Friday, March 3, 2023

Growing in Unity 2023: Winners!

Thank you for your fun comments on my Growing in Unity Week.  I'm sorry I am so late in announcing the winners.  

With no further ado, congratulations to:

Mom2Two (Jenni)February 14, 2023 at 3:10 PM

Love this! I too have a teenaged daughter who loves the "S" coffee shop along with every other one in town! LOL This set is on my wish list! :)

Great card! Love the way you colored the image, and the layered papers for your background look awesome too!

If you are one of the lucky winners, please send an email to with the subject line "Winner from Kristina's GIU Week" by March 17th, 2023.  She will make sure you have a $20 gift card added to your account. CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you again for all your kind words!  I look forward to sharing more work with you soon!


Friday, February 17, 2023

Growing in Unity 2023 - Day 5

 Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  I've enjoyed sharing my designs with you this week.  I love Unity Stamps and appreciate the chance to be a Growing in Unity gal.  If you love Unity as much as I do (or are new to them and would like a chance to try them for free), you can win a prize pack just for commenting!  Links to all my posts will be at the bottom of the page.  I will announce the winners next week.

My mom is celebrating her birthday next week, so I couldn't pass up the chance to use the February Sketch challenge on the Unity Blog one more time, to make her a card.  Mama's and Grandma's stamp set seemed the appropriate choice to use on this card.  This is an older sentiment kit (April 2016!!!), but this just shows how Unity Stamps never go out of style.  I stamped the image on white Neeha paper, and colored with watercolors.  A bit of gold from a a Stella Wink pen and some sequins and a twine bow, and this card is ready to give.  I hope my mom likes it as much as I do.

As promised, here are the links to all my cards from the week.  Make sure you leave comments on all of them for a chance to win one of those prize packs from Unity Stamp Company.

Day 2   

Thanks for visiting me all week!  I love seeing all the comments


Thursday, February 16, 2023

Growing in Unity 2023 - Day 4

It's Thursday. If you are in the United States, the 3-day weekend is almost here. We can make it!

I thought a few flowers would help brighten the day and make the last few days a little easier.  Remember to leave a comment on this post, and all my Growing in Unity posts, for a chance to win 1 of 2 AMAZING prize packs from Unity Stamp Company!  

I loved the fun mix of succulents in Succulent Greetings. Succulents are the only plants I can seem to keep alive, so this is the perfect stamp for me to use.  Unity Stamps is the best at giving us stamps that are fun to color.  Today I used Copic markers to bring some depth to the flowers.  I thought about adding some gems or Nuvo Drops, but sometimes, just using layers of paper and ink are all the embellishing a card needs.

If you missed any of my cards this week, be sure to hop over to my previous posts and leave a comment!  I'll be drawing 2 winners of Unity Stamp prize packs next week.  

Day 2   


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Growing in Unity 2023 - Day 3

 Happy Wednesday!

Half way through my Growing in Unity week.  Hard to believe how fast it goes.  Remember to leave a comment on this post, and all my Growing in Unity posts, for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from Unity Stamp Company!  

Valentine's Day was yesterday, but love should reign supreme all year long. So today, I'm sharing another "love" card, using one of my favorite critters, the otter. Otter Love This Much is such a cute stamp set. He looks like he just wants to reach out and give you a bug hug. As a matter of fact, I can see covering the hearts with washi tape (like I talked about yesterday with the sentiment stamp) and using the otter stamp on  a "hug" card, or thinking of you, or just a little card to make someone smile.  I used colored pencils and a touch of Stella Wink to add some sparkle to this simple red and black card.  

Thank you for visiting me today.  I love you enjoyed seeing the little otter all colored and ready to make you smile.

If you missed any of my cards this week, be sure to hop over to my posts and leave a comment!
Day 2   


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Growing in Unity 2023 - Day 2

Happy Valentine's Day!

Welcome back to my Growing in Unity week.  Yesterday, I shared the card I designed for my son, using Unity Stamps.  Today is my daughter's turn.  Like most teenage girls, she loves going to those coffee shops that start with the letter "S", so I couldn't resist telling her I love her a latte on this Valentine's Day.

Again, I started with Unity’s February card sketch (found on their blog here).  Then I grabbed my Love to Go stamp set, some colored pencils and a little ink and had some fun.  For the sentiment, I used half of the saying from Sad Stymie.  To do this, I covered the portion I didn't want on the card with some washi tape, inked the stamp, then pulled the tape off before stamping onto the tag.  An easy way to get more use out of your sentiment stamps! 

I hope I've inspired you to reach for those sentiment stamps where you might not want to use the whole saying, only part of it.  

Remember to come back everyday this week and leave comments for a chance to win an amazing prize pack from Unity Stamp Company.

If you missed my card yesterday, be sure to hop over to my Day 1 post and leave a comment.   


Monday, February 13, 2023

Growing in Unity 2023 - Day 1


Welcome to my first day of my Growing in Unity feature week. I'm happy to be here and hopefully provide you with a little inspiration. It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my work. I hope you enjoy visiting every day this week to see what I have to share with you. Come back everyday and leave comments for a chance to win an amazing prize pack from Unity Stamp Company.

When planning my week’s worth of projects, I like to center around a theme. This week, I’ll be using Unity’s February card sketch (found on their blog here) as my central starting point. I love its clean and simple design that makes building cards around it fun and easy. 

Without further ado - my first project! This week is also Valentine’s Day, so I thought what better than to make some cards for the family. Today’s card is for my soon to be 16 year old son. He isn’t into mushy stuff, so I took this in a different direction. 

The minute I read the sentiment on the You Make Me Happy {itty bitty} stamp, I knew how I wanted to layer the card together. To make the background, I used the Cloud & Wave stencil with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to create a gray sky pattern. The suns were made with a Deco Foil paste spread over a sun mask on vellum paper. Here’s a close up. Hopefully you can see the clouds a little. 

I hope you have enjoyed a quick look at my first project. Check back every day this week for more inspiration. Leave a comment for a chance to win an amazing Unity Stamp prize pack. Have a wonderful Monday!


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Growing in Unity Blog Hop



Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop!  You should have hopped here from Suzi's blog.  A complete list of stops is at the bottom of this post.  Make sure you visit each blog and leave a comment.  Unity is giving away 2 big prize packs.

If you remember back to my Growing in Unity week, I featured Birthday cards all week.  In keeping with that theme, here are 2 new birthday cards, featuring Unity's great background stamps and new die set.

My brother and sister-in-law share a birthday, so it was a great excuse to break out some new toys.  As it so happens, I had a lot of happy mail this week - my Floral Burst (Background of the Month) stamp arrived on Thursday and my Say It Big coordinating die set arrived today - just in the nick of time for this blog hop!  I was excited to use these, as well as the actual Say It Big stamp set for the "happy" and "wishes" and Infinite Birthday Wishes to complete my cards.

Here is a close up of these cards.  I love Unity's background stamps.  They make quick and easy cards.  I only colored a few images from the background stamps to keep the simplicity of the cards.

 Thank you for visiting today.  Don't forget to visit and comment on all the blogs for a chance to win an amazing Unity Stamp Company prize.