Monday, January 31, 2011

Unity Guest Designer Monday {Jan 31st}

Yup, today is the day. I'm extremely happy to have had this incredible opportunity to design for such an amazing company. These past two months have been insane but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Unity has given me so much and I'm very thankful for all the fans, followers and friends alike who have supported me and cheered me on! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

My first card uses the lovely tall flower image from To the Moon & Back, paired with a sentiment from She Did It Anyway. Sometimes I just need to make an easy one-layer card! ;) My Copics were also begging to be used and I added some sparkle to the "pixie dust" for visual interest.

This second card took me weeks to finish but not because it was labour intensive. I actually had the frame stamped and ready to go three weeks ago and forgot all about it. This is the same frame from Breathless that I featured twice last Monday without the sentiment in the centre! Versatile? Most definitely.

Stamped on acetate, I stitched around the oval with red metallic thread and filled it with shiny red hearts. I would have to change it to "Short, Cute & Mine" to give it to my husband though. LOL

The background was created using Giving It All Meaning and the floral-text border from To the Moon & Back. While creating this card, I discovered that fussy-cutting two layers of acetate at the same time is much easier than fussy-cutting one layer of cardstock! Imagine that.

This last card uses one of my favourite Unity stamps of all time, the damask from Happily Ever After. I absolutely love using this image to create my own patterned paper (which you can see here, here, here, here and here). The focal sentiment is from When I Am With You and I framed it with whimsical red stitches and torn edges which are also sponged.

Sources for Today is the Day: GinaK 120lb pure luxury White cardstock; Unity January 2011 Kit of the Month - To the Moon & Back; Unity+Melody Ross She Did It Anyway; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copics; SU 1-3/8" circle punch; Ranger Diamond Stickles

Sources for Tall Dark & Mine: GinaK pure luxury Black Onyx cardstock; SU Real Red & Whisper White cardstock; acetate from Papertrey Ink packaging; Unity Giving It All Meaning; Unity January 2011 Kit of the Month - To the Moon & Back; Unity+Marah Johnson Breathless; SU Riding Hood Red ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Stazon Jet Black ink; Gutermann metallic red thread; sewing machine; shiny red hearts from stash; SU Basic Rhinestones; Stampin' Dimensionals

Sources for I Love You: GinaK pure luxury Kraft cardstock; SU Early Espresso & Naturals Ivory cardstock; Unity July 2010 Kit of the Month - Happily Ever After; Unity September 2010 Kit of the Month - When I Am With You; SU Riding Hood Red & Crumb Cake ink; Memento Rich Cocoa ink; SU tearing edge; sewing machine; Ranger Blending Tool; Stampin' Dimensionals

25 comments:

~amy~ said...

Girl, you are rocking the Unity!!!!!!!

Janna said...

I think Unity made you even more creative, loved everything you did! Let´s see what you will surprise us with next ;) BIG hugs
Janna

Anne said...

Gorgeous cards, Emily!! I love how you are so excellent at making one layer cards and your own backgrounds!!

Angela said...

Oh my, talk about ending on a high note! These are all absolutely fabulous and absolutely Emily!
I must say, that acetate puffy frame thingie is instantly case-able.
Just amazing. Woo hoo!!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Emily! These cards are sooo gorgeous again!!! Love them all, and I think you were fabulous for Unity, because you always know how to surprise me with the use of a stamp! Just look at these beauties! Amazing!
Hugs, Wendy

Karen B. said...

Congrats Emily, you displayed so many wonderful things with Unity stamps, and these projects prove it!

lynn said...

so much creative mojo here, emily! first card is adorable, second card is amazing--love the acetate idea! and third card's bkgd stamping and stitching is just plain cute! thanks for a great 2 months!

Jen W. said...

3 more stunning cards, Miss Emily! :) I love the boldness of the white space on the first, the frame filled with hearts on the second and everything about the third - especially how you added a few dark stamps on the edge of the cardstock to frame everything. Brilliant!
Luis and I are off to a resort in the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It's about an hour's drive south of Cancun (away from all the wild partying!). There are tons of Mayan ruins to explore and plenty of other activities to keep us busy. Luis just keeps saying, "10 days with no alarm!" LOL! As for Toronto I'm sure will be back as Luis has loads of family there so next time we'll have to get together!

Jennifer said...

LOVE your creativity!! Always great designs!!! Awesome cards!!! (=

Amberbop said...

ooh! heart = warmed.

Lindsey said...

A strong finish is an understatement here, isn't it! These three cards are all stunning, Em. The first one totally speaks to CAS-loving me, the second one is so beautiful and creative, and the third one is fabulous with its whimsical stitching and damask card base. WOW!!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, way to it out of left field... amazing cards. My favorite is the last one. But I really should work on my one layer cards. As always, many thanks for your super sweet comments on my cards.

Vicky Hayes said...

Each one different, each one amazing!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

You have been super amazing--I am so glad that you were the guest designer! I wish wish WISH I had your talent--this first card...ACK! Took my breath away--love how you stamped that flower several times on the bottom! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE how you think and create! LOVE IT:)

dahlhousedesigns said...

You just ROCK! Fabulous cards today and throughout your GT term! I wish I had half your talent!!!!

your new biggest fan! :)
lisa a.

Alice Wertz said...

i say they should keep you on their team!! your work is amazing and these are no exception! LOVE what you did with the stamps! wow!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

You have totally rocked the Unity, girlie! I have so enjoyed every single thing that you have made.
I agree...that damask stamp is one of my favorites, too!
Fantastic cards, as always! :)

Virginia L. said...

You showcased the stamps so beautifully! LOVE all of your cards here!! Keep them coming!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh wow wow wow!! Gorgeous creations Emily, you did some incredible work with those stamps, thanks for sharing your talent!

donna mikasa said...

Beautiful cards, Emily! Love the different styles--just awesome!

Karin said...

Wow, wow, wow! You have been a gem to them these past couple of months and these last cards are genius in so many ways...Love the frame and the stitching and created background on the last are fantastic. Love your eye for composition and detail :)

Meg said...

Wow, wow, wow! What a spectacular way to end your reign as Guest Designer! Love the CASness of the first one, those fantastic hearts of the second one, but I must admit the last one is my favorite--pure Emily beautifulness!

Cheryl said...

Wowza - fabulous cards!

I love the clean design of the flower card! It is just perfect for such a cold, snowy day like today.

The ornate frame on the 2nd is just gorgeous. I love the paper and sentiment too.

On the last one I love your stamped background and stitching

Julie E said...

SO much goodness on this post. What an awesome single layer card with those flowers!

Julie Hoffman said...

Both of these cards are Gorgeous Emily! The heart filled embelishment on the first card is over the top - stitched with red metallic thread and all - just fabulous! Love, Love, Love the sentiment on the second card and the patterned paper background that you stamped. Fabulous work my friend!