Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hello Little Birdie Card

When looking to see what Christmas card I would make today, I happened upon a paper design I received from a magazine a year ago and decided since I liked the colors and concept, to make my version. Since I wanted a more silver/white base I pulled out a Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolor paper (closest paper to white) and a bunch of distress inks. I also pulled out a blue and white Perfect Pearls. I stamped the colors I wanted for the background, added Perrfect Pearls powder, spritzed with water and dipped the paper in. Did this several times, drying in between. 


I then stamped the pine leaves, from Unity’s Winter Blessings Kit, using coordinating distress oxides,  layering several colors. I did this 3 times. I then stamped the red part of the bird, from Unity’s Hello Little Birdie Kit, and then the black parts with Archival inks. I took leftover paper and stamped the bird the same way and clear embossed it. I used primarily my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the bird. I then fussy cut it out.


I pulled out a silver card base and added coordinating patterned paper. I then die cut the watercolor paper using a Penny Black die and added the second bird using foam tape. I added silver ribbon and red and silver crystals and called the card done. 



I love how this one turned out and the unusual Holiday colors. Hope you do too! Thanks for visiting, and remember to follow me if you like my crafty learning journey! Till next time, have a great week and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Card Inspired by Bo Bunny Paper

Had to do it! Inspired by Christmas in the Village paper, I created a Christmas border similar in colors and elements to the paper. I used the same Unity kit as last time, KOTM 9/15, and Tim Holtz holiday stencils. I also used primarily Distress inks, gold pen, red Art C wax paste, Yellow Prima Color Bloom spray, Brea Reese gold paste and a green Primary Element pigment powder.


To begin, I stamped 2 yellow Distress inks onto my Tim Holtz platform and sprayed both water and the Prima mist on top and placed watercolor paper onto the mat to pick up the yellow color. I did this till I had the color I wanted. I first stamped and embossed the sentiment using Gina K brown ink. Then I stamped the pine cone image in 3 spots using coffee archival ink and began painting it. Using stencils, in between painting color layers, I took the red paste and added some poinsettias. I took the gold paste, added green Primary Elements pigment to it and added leaves next to the pine cones. Once I finished painting, I took more Distress inks and a brush and added vines, leaves and berries to the paper. I ended up using all 3 stencils. I took Vintage Photo to add a little color to the edges. I backed this with brown paper.

I then found a patterned paper that complemented the colors and stamped the same pine cone image around the edges using the darker Gina K brown ink. I cut to size and added brown paper behind that sheet. To create the card, I used foam tape behind the new composition and added red and good enamel dots.


Here’s a pic showing original paper and last card.



 I had a lot of fun creating this, and as usual, didn’t practice creating this, so “it is as it is”, an original! Hope you like it! Till next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bo Bunny Paper Card

After finding the Bo Bunny Christmas in the Village paper pad at Tuesday AM, I really wanted to make a card using it. This pad has a lot of non-traditional holiday colors in pretty papers. So, looking through the pad and my stamps I decided to try pairing the pine cones and sentiment from Unity’s 9/15 KOTM to a yellow pine cone paper. I also thought Kraft paper might look good.

So I stamped the image on Kraft with Coffee archival ink and stamped the sentiment using a darker brown Gina K ink. I colored the image using Prismacolor pencils trying to stay close in tones to the paper. I also added a red shadow to the sentiment. I played with dies to frame the image and used another green paper as the foundation. I added sticky green strips inside the frame and green ribbon to the corners. After adding sequins, I originally decided to stop there. But then I started thinking about creating a watercolor using these stamps and some others to mirror the paper, which would mean adding a snowflake, some berries, and maybe, flowers. At that point, I remembered I picked up a Penny Black die cut at a store closure that had berries in it and I could add those to my card. Tried it and liked it! I’ll share both for you to decide! (Though, I still may try doing the watercolor.)




Well, thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Comfort and Joy Brutus Monroe Limited Edition 2017

Okay, I am late to the party! I admit it! I bought the box thinking it was a pretty set, but last year I used mostly ephemera on cards. Given I only started coloring stamps in September last year, I was still getting my feet wet at that time and I was intimidated when I received it. It’s definitely a change going to cling stamps from red rubber. But these are very detailed stamps and I’ve enjoyed inking up a few that I’m sharing today.

I decided to start with the pretty poinsettia stamp and going with a simple design. I pulled out watercolor paper, cut it down and stamped the image and sentiment using Gina K. Amalgam ink. I then pulled out tube watercolors and painted the image. When I was done, I added paint spatters. I found a soft plaid paper, Say Freeze, by Craft Smith, that I thought would complement the image. I backed both with the dark gray paper that came in the kit and added gold striped twine and red crystals and called this one done.


