Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
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When I first started stamping (way back in high school) I mostly created scrapbooks. I started doing mostly cards when I started working on design teams... The main reason was that cards were easier to get done on a deadline...

 {I'm a REALLY slow scrapbooker... It takes me ages to get everything how I like it! LOL!}

Anyway, I've been itching to do some scrapbooking again...

This is my spin on the current LO sketch challenge (found HERE)
Because my photos were vertical, I ended up rotating the sketch 90 degrees and going from there. 

This sweet little angel isn't mine, just a girl I used to baby sit... and she steals my heart every time I see her! Isn't she ADORABLE???? 
(and YES, her mom did give me permission to post this!)

Anyway, because of that, I haven't added the journaling yet... But I left space for it in the upper right corner amongst the flowers and butterfly. 

I know this doesn't look exactly like the sketch... but, I generally use sketches as starting points, not 'set in stone' final destination. I get the general LO, then add my own touches. It's just how I roll.  

"You are Amazing" comes from Unity's Trust Your Soul kit... Those butterflies are from October 2015 LayersOfLife kit Wild and Free. (you only have a few more days to sign up for LOL to get this kit!)

I heat embossed the butterflies on vellum, and fussy cut them out. I added adhesive just under their bodies so the wings could flutter freely. I love doing that to butterflies!

I added a bunch of flowers between the two pictures even though they weren't part of the sketch... Like I said, I use the sketch as a starting point... I also die cut some glitter paper swirls and threw in some loose Angelina Fibers for a little extra glitz.

{What can I say? I love me some glitz!}

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

purple and gold...

Hello my wonderful friends!

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This sale is TONS of fun!

And for a little more fun...

(What Lies Within Us, Dirty Halo)

This card uses two past Kit of the Month kits... The flowers are from What Lies Within Us, and the Sentiment is from Dirty Halo.

I wanted to keep things fairly simple today... Life has been kind of crazy lately, and after a really LONG night last night, I just needed something simple and happy...

I stamped the image using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I've showed this technique before (and I TOTALLY love the results)... Basically,  inked up the flowers with VersaMark, then I pounced on some Magicals with a paint brush. This technique allows you to place colors where you want them, so purple on the flowers and green on the stems... I then spritzed it with a little water and stamped.. The color variations happen naturally since the Magicals are made up of tiny pigment particles... Since we aren't stirring or mixing here, the individual colors of pigments that make up the colors (like yellows and blues in the green) show... It really is magical! It makes it look like you spent tons of time adding different tints and tones into the image, but it is SO much easier than that, and blends beautifully! :)

You can check out a video of it HERE

Ok.. that's it for me... go enjoy the rest of the hop!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

turning gears...

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I love these moose stamps that were recently released! They are so simple and CUTE! I did some super quick coloring with my Clean Color Real Brush markers, and he was ready to go! 

I've been having fun with shaker cards lately... I love how much character using fun shaped dies gives the shaker! I filled mine with micro beads, glass glitter, and sequins.

(Grateful Joy, Life is Change)

For this card, I was having fun with embossing powder. I use my basic black, white, and clear quite a bit, but I sometimes forget just how much fun the COLORS can be!

The butterfly is from 'Life is Change' I heat embossed it on vellum and fussy cut it out. I love the semi-transparent look the vellum gives the wings!

Behind the butterfly is a flower made by stamping one of the feathers from this month's LOL kit 'Grateful Joy' multiple times in a circle. The easiest way to do that is by using Inkadinkado's Stamping Gear. While Inkadinkado makes stamps specifically for the stamping gear, 
ANY stamp from Unity that fits on the paddle can be used!

Check it out... 

(Grateful Joy, Thanks Above and Beyond)

All right guys, that's all for me today...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

a moose for Christmas...

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So, about this time each year, I start working on Christmas cards... Like SERIOUSLY working on cards...

I have 60 or so to make for the kids in my church... along with their gifts, and the birthday cards and gifts for next year... all by the end of December... So, I'm kind of a busy gal!

I like to keep things fairly simply while still looking amazing... Sometimes I do better at the 'simple' part than other times. LOL!

This year I kept it simple by keeping coloring to a minimum.

This new moose stamp was PERFECT.  Isn't he just ADORABLE?
Yeah, I thought so. 

