Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Happy Birthday to the sweetest, kindest, most beautiful (inside and out) 17 year old in the world...Yes, I am lucky!!

Not only is it Rachel's birthday today but she has what, so far in her life, are the most exciting things coming up this week! I am so happy and exited for her...it's a good week to be Rachel Mayo!


I made her card for her with Birthday Chic by Unity Stamp Co. because when I got this kit she loved it and even though she doesn't stamp she always says that Unity Stamps are the "hottest" and "trendiest" stamps out there and she loves it when new stamps come to the house and she can inspect them for "hottness"!! 17 year olds know this stuff, you know!

Thanks for stopping by today!!
I hope you have a fabulous day!!
See you tomorrow with something NEW!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Flowers

It's Monday and we are cutting flowers today!!

The Monday chicks challenge is to have hand-cut flowers on our cards, which meant any flowers not punched out but cut out:)

I chose the new kit from Unity called Floral Friends for my card:

It may not look it but this card is different for me. I am just a standard size cardmaker, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 for me...all the time, so when I had this piece of red cardstock that wasnt quite long enough for a standard sized card I was very proud of myself for using it...not too wild but kind of wild for me ;)

All ink and paper are from Stampin' Up!
I added a little blueish glitter to the flowers to sass them up a bit!

Be sure to check out ALL of the Monday girls cards:
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Unity Inspirational Blog Hop!!

Today is the Unity World Record Inspirational Blog Hop, with over 200 blogs to hop to!


You should start at the Unity Stamp Co. blog and follow the links to the end, it will be well worth it to see all the beautiful creations along the way!

This card uses Floral Friends:

An inspirational quote from you to me:

It's gonna be another flip flop summer
Kick off your shoes, and call up your lover
Say hey baby, the winter is over...
~Kenny Chesney, "Flip Flop Summer"

NEXT STOP ON THE BLOG HOP.....JENN AT DOUBLE N DESIGNS

Try Your Luck In VEGAS Baby!!

Today is the 1st VSN Mini over on SCS!!
We are taking you to some of the fabulous casinos of Las Vegas!!

The challenges are from 10:00am EDT - 12:00pm EDT and 7:00pm EDT - 9:00pm EDT!!

We are working a morning and an evening shift so come anytime you can!!

This is the sneak peek of my challenge....wonder what casino in Vegas I am representing?????

My challenge kicks the party off at 10:00am so don't be late!!

I used Wild and Crazy Bunch and the March Kit of The Month "Simple Life" for this card, that journaling box just worked perfect for a little monkey cage don't you think????

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Fun Challenge #25

It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell I am excited??
Today Sara is our challenge hostess and she sent us this book cover as inspiration:


And here is my card that I made using Feel the Joy from Unity Stamp Company:


Supplies are all Stampin' Up! The designer paper is the new Walk in the Park paper in the upcoming Spring Mini catalog (some peeps asked).

Check out the rest of the teams cards here:
Kim
Kimme
Sherry
Sara


Here are a few pictures of the WELL DESERVED night out that I had with Sherry, my sister Molly and my sister in law Katherine (filling in for the slacker Tiffany that cancelled on us...she'll be sorry when she hears about the fun we had!)!!

Oh, please don't drool on your keyboard...that can get messy;)





Me and Molly....Sherry and Katherine...that is the smoke from the fondue pots...kinda cool, huh?



Thanks for stopping by and sharing my fun night with me...I feel like a new woman today!!

Don't forget that tomorrow is the World's Largest Blog Hop, over 200 blogs all with Unity and inspiration on them. It starts at the Unity Stamp Company blog and just keeps going!! It's going to be amazing!

Also tomorrow is the BIG kick-off for VSN over on SCS!! Viva Las VSN....Come and try your luck at some of the biggest casinos in Vegas with us, starting at 10:00 EDT. Check out THIS thread for all the information!!
See you there!!!!



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hip Hop to May Day!

Hi everyone!!!!!
Glad you joined me today! If you havent started at the Unity Stamp Company blog you really NEED to! That's the beginning of the blog hop and the place to find out about all the great Unity specials for today!!

Today we are celebrating May Day a day to celebrate our friends!!

Let me tell you about my best friend...I am thinking a lot of you know her pretty well and already know how fabulous and sweet and beautiful she is but I am going to tell you again!

My best friend Sherry is the kind of person that ALWAYS knows when I am down and need to be cheered up and always knows what to do...just this week I got a gorgeous card in the mail from her...and we live 2 miles apart...but she knows I am having a hard time and needed to smile and knew just what to do! I'm pretty lucky huh?
And since Sherry knows that this week has been a bad one for me but also had some of the best things happen....all in the same week....mind boggling.....she would say "Jimmi, don't stress out over making a card, just relax!" because she loves me like that and she KNOWS me.

So, I sat for HOURS this week at my stamping table and stared at paper, ink, ribbon, stamps, buttons and couldn't make my mind relax. I even woke up 1 whole hour early today before I had to go to work and sat at the same table staring at paper, ink, ribbon, stamps, buttons....

