Sunday, December 15, 2019

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

To wrap up my Growing In Unity (GIU) week, I’m joining in with the talented September and October Growing in Unity crafters to showcase one final card! And, of course, for me, it just had to be a Christmas card! Be sure to leave a comment before you go!

This time, I used the 9/19 KOTM, All Kinds of Holiday Love Kit. Inspired by the paper in the background (from a Love from Lizi Kit), I decided to try stamping the image on a dark blue coordinating paper. I used Gina K Designs white embossing powder. I then added a little white and gold watercolor using my Gansai Tambi watercolor set. I die cut the image, and backed it with another die cut of a paler shade of blue. I cut another strip of patterned paper for interest. I stamped the sentiment from the World of Christmas kit on more blue paper and embossed it with a Zinc gold embossing powder. To complete the card, I added a paper strip, a bow, gold crystals, and a Jen Hadfield wood chip that I had added colored chalk marker to and called the card done.

This is my version of a more masculine card. Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance at one of 2 prize packs! Now on to the hop:

Tammy Huber Murphy
You are  here >>> Joyce Verdon
Shanna Slater
Edelmira Rivera
Sharon Duff
Tried Julie Berg
Annie Sterner
Renee Moran

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Power Poppy Amaryllis

I love this beautiful bulb flower, if only I could grow it. A coworker of mine used to grow a dozen of these beauties on her office window ledge. I’d just stare in envy! Have tried in the past to give my husband one, to no avail (I finally had to put it down). So, instead I’m giving him a watercolored one!

Found this stamp, Amaryllis Bliss, by Power Poppy on their website on sale and had to have it. Loved painting it so much, I just picked up a few more of their cute sets on sale! They also have digital versions of their stamps! 

I stamped the large image on Arches watercolor paper with Distress Antique Linen ink. I then stamped the branches 3 times around the image. I used my Schmincke watercolors to paint it. I also used a brown and a green pen to add definition to the edges. I used a gold pen and gold Perfect Pearls on the stamens. I spattered some paint around, added a little gold Perfect Pearls spatter and some gold pen dots.

I found a paper, from Craft Smith’s Say Freeze pad, I thought would complement the colors and a DCWV distressed gold paper I found in Tuesday Morning to dress up the card along with black Gina K paper. I embossed the sentiment from the kit using a Wow gold powder. I used a dark red 5x7 card base for this one. I finally added some dark red pearl dots and a black ribbon to complete the card.

Well, he finally gets his flower and I can check that one off the list. Till next time, happy crafting!

PS if you haven’t hopped along with the Friends of Unity, click back to my last post for a chance to win a member giveaway, or a big prize package from Unity!

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop

Wow, it’s been two years, since the Friends of Unity group was formed! To celebrate our anniversary, we have some very special guests blog hopping with us and one of the original members is joining in on the fun! Our theme this month is so fittingly, All is Calm!

This month, besides our usual member giveaways (PS I will be doing a giveaway this month), Angela Ryan-Magnuson/Unity Stamp Company have generously donated two grand prizes to be randomly awarded! As always, to be eligible for any of these, please leave comments on every post in the hop!

This month, besides using some specific Unity stamps, I also dug out beautiful paper I had picked up in an after Christmas sale from My Mind’s Eye, called Sugar Plum. In some cases, their images were complemented by stamps, and, in others, their pretty soft colors were inspiration. The Unity stamps used were: A Joyous SeasonYour Season, November 2019 SMAK and Warmth of Christmas. Another common element I used and became very attached to is Brutus Monroe’s Vintage Sparkle Embossing Powder. It softens the colors it is used on so beautifully, which often was Distress Oxides.

So, yes, I had a field day/week creating these very different cards and quick tags! Hope you enjoy the variety and be sure to let me know your favorite! Enjoy browsing!

Reminder, be sure to leave a comment before moving on for a chance at a giveaway! Again, we are not formally sponsored by Unity, but, we love the company and variety and quality of stamps they offer so much, we love showcasing them monthly. Member giveaways come from our own stash.

On to the hop:
You are here... Joyce
Dawn B
Dawn F

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Unity’s Winter Apple Blossom Card

Decided I wanted to paint apples today... my favorite fruit to try to paint! So, I pulled out Unity’s Winter Apple Blossom kit designed by Gracielle.

I started by stamping the image using Antique Linen distress ink on Arches watercolor paper. I then colored the image using my Schmincke paints. I lightly used a pen to clean up edges and darken small areas. I clear embossed a sentiment from the kit and die cut the image. Finally, I spattered red, white and gold shimmer Gansai Tambi paints over the top.