A little tone on tone embossing with clear embossing powder on kraft paper... I LOVE the results of that! I used some Gelatos to add a couple pops of color (no skill required) and finished it off with some Glossy Accents.

Here's a quick little how to....

The insides of the cards are simple as well.... A stamped sentiment on some white card stock... this also allows for a handwritten message without having to worry about trying to write on a dark surface. 

These babies are covering several tables in my studio right now as the details dry. 

Now on to the next project.... 

the GIFTS.

 I need to learn how to cut metal... YIKES!
{Wish me luck.}

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pickery, pumpkins, and pencils

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But first, I want you to meet Pickery Pockets...
Don't let his adorable little face fool you, he's a thief!

I have a squirrel feeder just outside my studio door. I love watching all the little critters.. The funny thing is, the last time we refilled that feeder, we found an ink pad... brand new, still in shrink plastic, cat eye ink pad. I have no idea where it came from. It isn't mine. I haven't bought that kind of ink in ages.. before I moved here. So, somewhere, someone is missing a yellow ink pad that Pickery stole and stashed. LOL!


For this card, I used watercolor crayons to stamp the image. The blue paper is a technique I love but haven't actually used in a while. I started by running kraft paper through an embossing folder. I then tinted some gesso with Distress reinker. I then spritzed it with water... even though the ink is mixed into the gesso, it still reacts to water giving that classic splatter look. I then sanded it to highlight the texture. You can find a step-by-step tutorial HERE.

For this card I decided to go with the colors from the new Unity Challenge... I love this color combo, and isn't that little girl ADORABLE???

For this card, I decided to dig out my watercolor pencils. Last week over at our FB chat, a couple people asked for techniques to do with watercolor pencils... 

If there is any technique or product you would like to learn more about, just let us know. We aim to please!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

welcome to Tuesday!

Hello my wonderful friends!

So.. we're kinda shakin' things up here at Unity...

Welcome to our TUESDAY night hop!

There are a TON of NEW releases this week! (like seriously, T.O.N.S.)

Because my life has been a tad on the crazy side lately, I had time to play with a few....

 (In My Garden)

This new set from Susan K Weckesser is adorable. I love the simplicity, and elegance... So many flowers, leaves, and accents to mix and match in COUNTLESS ways! It could easily be used on cards, mixed media, and scrapbook pages. I LOVE stamp sets like that!!!

This sweet witch is fun to color! I added some Perfect Pearls to her dress and hat, so IRL, she shimmers! I remember being a witch for halloween several years in a row when I was little. I LOVED when my costumes had sparkle!!

(Sweet Elle,  Blossom Stackers, Dirty Halo)

Ok, so these sets are older ones, but I adore them! When my mom asked me if I could do a last minute baby card for a friend of hers, Sweet Elle was the 'go to' image. Super easy to color, and ADORABLE for either a boy or a girl! The frame around the sentiment is from Blossom Stackers (which, BTW, has a coordinating DIE set through Spellbinders called 'Blossom Tags and Accents'). And the pattern on the  bottom inside edge of the card comes from July's KOTM Dirty Halo.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

rubber and ink...

Hello my wonderful friends!

Guess who woke me up the other morning?

Ok.. technically it was my dog BARKING at our guests that woke me up, but it still made me happy to see them outside my window. :)

It's time for another Unity hop!
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I LOVE this new kit... These flowers are just so fun and versatile!  I colored mine using Zig Real Brush markers. It actually went really fast and was super easy to get a nice blend. I just scribbled a little light blue on the top of the petals, dark blue at the base, and blended it in the middle with a water brush. Nothing fancy, just quick and easy. This will be a design I'll probably end up making a set of cards with because it goes together so quickly. 

(Stella Girl, Spread Your Wings)

This ADORABLE image was released last week, and I totally LOVE it. She was also colored using Zig Real Brush markers...  I think I'm really liking these markers. That SUPER cute dot/script pattern on the side is not patterned paper, it is a stamp from Spread Your Wings... I kinda love that stamp.

Ok, to be honest, I'm not huge into Halloween. Probably because I'm not really a party person, and I don't have any little kids to dress up... However, this is an SWEET Halloween kit. I ended up making it into a shaker card (something I haven't done in ages) and loved the end result!