So I only have one 90% completed project to show you today...but my best friend Sherry would totally understand and we would go to The Melting Pot tonight and drink some fancy drinks and eat and take our minds off of our problems...which is exactly what we are doing tonight!!

That's how these best friends roll.

Since May Day is all about giving your friends pretty May Day baskets full of flowers BUT my best friend loves butterflies...I made her this butterfly basket which if it had been a "normal" week would have some flowers in it and candy and be totally adorable ;)

I used Butterfly Beauty. The butterflies are covered in Crystal Effects and soooo shiny!

And this would be a completed card for Sherry.........

On which I was using the brand new adorable kit FLORAL FRIENDS that I have been dying to use...and then this week happened, but there is always next week right??

Now hop over to BROOKE'S blog where I am sure you will find projects totally gorgeous and 100% completed for your viewing pleasure!!

AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE HUGEST MOST GINORMOUS BLOG HOP EVER THIS SATURDAY!! IT'S GOING TO BE SO AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL, YOU WONT WANT TO MISS OUT!


Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday Birthday!

It's Monday again!! (those are pretend exclamation points...this is a rough Monday)
So you know what that means!

Time for another challenge with the Monday Unity Chickadees!

This week we are making birthday invites for kids birthdays.

I went with what I know best, pre-teen/teen birthday invites.
I think that any 10-15 year old girl would think this is an adorable and stylish invite for her birthday:


Had I been thinking ahead of the idea...I would have printed some text on the polka-dotted layer....but the idea came and I didn't have time to make that decision...you know how that is, right?

I used Birthday Chic on my card and had almost forgotten that I LOVE this Unity kit, it's so perfect!
All of the cardstock, ink and ribbon is from Stampin' Up!

Be sure to check out ALL of the Monday girls cards:
AJ
Brooke
Jennifer
Maren
Amber
Jeanne

I wanted to leave you with something to make you smile and laugh this Monday!
We were watching Step It Up 2 yesterday when my neice was at the house and she loved the movie and loves to dance so I took a little video of her...well she didnt know it was a video and you'll see that at the end...it's SO cute!

video

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

WSC73 and Photo Tag!

I saw the Weekend Sketch Challenge last night and had to play!

I used the March Unity Kit of the Month for this card and I must say....I LOVE this card, I think it's so cute and fun :) I hope you like it too!


Jenn tagged me on her blog HERE for game of Photo Tag...very BRAVE game for me to play...you'll see why.

Here are the rules:
•Open your photo folder on your computer
•Open the 6th folder of photos
•Select the 6th picture
•Post the picture on your blog with a description
•Invite six friends to join the challenge
•Link your six friends to your blog post

This is a brave game for me because the 6th pics folder on my computer is titled "Delete" and has all the crappy pics in it that I don't want people to see...but I was honest and I am posting it...this is the 6th pic in the 6th folder on my computer:
Thats me, my sister Amanda and my mom in the back of the car. We were on our way to Ft. Lauderdale this past January to see Rod Stewart and it was a fun trip...just not such a great self portrait of us...but a fun day to remember!
I want to tag the following 6 friends:



Thanks for stopping by!!
Oh here's a sale for you.......that you will LOVE!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Fun Prettiness!!

1st of all...did y'all watch Grey's last night?? I cried like a baby...honestly, I had to put my head on Mike's lap and just cry and cry....and I don't cry!! Wow, very emotional.
Ok, back to business...
It's week #24 for the Friday Fun Challenges!

This week Sherry is our hostess and told us to choose from a page of New York & Company outfits. I wonder if Sherry knew that my favorite TV show (All My Children) is featuring New York & Company on it all week, too! All week all the girls have been wearing NY&Co. outfits and carrying around NY&Co. bags...everyday everything I wear is from NY&Co. so it's definitely been a week full of my favorite things, lol!

Here is the pretty skirt that inspired me and if I was a skirt wearer I would buy this tonight!
I am going to look for that zebra striped bracelet this weekend;)

I used the Unity Stamp Company March Kit of the Month called Simple Life on my card and some BEAUTIFUL Cosmo Cricket paper (thanks again Maren!).

I just love the pop of orange on the skirt and tried to do that here with the paper and the ribbon.
This week we have a new team member, Kimme!! I am so glad she joined us and you will be too!!

So check out the rest of the teams cards here:

Kim
Kimme
Sherry
Sara

This card also works for my Hip Hop hangover this week;)

See you soon!!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hip Hop Into Spring!!

I am so EGG-static that you are here for Hip Hop today!!

Make sure you start your Hip Hop day at the Unity Stamp Co. blog to see all the specials for today and where to start the Hop...because at the end there is a TREAT!

Today we are celebrating Spring, Easter and all the fun that goes with it!

