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Unity Stamp Company is a fun place to shop online, visit their blog and basically enjoy rubber stamping! The entire team oozes creativity, pumping out many stamp releases every month. They even have videos crafting with their stamps that make you really laugh! You can definitely tell that everyone enjoys their part in Unity by the gorgeous projects that pop up every day practically and the buzz about their products around the crafting world.

Many of the stamps from Unity come already mounted on cling foam AND cut out! It’s really nice that you can remove the cling liner paper and just place the stamp on an acrylic block to start stamping. I found that on some smaller images or phrases, I trimmed a little closer to the image to avoid a shadow from the rubber edge beyond the design. This was simple and easy to do with a pair of scissors.

The “Build a Turkey” set has 8 pieces to it, 2 phrases, 1 turkey body and 5 feathers. The stamp image is a more casual and fun turkey instead of a realistic one. The feathers have 5 different doodled designs within the tear drop shape. The font of the phrases is lower case and casual. The turkey itself is rather comical with a little tilt to his head almost asking the question “why aren’t my feathers attached?”

Where to start with such a versatile set? The obvious place would be with a Thanksgiving scrapbook page, so that’s what I did. To spice up the base page, I stamped one of the phrases included in the set multiple times, then clear embossed it. The phrase has a great font, very easy to read and a good size. The turkey and feathers are a great size also, I love it! The feathers were stamped on the patterned paper and embossed with a glittery clear powder then detailed with a white pen. The turkey body was colored with Copics for a little more distinction on the image. I really like how the body is separate to allow for a different dimensional placement or location from the feathers. It adds a lot of design possibilities!

Unity Stamps

Patterned Paper and Elements Stickers (BasicGrey Indian Summer)
Stamps (Unity Stamp Company, Build a Turkey)
Ink (Tsukineko Memento & Versamark)
Embossing Powder (PK Glitz)
RicRac, Fiskars Border Punch, Copic Markers
Sketch (Becky Fleck)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

This set really has a lot of possibilities beyond using it as an obvious turkey image. The feathers can be used as flowers, surf boards, leaves, and much more. I did opt to use the turkey again on the next project with just a rearrangement of the feathers. Since I was working on a smaller scale with this 6×6 page, I cut one of the phrases apart so that I could just use one word out of the phrase.

Unity Stamps
Patterned Paper (My Mind’s Eye)
Stamps (Unity Stamp Company)
Ink (Tsukineko Memento)
Brad & Corner Punch
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

I really enjoyed using the Unity Stamps and the “Build a Turkey” set. The packaging had a small graphic of the included images and it was a nice surprise to see how large the actual stamps were! I loved the fact that they came already mounted on cling foam and pre-cut. I also found that the individual images allowed a full range of creativity over a single image stamp with more detail. The rubber is deeply etched allowing for a crisp and solid stamping. Overall, I will buy these stamps again – a different set of course – and thoroughly enjoy them!

Here are some new recipe pages for you. I actually had some time while sitting in front of the tv this weekend to sort the ones that I’ve accumulated from the different swaps this year. Holy cow, I have a shoebox full of them! I think that I might start binding them with the Bind-It-All. Or maybe I’ll put 4 on a 12×12 page?

What do you think, 6×6 album or 12×12 page?

Recipe page

Recipe page

Scenic Route patterned paper
Prima flowers
Autumn Leaves stamp
Tsukineko ink

I got a little crazy with recipe pages this month! I wanted to capture some of the recipes that were recently sent to me PLUS take advantage of the swaps offered on Cindy’s Recipe Swap Yahoo group.

So, the result is below! I was so excited to use up a bunch of scraps that I had AND stamps that I hadn’t used in awhile. LOVE to use up stash!

Recipe page

Stampers Anonymous and Lasting Impressions with Panache stamps

Recipe page

Starving Artistamps DoodleFactory stamps

Recipe page

Starving Artistamps DoodleFactory and Sugarloaf stamps

Recipe page
Stampers Anonymous and Stampin’ Up! stamps

I’ve been at it again, finding cool recipes to capture and save. When can I try them all???? 🙂

I’m doing some cleaning by using up paper I’ve had for close to a year at least as the base for this 6×6 recipe page. I did NEED to couple it with something new – the stamps from Stamps of Life! Too cute for words, this month’s Love2Hug set fits this recipe card perfectly! Thanks Steph!

Luv2Hug, Stamps of Life

My Mind’s Eye patterned paper
Dollar Store doily
Stamps of Life stamps
Tsukineko ink
P K Glitz‘ Ritzy Ditzy Glitz spray

Inque Boutique stamps

My Mind’s Eye patterned paper
Inque Boutique stamps
Ranger embossing ink
P K Glitz Powder Keg embossing powder
Offray ribbon
Fiskars border punch

How can you go wrong by adding glitter to a page, especially a holiday themed one?

Taking the BasicGrey Challenge this week, I added P K Glitz‘ Glitter Glitz (crystal, NST copper and china red) and E P Lite (copper penny) to my 6×6 recipe page. Can you see it? Sticky Tape and a glue pen worked great for the bottom section and chipboard ornament. The brads were covered with E P Lite for further glitz enhancement. I love my glitz!

BG Challenge

BasicGrey Decorator Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Brads and Chipboard
P K Glitz Sticky Tape, E P Lite Embossing Powder and Glitter Glitz
May Arts Reindeer Ribbon
BoBunny DEC stamp
Clearsnap Ink
Michael’s Ribbon

If you’re a follower of my blog, you probably remember seeing 6×6 recipe pages here and there throughout the year. Well, one of my fav things to do is to create these small gems (similar is my love of ATC’s) using scraps and stamps. I trade them online with a Yahoo group of fellow recipe swappers.

Each month, different themes are presented to the group and you can sign up for as many as you want (only 3 or so are offered usually) or none depending on the themes and your schedule of course. I usually make 8 pages (2-12×12 pieces of cardstock = 8 pages, why waste 1/2 sheet right?). Six are sent to the coordinator, I keep one and have a spare to trade elsewhere or giveaway. In a short span of time, a great little 6×6 album gets full of these babies! They make great shower, family or co-worker gifts!

This month, I opted to play twice with an October recipe and “Tuesday is…” recipe. The October one just needed to have October written on it somewhere like the title, in the patterned paper or stamped on. No problem, I have lots of month stamps!

October Recipe

SEI patterned paper & SU! cardstock
BoBunny stamp
Tsukineko Memento ink
PK Glitz glitter, Sticky Tape & Wonder Film
Staples paper clip

Now the next page needed to fulfill the “Tuesday Is…” requirement. I totally made up that Tuesday is Casserole Night in our house, but hey, it could be this week right?? The object was to plug in an appropriate item like Chicken Night, Chili Night, Crock Pot Night, Hamburger Night, … I thought mine would work just fine and I would actually do it sometime soon. 🙂 So anyway, here’s the result of the mini page.

Tuesday Is...

SEI paper
Hampton Arts stamp
Tsukineko Memento ink
SU! hemp
Spellbinders die
Fiskars border punch

So there you have it! OHHHHHHHHH, something really FUN?!! Cherry Blossom Studio is starting up a Recipe Page CLUB! How fun will that be?! Stay tuned for the details and come and join us! I know I’ll be there!



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