For the second card, that I created before my coffee this morning, say what?!?, I decided to use a holly stamp. I also wanted to pair it with a dark green DCWV paper, that, I thought of, but was too dark for the first card. I thought by adding a soft light complementary color background that pattern paper piece would work. I stamped the image in 2 spots using a green Colorbox ink and watercolored it and the background. It’s funny, I watched an Eric Lundgren painting video last night (which is probably why I needed to watercolor this am) where he used in a painting the watercolor paints that get the most negative press, like black and white inks. I didn’t do that here but he inspired me to go against my training and use pthalo green for leaves versus mixing more realistic greens with blue and yellow and red paints. Kinda fun to be different! Anyways, I added  green spatters and white Distress paint. I then lightly used a black pen on it. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment 3x’s. I finished the card adding plain green background paper, funky striped sequins from the kit and red twine.




So pleased I’ve got a couple more Christmas cards completed and satisfied my watercoloring itch! I’m also happy I’ve started using this kit! Hope you enjoy these cards, and have a great day!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

Welcome! Friends of Unity are back with another blog hop for November with a very different theme, Strength! This one is sure to bring a variety of stamp selections to the hop.

Every month several friends offer giveaways. To WIN leave comments on EACH blog in the hop AND check back on next month’s hop for the WINNERS from this month’s giveaways. Thanks for playing along with us!

I originally decided to use birdcage stamps this month. Had the best intentions, until I literally cooked a stamp, or rather roasted it along with my veggies (but that’s a whole other story). I’ll start with my birdcages and finish with the substitute.

It is in Herself She will Find the Strength She Needs -
On this first card, I used a tag stamp from The Garden Whatnot Collection Kit. I used a sentiment from the 12/17 SMAK kit. I also used several background stamps trying to replicate the tag, bird’s from the Vintage Era Background Kit and leaves from the 9/15 SMAK kit. I also used a Tim Holtz embossing folder which creates a vintage frame around the edges and a striped stencil. I created the background and tag paper, and applied stamps (some embossed). I then found matching papers in brown and peach and added sequins, metal bird, wooden birdcage, ribbons and a button.




You are Stronger Than You Think/You Are Not Alone -
I then used another stamp I picked up in a swap and later found out it was retired. (Oh well, so sorry, but it’s been a busy month with delivery of new grandchild.) I created another collage card using only patterned Prima and Paper Studio paper. I also used 3 different die sets (border, sentiment and flourishes), ephemera, enamel dots and sequins. I spent some time adding color to the stamped birdcage from the set called Enchanted using pens, paint and pencil. I also used the bird from that kit, a sentiment from Everything Stronger, a bird stamp from 11/14 KOTM and a flourish stamp from You Can Do It. I love patterned paper and collage cards give me the opportu to indulge myself.



Others are Fighting Battles We Know Nothing About - 
The final card was meant to be created with the birdcage stamp from the Strongest People. At least I used the sentiment and paired it instead with a stamp from Don’t Be Like the Rest of Them. I colored the watercolor paper using Glimmer mists, embossed the image and sentiment and added color using Glitter inks and Glimmer Mists. I added ribbon, washi tap, an embossed and colored background paper to coordinate with image, and sequins and crystals.



Hope these cards and the others shared on this blog hop serve to inspire. Remember, if you wish to participate in the giveaways, be sure to comment on every blog entry in this Hop and check back next month. We, on the Friends of Unity design team, are always interested in your feedback! That’s why we use our own stash to offer giveaways.

We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co., but they approve our hop. We are huge fans of the company, their products, the owners and staff, and the Unity Show and Tell community, which is why this hop was started.

You are here -> Joyce Verdon
Jeanie Marie Hays

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time, happy crafting!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

October Unity ACT’s

The first ACT was inspired by both the stamp I received in a swap from the 10/14 KOTM and a paper I found in an autumn paper pad. I started by lightly spraying cut down watercolor papers with a gold Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and a gold Distress spray. I dried and then stamped the image and sentiment included in the swap from the 9/14 KOTM with Archival coffee and potting soil inks. I embossed the sentiment. I also then pulled out Distress and Oxide colors matching the paper, and a yellow and red Brea Reese Glitter inks and painted the leaves and stamp.


I then tied jute string on Ken Oliver metal leaves I picked up at Tuesday morning. I used a wavy embossing folder on the ATC’s, then colored the waves with oxide ink, and added the leaves.




I decided to try using one of the vintage ladies to create a vampire for Halloween. I started by using a blending brush on the cut down card stock. I had pulled out gold, red and purple oxide inks. I added the colors diagonally light to dark. I then stamped and embossed with black embossing powder, on a gray paper, the lady from 6/17 SMAK kit. I fussy cut her out and added vampire details with pens -fangs, necklace, blood, and angry brows. I also added a purple blush and kept her face gray. I then stamped the chandelier from the same kit and used both silver and black embossing powder to give shadows and a metallic feel to it. Finally, I added a spider, a crystal to the necklace, and various embellishments from a Tim Holtz Halloween remnants rub on Kit, that, I, again, picked up discounted at Tuesday Morning. I had fun creating this ATC.


