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!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Only one week late...

I am terrible at keeping up with a blogging schedule, but I'm happy that I'm only a few days late with this one. It's a start!

This week I continue showing off my love for Unity Stamp Co. with another card featuring the lovely mushroom stamp from the A Chance to Change KOM:

I used distress inks to watercolor this card and instead of adding the sentiment to the outside, I went the traditional card route and put the sentiment on the inside:

I tend to mix and match my stamps, so the sentiment is from the Woodland Fox kit -- and while I have lots of plans for the critter, I haven't used it yet. Maybe next week!

I submitted my last card to the Unity Show & Tell watercolor challenge but I might submit this one, too. I'm discovering that I really enjoy watercoloring and the distress inks are a fantastic medium to use with my watercolor pen.

Until next time! <3

Friday, March 24, 2017

GUI Comment Winners!

I meant to post this Wednesday, but the days slipped away from me! Congratulations to my Growing in Unity comment winners:


Thank you to everyone who commented! I have read them all and I appreciate everyone who took the time to visit and leave kind words. I am still in the process of replying. :)

In an attempt to keep up with a minimum of one post per week, here is a card I made today using the lovely tree from the A Chance to Change KOM (I absolutely adore this entire kit, but especially the tree and the mushrooms).

More emboss-resist but this time I used the distressing tool and the distress ink pads. I attempted to add color to the flowers but, as you can see, a few spread despite my careful dotting. I decided to wet my watercolor brush with water and go over the entire tree, as if my mistakes were intentional ;)

I added the lovely sentiment with Staz-On and some simple black matting on a piece of heavy white cardstock. This is a postcard style card, not a folding card.

Thanks again to Unity Stamp Co. for making such amazing stamps and the chance to be a Growing in Unity gal!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 5: Incredi-bowl!

The other GUI gals are right--this week goes by so fast!! Wow, already day 5! Don't forget to comment on each post from this week for a chance to win a Unity grab bag!

Today is my fourth annual 29th birthday (kidding! I proudly claim 32) and the stamp kit I used today is one that evokes childhood memories. Balls to You is a witty stamp set with cute puns and an awesome image of a bowling ball and pins.

My grandpa was a very important person to me when I was a little kid. He bowled in leagues and he introduced me to kid leagues. I loved bowling! I still do, but I didn't keep up with it through the years. It's an every-now-and-then sport for me but I have so many fond memories of spending time at the lanes with him.

My sentiments are a little crooked (whoops!). Anyone else run into that problem when stamping without a Misti/stamp tool? It looks like I'm placing it straight and when I pull the stamp up, sure enough, it's slightly crooked...

I stamped the image and sentiment with Staz-On and used dye ink to watercolor the image. I added some splatter to the ball itself and around the image. I had to give the bowling ball something extra, so I used Glossy Accents to add shine and dimension. I kept the traditional bowling (primary) colors for this card and used sparkly red cardstock for the matte.

That's it for my week! I can't believe it's over but I've had a blast sharing my Unity inspired creations and I hope you enjoyed checking them out! Fingers crossed that after this week I'll actually keep up with a blogging schedule. It's fun and a great way to schedule regular craft time.

Thanks again for visiting!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 4: Roses

March weather is tumultous in West Virginia. Dreary rain, sunny and mid 60's, snow and freezing temperatures...all within the span of a week and a half. Today it's cold but the snow is melting and the sun is out, which is a reminder that spring will be here...eventually.

Today is the perfect day to share cards with bright flowers. Both of these are created using the emboss-resist technique. It's a fun technique and I've had fun with it this week.

This card was created using A Chance to Change (March 2016's Kit of the Month). I used clear embossing ink and power to stamp the rose and I used distress inks to watercolor. The sentiment was added with foam tape to give the card some dimension.

This card was made using the rose from Always Been You (December 2016's Kit of the Month). The sentiment is from When You Smile (January 2017's Kit of the Month). Originally I stamped these on the same paper and used Distress Spray Stains to color the entire piece, but I wasn't happy with the finished result so I cut the rose and die cut the sentiment. I added washi to the black card and clear clear embossed the rose onto the background so the little details around the rose would be included. I used foam tape to add the rose and the senitment.

Only one day to go! Off to create something fun for tomorrow. Thanks for visiting!