Monday, May 31, 2010

Ever so Happy...THANK YOU!

Happy Monday! To those of you in the US, Happy Memorial Day and my most sincere gratitude to all our service men and women who have served and are currently serving.

I also want to extend my gratitude to Angela for giving me the opportunity to be Unity's April and May guest designer. This has been an amazing opportunity, one I will cherish forever. I've always had so much admiration for everything she has created with Unity, and that admiration has only grown after this experience. Angela I congratulate you on all that you've accomplished and on bringing together an amazing group of ladies who are so supportive one another, of your company, and of all things Unity...what an beautiful extended family you have!

AJ ~ you are an fabulous design team coordinator and it's become evident to me why Angela has entrusted you with this role...thanks for all AJ!

To the rest of the team~ THANK YOU so much for making me feel so welcomed and for sharing your amazing talent with all of us. I feel so honored to have been able to join you on this extraordinary ride you are all on.

As I was getting ready to design the card for this post, I was trying to figure out how I could capture this wonderful experience and the word Happy kept coming to mind and so I put this card together.



The image is from May's Kit of the Month, {a little happy}. I just love how fun this image is and how much of a message it delivers. It can be used for so many occasions, and can be left simple or you can adorn as much as you'd like. I decided to add a little bling to it and along with bit of ribbon, some designer paper, as easy as that, the card was done.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and looking forward to chatting with you in blog land and over at the Unity Forum.

Hugs & Smiles,
Carolina

{Ippity}{Ippity}

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jimmi's HOT Sunday Faves!

Oh yeah, it's HOT outside!  And I LOVE it!  I think it might be like 100 tomorrow or something and I couldn't be more thrilled!
Hope it's SUNNY where you are, too!

Let's get down to the business of pretty pictures, OK?

My 1st favorite thing is just a little mommy gushing so bear with me.  Rachel had her Sr. prom and I think I enjoyed it more than she did!  I've never been to a prom so she had to keep saying "mom, this is my prom, not yours..." I think I behaved for the most part!

Here are a couple pics of my, I mean, her night...just indulge me, please???

This is her and her date, a FRIEND...he is so much like Rachel, silly and fun, I'm SO glad he went with her:

This is her and her friends that met at our house for pictures.
(ever watch Jersey Shore??  Yeah, they're doing the fist pump, lol!)
 















OK, mommy time over...how about some other STUFF?

There are LOTS of Unity cards from this weekend's VSN, here are a couple:
(VSN is still going on thru Monday evening!)

This one from Lori:

And one from Beate:
And one from tiffguam:
Yes, VSN totally brings out the BEST in you!

Here's beauty from this week by Eva...Eva, you did make this for me didn't you???

Umm...hello, karamel....gorgeous:

Right now, in the music world, I am crazy about Jack Johnson....I don't know if it's because it's getting nice and hot out and he's so smooth and silky sounding...but I am just really loving him right now...more than I ever have, I think Rachel and I are going to just have to see him in concert next month...gotta do it!

OK, here's something I really want but I have this problem....I HATE my arms...so I will have to find a cute little shrug to go over it but this dress from NY&CO. might be mine, today!
(I have a coupon so I really should get it, right?)

OK, I'm off to clean the house up a little bit and then hit the Mall and then make Mike take me to see Date Night tonight, if it's still at the theaters!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND and don't forget the reason it's called Memorial Day weekend!





Jimmi



{Ippity} {Ippity}

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friends With Flair- May 28

Good morning Unity Peeps!!!
It's Christi here with you today!
Did you pick up some of those fabulous new Donna Downey stamps yesterday with the 25% off sale going on?!? A fabulous deal for some FABULOUS STAMPS! Can there be a better way to start the weekend?!? I think not, unless it's with a little inspiration party with a few of our friends. 
Welcome to Friday 
Friends with Flair!!!

 First things first....
look at this elegant card created for last week's challenge, FWF26, 
from roclesgirl using Ippity's Devoted kit
You can leave her some love HERE.




Now on to FWF27.
This week, we are using Jennifer Roach's gorgeous card using Material Girl (shown below) for inspiration.