Hope you enjoyed these - stop back and visit again.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Spooky Girl Card

Wanted to make at least 1 Halloween card for the Season. So, after pulling out Unity’s Spooky Girl, I also grabbed Pink Paislee’s Spellcast paper pad. I also pulled out an Oct. 31 stamp, from That’s Creepy Kit, that I received in a grab bag. I originally thought I’d paper piece the girl, but instead ended up using the image I stamped on the gold flecked paper and used my Prismacolors directly on her. I stamped and black embossed the October stamp on an orange sheet. I then decided to use Tim Holtz Idealogy Halloween Remnant Rubs to add some fun details. I pulled another sheet to use as the base, stamped a script stamp from Make Today kit. I fussy cut some hexagons from the same paper and used a non-Unity kit to add a bottle and fly. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on another scrap. I inked up all the paper edges in black, added web and spider embellishments, Trick or Treat washi tape, sequins and black and white twine. 


Not how I envisioned the card, but you have to give your creativity free reign...no matter where it leads! Wishing you a Happy Halloween and happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Moose Christmas Card

Oh my gosh, I had to ink up my Unity holiday SMAK kits after the last card! Getting back to my comfort zone, I had wanted to try creating an animal with a background of trees, and using both SMAK kits, October 2017 and 2018, offered me a perfect solution. 

I started by pulling out medium brown Kraft paper and stamping the birches in a combo of black and brown. I then used a combo of Prismacolor pencils, a white, 2 yellows, a tan, 2 browns and 3 blues to color in the background. I stamped the moose directly on this paper. I decided to go with the moose as I thought I’d have more room for a sentiment (which I didn’t end up using). I pulled out a lighter color Kraft paper and stamped the moose and fussy cut the moose out. I then used a die and colored in the remaining pieces of the moose on the tree paper. 

I then decided to make my own background paper. So I first took the lighter color Kraft paper and Unity’s Dinged Dots background stamp and used yellow and blue oxide inks on the stamp. I had to stamp several times to cover the area I wanted. I then took the background stamp from the 2018 kit and used brown oxide, again stamping all over. Finally, I pulled out the snowflakes and stamped them around the perimeter and used Stampendous’ glittery blue embossing powder to add sparkle. I love how the background paper turned out! 



Loving the glittery snowflakes, I decided I needed to add a few to the tree paper. So I randomly pulled out smaller snowflakes from other Unity kits and used the same blue ink and embossing powder to add a few highlights to the birch background.

After playing with the pieces I decided to use a white Posca pen to add snow, so even though the sky has some sun peeking through, it’s still flaking out. Also added snow to moose! I added foam between all the layers so it looks like a decoupage card. I stopped there after debating and quizzing instagram on adding a sentiment.




I really like how this turned out and hope you do too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

‘Twas the Night Card

This card ended up being my 3rd attempt using Unity’s ‘Twas the Night kit and still had issues. The first attempts were plagued by stamping issues and wrong papers and inks. Just one of those days, I guess. After trying other paper, I decided to use watercolor paper. I pulled out Candied Apple Distress ink and stamped on my new Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and dipped my paper into it. This is where I noticed the change from my craft mat. Seems a lot more water gets picked up and the color ended up deeper, leaving the paper more saturated and darker than I wanted. I also added some green at the bottom, which ended up looking more brown because the complementary colors ended up mixing a little (because they were Distress inks) and the green ended up too high. I then stamped the tree, bear and dog in black ink. I stamped the ornaments in black and red ink. I stopped there because I wasn’t happy with the look of the background.

The next day, I started again by watercoloring the images using distress inks and adding red glitter ink on the ornaments, collar and bird. I moved to Oxide inks for better coverage over the red background color. I painted the floor green, and then used a long stamp from the 4/11 KOTM kit to stamp a better matching green in the same area and then used clear embossing ink and an Itty Bitty background stamp to add Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder. I was happier with that look. I then took an embossing pen and added dots on the tree and added more snowflake tinsel embossing powder. (Not too happy with this powder as the tinsel part doesn’t stick well, leaving white blotches. It did leave a glimmer on the leaves though.) I pulled out white acrylic paint to lighten background areas that were too dark. This worked very well. I used pens in a few spots to darkened lines and colors and add shadows on the ornaments.

I embossed the sentiment, found coordinating background papers, put together all the die cut papers, added fussy cut candy canes and sequins and called the card done.

