Monday, August 6, 2018

Growing in Unity 2018 - Day 1

Good Morning!  

I am so happy to be back as one of the GIU gals for the Unity Stamp Co this week.   
It is a wonderful milestone for me.  
It has given me a soft shove back into what I love doing.... creating stuff.  

If you noticed I have not posted to my blog in more than a year.   
This last year was filled with wonderful happy events and some heartbreak.  
The biggest event for my family is that my son was a Sr in high school last year.   
With all of the Sr activities it left no time for me to craft. He graduated in June and turned 18 in July.
  Shorty after graduation we were off for a wonderful family vacation.   
My heartbreak came shortly after my last post when my father died in a freak accident.   
Between my family obligations and work, crafting just had to take a back seat.

Two weeks ago an opening came up to be a GIU gal.  
After staring at the post for a few minutes I raised my hand and volunteered.   
I thought this would be a great way to get back to the thing I love.   
I've been a little stressed trying to create some wonderful projects for you this week.  
When you don't craft for a while it takes a bit to get your mojo back.  But I made it work.

I started off easy.  
I do enjoy a good CAS Card
Even though I have not been crafting, I still have been viewing all of the wonderful projects out there.
I saw this technique using mini ink pads to create a background.  

A couple of the techniques was to use a family of 
colors and blend across the top third of the card stock.  

Since I don't have very many mini stamp from one family 
I chose to use some fun bright colors together.   
I chose to use my distress mini's and made an impression of each color.

I then chose the butterfly image from the A Summer Story kit of the month.  
I stamp it in black and then embossed the image using clear powder.   
This fabulous sentiment is from the Phyllis Harris collection Happiness is...

The inside will be filled with a beautiful birthday greeting.  

I though I would share with you some of the first attempts.

I embossed the butterfly in gold and silver on these samples.

I believe they will be made into a card of their own soon.  
But I like the black best.

That is it for me today. 

Now for the fun part.  
I get to give to give away some Unity to two lucky people.

We all love some free stuff..... right???

All you have to do is.....

Leave a comment on my blog this week.  
The more day's you comment the more chances you have to win.

At the end of the week I will randomly pick
two people to win a gab bag from Unity.  

Winners will be announced next week. 

Thank you for dropping in.



  1. Love the clean and simple look--great colors

  2. Nice - I'm loving all of Phyllis Harris stamps.

  3. Clever idea and a nice clean look. Would be a quick idea when you need a card last minute😊

  4. I love CAS cards. This one is simple but still just as beautiful. And it's perfect for birthday, encouragement or just because! 😊 A perfect way to start the week!
    --Phaline Mays

  5. Great card. I love the colors with all the white space. Very eye catching.

  6. Wow!! This is an awesome card that can be put together so quickly!! Love love love the idea of just using the mini ink pads. I never thought of that!!! I WILL be trying that very soon!! Glad you are getting back to crafting even if just for this week. So sorry to hear about your Dad, sending prayers your way. Looking forward to your week, can't wait to see what beautiful things you create next!

  7. I love this card. I have never tried either technique you have done. I love butterflies and sometimes I have trouble deciding on colors. this is an awesome way to just stamp and have all colors pop. I will try this kind of card today

  8. Welcome back!
    Your card is really lovely and I'm a fan of the purple. lol
    It's not easy making a CAS card, but you did a fabulous job.

  9. That's so cute. I like the simplicity of it, and the colors...

  10. Thanks for reminding me of this technique. It's a great idea for my next ATC swap.

  11. Looks lovely - as do your 'rejects' too! Looking forward to a fun week. All the best, Jo x

  12. So sorry for your loss but glad you're back now. The card is cute and simply made and we all need to do quick cards now and again! Thanks for sharing. Pam Foy

  13. I love this card. It is clean fresh and neat! The colors you chose to put together are fun and I am going to try to make this card. I am looking forward to your creations this week! Thanks!

  14. Such a great CAS card. I will definitely be using this idea in the near future!

  15. Sorry to hear of your loss and struggles but glad that you were able to come and be our GIU girl. You have made a beautiful card.Love this technique - I will definitely be trying this.

  16. So pretty and a beautiful CAS card. Glad to see you back. Hugz

  17. I love the CAS look of your card, the butterfly in black is perfect

  18. So sweet and simple, yet so pretty. I love your colors and love the butterfly in black too. Just a lovely card. So sorry to hear about your dad. A loss is never easy to get through. May your memories give you and your family comfort and peace. Take care.

  19. Simply stunning! Love the simplicity!

  20. Love your colors and CAS look!

    1. Congrats Marcy. You are one of my lucky winners. Please contact me with your mailing address at resatwo(@)sbcglobal(.)net

  21. Welcome back! My blog has taken a long backseat to life as well. Great simplicity with the bright, cheery colours! I look forward to seeing your mojo this week!

  22. It is good to get back to something creative as it does feed the soul. I do like the black one better too because it really is a contrast against the colors. I am glad you were able to fill a spot and don't let it stress you too much. Sometimes it is better not to have a lot of time to think about it, but just do it.

  23. I like your 1st attempts too!

  24. A very different way to use your small stamp blocks. I’m trying this soon.

  25. Thanks for jumping back into the crafting. I love the simplicity of your card with all the white space while enjoying the pops of color.

    sue n.

  26. Wonderful card! Glad to see that crafting in back in your life once again.

  27. Congrats on becoming a GIU gal. I like all three images but I think the black really makes the butterfly standout. Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Sometimes simple and bold is perfect. These are wonderful. Great color, so neat and balanced.

  29. Pretty card! Love the colors you used and that beautiful butterfly!

  30. Beautiful. Glad you are back. Crafting helps me during stressful times.

  31. Glad to see you crafting sure has been a crazy, stressful year. Such a neat idea for a CAS card. Love the butterfly.

  32. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing