoa.  I am not very advanced in my coloring, so I picked a pretty easy stamp to color.  The sentiment is a Sizzix embossing folder.  I also used some glitter gel pens to add some sparkle, although the picture doesn’t really do it justice!

Challenge #8  Color Combo (Cream, Brown, Olive and Pumpkin)


For the last challenge, I needed more inspiration, so I used the sketch in the current Paper Crafts Magazine.  I used Unity/JillyBean Soup “Apple Cheddar Soup” set and also the matching paper from JillyBean Soup. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friends with Flair

This is a "get well/thinking of you" card that I made for a friend.  I thought I would post it for the Friends with Flair challenge at the Unity website.  I have really been busy with scrapbook layouts lately, so busy that I am getting behind in posting!  I will take some pictures of the layouts and post them soon! 

Here's a close up of the beautiful Unity stamp...
Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Blog Award, Oh My!!!

Much to my surprise, I have gotten a “Liebster Blog Award”!  Wow!  I am so excited!  What is a Liebster Blog Award you ask?  Here are the details…

The origins of the Liebster Blog Award are unclear but "the word translates from German as "darling" or "beloved". It's given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers in order to generate some traffic for them.
Here are the guidelines for the Liebster Blog Award

1. Acknowledge the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2.Give this award to 5 other bloggers, who must have less than 200 followers, and let them know through a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog
4. Best of all- bask in the glory, have fun, and share the love!

So, first I would like to thank Misty, she gave me the award!  THANK YOU, MISTY! 

Second, I would like to give this wonderful award to some fellow bloggers…

1.  Adrien’s Blog is an awesome blog about a family’s daily life and love!  It’s a wonderful blog!  Caution, you may need tissues a few days!

2.  Grammie's Craftroom – This blog is full of information and inspiration! 

3.  King Designs is a lovely blog with papercrafting ideas!

4.  Scrap Circus is a blog I just recently found via the Unity Stamp website.  Becky participates in many Unity Stamp challenges and her work is beautiful and inspiring!

5.  Sparkle Within  is  wonderfully crafty blog that is full of inspiration!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Pinterest has filled my mind with many ideas for crafts, especially wreaths!  Today's post is another wreath that was very easy to create.  First I cut shamrocks out with my Silhouette, decorated them and then tied a piece of tulle to the top!  Easy peasy!

God bless!

Joy : )

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

“Lovely” Layout


Here’s another Senior picture layout of my daughter.  This is the picture she chose to go in the yearbook, she looks amazing!  I used MME Lost and Found paper and some random stickers from a grab bag I got at a crop.  I’m not even sure what brand they are, but they were perfect for this layout. 

When I was trying to make the paper flower match the paper, I had an wonderful discovery that I wanted to share!  First, here’s a close up…


I used Distress Ink in Tea Stain then covered the flower with clear embossing powder and hit it with the heat gun.  The result looks like leather!  I looks so neat!

Enjoy and God Bless!

Joy :  )

Sunday, February 12, 2012

“A Boy and His Thumb” Layout




I recently started trying to catch up my son’s scrapbook, it has just seemed hard for me to find paper, embellishments and a style that was boyish.  I love My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup line and also the Lime Twist line for his layouts.  I still struggle with embellishments, it’s hard to stay away from frilly stuff!  Anyway, for this layout I used both of the MME lines listed above and some Unity/Echo Park stamps.  I love this layout because it captures my son at several stages (even as a newborn) with his favorite blanket and his thumb.  I found a poem that I used as journaling, I changed to words around some. 

Anyway, Enjoy and God Bless!



Saturday, February 11, 2012

“Love You” Layout

Today I have a layout using a few of my favorite products and scrapbooking a few of my favorite people! 


For this layout I used MME “So Sophie” collection and various Unity itty bitty stamps.  These pictures were taken in the Great Smokey Mountains.  My husband is an awesome, amateur photographer! 

God Bless!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Unity’s Friends with Flare

Good morning all!  I have a cute but simple card to enter in FWF challenge today.  I used SCAL to design the actual card layout and various Unity stamps.  The gnome is from Unity’s Apple Cheddar Soup set.

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It’s a spinner card.  I got the idea from the most recent issue of PaperCrafts magazine. 

God Bless!

Joy : )

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kimmiluxich You Win the blog candy!  Thank you ALL for the nice comments and for participating in the blog hop!

Bloggerkimmiluxich said...
Great Job!!! I am a "wreath-a-holic" lol and I LOVE this one!

And I must confess, I'm a Pinterest addict as well. :)

God Bless!
Joy : )

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cricut Card Fairy Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Valentine’s Day Cricut Card Fairy Blog Hop! 