I think I salvaged all the fails on this one. I must admit this stamp kit is so far out of my style that half the problem is operator error ;)! I don’t recommend my techniques other than as lessons of what not to do. But the kit is adorable and I’ll have to try it again!


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Our House to Yours Card

Made an easy-to-make Christmas card today using Unity’s Our House to Yours Kit. I took a watercolor scrap paper and sprayed very lightly with snowflake, blue and pink Tattered Angels Glimmer mist (drying in between). I then also dipped the paper very lightly in some distress evergreen Bough ink. After drying I stamped the snowglobe in Gina K. Amalgam ink.


I then looked for patterned paper I could match colors with, and pulled out Distress inks I thought could be used to watercolor the snowglobe. I also used a silver Glimmer ink and some pens. After coloring it in, I fussy cut it out. I then looked through the paper and found a background sheet and what I thought might make a good foreground sheet. I die cut them out. I added the sentiment in an old Navy Stampin up ink. I finished up with crystal dots, silver embellishments and string.


Leave it to me to try to use patterned paper in my cards! I realized I better get crackin’ on making my cards for this year, so this is just the first. Unlike smarter people, I probably will be making unique cards again versus mass producing, but who knows as the deadline approaches! Well, happy crafting till next time!


Friday, October 19, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With a new Pink, Pink, Pink Challenge in Unity, I was inspired to pull out several Unity kits, a KOTM from October 2011 (heart, words, border and plant), the September 2015 SMAK kit (another heart), the April 2017 SMAK kit (woman) and the Teacup Floret (sentiment). My sister is, luckily, a very long time breast cancer survivor and a good friend is now also a long term survivor. With this card, I honor those women and all others who have to fight a tough battle first to win that survivor badge.

I started by pulling out a, new to me, paper pad, Debutante, from Prima. I love the women depicted in this paper and the colors, giving a very vintage feel. So I started by stamping the woman in brown archival ink. I masked off the area around her shoulder and arm and stamped the circle with words, wanting the word “HOPE” to show up, using the brown and a Gina K rose ink. I then stamped the border with the rose ink. I stamped the 2 hearts onto paper from the pack and die cut a few others. I used a Distress ink on one and the rose ink on the other. I used pencils and inks on all the images to enhance effect.

To complete the card, I added a base striped green paper, ribbon, crystal dots, sticky hearts, and Prima flowers. I embossed the sentiment on vellum, and added it to the corner.



I hope this card could give encouragement to some else in their fight. Not sure if it’s too much, but it was put together with the best intentions. Till next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Believe Tag

Yesterday, I decided to try to make a tag for Unity’s Tag Challenge. I started by pulling out October’s SMAK kit and decided to use the snowflakes. I grabbed a tag and sprayed it with Snowflake Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and then sprayed a little Heidi Swapp blue mist over the tag. I also added a few sprayed drops of Vintage Photo and Hickory Smoke stain.



I stamped and embossed the word believe at an angle using blue archival inks. I then added a silver glitter ink over the top. I stamped the large snowflake and embossed with a stampendous glitter blue embossing powder and used the same glitter ink to add a little more sparkle. I stamped the other snowflakes and used silver and snowflake tinsel embossing powders. I used the background stamp in the kit with hickory smoke oxide ink. I pulled out an Art Anthology dark blue ink and added drops around with its eyedropper and sprayed with water and dried it. This ink is interesting as it has a shimmer glaze to it.

I then pulled out white metallic and silver Brea Reese paste, and and a Mars Black, dark grey, Brea Reese Texture paste. I used a TCW random dots stencil with the white paste and then added the snowflake Tinsel embossing powder over the top. By heating up the paste, the embossing powder adheres to it. I added a few more drops of the navy ink and spritzed again with water, then dried it. I pulled a Tim Holtz sweater pattern stencil and added 2 different strips using both silver pastes. I then took white, silver and navy pens and added more details to the word, snowflakes and strips. I used Distress Picket Spray to lighten up some areas, where needed.

I finished the tag by hot gluing a silver snowflake and adding coordinating ribbons.



My hands ended up a mess, but I ended up with a very shimmering and glittery tag, that I think matches the holiday season well. Hope you like this tag!



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Colored Sunflower Card

Picked up this cute sunflower stamp from a swap. It’s from Unity’s 9/16 KOTM Kit. The sentiment which, I think, perfect for this time of year, came from the A Good Life Kit. I stamped the image on linen stationary and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I was inspired by a pencil coloring of a pumpkin I did 2 years ago on an image I got off the Web. (See below.) I then took a stencil, Wild Honey Distress ink and a brush and added a little color to the background.



stamped the sentiment using brown VersaFine Clair ink. I die cut, added fancy ribbon and then backed the image with orange patterned paper and brown paper. I adhered brown patterned paper on cardstock and mounted everything. I added crystals and called the card done.

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