Hip Hop Thursday!

I love Thursdays! Not only does it mean the weekend is right around the corner (woo hoo!) but I get to start my day with Unity soaking up the gorgeous eye candy we like to call the Hip Hop blog hop. Start your journey with Angela at the Unity blog and hop along with me!

In keeping with the theme of today's new release "Feel the Joy" (you can see it here on the Unity website) I have listed 5 things that bring me JOY. This list really could be a mile long but here are just a few of the joyful things in my life right now:
1. snuggling with my two boys under the covers on a cold winter day
2. reminiscing with my hubby about the days when we first met in high school and realizing how much our love has grown throughout the years
3. hearing my two boys play together and the silly conversations that go on between the two of them
4. reading a good book with a nice hot cup of coffee nearby
5. stamping and scrapbooking (that was a given, eh?)

My layout today features the gorgeous February Kit of the Month. You can see it here on the Unity website.


This kit is filled with all sorts of beautiful images. I combined a few of them with some yummy Basic Grey Ambrosia papers for this "grandparents" layout about my boys and my in-laws.

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I love this frame! LOVE it! The houndstooth is just fabulous and all of the sentiments included in the kit fit inside the frame perfectly!

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I used a very simple yet effective stamping technique called "kissing" to add pattern and texture to the butterflies on my layout. All you need to do is ink up a solid stamp image (such as the butterfly on my layout) and "kiss" it or press it together with another image such as a background or other textured stamp (I used Unity's Distressed Dots) for a wonderful effect on your original solid image. There are many variations on this technique such as using two different colored inks, etc but for my butterflies I just used a solid color of chalk ink for a little bit of texture and interest.

That's all I've got today folks. Now head on over to Miss Patter's blog for some more Hip Hop fun!

36 comments:

KAP said...
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KAP said...

I like the swirls underneath the title Grandparents! Fun layout!

JazzyH said...

great layout

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous!! great joys in your life!

Purple Princess said...

Wow! Beautiful!!

Patter Cross said...

So awesome. Love the colors in your layout!

StampinCathy said...

Love the layout and all the details you added. Great JOY list.

Lindsay Spencer said...

Great layout! Very pretty color combo.

Candace H said...

Gorgeous layout!

Ashley said...

Fabulous layout Lynn~

Christi Snow said...

I love that "kissed" butterfly. Everything here is perfect on this layout! smiles...

Lesley said...

I'm with you...loving the houndstooth frame!

Tinker's Mom said...

Thanks for explaining the kissing technique. I'd forgotten - need to include that technique on something today!
~ky

Sherry Campbell said...

Love all your beautiful details!!

Stampin Cats said...

Love what you've done with the butterflies.

maroon58 said...

wow, great idea with the buttefly stamp. the grandparents lo is beautiful! tfs!

Jenn said...

adorable layout

Olde Country Creations said...

Gorgeous LO. Love all the details.


Tonya

Danielle said...

Love the "kissing". It gives great dimension to the butterflies!

Marcee said...

Gorgeous LO!

FibreJunky said...

What a neat technique!

JessicaK said...

Great generational photo. Love the butterfly and colors.

RR said...

What a wonderful layout. Family is so precious.

Sandra J. Strickler said...

Never heard of kissing as a stamp technique. Off to try it!!

Jen E. said...

i am lovin' your 3-d butterfly!

ScRaPbOoKfReNzY said...

Great LO! Love the butterflies!

Paola said...

Beautiful layout! I love everything about it.

Tanis said...

HEY! I made it here :)
FABULOUS layout! I knew I wouldn't be disappointed!!

LOVE that houndstooth!

Wendy said...

super beautiful!!

Tracey said...

What a fabulous layout! Love the colours!

joslyn said...

loved the kissing!!

HapEMomE said...

LOVE these! Great job!
~Chelsea

Tanis said...

Posting this for HOTWHEELS (Linda)...

I have fun looking you lovely porjects hotwheels

Chris said...

I love the colors!

Bessie said...

This is gorgeous!

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