Friday, June 26, 2009

Unity Stamp Co.

Unity Stamps is a fairly new stamp company. They have been in business just over a year. Based in Minnesota, this company is run by family and friends. I had the privelege of meeting the Unity group at CHA in Anaheim earlier this year. They are wonderful people and they really do care about their customers! Angela Magnuson is the founder and she has a super big heart. Her staff is equally as caring! Scrap-Mart picked up Unity as a new product line in January at CHA. Their stamps are red rubber cling mounted so you can use them with acrylic blocks and they also offer some red rubber wood mounted. Unity has their own blocks available that are acrylic on one side and have grooves on the other to slide their wood mounted stmps into. Here's a video we shot at CHA of Angela telling us about Unity stamps.

I have not been much of a stamper in the past, while you can't tell by my ever-growing collection of stamps! LOL! Here's a card I made with Unity Stamps set Little Buggers.

I just LOVE that little worm! He's the reason I bought this stamp set to begin with. I think he would look adorable on the bottom of a notepad set. I stamped him in Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi ink and mounted him on Spellbinders Square and Scallop Square Nestabilities. The patterned paper is from Scenic Route's Sonoma line. The green cardstock is Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi. I added some sliver brads from The Paper Studio and stamped the sentiment onto Spellbinders Double End Tags. I LOVE how this card turned out.

I mentioned before that I am hosting a Scrap Pink crop to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. I contacted Unity to see if they could send some stamps for door prizes and they were very happy to do so! I received a box full of wonderful stamps yesterday! A HUGE thanks to Unity for your gracious donation! We appreciate it!

If you aren't familiar with Unity I urge to check them out! Their tag line is "we'll change the way you stamp" and I agree! You can find Unity stamps at If you have any questions about Unity stamps or you don't see one you're looking for email me at and we'll get you taken care of.

Thanks for stoppin' by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you soon!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Yesterday was Father's Day.

We really didn't do anything special to say. Rocky bought some tires and a new riser for his handlebars on his Harley. Brian had a baseball tournament over the weekend too. They played hard and won 2nd place. Unfortunately, 2nd place didn't sit well with the boys. They were undefeated all season...until now. They played a team from Muskogee and I think they really met their match! They have one more tournament before they end their season and they're on a mission to regain their 1st place title.

Dad and I took turns at the ball field. I had to work early both Saturday and Sunday so he took Cody and Shelby to the first game both days. When I got off work, we traded places. That way we both got to see Brian play but Cody and Shelby weren't out in the heat all day. It worked well.

Brian has been storm chasing with Grandma and Grandpa since school's been out. He's wanted to go for years and they finally felt he was grown up enough. Now, when I say storm chasing I mean real live storm chasing. Wall clouds, tornadoes, the whole nine yards. I think they're insane but I guess someone has to do it. Brian had an awesome time and you know, he's quite the photographer! Kathy let him use her Nikon since she got a new Cannon. You can see some of his photos HERE. That's my mother-in-law's Facebook and yes, we have the same name! Ironic don't you think?! What do you think of Brian's photos? Amazing aren't they?! I'm so proud of him. I am however, glad he's home. We missed him but I'm so glad he got that opportunity. He told me last night when his professional baseball career is over he'll be a full-time photographer. Gotta love that!

Cody and Shelby made dad a Father's Day card at school and Brian bought him one when he was out with Jeff and Kathy. But, I couldn't let the day go by without giving him a hand made card. Here's the card I made him....

The stamp is from Stampin' Up!'s Loads of Love set. I colored it with my Copic markers (E37, E29 and C-2) then cut it out and embossed it with my Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities. After embossing the edge, I left it in the die and used my Stampin' Up! chalks to dab some blue-gray chalk on the background. This gave the sky the smokey color. The card base is made up of a few simple layers of Scenic Route's Garden Grove patterned paper. The sentiment was stamped using my Making Memories Magnetic Stamp set. Rocky LOVED the card, however, he contested the fact that he's a classic! LOL!

Well, that's all I have for today. Thanks for checking. I'll be back soon with more projects!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Do you love Queen and Co?

I know I do. They have some fabulous products! I love their ribbon buckles and they now have rhinestones and pearls too. And their packs of rhinestones and pearls are only $1.29!!! Can't beat that price! It just so happened that the Queen and Co. booth was right next to us at the Arlington convention and of course, I HAD to do a little shopping.

I was speaking with Wendy about my upcoming Scrap Pink crop (more details coming soon!) and she agreed to donate some Queen and Co. products for the goody bags for my croppers! How awesome is that?! Each of my croppers will receive a Queen Felt Border!

Thanks Wendy and Queen and Co. for your gracious donation! We appreciate you!

I will be posting more details about the Scrap Pink crop soon so be sure to stay tuned. If you're not familiar with Scrap Pink, click HERE to go to their site for all the official details.

I'll be back soon with more fun projects and more detail on the crop! Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon!


Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy Friday!

Do you have any special plans for the weekend? We don't really. We'll probably just hang out around the house. Cody's been ditching us every chance he gets for Grandpa Chuck. Oh, I am going to do a little shopping Saturday with my dad but that's about it.

Today is our Friday Sketch Challenge on the Scrap-Mart blog. Every Friday I pick a sketch to share and each of the members of the design team creates a project based on that sketch. Then, the readers have until the following Thursday to complete their projects and send me a picture of it. So, on Friday's I share the previous week's reader's layouts, a new sketch and the design teams takes on the new sketch. It's an inspiration-packed post!