I decided to use a yellow gold shimmer paper, a paper from Unity’s Holiday Tradition pack (another Graciellie Design), and a Gina K black paper to frame the image. I added gold sparkly crystals and red /gold Prima dots to complete the card.

Had fun painting this one. Reminder, if you enjoy my art adventures and haven’t signed up your email address or clicked follow, I encourage you to do so! And thanks again, for those of you that already have. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Gina K Peace and Joy Card

Was inspired by the paper behind this card to paint the cardinal in the Gina K Peace and Joy Kit. The paper is part of LDRS Creative Christmas Cottage collection. After trying a few things, I decided to paint the background by itself on cheap watercolor paper and add, after drying, Brea Reese Metallic White paste with the Snowfall stencil. I used my Schminke watercolors to color the background adding green paint in spots to hint of foliage.

I stamped the large image and then, back to back, the smaller foliage image twice on Arches Cold pressed paper. After watercoloring the image, I used pen and pencils to enhance the bird’s image. I fussy cut everything... although I ended up leaving white areas, not wanting to tear the soft watercolor paper. To fix that, I just watercolored the white areas and added some white Posca dots to make everything blend together. I cut the snowy background image down and backed it with a Gina K blue paper. I then mounted with foam dots the cardinal after cutting off one of the added images. I mounted the cut off foliage beside the cardinal.

To complete the card, I stamped the Joy sentiment from the kit on white scrap paper, die cut it and backed it with blue paper. I die cut the patterned paper, attached everything to a Gina K card and finished the card off with some enamel dots.

Well, that’s it for today! Hope you enjoy this card! Till next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Simon Say Stamp December Card Kit Card 1

So, went a little wild with Simon Says Stamp! this year; just loved both Christmas kits. Here’s my first gnomie card using the December 2019 Kit -  certainly not my style, but I fell in love with these cuties. I combined it with another new favorite of mine... Polkadoodles Ho Ho Gnome paper pad.

To begin, I pulled out a piece of Bristol paper and stamped and white embossed snowflakes across the top. I then cut up paper to create snow mounds and grabbed Tumbled Glass Distress ink and a Picket Fence brush and added ink to the top and layered snow mounds on the bottom. I then stamped the images on watercolor paper and painted them using distress inks to match the paper colors. I used a colored pencil for light shadows. I also added a layer of various Spectrum Noir Glitter inks in spots to make some parts sparkle. Finally, I used pens to create definition and fussy cut all the images.

To create the card, I used 2 papers from the pad and stamped the sentiment on white paper. Using a Gina K ink, I embossed the sentiment with Brutus Monroe’s Vintage Sparkle powder. Must admit, these were fun to color. Still learning how to place little images around a card, but this was a fun card to create. I can see why scenes are so popular! I decided to leave the card as is, as the embossed snowflakes are shiny, and the sparkly bits shine and that paper... GAH... I love it and done want to distract from it!

Well, enough for now... here’s hoping you have a great Thanksgiving and have fun Black Friday shopping (must admit, I’ve already begun!)! Till next time, happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Limited Edition Simon Says Stamp Kit Card 1

So, I stamped out a flower arrangement with Antique Linen Distress Ink on watercolor paper last night using the Magic of Christmas 2019 Card Kit stamp set. After stamping it, I masked the poinsettia off to create the arrangement. This morning, after pondering papers, I picked the colors to paint with based on one of the papers included in the kit. Once almost complete, and looking at the paper again, I decided to match some of the stylistic elements on the paper using white pen. I then fussy cut the arrangement out. I added some dots using embossed Snowflake Tinsel powder using stamps from the kit to give some silver sparkle to the arrangement.

I cut down the patterned paper and added more dots using an embossing pen. I attached the watercolored arrangement and silver ribbon. I then embossed a sentiment from the kit using a navy Simon Says Stamp embossing powder. I backed the sentiment and patterned paper with a silver glitter paper, added sequins and called this one done.

As usual with my cards, it’s unusual, but festive! (Maybe next card, I can shoot for something more professional and traditional.). Till next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Picket Fence Christmas Poinsettia Star

Been admiring this stamp and the beautiful work I’ve seen done with it by the pros... so, I finally broke down and bought the Picket Fence Studio Christmas Poinsettia Star stamp. It came today and after eyeing it all afternoon I finally couldn’t resist playing, creating a more impressionist painting was a real challenge for me!

