Saturday, November 30, 2013

There's ONLY ONE YOU... SMAK Saturday.

Hello friends!
I'm up on the Unity blog today for SMAK Saturday.

I'm usually a card and 3D paper crafts girl... 
I try to always challenge myself to do layouts on these days. :)

Today - 
I made a layout for my sister.
She's 10 years younger than I am, 
and yet - 
she's accomplished so much in her life.
...and I'm so proud of her.

She's got goals.
She's got aspirations.
She's got dreams.

I think it's so beautiful - 
she has this energetic personality that I can't explain.

She takes chances.
Sometimes all too sudden.
Some of which are life changing.
However, she knows what she wants.

She surrounds herself with this postive force that allows her help her reach her ambitions.

..and through all that -
she seems to manage it all,
and comes out ahead.

Stronger and more confident. 

Anyway - here's my layout using last month' SMAK:

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..and that's her :)

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Isn't she beautiful?
Can't you see her positive energy radiating from her face?

I have so much faith in her... 
and whatever she does,
I know she'll always succeed.

There's only one YOU...
only you can have full control over your life.

I hope that she never stops taking those opportunities given to her :)

I love my sister.
So proud of you :)

Hope that you liked my layout!

If you're interested in signing up for these beautiful stamps monthly - 
make sure you get all the info and you can sign up HERE!

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Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Oh, and don't forget to come by on Monday - 
there's going to be lots of fun stuff happening that day!

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Thanks for coming by!
Oh, and don't forget to do the HOP, too!

All starts HERE!
TWO LUCKY WINNERS are chosen tonight!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! Unity Hop

Hello Friends!
Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm so happy that you took a moment of your precious time to do the hop today!

Hope that everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and
I hope that we all take the time to count our blessings.
We all have something to be thankful for.
Since us Canadians have celebrated Thanksgiving last month -
I don't have any related projects today...
However, I'm excited to share with you some other things.

You should be arriving here from Shemaine's blog,
Unlike Unity -
there's nothing really happening today...
but that's how it should be - right?
No releases, no sale...

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There's something for everyone!
Fun ITTY BITTYS - cute lil' STAMPS - and a new FUN KIT!
You're going to love them all!


First up are two cards using the November Kit of the Month.

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Kept it simple. :)
Papers are from Carta Bella Beautiful Moments.

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...and another also using the same kit!

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Using Carta Bella Well Traveled collection.

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The layers add so much interest to this card, I think :)

Now, using the November SMAK.

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I really love this card - 
so simple to make!
Just paper pierced all the circles and created one-sided border - 
just to be different.

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Lastly, but not least is using this week's Stamp of the Week!

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This one...
I concentrated on making layers...
each layer signifying days...
I ripped/distressed the edges to create some texture as well.

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I just love all of these quote stamps!
Unity makes such good choices of sentiments, don't they?

That's it!
Won't hold you up for long - 

Two lucky winners chosen Saturday!

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Thanks for coming by!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Very Merry Miniature Christmas Tree - SVG Cuts project.

Hello friends!
I'm excited to share with you my latest SVG Cuts project today!

For those of you that have been following me for a long time -
you'll notice that this idea was shared in the past - way back in 2010.
However - I updated the project - new papers, and some files -
to have a bit more of a current look,
and better photos, too!

For those of you that love Christmas trees -
you're gonna love this one!

It's a miniature Christmas tree!

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So pretty, right?

It is a perfect size to set it by your bedside,
or your craft table,
or for those with small spaces that they don't have a place for a big tree.

Even better - this is a perfect way to celebrate for those
having to spend Christmases away from home.

The tree base is made by cutting same six pieces, 
vertically folding it and gluing the sides together.

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The star is made using the same techinique as my latest Wizard of Oz card (last post).
I made two of these - for the front and back, so it actually looks like a 3D embellishment!
A toothpick as inserted at the bottom to insert it into the tree!
Yep - it's totally like trimming a real tree!

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The rest is totally up to you!
I decorated with a garland and ribbonslights, trims...
and of course ornaments!

I accented the lights with glossy accents to give a bit of shine!

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You can adhere the items that wraps around onto each part of the tree where it joins,
and I adhered the ornament directly on the tree by using foam tape to bring them out a bit.

This below is the cutest part!

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Adding presents at the bottom!
Basically, you can simply wrap little boxes,
but to add a bit more fun,
I used various SVG Cuts bags and boxes files.
Then I added some twine and ribbons to dress it up!

The tree skirt is a simple doily, but it adds, too!

I hope that you liked the project today - 
and if you're interested in making this,
you will need:

1.   Comet`s CandyLand SVG Collection (tree and lights)
4.   Doilies SVGCollection (tree skirt)

and then just head on over to SVG Cuts blog for details on how to make this!

Oh, and don't forget to pick up the latest SVG Cuts kit!
It's probably going to be the best advent calendar that you will ever own!

That's it!
Thanks for coming by!
Have a beautiful crafty day! :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reflection calendar - Unity DT Tuesday

Hello all!

For this post -
as the year almost comes to an end -
I look back.

I'm reflecting...
all the things that have happened in the past year.
Good things, not so good things...
but all meant to be.

...and want to share these two quotes with you.

So, I thought something that would allow me to 'reflect' back on the year would be appropriate...

It's a little canvas/burlap wall hang with 12 'memories' representing each month.

