Friday, May 27, 2011

Unity FWF Blog Hop with a Video on Finding Inspiration + How I Store My Unity! {May 27th}

Hello Friends With Flair! If you have time to play with your Unity and/or Ippity stamps today, please link up your project to the Unity Blog and comment on all the posts for two chances to win some Unity stamps! Today's card is a clean and simple one-layer using The Best is Yet To Be. After making today's card, I've used all but five of the stamps in this fabulous kit. Since I inked up the stack of mini teacups for the first time here, I'm adding this card to the All Things Unity Challenge #31: Stamps Never Used.

I forgot to take a photo of the inspiration for this card (a wine bottle) but you can see it in the video. :) I took the red and orange colours directly from the label and the sentiment is stamped in olive as a tribute to the colour of the glass. As explained in the video, I never fold my card before stamping since the crease will create an uneven inking, especially if the stamp goes off the edge of the card as it does here.

Over the past few months, I've had numerous questions and emails about how I come up with the ideas for my cards, in particular my Unity cards, and how I store my Unity so I hope this video will help explain all of that. I know there are at least two other video tutorials out in blogland about storing Unity but since I was asked specifically about how I personally store mine, I thought I would share that with you. {As I was finishing up my post, my husband came over to say goodnight. He saw the freeze screen of the video and said, "You put a wine bottle on the table in your video?!" When I showed him the card and explained it was my inspiration piece, he said, "Oh." LOL} As always, you are welcome to leave additional questions in the comments and I'll try to answer them! Thank you so much for your support and I hope you enjoy this video.



Before I go, a bit of housekeeping... I'm still not able to comment on blogs that have the comment box embedded inside the post. Some of you have changed your comment setting to a new page or a pop up box and have come back to tell me which is fabulous. I've been able to get to those blogs and happily comment. Thank you for your patience! Let's hope Blogger gets this issue cleared up soon. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sources: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Unity February 2011 Kit of the Month - The Best is Yet To Be; Vivid! Red & ButterScotch inks; SU Old Olive ink

60 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

What fun to see your thought process, fabulous card of course!

Jay Gee said...

Great tutorial Emily... I learnt a lot :) love your card too, even more now that I know where the idea came from.

walchowDesign said...

Thanks for sharing and I must say that you are very well organised, Emily!

onecraftymama said...

Thanks for the commenting update - I've been having trouble too, though today I was able to leave "Anonymous" comments. Hard to pick on a free service, but what a PITA!! I guess I'm off to change my own settings :)
I love this card, btw - what a neat idea with the stack of teacups!

Vicky Hayes said...

I too find packaging a rich source of inspiration. Love the way you used stacks of cups! Thanks for flagging up the comments issue. Vx

Angela said...

Great video, great card -- and I hope the wine was great, too!
I just changed my comment settings for you -- I wonder why it seems to be affecting people randomly? Weird.

Happy Friday!

Emily Keaton said...

What a cool card, Emily! I wasn't able to sign in to Blogger at all for the past two days (no commenting, no access to my Dashboard, no way to edit posts, and certainly no ability to make new posts). Finally fixed it by deleting my Blogger cookies. Everything's back to normal now!

dclouser said...

Very cool one-layer card! You have my creative wheels spinning with ideas now that I've seen what you did here. Thanks for the inspiration!

NoraAnne said...

I love this card, fabulous! and thanks for the great tutorial, I love seeing how everyone else stores their sets :)

Jen said...

FAB card! Great to see how you store your Unity, too! ;)

BabyBokChoy said...

I needed to see this card badly, now i know what to do with that stamp!! lol.

Houses Built of Cards said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the design on that card - I haven't used that stamp yet either, cause I couldn't figure out what to do with it...now I have a GREAT idea!!!

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Carol said...

Love the card and thanks for sharing your design process and storage ideas, that was very helpful.

Carol B
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SeattleStamper said...

I love your card Emily! Fab color choices :)

Saskia said...

Lovely card & great tutorial! :)

Julie E said...

Simple, sweet and just perfect!!!

sharon g said...

Even though it's simple, it must have been hard to line them up...

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! I love this--I love the idea of the cups at the top and the sentiment! OH MY! OH MY!! I love love love! I love that you have a video.....YOU ROCK!!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at ATU!!!

StampinCathy said...

This is so so adorable! I just love how you did the cups and love the sentiment. Thanks for playing with us.

Jennifer said...

LOVE this card and how you got your inspiration from the wine bottle!!! I'll definitely be looking more closely at wine bottles now. I may even have to buy some if they are inspiring! LOL!! (=
Great video on how you store your stamps!! TFS!!! Happy Friday!!!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Emily, Beautiful card, love that sentiment stamp it's a real winner:0) Your video is a real eye opener I can't believe how well organised you are,(I can actually, over the years I've had clues, LOL) and thank you so much for sharing. Hugs:0) xxx

Toni K said...

That's adorable! And your video was great!

Gwen said...

Great interpretation of your inspiration piece! Enjoyed your video, pretty much the way I have mine organized too, but I like that you also have printed out each set to look through. I have my print outs in a sleeve with each set but it would be easier to look at them your way. Will have to print out another set!

jennifer mitten said...

Fantastic card!

Sara Henton said...

OOOHHHH I just love this card & the flow of it. Let me know if you ever want to come really play with us over at All Things Unity

Kim Cook said...