I started by cutting down a piece of Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor paper. I stamped the poinsettia using a combo of Distress Tattered Rose, and some pink and red archival inks. I then used a large paint brush to create broad strokes and varied my technique between laying down a wet wash and just painting directly on the petals, always skipping petals to avoid bleed between. I used a combo of reds from my Schmincke paint set. As I worked around the petals, I ended up circling back several times on each petal. After I was finished, I turned to my Prismacolor pencils to add a little more color and a black pen for more definition. I then went back and added several layers of green paint, adding a darker color around the edges. I then pulled out the products in the pic below to add spatters all over, drying in between. Finally, I used Posca pens to add more dots and add gold and white dots to the flower center.

For a sentiment, I pulled out Gina K Designs lovely Christmas Script set as I believe this card is staying close to home! I stamped and white embossed the sentiment on black card stock and cut it down. I used an A6 sized white card base for this one and backed the image with black paper. To compete the card I just added black Prima crystals.

Hard to tell right now, as it’s late and I’ve been looking at it for several hours, but I think I did alright by this stamp. It was certainly a lot of fun to paint!

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Till next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Last Gina K Ornament Card

Okay... I just HAD to fix my 3rd attempt with this ornament stamp from yesterday! Wasn’t going to post this, but I’m on a journey - still learning, and, hopefully, you don’t mind the ride along! So, here’s the Gina K Design kits I used on this one:

Merry and Bright
Christmas Script
Folk Art Snowflakes

Again, I had embossed the ornament, this time with a Ranger Aqua Tinsel powder. You can blame the colors of this eye opening (put your sunglasses on) card on the aqua colored card stock included in the Warm Winter Wishes Card Kit! I just had to pair the color with bright pink and to really lay it on thick... silver! So, how this came about was that, yesterday, I was distracted by the Folk Art Snowflake Kit... just gorgeous snowflakes, and had the bright idea to make my own background for the ornament. It became a hot mess after I used a few too many techniques. By that time, I had already added pink to the inside of the ornament using, again, a Fuchsia colored Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen.

So, today, I ripped everything apart and was left with the aqua card base and a fussy cut fuchsia/aqua ornament. Starting over, I pulled Bristol paper out and 2 inks, Turquoise Sea from Gina K and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I used Picket Fence Blending Brushes to add both colors to the paper. I then stamped the ornaments on the paper using both inks. Finally, I added water to my hands, clapped them over the paper, let the water beads sit a minute and then dropped a paper towel over the paper to absorb the residual water. This left lightened areas on the paper. I then took the stencil included in the card kit and taped it down over the paper. I pulled out a Brutus Monroe Silver Glitter Glaze and smeared it over the top of the stencil with a palette knife. Gave a perfect sparkle to the paper!

I decided to make a coordinating backing paper for the ornament and the sentiment. I ended up adding the Picked Raspberry ink to the shadier areas of the ornament to ensure the pink color in the ornament was in sync with the background. So, again, using the brushes, I blended the pink ink on to another paper. Wanting a little pattern to peak thru, I ended up stamping the sentiment on to the paper with the very pale gray Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink and then darkening the edges of the paper. After stamping and embossing the sentiment with Ranger Silver powder, I decided to back that with a paper blended out with Turquoise Sea ink. But, first I blended some Turquoise Sea on to the white strip.

To pull this card together, I used a light white/silver glitter paper to back the components. For embellishments, I found my annoying Target iridescent snowflakes (they get everywhere), clear crystals, and silver ribbon and string from a Tim Holtz set. (Luckily, I have plenty of women to give cards to that may enjoy some bling!)

Okay, no more ornaments for awhile! The bee has left my bonnet and I can go on to other projects I have lined up! Yeah! So, till next time... happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Gina K Ornament Card

Oh, my, spent all day playing with the ornament stamp from the Merry and Bright Gina K Designs Kit to see the kind of effects I could achieve. Finally, after 4 tries, I created cards out of 2 of the 4 attempts. Here are the Gina K Design kits I used:

Merry and Bright

Christmas Script

For the first one, I decided to try embossing the ornament with 3 shades of green. I wanted to match it to the paper that I wanted to use out of My Mind’s Eye Sugar Plum paper pad. (Yes, it’s discontinued, but, if you are like me, I’m sure you have beautiful Christmas paper you’ve been hoarding for that perfect moment.) I used a combo of Wow, Ranger and Zinc powders. I stamped the ornament with clear embossing powder and carefully pored each powder over a portion of the ornament. To make the ornament sparkle a little more I added Clear Spectrum Noir Glitter ink to the center of the ornament. I took a sentiment from the kit and embossed that on another paper from the pad using Ranger’s Liquid Platinum powder (one of my favorite powders). The glitter on the paper is neither silver nor gold, so this color is the perfect match! I backed the image and sentiment with a green scrap paper I had. I added ribbon and Prima crystals and called this one done!