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I took some time to write down all the things that happened in that month,
and it helped me organize my thoughts -
how did I handle that?
Could I have done it better?
Did I appreciate the experiences that were given to me?
What would I want to change in 2014?

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Stamps Used:
SMAK  (Nov 2013)

I had a lot of fun making it, 
and definitely would consider making it for next year as well!

That's it for today!
Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Everything is... WONDERFUL. - Stamp of the Week

Hello All!
Happy Sunday!

I am so excited to share the new stamp of the week with you today and what I did with it!
If you are new to Unity Stamp Company -
there's a membership that you can sign up and get a stamp and a sentiment sent to your door EVERY WEEK!
If you're interested - click HERE for more info!

So - ready to see the new stamp of the week?

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I love this image!
There's actually quite a bit you can do with this image!
You can just stamp and color it -
or you can stamp, emboss and color the inside.
You can also stamp on already sprayed/textured/patterened paper
and you can fussy cut it.
If you are really patient -
you can even cut this flower in several layer to achieve dimension.

The last is what I exactly did - 
and inked the sides and 
  I also curled up the petals to make it a bit more realistic, too.

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Although I made three of these flowers,
I think putting them on the white background kept it clean.
It did need something at the bottom though -
so I added some moss green jute twine as a stem.

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I also added some little beads to the inside of these flowers, 
just to give it some texture.

That's it!
Hope that you liked my card today, 
and if you're interested - 
you should go check out the Unity blog, too!
It's so fun to see more inspirationi from other design team members
using the same stamp!

Have a great Sunday! :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Yummy LOVE Straw Toppers - Sweet Stamp Shop Guest Designer post

Hello again!
(if you're looking for the UNITY HOP - click HERE)

I'm back showing you ANOTHER project made with
Alyssa Lea Designs YUMMY LOVE stamps
that got released yesterday over at Sweet Stamp Shop.

Today - I'm sharing some CAUUTE straw toppers!
Wouldn't your kids love them if you served some smoothie with these?
They are going to think they've got the coolest mom EVER!

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So fun to have them in different colors, too!

I managed to find some matching twine, buttons, and straws for each of the fruits!
I used the Lifestyle Crafts Straw Topper Die to create these -
so it was easy peasy!

I also got those 'cuttable' thin cork sheets and they are awesome!

Anyway - here are more pics of each upclose!

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Aren't they so cute?

Click here to see the product in store.
Did I mention they have matching SVGs for the stamps, too?
She also have matching Lemon Lime Digi as well - go see!

Sweet Stamp Shop has all the new releases at 20% off with code: NRN20.
Click here to check out the other sets!

Think that's it!
I hope that you like these stamps as much as I do!

Alyssa (the illustrator/designer) is an amazing  - 
and she is gonna wow you with the upcoming release!

Thanks Alyssa for allowing me to be a part of your exciting new journey!
Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

... I AM WOMAN - Unity HOP

(If you're looking for Sweet Stamp Shop post - click HERE)

Hello All!
It's another hoppin' day over at Unity!
You should be arriving from Lisa's blog -
and here's a list for your reference!

Thienly Azim - that's me!

A few things happening today -
1. NEW Sentiment kit
3. NEW Snow Peeps (4 sets!)
4. ... and of course SALE (and $1 from each sale goes to Phillipines)

(Yes, I know that!)
...and I'm a strong woman.

I was so inspired by these fabulous quotes Erin had made -
(oooh, Erin just gave birth last week to a precious boy - 
and apparently he's a mama's boy already!
Congrats girl!)

... and made FOUR things from this kit to share today!

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This kit is on sale for $12 for the month,
and then it goes up to $26 - 
so get yours now!

My first card I'm about to share with ya, I must say, is my favorite!
I was inspired straight from the movie -

'You've always had the power my dear,
You just had to learn it for yourself.'
- Glinda, Wizard of Oz

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and it's actually a witch leg one, but hey - 
totally worked!

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Hope you like this as much as I do!

The next up is a vintage wall hang...

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Thought that it would be a neat twist to have a brick paper as a CAMEO background.
Subtle, but think it works!

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Moving along to the next one - 
another one of my faves!

Here's to strong women.
May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

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... and I think that these SILHOUETTES just speaks for itself!

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I added a couple of little Maya Road flowers to give it dimension and focus.

Lastly but not least...
I made a card to go with the new {be inspired} challenge.

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Be inspired by these color palettes!
Be inspired by these sketches!
It can be either or both!
The only rule is to use Unity stamps!

So... here's my take on the challenge - 
both using the colors and the sketch!

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I made this adorable SUPER BEAR
in the lovely inspiration colors!

I used Stars of Worn as a background, 
and embossed in Pewter to add in that color.

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You can see I used some foam adhesive to bring out the pieces 
and it looks super cool in person!

So... one other BIG RELEASE is the SNOW PEEPS... 
and I unfortunately didn't have time to make them!
(but you will see a sample next on Renee's blog!)

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...and lastly but not least - 
is the SALE!

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Do you see?
You can help out those victims from the Phillippines tragedy - 
by shopping at Unity!
This is for a great cause and I hope that you'll help out!

Oooh, and don't forget to leave some love here..
this week's hop prize is...

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Okay, think I've got everything!
I'm now sending you off to our talented Renee!


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