To create the background, I used rubber cement as a mask... I don't like using masking fluid because it stinks... Turns out so does rubber cement. I'm still smelling it 12+ hours later despite the open windows and fan. URG! Being overly sensitive to smells can really be a pain sometimes!  But it was fun anyways... :)

Anyway, check it out...

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

kiss and tell...

Hello my wonderful friends!

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Speaking of hop...

I'd like you to meet my friend...

She comes to visit me most evenings, nibbling away at the grass just outside my door. We actually have a lot of bunnies that we see around the yard, but this one isn't as skittish, and lets me get fairly close to watch her.

Makes my heart happy.

So does this little girl...

I simply adore her... I remember playing out in the rain when I was little... and maybe not so little... LOL! It is colored with Distress Inks, with Perfect Pearls mixed into the background to make it all shimmery.  

And yes, I did have to google "how to tie a double bow" for this... Not because I have never done it, I just haven't for so long I'd forgotten... 

Note to self: tie double bows more often, they are cute!

For this card, I stamped the background using Distress ink and second generation stamping to keep it light. I then heat embossed the flowers. I painted the image in with some white All Purpose ink, and once dry, added some color with Distress Markers. 

And finally, allow me to kiss and tell.
 I have a quick trick for adding interest to bold stamps.... I know, it's an oldie, but it's still a goodie. So, here's to kissing! ;)

(Donna Poppies, Quatrefoil Background, Thanks Above and Beyond)

Alright, enough from me... enjoy the rest of the hop!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

baby birds and tissue paper...

Hello my wonderful friends!

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a picture of a hummingbird nest in my yard.. I thought I would share another picture today...

This cute little one begging for food is a day old, and it's sibling just out of the egg.  How adorable, right?!? Keep in mind, these little guys are TINY.. When all curled up they are about the size of a small jellybean!!!

I was able to capture the image using my phone and a little magnetic macro lens (which makes close up like this possible!).  It may not be the most amazing quality since it's a phone camera, but I really didn't want to disturb the babies (or mamma) with big camera equipment.

Ok... back to business... LOL!

Check out this new stamp, isn't it amazing???
I love the detail and vintage feel... Don't be intimidated by it as far as coloring... I just used few colors of Distress ink with a water brush... nothing complex. 

I love using this background for SUPER quick and easy texture... It's tissue paper... you know, that stuff that you stuff in gift bags to make them all nice and fancy? Yup, tissue paper and a glue stick. So basic yet so effective! And that flower... it's from an old SMAK kit Wildflowers and Wings. I LOVE this kit! 

Ready for some texture?

Step 1: Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger than your card stock.

Step 2: Crumple the tissue paper.

Step 3: Open the tissue paper, but leave it a wrinkled mess. 

Step 4: COMPLETELY cover the front of your card stock with glue... regular cheap school glue stick works PERFECTLY because it isn't too wet and dries quickly. (I like to stock up with those big packs of glue sticks you can get for super cheap with back to school supplies)

Step 5: Press the wrinkled tissue paper onto the card stock... Press down firmly over entire piece to ensure the tissue is completely adhered, but don't try to iron out the wrinkles... that's what gives you the texture.

Step 6: Flip it over and trim off the corners of the tissue paper. (this is optional, but makes much nicer corners)

Step 6: Still working on the back, run a line of glue around the edge of your card stock. Fold over the edges. this gives you a nice finished look.

At this point you can design as desired.

for my card...

Step 1: Mask most of the card, leaving only a strip exposed. (I'm using acetate with a little temporary adhesive on the back... I like using acetate because I can see through it and it won't warp with moisture.)

Step 2: Apply a couple thin layers of Gesso to exposed strip

Step 3: Stamp image. When stamping on a textured surface, I like to use the stamp unmounted... this allows me to press the stamp into the texture with my fingers instead of a solid block stamping over just the raised areas... if that make sense.

Step 4: Any areas that didn't quite get stamped can be quickly fixed with a black marker. I love this super fine tip Sharpie!

Step 5: Add color... I used Distress Markers, but you could use whatever you want. 

Step 6: Finish card as desired. :)

ok... that's it for me. Have a fabulous weekend, enjoy the hop, get crafty, and shop the AMAZING Unity sale HERE!

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