Would you like to see your card featured here on the Unity blog?
1. Look at the amazing card below 
(you can see more details about her project and leave her some love HERE.)
2. Create an art piece inspired by it 
(there are no rules when it comes to inspiration so just go with it!)
3. Upload to SCS with the keyword
FWF27. Watch for next week's FWF post here and your card may just show up here too!







Ready for more inspiration?
Here we go......

Don't forget to watch for the blinkie below and leave a comment on that blog for your chance to win.

Unity Flair!



http://madebymk.blogspot.com
http://windchimesandlilacs.blogspot.com
http://secretscrapbooker.blogspot.com
http://creativepad.typepad.com
http://endlessinkabilities.blogspot.com
http://www.savannahland2.blogspot.com/
http://www.creatingisfun.blogspot.com/
http://www.millers-ink.net/
www.hereiswhatido.blogspot.com
http://riacreations.blogspot.com/
http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com
www.jodisjazzylifeart.blogspot.com
www.tanyamsmith.blogspot.com
http://jbalcer.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com
www.katiepiotrowski.blogspot.com
http://thepaperfreak.blogspot.com
http://scraperwannabe.blogspot.com/
http://www.organisedmess.blogspot.com/
http://paperandjoy.blogspot.com
www.hlr976.blogspot.com
http://hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/
www.reallifeinpictures.blogspot.com
http://islandhoppingfoustcrafts.blogspot.com/
http://www.magnoliagrace.blogspot.com
http://littlethingmemoryartist.blogspot.com/
http://suzi-scraps.blogspot.com/
http://fibrejunky.blogspot.com
http://coloryourimagination.blogspot.com/
http://allthingsunity.blogspot.com
http://bellacarta.typepad.com/
http://www.thestampingshopper.blogspot.com/
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And don't forget...This SALE running through the weekend.....

25% off
COUPON CODE: 
SALE25
{case sensitive ALL CAPS - one discount code per order}
Good ONLY on the Unity Website.
AND
here's the best part......
1 FREE RANDOM STAMP with every $10 spent.
{after discount, before shipping}
These will be RANDOM STAMPS  - Please no requests.
So...
THAT MEANS
if you spend $10 - you get 1 free Random Stamp
if you spend $20 - you get 2 free Random Stamps
if your spend $30 - you get 3 free Random Stamps.
etc.
etc.
etc.

----------------------
THE Random Stamps WILL AUTOMATICALLY be added to your order by the fabulous peeps in shipping!
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This is the MEMORIAL DAY weekend sale.
It will apply to ALL ORDERS through MONDAY!
How FUN is that?!
The free stamps will be chosen from various kits, including past Kit of the Months.
If you happen to get a Unity stamp you already own - send it to a friend. 
Pass it ON! :) 
Someone will love you for it.
{Ippity} {Ippity}

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hip Hop - Mushy Post and NEW DONNA D.

warning: LONG POST. 
p.s. ALL LINKS will be available at 10 am CENTRAL TIME.









here we are.
THURSDAY AGAIN!
how amazing is that?

i feel as though my week goes from Monday to Thursday INSTANTLY.
i guess that is a good thing...
my sincere apologies for any emails that have not been answered....
i promise i will get to them.

i sometimes wish that you could all see what happens on a daily basis here at Unity.
we should really set up a live WEB CAM.
This week I am going to focus on the girls in front with me....
{but i do need to just put a little plug in RIGHT HERE saying how much i admire the peeps in the manufacturing as well}

Back to the girls in front....

i have these 4 amazing women in my life.
that work SO VERY HARD.

Eryn
Brooke
Julie
Michelle

Between these girls it all gets done.
{here is just a small sample}
customer service
invoicing
book keeping
bill paying
marketing
in store samples
email answering 
Kit of the Month 
EVERYTHING ippity
marketing
design
sale decisions
release decisions
mailing out donations
mailing out challenge blog product
mailing out product to publications
getting out HIP HOP prizes
forum participation
publication graphic design decisions
co-branding work
design team communication
barcoding criteria
sales
wholesale
distribution
packaging
phone calls
website updates
website product add
ning sight
facebook marketing
CHA preparation
....and so very much more. 

it ALL gets done beautifully and with grace and consistency.
i stand in awe of them.
{we will be bidding farewell to one of these girls soon - but that is a WHOLE other blog post - stay tuned....
i will miss her.}
as Unity Grows it is my hope that we will add more people that hold the inner peace,  kindness and compassion not to mention the determination & dedication that these girls hold. 
they stay calm at all times and carry themselves with the most positive spirit.
so a little shout out to my girls
THANK YOU for EVERYTHING!

i pretty much love them.
can i say that?
:)

this is us...getting crafty for store samples.
look at the little table to have set up.
ha!

