Monday, July 9, 2018

Inspired by... cups?!

I'm participating in this week's Inspired By... challenge and this time my inspiration in the photo came from the stacked cups.

The color of the stacked cups inspired the background, while the other colors inspired the paper I used to paper piece my stacked bowls. This is another fantastic Unity stamp from a previous Kit of the Month. This is the first time I have been inspired to use this stamp. It doesn't really fit my style of cardmaking, but it's perfect for this challenge!

I used glossy accents to give the bowls some depth and texture. It caused the thin patterned paper to buckle a bit. I'm not sure if it's because of the adhesive I used (clear Elmer's craft bond glue) or that I applied the glossy accents before the glue had set. Either way, it's a learning experience!

This week the challenge winner snags a $25 gift card to Sugar Pea Designs and the challenge is almost up - create and enter for a chance to win goodies!! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Inspired by camping!

I saw this week's Inspired By... Challenge and immediately knew which stamps I wanted to use to make my card.

All of my camping experiences have been in tents, but I think the sentiment still applies. I drew inspiration from both the colors and the camper from the challenge. I'm enjoying the challenges and can't wait to see what next week brings!

June catch up post!

First thing first: I won last week's Inspired By... Challenge!!

Next up, I have a bunch of cards to share! I've already shared these on Instagram and Facebook. Eventually I'll get around to making the blog post first. Small steps!

Sassy fairy godmothers are the best fairy godmothers:

I played with texture paste and stencils. I liked this one best. I'll probably leave it as-is and add a sentiment when I mail it.

I made my own card bases! They may not be perfect but I've been using them... almost time to make more!

Lastly, Unity's Show & Tell Group's current challenge is to create clean and simple cards. These are my entries. I used a rectangular acrylic block and distress inks to ink smoosh in a specific area, waited for the results to dry, then stamped the images and sentiments in black.

Whew! I'll try to stay caught up. Now to work on this week's Inspired By... Challenge!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Inspired by garden snails!

I finally reworked my blog (long after photobucket nixed hosting photos). The current layout isn't permanent but I wanted to throw something together so I could start blogging again. Perfectly imperfect, much like the card I made for this week's Inspired By... Challenge! This week the image is a lovely garden snail and I had the perfect stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. to make a card.

Naturally You is a cheerful stamp set with a few cute critters and greenery. This is the first time I used it and I can't wait to make more cards with this adorable snail. I watercolored this one on Canson XL watercolor paper and used Distress inks to watercolor.

This is not a perfect card. It's a card with a purpose (challenge submission!) and it is messy and imperfect. I am trying to embrace my flaws, this card included. Despite the overlapping colors and the fact that I used the back of the die cut, I am going to be proud & share THIS card, instead of remaking it.

Here's to getting back in the habit of creating and sharing regularly! Don't forget to check out the other challenge submissions, too!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

GUI Blog Hop!! Featuring Crappy Day.

This is my first GUI Blog Hop and I'm excited!! I love the design team blog hops and I'm excited to participate in a blog hop for the GUI gals. It's so fun to see what everyone is creating! As always, thanks to Unity Stamp Co. for creating wonderful stamps and providing a fun community for their customers and encouraging us to share our creations with you!

Today I am featuring two silly cards made with one of my favorite Itty Bitty's: Crappy Day.

This is such a fun set and I like to use it when I want to send a card that will make someone chuckle.

I used watercolors to highlight and add a few spots of brightness to the images. I found a cute patterned paper that matched the theme perfectly.

This one will be perfect for a friend who had a rough day and needs a laugh.

I hope you enjoyed my cards this week! Leave and comment and continue hopping for more Unity-inspired creations... and don't forget to comment on all the posts for a chance to win a Unity prize package!

Thanks for visiting!!!