Monday, September 20, 2010

Growing in Unity & Hippity Hoppin' all in One Day!

It's going to be a very busy week here at The Open Window!

I am so excited to be this week's hostess for
'Growing in Unity'
Each day, I will be sharing a new project that will hopefully
inspire you to use your Unity stamps in new and creative ways.
If you are new to Unity, then you have got to get over to 
their website and check out all their wonderful images.

Along with each daily project, I will remind you to leave a
comment because on Friday, I will have a random drawing
from the comments left all week.
You could win a set of Unity stamps!  
So make sure you stop by each day!

This was a fun card to work on.  
You could totally switch it up and use different color combos.
The ornament image is from the brand new holiday set
 from Unity called 'Bright & Merry Winter Wishes'.
I heat embossed it (which I rarely do anymore) with
metallic bronze from JudiKins.
The letters were cut from a Sizzix/BasicGrey set and
the designer papers are from The Girls' Paperie 'On Holiday'
and My Mind's Eye 'Lost and Found'.
The satin ribbon & pearls are from Martha Stewart.
I added depth to each piece by using Tim Holtz
Distress Inks in 'Old Paper' & 'Vintage Photo'.

Now it's time to share with you my offering for
H{ippity} Hop Monday with Ippity Stamps.

If you are new to the 'Hop', each week a great group of 
{Ippity} 'chicks' and {Ippity} fans create a variety of projects
to share with you.  To get the complete list of who is

Again, I think this is such a great card to do in a variety
of colors.  It's a simple one to put together and would be
a great 'assembly-line' card if you need to make alot.

The fun and funky snowman is from 
{Ippity}'s 'Kissmas & Mistletoe' set
and the other images are from 
Unity's 'Bright & Merry Winter Wishes' set
used for the first card.
I cut the silver metallic cardstock and red circle using my
Spellbinders die cuts and added gems and checked ribbon
for fun little embellishments.

Each time I participate in the 'hop', I offer
a great deal on the {Ippity} stamps I used.
This week, you can get....
'Kissmas & Mistletoe' for only $18 
which includes free shipping!

I would so love to be 
your {Ippity} Chick!
If you are interested in this set or any of the
others listed in my {Ippity} page here,
just email me at
There are several sets not yet listed on my page,
but all are available through me.

So glad you stopped by today!
Don't forget to stop by each day 
leave a comment if you would like a chance
to win the fabby Unity set on Friday.

See you tomorrow with more 
Growing in Unity!


StampinCathy said...

This is one awesome card. I just love the colors, stamps, and techniques. Thanks for the inspiration and can't wait to see what you have for us all week.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Pretty cards Julie! Love the "pop" of aqua/teal!

Katherine S said...

Your cards are so beautiful! I'm feeling inspired to go forth and create! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah Anderson said...

These are both gorgeous! Love the snowman :) And what a great idea to use the ornament for 'o' in Noel! Fab set of stamps :)

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Julie,

Oh, wow, two gorgeous cards here from you! Love especially the second one, with the really nice snowman!! The colors in this card are very pretty and the silver paper is really nice with it! Oeh, I'm almost sorry I won't be here all week to visit your blog, hihi, I'm leaving on Tuhrsday for a holiday in North of Spain. But when I'm back, I'll check out what you all made for this Growing in Unity week! Love these!

Hugs, Wendy

Katrina said...

Beautiful....just beautiful....that Noel card just knocks my socks off (well, if I had any on at the moment!!) Congrats on being featured chickie....hugs, Katrina

Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous cards Julia, love how you have used the bauble as an 'O' in the first card and the snowman is gorgeous, great colour combo too, almost the PDCC colours. Have a lovely day, Tracy Evans x

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful holiday cards, love that cute swirly snowman!

Anonymous said...

Great colours
Great assembly as usual x
Barbara []

TraceyJean said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards. The ornament is my fave...

Jaclyn Miller said...

I love your cards today Julie! The little details on that snowman are so cute.

Jan said...

Great cards and I love the little aqua snowman!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Julie--THESE are SOOOOOOOOOOOO FAB! FABBBBBBBBBBBBBB! I love love love that first one--so gorgeous! That ribbon is so lush and that NOEL! CLEVER!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it:) That snowman card is so beautiful--YOU ROCK! Great way to start your GIU!! LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it:) LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE you!

foursenuff said...

I really like your style and color choices.

marilyn said...

LOVE your cards--especially the first one!!! Love the Christmas ornament for the "o". Thanks for inspiring me!

stampjourney said...

Love these cards! The metallic papers are the perfect touch--crisp and cool for the winter. :-) Thanks for sharing such great inspiration!

A Vintage Chic said...

Fabulous cards, Julie! Love the colors you used, and the images are--of course--adorable!

Hope you're having a wonderful fall day, my friend!


Lisa said...

Fabulous!!! They're both gorgeous, but that first one - WOW!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Both of these are just gorgeous!!!!

Elisabeth said...

OMgoodness Julie these are both just gorgeous!

Lone Pine Designs said...

Great cards but I LOVE the scarf on the snowman...what a great idea!

Morissa Sweeney (SCS - stampinsweeney) said...

The first card is outstanding! The colors and design are wonderful!

Wendy said... have some super cute cards there!! Don't you just love Ippity and Unity stamps. They are great.

I wanted to thank you so much for always stopping by my blog and leaving the sweetest of sweet comments. I really appreciate it !!!

I hope you have a week full of blessings and I can't wait to see the new challenge!!

Thanks again!!

FibreJunky said...

Love how you used non-traditional Christmas colours! Great way to start off your week of Growing in Unity!!

Gwen said...

Cute cute cards! Love how you used the ornament as the "O"! Great work!

Anne Jagger said...

The cards are beautiful and I love the colours.

NoraAnne said...

Love both of your cards Julie, they are gorgeous!

Angie Blom said...

These are both amazing cards! I love the blue I both!! Fabulos Julie !

Anonymous said...

I love your cards. I just got that die cut too so that gives me a little inspiration. :)

Janet Z said...

Beautiful cards. Love all the layers!

Bogner's said...

WOW! Both of these are amazing! I really love how you did the NOEL with the ornament and then your Ippity card is just amazing! I love how you used the circles! Very beautiful!

Donna said...

Very cute card!

Martha said...


Rona said...

Great cards - very clever ideas!! Love that NOEL!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Cards!! Love the colors & how you did the Noel!

Carol said...

Very pretty, love the colors!

Thanks for sharing.

Carol B

Kelly said...

ooh beautiful!! that ribbon is like creamy warm baileys & coffee, it just looks so yummy and rich.

Tammy said...

Julie! I love both these! I love the beautiful colors you chose! You have just put a smile on my face and make me want to create however....I have a day full of appointments, but these are such happy cards and anyone would be luck to be on the receiving end! That is what it's all about! Warm aloha!

Lillian Child said...

Very beautiful interpretation of these fabulous stamps! Unity rocks!

Jen said...

WOW!!! These are gorgeous Julie! I may have to case these for my Christmas cards...I absolutely adore your designs!!!

Tante K├Ąthe said...

You definitely have a hand for the beautiful stamps!

I always love your creations, you seem to hit my colour and style button!

just me and z said...

love the colors you chose and the ornament and snowman are adorable! :)

Sarah said...

That ribbon just makes that first card!! And that snowmen is too CUTE!!

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