My 1st card uses the March Kit of the Month...Simple Life and some gorgeous Cosmo Cricket (thanks Maren!) from the Ever After line. I used the SCS Sketch Challenge for the layout. Did you know that you can win fabulous Unity stamps for playing the SCS Challenges?
Just post a link to your challenge card here and you are in the running! There is a new thread every week so enter every week if you can!!

This card again uses some gorgeous Cosmo Cricket paper and the new kit Love Ewe, isn't it adorable??
Now it's time to Hop on over to Laura's fabulous blog!!
Don't forget to join us in the Unity SCS Hip Hop Forum for prizes, friendship and FUN!
Have an EGG-cellent day!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Love Is In The Air Excitement!

There is some excitement on the Papercrafts blog and the Moxie Fab World blog about the upcoming release of Stamp It Cards magazine!

Starting today there are some fabulous giveaways!
(having camera issues again...idk what to do, sorry)


I used Love is in the Air on my card today!!

I used the CCEE Stampers Sketch Challenge for the layout of my card.

On a non-stamping note, Rachel was in her 1st runway/fashion show on Saturday night, it was so exciting and we were so proud of her...getting to do something she has dreamed of since she was about 8 years old...BIG things are coming her way!!

Here she is backstage before the show with her aunt Katherine:
Striking a pose...SO GROWN-UP!!
She had 5 outfits to wear, this was my favorite:



After the show with daddy:

Thanks for sharing this big adventure with me!!
And thanks for stopping by today!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's Friday Fun Time!

We are back with a Friday Fun Challenge.


This week we are using the colors found HERE as our inspiration.

These were not the easiest colors to match...this is the best I could do:

I used the March Kit of the Month from Unity SIMPLE LIFE for my card. LOVE this kit, may be my favorite one ever...but I say that every month....
I also used the Just Polka Dots background stamp.


Check out the Friday Fun girls cards here:

Sherry - Stamping When I'm Not Working - not home from AZ yet....

Kim - Papertastic Creations

Sara - Expressions of a Creative Mind

Kath - Blame it on the Mojo


This weeks keyword is FFC24 if you'd like to play along!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's A Hip Hop Rewind

Woohoo, it's Thursday!! The best day of the week!

First of all, make sure you start your Hip Hop journey at the Unity Stamp Co. blog where you will find ALL that is important about today's Hip Hop...all the specials and announcements, all the GOOD stuff!

This week we are focusing on some of the older, classic Unity Stamp Co. kits!

I was in a hurry because my mom is here from FL and my brother-in-law's having surgery today...just needed to hurry, you know how that is sometimes so I took a "simple" approach to my cards today.


I have 2 cards using Gratitude=Joy to show you!


The paper I used is by Basic Grey, called Marrakech and I put some pretty pearls on the flowers just to fancy them up a bit. This is my 1st time playing with pearls and I think I am in love!

Be sure to come and hang out with us in the Unity SCS Hip Hop Forum for chatting and prizes!

Now HOP over to Patter's blog to see what FANTABULOUSNESS she has for you today!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Rose Butterfly

I made this card for SCS Color Challenge #209 and for my BEST friend who lost her mother recently. She loves butterflies so I hope this card will make her smile.

I used the February Unity Kit of the Month for this card.
If you purchase the March Kit of the Month you will recieve a coupon for $15.00 off any past Kit of the Month, so you could get it and get it with a coupon!
Plus
The folks at COSMO CRICKET have been so KIND AND WONDERFUL to send a SPECIAL, SPECIAL Treat with ALL of the Kit of the Month Memberships for MARCH!

Yep! You got it! If you are a CURRENT MEMBER or if you SIGN UP IN MARCH you will be getting an EXTRA little goodie from COSMO in with your Kit this month!
Tomorrow is Thursday and you know what that means..........HIP HOP!!
See you then!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Payton's 1st Birthday & a KOTM Special for You!

Yesterday was my niece Payton's 1st birthday! We are SO lucky that they are here form Italy so we could celebrate together!!

Here's Payton and her daddy eating her dinner of Chicken Parmesan, ceasar salad and bread all cooked by my sister (thanks!!).


The little Barbie cake before Payton got a hold of it:


Payton, mommy and sissy blowing out the candles:


Payton and daddy with the loudest balloon in the world....lol:


After cake:


Mike and Molly:

And now your reward for looking at my family pictures:

Unity is running a Kit of the Month SPECIAL this Month of March.
SIGN UP FOR Unity's Kit of the Month HERE
....and
YOU GET
A COUPON CODE GOOD FOR $15 off the purchase of a PAST Kit of the Month
PLUS
The peeps at COSMO CRICKET have been so KIND AND WONDERFUL to send a SPECIAL, SPECIAL Treat with ALL of the Kit of the Month Memberships for MARCH!
Yep! You got it! If you are a CURRENT MEMBER or if you SIGN UP IN MARCH you will be getting an EXTRA little goodie from COSMO in with your Kit this month!
I'll be back with some stamping someday when I have time away from playing with my adorable nieces!!