Monday, April 9, 2018

Crafty Doodle Chick Paw-Fect Challenge

The theme for this month is "Rainbows"
This adorable bunny is from Cas-ual Fridays "Somebunny".
He is colored with Prismacolor pencils on gray cardstock.
The background balloons are from Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp,
and are colored with Promarkers.

Growing in Unity Winners

Congratulations to Julie Ledbetter and Phaline Perry (Mays)!
You are the winners of my Growing in Unity week!
Please PM me your addresses so I can submit them to Unity and
you will receive your prizes.
Thank you to everyone for your support and kind comments!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Growing in Unity, Day 5

Friday, April 6, 2018

Stenciled Backgrounds and Angie Girls

Welcome to Day 5 of my GIU Week!
Please leave a comment each day this week, to be eligible to win a fabulous prize of 25 Unity stamps direct from Unity! Feel free to leave suggestions as well - I am always excited to learn new and different ways of doing things when it comes to stamping and making cards! Also feel free to look for me on Instagram after the week is over, to see what other crafting I’ve been up to!

I wanted to make use of some of my stencils to create quick fun backgrounds. I used Stampin’ Up inks, because for most of them I had matching cardstock for the image and card panel mats. The images and sentiments are all from the So Glad You Were Born sentiment kit, and the Sometimes I Wonder sentiment kit. All images are colored with Promarker alcohol markers, and are cut with various dies. I am obsessed with Unity’s sentiment kits. They are so versatile and contain so many sentiment options that provide many possibilities with just one kit! I am fairly certain that one day I will own almost all of the sentiment kits! If I can keep up, that is - they come out with a brand new kit every month!


What Unity stamp collection is complete without Angie Girls?! I actually don’t own a lot of them, other than those that came in KOTM’s over the past year or so. I did finally get Poppy Girl, which has been on my wish list for some time, as well as several of the new Planner Gals - Be a Beauty, Love Them, Don’t Be Perfect, You Got This, and Cold Outside. For the Planner Gal cards, I colored up the gals with Promarker alcohol markers, and die cut them with various shaped dies. I used some fun embossing folders to create coordinating background panels. I added the black heat embossed sentiments to complete the cards. Poppy Girl, and the girl from the January 2018 Kit of the Month, are also colored with Promarker alcohol markers, and either die cut or trimmed, and mounted on solid color cardstock, or patterned papers. The sentiments (from Poppy Girl and So Very Grateful kits) are heat embossed on vellum in either black or white.


Sadly, my week as GIU Girl has come to an end. I’ve had so much fun inking up so many of my Unity stamps and creating cards to share with you! I hope you saw something you liked! Thank you so much for all of your kind words and encouragement!It really means a lot to me that you took time out of your days to take a look at my work and leave such nice comments!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Growing in Unity, Day 4

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Watercoloring

Welcome to Day 4 of my GIU Week!

Please leave a comment each day this week, to be eligible to win a fabulous prize of 25 Unity stamps direct from Unity! Feel free to leave suggestions as well - I am always excited to learn new and different ways of doing things when it comes to stamping and making cards! Also feel free to look for me on Instagram after the week is over, to see what other crafting I’ve been up to!

Many of Unity’s images are perfect for watercoloring!
I have several examples to share with you today.
First is a floral heart image from the February 2018 Kit of the Month. I colored the image using Brea Reese Glitter Inks, and a Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker for the blue background. The “love ya” stamp is from Life is Better.


The next two cards feature the Done in Love kit. I watercolored the stamped image with Brea Reese Glitter inks and Zig Clean Color Real
Brush markers. The background pieces were created with a stencil and either Ranger Texture paste with Tim Holtz distress reinker mixed in (the pink one), or Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (the silver one). The sentiments are heat embossed on vellum - Hello Friend is from the May 2017 Kit of the Month, and Home Sweet Home is from the March 2017 Kit of the Month.