For the second ornament, I used the Liquid Platinum embossing powder again, knowing I wanted to use the Craft Smith Shimmer Noel paper (yes, it probably is also discontinued, sorry)! This paper has a combo of gold and silver shimmery goodness. I selected a paper with a drapery design that I thought would complement the ornament and a gold matte paper. To make the ornament have apthe same silver/gold combo look, this time I used the Silver Spectrum Noir Glitter pen. I painted on a watered down silver darkening the ornament on the lower left side and lifting off some of the paint on the right side. After cutting down all the panels, I backed them with Gina K black card stock. I then used Hero Arts white ink to stamp the sentiment from the Christmas Script Kit onto the black paper and embossed it using another Wow powder, Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing Glitter. I made this into a banner. I pulled the card together and just added clear crystals.

Okay, now I’m going to go back to see what everyone else created with this beautiful stamp. I know I’ve only scratched the surface of possibilities. As you can see, I love glittery Christmas cards! This stamp just seemed to call for a more elegant card.

Till next time, happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Adornment Card

Watercolored another card using a great Unity background border stamp, Adornment. I began by stamping it onto watercolor paper using Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink. I then pulled out my Daniel Smith cards and Schmincke watercolors. I began each ornament by putting down a very light iridescent paint in the coordinating color and then added a darker color or two for shadowing. I sometimes added a second layer if the colors were too pale. I used the pan paints for the stripes and shadows. When done, I used gold and silver glitter pens and a black pen.


I used a sentiment from the 9/19 KOTM, stamping it using black Versafine ink and embossing with Ranger Aqua Tinsel powder. I added black pen to shadow the sentiment. I spattered red, blue and white paints over the paper and added white Posca pen dots. I die cut the paper and added a teal and patterned paper to frame the image. Finally, I added a gold ribbon and crystals dots.

My only issue, I need to practice paint spatters... I either overdo it or not enough! However, my hands, tabletop and floor always look very well spattered! Need some tips... better watch some videos or if you have ideas, leave them below! Reminder, if you enjoy my art journey, add your email or follow me for updates! Till next time, happy crafting!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Gina K Merry Christmas Card

Wanted to try something new today! I opened up my new Gina K Warm Winter Wishes Card kit! This kit is so cute with 3 full stamp sets, dies, paper, a stencil, ... will take me a few years to use all these goodies up!

Warm Winter Wishes Card Kit

Used Kraft paper to stamp and emboss the lovely poinsettia flowers and bird, and stamp the leaves and twig on. I used Christmas Eve embossing powder from Brutus Monroe, and Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and Versafine Clair Shady Lane inks. Used another Kraft paper and a paper from the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Christmas pad as a backing. I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto a lighter Kraft paper to make it stand out. I ended up making a frame out of the patterned paper to highlight the sentiment and create a base for all the die cut pieces. I used one of the included green papers as the card base and added some red crystals to complete the card. Pretty easy to make a cute card glittery card! Love this kit so far!

Back to watercoloring tomorrow! Till next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Santa Card

Oh my, little rough day today... a mood downer, wrist I broke months ago was aching, no energy... and I was stumped for cards. Watched videos, checked Pinterest and was inspired to check out embossing, in a light color, a joint Brutus Monroe/Unity background stamp, called Christmas Over/Again, using a scrap of white paper. Was going for white or vintage, but ended up stamping it in an Archival pink and using Brutus’s Vintage Sparkle embossing powder on it. Interesting result as it has a cream cast to it, it softened the pink in areas, which I liked. It was too pretty to through away... so next thing... Knowing I needed a baby grandson card, wondered what a snowman would look like with this background.

Christmas Over/Again

Jolly Ol’ Santa

Snow, Snow Cute

So, I then stamped a snowman from Unity’s Snow, Snow Cute Kit using Pumice Stone Oxide ink onto another scrap paper. I used Prismacolor pencils to color the snowman. I used a gray pen to darken the lines a little. I then fussy cut it out. I then stamped a sentiment from the Jolly Ol’ Santa kit using Stormy Sky oxide ink and embossed it with a blue Stampendous ink. I repeated that process with the snowflakes from the snowman kit and fussy cut them out. I used frame dies to create frames around the background and the sentiment. I created a blue cardbase and adhered all elements, using foam tape on the snowman and flakes. I added crystal dots and called it done.

All said and done, it’s not a baby boy’s card, is it? Oh, well, still want to try embossing that background in a lighter color, too... both for another day, I guess! Till next time, happy crafting!