Friday, April 29, 2011

FWF...A first for me :)

This is my first time participating in the Friends with Flair blog hop. All the details and blogs can be found on the Unity blog.
My first card is from the May '09 Kit of the month. It's for the monthly Unity challenge. It's my second entry.

These two cards are for the Ippity monthly challenge. The first card is the week 4 challenge. It is to make a card with no sentiment. The second card is a sketch challenge. The stamps for both cards came from the Where You Should Be Ippity set.

Hopefully I can make that ever elusive Time to play along with FWF again! Go check out the other blogs & leave comments. There is a prize to be won on one of the blogs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Unity & Ippity Challenges

Unity & Ippity have recently changed the way they do their challenges. Unity now has a monthly themed challenge. This month, April 15th to May 14th, is to use a bird stamp. You can check it out at the Unity blog. There's an awesome prize to be had...100 random stamps and FREE KIT of your choice valued at $45 or under! The first card is for the challenge. I used the April Kit of the Month.

For this next card I used the March (leopard print background & butterfly) kit of the month and the January (Happy Birthday) kit. This one isn't for any challenge, I just love the stamps :)

The next 2 cards were for last month's Ippity challenge. Each week there is a new challenge posted. The first week is a sketch, next is color, then inspiration, and last is anything (a twist). You can participate in any or all the challenges. There's an awesome prize for one lucky person. I haven't started this month's challenge yet. Hopefully today I'll get a couple cards done for it.

Ippity kit, I think, is the same name as the stamp I used.

Ippity kit: You Deserve
I can't seem to get the pages to link but they can be found here: The challenge info, kits, and a list of Ippity chicks are all there.

New things :)

I was at Michael's recently and found a few things on clearance that I've been wanting for a while now. First up is the Making Memories Distressing kit. It has ink pads, stains, paints, files, sponge brushes, and an edge distressing tool. The sponge brushes are unusual in this kit. Instead of having a wooden handle there is a clip (that round green thing in the pic) that holds the sponge tips. The box is cardboard that can be altered. This kit was originally $29.99 on sale for $12.99.

Next up is the Making Memories Tool kit 2. I have the original tool kit but this one has more to it. Instead of a separate hole punch & setter there is one tool with interchangeable tips. There are scissors, a blade, dual tipped embosser/piercer, and mini mat that are not in the original kit. The only thing that I'm not real impressed with are the scissors. They're a little weak. Other than that I'm happy with this kit. The price on this kit is the same as the distressing kit. There is a pink kit too but it wasn't on sale. That's ok by is my favorite color :)

This last item is the reason I went to Michael's. It's the Dymo Caption Maker. I have been wanting this since I saw Tim Holtz use it on one of his Christmas tags. It has 3 interchangeable discs. There is an upper case, lower case, and lower case script. It uses the same labels as the original embosser. It comes with a little drawstring bag for storage but the embosser doesn't fit inside...only the discs. This was only $9.99 instead of the $24.99 online price.

I was really surprised to find these things. Usually the only scrapbooking clearance I see are empty pegs.