We were busy, busy, busy!  
I didn't get to check my email till nearly 10 pm last night!
deadlines.
enough said.
this is our J-O-B - how FUN is that, though?!





Beautiful Eryn.





love these girls. 
love them TONS.

---------------------------------

ALRIGHT
enough mushy stuff...

ON TO THE RELEASE TODAY!

a little Donna Downey for ya!

Donna is the BEST!
CLICK HERE for her Blog.
{so very, very inspiring...and so VERY, VERY talented!}





We have these AMAZING HUGE STAMPS!
It was ALL Donna's Idea and they ARE AMAZING!
They vary in size - and are about 8" long!
They are BEAUTIFUL!  I am going to STAMP THEM on my office wall and show you have FABULOUS they are!
WOWSA!

I was going to stamp them on my office wall, however my day ZOOMED right by today.
We also have a NEW FAVORITE of mine.....
"She Said"
I love it.

CLICK HERE to see ALL THE NEW STAMPS on the Unity Website.

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NO WAIT!!!!!!
that is 
AFTER
you visit all the blogs of the Unity/{ippity} Design Team.

...SPEAKING OF - the Unity/{ippity} Design Team...
i am going to get a little mushy again....
MUSHY WARNING: 

RANDOM UNITY FACT: 
did you know?????
that before Unity & {ippity}
some of the girls on the design team had NEVER been on a design team in their LIVES?!
how fun is that?

DID YOU KNOW...that when i picked these girls - I didn't even know what a DESIGN TEAM WAS? I just knew I had to have one.....HA!
cause other companies did....so i figured UNITY SHOULD.
  I WAS DETERMINED to do it MY WAY and not look TOO MUCH into what other companies were doing.
SO I DID - and STILL DO.
{after all Unity is mine - so i can, right? - rules stink - and so does doing things like everyone else, so i don't.} 
I like the Unity way....I am not one that likes to be told WHAT TO DO or HOW TO DO IT.
so typically i manage to listen to MY heart and do it MY way
I know that surprises you.
HA!

So 2 years ago.....I picked some of these girls based on how cute i thought their cards were.
that's it.
cute card = wanna be on my team? 
These girls were Fresh and NEW.... entirely.... to being ON a design team.
...and I had NO CLUE what i was doing 2 years ago.
THESE were the FRESH faces I picked - I think I was pretty smart - don't you?!
none of them ever on a DT prior to Unity....

Maren
AJ
Jimmi
Christi
Wendy
Brooke
Jen Buck
Natalie 
Kelly 
Eva
....and maybe even a few more i don't know about!
isn't that a beautiful thing?
i have enjoyed watching them become more and more amazing through the last 2 years.


Unity was their FIRST GO as an ACTUAL DESIGN TEAM MEMBER.

My point....
 NEVER ever GIVE UP 
EVER.

I
FOR 
ONE 
BELIEVE in DEDICATION

i know what it is like to want something SO MUCH it hurts.
it took us {chris and i}  4 straight years to get Unity off the ground.

determination
compassion
non-judgement 
ambition
pure intentions
lead you in the best directions in life.


you will stumble. you will get frustrated. it is not easy - if it was easy - EVERYONE would be doing it.
{that last one a very smart lady told me this week - right, Amy?}
Unity LOVES women.
not to mention the dreams they hold in their heart.
it is the one thing that keeps me determined on this crazy train ride. 
the women.
oh. how. i have been inspired by you.

Unity Design Team UPDATE:

in the last couple months we have had a couple of our Unity Girls step off the team. 

Goodbye to Amber
Goodbye to Renee.

I always will be grateful for all you contributed to Unity.

HUGE, HUGE THANK YOU to both of you.


OK.
MUSHY STUFF ENDED.