This week I thought I'd share here on my blog as well. Our sketch today is from Scrap-Mart design team member Veronica.

And here's my take on this sketch.

Cody and Shelby played wee-ball on the same team this year...Sand Springs Stars. I saw this Scenic Route paper in Scrap-Mart's $10 kit bin at the Arlington convention. I knew right away I had to have it because the colors were red, white and blue and it was sports themed! It was like it was made for me! LOL! I used the Scrap Strip page which was perfect for this layout then I added the Revolution Baseball. I remember a few years ago Quickutz conducted a survey to see what their fans wanted. I said a 4x4 Baseball! I was so excited when they released it! I LOVE this die! And between Brian and Cody (I don't think Shelby will play next year) it's sure to get lots of use. Back to my layout. I used my Slice and the Sports Design Card to cut the "Go Team". The chipboard photo corners are from the $10 kit as well.

In other news, Rocky and I were relaxing and watching tv yesterday. While he was flipping channels he came across Home Shopping Network and they just happened to have scrapbook supplies on. He stopped to watch the demo of the Xyron Design Runner. He was actually really impressed with it, especially the Disc Maker. I had demoed a Design Runner a few years ago before I knew anything about the Disc Maker. Anyway, HSN had a bundle on clearance and Rocky asked me if I wanted it. He said it was the coolest scrapbook tool he'd ever seen. LOL! So, he logged on and bought it for me! Yeah! You can click HERE to see the deal. It comes with the Design Runner and base, Disc Maker, Black ink cartridge, Engraved and Fairy Tale font discs, Starter shape disc and a blank disc to maker your own. It's actually $10 cheaper than the price shown! Then I went onto Ebay and bought the Calendar and Travel discs so I think I have enough to get me started! I'll post a review of it when I receive it and try it out.

Thanks for stoppin' by today. I hope you have a great weekend!


Monday, June 8, 2009

I had so much fun in Arlington!

Don't get me wrong, it was TONS of work but oh so much fun. I left my house at 2 am on Wednesday to meet up with the others. We left Tahlequah at 430 am and arrived at the convention center in Arlington at about 930 am. We immediately went to work setting up the booth. We had until 6 pm to work then we had to stop for the night. We did great, considering our booth was 7 spaces!!! Here are some pics of the booth once we were done setting up.

This is where I spent the majority of my time... the Slice demo table.

This was the Quickutz side of the booth. It also held the Scenic Route and Sassafrass Lass products.

And on this side, we had Spellbinders, BossKut, Copics and TONS of Thickers. Ms. Mary and Kim Hupke from Spellbinders were there conducting demos and teaching classes.

Our first night there, we ate at the Trail Dust Steakhouse. Here's a view of the outside.

And here's a view of the inside...

They have this cool slide inside the steakhouse. It drops you out on a hardwood floor so you just slide! That blur is Madeline coming down!

Friday night we decided to go get pedicures. It was after 8 pm already and every salon we could find was closed. We finally came to one where the lights were still on and people were inside. Madeline checked in with them and they said they were closing. I was not taking no for an answer. I went in and let's just say we got our pedis! I'll spare you the pics of my feet! We had a great time and we were treated like queens! These were not your average pedis! I'm talking HOT towles wrapped around our legs, hot parafin wax on our feet, massages and flowers and bling on my toes! We didn't leave until 1115 pm!!! So, if you're ever in the Arlington area you MUST go see Linda at Super Nails! She'll give you a pedi you'll never forget!

I can't leave you without sharing a project. Here's a layout I created from a Friday skecth on the Scrap-Mart blog.

I love how this layout turned out!

Thanks for stoppin' by today! I hope you're all doing well. See you soon!


Monday, June 1, 2009

I was super excited....

when I received an email from my friend, Terri Mouw, with BossKut asking me if I'd like to see the Summer CHA releases! I emailed back..."YES YES YES!"...because who doesn't love a sneak peek?! So she sent me back some pictures of a delicious looking cupcake with a pretty wrapper and her phone number and said "call me for more info!" Even though it was 10 pm I grabbed my phone and dialed as quickly as I could. She informed me that they were releasing cupcake wrappers! Who doesn't LOVE a cupcake?! The digital designs will be available soon and the actual metal dies will release at CHA Summer 2009. After all that, Terri asked me if I'd like to play with the new designs and release them for BossKut on the Scrap-Mart blog! Of course I said I'd LOVE to! So, here are my creations!

For this one I used the straight edge wrapper and made a pirate flag with the Pirate Flag download. I am totally going to do these for Seth's birthday next year! LOVE it!

This next one would be great for Valentine's Day, an anniversary or any occastion you want to say "I Love You!"

For this one, I used one of the two heart wrappers and backed it with the straight edge one. I love the scallop edge. I lined the heart wrapper from behind with the straight edge one to make the hearts stand out against the patterned paper. Just for fun, I flipped over some of the heart cut outs and put them back in the cut outs to add contrast.

I'm thinking I can use one for a border on a scrapbook page. In addition to these, there's one with different size circles cut out all over and one that has hearts that pop out! You can visit BossKut Designs for the digital files you can cut with your Gazelle, Silhouette and/or Cricut. Or, the actual metal dies will be available shortly after their July release.

I am leaving EARLY Wednesday morning for Arlington, TX. I'm headed down to the Great American Scrapbook Convention with Scrap-Mart. If you're in that area, be sure to stop by the booth and say hello. I'm thrilled because my cousin and best friend, Heather, is driving up from San Antonio. I haven't seen her in over 3 years and cannot wait! I hope you have a great week! Be back soon!