Welcome everyone to the first blog hop hosted by the Cricut Card Fairies this year! We hope you enjoy your time checking out some of the fairies awesome work, and maybe even winning prizes for joining!

The Cricut Card Fairies were created by Commander Crystal, who found inspiration from the already existent Cards for Soldiers. The Card Fairies accept requests for people and families who may need a pick me up for any sort of reasons. We are a group of VOLUNTEERS who love our circuts, love making cards, and love spreading cheer through said cards. We have sent all over the United States, Canada, Australia, and even Germany and other parts of Europe. We send all types of cards: birthday, good thoughts, sympathy, well wishes, get better soon, and so many more. We currently have sent out over 860 missions since 2008! Those who may be interested in joining our wonderful group can send an email to :

This weekend we have ten wonderful blogs for you to visit and maybe even win some BLOG CANDY!

So, here’s my Valentine’s Day project…


I used SCAL and my Silhouette to cut the banner.  I decorated with a couple of print and cut designs from the Imagine cartridge “Better Together”.  I used some awesome ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel to decorate and some tulle from Hobby Lobby.  Here are a few close ups…



So, what do you think?  I have just recently found Pinterest and I am so inspired by all of the wreaths! 

I have some wonderful blog candy!  I will be giving away a Unity Stamp Company/Echo Park stamp set called “better with love”!  I absolutely love Unity Stamps, they work very well with all kinds of paper crafts.  If you would like a chance to win, please leave me a comment and I will use “random” to select a winner. The winner will be posted Monday!  You don’t have to become a follower, but if you’d like to, that would be great!


Enjoy and God Bless!

Next in the Hop is Sandee!

Here’s the Blog Hop Line Up…

Misty @

Brenda @

Joy @  (YOU ARE HERE!)

Sandee @

Kimmi @

Caprice @

Gina @

Sheila @

Meg @

Rachelle @

As the coordinator, if you get lost, feel free to return to my blog at : and pick up where you left off!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Christmas Card Page

Every year I always create a pocket page to save our Christmas cards in.  This year I used MME Lost & Found Christmas paper.  It’s actually very simple and fast to create, and it works wonderfully!


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God bless!

Joy : )

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wild Thing Layout

Today’s post is a layout of my daughter at the zoo this summer.  I used the Imagine to print the design paper.  I hardly ever use my Imagine machine, I have become so fascinated with stamping that I have been stamping so many things! The pattern is on the JT cartridge.  “Wild Thing” and the rest of the animals are from the Animal Kingdom cartridge.  If you look closely, the ticket opens up off the page to reveal the journaling. 

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Have a great day and God bless!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Unity Challenge

The Unity Challenge for Dec/Jan is “All about gift giving”.  So, the challenge is to create a project for gift giving, like a tag, etc.  I made a Christmas tag.  Here it is…

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Design paper is MME Lost & Found Christmas and stamps are from Unity's September KOM (which is on sale right now!).  Enjoy and God Bless!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year’s Resolution…

So, today I was reading I Heart Faces’ and there is an amazing article about taking at least one random picture a day for a year.  I have set this as my challenge for myself.  I absolutely love scrapbooking my family’s life and I have always been a fan of candid shots.  This love of candid shots probably goes back to my childhood.  Every year at Christmas my family, along with my Dad’s side of the family, would pose for a group picture.  Then, we always, let loose and got silly and took a goofy picture.  Those pictures are the pictures I have always treasured!  Those candid, silly pictures are glimpses into the personalities of each of us!  So, wish me luck as I begin capturing my family (and hopefully myself) in life, not posed or propped! 

I have a couple of scrapbook layouts to share today.  I have been working on scrapbooking the outtakes from my daughter’s senior pictures.  I hope you are inspired by these layouts that capture some random silliness! 

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Design paper is MME Stella and Rose.  The pictures and the tag are matted on paper from DCWV’s current Fall stack. 

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This awesomely cute stamp is from Unity.

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Design paper is MME Lost & Found Two.  The “Just You” and the letters for Stephanie’s name are Unity stamps. 

So, do you notice anything remarkably similar in the layouts (besides my daughter, lol)?  The pose my dad is doing in the top one and the pose my daughter is doing in the second one?  How funny is that?!  I only noticed that they are doing the same gesture when I was taking the pictures of the layouts for the blog post!  I guess this is another thing that has inspired me to capture us in our candid moments too!  What other things have I missed that my children do like my parents?  Never again!  So look out family and friends (you will not be spared either because you are important parts of who we are)!!!! 

God Bless!

Joy : )