Friday, March 27, 2015

You Color My World


Happy Friends with Flair Friday!!!  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  Mine, well let's just say I am glad it's coming to a close and hope the upcoming week brings better health and holds an abundance of pain-free, productive days.  I have been praying for it, so I know it is just around the corner...simply have to be patient. :)


Since I haven't been feeling very cheerful, I thought I would attempt to create a cheerful card.  I used the same Unity stamp set from last Friday--You Color My World from Unity's Itty Bitty Collection.  For an itty bitty, it has loads of creative possibilities.  I absolutely love this stamp set!  I have another idea in the works...hope it comes together like I am planning.  We shall see...


I was going for a carefree, childlike card...with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...something simple and fun. Mistakes?  No worries; children don't get too caught up in that.  It is simply all about the joy of creating.  Glad I was in that mode of thinking, because this card had more than its share of oopsies.  Originally, the rainbow was going to be colored with crayons; but to my surprise and dismay, I have no crayons...I know...the horror!  Then, I opted for watercolor pencils...quick and easy, especially with shading...unfortunately, I pulled from the wrong jar and grabbed a color pencil instead...oops!  Too late to turn back now.  Then, to top it all off, I personally think it would have come out better had I used a larger card base...that way it wouldn't look so busy or cluttered.  I feel like there is too much going on for such a small space.  What do you think?  Think this may be a do over.  Hmmm...


Well, I will not bore you to tears with my blabber.  Thank you for dropping by, for all the encouragement you provide, and for your sweet comments.  I do appreciate it, as I know how busy lives are.  Have a wonderful Friday and a glorious weekend!!  :)

Smiles and Blessings,
Carolyn

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hanging with some "Friends with Flair"

Stamp Set: You Color My World from Unity Stamp Co.
Hello.  Did the mad dash to create a card for today's Friends with Flair at Unity. I love Fridays!! I especially love being able to meet so many wonderfully talented artists. They provide me with a great deal of inspiration, and I very much look forward to seeing their creations.  

Stamp Set: You Color My World from Unity Stamp Co.
Today's card features the sentiment stamp from Unity's itty bitty collection called You Color My World.  Yes.  It is an extremely simple card.  I simply grabbed one of my heart nesties and used a paper piercer to punch holes around it...trying my best to keep the holes symmetrical.  Then, I added brads to the holes.  Since I hoarded collected brads in a wide variety of colors when I first discovered paper crafting...back when brads were "all the rage"...and have loads of them in my stash, I thought it was high time for me to finally put them to good use.  Not very chic or trendy, but it allows me to use what I have.  Up side?  I am doing exactly what I set out to do since rediscovering this hobby...enjoying and appreciating what I have and not spending money until the items I have are used up. (: Winning!! :)  Yes, I am proud of myself for sticking to my guns and using what I have before buying new crafty stuff...unless it's Unity rubbah of course. ;)

Stamp Set: You Color My World from Unity Stamp Co.
I am also going to enter this card into Anya, Oddies, and Others: Anything Goes for March.  If you haven't been by their wonderful blog, you should pop on by, you won't be disappointed.  They have some lovely Unity inspiration, as well as beauties from other fabby stamp companies.  You should add your Unity creations and play along! Well, I am heading out of here.  I hope you have a great Friday and an awesome weekend!  Thank you for dropping by.  I do appreciate it! :)

Hugs and Smiles,
Carolyn

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mean Girl?

That Sucks from Unity Stamp Co.
Not at all!  Silly girl?  Definitely!  I simply love to laugh, and I am immensely blessed with friends who enjoy laughing too...and refuse to take me too seriously.  Therefore, when I saw this stamp on the Unity site, I absolutely had to add it to my rubbah collection!  The set is called "That Sucks" and contains four sentiments.  As you can see, for my card, I chose to use the sentiment "You Suck"...and I know it sounds mean, but I created a computer-generated sentiment for the interior that says: ...the ugliness right out of my life.  See...not mean at all. :)

That Sucks from Unity Stamp Co.
Both cards were created for Unity's Friends with Flair that takes place every Friday.  This gives the fans of Unity an opportunity to meet other fans, to share their love for creativity, and to showcase the Unity stamps they love. I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful and talented ladies through Friends with Flair. :)  Now, I look forward to participating each week.  If you don't already play along, I would encourage you to *pop* on by the Unity blog and enter your Unity creation.  I promise...you will not regret it! 

Interior sentiment

I am also going to enter this card into Anya, Oddies, and Others: Anything Goes for March.  Thank you, Melissa for the invite!!  Now that I know about this amazing inspiration blog, I will definitely be playing along with all of you! :)  Did you know...they even have a separate page dedicated specifically to Unity?  How perfect is that?  

On that positive note, I will bid you adieu.  I hope you have an awesome day!  Thank you so very much for dropping by!

Smiles and Hugs,
Carolyn 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Laugh. Smile. Live.

