Monday, September 30, 2013

Growing in Unity - Day One!

Good morning and welcome to my week as the Growing in Unity Girl.  First, I want to thank Jennifer (sorry I can't remember your last name) who switched GIU weeks with me, as I was scheduled to be on in early April but my grandmother passed away, and Jennifer was sweet enough to jump in to take my week in April and let me have her week this week so I wouldn't miss out on the fun.

It feels like forever since I  have updated this blog, but for good reason, a lot has happened since my last blog post.  We moved back to Winnipeg in mid-May after 15 years living in Ontario.  We decided we really wanted our two sons to be closer to their cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles.  We were fortunate enough that my husband was able to transfer through his work, and I was able to secure a job here in Winnipeg before we even left Ontario.  However, we did downsize our house substantially, so finding room for everything has been a challenge - we are still unpacking boxes.  On a positive note, I was able to claim the loft in our new house as my craft space - I just wasn't able to focus on organizing it or doing much crafting until late August.

But enough about that - let's get to the focus for this week - Growing in Unity!!! I participated in this last year for the first time and had so much fun, I couldn't wait to do it again.  Just as a refresher - I get to showcase creations using Unity Stamps all week, and I get to pick a winner from all the comments to win TWO FREE ITTY BITTY STAMPS! How is that for fun?!  But wait, that's not all....(do I sound like a game show host? LOL!)  I am going to make this week even sweeter for those that leave comments.  I have a few duplicate Unity Stamps.  Many are Stamp of the Week stamps - one of which is featured on my Wednesday project - but I also have a full sheet of brand new red rubber - the October 2011 KOM (faith, hope, love ... live by it) that I am going to give away to one lucky commenter.  So there will be lots of winning this week.

For my first project, I am showcasing a card I made for a friends wedding using the April 2013 Kit of the Month.  I remember seeing a beautiful card during one of the Friends with Flair Fridays that used the hanging towels with a black and white background.  To see the inspiration for my card, visit Mary Ann's blog, Lakeside Stamping.

I used the same black and white colour scheme, with some damask paper and this is what I came up with:

I really like how it turned out with just some embossing, pearls and ribbon. 

Remember to stop by everyday this week and leave comments for your chance to win Two Free Itty Bittys from Unity as well as some Stamp of the Weeks and this gorgeous sheet of red rubber:
Looking forward to a great week!