The following three cards are created with the Happy Moments kit. All three were colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The orange one was stamped with Versafine black, and the pink and purple ones were heat embossed in gold. I love water coloring an embossed image - the embossing “traps” the color so you can’t go outside the lines. The sentiments, from the same kit, are stamped and/or embossed on vellum and adhered to the card. I die cut and adhered the color coordinated stitched scalloped frames. These are some of my favorite cards from this week!


The next card is from the February 2018 Kit of the Month. I stamped on watercolor paper with Versafine ink, then painted rainbow stripes with Brea Reese Glitter Inks. This is really shimmery and pretty in person!


And finally, I painted this image from Good Days with Distress Inks. I die cut a frame out of Dare 2B Artzy patterned paper and white heat embossed the sentiment on vellum.



Thank you for popping in today; don’t forget to stop by tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Growing in Unity, Day 3, part 2

Oops! I forgot a photo on today's post! These are some of my favorites so I wanted to be sure to share them!


These are also created with the distress oxide water painting technique, and the sentiments are stamped on vellum.
The floral image is from Now & Always, and the sentiments are both from the December 2016 sentiment kit, ...special wishes.

Growing in Unity, Day 3

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Distress Oxide Water Painting

Welcome to Day 3 of my GIU Week!

Please leave a comment each day this week, to be eligible to win a fabulous prize of 25 Unity stamps direct from Unity! Feel free to leave suggestions as well - I am always excited to learn new and different ways of doing things when it comes to stamping and making cards! Also feel free to look for me on Instagram after the week is over, to see what other crafting I’ve been up to!

Today I am sharing a fun technique I picked up from Jennifer McGuire’s blog a few weeks ago. On these cards I stamped and heat embossed my images in white.
I then blended various colors of Distress Oxide inks over the panels.
I used a wet paintbrush or a water brush to “paint” areas with water only, where I wanted to remove the color. I love the soft effect you get! The floral images I used on these cards are from Now and Always. The sentiments are from Now and Always, Sweet Owl Just Because, ( heat embossed in white on vellum), Special Wishes sentiment kit, (stamped in black Archival ink on vellum), Bunches of {love} sentiment kit, and Let Your Wishes Fly sentiment kit, ( stamped directly onto card panel with Archival Ink.)


Thank you for visiting today! See you on day 4!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Growing in Unity, Day 2

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Shaker Cards

Welcome to Day 2 of my GIU Week!

Please leave a comment each day this week, to be eligible to win a fabulous prize of 25 Unity stamps direct from Unity!
Feel free to leave suggestions as well - I am always excited to learn new and different ways of doing things when it comes to stamping and making cards! Also feel free to look for me on Instagram after the week is over, to see what other crafting I’ve been up to!

I took advantage of a recent Unity sale on all floral kits and really beefed up my flower collection! You’ll see me using some Unity floral themed stamps almost every day this week.

This was my very first time trying shaker cards, and I’ll be making more. I need to do something with all of the sequins and other doodads I’ve been collecting! It was also my first time coloring with colored pencils on Kraft cardstock.

I stamped and colored the images from Quiet Essence (flower and bee), and Gladness Touch Your Life, with colored pencils on Kraft cardstock.

For the first card, I die cut a frame panel with a stitched oval die. I added some shimmer to the bumble bee’s wings with a Wink of Stella pen, and fussy cut him out. I added some gold “sprinkles” that I got at Target behind the acetate window. Then I cut and popped up the panel frame with foam tape. I also popped up the bee and the embossed sentiment, (cut into a banner strip), Just Saying Hello, from the So Very Grateful sentiment kit.


For the second card I die cut a circle frame, and added a stitched circle die cut frame (2 layers) around that to add dimension. I added some pink sequins behind the acetate window and popped up the panel with foam tape. I used 2 layers of foam tape on this one, as opposed to a single layer on the the first one. This allowed freer movement of the shaker elements inside. I stamped and die cut the Hello sentiment from Best Wishes and Blooms, and popped it up on the front of the card.


Thanks for looking today; see you tomorrow!