Sale Today!
PLEASE NOTE: 
SALE starts at 10 am Central 
25% off
COUPON CODE: 
SALE25
{case sensitive ALL CAPS - one discount code per order}
Good ONLY on the Unity Website.
AND
here's the best part......
1 FREE RANDOM STAMP with every $10 spent.
{after discount, before shipping}
These will be RANDOM STAMPS  - Please no requests.
So...
THAT MEANS
if you spend $10 - you get 1 free Random Stamp
if you spend $20 - you get 2 free Random Stamps
if your spend $30 - you get 3 free Random Stamps.
etc.
etc.
etc.

----------------------
THE Random Stamps WILL AUTOMATICALLY be added to your order by the fabulous peeps in shipping!
---------------------

This is the MEMORIAL DAY weekend sale.
It will apply to ALL ORDERS through MONDAY!
How FUN is that?!
The free stamps will be chosen from various kits, including past Kit of the Months.
If you happen to get a Unity stamp you already own - send it to a friend. 
Pass it ON! :) 
Someone will love you for it.

Time to Click into the amazing world of Unity & {ippity}!
TAKE A PEEK.
Press the BUTTON below and enter the Unity - {ippity}/Donna Downey World.
Prepare to be amazed!



 Don't forget to join us in the Splitcoast Unity Forum HERE.

i think a few quotes are in order.
my heart feels it.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.




Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.














The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother or father, your past, your circumstances, anybody or anything..... EVERYONE has challenges. Please realize that you control your own destiny.


{Ippity} {Ippity}

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jimmi Jam Here...

Hello Everyone!

It's Jimmi, here with a couple of cards to show you.

The first one uses the May Kit of the Month {a little happy} (and lots of paper piecing!):

And the next one uses one of the newest Ippity kits A Little Buggy:


OK, you can be honest and ask me if I lost my mind with these funky, wacko colors, I will not be offended, I promise ;)

Here is a thought for the day...

Life is one big road with lots of signs.  So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind.  Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy.  Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!
- Bob Marley
Have a GREAT day!

Jimmi
{Ippity} {Ippity}

Monday, May 24, 2010

Just Be!

Happy Monday and hope you had a wonderful weekend! Carolina here with my second to last post as guest designer. I can't believe how fast these last two months have gone by...I guess it's true ~ time does fly when you're having fun!

Now onto to today's share which is largely influenced by this week's Technique Lover's Challenge over at SCS called Black Magic. If you haven't tried it yet, I suggest you do so, because it really is too much fun. Here's what I came up with using Unity's Stampin' Store Kit from this month, Naturally You.



The technique is quite simple: you stamp your image on black or dark card stock with white ink, heat set it, color your image with watercolor pencils, add some accents with a white gel pen, and decorate as you wish!

I thought the corner flower elements from the kit where just perfect for this and well, I just love this sentiment...don't you?

Looking forward to another fun filled Unity week and can't wait to see what you've all come up with! Hope you have a great week and happy stampin'!

Hugs & Smiles,

Carolina


{Ippity}{Ippity}

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Favorites...

 
Happy Sunday Everyone!
 
Brooke here..
filling in for Jimmi...
Here are a few of my
FAVORITE things TODAY...
 
SUMMER SUNSHINE.
i believe Summer is. here. to. stay.
i am one happy camper.
SUN IS MY FAVORITE!
this is my FAVORITE Birthday Girl today
my youngest daughter Sofia Camille
turned 4 today
CUPCAKES with SPRINKLES.
this is what we ate at her party today.

POLKA DOTS. ARE. MY. FAVORITE!

this is Mini Note Booklet by Karen Maldonado
featuring {ippity}stamps
OH MY GOODNESS.. I {ADORE} THIS!

BROWNIES.
YUM. YUM. YUM.
my friend brought over what are now my
FAVORITE
frosted brownies the other night.
THIS. CARD.
by our Unity Guest Designer
Carolina Buchting
using the MAY KIT OF THE MONTH {a little happy}
its REALLY the BEST of EVERYTHING.
Polka Dots. Chocolate Brownie Brown.
AND
MY FAVORITE COLOR GREEN.

Lastly... one of my favorite things is that this little
girl is trained to POSE for her SCRAPBOOKING mommy
and will do so upon request.
{even in the middle of a birthday balloon bike ride}

I hope you had a day filled with
SUNSHINE and LOVE
like I did.

 
 
 
 
 
{Ippity}
 {Ippity}

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