Far Better Things Ahead Grab Bag from Unity Stamp Co.
Happy Tuesday!!!  Just a quick post to sneak my second entry into the Unity {be inspired} Challenge.  My first card focused on the lovely color palette, but today's card was inspired by their fabulous sketch.

Far Better Things Ahead Grab Bag from Unity Stamp Co.
I stuck with the inspiration colors...actually I used the scraps from the first card to make this one.  :)  I love putting my scraps to use...this way nothing gets wasted...I don't know about you, but seeing things go to waste hurts my feelings.

Far Better Things Ahead Grab Bag from Unity Stamp Co.
The eyelet lace and the ribbon were tea-dyed to coordinate better with the kraft card stock.  I must say, I was happy with the way they turned out. :)

Far Better Things Ahead Grab Bag from Unity Stamp Co.
Now, I have to get ready for today's appointment.  Happy I have paper crafting and my Unity friends to help me get my mind off things.  Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!!

Far Better Things Ahead Grab Bag from Unity Stamp Co.
Smiles and Hugs!
Carolyn

Friday, March 6, 2015

{Naughty} Peas?


{Naughty} Peas, Peas, Peas by Lisa Arana from Unity Stamp Co.

Happy Friday!!  Time for another Friends with Flair at the Unity blog.  :)  I had another doctor's appointment today, so I am getting my post up later than I had planned.  Still, better late than never...right?  As you can see, I felt a bit "naughty" today...probably because I am sick of visiting doctors.  I know it is necessary, but I always dread it.  Hopefully, I will have some answers soon, and I can go back to my usual life.  Until then, I need to find ways to release my negativity in a positive way...and some of the awesome Unity stamps allow me to do just that.  They may seem "naughty," but they are intended to put a smile on the recipients' faces...also one on the giver. ;)  I hope this card does not offend anyone.  If it does, I apologize...just my immature sense of humor. 

{Naughty} Peas, Peas, Peas by Lisa Arana from Unity Stamp Co.

Above, a snippet of the sentiment from the card's interior.  See...nothing mean. :)

{Naughty} Peas, Peas, Peas by Lisa Arana from Unity Stamp Co.

In case you are not one to use such language, there are two sets featuring these adorable peas...one that is {naughty} and one that is {nice}.  In my opinion, they are both fabulous!!

{Naughty} Peas, Peas, Peas

http://www.unitystampco.com/shop/peas-peas-peas-clean/
{Nice} Peas, Peas, Peas

Well, I am outta here.  Thank you so very much for dropping by.  I hope you have an awesome weekend; and for those of you stuck with cold weather, I hope the sunshine and warmer weather decide to visit you over the next few days.  It is rather cold in North Carolina, but nothing as bad as what many of you are experiencing.  So, here's to sunshine!!  I think we are all ready for springtime! 

Smiles and Hugs!
Carolyn 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Best Friends = the Best Time!

Your Heart and My Heart from Unity Stamp Co.
Hello!  I hope your day is going fabulously!  Here in N.C., it is cold and dreary...unlike the past two days that spoiled me with warmth and sunshine.  Now, I am forced to step back into reality; after all, it isn't springtime yet.  Still, an old gal can dream....right?  Hopefully, as some of us "spring forward" on Sunday, the warmer weather and sunshine will be just around the corner. :)  Attempting to remain optimistic...because the older I get, the less my body enjoys the cold, dreary days of winter.  Sorry, I digress...

Your Heart and My Heart from Unity Stamp Co.
Today, I have a card that was inspired by the current Unity {be inspired} Challenge.  They have offered up a lovely color combination, which softly whispers "springtime." 


http://www.theunitystampco-challenge.blogspot.com/2015/02/unity-be-inspired-challenge-feb-12-mar.html

Isn't it beautiful?!?  I thought so, which is why I simply had to play.  For me, the first thing that came to mind was DCWV's Linen Closet papers and card stock.  The colors coordinate perfectly with the inspiration piece...and I don't know about you, but I love being able to find all the papers I need in one handy place.  It is an older set of coordinating papers, but I am a notorious pretty paper hoarder...it was once my absolute weakness!  Since I have found my way back to paper crafting, I refuse to purchase any more paper until what I have is used up.  Trying my very best to not break that rule...and the struggle continues...although, I am proud to say that I haven't cracked yet!  I do believe, JoAnn's still carries this beautiful paper, and it should be available somewhere online.  As for the stamp, it is from the Your Heart and My Heart Grab Bag at Unity and it contains five fabulous sentiments.  I love this set!   

Your Heart and My Heart from Unity Stamp Co.
Well, that about does it for me.  I have an appointment to go to, and I am dragging my heels.  I hope your day is a spectacular one; and if you have a chance to play, pop on by the Unity blog and check out the challenge.  There are three to choose from...color combo...card sketch...and scrapbook sketch.  Also, you have until March 11th to get your creation in for this particular challenge.  Another plus?  You get to meet some amazing crafters!  Of course, don't just take my word for it...come on by and get inky with the rest us. :)

Smiles and hugs,
Carolyn