Love the card and the video was great too.

Alice Wertz said...

love where you find the inspiration for this fab card and how you translated it into your own! thanks for the video, too! thanks for sharing how you store your stamps! have a fabulous weekend, my friend! =)

Eva said...

Great colors, and great card. I have only used this stamp once, but might use it more after seeing this.

Brenda said...

Loved to see how you got your inspiration for using this stamp! I guess I need to be more observant of the things around me! Lovely card Emily! And thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.

donna mikasa said...

Oh, I loved your video! The wine bottle was great inspiration for your awesome card! And thank you for sharing how you store your stamps....you are so organized!

simplycaffeinated said...

LOVE this card! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Kary said...

Hi Emily! Love your card!! What a cool inspiration from a wine bottle. Love it!! Lovely video too! You are so organised. You should see my stamps..haha. They are on the cling mount but not in a folder. Thanks for sharing how you organise your stmaps. Lovely to hear your voice too. Have a great weekend! {{Hugs}}

Karen L said...

Lovely card...I always have a tough time doing a single layered card! And who doesn't need help with organizing their stamps? Thanks for the tutorial

lynn said...

love your inspiration (and your husbands reaction of the wine bottle) for this cute card, emily! thanks for the video--its fun to see how others handle storage of the stamps! have a great weekend:)

Pauline said...

What a fab tutorial Emily! Your storage is amazing, it's such a good idea to have a print off with the different sets on!

Kim Y. said...

Great tutorial!

Jenny said...

Hi Emily, Love your card and thanks for the video, it's great to see how you get your inspiration.
thanks for re-commenting on my blog...Mr Blogger has been playing up again!
Jenny :)

Anne said...

Thanks for your great card and video, Emily! I like the idea of using graphics from everyday objects to inspire a card and I think I'm going to try it. Your style is always so fabulous! The video was so informative; thanks for that too!!

Lindsey said...

Great video, Em -- and what a fabulous reason to buy more wine! :P Love the card that the wine bottle inspired.

Jennine Chambers said...

Great card! Love it!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Love this card, Em! Great design and colors! :)

Meg said...

Great video! I love your card, even though at first glance I thought the teacups were monkey heads, which I thought was both weird and awesome. The teacups were probably a better choice. ;) I'm going to have to start going through our wine collection (or as some people call it, "bottle") and see what inspiration I can find!

Jocelyn said...

Great video! I sent the message earlier without seeing your blog--the organization is great. Wow, you have a lot of Unity stamps! :) Love the teacup card and it's colors. It's awesome to see the inspiration, too.

Maria Levine said...

Wonderful card, love what you did!

Deirdre said...

Great tutorial and beautiful card. Love how you got your inspiration. Thanks for sharing Emily.

Lucienne said...

Merci pour cet article

Jen W. said...

Awesome video! I've bee trying to figure out how to store my Unity stamps so this is super helpful. Where do you get the EZ Mount sheets?

The card is super sweet and good tip about stamping before you fold. :)

Virginia L. said...

Wow! You are SO organized, Emily!! Can you come to my house and help me out???? I feel like I'm swamped with stamps (and THAT is a GOOD thing) and I don't know where to put them! Thanks for this awesome video! I love that you were inspired by the wine bottle...husbands...they just don't understand sometimes (LOL)!! I get funny looks from my family members all the time!

kasia c. said...

I love hearing about how you find your inspiration! Fabulous card!
Thanks for the video. And it's always great to see new ideas on storage. :)

p.s. I am sending you a little something. Im hoping it will be there next week. :)

Karen B. said...

Love your video and your thought process! So inspiring! Got to make a video too someday! Love your one layer card!

dahlhousedesigns said...

This is one of my favorites!!! I love the design and the inspiration from the wine bottle. Fabulous girlie!

lisa a.

dahlhousedesigns said...

This is one of my favorites!!! I love the design and the inspiration from the wine bottle. Fabulous girlie!

lisa a.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Emily!

This video was really great to watch! I loved to hear you speak as well and seeing how you get your inspiration is wonderful! Love the bottle of wine!! Great idea!! And that card is truly awesome!!!

Hugs, Wendy

Cheryl said...

Great design! I love this card!

lynn said...

congrats on your all things unity feature today, emily!

Julie Hoffman said...

I just love this card and your inspiration for it! Great idea to mask the image before scoring the cardstock. Thanks for the tip on the binder storage! Great video!

lotte chew said...

LOVE it!

Marcie S. said...

Love, love, love your card! Blogger is giving me the same issue when it comes to commenting- realllly hoping it's fixed soon!

*Alison* said...

Oh my heavens Emily.. Your card is simply divine.. I just LOVE this.. you are so crazy talented.. I have spent the last couple days just browsing your blog.. You are so inspiring.. I saw you had tutorials and had to take a look. I must tell you I am soooooo, SOOOOOOO jealous of your Unity stamps. I just found out they do a stamp club, (I know where have I been)I am trying to work it into our budget right now. But seriously your cards have made some of my wish lists now.. :) Thanks so much for the great storage solution.. :) You ROCK! HUGS

Libby Hickson said...

Thanks for leaving the link Emily, this is a great idea! It doesn't help me with the Hambos, mine are bare rubber with no Cling - but I would like to use this idea for getting my Hero & Unity clings organized!!