Friday, February 22, 2013

Helmar February Challenge using Heidi Swapp Memory File

Hi everyone!
Did you know Helmar has a challenge EVERY single month and YOU have a chance to win an awesome prize package? Yep, this month we have an awesome sketch challenge and I wanted to put it into action with this new memory file folder I got in my Heidi Swapp warehouse package. I had never used them before but I can tell you right now, I want some more! Mine were the bare kind so I covered it with some Heidi Swapp papers and almost everything you see on my project is Heidi Swapp/Pink Paislee supplies and of course it is all held together using my favorite adhesives in the world: Helmar Premium Craft Glue and Helmar 450 Quick Dry!!
Here is the Helmar February Sketch:
Here you can see the inside of my memory file folder and how I used the sketch to display the ultrasound of our 4th baby due in June! We recently found out we're having another boy and I knew I wanted to create a keepsake with his pictures as well as some journaling to remember the day. This was no ordinary ultrasound - my husband lost his job 2 weeks before Christmas and we have been fighting for our cobra coverage ever since. His company was supposed to be paying for the first 2 months of coverage which was running out on February 8th. On February 5th, determined to get this ultrasound as I was already 23 weeks and after about 24 weeks it's a lot harder gets bigger to get all the measurments, etc. as the baby grows and honestly, I just wanted to know everything was ok with our baby.

After hours on the phone, I finally had insurance for 3 days and the only time they had available for an ultrasound was THAT day an hour from my phone call and the place was 45 mins away. LOL This mama was determined so I quickly called my mom to watch our other kiddos and rushed to the appointment. Since I had no way of getting in touch with hubby and I knew he wouldn't be able to come anyway (first time we'd have this ultrasound without being together) I grabbed a note card for the tech to write down the gender of the baby so we could all find out together as a family later that night. I kept that as well and tucked it into a little pocket on the opposite side of the memory folder.

I honestly couldn't believe it as our oldest opened the envelope and read what was on the notecard! I immediately burst into tears of joy as I really had hoped to give our son a little brother. I just know how special that is seeing the special sister bond between our 2  girls. It didn't take long for my hubby to start planning future boys vs. girls water balloon fights and other fun ideas now that as he says "we're even!" He was pretty outnumbered there for a little while. *giggle* We feel incredibly blessed right now and I'm pretty excited to meet this little guy in about 15 weeks or so when he decides it's time!!! Until then though, now that I'm finally feeling normal (I had a rough 1st and 2nd trimester with morning sickness - worst I'd experienced in all 4 pregnancies!) I'm just enjoying these last couple of months together, feeling him jump, kick and get the hiccups!

These ultrasound pictures never cease to amaze me! I loved seeing our little one bouncing around inside me as I was feeling him. In this picture you can clearly see his profile, a little hand above his head (he really likes that position) and his leg. The ultrasound tech kept saying our little guy has some really long legs! LOL Not surprising as my hubby is well over 6 ft tall. ;)

I just wanted to share a close up of how I used the February Helmar Sketch Challenge. I hope you will play along - you can check out all the details HERE!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chalk Art with Unity Stamp Co!

Hi everyone!!

Have you seen or heard about Chalk Art?! It's pretty much catching on in the craft world and I've seem some of the original chalk art that just blows my mind!! I've always admired beautiful lettering and it takes that to a whole new level! Well, thankfully, for someone like me, I don't have to brush up on my (non existant) lettering skills because you can achieve gorgeous chalk art like effects with your STAMPS!!! Here are a couple of my first attempts using stamps from Everyday Fairytale {KOM 12/12} & All Hearts and Love {KOM 1/13} 

Isn't it fun?! This one is my favorite - it is fun to add pops of color with colored pencils in this technique. I'm working on a video that will be ready next week on the two different techniques I used to get these cards so be sure to subscribe to UnityTV so you don't miss them or anything else!!
And now there is a LOT to go over that you DO NOT want to miss at Unity Stamp Co so be sure to check it ALL out:
NEW Exclusive Wood Mounted Stamps - SPECIALLY Engraved for Collector's!
St. Patty's RELEASE!
Take a peek at ALL THESE on the WEBSITE right HERE.
TWO new ANGIgirl Friends!
These girls are ADORABLE and will be RELEASING on a Monthly BASIS!
Watch for the NEXT RELEASE on March 7th!
Get THESE 2 NEW girls in the meantime!
$10 all weekend long!
We also have NEW RELEASES from Donna Downey!
NEW Donna Downey Stamps are not available at a discounted rate from Unity.
You will also find these in STORES near YOU! :)
Here is the MOST fun part of the weekend if you are a Kit of the Month or SMAK Member!

YOU GET ALL past Kits for ONLY $18.
and if you are not a MEMBER YET...
YOU can SIGN UP TODAY and also be approved to buy the PAST KITS for $18!

It is EASY to SIGN UP - and you MUST do that FIRST.

Once we see NEW SIGN UPS we will go approve you to shop for PAST KITS!

Sorry we cannot combine your MEMBERSHIP SIGN UP Kit and your PAST KITS ORDER.

You MUST do this as TWO SEPARATE transactions and you MUST pay shipping for BOTH TRANSACTIONS.

Thank you in advance for your understanding with this process.

Here are your LINKS!


PAST Kits of the MONTH



Enjoy taking a peek at all of the kits!
THERE are SO MANY all the way back to 2011!

2008, 2009, 2010 RETIRED!
{if you are a member we will bring these back once in awhile on nostalgic thursdays at unity!}
Phew, so now it's time to check out Eryn's Blog - thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT Thursday!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hip Hop Thursday with Unity Stamp Co!!!

Hi everyone!
This week we've got LOVE on our mind so I hope you enjoy our Valentine Themed Hip Hop! I am trying to make Valentines for my whole family which is really easy to do with the January Kit of the Month and this cute stamp from this weeks Stamp of the Week. I love Kraft with red and pink so that's what you'll see in both of my cards. Don't forget to leave comments along the way as we'll choose THREE random winners announced on Saturday!
(you can still get yours through Saturday!)

I hope you enjoyed my projects today! Have you heard??!? NEW at Unity! Limited Edition WOOD ENGRAVED Unity Stamps. You can read all about these little beauties HERE on the Unity Website - are you a collector? GET YOURS FAST! :)
Now it's time to hop on over to Eryn Hannig's blog - I bet she has something super sweet waiting for you!! Have I mentioned how much I love this chica?!
Thanks for stopping by today!